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Government Arts and Commerce College, Indore, Madhya Pradesh


Government Arts and Commerce College, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Address:A.B. Road, Near Bhanvarkua Chouraha
Indore (District Indore)
Madhya Pradesh, India

Government Arts and Commerce College, Indore Madhya Pradesh is a recognised institute / college. Government Arts and Commerce College, Indore Madhya Pradesh was established on / in 1891 or 1960.

Government Arts and Commerce College is situated in Indore of Madhya Pradesh state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Indore comes under Indore Tehsil, Indore District.

Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at Government Arts and Commerce College, Indore Madhya Pradesh are 9425321118.

Contact Details of Government Arts and Commerce College, Indore Madhya Pradesh are : Telephone: +91-731-2464228, 2446579


Government Arts and Commerce College, Indore Madhya Pradesh runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
B.Com Computer Applications
BA Computer Applications

Approval details: Government Arts and Commerce College is affiliated with Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore

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NAAC report of Government Arts and Commerce College

Section 1: Preface
Government Arts and Commerce College, A. B. Road, Bhanwarkua, Indore, in Madhya Pradesh volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore and submitted a Self-Study Report in September 2003. NAAC constituted a Peer Team to visit the College and validate the Self-Study Report. The Peer Team comprised Dr. N. M. Kondap, Vice-Chancellor, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (Deemed University), Mumbai, Maharashtra as Chairman, Prof. Rakhahari Chatterjee, Professor of Political Science and former Dean, Faculty of Arts, Calcutta University, Kolkata, as Member, and Dr.Sadasiba Pradhan, Professor of Ancient Indian History, Culture & Archaeology, Utkal University, Orissa as Member-Coordinator. The Peer Team visited the institution of higher learning on 31st August and 1st September 2004.

Government Arts and Commerce College, A. B. Road, Indore established in 1961 was originally a part of the Holkar Science College that was founded in June 1891 under the initiative of the Holkars of Indore. The College had a significant beginning with the foundation stone being laid by the Prime Minister of India, Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and inaugurated by the President of India, Late Dr. Radhakrishnan. It is a Government College. Since 1963 the College has been recognized by the University Grants Commission under Section 2(f) and 12(b) of the UGC Act, 1956.

The College has a well-maintained sprawling campus of 29.02 acres located in an urban surrounding. The college has reasonably good infrastructure. The College is offering both undergraduate and Post Graduate courses in 12 subjects leading to B.A., B.Com. and M.A., M.Com. Degrees of Devi Ahilya University, Indore. It is also a nodal center of Devi Ahilya University for Ph.D. programme in 12 subjects. There are73 permanent teachers, of which 03 have D.Litt., 67 teachers have Ph.D. and 03 have M.Phil. Degrees. There are 16 Non-teaching staff including 03 Technical staff. The College has 6692 students including the 300 students of the Self-financing course. While the success rate of the students is about 84% in U.G. and 97% in P.G. the dropout rate is about 18% . The students are largely from the city of Indore and the nearby rural areas. Thus the College is catering to the needs of different sections of the urban and semi-urban population in and around Indore. The College has a Central Library, Computer Centre, Sports facilities, Guest House, Hostels, Canteen, Vehicle Parking Shed, Xerox, e-mail facilities and some welfare schemes for employees. The unit cost of education of the College including the salary component is Rs.5698/- and excluding the salary component is Rs. 1212/-

The Peer Team meticulously analysed the Self-Study Report submitted by the institution. During the two-day visit to the College, the Team went through all the relevant documents, visited various departments and the facilities - academic, co-curricular, extra-curricular, sports and extension services of the institution. The members of the Peer team also interacted at length with the members of the Governing Body, Principal, Faculty, Non-Teaching Staff, Representatives of Students, Parents and Alumni of the College. Based on the above exercise and keeping in mind the Seven Criteria identified by the NAAC, the Peer Team has given its concerted and objective assessment of the institution including the commendable features and the issues of concern in the following pages.

