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Near Vehicle Gate, Ranjhi, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh
Jabalpur
Madhya Pradesh, India



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NAAC report of Government Girls College

SECTION 1 : PREFACE
Government Girls College, Ranjhi, affiliated to Rani Durgawati Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur, was established with the faculty of Arts in August, 1982. The faculty of Commerce was added during 2006-07 under self financing scheme. Presently, it offers two programmes in the faculties of Arts and Commerce at degree level. The college situated at Ranjhi, an industrial township in the suburb of Jabalpur city, is an urban institution. The college serves as a boon to the daughters of poor workers and factory labours who inhabit this place. The motto of the college, as stated, is Sa Vidhya Ya Vimuktaye which means : 'it is the knowledge that liberates us from the chains of illiteracy, ignorance and disempowerment'. Further, the other objectives of the college are :

To provide facilities for higher education to economically and socially disadvantaged girls.

To create congenial environment for the overall development of girl students.

To imbibe and emulate the higher values of life and fostering the spirit of service to humanity.

To develop self-confidence in students by bringing out their hidden talents.

To enhance economic empowerment of women and motivating students to undertake responsibilities connected to their relevant fields and activities.

To create an environment for mental and physical awareness for girls, towards social service and national integration.

The college is funded by the state government and is also recognized by the UGC under Sections 2(f) and 12 (B) of the UGC Act. The local Janbhagidhari Samiti also generates resources for the college and monitors its administration.

The college possesses 1.75 acres of land and its builtup area is 1459 sq. meters. It has 14 classrooms, central library, reading room, common room, room for indoor games, three computers and other equipments, to run its academic programmes. Small hostel with UGC assistance is under construction. The college has one NSS unit and 15 NCC cadets to carry out its extension and out reach programmes.

The college has 249 students on its rolls. It has well qualified teaching faculty strength of eight members (3 males and 5 females) including the Principal. Over and above one librarian and one sports officer are also on permanent basis. Teacher-students ratio is 1:30 which is quite favourable. Seven of the teachers are PhDs.

There are six permanent members on the non-teaching staff. In addition, four employees in class IV category, appointed by Janbhagidari Samti, are also working in the college.

The annual proposed budget of the college, in the year 2006-07 was to the tune of Rs. 30 lackhs and the total expenditure in that year worked out to be Rs. 35.90 lakhs. The unit cost of education of this institution as estimated is Rs. 14,418/- including salary and Rs. 643/- excluding salary component.

The college volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore and submitted its preliminary Self-Study Report (SSR) in January, 2007. A Peer Team was constituted by the Council to visit the institution and validate the SSR. The Peer Team consisting Prof. L. N. Dahiya, former Vice-Chancellor, M.D. University, Rohtak, Haryana as Chairman, Dr. (Mrs.) Krushna Gandhi, Principal, Mathushri Pushpaben Vinubhai Valia College of Commerce, Mumbai, as Member-Convener and Dr. Anjali P. Kulkarni, former Head, PG Department of Economics, Nagpur University, as Member, visited the institution for two days on 19th and 20th March, 2007. Shri Ganesh Hegade, Assistant Advisor, NAAC, Bangalore, acted as co-ordinating officer for the visit.

The Peer Team carefully perused and analyzed the SSR submitted by the institution. During institutional visit, the team went through all the relevant documents, visited the teaching departments and the support services, and interacted, at length, with the various constituents of the college such as Principal, staff, management, non-teaching staff, students, alumni and parents. The team also evaluated co-curricular, teaching-learning, research and extension activities of the college and validated the relevant available information, records and documents. Based on the above exercise, and keeping in mind the seven criteria identified by NAAC, the Peer Team has taken the value judgment and assessed the quality parameters. The assessment of the institution under various criteria, the commendable features of the institution as well as the issues of concern are presented in the report as follows :-

