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Singareni Collieries Womens Degree College, Khammam, Andhra Pradesh
Singareni Collieries Womens Degree College, Khammam, Andhra Pradesh
Address:Kothagudem, Khammam, Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh, India
Singareni Collieries Womens Degree College, Khammam Andhra Pradesh is a recognised institute / college.
Singareni Collieries Womens Degree College, Khammam Andhra Pradesh is situated in Khammam of Andhra Pradesh state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Website of Singareni Collieries Womens Degree College, Khammam Andhra Pradesh is http://www.singareniwomenscollege.org/.
Singareni Collieries Womens Degree College, Khammam Andhra Pradesh runs course(s) in Arts, Biotechnology, Commerce, Computer Applications, Science stream(s).
Profile of Singareni Collieries Womens Degree CollegeSingareni Collieries Women’s Degree College was established by management of SCCL in 1975, coinciding with the International year for women. This great institution has lived up to the expectations of the founders in education the women through its 28 years of existence. Today the college occupies an important place among the institutions of its kind not only at Kakatiya university but in the entire State. The College has a consistant record of academic achievement with its students winning University ranks and distinctions. The achievements are made possible with meticulous academic planning, effective tutorial system, monthly tests, regular monitoring, issue of progress cards and conducting parents meeting etc.
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NAAC report of Singareni Collieries Womens Degree CollegeSECTION 1: INTRODUCTION
Singareni Collieries Women's Degree College, Kothagudem, Andhra Pradesh was established in 1975 - the International Women's Year - with a lofty vision of providing education for women in the entire coal belt area of Kothagudem, Andhra Pradesh - a dream of Shri B.N. Raman IAS, Chairman and Managing Director, SCCL. The College is located in a Semi urban area of 9.93 acres with a campus area of 40,180 sq. mts. There are 19 schools - Primary, High Schools and a Junior College under the SCCL management. This College offers 3 UG programs, with 12 combinations and nine certificate courses.
Singareni Collieries Women's Degree College, Andhra Pradesh volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore and submitted the Self Study Report in March 2006. The Council constituted a Peer Team comprising Prof. V.B. Cutinho, Former Vice-chancellor, Gulbarga University, Karnataka as Chairperson, Prof. S. Kumudhavalli, Principal, Smt. P.N. Doshi Women's College, Mumbai, and Dr.R.Rukmani, Former Principal Dr.M.G.R- Janaki College for Women Chennai, as Members, and Dr. Latha Pillai as NAAC - Coordinator from 22nd - 24th August 2006 and made an objective assessment of the academic functioning of the College based on the general guidelines of the NAAC.
This College, an aided institution, has been recognized by the UGC under Sections 2f and 12-B in April 1997. It is affiliated to Kakatiya University. At its inception, the College offered conventional courses in order to give to the nation good homemakers. The College has at present 18 Departments, six under the Faculty of Arts, 11 under the faculty of Science and a Department of Commerce.
The total strength during the academic year 2006-07 is 1146 with a good number belonging to the socially and economically disadvantaged sections of the society. The College follows the annual pattern and conducts periodic internal tests and evaluation. The dropout rate in the College is 17%. The unit cost of education is Rs.14,867.27 including salary and Rs.2560.33 excluding salary.
There are 31 permanent teachers and 22 temporary teachers. Six among them are Ph.D. holders and nine possess M.Phil degree. In addition, there is an administrative staff of 44 (Administrative, Technical, and Supporting ).
The Peer Team carefully examined the Self-Study Report submitted by the Institution. During the three-day visit, the Team could peruse all the related supportive papers and statements provided by the College.
The Team visited all the teaching Departments and other centers including Library, the Laboratories, Sports and games facilities, Computer centre, Health center, Canteen and Hostels. The Team also had useful interaction with the Principal, the Members of the Governing Committee, the teaching and non-teaching staff, the students, parents and alumni. The Peer Team's objective assessment of the Institution based on the above exercise and keeping in view the seven criteria identified by NAAC, is given briefly in the following pages.
SECTION 2: CRITERION-WISE EVALUATION
CRITERION I: CURRICULAR ASPECTS
The mission of the College is to impart qualitative education irrespective of their socio-economic background, an opportunity to pursue higher education in their own milieu and to empower women. The goal is to give Education for Competence, Confidence and Creativity. The teachers help them to enrich their knowledge and skills by encouraging them to maintain good interpersonal relationship, sensitising them to healthy social environment, imparting soft skills and developing positive attitudes to meet the challenges of life. The College provides free instruction in performing arts to help them realize the value and beauty of Indian culture.
The college is affiliated to Kakatiya University and hence it follows the academic programmes laid down by the University.
