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Government Autonomous College, Rourkela, Orissa
Government Autonomous College, Rourkela, Orissa
Rourkela (District Sundargarh)
Orissa, IndiaPin Code : 769004
Government Autonomous College, Rourkela is a recognised institute / college. Status: Autonomous.
Government Autonomous College, Rourkela is also known as Government College.
Principal of Government Autonomous College, Rourkela is 9437575785.
Government Autonomous College, Rourkela is situated in Rourkela of Orissa state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at Government Autonomous College, Rourkela are Admission Incharge 9437116077, 9658089838 (D.E.O.).
Website of Government Autonomous College, Rourkela is http://www.gacrkl.ac.in/.
Contact Details of Government Autonomous College, Rourkela are : Telephone: +91-661-2664586
Courses offered in Government Autonomous College, RourkelaB.A, B.Sc, B.Com, M.A, M.Sc, M.Sc(Bio-Tech), PGDCCSM, PGDCA, Diploma in Medical Lab. Technology
Government Autonomous College, Rourkela runs course(s) in Arts, Degree, Biotechnology, Commerce, Computer Applications, Information Technology, Science stream(s).
Government Autonomous College is affiliated with Sambalpur University, Sambalpur (Orissa)
Profile of Government Autonomous CollegeThe college has always identified itself with the values that our society upholds and in so doing it has solidly anchored itself as an institution that helps in building personality and character that play a vital role in the ultimate analysis. Our students are certainly equipped to encounter the varied experiences of the life with an active and contemplative mind. They are guided by a committed and determined group of faculty members and other college staffs. Students come to this citadel of learning from far-flung places.
Media coverage of Government Autonomous College, Rourkela, Orissa
NAAC report of Government Autonomous CollegeIntroduction:
Govt. Autonomous College, Rourkela, Orissa volunteered to be assessed by the NAAC and submitted its self-study report. In order to visit the college and validate the self-study report a Peer Team was constituted by the NAAC consisting of Prof. Ashish Roy, former Vice-Chancellor, Kalyani University, West Bengal,
Dr. R. Krishnakumar, Director, BCUD, Nagpur University as Member Co-ordinator and Dr. Mrs Geeta Tiwari, Principal, Government DB Girls PG College, Raipur as Member. The Peer team visited the college on 23rd and 24th November 2005. The peer team is co-coordinated by Dr. M. S. Shyamasundar, Dy. Advisor NAAC. The Peer Team interacted with the Principal, Management, Students, Teachers, Non-teaching staff, Parents and Alumni of the college. Based on these interactions and validation of the available records, the Peer Team has made a comprehensive assessment of the college under the criteria laid down by NAAC and prepared the report.
Govt. Autonomous College, Rourkela, Orissa was established in the year 1961. This college is located on a sprawling 43 acre campus. It maintains its reputation as a premier college under Sambalpur University. At the time of its inception in 1961, it was located in a small building in the sector area of the Steel Township and it was then named Govt. Science College, Rourkela. The college has always identified itself with the values that our society upholds and in so doing it has solidly anchored itself as an institution that helps the students in building personality and character that play a vital role in the ultimate analysis.
Govt. Autonomous College, Rourkela is affiliated to Sambalpur University and is aided by the Government of Orissa. It is recognized u/s 2(f) of UGC since June 1992. The college was conferred with the Autonomous status in 2002.The college offers 2 UG and 3PG programmes besides a Post Graduate Diploma course in Customer contact service management (CCSM). There are 7 departments in the faculty of Science and 11 in Arts faculty. B.Sc (Comp Science) and PG Diploma in CCSM are the two self financing courses run by the college.
Teaching and non-teaching staff are appointed as per the Government rules. There are in all 37 teachers, 18 of whom hold Ph.D degree. Besides, there are 15 non-gazetted staff serving as Demonstrators in various departments. The college has a Librarian and 60 non-teaching staff members on its roll.
