The Annual Quality Assurance Report 2004-2005
(July 2004 – June 2005)
(Estd. 1st September, 1978)
P. O. – Margherita
Dist. – Tinsukia, Assam
PIN – 786181
Submitted to the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore
Part I : Margherita College : A Brief Outline
Part II : Composition of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell
Part III : Annual Quality Assurance Report 2004-2005 : A Criterion-wise Analysis
A brief outline of the Action Plan – 2005-06
Part IV : Annexure
Margherita College : A Brief Outline
Established in 1978, Margherita College is located in the easternmost part of Assam on the bank of the Burhidehing river, a tributary of the Brahmaputra. Located on the head quarter of Margherita Sub-division, the college is the easternmost deficit grant-in-aid college in Assam catering to the higher academic needs of a diverse population including several indigenous tribal, tea tribes and other backward ethnic communities. The total student strength of the college is 585 at the Under Graduate level out of which 285 are female students and 915 at the Higher Secondary level. The total strength of the teaching faculty was 53 of which number of male teachers were 29 and that of female teachers 24. Thirteen teachers completed their Ph. D works, while six teachers acquired M. Phil. Degrees. Quite a few teachers are engaged in research activities and are at different stages of their PhD works.
Nearly 9209 text and reference books, 20 journals, 10 newspapers and a few manuscripts are available in the College Central Library.
The Arts and Commerce streams of the College come under the Deficit Grant in-aid system while the Science stream is run by the Governing Body (admission fees, donations and contributions from the public). The Science stream of Margherita College started with effect from 1998-1999 session and is the only ray of hope for all the depressed people including the multi-ethnic society for higher level of science education. The stream offers multiple and career-oriented choices of subjects including vocational subject to the students in consonance with the changing demand of the times together with the dedicated services of a whole set of qualified teachers and continuously improving laboratories.
The College offers HS and Degree course (Under Graduate) in Arts, Science and Commerce streams. It offers major in English, Assamese, History, Economics, Political Science, and Sociology for Arts stream, Accountancy and Business Management in Commerce stream and Physics, Mathematics, Botany and Economics in Science stream. The college also offers two vocational subjects – Computer Application for Arts and Commerce students and Ago-Service for Science students. It has the provision of Certificate Course in Computer Education. Besides, the college is also extending services to a few Post Graduate students under the Dibrugarh University through Margherita College Distance Education Centre.
Moto – ^
Mission – Empowerment of the generation of the entire locality from Powai upto and beyond the boundary of Arunachal Pradesh including the tribal belts of Tirap, Ketetong and Vitor Powai and numerous settlements of tea communities scattered all over this are of around five hundred square kilometers, with a view to ensuring humane, equitable and continuous improvement of the quality of life around.
Vision – To build Margherita College up to a Centre of Excellence emitting light and energies in this entire backward locality, inhabited by various ethnic groups including indigenous tribes.
Some of the Aims and Objectives of the College are –
Composition of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC), Margherita College
Annual Quality Assurance Report 2004-05
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has placed Margherita College in the Grade B category after thorough assessment in the year 2003. In the observations of NAAC many strong and grey areas of the institution came about that were mentioned in the Report. The Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of Margherita College has taken utmost care to work in the line of the NAAC’s Suggestions, in addition to certain other need-based measures.
The IQAC of Margherita College has given due emphasis on the year wise target fixation and its judicious implementation encompassing all seven broad criteria. The mission is to fulfill most of the suggestions incorporated in the NAAC’s Report in the next five years.
The IQAC of Margherita College has been reconstituted on March 16, 2006 complying with the guidelines provided by the NAAC. After the formation of the IQAC, it was decided to compile the AQAR for the years 2004-05 and 2005-06 as per the NAAC’s guidelines.
Margherita College is affiliated to Dibrugarh University and has no authority to design syllabus for regular courses.
In the month of December 2004, the UGC sanctioned 6 parallel courses to the College. The syllabi for different career oriented courses namely Spoken English, Translation, Rural Development for Arts faculties, Food Processing and Preservation, Information Technology and Silviculture for Science faculties were designed by the College faculty.
