NAAC report of Mahishadal Girls College SECTION-1: Mahishadal Girls' College, Purba Medinipur, West Bengal was established in August, 1969 and received UGC recommendation under 2f and under 12B in March 1995. At present the college is affiliated to Vidyasagar University, Medinipur, The college also receives grant-in-aid from the Government of West Bengal. The college is located in a total area of 2.089 Acres, and houses old campus, new campus and hostel campus. The institution is located in a rural set up and caters to the need of 942 female students and to another 334 female students under self financing courses.

The college has a full time Principal, 18 permanent teachers, 01 temporary teacher and 36 part time teachers. Sixteen non teaching staff (2 technical and 14 administrative staff) assists the college administration. The permanent teacher and non teaching staff ratio is about 1:1.

The college offers undergraduate courses in the faculty of Arts only and the courses in honours and general subjects are Bengali, English, Sanskrit, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Geography, Sociology, Education, Music, Nutrition, Anthropology and general courses in Physical Education. Commerce and Science teaching facilities are yet to be provided in the college. The horizontal mobility of students to course options is limited. The total permanent teacher student ratio is 1:78.5. Taking of teachers (permanent, temporary and part time) and of students (regular and self financing) into account the teacher student ratio is about 1:27. The unit cost of education is Rs.6, 378.00 per student. Last year the college has received Rs.1, 68,721.00 as donation. The examination is annual type. The students drop out rate is high. Around 70% students passed in the final University examination and 01 student topped in the University Examination in the academic session 2003-2004. The college is yet to develop national and international linkages and inter library linkages. The college, however, has started a Centre for Women Studies in collaborating with a leading NGO, Sanhita, Kolkata. Some 33% of the permanent teachers possess Research degrees (M. Phil /Ph.D.) and 02 teachers out of 37 temporary and part time teachers possess Research degrees. The courses on Nutrition, Music, Anthropology and Physical Education are self-financing.

The important support services of the college are the Central Library, First Aid Centre, Sports facilities, canteen, vehicle parking shed & two hostels. The college is yet to develop feedback system from the faculty and students to assess the academic and other performances. The course curriculum is not modular but teachers normally make it unitized for the convenience of the students. The admission of students is through their academic records and entrance viva voce tests. The college has made an effort to offer courses under self financing scheme and has attracted 334 students in these courses (Nutrition, Music, Anthropology and Physical Education).

The college publishes its prospectus giving all the details on admission procedure, support services, fees and one annual literary Magazine. The college conducts annual seminars, quiz contests, any academic tours. There is no centralized facility to prepare for audio visual, photocopy/ xerox and other teaching aids. However the college has very recently installed a Xerox Machine and providing facility to Xerox at a cost of 0.50 paise per copy. The college observe 212 working days in a year with 182 teaching days. Eighteen teachers have participated in national level seminars and 02 teachers worked as resources persons and some of the seminars organized by the college were on cultural heritage and ethical values of Indian society. Research is not an active component of the college and the college does not provide seed money and does not have a research committee to promote research and funding for research. The college, however, grants study leave under FIP to teachers. However, one teacher is engaged in Ph. D research under FIP and 02 teachers have been able to publish some papers on social issues of the province and 05 teachers have registered either full time or part time as research scholar in the University. The college does not offer any consultancy services.

However, the college has organized Community Development, Health and Hygiene awareness, Adult Education and Literacy Programme, AIDS awareness programmes, Blood donation camp, Environmental awareness programmes and Consumer Rights and awareness programmes. The college collaborates with some NGOs and has NSS wings for the extension work.

