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Nabagram Hiralal Paul College, Konnagar, West Bengal
Nabagram Hiralal Paul College, Konnagar, West Bengal
Konnagar (District Hooghly)
West Bengal, IndiaPin Code : 712246
Nabagram Hiralal Paul College, Konnagar West Bengal is a recognised institute / college.
Nabagram Hiralal Paul College, Konnagar West Bengal is situated in Konnagar of West Bengal state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.
Contact Details of Nabagram Hiralal Paul College, Konnagar West Bengal are : Ph: 2673 0007/5161
B.Sc Economics(G+H), Physics(G+H), Chemistry(G+H), Mathematics(G+H)
Nabagram Hiralal Paul College, Konnagar West Bengal runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
Nabagram Hiralal Paul College is affiliated with University of Calcutta, Kolkata (Calcutta)
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NAAC report of Nabagram Hiralal Paul CollegeINTRODUCTION
Nabagram Hiralal Paul College is located at Nabagram in the District of Hooghly of West Bengal. A large number of refugees after partition from erstwhile East-Bengal have settled in this area. It is these people who have developed this locality.
This educational institution was set up to cater the needs of the people of this locality. Late Hiralal Paul took the initiative for the establishment of this college in 1957. Dr. B..C Roy, the then Chief Minister of West Bengal laid the foundation stone of the College. In the beginning the college started with the faculties of Arts and Commerce at the intermediate level. Undergraduate programmes at the degree level were introduced subsequently. Science Course was introduced with effect from academic session 1983 and Honours Courses in a few subjects in the faculty of arts commenced with effect from the academic session 2000-01 and honours course in Physics was introduced with effect from 2002-03. To meet the demands of the time, the College has introduced Certificate Courses in Computer application from the academic session 2003, and the Open University study centre with an average intake of 1500 students was set up in the year 1998.
It is worthy to mention here that the Open University Centre started with honours courses in B.A & B.Com which has now been upgraded and Post graduate courses M.A./ M.Sc in Bengali, English Language & Political Science, Teaching & Mathematics, besides Bachelor preparatory programme and Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights, Library Science, Public Relation & Advertising. Thus, the primary objective of the College to spread higher Education in the region has been largely fulfilled. The College has been operating NCC & NSS Programmes to develop the latent skill of the Students. The performance of the College in the field of games & sports is also encouraging. In 2003 the College bagged District Championship in Football. The College has also obtained Championship in Kabadi at the University level for five consecutive years and runners in Swimming in 2003.
Extension activities such as health care awareness, blood donation camp, literacy drive programme, AIDS awareness environmental awareness have been encouraging. There are 29 no. of permanent and 20 guest teachers. Of them 17 no. of teachers possess Ph.D. degrees whereas 7 no of them possess M.Phil. degrees. The administrative and supportive staff including the Technical Staff are 22 in number.
Thus the College has grown over the years in meeting the educational needs of the youth of the area. The College is affiliated to the University of Calcutta and has been brought under the grant in aid scheme of the Govt. of West Bengal. As the College has been established in the year 1957 it has been brought under 2f and 12B of the UGC from its inception.
The area of the College Campus is of 2.582 acres including the tank area. The College now offers 12 undergraduate courses besides the Computer Science/Application courses which is operated in collaboration with CMC. It may be mentioned here that this is the only College in the whole State of West Bengal where CMC is offering this Course.
The number of students in the academic session 2004-05 is 1413 including 571 number of girls. The dropout rate during the academic session is about 16%. The unit cost of education including salary component and excluding salary components are Rs.7599.00 and Rs. 1506.00 respectively. The temporal plan of the college is based on annual system. It is however supplemented by class tests and home assignments. The working days in the College in 2003-2004 are 249 while teaching days are 212.
It is encouraging to find that the college has been largely successful in providing infrastructural facilities in terms of buildings. It has been able to construct the 'Honours Block' on the South Side, the first floor consisting of 11 rooms to accommodate Honours Classes, Computer Lab, Meeting Room and Principal's Room.
An auditorium is almost in the process of completion. A brief account of the college given at the end under the title the college at a glance in the from of an appendix.
The College has volunteered for assessment and accreditation by submitting its Self Study Report to NAAC, Bangalore.
