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AV College of Arts Science and Commerce, Hyderabad (Secundrabad), Telangana
Address:Gagan Mahal
Hyderabad (Secundrabad) (District Hyderabad)
Telangana, India



AV College of Arts Science and Commerce, Hyderabad (Secundrabad) Telangana is a recognised institute / college. Status: Private Aided Under Graduate Co-Education Colleges. AV College of Arts Science and Commerce, Hyderabad (Secundrabad) Telangana was established on / in 1968.


AV College of Arts Science and Commerce is situated in Hyderabad (Secundrabad) of Telangana state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Hyderabad (Secundrabad) comes under Hyderabad (Secundrabad) Tehsil, Hyderabad District.


Contact Details of AV College of Arts Science and Commerce, Hyderabad (Secundrabad) Telangana are : Telephone: +91-40-27637751, 27610241, 26501997
Academic Adviser: Dr. S.K. Goud
Smt. Alpha Joseph, Mobile 9849322164
Dr. T.Yadagiri



Courses

AV College of Arts Science and Commerce, Hyderabad (Secundrabad) Telangana runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
B.A.
Economics, Public Administration, Political Science

B.Com.
General
Vocation
General

B.Sc.
Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry
Botany, Zoology, Chemistry
Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science
Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science
Mathematics, Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry
Biotechnology, Zoology, Chemistry
Biotechnology, Botany, Chemistry
Bachelor of Computer Applications

Approval details: AV College of Arts Science and Commerce is affiliated with Osmania University, Hyderabad (Telangana)



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NAAC report of AV College of Arts Science and Commerce

Section - I
INTRODUCTION
The A.V. College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Hyderabad submitted its self-study report to the NAAC for assessment and accreditation on 12th Jan 2005. The NAAC constituted a Peer Team with the following members to visit the College:

Dr. A. Sukumaran Nair, Chairman
[Former Vice Chancellor, MG University,
Kottayam, Kerala]

Prof. Prakash G Puranik, Member
[Director, PG Teaching & Research,
Sevadal Mahila Vidyalaya, Nagpur]

Dr. S. Ramesh, Member
[Dean, Faculty of Commerce & Management,
PG Centre, Mount Carnel College,
Vasanthnagar, Banglore]

Dr. M.S. Shyamasundar, Deputy Advisor, NAAC, Bangalore, acted as the Coordinating Officer from the NAAC. Dr. P. Shamsunder Reddy of the college acted as the Steering Committee Co-ordinator.

The team visited the institution on 30th and 31st Jan 2005 and made a first-hand study of the working of the institution. The report of the Peer Team is presented below.

INSTITUTIONAL PROFILE
The A.V. College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Gaganmahal, Hyderabad is a private, aided, co-educational college affiliated to the Osmania University, Hyderabad. The College started in 1968, received UGC recognition under 2f and 12b on 2nd July, 1972. It is located on an area of over 7.5 acres in the heart of the city of Hyderabad. The College has an intake of around 3822 students of whom 3238 are UG students and the remaining 584 are PG students. The number of male students in the College is 3509 while the remaining 313 are female students. The College has both aided and self-financing sections. The College faculty numbering 143 run 13 UG and 8 PG departments. The non-teaching staff of the College is around 96. Dr. Sistla Subramanyam is the Principal of the College. He is assisted by the Vice Principal, Dr. K. Satyanarayana Reddy.

The College has 50 Ph.D. and 6 M.Phil degree holders among the 143 teachers. The College has a built-up area of nearly 1,34,000 sq.ft, distributed in five multistoreyed buildings. The library of area 9000 sq.ft. with nearly 40,000 volumes and other supporting facilities add to the quality of the services provided by the College. There are a number of well-equipped Computer Labs for use of Computer Science as well as that of general users.

The College is owned by an important educational society with a long history of service to the cause of education - the Andhra Vidyalaya Education Society - founded in 1944 by a committed group of social workers, with the aim of extending education to the backward areas of the region, sidelined under the post-independent administrative set-up of the State. The Society took shape under the patronage of some of the great pioneers of the freedom movement of the State, who subsequently played key roles in the State administration.

