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MR Arts and Science College, Rajpipla, Gujarat



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MR Arts and Science College, Rajpipla, Gujarat
Rajpipla (District Narmada)
Gujarat, India



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MR Arts and Science College, Rajpipla Gujarat is situated in Rajpipla of Gujarat state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.

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MR Arts and Science College, Rajpipla Gujarat runs course(s) in Arts and Science stream(s).

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NAAC report of MR Arts and Science College

SECTION - 1
Introduction
Shri Maharaja Rajendra Singhji Arts & Science College, Rajpipla (Gujarat) was established on 15th June, 1962 catering to the faculty of Arts. In the succeeding year, Faculty of Science was also added in the college w.e.f. 15th June, 1963. The College is located in the rural and tribal belt of Gujarat and is affiliated to Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat. The college was established by 'Adivasi Sewa Sangh Kelvani Mandal', which took up the job of creating infrastructure facilities for the educational development of the backward tribal region. The Mandal manages many institutions including this college.

The college has a campus of about 7 acres with a built up area of 3854.28 sqm. The college building and the entire campus has been generously handed over by the Maharaja of erstwhile Rajpipla State to the Mandal. Presently the college has enrolment of 2688 students. It has faculty strength of 31 permanent teachers including the Principal and 20 non-teaching staff. The management has also appointed 3 teachers and 5 persons of the non-teaching staff to cover up the short fall in the personnel. The college has under graduate classes at the level of B.A. & B.Sc. and Post Graduate classes in M.A. (Hindi) and M.Sc. (Organic Chemistry). Two teachers of Hindi department also supervise M.Phil. Projects. The Subjects taught in the college are Physics, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry in science, while English, Hindi, Economics, History, Sanskrit & Gujarati are being taught in the arts faculty. In addition to this the college is also running Computer Diploma courses.

It is included in the list of college maintained by the UGC under section 2(f) w.e.f. 18th May, 1983 and under section 12 (b) w.e.f. 29th August, 1988. The college is managed by a managing Committee. It has been put on the grants-in-aid list of the Government of Gujarat and thus gets grants as per norms fixed by the government.

The College prepared its self assessment report in January 2007 and offered to be assessed and accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council. NAAC constituted a peer team with Prof. P. L. Chaturvedi, former Vice-chancellor, MDS University, Ajmer as Chairman, Prof. Diwakar Pandey, Professor & Dean Faculty of Science, Ch. Charan Singh University, Meerut as member coordinator & Dr. Ganapathy Bhat, Principal, Shree Dharamasthala Manjnatheshwar College, Honnavar as member to visit the college and validate the self study report submitted by the college. Shri Ganesh Hegde, Asistant Advisor, NAAC expeditiously supplied this report along with the Peer Team document to all the members of the team to facilitate pre visit preparations.

Before visiting the college Prof. Chaturvedi, Chairman of the team, held an in house meeting at the place of stay of the members at 6 pm. on 18th March, 2007 at Rajpipla to discuss and exchange notes on the self study report of the college vis-à-vis evaluation framework, evolve team perception thereon and plan the procedure and modalities to be followed for its validation during the visit to the college.The Team visited the college on 19-21 March, 2007 to interact at length with the Principal, Teachers, Students, Managing Committee, Non-Teaching Staff, parents and alumni and checked the relevant documents and records. On the basis of above exercise, the Peer Team submits its report under the 7 criteria identified and prescribed by the National Assessment Accreditations Council as under.

SECTION-II
Criterion - I : Curricular Aspects
The basic goal of the College is to provide best possible academic facilities to enable the students to in the all round development of the youth and to know about job opportunities on the basis of the degrees / diplomas, that they earn to improve their career prospects. The admission statistics of admitted students of disadvantaged community, support their objective to a great extent.

As an affiliated college of Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat (Gujarat), the college follows the syllabi and scheme of examinations prescribed by the University for the Arts and Science faculties in under-graduate and post graduate courses. The college offers 6 regular programs, consisting of 4 under-graduate and 2 post-graduate programs. The college offers UG courses in Gujarati, English, Hindi, & Economics in the Arts faculty and Chemistry in the Science faculty. The PG programs are M.A. in Hindi and M.Sc. in Organic Chemistry. Two teachers of Hindi department guide projects of M.Phil. Program in Hindi, being run by the University. Under-graduate courses in Physics, Biology, Mathematics, History, and Sanskrit are available upto first/second year as per university scheme. Environmental Studies, Industrial Chemistry, Population Education and Ancient Indian Culture have also been introduced as compulsory courses, during the last five years. The college also offers a diploma course in 'Computer Training'. The institution does not offer any self financed course.

