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Bejoy Narayan Mahavidyalaya, Itachuna, West Bengal



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Bejoy Narayan Mahavidyalaya, Itachuna, West Bengal
Itachuna (District Hooghly (Hoogly))
West Bengal, India
Pin Code : 712147


Bejoy Narayan Mahavidyalaya, Itachuna West Bengal is a recognised institute / college. Status: Private Aided Colleges.


Principal of Bejoy Narayan Mahavidyalaya, Itachuna West Bengal is Mr Susanta Kumar Chakraborty.

Bejoy Narayan Mahavidyalaya, Itachuna West Bengal is situated in Itachuna of West Bengal state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Website of Bejoy Narayan Mahavidyalaya, Itachuna West Bengal is http://www.bnmahavidyalaya.info/.


Contact Details of Bejoy Narayan Mahavidyalaya, Itachuna West Bengal are : Telephone: +91-3213-272275


Courses

B.A.(Honours) / B.Sc.(Honours) in Economics
B.A.(Honours) in Bengali
B.A.(Honours) in English
B.A.(Honours) in English
B.A.(Honours) in History
B.A.(Honours) in Philosophy
B.A.(Honours) in Political Science
B.A.(Honours) in Sanskrit
B.Sc.(Honours) in Botany
B.Sc.(Honours) in Chemistry
B.Sc.(Honours) in Mathematics
B.Sc.(Honours) in Physics
B.Sc.(Honours) in Zoology
B.A.(General)
B.Sc.(General)


Bejoy Narayan Mahavidyalaya, Itachuna West Bengal runs course(s) in Arts, Science, Degree stream(s).

Bejoy Narayan Mahavidyalaya is affiliated with Burdwan University, Bardhhaman (Burdwan) (West Bengal)


Profile of Bejoy Narayan Mahavidyalaya

Bejoy Narayan Mahavidyalaya is situated in a natural and open ambience of a village, named Itachuna in the district of Hooghly, some 56 km away from Howrah and 52 km from Burdwan. From 1957 onwards the College had been approved for its degree courses in Science and Humanities by virtue of the efforts of the Government of West Bengal. In 1960 the institute got its fresh affiliation to the University of Burdwan.

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NAAC report of Bejoy Narayan Mahavidyalaya

SECTION - I: PREFACE
Bejoy Narayan Mahavidyalaya was initially started, as an intermediate college with about 30 students, on July 4, 1950.An eminent educationlist and social reformer, the Zaminder of the village Itachuna, Sri Bejoy Narayan Kundu, took the initiative of setting up of this college in the village even before the establishment of University to which it is affiliated. Late Gopal Chandra Majumder, an eminent scholar and a complete idealistic man was the founder Principal of the college who even sacrificed his life for a noble cause. It became a full fledged under graduate college in July 1957. The college was initially affiliated to the Calcutta University. When the Burdwan University was established on 16th June, 1960, it was affiliated to the Burdwan University. The college has received UGC recognition under section 2(f) and 12 B in June 1960.

The college is admitted under Grant-in-Aid financial status of Govt. of West Bengal and it is about 55 kms away from Calcutta. It is a Co-education college offering three year under graduate Honours and General courses in Arts and Sciences. It has student enrolment of 2820 in the year 2006-07.

It is one of the biggest affiliated colleges under Burdwan University. The mission of the college is 'Tanme manah Siva samkalpamastu' (May that mind of mine be auspicious resolution). The college has gone through various stages of development. Now the college has a campus of 11.84 acres divided into three adjacent campuses. The first campus is the main campus of college (4.19 acres), the second campus housed with three boys' hostels (2.47 acres), whereas third campus has a play ground (5.18 acres).

The college is offering 63 under graduate programmes with 13 departments. The programmes offered are B.A. (Gen) 24, B.A. (Hons.) 23, B.Sc. (Gen) 9, B.Sc. (Hons.) 7.
The college is running under shift system. About 1000 students are studying in morning section, specially for girls, which is now run as coeducation from this academic year. Day section runs between 10 a.m. to 4.45 p.m. and morning section 7 a.m. - 12 noon. The number of students on rolls during 2006-07 are 2820 of which the number of boys is 1617 and girls 1149. It has annual system of examination.

The college has a teaching staff consisting of 41 permanent teachers and 57 part time teachers supported by 9 laboratory instructors and 45 non-teaching staff (44 administrative staff and 1 technical staff). The number of permanent teachers with M.Phil degree are 9 and with Ph.D. degree are 23. The teacher student ratio is 50:2820. The unit cost of education including salaries is Rs.9795/- and excluding salaries Rs.2498/-.

