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Rama Devi Womens Autonomous College, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa


Rama Devi Womens Autonomous College, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa
Bhubaneshwar (District Khordha (Khurda))
Orissa, India
Pin Code : 751022

Rama Devi Womens Autonomous College, Bhubaneshwar Orissa is a recognised institute / college. Rama Devi Womens Autonomous College, Bhubaneshwar Orissa is also known as RD Womens College Bhubaneshwar. Rama Devi Womens Autonomous College, Bhubaneshwar Orissa was established on / in 1964.

Rama Devi Womens Autonomous College is situated in Bhubaneshwar of Orissa state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Contact Person(s) of the Rama Devi Womens Autonomous College, Bhubaneshwar Orissa is (are): Ms. Saroj Laxmi Singh, Lecturer in English (Mobile 8895193227).

Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at Rama Devi Womens Autonomous College, Bhubaneshwar Orissa are Admission Incharge 9437467456, 9861547539 (D.E.O.), 9937922434.

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Website of Rama Devi Womens Autonomous College, Bhubaneshwar Orissa is http://www.rdwc.org/.

Contact Details of Rama Devi Womens Autonomous College, Bhubaneshwar Orissa are : 0674-2542644

Rama Devi Women's (Junior) College, Bhubaneswar
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Rama Devi Womens Autonomous College, Bhubaneshwar Orissa runs course(s) in Degree, Arts, Commerce, Science stream(s).
Three Year Degree Course in Arts/Commerce/Science

Approval details: Rama Devi Womens Autonomous College is affiliated with Utkal University, Bhubaneswar (Orissa)

Profile of Rama Devi Womens Autonomous College

Rama Devi Womens College, one of the premier womens institution of Orissa, started functioning as Government Womens College from the year 1964 in a small building of the Labour Department, Government of Orissa. The College was shifted to the Old School Building of Unit-1 in 1966 and finally to the present campus of about 28 acres on 1st January, 1969. A month later it was named after Maa Rama Devi, a great Orissan freedom fighter and a devout Gandhian. In 1990 the College celebrated its Silver Jubilee with enthusiasm and joy. From 1st June 1994, it was elevated to the status of a lead college and in 1995, it became the first Post-Graduate college of the State Capital with the opening of M.A. classes in Hindi and Home Science. From the academic session 1999-2000, this premier institution has been declared by the UGC an Autonomous College with effect from the session 2001-2002. Consequent upon the visit of the NAAC peer team to the College in August, 2004, the NACC (UGC) taking all the parameters of assessment into consideration, have awarded `A GRADE to this college w.e.f. 16.9.2004. The Post-Graduate and Degree Classes are functioning under rama devi womens autonomous college and Higher Secondary Classes are placed under rama devi womens junior college. The library, class rooms, and other infrastructure are shared by the two colleges.
The autonomous college imparts P.G. teaching in Hindi and Home Science and Honours teaching in English, Oriya, Hindi, Sanskrit, History, Economics, Political Science, Philosophy, Sociology, Mathematics, Accountancy, Management, Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology. Honours in Computer Science is taught as a self financing course. Under the UGC assistance, four vocational subjects namely (i) Clinical Nutrition, (ii) Secretarial Practice and Office Management, (iii) Food Science and Quality Control, and (iv) Industrial Fish and Fisheries are taught at degree level. Each year the college produces students of outstanding calibre, who hold positions in Higher Secondary and University Examinations in Science, Commerce and Arts. The NCC and NSS Volunteers of this college have earned name and fame, both within and outside the State.
Last but not the least, it is our fondly cherished dream to see this premier womens institution of Orissa as a deemed womens university

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NAAC report of Rama Devi Womens Autonomous College

Section 1 : Preface
Rama Devi Women's Autonomous College submitted its self-study report in December, 2003 for assessment and accreditation by the NAAC. After perusal of the self-study report, the NAAC constituted a peer team comprising Prof. D. Ramakotaiah, former Vice-Chancellor, Nagarjuna University, Guntur, as chairperson, Dr. Kabindra Prasad Singh, University Professor and Head, Dept. of History, BRA Bihar University, Mazaffarpur and Dr. S.Banerjea, Professor, Dept. of Commerce, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, as members for the purpose of accreditation of the college and the peer team visited the college from 12th to 14th August, 2004. Prof. K. Banadarangaiah, Academic Consultant, NAAC, coordinated the visit.

