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Ramnarain Ruia College of Arts and Science, Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashtra
Ramnarain Ruia College of Arts and Science, Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashtra
Address:L. Nappo Road, Matunga
Mumbai (Bombay) (District Mumbai (Bombay))
Maharashtra, IndiaPin Code : 400019
Ramnarain Ruia College of Arts and Science, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra is a recognised institute / college. Ramnarain Ruia College of Arts and Science, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra is managed by Society: Shikshan Prasark Mandals. Ramnarain Ruia College of Arts and Science, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra was established on / in 2000-2001.
Ramnarain Ruia College of Arts and Science, 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.
Fax # of Ramnarain Ruia College of Arts and Science, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra is +91-22-24143098.
Website of Ramnarain Ruia College of Arts and Science, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra is http://www.ruiacollege.edu/.
Contact Details of Ramnarain Ruia College of Arts and Science, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra are : Telephone: +91-22-24143098, 24142480, 24143098
CoursesRamnarain Ruia College of Arts and Science, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra runs course(s) in Arts, Science stream(s).
B.A., B.Sc, Bachelor in Mass Media(BMM), Bachelor in Library and Information Sc.(B.LiSc), M.Sc, Ph.D(History, Botany, Chemistry, Microbiology, Zoology), Certificate Courses, Diploma Courses
Approval details: Ramnarain Ruia College of Arts and Science is affiliated with University of Mumbai, Mumbai (Bombay)
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Media coverage of Ramnarain Ruia College of Arts and Science, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra, Maharashtra
Marginal dip in cut-offs, 5,123 miss bifocal seatMumbai: The second merit list for bifocal or vocational junior college courses, which was out on Monday, has left nearly 5,123 students with no option but to give up hope of securing a seat.
Reason? There was only a marginal dip in the cut-offs. In top-rung colleges, the cut-off was still around 93-94%.
My name did not appear on any of the bifocals list. I will now have to try for general science, said Mihir Subramanium, a student of St Xaviers, Borivli. He had scored 91% in the Class 10 exams.
Only 3,039 students of the nearly 18,000 applicants were allocated seats in the second round of bifocal admissions. The remaining students might have secured admissions through minority or management quotas, said education department officials.However, 609 seats in little-known colleges on the outskirts of the city are still vacant. Not a single student has opted for these colleges. These seats will now be added to the general stream, said a senior education department official.Though I scored 92.54%, I missed the cut-off in the first list by a few decimals, said Divya Dalvi, a student of IES Modern English School, Dadar. I did not make it to any of the colleges of my choice. I will now have to wait for the general list and seek admission in science.
College principals had predicted that there wont be a drastic drop in the second list. There is hardly any difference between the first and second lists. Last year, too, the cut-offs were in the 90s. A student scoring below 90% does not have a chance in a college like ours, said Kirti Narain, principal, Jai Hind College.Suhas Pednekar, principal of Ramnarain Ruia College, agreed. After the first list, there were very few seats left. There was no cancellation of admissions in our college so I dont think students will get a betterment choice after the second list.In some colleges, the cut-offs shot up by 1% to 2%. At SIES College, the cut-offs for computer science increased from 92.36% to 94.36%, and for electronics from 92.72% to 93.81%.
Ruia CollegeIf you are looking for the right mix of academics and activities, Ruia College may be for you. Here, your performance in extra curriculars, is taken as seriously as your performance in the academic space.
Well known for its Arts faculty, Ramnarain Ruia College was established in 1937
under the Shikshana Prasaraka Mandali, Pune. Known as one of the finest academic institutions with high standards, Ruia College is affiliated with the Mumbai university and was reaccredited with grade A by the NAAC in 2007.
The college offers BA, BSc, BMM (Bacholor in mass media) at the degrree level, and boasts of being the only college in Mumbai to offer a BA in French.
Unlike other colleges, at Ruia, students can choose from a variety of subject combinations.
In the science stream, the college has recently introduced degree courses in bio-analytical sciences, biochemistry, biotechnology and herbal science. At the post-graduate level, the college offers MSc and Phd in sciences, history and Sanskrit.
It also offers PG Diploma in Industrial Analytical Chemistry.
Admissions take place in the month of June, and the new academic year begins in July.
On the campus
The college library, built in 1937, is more than seventy years old. The library has 1,20,000 books, periodicals, national and international journals, magazines etc. and numerous microfilms, CDs, DVDs, audio casettes etc. Apart from this, the library also has an e-learning centre with high speed LAN and free Internet access for students to browse.
The science faculty has UG and PG labs for all subjects, which are equipped with the latest facilities. The college has research programmes in the area of Chemistry, Biology and Biochemistry up to the PG level.
The college also has an e-learning centre which has 30 internet-enabled computers, available to student for half an hour at a time.
The mass media room of the college is - as students claim - one of the best in the city, and consists of all the latest equipments students may need for working on their college projects.
Sanika Prabhu, Documentary Filmmaker
I had a great time in Ruia as a student. Teachers in Ruia are extremely helpful, knowledgeable and teach with a lot of interest. The library is so well stocked that we never had to look for a book outside. And if a student showed genuine interest in a subject or in an activity, the professors would go out of their way to help him. In Ruia, a student has full freedom to be as creative as possible.
1. Self Vision Centre lets visually impaired students record their lectures and take print outs of the same.
2. The annual cultural festival, Utsav, is the most popular event for Ruiaites, organised by the Vidyarthi pratinidhi Mandal (student representative organisation)
3. The science faculty has UG (undergraduate) and PG (postgraduate) labs for all subjects, which are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities.