All the above courses are inter-disciplinary in nature.
A Computer Centre has been developed under the Computer Science department for the interested teachers, students and local people. The various computer courses of both short and long term are available at minimum fees.
In the Science Stream Zoology and Anthropology were introduced as core subjects at the UG level.
The women-related topics introduced in the curriculum include aspects like women empowerment, entrepreneurship-development, divorce, prostitution, marriage, mother and child health, women’s rights etc.
During the year 2004-05, OHP and LCD projectors were used occasionally to make the teaching and teacher-student exchange programme more effective.
During this year, no new reformative measures were introduced in the internal examination system of the College. However, the class tests were taken regularly. Two unit tests and one term-end test were also taken in each subject/discipline.
Quite a few teachers did participate in different faculty development programmes. Two teachers participated in orientation course, five teachers in refresher course and a couple of teachers were involved in the editorials of local souvenirs and journals.
To improve the communication and presentation skill of the faculties a Study Circle was formed in the College. The Margherita College Study Circle organizes lectures/workshops on different topics with active participation of all the teachers. One teacher presents a paper with the LCD projector. The Principal or one teacher acts as Chairperson. One coordinates the entire programme, one teacher offers vote of thanks and two teachers play the role of rapporteur on rotation basis. We have a plan to include students in the programme from the next session.
Also on 34 occasions, teachers from the college participated in different workshops and seminars and quite a few of them presented papers.
A ^ under the Dibrugarh University was established to initiate some women related activities. The Cell organized a workshop on Women Empowerment. Quite a few of them participated in women-related workshops. Two women teachers received Dr. Ambedkar Dalit Upliftment Fellowships. Two women faculties completed their PhD works.
Altogether sixteen women faculty participated in different seminars/conferences/ workshops.
A documentation unit under the Women Cell started in 2004-05. The Cell celebrated ^ on the occasion of Mothers’ Day (9/5/05). A speech was delivered on the position of women in Rabindranath’s World of letters by Ms. Bela Deb, a retired teacher of the College. A wall magazine was put up for the augmentation of women-related issues. A library corner for women was started with the inclusion of magazines sponsored by 2 women teachers.
Other than the departmental seminars, one workshop and one seminar were organized by the institution.
One teacher was allowed to act as PhD Supervisor under the Dibrugarh University.
Nine research projects were newly implemented. Department wise distribution was as follows –
Assamese – 01 (pursuing PhD Work), Sociology – 01 (pursing PhD Work), Commerce – 02 (one UGC sponsored MRP and one mini project funded by the department), Chemistry 01 (pursing PhD Work), Agro Service – 01 (pursing PhD Work), Zoology – 03 (mini projects).
An individual major research project awarded by the UGC was completed by a faculty of the department of Economics. A faculty from the department of English completed PhD. Besides, five mini projects (Commerce -01, Zoology – 02 and Agro Service – 02) were completed successfully.
Patent granted was nil.
^ The department of Economics supported a project by collecting primary data.
*(March 2002 – February 2005 for three years)
Under the Arts stream a post-doctoral fellowship was awarded to a faculty member of the department of Economics. Under the project, a grant of Rs. 1.5 lacs was made in addition to payment of monthly salary to the researcher for a periods of three years amounting to Rs. 7,46,262 thereby making the total grant of Rs. 8,96,262 for the project.
(Enclosed in Annexure – II)
Linkage developed with national/ international, academic/ research bodies - The department of Commerce has regular linkage with the Assam Productivity Council (APC). Under the linkage, two of the faculty members (Commerce and Business Management) extended their consultancy services to them (APC) in the PMRY training programmes organized every year for the unemployed youths. The department of Zoology has developed a linkage with an NGO, Dibru-Saikhowa Wildlife Conservation Society for knowledge on bio-diversity conservation. The department of Agro-Service has developed a linkage with the Regional Research Laboratory (RRL), Jorhat to undertake research activities.
^ During the year, four women teachers were involved in research works, eight were involved in published works and five in extension activities.
