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Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara, Punjab


Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara, Punjab
Address:Plot No.- 1751, 4287
Plahi Road
Phagwara (District Kapurthala)
Punjab, India
Pin Code : 144402

Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara Punjab is a recognised institute / college.
Principal of Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara Punjab is Dr Kiran Walia (Principal).

Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara Punjab is situated in Phagwara of Punjab state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara Punjab is 228229.

Contact Person(s) of the Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara Punjab is (are): Smt. Kusum Verma (Director).

Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara Punjab are 96466-74641, 98551-54799.

email ID(s) is Kamla Nehru College for Women Phagwara Punjab

Website of Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara Punjab is www.kncw.org.

Contact Details of Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara Punjab are : Telephone: +91-1824-60229, 228137

Smt. Kusum Verma (DOB 21.1.1951)
College House
Res-228924, M-98155-72823

Staff members:
Miss Rajni, NSS Program Officer
Principal: Kiran Walia
Dr. Kiran Walia
D.O.B. 15-12-59


B.Ed. (Addl. seats)

Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara Punjab runs course(s) in Education stream(s).

Kamla Nehru College for Women is affiliated with Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), Amritsar (Punjab)


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CWP No.3296 of 2011(O AND M)

Date of Decision: 23.02.2011

Dr. Bhagwan Das . . . . Petitioner


Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara and Ors. . . . . Respondents


1. Whether Reporters of local papers may be allowed to see the judgment?
2. To be referred to the Reporters or not?
3. Whether the judgment should be reported in the Digest?

Mr. SK Bansal, Advocate for the petitioner

(1). The petitioner served respondent No.4 College as a
Lecturer (Economics) w.e.f. 16.07.2008 till he resigned on 08.06.2010. The petitioner’s grievance is that the arrears of salary consequent upon the revision of pay-scale in terms of the Government of Punjab Circular dated 02.09.2009 (Annexure P6) have not been paid to him by the Management of the College.

(2). In this regard he has already represented the authorities
on 29.07.2010 (Annexure P1) to which there is no response till date.

(3). Having heard learned counsel for the petitioner and considering the nature of relief sought in this writ petition, I deem it appropriate to dispose of the same with a direction to respondents No.3and4 to consider and dispose of the above-stated claim of the petitioner and also release the due amount, if any, within a period three months from the date of receipt of a certified copy of this order.

(4). Ordered accordingly. Dasti.

(S u r y a K a n t)

Bhagwan Dass versus Kamla Nehru College for Women Phagwara

SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH, Ph. No. 0172-4630054
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Dr. Bhagwan Dass,
S/o Sh. Bakhshi Ram,
Village Lagg, PO Bharoli Kalan,
District Bilaspur,
Himachal Pradesh-174035. ..…Complainant


Public Information Officer,
O/o Kamla Nehru College for Women,
Phagwara, District Kapurthala,
Punjab. ……Respondent

CC No. 2364 of 2010

Complainant, Mr. Bhagwan Dass, in person.
Superintendent, Mr. Kuldip Kumar Sharma, for the Respondent.

The RTI application is dated 24.05.2010, and is in the nature of 08 questions that the applicant has posed to the Respondent PIO, office of Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara. The Respondent sent a reply on 23.06.2010, while the complaint with the Commission is dated 20.07.2010.

Since the information stands supplied, the case is disposed of and closed.

Announced in the hearing.

Copies of the order be sent to the parties.

Chandigarh, (P. P. S. Gill)
Dated, August 20, 2010 State Information Commissioner

Jai Pal Thind versus Kamla Nehru College for Women Phagwara

SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH, Ph. No. 0172-4630054
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Jai Pal Thind,
S/o Sh. Gurbachan Thind,
VPO Jhikka Ladhana,
Tehsil & District Nawanshahar,
Punjab 144510. ……Complainant


Public Information Officer,
O/o Principal,
Kamla Nehru College for Women,
Phagwara, District Kapurthala. ….…Respondent

CC No. 1934 of 2010

Order on provision of information in this case was reserved on 05.07.2010 for pronouncement on 14.07.2010. On that day, in view of certain documents containing additional information the Respondent had submitted, the order for provision of information was again reserved.

2. The case is regarding seeking audit reports etc. from the Respondent College. The application for information, dated 22.12.2009, was addressed to DPI (Colleges), who transferred the application under Section 6 (3) to the Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara, on 14.04.2010. On not getting any information, a complaint was filed with the Commission on 29.04.2010.

3. The Respondent vide letter , dated 03.07.2010, addressed to the State Information Commission had denied the information on the grounds that the “information can not be provided to the petitioner as per the provisions of Section 8 of the RTI Act as the information demanded by the applicant would impede the process of criminal proceedings and pendency of the prosecution against the accused in the Court of Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Phagwara under Section 420 and 408 of the IPC and the next date of hearing is 17.07.2010.”

4. On 14.07.2010, the Respondent submitted two documents, a copy of the application, dated 27.02.2008 that the information-seeker in the instant case had filed in the Court of the Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Phagwara; and also a copy of the order that the Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Phagwara, had passed on that application on 13.05.2010.

5. I have perused the documents on record. It transpires that the RTI applicant, Mr. Jai Pal Thind, is allegedly an accused in a case of embezzlement in the Respondent College, where he was employed and a criminal case was registered against him. A copy of the FIR, dated 16.11.2003, is in the record file. In the application, dated 27.02.2008, Mr. Thind has demanded the same information from the Court to defend himself, as he has demanded in his RTI request of 22.12.2009.

6. The Sub-Divisional Magistrate in his order, dated, 13.05.2010 has rejected Mr. Thind’s application, dated 27.02.2008, for supply of documents demanded, including audit reports of the College, on the grounds that there was no “relevancy” of these documents for cross-examination of witnesses, as contended by the applicant. The order was further says that he (Mr Thind) had concealed the fact in his 27.02.2008 application that he had made a similar request earlier too, on 19.08.2005, and that the then Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Phagwara, had rejected the same.

7. The order of the Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Phagwara, concludes “For the reasons recorded above, the present application is devoid of any merit and the same is hereby dismissed. However, any observations made in this order shall not affect the merits of the case.”

8. Apparently, the complainant is trying to “use” the RTI Act to procure audit reports etc. of the Respondent College that the court has twice rejected. I see no reason why RTI be allowed to be “misused”. Therefore, his request for provision of information is rejected and the case is dismissed.

Announced in the hearing.

Copies of the order be sent to the parties.

Chandigarh, (P. P. S. Gill)
Dated, July 30, 2010 State Information Commissioner

Jai Pal Thind versus Kamla Nehru College for Women Phagwara

SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH, Ph. No. 0172-4630054
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Jai Pal Thind,
S/o Sh. Gurbachan Thind,
VPO Jhikka Ladhana,
Tehsil & District Nawanshahar,
Punjab 144510. ……Complainant


Public Information Officer,
O/o Principal,
Kamla Nehru College for Women,
Phagwara, District Kapurthala. ….…Respondent

CC No. 1934 of 2010

Present :
Mr. Jai Pal Thind, Complainant, in person.
Representative, Mr. Kuldip Kumar Sharma, Superintendent, for the Respondent.

On 05.07.2010, Order regarding provision of information was reserved.

Before this order could be read out today, the Respondent has submitted a copy of the order passed by Shri Arun Kumar Aggarwal, PCS, Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate, Phagwara in challan No. 220/ 20/9/04 on 13.05.2010. The same is taken on record.

In view of this, the order regarding provision of information is reserved.

Announced in the hearing.

Copies of the order be sent to the parties.

Chandigarh, (P. P. S. Gill)
Dated, July 14, 2010. State Information Commissioner.

Jai Pal Thind versus Kamla Nehru College for Women Phagwara

SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH, Ph. No. 0172-4630054
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Jai Pal Thind,
S/o Sh. Gurbachan Thind,
VPO Jhikka Ladhana,
Tehsil & District Nawan Shehar,
Punjab 144510. ……Complainant


Public Information Officer,
O/o Principal,
Kamla Nehru College for Women,
Phagwara, District Kapurthala. ….…Respondent

CC No. 1934 of 2010

Complainant, Mr. Jai Pal Thind, in person.
Representative, Mr. Kuldeep Kumar Sharma, Superintendent, for the Respondent.