4. Almost ten classrooms are equipped with audio visual facilities.
. Dilip Chitre (literary person)
. Bharat Kumar Raut, (MP and Editor, Maharashtra Times)
. Manohar Joshi (MP, former CM of Maharashtra)
. Sonali Bendre (Film Actress)
Cells and Clubs
The college has a number of different clubs and cells which organise events through the year. These are the Career Guidance Cell, Dramatic Circle, Quiz Club, Le Cercle Francais, Film Society etc. The college also has a Gymkhana club and NSS and NCC cells.
Devayani Ganpule: Ruia is one of the best colleges in Mumbai. We give equal importance to studies as well as to co-curricular activities. We strike a balance between teaching and learning. Our NSS and NCC departments are well known, we have well stocked libraries and we have 24 academic departments and more than 30 associations for extra curricular activities.
The annual cultural festival named Utsav is the most popular event of the year. Besides, Aarohan, an intra college festival is also a very well known event Ruiaites look forward to. The Ruia Natyalaya is the colleges famous theatre club comprising lovers of performing arts, who showcase three best plays every year.
Student: Swapnil Rane, SYBSc, Ruia College
I hope we have more discussions and debates in the class pertaining to our subject of study and also. It would be nice if the college can have many more games like table tennis as well. Although I enjoy spending time in the canteen with my friends, after the lectures are over, I really feel that the food in the canteen should be improved and made more tastier. Also they should inlcude a variety of cuisine.
Campus Journalist - Ishani Sule, 16, FYJC Arts, Ruia College
Everyone here, is down to earth and very friendly. You will hardly find a snobbish student in our college. Also, Ruia is located at such a place, from where its very easy to have excellent food from well known joints outside, like Gulshan restaurant for instance. Also, I like the kind of activities that go on in the college, we always have something or the other happening, and this makes it very lively and interesting to be in the college.
The atmosphere in Ruia is very comfortable and feels like home. Most of the time Im outside my class and I love to spend time on the quadrangle outside the college. Also, I love cats and Ruia has plenty of them in the campus. The auditorium is really very good and big enough for exhibitions and competitions to be held there. The library is big and well stocked. And I also like the location of the college with regard to accessibility, and convenience. I would advise students to come to Ruia, as this is a college for different type of students - the studious, the smart, the fashionable, the shop-o-holic, the sporty, - and this diversity is gripping. Also, we have a great time during the fest, and other competitions. There a lot one can do here, - from participating in numerous competitions to starting new clubs and groups – and everyone is very supportive.
Listen to Devayani Ganpule, vice-principal, tell you why you should consider Ruia college. Click Here
NAAC report of Ramnarain Ruia College of Arts and ScienceSECTION -I
The Ramnarain Ruia College, Matunga was established in 1937 with the explicit aim of promoting education and making it easily accessible to all sections of society of Maharashtra. It was the first college in Mumbai that was started by a private society Sikshana Prasaraka Mandli, Pune. It is a grant-in-aid college affiliated to the University of Mumbai. It is recognized by U.G.C. under 2(f) and 12(B). It has 23 departments and offers 62 programs. There are 76 permanent teachers (27 males and 49 females) and 109 non-teaching staff including technical staff. There are 35 temporary teachers including 24 female members. 30 teachers have the Ph.D. degree and 11 are M.Phil. The total student strength is 2690 (male 912 female 1778) in U.G. 2390, P.G. 260 and Ph.D. 40. The cost of education at this college is estimated to be Rs. 16056/- and Rs. 3481/- per annum including salary component and excluding salary, respectively. The college was accredited in 1999 and it volunteered to be re-assessed and re-accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council and submitted its Re-Accreditation Report (RAR) to the Council in December 2006. The Council constituted the Peer Team consisted of Prof. Prem Sharda, former Vice-Chancellor, Veer Narmad South Gujrat University, Surat, as Chairperson, Prof. K. L. Miglani, Principal, Arya P.G. College, Panipat as its Member and Prof. M. C. Agrawal, former Professor and Dean CDC, Rani Durgawati Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur as Member Co-ordinator.
The Team visited the college on 12, 13 and 14th February 2007, reviewed the facilities available on the campus, interacted with the Management, the Principal, the faculty, students, parents, alumni and non teaching staff and pursued all the additional documents presented by the college. The outcome of the assessment thus made on the basis of the RAR within the frame work of the seven criteria laid down for the purpose by NAAC, is presented below:
SECTION - II
2. CRITERION WISE ANALYSIS
2.1 Criterion - I : Curricular Aspects
The curriculum of the college is formed to match its goals and mission which is based on sound academic principles. It provides high quality and affordable education to the learners which results in the overall development of personality.
2.1.1 Goal Orientation
The college states its vision is 'to emerge as a centre of higher learning and innovative research to meet the challenges of a global society' and underlines that the mission of the colleges is 'to emerge as the centre of higher learning by mainstreaming the practices that facilitate intellectual, emotional, physical and cultural growth of students.' It states that the vision will be realized by working towards the goals of overall personality development, offering flexibility and wider choice of subjects, offering the state of art infrastructure for improving teaching - learning process, encouraging significant research and nurture creativity and entrepreneurship through industrial collaborations. These are clearly stated and disseminated to all the stake holders through the college prospectus, the website, mega career fair, meetings between parents, students and the teachers of the college and also at the main entrance of the college.
