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Bapatla College of Arts and Science, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
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Karlapalem Road Bapatla
Guntur (District Guntur)
Andhra Pradesh, India
Pin Code : 522101


Bapatla College of Arts and Science, Guntur Andhra Pradesh is a recognised institute / college. Status: Private Aided Under Graduate Co-Education Colleges. Bapatla College of Arts and Science, Guntur Andhra Pradesh is managed by Society: Bapatla Education Society. Bapatla College of Arts and Science, Guntur Andhra Pradesh was established on / in 1963.


Principal of Bapatla College of Arts and Science, Guntur Andhra Pradesh is Sri. W.A.Gopala Krishna Murthy, M Sarah Niveditha (Mobile 9985273988).

Bapatla College of Arts and Science 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.

Fax # of Bapatla College of Arts and Science, Guntur Andhra Pradesh is +91-8643-224246.

Residence Phone No(s) of concerned peron(s) of Bapatla College of Arts and Science, Guntur Andhra Pradesh is (are) : 224334.

email ID(s) is Bapatla College of Arts and Science Guntur Andhra Pradesh

Website of Bapatla College of Arts and Science, Guntur Andhra Pradesh is www.bcasbapatla.ac.in.

General Secretary : M. Nageswara Rao (Mobile 9866157779).

Contact Details of Bapatla College of Arts and Science, Guntur Andhra Pradesh are : Telephone: +91-8643-224244, 224066, 224518
Academic Adviser: Sri P.C. Sai Babu, Mobile 9963521857
Dr. R. Srinivasa Rao



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Bapatla College of Arts and Science, Guntur Andhra Pradesh runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
BA
B.Com.
B.Sc.

Approval details: Bapatla College of Arts and Science is affiliated with Acharya Nagarjuna University (ANU), Guntur (Andhra Pradesh)



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NAAC report of Bapatla College of Arts and Science

SECTION - 1 Preface
The Bapatla College of Arts & Sciences was established on 23-08-1963 by the Bapatla Education Society. The college was started with 181 PUC students in 1963. subsequently B.A programme in 1964 B.Com and B.Sc programmes in 1965 were started. The vision of the institution is to provide quality higher education to the students who hail from economically and socially backward groups of the region. In consonance with its vision the college has been striving very hard to provide necessary skills, expertise and competence to enhance job opportunities to the students of this region by starting career -oriented courses. It has qualified faculty and excellent infrastructural facilities such as fully equipped science laboratories, sufficient class rooms, sports and games facilities, two hostels, computer facility, library, Yoga club and Health center to cater to the needs of the students.

The college a private , aided co-educational institution is affiliated to Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur. It was recognized by the University Grants Commission under section 2(f) and 12B in 1963. The college offers three programmes at UG level and one programme at PG level. All the UG programmes are under annual system and PG programme is under semester system. Besides traditional and conventional B.A, B.Sc and B.Com programmes the college offers self-financed B.Sc programmes in Electronics , Computer Science, Microbiology, Bio-Chemistry and Bio-Technology since 1988 and B.Com Computer Applications programme was started in the year 2000 . At present there are 114 faculty members of which 13 are Ph.D's 7 M.Phils and 12 pursuing M.Phil on part time basis. The unit cost of education, including salary component per student is 10,487 and excluding salary it is 8053/-. There are 1995 students of which 1290 are male and 706 are female.

The Bapatla College of Arts & Sciences volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) submitted its Self- Study Report in January 2007. A peer team was constituted by the NAAC to visit the institution and validate the Self-Study Report. The peer team consisting of Prof. B.L.Chaudhary, Vice-Chancellor , Mohanlal Sukhadia Universtiy, Udaipur, Rajasthan as chairperson, Dr.Anjali P.Kulkarni, Head, Post Graduate department of Economics , Nagpur University, Nagpur, Maharastra as member and Dr.K.Damodara Naidu, Former Principal, Government First Grade College, Ramanagaram, Karnataka as member coordinator visited the institution on 30th and 31st March, 2007.

The Peer Team carefully perused and analyzed the Self-Study Report submitted by the institution. During institutional visit, the Peer Team had gone through all the relevant documents, visited the departments, laboratories, Computer and English language laboratories , sports and games and extension activities, interacted with various constituents of the institution. The Peer Team also interacted with the Governing Body of the Management, Head of the Institution, faculty, non-teaching staff, students , parents and alumni of the institution. Based on the above exercise and keeping in mind the seven criteria identified by NAAC, the Peer Team has taken value judgment. The assessment of the institution under various criteria, the commendable features of the institution as well as the issues of concern are mentioned hereunder.

