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Lachoo Memorial College of Science and Technology, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Lachoo Memorial College of Science and Technology, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Address:Sector-A , Shastri Nagar
Jodhpur (District Jodhpur)
Rajasthan, IndiaPin Code : 342001
Lachoo Memorial College of Science and Technology, Jodhpur Rajasthan is a recognised institute / college.
Principal of Lachoo Memorial College of Science and Technology, Jodhpur Rajasthan is Prof. R.L. MAthur.
Lachoo Memorial College of Science and Technology, Jodhpur Rajasthan is situated in Jodhpur of Rajasthan state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Jodhpur comes under Jodhpur Tehsil, Jodhpur District.
Fax # of Lachoo Memorial College of Science and Technology, Jodhpur Rajasthan is 0291-2619298.
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Contact Details of Lachoo Memorial College of Science and Technology, Jodhpur Rajasthan are : Telephone: +91-291-431238, 433919, 2430956, 2431820, 2431238
Lachoo Memorial College of Science and Technology, Jodhpur Rajasthan runs course(s) in Biotechnology, Computer Applications, Science stream(s).
Lachoo Memorial College of Science and Technology is affiliated with Rajasthan Technical University (RTU), Kota (Rajasthan)
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NAAC report of Lachoo Memorial College of Science and TechnologySECTION I: PREFACE
Lachoo Memorial College of Science and Technology was established in the year 1965 under grants in aid, in memory of the freedom fighter Shri Man Mohan Mathur â€˜Lachoojiâ€™ and was dedicated to the service to the society. The objective was to provide an exclusive institution for higher education in science and technology in the western region of Rajasthan. The college is affiliated to Jai Narayan Vyas University Jodhpur. During 1976 the college was accorded UGC recognition under section 2f and 12 B.
The college spread an over area of 7 acres, is situated in the heart of Jodhpur and presently conducting three UG, two PG and one Diploma programme. There are a total of 10 Departments in Science Discipline and a total of 4 Departments under Pharmacy Discipline. There are a total of 36 adequately qualified teachers (out of whom 21 Ph.D qualified ) and 13 Temporary teachers (out of whom 3 are Ph.D qualified). The student strength during 2002-03 was 1234 for Undergraduate, 162 for Postgraduate courses and 178 for Diploma course. Thus there is a total of 1574 students with 462 girl students. The percentage of passes in various courses is generally above 95 percent.
The temporal pattern of the academic work in the college is of semester system for MCA, BCA & M Pharma & the rest are on annual basis. The college works for six days a week and the average number of working days of the college is 204 days. The library is accessible to the students from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm on all days except Sundays.
Women education is promoted by providing coeducation right since inception. The college has adequate focus on sports, games, NSS and extension activities.
The college volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council and submitted the Self-study Report to the council for evaluation in December 2003. The Peer Team constituted for assessment of the college is:
Dr. N. Natarajan (Chairperson)
Hemavati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University,
Prof. KK Pillai (Member)
Head, Department of Pharmacology
Faculty of Pharmacy, Jamia Hamdard,
New Delhi 10062
Shri GA Pathak (Member)
Principal, HL College of Commerce,
Dr. G.T. Paratkar, Principal (Member & Co-ordinator)
VG Vaze College, Mulund East,
The Peer Team visited the college for two days on 10th and 11th March 2004. The team carefully studied and analysed the Self-study Report submitted by the College. During the institutional visit the team checked the essential documents, visited the departments and the facilities and interacted with the various constituents of the institution. The academic, co-curricular, extra-curricular, sports and extension facilities of the institution were reviewed. The Peer Team interacted with the Governing Council, principal, staff, students, parents and alumni of the college. Based on the above critical analysis and seven criteria identified by NAAC, the Peer Team assessed the college in terms of its strength and areas of concern. The assessment report of the institution under various criteria, the commendable features of the institution as well as the issues of concern is as follows:
SECTION 2 : CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion I-Curricular Aspects
The college, affiliated to J N V University, Jodhpur, follows syllabi prescribed by the University for all the programs. There are 10 Departments in Science discipline, namely Computer Science, Physics, Electronics, MCVP, Botany, Biotechnology, Zoology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Languages. In the Pharmacy discipline, there are 4 departments namely, Pharmaceutics, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacognosy and Pharmacology.
