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Government Institute of Science, Aurangabad, Maharashtra
Government Institute of Science, Aurangabad, Maharashtra
Address:Nipat Niranjan Nagar, Aurangabad Caves Road
Government Institute of Science, Aurangabad Maharashtra is a recognised institute / college. Government Institute of Science, Aurangabad Maharashtra was established on / in 1974.
Government Institute of Science, Aurangabad Maharashtra is situated in Aurangabad of Maharashtra state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Website of Government Institute of Science, Aurangabad Maharashtra is http://www.inosca.org/.
Contact Details of Government Institute of Science, Aurangabad Maharashtra are : Telephone: +91-240-2400586, Fax: Telephone: +91-240-2400103
CoursesM.Sc in (Microbiology, Biophysics, Botany, Geology, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Information Technology), Ph.D in (Microbiology, Botany, Biotechnology, Geology)
Government Institute of Science, Aurangabad Maharashtra runs course(s) in Biotechnology, Information Technology, Research, Science stream(s).
Government Institute of Science is affiliated with Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad
Profile of Government Institute of ScienceThe Institute was established on 14th August 1974.The only Post Graduate and Research Institute in Marathwada region of Maharashtra. The Institute is located at the foothills of Satpuda Mountain Range and the famous Aurangabad Caves of the World famous Caves of Ajanta Ellora era. It is a Government Funded and Recognized Institute and affiliated to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad and managed by Government of Maharashtra through Director of Higher Education, Pune. Institute is also a pioneer in introducing M.Sc. Biophysics, Geology, Microbiology and Biotechnology and M.Sc. Botany with specialization in Medicinal Plant , Ethno botany, Pharmacognosy and Applied Mycology in Marathwada region.
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NAAC report of Government Institute of ScienceSECTION :1 PREFACE
Institute of Science, Aurangabad is a Maharashtra State Government Institute, managed by the Director of Higher Education, Pune. It is affiliated to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad. The Institute of Science, Aurangabad is also recognized Research Institute which offers unique subjects in science like Biophysics, Microbiology, Geology, Botany, Biotechnology and self finance courses like Information technology and Computer Science. It was established on 14th August 1974. Institute was accommodated in the building of Government College of Arts and Science, Kile Ark, Aurangabad up to 1990. From June 1990, it was shifted to the present site of 25 acres of Campus Area. The main objectives of the Institute were, to cater the need of higher education in the areas that will have strong vocational value and job potential. The Institute is a co-educational center offering Post Graduate and Research courses leading to Ph.D. degree.
The Institute is recognized under 2(f) on 5th January, 1980 and under 12(b) on 3rd September, 1985. It has 15 permanent and 03 temporary teaching faculties. The Institute also has 17 technical and 18 administrative staff members. There are 145 PG students and 21 Research student in the academic year 2004-2005. All the students are drawn from through out Marathwada region and around 10 % are from other States. The Institute offers 07 PG courses and offers 03 Ph.D. programmes. Among which five P.G. Programmes are aided programme. They are Microbiology, Biophysics, Botany, Geology and Biotechnology and the Computer Science and Information Technology are self finance courses. All the Ph.D. programmes are Government managed programmes. The support service available in the Institute includes Central Library, Sports facilities, Boys and Girls Hostels, NSS, Seminar Hall, Meeting Hall, Multi-purpose Hall etc.
The Institute volunteered to be assessed by NAAC, Bangalore and submitted its Self-Study Report in October, 2003 accordingly. The Peer Team was constituted by the NAAC to visit the Institution and validate the Self Study Report. The Peer Team consisted of Dr. C.K. Sharma, Former Vice Chancellor of Awadesh Pratap Singh University, Rewa, Madhya Pradesh as Chairperson ; Fr. Daniel Fernandes S.J., Principal, St. Joseph's College of Commerce, Bangalore, Karnataka; as the Member Coordinator and Dr. Bhadrayu, Director, Smt. C.R. Gardi Academic Staff Collegege, Saurashtra University, Rajkot, Gujarat; as the Member. The Peer Team visited the Institute of Science, Aurangabad on 29th 30th and 31st July, 2004 (Three days).
