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Rishi Dayaram National College and WA Science College, Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashtra


Rishi Dayaram National College and WA Science College, Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashtra
Address: Plot / Street / Area
Linking Road, Bandra (W)
Mumbai (Bombay) (District Mumbai (Bombay))
Maharashtra, India
Pin Code : 400050

Rishi Dayaram National College and WA Science College, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra is a recognised institute / college. Rishi Dayaram National College and WA Science College, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra is also known as RD National College and WA Science College. Rishi Dayaram National College and WA Science College, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra was established on / in 2000-2001 (or 1949).

Principal of Rishi Dayaram National College and WA Science College, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra is Dr Shri D. Panjwani.

Rishi Dayaram National College and WA Science College 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.

Fax # of Rishi Dayaram National College and WA Science College, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra is +91-22-26242620.

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Website of Rishi Dayaram National College and WA Science College, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra is http://www.rdnational.ac.in.

Contact Details of Rishi Dayaram National College and WA Science College, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra are : Telephone: +91-22-26041777, 26483544
Phone: Tel.: +91-22-26483544, 260 04434, 260041777
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Full name of college: Rishi Dayaram National College of Arts & Commerce and Wassiamull Assomull Science College
Email Id: rdnational@vsnl.com

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Rishi Dayaram National College and WA Science College, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra runs course(s) in Arts, Biotechnology, Commerce, Computer Applications, Information Technology, Mass Communication and Journalism, Science stream(s).
B.A, B.Sc, B.Com, M.Sc, M.Sc(CS), Bachelor of Mass Media(B.M.M), Bachelor of Information Technology(B.I.T), B.Sc(Biotechnology)

Approval details: Rishi Dayaram National College and WA Science College is affiliated with University of Mumbai (UoM), Mumbai (Maharashtra)

Profile of Rishi Dayaram National College and WA Science College

R.D. National College is the first college of the Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board. Today this Board has over 22 educational institutions catering to students from all backgrounds. A variety of courses are offered, ranging from Engineering, Pharmacy and Education to Arts, Science and Commerce. The college rose like a phoenix from the ashes of communal fires of the partition of India in 1947. Established originally in 1922 with the blessings of Dr. Annie Besant and Rishi Dayaram Gidumal, the college saw a shift in its location from Hyderabad (Sind) to Bombay in 1949. This was brought about through the tireless efforts of the founder Principal Mr. K.M. Kundnani with unstinted support from barrister H.G. Advani. Mr. Kundnani was the Principal of the college in Sind and in a moment of emotional impulse promised his harried and anguished teachers that he would give them jobs in Bombay where he intended to start a college. Having said that, he was a man possessed and did not rest till he laid the foundation stone of a transplanted college in its present location. Rishi Dayaram National college was born on Linking Road, Bandra, in June 1949. Other colleges of the Board grew from this parent college due to an extremely focused attention of the two stalwarts Principal Kundnani and Barrister Advani.R.D. National College is the first college of the Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board. Today this Board has over 22 educational institutions catering to students from all backgrounds. A variety of courses are offered, ranging from Engineering, Pharmacy and Education to Arts, Science and Commerce.

The college rose like a phoenix from the ashes of communal fires of the partition of India in 1947.This college is accredited by NAAC at B++ GRADE. Established originally in 1922 with the blessings of Dr. Annie Besant and Rishi Dayaram Gidumal, the college saw a shift in its location from Hyderabad (Sind) to Bombay in 1949. The mission of this College is all round development of the students with an equal emphasis on academics as well as extra and co-curricular activities so that they emerge as individuals capable of facing the challenges of life.The college aims at academic excellence,realization of inherent creative skills, sharpening of leadership skills, inculcating the right values, sesitization of the problems of the country and emphasis on liberal, secular and open-minded education.The college offers various UG and PG courses in arts, science and commerce stream. B.A., B.Sc. and B.Com programs are offered at undergraduate level while M.Sc programe is provided at post graduate level

College Profile
One of the oldest colleges affiliated to the University of Mumbai. It was established in Independent India in 1949.

Today the college has become an excellent institution for higher learning that aims at academic excellence and emphasizes liberal and secular education.

