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Balaghat Shikshan Sansthas Arts, Science and Commerce College, Osmanabad, Maharashtra
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Tuljapur, Naldurg, Osmanabad, Maharashtra
Osmanabad (District Osmanabad)
Maharashtra, India



Balaghat Shikshan Sansthas Arts, Science and Commerce College, Osmanabad Maharashtra is a recognised institute / college. Balaghat Shikshan Sansthas Arts, Science and Commerce College, Osmanabad Maharashtra was established on / in 1971.


Balaghat Shikshan Sansthas Arts, Science and Commerce College is situated in Osmanabad of Maharashtra state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Osmanabad comes under Osmanabad Tehsil, Osmanabad District.




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Approval details: Balaghat Shikshan Sansthas Arts, Science and Commerce College is affiliated with Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad



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NAAC report of Balaghat Shikshan Sansthas Arts, Science and Commerce College

SECTION I: PREFACE
Arts, Science and Commerce College, Naldurg, Dist. Osmanabad (Maharashtra) is a rural college established in June 1971 by Balaghat Shikshan Sanstha, Naldurg. The main objective of the college is to provide higher education to the rural students of this economically and educationally backward area around Naldurg, which is a historical place, surrounded by Balaghat range. The college is affiliated to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad. The institution is recognized by the UGC under 2f and 12B in 1975. It is receiving grant-in-aid from the state government. The college campus which is spread in 11 acres is located on the Hyderabad Bombay highway in the Naldurg town.

The college offers B.A., B.Sc. and B.Com. at Undergraduate level along with self-financing courses B.C.S., M.Sc.(Zoology) and M.A. in Marathi, Hindi and History. Currently there are 998 students, including 202 girls, on the rolls of the college. The college has a qualified teaching faculty strength of 33 permanent lecturers, in which seven are Ph.D. holders and two M.Phil. holders. The 30 member non-teaching staff comprises of 12 administrative staff and 18 technical staff. The college has sufficient number of classrooms, central library, science laboratories, computer laboratory, indoor and outdoor sports facilities, canteen, hostels for boys and girls, guest room, conference hall, multi-gym, NSS, NCC (Boys), health center, workshop, consumer store, cooperative credit society, Internet and Xerox facilities.

Arts, Science and Commerce College, Naldurg volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), conducted the preliminary self-study and submitted it to NAAC in September 2003. A Peer Team was constituted by the NAAC to visit the institution and validate the Self Study Report. The Peer Team consisting of Dr. Ram Prakash, former Pro-Vice Chancellor, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra (Chairperson), Prof. N.V.Narasimham, School of Management Studies, IGNOU, New Delhi (Member Coordinator), Dr.(Mrs.) Geeta Tiwari, Principal, Government D.B. Girls P.G. Autonomous College, Raipur, Chhattisgarh (Member) visited the institution for two days on 12 and 13 March, 2004. Dr. Jagannath Patil, Assistant Advisor, NAAC, Bangalore coordinated the visit at NAAC, Bangalore.

The Peer Team carefully perused and analyzed the Self Study Report submitted by the institution. During institutional visit, the team went through all the relevant documents and visited all the departments and facilities. The academic, co-curricular, extra-curricular, sports, extension facilities and support services of the institution were visited. The Peer Team also interacted with the Governing Body, Principal, faculty, non-teaching staff, students, parents and alumni of the institution. Based on the above exercise, the Peer Team has made criterion-wise value judgement. The assessment of the institution under various criteria identified by NAAC, the strengths of the institution as well as issues of concern are given in the following pages.

SECTION 2: CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion I - Curricular Aspects
This college affiliated to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad started functioning in 1971. It has seven departments in the Faculty of Arts (viz. English, Hindi, Marathi, Economics, Sociology, Political Science and History), eight departments in the Faculty of Science (viz. Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Fishery Science, Sericulture, Computer Science and Mathematics) and the Department of Commerce. Thus the college offers B.Com., B.A. in seven optional subjects and B.Sc. in eight optional subjects, out of which a student has to select a specified combination of electives as prescribed by the University. It also offers self-financing courses B.C.S. and four postgraduate programmes viz. M.A. (Marathi), M.A.(Hindi), M.A.(History) and M.Sc.( Zoology). The subjects like Fishery Science, Sericulture and Computer Science are vocational subjects at undergraduate level.

