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Upendranath College, Balasore, Orissa
Upendranath College, Balasore, Orissa
Address:Soro, Balasore, Orissa - 756045
Upendranath College, Balasore is a recognised institute / college.
Upendranath College, Balasore is situated in Balasore of Orissa state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Website of Upendranath College, Balasore is http://www.uncollegesoro.org/.
Contact Details of Upendranath College, Balasore are : Telephone: +91-6788-221222
Courses offered in Upendranath College, BalasoreBachelor of Arts(B.A.) Bachelor of Commerce(B.Com) Bachelor of Science(B.Sc)
Upendranath College, Balasore runs course(s) in Arts, Commerce, Science stream(s).
Profile of Upendranath CollegeUpendranath College was founded in July 1964 on the initiative and generous donation of Late Upendranath Pradhan, an educationalist in true sense and an inspired soul who set up many educational institutions till the last breath of his life. The college was raised to the degree stage in Arts in the year 1966, commerce in the year 1978 and Science in the ;year 1980. The college, previously affiliated to Utkal university, is now affiliated to Fakir Mohan University, Balasore. At present it is one of the premier colleges of the district of Balasore and the University was well imparting honors teaching facilities in 13 subjects like English, Economics, history, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology and commerce. Computer teaching facility leading to P.G.D.C.A and C.C.P is available under the joint venture of Govt. of Orissa and the college.
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NAAC report of Upendranath CollegeSECTION I: INTRODUCTION
Upendranath College was established on 16th July 1964. It has 2376 students and 138 teaching and non-teaching staff members. The college has an area of land 15.23 acres. It houses three faculties like arts, science and commerce. The college started with 64 students in PU in 1964. Now it is raised to the Degree College - Arts in 1966, Commerce in 1978 and Science in 1980. The college was first affiliated to Utkal University and now it is affiliated to Fakir Mohan University, Balasore. It has honours teaching facilities in 13 subjects like English, Economics, History, Oriya, Philosophy, Sanskrit, Political Science, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology and Commerce. Computer teaching facility is also available with the help of a private commercial company. It has +2 stage in Arts, Science and Commerce and +3 stage in Arts, Science and Commerce with 1374 students.
The academic session of the college begins from 1st June 2006 to 31st May 2007. It is situated in a semi-urban area. The unit cost calculated excluding salary is Rs.517/-.
Upendranath College, Soro, Balasore has offered itself for assessment and accreditation by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and submitted its Self Study Report (SSR). A Peer Team was constituted by NAAC to visit the college and validate the SSR. The Peer Team comprised of Professor S.P. Singh, former Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar as the Chairman, Professor Subir Kumar Basu, Dean, Students' Welfare, Vidyasagar university, Midnapore, West Bengal as the Member-Coordinator and Dr. K.T Rangappa, Principal,B.E.S College of Education, Bangalore as Member. Dr. M.S. Shyamsundar, Deputy Adviser, NAAC was the Coordinating Officer at NAAC. The Peer Team visited the college on March 24 and 25, 2007 and carefully studied, discussed and analysed the SSR submitted by the college. It visited all the academic departments, administrative sections and all the central facilities, interacted with the faculty, students, non-teaching staff, parents and alumni of the college. The Peer Team had also gone through various relevant documents including the budget and the audit report. Based on this exercise and keeping in mind the criteria and norms set by NAAC, the Peer Team prepared this report on institutional accreditation of the college.
The assessment of the college under various criteria is reported below.
SECTION II: CRITERION WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion 1 - Curricular Aspects
The college has 03 programme options namely arts, science and commerce at the degree level. 13 subjects are being taught in the institution. It has annual system programme, programme with 11 elective options.
The academic programme of the institution is maintained through engagement of regular classroom teaching. The course curriculum is prescribed by Fakir Mohan University in which the college faculty also involved in redesigning the curriculum. Teachers are encouraged to participate in seminars, workshops etc. The interdisciplinary subjects like environmental studies and Indian society and culture have been introduced. The college has no option to introduce any value added course. About 25% of the courses focus on experimental learning. No provision to introduce computer training to all students in the curriculum. No thrust is given to ICT in the curriculum. No training programme is available for employees at the Government level. However some ministerial staff acquired the knowledge in accounts and computer training. The institution provides flexibility within the course frame. Extra coaching is given to slow learners after the test. Advanced learners are encouraged to participate in Olympiad, debate, quiz programmes etc. credit transfer facility is available to the students. Feedback is obtained from the alumni. For quality sustenance no private tuition, regular inspection by the Principal, extra coaching for slow learners and disadvantaged are ensured. The institution has some plans for the future.