2.1.2. Curriculum Development
Curricula are designed by the affiliating university. Since the college is affiliated to University of Mumbai, it follows the syllabi framed by the University. Many senior teachers of the college are the members of the Board of Studies of their respective subjects in the University and hence contribute in the formulation of the syllabi in various subjects. The college has no autonomy to introduce any kind of programs of its own unless the State Government and the University permits. The college has introduced 3 P.G. and U.G. programs in Biochemistry, Bioanalytical Sciences and Biotechnology under self financing scheme during the last five years. These programs are as per the needs of the day. In addition an online autonomous course in Bioinformatics is also available to the students. The college also conducts certificate courses in Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and German Languages to match the new global trends. The department of Biochemistry conducts Add-on courses such as Food Science and Quality Control to widen the knowledge base of learners.
2.1.3 Program Options:
The college offers a wide range of options at U.G. and P.G. levels. The U.G. program at FYBA has 103 subject combinations, 13 in B.Sc. and 9 at M.Sc. level. There are 3 vocational courses in Industrial Chemistry, 20 certificate and 7 diploma courses in various subjects that have considerably widened options which facilitate horizontal mobility. Vertical mobility is made possible by the introduction of P.G. programs in Bioanalytical Sciences, Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Microbiology, Physics, Life Science and Zoology. Doctoral programs in Botany, Chemistry, Microbiology, Physics, Zoology and History have reinforced these curricular aspects. Several certificate courses are also run by the departments of Microbiology, Chemistry, Statistics, Economics, Botany, Philosophy and Zoology. The college also conducts short period courses in the languages of Japanese, Spanish, Chinese and German. The Slum Studies Center runs a certificate and diploma course as well.
2.1.4 Academic Flexibility:
As the college follows the university rules and constraints for its academic program, the college can offer little flexibility to the learners. As such because of university rules, students can not move from one discipline to another and there is no provision for credit transfer in the present system. However, flexibility is offered in Add-on and autonomous courses where the norms are laid down by the college. These courses serve the basic goals and the mission of the college.
2.1.5 Feedback Mechanism:-
Student feedback is obtained with respect to teachers and processed formally once in two years. Teachers also submit their self appraisal reports every year. Students give their feedback through suggestion boxes put at various places in the college. This feedback is discussed and reviewed between the concerned teacher and the Principal in confidence. Teachers & Non-teaching Staff also give feedback on Principal's performance once every two years. On-the-job training provides feedback on student performance in field work. Alumni are also a good source to give an honest appraisal about various matters of the college.
CRITERION -II: TEACHING-LEARNING AND EVALUATION
3.1.1. Admission Process:-
Admission to course of study is based generally on merit as per University rules. Reservations are made as per the reservation policy of the State Government / University. Reservations for the wards of ex-servicemen, physically challenged, sports persons and wards of employees are integral part of the admission policy. Due consideration is also given to the students involvement in co-curricular and extra curricular activities. These factors and Student's course choice are considered by a faculty committee constituted by the Principal before the admission.
3.1.2 Catering to Diverse Needs:-
Routine class teaching and the intensive interaction with the students enables the teachers to identify slow and advanced learners who are then given assistance to improve their academic competence. Advanced learners are motivated by giving cash prizes, medals and certificates as per their achievements and they are attached to various associations. Sanskrit students are given a modest financial assistance to promote this language choice. Alumni Association also helps them financially. In the process, many dynamic careers have been shaped to give to the society well known personalities in the fields of Drama, Literature, Music, Dance and Fine Arts as also in social and political leadership. The college also runs a separate division for the students who have passed their lower examination in vernacular language. Visually challenged students are provided with the latest technological aids. The absence of organized arrangements for remedial assistance to the socially deprived may affect equity and development needs of such groups. Adoption of a formal system instead of informal arrangements in this and other areas can be more beneficial.
3.1.3 Teaching-Learning Process
Teaching-learning process is satisfactory. The teaching learning process manifests efforts to realize learner centered approach and technology orientation. They are monitored with work plans and the predetermined academic calendar of events. Use of information and communication technology is well appreciated. Conventional lecture method is supplemented by OHP, Laptop and LCD. Many departments arrange film and TV productions to supplement classroom teachings. Students' involvement in learning is realized by means of project work, paper presentations, case studies, excursions, group discussions and industrial visits. Plays and organization of exhibitions in the college also help students to increase their commitment to the subject. Students are motivated to take part in various debates, elocution and other similar competitions which promote their analytical thinking. The college has won various positions in extra mural activities in college and inter-collegiate level. A modern conference hall and studio-cum-mini theatre with satellite connectivity for relaying live lectures. Tutorial classes are also arranged to improve the communication skills of the learners.
3.1.4 Teaching Quality
Teaching quality is enhanced by involvement in research and use of other means of teacher development. The faculty is selected according to the rules laid down by the UGC, the University and the State Government. The teachers are selected on merit. Vacancies are advertised and subject experts guide selection. Adhoc/substitute appointments are made as per university rules. The clock hour appointees are paid according to Government norms. Teachers are encouraged to participate in seminars, conferences and workshops at state, national and international levels to update their knowledge regarding the new trends in the present scenario. At present, five teachers of the college are on teacher research fellowships under Faculty Improvement Program sponsored by UGC under Xth Five year plan. 12 teachers are involved in major and minor research projects under various financial schemes.
3.1.5. Evaluation of Teaching
Teachers' accountability is sought to be ensured by a multiple appraisal system. The self appraisal form used for appraising teacher performance has provisions for a rating by the HOD and another for Principal to record his remarks. Formal students' appraisal of teacher performance has also been adopted by the college without disclosing the identity of student. This feedback is analyzed in detail with the statistical and graphical presentation and given to the concerned teacher by the Principal in strict confidence. Hence, the attitude and academic as well as pedagogic competence of teachers are assessed.