The NAAC constituted a peer team comprising of Prof. A.P Padhi, former Vice-Chancellor of Berhorampore University as Chairperson, Dr. Sukla Mahanty, Principal Jamshedpur Womens' College, Jamshadpur, Jharkhand as Member Coordinator, and professor Nirala Buragohain, former Principal, Devraj Roy College, Golaghat, Assam as Member. The Peer Team visited the College on 30th & 31st March 2005. The Peer Team examined and analysed the Self Study Report submitted by Nabagram Hiralal Paul College, Nabagram, Hooghly. The Peer Team visited all the departments, support services and facilities and interacted extensively with the members of the Governing Body, Principal, faculties, students, parents, alumni and non-teaching staff. The team has also verified all available data, documents and relevant papers in order to ascertain strengths and weaknesses so as to make an overall assessment of the College on the guidelines of NAAC as reflected in seven criteria. Needless to say that the team did not leave any section of the college community while undertaking its evaluation and assessment.
CRITERION I : CURRICULAR ASPECTS
NABAGRAM HIRALAL PAUL COLLEGE, Nabagram, Hooghly is affiliated to Calcutta University and offers 32 undergraduate programmes at honours and general levels in the faculties of Arts, Commerce and Science. The courses offered by the college are Bengali, English, Sanskrit, Political Science, Philosophy, History, Education, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Economics and Commerce. Although many elective options are available to the students, the B.com Course does not offer any option to choose from the courses offered by the college. The College hosts Netaji Subhash Open University under which some undergraduate & postgraduate programmes are offered. The college is offering some Diploma and Certificate courses on computer science in collaboration with CMC Ltd. The institution aims at offering a diversified field of knowledge with the objective of educating the backward students of the area and to develop their wholesome personality through education. Its objective therefore includes development of skills among the students of the region . The college promotes social and cultural activities besides games and sports, N.C.C. and N.S.S. programmes.
These activities promote all round development of the students. Under Calcutta University rules & regulations, only Boards of studies and Academic Council of the university are entitled to make changes in the syllabi. To introduce a new programme within the regulations of the present university system, it takes about one year. The college has introduced new subjects from 2001. Honours courses in Political Science and Philosophy were introduced in 2001 whereas honours in English was introduced in 2002. This has been possible because of the constant efforts of the college. Some teachers are members of the Boards of Studies in the University.
Seminars and Workshops are conducted by the college where experts from academic and professional fields are invited to deliver lectures. Departmental teaching plans supplied to the students provide guidelines regarding curricular aspects from the very beginning of each course.
CRITERION II : TEACHING LEARNING AND EVALUATION
The students are admitted on the basis of marks secured in qualifying examination. Students' performance is judged in class tests and periodical tests. Admission to all courses is in accordance with the policy of reservation of govt. of West Bengal. At the beginning of each academic year, a teaching plan is prepared by the head of the Department. The syllabus is unitized according to the annual system of teaching. Class tests and model examinations are conducted accordingly. Apart from regular classroom teaching, seminars, tutorials, group discussions, wall magazines and educational tours are conducted to motivate students.
The use of OHP and models supplement classroom teaching in a few departments. There is a need to develop a centralized audio visual facility for easy access of equipment to faculty for use in the classrooms and to develop their own teaching aids. In the previous academic session, the college had 229 teaching days and 249 working days.
General information is conveyed through the prospectus of the college to students at the beginning of the session. The college undertakes periodic test to evaluate the students. The Final Exam is designed and conducted by the Calcutta University. Out of a total of 49 teachers only 29 are 'permanent' and 20 guest lecturers and part-timers. About 80% of courses are taught by full time teachers whereas 20% of the courses are handled by guest / part time teachers. Permanent teachers' recruitment is made through West Bengal College Service Commission and temporary teachers are appointed by a selection procedure developed by the college Management. The normal teaching loads in the department is 17 hours a week. The college appoints and pays guest lecturers' from its own fund. Self-appraisal reports of the teachers are evaluated by the University.
A few teachers have publications in National and International Journals. One teacher from the Department of English received President's Award in the Documentary Section at the National Film Festival. Another teacher from the same department attended an International Conference at Germany in 2001 and presented one paper.
Teachers in some departments have pursued the cause of their academic advancement by attending orientation and refresher courses and national, international seminars. Some teachers have written books on their respective subjects, in addition to their responsibility in conducting co-curricular and extension programmes.
A proposal for a two day U.G.C. sponsored seminar has been sent to the U.G.C. for approval. The college has also sent a proposal to U.G.C. for starting a remedial coaching centre in the college for SC/ST students.
Internet facilities are offered to students and teachers for establishing national & international linkages. Students are encouraged to take part in inter-collegiate seminars, quiz and cultural competitions.
CRITERION III : RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTESION.