The RTI request, dated 22.12.2009, is regarding seeking audit reports from the Respondent College. The application is addressed to DPI (C), Punjab. The DPI (C), Punjab transferred this application under Section 6 (3) to the College on 14.04.2010. On not getting any information, a complaint was filed with the Commission on 29.04.2010.

2. Arguments heard. The Respondent submitted certain documents which are taken on record.

The judgment in this case is reserved.

Announced in the hearing.

Copies of the order be sent to the parties.

Chandigarh, (P. P. S. Gill)
Dated, July 05, 2010 State Information Commissioner



COCP No.1117 of 2009

Date of decision: 25.8.2009

Kamla Nehru College for women ......Petitioner(s)
Anjali Bawra and another ......Respondent(s)


Mr. Rahul Sharma, Advocate for the petitioner.
Mr. M.C. Berry, Additional Advocate General, Punjab.

Rakesh Kumar Garg, J.(Oral)
Mr. M.C. Berry, Additional Advocate General, Punjab, appearing on behalf of the respondents has stated that an amount of grantin-aid has been released to the petitioner-College in compliance of the order passed by this Court.

In view of the aforesaid, learned counsel for the petitioner does not wish to press this petition.

Dismissed as not pressed.

Rule discharged.


Mrs Kamla versus Kamla Nehru College for Women Phagwara

SCO No. 84-85, Sector-17C, Chandigarh.

Mrs. Kamla,
W/o Sh. Rana, Gali No. 4,
Valmiki Mohalla, Plahi Gate,
Phagwara ' 144 401.
Distt. Kapurthala. …… Applicant


Public Information Officer,
O/o The Principal,
Kamla Nehru College for Women,
Phagwara -144 401.
Distt. Kapurthala. …… Respondent
MR ' 133 of 2008

Mrs. Kamla, Applicant in person.
Sh. Kuldip Kumar Sharma, Office Superintendent of Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara

1. On the last date of hearing, on 16.4.2009, it was directed that the information be supplied to the applicant free of cost by registered post with a copy of the covering letter, to the Commission.

2. During the proceedings today, it transpires that the information running into 535 pages has been sent vide Memo. No. 2079 dated 4.5.2009. The appellant confirms having received the same. The case is, therefore, disposed of and closed.

3. Announced in the hearing. Copies be sent to both the parties.

Chandigarh ( P.K.Grover )
Dated: 19.05.2009. Lt. Gen. (Retd.)
State Information Commissioner

Mrs Kamla versus Kamla Nehru College for Women Phagwara

SCO No. 84-85, Sector-17C, Chandigarh.

Mrs. Kamla,
W/o Sh. Rana, Gali No. 4,
Valmiki Mohalla, Plahi Gate,
Phagwara ' 144 401.
Distt. Kapurthala. …… Applicant
Public Information Officer,
O/o The Principal,
Kamla Nehru College for Women,
Phagwara -144 401.
Distt. Kapurthala. …… Respondent
MR ' 133 of 2008

Mrs. Kamla along with Sh. Veer Bhan Chugh, Representative of the applicant.
Sh. Kuldip Kumar Sharma, Office Superintendent of Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara

1. On the last date of hearing, on 24.3.2009, the respondent was directed to submit his response in writing to the Commission by 15.4.2009 justifying the requirement of fee. The PIO respondent was directed to be personally present along with a copy of the information as requisitioned.

2. During the proceedings today, the respondent states that the information is readily available.

3. In view of the foregoing, it is directed that information be supplied to the applicant free of cost by registered post with a copy of the covering letter, to the Commission since the intimation for depositing fee was sent beyond the period stipulated in the provisions of the RTI Act, 2005.

4. To come up for compliance of order on 19.5.2009 at 2.00 PM.

5. Announced in the hearing. Copies be sent to both the parties.

Chandigarh ( P.K.Grover )
Dated: 16.04.2009. Lt. Gen. (Retd.)
State Information Commissioner

Mrs Kamla versus Kamla Nehru College for Women Phagwara

SCO No. 84-85, Sector-17C, Chandigarh.

Mrs. Kamla,
W/o Sh. Rana, Gali No. 4,
Valmiki Mohalla, Plahi Gate,
Phagwara ' 144 401.
Distt. Kapurthala. …… Applicant
Public Information Officer,
O/o The Principal,
Kamla Nehru College for Womenm
Phagwara -144 401.
Distt. Kapurthala. …… Respondent
MR ' 133 of 2008

Mrs. Kamla along with Sh. Veer Bhan Chugh, Representative of the applicant.

1. The case relates to a service matter. It had four items and initial request was sent on 1.10.2008. The respondent vide Memo.No.KNCW/51659 dated 8.11.2008 asked the applicant to deposit Rs.5280/- for supply of information running into 528 pages.

2. During the proceedings today, the applicant states that the respondent was a Public Authority, being an aided college getting 95% grant from the Punjab Government. The respondent had demanded Rs.10/- per page as fee for providing information which is contrary to the Rules.

3. In view of the foregoing, the respondent is directed to submit his response in writing to the Commission by 15.4.2009 justifying the requirement of fee. On the next date of hearing, the PIO respondent will be personally present along with a copy of the information as requisitioned.

4. To come up on 16.4.2009 at 2.00 PM.

5. Announced in the hearing. Copies be sent to both the parties.

Chandigarh ( P.K.Grover )
Dated: 24.03.2009. Lt. Gen. (Retd.)
State Information Commissioner

Hanish versus Kamla Nehru College for Women Phagwara

SCO No. 84-85, Sector 17-C, CHANDIGARH, Ph. No. 0172-4630054
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Hanish, S/o Sh. Mangat Ram,
Gali No. 02,
Hoshiapur Road,
Near Apahaj Ghar,
Phagwara-144401. …..Complainant


Public Information Officer,
O/o Principal,
Kamla Nehru College for Women,
Phagwara. ……Respondent

MR No. 9 of 2009


Complainant, Mr. Hanish, in person.

The Applicant is present and he says that the Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara, comes under the definition of public authority as it is receiving 95% grant from the State Government.

Let notice be issued to Respondent also for 09.03.2009. A copy of the RTI request application dated 07.11.2008, be also sent to the Respondent.

Adjourned to 09.03.2009 at 2.00 PM.
Copies of the order be sent to both the parties.

Chandigarh. (P. P. S. Gill)
Dated, February 16, 2009 State Information Commissioner

Sudershan Kumar Sharma versus Kamla Nehru College for Women Phagwara

SCO No. 32-33-34, Sector -17-C, CHANDIGARH

Sh. Sudershan Kumar Sharma,
189, Garha Nagar Dayanand,
Chowk, Jalandhar-144022.



Public Information Officer -
O/o Principal,
Kamla, Nehru College,

MR-115 of 2008

(i) Sh. Sudershan Kumar Sharma, the Applicant.
(ii) Sh. Kuldeep Sharma, Suptd. On behalf of the Respondent



2. Respondent states that sought for information has already been sent to the Applicant by speed post. Applicant, however, submits that complete information has not been provided to him. He is directed to point out to the Respondent, the deficiencies in the information supplied to him. The Respondent is directed to make good the deficiencies which may be pointed out by the Applicant.

3. Adjourned to 20.03.09 (at 12.00 noon) for further proceedings. Copies of the order be sent to both the parties.

(Kulbir Singh)
State Information Commissioner
Dated: 10th Feb, 2009

Sudershan Kumar Sharma versus Kamla Nehru College for Women Phagwara

SCO No. 32-33-34, Sector -17-C, CHANDIGARH

Sh. Sudershan Kumar Sharma,
189, Garha Nagar Dayanand,
Chowk, Jalandhar-144022.



Public Information Officer -
O/o Principal,
Kamla, Nehru College,

MR-115 of 2008

(i) Sh. Sudershan Kumar Sharma, the Applicant
(ii) Sh. Kuldip Sharma, Superintendent on behalf of the Respondent



2. Respondent states that the application of the Applicant was rejected on the ground that it is not on the prescribed Performa and moreover Indian Postal Order (IPO) was of Rs.10/- ( Rupees Ten Only) instead of Rs.50/- (Rupees Fifty Only) as the application fee prescribed by the Punjab. Govt. Respondent is directed to consider the application for information as the fee fixed by the Pb. Govt. is Rs.10/- (Rupees Ten Only) and not Rs.50/-(Rupees Fifty Only) and sought for information be provided with 10 days to the Complainant.

