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BP Baria Science Institute, Navsari, Gujarat


BP Baria Science Institute, Navsari, Gujarat
Address:PB. No. 83, Sayaji Road
Gujarat, India

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BP Baria Science Institute is situated in Navsari of Gujarat state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.
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The B.P. Baria Science Institute, Managed by the S. B. Garda College Trust, is a religious minority degree college affiliated to the Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat. It is situated in the heart of the city of Navsari. It is an offshoot of the S. B. Garda Arts and B.P. Baria Science Institute, established in 1946 with undergraduate teaching in Chemistry. With the introduction of the Faculty of Commerce by the management, in 1965, the Faculty of Science separated from the parent institution and was named B.P. Baria Science Institute. The mission of the institute is to provide quality education combined with academic excellence to the local youth, to create a society devoid of any discrimination based on religion, caste or creed and make them realize their creative potential.

The Institute is housed in a 100 years old building built on 21,783.64 sq.m of land. The built in area is 4117.11 sq.m. The classrooms and other facilities of the institute are shared with the Arts and Commerce College managed by the same trust.
In 1965 the college was offering two Post-graduate courses, in Inorganic Chemistry and Microbiology. In 1970, M.Sc. Zoology was started. Unfortunately, the post-graduate teaching was discontinued in session 1977-78 due to financial constraints to appoint qualified teachers. It now offers 5 undergraduate courses, in Chemistry, Physics, Microbiology, Mathematics and Zoology, with a total enrollment of 778 students (2005-2006 Session), almost all from the same State.

The institute has 32 permanent teachers, of which 8 are females. In addition, it has 2 male and 5 female, fulltime temporary lecturers. The total number of non-teaching staff is 21 and that of Technical staff 8. Thus, non-teaching to teaching staff ratio is 1:1.3 and teacher to student ratio is 1:18.5. The college mainly depends on grant received from state Government. The only other income of the institute is the fee. The total budget is Rs. 14,569,404.

The B. P. Baria Science Institute, Navsari opted for Assessment by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and submitted a Self-Study Report (SSR) for the purpose to the Council in December, 2006. The Peer Team comprising of Professor S. S. Bhojwani, Ex-Director, DEI (Deemed University), Agra as the Chairman, Prof. R.L. Mathur, Principal, Lachoo Memorial College of Science and Technology, Jodhpur, as the Member Convener and Dr A.P. Joshi, Former Professor of Chemistry, Nagpur University, as a Member, was constituted by NAAC to visit the college for two days during 26th-27th February, 2007 to verify the facts contained in the SSR and to collect additional information. Dr. Ganesh Hegde, Assistant advisor NAAC was internal coordinator.

The Peer Team analysed the SSR submitted by the college and, during the visit, it went through the relevant documents, visited the various Departments and Central Facilities (Administrative office, Hostel, Library, Canteen, Sports stadium), and interacted with the various constituents of the institute, including, the Principal, Teachers, Students, Non-teaching staff, Parents and Alumni. Based on the above exercise, the team has prepared the following report according to the criteria identified by the NAAC, noting the commendable features as well as the issues of concern. The report was shared with the Principal of the college.

Criterion - 1
It is a co-educational degree college affiliated to Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat. It follows syllabi prescribed by the university for Academic Programmes. It is a grant-in-aid college recognized under section 2 (f) and 12 B of the UGC Act 1956. The college does not have any autonomy to introduce new courses or revise the prospectus of the running courses without the approval by the University. However, the Heads of the various Departments are members of the Board of Studies of their respective subjects and, thus, contribute in revising course contents and introduction of new courses. The college has not introduced any new course during the past five years. The curricula are revised by the university every three years. There is no academic flexibility except for the subsidiary subjects and elective papers.

Until around the middle of seventies the college offered three post-graduate courses, viz. Inorganic Chemistry, Microbiology and Zoology, in addition to the undergraduate courses. However, all the PG courses were discontinued in 1977 because of financial constraints for appointing additional qualified teachers. Presently, the institute offers five undergraduate courses, viz. Microbiology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and Zoology. English is compulsory at all levels (Ist to IIIrd year). The courses include 10 interdisciplinary papers of Regional and National relevance: (i) Environmental Studies, (ii) Marine Science, (iii) Petrochemicals, (iv) Applied Zoology, (v) Operational Research, (vi) Diagnostic Medical Laboratory Science, (vii) Electronics, (viii) Industrial Chemicals, (ix) Mathematical Methods and (x) Energy. The curriculum does not include computer training for the students. There is no self-finance course in the institute.