The college has volunteered for assessment by the NAAC, Bangalore and submitted a self study report to NAAC. A Peer Team consisting of Prof. M.C. Dash, Former Vice-Chancellor, Sambalpur University, Prof. Prasanna K. Biswas Roy of Berhampur University as Member Coordinator, Dr. Manju Sinha, Principal, Ranchi Women's College as Member and Dr. M.S. Shyama Sundar of NAAC, Bangalore as Coordinating Officer visited the college from 16-17 January, 2006. After pursuing and analyzing the self study report submitted by the college and examining the relevant documents and visiting the departments and the central facilities, the peer Team has been able to assess the performance of the college and prepare this report. The Peer Team also interacted with the President and the Members of the Governing Body, with Alumni, Parents and citizens of the locality and also interacted with the Principal Dr. N.C. Maiti, the NAAC Steering Committee coordinator of the college, the Members of the Faculty, non teaching staff and the students. On the basis of this extensive and intensive exercise of two days and the criteria identified by the NAAC, this report has been prepared highlighting the issues of concern, healthy and commendable features of the college and suggestions to achieve excellence.

CRITERION-I : CURRICULAR ASPECTS Mahishadal Girls' College, Mahishadal is an Under-Graduate College in Arts and is affiliated to Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, West Bengal. It caters to the needs of the girl students of Mahishadal and other neighbouring rural areas. It is the only Women's College in this area. The mission and goal of the college is to spread women's education and to inculcate self confidence, social consciousness and human values in students. The college has 13 departments and imparts honours teaching in 12 Arts subjects except physical education. However, the under graduate programmes in Nutrition, Music, Anthropology and Physical Education are on self financing basis. The UG Arts courses are mostly knowledge oriented. The courses offered by the College are designed by the Vidyasagar University to which it is affiliated. The programmes offered are of annual system. No teachers of the College are members of the Board of studies of the University and hence they have little role in reviewing and redesigning of the courses.

The academic programmes of the College are implemented under the direct supervision of the Principal in consultation with staff and academic committee. The college takes a minimum period of one to two years to start a new course. The college has recently introduced feedback system from final year students on teaching programmes. In order to make the feedback system more effective the college may extend the same system for all the three years degree students. Teachers of the department of Education, English, Philosophy and History are member of their respective professional bodies. Being an Art's College the Management may think of starting Honours courses in Economics/ Mathematics/Statistics. The college may introduce few vocational courses on spoken English, Interior design, Beautician, Floristic, Knitting and Embroidery etc, and some career-oriented courses on self-financing basis. However, the courses offered by the college are more or less in conformity with the mission, goals and objectives of the Institution.

CRITERION-II: TEACHING-LEARNING AND EVALUATION The college admits students on the basis of performance in the entrance test and academic record. The Admission Committee offers guidance to the students in choosing the subjects/course keeping their aptitude and academic record in view. Class tests, unit tests and test examinations are regular features to assess students' knowledge and skills. The college arranges remedial classes for the disadvantages students. The syllabi are unitized according to the teaching schedule.

Individual teachers prepare teaching plan to complete the syllabi in time. The principal monitors the academic and teaching progress. The college follows the conventional lecture method of teaching. The College conducts regular classes for 182 days out of 212 working days in the academic year. Examinations are conducted strictly as per the University rules. The students are informed about the method of evaluation, regulations, pattern of questions, distribution of marks and number of papers at the beginning of the term.

Teachers are appointed as per the norms of Government, University and UGC. The college has only 18 full time teachers. However, there are seven full time teachers vacancy in the college. The management appoints teachers on part time basis when posts are not filled up by the Government.

The college has appointed 37 part time teachers on temporary basis on its own and pays their salary from the college fund. The full time faculty members take about 70% of the classes. During the last two years, 18 teachers of the college have participated in state and national level seminars / workshops / conferences. As a part of the faculty development programme, the teachers of the different departments attended refresher courses / orientation programmes for their career advancement. The University's statutes provide that there should be a self appraisal method for evaluation of performance of teachers and the college follows it. The college organized All Bengal Principle's Conference and a seminar on the 'Changing Scenario of Higher Education in India' during the year 2005. Teachers are seen to be sincere and dedicated to their duties and the goals and mission of the college.

