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Asansol Girls College, Asansol, West Bengal


Asansol Girls College, Asansol, West Bengal
Asansol (District Burdwan)
West Bengal, India

Asansol Girls College, Asansol West Bengal is a recognised institute / college.
Principal of Asansol Girls College, Asansol West Bengal is Dr. P.K. De Sarkar.

Asansol Girls College is situated in Asansol of West Bengal state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of Asansol Girls College, Asansol West Bengal is 0341-2254098.

Website of Asansol Girls College, Asansol West Bengal is http://agcollege.org/.

Contact Details of Asansol Girls College, Asansol West Bengal are : Telephone: +91-341-2254098, 2257107, 2256442

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Asansol Girls College, Asansol West Bengal runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
B.A.(Honours) / B.Sc.(Honours) in Economics
B.A.(Honours) in Bengali
B.A.(Honours) in English
B.A.(Honours) in Hindi
B.A.(Honours) in History
B.A.(Honours) in Philosophy
B.A.(Honours) in Political Science
B.A.(Honours) in Sanskrit
B.A.(Honours) in Sociology
B.C.A. (Honours)
B.Com.(Honours) in Accountancy
B.Sc. (Honours) in Nutrition
B.Sc.(Honours) in Botany
B.Sc.(Honours) in Chemistry
B.Sc.(Honours) in Computer Science
B.Sc.(Honours) in Mathematics
B.Sc.(Honours) in Micro-Biology
B.Sc.(Honours) in Physics
B.Sc.(Honours) in Zoology
B.Sc.(Honours)/B.A.(Honours) in Geography

Approval details: Asansol Girls College is affiliated with Burdwan University, Bardhhaman (Burdwan) (West Bengal)

Media coverage of Asansol Girls College, Asansol West Bengal, West Bengal

NAAC report of Asansol Girls College

Asansol Girls' College, started as an intermediate college in June 1950, was elevated to the level of a degree college in 1957 with the mission of providing quality higher education to the girl students in the industrial region of Burdwan district of West Bengal. Its goals and objectives are to spread the light of knowledge among girls and empowering them to face the challenges of life as well as to find a rightful place in the society. It is an urban institution located in the campus of 4.85 acres of land in the Asansol city.

The college is a government-funded institution and is affiliated to the University of Burdwan. It obtained UGC recognition under 2(f) and 12(B). It offers B.A. degree courses (Hons. & General) in English, Bengali, Sanskrit, Hindi, Political Science, Economics, Philosophy, Geography and History. In the Science stream degree courses (Hons. & General) offered include Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Nutrition, Computer Science and Mathematics. B.Com. with Hons. in Accountancy. Three career-oriented certificate add-on courses offered include Travel and Tourism Management, Functional English and Community Development.

It is also offering BCA, Computer Science (Hons.) and Microbiology (Hons.) Programmes under Self-financing scheme. These academic programmes provide wide-range of options to the learners not only to develop their personality but also to develop skill-oriented knowledge necessary for getting positions and jobs.

Of 48 sanctioned teaching posts, 39 posts are filled including the Principal. 18 teachers (is 20%) possess Ph.D. degrees and 07 have M.Phil. degrees (is 8%). For handling additional work-load, 50 temporary / part-time teachers are appointed. The built up area of the college is 3012 square meters with sufficient infrastructural facilities for conducting classes, other curricular and co-curricular activities. Laboratories to the possible extent are also provided for the science students. During 2005-06, the number of students admitted to various courses was 2856 under regular scheme and 130 under self-financing stream.

The college has come forward for its assessment and accreditation by the NAAC and submitted the self-study Report in January 2007. The NAAC constituted a Peer Team comprising Prof. Satinder Singh, former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar as Chairman, Dr.H.M.Rajashekara, Professor of Political Science and former Director of UGC-ASC, University of Mysore, Karnataka as Member Co-ordinator and Dr.N. Satyanarayana, Professor of Chemistry, Dean Faculty of Science and Former Registrar, Kakatiya University, Andhra Pradesh as Member. Dr. M.S.Shyamasundar, Deputy Advisor, NAAC acted as the co-ordinating officer.

