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Srimathi Kasu Raghavamma Brahmananda Reddy College, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
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Narasaraopet, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
Guntur (District Guntur)
Andhra Pradesh, India



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The SKRBR College established as a junior college in 1972, and upgraded as degree college in 1974 is to cater to the needs of downtrodden students of Palanadu area. The college is situated in an area of 23.5 acres in Narasaraopet, Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. The noble idea of starting such an institution was initiated by the Philanthrophist Shri Gade China Venkata Reddy in the name of his daughter Shrimathi Raghavamma wife of Shri Kasu Brahmananda Reddy.

The college is affiliated to Acharya Nagarjuna University and recongnized by the UGC vide 2(f) and 12(b) of the UGC Act. Now the college offers 6 UG programmes viz., B.Sc with 4 different combinations, B.A and B.Com. It has a permanent staff strength of 15 and 20 teaching staff appointed by the management in the unaided category. Present students strength is 831 consisting of 690 boys and 141 girls. The teacher student ratio is 1 : 22 and the ratio between teaching and non-teaching staff is 1 : 1. The unit cost of education is Rs.10,852/- with salary component and Rs.8256/- without salary.

Central library, departments, health centre, hostel for boys, sports field and equipments, rest room for girls, laboratories, seminar room are the other facilities available in the college.

SKRBR College volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) by submitting its Self Study Report (SSR) in December 2006. The NAAC Peer Team consisting of Prof. K. Kunhi Krishnan, Pro. Vice Chancellor, Kannur University as Chairperson; Prof V.A.Karki, Principal, KLE Society's S.Nijalingappa College, Bangalore as member, and Dr.R.M Chidambaram, Dean, Faculty of Management, Alagappa University, Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu as member Coordinator. The team visited the college for 3 days i.e., 22nd 23rd and 24th February 2007. The members of the team carefully perused and analysed the SSR submitted by the college. During the visit, the team visited the infrastructure, interacted with various constituents of the college and went through the relevant documents. The team interacted at length with the Principal, teachers, non-teaching staff members, representative groups of students, parents and alumni of the college and Management Committee. Based on the above exercise and keeping in mind the criteria identified by NAAC, the team brings out the following criterion-wise analysis :

SECTION II : CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion I : Curricular Aspects
I.1. Goal Orientation : The college has the vision of making the students to reach the highest peak in the field of education. Its mission is to provide quality education in consistence with the changing world by integrating the best facilities and infrastructure. Introducing need based educational programmes, imparting higher standard of education, developing the personality of learners and shaping them as responsible citizens of the society are the goals, and the objectives include provision of quality education, provision of manpower to facilitate socio-economic development of the nation, and designing and implementing social service programmes to make the learners society friendly. Goals and objectives of the college address to intellectual growth, self-development, training, value orientation, employment generation, environmental protection, and community and national development. Programmes in offer viz, B.A, B.Sc and B.Com and clean and green programme are embedded with institutional goals.

I.2. Curriculum Development : As an affiliating college, its role in curriculum development is only nominal. Its recommendations are based upon the outcome of periodical meetings of stakeholders. The curriculum is designed by Acharya Nagarjuna University and the college follows annual system. The Principal is a member of the Academic Council and a staff member represents one of the Boards of Studies of the university. Bio-technology, Science and civilization, Indian Heritage and Culture are the inter-disciplinary courses available in the college. Programmes for the development of soft skills, career training and community orientation are the value added courses given by the college. In science programmes 80% of the courses have scope for experimental learning. B.Sc Computer Science and B.Com programmes have computer training as the component of curriculum. Courses on languages and Indian Heritage and Culture have the thrust of value education. The college offers a number of add on courses apart from regular programmes.

I.3. Programme Options : The college offers 4 different combinations in B.Sc programme viz., (i) Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, (ii) Mathematics, Computers and Statistics, (iii) Mathematics, Physics and Computers, and (iv) Bio-technology, Botany and Chemistry all under self financing stream. B.A with History, Politics and Economics, and B.Com are also offered. For all theses programmes the cut off percentage for admission is 35%. Though internet facility is available, its use for transacting educational programmes is yet to take shape. Different combinations of the B.Sc programme are under self-financing pattern.

