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Govt Home Science Post Graduate College, Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh


Govt Home Science Post Graduate College, Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh
Hoshangabad (District Hoshangabad)
Madhya Pradesh, India

Govt Home Science Post Graduate College, Hoshangabad Madhya Pradesh is a recognised institute / college. Status: Government College. Govt Home Science Post Graduate College, Hoshangabad Madhya Pradesh was established on / in 1961.

Principal of Govt Home Science Post Graduate College, Hoshangabad Madhya Pradesh is P. OSWAL (Mobile 9407258010), Dr. Smt.Kamini Jain (Mobile 9425044500).

Govt Home Science Post Graduate College is situated in Hoshangabad of Madhya Pradesh state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Hoshangabad comes under Hoshangabad Tehsil, Hoshangabad District.

Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at Govt Home Science Post Graduate College, Hoshangabad Madhya Pradesh are 9827275842.

email ID(s) is Govt Home Science Post Graduate College Hoshangabad Madhya Pradesh

Contact Details of Govt Home Science Post Graduate College, Hoshangabad Madhya Pradesh are : 07574-254072


Govt Home Science Post Graduate College, Hoshangabad Madhya Pradesh runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
BA: FC, Sanskrit, Pol.Sc., Eco., Hindi, Psy., Eng., History, Home Sc., Maths.,Sociology, Music, Geography,Ancient History.
B.Sc: Fc, Maths, Chem., Phy., Botony, Clinical
B.Com: Bio-Techn., Comp. Sc.
PGDD: With Comp.Appl.
M.Sc.-P: Food & Nutrition
M.A.-P: Social Work

Approval details: Govt Home Science Post Graduate College is affiliated with Barkatullah University, Bhopal

Media coverage of Govt Home Science Post Graduate College, Hoshangabad Madhya Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh

NAAC report of Home Science Post Graduate College

Section I
Governement Home Science P.G. College, Hosangabad, a women's college affiliated to Barkatullah University, was originally established in 1961 by Kanya Shikshan Samity, and was taken over by the Govt. of Madhya Pradesh in 1971. The college is situated on the bank of the river Narmada, and was devastated by flood in 1973. Since then the college has made fast progress and evolved into a Post Graduate Centre of Barkatullah University in 1997. The college is situated in the semi-urban area of the Hosangabad town, and has its own campus and building spread over a land area of 12 acres. The college is recognised under the UGC Sections 2f and 12B, and receives the UGC assistance. As a Government College, it is managed and run directly by the State Government.

Situated in Hosanganbad, a small town about 70 km. from the state capital Bhopal, with the objective of providing access to higher education to the women of the locality, the college now caters to the women students from a number of districts of the State including tribal. At present 18 per cent of its students are residential. It is the only college for women in the district with hostel facility. The college is also known to be the lead -college for women in the district.

Though the name of the college is restricted to indicate studies in Home Science only, it offers a satisfactorily wide range of both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in other faculties of Arts, Science, and Commerce also. There are 21 subject departments offering total 29 programmes of which 20 are undergraduate, 7 are postgraduate and 2 are postgraduate diploma programmes. Of these programmes 4 undergraduate and 2 postgraduate diploma programmes are self-financing courses that were started recently.

There are 33 permanent, 2 temporary and 12 part-time teachers, making a total of 47 teachers in the College. Out of the total teachers, 27 are women, and there are 4 permanent posts lying vacant for a considerable period of time. Out of 33 permanent staff 16 have Ph.D. degree. The number of administrative staff is 25 whereas technical staff is only 8. About 80 per cent of the students of the college are day-scholars who commute from the local areas. During the current academic year, there are 1325 students in the undergraduate courses, 233 students in the postgraduate courses, and 38 students in the diploma courses. Of these 230 students are admitted on self-financing courses.

