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BVVS Basaveshwar Arts College, Bagalkot, Karnataka
Bagalkot (District Bagalkot)
Karnataka, India



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

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BVVS Basaveshwar Arts College is affiliated with Karnataka University, Dharwad



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NAAC report of BVVS Basaveshwar Arts College

Section I: Introduction:
Basaveshwar Arts College, Bagalkot, was founded in 1944. The College is managed by Basaveshwar Vidya Vardhak Sangha, (BVVS) Bagalkot, which was founded still earlier in 1906. This parent organization (BVVS) was founded with a noble mission of spreading network of educational institutions to preserve and spread cultural and social values propounded by Shri Basaveshwara -- a renowned social reformer after whom the institution is named. The institution has succeeded to a great extent in achieving its goal by establishing and running educational institutes in the northern part of the Karnataka in the disciplines of Arts, Science, Commerce, Medicine, Engineering, Management, Education and Vocational studies. It is remarkable to note that the institute was founded in the pre-independence period when education in general and higher education in particular were the need of the hour.

The B.V.V. Sangha, Bagalkot founded Basaveshwar Arts College, Bagalkot, when the facilities for higher education were quite rare. Since then the College has been engaged in serving the society by imparting education and thereby inculcating moral and cultural values of the land. The College is proud of its rich heritage of scholar principals and renowned teachers on its faculty. The College is a single faculty Arts College affiliated to the Karnatak University Dhrarwad with 15 subjects at the U.G. level and P.G. courses in English and Kannada. There are also certificate and diploma courses in Functional English and Sanskrit and Computer Application. The College is located in a campus of 8 acres earmarked and reserved by BVV Sangha to the Arts College in order to provide needed infrastructural facilities. Nineteen Permanent Teachers, assisted by nine full time temporary teachers and 14 part- time teachers carry out the work -load of teaching and other activities. Among these teachers, five are women; there are eight PhD holders out of whom two are permanent and five are temporary and one is part- time -almost all the temporary and part time teachers have passed SLET.

The College volunteered for assessment and accreditation by NAAC in December 2003. Subsequently the NAAC constituted the peer team consisting of Prof. J. V. Vilanilam, former Vice Chancellor, University of Kerala as Chairperson, Prof D. Sundram, Former Professor of Sociology, University of Madras, Chennai,as Member-Coordinator and Dr R. T. Deshmukh, Principal, Deogiri College, Aurangabad, Maharashtra as Member. The team visited the College on 13th and 14th September, 2004. It interacted with various constituents of the College, visited the support services and verified documents and validated the Self-study Report submitted by the College. Based on the observations of the Peer Team's visit, the Assessment report is presented as follows:

Section II: Criterion-wise Analysis:
Criterion - I: Curricular Aspects
The B.V.V. Sangha was founded with a vision and mission to preserve and spread cultural and moral values through educational service. The goal is mentioned in the constitution of the Sangha and the prospectus of the College. In order to achieve this goal the College relies largely upon co -curricular and extra-curricular programmes rather than curricular design. The teaching and learning programmes of the College besides the co curricular and extra- curricular activities reinforce the vision and mission of the College. Although it is a single- faculty Arts College with limited programmes, the College has attempted to make available 15 subjects to the students. It introduced P.G. programmes in Kannada and English in the year 1999 and 2002 respectively. Career-oriented certificate, Diploma and advanced diploma courses in Functional English and a Simple Sanskrit Speaking course have been introduced under the UGC scheme. As an Arts College, it has introduced Computer application as an optional subject for the under graduate course to make job oriented.

The syllabi of the different subjects are designed by the respective boards of studies of the Karnataka University, modified and updated once every three years. The teachers of the College who are members of the boards of studies are able to participate actively in the designing of the syllabus. Other faculty members of the College send their suggestions and recommendations to the boards of studies.

The Karnataka University, Dharwad carries out academic audit of the College once a year through its local enquiry committees. The curricular aspects of the traditional courses offered by the College under the affiliating system of the University do not have enough scope to provide flexibility and choice to the students. Yet, the teaching faculty of the College do have enough capabilities and motivation to update the curricular aspects of the courses. This is reflected in the College going in for the add- on -courses like Functional English and Simple Spoken Sanskrit Course besides the course on Computer Applications, Geography and Psychology as additional optional courses.

Criterion II: Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
The College admits students through a simple admission process depending upon their past academic record. For Functional English and Computer courses, students are admitted through interviews. The College has prepared an academic calendar. The teachers of the College do have the practice of preparing teaching plans. The record of the topics taught daily is maintained, which is supervised by the concerned head of the department or the principal. For economically backward students remedial courses in English are conducted during mid-term vacation. Advanced learners are provided ample academic opportunities and incentives. Along with lecture method, the teaching is made effective using audio and video aids, charts, maps, photographs, study tours and field visits. All these aspects of teaching strategies hinge upon the interactive mode of pedagogy.

