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JKBK College, Cuttack, Orissa
JKBK College, Cuttack, Orissa
JKBK College, Cuttack Orissa is a recognised institute / college. JKBK College, Cuttack Orissa was established on / in 1972.
JKBK College, Cuttack Orissa is situated in Cuttack of Orissa state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.
JKBK College, Cuttack Orissa runs course(s) in Arts stream(s).
JKBK College is affiliated with Utkal University, Bhubaneshwar
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NAAC report of JKBK CollegeSECTION I : INTRODUCTION
J.K.B.K. COLLEGE, CUTTACK, ORISSA 'The New Government College' established on August 22, 1972 at Cuttack was named as 'City College' on Janaury 31, 1973. As a mark of tribute to the great nationalist poet and freedom fighter of Orissa Sri Birakishore Das, the College was named after him as Jatiya Kabi Birakishore Government College in 1996. It is an urban College located in an area of 3.221 acres of land. It obtained UGC recognition under 2f and 12B on June 28, 1983. Over the years the College has grown by making efforts to provide quality education in social sciences and humanities.
The motto of the College is 'enriching the mind to expand the horizons of life'. Its objectives include:
Intellectual training of youths, encouragement to develop virtues of morality, courage, confidence, integrity, hard-work and the humane spirit,
Creation of awareness among learners about the rich Indian tradition, and the value of scientific temper,
Promotion of selfless service attitude among the learners.
The College is affiliated to the Utkal University. It is offering Bachelor of Arts degree honours courses in Economics, History, Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, English, Oriya and Sanskrit under the Faculty of Arts. Sociology is being offered as one of the electives under BA programme. Two Professional Certificate courses and one PGDCA have also been introduced in the college. The total number of students enrolled during 2005-06 is 768 including two students from other states.
The total strength of permanent teaching staff is 28, out of whom 13 teachers possess Ph.D. degrees, while two teachers hold M.Phil. degrees. There are 26 administrative staff including one technical staff member. The college works for 241 days out of which 182 days are devoted for teaching.
The institution has come forward for assessment and accreditation by the NAAC. The latter constituted a Peer Team to visit the college and validate its self-study report.
The Peer Team consisted of Prof. Ashish Roy (former Vice-Chancellor of Kalyani University) as Chairman, Prof.H.M. Rajashekara (Former Director, UGC-ASC of Mysore University and present Chairman of the Department of Political Science) as Member-Coordinator, and Prof.Ponnammal K. Pandian (Principal T.A. College for Women, Villupuram) as Member. Dr.Shyamasundar, Deputy Adviser, NAAC acted as Coordinating Officer.
The Peer Team visited the College on February 22-23, 2006. It had interactive sessions with the Principal, teaching, non-teaching staff, students and parents. It also perused the college documents, records, files and visited all the Departments and library. On the basis of its visit, perusal of documents, the Peer Team has prepared the criterion-wise report on the functioning of the college.
SECTION II : CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion I : Curricular Aspects
The College offers B.A. with Honours Programme under Arts Faculty. The subjects offered under this faculty include Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, English, Oriya and Sanskrit. It also offers two professional certificate courses and one PGDCA. In the syllabus, 70 percent weightage is given to knowledge component and 30 percent weightage to skill development. As an affiliated college, it follows the syllabus prescribed by the Utkal University and it is revised from time to time by the latter. Several teachers of the College contribute to the revision of syllabus as members of Board of Studies. Unitized syllabus approved by the University and adopted by the College enables the students for quick and effective learning. A new course can be introduced within a reasonable period of time as per the University guidelines. During the last three years courses on Population Studies, Environment, Indian Society and Culture have been introduced to create awareness about these current and vital topics. One week course an vedic mathematics is also taught in the college. It also encourages students to conduct field survey
Academic programes are flexible to provide benefits to the learners, such as time-frame matching student convenience, horizontal mobility, elective options and non-core options.
The total strength of the students in the College is 832. In addition to regular class room teaching, students are sensitized about Indian tradition, scientific temper, human values and social service, etc., through inter-disciplinary seminars, group discussions and symposia.
Out of 28 permanent teachers, 13 possess doctoral degrees and two teachers have M.Phil. degrees. Higher qualifications possessed by large number of teachers are beneficial to students to get quality teaching and right pedagogic direction.
