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Sri ABR Government Degree College, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
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Rapalle,
Guntur (District Guntur)
Andhra Pradesh, India



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Sri ABR Government Degree College is situated in Guntur of Andhra Pradesh state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.



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NAAC report of Sri ABR Government Degree College

SECTION I - INTRODUCTION
Sri A.B.R Government Degree College was established in 1972 at Repalle, a municipal town in the eastern coastal belt of Andhra Pradesh (A.P). The college is named after Sri. Anagani Bhagavantha Rao, former minister of A.P., who took the initiative of mobilizing donations from the residents of Repalle for depositing with the Government. of the initial endowment of Rs 1.50 Lakhs. The A.P Government started the college with the goal of providing higher education to the people of this backward rural region.

The college to start with functioned in a rented building with just two faculties, Arts and Commerce, with temporary affiliation of Andhra University, Waltair. Then the college moved to its present premises only in 1985 in a 9.85 acres site demarcated from the neighbouring Junior college campus. The science programmes were added in 1995. At present the college is affiliated to Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur. Today it stands with 547 students, 15 permanent faculties and offers 4 UG programmes (including one self-financing course). The institution has got U.G.C recognition under 2(f) and 12B in 1998.

The college has quite recently spelt out its own moto (Liberation through education) and also mission, goals and objectives with due emphasis on higher education to rural youth.

The college has continued to attract a good number of rural based students from poor sections who would not have had access to higher education otherwise. The peer team consisting of Prof. Thangamuthu, Vice Chancellor, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli as the chairman, Dr. Arun Adsool, Principal, Vidya Pratishthan's Arts, Science and Commerce College, Vidyanagari, Baramati, Pune and Prof. M.A.Khan, Department of History, Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur as members visited this college during 27-28 July, 2006 and interacted with the Principal, Management (Directorate of Higher Education) representatives, teachers, students and alumni, and examined all the relevant records by way of validating the self-study report submitted by the college. Dr. Mrs. Sujatha Shanbhag, Assistant Adviser, NAAC, coordinated the peer team visit.

SECTION II - CRITERION WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The institution was established on 22.10.1972 as a Government degree college having its own site of 9.85 acres. The institution is committed for the cause of catering higher education to the rural youth. The objectives are broadly stated in the policy document of the A.P. The goals - To provide higher education to rural youth, to reduce gap between rural and urban youth and to provide access to the rural youth for all round development and to inculcate sense of responsibility in them.

The programmes offered are relevant to the general as well as special needs of the students. The programmes cover both conventional and re-structured. The university designs the conventional programmes. The programmes cover both theoretical and practical knowledge. The ranges of programmes are B.A (Economics, History and Political Science), B.Sc. (Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry) and B.Com. One self-financing programme - B.Sc. (Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science) is also introduced in 1995. The programmes are flexible. The university permits the students to discontinue any programme in the middle and complete it later on after re-admission. Some non-core programmes like Indian Heritage and Culture and Science and Civilization are offered to all first and second year students respectively.

The Departments of Chemistry and Commerce take students to industries located near by the institution for field trips. The faculty prepares course material, handouts, synopses wherever study material is not available and circulating among the students. Faculty members are expected to participate in various seminars and refresher courses and update themselves with the current trends in their respective fields.

The curricula of undergraduate programme are prepared by the Central Boards of the Studies in different disciplines and implemented through all the state universities of A.P. There is a uniform pattern of curricula, viz: one paper in first year, one paper in second year and two papers in third year. The input of the faculty is that the entire spectrum of the discipline cannot be covered by four papers only.

Criterion II: Teaching -Learning and Evaluation
The students in various programmes are admitted on the basis of their academic record. Merit list for each programme is prepared following the norms of the qualifying examination and reservation. Then the applicants are asked to attend interview with original certificates. After the admission the students are assessed through interaction sessions, written tests, seminars, assignments and practical skills in the laboratory.

The faculty members of the department prepare teaching plans in the beginning of the session. The curricula of the university are supplemented with fieldwork, seminars, projects, assignments, tests etc. The curricula are divided into suitable units and the process of teaching is reviewed every month. The principal verifies teaching notes and dairies of the faculty to see whether the curricula are implemented in the proper way and proper time. For teaching a number of supplementary methods like seminars, question-answer method, group discussion are applied. Even modern teaching aids like model charts, O.H.P, Mana TV channel of A.P. are regularly used. The computer center and the Computer Science Department extend all possible assistance to prepare several teaching and learning aids. The evaluation methods are communicated to the students in the beginning of the session. They are advised to take up regular tests, seminars etc. and records are maintained regularly pertaining to tests, students' progress and remedial measures.