The first institution started by the Society - The A.V. High School - multiplied into a group of new institutions, of which the A.V. College of Arts, Science and Commerce is the most important. This College which had a humble beginning in 1968 has grown into one of the most popular and prestigious institutions of higher education in Andhra Pradesh during the short span of 37 years of its existence.

The College has produced some of the top public servants, judges, lawyers, journalists, engineers, doctors, sports stars, bank executives, industrialists etc of the State, during the 37 years. It has the advantage of being managed by a group of highly committed leaders, academicians and public servants, including some of the former Vice Chancellors. The institution has produced consistently good results in the University examinations. It also has a brilliant track record of performance in sports and other allied areas.

As a private aided affiliated college under the Osmania University, the College is governed by the State rules prescribed for the operation of aided institutions, as also by the rules and regulations of the University.

Section II
CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The following evidences were used for assessing this criterion: whether the institution is functioning under a set of well-stated and publicized objectives, whether the functioning is in consonance with these objectives, the extent to which the institution is using the feed-back from the academic peers and employers for review and redesigning of the programmes, etc.

The College, as an affiliated college under the Osmania University, is expected to follow a common curriculum prepared for all the Colleges under the University. It does not have any exclusive role in preparing the curriculum. The College, however, has an indirect role in developing the curriculum since many senior teachers of the College are associated with the curriculum preparation exercise, in the capacity of members of different Boards of Studies, and other decision making bodies of the University. The curriculum revision and designing are the prerogatives of the University.

The Peer Team report submitted by the College indicates that it has developed a set of worthwhile objectives for its working. The College takes special interest in translating institutional goals into practice. The working philosophy of the institution - 'empowerment through pursuit of excellence' - is amply reflected in its functioning style. The goals which are stated in the Peer Team report are all appropriate for an institution of modern higher education. The college provides sufficient flexibility to students in the choice of subjects, within the latitude permitted by University rules.

The College permits students to choose courses which are appropriate for their career choices. The institution provides both the conventional degree and post-degree programmes, as well as a group of career-oriented courses. The MCA and MBA programmes of the College are highly popular career-oriented courses. Optionals like Electronics, Computer Science, Industrial Chemistry, Biotechnology etc. are offered at the B.Sc. level, Public Administration at the B.A. level and Advertising, Foreign Trade etc. are offered at the B.Com. level. There are a number of other popular courses with vocational orientation among the courses offered by the College.

There is sufficient evidence to show that the College uses feed back from concerned groups to improve institutional functioning. All the academic activities are so organized as to realize the intended goals. There is provision for academic audit. The Academic Audit Cell of the College prepares a handbook of courses and other related information for use of students.

The College does not claim that it is providing options like time-frame matching to accommodate varying student requirements, and modalities like non-core options etc., possibly because of its obligation to conform to University rules. The College has put into practice innovations like modular curriculum, inter-disciplinary approaches, etc for certain courses. The institution has a reputation as a college running many popular UG and PG programmes in the city and attracts a vast number of students to its courses. The science courses of the College are most popular.

The College, presents a satisfactory picture of performance on this criterion.

Criterion II: Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
This dimension of performance of the institution was assessed in terms of evidence like the following: transparency of the admission process, the extent to which the institution succeeds in catering to individual differences among students, the degree of institutional support provided for operating the teaching-learning programmes, validity of the procedures adopted for monitoring student progress, efficacy of the procedures used for monitoring students progress, defensibility of the procedures adopted for staff recruitment and evaluation of teacher performance, quality and quantum of research turned out by the College, and the facilities made available for the College for continuing professional development of teachers, etc.

The Peer Team noted that the college has evolved satisfactory procedures in respect of most of the above aspects of its working. The College organizes its instructional programmes to be in consonance with its working philosophy of empowering the learners through education. It takes special interest in providing quality education to the learners and maintain excellence on all aspects of its functioning. It has adopted transparent policies for student admissions. Student admissions are done on the basis of entrance tests and the previous academic record of students. The admission policy of the College gives special consideration for the education of the physically challenged and those with physical impairments for admission, within the general framework of rules prescribed by the University and the State. Students are assessed for their knowledge and skills based on programmes developed by individual departments.

