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St Joseph College of Arts and Commerce, Vasai, Maharashtra


St Joseph College of Arts and Commerce, Vasai, Maharashtra
Address:Satpala, P.O. Agashi Virar (W)
Vasai (District Thane)
Maharashtra, India
Pin Code : 401301

St Joseph College of Arts and Commerce, Vasai Maharashtra is a recognised institute / college. Status: Non-Aided. St Joseph College of Arts and Commerce, Vasai Maharashtra is managed by Society: Dyandeep Mandals. St Joseph College of Arts and Commerce, Vasai Maharashtra was established on / in 1995-96.

Principal of St Joseph College of Arts and Commerce, Vasai Maharashtra is Dr. Jayashree F. Mehta.

St Joseph College of Arts and Commerce is situated in Vasai of Maharashtra state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Vasai comes under Vasai Tehsil, Thane District.

Residence Phone No(s) of concerned peron(s) of St Joseph College of Arts and Commerce, Vasai Maharashtra is (are) : +91-471 - 2728820.

email ID(s) is St Joseph College of Arts and Commerce Vasai Maharashtra

Website of St Joseph College of Arts and Commerce, Vasai Maharashtra is www.sjcollege.in.

Contact Details of St Joseph College of Arts and Commerce, Vasai Maharashtra are : +91-495-2236221
0250- 2589496/4499


St Joseph College of Arts and Commerce, Vasai Maharashtra runs course(s) in Arts, Commerce stream(s).
BA Economics with Indian History & Mathematical Economics(Sub)
BSc Mathematics with Statistics & Computer Application (sub)
1. Physics with Maths & Computer Application (Sub)
2. Zoology with Chemistry & Botany ( Sub)
BCom With Computer Application
MA Economics
BA Economics with Indian History & Mathematical Economics(Sub)
BSc Mathematics with Statistics & Computer Application (sub)
1. Physics with Maths & Computer Application (Sub)
2. Zoology with Chemistry & Botany ( Sub)
BCom With Computer Application
MA Economics
B.Com. (B.&I)

Approval details: St Joseph College of Arts and Commerce is affiliated with University of Mumbai (UoM), Mumbai (Maharashtra)


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Section 1: Preface
The St. Joseph College of Arts & Commerce, Satpala, Maharashtra, affiliated to University of Mumbai, was established on 25th August 1995 by 'Dnyandeep Mandal', Uttar Vasai. It is the only senior college in the region of Satpala, Uttar Vasai, which is largely rural. The college was established to impart higher education to the youth of all communities of this region with a view to infuse in them the spirit of enlightened and responsible citizenship worthy of a secular democratic state.

Situated on Satpala - Rajodi road, the college campus is spread over an area of 2.5 acres with lush green and pollution free surroundings. The college has one more separate plot of 2.5 acres, just opposite to the college campus. It has a built-up area of around 15,000 sq. feet. It is a grant-in college but it has received a grant of mere one lakh twenty five thousand out of a sanction grant of sixty-one lakh, seventy five thousand, five hundred and eighteen. The college is yet to be recognized by UGC under section 2f and 12B.

The college offers undergraduate level courses in Arts and Commerce streams. The nature of the college, i.e., affiliated grant-in-aid leaves little room for autonomy to the college. Over the years the colleges has grown in terms of student strength and at present around 558 students, including 326 girls are enrolled into streams - Arts & Commerce. The college has faculty strength of 11 teachers (all of them are temporary) and two teachers as guest faculty. There are 6 members in the non-teaching staff. The college follows annual system of academic work. It has a central library, gymkhana, girls' common room, canteen, boys' common room, vehicle parking shed, etc.

St. Joseph College, Satpala, MAHARASHTRA volunteered to be assessed by NAAC and submitted its self-study report in the month of March 2004. NAAC constituted an expert committee to visit the college and validate its Study Report. The Peer team comprised of Prof. M.L. Sisodia, Former Director, UGC Academic Staff College, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur as the chairperson, Rev. Fr. Ambrose Pinto S.J., Principal, St. Joseph's College, Lalbagh Road, Bangalore as member coordinator and S.A. Patel, Former Principal M.C. Shah of Commerce College, Ashram Road, Ahemedabad as member. The team visited the college on 26-28th (F.N.) July 2004.

