Bankim Sardar College – A College with Potential
In Search of Excellence in
Practice – Bibidher Majhe Dekho Milano Mahan
1.Title of the Practice
Majhe Dekho Milano Mahan (Identifying Unity in Diversity and be inclusive)
2.Objectives of the Practice
The objective is the enrichment
of students by way of extending them beyond the narrow concept of self.
life process of people differs across person, place, culture, religion
etc. Such diversity often causes
disharmony. Thus one holistic objective of people is to remain identified with
the diverse life processes of others and find out the unity in diversity. HEIs
can play a pivotal role in imbibing the vision of harmony and unity among the
students by way of observing and commemorating observable days, identifying
citizenship roles by way of establishing neighbourhood relation and most
importantly strengthening cultural exchange among diverse communities.
who are living in this part of the mother earth are predominantly introvert in
nature and lack exposure to the diverse life processes beyond their narrow
geographical boundary. Students in this college come from pre-dominantly rural
background and belong to SC, OBC and minority communities (about 85%). Teachers on the other hand come from urban
areas. It is felt that the college in general and the teachers in particular
can therefore play a greater role in making the students much more open minded
and free thinkers by way of appraising them with the larger life processes of
communities beyond the narrow provincial domain in which the students live.
Under the context of such diversity, the college plans to observe “dibash”
(days) following a pre-scheduled calendar where each dibash holds different connotation and enables the students to get
identified with different value systems.
IQAC aims to organize
1.Regular counseling of the students by the Principal
2.Cultural visits for the students every year – to places
like Santiniketan (the place of Kabi Guru Rabindranath Tagore), Belurmath (the
place of Sri Ramakrishna & Swami Vivekananda), Kolkata (The City of Joy)
cultural exchange programmes where teachers and students from other premiere
institutions (e.g. Patha Bhavana, Visva Bharati) come to the college for
conducting cultural programmes with the college and school students of the
3.The celebration of the birth anniversaries of Swami
Vivekananda, Subhash Chandra Bose, S. Radhakrishnan, APJ Abdul Kalam every year
and the birth centenaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar
4.The celebration of the Communal Harmony day on the day
of Rakhi Bandhan when the teachers, the staff and the students go out to
the local villages and spread the spirit of oneness and harmony. College
students and school students in unison participate in Rakhi Bandhan and conduct cultural programmes. The college also
observed the 125th year of Chicago address of Swami Vivekananda as Sampriti
5.Regular visits to the neighbouring villages on the days
of Netaji Birthday, Republic Day and the Independence Day. Teachers, staff and
the students take part in such march to the villages and such visits help the students
and teachers to get identified with the life process of the villagers and spread
a feeling of oneness among the villagers.
6.Occasional visits to the local primary schools to
encourage the young students to come to the college and learn computers courses
from the college students. The objective is to imbibe the dream of higher
education among the young kids.
7.The celebration of the Fisherman’s day by celebrating
and observing the meen mangal utsav. The objective is to recognise the
contribution of the fisherman community of this region
8.Free legal aid service camps (in collaboration with the
advocates of the Law College) for the residents of adjoining villages with the
objective of making the villagers feel at home and discuss their legal
9.Regular extension services by the NSS and the NCC units
of the college often in collaboration with the West Beacon Scout with the
objective of making the students to learn to think for the society beyond
narrow self interest.
5.Evidence of Success
was to encourage the students to learn to extend them beyond the narrow domain
of their self-interest and spread their being to the neighboring villages, get
identified with their objective problems and realities.
three years of effort in this regard, most of the students today by and large
have started appreciating that they cannot afford to live within the narrow boundaries
of their home and have started identifying themselves with the world beyond.
becoming evident as they are showing larger interests to participate in inter-college
events and writing papers, letters and essays on inter-temporal and inter-spatial
6.Problems Encountered and Resources Required
does encounter problems in the areas of time resources. With the introduction
of the CBCS and the semester system time is becoming the limiting factor, for
both the teachers and the students, in actualizing the practice. Furthermore,
there are inhibitions in the minds of the local people about the manner in which
free thinking is encouraged. Finally, as students in general are accepting
“broadmindedness” as a social value, some narrow minded parochial
“non-students” feel insecure and pose resistance to the best practices.
