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Marathwada Shikshan Prasarak Mandals Vinayakrao Patil Mahavidyalaya, Aurangabad, Maharashtra
Marathwada Shikshan Prasarak Mandals Vinayakrao Patil Mahavidyalaya, Aurangabad, Maharashtra
Address:Vaijapur, Aurangabad, Maharashtra
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NAAC report of Marathwada Shikshan Prasarak Mandals Vinayakrao Patil MahavidyalayaSECTION 1 : PREFACE
MSP Mandal's Vinayakrao Patil Mahavidyalaya, Vaijapur, Dist. Aurangabad was established in 1968 to promote higher education in this economically and educationally backward part of Marathwada region by the Marathwada Shikshan Prasarak Mandal, Aurangabad, a society identified as the 'Excellent Education Society' by the Government of Maharashtra. The college is affiliated to the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad. The college received the UGC recognition under 2(f) and 12 (B) in July 1971. This is an aided college receiving grant-in-aid from the State Government.
The college is located in a systematically developed 19.05 acres campus situated on the Aurangabad-Bombay state highway near the Vaijapur town. The college campus has all the infrastructural facilities for administration, classrooms, library, laboratories, sports and games, recreation, seminar/conferences, hostel, etc. The college offers undergraduate programmes in Science, Arts and Commerce streams Postgraduate programme in commerce has been introduced in 2003-2004. The college follows the annual system of examination. Besides this, a Junior College of Arts, Science, Commerce and MCVC courses are also attached to this college. The college also opened the study centre of Yashwantrao Chavan Mukta Vidyapeeth, Nasik in 2002 to provide access to the distance education programmes in the region.
The college, started with 215 students in 1968, presently (2003-2004) has the strength of 1154 in undergraduate and 21 in Postgraduate classes. Out of the total student strength of 919 in the year 2002-03, there were 179 SC/ST students (20%) and 151 OBC students (16.4%). Similarly, 32.4% are the girl students. Thus, the college is serving the weaker and disadvantaged sections of the society. The unit cost per student works out to Rs. 12,241.
Basically there are three Faculties viz. Science, Arts and Commerce. Faculty of Science consists of Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Mathematics, and Computer Science. In the Faculty of Arts there are Departments of Marathi, Hindi, English, History, Sociology, Political Science and Economics, while the Faculty of Commerce has three specializations viz., Business Administration and Mercantile Law, Accountancy and Business Economics. There are 25 permanent teachers, of which seven are Ph.D. and one M.Phil. degree holder. Besides, there are eight temporary teachers on clock hour basis. There are 34 administrative and ministerial staff, and 3 technical staff.
MSP Mandal's Vinayakrao Patil Mahavidyalaya, Vaijapur volunteered for institutional accreditation by National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC), Bangalore and submitted its self-study report in July 2003. NAAC constituted a Peer Team comprising of Prof. Hemlata Swarup, former Vice Chancellor of Kanpur University as Chairperson, Prof. Mamta Satapathy, UGC Emeritus Felow, Department of Physics, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar and Prof. N.V. Narasimham, School of Management Studies, IGNOU, New Delhi as Member, with Dr. Jagannath Patil, Assistant Advisor, NAAC as Coordinator. Peer Team visited the college for two days on 17 and 18th December, 2003 to assess the institution for accreditation. The Peer Team carefully perused and analysed the self study report submitted by the college. During institutional visit, the Peer Team went through all the relevant documents, visited the departments and all infrastructural facilities in the college, interacted at length with the Principal, teaching faculty, staff, students, parents, management and alumni of the college. Based on the above exercise and keeping in mind the seven criteria identified by NAAC, the Peer Team has taken up the task of assessment and accreditation of the college.
