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Narasingha Dutta College, Howrah, West Bengal


Narasingha Dutta College, Howrah, West Bengal
Address:129 Belilious Road, Howrah, Kolkata, West Bengal
Howrah (District Howrah)
West Bengal, India
Pin Code : 711101

Narasingha Dutta College, Howrah West Bengal is a recognised institute / college.
Narasingha Dutta College is situated in Howrah of West Bengal state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Website of Narasingha Dutta College, Howrah West Bengal is http://www.narasinhaduttcollege.edu.in/.

Contact Details of Narasingha Dutta College, Howrah West Bengal are : Telephone: +91-33-26650049, 26668049


Narasingha Dutta College, Howrah West Bengal runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
B.A Bengali(G+H), English(G+H), History(G+H), Sanskrit(G+H), Philosophy(G+H), Pol. Science(G+H), Urdu(G), Education(G+H), Geography(G+H)

B.Sc Economics(G+H), Mathematics(G+H), Physics(G+H), Chemistry(G+H), Botany(G+H), Zoology(G+H), Anthropology(G+H), Computer Science(G+H)

B.Com (G+H)

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

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NAAC report of Narasingha Dutta College

Section-I: Preface
Narasinha Dutt College, the first institution of higher education in Howrah district, was started in July 1924 by the late Sri Suranjan Dutt in memory of his father Raibahadur Narasimha Dutt. The premises, which originally belonged to a foreign merchant, was allotted by the Howrah Municipality which was endowed with the responsibility of maintaining the property, to the College on a ninety-nine year lease. Affiliated to Calcutta University, the College introduced Bachelor of Arts programme in 1941, Bachelor of Science programme in 1946, and Honours programmes in Chemistry and Mathematics in 1948. Elevated to the status of a First Grade College in 1941, the institution started receiving government grant since 1944. The College became a co-education institution in 1950. It was admitted under 2(f) of the UGC Act in 1957. With its motto 'Jnanat Parataram Nahi,' 'there is no higher attainment than knowledge,' the College has as its goal the pursuit of excellence and the inculcation of values to make the teaching-learning process challenging and rewarding. It has on rolls 4803 students receiving education in honours courses in 16 subjects and general courses in 19 subjects. The College maximizes its use of infrastructure by working in three shifts. It has a faculty strength of 117, which includes 80 approved posts as against 107 sanctioned posts. 51% of the faculty have qualified in NET/SLET. There are 3 Management-appointed full-time faculty and 35 part-time faculty. 46% of the staff have M.Phil and /or Ph.D degrees. The percentage of girl students stands at 54.41%. The drop-out rate in 2003-06 was 12.28%. The overall success rate in the examinations is 79%. The College follows the annual system and has introduced assessment of teachers by the students in 42 programmes out of 129 subject combinations permitted by the University.

Spread over an area of 2.83 acres in an urban location, the College has six block of buildings covering 6336 sq.mts, a garden, a tank, a playground situated in a serene atmosphere. The unit cost of education is Rs.6385.55 including salary component, and excluding the salary it is Rs.842.79. The library has a total stock of 43973 books. It subscribes to 11 magazines and 5 Indian journals. The College has a sports field, women's rest room, and canteen in addition to a stand for two wheelers, and student cheap stores.

The College volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore, and submitted its Self-Study Report (SSR) to NAAC on 31st December 2006. A Peer Team was constituted by NAAC to visit the institution and validate the Self-Study Report. The Peer Team consists of the following members:

Prof. C. R. Visweswara Rao, Former Rector, Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur (Chairman)

Prof. M. Durga Prasad Rao, Former Principal, Khallikote Autonomous College, Berhampur (Member Co-ordinator)

Prof. K. T. Varkey, Principal, C. M. S. College of Science and Commerce, Chinnavedampatti, Coimbatore (Member)

The visit was coordinated by Dr. M. S. Shyamasundar, Deputy Adviser, National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore.

The Team visited the institution on 7th and 8th March 2007. The academic, co-curricular, extra-curricular, and extension facilities of the institution were taken note of during the visit. The Peer Team interacted at length with the Management of the College, the Principal, the faculty, administrative staff, students, parents, and alumni of the institution. Based on this exercise and keeping in mind the seven criteria identified by NAAC, the Peer Team makes the following observations criterion-wise:

Section-II: Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion 1: Curricular Aspects
The mission of the College is to be a lead College achieving academic excellence and promoting value orientation in the teaching-learning process and generating social awareness in the student community. This is sought to be achieved by the introduction of courses of contemporary relevance, PG programmes, vocational and training courses. The PG programmes are yet to be started. The mission remains to be fulfilled in the coming years. The Honours courses offered are in Anthropology, Zoology, Botany, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, History, Political Science, Economics, Commerce, English, Bengali, Philosophy, Education and Sanskrit. In addition to these branches in which Honours courses are offered, there are two general courses in Urdu and Statistics. Environmental Study is a compulsory subject for all courses. The curricula offered by the College are designed by Calcutta University and have undergone major syllabus revision in the last five years. Some of the faculty are members of the Boards of Studies or they are on the Sub-Committees constituted by the Boards and they ventilate their views on curricular changes through these bodies.

