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Behala College, Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal
Behala College, Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal
Address:Banamail Naskar Road, Parnasree, Behala
Kolkata (Calcutta) (District Kolkata (Calcutta))
West Bengal, IndiaPin Code : 700060
Behala College, Kolkata (Calcutta) is a recognised institute / college.
Behala College, Kolkata (Calcutta) 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 Behala College, Kolkata (Calcutta) is http://www.behalacollege.ac.in/.
Contact Details of Behala College, Kolkata (Calcutta) are : Telephone: +91-33-24069714, 24459777, 24515354
Courses offered in Behala College, Kolkata (Calcutta)B.A Bengali(G+H), English(G+H), History(G), Political Science (G+H), Philosophy(G+H), Sanskrit(G), Defence Studies(G)
B.Sc Economics(G+H), Mathematics(G+H), Physics(G+H), Chemistry(G+H), Botany(G+H), Zoology(G+H), Geography(G), Computer Science(G)
Major Industrial Fish and Fisheries
Bachelor of Commerce(B.Com)
Behala College, Kolkata (Calcutta) runs course(s) in Arts, Commerce, Science stream(s).
Behala College is affiliated with University of Calcutta, Kolkata (Calcutta)
Profile of Behala CollegeBehala College, affiliated to the University of Calcutta, came into being in the year 1963 with the mission of imparting undergraduate level education among the people of the region. It was established under the Refugee Rehabilitation (RR) scheme of the Government of India and came under the pay packet scheme of the Government of West Bengal in the late seventies. The University Grants Commission (UGC) releases grants during each plan period as developmental assistance to the institution. Situated in a semi-urban middle-class locality in the southwestern suburb of the city of Kolkata, the institution has evolved into its present shape and structure in conformity with the changing socio-academic background of the region and the state. The college is determined to become increasingly more self-reliant, as also more useful and attractive to students, for whom it exists.
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NAAC report of Behala CollegeSECTION - I: INTRODUCTION
The Behala College, Kolkata, West Bengal was established in the year 1963 as a grants-in-aid college affiliated to Calcutta University sponsored under the Refugee Rehabilitation Scheme of the Government of India. It was recognized under section 2f by UGC in 1982.
The college stands on a plot of 1.93 acres located in an urban setting within Kolkata. It has many locational advantages, being in a quiet area at one end of the city and at the same time very much part of an academically rich, industrially and commercially vibrant center of India.
The college came into being with a mission to provide higher education to the poorer and deprived sections of the people of the area. The goal of the college is to provide an education that integrates curricular knowledge with value education and need-based training.
The Institute is an undergraduate co-educational college. The students come mostly from the middle class semi-urban locality of the surrounding southwestern suburb of Kolkata.
The college has two faculties i.e. Science and Arts. The science faculty has 11 departments, 5 with both Honours and General; 5 offer only General courses including Computer Science, Electronics, Defence Studies, Stastics and Botany; and one Vocational course with Major in Industrial Fish and Fisheries. The Arts faculty has 7 departments, 4 offer both Honours and General, 3 offer only General courses including Journalism and Mass Communication. The college offers two courses under self-financing: Computer Science in B.Sc. (General) with student strength of 44, and Journalism & Mass Communication in B.A. (General) with 30 students. The college also runs 2 certificate courses.
The college has 34 permanent teachers, 7 temporary teachers, 24 part-time / guest teachers, the total strength being 65. This includes 19 Ph.Ds. and 6 M.Phils among the permanent teachers, 4 Ph.Ds. among temporary and part-time teachers. Non-teaching staff numbers 20.
Student enrolment in the year 2004-05 is 1392 including 76 in Certificate and 74 in self-financing courses. Female students constitute 38%. Drop out rate is 21%. Success rate of the students who appear in the Part II final is 95%.
The unit cost of education of the college is Rs.13, 000/- including salary and Rs.1, 400/- without salary. The temporal plan of the college is annual.
Support services available include a Central library with 19000 books and 11 journals, a Computer Centre, a canteen and sports facilities.
