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KLE Societys RL SCIENCE INSTITUTE, Belgaum, Karnataka
Belgaum (District Belgaum)
Karnataka, India



KLE Societys RL SCIENCE INSTITUTE, Belgaum Karnataka is a recognised institute / college. KLE Societys RL SCIENCE INSTITUTE, Belgaum Karnataka is managed by Society: Karnatak Lingayat Education Society (KLE Society’s).
KLE Societys RL SCIENCE INSTITUTE, Belgaum Karnataka is situated in Belgaum of Karnataka state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Belgaum comes under Belgaum Tehsil, Belgaum District.


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KLE Societys RL SCIENCE INSTITUTE, Belgaum Karnataka runs course(s) in science stream(s).

KLE Societys RL SCIENCE INSTITUTE is affiliated with Karnataka University, Dharwad



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NAAC report of KLE Societys RL SCIENCE INSTITUTE

Section 1: Preface
Raja Lakhamagouda Science Institute is conducted by K. L. E Society, a society which was established to spread education in North Karnataka during pre-independence. In the beginning this institute was a part of then already existing Lingaraj Arts College Belgaum. In 1935 Science wing was added and in 1941 it was named after Raja Lakhamagouda Science Institute when Sardar Raja Lakhamagouda Basavarprabhu Sirdesai of Vantmuri; offered help. Degree course of the institute was inaugurated in the year 1944 by Sir C.V. Raman the Nobel Laureate. Full fledged Science Institute came in to existence in 1958.

The institute is presently affiliated to Karnataka University, Dharwad and recognized by UGC under 2f and 12B. It is covered under grant-in-aid. There are 32 members on the roll and 9 are employed on part- time basis. Three teaching staff members have obtained Ph.D degree and 3 have obtained M.Phil degree on their credit. As regards non-teaching 12 technical staff members and 15 administrative staff members are working in the Institute. Total number of students' registered is 498 and predominantly they are local students.

Institute offers B.Sc. degree course with 5 combinations in triple main system. Besides, Bachelor of Computer Application (B.C.A.) course is on self-financing basis. Along with academic record sports performance of the Institute is impressive.

Total area of land made available for the Institute comes to 25 acres and sufficient support services like library, computer center, sports facilities, press, health centre, hostels for boys and girls, guest house, housing for staff, canteen, gymnasium etc. have been provided for the students and staff of the Institute.

Raja Lakhamagouda Science Institute Belgaum volunteered to be assessed by National Assessment and Accreditation council (NAAC) and submitted self-study report in August 2003.

The Peer Team consisting of Prof. Dr. V.M. Chavan, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Shivaji University Kolhapur, Maharashtra as Chairman, Prof. K.G. Narayana Pillai, Director, College Development Council, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala as Member Co-ordinator, Dr. P.M. Sule, Principal, D. G. Ruparel College, Mahim, Mumbai, Maharashtra, visited the Institute on 23rd and 24th February 2004 and validated the self-study report.

The Team organized meetings and held discussions separately with Principal, Members of managing committee, Heads of the Departments, members of Faculty, Students, Alumni and Parents. The committee observed live interactions during this exercise. It also perused the records made available and on the basis of seven criteria laid down by NAAC the report is prepared as under.

Section 2 : Criterion- wise Analysis
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The goals and the objects of the college are:
To impart quality education, to provide science education to support technology, value based education and to develop all round personality of students. The college offers regular three-year triple main degree program in Science with different subject combinations. The major departments of the college are Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Statistics, Botany, Zoology, English, Kannada, and Hindi.

As the institute is an affiliated one, it follows the syllabi framed by the Karnataka University, Dharwad (KUD). Some teachers are the members of the Board of Studies and participate in the academic workshops organized by teachers to formulate and revise syllabi in different subjects. Majority of the courses are conventional but Bachelor of Computer Application (B.C.A.) and Electronics are introduced as vocational subjects. The institute had Post-Graduate level teaching in Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics from 1948 to 1957 under the University. The Institute conducted The Karnataka University Zoology College Teachers' Annual Conference in March 2001 and Annual conventions of Physics Teachers' Forum of Karnataka University in October 2002. Three teachers have completed Ph.D and three teacher have M.Phil qualification.

