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Government Degree College, Ravulapalem, Andhra Pradesh


Government Degree College, Ravulapalem, Andhra Pradesh
Address: Plot / Street / Area
Near NH5 Road
Ravulapalem (District East Godavari)
Andhra Pradesh, India
Pin Code : 533238

Government Degree College, Ravulapalem Andhra Pradesh is a recognised institute / college. Status: Government Under Graduate Co-Education. Government Degree College, Ravulapalem Andhra Pradesh was established on / in 1981.

Principal of Government Degree College, Ravulapalem Andhra Pradesh is Dr.K.V.Ramana Rao, M.Sc. Ph.D. (Mobile 9849123265).

Government Degree College is situated in Ravulapalem of Andhra Pradesh state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of Government Degree College, Ravulapalem Andhra Pradesh is 08855-257061.

Contact Person(s) of the Government Degree College, Ravulapalem Andhra Pradesh is (are): JKC Coordinator: K.N.Suryanarayana (Mobile 9490353912).

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

Website of Government Degree College, Ravulapalem Andhra Pradesh is http://www.gdcrvpm.org.

Contact Details of Government Degree College, Ravulapalem Andhra Pradesh are : Phone: 08855-258427, 257061

Academic Advisers
Sri. J. Jayababu, Mobile 9440774907


Government Degree College, Ravulapalem Andhra Pradesh runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).

Approval details: Government Degree College is affiliated with Andhra University, Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh)

Profile of Government Degree College

About us
Government Degree College, Ravulapalem has been started on 31-08-1981 in a small Zilla Parishad Elementary School Building. Sri Padala Bhaskara Reddy was the then president of the College Development Committee. B.A., and B.Com., courses have been sanctioned with a strength of 80 in each class. As per G.O.M.s.No.1214 Edn., dt.26-08-81, 14 posts were sanctioned. Later on, 4 posts i.e., 2+1 in Commerce and 1 in Economics as additional posts were sanctioned. From its inception, rule of reservation in the admissions has been scrupulously followed and no student has been denied of seeking admission.
The Philanthropic services of Sri Padala Bhaskara Reddy, the then President, and College Development Committee were note worthy. An amount of Rs.5 lakhs was sanctioned by the Govt. of A.P under the scheme of Telugu Grameena Kranthi Padakam., for the construction of College Building.
In 1986 the College was shifted from the Zillah Parishad Elementary School Building to its newly constructed building, which is on the bank of the river Gowtami Godavari with pleasant surroundings and greenery near the National Highway- 5 at Gowthami Bridge.
In 1998 the College building along with the vacant land of 5 acres have been registered in the name of the Governor, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh under the supervision of the then College Principal, Sri Y. Venkata Rao. In the same year B.Sc., Computers and B.Com Restructured Courses were sanctioned to this College converting the conventional B.Com course into B.Com Computers and Tax Procedure. Previous sanctioned strength of 80 each has been revised to 60 to B.A., 40 to B.Com Tax procedure and 40 to B.Com Computers and 30 for B.Sc. course.
As per the proceedings Rc.No.163/A11-1/2003-04 (B) dated 23-09-2003 of the Commissioner of the Collegiate Education, A.P, Hyderabad, this college was sanctioned Rs.15, 00,000 for the construction of the five additional class rooms. During the 10th Plan, as per the proceedings F.No.1-1 (012)/03(SERO/UGC) dated 25-03-2003, the U.G.C. sanctioned Rs.4, 16,160 for the construction of physics laboratory, under the college developmental grants.
The other donors like Dr.Bobba Jayasri, eminent doctor, Ravulapalem, Sri K.V.V.Satyanarayana Reddy, the then Sarpanch, Ravulapalem and Sri Dwarampudi Sitaram, Ravulapalem are sacrificed a lot for the construction of classrooms in the college.
The College situated on the bank of the sacred river Godavari (Gowthami) and the Gateway of Konaseema i.e., Ravulapalem. It has a good record of academicians and students. This college produced an I.R.S officer during the year 2005 namely Sri.Kadali Srinivas who came from a poor agriculturist family. This college is the backbone on of light and knowledge to the people of Konaseema, surrounded by mango and banana grooves with historic and cultural heritage. As on today this college is offering educational services to 377 students in and around of Ravulapalem.

