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KMC College, Raigad, Maharashtra
Address:Khopoli
Raigad
Maharashtra, India



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KMC College, Raigad Maharashtra is situated in Raigad of Maharashtra state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.
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NAAC report of KMC College

Section I: Preface
K.M.C.College, Khopoli was established in 1979 by Khalapur Taluka Shikshan Prasarak Mandal. The Mandal runs a host of other educational institutions. The college is in a rural set up. The Motto of the college is integrated development of the students' personality.

The college is a grant-in-aid institution affiliated to University of Mumbai and is under 2f and 12 (B) recognition of the UGC. The support services are central library, health centre, sports facilities, vehicle parking shed, welfare schemes and Grievance redressal cell.

The college offers nine UG and two PG programmes. There are 5 departments in science faculty: Chemistry, Physics, Botany, Mathematics and Computer Science; 10 departments in the Arts faculty: Hindi, Marathi, English, Economics, Geography, History, Psychology, Political Science, Sociology and Rural development; and a commerce faculty. College is also a center for Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) Nashik.

There are 43 grant-in-aid permanent teachers (4 female and 39 male) of which 8 are PhDs, 9 are M.Phils supported by 12 temporary teachers (5 female and 7 male) and a librarian. The non-teaching staff strength is 41 including 27 administrative and 14 technical personnel. The student strength in the current academic year is 2146.

The college volunteered for institutional accreditation by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore and submitted the Self Study Report (SSR) in September 2003. NAAC constituted the Peer team consisting of Dr. (Mrs.) G.Pankajam, Vice Chancellor, Ghandhigram Rural Institute, Gandhigram, Dindigal, Tamil Nadu as the Chairperson/Coordinator and Dr.T.D.Sreedharan, Principal, St. George College of Management and Science, Bangalore (Karnataka) as Member and Dr.B.M.Bhalla, former Principal, Dayal Singh College, University of Delhi, New Delhi as Member. Mr.Ponmudi Raj, Assistant advisor, NAAC ably provided the pre-visit assistance. The Peer team visited the college during 26-27 February 2004.

As a part of pre-visit exercise, the members had independently scrutinised the SSR and during visit the Peer team held discussions with the Principal, Members of the Steering Committee, Local Managing Committee (LMC), teaching and non-teaching staff. The Peer team visited different departments and offices besides interacting with representative groups of students, parents and alumni. Based on pre-visit analysis and verification of SSR, detailed examination of the systems, policies, procedures, infrastructural facilities, the team makes the following criterion-wise analysis and overall observations and recommendations for a holistic development of the college.

Section 2: Criterion wise Analysis
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The college caters to the rural population in a radius of about 45 km around Khopoli. It offers B.Sc. Programme with five, B.A. with ten and B.Com., with three curricular options. These programmes equip the students for higher studies in the related disciplines. The academic work is undertaken with a view to accomplish the mission of the college 'Tej, Gati and Shakthi'.

Being an affiliated college, the faculty members do not have a direct role to play in curriculum design and modification, instead the prescribed syllabus is followed. The time frame for the courses is not completely flexible, as the infrastructure is put to optimum use by the college. There is a limited horizontal mobility and elective and non-core options. The time duration for starting of a new academic programme is one year. However, the college has introduced Computer Science for T.Y.B.Sc. in 2001-02 and M.Sc. in Computer Science and Inorganic Chemistry by research in 2002-03. All these are self-financing courses. Laboratory work, fieldwork and projects are incorporated in the programme of study. There are 43 permanent teachers and 12 temporary teachers now working in the College. Almost forty percent of the staff are one step above the prescribed qualification. 1946 students have enrolled for the UG programme during the last academic year. Two of the teachers have been associated with the Board of Studies as Chairman and Member, which enables them to participate in the restructuring of curriculum periodically. Laboratory work, fieldwork and projects are a part of the curriculum. The college practices inter disciplinary and inter institutional approach in some courses. Periodical visits to industrial units, museum, banks, stock exchange and to other related areas are arranged to substitute classroom learning.

Criterion II: Teaching-learning and Evaluation
Students seeking admission to the college are from the rural areas around Khopoli. They constitute fifty two per cent of the strength of the college. Hence, all those who seek admission to the college are granted admission.

