NSOU A Profile

Introduction :

          Established by act xix of West Bengal State Legislature of 1997 and recognized by UGC, Netaji Subhas Open University (NSOU) is the only state level University in West Bengal which has nearly 176 study centers (out of which 87 for Bachelor Degree Program) spread all over West Bengal. Besides, there are also a host of designated study centers for Job oriented, professional or vocational courses.  NSOU is the first Mega University in Eastern India.  NSOU is also recipient of Commonwealth of Learning (COL) Excellence in Distance Education Award (EDEA) for Institutional Achievement.
   
Objectives :

          Study Centres are the lifeline in an open and distance mode of education. In NSOU, study centres play a private role in fulfilling the objectives are as follows:

  1. To spread higher education in different parts of our state.
  2. To provide access to higher education especially to weaker and vulnerable section of our society.
  3. To provide quality education in learner friendly and flexible mode.
  4. To provide different skill enhancing and job oriented education cum training programmes.
  5. To make education affordable even to the most disadvantaged segment of our society.
  6. To provide facility for lifelong education to intending learners.
  7. To spread secular, scientific, democratic innovative and value oriented higher education.

The Study Centre :

          One of the largest and most promising Study Centre under the NSOU, Barasat Govt. College Study Centre officially started functioning from 1st. April, 1998. The Study Centre started its journey with only 16 students. At present there are more than 2200 bona fide students – about 1100 in BDP (B.A & B.Com.), more than 800 in PGP (M.A, M.Com., and  M.Sc.) and more than  300 in different Diploma & Certificate courses (BLIS, MLIS, PGDJMC, BPP, CHR, DSST etc.).

Staff Pattern :

          Initially, The Study Centre started its journey with the following staff:
          a.  One Co-ordinator
          b.  One Office Assistant
          c.  One Office Peon
          d.  One Darwan

          Over the years the steady growth of the students of this Study Centre has necessitated corresponding increase in its staff. At present the Study Centre is manned by:

  1. One Co-ordinator
  2. Two Assistant Co-ordinators
  3. Three Office Assistants
  4. Two Office Peons

One Darwan-cum-Peon

Role of the Principal vis a vis the Co-ordinator :

          The Principal, Barasat Govt. College, according to the statute of the NSOU is treated as the local chief advisor of the Study Centre who is responsible for extending all infrastructural facilities for the smooth running of the Study Centre.

          In so far  as  day  to  day  administration  of  the  Study  Centre  is  concerned,   the  Co-ordinator is the overall in-charge and directly responsible to the university authorities. The Principal and the Coordinator are jointly the drawing and disbursing officers of the Study Centre and responsible for all financial matters.

Support Services :
         
The Study Centre offers different types of support services which are as follows:-

1. Publicity and information centre

    • Status of the open university
    • Location of the Study Centre
    • Programmes offered by the Study Centre
    • Requisite pre-qualification for the Programmes
    • Fees charged by the University
    • Support services offered at the Study Centre

    2. Admission counters:

    • Counseling on programme option
    • Sale of Admission Forms
    • Receiving of  Admission Forms
    • Scrutinizing Admission Forms
    • Sending Forms and Fees to the headquarter

    3. Learners guide to programme

    • Information on counseling schedule, through leaflets sent through post, notice board
    • Information on dates of submitting assignments, Term End Examinations, changes of Schedule, if any
    • Through the website of the College

    4. Recruitment of counsellors

      Identifying willing persons with requisite qualification, experiences etc. as per university norms.
      • Sending Bio-data to headquarter for approval
      • Informing concerned persons about empanelment/rejection

      Members of the Staff in the Study Centre :

      Host Head                           :  Dr. Prabir Kumar Das
                                                   :  Principal, Barasat Govt. College
      Co-ordinator                      :  Dr. Bipadbhanjan Pal
                                                      Reader (Retired), Dept. of Sanskrit
      Assistant Co-ordinator      :  Sri Ranjit Chandra Kar
                                                      Physical Instructor (Retired), Physical Education Dept.
                                                      Vacant - One

      Office Assistants                :   Sri Jyotirmoy Roy
                                                      Sri Ajit Kumar Dutta
                                                      Sri Asutosh Das
      Peons                                   :   Sri Kalidas Ganguly
                                                       Sri Ajay Kumar Biswas

      Darwan                                :  Sri Bhola Thapa

      Courses offered by the Study Centre :

      So far, at least 9 programmes of general nature and 21 different courses under these programes  have been introduced by this centre

       

      Session

      BDP

      BPP

      PGP

      CHR

      BLIS

      JMC

      PR& AD

      MLIS

      DSST

      Total

      Remarks

      July 98

      16

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      16

       

