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Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, Punjab
Address:GNDU Constitutent College
Mukandpur (District Nawan Shahr)
Punjab, India
Pin Code : 144507


Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur Punjab is a recognised institute / college. Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur Punjab is also known as ASSM College, Mukundpur.


Principal of Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur Punjab is Dr. Surjit Singh Bhatti, S. Atamjit Singh, Principal Res-01823-276222, Dr. Gurjant Singh.

Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur Punjab is situated in Mukandpur of Punjab state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Residence Phone No(s) of concerned peron(s) of Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur Punjab is (are) : +91-1823-276222, 276221.

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Contact Details of Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur Punjab are : +91-1826-276221

Principal: S. Atamjit Singh, 47, Sector-70, Mohali.
DOB : 2-11-1950
Res-01823-276222
276221 (Kanwaljit medicos)

Principal
Dr. Gurjant Singh
DOB : 05.06.1963


Courses

MBA


Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur Punjab runs course(s) in Degree, Business Management stream(s).

Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College is affiliated with Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), Amritsar (Punjab)


Profile of Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College

The college was established in December 1993 by Sri S. Gurcharan Singh Shergill in the memory of his son Sri Amardeep, who unfortunately met with the sad demise. The college has been fortunate to get the leadership of Dr. S. S. Johl ( Padam Bhushan Former Vice-Chancellor and a renowned Educationist and the Economist) as the Head of the Managing Committee. The college started its first session in July 1994 in all the three streams of Arts, Commerce and Science with strength of 419 students. The college was founded by a Trust known as Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial Trust . The Trust has nine members. Main task of the Trust is to generate resources for the development of college. Initially the Trust members themselves worked for the successful functioning of the college but later on due to expanding requirements and responsibilities, the Trust set up an Oversees Committee U.K. for mobilizing the finances. At present, the members of the Overseas Committee are more than 120 in U.K., Canada, U.S.A. and Australia, in which majority are from U.K. This college is located in the deep rural area in a campus of 21.5 acres. The foremost aim of the college is to impart quality education to the young students of the rural interior, especially to girl students and economically deprived section of the society through sponsorship, financial help and merit scholarships. The college imparts education at senior secondary, graduate and postgraduate level. Graduate courses are being run for Arts, Non-medical, Computer Science, Commerce and Information Technology, while at Post-Graduate Courses are in Economics, Commerce and Information Technology. The college is also running Post-Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications and Diploma in Dress Designing. The college has got an enrolment of 1410 students, but interestingly it has got about equal number of girls as that of boys. This is a remarkable example of promotion of women education in rural area. Another very important feature of this college is that it provides opportunity of higher education to sizeable number of SC/BC students, which is about 40%.The college has been concerned with attracting and retaining qualified faculty for which it has taken commendable steps. The permanent teachers are paid the UGC scale plus additional 5% of the basic salary as Mukandpur allowance and the accommodation in the Campus. The college has developed 24 two-bedrooms apartments on the campus. The college has got 5 teachers with Ph.D. and 6 teachers with M.Phil. Qualifications. About 2% teachers are guiding research scholars and about 25% are publishing regularly. Importantly, the college has established a gymnasium, fully furnished with latest equipment which is open for the general public free of cost with as many as 540 registered members who visit the gymnasium on almost daily basis. Similarly, in collaboration with Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, the college has set up a computer training center to offer three month certificate course free of cost and students are required to pay only Rs. 50 for registration and another Rs. 50 for library use. The training is quite intensive as each student is allotted a terminal and there is one instructor for every 5 students. The training center is extensively used both by the students as well as the general public belonging to SC/ST community. The training equips the participants to handle office assistants job with potential of self-employment as computer operators. The college has a total campus area of 21.5 acres including 2.5 acres of residential campus area with total covered area of 1.30 Lakh square feet while 35 thousand square feet is under construction. The college has a triple storey building with a total covered area of approximately 51,000 sq.ft. spread over 3 blocks. It has got four science laboratories, one home science, one dairy farming, one automobile, one childhood care and audio-visual facilities. It has 30 teaching classrooms, one library reading hall of 3000 sq.ft. There is a separate building under the name Information Technology with covered area of 20,000 sq.ft. in four storeys. There are four computer labs and one internet lab. These have 62 pcs of which 24 are connected with internet. This is a rare facility in a rural College. The college has a canteen with a covered area of 3.500 sq.ft. including kitchen. There is a separate seating arrangement for the girls, boys and staff. It is remarkable to note that the infrastructure facilities are developed by College Trust with the help of donors (maximum number are NRIs). There are two kinds of donations, one by college overseas committee and the other donors, who donate money and second kind of donations are generated by Kar Sewa in the form of labour and building materials. The institution has its own means of transportation with a fleet of 11 buses. This facility has been created for the convenience of the rural girl students. The buses cover more than 200 villages daily, which is a great service to the rural girls. The college library has got 4696 textbooks, 9611 other books, 25 journals and 50 magazines, 58 encyclopedia, 642 reference books. The library is open six days a week and nine hours daily. It has got total number of books as 1507. Besides, the college has 110 VCD and CDs. The college has a part-time doctor for first aid and free medical consultancy to the staff. The college does not have any hostel facility, however, it has hired three buildings for this purpose, which accommodates 22 boys and 6 girls. The UGC has already sanctioned funds for a girls hostel, the construction of which is in progress. The college has two generators of 120 KW and 35 KW, which ensure regular power supply to the college. The college has appointed a maintenance engineer, an electrician, a carpenter and a plumber to ensure regular maintenance and upkeeps of the facility.

Management
The college is being run by the Trust consisting of nine members. The main task of the Trust is to generate resources for the development of the college and to continuously monitor the overall functioning of the college. The Trust has set up an Oversees Committee U.K. for mobilizing the finances. It has more than 120 overseas members. The Trust has constituted the College Management Committee, headed by an eminent Educationist and Economist, Padam Bhushan awardee Prof. S. S. Johl. The Management has 21 members representing different walks of life. The Principal is the ex-officio secretary of the Management. The Principal of the college is the chief of the administration. There is a three-tier system for the smooth functioning of the college. The Trust creates resources, the management makes plans and the Principal implements the plans. The Principal has constituted various Advisory and Planning Committees from the faculty members. The staff members are quite free for making suggestions. Tuition fee charged by the college is the same as prescribed by the university/ Directorate of Public Instructions (DPI), of Punjab Government. The college ensures that no meritorious student is turned away simply because he/she does not have money to pay the fees. The college has schemes to sponsor the needy and meritorious students. Toppers of each class and physically handicapped are provided free education. While scholarships in varying amounts are given to students who obtain over 65 percent marks and maintain their merit. Despite all the efforts made by the college of receiving donations, it does not have surplus funds. The accounts are audited by a Chartered Accountant.