There are also attempts to organize workshops for faculty improvement. A system of feedback from students is a noteworthy feature. There is a well-conceived mechanism of students' evaluation through terminal exams, mid- term tests and project reports. The College keeps working for 290 days, which includes about 190 days for actual teaching. The teaching practices of the teachers may be one of the reasons for low absenteeism in all the classes. Regarding evaluation, the Peer Team noted that the teachers have an informal mechanism of conducting the class tests. Wherever there are compulsions by way of the semester system, the internal evaluation of the students' performance is carried out as per the University regulations. The teachers have an informal mechanism to follow up the weak and slow learners and accordingly, the slow and weak learners are taken care of through the well -designed remedial courses. The teaching faculty of the College have provided evidence that they follow not only the monthly teaching plan but also practice of the periodical testing, and seminar and symposium methods and thereby they involve the learners for interactive teaching and learning. Also, the departments have the practice of taking the students for field visits and sensitizing the learners with actual experience. There is an informal mechanism of evaluating the students' performance through the terminal examinations. The teachers give their feedback to the students on their performance. It is required that this informal evaluation is to be systematized.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy & Extension
The college has eight Ph. D degree holders among them one teacher of the Kannada department in the College is a recognized as Ph. D. guide. Four teachers are engaged in doing research for Ph.D. Apart from this, there is some specific research activity in P. G. departments. It is to be noted that some members of the faculty are creative writers with a good deal of publications to their credit. These teachers from the Kannada department were honored with prestigious awards from the state and academy of the literary focus. There is also consultancy service given by the department of Psychology. The activities of N.S.S., N.C.C. and S.W.D are noteworthy. These departments conduct outreach programmes and through which the College reaches the community with their expertise. Activities like community development, blood donation, health and hygiene, AIDS awareness are the other programmes of the College.

Students are encouraged to participate in such programmes. The field experience from them is expected to make the students socially aware. Although the College does not have any visible research programmes with the under -graduate courses, the Peer Team noted that there are specific departments like Economics and Kannada where the faculty do demonstrate the feasibility of the outreach programmes including publications and research productivity of an international standard.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Recourses
The College has adequate infrastructure in respect of classrooms, offices, laboratories, play fields and other support services. The campus of eight acres earmarked for the college by the BVV Sangha, is used for 1172 students who are studying in the college. The campus is maintained through the funds provided by the UGC and the management. Using the infrastructural facilities of the college to the optimum level is demonstrated by its opening facilities to government and other agencies whenever needed. The college has its own library building funded by UGC. The library is used by scholars coming from the sister institutions of the College, laboratories and OHP are used by certain departments for demonstration lessons. There are required services like canteen, recreation, and medicine and hostel accommodation. Two independent hostels for men and women are in the campus. The College provides ample facilities for indoor and outdoor games. The College is keen to felicitate outstanding sports persons, awarding the Pratibha Puraskar. Internet, STD facility are also available. As far as the learning resources are concerned, the College has adequate number of books for the students. The College has utilized the UGC funds appropriately.

There is a book bank system available for the needy students. The slow learners are identified by the respective teachers for remedial coaching with the funds obtained from the UGC. The College has established the manuscriptology centre in the library with UGC funds. This is an additional learning resource on the locally available historical materials for the language and history learners besides the researchers. The students of the college are accommodated in a hostel providing free lodging and boarding facilities

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
The results of the College indicate that the UG pass percentage in 2002 is 85%; 2003- 85%; 2004 89%, while the PG pass percentage in 2002 and 2003 is 93%. The drop- out rate in UG is 15% in 2001; 8% in 2003 and almost nil in 2004. About 80% of the students passing out go for further studies. Since the College has a long standing of 60 years, its alumni includes a varied range of persons like principals, officers, lawyers, political workers, scholars, writers and business entrepreneurs.

The College brings out a prospectus every year, which provides information about programmes, subjects, fee structure, scholarships and support services. It is remarkable that the College has instituted many scholarships and awards for students. There is a career guidance cell, besides a students' grievance cell, a students' welfare department, the NCC and NSS programmes and a Quality Circle. Each of these support services is managed by a respective teacher and student representatives. The alumni association sponsors programmes like co- curricular and extra -curricular activities besides providing the financial assistance to poor students. The College has made available sports and games facilities including a multi- gym centre funded by the UGC, as well as recreation facilities to take care of the free time of students. There is a separate hall for the girls where the College Ladies Association is functioning.

