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Smt Rukmini Shedthi Memorial National Government First Grade College, Udupi, Karnataka


Smt Rukmini Shedthi Memorial National Government First Grade College, Udupi, Karnataka
Address:Barkur, Udupi, Karnataka
Karnataka, India

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Smt Rukmini Shedthi Memorial National Government First Grade College is situated in Udupi of Karnataka state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.

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RSMN Government First Grade College, was started in the year 1998. The founder visualized a Government College with a difference endowed with material and human resources which would be on par with the best institution in the state. The uniqueness of this college is in its private Public Participation model.

The local Barkur Education Society, while anxious to realize its dream to start a private first grade degree college for the benefit of the rural youth, was handicapped with financial constraints. Hence, the government was requested to sanction a first grade degree college through the department of collegiate education.

The Government sanctioned a college conditionally stating that the local community should provide all infrastructure facilities. This offer was accepted by the Local Management Committee under the leadership of the then local M.L.A and the State Minister. Thus in 1998 the college was started at Barkur with B.A. and B.Com courses of Mangalore University with 95 students on its rolls.

The total student strength of the college is 384 with 227 girls and 157 boys. One special feature of this college is that the girl students' strength is more than that of the boys. The drop out rate is negligible.
There are 21 faculty members out of whom 10 are permanent and the rest are either faculty provided by the management on part time basis or Guest faculty.

The College is built on a sprawling campus of 5.7 acres. Barkur is a place of significant historic importance, and popularly called a city of temples and a city of ruins like Hampi which is much sought after by Archaeologists and Indologists.

It is a live model of private and public participation in Government service sector. All facilities like, land, building, classroom, furniture, library, teaching aids, drinking water facility, programme Hall, Office, Staff room furniture etc is provided by philanthropists, donors and local community, without Government assistance for infrastructure.

With its own unique Private-Public participation to assure a common concern of Education for the rural mass with a history of a decade, the RSMN Government First Grade College, Barkur volunteered to be assessed by NAAC and submitted its Self Study Report. The NAAC appointed a peer team to visit the college and validate the SSR with Prof. Y. Saraswathy Rao, former Vice Chancellor, Sri Krishna Devaraya University, Ananthapur, Andhra Pradesh as Chairperson, Prof. M.D. Jahagirdar, Director, Maulana Azad Education Society, CIDCO, Aurangabad, Maharashtra as Member coordinator and Prof. Sumayaa Dawood, Principal, Thassim Beevi Abdul Kader College for Women (Autonomous) Yousuf Zulaiha hospital road, Kilakarai, Ramanathapuram Dist., Tamilnadu, as a member of the Peer Team. Dr.Jagannath Patil, Dy. Advisor, NAAC, Bangalore, co-coordinated the team on behalf of NAAC, Bangalore. The Peer Team visited the institution on 14th and 15th of March 2007. Having gone through the SSR in advance thoroughly with the aid of the detailed focused guidelines given by NAAC, the peer team was able to objectively assess. In addition to visiting and perceiving the physical infrastructure of the institution, discussions were held with the Principal, all faculty, in their respective departments, non-teaching staff in the office, students and alumni, parents, management and all other stakeholders. The members examined the documents and records and witnessed an impressive cultural talent of the students. Thus, the peer team submits the following report under various heads.

At present the college is offering 3 Degree courses in Arts, Commerce and Management like B.A., B.Com., and BBM respectively. B.A has two combinations of History, Economics, Political Science and History, Political Science and Sociology. In addition they have to study English as a compulsory subject and one second language, either Kannada or Hindi during the first two years. B.Com and BBM have compulsory components as well as optional components, languages being common to all courses.

Credit based semester system has been introduced for all the three programmes from 2006-2007. Additionally students have to study Indian constitution, Human Rights, Gender issues and Environment compulsorily as Foundation courses.

Credit based semester system has included extra-curricular or co curricular activities for awarding extra credit of 50 marks like N.S.S., Sports and Games, Cultural Activities, Youth Red Cross etc. Two certificate programmes are being offered, one in Global skills and the second one in Spoken English.

