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PVP College of Science, Arts and Commerce, Pravaranagar, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra
PVP College of Science, Arts and Commerce, Pravaranagar, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra
Address:Pravaranagar, Loni, Tal. Rahata, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra
PVP College of Science, Arts and Commerce, Pravaranagar, Ahmednagar Maharashtra is a recognised institute / college.
PVP College of Science, Arts and Commerce, Pravaranagar, Ahmednagar Maharashtra is situated in Ahmednagar of Maharashtra state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.
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NAAC report of PVP College of Science, Arts and Commerce, PravaranagarSection I: Preface
P.V.P. College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Pravaranagar, Dist. Ahmednagar, Maharashtra State is a private, rural-based co-educational aided institution which was established in the year 1971. It is permanently affiliated to University of Pune and is recognized under Section 2f and 12B of the UGC Act. The college was sponsored by Pravara Rural Education (P.R.E) Society which was founded by the late Padmashri Dr. Vittalrao Vikhe Patil in the year 1964.
Padmashri Vikhe Patil (1903-1980) was a visionary and was greatly influenced by the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil. He firmly believed that appropriate, relevant and quality education was the only alternative to uplift the rural masses in all spheres of life. To give practical shape to this vision, he founded Pravara Rural Education Society. At present this Society manages 53 educational institutions ranging from primary level to post-graduate level in various parts of Ahmednagar District.
The college is named in honour of the late Shri Vikhe Patil as a mark of Society's love and respect for the great social reformer.
The college is located on a well-planned campus of 36 acres exclusively meant for its use. The buildings and other infrastructure of the college are well-developed and permanent structures are raised to meet all the requirements of the institution. The college has built pucca compound wall to prevent encroachment. Provision is made for four gates and ample parking facilities are provided near each gate.
The college is offering UG and PG degree programmes in Arts, Science and Commerce faculties besides Certificates, Diplomas and Degree Courses on behalf of Mahatma Phule Krishividyalaya and Yashvantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University. In the area of computers, the college offers Bachelor of Computer Studies and Master of Computer Studies. Doctoral Degree programmes are offered in the Departments of Botany and Chemistry. The college also offers in its own name, Certificate Course in Spoken English and Certificate Course in Salesmanship and Advertising.
All UG degree programmes in Arts, Science and Commerce are under grant-in-aid. PG degree programmes in Arts, Science and Commerce, B.C.S., M.C.S., and all other Certificate, Diploma and other Degree programmes are run on self-financing basis.
The total student strength at undergraduate level is 1700 (1056 boys and 644 girls). At post-graduate level, the total student strength is 450 (266 boys and 184 girls). In Diploma and Certificate Courses, the total numer is 203 (156 boys and 47 girls). There are 13 boys and 1 girl pursuing doctoral programme in the college. Thus at present the total enrolment of students is around 2200.
There are 58 permanent full-time teachers including one Librarian and one Physical Director, all under grant-in-aid and receiving UGC scale of pay. Twenty-three teachers are working on temporary/clock hour basis who are paid out of the funds generated through self-financing programmes. The administrative and other supporting staff consists of 36 administrative/clerical cadre and 45 class IV employees. Twenty-four administrative/clerical staff and twenty-four class IV employees are under grant-in-aid. The remaining staff are paid out of the self-financing programmes.
P.V.P. College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Pravaranagar volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and conducted the preliminary self-study and submitted the self-study report to NAAC. A Peer Team was constituted by the Council to visit the institution and validate the self-study report. The Peer Team consisting of Prof. Ramakistayya, former Vice Chancellor, Osmania University, Hyderabad as Chairman, Professor Dr. Niloufer J. Chinoy, former Head, Department of Zoology and Director, School of Sciences, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad as Member Convenor and Fr. Sebastian Thekkedathu, Principal, Christ College, Bangalore (Member) visited the institution for two days, 17th and 18th of December 2003
The Peer Team perused and analysed the self-study report submitted by the institution. During institutional visit the team went through all the relevant documents, visited the departmental facilities and interacted with various constituents of the institution. The academic, co-curricular, extra-curricular, sports and extension facilities of the institution were visited. The Peer Team also interacted with the Governing Body, Principal, Faculty, Non-teaching Staff, Students, Parents and Alumni/Alumne of the institution. Based on the above exercise and keeping in mind the criteria identified by NAAC, the Peer Team presents below the assessment of the institution under various criteria, the commendable features of the institution as well as the issues of concern.
