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Khallikote Autonomous College, Berhampur (Brahmapur), Orissa
Khallikote Autonomous College, Berhampur (Brahmapur), Orissa
Berhampur (Brahmapur) (District Ganjam)
Orissa, IndiaPin Code : 760001
Khallikote Autonomous College, Berhampur (Brahmapur) Orissa is a recognised institute / college. Status: Autonomous.
Khallikote Autonomous College, Berhampur (Brahmapur) Orissa is also known as Union College, Khallikote College.
Khallikote Autonomous College, Berhampur (Brahmapur) Orissa was established on / in 1856.
Khallikote Autonomous College, Berhampur (Brahmapur) Orissa is situated in Berhampur (Brahmapur) of Orissa state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at Khallikote Autonomous College, Berhampur (Brahmapur) Orissa are 9861117540, 9861373400 (D.E.O.).
Website of Khallikote Autonomous College, Berhampur (Brahmapur) Orissa is http://www.kacmca.org/.
Contact Details of Khallikote Autonomous College, Berhampur (Brahmapur) Orissa are : Telephone: +91-680-2223966
Principal Mobile 9437273107
CoursesBachelor of Business Administration(B.B.A)
Master of Finance and Control(M.F.C)
Master of Computer Application(M.C.A)
Integrated Master of Commerce in Risk and Retail Management
Integrated Master of Science in Electronics and Telecommunication
Khallikote Autonomous College, Berhampur (Brahmapur) Orissa runs course(s) in Commerce, Computer Applications, Business Management stream(s).
Khallikote Autonomous College is affiliated with Berhampur University, Berhampur (Brahmapur)
Profile of Khallikote Autonomous CollegeKhallikote Autonomous College is a century-old institution of the century with its glorious past which has been the centre of learning and intellectual pursuits in Orissa. The College is one of the premier, oldest and historic colleges of Orissa. It was established in the heart of the city of Berhampur in the year 1886. The city, known as the silk city is situated in the southern-most tip of Orissa. The College began as a Zilla school in the year 1856, upgraded to an intermediate college as Union College in the year 1878. Later on it became Native College and in 1893 it was again reamed as Khallikote College. It became Autonomous since year 1990. The College has rare distinction of being the foremost College of the state in getting NAAC accreditation. In 2006 the College has also been accorded the status of College with potential of excellence (CPE) status by UGC.
Media coverage of Khallikote Autonomous College, Berhampur (Brahmapur) Orissa, Orissa
Abducted Odisha college student rescuedBerhampur (Odisha), Apr 29 (PTI) Three days after being abducted by miscreants for ransom, a student of Khallikote Autonomous College in Odisha was rescued unharmed today from Tamana jungle near here. The accused involved in the incident were, however, yet to be arrested, police said. K Ganesh Rao, a final year BBA student was kidnapped by miscreants from Salia Dam in Banapur police limit on Thursday afternoon at gunpoint and the abductors demanded a ransom Rs 10 lakh from his builder father K Mohan Rao to release him. Ganesh of Martha Street here was going to Salia Dam along with his other three friends when the incident took place. After being released, the police detained him for interrogation to know about the abductors. Three motorcycle-borne persons left the abducted student at the jungle and later fled away taking the advantages of the heavy rains, sub-divisional police officer, Balugaon P K Routray said. PTI COR SKN AMD AMD
NAAC report of Khallikote Autonomous CollegePart I
Khallikote College, Berhampur, had a very small beginning as a Government Zilla School in the year of 1856. It became an intermediate college in 1878 and came under private management in 1880. In 1887, the intermediate college was named as 'Native College'. In 1893, the College was renamed as 'Khallikote College' as an acknowledgement of the generosity of the Raja Harihara Mardraj Deo of Khallikote. The institution flourished during the first two decades of the last century with donations from several royal families. The College was affiliated to Madras University till 1936 when Berhampur was in the Madras Presidency. After 1936, when Orissa became a separate state, the College was affiliated to Patna University. In 1943, Utkal University was established and Degree classes in the Arts, Science and Commerce started at Khallikote College in 1944 under affiliation to Utkal University. Postgraduate programmes were introduced in four subjects in 1963. The College became affiliated to Berhampur University after the establishment of the University in 1967. The College was taken over by the State Government in March, 1971. Gradually more departments have started offering post-graduate programmes. Khallikote College was recognised by the University Grants Commission under section 2f of the UGC Act from June, 1972, and it became an Autonomous College in 1990. Its autonomous status has been extended by UGC up to the academic year 2005-06.
