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KLE Societys Womens Arts and Commerce College, Gadag Karnataka is a recognised institute / college. KLE Societys Womens Arts and Commerce College, Gadag Karnataka is managed by Society: Karnatak Lingayat Education Society (KLE Society’s).
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NAAC report of KLE Societys Womens Arts and Commerce College

Section I - INTRODUCTION
Women's Arts & Commerce College (WACC) Gadag-Betgeri, Gadag District, Karnataka State, was established by the Karnataka Lingayat Education (KLE) Society in 1985. Akkana Balaga Society of Gadag approached the KLE Society to start a women's college in Gadag. Several prominent women of Gadag were also involved in the move to start the proposed college. The KLE Society which was started in 1916 with headquarters at Belgaum and had an outstanding record of service to the cause of education responded to these suggestions positively. Accordingly, the Women's Arts and Commerce College (WACC) was started in 1985 in Gadag by the KLE Society. Incidentally, this is the only Women's College in Gadag district.

The vision of KLE Society is to provide educational services of high quality to people without any discrimination based on caste, religion or region. The Society runs 120 educational institutions in Karnataka and southern Maharashtra, with a total student population of about 60,000 and staff of nearly 6,000. The institutions run by KLE Society include one Medical College, 2 Engineering, 14 Degree, 5 Law, 4 Pharmacy, 2 Dental and one each of B.Ed, Ayurveda and Agriculture besides 15 High Schools and 6 Polytechnics.

Gadag has a population of about 1,60,000. It has 12 degree colleges including the Women's Arts and Commerce (WACC) college Gadag. The town also has two junior colleges for women. The Women's Arts and Commerce (WACC) college was started in 1985 with BA course. Initially, the subjects of Sociology, Economics, History, Political Science, Kannada and Hindi were introduced. Subsequently, in 1990, BA home science was added. The management plans to introduce B.Com during the next academic year, that is 2004-05. Both Kannada and English media are offered as medium of instruction, but less than 10% of the students seem to opt for English medium. Present strength of students of the college is 212.

The college was admitted to grant-in-aid by the State Government in 1995 ten years after its establishment. For the first decade after its inception the management bore the expenditure of salaries of staff. The college was admitted to 2(F) and 12(B) of the UGC in 2003 only, though it was granted permanent affiliation for all the courses by the Karnataka University in 1999.

By the next academic year, the college is expected to be affiliated to the newly established Karnataka State Women's University, Bijapur
The Women's Arts and Commerce College (WACC) is housed in the first floor of the building of JT College located on a 32.5 acres campus. Originally the land was donated to the Society by a donor. Besides the Women's Arts and Commerce College (WACC), three other colleges (J.T. Arts, Science & Commerce College, College of law and a College of pharmacy) are located in the same campus. Although the College has been in existence for about 18 years it did not introduce B.Sc. Courses. It is time B.Sc courses, with a gender-sensitive syllabus are introduced. The management has constructed a new building based on the concepts of modern architecture for the Women's college at an estimated cost of Rs.56 Lakhs.

The College requested NAAC, Banglore, for accreditation and submitted its self-study report. On the request of the College NAAC constituted the peer team consisting of following to visit college.

Prof. C. V. RAGHAVULU, Chairman
Former Vice-Chancellor
102, Jaya Residency
11-4-646/D-1/B, A.C.Guards
Hyderabad - 560004

Prof. Arun. R. Bhonsle, Member
Director, BCUD
Shivaji University,
Kolhapur - 416004

Prof. N. N. Saste, Member - Convener
Principal
Shri Shivaji Education Society
Amaravati's Science College
Congress Nagar
Nagpur - 440012

The team visited the K.L.E Society's Women's Arts & Commerce College, Gadag-Betgeri, Karnataka State during 18-19 February 2004 and went round the academic departments, laboratories, library, sports fields and other common facilities. It had detailed discussions with the Management, the Principal, Faculty members, Students, Alumni, etc. The team had several rounds of interaction with the key personnel, based on the documents made available to them before and during the visit. All aspects given in criteria I to VII of the self-study report were analyzed and validated by the team and the observations are noted as a report in the following paragraphs -

