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Sahyadri Science College, Shimoga, Karnataka
Sahyadri Science College, Shimoga, Karnataka
Address:Shimoga, Karnataka - 577203
Sahyadri Science College, Shimoga is a recognised institute / college.
Sahyadri Science College, Shimoga is situated in Shimoga of Karnataka state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Website of Sahyadri Science College, Shimoga is http://www.sahyadrisciencecollege.org/.
Contact Details of Sahyadri Science College, Shimoga are : Telephone: +91-8182-240435, Fax: 08182 240138
Courses offered in Sahyadri Science College, ShimogaB.Sc, B.C.A, M.Sc(5-Yr Integrated), M.Sc(2-Yr)
Sahyadri Science College, Shimoga runs course(s) in Computer Applications, Science stream(s).
Profile of Sahyadri Science CollegeSahyadri College is one of the premier Educational Institutes in the Malenaadu area or South Karnataka. The college was established in the year 1940 as an Intermediate College by the erstwhile Mysore Governement during the rule of His Highness King Jayachamarajendra Wadeyar of Mysore. The College was upgraded to the First Grade College level in the year 1956.
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NAAC report of Sahyadri Science CollegeSECTION I - INTRODUCTION
Sahyadri Science College is an autonomous constituent college affiliated to Kuvempu University. It came into being in 1984 after bifurcating from the parent Sahyadri College which was established in 1940. The main objective of establishing this college is to introduce basic science and applied science in an effective manner to the students of Malnad region so that the students may be able to make contributions to the national development and also in research activities like one of its alumni Prof. C.N.R. Rao. By following one of the suggestions of the previous NAAC Peer Team, the college approached UGC to get autonomous status to the institution. The college is conferred with autonomous status from the academic year 2005-06.The college is located in urban area with 80 acres of land out of which about 12,170 sq.mtr built up area.
It offers fifteen programmes of B.Sc., BCA, M.Sc./ Integrated .M.Sc.(Hons), Ph.D. programme, Certificate Courses and Diploma Courses. It has 23 departments with 54 faculty members having 1750 students strength. According to the data provided by the college,the unit cost of education is Rs.12,015/-(with salary) and Rs.710/-(without salary).The total number of working days in the academic year 2005-06 is 290 out of which 180 constitute effective teaching days.
Sahyadri Science College volunteered itself for accreditation in the academic year 2000-2001. It was accredited in the month of January 2001 and was awarded three stars. The process of accreditation opened new vistas and new horizons to the college. After first assessment the college has tried its best to improve in quality and quantity by introduction of new courses, expansion of library and ICT enabled services. The college has stepped forward in fostering creativity in teaching, learning and research and made attempts to develop scientific knowledge to meet societal needs. Now the college has volunteered itself for re-accreditation in January 2007. NAAC constituted a Peer Team to visit the college and validate the self-study report submitted by the college. The team members comprised Dr K.B.Patil, Vice-Chancellor, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon,as Chairperson, Dr.Varghese K.Varghese, Director, Bharata Matha College, Kerala as Member Co-ordinator and Dr. C. Srinivasan, Emeritus Professor, Madurai Kamaraj University, Tamil Nadu as Member. The Peer Team visited the college from 22nd to 24th March 2007.
The Peer Team carefully studied and analysed the Self-Study Report submitted by the College and the assessment report of the first Peer Team. During the visit, the Peer Team has thoroughly gone through the relevant documents.
The Peer Team is happy to state that the college has sincerely tried to fulfill most of the expectations mentioned in the first assessment report. The college has submitted IQAC reports to NAAC, Bangalore regularly and acted on it accordingly. The Peer Team visited the departments to oversee the infrastructure facilities, interacted with the Principal, faculty members, the students and the alumni. Taking into consideration the section-wise criteria laid down by the NAAC for re-accreditation the Peer Team assessed the college on the basis of the performance in academic, sports, co-curricular and extra curricular activities and other student support services. The assessment of the college describing therein the distinctive characteristics is presented in the following pages.
