Hem Chandra Dev Goswami College is a fifty year old rural institution of higher education catering to the academic needs of aspiring students of this remote countryside. It has been effectively playing its role as the only institution of higher education in and around a radius of 10 kilometers. The institution was established in 1965 with a mission of providing an opportunity of pursuing higher education to the rural masses. The residents of this place had found it beyond their means to send their wards to far away cities to pursue higher education. It was sometimes financially unaffordable and some other times the daunting difficulties of communication that stood in the way of aspiration and achievement. This institution has been striving hard to fill that gap and many aspiring students have been benefitted by this institution and have gone up in social mobility climbing the ladder of education.
However it would be a gross exaggeration to say that everything is fine with the institution and it has been running smoothly playing its social role in the locality. The institution has its share of problems requiring attention and solution. The process of imparting education continues uninterrupted since its inception. In these last fifty years the institution has grown from strength to strength despite facing serious problems with regard to student enrollment and alarming dropout rate. A comprehensive analysis of the performance of the institution on the SWOC criteria would be a more appropriate method of intimation and assessment.
STRENGTH Teacher quality
The college has a sanctioned faculty strength of twenty (24) and at present there are six (6) posts lying vacant. Despite the shortage of teaching staff the remaining eighteen members of the teaching staff have successfully transacted the syllabus of this semester. This shows the commitment of the teachers to teaching. The crux of the matter is that the college has a very committed group of teachers.
The teachers of this college are not only committed and sincere they are qualitatively of a higher level. Six of the faculty is Ph.D. degree holders in their respective subjects. Three out of these six doctorate degree holders also have M.Phil. degree to their credit. Three of the faculty members have M.Phil. as their highest qualification. Out of the other nine faculty members four are pursuing the doctorate degrees in their fields of specialization. In a few years time almost 80% of teaching staff will have doctorate degrees to their credit, a matter of pride for any institution of higher education.
The institution has been fortunate enough to receive appropriate amount of grants from various sources like the UGC and the government of Assam. The funds received are properly utilized in improving the much needed infrastructure of the college. Now the institution can boast of a separate administrative block, car parking for teachers, cycle and bike parking for the students, a language laboratory with 15 computers connected to internet , well equipped reading room for teachers as well as students, a library with relevant and useful collection of books, running water facility, drinking water facility, computers to each and every department, well equipped class rooms so on and so forth. These facilities are discussed in detail in the Self Study Report.
The non-teaching staff of the college is also a committed and sincere group of people who provide flawless service to the students in need. The record keeping process has been gradually getting converted into computerization. The members of the non-teaching staff are well versed in computer operation.
All the policies of the institution are adopted keeping in view the interest of the students.
WEAKNESS Low enrollment
The teacher quality, good infrastructure, and responsive administration notwithstanding the institution suffers from a perennial malady of low enrollment. The college at present has under three hundred enrolled students in the degree level (The college has a Higher Secondary section too, the students of that section are counted here). One of the foremost causes of this low enrollment rate is attributed to the traditional subjects the institution has been imparting education in. It is an acknowledged fact that there is urgent need of starting new subjects that will attract more students to this institution. Opening a new subject needs a reasonable amount of investment in getting teachers, creating the necessary infrastructure and continuing the course without getting any external financial assistance. All these are herculean tasks for the college. The location of the college restricts it to go for self financed courses as most of the population in this region belong to economically backward class and are unable to afford the high fees of a self financed course. This problem has put the administration of the college in a fix. To solve the problem of low enrollment attempts have been made in the past to open more subjects but lack of a sustained source of funding has always been the insurmountable problem. These reasons have stopped the college from going for job oriented courses.
High dropout rate
The students who take admission in the I Semester B.A. course drop out midway before they reach the VI Semester stage. A shocking record of the high dropout rate is that in the year 2011-12 150 students took admission in the I Semester B.A. course and it was found that in 2014 only 35 appeared for the VI Semester examination. However, this year the dropout rate have been considerably low it has come down to 37.17 in the year 2015.
The reasons for this high dropout rate can be attributed to academically disadvantaged family background, economic opportunities available midway through the course and getting of jobs. This problem needs immediate attention.
The institution has the scope of turning into an ideal centre of higher education by providing relevant education to its students. Although there are financial and other problems for going straight into opening self financed courses in this rural area, there are avenues like online low cost computer skill development course like the one the college has recently started in collaboration with IIT, Bombay. This course is an online spoken tutorial where the student can download the study material learn on his own and appear in an online examination. The college provides the computer laboratory at a very nominal fees and th certificate obtained makes the student more competent in the job market.
