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Andhra Christian College, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
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Sambasiva Pet
Guntur (District Guntur)
Andhra Pradesh, India
Pin Code : 522001


Andhra Christian College, Guntur Andhra Pradesh is a recognised institute / college. Status: Private Aided Under Graduate Co-Education Colleges. Andhra Christian College, Guntur Andhra Pradesh was established on / in 1926,1985.


Principal of Andhra Christian College, Guntur Andhra Pradesh is Dr. P. Mutyam (Mobile 9246466299), Sri B.P.Pual Manohar (Mobile 9490320280).

Andhra Christian College is situated in Guntur of Andhra Pradesh state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Guntur comes under Guntur Tehsil, Guntur District.

email ID(s) is Andhra Christian College Guntur Andhra Pradesh

Website of Andhra Christian College, Guntur Andhra Pradesh is http://www.accollegeguntur.com/.

General Secretary : L.H. Bharathi.

Contact Details of Andhra Christian College, Guntur Andhra Pradesh are : 0863-2322046, 2241623



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Andhra Christian College, Guntur Andhra Pradesh runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Approval details: Andhra Christian College is affiliated with Acharya Nagarjuna University (ANU), Guntur (Andhra Pradesh)

Profile of Andhra Christian College

AC College was founded with the mission of providing the youth of the country in general, and of Guntur and the other districts of Andhra Pradesh in particular, the high type of Christian education. It seeks to implant in its students, those truths which can rise men to a purer and nobler life and which are efficacious in the building up of character. Its sponsors trust that the men and women trained here will be filled with that spirit of service and inspired by those ideals of life which will lead them to dedicate their lives and talents to the best interest of their fellows and their country.

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NAAC report of Andhra Christian College

Section 1 : INTRODUCTION
Andhra Christian College, Guntur was established in 1885 as a II Grade college affiliated to the Madras University. The College was started by the Lutheran Church with the mission of providing quality education with Christian values to the young men and women of Guntur and surrounding districts. At present the College is affiliated to Acharya Nagarjuna University, Andhra Pradesh. It is a grant-in-aid minority institution recognized by the UGC under 2(f) and 12(b) of the UGC Act of 1956. The College campus is spread over 35 acres of land and is situated in the heart of Guntur. It offers 21 courses including 6 self-financed courses and works in two shifts. Semester system is followed in the P G programmes while the UG courses are offered under annual system. The College has a student strength of 2084 out of which 1674 are boys and 410 are girls. There are 1908 students in the UG courses and 176 in the P G courses. At present 146 permanent teachers and 36 temporary teachers along with 105 administrative staff work in the institution. The unit cost of education is Rs.15166.45 including salary component and Rs.1517.67 excluding salary component.

The College submitted its Self-Study Report in the prescribed format to the NAAC in December 2006. A Peer Team was constituted by the NAAC for the validation of the Self-Study Report and for the assessment of the performance of the College with Prof. Mulimani. B.G, Vice-Chancellor of Gulbarga University as Chairperson,Dr. Abraham George, former Principal, Mar Thoma College, Tiruvalla as the Member- Co-ordinator and Dr. Suryakumari.A, former Professor, Mother Teresa Women's University, Kodaikanal as its Member. The Peer Team carefully analyzed the Self-Study Report and visited the college during 29 - 31 January 2007. It held separate meetings with the Principal, management, faculty, students, non-teaching staff, parents and alumni. The Team examined different documents and records besides visiting all the departments and the various infrastructural facilities of the College.

Based on the interactions with the above groups and on a careful study of the facts and figures, the Peer Team has made a comprehensive assessment of Andhra Christian College, Guntur and all its activities under the seven criteria laid down by the NAAC and the same has been presented in the following report. The commendable features of the College as well as the areas of concern have also been pointed out.

