Monday, November 29, 1999

Niwas for surprise visits to colleges to ensure regular classes

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Meets heads of colleges; chalks out strategy for new session"Though the standard of education in Chandigarh educational institutions is better as compared to its counterparts in the neighbouring states, yet there is a lot of scope for improvement in the quality of education. From this session, new plans will be executed to impart the best of education among collegiates," said Education Secretary Ram Niwas during a meeting convened on improving the quality of education in arts and science colleges of Chandigarh.The meeting was attended by Director Higher Education Ajoy Sharma and heads and principals of all government and privately-managed colleges including Government Home Science College, Sector 10, Government College of Education, Sector 20, Government College of Yoga and Health, Sector 23, Regional Institute of English, SIE-32, MCM DAV-36, SGGSC-26, SGGSC for Women, Sector 26, DAV-10 etc. The purpose of the meeting was to chalk out plans and schemes for all colleges to be taken up from this session.During the meeting, it was decided that surprise visits would be conducted by teams constituted to ensure that classes are undertaken irrespective of the strength. The Education Secretary directed that student feedback system will be introduced in all colleges. The format of feedback form was circulated to all principals. It was desired that each college should devise a mechanism to ensure that feedback forms are filled by students in the last week of August, December and February.Stress was also laid on updating the notes by faculty regularly before taking the class. Updated notes must reflect latest research and latest updates on a particular subject. It was further emphasized that since the UGC provides grants for various minor as well as major research projects, therefore, they should try to avail of this opportunity and efforts should be made to associate students with the research work.Director Higher Education apprised that every college should have a counselling cell where these students can be counselled. It was further stressed that college should set up helplines for counselling as well as drug de-addiction. Phone number of counsellors as well as NGOs working for drug de-addiction should be prominently displayed in colleges as well as hostels.Also, existing faculty members should be sensitized by organizing workshops to act as mentor's to the students. Each faculty member should act like a mentor to a group of 15-20 students who will act as guide and advise to the students. Also there is a need to strengthen the placement cells. Colleges should work towards that too. For this, taking services of outside professionals may also be explored.The need for preparation of annual planner containing week wise activity to be carried out by faculty members/HOD's/principals was also discussed. The format for preparation of annual plan was also circulated to all principals. Field visits as well as visit of eminent scholars/ guest speakers should be planned beforehand and it should be reflected in the annual planner. Principals were further asked to monitor the adherence to the annual plan. It was stated that integration of curriculum with the society should be promoted through the establishment of various student societies based on various social themes. Every student should be motivated to become a part of one or more of these societies. These steps will help students to establish contact with their immediate environment and creating linkage between educational institutions and the community at large.Emphasis was laid on installing CCTV cameras in colleges which will act as deterrent for anti-social elements. This will also help on curbing the menace of eve-teasing and ragging. It was also decided that colleges should start giving emphasis on research work.Ram Niwas asked all the heads to put the information about all events on their websites. It was also decided that workshop on yoga should also be conducted from time to time. Secretary Education asked all principals to adopt smart classroom pattern in their colleges so that latest technology methods could be introduced to impart education. To update the libraries, it was decided to replace all the old editions with the latest ones.

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