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Abasaheb Marathe Arts and New Commerce Science College, Rajapur, Maharashtra
Address:Rajapur, (Vikhare-Gothane)
Rajapur (District Ratnagiri)
Maharashtra, India



Abasaheb Marathe Arts and New Commerce Science College, Rajapur Maharashtra is a recognised institute / college. Status: Non-Aided. Abasaheb Marathe Arts and New Commerce Science College, Rajapur Maharashtra is managed by Society: Rayat Shikshan Sanstha.
Principal of Abasaheb Marathe Arts and New Commerce Science College, Rajapur Maharashtra is Dr.Dilip Damodar Kurlapkar, Dr.Arvind Baburao Tapase.

Abasaheb Marathe Arts and New Commerce Science College is situated in Rajapur of Maharashtra state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Rajapur comes under Rajapur Tehsil, Ratnagiri District.

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Abasaheb Marathe Arts and New Commerce Science College, Rajapur Maharashtra runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
B.A.(Marathi, Hindi, English, Foundation, Communication Skill in English, Advertising, Political Science, Economics, Sociology) B.Com (Foundation , Accountacy, Economics, Labour welfare practice, Export Marketing, Buisness Law B.Sc. (Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology)


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NAAC report of Abasaheb Marathe Arts and New Commerce Science College

SECTION- I : Preface
Abasaheb Marathe Arts and New Commerce, Science College, Rajapur was established in 1994 by Rayat Shikshan Samstha, Satara, which is running 671 institutions in various districts of Maharastra and one district in Karnataka. The mission of the institution is to adopt, accommodate and include everyone who is deprived of education and bring him/her to the main stream.

The college is affiliated to Mumbai University, the affiliation being renewed every year. The college is not yet recognized by UGC under 2F and 12B. It is a grant-in-aid college offering 3 UG programmes under the faculties of Arts, Science and Commerce.

The college is located in a campus of area of 35 acres in a rural area with a built up area of 23,290 Sq. ft. accommodating principal's chamber, office, class rooms, library, staff room, toilets, portico, laboratories, canteen and other physical facilities.

The college offers B.Sc in Chemistry and Botany in the Science stream, B.A in seven subjects, viz, Marathi, Hindi, Economics, Geography, Political Science, History and English in Arts stream and B.Com course in the Commerce stream. B.A. and B.Sc, come under the purview of the grant-in-aid scheme. B.Com course is run under self-financing scheme. The college is essentially a teaching institution.

The institution has fifteen permanent teachers, eighteen temporary teachers. Out of these 33 teachers, three are Ph.D dregree holders and one has an M.Phil degree, rest are postgraduates. The college has only four non-teaching supportive staff.

The student enrolment strength is 471, out of which 169 are girls. The unit cost of education is Rs.2331 excluding salary component and Rs.13142, including salary component.

The temporal plan of the academic work is both semester (I and II year degree) and annual (third year degree). The college has mobilized about Rs.6.5 lakh through various means.

The college wanted to assess and evaluate its performance and hence approached National Assessment And Accreditation Council (NAAC) , Bangalore for assessment and accreditation and submitted the Self Study Report in December 2003. NAAC constituted the Peer Team consisting of the following members to visit and assess the institution and submit a report:

Prof. A.H. Doctor (Chairman)
Former i/c Vice Chancellor,
761, 'Perin Villa',
Opposite Xavier Centre & Kokani Kendra,
Off. B.B. Borkar Road,
Alto-Porvorim
Goa - 403521

Prof. J. Dinakarlal Thavamony (Member Coordinator)
Faculty of English
Scott Christian College,
Nagercoil - 629003,
Tamilnadu.

Dr. B. S. Srikanta, ( Member )
Principal,
RBANMS First Grade College,
No. 12, Annaswamy Mudaliar Road,
Bangalore - 560 042,
Karnataka.

The peer Team visited the college on the 6th and 7th September, 2004 and held discussions with the Management, Principal, Faculty members, Students, Administrative Staff, Parents and Alumni. The Peer Team also visited the departments and other support facilities and verified the records before analyzing and validating all the information given in Criteria I to VII of the Self-study Report submitted by the college. The detailed report is as follows.

CRITERION I : CURRICULAR ASPECTS
Abasaheb Marathe Arts and New Commerce, Science College, which is run by Rayat Shikshan Sanstha, Satara, was started in the remote hilly track of Ratnagiri District with the noble aim of imparting education to students belonging to educationally and economically backward society . The institution is mainly involved in spreading education to rural youth , especially belonging to downtrodden classes.

They have watchwords like 'Education unto the last'. 'Education through self-help' and 'Earn while you learn'. The program of teaching is consistent with the goals and objectives of the institution.