Important Facts:
The college has over a short span of ten years developed a corpus endowment of Rs. 3 Crores. Provision of bus services to pick up and drop girl students from about 200 villages in the neighborhood of college is an important initiative but for which the womenfolk of the area could not have been able to get higher education. Quite naturally, over 50% of students enrolled in the college are girl students. Being a rural college, one of the challenges before the college has been to attract and retain qualified faculty. The steps taken by the college in this regard deserve special mention. They include: Permanent teachers are paid additional 5% of their basic pay Mukandpur allowanceHousing facility to all teachers; the college has 24 two-bedrooms flat for the purposeThe facility of gratuity and group insuranceThe facility of EPF (PF and FP), 12% of the basic pay i.e. 2% more than the government normsFee concessions to the wards of teachers studying in the collegeTeachers are required to obtain term life insurance policy of Rs 4 Lakh and 50% of the premium on such policy is paid by the college as an arrangement to cover the ex-gratia funds. College maintains a corpus funds for providing interest free advance to the teachers.

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Contact nos. of Princiapl and senior staff members

College Phone No.01823-276221
E-mail assm@assmcollege.org

Principal Dr. Atamjit Singh 01823-276222(R)
atamjit_pwright@rediffmail.com

Incharge Admission Committee: Dr. Gurjant Singh, A-1,Teachers Colony, Mukandpur. 99142-13644(M)
Incharge Library: Mr.Sanjay Dhawan, A-2,Teachers Colony, Mukandpur.98159-69822(M)
Incharge Culture Activities : Mr.Shamshad Ali, A-3,Teachers Colony, Mukandpur.98725-72737(M)
Incharge Teacher s Flats: Mr.Manjit Singh, A-4,Teachers Colony, Mukandpur.98721-24202(M)
Incharge NSS: Ms. Charanjit Kaur, A-5,Teachers Colony, Mukandpur. 93561-47006(M)
Incharge Girls Grievances Cell: Ms.Nirdosh Kaur, B-5,Teachers Colony, Mukandpur.
Incharge Transport: Mr. Jagwinder Singh, B-8,Teachers Colony, Mukandpur.98888-72998(M)
Bursar : Ms.Karamjit Kaur, B-6,Teachers Colony, Mukandpur.
Incharge NCC: Mr. S.D.Bawa, B-7,Teachers Colony, Mukandpur. 98729-84013(M), er_sukhminder@yahoo.co.in


Incharge Language Lab: Mr.Sarabjit Singh, B-10,Teachers Colony, Mukandpur. 98720-20732(M), sarabjit4u4ever@yahoo.com

Incharge Girls Hostel: Ms.Ashima Singh, B-11,Teacher Colony, Mukandpur.98155-60204(M)
Asistant Warden: Ms. Mandeep Kaur, Girls Hostel 97802-87228(M)

Experts discuss emerging trends in IT sector

Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur (a constituent college of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar), in collaboration with the UGC, organised a seminar on the topic “Emerging trends in information technology”.

Teachers of various schools and colleges and the students of MSc (IT) attended the seminar. Uma Mani, chief publisher, MacMillan India Ltd., inaugurated the seminar.

In her inaugural address, she highlighted the need and importance of information technology in assimilation and dissemination of knowledge in various fields.

Information technology had changed the traditional concept of classroom teaching, especially internet had facilitated interactive teaching as well as dissemination of knowledge to a large number of people, she said.

In his enlightening and comprehensive lecture, Dr Gurwinder Singh from the GNDU asserted the fact that the future belonged to embedded systems, examples of which could be seen in our daily life, like mobile phones, machines with fuzzy logic, micro-processor controlled conveyances, etc.

The embedded systems converged the different systems of our daily use, which meant a prospective student in computer science should be well conversant with the mechanics, the electronics, the philosophical and the software, he said.

Vishal Goyal from Punjabi University, Patiala, acquainted the audience with different programmes of natural language translation (NLT) carried out in India, and the various intuitions involved in them.


Ekta Manch accuses VC of graft, seeks probe

Accusing Guru Nanak Dev University vice-chancellor Dr Jai Rup Singh of corruption and seeking a probe, Ram Sharan Paul, convener, Punjab Ekta Manch, here today sent an affidavit to the Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

At a press conference, Paul alleged that the VC had embezzled funds when he was co-ordinator of the Centre for Genetic Disorders from 1990-1998. “He collected lakhs from India and abroad, but instead of remitting these donations to the varsity, he deposited it in his personal account. There was a fire in the centre recently and the records might have been burnt,” he alleged.

In the affidavit submitted by him, Paul has demanded an inquiry into the paper setting for conduct of PMET-2005. The GND varsity was asked to conduct the pre-medical test, which was earlier conducted by Baba Farid Medical University.

Paul also raised the issue of “unauthorised” taking over of a privately-managed Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, after it was declared sick. “The intriguing factor in the taking over of the college is that Dr Jai Rup Singh did not place the matter before the university’s academic bodies, including the Senate,” he said.

He also questioned the scrapping of BSc (hons) course in physics, human genetics, biotechnology, microbiology and five-year integrated course in master of computer application, master of technology and master of business management.

The affidavit also gives a list of names of teachers who have been allegedly illegally appointed in the university departments.

Dr Jai Rup Singh said he was busy and could not comment on the issue.



Youth fest gets off to flying start

The Youth Festival (Zone B Men) of Guru Nanak Dev University got off to a colourful start at Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur in Nawanshahr district. The competitions were held at three different places on the campus. The program started with a bhangra. The participants from different colleges like DAV Jalandhar, Lyallpur Khalsa, Guru Nanak and APJ set the stage on fire with their power-packed performances.

Famous Punjabi singers Nachhatar Gill and Inderjit Nikku were the chief guests. Gill, while addressing the students, said such kind of functions give students a perfect platform to showcase their talent. Inderjit Nikku, who has been trained by Shamshad Ali, head of the music department of the host college, donated a handsome amount for promotion of music and artistes. At the second venue, audience were mesmerised by a rich classical music feast. The third venue saw students taking part in various contests including rangoli, flower arrangement and phulkari. The principal Dr Atamjit Singh motivated students to participate in extra-curricular activities to ensure overall personality development. In skit contest, the teams focused on social problems like femicide, corruption and growing influence of western culture.


