- Activities regarding the goals and objectives of the institution.
A holistic approach constitutes the watchword of the institute’s endeavour to make higher education available to diverse sections of Indian society. Students here are motivated not only to strive for intellectual excellence, but to also equip themselves to meet the challenges posed by modern society. They are ably guided towards this goal by the teachers of the college who remain unfailing in their academic commitment and sincerity.
Complex ideas and themes pertaining to the syllabi are communicated to the students through class lectures, special lectures, students’ seminars and inter college academic exchanges. These traditional methods are complemented with audio visual teaching aids, field trips and excursions. A deliberate attempt is made to whet up the interest of the student towards her subject through a multidimensional approach, an integral part of which comprises interaction with academicians of stature who are regularly invited to deliver lectures. Organization of debates as well as inter college seminars and competitions seek to build up the self -confidence of the students. Social awareness and social work call for serious involvement on the part of the college. Active participation in the NSS under the stewardship of Calcutta University helps the student to acquire a sense of responsibility and commitment towards society. In the ultimate analysis, the progress of women’s education and women’s empowerment coupled with a student centric approach and imparting of nationalist values form the principal objectives of the college.
- New academic programmes initiated (UG and PG).
The college has applied to the University of Calcutta for permission to start a Post Graduate (MA) course in Geography. The University has responded positively by requesting more detailed information from the college. Applications have also been submitted for upgrading the existing General courses in Sociology and Education into Honours courses as there is a huge demand for all the above subjects.
The Distance Education Postgraduate Programmes under the aegis of Netaji Subhas Open University in English, Bengali, Mathematics, Political Science, History and MSW are running very successfully.
The post graduate degree workshop (Paper V) in Journalism and Mass Communication was held in the college premises.
Like last year we expect the college to be the centre for the viva of the Master of Social Welfare Examination during summer.
Additionally the college is the only centre selected by NSOU for the ELT (English Language Teaching ) Certificate Course in Communicative English, (duration 6 months), 1 year PG Diploma and MA (2 years) courses.
- Innovations in curricular design and transaction.
As stated earlier, all academic courses are structured by the University of Calcutta to which the college is affiliated.
Recently the teachers of the institution were indirectly involved in the process of revision of the syllabi of almost all subjects by Calcutta University by participating in workshops organized for the purpose. Many of them gave valuable suggestions which were noted down by the UG Council members of the University.
Apart from this, teachers of some departments have actively helped in the process of compiling question banks pertaining to the new syllabi by the University of Calcutta.
- Inter disciplinary programmes started.
The Faculty Development Programme of the college has received great fillip due to the Inter-disciplinary Lecture Series held on a regular basis. This programme is instrumental in drawing the faculty members of different departments intellectually close to one another as it gives them the opportunity to share ideas from their fields of specialization with their colleagues. The lectures become even more lively with the participation of students who often ask meaningful and relevant questions on their teacher’s area of expertise. Teachers who are normally constricted within the structured courses of the university syllabi are given the scope of acquainting others with new perceptions on various issues through such sessions.
Apart from this, inter disciplinary seminars and student papers are presented quite frequently.
- Examination reforms implemented.
The college is directed to follow the schedule of examinations chalked out by Calcutta University. Instead of the stipulated number of periodical tests and selection tests held till 2008, a new system of mid-term and annual tests, held before each university examination, has been implemented.
- Candidates qualified: NET/SLET/GATE etc.
Though none of the ex-students qualified in the above mentioned examinations during the last session, some of them are performing well at the post graduate level and a few have competed successfully for places in B Ed courses in various colleges of the city. Some others have found employment in city based schools.
- Initiative toward Faculty Development Programme.
Teachers are extremely active in academic pursuits beyond college teaching. Many instances of such activity may be cited.
