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Shri VR Patel College of Commerce, Mehsana, Gujarat



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Shri VR Patel College of Commerce, Mehsana, Gujarat
Address:Nagalpur Road, Highway
Mehsana
Gujarat, India



Shri VR Patel College of Commerce, Mehsana Gujarat is a recognised institute / college.
Principal of Shri VR Patel College of Commerce, Mehsana Gujarat is Jagdishbhai Patel.

Shri VR Patel College of Commerce, Mehsana Gujarat is situated in Mehsana of Gujarat state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. email ID(s) is Shri VR Patel College of Commerce Mehsana Gujarat

Website of Shri VR Patel College of Commerce, Mehsana Gujarat is www.sufmehsana.org.


Contact Details of Shri VR Patel College of Commerce, Mehsana Gujarat are : Telephone: +91-2762-254361

TOTAL STUDENT : 1354
TOTAL STAFF : 13


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Shri VR Patel College of Commerce, Mehsana Gujarat runs course(s) in Commerce stream(s).

Shri VR Patel College of Commerce is affiliated with Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University, Patan



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NAAC report of Shri VR Patel College of Commerce

Section-I
INTRODUCTION
Shri V. R. Patel College of Commerce, Mehsana, Gujarat is affiliated to The Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University, Patan. The College was established by Sardar Vidyabhavan Trust, Mehsana, in the year 1964 as a part of Municipal Arts and Commerce College. The objective of this co-educational college is to cater to the needs of education of young men and women coming from low and middle income groups of the people. The college was started with the view to provide undergraduate education in Commerce.

In course of time Municipal Arts and Commerce College got bifurcated and the college became independent entity in 1986. Presently the college is situated on a campus of 4.33 acres of land having constructed space measuring 4720 sq. meters. It has an enrollment of 1371 students in the U.G. and the P.G. courses of studies as on 8th March, 2007, having a single morning shift. It has faculty strength of 14 , out of which 12 are regular and 2 are temporary (part time teachers). The non-teaching staff comprises of 16 members.

The college has UGC recognition under 2 (f) and 12(B) since 1986. It receives grant-in-aid from the state government as per the norms and procedures notified from time to time. The college does not run any self-financing course(s) to supplement its financial resources.

Although, this is a unidisciplinary commerce college, it has six departments. Seven of the teachers have Ph.D. degree. In 43 years of its existence, the college has emerged as an important center of higher education.. The college has the requisite facilities like library, computer centre with broadband internet facility, games and sports, parking area, etc.

In order to get itself assessed and accredited, the college submitted a self-assessment report the National Assessment and Accreditation Council in December 2006. NAAC constituted a Peer Team with Prof. K.L.Sharma, Former Vice Chancellor, University of Rajasthan, as Chairperson, Prof.H.S.Sandhu , Member Convener, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, and Dr.Mangal Mishra, Member, Principal, Shri Cloth Market Kanya Vanijya Mahavidyalaya, Indore, to assess the self-study report. Before the proposed visit of the Peer Team, the copies of Self Assessment Report and necessary documents were made available to the team. The Peer Team had a pre-visit meeting on 8 th March 2007 at 8.00 PM, at the place of stay of the team and discussed the modalities and procedures to be followed for assessment of the report.

During the visit from March 9-10, 2007, the Peer Team visited all the departments and centers of support services and interacted with the Principal, The Governing Body, faculty members, administrative staff, students, parents and alumni to reflect on the self-study report of the college. The assessment of the institution as per the criteria laid down by the NAAC is as follows:

Section-II
Criterion - I: Curricular Aspects
The institution aims to impart education in Commerce. The undergraduate and post-graduate programmes are planned according to the norms of the North Gujarat University, to which the college is affiliated. The college runs at present B.Com. and M.Com. Programmes of study (with special emphasis on Cost and Management Accountancy, and Statistics).The provision of M.Com. With Statistics is available only in this college under the jurisdiction of the North Gujarat University. Even the University itself does not have a post-graduate department in Statistics. At present the college does not have self-financing courses. Although the college started earlier a B.B.A. programme, later on this course was shifted to Ganpat Vidyanagar, which is now Ganpat University in the private sector.