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NAAC report of Government Degree College Ravulapalem

Government Degree College, Ravulapalem was established in 1981 in a Zilla Parishad Elementary School building. Initially two programmes viz., B.A and B.Com were sanctioned with a strength of 80 in each class. Subsequently, an amount of Rs.5 lakh was sanctioned by the Government of Andhra Pradesh under Telugu Grameena Kranthi Padakam Scheme for the construction of college building. In 1986 the college was shifted to its newly constructed building on the banks of the river Gowthami Godavari near Gowthami Bridge on the National Highway 5. The college campus has 5 acres of land with pleasant surroundings. In the year 1998, the college was permitted to offer B.Sc (Computers) programme.

The college is Government funded and affiliated to Andhra University. The college is recongnised under 2(f) and 12(B) of the UGC Act. All students hail from villages. In the total strength (375), 57% (216) belong to SC, ST and BC; and girl students constitute 45% of the strength.

The college has 9 departments viz., Telugu, English, History, Economics, Political Science, Commerce, Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science. These departments offer 3 programmes viz., B.A (H, E & P), B.Sc (M, P & C) and B.Com. Among the three programmes, B.Sc is a self financing one.

The college has 9 permanent teachers, 7 teachers on contract basis and a part-time teacher. Among them 6 are ladies and 3 are Ph.D holders. Among the non-teaching staff, 5 undertake administrative responsibilities and one is a technician.

In this college, the unit cost of education is Rs.12, 745/ with salary component and Rs.140/ without salary component.

Central library, computer centre, health centre, sports facilities, canteen and non-residents' centre are the support services available in the college where the annual system is followed for academic work. Vehicle parking shed, girls' waiting room, reprographic facilities, mana TV, well furnished laboratories and internet facilities are also made available to learners.

In 2004-05, the college had 223 working days, of which 191 were teaching days. The library has 7900 volumes and 42 journals and magazines. 28 computers are available in the college. The college has 4 ongoing research projects with the total outlay of Rs.13.5 lakhs. So far, the college has raised funds in the form of donations, and fee for self financing programmes.

Now the college is in the Silver Jubilee year of serving the konaseema people with the motto of 'Enter and Enlighten' and the mission of catering to the educational needs of remote rural poor and the weaker sections in and around Ravulapalem.

Government Degree College volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) by submitting its self study report in December 2005. The NAAC constituted the Peer Team to visit the college and validate its self study report. The peer team comprised of Prof.Biranchi N.Puhan, Former Vice-chancellor of North Orissa University as Chairperson; Prof.Shakunthala Gurusiddaiah, former Principal, D.R.M Science Degree College, Davangere as member; and Prof. R.M.Chidambaram, Dean, Faculty of Management, Alagappa University, Karaikudi as member coordinator. The team visited the college for two days i.e., from 6th to 7th February 2006. The members of the team carefully perused and analysed the SSR submitted by the college. During the visit the team visited the infrastructure, interacted with various constituents of the college and went through the relevant documents. The team interacted at length with the Principal, teachers, non-teaching staff members, representative group of students, parents and alumni of the college. Based on the above exercise and keeping in mind the criteria identified by NAAC, the team brings out the following criterion-wise observations:

Criterion I : Curricular Aspects
Imparting career oriented education and inculcating social responsibilities in rural youth are the goals and objectives of the college. Computer education as a course in B.Sc and B.Com, career oriented certificate courses in Tourism, Statistics and Marketing Management, and co-curricular activities of the college reflect the mission and goals. Acquisition of knowledge, skill development and access to employment are the major considerations addressed by the goals and objectives of the college.