During the session 2004-05, 846 students were admitted for under graduate courses while 57 students were admitted for Post Graduate courses, the average drop out rate during the last academic session was 34%. The college doesn't prepare any annual budget showing its estimated receipts and expenditure during the year, but it prepares a statement of budgetary provision of expenditure on different items and the actual expenditure incurred thereon. From the statement it appears that there is virtually no gap between budgetary provision and actual expenditure incurred. Last year the college generated resources from self financing Courses to the extent of Rs.9 lakhs. The unit cost of education is Rs. 8800/- (including salary component) and Rs. 1069/- (excluding salary component)
The college follows Annual system of education. The college has a central Library, computer center, Health center, a rest house and a canteen. It has provided good sports facilities for the students. The college runs a boys Hostel and two girl's hostels. The college has established Grievance Redressal Cell. During the last five years, 6 students cleared NET, 3 cleared civil services exam, 2 passed state civil service examinations. Besides 14 students cleared GRE/TOEFL/GMAT examinations.
The total number of working days in the college is 240. The college Library has 39623 books. It subscribes to 2 National and 4 International journals. There are in all 32 computer systems in the institution. Four of the faculty members are recognized Ph.D guides.
We now turn to our criterion wise evaluation.
The college motto is 'Enter here to learn and go forth to serve'. Efforts are on to prepare students to be committed and dedicated citizens of the country. The college has introduced job-oriented courses and has a good conducive ambience. The college strives hard to ensure that their students are self-reliant and confident to face future challenges. The college offers Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, History, Maths, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Oriya, English and Hindi, Bachelor of Science in Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Maths, Physics, Statistics and Zoology, Master of Arts degree in English and Oriya and Master of Science degree in Botany.
Since the college is an Autonomous one, faculty members have some freedom in framing and updating the curriculum and syllabi. In all academic matters the Academic Council has the final say. All decisions taken by the board of studies in different subjects and the Examination Committee have to be ratified by the Academic Council.
Faculty members by virtue of being members of the Board of Studies contribute to the changes in curriculum from time to time. During the last three years, the college introduced self financing courses in Post Graduate Diploma in Customer Contact Service Management (PGDCCSM) and Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application (PGDCA). Generally one year's time is required to introduce a new course/subject after its conceptualization. The University authorities conduct academic audit of the college every year. The college has plans to start M.Sc in Bio-Technology, Diploma course in Medical laboratory Technique and Diploma in Hardware Technology & Networking in near future.
TEACHING - LEARNING AND EVALUATION
Students are selected for various courses on the basis of the entrance test, interview and their past academic record. Students are subjected to internal assessments, project work and Quiz. The college has in the past conducted remedial courses for SC/ST students. Students are encouraged to participate in Group discussions, debates, quiz and creative writing. Teachers prepare their lesson plans in the beginning of the academic session and maintain their daily register. Regular meetings between Principal and teachers are held to monitor the progress made as regards course completion. Students are also encouraged to participate in field studies, study tours and excursions. Teachers make use of CDs and the LCD projector to supplement their teaching. There are in all 240 working and 180 teaching days in an academic session. The ratio of teaching to the non-teaching staff is 1:1. The college publishes its annual prospectus which stipulates the rules and regulations and the evaluation methods adopted by the college during the session. The overall performance of the students is assessed through three internal assessments.
Teachers (gazetted) are recruited by the Government of Orissa through Orissa Public Service commission (OPSC). The principal makes appointments to the non gazetted posts through a selection committee. Teachers for the self financing courses are appointed on contract basis. One of the teachers participated in a National conference, while one served as a resource person in a National conference. Teachers submit their self-assessment reports at the end of the academic session and their performance is evaluated by the Principal on the basis of the information garnered from various sources. A feedback register is maintained to record the students' feedback on various aspects of institutional working. The college organized three National seminars in Botany, chemistry and physics and the Departments of Botany and Chemistry organized two National conferences in the last three years. Besides this, the Department of Botany also organized Industrial and Agricultural workshops. During the last two years, 12 teachers attended the refresher course while 34 attended the orientation course.
The college has constituted 13 staff committees for its smooth functioning. Three teachers have established links with NIT Rourkela, IIT Kharagpur and Ispat General Hospital, SAIL Rourkela. The college is proud of revamping the evaluation system adopted for the students through continuous internal assessment. This has been made possible because of the autonomy granted to the Institution by the Government of Orissa.
