Dr. Samarpita Ghosh-Ray
"There is no chance for the welfare of the world unless the condition of women is improved. It is not possible for a bird to fly on only one wing"
Swami Vivekananda believed that progressive changes in society is largely contingent upon women's status and position. Swamiji upheld the importance of women's education and firmly affirmed their role as the builders and moulders of a nation's destiny. Swamiji said that "all women have the potential to be strong courageous and powerful"
Affiliated to the University of Calcutta and aided by the State of West Bengal Vivekananda College for Women was founded in the early years of freedom as a nation building institution established in a conservative middle class enclave, then on the margins of the city. It has served as a lighthouse of women's emancipation and a luminous torch bearer for women's enlightening journey ,over a contiguous area and catered to densely populated hinterland of a large heterogeneous community for several decades.The college had a humble beginning in the outskirts of the city in 1961 and has traversed a long way since then. The traceable trajectory of this institution narrates the untiring relentless journey of attaining benchmarks of excellence and touching significant milestones of growth. The journey of this institution is discernibly marked by evolving and enhancing qualitative transformation in educational standards on one hand and steady cumulative accretion in terms of infrastructural facilities and provisions on the other.
There are 17 undergraduate programme 2 post graduate programme 1 Research Centre for Doctoral Programme 110 teachers, an admirably large collection of books combined in its central and departmental library. Housing spacious well ventilated classrooms, laboratories, staff rooms and other utility facilities, the institution is enormously suited to learning and working within safe clean protected and hygeinc surroundings.
Vivekananda College for Women Barisha besides academic practices have a milieu that has carefully nurtured literary practices and musical ambience. The auditorium and the seminar halls continue to reverberate with music, song, dance drama, elocution, debates and scholastic deliberations .Our journal and magazine registers the intellectual quest and creative fervor of our learners and teachers. Our academic calendar incorporates in its schedule adequate scope for co curricular training and development of students.
Vivekananda College for Women with a commendable aplomb has successfully completed two accreditation cycle of assessments by the NAAC in 2004 and 2016 with B+ + grade respectively.
This college known to have a good reputation is an institution of distinction for its well sustained academic standards and is continued quest for excellence.The institution seeks to provide comprehensive and holistic development of young learners through a sincere fulfillment of institutional commitment vis - a -vis curricular delivery and enabling students in capacity building exercises through co curricular training. Every department is adequately equipped with reading and learning resources and facilities besides having well trained , qualified and cordial faculty. The pedagogical practices of every department is rigorous yet lucid and illustrative and is at aimed at enjoyable experiential learning experiences.
The college has a well endowed library with digital facilities for learners to explore. Open access and other digital facilities serves to enhance learning experience.
The institution believes in addressing the needs of every learner beyond pedantry and hence there are provisions to cater to all round development and well being of students. Physical fitness ,disciplining of the body and the mind , nurturing of creative faculties, channelising innate talent towards trained expressions , instilling socio political consciousness are the cherished virtues and imperatives for a well rounded educational experience. Hence our institution seeks to fulfill the ideal of a wholesome learning experience through Sporting and Games facilities ,NCC, NSS, Yoga , Medical and Psychological Counseling, Electoral Literacy and Literary Club.
IT training and Career Counseling aims to guide and motivate students towards career building. Active liason and bridges are maintained with distinguished individuals, Organizations and groups that are relevant for targeted career building . Value Added and Add on Courses and co curricular training conducted regularly seeks to enhance employability and future prospects of students.
The institution seeks to provide congenial healthy safe hygeinc environment in addition to its academic ambience. A robust and responsive grievance redressal mechanism and a good canteen maintaining affordable pricing and hygeinc standards aims to provide a comfortable safe and assuring home like environment for the learning community.
The institution as a state aided college is committed in delivering devoted and sincere services and assistance for enabling students to avail State Funded Scholarships and Schemes. Nodal officers and a team of administrative staff shall remain alert in dissemination of information and in guiding all potential beneficiaries of these state funded programs.
The institution celebrating its progressive onward journey as a distinguished higher educational institution is also eminently well known as a secular liberal and progressive seat of learning .The institution upholds the ideals and virtues of honesty devotion integrity punctuality and discipline as its cherished guiding principles of six decades plus journey.
The institution steadfastly since its modest beginning has remained committed to its foundational premise of Womens empowerment and education and thus fulfilled its inceptional vision and agenda of nation building
Students are encouraged to grow, learn and explore their talent and skills under the able guidance of dedicated team of teachers.
Our institution is an appropriate platform to raise young girls strive higher and dream big and even bigger. The endearing atmosphere of the college renders all stakeholders integral to this institution and these ties remain so beyond your years of training of students and services of its committed and sincere staff , both teaching and non teaching alike.The stakeholders of this institution have remained committed and loyal towards maintaining the rules and regulations and its much avowed values and principles.
It is mandated and hence binding upon all stakeholders to adhere and conform to the rules regulations procedures and guidelines of the State of West Bengal and the affiliating University i.e. University of Calcutta. The same are strictly maintained followed and practiced by this college as a State Aided College affiliated to the University of Calcutta.
It gives me immense pleasure to write this note for the institutional website that opens out to a space that transcends boundaries of social political and other spatial divides and brings to fore the institutional details and its identity before a larger world . This also privileges and enables a wider introduction and an elaborate cataloging of our institutional ethos ,qualities, features, activities and parameters. Placing ourselves in this larger domain of education, in terms of the nation and the global, through these identity platforms gives us the motivation to excel beyond our present boundaries and the confidence to spread our wings.
Principal, Vivekananda College for Women, Barisha, Kolkata-700008