At the undergraduate level the college has 3 programme options viz., B.A (History, Economics and Politics) B.Com and B.Sc (Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science). The college offers 3 programme options at the certificate level viz., Certificate course in Tourism, Certificate course in Statistics, and Certificate course in Marketing Management. At the diploma level, there is a programme in Computer Applications.

As an affiliated institution, the college has no say in curriculum construction. The proportion between knowledge and skill in arts programmes is 80:20, and in commerce and science programmes it is 70:30. Programmes are flexible as they offer time frame matching students' convenience, horizontal mobility, elective options and non-core options. Review and updating of syllabus is undertaken by the university at periodical intervals.

No new programme was introduced by the college during the last
3 years. Teachers maintain contact with the members of Boards of studies and convey their views to be taken care of while revising the curriculum.

Curricula of programmes are modular and there is scope for inter/multi-disciplinary approaches. Obtaining feedback from academic peers has to take shape. Departments of Commerce, Compute Science, History, Telugu and English attempted to go in for industry - neighbourhood networking.

Criterion II : Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
Students are admitted into various programmes of study through their academic record. Of course, students are interviewed to inform the rules and regulations to be adhered during the course of study.

After admission students' knowledge and skills are assessed through class tests, assignments and their participation in co-curricular activities. Bridge courses are offered in the first year for those students who have chosen the subjects without basic knowledge. Remedial courses are given for those appearing for supplementary examinations. These courses are conducted without affecting the regular class work i.e, before 10 am and after 4 pm. Activities of this nature are to be properly documented. Advanced learners are motivated by giving challenging assignments like paper presentation, project work, group discussion, seminar participation, and writing articles to college magazine.

Teachers of the college are encouraged to make an annual teaching plan as per the proforma designed by the Directorate of Collegiate Education. At the beginning of the year, the principal approves such plans after detailed discussions. Execution of the plan is reviewed every month by the principal in association with the concerned Head of the department. Though the syllabus is not unitized, it is segmented for planned coverage. Periodic departmental meetings with the principal facilitates mid-course revisions in the teaching plans, if necessary.

The traditional lecture mechanism is supplemented by a number of learner centred teaching methods like class seminars, supervised study, group discussions, debates, guest lectures, field trips, study tours, and use of audio-visual aids. Teaching aids are prepared by concerned departments. In the preparation of audio-visual aids, the services of the Computer Department is availed by other departments. In the academic year 2004-05, the college had 223 working days, of which 191 were teaching days. The college works for 22 hours in a week. The ratio between full-time teachers and part-time teachers is 10:6 and the ratio between teaching and non-teaching staff is 16:6.

The college has the practice of informing the students about the evaluation mechanism meant for periodical class tests and the annual university examination at the beginning of the year. The college is monitoring the overall performance of the II and III year students by reviewing the I and II year results, respectively. Such reviews result in remedial measures. First year students are categorized as bright, average and slow learners based on the performance evaluation exercises undertaken by teacher counselors. Appropriate remedial measures are undertaken by teachers to suit different categories of learners.

This being a Government college, teachers are recruited by the Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission. Contract teachers can be appointed to meet the immediate requirements through the selection made by the College Planning and Development Council for which the Principal is the Chairman. Depending upon the increased work load, new teaching positions can be created by the commissioner of collegiate education. Though no new teachers were appointed on regular basis in the last two years, the college availed the services of contract teachers. The college has the freedom to appoint temporary teachers when the designated resources permit. Resources of the College Planning and Development Council Fund, Parent Teachers Association Fund and Restructured Special Fee Fund can be availed for this purpose. Under this category, the college has one part time lecturer in computers whose services are compensated at the rate of Rs.75/- per hour of teaching.

Self-appraisal mechanism is in vogue to evaluate the performance of the faculty in teaching, research and extension. Performance indicators are assessed and graded by the principal for submission to the Commissioner of Higher Education after detailed deliberations. Grades awarded to teachers inherently monitor them for better performance in future. Students' feedback are also helpful to appraise the performance of teachers. Students are also encouraged to evaluate campus experience in the recent past. Their views are taken care of by the college to improve campus facilities.

