1.3.1 Describe the efforts made by the institution to supplement the University’s Curriculum to ensure that the academic programmes and Institution’s goals and objectives are integrated?
To integrate the academic programmes and Institution’s goals, our college has taken the following initiatives to supplement the University’s curriculum:
Academic Competitions for all round development.
Strict adherence to Time- Table plan.
Inculcation of Moral Values and Environmental Education.
Regular Tutorial group meetings to guide and counsel the students and know their grievances.
Conduct of Seminars/ Workshops/Talks by experts of different areas.
Conducting house tests and internal assessment.
Feedback from the students to make overall improvements.
Providing well- equipped Library and Lab facilities.
UGC Network Resource Centre accessible to all the students during college hours.
Organizing educational tours and trips.
Fee Concession, Scholarships for weaker section of the society.
To enrich communication and soft skills among the students through Personality Development classes.
Talent Search Competitions to tap creative abilities of the students.
Staff is encouraged to participate in faculty development programmes.
N.S.S. and N.C.C. are additional facility which inculcates the social responsibilities andcommunity orientation amongst the students.
The College academic calendar is prepared every year with the activeinvolvement of the Heads of various Departments.The Principal makes sure that the curriculum framed by the University issupplemented in such a way that it reflects the Mission and the Vision of theCollege.
1.3.2 What are the efforts made by the institution to enrich and organize the curriculum to explicitly reflect the experiences of the students and to cater the needs of the dynamic employment in the market?
The curriculum is framed by Panjab University. Our college strictly adheres to the syllabus designed by the Panjab University but thecontents of the syllabus taught to the students is not confined to conventionalteaching method but to the latest technology which includes knowledgethrough Computers, Internet, Journals, Periodicals, visiting different fields togain practical knowledge, organizing and attending Seminars/Workshops atNational and International levels and inviting the top most experts in theirrespective subjects. For the above purpose, Internet facility is made available at the library, seminar halls, computerlabs and teaching departments through Wi-Fi system. Interactive Boards, Computers and LCD Projectorshave been used for effective academic delivery. Our college gives maximum priority to ensure the employability of the students. The Placement cell of the college plays an active role to mould the students to meet the current job requirement through frequent interaction. Also the external seminars and workshops by eminent resource persons ensure that the students are kept abreast with the requirements of the employment sector.All these cater to the needs of dynamic market to enablethe students to achieve the global standards.
1.3.3 Enumerate the efforts made by the institution to integrate the cross cutting issues such as Gender, Climate Change, Environmental Education, Human Rights, ICT etc., into the curriculum?
The Institution constantly upgrades its curriculum to integrate the cross cuttingissues such as gender inequality, climate change, environmental education, HumanRights, ICT etc. The College, at its own level makes arrangements for externalseminars and conferences where in experts from the above mentioned fields areinvited to share and deliver their experiences and knowledge which give additional inputs to the students and make them aware of the current social problems and their proposed solutions.Following are theefforts made by the College in this direction:
In our college Gender Equity Society organizes various programmes like seminars, workshops, orientation programmes, essay writing competitions, slogan writing competitions etc. to sensitize the students about the Gender Issues (decreasing Sex-Ratio, Female foeticide, Domestic Violence and How the Youth can be a power to eradicate all these evils from the society etc.).
Our College also has Women Cell and Anti-Sexual harassment Cell which are very much active for preserving women’s rights.
Climate Change and Environment Education-
Our college has Environment Awareness Society “Dharini” works for the environmental issues. By this society, Education related to Environment Conservation and climate change was imparted through tree plantation camps, slogan writing competition, poster making competition, essay writing competition, extension lectures through eminent subject experts etc to aware social responsibilities (cosmic trees plantation, use of energy saving products & healthy paint products) and health awareness( regarding clothes & food).
A compulsory paper of Environment Education forms a part of the curriculum.
People of NGO’s are called to enlighten the students regarding social responsibilities.
To mould students as responsible citizens, they are encouraged to contribute for the well being of lesser privileged sections of the society through old age home visits, supplying books to poor school students etc.
The College has a resource center where students are free to use computers and internet services. Laptops are provided to the staff to improve their teaching techniques and a Wi-Fi facility is also available for the teachers for easy accessibility of the Internet.
Smart classrooms which comprises of overhead projectors, white boards, podium with computers and internet facility are there in the college.
Free computer classes for staff and students.
1.3.4 What are the various value-added courses/enrichment programmesofferedto ensure holistic development of students?
Moral and Ethical Values
Employability and Life Skills
Better Career options
The college offers various enrichment programmes to ensure holistic development of students as mentioned below:
Moral and Ethical Values:
From time to time guest lecture from different experts are organized to inculcate moral and ethical values in the students. N.S.S, N.C.C and various societies organize such programmes.Weekly tetorial groups, meetings are held to impart the value education to students.
