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Government College (Chaura Maidan), Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Government College (Chaura Maidan), Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh, IndiaPin Code : 171004
Government College (Chaura Maidan), Shimla Himachal Pradesh is a recognised institute / college. Government College (Chaura Maidan), Shimla Himachal Pradesh is also known as Rajiv Gandhi Govt Degree College, Chaura Maidan, Shimla.
Principal of Government College (Chaura Maidan), Shimla Himachal Pradesh is Dr (Mrs) Vimal Praveen Mahajan M.Sc, M.Phil, Ph.D (Chemistry) Gold Medalist.
Government College (Chaura Maidan), Shimla Himachal Pradesh is situated in Shimla of Himachal Pradesh state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. email ID(s) is
Website of Government College (Chaura Maidan), Shimla Himachal Pradesh is http://www.gccm.ac.in/.
Contact Details of Government College (Chaura Maidan), Shimla Himachal Pradesh are : Telephone: +91-1782-233021
About the College
Rajiv Gandhi Government Degree College, Chaura Maidan (Kotshera) Shimla -04 is one of the premier educational institution in Himachal Pradesh. Far from the madding crowd, the college is ideally situated in the lap of nature surrounded by towering deodars and multicolored rhododendrons. The college was established in 1986, and since then it has grown steadily in infrastructure as well as in student strength, which has now gone above two thousand. It is a co-education college and has complete facilities in Humanities, Science,Commerce,Computer Applications, Journalism & Mass Communication,Tourism and Travel and Fine Arts. The college has a rare distinction in offering subjects such as Tourism and Travel Management and Journalism and Mass Communication to the envy of other institutions in the city.
To provide stimulus and direction to the students to turn their potential into reality, a team of dedicated members of staff works tirelessly. The college has taken majestic strides on the path of excellence in academics,sports,cultural and co-curricular activities. We aim at holistic development of the students to make them life long learners by developing their skills as effective communicators,progressive in approach and principled citizens. We are sure of their bright and scintillating future. We understand that education is a debt due from present to future generations and it is a transmission of civilization.
Albert Einstein puts it,"It is the art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expressions and knowledge". Various clubs and societies benefit students by organizing seminars,debates,quiz competitions etc. to bring out the hidden talent and potential in the students,which is the sole end of education. In today's globalized world, the college is aware of its responsibilites of imparting quality education to enrich the young minds to face the challenges of life ahead.
An institute is a temple of learning where we worship the Goddess of knowledge. We-the Principal, Staff and Students offer our worship here in the form of hardwork, dedication and endeavor for excellence.
The college was started with full zeal and enthusiasm and the spirit still continues. Rajiv Gandhi Govt. Degree College has been in the service of quality education in Shimla for the last 27 years. The college stands fully prepared today to meet the challenges of changing times with the mission of producing talented and formidable human resource for the country. Students here are imparted value based education with a holistic approach and an emphasis on total personality development.
Students are encouraged here to participate in academic
and co-curricular activities. In the present scenario of
fast development of global technology and advancement in
education system, it is imperative that all college students should have a firm education in science, humanities, commerce and various career-oriented courses so that they can face the challenges of modern technology. Seminars, competitions, cultural, NSS, NCC and sports activities are carried out throughout the year in the college campus
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Government College (Chaura Maidan), Shimla Himachal Pradesh runs course(s) in Degree, Computer Applications, Arts, Commerce, Science stream(s).
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NAAC report of Government College (Chaura Maidan)Section 1: Introduction
Government College, Chaura Maidan, Shimla was established as an extension of Government College, Sanjouli (Shimla) in 1984 as single faculty institute. The college continued to make strides, with the result that Government decided to grant this institute an independent status in 1986, when the commerce faculty was also introduced. In 1994, the science classes were further added. It is gratifying to see that this college today has approximately 1500 students on its roll giving education to both boys and girls.
The college is located in the Capital city of Himachal Pradesh, viz., Shimla. It had enjoyed a prominent status since British rule, when the Britishers made it their Summer Capital. Since then, the city had been showing phenomenal growth. The Himachal Pradesh after acquiring full-fledged status of the State, made Shimla as its Capital. It is thus not difficult to visualize development and growth of Shimla in all spheres. The location of the college is amidst green hills with pure air and with nature at its best. It is spread over an area of four acres of land.