The college is not recognized as a centre of research. The research culture in the institution is mainly confined to the research works carried out by individual teachers for their own academic advancement. There are 17 teachers with Ph.D. and 07 teachers with M. Phil. degrees. Quite a few teachers have authored books and have a number of research-based publications to their credit. A teacher of the History department has been awarded a doctoral fellowship. Although the college does not have provision to provide seed money for research work, it encourages teachers to submit research proposals to U.G.C. and sanctions study leave for pursuing research in other institutions. Departments of English and Bengali deserve special mention in this context.
The college is involved in some community extension activities like Aids awareness, community development, Adult education and literacy. There is no consultancy service in the college. The faculty may be encouraged to carry out research and consultancy activities in the college. This exposure will not only enrich their faculty but also will be of immense help to the institution.
The N.S.S. and N.C.C. programmes are encouraging and rewarding.
The Students' Union also encourages its members by undertaking various programmes. One library for poor students has been established and run by the Students' Union in the campus. Students are regularly informed about different extension activities programmes through students' meetings. The college enjoys full co-operation from government and non-government agencies for execution of extension activities.
CRITERION IV: INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
Nabagram Hiralal Paul College is located in a rural area of Hooghly District with a campus area of 2.582 acres of land.
The college has adequate infrastructure to accommodate class rooms, laboratories, common rooms for the students and teachers and office, library, NCC office and a room for Netaji Subhas Open University. The infrastructure of the college is maintained by the sub-committee from the UGC funds and non-UGC sources.
A second storey has been recently constructed on the right wing of the main building to accommodate Honours courses , Computer Lab and Meeting Room.
The college library has a total of about 20000 books. It is opened from 10.00 A.M. to 5.00 P.M. for 5 days of the week. The library has one computer. The college library has reading and lending facilities. All departments have departmental libraries. A library cum reading room for the poor students have been constructed from MLA LAD fund. The books in this library have been provided by the Students' Union.
The Computer Laboratory is used mainly by Physics and Commerce departments.
The college provides separate common rooms for boys and girls with facilities of indoor games like Carom, Table Tennis etc.
The playground within the campus of the college is used for outdoor games like Football, Kabadi, Kho-Kho as well as for NCC training.
The Netaji Subhas Open University Study Centre in the college functions after college hours and on Saturdays and Sundays.
The college provides accommodation to the computer centre CMC Ltd. which functions on Sundays and Summer and Winter recesses.
The college has provided internet facilities with e-mail to students, teaching and non teaching staff.
The Student Health Home, Moulali, Kolkata, provides medical facilities to all incumbents of the college in the form of first-aid.
The performance of the college in NCC and sports is quite encouraging. One NCC cadet has been awarded Presidents Gold Medal as well as Governors Gold Medal. The College Men and Women Kabadi Team have been champions of Calcutta University for five consecutive years. A few NCC cadets have been recruited in Army, BSF and CRPF.
CRITERION V : STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
The college has more than 1400 students on the roll. The drop-out rate of students is about 16%.
About 200 students have enjoyed financial assistance in the form of aid and concession of fees from Central Government and college fund during the last two years.
A number of sub-committees with the Principal as the head, monitor the overall functioning of the college.
Students place their complaints and demands through the Students' Union. Sometimes individual students lodge their complaints in the Complaint Box.
Outgoing students are provided with questionnaires to evaluate their institution.
The Students' Union publishes its annual magazine.
The college in collaboration with CMC Ltd. offers computer course to college students at a low cost.
Recreational / leisure facilities are available to students in form of indoor games like carom, table tennis and outdoor games such as Football, Cricket, Kabadi etc. An Alumni Association has been formed and registered. The college publishes its updated prospectus.
CRITERION VI : ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT
The college is managed by the Governing Body which is the highest administrative body.
The college provides separate attendance registers for full time and guest / part-time teachers.
A number of subcommittees with principal as the head monitors the overall functioning of the college.
The college has made an agreement with CMC Ltd to provide free training to the teaching and the non teaching staff of the college.
Each department prepares its own academic calendar which is subsequently approved by the academic sub-committee.
The Students' Welfare Fund is utilized to help the needy and the meritorious students.
The members of the teaching and the non teaching staff of the college enjoy the facility of loan from the PF. The teaching stuff also enjoys the facility of loan from Teachers' Benefit Fund.
The Grievance Redressal Cell constituted with the Principal, the Secretary, Teachers' Council, Secretary, Non Teaching Staff and the General Secretary of the Students' Union looks into the grievances of the students'.
CRITERION VII : HEALTHY PRACTICES
The college has adopted measures for checking the internal quality of the students, teaching and non teaching staff.
