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Srungavarapukota, Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh
Vizianagaram (District Vizianagaram)
Andhra Pradesh, India



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NAAC report of Government Degree College

SECTION -1
PREFACE
Government Degree College, Srungavarapukota, Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh volunteered to be assessed by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore and submitted a self study report in December 2006. Accordingly the peer team was constituted by NAAC to visit the institution and validate the self study report. The peer team consisting of Dr. P. Marutha Muthu, Vice Chancellor, Madhura Kamaraj University, Palkalai Nagar, Tamil Nadu as chairperson Dr.K. Mohanan Pillai, Principal, Devaswom Board Pampa College, Parumala, Mannar, Pathanamthitta District, Kerala as Member Co-ordinator and Prof. B.A. Sridhara, Professor, Bangalore University, Dept. of Commerce, P.K.Block, Palace Road, Bangalore, Karnataka as member visited the college for two days, February 2nd and 3rd, 2007.

Government degree college, Srungavarapukota is situated at the foot hills of the famous Punayagiri Temple 52 km away from Visakhapattanam. The college is one of the two Govt. Colleges established in the year 1984. The mission and objective of the institution is to impart quality higher education to the young generations of the region and equip them with required skills, personality and human values to face the challenges of life. The college is affiliated to Andhra University, Visakhapattanam. The college has got UGC recognition under 2(f) and 12(B) in December 1991.

The college has a campus area of 15 acres. It offers 4 UG programes, in arts, science and commerce.

This institution has a teaching faculty strength of 13 members including one part-time teacher. One faculty member is a Ph.D. holder and two others possess M.Phil. degree. Total number of students during the academic year 2005-2006 is 228 out of which 191 (83.77 %) are boys and 37 (16.23.%) are girls. Students belong to SC and ST are 20 and 46 respectively. The unit cost of education including salary component is Rs. 20,256/- and excluding salary component is Rs. 6951/-.

The support services available in the college are a central library, computer lab, sports facilities, gymnasium, students centre, canteen, ladies room.

The peer team carefully perused and analysed the self study report submitted by the college. During the institutional visit, the peer team went through the relevant documents, visited the departmental facilities, support services, academic, co-curricular, extra-curricular, sports and extension facilities, administrative unit, etc. Also the peer team interacted with principal, teaching staff, non-teaching staff, students, parents and members of Alumni.

Based on the above exercises and keeping in mind the criteria identified by NAAC, the peer team has assessed the institution and some observations and recommendations to facilitate further development of the institution as follows.

SECTION - II
CRITERION -1 CURRICULAR ASPECTS
The main goal of the institution is to provide to the rural and tribal poor a quality higher education which is translated into curriculum of the courses being offered by the college. This institution has a student strength of 228. Presently the college has 223 working days and 196 teaching days. The college offers 4 UG programmes, one in arts, one in commerce and two in science faculty. One course under science faculty is restructured and is self financing, all the other courses are conventional. Also one certificate course in computer science is self financing.

The UG courses are
BA - History, Economics, Politics
B.Com.
B.Sc. - Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry
B.Sc. (Restructured) - Mathematics, Physics, Computer science.

The college is affiliated to Andhra University, Visakhapattanam. The curriculum of various courses is framed by the university through competent teachers of the affiliated colleges and peers in the subjects. Some teachers of the college are discharging their duties as members of Board of studies of the University. The syllabi for various courses are updated once in three years. The priority of the college is to introduce more number of vocational courses. Annual system of examination is followed. The curriculum is not modular but divided into small units. Self financing course in B.Sc. (Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science) was started in 2001-02. No admission is made during the last two academic years for this course since students could not afford to pay the fees. The college is yet to apply for autonomy even though the university act provides.

Indian Heritage and culture, science and civilization and environmental studies are made compulsory to the students of all classes.

CRITERION - II : TEACHING, LEARNING AND EVALUATION
The institution has a transparent admission process. The students aspiring for admission in the college are provided with prospects. Students are selected for admission on the basis of merit following the reservation policy of Govt. of A.P.

Regular teachers are appointed by APPSC and part time and temporary teachers are appointed by college planning and development council (CPDC) as per the rules and regulations of the state Government. During the academic year 2005-2006 the number of working days was 223 and teaching days was 196. Teachers maintain teaching plan and work diary.

