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Basanti Devi College, Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal


Basanti Devi College, Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal
Address:147 B, Rashbihari Avenue, Kolkata - 700029 , West Bengal
Kolkata (Calcutta) (District Kolkata (Calcutta))
West Bengal, India

Basanti Devi College, Kolkata (Calcutta) West Bengal is a recognised institute / college.
Basanti Devi College is situated in Kolkata (Calcutta) of West Bengal state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Kolkata (Calcutta) comes under Kolkata (Calcutta) Tehsil, Kolkata (Calcutta) District.

Website of Basanti Devi College, Kolkata (Calcutta) West Bengal is http://www.basantidevicollege.org/.

Contact Details of Basanti Devi College, Kolkata (Calcutta) West Bengal are : Telephone: +91-33-24641012, 0845


Basanti Devi College, Kolkata (Calcutta) West Bengal runs course(s) in Arts, Science stream(s).
B.A Bengali(G), English(G+H), Philosophy(G+H), History(G+H), Pol. Science(G+H), Sanskrit(G+H), Education(G+H)

B.Sc Economics(G+H), Mathematics(G+H), Physics(G+H), Chemistry(G+H), Statistics(G+H), Computer Sc.(G)

Major Industrial Fish & Fisheries, Communicative English

Approval details: Basanti Devi College is affiliated with University of Calcutta (CU), Kolkata (West Bengal)

Profile of Basanti Devi College

History Basanti Devi College, a premier undergraduate institution for girls affiliated to the University of Calcutta, was established on 5th August 1959 as one of the first sponsored colleges by the Government of West Bengal under scheme 2F of the UGC. Named after and inspired by the ideals of Basanti Devi (1818-1972), wife of Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das, one of the first women to fight for the freedom of our country and a pioneer in championing the cause of women�s education, the mission of the college has always been the empowerment of women through higher education and social consciousness.

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NAAC report of Basanti Devi College

Section I: Introduction
Basanti Devi College, 147B, Rash Behari Avenue, Calcutta-700029, West Bengal, which is named after Basanti Devi (1880-1972), who was one of the first women freedom fighters of the country, was established in August, 1959. It is affiliated to the University of Calcutta. The college got UGC recognition under 2f in August, 1959. The college is built in an area of 0.52 acres and is located in an urban area. Basanti Devi College is a premier undergraduate institution for girls. Although it is located in an urban region, it attracts girls students from not only the adjoining urban area but also from the suburban and rural localities.

The mission the college has been the empowerment of women through higher education and it reflects the ideals of the Basanti Devi, who was a pioneer in championing the cause of women's education. The present student strength of the college is 770. Beginning with only a few undergraduate programmes, the college has expanded over the years and presently there are 2 undergraduate programmes (BA and B.Sc.), 11 self-financing computer courses and 2 enrichment courses. A study center of the Netaji Subash Open University also functions from the college premises. The College has 42 full-time sanctioned teaching posts. The number of teachers at present is 55 out of which 34 are permanent, 18 part-time, and 3 guest lecturers. The number of non-teaching staff is 23, which comprises of 8 administrative, 2 technical and 13 Grade D staff.

The college after 45 years of its successful performance in the areas of academic, extension, extracurricular and sports has offered itself to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and conducted the preliminary self-study and subsequently submitted the Self-Study Report (SSR) to NAAC in January 2004. A peer Team was constituted by NAAC, Bangalore to visit the college and validate its Self Study Report. The Peer Team consisted of Prof. A. Saha, Professor, Department of Economics, Tripura University, Agartala as Member Coordinator, Prof. Ambasht N.K., Former Chairman, National Institute of Open Schooling, New Delhi as Chairman and Prof. P. K. Barhai, Dean, Sponsored Research & Collaborative Projects and Prof. & Head, Department of Applied Physics, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi, Jharkhand as member.

The Peer Team visited Basanti Devi College on March 27 and 28, 2004 and carefully perused and analyzed the Self Study Report submitted by the college. It visited all the Departments, Administrative sections, Central Library, Sports facilities, Health Centre, Canteen, Grievance Redressal Cell, Vehicle Parking Shed, Computer facility, Cheap Store, Staff Quarters for Group D staff and Open Air stage etc.. The Peer Team also interacted at length with the Principal, Governing Body members, faculty, students, non-teaching staff, parents and alumni of the college.

The Peer Team also had gone through the various relevant documents like acts and statutes, rules and regulations, Prospectus etc.. Based on the above exercise and keeping in mind the criteria identified by NAAC, the Peer Team have taken the value judgment. The assessment of the college under various criteria, the commendable features of the college as well as the issues of concern are reported below.

Section 2: Criterion-Wise Analysis
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects.
The College has a well defined mission, which is empowerment of women through education and a goal of overall personality development of women by offering education at affordable cost to urban as well as rural female students. The college offers two undergraduate programmes (BA and B.Sc.), one Certificate, one Diploma and one P.G. Diploma programmes with 42 subject combinations. Some of the U.G. programmes have both Honours and General courses. Although the College has little contribution in development of the course syllabi, being an affiliated college of the Calcutta University, it has some participation of the College faculty in some academic bodies of the University. It has a mechanism of feedback on the curricular design, contents of syllabi, teaching and learning methods etc. through the interaction with alumni and academic peers who are invited to deliver lecturers in seminars/symposia etc. organized by various departments.