The college was established in Bhubaneswar in 1964 as a government women's college with a mission of empowering women by imparting education. It was started with a modest strength of 42 students and 8 lecturers. Later on, the college got renamed in the name of Rama Devi, a freedom fighter and a close follower of Mahatma Gandhi. The UGC recognized the college under 2F in 1969 and under 12B in 1972. The UGC conferred the autonomous status to this college in 1999. The present campus is in the heart of the capital city of Bhubaneswar in an area of 25 acres of land.

This is a Government College, affiliated to the Utkal University and is offering 2 PG, 20 UG (Hons.), 4 Vocational, 10 Certificate and 2 PG Diploma courses through 20 departments. The college is rich in terms of number of faculty members, i.e., 116 permanent teachers (including 63, 20 and 33, Ph.D, M.Phil, and PG holders respectively) and 8 guest teachers. There are 94 non-teaching staff (including 25 technical staff) and 2106 students comprising 1978 and 208 UG and PG students respectively. Almost all the usual support facilities like central library, computer centre, health centre, hostel, canteen, vehicle, parking sheds, sports facilities, welfare schemes are there. The unit cost of education is Rs. 22,000/- (including salary). The annual budget of the college is more than Rs. 4 crore.

The peer team has carefully and meticulously gone through the self-study report of the college. During the visit, the peer team visited all the academic departments and physical facilities, considered all the relevant documents and meaningfully interacted with the various components of the institution, particularly the principal, departmental heads, faculty members and some students, parents and alumni. The peer team has made certain observations based on such exercise, keeping the criteria identified by the NAAC in mind. The assessment of the institution under different criteria and the positive features of the institution and the major issues of concern have been stated below.

Section 2 : Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion I - Curricular Activities
The college is offering 2 PG (Hindi and Home Science), 20 UG [Hons.] (6 Science,12 Arts and 2 Commerce), 4 Vocational (Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, Office Management and Secretarial Practice, Industrial Fish and Fisheries, and Food Science and Quality Control) 10 Certificate (including 9 programmes in computer-related subjects) and 2 PG Diploma (Customer Care Services Management and Computer Applications) courses. Apart from the honours subjects, a number of major and minor elective subjects are also taught at the UG level.

After getting autonomy in 1999, the academic character of the college is gradually changing in the sense that it has introduced a number of UGC sponsored career-oriented vocational/certificate/PG diploma courses.

Syllabi revision has been made in line with the UGC model syllabi and implemented with effect from the academic session 2000-03. The Boards of Studies (comprising 50% external members) formulate the content of new programmes and it usually takes 1 year to introduce a new programme. The Department Teachers' Council reviews the syllabi at least twice a year and suggest mid-term corrections. Keeping the current trends in mind, in the last 2 years, 14 new programmes have been introduced. Though the college is yet to adopt a modular approach, the curricula in all areas have been unitized and the college has developed inter-/multi-disciplinary approach and inter-institutional arrangement in a limited way.

Criterion II - Teaching-learning and Evaluation
Admission in this college is made on the basis of equal weightage on special entrance and the academic records. In admission, government's reservation policy is strictly followed. It can be said that the college has a transparent admission process.

The students of Food Science and Quality Control/ Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics undergo internship, students of Industrial Fish and Fisheries undergo field training and study tour is conducted for the students of the departments like Zoology, Botany, Computer Science, Commerce, etc.

The college has introduced remedial courses for improvement of SC/ST students funded by the State Government.

After getting autonomy in 1999, the college has introduced a system of continuous evaluation through internal assessment (20% of marks) and seminar/ group discussion/ project work (in the final year) for the honours students. There is end-term examination system for the UG students. For the PG programmes, semester system is followed. It can be said that the institution has well-conceived plan for monitoring students' progress.

The Board of Studies for each department recommends the names of paper-setters/ moderators (who are all external)/examiners to the Controller of Autonomous Examinations who solely decides the final names of paper-setters/examiners. The central valuation method is followed for theory papers (which are coded) both for the UG and PG courses. There is no information regarding the adjustment of the pass/fail ratio and re-valuation has been stated to be inapplicable because the Utkal University does not have this practice. The college has normally maintained the scheduled dates of examinations (over the last 2 years) and usually results are published within 40 days from last examinations dates. However, the degrees/ diploma/ certificates are conferred by the University.

On the recommendation of the Orissa Public Service Commission, the State Government recruits teachers as per the UGC norms. It can be said that the mechanism to recruit qualified faculty is efficient.

