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SM Joshi Arts Commerce and Science College, Pune (Poona), Maharashtra


SM Joshi Arts Commerce and Science College, Pune (Poona), Maharashtra
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Sadhana Parisar, Hadapsar
Pune (Poona) (District Pune (Poona))
Maharashtra, India
Pin Code : 411028

SM Joshi Arts Commerce and Science College, Pune (Poona) Maharashtra is a recognised institute / college. SM Joshi Arts Commerce and Science College, Pune (Poona) Maharashtra is managed by Society: Rayat Shikshan Sanstha. SM Joshi Arts Commerce and Science College, Pune (Poona) Maharashtra was established on / in 1986.

Principal of SM Joshi Arts Commerce and Science College, Pune (Poona) Maharashtra is Dr.Jadhav N.L..

SM Joshi Arts Commerce and Science College is situated in Pune (Poona) of Maharashtra state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Pune (Poona) comes under Pune (Poona) Tehsil, Pune (Poona) District.

Fax # of SM Joshi Arts Commerce and Science College, Pune (Poona) Maharashtra is +91-20-26999001.

Contact Details of SM Joshi Arts Commerce and Science College, Pune (Poona) Maharashtra are : 020-26999001, 26990628

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SM Joshi Arts Commerce and Science College, Pune (Poona) Maharashtra runs course(s) in Arts, Science, Commerce stream(s).
B.A, B.Com., B.Sc., M.A, M.Com.

Approval details: SM Joshi Arts Commerce and Science College is affiliated with Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune (Maharashtra)

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NAAC report of Rayat Shikshan Sansthas SM Joshi Arts Commerce and Science College

Section 1: Preamble
Rayat Shikshan Sanstha's SM Joshi Arts, Science and Commerce College, Hadapsar, Pune 411028 Maharashtra is a government aided college which was established in 1986. This college is affiliated to Pune University, Pune, Maharashtra. The college has been imparting higher education for the last 17 years to the eastern suburban population of Hadapsar, Pune. Rayat Shikshan Sanstha's Arts, Science and Commerce College is one of the major institutions of higher education in Maharashtra catering to the needs of the rural and semi-urban community. In the first instance, the faculties of Science and Commerce were started by the college and there after in June 1992, the Faculty of Arts started functioning. The vision of the college is to offer quality education to students belonging to socially and economically backward sections of society within a ruritarian set up/atmosphere. The basic objective is to educate young boys and girls through extension, quality education and social service.

The objectives of Rayat Shikshan Sanstha's SM Joshi Arts, Science and Commerce College are as follows:

To provide higher educational opportunities, primarily to the lower classes taking education to their doors.

To generate physically, spiritually and academically sound motivated graduates with awareness of importance of national integration and social responsibilities

To develop the over-all personality of the students

To impart education through self-help and dignity of labour

To promote women's education

To promote a healthy atmosphere, corporate life and welfare of the students, teaching and the non-teaching staff

The college has three academic degree programmes at the undergraduate level offered through the Arts, Science and Commerce faculties under the Maharashtra state Government grant-in-aid scheme. The College has got recognition under section 12B of the University Grants Commission (UGC). The college caters to the educational needs of the area adjoining Hadapsar comprising of Manjari, UraliDevachi, Mundwa, Wadakinala, Loni-Kalbhor, Kunjirwadi Shevalwadi, Holakarwadi, Fursungi, Vadagaonsheri, Chandannagar and Kharadi villages. The budget of the college for the financial year 2002-03 is over Rs.One Crore.

The college is covering a total campus area of 3 acres. The college is offering three undergraduate courses namely, B.A., B.Com., and BSc. During the year 2002-03, the total enrolment of students in all the courses of the college was 1368. There are thirty three permanent teachers and six temporary teachers in the college. In addition to this, seven persons are working as technical staff and five others working as administrative staff. The college has a central library, computer centre, health centre, sports facilities including a swimming tank and gymnasium, guest house and a vehicle parking shed.