Arts: English, Oriya, Economics, History, Political Science, Philosophy, Sanskrit and Mathematics
Science: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Botany, Zoology
In addition the college has certificate Course in Computer Application.
Criterion 2 - Teaching - Learning and Evaluation
The college has 200 working days and 130 teaching days. There are 69 teaching staff, 54 non-teaching staff and 15 technical staff. There are 06 part time lecturers appointed by the management. 63 teachers are qualified and approved. The institution has a transparent admission process. SC and ST students are given 8% and 12% reservation respectively. Women students are also given weightage. 3% of seats are reserved for physically challenged students. Reservation policy is also given for sports men. Special attention is given to the disadvantaged. The college prepares academic calendar every year. The principal visits to the classes regularly and instruct the teachers to prepare their instruction. Except science subjects, in all other subjects, lecture method is followed. Through study tours, debates, seminars etc., learning is made learner centered. Tutorial classes are also conducted. The teachers are allowed to participate in refresher and orientation courses. A few departments have a library of its own.
There is selection of teachers by the management by S.S.B., Orissa as well. The management provides study leave to teachers depute to seminars, refresher courses etc. A few staff members are versed with computers. No evaluation of teachers by students is practiced. The evaluation is done by the Principal through their self-appraisal reports. There is no academic audit in the department. There is no introduction of innovative practices in teaching and learning.
The institution monitors the performance of students through unit tests, and annual examinations. The central valuation method is followed at the university level.
After the conduct of test and mid term examination, performance of the students are discussed in class. Degree certificates are issued to the students from the university after the results are announced. Evaluation reforms are purely left to the University which should be followed by each college. The college does not have continuous evaluation method.
Criterion 3 - Research Consultancy and Evaluation
The college has a research committee. But there is no provision to do research in the college campus. 12 teachers are awarded with Ph.D degree and 11 teachers with M.Phil degree, a good number of faculty members served as resource persons, 11 faculty members have taken up minor research projects. A few teachers have published books. Good numbers of articles are published in magazines. The college has NSS wing with 100 male and 50 female students. NCC wing has 50 cadets out of which 10 are female students. The college provides study leave to teachers who want to pursue higher studies leading to Ph.D and M.Phil. The college subscribes for a few research journals. No provision for fellowship to research scholars. The college receives funds for minor research projects from UGC. There is no collaborative research work done by the faculty. The institution does not provide any consultancy service.
A few programmes are undertaken by NSS, NCC and Red Cross units of the college to meet natural calamities like floods and cyclone and participate in health awareness, literacy awareness programmes. Normal camps on Sundays and special camps on Puja holidays and summer vacations are organised. These are held in public places like Railway stations, Bus stands and Market places. Blood donation camps are organized. They also had anti-dowry and anti-leprosy drive in the nearby villages. Social justice to unpriviliged sections like woman is ensured during camps. These lead to harmonious social living. The local NGO's participate with the students during camp days. Moderations, updating the syllabus are done by the Board of Studies of the University. Two faculty members are guiding research scholars in their Ph. D work.
CRITERION IV : INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
The college has a vast campus spread over 15.23 acres. The college is on the National Highway - 5, enjoys a beautiful environment, where cool breeze, air natural eco-friendly trees grown, give a different academic atmosphere. As an affiliated college of Fakir Mohan University, U.N. College, Soro, Balasore, Orissa was established in the year 1964. It has a few buildings comprising classrooms, administrative block, science block, Teachers common room, Library, Auditorium, Boys' and Girls' common rooms, NCC room, NSS room, YRC room, Sports room. The college planning Board and college construction committee monitors the construction, renovation, and extension of these buildings. The governing body considers the report for the maintenance of the infrastructure submitted by the construction committee.
It has a good flower garden with different types of flowers, which gives a good ambience to the college. The college authority has taken special care for keeping the campus beautiful and pollution free by plantation.
The college has one hostel, (just completed) one for girls where 100 girls can reside and one faculty member is in-charge of the girls hostel.
There is no placement cell, but the college provides information to students and career-counseling in the college.
