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Besant Evening College, Mangalore, Karnataka


Besant Evening College, Mangalore, Karnataka
Mangalore (District Dakshina Kannada)
Karnataka, India

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Besant Evening College is situated in Mangalore of Karnataka state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.


Besant Evening College, Mangalore Karnataka runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).

Approval details: Besant Evening College is affiliated with Mangalore University, Mangalore

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NAAC report of Besant Evening College

Section I: Introduction
Besant Evening College, Mangalore - 575003, Karnataka, was established in the year 1976. This is managed by the Women's National Education Society, Mangalore. The College was established for providing quality education to the economically backward sections of the society. Deriving its inspiration from the cherished ideals of Annie Besant, the Society established a chain of institutions with the motto 'Shraddhavan Labhate Jnanam'. The objective of the Management is 'Learn while you Earn'. The College is situated in an area of 1.02 acres and has a neat quadrangle for games. It occupies a plinth area of 1748.80 smts. It was admitted under 2(f) and 12(B) of the UGC Act in October 2003. The unit cost of education is Rs.19,767/- (including the salary component) and Rs.1,755/- (excluding the salary component). The college offers two Undergraduate courses. It has 12 permanent teachers. In addition there are 4 part time teachers to take the additional work load. There are 14 administrative staff.

Besant Evening College, Mangalore, Karnataka, volunteered to be assessed by NAAC and the Self-Study Report was submitted in 2003. The NAAC constituted a Peer Team consisting of the following to validate the Report submitted by the Institution:

Prof. P. Murali, Chairman
Former Vice-Chancellor
Sri Venkateswara University
Tirupati - 517502

Prof. C.R. Visweswara Rao, Member- Coordinator
Professor of English & Dean, UGC Affairs
Sri Krishnadevaraya University
Anantapur - 515003

Prof. Ponnammal. K. Pandian, Member
Theivanai Ammal College (W)
Villupuram - 605602

Dr. M.S. Shyamasundar, Coordinating Officer
Deputy Adviser, NAAC
Bangalore -560010

The Peer Team carefully analyzed the Self-Study Report submitted by the College. During the on-site visit on 28th and 29th January 2005, the Team went through all the relevant supporting documents submitted by the institution. The Team visited the departments, the library, sports facilities and NSS, etc. The Team also had an extensive interaction with the members of the Management, the Principal, the Faculty, the Non-Teaching Staff, parents, students, alumni, and other stake-holders in the Institution's growth. Based on the above exercise and keeping in view of the seven criteria identified by NAAC, the assessment of the College is given below:

Section 2: Criterion-Wise Analysis
Criterion 1: Curricular Aspects
Being a College affiliated to Mangalore University the institution follows the curriculum prescribed by the University. The subjects offered at the UG level are limited in spite of the College being 29 years old. They are 1. B.A. with Economics, History and Political Science in the Arts faculty, and 2. B.Com in the Commerce faculty.

The College follows unitized syllabi prescribed by the University. Though the teachers are not members of the Boards of Studies and Academic Council, they still try to make their views with regard to curriculum revision heard in the appropriate fora. The Principal, however, has been a member of the Board of Studies and the Syndicate. The faculty also keep themselves abreast of the changes in curriculum by attending workshops, refresher courses, and seminars. But at seminars paper-presentation culture has to be more extensively cultivated.

The College offers courses that are traditional and need-based. The College has recently introduced Certificate Courses in Computer Fundamentals, Embroidery, Painting, Yoga, and Art of Living. As the College could not start new courses in the recent past, chances for both vertical and horizontal mobility and flexibility are very limited. There is no academic audit as such, but a Local Inspection Committee partly oversees this function from time to time. The institution has some well-defined goals and these are periodically reviewed. The Management initiates academic review at the commencement of the year. It is worth mentioning that two students of Commerce have secured University ranks in 2004.

Criterion II: Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
Both the UG programmes are carried out under annual system. Interaction with the students and alumni reveals that the teacher-student relationship is good. Teachers are ready to help the students and assist them by taking extra classes voluntarily. The Tutorial System is in vogue in the institution. As there is no rush for admission since this is an Evening College, all applicants are more or less admitted.

Identifying slow learners for giving them remedial coaching is undertaken at the commencement of the year.

Traditional lecture method is predominantly made use of. An OHP is occasionally used to supplement the lecture method. Teachers prepare course plans at the commencement of the academic year. Occasional guest lectures are organized to impart subject knowledge and also value based education. The Book bank helps the financially backward students to have copies of the study materials. 'Sandhaya Saurabha', the wall magazine, enables the students to reveal their talent and creativity. An analysis of the result shows that during the last year the passing percentage has improved considerably, with cent per cent result being obtained in some branches. Teachers are encouraged to attend Refresher and Orientation courses conducted by the Academic Staff Colleges. There are 05 teachers who attended refresher courses and 02 who attended orientation programmes during 2004-2005.