Consistent with the aim of the college to educate the youth from the near-by rural-tribal areas and create awareness among them, the courses offered are in basic Arts and Science faculty. The curricula is designed by the university bodies and adopted by the college as such. It is not subject to any alternation by the college to suit the local requirements. Like wise, being an affiliated college it can provide only as many options as permitted by the regulation of the university. The periodic review or revision of courses is also an exercise which is undertaken at the level of the university and the college faculty seems to have no direct or active role in it, except that six senior teachers of the college are members of their respective boards of studies in the university and contribute to the syllabus formation / revision. The Principal of the college is Dean Faculty of Science of the University. Latest revisions in most of the subjects have been done during 2005-06. The teaching is entirely done in Gujarati medium at the UG level and English medium at PG. Syllabi are not unitized. Teachers do not formally prepare their lesson plans but they do plan their teaching schedule in such a manner, so as to cover the syllabi by the time examinations are to take place. The programs are run annually as per the university rules.

The credit transfers are permissible within the same university in the existing rules. The College is yet to develop some mechanism for the assessment of teachers by the students. There is no formal mechanism in existence, for getting the feedback from Alumni or Academic Peers about the existing program options or programs that may be proposed in the interest of students of the region.

Criterion - II : Teaching-Learning and Evaluation
Admission to the various courses of study in the college is in accordance with the directions of Government of Gujarat as well as the university regulations. The admission policy is non-discriminatory, with equity and easy access so as to bring all eligible students in the academic mainstream. The ratio of applications received to admissions granted for UG programs remains 1: 1. However admissions to PG courses are made by the university. The rules/regulations are conveyed to the applicants at the entry level through the prospectus of the college. There is no provision for accessing the knowledge and skills of students for a particular programme before admission. At the same time there is no flexibility in the syllabi for horizontal mobility or mid course correction. The college at the same time does not provide any bridge or remedial courses to the below average performer.

The college is bound by the university calendar and on this basis the college prepares its own academic calendar. The teaching is done purely by lecture method. However, in some cases it is supplemented by OHPs. In the Science faculty practical work is done in the laboratories of the concerned departments. All the teachers who are appointed in the institution are qualified as per UGC / University / State Govt. norms. There are 31 (24 male & 07 female) permanent teachers (including the Principal and a demonstrator in Chemistry) in the college at present against 32 sanctioned posts. 10 teachers have Ph.D. and 02 have M.Phil. as the highest degree. One teaching position in Biology is vacant at present. Existing faculty is approved according to the rules in force. In addition to it 03 teachers are management appointees-one of them has passed UGC NET examination and the other is Ph.D after completion of PG with published work. The college has organized 2 university level seminars and 3 teachers have worked as resource person in different seminars organized at the university level. During the last 5 years the teachers have attended refresher and orientation courses, as per the requirement and have also attended some workshops / seminars. In all, there have been 20 lectures through guest speakers. There have been 230 working days in the last session while the number of teaching days comes to 186. The evaluation of students is done annually by the University through its examination.

The team noted with appreciation the contribution of the teaching staff in the learning process, which is reflected in consistently good results of the students at the various university examinations, inspite of the fact that the student teacher ratio is quite high and the social & economic background of the students is mostly very low.

The students of the college are subjected to continuous evaluation throughout the year. According to the rules of the parent University, two terminal examinations are also conducted, one in each term for the purpose of internal assessment. The marks of terminal tests are displayed on the notice board and if a student is not satisfied by the evaluation, he is allowed to meet the Principal for redressal. The Principal takes necessary action on the issue. 30% weightage is assigned to internal assessment in the final score of the student. The conduct & evaluation of final examination is the responsibility of the University and the college has no role to play in the matter. There is 70% weightage to the evaluation of final examination answer books, and for this purpose central evaluation method is followed.