Research topic/extension activities related to women -
Three faculty members of Arts stream and one of the Commerce stream were engaged in the health care campaign and family planning activities in the tribal villages under the aegis of the Women Cell and the NSS wing of the college. The students were also involved in the exercise.
^ Sixteen research papers were published during the year. Department wise contribution was as follows -
Economics – 7, Political Science – 4, Assamese – 01, Zoology - 01, Agro-Service – 01, Commerce – 01, English – 01.
Popular publication – 25
Department wise contribution was as follows -
English – 06, Assamese – 05, Commerce -03, Botany – 02, Agro Service – 02, History – 02, Political Science – 02, Bengali – 01, Economics – 01, Sociology – 01.
Other than annual college magazine, two journals were also edited jointly by the faculty of the college.
^ Department-wise contribution –
Economics – 4, Sociology-3, Assamese -2, Agro Service -1.
Extension activates rendered-
The department of English, History, Sociology, Economics, Assamese, Commerce, Business Management, Agro Service, Zoology and Statistics are mainly involved in extension activities encompassing holding workshops, donating clothes to the poor through Rotary Club, health awareness programme at village level, organizing literary activities and competitions, , soil-testing services to the local farmers imparting training on vermi compost and mushroom cultivation, visit to national parks for environmental awareness etc.
The members of the Women Cell participated in various women-related workshops, seminars etc.
Science awareness drive was organized by the College under the aegis of Margherita College Science Society in collaboration with the Assam Science Technology and Environment Council (ASTEC) on 28.2.2005 at the village level to commemorate the National Science Day. The College organized a workshop on ‘Earthquake and Disaster Management’ under the aegis of Margherita College Science Society in collaboration with RRL, Jorhat and the Civil Administration of Margherita Sub-division on 28.1.2005.
Field survey/ industry visits were organized by the departments of Commerce, Business Management and Economics with the involvement of students.
Dr. B Gogoi, the Principal of Margherita College was selected as member-invitee in “Sivsagar Zila Sahitya Sabha”. He is also nominated as the Executive Member of Assam Higher Secondary Education Council.
Unit IV - Infrastructure and Learning Resources
During the year, 559 books were purchased at the cost of Rs. 1,94,681. Twenty journals were subscribed at the cost of Rs. 4248 and 9 dailies were subscribed at the cost of Rs. 6828. Out of these, books entirely on women procured in the library were 3 numbers costing Rs. 410.
During the year 2004-05, construction of the three-storied Girls’ Hostel started. The total estimate of the project was around Rs. 31 lacs. The Govt. of Assam under its Buniad Scheme sanctioned Rs. 10 lacs for the project.
On the occasion of the institution’s Silver Jubilee Year Celebration, Boys’ Common Room was donated by an ex-student, Vehicle Stand for teachers by Margherita College Teachers’ Unit, Main Gate of the College by Coal India Ltd. and the extension of the Science building from the ‘College Development Fund’.
One LCD projector was also procured from the COC fund.
Financial aid to students – During the year, 7 seven students (SC/ST/OBC) availed the Post-Matric Scholarship from the State Govt. ITDP. Out of which only one girl student availed the same.
To encourage the poor but meritorious students the College has introduced a scheme. Under this scheme 44 students (male 20 and female 24) were given financial assistance. The student aid is given with regard to admission, examination form fill-up or medical aid.
^ scheme was introduced during the year.
Student Achievement and Awards –
The performance of the students in Degree Final Examinations held in 2005 is shown in the table.
* Major students yet not reached the final year.
In the final year of the UG level the drop-out rate was 26% in the Arts stream, no drop-out was recorded in the science stream, while the commerce stream recorded drop-out rate of 13.88%.
Other than financial aids, supportive services are rendered to the students by way of a ^ . Though in a limited way it keeps stock of the current and prospective career-approaches and advances by way of books, clipping, updates of career points.
The College Alumni records the placements/positions held by the past-pupils.
The Alumni has conducted medical-aid camp, aided in collection of lottery-fund of the college, held annual get-together function at the college premises for fraternity and progress.