Section 2 : CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
CRITERION I : CURRICULAR ASPECTS
Being an affiliated college, it follows the pattern of syllabi approved by the Acharya Nagarjuna University. The College offers 17 under Graduate programmes. They include 9 B.A, 5 B.Sc and 3 B.Com programmes. Besides, there are 4 Post Graduate courses in History, English, Zoology and Chemistry. While 8 UG courses are offered in English, 9 of them are in Telugu medium. The medium of instruction for all the PG programmes and all the 3 self financing UG programmes is English. Each of the B.A and B.Sc courses have three main subjects. While different combinations of History, Economics, Political Science, Telugu Literature, English Literature, Mathematics, Statistics, Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology are offered for the B.A Degree courses, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Computer Science, Microbiology and Biochemistry are the subjects of the B.Sc programmes. Self-financed courses include PG courses in English, Chemistry and Zoology and 3 UG programmes with Mathematics, Economics and Statistics; Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science; Microbiology, Biochemistry and Chemistry Combinations. Except one B.Sc self-financed programme with Microbiology, Biochemistry and Chemistry combination, all the programmes are conventional in nature. The College offers 2 UG programmes in the second shift (1.00 pm - 6.00 pm) - B. Com and B.A with History, Economics and Politics in Telugu medium for the benefit of those working in the unorganized sector.

Since the College is an affiliated one, it does not have much flexibility to introduce new programmes or to make changes in the syllabi. However, some of the senior teachers as Boards of Studies members are involved in the designing and revision of the curricula of the Acharya Nagarjuna University. The programmes of teaching and learning are consistent with the goals and objectives of the College. The institution may consider introducing more PG and need-based courses.

CRITERION II : TEACHING - LEARNING AND EVALUATION
The College strictly follows the admission procedures laid down by the University and the Government. The students are selected for admission to various courses mainly on the basis of their performance in the qualifying examinations. Besides, special quota is also available for the reserved categories of backward classes/ economically challenged/ Scheduled Castes / Scheduled Tribes/ physically challenged / sports persons, etc as per the state government guidelines. The College conducts orientation programmes for the newly admitted students at the beginning of every academic year. After the admission, the knowledge and the skills of the students are assessed through interactions in the classroom. Bridge courses are offered to educationally disadvantaged students. Remedial coaching is also provided to needy students before and after college hours.

A centralized teaching plan is prepared at the beginning of every academic year by the Principal with the assistance of Heads of the Departments. The College has an academic calendar which provides details regarding courses, fee structure, syllabi, etc. Each teacher is provided with a teaching diary which includes academic plan and teaching schedule. The diary is regularly scrutinized by the respective head of the department and the Principal.

The academic progress of students is evaluated through conducting weekly slip tests, monthly tests, mid-term examinations and assignments. Classroom lectures are supplemented with practical sessions, projects, seminars, group discussions, field trips, study tours, etc. Lectures are organized by inviting experts in the field. Audio-visual aids like LCD projector, overhead projectors, slide projector, computers, charts and models, etc are also made use of. Slow learners are given special care through remedial classes and counseling. Evaluation methods are communicated to the students during the orientation classes at the beginning of the regular academic programme. Class teachers maintain ward register which records the marks obtained in the internal examinations in order to monitor the academic progress of the students.

Permanent teachers are recruited as per the government guidelines and temporary teachers as per the guidelines of the management subject to government rules. The management promotes teacher development by granting study leave to teachers for pursuing higher studies and encourages them to attend refresher courses and training programmes.

There exists a system of obtaining student feedback on the teaching performance of faculty. Excellence in teaching is recognized by the institution by awarding best teacher awards every year. Teachers submit self-appraisal reports annually.

CRITERION III : RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
The Andhra Christian College has a long tradition in academic research. The Department of Research and Extension was established as early as 1934. Over the years, several faculty members acquired research degrees from American and Indian universities under the sponsorship of Lutheran World Federation, Geneva and under the Faculty Improvement Programme of the UGC. The College promotes research by encouraging teachers to take up research projects and by granting leave to pursue research.