The college, desiring the assessment and accreditation by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) submitted its Self- Study Report to the NAAC. A Peer Team comprising Prof. P. Geervani, as the Chairperson, and Dr. Sutanu Bhattacharya, as the member, and Dr. R. T. Sane, as the member convenor, visited the college during 29-30 January 2004. The Team has closely interacted with the college Management, Principal, Faculties of all the Departments, Students, Staff, and visited the facilities, such as library, laboratory, hostels, and other support services on the campus. The criterion-wise observations of the Team are now given below.

Section 2: Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion I. Curricular Aspects
The college offers courses under the faculties of Arts, Science, Commerce, and Home Science. There are 14 subject departments in the Arts Faculty, 6 subject departments under the Science Faculty, and one subject department each under the Commerce and Home Science Faculties. The college runs postgraduate programmes in Political Science, Economics, History, Hindi Literature, and Sociology under the Arts Faculty. The Science Faculty runs postgraduate course in Inorganic Chemistry, and the Home Science Faculty offers postgraduate programme in Home Management. There are two PG Diploma programmes in Dietetics and Fashion Designing run on self-finance. Four of the undergraduate programmes in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, Computer Science, Biotechnology, and Commerce are also on self-financing mode.

Besides the degree courses on the traditional subjects in the framework of the affiliating university the college has introduced a few career-oriented courses as well as some elements of career orientation in its programmes. It has also made efforts to introduce new courses. During the last three years the college has been able to introduce two courses, one is B.Sc. in Biotechnology and the other is B.Com with Computer Applications. The college may also consider introducing non-conventional non-university courses and indigenous job-oriented courses having local relevance and importance.

Though the college is recognised as a Posgraduate Centre of the affiliating university it is yet to introduce Ph.D. programmes, except in the Home Science department. Since research is an integral part of postgraduate teaching, the college may make some effort to start more research programmes in the postgraduate departments.

While there is limited scope to reflect the mission and goal of the college in standardised curricula prescribed by the affiliating university, the college has been able to work with clear objectives and purpose to achieve its goals through co-curricular and other activities. The college imparts discipline and moral values to the students so that they can aspire for respecting personal and social values of life. The admission policy ensures that the students from all creeds and community get chance to study together, and thus a pluralistic composition of the college community is ensured.

Criterion II. Teaching-learning and Evaluation
There are three building blocks of the success of an educational institution. These are proper selection of students for admission into various courses, fair recruitment of scholarly and dedicated teachers, and effective teaching-learning process with regular and fair evaluation ensuring transparency. The college, being a lead college of the district and second largest women's college in the State with hostel facility, should be able to attract meritorious students from all over the state as well as outside the State. But the college does not take any entrance test for its students, who are selected on the basis of their previous academic records for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Only in case of music aptitude test is conducted for selection.

The temporal plan of the college follows annual system with the exception of PG Diploma in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics and Fashion Designing courses that follow semester pattern. Before the annual examination the college holds pre-annual test and class test in the months of November and February. The college may give more emphasis on continuous assessment through weekly or monthly tests. The performance of each student in these tests are discussed and explained by showing their answer scripts to the students so as to ensure transparency and understanding of the method of evaluation. The attendance of the students in the classes is closely monitored, and advice is given to the weaker students to improve their performance. At present the college is holding regular remedial classes in selected subjects for SC and ST students who are academically weak.

The curricular activities of the college are not limited within the lecture method of teaching only. The college supplements the learning process with regular classroom discussions, field visits, seminars and group discussions. There is also general awareness tests held by the College. The language departments encourage the advanced learners to take up creative activities in the forms of script writing, one act play, poem and article writing, debates, seminars, etc. The students in general may also be motivated to publish wall magazines for each department.

There are some procedures of regular monitoring of the progress of the courses and mid-term corrections of the teaching plan, made by a Committee constituted for the purpose. These procedures may be made more formal and systematic. The individual teachers may be requested to make unitised teaching plans in terms of lecture units for each topic in the syllabi to be covered within the academic year, and discuss the same with the heads of the departments. The classroom teaching may also be made more effective by using audio-visual teaching aids. There is no centralised 'media' facility to prepare audio- visual teaching material at present. The college may plan to develop this facility for its faculty.

