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Arunodya Dnyan Prasarak Mandals college of Arts,Commerce and Home science, Jalgaon, Maharashtra


Arunodya Dnyan Prasarak Mandals college of Arts,Commerce and Home science, Jalgaon, Maharashtra
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Near Khajamiya Road, Jalgaon, Maharashtra
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NAAC report of Arunodya Dnyan Prasarak Mandals college of Arts,Commerce and Home science

Section 1: Preface
Women's College of Arts, Commerce and Home Science was established by Arunodaya Dnyan Prasarak Mandal in 1989 with a vision 'Vidya Param Devta' (Knowledge is God) and mission 'Empowerment of women through higher education'. The objectives of the institution are: (i) to make women self-reliant, self-confident and independent through education, (ii) to impart new and relevant knowledge according to the changing demands of the time, (iii) to impart vocational knowledge, (iv) to make them physically and mentally strong and (v) to bring overall development.

It is a grant-in-aid college affiliated to SNDT Women's University, Mumbai. Initially the college started with programmes in Arts faculty in 1989. The Home Science faculty was added in 2001. The college enjoys permanent affiliation status and recognition by the UGC under 2(f) and 12(B) of the UGC act.

The college offers 2 UG programmes: BA (with Marathi, Hindi, English, Sociology, Geography and economics) in Arts faculty and B.H.Sc. in Home Science faculty. In addition certificate courses in Desk Top Publishing(DTP), Montessary Teachers' Training and Dress Designing and 2 short term courses are run under self-financing basis.

The college is presently housed in its own two storeyed building with a total built-up area of 533sq.mts. within a campus of one acre of land in the educational belt of Jalgaon. It accommodates academic and administrative sections, central library, computer centre, sports facilities, canteen, vehicle parking shed and other physical facilities. The hostel for girls is under construction.

The college has in all 11 departments: 10 in the faculty of Arts and 1 in Home Science. It has 11 permanent teachers (9 female and 2 male), 9 temporary (3 female and 6 male) and 1 on clock hour basis (CHB) teacher. Among these 6 hold Ph.D and 2 M.Phil. degrees. It has 8 non-teaching supporting staff.

The student strength is 254 at the UG level (B.A 217 and B.H.Sc.37) during the current academic year. The temporal plan of academic work in BA is annual system and in B.H.Sc. semester system. The college has 233 working days out of which 183 are teaching days.

The unit cost of education in 2003-04 was Rs. 23,073 (with salary component) and Rs. 4214 (without salary). The institution has mobilized the resources to the tune of Rs, 67,000 through self-financing courses in the year 2002-03.

The college volunteered for institutional accreditation by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore and submitted their Self-Study Report necessary for the purpose in November, 2003. The NAAC constituted the Peer Team consisting of Dr. K. D. Vasava, Former Vice Chancellor of Dr. B. A. Open University, Ahmedabad (Gujarat) as Chairman, Dr. R. M. Chidambaram, Prof. & Head, Department of Bank Management, Alagappa University, Karaikudi (Tamil Nadu) and Dr. B. Yashovarma, Principal S.D.M Colllege, Ujire (Karnataka) as members to assess the institution.

The Team visited the college on 28th and 29th April, 2004. The pre-visit assistance was excellently provided by Prof. L. Madhuranath, Academic consultant, NAAC.

The members of the team individually scrutinized the Self-Study Report provided to them as a pre-visit exercise and held meetings with the Principal, members of the Managing Committee, Local Management Committee (LMC), members of the teaching and non-teaching staff, and interacted with the parents, alumni and representative groups of students and elicited their views on the facilities and functioning of the institution. The team also visited all the departments including laboratories, central library, sports and other physical facilities.

Based on the above exercise and detailed verification of the relevant records, the team makes the following observations.

Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The mission and goals of the college are reflected in the curricula of foundation courses, certificate courses and the degree programmes.

There are 6 programme options in B.A. viz., Marathi, Hindi, English, Sociology, Geography, and Economics. B.H.Sc. is a composite home management programme. Introduction of Certificate courses in Desktop Publishing, Montessory Teachers' Training and Dress designing and short duration programmes: in cloth bag making, cooking and baking, embroidery and ceramic work provides opportunity to the students to shape out a career. These progammes are taken by the students simultaneously while pursuing their regular curricula.

