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Annual Report 2020-21



Introduction: Holy Cross Women’s College, Ambikapur was established in 1971 with Home Science department. I feel proud, happy and fortunate to present unto you the 50th Annual Report, brimming with triumphs of the staff and the students during the academic year 2020 - 2021.

College has the proud records of being one among the top Ten College’s in India and the only College in MP & Chhattisgarh which underwent accreditation by NAAC for the first time in 1998 and to receive 5-star grade which was the highest at that time. At present it is getting ready for the 4th cycle of accreditation by National Assessment and Accreditation Council.

Holy Cross Women’s College, the first Women’s College in Surguja District of Chhattisgarh, has a dynamic and empowering educational environment for young women seeking, an undergraduate or post graduate degree in Science, Home-Science, Commerce, Computer Science and Arts. Inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ who came to give fullness of life to all and his call to spread the good news of love, peace, justice and equality and following the example of our founders Fr. Theodosius Florentini and Blessed Mother Maria Theresa Scherer, since its inception in 1971, it has been catering to the needs of women of this rural, tribal and backward area.

The college, in its sustained pursuits to empower young women, develops their capabilities through quality education based on values of life, in keeping with vision of the college, “Rooted on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ who Came to give fullness of life to all and inspired by the founders Fr. Theodosius and Mother Maria Theresa, the vision of the College is to build a home of faith a home of integrity a home of fruitful study in a culture of excellence sustained by a sound value system to empower women for social transformation and responsible citizenship.” And the mission Our Mission as Compassionate and enlightened leaders is to form women through its value based and Holistic approach to Education.” True to the Charism of our Congregation “Compassionate love for all, especially to the underprivileged”, Holy Cross Women’s College is Committed to radiate the light of God’s Compassion, truth and justice to all and especially to the young women of Chhattisgarh.”

UG Programme Offered:

In our college currently the college is catering in the following subjects:  

B.A.

English Literature

Hindi Literature

Geography

Psychology

Sociology

Political Science

Economics

History

Home Science

B.Sc.

Botany

Physics

Chemistry

Mathematics

Industrial Microbiology

Computer Science

Home Science (B.H.Sc.)

B. Com.

Commerce

Computer Application

PG Programme Offered:

M.A.

Psychology

Economics

English

Hindi

Geography

M.Sc.

Microbiology

Biotechnology

Chemistry

Mathematics

M.S.W.

M.S.W.

 

Diploma Course:

Diploma Course

P.G.D.C.A.

Research:

Research (PhD)

Hindi

Commerce

Economics

Psychology

Microbiology

Total 1629 students were enrolled in the college, 1445 in UG programmes and 184 in PG programmes. 

The current academic session 2020-21 started with online and offline admission facility from July 2020, realizing the dreams of Digital Holy Cross. Academic session for first year started on 9th August 2020 and for second years 29th October 2020. Fresher’s Orientation/Induction programme was organized on 23rd October 2020 to make the newly admitted students aware about the academic environment of the college. They were given information about the classes conducted in the college, rules, prospectus and facilities available in the college. Along with this, value-based education and employment-oriented education was also made aware.

Results:

The academic year 2020 - 2021 bears testimony of good result amidst the pandemic:

U.G. Programme

S.No.

Class

Percentage (%)

1

B. Sc. (H.Sc.) – I

100

B. Sc. (H.Sc.) – II

100

B. Sc. (H.Sc.) – III

100

2

B. Sc. – I 

97.89

B. Sc. – II 

98.64

B. Sc. – III 

100

3

B. A. – I

100

B. A. – II

100

B. A. – III

100

4

B. Com – I

100

B. Com – II

100

B. Com – III

100

P.G. Programme (I and III Semester):

S.No.

