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Raja Shiva Prasad College, Dhanbad, Jharkhand
Raja Shiva Prasad College, Dhanbad, Jharkhand
Address:Jharia, Dhanbad, Jharkhand
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Raja Shiva Prasad College, Dhanbad is situated in Dhanbad of Jharkhand state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.
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NAAC report of Raja Shiva Prasad CollegeSECTION -I : INTRODUCTION
Raja Shiva Prasad College , Jharia is a constituent college of Vinoba Bhave University , Hazaribagh, Jharkhand. established in the year 1951, the College offers 18 Under Graduate programme, one Post Graduate Programme and one Vocational course. Besides the college also offers Senior Secondary courses in Arts, Science and Commerce under the Jarkhand Academic Council. The College stands recognized under 2 f since 1987 and the University stands recognized under 12 (b) of the UGC Act. The College is funded by State Government of Jharkhand through the Vinoba Bhave University , Hazaribagh. Spread over 7.5 acres of land , the college is located in urban area . It is a co-educational college with students strength of 3660 (1386 at +2 level, 2113 at the Degree level, 160 at P.G. level and 1 in vocational course). The college offers Under Graduate Courses in the faculties of Science, Arts and Commerce and Post Graduate course in Commerce. There are 14 departments namely Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Zoology, Botany, History , Economics, Political Science, Philosophy, Sanskrit, Urdu, Hindi, English and Commerce. Bengali department has no teacher for the present.
The College is located at Jharia, in the coal belt near Dhanbad. The college was originally established by Raja Kali Prasad Singh of erstwhile Jharia estate. The Raja constituted a trust and established an Intermediate college in 1949 and Degree level courses were added in 1952. The college was originally affiliated with Patna University and was shifted subsequently to Ranchi University in 1960 and Vinoba Bhave University , Hazaribagh in 1992. It became a constituent college of the University in 1976. The college Motto is 'Uttisthata Jagrata Prapya Barannibodhato': Arise, Awake and Stop not till You Reach the Goal, a principle taken from Kathopanishada. This line was dear to Swami Vivekananda and the founders of the College were inspired by the ideals of Swami Vivekananda. The college has the objective of character building and man making education.
The college has 27 teachers including the Principal; seven teachers are on deputation from other Constituent Colleges of the University and nineteen teachers hold Ph.D. degree. The college has a very high dropout rate, over 10% in the First Degree level. However, hardly 25 - 30% students ultimately complete the course. The pass percentage is around 70 in the Third Degree level. However it is as low as 50% in the First and Second Degree levels. Number of students secure first class. Quite a number of Commerce students have secured University positions. The unit cost of education including salary component is Rs. 9127/- and excluding salary component it is Rs. 370/-. The college follows the system of annual examination. The college has a number of class rooms. laboratories and other rooms. The college has a central library , canteen, limited housing facility for subordinate staff, Boys and Girls Common Room, a Computer Centre and sports facilities, etc.
The RSP College submitted its Self Assessment Report to NAAC in December 2004. And NAAC in its turn constituted a Peer Team with Prof. Basudeb Barman, former Vice-Chancellor, Kalyani University, Kalyani as Chairman, Prof. S.P. Pani, Director, Distance & Continuing Education, Utkal University , Bhubaneswar as Member Co-ordinator and Prof. H.K. Hazarika, Principal, D. C. B. College, Jorhat , as member. Sri Ganesh Hegde, Assistant Advisor, Co-ordinated the visit from NAAC office. The Peer Team visited the college from 6th to 8th February,2006 and interacted with the Principal, Faculty, Non-teaching Staff, Students, alumni, parents, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Vinoba Bhave University , Hazaribagh and the Director, Higher Education, Govt. of Jharkhand. The Peer Team places below its report on the basis of the visit and interaction.
SECTION - II : CRITERION WISE ANALYSIS
CRITERION - I : CURRICULAR ASPECT :
The Raja Shiva Prasad College offers pass and honours three year degree courses under three faculties - Science, Arts and Commerce. The subjects offered include Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Zoology, Botany, Philosophy, History, Economics, Political Science, English, Hindi, Urdu , Sanskrit and Commerce. The College also offers P.G. course in Commerce. Over the years P.G. programmes in Mathematics, Physics, Zoology, History, Hindi and Philosophy etc. have been shifted out of the college to the P.G. Centre of the University at Dhanbad. The college also offers a vocational course on Foreign Trade Practices and Procedure with UGC assistance; the certificate course is partly self-financing. The fees is Rs. 3,546 per annum.