Section 2 : Criterion-wise Analysis:
Criterion I : Curricular Aspects
Being an affiliated college, the institution follows the curriculum of Devi Ahilya University. There is very little scope for curriculum design by the College. The University revises the syllabi periodically and the College has to adopt the same. The Self-Study Report of the college proclaims that besides spreading Higher education to the under-privileged and marginalized one of its goals is 'to safeguard the interest of almost all people and to make them happy' (Bahujana Hitaye Bahujana Sukhaye). The college offers B.A. with English, Marathi, Hindi, Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Sanskrit, Psychology, Sociology and Geography and B.Com. with Accountancy and Taxation, Finance, Management and Computer Application. The College also offers Post Graduate teaching in all the above Arts subjects including Commerce. In Commerce the College offers a UGC sponsored Vocational Course in Tax Procedure and Practice at Undergraduate level.

Besides the Undergraduate Courses the College offers Post Graduate courses in 12 Subjects.

The College is a recognized Center of Research leading to Ph.D. degree of Devi Ahilya University, Indore.

The courses are largely traditional in nature even though some teachers are members of the Board of Studies and the University provides scope for changing or introducing new syllabus with in a period of one year.

There is no formal feedback mechanism from academic peers on teaching & learning. Some departments have organized national seminars. A mechanism for student evaluation of teachers may be contemplated.

Criterion II: Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
Teaching, learning and evaluation process is quite satisfactory. There is a close academic rapport between the teachers and the students. The academic programme of the Teaching Plan is prepared by individual teachers in advance, which is duly followed up in the staff meetings and checked and signed by HOD and the Principal. Teachers are qualified as per UGC norms. The institution has maintained its reputation in carrying out the basic ingredients of teaching, learning and evaluation process in a satisfactory manner. Lecture method dominates the teaching, learning exercise. Teachers are assigned workload according to their respective specializations. Teachers are very enthusiastic and dedicated and there is a good work culture in the institution. Classes are conducted regularly according to the framed timetable displayed on the Notice Board. Project work is an important feature in the teaching-learning exercise of some Departments.

Students are admitted to the college on merit taking in to account their performance in the qualifying examination and as per the guidelines of the Devi Ahilya University and the Government of Madhya Pradesh. The College communicates to the students the evaluation method / system at the beginning of the academic year. Teachers are recruited by the Government of Madhya Pradesh. Part-time / Temporary teachers are appointed and paid by the College to meet the shortfall of faculty caused by vacancies on lien, maternity leave by female faculty, etc with the approval of Government of Madhya Pradesh. 21 teachers have participated in National level Seminars, Workshops, and Conferences and some teachers have acted as Resource Persons. Two Departments have organized UGC sponsored National Seminars. During the last two years 22 teachers have participated in UGC Orientation Programmes and 24 in Refresher Courses.

Some departments like Geography make use of audio-video and OHP mode for teaching - learning which may be made available to other departments. The college has an informal method of assessing students' knowledge and skill through tutorials and class tests. It is preferable to formalize it.

One teacher has received UGC Career award.

The College maintained 180 teaching days out of 280 working days during last year.

More than 95% of classes are taken by the full-time faculty.

Criterion III : Research, Consultancy and Extension
The research environment of the institution is good as is evident from the research output of the faculty. It is a recognized Research Centre of Devi Ahilya University for Ph.D. programme in 12 subjects of Arts & Commerce. Out of 73 permanent teachers, 03 have D.Litt., 67 teachers have Ph.D. and 03 have M.Phil. Degrees. More than 30% teachers are engaged in active research. 15 teachers act as registered guide of Devi Ahilya University or Ph.D programme. Some teachers are also M. Phil Supervisors of DAVV. About 30 / 50 scholars are awarded Ph.D degree of Devi Ahilya University every year. Presently there is one full time Research Scholar in the Departments of Geography. There are two UGC sponsored on going Research Projects with an outlay of Rs. Six lakhs.
There is no consultancy as such except providing counseling to students.

Extension activities are carried out through four NSS units, three boys and one girls' unit with 100 volunteers in each unit. The various Community Development activities include Health and Hygiene Awareness camps, Blood Donation camps and Environment Awareness camps, Adult education and Literacy, campaign programme on AIDS, pulse polio & drug addiction, plantation in the college campus etc. The NSS units have adopted two villages ' Morad & Machhala'.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college has a big campus, which is spread over 29.02 acres. The class room are big. All the 12 departments are provided with separate space and furniture for departmental office, departmental library and for teachers. Some of the departments have their own computers. The College has a seminar hall.

