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Gogte College of Commerce, Belgaum, Karnataka
Gogte College of Commerce, Belgaum, Karnataka
Karnataka, IndiaPin Code : 590006
Gogte College of Commerce, Belgaum Karnataka is a recognised institute / college. Gogte College of Commerce, Belgaum Karnataka is managed by Society: Karnataka Law Society. Gogte College of Commerce, Belgaum Karnataka was established on / in 1954.
Gogte College of Commerce, Belgaum Karnataka is situated in Belgaum of Karnataka state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of Gogte College of Commerce, Belgaum Karnataka is +91-831-2485353.
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Contact Details of Gogte College of Commerce, Belgaum Karnataka are : Telephone: +91-831-2405524, 2405533, 2485708
CoursesB.A., B.Com., B.Sc.
Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A)
Bachelor of Computer Application (B.C.A.)
Chartered Accountancy (C.A.)
Gogte College of Commerce, Belgaum Karnataka runs course(s) in Arts, Commerce, Computer Applications, Science stream(s).
Gogte College of Commerce is affiliated with Karnatak University, Dharwad (Karnataka)
Profile of Gogte College of CommerceGogte College of Commerce was established for imparting instructions in Commerce to prepare students for BCom Degree course. It is affiliated to Karnatak University.This college is a trendsetter in this part of the country for producing Chartered Accountants, Cost Accountants, Company Secretaries, Sports Persons, Managers, Businessmen, Administrators, Politicians, and Teachers.
Media coverage of Gogte College of Commerce, Belgaum Karnataka, Karnataka
NAAC report of Karnataka Law Societys Gogte College of CommerceKarnatak Law Society's Gogte College of Commerce is located at Belgaum in Northern Karnataka. It is affiliated to Karnatak University, Dharwad. It was founded in 1954, by a society dedicated to quality education, namely, the Karnatak Law Society. The Society had already set up a law college at Belgaum and would since set up other institutions, especially for management and technology education. This College was set up to fill up the vacuum in commerce education in the region. In 1968 it came to be named after B.M. Gogte, a famous industrialist whose generosity was unbounded in the field of education. In 1982 it came under the pay packet scheme of the Government of Karnataka. In 1988 it was recognized by the UGC under 12B and in 1989 under 2f.
Gogte College of Commerce is situated on 11.5 acres of land and has a regular campus. As the name indicates, it is a single faculty college. The main programme offered is B. Com. (along with B. Com. with a vocational thrust). However, it has recently added three self-financing and need-based programmes, BBA, BCA and B.Sc. The College has at the moment a total faculty strength of 33 teachers, 23 of whom are permanent, 4 temporary and 6 part-time. A few of these teachers are extra-departmental. Among the teachers are 6 Ph.D. holders and 3 holders of M. Phil. The number of administrative staff is 20. The Principal is the Head of the institution.
There are at the moment 1177 students, of whom 597 are female and 580 male, all counted from the B. Com. I, II, III, 2001-02. However, the number of estimated students in the 2001-02 budget is 1800. This includes the PUC I, II, naturally not counted as part of the college curriculum. The unit cost is computed to be Rs 6523. The College is also an accredited centre for the Hyderabad-based ICFAI's and New Delhi-based ICAI's Foundation Course, Professional Education - I and II. But that too is beside the college curriculum. The system on which its curriculum runs, affiliated to Karnatak University, is the annual for B. Com. and semesters for the self-financing courses. Its calendar comprises 180 teaching days and 300 working days. Its infrastructure includes a central library, a central computer laboratory, boys' and girls' hostels, a canteen, a non-resident center, a gymkhana for indoor sports, a gymnasium, a post office, a bank, and a playground for outdoor sports.
The NAAC constituted a Peer Team consisting of the following:
Prof Amiya Kumar Dev
Dr K N Madhusudanan Pillai Academic Consultant, NAAC
The Peer Team made its visit to the college on 26-27 September, 9 am to 5 pm on both days, and consulted the Principal, visited the teaching departments, held a meeting with the governing body, interacted with students, alumni and parents, checked all documentary evidence and visited the support services. The Team received the best possible cooperation at all levels and from everyone concerned and would like to acknowledge that. The Team would like to specially thank the Principal who on behalf of the College had been in constant touch with the members prior to and during the visit.
Criterion I : CURRICULAR ASPECTS
A single faculty college is in certain ways better placed than colleges with multiple faculties. Being slim and unencumbered it can better strive for excellence. But being affiliated and not being autonomous, it does not have much room for a curricular revolution. All curricular and syllabus changes have to be mooted by the affiliating university without whose leave the college cannot do a thing in this regard. However, the college can take an initiative for curricular and syllabus revision at the university level, depending of course on its leadership abilities. It is true that the college under review, Gogte College of Commerce, has recently introduced three new programmes--BBA, BCA and B.Sc.
The College facilitates undergraduate students in Commerce to pursue professional courses such as CA, ICWA, DBF. As a matter of fact, the College is accredited to offer coaching in Professional Education (Courses I and II) by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, New Delhi. The vision of the College is to promote excellence in commerce education in the part of the country where it is located . Except the newly introduced B.Sc Course , the other courses offered are in line with this vision. In fact, by adding BBA and BCA courses, the College further supports the development of its main course B.Com. These courses are kindred . As regards the B.Sc course which is out of tune with the vision of the College, the Peer Team is given to understand that in due course it will be shifted out of the purview of this College. The College then would be able to maintain its single faculty character.
The College has a clear goal, an effective commerce education. There is little doubt that the College is pursuing that by maintaining a close contact with business and industry in a formal way, through in-plant training at small scale industries and tie ups with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, New Delhi, the Institute of Certified Financial Analysts of India, Hyderabad, and Insurance Companies and vocational training rendered to students, and by means of faculty interaction on a theoretical level.
The student in the Gogte College of Commerce has a wide choice. In the B.Com programme, he/she can either choose B. Com. (Academic) or B. Com. (Vocational). Within B.Com(Academic), he/she has a number of options open. Within B.Com (Vocational), he/she has also very interesting and job oriented options such as Insurance. The feedback from students is obtained on ten dimensions. Those are: regularity in conducting classes, punctuality, preparation for the class, completion of the syllabus in time, competence to handle the subject, presentation skills, methodology used, interaction with students; and accessibility to the students outside the classroom. Students evaluate the faculty on each of these dimensions on a 10 point scale. The feedback is summarized and shared with the faculty.
Criterion II : TEACHING - LEARNING AND EVALUATON
The students for B.Com programme are admitted on the basis of academic performance and interview. The College has no choice but to comply with the laid down policy on reservations. However, for BBA and BCA programmes, students are admitted on the basis of students performance in an entrance test / interviews conducted by the College.
For those who are deficient in English language and Accounting, the College facilitates by organizing remedial courses in the first year only. Such remedial courses, however, are not organized for students deficient in other subjects.
The College has a very good system in place to monitor teaching that goes into various programmes. The syllabus is unitized, an monitored from time to time so that the syllabus is uniformly spread and completed in time. The College evaluates students internally for 20 marks and the University evaluates students for the remaining 80 marks towards the end of the year in B.com programme. The College gives freedom to the faculty to design a scheme of evaluation for students internally for 20 marks. The faculty announces the same on the day one. Although the scheme varies from faculty member to faculty member, the general pattern is : 10 marks for attendance, and for the remaining 10 marks, Announced Tests, Surprise Tests, Assignment and quizzes are conducted. Considering the size of the class which is at present 120, the faculty must be further encouraged to use new technology such as OHP/LCD projector, Audio-Visual Resources. The procedure adopted to recruit faculty is well defined and is in order. But it must be admitted that the College faculty by and large has not been developed from time to time. On research count, the College scores low. This score is valid even in case of its access to national / international linkages.
When it comes to co-curricular activities, the College deserves the highest score. It has strong NCC, NSS, Sports units. Some of its students have represented in Republic Day Parade and won several medals. They are just excellent. What is more interesting is that some girl students have even done well in representing at Republic Day Parade and winning medals. Students who volunteered to work for the NSS have done commendable work. They have sensitized the neighbourhood population to important social problems. The College has an excellent gymnasium and students are fully taking advantage of the facility.
Criterion III : RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
The College does not have a research culture as such. Only few faculty members are actively engaged in research and publish regularly. A few are recognized Ph. D guides of Karnataka University, Dharwad. A few teachers frequently teach at the Postgraduate Centre of Karnataka University, Dhrawad. A few have written books. Some have done M.Phil, Ph.D under FIP. The College gives support to those who would like to pursue M.Phil / Ph.D programmes.