The subjects introduced in recent years are in keeping with the changing societal needs. In addition to this they are also offered a choice of 09 certificate courses in order to equip them to face and excel any challenge they encounter in society.
The Institution offers three programmes in UG Arts, Science and Commerce and students can choose any one of the 12 available combinations. The College provides hands-on-experience in Microbiology and Biotechnology through various projects. Introduction of a new programme is possible only within a year. Biotechnology, Chemistry and Computer Applications were introduced, during 2003-04. In the event of a new subject being introduced the University conducts Academic Audit.
The College conducts remedial classes for SC/ST students through SC/ST monitoring Committee. Computers and English Grammar bridge classes of one-hour duration are conducted after class hours. Lecturers of various faculties are members of the Boards of Studies and play an active role in the designing of the curricula. The College has the advantage of networking with SCCL, ITDA. WWF, KTPS, Government Polytechnic College, PCB, SIIL etc. The College has also adopted the Ward-Tutor system and PTA meeting is held once a year.
CRITERION II: TEACHING, LEARNING AND EVALUATION
The students are selected for admissions through their academic record, and reservation policy given by the University and DCE. Educationally disadvantaged students are identified after reviewing their performance in unit tests and assignments. The College takes educational care of the students by way of bridge, coaching and remedial classes. Advanced learners are encouraged by giving them project works, assignment and seminars. They are also encouraged to teach their peers and first year students. Teachers have teaching plans designed. They have unitized the syllabi to suit their teaching schedule, by dividing the curriculum into six units. The lecture method is supplemented through assignments, audio-visual programmes, guest lectures, seminars, and project work, Mana TV etc.
Evaluation is done as per the norms of the university. Schedules of examination dates are strictly adhered to. The number of working days in 2005-06 has been 235 of which 180 days were teaching days. The percentage of classes conducted by full-time faculty has been 100%. Examination schedules and evaluation methods are communicated at the beginning of the year through the handbook cum-calendar. The Principal monitors the overall performances of the students class-wise and subject-wise.
The vacancies are filled as per the recruitment norms of the Director of Collegiate Education, Hyderabad. Services of temporary/ adhoc lecturers are paid through the funds of SCES at the rate of Rs.6500/- pm. One can note dedication and commitment in the teachers for the academic upliftment of their students. Three teachers have participated in 9 seminars, conferences and workshops at National level and two at the International level.
The Institution has an effective mechanism for evaluation of teachers and campus experience by students. This effects an introspection and self-examination. The College collects grievances/ideas/views through the Suggestion Box and grievances are redressed in three days. Also, the students in their interaction informed that at the assembly in the morning the grievances are read by the Principal and action promised to be taken in this regard.
The college has conducted two State-level Seminars, Workshops and Orientation Programs. Four Lecturers have received the Best teacher Awards. Learning tools used for active learning are Role-play, case studies, mini projects and interactive sessions. Teachers of this college are serving as members in various administrative committees of the College. The College has established linkages at the local and State levels.
CRITERION III: RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY & EXTENSION
The College offers only under graduate programmes and is yet to be recognized as a Research Centre. Nearly one -third of the teachers have Research Degrees and 15 teachers have availed of leave for research purpose. Cash incentives of Rs.2500 and Rs.5000 are given to staff for obtaining M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees respectively.
There have been four Research Projects funded by UGC and five by SCCL. There are ten ongoing projects - two major projects and six minor projects of SCCL and UGC (Rs.19,55,000 and Rs.1,22,000)
Teachers have to their credit paper presentations at International and National Seminars. The pro-active Management has provided a grant of Rs.1,89,800 to publish 4 books in Botany. The College offers consultancy services by way of counseling, farmers training, etc.
One teacher has been given additional charge for extension activities. The NSS volunteers have played a pivotal role in the societal upliftment. Apart from the regular services rendered by the NSS, the members have helped to organize immunization camps, adopting differently abled children etc. The College had started an Eco-club, in 2002. The College takes legitimate pride in conducting extensive extension activities. Extension activities are carried out in collaboration with NGO's and GOs.
CRITERION IV: INFRASTRUCTURE & LEARNING RESOURCES
The College management is highly committed to provide all the infrastructural needs in keeping pace with academic growth. Presently the College is housed in a huge two-storeyed building with spacious, airy and well-lit classrooms, well-equipped laboratories, a green house, a canteen, a 1000 seater Auditorium and two open air stages. The library is housed in a two-storeyed building constructed to mark the Singareni Centenary Year which was celebrated in 1989. The building is quite spacious. However, the library and reading room facility has to be reorganized, so that it can be monitored from one point and its optimum use can be made by the readers. They are well equipped with indoor and outdoor stadia. Three hostel buildings with 83 rooms, two dining halls with modern cooking facilities have been provided by SCCL and cater to 400 students i.e. 34% of the students.
