Title of the Practice: Reaching out to the people: An interface with rural people.
Objective of the practice: The objective of the practice is to reach out to the people to establish a permanent linkage with the rural people creating visible positive impact through various activities ranging from awareness program to engaging villagers in such activities to develop entrepreneurship. The stated objective of the practice called reaching out to the people is to establish a permanent linkage with the rural people in interior places and provide the opportunity of experiential learning to students working with rural people.
The Context: Lokanayak Omeo Kumar Das College is the premier institution of higher education in the greater Dhekiajuli area. Established with the noble objective of making higher education accessible to aspirants in a vast domain of multi-ethnic community. The college progresses with the noble objective of making higher education accessible to aspirants in a vast domain of multi ethnic community. People of this area have great expectations from this institution, which came into existence by the persistent endeavors of a group of people. Within its larger objective of making education socially relevant, Lokanayak Omeo Kumar Das College envisaged a plan of village adoption. Villages situated in the interior of greater Dhekiajuli are mostly inhabited by tribal (Bodo) and other ethnic community. Considering this fact the village requires a lot of initiatives in the socio-economic share for creating a positive visible impact on the part of the institution.
The practice: In the village adoption initiative of the institution Khagarijan has been selected considering its interior location. Bodo tribe mostly inhabits the village which is situated at a distance of about 14 kilometers from LOKD College in Thelamara revenue circle. The villagers are very hard working and their economy is agro based. Considering this fact a lot of initiative is required for the socio-economic development of the village. In this regard, the college consulted the village development committee and a formal linkage has been established to take up a slew of activities.
Evidence of Success: After a fact finding visit by two of the faculty members to the Khagarijan Lower Primary School awareness cum demonstration program was organized on Vermi Compost. Objective of this program was to make the villagers aware of the benefits of Vermi-Compost. NCC cadets conducted a preliminary survey to ascertain the family status and occupation of the villagers. All these initiatives were followed by action. Intimation has also been given to village people for entrepreneurship development through Assam Start-up linkage.
Problems Encountered: Not withstanding the fund crunch, the co-operation of the villagers eased out the problem to some extent. College authority is not in a position to frequently support such activities involving fund. Even then, the preliminary steps generated a good response as evidenced in the form of appreciation letter. People of this area have great expectations from this institution and we are starving to fulfill this expectation. Time constraint is another problem that we are facing; the college is encouraging involvement of more students with proper guidance by teachers on a rotational basis.
Title of the Practice: Book Bank: Stretching accessibility
The Context: Quest for excellence in the sphere of knowledge is integral to the mission and vision of Lokanayak Omeo Kumar Das College. Making higher education accessible involves catering to the need of students from poor background.
Text books are integral in the pursuance of higher education and a large section of the students coming from poor background are unable to purchase books. An effort has been made in this regard in the form of book bank.
Objective of the practice: Stretching accessibility is one such endeavour to address the problem of text books for poor students. Objective of this practice is to provide textbooks to the poor students as part of our larger objective of social upliftment through quality education. Sustained effort towards achieving this objective has been made. Hence, the idea of book bank has been floated and materialized.
The Practice: The idea of generating a book bank has already been materialized out of the contribution from pass out students. The book bank of the central library is now getting enriched by addition of more titles each year that had an initial collection of 150 titles.
A noteworthy contribution by one of our faculty members to the tune of Rs.100000/- has been made for enriching the book bank.
Evidence of Success: Book bank at the central library has proved to be a successful endeavour and this has been initiated at the departmental level also Department of Bengali is successfully running the book bank generated from contribution of ex-students.
Problems Encountered: At the initial stage no problem has been encountered. In future, space might be a problem in the departments for book bank.
Lokanayak Omeo Kumar Das College, the premier institution of higher education established in a multiethnic domain and catering to the need of higher education in a vast geographical area has been making significant contribution in the academic and social sphere of greater Dhekiajuli. This institution was established with an unwavering endeavour of a group of educational enthusiasts and supported by cross section of people to provide quality higher education to the aspirants. It has been enshrined in the vision of the institute to make higher education accessible to students coming from tea community, Bodos, minorities, Nepalis and other backward castes. For the large no of students from tea community LOKD College provides the proper learning platform and some of the surrounding tea gardens provided support in infrastructural facilities. Most of them were first generation learners and these students influenced the changing socio-economic pattern of the community. Since its inception, the institution has been imparting education to first generation learners and creating visible positive impact in their socio-economic status.
Throughout its journey, a suitable academic environment for physical and mental development has been created in a rural set up, for this institution has created links with various agencies like AAI and defence services. Now it has grown into an institution with three faculties of Science, Arts and Commerce. Academic and other support facilities augmented over the years provided the students with ample opportunities to excel in sports, cultural activities and achievements of some of the students made the institution proud. In sports, some of our students have earned laurels in nationals and international level.
NCC a platform offered in this institution for both boys and girls helped creating employment avenues for a large no of students, who are now employed in defence, paramilitary and other services. The emphasis on NCC in this institution apart from creating employment avenues was to inculcate values and sense of responsibility towards society.
Moreover, growth of the institution reflected in the increasing no of student enrollment has been consistent with the long-term vision of the institution and a visible impact is seen in greater Dhekiajuli area.