Surya Sen Colony, Block B, Siliguri
Dist.: Jalpaiguri, West Bengal (India)-734004
Email: suryasen@suryasencollege.org.in
Phone : +91 353-2691488, +91 94763 87939

SURYA SEN MAHAVIDYALAYA

Govt. Aided College & Recognized by UGC u/s 2(f) &1 2(b) :: Established in: 1998
NAAC ACCREDITED  ::   ISO 9001:2115 & ISO 21001:2018 CERTIFIED
Masterda Surya Sen

Indian revolutionary
and School Teacher

22 Mar1894 - 12 Jan 1934

BEST PRACTICES

Best Practices - 2020-21
TWO BEST PRACTICES

BEST PRACTICE 1

  1. REDUCTION OF FEES FOR ALL STUDENTS

 

  1. Objective: The Covid 19 pandemic situation has hit hard the economy of most country. The governmental aided institution charges reasonable fees from the students in order to provide education to masses mostly belonging to middle and lower economic sections. But in the past year situation has been difficult to large section of the society. Education becomes secondary when it comes to survival resulting the cases of drop outs. The objective of this practice is to keep the continuity and completion of studies of the students so that their future may be secure and dropout rate be nil.

 

  1. TheContext: The institution caters knowledge mostly to students coming from low income group in the area. The large number of students in different faculties of the Institution is benefitted in various ways apart from education. Overall development of the students through various activities and counseling are taken care of by the Institution. The successes of the students as a responsible citizen of the country and bright future in career are our goals and achievement. Therefore, keeping this in mind the college Governing Body took the decision to reduce the fees to half so to lighten the burden of the parents already tackling with the pandemic situation. The students were encouraged to continue their studies.

 

  1. ThePractice: students are our priorities and the institution is concern and takes care of them. Since past years the students benefits from many schemes provided by the college regarding health, insurance, etc. The College has been providing full and half scholarship to students of merits and in need from past many years. The facilities and resources in multi- Stream College require funding to improve the infrastructure and requirements. But keeping in mind the ongoing pandemic situation and the future of our students the college decided to choose to secure the future of students and hence reduce the fees to half of what they were suppose to pay. Even then there were many who could not afford to pay that much. Relaxation in days and no fines were charged from the students. Moreover the college continued the practice of full and half fee scholarship along with this practice. As many as 4 students were given full fee scholarship and 9 half fee scholarships in this session. Along with this 130 students received free uniforms worth Rs.1,04,000/ and 1 student received medical aid of Rupees 20,000. The Institution has almost 7000 students strength. Reduction of fees to all definitely affects the maintenance in other areas of the institution but the practice was for its worth. As students are the pivots of any institution and future of our country, the practice of reduction of fees indeed was the call of the hour.

 

  1. EvidenceofSuccess: The practice proved success. The effort to ease the economic burden on the students and continuity of their studies achieved its targets. There was none of the students who did not appear in exam due to non-payment of fees. The last Semester students successfully appeared in exam and completed their graduation.

 

  1. ProblemsEncounteredandResourcesRequired: The Institution took full care to inform all the students of this big step through website and social media Whatsapp group, facebook. The main problem encountered by the College was to make up the financial burden of the College due to such holistic practice. There was no extra financial support from other sources that could have been helpful. But nonetheless the College achieved its goal in benefitting large number of students. If some extra resources in future towards this practice become available from government or other sources it would benefit many students who come from poor financial condition.




BEST PRACTICE 2

  1. PHILANTHROPIC MEASURES

 

  1. Objective: The main objective of this measure is to enhance awareness among students of social problems and nonprofits, improve critical thinking, communication, leadership, life skills, attitudes, intentions and behaviors to civic responsibilities. To increase the knowledge of grant seeking and grant making and integrating theory into practice.

 

  1. TheContext: In the present digital world and connections through social media the generations of young students are more detach from reality. The Institution adopted this method of Philanthropy among students so that opportunities are provided to them through experiential learning to study the social problems and nonprofit organizations.

 

  1. ThePractice: The Covid’19 situations particularly in developing countries like India with large population needed more number of volunteers apart from those serving in governmental sectors to cope up with the ongoing situations. The students, the future of our country, are the best one to be given firsthand knowledge towards this philanthropy. Many willing students volunteer themselves to help out the people in need. They helped the people by distributing cooked meal at night. Distribution of masks, sanitizers, hand gloves, clothes, etc. collected through charitable donations made by faculties, staff or collection from helpful people was carried by the students.

 

  1. EvidenceofSuccess: The philanthropic work carried by our students was successful in the sense that they did not give up their good work after completion of one area. Rather they became more aware of the difficulties and day to day problems of the people and volunteered themselves for more such social services. They needed money to buy them medicines, gloves, masks and other food items and did not hesitate to come forward approaching other people for help. Out of such selfless dedication they were able to bring a smile and ray of hope among the needy and destitute. Villages, slum areas, railway platforms wherever the need was felt our students reached out there for help. Not only for lockdown period but in times of natural calamity like cyclone or flood they volunteered themselves. These measures in deed encouraged their determination and boosted self confidence in them. The sense of civic responsibilities and to do something more for the society is materialized practically in them. The world of social media in which most of our young generations are engaged have seen and witnessed the actual lives and harsh realities of many deprived people that are reflected in stories or digital series. Hopefully, small but effective change has been made to the lives of these students, to keep up the good work, to keep faith in humanity and humility. In times of festivals some teacher donated them new clothes to bring a smile on their face. 

