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Cuttack College, Cuttack, Orissa


Cuttack College, Cuttack, Orissa
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Orissa, India

Cuttack College, Cuttack Orissa is a recognised institute / college. Cuttack College, Cuttack Orissa was established on / in 1982.

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


Cuttack College, Cuttack Orissa runs course(s) in Arts, commerce stream(s).

Approval details: Cuttack College is affiliated with Utkal University, Bhubaneswar (Orissa)

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NAAC report of Cuttack College

Cuttack College, Cuttack (Orissa) was founded in 01-07-1980 as an intermediate college and latter on in the year 1986-1987 and 1991-1992 started B.A. and B.Com. degree courses, respectively., and thus it was elevated to a Degree college. The college is affiliated to Utkal University of Orissa and is presently running as a grant-in-aid college. Although the college is located in the seni-urban Cuttack city, it caters mostly to the educational needs of students from surrounding rural areas. In the year 1991-92, the college started four Honours courses in History, Political Science, Home Science and Oriya while other two Honours courses in English and Economics were opened from academic session1992-1993. The college has introduced Honours course in B.Com. from the academic year 2005-2006. The institution is recognized by UGC under section 2 (f) and 12B on 13-10-1995.

The college has a total of 8 departments, one of them being commerce and the rest under the faculty of Arts and languages. The college offers a range of optionals in B.A. and B.Com. degree courses. There are 32 teachers among whom 23 are permanent and 9 are temporary. 7 of the total staff hold a Ph.D. Degree while 5 are with an M.Phil Degree as highest qualification. The non-teaching staff strength is 21 of which 19 are administrative staff and 2 are technical staff. For the year 2005-2006, the college has a student strength of 260 - 59 in I year Arts and 60 in I year Commerce. The corresponding figures for the II year are 134 and 70, and for the III year are 67, 47 respectively. The support services include a central library, computer centre, sports facilities, Grievance Redressal Cell, Boys common room, girls common room etc..

The Institution volunteered to be assessed by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore and submitted its Self Study report (SSR) on 19-05-2005. A peer team was constituted by the NAAC to visit the Institution and validate the SSR. The peer team consisted of Dr. C.K. Sharma, Former Vice Chancellor, Awadesh Pratap Singh University, Rewa-486003, Madhya Pradesh as Chairman, Dr. R.M. Ranganath, Professor, Department of Botany, Bangalore University, Karnataka as member-coordinator and Dr. A.V. Shrivastava, Principal, G.S. College of Commerce and Economics, Nagpur, Maharastra as member. Dr. M.S. Shyamsundar, Deputy Adviser, NAAC was the internal co-ordinator.

The peer team examined in detail the performance of the institution, its infrastructure, curricular and co-curricular programmes and other relevant aspects of its functioning. It held interaction with different sections of the college community during the two days - 28th and 29th, November, 2005 - . After an in-depth analysis, the performance of the college was assessed in detail and documented the following observations and insights are the pointers to the quality of education imparted by the Institution. The peer team also examined in detail the documentary evidence related to the academic governance and administration. It also interacted with the Principal, the faculty, the non-teaching staff, the students, the alumni and the parents to gain a deeper understanding of the functioning of the Institution. Based on the exercise and the framework of 7 criteria identified by NAAC, the peer team has made the following assessment.

Criterion-wise analysis
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The Cuttack College, Cuttack is an affiliated college of Utkal University. The college offers Arts and Commerce Educational programmes. It is a co-education college offering both +2 and +3 courses. Out of total 213 students in 2004-05, 166 were boys and 47 were girls. The curriculum is designed with a share of 80% and 20% for knowledge and skills respectively. It offers all the four options for the benefits of students i.e. a) Time frame matching students convenience b) Horizontal mobility c) Elective options and (d) Non-core options. The university reviews and updates the curricula once in three years.

