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Vidhya VaRoadhaka Sangha First grade college for womens, Basaveshwaranagar, Karnataka
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Basaveshwaranagar (District Bengaluru (Bangalore))
Karnataka, India



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NAAC report of Vidhya VaRoadhaka Sangha First grade college for womens

Section 1: Preface
'V.V.S.First Grade College for Women' was established in 1978 by the 'Vidya Vardhaka Sangha' founded in 1957 (under Societies Act), to impart quality education to the people of the neighbourhood with a strong emphasis on our cultural and spiritual roots. The establishment of the College was the result of the need felt by all people who had migrated from various parts of the State during reorganization of States in 1957. Though started with Commerce and Arts faculties, in 1981 the College started Science faculty. The College, which was working in two campuses, subsequently shifted to the new campus which it presently occupies. The stated objectives of the Institution are imparting excellent academic training and developing a generation of visionary leaders, self motivated volunteers and efficient organizers.

The college is a Grant-in-Aid Institution affiliated to the Bangalore University under affiliation mode having been recognized by the UGC under 2f and 12B in 1989 occupying a campus of 0.6 acres in the urban area. It offers three undergraduate programmes in Arts, Commerce and Science. It has no postgraduate programme. It has a staff strength of 27 with 26 permanent and one temporary by the Management. Non-teaching strength is 24, both Administrative and Technical. The student strength during 2002-2003 had been 601 and in 2003-2004 is 525. The drop-out percentage in the last academic year was around seven percent. The college follows annual system of examination. It has infrastructure facilities such as Library, Computer Centre, Canteen, Laboratories, Students' Lounge and Sports facilities. The working days are 287 and the teaching days are as per UGC norms.

The V.V.S. First Grade College for Women approached the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore, for accreditation and submitted the Self Study Report during December, 2003. The Peer Team was constituted by the NAAC to visit the Institution and validate the Self Study Report. The composition of the Peer Team is as follows.

Prof.D.Victor, Chairman
Former Director of Collegiate Education,
Government of Tamil Nadu,
G.R.Mansion, IV Floor,
No.11,Srinivasa Road, T.Nagar,
Chennai-600 017, Tamilnadu.

Dr. P.P. Mathur, Member Coordinator
Professor
School of Life Sciences,
Pondichery University,
Pondichery - 605 014.

Dr. I. Bhanu Murthy, Member
Principal
V.V.M.'s Shree Damodar College of
Commerce & Economics,
Tansor, Comba, Margao
Goa - 403 601.

The Peer Team visited the College on the 23rd and 24th February, 2004.
The Peer Team examined the details of the infrastructure facilities available in the college, curricular and co-curricular programmes and the various aspects of the functioning of the Institution. The Peer Team interacted with the Principal, Students, Teaching and Non-Teaching Staff, Parents, Alumni of the college and the Governing Body and elicited their views as to the facilities and functions of the Institution. In addition, the Peer Team examined all the relevant records and paid visits to different departments, laboratories, central library, canteen, computer center, etc. Based on the above exercise and the seven criteria identified by the NAAC, the assessment of the Institution is presented in the following pages.

Section 2: Criterion -wise Analysis
Criterion 1: Curricular Aspects
V.V.S. First Grade College for Women is an affiliated undergraduate college under Bangalore University, Bangalore. The courses of studies are prepared by the respective Boards of Studies and approved by the Academic Council of the University. The courses are being reviewed and updated periodically by the University. However, the courses are supplemented by inputs from the teachers, invited lectures and field visits. There are seven combinations of courses available for B.A., B.Sc. and B.Com. degrees. In addition the students can earn Diploma in Computer Applications through a Computer Academy run by the Management in the College premises. The College also runs 'Earn While You Learn Project' (EWLP) under which short term courses like Embroidery, Tailoring, Food Preservation, Mehndi are offered to the students. No new courses have been started during the last three years. Some of the faculty members of the University have served on the Boards of Studies and/ or syllabus committees. A few faculty members have also involved themselves in writing text books. There has been no academic audit done by the University but Local Inquiry Committees are constituted for granting temporary and permanent affiliations. The syllabi do not provide for modular or inter/ multidisciplinary courses. The College prepares academic calendar in the beginning of the year and it is informed to the students. The teachers are expected to maintain a work diary as per the stipulation of the Directorate of Collegiate Education (DCE), Karnataka. The College conducts midterm tests and preparatory examinations for the benefit of students.

