SELF STUDY REPORT
Assam Don Bosco University is the first University in India of the worldwide family of Don Bosco Society, present across 132 countries, currently catering to the educational and developmental needs of 15 million young people. Its vision, mission and modus operandi are characterized by the distinctive educational philosophy and method of Don Bosco institutions worldwide.
The University was set up at Guwahati, the gateway to North-East India, as a response to the felt educational needs of the people of North-East India to offer them relevant study programmes with a focus on research and social commitment.
The University was formally established as a State University in the private sector by the Assam Don Bosco University Act 2009, and notified in Assam Government Gazette No. LGL 149/2008/30 dated 12th February 2009.
The University is recognized by UGC in 2009, accredited by NAAC in 2014, and is approved by the Distance Education Council (DEC) since 2010, and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) since 2008. It was accorded certification under Section 12B of the UGC Act on 13th June 2017.
The University is a member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) based at New Delhi since 30th November 2013, of the Commonwealth Association of Universities (ACU) based at London since 18th October 2011, and of the International Association of Universities (IAU) based at Paris since 29th November 2011, and of the Association of Don Bosco Institutions of Higher Education (IUS) based at Rome since 10th December 2007.
Vision of the University
"To mould intellectually competent, morally upright, socially committed and spiritually inspired persons, at the service of India and the world of today and tomorrow, by imparting holistic and personalized education.”
Mission of the University
Don Bosco University is a centre for culture, knowledge, research, intellectual ferment; for critical thinking and analysis of whatever shapes and impacts human life; that influences thinking, planning and policy making on vital aspects of social life: religion, culture, society, politics, governance, education, health care; and engages in dialogues across the board - THAT is our role.
Don Bosco University strives to make professional and higher education accessible to the weaker sections of society - THAT is our solemn commitment.
Don Bosco University spares no effort to ensure that our graduates become dependable human leaders with a strong sense of commitment to the poor, the disadvantaged and the needy -THAT is the goal embedded in our vision.
Don Bosco University strives for excellence in every process and undertaking; and, among many other things, it specializes in research with social relevance - THAT is our approach.
Our vision, mission and values statements and the Don Bosco University Graduate Profile encapsulate what we stand for as a University and what academic and personal skills we offer to students, faculty and the wider community to ensure meaningful and dignified living.
The University offers a judicious combination of professional courses in engineering, technology and management as well as challenging and relevant courses in Social Sciences. The University currently offers 12 undergraduate programmes, 15 postgraduate programmes and 18 areas for doctoral studies.
Well defined organizational structure
The University has a defined organization structure with statutory Bodies, cells and committees for translation of the University strategy.
Outstanding Human Resources Management
57% of its total faculty strength is PhD qualified and 21% of its regular faculty strength are pursuing PhD.
Well defined Processes
The University has processes critical for the operation and administration of the University to ensure accuracy, efficiency and results.
Wide Academic linkages
- 22 collaborative activities in research and faculty exchange;
- 61 linkages with institutions/industries for internship, on-the-job training, project work, sharing of research facilities;
- 38 MoUs with institutions of national, international importance and other universities, industries, corporate houses.
Comprehensive Care System for the Students
A Comprehensive Care System for Students is integral for inculcation of human values, peaceful living in a multicultural society and preparation to be good citizens of our country and the world community.
Vibrant Research Climate
The University has fostered a vibrant research climate with a Research Policy including an incentive for Professional Development Allowance Fund.
Dynamic Academic Environment
Workshops, conferences, departmental organized internships, seminars, symposia and colloquia are interspersed through the year
Social Commitment and Extension work
Social involvement instinctively drives faculty and students of the University to respond to social issues in the society.
An attractive work environment
The University ensures an inclusive workplace by fostering a community spirit at work,
Institutional Weakness :
Limited employment potential in the North-East
Though, Guwahati is the hub of economic activity in the North-East, the employment potential remains low as major corporates of the country have their headquarters or regional offices based in other metropolitan cities. This directly impacts the opportunities for internship and employment of the University’s graduates.
Perceived Geographical Isolation of the Region
The perception of the region as being remote persists and this has impeded attracting faculty and students from other states in the country. However, the University has improved its overall faculty representation from other states in recent years and currently 31% of regular faculty members are from other states.
Limited Financial Resources
The University is dependent on the income from tuition fees and struggles to build adequate reserves. However, the University growth has been carefully calibrated to the funds available, ensuring a sustained momentum while ensuring a prudent use of the available resources. This weakness has been mitigated by a robust fund-raising campaign over the years to meet the capital expenditures of the university.