The college vision statement is very comprehensive, 'Visualising the Dreams of Higher Education of Rural Mass'. The college has addressed itself to multiple essential components in realizing this dream of the rural mass and has integrated in the delivery system, ingredients like Quality Education, special attention to S.C., S.T., and women students, promoting sports and games, cultural and community development activities, inculcating Global skills, ethical and moral values etc. Special focus on slow learners through remedial courses as well as extra encouragement to advanced learners, and feed back mechanism, expert discourses on specialised areas of knowledge, financial assistance through multiple sources to the needy students, and so on are the other student support services.

Correspondence is on with UGC to include this eight years old college under 2 (f) and 12(b). Hopefully, the long developmental agenda can become effective with U.G.C's timely support to this only public-private partnership college in Karnataka.

The institution offers courses such as B.A. in History, Economics and Political Science and History, Economics and Sociology, B.Com. and B.B.M. are Undergraduate Programmes under Grant-in-aid system and two certificate programmes namely Certificate in Global Skills and Certificate Course in Communicative English under self-supportive programmes. Though these courses are transmitting the vision of the college to actualise the dreams of Higher Education of rural students, they aspire few new programmes such as B.S.W.. M.S.W., M.B.A., B.Sc. Computer Science, B.C.A. degree courses in future. The college is 9 years old. Many philanthropists and donors contributed for the main building construction and auditorium to accommodate 400 students in the Second Floor of the Main Building.

This modern Government college has unique participation of public which has strengthened the growth of the institution due to the visionaries playing the major role in the college development. The B.Sc. degree course with IT based subjects started during 2005-06 could not find students due to Barkur link bridge collapse during 2005. The First Year Degree Students are under Semester System with credit pattern of Mangalore University, the Second and Third Year Students are under non- Semester pattern of the University.

Since the college is under affiliating system of the University, it has no freedom in curriculum re-designing and reviewing the programmes offered in the college. However, the faculty members and Principal of the college have participated in the Board of Studies and Board of Examinations meetings of the University and have given their suggestions on curriculum development.

The Institution aims at providing the students intellectual nourishment and also inculcating values such as moral, ethical, self-confidence and respect for society through N.S.S. and Red Cross Programmes.

The college has 294 working days and 213 teaching days in their academic calendar. Normally, the examination days comprise 10-15 days, according to the time table prescribed for University examination. There are 10 permanent faculty, a Part time lecturer and 2 faculty members appointed by the management. During the past 5 years, 6 faculty members have attended 6 refresher courses, 5 have undergone 4 orientation programmes and the Principal had undergone a training programme in Global Skill Development at Infosys, Mysore.

The college has organized a Seminar on 'Ethical Values and Creative Techniques in Teaching in Today's World' during 2006-07. Majority of the faculty members follow chalk and talk method in class room teaching. Some of them have adopted role plays, assignments and seminars, project works, surveys, field trips which have evoked interest in students in learning process. The faculty has limitations in using modern teaching technologies in class rooms due to non availability of these aids in the institution. The faculty has work diary and lesson plans for class room teaching. Remedial Coaching is given to Slow Learners and Teachers' performance is appraised by students twice a year and the Self appraisal filled-in forms of teachers are submitted to the Joint Director of Collegiate Education every year.

The First Year Degree Students are under Credit Semester System comprising one Internal Test and one assignment. Bridge Course Classes are conducted for B.B.M. Degree Course students in the beginning of the academic year. The overall pass percentage of students in various Degree Courses such as B.A. and B.Com. is 92 percent and 73.6 percent respectively. The I Year B.B.M. Degree Students are under the Semester pattern and appearing for II Semester during April 2007. The overall pass percentage of B.B.M students in the first semester examination is 66 percent which is higher than the University average. The national and international linkages are yet to be formalized.

Two staff members received Ph.D. degrees during their tenure in this college and got transferred in 2004-2005. The Principal of the college has registered for Ph.D. programme in Mangalore University under part-time basis. One lecturer is doing M.Phil degree under Part time basis in Alagappa University Distance Learning Programme. The faculty members have taken the initiatives to move towards learner centered teaching methods. The academic progress of each student is informed to the parents. The college has taken the initiative to come under 2 (f) and 12 (b) status of the UGC. The order from UGC are awaited. At present, the faculty has no minor and major projects funded by various agencies.

