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Rashtriya Arts, Science and Commerce College, Jalgaon, Maharashtra



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Rashtriya Arts, Science and Commerce College, Jalgaon, Maharashtra
Address:Chalisgaon, Jalgaon, Maharashtra
Jalgaon
Maharashtra, India



Rashtriya Arts, Science and Commerce College, Jalgaon Maharashtra is a recognised institute / college.
Rashtriya Arts, Science and Commerce College, Jalgaon Maharashtra is situated in Jalgaon of Maharashtra state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Website of Rashtriya Arts, Science and Commerce College, Jalgaon Maharashtra is http://www.rashtriyacollege.org/.


Contact Details of Rashtriya Arts, Science and Commerce College, Jalgaon Maharashtra are : Telephone: +91-2589 222601, 224639, Fax: 91 2589 229065


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B.A, B.Sc, B.Com, B.Sc(IT), B.Sc(CS), B.Sc(Electronics)


Rashtriya Arts, Science and Commerce College, Jalgaon Maharashtra runs course(s) in Arts, Commerce, Information Technology, Science stream(s).

Profile of Rashtriya Arts, Science and Commerce College

The Institution was established in 1953 in the form of Students Hostel as Rashtriya Sahakari Shikshan Prasarak Mandal Ltd. Chalisgaon. The center provides an opportunity of life long learning to some extent to the needy, deprived and disadvantaged sections of the society. The center mainly caters to the needs of aspirants for higher education who have failed to complete education either for economical or for geographical reasons. The college felt the necessity of making such an opportunity available taking into consideration the increasing number of desirous candidates in the area. The highly qualified faculty of the college have been engaged in the counseling activities of the center. The college has provided necessary infrastructure to the center in the separate room in the college building. The counseling is given as per the well planned schedule prepared by the center as the contact sessions.

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NAAC report of Rashtriya Arts, Science and Commerce College

SECTION 1: PREFACE
Rashtriya Arts, Science and Commerce College, Chalisgaon, Jalgaon district, Maharashtra volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and submitted its Self-Study Report in September 2003 to NAAC. A Peer Team was constituted by the Council to visit the institution and validate the Self-Study Report. The Peer Team, consisting of Prof. (Mrs.)Vidyavati , former Vice-chancellor, Kakatiya University, Warangal, Andhra Pradesh as Chairperson, and Prof. S. Ramachandran, former Dean, College Development Council, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, and Prof. N. M. Nanje Gowda, Chairman, Department of Chemistry, Central College Campus, Bangalore University, Bangalore, Karnataka as Members visited the institution for three days, 22nd - 24th December, 2003. The visit was coordinated by Mr. B. R. Manjunath, Academic Consultant, NAAC.

The Rashtriya Arts, Science and Commerce College, Chalisgaon, run by RSSP Mandal Ltd, is affiliated to North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, Maharashtra with grant-in-aid. The college was established in the year 1984 with 222 students. Today, it stands with 1701 students, including 665 girls. The college is situated in a semi-urban locality with a campus of about 04 acres. The college offers 21 programs, including 04 certificate courses. The college got UGC recognition under section 2(f) in 1991 and under 12(B) only in August 1999.

The courses available in the college are conventional three-year undergraduate courses, BA, BCom and BSc. The languages available are English and Marathi/Hindi. The medium of instruction for Arts and Commerce subjects is Marathi and for Science subjects, English.

There are 57 permanent teachers in the college with 06 teachers having PhD and 19 MPhil. In the college there are 09 Technical and class IV employees along with 11 administrative staff members. The Management of the college runs 36 educational institutions besides the college.

As support services, the college has a Central Library, Sports facilities, Welfare Schemes, Girls Room, Health center, canteen, Vehicle Parking Shed, and Gymnasium.

In 2002 -03, the college had worked for 237 days, of which 180 were teaching days. All courses in the college are run on annual pattern.

The main resources of the college are State Government grants, UGC grants, donations and fee income from self-financing courses. For the academic year 2002 - 03, the unit cost of education of the institution is Rs. 7,490/- including salary component, and Rs. 326/- excluding salary component.

