REPORT OF INTERNAL QUALITY ASSURANCE CELL (IQAC), 2008-2009.
Name of Institution: Government Aizawl West College, Dawrpui Vengthar, Aizawl-796001.
Period of Report : May 2008 to April 2009.
The Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of Government Aizawl West College was pleased to submit its Annual Report of 2008-2009 on 30th April, 2009 based on the Action Plan of the said period. Action Plan for 2009-2010 is attached. The main activities of the Cell are as follows:
I. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CELL
The Cell organized the following programmes in pursuance of the Action Plan-
1. Spoken English Classes
The cell introduced Spoken English classes in continuation of the classes held in the previous years. These classes were held once a week with a period of 45 minutes throughout the session. This programme tried to improve the spoken English of the students.
2. Talk Programme
A talk on “Prospects and Challenges of Information Technology” was conducted by the cell by engaging a resource person from outside as part of the Information Technology awareness drive. In addition to this, Computer awareness lectures were also delivered to all the classes of the college.
3. Computer Classes
Computer Classes were conducted as follows:-
First Year B.A. on Tuesdays; Second Year B.A. on Wednesdays; and Third Year B.A. on Thursdays. The duration of the classes is 45 minutes each. All these programmes were found to be fruitful and were highly appreciated by the students.
II. ACADEMIC INTERACTION CELL
Keeping in mind the need of the students to have more of academic interactions within and outside the college campus, academic interaction cell has been constituted in the college for the academic session 2008-2009. The cell, which was earlier called the “Seminar Cell”, has been rechristened the “Academic Interaction Cell”. This is due to the necessity of engaging students, as well as the teachers, in all forms of academic interactions. In order to sharpen the minds of the students academically, and to encourage involvement of teachers as well as students in academic interactions, the cell organized state level seminars in the preceding years. The Academic Interaction Cell also conducted departmental seminars at the college level. Four academic departments in the college, namely – Education department, English department, Mizo department and History Department have successfully conducted seminars. Other departments would also be engaged from time to time. Academic discussions, formal and informal, were held within and outside the college. The cell organized discussions on various relevant topics – Indo-US nuclear deal; World Bank; etc., outside the college campus by inviting intellectuals from different fields. Fruitful discussions on Convergence of Distance Learning and Conventional Education were held in each class of the college.
III. RESEARCH PROJECT CELL
The cell completed the following within the reported period -
1. Research Project :
The cell completed the Research Project on the socio-economic problems of the people living Below the Poverty Line in Dawrpui Vengthar area that as many as seventy households were surveyed in this area. Twenty five students actively took part in this project.
2. Extension Services :
1. The cell conducted a Special English Class to the students of Dinthar Middle School-I
2. The cell also conducted special classes on Cleanliness and Study Habits to the students of Mt. Careth School and Hermon School of Dinthar area.
3. Special classes of Mathematics and Statistics were also given to the students of Dinthar High School.
IV. GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING CELL
Following the Action Plan, the cell held two meetings first with the First year students and the second meeting with the Second year and Third Year students. The students were given an orientation about the cell and they were also enlightened with the functions and services of the cell in these meetings. The students were then provided with papers and encouraged to write down the problems that they faced. They were assured that whatever they wrote would be kept strictly confidential. The response from the students was quite satisfying as they expressed themselves clearly and freely.
V. GRIEVANCE REDRESSAL AND COMPLAINT CELL
The objective of the cell is to redress grievances and complaints arising out of the students. Moreover, the cell was assigned to conduct creativity and vocational classes.
During the reported year, the cell received complaints from the students about the poor lighting condition in the toilet and requirement of better classroom conditions.
Immediate actions were taken to improve the matter.
The cell also conducted Creativity class in which a lecture on entrepreneurship was delivered by inviting a local entrepreneur. The students were attentive and the feedback was satisfactory.
The cell also conducted Vocational classes on piggery. The classes were held on a regular basis of 45 minutes class with a resource person deputed from Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department, Government of Mizoram.
VI. CAREER GUIDANCE CELL
The cell organized an Entrepreneurship Development Programme for the students by inviting the owner and proprietor of King Marketing, who has a rich experience in Ikea Multinational Company. In this programme, the students were encouraged to have confidence, determination, dedication and hard work in the field of entrepreneurship. Opportunities and assistance available to start a business were also made known to the students.
