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RC Patel Arts Commerce and Science College, Shirpur, Maharashtra


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RC Patel Arts Commerce and Science College, Shirpur, Maharashtra
Shirpur (District Dhule)
Maharashtra, India



RC Patel Arts Commerce and Science College, Shirpur Maharashtra is a recognised institute / college. RC Patel Arts Commerce and Science College, Shirpur Maharashtra is managed by Society: RC Patel Educational Trusts.
Principal of RC Patel Arts Commerce and Science College, Shirpur Maharashtra is Dr. D.R.Patil.

RC Patel Arts Commerce and Science College is situated in Shirpur of Maharashtra state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.
Contact Details of RC Patel Arts Commerce and Science College, Shirpur Maharashtra are : 02563-257328



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RC Patel Arts Commerce and Science College, Shirpur Maharashtra runs course(s) in Arts, Commerce, Science stream(s).


Approval details: RC Patel Arts Commerce and Science College is affiliated with North Maharashtra University (NMU), Jalgaon (Maharashtra)



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NAAC report of RC Patel Educational Trusts RC Patel Arts, Commerce and Science College

SECTION 1 : INTRODUCTION.
R. C. Patel Arts, Commerce and Science College volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore and submitted the Self Study Report in September 2003. The Council constituted a Peer Team comprising Prof. P. K Rajan, Vice-chancellor, Kannur University, Kerala as Chairperson and Prof. S. Ramachandran, Former Dean, College Development Council, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai as Member-Coordinator and Dr. R Rukmani, Principal, M.G.R.-Janaki College for Women, Chennai as Member. The Team visited the College on 27th and 28th February, 2004 and made a detailed assessment of the academic functioning of the College in the light of the general guidelines approved by NAAC.

The College, was established in 1991 by the Shirpur Education Society in Shirpur, a rural and tribal region in the district of Dhule in Maharashtra. Initially housed in the central building of the Education Society, the College was later shifted to a separate building. The College which began with just 75 students has now a student enrolment of more than 700. The formation of the R. C. Patel Educational Trust in 1995 added a new impetus to the development of the College. Since 1995 the College has been administered by this Educational Trust.

The College is the premier higher education institution of this economically and socially backward region. Affiliated to the North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, the College has already secured the recognition of the UGC under 2(f) and is now taking necessary steps for securing UGC recognition under 12(B). The vision of the College is 'To be a pre-eminent educational institute where teaching and learning bring out the best in the students'. The College functioned without government aid till 1997. The Arts Faculty of the College has been receiving full grants since 1997 and the Science Faculty since 2000.

The College is housed in a campus area of 21 acres which is also shared by other institutions of the same Management like the I.M.R.D., College of Pharmacy and College of B.Ed and D.Ed. The location of a complex of educational institutions in the area provides a congenial atmosphere which promotes academic activity. At present the College has 9 Departments under the Arts Faculty (Marathi, Hindi, English, History, Geography, Defense

R. C. PATEL ARTS, COMMERCE AND SCIENCE COLLEGE, SHIRPUR, (M.S.)
Studies, Political Science, Economics and Psychology) and 9 Departments under the Science Faculty (Physics, Computer Science, Microbiology, Mathematics, Chemistry, Electronics, Botany, Zoology and Statistics). The College offers 21 academic programmes at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The postgraduate programmes in Microbiology and Computer Science are on non-grant basis.

There are on the whole 35 teachers in the College some of whom are on ad-hoc basis and some others on C.H.B. The Principal is the only teacher with Ph.D. There are 14 members on the non-teaching staff who all work on permanent basis. The College is co-educational and the courses mostly follow the annual pattern. Some of the courses, however, follow the Semester scheme. The success rate is 72 % and drop-out rate being 9 %.The unit cost of education in the College is Rs. 13371.69 (including salary component) and Rs. 3004.75 (excluding salary component).

The Management of the College is wedded to the cause of education and promotes innovative approaches and advanced strategies in higher education. They have established 55 institutions in the School sector and 5 Colleges and all these together go a long way in empowering the ordinary people of this rural-tribal region of general backwardness. The Mission Statement of the College rightly declares : 'To impart quality education to the students especially to the socially and economically backward students and the students from the middle class in the vicinity with a view that education will make them economically independent.'

The Peer Team carefully scrutinized and analyzed the Self-Study Report submitted by the College. During the institutional visit of two days, the Team perused all the supporting documents and papers submitted by the College. The Team visited all the teaching departments and various common facilities like Library, Laboratories, Computer Centre, Hostels, Sports and Games facilities etc. The Team also had extensive interactions with the Principal, the members of the Governing Committee, faculty, students, non-teaching staff, parents, alumni and functionaries of various associations and committees. On the basis of these extensive interactions and keeping in view the seven criteria specified by NAAC, the assessment of the institution is given in the ensuing pages.

