To develop and empower women through education that fosters knowledge and skills, promotes values of equality, secularism and national integration, moulds character through discipline and rigour and creates an open mind capable of assimilating the best traditions of the East and the West.

Infrastructure & Support

 

Infrastructure

 

Classrooms

Class rooms are naturally lighted. Each departmental classroom is equipped with computers, internet connections, departmental library and office almirahs. Departmental computers are used regularly for academic purposes both by the Faculty and the students. All have anti-virus programs installed. Computer accessories are maintained in a clean environment. The College maintains strict norms of cleanliness. All classrooms and corridors are kept spic and span throughout the day. They are swept twice a day, once in the morning before the commencement of classes and then at the end of the day after the students have left the premises. Blackboards and the furniture are dusted at the end of the day to maintain their preparedness for the next day's classes. Littering is strictly prohibited. Students are guided to drop their disposals in garbage tins kept outside the class rooms. Charts, posters and notices are displayed on pin boards. Students are constantly advised to use furniture properly and help the institution economize on energy by switching off lights, fans and computers when not in use. All classroom facilities such as fans, electric lights and computers are well-maintained. Repairs are undertaken conscientiously. Minor glitches are taken care of by the trained in-house electrician and replacements are made as and when necessary.


The Central Library

The College has an open access air-conditioned library well stocked with text and reference books, both print and e-resources. It has two stack rooms including a mezzanine block. The reading room space is adjacent to the stack room. The Libsys LSEase Library Management Software is installed for the maintenance of the library database. Partial automation was introduced in 2014 with LSEase Web Centric 3 Users Software and subsequently upgraded to LSEase Web Centric 5 Users Software in April 2018. The barcoding process was initiated in 2014 and completed in 2017. At present the library is fully automated. There is an automated catalogue system and barcoding has made easy systematic management of issue, return and retrieval of books. The mezzanine section is equipped with computers and serves as the UGC Resource Network Center where users can access N-List e-resources. The Centre was first established in 2006 in the library under the UGC Xth Five Year Plan and assistance was provided for purchase of computers and internet connection. At present there are 4 computers and 163.41 MBPS bandwidth internet connectivity to access the e- resources from INFLIBNET and other websites. By 2020 around 600 users were enrolled in the UGC N-LIST program. In 2020, the GMGC Central Library website was created. This is an important step in facilitating the faculty and students with direct and individual access to INFLIBNET services and other e-resources within the library reading room and also outside.

Each year the new entrants undergo a mandatory Library Orientation Program conducted by the Librarian. Students from different disciplines are made aware of the catalogue system and its use, the basic library rules and institutional stipulations on library use. They are directed to maintain strict silence, decorum and discipline inside the library.

Each student is issued two lending library cards for their entire program. Students are required to renew them in every academic session. They are also required to return their cards and books before they fill in the forms for appearing in the final examination to obtain clearance certificates.

The Library can be accessed by staff and students at all times during college hours. Alumni members can use the library against their Alumni Registration Card. The Library has a Book Bank facility for needy students. It also provides reprographic facility to the students at nominal charges. Library conducts once a year stock verification for both the in-house books as well as that of the Departmental Libraries. Strict safety and security rules are maintained. Pest control is conducted regularly and a fire safety system is in place.

Once-a-year stock verification is undertaken by the Central Library staff once to count the number of missing books and the ones that are in circulation along with those books that exist at the Central Library shelves. This stock verification is also conducted simultaneously for all the Departmental Libraries.


Laboratories

The Geography Lab has topographical maps, satellite imageries, aerial photographs, geographical maps, rock and mineral specimens, clinometer, Abney Level, Dumpy Level, prismatic compass, transit theodolite, laser distance meter, rotameter, barometer, thermometer, hygrometer, rain gauge, soil testing kit for teaching of the practical component of the undergraduate course. In addition, there are six desktop computers for teaching geographical information systems with LAN connections. These instruments are serviced before every university examination to maintain their preparedness. There are globes, generating globe and wall maps. Old rare maps are repaired with cloth backing. Tracing paper rolls are replaced every six months. There are station models, reader's digest atlas, district planning maps of areas that are have been visited for field survey. There are five tracing tables for the students. There are also wooden and plastic geometry boxes for board work. Scientific calculators are replaced with newer editions when required.

The Chemistry Lab is a very sensitive and accident-prone area, has vital safety issues and procedures and proper precautions are undertaken Awareness is the most fundamental rule of operating a Chemistry Lab.

Awareness: The following rules are in place:
Students are advised to always follow the basic concept of RAMP during the practical classes. They are instructed to follow the guidelines regarding the Dos and Don'ts strictly. Experiments or practical classes are always performed in presence of the Faculty and with proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).Lists of toxic, flammable, explosive and other hazardous chemicals are provided to the students and they are required to study them before handling them. All the chemicals are labelled properly. Students are always advised to avoid unlabelled reagents and the reagents which are not in good condition. Specific experiments that use hazardous chemicals are performed under the chemical fume hood in presence of the teacher. Faculty members, Lab attendants and even few students of each classes are trained how to operate the necessary instruments to control the situation under emergency condition.