Being an affiliated college, it follows the curriculum designed by the University for all programmes it offers. However, the teachers from various departments like Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, Fishery Science, Botany and Commerce have contributed to the above process in various capacities such as members of subcommittees, Board of Studies and Faculties of the University. College offers a wide spectrum of various combinations of the three subjects each providing flexibility and diversity to pursue a programme with reference to limited horizontal mobility.

The college organizes extension lectures regularly to elaborate the curricular aspects to enable the students to develop self-preparatory habit of reading and self-confidence.

Remedial classes in English are organized for academically disadvantaged students. The feedback of teaching programmes is obtained by the management through the competent bodies such as Local Management Committee and the Heads of Departments. The college also conducts confidential surveys soliciting response from the students to evaluate the teachers.

Criterion II - Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
The aim of the college is to provide man-making education to the students of this backward area with a motto of overall development of students. The college has 998 students on its rolls drawn from the same state, mostly belonging to poor farmer families. Admission seekers are communicated the necessary information through printed prospectus. Admissions are given on the basis of merit and the norms laid down by the affiliating University. The reservation policy of the government is adhered to.

Teachers prepare an annual teaching plan, which is communicated to the students. Head of the departments and Principal check the progress periodically. Various co-ordination committees meet periodically to discuss the shortcomings and suggestions, if any. The syllabus is unitised according to teaching schedule. Majority of the teachers use the lecture method. Classroom teaching is made effective through use of maps, charts and models, group discussions, seminars, individual presentations etc. Audio-visual aids are used to make the learning interesting. CD player, overhead projector, computer and Internet are also used occasionally in teaching. Besides lecture method of classroom teaching, teaching in few subjects include workshops, exhibition, industrial visits, field excursions, surveys and educational tours are arranged. Extra classes for educationally weaker and slow students are conducted.

The students are assessed through periodic tests, tutorials, quiz programmes, seminars, workshops, project work, terminal examinations and finally theory/ practical examinations of the university.

There are approximately 220 working days in a session and nearly 180 teaching days. The permanent and temporary teachers are appointed according to merit by following the Rules and Regulations of UGC, affiliating University and the Government of Maharashtra.

The college has the freedom to appoint the temporary /contractual /part time teachers for self-financing courses. Expenditure on self-financing courses is managed from the tuition fee as prescribed by the university.

The college follows self-appraisal method to evaluate the performance of the faculty in teaching, research and institutional programmes and feedback from students is also received. The college has faculty strength of 33 permanent teachers out of which seven are Ph.D., two are M.Phil. and the rest hold only postgraduate degrees in the concerned subject. 14 teachers have submitted their Minor Research Projects to U.G.C., out of which three are already being sanctioned. Five teachers have received teaching awards. Two teachers have received social/literature awards. 27 Teachers participated in national level seminars, 12 teachers attended conferences, six teachers participated in refresher and orientation courses.

Criterion III - Research, Consultancy and Extension
Research culture of the college needs to be further strengthened. About 39% of the teachers are engaged in research. Seven teachers are doing research work leading to Ph.D. degree. One teacher is recognized by the University as Research guide and four more teachers for recognition to guide Ph.D./ M.Phil. Teachers should be encouraged to undertake more minor and major research projects. Some departments provide in formal consultancy services as of now. The college may look into the areas where consultancy services can be offered.

Community development, social work, health and hygiene awareness, medical camp, adult education and literacy, blood donation camp, AIDS awareness, environment awareness, village adoption and national integration are stated to be various extension activities which are looked after by a teacher as additional charge. Students are encouraged to participate in extension activities. They are given certificates, shields, cash prize etc. Names of the students doing excellent work in co-curricular activities are displayed on notice board of the college. The faculty in Chemistry in association with other teachers is engaged in activities like Andhashradha Nirmulan Samiti (ANS), Maharashtra Vivek Vahini, Bharatmata Bahuddeshiya Sanstha, Lok Jagar etc. for doing social works. NSS and NCC units organize extension activities in and around Naldurg. Contribution of NSS in laying the internal roads in the college campus is commendable. In sports, many students are selected for National level Wrestling Championship.

Criterion IV - Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college campus, spread in 11 acres, is situated in the backward rural area of Naldurg. The main building of the college consists of classrooms, laboratories (Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Fisheries, Sericulture), Principal chamber and administrative office, conference hall, staff room, gymnasium, cooperative credit society, consumer store, etc. Classrooms and laboratories are well furnished and fully equipped. There is a separate building housing the library, computer laboratory and other amenities in the campus include canteen, guest house, girls waiting room, parking space, NSS, NCC, Vivekavahini unit, etc. There is a hostel to accommodate 100 boys and for girls is completed. The college has installed submersible pump set to ensure regular supply of sufficient water. The campus is clean and green. There is a botanical garden in the campus.