RESEARCH CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
The college encourages research activity by giving project work to the post-graduate students, sanctioning seed money, study leave to teachers and also adjusting their teaching schedule. The Research committee screens and forwards research proposals submitted by teachers to various funding agencies. The college is recognized as research center in Botany. About 14 teachers are involved in active research. During the last five years, 10 teachers were awarded Ph.D. degree. The college has not undertaken any research project in the last two years. Extension activities in the college are carried out under the guidance of NSS co-coordinator and Red Cross Officer. The college has organized a number of social service projects including medical, eye, blood donation camps, road safety, AIDS and environment awareness programmes besides holding a rally to educate the people on the need to save fuel.
INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
The college has a spacious building to accommodate the administrative block, library, classrooms and libraries. The college has developed roads on the campus, constructing a new women's hostel for SC/ST students, a new library building at the completion stage and has made alterations in the Open Air auditorium through the funds received from UGC and local MPs/MLAs. The college infrastructure is maintained by the Public Works Department and the technical staff of the college. The college has a central Library, a Seminar Library and also computer laboratories. The college infrastructure is also utilized for conducting various examinations conducted by Government, semi-Government and private agencies. Academic facilities of the college are utilized by IGNOU, UNITECH, and NIIT etc. NSS volunteers of the college assist the administration in maintaining the campus. The Library has an Advisory committee. The college has a central library and all the activities of the library are in the process of being computerized. The college has an IGNOU Study center which provides guidance to the students on distance education. The college has an LCD, Overhead projector and an audiovisual system. During the year 2004-05, 576 books were purchased. The college has computers, internet and reprographic facilities. The total number of books in the library is 39623. The college library subscribes 6 Journals/periodicals. Besides the office library and the examination sections, 6 departments have computer systems. The college also has UGC network resource center. It is open for the students for seven hours a day. The college has an annual maintenance contract for computer systems. The college has an emergency health care unit and has facilities for training the students in cricket, football, hockey, volley ball, kabaddi and badminton. Due weightage is given to outstanding sports persons while granting admission to various courses. Financial assistance is given to the achievers by Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL). 19 students represented the college in National sports meets while 16 represented the college at the state level. The college has in all 3 hostels, one for the boys, one for the girls and one exclusively for SC/ST girls. The boys' hostel has a capacity to accommodate 250 students while the girl's hostel can accommodate 120 students.
STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
The drop out rate of students is about 30% and is mainly in the science faculty. A number of alumni hold prominent positions in the society. There are a number of civil servants among the alumni and one of them is an Arjun Awardee. The college publishes its prospectus every year giving various details. The college offers National scholarships, senior college merit scholarships, Mines scholarship, Hindi scholarship and Teacher Ward scholarship, and the scholarship for SC/ST students. During the year 2003-04, 150 students received scholarships. The college has an employment and placement cell. An MOU has been signed with UNITECH for establishing Employment cell in the college. Student counseling is done at the time of admission and also through proctorial classes. The college has established an Alumni Association which is actively engaged in infrastructural development of the college. The Association has also designed an action plan for the development of the college. The college has audio-video facilities, Nature clubs, organizes cultural programmes, publishes student magazine every year and has facilities for indoor and outdoor games. It proposes to construct a multi-Gym for the students. Students are encouraged to participate in various competitions organized by student societies throughout the year. The Athletic society organizes annual meet and motivates students to participate in University and Inter-University sports meets. The college has a number of societies managed by the students like the Science Society, Day scholars association, Arts association, Students common room association, dramatic society, athletic society and the student council.
ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
The college seems to ensure participatory management through
Involvement of staff and students. The college also attempts to set up a transparent administrative mechanism. Planning of various academic activities is done by the teachers in consultation with the Principal. The administrative, academic and accounts Bursars supervise the implementation of the decisions taken by the executive committee. The three Bursars also help the principal in day to day functioning. The college has Planning and development committee, student's grievance cell, planning forum, social service guild and a legal cell to support the administration. The Finance and Purchase committees take care of the judicious disbursement of financial resources. The executive committee of the college is the highest decision making authority which makes necessary recommendations from time to time.