The Peer Team examined in detail the performance of the Institution, its infrastructure, curricular and co-curricular programmes and other relevant aspects of its functioning. It interacted with different section of the Institution. During the three days, in-depth analysis of the performance was made and the following observations and insights are noted. The Team also examined in detail the documentary evidence related to the academic governance and administration. The Team interacted with the Director, the faculty, the non-teaching staff, the students, the alumni and parents to gain a deeper understanding of the functioning of the Institution. Based on the exercise of the seven criteria identified by the NAAC, the assessment of the Institution is presented in the following pages:
SECTION :II CRITERION WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The Institute functions in accordance with the programme of teaching and learning is consistence with the goals and objectives of the Institution. The Institute offers a wide range of front line subjects in areas of Science at Post Graduate Level. It offers M.Sc. in Microbiology, Biophysics, Botany, Geology, Biotechnology as aided courses and M.Sc. in Computer Science and Information Technology as self financing courses. The Institute is a Reconized Research Centre by the affiliated University. It offers Ph.D. Microbiology, Botany and Biotechnology as Govt. managed programmes.
The Institute of Science is the only center in Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, conducting M.Sc. Biophysics, Geology Courses and imparting specialized training in Applied Mycology, Ethnobotnay, Medicinal Botany and Pharmacognosy at M.Sc. Botany. Similarly, it is the first Institute to offer M.Sc. Microbiology and Biotechnology in Maarthawada Region. Therefore, the faculties enjoy the privilege and they are honored by the University for undertaking the responsibility to frame the curricula in the above mentioned subjects either as Chairperson or members of the Board of Studies in the concerned subjects. From June-2003, curricula of all subjects (except Botany) are modular with division of each paper in five units. Each unit is independent and complete in itself. From this academic year Semester Pattern is being followed. The courses existing in the Institute are interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in nature. It also includes implant training in various industries, summer projects, surveys, study tours and interaction with experts.
The teachers upgrade their skills by participating in various training programmes in the field of Bioinfomatics, Radiological Physics, wholsell, Enzymes Immobilization , ELISA, Micropropagation and Radiobiology. The Institute has developed effective mechanism to get feedback from academic peers and students who help to review and redesign of programmes.
The Peer Team recommends continuous and graceful follow up for the upgradation of the Institute, It could try to perceive career oriented short term certificate courses for students in P.G. and Ph.D. Pgrogrammes. These efforts may substitute; decline in strength of M.Sc. Computer Science and Information Technology.
CRITERION II: Teaching-Learning and Evaluation
The Institute has transparent admission procedure. Except in Biotechnology admissions are given as per merit. In Botany, Microbiology and Geology merit of graduation in the concerned subject is considered, while in Biophysics merit of graduation in Optional subject are taken into consideration. Looking to high demand, Entrance Examination is being conducted for admission in Biotechnology. The Institute publishes the prospects every year, which provides the desired information, regarding the admission procedure, the courses available, the fess structure and other information relevant to admissions and progress of the Institute.
The student progress is continuously monitored through various evaluation methods. The learning strength of students is evaluated on the basis of class tests, tutorials, assignments and seminars presentation. The Institute facilitates the effective running of teaching learning programme, every year. In the month of March the teachers furnish their self-appraisal reports in a prescribed format. The reports contain the analysis of execution of teacher's paper wise workload, analysis of students' attendance and paper wise analysis of university results. Eventhough, the Team desires that the mechanism of continues internal assessment and its immediate feed back to the concerned teachers may be implemented.
The Institute actively encourages staff members for professional development including research leading to Ph.D., participation in Seminars, Conferences, Workshops, Refresher Courses and advanced training. In addition to the prescribed syllabus, students are assigned small research project in groups, seminars and group discussion to widen the dimension of teaching learning practices. As a result of such wholehearted efforts good number of students are toppers in the University.
