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Government Girls College, Ajmer, Rajasthan


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Government Girls College, Ajmer, Rajasthan
Address:Beawar Road, IN FRONT OF RTDC,CIVIL LINE
Ajmer (District Ajmer)
Rajasthan, India
Pin Code : Ajmer


Government Girls College, Ajmer Rajasthan is a recognised institute / college.
Principal of Government Girls College, Ajmer Rajasthan is Renu Sharma (Mobile 9460790678).

Government Girls College is situated in Ajmer of Rajasthan state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Contact Person(s) of the Government Girls College, Ajmer Rajasthan is (are): Nodal Officer Dr. Anoop Kumar (9413040505 ).

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Contact Details of Government Girls College, Ajmer Rajasthan are : 0145-2627645

Nodal Officer: Dr. Praveen Mirdha (Mobile 9413269846)



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Government Girls College, Ajmer Rajasthan runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
UG Arts & Com.


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NAAC report of Government Girls College

SECTION - I
Introduction
Government Girls College, Ajmer was established in July, 1994 as an institution committed to the cause of women empowerment through higher education of students from first and second generation learners and also students from economically and socially disadvantaged sections of society. It was opened in the Old Boys Hostel of Government College, Ajmer, where it still continues to function, with an enrolment of 538 students and sixteen teachers including the Principal and the Vice-Principal, offering courses and combinations of subjects in the undergraduate faculties of Arts and Commerce as approved by Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer to which it is affiliated.

The college was included in the list of colleges maintained by the UGC under sections 2(f) and 12 B, in March 2000. It follows annual system in its admissions, teaching and examination schedule as per guidelines and norms of Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer. This is the only Government Girls College catering to the higher education needs of the girls of the entire district of Ajmer.

The total number of teaching staff in the college is sixteen with five male and eleven female teachers. Eleven teachers have Ph.D as the highest qualification while one is M.Phil degree holder and four teachers have post-graduate degree as the highest qualification. In all there are thirteen non-teaching administrative staff.

The college has nine teaching departments and offers subjects like English literature, Hindi literature, Sanskrit, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Sociology and Commerce at the undergraduate level.

Almost all of its students are local. Student enrolment in the current year (2004-2005) in B.A and B.Com is 538.The social background of the students indicates a large presence of weaker sections i.e., 29 %, S.C.s - 7 %, STs - and 26 % OBCs with only 38 % of students belonging to the general category.

The college prepared its Self-Study Report in August, 2004 and volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore, which constituted a Peer Team comprising Prof Veena R. Mistry, Former Pro Vice-Chancellor as Chairperson, Dr Pramila Maini, Director, Institute for Excellence in Higher Education, Bhopal as Member and Prof K.K. Bajaj, former Dean of Colleges-cum-Director, College Development Council, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, as Member Coordinator, to visit the college and validate the Self-Study Report. The team was ably and expeditiously guided and assisted by Dr Latha Pillai, Advisor, NAAC with her advice and supply of self-assessment reports and arrangements.

Before visiting the college, Prof Veena R Mistry, Chairperson of the Peer Team, held an in-house meeting at the place of stay of the members, at 9.00 AM on 24th November, 2004 at Ajmer to discuss and exchange notes on the Self-Study Report submitted by the college vis-à-vis evaluation framework and formulate procedure and modalities to be followed for its validation during the visit to the college.

The team visited the college on 24th and 25th November 2004 and was given a brief presentation on its faculty profile, academic highlights, curricular activities and financial support system by the Principal on the first day. After interacting with her the members of the team went round the campus of the college and visited all the departments and discussed various academic inputs and amenities available with the concerned teachers. The members of the Team also visited the classrooms, library, Geography laboratory, canteen, play ground and saw the four computers being used primarily to offer elementary computer applications course to all students seeking admission in the first year of B.A / B.Com courses and routine help in the office and departments. The NAAC Team sought information on support services and infrastructural facilities. After interacting with the Principal, teachers, students, non-teaching staff and some old students and after verifying the documents and records referred to in the Self-Study Report, the Peer Team submits the following report, based on seven criteria laid down by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council.