Honours in Education has community orientation, Computer Science focuses on skill development and career training, Literature and Social Sciences (including Anthropology) provide scope for value orientation, and Commerce and Computer Science have thrust on Information Technology.

Honours in Education and Computer Science are self-financing programmes. There is provision for Honours students in any subject to choose from a group of permissible options providing for some flexibility in options at an early period in the first year of the course.

Feedback is obtained from the outgoing students in the format prescribed by NAAC. This was implemented from 2004-05.
Non-viable Science streams have been phased out leading to proper resource utilization and human resource re-deployment.

Criterion II: Teaching - Learning and Evaluation
The College Prospectus provides information about the courses, subject combinations, fee structure, etc. The Admission Committee screens the applications on the basis of prescribed criteria of admission. In the case of Honours courses in laboratory based subjects, eligible candidates are selected through counselling. The SC/ST students have 22.5% of seats reserved for them. For the physically challenged students admission criteria are relaxed in select cases. Sportspersons of outstanding merit are admitted at the discretion of the Principal.

The demand ratio for UG courses is 1:2 and for self-financing courses it is 1:1. The Academic Sub-Committee prepares the academic calendar on the basis of which the faculty prepare their teaching plan which is published as a separate booklet. The courses in Literature, Humanities, and Commerce (excluding the IT curricular items) follow predominantly the lecture method which is supplemented for Honours courses by occasional student seminars. At seminars audiovisual aids are used to support the learning process. In addition, visits to botanical gardens, student project work in some subjects, and field work contribute to the learning process. Honours classes make occasional use of the OHP and the LCD. Four class tests are held in a year as per Calcutta University regulations and through these student progress is monitored.

The faculty refresh their knowledge through participation in Refresher Courses and Seminars. Ten Departments maintain Departmental Libraries. The faculty are appointed by the institution from among NET / SLET qualified candidates recommended by the West Bengal College Service Commission to which the Principal sends the list of vacant faculty positions. Out of 107 posts sanctioned, at present there are 28 vacancies on account of non-availability of NET / SLET qualified candidates. The College has appointed 35 part-time teachers and three full-time teachers on contractual basis to meet the shortage. It selects these persons after an advertisement and the due process of an interview. The Selection Committee includes experts in the subject concerned from Calcutta University. Between July 2005 and December 2006, the College appointed 17 part-time teachers and three full-time teachers on contractual basis.

In 2005 the Departments of English and Political Science jointly organized a National Seminar. The Principal and the Vice-Principals, in consultation with the Heads concerned, constantly monitor the performance of the teachers. In 2004-05 and 2005-06, outgoing students evaluated the teachers' performance. The Principal gathers these observations and sends them to the teachers for their benefit. There is an Appraisal proforma which most teachers use to evaluate themselves.

The innovations in learning are the creation of a Microbial Culture Room and Vermicompost pit.

The Prospectus and Academic Calendar give information to the students about the test schedules. Class and mid-term tests are held regularly to monitor their performance. Students have the freedom to check their evaluated answer scripts and seek redressal of their grievances. Special remedial classes are held for the Honours students, though this does not follow any structured mode. Results of the class tests and mid-term tests are displayed on the notice boards.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy, and Extension
The College has recently formed a Research Committee. One teacher of Physics is a recognized Ph.D. supervisor. At present one Major Research Project and eight Minor Research Projects of the value of Rs.14.50 lakhs are being pursued. About 100 articles and 20 books have been published by the faculty.

The College organizes annual Flower Show and Handicrafts Fair involving local people. Projects entitled 'Water: An Elixir of Life' and 'Solid Waste Management' are undertaken as part of the National Awareness Campaign. The College has entered into collaboration with an NGO like Thalassaemia Treatment Centre, a unit of the Red Cross, for extension activities. In alliance with the Howrah Municipal Corporation, the College has conducted a socio-bio-economic survey of rag pickers.

The NCC holds annual Blood Donation Camps. St. John Ambulance and Nursing Division of the College extend social service to the neighbourhood. In 2006 students and staff distributed food packets among flood affected people of Udaynarayanpur. The Students Union distributed Test Papers to 200 students appearing for Madhyamik, 2007. The College has institutional membership of the British Council Library, Kolkata.

