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Konkan Gyanpeeth Uran College of Commerce and Arts, Uran, Maharashtra
Konkan Gyanpeeth Uran College of Commerce and Arts, Uran, Maharashtra
Address:Opp. Uran Police Station
Uran (District Raigad)
Maharashtra, IndiaPin Code : 400072
Konkan Gyanpeeth Uran College of Commerce and Arts, Uran is a recognised institute / college.
Konkan Gyanpeeth Uran College of Commerce and Arts, Uran is situated in Uran of Maharashtra state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Uran comes under Uran Tehsil, Raigad District.
Konkan Gyanpeeth Uran College of Commerce and Arts, Uran runs course(s) in Arts, Commerce stream(s).
Konkan Gyanpeeth Uran College of Commerce and Arts is affiliated with University of Mumbai, Mumbai (Bombay)
Media coverage of Konkan Gyanpeeth Uran College of Commerce and Arts, Uran, Maharashtra
NAAC report of Konkan Gyanpeeth Uran College of Commerce and ArtsINTRODUCTION:
Konkan Gyanpeeth, an Educational Trust, formed in 1989, took a calculated risk and established the Konkan Gyanpeeth Uran College of Commerce and Arts in June'1989 itself, in the rural and semi-urban Taluka of Uran in District Raigad. The aim was to impart higher education to rural, backward, poor and many first generation learners in general and women students in particular, to develop their overall personality and improve their socio-economic life and upward mobility in a highly competitive world, especially in the state of Maharashtra.
The rural and semi-urban Konkan Gyanpeeth College of Commerce and Arts, basically an Under-graduate College, started in 1989, with 47 B.Com students only in present premises with an area of 21038 Sq.ft. The unit cost in 2003-2004 was Rs. 488/- excluding salary and Rs. 8221/- with salary. The Faculty of Arts was started in 1995-96 on great public demand. The Commerce Faculty has Accountancy, Commerce and Mathematics and Statistics etc. The Arts Faculty has Marathi and English (Communication Skills), Foundation Course and Population Studies as compulsory and History, Economics and Geography as optional subjects. Economics and Geography are the major subjects at the Third Year level.
In 2003-2004 there were 11 teachers, seven permanent, one contract and three CHB basis. There is only one Ph.D. The number of non-teaching staff is 10, including the librarian.
The College is on grant-in aid for the Faculty of Commerce only since 1995-96, The Arts faculty is mainly funded by the Management. Last year in 2003-2004 the total number of students was 394 and 199 girls and 195 boys. This year the total number is 360 with 172 girls and 188 boys. Commerce Faculty has 306 and Arts only 54. The number in Arts is affected due to the non availability of a Junior Arts College in the city of Uran. The College has plans for M.Com. and History as a major, and extending the building vertically. The results for the last few years for the 3rd year University Examination are just satisfactory and need improvement but the College has performed well in Sports, NSS and Cultural activities in the last few years.
The Konkan Gyanpeeth Uran College of Commerce and Arts volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and Conducted the Preliminary Self-Study in 2003. The Self-Study Report was submitted to NAAC by the Institution in January 2004. A Peer Team was constituted by NAAC to visit the Institution and validate the Self-Study Report. The Peer Team Consisting of Prof. Hem Lata Swarup, former Vice Chancellor, Kanpur University as Chairperson, Prof. A.K. Ramani, Professor of Computer Science, Devi Ahilya University, Indore as Member Coordinator and Prof. Jesuina , Principal, Mount Carmal College, Bangalore as Member visited the institution on 21st and 22nd August, 2004.
The Peer Team carefully perused and analyzed the Self-Study Report submitted by the Institution. During institutional visit the Peer Team went through all the relevant documents, visited the departments and observed the facilities and interacted with the various constituents of the Institution. The academic, co-curricular, extra-curricular, sports and extension facilities of the institution were visited. The Peer Team also interacted at length with the Governing Body, Head of the Institution, faculty, non-teaching staff, students, and parents and alumni of the Institution. Based on the above exercise and keeping in mind the criteria identified by NAAC, the Peer Team has taken up the assessment of the Institution under the 7 criteria identified by NAAC. The commendable features of the Institution as well as the issues of concern are given in the following pages.