SECTION 2: CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The M.S.P. Mandal's Vinayakrao Patil Mahavidyalaya, Vaijapur imparts undergraduate education in Arts, Science and Commerce leading to B.A., B.Sc. and B.Com Degrees respectively. In the Arts Faculty, six subjects viz. History, Sociology, Political Science, Economics, Marathi and Hindi and in Science Faculty six subjects Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Mathematics and Computer Science are offered as electives. In each stream, the students choose three electives with different combinations allowed by the college. English is compulsory for these students. In addition to these they have to select one more language out of Hindi and Marathi. In the Faculty of Commerce most of the subjects, including English, are compulsory and few papers available as optionals. Post Graduate Programme in Commerce (M.Com.) introduced in 2003-04 has been well received by the students and guardians. Most of the subjects taught at undergraduate level in Science and Arts streams are conventional in nature, except a few having papers with better employment potential to some extent. However, the Commerce and Computer Science courses have wider employment opportunities.
The college, being affiliated to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, has to follow the syllabi and curricula, prescribed by the University. The curricula framed by the University for the undergraduate courses are neither modularly structured nor multidisciplinary in nature. The college has very little scope to frame and design the curricula reflecting the vision, mission and goals of the college. However, some of the teachers who served as members of the University Board of Studies have contributed in curriculum design, wherever possible. The Departments of Botany and Marathi need special mention in this regard. However the college has made some effort in this direction through its co-curricular and extra-curricular programmes having rural orientation. The regulations of the University do not have provision for flexibility in time frame and horizontal mobility. Although reasonable numbers of subjects are available as elective options, no subject is available as non-core option.
It is to be appreciated that the college takes about a year to introduce and implement a new programme after it is conceptualized. The college has implemented the new syllabi as recommended by the UGC in most of the subjects. As expected the laboratory practice, project and field work form a part of the science curricula, however, there is no such provision in the humanities curricula. It is desirable that field and project works should be introduced in the latter.
There is no definite mechanism of getting feed back from any external agency or academic peers, but the authorities from time to time discuss this matter with teachers and students, and seek their suggestions. Such issues are also discussed in Academic Committee, Management Committee and other Competent Bodies and appropriate steps are taken in this regard.
It is nice to note that Physics Department organized a one-day workshop to modernize the existing curricula in the light of UGC prescription.
Criterion II : Teaching-learning and Evaluation
The college is located in a rural drought prone area in Aurangabad district of Marathawada region. The students hail generally from economically and educationally backward area and belong to peasant and landless labour families. As per the University regulation, students are given admission on the basis of the academic record of the last qualifying examination. The Admission Committee looks after the whole process of admission, and strictly adheres to the norms of eligibility laid down by the University. It is worth mentioning that the admission process in the college is fully computerized. The reservation rules of the Maharashtra Government are also strictly followed.
It is nice to note that the college offers short-term course in spoken English and grammar to the academically weaker students in the beginning of the academic year. The college may formalize this course and also introduce remedial courses in other subjects. Enrichment courses for all students may also be introduced to enhance the general perspective of the subjects and broaden their views on current affairs.
The academic programmes of the college follow annual system as stipulated by the University. Keeping this in view, the syllabi for all subjects are unitised and a teaching plan is drawn up at the beginning of the academic session. The teachers prepare their teaching plans, and submit in triplicate to the Principal through the Heads of the respective departments. The college submits one copy of plan to the University. The teachers ensure proper implementation of these academic plans. Every teacher maintains an academic diary supplied by the University which is monitored by the Principal.
At the commencement of the academic year the details about the examination, the method of evaluation, pattern of question papers, etc., are intimated to the students through the college prospectus and academic calendar prepared by the Academic Committee. Question Banks are also prepared and made available to the students.
Apart from the traditional method of classroom teaching, some departments use teaching aids like charts, maps, models etc. In this technological era modern computer aided teaching aids, audio-visual aids may be used to make the lectures more effective and interesting. It is, therefore, felt that the college should set up a centralized audio-visual and teaching-aid centre as a central facility, and encourage all departments to make use of this facility to improve their teaching.
There is a central library in the college, however, it is rather essential that each department should have a library of its own. This is necessary to create an academic atmosphere in the department itself. Although some departments have departmental library, but the number of books is low.