In the beginning of each session a meeting of the faculty members is conveyed to monitor the overall performance of the students and measures are proposed to improve the results in succeeding years. As regards recruitment of teachers, it is done by the Commissioner of Collegiate Education, A.P. through state PSC. Some faculty members participated in seminars, conferences at national and regional levels.

The faculty members submit self-appraisal reports at the end of the session to be reviewed by the principal. Faculty members are encouraged to participate in faculty development programmes like refresher courses, orientation courses, training programmes, conferences and workshops. Faculty members are also included in various committees so as to facilitate administrative academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities of the institution.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
Mini projects of local related subjects are undertaken by the students. A research committee of the college for this purpose. Among the faculty one is Ph.D. three M.Phil. And one is registered under Faculty Improvement programme of the U.G.C. There is no regular consultancy in the institution. As regards extension activates the N.S.S officer monitors various extension activities such as community development, social work, health and hygiene awareness, medical camp, blood donation camp etc. The institution supports various social service activities done by the Government organizations and NGOs by involving its volunteers. Faculty and students participate in 'Janma Bhoomi' programme sponsored by the District Administration. They also participate in AIDS awareness programme, clean and green programme etc. The N.S.S team actively participates in serving pilgrims during the Krishna Pushkaram and flood relief camps.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The area of the college campus is 9.85 acres. The main building is constructed in 1986 and new constructions are taking place according to master plan. After the proposal for new constructions are approved, the construction work is entrusted to the R & B Deptt. Govt Of A.P. The buildings are maintained by R & B Depts. A committee comprised of teachers and non-teaching staff and students' monitors the maintenance of the infrastructure. The classes are conducted from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The classrooms and laboratories are fully utilized. Students make use of library, Gymnasium and sports material on working days. University, bank, Govt deptts are also users of the infrastructure facilities. There is a computer deptt. Having 22 computers. The computer center works from 9.30am to 5.00 pm and offers services of DTP, Scanning, Internet, Photostat, CD display etc. All the departments are encouraged to use computers. Computers are also installed in library, office and principal's chamber. The computer Department and center extend services to all departments and college is having one OHP. The technicians from companies maintain computers.

In sports and games a number of activities are undertaken. Students participate in various activities at college and inter college level. Admission to sports persons is granted and given special incentives. Two girl students participated in National Teakwando Championship and bagged Gold medals. Four others students participated in state games in 2004 and 2005.

The library opens from 9.30am to 5.30 pm on working days. It contains 7509 general books, 6200 textbooks, 25 Indian journals and 600 reference books. The seating capacity of the library is 50 and the staff includes two professionals, one semi professional, 01 other. Computerization of the library is under progress.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
Percentage of appearing in qualifying examination of different programme ranges from 70 to 97.5 whereas the dropout percentage comes between 30 to 2.5. Some alumni have acquired prominent places like M.L.A., D.S.P. etc. Students receive different kinds of financial aids like EPP, BC, SC, ST state Govt scholarships.

A ward counseling system exists in the institution where in each faculty is allotted 30 to 40 students. The faculty collects information about students and encourages them to become confident and career oriented. There is a registered alumni association of the institution, which interacts with the faculty and students and contributes in cash, kind and service. The policies and criteria of admission are made clear in the prospectus of the institution. A number of recreational facilities for the students are available in the institutions like indoor games, cultural programme and audio-visual facilities.

Criterion VI: Organization and Management
The principal monitors and guides all academic activities. Various committees like Academic coordination committee are constituted. The staff council consists of faculty members and various depts. Function according to the decision of the Staff Council. The college planning and development committee and the staff club also exist. The Commissioner of College Education, A.P. mobilizes the resources for the improvement of the infrastructure and management of the institution. He also arranges training programmes for the principal and office staff to acquaint themselves with latest technologies of management. The institution is also admitted under section 12B of the U.G.C act of 1956 and receives plan grants of U.G.C schemes.

