Best Practices (2018-2019)
The college maintained its duty towards Green cover conservation by keeping its collaboration with Namami Gange Project, Govt. of India. In addition to an extensive plantation programme in the college campus, the college has undertaken an environmental outreach programme, in collaboration with Dept. of Forestry, Govt. of West Bengal, for a green neighbourhood extended to seventeen wards of Kamarhati Municipality. A group comprising one teacher, two non-teaching staff and five students were appointed by the college to coordinate with the respective ward councillors and maintain the saplings planted.
Additionally, campus cleaning drives are conducted frequently to maintain a plastic-free green campus.
In 2016, Prantiknagar (Formerly Panjavilla Basti) in Ward No. 24, of Kamarhati Municipality(North 24 Parganas) was adopted by the college through the social work initiative “Srijan”. Since 2016, the college through its NSS unit has been working tirelessly to ensure the well-being of the dwellers of its adopted slum. In the academic session of 2018-19, the activities were conducted as usual.
On 05.07.18, NSS volunteers cleaned the Prantiknagar area and sprayed bleaching powder there. Many saplings were planted in both the college campus as well as in Prantiknagar. The residents of Prantiknagar were made aware of the benefits of personal cleanliness. The volunteers cleaned the garbage and advised the children of the slum on good hygiene and proper sanitation.
On 24.08.18, the NSS Unit donated school bags, exercise books, drawing pencils and geometry boxes to 50 children of Prantiknagar.
On 21.04.19, the fourth day of “7-Day NSS Special Camp”(2018-19), NSS volunteers went to Prantiknagar (Camp site) for cleaning of the slum & spraying of bleaching powder. Volunteers gave training on recitation, song, dance, drawing & sports to the slum children. A Drawing competition was conducted for the children of Prantiknagar. Stationary items (drawing books, drawing pencils, sketch pens) and food packets were distributed to the children as well.
Best Practices (2019-2020)
Green Campus and Neighborhood
The college maintained its duty towards Green cover conservation by keeping its collaboration with NamamiGange Project, Govt. of India. In addition to an extensive plantation programme in the college campus, the college has undertaken an environmental outreach programme “Sabujayan”, in collaboration with Dept. of Forestry, Govt. of West Bengal, for a green neighbourhood extended to seventeen wards of Kamarhati Municipality. A group comprising one teacher, two non-teaching staff and five students were appointed by the college to coordinate with the respective ward councillors and maintain the saplings planted. In this academic year
Additionally, campus cleaning drives are conducted frequently to maintain a plastic-free green campus.
In 2009, Prantiknagar (Formerly Panjavilla Basti) in Ward No. 24, of Kamarhati Municipality(North 24 Parganas) was adopted by the college. The college through its NSS unit and in association with the social work initiative by Srijan, a NGO whose members are some of our present and former staff, has been working tirelessly to ensure the well-being of the dwellers of its adopted slum. In the academic session of 2019-20, the following activities were conducted as usual:
On 24.09.19, NSS volunteers cleaned the Prantiknagar area and sprayed bleaching powder there. Many saplings were planted in both the college campus as well as in Prantiknagar. The residents of Prantiknagar were made aware of the benefits of personal cleanliness. The volunteers cleaned the garbage and advised the children of the slum on good hygiene and proper sanitation.
On 24.09.19, the NSS Unit donated school bags, exercise books, drawing pencils, geometry boxes and food packets to 40 children of Prantiknagar.
On 27.11.19, Students’ Union organized a Blood Donation and health check-up camp in association with NSS unit. In this camp eye-testing, blood pressure and sugar checking of the locals were done free of cost. 113 pouches of blood were collected from the camp and were donated to Life Care Blood Bank (204/1B, Linton Street, BeniaPukur, Kolkata-700014).
On 07.12.2019, IQAC in collaboration with Kamarhati Municipality, Students’ Union and NSS Unit organized Awareness Programme on Vector-borne Diseases like Dengue & Malaria. An awareness rally with posters and slogans was also organized to spread awareness among local people about vector-borne diseases like dengue and malaria. Dr. Saurav Shome, In-charge of the department of Zoology and NSS Programme Officer gave awareness lecture regarding mosquito-borne diseases. Campus cleaning programme and spraying of bleaching powder were also undertaken.
MEGHKALASH-The Rain Water Harvesting Project
Christening: Clouds in the sky bring rain and Kalash, the earthen pot, or the earth itself, holds the rain water. So the name is “Megh Kalash” after Tagore’s one of the verses.
Defining: Rain water harvesting is a very effective method of water management and its conservation. This refers to collection and storage of rain water for use in times of needs of human, animal and plant.
Purpose of the Project:
- To utilize rain water and in the process lessen dependence on municipal supply
- Conservation of water resources in consequent to the govt. policy “Jal Dharo Jal Varo”.
- To irrigate the garden area and if necessitates, use of this water for the toilets.