There are 25 permanent full-time and nine temporary teachers on clock hour basis in the college. Out of them only two are women. The workload for full time teachers is about 20 hours per week. In addition, on an average the teachers spend about two hours a day on committees pertaining to academic and administrative matters of the college. The college functions for 210 days in a year out of which 180 days are devoted to teaching. The full time faculty takes about 80% of the classes.
The recruitment of teachers is made as per the UGC norms, Maharashtra state Government and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada university rules. The selection is made strictly on merit basis, which includes the classroom teaching performance of the candidate. The central office of Marathwada Shikshan Prasarak Mandal issues the appointment letters. During the last two years the college has appointed only three permanent teachers. Whenever necessary, the college can appoint teachers on temporary/clock hour/adhoc basis as admissible by the State Government.
The college teachers are encouraged to attend seminars, workshops, conferences refresher courses etc. to develop their academic capabilities. During the last two years 32 teachers have participated in seminars, conferences and workshops. Three teachers have attended refresher courses and two orientation courses organized by the Academic Staff College of the University. The college has also organized few conferences, writers' conventions, personality development camps, etc. It is to be appreciated that the science departments received two lakhs of rupees from UGC under COSIP and organized lecture series.
In order to strengthen the teaching-learning process, the college follows the self-appraisal method to evaluate the performance of the teachers in teaching, research and other institutional activities. The college may also introduce Student-Evaluation scheme for teachers, as prescribed by UGC and followed by many progressive institutions.
Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The Vinayakrao Patil Mahavidyalaya basically being an undergraduate institution does not have research programmes leading to M.Phil and Ph.D. Out of 25 permanent and nine temporary teachers, only seven have Ph.D., and two have M.Phil degree. Although few teachers, mostly in science departments carry out some research work and publish papers, yet it does not form a significant part of the activity of the college. However, despite limitations of rural setting, research work done by Botany and some others science departments is worth appreciation. It is to appreciate that inspire of small college there are two members are aborted fellowships of Professional Bodies. The faculty has published ……. scientific papers during the last five years. Although the teachers are encouraged to undertake research through UGC career development schemes, so far three teachers, one each from Botany, Zoology and Commerce Departments, have taken advantage of this programme. The college does not provide financial support for research work in the college, but it extends infrastructure facilities and grants study leave to the aspiring teachers to undertake such activity.
There is a research committee consisting of six members with the Principal as the chairman, to examine various research proposals and forward them to appropriate agencies for funds. The Affiliating University recognizes three teachers from science departments as research guides. Seven teachers from nearby colleges, and one from this college are working under the supervision of one faculty member as part time research scholars. Apart from research publications, some teachers, particularly in Mathematics and Commerce, have written books. There are few teachers who have published articles in magazines and newspapers. It is heartening to note that some of the books written by the former teachers of Marathi Department were prescribed as text and reference books by various universities. Two UGC minor research projects, with a total outlay of Rs.85,000, are being operated currently in the college. It is appreciated that consultancy service is provided to the local farmers in soil testing and Vermi Compost.
The extension activities and outreach programmes undertaken by the NSS unit is worth mentioning. These activities include aids awareness, environmental awareness, community development, tree plantation, blood donation camps, population education programme for primary school teachers, pulse polio immunisation programme, etc. Six NSS volunteers participated in Republic Day Parade at New Delhi and three secured state level awards in 1999-2000 for their extension services. It is very much appreciated that the college has adopted one village for its over all development. The Sociology Department of the college has carried out few surveys regarding beggary, female murderers and educated unemployed in the nearby villages.
Criterion IV : Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college has a well-developed clean and green campus spread in 19.05 acres of land on Aurangabad-Bombay State highway near Vaijapur town. The college has separate administrative and academic buildings with all the requisite infrastructural facilities for curricular and co-curricular activities. The campus comprises of sufficient number of class rooms, well equipped laboratories separately for Physics and Chemistry, library, two boys hostels, indoor and outdoor games facilities, canteen, computer laboratory, conference hall and auditorium. There is a common Room for girl students, separate sitting space for teachers, separate block for NSS, NCC and Employment Guidance Bureau. Separate laboratories for Botany and Zoology are under construction. However, there is no girls' hostel and residential accommodation for teachers or staff, as it is not in demand.