The teachers supplement the lecture method of teaching by arranging industry- visits, field visits, study tours/projects and with audio-visual aids like charts, models, Guest lectures, organizing exhibitions, OHP and slide projector. Full time faculty members teach all the classes and there are also guest faculty to supplement.

F.Y. and S.Y. classes follow the semester system and T.Y. class follows the annual system. As per the University regulations for the first and second year courses the college itself conducts the examination. In the third year, there is a University examination and the valuation is done centrally. The teaching-learning in the college is made practical oriented.

Evaluation process and nature of examinations for various subjects are communicated to students at the beginning of the academic year. The college follows the norms prescribed by the University and the State Government in the procedure of selection of teaching staff. The self-appraisal method is practiced by the college for the assessment of teachers and the results are used to offer feedback to teachers to strengthen the teaching-learning process. In addition the students through a questionnaire evaluate the teachers. Fifteen staff members have at least one step above the minimum qualification prescribed. During the last two years, thirty-six teachers attended national level seminars, workshops or conferences. One of the teachers has been awarded the best teacher award.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
There is a research committee to monitor research and has a designated person heading it. Forty percent of the staff are engaged in research. Three members of the staff were awarded Ph.D. during the last five years. Two UGC minor research projects with an outlay of Rs.17,000/- and Rs.20,000/- have been completed and presently there are two on-going projects with an outlay of Rs.34,000/- and Rs.18,000/-. Nineteen research papers have been published/presented by the staff in various journals and conferences. Ten books have been published. Consultancy is done informally and no fees are charged.

Students and teachers are encouraged to participate in extension activities through N.S.S. and N.C.C. Three teachers are given additional charge of N.S.S. activities as programme officers and one teacher is designated for N.C.C. Programmes for community development, social work, health and hygiene awareness, medical camps, adult education and literacy, blood donation camps, AIDS awareness, environmental awareness and army recruitment guidance are the major extension activities undertaken by the college with the participation of NSS volunteers and other student bodies in collaboration with a number of GOs and NGOs.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college has sufficient built up accommodation with three buildings housing thirty class rooms, seven laboratories, a computer laboratory, library, ladies common room, staff room, canteen, and play ground to meet the requirements of space for the current academic programmes and there is provision and proposal for future expansion. There is arrangement for systematic repair and maintenance of facilities of the college, thus maintaining the campus neat. The available space is used efficiently by framing timetable of the college to ensure optimum utilisation of the infrastructure facilities including audiovisual equipments. The facilities are also used by external agencies.

The library committee looks after the working of the library. The library has 23889 books. The library subscribes to 30 journals and 21 periodicals. It has a book bank facility for the economically backward students.

A health centre provides First Aid facility for students and a medical officer's service on call is available. There is full time Physical Education Director. Facilities are provided for Indoor and Outdoor games. Ground facilities are available for football, volleyball, cricket and athletics. Two well equipped Gymnasia, one each for boys and girls are provided. Financial assistance, ten grace marks and concession in attendance, T.A. and D.A., trophies are given to those who represent the colleges at the all India, Inter University competitions. Full kit with tracksuit and shoes are provided to gold medallists of various sports and encouraged. Dietary supplements and extra classes for sports persons are also provided.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
The high percentage of students appearing for qualifying examinations and the relatively low drop out rate of students are positive aspects of the college. There is provision for collecting feedback from the students and act on that. The periodically updated prospectus of the college provides needed information on the various courses, the scholarships and freeships that are available to all the students of the college. There is academic counseling at the time of admission. The admission of students to various courses is based on rules and norms prescribed by the university and the State Government. Financial assistance is available to students from the State Government. Two hundred and twelve students have benefited from these during the last academic year. In addition there are cash prizes for the poor students provided by philanthropists and by the college for the meritorious students.

The college by displaying the 'Employment News', arranging career counseling lectures and encouraging them to register in the district employment office, fill the void in not having a placement cell. The college also encourages self-employment. The teachers individually and with the help of the staff of Psychology department counsel the students.

The college has an alumni association from the year 2003. Enough recreational facilities are available to the students by way of indoor games, outdoor games, audio-video facilities, various associations and a reading room.