The library is one of the oldest in MP with nearly 1,33,000 books created over a period of more than one hundred years. The college library receives separate grants from the UGC and a separate text book grants for SC /ST and OBC students from the Government of Madhya Pradesh.

Facilities are available for sports activities with large open ground.

Hostel accommodation is provided for 100 boarders in a hostel with 50 rooms. The infrastructure, especially the civil works need to be attended to on priority basis. The class rooms may be provided with reasonably good furniture, ceiling fans and with proper provision of light & air. Library timings need to be extended suitably.

Relevant books specially recent publications may be procured for the library. Library reading room may be made more spacious and reader friendly.

A common computer centre with Internet facility may be established for browsing by students and teachers with nominal fees.

The College has a reasonably good infrastructure accommodating Class rooms, Office, Principal's Office, Teachers' Common room, Students' Common room, Library, Laboratories, Canteen, Guest House, Vehicle parking shed, etc. on a campus of 29 acres. College Development Committee looks after the maintenance of infrastructure. Grants are provided in the annual budget of the College for repair and maintenance of the buildings and the furniture.

Besides the Central library some Departments have Seminar libraries for use by students and teachers.

There is a Library Committee for the College library. There are 1,33,017 books in the College library. There is a Book Bank. The working hours of the Library is 10.30 am. to 5.30 pm. In the last two years College has purchased books and journals worth Rs. 4,30,000 /- and books worth Rs. 5,81,000 /- for SC/ST students. The Library is under the process of computerisation with a special grant of Rs. 80,000/-

The Library should have provisions like reprographic facilities and Computers with Internet for browsing by students and teachers.

The College needs to have a common Computer Centre as Computer has been introduced as part of the syllabi. As of now, four Departments namely Hindi, Political Science, Geography, English and the Library have Computers.

There is a 100-bed boys hostel with necessary provision of residential life. An additional Boys hostel and a separate hostel for Girls students are needed.
The College has large open space with a playground for outdoor games.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
About 80% of students appear at the qualifying examinations after the minimum period of study with a drop out rate of around 20%. The success rate is 84% in U.G. and 97% in P.G.

There are a number of student support programmes in the College. The institution publishes an updated prospectus annually, which gives information regarding the College, courses offered, admission criteria, examination, fee structure, College discipline, prizes and awards, availability of facilities - both physical and financial, and the policies of the institution.

The students' progression from U.G. to P.G. is 90% and from P.G. to M.Phil & Ph.D is 5%. During the last five years 20 students have qualified UGC-CSIR (NET) and 30 have qualified UGC-SLET examinations.

Financial aids for students are available from central and state governments and at present 1 student are receiving Merit scholarships and 3394 students are receiving ST/SC/OBC scholarships. Students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities.

Students are making use of sports facilities, indoor and outdoor, available in this institution. Facilities include Athletics, Volleyball, Football, Handball, Basketball, Hockey, Cricket, Table Tennis, and Weight lifting, etc. Last year, 23 students participated at State level, 63 at Regional level and 05 at National level games.

Since it is not possible to have a Placement Cell for such a large number of students, the College may at least provide a Counseling Cell for the students.

College needs to introduce a mechanism for obtaining feedback from the students.

An Alumni Association needs to be organized and its potential utilized for general welfare of the Students as well as the Institution.

Since the College caters largely to the SC/ST &OBC students and the fees can not be enhanced alternate sources of funding may seriously be contemplated. Janbhagidari Samiti may be reactivated and made vibrant & UGC sources may be fully tapped.

Criterion VI : Organization and Management
The organization and management of the college are quite good and transparent. Since it is a Government College the adminstration of the College is vested with the Principal under the control of the Director, Higher Education, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh. A Committee called Janbhagidari Committee, headed by the District Magistrate, looks after the Management and financial policies of the College including the generating of funds for the Institution. The day-to-day administration of the College rests with the Principal who runs the institution with the aid and advice of the Teachers' Council and the Heads of Departments.