A faculty member has reviewed a book entitled “Business Studies- Essays on Management Studies in Memory of Professor Alak Ghosh”. The book review was published in the Quarterly Newsletter-Voice of IBMR Vol.2, No.III, 2011. Some noteworthy publications of our faculty members are: ‘Making Growth More Inclusive : Role of SSI, Women Empowerment and Women Employment In West Bengal,2009’ published in Management Vision for Business and Education, a Half-Yearly Journal on Management and Education, Vol.1, No.1 (Jan – June, 2009) and ‘A Study of Tourism and Development in India and The World (2009), published in Management Vision for Business and Education, Vol.1, No.2, July-Dec, 2009.
‘WTO and Indian Economy:A Critical Analysis(2009) in a volume entitled WTO And The Asian Union, WTO and Indian Economy: A Critical Analysis(2009) (ed. Raj Kumar Sen and John Felix Raj) – WTO and Asian Union - Deep & Deep Publications Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi and‘The Muli-Fibre Arrangement and South Asia’ published in S. Mansoob Murshed et.al(ed.), et al. (Eds.) South-South Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities for Development, London, NY; Routledge as well as ‘Food Inflation: Impact on Economy’, in Business Economics, July 15, 2010 are some of the important publications of our teaching faculty. Recently The Indian Journal of Political Science Vol LXXI, No 3,July-Sep 2, published an article by one of our faculty members entitled “Indian Diaspora: Predicaments and Prospects”.
On unification of R0 and R1 spaces, Bol. Soc. Paran. Math., B. Roy and M.N.
Mukherjee, 28 (2) (2010), 9-18. 17 and Concerning some results of Pettis, Rendi. Conti. Circ. Mat. Palermo, B. Roy and N. Mukherjee, 59 (2010), 357-367. (Springer Link Journal) and On generalized R0 and R1 spaces, Acta Math. Hungar., B. Roy, 127 (3) (2010), ( Springer Link Journal) are papers in Pure Mathematics which have been published in reputed journals abroad.
Some other forthcoming publications are :‘Competition, Marketing Strategies and Corporate Social Responsibility’ in the Journal of the Institute of Costs and Works Accountants, ‘ National and Global Aspects of Indian Textiles and Apparel Industry and Trade; An Overview (2011)’ in India Macroeconomics Annual, New Delhi,Singapore, Thousand Oaks: Sage , September and Yuddhajatray Nandanikata, Ramayan O Mahabharater Aaloke in Anwiksha a journal of the Sanskrit Dept, Jadavpur University. This particular issue is to be published in honour of Prof Ramaranjan Mukhopadhay.
Two other papers on Unification of almost regular, almost normal and mildly normal topological spaces, B. Roy , Demonstratio Math, and New types of sets between gμ-closed sets and closed sets, B. Roy and R. Sen, Ann. Univ. Sci. Budapest Eötvös Sect. Math., and Λμ – R0 and Λμ – R1 generalized topological spaces, B. Roy, Jour. Adv. Res. Pure Math. have been accepted and are to appear.
Representatives of the teaching faculty have also made presentations at institutions like the University of Calcutta. JUSAS, an adjunct of the English dept of Jadavpur University to be a forum where members of the Dept of English of the college regularly present papers. Important among the papers presented recently were “Byuha Parikalpanay Nandanikata, Manusamhitar Aaloke” at a day long seminar on The Dharmashastras and Kautilya’s Arthashastra– A Review organized by the Dept of Sanskrit [DRS-SAP (PhaseII)], Calcutta University and Configurations in Afro American Music at the American Information and Research Centre. Another significant presentation on Urban Poverty and its Relevance in Resource Management was made by one of our faculty members at an UGC sponsored national seminar on Natural Resource Management organized by the Dept of Geography, University of Calcutta on 10th March 2011.
In order to keep themselves updated, teachers also regularly attend refresher and orientation courses.
Eight faculty members have registered for Ph. D. under different Universities.
One of our teachers is a visiting faculty for MBA and BBA courses of Punjab Technical University at IISD, Kolkata and also of the post graduate management programme at IISWBM.
Some other faculty members are also engaged with post-graduate teaching at various universities like Jadavpur University and Rabindrabharati University.
A teacher of the Dept. of the Mathematics has two M. Phil students working under his supervision.
