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Sri Padmavathi Womens Degree College, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
Sri Padmavathi Womens Degree College, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
Tirupati (District Chittoor)
Andhra Pradesh, India
Sri Padmavathi Womens Degree College, Tirupati Andhra Pradesh is a recognised institute / college.
Sri Padmavathi Womens Degree College, Tirupati Andhra Pradesh is situated in Tirupati of Andhra Pradesh state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.
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NAAC report of Sri Padmavathi Womens Degree CollegeSECTION 1: INTRODUCTION
Sri Padmavathi Women's Degree College was established in the year 1952 by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) Trust Board at Tirupati with the intention of providing higher education to the women students of Tirupati and its neighbouring localities at an affordable cost. Initially the college was named as Sri Venkateswara College, which was later changed to Sri Padmavathi Women's Degree College. It is a government aided institution and is affiliated to Sri Venkateswara University (SVU), Tirupati. It received UGC recognition under sections 2(f) and 12 (B) in 1952 and 1954 respectively.
The College campus is spread over an area of 32 acres of land with scenic beauty facing the nearby hills of Eastern Ghats adorning the temple of Lord Venkateswara, the spiritual heritage of the area. The college imparts undergraduate (UG) education both in Telugu and English media in the faculties of Arts, Science and Commerce. At present the college is having 25 teaching departments comprising of 09 Science, 09 Humanities and Social Sciences, one Home Science and one Commerce and 05 Language departments.
The College had a very modest beginning with only 08 students and 04 teachers in the inaugural year. Since then, the college has grown steadily and has established itself as one of the reputed institutions in the region. The student enrolment strength is 2805 during 2006-07, out of which 757 students belong to SC category, 127 to ST, 1022 to BC and rest belong to the general category.
The College has adequate accommodation for the present academic activities and also space for future expansion. The existing infrastructural facilities include Central Library, Laboratories, Class Rooms, Seminar Hall, Hostels, Canteen, Super Bazaar, Home Science Cottage, Women's Centre etc. About 45% of students are accommodated in the college hostels.
The College has 120 teaching faculties with 75 permanent lecturers,
42 on-contract lecturers and 03 guest lecturers. There are 56 non-teaching staff including 04 technical personnel. The unit cost of education for the year 2005-06 is Rs. 11,512/- including the salary component and Rs.2704/- without it.
Sri Padmavathi Women's Degree College volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore, and submitted its Self Study Report (SSR) in December, 2006. NAAC constituted a Peer Team comprising Prof. Surabhi Banerjee, Vice-Chancellor, Netaji Subhas Open University, Kolkata, as Chairperson , Dr. B.S. Srikanta, Principal, RBANMS First Grade College, Bangalore as Member and Prof. Mamata Satapathy, Former Prof.& Head and UGC Emeritus Fellow, Department of Physics, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar as Member Coordinator to visit the institution and validate the SSR submitted by the college. Dr. Latha Pillai, Adviser, NAAC acted as internal coordinating officer.
The Peer Team visited the College on 28th and 29th December, 2006. During the institutional visit, the Team went through relevant documents, visited the departments and all infrastructural facilities in the college, and interacted with the Principal, the Faculty, Non-teaching Staff, Students, Parents, and Alumni and other stakeholders of the college. Based on the above exercise and keeping in mind, the seven criteria identified by NAAC for accreditation, the Peer Team is pleased to give its objective assessment of the college in the following paragraphs.
SECTION 2: CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
Sri Padmavathi Women's Degree College at Tirupati was established with the objective of promoting women's education, especially in the Rayalseema region of Andhra Pradesh (AP). Its aim is to train young women to achieve academic excellence, imbibe social and cultural values, develop creative skills and mould their character. The College is striving hard to achieve its goals and objectives through curricular,
co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
The College offers 09 UG programs in Arts faculty, 01 in Commerce and 09 in Science faculty. Some of the combinations are offered in both English and Telugu media. The various programme options available to the students are as per the university regulations. The students are required to choose a second language out of Hindi, Telugu, Sanskrit and Tamil. Among the non core options, the college offers Indian Heritage & Culture, Science & Civilisation for all the first year UG students and Environmental Science for all the second year UG students as per the norms of the affiliating university. Some of the courses such as Computer Science, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Electronics, Psychology, Social Work offered by the college have better employment potential. The courses in Social Work and Sociology promote community orientation amongst the students. During the last five years the college has introduced three new courses in Biotechnology, Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics and Computer Science.