Class

Percentage (%)

1

M. Sc. Micro – I SEM

100

M. Sc. Micro – III SEM

100

2

M. Sc. Biotech – I SEM

100

M. Sc. Biotech – III SEM

100

3

M. Sc. Chemistry – I SEM

100

M. Sc. Chemistry – III SEM

100

4 M. Sc. Mathematics - I SEM 100

5

M.A. English Lit. – I SEM

100

M.A. English Lit. – III SEM

100

6

M.A. Hindi Lit. – I SEM

100

M.A. Hindi Lit. – III SEM

100

7

M.A. Economics – I SEM

100

M.A. Economics – III SEM

100

8

M.A. Psychology – I SEM

100

M.A. Psychology – III SEM

100

9 M.A. Geography – I SEM 100

10

M.Com – I SEM

100

M.Com – III SEM

100

11

M.S.W. - I SEM

100

M.S.W. - III SEM

100

P.G. Programme (II and IV Semester):

S.No.

Class

Percentage (%)

1

M. Sc. Micro – II SEM

100

M. Sc. Micro – IV SEM

100

2

M. Sc. Biotech – II SEM

100

M. Sc. Biotech – IV SEM

100

3

M. Sc. Chemistry – II SEM

100

M. Sc. Chemistry – IV SEM

100

4 M. Sc. Mathematics – II SEM 100

5

M.A. English Lit. – II SEM

100

M.A. English Lit. – IV SEM

100

6

M.A. Hindi Lit. – II SEM

100

M.A. Hindi Lit. – IV SEM

100

7

M.A. Economics – II SEM

100

M.A. Economics – IV SEM

100

8

M.A. Psychology – II SEM

100

M.A. Psychology – IV SEM

100

9 M.A. Geography – II SEM 100

10

M.Com – II SEM

100

M.Com – IV SEM

100

11

M.S.W. - II SEM

100

M.S.W. - IV SEM

100

Diploma Course

S.No.

Class

Percentage (%)

1

Nil

-

 

In the academic year 2020-21, in university examinations, the students earned a place in merit list while maintaining the dignity of the college. The results of the UG programmes: the faculty of Home Science – 100%, faculty of Science – 99.70%, faculty of Arts – 100%, faculty of Commerce – 100% and in P.G. examination the results were 100%.

 

Number of employees:

Teaching Staff         :         55

Student Union: In the current academic year, the student union was formed by nomination on merit basis as per the university guidelines. Since this year was hit by the covid 19 pandemic, and most of the academic activities were conducted online and the student union of the college was actively involved to organize activities online.

Activities: The college joined with our state and nation by celebrating the national and state level fests, such as Dipawali (11.11.2020), Eid, Inter-Religious gathering, Guru Nanak Jayanti, Christmas (24.12.2020) to promote love and respect towards people of all faith, Teacher’s Day in honour of teachers, National Unity Day(31.10.2020), College Day (14.09.2020), Yoga Day (21.06.2020), Independence Day, Republic Day, Human Rights Day (10.12.2020), constitution day (26.12.2020) etc. through online. Due to the impact of pandemic and the online classes, students got less opportunities to work towards the progress and wellbeing of students and the college.

Cells/Association/Clubs: Various Cells and associations established in the college organized various activities.

  • Academic calendar prepared according to University calendar and implemented. Faculty development programme organized.
  • Criteria wise documentation for quality assurance from 08.08.2020 to 17.08.2020.
  • Use of LMS and ICT tools in teaching and evaluation from 12.08.2021 to 19.08.2021.
  • Workshop on “E-learning resources and Access” conducted from 17.12.2020 to 23.12.2020.
  • Webinar on “Quality assurance in higher education: Challenges and opportunities organized on   23.07.2020.
  • Yoga day celebrated yoga training and meditation was arranged for students at different dates such as Extension lecture organized, 5 minutes meditation made compulsory for every student during first period.
  • Different Programmes conducted such as slogan writing, poster making, video making by students of NSS/NCC/Red Cross and other department to bring awareness about the pandemic. They are as follows:
    • Internal Covid -19 protocol group formed
    • On-line Covid awareness and various guidelines/protocol related messages shared with students and staff during lock-down.
    • Sanitization of the common places done frequently by college administration. Facility for hand wash and hand sanitization ensured by management.
    • Students above 18 years are vaccinated.
  • Essay writing competitions / slogan writing / poster making / poem writing / model making / speech competitions etc. conducted.
  • Extra classes conducted for slow learners by all departments Green skill development classes arranged for students of Art & Home Science.
  • Focus on virtual interactive sessions and activities generated through Mentors.
  • Expert lecture on mental health organized by psychology department.
  • Extension lecture on coping with stress.
  • Number of awareness programme conducted through videos and competitions Following test administered: -Adjustment Inventory - Stress Coping Techniques -Leadership Skill - Thematic Apperception Test.