Weekly tutorial meetings are held on value based education.
Employable and Life Skills:
To provide better employable and life skills opportunities the institution organizes communication skills,workshop, group discussions,creative writing contest in English ,hindi and regional languages.Besides, our college has organized Job Fest five times since 2009 on the behalf of all the Chandigarh Government Colleges in which different reputed companies are invited to recruit the suitable candidates.
No. of students shortlisted
345 (Appointment Letters received)
Table I: No. of students shortlisted during the Job Fest
Major companies that visited the campus are:
IBM, Exim Enterprises, IBS and Nimbus Group,Vasmi Career Café, Aviator Hub, Arya Hospital, Global bpo, Glamour Star, SBI Life, HDFC Bank, Tele Performance India, Tata Business, Competent Mohali, NIIT, Sunsoft, Logic ERP Solutions, Expert Rating Solutions, Touch Stone, Tommy Hilfiger.
Better career options:
In our college training and placement cell provides various career options to all the students, which are as follows:-
Seminar on career options in commerce on 27th august 2012
Career guidance by Gateway Edge on 9th October 2012
Seminar for vocational training programs me for grooming of students by Ed live institute of vocational education on 20 Sept 2012
Lecture on resume writing on GD on 10th October 2012
Talk on Bombay Stock Exchange on 11th October 2012
Test conducted by Aspiring Mines on 19th November to 21st November 2012
Talk with Ruskin University on 21st November 2012
Seminar by Reliance Insurance Company Ltd. On 23rd November 2012
Seminar on personal skills and GD on 26th November 2012
Seminar on shaping carriers by FazlaniAltius Business School on 21st January 2013
Talk on Employability and skill development by Delta School for vocational training on 22nd January 2013
Talk with Chandigarh University on carrier counseling on 24th January 2013
Seminar on carrier consul ling by Vasmicarear café ltd on 31st Jan 2013
Seminar on fashion designing on 4th Feb. 2013
Workshop on “Career Counselling” by Blue Eye on 8th July, 2013.
Talk on “Bombay stock Exchange” on 17th Sept. 2013.
Talk by Athiya part of Cambridge University on Business English Certificate Course on 3rd Oct. 2013.
Talk on Vedic mathematics on 25th Oct. 2013.
Test conducted by Aspiring Minds on 20th Nov. to 22nd Nov. 2013.
Talk by Reliance Life Insurance co. Ltd. On 4th Feb. 2014.
The college has four N.S.S units and N.C.C units in Army and Naval wing and various societies to develop the national character and community orientation. The motto of N.S.S “Not me but you” reflects the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for selfless service. N.S.S help the students develop appreciation to other’s person point of view and also show consideration to other living beings. It underlines the belief that the welfare of the individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of society as a whole and therefore, the N.S.S volunteers shall strive for the well-being of society.
The N.C.C wings instill disciplene and code of good conduct and develop qualities of character, courage, comradeships, leadership, secular outlook, thespiritof adventure and the ideas of selfless service.
1.3.5 Citing a few examples enumerate on the extent of use of the feedback from stakeholders in enriching the curriculum?
The institution makes proper use of the very useful feedback which it gets from the students, alumni and parents. This feedback is properly discussed, analyzed and interpreted in all aspects for the overall development of the institution. The suggestions are finalized from the feedback by the faculty members and the same are communicated to the university through its faculty who are the members of the Board of Studies. The suggestions are properly considered and implemented after constant lively discussions with the University, if possible.
1.3.6 How does the institution monitor and evaluate the quality of its enrichment programmes?
At the beginning of the acedemic session,the Principal,IQAC and Advisory counci is formed to monitor and evaluate the quality of its enrichment programmes with specific emphasis on the contribution to national development,fostering global competencies among students, inculcating a value system among students,promoting the use of technology quest for excellence.The convenors are to prepare a detailed report of the avtivities undertaken.The college focuses on all-round development of the students enrolled in the various academic and other programs it offers.
The institution monitors and evaluates the quality of its enrichment programmes through the overall analysis of the feedback from the students and the Chandigarh Administration. Different committees that visit the college give suggestions after discussion with the Principal, teaching and non-teaching staff. The committees give direction to the related members. The institution has a well defined plan to monitor and evaluate the quality of its enrichment programmes. The plan includes the following:
Annual/Semester Examination: The Annual or semester exams are held for the overall evaluation of the students.
