The College Now
From 2008, with the founding of the West Bengal State University (WBSU), the College came to be affiliated to it, with effect from the academic session 2008-09. We offer 14 courses in Honours subjects and 16 courses in General subjects according to syllabi framed by respective Boards of Studies (BOS) of WBSU. Although, the College does not enjoy autonomy to frame syllabi/curricula at the Undergraduate (UG) level, a few teachers, in the capacity of being the members of the UG-BOS of their respective subjects, take part in syllabus-framing. Here, it would be appropriate to mention that for last few years, we have also introduced Post Graduate (PG) Courses in Anthropology, Chemistry and Bengali, with huge response from the students' community. In these Courses, the College has its own PG-BOS, which frame their own respective syllabus, and thus contribute to the development of higher education. Beside regular courses, we also offer distance education courses both at the UG and PG levels as a unit of Netaji Subhas Open University (NSOU).
The regular UG Courses are of three years, which a student must complete within a maximum span of five years as per University regulations. Students enjoy freedom to switch over to a new subject or stream within three months from the date of admission, according to Merit List and subject to vacancy. They are admitted to Honours Courses purely on the basis of results in the Higher Secondary and equivalent examinations. Seats are reserved for the students from SC/ST/OBC background as per rule.
The College has a huge treasure of valuable reference as well as text books, kept in the Main Library and Departmental Libraries. The science departments are equipped with most up-to-date laboratories and scientific instruments. Most of the departments have their computers with internet facilities; some science departments have computer laboratories. The students also enjoy the facilities of ICT classrooms. Some departments have ICT classrooms of their own, some departments avail this facility jointly.
A detailed academic calendar, showing the allotment and workload, time frame and internal examinations schedule, is made at the beginning of each session. Class-room teaching is supplemented by (i) occasional holding of seminar-lectures on particular topics; (ii) arrangement of lectures by students; (iii) publication of departmental journals as well as wall-magazines;(iv) educational tours; and (v) special lectures by eminent teachers of universities and other colleges.
The College also follows the RTI Act, and has set up a Public Information Cell. Some other Cells that need special mentioning are: a) Anti-sexual harassment Cell; b) Anti-ragging Cell; c) Career Guidance Cell; d) Women's Cell and e) Research and Development (R&D) Cell. Recently, a Campus Film Society came into being with affiliation fromFederation of Film Societies of India (this National Body was founded in 1959, with the legendary master Satyajit Ray as the President, and at times, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the then Minister of Information and Broadcasting, had been the Vice-President) to inculcate the value of cinematic appreciation of feature as well as documentary masterpieces. In West Bengal, only two 'Campus' Film Societies exist till now: one at Visva Bharati Kala Bhavan and the second is our institution.
In short, our idea of academic excellence is holistic. This means that we ask ourselves continually what comprises excellence in education. We do not limit ourselves to covering the prescribed syllabus, though no latitude is entertained in this respect. But, looking beyond the boundaries of the syllabi, we also continually ask what education in a holistic sense should involve and how best to attain it.
Finally, we firmly believe in an all-round development of our students. We encourage them to seriously take up co-curricular and extracurricular activities along with academic pursuits. We have more than one play grounds, an open-air theatre and one auditorium. Besides, there are separate well-equipped gymnasiums for boys and girls. We also provide separate indoor games facilities for boys and girls. The elected Students' Union organises, with the guidance of teachers and staff of the College, annual sports, cultural programmes and various social welfare activities, and helps to develop and maintain ideal and healthy student-teacher-administration relations.
Thus, there is no doubt that Sree Chaitanya College, Habra all along has stood for the holistic development of the students. It has spelt out its vision of sharing learning with humanity for a very human cause to transform citizens, who, in turn, shall change our society into a place, where, in the words of Rabindranath Tagore:
"..the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit"