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Government College (Autonomous), Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh
Government College (Autonomous), Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh
Address:Vaka Kotireddygari Street, Vidya Nagar, Rajahmundry
Rajahmundry (District Rajahmundry)
Andhra Pradesh, India
Government College (Autonomous), Rajahmundry Andhra Pradesh is a recognised institute / college. Status: Government.
Government College (Autonomous), Rajahmundry Andhra Pradesh is also known as Government Degree College.
Government College (Autonomous), Rajahmundry Andhra Pradesh is situated in Rajahmundry of Andhra Pradesh state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Rajahmundry comes under Rajahmundry Tehsil, Rajahmundry District.
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Contact Details of Government College (Autonomous), Rajahmundry Andhra Pradesh are : Telephone: +91-883-2475732, 09948121713(M-
Government College (Autonomous), Rajahmundry Andhra Pradesh runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
Government College (Autonomous) is affiliated with Andhra University, Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh)
Profile of Government College (Autonomous)Government College, Rajahmundry, originally started functioning as a Zilla Parishad in 1853 and was upgraded as a Provisional school in 1868. In 1891 the College was granted affiliation by Madras University. It is now the oldest college in the state. The college was affiliated to Andhra University in 1926. Undergraduate courses were started in the college from1930. The college has the privilege of having Dr.Sarvepalli Radha Krishnan, former President of India, as a faculty member in the department of Philosophy. Sri Tanguturi Prakasam (First CM of Andhra Pradesh), Sri V.K.Krishna Menon(Former Defence Minister ), and Sri Koka Subba Rao (Former Chief Justice of Supreme Court) were all students of this century old institution. Centenary celebrations of the College were held during February 1960, with Sri C.D.Deshmukh, the then Chairman of U.G.C, as President. Post Graduate courses in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry were introduced During the academic year 1971-72and the college has the distinction of being the First college in Government sector to introduce the post graduate courses in science subjects. M.A.(Telugu) and M.Com. courses were introduced from1982 and 1987 respectively. During the present academic year M.Sc (Zoology) and M.Sc(Computer Sciences) are introduced.
Vocational courses in B.A (Actuarial science Mathematics, and Statistics) was introduced during the academic year 1996-97,with financial assistance from the U.G.C. During the academic year 1998-99, the college introduced several restructured courses in B.A., B.Sc., and B.Com., several new subjects like Biotechnology, Microbiology, Medical Lab Technology and Geo-Engineering , Computers in B.Sc., and Computer Applications, and Foreign Trade in B.Com., and Tourism and Travel in B.A., were introduced on Self Finance basis. University Grants Commission granted Autonomous status to this college during the academic year 2000-2001and it is one of the two Government Colleges, which were granted autonomy. Under the Autonomous set up, the college introduced Semester System and the semester end examinations were conducted successfully. Under this system, each academic is divided into two semesters and examinations were held at the end of each semester. External paper setting and external valuations are adopted.
Metcalfe Hostel, attached to the college was started in July1950.It is under the control of the Principal assisted by a committee consisting of a Deputy warden and two other staff members of the college.
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NAAC report of Government College (Autonomous)SECTION I
The Government College (A), Rajahmundry - 533105, East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh submitted a Self Study Report (SSR) to the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore in the month of December 2003 and sought to be assessed. The Council vide its letter number NAAC /JP/2 Aur Colleges/Ram/Feb 2004 constituted a Peer Team with Prof. J. V. Vilanilam, Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Kerala, Trivandrum as Chairman, Prof. Mukul Shah, Dean, Faculty of Commerce, SNDT Womens University, Mumbai, Member and Dr. V.L. Maheshwari, Head, Department of Bio-Chemistry, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon as Member Co-ordinator.
The Government College (A), Rajahmundry was established in 1853 as a school and was upgraded as a Second Grade College in 1873. In 1891 it was granted affiliation by the then Madras University, Madras. Later on, in 1926 it was affiliated to Andhra University, Visakahapatnam (Waltair). Subsequently on 20-5-2000 it was granted Autonomy.
It is the oldest College in Andhra Pradesh. In the initial decades it offered only U.G. courses. Postgraduate courses in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry were introduced from the academic year 1971-72. Currently it offers master programmes in seven subjects including Telugu Literature, Commerce, Zoology and Computer Sciences.