3. Adjourned to 10.02.08 (12.00 PM) for further proceedings. Copies of the order be sent to the parties.

(Kulbir Singh)
State Information Commissioner
Dated: 15th January, 2009

Major plantation drive in Phagwara

Kapurthala deputy commissioner J.M. Balamurgan along with SDM Amarjitpal and divisional forest officer (DFO) Satnam Singh planted saplings at more than 22 places in the town on Saturday.

The drive started from DAV College and concluded at Kamla Nehru College for Women. Trees were also planted at Starch Mills, Lions Club Royal, Guru Nanak Bhai Lalo College for Women, Bharat Vikas Parishad Phagwara and JCT Mills. A special function —‘Teej Da Mela’— was also held at Kamla Nehru College for Women, where students presented different cultural items.

On the occasion, president of local environment association Kuldip Sardana urged the DC to declare Phagwara as an ‘environment town’ and ban sale of recycled plastic bags. The officer promised to take up the matter with the higher authorities.

Meanwhile, DFO Satnam Singh said the noose has been tightened on those felling trees illegally. “Around 56 persons have already been challaned for cutting trees. Most of the cases were found around Dhussi Bandh area,” he added.

KNC students sashay down the ramps

High pitched music and top fashion models of the Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara, walking down the ramp in front of a 1,000-strong crowd of enthusiastic youngsters on the college auditorium marked the grand finale of ‘Fashion Fiesta 2006-2007’.

Everything went according to the mood of college students and participants of Fashion Fiesta. The crowd, as expected, did not create much chaos.

Fashion Fiesta, which began on a rather low-key note, witnessed packed house at the valedictory function at the college auditorium. Of course, the high time was the fashion show.

The fashion show presented by the college students began rather an hour late but once it started, youngsters gathered at the auditorium sat mesmerised till the final round of the show. Top models from the college sashayed down the ramp to the music by Rythymix.

Later, Kumud Sharma, a leading lawyer of Phagwara and ex-student of the college, who was the chief guest, gave away prizes to the winners who participated in the fashion show. The students also presented a colourful dance and song programme at the valedictory function.

Kamla Nehru College striving for excellence

“Our sole mission is to educate the women folk, impart good education to them in a congenial atmosphere for their all-round development and make them responsible citizens, ready to face all challenges,” claim authorities of Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara, which is accredited with Grade “A” by NAAC, Bangalore.

The college, located on the Palahi road, was established in 1965 and has 60 lecturers to teach more than 2,500 students.

Catering to over 100 villages around Phagwara, this college provides degree courses in humanities, commerce, commerce (professional), science, Information Technology and BSc (economics).

The college provides education in 18 subjects, including postgraduate diploma courses in fashion designing, textile designing, dress designing and tailoring, cosmetology and beauty culture, interior decoration, journalism and mass communication and computer application.

On the academic front, college students bagged 33 merit positions and 41 distinctions in university examinations last year and the pass percentage was much higher than the university’s pass percentage. As many as 535 students got first division, out of whom 250 students got over 80 per cent in various subjects.

In spite of the absence of a playground, the college students bagged prizes in basketball, kho-kho, judo and tae kwon do.

On the cultural front, the students of the college got as many 17 positions in zonal youth festival and seven in inter-zonal youth festival organised by Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

The college got second runners-up trophy this year as well.

The college has a unit of NCC and two units of NSS along with a unit of Youth Welfare Club and Rotract Club to explore the talent of the students.

To face the challenges after completing their study, the college prepares its students through a career and guidance cell.

“Due to nominal fee structure, we get students even from Jalandhar and Nawanshahr. Moreover, we are always ready to help needy students by bearing their expanses and granting fee concessions,” says college Principal Kusum Verma.

Radio news reading contest at Kamla Nehru College

The Department of Journalism and Mass Media, Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara, organised ‘Radio news reading’ competition. Mrs Saroj Balram, Vice-Principal, Dr Neelam Sethi and Mrs Loveleen were the judges for the competition.

Deepika and Simarjeet stood first and second, respectively in Hindi news reading while Jaspreet and Jaspreet Kaur claimed first and second positions, respectively in Punjabi news reading. In English news reading, Sukhpreet got the top spot while Neha was declared the runner-up.

Mrs Kusum Verma, college Principal, the chief guest on the occasion, gave the prizes to winners. Ms Reena, a Lecturer in Journalism and Mass Media, was also present. Rachandeep and Sukhpreet conducted the stage.

Dental care meet

The Indian Dental Association, Phagwara branch, in collaboration with Colgate Palmolive (India) concluded their ongoing health care programme in Phagwara schools today. Dr A.S. Riar, Chief Co-ordinator of the programme told that this year more than 20,000 school students of the city were given tips about dental health care. Earlier, they had organised a ‘school dental health programme’ under the guidance of Dr Harjinder Singh and Dr B.M. Ahuja at the local Textile Workers Educational Institute here on Wednesday. Dr Ahuja dwelt on the need for proper diet for the upkeep of the strength of teeth.

Toothpastes and toothbrushes were distributed free of cost among 2,000 students of the institute by the officials of the Colgate Palmolive India. Mr Ashwani Kumar Sharma, Principal, was also present on the occasion.

Excellent results

Balbir Kaur, a student of Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara, stood first in PG Diploma in Textile Designing for which the exam was conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University in April. Dhanesh secured the second position in the university. Mrs Kusum Verma, college Principal, congratulated the students for this achievement.

Kamla Nehru College win trophy

The Rotary Club Central, Phagwara, under the leadership of Rajwant Singh Jhikka, organised a college-level declamation contest on the topic ‘Psychotropic drugs and AIDS’ at Lovely Professional University in which 10 teams from different colleges participated. The ASP Phagwara, Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill, inaugurated the contest.

Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara, reigned supreme and clinched the over-all Giani Udham Singh Musafir Memorial Trophy. Nancy Virmani secured the top spot while Neha Virmani and Kanika Sobti stood second and third, respectively. Jaspreet Kaur and Rashmika got the consolation prize. Dr Manmohan Singh, Dr R.K. Sood and Professor P.K. Bansal were the judges on the occasion.

Yoga Divas

Indian Yoga Institute, Phagwara unit, celebrated Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday as ‘Yoga Divas’ at the Kamla Nehru College for Women premises, Phagwara, from 5 a.m. to 7.a.m. here on Monday.

Mr Haridev, head of the unit, stressed upon the importance of yoga in life.

Recruitment camp

A seminar and recruitment camp was organised by the ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company at Ramgarhia College, Phagwara. During this camp, students of various classes were interviewed for part-time job in the company along with their studies. Nine students were short listed for the job. Speaking on the occasion, Dr P.S. Tyagi stresssed upon the need for more camps. Earlier, Air Hostess Academy, Ludhiana, organised a seminar on ‘The Careers of the Millennium’ to guide students about careers in the aviation, hospitality and travel industry.

Stone for heritage centre laid at Kamla Nehru College

Mrs Gurkanwal Kaur, Minister of State for Cultural Affairs and Industrial Training, laid the foundation stone of the ‘Cultural Heritage Centre’ at Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara.

The Punjabi Department of the college organised a cultural function on the occasion. The performance of the folk orchestra was appreciated.

The minister promised a grant of Rs 2 lakh for the centre and lauded the efforts by the college to preserve cultural heritage of Punjab.

The president of the college managing committee, Mr I. K. Sardana, gave a vote of thanks.

Kamla Nehru college gets new block

A new commerce block was inaugurated by the Principal, Mrs Kusum Verma, to celebrate Teacher’s Day at Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara.

The Youth Welfare Department of the college organised poster-making and collage-making competitions.

Saplings planted

As many as 400 saplings were planted around the Dana Mandi, Phagwara, by the Phagwara Market Committee and Aarhtiya Association. The local MLA-cum-Chairman, Punjab Foods and Agro Limited, Mr Joginder Singh Mann, planted a sapling.

The SDM, Mr Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal was also present on the occasion.