The college, which is affiliated to Bombay University, has Arts, Science and Commerce faculties. Foundation Course and Communication Skills are compulsory for the First Year B.A. students and Foundation Course and Advertising are compulsory to Second Year B.A. students. The college offers B.Sc in Chemistry and Botany in the Science stream, B.A in seven subjects, viz, Marathi, Hindi, Economics, Geography, Political Science, History and English in Arts stream and B.Com course in the Commerce stream. Wide range of programme options are available for the students among the subject mentioned. In the B Sc programme Physics, Mathematics and Zoology are offered as ancillary subjects. B.A. and B.Sc, courses come under the purview of the grant-in-aid scheme. B.Com course is offered under self-financing scheme.

Syllabi are updated usually once in three years and this is done by the Boards of Studies of the University. Besides the regular curriculum, the college is offering informal training in

Horticulture,
Gardening,
Preparation of Bio-fertilizers,
Growing of new mango varieties
How to prepare the Bio-fertilizers
How to propagate new mango varieties

The above training programmes are conducted keeping in mind the local needs. These courses have interdisciplinary approach.

The ratio of knowledge and skill component in the curricula is 7:3. To introduce a new programme within the university regulations, the college needs about one year. At present there is no provision for academic audit by the affiliating university. However the college has developed an informal internal mechanism to conduct academic audit.

CRITERION II : TEACHING, LEARNING AND EVALUATION
Students are admitted to various courses based on their academic records through personal and family counselling. Teachers of the institution contact the parents of the 12th standard passed students and motivate them to pursue higher education. The economically weaker students are provided with free scholarships. The college has also implemented 'Earn while you learn' scheme to help student to become financially self-reliant.

Diagnostic test for a particular programme is conducted to assess students' knowledge and skills. The college also conducts remedial courses in an informal manner to the slow learner. The advanced learners are encouraged to take up project works relevant to the local needs.

Syllabi are unitised, teaching plan is prepared by the staff and is monitored. The teaching is done mostly by the conventional lecture method. However it is supplemented by group discussions, seminars, poster displays and charts.

The college has 200 to 210 teaching days. All the classes are handled by full time faculty. Class tests and examination are conducted . Students academic progress is regularly monitored. First and Second degree annual examinations are conducted by the college itself. Only the third year degree examinations are conducted by the university.

The recruitment of teachers is made strictly as per the rules laid by Maharastra University Act and the directives issued by the University of Mumbai.

Very few teachers have participated in Seminars / Conferences. The college has introduced teacher performance appraisal as per UGC norms. The college has not conducted Seminars / Conferences. This lacuna has to be sincerely looked into. The college does not possess national and international linkages.

CRITERION III: RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
The college though it intends to promote research culture, its location in a remote region has imposed a serious limitation on the research activities. Only three teachers out of 33 are Ph D. degree holders. Only few teachers in Marathi and Zoology department have presented few papers in symposia and seminars. The students of Botany department are given minor projects. The college does not provide financial support for doing research. There are no on-going projects funded by external agencies.

The college provides consultancy to some extent in horticulture, waste land development, mango orchards development, mango grafting and production of bio-fertilizers to the farmers from nearby villages.

The college had organized a seminar for mango cultivators as a community development activity.

Another noteworthy extension activity of the institution is the literacy programme conducted for the children of migrant workers of chira mines. The college also conducts annual blood donation camps every year on the occasion of Karmavir Jayanthi.

AIDS awareness programmes are also conducted under the aegis of NSS unit of the college. The NSS wing also carries out activities relating to population education, literacy etc., in the region. Recently the college has started 'Karmavir Yuva Pratisthan' with students members to give them an opportunity to develop their personality.

CRITERION IV:
INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES.
The college is located in a campus of area 35 acres. The college was initially started in 1994 in Navjeen High School, Rajapur. A local philanthropist donated 35 acres of land; the present new college building is constructed on this donated land. The college was moved into the new premises in 2000. The building was built in the new campus with generous contributions from the public to the tune of Rs.40 lakh. It is worth noting that the farmers of the area donated teak and phanas wood required for the construction of the building. The existing building accommodates lecture halls, laboratories, principal's chamber, office, staff room and other physical facilities. The college maintains the infrastructure with management funds. The institution has plans to build hostel for both boys and girls. The department of Botany has developed mango orchard having 400 mango trees. Forty-six coconut trees have also been planted in the campus. The department of Botany also maintains a botanical garden which also contains medicinal plants .

