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Rishi Bankim Chandra College for Women, 24 Parganas North, West Bengal
Rishi Bankim Chandra College for Women, 24 Parganas North, West Bengal
24 Parganas North (District 24 Parganas North)
West Bengal, IndiaPin Code : 743165
Rishi Bankim Chandra College for Women, 24 Parganas North West Bengal is a recognised institute / college.
Rishi Bankim Chandra College for Women is situated in 24 Parganas North of West Bengal state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.
Contact Details of Rishi Bankim Chandra College for Women, 24 Parganas North West Bengal are : Ph. 2580 1905
CoursesRishi Bankim Chandra College for Women, 24 Parganas North West Bengal runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
BA: Bengali(G+H), English(G+H), Sanskrit(G), Philosophy(G+H), History(G+H), Pol. Science(G+H), Geography(G+H), ducation(G), Flim Studies (G)
B Sc: Economics(G), Chemistry(G+H), Physics(G), Mathematics(G), Botany(G+H), Zoology(G+H)
Approval details: Rishi Bankim Chandra College for Women is affiliated with University of Calcutta (CU), Kolkata (West Bengal)
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NAAC report of Rishi Bankim Chandra College for WomenSECTION -I
Rishi Bankim Chandra College for Women is christened after the hallowed name of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay of Bande Mataram fame. The college is situated at the semi-urban industrial belt of district North 24 Parganas of West Bengal. It is located in the area of East Kantalpara of the Naihati town of Barrackpur Subdivision, less than 200 metres away from the ancestral home of Rishi Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay as well as of the Naihati railway junction. The college caters to and serves the wide area of 4094 sq. km of the North 24 parganas district with a female population of 42,95,033 and takes the responsibility of the higher education of the female students mainly belonging to the middle, lower-middle and poor classes of the society irrespective of caste and creed.
The morning section of Rishi Bankim Chandra College, meant only for women, was started from August, 1964. The Governing Body of the erstwhile Rishi Bankim Chandra College in the meeting held on February 1980, unanimously resolved that the college was to be divided into three independent units for the sake of better teaching and administration. Thus, Rishi Bankim Chandra College for Women in place of Rishi Bankim Chandra College (Morning section) was started on 13th July, 1984.
At present, three colleges viz., Rishi Bankim Chandra College (co-education), Rishi Bankim Chandra College for Women and Rishi Bankim Chandra Evening College (co-education) share the same campus of 4.49 acres of land and utilise the class rooms, staff rooms, Laboratories, Auditorium, Library, Canteen, Playground etc. as common infrastructure.
Immediately after trifurcation, the college ran into some difficulties like withdrawal of U.G.C. grant. The matter of physical trifurcation of the college was subjudice under the honourable High Court, Kolkata. The Governing Body of the college could not be formed upto November, 1995.
The working hour of the college starts at 6:30 am. It has got a lot of limitations for its desired extension and expansion because it has to keep its teaching hour limited to 4 hours (i.e. upto 10:30 am).
The college is affiliated to Calcutta University and received U.G.C. recognition, under 12(b) and 2(f) in 1998.
The college offers undergraduate (U.G.) courses in Arts and Science streams. The subjects offered include Bengali, English, Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit, Political Science, History, Philosophy, Economics, and Education in the Arts faculty. The Science faculty offers Botany, Zoology, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Geography. The honours courses offered include Bengali, English, Political Science, History, Philosophy and Geography in the Arts stream and Chemistry and Geography in the Science stream. The college also offers two self-financing certificate courses in Mushroom cultivation and Food Processing.
Total number of students in the college is 2,153 of which 13 students are from other states of the country. S.C. and S.T. students are 318 and 24 in number respectively in the academic session 2003-2004. The student strength in self-financing certificate courses are 22 in Mushroom cultivation and 16 in Food Processing
The strength of the faculty is 54 (18 permanent, 33 part-time and 03 Guest Lecturers). Of 18 permanent teachers 13 are female teachers and 05 are males. Among these 18 permanent teachers 09 (05 females & 04 males) are Ph.D. degree holders while 01 female is an M.Phil degree holder. The rest 08 are P.G. Degree holders. The college has 41 supporting non-teaching (20 administrative and 21 technical) members of the staff.
The temporal plan of the academic work in the college is annual. The unit cost of education including salary component is Rs. 4,495/- per student whereas it is Rs. 899/- excluding salary component. The college has a management structure with Governing Body, Coordinating committee, and sub-committees such as Finance sub-committee, Purchase sub-committee, Academic sub-committee, Admission sub-committee, Examination sub-committee, Committee for SC/ST/OBC Student's Welfare, Provident Fund sub-committee, Service Book sub-committee, Publication sub-committee, Library sub-committee, Committee for Grievance Redressal, Seminar sub-committee; the Principal is the Chairman of each of these sub-committees. An elected students' Union looks after various co-curricular aspects of the students. The college provides support services like Central library, indoor games facilities, canteen and grievance redressal cell. The college encourages the students in extra curricular activities and extension programmes through the N.S.S. unit and N.C.C coy. The college generates resources to a limited extent from self-financing certificate courses.