Over the years, the college has grown to meet the challenges of time and provides high quality education to students from the Pre-Degree Plus two level and Degree level for the Science, Arts and Commerce streams. The college offers career oriented degree courses in Mass Media, Information Technology, Bio-Technology, Computer Science, BMS, and BAF. The college also offers Post Graduate and Research Courses in Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Beauty Care, Personal Grooming, Heritage Management, Indian Classical Music, Oddisi Dance and Music Appreciation.

About Board
The history of institutions in the first few years of their inception are the most fascinating narratives, for they speak volumes for the times, the dynamics, the leadership and the people for whom they were built. One such history, unique and inspiring, is the trajectory of growth of Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board and its institutions.

A dream, a strategy, a hope and a changed political situation seem to have been the basic ingredients of what is today a reputed chain of well-managed colleges. Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board (HSNC Board) was first founded in Hyderabad (Sind) in 1921. It took over the management of Rishi Dayanand Gidumal College in Sind in the year of its inception. In the next two decades, HSNC Board had expanded and built an additional wing to house a Commerce College.

Kundanani Not Found Then in 1947, partitioning of the subcontinent into India and Pakistan struck a cruel blow to any further consolidation in the field of higher education. Shri. K. M. Kundnani, then the newly appointed Principal of the college and as a man of infinite vision had begun to dream about the future of the colleges. To him, 'Hyderabad was the heart of Sind and his colleges the heart of Hyderabad'. In the changing political scenario, laced with feelings of hatred, such sentiments did not hold good. Mass exodus towards India had upset the routine of everyday life and safety. It is troubled times that test the endurance as well as the limits of human ingenuity. The entire subcontinent was in a state of flux and the atmosphere in the colleges was one of gloom and uncertainty. Principal K.M. Kundnani consoled his staff with the assurance that he was going to start a college in Bombay. Inspired by a new mission, guided by his pragmatic no-nonsense approach and sense of thrift, he shipped equipments, books and a prized chair with the insignia of the college to Bombay. Three qualities that he was endowed with in good measure were to play a seminal role in the setting up of the HSNC Board's colleges in the future.

The journey into another moment in history had already begun. Principal Kundnani's arrival in Bombay marked the turning point of the next chapter in the history of the HSNC Board. After extensive search, a plot was located in the suburban outskirts of Bandra and was procured on lease. In November 1948 the construction started at an incessant pace and within six months the structure was ready to allow the college to function from June 1949. Thus, Rishi Dayanand National College made its debut in Bandra.

HG Advani Not FoundBarrister H. G. Advani played a pivotal role in tapping sponsors, getting donations and providing leadership. Principal K. M. Kundnani and Barrister H. G. Advani were the founding fathers and pillars of the various institutions of higher learning in and around Bombay. Both these great men provided the institutions direction and leadership throughout their lives: Barrister Advani as President and Principal Kundnani as Secretary for several decades. Mr. Kishinchand Chellaram, Mr. Wassiamull Assomull and Mr. J. Watumull provided financial assistance and infrastructure.

The second institution set up was K. C. College at Churchgate. It stands today on a plot which was leased from Mrs. Ratanben Fauzdar. The then minister for education, Shri Dinkarrao Desai laid the foundation stone of the building. However, with limited funds, Principal Kundnani took over both the nitty gritty as well as the mighty tasks of constructing yet another college within the record time of six months in June 1954.

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Section 1. Introduction
Rishi Dayaram National College was started in Bandra, Mumbai in June 1949 to provide liberal, secular and open-minded education. Historically, this college was established in Hyderabad (Sind) in 1922 and after partition of India in 1947, it got relocated in Mumbai due to the untiring efforts of its founder Principal K.M. Kundnani who had such broad an outlook as to admit a Muslim as the very first student without any bitterness or rancour which was a general fall out of partition declaring that education knows no religion. The Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board, Mumbai, which is managing this college, has over 22 educational institutions offering a wide range of courses from Engineering, Pharmacy and Education to Arts, Science and Commerce.

To begin with the college catered to the educational needs of refugee community, later the local population joined the college in large numbers. This grant-in-aid College recognized as a linguistic minority institution (for Sindhis) is located in an urban campus in an area extending to 7462 sq. mts. and is offering 6 undergraduate and 2 post graduate programmes. A student strength of 2154 (in 2002-03) is taught by 53 teachers (47 permanent and 6 temporary) supported by non-teaching staff numbering 102 (technical 58, administrative 30 and adhoc 14). Of the total faculty members, 39 are women, and 962 students are women. The unit cost of education was Rs. 12,704 in 2002-03.