SECTION - 2 CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS:
Criterion - I CURRICULAR ASPECTS:
As an affiliated college following the curriculum prescribed by Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur, there is limited scope to incorporate institutional goals into the academic programmes. However, the institution has started need based, and job oriented courses both UG and PG level such as B.Sc Computer Science, Electronics, Microbiology, Bio-Chemistry and Bio-Technology. Some of the senior faculty members are members of the Board of Studies in their respective subjects and made significant contributions whenever there is revision of syllabi. Computer Science Applications have been made compulsory for all B.Com students. Communicative English is taught through English Language Laboratory with the help of software packages. Apart from being part of the curricula , Information Communication Technology is used as a teaching tool. There is e-Learning with LCD projector and internet facility. At the UG level University has introduced value based socially relevant subjects like Indian History and Culture, Science and Civilization as compulsory subjects for I & II degree students of all the programmes.

Three aided programmes in B.A viz., (a) Histroy , Political Science and Special English, (b)Histroy, Economics and Political Science and (c) History , Political Science and Special Telugu; in B.Sc two programmes (a) Mathamatics, Physics and Chemistry(1982) (b) Chemistry , Botany and Zoology(1982) and B.Com (General) Telugu medium with an intake of 60 students and another B.Com (General) English medium with an intake 60 students programme are by the college. In addition to aided courses the institution offers under viz., (1) B.Sc,(a) Mathamatics , Physics and Chemistry(1982) (b) B.Sc Chemisty, Botany and Zoology(1982) and (c) Mathamatics , Physics and Computer Science(1988) (d) Mathamatics, Physics and Electronics(1990) (e) Mathamatics, Computer Science and Electronics(1989) (f) Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics(1998) (g) Microbilogy, Biochemistry and Chemistry(2000) (h) Microbiology , Biochemistry and Botony(1998) (i) Biotechnology, Zoology and Chemistry(1998). All the above courses are in English medium with an intake of 30 students. Under B.Com programme Computer Applications with an intake of 40. There is one P.G programme , M.Sc Microbiology with an intake of 26. The study and development of these courses will create knowledge society which will lead to transformation in respect of education, healthcare. Communication and good governance, in turn will contribute to employment generation, high productivity and national development.

The founders of the college had the vision to forsee the educational needs of this economically backward region on the one hand on the other the transformation higher education could bring qualitative changes in their lives. Therefore, the vision and mission of this college is and has always been to make higher education an essential component of socio - economic development of the individuals and communities of this region. The goals of the college are to provide need based and skill oriented quality higher education to all sections of the society for their overall personality development and inculcating moral and ethical values among the students. The objectives of the institution is to develop social responsibility, participative culture, leadership qualities, problem-solving skills and a sense of religious and communal harmony among the students.

Admissions to UG courses are done on the basis of the marks obtained in the qualifying examination. For PG courses ANU CET (Acharya Nagarjuna University Common Entrance Test) is compulsory and admissions are done on centralized basis by the Convener of the ANU CET. The college is represented in the Board of studies of the Acharya Nagarjuna University by nine senior faculty members belonging to different subjects who interact with the parent University by way of suggestions and observations in regard to various academic issues and help in bringing suitable changes in the syllabi from time to time. The teachers who are members of the respective Boards of Study play a vital role in updating, reviewing and re-designing the syllabi and make them more relevant to the society and industry. The college had conducted seminars and work shops on the existing curriculum and submitted suggestions to the University for consideration. Guest faculty are also invited from the Industry and Corporate sectors to deliver talks and share their knowledge and expertise with the students to make the courses practical oriented.

Feed back about the teachers by the students is collected by using the NAAC format. The institution also collects feed back from academic peers. employers, alumni and parents and the same is analyzed by the college staff council and appropriate measures are initiated for the improvement of teaching and learning based on the feed back obtained from the above stakeholders.

Criterion - II : Teaching - Learning and Evaluation
Admissions to the various courses of study is in accordance with the reservation policy of the Govenament of Andhra Pradesh. Even in the self-financing programmes, the college adheres to reservation policy with a view to extend higher education to the underprivileged and disadvantaged sections of the society. In respect of admission to Post-Graduate programme of M.Sc Microbiology seats are filled through ANU CET on centralized basis by the University. The policy adopted during admission is as follows: SC - 15%, ST - 06%, Women - 33.33%, Physically challenged - 03% , Sports persons - 03% and other backward castes - 25%.