The college volunteered to be assessed by National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore and submitted the Self Study Report in January 2005. NAAC constituted a PEER TEAM consisting of Prof. Devdas Kakati, former Vice-Chancellor of Dibrugarh University as Chairman, Prof. M.D.P.Rao, Former Principal of Khallikote Autonomous College, Berhampur, Orissa as Member Coordinator and Prof. Samson Moharana, Professor & Head of the PG Commerce Department, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, as Member and Dr. Shyamsundar, Deputy Advisor, NAAC, Bangalore as NAAC Co-ordinator. The Peer Team visited the college on 30th April and 1st May 2005 to validate the data provided in the Self Study Report. The Peer Team has gone through the relevant documents, visited all the departments, library, the Computer Centre and support services, interacted with the Principal, Governing Body, teachers, students, non teaching staff, parents and alumni. Based on the above exercise and keeping in view the seven criteria identified by NAAC, the Peer Team has drafted the report in the following paragraphs.
SECTION-2 : CRITERION WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion I : Curricular Aspects
Behela College, Kolkata has the mission to provide meaningful education with an employment oriented training to shape the students as good citizens with a commitment for the society. The goals and objectives of the institution are made known to the stake holders through the college prospectus.
The college has two streams: B.A. and B.Sc. and offers 14 UG programmes. Provision for honours teaching exists in 9 subjects and 15 subjects are taught as general subjects.
Computer Science, Journalism and Mass Communication are the self financing courses offered by the college. The college offers vocational course in Industrial Fish and Fisheries and two certificate courses in Computer Fundamentals and Communicative English. Interdisciplinary approach is in operation for teaching Environmental Science.
As an affiliated college, the institution adopts the syllabus designed by Calcutta University. The syllabus of the parent University is periodically reviewed through Board of Studies. Some of the senior teachers are the members of Board of Studies of Calcutta University.
It takes six months to one year for the college to obtain the affiliation of the University in introducing a new subject after the Governing Body of the college decides.
The views of the academic peers in different fields are obtained and utilised in making suggestions to the University in the curriculum design.
The college has introduced some short term need based and relevant programmes to provide education that promise an integral growth of knowledge, skills and values.
Criterion II : Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
The admission process in Behela College is transparent. Students are selected for admission through academic records, special entrance tests and counselling in conformity with West Bengal Government regulations regarding reservation of seats for SC/ST students. Each department has its own cut off mark as the minimum requirement for opting Honours course.
The College has 251 working days out of which 185 are the teaching days. There are 34 permanent teachers, 7 temporary teachers and 24 part time / guest teachers. The teacher-student ratio is 1:24.
The evaluation methods are made known to the students through the prospectus and the Principal in his very first assembly with the first year students announces the evaluation methods followed in the institute.
Each department conducts Class tests a few months after admissions and a half yearly test is conducted centrally. The performance of the students in the tests is used to identify the slow learners and remedial classes and special counselling are arranged for such students. Parents are informed of the progress of their wards in the parent-teacher meeting.
Advanced learners are given assignments and additional reference materials. They are encouraged to participate in seminars. The Rabidnra-Charcha Kendra (Tagore Cell), Debating Club, Quiz Club and Astronomy Club encourage advanced learners to share their knowledge and skill with fellow students and teachers.
Before the commencement of the academic session all the teachers prepare their teaching plans with specific time frame and they are circulated among the students. The syllabi are unitised according to the teaching schedule. Periodical meetings are held to monitor the progress of completion of syllabus. Extra classes are arranged as per the requirements.
The lecture method of teaching is supplemented by learner-centered teaching methods like presentation of seminars using LCD, OHP and Slide Projector, quiz programmes, laboratory experiments and educational field trips.
For aided courses, teachers are appointed by the Governing Body as per the recommendations of the West Bengal College Service Commission. Out of the 34 permanent teachers, 19 posses Ph.D. and six M. Phil and out of the temporary / guest teachers, four posses Ph.D. For self financing courses, the Governing body creates the teaching posts as per the requirement.
Teachers are encouraged to avail of faculty development programmes, participate in refresher courses conducted by the academic staff colleges of Calcutta University and Jadavpur University. One of the teachers of Department of Chemistry has received the Young Scientist Award of the Indian Science Congress Association.
