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Dhirajlal Talakchand Sankalchand Shah College of Commerce, Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashtra



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Dhirajlal Talakchand Sankalchand Shah College of Commerce, Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashtra
Address:Kurar Village, Malad (East)
Mumbai (Bombay) (District Mumbai (Bombay))
Maharashtra, India
Pin Code : 400097


Dhirajlal Talakchand Sankalchand Shah College of Commerce, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra is a recognised institute / college.
Dhirajlal Talakchand Sankalchand Shah College of Commerce, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra is situated in Mumbai (Bombay) of Maharashtra state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Mumbai (Bombay) comes under Mumbai (Bombay) Tehsil, Mumbai (Bombay) District.

Website of Dhirajlal Talakchand Sankalchand Shah College of Commerce, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra is http://www.sanskarsarjan.org/.



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B.Com, M.Com


Dhirajlal Talakchand Sankalchand Shah College of Commerce, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra runs course(s) in Commerce stream(s).

Dhirajlal Talakchand Sankalchand Shah College of Commerce is affiliated with University of Mumbai, Mumbai (Bombay)


Profile of Dhirajlal Talakchand Sankalchand Shah College of Commerce

The establishment of the Sanskar Sarjan Education Societys D.T.S.S. College of Commerce and P. D. Turakhia Junior College of Commerce for promoting Higher Education in June, 1984. The College has endeavored to contribute to the necessary transformation of the prevailing social conditions. The institute is offering education in varied fields from Primary schooling to Postgraduate education. Along with infrastructure of best standards, a modern e-campus keeps pace with the happenings around the world. In April 2004, the college was assessed and accredited with B + + Grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council(NAAC), Bangalore for a period of five years. Moreover, the college was permanently affiliated to the University of Mumbai.

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NAAC report of Dhirajlal Talakchand Sankalchand Shah College of Commerce

Introduction
Dhirajlal Talakchand Sankalchand Shah College of Commerce was established in 1984 at Kurar Village, Malad (East), Mumbai by Sanskar Sarjan Education Society with the objective of making higher education accessible to more and more students in the backward suburbs of Mumbai. The Management of the College is also running other institutes at school level. The college is a linguistic minority institution situated in comparatively under developed area. This college is a grant-in-aid institution affiliated to University of Mumbai. The college has applied for the permanent affiliation to the university and expecting the local inquiry committee to visit the college soon. Because of temporary affiliation with the university it is yet to be recognized under 2f and 12B of the University Grants Commission.

The college is situated on a campus of about 5685 sq. meters in the suburbs of Mumbai. The College runs a three year B.Com course only on an annual system basis. Its student strength is 658 of which 439 are male and 219 female, majority of them are from the same State. There are 11 teachers of which 8 are permanent and 3 are temporary. One teacher has a Ph. D. Degree, 2 have with M. Phil degree, 2 are the practicing Chartered Accountants, and one is pursuing for Ph.D. The post of principal is vacant because of retirement and the college is in the process of filling the vacancy. There are 16 members in the administrative staff. (4 female and 12 male) The support facilities in the college include a central library, indoor sports room, canteen, small playground for basket ball and vehicle parking space.

The total cost of imparting education of the college for the year 2002-2003 was Rs. 46,24,084. The per students cost was Rs.7363 including salary component. Unit cost of education without salary component for the year was Rs.1131. The college needs to first secure permanent affiliation of the University in order to be eligible for recognition under section 2f and 12B of UGC Act. It has all the characteristics of the non-autonomous affiliated college: curriculum provided by the university, final examination and evaluation pattern prescribed the university, and the degree conferred by the University.

The college has volunteered to be assessed and accreditated by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore and submitted its Self-Study Report. The NAAC constituted a peer team consisting of Prof. S .V. Narayanan (Former Acting Vice-Chancellor, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry) Chairperson, Dr. I. Bhanumurthy (Principal VVM's Shree Damodar College of Commerce and Economics, Goa) and Prof. B. A . Prajapati (Professor and Head of Department of Commerce and Management, S.K. School of Business Management, Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University), Member-Coordinator.