SECTION - II : CRITERION WISE ANALYSIS
CRITERION I : CURRICULAR ASPECTS
The mission of the college is to train students in basic and applied sciences so as to enable them ultimately to contribute to the national development and to research activities. In conformity with the vision of providing science education the college offers 15 programmes in basic and applied sciences, two postgraduate courses, and one computer science under graduate programme. Out of these, three are partially in self-financing mode and two are in fully self-financing stream. Facilities are available for carrying out research leading to Ph. D. degree in four Departments. Though semester pattern is largely in vogue, choice-based credit system is followed in M.Sc Organic Chemistry.
With the conferment of autonomous status to the college, it has constituted its BOS and Academic Council as per the UGC guidelines. New programmes and courses introduced in the college after first accreditation process are the following:
Integrated M.Sc. (Hons) a) Applied Chemistry b) Applied Physics
Master of Science a) Organic Chemistry
B.Sc. (New subjects) a) Industrial Chemistry b) Biotechnology c) Indian Constitution d) Environmental Science e) Biochemistry f) Microbiology.
Add-on courses : a) Certificate course : A) Tissue Culture B) Laboratory Technician C) Rain Water Harvesting and Ground Water Exploration.
Vocational courses: a) Industrial Microbiology b) Seed Technology.
MTA: Integrated 5 year course is sanctioned by the Tourism Development of Karnataka to be introduced from 2007 - 2008.
A value added course called Pathways has been introduced with the help of NGO getting financial assistance from Ford Foundation. From the academic year 2006-2007 a computer course is made compulsory for all those who don't have computer literacy. Bridge courses are organized by the Department of English as many students find it difficult to comprehend the lectures since the medium of instruction is English.
Greater attention is to be given to ensure that the curriculum of the college matches its goal and mission. The college has yet to make good use of the autonomous status for innovations in the curriculum.
The Peer Committee obtained the feed back from students, alumni and academic peer group. This certainly revealed that the Principal and the teachers are able to maintain a reasonably good standard of education imparted to the students.
CRITERION II : TEACHING-LEARNING AND EVALUATION
Students are admitted to the different U.G. courses based on merit, roaster and reservation policy of Karnataka Government. Government regulations are followed for physically handicapped, talented sports persons and other categories. For admission to B. C. A and M. Sc.(Hons) courses entrance test is conducted and in final selection due weightage is given for the marks obtained in the qualifying examination. All the seats in all the courses are filled because of demand. Slow learners are identified and are given more academic attention in the form of remedial classes. Advanced learners are given more assignments on topics of their choice, to present papers and to teach a topic in the class-room. These students are encouraged to participate in summer training programmes organized by reputed institutions. The selection of some postgraduate students to undergo research training organized by the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore in Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and JNU, New Delhi certainly reflects the quality training received in Sahyadri Science College.
In addition to the class room lectures, seminars and quiz programmes are organized for students. Special lectures help students to improve their learning. Tutorial classes and special coaching are arranged for slow learners. Internet facilities are being used by the members of the faculty in certain departments. Ten computers with internet facility are available in the library for the use of the students with the financial assistance from the Pathways programme of Ford Foundation.
Sanctioned strength of the faculty is 68 in the college. At present, there are 54 permanent faculty members including 02 Librarians and 01 Physical Education Director. 24 permanent teachers have Ph.D degree and 12 possess M.Phil degree. 15 teachers have SLET qualification. 13 teachers are recognized research guides: five from Chemistry, five from Botany, one each from Microbiology, Biotechnology and English.
Only 11 members are women teachers and in a college where the girl student strength is more than 50% of the total. A large number of members of the faculty participate in National Seminars, Conferences and Symposia. About half a dozen teachers serve as resource persons in training programmes. Teachers are encouraged to avail FIP to undertake research for Ph. D.
Office of the Controller of Examination takes care of the smooth conduct of the examinations. Students are evaluated by continuous assessment process. Double valuation method is available for postgraduate courses. Central valuation is followed in the college after coding the answer papers. In case of doubt in the evaluation, photocopies of valued answer scripts are returned to the student for his/her scrutiny and an opportunity is provided to put forward the student's grievances if any on payment of nominal fee.
