• INSTITUTIONAL DISTINCTIVENESS

Kalna College, a pretty seventy five year old college, owns remarkable distinctiveness in its glorious tradition that fosters a number of merits and attract students, both girls and boys, for admission in it. Especially notable is its getting situated in a place at Kalna town easily approachable by bus, train and boat from different directions. The girl students feel and extra facility and safety in this college for which their guardians, too, feel a sense of great relief. Significantly, the college although run short of adequate non-teaching staff and faces some related problems for some years, yet the number of roll strength increases every year. For which the students discard the idea of getting admitted to other colleges in the periphery of the locality and show a fervent urge for admission at Kalna College. It is an ample indication of their proud preference for Kalna College which is distinctive in one way or other.

Since inception (Estd.1943), Kalna College dedicated itself to provide best possible higher education to the students of this particular semi-urban locality. It is the oldest college in Kalna subdivision of PurbaBardhaman district and very much adjacent to Nadia and Hooghly districts. The college actually provides higher education to major first generation rural learners of minority and backward class community along with minor semi urban students. College has introduced several honours and general classes of different subjects including some uncommon subjects like Santali, sociology and Physical Education in the under graduate level and also introduced Bengali and English Post Graduates courses very recently, which enable the students of this locality to receive the enriched and wide range choice based credit system of education. College has also a B.Ed. training course which makes the students competent for entering job. Besides providing quality education, the college undertakes special measures viz. career counseling, employability training, NCC, Yoga etc. to equip the students adequately to face the challenges of the contemporary world. College actively participates in the outreach programme to spread education value in the community through NSS and NCC. These activities of the college help us to reach the unreached to great extent and also certainly enable us to fulfil the vision of the college, ‘Gyanat Paratarang Nahi’ – ‘There is nothing beyond Knowledge’.

The Governing Body plays a pivotal role in framing the strategies pertainingto the various aspects of the college administration, academic and general development. Principal as secretary of the Governing Body, in liaison with IQAC, Teacher’s Council and finance committee, further formulates the working principle for the smooth functioning of the college. Governing Body is the apex administrative Body of the college and principal is responsible for implementing the resolutions adopted by the Governing Body. Teacher’s Council, a statutory body of the college holds meetings to discuss all academic and related developmental issues. IQAC is instrumental in maintaining and enhancing the quality in education and recommends necessary suggestion for all round growth.

Principal in close coordination with Governing Body, IQAC and the Teacher’s Council ensures the active implementation of the policies, plans and development framed therein. Teacher’s Council in presence of Principal chalk out the entire teaching–learning and evaluation strategies of a particular year at the beginning of the session. IQAC meet at regular intervals to monitor and implement the quality strategy of the institution. IQAC plays an active role by motivating the faculty and students to reach the quality target of the institution. All recommendations and suggestions are taken to the Governing Body for endorsement and approval. Once approved, these plans and programmes are implemented by various functioning committees formed and approved by the Teacher’s Council and Governing Body respectively.

All faculty members are the members of the Teacher’s Council which is also a statutory body. It monitors all academic and administrative affairs and as such recommends necessary measures to the Governing Body for consideration. All teachers have the opportunity to provide suggestions and comments by the respective developmental committee and such decisions are also forwarded to the Principal for necessary action. Three teacher members are elected as members of the Governing Body, the highest decision making body of the college and almost all members of the Teacher’s Council also take part in decision making and implementing process as a member of any one or more of 24 different such committees.

Kalna College takes all possible measures to uphold the interests of its stakeholders - the students, alumnies, guardians, teachers, non- teaching staff, the governing body and the local people belonging to all sections of the society. The college has a huge student strength, which is really the biggest wealth of the institution. Near about 6000 students are pursuing different programs in this college. Nearly 30% of the students belong to scheduled caste and scheduled tribe category and 10% belong to the OBC category. The college is dedicated to cater to the academic needs of the young learners, both advanced and underprivileged. The distinctive area of its priority is however the academic and socio- economic upgradation of the SC, ST, minority and OBC students. Although these categories cover near about 40% of the students’ strength, yet the number is actually greater. For, a good number of students belonging to SC, ST are admitted from the general category merit list. Their names appear in the general merit list on the basis of their score in Higher Secondary Exam. So, the actual percentage would be about 50. The college takes special care to uphold their academic needs, and to bring them at par with the advanced students belonging to the socio economically privileged strata.

Kalna subdivision, the feeder area of this college is inhabited by the Hindus and Muslims belonging to the general caste, S/C, S/T&OBC. Second students come from well off families as well as poor and indigent families. Every year, the college provides free studentship to the poor and needy students so that they can continue their education smoothly. The SC students admitted to this college generally belong to the sub castes like Bagdi, Bauri, Bhuiya, Malo, Dhobi, Dom, Duley, Hari, JaliaKaibarta, Muchi, Rabidas, Patni, Namasudra, Rajbanshi and Sunri. Some of them follow cultivation as their chief occupation, some depend on fishing, scavenging and sweeping. Some are engaged in shoe making, and laundry business. Doms are mainly engaged in the burning ghats.Bagdi, Bhuiya and Patnis are chiefly cultivators and farm labourers. The S/T students generally belong to the sub-castes – Bhumij, Oraon, Santal, Munda, Kora and Mahali. By occupation they are cultivators and farm labourers. These people are serving the society in various ways by offering their manual labour in their respective fields. Kalna College has taken upon itself the responsibility for giving quality education to their children and wards. In addition to the S/C, S/T categories, there are a certain percentage of people belonging to the minority section (OBC-A) in and aroundKalna. With their own religious and linguistic independence, they have been merged in the mainstream of the population. These various castes and sub castes with their different cultural and social backgrounds have, in fact, added variety, colour and strength to the Indian population.

To take care of the interests of the backward class students, Kalna college has formed a special S/C, S/T and minority cell supervised by one full-time teacher. This cell frames and implements various projects to help and guide the S/C, S/T and minority students. It ensures that each student gets the S/C, S/T and minority stipend from the government of West Bengal and supervises the work of lending books to them from the college book bank. Remedial classes are organized to give them additional help so that they do not lag behind. Full time and part time teachers teach them in the remedial classes held chiefly on Sundays. To ensure attendance in the class the college provides bus fare and tiffin packets to the students. They are provided with photocopied pages from relevant books and handwritten notes so that they can prepare themselves for the internal and final exam. The remedy’s scheme has provided the college with one laptop, 1 Xerox machine and other necessary accessories.

It may be mentioned that on the basis of the role strength of the S/C, S/T students, the government of West Bengal has sanctioned a building grant of Rupees 4.86 Crore by utilizing which a four storied building has been constructed in the main campus. Some departments of Arts, Science and Commerce as well as some Science laboratories have been shifted to this new building.

The S/C, S/T and the minority students are, in a sense, the jewels of the college. They bring many laurels for the school from events like games and sports as well as cultural activities. Maximum cadets of KalnaCollege NCC, both boys’ and girls’ candidates, are getting jobs in police force, army etc.In the close academic sphere also, they are showing marks of prominence. A good number of the S/C, S/T and minority students are securing first class in university exams. Kalna College is thus providing its help and support to the underprivileged students of a large area.

State Level Youth-Parliament Quiz Contest First Prize Winners

Students with their Medal & Certificate

Felicitation to Dr. P. S. Mukhopadhyay (Bhatnagar Awardee-2016) an Ex. Teacher

Girls Student Counselling by College Women’s Cell

Discussion on Career Opportunities for College Students by Career Counselling Cell

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