Ministerial staff maintains the campus. The college has initiated various measures to maintain the greenery and pollution free environment in the campus. For augmenting the infrastructure to keep pace with academic growth, the Balaghat Shikshan Sanstha prepares plans in advance and makes financial provision from UGC grants and college development fund augmented by its own funds. The college infrastructure is optionally utilised for junior (+2 level) and senior college in shift system. The college also encourages the use of its infrastructure for various cultural and academic activities of other educational and cultural organisations.

The college has a separate library building consisting of stock room, reading room, circulation unit, periodical section and the office. Library is open between 8.30 am to 6.00 pm on all working days. There are 24,895 books and 74 journals/periodicals. The expenditure on books and periodicals in 2002-03 was Rs. 90,500. Under the book bank scheme, college provides at least two books per student for a period of academic year. Library operations are partly computerised. Audio/video cassettes and reprographic facilities are available in the library.

There is no central computer facility in the college. But there is a computer laboratory with seven computers, two printers and Internet. This facility is used for general purposes also as and when needed. Computer facility is also available in Physics laboratory, office, library and conference hall. All the computers are maintained by the teachers in the Department of Computers and the services of outside experts are used as and when needed.

Health services like first aid service, annual medical check-up, medical reimbursement to employees, etc. are available for students and teachers. There are facilities for several indoor and outdoor games in this campus. Well equipped multi-gym is accessible to all the students. Students regularly participate in the inter-college and inter-university games. It is notable that the students won state level and national level medals in wrestling. Special incentives/concessions and prizes are given to outstanding sports persons.

Criterion V - Student Support and Progression
For the 1999-2002 batch, the dropout rate is 21.8% for undergraduate programmes and 35% for postgraduate. However, for 2000-03 batch, the drop out rate increased to 33.4% for UG programmes while declined to 14.8% for PG programmes. Pass percentage in the final examinations (2002-03) is 85.7% for UG programmes and 63.3% for PG programmes, which is much improvement over the previous batch, particularly for PG programmes. Performing of science students in securing first division is commendable.

As most of the students do not maintain regular contact with the college after their studies, the college is unable to maintain systematic record of their progression to employment and further studies. Four students cleared UGC NET and several of its alumni are well settled in business, profession and employment.

The college publishes its updated prospectus every year with all details such as programmes offered, fee structure, admission procedure, calendar of events, vocational courses, rules of discipline, scholarships and free ships, list of faculty, members of Local Governing Body, various college societies and their activities, etc.

Under nine schemes from various agencies, 450 students received financial assistant in 2001-02, which increased substantially to 745 students in 2002-03.

In the absence of Employment Cell and Placement Officer in the college, Vocational Guidance Committee displays advertisements on the notice board and guides the students in seeking employment. Through the guidance from this Committee, few students were able to establish their own businesses. Special camp is also conducted in the college to enrol the students at the local employment exchange.

The newly formed Alumni Association is preparing plans to help the needy students with free books and adopting them for completion of their studies.

Admission policies and criteria are made clear to the prospective students through advertisements in the local press and display in the notice board. There is no specific admission policy with regard to overseas students, as there is no such demand.

The college organizes several recreational and leisure time activities like indoor and outdoor games, cultural programme, debate competitions, essay writing, dance and music competitions, study tours, excursion to historical places, etc. Sports, NSS and NCC activities are encouraged in the college to promote discipline, social awareness and talent of the students. To promote overall personality development, student associations like Science Association, Social Science Association, Literary and Debate Association, Commerce Association, Academic Consultancy Group, etc., are formed and various activities are organised through them.

Criterion VI - Organisation and Management
Overall management of the college is with the Balaghat Shikshan Sanstha, Naldurg, which is progressive and socially conscious. Being an affiliated college, it is governed by the rules and regulations of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad. Local Managing Committee, constituted as per the Maharashtra State University Act 1994, monitors the functioning of the college on regular basis day-to-day functioning and internal coordination is monitored by the Principal with the help of Vice-Principal, HODs and office superintendent. A number of committees are constituted by the Principal to look after areas like admission, discipline, preparation of academic calendar, grievance redressal, etc., help the college to have a participative management.