The temporal plan of academic work of B. A., B. Sc. and B. Com. is the Semester System since 2002-03 for First Year & Second Year, and annual system for Third Year. The examinations for the first and second year are conducted by the college while for the final year, the parent University conducts the examinations. The results are announced on the basis of performance in the final year. The support services offered include library, computer laboratories, health care, sports facilities, housing for some non-teaching staff, canteen, vehicle shed, auditorium, conference room and common rooms.

The college volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore (NAAC) and in furtherance of the decision, prepared and submitted a Self-Study Report (SSR). The NAAC constituted a Peer Team to make an on site visit to the college to validate the SSR on the basis of discussions with stakeholders, verification of documents and observations during the tour of the campus. Dr. Latha Pillai, Adviser, NAAC was in overall charge as NAAC coordinator.

The Peer Team consisting of Prof. K. Aludiapillai, former Vice-Chancellor, Madurai Kamraj University (Chairman), Prof. Maninder Singh, Professor of English, Khalsa College, Amritsar (Member) and Prof. Y. M. Jayaraj, Professor, Department of Micro-biology, Gulbarga University and Special Officer, Office of the Commissioner for Collegiate Education, Government of Karnataka, Bangalore (Member Coordinator) visited the college on 4th and 5th February 2004 after an analytical study of the Self-Study Report. The team interacted with the Principal, members of the Governing Body, students, faculty, non-teaching staff, parents and alumni and on the basis of the documents perused, points that emerged during the discussions and things observed during the visit furnishes the following report criterion-wise.

Section 2. Criterion Wise Analysis
Criterion I - Curricular Aspects
The motto of the college is 'Play the Game'. The mission of the college is to ensure the all round development of the students. The goals of the college include academic excellence, imparting various skills, inculcating values, creating awareness on social issues and promoting a secular and liberal outlook.

The curriculum offered is consistent with the goals and missions. Academic excellence is sought to be achieved by imparting quality education is Arts, Science and Commerce streams. The UG students have a choice of 58 combinations to choose from. The college offers B. A. in English / Psychology / History / Economics as main subjects and Hindi / Political Science as ancillary / additional subjects.

The B. Sc. Programme is offered with Physics / Chemistry & Computer Science as main subjects while Mathematics / Biology (Botany - Zoology) are offered as additional subjects. The B. Com. programme is offered with Advertising and Computer Application as special subjects. To provide for the acquisition of skills, professional courses like Bachelor of Mass Media (B. M. M.), B. Sc. (CS) and B. Sc. (IT) are offered. Vocational subjects such as Computer Application and Biotechnology are offered in the department of Physics and Biology respectively.

Fine arts, sports activities, seminars and competition skills of various types are promoted and nurtured through co curricular & extra curricular activities. Value based education is imparted through activities in a forum called Values-n-Perception Improvement Colloquium (V-PIC) and Gandhi Study Centre.

As per the norms of the University of Mumbai, only practical components of the M. Sc. Courses are taken up by the college, while theory component is managed by the university through selected PG teachers elsewhere. The M. Sc. Programmes are either through papers or through papers and research.

By the inclusion of subjects like social awareness, personality development, current affairs, communication skills, elements of social and economic life in India, students are sensitized to social issues enabling to develop a broad outlook.

Most of the courses offered have a career orientation. The students also acquire transferable skills which enable them do well in various careers.

The Post-graduate courses in Chemistry and Physics help the students specialize in areas like electronics, microprocessors, microcomputers etc. M.Sc. in Chemistry can be pursued either by taking examinations or by research.

Horizontal mobility is available to students in Science or Commerce to switch over to Arts in the First Year. Subject changes within the same stream are allowed within one month of joining the First Year. Students are given counseling sessions and guidance in choosing the specializations at the Third Year level. The applied components offered for the final year undergraduate students are helpful in finding employment on completion of the course.

Feed back on courses offered is collected from parents and employees. Normally it takes six months to one year to introduce a new course. In some cases, the courses were opened with the permission of the UGC and later the University accorded permission.

Close links with the neighborhood are maintained through field visits, and interactive programmes including internment.

The college has a value add-on component of project work of inter / trans disciplinary nature wherein a student of Science can take up a project work in Arts & vice versa. It is called as Honours Programme (which is a misnomer). A student is given weightage of credits and is awarded a certificate.

