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Jhargram Raj College, Jhargram, West Bengal
Jhargram Raj College, Jhargram, West Bengal
Jhargram (District Paschim Medinipur)
West Bengal, IndiaPin Code : 721507
Jhargram Raj College, Jhargram West Bengal is a recognised institute / college. Jhargram Raj College, Jhargram West Bengal was established on / in 1949.
Jhargram Raj College is situated in Jhargram of West Bengal state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.
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Approval details: Jhargram Raj College is affiliated with Vidyasagar University, Medinipur (Midnapore)
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NAAC report of Jhargram Raj CollegeSECTION - 1: INTRODUCTION
Jhargram Raj College had a very humble beginning as Jhargram Agriculture College on 8th May 1949. The college which was the brainchild of the King of Jhargram - Late Narasingha Malladev Bahadur was subsequently taken over by the Government of West Bengal. The college was established with the goals of pursuing knowledge in the widest meaning of the term; promoting the spirit of freedom in learning through healthy teacher-student relationship and upholding the ideal that education is continuous process and also keeping alive their quest for knowledge. The college has had been able to provide higher education with the objective of the socio-cultural upliftment of the entire region along with the development of public responsibility among the learners. The college situated in the semi-urban locality of Jhargram of Paschim Medinipur district of West Bengal spreads over an area of 327 acres. The college caters to the higher education needs of the people belonging to socially and economically backward and scheduled castes and scheduled tribe communities. The college is recognised by the UGC under 2(f) and 12(B) since 1956. The college is now affiliated to Vidyasagar University. Till 1985, it was affiliated to the University of Calcutta.
Jhargram Raj College, which started with courses like I.A., I.Sc. (Agriculture) and I.Sc. and subsequently B.Sc. (Agriculture) gradually offered courses in all the traditional disciplines of Arts, Science and Commerce. Presently the college has 14 departments. It has 6 departments (Physics, Zoology, Physiology, Mathematics, Chemistry and Botany) in the Science faculty; 6 departments (Bengali, English, Philosophy, Political Science, Sanskrit and History) in the Arts faculty, the department of Commerce and the department of Physical Education. The college offers UG-courses - B.A. (Honours and General), B.Sc. (Honours and General) and B.Com. (Honours and General). The college offers Honours programmes in all the subjects except Physical Education. The college has introduced Post-Graduate courses in Chemistry (2005-06) and Zoology (2006-07).
The faculty consists of 56 permanent teachers; one physical instructor and 39 part-time teachers of which 25 have Ph.D. and 13 have M.Phil. Degrees. There are 49 permanent non-teaching staff members in the college. The college had an enrolment of 1382 students (913 boys and 469 girls) during 2006-07.
The college has a central library, canteen, gymnasium, playground, common rooms for boys and girls, students' union office, hostels for both boys and girls and residential quarters for few non-teaching staff. The college works under annual system as per the affiliating university's academic curricula and Act and Statutes. The dropout rate of students is around 30. The success rate in the university examination varies between 65 and 80 per cent. The unit cost of education per student is Rs. 16,067/- including the salary component and Rs. 2,316/- excluding the salary component.
The college has recently constituted a Governing Body with representation from the Government, University, teachers, non-teaching staff and students. The District Magistrate is the President and the Principal is the Member Secretary of the Governing Body. The Principal being the head of the college acts and implements the programmes, academic and administrative, as per the orders and directions from the D.P.I., Higher Education, Government of West Bengal, the University Grants Commission and the affiliating university. There is a Teachers' Council, a statutory body, which meets regularly and reviews the academic and administrative functions of the college and also plans for the future. The Teachers' Council and the Principal constitute several committees and subcommittees like admission committee, examination committee, discipline committee, cultural committee, library subcommittee, etc. for smooth management of the college. The teachers, non-teaching staff and students assist and help the Principal in managing the college effectively.