I.4. Academic Flexibility : The college does have academic flexibility as given by the university to which it is affiliated. Special classes are conducted to support slow and disadvantaged learners. Slow learners and advanced learners are identified through their performance in periodical tests. Advanced learners are motivated to refer additional study materials. The college offers a study centre facility for B. R. Ambedkar Open University in the campus.

I.5. Feedback Mechanism : The syllabus revision is the responsibility of the university to which the college is affiliated. English, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry are the courses wherein revisions took place. Staff development, strengthening the library with latest additions and preparation of monographs on thrust areas are the measures undertaken by the college for quality sustenance and enhancement. Supply of course materials and practice papers, organisation of tutorial classes, creation of mathematics laboratory and Internal Quality Assurance Cell are the best practices adopted by the college to strengthen curricular aspects.

Criterion II : Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
II.1. Admission process : Admission is based on merit. Of course, the Government norms are strictly adhered. Disadvantaged communities, women, physically challenged, economically weaker sections of the society and sports personnel have reservations in admission. The demand ratio for all the programmes is 1 : 1. More than 70% of students belongs to marginalised groups.

II.2. Catering to Diverse Needs : The college has the practice of assessing students' knowledge / skill and needs through tests and discussions before the commencement of teaching sessions. Bridge courses are given to educationally disadvantaged students.

II.3. Teaching Learning Process : Comprehensive Annual Academic Plan and the academic calendar are the bases for teaching, learning and evaluation. Though the lecture method is central in teaching, role plays, debates, seminars, case studies, and group discussions are also used by teachers. Study tours, preparation of charts, posters and models, socio-economic surveys, project work, industrial visits, brain storming and problem solving sessions, and exhibitions are the participatory methods used by teachers where they act as facilitators. OHP transparencies, models and charts are the teaching aids used by teachers. Tutorial classes are conducted in Science, Commerce and English. Academic progress of students is monitored by teacher mentors through regular meetings, interaction with parents and necessary guidance. Teachers keep pace with recent developments by attending orientation programmes, refresher courses, seminars, workshops, and conferences.

II.4. Teacher Quality : Government norms and university guidelines are adhered by the college while selecting teachers. Though the sanctioned posts are 20, the college now has 15 teachers only. 20 unaided teachers are engaged by the management. During 2005-06, the college appointed 4 teachers on ad-hoc basis for whom the salary were paid by the management. The college permits teachers to avail study leave under Faculty Improvement Programme. Government of Andhra Pradesh reserves 33 ⅓ % of teaching positions to women, and the college adheres it. Two teachers of this college are honoured by the Government of AP as 'best teachers' and have a few publications to their credit.

II.5. Evaluation of Teaching : The management and the principal evaluate teachers performance in teaching and research. For teachers, self appraisal mechanism is in practice. In the staff council meetings its outcome are discussed to improve the performance of teachers. The college has academic audit of departments which results in preparation and distribution of course materials, interactive mode of teaching and the preparation of question banks. The institution encourages innovations in teaching and learning. Innovations include preparation of worksheets for the students of mathematics, distribution of latest information downloaded from web sites, conduct of socio-economic surveys, and creation of quality circles in all departments.

II.6. Evaluation of Learning : The college monitors the performance of students through unit test, quarterly/half-yearly/pre-public examinations. The programme of evaluation and the method of evaluation are informed to the students at the beginning of the year. Apart from regular lectures, additional classes for slow learners, supply of text books and course materials free of cost to needy students, encouraging students to avail library resources and book bank facility, and the periodical evaluation of students through tests and examinations are the ways meant for preparing students to face final examinations with confidence.

II.7. Evaluation Reforms : As the final evaluation is the prerogative of the university, the college has no say in evaluation reforms. Marks secured by students in tests and examinations are displayed on the notice board. Continuous assessment with 20% weightage is in force in the first two years of the UG programmes.

