Best practices

  • Energy conservation
  • Use of Renewable Energy
  • Water Harvesting
  • Check Dam Construction
  • Efforts for Carbon Neutrality
  • Plantation
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • E-Waste Management

Energy Conservation  

All the students switch off the lights and fans after their classes are over. The security personnel have been instructed to look over the issue. A central cut-off main switch  is being used to switch off all the lights and fans in a single classroom. Recently efforts  are being made to install Solar Power plant in a small scale to harvest renewable sources of energy and make the campus eco-friendly.

Efforts for Carbon neutrality

  • Plantation- Saplings are being planted by the students under the guidance of the teachers in the campus every year during the monsoon season to give the college campus a greener environment.
  • Hazardous Waste Management- A specific area has been identified in the college campus where the hazardous wastes are being disposed off, which are ultimately transferred out of the college campus.
  • E-waste management- A specific area has been identified in the college campus for the disposal of the e-wastes. Initiatives have also been taken by the Governing Body to explore the means for disposal of e-wastes.

Innovations

  • Innovation 1: Introduction of ICT in teaching-learning process
The IQAC recognizes the importance of ICT in teaching learning, although it was not very easy to introduce ICT in our college. However, in recent years many faculties have started using ICT as a part of their teaching learning process.
  • Innovation 2: Bio Diversity Consciousness and its management
The college has encouraged its faculties, staff members and students to be aware of biodiversity conservation for the last ten years under the auspices of Nature Club/Eco Club. A preliminary documentation of biodiversity in college and in adjoining areas has been done. A certificate course has also been introduced in the form of project in this context through collaboration with Department of Zoology, and a NGO “Nature Mates, Nature Club”, Kolkata. The college also took part in different project works through NEAC, MOFE. Committee of Nature club/Eco Club Committee actually manages the activity of Bio Diversity Conservation. Classes were organized for the students for identification of the traditional medicinal plants and their uses and the students were taken to Narendrapur Ramakrishna Mission medicinal plant garden for their field exposure. A small medicinal plant garden was developed in the College campus for the conservation of the same. Water quality, plankton, study of the water bodies in the college and its surrounding areas was done by the students under the supervision of the teachers. The aim of this unit is to enhance the socio-environmental responsibility among the students and other stake holders.

Objectives

  • To document the flora and fauna of the area.
  • To document the bio-diversity related traditional knowledge.
  • To document the diversity of landscapes and people- scape of the area.
  • To document the ecological history of the area.
  • To make people aware through active participation during the documentation process.
  • To introduce a certificate course

Best Practices

  • Best Practice – 1

Title – Skill Enhancement Programme (Certificate Course in Communicative English)

Objective – The aim of the practice, which the college has been following since 2013, is  to enable the students to communicate fluently and confidently in English, to pronounce English words and expressions correctly, identify problems and work out their solutions, complete projects assigned to them from time to time and submit reports. It also aims to encourage them to engage in group discussions and/or dialogues on various burning topics and contemporary issues. The underlying concept or principle of the practice is to help the students to make proper use of their knowledge of English language and develop their communicative skills. This communicative approach to teaching English helps them very much to overcome their hesitation and nervousness in using the language in real life.

Context – As a part its competence enhancing strategies, the college introduced a certificate course in functional/Communicative English mainly for the students from the year 2013. The immediate context of introducing the course was a challenge that our students were facing at the time. The students of the courses/programmes faced difficulties in speaking/communicating in English during the campus interviews for jobs. They had command over the subjects they were taught in their classes but they could not speak fluently in English. The college authority felt that in a highly competitive job market, the students must develop communicative skills. With this end in view, the IQAC advised the English department to start a certificate course in communicative English.  A language lab was set up and resource persons from within and outside the department were engaged.

Practice – The course, conducted by the department of English, is of 60 hours duration.  It is divided into theoretical lectures and projects. Each lecture is of one hour duration. The course content are carefully selected to teach the students various grammatical functions like the use of articles and tenses, voice and narration change, phrasal verbs, modal auxiliaries and writing skills like reporting, dialogue and letter writing, responding to advertisements, preparation of resume/curriculum vitae, comprehension etc. Various topics are selected for the students to enable them to speak extempore. Group discussions on various contemporary issues are also organized. The objective is to encourage the students to speak fluently. They are also allowed to use microphones in the language lab so that they themselves can understand whether they are pronouncing a word correctly or not. Special emphasis is given on pronunciation drills. Daniel Jones’ English Pronouncing Dictionary and A.S.Hornby‘s Advanced Learner‘s Dictionary are used for this purpose. English Grammar books written by Wren and Martin and P.K.DeSarkar are used to teach grammatical functions. Home tasks are given regularly and they are corrected by the instructors. The students are also required to prepare various projects on local fairs, pujas, health centres, municipal service, NSS activities etc. The objective of these projects is to help them develop their linguistic and communicative skills, identify problems and work out solutions. At the end of the course class tests are held and mock interviews are organized. The successful candidates are given certificates signed by the Principal/TIC and the course co-ordinator.