This program enables students cut across disciplines and take projects in areas of their choice.

Criterion II - Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
Admissions to the various courses in the college are made through direct selection on merit and reservation or either specific entrance test or interview or group discussion and academic record or a combination of these. For the B. Sc. (I.T.) the scores obtained in the Common Entrance Test conducted by the University of Mumbai are taken into account. For the B.M.M. course the admission is regulated through a combination of all methods mentioned earlier. For all other UG programmes, it is based on merit and reservation policy. For PG programme, 70% of the seats are selected by the University while 30% of the seats are filled by the Management.

Fifty percent of the seats, after admitting the junior college students of this institution, are reserved for linguistic minority students, as this is a minority institution. Three percent of the seats are for special categories and the rest are filled in as per rules of the government.
Assignments, projects, quizzes, paper presentations, etc. are assigned to only selected students to test their progress and enable them do systematic work. Remedial courses to non-English medium students on request and individual attention to science students during practical classes help them to overcome deficiencies.

Advanced learners take up the Project Work called Honours Programme under faculty guidance. On successful completion of such a project, a medal and a certificate are presented. These students also make presentations, participate in competitions and take up activities promoting organizational skills.

Teaching plan is prepared term wise and coverage monitored by the Head of the Department. Syllabus for the professional courses is unitized.

Faculty supplement classroom lectures with quiz, case study, audio video presentation, field visits and simulated exercises wherever they find it necessary.

A centralized media facility maintained by the BMM Department with equipments like TV, VCR, OHP, LCD Projector, DVD player, Camera, etc. is available for use by teachers. Faculty may make liberal use of this for their teaching activity.

The college worked for 238 days in 2002-03 of which 180 were teaching days.

A system under which each teacher is allotted 20 wards enables the students get guidance and clarifications on all academic matters and in particular examination issues in various subjects, apart from personal problems. At the beginning of the First year classes, an orientation programme is held on the first day giving details of evaluation procedure. The progress of students is continuously monitored and guardians are informed of the same. There is a need to introduce induction analysis of freshly admitted students to know their aptitude, knowledge base and talent search.

Recruitment of teachers is done as per stipulations of the UGC, University and Government. The professional courses like BMM, B. Sc. (Computer Science), B. Sc. (Computer Applications), B. Sc. (I.T.) and B. Sc. (Biotechnology -Vocational) are taught by visiting faculty and guest teachers. The teachers for unaided courses are appointed and paid by the college on monthly basis and also on guest faculty basis.

During the last two years, most of the faculty participated in seminars, workshops and conferences (12 at the international level and 35 at the national level).

A self-assessment from is filled up by each teacher to evaluate his / her own performance. The Head of the Department validates the self-appraisal report. Remedial measures are taken to overcome deficiencies.

Students' feedback on teacher performance is through a Teacher Evaluation Questionnaire on a ten point scale. The forms are filled in confidentially and opened and analyzed in departmental meetings. This helps teachers to review their teaching and take corrective action where needed.

Faculty development programmes conducted by faculty of Harvard University in collaboration with HSNC Board and Academic Staff College have benefited 68 members during the last two years.

The students and staff visit some central institutions like Nehru Museum and Library, New Delhi, American Institute of Indian Studies, Banasthali Vidyapith and others during field visits. For Oral History, faculty and student exchange, study visits and guest lectures, more than a dozen institutions in and around Mumbai are being visited by the students and staff every year.

International linkages have been established with Colleges and Universities in USA, Australia and New Zealand to facilitate staff students going abroad for further studies in various Engineering disciplines and Management by completing the three year degree programme in this college and joining the fourth year programme in the U.S. after taking a bridge course.

A student exchange programme is also in operation whereby undergraduate students from U.S. (Union College) come to the National College for one term and two graduates from here join Masters' Course in U.S. arranged with 5 Universities/Colleges in the U.S.A. and one each in Australia and New Zealand. This helps faculty to teach abroad, do research and exchange experience through visits and interactions. Twenty-four faculty members from U.S.A underwent a 2 week program in the college to get an in depth understanding of India, its culture and heritage.