Criterion 2: Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
Admissions to the various courses of studies are done on the basis of their academic records of the qualifying examinations and as per the reservation policy of Karnataka Government. Though there is no provision to assess the students' knowledge, aptitude and skills for a particular programme before admission. the knowledge and skills of students after admission are assessed through assignments, quiz or informal tests. The college, however, provides some bridge or remedial courses in the form of extra coaching to the educationally disadvantaged students. The students are informed of the syllabi and evaluation methods in the beginning of the academic year and the overall performance of students is being monitored by mid-term tests and preparatory examinations. However, the performance in them is not taken into account for awarding final grades to the students. A significant number of students use Kannada as the medium of examination in B.A. The results of the examinations for the past three years have been 68%, 67% and 71% respectively in 2000-01, 2001-02 and 2002-03. In order to keep a close watch on the progress of the candidates the college has introduced a Mentor Scheme in which a teacher closely monitors a small group of students. Parents' Meet is also organized once a year. The college follows teaching plan unitizing the syllabi with a record maintained by the faculty. These records are being maintained by the Heads of Departments and by the Principal. The general calendar for tests and preparatory examinations is adhered to by all the teachers. Such a teaching plan incorporates additional classes for weaker sections. The number of teaching days of the College is as per the U.G.C. norms. The college stipulates a minimum of 75% attendance as per the requirement of the University. Modern audio-video methods of teaching are available in the college.

The college was not able to appoint any teacher or create new positions due to a ban on recruitment of teachers. A few vacancies arising due to retirement, death or resignation have been filled through transfers or deputations made by the Directorate of Collegiate Education. However, the college has a freedom of faculty appointment for unaided courses and also for part-time teachers.

The college has dedicated and qualified faculty to handle various programmes. The college has 27 faculty members out of which eight have Ph.D. and four M.Phil. degrees. The ratio of full time to part time teachers is 24:1 and the full time faculty teach 98% of the classes. The ratio of teaching to non-teaching staff is 2:1. Faculty members can take study leave for completion of Ph.D. under Faculty Improvement Programme and can participate in various seminars and conferences apart from refresher and orientation programmes. Many of the faculty members use the available computer facilities. However, an attempt to encourage more use of computers and information technology by the faculty is suggested. The teachers are encouraged to participate in seminars/ conferences and workshops. Faculty Development Programmes and several workshops were also conducted by the college in the past. The College conducts seminars and workshops to improve the work efficiency of its teachers. The two-day seminars by ACCORD, an HRD agency and TQM are instances to facilitate better performance by the faculty. The performance of the faculty is evaluated through self-appraisal form prescribed by the DCE and also by the feedback received from the students on a ten point format prescribed by Government. The forms are analyzed by the Principal and suggestions towards improvement are given to the concerned faculty members. Classroom interface of the teacher is recorded on a videotape and the teacher is able to analyze and assess his own performance. The students also express their feedback on the campus experience through a college newsletter called Campus. A few faculty members have received awards/honours.

Criterion 3: RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
The college offers undergraduate programmes and hence more thrust on teaching is given than research. A few teachers have been recognized as supervisors for guiding candidates for M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in their respective subjects. Some of the faculty members have completed their Ph.D. theses. Seven faculty members have availed of the Faculty Improvement Programme. There are no ongoing research projects. However, a few faculty members have received grants from various funding agencies. Mention may be made of the Department of English for a project on 'Interface between Kannada and English in the periods 1750-1900 and 1900-2000' being funded by the British Council to the tune of Rs. One lakh. A few minor research projects had been completed by the faculty. Only two faculty members have got their Ph.D. degree during the last five years and one awaits the result. Some of the faculty members in the departments like English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Kannada and Chemistry have publications to their credit. A few faculty members have excelled in their areas. The college could not offer formal consultancy services. However, some of the faculty members have presented papers in various seminars/ symposia and produced programmes for All India Radio and 'Doordarshan' It is felt that the college could effectively adopt institutional consultancy mechanism on the basis of the faculty expertise and infrastructure facilities.

The college offers major extension activities only through its various cultural and hobby clubs. However, there is no designated faculty in charge of the extension activities. The institution is responsive to the need of the community. Various extension activities like AIDS awareness, environmental awareness, literary propagation camps, blood donation camps, care of the aged, and children suffering from autism have been organized by the college through its students with the participation of teachers and non teaching staff. Extension activities and summer camps for tribal children have been organized by the college with the help of NGOs, Rotary Club, Inner Wheel Club, Industries, various experts and artists. The college also encourages various cultural activities and some of the teachers have distinguished themselves as artists and writers. It is suggested that the College takes up socially relevant extension activities and also explore the possibility of reviving its NSS unit which was closed.