Section 2 : Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion I : Curriculum Aspects
The mission of the College is 'Education Moulds the Man', and objective is to provide educational opportunities to the rural and semi-urban people, with a stress on women's education and overall development of the students. The College is affiliated to Mumbai University and the curriculum is reviewed and updated as per norms of the university. The Principal is also a member of University Senate, Internal Quality Assurance Cell of NAAC, Sports Committee and Board of Studies (BOS) in History and Archeology in Mumbai University. The College has revised the courses, as per UGC and University guidelines from time-to-time, and divided it into modular units.
The College has taken an initiative in introducing a Computer Application and Direct and Indirect Taxation (DIT) as applied component subjects as per need of the students, which will help the student in the use and understanding of Information Technology. The existing limited laboratory facilities can be enhanced with few Pentium -IV systems (PC's), Printers, Modem and Internet facility. Such a facility will permit them to run a short-term Certificate Course to unfold the job prospects of students.
The College has also planned to expand to M.Com & History as a major in the near future. Since the College is located in semi-urban area and female students being overwhelmingly large in number, there is a feeling that professional courses, with emphasis on self employment, will be quite relevant. Courses like, Management may be attractive. The College students and Alumni have also emphasized that courses on Management and Information Technology at UG level, may be on self-financing basis, be introduced. Short-term courses in Secretarial Practice (IT based), Export-Import Management, Shipping Management, Interior Decoration and Environmental Conservation in view of the proximity of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, Navy Armament Depot, O.N.G.C. and Reliance Petroleum in the area. An active participation of Alumni Association is desirable to facilitate on-job-training to students which may increase the employability of the graduates of this College.
The Institution, however, needs to pay adequate attention to initiate vocational programs for arts and commerce students, and devise regular formal feedback mechanism from students at all levels about quality of teaching. In view of Govt. ban on faculty recruitment, other mechanisms of attracting good faculty need to be devised.
Criterion II : Teaching-Learning and Evaluation
Taking into account the evaluating parameters like teaching-learning process, faculty and teaching pedagogy, some points are enumerated here.
In 2003-2004 there were 11 teachers, seven permanent, one contract and three CHB basis. There is only one Ph.D. The number of non-teaching staff is 10, including the librarian. The teachers are well qualified and interact well with students.
Even though the College is located in the rural and semi-urban area, it has been able to attract a large number of students at the entry level and almost 60-70 percent of the students complete the course with EBC provision of State Govt. The College follows good practice to arrange remedial classes in Accountancy and Mathematical and Statistical methods The teachers also prepare lesson plans and maintain teaching diary. Group discussions in the class room, question- answer method with live demo of practical oriented courses are some of the teaching innovations claimed by the College. A course on Communication Skills (English) is also offered as a part of the curriculum.
The internal tests are conducted as per the plan and the entire plan is published in the prospectus itself. The answer books of the tests are shown to the students so that students improve their performance in annual examinations. The College announces in advance the calendar for the yearly activities, which is followed in letter and sprit. In general, the College has shown a good discipline and enjoys a good working environment. The results of University Examination at this College has been satisfactory in subjects where qualified and experienced faculty is available, while in some courses results are not so satisfactory due to shortage of appropriate faculty, and difficulty of working in the English medium.
The teachers are recruited through the selection committees as per UGC and State directives. The Management is empowered to appoint adhoc faculty, and the salary is also paid from College resources. Self-appraisal forms are filled up compulsorily, where teachers fill up information regarding their activities in academics and achievements in related fields. Few faculty members have attended regional level seminars, refresher and orientation programs. However, an active participation of all faculty members will be essential.
Regarding evaluation of teaching-learning process, as mentioned, there is newly introduced feedback mechanism of interaction in College teaching. The University results are scanned for the performance, and remedial actions are taken accordingly to improve the performance.