Mukandpur college under GND varsity

Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, has become a constituent college of Guru Nanak Dev University. An MoU in this regard was signed by Dr R.S. Bawa, registrar of the university and G.S. Shergill on behalf of the college.

Dr Jai Rup Singh, vice-chancellor, today said to cope with global educational challenges the university would introduce IT, management and other technology courses at the Mukandpur college, besides providing state-of-the-art infrastructure there.

He said the university would give a boost to higher education in rural areas and appealed to the NRIs belonging to the Doaba region to continue supporting this project.



Book details job options for rural youth

Rural students have generally been deprived of career guidance, which hampers their growth as professionals.

To help such students, Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College (ASSMC) at Mukandpur in Doaba region has come out with a book titled ‘Bhavikh Daa Raah’ (Path to Future).

The book, which is in Punjabi, informs students about emerging career trends in different professions and institutes offering the necessary training. Around 2000 copies of books have already been distributed.

The college principal who is also the publisher, Dr Atamjit Singh while explaining the need behind coming up with such an initiative said, “The rural students need to broaden their horizons.

They are generally not aware of different job vistas, as a result they choose professions without thinking whether they have an aptitude for it or not.”

Pointing out further, he said, “The book has been divided into chapters which focus on information regarding scope of study in different fields. They also have list of institutes offering the particular courses.” Besides, it contains list of colleges affiliated to Guru Nanak Dev University and Punjab Technical University along with their telephone numbers.

The book is a collective effort of Sunita Sehgal Dhillon, lecturer in English at Government College for Women in Amritsar, Rajnish Arora of GND university and employment officer Jatinder Kumar Sareen, the principal further added.


JAGTAR CHAND AND ORS Versus STATE OF PB AND ANR CWP 5919 of 2007

In the High Court of Punjab and Haryana at Chandigarh

Date of Decision: 24.04.2007

Jagtar Chand and others …Petitioners
Versus
State of Punjab and others …Respondents

CORAM:
HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE M.M. KUMAR
HON’BLE MR. JUSTICE RAJESH BINDAL

Present:
Mr. Varinder Singh Rana, Advocate, for the petitioners.

JUDGMENT
M.M. KUMAR, J. (Oral)
The petitioners who are working on different posts on fixed salary in the Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukanpur, District Nawanshahar-respondent No. 4, have approached this Court by filing instant petition under Article 226 of the Constitution seeking a
direction that respondents be directed to grant minimum of the pay scales which are being paid to their counter parts in Government/Aided Colleges and to restrain them from making fresh appointment in their place, on consolidated salary, till regular appointment is made. A further prayer has been made to direct respondent No. 4 and 5 not to terminate the services of CWP No. 5919 of 2007 the petitioners and in case of fresh appointment through Employment Exchange, preference be given to them considering their length of service.

We have heard the learned counsel for the petitioners at
length and perused the paper book.

Learned counsel for the petitioners submits that the petitioners have made various representations including representation dated 1.7.2004 (P-7) and also served legal notice dated 16.9.2005 and 14.11.2006 (P-10 and P-12) but no decision has been taken on the same by the respondents.

In view of above, we dispose of the writ petition at this stage with a direction to the respondents to take a decision on the legal notice, dated 14.11.2006 (P-12) by passing a speaking order within a period of two months from the date of receipt of a certified copy of this order. It
shall be appreciated if a speaking order is passed.

Petition stands disposed of in the above terms.

(M.M. KUMAR)
JUDGE

(RAJESH BINDAL)
JUDGE

Education system has collapsed, says Dr Johl

Departments of Economics and Commerce of Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur (Nawanshahr) organised a two-day UGC sponsored national seminar on “Second Generation Economic Reforms in India: Prospects and challenge”. experts from the north India participated in it. Dr Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairperson, Punjab State Planning Board inaugurated the seminar yesterday.

She stressed the need of improving infrastructure, accelerating growth of agriculture, strengthening social sector especially education and health, expediting labour reforms for results from economic reforms, to maintain high growth rate and sustain it. She was optimistic about the outcome of reforms.

Vice-Chairman of the Punjab State Planning Board, and Chairman, College Managing Committee Padam Shree, Dr S.S. Johl talked of the limitations of these reforms, particularly in education and health. He lamented education system in rural areas had collapsed and health infrastructure grossly under utilized.

About 50 participants from universities of north India and colleges attended the seminar. About 30 papers were presented on the first day. First technical session was chaired by Dr R.S. Bawa, Registrar Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar. In her paper Dr (Mrs) Rajesh Gill, Prof. of Sociology, Panjab University, Chandigarh, pointed out that, there was wide gap between picture presented in official publications and ground realities in respect of education in Punjab. Total 16 papers were presented in the first technical session.

Dr. R.S. Bawa in his presidential remarks suggested school education should be handed over to the NGOs and responsible educational societies to improve the education at scenario in Punjab.

Second technical session was chaired by Dr A.S. Sidhu, Head Department of Commerce and Business Management, Guru Nanak University, Amritsar. In their paper Dr R.S. Bawa and Dr P.S. Raikhy wanted job-oriented growth and humane reform process, protection of small scale sector by availing all WTO consistent instruments and safeguards. Prof Suresh Chadda of the University Business School, P.U. Chandigarh raised cross cultural issues under globalisation where India was emerging a major player. The cultural values in India were moving from joint to nuclear form, catering to trend in the world, he pointed out. Total 14 papers were presented in this session.

Technical session III was chaired by Dr Parminder Singh, Department of Economics, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. Total 20 research papers were presented in this session on financial, industrial and external sector reforms.

Industrialist and educationist Ranjodh Singh was the chief guest of the morning session. On the basis of his experiences of multiplying exports in past two or three years he observed that India had lagged behind China in terms of growth and highlighted that India had potential for growth, but it needed to be utilised in better way.

In his concluding remarks, Dr S.S. Johl suggested that India should check indiscipline, corruption and lack of accountability, for becoming a developed state. Dr Johl advised the researchers to identify target audience and try to influence the policy maker otherwise the exercise remains academic.



One college changing lives in 200 villages

Mukandpur, though a tiny town in the heart of the Dhakki area in the district of Nawanshahr, it can boast of a prestigious institution for higher education. There are a number of degree colleges in rural areas these days, but it’s still rare to find an institution like Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, established 12 years ago in the memory of a young and brilliant student of the London School of Economics.