Extension activities/ Social outreach

National Service Schemes (NSS):

  • Students participation for various noble causes are well appreciated by the society. NSS students are engaged in attending various activities such as social camps, youth conventions, webinars on animal rights and drive on 05/06/2021, help system for covid vaccination, dated 17/06/2021, Swachhta Pakhwada and Swachhta Awareness from 01/08/2021 to 15/08/2021, tree planting from 02/08/2021 to 05/08/2021, rally (cleanliness and leprosy free) dated 02/10/2021, speech competition and classical singing participation, dated 03/10/2021, rally for “Nasha Mukti” dated 09/10/2021, short drama on Swachhta, dated 12/10/2021,  cleaning for chat pooja, dated 08/11/2021, Camp – youth in rural development special reference to Narwa Garwa Ghurwa Badi dated 01/12/2021to 07/012/2021 etc. Students are working closely with the Family Planning Association of India to create health awareness and also creating awareness on HIV and AIDS, NSS programmes have given new directions and dimensions to the youth and growth.

National Cadet Corps (N.C.C.): The National Cadet Corps (NCC) is the Youth Wing of the Indian Armed Forces with its headquarters in New Delhi, India.  True to the history and heritage of the Country, the NCC (Army Wing) is doing a commendable service in the College. It has traversed a long way in inculcating the self-discipline and the National spirit among the brave students of this college. There are numerous activities organized by this unit in the academic year 2020-21.

  • Tree plantation was done on 05/06/2021 by the cadets on World Environment Day and the message of environmental protection was given by making posters and videos. In this event 35 cadets and 01 staff of the College participated.
  • Cadets participated in Covid Vaccination Duty in the college. In this event 05 cadets and 01 staff of the College participated dates: 18/06/2021, 22/06/2021 and 26/06/2021.
  • Guest lecture organized on Kargil Vijay Diwas. In this event 40 cadets and 01 CTO and 02 guest of the College participated.
  • Greeting card making competition under azadi ka amrit mahotsav program. In this event 06 cadets of the College participated.

The programmes also cover the following programmes conducted during the year:

  • Independence DAY
  • Run For Unity
  • Enrollment 1st year Cadets
  • Run For Unity
  • Chhath Puja Ghat Duty
  • CATC camp 13
  • NCC Day
  • EX NCC cadets meet 2021
  • Tribute to CDS GEN. Rawat
  • AIDS jagrukta pakhvada – 1. rally 2. Guest lecture 2. Nuked Natak
  • Bharat ka amrit mahotsav – 1. Rangoli competition 2. lori writing
  • B certificate exam
  • C certificate exam

The most overwhelming thing is that the students in large number are participating in the multifarious activities of NCC and many of them have enchased the benefit of their participation to shape their future life.

