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Shri Asaramji Bhandwaldar Arts, Commerce and Science College, Aurangabad, Maharashtra
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Devgaon (Rangari), Kannad Taluk
Aurangabad (District Aurangabad)
Maharashtra, India



Shri Asaramji Bhandwaldar Arts, Commerce and Science College, Aurangabad Maharashtra is a recognised institute / college. Shri Asaramji Bhandwaldar Arts, Commerce and Science College, Aurangabad Maharashtra was established on / in 1994.


Shri Asaramji Bhandwaldar Arts, Commerce and Science College is situated in Aurangabad of Maharashtra state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Aurangabad comes under Aurangabad Tehsil, Aurangabad District.




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Shri Asaramji Bhandwaldar Arts, Commerce and Science College, Aurangabad Maharashtra runs course(s) in Arts, commerce, Science stream(s).


Approval details: Shri Asaramji Bhandwaldar Arts, Commerce and Science College is affiliated with Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad



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NAAC report of Shri Asaramji Bhandwaldar Arts, Commerce and Science College

SECTION I: PREFACE
Shri Asaramji Bhandwaldar Arts, Commerce & Science College was established by Shri Ganesh Education Society in 1994 to promote higher education in a very backward and drought prone rural area of Marathwada. The college is affiliated to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad . The college stands as a testimony to the dedication and hard work put in by an educational stallwart like Shri Asaramji Bhandwaldar and his team which has worked for the last 40 years in this rural area to provide educational access from the primary to higher education level.

The college is located in a rural area spanning about 05 acres of land. The college belongs to Grant-in-aid institutional category and got permanent affiliation from the University only today but still has to get 2f status from the UGC which is a handicap for the development of the college. It has Faculty of Arts comprising of the departments of English, Hindi, Marathi, Sociology, History, Political Science, Economics and Geography, & Faculty of Commerce. There are 06s permanent, 06 Adhoc, 06 Clock Hour Basis ( C.H.B.) and 02 Contracted teachers. There are 05 PhDs, 01 M Phil and 14 PGs among the teachers. There are also 10 non-teaching staff in the college. The strength of the students which was 115 in 1994 has risen to 893 in 2003-04.The college also offers different Certificate courses which generate self-employment opportunities. The student's progression is not very satisfactory because of considerable number of drop outs, from first year to second year. The college has yet, limited infrastructural facilities.

Out of the strength of 893 in the year 2003-04, there are 138-SC/ST & 181- OBC students in the college. Similarly there are also - 222 girl students. Thus, the college is catering to the needs of socially and economically disadvantaged sections of society,many of whom are first generation learners.

Shri Asaramji Bhandwaldar Arts & Commerce college, Deogaon (Rangari) Tq. Kannad, Dist Aurangabad volunteered for institutional accreditation by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore and submitted its self-study report in September 2003. NAAC constituted a Peer Team comprising of Prof. Hemalata Swarup, Former Vice Chancellor, Kanpur University, Prof. Mamata Satapathy, UGC Emeritus Fellow, Department of Physics, Utkal University and Prof. B. P. Mahesh Chandra Guru, Chairman, Department of Studies in Communication and Journalism, University of Mysore. with Dr. M. Satapathy acting as Member-coordinator. Dr. Jagannath Patil, Assitant Advisor, NAAC provided overall guidance and visited the college. The Peer Team visited the college for two days on February 03-04, 2004 to assess the institution for accreditation. During institutional visit, the Peer Team went through all the relevant documents, visited the classrooms 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 INPUT
Criterion 1 : Curricular Aspects.
Shri Asaramji Bhandwaldar Arts, Commerce and Science College, Deogaon, Tq. Kannad offers undergraduate courses in Arts and Commerce, leading to B.A and B.Com degree respectively. In the Faculty of Arts, the eight subjects English, Marathi, Hindi, Sociology, History, Political Science, Geography and Economics are offered as optional subjects. Students choose three optional subjects, one from each of the three combinations of optionals allowed by the Univrsity. English is compulsory for all students, in addition they have to select one more language from Marathi and Hindi. In the Commerce stream most of the subjects are compulsory, only one or two courses are available as optionals. Apart from the regular under graduate courses, the college offers four Certificate Courses on various aspects of Computer Application and eight Certificate Courses on different schemes for self employment.