Feedback on programmes and interaction with academic peers and employer are some of the ways to become relevant in the changing context. Improvement may follow automatically when efforts to derive benefits from such inputs are utilized. External experts are also contributory factors in such experiments. Diploma level vocational and application courses in English, Computer applications and also courses to suit local environment may be introduced.

Criterion II: Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
The college admits students based on their academic records. S.C., S.T., Physically handicapped, Ex-servicemen, Burma repatriates and applicants representing state level, national level are given some preference in admission viz. N.C.C., N.S.S., Scouts Guides, Sports and Games are given weightage in the admission as per government prescribed formula from time to time. Students' knowledge is assessed through college examinations. The college functions for 185 teaching days consistently and has about 240 working days in a year. The unit cost of education is Rs. 6102/- with the salary component and Rs.2004/- excluding the salary component.

The College is alive to educational needs of disadvantaged students for performance improvement. It arranges tutorial classes to overcome the areas of their lacunae. At the start of each term, the departments formulate teaching plans to cover the syllabi of the University. It is also found unitized to the benefit of the students. The HOD's and the Principal attend to its progress to give it a systematic and performance of students is evaluated by the college academic council on the previous academic and non-academic performance.

There are 23 permanent teachers, 09 of them are Male and 14 are Female teachers. Out of these 23 Teachers 07 are Ph.D's (3 Male + 2 female). 5 of them are M.Phil degree holders. There are also 9 temporary teaching staff among whom 3 are with Ph.D. Degree and 2 hold an M.Phil Degree. The student:teacher ratio is 16:1,

Three of the teaching staff have attended National and International level seminars in the last three years whereas 9 members have attended refresher course conducted by UGC. The college also conducts seminars and workshops for students. Five of its teachers have attended seminar. The students evaluate teachers and its report is sent to Principal for performance appraisal. Principal reviews the appraisal and uses it as a feed back mechanism for the benefit and an overall improvement of teachers. The C.C.R. of the staff is drafted by the Principal to sent it to the Government.

Governing Body of the college is empowered under Orissa State Aided Educational Act, 1969 to make regular appointments. Since the State Government has banned all regular appointmentsfrom 1st April, 1998 in the affiliated colleges, appointment of teachers only on contributory/ad-hoc basis could be made.

There are various committees to assist and help the Principal to conduct the work of the college in consonance with a pre-set Academic Calendar, and help the college administration to its best possible output.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The College is not a recognized center for Ph.D. However college extends necessary assistance to promote research work. It grants study leave to facilitate research work. Research Committee plays some role in the preparation of proposals. About 25% of the teachers are engaged in research work. There are two research projects of two years duration under progress and the total outlay is 150,000/-. The college does not provide consultancy service.

Some of the staff members have made some good research contributions. In the department of English, one of the staff members has guided 8 students for their Ph.D. Degree and 2 more have registered for their Ph.D. Degree under his guidance. Bedsides attending several national and International Conferences conducted in Indian and Nepal, in areas of his specialization, he has also published two books and a minor research project. Three of the other staff members from this department hold an M.Phil. Degree. The college could take advantage of this platform to impart communicative skills in English language to all the students who hail from a rural background. One of the staff members from Home Science is a member of the Board of Studies and Board of Examiners of Utkal University. In the Department of Oriya, out of 6 staff members 4 hold a Ph.D. Degree and one of them is a Research Guide. The departments of Economics, Political Science and History also have a staff member each with a Ph.D. Degree.

The college could encourage a better research culture among the other staff members to gear up its research activities by way of publications in National and International Journals, publication of books, participation in National International Conferences/seminars/

The extension activities of the college are carried out through NSS & NCC under the direction of two teachers with additional charge. Broad areas of extension activities of the college and community development, social work Population Club, Adult Education, National Literacy mission or any other activities. The NCC Unit has an enrolment of 60 cadets including 10 girl students. The NCC unit has conducted several service activities such as tree plantation pogrammes, AIDS awareness programme, Blood donation camps, assistance to Traffic police etc. One cadet has participated in RD parade and Rajpath parade in New Delhi in January, 2005. The In-Charge NCC Officer has received Best ANO award on 27-22-2005 from the Chief Minister of Orissa.