Out of the total 146 permanent faculty members, 23 teachers have Ph.D degree and 25 have M.Phil degree. While only one among the total 36 temporary teachers possesses Ph.D degree, 9 have M. Phil degree. Six faculty members are engaged in Ph.D / M.Phil research under the Faculty Improvement Programme of the UGC.

There are no approved research guides among the permanent faculty of the College. Some of the teachers have published articles in research journals. The College does not have any recognized research centre. At present there are two ongoing minor research projects sanctioned by the UGC carried out by two teachers, one belonging to the Department of Political Science and the other to the Department of English. A major research project was recently completed by the Department of Botany in collaboration with Rajasthan State Mines and Minerals, Ltd. More faculty members be encouraged to take up minor / major research projects by applying to the UGC and other funding agencies. Collaboration with other research institutes and industries may also be thought of which would help to develop a research culture.

The College provides some kind of consultancy services without any monetary benefit. A few faculty members belonging to different departments provide technical advice to different colleges and educational institutions in and around Guntur for setting up science laboratories, organizing exhibitions, etc.

The College has several extension activities like community development, health and hygiene awareness, adult education and literacy, blood donation, environment awareness, AIDS awareness, traffic control, voluntary service during Krishna Pushkaram, etc. carried out through the NSS, NCC, NGC units. The relief work rendered at times of natural calamities like Tsunami, cyclone, earthquakes, etc. are noteworthy.

The College has linkages through MOUs with Amulya Diagnostics Centre, Guntur, KDMPMA Co-operative Union Ltd, Vijayawada and Bommidela International,Pvt. Ltd. for the training and project works of students.

CRITERION IV : INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
Andhra Christian College has a campus spread over an area of 35 acres in different locations. The main academic campus with an area of 7 acres is located in the heart of the city. The main play fields are located in the 12.5 acre Gunta grounds which is half a kilometer away from the main campus. Over the years, the management has built up different buildings and facilities based on the needs of the institution. The physical infrastructure of the college is adequate to maintain the existing programmes and administrative functions. There are 55 class rooms sufficient to accommodate all the classes. The science laboratories are well - maintained though they could be better-equipped and modernized. The college has one seminar hall.

The central library has about 60,000 books and several journals / periodicals and it has a book bank facility. The books are classified and catalogued according to the Dewy decimal system. The central library functions from 8.30 am to 6.00 pm. The College has a separate Post Graduate library. The library has internet connectivity and is partially computerized. The facilities in the library need to be improved and more books and journals be procured.

The college has a computer lab with 12 systems under the Computer Science Department. The Department of English has a language laboratory which is accessible to all the students. Departments of Botany, Zoology, Physics and Chemistry also have computers. The College needs to have a central computing facility and all the departments also may be provided with computers. The College office also should be provided with more computers.

Adequate infrastructural facilities for various sports and games are available though they are scattered over the main campus, hostel campuses and the Gunta ground. The College has a 400 meter track sports ground and the facilities for playing football, cricket, hockey, volley ball, hand ball, kabaddi, kho-kho, net ball, tennis, badminton and different indoor games. The institution promotes sports activities by providing incentives to outstanding sports persons. Several students of the College have distinguished themselves in sports and games at the university, state and national levels.

The Andhra Christian College has 3 men's hostels and one Women's hostel providing accommodation to 628 men and 137 women students. Facilities like waiting rooms for girls, non-resident student centre for boys, canteen, etc are available in the campus. The infrastructure facilities of the college are found to be optimally utilized.

CRITERION V : STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
The percentage of students appearing for the qualifying examination after the minimum period of study is above 90 percent and the drop out rate is about 5 per cent. The average pass percentage of the students in the UG and PG courses during the last academic year were 41.95 and 95 respectively. About 40 per cent of the students go for further studies. It is reported that most of the PG students get employed after the completion of the course.

The College provides information to the students about its history, goals and objectives, admission rules, general rules and regulations, courses offered, fee structure and the various facilities available through its annually updated Prospectus and the College Calendar.