IV. Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The College has six blocks of building, Main Building (three floors), West Block (four floors), North Block (three floors), Chemistry Lab (two floors), Principal Sen Centenary Block (two floors), and a Block out of M.P.LAD fund. It has 30 lecture halls and 20 laboratories. There is a 30 KVA generator for uninterrupted power supply. Potable water is supplied to all the blocks and floors. The College has its own sports field, a two wheeler stand, a women's common room, etc. It has the Extension Counter of Central Bank, Silpore Branch. The College has 49 computer systems, 2 Xerox machines and 1 LCD Projector.

The Library Sub-Committee oversees the functioning of the library and the Book Bank. The Reading Room accommodates 40 students. Internet facility is available in the Library. The automation of the library is done by using local software. The library is kept open for 185 to 190 days in a year. In the last 5 years Rs.5.34 lakhs was spent on books and journals. Information about career opportunities is available to the students through career oriented journals. There is a System Analyst appointed by the College to look after the special learning material preparation needs. The College has entered into an AMC for the maintenance of its hardware and software. Every student of the College is a member of the Students' Health Home which has its hospital in Kolkata. The College has its own Health Centre.

The maintenance budget of the College is Rs.9.5 lakhs. Maintenance and repair are monitored by the Purchase Sub-Committee and the Finance Committee. The Placement Cell has been created recently.

V. Student Support and Progression
The student strength is 4803. Of this the strength of girls is 2169. The success rate is around 79%. There are about 100 students below the poverty line. More than 60% of the Honours students opt for higher studies. The College Prospectus gives detailed information about programmes offered, fee structure, scholarships and other facilities available. 47 scholarships and stipends have been instituted in the College. During 2005-06, 96 students were granted freeships while 67 candidates received financial aid from Students' Aid Fund. There is a newly constituted Placement Cell in the College which encourages students to be self-employed. The Alumni Association and the Grievance Redressal cell have also been recently formed. The Grievance Redressal Cell receives complains about the staff, both teaching and non-teaching. There is a Student Welfare Committee.

Students proficient in sports are given kits, blazers and freeships. The Students' Union organizes the Annual Social Gathering. In 2005, a workshop on drama was organized. Flower Show and Handicrafts Fair are a feature in which the local people participate. Select departments bring out Wall Magazines and the College Magazine is published annually. The College won the first and second prizes in the Debate competition organized by Kolkata TV and first prize in the 'Saregama' organized by ETV.

VI. Organization and Management
The Principal heads a number of Committees and coordinates the activities of the College. The mission statement of the College is published and is sought to be fulfilled. The College ensures fair accountability on the part of teachers and non-teaching staff. The administrative staff have undergone training in computer applications. 4 members of the teaching staff are members of the Governing Body and they participate in the management of the College. The Governing Body constitutes the Development Committee, Finance Committee and the Purchase Committee. Teachers Council is another important statutory body chaired by the Principal and it meets at least six times a year. The Governing Body has also advised the Principal to explore possibilities of starting PG courses. It has also evolved a plan for streamlining course work in the College in three sessions in a twelve hour span.

Construction of a Common Room for Boys, Extension Counter of the bank, computerization of the library and office have been undertaken in 2006. Honours courses in Education and Computer Science were started in 2006. Under the MP LAD scheme a block has been constructed and the campus has been illuminated. The ratio of teachers to non-teaching staff is 2.29:1.
The Self-Appraisal of the faculty has been selectively implemented. In addition, there is monitoring of the performance of the faculty by the Principal, Vice-Principals, and the Heads concerned. The Principal, the Vice-Principals and the Bursar evaluate the performance of the non-teaching staff. The non-teaching staff have been trained in computerization of office records.

The fee the College charges from the students is low, and it was last revised in 2001. In 2004 there was an upward revision of Building fees and fee for IT practicals. In 2006 there was an upward revision of the examination fee.

The College has been having a surplus budget of 1.97 lakhs. It has engaged the services of a qualified internal auditor. In addition, statutory audit is done by the Government.

VII. Healthy Practices
The peer Team during its visit has identified some Healthy Practices which are listed below.
The College office has been computerized.

50% of the Government approved faculty have either M.Phil or Ph.D.

40% among Govt. approved full-time teachers are active is research.

There is optimum utilization of the infrastructure of the College which works in three streams.

M.P. LAD scheme has been utilized for adding to the existing buildings and furniture.

There is monitoring of the performance of the staff and the non-teaching staff.

The staff and students have participated in flood relief activities in Udayanarayanapur.

The College brings out the College Magazine. A Wall Magazine is brought out once in three months by select Departments.

Under the auspices of the Students' Union 200 Test Papers were distributed for candidates appearing for Madhyamik in 2007.

The Communal Harmony Campaign Week was organized in 2006.

The NCC, St. John Ambulance and Nursing Division organize blood donation, flood relief activities and awareness programmes.

Annual Flower Show and Handicrafts Fair are held regularly involving the local people.

