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Raja NL Khan Womens College, Medinipur (Midnapore), West Bengal
Raja NL Khan Womens College, Medinipur (Midnapore), West Bengal
Address:Gope Palace, PO-Vidyasagar University
Medinipur (Midnapore) (District Paschim Medinipur)
West Bengal, IndiaPin Code : 721102
Raja NL Khan Womens College, Medinipur (Midnapore) West Bengal is a recognised institute / college. Raja NL Khan Womens College, Medinipur (Midnapore) West Bengal is also known as Raja NL Khan Mahavidyalaya.
Raja NL Khan Womens College, Medinipur (Midnapore) West Bengal was established on / in 1957.
Raja NL Khan Womens College, Medinipur (Midnapore) West Bengal is situated in Medinipur (Midnapore) of West Bengal state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.
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Raja NL Khan Womens College, Medinipur (Midnapore) West Bengal runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
Raja NL Khan Womens College is affiliated with Vidyasagar University, Medinipur (Midnapore)
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NAAC report of Raja NL Khan Womens CollegeSECTION I : INTRODUCTION
Raja Narendralal Khan Women's College, was established in the Gope Palace of Midnapur in the year 1957 to provide education and enlightment among the women of the district of Midnapur. The College is providing courses in Arts and Science leading to the Bachelor's degree. The college affiliated to the Vidyasagar University, (which is also situated at Midnapur) is situated in a rural area in a lush green campus spread over an area of 48.82 acres. The institution was recognised under 2(f) and 12 B of the UGC Act, of 1956. The college enjoys the grant-in- aid status of the Government of West Bengal.
The college functioning in an heritage building is named after the Zamindar Raja Narendralal Khan and was the nucleus of the freedom movement during the British rule. It was visited by important national leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The College was established with the blessings and initiative of the then Chief Minister of West Bengal Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, who inaugurated the college on 22nd August, 1957.
The college offers 20 programme options at the under graduate level of which there are 19 Pass and 17 Honours courses and 4 vocational self financed courses. It has 20 departments : Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Zoology, B. C. A., Physiology, Microbiology, Sericulture, Computer Science and Botany under the Faculty of Science and English, Bengali, Sanskrit, Economics, History, Hindi, Geography, Political Science, Philosophy and Music under the Faculty of Arts. Out of these, Honours course is offered in the subjects of Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, Microbiology, Physiology, Zoology and Mathematics in Science and English, Bengali, History, Geography, Philosophy Sanskrit, Music, Economics and Political Science in Arts. The Honours courses in Microbiology, and Computer Science and the Pass courses in B. C. A. and Sericulture are run under a self financing scheme. The College has been recently given affiliation by the University to run the M. Sc. course in Zoology. The college imparts higher education up to the graduation and post graduation level for girls. There are 95 teachers, of whom 40 are on full-time permanent basis and 55 as guest teachers. Out of 40 permanent teachers 21 are Ph. D Degree holders, and 3 M.Phil degree holders. The number of non-teaching staff is 43, out of which 20 are administrative and 23 are technical. In the year 2003-2004, the student strength consisted of 2044 girls. Most of the students are drawn from the State of West Bengal, while only a few students come from other States.
The total number of working days conforms to the UGC norms. The support services include Central Library, Medical Unit, Sports facilities, Canteen, Cycle Shed, Hostels, Common Room, Guest House, Gymnasium, a store, Generator, two busses, water supply facility, and also full and half feeship for needy and meritorious students. They also have a staff room for teachers, a grievance redressal cell and in-campus accommodation. Besides it has one N. C. C. unit and three units of N. S. S. It also has a research unit called Centre for Natural Studies (C. N. S.).
The college volunteered to be assessed by NAAC, Bangalore, and prepared the Self Study Report which was submitted to NAAC. A Peer Team was constituted by the NAAC to visit the College and validate the Self- Study Report. The Peer Team consisting of Professor S. N. Behera, former Vice-Chancellor of Berhampur University, presently at Bhubaneswar, as Chairperson; Prof. Radhika Raman Sahay, formar Professor of Philosophy and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Patna University, as member Coordinator; and Prof. Harvir Sharma, Emeritus Professor, in Defence Studies, University Grant Commission at Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, as Member, visited the institution on 10th and 11th September 2004.