The College being affiliated to SV University, Tirupati, follows the syllabi and curricula prescribed by the university. Although some of the senior teachers of the college are members and chair persons of Board of Studies, there is little scope for them to make any substantial changes in the curricula. However, the university periodically reviews and modifies the curricula to keep pace with new developments in the subjects. The regulation of the university does not have the provision for flexibility in time frame and horizontal mobility.
Practical classes, field works and projects in some of the subjects are important components of the curriculum. The introduction of the on-line practical examination in General English by the university for first and second year UG students is note worthy. The academic programmes offered by the institution are in consistent with the mission statement of the college.
Formal mechanisms to obtain feedback from academic peers and employers are yet to be developed in the college and need to be addressed expeditiously. The Institution and Industry interaction needs to be initiated to enable the students to get practical experience in the relevant areas of their study and thereby enhance the prospects of their employment.
The college also conducts co-curricular and extra-curricular activities to complement the academic programmes and to promote holistic development of the students.
Criterion II: Teaching- Learning and Evaluation
Students are selected for admission to various programmes through their academic records strictly in accordance with the reservation policy of the State government. The institution adopts transparent procedure in admissions. Special quota for physically challenged students has been ear marked. . Some preferences in admission are also given to the students with proficiency in sports, NCC and other activities. Ten percent of the total seats are reserved as Management quota.
The academically weaker students are identified and remedial coaching is done in an informal manner. Bright students are given additional assignments and are also encouraged to take up project works related to the syllabus.
As per the university regulations, the college follows annual system. The teaching plan is drawn up in the beginning of the academic session. Every teacher maintains an academic diary, which is monitored by the Principal and Heads of the departments. The teachers follow mostly the conventional mode of classroom teaching, which is sometimes supplemented by the use of charts, models, OHP and LCD. Some departments have adopted learner-centred method of teaching under which the students have to take up projects and participate in seminars, quizzes, model preparation, group discussion etc. Experts and guest lecturers are sometimes invited from University and other neighbouring institutions to share their expertise and practical skills with the students.
Ward-Tutor system has been there in the college. Each teacher is assigned 30 students whom the teacher offers counselling on academic and personal problems.
To assess the academic progress of the students, each department conducts regular class tests, half yearly and pre-final examinations. The overall performance of the students is reviewed annually by the Principal and the faculty and remedial measures are undertaken.
The College has at present 75 permanent teachers, 42 on-contract teachers,
03 guest teachers working on hourly basis. In the last academic year the college has 206 working days, out of which 180 were teaching days. The College functions from
10 am to 5 pm.
The teachers are recruited as per the rules and regulations of the University and State government. The College Management has the freedom to engage temporary/part-time teachers and guest faculty from its own resources.
The College encourages teachers to participate in national/international conferences, seminars, workshops etc. In addition, all the teachers are required to attend refresher and orientation courses organized by universities and other institutions of higher learning as per the UGC norms. As yet the college has not organized any national or state level seminars. However it has hosted three Refresher courses in English, Economics and Commerce organized by the Academic Staff College of SV University. It has also hosted a state level workshop for Correspondents, Principals and Co-ordinators of aided degree colleges conducted by Directorate of Higher Education, Hyderabad on
4th November 2006. During the last five years, 04 teaching faculty members have availed the facility for higher studies and research under the Faculty Improvement Program (FIP) of UGC. Some of the teachers of the college have been trained in usage of computers, through the informal training programme conducted by the Computer Science department. In addition, the management also deputes the staff for training programmes conducted by Sri Venkatesawara Employees Training Academy.
Four members of the teaching staff of the College have received the State Best Teacher Awards from the Government of Andhra Pradesh during the last five years.
The College has not yet adopted self-appraisal method of evaluation of its faculty as per UGC guidelines. However, the Principal maintains the Confidential Report (CR) of each faculty which is used during promotion. The College has introduced recently a mechanism for obtaining feedback from the students on the performance of the teachers. Formal mechanism for follow up action on the feedback has not yet been developed.