Assignments: The students are given various assignments so that they can improve their efficiency for the final examination. It makes them confident and gives them intimations of the future works that they will be required to do in the industry. They are told about their strengths and weaknesses.
Talks and Seminars: Talks and seminars are organized on various topics to facilitate the awareness of the new trends in education and to create an environment where the students can interact with experts in their fields and can solve their queries.
Quizzes, Debates and Declamation: The institution organizes such programmes on various topics and prepares the students to secure a room of their own in a modern competitive scenario by boosting in them such qualities as sharpness of mind, argumentative skills and better communicative skills.
1.4 Feedback System 1.4.1 What are the contributions of the institution in the design and development of the curriculum prepared by the University?
The college adopt curriculum prescribed by the Panjab University, as such the College does not have any scope to make any changes in this curriculum. Inter college workshops on curriculumdevelopment, Pedagogy and Employability, discussion on teaching-aid use and their effectiveness organized in which experts from the university also participate and suggestions are fowared time to time. Some faculty members of our college take active part in framing, modifying and implementataion of university syllabi as members of the board of studies.Valuable suggestions are given regarding changes in the curriculum in the meeting of board of studies.
1.4.2 Is there a formal mechanism to obtain feedback from students and stakeholders on Curriculum? If ‘yes’, how is it communicated to the University and made use internally for curriculum enrichment and introducing changes/new programmes?
The institution has a well defined plan to obtain feedback from the stakeholders on all aspects in general and on curriculum in particular. The institute obtains the feedback during the tutorial group meeting, parent’s teacher meeting, alumni meeting. The suggestions are properly discussed and analyzed by the authorities and the same are communicated to the affiliating university to air the views of the stakeholders with regard to change in the curriculum keeping in view the contemporary needs.
1.4.3 How many new programmes/courses were introduced by the institution during the last four years? What was the rationale for introducing new courses/programmes?)
The institution has not introduced any new programmes/courses during the last four years.
CRITERION II: TEACHING-LEARNING AND EVALUATION 2.1 Student Enrolment and Profile
2.1.1 How does the college ensure publicity and transparency in the admission process?
The college provides its quality services of higher education not only to the north-western, north-eastern and Ladakh regions of India but also to students of Afghanistan. The college is well known and having a good reputation among public and media. Admission scheduleis followed as circulated by the Panjab University to all the affiliated colleges. To elicit a good response from the prospective post- secondary students, an advertisement containing all the relevant information regarding admission procedure, infrastructure, fee & scholarships, youth welfare activities, academic & sports prizes, courses, specimens of affidavits & declarations list of fake educational boards in India, hostels information profile of faculty members and ‘To whom to contact’ last date for the submission of online application proforma, etc. is given in news papers of national repute and college website (dhechandigarh.org). The college disseminates informationregarding the admission process through the following methods:
The process of admission is conducted very smoothly by the different admission committees comprising faculty and office staff under the full guidance of college Principal and Registrar, Examinations. Full transparency in admissions to the general and self financing courses is maintained and seats if remain vacant, are filled from the merit lists in order with prior notice to the public and interested students. While for B.Com.1st, centralised admission process for all the city colleges has been followed in order to avoid wastage of time and harassment to both parents and students, students are admitted to M. Com. Class of Ist semester strictly on the basis of their pure merit and latest reservation norms.
2.1.2 Explain in detail the criteria adopted and process of admission (Ex. (i) merit (ii) common admission test conducted by state agencies and national agencies (iii) combination of merit and entrance test or merit, entrance test and interview (iv) any other) to various programs of the Institution.
College offers courses both at the Undergraduate (B.A., B.Com, B.C.A.) and the Post graduate level (M.Com.). The admission process as devised by the Panjab University is strictly followed by the admission committees constituted by the college Principal. Students are properly counseled in selecting courses, fee, rules and eligibility by this committee.
Admission to B. Com, B.C.A. and M.Com courses- on line applications are invited from eligible applicants. Based on the marks secured in lower class + weightage if any, selection lists have been prepared strictly on merit basis as per the guidelines/ circulars issued by the Panjab University for admissions.
2.1.3 Give the minimum and maximum percentage of marks for admission at entry level for each of the programmes offered by the college and provide a comparison with other colleges of the affiliating university within the city/district.
Minimum Percentage prescribed by University
Compartment in one subject with 20% in the concerned subject
Compartment in one subject with 20% in the concerned subject
2.1.4 Is there a mechanism in the institution to review the admission process and student profiles annually? If‘yes’, what is the outcome of such an effort and how has it contributed to the improvement of the process?
