NAAC Self-study Report

 

Executive Summary

 

Candid introspection is a good starting point for a meaningful self-study. A SWOC analysis greatly helps in this process. A statement of the perceived strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges which form the basis for this self-study report is provided below.

 

Strengths

 

  • Committed to National Development goals of Women‘s Empowerment and Inclusive Growth
  • Fully funded by GNCTD - No commercial motivation
  • Good quality teachers with requisite qualifications
  • Comparable academic performance of students
  • Increasing admissions
  • Teaching learning gets maximum attention
  • Focus on infrastructure development
  • Technology enabled facilities
  • Familial and friendly atmosphere
  • Keen and well behaved students
  • Relatively pollution free environment
  • Decentralised management

 

Weaknesses

 

  • Lacks the aura and attraction of elite colleges set up since decades
  • Students admitted with relatively lower marks
  • Majority of the classes are run from the old school building
  • Has to use even portable cabins
  • Only one Honours course. No PG Course
  • No hostel. No residential facilities for staff
  • Remote location. Reluctance of experts/industry representatives to visit
  • Transport bottlenecks. Traffic congestion in Najafgarh

 

Opportunities

 

  • New campus will soon be under construction
  • Applied for NAAC Accreditation
  • Motivated Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC)
  • Curriculum Advisory Council (CAC) for industry, research body interfaces
  • Global Development Foundation (GDF) Collaboration
  • Scope for new courses
  • Metro extension up to Najafgarh
  • Gurgaon Expressway expansion in the vicinity

 

Challenges

 

  • To make quality improvements happen in shortest possible time frame
  • To build industry and research institution interfaces
  • To attract eminent experts to campus
  • To help students to overcome their initial disadvantages with their peers
  • Limited availability of quality textbooks in Hindi

 

Curricular Aspects

 

Well-articulated statements of the Vision, Mission, Values and Objectives (VMVO) when communicated effectively to all stakeholders, and particularly to the students, provide a strong foundation for building quality culture education within institutions. In pursuance of its overarching vision of empowering women through well rounded and integrated education, the college attaches utmost importance to curriculum implementation. It has established an enabling framework of procedural and practical support to enhance the quality of curriculum delivery and particularly, through the teaching learning processes. The focus has been on creating institutional processes which bring about significant and durable improvement in teaching learning processes.

The college believes that the new practice of preparing and distributing the Curriculum Implementation Plans (CIP) at the very start of teaching any paper will yield significant benefits over time. The college recognises the importance of playing an active role in the curriculum development and revision activities of the university not only by participating in the relevant mechanisms of the university but also by channelising the feedback, which it is gathering from the students and other stake holders.

The commitment of the college to empower its girl students also makes it imperative for the college to focus on enhancing their employability. Both academic flexibility and curriculum enrichment are essential for enabling the students to align their studies with their career goals. Given the regimen of the curriculum prescribed by the university, curriculum enrichment becomes an essential strategy for deepening the awareness of students about cross cutting issues, encouraging them to adopt modern technologies and guiding them to be independent learners.

The college has not only created departmental societies to carry out enrichment activities but has also carved out a midday break so that these activities can be undertaken without disrupting the regular classes. The vision of empowering students will remain incomplete without providing them with the opportunities for expressing their mind as key stakeholders of the educational system. The college has therefore adopted a student feedback system for evaluating both the courses offered and the teaching-learning processes used.

 

Teaching Learning & Evaluation

 

Higher education is a powerful empowerment tool. But, it is only those who can get admitted in to higher education institutions get the opportunity to benefit from it. The government has established a variety of enabling frameworks to provide inclusive access to higher education. BNC is proud of its position to play an important role in inclusive education. 40 to 60% of the students admitted in to the college are from rural and semi-urban areas except in the case of B.Com which has 25% of rural students. The level of new admissions have also been rising steadily in recent years as the college has also been able to attract more and more students from the reserved categories.

Taking in students with not so good curricular achievements at the school level places a great responsibility on the college to use the most effective teaching-learning processes to improve upon their academic performance. The fact that the college produces comparable results, in spite of the significant differences in student profiles goes to the credit of dedicated teachers, who use a blend of traditional and innovative teaching methods to make it easy for the students to learn not only from the classrooms but also through the supplementary reading materials and references, which they provide.

The college has inducted several simple methods to catalyse the teaching learning processes and create a motivating learning environment. Starting with a student profile survey, which helps in developing a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the student, the college has also adopted a very useful process of preparing and distributing Curriculum Implementation Plans (CIP) at the beginning of each semester. CIP is designed not only to inform the students about the objectives and intended learning outcomes of each paper, but also to provide them with a weekly schedule of topics to be covered along with the details of the teaching and evaluation methods as well as the projects and assignments to be undertaken.

The quality of teaching-learning processes depends on the quality of teachers. While a majority of the teachers are Ph.D holders, the college is very conscious of the need to keep the faculty rejuvenated and recharged all the time. Its policies clearly aim at continuous professional development of the faculty members by enabling them to do Ph.D, to undertake research projects, present papers at conferences and seminars and also to attend recharge programmes as per university requirements. In-house professional development programmes are also organised to help overcome specific challenges in the teaching learning processes.