An interesting activity noted by the Peer Team is the conduct of 35 experiments in Physics in a duration of 24 hour period in 1998 that earned a place for the college in the 'Limca Book of Records'. Students take up the theatre activities, intercollegiate play competitions, conduct of exhibitions in coins etc to develop a wide range of interests. The Department of History has embarked upon a project of recording 'Oral History' through the narration sessions of Freedom Fighters, Social Workers, Artists, Civil Servants and so on.

Criterion III - Research, Consultancy and Extension
Of the 53 faculty members, 16 hold Ph.D. and 11 have M. Phil degrees. The college has a Research Committee, which scrutinizes the proposals to be submitted to UGC and other agencies. Adjustment in timetable, grant of study leave and encouraging publications are factors facilitating research.

Around 20% of the teachers are engaged in active research. Faculty in the Departments of Botany and Chemistry has one project each sanctioned by the UGC with a total outlay of Rs. 90,000/-. A number of papers have been presented / published by teachers in the History, Psychology, Botany and Chemistry departments. The college has 3 full time and 6 part time research scholars of whom one is enrolled for Ph.D. Six faculty members have been recognized as research guides by University of Mumbai.

The Department of Psychology is offering consultancy services to the selected and needy students and public. Mentally challenged children are taught the use of computers. The Bandra Campus Counseling Center offers courses in Stress Management, Concentration, Public Speaking and Personality Development. The Department of Botany offers consultancy on landscaping and gardening.

Extension activities are undertaken through a NSS unit with the present strength of 48 volunteers. A host of community development programmes involving assistance to the destitutes and physically challenged, organization of rallies and fund raising drives, awareness camps on AIDS, environment, health and hygiene, adult literacy, blood donation and campaign in villages and laying of roads therein are undertaken.

Adoption of two families of jawans who lost their lives in action is a unique and commendable service. Promotion of communal harmony through the activities of Ekta Club is sensitizing the students to the concept of secularism and universal brotherhood.

Criterion IV - Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college is located in the heart of the city of Mumbai in the suburb Bandra which is easily accessible by road and rail. It has a small botanical garden.

The campus is shared by sister institutions under the same management which has put constraints on the existing college. The available space for the National College is fully utilized for the courses offered. A conference room is available for holding seminars, lectures, workshops etc.

Maintenance of the infrastructure is entrusted to a team of non-teaching staff. The entire campus is kept clean. In house plumber, electrician, carpenter, painter etc take care of the fittings and fixtures. Security functions have been outsourced. The Junior as well as Senior College commonly share the infrastructural facilities on shift basis.

Optimal use of the class rooms and other facilities is made by the college working from 7.00 a.m. Junior college classes are also held in the same campus and hence with suitable adjustments in the time table classes are held till 2.50 p.m. Agencies like the MPSC, UPSC, University, Trusts, and other institutions make use of the college for holding examinations, meetings etc.

An advisory committee for the library assists in deciding purchase of books, periodicals, etc. and procedure for use of the library. The activities of the library need to be automated. A total of 37,017 books are available in the library. The College subscribes for 9 Research Journals apart from a number of popular periodicals. During the last three years more than Rs. 3 lakhs have been spent on buying books, periodicals etc for the library. The library has computers, audio video cassettes, internet and reprographic facilities. It is kept open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all working days. During examination periods it is kept open till 11.00 pm.

Book bank facility is provided in the library. For meritorious students who cannot afford to buy text books, provision for lending books for one academic year is made.

Four computer laboratories with 12 to 15 computers in each, are kept open for 12 hours a day. Teaching and non-teaching staff are permitted to make use of the computers with multimedia facility and internet access. In all, there are 88 computers and 4 servers in the college. The students of Computer Science and IT are given project work to develop softwares.

All computers are maintained through an annual maintenance contract.

First aid cabin with the necessary equipment has been provided for the benefit of students and teachers. To deal with emergency cases, in house doctor is available. All the non-teaching staff are covered by medi-claim insurance policy.

The college has an indoor badminton court, volley ball court and facilities for indoor games like Chess and Carrom. Sports persons are granted permission to take part in various events and incentives like tracksuits and sports kit are given.

An auditorium is a part of the infrastructure of the college and this is made use of by sister institutions as well. Canteen, bookshop and PCO are also available in the campus.

Criterion V - Student Support and Progression
The prospectus published by the college annually contains information on such matters as history and profile of the college courses offered, rules of admission, fee structure, rules of discipline, scholarships, list of faculty, library and linkages with institutions abroad.
During 2001-02, 122 students received financial aid from the college. Apart from this, thirty endowment scholarships and scores of medals and prizes are awarded annually to the meritorious students.