The total number of books available in the library is 4865 with 975 titles. The college also subscribes to a few journals and periodicals. The library is kept open from 8.30 A.M to 4.30P.M. The library has an Advisory Committee headed by the principal, which monitors the functioning of the library. It is interconnected in a modest way with samstha's Modern college, Vashi Navi-Mumbai and Mahatma Phule Arts, Commerce and Science college, Panvel for inter-library borrowing. Internet facility is not available in college. The college has only three computers which are shared by the office, library and examination section. As such, the students do not have access to the computers. However, very recently two computers are made available to the students undergoing MS-CIT. The college has not made use of CEC, INFLIBNET etc., The college does not have health centre.

The college possesses a playground of area 4.75 acres, potential of which has not been exploited fully. The college has facilities for playing some indoor games. There is no full time Director of Physical Education to conduct Sports events. A lecturer is given additional charge. This is a serious limitation, which the college authorities have to immediately attend to.

The peer team compliments the Principal for his initiative in setting up a partially computerised and well equipped office. The office records are also maintained satisfactorily.

The college has installed one PCO which is available for staff and students. Intercom facility is also available.

There is need for augmenting modern teaching aids, library facilities, laboratory equipments, sports facilities and other physical facilities.

CRITERION V: STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
Admission is made as per the State government and University regulations. The institution publishes an updated prospectus annually giving details of admission procedure, rules regarding examination, subject options available, student support programmes etc., It also includes details of scholarships available to the students. Scholarships under eight heads are made available to the students.

The dropout rate is low & overall pass percentage is good in Arts and Science streams. The results in the Commerce stream have to be improved.
The principal and the teachers do academic and personal counselling in an informal manner. There is no trained counsellor among the staff. The college is yet to evolve a mechanism for a formal student feedback and academic audit.

The college has to strengthen links with its alumni. A few alumni students are occupying good positions in society.

Moderate facilities for playing a few indoor and outdoor games are available in the college. The college conducts cultural programmes.

The peer team suggests that all the steps required for holistic development of students be undertaken by the college authorities

CRITERION VI - ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT.
The college is a grant-in-aid institution run by Rayat. Shikshana Samstha, Satara. The Local Managing Committee is the apex body which manages the affairs of the institution, both administrative and financial. The college also has a Steering committee headed by the Principal, which reviews and monitors all the academic activities of the college. Two vice-principals assist the principal in day-to-day administration.

Various committees are formed and specific functions and assigned to them. Participative management is visible in the college. Salary grants are provided by the State government for some teachers. Other teachers are paid by the management on hourly basis.

The tuition, library and other fee are collected as per the directives of the State government. The accounts of the college are audited by internal auditors. The college has several welfare programmes for both staff and students, like Earn and Learn scheme, Dattak-Palak Yojana and Kutumb Kalyan Nidhi. The college also has grievance redress cell. A complaint box is kept in the office.

The institution has a transparent purchase policy framed by the management.

The college has to formalize the feedback mechanism and performance appraisal reports of the staff.

CRITERION VII - HEALTHY PRACTICES
The Peer Team has identified certain healthy practices that have enhanced the academic ambience in the institution.

The College offers B.Com degree under Self-Financing scheme.

The college prepares annual calendar of events and teaching plan.

The class room teaching is supplemented by other methods like seminars and group discussions

The teachers visit houses of first generation learners and motivate them to pursue higher education in their college.

The college offers informal skill based training in horticulture, mango grafting, pot making, vermiculture, bio-fertilizers.

Civic responsibilities are inculcated through NSS.

The college conducts co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, which help in holistic development of the students.

The sense of dignity of labour is inculcated among the students and staff by way of participation in the digging of the well, construction of college building, mango plantation, and coconut plantation through actual physical work.

The college conducts literacy programme for the children of migrant workers of chira mines.

SECTION III:
OVERALL ANALYSIS
COMMENDATIONS
RECOMMENDATIONS
Abasaheb Marathe Arts & new Commerce, Science College is an institution established with the noble task of taking higher education to the first generation learners of the underprivileged and socially and economically backward society in the remote hilly part of Ratnagiri District of Maharashtra. The college which was started on a non-grant basis is now a grant-in-aid college, and which now has faculties of Arts, Science and commerce continues to endeavour to make higher education relevant to the society. The college is proud that it has succeeded in attracting students from the suppressed classes of society. It is laudable that the college is built in a 35 acre land gifted by a local philanthropist and the buildings are constructed with the munificence of the local public.

The college has taken long strides in the last 10 years and as on date there are 471 students, studying Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Physics, Mathematics, Marathi, Hindi, English, Geography, Political Science, Economics, History, Psychology, Commerce and Accountancy. The total number of teachers is 33 and administrative staff is 4. Besides the regular curriculum, the college gives skill based training that are contextually relevant. The college has been producing consistently good results in spite of the fact that most of the students joining the college are first generation learners.