Several committees like Admission committee, Library committee, Academic calendar Committee, Clean and Green College Committee, Building Committee, Project Committee, etc. have been constituted to carry out the day-to-day functioning of the institution.

Loan from Provident Fund and loan for Housing ,car and PC are made available to the teachers and non-teaching employees as per the norms of the Government of Madhya Pradesh.

The College may think of having a Cooperative Credit Society for both teaching and non-teaching employees.

The Management has been encouraging teachers to participate in various professional development programmes such as seminars, conferences, UGC sponsored Orientation Programmes and Refresher Courses to widen their academic horizon.

Special attention may be given for a transparent accounting.

Criterion VII : Healthy Practices
Government Arts and Commerce College, Indore has certain noteworthy healthy practices to its credit.

The College is striving to accomplish its vision and goals of providing higher education to students of the locality and to serve the people socially at the level of information and literacy.

Positive encouragement to cultural and sports activities by the College.

Efforts for overall development of the students through participation in various co-curricular activities.

Participation in Community orientation programmes by organizing seminars and workshops on HIV-AIDS, Community Development and through adoption of villages.

Encouragement to teachers to participate in Faculty Development Programmes.
Research environment

Section 3 : Overall Analysis
The Peer Team, after perusing the Self-Study Report and assessing the various academic and infrastructural facilities of the Government Arts and Commerce College, Indore is impressed by the vision and the goals of the institution in the cause of promoting higher education as a premier institution in this part of Madhya Pradesh. The College has made considerable progress over the years in enlarging its academic activities by offering a variety of courses in Arts and Commerce. Teachers shoulder responsibilities by providing appropriate - learning experiences to learners. Research and publication culture is appreciative.

While appreciating the progress of the institution, the Peer Team would like to suggest the following for the future development of the College:

The College may diversify its courses by introducing new career and job oriented courses like Mass Communication and Journalism, , Home Science, Fashion technology and Embroidery, Environmental studies and also Management studies, such as, Tourism and Travel Management, BBA, BCA, Entrepreneurship etc. for providing more programme options. The College also needs to impress upon the University to bring about structural changes in the existing traditional courses keeping pace with the changes and challenges of the 21st Century.

However, before introducing specific new courses, college should obtain feedback from academic peers, employers, and stakeholders.

Infrastructural facilities, both academic and physical, need to be expanded and the existing infrastructure, which is over used and badly damaged, needs to be improved on a priority basis as a measure against future casualty.

All Teachers need to be encouraged to improve their academic qualifications under Faculty Improvement Programmes such as participating regularly in Seminars and conferences, attending UGC Orientation programmes and Refresher courses, and acquiring research qualifications like M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees. This will further strengthen the academic base of the Institution.

The College may offer some short-term job-oriented self-financing Certificate Courses for the benefit of students.

The College needs to expand its extension and out-reach activities in the villages through expanding its village adoption programmes. This would not only bring good fame to the Institution but would provide better opportunities for the students to understand the rural problems.

Teaching may be made interactive and interesting with the use of modern electronic equipments and gadgets like OHP, LCD, CD, Internet and other audio-video aids.

In view of the existing and future responsibilities, the College needs to expand the size of the faculty by making efforts to create new teaching posts and filling up vacancies promptly.

Library facilities need to be augmented with addition of relevant recent books and journals. Timings be extended beyond normal hours

The College needs to make arrangements to install reprographic facilities and also Internet facilities in the Library for browsing by students as well as teachers. The computerisation process initiated in the Library may be completed early.

The institution needs to make special efforts to develop linkages with National Research Institutions and local Industries for healthy academic ambience of the college.

A Central Computer Centre with networking and Internet facilities for browsing by students and teachers on a nominal fee is strongly recommended.

Since it is an old institution and its Alumni hold prominent positions in the society, Alumni and Parent-Teacher Associations need to be constituted and their potential exploited for the benefit of the institution.

A Students' Co-operative Store may be created and managed by the Commerce students in the campus under the supervision of the Commerce Department. It is recommended for the general benefit of students and staff and in-campus training of Commerce students.