Prior to the visit, the Peer Team had carefully gone through the Self Study Report submitted by the College and made a detailed analysis of the facts and figures. During the visit, the team went through all the relevant documents, visited all the departments and laboratories, held discussions with the members of the teaching staff and perused the available facilities of all the Departments as well as the support services of the college. The team also interacted with the members of the Governing Body, the Principal, the members of the non-teaching staff, students, parents and alumni. The academic, co-curricular, sports and extension facilities were reviewed. The Peer Team has drawn up its conclusions on the basis of the above exercise keeping in mind the criteria identified by NAAC. The assessment of the college under various criteria, the commendable features as well as the issues of concern are given below.
SECTION II : CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion I : Curricular Aspects.
The college is required to follow the academic and examination patterns and syllabi determined by Vidyasagar University. The University holds two examinations on the Annual pattern Part I at the end of the second year (on the courses taught in the first two years), and Part II at the end of the third year. In addition of their Honours subjects, the Honours students study two subjects of the general stream for the Part I examination, whereas the general students study three subjects for the Part I and Part - II examination. The college is opening value based education alongwith traditional academic Programmes. The institution is providing (Hons.) degree in Arts and Science. Workshops and seminars are being organised by some of the departments to enriched the academic status of the institution. Exchange programes are organised at the local level and the guest lecturers from local colleges and other institutions are invited to engage classes in the college and the teachers of this college extends their services by engaging classes in other institutions.
The senior faculty members get the opportunity of making suggestions in respect of the design and structure of courses when invited to the consultative workshops on curricula and syllabi organised by the University. Most of the H.O.Ds are member of the Board of studies of their respective subjects. The syllabi do not yet have scope for the 'horizontal mobility' of students. Due to high workload on the teachers and constraints imposed by the timetable and classroom shortage, the college is not able to offer all the possible subject combination smoothly. The college also provides instructions for the compulsory non-core papers in Bengali (or Alternative English, for those whose mother-tongue is not Bengali) and English for the Part I examination and Environmental Studies for the Part II examination.
Within the fame work of University regulations, the College has taken some innovative initiatives. Although the University syllabi are not on the unit pattern, the teachers of several Departments have unitized course contents and the units are communicated to students in the beginning of the session. Instead of one home examination on the annual pattern at the end of the first year, the college has instituted a semester type modality in the first two years, holding (in the manner of the semester system) the first year home examination in two segments and another home examination around middle of the second year. This helps the students to prepare more systematically and benchmark their readiness for the Part I examination.
CRITERION - II : Teaching - Learning and Evaluation.
Students admission is done through academic needs. The college has audiovisual aids like OHP, Slide Projector, TV and Epidiascopes. Teaching days is the college is 220, working days is 260. The college has the provision for assessing the overall performance of students. The full time teachers are recruited through the West Bengal College Service Commission and the guest teachers are appointed by the Governing Body college as per university and Govt. norms. Out of 40 permanent teachers, 21 are Ph. D holders and 03 M. Phil Degree holders. 14 teachers have attended UGC Refresher Courses and 12 seminars of which 02 are at international level during the last two years. 04 Minor Research Projects have been undertaken by the college faculty. Research linkages are with Ford Foundation, I.I.Sc, Bangalore, I.C.F.R.E.,MOEF,Govt. of 1ndia etc.
At the National level a number of teachers have participated in Seminars and a few at international level. The college follows the self appraisal method to evaluate the performance of the faculty in teaching, research and institutional programmes.
Under faculty development programme the faculty members of the college attended 14 Refresher Courses, 5 Orientation Programmes. A few faculty members received Minor Research Project and Major Research Project. The number of minor and major research projects allotted to the college are 6.
The teaching staff is being motivated to carry out research investigations in their respective fields. Also, the students are being encouraged to attain symposia organised institution the campus and to attend excursion particularly in the subjects of Geography, Botany and Zoology. Training aids in respect of laboratories are being provided to the students in the Basic Sciences and Humanities.
Criterion III - Research, Consultancy and Extension
The college is recognised a Nodal Centre by the Ministry of Environmental and Forest to carry out research. Such Research Centre is known as ' Centre for Natural Studies'. One N.C.C. unit exists in the college wherein 70 cadets are enrolled. Besides, a large number of students are participating in N.S.S activities throughout the year. There are three units of N.S.S under three programme officers. In Extension activities, the community development, social work, AIDS awareness, adult education and literacy, health and hygiene awareness, blood donation, environmental awareness etc. are being carried out in the college through N.S.S volunteers. The teachers are granted study leave to persue research in the college. The Principal has constituted a Research Committee to look into the project proposals.
The total number of research publications by the faculty members within three years are 33. These publications are either in National or International Journals and books.
Seven faculty members of the college are engaged in active research work and Registered for Ph.D. degree in different Universities of West Bengal.
