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ARG College of Arts and Commerce, Davangere, Karnataka
Davangere (District Davangere)
Karnataka, India



ARG College of Arts and Commerce, Davangere Karnataka is a recognised institute / college.
ARG College of Arts and Commerce is situated in Davangere of Karnataka state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Davangere comes under Davangere Tehsil, Davangere District.

Website of ARG College of Arts and Commerce, Davangere Karnataka is http://arg.beadvg.org/.



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NAAC report of ARG College of Arts and Commerce

Section 1: Preamble
The A.R.G. College of Arts & Commerce located in Davangere township of Karnataka State was established in 1973 by the Bapuji Educational Association (B.E.A). The B.E.A. has a range of institutions starting from nursery to post graduate (PG) courses in the faculties of Arts, Science, Commerce, Education, Medicine, Engineering, Dental Science and Nursing. 'Work is worship' forms the motto of the institution. The A.R.G College was started as an independent college of the B.E.A with a major amount donated by Sri Ajjampura Rangappa Govindaswamy whose name is perpetuated by naming it as A.R.G College of Arts and Commerce. The phrase depicted in the logo is taken from one of vachanas of Basavanna, a social reformer of the Karnataka. The college is a two faculty coeducational institution affiliated to the Kuvempu University offering undergraduate (UG) education and has UGC recognition under 2(f) and 12(B) of the UGC Act from 1973.

The objectives of the college include promotion of higher education as an instrument of social change to meet the challenges of the 21st century, all round personality development of students and attainment of excellence in the field of knowledge and skills. It has 2 women teachers and 15 men teachers on full-time basis with 2 having Ph.D. degree and 15 having post graduate degree. In addition to there are 20 part-time teachers sharing the teaching workload. The total number of Administrative Staff is 26 of which 13 are permanent.

The two faculties of the college offer three undergraduate programmes in Arts, Commerce and Management leading to B.A., B.Com. and B.B.M. (Bachelor of Business Management) degrees. The three optionals of the Arts programme have to be chosen from among History, Economics, Political Science and Sociology. English, Kannada, Hindi and Urdu are offered as language components of the UG programmes. The college follows annual system for 2002 admissions and semester pattern for 2003 admission onwards for B.A. and B.Com courses. It is semester system for B.B.M from the beginning of the course. The college has in all 9 departments: 8 in faculty of Arts and 1 in Commerce. The student enrolment strength is 865 during the academic year 2004-05.

This aided college is presently housed in a spacious building of 45000 square feet in a campus of three acres of land in Davangere, an urban setting. It accommodates 25 classrooms, central library, computer laboratory, staff rooms, sports facilities and other physical facilities. The facilities of the guesthouse and auditorium of the B.E.A are being shared by the college.

The college volunteered for institutional accreditation by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore and submitted the Self Study Report (SSR) in December, 2003. NAAC constituted the Peer team consisting of Prof.G.Sudhakar, former Director, UGC Academic Staff College, Bharathiar University (Tamil Nadu) as the Chairperson, Prof.Rajan Varughese, Director of Off-Campus Academic Centre, School of Distance Education, Mahatma Gandhi University, Mar Thoma College for Women, Perumbavoor (Kerala) as Member Co-ordinator and Prof.A.R.Padoshi, former Professor, Department of Economics, Goa University (Goa) as Member. The Peer team visited the college during 23 -24 August, 2004. The pre-visit assistance was ably provided by Dr. Antony Stella, Adviser, NAAC, Bangalore.

The members of the team had independently scrutinized the self study report as a pre-visit exercise and held meetings with Principal, the Steering Committee members, the members of the Governing Body of the A.R.G.College of Arts and Commerce, faculty members, supporting staff and interacted with parents, alumni, and representative group of students. The team also visited the entire facilities in the campus and the supportive physical facilities. Based on the above exercise and in-depth analysis and verification of relevant documents, the Peer team brings out the following observations and insights as useful pointers of the quality of the institution.

Section 2: Criterion wise Analysis
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The mission of the college is to provide quality education, which aims at moulding students into responsible citizens. The two faculties of the college offer three undergraduate programmes in Arts with courses in History, Political Science, Economics and Sociology leading to B.A. degree and Commerce offering courses in Commerce and Management leading to B.Com. and B.B.M. degrees. The academic work is undertaken in the college with a view to achieve the goals and objectives by offering Arts and Commerce education to the aspiring students. Company law, Management and Business Environment subjects have been beneficial to the students in terms of career opportunities. There is limited horizontal mobility, and has four elective options in Arts subjects from which three have to be chosen. It takes approximately one year for the college to introduce new programmes.