There is a mechanism to review the admission process and student profiles. The admissions in the college are made as per the eligibility criteria mentioned by Panjab University whereby the reservation policy of the Government of India is adhered to in letter and spirit. All the admissions recommended provisionally by various committees have the chance of errors unless it is cleared by Registration Branch of the University. As the students are guided by the subject allotment committee, leading to a positive outcome of such an effort and it has contributed a lot to bring an improvement in the student learning process as follows:
Generally students falter in the selection of subjects like HCP/Punjabi (Compulsory); Punjabi Elective and HCP.
Earned compartment in 10+2 with less than 20% marks in only one semester and have not cleared the previous semester.
Predicate their claims of admission when earned compartment with more than 20 % marks in supplementary Exams conducted by CBSE/ICSE Boards in the months of July-August.
Normally evade to produce original documents like DMC of qualifying class/migration certificate/ character certificate/residence proof, etc.
In case of any such discrepancy, the college informs the concerned student(s) by displaying notices, informing class-subject teachers and giving a telephonic call. In case no reply is received till the due date, registered letters to the parents are dispatched for appearance on the prescribed date and time.
2.1.5 Reflecting on the strategies adopted to increase/improve access for following categories of students, enumerate on how the admission policy of the institution and its student profiles demonstrate/reflect the National commitment to diversity and inclusion
Economically weaker sections
` Any other
The College primarily caters to the needs of those students who are socially deprived and economicallypoor. The college ensures equity for all eligible candidates.
SC/ST and OBC: As per the existing government rules, reservations in specified ratios are provided to the SC ( UT-14% and Gen 15%) and ST (UT-nil General 5%)and other backward community students. They also avail many scholarships and benefits like fee waiver, etc. College library has book bank facility for such students. All eligible students belonging to above mentioned categories are admitted in concerned streams and full opportunity is provided to them to hone up their skills.
Women: Reservation of 2 additional seats to ‘Single Girl Child’ is also followed in the entire admission process.
Differently-abled: As per norms, reservations and other facilities are provided to thephysically challenged students (UT-3% and General 3%) but their number to seekadmissions is negligible although every care is taken to provide necessary facilities to such students.
DefencePersonnel-5 % of UT Pool only
Wards of Freedom fighters-2% UT and 2% General
Economically-weaker sections: Students from economically weaker sections get benefitof fee concession and scholarships on producing documents from authorities.
Minority Community: Thecollege ensures full adherence to government policiesregarding providing weightage to the wards of Cancer and AIDS Patients, Kashmiri Displaced persons, Descendents of Kargil Martyrs ., 2 % C 1 % to B Certificate of NCC and 1% to NSS Certificate holders.
Sports Personnel: At the time of admission, due importance is given to the studentswith excellent sports record whereby 2% UT and 2% General pool are reserved for sport persons.
2.1.6 Provide the following details for various programs offered by the institution during the last four years and comment on the trends. i.e. reasons for increase / decrease and actions initiated for improvement.
The detail of applicants, admitted students and demand ratio is presented below that reveals increase in the no. of applicants in B.A.I, B.Com. I and mixed trend is visible in other courses:
The following table reflects a picture of no. of seats for the reserved categories in each class:
2.2 Catering to Student Diversity 2.2.1 How does the institution cater to the needs of differently- abled students and ensure adherence to government policies in this regard?
The institution has Enabling unit which caters to the need of differently-abled students by creating barrier free environment. We have special arrangement to take care of the differently-abled students by
Providing reservation to physically and visually challenged students as per the reservation policy of the Government.
Inviting eminent speakers who are differently- abled.
Ramp at the entrance for easy mobility.
Conduct of exam of such candidates at the ground floor.
Permission of having a writer during the exam as per the prescribed norms.
Toilet facility, lift, ramp at other places (Proposed).
Admitted in special coaching classes such as NET/ SLET and entry in services.
2.2.2 Does the institution assess the students’ needs in terms of knowledge and skills before the commencement of the program? If ‘yes’, give details on the process.
Yes, the institution assesses the needs in terms of knowledge & skills before the commencement of the program in the following manner.
The assessing of skills is done at the time of admission through formal and informal interactions. Those who wish to join the Music world are admitted in Music (Vocal) or Music (Instrumental), those who are willing to show their talents in games are recommended in the sports subject and those who want to start their own business are admitted to Advertisement, Sales Promotion and Sales Management. Defence and Strategic Studies are offered to such students who are intended to join defence forces. Fine Arts is offered to students having sharp drawing skills. Other courses are recommended to students who want to enhance their conceptual knowledge either for Post graduation or competitions.