3.1.6 Evaluation of Learning:-
Evaluation is done as per University rules. Annual examinations are conducted by the University for final year of UG courses and both the years of PG courses. First and Second year of examinations of UG courses are conducted by the college. Terminal examinations are also conducted by the college and prescribed weightage is given in students evaluation. Some departments of college also conduct preliminary examination for third year UG students.
3.1.7 Evaluation Reforms
The following reforms were made for evaluation of student performance: The college conducts an internal examination with due diligence for purposes of internal assessment at intervals prescribed by the University. Records are properly maintained. The poor performers in internal terms are helped with remedial action. Centralized evaluation was introduced at UG level from academic year 1999-2000. The moderation of question papers has been introduced to bring about standardization. A distinguishing feature is that a student can apply for and verify their marks in the assessed answer books in college examinations. College has also established an Unfair Means Enquiry Cell to take punitive action against students indulging in examination mall practices, after giving them due hearing. This measure promotes transparency in evaluation system.
4.1 CRITERION-III: RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
The research work in science faculty is substantial and commendable. The industry institute net working in this college has resulted in coordinated and collaborative research in chemistry and plant biotechnology. The Herbal Research Center has developed a herbal mosquito repellent. A provisional patent for the formulation has already been filed in USA and India. The laboratories for this purpose are as per International standards.
4.1.1 Promotion of Research
The college has constituted a Research Committee which motivates the teachers by evaluating their research proposal and offering guidance to avail assistance for research from funding agencies. 18 teachers in the departments of Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Microbiology, Zoology and History are the approved supervisors at Ph.D. level. 58 research scholars are pursuing research work under their supervision. Ten faculty members have been awarded Ph.D. degree during the last five years and five teachers are also pursuing research work for Ph.D. degree under the Faculty Improvement Program. Two teachers in the departments of Chemistry and Microbiology visited USA for post doctoral research. Besides this, one teacher in the subject of Physics has been honoured by giving her name to the type of equation she has developed. It is called 'Rangawala-Rao Equation'. The institution has to its credit a number of research publications and thesis. All post graduate students are required to submit dissertation as a part of their assessment. M.Sc chemistry students are sent for 'In Plant' training during summer vacations. Hence, the promotion of research has enriched curricula. The college management is generous in the promotion of research by granting study leave and financial help to the teachers. The research work in science faculty has also given a financial boost to the institution. College management has taken bold initiative in establishing an independent autonomous Therapeutic Drug Monitoring Laboratory (TDM) in the nearby area that has grown to have a turnover of about Rupees Two Crores per annum. The infra-structure and facilities of TDM are available to science research scholars for having academic and on the job training in related fields. The college offers M.Sc. programs both by papers and by research. In the Arts faculty only History department is engaged in research work. Two students have completed Ph.D. while three have submitted their synopsis for Ph.D. registration. In Economics department two faculty members have completed minor research projects. One teacher in English department has authored some books.
4.1.2 Research Output
The college offers U.G. and P.G. programs. Out of 76 permanent teachers of the college 30 have obtained Ph.D degree and 11 have obtained M.Phil. degree. The college has received a grant of Rs.4,54,000/- from the UGC for the minor research projects. There are five on going major projects with the collaboration of Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, ICMR, DST, MMRDA-Heritage Conservation Society and AYUSH with an outlay to the tune of 89.5 lakh. The industry i.e. Marico India Ltd., IPCA industry, Krishna Conchem have sponsored 10 projects with an outlay of Rs. 10.5 lakhs for research work in the college. The presence of research culture on the campus in the science faculty musters both faculty and students to develop confidence in research. There is need to strengthen Arts faculty with requisite human and infra-structural resources to promote research in related fields.
4.1.3 Publication Output
During the last five years, the college has published papers in 6 international and 24 National refereed journals. About 300 papers were published as abstract in national seminar proceedings. A few teachers of the college have written text and reference books in their respective areas. About 26 teachers of the college in the different subjects have attended National and International level seminars, conferences and workshops and presented research papers as well. M.Sc. students in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Botany, Life Science, Bioanalytical Sciences and Microbiology undertake minor research and industry based projects during their course work.
The college provides consultancy in Chemistry, Bioanalytical Sciences and Microbiology. The college publishes its brochures and also participates in national and international exhibitions to promote its consultancy services more effectively. The college earns about Rs.7 lakhs per annum through consultancy work. History department has provided consultancy to Mumbai Metropolitan region Heritage Conservation Society for heritage conservation valued at Rs. 2.5 lakhs.
4.1.5 Extension activities:-
Extension work done by the college promotes helpful community-industry-college interface resulting in both awareness building and service to the disadvantaged sections of the society. The broad areas of extension activities undertaken by NSS, NCC units, Women Development Cell and members of Slum Studies Centre are; community development, social work, AIDS awareness, anti-dowry movement, a water quality monitoring program, fund raising for deluge affected, health and hygiene and assistance to hospitals in blood donation campaigns. The college offers a unique course in Slum studies which helps to understanding and dealing effectively with the problems faced by slum dweller and their social and psychological rehabilitation. The college may extend its area wise outreach programs to give it a larger cover for solving problems of the community on a large scale.