The college obtains feedback on academic programmes from students and peers. The process helps the college to improve the quality of its programmes. The programmes are generally in confirmity with the missions, goals and objectives of the institution.

Criterion II: Teaching-Learning and Evaluation
The college publishes its prospectus annually before the beginning of the academic year. It contains information about the courses of study, rules and regulations, fee structure, examination details, academic calendar etc. The students are admitted to the institute on the basis of marks and reservation policy of the government. However, BCA students are admitted on the basis of special entrance test and interviews as per the procedure laid down by the university. In addition the college gives preference to students with proficiency in the field of sports, NCC and NSS. College conducts induction analysis for freshers to assess their knowledge, skill etc. This is used for arranging remedial coaching for slow learners and programmes for advance learners.

The Institute organizes remedial courses for students getting less then 45% marks and for students failing in the examination. This arrangement has received positive response from students as they are benefited from it. The teachers prepare teaching plan at the beginning of the academic year and execute it effectively and ensure the completion of the syllabus in time. Besides, every teacher maintains a work diary, which is checked and signed by the Principal.

In order to evaluate the performance of the students, the college conducts three bi-monthly tests, one mid-term examination and one Preparatory examination. The results of the third year students are satisfactory. Some of the teachers have participated in national seminars. The teachers prepare laboratory manuals and the printed manuals are supplied to the students for performing the experiments. Some teachers take extra classes for developing communication skills for the educationally disadvantaged students. The conventional lecture method is supplemented by innovative teaching techniques using modern teaching aids like models, charts, and overhead projectors. The students are exposed to current topics through seminars, workshops and visits to places of importance. The college ensures the overall performance of the students by regular test, annual examinations and projects. An examination committee organizes examinations for all classes and provides the feedback about the students' performance.

The recruitments of teachers are made as per the government norms. Whenever need arises teachers are also appointed on temporary basis by the management. The self-appraisal reports in UGC format and the feedback from the students help the teachers to improve themselves. Principal assess the feedback and the results are made available to the concerned teachers. The suggestions given by the students through suggestion cum-complaint boxes are scrutinized by a committee and appropriate remedial measures are taken. Students from various departments have secured ranks in the university examinations. Apart from studies, students have won awards in various sports and cultural inter-college level competitions.

The college has 32 permanent teachers and 9 Part-time teachers. All teachers are to be motivated to improve their professional skills through participation in seminars, conferences and workshops. The institute has also established informal linkages with National Chemical Laboratory Pune. Students of BCA are doing project works in different institutions which are guided by teachers. The observations of the projects have to be published so that it will be useful to the stake holders. Teachers have to be motivated to undertake research projects so as to develop a research tempor among the students. It is to be noted that the management has earmarked some funds for research. Few departments are utilizing this facility to undertake small projects.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
As the institute offers only Under-Graduate programs out of 32 permanent teachers 3 teachers hold Ph.D degree and 3 M.Phil degrees. From different departments a few textbooks have been published during last two years. Some teachers are working on small projects. The college has extension activities such as health and hygiene awareness, adult education and literacy, AIDS awareness, blood donation, environmental awareness etc. One nearby village was adopted by the NSS. The extension facilities of the college also includes a Digital Vision laboratory with 45 computers, internet facility, ladies and boy's hostel a consumer co-operative society for staff and students and a credit society for the staff. The college encourages students in the fields of sports and in extra-curricular activities by giving prizes and medals. One student of B.Sc was adjudged the all India Best Air Wing Cadet for the year 2003 and was honored by the Hon' ble Prime Minister. Some students of the college also attended the all India Vayu Sanik Camp and Aero Modelling camp. The institute has a number of successful candidates with B and C certificates in the NCC. The volunteers of NSS helped the Institute in maintaining cleanliness