In the last academic year two faculty members of the college acted as examiners of M.Phil theses of the Dept of History, Calcutta University.
- Total number of seminars/workshops conducted.
The organization of seminars and special lectures is undertaken with unceasing regularity.
Recently, Dr Uma Chakraborty, Department of History, Seth Surajmal Jalan Girls College, delivered a special lecture on“Ancient Indian Art:A Formal Analysis”. This was clubbed with a presentation made by an ex-student on the findings of Archaeological excavations in Danton (W. Midnapore) in which the student herself was a part of the excavating team. Professor Prasanta Roy of the Dept of Political Science, Presidency University gave a scintillating talk on the very provocative topic of “Religion in Indian Society”. The lecture generated innumerable questions from the audience comprising students as well as teachers. A special lecture on Bangla Chhanda: Samashya o Samadhan was delivered to the students of a particular dept by Dr Ashis Kr De, Professor, Dept of Bengali, Burdwan University. Another seminar in commemoration of the 150th birth anniversary of Tagore entitled “Entering the Globe: Rabindranath and the Poet’s Journey into Eternity” was held on 18th April, 2011. The speakers Bhaskar Chakraborty, Centenary Professor of International Relations, Dept of History, Calcutta University and Debashis RayChaudhuri, Associate Professor of English, Anandamohan College delivered lectures on Tagore from different perspectives. Debashis Raychaudhuri’s talk was interspersed with the rendering of Rabindrasangeet by his daughter Rohini Raychaudhuri, a post graduate student of Jadavpur University and Sri Raychaudhuri himself. The latter dexterously wove in Tagore’s music to expound the poet’s ideas of religion and humanism in his presentation. The entire session was chaired by Professor Shireen Maswood of the History Dept, Calcutta University. Another special lecture on the anvil is on the topic Mental Disorder: Some Philosophical Reflections to be delivered by Prof Soumitra Basu of Jadavpur University.
The total number of seminars held/to be held (including the one by Prof Basu) during the last session (ie till the summer recess) is five.
- Research Projects (a) newly implemented (b) completed.
Along with regular academic activities of the college and university, the faculty members have been engaged in various research related work. One faculty member has completed his MRP on ‘A Study of some problems of Topology in some generalized settings’. Two faculty members have ongoing UGC sponsored Minor Research Projects entitled “Environmental Challenges for Protection of the Embankments: A Socio-economic study of Kultali, South 24 Parganas” and “Dandakaumudi of Pitambar Siddhanta Bagisa: A Critical Study”.
Another Major Research Project entitled “Unification of Topological Concepts in some Generalized Settings” is about to be applied for.
- Patents generated, if any:
- New collaborative research programmes:
One of the faculty members of the Mathematics Department, in collaboration with one Japanese (Prof Takashi Noiri ) and another Turkish mathematician (Prof Erdarl Eakici), and Prof MN Mukherjee has produced a number of research papers accepted by journals within India and abroad. He has also collaborated with Prof Sayed Jafari of Denmark in various research endeavours. The titles of such papers are as follows:
a) Unification of generalized open sets on topological spaces, Acta Math. Hungar.,
T. Noiri and B. Roy, (Springer Link journal).
b) New generalized topologies on generalized topological spaces due to Csaszar,
Acta Math. Hungar, E. Ekici and B. Roy (accepted and to appear). (Springer Link
c) On covering properties via generalized open sets, B. Roy and S. Jafari
d) Unification of strongly θ-continuous functions, B. Roy and T.
e) Separation axioms on topological spaces – unified version, B. Roy R. Sen and T.
- Research grants received from various agencies.
Some of the faculty members are applying afresh for research projects. In fact, the teachers of the institution have regularly availed of grants provided by the UGC under the Faculty Development Programme.
- Details of research scholars.
A teacher of the Mathematics Dept is acting as guide to two students for their M Phil dissertation under Calcutta University. Besides two teachers have been examiners of MPhil theses of the Dept of History, Calcutta University.
However, scope for such activity is limited as the college does not offer post graduate courses under Calcutta University and the linkage with Netaji Subhas Open University has just taken off.