  1. During practical classes students are always suggested to use chemicals as least as possible.
  2. Eating, drinking, smoking and using of cosmetics are not allowed inside the laboratory.
  3. Using of mobile, laptop, i-Pad, Tab are strictly prohibited inside the laboratory.
  4. Students are suggested to use mechanical pipette instead of mouth pipette.
  5. Students are guided very seriously about housekeeping so that they can properly maintain the apparatus, instruments and chemicals. They are guided to wash their hands thoroughly after the practical classes.
  6. Students are prohibited to use broken or cracked glass apparatus and equipment.
  7. The Faculty monitors the students very carefully in the laboratory so that no students can disturb or distract others during hazardous experiments. Chaos and crowding during practical classes are strictly discouraged.

Storage and Use: Chemicals are stored and handled according to the guidelines given by MSDS as far as possible. Chemical hazards can be minimized with proper understanding of the properties of the chemicals and thereby developing suitable procedures with the help of which we can handle them safely. So at first we lay emphasis on understanding the properties and the processes how to handle them. Simply storing chemicals alphabetically is not prudent. Special precautions are taken for flammable, corrosive, explosive and other hazardous chemicals. They are stored separately and used cautiously. The containers of the chemicals are always properly labelled. The Faculty is very vigilant about intentional or inadvertent contamination of chemicals. Purchases are made for required chemicals only. The expired and damaged chemicals are disposed in a proper way. Container carriers are used to transport chemicals. The caps of the containers and bottles are always kept in sealed condition.

Hazardous Waste Storage and Disposal:

  1. Most of the chemicals are harmful. The hazardous waste materials are also collected very safely and disposed carefully by applying suitable disposal techniques. Chlorinated, non-chlorinated and volatile solvents are stored in separate places with required precautions. Acids, flammable, corrosive materials are kept in safety places. Sensitive chemical reactions are carried out in a fume chamber. Storing excess chemicals in the fume chamber is strictly prohibited. Before using the hazardous substances, students are always instructed to study the hazardous nature of the chemicals. Even, after performing the experiments they are instructed to keep the waste materials in the properly labelled waste containers. Waste disposal agencies are called to pick up the containers. Broken or damaged containers are not used for collecting waste materials. The containers are properly sealed after keeping the waste materials inside the containers.
  2. The quantity of hazardous waste is sought to be minimized by conducting experiments in such a way that minimum hazardous waste material will be produced. Students are always suggested to use very little amount of chemicals for qualitative experiments and minimum required proportions to run the quantitative chemical reactions. Students are always instructed to use completely clean and dry apparatus or equipment during performing experiments that no hazardous situation will arise. They are also told to avoid using equipment or apparatus which will be not in working condition. The processes are modified to reduce that evolution of toxic, volatile, poisonous, irritating and suffocating gases. The Lab is cleaned every day. The waste materials are not allowed to be kept in the Lab for a long time. The different categories of waste materials are collected separately in different labelled containers to prevent contamination. When possible the purely synthesized or derived materials are reused for new experiment and not disposed as waste materials. Pouring of waste in the water basin is strictly prohibited.

Emergency Measures: Students are made aware about the emergency safety measures from the very first day of the Chemistry Practical classes. They are first familiarized with the location and mechanism of the safety shower, fire extinguisher and fire alarm pull station. Teachers and lab attendants too are trained in the use the extinguish fire extinguisher. Students are trained about the basic ideas how to clean and prevent the spread of spill wherever possible and protect themselves when the situation will beyond control - how to evacuate the area, how to alarm others, how to communicate with the security and principal investigator for taking immediate preventive measurements. For this reason, a list of contact numbers of the renowned nursing homes and hospitals, doctors, ambulance and fire brigade are put up on the notice board of the Department. If skin and eyes are exposed to harmful chemicals, students are told to use safety shower or eye wash immediately at least for 15 minutes and then they are taken to the nearest SSKM hospital or other hospitals in Kolkata for immediate treatment. When too much bleeding will take place due to accident then the students are advised to use sugar or potash alum or soap at the injury position. After proper clinical suggestion we also do fast-aid treatment in the department. They are also sent to the nearest hospital or nursing home immediately when the condition will be found to be very serious. In case of inhalation of toxic fumes or gases, students are immediately moved to open atmosphere for fresh oxygen. They are sent to the nearest hospitals or nursing homes for medical treatment if needed. The first-aid is kept ready for treatment of minor injuries.