The college opted to be assessed by NAAC and submitted its Self Study Report in March 2004. A Peer Team consisting of Prof. Vinod P.Saxena, Former Vice-Chancellor, Jiwaji University, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, as Chairman, Prof. B.N. Patnaik, Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (retd.), Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, UttarPradesh as Member and Dr. Iswar Chandra Jena, H.O.D. of Commerce (Retd.), M.P.C. Autonomous College, Baripada, Mayurbhanj, Orissa as the Member Co-ordinator was constituted to visit the college on 25-27 August 2004.
The Peer Team perused and analysed the Self Study Report of the college. During the visit the team went through all the relevant documents, visited the Departments and facilities. The academic, co-curricular, extra-curricular sports and extension facilities of the institution were visited. The Peer Team also interacted with the members of the G.B, the Principal, the Teachers, the Non-teaching Staff members, Students, Parents, and the Alumni of the college. On the basis of this exercise and keeping in view the criteria identified by NAAC the team has taken a value judgement.
The assessment of the college under various criteria, the commendable features of the college as well as the issues of concern are spelt out in the following pages.
CRITERION WISE REPORT
Rishi Bankim Chandra College for Women is governed by the Rules and Regulations of the University of Calcutta as specified for an affiliated college. The curricula are designed to disseminate general education, knowledge and awareness among local women population mainly belonging to middle, lower-middle and poor classes of the society. To educate and to develop skill among the girls of this semi-urban society the college offers a few need-based certificate course programmes alongside the regular formal (Honours and General courses) ones.
The college offers 3-year degree courses in Arts and Science. In the faculty of Science, subjects taught are Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Botany, Zoology and Geography with the provision of honours in Chemistry and Geography. In the Arts faculty English, Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit, Philosophy, Political Science, Education, History and Economics are taught with the provision of honours in English, Bengali, Political Science, History, Philosophy and Geography.
The regulation of the university of Calcutta, to which the college is affiliated, permits a limited flexibility in time frame, horizontal mobility and also non-core options in the undergraduate (U.G.) courses. The regulation also doesn't permit autonomy. The newly revised syllabus for all subjects have come into effect from the academic session 2003-2004 in the preparation of which some faculty members of the college have made academic contribution. The entire curriculum is divided into several modules, and each module is followed by an end-term evaluation test.
TEACHING, LEARNING AND EVALUATION
In order to provide scope for general education to girls of the locality, students are admitted on the basis of their academic records only on a first-cum-first served basis. Most of the departments conduct discussion and interactive sessions with the students after admission.
Students who completed two-year degree course previously are admitted to the bridge course to rectify their one-year deficiency in the course. Most of the departments of the college arrange special/tutorial classes to provide remedial teaching to academically backward students in particular subjects. The college encourages advance learners through special counselling and guidance. Some of the departments have started wall-magazines and annual magazines, which give chance to the talented and interested students to write in these magazines.
Each teacher is provided with a year planner and makes his or her teaching plans both individually and department-wise for each month and session. Syllabi are unitised throughout the year as per the direction of the university through the preparation of an academic calendar. The matter is monitored in departmental meetings and if it appears that a teacher is unable to complete his/her assigned syllabus, mid-course correction is done through discussions with other teachers.
The college has 215 teaching days out of the total working days of 231.
The ratio of full-time teachers to part-time teachers is 1:1.6 in 2001-02 and 1:2 in 2002-03. Thus, the percentage of part-time teachers is very high. The college should appoint more full-time teachers.
The methods of evaluation of students are conveyed to the students in the beginning of the year through the prospectus and the academic calendar, the students' notice board, issue of result-card and through teacher-student interaction programmes.
The overall performance of students is monitored by the academic sub-committee. Guardians are invited for discussion about the performance of their wards.
The full-time teacher is appointed by the Governing Body on the recommendation of West Bengal College Service Commission (W.B.C.S.C.) and part-time and guest lecturers are appointed by the college authority through a selection committee nominated by the Governing Body.
The college has no freedom to appoint temporary/ad-hoc teaching staff. However, the college authority appoints part-time teachers and guest lecturers and pays their salaries from the college fund.
