Best Practice

Best Practice 1

  1. Title of the Practice: Journey towards Women Empowerment
  2. Goal: Sarojini Naidu College for Women is situated in a semi urban area where a major section of the students come from a financially weaker section. During studies they face some financial difficulties which are addressed by the college. However, once, they pass out from the college, they face the real world which challenges them in every step of their life.
  3. Context: In order to help these students to be eligible to face the world, the college has taken several steps. Students of the college are encouraged to undertake various certificate and diploma courses, so that they may become physically strong and their confidence to take on life is also boosted.
  4. The Practice: The College initiated following diploma and certificate courses
    • Self Defence: The students are encouraged to learn to defend themselves and other women from predators by taking up diploma and certificate courses in (i) Judo and Self-defence, (ii) Karate and self-defence and (iii) Myuithai and self-defence. Moreover, by learning these techniques, they are empowered to be able to be employed in various security agencies, Police Force, Military etc.
    • Computer Training: Students of the college are encouraged to be computer proficient by enrolling in several certificate courses offered by the Sarojini Naidu College Computer Centre run by the college in collaboration with Indian Institute of Engineers.
    • Physiotherapy: The certificate course in Physiotherapy is undertaken by the college in collaboration with Shivananda Health Society. Women up to thirty years of age are eligible to undertake this course. They are trained in a way, so that they can be self-dependent.
    • NCC Training: This training brings about discipline and a sense of companionship among the students. This training also help them avail job opportunities in Police force and army.
    • Training in Games: Training program in games like KHO KHO, Kabaddi , Badminton, Yoga etc. were also organised by the college.
    • Drama Work Shop: Both Bengali and English PG students have taken part in workshops organized by the concerned departments.
  5. Evidence of Success: In 2019-20 a few hundred students have taken up these courses. There have been some other value added course which gave them training in life skill. Two of our students have been recognised nationally by taking part in the Republic Day March Past in Delhi.
    Our college has organized the inter-college Yoga competition as part of the inter-college tournament organized by the West Bengal State University and won the Runners Up prize in Kabaddi.
    Students of Bengali Department have won the first prize in Inter-college Drama Competition organized by the Drama Club, Vivekananda College for their portrayal of drama “Aranyok”.
    Three students of Zoology Department participated in Recitation Competition organized by Alipore Zoo on the occasion of Zoo Festival.
  6. Problems Encountered and Resources Required: These extra -curricular activities need considerable time from the students and financial resources from the institution. Under CBCS system, classes are held on time bound basis and internal examinations for each paper is held within this limited period. Therefore, continuing the training classes is being very difficult for the studentsas well as the faculty members supervising these trainings due to their heavy class load. However, the training classes are held in such a way that they do not hinder regular classes of the curriculum. Holding workshops for the PG students also have some financial involvement.

Best Practice 2

  1. Title of the Practice: Creating Social Awareness among the Students
  2. Goal: In its focus on the all -round development of the students, the College adopts a need- based approach, that will deliver a comprehensive and balanced education. The aim of this practice is to create consciousness among students about their role in society as agents of social change.
  3. Context: Sarojini Naidu College for Women is a Government Sponsored institution. Which means that most of the expenditure for running of the institution comes from the Government exchequer, namely, from the taxes of the people. Thus, it is the duty of all the members of the college community to give back something to the society.
  4. The Practice: With the above mentioned focus, the college has undertaken some programs:
    • To commemorate birth anniversaries of the visionaries of our country such as Pandit Iswarchandra Vidyasagar, Swami Vivekananda, Rabindranath Tagore, B.R. Ambedkar and Sm Sarojini Naidu in whose name the college is established. Students are encouraged to go through their writings and spread their messages to others. All of these leaders of our country have dedicated their lives for our country, by observing their birth days, students are inspired to do something for others.
    • National and International days are observed, such as Independence Day, Republic Day, International Mother Language Day, International Women’s Day etc. These programs are organised in such a way that students become aware about the rich cultural heritage of our country and to spread the sense of patriotism and secularism among them. International mother language Day is observed so that the students become aware of the diversity of our motherland with a rich cultural heritage.
      International Women’s Day is observed so that the students, who are women themselves become aware of Women’s rights and equality.
      Hiroshima Day is observed online to make the students aware of the massacre of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and to encourage them to lend their voice for world peace.
    • World Environment Day is observed on 5th June through a webinar organized by the Department of Zoology. Students are encouraged to take part in improving the Green environment of their locality. Again, saplings are planted within the college campus during “Aranya Saptaha” i.e. July 14th to 21st, 2019, to make the campus more green.
    • NSS volunteers have taken part in COVID’19 awareness program, as well as helping under privileged children, awareness program on plastic management etc.
  5. Evidence of Success: Each year, more and more students participate in the programs and some of them perform in cultural program, whereas some discuss about the significance of the occasion. Some of the students created posters and published them on line, so that even students from other colleges may be encouraged to be socially responsible. The students planted saplings in their homes and sent pictures of those.
  6. Problems Encountered and Resources Required: In the CBCS system of teaching-learning, the number of weeks for effective teaching are limited with internal examinations in between. Moreover, due to the closure of the college from mid-March, the trainings in physical mode was halted. However, the trainers shifted to online mode. Again it is difficult for such activities which require physical proximity, like the self-defence courses could not be continued properly. Again, each activity involves some financial commitment which is bourne by the college.

