BEST PRACTICES 1
Title of the practice: All India level NCC FESTIVAL-CADET
The objective of the Practice:
- To develop character, comradeship, discipline, a secular outlook, a sense of equality, and innovativeness.
- Cadets comprising different backgrounds, gender, skills and experiences get a chance to perform on the same platform which inculcates unity in diversity.
- Inculcate leadership qualities, effective communication skills, boost confidence, Resource and Human management,
- Personality Development by giving them exposure to participating in and organising the plethora of national competitions.
- Women empowerment wherein the girl cadets equally participate in all activities.
- Motivation by the Eminent speakers invited in NCC-fest to young people of India not just to join the Armed forces but also to grow as an individual.
Kirori Mal College NCC Coy believes in enriching the lives of the cadets with activities that build self-confidence and leadership. The NCC fest: CADET has evolved to imbibe and inculcate the following in the students:
- It’s not just about winning trophies and medals; it is about evolving the cadets into the best version of themselves for which they get a fair chance in the fest.
- It helps the young students to get over the fear of competing and pushes the cadets out of their comfort zone to do better each year.
- Students gain a better understanding of how to collaborate with widely differing personalities.
- They learn to manage subjectivity in their lives, be persistence, and resilient and have mental toughness.
Event planning skills-
- Every grand event needs a strong and committed team and strong leadership.
- Organising the event enhances students’ skills, teammates do brainstorm, hash out details, and pull-down abstract ideas into reality.
- In the fest, the women cadets, get to have equal representation in all the competitions.
- Girl cadets run extra miles, march with rifles and do all other things. It encourages girl cadets to be self-dependent, expressive and courageous.
National integration and cultural diversity-
- The cadets gain experience to live together, cooperate, work in harmony with cadets of other states and performing with dressed in their traditional attires.
- The cadets learn Cultural and traditional values, the diverse heritage of our country and foster national integration despite their linguistics, cultural, religious and geographical barriers.
The National level annual NCC festival ‘CADET’ is hosted over 3 days that involve competitions, cultural shows and workshops. This event is being organised annually since 1999. We get participation from Goa, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, West Bengal, Telangana, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Kerala and other parts of the country apart from the participants from Delhi.
In the NCC festival, we conduct various competitions like Drill that involve all events like the best cadet, squad drill, Quarter Guard army action attack, section formation, NCC Run- with rifles in hands and sandbag on the back, ripple drill, display of weapons etc. The girl cadets too participate with rifles in their hands, faces painted, boot camp and army crawling.
In the CADET, the Junior cadets of the schools are also given chance to participate and showcase their talent.
Display of Special achievements by the cadets is done in the fest to motivate other cadets. For example, the posters of the Cadets who performed at the National level, RDC, Para slithering, instrumentalist etc are put in the fest.
We have a special feature named Shaheed A.S. Dalal Memorial Debate Competition, both girls and boys participate in the event every year from various institutes to pay due respect to Shaheed Asst Cmdt A.S. Dalal (Ashok Chakra), an alumnus of the KMC NCC Unit, who was martyred while serving in BSF during Kargil War.
We organise sports activities, quizzes, Cultural activities, Rangoli etc.. This is once in a lifetime experience for host cadets in which they learn management skills, teamwork, and optimization of available resources while participant cadets get exposure and healthy competition to prove themselves.
Honours to the GCI (Girl Cadet Instructors), PI staff (Instructors from battalion), caretaker and ANO from other institutes and our distinguished Alumni are given in the fest.
Not only that we organise motivational talks from Param Veer Chakra awardees, Mahaveer Chakra awardees, Gallantry awardees, and Kirti Chakra awardees among others. Cpt Digendra Kumar (Maha Veer Chakra), Sub Maj YS Yadav (Param Veer Chakra), Lt. Col. Mitali Madhumita, the first Women officer in the Indian army to receive a Gallantry award, Major General P. K Sehgal is a veteran of Indian Armed Forces and expert in electronic warfare, Maj. General Lan Cardozo, AVSM, SM first war disabled officer to command a brigade, Commandant Chetan Cheetah (Kirti Chakra), Col. D.P. K Pillai SC, Col. Sonam Wangchuk MVC and Col. Arun Malik (Ironman) to name a few.