The following two N.C.C cadets joins Republic Day Parade at New Delhi.
Cadet Papun Bhattacharya - 2003
Cadet Nibedita Saha - 2004
A firing range is also situated in the college campus for N.C.C
Seven research scholors are working for Ph.D degree under the supervision of the teacher of this college.
Two candidates are awarded Ph.D. degree (within two years) under the supervision of teachers of the college-one from Vidyasagar University and another from F.R.I. Dehradun.
The following extension activities are undertaken by the college community development, social work, aid awareness, adult education, literacy, health and hygiene awareness, blood donation, environmental awareness.
The college has a separate Research Laboratory cum extension Centre 'Centre for Natural Studies' where research activities and some extension activities are carried out. The college has been recognised by the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India as one of the six centers in the country for research in Joint Forest Management activities in active co-ordination with India Institute of Science, Bangalore. The college has the potential to carry out research in the subjects of English, Bengali, Zoology and Geography.
Criterion IV : Infrastructure and Learning Resources
An affiliated college of Vidyasagar University, Raja Narendralal Khan Women's College is a grant-in-aid college located at Midnapore District - Paschim Medinipur of West Bengal. Located in rural area of Midnapur District, it has 48.82 acres area and established in the year 1957. The College has three separate buildings for classroom and laboratory work of Arts, Pure science and Bio-science, besides Teacher's Common Room, Library building, Staff quarters, Teacher's quarters, seven hostels, Principal quarter and administrative building. A building sub - committee monitors the construction, renovation and extension of these buildings. The maintenance of buildings are done out of funds generated from student at the time of admission, besides UGC grants, States Govt. grants and grants from local civic bodies. The office of the college runs in the historical palace of Raja Narendralal Khan, the erstwhile King of Narajole. The palace houses the administrative block and the Principal quarter. To preserve the palace as a heritage building, the college authority has submitted a proposal of new administrative building to the U. G. C. in the 10th plan period.
Besides holding its own classes, the college also runs a study center of Netaji Subhas Open University during weekend without disrupting its own activities. It also provides its premises for holding various competitive examinations during holidays and Sunday, eg, school service commission & primary school service commission etc. The revenue collected so is used for the maintenance of the infrastructure.
The college has a Central Library with about 28,000 books, a reading room and book bank facility. Besides, Library has reprography, computers, audio - video cassettes and internet facilities as well. The working days of Library is six days in a week from 10.30 a.m. to 4.45 p. m. except holidays and vacation. The Library runs with the help of an Advisory Committee. The college has total 37 computers including 10 in B. C. A. department, 14 in Computer Science department and 5 in general office and rest in different departments. These computers are maintained by the agency through which the computers are purchased. The college has students Health Home in which two doctors visit periodically for consultation and general health cheek up.
The college has one P. T. I. who supervises various games in the college.
The college provides various sports and games equipments to the students with facility of play ground, cricket ground, volley ball ground, badminton court, kho-kho & kabadi court and athletics tracks. Three students of the college participated at the state level games last year.
There are seven hostel in the college accommodating about 386 students.
The hostel publishes its separate prospects containing detail rules for boarders.
Since the college is in the grant-in-aid category, faculty members are appointed by the West Bengal College Service Commission. Non-teaching staff and guest teachers are appointed by the Governing Body according to statutory provision.
Criterion V : Student Support and Progression
The college publishes its updated prospectus annually containing short history of the college, aims and objectives, admission criterion, choice of subjects, number of seats, fee structure, eligibility criterion, hostel information, examination schedule etc. The students are admitted in the college as per norms of the University / Government.
Besides the scholarships and financial help provided by the Govt. the college extends full freeship and half freeship and financial help to poor and meritorious students. Various awards and incentives are given to students having extra ordinary performances out of the accured interest of various term deposites available with the institution. Besides, college maintains a link with some NGOs to help the financially disadvantaged students.
The college has an Alumni Association 'Balaka Praktani Samsad' which helps to maintain a continuous link between the college and ex-students. Some of its members are holding important faculty positions in leading Universities of U. S. A., U. K., Japan & Singapore. One of its member is currently posted as Director, Centre of Himalyan Studies. In the last five years three students passed NET, two students passed GATE, one student TOFEL and eight students SLET examinations.
The college collect feedback from students which is used to develop the teaching learning process of the college. The teachers and students of this college maintain a healthy relationship by interacting and exchanging ideas. The teachers always help and guide the students in their personal and academic matters.