Some teachers of the college attend seminars and workshops as participants and resource persons in seminars and workshops. The college follows the self-appraisal method to evaluate the performance of the faculty in teaching, research and extension. A self-appraisal diary is supplied to each teacher to furnish all sorts of information including teaching and co-curricular activities, research work undertaken etc. Feedback is taken from the students and data thus collected is analysed and discussed in the Governing Body meetings through the academic council.
The college collects student evaluation on campus experience and takes steps as and where necessary. It has conducted a few seminars and symposia with grant from U.G.C. and other agencies. It runs its day-to-day activities with the help of 15 different committees.
Question Banks prepared by the teachers is supplied to the students in some departments. Students are motivated to prepare answers. The college has no national or international linkages for teaching and research.
RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
Few teachers of the college have been actively engaged in research. There are two ongoing minor research projects in the department of Bengali and Botany. Some teachers of the college have published a good number of articles and books. The teachers of the Department of Bengali have published 36 articles and 13 books. The departments of English and History have published one book each. The departments of Sanskrit, History, Geography, Botany have also published some articles in reputed journals and magazines. Research projects both minor and major may be encouraged.
The college has a designated person for extension activities. It has undertaken extension work like Mushroom Cultivation training, Adult literacy camp, Community development, Health and Hygiene awareness, AIDS awareness, Social work, Medical camp, Blood donation camp and Environmental awareness camp, Doctor's day rally in collaboration with I.M.A., Naihati etc.
The students of the college are encouraged through N.S.S. unit and N.C.C coy and the Student's Union to participate in extension activities. Certificates are given to the participants.
INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
The college has a campus of 4.49 acres of which 1.38 acres is the main campus and 3.11 acres off campus is the playground shared by the three colleges: Rishi Bankim Chandra College, Rishi Bankim Chandra College for Women and Rishi Bankim Chandra Evening College. The RBC college for Women has 1.352 sq.ft area of the three-floored building in its exclusive possession; part of this is a small space below the staircase and the rest of the space is used for an office, the Principal's chamber, two small toilets, and a small store room. Upto 10.30 am, the college uses 18 classrooms, 5 laboratories, the auditorium, the first-floor central library, the students' common room, staff room, canteen, cheap store, and student's block. Out of the above 4 classrooms are continued to be used upto 11:50 am and 4 laboratories upto 12:30 noon. With its sister colleges, the college shares NCC room and the playground.
The college makes use of the central library, also used by her sister colleges, and has now a small library of its own, which contains a small reading space for the users. Books are issued to students for 4 hours a day. The book bank is too small to merit mention. The computerisation of the library activities have been initiated recently but have to be speeded up.
The library has no research journals or periodicals; what it has are some magazines meant for general readers. It has a useful question bank, which the students use. The library is not connected with other libraries through computer network.
The college appears to have a fairly effective method for optimal utilization of the infrastructure, which is due to its own special compulsions. However, all sections of the college community maintain that in its aspiration to initiate various programmes, the college is hugely handicapped on account of lack of adequate space.
The shared play ground of the college, not properly developed, off the main campus is not often used by the students of the RBC College for Women. The students play carom, volleyball and Kabbadi, and in Kabbadi, they won an award recently. Students are encouraged to do well in games and sports, and recognition by the college comes in the form of prizes, certificates etc.
The computer facility, available to the students and staff is not adequate at all.
The college has just introduced academic counselling for the students. As far as the medical facility is concerned, it is again inadequate. The students are the members of the Student's Health Home in Kolkata.
The college doesn't have a hostel, and the students clearly express the urgent need for the same.
The canteen facility needs improvement.
Teachers are noticeably caring towards their students, and often provide remedial teaching to the students who perform poorly.
STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
The prospectus of the college, published annually, provides exhaustive information to the student. The information is regarding the objectives of the college, the faculty, staff, infrastructure, fee structure, academic programmes of the college, admission and other rules, college examinations, scholarships and other financial support for the students, student support services, student aids, co- and extra-curricular activities. The 'Result Card' issued by the college informs the guardians about their wards' academic performance.The academic calendar is available to the students free of cost. It provides detailed information about the breakup of the syllabus in terms of topics to be covered during a particular period of time, the number of lecture hours for each topic, examination etc.
The college has as of now no record about the students' progression in terms of employment or further study after they passed out. The Alumni Association has just been formed and registered.
The college offers financial support to the needy students in the form of freeships, stipends, etc. and the award of these is made through an impartial and democratic system. The college has recently formed SC-ST and OBC cells, and it has taken steps to obtain for its reserved category students scholarships from the government and has been successful. There are stipends for the physically challenged students, and eligible students are awarded Hindi scholarships, and National Loan scholarships, etc. The college has a Student-Aid Fund to offer some support to the needy.
