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Kharashrota Mahavidyalaya, Singhpur, Orissa


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Kharashrota Mahavidyalaya, Singhpur, Orissa
Singhpur (District Jajpur)
Orissa, India



Kharashrota Mahavidyalaya, Singhpur Orissa is a recognised institute / college. Kharashrota Mahavidyalaya, Singhpur Orissa was established on / in 1979.


Kharashrota Mahavidyalaya is situated in Singhpur of Orissa state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.


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Kharashrota Mahavidyalaya, Singhpur Orissa runs course(s) in Arts , Science, Commerce stream(s).
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Approval details: Kharashrota Mahavidyalaya is affiliated with Utkal University, Bhubaneswar (Orissa)



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NAAC report of Kharashrota Mahavidyalaya

Section 1: Preface
Kharashrota Mahavidyalaya, Singhpur, Jajpur, Orissa was started in 1979 by a group of committed people of the locality who craved for an institution of higher education to come to their village, which is situated in a remote area of Orissa. The founders of the college nurtured the institution with a great care. The college mainly caters to the needs of the students belonging to rural areas. Initially the college started functioning in a school building. The main building of the college was constructed with the generous contribution of the public. Initially Intermediate classes were started. Subsequently degree classes were added in 1986. In subsequent years various subject combinations and Honours courses were started. The college is a private Grant-in-aid one and is affiliated to Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. The college aims at providing education to the students of underprovided sections of the society who get frequently affected by natural calamities.

The college has about 13 acres of land in rural area. It offers B.A., B.Sc. and B.Com. courses in Pass and Honors streams. Eight subjects are offered in Arts, five subjects in Science and one subject in Commerce. The college has 27 permanent faculty members out of whom five have Ph.D. and five have M.Phil. degrees. In addition there are 14 temporary teachers appointed by the Management. The College has 37 non-teaching staff members and 03 technical staff. The current student strength is 735 of whom 442 are men and 293 are women. The unit cost of education is Rs. 2172 including salary component and Rs. 1430 excluding salary component. The college got 2f and 12B status from the U.G.C. in 1992.

The college has Annual System of examination. The college has Central Library, Ladies' Hostel, Health Centre and Sports facilities in addition to a Grievance Redressal Cell, Parking shed and Common Rooms for boys and girls.

The college volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore and submitted it's Self Study Report. A Peer Team was constituted by the Council to visit the institution and validate the Self Study Report. The Peer Team consisted of Prof. P.V. Arunachalam, Former Vice Chancellor, Dravidian University, Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh as Chairman, Prof. P.P.Mathur, Professor and Head, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics Centre, School of Life Sciences, Pondicherry Unversity as Member Coordinator and Prof. Deo Subhash Atmaram, Principal, R.P. Gogate College of Commerce and R.P. Jogalekar College of Commerce, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra as Member. Dr. M.S. Shyamsundar, Dy. Adviser, NAAC was the Coordinating Officer. The Team visited the college on January 20 and 21, 2006.

The Peer Team saw the infrastructural facilities available in the college, looked into curricular and co-curricular programmes and the various aspects of its functioning. The Team also interacted with the Principal, Students, Teaching Staff, Non-Teaching Staff, Parents and Alumni of the college and elicited their views on the facilities and the functioning of the college. In addition, the Team also examined all the relevant records and paid visits to the different constituents of the college. Based on the above exercise, and the seven criteria identified by NAAC, the assessment of the institution is presented in the following sections.

Section 2: Criterion-wise analysis
CRITERION 1: CURRICULAR ASPECTS
Kharashrota Mahavidyalaya, Singhpur, Jajpur, Orissa is an affiliated college of Utkal University, Bhubaneshwar offering degree courses in Arts, Science and Commerce. The courses of studies are prepared by the respective Boards of Studies of the affiliating University and approved by the Academic Council. The courses are reviewed and updated every three years by the University. At present the college has undergraduate programmes in History, Political Science, Sanskrit, Philosophy, Oriya, Education, Economics, Commerce, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Botany and Zoology. The college offers Honours courses in History, Political Sciences, Oriya, English, Commerce, Economics and Zoology. The College offers five optional subjects in B.Sc. and eight in B.A. with fixed electives. English and Oriya are languages offered. The college towards fulfilment of the requirements of the affiliating University, has introduced studies of Indian Society and Culture, Population Studies and Environmental Studies as non core options. It takes at least one year to introduce a new course. The college did not introduce any new course during the past five years. There is no provision of horizontal mobility. The syllabi do not provide for modular or inter- or multi-disciplinary courses. There is no mechanism to obtain feedback from academic peers on the teaching programmes.