The college has a central library with about 25,632 books out of which there are about 4950 titles and a reading room. Reprographic facility is also available. The library remains open for 6 days in a week from 10 am to 4 pm. The library advisory committee supervises the working of the library and suggests proposals for the development of the library. The college has purchased 2978 books during the academic session of 2004-2005 at the cost of Rs.1,39,481 and 2815 books worth Rs.1,43,008 in 2005-2006. The library is partly computerized. There is provision for reference books in the library. The college has appointed the security personnel for the library.
There is no central computing facility in the college. The computer facility is extended to the science departments - Physics, Chemistry, Botany, and Zoology. The computer and their accessories are maintained by a computer personnel appointed by the college.
The college has a play ground which is used for cricket, football etc. The college provides various games and sports equipment to the students. The College has few fitness instruments. It gives a few incentives to outstanding sports students. The playground is used for cricket and football competitions organized by the local clubs and also used for army recruitment. The college conducts annual athletic meet every year.
The college has an auditorium which is used for holding cultural functions and functions of different societies. It is also used for holding meetings and seminars.
The college has a health centre, which provides first aid facilities to the students and staff. It organizes periodical health check-up programmes.
CRITERION V : STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
The college caters to the needs of the Semi-urban areas in and around 'Soro'. It publishes its updated prospectus every year. The prospectus contains general information about the course structure, rules and regulation of admission, details of the fee structure, commencement of classes, information regarding hostel admission, availability of scholarships and financial assistance from the central and state government and other agencies. Merit scholarships and post-marit scholarship are extended to SC and ST students. Merit scholarship is allotted to the children of Bidi workers through the Govt. agencies.
The college publishes its academic calendar at the beginning of the academic year which contains the list of the staff, college rules, reservation of seats in college, admission facility of the sports, NSS & NCC students, cash prize endowment to the bonafide students, rules of college library, rules of election of the students Union, societies and associations etc. The support services are available in the college, such as central library, canteen, and cycle stand, consumer co-operative stores etc.
The college has academic and personal counseling facilities with one faculty member-in-charge, who provides necessary guidance for future placement and employment in different government and private / public sector organizations.
The college has an alumni association. The alumni of the college have occupied good positions. Alumni have joined Indian Police Service, A.C.F., officer in Defence services, Judiciary officer, Teachers in the university, film director etc. College do not have any record with them which indicates students' progression to higher studies indicating that students have passed CAT examination, IAS, defence etc.
The college provides a number of recreational and leisure time facilities like indoor and outdoor games. It publishes its annual magazine by name 'Saswati' every year.
There are three NSS units, two for boys, and one for girls. Each unit has a capacity of 50 students. These units have undertaken various programmes like community development, awareness programme on AIDS and Environment. NSS and YRC units organize blood donation camp, Eye camp, Health camp etc. The college has a NCC unit having 50 cadets. The YRC, NSS, and NCC have organized various extension activities.
The college has students union and various associations. The elections of the office bearers of the students' union and Associations - cultural, Dramatic, Day scholars' are being held annually as per the notification of higher education department of government of Orissa. The students of the college participated in the inter college cricket competition in 2006-2007. Students have won the champion in the inter college cricket tournament. The college organizes Debate, Quiz, and Music competitions every year. The success rate is 79% and 80% in 2005 and 2006 respectively and the dropout rate 5% and 7% in 2005 & 2006 respectively.
CRITERION VI : ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT.
In the very beginning, the college was started with the help of Educationists of this area to promote higher education to the backward sections of the society in this semi urban area of Soro. Later the college was admitted under grant in aid and recognized by UGC under 2(f) and 12(b). There is no governing body, the sub collector is the president and the Principal is the secretary.
The college is affiliated to the Fakir Mohan University and receiving grants from the government of Orissa. Hence, it has to follow the rules and regulations of government of Orissa with regards to constitution of governing body, recruitment of staff and so on from time to time. The management also recruits the teacher on adhoc basis through interview, which is placed before DHE, government of Orissa for approval. The principal steers up the college administration through a number of sub-committees like staff council to streamline the academic affairs. The college has various committees such as admission, Discipline, Library, Examinations, Construction, UGC, Finance, Research, Development; a senior teacher heads each committee. These committees co-ordinate and monitor the college activities. Administrative bursar is looking after the various administrative works and guide the non-teaching staff in their day-to-day functioning. Academic bursar is responsible for academic affair of the college.
The college has an annual confidential report method of the teachers, which is required at the time of promotion. The report is checked by the principal and is sent to the DHE, government of Orissa, for information. The teachers are permitted to participate in the refresher course, orientation course, and seminar for their academic development.