- Citation index of faculty members and impact factor.
Publications by some faculty members have been cited by other research scholars working in allied fields several times.
- Honours/Awards to the faculty:
Earlier a Post-Doctoral fellowship was awarded to one of the teachers by the National Board of Higher Mathematics, Dept of Atomic Energy. Eight faculty members have registered for Ph. D. under different Universities.
- Internal Resources generated.
The college does not have any funds earmarked for research activity.
- Details of departments getting SAP, COSIST (ASSIST)/DST. FIST, etc.
- Community services.
In keeping with the idea of involving the students in the task of national service, the National Service Scheme ( NSS) unit was established in Women’s Christian College on January, 2010.The cardinal principle of this programme was to transmit in the students a sense of involvement in the tasks of national development through a combined participation of teachers and students in social service and also to inculcate in them a democratic belief that the welfare of an individual is ultimately dependant on the welfare of the society as a whole.
The College Advisory Committee of the NSS unit comprises the Principal as the Chairperson, an Associate Professor of the department of Political Science as the Programme Officer, assisted by two other teaching staff members from the departments of English and Sanskrit, one representative of the Development Department, Sri U.S.Ojha, OC, Tollygunge P.S, one representative from the slum chosen for offering service, Sri Rabin Chattopadhyay and two NSS student leaders. The total number of students comprising this unit is one hundred.
An Orientation Programme was organized by the NSS unit on 5th Feb.’10 in the college campus. Sri KunalChatterjee, NSS Superintendent, University of Calcutta, was the main speaker whose ideas immensely inspired the students. The total number of participants was 87.
In the course of this session, the NSS organized a Braille exhibition in October 2010, followed by an AIDS Awareness Survey in November 2010 and observance of World Aids Day on December 1, 2010. Voluntary service rendered by the NSS at the Blind Persons’ Association, participation in the Amity Half Marathon and in a rally against Drug Abuse constitute some of the efforts of the students to fulfill their commitment to society.
As in the previous year a Special Camp of the NSS was held from 24th March to 31st April 2011. It was inaugurated by the Secretary of the Governing Body of the college Sm Aloka Ahmed. There was an admixture of hands down experience in social work undertaken by the volunteers such as Survey of the Slum People and Training for children and women’s education of Slum Areas as well as lectures and seminars on social and health awareness. The very important second sessions of the camp on each of the seven days was made up of lectures delivered on the Need for Youth Motivation by Sm. Cheryl Francis, on Domestic Violence against Women by Sanhita, on Blindness and Eye Donation by Sm. Jharna Sur, on Sakaler Tare Sakale Amra by Dr. Rita Bhattacharya and another on Thalassemia Awareness by Dr Swarnalata Roy of the Institute of Haematology and Transfusion Medicine, Medical College. The seminars were followed by awareness campaigns on all the subjects discussed. A painting competition for children and a closing ceremony enlivened by a cultural programme by the slum children brought the proceedings of the camp to a close.
Apart from this the college has always made an earnest effort to participate in various community services and extension programmes.
As in the past, this year too saw the students of all the depts. arranging a fund raising drive for the Blind Persons’ Association located at 10/2 Samsul Huda Road, Kolkata 700017. Several teachers and students have visited the Bharat Sevasram Sangha to donate clothes and money for the poor and underprivileged. The Women’s Cell helped ‘Ankur Kala’ – an organization for training destitute women by providing space in the college to sell their products. Under the banner of NSS, we are collaborating with a British Charitable Organization which is operating in India through its agency T M Education. Under this programme, students will be spreading awareness about basic life skills through audio visual means among the underprivileged sections of society.
- Teachers and officers newly recruited.
- Teaching – Non-teaching staff ratio:
35 : 15
- Improvements in the library services:
The library software package (LSEase) from Libsys has been installed in the current month. The process of creating a database following WINISIS is to be implemented.
The seating capacity of Reading Room no 2 has been increased somewhat.