- To create conservation awareness among college students and others about water.
- To recharge ground water through recharge pits.
- To improve garden ecology by promoting vegetation cover and thus attracting birds, butterflies and others.
Location of the Project: BhairabGanguly College Garden sides, beside the main building where rain water come down through the rain pipes.
- Details of the Project Plan:No. of Tanks: 4
- Catchment Area: Tanks 1 & 2- 2476.9 square ft. (For Paired Tanks) & Tanks 3 & 4- 2420 square ft.
- Transfer Channel Length: Rain water pipe length 40 ft. approx. from the roof to the tank for each of the sites.
- Storage Capacity: Average storage capacity: 1000 liters for each of the tanks.Total Capacity: 4000 liters when full.
- Step I: Collection
- Step II: Transfer through pipelines
- Step III: Storage Tanks
- Step IV: Distribution through pipes
- Step V: Recharge with excess water for underground through Recharge Pits/Recharge Trench/Tube-well.
- Recharge Pits are intended to be the size of 1 to 2 meters wide and 2 to 3 meters deep each; back filled with gravels/broken bricks ( 5—20 cm), gravels (5—10 mm) and course sand (1.5 – 2 mm).
The Heritage – History Museum of the College.
The Heritage, Museum of the department of History, BhairabGanguly College was set up (2014) primarily with the aim of making history as a subject livelier and engaging among the students of our college. Our broader objective was to acquaint our students with the rich cultural heritage and civilizations of our country and thereby widen their mental horizon. In fact, ‘The Heritage’ has become a part and parcel of the teaching and learning processes of the students of the college having history either as their honours subject or combination in their general courses. In this process, the knowledge they acquire would help them in their higher studies and research activities.
Museums help to preserve and promote cultural heritage. Generally, history museums are housed with the objects of historical and cultural importance – artifacts, sculptures and other remnants of ancient past of different regions. Our museum, The Heritage, is mainly housed with some of the replicas of inscriptions, coins, deities and artifacts excavated in different regions of our Country and modern Bangladesh. It has in its possession also some of the paintings, mainly of Mughal period. Regional paintings like Kangra paintings and paintings of Bengal school of twentieth century have also found place in the small gallery of our museum. Bengal is a treasure-house of ancient culture like chalcholithic and microlithic culture. Some of the ancient archaeological sites of this part of the country are Birbhanpur and PandurajarDhibi, both are in the district of Birbhum, Paharpur in Rajshahi district of modern Bangladesh. Jaggibanpur in the district of Malda is famous for its terracotta plaque. Our museum has in its collection some of the terracottas of Jaggibanpur.
We owe a lot for our collection to the authorities of Indian Museum, Kolkata and State Archaeological Museum, Behala, Kolkata. It is mainly due to their kind cooperation we succeeded to equip our museum to a large extent. In fact, it has been one of their policies to make replicas and sale them for promotion of awareness about the importance of preserving ancient artifacts. Local people of Belghoria too came forward in our endeavour to preserve and promote our cultural heritage. Some of them donated generously from their precious private collections. This is how, history museum of our college built up. Since its inception, The Heritage has been become a destination to be must visited by the common heritage lover, students, teachers and other dignitaries. Our endeavour of building up a museum of its own was highly appreciated by the NAAC team visited our college in 2016.
Best Practices (2020-2021)
A. Commitment to Community
1.Title: Commitment to Community: Creation of COVID19 Relief Fund and efforts to combat the pandemic together
2.Objective: To reach out to the families of our own students and neighbouring households, who are in distressful condition under the current pandemic.
3.The context: Voluntary collection of funds, identification of needy students and families, assessment of their specific needs, online disbursement of fund and in person distribution of essential items. Most of the work was taken up during the complete lockdown /partial lock down period.
4.Practice: From an impact analysis on the online mode of studies during the pandemic, it was observed that some students were subjected to a digital discrimination suffering from economic breakdown. A COVID19 relief fund of Rs.2,76,804 was created for the session by the generous contribution from all teachers and support staff. The uniqueness of our venture was obvious from the media reports.
5.Evidence of success: An analysis on the satisfaction level of beneficiary students recently done:
- Mobile recharge: ~ 48% applicants were satisfied and 25% very satisfied.
- Family Ration: 49% students were satisfied, 37% very satisfied, 14% not satisfied
- Medicines and RTPCR tests: 50% satisfied, 37% very satisfied and 13% not satisfied.
- Attendance in online classes, webinars improved.
- Inculcated a sense of responsibility amongst students, towards their families.
- Problems Encountered: Tendency of students to shy away from problems. Online meet with parents conducted. Uninterrupted Internet connectivity, easy banking facility was unavailable to students in their remote native villages, money transfer posed some problem.