The college volunteered itself for assessment and accreditation by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and submitted the self study report in April 2003. The NAAC constituted a Peer Team consisting of of Prof.V.T.Patil, former Vice-Chancellor, Pondicherry University (Pondicherry) as the Chairperson and Dr.R.K.Bharti, Senior Professor, Faculty of Commerce, Dr.Harisingh Gour Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar (Madhya Pradesh) and Dr.Rajan Varughese, Director of Off-Campus Academic Centre, School of Distance Education of the Mahathma Gandhi University, Mar Thoma College for Women, Perumbavoor (Kerala) as members to visit the college. Accordingly the peer team visited the college from 24 to 25 November, 2003 to make an in-depth assessment of the college on different criteria as per NAAC norms..

During the course of the visit to the College, the peer team organised meetings and held intensive and extensive discussions with various constituents of the institution as per the scheduled programme. The peer team met the Principal and Steering Committee Members as also the Management Committee on 24th November. The team also visited different departments and offices besides interacting with students, parents and alumni. Various documents relating to the college and attendant activities were verified by the peer team through meaningful interactions. After visiting the institution and carefully examining the systems, policies, procedures, processes and infrastructural facilities, the team is suggesting the following criteria-wise analysis, observations and recommendations..

Section 2: Criterion wise Analysis
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The college has taken necessary steps to ensure that the teaching and learning strategies are consistent with the goals and objectives of the institution. The formation of 'talent batch' and 'progressive batch' is in tune with the objectives of the college to give necessary attention and support to those students hailing from economically and socially weaker sections. It is heartening to note that the practice of continuous feed back from students, academic peers, parents and alumni is in vogue in this college. The members of the Boards of Studies and teachers continue to contribute to the efforts of the University in updating of the curricula. The teachers have participated and organised workshops on restructuring of syllabi as is evident from the data provided by them.. The college undertakes co-curricular and extra curricular programmes through the NSS, and the NCC to promote social consciousness and feeling of fraternity among the students.

The course curriculum followed in the college is the same as prescribed by the Pune University. The college offers three aided undergraduate programmes. The optional subjects followed by the college under Arts, Science and Commerce are : English, Marathi, Hindi / History/ Economics, Political Science, Geography, Electronics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Advanced Accountancy, Business law, Business practice and Marketing, Business Economics and Banking Finance. Regarding the revision of curricula, it is observed that the institution adopts the curriculum as modified by the university from time to time. Some of the staff members of Rayat Shikshan Sanstha's Arts, Science and Commerce College are Members of the concerned Board of Studies of the University and they provide appropriate feed back to modernise the syllabi. The college is organising socially relevant academic programmes by offering short term courses in 'Spoken English' and Computer Education The college is conducting programmes and extension activities such as anti-dowry movement, campaign for leprosy search and treatment, Open School for the benefit of slum children, superstition eradication programme for villagers, soil testing services for the benefit of the farmers of the area, etc. The Maharashtra State Certificate course in Information Technology course (MS-CIT) is also offered to students along with the regular under graduate degree programmes.

The available options are three in number and it is the considered opinion of the Peer team that there is need for more options to provide strength and substance to the academic programmes. The college authorities are planning to start different vocational courses at graduate and post-graduate levels in the near future. This plan also envisages starting of short term courses in need based areas like Fashion Technology, Tailoring, DTP, Beautician course, etc.