The UGC Inflibnet Centre of e-resources being provided by the UGC from the Gujarat University Campus in Ahmedabad has taken off rather well. It has enabled the faculty members to access some books and journals on the net.
- New books/journals subscribed and their value:
The total number of books that have been added to the library between 1.4. 2020 and 31.3.2011 is five hundred and ninety eight. Subscribed journals are also added regularly. The value of books purchased during this period is Rs 106117/-. The value of journals purchased during this period is Rs 10653/-.
- Courses in which student assessment of teachers is introduced and the action taken on student feedback :
We would like to reiterate that a method has been devised by the college for student assessment of teachers in the Honours courses. The feedback is carefully considered by the teachers individually and genuine attempts are made to comply with the demands and suggestions of the students.
- Unit cost of education:
Unit cost with salary - Rs.38,603/- approximately
Unit cost excluding salary - Rs.1997/- approximately
- Computerization of administration and the process of admissions and examination results, issue of certificates:
Office administration and admission process, publication of results and issue of certificates are in the process of being fully computerized. A number of new computers with LAN have been installed in the office for the purpose. The software is ready and about to be installed in the course of this month. It is fully expected that the admission process in the next academic session ie June 2011 will follow a computerized format.
- Increase in infrastructural facilities:
A room next to the Central Library has been earmarked for the UGC Resource Network Centre. It has been renovated very recently. An office space for NSS has also been provided.
After careful planning and some reorganization of space, a fully furnished office has been set up for Netaji Open University. In the recent past another important addition to our infrastructure has been the setting up of a state-of the art GIS Lab for use of the students of the Geography Dept.
Very recently two new toilets have been constructed for teachers and guests in the two buildings of the college.
- Technology upgradation:
College office is being automated. Many new computers and laptops are being purchased. The acoustics system in the college hall has been revamped. OHP and LCD projectors are habitually used by the teachers and invitees (academicians) from outside. A decision has been taken to allocate one laptop for each Honours department.
- Computer and internet access and training to teachers and students:
The college encourages the increased use of the internet as an indispensible educational tool. The UGC Resource Network Centre funds are thus being utilized to make available a few more computers with broad band internet facilities to the teachers and students. The space earmarked for the students’ centre has already been reconstructed so as to accommodate modern equipment. A part of the college chapel has been set up as a reading room for teachers.
Students receive computer training in collaboration with Interface I 4U within the college as part of their regular curriculum. Computer training is a self-financing course.
- Financial aid to students:
Ten to twelve percent students are offered free and half free studentships. Many economically weak students are provided with financial aid from the Endowment Funds for paying computer fees. Often poor students are sometimes provided with daily bus fare from the Students’ Union fund so that they may attend college regularly.
Two students of the college have been awarded scholarships by Udayan Care, an NGO, which will be sponsoring part of their educational expenses. The students had to compete with many others through a written test before winning the Udayan Shalini scholarship
A generous contribution of Rs 200,000/- by the husband of a late alumnus of the college has enormously facilitated the task of providing monetary help to students in the form of scholarships from the interest accrued from the above amount. Students of the Bengali Dept can avail of this benefit and this year three of them have won substantial amounts as prize money as part of the Tapashi Basu Memorial Scholarship.
- Activities and support from the Alumni Association :
Under the aegis of the Alumni Association, the 49th Reunion was celebrated on 4.12.2010. Prof Shukla Sen of the dept of Sanskrit Mahestala College was the Chief Guest at the function which was attended by a large number of ex students.
Like every year the Alumnae Association funded the N B Shome Memorial Award and rewarded students securing highest marks in the General subjects in the First Year Annual/Test Examination in the college. The Association gave away the prizes at the Foundation Day Celebration.
The Annual General Meeting of The Alumnae Association was held on 9th April 2011. The agenda was
- Submission of accounts
- Discussion about the upcoming Golden Jubilee Celebration of the College Reunion which is to be celebrated on a grand scale
- Report of last year’s activities.