Khallikote College as of today has a sprawling campus of more than 16.72 acres located in the heart of the District town of Berhampur. It caters to the needs of the districts of undivided Ganjam, Phulbani and Koraput. At present the College has eighteen undergraduate and thirteen post-graduate departments and offers honours courses in ten subjects in Arts, eight subjects in science and two groups in Commerce. It also offers 16 post-graduate programmes and 4 programmes leading to the M.Phil. degree. The College also offers a diploma course in Functional English as a Vocational Course sponsored by UGC from the academic session 2002-03. Post-graduate Diploma courses in Bio-Technology and Information Technology are also offered by the College on self-financing basis.
The College has 105 sanctioned posts of teachers and 92 permanent teachers in position with thirteen posts vacant in nine departments. 59 teachers have Ph.D. and six have M.Phil. Degrees as the highest qualification. There are no part-time teachers. The numbers of technical and administrative staff are 92 and 73 respectively.
It enrolls more than two thousand students in the undergraduate and nearly eight hundred students in the postgraduate and other programmes.
Admission to all UG and PG programmes is based on academic record as well as performance in special entrance tests. Admission to the MCA programme is made on the basis of a Joint Entrance Examination conducted at State level.
The College has the annual system of academic work for the undergraduate and most of the post-graduate programmes. However, it has adopted the semester system for the more recently introduced post-graduate MCA, PGDIT, M.Sc.(Biotechnology) and M.Sc.(Computer Science) programmes. The College is open on 242 days with 181 teaching days per year on the average.
The College has several buildings for the academic departments apart from the administrative building, library building and the auditorium. It has four hostels, including one for postgraduate students and one for girls. The College has central library, staff housing, canteen, sports facilities including a stadium, workshop and several other facilities. There is a post-office and a branch of Central Bank of India within the campus.
The College is administered by the Department of Higher Education of the State Government of Orissa, with limited powers vested with the Principal. Apart from Government funding, the College earns through students' fees other that tuition fees. It also retains all fees received from self-financing courses. The College Governing Body is formed according to the UGC norm for autonomous colleges with nominees of the affiliating university and the State Govt. The entire staff is also appointed by the State Govt. and the staff members are under Govt. Control. The Principal acts as the Drawing and Disbursing Officer and is assisted by the Vice-Principal in certain administrative matters. The unit cost of education at Khallikote College is about Rs.13,700.
Khallikote College, volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) following a directive of the Dept. of Higher Education, Govt. of Orissa and submitted the Self-Study Report. A Peer Team was constituted by NAAC, consisting of Prof. Bharati Mukherjee, Vice-Chancellor, Rabindra Bharati University as Chairperson, Prof. P. K. Chaudhuri, Member secretary, West Bengal State Council of Higher Education and Prof. Shankar Lal Gargh, Principal, Government Nutan Girls' P.G. College, Indore, as Members. Dr. Jagannath Patil, Assistant Adviser, NAAC, acted as the Coordinating Officer for the visit of the Peer Team. The Peer Team visited the College from 9th. to 11th, September 2003. The Team interacted with the Principal, Members of the Governing Body, teachers, staff members and representative groups of students and alumni. The Team visited all the departments and facilities. The present report of the Peer Team is based on an exhaustive study of the Self-Study Report submitted by the College, information collected through interactions and validation of facts and figures through visits, interactions and examination of relevant documents.
Criterion-wise Report :
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
As an autonomous college, the prime objectives of Khallikote College are development of curricula and introduction of innovations in the teaching-learning process to make the programmes career-oriented. These objectives are reflected in the large variety of its academic programmes offered by the College. The Arts Faculty consists of the departments of English, Oriya, Hindi, Telugu, Economics, Education, History, Philosophy and Political Science. The Science Faculty consists of the departments of Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology and Geology while the departments of Anthropology, Mathematics and Statistics are common to both. The department of Commerce is a faculty by itself. The department of Physics offers M.Sc in Computer Science, the department of Botany offers both M.Sc. and P.G. Diploma in Biotechnology and the department of Mathematics runs the MCA and P.G. Diploma in Information Technology as self-financing programmes. The diploma course on Functional English is offered by the English Department.
