Best Practices - 2018-19
TWO BEST PRACTICES
1. Title of the Practice
i. Use of LED Lighting
ii. Students' Health Home, medical assistance for students
Firstly, to use LED luminaries in the institution means it will cut energy and maintenance costs of the institution drastically. As our institution experiences high occupancy of energy throughout the day and even at night comprising of various areas like corridors, stairs, classrooms, office, labs, hallways, College premises at night time etc, making them vulnerable to accidents and mishaps, use of LED lights can save the institution of this kind of untoward situations. It also ensures the safety of students and staff.
Secondly , all regular students taking admission in Surya Sen Mahavidyalaya have to go for membership of the Students'Health Home where they can seek and get medical assistance at a very low cost. This membership entitles them to avail the benefits of SHH only by producing their current feebook and photo ID at the reception counter of the Home and receive fair treatment. Institution's objective is to provide for them medical advice in the easiest possible way in order to keep them in a state of good health.
3. The Context
Being sensitive and responsive to the environment is a part of our Higher Education Curriculum. LEDs are mercury free and one hundred percent recyclable, thus making them the most environmentally safe lighting option and it also uses less energy than any lighting technology on the market. Favourable lighting condition and suitable illumination also aid in the creation of an optimal visual setting, produce minimum glare to ensure comfortability which is conducive to learning, as it is asserted that environmental conditions in educational institutions lay a significant influence on the health and bahaviour of the students.
Coming to the Students' Health Home, at any part of our state, any student of any member - institution would go to their nearest SHH regional centre for consulting physicians which is free and they would be served medicine only at rs 5/- per day despite any actual cost. It is evident that good health improves learning potentials which is also acknowledged by our National Education Policy. Students are to study with healthy minds and bodies . So to provide low-cost health care for Students is a responsibility of this institution.
4. The Practice
Experts claim that integration of natural light in Educational Institutions is one of the best ways to boost the overall efficiency of the students. As humans are biologically designed to be exposed to natural lights , LED lighting serves this purpose the best. So in Surya Sen Mahavidyalaya this is a human centric lighting solution that works in harmony with Earth's natural cycle and it has been programmed to emulate natural daylight.
Similarly in regard to the Students'Health Home, the World Bank and WHO made a comparison of the cost effectiveness of various public health programs and concluded that an educational institution that provides safe and low-cost health service is most effective for Students. So the goal being Health for All and Education for All , Surya Sen Mahavidyalaya has taken up this comprehensive approach to make the membership of SHH mandatory for all students enrolling in this College.
5. Evidence of Success
LED lighting condition in Surya Sen Mahavidyalaya has proved to be a a very favourable lighting option which is a proper eco-friendly lighting system for both students' visual comfortability and safety and at the same being very much cost-effective.
As Surya Sen Mahavidyalaya is based in a semi-rural area and Students mostly are from lower income group , this almost free medical counselling and treatment by the Students'Health Home is much beneficial for them. In order to avail low-cost ,easy and ready medical assistance , Regular students' membership of the SHH during 2018 - 2019 session is as follows,
1st year : 2606
2nd year : 1300
3rd year : 908
Total 4814 Students.
6. Problems Encountered
Considering all the benefits of LED lighting system, there was no problem in decision making on part of the College Administrative Body for installing it.
As the Students' Health Home is a non charity Social benefit organization aimed to help students and also imparts to the students mode of knowledge about preventive and social aspects of medicine and develop in them idea of civic health responsibilities through arranging lectures, debates, symposiums for creating social awareness, no such problem arose for implementation of mandatory membership of the Home .
Apart from the above-mentioned best practices, College also has been working on the following practice
1. Language Lab under the aegis of English Department is on the verge of completion. Computers with headphones and software have been purchased, classes will start from next academic session 2019-20.