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Government First Grade College, Hassan, Karnataka
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Holenarasipur, Hassan, Karnataka
Hassan
Karnataka, India



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Section 1 : Preface
The Govt. First Grade College, Holenarasipura, Hassan District, Karnataka volunteered to be assessed and accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore, and accordingly submitted the Self-Study Report (SSR) in the usual format. The Council constituted a Peer Team, consisting of Dr.S.Muthukumaran (Former Vice-Chancellor, Bharathidasan University), Member Secretary, Vice-Chairman I/c, Tamil Nadu State Council for Higher Education, Lady Willingdon College Campus, Kamaraj Salai, Chennai as Chairperson, and Dr.P.Selvaraj, Principal, Aditanar College of Arts and Science, Virapandianpatnam, Tiruchendur, Tamilnadu as Member Co-ordinator and Prof.(Mrs.) Anuradha Bhoite (Former Professor of Sociology, University of Pune), # 16, Shanthinikethan Housing Society, D P Road, Aundh, Pune, Maharastra as Member. The team visited the institution for two days, September 10 - 11, 2004.

Government First Grade College, Holenarasipura, Hassan District, Karnataka State, was established in the year 1980 by the Government of Karnataka. The College is fully financed by the State Government. The college is affiliated to Mysore University. The College is recognized by UGC under section 2F of the Act.

The College offers only undergraduate programmes in the faculties of arts, science and commerce. The current student strength is 831. The college has 24 permanent teachers, 4 guest lecturers appointed and paid by the College Development Committee (C.D.C.) and 2 lecturers on partial deputation from Govt. College, Mysore, who will handle classes for two days in a week and be in their parental institution on the rest of the days. Of the permanent teachers 2 teachers are Ph.D. holders, one is M.Phil. holder and the rest are postgraduates.

The peer team meticulously and critically analyzed, the SSR submitted by the college before the institutional visit. The team interacted with all the faculty members and administrative staff and class IV servants, alumni and parents, and students and representatives of the College Development Committee. The team also interacted with the Joint Director of Collegiate Education.

Based on the above exercise, keeping the criteria identified by NAAC in view, the Peer Team has taken up critical evaluation of the institution as a whole. The assessment of the College under the stipulated criteria, commendable features of the institution, issues of concern and feasible recommendations are made.

Section 2 : Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion I : Curricular Aspects
The College functions with the mission of empowering rural students. It aims at all round development of every student who enters its portals. The objectives of the Institution include moulding good character in the students through inculcating good moral values and a sense of national consciousness, a spirit of good culture, inward awareness, compassion and creative thinking and upliftment of socially and economically weaker sections.

The College offers courses leading to B.A., B.Com, and B.Sc degrees. A student has to opt two languages out of English, Kannada, Urdu, Sanskrit and Hindi. Though no Department of Sanskrit and Hindi exists, the students are permitted by the University to appear for the examinations through self-study. There are English, Kannada, Urdu, History, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Management and Accounting, Physics, Electronics and Mathematics Departments. The medium of instruction is Kannada for B.A. course and English for B.Com and B.Sc. courses. The course structure includes two languages and three optional subjects. The College does not offer much opportunity for horizontal mobility. However, four different combinations are offered under B.A. degree.

Annual system is followed for the 2nd and 3rd years and the college follows the semester system with internal marks that is introduced by the University from the current academic year.

The college is a recognized study center of Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) and KSOU has placed one staff to take care of all the activities connected with conducting week end courses of the University.

Many teachers have contributed to the designing of syllabi by participating in the meetings conducted by the university as member of Board of Studies.

It is noteworthy that the Local Inspection Committee appointed by the University visits the college for an academic audit. Teachers take interest to conduct special classes whenever necessary. Home assignments and project works are also given. Factory visits, visits to places of historic importance and village visits are also arranged.

Criterion II : Teaching - Learning and Evaluation
Students are admitted to the course through their academic records, as directed by the government. The admission is done by an admission committee. Knowledge and skills for the programmes are evaluated through class tests, assignments and project works.

Teachers conduct special classes for students who are weak in their subjects. The teachers are encouraged to make teaching plans in the beginning of academic session through extensive discussion and subject analysis. The conventional lecture method of teaching is supplemented by other learner-centred teaching methods like student seminars and discussions held regularly in class rooms.