7.Notes: Institutional values
- Local students and alumni of college did a commendable job in distributing ration, sanitizers, masks to the low income group living in adjacent areas to the College( then marked as covid red zone)
- Srijan: A NGO constituted by some of our ex and present teachers, staffs and NSS volunteers consistently provided ration to the Prantiknagar slum in Ward No. 24, of Kamarhati Municipality(North 24 Parganas).
Commitment to community: Efforts to combat the pandemic together
Impact Analysis study of COVID-19 on Family Economy & Online Learning
B. Alumni Lecture Series
- Title : Innovative academic venture- “Alumni Lecture Series”(Vibes) to promote a spirit of critical enquiry and fortify the bond between the alumni and current students.
- Objectives : The “Alumni Lecture Series” aimed at motivating the students with future career guidance in diverse fields and also envisioned their academic enrichment.
- The Context: During the lockdown period, the College Alumni Association (Abahaman) improvised new modalities of transmission of knowledge and information in the virtual mode. While designing it, the event coordinator took initiatives for a judicious selection of topics so as to ensure the active interaction of the students.
- The Practice: The uniqueness of “Alumni Lecture Series” lies in the fact that it has become an interesting platform, inspiring students to think optimistically about their future prospects. It further creates a rich legacy of remaining connected with one’s alma mater and contributing to its institutional enrichment. Distinguished speakers like Dr. Nilanjan Halder, an ex-student of the department of Physics and currently a teacher at Manipal University, Jaipur, enlightened the students about the different avenues for pursuing M.Sc./M.Tech in India, the entrance examinations available for integrated Ph.D across the nation and also the fellowships awarded for Ph.D programmes in Europe and USA.
- Evidence of Success: The success of the newly evolved practice of “Alumni Lecture Series” becomes obvious from the huge number of attendees in each lecture and the participation of eminent alumni who serve as iconic role models to be emulated. For example, Mr. Soumitra Giri, WBCS Jt. Commissioner, Revenue department, Govt of West Bengal, an alumnus of the Geography department, has fuelled the enthusiasm of the students of Geography through his insightful presentation about the possibilities of qualifying successfully in civil service examinations.
- Problems Encountered and Resources Required: While hosting the “Alumni Lecture Series”, the College Alumni Association (Abahaman) encountered problems such as dearth of distinguished alumni in some departments, since these departments have adopted the Honours courses quite recently. Identifying a convenient time to arrange the Lectures without disrupting the schedule of the classes was another such problem. Resources like technical assistance in the digital media have been duly provided by the college.
- Notes : The college contemplates on expanding the active involvement of the alumni beyond academic exchanges to something more empirical. It may undertake a programme to give some first-hand practical experience/field experience to the students by making them visit reputed Research institutes / industries, since many of the alumni members are associated with these institutes / industries in diverse capacities.
Innovative academic venture- “Alumni Lecture Series”, 2020-2021
|Sl. No.||Department||Date||Topic||Alumni Speaker|
|1||Chemistry||20.05.2021||‘Method of Isolation and Structural elucidation of Phyto -Compounds for Medicinal Purposes’||Mr. Sourav Pakrasky, SRF, Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata|
|2||Geography||22.05.2021||‘How to make it easier: course and career’|| Kanika Das, SACT, Ramkrishna Sarada Mission Vivekananda Bidyabhaban, Kolkata
Soumitra Giri, WBCS Jt. Commissioner, Revenue department, Govt of West Bengal
|3||Physics||24.05.2021||“Prospects of Undergraduate Physics learning”||Dr. Nilanjan Halder,Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Manipal University Jaipur|
|4||History||27.05.2021||A. ‘Career Opportunities in History’,
B. ‘From History to Pharma: A Journey’
|Dr. Ajoy Ghosh, Assistant Professor, Department of Education, St. Xaviers College (Autonomous), Kolkata
Sri Sumit Kumar Das, Territory Sales Executive, Sun Pharma Laboratories Ltd.
|5||Botany||31.05.2021||Importance of Botany in the Monitoring and Management of the Environment||Dr. Misha Roy, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, West Bengal.|
|6||Physiology||12.06.2021||Next Generation Sequencing||Suvam Sarkar,Project assistant, ICMR, CNCI, Kolkata|
|7||Commerce||19.06.2021||Automation in Finance: The Future of Accounting||Mousam Roy,Team Leader-Accounting & Tax Advisor, Infosys BPM Ltd|
|8||English||21.06.2021||Laugh-out-Loud:(Un) Masking Congreve’s Gendered World in The Way of the World||Swapna Roy, State Aided College Teacher, Amdanga Jugal Kishore Mahavidyalaya|
|9||Mathematics||31.07.2021||Properties of Continuous Function||Sanjib Das, SRF, Dept. of Mathematics, University of Burdwan|
|10||Economics||09.12.2021||Pros and Cons of using Cryptocurrency||Debjit Hore Roy, PG students, NBU|
Alumni Lecture 2021