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⚫⚊⚊ Lead College ⚊⚊⚫


The last decade of the last century witnessed the sweeping effect of the globalisation, liberalisation, privatisation and computerisation of our public and private sector organisations. It is due to the impact of the amazing development in the field of information communication technology. The World Bank, the world trade organisation, the international monetary fund, the international agreements like GATT have made global competition inevitable and imperative. Foreign universities have challenged our traditional system of higher education. It has compelled us to strive hard for equality, assurance and excellence in our higher education. One of the most significant measures of total quality management in the higher education is the concept of ‘Lead College’.

A homogenous cluster of 10-15 colleges within an area fostering inter-institutional co-operation for overall development of all of them is the basic principle behind the concept of the ‘Lead College’. The concept is based on the belief, ”Efforts of each and welfare of all”.

Mission :

To make our colleges and the institutions of higher education achieve nationally and internationally acceptable standards.

⚫⚊⚊ Objectives ⚊⚊⚫

    Following are the main objectives and functions of a ‘Lead College’ :

  • Sharing of the information.

  • Sharing of the infrastructure, library, laboratories, sports facilities, big halls/stadium etc.

  • Sharing of human resources.

  • Collective organisation of academic activities.

  • Helping faculty development.

  • Helping administrative development.

  • Sharing of extension activities.

  • Utilisation of retired expertise.

⚫⚊⚊ The role of a ‘Lead College ⚊⚊⚫

    The role of a ‘Lead College’:

    A lead college functions with the motto, “efforts of each and welfare of all”. Following are some of the guidelines that are helpful to define the role of a ‘Lead College’- :

  • Avoid course duplication within the cluster.

  • A ‘Lead College’ should have all the necessary information about the higher education system and the changes that takes place in this regard. A ‘Lead College’ should collect and update such information and provide to the other colleges in the cluster.

  • Designing research projects/educational activities with mutual co-operation with other colleges. The joint efforts make such programs successful and thus the aim of quality assurance is achieved.

  • Collective actions/programmes with respect to NSS, NCC and sports activities.

  • Encouragement to vocational courses.

  • Organisation of student’s cultural activities.

  • Organizing international collaboration. (National/International seminars, workshop, conferences etc.)

  • Career guidance cell and placement cell activities.

  • Minimising unhealthy/unfair competition, which is major obstacle in system of higher education.

⚫⚊⚊ Role of the University ⚊⚊⚫

    Role of the ‘University’:

    The university and the apex committee at the university level have crucial roles to play for the success of the ‘Lead College Scheme’ of the university. Some of the major points in this regards are as follows-

  • Providing academic expertise to the ‘Lead College’.

  • Providing proper guidance for the preparation of the research proposals.

  • Providing guidance regarding the various funding agencies.

  • Providing information and guidance regarding new opportunities of higher education abroad- scholarships or courses or procedure etc.

⚫⚊⚊ Apex Committee at University Level ⚊⚊⚫

Composition of the lead college apex committee at the university level-

There shall be an apex committee at the university level to monitor all lead college activities

1 Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor Chairman
2 Hon’ble Pro- Vice-Chancellor Member
3 Dean- Nominated by Vice-Chancellor Member
4 One teacher representative from management council- Nominated by management council Member
5 One teacher of academic council- Nominated by Vice-Chancellor Member
6 Registrar Member
7 Controller of examinations Member
8 Finance and accounts officer Member
9 Director of students welfare Member
10 One head the university PG department- Nominated by Vice-Chancellor Member
11 Three principals (one from each district)- Nominated by Vice-Chancellor Member
12 Four members- one from each industry- trade/banking/& agriculture- Nominated by Vice-Chancellor Member
13 One social worker- Nominated by Vice-Chancellor Member
14 President, university student council Member
15 Secretary, university student council Member
16 Director, BCUD Member secretary/ Co-ordinator

⚫⚊⚊ Objectives ⚊⚊⚫

    Identifying clusters of colleges within the University area:
    A lead college is expected the group of 10-15 colleges. The number of colleges included in such groups may be decided on the basis of local area, geographical conditions and other aspects related to higher education.

