With higher education becoming an international service, there is growing concern the world over about quality, standards and recognition. Consequent upon this trend, the debate on how benchmarks have to be evolved for ascertaining and assuring quality at different levels of higher education is significant. The initiative of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) to promote the concept of best practices benchmarking. It also sets the stage for a discussion of the identification, sustenance, dissemination and adaptation of best practices and of their transference from one system to the other. Best practices of an institute are usually the benchmark it wishes to set for itself and others in the society. Being an institute of higher learning we realize our role in building a society free from discrimination and deprivation. We also realize that in a nation endowed with youth power we are facing an acute shortage of skilled youth who are industry employable. In order to fulfill our role, we are engage in various tasks which can be labeled as Best Practices. Fostering Community Responsibility, Skill Development Program, Spreading social awareness etc. are few of the best practices of the college.
The institution has a system for green-auditing of its facilities which is carried out informally by the National Service Scheme and Nature Club.
The use of plastic bags is avoided in the campus and the authority is planning to declare the entire campus as “No Plastic Zone”.
The students and staff have planted several tree saplings during various tree plantation programmes organized by the institution through the NSS wing and all these trees are taken care of and maintained by the gardeners of the institution.
Care is taken to ensure that the college environment has low levels of carbon emission and low pollution levels so that the campus is healthy for all.
The college is declared as ‘No Tobacco Zone AND No Plastic Zone’
INITIATIVES TAKEN TO MAKE THE CAMPUS ECO- FRIENDLY
The College conducts awareness programmes on energy conservation and adopts measures to ensure that energy is conserved wherever possible.
Every department follows a policy of switching on power only when required and switching off when not in use.
Class rooms in the old block have very wide and long windows with a high roof of almost 12.5ft which ensures that the use of lights and fans would be minimum as ventilation is naturally enhanced.
Many classrooms, departments, administrative office and the Principal Chamber of the college are airy and well illuminated for the maximum use of natural lighting during the day time. Tube lights are used instead of incandescent bulbs wherever the natural lighting is insufficient to minimize power consumption. The institution strictly observes to see that no electric equipments run unnecessarily. Thus enough measures are taken to use electricity carefully.
Almost all the computer monitors in use are LED, LCD or TFT types to ensure minimum usage of electricity and also to reduce the level of radiation.
Presently no renewable energy sources are present in the campus Bio – gas plant will be installed for use in the girls’ hostel of the campus. The initiative to install this was taken by the department of Botany. Solar lights are available in the campus, but wide Plans are ahead to install roof top solar panels
Rain water harvesting project has been implemented in the college. The water thus harvested is being used for watering the plants and gardens since2020.
Efforts for Carbon neutrality
Plantation of trees and green grass in the college quadrangle and in the frontend. Potted plants dot the corridors of the college with more than 50 different samples.
The College has made arrangements for the parking of the vehicles of the students and staff near the entrance. This helps in keeping the campus as much clean as possible.
The campus is also smoke free. The dead leaves and waste papers are not allowed to be put on fire. The dead leaves and waste papers are scientifically decomposed off by burying them in the soil.
Tree plantation drives are organized regularly to create clean and green campus.
The NSS and NCC wings of the college take up planting saplings regularly. The
Botany department of the college maintains a green house which houses a large
variety of medicinal plants and wide variety of plant species.
It is the tradition of the Institution-Planting of tree saplings by chief guests during their visits to the college for various functions.
Hazardous waste management
The college generally does not generate any hazardous waste in any manner.
However, the college strives to generate minimal waste and tries to reduce the
use of plastics whenever possible. Moreover, from 2017-18, the college has been
declared as plastic free Zone
Waste is segregated as biodegradable and non-biodegradable.
The college has built a solid waste disposal bin at the rear end of the basket ball stadium. Solid wastes like broken glass beakers, test tubes, rubber tubes, etc. are collected from the entire campus and stored here. This solid waste is then collected by NSS volunteers in every alternate day and is then disposed off. Use of pesticides and other harmful chemicals in the garden is replaced by adopting organic methods of gardening wherever possible.
In order to dispose the acid fumes, chemistry labs are equipped with exhaust fans and fume hoods.
Mild chemicals are used for cleaning and maintaining the campus.
Sterilization is performed by autoclaving and then the remaining wastes are properly disposed off, in accordance with standard waste disposal norms.
Vermicomposting is also in practice for disposing the wet waste from canteen and also other biodegradable wastes.
Printer Cartridges are generally refilled and not disposed. Wherever refilling is not
possible, the cartridge is returned to the manufacturer
Paper waste is sold off to vendors who send it for recycling.
Computers in satisfactory working condition, but are obsolete for the system, are usually used for teaching – learning purposes of Computer Architecture and Hardware courses. Similarly, computer parts and peripherals are reused in others systems.
All damaged or non-functional electronic materials (e-waste) is returned to the manufacturer.
UPS batteries are exchanged for a nominal cost (buy back offers) with the vendor of the new batteries.
The management has evolved a procedure for e – waste wherein the individual departments in the college store the waste and once in six months it is collected by a designated person from the management. It is later sent for recycling units.
Give details of innovations introduced during the last four years which have
created a positive impact on the functioning of the college.
Pre-placement training: Students are imparted pre-placement training so as to prepare them for interviews. The college placement record itself speaks volumes and the placement records show impact of pre-placement training.
The main building has multiple entry and exit points with wide stair case
Fire extinguishers are strategically placed at multiple locations including the departments, laboratories, office, Principal’s chamber, auditorium, library,etc.
CCTV is installed at strategic locations in the campus and the monitoring unit is housed in the Principal’s chamber to get a quick review of the activities in the college at different locations. This enhances the security system in the college as it also has recording facility.
NCC cadets and NSS volunteers have participated in Disaster Management exercises.
Two class rooms are made ICT ready
The College uses Smart board to enhance the teaching – learning methods with
All departments undertake seminars in ICT mode by inviting resource persons from nearby institutions.
Departments are equipped with computer and internet connectivity in the staff room Library has a separate e – library which allows access for e –resources.
Question bank made ready in many subjects.
Lending 3 books per student to SC/ST/OBC from Book Bank for 1year
Technology enabled learning environment is ensured. The basic computer knowledge has been made compulsory for all the students and the teachers. All the teachers have been instructed to have an email ID, so that important information could be shared instantly. This practice has enabled the teaching faculty to use computers and internet to improve their teaching practices.
1. Blood Donation Drive
‘Safe a Life’ through annual blood donation camp. The Blood Donation camps have been organized from the past 10 years and contributing about 120-150 pints of blood collected and given to Blood Bank of Sundargarh and Rourkela. Besides, whenever there is an SOS call from any hospital, students generously donate blood to save lives. Red Cross and JIBAN BINDU has recognized this noble cause and awarded a certificate of appreciation for donating blood continuously for the past years.
2. Mandatory Project Work/Internship
Students get an exposure to basic research and opportunities for internship and turn out to be independent thinkers with augmented job opportunities. In the Curriculum one paper of 100marks is mandated for a 6th semester student to go for a Project work and submit a dissertation. In consideration to Project Dissertation and Viva voce marks are warred to the student by External and Internal examiner.
3. Planting Saplings
When Principals/faculty reaches superannuation, saplings are planted to enhance greenery on the campus. Moreover the Department of Botany has taken care of to implant saplings of medicinal plants.
4. Counseling Cell
Students counseling cell is working here efficiently and effectively. The cell is organizing entry in services classes and soft skill classes for the student. The cell is also responsible to provide information on job opportunities to the students.
5. Celebration of International Women’s Day
International Day for Women in association with the Women’s Cell and the alumni of the College is celebrating every year and four student achievers are honored.
6. Scholarship for meritorious and poor students
The college provides free ship and financial assistance to the meritorious students through SSG and SAF. The National Scholarships and state Government scholarships are also provided to the economically backward students.
7. Awards to Best Graduates
Awards are given by the College to the best graduates of BA & BSC students of different departments in the memories of chief Patrons and other donors of the college.
8. Awards to Best Athletes
Awards are given by the College to the best Athletes who participated in various University, State and National level games and sports and bring Laurence for the institution.
9. Student Union
Student leaders are vibrant carrying out responsible tasks with conscientiousness. In addition to conducting various competitions/activities/celebrations, they offer their services to maintain discipline/cleanliness, to serve food at the canteen during peak hours and train the juniors for intercollegiate competitions. The stamp of excellence of these leaders is recognized on the Annual Day with trophies and certificates.
10. Sports and yoga
Yoga has been a best practice for the college. The Athletic Association of this College has been offering yoga to the Hostel borderers and day scholars and promising athletes. The gym of the College is open for 4 hours daily for the use of students. During Puja Vacation and Summer Vacation the Athletic Club set up temporary Training Centers to train the athletes. Many groomed Athletes of Sundargarh District of have been trained from this College.
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Best practices 20-21
Best Practices 2021-22