Debate Club, Science Society, Literary and Cultural Society and National Awareness Programmes promote social and civic responsibility.

The use of the ICT in B.Com. curriculum is a process of the beginning of modernization.

The NCC students have participated in trekking expeditions and Republic Day parades.

Regular class test, mid-term tests and test examination are conducted with regularity and the evaluation reports are communicated to the students.

Every student has access to the valued answer scripts.

A good number of teachers have attended seminars, conferences and published research papers. The College has developed a microbial culture room and decomposition pit.

The College has institutional membership of British Council Library, Kolkata, and has a linkage with Thalassaemia Treatment Centre.

Section 3: Overall Analysis
After going through the Self-Study Report and after its visits to the various academic and other facilities and its interaction with the students, parents, faculty, Principal, alumni, Management and other constituents, the Peer Team would like to commend the College for some of the positive features in its approach to promoting higher education. At the same time the Peer Team would point out some of the issues of concern for the consideration of the College.

The Peer Team would like to commend the institution for the following:

Recognising the need for the introduction of more professional courses, the College has initiated the Honours course in Computer Science.

The College has good infrastructure in the form of buildings and equipment for all the courses and there is optimum utilization of the infrastructure.

A good number of the faculty have acquired M.Phil. / Ph.D. and have the NET/SLET qualification.

The teachers appointed by the Management on a consolidated pay are well qualified and ensure the continuity of the level of the teaching process.

In spite of the College running in three shifts, smooth functioning of both aided and self-finance programmes and proper sharing of the infrastructure facilities are taken care of.

The faculty have published about twenty books and one hundred papers which shows their academic commitment. Some of the teachers are the visiting faculty of the University.

One of the members of the staff has been invited by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and she was a CAS-TWAS Visiting Scholar in China.

Participation of several faculty members in International and National level conferences / seminars is appreciable.

The College has one Major Research Project in Physics and eight Minor Research Projects of the value of 14.50 lakhs in execution in addition to its utilizing the funds allocated by the UGC during IX and X Plan periods.

There is good inter-personal relationship among the Principal, faculty, students and the non-teaching staff.

The Wall Magazine, the College Magazine, and the News Letter are a good educational resource.

The College has rendered social service in alliance with the Howrah Municipal Corporation by conducting a socio-bio-economic survey of rag pickers.

The teaching and evaluation are conducted with sufficient seriousness and competence.

The College has a good library and a book bank which can be further strengthened with UGC assistance. The provision of internet facility in the library is encouraging.

All office functions like the maintenance of admission register, internal examination results, and attendance statements have been computerized and linked with the Principal's PC. Intercom facility is available in the College.

The College organized VIII Inter Non-Government Colleges District Athletics Meet and Football Championship in February 2007.

With a view to further improving the academic direction of the College, the Peer Team would like to suggest the following to the institution for its consideration:

Innovative teaching methods and the use of the new educational technology, maps, charts, slides, and transparencies may be gradually increased.

Special efforts are necessary for improving the communication skills of the students. An appropriate course module may be devised for this.

The Alumni Association needs to be registered and strengthened and concrete programmes need to be chalked out for its regular interaction with the College. Further involvement of the Alumni in the development of the institution is advisable.

Network with business / industry-neighbourhood for academic excellence and assistance may be developed.

Student seminar activity and field visits may be made more extensive and purposive.

While the systematic conduct of the four tests in a year as prescribed is appreciated, more innovative testing modalities may be adopted to promote the progression to higher education and employment of the students.

Professional development programmes for non-teaching staff may be evolved.

The Computer Laboratory may be expanded into a Computer Centre and computer literacy promoted among students, faculty, and the non-teaching staff.

The College may take upon itself the responsibility of organizing at least one state/national level seminar every year.

Remedial coaching programmes and such other UGC schemes may be pursued.

Courses like BBA and Postgraduate courses in Departments where faculty qualifications are adequate may be started.

Suitable Diploma and Certificate courses of vocational orientation may be identified and started.

Every department may devise its outreach activity related to its subject.

Student evaluation of teachers may be made more extensive and students' feedback on their campus experience may be discussed in appropriate forum and utilized.

Though Grievance Redressal Cell and Placement Cell have been created, students do not seem to be aware of their provisions and usefulness, and so greater propagation may be made of their utility.

The Peer Team is of the opinion that this exercise will be useful to the institution to help it sustain and promote quality. It places on record its appreciation of the cooperation extended to it by the Principal, the Management, the staff, students and the public who have been striving to promote quality education. The Peer Team wishes the Institution the best in its endeavour to promote higher education.

Prof. C. R. Visweswara Rao

Prof. M. Durga Prasad Rao
Member Co-ordinator

Prof. K.T. Varkey

(Dr. Prasanta Kr. Mahato)

Date: 8th March 2007

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