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Maharani Sudreshan College for Women, Bikaner, Rajasthan
Maharani Sudreshan College for Women, Bikaner, Rajasthan
Address:New Gajner Road, Bikaner, Rajasthan
Maharani Sudreshan College for Women, Bikaner Rajasthan is a recognised institute / college.
Maharani Sudreshan College for Women is situated in Bikaner of Rajasthan state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. email ID(s) is
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NAAC report of Maharani Sudreshan College for WomenSECTION I: PREFACE
Maharani Sudershan College for women is a premier Post-Graduate College of Bikaner and adjoining areas, situated very close to Indo-Pak border in the Thar deserts of Rajasthan, occupying about 53.2, acres of land. The college was established in the year 1946, with a moderate beginning as an Intermediate College, by the keen interest of the ruling family of the erstwhile Bikaner state. The College was upgraded to degree level in the year 1956 in Arts and 1957 in Science subjects, and progressively in the year 1992-93 as a Post-Graduate College. Since its inception there is manifold increase in the number of students, and at present the strength of students touches to 2671. The objective of the College has been to empower Women and to inculcate in them self confidence leading to self identification amongst the female students of the region. To achieve this, the College has been striving progressively in teaching and sequential development.
The college is now affiliated to Bikaner University, Bikaner, Rajasthan and follows annual system in its admission, teaching and examination as per guidelines and norms of the University. The College receives complete financial support from the state Government. In all facets of development and programmes college has to depend on the state Government and the concerned University. The College was accorded recognition under section 2(F) and 12B of the UGC Act being established prior to 1972.
The College has qualified teaching faculty strength of 61 members excluding the Principal and the Vice-Principal. There are 47 members, out of sanctioned 55 posts, in the non-teaching supporting staff and all are regular. The College has a central library, office, one computer lab, sports facilities, hostel, canteen, vehicle parking space, etc.
The College applied for accreditation to the NAAC, Banglore and accordingly submitted its self study report vide its letter no NAAC/LP/PTU/2004/8510 dated 19th march, 2004. The NAAC appointed the following peer team to visit the college for assessment:
Prof. H.L. Verma, Professor of Management and Dean Academic Affairs. (Former Pro-Vice-Chancellor).
Guru Jambheshwar University Hissar, Haryana.
Dr. Shyama Sharma, Former Principal, Vaish Mahila Mahavidyala, Rohtak. (Member)
Prof. R.D. Gaur, Head, Botany Department
(Former Dean, Faculty of Science)
HNB Garhwal University, Sri Nagar. (Member)
The Peer-team visited the College on 17th and 18th February 2005 and went round the college and all its facilities. The team also perused the self study report and all other documents made available by the college, besides, the team interacted with the Principal, faculty, non-teaching staff, students, alumni, and parents of the students. The academic co-curricular, extra-curricular, NSS, NCC, games and sports, extension facilities of the institute were also observed.
Based on the above exercise, and keeping in view the criteria identified by NAAC, the Peer team has taken value based judgment. The assessment of the institution under various criteria, the commendable features of the institute as well as allied issues of concerns are given in the following report. The team has concluded by giving its general observation, points of strength and concerns, and also made suggestions for quality enhancement in the College.
SECTION II: CRITERION WISE ANALYSIS
CRITERION I: CURRICULAR ASPECTS
The College is affiliated to the Bikaner University, Bikaner. The main objectives of the College are centred on empowerment of the women students and to provide quality education, in order to enable them to face the challenges of social problems in all spheres of life. The College offers free education to women, which not only facilitates their access to education but is a significant step in the realization of its goals. Thus, the College is rendering valuable and befitting education to girl students in response to the need of the society.
The College follows the syllabi prescribed by the affiliating University, for Humanities, Science and Commerce faculties, both at the Undergraduate or Post-graduate levels in the annual pattern. The College offers 7 programmes, 3 UG and 4 PG (English, Pol.Sc., Public Adm., Economics) programmes, duly approved by the University. The subjects are by and large of conventional nature. The college is dependent on the state government for initiating new programme. A few subjects like Garment Production and Export Management, Public Administration, Home Science, Music, Economic Administration and Finance Management are of vocational nature. Several teachers are members of the University Board of Studies and make their suggestions however, they are not in a position to provide major reformity inputs.
The College conducts seminars and workshops bringing in academic peers to review the existing curriculum. Occasional guest lectures are also drawn from the academic peers.
At undergraduate level, in the first year, a compulsory course of computer knowledge and Environment studies has been introduced to all students. Besides, either general Hindi or General English is also a compulsory subject at the undergraduate level.