The faculty members of this college update themselves through the usual means, i.e., seminar/conference/workshop/orientation programme/ refresher course/ library/ Internet, etc. During the last 2 years, 8 and 5 teachers respectively have acted as resource persons and 17 and 13 teachers respectively have gone for one or the other faculty development programmes , viz., teacher fellow/ study leave/ refresher course/ state or national level seminar, conference, workshop under FIP programme/computer training. Thus, the faculty members have opportunity for continuing their academic progress and professional advancement. The college has developed academic linkages in some form or the other with 20 institutions, some of which are nationally-reputed ones.

Self-appraisal of teachers on teaching/research/work satisfaction is done through government-prescribed proforma, departmental progress register and daily registers and annual self-appraisal statement and actions are taken thereon. It can be said that the institution has a reasonably open and participative mechanism for evaluation of teaching/research/work satisfaction.

There are 200 teaching days out of 240 working days in a year which is quite satisfactory.

Criterion III - Research, Consultancy and Extension
About 75% of the faculty are involved in various types of research activities.
1 research project has been completed and there are 2 UGC-funded on-going research projects (Major-1 and Minor -1). About 200 publications are to the credit of the faculty. The members of the faculty have authored 12 books and 21 teachers have got Ph.D. degree during the last five years.

Research works of some teachers are of high standard. Some of the teachers have got national and international recognitions by virtue of their contributions.

There is no separate research committee to facilitate and monitor research activities. It appears that there is still a scope for improvement in research activities.

Though the college has stated that it publicises the expertise available for consultancy service, the type of activities of some faculty members cannot be strictly included under consultancy work.

A faculty member, in addition to her normal duties, is appointed as officer-in-charge of NSS through which extension work is generally carried out. The broad areas of extension activities include: health and hygiene, AIDS, environmental awareness/ disaster management/ civil defence/ adult education, etc. Regarding the outreach programmes carried out (other than NSS and NCC), praiseworthy work was done by organising relief work after the devastating cyclone and floods in the coastal areas of Orissa. The college has adopted a slum and the students are providing various types of services. A number of seminars/ workshops have been organised on women problems. Students and teachers are always encouraged to participate in different types of extension activities through various government and non-government organisations.

It can be said that the institution is responsive to community needs and conducts relevant extension and awareness programmes.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college is quite rich in infrastructure and has a large area for further expansion. The college has plans to extend its existing library and reading room, to have 2 more galleries for bigger sections, to build staff quarters inside the campus, and to complete the second part of the new hostel. The help from MP/ MLA's LAD fund, UGC and State Government are being effectively utilised for the development of infrastructure. Running of the junior college from the same building ensures near optimum utilisation of the rooms. The college has a spacious and well-furnished examination hall for 300 students. A number of external agencies are allowed to hold examinations on holidays. The examination hall and the auditorium are frequently used by outsiders and that also generates some funds. It appears that the college is trying to use optimally its infrastructure. Infrastructure is maintained by Public Works/ Public Health/ Electrical Departments, Government of Orissa, and from out of development fees collected from students.

The library is run for 9 hours a day for 6 days in a week. The plinth area of the library building is about 5600 sqft. There are 6 sections (general, reference, book bank, reading room, seminar and reprographic) managed by 11 staff.. There are about 52000 books, 9 journals and 21 periodicals. The library is having inter-library exchange and book bank facilities. The ratio of library books to no. of enrolled students is 1:21. There are 288 effective working days and about 150 book are issued daily. The library is going to be fully computerised very soon. The library receives grants from the state government as well as from the UGC. It has been observed that the library needs additional staff to manage the existing work load.

Computer facilities are available 8 hours a day; networking is in progress; maintenance is done from the development fund and the self-financing course (Computer Science/ Hons.); and arrangement with a private firm regarding maintenance has been made. Computer facilities (29 in number) have been extended to various academic departments and administrative and support services.

Computer facilities can be said to be reasonably adequate. The college has a joint venture with a private computer organisation sponsored by the state government, i.e., Computer Point, for running 9 computer-related courses for the benefit of the students and teaching and non-teaching staff. The college has provided a room for this purpose and the existing arrangement is working well.

A health centre is there in the hostel and a government doctor is deputed for health check up fortnightly. The state government has been approached to allow the construction of a dispensary in the campus. Though there is accident insurance cover for all students, no arrangement is made for compulsory general medical check up and maintenance of health records for students, faculty and non-teaching staff.

The college has a big play ground for outdoor games and has facilities for indoor games in the students' common room. Proposal has been submitted to the UGC for a multi-gym and Taekwando training centre. Various incentives are given to students who are proficient in sports by giving different types of weightage at the time of admission. Students in general are encouraged to participate in sports through various incentives. During the last year, 10, 4 and 3 students respectively participated in different types of sports at the regional, state and national level.