The events get concluded with awards to the best performers with mementoes, trophies, medals, cash prizes and certificates through the dignitaries invited.
Evidence of Success:
The success of an event is decided upon by the participation of the students. Over the years, the students continue to participate in large numbers in CADET is a testimony to the success of the event. Further, the students have written their feedback as to how the Fest has helped them to transform their personalities.
Problems encountered and resources required:
- Since the teams participate from different states, their accommodation and food arrangements are always a challenge. During the 2018 fest, one of the outstation teams had cancelled at first but arrived on the morning of the event. The last-minute arrangement of accommodation and food was a challenge.
- Due to some lack of auditorium, rented stage needs to be hired, which creates additional cost and does not give the same effect as can be obtained in an auditorium.
- In CADET 2020 we wanted to organize a weapon exhibition; we tried our level best but all our time getting wasted on the documentation without any success.
- Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, it was not possible to organise an offline fest in the years 2020-21. In online events, Cadets have data and network limitations because of the differences in economic and geographical parameters.
BEST PRACTICES 2
Title of the Practice: Financial Assistance to deserving students
Objectives of the Practice:
A detailed study of the profile of students joining various courses of the college shows that many students hail from rural areas and poor economic backgrounds. Their parents are often unable to provide sustained financial support. To ensure that their education is not affected by economic exigencies, the college has devised a system of financial assistance as per the following:
· To extend financial aid to poor students to save them from discontinuation of their studies owing to poverty.
· To support financially all deserving poor students without any discrimination on the basis of caste, creed or gender.
· To promote equality among the students.
· To inculcate the value of generosity and a sense of social responsibility amongst students.
· The expected outcome is that the students should be able to complete their degrees with good marks. The beneficiaries should treat the needy with the principle of ‘lend a helping hand without discrimination’.
There have been several challenges of design and implementation in pursuing this objective. Pooling the required resources is an arduous task. The college pools resources from various sources including contributions from faculty members. The second major challenge is deciding the eligibility criterion for the aid. Over the years, with comprehensive deliberations, college has evolved the mechanism to extend this benefit to all poor students who do not have the advantage of government or endowment scholarships. The college undertakes this activity without any discrimination on the basis of caste, creed or gender. Verification of the financial backwardness of the aspirants is yet another challenge. The college undertakes this task very efficiently through a committee mandated by the Staff Council.
The prime location of the college, our reputed faculty, and a large network of alumni from all walks of life, makes us a dream destination for students from far-flung areas of the country. The admission process adopted by the college entitles every eligible student to take admission to the college without any prejudice to their background and social strata. Some students face a resource crunch owing to the expenses of accommodation, transport, books and other related expenditure. Many a time the parents find it worrisome to send their wards to college for higher studies. Without financial support from an external source, highly talented and motivated youths cannot hope to complete their higher studies.
Kirori Mal College, true to its legacy of a pro poor-student attitude, has taken a firm resolve to extend all possible financial support to deserving students and to help them to realize their goals of acquiring higher education. The college takes measures to extend financial support to all deserving students whose parents have no stable source of income. The college has followed this practice for a period more than two decades.
The task of financial assistance is entrusted to a duly constituted Staff Council Committee named Fee Concession Committee with the mandate of allocating available resources to needy students. The Committee invites applications from the students and meets with them personally to assess their situation. Based on the assessment and after due verification of documentary evidence, the Committee finalizes the list of eligible students for the aid and recommends the same to the Principal for sanctioning the actual amount of the aid. Once approved, the amount is disbursed into the accounts of the students.
The financial assistance also accrues to the blind students, wherein they are provided hostel accommodation and mess facilities without any charge. The college takes special measures to assist needy students. During the pandemic times, college assisted all those students who lost either or both of their parents.
Evidence of Success:
Over the years, the college has assisted thousands of students. During the last five years, the college has provided assistance of more than Rs. 70 lakhs to our needy students. This has been reflected in the student feedback appended in the supplementary. All the PwD students in the college have to pay nominal charges of Rs 120 as admissions charges. Thus, during the last 5 years the PwD students have received more than 45 lakhs as Fee waiver. College also subsidizes them in hostel accommodation and mess. Considering the Covid-19 pandemic, college has paid Rs. 500 each to all its students and in all, has paid more than Rs. 10 lakhs to all its students to mitigate the crisis arising out the pandemic in the year 2020-21.