The College is affiliated to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathawada University, Aurangabad. So it has to adopt the curricula framed by the University. Presently no teacher of the college is a member of the Board of Studies of the University. The college has no autonomy to frame its own syllabi. Hence the goal and mission of the College can not be satisfactorily reflected in its curricula. However the objectives of the college to provide higher education to economically and educationally disadvantaged students of neighboring areas has been partially achieved through its co-curricular, extra co-curricular and extension activities. The Regulations of the University do not provide flexibility in time-frame and horizontal mobility. The curricula of the University are neither modularly structured nor multidisciplinary in approach. It takes about a year to introduce and implement a new course, or a new programme. During the last ten years, the college has not introduced any new programmes except a few certificate courses.

It is appreciated that the college has some interaction with Agro-based industries and Banking Sectors.

Criterion II : Teaching-Learning and Evaluation.
The college is located in the village Deogaon ( Rangari ) of Kannad Taluk in Aurangabad district. It is an area which is drought prone and non-irrigated zone of Maharastra. About ninety percent of the students come from economically and educationally backward farmer families. The students are admitted to the degree courses on the basis of academic record of last qualifying examination. However for vocational certificate courses, personal interviews form a part of the selection procedure. The reservation policy laid down by the State Government is strictly followed. Preference for admission in all the departments is given to the rural students satisfying minimum eligibility criteria. The admission committee consisting of Principal, Vice-Principal and some teachers look after the admission process. The college also offers some short term courses on writing skill, spoken english, basic grammar etc. However it conducts neither Bridge or Remedial courses for slow learners nor enrichment courses for advanced learners, but some extra classes are taken by some teachers.

The academic programme of the College follows the annual system of examination. The teachers are required to make the month-wise teaching plan, and record them in the academic diary provided by the college. The Principal and the Heads of departments look after the smooth running of the academic programmes. The dates of unit test and annual examinations are conveyed to the students by the teachers and are also displayed on the notice board.

The college follows the traditional method of class room teaching supplemented by study tours, field trips, students' seminars & co-curricular activities .

The teachers conduct class tests, tutorials, viva-voce tests etc. regularly to assess the academic progress of the students and also to judge how far the objectives of the courses are fulfilled. It is a good idea and practice to organise student seminars regularly in all departments, thus adding an innovative touch to teaching methodology.

The College has 06 permanent and 06 Adhoc, 06 C.H.B. and 02 teachers on contract basis. Out of them only 2 are women. The average workload of the teachers per week is 20 periods of 48 minutes duration. But some single teacher departments have to take as many as 30 periods per week. The College functions on an average of 223 days in a year, of which 180 are for teaching as per UGC norm.

The teachers are recruited by the College following the UGC norms and the rules and regulations of the University and State Government. In urgent situation the College can appoint part time teachers pending the creation of new posts. During the last two years it has recruited five teachers on its rolls.

As yet the college has not got 2f-status from UGC which is handicap for the developmental programmes of the college. As such there is no Faculty Development Programme in the college. However, it encourages the teachers to attend refresher courses, orientation courses, seminars etc. to update their knowledge on the subjects.

The college has self-appraisal method to evaluate the performance of the teachers in teaching, research and extra-curricular activities since last session 2002-03. Recently the college has adopted the scheme of teacher evaluation by the students. The process of teaching and learning can be more fruitful if the students enjoy good campus life. College may introduce the system of getting feedback from them on this important aspect.

The college has established linkage with Phule Ambedkar Philosophical University Dhule, Government Technical Institute Vaijapur, Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nasik.

Criterion III :Research Consultancy and Extension.
Research does not form a significant academic activity of the college, as it imparts only undergraduate education. Out of 20 teachers of all categories, 5 have Ph.D, 01 is an M. Phil. Further there is no encouragement from college authority to pursue research activities in the college. However some teachers on their own initiative, are working on their Ph. D. There are no on-going research projects operating in the College. During the last five years only one teacher from Economics department has published three research papers, one has published book and some have published few articles in newspapers and periodicals.

