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Babuji Avhad Mahavidyalaya (Arts and Commerce), Pathardi, Maharashtra


Babuji Avhad Mahavidyalaya (Arts and Commerce), Pathardi, Maharashtra
Address:Plot No.23 And 24
Pathardi (District Ahmednagar)
Maharashtra, India
Pin Code : 414102

Babuji Avhad Mahavidyalaya (Arts and Commerce), Pathardi Maharashtra is a recognised institute / college. Babuji Avhad Mahavidyalaya (Arts and Commerce), Pathardi Maharashtra is managed by Society: Parth Vidya Prasarak Mandal. Babuji Avhad Mahavidyalaya (Arts and Commerce), Pathardi Maharashtra was established on / in 1966.

Principal of Babuji Avhad Mahavidyalaya (Arts and Commerce), Pathardi Maharashtra is Dr.G.P.Dhakane.

Babuji Avhad Mahavidyalaya (Arts and Commerce) is situated in Pathardi of Maharashtra state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of Babuji Avhad Mahavidyalaya (Arts and Commerce), Pathardi Maharashtra is +91-2428)222349.

Contact Person(s) of the Babuji Avhad Mahavidyalaya (Arts and Commerce), Pathardi Maharashtra is (are): President: Abhay N. Avhad.

Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at Babuji Avhad Mahavidyalaya (Arts and Commerce), Pathardi Maharashtra are 9423227287.

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Website of Babuji Avhad Mahavidyalaya (Arts and Commerce), Pathardi Maharashtra is www. pvpmp.org.

Contact Details of Babuji Avhad Mahavidyalaya (Arts and Commerce), Pathardi Maharashtra are : Telephone: +91-2428-222341, 222349, 222949


Babuji Avhad Mahavidyalaya (Arts and Commerce), Pathardi Maharashtra runs course(s) in Education stream(s).

Approval details: Babuji Avhad Mahavidyalaya (Arts and Commerce) is affiliated with Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune (Maharashtra)

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NAAC report of Babuji Avhad Mahavidyalaya (Arts and Commerce)

Section 1. Introduction
Babuji Avhad Mahavidyalaya, Pathardi, Dist. Ahmednagar has been established by Parth Vidyaprasarak Mandal and named after its President N. G. Avhad (popularly known as Babuji). The college aims to provide higher education to the students coming from illiterate and poverty stricken population of the area. The Management at that time raised funds from farmers, farm workers and the common people to establish this college to serve adjacent talukas of Pathardi. The college (formerly known as Janata Mahavidyalaya) is located in Ahmednagar District at Pathardi taluka. It was established in 1966, to provide higher education to the rural poor of Pathardi. It initially offered B.A and B.Com courses. In 1969, the college was granted a 2f certificate (recognition) from UGC. It shifted to its present building in 1976 and in the same year, received its first grant from the state government. In 1984, the college started Post Graduate Degree course in Commerce and in 1987, Post Graduate Degree course in History. Most of the students of this college belong to the nomadic tribe population and are the wards of either landless labourers or small landholders who migrate seasonally during the crushing season of sugar cane factories.

The campus area of the college is 19.2 acres. It is a grant in aid college affiliated to Pune University. The mission of Babuji Avhad Mahavidyalaya is to promote knowledge and improve the quality of life through education. During the current academic year (2004-05) the college has 851 students at U.G level, out of which 211 are women . There are 184 students at P.G level. The college has 11 permanent teachers among them 3 have Ph.Ds and 4 M.Phil degree holders, 5 temporary and 5 part time faculty with 20 administrative staff.

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council was requested by Babuji Avhad Mahavidyalaya to assess it and to facilitate such assessment, the college submitted a Self Study Report in 2003-04. The Peer Team constituted by the NAAC consisting of, Prof. R. K. Prabhakar (Chairman and Member Coordinator) and Prof. Bharathalakshmi visited the college on 23rd to 25th August 2004, and had interaction with the various stakeholders. Dr. Anthony Stella, Adviser, NAAC coordinated the entire activities from NAAC office at Bangalore.

Pathardi taluka has 122 villages covering 1101.8 sq. kms. with a population of around 1,92,000 as per 2001 census. It is located in the backward and impoverished area. It is indeed commendable that the college such as this which is seeking to provide higher education to largely poverty stricken population is concerned about its quality and is seeking the help of a quality assurance mechanism.

