Institutional Distinctiveness:

“Empowering Rural Youth”

•    Introduction:

Since its liberation from Portuguese rule in 1961, Goa has made strides in higher education, particularly in professional courses. However, access to general education remained a challenge, especially for youth in the hinterlands. Recognizing this disparity, the Government of Goa embarked on a mission to establish degree colleges in rural areas, leading to the founding of the Government College of Arts and Commerce Pernem in 1993.

•    Infrastructure and Access:

Situated in Pedne taluka, which has the highest concentration of SC and OBC populations, the college has become a beacon of hope for students from remote rural areas. It offers a level playing field, providing modern infrastructure and academic ambience comparable to urban colleges. Additionally, its proximity to the Maharashtra border extends its reach to the students from the neighboring rural areas.

The college boasts state-of-the-art facilities, including a recording studio, yoga center, museum, and telescope, utilized by both students and the community. It organizes sky gazing sessions, in the villages, records academic material for the state educational channel (DISHTAVO), and offers insights into Goa’s rich history through its curated museum.

•    Gender Parity and Inclusivity:

The college has a gender balance, with female students outnumbering males. The inclusive environment fosters diversity and equal opportunities for all students, irrespective of gender or background.

•    Experiential Learning and Skill Development:

To bridge the gap between rural and urban education, the college emphasizes experiential learning and skill development. Various skill-based courses, such as heritage conservation, accession of artifacts for museum, translation and craft are conducted to equip students for employment opportunities. Excursions, field trips, and participation in inter-collegiate competitions enrich their educational experience.

•    Expertise and Outreach:

Recognizing the importance of exposure to diverse perspectives, the college regularly invites experts to share their knowledge with students. This ensures that students have access to expertise across various fields, despite their rural location.

•    Adaptability and Recognition:

Commitment to Community Engagement is an integral component of this College which was more evident during the COVID-19 pandemic. for the services rendered during covid-19, the Government of India with its subsidiary Mahatma Gandhi National Council of Rural Education, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education recognized our college as a “Social Entrepreneurship, Swachata & Rural Engagement Cell Institution”. as a part of this mission, college formulated an action plan to improve sanitation, waste management, and energy conservation on the campus and surrounding communities post-pandemic.

In conclusion we can say that the Government College of Arts and Commerce Pernem stands as a testament to Goa’s dedication to providing quality higher education to its rural youth. Through its innovative initiatives, inclusive environment, and commitment to community engagement, it continues to empower students from marginalized backgrounds, ensuring they have the tools and opportunities to succeed in an ever-evolving world.