The teachers are required to submit their teaching plans. They are also to submit their self appraisal reports to the Principal. The outgoing students evaluate the performance of the institution and the faculty in the form of questionnaires.
The college has introduced computer training in collaboration with CMC Ltd. It is running a study centre under the Netaji Subhas Open University with UG and PG courses.
The college tries to inculcate positive values and civic responsibilities among the students by encouraging them to participate in programmes like Traffic Control, Thalasseamia Camp, Plantation, Environmental Awareness, AIDS Awareness.
The Students' Union is taking initiative to start an Information Cell. The students are given information about different examinations for recruitment in various services.
A CAREER COUNSELING CELL has been recently formed. A seminar has been conducted by D. I. C. and officers from the United Bank of India to advise the students about self employment and procurement of finance from the bank.
The Peer Team has gone through the self-study report of the College before the visit which enabled the team to have a clear idea of the college. The College, while preparing the Self Study Report, has stated that the teachers recognize their strengths as well as their weaknesses. The Principal and teachers are eager to put more efforts in their attempt to improve the quality of higher education. The Peer Team would like to make the following commendations after due examination and verification of relevant data and document besides having interaction with the members of the G.B., teachers, supporting staff, Students, parents, alumni and the Principal.
There is congenial atmosphere with harmonious interpersonal relationship among teachers, students and the supporting staff. The contributions of the teaching staff of the college are praiseworthy under the dynamic leadership of the Principal;
Wall Magazines are displayed in all the 12 departments highlighting the contributions of students;
There is a pro-active Students Union performing various welfare, cultural & developmental programmes such as Saradia Utsav, Basanta Utsav, Educational Tour, Annual Cultural programmes besides bringing out the Students' Union magazines, observing Teachers' Day and undertaking Computer Literacy Programme. The Union has also donated its funds for Tsunami victims by saving from their Cultural fund;
The achievements of the college in the field of Games & Sports are outstanding;
Achievements of the NCC cadets in its various programmes are equally fruitful. NCC cadets have brought laurels to college by winning Presidents medal, Governor's medal etc;
The composition of Governing Body is democratic, both in its composition & functions. The G.B. is also extending active support to the College;
Some of the departments are using audiovisual aids including overhead projectors;
The library is under the process of computerization. The accounts of the office has however been computerized;
The Netaji Subhas Open University study centre is offering academically useful and rewarding courses both at Under Graduate & Post Graduate levels;
The College has signed the MOU with the CMC which has been running certificate courses in Computer Education with the help of the College. It is happy to note that the centre is providing free training to the willing teaching & non-teaching staff;
The College has also launched its website for the benefit of the academic community;
Special arrangements have been made for the poor students by way of providing books at subsidised rates.
All departments contribute to a limited number of professional journals for the benefit of students and teachers.
Keeping in mind the future plan of the College, the Peer Team suggests the following :-
The College may prepare its vision plan with the help of experts. The vision documents should provide identified objectives and strategies;
17 teachers who possess Ph.D. degrees should publish in professional journals minimum one paper per teacher per year. This will promote academic excellence. A Quality Assurance Cell may be created to monitor various academic programmes;
Honours departments of the College may promote inter- disciplinary teaching wherever its does not exist;
The present Employment Guidance Cell be strengthened;
The Alumni Association should be proactive and be encouraged to extend support for the development of the College;
A Commerce Laboratory may be set up with all practical orientation for commerce students;
Teachers not using audiovisual aids and projectors may be encouraged to use the same in their teaching programmes;
A Competitive Examination Centre may be established to create a climate of competitive spirit;
The College authority should have more periodical meetings with parents and alumni;
Professional and vocational courses which are relevant to the region should be introduced;
Appointment of a physical instructor may give further boost to Games & Sports;
The infrastructural facilities for Games & Sports may be increased;
The present Computer Centre and internet facilities be expanded with latest machines;
Teachers be encouraged to undertake minor research projects with funds from national agencies to promote research activities in the College;
Science Departments may initiate measures to provide consultancy to local organisations;
A language lab for training the students for good communication may be set up;
Efforts may be made for recruitment of teachers against permanent vacancies. The College may undertake remedial courses with UGC funding for the benefit of SC & ST students;
The present students' feedback system should be rationalized so as to make the system more fruitful;
Women Study Cell may be established to look after the problems of girl students;
The present Grievance Redressal Cell should be strengthened.
The Peer Team records its appreciation for the help and cooperation accorded to it by all sections of the college community.
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