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KM Agrawal College of Arts Commerce and Science, Thane, Maharashtra
KM Agrawal College of Arts Commerce and Science, Thane, Maharashtra
Address:M.K.High School Building, Agra Road
Gandhare Village, Adharwadi, Kalyan(W)
Thane (District Thane)
Maharashtra, IndiaPin Code : 421301
KM Agrawal College of Arts Commerce and Science, Thane Maharashtra is a recognised institute / college. Status: Non-Aided. KM Agrawal College of Arts Commerce and Science, Thane Maharashtra was established on / in 2007-08 or 1994.
Principal of KM Agrawal College of Arts Commerce and Science, Thane Maharashtra is Dr. Mrs. Anita Manna.
KM Agrawal College of Arts Commerce and Science is situated in Thane of Maharashtra state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Thane comes under Thane Tehsil, Thane District.
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NAAC report of KM Agrawal College of Arts Commerce and ScienceSECTION 1: INTRODUCTION
K. M. Agrawal College of Arts, Commerce & Science, is situated on the outskirt of Kalyan city near Gandhare Village, Adharwadi, Dist.Thane, Maharashtra. The college volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and submitted its self-study report to NAAC in January 2006. NAAC constituted a Peer Team consisting of Prof. V. S. Patel (Former Vice-Chancellor, Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat) as the Chairperson, Prof. S. K. Bhatia, Professor of English & Director, Academic Staff College, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab, as Member-Coordinator, Dr. Fr. Davis George, Principal, St. Aloysius College, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh as members to visit the college and to validate the self-study report. The Peer Team visited the college during 27-29 March, 2006.
K. M. Agrawal College was established in the year 1994 by Hindi Bhashi Jan Kalyan Shikshan Sanstha consisting of eminent business community of Kalyan City whose main objective was to provide higher education to local and rural students of the region. Their vision is to create kaleidoscopic, mindful, adorable human beings rather than educated homo sapiens. The college is under grant-in-aid scheme of the Maharashtra State Government and is yet to be recognized under sections 2(f) and 12B of UGC Act.
The college is located in a semi urban area of Kalyan. It offers a wide range of courses and programmes at Under-Graduate (UG) level. It offers 03 UG Programs in B.A., B.Com. B.Sc. and 4 Certificate Courses.
The college building is spread over an area of 29,500 Sq.ft. with 3 laboratories, 14 class rooms, administrative rooms and 58,718 Sq.ft. area for playground and 3,500 Sq.ft. area for Gymkhana. The student strength in UG Programmes in the year 2004-2005 was 2344. In the self-financing diploma course the strength is 41. All the students are from the surrounding areas and only one student from outside the state. The unit cost of education of the institution in the year 2004-2005 was Rs.5,895 including staff salary & Rs. 1,667 excluding staff salary for UG courses. The temporal plan for the academic work of the college is annual system. The college provides support services through a Central Library, Canteen, Housing complex, etc. There are sports facilities for indoor games and a multi-gym. The college also has a Credit Society and Welfare schemes.
The college faculty strength is 41 of which 12 are permanent teachers, 07 are part-time, 22 temporary teachers including 05 (C.H.B.) teachers and 18 administrative staff, 05 technical staff and one librarian, one library clerk and five library attendants. The college also has an Alumni Association and some of the alumni of the college occupy prominent positions in different walks of life.
The Peer Team carefully perused and analyzed the self-study report of the college. It went through all the relevant documents and also interacted at length with the members of the Management, Principal, members of faculty, non-teaching staff, students, parents and Alumni of the college. Based on these meetings and keeping in mind the criteria identified by the NAAC, the assessment of the college on the basis of its strengths and concerns was made.
SECTION 2 : CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion I : Curricular Aspects
The college is affiliated to University of Mumbai; hence, it follows the syllabus prescribed by the University. The teaching and learning process is apparently consistent with the goals and objectives of the institution. The college 'Vision and Mission' statements may be carefully formulated and the same may be included in the college prospects. The college offers B.A, B.Sc. and B.Com. courses at under graduate level. The special subjects are History, and Economics. at T.Y B.A level and English, Marathi, Hindi, Geography, Political Science, are taught up to B. A. II Level. The special subject up to degree level in Science faculty is Chemistry. Physics, Botany, are taught up to B.Sc. II Level, and Zoology, Mathematics up to B.Sc. I level .& in Commerce faculty Commerce, Accountancy & Economics are up to T.Y.B.Com. level, Mathematics & Statistics are thought only up to F.Y.B.Com. level, English is thought at F.Y.B.Com. & F.Y.B.A. level only. Besides, the college has started a Technology Management Centre in collaboration with Technology Management Consultants (TMC), Thane and is currently conducting four courses; namely, Master Diploma in Computer & I.T., Higher Diploma in Computer and IT, Diploma in Computer and IT and Web Design and Multimedia. These courses are career-oriented and being run on self-finance basis.