Teachers submit their self appraisals in a format prescribed by the University. Students' feed back on the performance of teachers is also collected. The feed back is used for corrective steps in teaching methodology.
The efforts put in by the college in teaching and evaluation for a better learning are appreciated.
Criterion III : Research, Consultancy and Extension
About 50% of the faculty possess Ph.D. degree and six have registered. The management grants leave on duty to faculty members to pursue research work and present papers in seminars and conferences. During the last five years only one Teacher has availed of faculty development programmes, 9 participated in Refresher courses, 5 in orientation programmes and 1 in workshops. The college has organised 21 seminars at the college level and 2 UGC sponsored seminars.
Faculty members published 19 papers in International Journals and 17 In National Journals and presented papers in 8 national and 3 in international seminars. Faculty members of some departments published altogether 12 books.
The college completed 2 Minor Research Projects with an outlay of Rs.86,500/- and has two on-going major research projects with an outlay of Rs.5.68 lakhs sanctioned by UGC. One of the faculty members of Chemistry Department is a co-investigator in two major projects funded by Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. Though there are no post-graduate classes and the college is not a recognised centre for research, research culture prevalent in some of the departments of the college is appreciated. The Peer Team is happy to note the research linkages established by one of the staff members of the Chemistry Department with two institutes abroad. The college may publicise the expertise available and offer consultancy services through its own Website.
Extension activities in the college are taken up through NSS. Teachers and students participate in various activities. The activities include community development, health and hygiene awareness, AIDS awareness, free medical check-up, blood donation camp, environmental awareness, awareness on drug abuse and tree plantation programme. Adult education and literacy programmes are carried out in nearby localities and slum areas as outreach programmes. The initiative of the college to work in collaboration with GOs and NGOs for some of the extension activities is appreciated.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resource
The college is located in an urban setting with a campus of 1.93 acres of land. It has a central library, computer center, classrooms, laboratories; limited sports facilities, canteen, separate common rooms for boys and girls and other administrative offices.
The Development Committee and the Planning Board of the college are maintaining the existing infrastructure facilities. The maintenance is met by the college authorities out of the development and maintenance fees collected from the students. The college has attempted to optimally use the various physical facilities available in the campus. The Institute of Computer Engineers through its Behala College Computer Center utilizes the college classrooms to offer training to students in different computer courses beyond the college hours and during holidays. The other institutes, which are using some of the classrooms of the college during off hours, include Behela College Study Center of Netaji Subhas Open University, the British Institute and the Behela College of Commerce.
The College has been taking steps to keep the college campus beautiful and pollution free with the help of NSS student volunteers, It has developed a lawn inside the college campus and planted trees.
The college has a central library, which is managed by a Library Committee consisting of the Principal and five members of the teaching staff. The library is kept open from 10am to 5pm from Monday to Friday and from 10am to 4pm on Saturday for use by the students and faculty. It has 19000 books (15000 titles) which includes both textbooks and other reference books. It subscribes to 11 Journals including 2 foreign journals. During the year 2004-05, the college has spent Rs.2.23 lakhs on the purchase of text books, Journals, Periodicals etc. The library has a book bank facility for use by the poor and meritorious students. Facilities like computer, audio and Video Cassettes, CDs, reprography, reading rooms etc. are available inside the library.
The college has a computer lab with 12 personal computers (celeron model), and one notebook P-4 model that is available for use by all members of the staff. Internet facilities have been provided in six PCs. There is provision of one DeskJet printer and one scanner in the lab. The Computer Science Dept. has used the facilities at the computer lab. to develop computer literacy among teachers and students. In addition to the computers at the computers lab, the college has another 14 computers installed in different departments, office, library, and Principals' room. The computers in the lab, office and other teaching departments in the college are maintained through the Annual Maintenance Contract.
The college has made limited arrangements for providing health services to the students and staff. It does not have any health center. The College, being an institutional member of the 'Student's Health Home', the students receive the health services at a subsidized rate from its main center at Kolkatta. Occasionally "Health Camps" are arranged in the college, which provide diagnostic and pathological facilities to students and members of staff.