Jhargram Raj College volunteered to be assessed and accreditated by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore and submitted its Self-Study Report in January 2007. The NAAC constituted a Peer Team consisting of Prof. P.C. Deka, former Vice-Chancellor, Tezpur University, Tezpur, Assam as Chairman, Dr. Reny George, Principal, St. Thomas College, Bhillai as Member, Prof. Sunil Kanta Behera, Department of Mass Communication, Berhampur University, Berhampur, Orissa as Member Coordinator and Dr. M.S. Shyamasundar, Deuty Adviser, NAAC, Bangalore as the Coordination Officer.
The Peer Team after studying and analysing the Self Study Report visited the college on 21st and 22nd March 2007. The Peer Team visited all the academic and administrative departments, support services, library, laboratories and hostels, etc. The Peer Team also had extensive interaction with the Principal, Teachers, Non-teaching Staff, Students, Alumni and Parents. Based on the above exercise and the scrutiny of documentary evidence and keeping in view the criteria, norms and framework laid down by the NAAC, the Peer Team has formulated its assessment report on institutional accreditation of the college as given in the following pages.
SECTION - 2: CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion - I: Curricular Aspects
Jhargram Raj College with its mission and goal of spreading higher education to the largest section of economically, socially and educationally backward students has been successful to a large extent in achieving its objectives of ensuring socio-economic cultural development of the region.
The college offers UG courses in Humanities, Science and Commerce. It also offers P.G. courses in Chemistry and Zoology. It offers Honours in 6 Arts subjects such as Bengali, English, Sanskrit, History, Political Science and Philosophy; 6 Science subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Botany, Zoology and Physiology and Honours in Accountancy in Commerce faculty. The college follows the syllabi prescribed by the Vidyasagar University for B.A. (General and Honours), B.Sc. (General and Honours), B.Com. (General and Honours) and P.G. courses in Chemistry and Zoology. The curricula have been revised by the affiliating university according to the UGC guidelines. The college has no freedom for revision of the curricula, but the teachers, some of them being the members of the UG Board of Studies and the P.G. Council of the University, suggest need-based changes in the curricula to make them contemporary relevant. While there is no freedom in the syllabi, the college offers multiple electives and subject combination options at both general and honours level. The college has re-introduced Sanskrit at both honours and general level in 2006 after a gap of about 16 years. The college, responding to the growing demands from the students, has made efforts to offer post-graduate courses in Bengali and Botany in the near future. The college is also trying to offer 'Santhali' language studies (in Alchiki script) at the undergraduate level as Santhali is spoken by the largest majority of the local populace. The courses offered by the college are of conventional nature. The college has to take initiatives to offer job-oriented courses as well as region-specific vocational courses.
Though the college conducts Seminars occasionally, it must plan to conduct seminars, workshops regularly thus bringing in academic peers to review the existing curriculum. The college through the College Development Council of Vidyasagar University can always get funds from the UGC and other organisations for conducting regional and national level seminars and workshops.
Criterion - II: Teaching-Learning and Evaluation
Admissions are based on academic records and the college follows a transparent admission policy. Reservation rules of the government and the eligibility criteria framed by the affiliating university are followed in admissions. The college has provisions of financial aids to the poor and needy students like freeships, government stipends for the SC and ST students, etc. The college is a co-educational one and the demand ratio is 1.3:1. The college publishes the updated prospectus and academic calendar and supplies to the students at the beginning of the academic session. The college works for 225 days in an academic session of which 191 are teaching days. The teachers are advised to prepare their own teaching plans at the beginning of the academic year. The teaching-learning process and the progress of the syllabus are closely monitored through departmental meetings. Teachers monitor the progress of the students through mandatory class tests and annual examinations. Tutorial classes are conducted and remedial programmes are offered specifically for the honours and post-graduate students and for other academically weak students based on their needs.
Lecture method of teaching predominantly followed by most of the departments is supplemented by group discussions, students' presentations, departmental seminars, etc. to make the teaching-learning process more interactive. The Science departments and some departments of the Arts faculties use audio-visual gadgets for classroom teaching.