The State Government through M.P.S.C. Selection does all the appointments of teachers in the Institute. The Team has noted that since long time some key academic posts are vacant. It is suggested to put efforts for appointment of Professor and Reader Posts at the earliest so that the teaching and learning may be better facilitated. Vacant posts of senior faculties hinder in developing a department. The Team strongly suggests to find a way out for the under staffing in respect of both teaching and non-teaching.
The Team also takes note of the efforts of the Institute to modernize the laboratories that have yielded results in procuring the unique instrumental facilities like cobalt-60 Gamma Irradiation Facility by Gamma Chamber, PC based Thermo-luminescence analyzer in Biophysics; DNA Sequencer, PC based Gas Chromatograph and Spectrophotometer in Microbiology ; Thermal Cycler , PC Based Table Top Fermentor, FPCL System, Gel documentation system, CO2 Incubator etc., in Biotechnology and Graphic Work Station in Information Technology. It is desirous that already well equipped laboratory needs more attention in day to day maintenance.
CRITERIAON III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The Institute has 15 permanent and 03 temporary teachers, which include 10 Doctorates and 03 teachers are pursuing their Ph.D. The Institute having responsibility to prepare students for their Post Graduate and Doctorate Degree, few of the staff members are recognized as research guides in department of Microbiology, Botany and Biotechnology. The Institute promotes research activities of the teachers by providing them with the required study leave. A research committee has been constituted for submission of Research Project Proposals to BCUD and Director of Higher Education for the needful action.
The Institute provides financial support to research students. Three fellowships are provided from the Director, Higher Education, Pune on merit basis to full time research students of this Institute. In general, research students have to compete for fellowship at all India level, in CSIR-UGC NET, GATE examination. For SC and ST students there is a provision of GOI Scholarships to pursue the research.
There are many staff members who have number of publications such as research articles in national and international journals and good number of them have participated in national and state seminars; a few of them were the resource persons in state level and University level seminars. There are four on-going research projects to the Institute's credit. Three of them are UGC Minor Research Projects and in one project from Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt. of India has funded Rs. 3 lacks. A small contribution in the field of the consultancy has been noted. Department of Geology earned Rs. 6000/- to Rs. 9000/- out of Ground Water Exploration Consultancy. The team suggests concentrated efforts for consultancy by teaching faculties to help society and to utilize available instrumental support. The art of consultancy is a need of the time. It is notable that a few number of free services are provided by faculty members to various institutions. For example, the facility of Mini Cold room Unit (5oC to ambient temperature, dimension 6x4x6 fit) for preservation of microbial cultures and electrophoretic separation at Department of Microbiology has been extended even to some departments of the University. A regular MOU for such services be encouraged.
Though the Institute of Science is a research center, it undertakes different extension activities like Health and Hygiene Awareness, Adult Education and Literacy, Blood Donation Camp, AIDS Awareness, environmental Awareness, Campus Cleaning, Growing of Medicinal Plants, Trenches digging for recharging of soil with water and celebration of National Science Day for a week. NSS is active and contributes in extension activities.
CRITERIAN: IV Infrastructure and Learning Resources.
The Institute has adequate infrastructure facilities to run educational programme. The entire campus is at the foothill of Aurangabad Caves. It has 25 acres of land. All the departments are housed in three spacious buildings, measuring 6,081 square meters. Each building has spacious and separate labs for the Fist Year, Second Year and Ph.D. students. The each department has 16 to 18 rooms. Botany Department has a Tissue Culture Laboratory, Herbarium and Museum, Instrumentation Room , Photography Room and Green House in the campus. Geology Department has a Water Analysis Laboratory, Remote Sensing Laboratory and Museum. Microbiology Department has Air-Conditioned Culture room, A Cold Room ( 5oC), Instrumentation Room and DNA sequencer. Biotechnology Department has Air-Conditioned Culture Room, PCR along with computerized Gel Documentation System; Microprocessor based Table Top Fermentor and Instrumentation Room. Biophysics Department has a unique facility of Co-60 Gamma Irradiation System, PC Based Thermoluminescence analyzer and Instrumentation Room. Computer Science and Information Technology Department has a Computer Lab with 21 Camputers, Graphicwork Station with Solaris environment, licensed software and Matlab Software. Apart from this, classrooms common rooms for boys and girls, staff room etc. are available. In addition to this the institute has a separate spacious administrative building, the Director's Bunglow and Class-IV employee quarters are also situated in the Institute's campus.
