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KGF First Grade College, Kolar , Karnataka



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KGF First Grade College, Kolar , Karnataka
Address:Oorgaum (P), K.G.F, Bangarpet
Kolar (District Kolar)
Karnataka, India



KGF First Grade College, Kolar Karnataka is a recognised institute / college.
KGF First Grade College, Kolar Karnataka is situated in Kolar of Karnataka state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Kolar comes under Kolar Tehsil, Kolar District.



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B.A, B.Com, B.Sc.


KGF First Grade College, Kolar Karnataka runs course(s) in Arts, Commerce, Science stream(s).

KGF First Grade College is affiliated with Bangalore University, Bengaluru (Bangalore)


Profile of KGF First Grade College

KGF First Grade College was started at KGF by Dr.T.Thimmaiah Ph.D (London), IAS (Retd), as the founder president under the aegis of Golden Valley Educational Trust, with the sole purpose of imparting quality technical education to all and especially downtrodden people of this backward region.This trust also runs The Golden Valley Institute of Technology (GVIT), KGF Junior College and KGF Law College. Dr.T.Thimmaiah, obtained his Doctorate from the University of London.

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NAAC report of KGF First Grade College

SECTION I
INTRODUCTION
KGF First Grade College started in 1962 and located in a semi urban area at the Kolar Gold Fields initially functioned under a Governing Council with the Deputy Commissioner of Kolar as its President and also was patronised by the labour unions of the gold mines, the KGF Sanitary Board and Kolar Gold Mining Undertaking. In 1974, the college came under the management of Golden Valley Educational Trust (GVET) which manages a number of other educational institutions. Dr.T.Thimmaiah IAS (Rtd.) who is a visionary and strives to make the institution a center of excellence is the President of the GVET. The college is an affiliated to Bangalore University. The college was started to cater to the higher educational needs of predominantly socially challenged communities comprising mostly of children of displaced and distressed mine workers. The town has been witnessing severe economic and social pressures. But the college appears to have a clear mission of providing quality education aimed at developing personality and leadership qualities as envisioned in the motto of the institution.

It has a campus area of 11 acres, student strength of 1580, 53 permanent and 13 temporary teachers. Unit cost of education is Rs.1565 and excluding salary component it is Rs.1188. The gender balance of the college is tilting towards girls. It offers five regular and eight Under Graduate (UG) programmes. The latter were started in 2004. All the programmes are run under semester pattern.

The college volunteered for reassessment by the NAAC. Hence a Peer Team-consisting of Dr.R.Ramamurthi former Vice-chancellor of S.V.University, Tirupati as Chairman, Dr.P.Sumangala (Rtd) Professor of Economics, Gandhigram Rural University, Gandhigram Tamil Nadu, Member Co-ordinator and Dr. Krantikumar R Patil, Principal, Kamala College, Rajarampuri, Kolhapur, Maharastra state as Member visited the college, and all the component units, discussed with various stake holders on 21st, 22nd and 23rd of March 2007 and validated the Self Study Report. The evaluation report of the peer-team is given below.

SECTION - II
CRITERION WISE EVALUATION
(I) CURRICULAR ASPECTS
The Curriculum is adopted and developed as per the Bangalore University guidelines. Need assessment is made before introducing the new courses.

Computer education, Indian constitution and Environmental Studies are mandatory subjects for all courses. For B.Com. students there are two elective subjects - Human Resource Management and Advanced Accounting with focus on computer based accounting.

The college has introduced subjects like, Biotechnology, Microbiology and Business Management for UG courses in the year 2005. About 27 subjects are taught in the college.

Some of the teachers of the college are Members of the Board of Studies of the University and have contributed to review and redesign courses.

The college offers B.A., B.Sc., B.Com., B.C.A., and B.B.M. as programme options in terms of degree for students. Some of these are inter-disciplinary in nature. The college has introduced some self-financing programmes in B.Sc. Electronics, Computer Science, Biotechnology and Microbiology. English literature for B.A and Bachelor of Business Management and Bachelor of Computer Application are also self-financing courses.

The college follows academic calendar of the Bangalore University. On the basis of the student performance the college distinguishes between slow and advanced learners. Slow learners are provided with extra classes, assignments and personal attention. Advanced learners get the opportunity to take challenging assignments like paper presentation, lectures on areas of their choice and project work. The flexibility to move from one discipline to the other is possible at entry level only. The college provides core subjects at the first year and Elective options are in the final year. All the courses during the year 2004-05 underwent a revision of syllabus by the Bangalore University.