SECTION 2 : CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion I : Curricular Aspects
As an affiliated college of Rani Durgavati University, (MP) the college follows the syllabi in Arts and Commerce as adopted by the university for its courses. All these courses are under annual pattern. The college offers two UG programmes in Arts and Commerce. The Commerce faculty was started in the college in the year 2006, under self financing scheme. In Arts faculty, seven subjects are offered viz., Economics, Political Science, History, Sociology, English and Home Science. In Commerce faculty all the subjects are compulsory. As stated, being an affiliated college, it has to follow the syllabi prescribed by the affiliating university. Hence there is little scope for the college to design its curriculum and revise the same independently. However, the college had its representation on the Board of Studies of the university in the recent past. This enabled the college to have interaction with the university on various important academic matters by way of offering suggestions and also to bring about suitable changes as and when required. Therefore, a few faculty members of this college have played vital role in updating the syllabi at the university level. Besides, the faculty members presently also discuss among themselves and express their views to the university on a proposed syllabus. Their views and suggestions are acknowledged by the university. Most of the courses taught at this institution are as per the UGC's guidelines. Hindi is the medium of instruction of all these programmes. There are no marks for internal assessment. The syllabi are unitized. The college needs to make specific efforts to start add -on and vocational courses in new emerging areas.

The teachers participate in various conferences, seminars and workshops by which they communicate their academic peers to share their expertise and also to inspire the students. The college has established linkages with academic peers at the university level. These linkages are tapped for organizing guest lectures, demonstrations, experiments and other academic matters for the students. Lectures are also arranged to make aware of the students about various job opportunities in different fields. The teachers are appointed by the state government in accordance with UGC requirements. The temporary teachers are appointed by Jan Bhagidari Samiti as per norms of the state government.

Criterion - II : Teaching-Learning and Evaluation
Admission to various courses of study in the college is in accordance with the merit based policy of the university. The syllabi are unitized according to the annual system of teaching. Monthly class tests, tutorials and assignment writing are conducted regularly to motivate students. Lecture method is generally used in teaching. However, there is no extensive use of new teaching aids such as computers, over-head and video projections. Brain storming techniques are used to strengthen the teaching-learning process. The teachers also provide extra coaching for the slow learners and disadvantaged students. The teachers of the college formulate in advance the yearly teaching plan. The teaching plans so prepared by the teachers are monitored by the Principal. The teachers of the college also organize extra classes whenever required to complete and revise the syllabus.

The teachers evaluate the academic progress of the students in a transparent manner. The evaluation standards are conveyed to the students. The annual progress of the students' performance is analyzed in meetings with the Principal. Self-appraisal by the teachers and students appraisal of the teacher's performance is carried out regularly. Principal scrutinizes this appraisal mechanism. However, there is a further need to analyze these responses for future planning. Principal of the college is approved guide to supervise candidates at Ph.D. level. One more teacher is also recognized guide to supervise M. Phil students.

The participation of teachers in the national conferences and in the locally organized conferences is in evidence. The teachers are sincere and devoted. These facts have also been acknowledged by parents and alumni. Teachers conduct essay competitions, group discussions, debates, quiz etc. in various subjects for the benefit of the students. Monthly tests are conducted on a regular basis. No department has its own departmental library. The Sociology department of the college has recently organized a two-day National Seminar on 'Status of Indian Women' which was appreciated by the participants. The seminar was funded by the Department of Higher Education of the state government and a sum of Rs. 30,000/- was released to the college for this activity.

Evaluation of teachers by the Principal, self-evaluation by the teachers and teachers evaluation by the students have been recently started. Feedback forms filled up by the students are not analyzed. Teachers maintain their attendance register and all the college programmes are conducted as per the schedules of the academic calendar.

The college does not have the tutor-ward system in place. Guest faculties are also invited from the academics or other allied fields to share their expertise and to provide practical skills to the students.

The final examination is designed and conducted by the university. The college functions for 240 days during 2005-06 and the teaching days of the college in the corresponding year were 180 as per requirement.