Formative assessment of the student work is required for not only deciding on the internal assessment marks but also to understand the effectiveness of the teaching learning processes as well as the specific needs of both slow learners and advanced learners. The college attaches great importance to the processes of formative assessment and the timely feedback given to the students about their academic progress. However, there is more to undergraduate education than the marks obtained by students. It needs to deliver the intended learning outcomes and develop the skills. The college uses the student feedback process to assess how far the college is able to impart well rounded and integrated education‘, which is enshrined in the vision of the college.

 

Research Consultancy & Extension

 

Research culture and scientific temper give students the power to use knowledge effectively throughout their life. Research projects also train the students in the art of creating new knowledge. For the teachers, research widens their horizons and raises their capacity for sharing knowledge. The college has therefore framed a research policy and set up a research cell to develop strategic plans for promoting research culture and to ensure that the students and teachers abide by the code of ethics and eschew plagiarism completely.

The interdisciplinary innovation research projects implemented with funding from the Delhi University have been a great learning experience for both students and teachers. Equally significant has been the learnings from the UGC sponsored national seminars, which created immense opportunities for the staff and students to interact with many eminent scholars. The college hopes to replicate the successes of these experiences and make research a core activity of the teaching learning process.

Consultancy has been a weak area so far, as the college has been struggling to overcome its locational disadvantages in building productive partnerships with industry and research bodies. The college has therefore created an institutional mechanism in the form of a Curriculum Advisory Council involving industry representatives and research scholars as members. The college hopes to step up its interactions with industry significantly and become a productive partner for industries.

The college has also established a community engagement policy and set up a community engagement & outreach cell to coordinate the initiatives taken in this area by the departments, societies and cells of the college. The college has adopted the village of Kair for undertaking well-structured community engagement activities. It is also carrying out a baseline survey to identify the specific needs of the village community and take up targeted delivery of services. In this process, the college is also forging partnerships with reputed NGO s for making its efforts more effective.

 

Infrastructure and Learning Resources

 

Efficient and up to date infrastructure is critical for effective curriculum transaction. The college has always strived to meet the infrastructure needs, in spite of starting its initial operations from a school building. It has a library with over 25000 books managed with the help of OPAC. It has also established links to key e-resource repositories such as N-List. It remains open on all working days. The college laboratories are fully equipped and provisioned to meet the teaching needs of the courses in the streams of physical sciences and home science. The computer centre of the college has 100 computers with Internet connectivity. Wi-Fi based Internet connectivity has also been established in the campus. Facilities have been established for both indoor and outdoor games and sports. The gymnasium has a variety of workout equipment.

As a college set up by GNCTD, major construction and maintenance works are looked after by the Public Works Department (PWD). The college also has a large maintenance committee which supervises the maintenance of buildings, garden, and health and hygiene. All equipment including ICT hardware is covered by AMC arrangements.

Keeping in view the rise in admissions and growing demand for new courses, the college has prepared plans for a modern campus and obtained the necessary approvals. The new campus will be environment friendly yet fully equipped with all modern facilities and will also include residential facilities for the staff and hostel facilities for the students.

 

Student Support & Progression

 

The challenge of empowering students also demands that those with socio economic disadvantages as well as those who are differently abled are supported and enabled to focus fully on their education. The college has a social welfare committee which addresses the free-ship and other financial assistance needs of the students. The equal opportunity cell pays special attention to the welfare of the differently abled students. The college has also framed a student advising policy and allotted 20 to 25 students to each full time teacher for providing counselling and psycho social support as necessary.

As a clear demonstration of its commitment towards the welfare of the students, the college has adopted the student charter. It also works closely with the student union. President and Secretary of the union are included as members of the IQAC of the college. With a view to benefit from the feedback of the past students and maintain a continuing relationship with them, the college is also working closely with the Alumni Association of the college. President and Secretary of the Alumni Association have been included as members of the Curriculum advisory council and the IQAC.

 

Governance Leadership & Management

 

Governance and leadership are important facilitators of institutional progress. These also ensure transparency and accountability. The college has also a perspective plan which spells out the future strategies of the college. This document is proposed to be kept updated on an annual basis.

As a college set up by the Govt. of NCTD, it is governed completely by government regulations and the rules and procedures of the university. The Governing Body of the College is constituted by the Delhi University including five representatives each from the university and the Govt. of NCTD.

The internal management of the college is governed by a decentralised and participative process with the staff council at the helm. Specialised committees, cells and functionaries appointed by the staff council look after specific functions. Their respective duties and responsibilities are clearly spelt out and included in the faculty handbook. The college has also set up an IQAC with two eminent external quality experts as members. It has been a major driving force behind the series of quality improvement measures implemented recently.

All the finances and accounts are maintained and audited in accordance with the UGC regulations and those of the University of Delhi and as per the requirements of GNCTD.

 

Innovations & Best practices

 

The college remains fully committed to its environmental responsibilities. It has taken steps to manage its e-wastes and also recycle its waste paper in partnership with NGOs working in these fields. It has also set rainwater harvesting facilities and finalised a proposal for conducting a green audit. The college has recently introduced several innovations aimed at improving the quality of its teaching-learning processes. The practice of preparing and circulating curriculum implementation plans and the easy to use student feedback system for course and teaching -learning evaluation have been presented as the best practices for the purposes of this report.

 

Self Study Report

 

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