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Dayanand College of Arts, Latur, Maharashtra


Dayanand College of Arts, Latur, Maharashtra
Maharashtra, India

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Dayanand College of Arts is situated in Latur of Maharashtra state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at Dayanand College of Arts, Latur Maharashtra are 7588063946.

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Dayanand College of Arts, Latur Maharashtra runs course(s) in Arts stream(s).

Approval details: Dayanand College of Arts is affiliated with Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University SRTMUN, Nanded (Maharashtra)


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Section-1: Preface
Dayanand College of Arts, Latur, Maharashtra, volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and prepared a Self-Study Report (SSR) which was submitted to NAAC in September 2003. NAAC constituted a Peer Team to visit the College and validate the Self-Study Report. The Peer Team consisting of Dr. (Mrs.) M.D. Muthamma Director of Collegiate Education, Bangalore, Karanataka, as Chairperson, Prof. M. Raghavendra Prabhu, former Principal, College for Leadership and Human Resource Development, Mangalore, Karnataka as Member and Dr. (Mrs.) Anne Mary Fernandez, Head of the Department of Economics, Holy Cross College (Autonomous), Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu as Member Coordinator visited the institution for two days on the 21st and 22nd of February 2004. Prof. Banadarangaiah, Academic Consultant, NAAC , Bangalore, was in-charge of the pre-visit preparations.

Dayanand College of Arts was founded by a group of elite citizens of the town belonging to the Arya Samaj in the year 1961. The pioneering efforts of the eminent group of citizen culminated in the raising of Rs. 1.25 Lakhs by the Dayanand Education Society named after the founder of the Arya Samaj, Swami Dayananda Saraswati, after whom the College has also been named. It is heartening to note that the Market committee of the town and members of the farming community took a major initiative in mobilizing the corpus funds to start the institution. Initially, Arts, Science and Commerce Colleges were together and the institution was affiliated to the Marathwada University, Aurangabad. In 1970 the Arts College came to function on its own as an independent unit. Since 1996 the College is affiliated to the Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded. To begin with, the College had only Under-graduate departments. Gradually over the years four departments have upgraded themselves to the Post-graduate level and of these the three language departments are currently offering research level courses leading to M.Phil. and PhD Degrees. The College is recognized by the UGC under section 2(f) for the purpose of grants.

The College is located in a semi-urban setting and has a sprawling campus area of 22 acres which it shares with the Commerce, Science, Law and Management Colleges managed by the Dayanand Education Society, Latur. It offers one Under-graduate course, four Post- graduate courses, one M.Phil. and three PhD programmes. A total of 1437 students are studying in various Under-graduate and Post-graduate courses in the College, 31 students are enrolled in research level courses. A self-financing course in Public Administration is also conducted and 229 students are enrolled in this course. The various academic programmess of the College are conduced by 15 permanent and 2 temporary faculty assisted by 24 non-teaching staff. The temporal plan of academic work is annual for the Under-graduate course and semester for the Post-graduate courses. The College is housed in spacious accommodation, which makes ample provision for student support services like library, computer centre, some sports facilities, men's hostel, canteen, non-resident student centre, and vehicle parking shed. It also conducts several welfare schemes for the well being of its various constituents.

The Peer Team members visited all the facilities of the institution during its visit on 21st and 22nd February 2004. Based on the Self-Study Report submitted by the College and the various documents furnished, the Peer Team interacted with the various stakeholders comprising of the Managing Committee , the Principal, faculty, students, parents, staff and alumni, and is happy to present its observations on the strengths and weakness of the institution along with its suggestions for the qualitative enhancement of the institution.

Section-2: Criterion -Wise Analysis
Criterion-1: Curricular Aspects
Dayanand Arts College, Latur, Maharashtra (hereafter referred to in this report as the College) is affiliated to the Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded, and follows the curriculum prescribed by the University for the various courses of study offered at the Under-graduate, Post-graduate and research levels. At the Under-graduate level for the B.A programme, nine departments, viz., Hindi, English, Marathi, Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Administration and Sociology provide the inputs. As per the provisions of the University, the students for the non-core options can choose either Hindi or Marathi as second language and for the core options they can choose three optional subjects, one each from a group of three subjects offered. The optional chosen in the first year are followed up in the second and third year of the B.A. course. College has introduced a vocational course in Functional English at the Under-graduate level with the financial support of the UGC. At the Post- graduate level, four courses are offered in the disciplines of English, Hind, Marathi and Public Administration. However, the University curriculum offers no scope for programme options being made available to the students.

