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Swami Vivekanand Mahavidyalaya, Latur, Maharashtra


Swami Vivekanand Mahavidyalaya, Latur, Maharashtra
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Tal. Ahmedpur, Shirur Tajband
Maharashtra, India

Swami Vivekanand Mahavidyalaya, Latur Maharashtra is a recognised institute / college.
Swami Vivekanand Mahavidyalaya is situated in Latur of Maharashtra state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.
Contact Details of Swami Vivekanand Mahavidyalaya, Latur Maharashtra are : Telephone: +91-2381 220113, 220174


Swami Vivekanand Mahavidyalaya, Latur Maharashtra runs course(s) in Arts stream(s).

Approval details: Swami Vivekanand Mahavidyalaya is affiliated with Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University SRTMUN, Nanded (Maharashtra)

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NAAC report of Swami Vivekanand Mahavidyalaya

Section-1 Preface
Established in June 1991, Swami Vivekanand Mahavidayala, is situated in an economically and educationally backward area. The College caters to the needs of the students in and around Shirur Tajband, a small town with a population of little over 10,000. It is founded and managed by the Bal Bhagawan Shiksan Praksarkar Mandal, an organization with a cosmopolitan composition and outlook. The Mandal manages 24 educational units, which include primary schools, high schools, D.Ed., B.Ed. and Ayurveda Colleges and hostels.

The College is affiliated to Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded. It is a grant-in-aid institution and has secured recognition under section 2 (f) and 12(b) of the UGC Act from September 2003. Located on a 5 acre campus the institution offers one Under-graduate and two Post-graduate courses under Arts faculty. There are 21 teachers-7 permanent, 12 temporary and 2 part timers. Among the staff, 03 are Ph.D. holders, 02 M.Phil's and the rest are Post-graduates. Six of the Post -graduate teaching staff have cleared U.G.C NET/ SET examinations. The number of administrative staff is 8. The student strength in U.G. and P.G. is 312. The temporal plan of academic work is Annual for U.G and Semester System for P.G.

The College has the following support facilities: library, sports, canteen, welfare schemes, grievance redressal cell and vehicle parking shed. There is N.S.S unit (started in 1977) and N.C.C unit (started in 2003).

The College submitted the Self-Study Report to the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore and has volunteered for assessment and accreditation. NAAC constituted a Peer Team consisting of Dr. (Mrs.) M.D. Muthamma, Director of Collegiate Education in Karnataka, Banglaore, as Chairperson, Dr. (Mrs.) Anne Mary Fernandez, Professor and Head of the Department of Economics, Holy Cross College (Autonomous), Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, as Member-Coordinator and Prof. M. Raghavendra Prabhu, former Principal, College for Leadership and Human Resource Development, Mangalore, as Member. The Pre-visit preparations were undertaken by Prof. Banadarangaiah, Academic Consultant, NAAC, Bangalore. The Peer Team visited the College on 23rd and 24th February 2004 to validate the Self-Study Report. The team had wide ranging discussions with the Management, Principal, Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni and Parents as per the methodology of NAAC. The Peer Team Report is accordingly presented hereunder.

Section-2: Criterion -Wise Analysis
Criterion-1: Curricular Aspects
The College offers Under-graduate course composed of three languages viz. English, Marathi and Hindi, of which English is compulsory while the students can choose between Hindi and Marathi for the second language. As far as subject specializations are concerned there are six optionals viz. Economics, Public Administration, Sociology, History, Political Science and Geography, from which the student chooses a combination of any two subjects over the three year period of study. At the Post-graduate level there are two courses viz. Sociology and Hindi. The University has designed the curriculum of these courses. Outside the University curriculum, the students have access to a certificate course prescribed by the Maharashtra State for basic Computer Science Education. This course is offered free of cost to all the students of the College.

The College's mission is to act as a guide to show the right path to rural students to become better individuals and responsible citizens. It endeavors to achieve this by generating and enhancing self-confidence, self-restraint and creativity of students to help them face the competitive world, while at the same time adhering to values and the development of integrated personalities. To achieve this mission the college compulsorily offers the Swami Vivekananda Foundation Course to all students as a non-core subject in the first and second year B.A programme. The College draws up the curriculum for the course and one period is allocated each week for instruction of the same. This course emphasizes the following ten values: National Integration, dignity of labour, sensitiveness, neatness, scientific view, punctuality, courtesy, gender equality, religious tolerance and patriotism. Outside the curriculum, the Department of English runs the Swami Vivekanand English Club, the Department of Sociology conducts Samajshastra Abhyas Mandal and the Department of Economics has the Niyojan Mandal (Planning Forum), which help the College to focus on the all- round development of the students' personalities.