Criterion II: Teaching-learning and Evaluation
The admission policy of the college is governed by the eligibility rules and norms of reservation based on Government orders. The students are selected for admission, based on their academic record/merit at the qualifying examination. After admission, the students are classified into two batches as 'progressive batch' and the 'talent batch' based on the marks obtained for each subject in the qualifying examination - the 'progressive batch' who score less than 45% marks consists of students who need special attention in their academic work and the 'talent batch' who score more than 60% consists of above average students who need challenging assignments to excel in their studies and overall development of personality. The instructional methodology to improve the performance of the educationally disadvantaged students of the 'progressive batch' is through individual coaching and guidance, periodical tests, home assignments through the instrumentality of question banks. The students of the 'talent batch' are supported by organizing seminars, group discussions, field work and supported by facilities of additional reference books and periodicals. The students of the 'average group' have the option to join the 'talent batch' if they so desire. The working of the system is monitored by the Heads of Departments and co-ordinated by the Principal. Necessary encouragement and counselling are extended to individual students for improving their learning and skills through the 'parent-teacher' method. Similarly different enrichment programmes are designed for meritorious students. All-in-all, these programmes need to be commended as innovative and progressive.

The college encourages the teachers to make their teaching plans as 'year plan' approved by the heads of departments followed by completing the teaching of the syllabus accordingly. The progress of teaching work is reviewed in the departmental staff meetings and meetings of the heads of departments and the Principal and appropriate corrective measures are taken as and when felt necessary. The number of hours of work of the teachers is according to the norms prescribed by the university and the UGC. The lecture method of teaching is the mode of instruction and is supplemented by group discussions, inter-active discussions, brain-storming sessions, home assignments, coupled with audio-visual aids - over head projector, charts, flow-sheets, slides, transparencies and video cassettes. Seminars, demonstration sessions and educational tours are also conducted for the benefit of the students. The peer team felt that greater emphasis need to be provided in the audio -visual domain to provide quality facilities to the students..

The recruitment of teachers is undertaken according to university and UGC norms. The management has also freedom to appoint teachers on an ad-hoc basis and accordingly some appointments have been made in this category to cater to the emergent needs of the students.. The college follows self-appraisal method to evaluate the faculty in teaching. Performance of teachers with less than seven years experience is assessed by a duly constituted Committee based on the evaluation of their lectures attended by the committee and the feedback obtained from students. The Higher Education Committee of the management of the college reviews the self-appraisal reports and recommendations of the heads of departments and the Principal recommends suitable steps to the management.

Teachers are encouraged to participate in seminars and workshops and to attend refresher /orientation courses as steps in the direction of faculty improvement. The college also organises lectures and workshops in different subjects to benefit the staff and students.

The peer team feels that the number of faculty members is adequate to conduct the existing academic programmes. In all, there are thirty three permanent teachers of which some are Ph.D., degree holders and nine are with M.Phil degree while six are temporary teachers. Keeping in view the quality parameters, there was a dire need for the faculty to enhance their academic qualifications by acquiring Ph.D Degree.

The students are subject to the evaluation methods such as terminal examination, annual system of university examination, scheme of marking, internal class tests, seminars and home assignments at the beginning of the academic year.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
There are three teachers with Ph.D. qualification guiding research and M.Phil scholars. Very few research projects have been funded by the relevant agencies, which clearly indicates that the culture of research and consultancy through university-industry-linkage has to be encouraged in a meaningful sense. The Committee felt that research and consultancy are on-going areas of academic significance and therefore they need to be harnessed and strengthened by encouraging the Faculty to acquire Ph.D. Degrees. It is indeed a good augury that the UGC has recognised the college under Section 12 B which has the potential of encouraging teaching and research.

