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					DRAFT REPORT ON INSTITUTIONAL ACCREDITATION OF

                          SIPAJHAR COLLEGE,
                      DARRANG DISTRICT, ASSAM

                                       Section – I

Introduction


       Sipajhar College in Darrang district, Assam volunteered to be assessed by
the NAAC and submitted a Self Study Report (SSR) in December 2003. NAAC
constituted a Peer Team consisting of Prof. Hira Adyanthaya former Vice Chancellor,
Tilak Maharastra Vidyapeeth, Pune (Maharashtra) as Chairperson, Dr. Prasanna
Kumar Biswasroy, Professor of Commerce, Berhampur University, Berhampur, as
Member-coordinator, Dr. Pradip Kumar Dan, Principal, Vivekananda Mahavidyalaya,
West Bengal, as Member, to visit the college and validate the SSR. The Team visited
the college for two days from 13th Oct to 14th October 2004.Dr. K. N. madhusudhanan
Pillai, Academic Consultant NAAC monitored the Peer Team visit as the Internal
Coordinator.

       Sipajhar College, in Darrang district, Assam, was established in August 1971.
the geographical area of this constituency is 4,8371 hecters. The major part of this
land is badly affected with flood almost every year. Thus being a regular victim of
natural calamities, this area has remained socio-economically and educationally
backward. Sipajhar College is situated in this area. Students of this college belong to
economically backward scheduled caste and scheduled tribes. As per the record of
Sipajhar Development Block 2003, it shows that, 55% of the total population belong
to OBC, 5.5% S.C. and 05% S.T. Majority of population depend on the agriculture
and most of them are landless labour. The main crop of this area is paddy.

       The main objective of this college has been to impart higher education at the
lowest cost to the rural masses living in and around Sipajhar and to create graduates
of excellence, who are free from caste, class and gender prejudices and thus mould
the character of the students.
       A demand for establishing this college came from the local people because of
large numbers of students were coming out successfully, out of more than 30 high




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schools and at least ten higher secondary schools, which were running actively in the
surrounding areas.

        The college is located in a campus of 7.6 acres in rural background. On
addition to this, the college has another plot measuring around 16.8 acres, 5 kms.
away from the main campus.

        The college offers graduate programme in Arts and this course works on
annual system and certificate courses in computer education with the help of Indian
Army. The college has 482 students on its role in the current academic year, from the
same state. The college obtained UGC recognition under sections 2 (f) and 12 (B) in
August 1996. At present, it is affiliated to Gauhati University.

        The college has 22 permanent, 11 temporary and 01 part time teachers and
17 non-teaching staff that help in administrating the college.

        The Peer Team carefully perused and analysed the SSR of this college. The
Team visited all the departments, supportive services and sport facilities and
interacted with the Governing Body represented by Deputy Commissioner, Darrang,
Principal, faculty members, non-teaching staff, students, parents and Alumni. The
Team also went through all relevant documents. Based on the above exercise and
criteria identified by NAAC, the Peer Team has drafted a report as given in the
following paragraphs and assessed the college for different positive features and
issues of concern.

                                             Section - II

CRITERION-I : CURRICULAR ASPECTS

        As an affiliated college of Gauhati University, the college follows the syllabi
prescribed by the University for Under Graduate courses. The college offers 8
subjects at the UG level in the faculty of Arts. The college imparts teaching in
English, Assemese, History, Education, Economics, Philosophy, Political Science
and Geography. The college offers major courses in all the Arts subjects. The college
is offering Certificate Courses (three months & six months) in Computer Application
on self-financing basis. The UG Arts courses are mostly knowledge oriented. There
is flexibility to choose the elective options as per University rules. The courses are
conventional in nature. No teacher of the college is a member of any of the Boards of
studies of the University and thus could not participate in the review and redesigning




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of the syllabi. However a teacher from the department of Political Science is a
member of the Course Committee of the Gauhati University.


