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Department of Political Science

An Introduction

It was a pressing demand of the educated elite and common citizenry of the Shehr-e-Zaffran Pampore to establish a model college in Pampore. The Government of Jammu and Kashmir vide it’s order No.264-HE of 2011dated 29-06-2011 established 18 new colleges in various places GDC Pampore being the one.

The site for the construction of the college was identified at Tulbagh (Zabidaji) which is situated alongside Pampore-Khrew Road at a distance of about 2km from the main market. The area of the land under the possession of the college 102 Kanal and 16 marlas.

The college started functioning from the academic session 2012 in one of the buildings of Boys Hr. Sec. School Pampore.

Initially academic session was started with the admission to class BG 1st Year and as many as 159 male and female students were enrolled with the staff strength of seven with three non -teaching staff members, who were working under the dynamic leadership of Prof. Showkat Ali Bhat, the Founder Principal of the college. At that time few Arts/social science subjects like English, Urdu, Political Science, Geography, Economics, Mathematics, Sociology, English literature, Environmental Science, were introduced.

In the month of June 2015 , the college shifted to its own new vast campus. In 2018 the college attained a multi-disciplinary character with the introduction of different streams like Medical, Non-Medical and Commerce alongwith some more subjects in Arts stream.

The college is affiliated to the University of Kashmir and is recognized by the UGC under section 2 (f) and 12 (b) of UGC Act 1956.

Department of Political Science

Political Science Department started its work in the year 2012 the establishment year of the college. Political Science is a part of UG course in Arts. Various papers as per the prescribed syllabus of the Kashmir University are taught. Initially the department was allotted one faculty member namely Prof. Mehbooba Bano but due to the tremendously increasing roll of the students under CBCS the staff strength was raised to two. Besides the permanent staff, the temporary staffs on contractual basis are also engaged as per the requirement. Over the last eight years the college has flourished and the department has progressed vigorously. Under CBCS various core, skill and generic courses as per the prescribed syllabus of the University are taught. Besides, the above, students are made aware about the current political affairs around the globe.

Teaching Techniques

Besides the prescribed syllabus/routine classwork in the departments ,the following teaching methods are adopted to enhance the academic excellence of the students:

  1. Class tests
  2. Internal assignments
  3. Group discussions

For the above teaching activities students are guided for preparing the internal assignments. Apart from the above activities Departmental seminars are conducted from time to time on the present political scenario around the world.

Departmental Meetings

The department conducts periodic meetings to review the performance of the department and discuss various issues regarding the completion of Syllabus, management of Timetable, availability of books in the college library and other allied matters.

Departmental Library

The department is not having a separate library but there is a large number of reference and text books written by different foreign and Indian authors available in the college library. A good number of books is added periodically to enrich the stock of the library.

SWOC Analysis and Future Plans of the Department Strength

Strength

  • Stable administration since the inception of the college.
  • Classes are conducted properly. Lectures are conducted on contemporary issues.
  • Qualified, motivated and competent faculty with a blend of high experience and young and energetic dynamism.
  • Participation in debates, seminars, workshops, conferences, group discussions, symposiums.
  • Effective teaching learning process. Well-equipped library with sufficient number of books.
  • Supporting students through tutorial remedial classes.

Weakness

  • The majority of students come from poor socio economic background and they may not have good academic background.
  • Students from rural background with poor language skills.
  • Poor transport facilities for most of the students.
  • Lack of separate building for department.

Opportunities

  • ¬†More scope to use new techniques in teaching learning programmes.
  • To provide counseling for students to become more employable.
  • Skill development Programme for students.
  • Wide scope for the students to build up their carrier.

Challenges

  • Backwardness and poverty of the students.
  • In recent times the number of students opting B.A. Course is declining due to more professional colleges and encouragement to the technical courses.
  • To enhance the percentage of attendance of the students in classes.
  • The pressing need to incorporate Political Anthropology into our core Political Science modules.
  • Encouraging students for competitive examinations and higher studies.

Future plans

The Department of Political Science suggests to start a Bachelor’s Course in Human Rights that comes under the purview of Political Science Department. Bachelor of Arts in Human Rights is three year Under Graduate Degree Course that deals with the study of the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world. The department of Political Science also plans to have a subject tour yearly for the students to make them aware about the history development of Political Science in India regarding the different institutions coming under the purview of Political Science.