Government College, Chaura Maidan, Shimla volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council by submitting their self-study report in April 2003. National Assessment and Accreditation Council constituted an expert committee to visit the college and validate its self-study report. The Peer Team comprises Prof. H.S. Soch, former Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar, Punjab, Dr. A. K. Indrayan, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar, Uttaranchal, and Dr. V. K. Saluja, Principal, Mata Gujri Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh as members. The team visited the institution for two days i.e. from 20th to 21st August, 2003. Mr. B. S. Ponmudiraj Assistant Adviser, NAAC ably coordinated the entire programme successfully.
The Peer Team carefully perused and analyzed the self-study report submitted by the institute. During the actual visit, Peer Team went through the relevant documents, visited the departments and interacted with the various constituents of the institution. The academic, co-curricular, extra-curricular, sports and other facilities of the institution were duly looked into. The Peer Team also interacted at length with the Principal, faculties, students, non-teaching staff, parents and alumni of the institution. Based on the above exercise and keeping in mind the criteria identified by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, the Peer Team has taken up the assessment and accreditation of the college.
Section 2: Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
Government College, Chaura Maidan, Shimla is providing undergraduate education in the Faculties of Arts, Science and Commerce. There are twenty-three departments. In the Faculty of Science; Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology and Mathematics are taught. In Commerce, there are fifteen papers spread over three years. In the faculty of Arts 17 Departments are there. It was informed by the Principal that this is the only College in the State which is providing all subjects if Fine Arts excepting dance. In addition the College is providing vocational course in Tourism and Travel Management.
The courses are designed by the Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. The college does not have any role in designing the curriculum. Some teachers are members of the different academic bodies but, in general, it is felt by the teachers that the curriculum designing basically is in the hands of the university teachers, with the result that the colleges are more or less helpless in restructuring or redesigning the curriculum. The college has claimed that the Department of English was able to participate actively in the Board of Studies meetings where they were successful in introducing Grammar and Composition in the subject of Compulsory English.
The college has not been able to start any self-financing course as per U.G.C. guidelines as it is difficult for the Government colleges to start a new course unless the State Government grants them the necessary permission and the finances. The college has, however, started a vocational course, i.e. Tourism and Travel Management.
Criterion II: Teaching-Learning and Evaluation
The college has adopted satisfactory Teaching Learning and Evaluation System. The teaching faculty of the college is strong and well-qualified. There are 75% teachers who are holding the degree of Ph.D. and M.Phil. It is gratifying to see that out of 42 teachers, 31 teachers are holding the research qualification.
The college has followed the admission policy as stipulated by the State Government and in accordance with the procedure laid down by the University. The college selects the students for admission on the basis of their academic record. The college assesses the students' knowledge and skills after admission through written, oral, objective type tests, assignments etc. Under the 9th plan, the college was able to avail assistance from U.G.C. to provide bridge/remedial remedial courses to the educationally disadvantaged students through continuous assessment tests, extending required support by extra coaching, individual attention and counselling. Likewise, the teacher facilitate the advanced learners in advance study and work related activities. They are assigned more challenging tasks than those of the rest. They are also encouraged to participate in different kinds of competitions which would enable them to improve their learning in quality and in magnitude. The college monitors overall performance of the students to ensure the achievement of the course objectives. The quarterly tests are conducted
The conventional lecture method is followed in the arts and language classes. However, in departments of Botany, Zoology and other Sciences, the teachers use models, charts, overhead projectors from time to time. Sometimes, the teachers also hold group discussions and quiz sessions with the students. Working days of the college in a year are normally 237, out of which the teaching days extend upto 173. Every teacher is required to take a teaching load of 16 hrs. every week. There are only two part-time teachers who are engaged to meet the extra teaching load. The ratio of teaching to non-teaching staff is 21:5. It is heartening to see that 95% of the classes are taught by the full-time faculty. The participation of the teachers in attending seminars, conferences, workshops is satisfactory. Seven teachers had participated at the national level and two at the international level.
The college prepares academic calendar of the year in the light of the university guidelines. Time table and classes are allocated right in the beginning of the session. The Heads hold the meeting of their departments where the details of the curriculum completion are finalized. It was heartening to note that the academic calendar is followed in letter and spirit. The college recruits the teaching staff on contract / lecture basis out of Amalgamated Fund or PTA fund. This is done after the sanction is obtained from the State Government in the beginning of the session. Names of the persons to be interviewed are obtained from the Employment Exchange, interviews are held and selection rules of the Government are followed in appointing lecturers on ad hoc / contract basis. The normal recruitment of the teachers is made by the State Government through Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission as per their procedure and guidelines.