Criterion - III : Research, Consultancy and Extension
There are eight regular teachers in the college and seven out of them hold Ph.D. Degrees. Besides, one teacher is on study leave to complete her Ph.D. under faculty improvement programme. There are two temporary teachers working in the college and one of them is also a Ph.D. Degree holder. Despite the fact that almost all the teachers hold Ph.D. Degrees, research is not a significant activitiy in the college. Minor and Major Research Projects of UGC are yet to be initiated by the teachers of the college. A few teachers have published research articles in regional and national level Journals during the last five years. The college has also published two editions of magazine titled 'Pragati' in recent five years. Teachers do not offer consultancy services. The competent teachers may undertake these activities that will not only enrich the faculty but also be of immense help to the students.

Two teachers have attended computer training programme. College is running Vivekanand Career Guidance Cell, in the college where they invite various experts in different fields to make aware the students of the career opportunities opened to them.

As far as extension activities are concerned, the college undertakes community services under various programmes. The college NSS unit has also adopted two villages in its vicinity for doing several useful activities there. Students organize health camps, blood donation camp, pulse polio, AIDS awareness programme, environmental awareness programme and awareness about food and nutrition to rural women. Home Science Department and Women Development Committee also organize such programmes from time to time. These programmes are operated under the overall supervision of an NSS officer and a teacher in-charge as an additional duty. National Adult Education Programme is a significant activity of the college for the last many years. One NSS student had received prestigious Indira Gandhi Best NSS Volunteer Award, in the year 1996-97. Two students attended up to pre Republic day camp at Indore, recently, in the year 2006-07. Though NCC unit is yet to be started in the college, 15 students of this college are enrolled in the NCC unit of a neighboring college.

One Sports Officer is working on regular basis who looks after the sports activities in the college. The girl students are participating in Kho-Kho, Volleyball, Badminton, Athletics, Carom, Chess etc. Students have participated up to state and even national levels in Athletics. Aerobics are also taught in the college. College is having a mini gymnasium with several equipments. The college is yet to develop is sports ground on its new campus. At present the college is utilizing the ground of the 6th Battalion S. A. S. for practice. There is a scope for further channel zing of students potential for extension activities and out-reach programmes especially for women empowerment.

Criterion - IV : Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college is endowed with reasonably good physical infrastructure. The college has shifted this year from a very small rented building where it was housed earlier to its own new spacious building. The college has a campus of 1.75 acres of land. It has 14 classrooms and built up area is of 1459 sq. meters. There is a proposal to add more classrooms, a reading room and a canteen in near future. The college makes use of its space optimally by coordinating its academic programmes from 10.30 am. to 4.30 pm. The physical infrastructure is maintained by the P.W.D. of the state government. The college has a central library with 10,000 books. It has a small reading room also. The library has the facility to lend books with a nominal user fee per student for poor students under Book Bank Scheme. The college subscribes to only two journals viz., 'Urbanization in India' and 'The Family in India'. In view of the deficiency of the students in communication skills in English, there is a need to subscribe at least two-three magazines in English language along with those of Hindi. Library is yet to be computerized. Other facilities in the library also need to be revamped. More space could be provided to the users to browse through the book shelves.

The college has three computers for various academic and administrative purposes. The college has Internet facility also, besides suitable printers, scanners, CD writer and DVD writer. There is a need to introduce papers in computer and then to develop computer lab in the college to harness the benefits of this emerging technology.

The college encourages sports activities among the students. The playground on the new campus needs to be developed on priority basis. Presently, the college uses a playground in its neighborhood for all its sports and physical education activities. The college has various sports activities like volleyball, kho-kho, athletics etc. and has a mini gymnasium with limited instruments. The college has got support services like girls' common room, cool filtered water facility, open space with concrete stage to perform cultural activities etc. Girls' hostel building is under construction to accommodate 15 students. Though there is no separate provision of seminar or conference hall, college can use one of its spacious classrooms for this purpose by creating additional facility of conferencing with LCD projector and permanent installation of Audio-visual system to it. A well equipped and well furnished conference hall / seminar room is the normative requirement for the college.