The college, true to its name (Science and Technology), has commenced B.Sc. courses since the beginning, up-dated their course contents with the introduction of Computer Science courses and Pharmacy courses in the late eighties and of late, during the last two years has introduced Post Graduate courses in Pharmacy and Computer Science. Thus emphasis of the College is both on basic sciences and market oriented professional courses. But one notable feature is that while there are Post Graduate courses in professional courses, there are no Post Graduate courses in Basic Sciences. There is sufficient infrastructure for quality training and skill development. The Reservation Policy for the reserved categories are being strictly followed as per the Government Rules and also special weightage is given to girl candidates, sports persons and physically challenged persons as per the existing Rules. There is conducive environment among the teachers and taught.
The courses offered are well balanced and there is adequate choice of subjects for B Sc. students. The proportion of the practical classes to theory classes is appropriate and classes are conducted regularly- a feature well appreciated & accepted by the alumni, parents as well as students. The teachers of the college are being invited/nominated as members of the Academic Council/Syndicate/Senate of the JNV University enabling their contribution for review of the curriculum.
When the College introduced Pharmacy courses, there was no choice but to affiliate these courses with the Rajasthan University Jaipur, since at that time JNV University, Jodhpur had no Faculty of Pharmacy. Efforts have been initiated to overcome this situation to bring Pharmacy Programs also under the JNV University, Jodhpur. It is learnt that examinations for the Pharmacy courses affiliated to Rajasthan University are being inordinately delayed.
The other high-lights of the academic aspects of the College are introduction of Computer Science as a Compulsory subject for Undergraduate students, providing access of its resources to other Sections of society and Guest Lectures by Association of Science of the College. However, inter-disciplinary research amongst the departments needs to be strengthened.
Criterion II: Teaching - Learning and Evaluation:
Admissions to various courses of studies in the College are through a transparent admission process based on the academic record and in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the State Government and the University. The College ensures special consideration for reserved category; physically challenged students, sports men, wards of Ex-service Men and Girl students. Regular tests and tutorials are conducted to evaluate the performance of different categories of students. Bridge/Remedial courses are conducted for educationally disadvantaged students â€˜on as required basis.â€™ Advanced learners are encouraged to use Internet & Networking. However, there is a need to provide more networking, Internet facility for pharmacy students. Use of OHP and Audio-visual Aids are practiced to supplement classroom teaching. However, there is a need to organize a centralized audio-visual facility.
Day College has 49 faculties out of which 36 are on permanent basis while the rests are temporary. Recruitment of permanent staff is being done on annual basis as per the norms of the Government. It is very encouraging to notice that each teacher is preparing synopsis of the course for each month and submits an audit of his performance in the following month. There are participative group discussions in practical classes and students are motivated to organize seminars and present papers by the students. The College publishes academic calendar at the beginning of the year and Pre-University Examinations are conducted to monitor overall performance. On every Monday, the first hour is scheduled for periodical test for Pharmacy subject. The college encourages teachers to avail the opportunity of Faculty Development Programs and participation in academic conferences, refresher courses and orientation programs. Quite a number of faculty employees are benefited with these programs. There is an effective feedback system from the students assessing the quality of teaching. The institution has demonstrated its commitment to research with their establishment of linkage with a reputed institution viz BITS, Pilani for Ph.D. work.
Criterion III - Research Consultancy and Extension:
The Institution has 21 Ph.D. qualified teachers out of total of 36 permanent teachers, which is a salutary feature and hence have some potential for the intensive pursuit of the research having been recognized as a research center of BITS Pilani. Thus research in various departmentsh need to be activated further. Presently there is an ICMR Project with a total layout of Rs.1.93 lakh.
