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Purushottamdas Laldas Shroff College of Arts and Commerce, Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashtra


Purushottamdas Laldas Shroff College of Arts and Commerce, Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashtra
Address:Chinchani, Thane
Mumbai (Bombay) (District Thane)
Maharashtra, India
Pin Code : 401503

Purushottamdas Laldas Shroff College of Arts and Commerce, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra is a recognised institute / college. Status: Non-Aided. Purushottamdas Laldas Shroff College of Arts and Commerce, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra is also known as PL Shroff College of Arts. Purushottamdas Laldas Shroff College of Arts and Commerce, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra was established on / in 2005-2006.

Principal of Purushottamdas Laldas Shroff College of Arts and Commerce, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra is Dr. Pramila S. Raut.

Purushottamdas Laldas Shroff College of Arts and Commerce is situated in Mumbai (Bombay) of Maharashtra state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Mumbai (Bombay) comes under Dahanu Tehsil, Thane District.

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Purushottamdas Laldas Shroff College of Arts and Commerce, Mumbai (Bombay) Maharashtra runs course(s) in Arts, Commerce stream(s).

Approval details: Purushottamdas Laldas Shroff College of Arts and Commerce is affiliated with University of Mumbai (UoM), Mumbai (Maharashtra)

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Purushottamdas Laldas Shroff College of Arts and Commerce, Chinchani 401503 Tal. Dahanu, Dist. Thane, Mumbai, Maharashtra Situated on the Arabian Sea coast of Cinchani - a tiny town of Thane District, Maharashtra State very near to the southern border of Gujarat State, the P.L.Shroff College of Arts and Commerce of the Chinchani - Tarapur Education Society is a grant-in-aid institution of Government of Maharashtra from the year1986. It is still on a temporary affiliation with the University of Mamba. Thereby, the institution is not brought under the Sec. 2 (f) and 12(b) of UGC Act. It is also offering a self-financing course. The college is functioning in a small area of 3 acres within which 96-year-old high school is also located with a legacy of having prominent alumni including several of the present members of the Management body of the college and also the Vice-Chancellors. Also, the campus accommodates a Junior college of Arts and Commerce. The playground abutting the Arabian Sea coast is common to all these institutions. The college offers 9 UG courses in Economics, Commerce, Accountancy, History, Hindi Marathi and Business Economics under the grant-in-aid scheme besides a self-financing course of Rural Development. The society uses the premises to offer 7 certificate courses as an opportunity to avail them as a skill development specific to the region by the students of the college There are 13 permanent teachers, one part time staff in this college. Among the permanent teachers, one is qualified with Ph D degree. There are10 administrative staff and one technical staff.

The college is a co-educational institution with 688 students in the grant-in-aid programmers and 115 students in the self-financing programme. Girl students predominate the students of this college. The unit cost of the college is Rs. 5500/-.

Prof D. Sundaram, Senior Professor and Head (Red.) Department of Sociology, and Dean Extension (Red.), University of Madras-600005 as Chairman and Co-coordinator and Prof T.S. Hoovaiah Gowda, Principal, Sahyadri college of science, Kuvempu University, Shimoga, Karnataka and Prof K.K.Rajappan Achari, Vice-Principal (Retd) S.V.R. NSS College (Mahatma Gandhi University) Vazhoor, Kottayam, Kerala as peer team members of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, an autonomous organization under UGC visited the college on 30th and 31st January, 2004 on the request made by the college and on the submission of the Self Study Report(SSR) to validate all its submission in SSR.

Based on its interaction with the principal, faculty, administrative staff, students, parents and alumni, college council and management board and on verification of the records, documents and the available physical infrastructure, the peer team presents its report as follows:

The strength of the institution, i.e P.L.Shroff college of Arts and Commerce, Chinchani established by Chinchani Tarapur Education Society, is in the fact that it carries a definite mission and objectives. The mission of the institution is - 'To impart higher education to each and every individual residing in and around Chinchani Village covering almost 50 villages irrespective of caste, creed religion and language. The objectives are 1) To inculcate and develop the Learning habit through various sound practices, 2) To increase employability and capability of the students by alround personality development and 3) To empower women especially of the Tribal society to meet the future challenges.