Very recently a two day workshop on AIDS Awareness and District level seminar on 'Freedom movement in East Godavari District were organized by the college. In the last two years, 3 teachers attended orientation programmes and 2 teachers attended refresher courses.

Two teachers served as resource persons while 4 participated in the national level seminars/conferences/workshops. A teacher in the Department of History was honoured by the State level Best Teacher award.

By virtue of the position, the principal is heading number of committees constituted for the well-being of the college. In many committees at the college level, senior teachers have a role to play.

The College has an Electronic Mana TV room which facilitate innovative teaching. Departments of Commerce, Telugu, Computers, and History have national level linkages to promote teaching and research. International linkages are yet to be developed.

Criterion III : Research, Consultancy and Extension
Out of the 17 faculty members, 3 have Ph.D and 2 have M.Phil degrees. A Reader in the Department of History has published 100 articles in magazines and news papers and 3 books, of which one is a reference book for B.A class. The Research Promotion Committee of the college encourages research activities among staff and students. Teachers are encouraged to undertake research by providing study leave, seed money and by adjusting the teaching schedule to the convenience of the researcher. The college is yet to be recognized as a Ph.D research centre. However, the college has 5 part time research students pursuing their M.Phil programmes. The college is yet to produce Ph.D degrees. The college has 4 ongoing research projects with an outlay of Rs.13.5 lakhs. Publication division is yet to be developed in the college. So far, the college has not ventured into consultancy services.

Extension activities of the college are undertaken by the NSS programme officer, who is holding additional charge. Community development, training in disaster management, health and hygiene awareness, environmental awareness, aids awareness, adult education and literacy, medical camps, and blood donation camps are the various extension activities undertaken by the college. The Population Education Club, the Eco Club, and the Reading Club undertake society friendly outreach programmes. The principal encourages teachers and students to participate in extension activities. The college works in close association with Government Organisations like Government Hospital, Rajahamundry and Ravulapalem, forest department, Indian Red Cross Society and district officials, and Non Government organizations like Rotary club, Lions club and old age home while undertaking extension activities.

Criterion IV : Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college campus is spread in an area of 5 acres. The buildings consist of an administrative block, central library, commerce, and Arts block. The college is planning to augment its infrastructure through the state government funds, UGC funds, and through the efforts of College Planning and Development Council, Parent Teachers Association, Alumni Association and Philanthropists. The Government of Andhra Pradesh allocates required funds for the maintenance of infrastructure. In case of deficiency, the above organs assist the college.

District level competitions, competitive examinations, coaching classes, Government examinations, and district sports meets, are organized in the college campus. This ensures optimum utilisation of infrastructure facilities. The college encourages the use of academic facilities by external agencies.

The campus is kept beautiful and pollution free through the efforts of teachers, students, NSS volunteers and the members of Eco Club. These efforts are monitored by the campus beautification committee.

In addition to the computer laboratory, principal's office, library and departments viz., Telugu, History, Economics, Mathematics, Physics and Commerce have computers. Computers and their accessories are maintained by the local technicians as the annual maintenance contracts are not in vogue. The college has no linkages with inter university centres. The campus has a health centre rendering services to staff and students. Local physician visits the college every saturday.

Facilities for outdoor and indoor games are available within the campus. Outstanding sports persons are motivated through non-financial incentives. The college has no provision for workshop centre for instrumentation and hostel facilities.

The library works between 9 am and 6 pm on all working days and on holidays between 10 am and 1 pm. The library provides open access to students. The library has a collection of 7900 books consisting of text books and reference books. It subscribes to 20 Indian journals and a foreign journal, 5 of which are peer reviewed journals. 21 magazines are also subscribed by the library. It has limited electronic information resources. Book bank is functioning as a part of the library with 893 books. Additions to the library in the form of books and journals are encouraging in the last 2 years to the tune of Rs.14, 523 and Rs.23, 366 , respectively. The central library has 264 sq.mts of carpet area with the seating capacity of 40 at a time. There are 9 departmental libraries with an average carpet area of 26 sq.mts. The central library is managed by a qualified librarian with the guidelines given by the library advisory committee. In the college budget, the library is getting a share of 30% every year. Circulation of print information bases, clipping services, bibliographic compilation, referral services, display of information through notification, photocopying, printing, internet, digitalization, inter-library loan services and power back up facilities are available in the library. Average number of books issued/returned per day is 50, the number of reference enquiries on an average per month is 280, and the average number of users visited per month is only 20.