        The mechanism to receive feedback from students and employers on
teaching programmes started by the college should be effectively implemented.
Some teachers of the college have academic linkage with Gauhati University, IIT,
Kharagpur and National Library, Kolkata. Teachers of the department of Education,
English, Geography, and Assamese are member of their respective professional
bodies. Of the two core subjects, English is compulsory for all and for MIL the college
has only one option that is Assamese though as per academic norms under Gauhati
University one may also offer Hindi or Bengali. Though there is a provision for
academic audit by the university time to time, the college is yet to face any such
academic audit. The inter disciplinary approach does not arise as the college runs
only with Arts stream. The college may introduce few vocational courses through
UGC assistance 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

        Admission to the college is based on academic record and on the basis of
interview but those who want to offer major they have to go through a written test
conducted by each department and they are selected on the basis of the result of the
written test. The Admission Committee offers guidance to the students in choosing
the subjects/course keeping their aptitude and academic record in view. Home
assignments, unit test and terminal examinations are conducted to assess and
evaluate the students before the final university examination. Advanced students are
encouraged to present papers in departmental seminars. The syllabi are unitised and
teaching plans are prepared by the teachers at the beginning of each term. Courses
are completed in time. Lecture method is supplemented by the use of maps,
diagrams, charts, and educational tours. The department of Geography use teaching
aids like OHP for classroom teaching. The Principal monitors the academic
programme and ensure that courses are completed before the University
Examinations. Examinations are conducted strictly as per the University rules.




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        The University’s statutes provide that there should be a self-appraisal method
for evaluation of performance of teachers and the college follows it. There is a
system to receive feedback from students on teachers’ performance. The total
working days of the college are 271 and teaching days are 167. Teachers are
appointed as per the norms of the Government / University. Teachers of the college
are encouraged to participate in Refresher Courses and Orientation Programmes.
One teacher from the department of Political Science has received Katha Award for
writing creative fiction and Chandra Prabha Memorial Award from Natun Sahitya
Parishad. Teachers are seen to be sincere and dedicated to their duties and
conscious to uphold the goals and mission of the college.

CRITERION-III : RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION

        The college has been steadily encouraging and undertaking research and
extension activities. Out of 22 permanent teachers, 3 possess Ph. D. and 8 teachers
have completed their M. Phil degree. Four teachers of the college are working for
their Ph. D. Two teachers have successfully completed NET and two others SLET
Examinations. Five teachers of the different departments of the college have
attended national seminars / conferences during the year 2002-2004. Three teachers
of the college have participated in International seminar/conferences. Most of the
teachers of the college have published research articles in referred journals. Two
teachers of the department of History and Assamese have authored text books.
Some of the teachers of the college also published six numbers of books of their
academic interest. A teacher from the department of Geography published a tourist
guide map of Guwahati city on commercial basis. The teachers unit of the college is
started publishing a journal “Sprout” from the academic session 2003-04. The
department of Assamese, English, Geography, History and Political Science also
started publishing articles in their house journals to sustain research culture. One
teacher of the Department of Economics has successfully completed a minor
research project funded by the UGC. The college is yet to offer consultancy services
though the scope is very limited.

        The college has extension activities in the areas of community development,
social work, health and hygiene awareness, medical camp, environmental, AIDS and
Cancer awareness, blood grouping camps etc. The college extension education
centre conducted a good number of training programmes on food processing,
floriculture, sericulture, mushroom cultivation, food & vegetable preservation and



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nutrition for the students and local youths in collaboration with the Agriculture
Department, Govt. of Assam, the State Unit of Rural Development and Food &
Nutrition Board, Govt. of India. The Women Studies Cell of the college is affiliated to
Women’s Study Centre of the Gauhati University. As more than 50% of the students
of the college are being girls the cell conducted programmes for the overall
personality development. The cell also organised interaction programmes in
collaboration with local Self Help Groups. The college has a designated teacher in
charge of the extension activities. The college organises extension activities in
collaboration with GOs and NGOs. There is a scope for further utilisation of student’s
potential for extension activities and outreach programmes. Students may be
encouraged to organise blood donation camps and awareness camps on socially
relevant issues.

CRITERION-IV: INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES

        The college has built up an adequate infrastructure and developed learning

resources over the past 33 years. The college campus has 14 rooms for holding

classes. The college has a computer centre with six computers, girls’ common room,

students’ union office, sports facilities, canteen and vehicle parking space. The

classrooms are spacious and ventilated. The college has a master plan and strategy

to provide infrastructure facility for its academic growth. The infrastructure is utilised

to the maximum to run the academic programmes, and co-curricular activities. The

college also provide facilities to academic institutions and to hold public meetings.