Problems Encountered and Resources Required:
Most of the time the number of distressed students is very large. Also, the quantum of assistance may not be sufficient for all the students. Considering this, the college has increased the volume of assistance to our students over the years. But even this is not enough for our students for their accommodation and sustenance in a city like Delhi. At such times the resource crunch is felt by the college.
OTHER BEST PRACTICES
1. Digital Vision for visually challenged Keeping in view the problems of reading signage, doorplates and plaques in college building for visually impaired students, Kirori Mal College has always been constantly and proactively endeavoring to equip the PwD (Persons with Disabilities) students and staff members with adequate hardware and software support. In its commitment to provide equal opportunity for all the PwDs, Kirori Mal College has introduced Digital Vision (DV) technology to make these signage accessible through special nameplates and mobile application developed by YVDO Solutions PVT LTD. The app provides navigation orientation and class room specific information such as door type, sitting arrangement and other crucial instructions in audio format to help students move independently in college premises. 82 devices have been installed so far from college’s main entrance upto the Back Gate exit covering the entire academic blocks, class rooms, labs, office, library and canteen. The Digital Vision app with the supported hardware was formally inaugurated in the Academic Auditorium of the college on the occasion of Sakshamta Divas, held on 15.04.2019. The college will try to extend this facility to meet other academic requirements in near future as the Digital Vision can make several other things accessible as the college students can easily use DV stickers on their documents, assignments, nooks, ATM cards, ID cards, medicines and notice boards for an easy access without compromising their privacy and safety. The technology is user-friendly due to its app design and accessible interface. It is fully compatible with screen reading, magnification and other accessibility features of Android system. Innovative DV technology is cost effective, efficient, accessible and therefore assures Right to Read for each person with print disability in the country.
2. Village Adoption under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan Kirori Mal College is participating in the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan(UBA) the flagship programme of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to enable faculty and students of higher educational institutions to work with the people of rural India in identifying development challenges and evolving appropriate solutions for accelerating sustainable growth of village. The college has adopted 5 villages in the District of Bulandshahr Munni, Bhogpura, Shahpur, Rudari and Arnia. Under this scheme, the students and faculty conducted Village Level Survey and Household Survey was conducted in these villages to understand their problems and challenges. Students of the college frequently visit these 5 villages and create awareness regarding the Government initiatives like Jandhan yogna, Mudra yogna etc. so that the villagers can be benefitted. College has initiated occupational opportunities with the help of NGOs and private organizations for economic benefit. College is planning to provide them technical skills so that they can enhance their economic capabilities.
3. The “Garden Committee” at Kirori Mal College has started the process of vermicomposting. The organic process not just helps in keeping the campus clean but has also made organic compost available for use on the campus. The college does not need to purchase compost any more.
4. The college has completely stopped the use of one time plastic for any conference, seminar or meeting held at the college. All the water coolers and filters have been serviced to provide clean and potable water to the college community.
5. The college has conducted a tree audit and has recorded every tree in written record as well as through photographs.
6. The water harvesting system in college for harvesting and recharge of water covers all main buildings in the college.
7. The students have been sensitized towards preserving the environment and use only hand-made, non-plastic decorations during their curricular and extra-curricular activities.
8. The IGL connection for cooking gas has been provided to the staff quarters for both the teaching and the non-teaching members of the staff. The fuel is cleaner, less expensive than the traditional gas cylinders, and certainly more convenient.
9. The college has a ‘Wellness Centre’ where a Counselor is available for consultation by the students for any psychological, academic or personal matter. The students fix their appointment with the counselor either on phone or email.
10. The “Outreach Programmes” in the college are quite strong since connecting with the community is a priority for the college. The NSS unit of student volunteers coach the children from the neighborhood urban village Chandrawal to reinforce their teaching in school.
11. The college has constituted the ‘Centre of Social Enterprise’ with the mandate of building an interface between college and industry. It is an interdisciplinary centre with members from faculties of Sciences and Social Sciences being actively involved.