RSP College is a constituent college of the University and has very little scope in framing the syllabi. The University Act provides for grant of autonomous status and the college is not an applicant for grant of autonomous status. Few members of the faculty have served as members of Boards of Studies at the University level . The college follows annual temporal plan and provides limited horizontal mobility. The students have adequate elective options under language component. English, Hindi Sanskrit and Urdu are offered as language options. English is not a compulsory subject either at the Degree level or at the +2 Level. The humanities students have options to choose from conventional subjects. Subjects like Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Mass Communication & Journalism and Home Science, etc. are not available.
Under the Science stream Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Zoology and Botany are only available. Emerging subjects like Computer Science and Application, Electronics, Microbiology, Bio-technology etc. are not offered. Under the Commerce stream only Accountancy honours is available. The University is yet to introduce new subjects like E-Commerce, Insurance Management, Quantitative Derivatives , Portfolio Management under Commerce stream. The university has introduced a paper in Computer Application at the M. Com. level. All the programmes offered in the college are under grant - in aid system. However the vocational course in Foreign Trade is partly self-financed. The stake holders of the college have taken informal feedback on the relevance of courses offered. They are yet to develop a strategy for curriculum changes and innovation with the approval of the University. The curriculum provides very limited scope for skill orientation. The University is yet to introduce unit pattern of syllabus and the model curriculum structure as suggested by the curriculum development cell of the UGC. An honours student is required to study one language paper, 8 papers of major or honours, 4 papers of combination subject and Environmental Studies . A general student similarly pursues one language subject, 2 combination subjects of 4 papers each and Environmental Studies.
The curriculum hardly reflects any local component. Post Graduate course in commerce is offered by the college. A P.G. student in Commerce pursues 8 papers. The college is yet to send feedback to the University on the nature of curriculum. The courses offered generally serve the purpose of providing access to higher education but does not serve the purpose of increasing employability of the students. The University regulation does not provide much flexibility to cater to the needs of the fast and slow learners. Knowledge convergence is not promoted by the curriculum designed by the University. As a whole there is ample scope for enrichment and up-dating of the curriculum components.
The College is poised to introduce B.Ed. w.e.f. 2006-07 session. The College has also sought affiliation from the University to introduce B.Sc. (IT) and BBA.
CRITERION-II : TEACHING, LEARNING AND EVALUATION
The students are selected on the basis of their academic record for admission. The results of the qualifying examination is taken into account. The college is getting its students from the educationally backward coal-belt locality and has limited scope or no scope at all for selecting students on the basis of entrance tests at the degree level. The University prescribes 45% as a qualifying cut-off marks for admission into honours courses. There is no seat limit for honours and as such all the qualified students get honours seat. The college works for 248 days a year. The number of actual teaching days falls short of 180 days, the minimum prescribed level. The college acts as a centre for various examination like secondary, senior secondary and degree courses both new and old. The College is frequently forced to suspend classes, which severely affects the teaching-learning process in the college. Nearly ninety days are devoted for various examinations. There are 27 full time teachers including the Principal against a sanctioned strength of 53 (fifty-three). The college has 07 numbers of teachers on deputation. The average workload of teachers is around 24 classes per week. There are single teacher departments like English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Urdu, Zoology and Botany. Nearly 50% of the sanctioned post being vacant and without any provision for part-time or contractual appointment, most of the teachers are overstrained. The teachers are unable to cover the courses in the regular periods. They provide guidance and counseling in an informal manner to help the students to cover the course. The student teacher ratio varies from 1 : 7 in Urdu department to 1 : 330 in the History department. 17 teachers out of 27 have attended Seminars and Workshops in the last two years. Only 8 teachers have attended Refresher Course. Little over three years back a teacher of Political Science department visited U.K. under ICSSR fellowship. None of the teachers have acted as a Resource Person for Refresher Courses and Orientation Courses as organized by the University.
