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Dharmendrasinhji Arts College, Rajkot, Gujarat
Dharmendrasinhji Arts College, Rajkot, Gujarat
Address:Dr. Yagnik Road, Rajkot, Gujarat
Dharmendrasinhji Arts College, Rajkot is a recognised institute / college.
Dharmendrasinhji Arts College, Rajkot is situated in Rajkot of Gujarat state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Website of Dharmendrasinhji Arts College, Rajkot is http://www.dhcollege.org/.
Contact Details of Dharmendrasinhji Arts College, Rajkot are : Telephone: +91-281-2465632
Courses offered in Dharmendrasinhji Arts College, RajkotB.A, M.A, L.L.B, B.Ed
Dharmendrasinhji Arts College, Rajkot runs course(s) in Arts, Law, Teacher Training and Education, Training stream(s).
Profile of Dharmendrasinhji Arts CollegeThe region of Rajkot was a State before independence.Thakor Sahib Shri Dharmendrasinhji was the ruler in 1936AD.The foundation stone of Shri Dharmendrasinhji Arts and Science College Was laid by His Excellency, The Right Honourable The Earl of Willington, the Governor General of India On 7nth January1936.
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NAAC report of Dharmendrasinhji Arts CollegeSECTION - I : PREFACE
Dharmendrasinhji Arts College, Rajkot (Gujarat) is one of the oldest institutions in the Saurashtra region which was established in 1937 to impart higher education in Arts and Science during those days. Over the years, Arts faculty got separated and started functioning as an independent entity since 1978. Presently, the college aims to provide quality education in arts at the undergraduate level.
The institution is located in the central part of Rajkot city in an area of 13.79 acres and is affiliated to Saurashtra University.
The institution is co-educational, Government funded and is recognized by the University Grants Commission under 2(f) and 12(B) since 1978. It offers only one programme of study, viz., Bachelor of Arts (B.A.).
The college has 1120 students in all comprising of 1074 boys and 46 girls (2006-07). Majority of the students are from within the state. There are in all 25 faculty members of whom 19 are permanent and 06 are on ad-hoc basis.
In order to get itself assessed and accredited, the college submitted a self study report (SSR) to the National Assessment and Accreditation Council in January 2007. NAAC constituted a Peer Team with Prof. Biranch N. Puhan, former Vice Chancellor, North Orissa University (Chairperson), Prof. H.S.Sandhu, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar (Member Coordinator), and Dr. Puneet Bedi, Principal, MCM D. A. V. College, Chandigarh (Member) to assess the self-study report. Dr. K.N. Madhusudanan Pillai, Academic Consultant, NAAC, coordinated the visit of the Peer Team to the college.
During the visit on March 23-24, 2007, the Peer Team visited all the departments and interacted with the Principal, the members of Governing Body, faculty, administrative staff, students, parents and alumni to reflect on the self-study report of the college. The Team's assessment of the institution as per NAAC criteria is as follows:
SECTION-II : CRITERION WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion - I: Curricular Aspects
The college offers only one programme of Bachelor of Arts and follows the annual programme system. This is the only college in the University which offers nine special subjects : English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Gujarati, History, Sociology, Philosophy, Economics and Geography. It has two subsidiary subjects, viz., Psychology and Political Science.
The college is affiliated to Saurashtra University and it emphasizes the all-round development of the students through participation in co-curricular and cultural activities. It also caters to the poor sections of the society. College teachers are available in free periods to help educationally backward and weak students.
The college follows the University curriculum and there is not much scope for the college to design its own curriculum. Senior faculty members of different subjects are represented in the respective Boards of Studies and have contributed significantly in updating and revising of syllabi as per UGC guidelines. Teachers' appraisal by students is introduced recently.
Criterion - II : Teaching, Learning & Evaluation
The recruitment of permanent faculty is done by the Gujarat Public Service Commission (GPSC)as per criteria laid down by the affiliating University, the State Government and the UGC. At present, there are 19 permanent and 06 ad-hoc teachers in the institution. The college also appoints teachers on part-time basis as per its requirements.