Periodically students' feedback is received from all classes and analysed by a committee consisting of teaching faculty.
CRITERION III : RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
Being a constituent college of Kuvempu University, it is placed in an advantageous position for research activities. At present one major project and four minor projects are in operation. Thirty nine research students and 17 faculty have registered for Ph.D.; among the 12 candidates working for M.Phil ten are faculty. As 24 members of the faculty possess doctoral degree and also due to its proximity to Kuvempu University, the staff may be encouraged to submit more research proposals to attract funds from agencies like UGC, CSIR, DST, DBT. DAE, etc.
Many teachers of the Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Industrial Chemistry Departments are involved in active research and guide candidates for Ph. D. degree in spite of the lack of special or sophisticated instruments in the college. They take the pains to get the data from the facilities available in the University. Some important findings have been published in reputed journals. They also inculcate the importance of research in the minds of students and encourage them to undergo research training in well established laboratories. One M. Sc. student spent some months every vacation in Prof. C. N. R. Rao's laboratory and has the distinction of publishing a paper with him. These laudable efforts of the teachers are also encouraged by the Principal.
The Peer Team appreciates that the teachers of the Departments of Microbiology and Botany are actively engaged in research as evidenced by publication of papers in reputed journals.
Another unique feature of the college is that undergraduate students are encouraged to take up research activities through project work, presentation of dissertation and conduct of socially relevant projects.
Four teachers have established national collaboration for their research activities. Nearly 80 papers have been published in National journals and international journals by the faculty. Fourteen books have been authored by the teachers. The teachers from the Departments of Physics and Chemistry authored some books as study materials released from the Directorate of Distance Education, Kuvempu University, Several faculty members have participated in various seminars and symposia and presented papers.
Consultancy is provided by the Departments of Botany and Seed Technology. If the Governing Body of the college provides guidelines/regulations for taking up consultancy work many faculty members from the Departments of Chemistry and Geology will participate in the activity. The linkage of the college with Labland Biotech, Mysore is helpful in providing consultancy services on Jatropha project to the farmers.
Some extension activities like a project study on 'Environmental perception in the Malnad of Karnataka', water management and rain harvesting at Sadbhavana Vana of the college reflect the interest evinced by the college to serve the society. In addition the College is organizing various activities like literary rate census, science awareness programmes in villages, awareness camps on deadly diseases, etc. The Peer Team commends the department of Physics for initiating and taking interest in establishing the Shimoga Centre of Swadeshi Vijnana Andolan, an All India movement dedicated to spread the awareness of Science and Technology originated from Indian contribution.
One among the fifty privileged colleges Sahyadri Science College is actively participating in the Ford Foundation sponsored global project named PATHWAYS. The students expressed their happiness in associating with this project. To achieve the aims and objectives of the project a separate office for the Chief Co-ordinator with technical assistant and office assistant is provided with computer facility. The NAAC team is impressed by the activities of this project particularly its commitment to help economically and socially disadvantaged students who are otherwise academically excellent. Workshops of ten to fifteen days duration are organized on topics of HRD, Career Guidance, Communications, Computer Skills, Environmental Concerns, Community Outreach activities etc.
One NCC and two NSS units function from the institution and students from these units are involved in blood donation, tree plantation, adult education, anti-leprosy drive, anti-dowry drive, etc. Some students from NCC had the rare honour of selection for participation in the Republic day parade.
CRITERION IV : INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
This college has adequate physical facilities to run efficiently various educational programmes and the growth of the infrastructure is keeping pace with the growth of the Institution. In the area of 80 acres with a built in area of 12,170 sq.mtr the college has 26 class rooms, 20 labs, and one library. Land area is shared with the Arts College. From the munificent donations from their alumni, the Diamond Jubilee building with a conference hall possessing all modern amenities was opened in 2006. The facilities of this building are shared by both the Arts and Science colleges. The buildings and the place are maintained by the Estate Department of the University. The partially automated library has 33,288 books, 17 journals, 15 periodicals and 08 Newspapers for the use of college community. On an average 250 students make use of the facilities of the library every day. Library has facilities like photocopying and internet. The Pathways programme supports the Internet facilities of the library.