Since the college is a government college, the West Bengal Public Service Commission recruits the teachers in accordance with the UGC norms and the stipulations of the Government of West Bengal. Part-time teachers are recruited on the basis of their academic records and their performances in an interview conducted by a Selected Board duly constituted by the College. These recruitments also need to be approved by the Higher Education department of the government. The college has qualified faculty as out of a total of 56 permanent teachers, 25 have Ph.D. and 13 have M.Phil. degrees. The laboratories are reasonably equipped to meet the curricular requirements of the students. The available computer facilities with internet connectivity may be expanded for the benefit of teachers, students and staff members. The UGC may be approached for funds for the expansion of the central computer centre in the college.
Teachers are encouraged to undertake research projects and study leave is available for the teachers. Teachers are allowed to attend and participate in refresher courses, orientation programmes, seminars and workshops for updating their knowledge and academic development.
The college has adopted evaluation methods for teachers such as self-appraisal report (monthly) submission by the teachers and annual confidential report in the proforma prescribed by the Higher Education department of the Government of West Bengal. The college has started collecting feedback from the students which needs to be formalised and structured.
The college may approach UGC and other agencies like ICSSR, CSIR, DST, ICHR, etc. for funds to conduct academic activities like seminars, conferences etc. as the college is recognised by the UGC under 2(f) and 12(B).
Criterion - III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The college encourages faculty members for conducting research by sanctioning leave and also by rescheduling the timetable. The college also deputes teachers to present their research findings/papers at regional/national seminars and workshops. Collaborative research projects with a total outlay of Rs. 6.14 lakh from the Ministry of Water Resources and Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India are in progress in the departments of Chemistry and Physics. The college also has one ongoing UGC funded minor research project of Rs. 70,000/-. Teachers, particularly from the Science departments and few from other faculties are actively engaged in research. The teachers publish regularly in international and national journals. Some teachers have authored, edited and published books. The college has published two research journals - Journal of Science and Journal of Humanities, which need to be published regularly. As the college has good number of teachers with Ph.D., they should be encouraged to undertake major and minor research projects sponsored by UGC, CSIR, DST, ICSSR and other funding agencies. The college should initiate steps to inculcate and promote research culture among the faculty.
The extension work undertaken by the NSS units and other stakeholders of the college needs to be appreciated. The college has 3 NSS units with 252 male and 108 female volunteers. The college responding to the development needs of the community, organises blood donation, AIDS awareness, environmental awareness, adult education and literacy camps and other community development programmes regularly. The NSS units have adopted two villages for their holistic development and transformation as model villages. The college may collaborate with other governmental and non-governmental organisations for the conduct of camps and community development programmes on a regular basis, which will certainly help the students in inculcating the values of social service and community development.
Criterion - IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college spreads over an area of 327 acres. During the past 58 years, the college has expanded its infrastructural facilities in the form of a four storied main building, arts building, library extension, hostels for boys and girls, residential quarters for non-teaching staff, pump house, generator room, cycle shed etc. The built-up area is about 14,308 square meters. The college has about 47 classrooms, 5 office rooms, a central library, small departmental libraries, a seven-station multi-gym, common rooms for boys and girls and seminar hall, etc. The college functions in two shifts to meet the increasing demand of students and for optimal utilisation of available infrastructure. B.Com. (Honours and General) and B.Sc. (General) courses are offered in the morning shift ( 7.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.) and B.A (Honours and General), B.Sc. (Honours) and P.G. courses in Chemistry and Zoology are offered in the day shift ( 10.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.).
The college buildings and hostels are maintained and repaired by the Public Works Department of the government. However, the college has spent about Rs. 26 lakh received from the UGC and the State Government as development grants, for the creation of more infrastructural facilities during the last five years. The college has generator facility for the library, laboratories and class-rooms. The college may provide more water filters and aquaguards in the hostels and college buildings. The college has an annual budget of Rs. 50,000/- for furniture and Rs. 1,20,000/- for equipment.
The central library has a collection of 98,942 books and it subscribes for seven popular and research journals. During the X Plan period, the college spent about Rs. 16 lakh for the purchase of books and journals. The library has one computer. The library needs to be automated. The library provides photocopying and scanning facilities to the students and teachers. Online search for materials can be done by the teachers and students at the Central Internet facility centre. The college has a total of 15 computers. Seating capacity in library reading rooms have been increased by constructing the library extension building.