Criterion V : Student Support and Progression
The total strength of the college in the current year (2006-07) is 249, which has shown improvement over the previous year. The factors such as the change in the location of the college in a newly constructed building and commencement of self financed commerce course have played a positive role in improving the strength of the students in the current year.

The drop-out rate of the last two batches is estimated at around 7 to 8 per cent. For a girls college that primarily caters to the need of socially and economically disadvantaged group of people, this drop-out rate does not appear to be high. However, there is a need to make some concrete efforts to locate the reasons for this and then to reduce this drop out rate among students.

Success rate of students in various annual examinations during the last five years has been noteworthy. It is showing consistently rising trend from 72 per cent in 2001-02 to 82.8 per cent in 2005-06. This may be taken as the reflection of good teaching abilities of the staff and sincere efforts made by the students to improve their performance. The number of girl students with first class, has, however, shown a tendency to fall. There appears somewhat skewed distribution of students' performance. This needs to be given due attention to improve the rank of the college in terms of standards of excellence.

It is to be appreciated that about 80 per cent of the girl students progress to further studies. Looking to their socio-economic background, this appears to be a significant achievement. As reported, about 10 per cent of the girl students, after graduation, are absorbed in various avenues of employment. In order to enhance their share in the job market, some new market-oriented courses need to the started in the college.

Participation of students in competitive exams is also insignificant which restricts their prospects of gainful employment at middle and higher levels. Only three per cent of the girl students have been reported to have appeared for the competitive examinations. Special efforts need to be made by the institution to motivate the students to appear for the competitive examinations and suitable arrangements for guidance and coaching would be of great help to them.

The college publishes its updated prospectus annually which gives information regarding number of subjects, extra curricular activities, rules and regulations of admission and details of the fee structure for different arts and commerce courses.

The institution also provides scholarships to the SC, ST, and OBC students. The task of ensuring benefits under this scheme is assigned to a special committee which decides allocation of funds under this head. A total 63 students have availed of the benefits of the scholarship in the last academic (2005-06) year with a sum of Rs. 1,43,901/- spent under this head. The college has a special employment and career guidance cell which updates the students with possible employment opportunities in different areas.

The teachers of the college also participate in academic as well as personal counseling. The Alumni Association has been recently formed. Several Alumni of the college hold coveted and responsible positions in public and social life. Alumni Association appears very keen to contribute towards the development of the college. The institution has grievance redressal cell. However, no major grievance has ever been reported either by the staff or the students. The suggestion box is also installed where students can lodge / post their grievances for redressal. The college has a special concern for the welfare of the poor students. A special fund, called Nirdhan Chatra Sahayta Kosh, has been created to help them. Various committees have been constituted for the students' welfare. Participation of the students in seminars, conferences and inter-collegiate competition is encouraged by the college to improve their latent talents and qualities. An attempt is also made by the college to improve legal literacy of the girls so as to prevent their sexual harassment. The N.S.S. volunteers have a special role to play in this context.

Special efforts are made by the college for supporting disabled students. Under the 'Gaon Ki Beti' scheme of the state government meritorious girls from rural areas are benefited financially. A girl student was given a financial assistance of Rs. 5000/- under this scheme in the current year. The girls performing well in sports are given special incentives. The institution also collects feedback from the students. Students participation in extra curricular activities is also commendable.

Criterion VI : Organization and Management
The institution is run by the state government and it functions as per the rules and instructions of the state government and the affiliating university. The head of the institution performs various leadership functions .There is delegation of powers in accordance with the policies of the department of higher education. Meetings are held regularly for taking important decisions regarding finance, infrastructure, and academic matters. A special committee called Jan Bhagidari Committee, is constituted for this purpose. Staff Council meetings are held as and when required. The college has effective mechanism for internal co- ordination.

The college has a perspective plan for the development of institution. U.G.C and state government are involved in the preparation of the perspective plan. Various proposals are sent from time to time for the development of infrastructure and starting of new courses.