- Activities and support from the Parent-Teacher Association:
There is no formal Parent-Teacher Association. However parent-teacher meetings are held on a regular basis in the case of the Honours students. Problems are broached by the parents during these sessions. The parents in turn are apprised of their wards’ conduct and performance. Since these sessions are presided over by the Principal and the Secretary, the parents have the opportunity to place their suggestions before the college authorities directly. The parents are encouraged to meet the faculty members whenever they feel the need to do so.
- Health Services:
The college had approached the Institute of Haematology and Transfusion Medicine, Medical College, Kolkata to conduct an awareness campaign on Thalassemia. Part of the campaign constituting a power point presentation, a lecture and discussion was conducted during the annual camp of NSS in March 2011. The second part of the campaign involving blood test of the students and identification of ‘carriers’ will be carried out in the post summer recess session.
Besides the college has an institutional membership with the Students’ Health Home, Kolkata. Students can avail of any of its facilities. Local doctors are also given house calls in case a student falls sick in college. A first aid kit and a sick bed are kept ready. There is also an unwritten understanding with Ramkrishna Mission Seva Pratisthan, a multi speciality hospital close to the college where students are removed in case of emergency. The Central Examination Committee for University Examinations also has a Doctor member to cater to the health problems of examinees. The students of the college are covered by ‘Nagarik Suraksha Policy’ for personal accidents with hospitalization expenses under Oriental Insurance Company Ltd.
- Performance in sports activities:
The college has no playground of its own. Organization of Annual Sports in parks located close to the college is the only rather limited effort through which sports is promoted.
- Incentives to outstanding sportspersons:
- Students’ achievements and awards:
Student seminars constitute part of the routine co-curricular activities of the college.
An inter-college, inter-departmental seminar was held in Ramkrishna Mission College, Narendrapur. Students of two departments presented papers on ‘The Position of Women in Ancient Greece and Rome’ as well as in Medieval India and Renaissance Europe. Two more papers on ‘Hellenism’ and ‘Concept of Environment in the Romantic Era’ were presented at the same seminar. Students of one department organized a seminar on ‘Capital Punishment’ while those of another will be deliberating over the topic of ‘Students’ Movements’ before the summer recess.
Students of the institution also regularly attend seminars/special lectures by scholars of international repute at The American Centre, Kolkata and have been appreciated for their active participation in the deliberations.
A quiz on Rabindranath and a book exhibition to commemorate and celebrate both the 150th birth anniversary of Tagore and World Book Day respectively, was organized within the college premises on 20th April.
Two students were awarded the Udayan Shalini Scholarship after an extremely tough inter-college competitive examination and interview. Another student has started a project work on ‘Changing forms of family’. Besides two students participated and stood in the first and second position in an inter- college poster painting competition on ‘Save the Girl Child’ conducted by the Gender Sensitization Cell of Rani Birla Girl’s College, Kolkata.
An ex- students has joined as a part-time lecturer in the college.
Students of Women’s Christian College have participated in a number of debates and essay competitions, as well as in many cultural and extra-curricular activities in their alma mater and in other institutions. One of them won the best speaker’s prize at an inter college debate hosted by Narendrapur Ramkrishna Mission College in this session.
A student who is a singer in Yuva Bani stood first in the category of Rabindra Sangeet in a music competition organized by the Asutosh College, Kolkata. Another participated in the programme ‘Mahisasurmardini’ organized by Etv Bangla and she had been the winner of many prizes in different music and dance competitions. The creative endeavours of the students has also been reflected in the wall magazines, talent search contests organized in the college. Besides the dedicated participation of the students in the NSS Programme deserve huge appreciation.
Two ex-students have got admission to the B.ed course in Sri Sikshayatan College after a very rigorous interview process. Besides another ex-student made a presentation in a special lecture organised by the college on ArchaelogicalExcavations and its findings in Danton (W. Midnapore) in which she herself was a part of the excavating team.
- Activities of the Guidance and Counselling Unit:
The college has set up a Guidance and Counselling Unit. Two faculty members have been inducted into the unit to coordinate and oversee the workshops and counseling sessions conducted within the institution. On 20.9.2010, the cell conducted a programme on health and hygiene in collaboration with Hindustan Lever. This effort was in continuation with another awareness programme on Lifestyle and Cancer held earlier. The cell seeks to provide psychological support to students whenever necessary.