However, a formal feedback mechanism at all the levels from students for all faculty members will be more meaningful for effective teaching-learning process. In addition, there is a need to work on giving some personality development courses. Also a Career Guidance and Employment Cell in the institution shall be more relevant and needed, to offer advice primarily on career opportunities and the matters concerning competitive examinations.
Criterion III : Research Consultancy and Extension
The research and consultancy activities are yet to take off in the institution. Only one teacher Principal V. K. Khade has completed his thesis, and has been awarded the Ph.D. However, faculty members need to associate themselves with professional societies for increased awareness and do research. The teachers can submit research proposals for minor and major projects to the different funding agencies like I.C.S.S.R, ICHR, Departments of Social Justice, Rural and Women and Child Development, Science & Technology, CSIR etc, both at the State and National levels. Teachers can also approach the local industries for projects.
The College is found to be active in carrying out the extension activities like, community development work, blood donation, eye donation camp, disaster management, civil defense, traffic education, environmental awareness etc. and has designated exclusive faculty for the purpose. Students do get certain incentives in marks depending on their performance in these activities and have benefited in upward mobility and employment due to this. The College has also set aside certain funds for the purpose. From time to time the College has contributed for Gujrat Earth Quake and Kargil Relief funds.
The College has one NSS unit with an intake of 150 students and out of them sixty percent are girls. It has organized NSS activities like, health and hygienie, environmental issues, blood donation camp, medical camp, construction of roads, shram sanskar shibir etc. Few students have participated in state level camps, and a student participated at World Youth Peace Summit, Bangalore, giving him a chance to participate even at International Summit in Nairobi - Kenya. The active NSS programs have helped students in imbibing in them a sense of social responsibility.
Criterion IV : Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The College campus, as noted, is located on half an acre of land. The College has 03 class rooms, office room, staff room, library room etc. Sports facilities are obtained on rental basis. The College was in the process of acquiring a piece of land also but the difficulties due to the proximity of JNPT, Naval Depot etc. may make it inconvenient for them to build a new building. However the current premises is leased for 99 years and can be considered the College owned land and vertical expansion is possible.
The College runs in the manner that whole infrastructure remains utilized. Appropriate partitions are done to increase the utilization of the limited infrastructure. The College organizes sports week every year. Three students of the College have participated in various sports events at university level. The students of the College also participate in debate competition, cultural and athletic events, and have been awarded at Regional meets for excellence in cultural activities.
The total number of books in the library is 2414, and 10 periodicals are subscribed. The library is in the process of computerization. The availability of the computers to the students' community will certainly help in improving the quality of teaching and learning process. Improvement of these facilities will, perhaps, go a long way in enabling the College to create facilities for computer learning/ awareness. The library should be upgraded with the necessary library automation.
Criterion V : Student Support and Progression
The College has developed good students' support facilities through updated prospectus, published annually, which details the profile and goals of the College, rules for admission, fee structure, details of the faculty. The students get several scholarships. For instance, during 2001-2002 and 2002-2003, about 300 students had received scholarships from both Govt. and Non-Governmental organizations.
The drop-out rate is high in final year Arts faculty due to limited subject options. This may be properly looked for smooth progression of the students. The Alumni Association needs to be formalized during this year, and efforts are being made to involve them in the development of the College. The Alumni Association during interaction with Peer Team gave suggestions that courses on Management and Information Technology at UG level, may be on self-financing basis, be introduced. Short-term courses in Secretarial Practice (IT based), Export-Import Management, Shipping Management, Interior Decoration and Environmental Conservation in view of the proximity of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, Navy Armament Depot, O.N.G.C. and Reliance Petroleum in the area. Every year, for all round development, and for girl students, competitions like rangoli, rope skipping, Dance, Music and other athletic events are organized. N.S.S. is available for extra curricular activities and activities are conducted with the active support of the Students' Council of the College.