The college prepares master plans to meet the needs for augmenting the infrastructure to keep pace with academic growth, and implement the same. The college management monitors the maintenance of infrastructure regularly and earmarks sufficient funds for this purpose from the maintenance grant received from the Government. There are various committees constituted by the Principal, comprising of both teachers and non-teaching staff, to look after the regular maintenance of the infrastructure facilities in the college. For regular water supply, in addition to the municipal water pipe line, college own two tube wells and an open well fitted with motor pumps. To ensure optimum utilization of its infrastructure, the college encourages the other educational institutions, government organisations and NGOs to use all its infrastructure facilities. The college has initiated several measures to keep the campus beautiful and pollution free.
The college has a well-established library with about 34,000 books. It subscribes to 55 magazines / periodicals and 11 newspapers. There is a Library Advisory Committee with the Principal as Chairman, Librarian as Member Secretary and other senior teachers as members. The college library has inter library borrowing arrangements with the libraries in the nearby colleges. During the year 2001-02, college spent about Rs. 93,000 on books and above Rs. 26,000 on Journals/periodicals/newspapers. The college library is yet to computerize its operations and establish facilities like reprography, internet, audio/video cassettes, etc. Library is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for six days a week. There is a Book Bank facility with two schemes viz., Vishesh Savlat Yojna, and Vidyarthi Kalyan Samiti for issuing text books to the needy students for a full academic year.
The college has established a central computer facility with 8 PCs, 5 printers, a scanner, a fax machine and required software packages. This is open from 10.30 a.m. - 5.30 p.m. on all working days. Besides this central computing facility, administrative office and Departments of Commerce and Physics have separate computers of their own.
There is a Department of Physical Education for providing facilities and coaching in several indoor and outdoor games. To encourage outstanding sports persons, the college provides medals, mementoes, blazers and certificates. There are two boys' hostels with 10 rooms each, one in the campus and another in the town, to accommodate around 40 students. There is a canteen facility in the campus with separate arrangements for staff and students. The college has established one conference room with a capacity of 50 persons and an auditorium with capacity of 500.
Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
Progression of the students is satisfactory as around 95% of the students appear in the annual examinations and drop out rate is less than 5%. About 50% of the students progress from 1st year to the 3rd year of study. The success rate in the final year examinations is around 90% in 2001-02 and 70% in 2001-01. In this regard, the performance of science students is outstanding. Above 50% of the Science students secure first division in the final year.
As the college is offering conventional BA/B.Sc./B.Com courses, there is no demand from overseas students. Hence the college could not formulate the rules and regulations for overseas students.
The college publishes updated prospectus every year, with all details regarding courses offered, rules and regulations for admission, fee structure, scholarships and freeships, library membership, rules for admission in hostel, etc. Any other information needed by the students is provided from time to time through placing circulars on the notice board. College also publishes a magazine every year with contributions from the students and teachers.
It is heartening to note that most of the students receive one or the other scholarship sponsored/freeship by either the State Government or the Central Government. During the year 2002-03 the students of this college received 143 all India Scholarships, 4 Government of India Freeships (backward classes), 3 State Open Merit scholarships, 697 OBC freeships and 3 handicapped scholarships. Thus, out of the total strength of 919 students, 850 students (92.5%) received financial aid in one form or the other in 2002-2003.
The college has setup Employment Guidance Bureau to guide the students about employment opportunities and entrepreneurship. The activities of this unit need to be formalized and strengthened. The teachers also provide personal counselling at the individual level. The Commerce Department organises Personality Development Programme for the B.Com. students from time to time.
