The West Bengal State Council of Higher Education under the aegis of the Higher Education Department, Govt. of West Bengal organized an Online Workshop on January 5, 2023 on 'Promoting Research Excellence and Possibilities of Expanding the Access of E-resource Materials across the HEIs in the State.' The leading publishing houses namely Elsevier, Oxford University Press and the Springer Nature presented their respective proposals on the scope and possibilities of expanding the access of e- resource materials through a State - level consortium.
The workshop was attended by the Hon'ble Vice Chancellors and their representatives from the State-Aided and Private Universities of the State, and officials from the Higher Education Department, Govt. of West Bengal. The Principal Secretary, Higher Education Department & Vice Chairman (Administration), WBSCHE was present on the occasion.
A workshop entitled "Industry-Academia Partnership: Research, Innovation, Employability, and Entrepreneurship" was held on 21st December, 2022 from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm at the Conference Hall of the University of North Bengal. The workshop was jointly organised by the West Bengal State Council of Higher Education (WBSCHE)
The workshop was inaugurated by the Hon'ble Minister-in-charge, Department of Higher Education, Govt. of West Bengal and Chairman, WBSCHE Prof. Bratya Basu in presence of Prof. Om Prakash Mishra, Hon'ble Vice-Chancellor of NBU
In response to the demand of organising the 2nd programme on "Accelerating Research with Oxford University Press" we have organised this again on 08th Dec 2022. It was successful with nearly 200 participants has participated in that programme. They also have received the attendance certificate from Oxford University press. This kind of programme will help to build the research interface and also help the scholars to understand how to publish for quality journals and how to overcome the challenges while publishing to a foreign journal to avoid mistakes.
In response to the online workshop organized by Oxford University Press in association with West Bengal State Council Higher Education on the given topic on 17th Nov 2022 from 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm in online mode.
The workshop was conducted by
Ms Sumita Sen, Resource Person (Training & Implementation Manager South and South East Asia Oxford University Press)
Mr. Sumit Das (Territory Mangar East India e-products Oxford University Press)
The program was introduced & conducted by Dr. Partha Sarathi Das (Assistant Library Information Officer at The National Library)
Mr. Joyanta Guha (Zonal Manager e-resources East & South India and Bangladesh Oxford University Press)
The program started with a brief note from VC Academic WBSCHE about the requirement of this kind of program and how it is important for the young researchers to know the technicalities before publishing.
The program was attended by many University and college faculties, researchers, and students across the State of West Bengal.
The West Bengal State Council of Higher Education in collaboration with Jadavpur University, Kolkata organized a One-Day Workshop on NAAC Assessment & Accreditation on September 27, 2022 at Asanna Building, Rajarhat, New Town, Kolkata. A sensitization programme was organized for the colleges whose assessment is yet to be done. The Principals and Teacher-in-Charge from about 170 colleges attended the programme both physically and online. Academicians from different educational institutions were also invited in the programme.
There was a special session which was presided over by Prof. Suranjan Das, Vice Chancellor, Jadavpur University. The Pro Vice Chancellor, Jadavpur University Prof. Chiranjib Bhattacharjee was also present in the occasion. Speakers in this session were Shri Manish Jain, Vice Chairman (Adm.), WBSCHE & Principal Secretary, Higher Education Department, Govt. of West Bengal, Prof. B. Patwardhan, Chairman, NAAC and Shri Bratya Basu, Chairman, West Bengal State Council of Higher Education and Hon'ble Minister-in-Charge, Higher Education Department, Govt. of West Bengal.
The occasion was enriched with the presentation of Dr. L. Manjunatha Rao, Deputy Adviser, NAAC and Dr. Ruchi Tripathi, Assistant Adviser, NAAC. They conducted two technical sessions on NAAC Methodology for Universities and Colleges.
Prof. Amitava Datta, Director, IQAC, Jadavpur University gave the Welcome Address and Prof. Koushiki Dasgupta, Vice Chairman (Academic), WBSCHE delivered the Vote of Thanks to all the dignitaries and academicians present in the programme. The event was a grand success.