The college is functioning on semester system for all courses except for 2002 admissions in Arts and Commerce. As an affiliated college, it follows the syllabi framed, revised and updated every three years by the University. Though the institution does not have any role to play in curriculum design, some of the faculty members could work in various academic bodies including Boards of Studies and Boards of Examination of the University and offered their services in updating of the syllabus. There is only limited scope for innovation such as development of modular curricula.

The undergraduate course in Management Studies - BBM is designed to develop managerial skills and prepare students to proceed for higher studies including MBA. The college timetable is prepared by the faculty members to benefit the students and loss of working days due to unforeseen reasons is compensated by the extra sessions engaged by the teachers. The conduct of symposia, seminars and guest lectures to supplement lecture method of teaching is worth mentioning. The management encourages faculty members to improve their academic qualification and to attend orientation, refresher courses and academic conferences by offering leave facility. Students are given practical exposure by conducting field-oriented programmes such as study tours, visits to factories, banks and government and private establishments. Programmes to facilitate personality development and lectures by eminent leaders help the students in their over all growth.

There are 17 permanent teachers of which two have Ph.D. degree and 13 non-teaching staff consisting of administrative and other categories. The college has 865 students for B.A., B.Com., and B.B.M., programmes during 2004-05.

Criterion II: Teaching-learning and Evaluation
Admission to various programmes is made on the basis of students' academic records as per the admission norms of the State Government and regulations of the Kuvempu University. A teaching plan is designed by each department and the same is used to teach the subjects more effectively within the allotted time. Extra sessions are engaged by the teachers to cover the syllabus. Periodical tests and examinations are held following the university norms to test the knowledge of students. The academic progress of students is assessed through the conduct and evaluation of monthly tests and mid-term examinations and the results are used to rectify drawbacks and weaknesses of the students. There is emphasis for skill development and seminars sessions are supervised by subject experts. The traditional class- room teaching method is supplemented by assignments and field visits. Teaching aids such as OHP, charts, maps, projector, TV and computers are also used as audio-visual aids.

The evaluation schedule is made known to the students in the beginning of the academic year. The Principal through self-appraisal reports and the students' feed back evaluates the teacher-performance. Selection of teachers and non-teaching staff members is based on university and government norms. The management appoints temporary teachers and non-teaching staff on part-time basis as and when there is delay in making regular appointments. Two teachers could benefit from the faculty development programmes to complete research work leading to the award of Ph.D. degree during the IX Plan period. One of the teachers attended national level seminar/conference and one teacher from the Commerce faculty attended an international programme. It is desirable to have more teachers participating and presenting papers in academic conferences. Self-appraisal method is adopted by teachers and the same is used for the assessment prior to promotion of teachers.

The practice of the Principal reviewing the results of the students with the Heads of the Departments and setting targets for successive years is commendable. A number of committees involving the teachers assist the Principal in the various curricular and extra-curricular activities. The participation of faculty members in the Total Quality Management (TQM) and Human Resources Development (HRD) training programmes encouraged teachers in participating in the quality movement.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
Majority of the teachers are yet to develop interest in research. Three research projects funded by the UGC have been completed over a period of seven years in Commerce and Sociology departments. There is provision to enhance academic qualifications by availing of study leave granted by the college management. Fifteen percent of the teachers are engaged in research. One of the teachers attended an international seminar. However, it is recommended that more teachers take up research. Two of the teachers hold additional charge of various extension activities. The practice of encouraging students to join one of NCC or NSS is good. Some of the extension activities like blood donation and environmental awareness are undertaken by NSS volunteers and NCC cadets.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college has sufficient built up accommodation, in terms of number of class rooms, central library, computer laboratory, staff rooms, sports room for indoor games and play ground. The library and sports facilities are shared by the students of the Junior college. Infrastructure is maintained with Government and Management (B.E.A) funds and the college has the practice of maintaining and verifying stock and inventories. The timetable is framed in such a way that the infrastructure is put to optimum use. The facilities are also used by external agencies. The campus is made beautiful by planting trees and cleanliness measures taken up by the students of NCC and NSS.

