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Gunjahalli Hirenagappa College of Commerce, Koppal, Karnataka


Gunjahalli Hirenagappa College of Commerce, Koppal, Karnataka
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Pampanagar, Gangavathi, Koppal, Karnataka
Karnataka, India

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Gunjahalli Hire Nagappa College of Commerce, Gangavathi, was established in July 1974, by Shri Kottureshwara Vidya Vardhaka Sangha at Gangavathi in Koppal district of Karnataka State. Initially, the college was affiliated to the Karnataka University, Dharwar. Presently, the College is affiliated to the Gulbarga University, Gulbarga, which was established in the year 1981.

The vision of the College is 'to be a center of higher education that prepares the youth for becoming capable and useful citizens, able to face the challenges faced by the country'. The College offers one UG programme, namely, the B.Com programme. In addition, from the academic year 2004-05, the college has been offering three career oriented programmes (COPs) with the sanction and funding by UGC, from the academic year 2004-05. There are 3 departments in the college which are the department of Commerce and Carrier Oriented Programmes, the department of Computer Applications, and the department of Languages, namely, English and Kannada.

During the academic year 2004-05, the college has had a total enrolment of 268 students (41 girls and 227 boys) for their UG programme. Among them 84 have joined the three career oriented programmes. There are 3 permanent teachers, 5 temporary teachers and 3 part-time teachers for the B.Com programme. The number of administrative staff members in the College is 7. The unit cost of education, for the year 2003-04, was Rs.9236/- including the salary component and Rs.1572/- excluding the salary component. The support services in the college include Central Library, Computer Center, Sports facilities, and a makeshift Canteen. The College has a campus area of about 2 acres of land excluding playground. The play ground is shared by other educational institutions, which are run by the same management and are situated in adjacent plots. Even though the college is situated in a semi-urban area, majority of students come from the surrounding rural areas.

The College is a grant-in-aid one and receives grant-in-aid from the Government for the B.Com programme. The college has been recognized by the UGC under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act from 1976 onwards and under Section 12(B) from 2002 onwards.

Gunjahalli Hire Nagappa College of Commerce volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore, and submitted its Self Study Report in December 2003. The Council constituted a Peer Team comprising Prof.Dr.S.Kevin, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, as Chairperson and Dr.Sankaran Ravindran, Professor and former Head, Department of English, University of Calicut, Kerala, as Member Co-ordinator and Dr. (Mrs) Mercy Henry, Principal, Sarah Tucker College, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, as Member. The Peer Team carefully analysed the SSR submitted by the College. The Team visited the College on the 6th and the 7th January 2005.

The team visit was intended to validate the Self Study Report submitted by the institution. The Peer Team interacted with all sections: teaching staff, non-teaching staff, parents, alumni, students, the Management of the college and the Principal. The Team was also able to obtain an in-depth picture of the functioning efficiency as well as the views of the different functionaries and the stake holders. During the institutional visit the team examined all relevant records and visited the different departments and library, play ground, canteen, and other student support facilities. The interaction provided first hand information about the working of these set ups. Based on the information collected, and keeping in mind the declared objectives of the institution and the criteria prescribed by NAAC for institutional assessment, the value judgement of seven criteria arrived at by the team is given below.

Criterion 1 : Curricular Aspects
Gunjahalli Hire Nagappa College of Commerce is a single faculty degree College offering the B.Com programme. In addition to the core subjects in Commerce, a vocational course in Computer Application is also included in the subjects of study for the B.Com programme. In the final year of the programme the students have the option to choose two electives as specialization courses. English is taught as a compulsory language, but the students have some flexibility in the choice of the second language to be studied as a part of the programme. They may choose one of the following languages, namely, Kannada, Hindi, or Telugu. Most of the students, however, chose Kannada as the second language.

Since the academic year 2004-05, the college has been offering 3 career oriented certificate programmes, namely, certificate in Tax Planning Procedure, Insurance and Risk Management, and Computer Applications. These programmes were sanctioned by the UGC under the modified scheme of Career Oriented Programmes in the Xth plan. The Gulbarga university has also granted permission to the college to start the programmes from the academic year 2004-05. The students studying in the college for the B.Com programme are encouraged to join these certificate programmes. Eighty-four students have joined the 3 certificate programmes. The classes and practicals for these programmes are arranged after 3:30 pm on all working days.