Situated on a semi-urban campus of 38 acres, the College has 18 U.G. programmes and 3 Certificate Courses besides the P.G. courses. The 20 departments of the College are accommodated in about 120 spacious rooms and laboratories and provided with adequate number of lecture halls with a total built up area of more than 1,25,000 sq.ft. The College has in all 2289 students (1814 U.G. and 475 P.G.). There are 137 Faculty members of whom 25 are temporary. There are 31 female teachers, 1546 boys, 268 girls (U.G.) besides 335 young men and 140 young women in the P.G. programmes. Twenty four permanent teachers have Ph.Ds (3 more have submitted theses) and 16 have M.Phil. degrees (7 more have submitted dissertations).
The Peer Team went through the SSR carefully and took up the exercise of validating it by undertaking an on-the-site visit to the College on 25-26, February, 2004. Going round the campus, visiting the departments and having a close look at the infrastructure, the Team had the benefit of interactions with various stake holders like the students, staff, parents and alumni. The principal had given a detailed power point presentation and on the basis of his presentation and discussions, interactions and observations, the following criterion - wise report is furnished.
SECTION II : CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
CRITERION I : CURRICULAR ASPECTS
The College offers 18 combinations at the U.G. level of which 11 are in the Faculty of Science, 2 in the Faculty of Commerce and 5 in the Faculty of Arts besides 7 P.G. programmes. The U.G. combinations cover Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Botany, Zoology, Electronics, Medical Laboratory Technology, Microbiology, Geology, Bio-Technology, Statistics, Economics, History, Politics, Geography, Philosophy, Public Administration, Telugu Literature, Financial Accountancy and Banking & Financial Systems. Of these, 3 combinations are offered in Telugu medium and the remaining in English. Similarly, at the P.G. level, 9 specializations like Mathematics, Zoology, Physics, Computer Science, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Telugu Literature and Commerce. All but Telugu Literature are offered in English.
Taking into account the local needs and aspirations the College has introduced a concept of self-financing courses at both the U.G. and the P.G. level. The programmes introduced by the College in the self-finance mode fulfil the need of job-oriented courses. For example, the College has introduced two fully self-financed courses - M.Sc. Computer Science and Zoology, whereas in some other courses like M.Com, M.Sc. (Chemistry), M.Sc. (Physics) and M.Sc.(Mathematics), a few seats are self-financed. At the U.G. level also B.Sc. in Microbiology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Zoology, Biotechnology, Botany and Chemistry are restructured (self-financed). The Peer Team commends the timely initiatives taken by the College.
The Peer Team is pleased to note that the Autonomy conferred on the College in 2000 has been utilized properly in strengthening the admission and evaluation procedures, syllabus designing and curriculum content formulation. There is clear evidence of the efforts made by the College to apply Autonomy in every aspect of higher education imparted through it. The autonomy in finance and administration has facilitated quick decision making.
CRITERION II : TEACHING, LEARNING & EVALUATION
Postgraduate students are selected on the basis of ranks in AUCET. Undergraduates are admitted on the basis of academic record in the qualifying examination and interviews. Bridge courses and remedial coaching are offered to the students coming from rural backgrounds and those who are academically weak.
The committee appreciates the initiatives taken by the College in adopting learner - centered methods such as seminars , guest lectures, field trips, surveys, study projects, quiz programmes etc. A special mention is to be made about an M.Sc. first year student who won 'Saraswati Award carrying a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh in the General Knowledge competition organized by the Fair & Lovely Foundation.
The College revises the syllabi periodically according to the needs of the time and based on the norms to streamline the system. The College has formed an Academic Council and Boards of Studies (BOS) in various subjects with 50% external members.
In the last two years 6 research projects were completed. The Faculty has received one National recognition and 6 State level recognitions. As many as 51 plus 11 (62) faculty members have attended refresher courses and Orientation programmes, respectively. A few Faculty members have also worked as resource persons at the National level seminars / workshops and refresher courses.
The Peer Team feels that all the teaching and administrative / technical staff should undergo basic Computer training taking advantage of the computer setup and Computer Science education imparted in the College. The committee observed the usefulness of the media room equipped with the MANA-TV setup. Teaching awards, training for administrative and technical staff and establishment of National and International linkages with the academic as well as private institutions / Industries would be helpful in promoting and strengthening quality education.
The efforts of the College in devising a foolproof and credible Examination system are laudable. It has introduced a number of innovative measures like scanning the photograph of the candidate on the Hall-Ticket to check malpractices. All the results are declared within a period of 20 days from the date of the last paper. It offers time-bound revaluation and re-totalling facility to the students; however, the moderation is minimal and conditional. The examination unit obtains 3 sets of each question paper from three different teachers on the panel. And the one to go for printing is decided by the principal on the day itself or the day before the examination. All the operations in the examination unit are computerized which is a notable feature.
