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Government Degree College, Puttur, Andhra Pradesh
Address:Narayanavanam Road
Puttur (District Chittoor)
Andhra Pradesh, India
Pin Code : 517583


Government Degree College, Puttur Andhra Pradesh is a recognised institute / college. Status: NAAC Grade: B. Government Degree College, Puttur Andhra Pradesh is also known as Govt Degree College Puttur. Government Degree College, Puttur Andhra Pradesh is managed by Society: Government Under Graduate Co-Education. Government Degree College, Puttur Andhra Pradesh was established on / in 1983.


Principal of Government Degree College, Puttur Andhra Pradesh is S.Meharunnisa (Mobile 9490781803).

Government Degree College is situated in Puttur of Andhra Pradesh state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Contact Person(s) of the Government Degree College, Puttur Andhra Pradesh is (are): JKC Coordinator : G.R.Charaschandran (Mobile 9985209422).

email ID(s) is Government Degree College Puttur Andhra Pradesh

Website of Government Degree College, Puttur Andhra Pradesh is gdcputtur.in (not opening as on 26 August 2014).


Contact Details of Government Degree College, Puttur Andhra Pradesh are : Telephone: +91-8577-221480, 221580

Academic Advisers
Dr. M. Bhaskar Reddy, Mobile 9866906633
Dr. G. Krishnaiah, Mobile 9440866412



Courses

Government Degree College, Puttur Andhra Pradesh runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
UG Courses :
B.A., Computer Applicaiton
B.A., Additional Telugu
B.A., HEP
B.Com
B.Com., Computers Applications
B.Com., Gen/TM/EM
B.Sc.,
B.Sc., MPC
B.Sc., MPCS
B.Sc., Bio Tech
B.Sc., Micro Biology

PG COURSES:
M.Com.,
M.Sc., Organic Chemistry

Approval details: Government Degree College is affiliated with Sri Venkateswara University (SVU), Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh)



Media coverage of Government Degree College, Puttur Andhra Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh

NAAC report of Government Degree College Puttur

The Government Degree College was established in the year 1978 by the Government of Andhra Pradesh with a view to provide access to higher education to the agrarian community of the border town. As Nagari town is bordering Tamilnadu State, this college also serves nearly 20 percent of the Tamil population. The college was housed in the high school when it was established and later it was shifted to the present location. The present campus was donated by a Philanthropist Sri Mohanlal Mehta of Chennai. It is located away from the main settlement on the highway in a serene and lustrous atmosphere.

Though the college started with a modest number of 150 students, it now offers higher education to 653 students of which 225 are female students. It is affiliated to S.V.University and offers only undergraduate courses. Most of the courses are conventional programs excepting the introduction of B.Sc., in computer sciences and B.Com (computer applications) introduced in the year 1997.

The college volunteered to be assessed by NAAC and submitted the Self Study Report in 2006. Consequently, the NAAC constituted the Peer Team consisting of the following.

Chairman : Prof. Balamohan Thampi,
Former Vice-chancellor,
Kerala University,
Thiravananthapuram,
Kerala.

Member Coordinator : Prof. D.Shrijay Devaraj Urs,
Director, PMEB,
University of Mysore,
Mysore.

Member : Dr.S.Sevaga Pandian,
Principal,
Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College,
Sivakasi, Tamilnadu.

The Peer Team visited the college from 5th to 7th March, 2007. The Team had extensive interaction with the Principal, Faculty, Students, Parents, Alumni and Non-teaching staff. The officer from the State Government coordinating the quality cell also provided the necessary clarifications. The following observations are made based on the Self Study Report and also the discussions the team had with stakeholders.

SECTION 1:
INTRODUCTION
The Government Degree College established in the year 1978 is affiliated to S.V.University. The strength of the students has been steadily increasing over the years from 526 in 2002-2003 to 653 in 2006-2007. It is recognized by UGC under section 2(f) and 12(B) in the year 1991. This college has been serving mostly the students from the disadvantaged section of the society. This college has served as the important institution to provide access to the first generation learners of scheduled caste, scheduled tribe and other backward caste students on they constitute majority. It is interesting to observe that enrollment of female students has increased over the years and presently it constitutes 38 percent of the total students strength. Nearly 20 percent of the students are from the neighbouring Tamilnadu State.