7 - Day Faculty Development Program on "Preparedness for the Revised Accreditation Framework, 2022"
19th September - 26th September 2022 Organized by: Hiralal Mazumdar Memorial College for Women, Dakshineswar in collaboration with West Bengal State Council of Higher Education
» P.N. Das College, Palta
» Government Girls' General Degree College, Ekbalpur
» Sarojini Naidu College for Women, Dum Dum
» Raidighi College, South 24 Parganas
» Muralidhar Girls' College, Kolkata
» Sri Chaitanya Mahavidyalaya, Habra
Capacity Building Workshop: The WBSCHE in collaboration with Elsevier organized a Two days' Workshop 16th and 17th August to promote Research Excellence in Academics across higher educational institutions of West Bengal. The research workflow was broadly divided into two parts :(i) Research Planning, Research Metrics and Identifying Journals and (ii) Research Execution, Emerging Technologies and Elsevier Strengths in research on these technologies. The programme received a huge response from the participants. It had 2699 registrations out of which
» 837 unique attendees on Day 1 and
» 747 unique attendees on Day 2
The two months trial of Freedom collection is also active for all state universities across West Bengal.
The WBSCHE organized Two-day International Webinar of the Industry-Academia Interface Series "MEDHA" in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Industries on 24.09.21 and 25.09.21. The MEDHA series was named and inaugurated by Prof Bratya Basu, Honourable Minister-in-Charge, Higher Education Department, Govt. of West Bengal & Chairman, West Bengal State Council of Higher Education to enhance awareness of students & teachers about emerging issues & pre-placement skill-base of fresh graduates. The scheme was drafted to create a bridge between the Industry and the Academia.
The First International Webinar of the Series was held on July 7, 2022 on "Mathematical Science, Data and Computation."
As approved by the Hon'ble Minister-in-Charge, Higher Education Department, in collaboration with MAKAUT the Council has conducted a 2-week workshop (online) (16th Feb,- 3rd March, 2022) on Python Language for faculties of HEIs and school teachers across the state and disciplines which has been widely appreciated by the teacher-community.
During the period of pandemic, teachers of UG and PG levels of colleges and Universities across West Bengal have rendered their best effort to seamlessly shift from the traditional physical mode of teaching to the online digital mode using ordinary to complex technological models and methods. It is noteworthy that the process has generated huge teaching-learning materials at the UG and PG level disciplines across faculties. The Council has proposed that this huge resource should be classified and a repository of quality materials to be built up which will be freely accessible to all students and teachers. With approval of the competent authority the Council has already collected subject-wise e-materials developed during this period and in the process of screening/editing the same for uploading on the website.
A landmark activity of the Council has been the upgradation of the Institute of English, Calcutta (IEC) into Institute of Language Studies & Research (ILSR). This proposal of converting IEC into an institute of excellence was initiated by the WBSCHE. The Institute of Language Studies was envisaged for the exploration and dissemination of Language Studies and Research. Following recommendations of a high-powered Committee with eminent linguists the Institute has been set up on 11.02.2021. Initially the ILSR will work under the administrative control of the West Bengal State Council of Higher Education.
In collaboration with the School Education Department the Council has been trying to create excellence in thoughts and actions of the stakeholders of education in totality-forging meaningful linkages between school education & higher education. Very remarkable initiative under the leadership of the H'MIC & Chairman of the Council is the ongoing series of webinars Ujjiban Charcha being organised on every Sunday for school students, teachers & parents. Altogether six such webinars involving eminent resource persons of respective fields have been conducted with nearly 25, 000 audience on average.
The WBSCHE proposed to hold series of certificate courses for teachers of colleges with possible extension to HS level school teachers. Such courses are meant for continuous upgradation of teaching skill and knowledge base. The first such program was conducted by WBSCHE in collaboration with Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT) on Fundamentals of Python Language for faculty members of colleges across disciplines and school teachers (for class- XI and XII). The program was conducted through virtual mode from 16.2.2022 to 3.3.2022.
The Council played an important role in making the British Council's 'Going Global Partnership' proposal to materialize. Going Global Partnerships is about working together to ensure that higher education and technical and vocational education and training (TVET) meet the needs of our societies, economies and students.
The West Bengal State Council of Higher Education in association with the Language Studies & Research (ILSR) & Vidyasagar Academy organized the first ILSR Hara Prasad Shastri Language, Literature and Cultural Histories Lecture Series on June 1, 2022. Topic of the pogramme The Pathfinders of Modern India: Ram Mohun Roy, Vidyasagar and Nineteenth Century Intellectual Histories. Guests of Honour and distinguished speakers in the programme Prof. Brian A Hatcher, Packard Professor of Theology, Tufts University, USA and Prof. Milinda Banerjee, Lecturer in Modern History, University of St. Andrews. The Programme was inaugurated by Shri Bratya Basu Hon'ble Minister-in-Charge of School & Higher Education Departments, govt. of West Bengal & Chairman, West Bengal State Council of Higher Education.