Criterion V : Student Support and Progression
The percentage of students appearing for the qualifying examination after the minimum period of study is 84.4%. Students' switching over to professional programmes after getting admission into the college is the reason for the higher dropout rate of 15.6%.

Though the college has no information concerning the progression of students towards higher education and employment, prominent positions are assumed by their alumni. The college is publishing the prospectus detailing the annual affair of the college to disseminate information relating to the available programmes of study in different combinations, fee structure, rules and regulations and outlining a brief history of the college.

Central and state government scholarships are available to students. One out of every 5 students is enjoying such scholarships. The college is monitoring poor boys aid fund to help those who are unable to pay the tuition fee.

Career guidance is given by the convener of the cell. The cell displays career opportunities through notice board, offers counseling concerning suitable employment avenues, and invites local business people and self employed to share their experiences with students. Teachers do undertake academic and personal counseling to motivate them to take right decisions concerning their professional career. Through the efforts of the college, 23 students are employed in the local firms during the last year. The college encourages students to undertake self-employment ventures. Agriculture, marketing, xeroxing, telephone booths, and private tuition are the chosen avocations by those self employed.

The college has an alumni association since 1990. It contributes for infrastructural development, maintenance of infrastructure and encourages students to develop their knowledge and skill.

Admission policies and criteria are made clear to the prospective students through college calendar. So far, overseas students have not approached for admission as the college is located in a rural centre. Recreational and leisure time facilities are made available to students in the form of indoor/outdoor games, nature/debate clubs, cultural programmes and competitions. Mana TV programmes are viewed by students.

Criterion VI : Organisation and Management
The college has a number of committees wherein different stakeholders have a role to ensure efficient internal coordinating and monitoring mechanism. External agencies are not invited to improve the organization and management.

The senior at the office, heads of departments and the principal form the in-built mechanism to check the work efficiency of non-teaching staff. The college follows the academic calendar of Andhra University. Being a government college, all appointments are made as per the Government norms. In the recent past, teachers were appointed on contractual basis only. All these appointments were duly approved by the College Planning and Development Council. Though the college is not conducting professional development programmes, it deputes non-teaching staff to gain such exposure in the institutes where such programmes are periodically organized.

On an average, a B.A student has to spend Rs.932/- per year, a B.Com student has to remit Rs.1785/- per year and a B.Sc students has to shell out Rs.3945/- per year towards tuition and other fees. In the last 3 years there was no change in the fee structure. In the last year, the college managed to spend on various heads within the budgeted limits. Hence there was no question of deficiency. The purchases committee and the physical verification committee assist to have the internal audit mechanism in all financial transactions. The college has a grievance redressal cell for staff and students.

Apart from GPF withdrawals and festival advances, the college facilitates its staff members to avail loans from banks and insurance companies. The purchase committee is responsible for the purchase of major items. This committee follows the norms of the government in toto.

Criterion VII : Healthy Practices
Performance indicators like peer evaluation, students feedback and performance appraisal assist the college to have internal quality check mechanism.

Managerial concepts like strategic planning, team work, decision making and computerization are well known and practised in the college.

The college is in the initial phase of creating linkages with national level organizations.

The college has a self financing programme.

The college is initiating measures to make the academic and administrative services IT enabled.

Celebrating the days of national importance and linking extension activities with non-governmental agencies create scope for value based education.

Activities like literacy programmes, population control programmes, social service activities, AIDS awareness programmes, aforestation programmes, blood donation camps, Eco club programmes, serving the tsunami affected people, regulation of road traffic, janmabhoomi programme, clean and green programme inculcate civic responsibilities among students.