The Peer Team visited the institution for two days on February 27th and 28th, 2007 for the validation of Self-Study Report and verification of relevant records, files and documents. It interacted with the Principal, members of Governing Body, Teaching and Non-teaching staff members, Students, Parents and members of Alumni association. After this formal procedure, the Peer Team has prepared the criterion-wise report on the functioning of the college.

1.1 Goal Orientation
The mission of the college is to promote intellectual enlightenment among girl students coming from various socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. The goal of the college is to spread the light of knowledge among the learners and to attain the elusive triangle of Indian education philosophy - 'Equality, Quality and Quantity'. Its objective is to provide educational empowerment to girls to find a rightful place in the society as co-citizens with men. The college has taken appropriate steps to implement its goals and objectives through the curricula prescribed by the Burdwan University and UGC guidelines. The curriculum focuses on personality development, career-orientation, professionalism, value-education and extension activities.

1.2 Curriculum Development
The college is affiliated to the Burdwan University and hence it follows the curriculum prescribed by it on the basis of the recommendations of Boards of Studies constituted under various faculties. Although the role of the college is very much limited in the curriculum development but the senior faculty members offer suggestions either as members of Boards of Studies or through seminars/ workshops regarding curriculum development and revision. From the academic year 2005-06 major changes have been effected in the curriculum in various courses of study in order to give thrust to national development. In addition to the introduction of different inter-disciplinary programmes, certain value added courses have been introduced during the last five years in the subjects such as Computer Science, Functional English, Travel and Tourism Management, Community Development and Environmental study. About 33.3% of the courses offered in the college focus on experimental learning and work experience.

1.3 Programme Options
Two options regarding courses of study are made available to students in accordance with the norms laid down by the University. A student can opt for Honours course with one subject carrying 800 marks and two subsidiary subjects with 300 marks each or she can choose a General Course with three subjects carrying 300 marks each. Besides, every student has to study compulsory subjects like English language, one modern Indian language and Environmental studies with 50 marks each. Under degree programmes the following subjects are offered.
B.A. (Hons. and General) - English, Bengali, Sanskrit, Hindi, Political Science, Economics, Philosophy, Geography and History.
B.Sc. (Hons. and General) - Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Nutrition and Mathematics.
B.Com.with Hons. in Accountancy.
Bachelor of Computer Application (Hons.)

The college offers three career-oriented certificate courses on Travel and Tourism Management, Functional English and Community Development. It also offers three self-financing courses in BCA, B.Sc. Computer Science (Hons.) and Microbiology (Hons.)

1.4 Academic Flexibility
Academic Flexibility is limited in the college. As an affiliated institution it follows the time-frame stipulated by the University. Normally, students have to complete the course of study from three to five years. Core options and elective options are made available to students after the admission subject to availability of seats and eligibility criteria prior to the University registration. Credit Transfer is allowed within the state from any University to the other.

1.5 Feedback Mechanism
The college has evolved a systematic feedback mechanism to know its strength and limitations. It collects feedback from students through questionnaires, complaint boxes and grievance redressal cell & regular parent teacher meetings. It also gets feedback from the academic peers during their visit to the institution. An attempt may be made by the college to get feedback from employers and industries also. It discusses the feedback in various meetings and workshops attended by faculty members and members of the Governing Body.

The regular meetings conducted by the Alumni provide necessary input about the functioning of the college.

The best practices in curricular aspects include regular interactive sessions, students' seminars and literary clubs. The college may encourage more student participation activities in both curricular and co-curricular programmes. Despite its limited role as an affiliated college, it takes initiative in different forms for quality sustenance and enhancement.

2.1 Admission Process
Admission to various courses are made on the basis of academic merit in the qualifying examination as per University regulations. Certain seats are reserved in all departments for SC/ST/OBC and physically challenged students as per state government norms. For undergraduate courses the demand ratio is 2146:948 and for self-financing courses in BCA 1:1, Computer Science (Hons.) 34:20, and Microbiology 110:30.