Distictiveness - Mentoring
Bankim Sardar College – A College
with Potential for Excellence
In Search of Excellence in
Our Distinctiveness – Mentoring
college is located in the Sunderbans. Inhabitants of the region generally feel alienated
from mainstream India and when asked to perform any task they pause and feel
“can I do it?”
college believes that the students too have potential in their - SUNDARMON - and the college goes forward
relentlessly in search of the Sundarmon (the potential for excellence) and make
them feel “even I can do.”
roadmap to find out the potential for excellence is essentially the journey of
the students to move from their low self belief “can I do it”to the
stronger self belief“even I can do it.”
journey is not easy. But the college believes it is achievable, provided the
teachers make it possible.
are encouraged to play the role of a mentor. As mentor, the teachers are
required to mingle with the students as parents, make them feel at home and
constantly encourage them “yes you can do it.”
Vidy? Vimuktaye is our core value which enshrines our
·Enlightenment (emancipate and liberate from all
darkness and bondages)
·Empowerment (building self belief)
to enrich society)
All performances aim at fulfilling these visions
through the constant acts of mentoring of students by the teachers.
Towards enlightening the students, the college effectively
delivers the curriculum (as provided by the university) and adheres to a number
of “distinctive practices” – often different from other institutes – and
because of the mentoring
1.students show larger propensity to attend regular classes and
appear for monthly internal assessment,
2.a very strong teacher-students relationship
3.learners remain in touch with the teachers 24x7 through social
Towards empowering the students the college
organizes a college week whose name is Sundarmon. During this college week the
main objective is to organize several skill-displaying
events and make the students participate, perform and learn.Most of
the students who participate and perform in these events are the first time
performers and because of the mentoring
1.students shred of the initial hesitancy enrol their names
in the said events
2.confidence level of the students get boosted and they
start thinking, “EVEN I CAN”
3.talent search amongst the students become possible
4.students can learn many a things which they have never
learnt earlier for performing in stage
Towards enriching the students the teachers
remain friendly to the students, listen to their difficulties and built a relation
of personal touch and because of the mentoring
1.students find it easier to share the words of wisdom
and the experiences of the teachers
2.students can easily appreciate what is right and what
3.students can accompany the teachers and reach out to
the neighbourhood and mix with the society
4.students can be encouraged to share concern and work
for the society
Feedback taken amongst the students suggests that the
distinctive characteristic of this college is that the interpersonal relation
of between the teachers and the students is very strong and majority of the
teachers provide time to the students outside the classroom and also from their
home 24x7. This they believe have made them feel closer to the teachers for
which they can share any of their their problems and difficulties and they
receive help, guidance and necessary counselling.
That the feedback of the students are in favour of
strong students-teacher relationship is something that comes from the series of
activities that the teachers are involved in outside their classes.. Majority
of the teachers do not limit them to teaching only, but give time to the
students for their holistic development and here are some of the instances.
Teachers while at home, reach out to the students
through social networking and answer to any of their academic doubts, and
examine any of their write ups and point out their mistakes.
Constant acts of mentoring by the teachers make the students feel that
regular class attendance, appearing in reguar internal assessment makes them
prepared for the university examinations and thus the drop outs are drastically
Teachers make use of online platforms and solve any of their problems,
derivations through audio and video clippings. Students who are really
interested in their studies don’t feel that teachers are inaccessible.
Teachers also make the students to organise Departmental
Teachers’ Day and keeps close watch in an act of talent search and possible in
any socio cultural events.
The teachers as mentors work relentlessly and give
training and guidance for any students’ centric event ranging from debates to
seminar to singing and dancing and similar other activities, to those students
who have the desire to learn and perform.
the students to learn to write a bio-data that includes their strengths,
weaknesses, threats and opportunities, and prepare PowerPoint slides to present
their SWOT before the judges and develop a self directional skill and attitude.
The teacher mentors
of Political Science department take their students to the West Bengal State
Assembly and make them aware about the live proceedings of legislative
practices and then guide the students in the department to perform a mock
parliament session where students enact in several roles and successfully
create the ambience of legislative assembly in the college campus.
Teacher as mentor
encourages the students to think laterally by way of introducing to the idea of
lateral thinking (Edward Bono) and preparing question answers on lateral
Teachers encourage the students to take part in activities relating to
the society at large and take part in neighbourhood relation building exercises
be it during the time of any disaster or social gathering where volunteers are
needed from amongst the students’ fraternity.
Thus mentoring of students by the teachers in this college is becoming
the distinctive characteristic of the college and to realize its vision, priority & thrust and
realization of its core value Vidy? Vimuktaye.