Criterion II : Teaching-Learning and Evaluation
The admission policy of the college is based on the guidelines of the State Government and the University. Students are admitted to various courses on the basis of their academic record and performance in interview. After admission, extra classes are arranged for the educationally disadvantaged students to instill confidence in them for higher studies. The advanced learners are also encouraged by the teachers. The College is following the method of assessing the students by conducting monthly class tests, aptitude test and different types of competitions. This method of internal assessment motivates the learners to acquire more knowledge.
The college encourages the teachers to prepare teaching plan in advance which enables them to complete the syllabus on time and fulfilment of other curricular activities. The total number of teaching days is 182 out of 241 working days.
Besides class-room teaching, group discussions, seminars, library work, etc, are followed in teaching. Audiovisual and Computer facilities are provided to learners. These teaching aids facilitates easy learning and understanding.
Evaluation methods are communicated to students at the beginning of the academic year through college calendar and general notices. The overall performance of students is monitored by proctors. The college follows annual examination system as per University regulation. 'Optical Mark Reading' (OMR) method of examination has been introduced from the current session for conducting aptitude test This is the first institution in the state to introduce this unique system of examination.
Permanent Teachers are recruited by the State Public Service Commission through written examination and interview. The college is permitted by the state government to appoint temporary/adhoc teachers in case of necessity.
During the last two years five teachers have attended national seminars as participants and two as Resource persons. Three teachers have attended international conferences as participants. 13 teachers have undergone refresher courses during the last two years in different ASCs. The system of self-evaluation of teachers followed in the college ensures accountability of teachers. At the end of academic session, teachers are asked to submit their self-appraisal reports for assessing their performance by higher authorities.
Criterion III : Research, Consultancy and Extension
Research activity is encouraged and promoted in the college. There are two ongoing research projects in the department of English and Political Science with an outlay of Rs.87,500 from UGC. One teacher from Oriya language submitted the research proposal to the UGC for financial assistance. Four teachers are recognized as research guides.
Extension activities are undertaken by the college through NCC/ NSS, Red Cross Society to provide social and community service. They include - community development, social work, health and hygiene awareness, medical camp, adult education and literacy programme, blood donation camp, Aids and environment and anti-corruption awareness programmes. One teacher is entrusted with the responsibility to carryout and supervise these activities. The adoption of the village near Cuttack by the college to promote its development is particularly noteworthy.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The College is utilizing fully the existing infrastructure to conduct classes, other curricular and co-curricular activities. Classes are conducted from 10 AM to 3 PM during working days. The institution provides the infrastructure facilities to external agencies also for organising academic programmes. It has signed an MOU with both Lakhotia Computer and SISI for conducting self-financing courses. The infrastructure is maintained by the State Government funding and fees collected from the students. Campus cleanliness is maintained by the college authorities. An effort is made to augment the infrastructure facilities with the support from the state government.
The college library has 25,200 books, with 8300 titles and 20 periodicals/journals. Reading room, reference provider, reprography, and two computers, are provided in the library. It is kept open for 8 hours every day in all the 278 working days. An advisory committee is constituted to advise and monitor the functioning of the library.
The learners have the facility of the Computer Center established in the college in collaboration with Lakhotia. It works for 8 hours everyday except on Sundays and Government holidays. The library is computerized. The college has developed its own website to provide information to learners and the public. Health Services are made available to students, teachers and non-teaching staff by establishing First Aid Centre in the campus. Health cards are issued to them for a periodic health check-up. A sense of security is provided through insurance to students, teachers and other employees.
The college has provided some sports facilities like gymnasium, volley ball carom, canteen and guest house. The outstanding sportspersons are recognised and encouraged by relaxing cut-off marks levels and reservation in admission. Winners' gallery is displayed in the college premises. During 2004-05, five students participated in All-India Inter-University Competitions and two in the East Zone Inter-University Competitions. In 2005, the college hosted all Orissa Athletic meet of CHSE.
Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
Measures taken by the Institution for providing support to students appear to be satisfactory. The percentage of passes in the honours course is about 83% and the dropout rate is 14%. During 2002-2004 four students had secured 4th, 7th and 9th position in the University Examinations. The College publishes prospectus annually providing details about admission rules, intake of students, honours courses, fee structure, examination system and facilities available in the campus. Students get financial support through national/senior/SC-ST scholarships, Sanskrit Scholarship, merit and physically handicapped scholarships. During 2003-04, 318 students were awarded merit scholarships, 13 students were given Merit-cum-Means Scholarships and two physically challenged students received scholarships.