SECTION 2
CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion - I : Curricular Aspects
As a college affiliated to Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer subjects, course combinations and syllabi being followed are those which have been approved by the University and for which the college has been given affiliation by it and by the State Government. In all its departments in the faculties of Arts and Commerce only a few course options are available to the students as are possible in view the faculty, infrastructural and institutional constraints. In the first year of the three-year Bachelor of Arts degree program being offered, the students have to choose three subjects as electives out of the six available subjects such as History, Economics, Sanskrit, Political Science, Sociology and Geography for which facilities are available in terms of faculty, classrooms, library and laboratory support. They have also to take English / Hindi, Environmental Studies and Elementary Computer Applications. In the first year of B.Com also the students have to take the three available courses besides the above three compulsory subjects. The syllabi in different subjects are as prescribed by the University and as such the teachers cannot make any changes in these either to modify or enrich the same. Only one teacher of this college is a member convener of

Board of Studies in Hindi. The teachers of the college are not the members of Academic and decision making bodies of the university and as such they are not in a position to provide any direct inputs. Generally the syllabi are reviewed for modifications and revision after three years. All elective subjects are mostly taught in Hindi. There is unitization of subjects to be taught but so as to complete the syllabi in good time before the examinations the teachers plan their teaching inputs and schedule for their delivery in three terms commencing with effect from July till the end of March. There are no self-financing courses. Environmental Studies is taught with the cooperation of internal teachers through subject related distribution of topics among them while Elementary Computer Applications course, which has been recently introduced for first year students of B.A / B.Com, is taught by contractually engaged instructors of the company that maintains the four computers in the college.

The college follows annual system in all its courses for which the examinations are conducted by Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University, Ajmer for award of degrees to successful candidates.

The admissions to the college are done on the basis of merit in the qualifying examination although it does not seem to refuse admission to any candidate if she fulfills the minimum required eligibility criteria of passing the qualifying examination and if the seats are available. There is no pre-entry tests or counseling as such. However, the Principal and the teachers give suitable guidance to the students at the time of admission. The details of eligibility conditions and other relevant information, are available in the prospectus of the college issued in the beginning of the session along with the admission form.

Being an affiliated college, as per University requirements, it follows annual system. The number of total working days of the college is 210 with 150 teaching days. There are no temporary teachers and therefore permanent teachers conduct 100 % teaching. The unit cost per student including salary is Rs 11,814/- while excluding the salary it is Rs 1716/-.

Criterion - II : Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
Following an admission policy to promote womens education, the college tries to bring its students from the socio-economically disadvantaged milieu to the academic mainstream and attempts to develop closer student-teacher interaction and communication. Besides regular teaching the inputs include; guidance and academic motivation of the students and monitoring their performance in the classes so as to help them overcome social diffidence and cultural lag. There is no formal system in place for the identification and coaching of advanced or backward learners. However terminal class tests are held and students are apprised of their performance. The college effectively holds its classes for about 150 days. Teaching is done in the conventional lecture method.

There are sixteen permanent teachers including the Principal and the Vice-Principal. The regular faculty is appointed by the Government of Rajasthan through its Public Service Commission as per norms and procedure laid down by the State Government, the University and as per qualifications prescribed by the UGC. Generally to overcome shortage of qualified faculty due to procedural delays in regular recruitment and as a result of frequent transfers in public interest, Commissionerate of College Education can allow appointment of faculty for stipulated time period for guest lectures but this method is generally not resorted to on account of delay in timely communication of official permission to this effect.

Teacher- learner ratio being low and manageable in many subjects, personal contact with the students is maintained for interaction and better teaching-learning impact. Teachers due for the grant of selection grade are allowed to attend Orientation and Refresher Courses conducted by different UGC Academic Staff Colleges by the Commissionerate of Higher Education. This also enables them to augment their professional, academic and subject specific professional knowledge base. The Principal, on the basis of results and other norms of conduct and activities as given in a prescribed performa by the state government, writes their ACRs. The college plans to introduce the method of teachers self-appraisal, and students feedback on a pilot scale and do its impact analysis for further improvement in teaching learning procedures. The college has conducted teacher evaluation on the prescribed NAAC proforma on a limited scale.