The parents, relatives and friends of Amardeep Singh Shergill raised a temple of learning to commemorate his memory. The soul of Amardeep has become instrumental in brightening the light of knowledge to many “Deeps” in the rural area around his ancestral village.

The management, working under the leadership of renowned Agro-Economist Dr S. S. Johl, has been striving hard to make it a college with a difference in the true spirit of the phrase. The management and overseas committee have been doing a yeoman’s service in providing the college with infrastructure facilities on a par with the international standards, enabling the rural youth to face the challenges of the present era of globalisation.

The institution promotes higher education in nearly 200 villages in the vicinity. It is proving to be a boon for women’s education in this area where parents would not dare to send their daughters to cities for higher education. These days, one can find young women in the feeder area with degrees like M.Sc (IT), M.Com, M.Sc and MA.

Besides, there is a galaxy of engineers, IT professionals, college and school lecturers, charted accountants and other professionals in alumni associations. Dozens of students have joined overseas universities. Many old students are self-employed.

Roshan Prince, winner of “Awaz Punjab Di” contest conducted by the channel MH-1, is a product of this college. The college has also introduced a postgraduate course in vocal music, BCA, PG diploma in financial services and PG diploma in dress designing this year, according to Dr Atamjit Singh, Principal.

The class infrastructure, with matching talent and hard work, has been shaping the destiny of the rural youth by equipping them with education. The aim of college is to provide the rural youth with value-based and job-oriented education and training. Besides offering various graduate and postgraduate courses, the college, with a view to catering to the special needs of the rural youth, has also introduced a number of vocational courses like automobile maintenance, dairy farming, childcare, data care management etc. within the arts stream.



Meeting hails grant for rural colleges

A meeting of principals and office-bearers of management committees of un-aided private rural colleges was held at Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial Colleges, Mukandpur, about 20 km from here, on Sunday. Mr Pritam Singh Sangha presided over the meeting at which principals and representatives of managing committees of 13 un-aided rural colleges participated.

They hailed the announcement by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, regarding allocation of Rs 4 crore for infrastructure development of un-aided rural colleges. It was felt the decision of the Chief Minister would go a long way in bringing in qualitative improvement in the functioning of private colleges in rural areas. They stressed on the need to implement the decision at the earliest. The effort put in by Dr. S.S.Johl, chief of the Managing Committee of Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, and the Vice- Chairman of the State Planning Commission in this direction was hailed at the meeting.

A sub-committee was constituted to prepare cases of infrastructure development projects. This committee would meet the CM for grants. Dr Amarjit Singh, Dr Surjit Singh Bhatti, secretary and principal, Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, Dr Tiwana, principal, Khalsa College, Jharh Sahib (Ropar), and Mr Tirath Ram, finance secretary, MBG Education Trust, Pojewal (Nawanshahr) were nominated convener, co-convener, secretary and member, respectively, of the sub-committee.



CM stresses for bio technology,vocational education

The Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, today stressed the need to go for bio-technology and vocational education to enable the youth to face challenges of the present era of rapid strides in the field of science and technology.

He said the state government was making a comprehensive plan with a view to make Punjab a leading state in the field of bio-technology. An Information Park at a cost of Rs 35,000 crore was being set up at Mohali, which would provide employment opportunities to about one lakh youths in the state.

The Chief Minister was addressing a gathering on the concluding day of the three-day ‘Amardeep Mela’, organised by the Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, about 20 km from here, to mark the 11th foundation day of the college.

Capt Amarinder Singh, said the state government was taking steps to bring in improvement in the infrastructure in the private rural colleges and a sum of Rs 4 crore had been earmarked for the purpose. The private rural colleges having strength of 700 students would be provided grants up to Rs 25 lakh for infrastructure development. He asked the rural private college managements to start science and vocational courses. He also inaugurated the newly constructed building of the college.

The CM lauded the contribution of Mr Gurcharan Singh Shergill, chairman, Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College Trust and members of the trust and Overseas Committee in the field of education. He said that the infrastructure developed at the Amardeep Singh College was on par with the international standards. He asked the college management to start bio-technology classes and assured financial help from the state government for the purpose. The CM also honoured the NRIs who had made contribution towards the development of the college.

The Cheif Minister also released ‘Ranga Di Gagar’, a Punjabi book authored by Dr S.S. Johl, Vice-Chairman, State Planning Commission.

Dr S.S. Johl, while-speaking on the occasion lamented the deplorable condition of higher education in the rural areas. While enumerating the various achievements of the Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Dr Johl said it was the only private rural college, which had been providing education in different streams, to the rural youth, including 50 per cent of girl students belonging to about 200 villages.

Mr Amarjit Singh Samra, Revenue Minister, Chaudhary Santokh Singh, MLA, Phillaur, Rana K.P. Singh, Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Harjit Inder Singh Grewal, Deputy Commissioner and Dr Surjit Singh Bhatti, Principal, addressed the gathering. The college students presented a colourful cultural programme on the occasion.



Experts discuss development of Punjabi computer

Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, organised a seminar on ‘Technical development of Punjabi language in computer’ on the college premises here yesterday.

Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, GND University, Amritsar, was the chief guest. Mr Harjit Inder Singh Grewal, Deputy Commissioner, Dr Joginder Singh Puar, Dr Sardara Singh Johal, both former Vice-Chancellors, Mr Rachhpal Singh Gill, Director, Language Department, Punjab, Mr Surjit Patar, and president, Sahitya Academy, Ludhiana, and Mr Janmeja Singh Johal, were among the distinguished guests.

The seminar was attended by principals and teachers of various colleges of Nawanshahr and adjoining districts. Dr Surjit Singh Bhatti, Principal of the host college, welcomed the guests and underlined the objective of organising the seminar.

Mr Kirpal Singh Pannu, a Canada-based NRI, who has done a commendable work in the development of fonts, keyboards and websites in Punjabi language, while presenting his paper on ‘Future of Punjabi computer’ stressed the need to standardise fonts of Punjabi words and computer codes. At present, about 100 fonts in Punjabi language were available, but these all had different types that caused both confusion and inconvenience to users. A Punjabi word processor should also be developed, he said. He said the state government and the SGPC, which had funds at their disposal, should come forward to take immediate steps for the development of Punjabi language for computer use.

