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



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


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


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Section I
Introduction:
Besant Women's College, Mangalore was started in the International decade for women in 1977 by Late Manel Srinivas Nayak. The College has drawn inspiration from Dr. Annie Besant's dream for the liberation of the women of India. The College campus is centrally situated at Kodialbail in Mangalore City. The College has shown sustained development from its inception. The College is affiliated to Mangalore University. The following are the objectives of Besant Women's College:

To instil and sustain in the students a desire to seek knowledge and to impart to them the skills to acquire it.

To make students aware of their rights and responsibilities

To help the students acquire scientific temper.

To inculcate in them team spirit and leadership skills

To make students proficient in home and career

To strengthen human values in students

To inspire in students a deep sense of pride for the Nation and its culture

The College volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore and a Peer Team comprising of Dr. Janardhan Waghmare, former Vice Chancellor, SRTM University, Nanded as Chairperson, Dr. Subbammal, Dean, SRM Institute of Teacher Education and Research (Deemed University), Kattangulathur, Kanchipuram Dist. as member Co-ordinator and Dr. Annamma Philip fmm Principal, Stella Maris College, Chennai as member, visited the College on 30th and 31st July 2004.

The team interacted with the Principal, all the Departments and other constituents of the College and verified the necessary documents to validate the Self - Study Report.

The College is included under section 2(f) and 12(B) of the UGC Act. It gives instruction in various disciplines such as Arts, Science and Commerce and prepares students for B.A., B. Sc. and B.Com degree examinations of Mangalore University.

The campus area of the College is 1.02 acres. There are 42 permanent teachers among whom 28 draw UGC scale of pay, one State Government pay and others i.e. 13 are management appointed persons. Besides this they have 15 part time teachers.

The College is aided by Government of Karnataka. The College admits girl students most of whom belong to poorer sections of the society and the fee charged is nominal. The strength of the College today is 1224.

The courses offered include History, Economics, Political Science, Data Processing, Journalism, Home Science, Sociology, English, Kannada and Secretarial Practice.

The UGC sponsored B.Com with Vocational subjects has also been introduced. The College follows annual system of examination. The unit cost of College education is Rs. 8135 including salary and Rs. 898 excluding salary.

Section II : Criterion Wise Analysis
CRITERION I - CURRICULAR ASPECTS
The Programmes of Study that are offered are in keeping with the mission and vision. A careful choice of subjects of study has enabled the College to offer career-oriented subjects in addition to traditional subjects. (History, Economics, Political Science, Sociology)
B.A - Journalism, Data Processing Optional English/Optional Kannada and Home Science.

B.Com - Costing, Management, Accounting and Business Taxation with electives

B.Com - Secretarial Practice & Office Management as Vocational subjects

B.Sc. - Computer Science

The College does not offer any PG courses, which does not permit upward mobility for the students.

Since many of the students are from weaker sections of society, this College not only give the students an opportunity for obtaining a degree but also add on knowledge useful for their careers. Certificate courses such as Computer Basics, Spoken English, Embroidery, Collage, Classical Music, Yakshagana, etc. also give them a skill- based education.

Exposure to programmes other than curricular ones such as internships and guest lectures add to the development of the students' knowledge base.

The initiative of the College to develop its industry-neighbourhood linkage so as to help students to get 'hands on' experience is appreciative.

It is imperative that the College puts in place a formal feedback mechanism especially on the choice of courses, certificate courses and other skill development courses which would help it to evaluate its programme structure.

CRITERION II- TEACHING -LEARNING AND EVALUATION
Admission of students is through tests and academic records and follows the admission policy of the government and the university. The College is committed to admitting economically weak students even those from far off areas such as Chikmagalur and Coorg.

The whole approach to teaching-learning is student oriented. The teachers are committed to the teaching aspects as well as the all-round development of the students. Academically weaker students are given remedial teaching and economically weaker students are given books from the book bank.

Student progress is monitored both by the institution and directly by the parents. Regular meetings and interaction by the faculty and parents to discuss students progress is commendable. Regular attendance in all subjects is well monitored.

An analysis of the final year results of students for the years 2000-2002 shows a remarkable increase in pass percentage.

Recruitment of faculty follows a transparent process. Short listing of candidates and interview by the Principal & Management members is a pre-requisite. Testing of teaching methodology, communication skills are also considered while appointing a faculty member. All faculty have the minimum prescribed qualification.

All faculty members prepare a teaching plan, which is reviewed by the Head of the Department. Teaching aids include charts, maps and OHP. Group study is one of the methods used by the College, mentors are appointed from within the students themselves. The students are encouraged to participate actively in all academic activities especially seminar presentation in the classroom. Other methods adopted to increase student participation in class are callisthenics, brain-storming, quiz, etc.