The teaching learning process may be revitalized by use of audio visual and more interactive methods of leaning. Feedback of students needs to be formalized and communicated to teachers.

Criterion - III : Research, Consultancy and Extension
Primarily the existing faculty of the college is geared to subject specific classroom teaching. This being their priority in the given institutional set up and support system, there is little contribution in the area of research and guidance even when eleven of is teachers are Ph.D holders and another teacher holds an M.Phil degree. No teacher is at present working on even a minor research project. However one teacher who had received a minor research project has been recently transferred. Some of the teachers are engaged in writing books. Quite a few of them have attended seminars and conferences. A teacher has attended an international conference. Most of its departments such as of Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology and Sanskrit are single faculty departments. Because of physical and financial limitations coupled with lack of motivation there is no consultancy initiative or involvement on the part of the faculty.

The faculty, however, involves the students in the NSS activities to undertake community services in annual camps such as improved sanitation, awareness about health and hygiene etc in the rural areas around the college. The college has one NSS unit consisting of one hundred volunteers. It functions under the guidance of a Program officer of the College to organize its activities of social outreach and interest.

The college has a modest record of its participation and achievements in many inter-collegiate sports and cultural events.

The college has an elected Students Union, which helps in the periodic organization of various curricular events and in the maintenance of discipline in the college.

Criterion -IV : Infrastructure and Learning Resources.
As the college is functioning in the old boys hostel of the local Government College, obviously it is a temporary arrangement that has already lasted for ten years. The accommodation has been renovated and given a fresh coat of white wash and paint. It has now five galleries, three halls and two small rooms that serve as classrooms besides library, some stores, office accommodation, Computer and Geography laboratories. Thus the existing physical facilities of the college are characteristically constrained and inadequate and as such cannot result in any expansion of academic activities and introduction of new courses for more students.

It has a playground with basketball, volleyball besides kho kho courts. The college has some material for both indoor and outdoor sports activities. Physical education has an annual budget of about Rs 10,000/-. There is great scope for developing sports and games in the college. There is no Physical Education Instructor in the college since its inception.

The college Library has 4744 books. Two hundred and thirty four books were added in 2003-2004. The library is getting twelve magazines and five newspapers in Hindi and English. The library is open from 9.30 AM to 4 PM daily. In the absence of a regular Librarian in the college it has only an ad hoc arrangement of issue and receipt of books by the Office Superintendent who has been assigned the charge of the library. The books have not been classified and catalogued. The students have free access to books. Two books are issued to each student for a period of two weeks. It has a small book bank created with the seed money made available by the State Government for the benefit of the students belonging to Scheduled Castes for the entire session. There is no provision of connection with other libraries or INFLIBNET.

The college has only four computers which are being used for teaching of Elementary Computer Applications course to first year students of B.A/ B.Com. The college has recently set up Network Resource Centre at the cost of Rs 1,36,000/- with the help of the UGC. This has a dial up Internet connection to facilitate the outreach and exposure of its students and teachers. The college does not have its website.

The college does not offer hostel facilities. It also does not offer any recreation facilities for its students on the campus although it has such indoor games as carom and chess besides table tennis table, which awaits its proper placement as yet.

Criterion -V : Student Support and Progression
As a part of its social responsibility function to remove social disparities and cultural handicaps through equal opportunity in higher education, the Government provides substantial financial support to a large number of students through scholarships. These include scholarships worth Rs 74,370/- for forty students belonging to SCs and worth Rs 22,036/ to twenty two students belonging to STs in the year 2003-2004. The financial aid to students under different schemes of the Government is highly encouraging.

Since the college does not offer any post-graduate course in any subject, the students do not have any opportunities for vertical academic mobility in the college. At the same time it also does not offer any formal vocational guidance, add-on course or training as such. The dropout rate is not high as many students get poverty-linked scholarships and are able to cope with the content requirement of courses despite their socio-economic limitations.