Efforts initiated by teachers for the development of intelligence quotient, however impractical it may sound, physical fitness, emotional balance, and promotion of interaction skills assist for the all round personality development of learners.

Imparting knowledge, developing skills, improving ethical foundations, developing personality and encouraging self discipline are the means used by the college to achieve its specific goals and objectives.

Segmenting learners and devising teaching methods suitable to them enhance the capacity to learn. Teaching supplemented by discussions, debates, seminars and competitions improves the communication skill of learners. Special programmes designed by the Mathematics department help the learners to develop their numerical skill. Available facilities in the computer department widen the scope of information technology and highlights its significance in decision making. NSS activities enhance the leadership qualities of students.

Over the years, the college has made steady progress in terms of infrastructure facilities, teaching and extension activities. It has been able to create a meaningful academic climate in the rural area, and has been able to accomplish its objectives by imparting higher education to students belonging to poorer sections of the society. It is imminent that the Principal, his team of teachers and non-teaching staff are working as a team to improve the functioning of the college. The Peer Team appreciates the commitment on the part of all stakeholders. It is also encouraging to note that there is realization amongst teachers to further improve the quality of education.

The Peer Team would like to make the following recommendations for consideration and implementation with a view to improve and strengthen the academic climate of the college.

The college has 17 teachers, out of which 7 are on contract basis and one is a part timer. A teacher manages departments like History, Political Science, Mathematics, Telugu and English only. This situation may adversely affect the quality of teaching. Hence the Commissioner of Collegiate Education has to take steps to fill-up teaching vacancies on preferential basis.

The college has completed 25 years of service. But it has only 3 programmes viz., B.A (History, Economics and Political Science), B.Sc (Mathematics, Physics and Computers) and B.Com. By starting U.G programmes in chemistry and electronics, and P.G programmes in Economics and History, the college can satisfy the aspirations of students, alumni and parents.

Attempts are to be made to disburse salary every month to teachers employed on contractual basis instead of making payments yearly twice to motivate them.

Teachers are to be motivated to pursue research degrees, undertake research projects and to publish articles in journals in their area of specialisation.

Computer laboratory has to be strengthened by adding 20 more systems to offer effective hands-on experience to learners.

Teachers and students are to be encouraged to avail internet facility by creating awareness about internet and its impact.

Library transactions are to be computerized. Maintenance of registers is to be made scientific. Students may be issued library tickets. Old and essential books need fresh binding. Area meant for students' reference requires more space. Reading room where journals and news papers are kept has to be furnished for readers' convenience.

Canteen facilities are to be improved in the sense that hygiene as the priority and more varieties of items to students' choice.

Additional class room and laboratory space is required. As there is a scope for extension in the first floor of the new building, the matter may be referred to concerned authorities for early execution. A portion of the first floor in the old building has tiled roofing. It is suggested to convert this into RC structure.

As majority of the students are rural based, their proficiency in English is poor. Hence, the Department of English can think of initiating spoken English classes by establishing a language laboratory.

In association with District Industries centre, the Career Guidance cell can organize Entrepreneurship Development Programmes for the benefit of the society around. The Small Industries Service Institute may be approached for area specific feasible project reports.

Students' toilet facilities are to be improved.

Ladies waiting room and Non-resident students' centre are to be furnished. As half of the students' strength represents girls, a lady attender is a must to assist girls.

The college office is suffering due to inadequate staff. The principal has to impress upon the Government to avail the services of a senior person to smoothen the office routine.

Lady teachers may be trained to undertake personal counselling to offset the emotional stress of girl students.

The members of the Peer Team would like to place on record their sincere appreciation and thanks to the principal, the faculty, non-teaching staff, students, parents of students, and alumni for their support and assistance during the visit to the institution. The team is grateful to the NAAC for giving the members an opportunity to visit the college.

Prof .Biranchi N.Puhan

(Member Coordinator)

Prof Shakunthala Gurusiddaiah


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