There is a mechanism to receive feedback from peers, employers and Industry on teaching programmes. The programmes offered by the college are in conformity with the mission, goal and objectives of the college.

II) TEACHING-LEARNING AND EVALUATION
The admission committee comprising of the members of faculty and administrative staff is in charge of admissions. After the scrutiny of applications, eligible students are called for the interview with their parents. The wide options in the programmes and courses are available to the students for selecting relevant programmes of their choice. The mission of the institution is service to the deprived. All the eligible applicants from SC / ST/ BC and other economically backward classes are given admissions. The strength of girl students is more i.e. 54% of the total strength. Weightage is given to the sports persons for admission and selection of the subjects.

The total number of teachers at present is 68. 53 of them are permanent and 15 temporary. Temporary teachers are paid by the Management.

The students' knowledge and skills are assessed before commencement of the teaching programme by counseling and advice is given for selecting programme and course-combination. The college provides special coaching for educationally disadvantaged students.

The college functioned 294 days in the last year out of which 186 were teaching days. According to the academic calendar announced by the Bangalore University, the College plans and organises the teaching-learning evaluation schedule. The lecture method is used in all courses and is supplemented by encouraging the students to participate in group discussions, interactive sessions and paper presentation. The guest lectures, seminars and quiz are the other methods of teaching-learning. Students also get involved in making transparencies, charts, models, gathering specimens etc. Teaching aids like OHP, CDs, Slides are also used. The college is conducting tutorial classes for the poor and slow learners.

The teachers keep themselves in touch with recent developments in their respective subjects by attending refresher courses, orientation courses, seminars, workshops and interactions with peer groups. The college encourages students to use journals, magazines and internet for this purpose.

Teacher's recruitment is made as per the rules and regulations of State Government. As per Karnataka Government's policy since 1989, no recruitment of faculty is made, but the college has met this requirement by appointing teachers on temporary basis. Seven such appointments were made during the last year. It is given to understand that Karnataka Government has issued a Government Order, lifting the ban on recruitment of teachers.

The Management encourages faculty to promote better teaching by giving study leave, deputation to conferences, seminars and workshops. Teachers are using computer enabled teaching method. There are 24 women teachers; it constitutes 35.29 % of the total staff and Government Policy in this regard is followed. The faculty is trained in the use of computers, internet, I.T. and audio visual aids.

A questionnaire method is used for teacher's evaluation and suggestions are made to the Management. The college has introduced a system to get student's feedback on teacher's performance. Feedback data are analysed and HOD's give necessary suggestions to respective faculty members accordingly. There is self-appraisal of teachers. The institution may develop the scheme of academic audit of the departments.

The class tests, monthly tests, midterm examinations and pre-semester examinations are conducted to assess and evaluate the students. The University prescribed mechanism is there to deal with the redressal of grievances regarding evaluation. The college has introduced question bank, revision sessions and counseling to the students in their weak areas as evaluation reforms. The continuous assessment scheme with weightage is in practice.

(III) RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY & EXTENSION :
Ten Teachers have Ph.D. degree i.e., 20% and 2% have M.Phil. degree. One teacher availed of the faculty improvement programme of U.G.C. a few more are pursuing Ph.D and M.Phil. Some teachers of the science department like physics have published articles in International journals. Two teachers from Hindi and Kannada edited books and wrote popular articles in magazines. These teachers are also guiding the research students of other universities. Five teachers have presented research papers in national seminars and two presented at international seminars. The college has a Research Committee to monitor research activities. However, no research projects have been carried out by the faculty yet. The Management encourages teachers to acquire higher qualifications. One teacher from the Department of Geology has extended his consultancy services to the farmers of the surrounding villages in the identification of water points.

The college has extension activities in the areas of community development, blood donation, cancer detection, AIDS awareness, educating people on pollution, adult literacy, energy conservation through solar energy, etc. The college organises various extension activities through the N.S.S. unit with 138 volunteers and participation of teachers. The N.S.S. volunteers of the college have participated in activities like general cleaning of the public places, garbage removal, road repair and preservation of monuments. The college has a N.C.C. unit of 200 boy cadets and 65 girl cadets. The N.C.C. unit of the college has undertaken various activities like cleaning of Government hospitals, adopting old-age homes, tree plantation in public places, trekking, cycle expedition for AIDS awareness etc. A few villages have benefited from the activities organised by N.S.S. and N.C.C. The N.S.S. unit spreads the message of pollution free environment. The NSS and NCC units of the college are active. The English department is running a Language Laboratory to upgrade the 'Spoken English' of rural students.

