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Adikavi Saraladas College, Jagatsinghpur, Orissa


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Adikavi Saraladas College, Jagatsinghpur, Orissa
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Sarala Vihar, Tirtol
Jagatsinghpur
Orissa, India
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NAAC report of Adikavi Saraladas College

SECTION I : PREAMBLE
The Adikavi Saraladas College is affiliated to the Utkal University. This multi-faculty semi-urban college of Tirtol, stands on 6.72 acres of land with nearly another 26.4 acres under its possession lying on the bank of the river Mahanadi in the district of Jagatsinghpur, Orissa. A relatively young college set up in the year 1976, the ASC got UGC recognition (2f and 12 B) in the year 1987 only.

The College serving a rural hinterland, was set up by a group of local intellectuals of Tirtol with the noble mission of promoting higher education among rural youth. The inspiration came from the life and work of Adikavi Saraladas, the writer of the Oriya epic Mohavarat, who was born in Tirtol. Another important mission of the college has been to preserve the ancient Chelitola's rich cultural heritage by encouraging in-depth study and research in the Saraladas sahitya. The vision extends to ultimately transform it into a deemed university.

The College volunteered to be assessed by the NAAC, Bangalore and accordingly submitted its SSR. The NAAC constituted a Peer Team comprising Prof. S.P. Thyagarajan (Chairman), Dr. K.G. Narayana Pillai (Member co-ordinator) and Dr. Mamata Ray (Member).The team visited the institution on 3-4 November, 2006. Dr. M.S. Shyamasundar, Dy. Adviser of NAAC, facilitated the visit.

The college has shown dynamism by opening a good number of departments especially in the science stream within a reasonably short time. It has science, humanities and commerce faculties. From a modest beginning with only an intermediate section in Arts offering 128 seats with seven teachers, it now offers seventeen honours courses in Arts, Science and Commerce under the Utkal University. The student strength has gone upto nearly two thousand and the number of teachers to 50 including one computer instructor and one physical instructor (10 lady teachers).The strength of the non-teaching staff has also gone up to two librarians(one lady), 3 library staff (one lady),10 demonstrators (4 ladies), 5 storekeepers(2 ladies), 10 lab-attendants, 9 clerical staff(one lady) and 13(one lady) menial staff including one sweeper.

The management of the College plays a vital role in the recruitment of all categories of staff. Among the teachers (48), six are Ph.D degree-holders, eleven have M.Phil degree with the rest being post graduates. There are no part-time teachers or temporary teachers.
The college has a relatively large higher secondary (+2) section with 946 students out of a total strength of 1887 students in 2006-07. In + 3 courses, the student-strengths are respectively 348 in Arts, 345 in Science and 176 in the Commerce streams. The success rates of honours students in the university examinations as reported by various departments range from 70% to 100% with a clustering around 85-90% while for the general course students, the range is from 72% for science to 79% for commerce. One student from Geology (H) stood first in the university examination (2005-6).

The facilities provided by the College include a central library, sports facilities, a multi-gym, grievance redressal cell, parking shed for bicycles, student information centre, one guest quarter, canteen, and two common rooms respectively for the boys and the girls. One hostel to provide accommodation for 50 girl students is under construction. The number of working days has been 240days and the teaching days are 180 days. A good number of departments have small seminar libraries.

Its library housed in a separate building (2100 sq.feet) has a holding of around 16,449 books with 4170 titles. It subscirbes to 11 periodicals and journals. It is not computerized.

The library requires to be strengthened with recent edition of books, and the book bank facility should be made functional. Internet connectivity and computerization of the library would be of great help to the college.

The College has altogether seven computers and it offers a self-financing certificate course in computer applications.

The College has not reported any success in the UGC NET/SLET examinations and any other such competitive examinations for the last five years.

The College indulges in very good extension services with an NCC wing and an NSS unit. It mobilizes its students for flood relief operations in the locality apart from many other community services. There are many B & C certificate passed students under NCC and some attending Republic Day camp at Delhi.

