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Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh


Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh
Address:Dist. Papum Pare, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh, India

Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar Arunachal Pradesh is a recognised institute / college. Status: Government College. Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar Arunachal Pradesh was established on / in 1979.

Dera Natung Government College is situated in Itanagar of Arunachal Pradesh state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.
Contact Details of Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar Arunachal Pradesh are : Telephone: 2212516, 2211171


Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar Arunachal Pradesh runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
BA, B. Com., B. Sc.

Approval details: Dera Natung Government College is affiliated with RAJIV GANDHI UNIVERSITY, Itanagar

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NAAC report of Dera Natung Government College

Section 1 : Introduction:
A government college was established on 6th September, 1979 in Itanagar, to run Undergraduate (UG) Programme in Arts. Initially this college was run in the evening shift in the lower building of the higher secondary school and was then affiliated to Gauhati University. During the session 1979-'80 the College started with only 13 students and 3 teachers (one each in Hindi, English and History). This College gradually developed and was later named as Dera Natung Government College during the session 2000-2001. During the session 1980-1981 the College followed the prescribed syllabi of the Chandigarh University. But it switched over to the syllabi of Arunachal University when it was affiliated to this University during 1985-1986. This college was established for expanding horizon of education by catering higher education to the students hailing from different faiths, castes, cultures and regions of the country. The goals and objectives of the institution are to cultivate new knowledge and to move for equality and social justice so that it can provide the society with competent human resources. The ideal of the institution is enshrined with the motto "Vidya dadati vinayam". The initial thrust of the College was expansion of quantity of education and now its emphasis has been shifted to quality of education to keep pace with changing national scenario of education. UGC recognized the College under its clauses 2f and 12B in February, 1992. The College is located in a tribal area with a total 80 acres of campus area. The College runs three programmes in the Under Graduate ( UG) level such as BA (Pass and Honours), B.Com (Pass and Honours) and B.Sc. (Honours and Pass) degrees. There are three Faculties in the College. The Faculty of Arts has English, Hindi, History, Political Science, Economics, geography and Education departments. The Commerce Faculty has Commerce department only and the Science faculty has five departments namely, Physics, Chemistry, mathematics, Zoology and Botany.

The teachers are recruited in the College by the State Public Service Commission, which conducts and completes the whole process of advertisement, test and interview on national basis as per UGC guidelines for recruitment of teachers. On the other hand the non-teaching staff are appointed by the State Government on the basis of the merit list prepared after conducting the written tests and interviews in accordance with relevant rules of the State Government. Moreover 50% of the vacant non-teaching posts are filled up by promotion of existing staff on Merit-cum-seniority basis.

There are 9 permanent (2 female and 7 male), 45 temporary (17 female & 28 male) and 5 teachers on contract basis. Among these teachers 28 have Ph.D and 5 have M.Phil degrees. The total strength of Administrative staff is 29 (13 female) and technical staff is 11 (1 female). The total student strength is 2158, out of which 798 are girl students. The annual budget of the College for the year 2003-2004 is Rs.2,54,69,180 only. The unit cost of education including and excluding the salary component is Rs.11,573 and Rs.3,879 respectively. The College follows annual system as its temporal plan of academic work. The College is equipped with support services like central library, computer centre, hostels separately for boys and girls, housing facilities for staff, canteen, common room for day scholars, bike stand, bus stand, car parking shed, post office, college transport, MI room, and sports facilities. The College has a good record of its students passing competitive examinations such as UGC-CSIR (NET), UGC-SLET, PSC and other departmental service examinations.

The College has 226 working days out of which 185 were teaching days. The total working days for the library are 226. The library has 24421 books and subscribes 13 national and international journals. The College has 32 computers. Six teachers of the College have participated as resource persons in different seminars/conferences workshops. There are 7 ongoing research projects of the total outlay of Rs.13,32,650.The teachers have also completed two research projects.