The students are informed about the academic calendar, the university system of examination, with the details of number of papers, duration and marks, and the patterns of questions and syllabi through the discussions with the teachers in the class. This system may be supplemented with written guidance and notification to the students preferably at the beginning of the academic year.

The quality of the teachers and their academic attainments is a crucial factor determining the standard of the College. Out of the 33 permanent teachers, 16 teachers have Ph.D. degree, 5 have M.Phil degree and the rest are qualified with master's degree. For a postgraduate college, it is desired that the majority of teachers should possess research degrees. The college may motivate its teachers to avail the assistance under the UGC FIP Scheme to pursue research degrees. Some of the departments are severely under staffed, having only one teacher. These departments need to be strengthened.

The Government recruits teachers through open selection following the UGC norm and constituting selection committees as per the Government rules. Most of the teachers recruited are from the same state and almost 50 percent of the teachers are men. It is observed that there is no policy to post women teachers to women colleges as the Government may not be able to find able to find sufficient number of women s who have suitable qualification to join college. This is an indication of the need to promote higher education among women in the state. The reservation rules are followed in recruitment of teachers. The teachers are encouraged to attend seminars, conferences, refresher courses, and orientation courses. This enables teachers to keep abreast with the rapid developments in various subjects. During the last two years, 25 teachers have participated in national level seminars, but none has acted as resource person. In respect of faculty improvement, most of the teachers have attended refresher and orientation courses. The teachers may be trained in the use of modern technology like computer, Internet, multimedia, and application of audio-visual teaching aids. The college may plan to organise short-term training programmes for the teachers on the use of the modern technology in teaching and research. The college had organised three seminars in during the last three years, which are mostly on general socio-political topics. Organising academic seminars department-wise as well as interdisciplinary seminars and holding of academic conferences at the college may be given priority. The Team observed that in spite of students' strength being low, only 30% of students secured first class.

For continuous improvement in the quality of education, the performance of the teachers needs to be assessed regularly to motivate them for further improvement. The college has introduced a system of self-appraisal of the teachers since last year, which needs to be made more effective. There is also an informal system of comparing the teachers' performance through class-wise and subject-wise evaluation of the performance of their students in the university examinations. Annual self-appraisal by the teachers using a standardised questionnaire may be made a formal system. It is appreciated that the college has introduced a system of students' evaluation of the teachers, and employees and takes the students' feedback on the classroom teaching as well as their campus experience.

The college, in spite of its location near the state capital, and being a Post Graduate Centre, has not been able to establish to a significant extent the national or international linkages with other institutions for teaching or research. The college may encourage its teachers to establish exchange and interactions with other national and international institutions through their research activities.

Criterion III. Research, Consultancy and Extension
In spite of being a postgraduate college, there is limited research activity in the College. Only Home Science department is recognised as research centre of the affiliating university. The head of the department of History and one staff member of Home Science are recognised guides for research. The major constraint is that while several departments were upgraded for postgraduate teaching since 1997 there was no new posts created and now several departments are severely understaffed. The teachers at their individual capacity take up some limited research activities. The college attempts to promote research activities of the teachers by providing them with study leave only. There are 6 Ph.D. awarded under the supervision of the teachers during the last five years, and 7 part-time research scholars are presently registered under them. At present there is only one on-going minor research project taken up by one teacher. There is no research committee to help and guide the teachers in preparing and submitting research proposals. The college may encourage and guide the teachers to submit research proposals for minor research projects and as well as holding of research seminars to the funding agencies like UGC, DST, ICSSR, etc.

As there is limited research activity, the college has not been able to generate the potential for taking up industrial or corporate Consultancy projects. But the college may also plan to provide social consultancy in its milieu through various cells and students' clubs, like Women's Cell and Human Rights Awareness Club.