A proposal for starting the B.B.M. programme from the academic year 2005-06 has been sent to the Gulbarga University. This proposal is under the consideration of the University.

The college follows the curriculum prescribed by the affiliating University, namely, Gulbarga University. The restructuring of courses and modification of syllabi are done at the University level. The Principal of the College has contributed to the revision, upgradation and innovation in the curriculum designing activity of the University by his being a member of the Board of Studies, the Faculty and the Academic Council of the University. He has also served as a member of the syndicate of the University.

Criterion II : Teaching - Learning and Evaluation
The admissions to the various programmes of the college are made on the basis of the academic merit of the students. Reservation policy of the Government is also followed while admitting students to the programme. Bridge courses are conducted for the students who have not studied Commerce subjects at the Pre-University level. Similarly, remedial courses are conducted for the educationally disadvantaged students, especially those coming from the rural areas.

Teachers work out individual teaching plans on the basis of the University Syllabus and weekly work load, and these are approved by the Principal. They maintain work diary wherein the teaching plan and the progress of completion are recorded. Teachers complete their teaching assignments as per the teaching plan; variations are corrected in subsequent months. The lecture method is mainly used for teaching. This is supplemented with question- answer sessions, group discussions, seminars etc. Teaching aids such as OHP, Charts and audiovisuals are also used.

The College follows the annual system of teaching and evaluation. The University conducts the annual examination at the end of the academic year. The senior teachers of the college participate in the process of University examinations by working as examiners and paper setters. The academic progress of the students is evaluated by the teachers periodically on the basis of class tests, terminal examinations and preparatory examinations.

For the last two years, no regular appointments of teachers have been made. However, temporary/part-time teachers have been appointed and they are paid by the management. The ratio of permanent teachers to temporary/part-time teachers is 1:2, which means that the number of temporary and part-time teachers is twice that of the permanent teachers. About 80 percent of classes for the B.Com programme is engaged by full time faculty (both permanent and temporary).

The Principal of the college has received the best teacher awards instituted by the Canara Bank, Gangavathi, and by the Lions Club of Gangavathi.

Criterion III : Research, Consultancy and Extension
There are 4 permanent teachers, including the Principal, and 8 temporary/part-time teachers in the College. Among the permanent teachers of the College, none has Ph.D or M.Phil degrees. Among the temporary teachers, one teacher has submitted her Ph.D thesis. As there are no PG programmes in the College, the teachers do not have the opportunity to guide research projects. The Principal and two teachers have participated in National/ State level Seminars during the last two years.

The college has one NSS Unit and a lecturer is appointed as the NSS Programme Officer. The extension activities undertaken by the NSS volunteers of the College are community development, social work, health and hygiene awareness, medical camp, adult education and literacy, blood donation and AIDS awareness. The college organizes the extension activities in association with the NGO's such as Lions Club, Rotary Club, Indian Medical Association, Samooha Samraksha.

The NSS unit of the college has organized a number of community development programmes like blood grouping, medical health check up, animal health check up, construction and repair of link roads, fencing of school playground, etc. The College was declared as 'AIDS Aware College'. The college has been conducting special camps in adopted villages every year since the starting of the NSS in the college.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The College campus is spread over an area of about 2 acres. The College is housed in a new building. The ground floor of the building houses the Departments, Principal's chamber, office room, sports room, computer center, three class rooms, urinals, toilets and the ladies room. First floor of the building, which is partially completed, houses the NSS room, toilet for the staff members and the library. A small garden is also maintained in front of the college building.

The College has utilized UGC development assistance for building up infrastructural facilities. During the IX Plan Period (1997-2002), the college did not receive any developmental assistance from the UGC as the college was included under section 12(B) of the UGC Act only during 2002. However, during the X Plan Period (2002-2007), the UGC assistance sanctioned to the college is Rs.4,99,392/- including an amount of Rs.1,59,528/- to construct a building. The College has already received Rs.2,34,900/- as the first installment of the grant. In addition, the UGC had sanctioned an assistance of Rs. 1,45,000/- for the college under the UGC-Network Resources Center scheme to enable the college to purchase computers and accessories. The college has set up the computer center with this assistance.