The College volunteered to be assessed by the NAAC, Bangalore and sent its Self Study Report (SSR) on 10th May 2005. The NAAC constituted a Peer Team consisting of Prof. Ananda Deb Mukhopadhyay, Former, Vice-chancellor, Vidyasagar University, West Bengal as its Chairperson, Br. Lobo, Principal, St. Edmunds College, Shillong, Meghalaya, Prof. D. K. Sharma, Professor Of Zoology, Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam as members with Dr. Jagannath Patil, Deputy Adviser, NAAC, Bangalore as Coordinating officer. The Peer Team visited the College on 27, 28 and 29 October, 2005. The Team after validating the SSR, interacting with all the stakeholders of the College, community and visiting the infrastructural facilities has submitted the following criteria-wise report.

Section 2: Criteria-Wise Analysis
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects:
The goals and missions of the institute are well reflected in the curricula, where emphasis has been given on development of knowledge based on national integrity, highlighting the heritage of the tribes, values of mutual understanding, social cohesion and democratic ways of life. The College follows the UG syllabi prescribed by Arunachal University. The present syllabi were revised during the session 2002-2003. The College offers 3 programmes of study in the UG level. The programme in Arts relates to pass and honours courses in English, Hindi, History, Political Science, Economics, Geography and Education. The programme in Commerce relates to pass and honours courses in Commerce only. The UG Programme in Science relates to pass courses in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Zoology and Botany and honours courses in Botany, Zoology and Chemistry. The knowledge and skill components in the programmes offered are 70% and 30% respectively. The programmes are flexible in time frame, horizontal mobility, elective and non-core options. So far as flexibility in time frame is concerned the students may complete their degree in five years. With regard to horizontal mobility the students may opt for a change in the combination of the subjects or from one stream to another within one month from the date of admission. There are six combinations of subjects as elective options for BA and two for B.Com. (pass) course and two for B.Sc courses. As non-core options English is compulsory for I and II year BA, and I year of B.Sc and B.Com. students. The College introduced pass courses in five Science subjects during the session 2001-2002 and introduced honours courses in Botany, Zoology and Chemistry during the current academic session.

A new programme of study can be introduced in the College within a year provided the State Government and the University approve the same. At least one teacher from each department acts as member of University Board of Undergraduate Studies, which formulates the syllabi for different courses of studies. The University whenever designs a programme of study sends the same to the Colleges for discussion among the teachers of the relevant department. The College later on sends its observation on the same for consideration of University UG Board of Studies.

The College takes all efforts for innovation in curricula such as annual modular system with provision for internal assessment of 10% of marks of the university examination in each paper through house tests. Moreover each department frames the teaching module with clear inter/multidisciplinary approach. As a measure for curriculum development there is an established practice that in the conference of Higher Education Directorate the teachers of all colleges discuss the merits and demerits of the curricula, its problems and difficulties of its execution.

Criterion II: Teaching-Learning and Evaluation:
The College follows a transparent admission policy as per rules and norms of the State Government and the University. The students are admitted in different courses on the basis of their merit and their performance in the interviews. In case of admission of students the reservation policy of the Arunachal Pradesh Government is strictly followed. The College prepares the Academic Calendar according to the University norms. The teachers of each department prepare the schemes of studies and teaching plans before the commencement of academic session. The teaching plans are also discussed in each and every class. The College has a clear provision for assessing the knowledge and skill of students by holding periodical tests, interviews and interactive sessions, departmental seminars and group discussions, debates, extempore lectures, literary activities, creative arts and writing competitions, and cultural activities as well as by publishing annual magazine and wall magazine of the College.

The College has provision for bridge/remedial courses for educationally disadvantaged students. On the other hand the advanced learners are provided with a comprehensive list of reference books, library facilities, guidance and counseling for undertaking project work and other creative activities.

The syllabi are unitized according to a teaching schedule through the annual system of teaching and evaluation. The principal of the College with the cooperation of teachers monitors the implementation of the syllabi.