With the above mission and objectives, the institution offers Three-Year integrated U.G.courses in Arts and Commerce under the grant - in -aid scheme. It follows the syllabi prescribed by the University of Mumbai, to which it is temporarily affiliated. With a view to provide an ambience of creativity to mother tongue, only one six-unit course in Marathi language is offered. The other courses in B.A. programmed are in Hindi, Rural Development, History, Economics and Marathi with 3 unit courses. The B.Com. Course with Accountancy, Business Economics, Mathematics & Statistics and Computer, Environmental Studies, Business Law has attracted a good number of students and by which the local backward students have benefited. The foundation course acts as a bridge course. However, in some subjects like Mathematics, English language Communication Skills and Accountancy, tutorial classes have been handled.

Although the programmes of teaching and learning offered are traditional in nature, the Chairman of the Management Shri. Rajanikant Shroff who himself being an environmentalist and a Chemical Engineer, has designed and encouraged the institution of skill development oriented certificate courses, which are not validated by the University curricula but useful in nature to the learners of the region. The management conducts the examinations and issues the certificates in short term courses of practical management, creative art, fashion designing, entertainment dancing, journalism, natya prashikshan. There is mechanism in the college to collect feedback from academic peers and employers regarding the quality of the teaching programmes. The college has Industry-neighborhood networking. An Inter-Disciplinary Guidance Cell for Arts and Commerce faculties has started functioning in the college. Rural Development Department of the college organizes camps for giving practical orientation to their students. Further, the same department conducts certain region-based courses in collaboration with Krishi Vignyan Kendra, Kosbad, and Thane. They are, Plant Nursery Management (6 months), Wormy Culture (3 months), Mushroom Products (3 months), Poultry Management (6 months), Candle Making, Agrapatti Making and Chalk Making for the students of the College. It also conducts courses in association with Village Industries Commission. Department of Commerce arranges factory- visit in and around Tarapur- Boisar area. Department of Environmental Studies of the college arranges visits to TAPS Project and Environmental Laboratory to acquaint the students with the latest developments in that field. At the same time, there are limitations too; all these are by the local limitation of the college with its limited freedom in academic matters such as introducing new courses as it is under affiliating system. In view of the infrastructure and resources available with the college and with its sister institutions, the college may start short and medium- term job-oriented Certificate Courses, especially, in Computer Applications. The college can start a few more U.G.Courses in Science subjects by expanding the infrastructure facilities. The college can also think of starting a few job-oriented U.G.Courses in Arts and Commerce by providing necessary facilities.

The students are selected and admitted in the college to various courses on the basis of academic merit by following the rules and regulations framed by the Govt. of Maharashtra and the University of Mumbai. Due consideration is given to S.C./S.T./B.C. and Economically Backward Class students. Certain number of students is admitted in sports quota. The students of M.K.Junior college, a sister institution under the same management, is given some priority in the matter of admission. The college has provision for assessing students' knowledge and skills for a particular programme, after admission. It is done by conducting oral and written tests and there by, knowledge, skills and potentiality of the students are assessed. The college conducts Tutorials for I-year B.A./B.Com classes on communicative skills in English, Business Communication and Mathematical and Statistical Techniques. Periodical tests are being administered for other classes. Special coaching is given to weaker students in English, Mathematics, Statistics and Accountancy. Financial assistance is granted to economically backward students. Book Bank facility is provided to these students. Advanced learners are challenged ahead of the rest. Intelligence tests are being designed and are being conducted at periodical intervals to challenge their advanced knowledge. Teachers are encouraged to chalk out annual as well as monthly teaching plans of their own. Syllabi are utilized according to teaching schedule. Lecture-method of teaching is supplemented by other learner-centered teaching methods like Project Method, Role-play Method, etc. Centralised 'media' facility to prepare audio-visuals and other teaching aids (Audio/ Video Cassette Players, O.H.P., Slide Projector, C.D.ROM) are used for effective class-room teaching. All these are teaching learning practices of non-institutionalised nature.