The college carries on with the appraisal reports of the lecturers by the Principal on the basis of their work and conduct, annual confidential reports and the results. Adverse reports / comments are conveyed to the lecturers with a view to improve them in future.
Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The college presently is conducting only the undergraduate courses in different streams. It definitely needs to start postgraduate programmes, if is interested in promoting research on the Campus. The academic research climate will be created only when there are postgraduate teaching programmes and the college subscribes many journals, magazines on different subjects, which are providing articles in research going on in different fields and supply latest information. No doubt, the number of Ph.D. teachers is very encouraging but the number of scholars pursuing Ph.D. under their guidance is virtually non-existent. Some teachers, however, are showing research aptitude by getting their research articles published in standard journals in spite of the fact that a conducive environment to that effect is not available.
The college provides study leave as per norms of the UGC under Faculty Improvement Programme and Teacher Fellowship schemes. Most of the teachers have completed their Ph.D. without getting any kind of study leave. The college provides some flexibility in the teaching schedule to facilitate research activities of the teachers who are pursuing their Ph.D. programmes. The college is not providing any seed money to the teachers for pursuing their research and also not providing any kind of financial support to the research students. There is no research project, minor or major, going on in the college at this time.
There is no well-defined system of consultancy being provided by the college on payment basis. However, some lecturers go as resource persons by way of providing teacher-orientation in different educational organizations. There is no full-time designated person for extension activities. However, a teacher is given an additional charge. The college is providing some extension activities like community development, health and hygiene awareness, medical camps, blood donation camps, environment awareness, women empowerment, etc. The college encourages the volunteers of NSS and students of NCC to reach the society with their designed programmes.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college has five blocks having fifty-four rooms in all. There are fifteen spacious classrooms, five Science laboratories, three laboratories for Fine Arts, a room for Library, a Reading room, two Music rooms, a Common room for women students, a room each for sports, NCC, NSS, CSC, two rooms for the administrative staff and two rooms for Principal's office. Few quarters for class-IV employees are also available. The plan of the building is approved. The maintenance of the infrastructure is basically done through Public Works Department of State Government. A portion of the Amalgamated Fund and PTA Fund is utilized for up keeping of the institution. The college authorities try to keep the campus beautiful, clean and pollution free.
There are two NSS Units in the college comprising 310 volunteers. They organize 10-days camp every year and try to reach the society through these camps. They also learn to keep the campus clean and create an awareness amongst their fellow students to learn the civic sense. The NSS volunteers go to the villages, interact with the rural population and help the rural people to improve their rural life in different walks of life. The volunteers also donated blood during International Blood Donation Day.
There is a Canteen Committee that looks to the food being served in the college canteen, especially, from the point of view of cleanliness, sanitation, food hygiene, food handling, etc. The college authorities have put up the Notice Boards at various places and walls are not allowed to be defaced in any way.
The College has established a Women Study Cell last year with a lady Professor as Incharge. Some women teachers from other departments are made the members. It was gratifying to say that some men students are also involved. This Cell helps the women students by way of counselling, by solving their problems and grievances, if any. It also prepares them for women empowerment.
There is a good Library on the campus with as many as thirteen thousand books in different subjects. It works for 240 days and for six hours every day. They have the facilities of photostat machine. In the last two years, 632 books were added and approximately 1.25 lakh rupees were spent on procuring books in different subjects and subscribing various journals. The stock checking of the library is done every year. The college has not yet taken up step to computerize the library so that better library services could be offered to the students. It is hoped that the college will soon take up work in this direction.
The college does not have big grounds for the games like Hockey, Athletics, Cricket, Kho-Kho, Kabaddi, etc. The students play in the city grounds. However, they have a basketball ground on the campus. The college also provides facilities for the students to play Table Tennis, Volleyball, Badminton etc. at the campus. The college provides playing kits, suits, track suits to the players. The refreshment and daily allowances are also given to them during the matches and coaching camps. It is heartening to see that during sports tournament held by H.P. University last year the performance of the college in sports activities is quite encouraging. Four students have obtained positions at the State Level, two at the Regional level and one at the National Level. The college was declared as Runners up in Hockey and Kho-Kho of Himachal Pradesh University. The Boxing team also won four medals. Nine students represented the University and the State in the Inter-University and National Level Championships.