The undergraduate programmes leading to B.A., B.Sc and B.Com. have been recast according to UGC guidelines. English or Communicative English, Environmental Studies and Indian Society and Culture are core subjects common to all Bachelor's Degree Programmes. A Major Indian Language is compulsory for all students doing BA or B.Sc. For BA, a student has to study one subject at honours level, two at elective level other than four compulsory core subjects. For B.Sc., a student studies one subject at honours level and three subjects at pass or elective levels with varying weightage in terms of marks apart from the core subjects. Similarly, the B.Com. programme consists of one subject taught at honours level along with four at pass level and four other core subjects. Thus, a very large number of programme options are available at UG level. The B.Sc. (Honours) programme in Computer Science is self-financing.
The self-financing courses are need-based and employment oriented. The curricula have practicals, fieldwork and projects integrated as and where necessary. The academic programmes allow flexibility in time frame and horizontal mobility. They offer elective and non-core options. The College has unitized the syllabi.
The College formulates the curricula of new programmes by appointing Expert Committees, using curricula framed by national resource bodies like the UGC and through its own Boards of Studies, each of which have at least two experts from outside. The College can launch a new programme after the clearance from the Academic Council, which takes up to one year. The curricula are reviewed by the Faculties and the respective Boards of Studies in their meetings held twice every year and updated at least every two years. In a few subjects like Zoology, for example, the syllabi are revised more often.
The College hosts a Study Centre of Indira Gandhi National Open University. Students have the opportunity of studying a variety of subjects offered by IGNOU at this Study Centre. The College also runs a Study Centre for the undergraduate distance education programmes of Berhampur University.
Criterion II: Teaching-Learning and Evaluation
Students are admitted to Khallikote College on the basis of their academic record as well as their performance at entrance tests. Postgraduate Courses offered by the College, excepting those on Anthropology, English and Geology are in good demand and the number of applicants far exceeds the number of seats available.
The College can judge the ability of the students after admission through their performance at continuous evaluation and home assignments. However, there is no bridge course for academically weaker students. The more advanced students are encouraged to participate in seminars, group discussions and in Mathematics Olympiad. MCA students have to work in groups for their project work. These are some of the activities that place the student before challenges.
The College had 181 teaching days in the previous year out of 242 working days and satisfies the UGC norm. There being no part-time or guest teachers, all the classes are taught by permanent whole-time teachers. The College runs from 7.15 AM to 5 PM, the working hours being divided into 13 periods of 45 minutes each. The large number of periods makes it possible to offer a large number of programmes and subject combinations at undergraduate level.
At the beginning of the academic year, every teacher prepares a lesson plan for each class. The heads of departments and the Principal monitor the progress of teaching and when necessary, additional classes are held to cover the syllabi. Seminars, debates and lectures by guest academicians are held to supplement the classroom teaching. Being a Government College, the College cannot appoint temporary teachers on its own. However, it can invite guest teachers from other institutions to lecture in the self-financing courses.
The College has adopted multidisciplinary approach in formulating and teaching the courses on Environmental Science, Biotechnology and Computer Science.
The State Public Service Commission recruits teachers of the College and the College does not have any role in the process. All the teachers are from within the State of Orissa. They are encouraged to participate in seminars and conferences. Nearly a fifth of the faculty members have participated in such events during the last two years. The College has conducted one national seminar last year with UGC sponsorship. Teachers also attend refresher courses organized by state universities in Orissa. One teacher of Geology attended a seminar in Japan and has established a collaboration with a Professor of Osaka University for research in Geology. Performance of the teachers is evaluated through self-appraisal of teachers. Feedback is obtained from students or peers on teacher performance. However, no award has been won by any of the teachers of the College.
Evaluation of the undergraduate students of Khallikote College consists of three internal assessments during an academic session and a term-end examination. For postgraduate programmes, evaluation is based on internal assessments, home assignments, seminars and term-end examination. A College Examination Committee conducts the internal assessments. Responsibility of conducting the term-end examination lies with a teacher acting as the Controller of Examinations and a team of teachers working as Deputy Controllers. The names of paper-setters and examiners in different subjects are decided upon by respective Boards of Studies and communicated to the Controller of Examinations. Teachers in respective departments do the evaluation of scripts of internal assessment. Those of term-end examinations are evaluated externally. The scripts are coded to ensure a fair and uniform standard of evaluation. The final results are based on the performance of the students in internal assessments, seminars and other activities and the term-end examination. These are tabulated and declared after approval by the concerned authorities. The computer and FAX are extensively used in various stages of the conduct of the term-end examinations and the results are published within the stipulated date of May 31 of each academic year. Some innovations have been tried to streamline the examination process and reduce the costs.