Slow learners and advanced learners are identified by conducting a bridge course after the admission. Remedial classes are conducted for slow learners and advanced learners are given assignments like preparation of study projects and they are encouraged to participate in group discussion and seminars. The college has well conceived plan for monitoring students progress. In addition to conventional teaching methods, visual aids are also used whenever necessary. Teachers are provided with opportunities to attend seminars, conferences and workshops, orientation programmes and refresher courses.

Feed back from students are collected in each year in a prescribed format designed by academic guidance cell. Also there is a self appraisal of teachers and expert assessment of faculty performance.

College conducts unit tests, half yearly examinations and pre-final examinations which familiarize students with the model of the university examinations. Hope examination is conducted in the month of February. Slow learners are identified in the class and they are provided with remedial instructions. Progress reports of the students are recorded. Teacher ward system is active in the college.

Invited talks by eminent professors and other professionals are arranged to enrich the teachers and students with the latest information regarding various subjects.

CRITERION - III : RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
Inspite of being an undergraduate college located in a backward area, teachers are interested in research activities. Out of the 13 faculty members, one teacher (7.7%) is a Ph.D. holder and two (15.4%) are M.Phil holders. Students are encouraged to undertake surveys and project works inorder to promote the spirit of research.

Expertise available in the college for consultancy services is yet to be extended to the public. Commerce department offers consultancy services to those who seek consultancy. Competent teachers and departments should be encouraged to offer consultancy services on payment. This exposure will not only enrich the faculty but also be of immense help to the students and community.

The extension activities in the college are mainly carried out by NSS and NCC units. 137 NSS volunteers (117 boys and 20 girls) under the leadership of a programme officer organize various extension activities such as Blood donation camp, pulse polio, awareness on HIV/AIDS and Tree plantation.

NSS Unit has adopted a village and most of its activities are concentrated in this village. NCC unit of the college started in 2003 and it has a strength of 73 cadets. Eco club, Consumer Club, Youth red cross and Red ribbon club organize various extension programmes in association with Govt. and other agencies. There is scope for further utilization of students potential for extension activities and out reach programmes in the field of women empowerment, population education, health and hygiene and right to information.

The college organized a zonal level seminar on values in Higher Education. All the colleges in the neighbouring three districts participated in the seminar.

CRITERION - IV : INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
The college has a campus area of 15 acres and a built in area of 5,500 square metres. During the past 22 years of its establishment, the college has expanded its infrastructure facilities for academic, administrative and physical education purposes. The present infrastructure of the college is sufficient to run the existing courses with the present student strength. The maintenance of the existing infrastructure is done through the Roads and Building department, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh and CPDC of the college. The infrastructure facilities are also made available to external agencies whenever requested. The campus is pollution free and students are motivated to keep it 'clean and green'.

The college library caters to the academic needs of the students as well as staff. The total carpet area of the central library is 2160 square feet with a seating capacity of 50.

The library committee looks after the functioning of the library. The total working days of the library during 2005-06 is 223. The library functions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on working days and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on holidays.

There is a stock of 6641 volumes of books with 2455 titles. It also subscribes few magazines. The library is fully automated with a visual basic software. Library is having a separate reading room. Apart from the central library, some departments maintain departmental library.

The computer lab in the college is furnished with 13 computers. Apart from the computer facilities available in the computer lab, some of the departments, library and college office have computer facilities. Computer lab is kept open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The computers in the college is maintained by an outside agency.

The mini conference hall having a seating capacity of 250 is used to conduct various programmes of the college. A separate room is earmarked for watching MANA TV Telecast.

The career guidance and counseling cell provides necessary information regarding job opportunities and scope for higher studies. Eventhough the college maintains no Hostel, students can stay in the self managed Hostel run by social and Tribal welfare department 122 boys and 40 girls make use of this facility.

The playground in the campus has a plinth area of 10 acres which is utilized for outdoor games and conducting various sports events. The 8 stationed Gymnasium in the college is highly useful to the students in shaping their body.

The participation of students at University, State, National and International level games and sports is to be further encouraged and maintenance of sports facilities have to be improved. Facilities like canteen, womens rest room, students centre are available in the college.

CRITERION - V : STUDENTS SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
Currently the college has 228 students on the roll. The dropout rate is 19.5% and 20.03% in the last two batches. The percentage of students appearing for the final university examination (two batches) is 80.5% and 79.97%. Success rate 59.5% and 72.5% in the last two academic years. Approximately 30% of the passing out students pursue higher studies and about 25% get employed. The prospectus published by the college contains details about the history of the college, courses offered, fee structure, faculty member list, scholarships, students support services, academic calendar and rules and discipline to be observed.