Staff recruitment is mainly done by the state government. However, some appointments are also made by the Jan Bhagidari Samiti to meet the emergent situation of the institution. Self appraisal method for the evaluation of the performance of the faculty is not in place. The Principal of the college evaluates the performance of the teaching as well as non teaching staff. No study has ever been conducted by the institution on the functioning of any aspect of academic and administrative management for further improvement and strategic planning. The college like-wise has not conducted any programme for the development of non-teaching staff. Computerization of office work is required. This is essential for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the office work.

In an attempt to mobilize resources internally, the college revises its fees annually, though tuition fees are exempted for the girl students. Resource mobilization through donations is also attempted by the college in which Jan Bhagidari Samiti and teaching staff of the college contribute towards this fund. However, no self-finance courses have been designed in a major way except commerce by the college for the mobilization of resources. More self finance courses need to be designed to mobilize resources for the college. Efforts be made to make Commerce education a popular stream in the college and to attract more students towards it.

The proposed budget was to the order of Rs. 35,90,000/- for the academic year 2006-07. However, actual sum received from the government was Rs. 29,81,400/- only. The grant in aid component is to the order of Rs. 32,14,124/. Fees contributed Rs. 1,34,205/-. The college has received Rs. 12 lakhs under 10th Plan from the UGC. The college has taken care to utilize fully the amount sanctioned under the 10th Plan.

A lion's share in total expenditure is claimed by the salary of the teaching and non-teaching staff. It is more than 80 per cent of the total budget. Proportion of expenditure on equipment, research, teaching aids, seminar, contingency etc. has significantly improved from 31.44 per cent in 2004-05 to 68.56 per cent in 2005-06. Maintenance expenditure as well as expenditure on electricity, water, sports, examination has shown a significant increase. The purchase committee assesses the requirements of the college and makes purchases as per laid down procedure. The accounts are properly maintained. There has not been any major audit objection as per the audit report for the year 2006-07.

Criterion VII : Healthy Practices
The Peer Team has identified a few unique features which enhance the academic ambience of the institution. They are as follows :-

Stakeholders are involved in decision making process of the college through Jan Bhagidari Samiti.

Civic responsibilities are inculcated among the students through NSS activities and the institution has a role in the community orientation.

The teachers maintain daily diaries and execute the teaching plan methodologically.

Tuition fee for girls is exempted as per the state government policy.

Students' inherent but hidden talents are brought out through various competitive activities such as 'rangoli', 'mehandi' 'hair style', 'fancy dress', 'folk dances', 'light music', 'skits and 'mime'.

Meritorious students are given extra facility to borrow more books than the allotted quota of two books at a time from the library.

Students are encouraged to learn 'yoga' to minimize exposure to stress and to raise their overall standard of learning.

Teachers organize extra classes for the slow learners and disadvantaged students.

Gaon Ki Beti scheme is implemented by the state government to benefit meritorious girl students from rural area.

The institution has a Vivekanand Career Guidance Cell which provides guidance to students in their career progression.

The head of the institution provides instructions for internal quality control to the teaching and non-teaching staff.

The college has its own website.

SECTION 3 : OVERALL ANALYSIS
The Peer Team, after having gone through the SSR and after having visited the college for two days, is of the opinion that the college has made steady progress in translating its mission and goal into practice over the years. The college is striving for women empowerment through imparting higher education to the girls of this suburb town and the adjoining villages. There are a number of good features of the college, which the members of the Peer Team would like to commend and also express their concern for the future growth of the institution.

COMMENDATION
The teaching staff is regular and qualified. Selection of teaching faculty is made by the State Public Service Commission, as per UGC/University norms.

The college follows state government policy for admission to disadvantaged and physically challenged girls.

Student's performance in various examinations is appreciable.

The drop out rate is law.

Academic calendar is adhered to strictly and number of teaching days are as per norms.