The Peer Team had received the Self Study Report and other documents provided by the college, well ahead of the visit, and had adequate time and opportunity to interact with the Principle In charge, members of the Management Trust, faculty, other staff, students, Alumni and parents to validate the points mentioned in the Report. The views and observations of the Peer Team on the various criteria and the overall analysis are furnished below:

Section 2. Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion I : Curricular Analysis
In the past 38 years of its existence, this rural based college has diversified its programmes covering both arts and commerce disciplines of higher education. The college was established with an objective to provide higher education to those who desired to acquire general degrees like B.A and B.Com. It has introduced 8 optional subjects to choose from at the under graduate level. B.A courses include special subjects English, Marathi, Economics, History, Politics and general subjects ; Hindi Geography, Psychology, B.Com programme includes costing, Taxation, Law procedures and Law practices. During the 2nd year, students are provided a choice of selecting any one of the five subjects offered as a special subject for their graduation. English is a compulsory subject for all the three years for B.A. degree course. English is also compulsory at the first year commerce under- graduate level. In addition to BA and B.Com. degree level education, the college has also introduced Masters Degree programmes in Commerce as well as History and Marathi (Arts Faculty). The M.Com programme is offered with Advanced Accounting and Taxation as the main subjects. In all, it has four programmes comprising of two Degree level Programmes and two Post Graduate Programmes.

The college is affiliated to the University of Pune and hence followed the curriculum designed by the University Board of Studies pertaining to the subject discipline. The curricular aspects are reviewed and updated at a three to five years interval by the respective boards studies of Pune University to which the college is affiliated.

While the team commends the range of programmes offered by the college responding to the social needs, it also feels that the emphasis given to value based and local / regional focused education be continued.

Criterion II : Teaching-learning and Evaluation.
The college focuses and provides healthy learning experience. Teachers prepare their annual teaching plans at the beginning of year keeping in mind the competence and pace of the learners. Besides lecture method of teaching, open discussions, question answer sessions, paper reading sessions is arranged in the classrooms. Teaching aids such as OHP, maps, etc. are also available. Efforts are also made to impart extra coaching, language proficiency and guidance for competitive exams etc to the students.

The college boasts of a good library with more than 24,000 books. It also has a large play ground with 400 meters track and other sports facilities.

The under graduate students are evaluated on the basis of their performance at the annual university examination. The postgraduate assessment is based on annual university examinations as well as the term end performance as per Pune University rules.

Admission to various courses of study is done in accordance with the guidelines of the university and policies of State Government. Students are selected on the basis of their academic record. There is no provision to assess the students knowledge, aptitude and skills for a particular programme before admission.

Remedial programmes are provided to the academically disadvantaged students. Advanced learners are given tasks to work ahead of the rest. Academic calendar is prepared at the beginning of the year. The principal supervises the work of individual teachers. There are nine teaching departments in the college. There are 11 permanent teachers among them 3 are Ph.D holders and 5 have M.Phil degrees. The college has a committed and qualified faculty team. The number of working days is 236 and the number of teaching days is 208.

Teachers are recruited as per the government rules, teaching posts are created at the end of the academic year. Permission of the state of Education Joint Director is sought to fill up the posts.

Teachers are encouraged to participate in Seminars/Conferences. Performance of the faculty is evaluated through conventional Self appraisal method. Appraisal of the teachers by the students is done in an informal way. Principal makes suggestions for the improvement in performance of faculty.

Teachers help the college as members of different committees constituted for administrative purposes.

The learning ability of students is evaluated through conduct of tests and terminal examinations.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The college has a Research Committee which promotes teachers to undertake major and minor projects as well as to enroll for M.Phil and Ph.D. work as per Pune University guidelines. Almost 50% of the teaching staff are engaged in research work. 3 existing teachers have acquired Ph.D. degree while 5 hold M.Phil degree. One teacher is undertaking a major research project sponsored by the UGC.

Some college teachers have aligned with a Career Guidance Cell run by Bhagwan Institute of Rural Development (BIRD) in the town, wherein information pertaining to competitive examinations and job openings is provided to student of the area. The cell possesses books and study materials for these examinations.