CRITERION- III: RESEARCH CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION Out of 18 permanent teachers, 3 possess Ph. D. and 3 teachers have completed their M. Phil degree. Four teachers of the college are working for their Ph. D. Two teachers from the Department of Bengali and History are the recognized Ph. D supervisors of Vidyasagar University. A teacher from the Department of History has registered for Post-Doctoral work. At present, the Principal of the college has undertaken a Minor Research Project funded by UGC. The institution has conducted 18 Nos. of seminars at College level and in some of the seminars resource persons were invited from Vidyasagar University, Burdwan University, Jadavpur University and Kalyani University during the last two years. Some of the full time teachers of the college have published research papers in journals. A few faculty members have also published popular articles in magazines and newspapers. Three teachers of the department of History, Geography and Bengali have authored text books. A few teachers have also attended International Seminars/Conferences. A teacher of the department of Sociology is doing her Ph. D under the Faculty Improvement Programme of UGC. To take up research projects and publications in Social Sciences, the college may form a research committee to encourage research culture among the faculty. It should help the teachers to prepare and submit research projects to funding agencies like NHRD, ICPR, ICSSR, ICHR etc. Being an Arts College, the traditional departments have little opportunities to go for consultancy services.

The extension activities of the college are undertaken mainly by the N.S.S. volunteers. There are four NSS Units consisting of 400 Volunteers. There are four designated teachers in charge of extension activities. The college undertakes its extension activities with GOs and NGOs. The college conducted a five days certificate course on Gender and Rights in collaboration with a leading NGO Sanhita, Kolkata. The college has undertaken extension activities in the areas of Community Development, Health and Hygienic awareness, Social work, Medical camp, AIDS awareness and Environment awareness. The college has started working on a yearlong Consumer Right Festival duly assisted by Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi. There is a Women Study Centre in the college, which is functioning from January 2005. The NSS volunteers of the college have successfully participated in the National Integration Camp sponsored by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of India during October - November, 2005 and an NSS volunteer of the college got best volunteer award. There is scope for further utilization of student's potential for extension activities and outreach programmes.

CRITERION - IV: INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES The college has built up its infrastructure and developed learning resources over the past 36 years. The college has a master plan with projected expansion of its infrastructure for future development. The college maintains its infrastructure with the grants received from UGC and with the resources of its own. The college campus spreads on an area of 2.089 acres. The college has prepared a master plan for the overall development of the college. The college ensures optimum utilization of its infrastructure facilities by providing space for administrative office, classrooms, library, common rooms, multipurpose hall, canteen, grievance redressal cell, multi-gym, parking shed and hostel. The campus gets adequate supply of water and electricity. The infrastructure is utilized to the maximum to run the academic programmes, and co-curricular activities. The campus is maintained and kept clean by the staff and the NSS volunteers of the college.

The college library remains open from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. on working days and from 10.00 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. on all Saturdays. It is managed by an Advisory Committee. Total number of books in the college library is 10,929. The library subscribes seven news papers and 10 periodicals and journals. It offers book bank facility with 398 books for the benefit of the students. The college library has recently taken steps for computerization of lending of books, stock verification and purchase of books. The library has four computers with Internet facility under the supervision of a qualified Librarian. The college has no computer centre of its own. However, there are 4 computers in library, 3 computers in the administrative office, one computer in the Principal' Room, one computer in the Reception Room and one computer each in the departments of Nutrition, Anthropology, Music and Geography. There is hostel facility available within the college. The hostel building constructed with the aid of UGC and State Government and accommodating 150 girls. The old college building in the town has been converted to another hostel accommodating 25 students. The college has a canteen on lease basis which caters to the need of the college family.

The college has multi gymnasium. The college has sports facilities for both outdoor and indoor games. Students are encouraged to use the sports facilities. Three designated teachers supervise and co-ordinate the sports activities of the college. The college gives incentive to outstanding sports persons in the form of certificates, financial support to participate in the meets, scholarships, preference in admission. The college is providing first-aid medical facilities and organizing health check-up camps for the students.