The resources generated include Rs.7, 99610/- from development fees, Rs. 2,45,000/- from the UGC, Rs.89,000/- from the MP LADS and Rs.1,78,336/- from state govt. fund.

The budget for 2003-04 shows Rs. 1.2187 crore as total revenue and Rs. 1.1593 crore as estimated expenditure. The College also gathered some funds from donations.

The College gives a number of scholarships to the students. In 2005-6 it offered 23 scholarships while in 2003-04 two scholarships were given.

The Peer Team carefully studied and analysed the SSR submitted by the ASC. During the institutional visit it went through all relevant documents, visited all the Depts, and the facilities and interacted with the various stakeholders of the College. The academic, extra-curricular, sports and extension facilities of the institution were examined. The Peer Team interacted with the President of Management council, Principal, faculty and staff members, students, parents and the Alumni of the College. Based on the above exercise and keeping in mind the seven criteria identified by the NAAC, the Peer Team assessed the institution for the quality of education offered here. The assessment of the institution, the commendable features as well as the issues of concern are presented in the following pages.

SECTION 2 : CRITERION WISE ANALYSIS :
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
Affiliated to the Utkal University, the College offers 21 programmes at the UG level including 17 honours courses, 3 general courses and one certificate course. It has also the +2 teaching responsibility absorbing more than 40% of its total student-strength. Its admission is merit-based. About 40% students pursue higher education and 30-35% have secured employment. It imparts value-based education to the rural youth in the context of globalization. It focuses on the cultivation of Sarala sahitya, Chelitola heritage and geological aspects of the Mahanadi. Academic performance assessment is done by the internal committees and the College management with information sent to the University. One member of the teaching staff serves on a University Board of Studies. The college may consider to start the UGC supported add-on career- oriented certificate/ diploma/ advanced diploma courses in arts, commerce and science subjects. The college also requires a centralised computer centre to offer job-oriented IT education and to introduce language laboratory and new UG courses in emerging areas.

The College proposes to start Biotechnology as a core course at the +3 science and awaits approval from the University.

In order to redress academic grievances of students the Depts. arrange tutorials, remedial classes, extra classes etc. The students are taken on field studies.

CRITERION II : TEACHING, LEARNING AND EVALUATION
Admission to various programmes is done in accordance with the rules and regulations of the University and State Government. The rules and regulations are published through prospectus and calendar. There is an Admission Committee which supervises the admission process. The students are admitted on the basis of academic merit and reservation. The college maintains transparency in the admission process. The skill and knowledge of the students are assessed by conventional methods of question answer, class tests, etc. Academically weak students are said to be given remedial coaching in special classes arranged beyond the working hours. Advanced learners are also said to give chances to present papers in class seminars. They are given more library books. The college may consider the conduct of post admission test/induction analysis to the newly admitted students to assess their quality, so that, remedial and bridge courses could be designed more effectively. Special programmes may be arranged to the advanced learners. Teachers are encouraged to prepare monthly academic plan which is reviewed by HODs and principal. Teachers are committed and are always available to clear the doubts of the students. The syllabi are unitized. The HODs and principal monitor and review the coverage of the syllabi and backlog if any is completed by taking special classes. One faculty member is represented in the BOS of the University.

Lecture method is followed as the chief form of teaching. However, it is supplemented to some extent with seminar, guest lecture, study tour, etc. A few departments have facility for the preparation of teaching aids. OHP, CD and internet are seldom used as tools of teaching. These audiovisuals must be used regularly by all depts. The Department of Education should introduce teaching technology laboratory, Commerce Department, a commerce laboratory and the language depts. to start a language teaching laboratory.

Teachers are recruited by Selection Board constituted by the management with subject experts. There are 50 teachers, who are permanent. Majority are paid by the Government. Principal is empowered by the Governing Body to appoint teachers and non-teaching staff on part time and ad-hoc basis on payment from college fund. A very few teachers are involved in research, and it is to be pointed out that no educational institution can excel with out undertaking funded projects, research and publication. Steps may be initiated to motivate the teachers to undertake projects for which seed money may be ear marked. It is reported that principal arranges bimonthly seminars in which teachers are presenting papers on academic and contemporary issues. College may arrange state and national level conferences and seminars by seeking funds from national funding agencies such as UGC, DST, DBT, MOEF, etc.