As such the College has no formal national/international linkages with universities, institutions of higher learning, industries etc. However some of the departments have initiated efforts towards establishing academic contacts with various institutions, universities, industries and hospitals to impart training for the students.
The College also encourages students to participate in cultural activities. Many students have participated in cultural programmes at the university/state levels and have brought laurels to the institution.
Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
Sri Padmavathi Women's Degree College is an affiliated college with only UG teaching programmes. However, research culture has begun to take its root in the college mainly due to many research qualified faculty members. Out of 120 teachers, 38 teachers have Ph.D and 22 M.Phil degrees. Some teachers are pursuing research and publishing papers in standard journals, magazines and news papers. During the last five years, teachers of the college have published 12 papers in international journals, 48 papers in refereed national journals and 15 in college journals and published 07 books. During this period, faculty members have also presented 49 papers in national seminars and 10 in international seminars/conferences. One member of the Commerce faculty guides a research scholar of the S.V. University. Although the college does not have research programme of its own, it encourages its teachers to carry out research for M.Phil and Ph.D degrees in other institutions. The College has not yet undertaken any research projects sponsored by national funding agencies like UGC, DST, CSIR, and DBT etc. except the commerce department where one minor and one major research projects with total outlay of about Rs. 3.7 lakhs have been completed. The College is yet to provide consultancy services through the expertise of its faculty members.
The College undertakes various extension activities through its departments, NSS, NCC and Youth Red-Cross (YRC) units independently and sometimes in association with NGO's. The extension activities of the college centre around the community development work by way of organizing seminars on AIDS Awareness, Environmental Awareness, Consumer Awareness, Family Resource Management, Adult Education and Literacy, Blood Donation Camps and taking part in Janmabhoomi programmes. The students and teachers of some departments visit orphanages, old age homes, schools of physically challenged and render help to the inmates. Some students takes-up study projects relating to social issues and health related subjects. The College adopts nearby villages to provide social service training to the students. The College has three NSS units with 400 volunteers. The NSS volunteers are involved in providing Food & Clothes through an NGO to the street children.
Two NCC wings with 160 cadets of Army and Air wing. The NCC cadets have taken part in the Republic Day parade at New Delhi and have been awarded medals and cash prizes.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The College campus with beautiful natural landscaping is spread over an area of 32 acres of land in the heart of Tirupati town. The built in area of the college building is 28,142 Sq.Metre. At present, the college has adequate infrastructure for ongoing programmes. The campus comprises of 54 class rooms, 20 well equipped laboratories, library, well maintained Home Management Cottage, Gymnasium, super bazaar, canteen, play grounds, meeting hall, room for yoga and meditation, hostels and health centre, a non-resident student centre and an open air Theatre.
The maintenance of the buildings and other physical facilities are undertaken by the Engineering department of the TTD Management. The college campus is fully utilized for its own activities. Occasionally the infrastructure and academic facilities are being utilized by external agencies like Govt. and Non-Govt. organizations for holding various examinations and social and cultural functions,
The College does not have a central computing facility of its own. However Andhra Pradesh Productivity Council has opened Computer Training Centre from 2001 with internet facility which is used by the students and staff of the college with nominal payment. The Computer Science department has two computer laboratories with 46 computers of P-III and P-IV configurations connected on LAN Network with internet facility. OHP, scanner, external CD writer are also available. Some of the departments have computers of their own which is mostly used for administrative work. The College computers are maintained on Annual Maintenance Contract.
The College also possesses a reprographic machine in the office.
The College has a Central Library with 70,929 books. It has
separate reference and reading room sections. The Library subscribes to
58 journals and magazines and 8 daily news papers. The College has also kept 2614 back volumes of journals and some study materials for competitive examinations. The library works from 10 am to 5 pm on working days. The library has a Book Bank facility for the SC and ST students only. During the last two years the library has procured 1394 books and 116 journals/periodicals at a cost of Rs. 3.4 lakhs. An Advisory Committee has been appointed by the college to monitor the functioning of the library which is managed by a qualified librarian. The library has one computer with internet facility. As yet automation of the library has not been undertaken. In addition to the Central Library, some departments have created departmental libraries for the use of students and staff of the department.