Institutional Opportunity :
The global presence of Don Bosco Society and its alumni network
This presence, network and experience of Don Bosco Society in 132 countries over 150 years are valuable resources enabling the University in its networking and branding initiatives.
Opportunity to contribute to development of North-East India
The University has the unique opportunity of contributing effectively to the development of the region through research, development and extension activities.
Wonderful Campuses of the University
The three campuses of the University at Tapesia, Kharguli and Azara have enabled the University to place sustainability at the core of its operations, through eco-friendly research and development initiatives for piloting sustainability solutions and extension work in the neighbouring villages.
Collaborations with Bosco Reach Out and DB Tech (Don Bosco Technical)
Bosco Reach Out, the Social Development arm of Don Bosco Society, functions as a collaborative extension wing of the University and provides the students experience in planning and executing participatory development projects. The University also has a Memorandum of Understanding with DB Tech which is involved in the “skilling India” mission of the Government of India through its network of 123 Don Bosco Technical Institutes.
Institutional Challenge :
There is limited exposure opportunities for students in the North-East. However, collaborations with industries such as Google, IBM. Amazon and other premier employers of the country for summer training/internships have led to placement opportunities. Participation of the students in national level workshops and competitions such as Smart India Hackathon, IBM TGMC (The Great Mind Challenge) and National Robotics Competitions have started to produce results and recognition, such as being ranked among the top 5 in the Smart India Hackathon at Guwahati and National Robotics Competition at Delhi.
Limited accessibility to funds as a private university
As a private university, there are challenges to acquire funding in comparison to Central and State Government institutions. Attaining the 12B status, will facilitate the University’s research endeavours.
Exodus of Students from the North East
The perception that one can avail of better quality education outside the State persists in spite of many such students ending up in substandard institutions paying exorbitant fees.
Stagnation in the job market
The current stagnation in the job market has depressed placement opportunities for students. However, the Entrepreneurship Development and Incubation Centre continue to network with potential employers for recruitment opportunities and schemes for incubation of business ideas.
Retention of qualified faculty
Though the attrition rate of the University among regular staff is relatively low between 2%-5%, the aspiration to work in government Institutions prevails overall.
Criteria wise Summary
Design and Development of the Curriculum
The University is guided by its strategic plan concentrating on teaching-learning and research-consultancy activities in three areas: Technology, Service and Social Sectors. These have been chosen to ensure: ample academic flexibility, the employability of our graduates, catering to the needs of the knowledge economy, providing the capacity to impact and transform society, and promoting values and ethics.
The University regularly collects feed-back on its Courses of Study and the syllabi from various stakeholders:
- The Governing Body and the Board of Management evaluate the roll-out and acceptance or otherwise of these academic programmmes.
- The faculty and experts put together the Course Structures, the detailed syllabi and objectives for every course of study. Twice a year, they review the syllabi, propose revision to the Academic Council, and notify the students accordingly.
- Each student is given the University Handbook containing the detailed syllabi of every course of study, their objectives and evaluation patterns. The student feedback is taken online twice a year.
- Course wise regular student feedback is collected on teaching and learning and is communicated to the respective faculty members so that assess themselves to improve and contribute to teaching learning process in a positive way.
Field trips and internships enrich intramural learning with life situations and industrial exposure. It also ensures the implementation of the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) and Elective Course System including options for credits from On-Line Courses.
Teaching-learning and Evaluation :
The Teaching-Learning-Evaluation process in the University is given the meticulous attention as indicated below:
Preparing Clear Course Plans/Course Schedules: Prepared by the faculty, these are made available in the student of the University ERP.
Academic Calendar and the detailed Syllabus and Regulations: published annually – these contain the curriculum, the method of teaching and evaluation, and the plans for co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, seminars, workshops, conferences, training programs, etc.
Use of e-resources and ICT: Every classroom and laboratory has LCD projectors and access to the campus intranet giving access to the repository of lectures by experts.
Encouragement of Cooperative learning through projects, presentations and group work.
Conducting Orientation programmes for the first-year students familiarizes them with the opportunities available at the university and its expectations from them.
Internal assessment: 40% for it motivates the students to study continuously.
Student Feedback is collected on teaching and learning and is communicated by the HR Director to the respective faculty members.
Faculty development programmes targeting the personal and professional growth of the faculty are organized every semester.
Providing Remedial Courses in language and communication skills are provided to students from vernacular medium.
Automation of the examination processes and timely declaration of results: Results have always been published within a month of the close of the examinations. 100% automation of the examination division, with an approved set of regulations and operating procedures, is in place.
