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STUDENT WELFARE POLICY

Holy Cross Women’s College, Ambikapur
(Affiliated to Sant Gahira Guru Vishwavidyalaya Sarguja)
Ambikapur - 497001, Distt. - Surguja (Chhattisgarh)

Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC)


STUDENT WELFARE POLICY

 
The college acknowledges that student welfare and student learning outcomes are inextricably linked. The College in supporting student welfare promotes high standard of discipline and behaviour of students by ensuring that they follow a code of conduct that fosters and maintains a positive image of the college.
The policy is designed to provide assistance and guidance that develops students into good and honest citizens while at the same time dealing with behavior or actions that may be inconsistent with college policies. Through this policy the college seeks to provide an environment where students can:
·  Experience free intellectual enquiry
·  Express themselves freely
·  Feel that their rights and responsibilities are respected and their needs are met
Policy Objectives:
This Policy aims at addressing students’ needs and behavioral issues at the College by:
a) Ensuring that students behave within the standards set out in the Students Code of Conduct.
b) Promoting an equitable, quality learning environment in which students are able to perform to the best of their ability.
c) Creating an environment where students relive their commitment to treat staff and fellow students with courtesy, respect and care.
d) Promoting adherence to the highest standards of behavioral and discouraging all forms of “misconduct”.
e) Establishing and outline an objective, unbiased process for the application, evaluation, approval and disbursement of the benevolent assistance.
f) Providing eligibility requirements and criteria for receiving assistance for concession.
 The Code of Conduct:
A detailed account of code of conduct is provided to students in the Handbook and Calendar concerning following areas:
Fee Concession:
The following principles shall assist in determining a student’s need and eligibility for assistance.
i. Students who are deserving and eligible to avail concessions have to submit income certificate and an application by parents at the time of admission to the principal.
ii. Besides academic performance and regularity, discipline and conduct of such students in the campus is also taken into consideration for deciding to grant concession.
Students Representation:
Holy Cross Women's College believes that students need to be represented equitably and fairly through an independent and accountable organization, and that every student can contribute to the enhancement of their programme and learning experience. The primary aim of student representation at the college is to provide students with an opportunity to voice their views, suggestions and concerns through a proper and efficient process.
Student Council:
Student Council is a body of students to promote quality in student life for holistic development of the students and will work in consonance with the respective departments/clubs /groups of the College with their faculty support. The Student Council will report to and will function with the general supervision of the principal or his nominee.
Objectives of the students’ council:
· To inculcate among the students the vision and mission of the College.
· To identify, assess, evaluate and suggest the student perspectives in the development of Arts & Culture, Sports & Games, and other co-curricular activities.
·  To identify and suggest methods of improving student life - conduct & discipline.
·  To assess and improve the potential for student placements.
·  To promote an environment for healthy and effective use of student facilities.
·  To support and promote the different clubs and groups.
·  To encourage and initiate inter-departmental projects.
·  To encourage volunteerism as a movement in the College.
·  To propagate and promote the ‘alma mater movement.
A Class Representative (CR) for each class will be nominated/elected at the beginning of the year. The CR will assist the class teachers, Deans, Vice-Principal and HoDs in their relations with the class in such matters, written exercises, conveying of notices and helping in general to maintain the tone and discipline of the college. Their fellow students will give them the respect and obedience due to them and strive to help in fulfilling their duties.
The College has a number of avenues available through which students are actively involved in representative roles, and students already represent their fellow students on:  IQAC, Student’s Council, Various Committees, Clubs and Societies, Class representation.
Student Counseling: The College recognizes that a student may experience problems in coping with issues in their personal lives and in the environment where they live and learn. Counselling services are aimed at helping students use their existing problem-solving skills more effectively or to develop new or better coping skills. Counselling also promotes and facilitates positive mental, psychological health and emotional wellbeing of students and enhances the students' academic and personal functioning. Counselling sessions provide an opportunity for the student to describe their feelings and problems for themselves and then to reach decisions and actions that are based on informed choices. Regular mentoring facilities are provided for the students in the college through mentor mentee system. In addition to mentoring, faculty members of the Department of Psychology and MSW along with NMPH, provide one to one counselling.
Students Career Guidance:
The College is committed to career guidance for all students to prepare them for progression to employment and/or higher education courses. The College strives to put students at the heart of its strategic development and planning to ensure their needs come first. Career guidance includes helping students to:
Choose an appropriate course in the college:
·  Realistically assess their likely achievements at the University and their potential.
·  Progression after college investigate career opportunities.
·  Investigate employment opportunities in different sectors.
·  Implement their plans for progression
Career guidance is based on the needs of the individual in the recognition that students will have different aspirations and previous experiences and whose progression plans will be responsive to their unique abilities.  The information, advice and guidance offered to students aim to provide a wide range of unbiased understanding of, the options open to them
Hostel Facilities:
The College runs two hostels for women - one inside campus having 450 beds and outside campus having 120 beds that are given out competitively on a first come first served basis.
Canteen Facilities: Canteen facilities are available from 10:00am to 5:00 pm. Canteen services require students to pay in cash as they purchase/eat snacks and meals.
Sports / games and cultural facilities:
The College’s Sports and Games Department offers members of the College sporting and gaming services to live active and meaningful lives while on campus. The Department offers diverse recreational sporting facilities that are located conveniently throughout the campus. Practices (Sports and Cultural activities) are held as per the convenience of different classes/batches.
Health care Services:
The College’s Health Unit provides both preventive and curative care to students and staff. Following facilities are provided as part of health care services -   Sick room, Ramp, Campus nurse, Sanitizer vending machines, BP apparatus, weighing machine, sugar testing kit, Blood group testing kit, First Aid services and medicines.
Security:
The College takes the security of its students and staff very seriously. The Security personnel are on duty on a 24 hours basis and patrol the college on a 24 hours basis. Campus is fully equipped with CCTV cameras and has fire safety measures in place.
Associations/ Clubs:
Every student is a member of any one of the associations.  Apart from the associations, there are number of clubs where different activities are conducted. Active participation in any one of the clubs is highly recommended. These give the students opportunities for overall personality development. The college has the following groups/clubs -
·  National Cadet Corps (NCC)
·  National Service Scheme (NSS)
·  Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat club (EBSB)
·  Youth Red Cross (YRC)
·  Eco Friends Club
·  Universal Solidarity Movement (USM)
·  Sports club
·  Cultural Club
·  Arts Association
·  Science Association
·  Commerce Association
·  Home Science Association
·  Zoology club, Chemistry club, Maths Club, computer Science club etc.
Competitions:
The college organizes various co-curricular activities such as debate, speech competition, essay writing contest, letter writing contest, elocution, painting, singing, dancing, music, drawing, quiz, cricket, football, basketball, volleyball, kho-Kho, Kabbadi, exhibition, Badminton and athletics.
Policy Implementation and Monitoring Strategies:
a)  The mandate of implementation of this policy shall be through the College Students Welfare Committee and Students redressal system that shall be chaired by the Principal/ Vice Principal or his nominee and duly constituted to provide for representation.
b)  The committee shall be responsible for ensuring integrity in the execution of the policy.
c)  A student who has dissatisfaction or an unresolved disagreement with a staff member, another student or student organization has the right to file a written complaint without compromising his/her status with the College.
d) The committee shall develop relevant rules, regulations and forms anchored in this policy to direct the actualization of the policy provisions.
e)  The student counsellor shall oversee the provision of counselling services and student led mental health or peer counseling.
f)  The College will ensure that the students are sensitized on the existence and provisions of the policy during the orientation programmes.
g) This policy shall be reviewed time to time as the need arises.