Students of Khallikote College have ample opportunity to participate in sports and other recreational activities. The College has a Physical Education Teacher and a Physical Education Association, which organizes games and sports and manages the participation of the College teams in various tournaments. It also has a Dramatic Society, a Science Society, a Commerce Society and several Literary Associations. These societies organize seminars, debates, exhibitions and dramatic performances.
Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
Khallikote College has 13 departments teaching postgraduate programmes. Four out of these departments, viz. Anthropology, Mathematics, Oriya and Physics have completed one or more research projects during the last three years. About a third of the teachers of these departments have published papers during this period. The departments of Geology, History and Physics have four ongoing research projects in all, funded by BARC, Mumbai, and UGC with a total outlay of nearly Rs. eight lakh. However, research culture could develop further in several other postgraduate departments of the College.
The College encourages research by the faculty members. Teachers can avail of study leave granted directly by the State Government. They can make small changes in teaching schedules in order to accommodate research activities. Proposals for major and minor research projects are submitted through the College Research Committee. At present there are 31 whole-time M.Phil. students and 60 part-time Ph.D. research students in various post-graduate departments of the College. The teachers of the College guide their research work. The Chemistry Department of the College has organized a national conference on 'Solution Chemistry' in December 2002. The College does not, however, offer the expertise of its faculty members in the form of consultancy.
The College undertakes extension programmes mainly through its NSS units and NCC battalion. In the years 2000-01 and 2001-02 the NSS volunteers have organized blood donation camps, awareness programmes on health and hygiene apart from campus cleaning. They have also undertaken a programme for tree plantation. The volunteers have visited adopted villages for literacy campaign and programmes on sanitation, the Pulse Polio Immunization Programme and conservation of environment. Teachers also participate in the programmes of NSS. There is a Navy NCC Battalion exclusively for girls. The NCC cadets have participated in traffic control. Delay in receipt of grants has been an impediment to NSS activities. However, the College may now utilise UGC grants for conducting extension activities outside the purview of the National Service Scheme.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
Khallikote College has a large campus with an administrative block, separate buildings for all the science and Management departments on its campus of 16.72 acres. The departments in humanities are housed in the Arts Block. There are separate buildings for the departments of Physics and Chemistry, for Life Sciences and for the Commerce Department. The Central Library occupies the ground floor of another large building called the 'Panigrahi Extension.' Several other smaller buildings of the erstwhile Khallikote Morning College, now belong to Khallikote College after merger of the former college with the latter. The College has spacious classrooms and laboratories, including seven lecture galleries. Department of Roads and Buildings, Govt. of Orissa, undertake construction of new buildings and maintenance of the existing ones with funds received from either the State Govt. or UGC. The NSS volunteers assist the College in keeping the campus clean and unpolluted.
The College has a Central Library as well as departmental libraries in the science and Political Science departments. There is a Library Advisory Committee to supervise the working of the Central Library. In the last two years, about 1700 textbooks and 2630 other books have been added to the Central Library. The Central Library also purchased about 900 periodicals and journals during this period. About 3 to 5 lakh rupees worth of books and journals are added to the library every year. However, the library is not computerized and it does not have any book-bank facility or linking with other libraries. It has reprographic facility but does not have any audio-visual material.
The library remains open for six hours only on all working days but the students' reference section for humanities remains open from 8 AM to 4 PM. Students make use of the reading room facility during off periods within the college hours. The library would be more useful to the students and teachers if its working hours are staggered and stretched beyond the usual college hours. It also needs to be computerized to increase efficiency and usability.
All the science departments of the College have well-equipped undergraduate and post-graduate laboratories. Some of the departments have research laboratories equipped with advanced instruments. The Chemistry Department has UV Spectrophotometer and apparatus for Chromatography. The Botany and Zoology Departments also have a spectrophotometer, Refrigeration Centrifuge and Binocular Microscope. The Geology Department has Polarizing Microscopes. There is a healthy trend of one department making use of expensive equipment belonging to another.