4.1.6 Participation in Extension:-
At present there are two units of NSS and one unit of NCC (with the intake of 158 cadets including 106 girls) functioning in the college. The NSS Unit of the college have organized a 10 days camp in village Safale where the volunteers have developed the infrastructure through water management projects, digging of well and presenting skits on literacy, hygiene and health. The work of students was appreciated by the village Sarpanch and the members of the Gram panchayat. NCC undertakes various exercises to inculcate discipline among the students. Two girls cadets have participated in Republic parade at New-Delhi in January 2007. Forty one and twenty nine cadets have pass 'B' and 'C' certificate, respectively in the session 2005-2006. NSS volunteers organized blood donation camps in the college. The assistance of the volunteers is provided to local administration such as municipal corporation and police in ensuring water quality and maintenance of law and order during public functions, respectively. The unique activity of the college 'Vishwas' organizes sessions for the school students in the near vicinity to introduce them with the culture of the science laboratories. To increase awareness of the environmental factors, the college also conducts a census of trees periodically.
The collaboration with industry, research institutions and University has helped considerably in development of research and consultancy work in the college. Continuous interaction with industry/ business organizations gives valuable feedback by which various job-oriented courses are introduced in the college. Due to linkages established with industry, the students of the college are placed for on-job training in these organizations. The college has adopted significant measures for quality enhancement in research, consultancy and extension in last seven years. The college collaboration with industry has resulted in research projects in the development of therapeutic herbal oil formulation(s), Ayurveda Siddha Unani medicines, leather research, development of Triphala and shelf-life studies of oil and shampoo. These works have made collaboration a fairly regular feature of research.
4.2 : Observations of the first Peer Team:
The observations of the first Peer Team regarding the need to involve teachers in research by utilizing available funds has been promptly acted upon and the quantum of research has improved in Science and History. Teachers of the remaining subjects specifically in arts groups may be motivated to go for research, to publish in referred journals and also participate in workshops, conferences and seminars. The college has also renovated the labs and they are very well equipped which provide all facilities to the students and research scholars.
5.1 CRITERION IV: INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
5.1.1 : PHYSICAL FACILITES
Physical facilities and infrastructure in science departments have been made adequate with substantial additions after the first visit of the Peer Team in 1999. The college has campus spread over an area of over 2 acres of land located in the heart of urban area of Mumbai city. The infrastructure is adequate to operate existing programs. The college has 39 classrooms of different dimensions for teaching of the various classes. There are 25 well equipped laboratories for science students. There is a conference rooms, administrative block, separate men and women common rooms, adequate number of toilets for men and women the gymkhana, gymnasium, offices for various associations, a library and a computer centre besides space with the college for outdoor games. The newly constructed Reading Rooms have the provision of all the amenities. However the departments of the Arts Faculty need to be reallocated to better and adequate size administrative area.
The college has a shooting range and Badminton hall of international standard. The newly constructed laboratories for Biochemistry and Biotechnology deserve appreciation. Other research laboratories are equally well equipped with recent instruments as per the syllabi. The food stuff supplied in the canteen is good and the cost is also reasonable. The installation of modern audio visual projection in rooms is a sign of innovative methods used by the teachers in the class rooms. Self Vision Centre is also a distinctive feature of the college and is doing commendable work.
5.1.2 Maintenance of Infrastructure:-
A sum of Rs. 25 lakh is allocated in the budget for the maintenance and infrastructure. Annual maintenance contracts have been given, especially for the maintenance of building and the sophisticated instruments. Other repairing work is taken care of by outside agencies that are associated with the college on a regular basis. House keeping and maintenance of building and furniture are satisfactory. Toilets are clean and very well maintained. The infrastructure is optimally utilized for extra curricular and co-curricula programs of the college and also for external agencies. College works from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm and various students groups use the infrastructure in a staggered manner.
5.1.3 Library as learning Resource:-
Library services are coordinated by the Advisory Committee of the college. There are 1,30,000 books including text and reference books. The college subscribes 69 Indian and 09 foreign journals in the library. The Book Bank serves the need of the economically weaker students. Physically challenged students have been provided special consideration. 17 departments have their own departmental libraries. The library has the seating capacity for about 700 students. There is rare books section consisting of more than five thousand books. 32 computer Terminals provide networking through INFLIBNET and DELNET in the very well equipped a specious and comfortable reading room. The book bank needs upgradation with regular annual addition of titles. The library functions from 9 am to 5.30 p.m. on all working days. Teachers and students of the college can access online journals. Library facilities of Mumbai based institutions like Mumbai University, Institute of Chemical Technology, SNDT University, Indira Gandhi University of Development and Research, British Council, American Research Center etc. are also used by the faculty and students of the college. About 40 faculty and 800 students visit the library every day.
5.1.4 Computer as Learning Resource:-
The college has acquired a large number of computers (more than 200) after the first visit of the Peer Team in 1999. In one of the reading halls of the library, a separate computer zone having 32 computers with internet connectivity is provided to the faculty and students. Besides this centre, computers are installed to various other places like the staff common room, the offices of various associations etc. Laptops and LCD projectors are also provided in all departments including those in a Arts faculty and research laboratories. The college office is fully computerized and is on local area network (LAN). Each student and every members of the faculty is free to use internet free of charge for up to 30 minutes per day. This is good step to encourage the staff and students to use it regularly. The computer Center functions from 7 am to 6 pm. The college has acquired special software packages for admission, library, accounts and various other administrative matters. Teachers are motivated and assisted in the preparation of teaching material for LCD. Packages have also been prepared for the benefit of extra curricular activities or linkages activities i.e. career guidance, awareness about environment. Computer science department has developed software for industry as a part of learning process.
