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Government Birla College, Bhawani Mandi, Rajasthan
Bhawani Mandi
Rajasthan, India



Government Birla College, Bhawani Mandi Rajasthan is a recognised institute / college.
Government Birla College, Bhawani Mandi Rajasthan is situated in Bhawani Mandi of Rajasthan state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.

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Government Birla College, Bhawani Mandi Rajasthan runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).

Government Birla College is affiliated with University of Kota, Kota



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Media coverage of Government Birla College, Bhawani Mandi Rajasthan, Rajasthan

NAAC report of Government Birla College

Govt. Birla College was established as a Private College in 1975 by Birla Group at Bhawani Mandi (Jhalawar) in Rajasthan but later on it was taken over by the State Govt. in 1992. The college is affiliated to University of Kota, Kota. It received sanction from UGC under 2f and 12B in 2002.

The aims and objectives of the college are:

*To impart higher education to the rural people of this educationally backward region.

*To provide opportunities to the students and teachers to promote intellectual environment conducive to achieve excellence in academics.

*To develop the personality of the students so that they may be able to face new challenges in the emerging society in the wake of globalization.

*To enable young minds to be self-reliant and to empower them with information and knowledge.

Govt. Birla College is spread over 11.633 hectors (61 acres) of vast campus. As a Government institution, it receives its grants from the Government of Rajasthan and UGC. The college has Faculties of Arts and Commerce providing under-graduate degrees. It also offers post-graduate degree in Hindi Literature under the self financing scheme (SFS). Only 9 programmes are offered which include under-graduate education in subjects such as Hindi, English, Hindi Literature, English Literature, History, Political Science, Sanskrit, Economics, Business Administration, A.B.St., Economic Administration & Financial Management. The college has been allocated Rs. 8.32320 lacs

(Development Fund 4.16160 lacs for Class Room; books and journals: 2.08080 lacs; equipment: 0.69360 lacs; extension activities: 0.34680 lacs, remedial courses:0.69360 lacs and PTAC: 0.34680 for attending conferences) by the UGC for the Xth Plan period.

The present strength of the permanent faculty is nine out of 13 sanctioned; among these seven are male and two are female. The number of teachers with Ph.D. as the highest qualification is seven, one has an M.Phil degree and the remaining one has a post-graduate degree. The total student enrolment is 721 (Boys 490 & Girls 231) of which 702 are undergraduates and 19 are post-graduates enrolled in the self-financed course. This place is on the border of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and consequently, the students are from both the states. As per the University norms, the college works on an annual examination system. The unit cost per student excluding the salary costs is Rs 1350/-.

The infra-structure includes Principal room, office room, staff room, six class rooms, a recreation hall, girls common room, an office for the Students Union. It has vast stretch of land which is being used for various outdoor games and sports activities and a computer centre operated by Aptech (an arrangement made by the govt. of Rajasthan for its institutions) The total number of computers in the college is only 6 (Six).

The total number of books in the library is 8915. The college subscribes to only three to four magazines. It was shocking to note that the College has acquired vast collection of books but no place to house them in the form of a proper library and no trained manpower for the purpose.

The college works for an average of 280 days with only 135 teaching days. Being a rural and an undergraduate college offering only Arts and Commerce subjects, the college has no collaborative linkages with National/International agencies.

The college volunteered to be assessed by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and submitted its self-study report on 16th Sep 2004.

The council constituted a Peer Team comprising of Dr.(Mrs.) Pankajam Sundaram, Former Vice-Chancellor, Mother Theresa Women's University and presently Director, Aishwarya College of Education, Udaipur as Chairperson; Professor Ramesh Kapoor, Former Dean, College Development Council and presently Chairman, Department of Chemistry, Panjab University, Chandigarh as Member Co-Ordinator and Dr. J.S. Anand, Principal, DAV College Bhatinda (Pb.) as Member. The team was very ably assisted by Dr. Latha Pillai, Adviser NAAC with relevant documents and desirable information.

The Peer Team visited Govt. Birla College, on 11th and 12th February, 2005. The Peer Team examined in detail the infrastructure facilities available at the college and different aspects of the academic, administrative and financial functions of the college. The team members held meetings with the Principal, Teaching Faculty, non-teaching staff and interacted with the Parents and alumni as well as groups of students to know their views on the functioning of the college.

