Where The Mind Is Without Fear
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.
These immortal lines by Tagore have etched in our collective conscience when it comes to dealing with issues of education and knowledge as potential enablers of social and intellectual emancipation. Plassey College was established with the prime objective of providing the light of knowledge to pupils who remained excluded from the rubric of education for generations. The college is located in a socio-economically backward area hence it is incumbent upon the college to extend its hands of cooperation to students hailing from the marginalized strata of society. One of the unique characteristics of the college is the overwhelming presence of students from minority and other oppressed communities and also a large number female students. The percentage of female students has consistently been higher than the number of male students. The college has a threefold responsibilities which reflect its distinctiveness: firstly, to create opportunities for first generation learners by opening the door of the college for them, secondly, to ensure that students from minority and other oppressed communities must not get excluded from education, thirdly, to look after the female students by ensuring their completion of study in college. As women empowerment is one of our best practices it is also a distinctive character of the institution. The notion of social justice enshrined in India’s constitution assumes a significant character in such a scenario. It is only through education and knowledge we can create a sense of equity. Since its inception, the college has been painstakingly making endeavors in realizing these visions and remains committed to these principles.
In an effort to augment its social responsibility, the college through its NSS Unit has adopted a nearby village called Chapai. Chapai is a pre-dominantly adivasi village which is only 3 kilometers from the college. The light of education is yet to reach the village. Keeping that in mind, the NSS Unit of the college has initiated sustained efforts in establishing a positive interaction with the village by adopting a slew of welfare measures. The welfare measures include: Medical Campaign by inviting doctors from the nearby hospital to provide free eye care tests, Awareness program on AIDS and other hazardous diseases, preventive measures against Dengue and Malaria, Mass literacy campaign etc to mention a few. Notwithstanding its limitations, the college is also contemplating to broaden its level of engagement by taking responsibility of few adivasi children’s education till they attain college/ university degrees.