The college was founded way back in 1964 in Amaravati village of Howrah district some 75 kms away from Kolkata in the close vicinity of Gadiarah – well known tourist spot of southern West Bengal.
Late Murari Mohan Manna – the visionary pathfinder – being identified with the common man’s right to enlightenment and appreciating the necessity of spreading the lights of education to the thousands of underprivileged families for their empowerment, founded the college with whatever resources he was endowed with. The genesis of the college was modest, as it offered general stream courses in humanities, science and commerce, but consolidating on the foundation of vision for growth, the curriculum bouquet soon started enriching itself to impart honours curriculum. In many of the subjects and today the college has 18 departments of which 13 departments impart honours curriculum.
The college being the only one of its kind within the radial periphery of 25 kms, has delivered the need for higher education to a vast section of the underprivileged society for the last 50 years through the unquestioned commitment of the teachers and the members of the non-teaching staff.
Higher Education across the globe is witnessing widespread changes. The core element of such changes is to make higher education more and more befitting to the different dimensions of transformation taking place in the nature and functioning of economy in general and business in particular.
In face of such changes that has come during the last five to ten years and with many more changes to come in the coming years perhaps at an increasingly greater pace, institutes of higher education are to change – a change that empowers both the educators as well as the learners so that higher education institutes become relevant to all its stakeholders which essentially lies in its ability to link people with the new age, helping them to identify with the emerging realities, motivating them to accept the change and enable them to be self-learners.
In view of the above the college identifies its history in three phases as follows –
1964-2007: The college remained governed by registered society
2007-2008: The college was brought under the jurisdiction of Calcutta University Statue
Since 2009: The development of the college being guided by a Quality Awareness Cell [within the jurisdiction of the Calcutta University Statue]
The Quality Awareness cell has been set up by the Principal in consultation with the teachers during the Teachers’ Council Meeting held on January 20, 2009. The decision to set up such a cell got further approved by the Governing Body of the college during its meeting held on March 20, 2009. Our college has been accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) for a period of five years at ‘B’ Grade valid from 08.01.2011.
The Quality Cell has been set up with the objective of preparing the ground for setting up of the IQAC during the post assessment stage. The IQAC has already been set up in the meeting of the Teachers’ Council dated 10.05.2011.
It is for this reason we feel we need to draw an Action Plan for the future realization of which, however, is dependent on fulfillment of several external constraints.
For years, the interactions between educators and learners were less transparent as practice of teaching in an academia remained a closed-room affair while transparency remained less pronounced.
The need of the hour is planned and systematic delivery of lessons with large emphasis on applied content on one hand and transparency on the other. Teachers in each faculty will be required to build modular curriculum which renders a fairly high degree of transparency about the course contents and goes a long way in shaping a profound conception and understanding about the subject. The rigorous use of computer-web technology is expected to create lasting impressions on the learners’ mind and is therefore more effective.
Yet another area, which requires reorientation of thinking, is exploring greater interaction among teachers [intra and inter department from within and outside the institutions] often along inter disciplinary lines so that seminars and exchange lectures are arranged which promotes the healthy practices of academic interactions.
With the winds privatization gaining momentum, state is no longer the principal employer of the educated youth in the country. The hard reality is that majority of employment opportunities now are in the private sector and this sector employs only those who possess skills and competencies required by it which are continually changing to keep pace with its global competitors. Looking from this perspective HEIs these days are expected to provide support to the students beyond core learning with an obvious thrust towards career building and the curriculum must be tailor-made to the requirements of the private sector so that HEIs can function as effective supply chain to the corporate sector.
This requires the HEIs to include value added courses like Communicative English, Basic Computer Training etc. the college envisages performing the function of enrichment of students by making them learn.
To extend beyond the campus building campus neighborhood relationship
To look beyond narrow limits of self and to live for the society
To navigate beyond the time in which they live and create awareness for the future
To rise above the narrow domain of gender, caste, creed, religion and to enrich human life the college has the vision to introduce NCC Training, Women’s Empowerment Cell etc.
Dr.Santu Kumar Bose, Principal