There is no full-time designated person for extension activities of the college. It has assigned this job to a lecturer, who shoulders this responsibility in addition to his normal duty. The various extension activities taken up by the college cater to community development by way of Health and Hygiene awareness, Aids Awareness, Medical Camp, Women Health and Child Care, Blood Donation Camp, & Water Conservation etc. The Political Science department conducted a workshop for rural leadership development programe. The NSS unit of the college plays an important role in carrying out these extension programmes. Through this unit students have succeeded in constructing two dams in nearby areas, thus benefitting this drought-prone community.

Criterion IV - Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college has a building with minimum accommodation, play ground, an inadequate library, small computer laboratory, books and journals, sports facilities etc., which are essential for sustaining academic progress. Some students have succeeded in achieving spectacular progress in sports even up to international level in cricket and athletics. At present, there are 3120 books available in the library which is managed by a professional librarian. A separate Library Advisory Committee consisting of Principal as Chairman, two teachers as Members and the Librarian as Secretary looks after the activities of the library which functions during college working hour (8.30am - 5.30pm ). Earnest efforts are made by the College towards catering to the needs of the students living in rural areas even up to a radius of 40 to 50 kms. The students are also encouraged to learn well within the limited infrastructural facilities and supportive services.

The college has to concentrate on mobilizing adequate funds for future expansion and development programmes after getting the 2f-status from the UGC and also tap resources from other central and state agencies that cater to rural development. In particular, classrooms, departmental rooms, students' rest rooms, sports facilities, a central computer facility and internet etc., need special attention in order to do justice to educational progress. Library should really be housed in a separate building with latest books, journals and periodicals.

Criterion V - Student Support and Progression
About 88% of the students appeared for the final examination after the study period. The large drop out rate in case of students admitted in the year 2001-02 is rather high and warrants immediate attention and suitable remedial measures especially by the management. However, most of the final year students get through the examination. This is indeed a matter of satisfication. The college publishes prospectus covering all details about academic activities for the year. The students receive scholarships and other financial assistance from various sources including government. There is a career guidance unit and personality development cell which needs strengthening. The role played by the NSS unit and its activities need special mention and appreciation from the point of view of student support and progression. Sports facilities are also extended with a view to improve the capacity of the students including girls.

The college has to concentrate on increasing student support activities in future. In particular, Alumni Association activities, student counseling, training programmes for competitive examinations, personality development programmes, vocational training programmes, sports facilities need better concentration, funds and encouragement.

Criterion VI - Organization and Management
The college has a Managing Council to facilitate academic and administrative planning. It has an in-built mechanism to monitor administrative functions and academic activities. The Principal of the college supervises the academic and administrative activities of the teaching staff, non-teaching staff and students on day-to-day basis. A special committee prepares academic calendar. The college provides opportunity for the non-teaching staff for professional development. The expenditure incurred on various activities of the college is prepared and audited periodically. There is also internal audit mechanism which prevents financial irregularities. The management encourages the NSS unit to take part in building water projects, blood donation camps and other social welfare activities. There is a non-formal grievance redressal mechanism which needs to be formalized and strengthened.

The presence of Managing Council, Special Committee, Internal Audit Mechanism, NSS Unit, Grievance Redressal Cell etc., is appreciated by the students and local community in terms of their activities. These agencies and activities reveal that the college has made a good beginning in facilitating sound organizational management.

However, the decision making process, coordination of academic activities, allotment of
funds for various activities, budgeting, auditing and grievance redressal mechanism need special focus in terms of management and evaluation by the college Managing Council.

Criterion VII - Healthy Practices
The goal and mission of the college are well defined. Its aim has been to bring higher education within the reach of rural young men and women, very often first generation learners, particularly in a drought-prone hilly area. From what we gathered in our interaction with the parents, alumni and students is that the mission has been amply fulfilled. The majority of students belong to the deprived, educationally backward rural area within a radius of 40-50 kms of the college.

The tradition of education handed over to the institution by its founder President Shri Asaramji Bhandwaldar has percolated down to the entire management, Principal and faculty. There is not only overall cooperation between the community and the college but also between all the segments of the college.

Inspite of infrastructural constraints the teacher - student relationship is excellent and students feel grateful to their teachers for providing them knowledge and enabling them to succeed not only in examinations but also in their careers through informal guidance.

The College being only an Undergraduate institution there is not much premium on research but the other two parameters of higher education, teaching and extension are well developed and the college - community interaction is appreciable.