The teachers and students are encouraged to actively participate in extension activities.
The college is engaged in different extension activities through the NSS and NCC units. The important activities undertaken as part of extension services include community development work with focus on AIDS prevention, prevention of drug addiction, eradication of superstitions, jaundice eradication, environmental awareness, consumer rights, Information Technology, industrialisation, globalisation, women's rights and empowerment , human rights, vermiculture and health and hygiene awareness. These activities are organised by the college in collaboration with Government and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs). The NSS and NCC units also organize medical camps and blood donation camps and conducts lectures on relevant social issues. The volunteers of the NSS unit of the college actively participate in the development of facilities such as construction of roads and contour bunding, cleaning of roads and public utility areas and planting of trees in the nearby villages during their annual camps. The NCC unit also undertakes social service activities by assisting the police and home guards as volunteers during festivals in controlling traffic and parking arrangements, participating in cleanliness campaign and fund raising for welfare activities. The college also promotes extension activities jointly implemented by the students, teaching and non-teaching staff with the Non Government Organizations (NGO's) and Government Organizations (GO's ) through the establishment of the 'Open School' for children of slum area, soil analysis camps in association with Fertilizer and Petrochemical industry, superstition eradication drives in association with 'Andhashradha Nirmulan Samitee' and awareness lectures on relevant social issues with the assistance of officials from GOs and NGO's.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
Rayat Shikshan Sanstha's Arts, Science and Commerce College is housed in the 1822 sq.m built up space of the big campus of the Sadhana Educational Complex, Hadaspur with its class rooms, laboratories, library and administrative offices and functionally shared with students of the Junior College and High School.. There is an additional 2.5 acres for play ground. The available accommodation is optimally used by conducting classes in two shifts and there is shortage of infrastructure for the starting of new courses. The college has plans to acquire 6.5 acres of land exclusively for the college from the Government of Maharashtra. The 'campus development and beautification committee' takes initiatives to maintain the campus clean and beautiful. The college has a policy of extending its facilities to external agencies to make optimum use of its resources.

There is an Advisory Committee for Library headed by the Principal of the college. The library has also developed a book bank from 1996 onwards and there are 2780 books in the book bank. There are 9427 books and 21 Journals and periodicals in the library. The library has one computer for use in the library. During the course of the visit of the Peer team to the Library, it was observed that the total number of books in the library need to be augmented considerably with at least 10 to 15 per cent standard books in each subject. Necessary steps may also be taken for library automation and connectivity with other Libraries. The college library has linkages with Jaykar library of Pune University at present.

The Computer Centre has six computers with UPS, two printers, a scanner and a web camera. The hardware and software available in the Computer Center need further augmentation so as to cover all the students in the computer and Information Technology awareness programmes.

The college has good indoor and out door facilities. The hand ball team of the college has state and national players who have participated in international games. The college gives substantial incentives to the deserving players for their successful performance . The college has units of NSS and NCC with active participation of students. The NCC unit of the college is represented at the national level camps such as the Republic Day Camp.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
The college has taken necessary steps to provide Student Support Services to its learners. It publishes prospectus containing information regarding the application procedure, admission procedure, courses offered, rules and regulations, scholarships and fees structure every year. In addition to the scholarships provided by the Central and State Governments, the college offers special scholarships annually for outstanding performance in academic activities using Chief Minister's fund provided to the college over and above scholarships through students aid fund and students welfare fund. The number of students who enjoy fee concessions and freeships along with prizes and scholarships constitutes more than eighty percent of the total.

One student received the President's medal - Dr.Shankar Dayal Sharma Award for academic excellence and four students were awarded Chatrapathi Shivaji awards by the Maharashtra State Government for outstanding performance in sports activities.

The teachers provide necessary counselling to students through the 'Parent-Teacher' scheme in which every teacher is allotted some students and that teacher looks after their academic and overall development under his/her care. The 'talent batch' - 'progressive batch' scheme takes care of the academic counselling. Though the college does not have a placement officer, the teachers give guidance to students for seeking jobs or for generating self-employment. The college has an Alumni Association and Parents Association. The recreational facilities available to the students include Indoor and Out door games, Nature Club, Debate Club, Student Magazines, Cultural Programmes, Audio Video facilities, Essay writing, Internet Browsing, News papers and Periodicals, Gymnasium and Swimming Tank.

The drop out rate reflects on the rural background of the students. If the reason for the dropout is worked out and remedial coaching is intensified it should be possible to bring down the drop out rate.