Office superintendent and HODs coordinate and monitor the functioning and work efficiency of the administrative and non-teaching staff. Computer training is given to some office staff in using computers for office administration.

Meeting of discipline groups and various committees are held regularly for formulation of academic policies and their effective implementation. Academic calendar is being prepared by a committee at the beginning of the academic session and the same is implemented.

The college charges fee for various programmes as prescribed by the affiliating university. There is no change in the fee structure during the past three years. Under the `Earn and Learn' scheme, some of the economically backward and needy students get some financial benefit.

In the year 2002-03, the college received a salary grant of Rs. 99.67 lakh from state government as grant-in-aid, fee collection of Rs.1.28 lakh and Rs. 3.87 lakh contribution from management account. The college has deficit budget as the state government is not releasing non-salary grant in recent years. There is internal audit system whereby the accounts of the college are being audited by an independent auditor.

Though the college constituted Grievance Redressal Cell to deal with the grievances of students and staff, there are no grievances.

The Employees Cooperative Credit Society provides various loans to teaching and non-teaching staff. The college organised the basic course of `Art of Living' for the teachers. Teachers are also encouraged to participate in seminars, workshops, refresher courses, visits to reputed academic institutions, etc. for professional development.

Criterion VII - Healthy Practices
The college has a specific goal of providing education to the students of this backward area. The institution displays sensitivity to changing educational, social and market demands by introducing career-oriented programmes like Sericulture, Fishery Science and Computer Science. The department of chemistry trains the students in the preparation of soaps, rose water, agarbatti etc. and marketing them in the nearby markets.

Mechanism for internal educational quality check (Self-appraisal along with feedback from students on the basis of a questionnaire).

Participation of the members in decision-making process.

Value based education through various extension activities.

There is emphasis on all-round personality development of the learners through their active participation in curricular and co-curricular activities like NSS, NCC etc.

SECTION 3: OVERALL ANALYSIS
The following points are the main strengths and strong points of the college for which it is to be commended.

Pro-active and highly dedicated management keenly interested in the development of the institution.

Good co-ordination between all the constituents of the institution viz. Management, Principal, faculty, students, parents and alumni.

Large campus with proper utilization of space.

The college offers the basic courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level to cater to the needs of the students from socio-economically backward rural society.

Good academic results at undergraduate level (75% to 100%).

Publication of 'Chemistry wave' by the Department of Chemistry, 'Prayas' and 'Pallav' by Hindi Department and the 'Literary world' by English Department as well as the use of computers in Botany practicals is praiseworthy.

The college is doing very well in wrestling. NSS unit has also been active over the years.

Fairly good support services and well maintained laboratories.

The teachers of certain department like Physics, Zoology, Chemistry, English, Hindi etc. are engaged in research work.

Suggestions
The Peer Team wishes to offer the following suggestions for future improvement of the college.

The college should purchase more computers and should take further steps to complete the computerization of the office operations.

Some short term courses in biotechnology, travel and tourism, home science, fashion designing etc may be run for the benefit of the local population..

Bigger reading room in the library is needed. Attempts should be continued to fully computerize the library operations.

Language laboratory will help the students and the teachers to improve their communication. Alumni Association may help in this project. There is need to activise the Alumni Association.

Gym and women hostel need to be put to proper use.

Career Guidance and Placement Cell should be strengthened to impart guidance to students and to prepare them for various competitive examinations.

Sports activities may be further promoted. College should take part in more events at the university level.

Remedial classes should be arranged.

A Woman cell should be established to conduct extension programmes for the upliftment and empowerment of women.

A multipurpose hall or auditorium may be constructed.

Research culture needs to be promoted in social sciences also. Teachers should be motivated by giving study leave and providing seed money for research projects.

Formal consultancy services in the field of Computer Science, Sericulture and Fishery Science can be arranged by the college as it will enable the college to fulfill its socio-economic goals also.

The college may like to develop linkages with Universities and / or other reputed institutions.

The Peer Team thanks the institution in general and Principal Shri. S. D. Peshwe and NAAC Coordinator Shri. U.B. Chanshetti in particular, for the co-operation extended for the conduct of the visit. The team wishes a bright future to the college.

Dr. Ram Prakash
Chairperson

Prof. N.V. Narasimham
Member Coordinator

Dr.(Mrs.) Geeta Tiwari
Member

S. D. Peshwe
Principal
Arts, Science and Commerce college, Naldurg. Dist. Oamanabad.

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