The team visited the college on 14, 15 and 16 April 2004. The peer team carefully studied and analysed the self-study report submitted by the college. During the visit to the college, the team perused all the relevant documents, visited the departments and facilities. The team also examined the academic, co-curriculum, extra-curricular, sports, NSS and extension activities of the college. The Peer Team also interacted with members of the Local Management Committee, In-charge Principal, Faculty, Non-teaching Staff, Students, Parents and Alumni of the College. Based on above exercise and keeping in mind seven criteria identified by the NAAC, the Peer Team has assessed the college for the quality of education offered therein. Salient features of the institution as well as issues of concern are presented in the following pages.

Criterion-Wise Evaluation
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
Apropos to the goals and objectives of providing higher education to comparatively under developed area of Mumbai suburb, the college is offering a three yea B.Com. course. The college follows annual system of teaching and evaluation. At T.Y.B.Com level the students are given option of choosing any one of Direct and Indirect Taxation or Labour Welfare and Computer System or Export Marketing, The College follows the examination pattern prescribed by the University. Being an affiliated college, it has hardly any role in framing the syllabus. The University takes one to two years in revising syllabus. Some of the teachers are actively participating in syllabus revision committees of the University and also acted as resource person at the seminars organised by other colleges for new syllabus being introduced by the University. The teachers are also involved in the assignments such as paper settings, moderation and examination of the University. There is no mechanism of academic audit in the college but the University considers the infrastructure and other facilities while extending affiliation.

The college has been arranging guest talks by inviting experts from academia, industry and professionals. The In-Charge Principal of the college is an office bearer of the Western India Regional Council of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and he is actively engaged in delivering lectures to other colleges on the difficult topics of accountancy, auditing, taxation etc.

Criterion II: Teaching-Learning and Evaluation
The teaching learning is the core activity in any institute of education. The college being non-autonomous and affiliated one, it executes the curriculum designed by the University. The process begins with the admission. The college admits all the eligible applicants. The college has evolved a mechanism to evaluate the knowledge and skills of a student after they are admitted in the forms of class tests, assignments, project works and tutorials, in particular for courses of Mathematics, Statistics and Business Communication at F.Y. level. The college does not have of formal system like remedial courses for slow learners but the teacher provide relevant study material and guidance on one to one basis in order to help economically disadvantaged students. For fast learners, teachers pay special attention so that they can score more in the University Examination.

In order to bring efficiency in teaching, the college has a good practice of preparing teaching plans for all the courses. The teacher concerned prepares the plan and submits to the principal through the Head of the Department. The principal regularly takes feedback on it, in order to ensure that the plan is adhered to by all the teachers. In addition to regular lecture method, in some courses, the college adopts different pedagogy like tutorials, role play (mock interviews in business communication), presentations etc. The college needs to use more of audio-visual equipments for increasing the efficiency of teaching learning process.

Evaluation of academic performance of students is the key component in the whole process of imparting education. In the beginning of the academic term, the students are informed about the system of examination, passing norms, pattern of question paper, statutory rules of gracing etc. The college takes care of the academic counselling and because of personal touch, it has not become merely a one way advice bureau.

The college has 11 faculty members, of these one has a Ph. D. Degree, two have M. Phil degree, one is pursuing Ph.D. and two have professional qualification of chartered accountancy. The recruitment of the faculty is as per the university norms and State Government Rules. Being the minority institute, the reservation rules are not applicable to the college. Because of the state government, not granting permission to fill the vacant posts, the college has appointed three clock hour basis teachers in order to see that teaching should not suffer. The college encourages the teachers to participate in seminars, conferences and workshops. All the teachers have fulfilled the orientation and the refresher course requirements of the UGC. Majority of the teachers are actively engaged in participating in conferences, seminars and presenting papers.

The teachers fill-up self appraisal form at the end of each academic year which is scrutinized by the Head of the Department and the principal. The appraisal is considered at the time of awarding senior and selection scale. The college also has a practice of taking feedback from the students. The emphasis of the appraisal is on teaching method adopted by the teacher, needs to strengthened.

