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Hooghly Womens College, Pipulpati, West Bengal
Address:Vivekanand Road
Pipulpati (District Hooghly)
West Bengal, India
Pin Code : 712103


Hooghly Womens College, Pipulpati West Bengal is a recognised institute / college. Status: Private Aided Colleges.


Principal of Hooghly Womens College, Pipulpati West Bengal is Dr Sumita Bajpai.

Hooghly Womens College, Pipulpati West Bengal is situated in Pipulpati of West Bengal state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.
Contact Details of Hooghly Womens College, Pipulpati West Bengal are : Phone:91-033-26802335


Courses

B.A.(Honours) / B.Sc.(Honours) in Economics
B.A.(Honours) in Bengali
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 Chemistry
B.Sc.(Honours) in Micro-Biology
B.Sc.(Honours) in Physics
B.Sc.(Honours)/B.A.(Honours) in Geography
B.A.(General)
B.Sc.(General)


Hooghly Womens College, Pipulpati West Bengal runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).

Hooghly Womens College is affiliated with Burdwan University, Bardhhaman (Burdwan) (West Bengal)



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Media coverage of Hooghly Womens College, Pipulpati West Bengal, West Bengal

NAAC report of Hooghly Womens College

PREFACE
Hooghly Women's College is the first Women's College started exclusively for providing higher education to women of the Hooghly District, West Bengal. Previously the college was under the University of Calcutta and later it was affiliated to the University of Burdwan in 1962. The College has been recognized by the UGC under 2(f) and under 12(B) on 1st August, 1950. The College is aided and receiving salary grant from the State Government and comes under Grant-in-aid category.

The College has been established in 1949 under the effort of Bengal Mission, a wing of Scotland Church. From 1952 Calcutta University has recognized it as a centre for conducting university examinations and is continued by the University of Burdwan. The Institution is situated in an Urban Area.

The Principal aim of the Institution is 'women education and women empowerment'. This college has been established with the objective of spreading education among Women and to dispel the darkness of superstitions and inhibitions of the society.

The College is offering 06 options in Arts and Science Faculties at UG level. Both Honours and General Courses in BA and B.Sc are being taught in the college. Subjects offered are Bengali, English, Sanskrit, Philosophy, History, Geography, Economics, Political Science, Music, Physics, Chemistry, Micro- biology, Botany, Zoology & Mathematics. The College is not offering any PG Programme.

The College has 64 teachers among whom 32 are permanent, 3 are full time temporary and 29 are part-timers. Percentage of teachers with Ph.D as the highest qualification is 16.66 (13) and those with M. Phil qualification is 12.12 (9). Percentage of the teachers completed NET and SLET examinations is 15.15 (14). The college administration is supported by 17 permenent Non-Teaching members, among whom 08 are in the office, 04 are lab attendants and 05 are class iv servants. The college offers programmes in Bengali and English Medium. The unit cost of Education is Rs.10,549 including salary component and Rs.664 excluding salary component.

The college is spread over 3.709 Acres of land and is well maintained. The student strength is 1,215, all being women. The pass percentage is good. The College follows annual system. The Infrastructural facilities available in the college include Central Library, limited Sports Facilities, a Hostel, Canteen and a cycle shed.

The College volunteered to be assessed by NAAC and submitted its Self Study Report (SSR) in January, 2007. A Peer Team Committee consisting of Prof. B. Hanumaiah, Ex. Vice Chancellor, Mangalore University [presently Professor, Karnatak University, Karnataka] as Chairman, Dr. Prasanna Kumar Biswasroy, Professor, Berhampur University, Berhampur, Orissa as member co-ordinator and Prof. K.M. Kuriakose, Former Principal (St. Thomas College, Bhilai), Kochuplaparampil, Vakathanam, Kottayam, Kerala as member respectively, visited the college and validated the self study report. Dr. M.S. Shyamasunder, Deputy Advisor, NAAC, Bangalore, monitored the visit as internal co-ordinator and the Peer Team visited the college on 12th and 13th March 2007.