The College does not have a central computer facility. However, the Department of Commerce has ten computers, the Department of Mathematics which offers MCA and PGDIT programmes has 42 and the Department of Physics offering Programmes in Computer Science has 21 computers. The computer laboratories and some other labs are air-conditioned. Several other departments have single PCs. Teachers of departments without computers can use the computers of other departments at suitable hours. The computers are maintained by annual maintenance contract with local firms. The College should try to provide each department with at least one computer.
Khallikote College has facilities for indoor and outdoor games. It has a large playground with a stadium having capacity of 2500. The College also has access to a gymnasium, with its own gymnasium almost ready for occupation. A Physical Education Association headed by the Principal as President organizes games and sports activities and participation of students in various tournaments. During the last year, 37 students participated in various meets including 3 at national level. However, there is no incentive for outstanding performance of students in sports activities. The College permits other local sports organizations to use its playground.
The College has four hostels of which one is for women. The hostels accommodate 490 students including 120 women. The hostels have reading room and recreational facilities. However, in a College with more than 2700 students, the hostel accommodation needs to be augmented. The College does not have a Health Centre, which would have been an asset with a large number of students living in the campus. The College has a canteen but does not have any guesthouse.
The College hosts a Study Centre of Indira Gandhi National Open University. The IGNOU makes use of the college building and the computer laboratory for MCA for its counseling sessions on Sundays and other holidays. A Study Centre of Berhampur University also runs on the college premises for its distance education programmes. On weekdays, the College itself uses the buildings for nearly ten hours a day.
Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
The College publishes separate updated prospectus every year for each of undergraduate degree, postgraduate degree and postgraduate diploma programmes. Each prospectus contains details of the respective programme, the fee structure and facilities available. All students of the College are from within the state of Orissa. Being a Government College, Khallikote College would strictly follow the guidelines in respect of overseas students, if any such student applies for admission.
Admission to Khallikote College is based on results of last examination passed as well as those of entrance tests conducted by the College. However, there is no admission test for admission to M.Phil. programmes. Admission to MCA is through a Joint Entrance Examination conducted at state level.
The percentage of students passing after the minimum period of study is 82% in case of undergraduate examinations. About 87% of the students admitted appear at the final examination and of these students, 87% succeed in passing and 59% are placed in the first class. In the departments of Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology, every single student passing the M.Sc. examination obtained first class. This percentage is below 50% only in the subjects of English, Oriya and Economics. The high percentage of students getting first class in many subjects would make it difficult to identify excellence and may give rise to a situation where the first class degree would be undervalued outside the University.
Students of Khallikote College get scholarships and stipends awarded by the State and Central Governments and other sources. The various kinds of scholarships available are Merit Scholarship, Merit-cum-means Scholarship, Hindi Scholarship, Physically Handicapped Scholarship and Post-Matric Scholarship for students belonging to SC/ST categories. 35 students received Merit and Merit-cum-means Scholarship and another 137 received other Scholarships. There is some provision of scholarships for teachers' children and students with outstanding sports talent. The College does not have any scholarships for its research students but research scholars can get fellowships from UGC and other funding agencies. The number of students receiving some kind of financial assistance is about 150 on the average. This is just above 5% of the student enrolment.
The College has a system of assigning a number of students to an individual teacher who acts as the Proctor. The Proctor has day to day interaction with the students assigned to him and looks after all academic and other problems or difficulties of them. All applications from the students are channeled through the Proctor. The College has a Placement Officer who organizes campus interviews for the MCA students. However, it does not have any Employment Cell for all students and no student has obtained employment through the placement services of the College. The placement cell does not encourage self-employment and the College does not provide any training to students with this objective. The Faculty members offer academic and personal counseling during admission only.
The College has recently formed an Alumni Association though it is yet to function actively. The College does not have any systematic record of the progression of the students passing out with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. However, it has produced many illustrious alumni, like Late Dr. V. V. Giri, Ex-President of India, Late Biswanath Das, Ex-Governor, Chief Justice Lingaraj Panigrahi and Vice Admiral H. L. Sarma.
Criterion VI: Organisation and Management
Khallikote College, like all other Government Colleges, is controlled directly by the State Government of Orissa in the Department of Higher Education. As an autonomous college the College has academic autonomy to some extent. But it has limited control over administrative affairs. When vacancies occur in teaching or administrative positions, the College approaches the Higher Education Department, which takes necessary steps to fill up the vacancies. At present there are 13 vacancies in teaching positions and ten in administrative, technical and Class IV categories. Thirteen posts of Demonstrators are also lying vacant.