The college spread over 5.7 acres of land has well-equipped 8 class rooms, a seminar hall donated by a private person, Ladies' Waiting Room, Staff Rooms, Principal's Room, Office, Library Rooms & Computer room. The college has a total built-up area amounting to 1,491 Sq. meters.

The college Management reviews the adequacy of infrastructural facilities and provides for their maintenance and contributes necessary funds for it. The infrastructure development of the college is done as per the plans of the Collegiate Education in Karnataka but it is found in this college that due to Private and Public participation, the responsibility is assumed by the College Development Council. College Development Fund Committee hold meetings 3-4 times a year and the decisions are taken regarding finance, infrastructure, faculty, academic research, extension and linkages. The college has College Development Committee co-ordinating and monitoring college developmental activities and is headed by local MLA as President.

The college has 7 computers out of which 4 are in Computer rooms established as a part of the office, 2 computers in the Commerce Dept. and 1 computer in the common library. Separate arrangements are provided for NSS and Physical Education Departments, Career Guidance Center, Counselling Center & Women's Forum. The canteen and hostel building are yet to be constructed. However, Canteen facility is available in a neighbourhood of the college. The NSS has a special permission from the University to admit 111 students. The college is receiving grants for the conduct of the camps and special camps to the tune of Rs. 7,200 and 15,000/- respectively. Nine such special camps of NSS have been conducted. The NSS Unit is carrying out the UTA Programme and conducted a 7 days campus programme of UTA. Students of NSS are also sent for Training Programmes at places like Trivandrum. The NSS Unit of the college has also undertaken Rain Water Harvesting Project and a Village Survey Programme.

The Central library housed in a class room is functioning under the direction of a Library Advisory Committee. The library has 3,618 books available with 1910 titles. The reference section has 687 books distributed in subject racks. The library has 11 newspapers and 5 national journals. During the last 2 years, 782 books have been purchased from the Budget of 6 percent allotted to the library. In the library, reading facilities are available to students. There is no inflibnet facility. The library is open to students from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all working days and half day on holidays. The college library has been allotted 1 computer and printer. The college has a parking shed for vehicles.

The college has provided facilities for outdoor Games for Volley ball, throw ball and Shuttle, chess and carom are played by the students as indoor games.

There is a NSS Unit with 111 student volunteers enrolled from various disciplines. The Sociology lecturer has been given the additional charge as NSS Programme Officer, who has taken an active interest in all the regular and Special camp activities of the college. The NSS Volunteers have participated in the road and other construction activities along with the NSS Volunteers of various colleges in a nearby village.

The overall pass percentage of students during 2004-05 and 2005-06 were 98 percent and 95 percent and the drop out rate of two batches of students was 3.5 percent and 2.7 percent respectively. The government scholarships are made available to all the deserving students comprising SC, ST, MBC, OBC, Ex servicemen etc. The college has identified the local donors to help the meritorious students with poor economic background to pursue their studies in different degree courses.105 students have availed Rs. 1,01,594 as scholarship from the government and 121 students have received Rs. 2,16,400 as freeships during 2005-06. There is no hostel facility available for boys and girls either in the college premises or in the Barkur town. Every year, medical check up is conducted soon after admissions for all the degree students of the college. A local doctor is working on honorary basis during emergencies. Students desire a canteen facility. There is a common room for boys and girls separately with toilets attached.

Sports facilities are shared by the college with an adjacent Pre University college and many sports and games equipments have to be procured for the benefit of the student community. The indoor games facility has one carrom board and few chess boards. There is no existence of workshop and press facility on the campus. The alumni association established during 2005-06 have donated a fax machine to the college office as a token of their first contribution. 25 percent of the students have gone to higher education - B.Ed., B.P.Ed., M.A., M.Com. M.B.A. programmes during 2005-06. The personal counselling, career counselling and academic counselling were functioning through various committees constituted for the purpose. The tutorial system has fetched good academic results in the form of examination results, which have progressed gradually for the past 3 years.