The NSS unit started functioning in this college from 1984. The enrolment is 60 with 15 girl students. They have been involved in campus beatification, plantation of medicinal plants, arranging seminars on national integration, environmental awareness, AIDS awareness. It has also conducted special camps in near-by areas every year and in near future proposes to adopt a village for total developmental uplift.

The Red Cross wing with a total strength of 50 members also is similarly involved in conducting camps on health awareness, blood donation, blood group identification, AIDS awareness etc.

Physical Education Training, sports and athletics have been started with the inception of this college in 1980. Some of the students have impressive achievements such as participation in East Zone interuniversity table tennis competition continuously for three years. Similarly, one girl student participated in North Eastern Inter-University Womens Kabaddi Championships held at Rabindra Bharathi University, Kolkata.

The college could give preference in admission and other such incentives to students to participate in extension activities. The college could be more innovative in its extension activities finding out more ways and means to make it expertise available to the general public.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources:
The College is spread over an area of 3.8 Acres of Land, obtained on a lease from the Government of Orissa for a period of 99 years. The building and the infrastructure therein is being used for both +2 and +3 undergraduate courses. The college has Arts and Commerce Faculties. It is a co-education college. There are 3 class rooms, 7 lecture halls, 1 library with Xerox facilities, 1 reading room, 1 boys common room, 1 girls common room and a staff common room. In addition, the administrative office has 3 rooms, 1 room is used as Principal's office, and 1 room for NCC/NSS/Examination control room is available. Although there is a cycle stand for students and parking facilities for staff, both need to be improved for optimal utilization. There is no official play ground for college students since the college is in semi-urban area of Cuttack and has only 3.8 acres of land. However, the college has an arrangement with a nearby ground facilities (Netaji Play Ground) which is regularly used for the sports activities of its students.

The college working hours are 9 am to 3.15 pm with 10 am to 5 pm being the office hours. The library works between 9.30 am to 5 pm. There is a computer centre with 3 units, which is used for the certificate course on computer applications offered in collaboration with Lakhotia Computer Company. In addition, Computers are available in the office and the Library. The computers are maintained on AMC.

The staff and students are looked after on a regular check up basis by medical practioners appointed for this purpose.

The college library subscribes 8 to 10 periodicals/journals. It has a total number of 10512 books. Out of these, about 1500 are for +2 course. The library works under a committee with regular consultation with the Principal.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression:
The college publishes its updated prospectus every year. It contains details of the fee structure, the rules of facilities of Scholarship, the college Calendar, Games and Sports and other discipline rules. It is quite a comprehensive document and disseminates necessary information useful for the students and the parents. The details of financial aid available from the Central and the State Government are also published in the prospectus. It includes merit scholarships, Merit cum means, Post matric and Sports Scholarships etc. These scholarships are to be procured from the funding agencies and disbursed to the concerned students well in time for fulfilling the purposes of instituting this financial help.

The pass percentage is about 74% in arts, 87.5% in commerce 80%) in commerce 2002-2003, 87.5 % in Arts and 90% in commerce in 2003-2004 and 91% in Arts and 70.5% in Commerce in 2004-2005. The dropout rate is 12%. The college needs to pay attention to establish an employment Cell and also keep track of the successful students who opt for postgraduate courses. It should strive to strengthen the functioning of the Alumni Association. The past and the present students and the staff can bring out an excellent coordination for well being of the organization. It sounds good that O.C.A.C. of Orissa Government is keen to spread the message of computer education in the State. It has involved IBM to cover all the educational institutions so that the significance of BPO concept is understood and it helps in employment generation.

