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Graduate School College for Women, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
Graduate School College for Women, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
Graduate School College for Women, Jamshedpur Jharkhand is a recognised institute / college.
Graduate School College for Women, Jamshedpur Jharkhand is situated in Jamshedpur of Jharkhand state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of Graduate School College for Women, Jamshedpur Jharkhand is 0657-2438958.
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NAAC report of Graduate School College for WomenSECTION I : PREFACE
The Graduate School, College for Women, Jamshedpur (GSCW), Jharkhand volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), and accordingly submitted its Self-Study Report (SSR) to the Council. A Peer Team was constituted by the Council to visit the college and validate the SSR. The Peer Team consisting of Prof. K.M.Pathak, Former Vice-Chancellor, Tezpur University, Assam as Chairperson, Prof Diwakar Pandey, HOD, Mathematics, Ch. Charan Singh University, Meerut as Member-Coordinator and Sr. Tina Farias, Principal, Loreto College, Kolkata as Member visited the college for two days, 4th - 5th October, 2004.
The Graduate School, College for Women, Jamshedpur is a constituent college of Ranchi University that covers a total area of 1.722 Acres. It was established in the year 1971 and got UGC recognition u/s 2f in 1987. The college has grown to its present status with committed efforts of successive Principals, devoted teachers, students and well-wishers. Today, it has an enrolment of 4041 students for under-graduate courses in three faculties, out of which nearly 30% belong to underprivileged class.
The college offers 8 under-graduate programmes including one add-on-course in its 16 Arts, 01 Commerce and 06 Science departments, including the departments of Mathematics and Statistics which contribute to both, Arts and Science faculties.. The programmes are available in both 'Pass' and 'Hons' categories. The college also offers a certificate course in German language. It is a self-financing course having at present 10 students.
The college has a well-qualified teaching faculty of a 61 members, including 35 permanent teachers and 26 part-timers. There are 56 members on the non-teaching staff, including 38 administrative and 18 technical staff. The college has a central library, UGC Network Resource Center, sports facilities, canteen, placement and grievance redressal cell.
The temporal plan of academic work in the college is annual system. The 'unit cost' of education in the college is Rs. 2426/-, with salary component included, and Rs. 394/-, without. The average success rate for both under-graduate and post-graduate courses ranges from 90% - 100%.
The Peer Team carefully perused and analyzed the SSR submitted by the college. During the institutional visit, the Team went through all the relevant documents, visited the departments and the facilities, and interacted with the various constituents of the college. The academic, co-curricular, extra-curricular, sports and extension facilities of the institution were visited. The Team also interacted at length with the Principal, Faculty members, Students, Non-teaching staff, Parents and Alumni of the college. Based on the above exercise and keeping in mind the criteria identified by the NAAC, the Peer Team has assessed the college. The assessment of the college under various criteria, the commendable features of the institution as well as recommendations for further improvement are presented in the following pages.
SECTION II: CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
CRITERION 1: CURRICULAR ASPECTS
The Graduate School, College for Women, Jamshedpur is a constituent college of Ranchi University that offers undergraduate programs at honours and pass level in the Faculties of Arts, Science and Commerce in an annual pattern of examination system, following syllabi prescribed by its parent university. The college enjoys the reputation of being the first women college in the town providing commerce education and making the option of Statistics available in Science and Arts faculties. Several other program options of conventional nature are available in the college through its 20 departments in Science and Arts faculties. In addition to the existing courses, the college has submitted proposals for starting vocational courses like Nutrition and Dietetics, Computer Education, Tourism and Fashion Designing and B.Ed. to prepare girl students for jobs and/or self-employment. Normally to introduce a new programme within the regulations of present university system, the college has to go through a formal procedure with the university and the State Govt, that takes about a year's time. The Peer team is pleased to know from the Principal that the college has received NCTE approval for starting B.Ed. courses in the college.
The institution aims at offering a diversified field of knowledge to girl students with the objective to empower women of the area and to develop their wholesome personality through education. Its objectives therefore include development of skills in the girls of the region to enable them to acquire mentally, physically and spiritually balanced mind and a confident personality. The vocational courses proposed by the college is a step in consistency with the objectives of the institution. The college promotes games and sports, N.C.C. and NSS activities that involve the students in purposeful routine, leading to their all round development.
The college has no freedom in terms of redesigning of the syllabi and to make it more relevant to the needs of the society. Under university rules & regulations only the Board of Studies and Academic Council of the university are authorized to make changes in the syllabi and the college does not have any representation on these bodies. It would be advisable that the college constitutes an internal body consisting of senior faculty members and some academic peers of the discipline to design the syllabi for new programme options of the college and for redesigning of the existing syllabi. Such proposals may be sent to the respective Board of Studies or the Academic Council of the parent university for their suggestions and approval. This internal academic body may also provide the feedback on programmes and suggest program options in the interest of the institution in respect of fulfilling its goals and objectives.