Some faculty members are pursuing their enrolment for Ph.D. programs. The College has received Rs.10 Lakhs from AICTE under MODROB. Possibility for consultancy services need to be further explored. The college has well established NSS activity and are involved in areas like Adult Education, Aids Awareness, social work, blood donation etc. The College has bagged highest Blood Donar Award by the State in the recent past. The College has also recently engaged itself in adopting a village for social promotion activity. The students have participated in the Republic Day Parade and successfully organized Yuva Chintan Shivir for all the students, program officers and NSS volunteers for the Western Zone. There is also a healthy interaction with social clubs like Lions club, Chinmya Mission etc.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The College is situated over an area of about 7 acres in the heart of the city with sufficient built-up area for accommodating administrative, teaching, extracurricular activities and play grounds. Available land is adequate for future growth and development of the institution.
The campus provides for 11 classrooms, Computer center, Guest House and playground with minimal Canteen and Gymnasium facilities. There are 4 computer labs with over 60 computers shared by Computer Science, Info-tech and MCA departments.
The College maintains its infrastructure by engaging technicians, mechanics, electricians, plumbers, and carpenters from time to time. The computers are maintained under annual contract.
The college infrastructure is optimally utilized by using the facilities in two shifts. The shifts accommodate the aided courses and the self-financing courses.
The College library remains open for 215 days during the reporting year. It has over 25000 books. The library subscribes to 56 journals, magazines and newspapers. It has computer ,DELNET and reprographic facilities. A Committee, under the overall guidance of the Principal manages the College Library. The library works for six days a week between 8.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. The College will do well in providing open access system to student and browsing facility through computer that will save the time of the users. It was heartening to know that every department has its own small library. The library has introduced bar code reader / scanner and legal purchase of Library Software SOUL Software (College Version) from INFLIBNET.
On an average around 250-300 students visit the library and about 80 books are issued to students in a day.
The college has spent Rs 2.5 lacs on books and periodicals for the year 2003-2004. For an institution offering UG as well as PG courses this budget allocation needs to be augmented.
Under its development plan, the college proposes to construct new block for library, biotechnology lab and pharmacy lab. An annual budget of Rs 7.0 Lacs has been provided for Pharmacy Library during the year 2003-2004, but books are yet to be procured.
The College has produced sportsmen who participated and won awards in National, State and University levels. The College sportsmen specialize in athletic track events, football, among other sports. Notable among these are Shri R K Purohit, an Arjun Award Winner for Volley ball and Shri Manish Koccher with international recognition in Roller-Skating.
The college has a physical education center. During 2002-03, the college has done well /at national, state and University level. In this activity, College alumni with professional sports background can contribute significantly for further promotion.
The level of office automation is good. The computer laboratories have over 60 computers. There are two computers in the office and one in the College Library. The Principal has one computer in his office. The laboratories have relevant adequate software to deal with PG education. The institution will do well in enhancing Internet facilities to students. It opens new vistas to students and puts a world of learning resources in front of the students. Internet revolution fosters the change from teaching-centered system to learner-centered system. Further the college has associated itself with EMRC Jodhpur and has produced about 10 Instructional / Educational Training Documentaries, like Aqua Culture in Rajasthan, Early Ontogeny of Fish, Surface tension, & others. This is a notable achievement of the College.
Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
The institution is located in an urban setting. Yet, the majority composition of students are from middle and low-income groups, to whom education is an essential requisite for their career. The average student dropout rate is low, understandably due to the professional courses and merit-based admission. The pass rate for UG and PG courses is around an average of 95 percent in all faculties.
Progression to higher studies is around 20 percent. The list of prominent alumni shows that a great majority is inclined towards medical & legal professions. Alumni also has prominent persons in the field of engineering, civil administration, banking etc. The College publishes prospectus every year. Some of the Departments publish their prospectus separately also.
The College NSS is active in community work. The NSS conducts seminars, AIDS awareness programs, blood donation drives and camps. The NSS Unit can undertake programs in Women Empowerment with in the campus and the community around. They have also recently adopted a village for intensive social work activities like primary education, general hygiene etc.
The College has women strength of over about 30%. The college will do well in promoting a Womens Study Center/ Women Cell for developing awareness programs on Social & Preventive Medicine .