Collecting feed back on campus experience from on-going and out-going students is a regular feature. Feed back from academic peers, parents and alumni in structured format is a welcome step. This is used for understanding the shortcomings and further improving of the academic standards. Teachers may be encouraged to attend refresher courses in other Universities and to attend national and international conferences/seminars. Special programmes may be arranged for the teachers for improving their skills.

CRITERION III : RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
Being a degree college, the main thrust is given for class room teaching almost in the conventional way. Research culture has yet to be cultivated in the college. However the departments of Botany, Chemistry, History have UGC minor research projects with grants received from UGC. Project work has not yet included in the curriculum. There are 11 M.Phil and 6 Ph. D degree holders in the faculty. There are no research publications in the credit of the teachers. It is to be mentioned that the teaching and research has to go hand-in-hand. Research and publication make the teachers professionally competent and well informed. Membership in professional organizations and participation in national and international conferences and seminars is very much needed to sustain the quality of teaching in higher education institutions. Teachers shall be motivated to submit research projects to state and national funding agencies such as ICHR, ICSSR, DST, UGC, MoEF, etc. Book writing can be developed as a culture among the teachers

Formal consultancy has yet to be rooted in the college. It may be proper to constitute a formal interdepartmental consultancy group in the college with suitable instruments and rules for taking up consultancy work. This may be informed to the potential users also.

Extension work undertaken by the college is impressive. NSS and NCC are entrusted with the task of conducting society linked extension and out-reach activities. There are 4 units of NSS. The main activities are Health and Hygiene awareness, AIDS awareness, Environmental programmes, Tree planting, Blood testing, Road making, etc. Extension activities are undertaken with the NGOs also. With little more coordination and focus all the three activities- Research, Consultancy and Extension- will contribute much more significantly to the fulfillment of the needs of the region and enrich the teaching experience of the students. The NCC activities are commendable with significant number of students passing the B and C certificates and one attending the Republic Day Camp at Delhi.

CRITERION IV: INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
The college is located in a semi-urban set up on the side of Cuttak-Paradep State High-Way, 50 km away from either side. The campus is easily accessible to the students. The campus area is 6.72 acres. About 25 acres of additional land is also available, which is located on the bank of river Mohanadi.

The college is located in different blocks as administrative block, two science blocks, one arts block, NCC block, library block and the class room block. Construction of the hostel building is in progress. The college has sufficient class rooms, laboratories in science block, one seminar hall, common room for girls and boy students, canteen, guest room and play ground. Construction and maintenance of the buildings are looked after by the management by out sourcing. College uses its infrastructure optimally.

The library is a common facility, which is accommodated in a single story block. There are 16449 books in 4170 titles and 11 periodicals. There are also news papers subscribed, in Oriya and English. The library is provided with a stacking section and a reading section, which needs to be made more spacious. There is one qualified librarian and 2 supporting staff. Two books are given to each student at a time for a period of one month. There is no book bank facility functioning at present. There is a Library Committee which monitor the library function. Library functions from 10 am to 5 pm on all working days. Library has initiated action for computerzation. The library has to be computerized with internet facility. Recent editions of books are to be purchased and the book bank facility must be made functional for SC/ST students

The college needs a common computer facility. Programmes shall be designed to make all students computer literate in a phased manner.

There is no health centre facility in the college. However, College provides health aid through nearby hospitals on emergency. Health cards have been issued to the students after doing their blood grouping. This service needs to be stream lined and formalized as an inhouse health centre with first aid facilities and the medical officer coming to the college regularly on all working days.

Sports and games facilities are satisfactory. There is a sports room with facility for carom, chess, etc. The facility for out door games includes grounds for foot ball badminton, khokho, etc and muli gym is present. The college teams participate in inter collegiate and interuniversity sports/games events. A good stadium with provision for track and field events is to be urgently provided to the college.