Curriculum design is made to conform to the needs of students, using interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches. Teachers are given opportunities for acquiring the appropriate professional skills by encouraging them to attend in-service and other teacher development programmes. The College organizes Remedial / Bridge Courses to homogenise the entry-behaviour of learners, especially that of disadvantaged students. There is special provision to attend to the learning needs of backward students. Advanced learners are provided enriched opportunities for learning, by organizing special seminars in the form of project work, and through special classes / lectures etc. The College is also practicing some of the advanced instructional methodologies like group presentations, panel discussions, projects, field work, quiz competitions etc. The teaching days of the College is 180 out of the 223 days prescribed. Nearly 90% of the classes are taught by full-time teachers.

All students are given a general orientation about the academic schedule of the College and about the methods of evaluation used by it. The College makes an overall assessment of students on the basis of their performance during the previous year, analysis of examination results of the previous year etc, and adopts suitable steps to monitor the programmes for the succeeding year.

The College has put into operation learner-centred teaching strategies to overcome the limitations of lecture method of teaching. There is provision for use of modern strategies to help students to become autonomous learners. A wide range of outreach programmes are used by the College.

Teacher recruitment is done following the official procedures prescribed by the State Government. This ensures the selection of the best talent available. Selection is through newspaper advertisement, with the approval of the Commissioner for Collegiate Education. The rules for community reservation, etc. are also followed in teacher selection. Management has taken steps to make new appointments whenever needed, with the concurrence of the Government. During the last two years, the College has made 3 permanent and 34 temporary appointments. The College has the freedom and the resources to make new adhoc / temporary appointments.

A considerable number of teachers have attended a number of national / international level workshops either as participants or as resources persons, during the last two years. The College has adopted new management styles like self-appraisal of teachers and certain other methods of teachers appraisal. Teachers are given proper feedback from the appraisals. All the students are made to assess their campus experience and this is used for improving the working style of the College. The College gives top priority for teacher development through proper forms of refresher courses, seminars, conferences, symposia, workshops, etc. Over 17 teacher development programmes have been conducted during the part six years. Four such programmes have been conducted during the last 2 years.

Several staff members have availed of the facilities given by the College to undergo programmes like the FIP to work for M.Phil. / Ph.D. degrees. Two senior staff members of the college have received the 'Best Teacher Awards of the State Government'. Some senior teachers are associated with the Boards of Studies/ Faculties of the Osmania and other Universities. The teaching innovations are confined to conventional areas like Seminars, Industrial Tours, Team Learning etc.

The College has attempted to establish national linkages with both University Departments, and with a few important business houses of the country. It has the advantage of having a team of highly reputed academicians on its advisory committee. It has a number of well equipped computer labs for use of different groups of students.

Some of the private surveys conducted by popular magazines show that the college is one of the best colleges of the city. This is an independent assessment of the popularity of the institution.

The College presents a satisfactory level of performance on this criterion.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The dimension of performance was assessed using parameters like institution's willingness to promote a research culture, existence of culture of research publication, ability to undertake specialized consultancy in society, ability of the institution to respond to community needs, and the institution's willingness to organize proper quality extension work.

The College, as an affiliated College of the Osmania University is required to the pattern of other affiliated Colleges where teaching is treated as the major function. But the College has departed from the conventional style of performances by giving proper priority for research. The research activities of the College are centered round activities like project work undertaken by PG students or research undertaken by interested teachers. Teachers who intend to do higher research (M.Phil/Ph.D Programmes) are encouraged to do so through study leave for research, adjustment in the work schedules etc. Three Departments - Physics, Chemistry and Botany are recognized research centres of the University. Five Ph.D's have been awarded under the guidance of Dr. Sai Krishna of the College. Some are doing post-doctoral work in the College. Teachers are helped to submit proposals for Research grant, from national bodies and some important funding agencies. Around 50% of the teachers (28 out of 53) have Ph.D. degrees among the permanent staff, while 22 out of the 89 unaided teachers have Ph.D. degrees. Also a number of Seminars/Workshops have been organized by the College from time to time.