Criterion-III : Research, Consultancy and Extension
The college is not a recognized centre for research, therefore, the research culture in the institution is mainly confined to some research work carried out by individual teachers for their own academic advancement. No student is registered for Ph.D. in the College. Therefore, neither a research committee is in existence, nor any budgetary provision has been made for research. However, few teachers are recognized by the University for guiding M.Phil. dissertations.

Ten teachers are Ph.D degree holders. Only two research papers have been published by teachers of Chemistry department in the last five years. However some books and about 8 research articles have also been published by the teachers of Physics and Hindi departments.

Most of the teachers have been enriched by the orientation and refresher courses. A few teachers have contributed to National level seminars / Workshops / conferences. 4 teachers have served as resource persons in various academic forums including the college Principal. The college has organized a few co-curricular activities with the help of National and International Organizations. A five week Entrepreneurship Development program was organized with the help of National Science and Technology entrepreneurship Board, New Delhi and National Educational Program Society, Ahmedabad which was financially helped by MSTEP, Department of Science & Technology, GOI, New Delhi in October, 2004. However, the consultancy aspect has remained unaddressed on the part of the faculty largely on account of the region. There is no industrial unit in near by areas.

There are five units of N.S.S. having 521 volunteers (291 boys and 230 girls) which are actively engaged in several extension services under the leadership of six program officers. The unit made remarkable contribution during the recent floods in Surat, where 2 NSS officers and 60 volunteers joined in the relief work for a week. They undertook the breath taking task of removing contaminated mud from the main roads, residential and public parks, distributed milk, food packets, medicines and drinking water amongst the flood effected people. The Surat Municipal Corporation awarded a cash prize of Rs. 56,400/- half of which was donated by the unit to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund. The local NSS units together with NCC units and other members of the teaching staff organized a public rally to collect relief funds and donated the money to the Chief Minister's Relief Funds. The unit has been taking active part in organizing many activities like blood donation, free dental checking camps, anti HIV AIDS awareness campaigns, literacy awareness rallies, malaria eradication campaigns, Polio eradication campaigns, forest preservation campaigns etc. The NSS girls have been organizing social festivals like Raksha Bandhan and New Years day in the Observation home together with the innocent orphans of the home.

There are two NCC companies in the college with 112 male cadets and 98 female cadets. One tribal girl cadet of the college made a national record of jumping from Air Force Air Craft at the height of 1250 feet in the paramounting camp at Agra in July 2005. NCC cadets of the college have been participating in the republic day parade at Delhi every year during last 10 years. One cadet was selected as the best fighter at Baroda and Delhi in 2004. The NCC unit during its Rashtriya Sadbhavana Sapatha, organized lectures rallies as a part of creating general awareness amongst the masses. The NCC cadets of the college were also actively involved in the relief work for a week during the last 2004 floods in Surat.57 boys and 51 girls have passed the 'B' certificate in 2005 and 2006.

Criterion - IV : Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college has a large campus of about 7 acres with a pre built palatial building which can accommodate 2000 students at a time. It has adequate numbers of class rooms, Principal office, a staff common room and the administrative wing of the college. The total built up area is 3854.28 sqm. The college has 4 well equipped UG and PG laboratories. A separate laboratory for M. Sc. Students has been constructed at a cost of Rs. 14 lacs approximately together with a few class rooms with the help of local collection as donation of Rs. 8 lacs and Rs. 6 lacs have been given from college fund.

The library of the college is located in the total carpet area of 2275 sq. feet including a reading room. The working hours of the library are 7 hours per day, however, the students can get the books issued for their homes and are allowed to retain them during examinations. There are 32715 books including 13086 reference books and 19629 text books. The college subscribe to 54 magazines and 4 Indian Journals. The library budget in relation to the total budget is Rs. 1,81,402/- in 2005-2006 (including salary). Recently the college has received a grant have Rs. 6.24 lacs from the UGC for one more UG lab. The process for the same has initiated. It is looked after by a librarian, who has been appointed on an ad-hoc basis. The library does not have computers, internet facility or any other reprographic facilities. However, new furniture has been added in the library and maintenance grant is also given adequately. Books and journals worth more than Rs. 6 lacs have been added during the last 5 years. The ratio of library books to the number of students is 14: 1.

The college has 5 computers distributed for administrative purposes. It also has a separate computer center with 20 computers for diploma courses in computer applications. About 800 students get certificate in Diploma Courses from this computer center every year. Two departments of the college have been provided with computer facilities.