The college has linkage with organizations like B.E.M.L. and C-M.M.A.C.S. Bangalore, N.I.R.M., K.G.F. Community College for Women, K.G.F. Law College and Golden Valley Institute of Technology. They allow the teachers to use their libraries and laboratories for carrying out research work. The college maintains close association with NGOs like SUNANDA and Stree Shema Trust. There is a District Study Centre of Karnataka State Open University in the college. In the fields of community development activities the contribution of college is impressive.

CRITERION - IV INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
The college has a built in area of 1,265 sq meters. It is well connected by road and rail and also has unintrupted supply of water and power.

Infrastructure facilities for academic activities are 30 class-rooms, 10 laboratories, one audio-visual room with required devices; over-head projector, Geological museum and a library. A multi purpose auditorium with a seating capacity of 500 people is used for co-curricular activities. For sports, there is an open-air stadium with required facilities, a Basketball court, a shuttle Badminton court, facilities for Table Tennis and other indoor games, Tennis Court and a Billiards table of KGF Club.

For the newly started programmes three more class rooms and the additional laboratories are available. There are separate rest and wash rooms for girls and boys.

The college has allotted Rs.1,30,000 for annual maintenance. Based on the requirements, yearly budget is prepared and spent under different heads. For maintenance of computers there is a Systems Administrator, and a Lab Assistant. Repairs and maintenance work of furniture and buildings are done with the support of the civil engineering department of Golden Valley Institute of Technology. Most of the rooms are used to the maximum extent. On holidays the class rooms are used for conducting contact classes of the Karnataka State Open University Center.

The library has a total carpet area of 2944 sq.ft with seating of capacity of 100 persons. On all working days the library functions from 9 am to 5 pm. It has a stock of 46,118 books with a title of 18675. Open access system is followed. On an average, 210 students and also 50 faculty visit the library daily. Besides books, seven Indian Journals, 50 CD/DVDs one database, a Book Bank with a capacity of 3063 books are also available. The library is partially getting computerised. Two percent of the total budget was allotted for library in the last year. Inter library loan facility exists. On an average, 100 books are issued per day and the ratio of library books to the total number of students enrolled is 30:1. In addition to the main library, 10 departments have independent libraries. The college is yet to have its instrumentation center.

The library has a Library Committee headed by the principal. It helps in monitoring the maintenance, purchase of books, journals, magazines and newspapers, assessing the requirements and giving suggestions to improve the facilities. There is a convener for library by rotation from amongst the Heads of Department.

Each student can take two books at a time and keep continuously for 15 days. The library has computer, internet, and sufficient furniture. Faculty and students have access to the internet at stipulated times and duration. In the library software 'TRAC' is installed. New arrivals of books are publicized through display on notice board and brochures. Physically challenged students get help of library staff to use the facility.

One Health Center and waiting rooms separately for boys and girls are present. In the boys hostel only two boys stay. Canteen, Women's rest room and sports facilities are also available.

There is a Network Resource Centre. The computer lab has 85 computers, necessary software and printers. The Center is open daily from 10am to 5 pm. The computer facility is provided to staff and students free of cost.

The Department of Physical Education has one Physical Education Director and a non-technical person. There are facilities for Athletics, Volley ball, Kabbadi, Shuttle Badminton (M&W) Chess (M&W) Kho-kho, Basket-ball, weight lifting. Best physique, Ball Badminton, Table Tennis and Throw-ball. Six students represented National level events. Six students represented Karnataka state; 33 students represented, All India Inter University Tournaments. In Cricket, the college won at Bangalore University Kolar Zonal level. One student participated in chess at All India Inter University competition. Similarly, in Kabbadi and Shuttle Badminton also the college participated at the national level competitions. Men won the Bangalore University Kolar Zonal Shuttle Badminton and so also in Table tennis and Volley Ball. Girl students have facilities to play Chess, T.T, Throw Ball, Shuttle Badminton and athletics etc. The department of Physical Education conducts certificate course in 'Yoga'.

CRITERION - V STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
Student strength which was 235 in 1962 has increased to 1580 during 2006-2007, A big majority are from the state of Karnataka besides small percentage from A.P & Tamil Nadu. Girls form 54% of the total strength. 38.10% are SC/ST students (2005-2006). SC/ST girls form 45.6%of the total SC/ST students. SC/ST and OBC together constitute 72.8% of the total student strength.

Student drop-out formed 14.7% and 13.9% respectively in the last two years.

Deserving students are enabled to get scholarship or freeships. The average percentages of pass in the five continuous years are 61, 57, 60, 65 and 53 respectively. While on student got 1st rank, another got 2nd rank. However, data with reference to pass in national level examinations are not available.