Sri Padmavathi Women's Degree College has good infrastructure for sports and games. It has two courts each for ball badminton, tenni koit, volley ball, basket ball; one khokho court and two table tennis tables and one shuttle badminton indoor court. Other facilities include 200 metre track, high jump pit, shot put and javelin throw runway, broad jump and triple jump pit etc. The College has a moderately equipped Gymnasium. The College has also organized two Inter Collegiate Sports & Games Tournaments in collaboration with University and TTD Management during the last five years. Many students have participated in the regional, university, state and national level sports meets and have brought laurels to the college. The College also conducts Yoga & Meditation training programme for students on voluntary basis.
The College has five hostels with library, reading room, prayer hall etc. with sufficient accommodation for about 1200 students. There is a health centre with 10 beds under the care of a part-time doctor and a full time nurse.
The College has a Placement Cell which assists the students in career guidance and placement.
Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
The total student strength of the College in the year 2006-2007 is 2805; 1018 in B.A, 1060 in B.Sc and 727 in B.Com. Most of the students hail from Andhra Pradesh. The college claims that about 70% of the students go for further studies in other institutions and universities and the rest go for employment. During the last three years, 16 students got employment in IT and other sectors.
The College publishes updated prospectus and hand book annually. At the time of admission the students are provided with the College Hand book and Calendar containing all the relevant information about the college, courses, academic programs, fee structure, support services, physical and infrastructural facilities, hostel facilities and college rules etc.
The students' performance in the university examinations is satisfactory. Analysis of examination results show that the success rate for last three years ranges from 67% to 76% in B.A courses, 74% to 82 % in B.Sc and 72% to 44 % in B.Com. The drop out rate ranges from 04% to 05%. There is a gradual decline in the pass percentage of B. Com course. The College should take appropriate steps to improve the success rate of the students especially in the commerce stream.
Financial aids in the form of various scholarships like national merit, state merit, and social welfare scholarship for SC, ST, BC and physically challenged students are made available to the students of the College. In addition, 07 scholarships have been awarded by Tirupati Women's Association. Some other organizations also provide financial assistance to deserving students. 1033 students were awarded various scholarships during 2005-06.
The College has set up a Women's Centre, which offers training in tailoring, fabric painting, needle work and doll making. This promotes self employment amongst the students. The centre works from 8am to 2 pm.
The Alumni Association of the college was formed way back in 1964. The alumni are well placed in the society occupying coveted positions. The alumni participate in various college functions, render financial assistance to poor and needy students and have instituted endowment prizes and scholarships.
The College has provision for annual medical checkup for all the students. It organizes camps for free dental checkup. Doctors are invited to enlighten the students on diabetics, neurological problems, HIV awareness etc.
The College provides many recreational and leisure time facilities like indoor and outdoor games, environmental club, consumer club and journal club etc. It regularly organizes cultural activities, quiz, and debate and essay competitions. The students are encouraged to participate in the inter-university sports, games, dance competitions and cultural activities etc.
Criterion VI: Organization and Management
Sri Padmavathi women's Degree College is a grant-in-aid college and functions under the administrative control of the TTD Trust Board. The Management committee decides the policies, infrastructure development, budget etc. The Principal being the Head of the institution and a member of the Management Committee looks after the academic, financial and administrative matters. The Principal is assisted by the staff council consisting of all the Heads of the Departments in the decision making process. The College has an efficient internal coordination and management system. In order to coordinate and monitor various academic, administrative and welfare activities, the Principal has constituted a number of non-statutory committees like Admission Committee, Purchase Committee, Examination Committee, Library Committee etc, with responsible teaching and non-teaching staff members of the college. The Management ensures the smooth running of the college by holding monthly review meetings and working in the close contact with the Principal.
In addition, there is a College Planning and Development Committee with the Executive Officer of TTD as President and the Principal as Member Secretary. In addition there are 10 members drawn from TTD, College, Tirupati Municipality and from public. This is a very important committee, which prepares plans for various developmental works of the college and gives proposals for the same.
The College has introduced the system of collecting feedback from the students on the performance of the teachers. The College has not yet developed inbuilt mechanism, like feedback from parents, teachers, students and other stakeholders to check the work efficiency of its non-teaching staff. However the Principal maintains the confidential report of the teaching and non- teaching staff of the college, which are considered for their promotion.
The College by itself does not organize any staff development program for
non-teaching staff. However it deputes the non-teaching staff to attend training programmes conducted by SV Employee Training Academy of TTD.