The college publishes its revised and updated prospectus every year. This contains all relevant needed information on eligibility conditions for admission, academic programs, fee structure, fee concessions, examination schedule etc for the information and guidance of students. It publishes the college magazine once in every two years.
In the meanwhile it brings out a quarterly news bulletin to give expression to the creative thinking and urge of its students. Students feedback on institutional support and teaching at the end of the session is now received. It is proposed to analyze it for the benefit of teaching inputs.

Criterion -VI : Organisation and Management
The college has good internal coordination, and works through a large number of committees set up every year. It gives the impression of participative management and decentralization of responsibility to engage the entire faculty. But the cultural and co-curricular activities are limited. These need to be encouraged. There is no formal grievance redressal cell, but the Principal and the staff settle most of the complaints amicably. The college has shown a budget of Rs. 52 lac for 2003-2004 against which Rs. 54.42 lac was disbursed on salaries. The revenue from maintenance fees and special fees which accrues to the college, is very low. The college also charges a nominal annual fee of Rs 400/- per student towards meeting expenses for the elementary computer applications course which is offered to each student in the first year. Grants towards salaries of staff and scholarships to students constitute about 97 % of the college budget. The college has received UGC grant under the IX Plan to the extent of Rs 1,60,000/- which it has utilized so far. There are expenditure procedures and norms in place and there is regular government audit.

As UGC X Plan Developmental Assistance the college been allocated Rs 7,62,960/- Out of this it has already received Rs 1,60,000/- and has so far utilized Rs 1,45,354/-

Criterion -VII : Healthy Practices
As a part of the teaching learning experience teacher-student relations are very good in the college. Accessibility of the teachers to students in all subjects, is a contributory factor. Overall, a harmonious environment between the various segments of the college is noticeable. The Principal, faculty and students have contributed to the
maintenance of the campus even though it is an old hostel converted into a college. Most of the teachers are committed and involved in co-curricular activities.

The non-teaching staff is helpful and efficient in their work pertaining to students, faculty and finances. There are no audit paras pending. They help the Principal in ensuring smooth and effective administration.

The formation of the College Developmental Committee is indeed a commendable effort. The teachers and the administrators seem to be concerned about the students and tend to provide a congenial environment.

There is no menace of ragging in the college. There is no tutorial system. As a measure of discipline the college conducts pre-final examinations to enable the students to prepare systematically for the final examinations. The condition of eligibility to take the university examination as a regular student of the college linked to attendance up to 75 %, is adhered to. Those who fail to qualify under this, are asked to take the university examination as private candidates after paying extra examination fee as admissible under the university rules. This has resulted in seriousness on the part of the students and has also substantially contributed to the quality of the results of the college.

The services of the college NSS unit are utilized to create awareness among the students about the values of social service, community development and civic responsibilities and to promote qualities of leadership, coordination, cooperation and sharing. Special lectures are arranged on various topics like aids awareness, environmental pollution, population control etc in NSS camps to make them aware of contemporary social problems and persisting social evils and the role of the youth in these.

Overall Analysis
While the college is at present functioning in a temporary abode comprising an old renovated and partly made functional building which used to be Boys Hostel of the adjoining Government Boys College, it has since been allotted land for its campus for which efforts are being made to get the proposed construction started. It requires to be expedited to give the college its permanent location, identity and ambience. The Government and the local residents as parents have to show social concern and interest in the development of the college with substantial funds and initiative.

The record of the college in extra-curricular and co-curricular activities could be improved if there was an auditorium in the college. The activities of the NSS unit are of a routine nature. Co-curricular activities are not enriched by organizing guest lectures and debates. Seminars, quizzes, etc are not many. With the availability of only a small adjoining ground adequate facilities for outdoor and indoor games require to be developed. Student amenities and recreational facilities could be provided to keep them busy in their free periods on the campus.

With the interest and involvement of the faculty and the required help of the Government and the competitive environment of the students, the institution could become a vibrant center of higher education and promote high levels of performance and quality education, at least in the near future.

The workload of the teachers is also as per norms and stipulations of the UGC and the University except in the case of a couple of case where there is shortage of teachers.