CRITERION - V: STUDENTS SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION The college publishes its prospectus annually. The prospectus gives details of academic programmes, the fee structure, general rules and the facilities offered to the students. It also presents a brief history of the college. The policies and criteria of admission are made clear to the prospective students through the prospectus and notifications on the college notice board. Courses are completed before the examinations and remedial classes are offered for weak students. The dropout rate is about 31%. Financial aids are available to the students in form of various scholarships from the State Government, Central Government and student aid fund. The college has provided aids to good number of economically backward students in respect of tuition fees and university examination fees during the last year. The exact record on the progression of students to employment and further study are not available in the college.

The Alumnae Association of the college has been formed since 2002 and registered as 'Praktani Sanstha' in 2005. The college maintains a healthy relationship with its alumnae. The alumnae association also helps the college for its overall development. However, there is further scope to avail the services of the alumni for the development of the college. The functioning of alumnae is yet to be streamlined. The college holds cultural programmes, indoor and outdoor games, competition of music and dance. The students are encouraged to participate in debate and to write articles in the College magazine and wall magazine. The college has information and career guidance centre which provides academic counseling for the students. Teachers participate in academic and personal counseling. The Annual College Magazine 'MUKUR' is published by the College to provide a forum for the students to give expression to their literary and writing abilities. The college has total number of 1,276 students. Most of the students are from within the state of West Bengal. The college does not have overseas students or any special policy for admission of such students. Students are encouraged to participate in the three broad sections of co-curricular and extracurricular activities viz. cultural, literary and sports. The students have immense potentiality for cultural activities.

CRITERION - VI: ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT : The Governing Body being the Apex-Body takes all policy decisions. The Principal is appointed as the Secretary to the Governing Body who is the Chief Executive functionary. There are teaching, non-teaching and student representatives in the GB of the college. There are several committees to assist the principal in the smooth functioning of the college. The University examinations are conducted as per rules. The office and departments of the college are governed on the principle of participation. Decisions are often taken together by the Management in consultation with teachers and the office staff. The academic calendar is prepared by a committee set-up for the purpose and all academic activities are planned and executed on the basis of the calendar. Departments of the college monitor overall performance of students through regular assessment. The Governing Body under the Chairmanship of Smt. Tamalika Seth takes active ensures for the overall development of the college.

Teachers are recruited as per rules and norms laid down by the UGC, University and the State Government. Teachers submit annual confidential reports in the form of self appraisal for evaluating their efficiency and performance to the Principal at the end of each academic session. However, there is scope to improve the quality of self appraisal report and they should be analyzed and steps to be taken for improvement. The efficiency of non-teaching staff is monitored by the Head Clerk of the college. The college prepares its budget annually. The unit cost of education is Rs.6, 378.00. The college has completed internal audit and external audit up to 2004-2005. The college has a Cooperative Society, which extends financial assistance to the members.

Teachers and the staff may consider going for group medi-claim policies and Janata Accident Policies. The GB may consider starting a Consumer Cooperative Store to supply essential items to the students and other members of the college family at a reasonable price. The tuition and other fees for the degree students have changed recently. The Grievance and Redressal Committee needs to be activated. The college raises financial resources from the fees received from the self financing courses, donations from the public, Haldia Development Authority, local Area Development Funds of the local MP. As such the college has generated financial resources near about Rs.30, 00000 lakhs from the above sources during the last 10 years. The UGC has sanctioned an amount of Rs. 9, 71,040.00 for books and journals, equipment, building etc during Xth plan. The Students discipline is maintained in the college.

CRITERION - VII: HEALTHY PRACTICES : The College publishes its yearly magazine and Departmental wall magazines which provide a forum to the students and teachers to show their talent and creativity.

Inculcation of team spirit and social ethical values is done through various activities.

The GB members, parents and alumni maintain good rapport with the college and have desire for its growth.

The college has a mechanism for internal quality checks, home assignments, unit test and terminal examinations to assess student's knowledge and skill.

