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Late Venkatrao Deshmukh Mahavidyalaya, Latur, Maharashtra
Late Venkatrao Deshmukh Mahavidyalaya, Latur, Maharashtra
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Late Venkatrao Deshmukh Mahavidyalaya 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 Late Venkatrao Deshmukh Mahavidyalaya, Latur Maharashtra are 9422072035.
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Approval details: Late Venkatrao Deshmukh Mahavidyalaya is affiliated with Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University SRTMUN, Nanded (Maharashtra)
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NAAC report of Late Venkatrao Deshmukh MahavidyalayaSECTION 1: INTRODUCTION
The society of the Late Venkatrao Dehsmukh Mahavidyalaya, Babhalgaon, volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment And Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore. Accordingly, they submitted their Self-study Report in Dec. 2003. Thereafter, NAAC constituted a Peer Team to visit this college and to assess the validity of the self-study report. The peer team comprised of Prof. P. Ramaiah , Rector and Director Academic, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad as the chairman and Prof. R.V. Swamy, Formerly of the Dept. of Economics & Ex. Director (s.w.),Bangalore University, Bangalore and Dr.M. Sarngdharan , Prof. & Head of Dept. of commerce, University of Kerala, Tiruvanantpuram as members. The Peer Team visited the institution on 9th and 10th Jan. 2004. Prof. K.Banadarangaiah, Academic consultant, NAAC, Bangalore co-ordinated the visit.
The college is a single division Arts Faculty unit and it is also a co-educational college offering Arts programme. It was started in Oct. 1994 and as an affiliated institution to the S.R.T. Marathwada University, Nanded. The college is managed by Dayanand Shikshan Prasarak Mandal, Babhalgaon which is also running other educational institutions for the benefit of rural people located in Babhalgaon and nearby villages in Latur district. By this the cause of education at all levels, from primary to higher level of education for the students of the rural areas especially girls is being addressed to by this trust.
Late Venkatrao Deshmukh Mahavidyalaya is essentially a rural college located in the village of Babhalgoan in the Taluka and district of Latur in Maharashtra. It being an institution of modest size has a student strength of 204 of which 58 are girls and the rest of 146 are boys. The teaching staff strength is 20. The college has a supporting administrative staff of 8. The college is nine years old and is affiliated to Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University which is headquartered in Nanded. The college has the faculty of Arts, having 09 teaching departments and another department for sports. All the faculty members are with postgraduate qualification. Of these two are Ph.Ds. and one has an M.Phil. Degree. Since it is located in a rural area and is away from urban centers, students are all from the state of Maharashtra only. The Dayanand Shikshan Prasarak Mandal which runs this college also owns and manages some eight other educational institutions, that include some schools and a boy's hostel. The college is run by Govt. grants. The Dayanand Shikshan Prasarak Mandal has been doing a commendable work.
The Peer Team meticulously analysed the Self-Study Report submitted by the institution. During the two-day visit to the college, the Team went through the relevant documents as well as visited the departments and the facilities - academic, co-curricular, sports, infrastructure and extension service centers of the institution. The members of the Peer Team also interacted with the management council, principal, faculty, non-teaching staff, representatives of the students, parents and alumni of the college. Based on the above exercise and keeping in view the seven criteria identified by NAAC, the Peer Team has given its concerted and objective assessment of the institution in the following pages.
SECTION 2: CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The college has a single faculty - faculty of Arts, having Depts. and offers 18 combinations of optional subjects to choose from, besides two languages, viz, Marathi and Hindi. The B.A. Degree programme that is offered here follows closely the all India pattern. Academic contents like syllabi, duration, hours of teaching and evaluation are set by the affiliating university. By this undergraduate programme with humanities and social sciences, the college believes, that it would fulfill its goals by facilitating all round personality development of its students. It has a slender resource base, funded mainly by the state government towards salary of both teaching and non-teaching staff. Other sources of income to the college including students's fee is negligible.
The principal by his periodical meetings, with the members of teaching staff, ensures timely completion of the prescribed syllabus and other academic matters including internal and university examinations. At the end of the academic year, the feedback from the students about the faculty is also obtained. In the beginning of the Academic year, the college prepares an Academic calendar, giving all particulars about the syllabi, internal assessment, university examination, project work, and extension activities.
The University designs the curriculum by the participatory management. However, the faculty members, Heads of the Depts. nominated to the Boards of Studies will finalize and send it to the colleges. The revision of the curriculum will take place once in three years. Faculty members from this college are also participated in the curriculum designing for U.G. programme and in all the university Academic bodies.
The curriculum design and transaction focuses on teaching as well as overall development of students. The institution has a genuine concern in the holistic development of students taking care of the social and educational needs. Associations in the form of academic clubs and forums have been providing ample opportunities for curricular and co-curricular activities. There are 23 committees formed by the college for various activities such as academic, curricular, co-curricular, extension and welfare activities. Most of the faculty members have registered for Ph.D.