The college has two hostels to provide accommodation with lodging and boarding to the boys and girls of the institutions. About 500 tribal boys and 200 tribal girls reside in the hostel. The boys hostel has 60 rooms and the girls hostel has 30 rooms with the facilities of electricity, 24 hours drinking water, cupboards, latrines and bathrooms, coaches etc. to shape their carriers. There is a moderately equipped girls common room also. The college has volleyball & basketball courts as well as a cricket ground in addition to the facilities for many other games and sports.

Criterion-V : Student Support and Progression
Rajpipla is completely a tribal area and so most of the students are from the tribal community. Prospective students of the college are given information through its prospectus about the courses offered, subject combinations, fee structure, admission procedures, rules and regulations, extra curricular activities, scholarships, awards and infrastructure facilities available in the college. The total number of students is 2698 (1665 boys and 1033 girls). There are 124 students from the SC category, 1671 ST, and 903 from OBC and General categories. The drop out rate were 37.2 % in UG for 2003-2006 and 20.5% in PG for 2004-06. The higher drop out rate is attributed to admission of UG students in professional colleges of the state at the later date in the reserved category. At PG level the students leave the institution after taking admission due the later admission in B.Ed. colleges of the state. The college is producing consistently good result at the various University examinations.

Government scholarship was given to 2107 students in the last year amounting 73, 67,094/-. In addition 60 other students were given monetory help from the college fund to the tune of Rs. 24,720/-.

There is no separate counseling cell, however, a 'career corner' has been established to guide the students about prospective jobs in the area. There are no and women grievance redressal and placement cells in the college. However, private companies like RIL, GNFC, GSL and RPL are invited for placement of successful students from the institution. Though, the old students regularly visit the college to encourage the students, no formal alumni association is in existence.

The collage has a study centre of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University established in the year 1998, which offers wide range of courses to the students as well as people of surrounding area.

As a part of its co curricular activities the college has been contributing significantly in games and sports activities of the students. The college has a volley ball court,a basket ball court and a cricket ground in addition to the facilities for many other games and sports activities. The college has organized inter-college Kho-Kho competitions 2003 and inter-college cross country race sponsored by the university in 2005. The college also organized a South Gujarat University inter-college Kabaddi competition in 2004. The young tribal boys and girl have achieved remarkable landmark in different sports at State and national Levels in Kabaddi and gymnastics teams. One student was declared as a Senior State Champion and awarded 'Shri Jai Deep Singh Baria' award by the Chief Minister in 2000. He represented the state in 4th National Game in 1997 at Karnataka. On the basis of his performance he was allowed to do a diploma in sports coaching which he qualified with first rank at the National Level, thus giving him the credit to be a national coach in sports. College players have represented the University at National Level events in Hockey and Gymnastics. The college cricket team was runners up at the inter-collegiate tournaments and later participated in the zonal tournaments. One students of the college achieved Bronze Medal in Rommon Rings event at All India University tournament at Khurshetra in 2001-2002

The college has been actively encouraging students in different cultural activities as well as part of the all round development. The college organized University Youth Festivals in 2002 where more then 1500 participants took part for 3 days. Students of the college participated in various cultural events and won prizes. College garba team has participated in a state level Garba competition and won the prizes. A 10 day Drama seminar was organized in 1999 with the help of Gujarat Rajya Sangeet Natya Academy.

The college has been very active in performance its social responsibility during natural calamities be it earthquake, floods a hurricane or tsunami. The college stood by the sufferers in Lattur Killari earthquake, rehabilitation of Kandla port, Surat floods as well as the Tsunami victims in the year 2005.

Criterion - VI : Organization and Management
The institution is managed by a duly elected Managing Committee of nine members including a President and Secretary. The Management has taken interest in the development of the college; it follows all norms as per the directions of the State Government and other academic bodies of the university. The management bears all the expenditure incurred in appointing teachers / non- teaching staff against vacant positions as per the academic and administrative needs of the college. The college is on the grant in aid list of the government and received Rs. 1.22 crore (including salaries and arrears) as grants from the college. The total fee collection was Rs. 24.9 lacs and Rs. 50,000 was collected in the form of self funded fee. More than 90% of the total income is spent under the salary head. The management has tried to partially computerize the office work including examination records, enrolment records, collection of fee, distribution of scholarship and a major portion of the college accounts.