Section 2: Criterion-wise Analysis
CRITERION 1: CURRICULAR ASPECTS
Seven degree programmes in B.Sc., 8 programmes in B.A., 7 choices in B.Com, Bachelor of Library and Information Science (B.Lib. & I.Sc.), and Bachelor of Horticultural Sciences (B.Sc. Horti) are the array of courses available for students. Through the Restructuring of Under graduate Education Programme inspired by the the education policy of UGC, the college, in 1983 introduced Foundation Course (value based), Applied Courses (Project based), Skill oriented Courses and Personality Development Courses at B.Sc and B.A. level. Three Vocational Courses, namely, Functional English, Seed Technology and Computer Applications, are also offered to the students. Nine M.Sc. Programmes, 5 M.A. Programmes and M.Com are the courses at the P.G. level. Ph.D in Botany and Chemistry is also available in the college. Four Diploma Courses of Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, are conducted by the college in subjects like Fruit production, Vegetable production, Floriculture and Landscape Gardening and Agri-business Management. Certificate Course in Gardening (1 Year) conducted by Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open Univesity, Nasik, Mali Training Course (1 Year) conducted by Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri and Maharashtra State Certificate Course in Information Technology offered by Board of Technical Education, Bombay are also available for the students. Most of these courses are to improve the social and educational status of the people at grass root level and they are need based.
Courses like Dairy Farming, Nursery, Mali Training are highly commendable wherein the students are imparted practical training which has a direct and indirect bearing on their future. These courses are in tune with the vision of the founder of the Society.
CRITERION II: TEACHING-LEARNING AND EVALUATION
Considering the utmost importance of teaching-learning and evaluation, the college attempts to provide quality education and strives to develop holistic personality out of the students who study here. Entrance Tests, Interviews and Academic records are the basis for admission depending on the demand for a particular course. Regular tests, term examinations, practical, oral tests, activities, etc., take care of the assessment of knowledge. Audio-visual aids and other teaching aids are used in classroom teaching. Seminars, field study, group discussions and similar methods are also employed for effective teaching-learning. Bridge and remedial courses, special classes, etc., also are organized for weak students. Teachers going on casual leave have to make substitute arrangements beforehand. The college has a monitoring system through which the Principal gets period-wise reports regarding the conduct of classes by teachers. Staff appointments are made as per UGC norms; the management appoints teaching staff for self-financing courses and for temporary and ad hoc vacancies. Teachers participate in seminars, workshops, conferences, etc. Self-appraisal is practiced by the staff. Student feedback is taken from students with a purpose of further improvement. Six teachers have bagged prestigious awards. The institution utilizes the research facilities of many universities and industries for the benefit of students and staff members. The University of Pune conferred 'Best Rural College Award' to this institution in 2001-2002 which carries with it Rs. 100000/- cash award. Earn and Learn Scheme has been a great help for many a poor student. The college can be proud of the fact that it is the only institution approved by the university for Restructuring of Undergraduate Programme. With this scheme project based, interdisciplinary, job and skill oriented courses are made available to the students. Three UGC sponsored vocational courses, M.Sc. in Environmental Science, etc., are unique to this institution's aspiration to make education relevant. Departments of Botany and Chemistry are recognized as research centres by the University. The Staff Academy, 15 day lecture series, guest lectures and many more active efforts in the line of updating the knowledge base helps the college to continue to stay vibrant and growing. The importance of music and dance is recognized through Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Lalit Kala Academy. The college could receive Rs. 74 lakhs as UGC grant under 9th plan is a great achievement.
On the whole, a very effective teaching-learning process exists in the college. The teaching community is very much motivated and encouraging the students to achieve greater laurels. However, the Peer Team is of the opinion that there ought to be greater representation of ladies on the staff considering the large number of girl students who study in the college.
