B.A.M. Khalsa College Garhshankar
The B.A.M. Khalsa College has been established under local management in 1969 at Garhshankar, Hoshiarpur district of Punjab on a campus spread over 6.6 acres. The college has been established to mark the 500th birthday of Shri Guru Nanak Dev ji and to perpetuate the memory of the Babbar Akalis, the valiant freedom fighters, who mostly belonged to this area. The college was brought under the management of S.G.P.C. Amritsar in the year 1982. The main objectives of the institution are to spread the higher education, research and the teachings of Gurus. The institution endeavors for the overall development of students by emphasizing on moral and ethical values. The college, which is a co-educational institution has been affiliated to Punjab University and is receiving grant-in-aid from the Government of Punjab. The college was also recognized by the UGC under 2(f), 12(b) in 1971. The college offers under-graduate courses and has fourteen departments. The Faculty of Arts comprises of English, Punjabi, Hindi, Economics, Political Science, History, Physical Education. The Faculty of Science comprises of Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology and Mathematics. The Faculty of Commerce comprises of Commerce. The college has a total student strength of 618. The success rate of the students is 72.42% for the year 2001-02 and 74.32% for the year 2002-03. In addition to the above, the college has 23 students in self-financing course in B.C.A and from this year, the college has also started one-year PGDCA under self-financing scheme and has admitted 10 students. The college has 18 permanent teachers, out of which, two are Ph.D. holders, six are M.Phil. degree holders and the rest are post-graduates. In addition to the permanent teachers, the college has two part time teachers and 24 temporary teachers. The college also has 28 non-teaching staff members, of which 22 are technical staff members. The teaching and non-teaching staff are recruited as per the norms and procedures laid down by the Punjab University. The academic work of the college is organized on the basis of annual system. The college has support services, such as central library, computer laboratory, health center, sports facilities, canteen and grievance cell. The library contains 12042 books and 34 periodicals during 2003-04. The college has Guru Gobind Singh Study Circle, which organizes lectures on personality development, morality, ethics, de-addiction, environmental awareness, women empowerment, AIDS awareness and adult education throughout the year.
Although the college is not recognized as a research center, some of the teachers still are registered for pursuing their M.Phil. and Ph.D. Two teachers of the college have been awarded Ph.D. during their service in the college. Some of the teachers have attended refresher and orientation courses. Some of the teachers have also published research articles in national and international journals and some have published books also. The college has also a continuous evaluation system for the students, 10% marks are reserved for this evaluation. The students are encouraged to participate in extension activities and their efforts are recognized by granting them fee-concession, prizes and commendation certificates. The teachers look after these extension activities regularly.
The college is situated in a semi-urban setup with a campus area of 6.6 acres. It has the provision for augmenting the infrastructure so as to keep pace with the academic growth. Works Committee of the college coordinates the works of contingent employees to ensure proper maintenance of the infrastructure. The Central Library has 289 working days. The working hours of the library are 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. The Central Library has no book bank and Internet facilities. However, it is in the process of computerization. The college has 14 computers in its Computer Center. The Computer facility is also provided to meet the growing needs of the students of B.A, B.Com, B.Sc and BCA students. Internet facility may be provided at the library so as to give the faculty and the students an easy access for Internet browsing. The college infrastructure can be utilized after 3:00 p.m. for some vocational and self-financing courses.
The dropout rate of the students is 9.52% in the college during 2002-03. But, data of progression to employment and further study is not maintained, as there is no employment and placement cell in the college. The college offers fee-concessions to the poor students and outstanding sportsmen from its own resources every year.
The college has an efficient organizational structure and different committees for carrying out its activities. The college is governed by the trust, SGPC Amritsar , which runs 16 colleges and many schools in India and supports the college financially.