The college provides limited sports facilities to the students. The facilities include table tennis, chess, carom, football, cricket, volleyball and badminton. There is no gymnasium in the college. Students of the college who show outstanding performance in the University level games and sports are provided with special sports kits and other gifts.
Criterion V : Student Support and Progression
The success rate in the final University examinations is 95% while the drop out rate of students is 21%. A few former students of the college have been successful in the UGC/CSIR (NET) and GATE Examinations.
The college publishes its prospectus every year. It contains details regarding the examinations, the fee structure, academic calendar, library facilities, admission rules, scholarships and other financial awards, etc.
The poor and meritorious students of the college are provided with different types of financial assistance.
The college makes the admission policy clear to the prospective students. The policies, the criteria, the rules and regulations regarding admission process are communicated to the prospective students through the college prospectus, newspaper advertisement and the college website.
During the last year, the college had organized a one-month EDP in collaboration with SISI, Govt of India, on the area of Jute Diversified Products, Batik Printing and Dry Flower Making. The college has also organized training programmes in the area of Soft Toy Making, Fabric and Glass Painting, Candle Making, Mushroom Cultivation, raising of Medicinal Plants.
The teachers of the college periodically provide academic and personal counseling to the students, through the counseling cell. Periodically, external experts are invited to advise the students about their career plans and other academic related matters. Many Alumnae of the college occupy good positions in teachings, research, Govt. and other institutions. Very recently, the college has formed the alumni association. This may be registered for effective functioning.
Besides limited indoor and out door games facilities, the college has attempted to encourage the creative talents of the students and develop their all-round personality through different forums like student magazine, drama club, debate club, and cultural programmes. The Behala College NCC Unit under Bengal Air Squadron has been formed recently under a faculty member of the Dept. of Defence Studies.
Criterion VI: Organization and Management
The Behela College is managed by a Governing Board, which has been constituted as per the Statutes of the Calcutta University. The Principal of the college is the ex-officio Secretary of the Governing Board. The GB has representatives of the State Govt, University, local councilor, students, teachers and non-teaching staff. The Principal, the Heads of different Departments and the Head of the college office ensure an efficient coordination and monitoring for smooth conduct of different academic, administrative and other developmental activities of the college.
Some attempts were made to improve the computer awareness among the teaching and non-teaching staff through the offer of periodic computer literacy programme by the Computer Science Department of the college.
The Academic calendar is prepared in consultation with the Heads of Departments. The college prepares its annual budget. Accounts of the college are audited. The management has revised the fee structure of the students during 2001-02 and introduced different professional self financing courses to augment the income of the college. In order to maintain the infrastructure, the college has introduced a maintenance fee w.e.f. 2001-02. This has enabled the college to properly maintain the various equipments and other civil structures. During the year 2003-04, besides the development and tuition fee, the college management has mobilized resources from MPLAD and MLALAD Fund aggregating to Rs.6,86,000/- from self financing courses Rs.83,000/- and Rs.75,000/- from external agencies for using its infrastructure.
The college management has very recently introduced a Grievance Redressal Cell for teachers, students and employees. An Employee Co-operative Credit Society exists in the college for the welfare of the staff.
CRITERION - VII: HEALTHY PRACTICES
In the context of Behala college, the Peer Team was impressed by the following healthy practices followed in the college in its functioning:
The team is impressed by the dedication and overall understanding of the teachers to the evolving needs of the students of the locality.
Computerization of Administration and library has been introduced.
The self-appraisal method is followed for teachers.
Teachers are encouraged to do research and attend refresher courses and seminars/conferences.
Courses are unitized and teaching plans are made.
Academic progress of students is monitored through Class Tests, Terminal Examinations and student Seminars.
Remedial/ Tutorial classes are arranged for the weaker students.
Curricular programme is supplemented by a few Enrichment Programmes.
Interpersonal relationships and teamwork among all sections is commendable.
The college has internet facility and its own Website.
SECTION -III: OVERALL ANAYSIS
After going through the Self-Study Report and visiting the academic and physical facilities of Behala College, the Peer Team is impressed by the steady growth attained by the college particularly during the last decade in imparting quality education and need based competence oriented training along with character building of the students, keeping pace with the changing needs of time that is compatible with the goals of the college.