The college needs to publish its admission prospectus regularly to provide requisite information to students about admission procedure, availability of courses, number of seats, fee structure, etc. Presently, only an admission notice is given in the newspapers. Admission is made on the basis of academic record and merit. The college follows the reservation policy of the State Government for the weaker sections of the society and women candidates. The courses are taught as per norms of the affiliating University which conducts its examinations on annual basis. The college conducts periodic tests and examinations to assess its students.
The teachers are available during free period for the disadvantaged and weak students. Almost all the students admitted for undergraduate programme are from the state of Gujarat. The Peer team was happy to note that the dropout rate was as low as 3.73 % and 3.12 % during the last two years, viz., 2005-06 and 2006-07 respectively. Besides, the success rate for these two batches is quite impressive being 89 % and 94 %.
Criterion - III : Research, Consultancy & Extension
Some teachers have published their research works mostly in local and Gujarati journals. Practically, the committee come across with some research articles which are published in international or national referred journals. The research activities of the faculty members are often presented in state level and national seminars and conferences.
The college library subscribes to a few magazines / journals. Only one teacher is recognized as Ph.D. guide. One of the teachers has received a silver medal by presenting his research work at Saurashtra Itihas Parishad.
Consultancy services of the college seem to be practically nonexistant due to limited facilities. However, the college provides some extension services to the community by organizing NSS, NCC camps, etc. through public awareness programmes like blood donation, social justice, empowerment of underprivileged sections of the society. With regard to the linkage with other institutions / organizations, the college seems to have some contribution in the area of curriculum development as some of its teachers are the members of the Board of studies of the university. The college does not have any students placement programme and collaborative research work with other organizations.
Of late, the college is trying to promote faculty to participate in research work through providing computer facilities. Recently, steps regarding computerization of library have also been initiated.
Criterion - IV : Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college shares its land with three other colleges, i.e. H. & H.B. Kotak Institute of Science, A.M.P. Law college and A.V.P.Technical Institute on a total land area of 30 acres. The college uses 13.79 acres of land area. It has 22 rooms. Besides, the college has two small buildings, i.e., Bhugol Bhavan for Geography Department (132 Sq. Mts.) and Gymkhana Building for Physical Education Department(54 Sq. Mts.). However, the college needs more rooms to accommodate separate departments. The offices of the N.S.S. and N.C.C. are functioning from a very small room.
The college has 14 classrooms, one large central hall, and a college library. The central hall has moderate sound and lighting systems which can accommodate upto 700 persons. Maintenance of buildings and infrastructure is severely affected due to lack of funding by the government. The college has only eight computers.
The college library has total of 43,607 books. It subscribes to 7 journals / magazines. The college has recently installed a computer and is planning to computerize the entire activities of the library and has also purchased the SOUL software from the INFLIBNET. The library is kept open during the office hours during all the working days. The college has received Rs. 4.85 Lacs in last five years from U.G.C. and has utilized the entire amount. The library has a spacious reading area for students and teachers and a Book Bank with 7546 books to help the needy students.
The institution needs to develop computer friendly atmosphere for its faculty, staff and students alike.
Presently, the hostel building is occupied by the NCC battalion.
Criterion - V : Student Support and Progression
Majority of the students are from Rajkot district and other districts of Saurashtra region.. The number has steadily grown from 993 in the year 2005-06 to 1120 in the year 2006-07. The college has good number of students from SC/ST and OBCs
The success rate of the college is 94 % and the dropout rate is 3.12 % in the year 2005-06 which indicates a positive student progression.
The institution is offering 418 freeships & merit scholarships to its students.
The college needs to offer freeship to outstanding sports students.
Students belonging to SC/ST and OBC-SEBC are also given financial benefits as per the norms of the state government.
The institution needs to have some welfare schemes for its students.
The cultural team has won prizes at University level but extra curricular activities can be more broad based.
The college can be advised to initiate a cell to prevent sexual harassment and to provide legal literacy to women.
The college has recently started alumni association, (yet to be registered), publication of prospectus, vocational guidance centre & grievance redressal cell - they all need to be strengthened, documented and activated.
A few student support services i.e. Medical facilities, college canteen, girl's common room, indoor and outdoor sports facilities, placement cell and recreational activities are need to be taken care of.