The Peer Team carefully pursued and analyzed the Self-Study report submitted by the institute. During institutional visit, Peer Team went through all the relevant documents, visited the various departments and the facilities and interacted with the various constituents of the institution. The academic, co-curricular, extra-curricular, sports and other facilities of the institution were visited and assessed. The Peer Team also interacted at length with the Management, Principal, Faculty, Students, Non-teaching staff, Parents and Alumni of the institution. Based on the above exercise and keeping in mind the criteria identified by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, the Peer Team has taken up the assessment and accreditation of the college. The observations of the team are recorded in the following sections of the report.

Section2: Criterion Wise Report
Criterion1: Curricular Aspects
In the faculty of Arts the college imparts undergraduate education in 6 subjects viz, Hindi, English, Marathi, History, Economics and Rural development. In commerce stream the college imparts education in 7 subjects viz, Commerce, Accountancy, Maths and Computer, Business Economics, E.V.S & Business Laws. There is limited flexibility in selecting the combination of subjects in the Arts stream. The college has started Banking & Insurance course from session 2004-2005 in the B.Com. section. The college follows the syllabi designed and prescribed by the Mumbai University since it is affiliated to it. The college also provides additional components to the formal syllabus through guest lectures, project work and assignments. However college faculty could review syllabus and send their suggestions to the concerned Board of Studies, Mumbai University for consideration.

Most of the temporal plans of academic work are based on annual system. The Banking and Insurance course follows the semester system. The college does not have any formal feedback mechanism from academic peers, employers and alumni of college with respect to its academic activities. However, the feedback from the students is obtained through suggestion box kept in the premises. Most of the suggestions received are non-academic in nature. The college may have to design a continuous feedback mechanism and establish linkages with the neighboring industries, society and institutions.

The Management Body, Dnyandeep Mandal has stated its aims and objectives in its constitution. However, the Peer team did not find these aims and objectives articulated in any document of the college. The college may have to state the goals and objectives clearly to periodically review and communicate them systematically to all its stakeholders.

Criterion2: Teaching, Learning & Evaluation
Most of the students seeking admission to the college are from the nearby villages and are admitted on the basis of their academic record at the qualifying examination. It is observed that the dropout rate is high especially in the first year of the B.A. programme because students drift to professional courses such as D.Ed, etc. There is no provision for assessing student's knowledge and skills for a particular programme after admission. The college has periodic assessment to evaluate the students. The overall performance of the students is monitored by conducting tutorials, project work, etc. as well as mid term examination. Advanced learners are motivated by providing them awards for their performance. They are allotted responsibility of guiding weak students. Promotion to higher classes is based on annual University examination conducted in the first two years in the college. The third year exams are conducted by the University. For the last two years (2002-2003) the pass percentage is 100 percent in Arts stream and 94 percent in commerce faculty with large number of students passed in first class in the third year university examination. This is a creditable achievement for a rural college that admits practically all the students who apply to the college. In fact, the pass percentage is higher than that of the University pass percentage, which is appreciable.

The teachers plan their teaching in accordance with the academic calendar worked out at the beginning of the academic session. Teachers are encouraged to make the teaching plan and the Principal monitors plan. The syllabus in each subject is unitized (term wise). The teachers, however, are to be encouraged to design annual, semester and daily lesson plans. Mostly teaching is lecture based. However sometimes group discussions, project method, superwise study method, quiz and question answer session are used to make the learning interesting. Sometimes teachers use OHP. There is need to make use of other audio-visual devices as well to make the teaching-learning exercise more interesting.

The college is sincerely working to fulfill the requirement of UGC by having more then 180 teaching days and 236 working days as observed from the records of the last two academic years. 100% workload is borne by the regular staff (although temporary) of the college. In total there are 11 teachers and each take 20 lectures per week, besides working in different committees. The college also has two teachers as guest faculty. College has conducted a two-day workshop on personality development and a day's workshop each on NAAC preparation, problems of prisoners, water conservation, software and education abroad. Two teachers have participated in national level seminars and one international level seminar. Two teachers have attended refresher courses conducted by UGC Academic Staff College.