The college prepares academic calendar before the commencement of the academic programmes under the guidance of senior faculty members based on the academic calendar of the parent university. Teaching plans are prepared by the faculty and work diaries are maintained by them which are verified by the Heads of departments and Principal periodically. Apart from the lecture method, group discussions, seminars, debates and quiz competitions are conducted to supplement class room teaching and make the learning, learner -oriented.

Audio visual aids like OHP, LCD, Video cassettes, Working Models, Charts, Maps and Power Point Presentations are extensively used to supplement classroom teaching. Study tours, Seminars, Internet Browsing , Review of books, Project work , Case studies and preparation of work sheets strengthen and reinforce the learning of the students. Tutorial classes are held for academically weak students. There is also tutor ward system where each teacher is assigned 40 students and maintains each students profile and helps the students in case they have any personal problems during their three years' stay in the college.

Units tests, half yearly and pre- final examinations are conducted regularly. If there are any discrepancies in the valued answer scripts they are rectified by the faculty immediately. In respect of University examinations there is a provision for retotaling and revaluation of the answer scripts. Progress cards are sent to the parents about their wards' progress in studies and same is discussed during the parent teacher meetings along with their wards. Faculty members had attended the stipulated number of Refresher/Orientation programmes prescribed by the department of Higher Education. Promotions of teachers from one cadre to another cadre needs two refresher/orientation programmes. The faculty members have presented research papers/ articles at State / National level Seminars and published 15 monographs and attended a few Workshops. Faculty members have good rapport with their counterparts at the parent University and exchange views on the latest trends and share the information with each other. A teacher from the department of Commerce has won Best Teacher Award during 2004 from the Government of Andhra Pradesh and Broad Outlook Learner Teacher Award (BOLT) in 2004.Similarly another teacher of Telugu department has won the best teacher award from the State Government in the year 1998.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The college has constituted a research committee with five teachers belonging to different faculties for encouraging and promoting research among the teachers. All the research proposals submitted by the faculty are forwarded to the funding agencies for financial assistance by the principal and also T.A and D.A is paid out of the management funds. Post Graduate students and B.Sc Computer Science students have to do project work in some organization as part of their course requirements and this provides them a research orientation. Details of funding agencies, application forms in respect of major/minor research projects are made available to the teaching staff. Sufficient reading/ reference material is provided for the preparation of monographs.

As an Under Graduate Institution there is no research activity among the students. It is only during the last two years of starting M.Sc Microbiology research activity gained momentum and staff members are in the process of applying for minor/ major research projects to UGC, publishing monographs related to research work and other research oriented activities. During the ninth plan period three faculty members have availed of study leave under Faculty Improvement Programme. At present twelve faculty members have registered for Ph.D and M.Phil programmes as part-time research scholars.

Consultancy without remuneration is undertaken by some staff members which include filing up of IT returns., coaching for B.Ed., CET, ICET, examinations of various Universities, competitive examinations of National Banks, APPSC and UPSC examinations. The college because of its prestige and ideal location can offer consultancy services to the industrial and corporate sectors. Competent teachers and departments may be encouraged to offer consultancy and this exposure will not only enrich the faculty bust also be of immense value to the students.

A number of extension activities are conducted by the college NSS volunteers like. Blood donation camps, Medical checkup camps, participation in Janmabhumi programmes, pulse polio immunization camps and AIDS awareness, environmental pollution and its hazards, Bio-diversity and reasons for global warming are highlighted. Women Empowerment Cell organizes a series of talks on important legislations pertaining to women, legal awareness programmes, woman cruelty, Domestic violence, anti-dowry campaigns by involving woman organizations and protecting them. There is scope for further utilization of student potential for extension activities and out reach programs especially in the field of women empowerment.

Criterion 4 - : Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college has excellent infrastructure facilities .It has 28.82 acres of land for further growth and development. There are 54 class rooms with adequate furniture. A separate canteen, yoga center, health center, separate recreation facilities and hostels for boys and girls, computer center with internet facility are some of the supporting services provided by the college. An examination hall and 18 class rooms are under construction to start a few more self financing job oriented programmes. The college has spacious laboratories for all science subjects. A separate seminar hall with a capacity to accommodate 200 participants and e-class room for the students are some of the additional facilities provided by the college.