Section II -CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
CRITERION I - CURRICULAR ASPECTS
The college is a single faculty Women's college. It conducts courses in Arts faculty leading to award of BA degree by Karnatak University, Dharwad to which it is affiliated. There are nine departments in the college. The college offers four under graduate programmes with English and Hindi/Kannada as compulsory languages. Optional groups offered are - 1) History, Political Science & Sociology 2) Home Science, History and Political Science 3) History, Sociology and Kannada 4) Political Science, Sociology and English. To provide horizontal mobility the college may start subjects like Home Economics, Geography, Psychology, Fine Arts, Music, Functional English etc. Introduction of PG course in select subjects will help the students to acquire higher academic qualifications. To provide more job opportunities and self-employment, college may offer need-based short-term certificate and Diploma courses. The college should start job-oriented add-on courses under special scheme in UGC X plan. This will help the college to improve infrastructure facilities. The college may obtain feedback from academic peers and employers for the purpose. The college does not have freedom to form the syllabus. It has to follow the syllabi and examination framed by Karnatak University.

To update knowledge and information college should encourage participation of teachers in seminars, conferences, workshops etc.

CRITERION II- TEACHING LEARNING & EVALUATION.
The college publishes its prospectus annually before the admission dates. Prospectus contains information about courses of study, rules and regulations governing admissions and fee structure, etc. The students are admitted on the basis of academic merit. The Principal and staff conduct meetings with fresh students to acquaint them with various academic & other activities of the college. Remedial measures like tutorials, home assignments and special coaching are initiated for weaker students. Special attention is given to advanced learners but there is no specific programme.

Teachers unitize syllabus, prepare teaching plan and maintain daily diaries. For effective implementation of syllabus and for mid-term corrections regular staff meetings are held. For better understanding of syllabus classroom seminars are conducted and, Chalk and Talk method is supplemented by charts and models. Seminars and guest lectures are arranged for students. The learning can be made participatory, interesting & effective if the classroom teaching is supplemented by use of models, charts modern teaching aids like OHP, Computer etc.

To evaluate student's performance model questions and home assignments are given to students. Regular unit tests and mid-term examinations are conducted. The syllabus is taught well before the final examination.

Recruitment of the teachers is made through duly constituted selection committee as per Karnatak University and State Government norms on the basis of academic merit and personal interviews. Temporary/ Ad-hoc appointments are made by parent society and management through its own resources pays such teachers. Performance of teachers is evaluated by system of regular self -appraisal.

Overall performance of students is monitored through group discussions, seminars by students and classroom tests. The college can arrange educational and excursion tours to research institutions, university departments etc to expose the students to recent developments in their subjects of study.

CRITERION III -RESEARCH, CONSULTACNY AND EXTENSION
There are 10 permanent teachers in the college of them only one teacher has M.Phil degree and 9 teachers have PG degree as highest qualification. One teacher of the college has applied for FDP under UGC X plan. There is no defined cell in the college for providing consultancy to outside agencies or to publicize the expertise in the form of consultancy services. Staff members have not applied for any minor /major research projects and there is no research activity in the college.

Aptitude for research helps to acquire advanced knowledge and to improve the skills of classroom teaching. To motivate the teachers to undertake research college should form a research cell. This cell can also help teachers to organize seminars, conferences, workshops etc. The college / management should provide financial assistance to teachers for attending conferences & seminars. Seed money may be earmarked for research. Extension activities such as - Health & Hygiene awareness, Anti-dowry propaganda, Environment awareness, Importance of blood donation, Afforestation, Hazards of gutka are organized by NCC & NSS volunteers. The college should set up women's studies cell. This cell can organize seminars, workshops & conferences for empowerment of women besides taking up research on gender sensitive topics. The College can extend these activities to the underprivileged strata of the society by adopting nearby village/locality. Teachers may be encouraged to seek funds from UGC and other agencies for carrying out minor/major research projects. Teachers of the college authored textbooks and contributed articles in newspapers and magazines.

CRITERION IV- INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
The College is presently situated in the JT College building. KLE Society is constructing a new spacious building for the Women's Arts & Commerce College. The construction of the first phase of the women's college building complex is nearing completion. The architectural design is exquisite. Instead of waiting for the completion of all the three phases of work a separate campus should be earmarked for the women's college with fencing around. Playfields should also be located in the same campus. A garden with drought-resistant plants be developed in the proposed campus of the women's college.

The College library has a collection of 9,598 books. It subscribes to in 16 periodicals and 15 of them are magazines. The library collection is woefully inadequate. About 20 percent of the books are donations. They add to the number, but most of them have limited relevance to the students and faculty. Encyclopedias and latest publications are simply not there. Needless to mention that the Management should invest sufficient funds to enrich the library.