Horizontal mobility in pursuing the courses is available as per University rules. The range of elective / core options available is not quite wide. There are non-core options. Within the framework of the curricula as prescribed by University of Mumbai, the college has been developing such packages, which impart and enrich the knowledge, skills and values that help the students in becoming good citizens. To introduce any new academic programme within the present University system, it takes the college about one year. Students of the college are taken for visits to industrial units, historical trips, study tours, Banks, excursions, etc., as a part of curricular activity.
The college has evolved an institutional mechanism to monitor the quality of different academic programmes through its various administrative / advisory committees. These committees design / recommend the desired improvements in the academic programmes on the basis of feedback received from the students, parents and industry, as a consequence of which special value addition packages are formulated to enrich the knowledge and competence levels of the students. The College may get the feedback from academic peers and employers to review and redesign some of the programmes.
Criterion II: Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
The college has a transparent admission procedure and the students are admitted into the college through academic record and reservation rules as per university norms. As a Junior college is also being run by the same Management, preference is given to those students, for admission in the first year of Arts, Commerce, and Science faculty. In some exceptional cases the preference is given to those, who have some extracurricular achievements such as sports, cultural activities etc.
The college publishes its updated Prospectus annually, which contains the admission information as well as the related information regarding fee structure, different kinds of financial aid from the Central Government, State Government, College freeship etc. Further the rules regarding the college discipline, academic calendar, the curricula, library and sports activities, tests and university examinations, evaluation methods, etc. are also provided in the Prospectus.
The college ensures effective implementation of annual academic schedules prepared from time to time. The faculty in-charge monitor the teaching programmes. The number of teaching days of the college were 182 days and working days were 233 in the year 2004 - 2005, in accordance with the UGC norms. The average maximum workload of each teacher is 20 periods per week. Each period is of 50 minutes. The ratio of teaching staff to non-teaching staff is 41:23. Besides academic programmes, remedial coaching is provided to academically weak students. Efforts are also made to supplement the conventional method of teaching by learner-centred methods like seminars, study tours, workshops etc. Evaluation methods are communicated to the students at the beginning of the year and the progress of the students is closely monitored through quarterly and pre-final tests. The college publishes a magazine annually.
The students at the beginning of the year are assessed by way of a test / seminar conducted by the subject teachers. Besides, the college arranges departmental tests and term examinations for the third year students. The college follows the annual system of examination. The outline of the system of examination and evaluation followed is given to all the students through the college prospectus. Other detailed information about practicals, field trips, etc. is also given to the Science students. The management of the college encourages teachers to participate in seminars, workshops, and conferences for their academic enrichment. Many teachers of the college have attended orientation and refresher courses and also participated in departmental as well as state level seminars and workshops. Two staf members have attended international and some staff members at national level seminars / workshops.
The Institution has a process of self-appraisal of the teaching faculty but this is being largely used as part of annual confidential reports as it also helps to seek guidance from academic peers in bringing about relevant changes in the curriculum. There is a students' feed back system for teacher evaluation as part of the faculty improvement programme.
Teachers are recruited as per the rules and regulations laid down by the Maharashtra Government and University of Mumbai. Eight Teachers were recruited during the last two years from other institutions. The college also recruits the required number of teachers on ad-hoc or part-time or C.H.B. basis; and it also has the freedom and resources to pay them. The college has 12 permanent teachers including 04 Ph.D. degree holders and one M.Phil. degree holder. There are 07 part-time teachers and 22 temporary including one with Ph.D.
The students' results in the University examinations are above University Pass percentage in several courses and many students have secured First Divisions in annual examinations. However, the dropout rate is high as the college is located in a semi-urban area.
During the interaction with the students, it is observed that there is cordial relationship between the teacher and the taught.
Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
Although there is no significant research activity in terms of either research projects or publications, yet three staff members have registered for Ph.D. in Chemistry, Botany & Economics departments respectively and 02 staff members have registered themselves for M.Phil. degree. The college encourages teachers, to attend Seminars, Workshops and Conferences at the University, State and National levels.
The departments of Botany, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics and Economics have a few publications mostly based on their Ph.D. research work. One of the staff members of Botany department has completed one Research Project, with a total outlay of Rs.22,000/- funded by the University of Mumbai for a period of three years.
The Management encourages Consultancy Services and one faculty member from Botany Department provides Consultancy to Creative Drug Industries and also to Bombay Hospital in Allergy Testing, Diagnosis & Immunotherapy.
Two Faculty members, one from N.C.C. and other from N.S.S. look after the Extension Activities of the College, as additional charge. The extension activities include Community Development, Social Work, Health and Hygiene awareness, Medical Camp, Adult education and Literacy, Blood Donation Camp, Environment awareness, Career Guidance and Counseling, Personality Development programme and competitive examination.
The college, besides N.S.S. and N.C.C. activities, also has outreach programmes like Tree plantation, Water Conservation Programme, AIDS awareness, Literacy Campaigning in Hamal (Coolie) community.
The college teachers and students are encouraged to participate in extension activities. By inviting eminent and inspiring speakers to the college the students get a chance to interact with them. Extension activities are undertaken by seeking help from the NGOs as well as GOs.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The College campus has premises of 2.10 acres of land including 1.7 acres playground with infrastructure facilities and resources to run various educational programmes, administrative functions and extension services. The college has a master plan of its campus with the existing main building. The main building has infrastructure facilities like class rooms, Principal's office, Administrative office, Library, Ladies room, Staff room, Zoology/Botany, Physics & Chemistry Laboratories, Technology Centre, N.C.C. and N.S.S. rooms, etc. The College has its own plans to meet the need for augmenting the infrastructure to keep pace with academic growth.
The infrastructure is maintained through regular repairs by outside agencies through the Building Maintenance Committee and the Purchase Committee. The existing infrastructure of the college is being utilized quite optimally working in two shifts. Regular classes, practicals, etc., are conducted throughout the day. College gymkhana facilities, Library, etc., are available for use from morning to evening. The playgrounds are used by other educational institutions and agencies, as and when needed. The college campus is well maintained with the help of NCC and NSS students.
The College Library facility is made available to the citizens of the surrounding areas. The Advisory Committee consisting of the Principal as Chairman, Librarian as Secretary and four members meets at least twice in a year to transact library budget allocation, new purchases and reviewing the day-to-day functioning of the Library.
The Library also offers Book Bank facility to the eligible students on small scale. It is earnestly suggested that the Library which is partly computerized may be fully computerized as early as possible. The annual addition of textbooks and Reference Books may be enhanced, in the Library. At least 02 subject journals may be subscribed for each subject of specialization taught in the college. The library has facilities for reprography, computer and audio and video cassettes. Internet facility for the use of faculty and students needs to be made available at the earliest.
The Library is kept open on all the working days from 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. However during the examination period these timings are extended. During 2004-2005, the library functioned for 233 days. It has a total of 9553 books, 37 periodicals /magazines and15 newspapers.
The college does not have Centralized Computer facility, but two computers are available in library, two in the administrative office, one in Principal's office. The college also has a lap-top and L.C.D. projector for general purposes as and when required. The maintenance of the computers in the college is done through trained computer staff. When needed, private agencies are called on payment. Accessories are procured as and when necessary.
First-aid box is available to the students and staff of the college so far as health services are concerned. In case of sudden health problems, the students and staff members can get treatment at concessional rate at notified hospitals, in Kalyan city. The college has infrastructure facilities for outdoors and indoor games like a Chess, Kabaddi, Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, Carrom, Boxing, Kho-kho, Table tennis, etc. A well furnished gym is available for the students. Sports persons are provided with various incentives. Outstanding sports persons are awarded special cash prizes and medals, Track Suit & Sports Kit etc. Last year 13 students participated in sports at State, Regional and National level and won three gold medals, three silver medals and six bronze medal in various games, particularly in Wrestling, Boxing, Power Lifting, Kick Boxing, Chess and Weight Lifting. Efforts may be put in to enable many more sports persons to participate and compete at the national & international level. Services of professional coaches for a few games / sports items may also be availed of, to bring in excellence in the field of sports and athletics.
Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
During 2004-2005 the percentage of students appearing of the qualifying examination after the minimum period of study is 82%. The dropout rate was 17.39% and the success rate is about 74.57% in UG.
The progression of students from undergraduate to post-graduate studies is about 32% as reported. The alumni of the college are stated to be in the fields of Education, Law, Business, Industry, and public sector. A comprehensive profile of the alumni holding prominent positions may also be compiled, with the help of the college Alumni Association. Three ex-students of the college have passed NET / SET.
The college publishes its updated Prospectus, annually, which contains the admission information as well as the related information regarding fee structure, different kinds of financial aid from the central Government, State Government, College freeship and also the rules & regulation regarding the college discipline, academic calendar, rules about the curricula, library and sports activities, rules and regulations regarding tests & university examination, evaluation method, etc.
During the last two years, several students have received different types of scholarships and other financial assistance. 75 students in all have received scholarship out of that SC. Scholarships (26), SC Free ship (23), ST and NT Scholarships (26) during 2004-2005.
The college teachers participate in academic and personal counseling to the students within and outside the classrooms as and when needed. A system of a class counselor for each class may be developed and implemented, for day-to-day routine counseling. However, the college would do well if the services of a professional Counselor / Psychologist are provided in the college for the students and staff, two or three times a week.
The Alumni Association of the college needs to be registered and energized, as an important component for the development of the college.
The policies and criteria of admission are made clear to the prospective students through the college prospectus. Besides the college prospectus, some information is displayed on the college Notice Boards also. Admissions to various undergraduate courses are given on the basis of academic record.
The recreational / leisure time facilities available to the students include indoor games, outdoor games, student's magazine, variety of cultural programmes, Newspapers and Wall papers.
The college gives encouragement for participation in sports and provides training and financial help to sports persons. The N.S.S. and N.C.C. units of the college have undertaken a large number of activities regarding community services. Six students have participated in the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi during the last five years. During the year 2003 - 2004 and 2004 - 2005 13 students have passed 'C' certificate and 21 students have passed 'B' certificate.
Criterion VI: Organization and Management
The college has an efficient internal coordinating and monitoring mechanism. The Trust has constituted the College Governing council which is the apex body comprising of 18 members; namely, a Chairman, Executive President, Vice-President, General Secretary, Joint Secretary, Treasurer & members elected by the general body. There is also a Local Managing Committee (LMC) as per the requirements of the Maharashtra Universities Act. 1994. LMC meetings are held twice in an academic year. The coordination and monitoring mechanism is controlled by a large number of committees of teachers, that look after various functions of the college administration. Prominent among these committees are Library Committee, Examination Committee, Time table Committee, Discipline Committee, Gymkhana Committee etc. The Heads of Departments hold regular meetings for distribution of workload, preparation of teaching plan, enhancing the efficiency of class-rooms teaching, etc. The college has a Students' Council with the Principal as the ex-officio Chairman. Departmental Committees are formed in the college to take care of the various college activities. The Principal functions as the coordinating and monitoring authority. Faculty members also assist him.
The work efficiency of the non-teaching staff is monitored by the Principal. The college conducts informal training to the non-teaching staff in different aspects of administration, accounts, library, computer etc.
The academic calendar of the college is prepared by the Timetable Committee and Counseling Committee of the faculty members, every year.
The fee structure of the Government-supported courses in the college is as per the Government approval. There have been marginal changes only, in the tuition and other fees, during the last three years, in respect of Government supported courses.
During the last two years, the college had a 1,26,77,500 budget in 2003-2004 and 1,34,55,500 in 2004-2005 (due to salary grant) for grant-in-aid courses. The college has an internal audit mechanism.
The Principal directly deals with the Redressal of Grievances of non-teaching employees. The students have easy access to teachers and the Principal for redressal of their day-to-day problems. The college has a general grievance redressal method through the committees, separately for the teaching and non-teaching staff. For the students, there is the Students' Welfare Committee of class representatives. The college may consider strengthening this mechanism by constituting a formal Grievance Redressal Cell.
Various financial help facilities are provided to the permanent members of the teaching and the non-teaching staff, like loans against each one's Provident Fund account, for some specified purposes. Credit Cooperative Society also provides loans to the members. Emergency loan, housing loan, and medical loan facility (without interest) are provided by the management.