There are a host of challenges before the institution can attain a position of excellence it has been striving to achieve. In the changed scenario of higher education the new motto has been “Perform or perish”. Unless the institution adopts to a synchronized administrative system, commitment from teachers, strong leadership, it can never dream of attaining the new height it has been aspiring for in near future.
(Certificate of recognition u/s 2 (f) and 12 (B) of the UGC Act has been attached in Annexure-I) (UGC recognition letter)
Details of recognition/approval by statutory/regulatory bodies other than UGC (AICTE, NCTE, MCI, DCI, PCI, RCI etc.)
UNIVERSITY AFFILIATION LETTER attached as Annexugre -II
d. Details of recognition/approval by statutory/regulatory bodies other than UGC
(AICTE, NCTE, MCI, DCI, PCI, RCI etc.)
The college is affiliated to the Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh, Assam since its inception as an Arts faculty college. The affiliation letter to this effect has been attached herewith as Annexure-II. (University Affilation Letter)
General Corse in MIL(Assamese), Political Science, Economics, History, Education, English,
Major Course in Assamese, Economics, Political Science, Education, English, History
Renewed and up to date
Renewed and Up to date
Renewed and Up to date
(Affiliation Letter mentioning recognition/approval of subjects enclosed Annexure-II)
8. Does the affiliating university Act provide for conferment of autonomy (as recognized by the UGC), on its affiliated colleges?
If yes, has the College applied for availing the autonomous status?
Is the college recognized
by UGC as a College with Potential for Excellence (CPE)?
If yes, date of recognition: …………………… (dd/mm/yyyy)
for its performance by any other governmental agency?
If yes, Name of the agency …………………… and
Date of recognition: …………………… (dd/mm/yyyy)
10. Location of the campus and area in sq.mts:17700 sq. mtrs Location :RURAL/TRIBAL Campus area in sq. mts. 17700 sq. mtrs (11 Bighas or1.77 hectares) Built up area in sq. mts. 9050 sq. mtrs
11. Facilities available on the campus (Tick the available facility and provide
numbers or other details at appropriate places) or in case the institute has
an agreement with other agencies in using any of the listed facilities provide
information on the facilities covered under the agreement.
The college has the following facilities in the campus itself. The college does not have any agreement with any external agency for providing or using these facilities.
Auditorium/seminar complex with infrastructural facilities: Yes
Residential facilities for teaching and non-teaching staff (give numbers
available — cadre wise) No
Cafeteria — Yes. There is a college canteen inside the college campus for the staff and students of the college.
Health centre – No. The college does not have a Health Centre of its own. But it avails medical facility from the nearby Primary Health Centre which is situated in a distance of 3 kms from the college.
First aid, Inpatient, Outpatient, Emergency care facility, Ambulance…….
Health centre staff – No
Qualified doctor Full time
Qualified Nurse Full time
Facilities like banking, post office, book shops: No
Transport facilities to cater to the needs of students and staff: The college does not provide any transport facility to the students or staff of its own. The staff and the students use the public transport system to commute.
Animal house: No Biological waste disposal: Yes (Dustbins) Generator or other facility for management/regulation of electricity and voltage.
Two generators sets have been installed in the college campus for uninterrupted power supply during working hours.
Cycle stand for students.
Car parking for the vehicles of the staff.
12. Details of programmes offered by the college (Give data for current academic
Skill based add on certificate course in Computer Skill in collaboration with IIT, Bombay.
All students of the college are eligible for admission
13. Does the college offer self-financed Programmes?
If yes, how many?
14. New programmes introduced in the college during the last five years if any?
B.A. Course under Krishna Kanta Handique State Open University in distance mode in 2012.
Spoken Tutorial online Computer Course in collaboration with IIT Bombay
15. List the departments: (respond if applicable only and do not list facilities like Library, Physical Education as departments, unless they are also offering academic degree awarding programmes. Similarly, do not list the departments offering common compulsory subjects for all the programmes like English, regional languages etc.)
(eg. Physics, Botany, History etc.)
Economics, Education, History, Political Science, Assamese, English
16.Number of Programmes offered under (Programme means a degree course like BA, BSc, MA, M.Com…)