The Peer Team carefully perused and analyzed the Self-Study Report submitted by the institution. During the institutional visit, the Team went through all the relevant documents and visited the academic departments, co-curricular, extra-curricular, sports and extension facilities of the institution. The Peer Team also interacted at length with the Governing Body, Head of the institution, faculty, non-teaching staff, students, parents and alumni of the institution. Based on the above exercise, and keeping in mind the seven criteria identified by NAAC, the Peer Team has assessed the institution. The assessment of the institution as well as the issues of concern are given in the following pages.

SECTION 2: CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
CRITERION 1: CURRICULAR ASPECTS
As an affiliated college of North Maharashtra University, the college follows the syllabi prescribed by the University for the Humanities, Science and Commerce faculties for all the under-graduate courses, in the non-semester (annual) pattern. The college offers 21 programs in all: 08 in Arts, 07 in Science, 01 in Commerce, and a UGC aided Vocational Course in Functional English, to be extended as Diploma Course in the next year and Advanced Diploma Course in the following year. In self-financing mode, besides BSc Information Technology (IT), 03 Certificate Programs are offered: Maharashtra State Certificate course in Information Technology (MSCIT), CCCOM, and one in General Knowledge. Most of the courses are of conventional nature. The college used to offer MA in Hindi and Marathi from 1994 till 2000 on self-financing basis, but these were discontinued as they proved unviable for various reasons.

The college requires 12 months to introduce a new program after its conceptualization. The UGC aided Vocational Course in Functional English, introduced from June 2001, the self-financing course in IT introduced from June 2002 are recent examples. In addition, the college serves as a study center of YCMOU, Nasik, where BA and BCom programs in the distance education mode are offered.

Five senior teachers from Botany, Chemistry, Commerce, Mathematics, and Political Science departments are on respective BOS and contribute in updating the syllabus in keeping with new trends and modern concepts. Many teachers are members of sub-committees of different BOS to frame the syllabi for various classes. The curricular review takes place once in 5 years at the University level. The Principal is a Senate Member of NMU.

The college has organized University level workshops in different subjects on framing of syllabus. The department of Political science has organized 02 National conferences with a teacher of the department as Chairperson. A workshop was also conducted by the department of Mathematics. Guest lecturers are also drawn from industry and other sectors occasionally. A few teachers like those from Physics department are authors and have written books in their respective subjects. Some departments of the college like Chemistry, Commerce, Computer science, and Physics have potential to establish college-industry networking and need encouragement. Reaching higher education to rural students has been the main goal of the institution from the beginning. The programs are generally in conformity with the mission, goals and objectives of the institution.

CRITERION 2 : TEACHING- LEARNING AND EVALUATION
Student admission to the various courses of study is in accordance with University and State Government norms. There is a provision to assess students' knowledge and skills for Vocational Course in Functional English after admission.

By way of coaching for the academically weak students, informal remedial classes and bridge courses are taken up by teachers of many departments. Advanced learners are encouraged to take part in additional curricular and extra-curricular activities like projects, seminars, quiz, debates and elocution.

Students in a few departments like Marathi, English and Mathematics have taken up project work. The student projects in Physics and Electronics departments deserve appreciation; encouragement to students with research aptitude needs to be strengthened to help them realize their full potential. Computer Science students do projects in local commercial concerns. Many former students of the department have made a grade abroad in their field and many are doing well in local companies. Besides assisting in office automation effort, the department has designed various application packages like admission system, and examination system. A package in Marathi, 'Adat' was developed by the department to be of use to those in marketing of agricultural produce, in particular.

The teachers give personal attention to students and extend help at the time of need. The prescribed syllabi are unitized term-wise and accordingly a teaching plan is drawn up by teachers of each department at the beginning of the academic year; adherence to the same is monitored by the respective HODs through periodic reviews. Teachers' Diaries further help in this regard. Tutorials and term-end examinations are conducted. The college may also conduct model examinations to boost the confidence level of the students in facing the actual University examinations. Apart from the regular class-room teaching, seminars and group discussions are organized at regular intervals in most of the departments to motivate the students. Eminent personalities are also invited from the academic and other sectors by some departments to speak on contemporary topics and share their experience. Chemistry students are provided on job training facilities in nearby industries.

The use of OHPs, charts, models and other audio-visual aids supplement classroom teaching. However, there is need to develop a centralized audio-visual facility for easy access of equipment to faculty for use in the classroom and to develop their own teaching aids. The Computer Science department may work with other departments to develop Computer Aided Learning (CAL) packages to augment the teaching-learning atmosphere in the college. Students are also encouraged to participate in inter-collegiate seminars, quiz and symposia. Study tours and excursions, field surveys, wall paper exhibitions, and guest talks are organized by most departments.