The performance of students in the University examinations is comparatively better in Arts-sector (on an average 86% with 9 First Classes). As far as commerce students are concerned, pass-percentage is around 54 (average) with 4 First classes. The drop-out rate in respect of Arts, on an average, is 24%. The drop-out rate of Commerce students is comparatively higher; it is around 34%, on an average. The percentage of students appearing for qualifying examination after minimum period of study is 76 (average) in Arts and 66 (average) in Commerce. Ratio of full-time teachers to part-time teachers is 13:1. Full-time teachers teach 95% of the classes.

The evaluation methods are communicated to the students at the beginning of the year itself through the Prospects and other means. The college monitors the over all performance of the students at the beginning of the year. The teachers are recruited and appointed through the selection procedure prescribed by the University of Mumbai and the Govt. of Maharashtra. New teaching posts are created during the period of March/April in the light of the total workload of the respective department. During the last two years, 2 full-time teachers from the same institution and one part-time teacher from another institution were recruited.

They belong to the State of Maharashtra. The college has the freedom and resources to appoint and pay temporary/ ad hoc teaching staff. During the last two years, teaching staff had attended Seminars/Conference/Workshops as participants (6), resources persons (5) at national level. The college follows Self Appraisal Method to evaluate the performance of the faculty in teaching, research and extension. Thus, they have an opportunity for continued academic progress and professional advancement. Feedback from students and monthly reporting to the Principal through Heads of Departments are systematically being carried out. The college has conducted Seminars and Workshop for faculty development. During the last 2 years, 4 refresher courses and 10 workshops were conducted for the benefit of teachers. During the period under review, none of the teachers received teaching award of any kind. The college has established linkages for teaching and research. Other highlights include Business Festival by Commerce Association, advertisement copy preparation and exhibition by Commerce Association, Manuscript Magazine by Kala Academy. The college publishes a magazine titled 'Purushottam' to provide opportunity for creativity. Every year a healthy competition is organized to select the talented and outstanding students among both boys and girls to choose them a Mr. Shroff and Miss Shroff.

The college, being an under graduate institution, has its own limitations in promoting and carrying out research as such. The major concern of the teachers is limited to teaching and evaluation and extension activities. Out of the 10 permanent teachers in the college, 1 is a Ph.D. holder and another is an M.Phil. holder. 2 teachers have registered for their Ph.D. The college does not provide any financial support to research students (scholars). The college is not having any on-going projects, but it is responsive to community needs and relevant to extension and awareness programme. The institution has 2 N.S.S. Units and one N.C.C. Unit each for boys and girls respectively. The extension activities of the College are spread out in the areas of Community Development, Social Work, Health & Hygiene Awareness, Medical (Camps), Adults education & Literacy, Blood Donation (Camp), AIDS Awareness, Environmental Awareness, Personality & Leadership Development, (Workshop on) Dramatics, Book Bank, etc. Population Education Club of the college has conducted a number of out-reach programmes. The college plans the extension activities along with NGOs and GOs (like Rotary Club, Vangaon Grama Panchayat- Chinchani and Civil Defense Department).

Located in a tribal area in Maharashtra, the college has a building measuring, 16000 sq.feet and a proposed extension plan. The institution is located on 3 acre campus wherein 96 year old high school and other institutions run by the management are situated. The structure of the building is designed by the chairman of the society in such a way that there will be a natural sunlight in each classroom with the unconventional walls and windows and roofing. There is little scope for beautification of the surroundings, but there could have been an attempt for a better architectural artistic structure. The students maximally use the cramped building infrastructure with inadequate open space. The college has prospective master plan. The management (society) of the college looks after the maintenance of infrastructure. The infrastructure facilities of the college are put to optimum utilization. The college encourages use of academic facilities by external agencies also. The college library is looked after by a qualified librarian. There is Book Bank facility in the central library. The library is yet to be computerised. During the last 2 years, 663 books costing Rs.66, 509/- and 24 journals/Periodicals costing Rs.7503/- were added to the library. The central library has a stock of 5593 books, an abysmally low number and is without adequate standard books. Audio and Video (Cassettes) are also available in the library. The library is kept open on all working days (about 250 days) from 07.30 am to 05.30 pm. The college uses the Computer Center maintained and managed by the Society. Necessary physical and infrastructure facilities are available in the Sports and Physical Education Center. Incentives are given to outstanding sports persons as a matter of encouragement. Last year, 2 students of the college Shri. Anand Prasad in Athletics and Miss Priyanka in Kho-Kho participated in State-level meets. The college plans to meet the need for augmenting the infrastructure to keep pace with the academic growth with the assistance of the management. The college can now think of providing hostel facilities as part of the expansion programme.