Criterion III : Research, Consultancy and Extension
III.1. Promotion of Research : The college has a research committee. Faculty members may be encouraged to undertake full time research under FIP and part time research leading to M.Phil/Ph.D degrees. There is no specific provision in the budget for research and development.

III.2.Research Output : Research output of the college is not very significant. Two teachers possess Ph.D qualification and some publications to their credit. Four teachers have M.Phil degree.

III.3. Publication Output : Teachers have few publications and all faculty members may be encouraged to take up research and publications.

III.4. Consultancy : Departments of Commerce, Economics and Chemistry offer consultancy free of cost in areas like submission of Income Tax returns, VAT implications, investment avenues and water analysis.

III.5. Extension Activities : environment oriented, society oriented and business oriented outreach programmes are undertaken by different departments of the college. The institution promotes college-neighbourhood network by organizing programmes creating awareness on environment, AIDS and adult education campaigns.

III.6. Participation in Extension : Four NSS units of the college and the NCC unit contribute their might for inculcating service mentality in learners and the development of the society around through participatory approach. Extension activities are the means to raise funds as the college raised funds to the tune of Rs.46,000/- towards CM's Flood Relief Fund, Tsunami Relief Fund and Armed Forces Flag Day Fund.

III.7. Linkages : The college is maintaining limited linkage with affiliating university, Dr B.R.Ambedkar Open University, Safe Laboratories and Matrix Power Plant. The linkage is helpful to teacher development, internship, placement, publications and research.

Criterion IV : Infrastructure and Learning Resources
IV.1. Physical Facilities : The college has 4 buildings with the built in area of 34,411 square feet. Infrastructure facilities include 17 class rooms, 7 laboratories, central library, a small seminar hall, playground of 15 acreas with required facilities for sports and games. Recently the college constructed an academic block (Brahmananda Building) at a cost of Rs.42 lakhs and a hostel at a cost Rs.22 lakhs. Women staff and students are provided with separate rooms with toilet facilities.

IV.2. Maintenance of Infrastructure : The budget of the college has exclusive allocation for the maintenance of land, buildings, furniture, computers and other equipments to the tune of Rs.1 lakh. The Building Committee and the College Amenities Committee look after the maintenance of physical facilities with the support of skilled people on payment basis. Authorities permit the conduct of counseling sessions for open university students on holidays, organisation of coaching classes for competitive examinations in the weekends, and the use of playgrounds for various activities. This results in optimum utilization of available infrastructure.

IV.3. Library as Learning Resource : The library has an advisory committee consisting of 5 senior faculty members with Principal as the Chairman. Activities of the library are monitored by the committee. Open access system encourages the use of library facilities and the maintenance of registers and procedures ensure security of library resources. The library has internet facility and photocopier. The library is yet to develop its archives section. Both students and teachers are permitted to avail internet facilities. During 2005-06, the library was kept open for 250 days and it serves 10 hours a day. The amount spent on books and journals were fluctuating from Rs.37,000/- to Rs,2,72,000/- during the last five years. Library has a collection of nearly 18,700 volumes at present.

IV.4. Computers as Learning Resources : 30 systems are there in the Computer Science department apart from the internet facility in the library. There is no central computing facility and computer laboratory requires backup facility and AMC for equipments.

IV.5. Other Facilities : The college has hostel with 25 rooms which can accommodate 180 students. Protected water supply, and a reading room are the facilities available in the hostel. The college has a health centre where first aid can be given and on request doctors attend. The college has a playground of 15 acres where grounds are available to play cricket, volley ball, kabadi and athletic events.

Criterion V : Student Support and Progression
V.1. Student Profile : The college has a strength of 831 students consisting of 690 boys and 141 girls. In the earlier two batches the ratios between economically stronger and weaker sections of the society were 178 : 143 and 156 : 131 respectively. Most of the students belong to marginalised groups.