The College has been provided with one way Public Address System and intercom facilities so that the Principal can communicate quickly with all the Departments. A full-fledged gymnasium is provided for the benefit of the students and it can be seen that the students have been using this facility regularly .
Infrastructural needs of the College are met through the funds of the Management, State Government, UGC, Additional Special Fee and Donations. The maintenance of the infrastructure is done by the Civil and Electrical departments of SCCL. And also the campus is kept clean by the Civil department and green by the Forestry Department managed by the company.
It is heartening to note that the College makes the optimum use of its computer lab, (with 78 computers). It also provides training to teaching and non-teaching staff. The College conducts National and State Level Tests and the facilities in the College are used by the SCCL for its recruitment tests, functions and meetings.
The Library Advisory Committee consisting of the Librarian and some faculty members is constituted at the beginning of every Academic year. There are a total of 18206 books out of which 7000 are textbooks. The Library also subscribes to about 24 Indian Journals, 17 periodicals, 03 foreign journals and has some audio-visual aids. The total carpet area of the Central Library is 390 sq.m with a reading room capacity to seat 200 students. The College allocates 8.34% of the total budget for the development of the Library.
Four departments are provided with computers with all the relevant attachments. They have a computer center working from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. during all working days. The maintenance of the systems are through an AMC with Zenith computers and IT of SCCL.
The College has sufficient sports facilities which includes a playground and an indoor stadium.. Outstanding sports persons are given recognition through felicitation, cash prizes, certificates, tracksuits and extra coaching. One student who had won the silver medal in the All-India Inter-University Power Lifting was awarded a cash Prize of Rs.10,000 in 2004. The Sports Authority of India has recently honoured two girls of the College for their achievement in Archery and Powerlifting by awarding them Rs.10,000 each as cash prize.
The College is equipped with a Health Center for the Teaching, non-teaching staff and students. A lady Doctor visits the center every Wednesday. However, the staff and students of the College are permitted to use the hospital facilities available in the company all through the year.
CRITERION V: STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
The percentage of students who had appeared for the final examination after the required period of study was 83 for the Academic year 2004 - 05 and the drop-out rate is 17. The University exam results have shown a progressive trend with 67.36 % to 72.33 %. Alumni Association has been functioning since 1991 with 350 members. The Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association in connection with the Silver Jubilee Celebration was conducted. A representative sample of the Alumni shows them to be well placed. They have to a certain extent participated in the infrastructural and welfare needs of the College. Some of the alumni are holding prominent positions ranging from the rank of Doctors, Scientists, Lawyers, Software specialists in India and abroad.
Three students have cleared GMAT in 2005-06. The College updates and publishes its Prospectus annually. Economically disadvantaged students are provided financial assistance through a variety of scholarships and the number of recipients under various categories had been 163 in 2005-06. The College has organized Career Guidance as part of the Student Welfare Center and counseling. The teachers play an active role in academic and personal counseling through the ward system. Parents-teacher meet is organized annually.
Policies and criteria of admission, the fee structure for the various courses are published in the Prospectus.
Students are given wide exposures by way of competitions, Talent tests, Youth festival etc. They are also sensitized to societal needs through NSS.
CRITERION VI: ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT
The College has an effective internal coordinating and monitoring mechanism, which is committed to quality enhancement and sustenance. There are various committees and official appointed to execute and co-ordinate the activities of the College like Academic Co-coordinator and Examination Cell, Staff Council, Co-Curricular activities, Administrative, Computer operators, Record Assistant etc.,
Some of the valid recommendations made by these committees have been implemented like appointment of an Accounts Officer and a Lady Doctor. The College has a special Committee which decides the dates of various important academic events and a copy of it is submitted to the DCE.
The non-teaching staff have received necessary training by the computer professionals of the College who train them in automation of the office etc.
The DCE, SCCL and internal audit department regularly audits the accounts.
The College has a grievance redressal cell for the students under the guidance of the Principal through two suggestion boxes and interaction with two lady executives of SCCL.
The College offers various welfare programs for students by way of scholarships, freeships, recreational facilities etc, and sponsoring students through the Poor Students Fund and free Internet facility. Teachers have provisions for loans through the Banks, IMACCS etc., Quarters to all the staff, free water supply, medical re-imbursement that varies according to the sources of funds and 12 gas cylinders per year are other noteworthy welfare measures.