The employment cell organizes career counseling and campus interviews for B.M.M., B. Sc. (IT) and B. Sc. (CS) students. Under the tutor system of the college each teacher is entrusted with 20-25 students and these students regularly interact with the teacher to tackle their academic and personal problems.

About 18 students got jobs through the placement cell in 2002-03. Workshops on Bonsai techniques, mushroom cultivation and 'Event Management' were organized to expose the students to self-employment opportunities.

In 2000, an Alumni Association was formed. It has 700 members now and on 26th January of every year they meet in the college.

The list of distinguished alumni includes former ministers, Sheriff, and captains of industry, eminent lawyers, professors, V jockeys, film personalities, distinguished doctors and social workers. The Alumni Association as a goodwill gesture met the med claim insurance premium for the non-teaching staff.

The recreational facilities and leisure time activities for which provision has been made include indoor and outdoor games, nature club, debate club, student magazine, cultural programmes, competitions in music and dance and aeromodelling.

Students of each class are divided into five Houses - Agni, Vayu, Prithvi, Jal and Akash and all extracurricular activities are the responsibility of these Houses. A rolling cup is awarded to the best House. Problems of students in each House are taken care of by the captains and Vice-captains.

Criterion VI - Organisation and Management
The college is managed by Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board. It is running 22 educational institutions. It is a recognized minority institution. The M. Sc. Programmes, B. A., B. Sc., and B. Com. are under grant-in-aid of government of Maharashtra, while B.M.M., B. Sc. (IT) and B. Sc. (CS) are on self-financing basis. The Local Executive Council manages the affairs of the college.

The Principals, three Vice Principals and Registrar of the college form the Core Committee of the College, doing all the planning and overseeing the implementation in tune with the policies and programmes laid down by the Governing Body. By appointing internal committees at the commencement of each academic year, the responsibility for each area of activity is fixed. Twelve committees consisting of faculty members and non-teaching staff for areas like office administration, admission, examination, discipline, purchases, grievance redressal etc meet periodically and report to the Principal.

To give further thrust to the activities related to the college, Strategic Planning Group, Academic Committee, Library Advisory Committee, Research Committee and Career Placement Cell have been setup in recent years. All these committees function with a sense of purpose and ensure the smooth running of the college with full participation of staff.

The responsibility of each member of non-teaching staff is spelt out and work is monitored throughout the year. Feed back from students about their functioning is obtained and the comments are communicated to facilitate their improvement. Incentives are provided to outstanding workers so that others are motivated.

The executive/core Committee finalises the academic calendar, which spells out the time frame for various activities and dates for celebrations and functions.

Non-teaching staff undergo professional development programmes.

The fee structure evolved as per guidelines of the University of Mumbai remains unchanged during the last three years.

The college operated on a budget of Rs. 228 lakhs during 2002-03. There has been a deficit in the budget. The accounts are regularly audited by Chartered Accountants.

The ambience for research is enhanced by the grant of financial assistance like travel grants to attend seminars, conferences etc and also by providing chemicals, equipments and instruments in the laboratories.

Welfare programmes for the staff include fee waiver for children of teaching staff, special leave for teachers proceeding abroad on teaching assignments and exchange programmes, travel grants for attending conferences and seminars, long service awards etc. for the faculty and payment of mediclaim insurance premium, appointments to next of kin of retired/deceased employees, free education for children, rehabilitation from alcoholism, awards for dedicated staff going beyond the call of duty etc. to non-teaching staff.

Guest house of the managing Board in Lonavala hill station is available on concessional rates for students and staff.

Criterion VII - Healthy Practices
The college has adopted several practices through checks and balances to promote standards in higher education. They are as follows:

Twinning programmes with New Jersey Institute of Technology (U.S.A.) leading to award of dual degree after study in U.S. for one year/ 18 months.

International linkages with nine Institutions in U.S.A, Australia and New Zealand for faculty exchange.

Internal quality checks through annual self-assessment reports with confidential report by Head of Department and Principal.

Students evaluation of teaching through Teaching Assessment questionnaires and alumni feed back.

Job allocation and accountability for non-teaching staff.

Awards to outstanding employees through incentives and certificates.

Merit based admission and additional entrance test for BMM course.