Criteria II -Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
Teaching, learning and evaluation are carried on in a satisfactory manner in this institution. Admission of students is based on their past academic record based on the guidelines of the University and Government. Tests of general knowledge and students interest in different subjects are conducted after admission and they are guided to suitably switch combination of subjects. Debating competitions are held to develop their communication skills. A college magazine is published to encourage Student talent. Study remedial courses are offered by way of extra teaching to improve the abilities of low achievers. Good students are given additional book facility and are also awarded cash prizes and certificates. Promising students are given additional guidance. Besides time-table, the teachers are required to forward their annual teaching plan covering all the portion carried out according to the time-table set by the University. In the quarterly, annual and terminal meetings, the extent of coverage of portions is monitored. Learner centered teaching is achieved through assignments, projects and group discussions. Teaching is also supplemented by student participation in workshops and seminars. To some extent evaluation methods are discussed with the students. Pre-annual examinations are conducted. Attendance and other problems of students are addressed to by the principal. Cultural, sports , curricular and extra curricular activities are encouraged. Guidelines laid down by the U.G.C. and the state Govt. are followed in recruitment of teachers. There are 20 teachers recruited by following the rules and regulations of the state government and U.G.C. A good number of teachers have attended national/state/regional level seminars and Orientation/Refresher courses as participants. Eight teachers participated in state level conferences and two at national level conferences while one acted as a resource person therein. Every teacher submits a self-appraisal report and is encouraged to participate in community activity to the extent possible. A meeting is being held in the beginning of every academic year to discuss the performance of teachers during the previous year. The college itself organizes workshops and conferences. Eleven (11) teachers attended workshops, faculty improvement programme, refresher courses and orientation courses. The college is adjudged as the best examination center by the university.
Criterion - III Research, Consultancy and Extension
The college is located in a rural area and offering only U.G. programme (B.A.). There are 20 teachers working in this college of which two possesses Ph.D., One M.Phil and 60% (9) of teachers have registered for Ph.D. degree in different subjects. The principal is guiding 13 research scholars in field of social sciences. The college provides study leave for the teachers to attend refresher courses, orientation programmes, research methodology programme, attending National, State, Regional seminars in their subjects. 8 teachers have participated in refresher / orientation programmes, 8 teachers have cleared NET/SET examination. Though it is a small college located in rural area encouragement is provided to the teachers to pursue the research. Some of the faculty members constantly contributing to news papers and one faculty member deeply involved in rural folk literature. Internal teaching adjustments are made for the teachers those who are pursuing research without any dislocation to the academic calendar. Two faculty members have written text books and other reading material for the under graduate students in B.A. programme. Students are also encouraged to participate in project work and group discussions. Some of the faculty members are also active members in the academic associations at district level and state level.
The college has created 23 committees to monitor the academic, extension and welfare programmes. The NSS unit has 100 students on rolls under the guidance of two faculty members. Six students participated at the national level extension programmes. The NSS conducts regular activities and special camping activities for a period of 10 days in a year by adopting one village. Some of the programmes under taken by this NSS unit are AIDS awareness programme, painting and help the victims of Gujrat and Latur earthquake affected villages. Every year the college conducts anti-addiction day giving awareness to the students on various activities. The college has also a student council, Girls welfare association, in which 15 girls participated at the inter-university level, cultural association, Student-parent communication committee and Bahishal Sikshan Kendra through which the faculty is providing adult education to the needy. The college has instituted 5 awards for the ideal student, Best sports man, Best quiz master, Best NSS volunteer and the Best cultural activity. This is in addition to 20 subject wise awards sponsored by the teachers.
Criterion - IV: Infrastructure and learning resources
The college is located in the remote rural area 8 kms away from Latur town with an area of 22 acres. The college building accommodates the other two institutions run by the same management but however separate accommodation is provided to the degree college. The space allotted to the degree college accommodate various departments, a general meeting hall, class rooms, which are adequately equipped and furnished. The college also provides infrastructure facilities for extension services and sports and games. The college has a library opposite to the main building which has 3180 books. The library has a book bank facility, but the classification of books has not been done so far on scientific basis. The library functions from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. on all working days. The college has also Audio-Video facilities to provide additional information to the students. There is a library advisory committee comprising of the Principal, the Librarian and one members from each department. The Peer Team is happy to witness the infrastructure facility available in the college. However in view of the growing and diversified needs of student population the infrastructure facilities need to be strengthened further. More textbooks and reference books need to be added to the library. Steps are to be initiated for scientific classification and computerization of library.
