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AK Doshi Mahila College, Jamnagar, Gujarat



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AK Doshi Mahila College, Jamnagar, Gujarat
Address:Vikas Gruh Road
Jamnagar
Gujarat, India



AK Doshi Mahila College, Jamnagar Gujarat is a recognised institute / college. AK Doshi Mahila College, Jamnagar Gujarat was established on / in 1975.


Principal of AK Doshi Mahila College, Jamnagar Gujarat is H. B. Sheth.

AK Doshi Mahila College, Jamnagar Gujarat is situated in Jamnagar of Gujarat state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Residence Phone No(s) of concerned peron(s) of AK Doshi Mahila College, Jamnagar Gujarat is (are) : 2559395.

Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at AK Doshi Mahila College, Jamnagar Gujarat are 9925790396.

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Contact Details of AK Doshi Mahila College, Jamnagar Gujarat are : Telephone: +91-288-2756298, 0288-76298, 2677098



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AK Doshi Mahila College, Jamnagar Gujarat runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).

AK Doshi Mahila College is affiliated with Saurashtra University, Rajkot (Gujarat)



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NAAC report of AK Doshi Mahila College

SECTION - 1
Introduction
Bhavan's Shree A. K. Doshi Mahila College, Mahila College Marg, Jamnagar was established as the first women's college of Jamnagar District of the State of Gujarat in June 1975 with the inspiration and efforts of a reputed industrialist, Late Shree Jagubhai Doshi, under the patronage of Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Jamnagar Kendra, to create facilities for imparting higher education to women of the region. The college is managed by a local trust through its governing body and is on the list of Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai which nominates two members to its governing body.

Making a humble beginning with only two classes i.e. Pre-university and First Year Bachelor of Arts(F.Y.B.A.) , it has gradually more subjects in Arts, Commerce and Home Science at the graduate level over the years. In addition to this, the college has introduced a Diploma and a Certificate course in Computer Science, B.A. in English and P.G. Courses in five disciplines under self-finance scheme. The college admits only girl students in under graduate programmes, whereas in P.G. and computer courses, boys are also given admissions. The student strength during the current academic year is 2780 at UG level and 420 at PG level. The college offers seven subjects in Arts streams at U.G. level which includes Hindi, Sanskrit, Gujarati, English, Economics, Sociology and Psychology. In Home Science and Commerce stream fixed curriculum prescribed by the University is followed. The college has been recognized as a P.G. Centre by the university and runs the courses in the subjects of Home Science, Commerce, Economics, Sanskrit, and Hindi. Besides this, the college runs a P.G. Diploma in Business Management in the evening which is sponsored by Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai.

It is an aided college permanently affiliated to Saurashtra University, Rajkot. It follows the norms and guidelines of the university and the state government for admissions, conduct of courses, fee structure and examinations. It is included in the list of colleges maintained by the UGC under Section 2(f) and 12(B) of its Act of 1956 since 1982. This enables the college to draw central developmental assistance and seek the benefit of UGC schemes and projects.

The college is located in an urban area of Jamnagar city spread over a 2.2 acres of land. It has developed reasonably good infrastructural facility over a period of time to carry out the academic programmes.

The college prepared its Self Study Report (SSR) and submitted it to the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and volunteered to be assessed and accredited. NAAC constituted a Peer Team comprising Professor H.L. Verma, former Pro Vice Chancellor and presently Dean Academic Affairs, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hissar (Haryana) as Chairman, Professor L.K. Pareek, Professor of Botany, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur as a Member Coordinator and Professor K. S. Umadevi, Former Principal, N.M.K.R.V.College for Women, Jayanagar, Bangalore as a member, to visit the college and validate the Self Study Report. Sh. Ganesh Hegde, Assistant Adviser, NAAC supplied a copy of the SSR to each of the Members of the Peer Team well in advance in order and ably coordinated the visit in liaison with the Principal of the college.

The Team visited the college from 26th to 28th March, 2007. The Principal gave a detailed presentation on the academic, co-curricular and other activities of the college. With the background of the information gathered from the study of the SSR and this presentation, the team went round the campus and visited all the teaching departments, library, self-financing wing, sports facilities, NCC Office, NSS facilities, administrative set up and interacted with the teachers to assess the academic inputs and activities vis-à-vis the available infrastructural support system in the college. After interacting with the Members of the Trust, Principal, students, teaching and non-teaching staff, parents, alumni and after verifying and validating the relevant records and amenities referred to in the SSR, the Peer Team submits the following report based on the seven criteria laid down by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council.