5.1.5 Other facilities:-
The college also offers various other facilities to the students in addition to the above referred facilities. The college has a health centre with adequate first aid facilities that include a bed, a wheel chair and a stretcher. There is also a canteen which caters to the various requirements of the students at affordable rates. The college has students' center (Vidyarthi Pratinidhi Mandal), Employment and Placement cell, Women Development Council etc. The college also conducts a number of short courses for students in Air Rifle shooting through sports academy. The college also provides space for NSS, Placement Cell and other student offices. Sports Facilities include a well appointed gymnasium with sauna and steam bath, Boxing ring, international standard Shooting Range, Badminton Hall, mats for Taykwando, Kabbaddi and other related facilities. Physics Department has provided a small scale workshop facilities. Gift shop is also opened for the student's welfare. The College should provide the Hostel facility to the students and staff quarters to the teachers and non-teaching staff.
6.1 CRITERION V: STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
6.1.1 Student Profile:-
The college has 2690 students on its roll including 300 P.G. and 40 Ph.D. students. There are 1778 girls at U.G, P.G. and Ph.D. levels. Girls outnumber boys. The social profile shows a marginal presence of the socially deprived and economically backward. The college has made the special arrangement for those students who have their earlier education in vernacular media. The University results of college students are good at U.G. and P.G. Levels. Reservation norms related to SC / ST / OBC / SBC / Handicapped and sportsperson are adhered to. Special education delivery system for visually challenged students is a distinct feature of this college.
6.1.2 Student Progression:-
Academic progression in terms of successful completion of university examination has been quite good during the last five years with success rate exceeding 80%. Many of them ranked with first divisions and also got distinctions and ranks at university position. The dropout rate is negligible. Large numbers of students go for higher studies. Nearly 25% students of the college take employment; around 5% to 10% qualify for various All India Entrance and Competitive examinations. The alumni include IAS, IFS and other services like academicians, political leaders, well known theatre artist and film actor, outstanding sports persons, judges, scientists, social activists and significant number of young men and women in leadership positions in various fields. The college publishes its magazine named 'RUIAITE' annually for the students which offers them an opportunity to develop their creativity in writing and develop their expression capabilities.
6.1.3 Student Support:-
The college publishes the prospectus every year, which gives the details of various courses, subject options, names of the departments, sports facilities, awards etc. It also publishes an academic calendar at the start of new session that outlines the schedule of events for the whole year. Various State and Central Government scholarships to reserve category students and freeships to meritorious students are provided by the college. The needy and deserving students are assisted in several ways such as Book Bank facility and payment of fees. The students seeking Sanskrit as major are also offered financial incentives to do so. Departments of English conduct special remedial courses for weak students. Employment Placement Cell, Career Guidance Cell provides guidance information and support for placement and counseling and arranges for campus interviews. The Cell also promotes self employment. Career Guidance Cell provides guidance in selecting careers and Foreign Language Center organizes certificate courses in foreign languages. Women Development Cell looks into specific grievances of women and ensures congenial work environment for them.
The financial support provided by college management by way of freeships amounted to Rs.8,41,650/-. The state Government offers scholarships to SC / ST / OBC / VJNT / Physically Handicapped which amounted to Rs. 3,58,730/- in 2005-2006. The college also provides Rs.2,50,000/- by way of scholarship to sportsmen and Rs.10,000/- to the Sanskrit Students. Students are also provided free access to computers, Internet and library facilities.
6.1.4 Student Activities:-
The college presents a vibrant environment and support to various activities. The students have brought laurels to the college in the fields of sports and cultural activities during the last six years. Many prestigious awards, prizes and honors have been awarded to the college. Guru Nanak Dev General Championship Trophy for the overall performance in sports has been won by the college for the last consecutive six years. Eleven sport persons of this college have been awarded very prestigious 'Shiv Chattrapati Award' in shooting, Chess, Power lifting, Badminton etc. 12 and 3 players have participated in sports event at national and international level, respectively. Three of the college Alumni have received 'Arjuna Award'. The NSS has won unique success in the field of social service activities. Accomplishments in debate, symposium and other competitions are noteworthy. Student progression is also very positive. The college has won the best college magazine trophy for second consecutive year. The involvement of students in dance and drama activities enhances academic competence of students.
7.1 CRITERION VI : ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
The Management of the college is committed to the cause of imparting relevant and quality education to the students of college irrespective of caste, creed and religion.
7.1.1 Leadership, Goal Orientation and Decision Making:
As stated in RAR the vision of the college is 'To emerge as a center of higher learning and innovative research to meet the challenges of a global society' and the Mission of the college is 'to mainstream the practices that facilitate intellectual, emotional, physical and cultural growth of students'. The college aims to fulfill its goals to enhance creativity and an entrepreneurial approach through industrial collaborations leading to overall personality development of the students.
The Management gives substantial freedom to the Principal to fulfill the Goals and Mission of the college. The Principal follows the principle of participative management seeking active participation of teaching and non-teaching staff. Various committees are formed for proper implementation of academic programs and extra-curricular activities. The staff members are also involved in discussions about changes in various aspects of work environment. Regular monthly meetings of Principal are held with Head of the departments to streamline the process of decision-making. Transparency in academic and administrative matters is visible in every college functioning. The President of the trust is an eminent person. The decisions taken by the governing body are systematically implemented.
7.1.2 Organization, Structure, Power and Functions of Functionaries:
This college is managed by a Trust Shikshana Prasaraka Mandali which runs 39 other educational institutions in Maharashtra. The structure of governance is represented by the Board of Trustees, Advisory committee and the local managing committee (LMC). The LMC comprises elected representatives of teaching and non teaching staff, a few representatives of parent body and experts from various fields. The Principal, supported by two Vice-Principals looks after the day to day academic and administrative activities of the college. The Principal is an Ex-Officio secretary of the governing body and the LMC. The LMC follows the principles of participative, decentralized and interactive governance and it meets twice a year. The body of head of the departments occupies an important position in the general governance and administration of academic and extra curricular activities. There are about 18 administrative committees for admission, academic calendar, examinations, attendance, introduction of new courses, budget utilization, cultural, gymkhana, sports activities and for review of performance. The non-teaching staff also works as per the instructions of the Principal and The Registrar coordinates the entire administrative work.