Criterion - V Student Support and Progression
The college has facilities to provide support services for the students. The students support services likes Scholarship, Educational Concession from the Government for the deprived section of the society, Backward class students and scholarship / awards instituted by philanthropists, teachers and non-teaching staff of the college (25). The facilities available for the extra circular activities such as arts, culture, social work and sports have helped the personality development of the students. The prospectus published by the college, details of the programmes offered, courses and options and rules and regulations of the college and university. The college admits the students based on their performance at the qualifying examination and as per the norms prescribed by the university. The drop out rate is to the extent of 33% and the faculty counsel the student to attend the class work. 16 students have participated in various activities such as inter-university sports, NSS and other social welfare programmes. One student represented the team which was placed III in the kho-kho competition held at the inter-university level and one was placed III position in discus throw. The Head, Department of sports is also a coach at the university level for Kho-kho game. The outstanding sports persons are encouraged by providing mementos, certificates and cash prizes. Recreation facilities in the form of indoor and outdoor games are provided, cultural programmes, dance and music folk literature, competitions are organized, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are encouraged through committees such as girls welfare association, cultural association, students council, publicity committee, competitive examination and personality development committees. These opportunities would help the students for their all round development of personality. The faculty guide the students regarding the job opportunities and other competitive examinations. The Peer Team is pleased to note that many of the alumni of this institution are holding positions in State government college and Government departments. Record regarding the progression of students to higher studies / employment need to be maintained by the college. The pass percentage of the students be looked into by providing close monitoring and counseling. The teachers are participating in progression of the students through counseling and guidance.
Criterion - VI Organization and Management
Since this college is privately owned and managed by the charitable trust, the fulfillment of the college, particularly of providing quality education to the first generation educated class, depends largely on the active support of the members constituting local management committee (LMC). It is seen that the members of the LMC, themselves from rural background with a little education, displayed a high level of responsibility and interest in encouraging the principal and teachers by providing necessary freedom to work towards optimum utilization of all available resources. This rare gesture coupled with their non-interference in the day-to-day affairs of the college has created a healthy environment. At the college both the principal and the teachers work as a well-knit team. To the extent that with limited resources the teachers are working in harmony and this has rendered the organization to be quite effective in promoting the advancement of students, particularly low achievers. It is evident that the LMC has lent support to all the proposals of teachers and the principal in matters of academic programmes including co-curricular and extra curricular. The college has also evolved a reasonably effective mechanism for redressing grievances of teaching as well as administrative staff. It is noted that the organization and management of the college is participatory and transparent. The governing council takes keen interest in organizing physical resources for the institution. They have given, complete freedom to the faculty in imparting education. The financial resources of the organization are prudently allocated and this is quite evident from the availability of required infrastructure.
Budgeting and auditing procedures are found to be standardized. The interest taken by the authorities to evolve welfare measures is commendable. The mechanism for redressal grievances is also found to be rational.
Criterion - VII Healthy Practices
Among the noteworthy healthy practices of this college, mention could be made of the active interest of the staff in promoting welfare of students. A rare expression of solidarity and camaraderie among members of staff including the principal was seen in their dedication to the cause of the students. It is pleasant to note that involving women teachers a welfare committee for Girl students was formed. Which attended to the special needs of girl students. A prize called 'Kiran Bedi Award' was instituted to encourage girl students. A student parents committee is actively engaged in establishing year round contact with parents particularly in cases of students who absent themselves habitually. Personal visits and letters to parents by teachers are proved helpful in reducing drop out rate. Many teachers jointly contributed to award prizes for students who scored highest marks in each of the subjects. This is a rare expression of concern by teachers for motivating students to improve their academic interest.
Teachers lead by the Principal also participated in a 'Free from Addiction Day' where in students were exhorted to give up bad habits and to cultivate only good ones.
While teachers instituted cash prizes to be awarded to outstanding students, the sub staff (peons) did not fall behind them and they also contributed from their meagre salary income to institute a prize for a student with outstanding performance. A special effort to educate the illiterates in near by villages at their convenience by organizing lectures during nights is made through an extension unit called Bahishal Mandal. Another unique feature of the healthy practices noticed at this college is the staff academy, which aims at providing opportunities to teachers to update their knowledge and abilities by means of organizing seminars and workshops in their respective discipline.
The Peer Team on perusal of the self-study Report in detail and assessment of academic activities and infrastructure facilities and the extent of interest shown by the teachers and management for the smooth running of the college, is highly impressed by the vision of goals of the college in the cause of promoting higher education in the rural areas of Bhabhalgaon and surrounding villages of Latur district especially among women. It is commendable to note that the college is actively engaged in extension activities with well-documented records. It requires worth mentioning that the teachers- all of them are youngsters-have succeeded in team-building process to serve the rural areas in various ways. They also require special appreciation for the interest shown in pursuing higher studies by enrolling themselves as part-time research scholars for Ph.D. degree. It is also noted that the organization and management are effective and efficient. The college has earned, reputation for imparting quality education under the able guidance of the principal. The college has been adjudged as the best examination center by the university.
While appreciating the progress of the institution, the Peer Team takes this opportunity to mention certain suggestions for the future development of the college.
There is a need for starting B.Com. degree course which has already been sanctioned by the University , so as to increase the strength of students for seeking U.G.C. affiliation and for optimum utilization of the available infrastructure.
The management of the college may think of developing library with more Textbooks, Reference books, Journals and computerization.
There is a further need to expand basic facilities for the students and teachers like canteen facilities and toilet facilities.
The Peer Team wishes all the best to this promising Late-Venkatrao Deshmukh College , Babhalgaon to reach new academic heights in the years to come and to serve the people of villages in Maharashtra State.
Prof. P. Ramaiah (Chairman)
Prof. R.V. Swamy (Member)
Prof. Dr. M. Sarngadharan (Member)
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