Academic counselling and some career counselling are offered by the college, but there is no employment cell or placement cell.
The college offers need based certificate courses, which aim to motivate students for self-employment.
Opportunities exist for students to participate in debates, discussions, cultural programmes, etc. Some departments encourage their students to put up wall magazines. Students are also encouraged to write in the student magazines of the college. However, as of now, these are only initial steps in the direction of the students' actualizing their creative potential.
ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
The internal management system of the college involving various academic and administrative committees such as the library sub-committee, purchase committee, etc., works quite satisfactorily in the conduct of academic, administrative and financial affairs. The time and space management involving this college and RBC college appears to be fairly smooth although all concerned are clear that this amounts to only making the best of a very difficult situation.
The number of full-time faculty members is smaller than that of the part-time faculty members. The strength of the non-teaching staff is also decreasing. There is no lack of understanding and cooperative spirit among the teaching and the non-teaching staff and the teacher-student relation is also healthy.
To cope with the depletion of the strength of the non-teaching staff and increasing volume of work, computerisation of many sectors is needed. Training of the non-teaching staff in the use of the computer is necessary. Record keeping in the library needs improvement.
The NSS unit has organised some awareness programmes and an adult literacy programme. The college has an NCC Coy.
The self-appraisal of the teaching staff is on the whole satisfactory.
Following are the healthy practices observed by the Peer Team.
Continuing of healthy Indian traditions and Bengali cultural perspective
Earnest desire in the Principal, teaching faculty and the students for the growth and development of the institution
The library awareness
The concern of the teachers for the students in academic matters
The value based education
Research efforts in some departments
The grievance redressal by the authorities
The internal assessment system in major subjects
The dynamic administration
Major responsibility holding by women faculty
Following is the overall analysis put forth by the Peer Team of the Rishi Bankim Chandra College for Women, Naihati (W.B)
Effective governance and administration
The teamwork and commitment of the faculty and staff
The devotion and sincerity of the students
Good results inspite of significant shortage of teachers and other resources
Good indication of strategic planning and action plans for every work
The percentage of students appearing in the examination
Preservation of cultural legacy and heritage of Bengal by the girls
Good student teacher relations
Openness to incorporate improvement measures
Aspirations to grow further
Self-confidence of the women teachers
Urgent need for a new independent campus with enough space and healthy environment
Dire necessity of regular faculty in most teaching departments
Immediate recruitment of full time teachers atleast on contract basis in the departments without teachers
Development of appropriate infrastructure for sports, cultural and other extracurricular activities
More resources for funds generation
More outreach and extension activities for teachers and students
Educational tours outside Bengal for girls to increase their knowledge and perception
Invited lecturers in all subjects by eminent scientists, literary figures and distinguished persons in other branches of activity
Extension of working hours for both teachers and students
More thrust for research and consultancy in subjects like Botany, Chemistry, Zoology, Economics, Education and Geography
Immediate attention towards development of weaker departments like Hindi, Sanskrit, Urdu, Philosophy and Mathematics
Creation of new departments in subjects like Home Science, Home Economics,
Physical Education, Electronics, Commerce, Management, Journalism and Mass Communication
Steps to introduce new courses in above subjects and P.G courses atleast in Bengali, English, Geography and Mathematics
Introduction of more vocational courses including need based certificate and diploma courses
Computer literacy and specific training to all the sections of human resource and students
Introduction of more effective internal assessment for the students
Purchase of more computers and arrangement of Internet connection for teaching staff and students
Participation of teachers in long duration workshops, research conferences and orientation programmes at well-known academic centres outside W.Bengal
More motivation and facilities to the girls to participate in sports, N.S.S. and other allied activities
Provision of hostels, good subsidised canteen, real cheap store and bank
Provision of water coolers, more clean toilets and better common room
Provision of a women cell to look after the general, social and family problems of girls
Provision of a regular health centre with a part time or full time lady doctor and full time paramedical staff with regular camps for the training of sexual and reproductive health
Purchase of more books, journals and creation of book bank
Training of non-teaching staff in the new techniques in their respective activities
Provision of some incentives by the college administration to the senior non-teaching staff who has acquired new skills
The Peer Team records with appreciation the warm look after. The members and the Chairman also appreciate the dynamic response and immediate supply of information and documents by the steering committee and the coordinator to the team to carry out their task effectively. The especially admire the role of the Principal and the Chairperson, G.B.
Prof. Vinod P. Saxena
Former Vice Chancellor
Prof. B.N. Patnaik
Dept. of Social Sciences & Humanities, IIT Kanpur
Prof. I.C. Jena
M.P.C. Autonomous College, Baripada, Mayurbhanj, Orissa
Dr. N. Chakraborty
R.B.C. College for Women
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