The Peer Team perused and analysed the Self Study Report submitted by the college. During the institutional visit the Team went through all the relevant documents, visited the departments and facilities. The Team interacted with the Principal, the management committee, the teachers, non-teaching staff, students, parents and alumni of the college. After this exercise and keeping in view the criteria identified by NAAC the Team has prepared the report.

Section II
CRITERION - I : CURRICULAR ASPECTS
Hooghly Women's college, Hooghly is an Under-Graduate College in Arts and Science, is affiliated to University of Burdwan, West Bengal. It caters to the educational needs of girl students of Hooghly and other neighbouring rural areas. It is the only Women's College in this area. The 'mission and goal' of the college is to spread women's education and to inculcate self confidence, social consciousness and human values in students. The college has 15 departments in Arts and Science streams .The college is offering Bengali, English, Sanskrit, Philosophy, History, Geography, Economics, Political Science and Music as general subjects at UG level in Arts stream. Physics, Chemistry, Microbiology, Botany, Zoology and Mathematics are the options available for the science students. It imparts honours teaching in eleven subjects except Political Science, Music, Botany and Zoology. The under graduate programmes in Economic Honours, Microbiology Honours and Biology general are on self financing basis. The college charges Rs. 15,000 per annum for Microbiology students and Rs. 3,500 for Biology students. However, at present no special fees are charged for Economic Honours Students. There is some flexibility in respect of time-frame and horizontal mobility in pursuing the academic programmes. There is also a flexibility in the programme for the selection of elective options. The college conducts academic programmes in a systematic manner. The programmes offered by the college are of annual pattern. It takes about a year for the College to introduce a new programme after getting approval of the State Government and University. The Principal and the Head of the department of Physics are members of the BOS in Burdwan University in there subjects. However, some teachers of the college do participate in the workshop conducted by the University regarding examination system and curriculum design. The academic programmes of the College are implemented under the direct supervision of the Principal in consultation with staff and academic committee.

The college has recently introduced feedback system from final year students on teaching programmes. In order to make the feedback system more effective, the college may extend the same for all the three years degree students. Teachers of the department of Political Science, Bengali, Philosophy and Geography are members of their respective professional bodies. The college may introduce few vocational courses on spoken English, Interior design, Beautician, Floristic, Knitting and Embroidery etc, and some other career oriented courses on self-financing basis. The college is yet to develop formal mechanism to obtain feed back from academic peer and employers on teaching programmes and also to probe the possibility of introducing need based courses. The courses offered by the college are in consonance with the goals and objectives of the institution.

CRITERION - II : TEACHING, LEARNING AND EVALUATION
Admission to the college is based on academic performance of students in the qualifying examination. The reservation policy of the Government of West Bengal is followed with a view to extending higher education to the underprivileged. Home assignment, unit test, terminal and preliminary examinations are conducted to assess and evaluate the students. The lecture method is supplemented by encouraging the students to participate in group discussions, question-answer session and departmental seminars. Students of the Science Department are taken for educative excursions for better exposure of their subjects. Faculty members of geography department use teaching aid whereas Physics, Mathematics, Geography and Economics departments have computers.

Remedial classes for the disadvantaged students are organised. The learners are provided with special counselling and library support to further enrich their knowledge. The temporal plan is annual. The syllabi are unitised. The teachers prepare annual teaching plan at the beginning of the academic year. The teachers strictly follow the teaching plan in the completion of the course. The principal monitors the teaching work. The students are informed about evaluation methods through circulars, kept in the library and displayed on the notice board. University examinations are conducted as per rules.

There are 220 teaching days out of 240 working days during 2006-07 academic year. Teachers are recruited on the basis of guidelines laid down by the University and State Government. There is self appraisal method for teachers' evaluation. The college has introduced a system to get students feedback on teachers' performance which needs to be put to effective use. No teaching award has been won by the teachers. Teachers participate in the administration of the college by acting as convenor and members of various committees. Some of them are on the Academic Committee, the Admission Committee, the Examination Committee and Library Committee as members. Three teachers are members of the Governing Body. The college has 40 sanctioned posts of teachers, of which 09 are vacant at present. On the other hand the college has appointed 03 full-time and 29 part-time teachers on temporary basis and pays their salary from the college fund. Full-time faculty members take 80% of the classes. The college organised a UGC sponsored National Seminar on 'Women, Society and Literature' during January, 2006. Teachers are seen to be sincere and dedicated to their duties and the goals and mission of the college.