The college has a small workshop attached to the Physics department having a mechanic giving different types of maintenance service to the college, which may not be sufficient to cater to the needs of the college.

The teachers can avail of house building advance from the state government which is sanctioned on a first-cum-first-served basis and they can get conveyance allowance subject to availability of funds with the government. Bank loans can also be availed of by the employees directly.

There are 4 hostels having 600 seats (including 1 hostel for SC/ ST students with 200 seats) with facilities like telephone, water filter, refrigerator, colour TV, newspaper and magazines, some sports facilities and fortnightly health check up. There is library facility in 1 hostel.

For grievances, the students generally approach the proctors who take care of their complaints. The advisory board of the students' union also plays an active role. The actions relating to grievance redressal are finally taken by the principal.

Other facilities include the college's own website, parking sheds, a car parking area with security guard, a college canteen, and auditorium (requiring renovation) and audio/ video equipments in some departments.

Criterion V: Students' Support and Progression
The students of this college have a definite orientation for career making. They are increasingly taking admission in job-oriented courses. They are very sincere and disciplined and maintain the dignity of the institution. They also freely interact with the teachers in pursuit of their study and career making. The seats for all the courses offered by the college are filled up. 98.5% of students passed out after the minimum period of study and the drop out rate was only about 5% (mostly science students).

The college publishes its updated prospectus annually containing all information regarding admission procedures, examination pattern, rules and regulations and facilities available for the benefit of the prospective students. The prospective students can also use the college's website. The students can avail of different types of scholarships from the central and state governments, the institution and other sources.

There is no employment and placement cell. The placement of Computer Science (Hons.) students is done by the Computer Science department.

Career-related information is provided by the Students' Information Bureau managed by some faculty members. Regarding the faculty participation in academic and personal counselling, mention can be made about the proctorial system available in the college.

The alumni association was established in 1991. It provides, inter alia, financial aid to meritorious and needy students.

Criterion VI: Organisation and Management
The college has a very effective management structure in which the Executive Committee is the apex statutory body and the other bodies are Academic Council, Boards of Studies, and Finance Committee. There are also important non-statutory committees like planning and evaluation/ admission/ examination/library/ purchase/ students' welfare and extra-curricular activities committees. The Executive Committee takes all important decisions which are implemented by the principal with the help of bursars and other faculty members. 4 bursars who are faculty members with additional charge (administrative/ accounts/ academic/ legal) report to the principal regarding college administration. The departmental heads (monitoring and coordinating all academic work) report to the principal regarding academic matters and the faculty members report to them. The Controller of Autonomous Examinations supervises all examination-related works (other than entrance tests) and some faculty members look after matters relating to development, UGC, students' union, etc. The degree of commitment of the teachers is very high and they provide all sorts of assistance to the management in running the institution effectively. The office and the academic departments of the institution can be said to be governed on the principles of participation and transparency.

The service books of both teaching and non-teaching staff are updated regularly. Confidential reports for administrative staff are prepared by the principal on the basis of the report of the administrative bursar regarding their performance and this is used for promotion and disciplinary measures. 4 and 2 administrative staff members have attended administrative training programmes during the last 2 years.
Academic calendar is prepared every year by the Examination Committee and approved by the Academic Council. The principal organises regular meetings to review its proper implementation.

Rs.5,02,54,706 (including 4,20,84,706 as pay allowances and other grant to college during 2002-03, Rs.42,00,000 as state government grants, Rs.27,00,000 as Central government grants and Rs.17,50,000 from MP/ MLA's LAD Fund) were obtained in the last year from different sources, of this Rs.3,00,000 only came from self-financing courses.

Apart from the tuition fee, a student has to pay a development fee at the time of admission since 2000-01, library fee, laboratory fee, and room rent and mess charge for hostel accommodation. There has been no enhancement in tuition fee during the last 3 years.

There is no formal internal audit mechanism. However, the Finance Committee does the financial audit and faculty members do the stock verification of various departments and office every year. The Accountant General of Orissa audits the expenditure of the college and the utilisation of funds from the state government and the UGC.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
Though there is no formal mechanism for internal quality checks, the Staff Council reviews the progress of teaching and the principal reviews the lesson plans of the teachers every month.

Through the functioning of different statutory and non-statutory committees, the top management encourages team work. However, the managerial concepts like Strategic Planning have not been operationalised. As regards the use of IT, the college offers a course in Computer Science (Hons.) and there are 16 computers in the laboratory and networking is in progress.