The Department of Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics (CND) has classrooms (CNDL1 & CNDL2) which double as classrooms and laboratories for theory and practical classes. CNDL1 is utilised for purpose of conducting practical classes which require use of chemicals. These are Nutrition, Human Physiology, Nutritional Biochemistry, Food Commodities, Food Microbiology. of Nutrition, Human Physiology, Nutritional Biochemistry, Food Commodities and Food Microbiology. CNDL2 (Kitchen) is utilised for conducting cooking based practical classes like Family Meal Management, Dietetics, Quantity Food Production & Service, Geriatric Nutrition, Bakery Science, etc. The stock book of equipment and chemicals are maintained by the Faculty.

Equipment, utensils, chemicals and ingredients of use are stored in steel and wooden almirahs. The students of the department handle and maintain the upkeep of the utensils & stock of ingredients while maintenance and purchases are looked after by the Faculty.

  • The Computer Lab of the Department of Mathematics has computers equipped with LAN, internet and printers for conducting regular practical classes, examinations, administrative work and student projects. Strict safety and cleanliness rules are followed.; antivirus programs duly installed, disinfectants applied, USB, CPU and peripherals well maintained.
  • The scientific laboratory of the Department of Psychology is a very old one with a rich heritage. It was the oldest Psychology Laboratory among all the other laboratories in the city.
    The laboratory is equipped with different instruments, testing tools and equipment required for conducting the practical classes included in the Psychology Under-graduate syllabus for both Honours and General Courses. The experiments are planned according to the class time-table. Use of instruments is demonstrated by the teachers and laboratory staff of the department. Cleaning and repairing of instruments are done meticulously by the support staff. The Psychology Laboratory of the college, serves more than 200 students each academic year (Honours and General Course students). The final examinations for each year are also held in the laboratory, for examinees from other colleges. The external examinees are allowed to use the instruments from the laboratory to successfully complete their practical assignments.
  • The Department of Physics has well equipped laboratories which are properly maintained and used by the students for their regular classes. Besides schedule classes Internal and University Practical Examinations are arranged and conducted in the laboratory. At the time of examination each student has to perform the experiments individually, but during regular practical classes, small groups of 2/3 students are formed so that students complete all the experiments within the stipulated time. Practical Practice classes are also arranged before their final examination to enhance their skills. Students are required to keep record of the experiments done by them on a regular basis in the "Laboratory Work Book" which they have to submit at the time of University Practical Examination.
    All the instruments existing and newly purchased, are listed in the "Laboratory Equipment Register" properly and checked on a regular basis. Equipment which require calibrations are regularly checked and done by the teachers to maintain the accuracy of the instruments. Repairing and replacing parts when required are done regularly to increase the lifespan and keep down costs. Optical instruments like Spectrometer and Microscopes are cleaned with proper chemicals to increase their longevity. When the laboratory is not in use for a long period all the equipment are kept covered to protect them from dust and moisture. Equipment are regularly cleaned and well maintained by the two non-teaching staff of the department. Computer and its accessories are well maintained through AMC (Annual Maintenance Contract) with reputed service provider. Outsourced sweepers are also engaged to keep the laboratory clean. Hand washing sinks are available in the laboratory with continuous water supply. Special care is taken for the protection from heat during experiments with high temperature equipment. Inspection of laboratory's fire safety and sprinkler systems are done regularly. First-Aid Kits are always available in the laboratory. The accidentally broken glasses and glass parts are disposed properly as a safety measure.


Sports Facility

College ground facilitates Annual Sports, Badminton Tournament, Geography Practical Classes, competitive and recreational student activities. Grass is mowed regularly. Ground surfacing is done with sand. Courts and tracks are drawn with eco-friendly dust-lime. Indoor games and gym are maintained in the students' common room. Sports goods inventory is checked by Sports Committee. Sports equipment, cups, shields maintained by support staff and NSS Unit-1of the College.


Generator and Fire Safety

There is a 62 KVA capacity generator which supplements electricity needs of the institution during power cuts. Fire safety system has been installed in the premises. The support staff keeps vigil on the readiness of the fire safety system.

 

Maintenance

Renewable maintenance contracts with reputed service providers take care of emergency demands of maintenance and repair of individual systems. Services for some systems are obtained from the service provider as and when it is necessary.

 

Maintenance Details 2017-18

Facility Maintained by
Computers B.B. Engineering
Internet (WiFi & LAN) Indinet Service Pvt. Ltd.
Website Braindrops
AC Machines L.G. Electricals Pvt. Ltd
Xerox Transcon Electronics Pvt. Ltd.
SMS Alert Creation
Water Purifier Eureka Forbes
CC TV Chopra Enterprise
Biometric System Chopra Enterprise
Cable Network Sky Vision Cable Network
Fire Alarm R.D. Engineering
Fire Extinguisher Ulthara's Fire Protection
Pest Control Alpha Pest Control Utility Services Company
Generator Manish Industrial Corporation
Telephone BSNL
Security Service NIS Services Pvt. Ltd.