Teachers are required to submit their performance report in the prescribed form. The principal checks the form and takes personal interview for verification of the facts. It is observed that not all the teaching staff is recruited following the norms of the Mumbai University as well as DHE, Maharashtra, although it is envisaged to do so. Some of the teachers do not have the eligibility criteria to teach since they have not passed the NET. At present all financial burden is born by the management, as State Government has not released grant of mere one lakh twenty five thousand since its inception.

Criterion3: Research, Consultancy & Extension
The college has 11 teachers. Two teachers have been awarded Ph.D. degree while working in the college. The present Principal is a Ph. D. in Rural Development. The college must encourage teachers to do research by providing study leave and seed money for preparing research projects, etc.

The college doesn't have collaboration/linkages with national/international institutions and industries. However the college is engaged in extension, cultural and co-curricular activities such as NSS camp, NCC, women cell, adult education programmes, tree plantation camp, blood donation camp, environmental protection campaign (Harit Vasai campaign), Aids awareness campaign etc. Students are encouraged to participate in some competitions at intercollegiate level as well as University youth festival. These activities of the college are carried out with various committees of teachers constituted by the Principal. The college publishes its annual college magazine called 'The Josephite'. Students have collected funds for Gujarat earthquake.

Criterion 4: Infrastructure & Learning Resources
(a) Physical Facilities
The college is located in 2.5 acres of land. The main college building has ground floor. It includes six classrooms, Principal's cabin, administrative office, library, staff room, girls' common room, boys' common room, parking shed, etc. The college has another plot of 2.5 acres opposite college campus. Thus there is enough land available for future growth and development. The management carries out the maintenance. Campus development committee headed by the Principal is actively involved in maintenance, beautification and cleanliness of the campus. The college campus is neat, clean and well maintained.

(b) Learning Resources
The college has central library having 3364 books and 30 periodicals, 15 newspapers, etc. There is a library committee headed by the Principal. There is a book bank facility with 500 textbooks for needy students. The library is in the initial stage of computerization. The library may have audio-visual teaching aids. Internet facility is available in the library.

(c) Computer Facilities
There is no central computer facility in the college; however, the commerce department has a computer laboratory with 9 computers (Pentium 111), administrative office with 2 computers and library with two. Commerce department may work on computer aided learning packages. There is no facility for imparting computer awareness education/skills to other students.

(d) Sports & Health Services
The college has fairly good indoor sports infrastructure. It needs an open play ground for outdoor games such as volley ball, kabaddi, cricket and athletic track with a trained Physical instructor. The college provides incentives to outstanding sports persons by way of awarding certificates and small momento on annual prize distribution function. College also provides first aid facility. It has also appointed one local doctor who provides his services in case of emergency.

Criterion 5: Student Support& Progression
The College was started on 25th August 1995. Since then the college consistently maintains very good results and large number of students passed in first class. Around 90 percent students appear for the qualifying examination after minimum period of study. So far 950 students are graduated from the college. Around 5 percent students started their own business. Most of the graduates seek admission to post graduate courses. Every year College publishes prospectus and it is given to students along with the admission form. It contains the details about the available courses and subject combinations, rules and regulations of the college, the fee structure, etc. The college has no calendar.

The college has no scholarships to the needy though individual teachers do assist the students in financial need. The meritorious students who top the college in the university exams are honoured with special prizes in the name of some eminent persons. It provides inspiration and motivation to the students.

The Alumni association is formed only in the month of Dec.2003 and needs to be strengthened. The college is busy in collecting data about alumni, which may help the college for its growth and development.

There is no placement or employment cell; however teachers guide students for different jobs available for which advertisements are displayed on the notice board. Students are informed and directed for earning and learning at foreign countries through Champion International, an external agency.

Criterion 6: Organization & Management
The college is managed by Dnyandeep Mandal (a registered trust) Uttar Vasai, which was established by the efforts of local community lead by Late Rev. Fr. Bhandari. The management is running the college for last 9 years, without hardly any grant from the Government and with the prescribed Government fee structure (not changed in last 3 years), which is highly appreciable.