7.1.3 Perspective Planning:-
The college has prepared a detailed master plan for its old and new building. The institution has constituted a Planning and Development Committee, which is responsible for perspective planning. During the past 7 years considerable development has taken place in terms of initiating self-finance courses, encouraging research activity, building industry links and developing infrastructure facilities. The Professor-in- Charge Examinations prepares the Academic Calendar for each term. After due approval from Academic Committee, headed by the Principal, the same is circulated among the all concerned at the beginning of the session. At the end of the session, teachers submit compliance reports to the Principal through their Head of the department. The Academic Calendar has served as a useful instrument in laying down future plans.
7.1.4 Human Power Planning and Recruitment:-
The faculty recruitment is made through a statutory selection panel as per rules laid down by UGC, the University and the State Government. Adequate weightage is given to qualifications and the experience. The minimum qualification is Post Graduate with B+ and NET/SET qualification. The recommendations of the selection committee are subject to approval by the University. The non-teaching staff is recruited as per norms laid down by Maharashtra State Higher Education Department. At present teaching-non-teaching staff ratio in the college is 111:107. 71 % of the teachers in the total faculty strength are qualified and approved.
7.1.5 Performance Appraisal:-
The performance of the teaching staff is appraised through self-appraisal as well as through students' evaluation. Students fill up individual feed back forms for every teacher on various parameters such as punctuality, teaching aids used, availability, accessibility, counseling etc. The data obtained are analyzed and a computerized report, grading him/her on a 4-point scale, is given to each teacher. The evaluation of non-teaching staff is done as per Government rules. Participation in various upgradation programs such as computer literacy, orientation in reservation/roster workshops etc. also helps in evaluating the performance of non-teaching staff. Based upon their performance, a Certificate of Appreciation is given to two teachers and two non-teaching staff members every year.
7.1.6 Staff Development Programs:
The management encourages the teachers to participate in various programs related to upgradation of skills and knowledge. The teachers of the college participated in 47 faculty development programs during last three years. The college itself organized 23 such programs during last three years. To improve the quality of presentation of subject matter, 4 workshops on 'presentation skills' were held in last 7 years. The college also conducts development programs for the non-teaching staff from time to time. Members of the non-teaching staff have been given training in safety in laboratory and use of computers. They are also deputed to attend various seminars and workshops conducted by Mumbai University and Education Department on matters related to administration and accounts. Separate training sessions are conducted for the library staff. Laboratory staff is also given exclusive training in each department according to its needs.
7.1.7 Resource Mobilization:-
The Management of college mobilizes additional recourses through donations from the society for the welfare and development of the college. The Management has collected an amount of Rs. 5,59,96,412/-. The president of LMC of the college spends the amount as per the decisions taken in the LMC meetings.
The Management utilizes the funds on the renovation of the building and development of infrastructure and research activities.
7.1.8 Financial management:-
There is a statutory audit of accounts prescribed by the Bombay Public Trust Act. There is regular internal audit. The Management ensures financial accountability in multiple ways. There is transparency in financial transactions and concern for the effective use of money.
8.1 Criterion VII - Healthy Practices
The college has earned reputation for offering quality education to its stake holders. The Peer Team has identified a few unique features, which enhance the academic climate of the institution. They are as follows…
Total Quality Management
The college is fulfilling its goals and objectives by providing effective teaching-learning environment. Some of the key factors that lead to total quality management are a healthy tutor-student management interface, willingness to innovate in the form of add-on courses, an updated library, computers with Internet facilities, well-equipped laboratories, students gymkhana, encouragement to research activities, establishment of national, international and industrial links, organizing seminars, workshops and refresher courses and conducting training programs for non-teaching staff to enhanced efficiency. The college constituted the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) in 2000, which is playing an effective role in ensuring internal quality checks. It comprises of the Principal, various In-Charges of different activities and a few Heads of the Departments. The quality management process includes evolving new teaching aids, developing new add-on courses, curricula and interdisciplinary approach towards knowledge advancement. The active participation of teachers in various University committees helps in maintaining the quality of academic programs. The administrative functioning is made more effective by using available technology and by arranging various training programs. Provision has been made for compassionate appointments, medical emergency funds and children educational funds for the welfare of non-teaching staff. The college has adopted the group insurance scheme for the students and staff.
The college has introduced a number of innovative self-financing courses. The students can take up these courses without disturbing their regular academic schedule. The faculty makes an effective use of modern teaching aids like laptops, LCD projectors and smart boards so as to make the teaching learning process more communicative and interesting. The Self-vision Center provides the visually Challenged students with latest technological aids such as computer and also arranges for their career guidance. The research culture is promoted by signing MOU with various industries. The departments of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Microbiology, History and English have established national and international linkages. 'Vishwas' and 'Swarn Jayanti Shahri Rozgar Yojna' are innovative extension activities carried out by the college. Establishment of various non-statutory committees, providing internal functional autonomy and use of modern technology are some of the key aspects of college administration. Use of dance and drama in improving languages skills as in Sanskrit and in French is quite innovative. The department of French maintains a good liaison with the French Consulate.
Value Based Education
Value education is a part of curriculum of FY B.A./ B.Sc. students. The opportunity is used to relate the importance of values in real life situations. The college organizes a series of memorial lectures on various current issues that enthuse the moral values in students' minds. The teachers of the Philosophy department are invited by other departments to speak on the ethical implications of various issues. The community oriented activities of NSS, the discipline of NCC, the work for visually challenged also instill value based approach to life.