SECTION II: CRITERION WISE ANALYSIS
CRITERION I: CURRICULAR ASPECTS
As an affiliated college of S.V.University, the curriculum and syllabi followed is prescribed by the university. The college has no representation on the Board of Studies to bring about any change in the curriculum. However, the senior faculty of the college provide the necessary inputs to the concerned for incorporating the changes. The changes introduced by the university is adopted. It is noticed in English department that changes recently introduced has made an impact on better performance of students in the examination. It is appreciable that the faculty of this college has taken several measures to supplement the syllabus and enrich the same. It is observed that nearly 56 additional curricular inputs are incorporated into the syllabi and that has immensely benefited the student community.

The college offers 10 programmes which includes six under graduate courses and four certificate courses. In the last five years two need based restructured courses are offered. These two courses i.e., B.Sc., in Computer Science and B.com (computer application) are popular among the student community and they have been started on self financing basis. The college offers the following four certificate courses which are beneficial to the students to acquire additional skills such as communication skills, computer literacy and for their personality development.

Spoken English and Communication Skills
Journalism in Telugu
Computer awareness
Business communication skills and report writing

The Peer Team was informed that the college is contemplating offering nine additional add-on programmes such as Tourism Management, Functional English, Hospital Management, Medicinal Plants, Photography, Lab Technology, Import - Export Management, Tax procedures and Accounting practices, Stock-Exchange and share market with the financial assistance of UGC. The Peer Team appreciates the enthusiasm of the college. The college has to take the necessary steps to facilitate the faculty to get themselves trained in many of these areas to initiate those programmes.

CRITERION - II: TEACHING - LEARNING AND EVALUATION
The college has adopted teaching, learning system to suit the requirements of the student community as there are some constraints hampering the effective functioning of the institution. The college functions on limited resources and teaching hours are staggered for want of sufficient accommodation. This is very well managed by the faculty and with the availability of additional space (As the construction work is nearing completion) the situation is likely to improve.

The college has a total strength of 29 teachers out of which 7 are lady teachers. 25% of the faculty have acquired Ph.D and 24% of them have obtained M.Phil qualifications. There are two categories of teachers in the college. Most of the faculty members in this college have put in several years of experience in PU College and promoted to degree college and some of them are directly recruited. The Peer Team appreciates the commitment and involvement of the faculty in helping students who are not only from the rural area but also from the most disadvantaged section of the society. They have evinced keen interest in imparting education and their efforts are appreciable. Teachers are not only experienced but committed staff and some have won awards. Their involvement and commitment is reflected in the performance of the students in the final examination. As indicated by the principal, the college has been able to achieve better percentage of success in the examination compared to the university average (In language the percentage is 83% as against the university average of 70%, where as in Arts, it is 90% as against 72% of the university and in Science it is 92% as against 81% of the university. This is quite significant in commerce as it is 80% compared to 56% of the university). This is mainly attributed to the special attention bestowed by the faculty. The Peer Team appreciates the efforts of the faculty in this regard.

There are four vacancies and arrangements are made by recruiting temporary and guest faculty. The college performance is not affected by the non availability of the staff but performance would have been better if adequate faculty was made available. This was observed by the peer in the department of political science where the availability of experienced and committed faculty in the last two years has made the difference visible. The performance has improved dramatically. The shortage caused by the vacancy is managed by recruiting contract faculty for chemistry, mathematics, history, computer science etc. But that problem needs to be addressed by the Government as that is an important factor in strengthening teaching in colleges. However the Principal and faculty have no other alternative and they have to shoulder the additional responsibilities.

Selection of students to various courses is based on the rules framed by the State and intake for each programme is sanctioned by the University. Regulations relating to reservation is strictly followed. Number of applications received is nearly twice the number of seats available. Admission is transparent and students have the option to change their course in the beginning provided they are eligible.

The college gets the feed back by canvassing a questionnaire and also from Alumni when the meeting is held. Bridge courses are held at the beginning of the academic year to introduce the course to those students who are not familiar with the subject.

The performance of the student is frequently evaluated through monthly test, assignments, terminal examination and pre-final examination. This progress is monitored by respective faculty and progress card is also sent to parents to make them aware of the progress of their children. The Peer Team appreciates the measures taken by the principal and the faculty in streamlining some of these procedures and also establishing rapport with parents. Remedial classes are held regularly for slow learners. Staff council meetings are held to review the performance of each department based on academic records. The socio-economic study conducted by the Economics department reveals that nearly 25% of the college students are employed in various units located in the town and they pursue their studies while continuing their job. To some extent this affects the attendance and active participation of students in the academic activities.

Faculty are encouraged to pursue their professional development by permitting them to participate in the conferences/workshops/refresher and orientation courses.

The peer team appreciates the effort of the faculty in coaching students to face the examination by providing study materials, model question papers etc. The team noted that now with the change in the pattern of examination for language paper, attempts have been made to train students in taking on-line examination also.