The College follows learner centered teaching method. The lecture-method of teaching is supplemented by question-answer sessions, use of black boards both by the teachers and the students, and use of maps, charts, models and various audio-visual aids. Educational tours, home assignments, project works, visit to libraries, extension lectures, group discussions and seminars are some other supplementary teaching methods followed by the teachers of the College.

The total number of working days of the College is 226, out of which 185 are teaching days. The work-load of a teacher is 18 periods/week. The full time teachers take 100 percent of the classes. The Teaching : Non-teaching staff ratio is 13 : 08.

The evaluation methods are communicated to the students at the beginning of the academic session. The teachers in their introductory classes discuss in details about the evaluation system of the College and the University. The students are internally assessed by the teachers of the College, through class tests, and annual house tests. The University holds annual examination in three parts for assessing the performance of the students. The students are also provided with old question papers of the house tests and the university annual examinations for their guidance. After each house test and university examination the teachers discuss in details the individual performance of each student in the said examinations and suggest measures for further improvement of their performance.

The teachers of the College are recruited by the State Public Service Commission following the State Government norms, University stipulations and UGC guidelines. Four teachers have been recruited during the session 2003-2004 and 3 of these teachers are from other States and one from other institution of the same State. The College has no autonomy to appoint temporary teachers. During the last academic session 25 teachers have participated in seminars/conferences/workshops. Six teachers have acted as resource persons in such seminar/conferences/workshops.

The college follows the self-appraisal method (in the prescribed proforma of State Government following UGC guidelines) for evaluating the performance of the faculties in teaching, research and extension activities. The college also follows the teacher-performance appraisal method through confidential report on the performance of the teachers submitted by the principal, the student's feedback on the performance of the teachers and the contribution and participation of teachers in organization of social, literary and cultural activities.

The College has a good tradition of collecting student evaluation on campus experience. The College Development Council considers the student's evaluation in its meetings and prepares and executes plans for improving infrastructure facilities and conducive system of functioning.
The college conducts seminars and arranges lectures by eminent experts in different subjects for faculty development. It has also organized faculty improvement programmes.

During the last three years two teachers have received teaching awards. Many teachers have participated as members in various committees of the college and the University.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension:
The College has 28 teachers holding Ph.D degree. The College promotes research activities among teachers by sanctioning study leave and permitting the teachers for adjustment in their teaching schedule. Fifty percent of the teachers of the College are engaged in active research. The newly established science departments needs enhancement of the research culture. There are 7 ongoing research projects in the College with the total outlay of Rs.13,32,,650 only. Five research projects have been completed by the teachers of the College. The teachers of the College have published 21 books and 47 research papers during the last three years. The teachers also involve themselves in consultancy services.

Many of the teachers give regular talks on the radio and contribute popular articles in the local news papers. A number of them are involved in preparing content paper for the Distant Education Cell of the University. Their association with various social organizations reflects their broader interests and concerns.

A teacher of the College has been given additional charge to look after its extension activities. The College conducts extension activities in the field of community development, social reconstruction work, plantation of trees, medical, blood donation and national integration camps, and awareness programmes in environment, health and hygiene, adult education and literacy and AIDS. One of the important outreach activities carried out by the College is preparation of teaching materials for adult education and national literacy mission. The Botany and Zoology departments run Environment club as an outreach activity, taking all the students Science department and Geography as its members. The teachers and students of the College as a part their outreach programmes conduct the survey of the needs of the nearby local villages. There is a good culture in the College for holding regular meetings for organization of extension activities.

The NSS unit of the College has undertaken the programmes of campus beautification, plantation of trees and maintenance of NSS park.. NSS unit has also constructed link roads and cane bridges in remote rural areas with the collaboration of the villagers.

Two NCC cadets participated in the republic Day Parade and six cadets have joined in the local police service. Two NCC girls cadets have been selected for Pre-Republic Day Parade squad and one in Pre-Thal celebration. Twenty six (26) NCC cadets have donated blood during this session and certificate of merit during the current session.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources:
The College has a total campus area of 80 acres. It has one administrative block with 15 rooms, and an academic block with 28 class rooms, 3 rooms for curricular activities, 5 laboratories, one canteen, one post office, one two-wheeler stand, and two parks. The College has provided space for power house and civil estate facilities extended by the State Government.

