Best Practices

 

1) TO PROMOTE OUTREACH ACTIVITY FOR GENERAL WELLBEING OF THE SOCIETY AS A WHOLE: The college has active NSS and NCC units. They conduct a lot of outreach activities, for example, visiting schools for creating science awareness, visiting old age homes, organizing awareness campaigns on different health-related issues locally, arranging health camps inside college and outside too for general health check-ups, Thalassaemia detection camps, blood grouping, blood donation, etc. Promotion of health consciousness among slam and street children is also intended to by organizing different seminars on social work and hygiene consciousness and by distributing water bottles, stationeries, handkerchiefs, etc. among them from time to time. Donation and relief work to natural disaster-stricken areas is also done religiously. Distribution of old and new garments among poor people in the outskirts and in the nearby slum areas also takes place. They also have initiatives in fighting against pollution, working for green rallies, water conservation, waste management, etc. NCC and NSS regularly observe and celebrate Swachh Bharat, World Health Day, Earth Day, No Tobacco Day, Environment Day, Yoga Day, Drug Abuse, and Illicit Trafficking Day, etc. Organizing advanced leadership camps, speeches, debates, drawing competitions, etc. are also their routine job. In association with Department of Chemistry, College launched a new brand of hand sanitizer SPARSHA just before the lockdown in time of its dire need and distributed it among security, bank, police, and media people at free of cost. A Psychological Counselling Cell was also formed to help the students to beat the possible stress and tension during lockdown. In lockdown period NCCalso formed a special task force team Corona Warriors who always tried to help all people in distress providing necessary information and physical help wherever and whenever possible. During the first Corona wave student union of the college initiated a free rationing system to help the local people and during second wave also, they are now busy in delivering food at free of cost to the Covid affected local people. College has already signed MoUs with two colleges, one nearby and one in the outskirts for all possible knowledge and resource sharing, and currently mentoring a remote college at Sagar Island and an outskirt school. Initiatives are also there for adopting a remote village soon. In addition, five departments from science, humanities, and commerce are now recognized as Ph.D. awarding centres with well-equipped laboratories where external scholars can enrol themselves under the faculty members to carry out their doctoral dissertations and in three departments there are provisions for performing summer projects by students from other institutions/colleges/universities.

2) TO PROMOTE GENDER EQUITY AND INCLUSIVENESS IN EDUCATION IN A MULTILINGUAL PLATFORM: This is a coeducational Institute with students coming from various social backgrounds, among whom a vast number of students are first-generation learners having an almost 1:1 ratio of male and female students. To bring those underprivileged students from economically weaker backgrounds into mainstream education and motivate them to pursue higher education, the college carries out department specific orientation programs and student counselling sessions and offers a host of state government and other funding agency aided scholarships and free ships with dedicated committees constituted of teachers to look after these and holds Parent Teacher meetings in every academic session as and when required. All the departments conduct remedial classes for weaker students, arrange invited talk by experts for nurturing scientific mind, encourage seminar presentation by students for improving communication skill, encourage publication of wall magazine by students for nurturing their creative skills, arrange industry/lab/research institute/relevant placevisit of the students for the desired exposure, organize several International/National Seminar regularly for enrichment, encourage participation of students in both external and internal scientific, cultural and social events for their holistic development. Running of well-maintained departmental seminar library with considerable number of books to cater both honours and general students. Placement Cell of the college also works sincerely to place them in suitable positions.The college offers four different language options namely English, Bengali, Urdu, and Sanskrit to its students to promote cultural exchange in a multilingual platform and observes and organizes different religious, social, and cultural programs within the college premises and outside to generate universal brother Hood.

3) EFFECTIVE INDIVIDUAL MENTORING OF STUDENTS: This individualized form of counselling and guidance activities has the main motto to address the needs of the students and to help them find as a friend, a counsellor, and a confidante on the campus. This practice is aimed at fostering a better rapport between the students and the teachers at a personal level by establishing a trustworthy relationship between the Mentees and Mentor. Here the Mentors role is to act on behalf of the college to support a young learner who is enrolled on a course of study and guide in his/her academic pursuits and emotional cum psychological development.Furthermore, as the institution caters to a large percentage of underprivileged students, during natural calamities like Amphan, the mentoring system helped us to identify students in need and our college provided necessary funds for rebuilding and repairing homes of several needy students accordingly.The College has adopted and implemented this Mentoring System in September 2019 first as a trial for 1st semester Honours students only. Each faculty member is entrusted with a group of 5 to 10 students to collect firstly their personal information without touching sensitive issues or forcing them and then to provide them with the needed counselling. The mentor does meet his/her wards personally even outside class hours and guide them providing the following:

PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE: Regarding professional goals, the mentors help effectively in proper selection of career development and personal grooming.
PERSONALISED GUIDANCE: Through regular interactions, mentors can differentiate and identify the slow learners and take special care of them to help learn effectively. Similarly advanced learners are also pointed out and they are encouraged to go through advanced study materials to quench their thirst of knowledge, to participate in different inter-college competitions, to present papers in state, national and international conferences and thus channelizing their energy in the right direction.
PERSONAL GROOMING: Overall grooming of the students, making them smart and competent enough to enter confidently into the job world.
COURSE SPECIFIC: Regarding attendance and performance in specific semester classes and analysing overall performance in the previous semesters.
LAB-SPECIFIC: Regarding different Do’s and Don’ts to follow in the laboratories.
VALUE ADDITION: Regarding enforcingmorale, honesty, responsibility, and integrity in the students that are also essential for career growth.
OVERALL GROWTH: Helping them being educated in true sense, in being a sensitized and responsible citizen.
GLOBAL COMPETANCE: With the rapidly changing socio-economic situation, it is now important to make our stakeholders ready for future. Through individual mentoring, mentors teach the mentees how to make the right choices, how to take the responsibility of their own education and futureand encourage them to learn through e-contents that are already available, like SWAYAMMOOCs.

4) VARIOUS CERTIFICATE AND VALUE-ADDED COURSES:The college runs threecertificate courses, one value education course and several value-added skill enhancement coursesto cater to the need of the students to provide a holistic education to develop skills, knowledge, and values as wellfor overall grooming ofthe students and make them readily acceptable to the modern-day world and promote entrepreneurship skills in them.

4) “DIVYANGAN” FRIENDLY& GREENCAMPUS:To make the campus “Divyangjan” friendly, the college already has ramps, rails, and a lift. However, there are plans to create more dedicated washrooms and ramps in the college for the old and differently abled people. The college always try to keep its campus environment clean and green. For this reason, the college has installed waste-bin in all floors of the campus through its NSS Unit. The Green Campus is maintained through regular campaigning and putting up posters. The college also promotes plantation of trees in pots and put them inside the campus. The Campus is kept clean of natural wastes, e-wastes, and plastics through regular sweeping, wiping, and clearing of such wastes. Eco Club and NSS help in this regard. Potted plants are placed in the open space. An aquarium and a bird house are also maintained in the campus. Eco Club of the college plays an active role in maintaining all these things. They do also maintain a medicinal plant garden named SUSRUT UDYAN along with the bird house and the aquarium. Seminars are also arranged often by NCC and NSS to generate environmental awareness. Work for installation of roof top solar panel and a proper rainwater harvesting system are under progress.To generate environmental awareness among the students, the affiliating university has also introduced a 100 marks paper (AECC) on environmental science (EVS) in each undergraduate program in line with the UGC recommendation. Students are required to complete a project work as a part of this paper. Departments choose relevant topics for the students that reflect current environmental problems of different region and country. This practice enables in turn bringing environmental awareness among the students.