Section 2: Criterion-Wise Analysis
Criterion 1: Curricular Aspects
The Birla Govt. College provides education at the intermediate and graduate levels in Arts and Commerce. There are only 9 (nine) departments in Arts and Commerce (Hindi, English, History, Political Science, Sanskrit, Economics, Business Administration, A.B.St.,Economic Administration & Financial Management). The students have limited horizontal freedom with regard to elective options. Due to the low student strength, the Commissioner of Higher Education, would not permit the college to start post-graduate departments. The courses offered reflect the needs of the local people for imparting basic education to students of the region and making them self-reliant. Under the existing affiliating system, the college does not have the freedom to add on or to alter the syllabus prescribed by the University of Kota. Review and updating of curriculum courses is done by the various bodies of the University and two teachers including the principal from the college are associated with these bodies. The college does not offer any inter-disciplinary courses. The college has introduced Computer Applications and Environmental science at the undergraduate level by orders of the State Government. The college has initiated an M.A. course in Hindi Literature under the self-financing scheme.

The college has no linkage either with the neighborhood industries or with other educational centers.

The college faculty is advised to be actively involved in various university bodies for designing & updating the curricula keeping in view the needs of the local region. Teachers must seek feedback from students at the end of academic session, alumni and prospective employers for updating their teaching programmes.

Criterion II: Teaching, Learning and Evaluation:
The students are admitted on the basis of their past academic record. The cut off marks at entry level in Arts & Commerce at the UG level is 48%. The college has very low drop out rate which is noteworthy. The pass percentage is about 87% for the last 2 years. The College Prospectus is published each year, through which the students are informed of the year long activities and programmes.

At the start of the session, each department formulates its own teaching plan. The syllabus is unitized in terms of each session. The college encourages its teachers to supplement their lecture work by handing out assignments, conducting seminars or group discussions.
The college besides University examination conducts its own house-tests to monitor the progress of each student on a regular basis. The college does not provide bridge/remedial courses to the educationally disadvantaged students. The Peer Team was shocked & surprised to note the absence of the librarian & English Lecturer for the past two years. It was reported that the govt deputed an English Lecturer to teach the course for a month or so. In this short period how can a teacher do justice both to the students as well as to the course requirement? This committee feels very strongly that the Commissioner of Higher Education must take suitable steps to remedy this unfortunate situation.

The college motivates advanced learners by providing scholarships/prizes and recognition at the college Annual Function. New faculty is recruited based on the State Government sanction through Rajasthan Public Service Commission. The teachers are encouraged to participate in refresher courses. The college needs to motivate its teachers to participate in other academic activities such as attending and organizing seminars/conferences and symposia.

The teachers must follow self-appraisal in their teaching programme. The college is advised to obtain student evaluation on their campus experience.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The college has seven faculty members with Ph.D. degree in their discipline but it was painful to learn that no teacher was involved in any research or consultancy work. Eight teachers out of a total strength of nine hold at least one degree higher than the minimum requirement but barring two or three teachers, there has been no significant participation in publication work or organization of any seminar etc. These teachers are advised to continue to do some type of research activity or bring innovation in teaching/learning methodology or writing of review articles.

The college undertakes extension activities through NSS and Women Study Centre. The college takes active part in the National movement on Pulse-Polio. The students take part in tree plantation activities.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college has a large campus spread over 11.633 hectares. The physical facilities include Principal's Office, a Recreation Hall, six lecture rooms, sports facilities, girls common room, faculty room, office for the student organization and separate toilet facilities for boys and girls.

The make shift library operating between 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. has 8915 books. In the last year 673 books have been procured at a cost of Rs. 61616 from U.G.C. and Government Fund. The library subscribes to 03 newspapers and 02 magazines. The college needs to provide reprographic and Internet facilities. There is no proper arrangement for housing the library even though the College has procured more than eight thousand books.

The college has only 06 [six] computers and their maintenance is carried out through APTECH.

Criterion V: Students support and progression
The pass percentage of students in the University examinations during the last two years is above 87% which is quite praiseworthy considering that most of its students are drawn from very far off and remote villages. The college publishes prospectus every year outlining admission procedure, eligibility conditions, fee structure, various rules and regulations, timetable and information about various facilities etc. The college has one unit of NSS with 109 students. Various awareness programmes regarding AIDS are organized. The college has various indoor and outdoor games with a very enthusiastic DPE and it has won several awards at the university/state Level. Cultural programs and other competitions are organized regularly and scholarships/incentives are given to the deserving students at the time of admission.