V.2. Student Progression : On an average 20% of the students are pursuing higher studies. Rough estimate says that another 20% of students are employed.

V.3. Student Support System : The college publishes its prospectus every year and it contains its vision statement, goals and objectives, programmes in offer, fee structure, rules and regulations and the academic calendar. Financial support is given to students and during 2005-06, 321 students were benefited under different scholarships. Faculty members participate in academic and personal counseling as mentors. The college has an alumni association. It has instituted number of scholarships. The Grievance Redressal Cell of the college is sorting out grievances concerning delay in the disbursal of scholarships, syllabus coverage by teachers and hostel rules. The college gives priority to students' welfare and such measures include scholarships to weaker sections of the community, book bank for ST students, and endowment scholarships to meritorious students. There is no separate cell to prevent sexual harassment.

V.4. Student Activities : Those who are proficient in sports are exempted from the payment of tuition fee and hostel fee. Students of this college represented the university, State and Nation both in sports and games. One student represented Indian under 19 team and few students represent the university team. Students are motivated to participate in extra curricular and recreational activities for the development of themselves and society around.

Criterion VI : Organization and Management
VI.1.Leaderhsip, Goal Orientation and Decision Making : The Principal acts as a bridge between the management and other stake holders of the college. As an ex-officio member of the Governing Body, he involves himself in policy making and implementing. He is directing, coordinating and leading the day-to-day administration of the college. Academic audit, creation of Internal Quality Assurance Cell, implementation of Students Charter and scientific accounting procedures are the measures taken by the college to imbibe quality in various administrative and academic units. Faculty members are involved in the decision making process at all levels for effective execution and better results. The management committee is also taking keen interest in the development of the college at present.

VI.2. Organization Structure, Powers and Functions of Functionaries : The organizational structure of the college is the composition of General Body (apex body) ably supported by the Executive Body and the Governing Body. Functionaries consist of the Secretary and Correspondent, the Principal, heads of departments, lecturers and supporting staff. In addition, number of committees are constituted to decentralize administration. Such committees met periodically and made recommendations to strengthen the different components of the system. During 2005-06, two resolutions of the management council were implemented, one on the construction of class rooms at an estimated cost of Rs.5 lakhs and the other on the purchase of equipments and chemicals for physics and chemistry laboratories. The college has an effective internal audit mechanism wherein the Office Superintendent, the heads of departments, and the chartered accountant are very much associated to ensure financial discipline. The management use to meet the staff members thrice in a year.

VI.3. Perspective Planning : The college has a perspective plan in the name of 'Vision Document 2005-2015' drafted in the year 2005-06. While preparing the vision document, the college obtained the views of academic peers, employers, alumni, community, students and staff members. The college follows an academic calendar. Its preparation is given to a committee and it contains information concerning academic programmes, staffing pattern, fee structure, working days, holidays, examination schedule and rules and regulations. The plan proposals initiated and implemented during the last 5 years include construction of hostel buildings (I and II), class rooms (I and II floor), modernization of staff and students toilets, and repairs to class rooms, girls' waiting room and toilets.

VI.4. Man Power Planning and Recruitment : Work load is the base for the determination of staff requirements. Government norms and university guidelines are adhered while recruiting staff members. However large number of temporary teachers are engaged now.

VI.5. Performance Appraisal : Performance of faculty members in the areas of teaching, research and extension is based upon self appraisal method. This has contributed as tangible development takes place in all the three dimensions of teachers. A committee constituted by the AP State Council for Higher Education evaluated the performance of the college. The college has appointed an expert to go through the performance of the college and he has submitted a report in November 2006.

VI.6. Staff Development Programmes : Both teaching and non-teaching staff members are to be encouraged further by organizing in-house programmes and deputing to participate seminars, workshops and courses of relevance organized by external agencies as the teachers desire for the same.

VI.7. Resource Mobilization : The prevailing fee structure is Rs.1676/- for B.A and B.Com, Rs.2965/- for B.Sc (MPC), Rs.4790/- for B.Sc with Computers and Rs.7040/- for B.Sc Biotechnology. The said fee structure is based on the guidelines given by AICTE, APSCHE and the affiliating university.

