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Ramkrishna Mahavidyalaya, Kailasahar, Tripura
Ramkrishna Mahavidyalaya, Kailasahar, Tripura
Kailasahar (District North Tripura)
Tripura, IndiaPin Code : 799277
Ramkrishna Mahavidyalaya, Kailasahar Tripura is a recognised institute / college. Ramkrishna Mahavidyalaya, Kailasahar Tripura was established on / in 1950.
Ramkrishna Mahavidyalaya is situated in Kailasahar of Tripura state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.
CoursesRamkrishna Mahavidyalaya, Kailasahar Tripura runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
Approval details: Ramkrishna Mahavidyalaya is affiliated with Tripura University, Tripura
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NAAC report of Ramkrishna MahavidyalayaRamkrishna Mahavidyalaya, was established in the year 1950 in one of the remotest area of the country and very close to the heritage site of 'Unokoti', with the patronage of the local Ramkrishna Ashrama and benevolent educationists of the locality with the ideals of man making and character building value-based education as the cherished goal and mission.
At present the college is affiliated to Tripura University. Prior to establishment of Tripura University i.e. till 1987, the college was under the University of Calcutta. The college became full-fledged Government College in 1982.
The college received recognition under 2f UGC Act. in April 1958. The college celebrated its Golden Jubilee in 1999.
Now the college has three departments in Science faculty, Seven departments in Arts faculty and Single department commerce faculty with student strength of 1190 during the year 2003-04. Student's strength increases to 1423 in the year 2004-05.
The college has 55 (fifty-five) qualified faculty members of whom 18 members working against permanent vacancies and 37 members as part time teachers. 1(one) of the faculty members have obtained Ph.D. degree. 8 (eight)-faculty members have qualified NET. There are 27 non-teaching staff including 23 administrative staff and 4(four) technical staff.
The infrastructure of the college spreads over 19.272 acres of land. The college has a common staff room, central library, Computer centre, and guesthouse, Staff quarter, Canteen, Vehicle parking shed, Auditorium and Stadium.
The establishment of the college opened up equal opportunities to the students of a backward region of Tripura who aspired higher social status through merit. The college does not discriminate on the background of race, gender, language, religion, caste, and culture and physical disabilities. Since its establishment the college has succeeded in spreading knowledge upto graduation level and thereby contributing to the manpower growth of the state.
It has also broken the barrier of social reticence drawing large number of girl students to the portal of higher education.
Ramkrishna Mahavidyalaya, Kailashahar, Tripura in its efforts for self assessment, volunteered to be assessed by NAAC, an autonomous body of the UGC and submitted its self study report to National Assessment and Accreditation Council. The NAAC accordingly constituted its peer team- Prof. Devdas Kakati, Former Vice-chancellor of Dibrugarh University as the chairperson, Prof. Jagadeesha, Registrar, Karnataka State Open University, Mysore as the Member-coordinator and Prof. Mrigen Das, Principal, Birjhora Mahavidyalaya, Bongaigaon, Assam as member, visited the institution for 2 days from 20th August'2004 to 21st August, 2004
The Peer Team carefully perused and analyzed the self -study report submitted by the institution. During institutional visit, the team went through all the relevant documents, visited the teaching departments, the facilities, and interacted with the various constituents of the college. The peer team also interacted at length with the Principal, Teaching and non-teaching staff, Students, Parents and alumnae of the institution. Based on the above exercise, and keeping in mind the criteria identified by NAAC, the peer team has taken the value judgment. The assessment of the institution under various criteria, the encouraging features of the institution as well as issues of concern, specific/ relevant recommendations are given in the following paragraphs.