Advanced learners are counselled and encouraged to improve their performance. They are encouraged to participate in academic programmes outside the College.

The teachers are encouraged by the College to participate in seminars, workshops, and refresher courses at the national and international level.

The College's initiative to introduce the concept of 'Total Quality Management' to improve standards is noteworthy.

Criterion III: Research Consultancy & Extension
Seven faculty members availed of leave under the UGC's Faculty Improvement Programme. Three of them have completed their Ph.Ds. Three teachers have submitted their theses and are awaiting the award of the degree. One is pursuing Ph.D and another teacher is working for his M.Phil. Several faculty are interested in pursuing their doctoral research.

Consultancy has not been a priority of the institution although the College hopes to begin such consultancy work shortly.

Several faculty are members of the Board of Studies of the University of Mangalore. Publications in academic fora and journals are low-key due to the lack of research enthusiasm. The College 'Wall Magazine' provides a forum for students to be creative and publish their talents.

The faculty need to improve themselves professionally and academically by undertaking to do research degrees - M.Phil./ Ph.D. or both.

The extension work done by the NSS unit of the College is laudable. Organization and conducting of programmes such as Environmental awareness, Malaria eradication, 'Clothes Bank' for distribution of old clothes to the poor and blood donation camps have given the NSS students an opportunity to reach out to society. Guest lectures on AIDS and camps to harvest rainwater are also noteworthy.

This shows that the College is aware of the community needs and responds to it in a befitting manner. The encouragement of the faculty and College authorities in such extension programmes is also commendable.

CRITERION IV: INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
The infrastructure facilities of the College are adequate for the present. The library has a collection of nearly 25,000 books worth over Rs. 14 lakhs. The reading material in terms of daily newspaper and magazine is also sufficient. The functioning of the library is monitored by a 'Library Advisory Committee' which periodically reviews the working of the library. A functional Book Bank provides books to deserving and economically backward students.

The computer centre with 26 computers is networked through the novel 4.1 network. The OS and the software packages are the latest and is sufficient to meet the requirements of the College for student training in computer science.

The other infrastructure facilities include an AV room with TV & VCR, a multipurpose gymnasium and an auditorium.

The College has expressed its desire to develop its infrastructure further to meet the requirements of an expanding technologically demanding student population. The Management also has expressed the need to improve its other physical facilities like parking and also to provide better classrooms. It also intends to completely computerize the College administrative facilities.

Currently the institution is making optimum use of its infrastructure especially the library and computer lab. The computer lab is used for the Data Processing course, the Computer Science B.Com Vocational course and for training of both faculty and students.

CRITERION 5: STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
The College admits only women students for the day College following the norms of the University and Government. The prospectus and the calendar contain all the necessary information and they are issued to the students promptly. Students are made aware of the latest trend in the subjects. The College besides teaching also provides financial aid to students through various scholarships. About 685 students get the benefit of the scholarships every year. The career guidance cell established by the College gives guidance, information about job opportunities, helps students in preparing entrance examinations etc. The College has not established a formal counselling cell. However counselling is done in informal manner.

The College has an Alumnae Association and it is noteworthy that the Alumnae are holding important positions in various fields like Education, Administration and Law etc;. The Alumnae contribute to the growth and development of the College. The programme for the students' progression measured by the percentage of pass 84%, , further study 20% and employment 40% is satisfactory.

CRITERION 6: ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT:
The College is governed by a managing committee. The management is very supportive and gives autonomy in deciding academic matters. The Principal is assisted in administration and academic matters by the deans of various disciplines. There are a number of committees like admission committee, library committee, College council etc. The student representation in the College governance is done through students union. Non-teaching staff of the College function under two superintendents and they are guided by an Advisory Committee for administration and Finance. Regular vacancies are filled through direct recruitment and through list obtained from employment office.

CRITERION 7: HEALTHY PRACTICES
The College is very particular about discipline and values. The College has many associations which help the effective functioning of the College. Teachers maintain diary which is regularly checked by the Principal. Students feedback is done twice a year. Regular monitoring of students' performance by academic advisors/tutors helps students for their personality development. Staff and students develop their skill in computers through the computer centre of the College. The College celebrates all important and national days. The College reaches out to the community through its N.S.S. activities. Spoken English classes are organised for the needy students to develop their communication skill in English. The Women's Cell established in the College arranges talks and seminars by various resource persons. The College has a Tutorial system where 40 students are under the personal care and guidance of a teacher who is known as their tutor.

A faculty member is given the additional responsibility of the counsellor to give guidance to students in academic and personal matters. A suggestion box is also provided.

Compulsory Value Education helps them become aware of themselves to develop their personality and be responsible to society and family.

The encouragement and support given to the college by the Parent-Teacher Association and Alumnae is commendable.