The peer team would like to express their concern particularly in teaching mathematics as it is handled by a lone faculty who is burdened with heavy workload. The performance of the commerce department is also affected as quantitative techniques will have to be taught by the same faculty. Teaching of Mathematics and quantitative analysis needs to be strengthened by employing additional faculty and senior teachers as that would give additional skills and it is beneficial to the student community.

Another major problem which the student community have also voiced is the presence of nearly 20% of Tamil population. The faculty have the difficulty in meeting the requirements of both Telugu and Tamil medium group as students have to be taught in their respective mother languages. This needs to be looked into.

It is appreciable that attempts have been made to educate students about consumer awareness, women empowerment, medicinal plants, numismatics and environmental studies.

CRITERION III: RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
The college offers only undergraduate programs and scope for research is limited. Inspite of locational disadvantages and lack of infrastructure, the college has attempted to initiate research by seeking grants from the funding agencies. Three projects are funded by UGC in Commerce, Telugu and English departments. The Botany department is likely to get a major funding from the department of Environment and Forests, Government of India. The Peer Team appreciates the efforts made in this direction by the college and that should be sustained. The college has constituted a research committee and extends all the support for seeking funds from the sponsoring agencies. It is gratifying to note that six proposals are submitted and such initiatives would certainly enhance the quality of teaching and research in the college. Since the college has already initiated project work for students particularly in commerce department, these activities may be further strengthened to seek support from funding agencies like Ministry of Commerce, Textiles, Labour and other innumerable agencies.

Some publications by the faculty is noted and it is understandable that because of their preoccupation with teaching responsibilities, it may not be possible for faculty to focus mainly on publications. The Peer Team appreciate the efforts made in this direction by publishing books and articles.

The college has two NSS and one NCC units. Several extension activities like tree plantation, Aids awareness programme, environmental protection and village adoption are carried out. It is not adequate and that needs to be further strengthened including the maintenance of college campus for better ambience and beautification of the same. Attempts made by the zoology staff in vermi-compost preparation and organic farming needs to be further continued and popularized. The involvement of panchayat members and organizing programmes like Mock Assembly etc by political science department should be further promoted.

The faculty have established some linkages with other teachers/researches of other institutions. What is required in this region is to establish good linkages with the surrounding community as this region has become the major centre for weaving and other textile related activities. The possibilities of extending help and seeking their support for development of this college needs to be explored. That is the only possibility of extending consultancy and building rapport with the surrounding community.

CRITERION IV: INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
The college is housed in a Government building containing Class rooms and laboratories. Physical Infrastructure include English Laboratory, Central Library and Computer Laboratory with LAN facility, Principals' Chamber, Staff room and Girls waiting room are available. The college provides adequate protected drinking water to the students and the staff.

The library of the college has a collection of 13,600 volumes a Reading Room. Computers with internet facility, public address system connecting all class rooms are provided in the campus for carrying out the academic activities effectively. Seminar Hall with sound system is provided to organize the co-curricular activities like Workshops, Debates, Quiz programmes and Group Discussions. Separate rooms are provided for NCC, NSS and Sports facility to carry out their activities effectively.

The College has a play ground with Filed Track for 400 mts. Sufficient courts for all the outdoor games such as Football, Volleyball, Ball-Badminton, and Basketball are available for boys where as Tennicoit, Shuttle Badminton and throw-ball courts are available for girls. Facility for indoor games like Carom and Chess is also provided.

An amount of Rs.6.85 lakhs has been sanctioned in the last academic year for the maintenance of the facilities. The Government of Andhra Pradesh has sanctioned an amount of Rs. 88 lakhs for the construction of six additional class rooms and Library building. All the funds are utilized as per the allocation.

All class rooms, Science laboratories, English Language laboratory and Library with Reading Room are utilized to the maximum extent by students. Play grounds are quite often utilized by local schools, other organizations and youth associations of the town for conducting Sports and Games competitions and tournaments. Gymnasium is utilized by the students as well as the by local public. Computer lab is well utilized by the students and it is made available to the public. The college is an examination Centre for S. V. University in which all the local private degree colleges take their examinations. Local commercial banks utilize the college premises for conducting Loan Melas in a large scale to the Agriculturalists, Self-Help Groups, DWACRA groups and physically disabled persons.

Library is kept open during all the working days of the library from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm and up to 6.00 p.m. during the examination days. Library is kept open works for 240 days in a year. The college has a computer centre with three Computers to be utilized by the students and public and the Computer Laboratory consisting of 45 systems is exclusively used by the students. Many departments have OHP and one LCD projector is available for classroom teaching. Computer packages are used in the Department of Computer Applications and in the language laboratory by the Department of English.