The library is still not computerized. It does not have Internet and reprographic facilities. Maximum utilization of existing infrastructure is ensured.

The College provides necessary support to sport girls. So far 07 students from the College have represented Karnatak University in athletics. The College provides diet, TA and DA to outstanding players. An incentive of Rs. 300/- is given to each of the players who participate in inter-university matches and individual events. The College students have distinguished themselves in some sports and games. Mention may be made of their participation in university team in yoga (preceding four years), kabaddi (preceding 3 years), kho-kho (2000-01 and 2002-03), volleyball (2001-02 and 2003-04) and cross-country (2002-03). It is significant to note that only one girl student has made history in yoga, but it needs to be institutionalized so that other girls of successive batches evince interest. Once the building complex of the college is completed separate sports and games facilities be planned exclusively for the students of the girls college or for the girls of the all colleges of the complex. The College needs hostel facility.

Infrastructure of the College should be developed on a priority basis so as to keep pace with its academic growth. Internet is a super highway of knowledge now a days. Therefore, internet facility for students is now a must. User charges may be collected from users.

CRITERION V - STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
This College has reasonably good support services for the students. Besides government scholarships and fee concessions the college offers three endowment scholarships and three cash prizes to meritorious students. In exceptional cases, the College management i.e. KLE Society extends financial assistance to needy brilliant students.

The College prospectus contains necessary information about admission rules, fee structure, financial aid and student support services.

The Local Guardian system introduced by the college is quite remarkable and it will certainly further promote harmony between the students and the faculty.

Grievance redressal cell in the college is very much useful to safeguard student interests. The College provides guidance to its students for competitive examinations and some of the students get through the various departmental examinations of the State Government.

The College Alumni Association has been formed recently. Its constitution is elaborate and well framed. This organization can substantially help the College in its future development.

The College offers special coaching in home management, child care, nutrition and diet to the students and such activities will open new avenues of self employment for the girls of this College.

The College should form an Employment and Guidance Cell and have a Placement officer so as to provide career guidance to the students.

CRITERION VI - ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT
For the efficient and effective administration of the Women's Arts & Commerce College, the KLE Society has formed the Local Governing Body consisting of nine members. It is headed by a local social worker, Smt. Sushilakka Hulkoti, with the Principal of the College is its Member-Secretary. Academic and administrative activities in this institution are complementary. This College has its own inbuilt mechanisms to check and ensure work efficiency of the non-teaching staff. For further improvement in the administration, the College has plans to get feedback from students and teachers of the College regarding the functioning of office staff.

The KLE Society has certain welfare schemes for the students, teachers and staff. Loan facility from the credit co-operative societies, health services at concessional rates in the JN Medical College Hospital at Belgaum and fee concessions to children of teachers and staff are the important welfare schemes.

This College has both formal as well as informal mechanisms for removing/redressing grievances of students. In this regard the local guardian scheme of the College provides an informal channel for grievance redressal of students. Besides, there is a complaint-cum-suggestion box in the College for seeking solutions to problems.

The College follows standardized and regular procedures of budgeting and auditing. There is a system of regular internal audits as well as government departmental audits and the AG audit.

The recently formed Alumni Association and the Local Managing Committee of the College are worthy sources of support to the institution. The institution has devised imaginative and effective resource mobilization and management strategies. They try to make their academic plans and programmes cost effective.

CRITERION VII - HEALTHY PRACTICES
The KLE Society is a unique institution oriented to service to the cause of education for nearly nine decades. Its academic orientation is set by the fact that its Board of Management, the top decision-making body, consists mostly of teachers. The composition of the top management body is reflected in ushering in a healthy academic atmosphere.

The management not only takes interest in funding, planning and organizing projects and schemes of short and long-term interest to the Women's College. One notable example is its 100% funding (Rs. 56 lakhs) for the construction of a new building for the College.

The Women's College is located in the heart of Gadag town, in a campus of 32.5 acres along with other colleges. The educational complex has an ambience of its own. Given adequate rainfall, it can be transformed into beautiful campus with greenery all over.

There is life on the campus, as the students are bubbling with enthusiasm and high levels of motivation. They are keen to utilize their talent and get involved actively in curricular and extracurricular activities of the college. The parents and alumni have an uncritical attitude towards the functioning of the college.