The college has two hostels for boys and one hostel for girls accommodating about 200 boys and 65 girls. Hostel accommodation with standard fooding and recreational facilities are provided to the students with minimum charges. The college has a large playground with cricket, football, volleyball, kabaddi, badminton and kho-kho courts and pitches along with a multi-gym, which help the students to attain physical fitness and mental alertness.
Criterion - V: Student Support and Progression
The college caters to the higher education needs of the students belonging to various socio-economic strata of the region. The college has admitted 1382 students belonging to the under privileged sections during 2006-07. The college has reasonably adequate support services to ensure healthy growth of students. The college publishes its updated prospectus annually containing information about profile of the college, goals and mission, courses offered, brief outline of the syllabi, subject combinations, teaching and non-teaching staff, admission procedure, fees structure, library, hostel, scholarships and stipends, etc. The college admits the students on the basis of the marks obtained in the qualifying examinations following the reservation policy.
Government stipends to the SC and ST students and freeships to the poor students are offered. The results of the university examinations are satisfactory and the dropout rate is about 30 per cent. Special emphasis may be given to lower the dropout rate and further improve the university examination results. However one student of Bengali has bagged the first position in the university examination in 2006. In the preceding years also students of other departments have bagged university positions. Another notable feature is that all the P.G. students of Chemistry have got first class in the Part-I examination of 2006 and one student has cleared GATE.
The college do not have a placement or a career counselling cell. But some departments have information about the progression of their students, which need to be structured and followed by all the departments. The college may take initiatives to establish a career counselling-cum-placement cell to guide the students. Teachers may also undertake personal, academic and career counselling of students on a regular basis.
The college has reasonable games and sports facilities for the students. The college has a multi-gym for the male students. The college may think of establishing a Yoga Centre and a gymnasium for the girl students.
The college has a rich alumni. The alumni association shall be made more functional, which can contribute to the growth and development of the college. There is a Students' Union in the college with elected office bearers and it organises cultural and community development programmes.
Criterion - VI: Organisation and Management
Jhargram Raj College is a government college. Hence the college is under the direct control and administration of the Department of Higher Education, Government of West Bengal. The college has recently constituted a Governing Body with representatives from the Government, University, teachers, non-teaching staff and students. The District Magistrate is the President and the Principal is the Member Secretary. The Principal, being the head of the institution shoulders the responsibilities of managing as well as developing the college. The Principal is ably assisted by the Academic council and the Teachers' Council of the college, which is a statutory body. The Teachers' Council meets regularly and plans for the future development of the college, academically and infrastructurally. The Principal approves the same and forward those to the appropriate authorities like State Government, UGC, Vidyasagar University, for approval and implementation. There are several committees and subcommittees like admission committee, college development committee, library committee, PG subcommittee, examination committee, hostel committee, students' affairs committee, purchase subcommittee, etc., which help the Principal in managing the college. The college has an effective internal coordination and monitoring mechanism, which functions with the involvement of teachers and staff through various subcommittees. The college deputes the administrative staff for office training and computer training to acquire and update their administrative acumen and skills.
The college runs with grants received from the Department of Higher Education, Government of West Bengal and the University Grants Commission. The college accounts are regularly monitored and verified by the Principal. Financial records are maintained as per the accounting norms and Government rules. The accounts are regularly audited. Though the college desires to introduce P.G. courses in Bengali and Botany and UG course in Santhali, yet the plans get delayed because of limited funding. The college may initiate steps for resource mobilisation through liberal donations from the M.P. LAD and M.L.A. LAD funds and also from philanthropic and business organizations of the region.
Criterion - VII: Healthy Practices
The Peer Team has identified certain healthy practices of the college, which help in translating the mission and goals into reality. They are as follows:
Regular meetings of the statutory bodies like the Teachers' Council help in reviewing the performance of the college as a whole and planning for the future.
Functioning of the college in two shifts - morning shift and day shift - thus ensuring optimal utilisation of available resources - manpower and infrastructure.
Healthy relationship among teaching, non-teaching and students helps in the smooth functioning of the college.
Conduct of Tutorial classes and remedial programmes for the academically weak as well as backward class students.