The college publishes prospectus every year with details such as admission procedures, scholarship details, rules of conduct, withdrawal procedures, and subjects offered in different courses. The placement cell was established during the year 2004-05. A faculty is given additional responsibility to look after the cell activities. He is helping the students through guidance and has conducted a few programmes through employment bureau of Mangalore University, District Employment office, District industrial center and Dist. Small scale industries association to create awareness on employment opportunities and how to be self employed.

The college adopts democratic organizational set up in day-to-day functioning of the college. There is a Parent Teacher Association, Alumni Association who are actively participating in the developmental activities of the college.

There are 22 various Committees constituted by the Principal for smooth functioning of the college. The College Council assists the Principal in co-ordinating and monitoring the day-to-day affairs of the college. The college has in-built mechanism to check the work efficiency of the non-teaching staff who work under the overall supervision of the Principal.

A separate Committee is entrusted with the job of preparing the academic calendar as per the norms and guidelines of the Government and the University.

The selection of the staff both teaching and non-teaching is done by the Karnataka Public Service Commission and Government as per the rules and regulations of the Government and the University. However, Guest Lecturers are recruited by a Committee consisting of the Principal & HOD concerned.

The college has a budgetary allocation from the State Government. The total budget of the college as per record is found to be Rs. 36,58,224 for 2006-07 out of which an amount of Rs. 26,13, 210/- , Rs. 2,29, 204/- and Rs. 2,52,000/- are maintained for salaries of the full time faculty, non-teaching and Guest lecturers respectively. The unit cost of education is Rs. 14,029/- where as the purchases and fee structure is in accordance with the Govt. rules. The budget for library, furniture, laboratory (Physics & Computer Science) and office expenses are allotted to the tune of Rs. 1,50,000/- , 1,50,000/- , 1.50,000/- , 2,00,000 & 0.54 lakhs respectively.

The college has a grievance redressal cell. A complaint box has been installed in front of the Principal's Office so as to enable the Staff and Students to express their grievances.

The very crown of healthy practice is the Public-Private partnership for a common cause of Higher Education for the rural mass. From this flows the other stream of contributory factors. The vision of the management through the college is very noble and need based in terms of the beneficiaries from the disadvantaged section of community who constitute nearly 70 percent of the total strength.

The total quality management training given to the staff is enabling them to work as a team. Institutional evaluation by different modes exposes both positive and negative aspects. Self appraisal by Teachers twice in a year, student feed back about teachers and teaching, parents feed back through Parent. Teacher Association, involving parents in the admission stage through a combined interview of the student to know his/her future plans, Maintenance of work diary by the Teachers, Internal Assessment tests, class academic advisor system, encouraging teachers to update their subject knowledge by attending orientation and refresher programmes, encouraging students in group learning, through discussions, seminars and assignments, etc., are all aimed at quality improvement. As a step towards total personality development of students, they are trained and encouraged to participate in a variety of group activities like sports and games, cultural programmes, inter university and inter State competitions and N.S.S.

Several value-oriented measures are initiated by offering a course on value education during tutorial hours, lectures by eminent scholars on culture, Heritage, character, good Citizenship and the attendant responsibilities, patriotism, on Yoga, daily mass prayer programme and singing of 'Vande Mataram' song daily. Ramakrishna Matt Swamijis also interact with students frequently. Teachers are trained in Student Counselling and a few Orientation Programmes were conducted with the expert guidance where other colleges were also invited. Student Counselling has become an integral component of student services. Needy students are extended financial support by the Principal and faculty.

In the interaction session with the Parents, one parent from a backward village explained at length, with a lot of admiration, the contribution made by the NSS volunteers of this college along with other colleges through Shramadhan worth Rs. 11 lakhs in building infrastructure for the village.