A number of scholarships are available for students. Apart from the social welfare scholarships from the Government which benefited about 2000 students during 2005 - 06 academic year, nearly 30 poor students and 20 sports persons were given fee concessions by the Management. Several cash awards are also sponsored by the Alumni Association every year. Merit scholarships as well as merit cum means scholarships are available for the students. During the last academic year an amount of Rs. 79,90,569 was given to SC / ST students at the UG level by way of social welfare scholarships. The College has set up a Career Guidance Cell for SC / ST students. Remedial coaching is also provided to students in various subjects every day before the commencement of the regular classes.

Career counselling sessions and orientation programmes are arranged for students in order to prepare and equip them for their future career. Academic counselling is also provided to students who have difficulties with their studies. Seminars are arranged in the College occasionally on counselling and career guidance. The College also has a grievance redressal cell for women students. Though a few teachers give academic and personal counselling, the college has yet to provide a systematic counselling service to the students. The College has constituted a Career Guidance, Placement and Counselling Cell. The Cell motivates, trains and assists the students in securing gainful employment.

The institution has an active and supportive Alumni Association. It has produced several illustrious alumni during the last twelve decades of its existence which includes several Chief Ministers, a Union Cabinet Minister, several Vice-Chancellors, prominent administrators, artists, professionals, industrialists, political leaders, etc. The Alumni Association which meets every year actively supports the College by raising funds, instituting scholarships and prizes and contributing towards infrastructure development.

The students of the college are provided with ample recreational / leisure time facilities like indoor and outdoor games and opportunities to join Eco Club, Literary and Debating Association, Dramatic Association, competitions in elocution, essay writing, quiz, etc, cultural programmes, sports and games and the like. The College has produced outstanding sportspersons at the university, state and national levels.

As per the directions of the Government, a Disciplinary and Complaints Committee has been constituted for receiving complaints from girl students on ragging, eve teasing and sexual harassment.

CRITERION VI : ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT
The Andhra Christian College has a well-defined de-centralised organizational structure to monitor and co-ordinate the academic and administrative functions of the institution.
The College is managed by the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church. The Executive Council comprising of 24 members form the most important body in the organizational structure. It is followed by the 20 member Board of College Education consisting of representatives of the State Government and the University. A Correspondent appointed by the management is responsible for finance and infrastructure of the College. The Correspondent is present in the campus three days in every ten days and meets the staff occasionally. The head of the institution is the Principal. The Principal is in charge of the day-to-day academic administration of the College. She is assisted by three Vice-Principals (Day, II Shift and PG) and the Heads of Departments. The Principal ensures the work efficiency of the non-teaching staff with the assistance of the Office Manager.
Various committees under the charge of the faculty members are formed at the beginning of every academic year to monitor the different curricular, co - curricular and extra-curricular activities. In order to streamline and raise the teaching standards, the Principal with the assistance of Vice-Principals appraise the performance of the teaching staff with the help of teaching diaries and the teaching plan. The performance of the non-teaching staff is regularly monitored by the Principal, the Correspondent and the office manager.

All the finances of the College are subject to annual audit. The College regularly conducts annual staff retreats for both teaching and non-teaching staff during vacation. But the College needs to think of conducting professional development programmes also for both the faculty and non - teaching staff for the overall quality improvement of the college.

The college has a grievance redressal facility for the students. The grievances of the staff, if any are represented to the management through the Principal .

CRITERION VII : HEALTHY PRACTICES
The College has a well-defined system of management which ensures efficiency in the overall functioning of the institution and of the individual departments.

Effective governance is achieved through participatory and decentralized administrative structure.

Staff meetings and departmental meetings are conducted regularly.

Teaching notes and teaching diaries are monitored by the HODs and the Principal.

Apart from the mid-term examinations, regular monthly tests and assignments are conducted and marks registers are properly maintained in each department.

Remedial classes are arranged for the slow learners on a regular basis.