Another remarkable performance shown is in the NCC. There are fifty-three NCC cadets on roll, out of which, two cadets participated in the National Integration Camps and twenty-five cadets participated in the Combined Annual Training Camp at Shah Talai (Bilaspur).
The performance of the college in cultural activities deserves a special mention. The students have participated in Debates, Declamation, Elocution, Poetry Competitions, Symposiums, etc. They had also taken part in the Inter-College Competition in Music, Dance, Theatre items, etc.
The college brings out a magazine 'Abhay Jyoti' annually in which the students get an opportunity to develop their creativity in writing.
Criterion V: Students Support and Progression
The college publishes its updated prospectus every year. It contains the details about the courses , rules and regulations of the admission, the details of the fee structure, the college calendar of the year, the availability of scholarships, admission rules and regulations of the college hostels, the various services available on the college Campus and guidelines for admission. It is quite a comprehensive document and enlightens every student of the rules and regulations of the college life during the study programme. The details of financial aid and concessions available as per rules of the Central Government and State Government are mentioned. In addition, they have some scholarships provided by certain organizations and donors. Some concessions are available for the children of Tibetan community. Twenty-eight students roughly get these scholarships.
Some of its students have joined the State and Central services. However, no definite record is available with the college office. The College does not have any definite procedure to maintain any record of students vis-a-vis progression to employment, further study and also the various tests like UGC-CSIR (NET), GATE, TOEFL, etc.
The college is providing many leisure time facilities like indoor games, dance, music competitions, fine art activities, etc. The college has facilities for students to learn sculpture making - Commercial Art, etc.
Criterion VI: Organization and Management
This being a Govt. College is controlled by the Directorate of Education of Himachal Pradesh State. It is cent-percent funded by the Govt. The Principal enjoys all powers pertaining to local administration of the college. However, the powers of transfer, discipline, award of senior scale, selection scale, study leave, etc. of the employees vest with the State Govt.
At the college level, the Principal has constituted a College Council headed by herself comprising of Heads of the Departments, Dean Students' Welfare, Secretary, Staff Council, Burser, Hostel Warden and two teacher representatives. This Council meets occasionally and plays an important role related to discipline, grievances of the staff, students and infrastructural developments. The college has also constituted a committee which makes recommendations for the general improvement of the Campus in which PTA also plays an important role. It makes recommendation on the maintenance and improvement in the college buildings, and improving the academic climate of the college in providing different kinds of services to the students. The college has also constituted a committee to study ways and means to improve the work efficiency of non-teaching staff.
The college accounts are audited by the Audit Department. There are no major objections. Minor objections, if any, are normally removed before the next audit is done.
The college has many welfare programmes for the teaching and non-teaching staff. There is a Group Insurance Scheme, scheme for providing different kinds of loans to the employees.
Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The faculty in the college is striving towards realizing the goal of imparting quality education and for which many healthy practices have been established.
Election for this college Central Students' Association is held every year in a harmonious and peaceful manner. They help the administration in arriving at vital decisions for the improvement of the college and for solving problems of the students.
The students are encouraged to participate in various activities with a view to help them in development of all-round personality.
Proctorial duties are assigned to the teachers in the beginning of each session.
The college maintains immaculate records of students admission, examinations and results.
The college conducts extension lectures on morality and other important aspects where guest Speakers are invited to deliver the lectures.
The Women Cell undertakes women empowerment and women upliftment programmes.
The college is publishing the annual magazine 'Abhay Jyoti' that provides scope for creativity development of the students.
Section 3: Overall Analysis
The college started as an extension of Government College, Sanjouli with 200 students on roll today has approximately 1500 students studying on the Campus. The college is quite happy with the increased number of the students in spite of many constraints.
The college is helpless in designing the course curriculum as this is determined and decided by the Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. The college authorities in letter and spirit follow the curriculum programme. The faculty of Arts continues to attract the students, however, the number of students is falling in Faculty of Science and that of Commerce which is concerning.
The teaching methodology still moves around using lecture method in general, however, there is a strong realization with the teachers that latest teaching technology needs to be implemented. Thus a shift from teacher-centred to pupil-centred education is desirable. The system of evaluation is in the hands of the Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla which conducts the examinations, declares the results and also awards the diplomas and degrees etc.