 

  1. ProblemsEncounteredandResourcesRequired: Many parents were afraid of the ongoing Covid’19 situation as many students were not vaccinated and to allow them for volunteering for this philanthropic work in the beginning. Resources finance and food items were insufficient to cover all the people or area in need for continuous supply. But whatever was in the reach of the volunteers they did their best physically with their presence and helping hand to the society.

 




Best Practices - 2019-20
TWO BEST PRACTICES

Title of the Practice

  1. Introduction of G-Suite mechanism during lock down period an enabling Google Tools.
  2. Initiation of Language Lab as a tool for Life-skill development for students.

1.  Objectives:

As Education system worldwide has been affected by the covid-19 pandemic leading to the near or total closure of educational institutions almost everywhere, the effort is to continue the teaching-learning process on a regular basis and create an integrated workspace by using G-Suit mechanism for students and teachers to collaborate, communicate and attend online classes smoothly and successfully. AS Google workspace-plans provide custom –e mails for the institutions and includes collaboration tools like G Suite mails, calendar, Google Meet, Google Classroom, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Spreadsheets, Google Slides, Google Forms and more. These varieties of features are designed to meet the unique institutional needs online. G suite has been evolved into a more integrated experience across the communicational and collaborative processes. It is one of the essential effective processes from a technical perspective. It helps to draw a holistic picture of ongoing online teaching-learning activities during the lockdown period. The basic purpose of the Language Laboratory is to provide students a platform to enhance English language skills, communication skills and to practice soft skills and also to emphasize the need of English in the business and technical world which prepares students for interviews and future job opportunities.

2.  Context:

To bring all the students under one single umbrella of online interaction, G-Suit serves as an integrated workspace which is simple to use, yet lets one spend less time managing work schedule and more time actually doing it. Tools are used that are best-in-class, can be used from anywhere and help to integrate, customize and extend workspace to meet all the needs. For Language Lab good communication skills are indispensable for the success any professional who wants to reach out to people. The English language in particular has become essential in the lives of young people who aspire to advance their careers anywhere in the world. English being a global language is a must for learning for any Indian student today. The Language Lab plays an important role in this learning process. Language learning is not the same as learning any other subject. It is not confined to writing an examination and getting a degree or certificate. The four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking have to do practiced. Being able to communicate well is the most important factor when seeking a placement in the job market. Communication involves one’s ability to listen carefully so as to grasp the meaning and to respond in turn with apt words and clarity of pronunciation. Language lab is a technological aid for learning and it has a number of advanced facilities that can help a student to learn a language with proficiency to communicate which has become inevitable in today’s context.

3.  Practice:

During home-based learning in the lock down time, initially several methods were adopted by college, for example, sharing information by Whats app, video-calls, through zoom and others platforms online. But G-Suit implementation enabled teachers to create their own classrooms where managing study-materials and documents are easier. One could experience a successful teacher-student interface, G-suite is a free collaboration tool for everyone for distributing assignments, track students attendance and progress, to go for class tests, provide e-study materials and to facilitate interaction in a virtual world. The Language Lab in our Institution is a dedicated space for foreign language learning where students can access audio and audio-visual materials. Teachers are allowed to listen to and manage student audio which is delivered to individual student. After completion of the course, students are awarded with certificates. This recommendation of using a single G suite for Education account with only one domain seems to be very effective. A logical organisational unit structure is created to share resources within classes and other platforms. This simplifies the management of teaching-learning process and flexibility and effectively manages our G suite for Education account.

4.  Evidence of success:

G-Suite mechanism proved to be very effective during this learn-from-home period. Students not only got used to this system but also learnt to have smooth access to engage portal of College for study materials, audio and video-clips etc. Language Lab is more than a tool for training and learning a global language, but to study and experiment with real samples of language and exercise in its use. Students also learn about multimedia technology and communications and a high degree skill development. They can always head for better options with the help of this. Thus Language Lab fosters a digital literacy responding to new educational and social needs. Teachers of language lab wholeheartedly admit that it has been a great tool for the students as the application is student-friendly. Extempore is designed to be incredibly easy to use for both instructors and students. Student submissions are automatically saved along with the instructor’s personal feedback. Whether it is a low stake activity or a formal oral exam, everything is organised all in one place which students can access effortlessly.

5.  Problems Encountered:

No such problem worth mentioning in regard to G-Suite implementation. Orientations as to how to use classrooms with the help of Institutional mail-ids were provided for the students. Regarding Language Lab problem of space, stationeries and numbers of computers have been solved by extension of space and allocating more funds for purchasing computers and other necessities.




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

2.   Objectives

   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 .

7. Notes

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.

SURYA SEN MAHAVIDYALAYA
Affiliated under NBU


Block B, Surya Sen Colony
P.O. : Siliguri Town Dist. : Jalpaiguri,
West Bengal (INDIA), Pin : 734004
Phone (Office): +91 353-2691488
Phone (Helpline): +91 94763 87939
Email: info@suryasencollege.org.in
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