2.2 Catering to Diverse Needs
Although there is no formal procedure for assessing students' knowledge/ skill before the commencement of teaching programme, teachers judge the skills and needs of the students immediately after admission. Initiative may be taken by the college to arrange bridge courses/remedial classes to the students belonging to disadvantaged groups with the financial assistance from the UGC and other agencies.

2.3 Teaching-Learning Process
Lecture method is generally followed in Humanities, Social Sciences and Commerce subjects. Science teachers follow both lecture-method and experiment method. OHP, slides, models, maps and computers are used in the science classes. Tutorial classes are conducted regularly for honours courses in Humanities and Commerce Departments. Facility for power-point presentation may be provided in all the subjects to enhance the quality of teaching-learning process. The college has taken measures to make teaching-learning student-centered by organizing subject related stalls and exhibitions, seminars/ workshops, debates, and extra-curricular activities. The academic progress of each student is monitored by the teachers through inter-active sessions, tutorials, class tests, group discussions and parent-teacher meetings. The college encourages the teachers in their professional development by deputing them to attend Orientation/Refresher Courses, Seminars and workshops.

They also consult journals and periodicals in the library to know the recent developments in their disciplines. They are granted study leave to undertake research under FIP programme and are encouraged to attend national/ international seminars. The college encourages frequent interdisciplinary seminars, debates, wall magazines, field survey and performing arts as part of innovative teaching methods. This enables them to provide latest information / data to the students in the class rooms. The college has provided departmental libraries in addition to the central library which is kept open on all working days including recess periods.

2.4 Teacher Quality
The college has a substantial number of permanent teachers selected by the West Bengal College Service Commission. According to Government rules temporary, part-time and contractual teachers are appointed by a committee comprising University experts, members of the college Governing body through advertisement in both national and local newspapers. They are encouraged to undergo training in computer application, use of ICT and computer aided packages. 22 such teachers are working in the College during the year 2006-07. Steps may be taken for the appointment of regular teaching posts which remain vacant.

2.5 Evaluation of Teaching
The college follows the method of evaluating teachers' performance through half-yearly self-appraisal reports. These reports are reviewed by the college authorities and forwarded to the University. Necessary instruction/advice is given to low-performing teachers, if any. The outgoing students also evaluate the performance of teachers by submitting filled confidential forms supplied to them by the College. Besides, the coordinators of various departments and head of the institution talk to teachers to improve teaching-learning process. The system of academic audit may be introduced in order to strengthen the accountability and responsibility of teachers.

2.6 Evaluation of Learning
The college is regularly evaluating the learning process through fortnightly class tests and examinations. Evaluation methods are communicated to the students before the commencement of classes orally and through notice board. Central valuation system is followed by the University for the students of term end examinations. The students have an opportunity to apply for the review of their scripts as per university rules. Advanced learners are provided with additional study materials.

2.7 Evaluation Reforms
As per University regulations, the college has adopted some evaluation reforms from the year 2000-01. Objective type questions carrying 30 per cent in the final examination have been adopted. Central valuation system for the final examination has been introduced from the year 2002. Question banks are prepared by the departments of the college. The college permits the students to see their examined answer scripts. The students can apply for a review of papers of final examinations through college. Report cards of internal examinations are given to students asking them to affix the signature of their parents/guardians. These evaluation reforms make the teaching-learning process more effective and transparent.

3.1 Promotion of Research
The college is encouraging faculty participation in research by deputing them to carryout research under UGC FIP programme. The Departments of English, Bengali, Physics, Mathematics and Political Science motivate their teachers and students to take up research-oriented activities. The college needs to promote and strengthen the research programme.