The college has 57 faculty members : 06 PhD, 19 MPhil and the rest, post-graduates. The teacher in the self-financing course of IT is on Clock-Hourly Basis (CHB). There is need for recruiting more teachers so that those with research orientation are enabled to nurture their talent by devoting some time in pursuing their research studies. Teacher recruitment is in accordance with the rules and regulations of the NMU, reservation policy of the Government of Maharashtra and the UGC.

Many teachers are paper setters for University examinations and also examiners. However, interest in research is found wanting in several departments. The college may encourage teachers to avail of FDP of the UGC, to take up major and minor research projects, and to participate in national/international seminars apart from their participation in mandatory Orientation/Refresher Courses.

Student feedback on teaching has been attempted by a few departments, but it needs to be organized and analyzed systematically to be of use in improving the teaching-learning process.

CRITERION 3: RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
Since the college got UGC recognition under section 12 (B) only in 1999, not many teachers have so far been able to avail of the FDP facility. Presently, there are 06 teachers with PhD qualification: 02 in Marathi, 02 in Zoology, 01 in Hindi, and 01 in Political Science. One teacher each from Geography and Botany departments have submitted their theses; the research work of 09 teachers is in various stages of progress. There are 19 teachers with MPhil qualification, and 03 more are in the process of completing their MPhil studies. So far, 02 minor research projects have been completed, and 06 are in progress. Quite a few teachers have authored books and have to their credit a few research publications. A teacher has published in an international journal as well.

The college may consider offering consultancy services to agricultural, industrial, and other sectors. The alumni services may be utilized in this regard. Competent teachers and departments may be encouraged to offer consultancy. This exposure will not only enrich the faculty but also be of immense help to the students.

There is no NCC in the college.

The NSS in the college has done commendably well. In addition to usual activities organized under NSS banner such as literacy mission, blood donation, health and hygiene, awareness programs for AIDS and environment, social work, and special winter camps, the college has organized a State level camp on 'Water Conservation for University and District Coordinators' in October 2002, and a district level 'Maitri Shibir' for select NSS volunteers. The college has been selected as a lead college for 'AIDS Awareness Drive' under UTA (Universities Talk AIDS) Phase II. Students of the college have attended Pre-RD camp and 03 have received awards for their notable performance in State level camps. The NSS Program Officer of the college is also a District Coordinator.

The college has the distinction of implementing Ford Foundation's CDI Project programs. A 'National Conference on Environment Monitoring, Bio-Diversity, and Conservation' was organized during December 2000 under the aegis of CDI and a souvenir was brought out to commemorate the event. Activities like science rally, trekking, personality development camp, nature club, cultural programs, essay writing, debate and elocution competitions were conducted to contribute to all-round development of students. The Arts Circle in the college organizes cultural activities.

As outreach activities, a few teachers have offered guidance to farmers in modern farming techniques and along with the NSS volunteers have taken part in planting 1000 trees in the area near 'Sane Guruji Bhavan', named after a local seer, which houses a children's library.

CRITERION 4: INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
Though the college has been expanding its infrastructure facilities in the form of multi-storeyed buildings, laboratories, library and so on during the past 19 years of its existence, the infrastructure development effort has acquired a push only recently with recognition under section 12 (B) of the UGC Act in 1999.

The college is situated in a semi-urban locality with a campus of about 04 acres. The academic departments, administrative office, library, canteen, sports facilities, vehicle parking facility, a health center, a Botanical garden, and the net-house of the Botany department are all located in the campus. There are well furnished class-rooms. The language laboratory, developed with UGC assistance, is used by students of Functional English. The department of English has a good number of CDs related to the course. A computer in the department would facilitate more effective use of the CDs. The Computer Science department has 14 PCs. The departments of Commerce and Physics, college office, and library have computers of their own. Equipping the laboratories of Botany and Zoology departments, still underway, may be completed expeditiously. Facilities for proper conduct of practical courses need to be improved, particularly in the case of Chemistry, Botany and Zoology departments.

The infrastructure is put to maximum use by framing the timetable in such a manner that the lecture halls can also be utilized by the Junior college, also run on the same campus by the Management. Indeed, the three-storeyed building complex accommodates a school, the Junior College and the Senior College with the result that utilization of infrastructure is maximized. The college is also a YCMOU study center.