In extension activity front, College has scope for improvement. One of the teachers is designated as in-charge of extension activities with an additional charge to coordinate the extension activities. The NSS and NCC units are very active and the students take keen interest in both the activities. It is observed that almost every year two cadets participate in the Republic Day parade. The NSS leader of the college has won the best student award at National level for NSS and the NSS unit of the college has won the best Institution award. On a regular basis the college may carry out activities related to students' benefit and social services. Such activities may include health and hygiene awareness, human rights awareness, environmental awareness, self-improvement and confidence development, legal awareness, eye donation, blood donation, plantation, literacy, etc. Only through such extension activities the college would be able to establish an active interface with the society and make its students more aware to grow into a responsible citizen of the country.

Criterion IV. Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college is situated in a campus area of 14211sq. metre in the urban area of Hosangabad. The campus is well maintained, clean and green.. The campus needs to have proper boundary walls for ensuring security. There are organised infrastructure facilities like sanitation and drinking water supply. The two-storeyed college building with 44 classrooms is housing its departmental activities and is well maintained. Beside the academic and administration departments, the college maintains within the campus a central library, two playgrounds and other sports facilities in a sports centre, one canteen, two hostels. There is also a seminar hall, which is recently renovated, a computer laboratory, and a museum. The classrooms and laboratories are sufficiently large, airy, and bright. There is regular cleaning, sweeping, and maintenance of furniture and fixture. The construction of the entire structure of the central library building is still incomplete. The college has a master plan for its buildings, which has the provision for construction of the 2nd floor.

The college has an organised Central Library with over 31822 volumes of books and presently subscribes 9 journals. It has a book-bank facility and there is an Advisory Committee for the library. The working of the library is smooth and effective. However, the library works only 6-days a week and 7 hours a day, which may be extended especially to help studies of the residential students. The issue, accession, book bank functions, and the inventory of the library are being computerised.

The college maintains laboratories for its Science, and Home Science departments. There is also a Computer laboratory. The total number of computers in the college is 13. All the science departments are poorly equipped. The laboratories need to be upgraded to accommodate the changes in the syllabus of the science subjects. Use of computers in the departments is lacking as none of the department has computer. There is an in-charge for the computers in the computer laboratory and for routine and major maintenance service engineers from the supplier company are engaged from outside.

In respect of health services, the college does not feel the need to maintain a heath centre because of the proximity of district hospital to the college. The college organises health check-up camps for its students. Usually the teachers, staff and students utilise health services of the district government hospitals.

The college encourages the students to take part in games and sports, especially in, basketball, badminton, kho-kho, kabadi, volleyball, and athletics among the others, and has playground, court, and sports equipment for the same. There are also indoor- games facilities like table tennis, chess, carom, etc. The students have participated in state and regional level tournaments. About 23 students of the college have represented the University teams for various games and sports. The college gives incentives to outstanding sports persons by awarding cash prize, sports kit, and arranging special training. The college may consider engaging a trained instructor for yoga, and karate.

There is hostel facility for the residential students. At present there are 51 rooms accommodating 250 students, which is nearly 18 per cent of the total students. The hostel has a guestroom and a recreation room. Musical instruments and three magazines and two daily newspapers are made available at the hostel.

The Music department trains students to give public performances and also to participate in cultural activities at state level. It has invited renowned artists from all over the country to give performance at the college to inspire students.

With the growing number of students and the necessity for starting new courses in emerging areas, the college will be facing shortage of building space. Lack of state-of-the-art research laboratories and shortage of teachers in some of the departments will also pose problems for the growth and development of the College. The management of the college may pay urgent attention to these aspects.

Criterion V. Student Support and Progression
The overall of environment of support available to the students in an institution has a direct impact on motivating the students in the right directions of learning. This is also reflected on the progression of the students to higher levels of academic pursuits and employment. The success rate of the students of the college in university examinations in 2000 was 89 per cent with 18 per cent of the successful students passing with first class and 6 students with university rank. However, there was a significant dropout of admission into traditional subjects. Increased admission was observed into the new courses started by the college.