Youth Red Cross Unit: The voluntary actions of the students who have great concern for the downtrodden, deprived and under privileged people undertook the awareness program on corona pandemic and various issues of the societies. They wrote slogans on corona awareness about various misconceptions and prevention outside their house and boundary walls. Students’ unit inspired people for corona vaccination, dated 3 May to 30 May 2021 through wall painting in public places. 50 students of Holy Cross Women’s College, Ambikapur actively participated in this awareness program. Online counselling was also conducted by the students with guidance of college counselling cell and 250 people benefited. Quiz on covid 19 was conducted for whole college. The wing created you tube videos and uploaded in social media for various cancers of the societies. The college has the rich traditions of encouraging the activities of the Youth Red Cross Wing. The annual report of the academic year 2020-21 is revealing numerous activities organized by the wing. The members of the Youth Red Cross Wing are the committed set of students who have dedicated themselves to serve the society in various forms brought credit to the college. Through this, the college has demonstrated the kind of leadership to inculcate the concern for the society. It is observed that the college is highly respected by the society for producing the students with human values.

Other Responsibilities: All Departmental Heads developed quality initiative background paper, approval granted to the department which satisfy the norms and standards laid down by it. One week faculty orientation programme was conducted for all newly appointed faculty to understand philosophy, academic and work culture of Holy Cross Educational Institutes.

Conducted one week Exposure and Talent Hunt Programme for new batch of students to get familiar with the Code of Conduct, solidarity and constitution pledge, prepared pool of talented students of various performance and responsibilities.

Department Of Psychology assign to set up a Counselling Cell to organize awareness programmes on Mental Health and Coping stress during Covid 19. Developed psychological test on Mental Health, and Counselling Schedule counselling during covid-19 pandemic. In collaboration with NMHP.

There exists an efficient decentralized system of administration in that various committees perform academic and administrative responsibilities through decentralization of powers and duties and participation of all stake holders, empowers women coming from the rural / tribal and underprivileged section of the society. All college activities are managed by empowered and efficient team consisting of the President, Principal, Vice Principal, the Deans, IQAC, Head of Departments, Staff and students. Faculty is assigned responsibilities as class teachers, mentors, and heads / members of IQAC and different committees of the college.

Overall mechanism regarding academics/ non-academic activities, implementation of various policies and administration of the institute is monitored by the Principal. The college management ensures holistic development of the student by providing facilities for effective learning, promotion of leadership among students and opportunities for sports/ cultural and social activities. Students also participate in the governance of the institution through effective representation through student council and other committees.

Scholarships provided to students: Govt. and None Govt.

S.No. Name of the Scholarship Received No. of students benefited
1 Post Matric - SC: 012

UG: 297

PG: 025

322
Post Matric - ST: 199
Post Matric - OBC: 111
2 Sitram Jindal Foundation 22
3 Student Aid Fund 114
4 Minority 03
  Total 461

MOUs

Keeping in mind that the collaborative contribution and all-round development of students, teachers and college, Holy Cross Women’s College is honored of having MOUs with different prestigious colleges and institute with different purposes. They as follow:

S. No. Name of College/Institute Date of MOU Purpose
1 Government Science College, Ambikapur, CG 16.12.2019
With the object of promoting co-operation in academic education and research center: 
  • Exchange of students and teachers for teaching-learning and research programme.
  • Exchange of students and teachers for teaching-learning and research programme.
  • Use of laboratories and equipment for pratical purposes by teachers and students.
  • Experiment based activities/workshop through registration.
  • Utilization of library and e-resources by teachers and students only female.
  • Utilization of indoor and outdoor sports facilities only for organizing sports days/tournaent. 
2 St. Thomas College, Ruabandha, Bhilai, CG 03.05.2021 (For 2 Years)
  • Joint research publication including work by graduate and post graduate students at the partner institution.Academic and Extension Activity.
  • Taking up co-curricular activities & extracurricular activities in mutual consultation and agreements.
  • Faculty and students exchange based on reciprocity.
  • Joint seminars, workshops and webinars.
  • Common lecture series for the students of both colleges.
3 Loyola COllege, Kunkuri, Jashpur, CG 03.05.2021
  • Joint research publication including work by graduate and post graduate students at the partner institution.
  • Taking up co-curricular activities & extracurricular activites in mutual consultation and agreements. 
  • Faculty and students excahnge based on reciprocity.
  • Joint seminars, workshops and webinars.
  • Common lecture series for the students of both colleges.
4 St. Thomas College, Ruadandha, Bhilai 25.03.2021
  • Joint research publication including work by graduate and post graduate students at the partner institution.
  • Providing knowledge, technology and skill-based training to the studnets of college in order to enhance the quality of the educational experiences of the students. 
  • Taking up co-currilar activities & extracurricular activities in mutual consultation and agreements.
  • Faculty and studnets exchange based on reciprocity.
  • Joint seminars and workshops.
5 Abhiyan Trackers 21.02.2022
  • To Support and promote awareness towards mother earth.
  • To engage students in special educational programmes in coastal and desert trekking.
  • To gain from extension experience by planning trekking programmes in Wildlife Sancturies and Jeep Safaris.
  • To Provide students with a range of skills that meet the needs of being physically fit and increase posititive sensitivity towards India's flora, fauna and Wildlife.