It is worth mentioning here that the department of environment science organized an exhibition on the theme of States of India and different facets of state like background, major cities, historical monuments, trade industry and agriculture, food habits etc. The show was organized by the students and it was appreciated by the University also. The college arranges for industrial visit to expose the students to the real life situation in the industry.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The College is promoting research activity amongst its teachers. There are two teachers who have acquired the M. Phil degree, one of them has acquired the Ph. D degree. One more has registered for Ph. D. Two chartered accountants are actively engaged in consultancy work in their own capacity. One of the chartered accountants is an office bearer of the Western Region of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and very actively involved in extension activities related to accounting and auditing profession.

The extension activities of the college are conducted through its NSS unit ( 2 units with 212 volunteers, 146 boys and 66 girls). It includes community development, social work, health and hygiene awareness, medical camps, adult education and literacy, blood donation camps. AIDS awareness, environmental awareness etc.

One teacher has been entrusted duties as District Coordinator of NSS of University of Mumbai. The extension activities of the college emphasise much on women empowerment, senior citizens group activities, nature club etc. Some of the teachers are also actively engaged in delivering talks and counselling the students of other colleges on different topics like career planning, accounting standards, Direct & Indirect Taxation etc.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The society owns a campus of 5685.2 sq. meters in Malad (East). The college is housed in a huge building consisting of a common ground and three floors. The building is shared by the Degree and Junior College. Six big classrooms and two tutorial rooms are available in the building. Separate rooms are available for NSS, Gymkhana, Computer Centre, students' council, Common Rooms for Boys and Girls. Spacious Library cum reading room is available in the third floor. Canteen is housed in the ground floor with all the infrastructure. A Big hall for conducting meetings seminars etc. is available in the college. The principal has been provided with a quarter on the fourth floor. However at present it is vacant. Separate toilets to both girls and boys are provided on each floor. Parking place for vehicles is provided in the campus.

The Society maintains the building from its own funds. The up keeping of the building and other areas are being taken up by the college with the assistance of the NSS volunteers. The building is put to optimum utilization both by the Degree and Junior College.

The library space is shared by both the colleges. The activities of the library is being computerized. At present the library as 7256 books, 1869 books under the book bank scheme and 843 donated books. The college subscribes to 23 Journals. The Library Advisory Committee recommends the purchase of books. A wall paper magazine is displayed in the library. The book bank facility is being used extensively by the students. The committee feels that reprographic facilities should be made available to students in the library. The library works from 9.00 to 5.00 P.M. everyday. During examination time the library is kept open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

There is a separate room for Computer Center. However the centre is run by a private institute. The centre has 20 Pentium III computers and it cater to the needs of student opting for the optional subject in T.Y.B.Com. The office is equipped with six computer and the process of administration is computerized. The society runs a health centre outside the college and it is used by the college whenever it is needed.

The college has sports facilities for indoor games like Chess, Carrom, Table-Tennis etc., for outdoor games the college hires playgrounds at regular intervals. A basket ball court is existing in the campus which is also used for practicing volley ball and cricket. The winners in the sport activities are rewarded in a suitable way by the college authorities.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
Majority students of the college belong to the lower income group and do not pursue higher education the drop out rate is at a minimum of 2%. The college brings out updated prospectus every years giving the details of admissions, subjects to be taught, fee structure, scholarships, examination procedure etc.

All the scholarships of Maharashtra state Government and Central Government are available to the students. The management exempted nearly 20 poor students from paying fees in the last two years. The college does not have a placement cell, however the teaching staff are helping the students whenever there are specific opportunities. The chartered accountant teachers enroll students as article clerks in their firms. The peer committee feels that the college should have a formal placement cell to strengthen it.