After the admission process is completed, one orientation program for the newly admitted undergraduate students is conducted at college level, where students are informed in detail about the features of university level education, college environment, curricular and extracurricular activities, societies, and other aspects of the higher education. All departments provide the detailed information about the nature of their subjects at under graduate level before they start syllabus based teaching.
2.2.3 What are the strategies drawn and deployed by the institution to bridge the knowledge gap of the enrolled students to enable them to cope with the program of their choice? (Bridge/Remedial/Add-on/Enrichment Courses, etc.
Yes, of course, the college provides Remedial classes and Enrichment courses for theacademically weak students.
Remedial Classes: Our facultyidentifies educationally disadvantaged students by their performance in the regular class tests and, their inability to interact in the classes, participation in the classroom, seminars, practicals, etc. Then these students are morally encouraged and are provided with additional supporting materials, lecture, old question papers, etc. In general, teachers provide personal guidance whenever students approach them.
Enrichment Courses: With the weakening of employability in public sector in the present-day world, the face of the corporate world is also changing, wherein the need of the-hour is to have high-tech professionals who are swiftly responsive enough to meet the growing demands of the modern industry. Keeping this objective in mind,college under the initiatives taken by the Chandigarh Administration organizes spoken English and personality development classes for the students as enrichment courses.Basic coursesin computer are also taught to students to equip them with internet and computer literacy skills.
2.2.4 How does the college sensitize its staff and students on issues such as gender, inclusion, environment, etc.?
The College is sensitive about the issues like gender, inclusion and environment.Gender Equity society and Dean Girls Welfare are working actively in the college. The college from time to time organizes various workshops, camps, awareness programmes, seminars and lectures related to the above mentioned issues. The college has observed a positive trend in terms of number of girls for the last four sessions. Awareness rallies on Female Foeticide, Crime against women, AIDS consciousness, Drug de-addiction, etc. are organised under the ‘Awareness Programmes of NSS to enlighten the students about the concurrent social issues concerning the society in general.
Similarly, the students belonging to reserved categories are increasing in numbers for the last four sessions. The college is equally sensitive on the issue of environment protection by organizing environment awareness camps and tree plantation activities in the campus. Various days of universal importance like Urja Diwas, Swatch Bharat Campaign, Environmental day, Earth day, etc. are celebrated to create awareness about environmental issues. Organising other activities for both the staff and students like Save Ozone rally, Tree Plantation drives, Adolescents problems, Cyber crimes, Traffic rules, Pollution free Diwali, etc. are worth to mention here.
2.2.5 How does the institution identify and respond to special educational/learning needs of advanced learners?
The institution identifies the advance learners by:
Assessing their class performance (Interaction).
Analyzing their marks secured in various examinations.
Monitoring their attendance, punctuality and discipline.
Supervising their participation in co-curricular and extracurricularactivities.
The institution responds to special educational / learning needs ofadvanced learners by:
Making them team leaders for various academic and co-curricularactivities.
Providing extra books.
Names and achievements displayed on notice boards.
Prizes in the form of books are given on the basis of their performance in House Exams.
Encourages them to participate in on campus and off campus activities like Quiz contests and Paper Presentations.
Encourage these students to give presentations/seminars based on their high level of acquisition of skills to all the students.
Besides, the creative abilities of the students are vigorously encouraged by providing full coverage to their own ideas in Newsletters and College Magazine-‘Amranth’
2.2.6 How does the institute collect, analyze and use the data and information on the academic performance (through the program duration) of the students at risk of drop out (students from the disadvantaged sections of society, physically challenged, slow learners, economically weaker sections etc.)?
The college has instituted customized software (dhechd.org.) which gives us theadmission data for each of the program run by the college. Once theadmission process is over, respective student database for each subject is provided tothe concerned department for their use. Every department maintains and manages information of the student’s academic performance in the database. This includes statusof marks obtained in house exams and attendance.Internal assessments prepared by the class teacher on the basis of House Exams,are entered in University generated software that are normally displayed on the college notice board for the students before its final submission to the University.
The college do not get specified data for an individual group or more categories but those slow learners students who are identified on the basisof their performance in the internal exams are provided extra attention byproviding them remedial classes so that they can perform well in theUniversity exams along with other students. Once the University examresults are declared, every department analyses that data for knowingstatus of students with respect to passed and failed students, number of students in first division, second division and third division.
The students from disadvantaged sections of the society and physicallychallenged are provided equal opportunities as given to other students.Students who belong to economically weaker sections are givenfinancial help by waiving off their fees. Books from Book Bank are also provided.
2.3.1 How does the college plan and organize the teaching, learning and evaluation schedules? (Academic calendar, teaching plan, evaluationblue print, etc.)