In keeping with the ethos of the majority Dalit, Tribal, Backward and rural population of this region the college has developed co-curricular and extra-curricular activities which reflect the traditional culture of this region.

In accordance with the initiatives in education set up more than a century ago by great men and women like Mahatma Jyotiba Phule and Smt. Savitribai Phule, the education of girls has been a priority with the college. The presence of nearly 1/3 girl students, their better examination results, participation and excelling in sports and cultural activities are a tribute to the initiative of the college. Many of the girls, but for this college, would be sitting at home after their +2 examinations.

The college, in accordance with the vocational needs of employment and self-employment has started Certificate courses in collaboration with external agencies. This shows the capacity of the college to establish external links to benefit the college. Participation and getting positions by students in the University Youth Festivals, Sports and other activities bespeaks of the forward looking activities of the college. One student has so excelled in Cricket that he has participated in the International Cricket in Scotland. Sports and wrestling have also provided employment to the students.

Inspite of limited infrastructural facilities the college has tried to help the students to the best of its capacity. The department of Marathi publishes the college magazine in Hindi, Marathi and English and this allows students to express themselves and show their creativity.

SECTION 3 : OVERALL ANALYSIS
The Peer Team after going through the self steady report and visit to various academic physical facilities of the college appreciates its strive to propagate higher education among the rural student of this drought-prone non irrigated area.

Commendations:
The role played by Asaramji Bhandwaldar nearly 96 years old now and still struggling for the development of the college is really commendable. Forty years of work through the Ganesh Education Society in establishing educational institutions from the Middle School to Higher Education level and trying to develop an institution of Higher Education from 1994, in accordance with the demands of the 21st Century knowledge society is really commendable in view of the backward region to which the college belongs.

The Peer Team would like to commend the college for following aspects:

good human relationship among the management, students, teachers and non teaching staff resulting in efficient team work,

lot of enthusiasm among the students for sports activity which is evident from their participation in University, State, National level competitions in sports and cultural activities, good college neighborhood interaction through many extension activities, college has made it possible for many girls who otherwise would never have seen the portals of an institution of higher education to take admission and develop their personality.

Suggestions:
With a view to further improvement of the college the Peer Team would like to suggests the college authority for their consideration and implementations.

The college should try to get 2f status from the UGC at the earliest.

The authority should find ways means to avoid large scale drop out from the first year to second year, some times as large as 80% to 90 % in many departments.

The college may first consolidate the existing curricula and then start new subjects with employment potential like Computer Applications, Business Administration, Tourism and Hotel Management, Music and Fine Arts and Home Science etc at under graduate level and some Post Graduate courses both in Arts and Commerce faculties.

There is great demand from students, parents, guardians and alumni for starting Science courses at under graduate level. The College Management may consider starting courses in this stream.

The Library is the nerve centre of an educational institution. This has to be greatly improved. More number of books, journals, periodicals. may be procured. Automation and computerisation of the library must follow. Reprographic and Internet facilities be provided to the student and college community.

There should be a lots of improvement in the infrastructural facilities of the college. The play grounds be properly developed, facilities for indoor and outdoor games be provided, a college gymnasium with state of the art factilities be constructed. College should have a canteen of its own. There should be hostel facility for girls primarily and for boys too.

The introduction of Bridge and Remedial courses in many subjects for educationally weak students is very urgent. Special upgradation courses for advanced learners be introduced.

Students and teachers should be encouraged to develop communication skill in English for adequate growth opportunities at national and international level.

The Peer Team wishes to place on record their appreciation for the sincere efforts

by the Principal, Management, Teaching Faculty, Non-teaching Staff and students for under going the Assessment & Accreditation Process systematically. Co-operation by
Principal Dr. S. K. Sathe, Coordinator Mr. S.R. Pawar and their team at the time of actual visit deserves a special mention.

Team wishes a bright future to this college.

Prof. Hemlata Swarup,
Chairperson

Prof. Mamata Satapathy,
Member Co-ordinator

Prof. Mahesh Chandra Guru,
Member

Dr. S.K. Sathe
Principal,
Shri Asaramji Bhandwaldar Arts Commerce & Science College,
Deogaon,(Rangari) Taluka Kannad
Dist. Aurangabad (M.S)

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