The Alumni Association is functioning since last year. The past students are planning to work with the College administrations for the development of the college. The policies and criteria for admission into the college are made transparent through the updated prospectus and by displaying notices at the office. The college provide indoor games like Chess, Carrom, Table-Tennis etc. Facilities for out door games like- volley ball, basket ball are available on a small ground situated in the campus. It also publishes the College magazines. Various cultural events are conducted by the college under the NSS, Student Council, Nature Club etc. The college NSS programme officer is acting as District convenor for NSS and the officer represented the Maharashtra state at the Republic Day, New Delhi Parade in the last two years.

Criterion VI: Organization and Management
The Society has constituted a Governing Council which is the apex body of the college. The Governing Council takes the policy decisions and are implemented by the local managing committee through principal and the staff. Various academic and non-academic committees assists the principal in the day to day working of the college. The principal with the assistance of office superintendent checks the working of the non teaching staff at regular intervals. The non-teaching staff are exposed to intensive training in the use of computer for administration. Some of them were also deputed to attend a program on office procedure. Internal audit is being conducted regularly. Whenever the college had a deficit in the budget, the management releases the required amount. The Purchase Committee takes the decisions for the purchase of major items as per the rules. The Management of the College consisting of young professionals is very proactive and doing everything possible for the development of the College.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The peer team was happy to observe the following healthy practices in the college:

Teacher concern for students success in B.Com examination i) delivering adherable, reviewed action plans and schedules. ii) teaching in understandable languages, iii) in repetitive test and home work. iv) clarifying marks-allocation, and v) reviewing performances and innovative teaching methods.

Management concern for college welfare (through i) proactive interaction ii) exploration of further option, iii) willingly acceptive positive feedback iv) facilitation of poor and weak to study and success).

Career-guidance efforts (by drawing attention to i) job and ii) further educational opportunities for B.Com)

Computerised administration (from Fees to ID-cards)

Skill-enhancement efforts by (organizing i) special talks by the eminent, ii) encouragement of extra curricular and iii) motivating towards self development)

Active, Democratic choice-based Student Council which channelises information, competitive, participation, and organized events.

Success in NCC, NSS and other activities (through i) encouragement and ii) appreciation of teacher and management )

Teacher-improvement opportunities (by enabling i) attendance in Orientation and refresher courses, ii) Higher qualification steps, iii) participation in seminar, iv) Paper presentation v) involvement professional and social bodies)

Overall Analysis and Recommendations
Sansakar Sarjan Education Society, in order to provide higher education to the suburbs of Malad, Mumbai, established Dhirajlal Talakchand Sankalchand Shah College of Commerce (D.T.S.S. College of Commerce) at Kurar Village, Malad (East), Mumbai- 400 097) in July 1984.

The Mission of the college includes these : i) Catering to the higher educational needs of those in nearby areas without discrimination, ii) Providing financial support to the poor and the needy students, iii) Supporting the development of extra-curricular talents of students, iv) Inculcating universal values in students, and v) Developing the qualities of self-reliance, assertiveness and self-dependence among the students.

The Grant-in-Aid, Linguistic (Gujarati) Minority College affiliated to University of Mumbai, D.T.S.S. College offers B.Com through its 7 departments which have (8 permanent and 3 temporary) teachers. One of the teachers is a Ph. D, 2 have M. Phil, 2 are Chartered Accountants, while others have Post-Graduate degrees. All the permanent Faculty members have attended UGC-ASC. organised Orientation and Refresher programmes.

The College, in groups of 40 students, teaches, Third Year Computer course in its Computer Centre through its 20 P3 Machines (which would be bequeathed to the College in 2006). Its Library (comprising 7256 books, 23 papers and magazines, besides maps and globes) is large, ventilated and conducive to study.

The college has been doing well despite these constraints :

Unenviable locality

University-prescribed time-frame for syllabus completion (which pressures the weaker students).

Low-income of parents (which makes such students to take up jobs after class- hours).

Low-score admissions (which implies that such students have to work harder)

Vernacular-medium students (which slows the English-based pedagogy and needs Marathi or Gujarati-based backup).

The accomplishments of the College include the following:

Facilitating the financially poor and the academically weak candidates to gain admittance into higher education and enabling them to gain B.Com degree.