The college has student strength of 778, all from the same state. Of this, 66% are women. Admissions are made on the basis of marks in the qualifying examination. Almost all applicants are admitted. Annual examination system is followed. Remedial and bridge courses are offered only by the English and Physics Departments.

At present, the college does not have a network with the industry or other institutions in India or abroad. Their is no mechanism in place to get feedback from the academic peers, alumni or the employers, which is highly desirable for improving the performance of the college.

The unit cost per student is about Rs. 21,541 per annum, which compares well with all India government colleges pattern.

Criterion - 2
It is a Religious Minority Institute. Admissions are made on the basis of marks obtained in the qualifying examination, irrespective of the religion, caste and creed. The number of working days in the year 2005-2006 were 233 and teaching days 180. Teaching is done in Gujarati and English, essentially by the conventional classroom lectures using the chalk and board method. Use of OHP and multimedia projector is encouraged. To augment the knowledge and skills imparted through the regular courses, the college organizes debates, classroom interactions, open house discussions, educational tours to industries and research institutions, invited talks by experts etc. During the past 5 years 35 invited lectures were organized. Computer education is not available to the students.

The institute has 32 permanent and 7 temporary teachers of which 13 are women. 25% of the teachers are Ph.D. and 22% with M.Phil. degree. Five faculty members are doing Ph.D.

The teacher student ratio is 1:18.5 and non-teaching to teaching staff ratio is 1:1.3 The teachers are encouraged to attend Refresher and Orientation courses and conferences / workshop to enhance their capabilities. During the past 5 years, 21 teachers attended refresher courses and 4 attended Orientation courses.

Self appraisal of the faculty performance or their evaluation by the Institution or the Management is not practiced. Last year, for the first time, Feed-back from the students was taken and the observations were communicated to the respective teachers for their information and necessary action. All teachers are provided with a teaching diary to unitize and plan teaching. However, no monitoring is observed.

Annual examination is conducted by the University. At the end of each term there is an internal assessment. The weightage for external examination and internal assessment is 70% and 30%, respectively. In addition, the teachers conduct mock class tests periodically. To maintain transparency in evaluation, the answer books of the internal assessment are shown to the students before displaying the results. Parents of the academically weaker students are made aware of the performance of their wards and remedial measures are suggested by the teachers. There is no formal system to distinguish slow and disadvantaged students. Remedial and bridge courses are offered only by the English and Physics departments.

Criterion - 3
Although 25% of the teachers hold Ph.D. degree and another 5 teachers are perusing research for the doctoral degree, there is almost no research activity in the institute and, therefore, there is no output in terms of publications, patents or consultancy. However, 10 teachers have authored 25 books. It is also noted that 10 teachers are recognized as PG teachers and all take classes in the university departments and other PG colleges.

The college also has NCC and NSS units for girls and boys, and many volunteers and cadets won prizes in various competitions. Many students have bagged gold medals and other prizes in the competitions organized under NSS and NCC activities. During past 5 years, 74 students qualified the B Certificate and 40 students for C Certificate.

The college students perform extension activities through NCC and NSS. The student volunteers participate in awareness programmes, cleanliness drives and relief work during natural calamities. They regularly donate blood for the needy and educate the residents of slums and tribal areas on the preventive measures for diseases.

Criterion - 4
The college building, with carpet area of 4,117 sq m is built on a campus of 21,783 sq m. It has 30 large class rooms and 12 spacious and well equipped laboratories. The class rooms are shared with the College of Arts and Commerce run by the same management and therefore, lectures of the Science Institute start around 12.00 noon. This also helps the students coming by bus and train from outside Navsari. All laboratories are provided with uninterrupted power supply through independent generators. The college has adequate space for teaching the existing courses, and, therefore, there has been no augmentation of the infrastructural facilities during the past 5 years. UGC had sanctioned Rs. 277,440 for buildings during the Xth plan but it has remained unutilized sofar.

The institute has multimedia projector, slide projector, OHP, Audio Visual system and music system for teaching and cultural programmes.

No allocation is made in the budget for maintenance of land, buildings or facilities. The grant received from Commissioner of Higher Education Gujarat State under the head maintenance is spent towards payment of Land and Municipality Taxes. There is no maintenance staff in the college.