The dropout rate of college is minimal, which is note worthy keeping in view that the college is located in the rural area catering to the weaker sections of society. A system of feedback is another area that the college could look into. The college would do well to keep a record of students' progression who opt for higher studies and employment. A Placement Cell and a Career Guidance Cell also need to be created. The college should make sincere efforts to have an active 'Alumni association' and college development council. However the student union is playing a very creative role in the development of the college.

Criterion VI: Organisation and Management
This is a Govt. College. As such, it follows the rules and regulations laid down by Government and the University. Only nine out of the 13 sanctioned posts are filled. Four posts are lying vacant. The college has a coordinating and monitoring committee under the chairmanship of the head of the institution. The college follows the academic calendar of the University. The College maintains personal files of the administrative staff. Different jobs are assigned to different persons to ensure personal responsibility in carrying out the assigned task.

The college has a Discipline committee and a Grievance Redressal Cell. Following the academic calendar of the University is praiseworthy. However, the college would do well to have its own committee to spell out concrete details, keeping in the mind its context and needs. This committee could prepare a unitized teaching schedule, plan co- curricular and extra curricular activities, arrange timetable for various tests etc.

Student support and loan against salary scheme are good However; the college could set aside some more funds for staff welfare. The College could do well to mobilize resources, better organize its alumni and seek assistance from society at large and benefit the same society in return. The College has also been advised to introduce student group insurance as a welfare measure.

Criterion VII: Healthy practices
The peer team notes the following healthy practices followed by the college :

The Principal maintains close liaison both with the staff and students. The college holds monthly departmental meeting and regular meetings of staff council. NSS camps and other such activities are taken up to discharge civic duty. The College staff work with a team spirit and the environment is very congenial for academic growth. The college maintains strict discipline which is reflected in the growing number of girl students in the college for last two years.

The college maintains a very healthy relationship with the surrounding communities & community leaders from whom they have elicited substantial donations to the tune of 24.0 Lacs fpr various building purposes. (1.5 Lacs from M.P. for a room, 2.5 Lacs from M.L.A. for a room, 4.5 Lacs from M.P. for Basktball Ground, 14 Lacs From an NRI for a recreation Hall, 1.5 lacs each year for five year from the MLA for Construction of the Boundary Wall )

This College being the only center of higher education in the vicinity, there has been a demand from the students, alumni and parents about the urgent need for having a hostel facility for students who commute long distances to reach the college. Looking to the existing potential, the Peer team recommends that the alumni association & student union should converge their activities and initiate a nominal annual subscription from students for creating a corpus for hostel construction.

Other Recommendations
The College must endeavour to increase the number of teaching days atleast to 180 days as per the UGC norms.

The college is advised to upgrade its Computer Lab both qualitatively & quantitatively.

The Old Boys Association needs to be formed and activated so that with their active support and involvement, the college can benefit both academically and financially

The college is advised to make contact and maintain interaction with the district administration to provide at least minimal transport facilities to students coming from surrounding rural areas.

The college should start a career guidance cell.

The college development council needs to be initiated and activated so that the college procures additional finances through this agency.

Different subject associations must be formed and encouraged to create a culture of ideas

This being an agricultural area with potential of agricultural resources, it is suggested that college must explore starting some need-based, agro based Certificate/ Diploma/Advanced Diploma courses to impart vocational training to the students as electives to empower them towards self-reliance.

Suggestions
Convocation should be held periodically.

College magazine should be published regularly to encourage creativity among the students

A well-equipped library with reprographic facilities along with trained manpower to organize its working is the immediate need of the institute.

Considering the technological development Computer education along with Spoken English to this large body of students must be initiated at the earliest.

The Placement Cell must be created.

Canteen facilities for students need to be provided in the College.

Some provision needs to be made for students vehicles/ two wheelers to be parked.

A Hostel facility for students coming from distant places to the College needs to be provided.

The members of the Peer Team would like to appreciate the co-operation and warm hospitality they received from the Principal, Faculty, Non-teaching staff and Students during their visit to the college. The Peer Team wishes the college all the best in its onward march to further progress.

Dr.(Mrs.) Pankajam Sundaram
(Chairperson)

Dr. J.S. Anand
(Member)

Professor R. Kapoor
(Member-Coordinator)

(Mrs. Aradhana Saxena)
Principal

Place: Bhawani Mandi (Jhalawar)

Date: 12th February 2005



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