The expertise available in the college is made known to other organizations. The services of teachers are used by external agencies like the OU, State Open University, UPSC, APPSC, EAMCET etc. The Department of Management is giving leadership in certain Executive Training Programmes conducted by private industries.

The extension work of the college is under the charge a teacher who is given additional charge for the same. Students are encouraged to participate in conventional extension activities like Community Development, Health and Hygiene Awareness, Medical Camps, Blood Donation Camps, Environmental Protection etc. The College also runs a number of outreach programmes through Population Education Clubs, Adult Education and Literacy Drives, etc. These are organised in collaboration reputed hospitals and other such external agencies. All teachers participate in extension work, either with college support or with the help of NGO's and GO's.

The College presents a satisfactory level of performance on this dimension.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resource:
This dimension of College performance was assessed using criteria like the following: adequacy of the library and computer facilities provided by the College, accessibility of these facilities to students, adequacy of physical and infrastructural facilities for running a sound educational programme, the degree to which the institution has responded to the emerging needs and created additional facilities to cater to the new needs, the existence of an institutional policy which will help to optimize the use of available facilities etc.

The College has sufficient infrastructure for meeting all the essential needs of higher education. This is true of all teaching departments and the different supporting sectors. The Science Departments are exceptionally well-equipped. The prevailing facilities are sufficient to meet the needs of all the students who have enrolled for UG and PG courses in the College.

The College has developed a draft Master Plan for development, considering the present and future needs, including the developmental needs of self-financing courses. The College Library is being reorganized to serve as research library. It is being computerised. The computerisation of office work is in progress. There is an Estate Officer and a Caretaker for the upkeep of the infrastructural facilities. The management meets the expenditure for maintenance, repairs etc. of the College building and its facilities. It has special policies for beautifying the campus.

The infrastructural facilities of the College is made available for other educational purposes. There is evidence of optimal use of available facilities for other educational purposes. Many bonafide agencies make use of the college facilities.

A Library Advisory Committee is functioning in the College. The library is yet to be computerized, but steps for the same have been taken. The library uses an integrated library software for augmenting its service efficiency and spends around Rs. 86000/- to Rs. 1.73 lakhs annually for its updating. The number of volumes exceed 52,260 and the number of journals and periodicals is around 117. The College is yet to develop facilities like a Reprography Unit and facilities like, CD library, internet etc., There is Xerox facility in the library building. The library works on all days except on Sundays and public holidays. The working time of the library is from 9 am to 5 pm on working days.

A Central Computer Facility is available. Departments and other units have special computer laboratories. Highly advanced computer configurations are available. The Computer Centre in accessible to students, as per their requirements. The College has established contacts with certain external agencies/centres. It has acquired IDC of OU. But the collaborative ventures need to be expanded and stabilised.

There is a Health Centre in the College, run by a number of competent medical specialists. Teachers, non-teachers and students get the services of the centre. Treatment facility is also available in the nearby General Hospital. There are arrangements within the College for medical tests and other supports for treatment.

The College has made highly satisfactory arrangements and facilities for conducting Sports and Games and for organizing Health Education. The programmes are run with the help of a Physical Director. Facilities exists for practising all important games. Students participate in internal as well as external sports competitions. The College has a reputation as one of the best training grounds for sportspeople. It gives all encouragement for outstanding sportsmen for participation in common tournaments, athletic meets, etc. The service of a number of Specialist Coaches are made available to students.

There is provision for practicing a wide range of programmes like Khabadi, Volleyball, Football and Boxing. Several teams have been winners in both intercollegiate and inter zonal competitions.

The College has a highly satisfactory record of student participation in common sports meets. The number who participated in University level events is around 31.

A large number of support facilities like instrumentation labs and other similar facilities are available.