CRITERION III : RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY & EXTENSION
Out of 112 permanent and 23 temporary teachers, 25 hold the Ph.D. degree and 16 M.Phil. The teachers are encouraged to register for higher degrees. A few Faculty members are actively involved in research including supervising students for their research degrees. The College Faculty in the last five years have published as many as 97 research articles in national and 6 articles in international journals besides 5 books. The Peer Team noted with satisfaction that a sizeable number of Faculty members attend / participate in seminars / symposia / conferences / workshops periodically.
The good infrastructural facility and expertise available in the College can be gainfully utilized for earning revenue through consultancy. Though there have been some attempts in this direction, in majority of the cases the consultancy was offered gratis. One notable exception is that of the Department of Commerce which generated Rs.25,000 /- during 2003 by offering its computer lab facility and expertise to the Commerce students of the School of Distance Education, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam. Similarly, a special mention, with a sense of appreciation needs to be made of the efforts taken by the Department of Commerce in implementing the Social Insurance Awareness among the lower income strata of the society.
Through the NSS unit of the College, activities relating to community development, health, hygiene, AIDS and environment awareness programmes , Blood donation camps etc. are organized regularly. The students also participate in 'Clean and Green' and 'Janmabhoomi' programmes sponsored by Government of Andhra Pradesh. Through a company of 18 Andhra Battalion of NCC the College undertakes a number of social welfare programmes. The NCC unit has a specially trained and equipped rock-climbing Team. Six cadets have been selected for Republic Day parades and quite a few for the 'Thal Sena Camp' in the last five years.
CRITERION IV : INFRASTRUCUTRE & LEARNING RESOURCES
Situated on a sprawling 38 acres of land the College has adequate infrastructure in terms of buildings (the science block, the arts block, Nannayya block, hostel, NCC & NSS block, Gymnasium), playgrounds, equipment, furniture etc., for its present strength. The infrastructure of the college is shared by the Schools of Distance Education of Andhra University and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University, besides being used for conducting various competitive examinations. Similarly the sports facilities particularly the playgrounds are being used by other educational institutions.
The committee was pleased to see 20 adequately equipped and well furnished laboratories. It was particularly heartening to see some of the very old equipments nicely maintained and operational. There are 47 computers in the College distributed in 2 laboratories, Computer Centre and 8 departments. The College has an electronic room with MANA - TV centre, OHP, LCD and other audiovisual facilities. The regular classrooms are spacious, ventilated with adequate furniture.
The College has a Health Centre with a part time visiting doctor and regular pharmacist who take care of the common and minor complaints of the students and the staff and also maintain the health records.
The College has adequate sports facilities, both indoor and outdoor for the benefit of the students. The students have brought laurels to the College by participating in University, State and National level competitions. The College has a Boys Hostel with a capacity to accommodate 96 students. An important characteristic of the hostel is that it is run and managed by the students themselves.
The library of the College has a good collection of close to 70,000 books some of which are 200 years old. It has a rich treasure of more than 100-year-old books in English and Telugu literature which needs both appreciation and mention. It also subscribes to 24 journals in various fields. It has a well maintained and furnished reference and reading room for the students and staff members. The library records have been computerized to the extent of 95% recently. Reprography facility is also available in the library for the students.
CRITERION V : STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
Of the more than 2000 students in the college, 80% are first generation learners from rural and semi urban, agricultural families of two neighboring districts. The pass percentage in UG is about 50 and a healthy 90 at PG level.
The College has a glorious record of success in different competitive examinations including GRE, GATE, TOEFL etc.
The Peer Team noted with satisfaction that the college brings out a detailed prospectus annually containing college profile, different group combinations available at UG, fees structure of various courses etc.. It also explains the advantages of autonomy and the semester system of exams and facilities available in the College for the benefit of the students.
Informal career and academic counseling is provided to the students. More than 700 students have been provided with one or another type of financial assistance every year in the last two years.. Five students each have also been provided with merit scholarships.
The College has a vibrant and active alumni association. Its office bearers meet periodically, plan and organise a number of activities for the benefit of the students. Fund raising, constructive suggestions for the improvement of the facilities quantitatively and qualitatively and motivating the advanced learners and meritorious students are the major areas of operation of the association.