Criterion II - Teaching - Learning and Evaluation
The admission into various courses is done through assessment of aptitudes during counseling of applicants. The knowledge and skills of the students for a particular programmes is assessed through Monthly test, End term examinations, Seminars for Honours students, Tutorial assignments etc. The college also provides remedial courses in English for academically weak students. More advanced students are encouraged by providing additional study materials like advanced text books and specially prepared study materials, asking them to present seminar on advance topics, participating in inter-college extracurricular activities etc. The teachers prepare teaching plans in the beginning of each term. The academic schedule of teaching is divided into two terms (first term-July to December, second term - January to June). The syllabi are unitized according to the teaching plan. Students are informed at the beginning of the session about the modules of the syllabi and the schedules to be followed in each term. If needed, additional classes are arranged to complete the modules as scheduled. The college also has the facility to supplement the classroom teaching through seminars, audio visual aids etc. The college has 211 teaching days and it has an ideal teaching to non-teaching staff ratio of 4:1. The full time faculty teaches major portion of the syllabi. The students are informed about the method of evaluation in the beginning of the session through the college prospectus. Academic calendar for the session is also notified in advance. The college also has a method of monitoring students' performance through monthly tests, weekly tutorial assignments etc. The performance of the weaker students is intimated to the parents/guardians and corrective measures are suggested.

Teachers are recruited as per University Grants Commission and Government of West Bengal norms. New posts are created according to the needs of the college subject to the approval of Director of Public Instruction, Govt. of West Bengal. However, the college has the freedom to recruit temporary teachers as and when required. Large number of teachers have attended National & International level Seminars/Conferences/Workshops etc. The college also has the method of self-appraisal for the evaluation of performance in teaching, research and extension. The college also has a system of evaluation of teachers by outgoing final year students. The feedback from students is used to improve the performance of the teachers. The college had deputed many teachers to attend nine faculty development programmes during 2001-2003. The college has also linkages with many local Institutions for improvement of teaching and research. In addition to the normal academic activities, the college has also taken part in the decentralization of examination of University of Calcutta. All the teachers of the college are also examiners of University of Calcutta. During the interaction with the students and the alumni of the College, it came out very strongly that the faculty of the college go extra mile in solving students academic problems through tutorials, personal counseling, encouragement etc. That is perhaps the strongest point of the College.

Criterion III - Research, Consultancy and Extension.
About 25% of the faculties are involved in active research. There are two sponsored research projects in the College. It was a pleasant surprise to find that an undergraduate College has had a collaborative project in the area of atmospheric research. One of the faculties had been to Antarctica Expedition. The teachers are encouraged to publish research papers in national and international journals. The faculties have so far published quite significant number of research papers in national and international journals of repute.

The extension activities of the college are a part of NSS. The activities are in the areas of community development, health and hygiene awareness, AIDS awareness, and environment awareness etc. The college also cooperates with NGOs and GOs for extension activities like Blood Donation Camp, Medical Camp etc.

Criterion IV - Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college has a plan to generate resources through increase of student strength in order to enhance the infrastructure facility. The college optimizes the utilization of infrastructure facilities by allowing West Bengal Women's Polytechnics to run enrichment courses like Soft Toy Making and Beauticians Training in the college premises. The college is also a study centre of Netaji Subash Open University (NSOU). The college also runs many Computer Application courses in collaboration with Institute of Computer Engineers. The college is also a centre of many public examinations like Banking Service Recruitment Board, Public Service Commission and West Bengal Civil Services and Clerical Services examinations. The college also holds the Dancing classes of The Uday Shankar India Culture Centre. A Building Committee maintains the infrastructure of the college. There is also a Caretaker for maintenance of electrical installations. The campus is kept beautiful and pollution free by the Garden Committee and NSS. An Advisory Committee supervises the library. There is also book bank facility in the library. At present the lending, purchase and the stock verification are only computerized. The library is well equipped with text books, journals/periodicals, reprographic and computer facilities. The library has sufficient working days and working hours. At present there are more than 23000 books in the Central Library. In addition to this, there are also Departmental Libraries in each Department. The college does not have a central computer facility. However, there are computers in some departments. Limited Internet facility is also available in the Principal's office. The college has limited infrastructure facilities for sports and physical education due to limited campus area. However, it has the facilities for sports activities like Badminton, Kabbaddi, and Javelin throw etc. and indoor games facilities for Table Tennis, Carom and Chess etc. The students of the college participated in District level Non-Government College Athletics Meet and won many prizes in Shot Put, Javelin throw, Discuss throw etc.