ICT based lecture by Dr. Ashok Shukla, HOD, Department of Microbiology, Holy Cross Women's College, Ambikapur conducted successfully for the studnets of Govt. Science College,  Ambikapur.

Laboratory work in Microbiology and Biotechnology was conducted on 12.03.2022 by the 60 students of Govt. Science College, Ambikapur.

Workshop/Seminars/Skill development programme:

  • Workshop on “E-learning resources and Access” conducted from 17.12.2020 to 23.12.2020. Webinar on “Quality assurance in higher education: Challenges and opportunities organized on 23.07.2020.
  • Criteria wise documentation for quality assurance from 08.08.2020 to 17.08.2020 b. Use of LMS and ICT tools in teaching and evaluation from 12.08.2021 to 19.08.2021.
  • National webinar on IPR and it’s role in present Covid-19 period (National level) was conducted on 26/06/2020 with 250 participants.
  • Webinar on importance of IPR in our life was organized on 26/04/2021, the world Intellectual Property Day with 40 participants.
  • International webinar on Impact of covid -19 on trade Commerce and Industries was conducted on 11/07/2020 jointly organized by IQAC Govt. College Rajpur, Dist. Balrampur and Department of Commerce, Holy Cross Women’s College, Ambikapur with 184 participants.
  • National webinar on “Digital Financial Education Awareness” hoisted by Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) was organized by department of commerce on 09/12/2020 with 102 participants.
  • National E-Workshop on “Life Skill Training on Happiness & Suicide Prevention During Covid-20” organized by Department of Psychology, M.S.W. and IQAC jointly on 25/07/2020 with 700 participants.
  • Online E-Certificate course on Mushroom Cultivation was conducted on 17/11/2020 with 701 participants
  • International Webinar for Faculties on “Quality assurance in higher education: challenges and opportunities” were conducted jointly by Department of Commerce and IQAC on 23/07/2020 with 450 participants.
  • Workshop Herberler Theory of International Trade was conducted on 03/05/2021 with 43 participants.
  • Two day workshop under Faculty development programme was conducted on Research Methodology by Department Microbiology on 20.03.2021 and 21/03/2021 with 100 participants.
  • Initiated process to digitalized TLM, Library Coding, Records related to the following: - Students enrolment - Students Fee - Students attendance - Internal assessment - Achievement record - Cocurricular activities record - On-line monitoring of teaching - Online evaluation. Enhancement of ICT facilities for teaching, learning and evaluation. Computer lab upgraded by adding more computers and additional software.
  • College got registered to use Google workspace (G-Suite) for teaching and evaluation purpose. Faculty given training to get registered and to manage online classes using Google workspace.