The college provides many recreational and leisure time activities like indoor and outdoor games, cultural programmes, dance and music competitions, essay writing competitions, debates, etc., round the year. The students are also encouraged to participate in sports meets and cultural activities, and those who perform better are sent to participate in various competitions organized at the University, State and National levels. The college is an active participant of the Youth Festivals organized by the University. The students of this college regularly participate in the University sports and games, particularly in Ball Badminton, where they excel.
The college formed Alumni association in 2002, which has already held two meetings to decide the office bearers and formulate activities and programmes.
Criterion VI : Organisation and Management
The college has a three tier internal management and coordination system. At the top level, the college is run by the Marathwada Shikshan Prasarak Mandal, a registered NGO which promoted this college and also managing different educational institutions in the Marathwada region. This supreme body decides policies, appointments, infrastructure development, budget, etc. At the second level, there is a Local Governing Council constituted as per the Maharashtra University Act 1994, to look after the overall functioning of the college. This Local Governing Council comprises of members from Marathwada Shikshan Prasarak Mandal, Principal of the College and representatives from teachers and staff. At the grass root level, the Principal looks after the day-to-day activities of the college. Principal constitutes different committees involving teaching and non-teaching staff of the college to coordinate and monitor the day-to-day functioning of the college. Besides, the above, Local Inquiry Committee appointed by the affiliating University visits annually and gives suggestions to improve the quality of teaching and organisation.
A special Committee constituted by the Principal, comprising of Vice Principals and the Heads of the Departments, prepares academic calander alongwith academic diary and annual teaching plan at the beginning of the academic year.
Non-teaching staff members are provided training in using computers for office purpose at concessional rates. Some of them are also trained in using various office equipments.
The budgeted expenditure of the college during 2001-02 was Rs. 1.17 crore, out of which the college received salary grant of Rs. 95 lakh and non-salary grant of Rs.12 lakh from the State Government as grant in aid, fees collection Rs.5.35 lakh, and contribution from the Management Account Rs.4.65 lakh. The Marathwada Shikshan Prasarak Mandal and the Local Governing Council meet expenses for the developmental activities. An internal independent auditor audits the college accounts regularly.
The college implements some welfare schemes such as 100% fee concession to the children of the employees, text books to the talented students, part time jobs to 2/3 needy students under 'student aid fund' scheme, prizes to rank holders in the examinations, and group insurance scheme for employees.
The college has constituted separate Grievance Redressal Cells, one to resolve the grievances of teachers and staff and the other to resolve the grievances of students.
As the State Government banned the appointment of regular teachers, there is a system of clock hour basis teachers. Such teachers are appointed by the Local Governing Council, as and when needed.
There is a Cooperative Credit Society of teaching and non-teaching staff. It started group insurance scheme for members, arranges credit, and supplies consumer durable goods on installment basis.
Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The college at Vaijapur, named after a great Social Worker and Philanthropist Shri. Vinayakraoji Patil, is striving towards realizing the goal of imparting quality education to the economically backward and academically disadvantaged students of rural area of Marathwada Region. They are having many healthy practices to achieve this goal:
The College has a close rapport with the rural and semi-rural community to which it caters. It was a pleasure to meet and hear parents-cum-alumni who had attended college in the early years and whose wards are studying in the college now. This speaks of a regular contact between the college and the people around and also of the confidence with which students are sent to the college and receive the benefit of all round personality development. It happens only when teachers devote time to the institution and to students.
The college has done very good work in the area of extension. Apart from NSS and NCC even the Sociology, History and literature teachers have a close relationship with the requirement of young people, both girls and boys.
The presence of a large number of girl students and the atmosphere of discipline and dignity in the college has generated confidence not only in the girls but also their guardians. This speaks of the pains taken by the teachers and the whole college community to maintain the dignity of women.
Introducing 'Gramin Sahitya' in the Marathi course is a real contribution of the college to the development of another parameter to literature itself.
The Principal, Teachers and Management are quite conscious by now of adding more employment oriented programmes, keeping in view the overall globalization environment. The effort to introduce courses on Spoken English & Communication Skills and Journalism is to be appreciated.
The Commerce Department has conducted a certificate course on Consumer Protection in collaboration with Akhil Bharatiya Grahak Panchayat, Vaijapur in 2001.