Dr Gurpreet Singh Lehal, Director of the Department of CSE, Punjabi University, Patiala, and Dr Harvinder Singh Bhatti, Reader, Department of Sociology, Punjabi University, Patiala, presented their joint paper on ‘Computer, Punjabi language and Punjabi Intellectuals’. They gave a detailed account of the work done by them for developing “Akhar” — a Punjabi word processor. This word processor would solve the problems of Punjabi computer users as it had the facilities like unicode, compatibility with different fonts and keyboards, database for spell-check, Gurbani dictionary, bilingual dictionary, suggestion list, text analyser and change of script etc. Dr Gurpreet Singh Lehal gave a demonstration of Punjabi word processor.

Dr Harvinder Singh Bhatti, in his address, stressed the need of developing standardised type of Punjabi words, their pronunciation and sequence of words in Punjabi grammar and Punjabi dictionaries for developing and promoting Punjabi computer.

Dr J.S. Puar, former Vice-Chancellor, Punjabi University, emphasised the need of developing basic concepts of Punjabi language. Dr Sardara Singh Johal, former Vice-Chancellor, GND University, Amritsar, said the computer was only a tool and it was the responsibility of Punjabi scholars and intellectuals to develop linguistics.

Dr Rachhpal Singh Gill, Director, Language Department, Punjab, said the department, in collaboration with three universities of the state, would initiate efforts for the development of Punjabi computer. Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, GND University, said the varsity had set up a computer lab for the development of Punjabi computer .

Ms Davinder Kaur Sidhu (GN College for Women, Banga), Principal G.K. Atwal, (Nakodar), Mr Manohar Singh, (Head of the Computer Department, Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar), Mr Sukhminder Singh (Computer Department, ASSMC, Mukandpur) also participated in the debate. Poet Surjit Patar recited poems on the occasion.



Sakattar shines

Football Academy, Mahilpur, and Kapurthala registered comprehensive wins over Jalandhar and Sangrur, respectively, in the semifinal matches of the 25th Punjab State Junior (under-19) Football Championship currently underway at Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, about 20 km from here today.

Football Academy crushed Jalandhar 5-1 in the first semifinal. Sakattar Singh of Football Academy scored four goals in the match. The fifth goal was scored by Aseem Hassan. Sanjiv Joshi of Jalandhar scored the lone goal for his team.



235 students get degrees

Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, organised its annual convocation function yesterday. The Local Bodies Minister, Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, was the chief guest and Dr S.S. Johal, Vice-Chairman, State Planning Commission, presided over. Dr S.P. Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, conferred degree on 235 students including 28 postgraduates. Besides, about 25 students, who had excelled in the academic, sports and co-curricular activities were also honoured.

Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, in his address, lauded the role of NRIs in setting up the college with a view to providing educational facilities to the rural youth on par with the international standards. Praising the infrastructural facilities and dedication of the management and staff in the functioning of the college, he said the college would be presented as a ‘role model’ for other educational institutions in the state. He assured that the state government would draw up a plan to provide financial aid to unaided colleges functioning in the rural areas. He announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for the college from his discretionary fund. He honoured NRI guests Mr Baldev Singh Aujla, Mr Gurdial Singh Khangura, Mr Darshan Singh Sanghera, Mr Gurmajor Singh Shergill, Mr Piara Singh, Mr Santokh Singh, Mr Sohan Singh Gill (all members Oversees College Committee).

Dr S.S. Johal, Vice-Chairman, State Planning Commission, Dr Surjit Singh Bhatti, Principal of the college, also spoke. The students presented a cultural function.



Punjabi book released

The four-day long “Amardeep mela” organised by Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, about 20 km from here, concluded yesterday.

Dr Y.S. Rajan, Vice-Chancellor, Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, stressed the need for coordination among various branches of knowledge.

Dr Sardara Singh Johan, Vice-Chairman, Planning Commission, Punjab, said steps were being taken to develop infrastructure in the rural areas to boost education.

Dr Rajan released a Punjabi book, “Punjabi Alochana-Dash Ate Disha” by Dr Surjit Singh Bhatti and honoured students who excelled in various fields.



Amardeep mela begins

Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur about 20 km, from here, started the four-day “Amardeep mela” to mark its ninth raising day as well the 29th birth anniversary of Amardeep Singh. Shergill, in whose memory the college has been set up with the “akhand path” and inauguration of athletics meet the college campus on Saturday. Mr Baldev Singh Aujla, vice-president of the Overseas Committee of the college, inaugurated the athletics meet and Mr Gurcharan Singh Shergill, founder chairman of the college, presided over.

Giving this information in a press release, Dr Surjit Singh Bhatti, principal, said the annual prize distribution function would be held on Monday and Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh would be the chief guest.



Arya College managing committee dissolved Pratinidhi Sabha factions head for showdown

In a significant development related to the ongoing controversy over the suspension of the Principal of the Arya College for Boys here, the Punjab Arya Pratinidhi Sabha president, Pandit Harbans Lal, today said that the managing committee of the college, which was headed by BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member Lala Lajpat Rai, had been dissolved and it had no locus standi to suspend or remove any of the officials of the college. He called a general body meeting of the sabha in Jalandhar on October 7.

Talking to Ludhiana Tribune over the telephone, Mr Lal said that he took over the charge of the managing committee on September 1 after dissolving the earlier committee. He regretted that the committee which was being dominated by the BJP leaders with Mr Rai as its president and Mr Harbans Lal Sethi general secretary, was misusing power.

Reacting to the arguments that the committee headed by Mr Rai had been constituted by Dr K.K. Pasricha, the working president of the Pratinidhi Sabha, Mr Lal said, Dr Pasricha had no right or authority to constitute the committee. He said Dr Pasricha had been nominated by him (Harbans Lal) and his powers had already been withdrawn.

Mr Lal said he was the duly elected president of the Punjab Arya Pratinidhi Sabha after he was elected by the general body of the sabha. He disclosed that due to the advanced age, which curtailed his movements, he nominated Dr Pasricha as the acting president. And now his (Dr Pasricha s) powers had been withdrawn.

The sabha is the apex body which runs a number of educational institutions in the state. The functioning of these institutions is supervised by the Arya Vidya Parishad, which appoints the managing committees of the individual educational institutions. The present managing committee of the Arya College, Ludhiana, was constituted after Dr Pasricha was nominated as the acting president.

Mr Lal alleged that this was a clear attempt by the Bharatiya Janata Party to wrest control of the educational institutions of the Arya Samaj which own property worth crores of rupees. He pointed out decency demanded that Mr Rai and Mr Sethi should have renounced their positions after the committee had been dissolved. "They are doing it with the blessings of the government," he alleged.

On the other hand, Dr Pasricha questioned the authority of Mr Lal to withdraw his powers. He said he was also elected vice-president-cum-working president by the general body of the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha, although on the recommendation of the president (Pandit Harbans Lal). Referring to the Arya College controversy, he claimed the managing committee headed by Mr Rai had all the authority as he had constituted it.