The Peer Team observes many commendable features of the college. Some suggestions are given for improvement in the areas where necessary. The overall picture emerges as follows:
Most of the students are from socially and economically backward families. The college is sensitive to the need of providing them with employment opportunities as well as abilities for self-employment.
It is commendable that in spite of the limitations of the socio-economic background of the areas served by the college leading to significant dropout rate before completion of courses, the college has achieved 95% success rate in the final exams of 2004, among the students who completed the courses and fifteen of them passed in First Class.
There exists overall student care in a friendly atmosphere is excellent.
In consideration of the importance of vocational values of subjects, college has introduced a Major course (vocational) in Industrial Fish and Fisheries and self financing courses in (a) Computer Science and (b) Journalism and Mass Communication at degree level and Certificate courses in Computer Fundamentals and Communicative English.
The college is supportive of activities that contribute to faculty improvement. Teachers attend Refresher Courses, Orientation Courses, Seminars and Conferences.
The college houses Netaji Subhas Open University Study Centre which provides vertical mobility for the students through distance education.
There is a research culture existing in the department of Chemistry, Physics, History, Bengali and English.
While the Peer Team appreciates the overall mission of the Institution, keeping in view the spirit of dedication and the future aspirations of the college, the Team likes to suggest the following to the college to consider:
Introduce more course options to increase flexibility in course combinations. The college may immediately go for more job oriented certificate/diploma courses.
Significant emphasis may be on innovative and interdisciplinary courses and programmes. Some of these may be under self-financing.
The following new programmes may be considered as well as any other of interest and relevance to the college and its surroundings: Entrepreneurship, Computer/IT Application, Film Studies, TV Journalism, Environmental Science, Micro-Biology.
Establishment of following new centers/ departments be considered : Women Study Centre, Entrepreneurship Development Center.
Computer/IT resources be augmented and used by all students and teachers.
The library may be further strengthened with more space and more books. Book Bank facilities be expanded
Innovative schemes for increasing learning capacity and communicative skill may be considered.
Coaching for competitive tests and interviews for suitable jobs according to capabilities may be introduced.
Students may be exposed to industries and business houses through visits, invited lectures, vacation jobs and internships.
The college may set up well-equipped Career Guidance and Counseling Cell. A computer based information service for students may be considered. A Placement Officer may be designated.
The college may also establish an internal quality assurance cell on priority basis.
Student feedback may be extended to current students in all the three years of the degree course.
Audiovisual methods in teaching using projectors, computers, films, cassettes and other teaching aids may be extensively implemented.
More encouragements may be given to research and publication of research papers.
The college and individual teachers may build up external linkages with other research laboratories/centers and industries within the country and abroad for research & development and innovative teachings.
More participation by teachers in external academic events like seminars, workshops, refresher courses as well as holding of such events in the campus may be encouraged.
The college may introduce more interactive approach and innovation in teaching. Inter-departmental and inter-college faculty exchange programmes, including offering of twining programmes be considered.
Introduction of schemes for internal resource generation including consultancy work, more self- financing courses may be taken up.
Professional development programmes for non-teaching staff may be introduced for making the office administration effective.
College may make concerted efforts to have more an auditorium, a gymnasium, a hostel and a spacious playground of its own.
Alumni Association and Parent-Teacher Association may be formalized for effective functioning.
The college may consider to open PG courses in Chemistry and History immediately and in English, Physics and Bengali in a phased manner.
Opening of Management courses and offering subjects like Customer Care, Business Process Outsourcing(BPO), Marketing of Financial Services and International Business
Teachers may be encouraged to submit more research proposal to different funding agencies to enhance research activities.
The Science departments including Computer Science department may develop linkages with industries, trading houses, Govt. Departments, training and research institutes to enable the students to go for summer training / programme of internship / Live projects.
The Peer Team sincerely acknowledges the co-operation received from the Principal, the Governing Body, the Steering Committee Members, the Teaching, Non-Teaching Staff and the students during its visit.
Prof. Devdas Kakati
Prof. M.D.P. Rao
Prof. S. Moharana
Professor Swapan Kr. Sur,
Behala College, West Bengal
Date 1st May, 2005
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