Janta Vedic College, Baraut (Baghpat), was established long time back in 1949. The entire credit goes to the then poor peasantry of the region who,had deep faith in Arya Samaj.They formed a society and got it registered in 1920 under Society Registration Act in the name of Jat Shiksha Sabha and started Jat Vedic High School which rose to undergraduate and postgraduate level in 1949 and 1956 respectively. It was affiliated to Chaudhary Charan Singh University (formerly Meerut University), Meerut, and was also included under section 2(f) and 12(b) of UGC Act.
Since its inception, the college has developed into a multi-faculty co-educational college having more than 4,000 students.Tne college is famous for imparting quality education in the faculties of Arts, Science, Agriculture, and Physical Education. Each department is well equipped with all the necessary modern teaching aids and excellent laboratories with computers, which are put to their optimum use by highly qualified faculty members.
A Wast campus is situated on a tributary of Yamuna canal and spread over more than 40 acres of land surrounded by high raised brick walls and railings, having well-developed lawns of more than 10 acres. Concrete roads parked with big rare trees give it a unique picturesque and elegant look of a beautiful institution.
As for infrastructure, there are 15 residential quarters for teachers, two well-developed boys’ hostels, one girls’ hostel and a beautiful guest house. Besides there are a grand yagnashala to perform weekly yagnas, a big 40-acre farm for research in agriculture, and a dairy farm having approximately two dozens of milk producing cattles.
The college has its own big water tank, three tubewells, a bus for academic excursions,a central electric genset to power the entire college, a sports stadium of approximately 8 acres, a gymnasium hall with all the facilities and a historic firing range.
The gratest challenge for any centre of higher learning is to produce the talented human resource which are the ultimate wealth of a nation. The quality teaching and research is the top priority of the college which has become possible through promoting the work culture of the whole organisation rather than emphasizing the contribution of a few individuals and it is due to this reason that internalization of the quality concept and the manifestations of the quality parameters are bound to the responsibility of a collective body with due representation of all the stakeholders in all participating manner.
Organisation of national, state-level and regional conferences, seminars and symposia in the various departments have become one of the foremost priorities. Academic programmes are designed to keep pace with the expanding information and,therefore, such advance courses as bioinformatics and microbiology have already been started at postgraduate level. Biotechnology is yet to be started.
Some courses like journalism, tourism, office automation and web designing, tissue culture, etc. are also to be started, and for them the financial support from UGC has already been acquired. IGNOU Study Centre under the scheme of distance learning has also been started considering the need for such advance courses as computers and management. Some courses pertaining to the local needs viz. B.P.Ed. has also been started while starting M.P.Ed. is on the cards.
Improvement of library facilities with computers, office automation, orientation and retraining of the teachers, invitation to guest faculties, development of teaching and learning material, adequate furniture and classrooms are some of the concerns that are gaining importance. Thus emphasis is on strengthening the academic and physical infrastructure for achieving excellence in teaching, research and other educational programmes.
Internet connectivity has been provided in order to improve accessibility to information for all. Due to this facility the teachers and students could have access to a storehouse of information and get linked with leading national labs such as ISRO, CSIR, DRDO, DSI, ICAR, DAE, NPEL as well as with central and state universities having excellent track records.
Steps towards autonomous status for the college are to be seriously and sensibly considered to achieve academic excellence. Therefore, the possibility of generous contribution from the alumini, as well as evolving and promoting private funding (such as donation from Cane Society, Malakpur Sugar Mill, etc) are being explored.
There is a dire need of channelising the youth energy. Therefore, programmes such as Career Guidance Cell and Placement Cell have been started in the college. With such objective in mind, the real purpose of education as enunciated in the JAT SHIKSHA SABHA will surely be fulfilled.
Dr. Y.S. Tomar