The staff in general is highly qualified as more than 75% of them have obtained the degree of M.Phil. and / or Ph.D. However, the academic climate of the college is not providing any sensitization of the faculty to research activities. They can easily come up and apply for major / minor research projects to the UGC.
The computerization work in the office and the Library has not yet started. It will be appreciated if the office staff gets training in computer application skills.
The college does not have any provision for postgraduate teaching nor it has well-equipped library. It has thus resulted into neglect of research activities. Thus the required kind of research climate is yet to take place in the real sense. There is no scope for any kind of consultancy by the college as there is neither an industry in the adjoining areas nor are people involved in any professional area other than horticulture. The college is doing its best for the promotion of extension work in backward areas through NSS, Literacy Programmes, AIDS awareness, Blood Donation Camps etc.
There are sufficient number of scholarships, fee concessions etc. which are given to the needy and poor students in addition to ST/SC/BC students.
This being a Government institution, is cent-percent funded by the State. The college Principal has to work within the parameters laid down by the State Government. He is not permitted to go in for any resource mobilization. The grievance redressal mechanism is working satisfactorily with the help of senior teachers. The various kinds of loans to the teaching and non-teaching staff are made available according to the State Government policy. The college Principal has decentralized his powers to the Committees which work as per need arising from time to time.
The college is striving to provide quality education in consonance with the aims and objectives of the State policy.
The College at large satisfies the norms set by U.G.C. However, to meet with the ever challenging requirements of the students, the Institution should make the following improvements:
The college authorities should take up the matter to start some Post Graduate classes with the State Govt. The college has the necessary infrastructure, the human resource and the faculty required for meeting this requirement.
In the faculty of Commerce, many combinations can be made available to the students if the College introduces subjects like Computer Application, Office Management and Secretarial Practices, Tax Procedures and practices for which U.G.C. gives financial assistance to the College.
Similarly, self-financing courses like home appliances repairing, farm machine repairs to be conducted by Physics / Electronics Departments; office administration, entrepreneurship to be conducted by Commerce Department. These courses will provide vocation for the students as well as resources for the development of the institution.
The teaching departments should participate in programmes like COSIP/COHSSIP/COSIST with the assistance of UGC.
It should approach the Horticulture Department for starting short-term Horticulture courses. This is the need of the region which has a strong horticulture base.
The college may constitute subject sub-committees to recommend the changes in the course curriculum so that these could be forwarded by the Principal to the Himachal Pradesh University for consideration.
The library system needs to be upgraded. The academic climate in the library could be improved by providing better furniture, better lighting system, a good reading room, micro-filming, cubicles for the staff and Internet facilities. The library also should start using the computer for cataloging and other library services. The college should subscribe standard journals and periodicals for its library.
The college should think if it can provide some kind of coaching to the students for competitive examinations meant for the middle rung jobs viz. in the sectors of banking, insurance, revenue services, police services, etc.
The college should approach the sports department for financing the college by way of better playgrounds and appoint coaches in different games. The college could approach University Grants Commission also for the sanction of grants for the construction of a multi-purpose gymnasium hall.
The college will do well in formulating feedback and evaluation from the stakeholders. Course / faculty evaluation by students will provide excellent inputs for the faculty to fine tune curriculum and skills. Similar feedback from alumni and peer institutions will provide quality continuum.
The college is advised to establish some linkages with institutes of higher learning within the State as well as outside the State. The faculty members should approach the different agencies to pursue the research and also to take up Minor Research Projects.
College needs to encourage teachers to attend National and International seminars / conferences / symposia in order to update their knowledge in their respective subjects.
The teachers need to publish research papers in National and International Journals.
The college teachers and students need to develop liaison with the society through different extension activities so that a strong link may be established between the college and the surrounding villages.
Alumni Association needs to be established and meetings of the Association be regularly held.
The college should strive to procure computers in all the Departments so as to meet the requirement as per the U.G.C. curriculum which has come into force.
The members of the Peer Team would like to place on record their sincere thanks to the Principal, faculty, non-teaching staff, students, parents and alumni for their support and assistance during the visit of NAAC Peer Team.
Prof. H.S. Soch
Prof. A. K. Indrayan
Dr. V. K. Saluja
(Dr. J. S. Negi)
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