The college does not offer any bridge or remedial courses. Remedial teaching is partly taken care of in the classes. Talk and chalk is the standard method of teaching with very little use of other teaching aids. As project components are yet to be introduced by the University group activities and interactive sessions are not applied. The teachers prepare teaching schedule and the Heads of the departments and the Principal in turn monitor the progress of teaching. The University prescribes annual term end examination for the three year degree courses and P.G. Course. The prescribed qualification for teachers are as per the UGC stipulation. The teachers are recruited by the University. The college has collected some feed back on programme evaluation but is yet to collect feed back on performance of teachers. Evaluation of teachers by academic peer is also not in place. The college is yet to establish linkages with the local industry for its teaching programmes. Field studies are yet to be introduced by the University.
CRITERION - III : RESEARCH CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
19 teachers out of 27 hold Ph.D. degree as their highest qualification. 1 teacher hold M.Phil as the highest qualification. 5 teachers are recognized research guides for Ph.D. 3 (three) teachers have been awarded Ph.D. in the recent past. 6 (Zoology 5 + Urdu 1) number of candidates have been awarded Ph.D. degree working under the supervision of faculty members of the college. Seven scholars (Physics 1, Zoology 4 and History 2) are currently working under the supervision of faculty members. One teacher has been registered for Ph.D. Nearly 20% of the teachers are active in research. At present only three research projects are under progress with a total outlay of 2.62 lacs . In the past the faculty have completed three projects with assistance from UGC and ICPR with a total allocation of Rs. 1.95 lacs. Only one teacher had gone abroad in connection with his research work. Another teacher has availed of UGC associateship at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla and a residential fellowship from ICPR.
The teachers of the college are not providing any consultancy to the local industry. The Principal and the Teachers of Zoology, Physics and Botany departments have published a number of research papers. The minor research project grants are released by the UGC to the University which in turn releases the grant to the college. In this process under the Ninth Plan release of grants to individual teachers were delayed beyond reasonable limits. Fortunately the Tenth Plan MRP grants have been released.
Some of the teachers have also published text books. The college has organized five Seminars / Conferences sponsored by UGC in the year 2001 - 2005. The faculty members serve various committees for administration of the college.
The college has a unit of NSS established in July 2004. There are 37 NSS volunteers. Girls are yet to join the NSS. The NSS officer has attended a refresher and an orientation course regarding activities of NSS. The NSS officer is the only designated person for extension activities. The college has a young NSS unit. It is yet to organize special camps and one day camps. It is yet to adopt a nearby village. The extension activities so far include Aids Awareness Camp and Environment Awareness Camp. The NSS volunteers have planted a few saplings in the College campus.
CRITERION - IV : INFRASTRUCTURE, LEARNING RESOURCES
The college is situated in a prime location on the main road of Jharia. It is spread over 7.5 acres of land. The total floor area of the college is approximately 9,000 sq.mt. There are seven clusters; the old block houses the Central Library, Girls' Common Room, Conference Hall, Computer Lab and the College office. The new teaching block houses Physics and Chemistry departments and several lecture theaters. The old hostel block is now used as department rooms for humanities and language subjects; the Zoology and Botany departments have their separate blocks; a science library is housed in a new building constructed out of UGC assistance. There is another block for the canteen and Boys' common room. There are a few staff quarters for the non-teaching staffs within the campus. The college building is also used frequently for holding various examinations. A High School is also located in the same complex. There is a dilapidated and long abandoned building (only the old walls can be seen) belonging to the School located on the eastern side of the complex. The College library is divided into two parts: the Arts and Commerce segment is located in the old block and the Science unit is housed in a new building. There is a reading room for the teachers in the old block and there is a reading table for the students and teachers in the science library. The college library houses 43,864 books. There is a reference section. In the year 2003 and 2004 the college has acquired 775 titles at a cost of about 3 lakh rupees. The library has been provided with a computer. It also subscribes to a few journals / periodicals. Classification of books is yet be undertaken. The college maintains subject registers. The library remains open nearly for 250 days per year. It's working hour is from 7 am. to 3.30 pm. On an average 20 students visit the library daily. Two books are lent to the students at a time. There is no restriction to the number of books to be issued to the teachers. Systematic stock verification of the college library needs to be undertaken immediately. The accession register is being computerized. There is a library advisory committee. Large number of books remains unreturned from students and teachers and an exhaustive list has been prepared by the library staff.