The institution has a large play field with a well laid cricket pitch, volleyball, foot ball, basket ball, kho kho and ball badminton courts. It has a 400 meter track for the conduct of track and field events and it is used by various agencies for organizing sports competitions. A well equipped library with internet facility is provided for the staff and students. Computerization of the library is in progress. The college has a Health care center and a medical officer regularly visits the center. The institution also has placement cell which functions under the guidance of senior staff members and furnishes information to the students regarding employment opportunities. Efforts are made to bring several companies to the institution for campus interviews and 12 students were selected during 2006.

Criterion - 5 : Student Support and Progression
The real merit of the college is in its students' enrolment. The college is an aided institution and strictly adheres to reservation policy of the State Government and conducts both aided and self finance courses. The college caters to the needs of socially and economically backward communities of the area and it is receptive to the needs of the rural community and takes care of the welfare of the girl students. Students' progression to higher studies is on an average 70 percent. The institution publishes its academic calendar every year which contains eligibility rules and regulations for admissions into various programmes courses offered, Scholarships available, fees structure, evaluation methods and other supporting services like library, sports and games, computer facilities etc.

Financial support to the students is offered mainly by the State Government in the form of scholarships. Alumni of the college is very generous in providing financial help to the poor students for which a separate fund in the name of 'poor students' scholarship' is constituted .Every year 15 students are identified as 'eligible students' and their examination fees is paid through this fund. Most of the alumni have occupied prominent positions in every walk of life.

The placement and counseling cell provides information about employment opportunities to the students. The placement officer is very active and brings several companies for campus interviews. The institution has a Grievance Redressal Cell which has been recently constituted by the college to redress students' problems. Remedial coaching classes are conducted by the college for the academically weak and slow learners. A separate committee is formed to prevent sexual harassment of the girl students. An attempt is also made by the college to provide legal literacy to girl students. Special incentives are given to the students who are proficient in sports and games. Students of this institution have participated in University/State/National tournaments and won several prizes, shields , trophies and overall championship. Feed back is collected from the students and other facilities. Self appraisal reports of the staff form the basis for assessing the performance of the faculty and non-teaching staff by the management.

Students in collaboration with Youth Red Cross and Red Ribbon Club conduct blood donation camps and Aids awareness programme.

Criterion - 6 : Organization and Management
The Bapatala College of Arts&Sciences is run by the Bapatala Education Society, Bapatla. The college has 37 permanent teachers and 77 temporary teachers. The principal, as Head of the institution, co-ordinates the academic, co-curricular and extra curricular activities. Several committees like admission committee, examination committee, library committee, sports committee, NSS & NCC committee are formed. The administration is decentralized to have effective co-ordination and monitoring. The college has a perspective plan of development. It has a plan for the construction of another ladies hostel. An examination hall with 18 class rooms is under construction to start a few more need based, job oriented and self finance courses.

The college has mobilized financial resources through grants -in-aid to the tune of Rs. 15,38,6239/-Self financed courses have also generated Rs. 58,52,288. Welfare schemes for teaching and non-teaching staff have been implemented by the college and loans to the needy employees has been provided through Co-operative society of the college. Non-teaching staff was given orientation in computer applications and accounts. The institution has a mechanism for internal as well as external audit. The objections of the audit report are complied with and the compliance report is sent to the concerned officials.

Criterion - VII: Healthy Practices
The college functions in rural area and provides unique opportunities for the young men and women of the region to acquire higher education and equip themselves with the relevant skills to enable them to be useful citizens of the country in the new millennium. Towards this end the institution has come forward to undertake various new measures to enhance the quality of education offered by it. Some of he significant healthy practices are listed bellow:

The college has set up an Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC), which has commenced to undertake an academic audit of the college with the help of external experts. This helps the institution to sustain its present strengths and work on its weak spots to enhance its quality.

The college has been progressive in introducing new programmes in the self-financing mode, so as to enable the students to study courses of social relevance in Arts, Commerce and Science.

In order to enhance the scope of the students to learn newer disciplines, which orient them to careers and entrepreneurial skills the college has introduced, several add on courses. This is a healthy practice as it helps the students to gain employment.

The provision of the English language lab equipped with computer facilities is a boon to the students as they have the opportunity to master the English language and develop the soft skills, which is absolutely essential for getting jobs. The mathematics lab is also a healthy practice as it helps all the students to master quantitative techniques and bring qualitative aptitude changes among students.