The college provides the following leisure-time facilities to the students. Indoor and outdoor games, nature and debate clubs, magazines, Audio-video facility, cultural programmes, essay writing. dance-music competition etc. It also organised Poster Competition. The college publishes its academic calendar in the beginning of the session. Though the college does not have a career counseling cell, yet the faculty members are in constant touch with students to advise them regarding their career prospects. The following support services are available in the college : Central Library, Computer Centre, Health Home, Indoor & Outdoor game facilities, Canteen, Hostel, Cycle shed, Vehicle Parking shed etc.
The college has a Student's Union. The election is held annually and the elected General Secretary of the Student's Union in one of the ex-officio members of the Governing Body.
There is a Grievance Redressal cell in the college for students. A suggestion box is placed to receive any kind of complaints from students and suitable remedial measures are taken by the concerned authority.
The pass percentage of the students is high which speaks about competent academic counselling. Drop out rate is 20.66% in batch 1 and 05.09% in Batch 2. The success rate is 83.31% in Batch I while 86.59% in Batch 2.
The N. S. S. and N. C. C. units of the college undertakes good number of activities, eg, community services, campus cleaning and training students in discipline and combat pratices.
The college not only provides class room teachings to its students but required facilities for their all round development. College magazine is published regularly. Students by contributing articles in magazine get a scope to develop their creative talents. Various competitions like dance, music, debate, outdoor & indoor games, poster, youth parliament and eloquence are regular features of the academic calendar of the institution.
The Peer Team appreciates the efforts of the college authority to take up various extension activities and provide various leisure-time facilities to the students. Alumni Association appears to be active but it is suggested that more meaningful interaction between the alumni and parents may be encouraged to get a critical feedback which can be utilized for the improvement of the institution. A strong relation between the alumni and the college will help the institution in generation of funds and placement and training opportunities for students.
Criterion VI : Organisation and Management
The Governing Body of the college has set up seven Standing Committees. The Teacher's Council, a statutory body of the college, has set up 22 sub-committies for day to day functioning of the college. These committees are formed in the beginning of the session in the Teacher's Council meeting which comprises members of the teaching & non-teaching staff. These committees co-ordinate and monitor the college management. Members of the teaching staff are assigned to look after various administrative work and guide the non-teaching staff in their day to day functioning. In this way the work efficiency of the non-teaching staff is cheeked.
There is a committee which prepares the academic as well as co-curricular calendar in the beginning of the session. The Principal and various Head of the Departments supervise the effective implementation of the academic and co-curricular activities. Principal and Heads hold frequent meetings to assess the effective implementation of the calendar and judge the work efficiency of the teachers. During the last three years the tuition fees of various courses has been enhanced.
The college has a Grievance Redressal cell for students which meets periodically for the redressal of various complaints of students. The grievances of teaching and non-teaching staff are looked after by a committee formed by the Governing Body.
The following loan facilities are available for the teaching as well as non-teaching staff : (1) interest free loan from their respective G. P. F. (2) Non-refundable loan to employee having 20 years or more service. (3) loan from staff co-operative society.
The college provides various welfare schemes for students and employees. Free studentship is provided to poor and meritorious students and financial assistance to needy and poor students. There is one unit of N. C. C. with 70 cadets and three units of N. S. S. in the college, each units consisting of 100 volunteers. The facility of health cheek up for students is also available.
The staff co-operative society extends financial help in the form of loan to teachers and non-teaching staff as and when required.
The college receives grants from U. G. C. and State Govt. Besides college generates additional revenue by way of enhanced tuition fee and self-financing courses.
The college prepare its annual budget in the beginning of the financial year and all expenditures are made as per budget. For any major purchase, the sanction of purchase committee is required.
The teachers of the college are appointed by the West Bengal College Service Commission through advertisement as per Government rules and roaster. Part time teachers are appointed by the college authority after the fulfillment of required conditions.
The college has a committee headed by the Principal to supervise the Working of the non-teaching staff and to streamline their work- efficiency.
Peer team is happy to note the co-operation and cordiality between teachers and non-teaching staff. The peer team further appreciates the communication facilities available to the students in the college. The internet, e-mail, telephone etc are accessible to teachers and students. S.T.D booth and Xerox facilities are available in the college for students and teachers.
Criterion VII : Healthy Practices
The college has adopted various mechanism for internal quality checks with reference to academic, administrative and financial issues. The day to day activities are delegated to various committees.
The Peer Team has noticed the existence of a significant procedure for intimate checking and monitoring of the academic standard of students by holding half yearly test, periodic test in tutorial classes, group discussions and seminars.