The College as such is not engaged in any consultancy work in the real sense of the word. However, it must be admitted that the College is active in its extension work. The College has a fairly active extension programme under the supervision of a faculty member on an additional charge. And the areas covered in this programme are diverse in broad terms, community development, social work, health and hygiene awareness, literacy and adult education, and environment awareness, and specifically AIDS awareness and campaign against gutka and tobacco. The College also has held medical camps and blood donation camps.
The College has a strong contingent of NCC. Students in the past have representation at Republic Day Parade and won medals. Many have qualified for 'C' certificate that enables them to join Army / Navy / Airforce straight away.
In view of the importance of research and consultancy in the academic growth of a faculty members which is quintessential to give the best of academic support to students, the faculty should devote sufficient time towards this end and the College management should give the necessary support to them. The Management may encourage the faculty to participate in seminars / conferences at national and regional level by giving the necessary financial support. The management may also consider seriously floating the Masters programme in commerce that give a fillip to faculty to teach at higher levels and do research. In fact this brings connectivity to the faculty to pursue research.
Criterion IV: INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
The Gogte College of Commerce is located in a posh area of Tilakwadi. The Karnatak Law Society has 11.50 acres of land at Tilakwadi and it has located all its units including the Gogte College of Commerce in this area. The College has spacious well ventilated lecture halls to offer instruction in various programmes and all these halls are well maintained. The College optimally utilizes its infrastrucctural facilities with other sister concerns run by the Karnatak Law Society.
The College has excellent space for the Principal's office, reception, accounts and the administrative office. These are well laid out and ventilated.
The College library has been organized in an exclusive three-storied building with the top floor being shared by the Polytechnic run by the Karnatak Law Society. It has rich collection of books. However, many of the books are old publications. The specialty of the College library is that it has a devoted digital library where computers connected to Internet are made available to students. It is an excellent learning resources centre for students. The flip side of the library is that its subscription to journals is not adequate. The College may seriously consider its subscription list to include more relevant national / international journals in commerce.
The College computer centre is equipped with approximately sixty PCs and students are actively engaged in the center from morning 7.30 to 5.30 in the evening on all working days. Considering the need of students staying in hostels and other day scholars to develop skills in using computers and the rate of obsolescence of computer technology,. the College may reconsider its timings and keep it open at least till 10.00 pm every day. And it should be kept open even on Sundays to facilitate students to learn computing skills.
The College offers at present B. Sc course in Sugar Science. The laboratory set- up for this course is inadequately equipped. However, the arrangement made by the College with one of the Sugar factories 20 kms away from the College is really innovative. The students are taken to the industry and trained to work in its laboratory for 20 days at a stretch. This facilitates students to work and internalize the practice of testing in the industry itself.
The College has an excellent gymnasium, space for cricket, football and other games. However, these sports facilities are shared by the sister institutions run by the Karnatak Law Society. The College should think, however, very seriously to devote a few hours in a week for imparting physical education. The College has hostel facilities for both boys and girls . Again these facilities are shared by the other institutions run by the Karnatak Law Society. Although it does not shave a guest house at present, a guest house is being contemplated that would be common to all the units of Karnatak Law Society. It has a canteen providing service to students and staff. The College has an arrangement to monitor the health of students from time to time. It has an exellent system to check the health care needs of the students at the time of admission. A doctor is available on call for the girls and boys in hostels.
There is an anti-ragging cell in place to check ragging in the campus. The students are inducted into the College through a well structured induction programme.
Criterion V : STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
The impressive aspect about the College is that every year the College bags one or two ranks in the University examination. The pass rate is very high and drop out rate is very very low. Many of its students as per reports, have moved into Professional courses and they have been doing extremely well. The College has substantially contributed to a large number of chartered and cost accountants, advocates and enterpreneurs. The College has an active alumni association and from time to time, meetings are organized to leverage benefit from them for the sake of students and the College. The College effectively administers the scholarships instituted by other agencies and it has a system of giving aid to poor students. The College helps poor students permitting them to make the payment of fees in instalments.
This is indeed an excellent support given to the students. The College takes personal interest in the problems of students and helps them to overcome their problems and face the world more confidently. Coming to the aspect of placement services, the College may seriously reconsider the present modus operandi which are inadequate. They need to be properly activated. As a matter of fact, many of its past students are in well-off positions. The College should network with these people to provide placement to students. The person in charge of student welfare may be asked to look into this aspect and activate the placement services.