CRITERIAN II: TEACHING- LEARNING AND EVALUATION :
The admission to various courses is made on academic merit in the qualifying examination. Lecture method is the popular mode of teaching in the college. However, it is supplemented by practical classes wherever applicable, extension lectures of experts, demonstration and use of audio- visual aids. The evaluation of students is primarily through annual examinations conducted by the University. There is a little practice of periodical class tests conducted by the concerned teachers. The college arranges extra classes and counseling to educationally disadvantaged students and project work assigned to advance learners. The teachers prepare the teaching plan at the beginning of the session and the whole syllabus is divided into three units to be covered in three terms in a year. The College has 160-170 teaching days and 204 working days in a year.
The College has 61 permanent teachers on its rolls at present. Of these 26 teachers hold Ph.D, 22 M.Phil and 13 PG as their highest qualification in their respective subjects. The teachers are recruited through Rajasthan Public Service Commission and fulfil qualifications as prescribed by the UGC. There is no power to the College to appoint part time or ad-hoc teaching staff. Five teachers have participated in national level seminars during the last two years. One of the teachers of English has received an academic award by Dainik Bhaskar Groups. Three teachers are in receipt of TRF facility during the last two years. Most of teachers and non-teaching staff are not trained in computers. There is a system of self-appraisal report to evaluate the performance of the faculty. The examination results of students are also considered for teachers evaluation.
The performance of the students in university examinations has been highly encouraging. The results are almost 100% in all the PG courses and more than 90% in UG programme during 2004. The students have also obtained positions in the University, almost in all the courses. The college is implementing the University and the State Govt. instructions strictly in this regard. There does not exist any MOUs at the national and international level in any of the areas of academics.
CRITERION-III: RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION:
Twenty-six teachers in the faculty hold Ph.D and 22 are M.Phil. They have research background. Of these, only three teachers are approved as research guides by the university. Eleven students are engaged in part time research work under their supervision. Two UGC sponsored minor research projects are in progress with a total outlay of Rs.73,000/-. Except this, there is not much research activity in the college. The College has not established any Cell or tied up with any organisation to promote consultancy and extension activities. Very few teachers are actively engaged in research, at present. They need to become members of professional bodies in their respective disciplines and allowed to attend conferences, seminars and workshops for their professional growth. Some of the teachers are authors and they have written books relating to the field of their study particularly in the subjects like English, Physics, History, and Mathematics. Several teachers from different disciplines have published papers in research journals of related subjects. The department of botany has been maintaining a botanical garden of student interest. Some of the teachers are carrying out investigations on the folk ethnic culture and arts. A teacher of English Department has inherited the art â€˜USTAâ€™, a type of floral embossing: from his late grand father, who was a Padamshree awardee. Another teacher of History Department has made an exhaustive study of the political, social and economic history of Bikaner state and brought a book in this context. It has been observed that some of the students are keen to represent different types of folk skills in art.
The most significant role in the women education and empowerment has been progressed through NCC, Women cell, NSS and Rangering. The NCC unit is one of the largest contingents of SW Rajasthan with 275 enrolled cadets. The officer incharge herself has been honored by Director Generals plaque for best allround lady officer, besides being the incharge of cultural activities of the state. The cadets attended several camps of multifarious activities like annual training camps, national integration camps, basic and advanced leadership camps, SSC training camps OTA Gwalior, tree plantation, women development and military attachment camps. It is noteworthy to note here that cadets brought several laurels to the college. Three of the cadets, attended Republic Day ceremony and one of the cadets represented India at Vietnam under youth exchange programme.
Women cell is strongly based, and dedicated to develop awareness on women issues, motivation towards empowerment, opportunities to develop capacity building, enhancing self image and advocacy. It has been functioning by way of seminars, extension lectures, group discussions, field trips for the students exposure, creative activities and advocacy through media. It has also linkages with various social organization, including state Women commission and district women development authority and receives active support from the women folk. The women cell incharge is herself a social activist, also associated with an NGO â€˜Dushra Dashakâ€™ based at Jodhpur. Under the teacher incharge of the section the student participated in â€˜Kathaâ€™ international story festival organized in Delhi, in 2004. At present two teachers are enjoying the honour of being placed on â€˜Bal Nayalyaâ€™ forum.
The N.S.S units of the college is actively involved in all the activities pertaining to enlightenment, social awareness and uplift of women. There are four units of N.S.S which by all standards is in itself no mean achievement. Camp organization is a regular practice offering multiple opportunities to the students to interact with the rural and downtrodden section of the society. Their field of activities includes Literacy, Adult Education, Aids, Blood Donation Camps, Tree plantation and Environmental Awareness.
