Best Practice

Best Practice 1

 

  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 2:

 

  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.