VI.8. Finance Management : Both the operating budget and the maintenance budget of the college has adequate provisions. The internal audit of accounts is undertaken by a chartered accountant appointed by the management and the external audit is undertaken by the office of the Accountant General, AP Government and the Commissionerate of Collegiate Education, AP.

Criterion VII : Healthy Practices
VII.1. Total Quality Management : The college is attempting to achieve the specific goals and objectives through academic programmes and extension activities. Supply of course materials on latest developments, strengthening the library resources, and staff development initiatives ensure quality in academic inputs. Delegation and decentralization of administration result in quality orientation.

VII.2. Innovations : Though the course designs are made by the university, the college has chosen innovative courses like bio-technology and computers to offer for the benefit of learners. Learner centered teaching methods, use of teaching aids, and transparent evaluation methods are the innovative strategies in force. Society friendly extension activities have scope for innovations. Few add on programmes are offered. There is a dearth for innovations in research.

VII.3. Value Based Education : Periodical lectures are organized to make education value based. Such lectures centre around religion, heritage, culture and leadership qualities. B.A programme has compulsory courses on value education.

VII.4. Social Responsibilities and Citizenship Roles : Society friendly programmes undertaken by the college promote social responsibilities and citizenship roles among students. Village adoption, and activities of NCC and NSS have community orientation and exposure.

VII.5. Overall Development : The college involves its stakeholders like students, alumni, parents, teachers and management in planning, implementing and evaluating academic programmes. Right application, direction, motivation and coordination are the strategies adopted for the effective management of human, financial and other learning resources of the college.

VII.6. Institutional Ambience and Initiatives : Well furnished and ventilated class rooms, goods library and equipped laboratories create the ambience for teaching and learning. The institution is yet to take up a gender audit. Periodical interaction with learners and the attempts taken by the college management to satisfy their requirements in the academic arena make SKRBRC as the learner friendly system.

SECTION III : OVERALL ANALYSIS AND RECOMMENTATIONS
The college is an aided affiliating Institution, offering limited number of degree programmes. The over-all profile of the Institution as such shows that there is potential to grow, provided the management and the staff take the right direction. The existing vacancies of faculty should be filled up and the women students should be encouraged to enroll for courses and hostel for girls may also be provided. NCC, NSS and other community oriented co-curricular activities with special stress on women empowerment also to be initiated. It is noteworthy that 2 teachers have won recognition for the best teacher award and also taking interest in research and publications. The following suggestions are made for future consideration.

New courses to be started in the appropriate area of local relevance at the under graduate and post graduate level. It is also to be explored whether the college will get any financial assistance from the UGC for starting new courses and developmental infrastructural facilities. (For eg. Construction of women's hostel)

Language Laboratory with stress on communicative and spoken English skills is to be established.

The college may reorganize the Research Advisory Cell with more linkage and orientation for research activities.

The college may seek autonomy for better academic growth and development.

Teachers may be encouraged to participate and present papers in National Seminars, Workshops and Conferences.

Teaches may be encouraged to apply for minor research programmes.

Post graduate programmes like MBA, M.Sc., and M.A., are to be started.

A placement cell to provide soft skill development of students is to be started.

Internal quality assurance cell is to be further strengthened.

A large seminar hall / auditorium is to be constructed.

An NCC unit for girl students may be explored.

The library is to be modernized and the Book bank facility may be strengthened.

Canteen facility is to be expanded.

The computer laboratory should be provided with backup facility and upgrading of old systems in use.

The peer team appreciates the positive involvement of management, principal and staff and students and non teaching staff while the team visited the college.

Prof. K. Kunhikrishnan - Chairperson

Prof. V.S.Karki - Member

Prof. R.M.Chidambaram - Member Coordinator

Dr C.Mastan Reddy - Principal

Place : NARASARAOPET

Date : 24-02-2007

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