The students are mostly from Rajasthan region. The college has a system of collecting feedback from students through Students Academic Council. The Council is made up of academic toppers from each class under the leadership of Principal. Such a platform is expected to groom the students in democratic systems and synergise various activities.
The college has an employment cell and an honorary placement officer. The alumni help the cell in their activities. Personal counseling / placement services needs to be strengthened.
Under student welfare schemes, the College offers student scholarships and freeships on merit-cum-need basis. The colleges boasts of well organized and supportive Alumni Association with alumni located in and outside India.
Debates and Quiz programs are organized by the College both at Inter-Colleges and State levels.
Criterion VI: Organisation and Management
The objective of the institution is to provide higher education in Science and Technology with the vision to foster an institution where â€˜Discipline is religion, performance is creed and excellence is passionâ€™. The Governing body is responsible for framing the policy regarding admissions,appointments and other developmental activities. At the college level, the Principal is the executive head. The Heads of Departments and several Committees are formed for the conduct of academic program in the College. The governance is mostly with the Governing body with an advisory role and the college staff council with executive functions. The natural hierarchy of posts governs the efficiency of the non-teaching staff.
The Fee structure is about 2200 for B Sc Courses. The unit-cost for UG Courses is Rs 10117 Computer courses Rs 19026 & Pharmacy courses Rs 22532. For professional courses the fees are as per the Government Specification. The internal audit mechanism exists and supports the statutory annual audit which is done periodically. The College could mobilize Rs.4.5 lacs through the College Alumni. This is a significant contribution. The Department of Computer Science provides training in computer operations for non-teaching staff. However, professional development programs for the non-teaching staff in communication, office management or personality skills are yet to be planned. The grievance redressal cell for the students is taken care of by the appropriate Committee headed by the Principal. The College will do well in seeking third party evaluation, periodically, from its institutional peers, students, alumni or parents of the students. The College has a mechanism for faculty evaluation by students, which greatly helps in fine-tuning the skills of the faculty to the needs of the students. The Students academic Council provides feedback on the campus.
Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The college has shown considerable progress since its inception in 1965. The management is striving hard to achieve its vision to provide higher education in science and technology.
Some of the healthy practices are:
*The management could collect substantial amounts as donations from philanthropists, for maintenance and development of the infrastructure of the college.
*The college has effective mechanism for optimizing utilization of facilities.
*Varieties of teaching methods are used in professional courses, which facilitate teaching and learning processes more effective.
*Financial aids are given to the needy students.
*The college has a placement cell which gives information about the opportunities in higher education.
*The college has produced sportsmen who participated in National events and won awards.
*The College has its own Website developed & Gifted by the Alumni.
*The College conducts Pre-University Examination annually to ensure academic excellence and to instill confidence in the final year students.
*The College has registered itself for Ph.D. with BITS, Pilani.
*The College has succeeded in obtaining an ICMR Project.
*The College organizes regular debates, quiz programmes and invites Guest Lectures.
*There is dress code specified for all the students for daily use within the College Campus.
*There are no strikes reported so far inside the Campus.
*There are Science Association, Computer Association etc. of the College engaged in promoting academic activities and extra-curricular activities.
*The students are adequately motivated to participate in NSS activities.
*The admissions are purely merit based.
*There is a regular teacher performance appraisal report by the Student Academic Council.
*Alumni Association is quite well established and very supportive.
*Students contribution to blood donation is ranked highest in the State.
*The College enjoys high reputation in the City.
*In addition to regular classes, students are also trained in PMT and PET Entrance Examinations.
SECTION 3: OVERALL ANALYSIS
In the light of the Self-study report, visits to the various departments, administrative units and discussions held with Governing Body, Principal, staff, students, alumni and others, the Peer Team has made the following observations.
The college since its inception in 1965 has shown considerable progress in all areas of its activity, both curricular and co-curricular. As a landmark institution, it had made a niche for itself. The management with the help of the faculty, teaching and non-teaching Staff is striving hard to achieve the goal.