There is a small Computer Centre of the College with 4 PCs. One P-IV, and three P-III, MS-Office, Tally and Hindi Pad are available. The centre is mostly used for teaching Senior Secondary and M.Com. students. The centre is not accessible to other students. The College has an arrangement with a local doctor for two visits a week. The College has a ground for playing foot ball, Volley ball, Basket ball, Badminton etc. The College provides fee concession to outstanding sports persons. However the students have not participated at state, regional and national level games and sports. The College has separate common rooms for boys and girls. The girls common room has an attached toilet. A canteen is operating in the college campus. The open cast mines create difficulty for maintenance of a clean and green campus. The maintenance of the buildings are done moderately. Recently a large drinking water tank has been added. The Botany department is maintaining a small green patch. The College has several Diesel generators to take care of frequent power cuts.
CRITERIAN - V : STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
The college has a dropout rate of 10%, about 50% of the student who are admitted into Degree course appear at the Final Year University Examination, of whom around 70% only pass out. In the last two years none of the students have bagged University position at the Degree level. In the past the College had bagged several positions. Number of students obtain first class. The result of the M.Com. course has been consistently good. No merit scholarship is offered by the college. About 12.5% of the students however enjoy waiver of fees as per government norms. The fees collected by the college are very low. The fee structure is prescribed by the University. Students pay less than Rs. 500 per annum. The tuition fee is as low as Rs. 14 - 16 per month. The college has not maintained any record regarding progression to higher education and employment. However it appears that 20% of the students progress to higher education. The alumni of the college include a judge of the Supreme Court , a Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) and a number of Member of the State Assembly. Large number of Commerce pass outs is now Charted Accountants and Tax Practitioners. A number of Post- Graduates of the College are now employed as school and college teachers and in the services of Bihar and Jharkhand Governments. Majority of the students are now self-employed in Trade and Commerce. For more than two decades it was the only general college in the area. It has been instrumental in creating a section of educated people in Dhanbad. There is an alumni association since 2003. It has enrolled more than 300 members and has also framed a well spelt out memorandum and articles of association. The alumni association participated in the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the college. It is planning few activities for assisting the college. The College has taken initiative in providing admission counseling through a public relation office. It is manned by two teachers. SC and ST students get Post-Matric stipend from the Govt.
CRITERION - VI : ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT
The College being a constituent unit of the Vinoba Bhave University is administered as per the provisions of Jharkhand State Universities Act 2000. The University monitors the activities of the college effectively through academic audit , inspection by Director, CDC etc. The Director , Higher Education of Jharkhand Government also exercises supervisory power over the college. The college is financed by the State Government through the University. The college received 1.17 crores from the University and generated nearly 31 lacs from it's own sources. Out of a total income 1.48 crore it has spent 1.24 crore in the year 2003 - 04. In the year 2003 - 04 the college collected Rs. 40, 43,752 from the students in the form of various fees. The expenditure on salary head accounts for nearly 90% of the total. The unit cost of education excluding salary is Rs. 370 and Rs. 9127 including salary. The College has received Rs. 11.5 lakhs from the UGC under 9th Plan Development Assistance and has utilized the amount in full. Under the 10th plan, the College has received 12.19 lakhs from UGC.
The State Government has provided assistance through the University for Lab development, Building maintenance and office contingency besides salary component. The Principal has formed several committees for day to day administration of the college. The college has well laid out purchase procedure. The college is yet to provide any professional development programme for the non-teaching staff. However Computer training has been provided to the accountant and to the librarian. The employees of the college are covered under GPF and Pension schemes. They enjoy house rent allowance, LTC and Group Insurance Scheme. There is no difference between the dearness allowance rates between the University and state government employees. The college accounts are regularly audited. There is some improvement in the recent years in maintenance of account records. Proper indexing of the records are needed. Up-to-date maintenance of Cash-Book, Demand-Register, and Bank-reconciliation register are to be ensured.
CRITERION - VII : HEALTHY PRACTICES
The following healthy practices were observed.
There is a genuine desire to improve the quality of education in the college.
The teaching-learning ambience is being maintained.
The general discipline of the students, teachers and employees are satisfactory.
The inter-personal relations between the students and the teachers in the Commerce and Science departments are excellent.
The college has spacious well ventilated class rooms and large lecture theaters.
There is a strong bond with the community around and the alumni.