Criterion VI : Organization and Management
The College was established in 1989 by KONKAN GYANPEETH in Uran to cater mainly to the higher education needs of rural, semi-urban and backward students and girls of the area. The College was established under the chairmanship of Ex-Education Minister, Shri. P. N. Dharkar and active support of Shri. Noor Hamid Mulla an eminent social worker of the area, along with eminent citizens and leading social workers, all of whom have contributed greatly in creating an enabling atmosphere in an area where there was no tradition / culture of higher education particularly girls and even burqua clad ones.
The organizational structure is governed by the principles of participation and transparency. There is a Local Managing Committee involving teaching and non-teaching staff members. Academic and Administrative planning is prepared by a steering committee. All the departments follow academic calendar. Besides, prominent people of this area are also actively involved in the planning of the College. The Local Managing Committee is broadly concerned with policy matters. The Principal has full academic, administrative and financial autonomy. The Principal acts as the chief functionary of the College. There is no formal grievance-redressal mechanisms at any level of the institution as the need has not been felt due to personal interaction with the Management and Principal.
Grants received are being utilized properly. The Management Committee has been able to arrange necessary funds from the Trust to complete the developmental plans. Need-based budget is allocated for library and books and other programs and functions. Accounts are well maintained and standard procedure is followed with regular auditing of accounts.
The Managing Committee of the College, Principal and Heads of various departments efficiently co-ordinate and monitor the activities of the College. Thus, the College has an efficient internal co-coordinating and monitoring mechanism. The Principal has also extended help to Mumbai University in various Selection Committees for Principals and faculty, establishing University linkages abroad, and Convener of Squash Committee for inter-university competition.
Criterion VII : Healthy Practices
The Peer Team has identified a few healthy practices which enhance the academic ambience of the institution.
The mission of providing access to higher education in semi-urban and rural region, and particularly to the womenfolk, particularly Muslim girls is a commendable feature.
The students coming from mofussil areas are oriented to develop their personality through various programs and activities.
The College lays emphasis on the regular attendance and discipline of the students, and students' academic performance is evaluated through test examinations.
Remedial classes on English, Accountancy, Mathematics, Statistics and Economics are organized.
Students are made aware of their social and civic responsibilities through NSS. The College also has adopted villages named Mulekhand and Nagaon.
The College follows a self-appraisal method as per UGC guidelines to evaluate the performance of the faculty.
Infrastructural facilities are put to optimum use.
Good leadership along with excellent inter-personal relationship among students, teaching and non-teaching staff helps in the smooth functioning of the College.
Several College teachers take interest in the solution of personal problems of the students and even help the poor students financially.
Loan facility is available to teaching and non-teaching staff for purchase of house and vehicles.
Insurance coverage is provided to students and staff.
Section 3 : Overall Analysis
The vision of the Konkan Gyanpeeth Trust led by Shri. P. N. Dharkar, Chairman in setting up an institution of Higher Education in a semi-urban and rural area of Konkan at Uran is commendable from the point of view of community and womens' development. The establishment of this only institute of Higher Education has resulted in overall development of this entire backward and rural block from the point of view of infrastructure development like roads and providing employment opportunities to all levels of people and upward mobility to the Alumni. The Peer Team appreciates the efforts of the College in opening doors of higher education to several first generation learners.
After going through the SSR and after its visits to various academic and physical facilities, the Peer Team is satisfied by the considerable progress of this College since its inception.
The Peer Team would like to commend the College for some of the positive features in its approach to quality assurance and standards and at the same time point out some of the issues of concern to the College authorities for their consideration. The Peer Team would like to commend the Institution for the following aspects:
Committed Management, dedicated Principal, faculty and administrative / technical staff
Various departmental committees to encourage variety of talents of the students
Good interpersonal relationship among management, the Principal, faculty, administrative/technical staff and the students.
Various committees to take care of different activities.
The students of the College are exposed to the social milieu through extension and other activities. The College carries out outreach programs through NSS.
Good discipline is maintained on the campus.
Value education is emphasized for overall personality development of the students through foundation courses.
The examinations are conducted peacefully without any outside interference and incidence of copying is minimal.