Emphasis on curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities of the students for their holistic growth.
SECTION - 3: OVERALL ANALYSIS
After analysis of the Self Study Report and inspection and assessment of the college during the visit, the Peer Team is pleased to note that the college has fairly succeeded in achieving its goals and objectives of providing quality higher education to the economically and socially disadvantaged sections of the society.
There are a number of features and practices of the college, which need to be commended. But it is also necessary and appropriate to mention certain concerns of the Peer Team for the consideration of the college for its future progress and development. The college should be commended for the following;
Regular publication of the prospectus and following the academic calendar of the affiliating university.
Introduction of P.G. courses in Chemistry and Zoology and initiatives for introduction of more post-graduate courses and Santhali at the undergraduate level.
Conduct of tutorial classes and offering remedial courses for weaker and backward students.
Extension activities and the community development programmes undertaken by the NSS units with the involvement of students and teachers.
Teachers publishing research papers regularly in international and national journals. Teachers, particularly from Zoology, Chemistry and Physics have commendable research contributions in spite of heavy teaching workload.
Enrichment of the library by procuring more books and journals.
Use of audio-visual aids and interactive methods in classroom teaching thus making teaching-learning more participatory.
Assessment and Evaluation of teachers through Self-Appraisal Reports and Annual Confidential Reports.
Regular audit and maintenance of accounts strictly following the accounting standards and procedures.
Creation of good laboratory facilities in the Science Departments by procuring equipments and instruments to meet the curricular requirements at U.G. and P.G. level.
While appreciating the efforts of the college, the following suggestions/areas of concern may be considered by the college authorities for its growth and development.
The college may initiate steps for filling up of large number of vacant teaching and non-teaching posts.
Faculty members should be encouraged to undertake more research work by submitting research projects to various funding agencies like UGC, CSIR, ICSSR, AICTE, DST, etc.
The college may approach UGC for funding for augmentation of computer facilities in the college.
The college may take steps to introduce job-oriented certificate/short-term/diploma courses in consultation with business/industry sector and in conformity with the regional needs. The courses may be Computer Applications, Tourism and Travel Management, Journalism, e-commerce, Advertising and Public Relations, DTP, Food Processing, Fisheries, Sericulture, Nursery Management and such other courses, which have region specific relevance. The UGC may be approached for funds to offer such job-oriented vocational courses.
The college should initiate steps for establishment of a Centre for Tribal Studies, Documentation and Research as the college is situated in a tribal area.
The college should take initiatives for the establishment of a Botanical Garden.
Placement-cum-Career Guidance Cell should be established.
Computerisation and automation of the library may be undertaken on a priority basis.
Students' feedback should be regularly collected, analysed and utilised to make the teaching-learning process more effective.
Efforts should be made to organise State-level and National Seminars, Conferences and Workshops regularly. The UGC and other funding agencies may be approached for funding through the College Development Council of Vidyasagar University.
Steps should be taken to identify the reasons for high dropout and find solutions to reduce the same. The college by offering certain job-oriented 'add-on' courses can reduce the high drop-out rate. The 'add-on' courses as per the U.G.C. guidelines can be pursued simultaneously with the conventional U.G. courses.
Teachers may take-up academic and personal counselling of students in order to train them for good performances in the university examinations.
Grievance Redressal Cell should be made operative and functional.
The Alumni Association can be made more functional, thus helping the college develop further.
The Peer Team appreciates the efforts of the Principal, teachers, staff and students for the growth and development of the college.
The Peer Team thanks the Principal, Coordinator of the Steering Committee, Teachers, Administrative Staff, Students, Parents and Alumni for their cooperation in making the Peer Team's work possible. The Peer Team expresses its gratitude for their hospitality and other facilities readily made available during the visit.
The Peer Team wishes the college success in its future academic planning and endeavours.
(Prof. P.C. Deka)
(Dr. Reny George)
(Prof. Sunil Kanta Behera)
(Dr. Nimai Chandra Saha)
Jhargram Raj College
(Govt.of West Bengal)
Jhargram - 721507
Dist. Paschim Medinipur
Date : 22nd March 2007
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