The college has an effective internal coordinating and monitoring mechanism. The Principal, staff and students work in unison for the growth of the college.

The available infrastructure is utilized in an optimal manner. Total stock and infrastructure is verified annually.

Staff and students are well behaved and disciplined.

The procedure of budgeting and auditing is well-defined and regular. There is no major audit objection.

Keeping in view the market trend, commerce faculty has been thoughtfully started in the college from the last academic session.

The college makes sincere efforts to bring the 'Community Orientation' in its diverse activities through NSS volunteers and NCC cadets.

The Janbhagidari Samit is active and supportive in the overall growth of the college.

The college publishes its updated prospectus annually.

RECOMMENDATIONS / SUGGESTIONS
Keeping in view the future plan of the institution, the Peer Team would suggest to the institution to consider the following :

While the Peer Team appreciates the overall mission of the college which is empowerment of women through higher education, the college may identify specific objectives keeping in view the emerging trend and requirement and accordingly make strategic plans to attain the same.

The college may explore the possibility of introducing more course options to increase flexibility in course combinations in the light of societal needs. Add-on and vocational courses of short duration, useful for women, may be launched for strengthening their capacity building programmes.

To strengthen the I.T. base of the institution, papers on computer be introduced. Internet facility may be arranged with easy access to students and staff for computer learning. Similarly, provision needs to be made to impart environmental and value based education.

Gender related sensitization programmes or courses may be initiated in the college.

There is a need to lay more emphasis on interactive learner-centered teaching pedagogy with the LCD, OHP, TV, CD players etc.

Library material and facilities need to be augmented. INFLIBNET will be of great help.

Seating capacity of library reading room needs to be augmented on priority.

The college is required to take up UGC sponsored remedial course for the educationally disadvantaged students, more seriously.

Teachers may send proposals for minor research projects to the UGC, ICSSR etc. for funding. Teachers need to be encouraged to attend and participate in conferences, seminars and workshops.

The college may approach UGC for the construction of laboratories for home science, commerce and languages, hostel, gymnasium, dispensary and development of the playground on the campus. Women Study Center, may be thought of with UGC assistance.

The college may train non-teaching staff in the use of computers to discharge their duties effectively.

Students feed back of their campus experiences and teaching-learning experience in a detailed manner as suggested by NAAC may be obtained for better academic planning, accountability and progression of the students.

Experts from university and other professional bodies be invited for extension lectures for interaction and updation of knowledge.

Students magazine 'Pragati' needs to be brought out regularly to enhance writing and creative skills of the students.

Recreational and leisure-time facilities be provided to the students.

Efforts need to be initiated to forge linkages with industry, business and NGOs for teaching, research, training and excellence.

The Alumni Association, established recently, may further be strengthened for the overall growth of the college. Parents may also be associated with it.

Extra efforts are required to strengthen NSS, NCC, sports and cultural activities of the college.

The college may plan special programmes on regular basis for personality development and for improving spoken English of the students.

Assessment and evaluation of the students on continuous basis needs more attention.

It would be worthwhile if the affiliating university conducts academic audit of the college at proper intervals.

The college may initiate rain-water harvesting scheme to develop its campus.

The boundary wall needs to be erected urgently to prevent any possibility of encroachment of the college's land.

The college may also establish an internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) as per NAAC guidelines.

The Peer Team appreciates the efforts made by the Principal, staff, government and Jan Bhagidari Samiti, for the growth of the college. The team is grateful to the Principal, management, staff members of the steering committee, alumni, parents and members of Jan Bhagidari Samiti for their cooperation, assistance, interaction and hospitality during the visit. It is hoped that the college will stand benefited from the Peer Team visit and will attain progressive transformation in due course of time to achieve its mission and goals. The Peer Team wishes the college a bright future and acceleration in its quality enhancement programmes.

Prof. L. N. Dahiya
Chairman

Dr. Krushna Gandhi
Member Convener

Dr. Anjali P. Kulkarni
Member

Dr. S. K. Dhamija
Principal

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