Financial aid is provided to SC, ST and BC students in the form of scholarships from the social welfare department of Govt. of A.P. Last year 156 students (SC-34, ST-35 and BC-87) were benefited. An amount of Rs. 58456, 100850 and 171500 respectively were distributed to these categories. Commerce department instituted a cash award of Rs. 1000 to the top scorer in the final year B.Com. examination. The counseling and career guidance cell and employment cell provide necessary information about jobs and self employment. The members of the faculty participate in academic and personal counseling. There is a separate counseling centre for girls headed by a lady staff member.

The college has an alumni association. The alumni of the college maintain active role in providing financial assistances and necessary services for improving the performance of the institution. The grievance redressal cell redresses the grievances of the students.

The college provides prizes to the best performance in cultural activities. Cash prizes and certificates of proficiency are awarded to students who excel in sports and games. One girl student is selected to the Andhra University Ball Badminton Team during 2005 and participated in the inter university badminton tournament. She is also presented the 'star of India' medal by the Ball Badminton Association of India for her performance in the 52nd women Ball Badminton competition. College offers recreational / leisure time facilities like Rangoli, songs competition, group dance, essay writing competition and other cultural programmes. 20 students of the college participated in the youth festival organized by Andhra University in 2005. 12 participants in the Hitakarini centenary celebrations in Inter Collegiate Cultural Competitions in 2006 at Rajahmundry.

CRITERION-VI : ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT
Being one of the degree colleges run by Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, the organization and management policies are based on the guide lines issued by the Govt. Internal co-ordination and monitoring is done by the principal through various committees. The CPDC, Staff Council and the staff club have important role in the co-ordination of various activities of the college. The CPDC has been constituted as per the directions of the commissioner of collegiate education with the principal as the chairman. Various committees like scholarship committee, special fee committee, student union committee, purchase committee, attendance committee, fine arts committee, examination committee, library advisory committee are constituted by the principal regularly monitor the academic as well as administrative activities of the college. These committees meet once in two months regularly. The academic calendar is prepared by the university and implemented by the college. The performance of the college office is subjected to undergo internal audit mechanism. In addition to this, office of the commissioner conducts departmental audit at regular intervals and audit by AG team at an interval of 3 years. The department of higher education appoint committees to insepct and review the academic and administrative performance of the institution. Annual administrative reports are prepared every year as per the directions of the Director of Collegiate Education.

The Director of Collegiate Education in association with MCHRD/University conducts workshops and training programme to improve the work efficiency of the non-teaching staff. The principal and the senior assistant appraise the office staff internally. The performance of the teaching staff are appraised by the principal frequently.

Teacher performance is evaluated through feed back mechanism from students and parents. The academic staff college of the university conducts orientation courses to teaching staff to update their knowledge.

The fee structure of the college is as per the directions of the Govt. The financial resources for the maintenance of the college are met through the budgetary grants of the state Govt., UGC grants, special fees collected from students, fees collected from students of self financing courses and donation from Alumni. UGC has sanctioned Rs. 305185 as development grant during Xth plan. Through CPDC, donation from ALUMNI and self funded course, Rs. 21658 has been collected. An amount of Rs. 20 lakhs was released during 2004-05 by the Director of collegiate education through the local MLA with which science block, Library and information block has been constructed. During 2005-06 Govt. released Rs. 27 laks and 2006-07 Rs.10 laks for the infrastructure development. Salaries and other eligible allowances of the staff met by the Govt. of AP. All major purchases are done by the purchase committee in consultation with CPDC after observing purchase rules of the Govt.

Permanent teaching staff and non teaching staff are appointed by the commissioner for collegiate education and regional director of higher education respectively as per Govt. rule. The college has utilized all the sanctioned funds for the last two years.

The college offers various welfare programmes to the students and staff. Financial assistance is given to socially and economically backward students. For the staff, group insurance and family benefit schemes are available. Students union is closely involved in the implementation of various programmes. There is an excellent rapport and cordiality among the students faculty and administration. Staff club organizes socio cultural activities for its faculty members.

CRITERION-VII : HEALTHY PRACTICES
This institution is successful to some extent in translating its vision and goals into practice inspite of constraints in the affiliating system. Through the planning and development council, public ensures active involvement in the college administration.