The college is committed to higher education and hence makes it a point to sensitize the villagers around on the need for sending children for higher education. The College has succeeded in its mission to a considerable extent. All attempts are made to establish and retain good relationship between the teacher and the taught and a few methods are followed to help the slow learners and encourage advanced learners. The efforts of the college made in introducing 'Earn and Learn' programme is worthy of emulation. Commitment to the welfare of the society has made the college embark on various programmes like literacy drive among the migrant labourers working in Chira mines. Attempts are made to make the sprawling campus green and clean. The College has planted revenue fetching mango and coconut trees, and this is a commendable fund raising method. In the short span of ten years, the college has created some alumni who are well placed in society.

Even as the Peer Team compliments the college for many of its attempts and achievements, some suggestions and recommendations are mentioned below for quality enhancement.

All attempts should be taken to get the college recognized under 2 (f) and 12 (B) so as to get necessary grants and privileges of UGC.

The library facilities have to be improved a lot. The ongoing infrastructure developmental activities need to be completed expeditiously.

The laboratory facilities are badly in need of upgradation. The Chemistry laboratory needs to be shifted to a more spacious room with adequate safety measures.

Steps must be taken to fully computerize the office and library. More computers should be procured and there should be a computer literacy drive addressed to the staff and students. Internet connectivity should be obtained as and when the facilities are available in the area.

Being in a remote rural setting should not stand on the way of teachers taking up research projects. Research may be conceptualized and study may be undertaken in the following areas - flora and fauna of the area, medicinal plants of the area, mango cultivation, literature and folk arts of the area, socio-economic issues of the area etc.

The faculty should specialize in the needs of the agricultural society around and offer consultancy. This will help the college to generate revenue and make its services relevant to the society.

Teachers of the college need better and more exposure and they should be facilitated to attend seminars/ conferences/ workshops/refresher courses etc. and be encouraged to present research papers. The college should also come forward to conduct inter-collegiate seminars, symposia, conference etc. Students should also be encouraged to take up minor research projects.

More self-financing single unit courses and courses relevant to the local need may be introduced.

Being a rural college the college has a greater role to play in development and social transformation. To achieve this the institution should take greater interest in extension activities, involving NSS volunteers and other students.

The facilities of the campus should be put to optimum use by allowing other agencies like NGOs, educational institutions, government departments to use them. Exhibitions, sports and cultural events and demonstrations useful to school students should be organized so that the public will be drawn towards higher education.

Establishment of hostels for boys and girls will facilitate students from distant villages to enter the portals of the institution.

Coaching classes should be conducted to help the interested students, alumni and the youth from the nearby villages to prepare for competitive examinations. An educational guidance bureau could be set up to help the people in the area to opt for courses for which they have aptitude.

Use of modern teaching aids like OHP, Slide projectors needs to be encouraged.

The college can utilize the service of the psychology teacher and set up formal students' counseling cell.

The activities of Alumni Association have to be strengthened and the association should be persuaded to take active involvement in the developmental activities of the college. Starting of a Parent-Teacher Association will go a long way in strengthening the ties of the college with the public.

Recreational and leisure time activities for the students should be further strengthened and creative and artistic talents of students should be brought out through cultural programs, establishment of literary and quiz clubs and publication of manuscript and annual magazines and conducting competitions. Students should be encouraged to participate in intercollegiate programmes. A member of the faculty may be appointed as the designated person to take care of these activities.

The college should take immediate steps to improve the existing sports facilities, and also appoint a Director of Physical education.

Steps should be taken to introduce N.C.C. in the College.

The suggestions made by the three members committee appointed by the management to look into the ways of improving organization and management must be implemented immediately.

The Peer Team appreciates the efforts taken by the Sanstha to establish an Arts, Science and Commerce college in such a remote area with the noble aim of imparting higher education to the neighborhood community which had been denied the same till then. But many areas like infrastructure, computerization, development of library and laboratories, adequate literary, cultural and sports activities for students and teachers, better community orientation and involvement and designing programmes for the benefit of local population are some of the matters that need immediate attention.

Prof. A.H. Doctor
(Chairman)

Prof. J. Dinakarlal Thavamony
(Member Coordinator)

Dr. B. S. Srikanta
(Member)

Dr. S. T. Salunkhe
Principal,
Abasaheb Marrathe Arts & New Commerce Science college
Rajapur (Vikhare Gothane)
Tal. Rajapur - 416702
Dist Ratnagiri, Maharashtra

Date: 07-09-2004

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