SECTION - 2 : CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion I : Curricular Aspects
As a co-educational affiliated college of the Tripura University, the institution follows the curricula and syllabi designed by Tripura University for all its academic programmes offered. Ramkrishna Mahavidyalaya, established in 1950, has three streams Arts, Commerce and Science at undergraduate level with conventional subjects like English, Bengali, Sanskrit, Political Science, History, Philosophy, Economics, Mathematics in Arts stream both in Pass and Honours course; Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics & Economics in Science stream both in Pass and Honours course. While the subjects Mathematics and Economics are offered in both Arts and Science stream, the subject Commerce is offered only in pass course under commerce stream. Foundation course is compulsory for all the programmes.
The curriculum for all the programmes are distributed in two distinct parts - TDC part- I for first two years and TDC part - II for third year. University examinations are held annually at the end of each part and a student is required to get through both the parts for the degree.
Existing curricula for a subject are reviewed and updated periodically by the academic council of the university. At present the programmes are not flexible enough for students with reference to time frame, horizontal mobility, and non-core options.
By establishing IGNOU study center within the campus, college has expanded educational avenues to its students. It is also encouraging to note that college has taken initiative for introduction of career oriented courses in fifteen subjects, 5 subjects in the faculty of Arts, Science & Commerce under UGC's scheme of career oriented programme. Institution has also sent proposal to the Department of Higher Education, Govt. of Tripura for introduction of subjects such as Education, Statistics, Bio-Science, and BCA course.
The college is represented at the academic council of the university by a faculty member who interact with the parent university about all academic issues and takes part in bringing suitable changes in the curriculum periodically.
Talks and seminars on multifarious topics of socio-economic, health and cultural are organized in the college in collaboration with the GOs and NGOs. and eminent persons mainly to broaden the knowledge base of the students community.
The programmes are generally in conformity with the mission, goals and objectives of the institution i.e. man making by imparting value based and character building education in an economically backward remote area of the country.
Criterion- II: Teaching - Learning and Evaluation:
Admission policies and procedure are clearly stated in the college prospectus along with other necessary information for the students. The process of Admission is monitored by college admission committee. Admission in Honours course under all programmes is made on merit basis or by screening tests. Admission in Pass course of BA/B.Com is generally given to all eligible candidates through their academic records. Due to limited number of seats under B.Sc. programme, admission is done on merit basis. Policy of reservation of the Government is taken into consideration in the matters of admission.
At the beginning of the session an academic plan encompassing all matters relating to teaching learning and evaluation is finalized in the Academic Committee consisting of Departmental Heads, Vice-Principal and Principal/Principal-in charge of the college. The syllabi are unitized according to the annual system of teaching. Detail academic plan, class routine, pattern of syllabi, tentative schedule for term end annual examinations, modalities of unit tests and evaluation are notified to the student at the beginning of the session.
Teaching- learning process in general is lecture - oriented. A portion of lecture hour is kept for student teacher interaction. Of course students of science faculty get scope for learning by doing in their practical classes. However, there is need to supplement lecture method of teaching with other learner centred teaching methods as well as use of overhead projector and audio visual aids for making teaching learning process more effective.
The overall progress of students is monitored from the beginning of the year by conducting periodic tests, annual examination. Motivation and personal interaction by teachers are made to advanced learners to work ahead of the rest. Bridge/Remedial courses for educationally disadvantaged students are yet to be provided.
The college being a government institution, recruitment of the faculty members is made through Tripura Public Service Commission & Director of Higher Education, Tripura. College authority submits requirement statement to DHE, who in turn creates new posts either permanent or part timers. College does not have the freedom and resources to appoint and pay adhoc teaching staff. College authority has brought to the notice of the Govt. in respect of dearth of faculty members in some departments.
At present there are 55 teachers of whom only 18 number of teachers are working against permanent vacancy and the rest 37 number of teachers are part timer. One faculty member of philosophy department has obtained Ph.D. Five faculty members are doing research for Ph.D. 8 (eight) teachers have qualified in NET. Faculty members want to avail the opportunity of attending Refreshers Course & Orientation Course. Teacher's self-appraisal methods to evaluate the performance of faculty in teaching, research, extension have been introduced and the reports are sent to the Government and analyzed for upgradation. As reported, Tripura University's decision to undertake academic audit in every college with immediate effect is a welcome step.