Criterion VI: Organization and Management
The college being an affiliated college of Utkal University. Presently, Chairman of he Governing Body is the concerned Collector/Sub-Collector and this arrangement will continue until the Government changes its policy to allow elected members to take over. The Principal, who is the Ex-Officio Secretary of he Governing Body runs the college through a number of committees viz Admission committee, Examination Committee, Library Committee, Purchase Committee etc. for carrying out day to day functions. Tuition Fee for Hons P.M. is Rs. 50/- besides Rs. 100 towards Hons admission fees and Seminar fees for (Hons Students) of Rs. 50/-.

A few non-teaching staff have been deputed to attend professional development programmes. College also arranges for their training.

Criterion VII. Healthy Practices
It is a matter of appreciation that the college is adhering to its policy of merit-based admission of students. The teachers are sincerely planning their lessons for effective teaching. Unit Tests are conducted every two months to keep the students involved in studies. Teachers review the knowledge of the students from time to time. The teachers are responsibly discharging the assigned duties to carry out Extra curricular and Co-curricular activities for smooth functioning of the college.

Team work in the decision making is another important feature of the college. Participation in the International and National seminars and Conferences is one such area where the college should pay attention. Spiritual education through Lectures on Drug Addiction, environment etc is one such activity for which college is to be given credit.

There is a lack of research activity in the college which needs to be planned in an effective manner. The college is conducting activities which can enrich the personality of the students through college magazine, NCC, NSS, Plantation Programme etc.

SECTION III - Overall Analysis
The Peer Team after going through the SSR submitted by the college and after visit to the various academic and physical facilities, is satisfied by the progress of the college in fulfilling its aims and objectives of providing higher education to the students from rural background. It records its appreciation of the following aspects:

Principal and Staff members committed to the academic goals of the Institution.

Good interrelationships among the academic, administrative staff and students.

Efforts to encourage slow learners by extra classes, recognition of advanced learners by certificates, NCC/NSS/Sports activities to encourage all-round personality development of students

Unit tests to focus the mind of students on high academic achievement.

However, in view of the fast emerging trends in recent times, the college should make greater and extra efforts to cope with the challenges of higher education. With this view in mind, the Peer team suggests the following for he improvement of the college.

The college may explore the opportunities of developing skills through OJT (On Job Training) with Government and Private Sector firms so that learning becomes more affordable and productive to the students from predominantly rural background
Strengthening of the library with more recent books, journals/periodicals.

The college should contact the INFLIBNET authorities to get access to the INFLIBNET system.

Computerization of administrative, academic, financial and library activities on a priority basis

Encourage some more teachers to participate in national/International; seminars/ conferences/workshops. Promote a research culture by encouraging teachers to apply for minor and major research projects from State and National funding agencies.

UGC may be approached for funds to construct girls and boys hostel facilities, Yoga centre, Language lab. to develop communicative skills and overall personality development.

There is also need for improved staff room facilities.

Sports activities may be geared up further specially with reference to the participation by girls.

More effective feedback from students for optimizing the curricular activities.

Language laboratory may be set up to enrich the knowledge of disadvantaged lot, particularly for English and Oriya languages.

A center to train students for Competitive Examinations may be planned.

The Home Science department may plan out a centre for fashion designing and embroidery courses under vocational training stream.

Teaching departments needs to enhance their participation in UGC sponsored Seminars.

There is a serious need to strengthen Placement Cell.

Further strengthen the NCC/NSS/YRC activities

The college should initiate MOU's with Industrial and Research organization.

The feedback collected from the students on various aspects of their learning experience may be analysed and put into optimal use.

Use of Audio visuals in classrooms is needed for effective teaching learning process.

The members of the Peer Tram would like to place on record their sincere thanks to the principal, coordinator of the steering committee, academic and administrative staff, students, parents and alumni for their unqualified support and co-operation during the visit.

The Peer Team wishes Best of Luck to the administration of he College in the pursuit of their identified academic goals.

Dr. C.K. Sharma

Dr. R.M. Ranganath

Dr. A.V. Shrivatava

(Prof. Balmiki Patnaik)
Cuttack College, Cuttack

Place: Cuttack

Date: 29-11-2005

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