CRITERION - III : RESEARCH CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
Out of the 32 permanent teachers, 09 possess M. Phil degrees, 13 have Ph. D. degrees, 01 teacher has registered for Ph. D. programme on part-time basis and one teacher each from the department of Sanskrit, Economics and Philosophy are doing Ph. D. under the Faculty Improvement Programme of UGC. The college by sanctioning study leave and making adjustments in the teaching schedules encourage teachers to do research. There is a Research Committee in the college. Teachers of the department of Bengali, Economics, Political Science, Geography,Zoology and Chemistry have published research papers in journals. Faculty members of Bengali and English have published popular articles in magazines and newspapers. The Principal of the college has been invited as a resource person to deliver lectures in Life Sciences .Five teachers of the department of Political Science, Geography and Bengali have authored text /reference books. Most of the teachers have attended Seminars / Conferences during last few years. A teacher from the department of Political Science presently is handling a Minor Research project of Rs. 55,000 on the theme 'Preamble to the Constitution: A Search for a Typology' under UGC.

The college should encourage its faculty to take up research projects and publications in referred journals. The Research Committee may help the teachers to prepare and submit research projects to funding agencies like UGC, NHRD, ICPR, ICSSR, ICHR etc. The College is yet to institutionalise consultancy services. The Department of Botany is maintaining the medicinal plants of the Botanical Garden.

The extension activities of the college are undertaken mainly by the N.S.S. volunteers. There are two NSS Units consisting of 100 volunteers in each unit and two designated teachers are in-charge of them. The college undertakes its extension activities with GOs and NGOs and worked in the areas of Community Development, Health and Hygienic Awareness, Social Work, Medical camps, AIDS Awareness and Environment Awareness. The Science Centre of the College has adopted two local villages to survey on Bio-diversity and motivates students for extension and outreach programmes, popularise scientific temper, and antisuperstition Programmes. The college conducted a workshop on Legal Literacy in collaboration with a leading NGO Sanhita, Kolkata.

CRITERION - IV : INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
The college has built up its infrastructure and developed learning resources over the past 57 years. The college has a master plan with projected expansion of its infrastructure for future development. The college maintains its infrastructure with the grants received from UGC and with the resources of its own. Construction of a separate building for library is coming up with the UGC grant along with a matching grant of State Govt.. The college campus spreads on an area of 3.709 acres. The college has prepared a master plan for the overall development of the college.

The college ensures optimum utilisation of its infrastructure facilities by providing space for administrative office, classrooms, library, common room, multipurpose hall, canteen, parking shed, stationary store and hostel. The college in collaboration with Institute of Computer Engineers (India) facilitates computer courses to students on payment basis. However, the centre has 09 computers out of which 04 are not functioning and 01 computer with Internet facility.

The college has three separate buildings, one two storied and the other being three storied. Principal's Office, the Administrative Office, Class rooms, Library, multipurpose hall and teacher's room are housed in the main building. The Science Block accommodates the class rooms, departments, seminar hall, and computer centre and students union. A two storied building is exclusively accommodates Geography department. There is adequate provision for power and water supply in the campus. There are 21 class rooms. The classrooms are well maintained and ventilated. The college infrastructure is allowed to be used by GOs and NGOs, external agencies etc. on holidays and Sundays.

The college library remains open from 10.30 A.M. to 4.30 P.M. on all working days. It is managed by an advisory committee. The total number of Books in the college library is 23548.The college library possesses 20210 text books and 3338 reference books. The library subscribes 08 journals and 08 periodicals / newspapers. About 45 books have been added during 2005-06. It offers book bank facility with 1014 books for the benefit of the students. The college has 09 computers. There are one computer in the library, three in the office and one in the Principal's chamber, one computer each in the department of Economics, Physics, Mathematics and Geography. Even through the Librarian post is vacant, the library is managed by the library assistant.