At present, the college provides hostel accommodation for 87 boys from rural background mainly belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and they are all scholarship holders. The hostel consists of two big halls and 8 rooms providing adequate accommodation to the inmates. The college has attempted to seek funding for girls hostel as their number is significant.

Health Centre is available to meet the medical needs of the students in the college. Emergency medicines are made available. First Aid kit is provided. Periodic health checkup are arranged with the help of local doctors.

Career Guidance Cell/Placement Cell of the college prepares the list of qualified graduates and sends the same to the neighbouring placement centers and industries for placements. Majority of the students of the college have handloom family background and they assist their parents in their profession.

CRITERION V: STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
The student strength of the institution for the current academic year i.e., 2006-2007 is 653. On an average, 70% of the students progress to further studies like Post graduate Courses like M.A., M.Com., M.Sc. and Professional courses such as Chartered Accountancy, M.C.A., M.B.A., B.P.Ed and Law. In order to encourage students to seek employment and to pursue higher education soon after their graduation, a career guidance cell has been constituted.

The institution is publishing its updated prospectus every year. Central and State Governments provide scholarships to the students. Fee concession is provided by the State Government. Remedial coaching classes are conducted for SC and ST students. Book bank facility is extended to SC and ST students.

Ward counseling system exists in the college wherein each lecturer is allocated 50 students. The faculty concerned collects bio-data of the students and prepares student profile. Students are guided in entrepreneurship for self employment, through the interaction with Bank officials. The Career Guidance Cell provides students with the information regarding self-employment schemes like PMRY, CMEY etc. Alumni regularly meet once in three months to plan for the development of the institution through their share of contribution. Alumni association has a plan to construct a Prayer Hall in the college premises by mobilizing funds from its members and local Philanthropists. Alumni contribution is significant in infrastructural development like the construction of cycle shed and canteen worth of Rs. 70,000/-. Alumni working abroad have contributed for the fencing of the garden.

There is also a grievance cell to bring to the notice of the Principal about genuine problems of the students and to solve the problems faced by the students inside the campus. Bus and Train travel concession facilities are arranged for the students who are coming from distant places. Red-Cross, Eco-club and Social Service League are established to provide better opportunities for students to serve the community. Students are taken on educational tours, excursions; field trips to enhance their knowledge. Health Camps are organized.

Wide publicity about the discipline and dire consequences of ragging, eve teasing and sexual harassment is given by issuing circulars and arranging awareness programmes. Taking into consideration of the importance of legal literacy to women, awareness programmes are arranged to enlighten the girls students regarding Anti-dowry, Dowry Deaths, Alcoholism; Personal hygiene etc.

Students who are proficient in sports are given special coaching and two of them have represented A.P.State.

A mime on AIDS awareness was staged in Inter Collegiate Cultural programmes, Tirupati and bagged 1st place in the year 2004-05. During the year 2005-06 a batch of girl students participated in Folk Dance competitions conducted by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, Tirupati and secured a consolation prize.

CRITERION VI: ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
The Principal motivates and enable the staff in attaining their goals. Further with the support of the State Government he provides the necessary direction and/or support to ensure that goals which are compatible with the overall objectives of the institution.

The Principal, the CPDC and the Staff Council take collective decisions regarding the developmental activities of the college. Parent Teachers' Association and Alumni play active role in students' welfare activities. The Staff Council assists the Principal in decision making and in the implementation of various academic and administrative activities.

The College has an effective coordinating and monitoring mechanism in the form of the college Planning and Development Council (CPDC), and Staff Council. Officials from Regional Joint Director, Kadapa and Directorate of Collegiate Education, A.P., Hyderabad visit the college and review the functioning of the college. All stake holders namely CPDC, Staff Council, Staff, Students union, Alumni Association and Parent Teachers Associations are involved in the process of planning.

The academic calendar as per the university norm is prepared and circulated at the beginning of the academic year. Curricular, Extra-curricular activities are planned and the same is incorporated in academic calendar. The college encourages the self-appraisal of its staff as a measure of self-improvement. The college follows Performance Indicators method recommended by the Government of Andhra Pradesh. In this method, every lecturer submits a report on the last day of every month in the pro-forma prescribed. Adequate chances are given to the faculty for the improvement and enhancement of knowledge by attending refresher courses/Orientation courses/Seminars. The fee structure is very nominal and affordable. Most of the socially backward students get fee exemption apart from receiving financial assistance and scholarships. The accounts are audited by the Government Auditors.