The cell also organized an awareness campaign on Convergence Scheme introduced by the Indira Gandhi Open University (IGNOU). Students were informed about possibility of pursuing other courses simultaneously with conventional courses. This would greatly widen their employment prospects.
VII. SPORTS PROMOTION CELL
The cell was established to promote sports activities of the students. The cell organized the College Week successfully. The College, under the guidance of the cell, participated in the University Sports as usual. Three Silver medals in Badminton and two Bronze medals, one in Judo and one in weight lifting were awarded to the participants. In addition to this, the cell organized an Inter-Class Volley Ball Competition.
VIII. CULTURAL CLUB
The club organized a seminar on “Who Will Preserve the Mizo Culture?” The seminar aimed at preservation of Mizo culture. The students were also encouraged to learn Mizo traditional dances in the College and elsewhere in their locality.
IX. LIBRARY AND INFORMATION CELL
Everything else remaining the same as reported in the previous year, two computer sets and a Xerox machine were purchased. One hundred volumes of books were also purchased during the reported period.
1. Activities reflecting the goals and objectives of the institution.
The goals and objectives of the college are inscribed in the Prospectus as Vision and Mission. The activities undertaken by the various cells of IQAC are the reflections of those goals and objectives.
2. New academic programme initiated (UG and PG).
The College conducted two internal assessments to achieve a better academic performance.
3. Innovations in curricular design and transaction.
This is not applicable since curricular designing is purely the purview of the Mizoram University.
4. Inter-disciplinary programmes started.
This is not applicable in a College like ours where the various disciplines have no independent existence and function.
5. Examination reforms implemented.
The college is subjected to implement any reform introduced by the University since the college has no autonomy of its own. However, the college has been implementing internal assessments as noted in No.2 above.
6. Candidates qualified: NET/SLET/GATE etc.
This is not applicable since the college has no post-graduate faculty.
7. Total number of seminars/workshops conducted.
The college conducted four departmental seminars during the reported period as mentioned in Part A, No. II .
8. Research project (a) newly implemented.
A research project on socio-economic status of Below Poverty Line families of Dawrpui Vengthar area was completed.
9. Patents granted, if any.
10. New collaborative research programme.
11. Research grants received from various agencies.
12. Details of research scholars.
The following research scholars have submitted their thesis for Ph.D.:
(1) P.L.Ramliana, Selection Grade Lecturer, Department of Economics.
(2) Baharul Islam Laskar, Senior Grade Lecturer, Department of Economics.
13. Citation index of faculty members and impact factor.
14. Honours/Awards to the faculty.
15. Internal resources generated.
16. Details of the departments getting SAP, COSIST/DST, FIST, etc.
17. Community Services.
During the reported period the college, through the NSS activities, performed community services as follows –
(a) Blood donation camp was conducted at the College premises.
(b) Special camping was held at the Zote villages about 150 km. away from Aizawl.
(c) N.S.S. Orientation programme and AIDS Awareness programme were held on the N.S.S. Day, the 15th January, 2009 in the College.
(d) Plantation site at Sihhmui was renovated.
18. Teachers and officers newly recruited.
19. Teaching-Non Teaching Staff ratio.
20. Improvement in Library services.
Two computer sets and one photocopying machine were purchased during the reported period.
21. New books/journals subscribed and their value.
About one hundred volumes of new books were purchased for various departments and reference sections during the reported period. The value of books altogether is as many as Rs.1,50,000.00 (Rupees one lakh fifty thousand) only.
22. Courses in which student assessment of teachers is introduced and the action taken on student feedback.
Student assessment of teachers is introduced in all the classes and every student having a 60% attendance is allowed to assess the teachers. A system being used is a Five-point Likert Type Scale of thirteen items. The result is communicated to the concerned teacher confidentially.
23. Unit cost of education.
The unit cost of education during the reported period was with salary Rs. 57,458.00.00 and with without salary was Rs. 5,423.00
24. Computerization of administration and the process of admissions and examination results, issue of certificates.
The administration and admissions are being computerized. However, examination results and issue of certificates fall under the purview of the Mizoram University.
25. Increase in the infrastructural facilities.
26. Technology upgradation.
Internet connection was subscribed in the College.