The college has a library with 5633 books on various subjects. The library also subscribes to 29 journals/periodicals and newspapers. These include magazines in Kannada and English as well as journals in Commerce. Students are allowed to borrow two books which can be retained for six days. Reading room facility is also provided with sufficient furniture for use of about 60 students at a time. There is a qualified librarian with an attender to help him in the management of the library. There is also an Advisory Committee, with the Principal as Chairman. The library remains open on all working days from 9.15 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. There is an SC/ST Book Bank facility. Acquisition, cataloguing, and lending of books are computerized.

The Department of Computer Applications has 6 computers, 3 printers and one scanner for the use of the students in the computer center. Internet browsing facility is provided to the students in the computer center. There is a lab instructor to help the students.

There is a vast play ground in front of the college with separate courts for Volley ball, Khabaddi, and Kho-Kho. There is a 400 meters running track. But the play ground is also used by the students of a Girls' PUC college and by a Boys' PUC college, which are located in adjacent plots and also managed by the same management. Basic sports facilities and materials are made available to the students. Students who perform well in sports are given incentives in the form of shields and certificates.

The College team bagged the winners trophy in the Gulbarga University Single Zone Throw Ball Tournament in 2003-04. A student of the college was a member of Gulbarga University Volley ball team in 2003-04, while another student represented the University in Kho-kho during 2001-02. The College conducted University level tournaments in the college in different years. Gulbarga University Zonal Ball badminton tournament and Gulbarga University Single Zone Kho-Kho tournament were organized at the college in 2001-02. Similarly, Gulbarga University single zone Ball Badminton tournament was organized in 2002-03.

A student of the college won the Silver medal in Hammer throw and another student won the Bronze medal in Javelin throw in the Gulbarga university athletic meet held in December 2004. Sports competitions are conducted for the students of the college. Inter collegiate sports competitions are also organized at the college

A lecturer of the college is currently holding the charge of the department of Physical Education, as no Physical Education director has been appointed since the demise of the former Director of Physical Education.

Criterion V : Student Support and Progression
About 80 percent of the students in the B.Com. programme appears for the qualifying examination after the minimum period of study. The drop out rate of the students is 20 percent. The pass percentage of the students was 83 for the final year B.Com programme during 2003-04. The pass percentage has been progressively increasing from 58 in 1999-2000 to 83 in 2003-04. Till date the College has secured 4 ranks ranging from the 3rd to the 8th for the B.Com. programme.

About 30 percent of the students after completing the B.Com programme, pursues higher studies such as M.Com, MBA, CA, MCA, etc. The details regarding the present employment status of students who have passed out from the college are not available. However, there are Government employees, Bank employees, Charted Accountants, Industrialists, Advocates, etc among the alumni of the College. The present minister for Medical Education, Govt of Karanataka, was also a former student of the College.

The College updates and publishes its prospectus every year. The Prospectus contains details of the programmes offered, eligibility criteria, rules of conduct, library and reading room information, scheme of examination, syllabus of the programme, university regulations regarding the programme etc.

The students of the college have received different types of scholarships and fee concessions such as Govt of India SC/ST scholarships, post matric scholarships, scholarships for the physically handicapped, fee concession for SC/ST students, fee concession for OBC students. No student of the College has received merit scholarship during the last 2 years. During the year 2003-04, 39 students received scholarships, while 183 students were eligible to receive fee concessions.

Different kinds of recreational/leisure time facilities are made available to the students such as indoor games, outdoor games, debates, quiz competitions, cultural programmes, etc. An alumni association is in existence. It has contributed Rs. 1.5 Lakhs towards the construction of the new building for the college.

Criterion VI : Organization and Management
Gunjahalli Hire Nagappa College of Commerce, Gangavathi, is managed by the Shri Kottureshwara Vidya Vardhaka Sangha, Gangavathi. There is a Governing Body for the college headed by the Chairman and it includes eight other members, including the Principal. The Principal is the Ex-officio Secretary of the Governing Body which provides guidance for proper management of the institution. The Principal of the College monitors and supervises the day to day administration of the College with the co-operation of the teaching and non-teaching staff of the College. The management has six other educational institutions in Gangavathi, ranging from primary school to Arts and Commerce College.

Different Committees are formed to supervise and monitor different types of activities such as Grievance Redressal Committee, Planning Committee, Library and Reading room Committee. Students Performance Appraisal Committee, Cultural Committee, Sports Committee, NSS Advisory Committee. A Standing Committee on sexual harassment is set up to attend to possible complaints regarding sexual harassment. Work efficiency of the non-teaching staff is monitored by the Principal.