SECTION II : CRITERIONWISE ANALYSIS
Criterion I : Curricular Aspects
R.C. Patel Arts, Commerce and Science College, Shirpur is an institution affiliated to the North Maharashtra University. It is an aided College. The College was established in 1991. It has been included in the list of Colleges prepared by the UGC under Sect.2 (f) of the UGC Act, 1956, and is yet to be recognized under Sec 12 (B) .

The College offers 19 UG and two PG Programmes of which two PG and one UG Programmes are on no-grant basis. The student strength of the College during 2002-03 was 629 and 726 (679 UG + 47 PG) in 2003-04.

Being an affiliated College, it follows the common syllabus provided by the University for the various courses of study. The College enjoys some influence over changes in curriculum only through its teachers who are members of the Boards of Studies and the teachers who attend workshops organized by the University for the purpose of curriculum revision.

The College has eighteen Departments, of which six are offering General Subjects. The College offers elective combinations, thereby providing diversity to the learners. Being an affiliated College, it is not possible for the College to provide flexibility in time frame. Horizontal mobility is made possible through three ways:

Science students permitted to choose Arts subjects.

A student can choose a new subject at the II year level.

A student of the Commerce stream at the higher secondary level can move into the Arts stream at the I year level.

The mission and goals of the College are reflected through the conduct of self-financing courses ranging from B.Sc Computer Science course to M.Sc in Microbiology and Computer Science. Computer knowledge and application for the arts students is offered by very few colleges and this college is one among them.

The mission of the College is to impart quality education, especially to students of socially and economically backward students and those from the middle class with a view to make them economically independent, responsible, sensitive and socially committed. The mission and goals of the institution are reflected further in the 'Sanskar Mala - a value education programme' conducted by the College for 45 days.

Criterion II- Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
The students are selected for admission through their academic record and as per the guidelines of the North Maharashtra University, observing the rules of reservation of the State Government. As for PG admission the University prepares the selection list. Teachers assess the students' aptitude, their skills and previous knowledge in subjects. Advanced learners are motivated to read beyond the syllabi, by providing reference books and personal books and are asked to present seminars. The temporal plan of the College is the Annual System.

At the commencement of the academic year teachers draw up teaching plans and get them approved by the HOD and are duly signed by the Principal. At the end of each term the teacher gives a written report regarding the completion of the teaching plan. Certain subjects have unitized syllabi, as per the University of North Maharashtra; but for others the HODs give necessary guidelines to the teachers. The teachers also conduct tests, student's seminars, group discussions and question-answer session. Science, Geography and History students are taken out for educational tours.

At the beginning of the academic year the teachers explain the evaluation method and important University circulars are passed on to the respective Heads for onward communication to the students. Probable dates of Term-end examination are also communicated in advance.

The percentage of classes conducted by full-time teachers during the previous years is 90. The number of temporary vis-à-vis permanent teachers is not very high. Of the permanent teachers, one possesses Ph.D. Degree and one M.Phil Degree. Their total working days are 245 of which 180 are teaching days.

Teachers' recruitment is done as per the guidelines of grant-in-aid directives of Government of Maharashtra, UGC and the University. During the last two years nine teaching staff have been appointed and they come from Maharashtra. The average age of the staff is 30-

32. Being young they can be motivated to put in more efforts for perfect and fruitful teaching and learning.

There have been six teachers who have participated in the National level seminar and four in International seminars during 2000 and 2002. Faculty development programme consisting of Computer Literacy, Management Training, 10-day English speaking course and Yoga training and Stress Management have been conducted. Economics has conducted one workshop and English department has conducted a few workshops.

Self-appraisal by teachers and student evaluation of teachers are in vogue in the College. As the follow-up of the Self-appraisal suggestions are given to the staff individually and at general meetings. Student's feedback is obtained by the Principal through communication with the students. The students at the end of their graduation fill in a questionnaire about the College.

Criterion III- Research, Consultancy and Extension.
The College promotes Research by giving teachers study leave and the proactive management has proposed to implement a scheme of its own by paying 50 % of the salary of teachers who shall be away from the College for long periods in pursuit of research. They have also proposed to make a one time payment of Rs 5000/- to a teacher for acquiring Ph.D and Rs 2000/- for one taking M.Phil. Not many teachers are engaged in active research in the College, for Ph.D. / M.Phil. They have publicized their expertise in the field of bio-fertilizer, disease control of banana, sugarcane and papaya, soil testing, earthworm fertilizer, psychoanalysis and spoken English.