Research, Innovations and Extension :
Research Journals and Publications: 3 University Journals are UGC approved. There is 1 publication per 9.45 faculty over the last 5 years. The h index of the University period is 11.93 from Scopus and Web of Science.
Centre of Excellence in Nanotechnology is engaged in Research and Fabrication targeting the needs of the common man, with financial support from the University.
Green Research Methods in Life Sciences are applied in research relating to: production of agarwood through fermentation, Green synthesis, analysis and biological studies of novel hybrids, Fungal mycelia based sustainable building materials, Toxicity of nanomaterials, Biodiversity of North-East plants.
Professional Development Allowance Fund and Fee Waivers motivate the faculty to pursue research.
A Board for Research, Innovation and Consultancy support research and innovation, protect intellectual property rights, promote filing of patents and advocate consultancy by experts.
Mandatory Major Projects: All final year students have to complete a credited major project.
A Consultancy Policy facilitates projects with Ashadeep Foundation, ICMR, Royal College of Bhutan, Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, UNDP and the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship among others.
Incubation Centre has incubated several projects by the engineering students.
Extension Activities: The flagship project - “Swastyayan – a commitment to remove educational inequality” has been mentioned as the benchmark in a survey across 120 higher education institutions from all continents against the “Sustainable Development Goal” of “Reduced Inequalities”
Collaborations 38 functional MoUs, 22 collaborative research projects, 61 linkages with institutions/industries for internship, sharing of research facilities
Infrastructure and Learning Resources :
Physical Infrastructure: With a built up area of 64,718 Square Metres in its three campuses), the University has an impressive array of facilities, classrooms, and laboratories. Put together, the campuses have ample provision for academic and administrative areas, staff and student residences, recreational and sports facilities, utilities and services, plantations and orchards, parks and quiet corners, cycle paths and jogging trails, a bio diversity park, an amphitheatre, several performance areas, a convention centre, a creche and a health centre.
Classrooms and Labs: In all, the University has 38 classrooms at the Azara and Kharguli campuses and an additional 56 classrooms in Tapesia campus, 58 laboratories and 10 seminar halls.
Internet and ICT resources: All administrative offices of the University are computerized and the offices have LAN and WiFi connectivity. The internet capability of the University includes NKN 1 Gbps leased line and BSNL 20 Mbps leased line with several servers for internet and intranet.
ERP and Intranet Facilities: All aspects of University administration are computerised
Library Resources: The libraries of the campus are virtually centralized and offer access to 23,916 books and thousands of e-Journals and reference books.
Web OPAC makes all subscribed databases, consortium materials, E-resources, and in-house publications accessible on campus and remotely.
Maintenance of Campus Infrastructure: The University is highly appreciated for the sheer beauty and cleanliness of its campuses, and the sense of ownership and commitment of its maintenance staff.
Development with Eco-Consciousness and Sustainability is resulting in a truly Greenn Campus.
Student Support and Progression :
A comprehensive Care System, designed to provide a ‘holding environment’, provides for the holistic development of the students.
Multi-pronged Capability Enhancement and Development Schemes include Individual Mentoring, Student development programmes, and programmes designed to learn to live and work together with achieving excellence in personal and academic areas.
Student activity clubs create interest in both technical and non-technical activities.and talent promotion.
Career Guidance Cell create awareness on career opportunities in emerging fields. Coaching classes in competitive exam such as GATE,CAT, UPSC are also organized by the cell.
Training and Placement Cell provides training in aptitude, technical and personal competencies and facilitates job placements.
Entrepreneurship Development and Incubation: Two student projects have been selected and forwarded for financial assistance to MSME: Online Repairing Facilitation Centre and Smart Street Light with Motion Sensors.
Continuing education using ICT: The University has been chosen a Remote Centres for Spoken Tutorials, NPTELonline courses and certification, QEEE pilot project and T-10KT initiated by IITs
Counselling services: are available for students to address the pressures of family expectations, personal expectations, academic pressure, social pressure, psychological adjustments and identity formation.
School Associations: comprising of representatives from Administration, Faculty and Students nurture a sense of leadership and ownership among students.
Health Care Unit: campus infirmaries, annual medical camps, health services supported by “Project Child”, Yoga Clinics etc take care of health issues on campus.
Grievance Redressal Mechanism is functional right from inception.
Scholarships Scheme: The University provides merit-cum-means scholarships out of a dedicated corpus fund.