The students are also welcome to approach the teachers with any problem they might face during their period of study in college. The faculty members always give them a patient and sympathetic hearing and are known to have helped students find a way out of difficult situations quite a number of times
- Placement Services provided to students:
The efforts of the Placement Cell to collaborate with the corporate sector and organize campus recruitment programmes remains unabated. In 2009, one such programme was conducted by the IBM and three of our students got job offers in the IT enabled sector. In 2010, Brainware, a reputed computer firm organized a recruiting drive within the college and provisionally selected nine students for training after graduation with indications of future employment. The cell also takes the initiative of organizing awareness programmes to keep students informed of various professional courses for which they can opt in order to gain a competitive edge in the job market.
- Development programmes for non-teaching staff:
No development programmes for non-teaching staff has been implemented.
- Healthy practices of the institution:
The college Eco Club in collaboration with Centre for Contemporary Collaboration ( CCC ) has organized a seminar on “Climate Change.”
In an unique collaborative venture with Samskrita Bharati, the college organized a ten day course in spoken Sanskrit in a bid to generate interest among the students towards an ancient Indian language. The response was encouraging as the fluency acquired by the pupils was quite evident at the valedictory session conducted conjointly by the college and Samskrita Bharati.
Apart from this, programmes organized to commemorate International Women’s Day, Independence Day, World Sanskrit Day, Rabindra Jayanti are integral to the value based education projected by the college.
On December 15, 2010, the Women’s Study Cell hosted the Gender Shadow project, performed and conducted by students from the Shristi School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore. This institution collaborated with Peace Works, an initiative of the Seagull Foundation for the Arts which interacts with young minds through the medium of the arts to foster the notions of peaceful coexistence, mutual respect and equality.
The Women’s Cell tries to raise a wide spectrum of issues relating to various concerns of women in the world today through programmes within the college. The centenary year of International Women’s Day was observed by a seminar on the Domestic Violence Act conducted by Durbar Sammanway Samiti, an NGO which is active among sex workers in the city. The speakers, Dr Smarajit Jana a well known physician gave a captivating talk on his experiences regarding the position of women today in India and Bangladesh while Sri Habibur Rahman, a lawyer apprised the audience of the nitty gritties of the Domestic Violence Act.
The Cine Club of Women’s Christian College is instrumental in stimulating an interest in art films among students. Dr Madhuja Mukherjee, Head, Dept of Film Studies, Jadavpur University and holder of the prestigious Golden Jubilee Fellowship of FTII Pune who has been entrusted with the task of writing history of regional cinemas interacted with the students of the college. Through the screening of the French film La Jetee (the Jetty) by noted film maker Chris Marker and another film entitled Red Orchid directed by Mukherjee herself, she engaged upon an analytical session of film criticism in order to finetune the sensibilities of the students towards world cinema.
- Linkages developed with national/international academic/research bodies:
- Any other relevant information the institution wishes to add:
An entire gamut of co curricular activities help develop leadership qualities and a spirit of service to society in our students. The Debate Club organizes an annual debate in memory of Ms Stella Bose and Ms NB Shome, the Founder Principal and Secretary respectively of the College. This year’s topic was ‘Opening up of the Higher Education is a Threat to the Present System’. Students, in the true spirit of a debate contested each other’s viewpoints with strong arguments, thus exploring every aspect of this thought-provoking issue. The Cine Club, by regularly organizing film shows, familiarizes the students with the creative genius of maestros. The flag hoisting ceremony on Independence Day, the observance of Sanskrit Day, International Women’s Day etc. are undertaken to inculcate in them a sense of pride and respect for the nation and confidence regarding their own abilities. They are also sensitized about their social responsibilities. Since the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanada and Rabindranath Tagore, coincide this year, the college has initiated the process of organizing a series of seminars and special lectures so as to make our students aware of the life and teachings of the two seminal thinkers of modern India.