Though the college has not gone for non-formal mode, the PGDCA course of distant education of the Central University, Pondicherry, is being run from the Computer Science department.

Students are guided by teachers to participate in social activities like cleaning the surroundings once a week and yogic and spiritual courses are organised. Civic responsibilities are inculcated in the students through environment/ AIDS/ Road safety awareness programmes, First Aid training/ Relief camps and NCC/ NSS activities. The Red Cross Society of this college is rendering laudable services to the society. Apart from these, participation in students' union activities, debating/ literary/ dramatic societies/ aerobic training camp, etc., help in all round personality development of the students. The college has adopted a slum area and the students are providing various types of services to the people of the suffering community. Some staff members are serving different state-level voluntary organisations engaged in community development programmes.

The NCC unit of this college is marvelous under the able guidance of one of the teachers. This body has brought many laurels and medals for this college. Two cadets have bagged bronze medal and Governor's gold medal in recent years and five cadets have been selected by the Sahara group to act as security officers for its various organizations. Some cadets have also received merit scholarships and prizes. The Chief Minister of Orissa was so much impressed to see the performance of the cadets of this college during one of his visits that he also donated a token amount as a gesture of appreciation.

Apart from providing basic knowledge in different science, humanities and commerce disciplines through a number of courses (incorporating job-orientation in syllabi), the college is trying to orient itself towards women empowerment, improving quality of life, cultural growth, entrepreneurship development, and inter-disciplinary activities.

The efforts of the college to promote general/transferable skills like communication skill, use of IT, and ability to work independently and as a team member are praiseworthy.

Section 3 : Overall Analysis
The peer team after carefully going through the self-study report and visiting the various academic and physical facilities, puts on record its appreciation for some of the praisewothy features of the Rama Devi Women's Autonomous College as presented below.

There is a wide range of programme options at the UG (Hons.) level with scope for flexibility/variety in the choice.

The training is imparted to the cadets in first aid and fire fighting at the college level to manage disaster and emergency situations and praiseworthy services are rendered by the cadets in AIDS awareness, plantation and upliftment of economic condition of slums, etc.

One of the cadets has won the bronze medal in shooting competition and the cadets have won the running shield and the champion's trophy almost every year on Independence Day/Republic Day celebrations.

Services of NSS in female literacy and environmental protection through plantation in a slum area adopted by the college are noteworthy.

There is a committed and dedicated faculty who have compassion and concern for the academically-weak students.

The rich native cultural talent among the students is being nurtured through Odissi and Folk dances, etc.

Research papers of some teachers have been published in national and international journals.

Strict discipline and teaching schedules are maintained in the institution.

Management of all the hostels is simply excellent.

Admission of students is based on entrance test and academic performance.

Introduction of job-oriented courses like Computer Science(self-financing), Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, Office Management and Secretarial Practice, Industrial Fish and Fisheries, Food Science and Quality Control, Customer Contract Service Management and Computer Applications have been found to be very helpful for the students.

The college has implemented the UGC model syllabi from the academic session 2002-03.

A system of self-appraisal of teachers on teaching/research/work satisfaction is there by using government-prescribed proforma and the departmental progress register, daily registers and annual self-appraisal statements are maintained in the college.

Keeping the college's plans for development in mind, the peer team would like to draw the attention of the authorities of the college with respect to the following :

In response to the current trends and social needs, the college may explore the possibility of starting some UGC-sponsored courses like Biotechnology, Microbiology, Business Administration, Insurance, Mass Communication, Tourism and Travel Management, Catering and Hotel Management, Fine Arts, Women Studies, etc. Courses on Functional English/Spoken English may also be introduced.

Separate rooms for all the academic departments with intercom facility may be provided.

Internet facility needs to be extended to all the academic departments.
Canteen may be expanded and modernised.

More indoor game facilities in the girls' common room may be provided.

For the benefit of the students, a full-fledged Counselling Cell may be established in the college.

The college needs a big study centre.

Keeping the strength and demand of the students in view, more hostel buildings may be constructed.

The peer team is of the opinion that this exercise will be useful to the institution to initiate quality enhancement strategies towards further growth and development.

The peer team would like to thank the principal, coordinator, executive committee, teaching and non-teaching staff, students and all other members of the college who have directly or indirectly helped the peer team. The peer team also wishes a bright future for the Rama Devi Women's Autonomous College.

Prof. D. Ramakotaiah (Chairperson)

Prof. Kabindra Prasad Singh (Member)

Prof. S. Banerjea(Member)

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