The College needs a well-framed plan to meet the demand for augmenting its infrastructure facilities to keep pace with the growth of the institution. The Government sanctions grants to take up specific
infrastructure maintenance. The College also raises development fund for maintenance of the existing infrastructures.

The NSS takes serious efforts to keep the campus neat and clean.

The College ensures the optimum utilization of its infrastructure facilities through a strategic planning of utilization of all class rooms, auditorium and library spaces. The College also encourages the use of its academic facilities by external agencies and as such permits Government departments including State Public Service Commission and Nationalized banks to hold examinations during holidays and vacation.

The IGNOU Study Centre has been functioning in the academic block of the College with active participation of teaching and non-teaching staff of the College on part time basis.

The College has an Advisory Committee for its library. There is a book bank in the central library of the College. The Central library is provided with computer, Xerox and reading cubicle facilities for teachers. The library has 24,421 books and 13 journals and periodicals. The library has 226 total working days. It remains open from 10am to 4-30pm on all weekdays. There is a separate section of books in the library for research on northeastern region. The college has 32 computers and also a MI room facility for providing health care to students and staff.

The College has outdoor games facilities for football, basketball, badminton, cricket etc. and indoor games facilities for badminton, table tennis, carom and chess. A physical training instructor in the College organizes all events of indoor and outdoor games. There is a good playground in the College.

The outstanding sports persons of the College are given incentives in case of admission to a course of study and to a hostel and relaxation of attendance to enable them to represent the College team at University, State or Regional level. The students of the College has shown progression in University State and Regional level meets. The College has become runners-up in TTM State level football champion and a bronze medal winner in regional level northeastern sports festival.

The percentage of students having hostel facilities is 12.38%. There are three boys and one girls hostels in the College. The hygienic and maintenance condition of the hostels need immediate attention.

The College has Principal's quarter. There are four units in transit lodge and 7 quarters of type IV, 8 in type III, 4 in type II for the College staff.

The auditorium plays a multifaceted role providing the necessary ambience for conducting all the cultural and Literary programmes organized by the students , for holding meetings and seminars and also for the purpose of staging the indoor games tournaments.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression:
The College annually publishes its prospectus. The prospectus contains detail information about procedures and requirements for admission, courses of studies, fee structures, student's facilities, college rules and regulations etc.

The average drop out rate is 9.5% . The progression of students in higher education and employment is 40% each. The performance of the students in the University examination is very good with the average success rate of 80%

The College has an Alumni Association which holds its meeting regularly to suggest ways and means for overall development of the College. The College has a large number of illustrious alumni. Many of the students of the College have passed competitive examination such as UGC-CSIR NET, UGC-SLET, PSC and other departmental examinations.

There are provisions for financial aid to students in the form of central government sponsored Merit scholarships, State government sponsored APST students stipend and book grants and other grants by NGOs and Trusts. During the last academic session 1503 students have obtained APST stipend.

The College has a career-guidance and counseling cell to guide the students in various career-oriented courses and to organise counseling courses for various competitive examinations.

The College provides recreational/leisure time facilities to students such as indoor and outdoor games, audio-visual facilities, cultural programmes etc.

Every year Students' Union is formed through democratic election. The union is a symbol of imparting the students a practical training for creating awareness among them for the welfare of the institution and the society. The teachers and the students of the College participate in radio and television programmes and thus establish liaison with the society through such programmes. The students along with the teachers observe Vanomahatsav every year.

It is worth mentioning that different agencies organise debate and essay competitions for the students for their skill development

Criterion VI: Organisation and Management:
There is a transparency in the affairs of management of the College. A spirit of participatory management governs both administrative and academic departments. The College has an efficient coordinating and monitoring mechanism through several committees constituted by the College management. Being a Government college, the Director of Higher Education of Arunachal Pradesh Government monitors the organisational and management activities of the College. Previously the Finance Officer of the Directorate of Higher Education was appointed to look into the procedure of maintenance of the accounts in the College. The College also constituted a verification committee for the improvement of the library. The principal checks the daily performance of the non-teaching staff and submits the annual confidential reports in respect of all these staff.