Suggestions
The Peer Team makes the following suggestions :

*There is apparent need to diversify academic courses and combinations for the greater choice of its students. As such all faculty positions may be filled at the earliest. Post-Graduate courses, specific to the new emerging occupation patterns as per market survey, may be considered to be introduced. These have to be relevant to interests and needs of the girls only.

*The proposal to introduce science subjects of more recent relevance such as bio-information, biochemistry and basic sciences may also be examined. Commerce department may examine introduction of more relevant options through add-ons to their existing courses so that the students have exposure to the market requirements of their information. Lectures on global trends and national economic scene and challenges may be organized for this.

*More computers should be procured and there is an apparent need to introduce computer literacy and related courses on a part-time basis as well, which enhance the skills and employment potential of the students. These should also be open to the teaching and non-teaching employees of the college for enhancing their efficiency and better record keeping, service matters and accounts in the office.

*The library being the hub of all academic improvement of teachers, students and their basic information base requires to the suitably strengthened with a significant addition of books and journals in all the subjects.

*Photostat facilities may be provided in the library so that relevant information from the books is taken by the students and the teachers user charges may be collected in this regard.

*A Librarian may be posted at the earliest so that it is properly organized and library services are professionally offered to the faculty and the students. Photocopying facilities be made available for all the students and teachers in the library. Internet facilities may also be provided to promote interest in the latest availability of information possibilities. The reading room would also call for urgent improvement.

*The Library and Reading room would call for urgent improvement. The collection in almost all the subjects is inadequate and it needs priority attention for addition of more recent titles in each subject.

*Research orientation may be encouraged among the teachers in the college. The teachers may be encouraged to seek minor research projects from funding agencies such as the UGC, ICSSR, ICHR etc.

*Participation of teachers in professional development programs, seminars and conferences needs to increase.

*With the progressive depletion of support from the Government, further possibilities may be explored by the college to introduce short-time and part-time new courses which may generate the much needed income in addition to creating new avenues for the student placements and employability.

*Though the drop-out rate is not very high yet it requires a careful analysis and follow-up action so as to retain the students in the college and minimize wastage of human and financial resources.

*NSS unit should be more actively involved in socially relevant activities and campaigns such as on AIDS, drug abuse, human rights, dowry related issues, poverty alleviation measures, health and hygiene, etc. in urban slums and rural settings.

*Canteen facilities should be strengthened on a priority basis and snacks be supplied by the caterer at reasonable prices.

*At present the entry to the college is through Boys College. A separate entrance may be provided in the interest of girls students.

*Alumni association may be constituted so that those who go out form the college are able to contribute to the college to the best of their abilities and affordability after they settle down in life.

*Guidance through bridge courses in communication skills in English may be provided to instill the much-needed confidence in students who are otherwise deficient in this regard.

*College magazine which is an expression of the creative talent of the students may be brought out on a regular basis so that the students are benefited.

*Discussions on such live issues as Womens right sand civic responsibilities may be organized to inculcate a concern about duties and rights among the students.

*A Grievance Redressal cell needs to be established.

*Teaching methods be improved with the help of OHPs and other affordable teaching aids.

*Lectures by distinguished persons on environmental issues and value education, from other institutions may be organized to provide the much needed exposure to the teachers and students of the college.

*A vision committee may be constituted by the College to workout a perspective plan for the introduction of new add-on, vocational and innovative courses in the colleges. The committee may consist of a few local notables, representatives of alumni, teachers and the principal.

The Peer Team thanks the Principal, teachers, students, non-teaching staff and parents for their cooperation and interaction and college authorities for making all necessary
arrangements that facilitated the entire work to be done in a smooth manner within the prescribed time frame. The team puts on record its deep sense of appreciation and gratitude to the state government for the courtesy and support offered to it by it.

(Prof. Veena R. Mistry)
Chairperson

(Prof. Pramila Maini)
Member

(Prof K.K. Bajaj)
Member Coordinator

I have gone through the report and I agree with it.
Dr Deepali Gusain)
Principal

November 25, 2004

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