SECTION - II
CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion - I: Curricular Aspects
The college runs U.G. programmes in Arts, Commerce and Home Science streams. It has been recognized as a P.G. Centre by the University to run P.G. courses in Home Science, Commerce, Hindi, Sanskrit and Economics. Under self financing scheme, it has also introduced Diploma and Certificate courses in Computer Science, B.A. in English for the degree / diploma of Saurashtra University and P.G. Diploma in Business Management sponsored by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai. All the Programmes are conducted on annual system basis. The students have the choice and flexibility for opting combination of subjects out of the available seven subjects in Arts faculty, whereas in Commerce and Home Science streams core options are not available and a fixed curricula presented by the University is followed. The syllabi prescribed by the University are periodically enriched and revised and the last revision was carried out two years back. Senior most teacher of each subject represents the college in the respective BOS in the University. The courses are sustained through regular teaching and support of its teachers. The teaching is done mostly in Gujarati and partly in English wherever so required.

The college admits students on merit basis yet it does not seem to refuse admission to any eligible candidate. The admissions are made even over and above the sanctioned intake of students. The admissions against the reserved seats of SC/ST, economically and socially backward sections of society, for games, sports and physically handicapped students are made as per state government policy prescribed for this purpose. The college provides prospectus containing relevant information to the students at the time of admission. Although the college is running some market friendly courses under self financing schemes, the attempts are still required to introduce some more self financing and add on courses as prescribed by the UGC.

Criterion - II: Teaching- Learning and Evaluation
The admissions to various courses are made on the merit basis. Being the only college for women in the district of Jamnagar, no eligible candidate is generally deprived of admission. The reservation policy of the state government is followed for the purpose of admissions.

Teaching is imparted through tradition lecture method. However, the teaching in departments like home science, psychology and sociology is supplemented with the help of charts, models and conducting experiments. The frequent use of CDs, Laptop and computer is being made in the department of English. The classes are regularly held as per the time table allotted to the faculty members. Teachers are required to discharge the workload as per UGC norms in their respective subjects. There is no separate mechanism for remedial coaching for the weaker and needy students. However, the lecturer concerned takes care of such students in the respective class itself. The girl students are exempted from paying the tuition fee as per the policy of the state government. The students belonging to reserved categories are provided scholarships as per the norms prescribed by the government.

The appointment of teaching and non-teaching staff is made by a duly constituted statutory selection committee represented by the Board of Trustees, State Government, University and subject experts. 100% grant against salary is paid by the state government in addition to recurring expenditure.

However, since 1996 there had been no selections in the college because of the non availability of such a sanction from the state government and this has resulted into non availability of duly selected teachers in a number of subjects. In view of this the existing regular teaching staff in the college is 32 against 50 sanctioned posts. In order to have a smooth running of the teaching Programme in college, the management has appointed ten teachers in different subjects on a consolidated salary of Rs. 2,000 per month from their own sources. Four teachers in the college posses Ph.D. degree and out of these one is recognized by the University as a research supervisor for guiding research students. Almost all the teachers have attended orientation/refresher courses as per the U.G.C. requirements. The teachers are encouraged to participate in seminars, conferences, etc. Some of the teachers are actively engaged in social and political work. One of the faculty members is an elected member of the state assembly.

The course content as per syllabi prescribed by the university is being distributed by the teachers themselves in the beginning of the academic session for the purposes of teaching. The course contents are not unitized but the teacher concerned prepares the plan for teaching at its own level. The college has 294 teaching working days in each academic session and each period of teaching consists of 55 minutes.

The Library is the soul of an educational institution has adequate number of books and recently been renovated and equipped with computers. The process has been initiated for installation of internet facility and automation of library process. At present more than 35,000 books are housed in the library. The library subscribes to magazines, periodicals and daily newspapers. After its recent renovation with the help of the grant received from UGC under X Plan, the library has became a centre of attraction for students and teachers as it has a congenial academic atmosphere suitable for readers.

The management, principal, teachers and students have cordial relations and exchange ideas on academic and administrative matters and offer mutual help. The teachers share the administrative work through their participation in a number of committees which are formed in the beginning of the session.

The evaluation of students is monitored through conducting term tests by the teacher concerned in the class. There is no system of obtaining feedback from the students for the evaluation of teacher. There is no formalized institutional practice for submitting self appraisal by the teachers. There is no institutional practice for academic audit. The minimum attendance required to appear in the university examination is not strictly followed by the college administration. The university examination results of the students remain more than 90 per cent in most of the subjects and there are a large number of first divisions.

Criterion - III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The major focus of the college being on effective teaching, there is no distinct institutional priority assigned to research as such. Four of its teachers are Ph.D. holders. Some of the teachers are actively engaged in research and publication activities and have substantial written out put to their credit in the form of books, articles and radio speech. One of the teachers in the department of Sanskrit is appointed as a supervisor for Ph.D. and four students have already been awarded Ph.D. degree under his supervision. Some of the teachers have also participated in different academic conferences and seminars mostly at the state level. However the teachers are required to be encouraged to take up minor/major research projects from the various funding agencies. Motivation in this regard is required on priority basis.