Arguing his case he said he had been authorised by the Arya Vidya Parishad to take any decision on the functioning of the educational institutions. "It was after a unanimous resolution of the Arya Vidya Parishad that I was given the powers to constitute the committee and no individual has any authority to withdraw it", he claimed.

Both the factions are already heading for the showdown. While Pandit Harbans Lal has called the general body meeting of the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha in Jalandhar on October 7, Dr Pasricha has called a meeting of the executive committee of the sabha on September 30. As on now the stalemate continues with a few other educational institutions likely to get involved in the ongoing controversy.

Meanwhile, Mrs Rajesh Sharma, whose name has figured in an FIR for alleged embezzlement over the transfer of land today said that Rs 15 lakh had already been credited into the account of the Arya School and it was also mentioned in the FIR. She regretted that some people were deliberately trying to malign the image of the institution and the people involved with their working.



Beware of Western designs: Johl

Mr S.S. Johl, a former Vice-Chancellor of Punjabi University at Patiala, yesterday warned Indian writers of Western designs to influence the Indian literature, which would be detrimental to the national interest. Dr Johl was speaking at a seminar on Gurbhajan Gill’s recently published poetry book — Agan Katha — at Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, 40 km from here. The seminar was organised by the Likhari Sabha of Jagatpur.

Dr Johl opined that developing countries were more in need of literature on struggle and human values in sharp contrast to the developed countries, which had their own problems and lifestyles. The difference between the literatures of the developing and developed countries must be prominently visible, he added.

The college Principal, Mr Sarwan Singh, an eminent Punjabi writer, welcomed the guests. Research papers on Agan Katha were read out by Prof Ravinder Bhattal, Head of Punjabi Department, S.D. College, Barnala, and Dr Gulzar Singh Pandher of Punjab Agricultural University.

Those who spoke on the occasion were Dr S.N. Sewak, Prof Gurmit Singh Hundal, Mr Ram Kumar, Mr Rajiv Kaplish, Mr Mohinder Dosanjh, President of Jagatpur Likhari Sabha, Mr Prem Singh Bajaj, Dr Jagir Singh Noor, Master Seetal Ram, Mohan Dosanjhvi and Mr Baldev Singh Dhindsa. A kavi darbar was also held later, in which nearly 20 poets participated.



NAAC report of Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College

Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial College, Mukandpur, Nawanshahr District (Punjab) submitted its proposal to the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) for its accreditation. Accordingly, the NAAC constituted the Peer Team comprising of the following members to visit the college and assess the institution:

Chairman: Dr. C.P. Srivastava, Former Secretary, University Grants Commission (UGC)

Member: Dr. Lalit Mohan Sharma, Principal, NSCBM Government Postgraduate College, Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh

Member-Coordinator: Dr. Furqan Qamar, Professor & Coordinator, Centre for Management Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia central University, New Delhi

The Peer Team visited the college on and from August 31, 2004 to September 3, 2004. It interacted with the Management Committee, Principal, Teachers, Students, Alumni, Parents and non-teaching staff, besides visiting each department and facility of the college.

Introduction:

*The college was established in December 1993 by Sri S. Gurcharan Singh Shergill in the memory of his son Sri Amardeep, who unfortunately met with the sad demise. The college has been fortunate to get the leadership of Dr. S. S. Johl (‘Padam Bhushan’ Former Vice-Chancellor and a renowned Educationist and the Economist) as the Head of the Managing Committee. The college started its first session in July 1994 in all the three streams of Arts, Commerce and Science with strength of 419 students.

*The college was founded by a Trust known as ‘Amardeep Singh Shergill Memorial Trust’. The Trust has nine members. Main task of the Trust is to generate resources for the development of college. Initially the Trust members themselves worked for the successful functioning of the college but later on due to expanding requirements and responsibilities, the Trust set up an ‘Oversees Committee’ U.K. for mobilizing the finances. At present, the members of the Overseas Committee are more than 120 in U.K., Canada, U.S.A. and Australia, in which majority are from U.K.

*This college is located in the deep rural area in a campus of 21.5 acres. The foremost aim of the college is to impart quality education to the young students of the rural interior, especially to girl students and economically deprived section of the society through sponsorship, financial help and merit scholarships.

*The college imparts education at senior secondary, graduate and postgraduate level. Graduate courses are being run for Arts, Non-medical, Computer Science, Commerce and Information Technology, while at Post-Graduate Courses are in Economics, Commerce and Information Technology. The college is also running Post-Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications and Diploma in Dress Designing.

*The college has got an enrolment of 1410 students, but interestingly it has got about equal number of girls as that of boys. This is a remarkable example of promotion of women education in rural area. Another very important feature of this college is that it provides opportunity of higher education to sizeable number of SC/BC students, which is about 40%.

Criterion I: Curricular Aspects:
Since the college is affiliated to the Guru Nanak Dev University, its programmes and curricula adhere to those prescribed by the university.

*It is important to note that although a rural college, it has not confined itself to the traditional subjects of Arts, Science and Commerce; instead it has taken the initiative of introducing B.Sc. and M. Sc in Information Technology, which is quite creditable.

*In addition to the regular undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, the college has also introduced such vocational and job-oriented diploma and certificate courses like Early Childhood Care, Dairy farming and Automobile Maintenance to encourage entrepreneurship for the rural masses. Importantly, the curricula of these courses were designed by the college, which were adopted and approved by the affiliating university.

*Within the scope of the prescribed syllabi, the teachers of the college are required to prepare detailed course outlines and lecture plans in the beginning of the academic year

*The college also prepares and communicates its academic calendar which gives details of the curricular and extra-curricular activities that would take place during the academic year.

*The College conducts remedial teaching to the students to attain ranks in the University.

Criterion II: Teaching-learning and Evaluation:
The admission is done on the basis of merit and eligibility. Even though some seats remain vacant, the college does not go below the minimum prescribed cut off marks.

*Being an affiliated college, it has to adhere to the norms prescribed by the university. However, limited curricular flexibility is provided by the college to students in the sense that if they are not able to cope with the stream of their choice, they are permitted to change the stream within one month of their admission. Besides, they also have the option to choose additional subjects

*The teaching learning process in the college is facilitative. The college uses modern teaching aids, illustrations, wall posters. Field survey methods, display of models, tutorial groups are also used by the faculty.