The Principal of the college being the head coordinates and monitors the activities of various committees formed for the purpose of effective functioning. The Principal evaluates the performance of the teaching and the non-teaching staff. There is an internal audit mechanism through an experienced accountant who comes every quarter to do internal audit. The Purchase committee purchases the major items of college. Two members of Dnyandeep Mandal are appointed on the committee.

The college does not have any welfare scheme for the staff and the students. There is a discipline committee to deal with the grievance of the students.

Criterion 7: Healthy Practices
The college has made considerable progress since its inception in imparting undergraduate education in Arts & Commerce streams to rural population of the region. The college is geared up for further extension, improvement in cultural and co-curricular activities keeping in mind the goals of the college. Some of the noteworthy practices found at the college are:-

The college has a committed team of members in the management and staff.

They are imbued with a sense of mission

The college has formed an internal quality assurance cell to assess the teaching performance.

Every year the college magazine called 'The Josephite' is published, where students get opportunity to write poems, different articles, etc.

The college has formed parent- teacher association.

Through extension, co-curricular activities, NSS and NCC camps the college is working towards community orientation and creating awareness among the rural masses. These activities create enthusiasm and zeal among the students and inculcate civic responsibilities.

The Principal and faculty are actively involved in various committees and play important role in the development of the college.

The Peer team notes with satisfaction the great zeal with which the management has established the college for the rural community and the continuous efforts made to improve the quality of education in the college. Within a span of nine years, the college has established a reputation for academic excellence. We commend the institution for the following:

The commitment of the Management committee and the way finances have been raised. With 32 trustees each contributing one lakh, 25 lakhs from the Bassien Catholic Co-operative Bank and more than 600 life members contributing Rs. 1000 each along with contribution from the public, the college has made education possible in an area where there are no colleges for higher education.

The Peer team is also appreciative of the teaching and non-teaching members of the staff. It is their hard and persevering work that has been responsible for good results in the University examinations and the conductive academic environment in the campus.

We discovered very cordial relationship among all the stake-holders - the Management, Staff and the Students

The college has extension work in the rural community with special intervention among women on concerns of health, sex education and literacy

More than half of those the college educates are women.

The following recommendations are made to help the college to grow further and to realize the very mission and goal of higher education in the region:

The college needs to articulate its mission statement clearly and systematically and communicate it to all its constituencies. The programme of teaching and learning in the college should be consistent with the goals and objectives of the institution.

The teachers of the college could unitize the syllabus for the year. The unitized syllabus could be translated into daily lesson plan and submitted to the Principal weekly.

NET or SLET passed candidates need to be appointed as teachers.

The college could think of a research unit to prepare minor or major research projects and submit them to the UGC for funding.

The college could consider ways and means of strengthening the IQAC, Alumni Association and Parent-Teacher Council

Since the college is located in the rural area, vocational courses that respond to the needs of the locality could be started. There is a need to vocationalise the content of B.A. and B.Com courses with additional components to cater to the needs of the local community. The college could contemplate courses on entrepreneurship as well so that students after passing out from the college can contribute to the local community.

Efforts could be made to include the college under 2F and 12 B.

The college needs to develop centralized computer facilities so that students could use computers both as a device of information and means of communication. At present students have hardly any recourse to the computers.

The library has only 3364 books. With nearly six hundred students, the college library needs to be further expanded.

While the college has done well in academics, there is room for improvement especially in sports, games and culturals. The college needs to appoint a full time Physical Instructor. At present the college has very little participation in sports, games and culturals at the inter-collegiate level.

The staff members could attend UGC refresher courses and other training programmes conducted by Industry and other organizations to enhance their knowledge and to keep themselves abreast with changing trends in education.

At present the lecture method is used to teach in the classroom for the most part. The college could think of using more student friendly methods where students become participants than mere recipients.

The members of the Peer team would like to place on record their sincere thanks to the management, principal, faculty, non-teaching staff, students, parents and the alumni for their support and cooperation in successfully completing the exercise of Assessment and Accreditation by NAAC Peer Team.

(M. L. Sisodia)

Fr. Ambrose Pinto S.J.
(Member Coordinator)

S. A. Patel

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