  • The basis of forming cluster of colleges under one group shall as follows-

  • Arts, science and commerce colleges.

  • Education and physical education colleges.

  • Law colleges and management institutions.

  • Engineering colleges.

  • The funds for the activities under this scheme can be raised by following means-

  • Tie up and linkages with industries for specific activity.

  • Donations and sponsorship from industry, trade and banking sector.

  • Collection of fees from students of the constituent colleges.

The fees prescribed -

S.N College Fees/Student
1 Arts, science and commerce colleges. Rs. 25 /-
2 Law, education and physical education and management institutions. Rs. 50 /-
3 Engineering colleges. Rs. 100 /-

Distribution of the fund amount for organisation of activity-

S.N Activity % Amount
1 Student Training 40
2 Academic 20
3 Research 10
4 Cultural 10
5 Sports 10
6 Other 10

⚫⚊⚊ List of Activities ⚊⚊⚫

    Common activities to be conducted but not to be limited under lead college scheme-

  • 1. For head of Institutions-

  • Stress Management.

  • Time auditing and management.

  • Resources management.

  • Bench marking.

  • People management.

  • Academic leadership.

  • Innovative thinking.

  • IQAC: purpose and constitution.

  • 2. For the faculties-

  • Need for quality in the system of higher education.

  • Academic leadership.

  • Role of teacher in knowledge management.

  • 5 S in higher education.

  • Faculty development/improvement program.

  • Research methodology.

  • Public speaking.

  • E-mail etiquettes.

  • Relationship building.

  • Business communication.

  • Universal human values.

  • 3. For support/nonteaching staff-

  • People management.

  • Resources management.

  • Infrastructure management.

  • Time auditing.

  • 4 For the students-

  • Personality development.

  • Communication skill development.

  • Public speaking.

  • Interview techniques.

  • Skills for employability.

  • Stress management.

  • Time management.

  • Attitude and aptitude.

  • Reasoning and math tricks.

  • Developing reading habits.

  • Return on learning.

  • Sports competition.

  • Cultural activities.

  • Project competition.

  • Dressing for success.

  • Soft skills and fluency in English.

  • Any indoor and outdoor competition.

⚫⚊⚊ Committee at College Level  ⚊⚊⚫

Composition of the co-ordination committee at the college level-

There shall be a co-ordination committee at college level to look after lead college activities-s

1 Principal/Director of the college Chairman
2 One faculty member (Nominated by Principal/Director) Co-ordinator
3 Faculty member (Preferably faculty wise) Member
4 Faculty member (Preferably faculty wise) Member
5 NSS Programme officer Member
6 NCC officer Member
7 One member of NGO/banking/industry Member
8 Secretary, student council Member
9 Registrar/Office superintendent/Head clerk Member secretary

⚫⚊⚊ committee at the ‘Lead College’ level ⚊⚊⚫

There shall be a working committee at the lead college level.

The working committee shall meet at least five/six times in year. The major role of the working committee is to look after the administration of the lead college cluster- budgets/accounts/programmes/the proper records of the meeting, proceedings etc. It should facilitate the smooth functioning of the lead college programme.

1 Principal/Director of the ‘Lead College’ Chairman
2 One principal of the Arts faculty from the constituent colleges- Nominated by the Vice-Chancellor Member
3 One principal of the Commerce faculty from the constituent colleges- Nominated by the Vice-Chancellor Member
4 One principal of the Science faculty from the constituent colleges- Nominated by the Vice-Chancellor Member
5 Secretary, College student council Member
6 Registrar Member secretary and co-ordinator- Nominated by the Principal of the ‘Lead College’
7 NSS Programme officer Member
8 NCC officer Member
9 Physical Director Member
10 Performing artist Member
11 Member from industry/trade/banking/and agriculture Member