CRITERION II: TEACHING-LEARNING AND EVALUATION
Admissions of students to the various courses of studies are made on the basis of their academic records. Students belonging to scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other weaker sections are admitted as per the policy of the State Government. The students are informed in the beginning of the academic year of the syllabi, evaluation method and probable dates of College and University examinations. Periodical tests are being conducted. The syllabi are unitized and teachers prepare teaching plans in the beginning of the year. The student-teacher ratio is 26:1. Teachers are advised to maintain lesson plans and progress registers in each department and they are verified by the Principal. Seminars and tutorial classes are conducted in addition to remedial coaching for academically weaker students on holidays and Sundays. The college had only 150 teaching days in the past academic year. It is suggested that the college has at least 180 teaching days in an academic year.

Teachers are recruited by the Selection Committee constituted by the Governing Body of the college against the vacancies arising due to starting of new course or retirement of teachers. The college has freedom to recruit temporary/ ad hoc faculty and pay them from the Management funds. All the faculty members share full work load of the plus two classes in their respective subjects. There is no mechanism of student evaluation or performance appraisal other than the mandatory self-appraisal reports. Three of the teachers have received teaching awards.

In the last two years eleven faculty members participated in national/ international level seminars and attended Refresher Courses. The college has organized two workshops on entrepreneurship development and also on Pisciculture during the past five years. Many of the faculty members served on various committees of the college. Some of the teachers have also established national linkages.

CRITERION III: RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
The college being mainly an undergraduate teaching institution gives more emphasis on teaching than research. There are five teachers with Ph.D. and five with M.Phil. degrees. Teachers are given study leave and the college appoints substitute staff. There is one faculty member pursuing Ph.D. programme on part time basis. A few faculty members have published papers/ books and presented papers in seminars. Teachers need to be motivated to involve themselves in research activities.

The college organises extension activities through Youth Red Cross and NSS units. The activities include Community Development, Health and Hygiene Awareness, Adult Education and Literacy, AIDS awareness, Eye Camps, Medical Camps, Environmental Awareness Health Programmes, Blood Donation Camps, Rescuing of flood victims, etc. There is a faculty member with an additional responsibility as Programme Officer to coordinate such activities.

CRITERION IV: INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
The college is situated in about 13 acres land in the rural area of Singhpur of Jajpur District. The total built up area is about 27,400 sq ft. The college optimally utilises classrooms, lecture halls and laboratories. The facilities are shared by plus two classes. The timings are staggered. The college maintains its infrastructure out of the development fees. The college has a Ladies' Hostel which can accommodate 120 students. Currently there are 58 inmates. The hostel is shared by the plus two students. The campus is maintained clean, green and tidy. Facilities for indoor and outdoor games are provided. Multi gym facilities are also available for boys.

The Central Library holds about 8000 volumes which need to be classified and catalogued. During the last year 90 volumes were added to the collection. There are a few journals/periodicals. A photocopier is provided in the Library. The library services need to be modernized and computerized. It is suggested that computers are made available in the library and availability of information through electronic resources and internet be encouraged. The library is open between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. on all the working days except holidays. There were 240 working days of the library in the last year.

The college has few computer systems which is a matter of concern. It is suggested that the college provides computer facilities to cater to the needs of the students and the staff. Innovative methods must be thought of for providing computer learning experience to the students on an urgent basis. The college may consider hiring computers and the services of computer specialists for providing training programmes and some courses on the basics and internet usage to make the students computer literate.

The college has a First Aid Centre. A doctor from Binjharpur Primary Health Centre visits the college once a month. The staff and students are also covered under GIS and students insurance plan, respectively. The college provides physical facilities for some sports activities like volleyball, basket ball, cricket, football and table tennis. The college is yet to participate in various tournaments. It is suggested that the college strengthens its sports activities and hires services of some coaches so that the students can at least achieve confidence and represent the college/ University in various events and win prizes.