The college also organizes various competitions, eg., Debate, eloquence, recitations, youth parliament, painting, sports and cultural.
The college has a healthy tradition of holding inter departmental discussions and workshops with active participation by students and teachers.
The Teacher's Council holds periodical academic meeting to evaluate and introspect on the academic progress of the college.
The college endeavours to imbibe the students with the values of love, fellow feeling, compassion and responsibility by organizing cultural festivals, debate competitions, seminars and workshops. It also tries to instill a sense of discipline among the students by monitoring their attendance in the classes and their participation in various programmes.
The various activities undertaken by the N. S. S. volunteers of the college encourages the general students to involve themselves in community activities and discharge various responsibility.
For all round personality development of students cultural activities, sports and games, debates are organised frequently. The participation of students in these activities enforce a sense of discipline and decorum among the students which in turn help in the all round development of the personalities of students.
The college is well equipped to impart latest knowledge to the students on science and technology, besides it also gives due emphasis on study of literature, music and culture of our country.
To supplement the resources of the college, Departments of B.C.A., Music, Computer Science and Sericulture have been started.
The college has a ex-situ Medicinal plant garden and a vermicompost unit.
The Peer Team appreciates that the college has been recognised by the Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India as one the six such Centers in the country for research in Joint Forest Management activities in active co-ordination with Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. One research scholar of the college has been awarded Ph. D degree from Vidyasagar University and another from FRI, Dehradun.
SECTION III : OVERALL ANALYSIS
The Peer Team after going through the Self-Study Report and after visits to various academic and physical facilities in the college is of the opinion that the college has earned a reputation for academic soundness and imparting a sense of discipline to the younger generation.
The Peer Team would like to commend the institution in the following areas :
Encouragement and support given by the Management to the Institution, in maintaining and excellent environment and a lush green ambiance, thus providing an ideal study atmosphere.
Dedication and commitment of the faculty and non-teaching staff.
Effective leadership for maintaing good human relationship, between students and teachers.
Facilitating and promoting student participation in co-curricular activities, social work, community oriented work, personality development programmes, sports and cultural activities.
The faculty of the college are generally devoted and committed in undertaking many useful activities besides teaching and research, such as field visit, educational tours, arranging seminars, conferences and workshops, and also in bringing eminent academicians from other famous institutions, to address the students and teachers of the college.
The Peer Team would like to suggest the college to consider the following.
The college may explore a little more the possibility of developing skills through OJT (On Job Training) with GOs (Government Organisations) and private sector firms so that the learning process becomes more intensive and enjoyable.
Formal mechanism of self- appraisal of teachers be activated at regular intervals.
Sports may be geared up further, especially with reference to participation by girls of tribal sections with natural affinity for such activities.
The Alumni Association may be activated further to play a pro-active role in the overall development of the college.
While the achievements of some faculty members in research are commendable more teachers may be encouraged towards research work and undertaking minor research projects in order to take the College to newer heights of knowledge.
The Central Library should be enriched with the addition of new books and current journals in all subjects.
Construction of more girls hostels be taken up on priority basis, keeping in mind the large number of students coming from rural areas.
Frequent internet access facilities should be made available for students and teachers at subsidised rates.
The student assessment of the teachers be introduced and incorporated into the overall assessment procedure of the faculty
Guidance Cell for higher studies and job opportunities be established for the benefit of students.
While appreciating the efforts of the College in opening post graduate studies in Zoology, the college authority should plan for introducing Post Graduate programmes in few more subjects with strong initiative
The college should plan to establish a well equipped Computer Centre for providing Computer training to interested students of the College and for promoting Information Technology (IT) enabled education.
The Office and Library management system need to be further computerized, and more personal trained in use of computers
For smooth running of the classes and widening the range of available subject combinations, some more Part-time teachers should be appointed, where ever the number of full time teachers is small.
Considering the availability of excellent infrastructure and academic performance the college is urged to make all out efforts to attain the autonomous status of the UGC.
The Peer Team is impressed by the progress made by the College so far.
The Peer Team wishes the College authorities all the best in their efforts
to improve the different activities. The team further records its deep appreciation for the whole hearted co-operation, support and goodwill extended to the members of the Peer Team by the Management, the Principal and all the constituents of the College. The Peer Team wishes the College all the best in its efforts to reach to greater heights.
(Prof. S.N. Behera) Sharma)
(Prof. R. R. Sahay)
Dr. Uday Chand Pal
Raja N. L. Khan Women's College
Midnapore (West Bengal)
Dated 11th September,2004.
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