The college did not have an alumni association of the students till recently, which is formed in the current session. The college may encourage and activate the alumni association, hold annual reunion of past and present students, and maintain a record of past students the college. The example of past students holding prominent positions may also indirectly help motivating the present student. Formation of an Academic and Personal Counselling Cell may make the academic and personal counselling of students by the teachers more regularly and systematic. The policies and admission criteria of the college for the prospective students may be made clear in its prospectus.

There are several schemes for providing financial assistance and scholarships to the students, from the government and other agencies. During the last year, total number of various scholarships provided was 315. The major number of scholarships is provided in the form of merit-cum-means scholarships. The college does not have an employment and placement cell. Providing career counselling and guidance to the students may be given priority and outside agencies may be engaged from time to time, till a regular cell is constituted. The recreational facilities made available to the students are fairly satisfactory. The college has an active cultural atmosphere. There are youth festivals, cultural programmes, quiz contests, and sports activities organised by the College. It also observes the Republic Day, Independence Day, and other occasions every year.

Criterion VI. Organisation and Management
As a Government College of the State, the college is managed and run directly by the Government of Madhya Pradesh. The primary administrative head of the college is the Principal. The college office managed by one accountant, one head clerk and two lower division clerks. Several committees are constituted for assisting the Principal in overall monitoring and supervision of the activities of the College. These include the timetable committee, curricula monitoring committee, internal audit committee, purchase committee, library committee, disciplinary committee, sports committee, hostel committee, etc. There are also Academic, Finance, and Admission Committees.

There is no special committee for preparation and monitoring of Academic calendar, which is looked after by the Timetable Committee. Within the overall academic calendar provided by the university, the college may prepare its detailed academic calendar for planning and monitoring its academic activities. Although the college follows the principles of democracy within its departments, some efforts may be given to introduce the concept of participatory management in its present hierarchical structure of management. Several joint committees comprising teachers, students, and staff, along with the management representatives, may be constituted with specific responsibilities and delegated authorities. There is a grievance redressal cell, which is monitored by the Principal. It may be made more effective by making it broad based with representatives from teacher, student, and non-teaching staff.

The college is run primarily by government grant-in-aid. There are also a few short-term certificate courses run on self-finance. During the last the self financing courses generated Rs.4,62,500. The structure of tuition fees and other fees of these courses may be examined from time to time in relation to break even the cost of education. The accounting work and the office work are yet to be fully computerised. The College has a system of exercising budgetary control through annual budget. There is an internal audit system and the Government does the statutory audit of the College, being a Government College. There are welfare programmes and loan facilities for the teacher and staff of the college as per the rules of the Govt. Steps may be taken to ensure allocation of larger proportion of funds for substantive development projects. The College may also have to emphasise more resource generation in the changing scenario of higher education.

Criterion VII. Healthy Practices
The College has established many healthy traditions and practices in course of its history of more than 40 years. The peer group was impressed with the fact that there are no symptoms of any unrest among the academic communities of the College. A sense of discipline and cleanliness is also noted in the overall climate. Some of the practices worth mentioning are given below:

Well-maintained campus;

Healthy atmosphere among the students and good socio-cultural activities;

Inculcation of civic responsibilities among the students through various extension activities through the NSS, NCC, and Disaster Management Committee;

Complementary systems of courses run on self-financing;

Participation of students in Old Girls' Association, Students Union;

Community orientation activities,

Encouragement for participation in games and sports;

Welfare schemes for the teacher, staff, and students;

Section 3: Overall Analysis
The Peer team is impressed by the efforts taken by the staff to introduce a few self-financing courses in spite of limitations of space, equipment, and funds. As 75% of students seeking admission to the college are from rural and tribal areas, and not exposed to the present opportunities, they are satisfied with the modest facilities available. In the parents meeting also it was reflected that the parents like the college for the discipline, low cost of education, proximity of the college and interest taken by the teachers.