Being an undergraduate college consultancy could not be promoted in the college. The college has an impressive record of achievements in cultural and co-curricular activities with many to its credit particularly through NCC and NSS units. It is commendable to note that two students have represented the college in the Republic Day parade at Delhi. The students have won laurels at national level in cultural and sports activities.

Criterion - IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college has developed necessary infrastructure and learning resources to conduct academic programmes and for extracurricular and co-curricular activities. The college has a campus area of 95,625 sqft, with a built up area of approximately 31,740 sq.ft. At present there are 14 class rooms, 6 laboratories, a well equipped library, office, staff room, seminar hall and Principal's chamber.

The college also has a central computer laboratory with 50 PCs and this centre remains open from 7.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. during the working days. The college has procured a L.C.D., two Overhead projector, one multimedia projector and some other modern teaching aids which are required to be used for imparting effective teaching programmes. The library is well stocked with text and reference books. Book bank facility is also available.

There is no hostel facility in the college at present. Similarly no accommodation is available for the staff on the college campus. No canteen and health care centre is available at the moment. They are making all efforts to create these facilities.

Necessary and adequate facilities are available in the laboratories of home science and psychology departments. Adequate furniture with good condition is available in each class room, library, seminar hall, staff room and Principal's chamber and office attached to it.

Criterion - V: Student Support and Progression
The existing strength of students during the current academic session is 2493 girls and 143 boys. The success rate is quite higher, the pass percentage being more than 90% in most of the subjects. The dropout rate is also negligible. The prospectus issued during the admission time contains all relevant information about the college, courses offered, fee structure and other rules and regulations pertaining to the process of admission, examination and teaching. The girl students of the college are fully exempted from paying their tuition fee as per state government policy. There is a provision of scholarships to SC, BC, OBC and Baxi Punch category students by the state government.

There is no counseling cell in the college in order to guide the students about their future career. Similarly, the alumni association and parent - teacher associations have been recently formalized by the college. More efforts in this direction are needed to activate such important wings. The college also needs to activate the grievances redreesal cell for the redressal of problems pertaining to girl students.

Although there is no formal placement cell in the college at present, a number of alumni of the college are holding respectable positions in the society. An active placement cell would definitely strengthen the progression and developing proper records of students passing out from the college. The students are motivated to participate in various sports and cultural activities at the university and state levels. The record reveals that a number of students have been rewarded and awarded for their merit in these activities.

Criterion - VI: Organization and Management
The college is funded by the State Government as far as the salary and recurring expenditure are concerned. The college is governed by a local trust under the patronage of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai. The trust has its own office bearers. This trust is making regular efforts for increasing the infrastructure, particularly the addition of buildings and space for various activities.

The day to day administration of the college is being run by the duly appointed Principal of the college. The teaching and non-teaching staff is under the direct control of the Principal. She manages the entire academic and administrative matters with the help of faculty members through various committees constituted for the purpose.

The immediate former Principal of the college has been appointed as a Campus Director to look after the growth and development of the institution. There is a proper and fruitful co-ordination between the Campus Director and the Principal in order to have a smooth functioning of the college.

There is no student union nor teacher union in the college. Due to the co-ordination between the administration, faculty members, non-teaching staff and students there has been no incident of any kind of unrest in the past. Since the government has no positive attitude regarding regular appointments of teachers and other staff, the Trust of the college needs to pay an immediate attention to formalize the service conditions of part-time staff in order to pay them reasonably.

Criterion - VII: Healthy Practices
To further improve the academic standards and cover up the gaps in curriculum and basic requirements of the students to enable them to compete confidently in the present day scenario, the college organizes guest lectures, group discussions, visits to industrial units besides offering them exposure to computer education. Lectures are organized on live social issues such as environment awareness, female feticide, legal matters, career counseling, moral values, community orientation, Indian culture, AIDS awareness, continuing education, personality development, etc.

Teacher-student relations are cordial on account of easy accessibility of teachers to the students in all subjects. The students evince keen interest in the co-curricular, sports and social outreach activities. The contribution of NSS and NCC units which teach values of leadership and service in their social outreach programmes is commendable. This has also contributed to greater cordiality, co-operation and amity among the student and the teaching fraternity. Every student has to compulsorily participate either in NCC, NSS or physical training (P.T.).

Apart from the regular academic courses, the college is focusing on value-based education. The college has a great history and enjoys good reputation in society for cultivating values among students. The practice of holding morning prayer in which all the students and teaching staff participates in commendable.

The recognition of the college in the form of P.G. Centre in five subjects has provided further awareness for the vertical growth of the students. The university has also approved this college as its centre to co-ordinate in the university examinations of the whole region.