Bridge courses for students wishing to take advantage of twinning programme

Student Exchange & Staff Exchange Programme with 3 U.S. institutions and Monash University, Australia with generous financial assistance from management.

Visits to national institutions.

Sensitizing students to social problems like working for challenged children

Internment facility for students in various business institutions.

Self-financing courses like B. Sc. (IT), B. Sc. (Computer Science), Bachelor of Mass Media and Vocational subjects like Computer application and Biotechnology.

Project programme called Honours Programme under the guidance of faculty of trans disciplinary nature for undergraduate students.

Annual Economic Convention as a forum to conduct Inter Collegiate project presentation competition.

Imparting value education through the activities of Gandhi Study Centre, annual festival, 'Blow fest' activities.

Encouragement of eco friendly activities like anti-plastic campaign, solid waste management through vermiculture, ban of tobacco, de-addiction of alcoholics and having gutkha in the campus.

The R. D. National College of Arts and Commerce and W. A. Science College, Bandra, can be truly regarded as a triumph over adversity. The enormous growth in students strength witnessed since its transplantation in 1949 is a tribute to the vision and determination of the founders to implant the ideals of secularism, peace and harmony among the citizens. Realizing the urgency to provide education in emerging areas responding to societal needs, the college has started a number of self-financing courses, which have generated a revenue of Rs. 19,21,458 in 2002-03. Many innovative steps have been taken to enhance the quality of education imparted. The Peer Team appreciates the efforts of the Steering Committee, which has done a fine job in the preparation of the Self Study Report.

The following suggestions are offered by the Peer Team for consideration by the college:

To adopt pedagogical innovations in teaching, learning and evaluation process.

To encourage teachers to take up research activity and seek funds for the same.

Encourage more research publications in national and international journals.

To start more job oriented courses, not only for B. Com. and B. Sc., but also for
B. A. students like Functional English, International Economics, Archaeology & Museology, Foreign Trade and Practice, Travel and Tour Management, Hotel Management, etc.

Measures to check noise pollution, which is affecting the academic activities.

Examine the scope for raising revenues through consultancy since expert staff are available in many disciplines.

Augment library facilities by adding more books, research journals since the college has post graduate and research programmes.

Automation of the library may be taken up on priority.

Lift may be provided to third floor housing the library, or else, the library itself may be shifted to a centralized convenient place.

Explore the possibility of enhancing sports and games activities.

Prepare a Master Plan for the college for the next 10 to 15 years keeping in view the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Tap the potential of the alumni who are in positions of power and responsibility and get them involved in specific projects.

Apply for autonomous status as early as possible.

To start a Department of Fine Arts, Visual Art, Performing Arts to encourage students to realize their creative potential and channelise their energies in the right direction. The mass media and entertainment media potential may be tapped.

A Commerce Laboratory may be established to provide practical training.

A Language Laboratory may be provided along with ELTC to promote spoken and written English.

Botany & Zoology and Biotech Laboratories need space and updating to facilitate the teaching & practicals.

Students of Computer Science and IT may be motivated to develop software packages for library, admission etc. Just as they have done for organizations like B.A.R.C., B.E.S.T, N.C.S.T and L & T.

Grievance Redressal Cell for staff and students to be provided.

Health Centre (with both lady as well as gents doctors) be provided along with annual medical check up.

Group Insurance Scheme for non-teaching.

Development of a Heritage Centre for the preservation of Sindhi Culture & Traditions.

To offer value add on, certificate courses along with Degree programme to promote skills like Fashion Designing, Jewellery Designing, Tourism, Travel and Guidance.

The Peer Team thanks the Principal, Vice Principals, Coordinators and all the stakeholders who interacted with them during the visit and extended their cooperation.

(Prof. K. Aludiapillai)

(Prof. Maninder Singh)

(Prof. Y. M. Jayaraj)
Member Coordinator

State board to crack down on Form 17 misuse

Mumbai: Though it was meant to help students who have failed in their Std X exams, private coaching classes are misusing Form 17 to mint money and breed toppers. Even students are misusing the form to get extra time to prepare for their competitive exams. Now, state board authorities are mulling over a policy that will put an end to this racket.
Even though the form can be filled only by repeater candidates, many colleges and schools are hand in glove with coaching classes. In partnership with schools, many classes are committing fraud by helping private students pose as school students. Further, they are profiteering by charging exorbitant fees (anywhere between Rs 1,500 and Rs 10,000) even though the board has instructed that the form be sold only at Rs100.