While there is no formal mechanism for obtaining feedback from employers and peers, the faculty take an active part in suggesting modifications and changes to the University Boards of Studies. They also attend workshops conducted by the University both to initiate new curriculum and to implement new curriculum framed by the various Boards of Studies. Further, the faculty take pains to divide the curriculum into teaching units which helps them to formulate teaching plans.

Criterion II - Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
The College admits students to the various courses of study on the basis of their academic records. Subsequently they are administered subject-wise test to assess the students' level of knowledge. Based on their performance and aptitude they are counseled to choose various optional subjects. The teachers provide the academically weak students with individual guidance, while the advanced learners are encouraged to undertake self- study and join various clubs and associations.

The teachers are encouraged to draw up teaching plans at the commencement of every academic year. These plans are then disaggregated into monthly, weekly and day-to-day plans. Staff meetings are conducted to monitor the teaching schedules and at these meetings the conduct of unit test, term examinations and other examinations are discussed. The teachers also prepare Question Banks based on the question papers of previous years and their own perception of important topics to help the students study for examinations. For the easy reference of the students a copy of the Question Bank for various papers is kept in the library. Every teacher has to submit a syllabus completion report to the Principal and to ensure that all topics in the syllabus are covered and extra classes conducted. Though the lecture method is used predominantly for instruction, occasionally guest lectures, group discussions and seminars are conducted. Maps, charts, Video Cassettes and study tours are used as teaching aids. The College works for 186 days a year of which 180 are teaching days.

The progress of the students is monitored through unit test and term end exams. The method of evaluation is made familiar to the student at the commencement of every academic year by the Principal and the same information is made available in the College Prospectus and through the respective teachers. As the ratio of students per teacher is low, the teachers follow up the progress of students individually. Regular absentees are followed up by the teacher who visits them at home to determine the reason for absence. The faculty set apart 1.5 percent of their salary to meet the expenditure of home visits to students and to help them pay a part of their fees in the event of financial problems. The various test and examinations are conducted meticulously and there are no cases of malpractice. As recognition of this the Swami Ramanand Teerth University has awarded the College with the Best Examination Centre Award.

Faculty is appointed by following the prescribed norms of the UGC, University and Government of Maharashtra. The College Management has the freedom to appoint and pay temporary teachers on a Clock Hour Basis (CHB). The Local Managing Committee makes the selection of these teachers. The performance of the teachers is evaluated both through self-appraisals and students' evaluation of teachers. The individual feedback from students is analyzed and a scoring pattern has been created to identify teachers as excellent, very good, good, average, poor and very poor with regard to teaching skills. All the teachers are members of the faculty association called Swami Vivekanand Staff Academy. The Academy encourages members to read papers on various topics regularly. 13 members of the faculty have attended orientation and refresher courses conducted by Academic Staff Colleges, 7 teachers have attended National Seminars/conferences, and all the faculty members have participated in State/ regional level seminars/conferences. The College Management has instituted the best teacher award named Vivek Bushan. Every year one teacher is selected for this award.

Criterion III - Research, Consultancy and Extension
The College encourages research activities through project work for Post-graduates and providing seed money to teachers to undertake research. Currently a Research Committee has been formed to promote research amongst faculty. The Principal and two other faculty members of the College have doctorate degrees, while 11 other faculty have registered themselves for Part-time Ph.D progammes. The Departments of Public Administration and Political Science have completed a minor research project on 'Municipal Elections' funded by the College Management. The Principal is an approved research guide for Ph.D. Several faculty members are actively involved in publishing books and articles in popular vernacular journals and magazines.

Extension activities of the College are conducted by a faculty member who holds additional charge. The College uses its N.S.S and other units like Population Education Club, Adult Literacy and National Literacy Mission to carry out a range of activities like community development, health and hygiene awareness, adult education and literacy, eradication of superstitions and bad habits, AIDS awareness, Social Work, Medical Camp, Blood donation camps and environmental awareness. The Principal motivates the faculty to participate in extension activities, who in turn motivate the students to do the same. The Collage collaborates with Governmental and Non-Governmental organizations to conduct extension activities. The N.C.C. unit recently started is also involved in conducting extension activities. The Social Forestry project undertaken by the staff of the College planting 200 tree saplings on either side of the State Highway adjoining the College campus is a unique venture that is commendable.

Criterion IV - Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The College Library, with a collection of 7,689 books, is functioning on all working days throughout the year, except National holidays and Sundays. It is kept open from 9 am. to 5 pm. The College has an advisory committee for Library. There are two computers in the College- one in the office and the other in the library. The number of books purchased in 2002-03 is 275 at a cost of Rs. 47,782.