The College does not provide hostel facilities to students. But it extends all help to students to get admission in nearby hostels. SC/ST student get governmental and other assistance for boarding. Around 20% - 25 % students of the College stay in hostels. It has a good Canteen and a Placement and Training Cell. The College Campus is over 7 Acres (7 Acres, 13 Guntas) and has a built up area of over 1,34,000 square feet. It has adequate classrooms, office and other additional facilities. The number of class rooms is 53, with 13 well-equipped science labs, and supporting facilities like an Administration Block, Staff Rooms, Principal's Chamber, Office Rooms, Waiting Rooms, Parking Sheds etc. and a Seminar Hall and an Auditorium. The Seminar Hall has a seating capacity of 600. Toilets, Staff Association Rooms, NCC Room, Reception Room etc. are some the other facilities available. All essential facilities for a college are provided.

The performance of the College on this certain is satisfactory.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
This aspect of the functioning of the College was assessed using evidence like the following: the extent of success of the College in providing ideal campus experiences, attainments of the Alumni, availability and range of service supports made available to students, use of student feedbacks for quality improvement, availability of proper information of the work styles of the College, extra assistance provided by the College to all-round development of students, the efficiency of the counseling and placement services of the College, the help given to students for tackling financial problems, etc.

A considerable number of students of the College progress to higher studies and/or to important positions in public life and in Government Services. The drop-out rate is around 35% while the progression to employment / further study is high. The high dropout rate is partially due to the fact that many students who join science degree programmes discontinue when they get admission to vocational courses like medicine, engineering, etc. The Alumni have progressed to diverse areas of employment or of public life. The college has produced a large number of outstanding civil servants, lawyers, journalists, doctors, engineers, sportsmen, sports stars, business men and industrialists. The exact statistics of those who qualify for higher selection tests (like UGC -- CSIR, GATE, LAS, TOFEL, etc) is not available. But many have qualified in these tests. The College collects feedback from students and the feedback is used for improving the performance of the institution.

The College prepares an updated Prospectus each year. This contains all basic information about the working of the College. The College gives various kinds of scholarships, grants etc., in addition to the usual state-sponsored scholarships, merit scholarships, etc.

There is an Employment Cell in the College, under the charge of a Placement Officer at the top. The placement service of the College has helped a considerable number of students to gain proper employment. The number is around 70, during the previous year. Nearly 30 students have been motivated to take up self-employment. There is an efficient Alumni Association which help the College to continue its contacts with former students and involve them in its working.

The criteria and policies for admission are made known to students. The details are given in the college prospectus. Admission of foreign students in done directly by the University. There are a number of support services available to students who require special assistance in areas like accommodation, police clearance, help in taking induction courses, etc. The College has provided facilities for a wide range of recreational and leisure-time activities. This overs all the usual indoor and outdoor games. Different kinds of support services are also provided. Audio-video facilities are available to students. The College also conducts cultural programmes, music competitions etc. Other highlights under this head include extension lectures, remedial coaching, conduct of study tours, industrial visits, career guidance, industry-interaction, book-bank facilities, use of suggestion boxes etc.

The College presents satisfactory performance on this criterion.

Criterion VI: Organization and Management
This dimension was assessed in terms of sub-dimensions like following: use of participatory strategies for college governance, use of transparent styles of management, conformity between academic and administrative planning, use of modern scientific practices for college management, practice of welfare schemes, judicial use of financial resources, effectiveness of the strategies used for resource mobilization, adoption of standardized practices for budgeting, auditing etc.

The Peer Team found that the College is conversant with many of the new management practices used for running colleges. The College has an effective mechanism for coordinating and monitoring its working. There are Academic Coordinators who are assigned the duty of doing liaison work with the University. The participatory governance model has contributed to the organizational health of the College. The management interacts with the staff and students, and feedbacks from them before evolving important policy decisions. There is provision for conducting internal audits. Special staff committees plan the academic activities and the calendar of events.

The management never interferes with the decisions of the Selection Committees. A number of professional development programmes are organised by the College for the benefit of the teaching and non-teaching staff. Computer training is being extended to all members of the teaching and non-teaching staff. The tuition and other fees are prescribed by the Government and the University. Changes can be made only by the concerned authorities. Changes will be introduced, once the Government/University prescribes changes. The expenditure also is governed by Government rules. The College has an efficient Internal Audit Unit to control its financial operations. It operates a number of welfare programmes like Festival Loans, Long-term/Short-term loans through Cooperative Credit Societies, Subsidized Canteen Services, Student Welfare Supports and help to Employee Associations. There is a Grievance Redressal Cell to deal with both student and staff grievances. Appeals are referred to the Secretary or the Managing Council, depending upon the nature of the issue to be resolved. Appropriate and timely decisions are taken on these.