There are hostels for boys and girls in the campus. A well designed Multipurpose Hall with the capacity of 400 seats being used for to organize seminars, conference and annual gathering. The students also use the auditorium for indoor games such as badminton, table tennis etc.
The Departments are equipped with the basic and sophisticated instruments. There are a few departments with the departmental library. Important books are kept in the departments for students for easy reference. The Institution has a separate library constructed in an area of 524.85 sq. meters. In the Central Library there are 6751 Books and 29 Journals and Periodicals. Library does not have inter-library borrowing. The administrative block has a Photocopying facility the Library is kept open from 10.00 a.m. 5.45 p.m. on working days. The Library needs to be computerized and Internet facility should be made available to the students in the library.
Institute has provided the students the Canteen facility but it needs improvement and a permanent place must be allotted for the Canteen to function effectively. The welfare scheme for the student included Central government Scholarship, National Merit Scholarship for Ph.D. students State Government Provides Scholarships, Eklavya Scholarship, NT/OBC Scholarship, P.T.C., EBC concession are provided to the students.
CRIETERIAN :V Student Support and Progression.
General information about the Institute including its objectives, regulations and facilities are given to the students through the Prospectus. The Institute has just started to collect the formal feed back from the students. The financial aid is given to the students through various types of scholarships. More than 84 students have received financial aid during the academic year 2003-2004. Student progression is 80%, over all dropout rate is about 13%.
The Institute offers unique P.G. Courses in the Marathwada Region. These areas are rapidly emerging areas of Science because of which Microbiology, Biophysics, Biotechnology Departments attract students not only from the State but also from outside the State. The Intake in each Department is limited. It has a positive impact. The Lecturers could personally monitor the progress of the students by giving them personal guidance.
It is very encouraging to see that some of the departments have the record of the past students. A good number of them are doing well in various fields like academics, industries and administration. A number of students have passed UGC ,CSIR(NET),SLET, GATE ,TOFEL, IELTS and four of the students have qualified NIMHANS (Bangalore) entrance Test.
Institute has also started an Alumni Association. The Alumni Association needs to be strengthened with regular meetings and their services could be utilized in the department activities including establishment of endowments, chairs, professorships, research-fellow ship and as visiting faculties.
Though Institute does not have formal placement Cell yet most of the students have got jobs as soon as they pass out. However, it is desirable to have a placement cell. Aurangabad is fast developing city and there are a number of industries around the place; students could be directed better through a placement cell.
CRIETERIAN: VI Organization and Management.
The Institute is governed according to Maharashtra Civil Services Rules. The duties and responsibilities of the Institute is well defined as a result the administration is transparent. The Director of the Institute coordinates the academic and administrative wing of the Institute. The Head of the Department does the coordination of the Department. The Registrar coordinates the administrative work. As it is a State Government Institute it follows the recruitment policy laid down by the State Government. The non-teaching staff of the administrative section is sent for trainings in Computer, Accounts and Auditing as suggested by the Government.
The database in respect of admissions, enrolment, course, projects and various other operations and activities of the Institute is laudable. Yet there is urgent need for centralized database and documentation center so that information on various matters can be easily and readily accessed.
Institute appears to have resource constraint. It is a center of higher learning with P.G. and Research Departments. It should be possible for the Institute to raise more resources on the basis of the various suggestions made in this report. They include among others submitting well prepared research projects to various funding agencies, undertaking consultancy and testing services on a commercial basis. Though some of the Departments are moving in this direction it should be an important dimension of every Department.
The Accounts of the Institute is well maintained. While the Registrar maintains the internal audit the Accountant General, Maharashtra State, carries out the annual audit.
CRIETERIAN: VII Healthy Practices.