The teacher recruitment is as per the Karnataka State Government procedures and the Karnataka State Public Service Commission recruits all the teachers. However, the College Development Committee (CDC) is empowered to recruit teachers and non-teaching staff and utilize their services paying them from the funds available with CDC.

The total number of teaching days of the college in a year are 180. The daily working hours for students is 9.30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday and on Saturday it is 9.30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The number of working hours for students is 35 hours per week.

The students are informed about the syllabi and division of various units and the respective marks allotted to each unit at the beginning of the academic year by their teachers. The College monitors the overall performance of the students through holding regular monthly tests and also end-term examinations. The College has consistently been maintaining a high pass percentage, higher than the University pass percentage.

It is noteworthy that the evaluation of teacher performance is done by the 3rd year students every year. A prescribed appraisal form is given and the students respond to the question items. The responses are reviewed by the Principal and feed back is given to the teachers concerned. The teacher evaluation is also done on the basis of self evaluation as prescribed by the Director of Collegiate Education (DCE). The Principal rights confidential remarks and action is taken on the basis of the self evaluation report, which is regularly sent to the DCE every year. Also, if the results of a particular subject show a negative trend, the concerned teacher is asked to engage extra classes for the students / modify the teaching pattern. The performance of teachers is also assessed by the principal on the basis of their involvement in various College activities, and their dedication and sincerity in executing the assigned tasks.

Criterion III : Research, Consultancy and Extension
The College does not offer any consultancy service. Teachers, in general do not involve in any research activity except doing their research degree in M.Phil / Ph.D., however, some of the teachers have published articles in journals, and one teacher in Physics has published more than 20 articles in standard journals. Many teachers have registered for their doctoral studies.

Under the NSS programme of the College, various extension activities are undertaken. The project works done by students of the first year are addressed towards socially relevant aspects like old age, women empowerment, child labour, AIDS, dowry and so on.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The College is located in a rural area, and is in 25 acres of land. Infrastructure development is done with the help of funds received from the state government. There is no other source of funding large amounts except CDC. The College has 32 rooms in which the Departments and Laboratories, Library and a Reading room, Physical Education Director's chamber, NSS and NCC rooms, office rooms, Principal's chamber, and a lady's waiting room are housed. The college has play courts for volley ball, tenny - coit, badminton, and football. The college has a six-lane 200 mts. Track. As such the college has got good infrastructure facilities.

The buildings are well maintained, and kept clean. The Public Works Department of the Government of Karnataka is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep. The College ensures optimum utilization of infrastructure.

A Library Committee is formed. The Computerization of library services is yet to be started. The library works on all the working days from 9.00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The total number of books in the library is 11726. A few magazines and newspapers are also subscribed. The College has 8 computers and some computers are used to teach subjects in physics and electronics by using reading materials downloaded by the teachers from websites.

The sports activity of the College is taken care of by a Physical Education Director. A sports committee is formed and the other members of the committee support the Physical Education Director. Some of the athletes and players of the college have represented Mysore University. Training on Yoga and Pranayama is also given. The college also was the host college of Mysore University Malnad Zone games.

Criterion V : Student Support and Progression
The College maintains high success rates in the university examinations. Since almost all the students hail from rural areas they are very weak in English and as such the results in English subject is low. Many alumni of the College are employed and some are entrepreneurs. The College has constituted an alumni association.

The University and State Government scholarships are given to the SC/ST and BC students.

The college publishes its updated prospectus annually. The prospectus contains the details of subject-combinations available, fee structure, list of staff, facilities available, rules of admission, and general profile of the college. All national festivals are celebrated in the college. The college day and sports day are celebrated annually and meritorious students in academics, sports and cultural events are rewarded with prizes and certificates.

There are two trained student counselors, who take care of counseling. The teachers do career guidance. Special lectures by experts in psychology and personality development are conducted to motivate the students.

The college has one NSS unit and one NCC Army unit. A garden in the campus is maintained by the NSS students. The Peer team commends the achievements of the NCC unit and the contribution of the NCC officer to the college and to the group to which the unit belongs. The Peer team appreciates the activities of the NSS.

Criterion VI : Organization and Management
The College is governed by the Director of Collegiate Education, Government of Karnataka. The functioning of the college is also monitored by the Joint-Director of Collegiate Education. The Principal of the college is the executive authority.