Add on/Certificate courses

Separate Certificate course on Basic Computer to commerce, Science Streams, Arts Streams and Home Science are being conducted. They are as follows:

  1. Spoken English,
  2. Green Skill Development,
  3. Digital Marketing,
  4. Mushroom Technology,
  5. Computer Hardware and Network,
  6. Certificate in Mental Health and Well being,
  7. Certificate in Legal Literacy Awareness and Aid and
  8. Value education (Human values and Professional Ethics)

The students are encouraged to take up Research in their respective domains. Self-Learning is promoted through the Add on Courses and Value-Added Courses. The students are given opportunity to learn the art of doing a Project in House and Industrial Project.

Study tour/Industrial Visit/field visit:

  • Economic students visited to the local bazar area and to small venders such as fruits, vegetables and many other shops. They had colloquy with them about their financial management in this pandemic time. 
  • M.S.W. students went for social outreach programme to village Bhitti Kala for survey of their social and economical status.
  • College has adopted village Mirgadand, where faculty and the lab technican went to impart tailoring training course for a month. 
  • Due to pandemic students missed the study tours and industrial visi programme.

Alumnae activities:

As the world is facing covid 19 pandemic worldwide, Holy Cross Women’s College organized Alumnae meet programme on Virtual Platform such as Google Meet, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, Google Class room etc. for all ex-students from all over India and from abroad participated enthusiastically. Everyone remembered and share their sweet memories of college days and Hostel’s Life experiences, presented their views and about life after college days. Many of them are now working in Government and Private sector as Assistant Professor, School Lecturer, Principals at Inter colleges, Doctors, CEO, Employment  Officer, SP, IFS, IAS officer, Social Worker, Assistant General Manager FCI Delhi and many more. Alumnae meet conducted department wise on online platform due to pandemic. Total 12 meetings conducted. As an alumnae of this college, many of them are willing to do something for college.

Parents – Teachers Meet:

In the academic year 2020-21 students were privileged to attend online and offline classes with different ICT facilities introduced. Due to covid 19 pandemic parents-teachers meeting was conducted through google meeting. The dates were fixed from 23.12.2020 to 31.12.2020. Parents and teachers discussed with each other about the students through online mode. Teachers informed parents about the performance of students in the class and other activities organized in the college through the year. The main agenda of parents-teachers meet was to discuss was about the progress and growth of students. Parents were happy to know about the performance of their daughters. Parents also appreciated about ICT facilities introduced in the college for better teaching-learning. Parents appreciated the efforts being made by teachers of the college and promised their cooperation. Some parents expressed their opinion to conduct offline classes and examination for their daughter’s better future.

Celebration of National/International Commemorative Days: 

The college joined with our state and nation by celebrating the national and state level fests, such as Dipawali (11.11.2020), Eid, Inter-Religious gathering, Guru Nanak Jayanti, Christmas (24.12.2020) to promote love and respect towards people of all faith, Teacher’s Day in honour of teachers, National Unity Day(31.10.2020), College Day (14.09.2020), Yoga Day (21.06.2020), Independence Day (15.08.2020), Republic Day (26.01.2021), International Aids Day (01.12.2020), Human Rights Day (10.12.2020), constitution day (26.12.2020) etc. through online. Due to the impact of pandemic and the online classes, students got less opportunities to work towards the progress and wellbeing of students and the college.

Action plan for the upcoming session of the college:

  • To give online information facility to students and parents.
  • To start 4 years integrated courses B.Sc. B. Ed. and B.A. B.Ed.
  • To establish online library and office work and also install office management software.
  • COnstruction of new canteen.

In view of the present time, the burning needs of the college are as follows:

  • Bus facility to encourage students in their extension education in rural areas.
  • Lift system in the college.
  • Establishment of Open Gym for the fitness of students.
  • Establishment of solar energy plants in order to save electricity power.
  • Water is life, hence develop waste water management system.
  • Auditorium with modern facilities.

The college family is always sensitive towards social concern and its responsibilities.  Therefore, it is decided to organize a workshop in the month of February by the college for mutual consultation and suggestions with parents.

             Thanks to God Almighty for his countless blessings and for the support and cooperation of everyone linked with college family.

Thank you