CRITERION II - TEACHING,LEARNING AND EVALUATION
Student strength in the institution for UG courses on the basis of admissions in the current session is 4041. Admissions to all courses are in accordance with the policy of reservation of Govt. of Jharkhand.
At the entry level, the merit of a student is decided through her academic records of previous classes and a cut-off point is the only criterion for selection. The college conducts tests to judge the acquired knowledge of the students during the course of study, enabling the teachers to identify weaker students of the class. Tutorial assistance is then provided to such students by the individual teachers.
The teaching-learning process is mainly based on the lecture method of teaching by qualified teachers. 20 teachers out of the present strength of 35 permanent teachers are Ph.Ds.and the remaining 15 are post-graduates. Teachers prepare their teaching plans at the beginning of the session. Syllabi are also unitized according to the teaching schedule and the students are informed about it in advance. Lecture based teaching is supplemented by discussions and quizzes. In the subjects involving practicals, class room teaching is supplemented by practical classes through well equipped laboratories. No audio-visual aids are in use at present for teaching purposes, however the college has initiated the process of acquiring audio-visual facilities including an LCD projector. In the previous academic session, the college had 198 teaching days out of 243 working days.
Presently there are 61 teachers, including 26 part time teachers, catering to the academic needs of all the three faculties. There are 38 administrative and 18 technical staff positions in the college. 26 teaching posts are lying vacant. No sanctioned teaching positions are available for self-financed courses. These courses are being run with the help of Guest Faculty. Teachers in the college are appointed through the University Service Commission. The college does not have any freedom to appoint teachers on temporary / adhoc / contractual basis, till regular appointments against the sanctioned posts are made by the commission. The institution therefore takes the help of its old students or retired teachers to work as unpaid part-time teachers. The normal teaching load in 8 departments is 18 periods or less, but in the rest of the departments it ranges between 20 to 24 periods per week .
Despite the work- load constraint, teachers in some of the departments have pursued the cause of their academic advancement by attending Orientation / Refresher courses and National level seminars. Some teachers have taken interesting supervising research to part-time research scholars, in addition to the engagements with students in co-curricular and extension programme activities.
The college has sent a proposal to UGC for establishing a remedial coaching center in the college for SC/ST students.
The process of conducting the final examination and evaluation is governed by Ranchi university and the college has no freedom in this regard. The college strictly follows the academic calendar of the university.
The college does not have any mechanism for faculty appraisal to identify the strengths and weaknesses in teacher performance through self-appraisal formats or through feedback from students.
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 the research work carried out by individual teachers for their own academic advancement. A majority of the teachers have completed their work while remaining in service and have been awarded Ph.D. degrees. Five Ph.D's have been awarded in last five years. There is a provision of the university for granting study leave to teachers for research. A teacher of the English department has been awarded a post doctoral fellowship .Five teachers, including the Principal are actively engaged in research. There are no full time research scholars in the college. A few teachers are supervising research to part time research scholars. There are 3 part time research scholars in the college at present.
Many teachers have been enriched by the orientation and refresher courses. Five teachers have contributed to National level seminars and conferences. One of the teachers has taken up a UGC project for research work. Few faculty members have submitted Minor Research Projects to UGC. while a Minor Research Project has been sanctioned to the Principal of the college by the UGC and the money has also been released. There is one ongoing minor research project at present in the department of Economics under UGC Xth plan. Some published work in the form of research papers, articles in News papers and magazines and books has been done by existing faculty. Dr. Ragini Bhushan of the Sanskrit department and Dr.Kety Bhathena of the Chemistry department are regularly invited by All India Radio to deliver talks. The institution has a good research potential that needs to be encouraged further. Research activities can further be promoted in the college by facilitating departments to have the necessary research environment, granting study leave to teachers more freely, reducing the teaching load by filling up the vacant teaching posts and by urging upon the State Govt./University to sanction more teaching posts according to increased student strength. Teachers be further encouraged to attend refresher courses/ seminars/ workshops /conferences and to submit research projects to UGC or other agencies for funding.
There is a full unit of N.S.S. that is actively engaged in several extension services with the help of students and teachers. Two teachers from Home Science department look after the activities of N.S.S. Under the N.S.S. umbrella, the college takes up community development activities like social work, adult literacy, medical camp, health and hygiene awareness, blood donation camp, AIDS awareness and environmental awareness. Teachers and students are encouraged to participate in extension activities through seminars, workshops, exposure trips and exhibition. One student of the college was selected to represent the State in the Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi in 2004. The college has conducted a seminar on Environment awareness sponsored by Ministry of Forest and Environment New Delhi for 3 consecutive years. It has also conducted high risk behaviour study ( AIDS ) of Jamshedpur , funded by NACO, Ministry of Health, New Delhi. The college also has a girl's N.C.C. wing having 160 cadets.