CRITERION III: RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
The college appears to be very keen to promote research and extension activities. Some amount of consultancy, generally informal and rural based, is also in place. Twenty Five percentage of the teachers are doing active research. Fifty percent guide student project work. Financial support is also available for research. Library provides international and national journals. Botany and Chemistry Departments are approved as research departments. Free internet service is provided in research departments and students. A number of UGC research projects are being carried out with financial assistance from UGC for abut Rs. 15 lakhs. In the last five years teachers have contributed through 61 publications in various scientific journals and other magazines. Consultancy in mushroom cultivation, nursery, soil and water analysis is also happening on a regular basis. Internet connectivity to some villages was made possible through the college. Cocoanut Nursery, Pravara Abhyas Mandal (Study Circle), Placement Cell, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Lalit Kala Academy, NSS, NCC, Population Edcuation Club, Adult Education, National Literacy Mission, Training in Tailoring, Pravara Saksharata Andolan Prakalpa are all attempts to extend the education and benefits of learning to the students and the society around. Community Development, Social Work, health & hygiene and environmental awareness, AIDS awareness programme, blood donation, career guidance, etc., are good training ground for future citizens. Shirdi Sai Rural Institute (1996) offers skill oriented and need based courses for rural masses.
The overall research facilities could be upgraded, especially the Laboratories of Zoology and Environmental Science Departments. The Zoology Department ought to strive to get a Research Centre.
The development of kits in various departments is highly commendable and needs to be encouraged further. The initiative in developing kits and gadgets for alternative source of energy is very promising. Some of the kits need to be patented. Considering the expertise available in various departments, some simple teaching aids could be developed and used in the long run as an income generating project.
IV: INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
Over 30 years the college has developed very good infrastructure. Arts building, science building, special library building, hostels, a multipurpose hall, gymnasium, science laboratories, English language laboratory, conference hall, audio-visual hall, gymnasiums for boys and girls, health center, hall for indoor games, etc. are the main facilities in the campus. Botany and Chemistry laboratories have research facilities. Recently the college has constructed a Polyhouse for teaching, training and research in the Department of Botany. The college also has a spacious sports ground, parking place, canteen, stationery stores, consumer stores for girls, STD booth, workshop, etc. Exclusive health services for girls, luxury bus and a dairy farm are in addition to the above facilities. The library is well stocked with 52528 books and 110 journals. Although the Library is partially computerized, the work is not completed. Centralised computer facility is available in the computer science department. Seven more computers are made available in the library. Most of the departments have stand alone computers. Internet facility is provided through V-Sat with 256 KBPS speed. Staff and research students enjoy computer facility free of cost. The Computer Science Department has good facilities for training of the students of various courses. They are active in developing new software which have won prizes in competitions held outside the college. Good Sports and Physical Education facilities are available in the college. Four hundred meters running track, 3 Volley Ball Courts, 1 Basket Ball Court, 4 Badminton Courts, 2 Table Tennis Court, 1 Hand Ball Court,1 Kho-Kho Court, 2 Kabaddi Courts, a Foot ball and Hockey ground are the full facilities available in the college. Training in Taekwando is given to both boys and girls. Carpentry, Smithy, Grinding machine, drilling and cutting machine, etc., also are available. The students of the college have participated at the University, State, National and International level competitions and won prizes.
The hostels with mess and hot water facility cater to the needs of students from out station with 450 boys and 484 girls staying in hostels. Staff quarters and Principal's bungalow are helpful for the academic ambience throughout the year. The college has the unique distinction of installing filtered water system for providing safe drinking water to the students, staff etc.
The Peer Team was highly impressed by the sprawling, well maintained, clean and pollution-free campus. The numbering and displaying of the Botanical names of the trees are appreciated especially for the educational purpose behind them.
V. STUDENTS SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
Academic results have been satisfactory and the drop-out rate is negligible considering the location of the college. About 30% of the students who graduate are considered to go for higher studies. College Prospectus provides adequate information in almost all the areas. Financial aid from State and Central Governments are made accessible to the students. The institution provides Poor Boys' Fund, Earn and Learn Scheme Fund, Scholarship for Handicapped, etc. There are a few external agencies providing funds for some needy students, for example, Pravara Shikshanottejak Patpedhi, Endowment Trust Fund, etc.