Rangering is another major activity of the College which is laudable as it helps the girls in over coming their diffidence and infuses in them courage and dare-devil attitude. The incharge herself is a picture of confidence and courage. She is a member on the National Executive of Rangers. The ranger leader was honoured by the President of India with â€˜The Himalayan Wood Badge Parchmentâ€™ a unique achievement. Quite a number of students have made to the top in three known steps under the guidance of teacher incharge rangering. They have bagged: 5 Rashterpati Ranger Awards, 43 â€˜Nipun Rangerâ€™ and 60 â€˜Praveen Rangerâ€™ positions Besides these, the college has been a co-partner in various state-level ranger camps.
CRITERION IV: INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES:
The college has been established on a piece of land of 53.2 acres donated by the erstwhile Bikaner ruler in 1946. The building used for teaching and administrative offices is old, originally the property of erstwhile ruler. Hostel has been partially built and extended with the support of UGC grants. The college has built sufficient infrastructure in the form of 20 lecture rooms, labs, a library building, one hostel with a capacity to accommodate 68 girls and a computer lab. There is a manageable accommodation for N.S.S, N.C.C, Women cell, and a Students Common room. Being a government institution, the responsibility for repairs and maintenance of the buildings lies with the PWD of the State. The Government gives grants towards maintenance and repairs of the building. The existing infrastructure is not adequate and does not keep pace with the academic growth of the institution.
The college has a Central Library with a total stock of 62785 books, 16 journals and some newspapers. It remains open from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. for all the working days. There is an advisory committee to assist the library staff in the management of the library. There exists a book bank facility for students belonging to weaker section. The library services are manual. The computer, internet, reprography facilities are not available in the library.
The college has tied up with a outside agency to create the computer facility for elementary courses for the students of science, arts and commerce, at first year level. The computer centre remains open from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. during all the days. Except this centre, there is no other computer facility in the college.
The college has created facilities for sports in the form of various playgrounds for volley ball, badminton, kho-kho, indoor games and gymnasium. The college teams for Volley ball, Badminton and Kho-kho participated at the Inter University level and table tennis won first position at the Inter-University level, besides II position in Kho-Kho and Volley-ball. The sports students are encouraged by giving them direct admission and other facilities are made available to the students as per State and Central Govt. rules. The girls hostel is well furnished and has all basic facilities.
The College needs to add more infrastructure in the form of additional rooms, equipments for labs, computerised section in library and more facilities for sports. It requires additional funds to update the infrastructural requirements.
CRITERIAN V: STUDENTS SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION:
The performance of students in annual examinations is appreciable. The drop out rate is less than 5%. About 20% of the students go for higher studies and employment. Quite a significant number of students have cleared UGC, CSIR, NET, UGC SLET, TOFEL, G.MAT, etc. The newly formed alumni association has promised to lend a helping hand to the college, as and when required. Many of the old students are occupying senior positions in administration, teaching and other services including former Principal, Vice-Principal and several lecturers of the college. It was heartening to see an alumni of 1946 batch express her views, on this occasion. The contributions of the college in the upliftment of women in this area are appreciable. The financial support is available in the form of scholarship to SC/ST/OBC/E. backward, merit holders etc, candidates as per Govt. rules. There is a book bank for the support of economically poor students. The college has yet to explore with donors or other agencies for scholarships and financial aid for meritorious and economically weaker students. The college has to make a concerted effort to establish a placement/employment cell. However, the teachers provide counseling to the students as and when approached.
The college publishes prospectus at the start of the academic session, which gives details about the courses, rules and regulations to be followed by the students. The college owns a moderate sized hall for holding different cultural activities. There are facilities for indoor and outdoor games, cultural programmes, music, essay writing, debate, competitions for the students of the college.
CRITERION VI: ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT
Being a Government College, it is functioning under the direct control of the Commissioner, Higher Education, Rajasthan, who exercises his powers through the Principal. The day to day administration of the college is in the hands of the Principal. There is also the post of a Vice- Principal in the college, who assists the Principal in the administration. The College has developed a mechanism to look after various activities through different committees, which are constituted at the beginning of the academic session. Each Department has one incharge, the senior most teachers, to supervise and control the work of the department. The organisation and management of the college is as per the practice in vogue in other Government colleges of the State. The College has not initiated any innovative practice in management of the institution.
The women education at college level is free. Hence, no tuition fee is charged from the students. The college has to depend upon the State to meet all its financial requirements. Major part of the State grant goes towards the payment of salary to the staff. The college got some developmental grant from UGC for hostel and other purposes during 2003-04. The allocation of funds for library, labs, sports, medical and other facilities are made out of State grants only. This aspect needs to be strengthened further. The audit system exists as per the State Govt. practices.
CRITERIAN VII: OTHER HEALTHY PRACTICES:
Some of the healthy practices of the college need specials mention which are detailed below:
The prescribed uniform dress code for the students is a healthy step towards abridging social disparity.