There is hostel facility available within the college. The hostel building is accommodating 65 girls. The college has indoors sports facilities, but the outdoor games facilities are not available due to lack of play ground. However, the college organises its annual sports meet on a small play ground of its own. Students of the college participate in the university sports events. The college facilitates health check-up programmes and personal counselling. The college gives incentive to outstanding sports persons in the form of prizes, and preference in attendance. The college has a canteen which caters to the need of students, teachers and non-teaching staff of the college.

CRITERION - V: STUDENTS SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
The college publishes its prospectus regularly which gives details of academic programmes, eligibility criteria for admission in different programmes, general rules, other information regarding the college and the students support available in the college. The college has 1215 students on its rolls during the year 2006-07. All the students are from within the state of West Bengal. The college does not have overseas students or any special policy for admission of such students. The dropout rate of students admitted to the college is 4.5%. There are statutory reservation of seats for candidates belonging to SC, ST and other Backward Classes as per rules. Students appear for their University Examinations after fulfilling the conditions prescribed by the University. Courses are completed well before the University Examination. Financial Aids are available to the scheduled caste and scheduled tribe students through scholarships from the State & Central Governments. Freeship from college fund is available to the needy and meritorious students.

The college may take steps to form a placement cell in order to come to the expectations of the students. The college has formed an Alumni Association in the recent past which is to be registered. The alumni of the college are holding various important positions in public and private sectors. The alumni of the college are well disposed towards their alma-mater and they are prepared to help for its growth. The college may have greater future in interacting with the alumni and motivate them to help the institution. Students of the college participate in sports and games conducted by the college. However, the college may take steps to identify talented sports persons for selected games and sports events and provide them coaching facilities to enable them to succeed.

Cultural events like dance, drama, music are organised by the college with the active participation of the students and teachers. The annual college magazine 'DISHARI' and wall papers published by the college provide a forum for the students to give expression to their literary and writing abilities. The exact record on the progression of students to employment and further study are not available in the college.

Science Centre is functioning in the college to nurture and encourage the talents of the students according to their interests. The performance of the students in the university examinations is reasonably good, both quantitative and qualitative. A good number of students have topped the lists of successful candidates in University examinations.

CRITERION - VI : ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT
The college is managed by a Governing Body (G.B.) constituted according to the West Bengal Non-Government College Management Rules. It consists of twelve members including one nominee of the State Government and three nominees of the affiliating University. The principal is the member secretary of the G.B. as well as the academic and administrative head of the institution. Three teachers and two members of non-teaching staff are representing in the G.B. The General Secretary of the students' Union is also a member of the G.B. The G.B. constitutes committees as and when required to coordinate and monitor the activities of the college. The college has committees to look after academic affairs, admission, examinations, the college library, finance and admission. The academic committee prepares the Academic Calendar. The principal coordinates the functions of the committees and implements their decisions. The committees ensure that the administration of the College is participative and transparent. The college fills up vacancies by issuing advertisements in local newspapers and forming a selection committee according to Government / University rules. Teachers are recruited as per rules and norms laid down by the UGC, University and the State Government.

Teachers submit Annual Confidential Report in the form of Self Appraisal for evaluating their efficiency and performance to the Principal at the end of each academic session. However, there is scope to improve the quality of self appraisal report and they should be analysed and steps to be taken for improvement.

The fees charged by the college for all the programmes are as prescribed by the Government. The unit cost of education is Rs. 10,549 with salary and without salary is Rs.664. The college has a system of internal audit. The UGC has sanctioned an amount of Rs 3,04,880 under Xth plan college development to construct the library building. The performance of teachers is monitored through their self-appraisal and feed back from the students. Performance of non-teaching staff is also monitored by the Accountant / Head Assistant and the Principal. The college arranges professional training programmes and workshops to increase the working efficiency of the office staff. The college makes all major purchases by inviting quotations. The college raises additional financial resources from the fees received from the self-financing courses, donations from the public. Students' discipline in the campus is maintained. The college prepares its budget annually. The college has completed internal audit and external audit upto 2005-06.The grievance and redressal committee needs to be activated. The Co-operative Credit Society of the college provides loans to its members. Teachers and the staff may consider going for group medi-claim polices and Janata Accident Polices.