The Principal is the academic and administrative head of the institution. He controls certain routine matters like fixation of pay, service verification and sanction of leave, increments, scale advancements and loans from the General Provident Fund. He acts as the Drawing and Disbursing Officer of Government funds. He also operates a Personal Ledger Account maintained by the Special Treasury, Berhampur, where various amounts collected from students other than tuition fees are deposited. A trend towards decentralisation of control is clearly visible. Some faculty members have additional charge as Administrative Bursars and Financial Bursars and assist the Principal in administrative and financial matters respectively. Some teachers are given the charge of Purchase, Stores and Furniture, S.C. and S.T. Welfare and endorsement of Railway Concession forms. The Entrance cum Admission Committee is in charge of the conduct of Entrance Examinations, counselling at the time of admission, allotment and subsequent change of subjects and issue of students' identity card.
In academic matters, the Vice-Principal and some Faculty Members acting as Academic Bursars assist the Principal. Heads of academic departments are in immediate control of the respective departments. A large number of committees, consisting of teachers, look after the functioning of the library, granting of scholarships, liaison with UGC and autonomous functioning, preparation of academic calendar and the college routine, Sports and Physical Education and conduct of election of the Students' Union. There are committees to supervise the activities of various societies, maintenance of students' common rooms, etc.
Academic proposals like introduction of new subjects, increasing the number of seats and revision of syllabus originate in the departments and the respective Boards of Studies. On receiving the approval of the Academic Council and the Governing Body, the Principal sends the proposals to the Director of Higher Education, Orissa, who in turn forwards the academic proposals to the Department of Higher Education. As per rules applicable to autonomous colleges, approval of the University is necessary for implementation of the proposals.
Conduct of the term-end examinations is the responsibility of the Controller of Examinations. The college examinations held for internal assessment are conducted by the Officer-in-Charge, College Examinations, who is assisted by a Committee on Internal Assessment and Tabulation.
The College has established a system of participative administration with in-built mechanism of checks and balances. Responsibilities are bestowed on committees rather than on individuals. However, as a Government College, it cannot select its teachers and staff or execute staff development programmes. There has not been any attempt to improve the management and organization in the recent past. The fees charged by the College are very moderate, the yearly tuition fee ranging between Rs.120 and Rs.132 for undergraduate programmes and between Rs.144 and Rs.168 for the postgraduate. There has not been any revision of fees during the last several decades.
The annual budget for recurring expenditure of the College is Rs.3.8 crores approximately. The College has a system of Internal Audit, which checks the College Accounts.
The performance of teachers is monitored through self-appraisal. However, there is no method of checking the performance of non-teaching staff. The College does not have a Grievance Redressal Cell.
The financial resources of the College come from Government grants and fees other than tuition fees paid by students. The college has to deposit the amount collected as tuition fees to the state treasury.
Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The College has made good use of its autonomy by revising all existing courses of study. Introduction of two elective subjects with relatively small weightage, apart from one honours and one pass subject, is a positive step towards widening the knowledge of students and enabling them to study multidisciplinary courses in future.
The college offers a large number of subject combinations to the undergraduate students. In order to avoid overlap of classes to be attended by the same student, the classes have been separated in time schedule. This has been possible with rather long working hours, from 7.15 AM to 5 PM, due to which the teachers of the College often have to attend college twice a day. Teachers of many departments take more than 24 classes per week.
The College has introduced several self-financed and need-based courses like those on Biotechnology and Information Technology. These courses already have nearly two hundred enrolled, about 30% of whom are women.
The College has adopted an efficient mechanism of holding the term-end examinations. Results of these examinations are published within a very short period, thereby enabling the students to apply for programmes at other universities or institutions.
There is a healthy pattern of decentralization of administration. Almost every teacher plays a role in some aspect of administration. The practice ensures transparency of administration and prepares the younger teachers for greater responsibilities in future.
All purchases are made by a purchase committee formed with representation from teachers as well as students. It lends transparency to the process of purchases made by the college.
The College has several associations and societies to encourage co-curricular activities like Dramatic Society, Science Society and Literary Associations. Activities of these societies and associations enrich the campus experience of the students and promote their all-round development.
The College obtains feedback from students about courses and teachers. The record on feedback is maintained confidentially by the Principal and used for improvement of the academic discipline.
The College makes an extra effort of disbursing scholarships awarded to students who have left the College by sending the scholarship amounts to their residential addresses or institutions of further study.