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college extends to an area of over 25 acres of lush greenery with main building built in British architectural style. The ambience of the campus is very impressive and surrounded by lawn, gardens and eco-friendly pollution free environment. The infrastructure created through seven decades are quite sufficient to run a good science college. This consists of Physics block, Biology block, library, canteen, play ground with cinder track, indoor stadium, 8 faculty quarters, 4 staff quarters, and medicinal garden. The building provides sufficient number of class rooms, laboratories, administrative office, auditorium, seminar halls, gymkhana hall, ladies rooms, co-operative stores, NCC, NSS, SWO rooms, computer lab, bank, post office etc. the master plan of the college was made available to the Peer Team. The plinth area of the buildings allotted to science college is 5913.75 m2. The Pre-University classes are being accommodated in the same buildings, but have separate provisions for classrooms and laboratories. However, it may be mentioned that certain facilities such as co-operative stores, auditorium, stadium, gymkhana, indoor-stadium, etc are common facilities for Arts college, Science Institute and Pre-University College. The maintenance of the buildings are undertaken by the engineering cell of the society. Electrical repairing and maintenance are entrusted to licensed electrician. Six gardeners and security guards ably look after the garden and security of the campus. The infrastructure is optimally utilized by the sister institutions and also the services are extended to Governmental and Non-Governmental organizations for conducting tests, examinations etc.

The library has a collection of 28,125 books (17,214 titles), 21 journals, 31 magazines and 9 newspapers. Few CD Rom are also made available in the library. Library functions from 8.00 AM to 6.00 PM on working days and on Sundays. Work relating to the search, lending, stock and bibliography services are computerized using 'Easy Lib' software. Both the stacking and reading section are well ventilated. Open access system is followed. Drinking water and separate toilets for boys and girls are provided in the library. One book is allowed at a time. Three textbooks are given to poor students for the whole year from Poor students lending section, which has 7142 books. Library has a qualified librarian and supporting staff. The facilities are optimally utilized by providing service to the students of the sister institutions and public. In addition, departments also provide reference books. Adequate funds are made available for book/journal/magazine purchase and is available from library fee, UGC funds, management donations etc. Rupees 91,382/- was utilized for the purchase of books in 2002-03. Library committee monitors the purchasing and functions of the library.

Sports and games are given special importance in the curriculum. Adequate facilities have been created for promoting this talent among the students. The college efficiently extend this service through the gymkhana Department. There are 2 multi-gym, badminton hall, 2 rooms for indoor games such as chess, carrom, play ground with a National Standard 8 lane 400mts. cinder track, volley ball, kabaddi and kho-kho courts. There is a gymkhana managing committee to organize and monitor the activities, having representatives from students and staff. The sports and games facilities are also made accessible to the students and staff of sister institutions and public.

There is a central computer facility owned and managed by the Computer Science Dept. There are 45 computers with LAN, 3 printers and Internet in the lab. In addition, Zoology, Chemistry, Botany, Mathematics, Statistics departments own one computer each. All are maintained by AMC. Computer lab is accessible to staff and the students. Computer Dept. conducts short terms certificate courses to outside students on nominal fee.

There is a Medical college, Pharmacy college and Nursing college owned by the society, nearby. All health facilities are provided to students and staff on concessional rates. In addition, there is a dental clinic and allopathic OP clinic in the campus, which also provide emergency service to the college community.

There is a 2 storyied boys hostel with 100 rooms which accommodates 125 students, and 3 ladies hostels in the campus. Men's hostel has no mess, which is provided by outside caterers. A kitchen and mess hall are under completion. All ladies hostel have their kitchen and mess. The hostel committee runs the mess efficiently under dividing system. TV, phone, reading and recreation facilities, newspapers, magazines, hot water etc. are provided in the hostel. The hostels are provided with single/double/triple bedded rooms. The toilets and bathrooms are sufficient, neat and clean.

Guesthouses are common facility owned by the society, located nearby. The guests of the college are also accommodated as and when needed.