The Management of the college is very participatory and there is the involvement of all the stakeholders in the educational process.

The college has made available a sizable number of scholarships by tapping various sources and providing funds from its own budget financial assistance to needy students. A sum of over Rs 22,70,315 /- disbursed through scholarships is a healthy practice that encouraged the youth belonging to disadvantaged families to get educated in the college. This has also helped in keeping the dropout rate very low.

SECTION - 3 OVERALL ANALYSIS:
The Peer Team carefully analyzed the criterion wise information provided in the Self Study report submitted by the college and triangulated the same, through the actual visit to the campus and interaction with the various stakeholders. Based on the Peer team observations during the visit the following commendations, recommendations and suggestions are put forth:

COMMENDATIONS:
The Peer Team wishes to commend the founding fathers of the institution for the foresight they exercised in setting up this college with the objective of serving the underprivileged and downtrodden sections of the society by providing them opportunities for higher education. It is also laudable that 43 years ago the College Management has procured 28.82 acres of land near Bapatla providing ample scope for the institution, to develop and expand its infrastructure.

Encouragement and the support given by the Management to the institution.

Dedication and Commitment of the teaching and non-teaching staff of the Institution.

Effective leadership and good human relationship resulting in efficient team work.

Facilitating aspect of the institution to promote students participation and achievement in sports and games and cultural activities.

Adequacy, maintenance and future planning of the infrastructure.

Also appreciable is the special financial assistance rendered to the students by way of procuring different scholarships to the tune of over Rs 9 lakhs. This assistance has made higher education affordable to the poor and disadvantaged sections of the society.

The efforts undertaken by the college in recent years to make the curriculum relevant and job oriented through the introduction of self-financing courses and the starting of value added courses offered free of charge outside class hours is highly appreciable.

The efforts made by the college Management to induct adhoc faculty in the place of vacancies of sanctioned posts is a positive step which has contributed to the overall success rate of students in the institution.

The establishment of the IAQC, Women Empowerment Forum, counseling and Cell and Language Laboratory are progressive measures which enhance quality of education offered on the campus.

The participatory type of Management of the college by actively involving faculty, non-teaching staff, students, parents and alumni in the administration of the college has resulted in a closely knit college community with progressive development.

College students secured six ranks out of the ten ranks awarded by the University during the last university examination and even in cultural activities the college has won over all championship, individual prizes and rolling shields.

RECOMMENDATIONS:
While commending the institution for the above salient features the Peer team wishes to place the following recommendations for the overall growth and development of the college.

The curriculum offered needs to be enriched through the addition of language skills, Computing skills and other soft skills to ensure employability of the students.

The Faculty needs to be further enthused to take up research activities through applying for Minor and Major Projects funded by UGC and other Governmental and Non-Governmental agencies.

The science Laboratories may further be strengthened by adding additional modern
equipment.

The library automation and office automation need to be taken up and completed speedily to enhance the quality of support services extended by the administration to the students and other stakeholders.

The Computers on campus may be networked and Internet facility may be provided to all the departments of the college.

The college may explore the possibility of introducing more certificate/diploma courses and add-on programmes to increase employment opportunities keeping in mind the latest trends and societal needs.

Access to computers and students support services like placement cell need to be strengthened. With the appointment of a fulltime qualified counselor the counseling guidance cell may evolve effective planning and suitable strategies for the benefit of the students.

The staff being well qualified the college may train them in the use of computers to discharge their duties effectively.

The self-appraisal and other appraisal mechanisms of teachers need to be formalized.

SUGGESTIONS:
The college may consider making use of the various schemes provided by UGC and other Government Departments for enhancement of the college infrastructure and promotion of Faculty Development, Research, Publication and extension activities. It may also consider developing linkages with local industries, research institutions and other agencies so as to provide on the job training. The institution may consider formulating an enabling policy framework for consultancy that will help the talented faculty to undertake consultancy.

The Peer team wishes to place on record its sincere gratitude to the Management , Principal, Faculty, Non-teaching Staff, Students, Parents and alumni of the college for their excellent co-operation extended during the Peer Team visit to the Institution. Further the Peer Team is of the opinion that this exercise will be useful to the Institution to initiate the quality enhancement strategies towards further growth and development.

Prof.B.L.Chaudhary
(Chairperson)

Dr.K.Damodara Naidu
(Member Co-Ordinator)

Dr.Anjali P.Kulkarni
(Member)

Sri.K.Venkateswara Rao
Principal

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