As such there is no hostel for the college. It is glad to note that a ladies hostel with provision for 50 students is under construction utilizing the aid from UGC. College has to procure sufficient number of audiovisual equipments such as OHP, LCD, TV, VCD, etc.

CRITERION V : STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
The college is helping the students in getting different types of financial aids from State and Central Governments, such as merit scholarships, freeships, sunami memorial scholarships, etc. 21 students have got one or other type of financial aid during 2005-06. The drop out rate is only 2-5%. Pass percentage is encouraging, which is generally between 69 and 100% which is said to be above university pass percentage. There is an Information Cell, which organizes career guidance programmes and passes employment information to students. There is a Grievance Redressal Cell under the guidance of a faculty member. Teachers are always helpful in arranging special and remedial coaching classes. Information about the admission procedure, fee structure, examination details, etc, are given to the students and other stake holders through the prospectus and calendar.

The views and opinions of the students on the performance of the faculty and on their teaching-learning experiences are obtained through structured questionnaires on quarterly basis. The observations are analyzed and used for improvements.

Annually published college magazine provides facility for the students to express their literary talents. The college publishes two-wall magazine, one for general articles and another for Science articles. The college instituted a few prizes and awards for the meritorious students. The number of prizes and awards can be increased through the involvement of alumni, philanthropists, etc, which will be a boost to the high achievers. There is a Red Cross unit in the college, through which health camps have been conducted periodically. The NSS has adopted nearby villages.

A parent teacher association may be started and the alumni association needs to be revamped and to be involved in the developmental activities of the college. They can plan programmes to motivate the students and to bring resources for college infrastructure. College may start special programmes for the empowerment of girl students. Regular study tour, extension programmes, etc, also help the students to develop cooperation, leadership, motivation and service mentality to the students. Value education can be given thrust.

CRITERION VI : ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
The college has established an efficient coordinating and monitoring mechanism. Principal is the administrative head of the institution. He is advised by the Staff Council. Different functions are performed by 13 different committees. The rules and regulations , other than Government and University rules, are framed by the Management Council and Staff Council. Administrative, academic and financial activities are monitored by the respective bursars. The execution of the decisions is done by the respective heads of the departments in a democratic way.

College has 54 non teaching staff. The Head Clerks in charge of the office. Principal appoints committees for annual stock verification and internal audit. Statuitory audit is performed by the State Govts. Local Fund Audit. UGC accounts are audited by Chartered Accountants. There is autonomy to the principal in the matter of finances. Permanent teachers and non-teaching staff are appointed by the selection committee. Purchase committee effect purchases observing purchase rules. Salary of the permanent teachers and non-teaching staff are paid by the Government. Fee is fixed by the Government and it is used for the purpose for which it is collected.

The management is required to streamline the settling of outstanding audit objections of the local fund audit for the year 2005-06.

Although the principal and management has taken care to solve the growing needs of the college, the team feels that scientific implementation of the modern managerial practices with the involvement of all constituencies in policy making shall be adopted. This may help the management in getting more inputs and ideas to face the challenges of globalization in higher education scenario and to procure funds from national level funding agencies for infrastructure development.

CRITERION VII : HEALTHY PRACTICES
Reflecting the vision, the college has adopted certain healthy practices aiming at the overall development of the students. Some of the notable ones are the following;

Cordial relationship that exists between the different components of the college community

Constitution of many committees with the participation of faculty aiming at the implementation of decisions in a democratic way

Feed back from students to appraise their teaching-learning experience and implement corrective measures

There is a music centre in the college to promote talents of the students

Strong NCC and NSS units and their involvement in extension and out-reach activities

The Athletic club is very active with National level participation of students in sports.

There are special certificate courses in Karate and Yoga for students.

Good proctorial system.

