Patna Women’s College (PWC), the first College for women in Bihar, founded in 1940, is a premier Institution of the State. The 70 year old College with its glorious past had an ‘A’ grade at its accreditation in 2004 by NAAC. And again, at its re-accreditation by NAAC in 2010, PWC received an ‘A’ grade. In 2004, UGC accorded ‘College with Potential for Excellence’ (CPE) status to PWC.The Government of Bihar declared PWC as a Religious Minority Institution on 25th July, 2007.
The Department of Education is one of the Star Departments of PWC. Keeping in mind the high demand for teacher training courses, PWC took the bold step in 2005 to apply to NCTE to introduce B.Ed. and to start the Department of Education as a self-financing course. The department is recognised by Eastern Regional Committee of NCTE vide order no. & date: ERC / 7 – 57.5.16 / 2005 / 1928, dated 21.06.2005.The College officially introduced and inaugurated the B.Ed. programme and the Department of Education on 8th April, 2006.
Approved by the Governing Body of the College and Patna University, the Principal, Patna Women’s College – Dr. Sister Doris D’Souza A.C. endeavoured to make the Department of Education stand on its own. The Department can now boast of having sent out five (5) batches of well trained teachers to transform thousands of students in the wider society.
The Department of Education has eight permanent teachers and three part-time teachers. Out of the permanent ones three are Ph.D. holders, in Education, Psychology and Science respectively. One of the teachers has M.Phil. in Education. There are sixteen non-teaching staff members who render selfless services.
The B.Ed. course is of one year duration, the syllabus of which is prescribed by Patna University. The Department does its best to provide comprehensive educational experiences to the students in consonance with its goal and objectives. These include workshops on teaching aids, seminars, guest lectures, internship, visit to places of educational importance and two Certificate Courses, one in ‘Communication and Soft Skills’, and the other in ‘ICT-based Teaching Learning Skills’. The students are given opportunities to present their assignment papers in the class using multi-media. Our endeavour is to help the students to discover their latent capabilities and develop them into courageous and conscientious teachers who would be the future torch bearers of education.
The Department makes teaching-learning and evaluation a participatory activity using synergy with technology and interaction with effectiveness to maximize learning experience. The evaluation is formative as well as summative with dedicated efforts put in by the faculty to transform the students into empowered teachers who could contribute to the development of the nation. Trips to places of educational importance are organized to make the teaching learning process interesting and realistic. Science students are provided with an opportunity to attend workshops on low cost teaching aids organized by Sri Krishna Science Centre, Patna.
The Department believes in promoting scientific temper in students. They are given an orientation on how to carry out research. The faculty members guide the students in Minor Research Projects under the CPE Scheme of UGC. In the year 2009, students worked on a research project titled ‘Attitude of Degree Level Girl Students Towards Teaching Profession’ under the guidance of Dr. Upasana Singh and Ms. Rashmi Sinha and in the year 2010, students worked on three CPE Research Projects. During their Teaching Practice they carry out Action research project to improve handwriting in English / Hindi, to reduce spelling errors in English / Hindi, to draw good diagrams in Science and Geography, to improve presentation of answers, and reading comprehension in English / Hindi. This is done after identifying the problems in the above areas, among the students in their respective classes.
The faculty members are engaged in consultancy and extension work as well.
Dr. Upasana Singh, Ms. Anju and Ms. Sapna Suman were in the selection committee for the selection of teachers in St. Michael’s High School, Patna in 2009 and 2010. Ms. Anju and Sister Saroj A.C. were the resource persons for a seminar on Value Education in Army School Danapur, Patna. They are also involved in setting of question papers and their corrections apart from preparation of study materials for Distance Education of Nalanda Open University and L.N. Mithila University.
The Department has proudly witnessed cent percent results in the University Examinations, in the years 2008 and 2010. The results of the students in the past years have been highly commendable. In the year 2008, 48 students secured first class with distinction. Four students were awarded the 1st, 6th and 7th ranks. In the year 2009, 53 students secured first class with distinction and 46 students had first class and all the first 10 ranks were from the Department of Education, PWC. In the year 2010, 83 students secured distinction and sixteen got first class (the rank list is not yet out).
The infrastructure of the Department has been augmented to provide the students with an optimal learning environment. The air-conditioned and partially automated Departmental library contains a collection of over five thousand books on diverse subjects along with e-library, 463 CDs and other digital resources. The classrooms are equipped with LCD projectors. The lecture hall is air conditioned, apart from the four method rooms, there is a seminar room, crafts room and common room for students. There is an air-conditioned room with separate cubicles for the teaching staff to facilitate individual, quality work with optimum perfection. Other facilities are : Health Care Centre, hostel, bank, Psychology Lab, Science and Maths Lab, Language Lab, ComputerLab, smart class, multi-media class, gym, work room, administrative office, broadband internet access, reprographic facility, coin phone, parking place and canteen.The whole campus is aesthetically planned and has well maintained gardens.
Student support : The student cabinet comprises of ten members – one Class Representative + 4 House Leaders and Assistants. They help out in the various activities of the Department. Student support is emphasized through a host of curricular and co-curricular activities. These are designed to give each student an opportunity to express themselves creatively. ‘Abhivyakti’ an Expression, ‘Anubhav’ an experience, quiz, debates, sports, competitions like singing (solo and group), group dance, fancy dress, mirror image, rangoli, speech contest, flower arranging, salad dressing, yoga, meditation, Christmas programme, creative works put up on bulletin boards are some of the co-curricular activities conducted for the students. Students also participate in assignment presentation, conducting daily assembly, workshops on ‘Teaching Aids’, lesson planning, seminars etc. Guest lectures are organized by the Department from time to time.
Sports and extra-curricular activities : such as dancing, singing, simple crafts making, physical exercises, games and sports are given prime importance. The group of hundred students has been divided into smaller groups under six mentors, the ratio being 1:17. This is to facilitate guidance and counselling at one to one level. The mentors help the students to perform well in the various curricular and co-curricular activities of the Department by creating a stress free atmosphere, conducive to learning and that which promotes good relationship.
The students are given an opportunity to contribute to the less privileged of the society by participating in the ‘Joy of Giving Week’ and visits to special homes like the schools for hearing impaired, visually impaired, mentally disabled and socially less privileged. They also help in Bal melas, organized for the deprived children.
The Empowerment of women and pursuit of Excellence being our mission, the Institution continuously sets new heights of perfection by adopting innovative practices. The Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) is dedicated to maintain quality. Evaluation is carried out after each departmental activity. At the end of the academic year, the students give a feedback on the course conducted as well as on individual teachers. Team teaching, peer teaching are some of the activities for the enhancement of quality. The students are placed in different schools for Internship during which they are exposed to the real school situation. Parent Teacher Meet, Alumni Meet, Principals’ meet, regular staff meetings, Value Education Classes, Programmes on Environment Protection, Celebration of days of National and International importance are regularly conducted.
The educational programme provided to the students is geared towards holistic development of women. Students develop a strong value system and are aware of the challenges placed before them i.e. ‘To be efficient teachers and effective human beings.’
The Principal provides leadership and guidance for achieving the goals and objectives of the Institution. The staff meetings and the regular circulars by the Principal help in planning the activities and programmes of the Department. The Governing Body provides direction for the long term and short term activities of the Department. Since B.Ed. is a self-financing course, the Management takes care of the appointment of regular as well as part-time teachers. Budget is prepared every year to ensure optimum utilization of resources. The Department has an internal mechanism to ensure quality. The IQAC of the Department is very active and its suggestions and observations are implemented keeping in mind the quality sustenance and enhancement of the Department.