Although there are 140 computers in the college, only the students of Computer Programme get the advantage of regular use of computers. Other students have to depend upon the ten computers available in the library.
Even though there are separate labs for each programme some of the labs are to be furnished with new equipments.
The Boys hostel accommodates 150 students. The Kitchen and the Dining Hall are to be maintained well. The college has received sanction to construct a Ladies Hostel on the campus. A newly built Canteen is well maintained. A Health Centre is functioning in the college and the service of a Medical practitioner is made available for the benefit of the students once in a week. Although there is a women's rest room in the college it is to be well furnished and neatly maintained. A Multi Gym with various equipments and sports facilities are provided for the benefit of the students.
The Peer Team appreciates the efforts taken by the college to establish an Instrumentation Maintenance Facility from UGC funding with the objective of providing services in the repair and maintenance of scientific instruments. However, this project is to be well planned for the effective use of the facility.
CRITERION V : STUDENTS SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
Prospectus is published annually and it describes the available courses, rules of admission, fee structure, available facilities, types of scholarships available and others. There are 1750 students in the college: 862 boys and 888 girls. In the academic year 2006-2007, among the 554 students admitted in I B. Sc., the girl students (337) outnumber the boys. In other courses also girl students' strength ranges from 45 to 50%.
An analysis of examination results indicate that the overall success rate in U.G. programmes ranges from 81% to 86% with an impressive number getting First class and also distinction. and at P.G. level 100%. The Peer Team notes with appreciation that the Students' progression from U.G. to P.G./B. Ed. is more than 60% and drop out rate is negligible.
Financial aid is provided to a number of students in the form of scholarships given by Government and also by the Institution. Student selected for the Pathways programme also get special Scholarships. A placement cell takes the responsibility of placement of students and many students have been selected by reputed companies like WIPRO, L & T, Infosys, etc. Feedback received from industrialists will be useful to tune some of the courses to the need of the industries.
Each faculty member in charge of 60-70 students counsels the students on their problems. A few teachers trained in Counselling supports the counseling programme in the college.
Alumni association of the college have donated Rs. Forty lakh for the construction of Diamond Jubilee Building. But the alumni association is to be strengthened with more membership and diverse programmes for the benefit of the college. The college adopts a system to receive and solve the grievances received from the students.
Students are encouraged to participate in the Inter collegiate sports and games events and during the last five years students have won prizes in Football, Cricket, Table Tennis and Chess. Cultural activities are also promoted in the college.
The Peer Team is happy to note that the college authorities are making earnest attempts to provide reasonably good support services to ensure the physical and intellectual growth of the students and faculty.
CRITERION VI : ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
As the institution is an autonomous and constituent college, it is managed by a Governing Body with the Vice-chancellor of the Kuvempu University as the Chair Person with eight members with Principal as the Ex-officio Member-Secretary. This body meets four times a year. Among the eight members three are nominated -one each by UGC, University and Director of Higher Education, Karnataka government. As per the UGC norms the academic council is constituted with Principal as the Chairman. Adequate representation is found from teachers and students. The college being an autonomous institution, has its own Board of Studies to prepare the syllabus and panel of examiners. The finance committee consisting of Principal as the chairman acts as an advisory committee to the governing body. IQAC was established in the year 2003-2004 and meets twice a year. In the process of decentralization of administration, several Deans have been appointed from the faculty to look after some specified areas. The outcome of this will be known only after two or three years. The academic functioning such as admission process and examinations are administered effectively. Academic calendar is prepared as per the UGC norms into two divisions-semester wise. The tuition and other fees prescribed by the Kuvempu University appears to be fair, though they are raised every year by 5% to 10% depending on the subject. The administrative staff deserves special mention as they maintain all the records in a systematic way. Regular audit is carried out. The staff are recruited by the Kuvempu University as per their norms.
The College encourages the teaching staff to avail FIP and non-teaching staff to attend a motivational programme with HRD experts . The Team notes with appreciation that the computer facilities are well utilized by staff and students. The Department of English has taken steps to teach grammar using computers.