The procedure followed by the college for purchase of major items is through the system of quotations, after obtaining prior permission of the Purchase Committee. Greater transparency in purchase procedures will enhance the credibility of the purchase mechanism.
The Management Committee Members are enlightened individuals, supporting the development of the college and constantly motivating the Principal, staff and students to climb higher heights of improvement and excellence.
The accounts of the college are well maintained and are audited regularly by the internal and external auditors. The college office has sufficiently good infrastructure including computer facilities and it has a congenial atmosphere.
Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The Peer Team has identified some distinct features of the college, which have enhanced the academic ambience of the institution. They are as follows:
The college functions in consonance with the declared goals and objectives of the Society.
The college has been playing a major role in the educational upliftment of the surrounding area.
Self-financing Certificate Courses have been started.
There is no student unrest and all the academic stakeholders are maintaining harmony.
The management is motivating the students, especially from the downtrodden rural area.
Cordial atmosphere exists in the college, which reflects collective synergy and spirit of teamwork.
Active support to games, sports and extension activities is given through the N.S.S.
A number of students of the college have excelled at State level, Zonal level & National level in Wrestling, Boxing, Kick Boxing, Power lifting, Competitions.
SECTION 3: OVERALL ANALYSIS
The Peer Team, after going through the self-study report and on the basis of its visits to various academic and physical facilities of the Institution, finds that the college has been able to make reasonable progress and feels satisfied with its performance. The college is functioning in accordance with the aims and objectives laid down by the Society. There is a healthy relationship between various functionaries of the college, which has contributed to the cordial environment in the institution. The Peer Team considers the following features of the college as commendable:
Encouragement and support given by the Management to the Institution for its effective functioning.
The college has its own plans for future needs, infrastructural growth and development.
The college offers a few certificate courses.
Transparent administration with efficient maintenance of record and documents.
Adequate representation of the students of the college in the university / state level / National in Boxing, Power Lifting, Kick Boxing.
Performance of NCC cadets has been consistently good.
The Peer Team suggests the following recommendations to the Institution for its consideration keeping in view the future growth and development:
Bridge and remedial courses, on a systematic basis, should be offered to the educationally weaker students.
The college may consider the introduction of a few relatively longer duration job oriented self-financing courses and PG Courses.
The college may provide the facilities of a language laboratory to develop the communication skills of the students; particularly to develop the much-needed proficiency in functional English.
The linkages with industry and other institutions of GOs and NGOs need to be further expanded for mutual benefits.
The Management may draw out a plan to provide adequate emphasis on academic research and consultancy.
Coaching classes for various competitive examinations may be started.
Internet facility in the college should be made accessible to all the students and the staff.
A few faculty improvement / development programmes in a year may be conducted in the college, on suitable themes of general interest of the staff.
The college library may be strengthened in all its aspects and especially by adding latest editions of books and subject journals and enhancing the Book Bank facility.
The existing canteen facility may be further enhanced and improved.
The college may consider formulating and publicizing a comprehensive Research Promotion Policy; and also have a Research Promotion Committee of research-minded Teachers.
Services of inter-University Centres like IUCCA, IAS, INFLIBNET, etc., may be considered.
An Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) may be constituted in the college to initiate and monitor quality changes and standards in all the activities in the college.
Teachers may be encouraged to make more extensive use of modern teaching aids to strengthen the teaching-learning process.
The Career counseling Center and the Employment Guidance Cell could be established to help the poor and needy students.
The College can make appropriate efforts to get the recognition of the UGC under section 2f and 12B.
The college may have its own computer lab and impart computer education.
Teachers may be motivated to acquire higher qualifications and take up research activities.
The teachers may be further encouraged to participate in seminars and conferences.
Marathi, Hindi and English departments can join together to start short term translation courses in the college.
More career-oriented courses may be introduced by making optimal utilization of existing resources and by providing additional infrastructure wherever necessary.
The Peer Team thanks the college for the cooperation extended for the conduct of the visit and wishes the college all the best in its future endeavours.
Dr. V. S. Patel (Chairperson)
Prof. S. K. Bhatia (Member-Coordinator)
Dr. Fr. Davis George (Member)
Dr. S. S. Singh, I/C Principal
K. M. Agrawal College of Arts, Commerce & Science
Place : Gandhare Village, Adharwadi
Dist. Thane (Maharashtra)
Date : 29/03/2006
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