A Student Counseling Center, a Grievance Redressal Cell, Alumni and Parent -Teacher Associations are functioning from 2004 onwards.

Annually updated prospectus and Handbooks are supplied to students and they contain profile of the college, courses offered, list of teaching of non-teaching staff, services and support facilities, rules, regulation and academic calendar.

SC/ST students get besides scholarship, Book-bank and extra coaching especially for slow learners. The Grievance Redressal Cell, last year attended to 17 grievances of students. A Counseling Cell for women also functions. For the welfare of students Group Insurance Scheme is implemented. For student support and progression through the appropriate media, all the necessary information about the institutional facilities are offered. Scholarships are disbursed timely. Through Alumni Association old students are encouraged to involve in college development activities.

Legal literacy is given to girls by arranging special lecturers on legal matters. Differently abled students are properly taken care of for examination and also in the library use. Each of such students is given annual scholarship of Rs.2000.

For students who are good at sports are given special diet during coaching sessions and winners are honoured with prizes and certificates at the time of the college Annual Day celebration. Track suits worth Rs.1000 are given to the sports personnel who represent the college at University level.

Student's feedbacks on support services are collected through questionnaires and the IQAC implements the emerging suggestions. However, no feedback on this is collected from employers.

Through the formation of Arts Forum, Science Forum, Commerce Forum and Literary Forum, quiz, debates, singing competition essay writing are undertaken. Many students won prizes through these fora. The practice of publishing a college magazine 'SUVARNA' is revived recently.

CRITERION - VI ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT
The principal as head of the institution does all managerial functions. To improve the overall quality of functioning of academic and non-academic units automation of the administration, training the staff in TQM and computer skills are undertaken. From different stake holders feedback is sought. Teachers are deputed to enhance their skill/knowledge by their participation in orientation refresher course, seminars, work-shop and FIP. IQAC is formed to monitor, advice and communicate quality measures in all aspects.

Decentralized decision making is practice through the formation of College Council in which all Heads of Departments are members. Ideas and suggestions emerging from the faculty of different departments are discussed in the College Council meetings held regularly. The statutory bodies of the college consist of Golden Valley Educational Trust, Governing Council - in which the principal is the Member Secretary, the College Council represented by all Heads of Departments, General Purchase Committee, General Civil Committee and Examinations Committee, Matters relating to finance, infrastructure, faculty and linkages are decided by the Trust and also the Governing Council.

The internal co-ordinating and monitoring mechanism of the college consist of the College Council and Department meetings. Besides these two bodies, which co-ordinate the routine activities there are other committees for specific tasks like, Admission Committee, Time-Table Committee, Disciplinary Committee, Examination Committee, Sports Committee, Library Committee, Canteen Committee and College Level Purchase Committee. The management usually meet the staff thrice a year.

Since the college gets grants-in aid it follows the rules and regulation of Karnataka State government in recruitment of staff. Since state policy does not allow filling vacancies since 1989 the management does temporary appointment based on the guidelines prescribed by the Bangalore University. Need for additional posts is assessed based on the work load of each department and also student strength. Majority of the staff are from Karnataka itself. Teaching non-teaching staff ratio is 3:1.

Performance of faculty is assessed through formal self-assessment. Assessment of teachers through students feedback is also supplemented. The results of the assessment are informed to the individual teachers through the head of the department concerned. How ever, self-appraisal of non-teaching staff is yet to be adopted. Skill up-gradation to the non-teaching on computer operation is done by the Microsoft office, Excel & TRAC. Retraining is given once in six months. They had also attended TQM programme organized by the Directorate of Collegiate Education (DCE) in the year 2003. As part of staff-development programme both teaching and non-teaching staff are trained in the use of computers and teachers are trained in the use of audio visual aids. Main source of resources is grants in aid. Others are fee collected from students, which gets revised whenever government revises the fee structure. Besides fee, voluntary contributions and revenue from self-funded courses are other sources of funds.

The budget of the college is sufficient to meet its requirement. The budget is audited internally by the institution appointed auditor and external audit is done by the joint Director of Collegiate Education. Besides these, Bangalore University also conducts annual audit of the college accounts. No major audit objections are reported.

CRITERION - VII - HEALTHY PRACTICES
To enhance and maintain internal quality, IQAC is constituted. Quality of academic programme is ensured through teachers upgrading their knowledge, supplementing lecturer method with audio visual aid guest lectures and evaluation of teachers by students.