There is no institutional mechanism for faculty appraisal. The ratio of permanent full time teacher to part time teacher i.e. 1: 2 is a matter of concern.
The number of teaching days is 178 against working days of 226. The teacher-students ratio is good in all departments except Sanskrit, Mathematics. Some faculty members of the Deptt. of Physics, Chemistry, History, Sanskrit, Economics, Philosophy, and English have publications of not only research papers in the referral Journals but also books to their credit. Principal-in-charge of the College visited Germany as a delegate of UGC in 1998 and delivered lecture on Indian Philosophy at the University of Saarland.
Criterion- III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
Considering the importance of research, some faculty members are keen on carrying out of research. At present 1(one) teacher has Ph.D., while a few teachers are doing Ph.D. Sanction of leave for doing full-time research work as well as financial aid to intending faculty members depend upon Govt. rules. College administration encourages teachers to do research work during vacation. Consultancy service has not been initiated in the college.
College is involved in various extension activities through its N.S.S. unit mainly in the areas of community development, adult education and literacy; Awareness programmes on AIDS, Health and hygiene, Environment etc. Apart from doing various social work, members of NSS unit of the college are extending notable service by organizing blood donation camp and also adoption of village to make it clean and tidy. Further the NSS Unit keeps the College beauty. NCC Units of the College also takes up extension activities to promote the welfare of the people in and around of Kailashahar. Activities of NCC wing and NSS Unit of the college are worth mentioning.
One of the faculty members is a district co-ordinator of Zila Saksarata Samity under National Literary Mission.
Criterion- IV: Infrastructure & Learning Resource:
The college has 19.272 acres of land and has a master plan covering the above stated area. College receives funds from state Govt., UGC, MP for augmenting infrastructure. The planning Board/Development committee of the college looks after the infrastructural resources. College maintains its infrastructure through state P.W.D. The students, particularly NSS unit performs safai Abhiyan periodically to keep the campus neat and clean apart from undertaking afforestation and gardening in the campus to keep the campus free from pollution.
College utilizes its infrastructure optimally by way of holding various students' welfare activities, co-curricular activities besides holding classes. College infrastructure has also been used for functioning of IGNOU study centre.
The college has adequate number of class rooms, laboratories, teachers common room, separate Boys and Girls common room, Library, Computer Centre, Canteen etc. Girls hostel facilities are available but no. Girl students reside. Hence Optimum utilization of infrastructure by the institution, for the academic purposes is appreciated.
At present four sets of computer are available in the computer center which are utilized for office purpose and for doing practical of science departments.
College auditorium is used optimally for holding cultural, literary, debate, quiz, seminar etc.
The college has provided residential accommodation to faculty members, Group C and Group D category employee within the campus.
There are 41,500 books in the library with separate book bank facility. The reading room helps students and teachers to prepare themselves. The library is kept open from 10.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. on all working days. Multiple copies of textbooks, a wide range of reference books, subject encyclopaedias, dictionaries, journals and periodicals are available in the library. The number of periodical is reduced drastically owing austerity measures. Facilities of reprography, audio videocassettes CD's are yet to be provided to the library. At present the college has four Computers, which services the academic and administration. Efforts should be made to provide Computers and Internet in the library with LAN facility. The working hours of the library and computer center may suitably be altered for the benefit of the users. College may think of subscribing few journals/periodicals. The general library facilities need to be revamped with provision of spacious reading room.
A small workshop may be established in the college and attached to the department of physics. It is encouraging to note that college has sent proposal to UGC for Network Resource Centre and also to Project Director DRDA, North Tripura for construction of Electronics & Computer Centre under Rastriya Samavikas Yojana.