The excellent aspect of the College is that it recognizes the talent of faculty (extra- curricular) and these are utilized for nurturing the talent of the students. The hobby centre set up in the College draws faculty with exceptionally brilliant extra- curricular talent and give support to the students. Sometimes when it is not possible to do so, the College makes an arrangement with outside to nurture the extra-currcular talent of the students.
Criterion VI: ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
The College has a Manager and a Superintendent to oversee the internal office work. The office staff have mostly undergone training in administrative issues, human relations, communication skills and computer. At the level of the College parent, the Karnatak Law Society, a Registrar broadly looks over all its institutions' administration. During the last three years a committee reviewed the college administration and recommended job rotation, rest pauses in the work schedule, universal training and knowledge of computer, a more rationalized office layout, a display board for work allocation and a standardization of all forms for the better.
This review apart, the College has a regular check on work efficiency and the quality of work through an internal audit and a physical verification of the dead stock and books. Every effort is made to avert errors. And with regard to the administration's monitoring of the academic work, it is to be recorded that the academic calendar is drawn up with the help of a committee. It is also to be noted that in staff recruitment the college management generally ratifies the recommendations of the selection committees.
The College is now earning an income with its self-financing courses. Recently there has also been a fee enhancement for the aided courses by the Government. Besides with the introduction of computer there is a slightly high laboratory fee. Yet the college cannot cut it even, especially in its capital expenditure. The last two budgets had a deficit and it had to be met with funds from the management. But that has no bearing on the various welfare programmes, namely, advances from the Karnatak Law Society, loans from the college employees' co-operative credit society and the employees' children's scholarship fund. In the event of any grievances the College governing body acts as a redress cell. But usually there are not many grievances, for the non-teaching staff members are fully committed to the well being of the college. Being small might have been beneficial for the college. Besides being run by a non-profit making education society which had its first institution set up as early as 1939 might have helped.
Criterion VII: HEALTHY PRACTICES
One novel feature and a healthy practice is related to the admission procedure. The College has a single window system for admissions. A student at the time of admissions can process himself through a single window and complete all the formalities for admission in just 15 minutes and obtain his identity card.
The College has demonstrated its academic leadership by obtaining tie-ups with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, new Delhi and the Institute of Certified Financial Analysts of India, Hyderabad, and linkage with the neighborhood industries.
Some faculty members have developed cases for discussion in the classrooms. It is indeed a novel practice in undergraduate teaching. Another novel feature is related to the method of evaluation of students for the internal 20 marks. The students are evaluated for 10 marks for attendance, and for the remaining marks, announced, unannounced, tests and quizzes are conducted. Although this is not necessary for B.Com III as per university rules, this scheme of evaluation is followed for them as well. The College has decided to remain a single faculty college in its character and pursue the goals of excellence in offering a wide variety of commerce programmes. It is precisely towards these ends that the College has gone for tie- ups with professional bodies like the ICAI and ICFAI, and small-scale industries of the neighborhood. The College is getting feedback from time to time from the employers and redesigning options or if possible courses to suit the needs of industry. This is indeed a healthy practice to get the programme of the College in line with its mission and at the same time market driven. The College has been promoting cultural intelligence and an overall development of students besides stressing curricular activities. This is appropriate to Belgaum where people are mostly bi- or trilingual and multicultural.
Gogte College of Commerce is a well-run commerce college offering a B. Com. programme (along with a B. Com. with vocational subjects). Recently it has added self-financing programmes in BBA, BCA and B.Sc. While BBA and BCA do not quite compromise its single-faculty character, B.Sc. does. The College has ties with the New Delhi-based ICAI and the Hyderabad-based ICFAI conducting foundation course coaching for the former and examinations for both. It also lends its facilities for holding competitive examinations in Insurance and Banking. At the same time it is a centre for the CET (Karnataka). The College has also established ties with industry for students' in-plant training and exposure as well as for possible job opportunities in the future. In its 48-year life the college has produced many illustrious alumni, people well placed in society, quite a few of whom are chartered and cost accountants pursuing a good practice. The Karnatak Law Society takes good care of it and monitors all its activities. The campus houses two other institutions run by the Society thus providing student and faculty level interaction with sister institutions.