Quality of administration is achieved through functioning of the College Council, different Committees formation of IQAC, automation of administrative section and training of administrative staff to do automated function. Innovativeness in curricular aspects are brought out by introducing employment oriented courses like B.B.M., B.C.A., B.Sc Biotechnology, B.Sc Microbiology, introducing two electives to the B.Com programme, and Certificate course in spoken English.

Innovations in teaching, learning and evaluation consist of class-room interaction of teacher with students, question-answer sessions, paper presentation by students, seminars, group discussions, quiz, extempore talks, use of audio visual teaching aids, assignments and opportunity given to do extra reading. Quick learners are encouraged to take up small research studies on syllabus related topics on which they prepare and present project reports.

Research Committee encourages teachers to prepare community based research proposals and paper presentation. College administration is decenlialised through College Council and also through the function of various committees.


Value based education is imparted through celebration of days of national, regional and international significance. Guest lecture on issues of social relevance by experts are arranged. Through organizing various competitions cultural and literary skills of students are developed.

Student - NGO interactions help in inculcating civic/social awareness. Message on environmental protection, social awareness, community life, discipline, respect and consideration for others are conveyed to the students. Women's empowerment programmes are undertaken. Functioning of NSS & NCC opens up opportunities for community interaction and leadership formation. Active association of staff in NGO; like Tulsi, INSA SUNANDA provides venues for life skill development programmes and social service. Environmental protection activities are undertaken through LEAF. Through strategies like motivation, emphasis on better interpersonal relationship, appropriate budgeting, library, laboratories, etc., human, financial and other resources are effectively managed. Overall development of students is brought about through curricular, co-curricular, research and development, community and spiritual activities.

Institutional ambience for teaching and learning is created through use of academic calendar, conventional and modern teaching methods with emphasis on student centered approach, efficient evaluation methods, personal guidance, building enough infrastructure and keeping the campus greenish beautiful and vibrant with a variety of recreational facilities. The college atmosphere is kept free from factional politics and practice of student representation through nomination /selection to various student bodies make the system student friendly.

SECTION III
OVERALL ANALYSIS
The Peer Team found the self-study report of the institution well-presented as it reflects the philosophy, its operational strengths and weaknesses. The team verified the factual information presented in the above mentioned report and offers several commendations and recommendations aimed at elevating the image of the institution which are given hereunder.

Commendation
Goals and objective of the college focusing upliftment of weaker section, minorities, SC and ST through higher education.

Clean and Green programme through 'LEAF'.

Introduction of job oriented courses/value addition.

Introduction of computerization of administration and library.

Computer training to staff-students and non-teaching staff.

Formation and function of IQAC, Grievance Redrersal Cell, Placement cell, Alumni and
Parent Teacher Association.

Presence of student centered teaching-learning process.

Practice of decentralized decision-making and participatory administration.

Excellently run Language Laboratory.

Encouragement given for sports.

Honouring annually the best student in formally organized function.

Operation of Network Resource Center.

Running of 'Business Lab'.

Fabrication of equipments by the Department of Physics.

Recommendation
Appointment of a female physical Instructor.

Encouragement is to be given for taking up minor research projects by faculty forging industry linkage, more community based regular extension work and consultancy improving research degrees of faculty to inculcate a sprit of enquiry and inquisitiveness among the students.

Improving examination results especially in the final semesters.

Starting a Center for coaching in competitive examination.

Formation of students co-operative store and provision for phone booth, reprographic and printing facilities.

Efforts may be made to attract more students in Geology by organizing Lectures by experts.

Tapping avenues like alumni for more resource mobilization.

Making Placement Cell, Women Counseling Cell, Alumni, Parent-Teachers associations and computer literacy more purposeful.

Efforts may be made to run more employment oriented self-funded certificate courses like Vermiculture, Nursery Management, Insurance management, Accountancy, Fashion Designing, and Repairing Electronic Gadgets as a process of Women empowerment for which funds may be sought from UGC, DST and DBT.

The college should develop a gymnasium for which UGC could be approached.

The Management should approach BSNL to establish Broad Band Internet Facility in the campus.

Efforts are to be made to start a cultural forum.

The Peer Team wishes to record its appreciation for the goodwill cooperation and hospitality extended to it by the Golden Valley Educational Trust, the Principal and his team and students of KGF First Grade College, KGF during the visit. The Peer Team wishes the college all success in its future efforts in its pursuit of quality and excellence and their perpetuation.

Name of the Chairman - Dr. R. Ramamurthi

Name of the Member-Coordiantor - Dr. P. Sumangala

Name of the Member - Dr. Krantikumar R Patil

Sri. K. Obulappa
Principal
KGF First Grade College
Oorgaum, KGF - 563120

Date: 23rd March 2007




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