CRITERION IV - INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
The infrastructure of the Graduate School College for Women, Jamshedpur is shared with the Intermediate college. The location is convenient for students. The college has no excess land. Therefore in any future expansion that needs additional infrastructure, vertical building expansion is envisioned. Funds have been released for the construction of additional floors by the State Government and demolition and construction is to start immediately.
The internal administration is responsible for the maintenance of the infrastructure and provisions for the maintenance are made in the annual budget, funds are released only with permission of the University.
Outside agencies are invited to use the college premises to conduct various examinations. However the use of academic facilities of the College by external agencies is discouraged.
Efforts are made to keep the campus clean. Trees are planted and regular campus cleaning helps to control pollution.
The library is open from 10.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. for 6 days a week. A library advisory committee under the chairmanship of the Principal is responsible for the maintenance of books, improvement of facilities. There are 23088 books and 10 subscriptions to periodicals and journals. There are no facilities for reprography, computers, internet nor does the college have audio and video cassettes. A computer has been provided to the library and there are plans for the computerization of the library. Internet is also available through the UGC Network. The departments of Statistics, Commerce and Geography are equipped with computers which are maintained from the College fund.
Health services are available to staff and students through occasional visits by Government doctors for health and blood checkups.
Sports facilities for students are available for students. The sports room has a treadmill and exercise cycle besides other indoor games. Indoor games like table tennis, carrom and chess are also in the common room and the students utilize this facility during their free hours. Students are encouraged to participate in sports meets at University and State level and incentives in the form of freeships, sports scholarships, sports material and transport are provided to them on their achievements. Particularly impressive is the expertise in Karate. One student has won a number of medals in District, State and National level championships in Karate. Another student of the college has been declared Athletics Champion of Ranchi university on the basis of her performance in track and field events in the Inter-collegiate meet held in the session 2003-2004. Archery has also been represented by college girls upto National level tournaments. Kabaddi is also a popular sport of the college.
The college has no hostel facilities and students in need of residences are accommodated in private hostels recommended by the college.
CRITERION V - STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
The percentage of students appearing for the qualifying examination after the minimum period of study is 62%. The drop out rate of 38% is rather high and one of the reasons for this could be that the college caters to a substantive percentage of underprivileged students. Still some analysis for the reasons will help. The results of the students as a whole are very good. Though there is no mechanism to assess the progression of students to employment, yet from the available statistics it can be drawn that about 30% of those who graduate progress to employment and further study. Past pupils of the college are employed in various academic skilled and industrial positions.
The college annually publishes its Prospectus which contains comprehensive information needed for prospective candidates. Information regarding admission policy and criteria is clearly detailed in the prospectus
Financial aid is available from the Government and from the Institution in the form of Merit Scholarships, Sport Scholarships and Freeships for financially challenged students.
The college has a Placement Cell and some teachers are entrusted with the work of career guidance and providing information regarding job opportunities. This cell has so far been able to establish links with TISCO, ICICI and TATA-AIC and has succeeded in the placement of few girls. Efforts are also being made to invite other corporate firms to make presentations.
Personal counselling and academic counselling to students is given by the teachers. It is commendable that teachers also give help to graduates from the college to prepare them for UGC-CSIR NET examinations.
The college has a 15 month old Alumnae Association. The Peer Team met its office bearers and other members of Alumnae association and witnessed a 10 minute multimedia presentation about their activities. The alumnae hope to work for the empowerment of women and to organize programmes for career guidance, personality development and for providing help to increase proficiency in Spoken English for the students of the college.
The leisure and recreational facilities available to students are indoor and outdoor games, nature and debate clubs, cultural programmes.
CRITERION VI - ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
The Graduate School, College for Women, Jamshedpur College, a constituent college of Ranchi University is managed by the Principal, whose management potential and skills are admirable.
The college has an efficient internal coordinating and monitoring system. Different committees have been formed under the overall authority of the Principal. These committees include both teaching and non-teaching staff. In some cases as in the Building committee, outside experts like engineers and architects form part of it.
The efficiency of the non-teaching staff is monitored. Various areas are supervised by committees such as the environmental Task force and cleaning committees. The Bursar supervises the accounts which are partly computerized.
The BA and B.Com programmes are fully supported by Government grants. The college accounts are audited. The College hopes to earn some revenue with the introduction of self financing courses.