College has arrangement for various outdoor and indoor games. The college playground with surrounding stadium is an added attraction, which facilitates for any outdoor Sports activities. Engagement of one full time physical Instructor, Provision of special quota for admission to outstanding sports person is welcome steps taken by the college. Winning of medals by a sizeable number of students on various events at the university level deserves appreciation.
Provision for primary medical facility to staff and students may be provided in the campus periodically.
Criterion- V: Students support & progression
Number of students during academic year 2003-04 is 1119 and 2004-05 is 1423. Student success rate ranges from 34% to 81% in various departments. Drop out rate is about 20%, which needs to be reduced on priority.
The college publishes well-documented prospectus annually. College provides opportunities to its students to participate in various sports activities, debates, quiz, literary, cultural performance etc. The institution has a student's union council elected by students; principal is the ex-officio president of the union council.
Various types of scholarship offered by Central Govt. State Govt. & others are made available to the students of the college and they have been benefited. Institution also offers aids for free studentship to the deserving students.
College may think of forming career guidance and employment cell for the benefit of students. Few faculty members may be engaged for the purpose, Alumni hold some prominent position such as IAS, member TPSC, Judicial Officer, Professor, Member of Parliament, Minister as well as social worker. Alumni Association has donated a FAX machine to the college and actively takes part in the programmes of the college.
Students have the facility to publish their literary works through college magazine ' Shree' which is published annually. Some departments, NSS Unit and teachers are also publishing wall magazines.
Criterion VI: Organization & Management
Since 1st January 1982 i.e. the date from which college was taken over by the government, the college has come under direct management and administrative control of the department of Higher Education, Govt. of Tripura. College follows Govt. rules in the matters of administration. All academic and examination matters of the college are in accordance with the rule and regulations of the Tripura Unviersity.
By forming various committees in the matters of Admission, Examination, Development, Academic, Library, purchase Discipline etc. and with the active participation of faculty Members, College has been trying to manage smoothly all of its activities.
Internal coordination and monitoring is done by Principal & Vice Principal through monthly meeting with teachers and periodical meeting with non-teaching staff.
A grievance redressal cell has been opened recently which tries to address the grievances of the employee and others through negotiation.
Purchase committee of the college taken care for purchase of major items.
There is no system of preparation of budget in the college. Higher education department places allocation under different heads to the college. The college draws allocated fund from treasury, maintains records of receipt and expenditure. Accountant General, Tripura periodically audits accounts.
Loan facility available to the members of teaching and non-teaching staff from government for different purposes.
Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The college is aware of the changing social needs in higher education and willing to strengthen the regular academic programme of conventional nature by introducing career/application oriented subjects in the course curriculum This is evident from its proposal sent to UGC and to State Government.
(a) Opening of IGNOU study center recently at the college has expanded educational avenues.
(b) By teaching ' Indian Heritage and Culture' through academic and co-curricular activities college imparts value based education to its students.
(c) Through regular sports, cultural, literary, debate programme college tries for all-round personality development of students.
(d) NSS and NCC Units of the college are doing good extension activities.
(e) College tries to get resources from UGC, MP's LAD etc.
(f) College tries to achieve its goals and objectives through teacher - student's relationship and through negotiation with all the stakeholders.
(g) Inculcates civil responsibilities among students in organizing Community outreach programmes.
(h) The students are encouraged to participate in Group discussions, quiz programmes etc.
(i) The college shows sensitivity to changing social demands with regard to higher education.
(j) Performance appraisal of teaching and non-teaching staff is forwarded to the Higher Education Department by the college authority.
(k) College insists for discipline among students and dedication among staff.
(l) The services of students volunteers extended on various events of the college are worth appreciated.
(m) The college observes Teacher's Day and other National Days with cultural activities.