Criterion V: Student Support & Progression
Having got a standing of about seven decades, the college has a galaxy of prominent alumni working in big and small fields of activities such as politics, education, administration, engineering and technology, medicine, sports, industries etc. It is heartening to note that during the interaction, the alumni and parents recorded their esteem over the service rendered by their alma mater to the public in general and themselves in particular continuously since its inception

The pass percentage is high which speaks for competent academic counselling. In certain departments such as Computer Science it goes upto 100%. Drop out rate is comparatively low. Various financial aids such as scholarships and freeships are made available to the students in time. 113 students got the financial aid in 2000-01 and 128 in 2001-02. Information on financial aids are made available through an updated prospectus made available to the students at the time of admission itself. Poor students are identified by the mentor and are given special financial assistance in the form of fee concession, books, additional finances etc. A faculty member is put in charge of the students welfare office, who undertakes the placement services and career guidance. Students are given information regarding career and employment opportunities, competitive examinations, conduct of coaching classes, provide relevant literature, arrange interface with potential employers etc. Tutorial system is effectively working in the college. Fifteen students have been allotted to a mentor, who looks after the academic and other issues of the students by personal counselling. There is a grievance redressal forum for students and suggestion boxes are provided. The respective committees monitor the issues and take suitable remedial measures. There is an alumni association which instituted few scholarships and prizes to the best performers. However, there is scope for greater contribution of the former students to the growth of the college. It is suggested that more meaningful interaction between the alumni and parents may be encouraged to get a critical feedback which can be utilized for the improvement of the institution.

Criterion VI : Organization and Management
The college has properly structurised its day-to-day working through as many as 18 committees under the able guidance of the principal. There is a fully computerized administrative office which supports the academic and co-curricular activities of the institution.

The college works on three tier system of management. At the top is the Board of Management, which owns and monitors all the 135 institutions of the KLE Society. There is a Local Governing Body (LGB) which decides the policy frame work of the institution. Principal is the secretary of the Local Governing Body. There is an Internal Quality Audit Committee (IQAC) which is headed by the Principal. The IQAC monitors the working of the various committees.

Teachers are appointed by the selection committee constituted as per the guidelines of the Government and University. The committee has representatives from Government, management and University. UGC norms of qualifications are followed in appointments. It is reported that there is a ban on regular appointments of the teaching faculty in the colleges in the State for the last 10 years. So, most of the posts are kept vacant or filled up by guest/part-time teachers appointed and paid by the management. This has created a grave situation and quality deterioration in the higher education sector in the State. There are about 9 teachers, working as Part Time / guest lecturers.

Welfare schemes of the government are made available to the staff and teachers. In addition, the credit society provides interest free short term loan and long term loans to members on concessional rates. Grievances of the teachers and staff are redressed through the grievance redressal cell, the principal and the management. Peer team is happy on the co-operation and cordiality existing in the campus.

The accounts of the college are audited by internal auditors appointed by the management. Government accounts are audited by the government auditors and Accountant General. Budget deficit are met by the management from their own resources.

The college has communication facilities such as internet, e-mail, telephones etc which are accessible to teachers and students.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The college has adopted various mechanisms for internal quality checks with reference to academic, administrative and financial issues. The routine day-to-day activities are delegated through a large number of committees and decision is democratic.

The peer team has noted a significant financial discipline, which is evident from the nature of the budget prepared and accounted.

The college is sensitized to modern techniques in management such as strategic planning, participatory democracy in decision making and computerization.

Introduction of market friendly vocational courses through self financing system.

The college follows the philosophy of promoting holistic personality through moral education and yoga practicing.

College is vibrant on account of the introduction of guest lectures, seminars and discussions.

Constitution of clubs and associations aiming at the overall development of students.

Strong extension and out-reach programes in the nearby places and villages aiming institution -society linkage.

Cordiality exits between the components of the college community and the students of the junior college working in the same buildings.

Regular quality appraisal of the teachers, staff etc by the stake holders.

Dress code of the teachers and students in campus.

Section 3: Overall Analysis
The K.L.E. Society's Raja Lakhamgouda Science Institute, Belgaum is one of the premier educational institution with a proud history of about 70 years. The college is housed in a series of buildings, some of which are heritage monuments in the State. The history of the college is marked with high profile alumni in various walks of life. The daily working is systematic, punctual and sincere. There is a strong desire on the part of all the stake holders to turn the college into a center of excellence and into an autonomous institution.