The inbuilt mechanism of college administration functions as per rules, the office Senior Assistant monitors the working of non-teaching staff, who is assigned special work. Computer training is important to them. The principal looks after day-to-day administration. Lecturers-in-charge also supervise the works of their depts.. There is an administrative hierarchy .The office of commissioner of higher education and accountant general periodically inspect the functioning of administration.

The non-teaching staff of the institution undergoes training in administrative procedures, which is conducted by various Government agencies. The tuition fee and other fees are prescribed by the Government and the Government provides budget of the institution. There are various loan facilities available for the staff. The procedure of purchases is according to Government rules.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The principal and the faculty review the progress of curriculum plan, students' attendance, progress in tests, examination results and co-curricular activities from time to time. During the current academic session the method to assess the performance of students and identify weak areas is introduced. The principal appoints various committees of the faculty for different purposes and the Staff Council assists him. The faculty and non-teaching staff regularly attend the orientation courses and training programmes. The planning is made at departmental and inter departmental levels and followed with teamwork.

The institution imparts teaching in restructured programmes like B.Sc Computers and self-finance basis. Other courses like MS-OFFICE and D.T.P on self-finance basis is introduced. Value based education is also imparted. The institution inculcates civic responsibility among the students through N.S.S activities.

SECTION III - OVER ALL ANALYSIS
The peer team after going through self-study report and interaction with different sections of the college community has observed the following commendable features, among others.

Access to higher education at affordable (highly subsidized fee structure) rates to students from poorer sections of the rural region.

Provision of computer science course as part of the science program, which is career-focused.

Frugal / optimal use of the available building infrastructure.

Some of the faculty members contributing their mite towards organizing field trips/ study tours including preparation for NAAC assessment.

Fairly rigorous coaching of students for examinations through conduct of weekly tests, informal bridge course and remedial teaching, resulting in improvement of examination results.

The recent initiation of introducing mini project work for brighter students.

An alumni association (recently formed) is enthusiastic in planning for future programmes for development of the college.

The peer team would hope to make following recommendations for the better perspective development of the college.

The college can go in for several career oriented certificate / diploma courses, also avail the U.G.C support for add-on vocational courses for the benefit of the students from this rural region.

The computer facility may be better augmented and also put to fuller utilization and thereby offer a computer literacy programme for all the students of different programmes which will be a good value addition.

The students, being taught through Telugu medium are quite diffident while communicating in English. The Government may think of introducing parallel English Medium, as desired by students during interaction.

English Language being the main handicap for most of the first generation learners, a more structured remedial programme engaging special faculty for the purpose and also by establishing a language lab may be considered.

The career guidance and counseling needs to be strengthened

The faculty members need to be motivated and sensitized to upgrade their qualifications and acquire research degrees (M.Phil / Ph.D.) and also start publishing research papers in professional journals

Linkages with industries need to be established.

Though it is outside the scope of the college under assessment, the committee is constrained to suggest that the current curricular structure and content need a relook at the macro level in the State. In the existing triple major system, due justice is not done to any of the three core subjects. From comparative perspective, the syllabus content of each of the three major subjects is substantially lower than what is prescribed under U.G.C Model curricular and as well as what is obtained in other Universities in the country. The students in the State are bound to suffer when they go for higher studies.

Similarly the insistence on common core curriculum across the Universities for the entire State is likely to stifle academic initiative on the part of the different universities / respective affiliated colleges for introducing innovations and relevant to the region.

In the given curricular pattern of triple major of the current magnitude warranting just a single or two faculty members in most of the Depts., there would be a general inertia, associated with such 'below critical size' faculty.

In the college, the scope for co-curricular activities, better utilization of library, computer and other central facilities could be increased in the college by appropriate changes / expansion of college timings.

The college can take better initiative in mobilizing contributions from the local community including the local elected representatives (M.L.A / M.P 's local area development funds)

The college with better augmentation of physical infrastructure and facilities can go in for some P.G programmes in thrust areas of career relevance.

The students' welfare programmes like 'Earn while learn' can be introduced.
Sports activities may be enhanced.

Book bank facility may be strengthened.

The Peer Team records its appreciation for the good cooperation extended by the different constituents of the college in the process of NAAC exercise.

Prof. Thangamuthu (Chair Person)

Dr. Arun Adsool (Member)

Prof. M.A.Khan (Member)

Shri. M. Ravindra Babu
(Principal)

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