The Peer Team during its interaction with the Principal and teachers agrees with the prevailing view that the existing strength of teaching and non-teaching staff are inadequate. Hence, the committee suggested to the Principal to take up the matter with the concerned authorities. Adequate representation be given to female staff also. Both teachers and non-teaching staff submit their performance appraisal report in the prescribed format and they are reviewed. In the annual report of the Kuvempu University, the teaching, research and extension programmes of the teachers are published every year.
The college gets funds from the State Government, UGC (autonomous grant) and also from fees. It is indeed very impressive that the alumni have donated Rs. 40 lakhs during the Diamond Jubilee. Yet the college has to initiate steps to get donations from industrialists. philanthropists and others. The Peer Team is of the view that teachers have to apply for major projects and also some of the Departments may approach DST for financial assistance under FIST programme.
Criterion VII : Healthy Practices
Taking into consideration the global requirement of computer education, the college has made computer education compulsory for all students.
In-built mechanism for quality checks of the college is noteworthy.
Various quality development programmes and workshops have been organised for the teaching, non-teaching staff and students.
Programmes like Popularization of Science, Science Exhibitions, National Science Day Celebrations, Radio and Television discussions, blood donation camps, Science tree plantation, adult education, anti dowry drive, anti drug drive are organized as extension activities.
Consultancy services from the Dept. of Botany and Seed Technology are provided by the college to the nearby industries.
Students are also involved in research oriented activities like environmental study, medicinal plants, survey of feasibility and involvement of public related to a railway
project sponsored by the Ford Foundation under the Pathways programme.
Short term training in Computer Applications has been given to the office staff. Overall administrative working is computerized in preparing salary bills, admissions, fee collection and conduct of examinations etc.
As a part of value education the college conducts regular workshops and lectures promoting social responsibilities and citizenship roles among the students.
The college organizes Social Research activities involving the students with the community as a part of the `Community Outreach`. Besides this, the activities to educate the illiterate people , maintaining a clean environment in their surroundings have also taken up.
Pathways project funded by the Ford Foundation takes up new assignment with innovative practices.
Section III: Overall Analysis:
The Sahyadri Science College as a constituent college of Kuvempu university and now an autonomous college after the first NAAC assessment has strived hard to become a premier institute of Malnad region of Karnataka.The Peer Team observed that the college is vigorous and alive and taken certain initiatives for achieving the objectives of overall development of the students.The college has the potential to develop as a center of excellence and should surge ahead in the pursuit of excellence in their chosen lines of activities.
*Initially the Campus Diversity Initiative and now the Pathways project
have contributed in creating team spirit among the staff and students. With the help of these projects College conducted many activities for the over all development of students and faculty.
*These projects have provided the unique opportunity of interaction with
students and teachers of many renowned Colleges across the nation.
*Several praiseworthy academic exercises like encouragement to utilize the
ICT enabled services provided in the Library, orientation programme for
newly admitted students and experiential learning by inclusion of project
work are in practice.
*Participation of Alumni in constructing Diamond Jubilee Hall.
*Summer Research Fellowship granted to the students to attend short
term programmes in institutes like Jawarahalal Nehru Institute of Advanced
Sciences and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
*A motivational programme with HRD experts engaging the non-teaching
staff with Life Skills.
While introspecting about the performance and identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the college the Peer Team would like to put on record few suggestions to the college :
Keeping global and local relevance in mind, restructuring of courses is necessary.
Renovation of laboratories and addition of some modern scientific equipments are required.
Broad Band connectivity should be extended to all academic and administrative departments.
Taking into consideration the need of the hour the procedure to computerize the administration system should be expedited.
For the better library services INFLIBNET/DELNET/ICU facilities may be developed.
The Peer Team would like to place on record its appreciation for the co-operation, hospitality and good will extended by the Sahyadri Science College, Shimoga and wishes the college all the success in its future endeavours.
Prof. T.S. Hoovaiah Gowda
Sahyadri Science College,
Shimoga Dist, Karnataka.
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