The College executes the curriculum of the University in a manner, which helps it to achieve its objective of propagating values of nationalism, brotherhood, humanism, and casteless society, which are inspired by Swami Dayananda Saraswati. As the University fixes the curriculum, there is no formal mechanism for feedback, though with regard to the projects at the B.A., M.A. and research levels peer review is encouraged. The College is planning to offer self-financing certificate courses in Functional English, Spoken English, Basic Grammar Course in English, and currently it is offering certificate courses in Karate for girls and basic courses in making of chalk and candles.

Value - based education is imparted through foundation courses at the Under-graduate level. The College also arranges regular guest lectures annually on the topic of 'Art of Living' and conducts several extracurricular activities and celebrations which inculcate civic responsibilities and cater to the all round development of the students' personalities.

Criterion II - Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
The College admits students to its various courses of study on the basis of their academic record. Once admitted, the faculty in the various departments counsels the students so as to enable them to finalize the choice of subject options. The academically weak students are provided informal remedial courses to help them to cope with their curricular requirements. The advanced learners are provided with leadership roles and they are encouraged to participate in seminars, undertake assignments, read papers, and organize various functions and gatherings. These students are also sent annually to study the proceedings of the Maharashtra State Assembly.

To effectively transact the curriculum, the faculty of the College prepares annual teaching plans based on the academic calendar. The curriculum is unitized to fit the academic year plan. This is done in a decentralized manner in the respective departments at the commencement of the academic year. The Principal of the College endorses the teaching schedules and mid- course corrections are made through subsequent department level faculty meetings. As and where required, extra classes are handled and a record of the same is maintained. The lecture method of instruction is principally followed and this is occasionally supplemented with other learner-centered methods such as classroom discussions, seminars, paper readings, group discussions, and related film shows. Though there is no centralized media facility available, the Department of English has audio-visual teaching aids. The College functions for 231 days annually, of which 179 are teaching days.

The methods used to evaluate students are communicated to them by the Principal in his inaugural address and subsequently by the concerned faculty. Apart from the evaluation pattern mandated by the University, the College conducts two unit tests and one pre-annual examination to follow up on the progress of the students. The various departments have autonomy to conduct as many tests as desired and the necessary records are maintained at the department level. At the Post -graduate level 20 marks are allocated for College work and performance, and with respect to project work 20 marks are allocated for viva-voce. Based on their performances the students are counseled at the departments and if necessary the parents are also invited for counseling.

Faculty is appointed by following the prescribed norms of the UGC, University and Government of Maharashtra. In recent years there has been a ban on new recruitment of the faculty and to overcome this constraint, the College appoints teachers on a Clock Hour Basis (CHB). This is done by advertising the vacancies and selecting meritorious candidates. This is undertaken by a Local Selection Committee appointed for this purpose. The College management is empowered to appoint faculty on a temporary/ ad hoc basis by mobilizing its own resource to pay salaries. Despite these provisions, the College has dearth of faculty considering the large number of students enrolled in the various courses. The restricted number of faculty has made it difficult for them to attend in-service programmes for upgrading knowledge and skills. This is evident from the fact that during the last three years only 4 faculty have been able to attend seminars, conferences and refresher courses at the State and National levels. The College has, however, tried to compensate for this by conducting two refresher courses, one in English and another in Hindi besides a couple of seminars at the local level. The performance of the faculty is evaluated through the self-evaluation method and the student evaluation of teachers undertaken annually. The Principal and the HOD use the feedback to counsel the teachers to better their performance. To enhance the teaching programmes the College has linkage with the Kendriya Hindi Sansthan, Agra, and the Lok Shahitya Sansthan Kendra, Parbhani.

The College in yester years has enjoyed the services of very talent teachers who have been the recipients of the Adarsh Shishkak Award by the State Government.