The college has an effective co-ordinating and monitoring mechanism.

Annual academic plan for each subject is prepared.

Bridge courses are conducted at the beginning.

The college has a tradition of conducting remedial classes.

Faculty members attend orientation programmes.

Students are encouraged to participate in various activities.

NSS and Red Cross units initiate many activities to help the poor people of the locality.

Certificate courses are conducted by some departments.

College administration is based on principles of participatory democracy, transparency and accountability.

Special coachings are given to students for competitive examination.

Services of MANA TV, a govt. satellite educational channel are well utilized.

Resources are generated through PTA, Alumni, donations from CPDC and
Self-financing course.

Basic health services are given to staff and students.

Special attention is given to slow learners. Advanced learners are encouraged to conduct group discussion and study project.

Invited talks are conducted in all departments frequently.

Inter disciplinary subjects like Indian Heritage and Culture, science and civilization and environmental studies for all students.

Tutorial system is introduced.

Hope examination is conducted.

Teachers performance is evaluated by students.

A job oriented course under restructured syllabus is introduced.

NSS unit adopted a village.

Directory of blood group of the students is maintained.

Blood donation camp, dental check up camps are conducted.

Free eye camp is organized in association with Rotary Netra.

Commerce department instituted a cash award.

Twinning programmes and exchange programems are conducted.

SECTION - III
OVERALL ANALYSIS
Govt. Degree College Srungavarapukota established in 1984 is a co-educational college affiliated to Andhra University. It is recognized by UGC under 2(f) / 12(B) in 1991. It offers BA, B.Com. and B.Sc. courses. Present student strength of the college is 228. Even though it is an under graduate college, teachers are research minded and development oriented. There are 9 departments with 12 permanent teachers and one temporary teacher. The college functions from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The college library works even in holidays for limited time. The admission process is very transparent. The various committees constituted show the democratic approach in all the programmes and activities of the college. Economically and socially backward students are given financial assistance in the form of scholarships. The activities of various organizations like NSS, NCC, grievance redressal cell, Red cross, Eco club, Counseling Cell are commendable.

The involvement of the local MLA in the development of the college is praise worthy. Teachers involvement in various activities of the college is also commendable.

While complimenting the college for its curricular, co-curricular and extra curricular achievements, the peer team is pleased to recommend the following suggestions which can help in the improvement of the present functions of the college.

Steps should be taken to start more conventional as well as job oriented UG and PG courses.

Some market friendly courses like microbiology, biotechnology poultry science will be advantageous to student community.

The central library should be fully computerized with internet facility and adequate infra structure facilities. Number of books in the library needs to be added.

Library requires a qualified full time librarian.

Hostel facilities for boys and girls should be provided within the campus.

The teachers should be encouraged to avail UGC assistance under minor research projects seminar grants and faculty improvement programme in addition to COSIP and COHSSIP.

Research activities of the teaching staff need to be initiated.

Endowments for scholarships and awards for students excelling in studies shall be introduced.

The promotion of teachers from junior college to degree college should be in accordance with the norms prescribed the UGC only.

The steps may be taken to augment the infra structural facilities using funds from external sources like MPLAD scheme.

Entrepreneurship developmental efforts be augmented in the college.

Permanent teaching and Non-teaching staff to be appointed in accordance with the work load including computer science department at the earliest.

In view of the availability of land, horticulture, floriculture, wormiculture and mushroom cultivation activities need to be undertaken on earn and learn scheme providing a source of income to both college and the students.

Extracurricular and co-curricular activities of the students may be improved.

Optimum utilization of the infrastructure should be ensured.

UGC scales to be implemented to all teachers.

Semester system should be followed and choice based credit system should be introduced.

Good road and transport facility are to be provided.

Contract teachers and part time contingent staff may be regularized.

Physics and Chemistry laboratory should be modernized

College Health Center need to be strengthened.

Peer team place on record the excellent co-operation extended by principal, staff, students, parents and alumni throughout the exercise and wish all the best for Govt. degree college, Srungavarapukota, Vizianagaram in the effort of achieving excellence.

Dr. P. Maruthamuthu
Chair person

Dr. K. Mohanan Pillai
Member co-ordinatior

Prof. B.A. Sridhara
Member

SRI. P. RAMESH
Principal
Govt. Degree College
Srungavarapukota

Place : Srungavarapukota

Date : 3rd Feb. 2004

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