It’s been 55 years since the inception of Dhempe College of Arts and Science. As the premier institution of Goa post-liberation, our journey has been a long, at times arduous but always a robust one. Lakhs of students have walked the corridors of this College, living their many dreams, realising them and creating new ones. Today, they walk tall in different spheres of life carrying fond memories of their alma mater – the strength of its foundation shaping their lives, the warmth of its memory inspiring them throughout. As for the College, each year is a new beginning – of moulding personalities, of defining careers, of instilling values and of shaping lives.
The academic year 2016-17 has been no different.
The year began with the enrolment of 798 students availing 14 regular BA and BSc academic programmes under aided grants and a Self-financing course in BSc Biotechnology. The College is also the North Goa Study Centre for IGNOU.
The College was Re-accredited by NAAC with an ‘A’ grade at an increased CGPA of 3.20. In recognition of the institution’s constant pursuit for excellence in education, University Grants Commission awarded it the prestigious status of ‘College with Potential for Excellence’. Our institute is the second College in Goa to have received this honour. The institution retained its ISO 9001: 2008 certification and has also been awarded the Green Certificate by GSCP for maintaining and promoting ecologically friendly practices.
The College signed a MoU with The Energy and Resources Institute, TERI this year. In all, the institution now has seven MoUs with leading academic and research bodies. Under the aegis of the MoU with National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research, two students viz. Mr. Adarsh Garde and Mr. Pratik Kenavadkar of SYBSc Physics accompanied by faculty member Dr. Ketan Govekar went on board the National Flagship ‘Sagar Kanya’ to the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean to understand Tsunami Buoy deployment operation from 9th May to 6th June 2016. The students were guided by a team of researchers from the United States of America and India.
This year too, our students excelled in the University examinations – TYBSc showed a pass percentage of 95% with 83% Distinction and first class and TYBA acquired a pass percentage of 89.16% with 51% Distinction and First Class. Ms. Myron Azavedo and Mr. Jeremy Botelho showcased a stellar performance as they attained 1st rank in the subject of Physics and Geology respectively and were felicitated by the Honourable Governor of Goa at the Annual Convocation organised by Goa University.
It is pleasure to serve ones alma mater. I feel blessed that after completing my education I stepped in Dhempe College as faculty and took over as the Officiating Principal in October 2016 and then became the full-fledged Principal in January 2017. I accept this role with pleasure and an immense sense of responsibility knowing that steering this giant ship towards newer feats of excellence is going to be a magnificent and fulfilling task.
In forwarding this year’s edition of the annual magazine ‘WAVES’, I am reminded of Charles Darwin’s words when he said, “It is not the strongest species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one most adaptable to change.” As you read through the pages of this panorama, you will realise that amenability to change is perhaps our biggest strength. Since its inception, the focal endeavour of this College has been to adapt and upgrade its academic and research standards to meet global excellence.
Teachers play an important role in the realisation of this endeavour. The institution is blessed with qualified, self-motivated teachers who not only invest in the holistic development of students through value-added course training and personality enhancement programmes but are also actively involved in quality research. As such, this year there have been 14 paper publications in reputed journals and edited books and 13 paper presentations at noted international and national conferences. The teachers have also guided 05 paper presentations by students.
Research is an integral part of the academic climate in the College. There are 05 ongoing research projects and 05 project proposals have already been submitted to nodal research bodies. The institute published the Third Volume of its multidisciplinary ‘Vasantrao Dempo Education and Research Journal of Arts, Science and Humanities’ ISSN 2395-7557.
The institution undertook several enterprises aimed at equipping students with a kaleidoscopic set of skills. More than 80 programmes ranging from debates, elocutions, quiz competitions, movie screenings, poetry writing to guest lectures, food festivals and entrepreneurs’ expo were organised under the aegis of Personality Enhancement Programme. A Writing Centre was established and pilot projects in language training were undertaken. A Science exhibition displaying innovative exhibits from students of Chemistry, Physics, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Geology, Zoology, Botany and Mathematics was organised on 3rd March 2017. A UGC-Sponsored National Seminar titled ‘Marathi Novels after 1990’ was organised by Department of Indian languages (Marathi) was organised in September 2016. The College organized a lecture workshop on ‘Frontiers in Biological Sciences’ in association with Indian Institute of Sciences, Indian Academy of Sciences and Vidnyan Parishad, Goa from 27th April to 29th April. Department of Psychology organised course in ‘Counselling Skills’ in association with Sangath from 22nd to 27th May, 2017. Besides these 04 workshops and 14 Value Addition Courses were organised for students by different departments.
The institute recognises the need for well-rounded individuals in today’s society. As such, it encourages active involvement of students in sports as well as extramural activities. Winning 06 gold medals, 06 silver medals and several other accolades in prestigious national and state-level Championships, our students displayed their grit and zeal in sports. Their channelized creative energy coupled with astute training received through various personality development programmes in the College saw them winning prestigious intercollegiate events such as Synapse, MindKraft, Digital India, Words Up, Symbiosis, Asmitai, intercollegiate Seminar, Frontiers in Chemistry and several quiz competitions.
While our students are excellent performers, the College also endeavours to create incisive organisers and leaders in them. Hence, the institute encourages the organising of events with student-teams at the helm. The highlight of 2016-17 was the first edition of Ebullience – the first ever intercollegiate mega sports festival which garnered participation from 22 colleges across Goa. Events such as Dahi Handi, Fun Week, Prom day, Gyaanchand Sports’ Day and ‘Creations 2017’ were also organised.
The institution has also upheld its commitment to societal welfare. This year along with cleanliness drives, the college also organised a sky watching programme and a skill development workshop in the village of Penha de Franca.
The biggest reward teachers receive is the success that students attain. However, recognition has come to our teachers in the form of awards for their outstanding contribution to society. Mr. Prajal Sakhardande from the Department of History received the prestigious Business Goa Award for his stellar efforts in preserving Goa’s Heritage. I have also been extremely humbled on being bestowed with the Best Educationist Award by International Institute of Education and Management, New Delhi for remarkable contribution in the field of education and industry interaction.
Newer landmarks await us as we stand well-equipped to take on greater challenges. In an increasingly globalised world with an awe-inspiring proliferation of virtual media, the most pressing need is to make education both extensive as well as intensive. There is a need to convert information into knowledge, idea into action, raw intelligence into wisdom. As an institution committed to education our effort would be to create and foster an ecosystem where diverse values can co-exist ensuring the sustenance and growth of all noble ventures.
With this, I wish all our readers a pleasurable time reading the creative output of our students. Let the magic of the words cape begin …