Criterion III - Research, Consultancy and Extension
The College promotes research activities both by conducting research level progammes at the M.Phil. (9 students currently enrolled) and PhD (33 students presently enrolled) levels and by encouraging faculty to take up research studies and projects. At the Under-graduate and Post-graduate levels also the students are initiated to research by way of Projects. Of the 17 faculty in the College three have doctorate degrees and two of them are approved research guides. Currently eight other teachers are doing their doctoral studies. Thus approximately 53% of the staff is active in research. A research committees functions in the College under the chairmanship of the Principal. All the heads of the Under-graduate and Post-graduate departments are members. In the last three years, the Departments of English and History have undertaken minor research projects, currently the department of Marathi has an ongoing minor research project. The Department of Economics has undertaken a socio-economic survey of the students and analyzed the same to determine the potential of the students to withstand grant cuts from Government sources Some of the faculty members pursue publication and the Department of Sociology offers Family Consultancy and Aid. The Department of Public Administration also undertakes consultancy on an honorary basis.

Faculty who hold additional charge manages the extension activities of the College. The range of activities include community development, social work, health and hygiene awareness, medical camps, adult education and literacy, blood donation camps, AIDS awareness, environment awareness, adoption of Ramgir Nagar slum, etc. The NSS, NCC, Population Education Club, Adult Education and Literacy Mission, etc., in coordination with Government, Non-Government agencies and local bodies, carry out the above-mentioned extension activities. The College has undertaken a very commendable activity of teaching English pronunciation to local school children based on the survey conducted by the Department of Hindi. The Earn-While You Learn Scheme, tree planting, anti-dowry and anti -gutka campaigns are other commendable extension activities carried out by the College for the benefit of the public and community at large.

Criterion IV - Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The College is located in a spacious 22-acre campus, which is shared by three other Colleges under the Swami Dayanand Education Society. It has its own single- storied building, which is one amongst 12 blocks available on the campus. Apart from the nine departments and classrooms it has support services like library, computer centre, sports facilities, hostel, canteen, non-resident student centre, and vehicle parking shed. Most of the facilities are shared with the other colleges on the campus, thus ensuring optimum utilization. In addition, the facilities are utilized for State Government Examinations, Cricket Matches, Id-ul-fitra and Bakri-Id prayers, political meetings etc. The Management has appointed a person to take care of the maintenance of the infrastructure.

The College has a Central library in addition to various departmental libraries. The library houses 71,750 books and subscribes to 32 journals, periodicals and newspapers. There is a book bank facility available for students from which 4 to 5 books pertaining to the optional subjects chosen are given to the student for one year. All students are eligible to borrow books on production of Identity Cards. Though computer facility and internet access is available in the library none of the day- to-day and functional activities of the library are currently computerized, though the work on computerization is presently underway. The Library functions for six days a week from 10.am to 5.30 pm and the night library functions from 6 pm. to 11 pm. Inter borrowing from the library between the sister institutions in the college is allowed. The Departments of English & Social Sciences have an audio-video cassette library along with TV and VCD sets.

The College does not have a central computing facility but is in the process of establishing one. However the library, departments of Hindi and English, have computers. The computers on the campus are maintained through annual maintenance contract through private agencies.

The College promotes sports and games through maintenance of playground, indoor games stadium and gymnasium. Facilities are available for playing cricket, football, volleyball, kho-kho, ball badminton, track and field events, table tennis, carom and chess. Participation in sports is encouraged through provision of blazers, tracksuits, uniforms, and kits to players along with concession facilities for traveling, remission of attendance, besides an additional 5 marks allocated to players by the University on the recommendation of the Principal. Sports persons are also given preference during admissions. The College has a commendable list of meritorious sports persons at the State and regional levels in volleyball, ball badminton, shuttle badminton, javelin throw, long jump, cricket and kho-kho.

The College runs a boys hostel with a capacity of 105 students. A non-resident centre caters to the needs of local students by providing recreational facilities. Periodical visits of doctors are organized for the benefit of students and faculty. There is a canteen that caters to the student and teaching community. An auditorium with a seating capacity of 850 students, currently under construction is shared with the sister Colleges

Criterion V - Student Support and Progression
95% of the students, who are admitted for the various courses of study, appear for the qualifying examination after the minimum period of study. The percentage of results as determined by the success rate for various disciplines is uniformly above 85%. Most of the students after completing graduation, take up higher studies like B.Ed., Bachelor of Journalism, Post -graduate courses and Law Courses. Quite a number of the Post- graduate students join research work. Many of the old students of the college are working as lecturers and teachers throughout the State. Several of the alumni hold prominent positions in politics, government, administration, education and legal services. 19 students have got through the UGC NET examination, while 11 have been successful in the SET examination.