SECTION- III: OVERALL ANALYSIS
The Ramkrishna Mahavidyalaya of Kailashahar, Tripura that was promoted by the adjacent Ramkrishna Mission as a private institution, was later taken over by the Tripura Government. The college is located in a hilly terrain, not easily accessible even today and serves a poor, tribal dominated population, and yet it has been able to build up a good reputation over the years. The college is thus a good example of an Institution that has an important mission to fulfill because of the special features of the area & the people, and for this reason needs sensitization on all fronts to maintain its position and grow further.
Keeping all aspects in mind, the following suggestions/recommendations are made for the future growth of the college.
The concerned authorities may immediately address the major problem that is afflicting the college seriously : the problem relating to the faculty. The ratio 1 to 2 of permanent to part time teachers is a matter of great concern. In some important departments, there is only one permanent regular teacher, while some departments do not have any permanent/full time teacher.In several departments, there is no senior teacher with adequate experience. This situation affects the quality of the education imparted and may be reviewed and action taken by concerned authorities urgently.
To make all departments vibrant, teachers should be encouraged and suitably supported to participate in national level academic programs and events like seminars, workshops,
symposia, and conferences.Such events should be organized in the college also.
Participation in Refresher courses should be made compulsory. Occasionally such courses are held in the college also.
Teachers should be encouraged to act as Resource Persons in academic programmes as above.
Teachers may be involved in various committee work and Board of studies of the University.
Physics & Chemistry laboratories may be strengthened and updated, including safety measures.
Research and Publications may be encouraged in all departments.
Following new departments may be started
(a) Environmental Science (supported by Botany and Zoology).
(d) Home Science
(e) IT/Computer Application
(f) Rural Entrepreneurship
(g) Rural Development and Management
The College has already taken initiatives with UGC to start many new career/job oriented
courses. Following job/career/skill oriented courses may be included at suitable levels of
certificate/diploma/degree in new/ existing departments :
(a) IT/Computer Application
(b) Communication skills,
(c) Secretarial Practices
(d) Taxation/Insurance and/or other suitable commerce oriented courses.
(e) Fashion design/ Beautification/ Interior Decoration
(f) Folk Arts/Handicrafts
Library should be expanded and more acquisitions made to cater to the needs of different interest.
Computerization of Administration and library be taken up on an urgent basis.
Installation of a space link with UGC assitance to provide Internet Connectivity, and acquisition of more computers be taken up urgently. Each departments be encouraged to use computers as widely as possible for communication, information and research.
The existing building may be fully repaired/renovated, and required additional buildings be provided.
A Career Guidance Cell be created and made effective urgently.
Semester system may be introduced.
Steps are taken to reduce drop out rate.
Remedial /Bridge courses be introduced to help weaker and disadvantaged students.
Advanced Students be encouraged to do better by giving them special coaching etc. whereever necessary.
Lecture method is supplemented by using modern teaching aids to make the teaching- learning process more interesting and effective.
Teacher Evaluation by the students may be introduced immediately.
Departments and individual faculty members should develop outside linkages with research
laboratories and academic institutions across the nation, and through organising National level academic events
Special efforts may be made to promote the modern scientific way of thinking and acting,
without disturbing the spiritual and moral fabric of the society. Science Society and Science
Clubs of faculty members and students be formed with active programmes where people
involved in science activities and people not involved with science (i.e. humanities oriented people) all can participate in an effort to smoothly integrate science & techonology into the existing tradition based culture and enrich it rather than endanger it. This may be the way to carry on Swami Vivekananda's mission that is very dear to the people of the area.
A Parent Teacher Association may be formed. This together with the Alumni Association may play an important role in further development of the college along approipriate lines.
The college may carefully draw up a strategic plan of action that can be implemented during the next five years.
The Peer Team sincerely acknowledges the co-operation received from the Principal, the Co- ordinate and the member of the steering committee, the staff and the students during its visit.
Prof. Devdas Kakati- Chairman
Prof. Jagadeesha -Member-Coordinator
Prof. Mrigen Das-Member
Sri Swapan Kumar Bhattacharjee
Kailashahar, Tripura (North)
Date 21st August, 2004
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