The college has set up an Employment Cell to guide students about job and career opportunities and professional courses. Career counselling is provided to learners occasionally. About 20% of the students have been successfully encouraged to get involved in self-employment. The college has a formal Alumni Association. Some of its alumni are working as Bank officers, Advocates and Political leaders.
Recreational facilities are provided through some Indoor and outdoor games; support to students activities in Nature club, Debate society, Student magazines are given, and also cultural activities are encouraged and supported by the college for all-round development of students' personality. Special Yoga classes, lectures on moral education and human values are also conducted periodically.
Criterion VI: Organisation and Management
The college has an internal coordinating and monitoring mechanism through committee system. The college Development Committee, Literacy Committee, Admission Committee, UGC Committee, Purchase Committee and Discipline Committee look after the college management. The Principal, the Accounts Bursar and Administrative Bursar monitor the activities of the college. The work efficiency of the non-teaching staff is checked by the Administrative and Accounts Bursars. The college deputes the non-teaching staff for computer training periodically.
The fee structure is followed as per norms of the State government and the University. Under the regular scheme Rs.936 is collected from each student including Rs.250/- as Development Fee. For the Self-financing programme of PGDCA the tuition fee is Rs.4,230/- for each student and for CCC programme it is Rs.1,820/-. Unit cost of education including salary component is Rs.10,318/- and excluding salary component Rs.735/-.
The financial position of the College depends upon State Government and UGC support. During the last two years, the college has a deficit budget. This is managed through development fees and government funding. There is an internal audit mechanism for auditing and accounting the college expenditure.
Certain Welfare Programmes like arranging blood donation camps and the practice of rewarding staff members for their commendable works are adopted in the institution. A Grievance Redressal Cell has been set up. It meets every Saturday to redress the grievances, if any, among the employees and the students. Photo identity cards have been issued to all the employees.
Major items for the college are purchased through the purchase committee.
Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The following healthy practices are found in the College.
Inculcation of Civic responsibilities among the students through NSS and NCC activities.
Dissemination of moral education through special lectures.
Introduction of Self-financing diploma courses.
Promotion of cultural and co-curricular activities.
Organisation of Yoga classes for the students.
Conducting proctorial meeting once in three months.
Honouring the teachers by the students on Teachers' Day.
Developing a sense of charity among students.
Establishment of internal quality assurance cell.
Preparation of status report on the college.
Issue of letters of appreciation to the teachers for their outstanding professional and extension services.
SECTION III: OVERALL ANALYSIS
After the perusal of the self-study report, the Peer Team visited all the Departments, the library, the computer centre and other supporting services to collect first hand information. It also interacted with the Principal, teaching and non-teaching staff, students, alumni and parents.
The Peer Team commends the college on the following aspects:
*The College is taking some measures for imparting quality education in social sciences and humanities.
*Institutional mechanism has been adopted for ensuring internal quality check and accountability.
*Permanent teaching positions contribute for effective teaching.
*Teachers are motivated to undertake research projects and extension activities.
*Some teachers have participated in international conferences and national seminars.
*Some teachers have published books and articles in professional journals.
*Two seminars have been organized by the Department of Philosophy in 2005.
*Personality development of learners is promoted through moral education and yoga practices.
*Adoption of 'Optical Mark Reading' method for conducting aptitude test.
For further upgradation and qualitative improvement of the college, the Peer Team recommends the following:-
*The College can take steps to organize seminars/ conferences periodically with the financial support from UGC, ICSSR and other funding agencies.
*It has to make efforts to adopt modern teaching methodology.
*It is imperative that it should introduce Science, and Commerce courses for developing itself as a full-fledged college.
*Introduction of short-term vocational and professional courses such as Computer Application, Tourism, Business Management and Hotel Management for enhancement of job opportunities to learners.
*Immediate computerisation of office for providing quicker and effective services.
*Academic linkages may be developed with the state/ national level institutions for the promotion of quality teaching and research.
*A language lab may be established.
*Steps may be taken for the development of communicative skills among the learners.
*The institution can approach the UGC for financial support to conduct remedial coaching classes for SC/ST Students and the construction of hostel for girl students specially.
The Peer Team is grateful to the Principal, Co-ordinator, teaching and non-teaching staff for their cooperation and coordination in the process of assessment. It offers its best wishes to the college for its future development.
The Peer Team is also thankful to the Co-ordinating Officer of NAAC, Dr.M.S. Shyamasundar for his excellent co-ordination and co-operation.
Prof.Ponnammal K. Pandian
Date : February 23, 2006
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