A few students joined and attained accolades in Quiz, Debate Competition, attended Students’ Union Conferences held in various places of the state and interacted in literary workshops and exhibitions in the neighbouring districts of the State.
It was planned to directly involve in placement services to the students.
The NCC activities during the 2004-05 included participation in Army Attachment Camp at Lekhapani with 23 cadets from 7th to 18th July 2004 and CATC held at Air Force Station, Chabua with 15 cadets.
Department getting SAP, COSIST / DST FIST etc. was nil.
The college has an efficient internal co-ordinating and monitoring mechanism. Every important area of activity of the college is taken care of by a committee formed for the purpose by the Governing Body and every such committee is subordinate to the Governing Body. The Principal co-ordinates and monitors the activities of the teaching & non-teaching staff and the students through the laid-down procedures of holding meetings, discussions etc. with the members of the respective sectors, either in group or on an individual level.
The internal mechanism of the college includes the Governing Body, Quality Assurance Cell/ IQAC, Teachers’ Unit, Non-Teaching Staff Unit, Students’ Union, different sub-committees formed from time to time to expedite specific activities, the Dibrugarh University Statute together with the various sets of rules and procedures and syllabi issued from time to time, UGC Guidelines, Assam Higher Secondary Council’s guidelines, NAAC’s guidelines and the directives of the Govt. of Assam.
The internal resource generated during the year was around Rs. 3 lacs. The important sources of internal resource were – sale proceeds of Prospectus, 30% of the tuition fees, etc.
On the 4th December 2004, Dr. B Gogoi joined Margherita College as a permanent Principal with a new vision.
Mr. P Gogoi, who was acting as Principal (on the retirement of the former Principal, Mr. H N Sarma) entrusted with the responsibility of a vice-principal by the Governing Body. Vice-Principal’s responsibilities include assisting the Principal in academic management, in addition to teaching duties.
Sr. H. N. Sarma, Retd. Principal and Member, Governing Body and Academic Advisor was released from the responsibility of acting as the Academic Advisor to the Institution, after the joining of the permanent Principal.
Four teachers were recruited in the year and two office staffs.
The teaching-non teaching staff ratio during the year was 53:16.
The teacher – student ratio comes to 53 : 1500 (1 : 28).
The unit cost of education in the year was Rs. 5550.00
Almost all the women teachers are involved in different sub-committees in various capacities to facilitate qualitative improvement of the college in various fields of activities.
One teacher availed maternity leave for 89 days.
The Self-Assessment Reports from the teachers were collected at the end of the year.
To improve the regularity of the students, it was decided that students who fail to attend four consecutive classes will have to contact the Principal personally.
The Prospectus of the College contains details of the admission procedure in different disciplines, admission fees, subject combinations available at HS and UG levels, vocational courses, parallel courses, teacher strengths, strength of the non-teaching staff, library facilities, merit scholarships and cash awards to the students, facilities for poor but meritorious students, academic calendar, extension activities of the college.
Admissions are taken on merit basis. Special provisions are there for ST, SC and other backward castes.
However, the computerization of the admission process / office automation and library automation are yet to take place.
The ‘Women Studies and Development Cell’ of the college participated in one of the NSS programme of women awareness in AIDS and STD, Health & Hygiene during the Special Camping Programme at Bisa Gaon.
‘The Science Society’ of the College organized workshop on Disaster Management and put up a wall magazine. To inculcate the scientific temperament, it also organized a one-day awareness camp in Katetong village.
The Department of Economics, Commerce and Sociology conducted different surveys to give exposure to the students to real-life situation. Also a few departments conducted educational trips/excursions.
Regular unit tests are taken in the college. Private students are also allowed to sit in the term-end test. Records are centrally maintained. ‘Margherita College Examination Committee’ ensures smooth conduction of the exams – both internal and Board/University examinations.
The College maintains ‘Teachers’ Benefit Fund’ encompassing non-teaching of the college (on the basis of every member’s contribution) and ‘Student Welfare Fund’.