The College has a special committee for preparing the academic calendar. The departmental heads coordinate and monitor the academic activities of the respective departments.

The non-teaching staff of the College are deputed by the State government for undergoing accounts and computer training as a part of their professional development programme.

The fee structure of the college is as per state government norms. The tuition fee for all courses is Rs.20/- per month. The hostel fee for each student is Rs.550/- per month and the mess is managed by the boarders. The total amount spent under different heads of expenses by the College during 2003-2004 is Rs.2,53,75,424.

The College has good stable financial status with no deficit budget for the last two years. There is a good internal audit mechanism in the College.

The College has various welfare programmes for its staff such as group insurance, loans from the government, festival advance, livery for the group D staff, medical reimbursement, children's education allowance for small family and leave travel concession.

The College has a Grievance Redressal cell which functions through its disciplinary committee.

The College strictly follows government regulations for its management.

The annual conference of Higher Education is the real place to enable the principals, heads, senior teachers, and bureaucrats to come to a single forum for discussion of all issues of the College.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices:
The peer team has identified the following healthy practices which the college has evolved over the past 25 years:

The participatory spirit of management in the College is helping the institution to move forward with specific missions and goals

The teachers and the administration make sincere efforts for educational innovations through different curricular, extra-curricular and outreach activities.

The College follows well planned mechanism for internal quality check

There is a good student feedback mechanism on the performance of both the teaching and the non-teaching staff. This also helping in quality maintenance of the institution

The College is well conversant with quality enhancement strategies of the institution by giving quality teaching for knowledge and skill development of students, promoting general/transferable skills among the students and imparting professional development skills among the non-teaching staff.

Another healthy feature of the college is the presence of students from out side the state. This plurastic character of its student community makes for a climate of enrichment and appreciation for different traditions and cultural practices.

One of the strengths of this institution is the number of qualified and competent teachers who have been recruited from different parts of the country. Their dedicated service has been instrumental in securing a rich teaching tradition for the College.

Section 3: Overall Analysis (Commendations and Recommendations)
The Peer Team has gone through the SSR, interacted with the Principal, Students, Teachers, Non-teaching staff, alumni, parents and guardians, and visited the existing infrastructural facilities.

On the basis of the mentioned exercise the Team intends to make the following observations regarding commendable features of the college:

A good spirit of participatory management is prevailing in the College

There is a good academic ambience in the College

Two teachers have won awards for their achievement in teaching and research
Six teachers have also acted as resource persons in seminars/workshops/conferences

There is a good system of internal assessment of students in the College

The College conducts outreach and extension activities in different areas of contemporary societal relevance

The College has a large number of illustrious alumni

A research culture is prevailing in the College in some of the established disciplines. The teachers have completed 5 research projects.There are 7 ongoing research projects of total outlay of Rs,13,32,650 supported by UGC, ICSSR, GBPIHS etc.

Teachers of the College have published 21 books and 47 research papers and articles

The College has good potentiality for further development keeping in view the reputation it has earned over the years.

While commending the college for its achievements the Peer Team makes following suggestions for future development of the College:

The College may introduce honours courses in Physics and Mathematics

The College may also introduce courses in vocational/ innovative/emerging areas of studies

The College may think of introducing some Postgraduate courses in some disciplines Arts

The College may constitute a Research Committee for monitoring and further enhancement of its research activities

The College may establish a Language centre for introducing certificate courses for communicative skill development in Hindi and English

The College needs to enhance usage of computer all the constituents. A kind of Computer culture needs to be created.

The teachers may be enthused to use modern teaching aids including IT aided modules in the class

The library needs to be computerized

The library may be kept open for longer hours on weekdays and may be kept open on holidays besides Sundays.