The ratio between knowledge and skill oriented papers is 2:1 in Arts faculty and 3:2 in the case of home science faculty. The programmes in offer are flexible as they have elective options, non-core options and sufficient time span for completion.

Curricula for B.A. and B.H.Sc. programmes are formulated by the SNDT Women's University. Curricula for D.T.P course is designed by Government of Maharashtra and that of certificate courses on Montessory Teachers' Training, Dress Designing and short term vocational courses are designed by the Teachers. Some of the teachers of this college are associated with the curriculum design as members of the Boards of Studies of the University. Modular curricula and interdisciplinary approach in curriculum designing are the strengths.

Criterion II: Teaching-Learning and Evaluation
College is admitting students to various programmes based on their academic records. A committee looks after the admission process strictly in accordance with provisions of University and the State Government of Maharashtra.

For the benefit of slow learners, remedial courses are being arranged in some departments after the college hours. Advanced learners are motivated to undertake challenging assignments.

At the beginning of the academic year, the annual teaching plans are designed by every teacher for the subjects to be taught. The implementation of it is monitored by the principal, with mid-course corrections.

The college supplements the traditional lecture methods by learner-centered teaching methods like group discussions, projects, practicals, field visits, tours and by using A/V aids and charts by a few departments.

The college has 235 working days and 183 teaching days. On an average every teacher works 20 periods per week.

Methods of evaluation are communicated to the students at the beginning of the year/semester. The internal examination comprises unit tests, tutorials, projects, seminars and reports. The prospectus carries this information. The overall performance of the students is monitored by a number of committees.

Teachers are recruited as per the norms and procedure prescribed by the University, the State Government and the UGC. The college has appointed 3 teachers on self-funding basis and one teacher is appointed on grant basis during the last two years. It has the freedom to appoint teachers on temporary/ad hoc basis and the financial burden is borne by the institution.

The college follows the self-appraisal method to evaluate the performance of faculty in teaching, research and extension. In addition, their performance is also evaluated by the students and parents. Suggestion box is also kept to elicit learners' opinion on teachers' performance and other support services available in the campus.

The college organizes seminars, workshops and guest lectures every year for the benefit of the students and faculty members. During the last 2 years, the college organized 2 seminars, a workshop and 21 lectures. One teacher serve as a resource person and 8 participated in the national level seminar and one teacher also participated at the international seminar.

The chairman, secretary, principal and 6 other faculty members of this college are associated with the University in different capacities like members of the management council, senate, faculty, academic council and boards of studies. Many staff members are associated with the outside organizations. The college is yet to develop national and international linkages.

Three teachers have published books. The Principal has recieved 'Guruvarya Award', 'Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Fellowship Award' and 'Maharashtra State Castribe organization's Award'. One teacher is a recipient of 'Hindi Garima Samman Puraskar' and 'Virangana Savitribai Phule Fellowship Award'.

Criterion III: Research Consultancy and Extension
Six teachers hold Ph.D. and two have M.Phil. Three teachers are working on minor research projects with an outlay of Rs. 98,000 and three have submitted their proposals. Teachers in the Home Science department are guiding students for their project works.

The college encourages teachers by providing study leave to pursue their research programmes. Adjustments are made in the teaching schedule and substitutes are appointed to ensure continuity in teaching. The college has a research committee to promote and facilitate research. Nearly 50% of the teachers are engaged in research based activities. The college motivates the students of Home Science to undertake projects.

The college offers consultancy services through counseling to divorcee, deserted and adult women as well as children having behavioral problems by its 'Women and Child Counseling Centre'.