76% of Arts students and 66% of Commerce students, on an average, appeared for qualifying examination after minimum period of study. The average dropout rate of Arts students is 24% and of Commerce students is 34%. Progression to employment is 35% and to further study is 15%. Prominent positions held by alumni include Teachers, Lecturers, Journalists, Security Officers, Tax-Consultants, Auditors (CAs), Advocates and Managers/ Business Executives. The college collects feed back from students on a regular basis. The college publishes the updated prospectus annually. SC/ST/BC/Lower Income Group students enjoy financial aid from Central and State Govts. Scholarships are available to children of Primary and Secondary School teachers. In addition, a number of awards are instituted in the college for brilliant students. Awards are made available to the best NCC cadet and the best N.S.S Volunteer. The college has an Employment Cell and Placement officer to offer career counselling to needy students. Lecture classes are being conducted in the area of Accountancy profession and Banking career. 'Employment News' is displayed on the college Notice Board for the benefit of the students. Teachers participate in academic and personal counseling. A few students got employment opportunities through the placement services provided last year. The employment cell motivates the students to seek self-employment. Some of the former students have pioneered in starting Transport Business, Farming, Travel and Tourism Business, I.C.I.C.I Agency, L.I.C. Agency, Consumer Store, Poultry and Mushroom-culture, Retail Shops, Legal Profession, Die making Industry, etc. An alumni Association has started functioning in the college recently but it needs to be concretiasied and institutionalized within the premises. Recreational/leisure time facilities available in the college consist of Indoor and Outdoor Games, Debate Club, Students Magazines, Cultural Programmes, Dance/Music competitions, Essay Writing, Arts Circle, Commerce association, Marathi Vangmay Mandal, English Lliterary Association, Arts Association, etc. The following support services are also provided in the college they are, canteen, and vehicle parking shed.

The college has an efficient co-ordinating and monitoring system. At the top level, there is the Managing Committee consisting of Trustees, Chairman, Secretary, Joint-Secretaries and other Managing Committee Members, which looks after the oldest institution starting from Primary to college level. At the college level, there is a local managing committee to look after the routine affairs of the college. No committees/external agencies were appointed in the college during the last 3 years to improve the organization and management. The finances of the institution are judiciously allocated and effectively utilized to make its programmes and functioning cost effective. The institution has imaginative and effective resource mobilization and management strategies. The college has an inbuilt mechanism to check the work efficiency of the non-teaching staff. For preparing the Academic Calendar, a special committee is constituted in the college. Thus, the academic and administrative planning is co-ordinated. During the last 2 years, all the decisions of the Selection Committee/General Body have been approved. The college conducted professional development programme for the non-teaching staff. As part of the programme, a training in Computer Application was provided to them. The College also conducts the academic meetings of the members of the staff and provides opportunity for colloquium of each and every subject to the other members of the staff. The tuition and other fees are regulated by the State Govt. and the University. But additional fee is charged by the Management in two different streams - 1] Grant-in-aid 2] Self-financing. The management has devised a good Internal Audit mechanism in the institutions. An Internal Auditor is appointed for the purpose. Moderate welfare programmes are implemented in the college for its staff. Usual loan facilities from Provident Fund and temporary advances from management are available to teaching and non-teaching staff. Above all, the management is always concerned about the upliftment of students from weaker sections of the community especially Adivasis who form majority in the students population of the college.