Governance, Leadership and Management :
Conceptualisation of the University took place over 18 months of consultations the vision and mission, choice of study programmes, human resource requirements, networking, fundraising and sustainability.
Consultancy in Strategic Planning: M/S Kalinga Software to prepare the initial DPR. M/S Biswadip Ghosh and Associates for the Sustainability Plan.
Major Decision Making Bodies: Governing Body, the Board of Management, and the Academic Council – constituted in compliance with Assam Private Universities Act, 2007.
Organizational Structure is defined in an Organogram.
Decentralisation of Decision Making is done at every level: HODs, Directors, Controller of Examinations, the Registrar and the Vice Chancellor.
Human Resource Management is under a Director with clear service rules, job descriptions and an employee manual.
Process Mapping and Standard Operating Procedures for all systems in the University ensure excellence in every field.
Smaller Structures of Governance, namely Committees for various purposes, are built in to ensure involvement and participation.
Faculty Empowerment Strategies include Staff Development Programmes, Professional Development Allowance, Induction and Orientation Programmes, Performance Appraisal and Feedback, Refresher Courses.
Management of Financial Resources: a Finance Committee for budgets and internal audits, external auditors for final audit, an investment firm to manage the investment of any surplus fund.
The Role of the IQAC: The IQAC is involved in planning, auditing performance, vetting strategic issues and in maintaining quality parameters.
Accessibility of the Leadership afforded to everyone in the University to interact with all officials is an outstanding characteristic of the University.
Institutional Values and Best Practices :
Institutional Values: This is an area of that is deeply ingrained in the foundational principles of the University and are expressed in all related parameters: gender sensitivity and equity, eco-consciousness, management of water resources and waste disposal, promotion of green practices, use of alternate energy, facilities for the differently abled, promotion of human values and professional ethics, patriotism and a sense of pride in the nation etc.
Best Practices: University takes pride in
1. Creation and maintenance of an Eco-friendly Campus: The University has developed a multi-pronged approach in the following areas:
- Established variegated plantations in tea, cashew nut, rubber, cocoa, agar, lemon, neem, ginger and turmeric.
- Adopted scientific water harvesting by creating dams and lakes to ensure replenishment of the ground water levels.
- Adopted an effective waste collection and disposal system.
- Landscaped the campus to control storm water drainage and soil erosion.
2. Social Commitment as a way of life: Social Commitment runs in the genes of the University and its sponsoring society. This has led to the establishment of a ‘Centre for Development Studies and Initiatives’ by promoting community led improvement initiatives in six thematic areas to bring about progress in 42 villages neighbouring the University. The thematic areas are:
- Livelihood and food security
- Promotion of Education
- Promotion of Community health
- Promotion of self-governance systems
- Promotion of social security
- Community organization
Name and Address of the University
|Name||Assam Don Bosco University|
|Address||Tapesia Gardens, Kamarkuchi Village, Sonapur|
Contacts for Communication
|Designation||Name||Telephone with STD Code||Mobile||Fax|
|Vice Chancellor||Stephen Mavely||0361-2139291||9435557572||0361-2841949||[email protected]|
|Dean||Juhi Baruah||0361-2139292||9707226126||-||[email protected]|
Nature of University
|Nature of University||State Private University|
Type of University
|Type of University||Unitary|
|Establishment Date of the University||03-12-2008|
|Status Prior to Establishment,If applicable|
Date of Recognition as a University by UGC or Any Other National Agency :
|2f of UGC||13-11-2009|
|12B of UGC||13-06-2017|
University with Potential for Excellence
|Is the University Recognised as a 'University with Potential for Excellence (UPE)' by the UGC?||No|
Location, Area and Activity of Campus
|Campus Type||Address||Location *||Campus Area in Acres||Built up Area in sq.mts.||Programmes Offered||Date of Establishment||Date of Recognition by UGC/MHRD|
|Main campus||Tapesia Gardens, Kamarkuch i Village, Sonapur||Semi-urban||139.4||40015.4||BA, MA, MSW, MSc, PhD|
|Satellite Campus||Assam Don Bosco Univeristy, Azara, Airport Road, 781017||Semi-urban||5.19||22052.7||B.Tech., M. Tech., BCA, MCA, B.Com.||04-12-2008||13-11-2009|
|Satellite Campus||Don Bosco Institute Of Management Joypur, Kharguli, 781004||Semi-urban||1.13||2649.85||MBA,||27-01-2009||27-06-2009|
Furnish the Details of Colleges of University
|Colleges Under 2(f)||0|
|Colleges Under 2(f) and 12B||0|
|NAAC Accredited Colleges||0|
|Colleges with Potential for Excellence(UGC)||0|
|Colleges with Postgraduate Departments||0|
|Colleges with Research Departments||0|
|University Recognized Research Institutes/Centers||0|
Is the University Offering any Programmes Recognised by any Statutory Regulatory Authority (SRA)
Details Of Teaching & Non-Teaching Staff Of University
|Professor||Associate Professor||Assistant Professor|
|Yet to Recruit||2||1||2|
|Yet to Recruit||2|
|Yet to Recruit||1|
Qualification Details of the Teaching Staff
|Highest Qualification||Professor||Associate Professor||Assistant Professor|
|Highest Qualification||Professor||Associate Professor||Assistant Professor|
|Part Time Teachers|
|Highest Qualification||Professor||Associate Professor||Assistant Professor|
Distinguished Academicians Appointed As
Chairs Instituted by the University
|Sl.No||Name of the Department||Name of the Chair||Name of the Sponsor Organisation/Agency|
|1||Comparative Religion||Chair of Culture and Religion||Don Bosco Society Azara|
Provide the Following Details of Students Enrolled in the University During the Current Academic Year
|Programme||From the State Where|
College is Located
|From Other States of India||NRI Students||Foreign Students||Total|
Does the University offer any Integrated Programmes?