The College has a good academic record with a sizeable number of students getting good grades in the final examinations. For the preceding three academic years pass percentage of the I,II and III years in the basic and optional courses ranged between 94 & 100. During the previous academic year the proportion of students getting first class with distinction was 10% in History, about 30% in Political Science, about 50% in Sociology and about 55% in Economics.

Participation of the students in rallies for various public causes organized by the College in collaboration with government agencies is a noteworthy feature.

A sincere attempt is made to improve the communicative abilities of students in English through a month long course in spoken English. But the exercise needs more sustained efforts and longstanding commitment.
Yoga classes for students, staff and public have been conducted in the college free of charge. This practice deserves appreciation.

Of the eleven faculty only one teacher is temporary. The high proportion of permanent teachers is a welcome feature.

Section III - OVERALL ANALYSIS
The strengths of the Women's college stem from three sources: a professionally oriented and committed management which also provides a financial cushion; the availability of good infrastructure; and the growing demand for education of girls. Yet, one is struck by some puzzles. Enrolment in the College has been more or less stagnant (235 in 2001-02; 233 in 2002-03 and 212 in 2003-04) during the past three years. One gets the doubt as to whether the strengths and advantages of the college have been marketed in an adequate manner. With new buildings, a separate campus and introduction of B.Com, B.Sc courses and vocational courses coupled with a better spread of information, the student strength of the College will increase manifold. Otherwise, the present student strength of the College is not viable. It requires concerted effort to double the enrolment within the next few years.

Delays in getting aid from the State Government and from the UGC are indicative of some slackness on the part of key functionaries. Relentless pursuit of such key matters requires sustained interest on the part of the Principal and Management besides arrangements for liaison / public relations work.

In developmental as well as routine matters, the management's enthusiasm and student talent are matched by faculty involvement. This is reflected in many favourable outcomes as well as in the maintenance of a healthy profile of the College in the eyes of the public.

The formation of Alumni Association did not take place until last year. The members of the local governing body are persons with a good public profile. With interests of the members and that of the alumni many incentive - motivational schemes can be launched for the benefit of the students. Short-term courses of interest to the public and students such as certificate courses in Data Entry, Fashion Design, Nutrition, etc. may be considered for introduction.

There is immense potential among the students. It needs to be tapped adequately for the promotion of curricular and extra-curricular activities. The College has good infrastructure and will be better in the years to come. There is no dearth of money with the management or willingness to spend money for worthy causes. The Principal and the faculty should be able to play dynamic roles to take the institution to greater heights.

RECOMMENDATIONS / SUGGESTIONS -
The traditional methods of lecturing should be supplemented by learning tools like Overhead projector, slide projector, TV, Computer and CD-ROMs.

Presently the College is using the building and other infrastructure of the other institutions of KLE Society on a sharing basis. The college should take immediate steps for shifting into its new building.

The College should explore possibilities of getting resources from parents, alumni, philanthropist and public for its overall growth and for instituting more scholarships, medals and prizes to encourage deserving students.

Steps should be taken to get non-plan grants from UGC.

College may develop linkages with NGOs / GOs, local industries and other organizations for academic and extension activities.

Welfare schemes like medical reimbursement, housing loan facility, health care, etc. may be provided to employees.

Research should be encouraged by making provision for :
study leave / seed money to active teachers for developing research proposals.

Enabling teachers to apply for minor/major research projects to various funding agencies.

Subscribing to research journals.

Self-appraisal of teachers needs to be formalized.

Student appraisal of teachers may be introduced.

More text books and magazines of relevance to competitive examinations should be made available in the Library.

Book bank facility for poor students should be introduced.

Computerization of library will improve its overall functioning.

Internet facility, with user charges, may be provided in the library.

Employment/ Placement cell should be formed.

Counseling of students by teachers should be formalized.

Formal mechanisms to obtain feedback from students on various aspects of their campus experience may be introduced.

More study and excursion tours be organized.

Remedial courses under the UGC scheme should be conducted.

To inculcate leadership qualities and to into organize academic activities subject societies may be formed.

Management may consider the introduction of job oriented and self-financing vocational courses of local importance.

Separate facilities for sports and games for the students of the Women's college be provided on the campus.

Multipurpose gymnasium and an auditorium may be built.

Prof. C.V.Raghavulu (Chairman)

Prof. Arun. R. Bhonsle (Member)

Prof. N. N. Saste (Member-Convener)

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