At college level, Principal of the college is the academic and administrative head, assisted by heads of the departments, teaching faculty and non-teaching staff. The Principal organizes meetings regularly to discuss the matters pertaining to the curricular, co-curricular and other routine programmes. Various committees have been constituted by the Principal for efficient administration and smooth functioning of the institution. The major items are purchased as per rules. The internal audit system is in practice. Budgeting and auditing procedures are regular, transparent and standardized. Accounts for the financial year 2005-06 have been audited. Generation of resources is through fees and self financing courses.

Criterion - VII : Healthy Practices
The Peer Team identifies some unique features which enhance the academic ambience of the institutions. Notable features are as follows:-

Harmonious relationship between the management and employees as well as the teaching faculty and students.

Two retired teachers of the college have donated money to the college as endowment fund and the interest of the fund is utilized to award scholarships to the students getting Ist position in B. Sc. and M. Sc. classes respectively.

Blood donation programs are organized frequently.

Conscious efforts are made in the institution to inculcate the feeling of social responsibility by organizing programs to sensitize students about different social and health related issues. A mention of NSS and NCC units may be made here.

Special drive has been undertaken by the institution to help the victims of national calamities like earthquakes, floods, Tsunami or infectious diseases etc.
Computer centre with 20 computers was established in 1996 to provide an opportunity for advanced technological learning to students.

Science labs are equipped, upgraded and modified as per the need of the time to provide technologically advanced infrastructure.

There are not many outstanding audit objections in the accounts of the institutions.

Section - III
Overall Analysis
The Peer Team after going through the self study report and after its visit to various academic and physical facilities appreciates the efforts made by the college in pursuing the projected goal of the institution. The college has been striving hard to sustain its identity and contribute in the cause of offering higher education to the tribal youth inspite of its locational limitations and the recourses crunch. The record of its co-curricular activities and emphasis on social responsibility activity is good in the context of its obvious limitations.
The overall examination results are good and the college is doing its best to promote its mission of educating the tribal youth.

Recommendations:
While the Peer Team appreciates a large number of commendable features of the college, it would like to suggest some measures which will further enhance the quality of education imparted in the institutions.

The management may consider instituting some scholarship for meritorious students in each class.

The central library needs more attention to improve the academic ambience of the college. Reading room needs special attention. Internet reprographic facilities and connectivity with INFLIBNET be started in the library.

Steps may be taken to enhance the sports facilities by hiring coaches and developing more play grounds. A full time sports officer be also appointed.

The college may think about starting self-financing courses and certificate courses to provide academic flexibility to the students.

Starting a canteen where pure, hygienic eatables may be made available at reasonable rates.

Hostel facilities needs modernization and up-gradation.

A counseling and career guidance cell may be established to enable students to explore their academic growth and the various employment opportunities available to them.

The placement cell may be formalized through the appointment of a placement officer.

A Women development cell be constituted for grievance redressal of women.

Teachers may be encouraged to avail of the facilities for their development under the Faculty Improvement Programme of the UGC more vigorously.

Book Bank scheme be re-introduced in the college to help the needy students.

A cooperative store be started in the college, from where the students and staff may purchase books, stationary and other articles of daily use. A cooperative society be formed to run such a store.

Special steps be undertaken to provide more facilities for imparting computer knowledge to the youth of the area.

The Peer Team feels that the strength of the college is constituted by the members of the teaching and non-teaching staff. The number of staff members should be adequate as per academic norms. In the event of any vacancy the staff position should be immediately filled up.

The team wishes to express its gratitude to the Management teaching and non-teaching staff for their kind co-operation and interaction during the visit. The team would in particular like to express thanks to the local coordinator of the steering committee for the warm hospitality accorded to us. We would also like to convey our gratitude to other members of the staff for their support and cooperation to the entire team. The team also places on record its appreciation of the coordination and expeditious planning done by Sh. Ganesh Hagde, Academic Consultant, NAAC in organizing this intuitional assessment and accreditation in liaison with the Chairman, Coordinator and Members of the Peer Team.

Dr. P.L.Chaturvedi
Chairman

Dr Ganapathy Bhat
Member

Prof. Diwakar Pandey
Member Coordinator

N. B. Mahida
Principal




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