Welfare schemes are available in the form of non-refundable loans from the Provident Funds, General Insurance and welfare schemes. Employment has been given on compassionate grounds.
There is a grievance redressal mechanism in the college. Students can put forward their grievances directly or through the Active Student Group. This group is an elected body of the students having various offices. The grievance redressal cell then looks into the matter and settles the problem in consultation with the Principal. Teacher's grievances are redressed through the Teachers association. The college also has an effective Proctorial Board to look after the problems of discipline.
CRITERION VII - HEALTHY PRACTICES
The College has a process of quality checks through the monitoring by various committees, teachers and representatives of the various academic, administrative and extension activities of the college. Team spirit is stressed and efficiency is enhanced through the dedication and commitment of all.
Teaching and Non- teaching Staff and the students, all work in harmony through mutual fair and transparent exchange.
Value based education is imparted through lectures. Nationalism and patriotism are inculcated through celebration of national days.
The College imparts a sense of civic responsibility by involvement in campus cleaning programmes and voluntary services.
Efforts are made by the college to help the students to develop all round through lectures, programmes, creative activities, team work, programmes which require communication skills.
Community orientation is present through the activities of the NSS, awareness programmes and exposure to real life situations.
The college has a strong NCC wing that performs its training session twice a week in morning hours.
Though the faculty carry a heavy load of teaching many have time to provide extra classes for past pupils preparing for NET.
The college serves an impressive member of SC/ST/BC students and efforts are made to help them to cope with academics.
SECTION III : OVERALL ANALYSIS:
The Peer Team after perusal in depth of the Self Study Report and assessing the Institute during its visit, feels that the Graduate School, College for Women, Jamshedpur has succeeded to a great extent in translating its objectives and mission to provide educational facilities to the women students of the region, and to empower students belonging to middle class and tribal families. The college has earned a reputation for promoting the cause of female education in the region.
The Peer Team would like to commend the college for the following aspects:
The Institute's efforts towards offering diversified fields of knowledge to girl students in order to enable them to acquire mentally, physically and spiritually balanced, wholesome personalities.
Dedication and commitment of the teaching and non-teaching staff of the college as reflected in the increasing number of students' enrolment as well as in their academic performance.
The Central library is reasonably well equipped, and steps are being taken to fully computerize it.
Establishment of a Placement Cell to provide career guidance to the students.
Establishment of a Women Cell in the college is a healthy approach.
A large number of Alumnae have achieved commendable success in life and are active and acknowledge their responsibility towards the college
Efforts of the college to supplement the formal teaching programmes by Remedial courses, and conducting of some Self-financing vocational courses.
The college has very recently obtained the necessary approval from the concerned authority to start B.Ed. course.
Efforts of the faculty members for qualitative improvement in their respective academic fields.
Continuous improvement of the infrastructure facilities by acquiring funds from the UGC, the State Govt., MPLD funds.
Introduction of participatory management in all spheres.
Provision for development of several extra-curricular skills e.g. Debating, Elocution, Dramatic, Sports, NSS, and NCC etc. by the students.
Facilitating role of the college to promote students, teachers and society participation in socio-cultural awareness and community development programmes.
While appreciating the efforts of the institute and keeping in view the future action plan of the college, the Peer Team would like to suggest the following to the institute for its consideration:
Currently the Principal of the college has a dual charge in the simultaneous responsibility as the Principal of another neighboring college. Perhaps this is not a healthy arrangement, and could be remedied as early as possible.
The concerned authorities should take necessary steps for immediate filling up of the vacant sanctioned teaching posts and to create additional posts according to the increased student strength of the college.
The number of students admitted may be in commensurate with the academic infrastructure available in the institute
The college may perhaps explore the possibility of introducing more course options, increase flexibility in course combinations keeping in mind the latest trends and societal needs.
The college may think of introducing more certificate and job oriented diploma courses in consultation with business and industry sectors.
The college may introduce, beside B.Ed., courses like Computer Science, Biotechnology. IT, Tourism and Travel Management, Functional English, Secretarial Practice, Journalism and Mass Communication Advertising and Public Relations, etc.
Library should be fully computerized and networked.
Book Bank facility should be made available for needy students.
Canteen facilities need to be improved.
Faculty members may be encouraged to undertake more research projects- Major and Minor- funded by various funding agencies, including UGC.
The Peer Team would like to place on record its deep appreciation to the Principal, Teaching and Non-Teaching staff, Students, Parents and Alumni for their cooperation and the support extended by them during this exercise of assessment. The Team wishes the college to fully realize its potential and to develop itself as an important institution of higher learning in the region.
( Prof. K.M.Pathak)
( Sr. Tina Farias ).
( Dr. Shukla Mahanty )
The Graduate School, College for Women
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