HUMAN VALUES AND PROFESSIONAL ETHICS
At Maheshtala College, we believe in uniqueness of each individual – Beside identification and sustenance of a student’s inherent talents, the Mentor-Mentee system promotes the ancient guru-shishya parampara, the trust template between teacher and student through regular interactions, within and outside the classroom, supporting and assisting their curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. The bond forged at admission time continues lifelong, and the registered Alumni Association of the college actively nourishes this ecosystem of education-enlightenment beyond the campus.
Catering mostly to students belonging to economically-challenged backgrounds, the college supports students who have to overcome innumerable obstacles to pursue their dream of higher education through Vidya-Amritam scholarships, knowledge and employment –oriented Certificate, Add On, Value Added courses, remedial classes and community engagement through NSS and Unnat Bharat Abhiyan programmes that allows them to reach out to neighbourhood people. Visits to the adopted village of the college,Haatberia, teach students to share and care and dare to rise above difficulties.
The college has students, teachers and teaching staff belonging to different gender, communities, castes, speaking different languages, following different religions, and believing in different ideologies and yet all happily belong to the same Maheshtala College family. Classes on Inclusivity and Value Education are mandatory for all students, and every year on the day before Winter Vacation, a Communal Harmony Programme is organised by the college where students and teachers present programmes that reflect their unique identity – Speeches and songs in Hindi, Bangla, Nepali, Rajbongshi, Santhali, reflecting snippets from various cultures are performed by students, alumni, teachers and non teaching staff.
Respecting our philosophers and philanthropists who upheld that service to mankind is actually service to God, most of the activities of the college integrates needs of the stakeholders of the college along with that of the community. Hence, our college grounds are used daily in the mornings as playground by autistic children studying in a local NGO , Medical Camps organised in the college welcomes local people from neighbouring areas, our NSS volunteers regularly undertake cleanliness programmes, health and hygiene awareness camps, organise Children’s Day fun-filled activities and events for children of local free primary schools. The Academic linkages and Memoranda of Understanding with colleges all over the state (as far as Purulia, Darjeeling, Sundarbans and many other) foster a sense of solidarity and universal fraternity among the students.
RESPECT FOR NATION , COMMUNITY & TRADITION
The college believes in inclusive growth and adheres to the teachings of the great personalities of the country such as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Swami Vivekananda, Rabindranath Tagore, Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel. Savitribai Phule , Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, Kazi Nazrul Islam and the like. Sampurnaa, a weeklong academic and cultural fest is held every year in the first week of March to commemorate International Women’s Day and uphold Equity – Empowerment- Excellence. Days of national importance such as Independence Day, Republic Day, Youth Day (12th January), Constitution Day, are held, along with NSS Day, National Voters’ Day, College Foundation Day, Kasturi Das Memorial Lecture (in memory of our illustrious patron), NSS Day, Vasant Utsav, Anandamela (to celebrate Durga Puja and Eid ul Fitr) and many more.
Teaching and non teaching staff (along with students) are sensitised about Code of Conduct of the college, responsibilities as citizens through their duties in several elections (by Election Commision of India and Block Development office), programmes on Fire safety (organised by Fire Safety Dept, Govt of West Bengal) , social evils such as trafficking of women (organised by Project Swayamsiddha – A Kolkata Police initiative) eve teasing, crimes on women (organised by local Maheshtala Police station) as well as their duties in official capacities through several administrative training programmes, orientation and capacity building programmes.