The academic activities of the institution are based on the academic calendar prepared by Panjab University. It is divided and circulated by the PU well in advance before the beginning of the session. It outlines the session schedule, examination schedule, and schedule of vacations. A list of holidays is also circulated every year from January to December. In the beginning of the academic year, college prepares its own Annual Planner, proposing the activities and the probable dates of different activities like cultural, sports, NSS, NCC, etc. Each department likewise prepares department calendar or Annual planner, containing detailed proposed activities in the department like syllabus distribution; syllabus coverage schedule, tests, seminars, etc.Some activities like field trips, industrial visits, market surveys, etc. help the students both academically and professionally. The planer not only reflects what the faculty is planning to do during the current session but also enables both the faculty and students to complete the prescribed syllabus well in time.
Department level meetings are held from time to time to follow the quantum of both syllabus coverage, and practical lab sessions. These meetings ensure smooth running of the departmental activities. Many issues like assignments and seminar-topics for students, absent students, poor performing students, etc. are discussed and appropriate action is planned.Many departments conduct special lectures by inviting subject experts.The student seminars, group discussions are conducted regularly at class level.Regular tests are conducted at department level. As per the university norms, evaluation is made for internal assessment taking in to account the September Test and December Test in every subjectand the students are awarded internal assessment marks based on their performance in the tests, attendance, etc. Towards the end of session, University level practical and theory exams as per the date sheet circulated by the university are conducted in March-April for Annual system and November-December and April-May for Semester system. Results are declared by the University and DMCs’ are also prepared and issued to the college for regular students.
Evaluation Blue Print:
The blue print for the evaluation of students is provided by the University to conduct the Semester, Supplementary, Annual & Semester exams, marking, re-evaluationduring the session.
The evaluation methods for House examinations, unit tests, snap tests,assignments are informed to the students in advance.
2.3.2 How does IQAC contribute to improve the teaching –learning process?
IQAC being the high power committee and having members of different background deliberates on teaching and learning process of the institution. After thorough discussion, IQAC suggests the college to use ICT and other technological equipment to further improve the quality of imparting education to the students. The students have access to internet facility in the library and the UGC Resource Centre where they can browse vast information and update themselves with latest knowledge. The IQAC also discusses the various possibilities of activities to ensure holistic development of the students so that they can face global challenges with greater efficiency. The suggestions given by IQAC are implemented by the principal to ensure continuous improvements in the both teaching and learning processes and thereby ensuring better results in terms of university merit list.
2.3.3 How learning is made more student-centric? Give details on the support structures and systems available for teachers to develop skills like interactive learning, collaborative learning and independent learning among the students?
Recent developments in the field of higher education have brought many changes where the whole process has become student centric. The attention is given to the process of making every student competitive with adequate skills to succeed in his future life.
The learning environment of the college is student centric. The learning is made student centric by adopting variations in teaching methods suited to the learning abilities of the students. In class, where the students are of diverse learning abilities, the teaching isimparted with the aim that average student will be able to assimilate the concept.
Communication, analytical ability, emotional management, decision making, high self esteem, creative thinking are some of the traits of the students which are enhanced through curricular and extracurricular activities.
Traditional Lecture method is enriched by more interactive audio-visual aids, class presentations, assignments, projects and field assignments, enhancement of pedagogical skills of students. Informative guest lectures by experts from reputed institutes/organizations are organized for students to know recent trends in the subject.
Library remains open throughout the year. College is well equipped with internet facility by having Wi Fi at the campus that both the teachers and the students can use regularly to enrich their knowledge further.
Students learn to cope with social issues through NSS activities. They are encouraged to join NCC which teaches them to become disciplined citizens of India and inculcate feeling of national pride and unity. We publish yearly magazine, which is an excellent forum for the students to express their views, which also improves their writing skills.
All academic and extra-curricular activities are aimed at inculcating discipline, leadership skills and team work in students.
2.3.4 How does the institution nurture critical thinking, creativity and scientific temper among the students to transform them into life-long learners and innovators?
The college nurtures critical thinking among the students byconducting class presentations, group discussions, and project worksetc. The seminars and project work encourages them to go deeper in thesubject, beyond the books. This helps them to develop the habit ofresearch and precipitate their quest for knowledge, more than the textbooks.
Various other activities are also conducted like workshops, quiz competitions, etc. and the students of all classes are assigned certain duties which include designing, conduction, stage-setting arrangements, food arrangements, extempore speech contests, etc. and the students are encouraged to give innovative ideas and thus giving an opportunity to the students to develop a team spirit for collective learning.
The college promote the students to participate in various cultural programs to expose their talent and to nurture their creativity.Various competitions like poster making competitions, slogan writing competitions, Rangoli, best out of waste, Vaar singing, Cultural dance, etc. are organised at Zonal and University levels.