The Peer Team had the benefit of a comprehensive and clearly brought out self-study report of the college prepared with great effort and care. The team had previsit image of the college by this document. The two-day visit to the institution proved the veracity of the initial impression that the R. L. Science Institute, Belgaum has been able to live up to the great ideals for which it was originally established by its founding fathers in the pre-independent period.

Every educational institution remains and sustains itself on four pillars, the faculty, the students, the management and the society. The peer team has found that the college performs well because of the harmonious relationship that exists among the above components. The administrative staff also do their job very well in strengthening this harmony. The teachers, both permanent and temporary are dedicated. The students are regular and attentive and maintain good discipline and decorum. They have good communication skill and expressed their appreciation of the institution and submitted proposals for further improvement. As far as the management is concerned, this institution is fortunate in having a leadership at the apex that blends vision with pragmatism. The management expressed their desire to start new market-friendly courses and PG-courses. The library is good, well maintained, computerized with Internet facilities. The infrastructure is remarkably good and well maintained

The tutorial system is effective. The various associations, NSS, NCC etc ensure student participation at different levels. The college magazine provides opportunity of publishing creative articles of young talents. The various evaluation processes works smoothly. A multilevel committee system ensures transparency in administration. The most noticeable feature in the eco-friendly college campus is the academic atmosphere that prevails. The awards/ ranks/ prizes/ medals won by students at University/ Zonal levels help in providing a new confidence and formulating new plan.

The peer team is appreciative of all these positive achievements of the college. However, there are also a few shortcomings which need to be overcome at the earliest. The dynamism essential for vertical mobility and excellence is not adequately found in the campus. The attention is mainly focused on a smooth running of whatever exists on a horizontal plane. The qualification status of the faculty is average with only a few have Ph. D and M.Phil. There appears to be a lack of motivation in undertaking research and research projects. The Faculty Improvement Programme/ research/ seminar opportunities offered by UGC and other funding agencies are not utilized in the college. Concerted efforts are needed to motivate the teachers in submitting good projects to UGC/ CSIR/DST/MOEF and other agencies to get research funding. It has to be remembered that higher education institution cannot attain excellence without research. Formal consultancy has yet to develop roots in the college. In the present situation of ever dwindling number of permanent faculty in the colleges in the State, this short coming needs to be addressed in all sincerity in the interest of the sustainability of the institution.

While complementing the college for all its academic and extracurricular achievements, the Peer Team wishes to place on record the following suggestions which can help in toning up the functioning of the college in a future perspective.

Teachers may be encouraged to organize and participate in State/ National/ International seminars/symposia/workshops. Management may set apart some seed money for this purpose.

Teachers may be encouraged to undertake minor and major research projects utilizing the funding of State/National funding agencies such as UGC/DST/MOEF/DOE etc.

A research cell may be constituted in the college for the regular processing and monitoring of projects.

The college may take steps for securing funds from UGC for FIP /add on courses/innovative programmes/ remedial programmes etc.

Teachers may be motivated to publish text books and articles in referred journals.
More extensive programmes of computer literacy may be desired to optimize the use of the computer center.

In the appointment of teachers, permanent as well as temporary, UGC qualifications and salary be insisted as far as possible.

In view of promoting spoken English skills of students, a language laboratory may be established in the college.

MoU may be established with industries and institutions to get vocational and entrepreneurial training to the students of such courses.

Systematic and curricular strategy may be developed to organize value based education.

Utilizing the services of UGC, E-journals may be made available in the college.

Explore the possibility of starting PG courses in UG departments with potential for the same. Specialized areas such as Biotechnology, Rural technology, etc may be given thrust.

The peer team wishes the college all the best in future and sincerely hopes that the institution will grow into a great center of advanced learning with national recognition.

Prof. Dr. V.M. Chavan
(Chairman)

Prof. K.G. Narayana Pillai
(Member Co-ordinator)

Dr. P.M. Sule
(Member)

Name of the Head of the Institution
Prof. V. S. Karki

Date: February 24, 2004



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