3.2 Research Output
Although the college is not a recognized research centre, it is encouraging faculty to undertake minor research projects. Two minor UGC research project is being carried out in the Department of Political Science with an outlay of Rs.35,000/- and Department of Bengali with an outlay of Rs.55,000/-. The Department of Bengali has also sent its research proposal to the UGC. During the last five years, four teachers have been awarded Ph.D. degree. The college can make offers to encourage to think of collaborative research with Government, Industries and NGOs.

3.3 Publication Output
Some faculty members have published about 50 papers in national and international journals during the last five years and have also published eight books. One teacher from the Deptt. of Physics was awarded 'Young Scientist Award' in 1996.

3.4 Consultancy
Consultancy is not a major activity in the college. Efforts may be made to encourage consultancy services in professional disciplines. Teachers of the College are often invited to act as judges in Lok Adalats.

3.5 Extension Activities
Outreach programmes are organized by the college in the Community Development and BCA Courses. The students of community development course acquire service training in the field of community service. The Computer Science Department organizes work-training programmes for its students in neighouring industries. The NSS has two units which organize health, hygiene and literacy programmes to integrate the neighbourhood with the college.

3.6 Participation in Extension
The students and faculty are motivated to participate in extension activities conducted by NSS in collaboration with NGOs. Blood donation camps in the college, medical check-up camps in villages, pulse polio programme in neighbouring areas, socio-economic survey of Maila Dhara village near Asansol, etc., are being organised.

3.7 Linkages
The college has a linkage with Burdwan University regarding UGC minor research project. It may take step to develop linkages with other research institutes, industries and NGOs. It can also take step to enhance the quality of research, consultancy and extension activities.

4.1 Physical facilities
The college has adequate physical facilities for conducting academic programmes, co-curricular activities and sports. The library facility is provided in a sufficient manner. However it requires further expansion. A big open air theatre is provided for cultural and extra-curricular activities. A seminar hall is made available to conduct common seminars and conferences. The college has a sprawling playground and a small badminton court. Facilities for indoor games are provided in the students' common room. Some athletic requirements and rest rooms for students and women staff are also provided.

The college is augmenting its infrastructure by getting funds from UGC, MPLAD fund and MLA Fund. During the last five years the college building has been expanded with construction of 17,000 sq.ft. at the cost of Rs.78,12,433/-.

4.2 Maintenance of Infrastructure
Adequate amount of budget is being earmarked every year for the maintenance of infrastructure. The Finance Committee of the college considers the requirements of all departments and allocates accordingly. Development Committee is constituted to advise on developmental work. The accounts are audited regularly by external auditor. The college infrastructure is used to the maximum extent. Class rooms are rented out for conducting various entrance and competitive examinations.

4.3 Library as Learning Resources
The college library has 21,894 books with about 13,000 titles. Some journals, periodicals and newspapers are subscribed. It has computer, printer and reprographic facilities. It is partially computerized with internet facility. The Advisory Committee is set up to advise about the functioning and modernization of library. The library works on all working days under two shifts, the morning shift from 7 a.m. to 12 noon and the day shift from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. including holidays. The library requires automation.

4.4 Computers as Learning Resources
The college has 44 computers including in the Computer Science Department. Students are allowed to use computer facility according to their convenience. The college may establish a separate computer centre with internet facility for the benefit of students and teachers.

4.5 Other Facilities
The college has constructed two hostels in which 124 students are staying. Required facilities are provided to the inmates. It plans to expand the hostel buildings to accommodate large number of students.

Health care facilities need to be strengthened in the College. A full-time doctor may be appointed in the college campus. A placement centre may be set up for the benefit of outgoing students. The college may also consider on priority basis for setting up a Sports and Physical Education Centre.

5.1 Student Profile
During the year 2006-07 the total number of students admitted to various courses is 2986 of which 53 students belong to other states. The number of SC, ST, OBC and minority students is 248, 39, 40 and 73 respectively.

5.2 Student Progression
Data pertaining to student progress to further studies is not given. The career-oriented courses enable some students to find placement in various organizations after the completion of their study. During the last five years about 19 students have been qualified in the NET, 13 in the SLET, 5 in GATE, 3 in CAT, 1 in MAT and 2 in GRE. About 5 graduates of this college have passed the State level competitive examinations.