Criterion VI: Organisation and Management.
The college is managed by the Mandal and has a managing body. The Local Managing Committee (LMC) constituted as per the provisions of the University Act manages the functioning of the college. It has representatives both from teaching and non-teaching staff. The college has an efficient internal coordinating and monitoring mechanism for policy formulation, implementation and evaluation of policies regarding academic planning, admission, examinations, departmental budget and curricular and extra curricular activities. The heads of departments initiates discussion on these matters and there is healthy rapport between the faculty members and the administration. Nineteen committees involving teaching and non-teaching staff members are functioning in the college for the efficient administration of the college. The 'Annual Academic Calendar' for the college is prepared by a designated committee to provide yearlong schedule of programmes and activities in the college. The Principal checks the efficiency of the non-teaching staff on a regular basis. Training programs are held to improve the performance and work efficiency of the non-teaching staff members. The college follows the criteria and norms prescribed by the University and State Government regarding the recruitment of teaching and non-teaching staff. The University and the State Government fix the fee for various academic programmes.

The college has the practice of using the services of internal auditors to ensure the use of proper accounting practices. A number of welfare schemes are available for the students and staff members including the Employees' Cooperative Credit Society, which provides loan to teaching and non-teaching staff. An emergency contingent fund created by the faculty takes care of medical emergency. Group insurance is provided to all staff. Loan against P.F. is also made available. Grievance redressal facilities are available to staff, non-teaching staff and students and the management of the college has taken keen interest in the functioning of the institution in a democratic way.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The college has a number of programmes that are significant to the overall growth of the students in terms of academic excellence, involvement in curricular and extra-curricular activities and extension programmes. Introduction of Post Graduates courses on a self-financing basis to meet the needs of the students is noteworthy.

Suitable programme options in science, commerce and geography for the empowerment of students through science education, exhibition and projects.

Involvement of teachers in significant research activity in spite of the constraints.

The consultancy offered by the staff in an informal way.

Involvement of a sizable section of teachers by serving in a number of committees.

Inculcating civic responsibilities in students through social service activities and relief fund collection for supporting earthquake victims, families of armed personnel killed in Kargil operations, etc.

Teachers' personal contribution to the poor students fund.

Innovative extension programs practiced.

Section 3: Overall Analysis
The college is situated in a rural area. The management, faculty and non-teaching staff are committed, which is reflected in their achievements. The teaching and learning programmes are consistent with the goals and objectives of the institution. Healthy co-ordination of academic, co-curricular and extra curricular activities play a vital role in the total personality development of the students.

Commendable aspects of the institution are:

Adequate physical facilities are available.

The growth of the infrastructure keeps pace with the academic growth.

There is effective mechanism for maintenance and optimal use of infrastructure.

Getting feed back from students and passing on the suggestions to the concerned teachers after scrutiny.

A very cordial inter-group and intra-group relationship between management and the various constituents.

Conduct of workshop every year for the TY B.Sc. (Chemistry) students to improve their academic performance.

Interdisciplinary research.

Suggestions:
Peer Team also wishes to offer the following suggestions for further growth and development of the institution.

A well-defined method for getting feed back from academic peers and employers on teaching programme is necessary and may be used while reviewing the programmes.
Steps may be taken to augment the facilities in the laboratories

The library needs to be strengthened both in terms of infrastructure and with accessions.

Efforts should be made so that the faculty and students use the library more effectively.

The departments and the office may be computerized and networked for dissemination and for availability of information in a phased manner.

The management may draw a future plan of action to generate funds to meet the present and future needs of the institution.

There is an imperative need for strengthening the alumni association's functioning.

Establishment of course/career counselling centre with a view to prepare the students for competitive examinations.

The entire gamut of infrastructure facilities to be strengthened and upgraded with a view to establish PG courses as and when the need arises.

Linkages by individual staff members with outside agencies need to be institutionalized.

Need based short term / certificate courses may be started.

Efforts may be made to enhance the communication skills of the students from the vernacular medium.

Efforts may be made to provide a hostel and an auditorium for the college.

The peer team wishes to place on record the cooperation extended by the Management, Principal, Staff both teaching and non-teaching and the ministerial staff for completing accreditation process in time. The team also appreciates the hospitality extended to them during their stay.

Dr. (Mrs) G. Pankajam
Chairperson - Coordinator

Dr. T. D. Sreedharan
Member Peer team

Dr.B.M.Bhalla
Member Peer team



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