UGC team visits PCC for ‘autonomy extension’

UGC team visits PCC for ‘autonomy extension’
UGC team members and others during the visit to Patkai Christian College.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 7/28/2019 11:29:48 AM IST

A five-member peer team of University Grant Commission (UGC) visited Patkai Christian College (Autonomous) on to assess the college for “Autonomy Extension” on July 26 

The team assessed the infrastructural-financial-human resources, teaching-learning processes, adaptation of upgraded technologies, teaching-research and the progress from the last autonomy granted to the college. 

The team comprised of vice chancellor, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, Prof. Suranjan Das, Swami Kamalasthananda, Ramakrishna M.V.C College, Kolkata, addl. director, Higher Education, Nagaland, Dr. Watijungshi, Plant Pathology, SASRD, Nagaland University, Dr. Tiameren and educational officer, UGC-NERO, Guwahati, Dr. Nikhil Kumar. During the two-day visit to the college campus, the UGC peer team interacted with the college officials, teachers, employees, students and alumni. Apart from interaction, the team visited all the departments and college facilities to take stock of the progress while also assess UGC grant projects and verified the office records. 

In the exit meeting, chairman of the UGC peer team, Prof. Suranjan Das advocated the need for a strong research base and asked to combine teaching-research while stating that “research informed teaching” was the need of the hour. 

He further informed that there were various agencies ready to fund the North East region and that the college being one of the oldest in the region can apply for such grants to promote research activities and take up projects. He also drew the attention of the college on the importance of “Public Financial Management System” and said that the college should follow it in order to keep track of funds released and used by the grantee institution made mandatory by the UGC.

Coordinator, UGC peer team, Dr. Nikhil Kumar on behalf of the team lauded the college for mentoring unaccredited colleges in the state on the importance of NAAC accreditation, for implementing CBCS, accommodating students from different states, having an Indo-Myanmar Tribal Research Centre and also carrying out co-curricular activities like NSS, NCC, EU, Unnat Bharat Abhiyan and Young Indians. 

Swami Kamalasthananda in his deliberation gave impetus on introducing online courses citing examples of e-PG Pathshala, and National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) which are initiatives of the MHRD executed by the UGC. He also delved on Small Private Online Courses. 

Dr. Tiameren representing Nagaland University stated  that the university was proud of Patkai Christian College (Autonomous) for its performance over the years. He further lauded the college for its progresses in many areas despite the constraints. He said that the whole of Nagaland will be looking forward to the vision of the college which will be celebrating its Golden Jubilee in 2024. 

Principal PCC Husazu Epao thanked the UGC peer team for the suggestions and assured to implement in toto.  He further stated that despite many limitations, UGC schemes have been a major source for college’s infrastructural development. The UGC peer team’s visit ended with series of meetings with faculties, staffs and students. In the interaction with the faculties, the team urged the teaching staffs to organise national and international conferences and also stressed on indexation of college’s journal. 

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