Similarly a Cooperative Credit Society for both teaching and non-teaching employees may be contemplated.

A Grievance Redressal Cell needs to be constituted to attend to the grievances of the students and the staff.

For accounting, Tally package may be used. Proper documention may be made for easy retrieval of data.

Government Arts and Commerce College, Indore has earned a good reputation in providing opportunities for higher education not only in this part of Madhya Pradesh but in the Country as a whole with an intake of more than 1200 students from other States. In the fitness of things, the institution owes greater responsibility as a role model for such institutions in the Country. The College has to strive hard to sustain the reputation and great traditions it has earned. Its accomplishments are noteworthy and the institution has ample opportunities to scale new heights. The Peer Team also appreciates the enthusiasm and commitment of the Principal, Dr. R. K. Khare and his colleagues in the progress and well being of the institution. The Peer Team compliments the entire academic community of the College for maintaining congenial and conducive atmosphere in the institution.

The Peer Team wishes all the best to the institution to reach new academic heights in the years ahead.

The members of the Peer Team would like to place on record their sincere thanks to the Principal, Faculty, Non-teaching staff, Students, Parents of the students and Alumni for their co-operation and assistance during the visit of the NAAC Peer Team.

Dr. N. M. Kondap

Prof. Rakhahari Chatterjee

Prof. Sadasiba Pradhan
Member Coordinator

Dr. R. K. Khare)
Government Arts and Commerce College,
A.B. Road, Bhanwarkua, INDORE (M.P)

Date: 01/ 09/ 2004

Well-connected MBA graduate, brother arrested for fraud

Indore: An MBA graduate and his brother were caught on Thursday for their involvement in a fraud. A case was registered against them at Ujjain around seven years ago.Police had received a tip-off that a suspicious person was operating Wayda Bazaar office at Sunrise Tower in Tukoganj area for sometime and detained Alok Sharma and his brother Sanjay Sharma, residents of 97 Greater Brijeshwari. During interrogation Alok and Sanjay, initially tried to influence the police officials in the name of some prominent persons but to no avail.Later, they confessed their involvement in fraud cases and other crimes and revealed that they had purchased a Safari Jeep by producing forged documents for availing finance at Gwalior and then shifted here with their baggage and belongings. They also purchased three motorcycles through finance on the basis of forged documents, the police said.

Wanted in Ujjain: Both the accused were staying in Neelganga area in Ujjain in 2004 and had committed several frauds and were absconding since then. They had escaped by the time their preys came to know about the fraud and informed police. A case was registered against Alok and Sanjay at Neelaganga police station and police were searching for them since then. The accused are sons of a retired professor of Government Arts and Commerce College here. The accused were handed over to Ujjain police for further investigation.

Student union elections: A great experience indeed, never mind the poor turnout

Indore: Notwithstanding the pervasive mood of general apathy, the student union election was a unique experience for those few who cast their vote in the exercise that was held after 24 years. The election also occasioned a show of strength of the ABVP and the NSUI.The students were screened and separated from the political crowd through identity cards and fee receipts as large police force manned the colleges preventing entry of hooligans.The troublemakers were restricted outside the campus where they raised slogans and claimed victory over rivals.

Since no polling was possible for second phase of elections, politicking and canvassing was restricted to Friday.Girls in large number came out for canvassing. They were seen fighting with authorities over issues, including exclusion of candidates and alleged bogus voting.The real taste of election was missing in colleges as the number of candidates who contested was less than expected.The NSUI and ABVP had been raising the demand for direct elections for the last two decades. The guidelines issued for the elections on September 10 set the ball rolling. But it was not what they wanted. Most of the candidates were unopposed winners in absence of competitors. In Government Arts and Commerce College, the hotspot of student politics in 1987, only 15 candidates were fielded for 58 seats. There were 14 unopposed winners and polls were held for one post of class representative.In the University Teaching Department, for 259 seats, only 83 class representatives were elected. Similarly, in Holkar Science College, 56 class representatives were elected and 17 faced polling. The winners took out rallies within the college and some were roped in by the ABVP and NSUI leaders for processions out on the streets.

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