Workshop on female foeticide

The Child Development Project Officer organised a workshop on female foeticide in Naseerabad village, Phagwara, on Tuesday. She deliberated on the important issues of gender sensitisation, decline in the sex ratio, social and economic implications and strategies to be adopted.

Traffic rules

Mr Sucha Singh, traffic in-charge, Phagwara, told the students of GDR School, near Rawalpindi village of Phagwara, about traffic rules on Wednesday. Books on traffic rules were also distributed among the students.


The All-India Crime Prevention Society, Kapurthala unit elected new office-bearers in Phagwara on Wednesday. Mr Nikhil Syal was elected as district governor while Mr Chander Mohan Gulati was elected district president.

Other office-bearers of the society are: Mr Nishad Kaura – vice-governor; Mr Satpal Lamba – district chairman; Mr Sushil Aggarwal – secretary; Mr Rajesh Kumar – joint secretary, Mr Harish Kumar – finance secretary; Mr Hari Om Gupta – cashier and Mr Navnish Saini – PRO.

Mr Rachhpal Singh was elected member for life.

Medical camp

A free medical camp was organised at Arya Senior Secondary School, Phagwara, in association with the Lions Club Royal and Homoeopathy Club on Tuesday.

Dr Ashok Joshi, Dr Thakur Dass, Dr Sunil and Dr Jaspal Singh examined 325 patients and distributed free medicines.

Yoga a stress buster, say doctors

An extension lecture on ‘Medical Ethics” was organised by the Department of Philosophy, Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara. Dr Usha Gupta and Dr Anubha Ohri expressed their views on the occasion.

“Humanity is the main concern of a doctor,” said Dr Gupta. Dr Ohri highlighted the importance of yoga to deal with stressful life. Students of the college also were given advice on their problems. Earlier, the Principal, Mrs Kusum Verma, welcomed the doctors.

Danish dancers enthral

The National Danish Performance Team gave a presentation at the Punjab International Sports and Cultural Festival — 2006 at the Partap College of Education here yesterday being organised by the Punjab Cultural Promotion Council in collaboration with the college.

Artistes from Denmark presented folk dances and enthralled schoolchildren and spectators who had gathered in large numbers. Yesterday, they displayed their skills in gymnastics.

The main theme of this festival is cultural diversity, good health and sports for all whereas the theme of the cultural show put up by the Danish performers was the “universal power of love”.

The Danish artistes showcased their culture through the performance. After the dance performance, the Principal, Dr Balwant Singh, Mrs R.K. Bal, Dr J.P.Singh, Mr R.S. Sohal, and Mr G.S. Brara honoured Mr Johannes Bjerre, manager of the Danish team.

The Danish team members joined Punjab artistes during the bhangra performance. Malwai giddha was led by Mandeep Singh Jagraon, while jugni was performed by Sohan Singh Soneela along with Parminder Nona and Jagpal Kaur.

Songs and dances by Mander brothers were well-appreciated. Others who performed included teams from the Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara, PAU girls led by Randeep C. Kandhola, schoolboys from Jalaldiwal.

Shabad were sung by Balvinder Singh while aero modelling was showcased by pilot M.P. Singh.

Poetry is this teachers forte

Adorned with the Mother Teresa Award and graced with the title of Rotaract Mother, Dr Neelam Sethi, teaching in the Kamla Nehru College for Women here, is someone about whom not only Phagwara, but the whole of Punjab can feel proud of.

She has been an upright teacher, social worker, commendable erudite, adroit writer, excellent poetess, inquisitive research scholar, research director and orator.

She was even awarded “For Turning Dreams Into Achievement” by the former Prime Minister, Mr I.K. Gujral.

Born in Kanpur in 1953, Dr Neelam Sethi said she was inclined towards education right from her childhood.

She did her MA in Hindi with a scholarship and an MA in Sanskrit with a gold medal. She completed her Ph.D in 1986 from Guru Nanak Dev University.

She has also authored three books. Her anthologies were published by the Language Department of Punjabi University in Patiala. He book of poems titled “Mausamon ke saath sath” was widely appreciated.

In August 2003, a seminar at Guru Nanak Dev University’s Hindi Department was opened with lines from her verses.

Dr Sethi is said to be the first women writer from Punjab whose anthology, the University of Himachal Pradesh has prescribed for the syllabus of M. Phil.

Presently, she is working for the University Grants Commission on a project on Indian culture.

She has also presented radio and TV programmes, besides regularly speaking on social issues.

Presently, she is the member of many organisations in India and abroad. These include the American Biographical Centre (US), Punjab Art Heritage, Gandhi Peace Foundation, National Alliance for Women and Nagri Lippi Parishad.

Her biographical data has been published in the eighth edition of the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership and the seventh edition of the International Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women by the American Biographical Institute.

One of her poems reads:

“Ayae ho to behtar banayo

Auron ki duniya,

Aur maksad hee kya hai

Yahan aane ke liye.”

Trust announces annual awards

The Smt Suhagwati Kharaiti Ram Aggarwal Charitable Trust, Phagwara, has announced annual awards for six outstanding persons in recognition of their distinguished services in different fields.

The Trust’s secretary, Mr S. N. Aggarwal, and managing trustee Dr Raman K. Aggarwal said here the persons would be given the awards at a function to be held at the local Kamla Nehru College for Women on November 27.

The legal luminary, Mr H.S. Mattewal, would be awarded the “Nayay Rattan,” while advocate Daya Chaudhary would be given the “Nayay Shiromani” award, they disclosed.

In medical field, Dr Vinay Aggarwal, secretary, IMA(HQ), would be awarded the “Chikitsa Paras” while engineer N. K. Khanna, would be given the “Techno Shri” award.

In education, Mr M. L. Aeri, Principal, DAV College, Jalandhar, would be awarded the “Vidya Alankar” award.

Mr I. K. Sardana, Managing Director, and Mr K.K. Sardana, Joint MD, Sukhjit Starch and Chemicals, Ltd, Phagwara, would be awarded the “Udyog Gaurav” award.

The Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal would present these awards.

An exhibition and seminar on AIDS awareness would be organised by Dr N.S. Bawa on this occasion, which would be inaugurated by Dr S.B. Khurana, former Principal of the DMC & H, Ludhiana, said Mr S N Aggarwal.

USA imposing globalisation

It was compulsion and not consensus which opened the floodgates for globalisation and India should be wary of American designs.

Stating this here today while delivering the keynote address at the national seminar on “Globalisation : Prospects and Challenges for India” at the Kamla Nehru College for Women, Prof Ashwani K. Ray of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, said it was primarily due to a weak government that India wilted under American pressure and paved the way for unfettered globalisation.

Prof Gurnam Singh, Director Research, Social Sciences, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, sounded a word of caution on the dangers of globalisation to country’s agricultural sector. Dr Vivek Kumar of JNU dwelt on threats of globalisation to marginal sections, especially Dalits. Dr Rajesh Kumar, Head, Post Graduate Department of Political Science, of the host college and convener of the seminar stressed the need to go slow on globalisation.

Prof Bhawani Singh of Rajasthan University read his paper on globalisation. Prof Rajinder Singh of the same university, Prof Shanta Verma from Delhi University, Prof Raonki Ram from Panjab University, Prof HK Puri from GND University, and scholars from Himachal and Jammu University also spoke.

Mr IK Sardana, president of the college’s managing committee, and Principal Kusum Verma were also present. The seminar was spread over three sessions and 11 papers were presented.

Versatile Venus

Ms Venus Kaur Dosanjh, a final year student of commerce at the Kamla Nehru College for Women, Phagwara, has a way with words. She has bagged a string of awards for her elocution skills.

Interestingly, her father, Mr Raghbir Singh Dosanjh, was reading a literary piece on Venus when she was born and hence she was christened “Venus”. Venus is Roman goddess of beauty and love. It is also the name of a planet

Ms Venus writes stories, poems and also takes part in plays, dances, debates, declamations and mimes. She is into sports, too. She has, so far, won about 40 trophies at various inter-college competitions. She won the third prize in the Guru Nanak Dev University Zonal Youth Festival held at Jalandhar last year. She was the district winner in declamation contest organised by district administration and PEDA on the occasion of Rajiv Gandhi Akshay Urja Divas.