Encouraging students to unleash their talents in Fine Arts, Music, Dance, and Drama, participate in Competitions, and win prizes.

Inculcating Universal values through socio-economically relevant NCC and NSS activities (Water-conservation, Plastics-avoidance, Environment-greening, Cleanliness-drives, etc.), enabling its NSS teacher to be made one of the seven District Coordinators of the University.

Building awareness about career opportunities (E.g. CA, ICS, ICWA, Consultancy, Cost Accounting etc.)

Preparing and operating monthly curricular time-table.

Providing prompt feedback to student and their parents on their Assignments and Tests.

Updating the teaching competencies of the teachers by encouraging them to attend Orientation and Refresher courses of UGC-ASC.

Supporting the teachers in their efforts to present papers and participate in conferences.

Informing the students about i) Question-paper pattern, ii) allocation of marks, iii) access to previous question-papers, and iv) deficiency in their answers.

Operating a growing library with a good collection of books and magazines.

Enhancing student-competencies through Guest talks and Skill- Development efforts (On Communication, Numerical ability, IT usage, Team-Spirit, Independent working, etc.)

Visiting industries to know about the various Commercial functions and to prepare individual reports on the same.

Encouraging the Student Council to make students to run extra- curricular activities.

Establishing an Alumni Association to take the College forward.

Having satisfied parents who appreciate the College for the progress of their wards.

RECOMMENDATION
Although the College is trying to improve its all round performance, the following could be seriously considered and implemented :

Appoint a full-time Principal so that the goals of the College is not impeded technicalities

Since the college has undergone the NAAC accreditation and evaluation, it should not be difficulty to get permanent affiliation. This should be pursued with greater vigour.

Add some Commerce-oriented professional magazines (e.g. The Chartered Accountant, Company Secretary, Management Accountant, and on Management) to the library.

Update the computer centre with Pentium-IV machines.

Improve English (Spoken and Written ) Communication beyond the syllabus as an on-going feature for all students for all the years as initiated.

Run low-cost, contemporary but essential computer courses and encourage all
students to benefit.

Identify the problem areas which are impending the pass-percentage (beyond the vernacular factors) and take steps overcome them (e.g. special coaching, motivational talks, etc.) in greater details.

Use more modern pedagogical methods (OHP, LCD, etc.) to gain interest and to save time for more intensive interaction.

Conduct Classes or superior pedagogy for teachers (to know their limitation and to hone their strengths)

Increase the research and publication effort among the Faculty by leveraging student-based primary data -collection

Consolidate the performance in existing papers before launching new ones (except perhaps in (i) newly approved areas, and (ii) marketable self-financed ones like insurance, call centres, etc.)

Leverage the linkages (between Alumni Association, Past /Potential employers, NGOs, Local government, Police, etc) to know about the trends and to prepare for success.

Use the Trade and Industrial contacts (such as, CII'S Educational Wing) of the Management to enable (i) Industrial visits, (ii) Event Management, and(iii) Placement support.

List out the Objectives and measures of the College emerging from its Mission and work with milestone-targets to attain them.

Established and active I Q A C, meet periodically, and try to excel in the seven parameters prescribed by the NAAC.

Recapitulation
D. T. S. S. College of Commerce, an affiliated linguistic minority college of University of Mumbai, has come a long way since its establishment in 1984. Its Management, its Administration (led by its part-time but dynamic Principal), its Teachers, its Students (and their parents), its Alumni are all interested, enthusiastic, concerned and fiercely loyal to the College. With a bit of additional effort, the College can attain greater success on all seven NAAC parameters so that all its stakeholders are benefited and the college attains a superior brand-image.

The Peer Team wish to place on record the co-operation extended by the college in this activity.

Prof. S. V. Narayanan
(Chairperson)

Dr. I. Bhanumurthy
( Member)

Prof. B.A.Prajapati
(Member - Coordinator)

(Mr. Nihar N. Jambhusaria)
In - Charge Principal

Date: April - 16, 2004




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