The college has recently introduced a mechanism to receive students' feedback on teachers' performance.

SECTION-3: OVERALL ANALYSIS: After interacting with all the stakeholders of the college and going through the self study report prepared by the college and various support services developed by the college, the Peer Team is of the considered opinion that the Mahishadal Girl's Colleges has done a good job in spreading Arts education in Mahishadal area and nearby places of West Bengal. The Peer Team appreciates the credentials of some teachers and Principal for their creative activities and participation in seminars and training programmes.

The Peer Team also appreciates that the college offers some courses in self financing scheme especially in Nutrition, Music, Anthropology and Physical Education. However, the college authorities may consider favourably the suggestions given below to achieve excellence and make the college as a centre of excellence in West Bengal in future years.

The college should take expeditious steps to fill-up the 07 permanent vacant teaching posts at the earliest.

The college may also take steps to introduce courses on disciplines of Science and Commerce for all the needy students of the area.

The college may consider introducing job oriented courses like Tour and Travel Management, Sericulture, Floriculture, Aquaculture, Vermi-technology, etc. subjects as Diploma or Certificate course. These courses should be imparted along with the degree courses and students should be allowed to take one of these courses under self financing scheme. The college may also introduce self financing certificate courses in Weaving, Knitting, and Embroidery, Bee keeping, Pisces-culture, Dairy Farming, Secretarial Practice, Office Documentation and Computer, Accounting.

The college may arrange more seminars, specially National seminars which will provide good exposure to the students and faculty.

The college should encourage teachers to submit Research projects to National and International funding agencies. Honours students may be encouraged to pursue project work on the problems of Mahishadal and nearby places.

The college should try to develop the active linkage with National and International organizations.

The performance of teachers and staff in teaching, research and community work should be identified and their contribution be recognized.

Proctorial system should be formalized and made an integral part of the teaching system.

The library should be fully computerized. The college may take steps to provide more space in the library. The library requires strengthening with regard to journals, magazines and recent publication of texts and reference books. The library should develop inter library linkage and borrowing facilities. Reprographic facility should be available in the library for students and faculty.

The college should send their staff for periodical training in computer work, account maintenance, and administrative work and to attend seminars on these aspects.

The college may consider strengthening students' facilities like bookstore and cooperative society and sports & games facility.

The students feedback on the nature of teaching, course coverage, teacher performance, teachers preparation and infrastructure facilities etc. should be introduced as a regular basis as a policy of the college. This system is expected to provide with good feedback for toning of the academic and administrative set up of the college.

Teaching of spoken English is to be undertaken with great sense of urgency and considerable efficiency.

Modern teaching tools and techniques need to be introduced.

More faculty members are to be encouraged to take Minor Research Projects from funding agents like UGC, ICSSR leading to development research culture among staff.

Efforts for local financial support, social and community counseling may check the present rate of drop-outs due to Socio-Economic environment.

Once or twice the parent may be invited to hold the discussion with the principal and the teachers on academic matters affecting their wards.

To expose students to recent developments in subject of study, the college can arrange frequent visits of university departments, research institution and other institutions of higher learning to the college.

The staff of the college may consider going for group medi-claim policies.

Situated in a historical area, the college may start courses on performing Art, Folk Culture, Museology etc.

Access to computers and computer courses and student placement cells should be available in the college.

The college may establish Internal quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) for periodically checking and identifying areas for further improvement.

Access to computers and student support services like placement cell, need to be strengthened so that the counseling and guidance cell may evolve effective planning and suitable strategies for the benefit of the student.

The Principal, Dr. N.C. Maiti has taken active initiatives. The Principal, Faculty, staff and the College Management have done a good job for furthering the cause of education among Women in Purba Medinpur district and nearby places. The Peer Team wishes to thank President and members of the College Management, Principal, the college Coordinator and Steering Committee members, staff and students for helpful support during the visit.










Date. 17th January, 2006.