The College starts with morning devotion every day. Lectures by prominent personalities during the Wednesday assemblies and the Tuesday morning Bible and moral classes help in promoting values.

The regular academic programmes are strengthened and supported by conducting self-financing courses.

The extension activities of the NSS, NCC and NGC like blood donation, AIDS awareness, road repairing, traffic control, clean and green, etc help to inculcate civic responsibilities and community orientation among the students.

The College community extends financial assistance to poor students during emergencies.

Excellence in teaching and meritorious service is recognized by the College by instituting 'Best Teacher' awards.

Section 3 : OVERALL ANALYSIS
Andhra Christian College with a rich history and tradition has been meaningfully serving the society for the past twelve decades. It has been striving hard to achieve the goals and objectives set by the founders. The College is now showing reassuring evidences of resurgence and planned development. The Peer Team would like to appreciate the institution for taking the following steps for sustaining and enhancing the quality of education imparted.

COMMENDATIONS
The College with a rich tradition continues its pursuit of providing qualitative, holistic and value based education with focus on the uplift of the under privileged and marginalized sections of the region.

The institution offers courses in Telugu medium in the second shift to help the youth working in the unorganized sector thereby promoting the concept of 'Earn while you learn'.

The College facilitates the education of many physically and visually challenged students.

The institution has many extension programmes through organizations like the NSS and the NCC.

The infrastructural facilities of the College are optimally utilized, for instance by conducting a second shift and also by hosting on the campus the contact classes of Andhra University Centre for Distance Learning.

The discipline among the students and the work culture among the staff provide a congenial academic atmosphere.

The College has a large number of distinguished and committed alumni.

SUGGESTIONS
The College may take the following initiatives in the years to come for the effective functioning and future growth and development of the institution so that it can compete with the other premier higher educational institutions.

The conventional curriculum has to be supplemented by introducing more need based academic programmes in tune with the changing global scenario.

ICT enabled teaching needs to be strengthened and modern educational gadgets and audio-visual aids have to be more increasingly used.

Bridge and remedial courses and tutorials offered by the College be reorganized and strengthened.

All the science laboratories need to be upgraded.

The faculty may strive to enhance the research activities by publishing papers in refereed journals and also by submitting research project proposals to the UGC and other funding agencies.

The various departments be motivated to organize more seminars, workshops, conferences and guest lectures.

Student evaluation of teachers has to be introduced in a more systematic manner with effective follow up.

The College needs to maintain a record of the students' progression.

The College may think of establishing industry-institution linkages.

The main functions of the central library be fully computerized and internet / reprographic facilities to be improved. The number of journals / periodicals subscribed has also to be substantially enhanced.

The Post Graduate library to be better organized and strengthened.

The working hours of the library may be extended to help the students of the second shift.

The old valuable records and books may be preserved by setting up an Archival Centre.

The facilities in the computer centre need to be extended to all the students.

The process of computerization in the office administration of the College may be speeded up and completed.

Professional development programmes for both teaching and non - teaching staff be organized on a regular basis.

Adequate facilities be provided for the effective functioning of the Women's Grievance Redressal Cell as well as the Career Guidance and Placement Cell.

A Women's Studies Cell may be established with the help of the UGC.

The College may think of setting up a health centre in the campus.

A counselling centre with a trained counsellor be established in the campus.

The College may try to get feedback from academic peers and arrange periodic academic review by external agencies.

The College needs to tap fully the enthusiasm and potential of the alumni for the overall development of the institution.

The Peer Team wishes to record its appreciation for the goodwill and co-operation extended by the Management, Correspondent, Principal, all the members of the teaching and non-teaching staff, students, parents, alumni and the members of the steering committee during the visit. The Team wishes the institution all success in all its future endeavour.

Prof. Mulimani. B.G (Chairperson)

Dr. Abraham George (Member Co-ordinator)

Dr. Suryakumari. A (Member)

Ms. K. E. Manorama Bai
Principal,
Andhra Christian College, Guntur
Andhra Pradesh.

Date: 31-01-2007

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