With a view to its further improvement and better service, the Peer Team would like to suggest the following to the Institution for its consideration:
To expedite development of the College and get permanent affiliation and U.G.C. recognition under 2 F and 12 B the College, which has already acquired the current land and building for 99 years lease, should plan for additional building construction as per needs.
More systematic and formal interactions with outside academic community, academic peers, employers etc are required.
Network with business/industry-neighborhood for academic excellence and assistance. History and Economics Deptts. can work more on recent developments, and Economics can take projects on socio-economic issues of semi-urban communities and Women of both majority and minority communities.
Encouragement for more participation, paper presentation at national/international seminars / workshops / conferences and publications. Encourage research, provide seed money, offer consultancy, establish teaching awards, in short, further strengthen research culture.
Encouragement for more use of new technology in teaching learning-evaluation.
Employ more full-time permanent faculty, student and staff welfare schemes etc.
Introduction of PG Courses and value-based, self-financed vocational courses, based on market survey.
Analyse the causes of drop-out rate and find remedies.
Organise funds for more financial assistance to poor and needy students
Add many more titles to the library. Augment infrastructure and learning resources by making more number of computers available to staff and students of various departments, expedite computerization of office and library, provide Internet facility, enhance the book-bank, inter-library borrowing, become member of INFLIBNET etc.
Encourage more participation in sports at University, State, Regional, National and even International levels
Strengthen support services, provide better health-care, strengthen grievance redressal cell
Strengthen the Alumni Association and a Parents Association and use their services for the College .
Strengthen formal mechanism to get feed-back from all the stakeholders and collaborators
More professional development programs for faculty and staff.
Efforts be made to fill in vacant teaching posts. In view of government ban on appointments, a proper mechanism will have to be found to recruit teachers on temporary basis.
The teaching needs to be made more interactive and interesting with the use of modern electronic gadgets and aids like OHP, LCD, CD, internet and other audio -visual aids.
The faculty is young and has potential to grow and therefore should be encouraged to submit research proposals (Minor/Major) to various funding agencies, like I.C.S.S.R, ICHR, Department of Social Justice, Rural, Tribal and Women and Child Development, Science and Technology, CSIR etc., both at the State and National levels.
The College may think of starting new relevant courses for better progression keeping in mind the latest trends and societal needs. The courses on Management and other self financing vocational courses may be introduced. The students suggested that courses on management, CA (foundation course) , along with PG courses in Commerce and History may be planned. Short term diploma courses in computers, Secretarial Practice, Export-Import Management, Shipping Management, Interior Decoration and Environmental Conservation to promote employment be planned.
Since approximately 50 percent of the students' population is comprised of girls, women focused programs such as Women's Study Cell, e-commerce, Women Entrepreneurship, Interior Decoration etc., need to be started as Diploma / Certificate Courses for their empowerment. A formal Women's Studies Cell with help from Mumbai University and S.N.D.T. University be setup for societal transformation .
Formal mechanism for collecting feedback from students on the various aspects of their learning experience at the institutional level may be strengthened.
Efforts may be made to establish linkages with NGOs and other institutions.
Efforts be continued to start more optional subjects for better combinations at graduation level, as per needs of the students.
Supportive infrastructure like Inverter, Fridge, cooler, additional toilet block in second wing, ladies common room may be developed.
Career Guidance and Placement Cell to be established to provide timely guidance to students in choosing career options. The Cell can organize more guest lectures from professional world also, like ONGC, JNPT, NAVY etc.
Potential in sports and cultural activities.
The Peer Team is of the opinion that this exercise will be useful to the Institution to initiate and sustain quality enhancement strategies towards further growth and development.
The Peer Team is thankful to the Principal, Management, Co-ordinator, faculty, students, non-teaching staff, Alumni, Parents and other stakeholders for their sincere co-operation and assistance during the visit to the College.
Prof. Hem lata Swarup
Prof. A.K. Ramani
Dr. Sister Jesuina,
(Dr. V. K. Khade)
Konkan Gyanpeeth Uran College of Commerce & Arts,
Uran, Raigad, Maharashtra
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