5.3 Student Support System
Adequate student support is being provided in the college. The student support system is satisfactory. The college publishers its prospectus every year in which it provides information about courses offered, faculty members, fee structure, rules and regulations of the college, extra-curricular activities, hostel, library, medical facility, alumni association, financial help and prizes etc., This enables the students to understand the profile of the college and facilities available there. The teachers provide academic and personal counselling to students regularly.

The college provides financial assistance to the meritorious and economically weaker students. During 2005-06, 97 students were awarded full student freeship to the tune of Rs.69,180 and 91 students were given half student freeship to the tune of Rs.30,960. Besides, 24 students got financial aid to the tune of Rs.5,930 out of Private Aid to Poor Student Fund.
In the absence of Placement Cell, the college arranges for in-campus and off- campus interview by different companies for the students of career-oriented courses. A good number of students have been absorbed by different companies.

The college has an Alumni Association established in the year 2000. It maintains the good relationship with college for its development. It holds regular meetings in the college campus and has instituted an Aid Fund to help one poor student once a year. With its support a medical centre is providing medical aid to the students once in a week. Many of its alumni are holding prestigious positions in the State.

The college has set up a grievance redressal cell to take necessary steps to redress the grievances, if any. During the last two years about 30 such cases have been handled by it.
The Hostel Committee looks after hostel facilities. The college canteen provides snacks to the students at a subsidized rate. Anti-ragging and women grievance redressal cell is set up in the college. The college is arranging a periodic programme regarding legal literacy of women.

5.4 Student Activities
During the last four years some students have participated in athletic inter-collegiate activities conducted by the Burdwan University and inter non-government college athletic meet. Students have also participated in extra-curricular activities like inter-collegiate music competition, debates, quiz, essay reading, folk dance, classical dance, recitation, decoration, paragraph writing, music quiz and state level youth parliament competitions. The college has won first rank and first prize in some of these activities.

6.1 Leadership, Goal Orientation and Decision - Making
The Head of the institution and the Governing Body provide leadership to the college in the realization of its goals. Although the latter is the ultimate decision-making body, it consults the Principal and Sub-committees in the decision-making process. Regular meetings of various administrative and academic core and sub-committees enable them to get a clear picture about the functioning of college. Transparency is ensured in the college management.

6.2 Organisation Structure, Powers and Functions of the Functionaries
The Governing Body, the Teacher Council and the Students' Union form the organization structure of the college. The Governing Body comprises - the President, Secretary (Principal), Three teachers, Three University nominees, Two non-teaching staff members, the General Secretary of the Students' Union and a nominee of the State Government. The Teacher Council is formed under the Presidentship of the Principal. Its members include permanent teachers of the college. Its Secretary and Assistant Secretary are elected by the members from among themselves. All the students of the college are the members of Students' Union. The class representatives elect office bearers from among themselves.

In an academic year, Governing Body and Teacher Council hold six meetings each. All the resolutions of the Governing Body are implemented. By delegating certain powers and functions to the sub-committees, administrative decentralization is promoted. Effective internal coordination and monitoring mechanism are adopted for the smooth functioning of the college.

6.3 Perspective Planning
The college has a perspective planning for its infrastructure development and academic growth. It plans to augment the physical facilities including the expansion of hostels. It has submitted the proposal to the University for the introduction of PG course in Microbiology and awaiting its approval. It follows the academic calendar in consonance with the academic calendar of the Burdwan University.

6.4 Manpower Planning and Recruitment
On the recommendation of the West-Bengal college service commission, the Governing Body appoints permanent lecturers. The temporary, part-time and contractual teachers are appointed by the Governing Body on the recommendation of the selection committee. For the non-teaching posts, the employment exchange sponsored candidates are interviewed, selected and recommended by the standing committee constituted as per the University statute. On the recommendation of the Standing Committee, the Governing Body appoints candidates for non-teaching vacant posts. The ratio of permanent teachers to non-teaching staff is 41:24.

