Best Practice – 1

Title of the Practice: Health Centre and Fitness Centre

Objectives of the Practice:

  • To enhance health consciousness and physical fitness among students
  • To provide physical fitness equipment in a gymnasium under the care of the Director of Physical Education
  • To provide medical service for menstrual hygiene women and general health of both men and women.
  • To provide counseling and guidance on mental well-being through professional counselors when necessary through a mental health specialist.
  • The ultimate objective is to enhance sound mind in a sound body.

The Context

Providing physical and mental health care and maintaining healthy physique through a wide spread public health approach, including advocacy and prevention arethe main key functions of Health Centre. The teachers inculcate in the minds of students personal hygiene and several health practices. Many students kept coming to college without taking regular breakfast. Teachers felt the adverse impact of this practice in the first hour of the classroom. They developed headache and other discomforts. Some students had routine sickness disabling them from classroom concentration. Girls specially had regular discomforts. Sports injury, minor injuries during walk from the bus stop to college, etc. warranted the establishment of a health centre. The Management established the Fitness Centre or Gymnasium on 21st December 2011and the full-fledged Health Centre on 2nd July 2012.

The Practice

There is a provision to check blood sugar level and blood pressure free of cost. General checkup is given to the students once in three months. Horlicks is given to women students, teaching and non-teaching staff during their pregnancy period. Special care is given to them. Fruits and biscuits are provided to them in alternate days. The health center of our college provides free medicines. Medical counselling is given to all the students and the teaching staff when it is necessary.

Facilities available at the Health Centre:

  • Height and weight measurements
  • Glucometer
  • Blood Pressure Apparatus
  • Nebulizer Machine for easy breathing
  • Administration of Intravenous fluid (Glucose and MJ injection) to students who suddenly suffer from loss of energy.
  • The centre also buys generic medicine through “Jan Aushad” a nearby Central Government funded medical shop
  • Pulse Oximeter
  • Mini Refrigerator

To strengthen the physical fitness and good health of the students the college has Gym facility. The Gymnasium is well equipped with gadgets to improve physique and give corrective measures for reducing obesity and to maintain physical fitness. It is well equipped with a trainer.

The Health Centre functions from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. on all working days. The Gymnasium functions from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all working days. Separate time has been earmarked for girls. The Gymnasium is being used by teachers also. Male students who regularly practice in the fitness centre have also participated in physique display competitions.

 

Facilities available at the Fitness Centre:

  • Multi Gym 6 Stations
  • Multi Gym 4 Stations
  • Dumbells Rack with Imported Dumbells (35kg)
  • Stretch Machine
  • Dual Twister
  • Stepper Sharp Power
  • Tread mill
  • Elliptical Trainer
  • Weight Lifting set

Health and Fitness Club under Part V is functioning in tandem with the two centres.

Evidence of Success:

A qualified nurse looks after the health centre. She provides immediate health care and if required refers them to nearby hospital or to the parent hospital, Vikram Hospital. Both male and female students get benefits for their habitual and occasional ailments. The health centre record shows regular inflow of both male and female students.

Health Centre provides

  1. Clean and hygienic bed rest facility
  2. First aid treatment at site (classroom) during emergency
  3. During sports and games the Health Centre service is available on the spot
  4. Free monthly dosage of medicine to a few chronic patients
  5. Mini Refrigerator

TThe Health and Fitness Club have organized health camps separately for both gender more than 800 girls and more than 1000 boys every year benefiting which ensure that the club promotes health for all. Memorandum of understanding was also done with Vickram Hospital and established separate medical unit inside our campus.

Problems Encountered and Resources Required

The demands on health centers are greater and more complex than ever. More students visit the health centrewith significant health needs, including mental health challenges. And many need help in managing serious conditions like asthma, eating disorders, injuries and physical disabilities. As our demand increases, increasing the bed facility is recommended. Large space and separate rooms for boys and girls are also required. For some students physical ailments are a manifestation of depression they are unable to cope with. So a regular counselor or a clinical psychologist is an immediate requirement. This matter has been referred to the Management. At the moment teachers from Social Work Department with specializations in mental health guidance carry out this work.

Best Practice – 2

Title of the Practice: Gender Parity Assurance

Objectives of the Practice:

  • To promote and provide prospects for gender parity
  • To ensure a classroom where students of both sex conduct themselves with mutual respect
  • To promote gender parity in the campus through value education which negates gender bias

Majority of the students enrolled in the college came from suburban and rural areas with less exposure to positive peer pressure and interpersonal relationship skills. The college through guidance and counseling empowers the students in human relations, communication and related life skills. Teachers have been deputed for counseling skills training so that they can instill the spirit of gender sensitivity among students and their parents as well. Special care is given for their physical, mental, social and spiritual well being by providing a variety of opportunities and facilities so that they can groom themselves for career and for life in terms of skills acquisition. As youth (men and women) empowerment is a national priority under inclusive and quality education and as it leads to gender parity and socio-economic betterment, the college as part of overall has been consistently working on gender parity among the staff and the students.

The college is an equal opportunity policy practitioner in staff appointments and student admissions. The college offers a variety of opportunities to both men and women students. Enrolment of women in NCC puts them on par with male cadets in all tough situations. Both male and female NCC cadets are very active and they exhibit team synergy. Both Students are trained every year for selections to Republic Day Parade and their NCC events held every year. They participate in campaigns, rallies, etc. Five NSS Units function for men students and two NSS units function exclusively for women students. They actively participate in various programmes such as cleaning the campus, the surroundings, temples and monuments and also in awareness programmes. They go to villages on a 7 day camp and work with the people for promotions of health, hygiene, livelihood and literacy. They involve in tree plantations and planted saplings in and around the campus. NCC and NSS men and women volunteers form a march past team and parade contingent during ceremonial occasions.

As gender parity also implies special care for women to give them a sense of significance the college has reserved the following events exclusively for women:

  1. Divine Lamp Pooja: 1000 women students chant hymns and light the lamp for the welfare of self and the society. Male student volunteers assist them in the observance of their ritual.
  2. Pongal Day Celebration: Department wise Pongal celebrations cooking the candy rice in mud pot to commemorate harvest season followed by cultural programmes.
  3. Women’s Day Celebration: In their exclusive all women’s annual gathering for rededication towards further progress in women’s affairs and gender parity. Speaker session, entertainment, competitions mark the spirit of this event.

NCC Girl students regularly participate in republic day parade and in Thal Sainik Camp. One of the reasons for the smooth functioning of the college is the amicable relationship between men and women students. Women and men students cut across their respective disciplines for joint endeavours in sports, cultural and extension activities. The enactment of English drama for the past five years is a testimony to the gender equality among both the sexes in terms of team work carried out with mutual good will and respect.

Interpersonal issues with men students, though very minimal need intervention from teachers for reorientation on gender sensitivity to men students. Guidance and counseling for further studies, career readiness and marital readiness are measures to be undertaken in the campus for which professional counsellors and trainers need to be appointed. All women teachers are to be trained in counseling skills especially to deal with women and men students as persons with individuality sometimes bordering on eccentricity. Women in general yearn for voice to be heard and a space to position them competitively. It calls for a confidence and competence building training programme in a phased manner throughout their studies. Men students need to be constantly counseled on empathetic understanding for women students as fellow students with a different sexuality.