The Peer Team studied carefully the Self-Study Report, the self analysis and other documents supplied by the College. During the institutional visit, it went though other relevant documents and visited all the departments, academic and administrative, and facilities available at the College. The Peer Team also interacted with the Principal, members of the Governing Body, faculties, alumni, students, office and supporting staff and thereby has identified several commendable features of the College, some of which have already been mentioned in the analysis of criterion VII, i.e. Healthy Practices. Besides those, some other commendable features may be mentioned as follows.
The Khallikote College is the first college in Orissa that has offered itself for NAAC assessment.
One of the most commendable features that has been appreciated by the team is the dedication of the faculty members to their academic and administrative commitment and their involvement into the process of development of the College.
Merit cum written entrance test for admission of students on the basis of detailed syllabi for such tests - printed, published and made available to candidates is appreciable.
The comprehensive method of continuous evaluation though internal assessment, seminar, home assignments etc. is noteworthy. This College is the first in the region to experiment with this method.
The practice of providing the students with the academic calendar with definite date of examinations on the very first day of the session deserves appreciation.
Contribution to community life through NSS and NCC units deserves a special mention.
The Department of Botany deserves special mention for its efforts in starting its Biotechnology programme within a very short period.
Last but not the least, the dynamic and democratic leadership of the Principal is noteworthy. His efforts in maintaining proper discipline in the college and providing academic and administrative support to all the departments is commendable.
The Peer Team likes to offer some suggestions which may help the college for further development. They are as follows :-
Funds allocated by the UGC for extension activities should be utilised by the College for activities outside the purview of the NSS. This will enable the College to involve a greater number of students in social work and establish greater contact with the social environment around the institution.
The Peer Team is of the view that the Central Library should be enriched with current books and journals.
Computerization in Central Library, providing of audio-visual CD's as learning aids and Internet facilities are vitally needed.
Book-bank facility should be re-introduced.
There is need to extend Library hours.
The number of good journals especially for Science and Social Science Departments should be increased
All P.G. Departments should have departmental libraries.
Computerization of admission and administration should be introduced in right earnest.
The college is expected to promote academic research linkages with State Level and National Level Institutions.
Proposal for short-term teacher exchange programme with other autonomous colleges of the region may be forwarded to the Government of Orissa.
In academic interest, the Governing Body of the college should approach the Government of Orissa to fill up the vacancies without further delay.
Non-P.G. Departments should gradually be elevated to Post Graduate Departments, wherever there is demand for admission from students.
Some kind of inbuilt mechanism to increase and check work-efficiency of non-teaching staff may be explored. For that, in house orientation programmes including those on computer application for non-teaching staff should be organized.
Some kind of mechanism should be innovated to ensure better participation of girls in Students' Union activities.
More of academic - industrial linkage is highly desirable. Botany Department is already making efforts in this direction.
Alumni Association should be invited to play a pro-active role for establishing industry linkages and for development of the College.
Considering low profile of students' performance in NET, the college may consider establishing a self-financing coaching center for various competitive examinations including UGC-NET.
A functional grievance redressal cell should be formed and made operational.
Efforts should be made to attract more students from outside Orissa and from neighboring countries. Cultural interaction can help in academic upliftment.
Research activities in different departments should be emphasized.
For value education the college may consider topics like Human Rights, Social Justice, Secularism, Democracy, Untouchability, Equality, Women Empowerment etc.
The Peer Team expresses concern over the policy of frequent transfers of the teachers, which jeopardizes the academic programmes in teaching and research.
Acute space shortage is a problem of great concern. Moreover some buildings are very good. The Governing Body should approach the appropriate authorities for effective solution of the problem.
Aims and objectives of Khallikote College are development of curricula and introduction of innovations in the teaching-learning process to make the programmes career-oriented and thereby to reach the goal of all round development of the institution. The Peer Team appreciates the functioning of different sectors of the College as one unit for the realisation of the aims and objectives.
The Peer Team is happy to note the achievements and accomplishments of the college community under the dynamic leadership of Principal Prof. M.D.P. Rao. The Peer Team further records deep appreciation of excellent documentation by almost all the departments.
The Peer Team wishes the college a very bright future.
Prof. Bharati Mukherjee, Chairperson
Prof. P. K. Choudhury, Member
Prof. S. L. Gargh, Member
Prof.M.D.P. Rao, Principal
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