Best Practice 3

  1. Title of the Practice: Creation of Heritage Awareness in our Students
  2. Goal: Sarojini Naidu College for Women was established in the name of famous freedom fighter and renowned  poet,   Sarojini Naidu, in DumDum area, which was itself an important area during British Rule. The department of History undertook a project involving students to make them aware of the rich heritage of DumDum. The name of their proposed project was: “The Mal of Dumdum: A Forgotten Historical White Colony: From Eighteenth Century to till date”.
  3. The Context: Dumdum is an old municipal area with many heritage buildings including Clive House, once the residence of Robert Clive, and the first colonial arms factory. It was the headquarter of the Bengal Artillery and home of the country’s oldest cantonment. Many Dutch, Portuguese and British had made this locality their home and business spot. Especially, the Mal area of Dumdum was the subject. The objective of this project was to find out the transition of the Mal of Dumdum from the aspect of socio economic and cultural aspect, full of bungalows and factories of these Europeans, the history of which is hitherto little researched. This study would try to find out environmental change of this locality due to industrial growth and white settlements in the colonial period and due to other factors including population growth in the post colonial period. Through this project the students will learn to handle archival data and data generated from field survey. It will also enable them to understand the difference between primary sources and secondary sources. Moreover, they will be acquainted with some practical aspects of the subject ‘History’ and will be aware about the significance of studying local history.
  4. The Practice: In preparation of the project, teachers of Department of History under the leadership of Dr. Sukanya Sarkar selected some students of the department to involve them in the project and contacted Deshkal, an NGO, which has a commendable effort in this respect. They submitted a research proposal stating different methodology and the college Governing body sanctioned a sum of Rs. 20,000 for initiation of the project. The teachers and students of the department of History, along with others undertook a signature campaign program in support of the demand for declaring “DumDum as Heritage Site”
  5. Evidence of Success: The students were very much excited to learn the methods of identification of heritage sites, Dutch architecture, to take photographs etc. A representative of Deshkal initiated the students about the importance of exploration of our heritage. The teachers planned a detail methodology to undertake a training program to be conducted by experts in this field. However, the training program could not be continued due to the eminent semester examinations of the students.
  6. Problems Encountered and Resources Required: The main problems faced by the teachers were scarcity of funds to continue the project. As the college has got only limited resources, the funding for students’ projects is small, compared to the huge scale of the task. However, they were determined to continue as soon as the semester examination was over.  

 

Best Practice 4:

  1. Title of the Practice: Ensuring Employment Opportunities for Students
  2. Goal: Taking into consideration the demographic composition ( socio-economically backward) of our students the prime endeavour of the placement cell is to provide employment to maximum number of outgoing as well as ex-students. Graduates from all the three streams are encouraged to participate in campus drives organised by the college. Through employability training sessions and career counselling sessions we seek to motivate students into various sectors of employment and provide guidance towards off-campus prospects as well.
  3. Context: The Placement cell creates a platform where students are motivated to develop soft skills and technical knowledge to meet the requirements of different industries. It operates throughout the year with an aim to place a good number of students through campus and off-campus interviews conducted by different organisations. With the relentless support of the staff and students associated with the placement cell, we strive to prepare our outgoing students to face the job market. Hopefully, the number of students placed through the campus interviews is continuously rising. We have students working at different companies in Kolkata.
  4. Practice: Quite a number of renowned companies have visited our college for placement this year. Initially, the companies are invited to take part in the campus recruitment drive. The interested students register with the placement cell and thus participate in the campus drive. Many students are selected in different companies and they join after completion of their graduation. Apart from this, the placement cell has organized seminars, workshops and training programs to upgrade their skills and make them industry-friendly. Tata Consultancy Services has been visiting our college every year as part of an AIP programme to conduct Placement training programmes and campus interviews. A great deal of enthusiasm is observed among the final year students, They come forward with their queries regarding companies, recruitment procedures and the placement cell members readily help them. The support from our college authorities is also very encouraging.
  5. Evidence of Success: A steady number of companies approach the placement cell with the intention of conducting training and placement drives. We are also enlisted with TCS BPO for the last six years. In the 18-19 session, a job fair was organized on 10th December, 2018 in our college where about 10 companies and approximately 220 students participated and the programme was a huge success. Campus interviews by Amazon India, Susrut Eye Foundation and Reliance Jio took place in the months of January, May and June respectively and quite a good number of students took part in it and some 49 students were placed.
  6. Problems: One major problem that the placement cell faces is motivating students to take up jobs outside West Bengal. Night shifts are also not a favourable option with many students. Along with this there are issues of expectation management as well.