The college has good infrastructure facilities like a central library with 30305 books, reading room, health centre, games and sports facilities, canteen, hostels, auditorium and cycle shed. It has altogether 19 (theoretical ) and 20 laboratories class rooms. The college has 3 units of NSS with 300 volunteers and of N.C.C. with 130 cadets.

The salaries are met by the Govt. The college has a surplus budget. Its accounts are audited up to 31 March 2006.

In order to get itself accredited, the college prepared its self-assessment report and offered to be assessed and accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council on 31st Jan. 2007. The NAAC constituted a Peer Team to visit the college and validate the SSR with the following senior academicians:

Prof. K.C. Mathur chairman
Former vice-chancellor
Awadesh Pratap Singh University, (M.P.)
Bhilai, Chattisgarh

Prof. D. Obul Reddy Member-co-coordinator
(Former Professor, Osmania University)
Apollo Institute of Hospital Administration
Hydrabad, Andhra Pradesh

Prof. Nilima S. Rajurkar Member
Department of Chemistry
Pune University, PUNE
Maharastra

Dr. M.S. Shyamasundar, Deputy adviser, NAAC, Bangalore has Liaisoned the Peer Team visit.

Peer Team visited the college for two days on 26th and 27th March 2007. During visit the team verified the relevant documents and records, visited the departments and supporting facilities and interacted with the various constituents of the college. In this process, the team met with the teaching and non-teaching staff, students, alumni, parents, the principal and the Governing Body. Based on the above exercise and keeping in view the criteria laid down by the NAAC, the Peer Team has assessed the college. The results of the assessment, the commendable features of the institution, the issues of concern as they are identified by the team, are presented hereunder.

SECTION- II : CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
The observations of the Peer Team about the performance of the college on each of the
prescribed criterion are presented below.

Criterion -I: Curricular Aspects
The goals and objectives of the college are well defined which aim at achieving excellence and spreading higher education in backward communities and women, relevant to society and community development. The courses are planned according to the norms of the Burdwan University.

The motto of the college is advancement of learning. To achieve this, the college at present is offering 63 programme options at under graduate level, in B.A. and B.Sc. Three year Honours programmes are 23 in Arts and 7 in Science stream. Pass courses in Arts are 24 and in Science are 9. Thus, the college is offering B.A.(Hons.) and B.A. (Gen), B.Sc. (Hons.) and B.Sc. (Gen). Being a college affiliated to Burdwan University, it has to follow the syllabi prescribed by the affiliated University. Hence, there is little scope for designing curriculum and review on the part of the college. However, syllabus revision has taken place in all the subjects due to the introduction of year wise examination by the University.

Other observations of the Peer Team on this aspect are as follows:
-The college is following annual system of examination, however, internal tests are conducted regularly.

-The programme options provide scope for horizontal mobility and elective options.

-The teachers of the college contribute in the curriculum design as and when the University conducts workshops for the purpose. Some of the teachers are on the Boards of studies of under graduate courses.

-Two new programmes viz., Statistics and Commerce as sanctioned during the last two years of which Statistics is started. Commerce is proposed to start from next the year.

-One of the objectives of this college is to reduce gender disparity in this region. The morning shift is exclusively meant for girl students since 1960, even though it is a co-educational institution now. From this year boys are also allowed in the morning shift.

-For physical development of both boys and girls, the college provides facilities for both indoor and outdoor games.

-The institutional goals and objectives are attained through curricula, range of subjects offered and extra curricular activities. These processes help the students to inculcate traditional values and understand the culture as well as contemporary problems and concerns. The co-curricular and extra-curricular activities under NCC, NSS, cultural and sports activities help to promote socio-cultural awareness among students and community.

- Basic computer, Spoken English courses are run on this campus by professional organizations (WEBEL and BBC). The college may think of introducing relevant need based courses and value added courses.

Criterion- II : Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
The Procedure adopted for admission to a course is based on the student's performance in the qualifying Higher Secondary examination. The rules and regulations laid down by the affiliating University and the reservation policy of the state Government are followed for students' admission. The college publishes its prospectus to provide requisite information to students about admission procedure, availability of courses and seats, fee structure academic calendar etc. An academic calendar booklet is provided to each admitted student.