The infrastructure of the college has been developed with the generous funding provided by various agencies and philanthropists. The efforts of the college management in getting funds are commendable. The building complex is quite adequate and well maintained. Services of NSS students can be utilized for keeping the campus clean and green.
A great deal of efforts have been made in the strengthening of the various grants-in-aid courses offered. It is observed that the college is in the process offering a few additional diploma or Certificate courses so that the students pursuing studies in the college for 3 years get the opportunity of securing a regular degree and a diploma, which is the motto of the University Grants Commission. This needs to be hastened .
A vision document indicating the perspective plan of the college for the coming 10-20 years needs to be formulated, so that the college can strive for long-term goals based on its mission.
The Peer Team appreciates the Academic activity in general. Teaching methodology followed in the college is generally good. However, there is a need to utilize modern gadgets in order to make the teaching effective and impressive. It is heartening to note that as a part of the efforts to promote communication skill and develop confidence in the subject, the students are given training in spoken English and encouraged to participate in debates, quizzes, etc. Amongst the faculty there are number of teachers with PhD degrees and having aptitudes for research. The committee is pleased to see that some teachers have even published papers in National /International journals. It is necessary to see that their expertise is utilized for undertaking research projects involving students and promoting academic environment in the campus.
The infrastructural facilities are good. There is a Computer Center with over 60 computers catering to the needs of the students and the members are pleased to note that most of the computers are provided with Internet facility, which facilitate access to world wide learning resources. As a step towards modernization, the management may think of establishing a electronic classroom, which fosters the change from teaching-centered system to learner-centered systems.
Management is giving all the encouragement and providing facilities for students to excel in sports and games. It is necessary to see that the tradition set continues in future also.
The infrastructural facilities provided in the library are satisfactory. However, the committee feels that a college with ambitious curriculum needs larger collection of books at the library. The library budget needs to be enhanced. Computerisation of library has begun. Reference volumes need to be enhanced. The financial position of the college appears sound mainly due to the funds generated from the Self-Finance programs.
The Peer Team is pleased to observe the high level of commitment shown by the members of the teaching staff towards the academic progress and the personality development of the students.
Suggestions and Recommendations:
*The college may consider the possibility of setting up an Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) to ensure periodical internal quality checks, and monitor progress with one of the Senior Faculty Member identified as Chief Quality Auditor (CQA).
*The college may initiate measures for strengthening the existing courses, especially those offered under self-financing system.
*There is an urgent requirement for introduction of, P G Program in Basic Sciences.
*A central Computer facility can be provided for the benefit of students and staff, which could be kept open even after college hours.
*Training programs for the non-teaching staff in office management will greatly enhance the efficiency. Such programs can be developed by the Computer Department.
*Language laboratory can be established for the development of communication skills, open to all students.
*A â€˜best teacher awardâ€™ for the teachers of the college can be given once in three years
*A senior staff member could be assigned charge of the summer research programs and Consultancy Programs (RCP) and made responsible for guiding students for research activities and publications.
*Permanent Teaching Staff with only PG degree may be encouraged to acquire M.Phil / Ph D degree at the earliest.
*Establishment of Central Internet Facility may be planned & computerization of Library may be completed at the earliest.
*A womens study center for empowerment of women at college and community needs to be established.
*The working hours of the library may be extended further during the examination period. Loan of books to student may be provided until completion of examination. Adequate number of copies of text books may be ensured to meet the total requirements.
The Peer Team wishes to record its appreciation for the enormous amount of goodwill, hospitality and co-operation extended by the institution during the visit. The efforts of Governing body, Principal, Alumni, teaching and non-teaching staff in fostering and maintaining the academic atmosphere is well appreciated. May this institution of higher education catering to the economically backward students of this region grow from strength to strength in its pursuit of excellence.
Name of the Chairperson : Dr N Natarajan
Name of the Member : Prof KK Pillai
Name of the Member : Shri GA Pathak
Name of the Member : Dr GT Paratkar
I agree with the observations and recommendations made by the peer team in this report.
Prof. RL Mathur
Date : 11th March 2004
Place : Jodhpur
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