In her first year, the play in which she acted won the first prize in the district. She was also the Vice- Captain of the Handball Team that bagged the third prize in an inter-college tournament. She was also in the team that won runners-up trophy in the Zonal Youth Festival in 2002-03. At that time, she was a student of the local GNBLR College for Women from where she later shifted to Kamla Nehru College (KNC).

Dr Neelam Sethi, Head, Department of Hindi, KNC, has been her guide, she says. Ms Venus feels that her greatest achievement so far has been the opportunity to be one of the anchors at the classical music festival (Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan) held recently.

One of her favourite self-composed poems is “Ladoo”. This poem is about bride burning. It brought her laurels at a state-level function organised by the Punjab Department of Social Security and Welfare of Women and Children. Her self-composed poem “Ehsas” is against female foeticide.

She says that there is no substitute for hard work and success does not come on a platter. “I want to have a career in media. I am working towards it,” she adds.

6 honoured by Trust

The Suhagwati Kharaiti Ram Aggarwal Charitable Trust, Phagwara, today honoured six eminent persons for their distinguished services in the field of education,health,law and business.

Mr Nishi Kant Thakur, Chief Administrator-cum-Editor, Dainik Jagran,who was the chief guest, Mr K.N. Aggarwal, chief patron, Mr R.N. Aggarwal, patron, Mr Rakesh Aggarwal, Chairman, and Advocate S.N. Aggarwal and Dr Raman Aggarwal, managing trustees, presented the awards, which included mementoes, citations and shawls at an impressive function held at the local Kamla Nehru College for Women. The College president, Mr I.K. Sardana, inaugurated an exhibition organised by Dr N.S. Bawa of Bassi Pathana on this occasion against female foeticide.

Those who were honoured are Dr L.S. Chawla (Ludhiana), founder VC, Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, who was awarded the “Chikitsa Ratan”, advocate Amar Pal Singh Randhawa of Amritsar, who was awarded the “Nayaya Shiromani”, Ms Nirmal Kohli of Phagwara, who was given the “Vidya Alankar”, Mr Jagdish R.Singal of (East Man Group of Industries Ludhiana), who was given the “Udyog Gaurav”, the late Des Raj Kappor of Kapurthala, who was given the “Nayaya Ratan”(posthumously), and Mr Padamjit Singh, a former Chief Engineer, PSEB, Patiala, who was awarded the “Techno Shri”(in absentia).

While advocate Mohit Kapoor, grandson of the late Des Raj Kapoor, received the award for his grandfather, advocate Manjit Singh received the award on behalf of advocate Amar Pal Singh Randhawa while Mr K.S. Bahra got the award on behalf of Mr Padamjit Singh.

Chief Secys agenda to make bureaucrats efficient

Mr N.K. Arora, Chief Secretary, Punjab, today said that he would try his best to make administrative services at all levels accountable, responsive and fair to people, speedy with efficient delivery system. To achieve it a catalogue performance would be prepared soon.

Talking to newsmen, Mr Arora declared that while a DC represented government in the district, an SSP was in charge of law and order and day to day functioning. When probed whether he was suggesting that a DC was superior to an SSP, Mr Arora again said both belonged to the All India Services but a DC had multiple duties in the capacity of a District Magistrate, a Collector and a Deputy Commissioner. However, the suggestion about anybody’s role — supremacy would not be healthy for society, he said. We are passing through a transition and would have to stem growing unrest, continued Mr Arora. People were the best judge, he quipped. When asked whether he would ask bureaucracy not to brook any political interference, Mr Arora again replied tersely that he would want Civil servants to have greater dignity, self-respect and discipline.

Mr Arora declared that district administration would be made more strong. New dimensions and thrusts would be identified and functional rule made to strengthen the institutions of the DC and the SSP, he said. I would hold quarterly review meetings with DCs of at least four districts, he declared. I would also have periodic interaction with the DGP who would also have meeting with the SSPs, he continued.

He denied any knowledge about the letter written by the then Commissioner, Jalandhar Division, Mr Srivastava, that ACR of a police officer should be written by civil authority.

Mr Arora said he would give top priority to efficiency in administrative secretaries and himself would monitor 29 major projects to remove delay-factor. Mr Arora, maintained that decision making should be fast and there should be regular interaction for curbing delays. To check delays in Departments of Finance, Law, Personnel and Vigilance, a review of progress would be done after every 15 days, he said. He regretted that sometimes the delay went up to two years. Interaction of Resident Commissioner Dinesh Chander in Delhi would be ensured for systematising and curbing useless visits of officers to Delhi, declared Mr Arora. He admitted that funds from Delhi were not availed of adequately.

On Voluntary Retirement Scheme, Mr Arora cautioned that in case serious downsizing of bureaucracy was not done, we would soon be starved of funds for development. Seventy per cent of the income went to employees and VRS would yield good results, he continued. In local bodies, there were 35,000 employees while not more than 5,000 were needed in the department, disclosed Mr Arora, who had long been Secretary Local Bodies. Though nobody would be retrenched, but fever employees meant less cost of services and quality of service, said Mr Arora.

Earlier, Mr Arora held meeting with district officers including DC V.K. Singh and SSP Iqbal Singh. He asked them not to sit over any paper for more than 48 hours. Though administration would be made officer-oriented, but it would also be made accountable, he told officers.

Later, Mr Arora presided over the foundation laying ceremony of Kamla Nehru Public School and attended “bhoomi poojan” at local Hargobind Nagar. Mr I.K. Sardana, President, Mrs Manjit Kaur, officiating Principal local Kamla Nehru College for Women, Mr Kuldip Sardana of local Sukhjit Starch and Chemicals Ltd., Mr Paramjit Singh Sethi, President, Northern India Exporters Federation welcomed Mr Arora. It was Mr Arora’s maiden field visit after his elevation as a Chief Secretary.

Activists of Palahi village led by Mr Jagat Singh Palahi, today presented a memorandum to Mr N.K. Arora, Chief Secretary Punjab, demanding widening of the Phagwara-Palahi road from present 12 feet to 22 feet. Accompanied by Mr Jatinderpal Singh Palahi and Mr Gurmit Palahi, Mr Jagat Singh Palahi told Mr Arora here that the estimate of widening of road had already been sent to the department concerned. Mr Arora assured the villagers to look into the matter in a positive manner, claimed Mr Palahi.

NAAC report of Kamla Nehru College for Women


With a view to providing exclusive higher education facilities to the girls in and around the semi-urban industrial town of Phagwara for their socio-economic empowerment, some local educationists and social activists set up what was then called ‘Phagwara College for Women’ in a makeshift premises of the local Handa Junj Ghar in 1965, with an enrolment of seventy undergraduate students. It was in 1975 that this was dedicated to Late Smt. Kamla Nahru and came to be known as Kamla Nehru College for Women. After a humble beginning, it has since grown into a post-graduate college with its own premises, on the periphery of the city, away from its noise and pollution. It has an impressive campus spread over an area of 5.55 acres, with an infrastructure consisting of an administrative block, class rooms, laboratories, library, auditorium, canteen, hostel etc., besides well maintained lawns and parking space for cycles and cars. Now it has 1504 students on its rolls in the faculties of Arts, Science and Commerce up to postgraduate level.

The college has seventeen teaching departments. Besides undergraduate teaching in different subjects in faculties of Arts, Science and Commerce, it offers five undergraduate vocational courses and it offers postgraduate teaching in Computer Science, Hindi, Punjabi, Political Science, and Commerce. It also offers Post-Graduate Diploma courses in Dress Designing and Tailoring, Textile Designing, Cosmetology and Beauty Culture and Computer Applications. The college has seventy five teachers besides the Principal out of whom thirty two are permanent appointees while thirty five others are either ad hoc or are part time or contractually appointed teachers. It has a support staff of thirty four persons.

It is affiliated to Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar and it follows annual system in its admissions, teaching and examination schedule as per its guidelines and norms. The college stands included in the list of colleges maintained by the UGC under sections 2(f) and 12 B of its Act of 1956 ever since its inception and is addressed by all its assistance schemes as per the merit and entitlement of its proposals and projects.