CRITERION V: STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
The college prospectus is printed every year which provides necessary details for the benefit of students. It contains all the essential information like courses offered, admission rules, fee structure and number of seats. The drop out rate in many of the courses in the past years has been a little on higher side which needs to be brought down. The pass percentage has been around 70%. Though there is no formal system to record the students' progression to further studies or employment, approximately 30% of the students are claimed to go for further studies or employment. There is no formal counselling or Employment guidance cell in the College. However, counselling is done through proctorial classes. Many students have been the beneficiaries of various financial aids like Post-Matric scholarships (SC/ ST) and free studentships. During the last year 130 students were beneficiaries.

There is a recently activated Alumni Association which played a notable role in organizing the silver jubilee function of the college. It is suggested to further strengthen the activities of the Association. It could be involved in various developmental activities.

CRITERION VI: ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
The college is an aided college and is under the direct control of a Governing Body which has 15 members which include representatives of teachers, non teaching staff, Chairman, Panchayat Samiti, Minister, Women and Child Development, Government of Orissa and nominees of M.P., D.H.E. and the Vice Chancellor of the affiliating University. Offices and departments of the college are governed by the rules and regulations of the state government. Various committees of the faculty members help the management of the college in various curricular and co-curricular activities.

CRITERION VII: HEALTHY PRACTICES
The peer team during its visit to the college identified some specific features which have contributed to the quality of education in this college.

Special care of the marginalized section of students and provision of scholarships

Value based education and introduction of dress code

Disciplined and orderly behavior of the students

Plantation of trees in the campus

Organization of cultural activities

Section 3: Overall Analysis:
The Kharastrota Mahavidyalaya, Singhpur, has completed 19 years of existence as a degree college, imparting much needed education to the students of rural and backwards region of Bhinjharpur. Over the years the college has made a mark in empowering students hailing from this flood prone area.

The Peer Team feels that there are a few features of the college that deserve to be commended and at the same time it would like to bring to the notice of the college the following concerns for its consideration and necessary follow up action.

COMMENDATIONS
The college started as an intermediate college with a handful of teachers and a few students with no infrastructure facilities twenty five years ago has now developed into a degree college with honors facility in some courses

A few teachers have published good number of books and got awards

The college has taken initiative in starting fish culture and mushroom culture

The college organizes departmental seminars with students' involvement

A very receptive and supportive management is an asset to the college

Organization of annual Karasrota Lectures is a commendable activity

Noteworthy activities of NSS and Youth Red Cross wing merit a mention

Annual Sports Meet is being organized regularly

Facility of Multi gymnasium is provided for the benefit of student

RECOMMENDATIONS
The college may consider starting need-based courses. For example, a Diploma course in Tourism as an inter-departmental programme involving the departments of History, Sanskrit and Philosophy may be introduced. A Diploma course in Journalism with the help of Oriya and English departments and Diploma courses in pisciculture with the help of Zoology and Commerce departments may be planned.

The Management may consider appointing teachers wherever necessary

Computer facilities with access to internet need to be provided and basic computer courses may be started on a priority basis

The drop out rates in a few subjects is rather high which needs to be brought down.

Steps to enrol students in courses like Philosophy, where enrolment has been nil, may be initiated.

Necessary infrastructure and training facilities may be provided to the students to enable them to fare well in competitive examinations and acquire communicative skills.

Teachers need to be motivated to acquire research qualifications and publish research papers.

Placement, Career Guidance and Counselling cells need to be started.

The college may take benefit of different schemes of various funding agencies to improve infrastructure, physical facilities for the overall development of the college.

More facilities for athletic and cultural activities especially for women students may be provided for. Multi gym facilities may be extended to women students

Book Bank, Canteen and Health Centre facilities may be improved

Women's Hostel needs to be reorganized with modern physical and recreational facilities

Development of vacant land for income generation and development of Botanical Garden with medicinal plants may be taken up.

The peer team thankfully records its appreciation for the cordial cooperation it got from all the sections of the college during the assessment exercise.

Prof. P.V. Arunachalam

Prof. P. P. Mathur

Prof. Deo Subhash Atmaram

D. Parida
Principal,Kharashrota Mahavidyalaya
Singhpur, Dist. Jajpur, Orissa

Date. January 21, 2006

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