In many cases, students fail their Std XI exams deliberately so that they get more time to prepare for their entrance exams like MHT-CET. Students are misusing this form to score better marks in their competitive exams. They are not taking the HSC exams seriously. Some of them fail so that they can prepare for such exams privately with the help of coaching classes, said Dinesh Panjwani, principal, RD National College, Bandra.

I found that most of the students, especially from Mumbai, are taking disadvantage of Form 17. Some private education institutes, including coaching classes, have tied up with schools. Through such schools, they send private students posing as school students. Such private institutes charge huge amounts of money to get the job done, said Ujjwala Devi Patil, chairperson of the state board.To bust this racket, the authorities have come up with an action plan. We have already prepared a proposal, which will be tabled in our high-power committee meeting next week. This committee, which comprises three MLAs and an education expert, will take a decision on the proposal. We will then come up with a revised policy to stop this malpractice, Patil said.

She added: We have taken serious cognisance of this issue. We will also ask our education officials to keep an eye on registrations for Std IX.

TA Shiware, principal of KPB Hinduja College, Charni Road, said that the state board should make it mandatory for Form 17 candidates to collect their forms from the school-college. Private coaching classes should not be given permission to sell these forms, he said.

Foreign students join admission rush

Jiyuan Chan, a student from China, is happy to know that her name is on the first merit list of National College, Bandra. Chan had applied for Bachelor of Management Studies Course.

The first merit list for admission to degree courses was out on Friday evening in most city colleges.

While high cut-offs are a reason for students aspiring for admission to first year degree courses, many top colleges in the city are seeing applications from foreign students. Students from countries such as Nigeria, Korea and China have climbed the admission bandwagon.

We opt for studying in another country so that we get more exposure. We are five of us from China who are in Mumbai. There are some others in other parts of India, Chan said

She chose India for higher studies because the process is tedious in western countries, where one has to clear exams to enter the country and then the courses. In India, there are no entrance exams and so it is easier to take admission in institutes here, she added.

Dinesh Punjwani, principal of the National College said, All these students have secured seat in the first merit list declared on Friday evening.

While there is huge increase in the number of applications received by colleges, there is slight increase in the cut-off of the first merit list as compared to last year.

City college principals feel that the cut-off would fall in subsequent lists.

Manju Nichani, principal of KC College, said: The number of applications was significantly high this time.
Sunil Mantri, principal of the NM College, said: There are enough seats, but students should expect a college as per their score.

Bandra college fails over 20% FYJC students in mathematics

Around 140 of the 796 first-year junior college (FYJC) students from the science stream in RD National College, Bandra, have failed in mathematics, in spite of most of them scoring 80% and above in their Class X examinations.

In the final examination results declared on May 15, these students scored well in physics, chemistry and biology, but received as low as eight marks in their internal assessments and practical examinations.

College principal Dinesh Panjwani said that as per rules, they cannot give grace marks to students who score less than 50 out of 200. They did not score well either because they did not prepare well or do not have the aptitude for mathematics. They may have done well in other subjects, but mathematics is formula-based and does not have theories; there is only one right answer, he said.

Parents suspect foul play and have demanded that the college hold a re-exam. A parent from Andheri said, We do not think it is fair for the college to fail so many students in FYJC. It is a tough year for them as they are preparing for their medical and engineering entrance exams. The college should have considered this and given them grace marks.

Another parent complained that that the college did not show students their second unit test scores. If the children had seen these, they could have studied accordingly. The college is refusing to show these scores, she said. They have also organized to meet the school education minister along with education NGO, Forum for Fairness. Some students even agitated in the college on Monday.

A student alleged that they were not taught the subject well. The checking was tough even though the Maths teacher would rarely come to class. I have applied for verification of my result, she said.

A senior education official said they had received a complaint from a student of the college. We have sent a letter to the college asking them to verify the result of this student. Considering this letter, the college should also look into the results of other students with such complaints.

The principal added that for students falling short by a few marks, the college got their papers moderated by another teacher in spite of which only two of them cleared the exam. The final exam papers cannot be shown. So we made sure that the results were accurate. Students are free to see their unit test papers; we had put up their scores on notice board. They barely attend college and then complain, he said.

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