Criterion 4:INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
The main building of the college with basement plus three floors measures 12,561 sq.ft in a land area of 0.6 acres with nearly 16,000 sq.ft assigned for outdoor sports activities. The campus and buildings are well maintained. Separate laboratories are available for Physics, Chemistry and Computer Science. The infrastructure is maintained with the help of the management and with the Government funds. The college also allows use of its facilities by external agencies for activities like conduct of Yoga classes, exhibitions, lectures and various competitive examinations. A well-maintained small garden is available in the college premises.

The Library has 18,722 volumes and subscribes to 18 journals/periodicals. The Library is kept open between 10.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. During the financial year 2002-03, the number of volumes added to the Library is 1721 at a total cost of Rs.2,85,651. Book bank facility is extended to the economically backward students. The SC/ST students avail the book bank facility of the Bangalore University.

The Computer Laboratory has 20 Computers with printers and dial-up internet connectivity. The college has an auditorium equipped with LCD projector, slide projector, and other modern teaching aids.

'Arogyadhama', a Health Care Centre, maintained by the Vidya Vardhaka Sangha provides heath care to the students and staff of the college. Sports facilities for outdoor games such as volleyball, shooting ball, throw ball, badminton, tennicoit and indoor games like chess, carrom are available within the campus. Sports students are given encouragement by providing them with blazers, cash incentives and sponsorship to other sports organizations. Three NCC students are attached to the NCC Unit of the neighbouring college. In sports one representation at the University and the National level handball and netball, three at the State level volleyball in 2002-03 and one at State level hockey are worth being noted.

Criterion 5: STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
The college prospectus is updated and printed every year which provides necessary details for the benefit of students. It contains all the essential information needed by the students like course structure, fee structure, examination, and admission rules. The policies and procedure of admission are announced through inserting advertisements in the leading news papers. The drop out rate in UG courses in the past years has been around 7%. Though there is no formal system to record the students' progression to further studies or employment approximately 50% of the students go for higher studies or employment. Employment information is provided to the students through circulars.

There is a campus recruitment cell in the college managed by an old student of the college. During this year a visit by a Call Centre to the College for Campus Recruitment was a new feature. The college practices a unique scheme called 'Mentor scheme', where every teacher is allotted 10-12 students. The concerned teacher interacts with the students to understand their problems with regard to academic and other matters and provides proper counselling to the students. More students should be motivated to seek self- employment for which special courses in entrepreneurship could be offered.

The college helps students to receive several scholarships and financial aids. In the past three years 220 students had received financial aid from various sources.

There is a recently revitalized Alumni Association 'Vahini' in the college which helps the college authorities in generating resources by collecting donations from Alumni. The Alumni Association also provides academic and professional help to the college. It is suggested to further strengthen the activities of the Association and could help in creation of a website to keep track of all the old students of the college.

A wall magazine 'Taranga', a bi-monthly magazine 'Campus' and the college annual magazine 'Noopura' help inculcating creativity in the students. Various associations enhance the co-curricular and extra-curricular activities in the campus. A Mini In-house Bank, a Stationery Store and a Joint Stock Company are run by the students. Under the scheme 'Earn While You Learn' Scheme courses in Embroidery, Mehndi, Doll making, Painting. Beautician, etc are conducted.

Many students of the college have achieved excellence in different state level, zone level, university level and national level sports competitions. The college has several associations, which organize cultural, literary and quiz competitions.

Criterion 6: ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
The college is located in basement plus three floors. The infrastructure is put to optimum use. The Management has recently added three classrooms. It has plans for further construction in the existing building.

The administration of the college is carried out with the monitoring and co-ordinating bodies such as Staff Council, Staff Committee and the University's statutory Governing Council. There is an internal audit by the Management and the external audit by the Directorate of Collegiate Education. The academic and co-curricular activities are monitored, planned and implemented by the decisions of the Staff Council. The Staff Committee where all the faculty are members has monthly meeting and helps in the functioning of the Institution.