Though different departments offer library service to their students, these are for specialization. The general library facilities need to be revamped. At present, the library has a total of 15,053 books and subscribes to 39 journals, magazines and periodicals, and works from 9 am to 5 pm, 278 days a year. . The positive features of the library include student study room, reading room, separate space for staff study, display stand, a separate rack for books for competitive examinations, and Earn and Learn scheme. Space, furniture, books both in terms of number and variety, particularly in English and Computer Science, stacking facilities and maintenance procedures need improvement. The Book Bank facility may be strengthened and computerization of library services, already on, expedited. The college plans to construct a separate building for library with 10th Plan support from UGC.

The college has a physical education center with facilities like courts for volleyball, basketball, ball badminton and kabaddi, and indoor games like table tennis. A multi-gym is being developed. The sports field is not conducive for football, hockey and other field games. Sports infrastructure needs improvement.

As over 50% students are from peasant families from nearby villages, the college may consider hostel facility , particularly for girls.

CRITERION 5: STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
The college consistently maintains good results with a number of ranks in the University examinations. The performance of departments like Hindi, Mathematics, Physics and Electronics, and Zoology deserve particular mention in this regard. A number of financial aids are available to the meritorious and needy students under different specifications. A large number of students get one or the other scholarship/freeship from the college.

In the field of sports, the college has done well. Three students of the college were on the gold Medal winning team of the NMU that participated in the inter-University tournament held at Hyderabad in 2001. The Physical Education director of the college was the coach of the team. Almost every year, a number of students represent University in the inter-University level events in many sports and games. The sportspersons are encouraged through regular coaching, and sports kits and track suits are supplied to University level players. The college has been sanctioned Rs. 3 lakhs for purchase of sports equipment in 2003 - 04 by Ministry of Youth affairs and sports, New Delhi.

The college brings out its annual magazine 'Rashtriyata' which offers opportunity for students and staff for creative expression. The Arts Circle in the college organizes cultural activities. The students have won several prizes in University level cultural competitions. The college has made a beginning towards providing coaching for students aspiring to appear for competitive examinations.

A few departments like Chemistry provide information on job opportunities and also organize 'on job training' to students in local companies. The department trains Junior students for Talent Search examinations and students of the department for CIPET (Central Institute of Plastic and Engineering Technology) examinations. The department of Commerce has initiated training in web-designing for its students. The Political Science department has conducted Youth Parliament during the last two years. English department has been organizing 'Vocabulary quiz and word games' competitions and literary quiz for last ten years. Most departments have organized tours, excursions and other activities that provide ample scope to students to enrich their curricular and extra-curricular learning.

The college is a study center for YCMOU, Nasik, from 1996. A blind girl has graduated recently from here and it is a rare achievement of the center.

Limited counseling service is made available by the department of Psychology. The teacher in Education is a counselor for training secondary School teachers. The college may provide Career Guidance Cell and a Placement Cell for the benefit of students.

The college has a health center looked after by doctors who are also members of the Management. Medical assistance is available for students and staff.

A number of alumni of the college are in the field of education, law, business and politics. A few of them, particularly from Computer Science, have taken up jobs abroad. The college has formed its Alumni Association only recently. The activities of the association which have benefited the students and the college may be strengthened further.

CRITERION 6: ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
The college is governed by the Managing Board under RSSP Mandal Ltd., an elected apex body, in accordance with the constitution framed for its functioning. The periodic Board meetings analyze the working of the institution and provide directions for long term and short term activities of the college. The Local Managing Committee (LMC), with 03 representatives from teaching and 01 representative from non-teaching staff with Principal as ex-officio Secretary, monitors the academic and administrative affairs of the college. The Principal, who is also a member of the Mandal, may enlist the Management support to expedite the development of infrastructure for the college..

Internal coordinating and monitoring is done by the Principal, assisted by the Staff Council consisting of HODs of all departments. Staff members are divided into small committees and put in charge of various responsibilities pertaining to day to day functioning of the institution. The 'Staff Academy' in the college organizes activities for exchange of ideas and faculty development. Academic calendar for the college, in conformity with that issued by the University, is prepared by a special committee to facilitate smooth functioning of the institution throughout the year. The Office Superintendent, under the Principal's guidance, oversees the working of the office.

