1. Internal Quality Assurance Cell ( IQAC)
The Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) has been set up in order to trigger action plans for quality enhancement and quality sustenance of the institute. Accordingly the cell has been making untiring effort to motivate and guide the students, teachers and non-teaching staff of the college to achieve quality excellence. Some of the most important quality events taken up by the IQAC are the introduction of Student Feedback System and Extension Education Services in various forms benefiting the students of the college as well as the society. The IQAC also publishes regularly a bimonthly bulletin entitled ‘Events’, which contains all the happenings of the college mostly relating to the academic matters and achievements of students, teachers and the office staff. This bulletin is also available online in the Cotton College website. From the year 2008, the IQAC has been maintaining a Central Facility Center for extending technical support to the students, teachers and staff of the college for modern teaching-learning system. Further, the IQAC has introduced a Computer Center from 2009 to provide internet facilities to the students, teachers and staff of the college for modern teaching-learning system. Moreover, the IQAC has introduced a Computer Center from 2009 to provide internet facilities to the students, research scholars and teachers of the college.
2. Placement Cell
Cotton College has a Placement Cell, run by a group of senior teachers of the college. A large number of companies conduct campus recruitment drives in the college. The companies that have visited the college campus include State Bank of India, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Tata Consultancy Services, IBM-Daksh Federal Bank, South Indian Bank, HSBC Bank, Wipro Technologies, Infosys, HCL, Reliance Retail Ltd., SBI Life Insurance and Vedanta Aluminium. A good number of students are recruited each year by these companies.
3. Career Counseling & Guidance Cell
In the 11th Plan grant to Cotton College, the UGC has provided financial assistance to set up a Career Counseling & Guidance Cell. The ground work for this has already been done and it will start functioning from the current academic session itself.
4. Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC)
Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC), Cotton College was set up in 2003 with financial grant from NSTEDB, DST, Govt. of India. It is worth mentioning that Cotton College is the first non-technical college in the entire country, where DST has set up such a Cell. Today, it is the only Govt. of India recognized EDC in the entire State of Assam. Its primary aim and objective is to foster as well as promote entrepreneurial mind set and culture among the students and unemployed educated youth of this part of the country. EDC is well equipped with (a) Computer facility (21 PCs) with internet connectivity, (b) Video photography and editing facility, (c) Digital Audio studio, (d) Library facility, (e) Class Rooms with all the modern projection facility and (f) Photostat facility. In 2004, the Media and Communication Study Center was set up at EDC, which was instrumental in starting the one year professional course viz. Post-Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication & Journalism (PGDMJ). Presently also this course is being held at EDC and is run by the Center for Mass Communication & Journalism (CMCJ), formed by the Cotton College Authority. Till date, EDC has organized 8 Entrepreneurship Awareness Programmes (EAP), 8 Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDP), 3 Technology based Entrepreneurship Programmes (TEDP) and 2 Skill Development Training Programmes. During the current financial year, EDC is going to organize 3 Technology based Entrepreneurship Programmes (TEDP).
5. Central Instrumentation Centre (CIC)
A Central Instrumentation Centre (CIC) has recently been established in Cotton College. As a beginning, CIC has acquired an Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (Model : AA 240, Make : Varian VB, the Netherlands) using a part of the grant provided by the UGC under the scheme ‘Rejuvenation of Basic Scientific Research in Indian Universities/PG Colleges’. It will be used by the departments of Botany, Chemistry, Geology, Physics and Zoology for various experimental works. In near future, CIC plans to procure (1) Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), (2) Vacuum Evaporation Unit (Coating) with accessories, (3) XRD, (4) XRF, (5) Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS), (6) Total Station, (7) 42 inch Coloured Scanner, (8) Astronomical Telescope(Compound Telescope), (9) High Speed Refrigerated Centrifuge (10) Automatic Weather stations, (11) UV-VIS-NIR Spectrophotometer, (12) Fluorescent Spectrophotometer, (13) HPLC, (14) Monochromator, (15) Fibre optics tool kit, (16) Ultra Probe Sonicator etc. Moreover, UGC has provided a grant to the College for Maintenance of this Centre under the scheme ‘Instrumentation Maintenance Facility (IMF)’.
6. Language Laboratory
A multimedia Language Laboratory funded by the University Grants Commission under CPE Scheme has been established in the college to facilitate the learning of Arabic, Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, English, Hindi, Persian and Sanskrit so that the students can develop effective communication skills in anyone of these languages. The prime objective of the Language Laboratory is to facilitate efficient teacher-student interaction to teach and correct phonetic accents to be effectively used for an effective inter-personal communication in the target language. The Laboratory will help the learners to learn any language very easily with audio and video and the Language Departments of the college have been preparing a number of courses to be imparted with the help of the facilities available in the Language Laboratory. Clarity software incorporating language platforms for the teachers and the students have been installed to facilitate language learning.
7. Cotton College Research Council
Cotton College Research Council was set up in the centenary year of the college, 2001. The Principal is the ex-officio Chairperson of the Council and the other office bearers are nominated by the Principal. It has a mission and a vision of nurturing, encouraging and flourishing research activities in the college by organizing seminars, workshops, conferences etc. It brings out an annual publication entitled “RJCC - Research Journal of Contemporary Concern”, which is devoted to publishing refereed papers covering original research work with contemporary relevance in the fields of both sciences and humanities. The papers submitted to the journal are reviewed by a group of experts in the relevant fields and as per comments of the referees, the editorial board takes decision for publication. Contribution of articles is not restricted to the college alone.
8. Cotton College Women Forum (CCWF)
The Cotton College Women forum aims at the advancement of women of the state of Assam in particular and the women of the North-East in general. Various dimensions of women and children are the focus areas of its activities. The forum is also carrying out research on women related issues of the North-East India. At present, CCWF has undertaken some extension activities for underpriviledged children and women of remote areas under the CPE scheme, sponsored by the UGC. The Forum publishes a journal named ‘Concerns and Voices’, published annually dealing with women and children related issues.
9. Study Centers for the Open University Courses
Cotton College has taken up the responsibility of conducting Open University courses under Open and Distance Learning System from the session 2008-09. The Study Center of Krishna Kanta Handique State Open University, Guwahati has been started from the month of February, 2008 with Bachelors’ Preparatory Course (BPP). A Study Center for Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) sponsored schemes on “Convergence of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) and Conventional Systems” has also been instituted with the following courses, implemented from July, 2008. The courses selected in Cotton College Center are - (1) Master of Arts (Tourism Management), (2) Post Graduate Diploma in Audio Programme Production, (3) Post Graduate Diploma in Disaster Management, (4) Diploma in Creative Writing in English, (5) Diploma in Women’s Empowerment and Development, and (6) Diploma in Tourism Studies. From the academic session beginning in July, 2010, two new courses viz. (1) Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and (2) Master of Social Work (MSW) will be introduced in this Centre.
10. Centre for Media Studies
Centre for Media Studies (CMS) is a social communication centre established as an extension service at Cotton College. The objective of CMS is to spread a mass media culture that helps people to integrate harmoniously the communication media into their cultural lives. CMS conducts workshops, seminars and training programmes on variety of media related subjects throughout the year.
11. A. Scouts and Guides
Scouts and guides activity has been introduced in Cotton College form the session (2002-03) in the wake of state Government’s decision to make it compulsory for all educational institutions in the state. The Cotton College Ranger Team” is actively engaged in various community services.
B. NSS : NSS is functioning with a strength of 100 volunteers since 1982 in Cotton College.