The Principal conducts meetings of the teachers periodically and all issues connected with the college are discussed in the meetings. The Departments have their respective forum and the activities of the forum are planned in advance. There are various committees ; cultural committee, grievance redressal cell, planning cell, library and reading room committee, students' performance appraisal cell, cultural committee and sports committee. The organization, objectives and functions of the committees are well defined. The grievance redressal cell handles the grievances of students and also of teachers and non-teaching staff. A suggestion box is kept for the students to express their grievances in writing.

The fee-structure is prescribed by the Government. The College collects money from students as college development fund and the fund is utilized as per the directions of the Government. The teachers and non-teaching staff avail various loan facilities offered by the Government.

Criterion VII : Healthy Practices
Monthly meetings of the staff members are convened by the Principal. In this meting, Department wise Curricular activities and attendance of the students are reviewed.

The college has planning committee to take lead in planning ahead, the needs of the college.

The college has linkages with the Dental college, Rotary club, hospitals and Government agencies.

Guest lectures are arranged to motivate the students.

Students are encouraged to take lead roles in organizing cultural events, sports, and educational tours.

Debate, essay writing competitions, quiz competitions, and literary competitions at department and college levels are organized and students are encouraged to participate in inter-collegiate events.

The college is backed by a good team of non-teaching staff who exhibit keen interest in their work.

A secular outlook exists in the college and the students of various religions and classes are found to be harmonious in their behaviour.

Section 3: Overall Analysis
The College serves mostly the first generation learners of the locality. The parents of the students are mostly farmers and petty businessmen and as such the Government has given a good opportunity for the rural to have access to higher studies by establishing the college. It is observed that the science courses and even commerce courses are not very much preferred by the learners who intend to study in this college. It is to be noted that courses on computer science and Chemistry were to be discontinued either for want of faculty or want of students.

The College has limited flexibility to change and adapt to the changing environment. The Government machinery has to bring in and implement any major changes.

The College Development Committee which is functioning very well can be of great support to the college in the years to come. The Government has to appoint suitable persons in the positions that are vacant. The Government should also consider the changing needs and create new posts in new faculties also to serve the community better.

The Peer Team would suggest the following measures for improving the quality of education of the college.

*Efforts must be taken to develop the building facilities. Further expansion of activities is possible if and only if additional space is provided for academic and other activities.

*The teaching faculty should be motivated for their active participation in national and international conferences workshops and seminars and improve their personal qualifications.

*IT facilities should be made available for faculty members, non teaching staff and students.

*The College should arrange conferences, seminars and workshops involving teachers and experts drawn from other educational institutions for the benefit of teachers and students.

*A placement cell should be established and it can work along with the career guidance cell.

*A separate research committee should be constituted to plan, co-ordinate and monitor research activities of the college.

*The college may consider the possibility of setting up an Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) to upgrade the quality standards.

*The college may establish linkages with the industries to enable the students to undertake projects and gain placement opportunities.

*Teachers may be motivated to publish articles in standard journals.

*The college may offer training programmes to the teachers and non-teaching staff of schools located in the villages around.

The college may think of student exchange programmes in collaboration with city colleges and colleges of different states.

*The college should enhance its extension activities for the educational, cultural and health needs of the rural folks.

*The college should offer programmes to enhance the numerical ability of the students and take efforts to improve spoken English of the students.

The College may adopt proper documentation practices for all the events, activities and achievements.

The relationship with the alumni may be further strengthened for the benefit of the students.

The library should be fully computerized and open access system may be followed.

A parent teacher association may be constituted.

The college may offer courses in Sericulture, Aqua culture, Ecology and environment, Entreprenuership, Agricultural chemistry, Computer application in business and the like for the benefit of the youth of the area.

The college may take efforts to introduce postgraduate courses.

The college should take all necessary steps to get it recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under Section 12B of the UGC Act.

Programmes may be conducted to train the students on competitive examinations for various positions like I.A.S., and for entrance examinations for higher studies in reputed institutions in India.

The peer team appreciates the efforts of the teachers, staff and students under the able guidance of the Principal Mr.Kumar. The peer team desires to record its appreciation for the co-operation and hospitality extended to the team by the college during the stay. The team also acknowledges the positive attitude of the teachers, students and staff. May this institution grow from strength to strength in its efforts for achieving excellence.

Dr. S. Muthukumaran (Chairperson)

Dr. P. Selvaraj ( Member - Co-ordinator )

Prof.(Mrs.) Bhoite ( Member )

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