CRITERION VI : ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT
The Government College, Rajahmundry is the first college to be granted autonomy. Different committees have been constituted as per the guidelines of the UGC and Andhra University for effective functioning, planning and development of the institution. The functions and responsibilities of the various committees have been well defined. The governing body or the Executive Committee is the apex committee and is chaired by the Commissioner of Collegiate Education of the State. All the decisions are to be approved by the this committee. The Principal is the administrative and academic head of the college, ably assisted by the CoE, administrative officer, HoDs, academic co-ordinators, NCC and NSS officer in routine administrative and academic affairs. Besides, various committees like purchase, discipline, library, finance, research guidance, hostel, examination etc., under the chairmanship of the principal help take the decisions in a democratic way.
Several training and orientation programmes have helped the principal and the staff to take up the new challenges. Automation at various stages and levels has positively influenced the efficiency. The College is sensitized to the changing scenario. It periodically deputes the staff for training programmes for suitable orientation. The College has an informal internal audit mechanism in place for implementing financial discipline.
CRITERION VII : HEALTHY PRACTICES
Established in 1853, the Government College, Rajahmundry has the distinction of being the oldest educational institution in the State of Andhra Pradesh. It has been granted the status of Autonomous College in the year 2000. Over the 150 glorious years of its existence, the College has developed a number of healthy practices. The NAAC Peer Team with a sense of appreciation, puts on record some of them.
The College, through its various departments, has established viable and mutually beneficial linkages with a number of Government, semi-government and private organisations and industries.
The College has introduced a number of need-based courses on self-financing basis. PG courses in Zoology, Computer Sciences and Commerce and courses like Medical Laboratory Technology and Biotechnology at UG level have been started as restructured courses (self-financing mode). The Peer Team commends these bold initiatives of the college.
The college encourages non-formal mode of education by sharing its facilities, infrastructure and expertise with the School of Distance Education of Andhra University and the Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Open University.
Management of the boys hostel by students is a good example of inculcating the sense of responsibility in them. Students shoulder civic responsibilities by actively participating in Janmabhoomi programme of Goverment of Andhra Pradesh, literacy programme, population control programmes, AIDS and pollution control awareness programmes etc.
Students get a feel of our value system and importance of self discipline through various functions organised by the NSS and NCC units of the College.
Observing third Saturday of every month as a clean and green day is a commendable effort towards more harmonious surroundings.
A good range of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities help students in the development of personality and leadership qualities.
The motto of the College 'Yatho Dharma Statho Jayaha' is the essence of its objectives.
Efforts of the college to make the students and staff computer literate is a step in the right direction. They are also encouraged to use the internet facility.
OVERALL ANALYSIS AND SUGGESTIONS
The Peer Team feels quite happy that the Government College (Autonomous), Rajahmundry is certainly on the way to achieving a higher status in the years to come. It has highly qualified and educated faculty and staff, excellent infrastructure, a great tradition and distinguished alumni. However, for the future planning, growth and development of the College, the Peer Team wishes to suggest the following.
The surplus generated through self-financing courses should be utilized for
Recruiting new teaching staff wherever required;
Improving facilities for teaching and research scholars such as PA system in all big classrooms and computerizing and digitalizing systems etc.;
Empowering the sports and games facilities particularly the indoor games so that more students can participate and earn a name and fame for the college and Better communication facility between the Principal and various departments and support services.
The infrastructure can be further improved by providing a separate building for the College Library and constructing a ladies hostel by obtaining financial assistance from the UGC.
The ample space available should be utilized for developing a good Botanical garden depicting the rich bio diversity of the area.
The College should consider establishing a ladies wing of NCC and may be an Air Force and naval Wing in the existing NCC.
The College should tap the resources of its very impressive alumni for its growth.
The Peer Team was extremely happy to record very positive and strong feelings of the College alumni and parents during interactions with them.
The College should consider strengthening of its research activities with funding from DST, UGC etc. and pay special attention to local societal needs. During interactions, particularly with the students, the Peer Team noted the requirement of more U.G. combinations and P.G. courses in the College. Also short-term Diploma, Certificate Courses and Vocational Courses should be started complementing the regular degree courses for the benefit of the students.
The members of the Peer Team whole-heartedly thanks the Principal, Co-ordinator of the NAAC committee, Faculty, Non-Teaching staff, Students, Parents, Alumni and other stake holders for their co-operation in making its on-the-site visit a very purposeful and enlightening one.
Prof. J.V. Vilanilam
Prof. Mukul Shah
Dr. V.L. Maheshwari
Dr. M. Viswanadham
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