The college prepared its Self-Study Report in June, 2004 and volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore, which constituted a Peer Team comprising Prof. B.L.Chaudhary, Vice Chancellor, Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur, as Chairman, Dr.(Mrs) Mehmooda Shafi, former Principal, Government College for Women, Srinagar as Member and Prof K.K. Bajaj, former Dean of Colleges–cum-Director, College Development Council, and Controller of Examinations, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, as Member Coordinator, to visit the college and validate the Self-Study Report. Before this, Shri Ganesh Hegde, Assistant Advisor, NAAC so expeditiously sent the copies of Self-Study Report along with the Peer Team document and schedule of visit to the members for making criterion-wise report.

Before visiting the college, Prof Chaudhary, Chairman of the Peer Team, held an in-house meeting at the place of stay of the members, at 8.30 PM on 19th December, 2004 to discuss and exchange notes on the Self-Study Report submitted by the college vis-à-vis evaluation framework and formulate procedure and finalize modalities to be followed for its validation during the visit to the college

The team visited the college on 20th and 21st December 2004 and was given a detailed presentation on its academic and co-curricular achievements and highlights along with its infrastructural amenities by the Principal. After interacting with her, the members of the team went round the campus of the college and visited all the departments and discussed various academic inputs and amenities available with the concerned teachers. The members of the Team also visited the class rooms, Home Science and Fashion Designing, cosmetology laboratories, Fine Arts work place, Music (Vocal, Instrumental & Classical dance) class rooms, library, canteen, newly constructed hostel and computer Science laboratories set up to cater to the needs of M.Sc (Computer Science) and other PG Diploma courses being offered to the students. The Team also went round the campus and sought information on teaching, student support services and other infrastructural facilities. After interacting with the Principal, Management, teachers, students, non-teaching staff, parents, old students of the college and the representative of the affiliating university and after verifying the relevant documents and records referred to in the Self-Study Report, the Peer Team submits the following report, based on seven criteria laid down by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council.

Criterion – I : Curricular aspects
As a college affiliated to Guru Nanak Dev University, all subjects and combinations being followed are those which have been approved by the University and for which the college has been given affiliation. In the faculty of Arts, in addition to the two compulsory subjects (English and Punjabi) students have the option to choose three more subjects out of the available seventeen elective subjects such as English, Punjabi, Hindi, Sanskrit, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Philosophy, History, Mathematics, Home Science, Fine Arts, Music and vocational subjects such as Fashion Designing and Computer Applications. In the faculty of Commerce course options, as are permissible under the university norms and as are possible in view the institutional constraints, are available to the students. It also now offers B.Com (Regular/Professional), B.Sc (Non-Medical) and Post-Graduate teaching in Hindi, Punjabi, Political Science, Commerce and Computer Science. It also offers PG Diploma courses in Dress Designing, Textile Designing. Cosmetology and Computer Applications. There are add-on courses (non-core options) in the subjects of Apparel Designing, Cosmetology, Journalism and Mass media as allowed by the UGC.

The syllabi in different subjects are as prescribed by the University and as such the teachers cannot make any radical changes in their mainframe although they may enrich them in their teaching. Very few of its teachers are members of Boards of Studies in different subjects and other decision making academic bodies of the university and as such they are also not fully in a position to provide any major direct and decisive inputs. The university generally reviews the syllabi after three to five years.

The college follows annual system in all its undergraduate and postgraduate courses and Diploma courses except in M.Sc (Computer Science) course where it follows semester system, for which the examinations are conducted by Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, for award of degrees to successful candidates.

The college generally does not refuse admission to any candidate in any of its conventional undergraduate Arts, Science and Commerce courses if she fulfills the minimum required eligibility criterion of passing the qualifying examination. There is no structured pre-admission counseling as such. However, the Principal and the teachers in admission committees give due guidance to the students at the time of admission to make them aware, confident and self-assured in the selection of courses and combination of subjects.

Criterion – II : Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
With a policy of offering affordable access to higher education to the female students, the college tries to bring them from their socio-economically disadvantaged milieu to the academic mainstream, to empowerment through its attempt to develop closer student-teacher interaction and communication. The inputs include their motivation and monitoring in the classrooms to help them overcome their deficiencies. There is no formal and prescribed system for the identification and coaching of advanced or backward learners except their earlier performance in qualifying examinations or their having been placed in compartment for which they have to take the next examination. However, the teachers offer due guidance and devote time to the academic needs of the deserving students who are otherwise weak in studies through remedial coaching. Class tests are also held for this purpose. The college has stated that it held classes for 205 teaching days (180 + 25 examination days) in 2002-2003. But it is seen from the scrutiny of the attendance registers that the overall attendance of the students in classes ranges from one hundred and forty to one hundred and seventy teaching days. Teaching is done generally in the conventional manner yet in some of the departments use of OHPs and other audio-visual aids is there besides the display of charts, maps and models in practical classes. Quiz programs and class discussions also contribute to the quality of teaching. Class room teaching gets supplemented through these.

There are only thirty two permanent teachers besides the Principal while the remaining thirty five teachers are temporary, ad hoc or part-time or on contractual appointees. The college has a support staff of thirty four persons in the office. Being a grant-in-aid college regular recruitment and appointment to teaching positions is done under a procedure laid down by the Guru Nanak Dev University/DPI (Colleges) Punjab and as per qualifications laid down by the UGC and through the properly constituted selection committees consisting of members of the Management, the Principal, nominees of the Vice-Chancellor and the DPI (Punjab). Anticipating the additional teaching workload, temporary appointments are made by the college Management and the Principal. However, to overcome shortage of qualified faculty due to procedural delays, the Management and the Principal also make appointments of faculty for stipulated time period for guest faculty but this method is not resorted to regularly.

Elective subjects are taught in Punjabi and Hindi. Though there is no unitization of lessons yet to complete the syllabi in good time before the examinations the teachers plan their teaching inputs and schedule their delivery in a time frame of three well-defined terms. Two House Examinations are held besides weekly / monthly tests. The answer books are shown to the students regularly. Eligibility to take the university examinations is linked to these two house tests.

Overall teacher- learner ratio being 1 : 23 and being low and manageable and percentage of classes taught by full-time faculty (including ad hoc appointees) being almost 100 % in almost all the subjects, personal contact with the students is maintained for interaction and better learning possibilities. Regular teachers can attend Refresher and Orientation courses conducted by Academic Staff Colleges for their professional enhancement and eligibility to earn selection grade as per accepted UGC guidelines. The Principal on the basis of annual university examination results and other norms of conduct writes ACRs. The college has since introduced the method of teachers’ self-appraisal, and students’ feedback and interaction with parents and old students. To elicit students’ feedback, suggestions and complaints, there is a suggestion box available in the college. The access to the Principal is also easy and unfettered.

Eligibility of students to take their university examinations is linked to their attendance to the extent of 75 % in each subject. To follow this norm, regular information about shortage of lectures is displayed on the notice board and the students and their parents are kept informed. The overall examination results of the college in almost every subject over the past three years have been commendable. The students have scored many merit positions in different classes in the university examinations during the last few years.The affiliating University has not conducted academic audit of the college during the last three years.

Criterion – III : Research, Consultancy and Extension
The primary focus of the college being on learner-centered class room teaching so as to bring the students to mainstream academic excellence, there is no major endeavor on the part of the majority of its faculty to undertake research by the faculty as only five of its regular teachers are PhDs and twelve others are M.Phil degree holders. All the teachers cannot guide research as they are not permitted to do so under the university rules. Despite institutional constraints, there is some consultancy initiative or involvement on the part of the faculty at the local level particularly in the field of Computer Applications only. Two of its staff members are approved guides for Ph.D. Some of its teachers have been regularly contributing articles in popular magazines and journals besides attending seminars organized by neighboring colleges and universities and at the national and international levels for their academic growth.

Teachers in the departments of Political Science, Hindi, Punjabi and Commerce have evinced some interest in creative writing and research. At present two teachers have minor research projects sanctioned in their favour by the UGC. But there is no minor or major research projects at present being carried out by the faculty with the express funding help from other national funding agencies such as the ICSSR , ICHR etc.