The NSS unit of the College is engaged in extensive extension activities like Community development, medical camp, Blood Donation camps, AIDS awareness, health and hygiene awareness, environmental awareness through tree planting. The NSS volunteers have planted 300 Almond trees in the campus. They have also paid attention to out-reach programmes like adult education and literacy, Pulse Polio etc..Three teachers are given additional responsibilities to conduct various NSS programmes. As a highlight of extension activities the College has developed a Study Centre for Adivasi Songs and Literature. As for NCC from 2003-04, ten students have been enrolled in NCC and attached to a unit in a neighbouring College. No full fledged unit has been sanctioned to the College.

Criterion IV- Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The Campus has a compound wall all around. The classrooms, laboratories and library are well lit and airy. The management reviews the available infrastructure facilities vis-à-vis the academic growth. The cost of any new addition is borne by the Management.

The College ensures optimum utilization of the infrastructure and in particular, their playground. Classes for Arts are conducted in the morning shift and science in the Afternoon. The College maintains its campus clean through NSS volunteers. The College is declared as non-smoking zone. Medicinal garden and trees are maintained to keep the campus pollution free.

The Library Advisory committee monitors the library of the College, and this library is interconnected with that of Smt. H. R. Patel Arts College, Shirpur. The Library has a book bank facility with 320 books given to 59 students though not administered separately. The total number of books is 7000. The Library remains open six days a week from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. during examination period. The Library has been computerized. Open access is permitted to teachers and PG students. The number of journals, periodicals / weeklies subscribed to by the Library is 45 (although the journal subscription is only 7).

Seven science departments of the College have their own computers. Apart from the impressive computer facilities available in the Computer Science department many of the Arts departments are yet to be equipped with computers. However computer facilities are accessible to all students and teachers in the College.

The Department staff maintain the computers except in the case of a major default when it is referred to outside service engineers. They do not have a full-fledged health center wing. A yearly medical check up of students is undertaken as per University requirements. There is a vast playground which the College shares with its sister institutions. The College has an active Gymkhana and a 400-meter track. Awards/prizes in addition to certificates are given to sports students. Incentives are given by way of uniforms, sports wear, etc. Handball, football and indoor games are provided as well. The College takes legitimate pride in stating that men students have represented the College at inter-University tournaments in Cross country, Ball Badminton, Foot ball and athletics. They do have hostel facilities. There are 23 girl students residing in the hostel. The ladies hostel is common to the sister institutions with 15 % accommodation reserved for the College. Although a similar facility exists for boys, there are no takers. The rooms in the girls' hostel are modern and airy. They have an STD / PCO Centre as well and a gallery (sit-out) for every room.

Criterion V : Student Support And Progression
It is heartening to note that 91 % of students had appeared in 2002-03 for the qualifying examination and that 50 % of students pursue higher studies. Approximately 20 students have taken placement in IAF/BSF and Police department. The Prospectus of the College contains the following information - information about the College, mission, goals and objectives, admission requirements, fee structure, College regulations, academic awards, teaching and non-teaching staff and various scholarships. Freeships are given by the Governments both Central and State and NGO's. In 2000-2001 there were 625 recipients and in 2001-02 - 506, and in 2002-03 there were 340 recipients. It will be helpful if a Career Guidance Bureau and a Placement Cell are started for the benefit of students.

The students' counselling committee consists of four Counselors - two for personal and two for Academic counseling. Apart from this committee the teachers also take care of day-to-day counselling. Nearly 80 students have been employed in local firms / State government, Public and Private sector undertakings. The Alumni association is in the process of being registered.
Overseas students have not sought admission in this college. The recreational facilities available to students are Indoor games, outdoor games, debate clubs, cultural programmes, Departmentwise students club etc. They observe the birth anniversaries of national leaders, patrons and celebrate the Teacher's Day and an interface with freedom fighters.

Criterion VI : Organization and Management
At the apex level the College has its Board of Management consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary and four to eight members. They meet at regular intervals and monitor the working of the College.

They also have a Local Management Committee consisting of Chairperson, Director Members, representatives from teaching and non-teaching staff and Principal as the Secretary. The LMC meets at least twice a year. The Principal is assisted by the teaching wing and the administrative wing. The Principal meets and monitors regularly the activities of the two wings. A special Committee prepares the Academic Calendar. With the introduction of the computer system in the office, non-teaching staff are given training in computer operation with the help of IMRD, Shirpur. Workshops are held to improve their proficiency.