The infrastructure of the college is maintained out of the grants received from the

Government and by the donation from the public. The campus is maintained and kept

clean by the NSS volunteers and designated staff of the college.


        There is a library in the college. There are 9140 text and reference books in

the library. The library subscribes to 5 journals and 4 periodicals. There is a reading

room for the teachers and the students inside the library. There is a book bank facility

in the library. The library remains open from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm in all working days.

The Advisory Committee looks after the library of the college.



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        The local Sector of Indian Army has donated six numbers of computers to the

college. The computer centre of the college functions from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on

working days. The college has sports facilities for outdoor games and athletics. The

playground has provision for games like Kabaddi, Volleyball, Football, Cricket and

Athletics. The college canteen is run in lease basis and open to public also. First aid

medical facilities are available in the college and in case of necessity it avails the

services of the nearby Primary Health Centre. The college is yet to build hostels for

girls and boys. The college campus is beautiful and well maintained.


CRITERION-V : STUDENTS SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION

        The college publishes its prospectus annually, which contains a brief history

of the college and necessary information about the courses, academic calendar and

university examination system for the benefit of the students. Courses are completed

well before the examinations and remedial classes are offered for weak students.

The results of the college in university examinations are satisfactory. The drop out

rate is 61%, which is understandable because 60% of the students of the college

come from rural background. The college monitors the progression of the students to

further studies. Some students of the college got employment in government and

private organisations. Some of them have gone for self-employment. The career

employment and counselling cell of the college provides necessary information to the

students regarding self-employment programmes in job opportunities.


        The Alumni Association of the college has been formed recently. The alumni

of the institution have obtained jobs in different offices and some are self-employed.

The college maintains a healthy relationship with its alumni who are invited to the

college to address the students and give suggestions for the academic development

of the college. The alumni association also help the college for its infrastructural




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development. However, there is further scope to avail the services of the alumni for

the overall development of the college.


          The students have indoor and out door games facilities. Students of the

college     have   represented      the   university    in      inter-university   tournaments.

Financial aid is available to the students granted by the Central and State

governments. The college assists the students through its student aid fund. Students

have leisure time facility and the college organises cultural activities through various

associations. The magazine of the college is published annually and students are

encouraged to write in it. The college promotes a sense of unity, national integration

and inculcates civic values amongst the students through its various cultural activities

and academic programmes.


CRITERION-VI : ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT

          The college is managed by a Governing Body (GB) constituted by the

Government as per the Assam Non-Government College Management Rules, 2001.

The G.B. consists of the nominees of the Director of Higher Education, the university,

and teaching and non-teaching staff representatives. The Principal and Head of the

Departments ensure strict discipline in teaching and conduct of examinations both

internal and university. The GB recruits temporary / part-time teaching staff to meet

the academic needs on the recommendation of selection committees as per UGC

and Government norms. The principal enjoys freedom in academic and

administrative matters.

          As per the provisions of the Assam Non-Government College Management

Rules (ANCMR) 2001, the management has introduced a self-appraisal mechanism

to evaluate the performance of the teachers. The efficiency of the non-teaching staff

is assessed by the principal. The non-teaching staff may be encouraged to undergo

computer training in accounting and office documentation. The administrative,



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accounts and academic work needs early computerization. The college prepares its

budget annually. The unit cost of education is Rs. 6,556.00. The college completed

internal audit up to 2001-02. However, no external audit has been conducted since

1995. The college has a co-operative society, which extends financial assistance to

the members in case of emergency. 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 college has a system

of self-appraisal method for judging and evaluation of teachers. It has also introduced

a system of teachers’ evaluation by students. There is a grievances redressal

committee. There is a healthy relationship between the management and the staff.


CRITERION-VII : HEALTHY PRACTICES

        The atmosphere in the College is conducive for academic and extra curricular
activities. The teachers and students share a co-ordial relationship with each other.
In few departments, the students on their own manage the Wall Magazine. The
College publishes its yearly magazine ”Sipajhar College Magazine” which provides a
forum to the students and teachers to show their talent and creativity. There is a
dress code for the student of the college.