The process of students admission is transparent and follows a time bound programme.
Various committees are formed in the beginning of the session, for the smooth governance of the college.
NCC, N.S.S, Rangering, and Women Cell are instrumental in creating social awareness and civic responsibilities amongst the students and society at large.
Discipline in the college is well synchronized and without suppression or repression method.
Students elections is a regular feature and conducted in a democratic way. The union also includes some merit based nominated representatives.
The Peer Team observed a coherent and harmonious inter-relationship amongst the various components of the college ie students, teachers and support staff.
SECTION III: OVERALL ANALYSIS
M.S. College for women, Bikaner, has been rendering valuable service to this remote area of the state, where once upon a time the girls could not think of higher education on account of constraints and orthodoxy of the society. It is almost an addition to the social reform that large number of girls from the township and adjacent areas are receiving almost free education. Dedication of erstwhile ruler of state, prominent personalities and the staff of the college made it possible to bring out this institution as a prominent women college of the region.
The college library offers an access for issue of books to all concerned, though it urgently requires computerization.
The academic programmes and associated extra-curricular activities are time bound. The institute promotes students participation in games and sports and other co-curricular activities related to personality development and community welfare.
There has been a smooth functioning of the college to facilitate academic and extra-curricular activities of the students, by means of several internal committees.
Overall discipline of the students is noteworthy.
While the College has many commendable features, there is still a wide scope for further improvement. The areas of concern and the suggestions of the Peer Team for improvement in quality are given below:
*The college should clearly define its aims objectives, mission and vision inaccordance with the requirement, of the current environment.
*In order to avail the opportunities of education, there is an urgent need to provide facilities of Post-Graduate and Vocational teaching. Subjects like Environmental Sciences, Biotechnology, Home Science, Mass Communication, Music, Health care and Nutritional Science, Textile Designing, Functional English, Computer Science, Sociology, Microbiology, MBA, etc. would add value to existing educational facilities and continued learning process.
*The University needs to give more autonomy to colleges in designing and implementation of the course curriculum. Practical orientation of education is the need of the time.
*The teaching faculty should have more academic freedom in course planning and implementation. They need to adopt and use modern tools of teaching. The professional development aspect of the teachers also needs to be encouraged. Very few teachers are actively engaged in research activities and have few publications. More teachers need to be encouraged to become members of professional bodies and attend seminars, conferences, and workshops for their professional growth. Most of the teachers are not trained for use of computers and computer training should be encouraged to both teaching and non-teaching staff.
*The college should establish a research and development unit managed by competent and capable faculty. This unit may take up sponsored researches, consultancy and extension activities. The teachers need to be motivated and avail UGC, CSIR, DST, ICHR, ICSSR, assistance for major or minor projects, seminars, symposia, COSIP, COHSSIP, etc.
*Computer and Internet facilities be made available for the students and the staff.
*The college library needs to be upgraded with the latest additions of books, journals, comuterisation and internet facilities with on line service.
*A Career Guidance and Counselling Cell should be established in the college. Special facilities need to be created for economically weaker and educationally disadvantaged students.
*Play grounds facilities may also be increased as at present college is using playgrounds of other institutions for this purpose.
*The College may consider of setting up an â€˜Internal Quality Assessment Cellâ€™ on permanent basis. This cell may keep regular watch on the quality of education and devise means to revise it.
*Linkages with the alumni, parents of the students, important commercial centres, popular personalities, industries, rural population, NGO, health and information departments need to be expanded to create general awareness, exposure and job opportunities.
*The college may organize its own specialist group from amongst the faculty for student counseling, not only for the routine purpose but for CSIR/UGC NET, employment civil service examination and other avenues.
*Lectures of distinguished persons from other institutions and industry be organised to provide the needed exposure to the teachers and students.
*Among students some committees may be formed to promote hobby activities such as mountaineering, photography, literary activities, environmental protection and so on. Women cell could further be activated for extention work in the field of adult education, general hygiene, removal of social evils and overall empowerment of the women society.
*The college may think of some systems to deal with students health problems, by way of routine or monthly health check up by recognized medical specialists.
*The college should restart its magazine so as to provide a platform for literary creativity of their students and staff.
*A Grievance Redressal Cell under the guidance of some senior teacher be created.
*The college should form a Developmental council to explore the possibilities of starting self financing courses in consonance with the current environment.
The members of the Peer Team would like to place on record their sincere thanks to the Principal, Vice-Principal, College Co-coordinator, Faculty, non-teaching staff, students, parents and Alumni for extending their full co-operation in the assessment work. The team wishes a bright future of the college.
I agree with the observation and recommendations made by the Peer Team in this report.
M.S. College for Women,
Date: February 18, 2005
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