There is an advisory committee for the college library. The library has 35636 volumes of which about 4000 are reference books and 3283 volumes in the book bank. The library subscribes to 34 periodicals and journals. Some of the functions of the library are getting computerized and it is desirable to complete the automation work of the library at the earliest. The library may be provided with more space. The college has a computer laboratory facility with 14 computers and accessories. The computer centre works from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm and there is arrangement for the maintenance of computers and accessories under annual maintenance contract. There is need to further develop the computer laboratory with more number of terminals, procurement of necessary software, networking of the terminals and providing of internet connection. The initiative of the Department of English in sharing the language laboratory is appreciable. This may have to be further strengthened with more equipment and accessories. The college has facilities for indoor games like chess, table tennis and carom.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
Over 84 percent of the students admitted appear for the examination on the completion of the stipulated studies and the dropout rate is low at 16 percent. Forty percent students taken up PG programmes. The periodically updated prospectus of the college provides needed information regarding the management, brief history of the college, courses with optional subjects, admission eligibility, rules and regulations, extra curricular and co-curricular activities, facilities available in the college including sports, fee structure, fee concessions, scholarships and prizes. Some of the students of the college are pursuing higher studies in reputed institutions in India and abroad. Financial assistance from the State Government is available to a number of students as free ships and scholarships. Teachers undertake the responsibility of academic and personal counselling and parents are informed about the academic and co -curricular activities of their wards. The recently formed alumni association needs to be further strengthened. The NCC and NSS units are providing ample opportunities to develop the overall personality of their members. Some of the cadets of the NCC unit of the college are representing the institution and State at the national level Republic Day Parade. Career information and career counseling is provided through the recently established Career Guidance Office. Canteen facility is being developed to benefit the students and staff of the college. The college offers medical check-up, dental check-up and annual blood group test as health care facilities.

The students have facilities for indoor games, debate club and cultural programmes. One student was selected to participate in the Ranaji Trophy cricket test and another student was selected in the National Level Wrestling Championship during 2003-04. Four students of the college represented the Karnataka State in Kabbadi competitions. Boarding facilities are provided for SC/ST students with Government support.

Criterion VI: Organisation and Management
The college has an internal coordinating and monitoring mechanism where the Principal is assisted by the Heads of Departments and the Superintendent. The college follows the criteria and norms prescribed by the Government and University regarding the recruitment of teaching and non teaching staff. The non-teaching staff of the college are exposed to the HRD and TQM programmes. The fees for various academic programmes are as fixed by the university and the State Government.

Stock purchase rules are followed for the procurement of equipments and materials for the college and stock records are systematically maintained. The college has the practice of using the services of internal auditors to ensure the use of proper accounting, budgeting and auditing. The State Government offers a number of free ships and scholarships to deserving students of the college. Various loan facilities are offered to teaching and non-teaching staff through the Bapuji Cooperative bank. It is desirable to strengthen the grievance readressal mechanisms for staff and students. The automation of the college office may be given priority to increase the efficiency of administration.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The Peer team has identified certain healthy practices prevailing in the college which enhance the academic ambience of the institution.

An internal quality check mechanism exists in the form attendance records maintenance, periodical tests, assignments, etc.

Inculcating the spirit of civic responsibilities in students through social service activities of NSS and NCC.

Supplementing conventional teaching-learning process through the use of different learning aids particularly in the department of English.

The scheme of evaluation of the teachers by their students.

Providing boarding facilities for students of SC/ST communities using State Government funds.

Section 3: Overall Analysis
The management, faculty and non-teaching staff are committed, which is reflected in their achievements. The teaching and learning programmes are consistent with the goals and objectives of the institution. From inception, the college has made steady progress in terms of infrastructure facilities, teaching and extension activities. The peer team appreciates the efforts of the college in reflecting a meaningful academic climate by way of commendations. It also recommends the following for further improvement:

Commendations:
Attempts of the in translating its vision and goals into the academic practice to a great extent

Excellent rapport visible among the management, the Principal, the faculty, the administrative staff, the students, the parents and the alumni

Good discipline and high interpersonal relationships

The involvement of students of NSS and NCC in various awareness programmes

The morning prayer consisting of the whole college community

Outstanding performance of the cricket team at the Univesity level competitions

Best all round performance of NSS unit during 2002-2003.

Practice of maintaining and monitoring through lesson plans by each department.

Recommendations:
The institution may introduce career-oriented courses to prepare students to meet the global challenges.

Computer facilities may have to be extended to all departments and more computers may be added to the library and college office.

Computer education to the basic level could be provided to all students of the college.

Job-oriented diploma/certificate courses in consultation with Business, Industry and service sectors could be offered.

The departments may be encouraged to carry out relevant research activities and project work.

The grievances readressal cells for faculty and students may be further strengthened.

Post Graduate programmes may be started in Arts and Commerce faculties.

Guidance and counselling units may be further strengthened by offering personality development programmes.

Technology assisted teaching like use of multi-media may be introduced.

The library hours may be further extended to suit the students' needs.

The present feedback system from the different sources may be improved and a more participatory approach may be followed.

The college may prepare a perfect master plan for its future growth.

The peer team wishes to place on record the cooperation extended by the Management, Principal, Staff - both teaching and non-teaching and the ministerial staff for completing accreditation process in time. The team is also grateful to the NAAC for the opportunity given to visit the ARG College of Arts and Commerce, Davangere.

Prof.G.Sudhakar
Chairperson

Prof.A.R.Padoshi
Member

Dr.Rajan Varughese.
Member-Coordinator

Date : 24 - 08 - 2004

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