For improving effective communication skill of the teachers ^ was formed in the institution.
For the personality development of students including women students, the NSS of the College organized a special camp where leadership training of the NSS volunteers was held.
The NCC wing of the College took part in the different national events like Independence Day, Republic Day.
A few departments organized workshops and conducted field surveys through students to improve the organizational skill of the students. Besides, programmes like College Week, Freshmen Social, Farewell, Foundation Day Celebrations, New Year’s Day, Shilpi Divas, Saraswati Puja, Annual Magazine. Student community take the major initiative.
Apart from the training programme, the NCC team of the College has participated in different programmes viz., Republic Day, Independence Day and other social functions. The Department of Economics is engaged, though in small way, in research and awareness programmes in the areas of women empowerment through SHGs, alleviation of poverty through SHGs and KCCs and protection of environment, tribal economy in particular.
The college has published a ^ ; three faculties have edited “Dehing Patkai Souvenir” containing write-ups from within and abroad on ethnic diversities in the region.
One teacher and two students from the college participated in Elephant Census at the Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary on 16-17 March 2005 conducted by the Digboi Forest Division.
Annexure - II
Dr. Gautam Purkayastha, a senior lecturer in the department of Economics, was awarded PhD in 1996 on Rural Economics. He completed a Minor Research Project on “Human Development and Rural Indebtedness” during 1998-2000. He is also a recipient of Post-Doctoral research award on “Rural Indebtedness in Assam : A Comparative Study”. He has published three books, twenty seven research papers in reputed journals.
Mr. Amorjit Saikia, lecturer in the department of Sociology, records some popular publications and presented papers in various conferences, seminars and workshops. He is involved in various extension activities. Currently he is doing a PhD research project on “Socio-Psychological Causes of Absenteeism” under the Dibrugarh University.
Dr. Khema Sonowal, a senior lecturer in the department of Political Science completed her PhD on “Dynamics of the Ethnic Movement of Assam : A Study of the Bodos” from Dibrugarh University.
Md. Mujibur Rahman, senior lecturer in the department of English registered as a PhD scholar under the Manipur University.
Ms. Runjun Saikia, Lecturer, Department of Assamese is doing her PhD on “Navakanta Baruahar Kabitar Bhab aru Rup Bichytra Bichar” under the Dibrugarh University.
Dr. Rana Bijoy Deb, a senior lecturer in the department of Commerce got his PhD in 1991. He has quite a good number of research papers, popular publication and record of publishing books. He acquired the distinction of recognized PhD Supervisorship from the Dibrugarh University. He completed successfully one Minor Research Project during the 9th plan period funded by UGC. He also got a sanction of Rs. 55,000 from the UGC during the current year against a Minor Research Project. He has organized International Conference - 2004 in the college in his capacity as Convener/ Organising Secretary.
Mr. Rubul Gohain of the department of Agro-Service registered a PhD project on “Biochemical and Molecular Characterization of Bacterial Strain in Coalmine area of NECF (CIL), Margherita and Bioremediation” under the department of Biotechnology, Gauhati University during 2004. He is currently engaged in a collaborative research project with the RRL, Jorhat, Assam. Mr. Gohain also experimented scientific production of vermi compost and demonstrated the same to the students through their uses in the horticulture garden of the college.
Mr. Rajib Rudra Tariang of the department of Zoology is doing several mini research projects. His research on identification of snakes and wild silk-moths varieties evolved much interest among the students.
Mrs. Rubi Baruah, a lecturer of the department of Chemistry, is doing research on chemical characterization and modification of sub-surface clays, leading to her degree of PhD under the Dibrugarh University.
Mrs. Dipali Borpujari, lecturer in the department of Botany is doing her PhD research on “Studies on the Restoration of Vegetation and Soil in Coal Mine Spoil at Tikak Opencast Mine” under the Dibrugarh University. She also published a quite a few research papers in reputed journals.
Action Plan for 2005-06
During the year 2005-2006, the following areas will receive emphasis. The plan was formulated by the IQAC Criterion Conveners on the basis of the individual Departmental Plans.