The permanent teachers are recommended and thus appointed by the Principal under knowledge of the Governing Body through the state college service commission and the temporary teachers are appointed by the Governing Body of the college on the recommendation of a selection committee. The number of permanent teachers are 41 (18 Female, 23 Male) and nine Laboratory instructors treated as teachers. The number of part time teachers are 57 (26 Female, 31 Male). The number of working days during 2005-06 are 240 and the number of teaching days are 200. The work load of the teachers is 24 periods per week. The ratio of teaching and non-teaching staff is almost 1:1 while the ratio of teachers to students in 2006-07 is 50:2820. About 70% workload is handled by permanent teachers.

Phase-wise teaching schedules are prepared by the departmental Heads and the same is communicated to other constituents. Teaching is mostly done through lecture method. It is supplemented by group discussion, seminar, home assignments, debate, quiz, field visits, tutorial classes, excursions and remedial classes.

Phase-wise class tests (at least 3) are conducted by the college. The University examinations are conducted at the end of second year (for part-I) and at the end of III year (for part-II). From the last year onwards the examinations are conducted annually, as I+I+I as has been introduced by the University. The scheme of examination is informed to the students in the beginning of the year. The college has formed several committees for carrying out their diverse academic functions. The college is practicing students' assessment of class room teaching, teachers self-appraisal reports and subject-wise analysis of University results. Teachers are provided with diaries to keep records of their day to day assignments.

The library works on 2 shifts from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to suit the morning and day sessions. It has about 30,305 volumes.

Eligibility to take University examinations is linked to 75% of class room attendance. The drop out rate is about 21% while the success rate is about 96%. 16 students ranked in the University Examination among top Ten during the last five years.

Teachers are permitted to attend orientation and refresher courses to update their information and pedagogical skills besides earning eligibility to earn promotion. 11 teachers have attended orientation courses and 48 teachers have attended refresher courses during the last 5 years. The teachers are also encouraged to participate in national and international seminars. During the last five years teachers have participated in 3 International seminars and 95 national seminars. One national seminar and 36 local seminars were organized by the college.

Criterion - III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
While assessing this criterion, the Peer Team observed the following:
* The teachers of the college presented 33 research papers in the National seminars and 2 papers at international seminars.

* Three teachers are recognized as Ph.D. supervisers.

* Sanskrit, Botany and English Departments are recognized as research centres, two students have registered as part time research scholars.

* Teachers are encouraged to pursue research and a study leave is permitted for the purpose.

* During IX plan, 3 of the teachers availed F.I.P fellowship for their Ph.D./M.Phil. degrees.

* Two teachers have been awarded Post doctoral fellowships abroad.

*Some of the Departments are excelling in academics as well as research.

* Students of Political Science Department are encouraged to observe panchayat administration and recently 'Mock Parliament' has been organized by the Department.

* Four Minor Research projects in Bengali, Philosophy, Botany and Chemistry worth Rs.2.2 lakhs are the ongoing projects funded by UGC.

* A major research project has been submitted by the Department of Botany in January 2007 to the UGC.

* The college is providing consultancy services in Botany, Chemistry and Economics.

* Among the permanent teachers 23 are Ph.D. degree holders and 9 are M.Phil. degree holders.

* Some of the Teachers are regularly publishing poems, novels and scientific books.

* Teachers have research paper publications numbering 188 during the last five years.

* MoU with WEBEL computers, Govt. of West Bengal have been signed by the college for incorporating computer training to all students.

* The college has 3 units of NSS with 300 volunteers and one unit of NCC with 130 cadets. In the last two years 43 were cadets awarded B certificates and 9 cadets awarded C certificates. A teacher has been given additional charge to each of these units.

* Some of the NCC cadets have participated in Republic Day parade and Independence Day parades at Delhi, Calcutta and Hooghly.

* The NSS unit has adopted 3 villages for literacy, cleaning, agro-forestry, health check up, health awareness, Yoga programmes and several agricultural problems of farmers.

* The Department of Botany performs the outreach programme by giving training to the unemployed youth for self-employment by cultivation and marketing of medicinal and aromatic plants and mushroom production. The teachers are also engaged as resource persons for promotion of medicinal plants and good seed storage techniques for the farmers and NGOs.

* Department of Sanskrit is running spoken Sanskrit course.

* Consultancy service in agriculture, specially medicinal and aromatic plants as also in vegetable production is extended by the Botany department. The department of Economics is also involved in extension service.

Criterion - IV : Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college has 11.84 acres of land, consisting of 3 adjacent campuses. The first campus comprises of the main building, canteen, boy's common room, girl's common room, guest room, laboratories, gardens, and an auditorium. The main building houses the central library and the library for the morning session which altogether stocks 30,305 books and journals. The plinth area of these buildings is 16932 square meters. The number of class rooms available are 19.