The Peer Teem identified a few unique features about the Institute which has enhanced the academic atmosphere in the Institute. They are as follows:
The Institute offers unique Courses such as Microbiology, Biophysics, and Biotechnology. All these are job-oriented courses.
Institute has a spacious campus; there is all the possibility for the Institute to grow.
The Staff and Student ratio is very healthy which makes the teaching-learning process very conducive and formative.
The strength of the Institute is that there are well motivated, academically competent young and enthusiastic staffs. This helps to motivate the young students.
The Institute has linkages with National Institutes, Research Organizations and Industries.
The Institute has evolved an internal mechanism to collect feed of back of the teachers from the students.
The regular meeting of the Heads of the various Departments with the Director is a very healthy sign for the Institute.
On the National Important Days Institute organizes special lectures on Topics of Social Concern.
The Institute organizes National Science Week to create awareness among the general public, to generate a scientific temper at school level and taking science to rural doorstep.
SECTION: III OVERALL ANALYSIS.
The Peer Team after going through the Self Study Report and on the basis of its visit to various academic and physical facilities of the Institute finds that the Institution has responded to the changing time by introducing relevant and job orientated course like Geology, Biophysics, Microbiology and Biotechnology. There is a healthty atmosphere prevailing in the Institute. The Peer Team desires that the appointments of the Professor and Reader Posts must be expedited. In spite of various limitations the Institute authorities are doing a great service to the society by preparing research minded youngsters. Keeping in view of the future growth and development of the Institute the Peer Team suggests the following to the Institution for its consideration.
A good mechanism of periodical academic audit can lead the Institution towards a center for excellence.
As it is an Institute of Science for P.G. and Ph.D. Students, there is a need for continuous internal assessment with immediate feed back to the concerned teacher for necessary academic improvement.
Internet with Net working facility of all the Departments is an urgent need. P.G. and Ph.D. students must get a free access to the Internet; up gradation and total Computerization of the Library, Office and entire campus is an urgent need.
Looking at the academic strength of the faculty members; directives and guidance could be given to extend their expertise as incentive based consultancy to various industries, laboratories and commercial concerns in order to earn revenue and to help the Institutions' up gradation.
To exploit research activities to its fullest capacity vacant posts of Professors and Readers must be filled up at the earliest.
Though the buildings on 25 acres of land are newly constructed but due to poor quality of construction it has suffered a lot in short time. It needs repairing and proper maintenance. P.W.D. Center at the Institute's campus be made aware of this fact.
Boys and Girls Hostels must be maintained well. A Lady staff must be given charge of Girls' Hostel. Especially in case of Girls' Hostel provision for Mess should be made available. The telephone connections to both the Hostels is an urgent need.
Canteen, parking, the sports facilities need an immediate attention.
Three Departments - Microbiology, Botany and Biotechnology must be provided with a Xerox machine, Internet connected computers and a scanner for the research work and all the Departments must be linked with central power generator. Canter for coaching and guidance for NET,SLET and other competitive Examinations may be established.
To generate resources for the Institute the short-term vocational certificate courses may be introduced with necessary permission from the concerned authorities.
Looking at the demand intake capacity may be increased in Biotechnology.
Since it is a research Institute, the central library needs more books, journals and periodicals. It needs to be kept open even on holidays for the students.
The Alumni Association may be strengthen and empowered by involving in the Institute's developmental activities.
The Institute should make a formal MOU with Research Institutes, industries and University Departments for collaborative research projects.
Seminar and conferences should become a regular feature of the Institute.
A fulltime placement officer and an employment cell is required to facilitate campus interviews.
The Institute could initiate the process of starting M.Phil Programmes.
During the summer vacation Institute could offer short-term programmes for the faculty members of other institutions.
The Institute must train enough technical staff to operate the model gadgets.
The Peer Team thanks the Institute for the cooperation extended for the conduct of the visit and wishes the Institute all the best in its future endeavor.
Dr. C.K. Sharma (Chairperson)
Fr. Dainel Fernandese, S.J. (Member Coordinator)
Dr. Bhdrayu (Member)
Date: 31st July 2004
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