Criterion VI : Organization and Management
The Basaveshwar Arts College, Bagalkot, is governed by the Basaveshwar Vidya Vardhak Sangha. The central body of the Sangha forms College sub committees for the effective managements of the individual units. These College sub- committees meet once a month. The Principal is a member of that committee.

The Principal consults heads of the departments and heads of the committees nominated for various tasks. In the College office there are academic and accounts sections. The working of the non-teaching staff is supervised by the Principal through the Office Superintendent and it is reviewed by the College sub- committees.

A grievance redressal cell is at work to solve the problems of teachers and students. It is noted that the employees of the College avail themselves of interest- free loan for medical purposes. The Peer Team came across a noteworthy practice of providing adequate and prompt medical assistance by the BVV Sangha -the management body of the College- to the employees in the College.

The College receives adequate funds from the parent organisation from time to time for its development. The office of the College, though not computerized, attempts to provide efficient services to the students and faculty. Old records have been preserved and maintained systematically. There is a cordial relationship among the students, teachers and office administration.

Criterion VII : Healthy Practices
The College has formed a significant committee called Quality Circle, which is meant for internal Quality Checks. Students' performance is largely monitored through mid-term tests. Feedback from students is obtained in to check the quality of teaching. The College has underlined the importance of value-based education for inculcating values among students and teachers. Lectures are arranged, meditation and yoga classes are conducted and certain other activities are organized. The College also claims that it is inculcating civic responsibilities among the students by organizing campus cleaning, literacy campaigns, aids awareness programs, health and hygiene programs, and relief work. The College also arranges various programmes for students' personality development. For these purposes competitions in creative writing, debate, dance, drama, and music are arranged.

Section III: Overall Analysis
The College with its ancestry in the Basaveswara Arts College is under the direct management of the BVV Sangha. With its single faculty academic programmes, it has survived with social relevance, fulfilling the needs of the region and time. The College has a reputation of providing a value- based education along with the changing demand for the IT and functional language course. Another noteworthy practice in the College is academic flexibility combining value- based education for promoting civic responsibility and vocational programmes of study. There is a scope to diversify the courses still further to expand the enrolment of the students. As the College caters to the large number of students from the rural areas in its surroundings, there is a necessity to offer the courses in rural development. The College has all the support facilities of teaching and learning resources. Yet, the Peer Team notes that the College has to adopt a pragmatism in offering interdisciplinary courses by having an academic arrangement with sister institutions. For example, College can pool all their academic potentials for offering courses specially useful in other institutions. The existing courses like Computer Applications, Functional English are a pointer in this direction.

Recommendations:
The Peer Team recommends the following:

The College can start much needed vocational courses under the UGC's career orientation programme.

Along with the regular degree programme, the students may be provided opportunities to take up short-term courses of inter- disciplinary nature. Due to the state policies on recruitment, the number of part -time and temporary teachers is significantly large. The College should attempt to appoint full time permanent faculty for its academic growth.

Additional efforts to organize faculty improvement programmes could be beneficial to strengthen the teaching, learning activities.

The College can adopt the system of self-appraisal by teachers.

It would be in the interest of the College to strengthen research among the faculty. The teachers may be encouraged to pursue research for Ph.D. and M. Phil. Strengthening research could be supporting to the academic growth of P.G. departments.

Teachers may undertake minor and major research projects funded by the UGC.

The College is advised to depute more and more teachers for presentation of papers and participation in state / national level seminars and conferences.

Since the College is a part of a very wide educational network of the B.V.V. Sangha, it has ample scope to undertake extension services with the assistance of sister institutions

Regular coaching classes for competitive examinations may be conducted by the College for the benefit of students.

Linkages with institutions of higher education should be established to enrich teaching, learning and research.

The College should organize seminars and conferences at state and national level.

Since the College has a very long standing, the activities of alumni should be arranged more frequently.

Besides, the College management can take steps to impress upon the Government to revise the policy of the ban on recruitment of permanent full- time teachers. The part- time and temporary teachers of the College possess the required qualifications including the SLET /NET . There is an urgent necessity to provide tenure and salary security to these teachers, both by the Management and the Government.

A common Students' Centre is advisable taking into consideration the large number of day scholars, particularly those coming from the nearby villages.

There is need for additional hostels for both women and men who are students of the Bhasveswara Arts College. The present practice of accommodating the students from various sister institutions may not be healthy in the long run.

Prof. J. V. Vilanilam (Chairman)

Prof. D.Sundaram (Member Co-ordinator)

Prof R. T. Deshmukh (Member)

Prof. S. M. Naragund
Principal
Basaveshwar Arts College
Bagalkot

Date : 14-09-2004



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