The college has an active NSS and NCC facility for students. It is through these NSS programmes that it essentially provides valued based education. Awareness programmes, special winter camps etc. have also been arranged by the college in association with both government and non-government organizations on various occasions.

The Government of Maharashtra encourages the students to join in NSS by giving 5 bonus marks in the University examinations. This is provided a boost to this activity in the state. How ever the college does not have a designated person for extension activities, it is as an additional charge given to a faculty member. The extension activities undertaken by the college includes Community development, Health and Hygiene awareness, Aids awareness, Social work. Blood donation camp, Environment awareness etc. The NSS wings of the college have made an important contribution towards water conservation in the hilly terrain and rocky area which receives scanty rainfall. Efforts have been to made to plant a large number of saplings (trees) on the hills. Efforts have also been made to clear the rocks with the help of the local community thereby improving their quality of life.

For the benefit of the students Earn and Learn scheme and student welfare scheme are implemented with the help of university.

The management encourages research activity by the teachers and gives them study leave. Nearly 28% teachers are engaged in active research. One faculty member (Marathi Dept.) is working on a major research project of the UGC with an outlay of Rs. 4,22,560/-

Criterion IV : Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college is housed in a two-storied building built with financial help from UGC. Classrooms, administrative office and other spaces have been provided in the building. It has acquired various equipments such as OHP, Xerox machine, electricity generator, three computers and some audiovisual facilities.

The college has 9 acres of playground with 400 meters standard track. Various indoor and outdoor games facilities are also available. It has a Director of Physical Education to provide training and guidance to students. The college has a separate library building with 24,000 books and facilities like book bank, reading room, newspapers and magazines. The book bank facility provides the students with textbooks and reference books to be used at home. The college has a Campus Development and Maintenance Committee as well as a Library Advisory Committee.

Criterion V : Students Support and Progression.
The college currently has over 1035 students. Most of these come from the backward class and economically poor background and hence need financial help to continue their further education. The college provides various government scholarships, both from central and state governments, to needy students. Some economically backward students are also given freeships. The scholarship & freeships were availed by as many as 778 students on 2003-04 amounting to Rs. 12, 68,712/- These are Central Government scholarships / freeships disbursed through the state social welfare department. Students are also allowed to pay their fees in installments. The college has an 'Earn and Learn' scheme and also a Students Aid Fund to provide financial assistance and support to students. Teachers also offer financial and academic support to the students at a personal level.

Alumni of the college hailing from poor and backward families have gained substantially from the educational facility at this college which has helped them to acquire important positions in society both in and around the area / region.

The results of the college show that more than 80% of the students are successful in the final examination conducted by the University

The college publishes regularly the prospectus which provides information about rules of admission, fee structure; rules of attendance, scholarships, and students get government (State & Central) scholarships. The college has a large Alumni base created over 38 years of its existence and needs to further strengthen its alumni association. The alumni may be involved in the augmentation of infrastructural facilities and institutionalizing of awards and prizes.

Criterion VI : Organization and Management
The college is managed by Parth Vidyaprasarak Mandal, Pathardi and functions under the guidance, supervision and management of this Mandal. The local management committee (of the Mandal) works towards coordination and decision making in academic, administrative and financial matters. The college has appointed various committees to look after day-to-day affairs and activities. Recruitments are made as per the UGC and state government guidelines. It also has a student council consisting of student representatives from all classes including gymnasium, NSS and NCC, etc.
The non-teaching staff is also given opportunities to participate in training programmes.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The college lays emphasis to provide value based education, community orientation etc. which are the major areas of focus of various activities. It also organizes programmes and lectures by eminent personalities at various important occasions. Cultural programmes are also arranged to bring out potential of the students. NSS student have been doing excellent community service by taking up water conservation and tree plantation programmes in addition to other activities.

The college has excellent facilities in the department of Physical Education. The college has excelled in weight lifting an has been consistently winning State championship medals, including three top medals, (Gold, Silver, Bronze) in 2003-2004 The Physical department also deserves special commendation for its efforts and interest created among the students over the years, many of whom have become Directors of Physical Education in other institutions or have join the army or police force

The Earn and Learn scheme supported many economical weak students and made them aware about the dignity of labour and self reliance.

The UGC Major Research Project taken up by the department of Marathi literature on tribal folk throws light on hitherto unknown facts to the general public.