The College has a well-motivated faculty. Their concern for their institution is indeed exemplary. Though not all members of the faculty are actively engaged in research—particularly the younger faculty seems to be lacking in it—they are conscientious teachers. And some of them are trying participatory methods and are doing interactive teaching instead of giving lectures alone. Anyway, they are not yet open to the idea of consultancy in the true sense of the term, though they are doing occasional commissions by a local body, for instance. But in motivating their students in extension and outreach programmes they are most successful. The Gogte NCC and NSS are quite commendable.
The students are disciplined and alert, and have a keen motivation. Not only are they well behaved and attend lectures and laboratories regularly, they have a sense of belonging to their institution. They are articulate and can communicate. Their performance in college as well as in the university examinations is good. Their interest in extracurricular activities is at the same time noteworthy. The College runs a hobby centre and a cultural unit to give the students' hidden talent in the plastic and fine arts a chance to blossom.
The College has adequate physical facilities to pursue its programmes. Its academic infrastructure too is good, though the library holdings could be more regularly updated. However, its digital library is well planned and well-run. And its computer laboratory is possibly a piece of infrastructure that the College should be proud of. The science laboratories are not yet adequate, especially the biology (botany) laboratory. However, the arrangement with the Ugar Sugar Factory for sugar technology practical is commendable. The college classrooms are spacious and airy and adequate in number. They are kept clean, so are the corridors and the yards, and the library and the laboratories as well. The cleanest is the computer laboratory. The college prints college prospectus and distributes to students at the time of admission. Also the college encourages students and faculty to bring out every year College Magazine.
The administrative staff is alert and has a sense of commitment to their work. The office space is well laid out. The staff members are mostly trained in human relations and computer. Indeed there is an ambience of order and competence all around. And the Principal deserves praise for an alert academic and ancillary administration.
The College hostels, both girls' and boys', are adequate and well-run. The gymnasium has a multigym system and the gymkhana has facilities for indoor games. The students have not only been doing well in their studies—their pass rate is above the university average—and are holding ranks every year, they are also doing well in intercollegiate and inter-university sports (as part of the university teams). The college is proud of its university blues as much as of its rank holders. The NCC cadets have also shown a degree of excellence. Among the faculty members is a painter too who has decorated the gymkhana walls with his works.
In brief, Gogte College of Commerce is much above a run of the mill college. The Karnatak Law Society, i.e., the management, the College governing body, the faculty, the non-teaching staff and the students all deserve credit for the standard they are trying to achieve. However, there are some areas in which the college can further improve and realize its dream of catering quality education in commerce.
Speaking generally, the College faculty should have more academic exposure. They should make it a habit to participate in national/regional seminars, especially ones that take them out of state. Where necessary in terms of academic advancement, they should attend UGC sponsored refresher courses, preferably out of state. Being college faculty or being marginal faculty in a commerce college should not deter a teacher from research. For it is research, among other things, that keeps a teacher abreast of the latest scholarship in the field and sharpen his/her academic perception.
The College should try to do something about the class size whether by reducing the intake or splitting the class into sections. If either is impossible, the former for social pressure and the latter for constraints in infrastructure, some arrangements may be made for dividing the class into smaller groups, as if into tutorial batches, on a periodic basis and develop a more intimate teaching learning relationship. Besides, in big class lectures transparencies should be regularly used by means of an overhead projector.
Being a commerce college and the aim of the Karnatak Law Society being quality commerce education in Northern Karnataka, the College will do better not to develop an additional science stream. Whatever science offering is being made now and whatever further offering is projected may be shaped into a separate institution or, if possible, integrated with the institute of technology run by the Society. (BBA and BCA, it may be added, pose no problem in being taken as part of a commerce college.)
The College should keep a close watch on the continuous watch on the quality of teaching and make no compromise whatsoever and avoid serious teaching by casual part-timers.
The College should find out a mechanism to identify the students' extracurricular talent so that it can be properly sustained.
The College should set up a proper career guidance as well as a placement cell. What it has by way a Student Welfare office only pertains to SC and ST and is not at all adequate to handle career guidance and placement.
The College should take it up with the university to be recognized as a postgraduate centre for relevant subjects.
The College may institute a regular system of self-appraisal by the faculty.
The College should provide reprographic facilities in the library.
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