However, there are some initiatives on the part of the faculty to involve the students in the NSS activities to undertake community services such as health and hygiene, literacy, improved sanitation, AIDS, environmental awareness, blood donation, and gender issues etc either independently or with the help of District administration or the local Rotary Club, in nearby areas. The college has three NSS units. Even when there has been delay in the release of funds in favor of the college by the government and the university the college has been permitting organization of its activities under the guidance of Program officers of the college to organize their activities. Through the voluntary help and involvement of its students the campus is kept clean and green and a few cultural activities are also undertaken throughout the year.

The college has an impressive record of achievements in cultural activities particularly while participating in Zonal Cultural Youth Festivals wherein its students did remarkably well and bagged a number of prizes and in the field of sports and other city-based cultural activities in liaison with the local Rotary Club and its own Rotract. Some of its students have excelled at inter-college and inter varsity levels. Their involvement and activities are socially relevant and commendable.

Criterion –IV : Infrastructure and Learning Resources.
The physical facilities of the college have been developed in phases. The college has an impressive infrastructure which consists of the Principal’s office, departmental staff rooms, common room, class rooms, Computer Applications laboratories, library, air-conditioned mini hall and auditorium (with a seating capacity of 1500 persons), renovated administrative office with computerized accounting system, cafeteria, recently constructed and inaugurated Hostel, Multi-Gym, small play ground and lush green lawns. It provides facilities for indoor games as well. The class rooms are spacious and well provided with adequate furniture and fans and remain occupied from 8.30 AM to 5 PM. The office has adopted computerization and connectivity.

The availability of an air-conditioned auditorium with a seating capacity of 1500 persons is an institutional asset as a centre for cultural and co-curricular activities throughout the year for the college, university, city and state level functions. This also generates revenue when functions of other institutions on payment are allowed to be organized.

The college Library has 24316 books out of this 920 books worth Rs 182687/- and six magazines worth Rs 13669/- were added during this session. It offers free internet facility. Information on these catalogued and classified books has been computerized. The library is getting seventy two magazines and journals besides thirteen newspapers. All of them are in Punjabi, Hindi and English. The library is open on all working days from 8 AM. to 4 PM. It follows an open access system for its students. There is a book bank available for free issue of books for the session to the deserving poor students. Books are issued to students for duration of fourteen days. The Library has a spacious reading room in its basement, which provides a silent zone for its students for serious study.

The college has ninety computers that are being used for BCA, PGDCA, M.Sc (Computer Science) and other computer-related awareness and teaching programs in addition to their use for administrative, library, teaching, departmental and accounts work. All the computers are using Star Network Topology to offer sharing advantages to all their users. The college has a dedicated Internet lease line of 64 Kbps. It also has an LCD projector besides two additional printers (Inkjet and laser) recently added to its earlier inventory in the department.

To ensure continuous power supply to the campus, the college has two generators of 125 KVA and 110 KVA capacity installed. One of these has its cap fitted so as to minimize its noise level.

The college now offers hostel facilities with its recently constructed new Hostel for sixty students. It has two tube well points for regular and uninterrupted water supply on the campus. It has water coolers and water purifiers for its students. It also offers medical care through a part-time visiting doctor with a room allocated for the purpose.

Criterion –V : Student Support and Progression
The government and the college management have provided substantial financial support in the shape of fee concession to the extent of Rs 44686/- to 251 students during the session 2004-2005 and scholarships to 132 students worth Rs 363380/- in the session 2004-2005, to students belonging to SC/STs, BCs and other categories. The financial aid to students under different schemes of the government and management is highly encouraging in bridging social disparities.

Since the college offers Post-Graduate courses in different subjects, a few other add-on and distance learning courses, there is vertical academic mobility available to its students.

The dropout rate is not so high as many students are able to cope with the content requirement of courses notwithstanding their socio-economic compulsions.

The college publishes its updated prospectus every year for the information and guidance of students. It also publishes the college magazine regularly to give expression to the creative thinking and talent of its students.

Students’ feedback on institutional support and teaching inputs has also been introduced. Its analysis is being utilized to improve the system and have midcourse corrections in the teaching learning continuum.

Criterion –VI : Organization and Management

The college has good internal coordination, and works through a number of committees set up every year in the process of democratic and decentralized management. This offers a fine example of participative management and sharing of responsibility from top to bottom. This is reflected in organization of cultural and co-curricular activities as well. There is a formal grievance redressal cell but most of the complaints are settled by the Principal, staff and the management amicably.

There is commendable understanding and endorsement of actions relevant to the academic activities and initiatives of the college by the management of the college which meets as and when required to overview the interests and requirements of the college.
The unit cost of education is Rs 10995/- (including salary) and Rs 4571/- (excluding salary).

The college has shown a budget provision of Rs.2,10,20,000/- for the year 2004-2005 with an ear marked salary expenditure component of Rs 1,20,00,000/-. The revenue from self-financing courses was only Rs 59,16,500/-in the year 2003-2004 which substantially contributed to the running of these courses. The fees have not been revised during the last three years. The state government releases grant-in-aid towards payment of salaries against covered posts and disbursement of scholarships to students and rest is the liability of the college management to meet from its own resources. The college received Rs 30,48,000/- as grant-in-aid for the year 2003-2004 from the state government.

The college was able to raise about rupees sixty lac through donations, fund raising drive, fete, hobby courses and self-financing courses such as M.Sc (Computer Science),B.Sc (IT), B.Sc (Computer Science), PGDCA, textile & Dress Designing, BCA and B.Com (Professional), last year to tide over financial stringency being experienced by it.

The college was sanctioned Rs 4244760/- for the X Plan out of which it received Rs 22,79,684/-. It has so far utilized Rs 1839780/- out of this. The college was sanctioned rupees twenty five lac for the construction of its women’s Hostel and out of this it has already received Rs 12.5 lac and has since completed its construction. There is also regular government audit in respect of the grant-pin-aid that it received from the government and a chartered accountant audits the accounts of the college annually.

The staff is allowed such loans as are admissible under the norms and procedures of a private college.

Criterion –VII : Healthy Practices
Every year the college commences its session on time as per its notified academic calendar while reiterating its commitment to offering quality education with the involvement of its teachers in its avowed mission of promoting the cause of women education and human values. The teacher–student relations in the college are very cordial. Accessibility of the teachers to students in all subjects is a contributory factor. Overall, a harmonious environment among various sections of the college is noticeable. The Principal, management, faculty, non-teaching staff, students, parents and alumni besides the local citizens, have contributed to the neat and beautiful maintenance of the campus and running of its courses despite the prevailing resource crunch..

The students are encouraged and awarded to make maximum use of the library. There is no menace of ragging and use of unfair means in the college.

In order to encourage students in all activities the college regularly holds its annual prize distribution function. It also arranges lectures by the eminent academics and public servants to expose its students to contemporary issues besides inculcation of moral and ethical values.

Home Science laboratories and classroom inputs are addressing the needs of all its students. Fashion Designing course combines the contemporary and the traditional designs to blend the tastes and requirements of the rural and the urban milieu. Fine Arts studio is a commendable workplace to allow expression to the creative urge of the students besides learning the basics of Art as a subject. Cosmetology is yet another area of emerging social interest and running of a beauty parlor and bridal make up. Music department also contributes significantly to the refinement of the cultural and artistic interests of the students,

The college has a composite Central Students Association consisting of about hundred members of whom class representatives are elected members while twelve other are nominated on the basis of their academic merit. This is a democratic body of students which helps the college in maintenance of discipline, organization of its activities and promotes understanding and amity among the students and the college authorities.

There is regular annual stock checking of articles in the college and damaged articles and furniture are got repaired.

The non-teaching staff is cooperative and efficient besides being diligently helpful in their work. They help the Principal in providing smooth and effective administration.

The services of the college NSS units are utilized to create awareness among the students about the values of social service, community development, civic responsibilities and leadership. Special lectures are arranged on various topics like AIDS awareness, environmental pollution, population control etc. to make them aware of contemporary social problems and persisting social evils.

The college evinces keen interest in the preservation of Punjabi culture and heritage through collection of traditional articles and artifacts of Punjab under its Punjabi department through what it call ‘Heritage Centre’. This also contributes significantly to the enrichment of the cultural profile of the college as well and enables its students to stay informed and attached to their cultural moorings, heritage and traditional way of life.

The college has its own website which is quite informative and useful. It has inter-departmental connectivity to stay in touch throughout.