Recently from the current academic session, the college has started English as mode of instruction for B.Com. Programme of study. The college is first to experiment this innovation. The college is quite alert and conscious to the academic growth of students. It organizes discussions and lectures with a view to benefit the students and teachers. The college has established formal /informal links with industry and voluntary organizations. Some teachers of the college have served as members/chairman of the Board of Studies of the University.

Criterion - II: Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
The college brings out its admission bulletin to provide requisite information to students about admission procedures, availability of courses and number of seats, fee structure, etc. Admissions are offered by both interviews of the candidates and on the basis of academic records. The college follows the reservation policy of the state governments 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. The college conducts periodic tests and examinations to assess its students.

The institution does not conduct any formal talent search in the beginning of the session. However, the teachers arrange remedial courses for the disadvantaged students.

All of the students admitted for undergraduate and post graduate courses are from the state of Gujarat. The drop-out rate was 41% and 21% for the U.G., and 2.5% for the P.G .courses for the last two batches. The failure rate is 5 to 15%. Eligibility to take the final examination is based on requisite attendance in the given year. Parents are informed about the performance of their wards.

Departmental meetings are held at the beginning of the academic session for unitization of syllabi and distribution of teaching workload. The college has a computer center, which is one of the good centers in H. North
Gujarat University and it provides access to all the students as well as the faculty.

The college promotes student-teacher interaction for better teaching and learning. Seminars, field visits, periodical class tests, etc. are organized for this purpose. The college intends to enhance group discussions, seminars, tutorials and feed-back system for academic excellence. The institution worked for 232 days for teaching as against 204 days in 2005-06 .The working hours of the college starts from 7 AM and continues up to 2 PM

The recruitment of teachers is done by the management of the institution as per the rules laid down by the University, the state government and the UGC. At present, there are 12 full time and 2 part-time teachers the institution. The institution also appoints teachers on contract basis as per its requirements.

The students are evaluated by way of internal /sessional tests. The answer-sheets are shown to the students so as to maintain transparency in evaluation. Students learn a lot through this exercise and by assignments which they are given from time to time.

The students of the college are encouraged to participate in debates, discussions and competitive events. The classroom teaching is supplemented by assignments, group discussions, field visits, etc.

All faculty members have attended orientation and refresher courses to update their pedagogical skills. They are encouraged to participate in national seminars and workshops. During the last few years, 18 research papers were presented in national seminars and two in international seminars. The Principal, on the basis of performance including curricular and extra-curricular activities and contribution to college writes ACRs of teachers and staff. The college has introduced the procedure of seeking feedback from the outgoing students, with a view to ensure accountability of the teachers.

Criterion - III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
In all, 7 teachers possess Ph.D.degree. Some faculty members have published in magazines and contributed chapters to books. There is no financial support from the college for the teachers to work for their Ph.D. degree. The college has two minor research projects from the UGC, and one has been completed and the other is on. One teacher has been recognized as the Ph.D. research guide very recently.

One teacher has been assigned additional charge for extension activities which include programmes relating to NSS. The college has a unit of NSS with 100 students. The NSS adopted a nearby village for a period of three years for its overall development. A NCC unit has also been established in the college consisting 50 cadets. A teacher has been given additional charge to take care of NCC activities.

The college students union also conducts health camps, dance competitions, etc.

The college has established informal linkages with some companies and they arrange campus interviews in the college. Some of the companies have selected students of this college for jobs.

Criterion - IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college is one of the four institutions of the trust located in the area of 4.33 acres. The college has well furnished class rooms, one computer lab, seminar hall, library, etc. .
The infrastructure is maintained by the management out of the annual income meant for infrastructure and furniture. However, the college does not have its own playgrounds.

. The facility of indoor games like table- tennis is available. However, the students would also like to have a badminton court at the college campus. If sports facility could be extended to all the desirous students during their spare hours, it would be cherished by them. .A canteen is essential for the students and so is hostel facility. The college needs to ponder over these demands urgently. .