The College has its own building with 10 large classrooms and a garden in the front. There is an open air auditorium, ladies room, staff rooms, N.C.C. office, N.S.S office, Management common computer centre, boys hostel, toilet block, indoor and outdoor games facilities, vehicle parking shed, store room, canteen, office room, mini- indoor auditorium, and gymnasium hall with gymnasium equipment. Though the present student strength is 312, the College can accommodate an intake of 600 students. It also has ample vacant space for further expansion and growth

The College campus is kept clean. The Campus Development Committees looks after the maintenance, sanitation and beautification of the campus; it also conducts tree planting not only on the campus but also on either side of the Highway adjoining the campus. This social forestry is a remarkable feature in a chronically water scare district. There is optimum utilization of building. The College premises are given for Government and Non-Governmental agencies to conduct various examinations and public functions of social, educational and cultural nature.

Criterion V - Student Support and Progression
There are reasonably sufficient and well-run support services to ensure the physical and intellectual health of all the constituents of the College. Around 65% of the students who join the various courses of study appear for the University examination. Of this 85 to 100 percent pass out creditably with degrees. The drop-out rate is high because students discontinue in order to join D.Ed. course offered by the College Management on the same campus, or in the case of some girls they get married. In both cases the College permits the drop-outs to rejoin the course when they are ready to do so, thus providing them with a sort of horizontal mobility. After completion of graduation 35-40 percent of the students take up higher studies. In recent years 2 students have been successful in NET/SET Examinations. Several students are currently preparing to appear for these examinations and the faculty is providing free coaching to help the aspirants clear the same.

The College gives considerable emphasis on sports and physical fitness. The Physical Director of the College is himself an accomplished athlete who has won laurels at the State and National Level in Athletics. The College can legitimately be proud of its performance in sports and games as it currently has 32 students who have represented the College by participating in National Level games and athletics and have emerged proud winners or runners in various events. Kabbadi, Ball Badminton, Hand Ball, 1,500 metres, 5000 metres and Relay teams have made the college proud by winning various laurels at University and Inter-University level events. The College has hosted University and Inter-University level Wrestling Championships on its campus. Several athletes and sports persons specially girls have been successful in obtaining job's in Uniformed services likes the State Police on the sports quota. The incentives given to the poor rural students in the form of nutritious food, free gymnasium facility, free track suits and blazers, services of a dedicated coach, payment of T.A and D.A, medical facilities etc, have helped these students to achieve an impossible dream in their lives.

The Alumni Association of the College is a big support to the College. Its members motivate the students in their vicinity by emphasizing the importance of higher education. The teachers on their part take the trouble of traveling long distances to meet parents of those students who absent themselves from classes for a along period. The recreation and leisure time activities offered to the students include in-door and outdoor games and cultural programmes. The creative talents of the students are brought out through the annual College Magazine 'Vivek Wahini'. The Departments of Sociology, Political Science and English have wall newspapers, which helps the students to collect topic based information and share the same with other students on campus.

There is an effective mechanism to use student feedback for quality enhancement. The appraisal done by the students are communicated to the teachers in a systematic manner.
The College prospectus is published and updated annually. It gives clear guidance to students about admission and complete requirements for all programmes including information on financial aid and support services to students. All deserving students get GOI and EBC scholarships. During 2002-03, 273 out of 312 students received scholarships. This is indeed commendable. An 'Earn while You Learn' programme initiated by the University has been implemented in the campus recently to help financially backward students. The men's Hostel facilities are made available free of cost to 12 students. The college has laid the foundation stone for a ladies hostel, which is to be constructed at a cost of Rs. Eight lakh. Clearance for this project has already been obtained from the Charity Commission.

The College has a grievance cell which aims at solving the problems and grievances of the students. The written complaints put into the box kept for the purpose are dealt with in a systematic manner by the cell. General counseling is done by the teaching staff in an informal way. This is also the case with career guidance counseling.

Criterion VI - Organization and Management
The Management Committee of Bal Bhagawan Shikshan Prasarak Mandal takes decisions on academic, financial and administrative policies and conveys them to the Principal, who forms various committees to implement decisions taken by the Management Committee as well as the Local Managing Committee. The Principal, Heads of the Departments, Coordinators and non-teaching staff work on the principles of participation and transparency. For efficient monitoring and coordination of various activities in the College, 24 committees have been formed. The College believes in participatory management and in this direction it has evolved a formula of 75 percent motivation, 20 percent persuasion, and 5 percent compulsion. The role and function of the Management committee is as per the University Statute.

The welfare programmes of the College include: group insurance for teaching, non-teaching staff and students and financial assistance given to needy students. There is a Grievance Redressal Cell, which deals with the grievances of the faculty, staff and students. The Cell meets twice a month. The Staff Cooperative Society provides loans to the extent of Rs. two lakhs per employee in addition to emergency loans.