6.5 Performance Appraisal
The college has adopted its own self-appraisal method to evaluate the performance of teachers. The students are given exit confidential questionnaires to evaluate their teachers. The University of Burdwan also evaluates the performance of teachers once in six months. This ensures the accountability of teachers and motivates them to engage in serious teaching-research activities.

6.6 Staff Development Programmes
In 2004-05 a training course on computer fundamentals was conducted to upgrade the skill of Teaching and Non-teaching staff. The faculty is encouraged to use computers, internet,
audio-visual aids and computer aided packages.

6.7 Resource Mobilisation
The fee is collected from students as per University norms. For BA pass and Hons. students the fee is Rs.2330 and 2400 respectively. B.Sc. pass and Hons. Students pay Rs.2640 and 2870 respectively. B.Com. pass and Hons. students pay Rs.2570 and 2780 respectively. The resource mobilization by the college is not substantial.

6.8 Finance Management
Financial management of the college is satisfactory. Its budget is adequate for running the programmes. Income and expenditure are subjected to internal and external audit. The accounts of the college have been audited upto 2004-05.

The Peer Team has observed some of the healthy practices followed in the College.

The college has set up a sub-committee to examine academic audit periodically.

Different sub-committees have been constituted to supervise office work, financial management and infrastructure development.

The college receives feedback from the students, parents and the alumni and takes appropriate measures to rectify the shortcomings.

The college pays attention to the adoption of innovative methods and ideas in the process of teaching, learning and evaluation.

Value-based education is imparted through cultural programmes, seminars and special lectures.

A sense of social responsibility and citizenship roles are inculcated among students through NSS activities, youth parliament competition and social services.

Strict discipline is maintained in the college.

Cordial relationship among the teachers, students and non-teaching staff members is encouraged.

Popularisation of Science subjects especially in Physics at school level.

The college has self-appraisal method to evaluate the performance of the faculty. The University of Burdwan also evaluates the performance of the teachers at an interval of 6 months.

The representative of students' union takes part in the process of planning, implementation and evaluating the academic programmes.

The college is emerging as a premier educational institution in providing general, liberal and vocational education to the girl students. The Peer Teams offers its commendations on the following aspects:
The college has adequate infrastructural facilities with congenial academic ambience.

It encourages professional development among teaching staff members.

The students are encouraged to learn through new teaching methods both inside and outside the classrooms.

The management of the college is streamlined to realize its goals and objectives.

The discipline is well maintained.

For the future development of the college the Peer Team wishes to recommend the following:

The college may identify its areas of excellence and make strategic planning for future development.

The Centre for women's studies may be started to strengthen women empowerment in various walks of life.

The Department of Home Science may be started.

A Certificate / Diploma Course may be introduced in Fashion designing technology to enhance employment opportunities for girl students.

Possibility may be explored for starting MCA course with an additional Laboratory facility.

Laboratory facility needs to be strengthened in the Science departments.

Commerce Lab and Language Lab may be established.

A separate laboratory in the Geography department may be setup.

BBM degree programme may be offered under self-financing scheme.

Vacant sanctioned teaching posts may be filled up immediately.

Library may be computerized totally with enhance physical facility and new editions of text books may be added.

The career guidance cell may be setup for the benefit of students.

The college faculty may be encouraged to undertake research projects and to bring out more publications.

Sports facilities need to be increased.

The college may take steps to organize national / state level seminars/conferences periodically in different subjects.

Extension / special lectures may arranged periodically on current national / international topics.

The college may develop linkage with the funding agencies, State's Women Commission and National Women's Commission to promote and study activities pertaining to gender issues and problems.

The NCC programme may be introduced in the college.

The Peer Team wishes the college a bright future. It thanks the Principal, Coordinator, Staff members, Governing body, and others for the cooperation extended during its visit. It also offer its thanks to Dr.M.S. Shyamasundar for his able coordination.

Prof.Satinder Singh

Prof.H.M. Rajashekara


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