The second campus accommodates 2 boys' hostels 30 rooms having a capacity of 60 students and a big hall for various activities. The third campus which is about 300 meters away from the main campus encloses a play ground. The play ground has the facilities for football, hockey, volley-ball, kabaddi, basket ball badminton and cricket. In addition the college has facilities for indoor games such as Caroms, Chess, Table Tennis .

The available accommodation is allotted for classes, labs, Principal's office, staff room, NCC and NSS offices, common rooms for boys and girls, students union's office. There are 19 classrooms for theory classes, 20 well equipped laboratories to cater the need of Physics, chemistry, Zoology, Mathematics and Economics departments for practical classes. There are five big seminar halls, three of them are having public address system. Canteen provides snacks and meals at concessional rates and will be shifted to a spacious newly constructed building for the purpose. The new Library building at a cost of Rs. 15 lakhs funded by UGC is on the verge of being completed under construction. The college takes care of maintaining the buildings, infrastructure and other amenities through the utilization of its own building fund and occasional grants from different sources.

The college has two botanical gardens with medicinal and aromatic plants, one vegetable garden, one research field for botany department and two ponds for pisci-culture studies for Zoology department.

The college library is managed by an advisory committee. The library works from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with partly open access system. It has altogether 30305 books. 5 journals/magazines, 2 daily news paper and employment news. It also has 7 CDs and two computers which are used for cataloging and accession of the books, CDS/ISIS programme is used for this purpose. Computerization of library is in process. Some of the Departments have developed their own library which is made available to students and staff. They subscribe 23 journals in their respective fields.

The college has 21 computers placed mostly in Science Departments, Staff room, College office and library.

It has cycle shed, place for vehicle parking. The college has audio-visual aids such as OHPs -2, LCD projector-1, CTV-2, CD-22, Slide projector-1. The college has 2 Xerox machines, internet, fax, intercom facilities. The college has its own website and embedded online software developed by one of the Alumni.

Criterion - V: Students Support and Progression
The college has 2820 students on rolls during 2006-07 of whom 1671 are males and 1149 are females. All of them are from West Bengal only. Further composition of the students is as follows: SC- 466, ST - 159, OBC- 104 and Gen- 2111.

The college publishes its updated prospectus every year, which gives general information about the college rules, regulations, courses, fee structures etc. The college also has a tradition of distributing academic calendar to the admitted students. The college is publishing Academic Journal ('Speech and Meaning'), 'Ankur' and 'Swarab' magazines and encouraging the creative faculties of teachers and students.

Good number of students are getting free-ships and other scholarships. The meritorious but financially handicapped students get benefit of full/half free studentship instituted by the college. In addition the SC/ST students received scholarship from state Govt. Some students are getting scholarships sponsored by different trusts. During 2005-06 year, 739 students got different types of financial aid.

The college has got students support services such as a central library, reading room, departmental libraries, play grounds, vehicle parking place, cycle shed, hostels, common rooms, counseling and placement services, grievance redressal cell, indoor and outdoor games, Xerox, remedial coaching facility, tutor ward system. Medical facilities are made available to the students on the campus where Homeopathic, Allopathic and Ayurvedic doctors attend them twice a week.

Twenty two rooms in UGC hostel and eight rooms in GC Majumder hostel are available for students' accommodation.

The performance of the college is directly or indirectly reflected in the percentage of results and other related indices. The number of students appearing at the examination is about 80%. The dropout rate is about 20%. The percentage of passes is 95.8% in 2006. The number passed in first class is 38. Many students are achieving ranks in the university, every year. Many students from different departments are placed after their graduation in renowned labs and organizations.

The college has recently started Alumni Association, some of them are self-employed (the alumni includes Judges, Professor, IAS, IPS people) which is very active. To encourage the creativity in students the college brings out annual magazine and 6 wall magazines.

For a college of this size computer lab with internet facility, a good reading room with journals and news papers, Xerox machine in the library, facilities to harness the energies of advanced learners, add on/value addition courses are worth considering.

Criterion - VI: Organization and Management
This aspect was assessed using the key issues like role and powers of offices and departments, staff recruitment, appraisal of performance of teachers, use of management techniques and technologies, welfare schemes, mechanism for grievance redressal, budgeting, auditing, resource mobilization and their use etc.

The college is directed by a Governing Body constituted as per university norms and is managed by the principal. To assist the principal, various sub-committees, such as Academic committee, Library committee, Games and Sports committee, Cultural events committee, admission committee, Examination committee, Computerization committee etc. are constituted. These committees plan, execute and co-ordinate the activities in their respective areas, of the college. Thus, there is transparency in the college administration.