The finances of the institution are judiciously allocated and effectively utilized to make its programmes and functioning cost-effective. The Management Committee mobilizes resources as per the needs of the College. The budgetary and auditing procedures are regular.

Criterion VII - Healthy Practices
The following are the health practices practiced by the College:

The College has formed Internal Quality Assurance Cell. The Cell supervises the class tests and also the implementation of the academic calendar. It monitors the continuous evaluation process.

The teachers performance is evaluated by the students, the HOD's and the Principal . Self-evaluation is also done by the teachers.

The College has prepared a curriculum on value education known as the Vivekananda Foundation Course, which is taught compulsorily to the first and second year degree students.

The College celebrated birth and death anniversaries of the great sons of India.

Annual debating competitions are held in the memory of the late Mohan Rao Patel.

The Vivek Bushan and Vivek Shree Awards are given to the best Teacher and Student respectively to encourage academic excellence.

The College collects donations towards the relief of natural calamities.

The Staff donate 1.5% of their monthly salaries towards the welfare of the poor students.

Earn While You Learn Scheme is a boon to 7 students.

A notable feature of the College is its commitment towards the poor and illiterate rural people who live in the surrounding villages. The College organizes orientation camps for the farmers to help them increase their farm incomes. Towards the eradication of superstition, Andhashradha Nirmulan Camps are held. The education imparted by the College has helped the rural students to get jobs. The College also organizes self-employment camp annually. The social forestry activity is encouraged by the College is a commendable activity worthy of emulation on a larger scale.

Section-3: Overall Analysis
The Peer Team feels happy to note that though the College is located in a very backward rural area it has been able to accomplish much because of the sincere commitment and dedication of the Management, Faculty and Staff. The teaching and learning programmes are consistent with the goals and objectives of the College. Healthy coordination of academic, co-curricular and extra - curricular activities play a vital role in the total personality development of the student. The Peer Team wishes to place on record its appreciation for the efforts of the former Principal of the College the late Prof. Lalasahib Kakade for the fine academic traditions he has initiated in the institution in its infant years of existence. Some of the commendable aspects of the College are:

The Vivekananda Foundation Course, which provides value education in keeping with the goals and objectives of the College.

The contribution of 1.5% of the Staff salary for student follow up and financial assistance to needy students.

Adequate physical facilities and infrastructure made available despite various constraints faced by the College Management.

The use of student feedback on teachers in a constructive manner to improve overall teaching and learning in the campus.

The very cordial and close relationship between the Management, Faculty, Staff, Student, Parents and Alumni.

The conduct of remedial classes especially in English has helped the students to obtain good passing percentages.

The strong social commitment of the College has manifested through its various extension activities and environment- friendly activities like social forestry.

The home visits made by the faculty to ensure better attendance.

The facility of the computer centre being offered free of charge for all those who are desirous of becoming computer literate.

The excellent documentation of all records.

Free consultation made available to staff and students for NET and SET Examinations.

The emphasis on excellence in sports.

The Swami Vivekanada Staff Academy that helps faculty nurture intellectual concerns and develop the art of paper presentation.

The undiluted involvement of young and dynamic faculty in the total development 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 College would do well by acquiring more computers for itself, and the faculty as well as non-teaching staff be made computer literate and proficient in the use of computers.

The Library need to be strengthened both in terms of infrastructure, books, journals, periodicals and other accessories. It is worth while to establish a book bank to meet the requirements of needy students..

The Office and the Departments need to be computerized and networked for dissemination and retrieval of information in a phased manner.

The Management may draw up future plan of action for generating funds to help the College keep pace with modern trends in higher education.

The faculty of the College may be given formal training in student counseling to help them to cope with the problems of adolescent rural youth.

The College can contemplate the starting of short-term diploma/certificate job-oriented courses on self-financing basis to help the students develop marketable skills.

Interdisciplinary approaches to curriculum such as that being undertaken under the Vivekananda Foundation Course can be extended to the teaching of other subjects.

A Study Circle with all the facilities to train students to appear for competitive examinations may be established.

The faculty may be encouraged to attend orientation and refresher courses and supported to undertake research under FIP. They may also be motivated to do additional horizontal courses through distance education mode, such as P.G. diplomas in distance Education, Higher Education, Creative Writing etc. being offered by IGNOU.

To make education relevant and practical the College may contemplate establishing linkages with industry and other external agencies. This will greatly help in student placement and provide an opportunity for on-the-job training of students to develop skills.

The College can contemplate establishing linkages for teaching and research at the national level. It may consider availing the COHIP progamme for improving research.

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)

Place: Srirur Tajband

Date: 24/02/04

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