The principal holds quarterly meetings with the employees of the accounts and administrative departments. The college has a committee to frame the academic calendar. Non-teaching staff of the accounts department and library attend training programmes on computer awareness and allied subjects. The fees for the aided courses are prescribed by the state government. Accounts are audited by a chartered accountant and Government auditors. The college has instituted a grievance redressal cell for both the staff and the students. Employees secure bank and government loans on the basis of the recommendation of the principal. Major purchases are made through the purchase, development and finance committees. The college believes in teamwork and ensures maximum participation of teachers in its day to day working.
Students are selected for various courses on the basis of merit and their performance in the entrance test. Staff commitees are constituted to review course completion, research publication and for other purposes. Students belonging to disadvantaged sections of the society are given extra weightage. The college conducts students' exchange programme. Teachers have academic links with NIT Rourkela, Ispat General Hospital, SAIL Rourkela and RSP. The college promotes distance and non-formal mode of education through IGNOU and UNITECH. Students are encouraged to participate in cultural activities and Yoga. Civic responsibilities are inculcated among the students through their participation in NSS activities, Red cross society and disaster management programmes. The college conducts proctorial classes, competitions organized by various associations, study tours, excursions, art exhibitions, group discussions and annual sports meet.
It also encourages students to exhibit their literary talent through college magazine, creative writing and wall magazines. The college has an inbuilt mechanism for academic audit. It enjoys the support of the Alumni Association. NSS volunteers participate in the literacy programme in leprosy colony and in slum areas, Pulse Polio and AIDS awareness programmes. Students have easy access to the Internet center in the college. The college attaches a lot of importance to the examination system and thereby conducts examinations on time, declares the results as per schedule and applies the method of continuous evaluation for all the students. Students of the college have participated in University and inter University Hockey and Cricket tournaments.
During the visit to the various units of the College and the interactions with the different segments of the academic community, the Peer Team found a number of positive features in the functioning of the institution. The Peer Team also felt that they should make the following suggestions for further growth of the institution. The authorities may consider them in their future plans for the College.
The College may introduce more subjects and courses at the under graduation level.
Since the educationally weaker component of the student population is large, it is advisable to organize regular remedial classes in English and some select subjects on a regular basis.
The authorities can also think of starting a training centre for competitive Examination in the College to impart basic skills among the students for written examinations, in facing interviews and also in developing personality skills.
Self-appraisal system by the teachers may be introduced, as this is a mandatory step as per UGC guidelines.
More teachers may be persuaded to submit projects for minor and major research.
The college must have an annual budget of its own showing clearly the estimated receipts and expenditure during the year.
It is also necessary to introduce NCC activities in the college.
Internet connection in the Library may be provided.
It is suggested that a teacher be designated as Placement Officer so that he/ she could regularly correspond with various companies and help the students in finding some employment. Campus interviews can also be considered.
Alumni Association will have to be strengthened so that they could make more meaningful contributions to their alma mater.
The college has a minor Gymnasium in the hostel. All efforts should be made to create a bigger one in the college premises so that boys and girls at different intervals of time can utilize this facility
New courses like Spoken English, Computer maintenance, Interior design, Journalism etc. at degree and certificate levels may be introduced.
It will be appropriate if non-teaching staff also is given regular professional training and computer literacy lessons.
Free Internet access may be provided to the staff and the students.
Faculty development programmes like basics of computers, computer operations etc will richly benefit the teachers.
More books and journals may be added in the central and departmental libraries.
More extension activities, both subject related and in response to social needs may be organized.
Sports activities need to be further promoted. The college must participate in more university and National level tournaments.
The college may take steps for establishing guidance and counseling cell under the Dept. of Psychology for the students.
The college should take a more proactive role in promoting cultural activities in music, dance, drama etc.
The members of the Peer Team extends its appreciation for the cooperation and warm hospitality it received from the principal, faculty, non teaching staff and students during their visit. The Peer Team wishes the college all the best in its onward march to further progress.
Prof. Ashish Roy
Dated 24 November 2005
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