CRITERION VII: HEALTHY PRACTICES
Various committees are convened for internal quality checks of the faculty. Teachers submit their performance indicators and self-appraisal report to the Principal. The Principal and the Management closely monitor the performances .
Students have participated in various debates, competitions, seminars at the National, State, District and local levels.
They impart value-based education through guest lectures and observe National functions. The sense of national and civic responsibilities are inculcated in the minds of students through various awareness programmes The faculty of the college is greatly involved in maintaining the physical and mental fitness of the students. Environment friendly programs are encouraged by staging small skits and songs. The College also has a vermin-compost unit.
The College lays emphasis on co-curricular and extra-curricular activities - Sports & Cultural activities, NSS, YRCs, SWC programs. They aim at providing a holistic development of the students. In this connection, the efforts put in by physical education instructress deserves special mention. She has trained the students with a high sense of commitment and discipline, resulting in laurels being achieved at the University, State and National levels.
A significant healthy practice of the College is to uplift their society by making education traverse beyond their lab to the field and campus to community by organizing socio-economic and demographic surveys, health camps, camping for ten days in rural areas etc.
The communications, numerical and technical skills imparted by the College enhance their overall skills. They are taught to work independently as well as in a team which is evinced in total involvement of students in the hostel mess management, organizing morning assemblies etc.
SECTION 3: OVERALL ANALYSIS
The Peer Team had a pre-visit image of the College based on the Self-Study Report. Wide and in-depth interactions during the three days visit helped the team to understand the commendable features of the institution as well as the issues of concern. It is heartening to note that the College has grown from a humble beginning with 54 students and 19 staff to its present 1146 and 53 respectively. The College has 12 conventional, restructured and vocational group combinations in both English and Telugu media. The Team is of the view that the College has succeeded in a large measure in realizing the goals for which it was established in 1975. It has a team of dedicated persons who can, with diligent planning and well-directed work, lead the College to greater success in future. The tradition it has already established in academic activities should help it move forward with greater confidence.
The main strength of the College is its own semi-urban tradition. The rapport that it has maintained among the stakeholders of Higher Education is rooted in this tradition. The College has been successfully fulfilling the societal and community aspirations. The College has given particular attention to provide opportunities for the economically and socially weaker sections of the society thereby upholding the principle of the social justice.
The execution of the academic programmes maintains a satisfactory degree of efficiency in general. The College can initiate some more vocational -oriented courses to benefit the students.
The students of the College have also set a good record in the maintenance of discipline, participation in learning and extension activities and in effectively taking part in sports/games/cultural activities. The NSS activities deserve special mention in this regard.
The performance of students in University level examinations, as subject-wise analyses show, though good, has not yet produced many University ranks. An action plan has to be drawn to go an extra mile to help the advanced learners to be rank holders.
Barring a few science departments, the research activity in the departments of the College, in general, is yet to gather momentum. It is imperative that the teachers of college publish and take up projects which will give them national recognition. The College has to start PG courses and ultimately seek to achieve the status of a Research center.
The NAAC team notes with appreciation, the commendable work done by the Botany Department in organizing a Herbarium. Hundreds of different species of plants have been preserved very methodically. Generations of students and their teachers have together accomplished this task as one beautiful example of teaching learning process.
The Peer Team wishes to compliment the college for all its laudable achievements. The Team also wishes to put forward a few suggestions which can help in the College's efforts to consolidate the gains made and overcome the present limitations:
More short-term courses of vocational orientation may be introduced on a non-grant basis and students may be encouraged to do these parallel courses outside the College hours. The interests of students may be specially taken into account while planning such courses.
To introduce PG courses in Science, where it has infrastructure as prescribed by the University.
An action plan may be formulated and implemented to introduce courses relevant to the semi urban milieu, specially keeping in mind women's issues and problems.
An intensive programme may be introduced in the College for helping weak students in improving their proficiency in English and in promoting their communication skills in English.
A Placement Cell and a Career Guidance Centre may be started.
The Alumni could be involved in a larger participation for the development of the College.
The students of the college should be trained to participate in effective outreach programmes, keeping in view the backwardness of the region. The science students may take up popularization of science in schools of the area.
The library of the college must be kept open from 9.00 AM to 7.00 PM. Since large number of girls live in the hostel within the college campus, they could spend more time in the library and also make use of the internet facilities.
The Peer Team wishes to place on record its appreciation of the dedication and maturity shown by the Principal and staff of the College, the Governing Body and the Singareni Collieries Company Limited in developing the institution in an atmosphere of understanding, co-operation and confidence. The Team wishes the college all the best and hopes it will scale new heights of glory in the years to come.
PROF. V.B. CUTINHO
PROF. S. KUMUDHAVALLI
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