27. Computer and Internet access and training to the teachers and students.
Teaching on basic knowledge of computer is was imparted to the teachers and students. Maximum facilities and chances were given to the students and teachers in this regard.
28. Financial aid to students.
Poor students are admitted on payment of nominal admission fees, the balance of which was adjusted from their scholarship.
29. Activities and support from the Alumni Association.
30. Activities and support from the Parent- Teacher Association.
The College has no Parent-Teacher Association. However, close contact and good cooperation is being maintained with parents.
31. Health Services.
A Health Main Centre manned by a Health Supervisor and a sub-centre manned by a Health Worker, Department of Health and Family Welfare are situated within the campus. The services of these centres have been fully enjoyed by teachers, non-teaching staff and students.
32. Performance in sports activities.
The college participated in the University Sports held on 27 to 31 October, 2008 and won medals as below:-
(a) Three silver medals in Women Badminton were won by R.K.Zohmangaihi, Esther C.Lalzawngliani and T.C.Lalremruati.
(b) A Bronze medal in Men's Judo was won by R.Lallawmawma.
(c) Another Bronze medal in Weight-Lifting was won by T.C.Lalremruati.
33. Incentives to outstanding sportspersons.
Two talented students in sports were given admission free of cost.
34. Students achievements and awards.
Incentive Cash Award carrying Rs 500.00 (rupees five hundred only) each was awarded to thirteen students of the College who scored high marks in the last University Examination in different subjects.
35. Activities of Guidance and Counseling Unit.
In order to pin-point the need-area of the individual students, confidential reports in writing was collected from each student. Based on that information, the Guidance and Counseling Cell gave counseling to the students as required.
36. Placement services provided to students.
37. Development programmes for non-teaching staff.
Mr. James Lalchhuanawma Colney, Head Assistant, underwent a training on “Seniority and Promotion” from 7 to 9 April, 2009 in Administrative Training Institute, Government of Mizoram, Aizawl.
38. Healthy practices of the institution.
(a) The college has its own body called Watch-Group, the main duty and responsibility of which is to have a vigil against the anti-social activities.
(b) The college facilitated its classrooms to run morning classes of National Open School from class VIII to class X.
(c) The college facilitated its classrooms to run morning classes of National Open School from class XI to class XII.
(d) The college also arranged its halls and classrooms available for conducting departmental examinations and lectures free of cost.
39. Linkages developed with National/International Academic/Research bodies.
40. Any other relevant information the institution wishes to add.
During the reported period, lecturers presented papers at the International/National/Regional/ State level seminars as indicated below:
A : SEMINAR
(a) Dr. Sangkima, Principal:
1. An Etimological Study of the Word 'Zo' - Paper presented at the International Seminar on Ethnicity, History And Culture of Chin organized by Department of History of Etimography, Mizoram University on 17-18 March, 2008.
2. M.C. Hmingliani : Her Role In Awakening Women In Mizoram Since 1946 : Paper presented at the seminar organized by North East India History Association on 2-4 October, 2008 at Dibrugarh University, Assam.
3. Chief Lalsutthlaha (AD 1795-1845) : A Brief Sketch of His Life - Paper read at the seminar organized by Mizo History Association, Aizawl held on 12-13 December, 2008.
(b) Dr. Samuel V.L. Thlanga, Department of History:
1. Lalsavunga : Chief of Aizawl – Paper presented at the seminar organized by Mizo History Association, Aizawl, held on 12-13 December, 2008.
(c) Mr. James Lalchhuanawma Colney, Head Assistant:
1. Origin and Development of the Mizo Traditional Dance – Paper presented at the Seminar organized by N.E.Z.C.C. and Department of Art and Culture, Government of Mizoram at Vanapa Hall, Aizawl, held on 10 to13 March, 2008.
2. Folk Music of the Mizo (with demonstration) – Paper presented at the seminar organized by N.E.Z.C.C and Department of Art and Culture, Guwahati, Government of Assam, held on 30 September to 1 October, 2008.
B : CONFERENCE ATTENDED
C : BOOK PUBLISHED
(a) Mr. C. Chawiliana, Selection Grade Lecturer, Department of Mizo:
1. Zo Luankawr, published by the Mizoram Publication Board, Department of Art and Culture, Government of Mizoram.