Success indicator – As evidence of success of the course we collect feedback from the students. The overall impression of the learners is that they have benefitted from it. They now feel at ease to converse in English and face any interview conducted in the English language.

Resources Required – No resources are required except extra time involvement from our faculties.

Problems encountered – The main problems that we have faced in implementing this practice is lack of qualified resource persons, financial support and more space., photo- copying facility and  payment of  remuneration to the instructors. We have discussed the problems with the Principal and requested him to (a) apply for UGC grant and (b) share the financial responsibility for implementing this best practice. His response so far is positive and encouraging.

  • Best Practice - 2
Title:  Environmental awareness programme and Practices
Goal: To create awareness about the environment among the student community and residents/common people of the adjoining area of the college. Some awareness campaigns along with posters done in the local area with Padayatra and seminars in the adjoining areas of the college and within the campus.
The Context - Since most of our students hail from socially and economically backward background, we have observed a general lack of awareness about the environment amongst them..
The Practice-
  • Plantation of trees and saplings annually done within the campus and adjoining area during monsoon season.
  • Solid waste management practice followed in the college by separately biodegradable non biodegradable waste by the Eco Club members. Kitchen (canteen) waste converted to bio-fertiliser by vermicomposting method which is eco- friendly.
  • Different awareness activity about environment done in the college as well as in adjoining area by posters, placards, banners and padayatra by students, faculty members and staff members.
  • We maintain a plastic free zone in and around the campus, all over the college premises. The plastic cups and glasses used in the canteen and by the canteen personnel to serve tea and drinks to the faculties and staff of the college have been replaced by earthen wares.
  • Campus cleaning regularly done by contractual external agency campus cleaning drive by teachers and students.
  • Ecological biodiversity is well maintained in the college campus. Regular fishery is being practiced in the water body and annual income is being generated which is utilized by Credit Co-Operative Society.
We have also conducted workshops in the college to create general awareness about the environmental biodiversity.
Success Indicator - Today, our campus is greener compared to many campuses in the surrounding areas. We have also been able to successfully create a plastic-free zone.
  • Best Practice – 3

Title: Certificate Course on Primary Detection and Counselling of Life Style Diseases of Young Adults

Goal: To create awareness among the young adults about life style diseases

Context: Due to gradual shift in lifestyle pattern, occupational health hazard is on the rise. The inception of health hazards start from late adolescence to young adult stage. Thus it is imperative to create an awareness among the college students who are considered as young adults in WHO reference, about the impending life style diseases like obesity, hypertension and cardio vascular diseases and diabetes.

Practice:

  • Information about life style diseases and their indicators
  • Basic methods to detect the onset of such diseases through anthropometric variables.
  • Impart knowledge on Reproductive health, Body composition and disease association with blood groups.
  • To impart knowledge on ABO/Rh incompatibility and its effect on maternal and neo natal health.
  • To provide genetic counselling to inherited disorders like thallasaemia.
  • Estimation of body mass index and their classification through anthropometric variables.
  • Health risk associated with different types of body composition.

Success Indicator:

  • Students have become aware of the occupational hazards and dietary patterns which give rise to various lifestyle diseases.
  • They are aware of the healthy and junk food choices
  • Best Practice – 4

Title: Information Through Text messages in Mobile/ Cellular phones

Goal:  To ensure speedy and personaslised message delivery

Context: with increasing use of appliances and reliance on visual media, notices and announcements in print media were mainly overlooked by a large section of the people.

Practice:

  • All information regarding admission and counseling is imparted and transmitted through websites and electronic messages in cell phones.
  • The text messages are sent in very lucid English to all the students and teachers.

Success Indicator:

  • Lesser enquiries in the help desk
  • Speedy and effective dissemination of information

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  • Best Practice – 5

Title: Online Admission

Goal:  To ensure transparency in the admission process and lesser involvement of man power, thus ensuring better utilization of man hour days.

Context: Admission process is lengthy and involves many personnel. Moreover, as the college is in a low lying area, and tends to get water logged in the monsoon, online admission is the easier option for students to apply to the college of their choice.

Practice: The students are intimated about the different steps of the admission process through text message after they log in for admission. The college is pioneer under Calcutta University in practicing online counseling of the students during the admission process. From 2015 onwards the full admission procedure has been made online which maintains the transparency of the overall admission system.

Success Indicator:

  • More transparency
  • Lesser involvement of man power
  • Reducing the human error percentage
  • Best Practice - 6
Title:Coaching for Entry Level Examination
Goal: to make the students more equipped for the competitive examinations both at the national and international level.
Context: after graduating from the college, students are not fully apprised of the syllabi of the competitive examinations. So it is imperative, that they receive a coaching to get themselves equipped for the competitive examinations and earn a place in the job market.
Practice: Books and journals meant for competitive examinations are kept in the library. Personnel from Camelia group impart training for the competitive examinations for the interested candidates.
Success indicator:
  • Awareness among students about competitive examinations.
  • Imparting training to students without huge amount of course fee in the private coaching centers.
  • A number of students from this institution have become successful in getting jobs in banks, state government and central government offices.