The college has many welfare programmes for the teaching and non-teaching employees. Different kinds of loans are provided to the teachers and non-teaching employees such as GPF, EPF and also from credit co-operative society. The college provides various welfare schemes for students such as stipend for physically handicapped students, scholarships for Bidi workers' children etc.
The college prepares its annual budget in the beginning of the financial year and all expenditures are made as per budget. The finance of institution is judiciously allocated and effectively utilized to make its programmes cost effective and auditing procedures are regular. Observing usual formalities through purchase committee purchases of major items being done. Account bursar and accountant normally make the internal audit. The college receives grants from the state government and UGC.
CRITERION VII: HEALTHY PRACTICES
The college has some good healthy practices as observed by the peer team.
Principal and staff working as a team for the academic benefits of the institution.
The college imparts value-based education by conducting extra mural lectures to teach yoga.
The college inculcates civic responsibilities through Aids Awareness camp; raising funds at the time of natural calamities, blood donation camp etc.
The college aims at developing the all round personality development of the students through dedicated teaching, organization of cultural and co-cultural activities.
The college authority has taken special care for keeping the campus beautiful and pollution free by plantation of trees and flower plants.
Debates, Quiz competition, and organizing other cultural activities etc are held regularly.
The college organizes the programme to promote general skill among the students such as capacity to learn, communication skill.
Good numbers of teachers hold Ph.D or M.Phil degree.
The faculties are allowed for participation in the seminars, refresher courses, and orientation courses.
One teacher in English and one in oriya are recognized research guides of the college, one in English and 2 in Oriya have been already awarded with Ph.D degree under their supervision.
The College has dress code.
The students of the college got ranks in the university examination.
A Few students also awarded as Best Graduate by obtaining highest marks in all subject by the university.
The college has Bee keeping centre to promote the self employment.
SECTION III : OVERALL ANALYSIS
The Peer Team, after carefully going through the Self Study Report and in course of its visit to academic departments and other physical facilities involving all sections of the college community, feels that Upendranath College, Soro, Balasore during its 43 years of functioning, has been able to achieve its primary goal of making the facilities of higher education in all three streams available in a predominantly semi-urban and backward area to a reasonably good extent. Some of the commendable features and also areas of strength for the college are: (i) a wide spectrum of subjects in arts, science and commerce streams (ii) flexibility in choosing subject combinations, (iii) high success rate in University examinations in consecutive years with University ranks, first class with Best University Awards.
The Peer Team after detailed review of the present and prospective status of the college and in a spirit of helping the college to move in a desired direction, likes to put forward the following suggestions for consideration and action by the college authorities.
Optimum use of the audio-visual aids such like maps, charts, OHP and slide projector should be encouraged among the faculty.
To open the job oriented courses like sericulture, Tailoring and Cutting, computer education, management, fisheries, Spoken English, Computer applications, Journalism and mass Communication is the need of the hour.
The UGC schemes for the remedial coaching, vocational courses, and networking facilities need to be submitted in the XI plan period.
Participation and organizing seminars, presentation of papers in the seminars should be encouraged.
The College needs to acquire knowledge of computer among the teaching and non-teaching staff should be promoted.
Laboratories facilities need further upgradation.
The Computer Centre with internet facility has to be setup.
The Boundary Wall should be constructed for the protection of the campus.
To introduce new subjects like Microbiology, Sociology, Biotechnology etc.
The Library should be computerized.
The Salaries of the teaching & non-teaching staff appointed by the management should be increased.
To constitute the Governing body of the College and the meeting of the G.B. be held regularly.
All minor research projects (MRP) undertaken should be completed within the stipulated period.
All the unspent funds of Xth plan of UGC and other funding agency should be utilized within very short period.
Self appraisal report of the teachers & also teachers' diary should be implemented.
Health centre, telephone booth, bank facilities should be provided to the teachers, students and non-teaching staff in the college campus.
The Peer Team believes that the present exercise of NAAC accreditation has surely been a rewarding experience for the college and a challenging opportunity for introspection and further improvements.
The Peer Team sincerely thanks the President, the Principal, the NAAC Steering Committee Coordinator, Associate Coordinator and other members, all teachers and non-teaching staff, present and previous students, parents and guardians for their cooperation and warmth displayed during the visit. The Peer Team wishes the college all success.
Professor S.P. Singh
Professor Subir Kumar Basu
Dr. K.T. Rangappa
Sri Probodh Ch. Mohanty
Date : March 25, 2007
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