The college encourages students to become future entrepreneurs by according appropriate training on entrepreneurship. Plantation programme, environment awareness camps, workshop on computer programming are organized fromtime to time to develop logical thinking.
2.3.5 What are the technologies and facilities available and used by the faculty for effective teaching? Eg: Virtual laboratories, e-learning - resources from National Program on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) and National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NME-ICT), open educational resources, mobile education, etc.
The faculty has open access to internet both in their respective departments and library.
All the departments are provided passwords to accesse-sources.
All the faculty members are given training in utilizing the ICT facilities in the college. (PPT, usage of LCD’s; computers, etc.)
Workshops by eminent academician are conducted to familiarizethe faculty members in the usage of modern teaching tools andtechniques.
2.3.6 How are the students and faculty exposed to advanced level of knowledge and skills (blended learning, expert lectures, seminars, workshops, etc.)?
The faculty members use blended learning method in teaching thecurriculum. Basic concepts are explained through lecture method (chalk and talk method), additional inputs are provided to thestudents through demonstration and interactive methods (PPT’S etc.)
Expert and guest lecturers delivered by eminentacademicians are arranged to expose faculty and students to advance level ofknowledge and skills.
Seminars and workshops are conducted for the students on topics of latest development in their respective areas and faculty members too, attend and present papers in workshops, conferences and seminars at state, national and international levels.
Faculty members attend orientation and refresher courses conducted by the academic staff colleges of various universities.
2.3.7 Detail (process and the number of students\benefitted) on the academic, personal and psycho-social support and guidance services (Professional /Counseling/Mentoring/academic advice) provided to students?
College takes many initiatives for addressing the academic, psycho-social and personal needs of the students.A tutorial system is functioning in the college.A faculty member is appointed as a tutor for 40 students to provide guidance, counselling both academically and otherwise.
Counsellor of the college guides the students regardingstressrelated to their studies, social misunderstandings and professional career development.
Career guidance extension lectures are conducted for the said purpose.
Counselling is given by the staff for slow learners to come up in academics at par with other students.
Stress management exercise by experienced teachers of psychology is organised for the concerned students under aegis of the De-stress management committee.
Almost all the students of the college are covered under various counselling and guidance sessions
Anti Ragging Cell and Anti Sexual Harassment Committee remain proactive to provide instant help to the aggrieved student.
2.3.8 Provide details of innovative teaching approaches/methods adopted by the faculty during the last four years? What are the efforts made by the institution to encourage the faculty to adopt new and innovative approaches and the impact of such innovative practices on student learning?
In addition to the traditional lecture techniques, LCD projectors are used for making power point presentations.
CD’s of various subjects are used by the faculty to explain the subject.
Information pertaining to Practical papers in various subjects is explained with the help ofAudio-Visual aids.
Peer teaching, class seminars and demonstration methods are used bythe faculty to make the teaching learning process more interesting.
Case study method is adopted in some subjects by the faculty toenhance the critical thinking and decision making abilities of thestudents.
2.3.9 How are library resources used to augment the teaching-learning process?
Free access to internet in the library is provided to the faculty. Students can also avail the internet facilities as per the time scheduleallotted to them.
Library has the facility of accessing E-resources which is used by the faculty for teaching learning purpose.
Faculty memebrrs have the freedom to give requisition to library staff for acquiring reference books of new additions.
Library has a good reference book section which can be beutilized by faculty members.
Xerox facilities in the library are availed by both faculty as well as students.
2.3.10 Does the institution face any challenges in completing the curriculum within the planned time frame and calendar? If ‘yes’, elaborate on the challenges encountered and the institutional approaches to overcome these.
The college usually develops a foolproof academic calendar at thebeginning of the session knowing the number of holidays and other co-curricularactivities.Thus in normal circumstances, all the faculties teach their subjects within the stipulated period of time. Too many holidays,very long admission schedule, lengthy supplementary/semester exams, conduction of youth festivals during teaching days, mid-session transfers of teachers, seasonal vagaries of climate, etc. cast a negative impact on the regularity of students in classes. For saving such valuable teaching days, though, the college informs the Administration and the concerned university officials on various occasions/meetings, additional classes and remedial periods are taken to complete the syllabus in time.
2.3.11How does the institute monitor and evaluate the quality of teaching learning?
The quality of teaching and learning process is monitored by the HODs and Principal for evaluating the performance of each faculty. The quality of teaching is evaluated by taking feedback from the students on the basis of Class tests,House examination results etc.