There is one computer lab, with 41 PCs including 18 IBM computers with P4 3.0 GHz, 10 Vinton Biz with Intel P4, 1.7 Ghz, 5 Vinton Elixir Intel PII 400 MHZ, 2 Zenith PCs with Intel P4, 1.6 GHz and 6 others. They are networked with local area networking. The lab has broad-band internet connectivity. This facility is used by students and faculty as well. Necessary soft wares for all these courses are also available. The college has 8 printers. The systems are loaded with Windows XP SP2, Windows 98, Windows 95, etc.Students are using computer centre and prepare their projects. However, computers require UPS back-up facility in order to utilize the lab in a better way. Computer programmer may be asked to acquire latest skills in the field. Besides the internet facility, a cyber cafe may also be established at the college for the benefit of students and college community.

The college has a library assisted by an advisory committee. There are 18090 books in the library. It subscribes 6 journals and 40 magazines, periodicals and dailies. There is hardly any professional journal procured by the library. A lot of books are available in English language, but they are rarely used by the faculty and students.

There are 4366 reference books in the library. During 2003-04 and 2004-05, 395 and 725 books were added, respectively. The library is partially computerized. The library used SOUL application software; however, there is a need to incorporate INFLIBNET software. It is required to improve the utilization of the library by both teachers and students. The library is generally kept open during college hours. Recently, the facility was enhanced from 7 AM to 7 PM. The facilities of circulation referencing, computer and printing, internet, inter-library loan, power back-up are available, however, there is a need for further improvement. On an average, 80 books are issued per day. Students are issued only 2 books at a time, of which one is related to the subject, and other is of non-subject interest. This may be raised to four books at a time. For this the college may have to procure more text -books. Emphasis may be laid on standard text books.

The college has infrastructure facility for sports and physical education. There is a separate room, a large hall where sports equipments are kept and there is enough space for equipments for indoor games. Sports facilities in the college include courts for kho-kho, basketball, badminton, and for some indoor games and athletics. Certificates of merits, trophies, cash awards, medals are given to outstanding sports students. Players are provided tracksuits, t-shirts, jackets and sports shoes, traveling expenses, etc. Some students of the college have won prizes in inter-college competitions. Sports officer of the college holds a Ph.D. degree. He has served as a national referee for various sports activities. However, there is a need to motivate students to take keen interest in sports and extra-curricular activities.

Criterion V: Students Support and Progression
As stated earlier, the college has 1377 students, out of which 1172 belong to B.Com. Stream and 199 to M.Com. Programme. Most students come from the nearby area.Female students of the college are about one third of the total strength at the UG level and nearly 50% girls are in the PG programme. The college publishes an updated information bulletin every year. The college has also the tradition of distributing a handbook to the admitted students, which carries information about the college and its year long activities.

The support services include Xeroxing, playgrounds, financial aids, scholarships, library, counseling and placement services.

The following are the findings of the Peer Team:
The college has got students support services such as central library with a reading room, parking place, photocopying, internet, etc. However, there is an urgent need to expand audio-visual facility. Although, modest first aid facility is available, but it has not been publicized amongst the students.. Playgrounds for Hockey and Foot-ball need to be created at the campus. As mentioned earlier, a canteen and at least one hostel are urgent needs. For SC/ST/OBC students scholarships are provided by the Government of Gujarat. During 2004-05, 534 students of weaker sections received scholarships. In 2005-06, 529 SC/ST students received scholarships and free ships. However, no scholarships were provided to the non-SC/ST meritorious and poor students. A provision in the budget of the college for this purpose is recommended by the Peer Team. Only one student was given free ship by the college at the post-graduate level.

The success rate of the students during 2004-05 ranged between 85 to 94%. The college has career counseling cell. During 2004-05, some students were employed in the local firms through the placement cell. This needs to be strengthened. The college has recently started Alumni association. One of the teachers of the college has been elected as a Member of the Rajya Sabha.

Criterion VI: Organization and Management
The College is directed by a Governing Body and managed by the Principal with the support of the staff Council. The College has a regular monitoring mechanism, which involves the Principal, and the staff. There are various committees such as Students
Union, Cultural Committee, Admission Committee, Disciplinary committee and examination committee, to plan, and coordinate all the activities of the College. The Principal monitors and checks the work efficiency of the non- teaching staff through self-appraisal and periodical feedback from the staff and the students.

The College generally follows academic calendar framed by the University. The faculty members bring out the Academic Planner in consultation with the Principal. Teachers of the Computer Sciences are invited on a regular basis to impart training to the non-teaching staff of the college. . There is an internal audit mechanism in the College.