The fee structure for grant-in-aid courses is as per rules; for 'no-grant' courses, a higher fee is fixed. The college receives salary and non-salary grants from the State Government and UGC grants for development of infrastructure, support facilities, books and equipments. The college has a deficit budget of Rs. 1,96,643/- for the financial year 2002 -03 as non-salary grant has not been received for some years now. There is internal audit mechanism. The office computerization, already underway, may be expedited.

The non-teaching staff recruitment is as per communal roster. The college has welfare programs for staff and students. The staff can avail of loans from the Cooperative Credit Society of the college.

CRITERION 7: HEALTHY PRACTICES
The following may be mentioned.

Starting of need-based and self-financing courses to enable value-addition to the conventional courses available in the college

Conducting tutorials and term-end examinations to assess learning

Organizing seminars, group discussions, industrial visits, quiz, on job training, and so on for the benefit of students

Organizing national conferences and workshops

Taking up of minor research projects by several teachers

Encouraging students to take up projects and take part in workshops at reputed institutions

Facilitating student participation in sports, extra-curricular activities and social work

Conducting wide-ranging extension activities that contribute to all-round development of students

Celebration of national days and birth anniversaries of national leaders

Participation in outreach programs aimed at training farmers in water-shed management, rain water harvesting and modern farming practices

SECTION 3: OVERALL ANALYSIS
The Peer Team, after going through the Self-Study Report and after visiting various academic departments and physical facilities, is impressed by the progress of the institution in meeting the higher education needs of the students from rural background which is the main goal of the institution. The college has been striving to impart quality higher education and a sense of discipline to the students.

The Peer Team considers that there are a number of features of the college that deserve to be commended. Also, the Team would like to bring to the attention of the college authorities certain concerns for their consideration and necessary action.

COMMENDATIONS
The college has made consistent efforts in improving the range of program options since inception. Options like Geography and Psychology, initially available at general level, became available at special level in course of time. The college has introduced a few certificate courses on self-financing basis.

The college has maintained good success rate steadily and also secured ranks in University examinations. The drop-out rate has been low.

Teachers have organized/participated in seminars/conferences at various levels, presented papers, and made efforts to improve their qualifications and take up minor research projects.

The NSS unit has organized a State level camp. The college has been selected as a lead college to implement AIDS awareness programs in the region.

The activities under CDI of Ford Foundation.

Radio programs given by teachers of Marathi and Physics.

The teacher of Education department was awarded Diploma in Distance Education by submitting a project report on 'Error Analysis of YCMOU English Textbooks' to IGNOU.

Teachers of Marathi, Geography and Zoology securing awards for their academic contributions.

RECOMMENDATIONS
The laboratory infrastructure in many Science departments is in a developing stage. Efforts may be made to provide essential facilities and adequate equipment for conducting practical courses in an efficient manner.

A separate library building with adequate provision of multiple copies of recent titles is necessary. Streamlining of library services completing computerization, now underway, is necessary to facilitate effective utilization of library.

Sports facilities need improvement. An auditorium with a spacious stage, a green room, and fitted with state-of-art equipment would not only serve the purpose of holding national level seminars and conferences in a conducive milieu but also provide an impetus to the cultural talent in the college.

Multimedia facilities may be provided to facilitate effective learning and also better utilization of English language laboratory. Staff strength in this department may be improved for effective interaction with the students.

General maintenance of building infrastructure including toilets needs improvement.

Diversified course options in Science and Fine Arts in tune with current trends may be considered to widen the choice of options for students.

The college may conduct model examinations to help students to face the University examinations with better confidence.

Management may institute cash awards to encourage research activity in the college and merit in general. Competent teachers may be encouraged to offer consultancy services.

A study may be conducted on skills necessary for the local agricultural and industrial sectors and appropriate courses formulated.

Success rate in a few cases has shown a declining trend. Causes may analyzed and remedies implemented.

Student evaluation of teacher performance may be conducted in a purposive manner and the feedback used for improving teaching-learning process.

A career Guidance Cell and a Placement cell may be formalized.

As a majority of students in the college commute from nearby villages to the college, hostel accommodation may be considered, for girls in particular.

Prof. (Mrs.) Vidyavati (Chairperson)

Dr. S. Ramachandran (Member)

Dr. N. M. Nanje Gowda (Member)



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