Criterion VI: Organisation and Management
For the management of the college, the Sanstha has a higher education department which conducts periodic review of university examination results, admission of students, recruitment of staff, financial position of the college, co-curricular activities, training of teaching and non-teaching staff and quality improvement programmes. The audit department of the Sanstha conducts internal audit of the college accounts twice in a year. The Principal co-ordinates and monitor the activities of the different committees including local management, academic planning and extra-curricular activities through the conduct of periodic meetings. The feedback of the different activities is obtained and utilized for effecting improvements. The college organizes fund collection drives to generate necessary funds to meet the budget targets. Professional development programmes are conducted for the non-teaching staff of the college to improve their work efficiency. The college has various welfare programmes for the needy teaching and non-teaching staff. The recruitment of the teaching and non-teaching staff is based on university and government norms. There is a grievance redressal cell in the college. The work efficiency of the non-teaching staff is assessed by the Principal.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
Based on the visit to different departments and discussions held with the principal and staff, the peer team found that the following good practices are adopted by the Rayat Shikshan Sanstha's Arts, Science and Commerce College.
The following healthy practices constitute the strengths of the institution:

Internal quality checks implemented through the committee system

support for weak students through programmes for 'progressive batch' and assignments for bright students through the activities provided to the 'talent batch'

encouragement for participation in the cocurricular and extracurricular activities

extension activities through NCC and NSS

welfare measures for students

working with mission, vision, goals and objectives

'parent-teacher' scheme for over all development of students

participation in games at national and international levels

Evaluation of teachers by students

Significant contribution to inculcate the sense of civil responsibilities among the students.

The Rayat Cooperative Bank providing loans on liberal terms to the employees of the college.

Judo training has been made compulsory for women.

Section 3: Overall Analysis
During the course of the Peer team visit the members had intensive and extensive discussions with all the functionaries relevant for the purpose of assessment and accreditation as per norms of the NAAC. The team makes the following observations and suggestions based on their visits to the departments and discussions held with different functionaries.

The Peer team was impressed by the fact that this higher education institution has come up well in the last many years without any funding from governmental agencies until recently, primarily through its self efforts and the munificence of public spirited individuals, alumni with deep commitment to their alma mater and such others deeply committed to the cause of women's empowerment and disadvantaged groups in the society. It is really heartening to note the Rayat Shikshan Sanstha with its long experience in the cause of higher education to the rural population has succeeded in a significant measure given the fact that the college today has over 60% of the students who are girls. In certain areas they have gone in for best practices and innovations which stand out in bold measure and reflect very positively on the college. This is with reference to the unique but very successful practice of evaluation of teachers by students, self evaluation of teachers re-inforced by a committee constituted by the college for this purpose, innovative practice of students in the 'Earn -n- Learn' scheme, going to the slum to help eradicating illiteracy among the poor and the needy, assignment work to students with socially relevant schemes like 'soil analysis', analysing the pollution level in the water and recommending correct measures, good interaction between the college authorities and parents, emphasises on value based education keeping in view the vision of the Founder of the Rayat Sikshana Sanstha Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil. All-in-all the Peer team was impressed by the dedication of the staff and students as well as the commitment of the management to provide and attain quality education to students where the unit cost of education is lower when compared to other institutions/colleges. This bold experiment of bringing education to the less privileged and the needy through a unique philosophy of doing the right thing first and doing the right thing again and again inculcating in the students, thirst for knowledge thereby making them eventually worthwhile citizens in a society which is in the process of transition from tradition to modernity.

The Chairman and Members of the Peer team express their appreciation of the Management, the Principal and Members of the Steering Committee, Teachers, students, parents, non-teaching staff and others for their co-operation during the course of their visit to the Institution.

Dr. V. T. Patil
(Former Vice-Chancellor
Pondicherry University.
Dharwad -7

Dr. R. K. Bharti
(Faculty of Commerce,
Senior Professor
Dr.Harisingh Gour University,
Sagar, Madhya Pradesh )

Dr. Rajan Varughese
(Director, off.-Campus Academic Centre,
School of Distance Education,
Mahatma Gandhi University,
Mahatma College for Women,
Perumbavoor, Kerala )

Date - 25 /11/2003

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