The grievance redressel mechanism need to be formalized as it exists in other Universities.

The accounts of the college have been audited up to 31st March 2006. For office use, computers are available. Accounts and records of students have been computerized. Major items are purchased by the Principal after seeking permission and approval of the Chairman of the Governing Body.

During the last five years, the campus has been renovated, RCC road has been constructed in the college campus, staff-room has been equipped with computer facility, feedback from students and its follow-up actions have been started. In the coming five years, the management plans to computerize the library, establish linkage of the library with outside world, construction of audio-visual hall, construction of a theatre and some facilities for research are being considered.

Criterion - VII: Healthy Practices
The Peer Team has noted the following healthy practices:

Extension activities of NSS and NCC are praiseworthy.

The Principal and some of the faculties have shown keen interest in publications of books and research papers.

The Department of Management is active in organizing Seminars and Workshops. The department also conducts study tours to visit prominent industries and other reputed organizations.

Activities of student union, cultural fore, disciplinary cell, nature club, dramatics, and music club are good.

The college conducts University examinations and other competitive examinations of state and central governments. , which are indicative of its integrity and capacity.

Attendance monitoring is done efficiently and parents are kept informed.

Fee concessions / free ships by the government for weaker sections are noteworthy.

Participation of students in inter-college sports events like athletics, kho-kho, soft-ball, basket-ball, cricket, is a healthy indication, and selection of some students in inter-university games is noteworthy.

The maintenance of records in office and computerization of records are appreciable.
Running a co-operative society for more than 30 years is praiseworthy. It has played an important role in helping needy members.

SECTION - III
Overall analysis and commendations:
Empowerment of the students through quality education in commerce is required. Even teachers are not well-equipped to teach in English as mode of instruction.
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A good arrangement of sports facilities is need of the hour.

A good computer facility is required for imparting necessary skills to students of various courses.

Some meritorious students, who have obtained high ranks in University examinations, need encouragement for further education and career development.

Recommendations /Suggestions:
There is a need to develop and start self-financing courses to improve the overall functioning of the college. The operational separation of the college teaching programmes may be reorganized. The working hours may be increased.

The college may think of introducing job-oriented and professional courses.

It is required to introduce programmes of teaching to impart computer and communication skills in English language.

There is an urgent need for the college to establish linkages with industry, trade, Chamber of Commerce, tax professionals and NGO's, etc.

The college may undertake appropriate measures to attract funds from UGC under various schemes / programmes including minor and major research projects.

An interdisciplinary women's study centre may be set up with the help of the UGC.
Special lectures may be organized to make the students aware about the state and society in India.

To promote articulation amongst students, steps may be initiated.

Efforts may be made for maximum utilization of facilities like library and computer centre.

The college may establish the Internal Quality Assurance Cell for planning and its implementation.

A health center may be established.

Computer training and personality development and other such management training programmes may be conducted for both teaching and to non-teaching staff.

Mentor system may be introduced in college. In this system each teacher should act as a mentor to a group of students to take care of their academic, career-related and other problems.

As the college comprises of a good number of female students, more women may be appointed as teachers.

Similarly, a lady physical training instructor may be appointed, at least on part-time basis.

A separate fund may be generated from upcoming self-financing courses to take care of research activities.

The college may get itself recognized as a center for Ph.D. research work.

The college may collect data about old students, their placements, their further studies, and academic progression. In this process, the alumni association may take initiatives.

English language teachers teach English by making use of Gujarati and sometimes Hindi. This has to be checked. It is not helping students.

Remedial programmes need to be formalized for both teachers and students. Generally, teachers require updating of their knowledge and learning.

A provision for practical in accounts may be made for benefit of students.

A training programme in HRD is also need of the day.

A diploma programme in marketing and finance may also be started at the college.

The Peer Team thanks the Management, the Principal, and the coordinator of the College, the teachers, the students and the members of the non-teaching staff of the college for their cooperation which made its task easy .The team expresses its satisfaction for arrangements of a comfortable stay at Mehsana.

(Prof.K.L.Sharma)
Chairman

(Dr.H.S.Sandhu)
Member Convener

(Dr. Mangal Mishra)
Member

(Dr. J. K. Patel)
Principal
Shri V.R.Patel College of Commerce
Mehsana

Date. March 10, 2007




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