Some of the innovations suggested by UGC are already implemented through Diploma and Certificate Courses. The college claims that they provide bridge courses to the weaker sections of students. Vocational Courses in English, Seed Technology and Computer Applications are implemented with UGC assistance.
Placement Cell and Self Help Group provide information and guidance regarding job opportunities and help with regard to competitive examinations. Alumni Association was formed in 1995-96, the Silver Jubilee Year of the college. Many old students are well placed in various fields and speak in glowing terms about the services and facilities provided at the college. Campus interviews are arranged for the benefit of those looking for employment. In 2002 about 74 students were placed through the cell. Various associations like Cultural, Science, Commerce, Arts, Literary, and Debating provide ample opportunities to the students to unfold their potential. Various celebrations, invited lectures and exhibitions are also arranged in the college.On the whole, the college profile gives the impression that it is a very active campus and the teachers and the staff are involved in the overall development of the college. The college has to look further into the avenues of growth and development considering the challenges of a global economy and global village. The facilities become obsolete and the students would feel less competent in a highly competitive global market. Exposure to world-class research facilities, up-to-date intellectual stimulation, etc. is the need of the hour. Protectionism and complacency would not stay long in an open economy.
VI. ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
It is assumed in the light of the report that there is strong internal coordination and cohesion among the departments and functionaries. The Board of Management and the Governing Body function as coordinating agencies. The committees meet often to evaluate and plan for future. The internal organization, co-ordination and monitoring are done by the Principal and Registrar. The Principal coordinates the staff committees and all the teaching staff. The Registrar monitors the activities of the non-teaching staff. In-service courses are arranged for the staff for updating their knowledge and to increase their efficiency. Programmes in professional development, management, computer training, etc., are organized. The management and the finance committees are concerned about the paucity of funds and the need to make the college self-reliant. Internal and external auditing verifies the accounts for proper utilization. The fund available for individual departments are meager and there is no much room for development and large scale investment. The self-financing courses fetch enough money which can be used for developing these courses. The college is thinking about new avenues for finance mobilization. Many welfare schemes like Staff Welfare Fund, Student Welfare Fund, Staff Group Insurance, Scholarships, etc., are available across the academic community.
The demands in the coming years for retention of efficient staff, training in the institutional culture and philosophy, providing competitive infrastructure will be on the increase. Mechanism to sustain the courses available at present and the need for the introduction of new courses which are job-oriented would be crucial for the existence of institutions of higher education. The prop through grant-in-aid could be withdrawn any moment by the state governments. The focus seems to be on primary education for the governments.
CRITERION VII: HEALTHY PRACTICES
P.V.P. College of Arts, Science and Commerce has built-in internal quality check. The management regularly monitors the performance of the institution by holding review meetings. It is sensitive to the emerging managerial concepts and accordingly chalks out its strategic plans by modifying its academic programmes. It is encouraging computerization of its activities. It is offering some courses in collaboration with its neighbouring agricultural university. It has linkages with many sister institutions run by its parent body, namely Pravara Rural Education Society. It has started many self-financing courses both in the conventional area and also in career and job-oriented courses like Computers, Horticulture, Dairy Science, etc., in collaboration with Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University for running B.Sc. (Horticulture) and B.Sc. (Agriculture) Degree programmes.
The college gives great importance to value-based education. Students of this college not only realize the importance of dignity of labour but also show this in practice by undertaking many manual activities on the campus. Community-oriented activities are undertaken through N.S.S. volunteers in order to inculcate among them civic responsibilities. Lectures by eminent social thinkers are also organized to enlighten the students on various community concerns and what they could do to help the society in this respect.
Through sports, games, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, students are provided opportunities for developing their all-round personality.
The mission of this college has always been to empower the rural youth and for this purpose during the last three decades it geared all its academic and extension activities in this direction. Through the Functional English programme, the students are encouraged to improve their communication skills. Internet facility is available to the students free of charge and they are encouraged to make use of the same.
The college through its Earn and Learn Scheme succeeded in empowering the most disadvantaged sections of the society.