Extension activities of the college are coordinated by two teachers designated for the purpose. The NSS has two units of volunteers. Community development, social work, health and hygiene awareness, medical camps, adult education and literacy, blood donation camps, AIDS awareness and environmental awareness are some of the extension activities undertaken by the college. The social science committee has conducted a survey on the problems of adolescent girls, old people and their rehabilitation in Pimprala area. Both teachers and students are encouraged to participate in these activities. The institution also undertakes several activities in association of GOs - Field Publicity Office, Municipal Corporation and District Health Department and NGOs - like Rotary club, Vyasan Mukti Centre and Indian Red Cross Society. A one day workshop on the methods of working with children, Palak Margdarshan Shibir and a guidance camp for HSC students are also organized as a part of extension activity.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The two storeyed college building is located in the heart of the city. The ground floor has the administrative office, staff room and the library. The first floor has 8 class rooms and Geography laboratory. Food and nutrition laboratory and three other class rooms are accommodated in the second floor. There is a play ground in front of the building and the girls' hostel is under construction.

The LMC makes recommendations regarding its infrastructure and its augmentation. The Executive Council studies the recommendation and plan for execution.

The college maintains its infrastructure with the help of the financial support provided by the management. Campus is kept clean and pollution free with the help of NSS. The infrastructural facilities are utilized for conducting HSC, MPSC, Distance Education and Phule Ambedkar Tatwadnyab's examinations. The playground is given to the neighboring Physical Education College to conduct their practicals. Former students of this college are permitted to avail library facilities for their higher education. These practices ensure optimum utilization of infrastructure.

The library has an advisory committee consisting of the Principal, the Librarian and the teacher representatives. It looks after the subject wise allocation of grants from the budget sanctioned by the LMC, distribution of funds received from the UGC and other agencies to various departments, purchase of books and periodicals, monitor the infrastructure requirements of the library and supervise its functioning. The college library is inter-connected with the local libraries to facilitate inter-library borrowings. The library has introduced the book bank facility very recently with the contribution of teaching faculty. The library has 4962 books (2923 reference books, 2039 text books). Twenty journals and eleven periodicals are subscribed. The computerization of the library is in progress. Reprography, computers and audio/video cassettes are available in the library. The library follows 6 days a week and works 285 days in a year. It works in between 10am and 5:30pm.

The college is equipped with 7 computers- 2 Pentium III and 5 Pentium IV and Internet connectivity. Departments are not provided with computers. The college has no AMC. Hence the computers are maintained by an outside engineer.

Health services are provided as and when necessary. Free medical check-up is also undertaken every year.

The college has playgrounds for Kho-Kho, Kabaddi and volley-ball and multi-gym facilities. For outstanding sports persons, the college is offering incentives. Students of this college have participated in the inter-collegiate and state level competitions and won prizes.

Criteria V: Students Support & Progression
The student drop out percentage is 6.25. However the percentage of students appearing for the final examination is 63.75. It is mostly because of various personal/family reasons. These students pursue their education later as the time frame for completion of a course is 15 years. Approximately 75 percent of the students either take employment/self-employment or go for higher studies. The college prospectus, which is published annually, provides necessary information to the prospective students. The goals and objectives of the institution are made known to the stakeholders through prospectus. The activities of the institution are oriented towards achieving these objectives.

The college succours the needy students with various government and private scholarships. Out of the 217 students of B.A. faculty 128 students received one or the other type of scholarships during 2002-2003. However, there appears a need to have an arrangement to provide information concerning available scholarships. The college operates 'Savithri Bai Phule Scheme' for extending financial support through contribution made by the teachers.

A formal career guidance and placement cell is yet to be established. However, the information about employment opportunities is made available to the students informally. It is desirable to formalize this activity.

The Alumni association was established in the year 2001. it maintains cordial relationship with the institution. Some of the Alumni are serving in various Government and private organizations.

Leisure time facilities are available to the students. These require augmentation. A platform for the promotion of the creativity is provided through debate/elocution, magazine, cultural and entrepreneurship development programmes. Some of the students have participated in the intercollegiate sports and games competitions and won prizes.

The teachers provide personal counseling informally. However, establishment of a center for counseling is desirable, mainly it being a women's' college.

Criteria-VI: Organization & Management:
A five-tier organization structure exists in the institution. The Managing Committee, which is the highest body, takes policy decisions. The LMC is a representative body comprising representatives from the management, teaching and non-teaching staff. It monitors the overall functioning of the institution. The co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are planned and executed by the committees constituted by the principal. The respective departmental heads monitors the departmental activities. The student related matters are entrusted to the student' council. The duties and responsibilities of the committees are well defined.