The institute lacks a central computing facility. Until December 2006 it had a total of 8 computers in the college of which one each is with the departments of Microbiology, Physics, Chemistry and Zoology. Three computers and dial-up internet facilities are available in the library for the students and staff. Recently the alumni association has donated three computers and Broadband internet connectivity to Physics Department and it proposes to equip other departments with similar facilities in phased manner.

The college has a hostel with a capacity of 114 students, but for the last five years no student has opted for hostel accommodation and therefore it is lying unused, except for two rooms allocated for sports and gymnasium. The hostel has the residence of rector and a guest room on the first floor.

There is a large playground (16,167 sq m) and facilities exist for games such as Cricket, Volleyball, Basketball, Kho-Kho, Badminton, Table Tennis, Carrom and Chess.

The Library, with a stock of 15,199 books, has a reading room with seating capacity for 50 persons. It subscribes to 7 journals. The floor area of the library is 988 sq ft. Seventeen per cent of the college budget is allocated for library. During the past 5 years the library has obtained 1396 books for a total cost of Rs 217,000.00. The library is open 233 days in an academic year from 10.30 AM to 6.15 PM on the working days and from 11.30 AM to 1.30 PM on Sundays. Commonly used books have been transferred from central library to departmental libraries, which are maintained by laboratory assistant. Library has acquired SOUL software from INFLIBNET for automation which is in progress. Library does not provide photocopying or printing facility.

The college does not have a health centre, residential accommodation and repair and maintenance centre/staff.

Criterion - 5
The college publishes a prospectus annually, giving details about the goals and objects of the institute, admission policy and procedure, courses offered and choice of subjects, fee structure, scholarships, evaluation system and rules and regulations, hostel facility, and academic calendar. Of the total strength of students in the college, 66% are females. The numbers of students from rural and urban areas are almost equal. Dropout rate of students is about 23%.

The college has a placement cell to impart career counseling and to arrange campus interviews. Since it is an undergraduate college, the students are advised to continue for higher studies and, indeed, during the past 3 years 50-70% students opted for higher studies in the same or other universities. During 2005-06, 6 students got placement through campus interviews. In the session 2006-07 two companies visited campus (Cipla & Apex Laboratories) and have short-listed 20 students. The alumni of the college occupy prestigious positions, such as Vice-Chancellor, Director of Maharashtra Association for Cultivation of Science, University Professors, Industrialists, Doctors etc. In 2006 the college constituted Alumni Association.

The average college result is about 88% which has been better than the average result of the university.

SC and ST students are eligible for Fellowship as per Government rules. The college also has provision for freeship and monetary help for financially weaker students and OBC under Alpa Sadhan Sahay Fund.

The college publishes college magazine 'Waatim;thtbt' every year. College has a wall magazine 'GORUS' to express the creative ability of the students.

The college has arranged for safety insurance scheme for the students in collaboration with the New India Assurance Company.

The students are encouraged to participate in games and sports through interdepartmental competitions and special lectures by the Physical Education teacher. The participating students are rewarded with monetary and non-monetary help. Some of the students have been in the university teams.

The college has a Grievance cell and College women development cell. The college has also started Red Ribbon Club for creating AIDS awareness.

Criterion - 6
The college is managed by a minority community (Parsi Community) and Sir C.J.N.Z. Madresa Trust is the parent body which has 3 educational institutions in its fold. The principal looks after the day-to-day work. The principal holds the responsibility of making admissions, conducting university examination and recruiting the faculty. The principal holds regular meetings with teaching and administrative staff to discuss and resolve the academic and administrative matters of the college. The teaching departments are given freedom in terms of work distribution, time table, teaching methods, class tests and academic planning. The central committee consisting of all Heads of the departments under the chairmanship of the principal prepares the basic frame work of all academic activities. Some of the other important committees that assist the central committee in planning curricular and extra curricular activities are library, admission, tour, cultural activities, sports, literary study circle etc.

Administrative and accounts office has been computerized. The recruitment of the staff is done by the management of the college according to the rules and procedure laid down by the university and the state government and as per the qualifications specified by UGC.

The tuition and other fee for the students in regular courses are fixed by the university and state government. The college has received donations in the form of various equipment to the tune of Rs. 1.47 lacs. The operating and maintenance budget of the institution is adequate to cover day-to-day expenses and maintain infrastructure and learning resources.