The college does not have deficit budget. The fee structure and administration are marked by transparency. All the non-teaching staff are yet to be familiarised with the use of Computer. Office automation is not yet done. Group Insurance Scheme in available for the staff. Apart from the usual welfare measures of the Government, the Management extends some interest free financial help. The college runs a Staff Welfare Scheme under which every member can avail a loan upto Rs. 50,000. The interesting feature of this scheme is a non-refundable Leave Travel Concession of Rs. 8,500 granted to every member once in three years. The institution as yet does not have any formal system of appraisal of performance of administrative staff. There is no structured mechanism of Grievance Redressal of staff and students.

The Grievance Redressal Cell may be established; however the grievances of staff are redressed with the help of the Staff Committee. The Staff Committee is also in charge of all purchases for the college. A cohesive atmosphere prevails among the staff.

Criterion 7: HEALTHY PRACTICES
Internal Quality Check through meetings of the Principal and Heads of the Departments.

Encouragement of team-work through Staff Committee and Staff Council.

Opportunity for self analysis by teachers through video recordings of their classes.

'Samskruthi Lecture Series' to inculcate values among students.

Conduct of 'Personality Development Programmes'

Value Based Education with opportunity for personality development and leadership skills.

Mentor Scheme for counselling and monitoring the progress of students and personal counselling of students by teachers trained at NIMHANS.

Earn While You Learn Program (EWLP) which offers training in many skills like toys & doll making, Mehndi, Painting.

Development of Business Skills in the students by the running a Mini Bank, Stationery Stores & a gift shop and a Joint Stock Company.

Structured mechanism of Students' feed back.

Special Lectures and Seminars by various dignitaries, writers, poets, scientists, etc.

Preparation of Teaching Material on Power Point by faculty and students

Collection of Poems and Seminar Papers of the faculty by the college.

Involvement of the nearby Ladies' Club in the development of the college.

Section 3: Overall Analysis
The college under review was examined and analyzed by the Peer Team in a comprehensive manner. Documents, departmental inputs, official records, financial details, examination data regarding the percentage of success, percentage of drop-outs, inputs from Parents, Alumni and students were thoroughly examined and scrutinized.

The college was established in June 1978. It is affiliated to Bangalore University and is a Grant-in-Aid Institution. It had been recognized by the UGC under 2f and 12B in November 1989. It is located in the urban area of Bangalore. The college conducts three undergraduate programmes one each in Arts, Commerce and Science.

The students are actively engaged in academic and cultural activities. They have also represented the college in sports at University, Inter-University and National levels. Central and State Government scholarships are given to deserving students.

The Peer Team would like to submit following points of suggestions for better performance of the institution.

Existing computer facilities may be improved by adding more PCs, printers and by appointing more qualified computer teachers.

Computer facilities may be used to offer short-term Certificate courses on self financing basis.

Computer awareness programmes among the staff, students and supporting staff may be taken up.

Computerization of the library and office may be initiated immediately.

Teachers with Ph.D. degree may apply to different funding agencies like UGC for financial assistance to initiate research projects in the college.

Alumni Association has to be registered and it may be involved more in the developmental activities of the college.

Audio-Visual aids may be effectively used by all the teachers.

Internet facility and reprographic facilities can be provided in the Library for the use of staff and students.

Gymnasium may be built within the campus.

Action may be taken to start NCC Unit in the College instead of utilizing the facility in other colleges. This will enable more students to take part in the NCC activities.

English language laboratory may be set up to train the students in Spoken English and Communication Skills.

A Centre may be set up to coach students and to train them for various entrance and competitive examinations.

PG course in Commerce and Management may be started on Self-financing basis.

The institution may tap the resources from various funding agencies like UGC, MHRD, ICCSR, Ministries of Sports & Youth Affairs, Social Justice and Women Empowerment etc.

Linkages may be established with the industries and Government Departments for practical exposure of students in different disciplines

Group Insurance Scheme for students may be introduced.

Innovative Certificate Courses such as Mass Communication, International Ticketing & Reservations, Tally, Cosmetology, Web-media, Web -Designing, Repair of Home Appliances, Health Care Management, Interior Decoration, Front Office Management , etc. may be offered concurrently to empower women students.

The present canteen may be improved to provide better service to the students.

Structured Placement Service may be established soon.

Prof. D. Victor, Chairman

Prof. P. P. Mathur, Member

Prof. I. Bhanu Murthy, Member

Name of the Head of the Institution
Prof. H.V. Vijaya.

Date : February 24th, 2004

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