The college has specially built a ramp for its physically handicapped students with a provision of wheel chairs for them distributed by Ministry of Welfare and Social Rehabilitation, GOI.

The college pays gratuity to its superannuated staff. It has since introduced Group Insurance scheme for the teaching and non-teaching staff through GIC.

Overall Analysis
The Peer team carefully went through the Self-Study Report and after its visit to various departments for interaction with teachers and others and after taking into account academic and other physical facilities in the college in serving the cause of quality higher education with a focus on the girl students of the area, has arrived at the following overall analysis:

The college, which is now more than three decades old, has an impressive infrastructure spread over an area of 5.55 acres of land, protected from encroachment by a wall. The college setting and its location, away from the noise and pollution of the city, has considerable ambience as a place for good learning. The Management displays distinct social concern and interest in the development of the college through its meaningful participation in providing resources and manpower whenever and wherever needed.

The workload of the teachers is as per norms and stipulations of the UGC and the University. But there is a presence of temporary teachers in the college who are appointed each session. It is explained in the context of non-availability of sanctioned posts and grant-in-aid from the state government. This uncertainty in profession and nature of such an arrangement generally tells upon the health of academic commitment and impairs quality to some extent.

The different departments of the college such as of Home Science, Fine Arts, Fashion Designing, Cosmetology, Commerce, Economics and Computers could combine to offer common interdisciplinary hobby courses such as on painting, interior decoration, computer aided designs, flower arrangements, dietetic studies, health care, cooking, e-commerce, inventory management, insurance procedures, BPO, balance sheet making etc.

Besides the above, the computer facilities are being put in LAN to extend its reach to all departments, laboratories, canteen etc for all teachers and students.

Core teaching and non-teaching staff strives for continuous improvement knowing fully well that they have to shape the future excellence.

The Peer Team makes the following suggestions:

*The role of the faculty by and large reflects its involvement and commitment to the fulfillment of the mission and cause for which the college has been established. This continues to enthuse the serious students to excel in their studies and co-curricular activities and work hard to perform better. But majority of the teachers being temporary and ad hoc appointees, an exercise requires to be undertaken to fill up all sustainable teaching posts on regular basis so that greater accountability could be built into the teaching learning process. Contractual teaching may be resorted to only wherever it is absolutely of contingent nature and for coping with mid-session needs.

*There is an apparent need to expand computer literacy and related courses on a part-time basis, which enhance the skills and employment potential of the students.

*The library being the hub of all academic activities of teachers and students requires to be substantially strengthened with a significant addition of books and journals in all the subjects particularly in Computer Science, Cosmetology, Music (V & I), Home Science, Fine Arts, Sanskrit, English, Economics and Fashion Designing. It should enter into agreement with other neighboring institutional libraries in the colleges and universities besides that of the British Council Library at Chandigarh for getting many such other books, which are needed by the faculty for their enrichment and professional enhancement. It may also get linked up under INFLIBNET.

*Science classes may be introduced with modern subjects such as Bio-informatics, Bio-Physics, Industrial Chemistry, Polymers, Plastics, Information technology, Ceramics, Human Biology, Physiotherapy, Diathermy, Technician education, Hotel Management, Heritage Management, Tourism, Event Management etc.

*With the progressive depletion of support from the Government, further possibilities may be explored by the college management to introduce short-time and part-time new courses which may generate the much needed income in addition to creating new avenues for the students’ placements and employability.

*UGC assistance as is admissible to a college may be sought for all projects and programs through better information and liaison. Regular availability of this grant be ensured through proper and timely utilization of grant already released and submission of utilization certificates to the UGC.

*The drop-out rate even though not so high requires a careful analysis and follow-up action so as to retain all the students in the college to complete their studies and to minimize wastage of human and financial resources.

*NSS units should be more actively involved in socially relevant activities and campaigns such as on drug abuse, poverty alleviation measures, health and hygiene in rural and slum settings. Propagation of environmental awareness, human rights and duties should be the avowed themes of their involvement.

*Regular follow up action on the analysis of teachers’ self-appraisal may be undertaken along with students’ views on their teachers’ performance, at the end of each session for the benefit of the teachers and the institution and for enhancing commitment, quality and discipline in the college.

*Alumni association may be involved in all such activities of the college which are vision-linked and progressive in nature through more meetings so that those who go out from the college are able to lean back and contribute to the college to the best of their abilities and affordability after they settle down in life.

*Guidance through bridge courses in communication skills in English, Punjabi and Hindi may be provided to instill the much-needed confidence in students who are otherwise deficient in this regard. This can be possible through the setting up of language laboratory and use of voice recording and reproduction facilities.

*Add-on courses be made more popular and market friendly in the context of their regional relevance and be tailored in consonance with the emerging occupational needs and as per market survey to augment resources and enhance their relevance.

*More discussions on such live issues as women’s role and rights and civic responsibilities may be organized to inculcate a concern about these in them.

*Interest in research, which is an integral complement of teaching, needs to be encouraged. This alone ensures quality in teaching despite all physical and resource limitations of an institution. Teachers should undertake minor or major research projects in areas of their own interest and specialization with assistance from such funding agencies as UGC, ICHR, ICSSR, etc. There could be better research liaison between the college faculty and the university faculty in different subjects. The management may also encourage this through some provision of seed money in the college budget which could enable the faculty to participate in national seminars and workshops and even undertake pilot research related surveys and minor projects.

*Teaching methods be made more technology enabled and student-friendly with greater help of OHPs and other affordable teaching aids. The teachers to improve upon their teaching faculties should use Multi media projection facilities on regular basis.

*Computer Applications department should enrich and extend its teaching inputs to promote greater employability of its students. It should liaise with the department of Fashion Design, Journalism, Cosmetology and others and promote it through computer-aided designs with the help of computers. The department should acquire latest hardware and software that could be of use in the departments of Commerce, Fine Arts, Fashion Design and Home Science.

*The college should have its own updateable website to regularly post its achievements and programs on it for the world. This should even have an enabling provision for quick on line response and registration for admissions to its numerous courses and for its alumni. It should act as its premier information life line.

*General lectures particularly on value education, human rights and ethics by distinguished persons from other institutions may be organized more frequently to provide for the much-needed exposure to the teachers and students of the college. More interactive seminars and academic workshops on topics of contemporary concerns may be organized to give teachers a platform to exchange their views and know the latest in their respective fields.

*Interdepartmental initiatives may be undertaken to launch short term hobby courses and classes for part-time students and for additional resource mobilization.

*Despite the availability of limited land on the campus schemes of commercial cultivation of flowers, cacti, worm culture etc may be taken up so as to augment the resources of the college while at the same time creating hobby-interests among the students.

*Fine Arts, Home Science and Fashion Designing Departments may organize more frequent joint exhibitions and other activities to augment resources and to address the parents and students in adjoining areas to enable them to know the relevance of the courses and facilities available in the college. This would also promote a spirit of participation and collegiality besides better understanding and fraternity among all.

*A vision committee may be constituted by the college to workout a perspective plan for the introduction of new vocational and innovative courses in the college. The committee may consist of a few members of the Management, local notables, representatives of alumni, teachers and the principal to work out its financial and other requirements.

*Internal Quality Assurance cell be constituted to ensure continuous monitoring and assurance of quality assurance mechanism in the college.

*The college may initiate the formation of a consortium of all accredited colleges in its neighborhood for sharing of healthy practices and for forging such academic alliances as will enhance the chances of avoiding introduction of such courses as ostensibly repeat contents and ultimately create unhealthy competition among similarly situated colleges. They may also share and exchange their teaching resources and library facilities.

The Peer Team thanks the Principal, steering committee co-coordinator, teachers, students, non-teaching staff, alumni and parents for their cooperation, courtesy and interaction and all associated college constituents for making all necessary arrangements which facilitated the entire work to be completed in a smooth manner within the prescribed time frame. The team puts on record its deep sense of appreciation and gratitude to the Management of the college for their courtesy and support offered to the team.

(Prof. B.L. Chaudhary)

Dr (Mrs) (Mehmooda Shafi)

(Prof K.K. Bajaj)
Member Coordinator

I have gone through the report and I agree with the observations and recommendations made by the Peer Team in it.

(Mrs) Kusum Verma
December 21, 2004

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