        Inculcation of team spirit and social ethical values, is done through various
activities. Teachers are very much enthusiastic and students are well disciplined. The
teaching and non-teaching facilities of the college are generally devoted and
committed to the Institution. The G.B. members, parents and ex-students maintained
good rapport with the college and have desire for its growth. We are impressed to
know that many teachers are helping the poor students out of their personal earning.

        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 introduced a mechanism to receive student’s feedback on teachers’
performance. The college generated resources from Alumni Association and Self-
financing Computer Course for the overall infrastructure development of the college.
Efforts of the teachers to establish academic linkages with Gauhati University, IIT,



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Guwahati, IIT, Kharagpur, IGNOU and National Libraries are appreciable. The staff of
the college contributes to the Thrift and Development Fund of their own and a
classroom was constructed out of such fund in 2003 which is appreciable.

        The team spirit appears to have been nourished with the sense of
brotherhood, commitment and moral based approach by the dedicated and dynamic
principal.

                                            Section - III

Overall Analysis

        This college established with the intention to offer higher education facilities
for the economically and socially backward segment of the society, and to impart
collegiate education to mould the character of students, to provide cultural training
and to provide an opportunity to the students to continue their higher education at the
lowest cost, has been fulfilling this task over a period of the 33 years.

        Inspite of different constraints like perennial problems of flood, which have
adversely affected the growth of the college, teachers are taking efforts to perform
their duties enthusiastically and students are well disciplined. The Principal enjoys
very good cooperation from G.B. President i.e., Deputy Commissioner and members,
his colleagues in academic and in administrative matters. The parents and alumni
maintain very good rapport with the college and have a desire for its growth. Thus the
principal has been able to maintain a harmonious and well-disciplined atmosphere on
the campus. Teachers are often rendering financial help to needy students.

        College has the potential to develop as an institution if it starts professional
and vocational courses for the students. There should be, therefore, skill oriented
programmes, which will cater to the needs of the society.

                                            Section – IV

Suggestions and Recommendations

        The Peer Team would like to make the following suggestions for the
considerations of the college for bringing in future improvement in the quality and
excellence in all its programmes and activities in the future.

         Speedy steps are required at the college to enable the teaching and non-
             teaching staff to become proficient in the use of Computers. This may
             require expansion of the existing facilities.



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         The college may introduce more need base job oriented certificate and
            diploma courses e.g. Agro based, tourism management, health science,
            food processing, dairy farming, floriculture, mushroom cultivation,
            vegetable preservation, food & nutrition, knitting, handcraft, fashion
            design, flower bouque processing, Desk Top Publishing and Screen
            Printing on self-financing basis.

         The college at present is only conducting a programme leading to B.A.
            Hence steps may be taken to start a degree course in Business
            Administration and a diploma course on Hotel Management.

         Temporary teachers, who work as hard as full time teachers, need a
            considerate and sympathetic treatment so that their morale does not sink.

         A qualified physical education teacher is to be appointed.

         The college has to cultivate affinity for cultural programmes among the
            students by developing artistic talents. Energy can be properly
            channelized by cultivating talent in fine arts and literature.

         Modern teaching tools and techniques need to be introduced.

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

         Since the classrooms are insufficient in terms of their numbers and
            courses special efforts are needed for augmenting infrastructure.

         Full computerization of Administrative department and Library is highly
            desirable. The library needs more books and journals.

         The evaluation of performance of teachers by students be done more
            scientifically. Their feedback may be analysed and concerned teachers
            may be made known of their strength and weakness for improvement of
            teaching learning process.

         Teaching of Spoken English is to be undertaken with a great sense of
            urgency with considerable efficiency.

         Constructions of Boys’ and Girls’ Hostels be taken up on priority basis.




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         Efforts for local financial support, social and community counselling may
               check the present rate of having dropouts due to Socio-Economic
               environment.

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

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

                                        Section –V

Signatures of the Peer Team



    1. Prof. Hira Adyanthaya

        (Chairperson)




    2. Dr. Prasanna Kumar Biswasroy

        (Member-coordinator)




    3. Dr. Pradip Kumar Dan

        (Member)




Place : Sipajhar                                                    ( Sri Bidya Ram Nath)
          th
Date : 14 October, 2004                                                    Principal




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