The College has adopted the system for the internal audit by TTD and external audit by the Department of Higher Education, Andhra Pradesh. The external Audit by the Dept. of Higher Education has been done till 2000-2001
The current fee structure for various courses is fixed as per the State government and University rules. Any revision of fee is done with their permission. However, special fee revision is done as per the TTD rules.
The College staff can avail the supportive welfare schemes, offered by the TTD management like tuition fee exemption for the children of TTD employees, medical reimbursement, LTC, Earn leave encashment, loans and residential quarters. Students' welfare measures include financial aids to SC, ST, poor and meritorious students in terms of scholarships, fee exemption and annual health check up.
With the help of the Alumni and staff, the College has instituted some endowment medals, prizes and other incentives for the meritorious students and others showing proficiency in sports and extra-curricular activities. It is worth mentioning that the TTD has sanctioned a sum of Rs. 1 crore towards renovation of laboratories and improvement of other physical infrastructure facilities.
Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The College shows awareness of adopting many healthy practices to improve its overall performance in various spheres of activities of the college.
The College campus built in a serene location provides atmosphere conducive for study and research.
In partial fulfillment of its goals and objectives, the college has produced large number of educated women through quality teaching
Academic and personal counseling for the students are ably carried out through the tutor-ward system
The College is also offering vocational courses like tailoring, fabric painting, doll making, etc. through its Women Centre to enhance self employability of students.
Imbibing Community orientation and social responsibility among the students through extension activities and outreach programmes
Free medical check up for all the students.
The College provides free hostel accommodation and fee exemption to 39 blind and physically challenged students.
The toppers of first and second year university examinations are nominated as student representatives of the College Union and various Associations.
Guest lectures are organized by the departments
The College under takes several welfare measures like Book Bank facility and Poor Students Aid Fund
The College is imparting value-based education to the students by way of reciting verses from the puranas and explaining their meaning on every Friday during the Morning Assembly.
Efforts are being made by the College to make the students computer literates.
Staff members are encouraged to participate in value added education programs conducted by SVETA.
SECTION 3: OVERALL ANALYSIS
Since its inception the college has made substantial progress in terms of infrastructure both academic and physical. The institution has been successful in accomplishing the defined mission statement as a responsible institution by imparting higher education in the region. It has accomplished its mission to a large extent by empowering women in the region.
The team also appreciates the efforts of the college in promoting meaningful conducive atmosphere for teaching and learning. It has a potential to achieve greater heights.
The team has recorded its observations at appropriate criterion-wise assessment in
the above section. It would like to make the following suggestions for further improvement of the Institution.
The College may endeavour to use UGC support more effectively by exploring the possibility of introducing UGC sponsored Add-on Courses.
The College may take steps to introduce UG courses in Management, Fashion Technology, Interior Decoration, Journalism and Mass Communication and Performing Arts
The College may take steps to introduce PG courses such as Chemistry, English, Commerce, Psychology, Botany, Social Work on a priority basis
The College may also avail UGC support to organize state/national level seminars.
Feed back from academic peers and employers and follow up remedial action need to be developed
Modern teaching aids such as LCD projector with multimedia kits may be used more frequently for strengthening the teaching learning process.
Remedial coaching may be strengthened further and challenging learning tasks may be given to advanced learners.
Teachers may be encouraged to undertake minor research projects and also avail Faculty development programmes. They may also be encouraged to take up consultancy services on an honorary basis.
Computerization of library and office administration may be made in a phased manner.
Inter-library loan facility may be introduced.
The library may subscribe to more number of subject journals
Central Computer Facility with Internet may be provided. Also all the departments may be provided computers with internet facility
Reprographic facility may be provided in the library
Career guidance and placement activities may be professionalised.
Coaching may be provided to the students to appear for competitive & entrance examinations
Alumni Association's link with College may be strengthened further.
The College may take steps to establish Institute-Industry link.
The Peer Team would like to take this opportunity to express its appreciation and thanks for all the support and cooperation extended by the college in particular, the Principal and the Co-ordinator to the members of the Peer Team in the assessment and evaluation of the performance of the college.
Prof. Surabhi Banerjee (Chair-person)
Dr. Mamata Satapathy (Member Co-ordinator)
Mrs. G.P. Rajyalakshmi
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