The College has had no upward revision of the fee structure. It has an internal audit mechanism, which scrutinizes details of receipts and expenditure. Later auditing is done by the Auditors from the office of the Joint Director of Higher Education. Though there is no formal Grievance redressal cell, the Principal looks into grievances of students and staff brought to his notice by personal representation by the staff and through the complaint box in respect of students.

One of the creditworthy welfare schemes of the College is the Staff Housing. The College has a Gymkhana (which is common to the staff and students of all the institutions of the Sanstha) with facilities like swimming club, restaurants, mini theater, Health club, Health centre. The use of the swimming pool is permitted for a token membership fee of Rs 100/-. There is also a consumer co-operative store. The College has helped the students by providing Earn-Learn scheme. For example students assisting in the Library were paid Rs 5/- per hour. The authorities provide full cooperation in the event of their employees taking loans from Banks and Financial Institutions. The Management provides total academic freedom to the Principal, and staff, and encourages them to achieve academic excellence and a healthy relationship among the constituents of the College.

Criterion VII - Healthy Practices
The College has adopted suitable mechanism for reviewing and monitoring academic and administrative progress through various committees headed by the Principal. The Governing Body holds meetings with the Principal and HODs and reviews the academic programmes of the teachers through self-appraisal. The feedback of campus experience of the students is useful for quality checks. The Principal also meets the Students' Council and resolves their problems. The College is sensitized to the latest managerial concepts such as strategic planning, teamwork and decision-making. At the beginning of the academic year, planning and strategies for admission, teaching and evaluation, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are envisaged. The College involves both teaching and non-teaching staff in the decision-making process.

The College does not confine itself to classroom teaching alone. It helps students to acquire knowledge by inculcating moral and ethical values. Special efforts are taken to impart values like punctuality, respect to elders, discipline, mutual co-operation etc.

The College lays greater stress on the holistic development of the students by organizing various co-curricular and extra -curricular activities, personality development and sports activities and help them in defense-related training and writing articles for magazines. They also inculcate in them the spirit of sportsmanship and create an ambience and a vision to achieve the goals and objectives. Their specific goals and objectives viz., quality education, affordable education, girls education, all round personality development and providing career-oriented courses are realized through the grant of scholarships and freeships.

The College promotes general and transferable skills to students by making them write tutorials, assignments and communication skills through relevant elocution and debating contests, seminars and group discussions and general knowledge sessions on Sundays. Students are also taught to work independently and also as a part of a team. Efforts are taken to develop a sense of co-operation among the students. Yoga and stress management camp for teachers is yet another novel feature of the College. The College takes pride in declaring that there is not a single case of ragging or eve-teasing in the Campus.

SECTION 3 : OVERALL ANALYSIS
From a careful study of the Self Study Report presented by the College and the direct interactions the Peer Team had during the two days of visit, the members of the Team have gained an objective understanding of the main strengths and weaknesses of this College. The Team is of the view that the College is in the right track in achieving its academic and social goals and has boldly initiated healthy practices which, if sustained through sincere effort, can take it to greater achievements in future. Situated as it is in a socially and economically undeveloped region, this College seems to be poised for a major role in the overall development of the life and society around it.

The academic programmes offered at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels are generally carried out with a high degree of efficiency. Given the fact that the College itself has no choice in designing its own courses, the discretion shown in establishing Departments and offering courses in areas like Computer Science, Electronics and Microbiology, along with conventional disciplines, deserves to be commended. This has helped in providing opportunities for students with a rural background to be introduced to new areas in Science. However, it is also true that the number of courses offered at the special level is limited and that qualitative toning up is necessary at the postgraduate level in a subject like Computer Science.

The faculty of the College, on the whole, function with a sense of responsibility, with an outlook of quality and with devotion. The students and parents in general appreciate the friendly nature of the Principal and faculty and their interest in student welfare. In respect of qualifications, however, improvement is necessary. The Principal is the only one person with Ph.D. There are some working in regular vacancies yet to clear NET - a feature in most colleges in the state -, and others who are yet to acquire research qualifications like M.Phil or Ph.D.. The average age of the faculty is 30-32, and this privileged position of youthfulness should encourage the teachers to engage themselves in faculty development programmes to a greater degree. The geographical location of the College creates an inherent difficulty in attracting talented academics from distant places on a competitive basis, but this can be overcome easily through a concerted effort of the faculty on their own initiative. Now that the College is trying hard to secure the 12 (b) recognition of UGC, more opportunities will soon be available for the faculty for furthering their academic and research interests.