*The college has audio visual aids like overhead projector and LCD multimedia projector, which are also used by the teachers.

*As teachers, both the permanent as well as the regular and adhoc ones are provided accommodation on the campus; they are available to students even outside their classrooms. Teachers were found encouraging and motivating students to choose their career path and do well in their chosen area.

*Teaching staff make personal efforts to counsel the guardians and parents to send their wards to the college. This was found immensely important as it helped the parents to shed their inhibitions and reservations. Instances were cited in the parents and alumni meet as to how teachers of the college persuaded them to take up their studies in the college, but for which they would have remained outside the purview of higher education.

*The college maintains a very congenial environment where there is a close interaction between the students and teachers. This has resulted into a very cohesive functioning of the college leading to 184 teaching days and 234 working days without a single instance of strike or disturbance.

*As of now, there are as many as 51 teaching staff in the College. Of these 19 are permanent, 28 adhoc and 4 part-time teachers. The appointments are done on the basis of advertisement and appointments are done strictly on the basis of merit and the authorities do not succumb to any extraneous pressures.

*The college has been concerned with attracting and retaining qualified faculty for which it has taken commendable steps. The permanent teachers are paid the UGC scale plus additional 5% of the basic salary as Mukandpur allowance and the accommodation in the Campus. The college has developed 24 two-bedrooms apartments on the campus.

*Teachers are encouraged to attend and participate in the orientation and refresher programmes and national seminars. The college has also organised seminars on its campus to provide opportunities of knowledge upgradation. Teachers attended as many as 34 orientation and refresher courses. Besides the faculty members attended in over 50 seminars and conferences.

Criterion III: Research Consultancy and Extension:
The college is located in the rural area and is only about 10 years old, therefore, the research culture is only picking up.

*The college has got 5 teachers with Ph.D. and 6 teachers with M.Phil. Qualifications. About 2% teachers are guiding research scholars and about 25% are publishing regularly.

*The college has submitted research proposals, minor and major to U.G.C. for support. One major project and a few minor research projects have already been approved by the University Grants Commission.

*The college is very active in extension activities, through N.S.S. and N.C.C. The college organizes six to seven one day camps and one ten days special camp every year under the N.S.S. Through these camps, the people are made aware of hygienic and civil life aspects. The college also sends students for youth leadership and hiking and tracking camps for promoting leadership qualities among students

*The college is dedicated towards the development of its neighbouring villages area and for the purpose it has developed a few remarkable initiatives. The college has established a Badminton Academy and Football club to promote the sports culture in the rural youth. The academy and club organize tournaments every year which attracts participation of villagers.

*Importantly, the college has established a gymnasium, fully furnished with latest equipment which is open for the general public free of cost with as many as 540 registered members who visit the gymnasium on almost daily basis. Similarly, in collaboration with Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, the college has set up a computer training center to offer three month certificate course free of cost and students are required to pay only Rs. 50 for registration and another Rs. 50 for library use. The training is quite intensive as each student is allotted a terminal and there is one instructor for every 5 students. The training center is extensively used both by the students as well as the general public belonging to SC/ST community. The training equips the participants to handle office assistants’ job with potential of self-employment as computer operators.

*The college organizes medical camps annually to provide health awareness and checkup facilities for the population in the neighborhood of the college. Patients requiring eye-surgery are taken to Ludhiana at the expenses of the college.

*A good number of extension lectures are also organized by learned persons from various fields such as educationists, doctors, agriculturists, administrators, social workers etc. The lectures are mostly related with health, service to humanity, national integration, modern agriculture and marketing, food preservation, career counseling, drug de-addiction, environment, women empowerment, globalization, sports etc. The college also organizes blood donation camps.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources:
The college has a total campus area of 21.5 acres including 2.5 acres of residential campus area with total covered area of 1.30 Lakh square feet while 35 thousand square feet is under construction. The college has a triple storey building with a total covered area of approximately 51,000 sq.ft. spread over 3 blocks.

*It has got four science laboratories, one home science, one dairy farming, one automobile, one childhood care and audio-visual facilities. It has 30 teaching classrooms, one library reading hall of 3000 sq.ft.

*There is a separate building under the name ‘Information Technology’ with covered area of 20,000 sq.ft. in four storeys.

*There are four computer labs and one internet lab. These have 62 pcs of which 24 are connected with internet. This is a rare facility in a rural College.

*The college has a canteen with a covered area of 3.500 sq.ft. including kitchen. There is a separate seating arrangement for the girls, boys and staff.

*The ongoing projects of the college are a multipurpose hall, seminar hall, sports stadium and hostels. It has got full material and equipments for physical education centre.

*A model gymnasium (fully packed with imported machines), sports stadium (400 meter track), two badminton courts and multipurpose auditorium for indoor games.

*It is remarkable to note that the infrastructure facilities are developed by College Trust with the help of donors (maximum number are NRIs). There are two kinds of donations, one by college overseas committee and the other donors, who donate money and second kind of donations are generated by ‘Kar Sewa’ in the form of labour and building materials.

*The ongoing projects are a multi-purpose hall, seminar hall, sports stadium and hostels.

*The institution has its own means of transportation with a fleet of 11 buses. This facility has been created for the convenience of the rural girl students. The buses cover more than 200 villages daily, which is a great service to the rural girls.

*The college library has got 4696 textbooks, 9611 other books, 25 journals and 50 magazines, 58 encyclopedia, 642 reference books. The library is open six days a week and nine hours daily. It has got total number of books as 1507. Besides, the college has 110 VCD and CDs.

*The college has a part-time doctor for first aid and free medical consultancy to the staff.

*The college does not have any hostel facility, however, it has hired three buildings for this purpose, which accommodates 22 boys and 6 girls. The UGC has already sanctioned funds for a girls hostel, the construction of which is in progress.

*The buildings of the campus are tastefully designed with attractive architecture and are quite functional. The campus is well maintained and neat and clean.

*The college has two generators of 120 KW and 35 KW, which ensure regular power supply to the college. The college has appointed a maintenance engineer, an electrician, a carpenter and a plumber to ensure regular maintenance and upkeeps of the facility.

Criterion V: Student Support & Progression
The college has an efficient academic counselling cell which guides students at the time of their admission in selecting the courses and career.

*Since the beginning of the college, freeships, scholarships and financial aid for economically weak and meritorious students for the completion of their courses are provided by NRI donors.

*The college has a special provision for funding those deserving meritorious students who want to gain higher education in India as well as abroad. Fees are granted for higher education to two students for post-graduation and three for medical and paramedical courses.