SECTION-III : OVERALL ANALYSIS
Raja Shiva Prasad College, Jharia located in a mining-industry belt has completed more than half a century of its existence. It is a multifaculty general college offering B.A. , B.Com, B.Sc (Pass & Hons), one Vocational course and P.G. in Commerce. A constituent college of the University since 1992, it is a premier college in the locality. It has served the purpose of providing access to higher education to the people of the area including first generation learners drawn from labour class and downtrodden section of the population.
In a way it has succeeded in creating an educated section of the society in and around Dhanbad.
The Peer Team commends the following:
Commitment of stake holders for quality achievemet and improvement.
Excellent inter personal relations.
Discipline and learning ambience.
The Peer Team recommends the following for the all-round improvement of the college.
The Jhrakhand Government, The Vinoba Bhave University and the R. S. P College, Jharia will work in an atmosphere of mutual co-operation and optimum co-ordination to facilitate to increase effective number of teaching hours and days to fulfill the prime objective of higher education. The following measures are suggested:
*Fixed academic calendar needs to be evolved and meticulously followed.
*All the examinations from secondary to post-graduate should be held in March-April-May and results be published within 60 days; examinations of practical papers be held before start of that of theoretical papers.
*Examinations may be held in 3 shifts (7-10 am, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm and 2 pm - 5 pm)
*Vacations and holidays can be rescheduled and if necessary suspended to the extent feasible for few years to put back the academic calendar on track.
*A high level committee comprising the Vice-Chancellor, Director of HRD, Jharkhand Government, Chairman Jharkhand Academic Council and Board of Secondary Education may be constitured immediately to look into the issues involved and suggest ways for materializing these objectives.
*Computerization of the examination process ( preparation of admit cards and alphabetic lists, tabulation of results and issuance of mark sheets and degrees) by the University be undertaken urgently.
*The working and teaching hours of the college be increased up to 5 o'clock.
*The University may modernize and update the syllabi every five years.
The teachers should prepare lesson plans and the college administration should monitor methodically progress of course coverage.
Innovative job-oriented and relevant courses may be introduced partly under self financing mode. Subjects like psychology, sociology, anthropology and home science may be introduced under Arts stream; Geology, Micro-biology, Bio-technology and Bio-chemistry may be introduced under science stream. BBA and BCA courses may be introduced. Management honours under B.Com. course may be added. 1 year Diploma vocational courses in Computer Application, Communicative English, Food-preservation, Polymer Science and Applications, Insurance Management etc. may be introduced in phased manner as per local requirements.
The names of the students are to be noted in the attendance registers.
The Cash-book should be updated everyday and signed by all concerned daily.
The books in the library needs to be classified both subject wise and author wise.
Necessary computer software should be used. Stock verification of the library should be undertaken immediately and the system of collection fine should be strictly adhered to. Outdated books be removed from the library and waived from the stock through due process to make additional room and to make the library more functional. The working hours of the library be increased. The college should make provision for a large reading room to be utilized by the students and teachers. The library building constructed with UGC fund be converted into a reading room cum reference section and the library in the old block can house all the books meant for issuance.
The vacant teaching posts urgently require to be filled up. The University and Government may explore the possibility of engaging teachers on contract and per class remuneration basis as a temporary measure. Services of retired teachers who are physically fit and mentally alert can be utilized up to the age of 65.
Massive plantation be undertaken and a green dust screen be created. The Botany Department should develop and maintain a Botanical Garden.
Self appraisal forms should be introduced and the performance of teachers and other employees should be annually reviewed by the Principal and the University.
Students' feedback on teachers' performance may also be collected and organized.
Appropriate teaching aids may be acquired and utilized.
Adequate furniture may be provided by the contractor in the canteen.
NCC, Red-Cross and Scout and Guide units may be introduced and the NSS unit should undertake regular programmes of activities.
The teachers need to be encouraged to participate in Refresher and Orientation courses and to undertake minor research projects and be active in continuous research and publication, with a view to improve their teaching capability over the years.
The Peer Team places on record its appreciation for the co-operation received from the Principal, the Government and University representatives, Faculty Members, Non-teaching employees, students , parents and Alumni during their visit. The team wishes the very best for an alround development of Raja Shiva Prasad College , Jharia, Dhanbad in the coming years.
( Basudeb Barman)
( D. K. Verma)
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