Criterion V - Student Support and Progression
The college has a success rate of about 70%. Number of students joining in higher studies is about 75%. Many alumni of the college are holding important positions and many of them are established as popular singers, TV personalities etc. Nine students have qualified in NET, SLET, GATE, GRE, and TOEFL during the last five years. The college also publishes and updates its prospectus every year. Number of students, belonging to SC/ST, gets financial assistance in the form of scholarship. The college, from its own fund, also provides free studentship and half-free studentship. The college has also an alumni association known as Praktanika. Its alumni are very well known personalities in their respective fields and have shown deep affection for the College, eulogizing its contribution to their personality, in being what they are today. It also publishes the yearly magazine named Praktanika. During their interaction with the peer team, they came out with a number of suggestions to help the College voluntarily with their expertise to help the students to establish themselves in their lives.

The college has both indoor and outdoor recreational facilities. It also has large number of clubs and societies like Debate Club, Nature Club etc.

Criterion VI - Organization and Management
A Governing body runs the college. The Principal is the academic and administrative head of the college. The ratio of teaching to non-teaching employees is about 4:1. Selection of teachers is made by the West Bengal College Service Commission. Appointments of selected teachers are made by the Governing Body of the College. The college does not have any professional development programmes for non-teaching staffs. The fee structure of the college is reasonable and it is line with the mission and objectives of the college i.e. empowerment of women through education of women at reasonable cost. The college maintains an attendance register and a daily roster of workload for checking the efficiency of teaching and non-teaching staff. The Academic sub-committee constituted by the Governing body prepares the academic calendar of the college. The college has a number of welfare programmes like group insurance scheme, festival advance facility etc. and a grievance redressal cell.

Criterion VII - Healthy Practices
The college has adopted monitoring of students' performance through class tests, tutorial assignments etc. in every term. The college also holds parents-teacher meeting in every term. The college encourages teachers for active research through study leave. There is also a career guidance cell for students. The college also has a mechanism of awarding various endowment prizes for academic excellence in college and university examinations. The college has established linkages with many local institutions for training & research. The regular academic programmes are strengthened through the sharing of infrastructure with other institutions. The college inculcates civic responsibilities among students through Udvas, a welfare organization for upliftment of neighboring street children.

Section 3: Overall Analysis
The Peer Team, after going through the self-study report and after its visit to various academic and physical facilities, is highly impressed by the progress of the Basanti Devi College in transacting its academic and other outreach activities and accomplishing the mission and goals of the College, which is the empowerment of women through higher education.

The peer team considers that there are a number of features of Basanti Devi College's approach to quality assurance and standards that it would wish to commend. The peer team would like to commend the institution for the following aspects.

encouragement and the support given by the management to the institution

dedication and commitment of the teaching and the non-teaching staff of the institution

effective leadership and good human relationship resulting in efficient team work

strict discipline maintained in the institution

promotion of research

monitoring of the students, both academic and personal

facilitating aspect of the institution to promote student participation and achievement in sports and extracurricular activities

strong discipline among the students and non-involvement of students in political activities in the college campus

reasonably good infrastructural facilities

well maintained premises

optimal utilization of space through providing a room for the study centre of Netaji Subhash Open University

resource generation through the introduction of self financed courses on computer applications.

practice of publication of departmental magazines.

monitoring of students performances through monthly tests, quizzes and terminal examinations.

intimation of performance of weak students to parents and follow up for corrective measures.

proficiency of students in extra curricular activities like music, dance drama etc.

outreach activities through N.S.S.

a very diversely professionalized and celebrity status alumnae and thoughtful parents.

However, the peer team would like to bring to the attention of the college to certain concerns for its consideration. Keeping in view the future plans for overall achievements; the peer team would suggest the following to the college to consider:

While the peer team appreciates the overall mission of the college, which is empowerment of women, the college may like to identify specific objectives and make strategic plans to attain the same

The college may explore the possibility of introducing more course options to increase flexibility in course combinations keeping in mind the latest trends and societal needs.

These may be such courses that may be self financing, and could be affiliated to Netaji Subhash Open University or IGNOU

Appropriate action may be initiated to fill up all the existing sanctioned posts which are presently lying vacant

Reasonable salary as per UGC norms may be paid to the part-time teachers

Teachers may be encouraged to take up sponsored research projects
Courses on performing arts may be introduced

Post graduate courses on subjects having the necessary infrastructure and faculty strength may be introduced

Time table may be adjusted so as to minimize the time-gap between the classes so that students do not have wide gap between classes

Efforts should be made to provide quality food items in the college canteen at reasonable rate

Provision of separate and spacious reading room in the library be made.

Number of books in the library requires to be increased. More journals and periodicals may be subscribed

Internet connection to each department may be provided

Library facilities need to be computerized

N.C.C may be introduced.

Efforts may be made to improve the sports facilities.

Alumnae may be approached for introduction of training in publishing and editing, and animation courses etc.

Commerce and geography disciplines may be introduced
Access to computers and student support services need to be strengthened. A placement cell also needs to be created.

The peer team is of the opinion that this exercise will be useful to the institution to initiate the quality enhancement strategies towards further growth and development.

Name of the Chairperson: Prof. Ambasht N. K.

Name of member 1: Prof. A. Saha

Name of member 2: Dr. P. K. Barhai

Name of the Head : Dr. Bijaylakshmi Mukherjee

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