Section 3: Overall Analysis
P.V.P. College of Arts, Science and Commerce over the last thirty-two years of its existence has rendered yeoman service to the cause of higher education at a time and in an area where higher education for the vast majority of the masses was a mere dream. This college was established mainly to empower the rural-based boys and girls belonging to the weaker sections of the society. The college throughout its functioning is being inspired and motivated by the vision envisaged by the late Padmashri Vikhe Patil.
One of the unique features of the institution is that it has helped many boys and girls who were economically very poor to receive higher education through its Earn and Learn Scheme.
The Girls' and Boys' Hostels on the campus are providing accommodation enabling them to devote more time to their studies. They are well-maintained and managed and are of great help to the village students.
The college has done well not only in the academic field but also in other areas like sports, games and co-curricular and extra-curricular activities . Through many of its academic and extension activities, the college is training its students not only to be competent scholars but also to be better human beings. The Peer Team is happy to note that many of its old students made a mark in different walks of life. Quite a good number of them have become job-makers. The college is focusing on training its students to be self-reliant.
It is well known that 'excellence' is not an event but a continuous process. The moment an institution accomplishes one target in its pursuit of excellence, new challenges will emerge due to changing scenario which need the attention of the institution. Keeping this in mind, while appreciating the excellent work the college has been doing over the last three decades, the Peer Team would like to draw the attention of the institution to the following aspects:
The Peer Team is happy to note that out of 58 permanent teachers 16 hold doctorate degree and 18 are M. Phil. degree holders. Two Departments, namely, Botany and Chemistry are recognized as Research Centres for Ph.D. Seven teachers are recognized Ph.D. guides and one teacher is M.Phil recognized guide. A number of research papers have been published by the teachers. One major research project is in progress. However, the Peer Team suggests that younger teachers who have not yet qualified for doctoral degree may be encouraged to complete the same within the next three to five years. The Peer Team is happy that already seven teachers have registered for Ph.D. More seminars/workshops may be organized to expose the students and teachers to the emerging fields.
Greater attention may be paid to the continuous monitoring (monthly) of attendance of students especially at the UG level. Being in the teenage, some of them may not realize the importance of continuous interaction in the classroom s for becoming competent scholars.
The Career Guidance Cell needs strengthening. The cell should have separate and reasonably spacious accommodation for displaying on continuous basis employment opportunities in Central and State Governments/Undertakings, Public Service Commissions, various sectors of privat enterprises and other agencies. The Cell may also be used for creating a small library for Competitive Examinations and also a Coaching Centre for these examinations. Parents, Alumni and Alumnae in the course of their interaction with the Peer Team, mentioned the desirability of strengthening the Career Guidance and Competitive Examination Centre. These steps will also lead to the strengthening of the Placement Cell.
The college may pay greater attention to the job-making culture among the students. For this purpose, an 'Entrepreneurship Development Cell' may be established which will regularly arrange interactive seminars/sessions between students and successful business persons, industrialists and other entrepreneurs. This may eventually generate job-making culture among students which is the need of the hour in India.
Computer awareness has become a must for students belonging to all streams of learning. The college has two computer labs for running B.C.S., M. C. S. degree programmes and vocational B. Com. Computer Applications course. The Peer Team is informed that the Parent Body of the college also has computer facilities outside the campus to help the farmers in surrounding villages. This is a very commendable work. The Peer Team is happy to note that the college is offering Maharashtra State Certificate course in Information Technology for the benefit of its students. The Peer Team suggests that the students of various disciplines in the college may be further motivated/encouraged to do short term computer courses along with their degree programmes. This will enhance their employability and also help them to be self-reliant in their professions, etc.
The college is well poised to become an autonomous institution. The Peer Team suggests that steps may be initiated in this direction.
Higher education is undergoing fast changes. Their relevance to the students is under close scrutiny. It is desirable that the College in co-operation with its management prepares a Vision document stretching over a period of next five to seven years incorporating the strategies it would adopt to meet the challenges emerging out of the changing scenario in higher education.
The Peer Team places on record its appreciation to the institution for its cooperation during the visit.
Prof. V. Ramakistayya
Dr. Niloufer J. Chinoy
Fr. Sebastian Thekkedathu
Name of the Head of the Institution
Dr. Sampat Ramkrishna Walunj
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