The alumni expressed its appreciation for the encouragement and inspiration received to develop leadership in sports, NSS, NCC etc. In the present context where government has enforced ban on recruitment of staff, the Principal is left with the option of starting self-financing courses and recruitment of staff on contract basis. Even to recruit on contract basis the college is unable to get adequate qualified staff in rural area. In the home science department the old student of the college who has passed recently is teaching courses without much professional experience. In essence the scope for turning out excellent graduates or diploma holder seem to be limited.

There is permanent staff in some departments that are not able to attract students. Inexperienced staff appointed on contract handles the self- financing courses that are able to attract more students. Unless some the permanent staff interested in acquiring newer knowledge and skills is sent for training outside the state providing study leave, it will take a long time to improve the situation. The Principal and the Janbhagidari Samiti may pressurise the government to improve the situation to achieve equity. The college made a good beginning in starting Home Science college way back in 1961. However it could not absorb the changes required in the curriculum or equipment and other facilities to maintain academic standards. Although the staff are adequate in number, their academic background not being diversified the standard of students is affected. There is scope for retraining of the staff so as to improve the quality of education. In the interaction meeting of the students also, it was observed that students are desirous of pursuing PG in other branches of Home science.

The Peer team appreciates the service rendered by the college to the girl students of low -income rural and tribal families. With little more effort it can achieve much higher quality for fast transformation of women of the region. The peer team makes the following commendations and suggestions for achieving the objective of the college.

The teamwork of the faculty, leadership of the principal and harmonious relationship with students is to be appreciated.

The land area and location are congenial for further development.

The excellent performance of students in NSS, NCC and sports are praise worthy. The efforts taken by the staff in nurturing the potential of rural students to raise up to national level in extracurricular activities is praise worthy.

The library is well equipped and organized.
The creation of IEC, computer centres and Internet facility is a boon to the students.

The basic facilities such hostel, sports, classroom, canteen etc. are satisfactory to meet the needs of the students.

The laboratories need to be expanded strengthened in terms of equipment, worktables, computers and staff room facilities. This issue was also raised in the interaction meeting with the students.

More number of postgraduate courses in applied sciences may we started so that the girl students do not have to go outside Hoshangabad.

The honorarium paid to teachers on contract basis may be paid as per U. G. C guide lines because they have full time work load

Minimum wages norms may be followed for all the temporary non teaching employees.

The staff of Home Science may be sent for a long-term training to some of the lead colleges in the country to update knowledge and skills.

There is scope for introduction of more career oriented diploma and certificate courses in Home Science faculty.

Every PG department to be provided with computer facility.

The college may attempt to get posts for the departments, which have greater demand for admission by surrendering the posts of uneconomical departments.

The college should explore the possibility of generating additional resources from UGC, State Government and Janbhagidari Samiti for development.

The academic records, data of scholarships and accounts need to he computerised with immediate effect.

Certificate courses can be offered after college hours for the hostel students to ensure optimum utilization of the facilities.

The Principals of women's colleges in Madhya Pradesh may form a consortium and impress on the government to have special policy consideration to finance higher education institutions for women atleast for the next five years to achieve equity in higher education. The fact that adequate numbers of women who have accomplished higher education are not available in the state and men are posted to teach in women's colleges is enough proof disparity.

The university may ensure that adequate facilities are built up and right staff appointed by the colleges initiating self-financing courses. University may support affiliated colleges by way of guidance and facility for the new courses introduced by the college so that the colleges can turn out students with required competence for career.

The Peer team appreciates the co-operation and hospitality extended to them by the college during their stay on the campus. The Team also acknowledges the positive attitude of the teachers, students, staff, and administration in helping the assessment by providing all the necessary information and support.

Prof. P. Geervani (Chairman)

Dr. S. Bhattacharya (Member)

Dr. R. T. Sane (Member Convenor)

Place: Hosangabad, Madhya Pradesh

Date: 30 January 2004

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