The college has only the mechanism of external audit. The accounts of the college have been audited by a Chartered Accountant upto 2005-06.

Criterion - 7
The college has introduced many healthy practices, some of which are listed below.

There is a daily prayer at 1.15 pm.

Interdisciplinary paper on regional relevance is compulsory for all students to enhance their professional skill.

The college has arranged for safety insurance scheme for all students.

All laboratories are provided with generator backup for uninterrupted power supply.

The library remains open on Sundays from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm for consultation.

It is noteworthing that this under graduate college has recently organized a placement cell and the results of the passed two years are very encouraging.

Various departments have their study circle and eminent speakers are invited for lectures.

College has wall magazine 'GORUS' to express the creative ability of students.

A women development cell is formulated to look into the difficulties faced by girl students.

There is a provision to help the needy students under the Alpa Sadhan Sahay Fund.

College arranges for medical checkup of all first year B.Sc. students.

Based on a thorough study of the Self Study Report submitted by the college and visits to the various facilities and interaction with the various constituents of the institute, the peer team is of the opinion that the college is doing a commendable job of providing quality education to the youth of Navsari district. It has been a pioneer institute in providing science education in this region and was the first to start Microbiology course in whole of Gujarat. The college has a band of dedicated teachers fully committed to the cause of providing quality education and maintaining high standards in academic and extracurricular activities. The alumni of the college, occupying distinguished positions in academics and industries hold the institute in high esteem for broadening their minds, inculcating values and building up a character in them. This has played a pivotal role in shaping their career. The alumni association constituted last year is more than keen to contribute towards the development of the institute in kind and cash.

The college has sufficient land, many class rooms and laboratory space to start post graduate classes and additional courses. The team would like to commend the institute for the following :

There is a daily prayer at 1.15 pm.

The college has arranged for safety insurance scheme for all students.

All laboratories are provided with generator backup for uninterrupted power supply.

The library remains open on Sundays from 11.30 am to 1.30 pm for consultation.

It is noteworthing that this under graduate college has recently organized a placement cell and the results of the passed two years are very encouraging.

A women development cell is formulated to look into the difficulties faced by girl students.

There is a provision to help the needy students under the Alpa Sadhan Sahay Fund.
College arranges for medical checkup of all first year B.Sc. students.

The team is deeply concerned on the following counts :

The ongoing dispute among the management that is hampering the development and progress of the college since it has resulted in the freezing of the college funds.

The college had to discontinue postgraduate teaching despite the fact that it has adequate facilities and qualified staff that goes out in other institutes to teach PG classes.

A large number of class rooms and the hostel building have remained unutilized for several years.

The management does not meet frequently and has some limitation for proper work.

The college should revive its pass glory as PG college by restarting PG courses in the areas of its strength in Chemistry, Microbiology and Zoology.

Research is a necessary aspect that makes not only original contributions but also keeps the teacher abreast with the latest developments to stimulate to the students. The teachers should be motivated to take up minor research projects by applying to various funding agencies like UGC, DST, CSIR etc.

The college should established a central computer facilities and make suitable provision for computer awareness training of teachers and students.

The institute should consider starting some short term vocational courses of local relevance such as medical technician, nutrition and health, industrial chemistry etc. to enhance the employability possibility for the youth.

Consideration be made about learning through work experience, continuing adult education and design of value based curriculum be introduced.

Expenditure towards academic improvement and maintaince of the facilities be enhanced.
Evaluation of teachers by self appraisal should be introduced.

Language laboratory should be established to enhanced communication skill.

It would be worthwhile to have a health centre, workshop and instrumentation centre on the campus.

The peer team wishes to thank the members of management, principal, teachers, administrative staff, students, parents and alumni for giving their valuable time and whole hearted cooperation in having interaction with them. The peer team is of the opinion that the exercise will be useful to the institution in strengthing the quality and developing strategies for achieving further growth & development.

Prof. Sant Saran Bhojwani, Chairman
Former Director
Dayalbagh Educational Institute
(Deemed University)
Dayalbagh, Agra (UP)

Prof. R. L. Mathur, Member Convenor
Lachoo Memorial College of Science
& Technology
Jodhpur (Raj.)

Dr. A. P. Joshi , Member
Former Professor
Department of Chemistry
Nagpur University
Nagpur (Maharashtra)

Dr. H. F. Mogal
B. R. Baria Science Institute,

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