The College provides help to the employees in other areas like loans for children's education or children's marriage, death relief funds to there who die while in service, retirement benefits, festival advances and loans for those who go abroad for presenting papers in academic seminars, etc.

The College has developed proper systems for generating internal resources through self-financing courses. Special committees called Quality Circles deal with questions relating to quality improvement.

The College presents a satisfactory picture of performance on this dimension.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
This dimension of college performance was assessed with the help of evidence like the following: sensitivity of the institution to changing educational needs, willingness of the institution to adjust to the altered educational demands of the time, willingness of the institution to accept change and adopt better styles of operation, etc.

The College has developed in-built quality checks through Quality Circles and through use of other methods like student feedbacks, etc.
Healthy practices adopted by the College vary from the constitution of new units for promoting collective thinking and consensual decisionmaking, computerized office work to posting of security staff in sensitive areas. The feedback given to students about their academic performance have helped them to improve their performance.

The College has entered into a few MOU's with industries and research organizations to improve its functioning. The linkages are confined to organizations within the country. The College is attempting to strengthen the regular academic programmes by generating extra funds, introduction of self-financing courses and the adoption of non-formal methods to reach out to the larger sections of society.

There is evidence to show that the college is conversant with some of the new managerial practices like decentralized decision-making, chalking out the calendar of events by all the involved personnel, constitution of specialized committees to look after different functions etc.

The College operates a number of special programmes for value education. This is done by running special courses, offering optional subjects which help to develop values, conducting competitions using elocutions, quizzes etc, specifically meant for developing values, celebrating the birth / death anniversaries of great leaders etc. Courses and programmes are designed to achieve secular and cultural values relevant to the current Indian context.

The College makes special provision for developing civic responsibilities among students through unique NCC/NSS Programmes and through diverse co-curricular programmes. It conducts a number of conscientization programmes for projecting social problems which emerge from natural disasters, political upheavals etc. These programmes are used for achieving the concept of all-round development of students. This is further strengthened using a wide variety of cultural programmes, celebrations etc. The College is reasonably well-equipped to achieve the higher goals set for its functioning. The functioning culture and the choice of the programmes are such as would help to achieve the major goals set for the institution.

The performance of the College on this dimension is satisfactory.

Section - III
OVERALL ANALYSIS
The Peer Team analysed the strengths and weaknesses which it noticed in the functioning of the College. It identified a number of features of the working of the organisation, which required commendation. These are listed below.

The presence of a distinguished group of social leaders in the Managing Committee, including two former Vice Chancellors and Director of Collegiate Education, etc with enlightened vision about education.

The availability of a large number of highly qualified faculty, committed to the cause of higher education.

The interest taken by the college to put into practice the student-centred academic programmes such as seminars, symposia, workshops, etc.

The success of the institution in developing a good academic and co-curricular environment.

Linkages established with outside institutions and organisations for facilitating learning.

The availability of a large number of PG courses in science areas and the superior facilities available which have made the college a popular centre of higher education, especially in the science areas.

Three Departments of the College, which have succeeded in gaining recognition as research centres of the Osmania University, viz. Departments of Physics, Chemistry and Botany.

Departments like Zoology with a very large number of Ph.D's.

Over 50% of the teaching staff have Ph.D. degrees, and are actively involved in research.

The success achieved by the College in relating the higher goals set by the founders of the College.

Its ability to make optimal use of infrastructural facilities for extending education to the weaker sections of society.

Success of the College in identifying the altered educational needs of the emerging social order and adjusting its programmes to cater to the altered local and global needs.

Large-scale participation of teachers in National / International Seminars, some as resource persons.

Outstanding student performance in State / National level sports events.

Special concern shown by the management for developing the costly infrastructural facilities.

The use of judicious resource management by the College.