As a part of the faculty development activity computer awareness programme is provided for the supporting staff. Group insurance scheme is the welfare activity of the Institution towards the employees . The facility of sports and Gym is extended to the faculty free of cost.

The students voice their grievances through the suggestion box, their council and by oral representation. Employees express their grievances through the LMC or through the managing committee. The democratic work atmosphere and academic freedom extended to the Principal and Heads of the departments and provision to discretionary fund to the Heads of the departments has brought in accountability amongst the faculty members.

The college collects feed back from the students and the parents to check the work efficiency of teaching and non-teaching staff.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The Peer Team has identified certain healthy practices followed in the college which enhance the academic ambience of the institution. These are:

The college supplements regular programmes by offering self-financing courses which provides job oriented skills.

All members of the staff are involved in the functioning of the college by constituting a number of committees with a specific mandate for each.

An internal quality check exists in the form of evaluation by the students' and self-appraisal of faculty members.

Congenial atmosphere for conducive teaching and learning has been created.

Inculcating the spirit of civic responsibilities in students through social service activities.

Students are encouraged to participate in various cultural activities, sports, debate and various types of competitions which enable them to develop all-round personalities.

Most of the departments organize visits to outside organizations and important places periodically for the benefit of students.

Group discussions, seminars and home assignments are regular features.

The NSS has adopted a village for integrated development.

Special student aid fund is created for providing help to the needy students.

The institution has adopted a system of identifying educationally weaker students and remedial classes are arranged for them.

Section 3: Overall Analysis
From inception, the institution has made steady progress in terms of infrastructure facilities, teaching and extension activities. It has made efforts in accomplishing the cherished goal of providing education and comprehensive empowerment of students, and reflecting meaningful academic climate.

The Team has recorded its observations and recommendations at appropriate criterion-wise assessment in the above section. However, it would like to commend and offer recommendation for a holistic development of the college.

Adequate infrastructure and physical facilities to run existing academic programmes and administrative function.

55 Percent of the enrolled students belong to poor socio-economic background justifying the objectives of the college.

Active association of teachers with the NGOs and other organizations/agencies

Teachers are to be enhance the publications by undertaking projects and surveys of social relevance and economic importance.

The college may start some PG programmes to facilitate the learners to pursue higher education. Commerce and science programmes may be added at the UG level.

Coaching for competitive examinations may be taken up for the benefit of learners.

Extending hostel facilities to the students may be taken up on priority basis.

A Nursery school may be started as a training ground for the students.

Activities of the Alumni Association may be activated so as to involve them in the development of the institution.

Internet facilities may be made available to both students and teachers.

Library has to be strengthened by (i) procuring more reference/text books, (ii) subscribing to standard journals and periodicals, (iii) extending book bank facility to more number of students and (iv) computerizing the working of the library in a phased manner.

NCC unit may be started.

The college may explore the possibility of appointing teachers in the faculty of Home Science on a regular basis.

Home Science laboratories are to be strengthened.

Department of Geography may contemplate plans to create geographical awareness amongst all students by conducting exhibitions and clipping services.

Home Science department may organize periodical exhibitions and sale of their products to mobilize resources for the development of the department.

Adequate facilities to nurture the cultural talents of students may be provided.

Legal awareness programmes for women may be arranged in collaboration with NGOs. Steps may be taken to introduce a few programmes for women empowerment.

'Earn and Learn' schemes may be introduced for the benefit of poor students.

Efforts may be made to train members of the staff in computer applications.

Career guidance may be formalized to enhance the placement opportunities for students.

The Peer Team expresses its appreciation to the Management, Principal, Staff and Students of the college for extending full co-operation to the team during its visit to the institution. The Team is grateful to NAAC for giving the members the opportunity to visit the college.

Dr. K.D. Vasava (Chairman)

Dr. R M. Chidambaram (Member)

Dr. B. Yashovarma (Member)

Dr. M P. Jangale
Principal I/C

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