Self-appraisal reports in the format given by the Director of Collegiate Education of Karnataka State are collected annually from the teachers. Student evaluation of the performance of the teachers is collected by the Principal at random.

Students are admitted to the College on the basis of their academic performance in the qualifying examination after an interview. Counselling is given to the students at the time of admission as to the choice of the course. Academic Advisors collect students' bio-data to evaluate their strengths and deficits. Advanced learners are given special coaching and supplied additional reference books. At the commencement of the academic year a 'Talents Day' is organized to assess the talents of the students and to nurture those talents.

While the faculty are appointed by recruitment following the government prescribed rules of the selection and reservation, ad hoc staff are appointed to unaided posts by the Management which pays them their salary.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
Research culture has yet to develop its roots in the College. Being a degree college the main thrust is now only on teaching and extension. As this is an Arts College, teachers can undertake good community linked problems for research without much finance and infrastructure. Only three of the teachers are actively involved in research. Two of the teachers have published some scholarly articles including a book.

Extension activities are impressive and are mainly undertaken by the NSS unit. The unit has completed a number of projects during the last 3 years like awareness camps on AIDS and on health and hygiene. A Medical Camp was also organized.

There is no formal consultancy developed by the College. The College may also plan and function in co-ordination with the NGOs and GOs extension activities and consultancy projects.

Adult Education activities, environment awareness programmes are taken up under the auspices of NSS which functions under Students' Union Council. There is a Career Guidance Cell and a Human Resource Development Cell, but their activities are not well defined and well planned as yet. The Fine Arts Association organizes activities to promote student awareness on ethnicity and culture of the region. The exhibition set up recently also reveals the blend of the ethnic.

The College has instituted the best NSS volunteer Award and the Best
Camp Participant Award to motivate students. In sports, the College won two or three state and inter-university level distinctions in Kabbadi and wrestling in the recent years.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The College is housed in a building with sufficient rooms for classes and support services. The College library has 7038 books. The library has ample space at its disposal. There are 8 dailies (both English and Kannada) and 48 Journals / Periodicals / magazines and some are useful for encouraging the faculty to launch on research. The Library data is in process of being computerized. There is a Book Bank facility to help the financially backward students. The library works from 2 p.m to 9 p.m.
Facilities for outdoor games are not available. Indoor games are given importance in view of the constraints on space. Volley ball and Kabbadi courts are available in the quadrangle. Athletes are encouraged and provided with funds and coaching. Medical expenses are at times borne by the staff and students by way of helping the financially backward students. The Group Accident Insurance Scheme introduced for the staff and students is commendable. Silver Jubilee award to the best athlete needs a special mention.

Two students were selected in 2003 - 2004 at the Inter-University level in Kabbadi and wrestling. At the state and regional three students were placed second and third in Weight Lifting. Hostel accommodation for girl students is available. The College shares a LCD with the Day College.

The College has made use of UGC funding for setting up a Network Resource Centre which is being well utilized. Internet access is provided to the students there.

The College has the advantage of sharing its premises with the other institutions run by the Management. The gym and a well-equipped computer centre are among the shared facilities. In spite of the sharing, the Evening College has sufficient accommodation for its exclusive use.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
The Management provides the physical facilities required and these are maintained
at the cost of the Management by a supervising Engineer. The infrastructure is shared by the sister institutions run by the Management so that there is optimum utilization of the facilities like the library, the playground, and the auditorium. The NSS volunteers are entrusted with the responsibility of keeping the campus clean and pollution-free.

The library is managed by a Committee with the Principal as its head. A Book Bank is also provided in the Library. In 2002-2003, textbooks worth Rs.32,000/-, general books worth Rs.7,000/-, and periodicals/magazines worth Rs. 5,300/- were bought for the library. There are a total of 7038 books in the library. The College provides for annual medical check up for the students. In addition, group accident insurance is available for the staff and the students.

There are facilities in the College for Kabbadi and Volley Ball and coaching is also made available in these two games as also in athletic activities. Outstanding sportspersons are honoured on the occasion of the Sports Day. Two students were selected in 2003-2004 at the Inter-University level in Kabbaddi and Wrestling. At the State and Regional three students were placed second and third in Weight Lifting.

This is a College where students come from economically and educationally backward backgrounds. A study made by the College revealed that 70-80% of the parents of the students are illiterates. There are 23 SC/ST Scholarship holders among the students.