The College maintains good discipline. The Peer Team found that the parents are especially happy about it. The Principal, the students and the teachers deserve to be patted on this count. In fact one strong point about the College is the high level of harmony it has been able to achieve in the interrelationship among the Principal, the staff both teaching and non-teaching, the students and the Management. The Team could see that it is a harmony achieved, not through coercion, but through a promotion of friendly attitudes and humane values.

The students of the College are, by and large, satisfied with the facilities here. In the interactions with the students, the Peer Team noticed that their observations and suggestions were not passive but creative and that many of them could communicate very well. There was
a touch of genuineness about whatever they said. The issues which are of concern to students include the following : (1) the starting of short term vocational courses, (2) facility for special remedial courses in English, (3) Guidance Cell for careers and competitive examinations, (4) training course for NET, (5) equipping the Library with more books, periodicals, University question papers of previous years etc. and (6) transport, banking and postal facilities.

In respect of research attainments, publications and intellectual pursuits of an advanced nature, the record of the College is not satisfactory. This low performance is manifest not only in the numerical position of teachers with Ph.D but in terms of other parameters like research guidance, approved research centre, operation of projects, publication of papers, etc. The College should make a conscious effort to overcome this difficulty.

It should be mentioned to the credit of the College that it has started building up its infrastructure with a vision for the future. The building is good enough, it is soon to be completed. When completed, the College will have more than required space to house all classes, Library, Seminar halls, Labs, furniture and equipments and all other paraphernalia. The quality of furniture is satisfactory, upkeep of the campus is good. Each Science department has computer facilities. The facilities of the Department of the Computer Science are made available to all. Internet facility has also been established. The Library is computerized. But, as the parents and students rightly felt during their interaction with the Peer Team, the collection of books and periodicals is not sufficient. It is good that the College office is partially computerized and well maintained. The Laboratories are reasonably sound, considering that they are in the initial stages. Some facilities like reprography are shared with the neighboring institution of the same educational agency. The Peer Team felt that the College is not wanting in essential infrastructural facilities, although it can think of extending them more by providing for banking-postal-transport facilities too. Wherever possible the College should try to establish its own facilities so that the extent of sharing with other institutions can be reduced.

The real strength of the College lies perhaps in the series of healthy practices it has initiated over the years. These practices include (1)the friendly response of the Principal and the Management in matters of student and staff welfare(2)the standards of discipline established in terms of mutuality`(3)computerization of the Library and implementation of the Book Bank scheme(4) the Single Window System at the office and the computerization of the Accounts Section of the office.(5) use of modern strategies in teaching/learning methods.(6)Students' appraisal of teachers (7) programmes oriented towards community development undertaken by each Department --- schemes like biofertilizers development, vermiculture project, pest collection, soil analysis and PH test, guppy fish production etc being examples (8) participation of teaching staff in programmes meant for community enlightenment.(9) freedom given to the Departments for evolving innovative programmes ; and (10) incentives given by the Management for academic improvement for the last.

The Peer Team wishes to compliment the college for its accomplishment for last 13 years and place a few suggestions which can be of help in the future development of the institution:

Short-term courses of vocational nature may be introduced in the College and the students may be encouraged to do these courses during outside-work hours based on their aptitude.

Remedial courses in 'Compulsory English' and short-term courses in Communicative English may be organized to the benefit of students.

Research activity in the College may be accelerated and a programme of action may be formulated for the purpose.

Library may be enriched further by procuring greater number of books and subscribing to many more useful periodicals.

A Book-Club may be formed in the College, with a faculty member in charge and interested students as members, to meet periodically and introduce important books being published.

A Career Guidance Cell, Counselling Centre, Grievance Redressal Cell etc. may be established in the College.

Infrastructural facilities may be further extended on a priority basis.

Steps for UGC recognition under 12(B) be expedited.

An action plan on short-term basis (say, for two years) and on long-term basis(say for ten years) may be prepared by an Apex Committee and this perspective plan for the development of the College may be implemented in true spirit.

Science and Technology and humanities may be given equal importance in planning future courses and in either case the emphasis be given to equipping the students for facing life realities.

The Peer Team places on record its appreciation of the dynamic role the Principal is playing in developing this institution. The Team also compliments the Management for its genuine efforts for academic advancement.

The R. C. Patel Arts, Commerce and Science College has in its short span of existence achieved much of which the institution can be genuinely proud. The Peer Team has the hope that its pace of achievement can gather a new momentum now and the College will continue to be a beacon of light in this economically and socially backward region of the state of Maharashtra.

Prof. P. K. Rajan (Chairperson)

Prof. S. Ramachandran (Member-Coordinator)

Dr. R. Rukmani (Member)

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