Section 3. Overall Analysis
The growth of the Babuji Avhad Mahavidyalaya over the past 38 years indicates the manner in which the quality of life of a people can be improved by making higher education accessible and affordable. The college has ensured equity in, and access to, higher education through rural student friendly policies. It has had the advantage of being brought into existence by a stalwart of the area namely Shri N. G. Avhad (Babuji Avhad) who was also a member of the state legislative assembly for ten years from 1957 to 1967.

Despite the limitation of being located in a backward heartland of Pathardi district in Ahmednagar, the college has made a conscious effort to acquire the guidance, expertise and involvement of the local community, state government, central government, university grants commission and other similar bodies to ensure its continued development. This has resulted in sustained interest support and commitment of the local community in the growth of this institution. Since, the Pune University has made English compulsory at bachelor level in Arts; it has opened up new vistas and opportunities for higher learning and employment opportunities to the students of this backward area.

From a humble beginning with the admission of 150 students to the pre degree courses in Arts and Commerce, the college today has its own building as well as boasts of postgraduate courses in History, Marathi and Commerce.

The continuous up-gradation of, and addition to, the infrastructure facilities, ranging from classrooms, play grounds, library and other facilities are proof of planned and systematic growth calculated to improve the quality and style of functioning of the college. The college may attempt to provide computer literacy in response to the changing societal needs.

Since the area is largely impoverished, the students are not able to afford the fees. The college has taken steps in providing the learners with scholarships and freeship as well as installment payment of fees. It has also instituted a 'Earn and Learn' scheme for the benefit of such students. For its future growth, the college would perhaps need to think of ways and means to attract more donations and endowments as well as other innovative ways of raising financial resources. The college plans to have separate buildings for administrative office, canteen, gents hostel, and ladies hotel in the coming years. The college has potential to offer various skill based and job oriented programmes in the future. It may also look at computing skills as one of the areas to provide employment opportunities. In particular, the peer team would like to present the following commendations and suggestions to the institution for its further growth and development:

The Peer Team commends the efforts of Babuji Avhad Mahavidyalaya and its parent institute Parth Vidyaprasarak Mandal, for its concerted efforts to improve the quality of life of the rural masses through higher education.

Despite very little fee support and support of grants by the state government, the college has been able to not only survive but also develop and grow over the years.

The contribution made by the college to the improvement in academic and social life of the community needs to be appreciated.

Efforts of the college in encouraging research work by its staff members and for their obtaining M.Phil and Ph.D degrees are also commendable.

The importance given to library facilities which house nearly 24,000 books, speaks about the efforts made by the management to impart information and knowledge in a rural and backward milieu.

The playground facilities of 9 acre with a 400 metre track as well as other excellent sports facilities are indeed commendable.

All round efforts to set up student support services, infrastructure facilities and special care provided to disadvantaged students clearly shows the student friendly approach of the institute.

Conscious of the expectations of the society from this college bearing the name of the great son of soil Babuji N. G. Avhad, it appears to be continuously striving to scale new heights of quality in Higher Education, by the harmonious functioning of the various authorities of the college with all the stakeholders.

The college needs to think of commencing new skill based courses to catch up with the changing times and employment opportunities.

The drop out rate appears to be on the higher side and hence attempts to study the causes may be made to avoid under utilization of available facilities.

The Alumni Association may be strengthened with broad based representation to assist the college identify new opportunities as well as new directions.

Communication and Presentation skills needs to be further improved.

Expansion of computer facility should be urgently undertaken to not only impart computer literacy but also expose the students to the Internet facility.

The three existing post graduate programmes in history, Commerce and Marathi need to be strengthened with appropriate faculty and enhanced research facilities, especially, books and journals.

The setting up of a language laboratory will be greatly helpful.

The department of commerce may offering certificate / diploma programme in rural management.

The Peer Team appreciates the efforts put in by the steering committee of the college in the preparation of the exhaustive and information-packed Self-Study and Self-Analysis report. The spontaneous cooperation and support extended by all members of the management, faculty and administrative staff in the exercise undertaken by the NAAC are appreciated.

(Dr. R.K. Prabhakar)

(Dr. Bharathalakshmi)

(Prof. G.B. Aghav)
Babuji Avhad Mahavidyalaya, Pathardi

Date:25 August 2004

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