The high degree of acceptance achieved by the College as evidenced by the statements of the alumini, parents, employers and the society, and by private rating agencies.

The considerable number of top leaders, officers, industrialists, and national level sports persons and social leaders produced by the College.

The areas of concern noticed by the Peer Team in the working of the College are listed below:

The interior of class rooms need better upkeep, especially the floor tiles in most halls, as also the furniture in class rooms which needs painting, refurnishing etc.

The non-acquaintance of some of the teachers with new IT-centred self-learning teaching strategies.

Absence of a strong pedagogic orientation to all teachers, including intensive training in the use of information-access through internet and use this for day-to-day teaching.

The running of conventional courses which lack value addition.

Keeping in mind the performance and action plans of the institution, the Peer Team would like to make the following suggestions to the institution for its consideration:

While the Peer Team commends the College for working in its mission of 'empowerment through pursuit of excellence', it will be best if the college develops more comprehensive plans of action from time-to-time for achieving the full empowerment of learners by extending global styles of operations with a time frame set for completion.

Some of the co-curricular activities not covered at present, need to be introduced for achieving all-round development of skills and competencies of students.

While the College offers a number of short-term courses, new vocations appropriate for the new demands in diverse areas could be introduced in areas like Travel and Tourism, Public Relations, Human Resources, Fashion Technology, Event Management, Journalism, Applied Psychology, Teacher Training, Bio-Informatics, Bio-Physics, Environmental Sciences, Genetics, Library and Information Sciences, Physical Education, and Quality Management.

The College may introduce large-scale computer training for all students, teachers and non-teachers. It may also consider the need to optimise the use of computers and computer facilities to meet the challenges of the future social scenario in which students will have to work.

More concrete and comprehensive methods are to be introduced for appraisal of staff and students to cover the assessment of all aspects of personality. A 360 degree appraisal may be considered.

Networking and computerisation of library may be given top priority in college development.

Multi-methodology teaching is to be practised; all innovations in teaching and modernization of teaching tools, etc, need to be given greater importance in the running of the College.

Employee Welfare Schemes may have to be given greater importance to ensure a sustained motivation to staff.

All teachers who have not been exposed to pedagogic procedures be given a deep induction in the new practices through appropriate courses arranged by the College within a short time.

All Departments may be asked to establish contacts with appropriate external bodies (colleges / universities / research centres etc specialising in their areas) who can give advanced information relating to new developments in their subject areas.

The College is to take steps to get recognized as centres for conducting M.Phil. courses of other universities through distance education in the strong PG Departments and all teachers who do not have research qualifications be encouraged to attend these programmes.

All Departments should be helped to start small-scale research projects (which from part of a major project) with the help of students, combine the results and publish them in the form of a single monograph.

The College could think of starting a few career-oriented programmes of foreign universities / examination bodies in areas like health care, computing, management, tourism etc. and combine them with existing degree programmes so that a student gets a vocational qualification in addition to his usual day see.

The College may prepare a comprehensive long-term 'master plan' for the infrastructural development of the College which should be an attempt to redesign all the facilities aesthetically and functionally with high-tech class rooms, laboratory complex, scientifically laid down gardens, etc and other high-tech facilities.

Addition of new reference books in select areas be considered.

All the teaching staff be motivated to acquire M.Phil/Ph.D. degrees within a time frame to be prescribed by the College.

The Peer Team hopes that the College would restructure its operations and develop a new work culture which would help it to qualify for the status of a 'Deemed University'. The team also wishes to place on record the highly helpful stand taken by the Management and the Administration which helped it to complete the present task within a short span of time. The special interest taken by the Managing Committee, its Chairman, Secretary, and the senior members need special mentioning. The personal interest taken by the Principal, Vice Principal and the Co-ordinating Officer of the programme and all the members of the teaching and non-teaching staff have contributed immensely to the formulation of the present report. The Peer-Team thanks all of them for their sincere help and unstinted cooperation.

Dr. A. Sukumaran Nair, Chairman

Dr. Prakash G. Puranik, Member

Dr. S. Ramesh, Member

Dr.Sistla Subramanyam
Principal,
A.V. Collge of Arts, Science & Commerce

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