Self-financing courses are a step to augment the financial resources of the college and offer new courses of socio-economic relevance to its students. More efforts are needed in this direction to start the need based add-on courses.

Section - II
Overall Analysis and Suggestions
A small college established in 1975 with the initiative of an industrialist under the banner of Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan Jamnagar branch has grown gradually to add U.G. courses in Arts offering seven subjects, Commerce and Home Science streams, P.G. Courses in five disciplines, self-financing courses in computer science and evening course in Business Management. It is an affiliated College to Saurashtra University, Rajkot and receives grant-in-aid from the State Government. It has the distinction of being the only womens college of Jamnagar District. The college has a centrally located campus at Jamnagar which ideally suits to the girls coming from the city and nearby rural areas. It has developed a reasonably good infrastructure over the years which is optimally utilized by distributing the time for different programmes in the morning and afternoon shifts. The college has made good efforts to sustain quality of teaching and other co-curricular inputs for its students. The students performance is also very good. The college enjoys good financial stability and social confidence to sustain its new initiatives and has the potential to make further progress in this direction. The affiliating university has short listed it as a college with potential for excellence and in response to this the process has been initiated to submit its proposal to the UGC.

During the visit to the college, while the Team validated the self-study report submitted to the NAAC by the college and has given its overall analysis and recommendations as above it would also like to make a few suggestions as under which may be considered by the college to the extent possible so as to ensure quality assurance in higher education being imparted to its students under its dynamic and visionary leadership:

The college may take up the case with the university for some periodic review and interdisciplinary realignment of existing courses particularly in Home Science to enrich their quality and relevance for girls in the current job market.

The teachers may be encouraged by the management to undertake the minor and major research projects in their respective areas and seek financial assistance from different funding agencies on its own behalf. The management may create an endowment fund for this purpose.

The teachers may be encouraged to participate in seminars and conferences in their respective areas of interest for better exchange of ideas and their overall enrichment and professional growth. The management may provide financial assistance to the teachers for attending seminars and conferences whether local or outside the country.

The college may start the publication of its magazine to provide an opportunity to the staff members and students for their creative writing and for the expression of their ideas.

The UGC may be approached to fund the establishment of a Women's Studies Centre and for the construction of women's hostel.

The college may setup a language laboratory and start some programmes to improve communication skills of the students particularly in English language.

Teacher's self appraisal report and teacher's appraisal from students may be introduced which will help transparency and accountability in the system. For class room teaching, greater use of modern teaching aids like OHP, CD, multimedia, etc. should be introduced.

Computer literacy needs to be encouraged among the teachers, administrative staff and students who are not regular students of computer science. This will enhance their market employability.

The academic monitoring of the students needs to be strengthened by maintaining proper record of their attendance, conducting evaluation through mid term tests and pre-final examinations.

A grievance redressal procedure may be introduced to take care of the problems of the students and handling the same at its early stage. Even the parents may be involved to effectively handle such issues.

Though the library has recently been modernized, it needs to be further enriched by adding more English medium books in all subjects and subscribing to some English journals. The internet facilities need to be made available in the library at the earliest.

The college may develop a vision paper to formulate its road map for the short term and long term plan and strategies for further academic development of the college.

The staff appointed by the management needs to be paid respectable amount of salary. The management has agreed on this issue and promised to take up their case favourably in its next meeting, which is worth appreciating.

The students need to be provided more exposure in sports and extra curricular activities and may be awarded the necessary certificates and prizes.

It is desirable that the college should establish a research centre to augment the research activities of the staff and students.

More and more P.G. courses should be introduced in the college.

More and More skill based job oriented courses should be introduced.

Principal should give extra care for the maintenance of the students' discipline.

The alumni association should be further strengthened. Similarly parent-teacher meetings should be conducted regularly.

Conclusion
The team expresses its satisfaction over the quality of education being offered by the college. Instead of total dependence on grant-in-aid from the state government it has also mobilized additional resources through self-funded courses which are market friendly. The college has made efficient use of its infrastructure with the help of its efficient faculty and dynamic management.

The members of the Peer Team express their warm appreciation for the hospitality and cooperation extended to them during their visit to the college by the Management, the Principal, Steering Committee Coordinator of the college, the faculty, the non-teaching staff and the students and for having made the visit to the college a memorable and an educative experience. The Team also places on record its appreciation of the coordination and expeditious planning done by Sh. Ganesh Hegde, Assistant Advisor, NAAC in getting this institutional assessment and accreditation.

Professor H.L.Verma
Chairman

Professor L.K. Pareek
Member Co-ordinator

Professor K.S.Umadevi
Member

Dr. H. B. Sheth
Principal

Date. March 28, 2007



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