The college has adopted a process for internal quality checks. Self-Appraisal mechanism is in vogue in this college. Continuous evaluation practice is formulated and validated through monthly staff meetings. The college is sensitized to latest managerial concepts of Teamwork, Decision Making. The college has linkages with industries and associations such as Tarapur Industry and Managers Associations. The institution strengthens the regular academic programmes through self-financing courses like Practical Management, Creative Arts, Fashion Designing, Entertainment Dancing, Journalism, Natya Prashikshan, Creative Craft, etc. The institution has also displayed sensitivity to changing educational, social and market demands in a minor way by adding additional courses like Vermi Culture, Musroom Products, Poultry Management, Candle Making, etc. The college has programmes to inculcate civic responsibilities among the students through N.C.C., N.S.S. and other Associations. The college is concentrating its attention on the alround personality development of the learners through various programmes and activities. The college is geared to achieve its specific goals and objectives through multifarious activities and programmes. Departments and Associations functioning in the college are organizing a number of community-oriented programmes. The college is making efforts to promote general/transferable skills among the students community through Industrial Visits, Agricultural Visits, Debates, Elocution, Essay-Writing, Camping Programmes, etc. Students are given training to prepare and develop their Bio-data to be presented before prospective employers. The meritorious students are given away awards for securing the ranks in the college / university examinations.

The peer team is of the opinion that the P.L.Shroff college of Arts & Commerce, Chinchani, Tal. Dahanu, Dist. Thane PIN - 401 503 (Maharashtra) is a modest institution of the Chinchani-Tarapur Education Society (CTES). It's Chairman, Shri.Rajanikantbhai Shroff, is an ardent Environmentalist cum Chemical Engineer. The sister-institution of the college is a 93 years old highshool run by the (CTES) in the same campus of 3 acres in a small to Chinchani surrounded by the villages with adivasi and backward class population with a predominant occupation of Dieing. Although the vision of the CTES in establishing this P.L.Shroff college of Arts & Commerce is to enhance the educational status of this region, the impact of this college appears to be modest. Yet, the credit should be given to this institution for bringing in more girls than the boys to this college and enabling them to have quality education with appropriate institutional practices of teaching, learning and evaluation besides creating a commitment of social awareness among the students. The peer team is concerned that the college with its existence in the past 16 years in this region could not make it into a permanent affiliation status with the University of Mumbai. Although, it is a grant-in-aid institution of Government of Maharashtra, the policy of restricting to the salary grant alone to this Institution has a visible impact on building the infrastructure facilities, like quality library and other educational infrastructure. The Chairman of the CTES has ingenuity in making more out of the small by his localized charisma in mobilsing modest financial resources for providing the environmental friendly buildings, computer center and infrastructure for certificate courses. These infrastructure facilities are still part of CTES, which are being used by college along with other external agencies. With this constraint, the faculty and the management of this college have developed a collective commitment and involvement to have the best inputs from out of small size teaching faculty and small sized physical area of the campus. The peer team during its interaction with the current students, alumni, parents and the faculty of this college has found that there is a dedication among themselves for acquiring an impressive ability to reach the goal of quality education. The journey of this college to the quality destination is through its small steps, in the absence of the support from the dedicated funding agencies. The peer team is of the opinion that this collective goodwill, in the context of the meager resource support from the Government and other local community, should be translated into a result oriented pedagogic action not only to maintain quality but also to be used to sustain the quality educational practices. The healthy practice of internalizing all the endeavors like - a] local orientation courses for the faculty, b] establishing certificate courses on need basis of the local region for the students in the college and c] allowing the college to use CTES Computer Center for all the learning requirements of the students of the various courses of the college are a model to be commended upon. Similarly, the practice of CTES Chairman in maximizing the limited physical space available for the college with his imaginative environment friendly building plan should be commended. In this context, the Peer Team has its concern about feasibility of the master plan of its futuristic building activities for the college. The college has specific quality practices like mobilizing its students to create awareness on social and community issues among the public. Similarly, the college is resourceful in providing opportunity for its students to have an organized sports and cultural events besides sensitizing them with local history like 'discovering Chinchani through the Local Temples. All these extra curricular resourceful activities are commendable. The organization and management practices appear to be mutually supportive among the faculty, staff, students and management. There is a distinct absence of involving the local community in all the pedagogic practices of the college through well defined extension activities although there are visible outreach programmes. The college is alive in its responsibilities to address the learning problems of the students especially the first generation literates who gain entry into this college. All these are good quality practices in the educational endeavour of this college, at a time when the educational institutions in India are suffering under the affiliation system and the same is being cried upon with lack of autonomy to address the problematic issues of the local students.

