Hiralal Mazumdar Memorial College for Women, Dakshineswar, Kolkata, has emerged as a centre of learning experience with a difference. Graded with a B++ score in 2016 by NAAC, the College is now striving for excellence and to elevate its academics further. The College aims to transform the institution into a hub of emancipation for the girls’ who flock to the campus from adjoining suburban and rural belts of Hooghly, Howrah and North 24 Parganas.
The idea of imparting education to the women folk of the area was conceived nearly six decades ago in 1959. The road ahead was bumpy, clouded with challenges; yet our zeal to strive for a noble cause continued unabated, with the dream of elevating the college at least to the state level. The College embraced the ideals of discipline, determination and dedication as basic principles that would not only help students to spread the wings of their desire, but also gradually guide them to the path of perfection with honesty integrity and humility. Our mission is to educate, empower and emancipate in compliance to the needs of the society. We are keen on grooming students in application oriented, need based learning to improve their cognizance beyond the norms of classroom teaching.
In addition to well equipped laboratories the college has a well stocked library and computers for students. A resourceful library equipped with technological facility (INFLIBNET) in addition to seminar libraries attached to each department is an added advantage for academic pursuance of students. Organizing Seminars both National and International, quiz contests, debates, “Saraswat Charchachakra an academic club” are steps to sustain the academic ambience in the college.
Presently the college offers advanced courses in 18 subjects and general courses in 27 subjects in B. A., B.Sc and B. Com. Our ethos is built around our commitment to furthering knowledge at undergraduate level stimulated by outstanding academic endeavour and effective collaboration with Government and other public services. In all areas of study, we aim to advance knowledge and its application to improve the quality of life. We believe that a dynamic research and pedagogic environment is essential to promote academic excellence and our erudite scholars are charged to churn out qualified bachelors in the respective streams.
Along with conventional subjects in Arts and Science we have recently made a foray into applied subjects like Physiology, Electronics, Women’s Studies, Environmental Studies etc. Apart from honing knowledge based skill, there is wide opportunity for choosing certificate courses in Communicative English and Computer Literacy and different skill development courses run in collaboration and under able guidance of West Bengal State Universitty, to transform each student to eligible human resource.
A Gymnasium for the fitness freak generation,’ Yoga’ session to enhance concentration power, Self defense training, music sessions, a students’ health home for screening health of students regularly, psychological counselling, Innovative cell, NSS, NCC units exist as a support system to promote an all inclusive growth of our students.
Our impressive range of academic resources, stimulating research, cultural opportunities and links with creative industries provide a dynamic platform for developing talents of a vibrant group of staffs and students from different parts of West Bengal. The Principal, resourceful teachers and cooperative office staff all club to the best of their ability to promote the development of each student of the college.
The sprawling campus of Hiralal Mazumdar Memorial College for Women is one aspect that sets it apart from other Colleges in the region. The green open land space is an oasis amid the two buildings of the college providing a natural habitat for varieties of birds, animals and plant life. But it people brings the campus to life and makes it vibrant. We retain a strong sense of community and openness of the campus creates a relaxed ambience .The campus has real sense of energy, vigorous intellectual life which lies at the heart of our academic department is complemented by active social scene—centered in students Union and their activities. The entire community benefits from rich and varied cultural life of college. Public lectures, plays, concerts sports campus tours, open days and several other outreach events held throughout the year.
SPECIAL DRIVES TO COMBAT CHALLENGES IN PENDAMIC ERA(COVID-19)
THE PANDEMIC HAS SIGNIFICANTLY DISRUPTED THE HIGHER EDUCATION SECTOR AND ALMOST SHATTERED THE LEARNING SYSTEM. THE CAMPUSES ARE SHUT DOWN SINCE END OF MARCH, 2020, AS A MEASURE TO CONTAIN THE SPREAD OF THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS. STUDENTS ARE MISSING OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEARNING AND ARE SUBJECT TO ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL STRESS.
HIRALAL MAZUMDAR MEMORIAL COLLEGE FOR WOMEN HAS ADOPTED A MULTI-PRONGED STRATEGY TO MANAGE THE CRISIS AND BUILD A RESILIENT INDIAN EDUCATION SYSTEM IN THE LONG RUN:
Continuous e-learning through various online platform and using social media
Strengthening its Academic Resource Bank and uploading study materials in its Website
Activating Learning Management System through college website, so as to reach larger group of students at their convenient time
Uploading academic lectures in college website and in college You Tube channel so as to make learning accessible to all students
Arrangement for e-class room enabling students to access from remote
Reducing college fees and making it flexible to assist students to combat economic crisis.
Counseling through open communication with the teachers and with and Career and Placement Cell
Meeting with the students at regular interval through G-suit platform to address their problems
Creating an active Covid Cell for providing assistance to the students
Organizing academic and health related webinars for the students
Encouraging students in participating in academic exercises
Motivating students in nurturing their creative attributes and uploading the same in college YouTube channel