SECTION 3 : OVERALL ANALYSIS
The Peer Team, after objective perusal of the SSR, Self-Analysis Report and departmental inputs, undertook interactive visits to all the academic departments, physical facilities and units of the Adikavi Saraladas College, Tirtol, Jagatsinghpur, Orissa followed by interactive sessions with students, alumni, parents besides teaching and administrative staff. The overall analysis of the peer team is narrated below :

The Adikavi Saraladas College is situated in an environment-friendly vast area of a backward district of Orissa, catering to socio-economically deprived population, predominantly of OBCs , SCs and STs. In its 30 years of existence, the college has sincerely attempted to fulfil its goals of value based education.

The peer team commends the following strengths and academic achievements of the college :

The College is located in one of the backward regions of the country in the state of Orissa and primarily caters to students belonging to disadvantaged groups.

There is an excellent academic harmony in the college with good interpersonal relationship among the management, principal, faculty, students and parents.

A significant number of faculty members are qualified for the Ph.D degree(6/55) and 11 of them are M.Phil qualified.

The college has the healthy practice of involving several faculty members through various committees in their institutional management.

The college has an appreciable chapter Vision - 2020, which is pursued with resource mobilization and support from alumni and industry interaction, can transform the college as one of the leading higher education institution in the region.

Based on the objective assessment made and feedback received from the section of students, parents, alumni and the staff (teaching & non teaching), the peer team provides the following recommendations to achieve their anticipated goals of according high quality higher education to the stake holders.

There is an urgent need to establish a centralized computer centre with internet connectivity in the college to facilitate certificate/ Diploma courses to students and computer training for teaching & non-teaching staff. The alumni association's help could be sought for this purpose. A functional website of the college has to be developed.

A language laboratory may be established to facilitate computer assisted teaching for students and to bring about translation activities in the language departments and to provide communicative English skills to students.

The library has to be strengthened with books of recent editions and with subject related national level Journals and Magazines to provide updated knowledge and national level exposure to staff and students.

The book bank facility for SC/ST and economically weaker sections of students have to be made functional with multiple copies of prescribed text books.

In order to make the Arts and Science subjects attractive to students, the college should plan for introducing non traditional UG courses in the areas of Journalism and Mass Communication, Management Information Technology, Computer Application, Biotechnology etc. Since there is little scope for acquiring state funding for these courses, self financing courses are the only option.

More job oriented vocational courses at certificate/diploma/ advanced diploma levels have to be introduced on a time bound basis. The UGC's career oriented programmes of add-on courses in Arts, Commerce and Sciences should be applied for, which would provide seed grants for starting these courses.

To promote social orientation and diversify community outreach programmes, greater collaboration with Gram Panchayats and some NGOs may be very useful. Experts from such organizations may be invited to deliver lecturers to students on contemporary issues including women-empowerment and for field activities.

The teaching staff of all departments are to be motivated for applying/ securing major / minor research project grants from funding agencies and to develop industry interaction/ consultancy initiatives which would result in peer-reviewed research publications and students training/placement. This can be facilitated by constituting a Research committee at the college level with external experts also as members of the committee.

An Internal Quality Assurance cell (IQAC) has to be constituted as per the guidelines of NAAC.

A students' Career Guadance & Counselling Centre has to be established with a fulltime staff in-charge of the centre. This centre could manage career guidance placement activities, Grievance redressal and coaching / training for appearing for national level competitive examinations for students.

The Peer Team has felt it necessary to record the urgent need of filling up of regular / retirement vacancies and the Govt. may take necessary steps in this regard.

The Peer Team sincerely feels that the present exercise of NAAC accreditation has surely been a rewarding experience for the college and a challenging opportunity for introspection and for further improvement in quality of higher education.

The Peer Team sincerely thanks the president, principal, the steering committee coordinators, other faculty members, non teaching staff, past and present students for their cooperation and warmth displayed during the visit. The Peer Team wishes the college all success in making it as one of the premier institutions of higher learning to achieve its professed objective of empowering the students and providing skills for greater employability.

Prof. SP. Thyagarajan,
Chair Person

Prof. K.G. Narayana Pillai
Member

Dr. Mamata Ray
Member

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