      Jan  99

      16

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      16

       

      July 99

      8

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      8

       

      Jan  00

      24

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      24

      B.Sc. introduced

      July 00

      23

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      23

       

      Jan  01

      60

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      60

       

      July 01

      41

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      41

       

      Jan  02

      47

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      47

       

      July 02

      35

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      35

       

      Jan  03

      58

      12

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      70

      BPP introduced

      July 03

      52

      12

      135

      2

       

       

       

       

       

      201

      PGP  & CHR introduced

      Jan  04

      74

      9

      12

      4

       

       

       

       

       

      99

       

      July 04

      112

      27

      185

      2

       

      1

       

       

       

      327

      JMC introduced

      Jan  05

      77

      22

      24

       

      3

       

       

       

       

      126

      BLIS introduced

      July 05

      96

      13

      173

      1

      9

      4

      2

       

       

      298

      PR&AD introduced

      Jan  06

      86

      18

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      104

       

      July 06

      205

      30

      130

       

      24

       

       

       

       

      389

      MLIS  introduced

      Jan  07

      120

      7

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      127

       

      July 07

      222

      16

      268

       

      24

      1

       

       

       

      531

       

      Jan 08

      151

      21

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      172

       

      July 08

      288

      32

      261

       

      91

      6

       

      7

      130

      815

      MLIS & DSST introduced

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      BDP = Bachelor Degree Program (Semester system)
      BPP = Bachelor Preparatory Program (Semester system)
      PGP = Post Graduate Program (Annual system)
      CHR = Certificate Course in Human Rights (Semester system)
      BLIS = Bachelor of Library & Information Service (Annual system)
      JMC = Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication (Annual system)
      PR&AD = Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations & Advertising (Annual system)
      MLIS = Master of Library & Information Science (Annual system)
      DSST = Diploma in Shishu Shiksha Training (Annual system))

      Methods of Instruction :

                  The University recommends several methods to provide maximum possible exposure to the students to the course content. All these methods are rigorously followed at the Study Centre. These are as follows:

      1. Self learning Study Materials: Self learning Study Materials are given to all students free of cost. These Study materials are prepared by a panel of eminent teachers on the basis of accepted methodology of distance education. Whoever makes use of these study materials would definitely be able to understand the contents without any help from outside.

      2. Personal contact counselling programmes are held at the Study Centre on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays as per pre-arranged counselling schedule in which counsellors meet, interact and discuss with the students the topics that will have to be studied in different courses. The Study Centre arranges counselling for BDP students on a regular basis.

      3. Interactive radio Counselling is held on the 4th Sunday of every month and broadcast through All India Radio (AIR). Any student of NSOU may listen to any radio programme of his choice. These radio programmes have been designed according to different course contents of NSOU students.

      4. Gyan Vani FM Channel: Following the most articulate distance education medium, NSOU has introduced Gyan Vani FM, Kolkata, a popular radio channel on 105.4MHz as a partner Institution of Indira Gandhi National Open University. The hours of transmission are 7.00 hrs to 11.00 hrs and 16.00 hrs to 20.00 hrs (Sunday to Saturday). The study centre takes all opportunities to motivate its students to make it a habit to listen to Gyan Vani FM  Channel.

      Counsellors at the Study Centre :

      A team of experienced competent qualified and dedicated counsellors, selected by the NSOU authorities as per University norms meet and interact with students regularly as per pre-arranged  Counseling sessions.   

      Library :
                 
      The study centre maintains a small library. Books are not lent out as per University norms. Students are allowed to consult library books within working hours of the Study Centre.  The interested students are also permitted to use the college library during college working hours with due permission of the Principal and many students of the Study Centre take this opportunity.

      Achievements :

      28 students completed graduation, 10 students completed graduation in Library Science and 56 students completed post-graduation  from this study centre in the last term end examination.

       In  the  6th Convocation of  Netaji  Subhas  Open  University  held  on  24-04-2008, sixty-eight (68) students of this study centre received their diplomas for Graduation Program and fifty-nine (59) students of this study centre received diplomas for Post-graduation Program . One gold medal was collected in the same convocation by the student of this study centre for being first class first in Physics (graduation). Also two gold medals were collected in the 5th Convocation by the students of this study centre for first class first in Commerce and first class in Economics.

      Submitted Proposals :

      The Study Centre office is now located in Room No. 2 at ground floor of the main college building.  New courses are being introduced every year and to cope with the situation more space is needed.  The Principal had been already approached for providing more space and he has allotted another room facing the location of the existing room of NSOU.

       Latest Position :

       In the last term-end examination, more than 700 students in BDP Course, 300 in PG Course and more than 30 in other courses are appeared.