The College publishes its prospectus annually. More than 80% of the students receive scholarships and different types of financial assistance both from Government and Non-Government sources. The College has instituted awards in the name of its lecturers, and the Dayanand Education Society has instituted Shri Hanumant Gaekwad Memorial cash prize for the highest scorer in the subjects of Political Science and Economics at the Under-graduate level. It is commendable to note that the College has every student covered by safety insurance.

The employment guidance cell of the College (which is very informal) provides information to the students about jobs and services in Government, Semi-government and private sectors. Newspaper advertisements are displayed on the notice board. Thus students are supported and encouraged to find jobs. Some students have also been encouraged to start their own self-employment ventures. The faculty of the respective departments provide academic and personal counseling.

The College has recently started an alumni association, which plans to undertake several activities for the benefit and development of the college. Several extracurricular activities conducted by Nature Club, Debate Club, Student magazine, cultural programmes, dance and music competitions, essay writing, excursions and Dayanand Kala Vahini contribute to the all-round development of the student personality.

Criterion VI - Organisation and Management
The Dayanand Education Society is in charge of the overall management of the College. The day- to- day affairs of the College are taken care of by the Principal and the heads of departments, working in tandem with various special committees like the Disciplinary committee, Student welfare committee, Library committee, Magazine committee, Academic calendar committee, Examination committee, etc. At the commencement of every academic year, the heads of the departments chalk out the yearly requirement of staff, audio-visual aids, stationery, teaching material and requirement of new books. The Management caters to the requirements so as to facilitate planned academic activity.

The efficiency of the faculty and staff is evaluated through separate appraisal forms for students and teachers. These forms are filled in and submitted to the Principal, who analyses the same and places the results before the staff review committees, which communicate the same to the concerned staff / faculty member. In order to upgrade the skills of the administrative staff, the Management provided a mandatory computer awareness program for them. A workshop was also organized to upgrade their skills.

The fee structure of the College is as per the University directions and minor changes have been made in recent years. The cost of education per student in the College is
Rs. 8,837, which is very modest. The Management has made it possible for around 80% of the students to avail financial assistance. This is a commendable gesture. The financial statement of the College is subjected to both internal and external audits. In recent years, the College has shown a deficit budget and the Management has taken steps to provide the resources to cover the deficit.

Several welfare activities are available for the faculty, staff and students. The students are covered under the student aid centre, Earn & Learn scheme, various social service associations, employment cell, Kala Vahini, cultural and literary associations, etc. The faculty and staff have a cooperative credit society from which they avail of financial assistance. In addition various other loan facilities, Provident Fund, and interest free emergency medical fund are available to meet their financial requirements. The grievances of the employees are dealt with by the Local Management Committee.

Criterion VII - Healthy Practices
The following are some of the healthy practices of the Institution:
The college has instituted a mechanism for carrying out internal quality checks through feedback obtained from student, parents, and staff academy. The teaching and non-teaching staff appraisal report and suggestion box for students are other mechanisms through which quality is monitored in the institution.

At the National level, the Hindi Department has linkages with Kendriya Hindi Sansthan in Agra, which undertakes the noteworthy task of training non-Hindi speaking students to take up education and research in Hindi.

Self-financing courses have been initiated to upgrade the language and communication skills of the students and equip them with vocational skills.

Emphasis is given to value- based education through special lectures, campaigns, cultural programmes and youth activities. As a consequence, four students of the College have received the prestigious 'Zilla Yuva Puraskar' awarded by the Nehru Yuva Kendra, Latur.

The College has a very strong NSS unit, which carries out several programs for the benefit of the local community.

The NCC, Student Welfare Council and other student associations are actively involved in inculcating civil consciousness and responsibilities amongst students and citizens.

