Best Practices :
Practice No. 1: Online Admission in the Academic Programmes
The primary objective behind introduction of the online admission in the College was putting in place a sense of confidence among the stakeholders about the process of selection. The change-over to the new system was installed with a defined target of bringing in transparency, economy and efficiency in the ecosystem. It was intended to be a step further in the direction of paperless administration in the institution. Storage of students’ data in the retrievable digital archive, as it was aimed, would help reduce consumption of paper to a great extent. As a symbolic message the online admission was formally launched on 5 June, Environment Day, in 2017.
Cachar College has always been among the prime choices for the students seeking enrollment in the undergraduate programmes in Science, Arts and Commerce in Barak Valley. With burgeoning aspirants vying for this prestigious institution as their campusdestination and the limited intake capacity of the College it becomes very difficult to please all quarters. The resulting demand-supply mismatch is bound to generate tremendous external pressure during the time of admission.
Not to speak of the local political interference, which mostly went unreported, various students ‘organizations, ostensibly under their own compulsion, used to put demand for accommodation of the applicants rejected on merit. Closure of College gates in the name of students’ stir was a regular feature during the admission seasons. The traditional offline admission mechanism, then in place, gave the agitating stakeholders an opportunity to raise false and fabricated allegations against the College management.
To get over this perennial problem the College management decided to switch to online mode as a forerunner in the State higher education institutes. This also helped the College to comply with the Uniform Admission Policy of the State Government to the tee.
Practice No. 2: Mandatory donning of College uniform by the students
Through wearing of the College uniform it was intended to instill among the students a sense of identity, pride and possession. Uniform was introduced by Cachar College at the crack of the millennium with the primary aim of creating visibility of the Cachar College students.
Second, infusing the practice of discipline among the students was felt an utmost necessity for overall academic improvement of the institution. Moreover, uniform, it was thought, would usher in a new marker of distinctiveness among the students.
Third, restricting the unwanted entry to the campus of the outsiders formed yet another purpose behind the introduction of the uniform.
In the year 2000 Cachar College was the first institute of higher education in Barak Valley and also among the front-runners in Assam to go for homogeneous clothing for the students. Due to central location of the College casual and uncalled for entry of outsiders happened to be regular feature. The administration tried to put an end to it on its way to cleanse the campus. Students’ uniform came as a soft but very effective apparatus to put a final embargo on intrusion.
Truancy of students was another serious issue before the administration. Students used to sneak out of the campus and roamed about in the town. Uniform appeared to be a very useful deterrent for such acts of indiscipline.
Most important contextual reference was, however, the A &A by the NAAC. Start of the year 2000 was the time when NAAC popped up in the parlance. An early awareness was dawning on Cachar College like some other HEIs in the country that a slew reforms was on the anvil in the scenario of higher education. The College decided to gear up rather early. In response to the new challenges of quality consciousness and accountability the practice of uniform for the students was put in operation.