2.4.1Provide the following details and elaborate on the strategies adopted by the college in planning and management (recruitment and retention) of its human resource (qualified and competent teachers) to meet the changing requirements of the curriculum Session: 2013-14
Permanent teachers = 48
Contractual Staff =20
Resource Persons =20
Two types of criteria are followed for the selection of the members of faculty :
The regular staff is selected by the selection committee of UPSC as per the guidelines of the UGC by advertising the posts at national level newspapers.
The contractual staff and resource persons are selected by the expert committees constituted by the Director Higher Education and local college respectively on the pattern of Panjab University guidelines and UGC norms.
Yes, the college has required number of qualified and competent teachers to handle all the general and specialized courses.
In case, any requirement arises for such teachers who are on study leave or medical leave, college avails the services of resource persons.
2.4.2 How does the institution cope with the growing demand/ scarcity of qualified senior faculty to teach new programmes / modern areas (emerging areas) of study being introduced (Biotechnology, IT, Bioinformatics etc.)? Provide details on the efforts made by the institution in this direction and the outcome during the last three years.
To meet the requirements of new courses like Computer Applications, the faculty on contract basis selected by Central Selection Committee has been deputed in the college since 2011 and is allowed to continue to serve under legal directions. Temporary arrangement for delivering lectures by the resource persons as per norms made by the Chandigarh Administration has been monitored by the concerned In-charges and Resource Persons (Academic), Arrangement Committee.
No new programme has been added but from the session 2009-10, a Personality Development Programme for pass course students was started to improve their communication skills. Three resource persons as selected by RIE, Sector-32, Chandigarh are taking up the classes. Programme for starting VTP Courses for the session 2014-15 has been submitted to DHE for permission.
There are 20 teachers on contract basis and 20 resource persons during the session 2013-14.
2.4.3 Providing details on staff development programmes during the last four years elaborate on the strategies adopted by the institution in enhancing the teacher quality.
The institution encourages the faculty to participate in various development programs such as seminars, workshops, conferences, etc. The institution has encouraged the teachers to engage in research activities like doing Ph.D. and M. Phil. to enhance the teaching quality. Moreover, some of the teachers are consulting online journals through the easy accessibility of internet facility at the college campus and thereby enhance their teaching skills.
b) FacultyTraining programmes organized by the institution to empower and enable the use of various tools and technology for improved teaching-learning
Teaching learning methods/approaches:
1. Apart from chalk and blackboard method of teaching, the college has also introduced smart classeroom technology which comprises of overhead projectors, digital pointers, white boards, podium with computers and internet facility. Some of the labs are equipped with effective sound system.
2. The staff is trained in Power Point Presentation in the Smart rooms.
3. Laptops are provided to the staff members to enhance their teaching techniques.
4. AWi-Fi facility is alsoavailablefor the teachers for easy accessibility of the Internet.
Handling new curriculum: Teachers attend various workshops and refresher courses organized by university in order to make them familiar with the updates in the curriculum e.g. a workshop in session 2012-13 on the revision of the existing syllabi was organized in close consonance with university teachers at the local institutions under the patronage of Directorate of Higher Education, UT.
Content/knowledge management: The syllabus is managed by the
subject teachers by making Weekly, Monthly and Annual Planners of the syllabus. This planner is uploaded on the College web site. Every department is provided with users Id and password by which e-content has been placed on the departmental portals for absents andslow learners.
Selection, development and use of enrichment materials: Teachers are provided with laptops to enhance their teaching techniques. Moreover, computer training is given to the teachers every year so that they can give presentations in smart classes with power point. The lectures on different subjects are downloaded from educational sites to improve the knowledge of both students and teachers for which college has Wi-Fi system for quick access to internet source.
Assessment: The assessment of the teachers is made by the feedback forms filled by the regular students. The college has introduced the practice of evaluation of the teachers by students, on the basis of a confidential feedback questionnaire soliciting information on general attitude and subject related aspects. On the basis of the remarks made by the students, the principal intimates the concerned teacher about his weak and strong areas of teaching and advises the teacher for the benefits of the students.
Cross cutting issues:Appropriate level of education equips the individuals with meaningfulknowledge, modern technologies, values and psychosocial competencies toenable them to efficiently manage the complex challenges of everyday life. For thispurpose, teachers are given training by eminent scholars.
Audio Visual Aids/multimedia: Apart from smart room provisions in the subjects of Geography and Psychology, a specific language lab is set up in the college with 10 computers. A training is given to the faculty of Functional English to use the Language lab i.e. headphones, specifically designed soft-wares in computers to enhance the proficiency of the students’ listening, reading and study skills. Besides a multi media room is also used for presentations.