Section III
Overall Analysis and Recommendations
Besant Women's College, Mangalore was established in June 77 and has adequate facilities of Infrastructure and other much needed supportive system, for the functioning of the College. It has campus area of 1.02 Acres in an Urban setting and is aided by the State Government. It also offers these Self-Financing Courses. The College started with the noble objective of higher education for women, attempts to follow the ideals of Dr. Annie Besant, whose name is given to the Besant Institutions in this area.

In a span of 27 years the College has progressed towards women's education and has made many strides in Academic, Sports and Cultural fields in the District. The College has a good student strength which is growth oriented, due to the hard work of the staff , the whole hearted co-operation of the parents and the Alumnae of the College as well as the leadership and support, provided by the Management and donations from the public. The College offers three UG Courses (B.A., B.Sc. and B.Com) and eight certificate courses. The auditorium and class rooms are made available for other educational and cultural programmes.

Apart from academic studies, the College is interested in sports activities to such an extent that some of the students have participated in the International Games like Asiad and One Student has participated in the Olympics in 1984.

A new building was built for the College Office, a computer room, staff room, and additional class rooms. The Gym was opened with adequate equipments to provide physical exercise to the staff and the students. Besides the Hostel for women students, the College has a good computer lab with a hardware lab and a computer lab with adequate number of computers. A Co-Operative Store and a Canteen are available for the students. The infrastructural facilities such as Canteen, playground and auditorium are shared by the Besant Evening College. Canara Chamber of Commerce, Konkani Bhasha Mandal and other NGOs are allowed to use the College auditorium for a nominal fee. Institutions such as MAHE and Nationalised banks use the premises for their staff - recruitment examination.

Most of the students are from very poor, economic and social background. Poor students from the neighbouring districts, also join this College, which reaches out to the women students who aspire for higher education.

The curricular subjects are selected in such a way that the students after getting their degree could effectively function as home-makers and as career women. From the inception of the institution, responsibility of steering the College, with concern had been taken up by the Management and the Principals. In 1977 the College had a student strength of 147 (P73) and this year the strength is 1224. Besides academic programmes, the students have participated enthusiastically in games and sports and co-curricular activities. This aspect needs to be appreciated.

The Principal and the faculty actively participate in the various activities of the College and guide students to participate similarly in seminars, group discussions and other socialized classroom techniques. A wide range of Co-curricular activities is observable for developing the students' personality. The Silver Jubilee was celebrated in the year 2001 - 2002.

Global trends are changing very fast and the demands on our education are very high. The College, to cope with Globalisation, should develop a wider perspective in academic work and strive for the linkages with institutions, industry and business organizations, outside the camp. The importance of information technology for student - progress and for faculty advancement needs to be emphasized.

The following recommendations are made for furthering the development and growth of the institution.

Recommendations:
Besant Women's College follows the curriculum provided by the Mangalore University. Hence there is not much flexibility for experimentation with the syllabi. But innovation in teaching - learning transactions could be attempted by the College with the aid of educational technology.

Regarding extension work, the College is performing well. But linkages with organizations outside the College is essential for the growth of the institution. Research work of the faculty, as individual research as well as research-projects, (both minor and Major) should be strengthened. Faculty members could be motivated to work for M. Phil and Ph.D Degrees.

Counseling for the students is an essential mechanism for the overall development of the student and growth of the Institution. The existing facility may be enhanced.

The College secured fairly good results in the University examination. Average performance is observed in certain disciplines and improvement, should be sought.

The College has potentiality for growth and development. Under the participatory leadership of an effective Management the Institution is able to maintain a good system. But the creative potentials of the cognitive, the affective and the skill domains, should be developed for the future growth of the College.

The College may set up a Curriculum Development Cell which could be helpful in revising Syllabi for courses of different subjects and recommend to the university.
The College may seek the status of Autonomy which would give academic freedom for innovative programmes.

The management of the college may acquire more land for further expansion and development of the College.

Dr. Annie Besant was a great Visionary in the context of the Nation's freedom. The College which bears the name, is fortunate to have the possibility of transforming her vision of 'Freedom' into action.

The Peer Team Wishes the College further growth in all her endeavours, to achieve 'man-making and character - building education' for all the young women, who are privileged to be students of Dr. Besant Women's College, Mangalore.

The NAAC peer team is thankful to the management, Principal, the Coordinators and the entire college community for providing the necessary facilities for the visit.

Dr. Janardhan Waghmare, Chairperson
Former Vice Chancellor,
S.R.T.M University,
Nanded, Maharashtra

Dr. K. Subbammal, Member Coordinator
Dean, S.R.M Institute of
Teacher Education and
Research (Deemed University),
Kattankulathur, Tamilnadu

Dr. Sr. Annamma Philip, Member
Principal,
Stella Maris College (Autonomous)
Chennai, Tamilnadu

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