CRITERION - VII : HEALTHY PRACTICES
The students maintain good discipline. Harmony between various components of the college is prevailing.

Sixty economically backward students are given concessions with respect to tuition fee and University examination fee.

The Alumni Association has instituted merit awards to the students of the college.

The college has a mechanism for internal quality checks, unit test, home assignments, terminal examinations, preliminary examinations, for continuous evaluation and assessment of the students.

It is imparting value based education and inculcates civic responsibilities among the students through celebrations, lectures, cultural programmes, etc.

There is a mechanism to have college-home relationship through which teachers of the college have established personal contacts with the parents and alumni. The college organizes parents' gathering and collects feedback from them.

The college has instituted endowment funds in order to facilitate academic encouragement to the students.

The GB members, parents and alumni maintain good rapport with
the college and have desire for its growth.

Section - III
Overall Analysis
The Peer Team, after going through the Self Study Report of the College and its visit, is happy to record that the institution has succeeded to a considerable extent in translating its mission and goals into academic practices. It has stood for providing higher education to the girls students of the region.

Dedicated faculty, sincere Principal and management, beautiful campus and adequate infrastructure facilities are the noteworthy features of the College. Teaching schedule is strictly adhered to and examinations are conducted as per University rules. Extra and co-curricular activities of the College are compatible with its goals and mission. The cordial relationship between different components of the College is apparent. Student discipline is impressive.

For the future growth of the College and maintenance of quality in higher education the Peer Team makes the following recommendations:

Recommendations
The management may consider to offer a parallel certificate course on classical dance and music to provide an opportunity to the students to express their hidden talents.

The college may introduce short term certificate courses on Spoken English, Interior designing, Beautician, Floristic, Knitting and Embroidery etc.

The management should take initiative to develop a system to get feedback from academic peers and employers on teaching programmes and opening of new courses.

The liberal use of graphs, models , audio - visual aids by all departments may be encouraged to make the teaching - learning process interesting and effective .

The College may consider constituting a women cell to render counselling service to the girl students on empowerment of women.

A computer lab with at least 50 computers with internet facility should be provided.

Computerization of academic, administrative, financial and library activities should be done on priority basis.

Internet and reprography facilities should be provided to the library.

Teachers may be encouraged to become members of professional bodies in their fields and to attend seminars and conferences organized by such bodies to get exposed to the latest development in their subjects.

The College may introduce Post Graduate Course in Geography.

The College may take steps to invite resource persons from different disciplines of University departments and other Centers to give opportunities for interaction.

The college may seek financial assistance from UGC, Ministry of Sports and Youth Service, Govt. of India to start a Multi Gym in the College.

Audio-visual aids should be provided.

The college should appoint a qualified Physical Education Instructor.

The College should arrange more departmental and national Seminars.

The library should be fully computerized and a qualified librarian be appointed. The collage may take steps to provide more space in the library. The library should be strengthened with more books, journals, magazines and reference books. Inter library linkage may be opted.

The college should send the staff for periodical training in computer work, account maintenance and administrative work.

Teachers should be asked to apply for Research Projects to agencies like UGC & ICSSR etc.

The parents may be invited periodically to hold discussion with the principal and the teachers on academic matters of their wards.
Placement Cell and Employment Guidance Cell be started.

The college may establish internal quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) for periodically checking and identifying areas for further improvement.

Teacher and Student Representatives may be involved in Planning and monitoring the Developmental Programmes of the college.

All the teachers should be evaluated by the students yearly and they have to be encouraged to do research.

The GB may introduce welfare progammes like consumer co-operative Store and medical treatment benefits etc.

The Peer Team places on record its appreciation for the co-operation extended by the members of the Governing Body, the Principal, the Faculty, Non- Teaching Staff, Parents, Alumni and Student Community during the visit. The Team wishes the best for the all round development of the Hooghly Women's College, West Bengal in its academic pursuits and endeavours.

Dr. B. Hanumaiah
Chairman

Prof. (Dr.) Prasanna Biswasroy
Member Co- Ordinator

Prof. K.M. Kuriakose
Member

Dr. Sumita Bajpai
Principal
Hooghly Women's College
Hooghly, West Bengal



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