NETAJI SUBHAS OPEN UNIVERSITY RAJA PEARY MOHAN COLLEGE STUDY CENTRE Netaji Subhas Open University is the premier State Open University in India. The year 1997 was the birth centenary year of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and the then Chief Minister of West Bengal made an announcement at a State function that an Open University would be set up soon and dedicated to Netaji's hallowed memory. The Higher Education Minister, Govt. of West Bengal spearheaded the idea after his visit to the Open University in U.K. Under his instruction was set up a ten-member steering committee headed by late Dr. Bhaskar Ray Chowdhury, former Vice-Chancellor of Calcutta University. Following this, a State Act (W.B. Act (XIX) of 1997 and Recognised by U.G.C.) was passed on the 20th August 1997 in favour of opening a University for imparting Distance Education Netaji Subhas Open University was established by bifurcating Netaji Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) and in terms of the Act of West Bengal State Legislative Assembly and was housed in Historic building of Sri Sarat Chandra Bose, elder brother of Netaji till the beginning of 2014.Presently it has shifted to a spacious building at Salt Lake City. The University started functioning with effect from July 1998 Semester, only with the Bachelor's Degree Programme in Arts & Commerce to provide an opportunity of higher education in the vernacular medium to various disadvantaged groups of aspiring learners. It is the tenth Open University of the country and the ninth State Open University Vision Netaji Subhas Open University, the only State Open University of West Bengal, has been contributing substantially towards the building up of quality human resource base of the State and collaborating with other open universities of the national and state levels towards the improvement of the quality of distance education and to promote and develop appropriate technology to create the distance education scenario of an international standard in our country, keeping in view the demands of the knowledge-seekers for education appropriate to the twenty first century. Mission : To spread higher education in different parts of the state and to co-operate with other universities NSOU provides access to higher education and to different skill enhancing educational programmes. In this mission Netaji Subhas Open University 1. provides quality education in a flexible mode to serve the aim of establishing an equitable knowledge society within the state, and 2. provides higher education through distance learning through the language of the state, i.e. Bengali 3. makes education affordable to the disadvantaged 4. provides facility for lifelong education to intending learners strives for upgradation of technology without compromising the basic values of the society 5. contributes to the development of the state and the nation and to motivate learners to strive for secular, scientific and democratic education. Methods of Instruction The University makes use of several methods to provide maximum possible exposure of the students to the course-contents and to each instructional programme. 1. To start with, printed self-learning material packages and contact programmes involving face-to-face interaction with academic counsellors are available. 2. Eventually Audio-materials, Audio-visual presentations, Teleconferences and occasional discussion sessions through T.V. Network have been introduced. 3. Radio-counselling in collaboration with IGNOU is arranged on every fourth Sunday of the month between 4.10 p.m. and 5.10 p.m. through Gyan Vani. Transmission through GYAN-VANI F.M. Channel (105.4 MHz) operating every day from 6 a.m. to 12noon and 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Raja Peary Mohan College, Uttarpara, Hooghly, felt the need of the adult earning- learning students of the Society and after necessary resolution adopted by the Governing Body, signed a MOU in the year 2006 with NSOU. Initially only Postgraduate students were admitted and Personal Contact Programme for History and Bengali were conducted at this Centre. Later, NSOU headquarters decided that the Centre should admit students to the Bachelor’s Preparatory Programme and the Bachelor’s Degree Programme in the year 2008 and the Centre started admitting students from the same year. Thus the Centre conducts the following schedule for the financially weaker section of the Society to provide them with quality education and aspire for higher education: 1. Admission to BDP Programme 2. Admission to PG Courses 3. Admission to BLIS Course 4. Admission to MLIS Course 5. Admission to Post Graduate Diploma Course in Journalism & Mass Communication 6. Admission to Post Graduate Course in Public Relation & Advertising 7. Conducts Personal Contact Programme for BDP Courses in English, Commerce, Botany, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Zoology 8. Conducts Laboratory Counselling & Evaluation Sessions annually for BDP Science students. Coordinator Dr Bulbul Thakur Field Work- Laboratory Counselling cum Evaluation Session WITH THE LEARNERS Admission to different Courses in NSOU-Raja Peary Mohan College Study Centre(Code: H-03) PROGRAMME SESSION BDP PG PGZO BLIS MLIS PGDJMC PGDPRA D MSW 2010 40 50 25 12 04 02 03 11 2012 67 32 24 10 03 03 04 12 2013 78 33 24 09 06 04 03 13 2014 90 42 30 11 09 04 05 12 Admission to the Graduate Programme has an increasing tendency. After having discussion with the learners we have learnt that a recent trend has evolved urging parents of middle class families to ensure perusal of job oriented courses after school leaving examination, secure a job and then pursue for higher education to equip for better jobs in future. Another serious observation is that students opting for compensatory jobs after untimely death of their father have no other option but to pursue higher education in the Distance Education mode. In this context NSOU-RPMC Study Centre is contributing to the spread of higher education to different levels of the Society apart from the financially weaker section and the backward classes who according to Government norms are recruited in Government Sector jobs at an early age and providing them the opportunity for acquiring higher education for better job offers in future.