Criterion - VI : Organisation and Management
The college being a purely Government college does not have a management body & is being run as per the norms of the state government. The college is managed by the Principal & the various committees constituted by him, i.e., the admission committee, the examination committee, the discipline committee, time-table committee, college development committee, steering committee, cultural committee and library committee.
The Principal as the head of the institution supervises, guides and motivates its staff in performing their academic, administrative and other important activities of the college.
The faculty members are involved in decision making process.
Financial management, governance, resource mobilization, recruitment and assessment of the staff is done as per the norms of the State government.
The establishment of the Network Resource Centre, sound and light equipments in the central hall and planting of trees with tree guards are some positive endeavors.
The institution needs to have an effective internal co-ordination, monitoring mechanism, academic calendar, value based courses, computerization of library and administrative office to develop a computer friendly ambience.
The institution needs to organize faculty development programmes for its teaching and non-teaching staff.
The college may start job oriented courses as per the norms of its University and State government.
Criterion - VII : Healthy Practices
The Peer Team has noted the following healthy practices:
The Principal and some of the faculty members have shown keen interest in the publication of books and research papers.
The college has evolved a process to conduct examinations with 'zero cheating system'. As a result of which, the University does not send its fly squad to this college during examinations.
N.S.S. and N.C.C. units exist in the college.
The institution needs to develop a mechanism for internal quality checks.
Since the college functions on conventional method of teaching and learning, latest teaching aids are required.
The institution needs to start activities which may inculcate a sense of social responsibilities amongst its students.
SECTION - III : OVERALL ANALYSIS
College has qualified and dedicated faculty with as many as 12 (48 %) teachers having Ph.D. degree out of 25 faculty members in all.
College undertakes extra coaching for weak and educationally backward students in free periods.
College has sharing facilities with three other sister institutions situated in the same campus.
Urgent steps may be initiated to set up a computer lab with at least 20 systems of latest configuration with broadband net connectivity.
Library support services need to be upgraded both qualitatively and quantitatively.
Various operations of the library like cataloging, book lending etc. need to be computerized. Since college has as many as 12 Ph.D.s, efforts may also be made to provide net facility in the library for the benefit of faculty as well as students. Facilities of e-learning resources for research like INFLIBNET, DELNET etc. may be made available as well.
Steps may be taken to improve students' communication skills in English. For this purpose, English language lab may therefore be set up in the college. A step in this direction appears to have been taken at the level of State government.
Post graduate programme in English may again be started in view of its increasing importance.
Measures may be initiated to attract funds from UGC under various schemes including minor and major research projects.
More sports facilities for indoor games like badminton and outdoor games like cricket, volley ball and basket ball may be created.
There is urgent need for the college to start self financed vocational courses like computer applications, IT, etc. to augment its meager resources.
A health care centre may be established. Besides, hostel and canteen facilities may also be provided.
Programmes like computer training and personality development may be organized both for teaching and non-teaching staff on regular basis.
Provision of common room for lady teachers and girls students may be made.
The college may establish Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) for planning and its implementation.
The college may collect data about former students, their placements and academic progressions. In this process, the alumni association may take initiatives.
Teachers may be encouraged to publish their research works in reputed professional journals.
Government may be requested to shift the NCC office from the boys hostel so that students could be accommodated there.
Along with Gujarati, students may be taught in English medium which may help them in developing spoken English skills.
Keeping in mind the requirements of the local conditions, some self financing certificate courses may be offered.
An Assistance librarian, a library clerk, a restorer and a peon may be appointed in library.
Environmental studies may be taught by experts or qualified teachers in the area.
The college does not have a Gym. The authorities may apply to UGC for funding to have it.
College authorities are adjusted to work on space management which may minimize the problem of space for current and future academic activities.
The Indoor stadium of the college is barely used. Authorities may think of utilizing this space appropriately.
Medical allowances for employees, washing allowances may be raised by the authorities.
The Peer Team thanks the Management, the Principal, the local coordinator, the faculty, the students, and staff of the college for their cooperation which made its task easy .The team also expresses its satisfaction for arrangements of a comfortable stay at Rajkot.
(Prof. Biranch N. Puhan)
(Dr. Puneet Bedi)
(Dr. S. U. Vora)
Date : March 24, 2007
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