Specially designed global skill programme is offered to enable the student to face the global competition. Social responsibility is instilled through a variety of community programmes like blood donation, rain water harvesting, Traffic rules awareness programme, Pulse Polio, HIV - AIDS, and other Public health awareness programmes, Women Empowerment and Human Rights etc.,

In order to expose students to hands on experience, MOUs with industries and NGOs are entered into. The college has a very impressive and realistic list of future plans; Most of the items are rural, poor student centered, which approach is commendable.
While slow learners are helped through personal guidance and counseling as well as remedial classes, advanced learners are encouraged to take up projects and other field work in addition to extra access to the library.

RSMN Government First Grade College which was started in 1998 with a very noble objective is in its infant stage of development, yet experiencing initial hiccups. What is admirable however is initiative taken by the public leaders and opinion makers in agreeing to collectively provide the necessary infrastructure so as to start a Government Degree College with Grant-in Aid. There has emerged a unique private-public partnership arrangement to provide a Public Service in Higher Education to the rural masses. This is evident by the fact that about 70 percent of the students are from the disadvantaged sections of the community and the rest are also not economically sound.

In order to equip the stake holders with knowledge and skills which are in demand currently and in keeping with the historic importance of this town which is called a City of ruins and City of Ancient Temples, the courses are offered appropriately to start with, like B.A., B.Com. and B.B.M. These subjects have enabled the students to have Practical exposure through various relevant projects. With an advance preparedness to enable the graduates to seek employment in a wider job market, they are being offered Certificate Courses in Global Skills and Communicative English.

Student Support is visible in the form of Student Counselling and steps taken towards their Personality Development. In their Intellectual Persuits, various tools like assignments, tests, group discussions, inter action in the course of class room lecture, remedial coaching for weak students etc. are in use. Audio Visual Aid support is in its nascent stage.

Values are constantly inculcated to the students in the daily assembly where they sing 'Vande Mataram' followed by a student reading out 'A thought for the Day', sayings from scripture, or writing of famous scholars.

Discipline among the students is very impressive and their interactive session with the team was very open and active.

The students as well as the alumni desired P.G.Programmes like M.B.A., M.A. and M.Com. to be started in the college so that they can qualify themselves further locally.

The examination results are very good which is a credit to the college.
The drop-out rate is very negligible. Since they already have necessary permission from the Government of Karnataka to offer B.Sc. programme also with I.T. combination, they are planning to commence from the academic year 2007-2008. The peer team was informed that the process of the college getting included under 2 (f) and 12 (b) of U.G.C. is in the final stage and it is hoped further equipment procurement process will be initiated forthwith.

The peer team would like to record the good work done by the college and commend the college thus:

The private partnership in a Public service of providing Higher Education to the rural masses.

The financial support given by the philanthropists is appreciated very much.

Excellent permanent building with vast open ground in front for further construction.

Shramadan by NSS Volunteers for rural infrastructure building.

Efforts made to extend extra skills to students like Global skills and Communicative English.

Alumni Association which is hardly 2 years old has mobilized funds to donate a Fax machine to the college despite the fact that they are all economically not so sound.

Cultural programmes, presented were of very good standard and the local folk dance and episode were highlighted.

Remedial Coaching for the weak students.

Financial assistance is given to needy students.

Annual medical check up is arranged for all students.

Tutor ward system is in vogue.

Faculty needs to focus on research by approaching various funding agencies.

Arrangements for more permanent staff for teaching.

The library needs to be paid immediate attention by providing separate spacious accommodation and a qualified full time Librarian.

More Audio Visual Aids to be added.

Computer Centre may be started prior to offering B.Sc. course.

State Government may be requested to establish Welfare Hostels in the town to encourage more students to benefit from the college.

The college may introduce more add on courses which are relevant to this area. Certificate and diploma can be offered as bonus to degree courses.

One staff member may be designated to be in charge of disseminating information about UGC funding etc.

The college office may be strengthened with more staff to cater to the students who are 394 in number as well as 21 teaching staff.

English being a common Compulsory subject to all First and Second Year Students, English Department needs to be strengthened on a priority basis.

All students may be encouraged to take up campus greenery programme in the next rainy season.

The members of the peer team would like to place on record their appreciation for all the care taken and excellent hospitality extended by the management, the Principal, the teaching non-teaching staff. Our special thanks to the parents and alumni who have responded to our request to spare their time to interact with the Peer Team.


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