CRITERION VII: HEALTHY PRACTICES
Promotion of Higher Education to the learners drawn from economically disadvantaged families of handloom/power-loom workers and SC/ST community.

Introduction of Restructured courses like B.Com, (computer applications) and B.Sc., (computer Science).

Learners are made aware of the socio-economic problems.

Class room teaching is supplemented by the other additional curricular inputs and co-curricular activities.

Seminars/workshops conducted for the benefit of the teaching faculty of other institutions.

The harmonious relationship among the faculty and the Principal. The collective responsibility of the faculty towards promoting academic excellence among the students.

NGOs are persuaded to contribute for the welfare of physically challenged students.

Initiating research activities.

SECTION III:
OVERALL ANALYSIS
The peer team appreciates the gesture of the Government of Andhra Pradesh to establish a Govt. Degree College in Nagari of Chittoor Dist. to cater to the educational needs of economically disadvantaged group of students drawn from handloom and power-loom workers. Only two self supporting programme namely B.Com C.A and B.Sc., Computer Science have been started recently.

Though the college is having 23.16 acre of land and built up area is small, efforts are made to utilize optimally and progress has not suffered for want of class rooms. It is appreciable that construction is going on and it is nearing completion to accommodate library and additional classes.

The peer team would like to mention that the principal and faculty have been striving relentlessly with dedication and the students also have been cooperating with their teachers. There is much improvement in the academic performance of the students and the overall percentage of pass in the university examinations in all subjects are higher. Though internal assessment is not mandatory assignments and oral quizzes are conducted periodically.

Being affiliated to S.V.University, the syllabi prescribed by parent university is followed and there are some efforts taken by the college to give additional inputs in the curriculum by conducting study tours, industrial visits etc. Training in soft skill is given by conducting certificate courses. NSS, NCC wings are also active with regular and camping programmes. There are some programmes for women empowerment. Senior faculty members have received two major and one minor research projects from funding agencies.

The peer team is happy to commend the following achievements of the institution.

Providing conducive atmosphere for effective learning.

Facilitating the community service by conducting awareness programmes.

Imparting training programme for the teachers of near by institutions.

Creating gender balance by admitting nearly thirty percent of girls and providing conducive atmosphere for their learning.

Maintaining discipline and sending progress reports to parents.

Promoting computer literacy and language skill among learners.

Efforts to attract funding from central agencies.

The peer team is of the view that the following suggestions/recommendations may help the college to develop further and sustain the quality initiatives.

The peer team is of the opinion that the State Government should provide additional resources to augment the physical infrastructure as the college progress is hampered for want of space. This would help the institution to excel in the coming years.

The college has adequate land which can be put to better use by involving NSS and NCC. The possibilities of cultivating medicinal plants by involving the faculty of botany should be explored as the department is likely to get the funding from Ministry of Environment.

Considering the increasing enrolment of female students it is necessary that the college should explore the possibilities of procuring grants from various funding agencies to setup hostel for girls.

The college may offer some post graduate programmes in Humanities and social sciences in the coming years.

The department of mathematics is managed with a single faculty member that too on a contract basis and the peer team strongly recommends that the State Government may take steps to recruit adequate number of regular faculty to sustain the teaching, learning process in the campus.

Programmes for imparting value education may be started.

The college should offer formal add-on courses in English language.

The college may establish better linkages with the local industrial units and also reputed institutions.

The class rooms should be furnished with adequate furniture.

The laboratory facilities may be upgraded.

The sports facilities may be expanded to enlarge the coverage of students including girl students. This needs to be strengthened as potentials exist.

The students can be encouraged to use the library facility properly and more reference books may be made available in the library.

The institution can initiate step to improve the transport facility rendered by Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation.

The peer team takes this opportunity to thank the Principal, State Government Representative, Faculty, Students and all other stake holders for their cooperation and support for us in completing this assessment exercise. The peer team is confident that the institution will be able to make considerable progress in the coming years. We wish the institution a glorious future.

Chairman : Prof. Balamohan Thampi
Former Vice-chancellor,
Kerala University,
Thiravananthapuram,
Kerala.

Members Coordinator : Prof. D.Shrijay Devaraj Urs
Director, PMEB,
University of Mysore,
Mysore.

Member : Dr.S.Sevaga Pandian
Principal,
Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College,
Sivakasi, Tamilnadu.

(Dr.T.Jayarami Reddy)
Principal
Govt. Degree College,
Nagari.
A.P.State

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