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Recent Seminars

 

Seminar on
‘Encouraging Students from Deprived Sections to Achieve Academic Excellence’
Organized by
Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC)
19th February, 2016

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The Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of the College organized a seminar on the theme ‘Encouraging Students from Deprived Sections to Achieve Academic Excellence’ on 19th February, 2016 in the conference hall of the College. The Seminar was presided over by the Principal Dr. (Mrs.) Bijaylaxmi Praharaj. The Chief Guest on the occasion was Prof. Niranjan Barik, former Head of the Department of Physics, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar and Chief Editor of the magazine ‘Science Horizon’. The Chief Speaker of the seminar was Prof. Prafulla Kumar Mohapatra, former Head of the Department of Philosophy, Utkal University and a National Fellow of ICPR. The faculty members and the students of the institution participated in the programme.
The seminar began with the lighting of lamp by the honourable guests and the Principal Dr. Praharaj made the welcome speech and focused light on various facets of the theme of the seminar. The Coordinator of the IQAC, Dr. Jaya Krushna Panigrahi elucidated the objective of the seminar and introduced the guests to the audience. The Chief Speaker Prof. Mohapatra started his speech with a historical description of the origin of division of labour amongst various groups of the society that subsequently led to the creation of a rigid caste system. Afterwards, the caste system crafted a partition in the society creating deprived sections. In realization of this, the architects of the Indian Constitution made provisions for providing reservations to these communities in entry into academic institutions and jobs in various government sectors. However, Prof. Mohapatra opined, over-dependence on reservation for a long span of time may diminish their competitive spirit and create intolerance in the minds of other communities. That's why the students of the deprived sections may be provided with financial and moral support as well as guidance for enhancing their academic performance.
The Chief Guest of the occasion, Prof. Niranjan Barik narrated many case studies from his personal experience as a faculty member in the university as to how students of SC, ST and other deprived sections of the society with mediocre academic record, when given personal supervision and motivation, have achieved excellence in various fields. Citing the example of Drona and Ekalabya, he emphasized that role model teachers are of prime importance for the students, who can influence and stimulate them for full expression of their hidden potential. Economic and social exclusion had made a section of the society backward in the past, but there has been a great deal of transformation and the present scenario is very much conducive for their upliftment and excellence, more specifically in the frontier of education. The seminar ended with vote of thanks by Dr. Jyotsnarani Kuanr, Head of the Dept. of Education.


Seminar on
‘Achieving Excellence in Education – Role of Teachers and Students’
Organized by
Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC)
4th August, 2015

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Keeping the mission and vision of the College and the guidelines of the National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC) in view, the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of the College organized a seminar on quality enhancement in education on 4th August, 2015 in the conference hall of the College. The programme was supported by the Research Committee of the institution. The theme of the seminar was chosen as ‘Achieving Excellence in Education – Role of Teachers and Students’. Quality enhancement in higher-education institutes needs the dynamic participation of both teachers and students. Hence, enrichment of the quality of the students as well as the teachers in addition to the availability of better and advanced infrastructural facilities holds the key to achieving excellence in education.

With this objective in view, the seminar was organized which was attended by 60 faculty members and 60 selected students from all honours departments. The Chief Guest on the occasion was Prof. Santosh Kumar Tripathy, Director, College Develop Council of Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. The Chief Speaker of the seminar was Prof. Amulya Kumar Panda, former Principal of Ravenshaw College, Cuttack. The Principal Dr. Bijaylaxmi Praharaj presided over the programme.

The seminar began with the lighting of lamp by the honorable guests. The Principal Dr. Praharaj extended a hearty welcome to the guests as well as all the participants in attendance. She made a brief presentation on the objective of the seminar and expected that both the teachers and the students would equally be benefited from the deliberations of the seminar. Prof. P K Jena, Coordinator of UGC, introduced the guests to audience.  Dr. J K Panigrahi, Coordinator of IQAC, made a PPT presentation on the theme to introduce the topic and highlighted the basic facets of the seminar. The Chief Guest Prof. Tripathy focused light on the present scenario of the education system and opined that the teachers should be willing to contribute their best for making the teaching-learning process more vibrant and effective. In spite of the hindrances and deficiencies they come across, the teachers are required to make efforts selflessly for achieving excellence in education for the cause of the society and the nation. The Chief Speaker Prof. Panda through his PPT presentation explained how a teacher can establish himself as an outstanding teacher by imbibing the required ingredients and standards. The valuable qualities of a teacher comprise an engaging personality and good teaching style, clear objectives, effective classroom discipline and management skills, bringing positive behaviours and change in the classroom, good communication skills, encouraging and creating high expectations, and thorough knowledge on curriculum and standards. He must have passion for teaching and student, and should develop strong rapport with students. On the other hand the students must possess the thirst for acquiring knowledge and the mindset to lead a disciplined life for achieving excellence. The seminar ended with vote of thanks to all concerned by Dr. Jyotsnarani Kuanr, Coordinator of the Research Committee.