Social Responsibilities and Citizenship Roles
Ample opportunities are provided to students for promoting social responsibilities. The college offers a course in Slum Studies that deals effectively with the problems faced by slum dwellers. The NSS unit of the college has organized several socially relevant programs such as AIDS awareness, Blood donation camps, Anti-dowry movement, water quality monitoring and fund raising for the deluge affected. The staff and students of the college have shown their commitment to society through programs on community welfare, environment protection and health of citizens.
All the activities of the college are centered towards overall personality development of the students. Well-equipped laboratories, excellent involvement in curricular and co-curricular facilities, guidance by dedicated teachers and encouragement given by the Principal and the staff are some of the measures that shape a student into a confident, skilled and dynamic individual. Many alumni of the college are holding responsible and commanding positions in the society and still take pride in their years in Ruia College. A strong collaboration with industry has resulted in significant improvement in teaching and research environment of the college.
Institutional Ambience and Initiatives
State-of-Art laboratories, open shelf library, large reading halls, IT center with Internet facility, gymkhana and gymnasium for mental as well as physical well being and an audio-visual room with multimedia facility are some of the features that help creating an intellectual ambience in the college. The college has taken due initiatives to modernize the library, classrooms, laboratories, office and other infrastructural facilities through ICT enabled devices. A Women Development Cell takes care for the welfare of girl students. All the constituents of the college work cohesively to create a harmony that leads to overall development of students as they progress academically in their chosen fields.
Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai has made a steady progress during the past seven years after its first accreditation in 1999. The institution has carefully attended to the suggestions made by the first Peer Team particularly relating to enhancement in research culture, introducing faculty appraisal and subscribing to more journals. The college follows good management practices like strategic planning, teamwork and participative management. The college has striven hard to enthuse ethical, academic, entrepreneurial and cultural dimensions among the students, so that they could meet the challenges ahead of them with confidence.
The institution deserves commendation for the following issues and initiatives
Large number of subject combinations for both B.A. and B.Sc. students.
Introduction of innovative courses like Bioanalytical Science, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Bioinformatics and Mass Media.
Use of laptops, desktops and smart boards in classroom lectures.
Well-equipped laboratories, reading room, audio visual room, studio cum mini-theatre with satellite connectivity, conference room and IT center for more effective teaching-learning process.
A large number of add-on and autonomous courses to help students to cultivate their diverse talents.
Self-appraisal and students' appraisal of the teachers and non-teaching staffs' appraisal of the Principal.
Promoting research culture among the students. There are 40 Ph.D. research scholars working 18 research guides of the college in 6 departments.
Institution - Industry collaboration for research and consultancy.
Opportunities provided for visually challenged and other weaker sections of the society.
Offering exposure to foreign languages through foreign language center.
International standard shooting range and a national standard badminton hall and a boxing ring.
Impressive support from the alumni.
Introduction of 'each one adopt one' scheme to help the underprivileged.
A congenial ambience for overall personality development.
Well-conceived welfare and training programs for the non-teaching and technical staff.
Low drop-out rate and a good success rate.
Participation of students in national and international events and in Republic Day Parades.
Activities like 'Vishwas' for school students and 'Swarn Jayanti Rozgar Yojna' for the lesser privileged.
Full computerization of the office and examination cell.
Use of ICT enabled device in maintaining college records.
The college magazine won the 'Best Magazine' award from Mumbai University.
Sports championship trophy of Mumbai University has been won by the college for last six years.
The Peer Team would like to make a few suggestions, which it believes would be useful for the future growth of the institution and its onward march towards excellence.
The research activity may be enhanced in the subjects of Arts Faculty. More Arts departments may obtain recognition as research centers.
The institution should attract quality students from outside the State and from outside India.
Due publicity through print media and the website might be useful.
The college needs to provide the hostel facility for both boys and girls.
Tutor-ward system and remedial programs may be introduced in more subjects.
More and more teachers may be motivated to obtain Ph.D Degree. At present only 35 % of the faculty members possess Ph.D. degree.
The college should make efforts to become an autonomous institution. This will give it more academic as well as administrative flexibility.
The college should make efforts to achieve the 'Colleges with Potential for Excellence' status by the UGC.
Department of English may initiate a course in Communicative English, particularly for the students for the students from vernacular medium. This may bring qualitative improvement in their communication skills.
A vehicle-parking shed may be provided for staff and students of the college.
Many more teachers should apply for minor / major research projects to funding agencies like UGC, ICSSR, ICHR, etc.
The college should make its efforts to start a coaching center with the support of the UGC to impart training to the budding young persons who intend to appear in the civil services examinations.
In keeping with contemporary needs and students' desire library timing may be increase from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm.
The departments in Arts faculty urgently need to be relocated to make them more accessible. So also structural upgradation may be made in pure conventional science departments on the lines of state of art facilities provided in new science and technology departments.
The very rapid progress of this institution makes it necessary to acquire additional land at appropriate location and shift some of the departments at the new location to help this institution to reach its full potential because it nothing else can come in its way to reach out to the new horizons of knowledge.
The members of the Peer Team express their thanks to the Principal, Management, teachers, non-teaching staff, students, parents and alumni for their whole hearted support and cooperation in the completion of the reassessment and re-accreditation process.
Prof. Prem Sharda (Chairperson)
Prof. K.L. Miglani (Member)
Prof. M.C. Agrawal (Member Co-ordinator)
(Dr. Suhas Pednekar)
Ramnarain Ruia College
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