*The college has special strength in sports activities. During the last one decade, the college has won the overall championship of B division of the University five time consecutively.

*The college also has special strength in music. The college team has been winners in many events in University youth festival ever since its inception.

*The college has made special contributions in developing and promoting professionals in the areas of music, dance, drama and sports.

Criterion VI: Organization and Management
The college is being run by the Trust consisting of nine members. The main task of the Trust is to generate resources for the development of the college and to continuously monitor the overall functioning of the college. The Trust has set up an ‘Oversees Committee’ U.K. for mobilizing the finances. It has more than 120 overseas members.

*The Trust has constituted the College Management Committee, headed by an eminent Educationist and Economist, Padam Bhushan awardee Prof. S. S. Johl. The Management has 21 members representing different walks of life. The Principal is the ex-officio secretary of the Management. The Principal of the college is the chief of the administration.

*There is a three-tier system for the smooth functioning of the college. The Trust creates resources, the management makes plans and the Principal implements the plans. The Principal has constituted various Advisory and Planning Committees from the faculty members. The staff members are quite free for making suggestions.

*Tuition fee charged by the college is the same as prescribed by the university/ Directorate of Public Instructions (DPI), of Punjab Government. The college ensures that no meritorious student is turned away simply because he/she does not have money to pay the fees.

*The college has schemes to sponsor the needy and meritorious students. Toppers of each class and physically handicapped are provided free education. While scholarships in varying amounts are given to students who obtain over 65 percent marks and maintain their merit.

*Despite all the efforts made by the college of receiving donations, it does not have surplus funds. The accounts are audited by a Chartered Accountant.

*The college has two separate grievances redressal cells, for boys and girls. It tries to resolve the issues in a more amicable manner by mutual discussions and persuasions.

*The Managing Committee of the college is very cooperative to the students and teachers. They give all moral and financial help in case of sudden ailments or accident etc.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The college is located in a rural area and may have many constraints. However, the management of college has taken many steps to overcome these constraints and to our mind this has led to a number of healthy practices in the institutions. Some of these are:

*Special drives to mobilize resources through philanthropic contributions from within the country as well as abroad. The formation of Overseas committee of the college which has 120 members pledging to contribute for the development of the college is quite remarkable

*The college has over a short span of ten years developed a corpus endowment of Rs. 3 Crores

*Provision of bus services to pick up and drop girl students from about 200 villages in the neighborhood of college is an important initiative but for which the womenfolk of the area could not have been able to get higher education. Quite naturally, over 50% of students enrolled in the college are girl students.

*The persistent efforts of the college to identify and nurture talents through a range of incentives, moral and financial support are quite laudable. Students with special talents for co-curricular activities especially in music and sports are provided concession in fees. Meritorious students are given scholarship and toppers of the class are exempted from payment of fees. Children with handicapped and special needs are also provided free education.

*Introduction of vocational and job-oriented courses in automobile maintenance, child care, dress designing, dairy farming, computer application, home science and music would go a long way in developing self-employment opportunities for the students

*Being a rural college, one of the challenges before the college has been to attract and retain qualified faculty. The steps taken by the college in this regard deserve special mention. They include:

*Permanent teachers are paid additional 5% of their basic pay Mukandpur allowance

Housing facility to all teachers; the college has 24 two-bedrooms flat for the purpose

*The facility of gratuity and group insurance

*The facility of EPF (PF & FP), 12% of the basic pay i.e. 2% more than the government norms

*Fee concessions to the wards of teachers studying in the college

*Teachers are required to obtain term life insurance policy of Rs 4 Lakh and 50% of the premium on such policy is paid by the college as an arrangement to cover the ex-gratia funds.

*College maintains a corpus funds for providing interest free advance to the teachers

*The college has been able to develop a sense of commitment and belongingness amongst its faculty and students.

*The secular and national character of the college and its desire to impart value-based education also deserve mention

Recommendations:
The college has, in a short period of 10 years of its inception, has made remarkable progress. It is heartening that the management of the college has continued to remain focussed on its mission and vision of providing relevant and quality education to all. It is in this spirit that the committee feels that the college should consider the following:

The primary focus of the college is providing quality education to students drawn from rural areas. These students often lack communication and presentation skills. It is suggested that the college should provide special input and remedial measures in:
a. Communicative English
b. Presentation Skill
c. Managerial Skill Development
d. Personality Development

The college has fairly excellent sports infrastructure comprising of badminton courts, stadium, playground and football ground. The college students have also shown talents in sports activities. It needs to capitalise on its sports infrastructure and we feel that the college could introduce BPEd course

The music department has exceptionally good faculty head and has been nurturing talented students with dedication and commitment. The college may consider introducing full-fledged undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Music.

The undergraduate courses in science are only in the non-medical stream. The college may consider opening the medial stream as well

The college has postgraduate courses only in commerce, economics and information technology. The college may take steps to offer PG Courses in Science

Location and clientele of the college is apt to introduces courses related to the
e. Agro-based industry like Floriculture, Horticulture, Food Preservation Technology and Nutrition
f. Rural management

The college is already registered under Section 12 (B) of the University Grants Commission and it needs to avail such schemes of UGC as grants for vocational courses and add on courses

The college has active and involved alumni. This needs to be institutionalised by registering its alumni association so as to sustain its activities on long-term basis.

The college has constraints in attracting quality students in sciences and information technology. Consequently the number of applicants in the science courses is not as high as it should be. The college needs to adopt multi-pronged strategies in this regard. This could include:
g. Development of hostel facilities for boys and girls so as to attract students from distant places; A girl hostel is already in progress and the same need to be expedited
h. The college has already been targeting and networking with senior secondary schools in the catchments area of the school and organising regular awareness programme and counselling by the college in these schools. This need to be further strengthened

The college library is being computerised. The process need to be expedited. Besides, the library resources need to be strengthened through audio-visual materials including educational CDs and video etc

The Peer Team thanks the college for the cooperation and hospitality extended during the conduct of the visit and wishes the college all the best in its future endeavours.

Names and Signatures of the members of the Peer Team

Dr. C.P. Srivastava (Chairman)

Dr. Lalit Mohan Sharma (Member)

Dr. Furqan Qamar (Member-Coordinator)

I have gone through the report and agree with the evaluation of the Peer Team

Dr. Surjit Singh Bhatti
Principal

Amardeep Singh Shergil Memorial College
Mukandpur, Nwanshahr, Punjab

Date: September 3, 2004

Place: Mukandpur, Nawanshahr



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