The College maintains proper accounting records and prepares budget for its financial transactions. The college also gets its accounts audited by a qualified Chartered Accountant. The annual accounts of the college up to the year 2003-04 have been audited.

Criterion VII : Healthy Practices
The Healthy practices followed by the College are listed below:

The College arranges visits to factories and business organizations to enable the students to gain practical knowledge.

Bridge courses are being conducted regularly for the non-commerce students admitted to the B.Com programme.

College organizes guest lectures on important topics for enhancing the knowledge of students.

The students' Union conducts different kinds of competitions and cultural programmes for developing the talents of students.

Internet browsing facility is provided to students.

The college collects feedback from the students regarding the teaching performance of faculty members.

Staff members visit the residences of students in rural areas to encourage and motivate them.

Appraisal/motivational prizes are given to meritorious students.

The college has endeavoured to take the students beyond the class rooms by engaging them in extra curricular activities.

The SC/ST Book Bank Scheme is made useful to the students belonging to the SC/ST category.

Teachers maintain work diary to record the teaching plan as well as for the completion of work.

The Peer Team, after going through the Self Study Report and after its own spot analysis of the infrastructure, academic, curricular, co-curricular and extra curricular activities of the college, considers that there are certain features of the college that deserve commendation.

The results of the college are fairly good. The overall pass percentage is around 80.

The college has been declared an 'AIDS Aware College', as it successfully conducted 'AIDS Awareness Week' programme.

The College has been utilizing the UGC development assistance for building up infrastructure, purchase of equipments and books.

The college has started the UGC sponsored Career Oriented Certificate Programmes for enhancing the career prospects of the students.

The college has a new building with necessary infrastructure such as library, computer center and class rooms. A vast playground is also available for the use of the students.

There is a cordial and healthy student-teacher relationship existing in the college. Similarly, the relationship between the Management and the Principal and his colleagues is harmonious and supportive.

The college collected Rs.55,000/- towards College Development Fund from parents and also Rs. 1.5 lakhs from the Alumni Association for construction of building.

Even though the Gunjahalli Hire Nagappa College of Commerce is a single faculty college offering the B.Com programme and three certificate programmes in Commerce subjects, it carries out its academic activities with a sense of commitment. The infrastructural facilities are adequate. Good support facilities are also made available to the students. They have a well prepared plan for the future development of the college.

The Peer Team has also noted certain areas of concern and would like to suggest the following recommendations for consolidating the progress made so far and for the future growth of the college.

More books and journals may be added to the library as majority of the students depend upon the library for learning materials.

Xeroxing facilities may be made available to the students either in the library or in the office.

There is no Health Center or health facilities for the students. Proper health services may be made available to students. This may also include Health check up and Health Education.

The Alumni Association has to be strengthened and made more active. Its activities and participation may be utilised for the development of the college.

Teachers may be encouraged to attend more national level seminars and workshops to empower themselves.

More teachers may be encouraged to pursue doctoral studies.

All teachers should be persuaded to publish newspaper articles, research papers and books in their respective subject areas.

Short-term courses for Effective Communication in English may be started.

A placement cell with a placement officer may be set up to guide the students in their career planning and selection.

The practice of collecting feedback from the students regarding teaching performance has to be done with more seriousness. The students may be trained to evaluate the teaching performance objectively.

Yoga classes may be arranged for the all round development of the students, as the students have expressed their willingness to participate in such classes.

A proper canteen may be started in the campus for the use of the students and the staff members.

A college magazine may be started so as to provide an opportunity to the students to express their creative abilities.

Gymkhana facilities may be provided in the sports room as there are many boys in the college who express keen desire to have the facilities.

Telephone facilities may be provided to the students. This may be entrusted with the students themselves as an 'Earn while learn' scheme.

A Director for the Department of Physical Education needs to be appointed so as to provide proper guidance and direction for the sports activities of the students.

The first floor of the new building may be completed without delay so as to provide necessary facilities to the students and the staff.

The Peer Team highly appreciates and acknowledges the co-operation and hospitality extended by the Management, the Principal, the Members of the Teaching and Non-teaching Staff, the Students, Parents and Alumni.

The Peer Team hopes that the College would transform itself into a better institution by raising its standards and adopting quality enhancing measures in its educational programmes.

Prof. Dr.S.Kevin

Dr.Sankaran Ravindran
(Member Co-ordinator)

Dr.(Mrs.) Mercy Henry

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