Institutional Distinctiveness

Institutional Distinctiveness
The performance of the institution in one area distinctive to its vision, priority and thrust
Since its inception (1953) D.S. College, Katihar has put premium on imparting quality education with thrust on equity and access. Considering social antecedents/origins of its clientele, systematic efforts have been made over the decades to create an inclusive eco-system in the college where students are enabled to realize their full potential/creative energies. The Equal Opportunity Cell (EOC) was established in the college as a supplementary to IQAC. It strives to enhance institutional inclusiveness and sensitize students from weaker sections of society about their entitlements as provided by the Constitution of India as well as to bring about improvement in their

academic performance. Through this body students are informed of different initiatives of the State to empower them to realize their potential, undeterred by historical baggage that they carry. As education is an enabling instrument they are exposed to writings of leading social philosophers. To begin with the EOC launched a drive to register students from social segments such as SC/ST/OBC/Women/persons with disabilities/Minorities. Now more than 50 students are registered with the cell. Out of the registered ones a formal leadership has emerged which is drawing a blue print for the future. They are being mentored by a section of teachers, who too have braved challenges /deprivations to become triumphant in their lives. Recently they organized an interactive session which provided students an opportunity to express their views on prevailing social structures/practices such as caste and gender driven inequities and discriminations. The uniqueness of EOC of the college lies in the fact that it enhances the institutional inclusiveness leading to greater participation of all segments of admitted students besides identifying the slow learners thus helping the college to prepare a customized plan for their academic improvement. Thus by dint of its various initiatives it justifies the existence of institutions of higher learning as a bulwark against socially regressive mind-sets and approaches.