The permanent teachers are appointed by the Governing Body on the recommendation of the West Bengal college service commission. The temporary teachers are appointed by the Governing Body on the recommendation of a selection committee, constituted as per the rules of the affiliating University. The non-teaching staff is recruited through DPI, Govt. of West Bengal.

Since it is an aided college, salaries being a major expenditure, is borne by the state Govt. From management side a budget is prepared. All expenditure have to be approved by the finance committee. All purchases are through the Finance committee. The management committee accounts are audited upto March 2006. From the last two years the college has surplus budget. A Grievance Redressal cell was started recently to deal with the grievances of the staff and students.

The college facilitates loans through approved agencies. Computers are installed in the college office and library for the effective functioning, an automation is in progress. Recently the UGC has sanctioned Rs. 93.48 lakhs for the construction of a girls hostel in the campus.

Students' Union is working effectively by conducting regular meetings and organizing different events. Wall magazine like 'Ankur' is a regular feature of it.

Criterion - VII : Healthy Practices
While evaluating this criterion, the Peer Team noted the following healthy practices in the college:
Extension activities of the NSS units and their organization of regular camps is appreciated. The NSS Team has adopted 3 villages for literacy and clean and green programmes.

Wall magazines and Print magazines in English and Bengali to encourage creative thinking.

Harnessing the artistic talents of students through cultural programmes.

The efforts of the students and teachers to keep the college premises free from ragging is highly appreciated.

Participating in the maintenance of law and order during Durga puja by its NCC contingent and its teaching and non-teaching staff is note worthy.

Inviting religious leaders of different faiths to talk to the students from a common platforms for promoting religious tolerance and communal harmony.

Providing books to the poor students from book bank and also to advance learners.
For encouraging women education by running morning session mainly for girls.

The students union under the guidance of entrusted teachers from different committees to smoothly conduct all co-curricular and extra curricular activities contributes to the personality development of the students' community.

Growing vegetables for hostel use and on college campus.

Converting college waste material into manure by vermi-culture and for college garden.

Question bank with model answers is provided to the students .

SECTION - III : OVERALL ANALYSIS
The Peer Team, after going through the self-study report and after the visit to various academic and physical facilities is pleased by the progress of the college in providing good academic, co-curricular, extra curricular, sports and games facilities. The Peer Team considers that there are features which are commendable. The Peer Team would also like to bring the attention of the college on certain areas of concern for its consideration.

Commendations
The Peer Team like to commend the college for the following aspects:

The college is maintaining clean and green and pollution free atmosphere.

A higher proportion of faculty members are Ph.D. and M.Phil. holders.

The teachers are regularly attending National and International seminars, refresher and orientation courses.

More than 70% of the work load is handled by permanent staff.

Three of its departments are recognized as research centres for Ph.D. work.

Three of its teachers have been approved as Ph.D. supervisors.

Many of the teachers are regularly publishing research papers, poems and scientific books.

4 of its teachers are working on minor projects funded by different agencies.

For encouraging women education and empowerment a session is run exclusively for women, even though it is a co-education college from this year.

Recommendation:
The college can draw up a blue print and master plan for its development priorities and strategic plans in order to actualize them in a more focused manner.

The college may think of additional accommodation with necessary facilities as the college is running on 2 shifts, some of the departments may be availed more space for smooth function.

More students and staff can be availed for computer training and internet facility be made available to all of them.

Grievance redressal cell and Career guidance cell have to be systematized and activated.

The infrastructure facilities be strengthened in Science laboratories.

As many teachers are engaged in research, central library can further enrich with more research reference books and journals be subscribed.

Filling up of teaching posts will help to increase the teacher student ratio, steps may be taken in this direction.

Market relevant and emerging new courses such as management, tailoring, journalism and fashion designing be introduced.

A Xerox machine may be installed in the library.

Foreign language course can be introduced as certificate course.

The Peer Team wishes to place on record its appreciation on the sincere efforts made by the Principal, Co-ordinator, the teaching and non-teaching staff, supported by enthusiastic students to make the visit memorable. The Peer Team is of the opinion that the self- analysis while preparing the SSR, would have enabled the college to identify its strengths and weakness and the exercise of assessment will help the college to broaden its vision and to reset its goals, objectives and strategies for a meaningful action in future. The Peer Team wishes the college success in its future endeavours.

(Prof. K.C. Mathur)
Chairman

(Prof. D. Obul Reddy)
Member-coordinator

(Prof. Nilima S. Rajurkar)
Member

(Dr. Sushanta Kr. Chakravorti)
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