The College may construct a full-fledged multi-gymnasium with UGC support.

The Zoology and Botany departments may enlarge/ extend existing museums for the benefit of their students. These departments may jointly prepare a data bank of the biodiversity resources of the College Campus and nearby regions. They may think of initiating a project in Bio-fertilizers production from solid wastes.

Similar innovative projects can be proposed by the other departments as well. Funds may be sought from DBT, Govt. of India and various other agencies.

The State Govt. may think of giving more autonomy to the College for introducing Self-Financing Courses on need based/ job- oriented courses.

The College may think of introducing courses in foreign languages and the introduction of Sociology, Anthropology and Psychology courses as suggested by the students.

The indoor games facilities may be enhanced for both boys and girls.

The College should without delay open a Common Room separately for the girls.

The College may address the urgent necessity to expand the hostel facilities as well as ensuring the proper maintenance of the existing hostels.

The Canteen space may be enlarged besides making available a larger variety of food and snacks.

The sanitation facilities in the College Campus and in the hostels need urgent improvement.

The College may consider establishing a Woman's Cell.

The College should devise schemes to partner the Alumni Association in the overall development of the college.

The college may explore ways of persuading the University to introduce Computer Application papers in most of the Honours disciplines.
Conducting of a training programme for the teaching staff members in MS Word and Internet applications can be considered .

The management needs to consider engaging the services of an Estate Manager who should be entrusted with the overall cleanliness and upkeep of the College Campus.

The College needs to remedy the present state of 1st Year Degree University results with the introduction of functional English classes and some remedial teaching.

The Peer Team would like to thank the Principal, Teachers, Non-teaching staff, Alumni, Parents and guardians and students for cooperation during the time of its visit to the College. The Team records its gratitude to the Director, Higher and Technical Education ,Coordinator and Steering committee members for constant help and cooperation.

The peer team wishes a bright future to the College community.

Prof. Ananda Deb Mukhopadhyay [ Chairperson ]
Former, Vice-Chancellor
Vidyasagar University, West Bengal

Prof. D. K. Sharma [ Member ]
Professor of Zoology
Guwahati University

Br. L. D. Lobo [ Member ]
Principal St. Edmunds College
Shillong, Meghalaya

Prof.[ Mrs.] Uma Datta
Principal, Dera Natung Government college,
Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal rock band Alien Gods to release debut album worldwide

Local rock group Alien Gods is poised to go places with their debut album Lunar Blackened Death set for a worldwide release soon. The three-member band is very upbeat about their kind of music, though they regret that locally there are not many takers.

We are yet to find sponsors here even nearly two months after the album was released in the state, perhaps unable to sync with our brand of music, said vocalist Olik Boko. The other members of the group are Ravi Prasad on drums and Raju Thapa on bass guitar. It would be a lot better if we can go out and promote our music, says Olik, the frontman. Started in the year 2002 while still in school with the name Holo Band, the three of them had formed the band to pursue their passion for music.

Olik says initially they used to play songs from all genres and after performing only two shows they shut shop in order to pursue higher studies. Then in 2004 when we performed in a musical soiree called Megatone at Ziro in Lower Subansiri district, I saw that we had improved a lot and then by the end of that year Alien Gods was formed, said Olik.

Talking about their music, Olik said, Our music is very tough and it needs years of practice and stamina. Ravi said, The tempo goes from 140BPM to 300BPM. So our music has to be perfect, a note goes in there and the shows all gone. Many of the companies, national and from outside, are showing interest in their music, said the band. On an average, Alien Gods performs around eight concerts in a year, within the state and outside.

The members are thinking of opening a music studio here. Raju, who is pursuing his graduation from Dera Natung Government college and also works as a computer operator in the All-Arunachal Pradesh Government Department Labour Union office, says his parents are supportive of his music career.

Talking of the many fans that go crazy over Alien Gods, making them their idol, Raju says, It feels incredible to be loved by so many fans and we want our fans to keep supporting and loving us.

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