The College has a Yuvathi Mandal, which offers exclusive counseling for lady students.

The College magazine 'Vedi' provides opportunities for the students' to expose their creative talents.

The democratic functioning of the College and the smooth and harmonious relationships between management, employees and students provides a cordial environment conducive to learning.

Several members of the faculty have distinguished themselves by their active participation in civic life and their contribution to various local institutions and bodies. This has indeed set a worthy example for the students to emulate.

Section-3: Overall Analysis
The Peer Team is happy to note that this College, situated in a semi-urban area, has committed Management, faculty and staff. The teaching and learning programmes are consistent with the goals and objectives of the institution. Healthy coordination of academic and co-curricular activities plays an important role in the total personality development of the students. The following are some of the commendable aspects of the institution:

Adequate infrastructure, in spite of the various constraints to run educational progammes effectively.

The growth of the infrastructure keeps pace with the academic growth of the College.

A very cordial inter-group and intra group relationship between the Management and the various stakeholders.

Discipline among students in the campus despite the large number of students' vis-à-vis staff and the existence of coeducation.

The cultural talents of the students have been well nurtured to reflect the fine traditional cultural ethos of Maharashtra.

The Employees Credit Co-operative Society, which has a share capital of Rs 21,00,000 advances housing loans up to the extent of Rs 2.5 lakhs to its members.

The society is making substantial profits.

The starting of self-financing courses and the construction of shops on the periphery of the campus are measures for improving the financial sustainability of the institution.

The Peer Team after considering the commendable aspects of the college wishes to make the following suggestion for the qualitative improvement of the institution:

The existing mechanism for evaluation of teachers and staff by students, peers and parents needs to be strengthened and formalized.

The Alumni Association needs to be strengthened and concrete action programmes need to be chalked out and implemented for the involvement of the alumni in the development of the intuition.

The career orientation in the existing programmes is marginal and general in nature to serve the real market needs. Attempts may be made to correct this shortcoming.

There is a need to have an interface with the industry/ agriculture/trade/commerce/service sector to increase the relevance of the courses and give a career orientation to the academic programmes.

At least two or three lecturers may be deputed to undergo psychological counseling training for the benefit of the students. Separate cubicles may be set apart for conducting counseling.

There is a need to construct a separate hostel for ladies and the toilet facilities for them on campus need to be increased.

A study circle may be started to encourage student to study for competitive exams.

A language lab may be set up to strengthen the functional English programme and in this connection the Colleges perspective plan for a mobile language lab must be made a reality speedily.

The College should avail of assistance granted under COHIP to strengthen research initiatives. The faculty may also consider participating actively in publication and consultancy for the benefit of society.

The Employment Cell needs to be further strengthened by having a placement officer who is trained in the discharge of his functions.

Remedial and Bridge classes need to be formalized and their effectiveness increased.

Adoption of one or two villages for total development on the Anna Hazari Model may be taken up to strengthen extension activities of the College.

The College needs to contemplate on offering the following Self-Financing courses popularly demanded by its students, such as Travel and Tourism, Fashion Designing, Interior Decoration, Photography, Translation, Journalism and Computer Programming.

Browsing Centre may be started on the campus for the benefit of the research scholars. This may also be kept open to the public on pay and use basis.

The number of research journals currently available in the library is very small. Hence there is a need to subscribe to at least two or three journal in each of the optional offered in UG and more in the case of P.G. and research.

The sports facilities need to be further augmented so that more students who aspire to excel in this area may find the scope and opportunity to do so.

The proposed beautification and landscaping of the campus may be expedited.

There is scope for new endowments to be established to increase the number of awards, prizes and scholarships for meritorious students.

The Peer Team is of the opinion that this exercise will be useful to the College to initiate quality enhancement strategies towards excellence. It places on record its appreciation and thanks the Management, Faculty, Students, Alumni and Parents of the institution for the whole-hearted co-operation and hospitality extended to it during the visit to the College.

Dr. (Mrs.) M.D. Muthamma
(Chairperson, NAAC Peer Team)

Prof. M. Raghavendra Prabhu
(Member, NAAC, Peer Team)

Dr. (Mrs.) Anne Mary Fernandez
(Member Coordinator, NAAC Peer Team)

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