Recommendations for action at college level :
The peer team commends the sincerity, collectivity and also of the concern of the institution, to the goal of quality in providing higher education in this backward and adivasi region with its modest space, building infrastructure and its meagure financial resources. The team records its appreciation, the CTES and the college collaboration in localizing its entire endeavour in pragmatizing the teaching, learning and evaluation practices more suited to the local needs of the students. In this context, the peer team recommends the CTES and the college should translate all its locally destinated padagogic practices through a scientific institutional design.

The peer team recommends that the CTES and the college should take iniatiative to obtain permanent affiliation from University of Mumbai.

The peer team feels the absence of hostel for girls and boys at the college. The peer team recommends that the college and the CTES should mobilize local community resources for building hostels for girls and boys. Otherwise, the college can own one or two buses to transport the students from in and around 50 villages of Chinchani area, as the college has its Mission and Vision to upgrade these villages for an increasing access to higher education.

While commending the endeavours of the college and the CTES in offering specific skill development oriented and job oriented certificate courses as add-on courses, the peer team recommends that the college and the CTES do everying possible to validate the certificate courses that are offered by it or accreditated by national or international agencies for credibility in the market for labour and job. This will go a long way in serving the cause of human resource development of the local community in a novel way with an ingenius planning to pave way for integrating with the local human resources on a global level. For example, the college endeavors in upgrading dieing skills - the local level skill based labour resources will pave way for integrating with the global labour market. This endeavour is recommended as a model for all the colleges suffering under the affiliating system to have autonomy for making them alive to the needs of the society.

Yet, the peer team recommends that the college and the CTES should be alive to offer job oriented UG and PG courses of the University of Mumbai. Also it should endeavour to start science courses (B.Sc.) - as it is surrounded by scientific neighbourhood especially of infrastructure TAPS, BSES.

The college should opt for institutionalizing the bridge and remedial courses, as the majority of the students of the college are not only from the local region but also from the first generation literate families from far away villages. This is an ingredient for the quality component in higher education. Otherwise, the expansion of higher education without these bridge and remedial courses will end up in reproducing the inequality in learning practices within the classroom.

The college should establish 'community - college interaction cell' to plan for mobilizing resources for the physical and the building infrastructure besides planning to meet the local educational needs by the college.

The college with its concern for environmental friendly practices within the campus may make it as an integratred padagogic action in the light of the recent Supreme Court direction on environmental education. Otherwise, quality of higher education will be devoid of environmental friendly awareness.

Recommendation for overall policy:
The peer team noted the policy actions, and directives of the University of Mumbai in clustering the colleges by region wise for supportive evaluation practices of the university examinations. The quality in higher education does not depend on good evaluation practices alone. The evaluation practices are integral part of teaching and learning method by the teachers and learners at the individual level and the institutional level. Hence, the peer team recommends that the concept of clustering the colleges for monitoring the evaluation practices should be extended to the teaching and learning methods also.

The policy of the Government of Maharashtra in terms of the recruitment of the teachers and the discontinuation of non-salary grants may be reviewed and evaluated by the educational planners, administrators by keeping in mind of the fact that the quality in higher education should not be a causality.

While appreciating the local initiative of the college in making its learners as employable products through its local planning of various skill development courses and job oriented courses, the peer team recommends that there should be a overall policy directions at the State and University level to look into the quality in higher education as a derived resource for integrating the enskillment with general education, as the peer team is of the opinion that skill without education and education without skill will be a worst divide than the rich and the poor divide.

(Prof. D.Sundaram) : Chairperson-Co-ordinator

(Prof.T.S.Hoovaiah Gowda) : Member

(Prof.K.K.Rajappan Achari) : Member.

(Prin.Dr.Smt.P.S.Raut) : Principal.

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