Details of UGC Human Resource Development Centre, If applicable
|Year of Establishment||01-01-1970|
|Number of UGC Orientation Programmes||0|
|Number of UGC Refresher Course||0|
|Number of University's own Programmes||0|
|Total Number of Programmes Conducted (last five years)||0|
EVALUATIVE REPORT OF THE DEPARTMENTS
|Department Name||Upload Report|
|Basic Sciences||View Document|
|Civil Engineering||View Document|
|Comparative Religion||View Document|
|Computer Science Engineering And Information Technology||View Document|
|Electrical And Electronics Engineering||View Document|
|Electronics And Communicatio Engineering||View Document|
|Electronics And Communication Engineering||View Document|
|Language Studies||View Document|
|Life Sciences||View Document|
|Mass Communication||View Document|
|Mechanical Engineering||View Document|
|North East India Studies||View Document|
|Psychology And Counselling||View Document|
|Social Work||View Document|
Action taken on the recommendations of the Peer Team in December 2014
Education and Placement of Students: Rigorous training for student placements
Qualified Senior Teachers and Heads of Departments: Faculty strength has been augmented with full time senior and adjunct faculty
Increase collaborative linkages with other corporate/ institutes for teaching and research: 61 linkages established with institutions/industry
Strengthen formal feedback from students for quality improvement and analytic evaluation of teachers for improvement in quality of teaching: course and program-wise feedback is collected on teaching-learning and shared with faculty members
Promotion of research projects from funding agencies be given better attention: University has attained 12B status to enable faculty to apply for research projects
Linkages with more institutions may be explored for collaborative, teaching, research and consultancy: 22 collaborative activities and 38 functional MOUs are in place.
Professional efforts may be made to improve student enrolment: Admission professionalised under IQAC recomendations
Counselling cell may be strengthened: counselling services available on campus
Research Publications in indexed journals needs to be increased and incentivised: 287 publications in UGC listed journals in 5 years
More scholarships / free studentships to be provided to economically and socially disadvantaged students: merit-cum-means scholarships provided
Residential facilities for girl students are located in a remote place, hence street light facilities be provided: local civic authorities approached
Details of Action Taken at : https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-xVXX5cHff9cjBScEV4LU1RZnM
Assam Don Bosco University is the outcome of meticulous planning, clear vision and concepts, conceived and nurtured by an internationally renowned educational society, committed to excellence in academics, research and governance, with its greatest strength in the cadre of men and women devoted to excellence in every process and undertaking. A detailed analysis of the criteria that are the concomitants of an institution of excellence is given in the Self Study Reports of the University and its Departments uploaded on the NAAC website.
In conclusion, we at Assam Don Bosco University feel proud to quote the recognition and the accolade given to the University in the June Issue of Education World “Assam Don Bosco University is set to shake the grooves of academia and impact the North-East upon the global academic map… Unheralded, this monumental education enterprise of great potential which offers promise of changing the educational landscape of North-East India – and perhaps the mind-sets within mainland India – is silently taking shape and form in Assam’s remote Kamrup district. All right thinking people will surely wish it God speed.”
Declaration by the Head of the Institution
Please find the Declaration by the Head of the Institution at the URL: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9qQWpdD5pHqMVZOVWI4NzhucUk/view?usp=sharing