The students are encouraged to actively participate in various extra-curricular activities with a view to help them in the development of their personality.
The college has recently taken up two projects viz., Soil Testing and Vermi Compost preparation, which are beneficial to the local farmers.
SECTION 3: OVERALL ANALYSIS
The Peer Team after going through the self study report, visited the Vinayakrao Patil Mahavidyalaya and interacted with the Principal, Governing Council, teachers, students and non-teaching staff and developed a true appreciation of the various facets of this institution. The Team is of the opinion that the college has played a significant role in bringing out the transformation of this backward region of Maharashtra by providing much needed quality education. This has undoubtedly changed the face of this region lying neglected for centuries.
The Peer Team would like to commend this institution on the following aspects:
considerable progress in the upliftment of the rural students and empowerment of women,
introduction of special schemes 'Vishes Savlat Yojna' in which the students are getting a number of books free of cost or at a nominal price depending upon their academic performance,
running of course for the development of communication and numerical skills of the students,
free hostel facilities and financial assistance to needy students,
adherance to academic schedule,
dedication, commitment and team work spirit among the student, teacher and staff,
co-curricular and extra-curricular activities for the personality development and character building of the students,
considerable social concern reflected in the extension activities,
library facility for ex-students for pursuing higher education else where,
medical check up for all students at the beginning of the session,
excellent documentation and well maintained administrative and academic record, and
computerization of students record and other administratative procedures and training provided for non-teaching staff.
For a healthier and brighter future of the college the Peer Team will also like to suggest some improvements in the already existing programmes and implementation of some new programmes.
Special efforts may be taken to improve communication skills in English, both written and spoken.
For up-gradation of teaching, the college should set up centralized audio-visual and computer aided Teaching Aid Centre. The class room teaching may be made more effective and efficient by using more modern audio-visual aids like OHP, LCD, slide projector, models and charts.
Colleges and Universities all over the country are experiencing serious financial crunch and many state governments are not in a position to fully support the needs of higher education. So the college should create a resource mobilization cell.
Facilities may be developed for training in Fine Arts, Performing arts and other allied interests (embroidery, tailoring, personal hygiene, etc), which are specific to girls.
There is an urgent need to recruit some teachers in the departments like English, History, etc.
Action may be taken for introduction of PG courses in Arts and Sciences, in response to persistent demands from the public and the students. This will also be fruitful to the predominantly rural students of this region. In addition to introduction of PG courses, it will be relevant to diversify academic programmes by introducing UGC approved professional and vocational courses like Bio-technology, Home science, Paramedical, Clinical Pathology, Laboratory Technology, Pharmaceutical etc.
The remedial coaching classes for the educationally disadvantaged and a well-defined structured programme for the advance learners should be properly provided.
The library system needs to be computerized. The academic climate in the library could may be improved by providing better furniture and good reading room. The college should procure more books as per the revised curriculum and subscribe to more standard journals/periodicals. Facilities like photocopier, internet, audio/video cassettes, etc., may be provided to the library
The college should approach the sports department for financing the college by way of better playgrounds. The college could also approach sports authority of India for the sanction of grants for the construction of a multi-purpose gymnasium hall.
Career guidance and counselling may be further strengthened by organizing coaching classes for outgoing graduates preparing them for competitive examination and for further studies and employment
The laboratories need to be modernized keeping in view of the revised curriculum as per guidelines of the U.G.C.
The Peer Team wishes to place on record its appreciation for the sincere efforts by the Principal, Management and Teaching-Non teaching Staff in undergoing the Assessment & Accreditation Process systematically. Co-operation by Principal Dr.D.S.Pokle, Coordinator Mr.N.K.Patil and his team at the time of actual visit deserves a special mention.
Team wishes a bright future to this college.
Prof. Hemlata Swarup,
Prof. Mamta Satapathy,
Prof. N.V. Narasimham,
Vinayakrao Patil Mahavidyalaya, Vaijapur.
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