Criterion VI: Organization and Management
The Principal is at the helm of affairs and the Women's National Education Society coordinates with her in the designing of the programmes and expansion activities of the College. There is a Staff Secretary and Union Council Adviser to assist the Principal in the monitoring and coordinating activities. The Principal convenes a staff meeting at the commencement of the academic year and nominates senior faculty to various positions / committees for the smooth running of the institution. The senior faculty are in charge of positions like Academic Adviser, Union Council Adviser, Fine Arts in-charge, Sports in-charge, etc. The NSS Advisory Committee recommends from time to time the orientation to be given to the NSS activities. The Management nominee oversees financial allocation / utilization of and purchases and maintenance. A staff committee prepares the Academic Calendar. The non-teaching staff are subjected to efficiency promotion training through programmes such as those on 'work culture.' The College runs on deficit budget. Welfare programmes such as Group Insurance, Family Benefit Fund, Canteen, Coin box phone, free refreshment to the poor students, etc are available. The Management arranges housing loan, emergency loan, vehicle loan for the staff and higher education loan for staff children. Purchase of major items is governed by the usual government procedures.

The following healthy practices were noticed in the functioning of the College:

The setting up of a UGC Network Resource Centre

Introduction of internal quality checks

A College magazine and student handbook are published annually.

Commencement of the process of computerisation of Library data.

Maintenance of work diary by the staff

Random student feedback on teachers

Regular monitoring of student performance by Academic Advisers

Self-appraisal by the faculty

Faculty participation in TQM programmes, seminars / workshops

Periodic testing, evaluation and identification of student talent

Organization of Talents Day

Book Bank scheme of the library

Free refreshment facility for 25 students who are economically backward

Parent-Teacher Association and Alumni Association activities and their funding efforts

Section : 3 Overall Analysis
The analysis of the Self Study Report and the two-day visit to the institution undertaken by the Peer Team have shown that Women's National Education Society, Mangalore, has rendered great service to the cause of fulfilling the aspirations of those who were deprived of the opportunity of continuous schooling for re-starting the process of learning during mid-career through an Evening College.

The success of any educational institution depends upon the cordiality and harmonious relationship that exists among the components of the community, the students, Principal, Management, staff, parents, and the immediate society. This College can be proud of successfully achieving this atmosphere. The infrastructure is satisfactory and it is optimally utilized. Participation of the students in NSS activities and sports is appreciable. The results have also recorded an appreciable improvement, thereby indicating the quantum of effort put in by the faculty and the co-ordination and leadership provided by the Principal. The various committees ensure transparency and decentralization. Alumni also show keen interest in the development of the College. The Peer Team is happy to state that there exists a good atmosphere on campus of the College for round development, thanks to the sustained interest of the Management. The College needs to be appreciated for the following, though diversification of courses has not been taken up for over two decades:

Recent introduction of Certificate Courses for which the course design has to be strengthened.

Promotion of Computer Literacy among the students

The Committee approach ensuring transparency which has been recently built into the scheme of things

Identification of students' talents and adoption of remedial measures
Systematic imparting of instruction

While appreciating the positive achievements of the College, the Peer Team considers it necessary that the College has to evolve a vision plan for its future growth. The following suggestions are put forward for consideration taking into account regional demands and national priorities:

Diversification of Courses with a career orientation

Evolving validation procedures for the Certificate Courses started

Promotion of research culture among the faculty by establishing a monitoring mechanism like a Research and Development Committee

Encouraging the faculty to present papers at National Level Seminars.

Organisation of subject seminars by the College.

Starting of Diploma courses of current relevance with UGC/IGNOU support

Addition of new electives at the B.Com. level

Starting of courses in computer related subjects so as to optimally utilize the existing infrastructure.

Organising extensive computer training for the faculty, non-teaching staff and students to lead to computerization of all facilities and onlining

Starting of a Grievance Redressal Cell

Improvement of the physical infrastructure and sports facilities

Gradual introduction of the new educational technology in the classroom

Drawing of UGC assistance for SC/ST and Minorities coaching

Introduction of a more structured remedial coaching scheme

Provision of training for competitive examinations

Imparting professional training to the non-teaching staff

Strengthening the Parents' and Alumni Associations and provision of greater scope of more frequent information exchange between them and the Management

Introduction of short-term Soft Skills and Communicative English training programmes

The Peer Team expresses its thankfulness to the Management, the Principal, the staff (teaching and non-teaching), students and other constituents of the institution for their co-operation and looks forward to the growth of the College by the adoption of a vision plan and strategic planning.

Prof. P. Murali :

Prof. C.R.V.Rao:
(Member Co-ordinator)

Dr. Ponnammal. K. Pandian:

(Ms. Sulochana D. Rao)

Place : Mangalore

Date : 29th January 2005

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