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Government First Grade College Vijayanagar, Bangalore, Karnataka
Government First Grade College Vijayanagar, Bangalore, Karnataka
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7th Main, 3rd Cross, Hampinagar Ward, Vijayanagar
Bangalore (District Bangalore)
Karnataka, IndiaPin Code : 560036
Government First Grade College Vijayanagar, Bangalore Karnataka is a recognised institute / college.
Principal of Government First Grade College Vijayanagar, Bangalore Karnataka is Prof. C P Bahmanapad.
Government First Grade College Vijayanagar is situated in Bangalore of Karnataka state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Bangalore comes under Bengaluru (Bangalore) Tehsil, Bangalore District.
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Website of Government First Grade College Vijayanagar, Bangalore Karnataka is https://gfgc.kar.nic.in.
Contact Details of Government First Grade College Vijayanagar, Bangalore Karnataka are : 080-23302141
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CoursesGovernment First Grade College Vijayanagar, Bangalore Karnataka runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
B.A., M.A., MBA, M.Com, BBM, BBA, B.Com., B.Sc.
Approval details: Government First Grade College Vijayanagar is affiliated with Bangalore University, Bangalore (Karnataka)
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NAAC report of Government First Grade CollegeSECTION 1: INTRODUCTION
The Government First Grade College was started by the Government of Karnataka in 1985 to cater to the educational needs of students coming from a developing area, Vijayanagar at Bangalore. It offers three programmes- Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Business Management- under the academic leadership of University of Bangalore.
As one of the undergraduate Government colleges in Karnataka State the college functions as per the administrative norms prescribed by the Government under the direct supervision of the State Directorate of Collegiate Education, Bangalore.
The college located at the heart of Bangalore city extends to an area of 7378.02 square meters. It is affiliated to Bangalore University and has submitted its proposal to the University Grants Commission for getting recognition. The student enrolment of the college is 813 during the academic year 2002-2003. There are 15 permanent and 9 temporary teachers of which only one holds Ph. D. and two M. Phil. Degree.
The College though started to cater to the educational needs of students mostly coming from Vijaynagar area, at present enrolls students from rural areas in the vicinity of Bangalore. From its inception this college has been striving to evolve into one of the first grade colleges true to its name and with an objective to unfold the hidden talent of students through curricular and co-curricular activities. This college decided to approach the NAAC for its assessment and accreditation and submitted the Self-Study Report.
A peer team was constituted by the Council to visit the college and validate the Self-Study Report consisting of Prof. M. Malla Reddy, former Vice-Chancellor of Osmania University, as Chairperson, and Prof. V. R. Shirgurkar, former Principal, Smt. Parvatibai Chowgule Cultural Foundation's College of Arts and Sciences, Margao, Goa as a member. The team visited the college on 24th and 25th March 2003. Dr. Latha Pillai Advisor from NAAC coordinated the peer team visit to the college.
The peer team after detailed study of the various dimensions of the institution and going through the relevant supporting and infrastructure prepared the following report. As a part of the study the peer team interacted with the Principal and some members of the State Directorate of Collegiate Education, faculty, non-teaching staff, students, parents and alumni.
SECTION 2: CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The Government First Grade College is offering courses in three faculties-Arts, Commerce and Management. Under the management stream the college has admitted students to first year BBM course with effect from the academic year 2002-03. In the Arts stream the college offers courses in seven subjects-- History, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Kannada, English, and Journalism. Students of the BBM course have to offer, besides regular management subjects, any two of the following languages-English, Kannada, Hindi, Urdu, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu. However, the college does not provide instruction in these languages as the number of students offering them at the first year BBM is small and the Government does not permit the college to appoint teachers to teach them. It is interesting to note that the students are allowed to study any two languages privately and appear for examination. The peer team recommends that the minimum required instruction by recruiting qualified teachers in these languages should be arranged by the college , if necessary collecting reasonable additional fee from students.
The college follows the curricula for the B. A., B. Com. and B. B. M. courses prescribed by the Bangalore University. The college offers five subject combinations with flexibility with respect to elective and non-core options in the subjects in the Arts stream. The curricula are reviewed and updated as and when the Bangalore University revises them. Introducing new courses in the college takes about 12 months. One faculty member of the college participates in the curriculum building exercise undertaken by the Bangalore University as a member of the BOS.
The activities undertaken by the college and the diversified extra-curricular activities conducted through cultural associations reflect the goals and objectives of the college with a special focus on quality.
The college may develop a suitable mechanism for obtaining regular feedback from employers and academic peers. Departmental meetings could be arranged once in two months, to monitor the instructional schedule. Periodically scheduled subject workshops will help the college in implementing the curricula effectively. Seminars, special lectures, project assignments and summer placements will help in promoting proper perspective and insight into the real world of commerce and industry.
Academic planning by each department and cultural association , teaching assistantships, student-conducted workshops and faculty exchange programmes are some of the innovative practices that can be suggested for the enrichment and effective implementation of curricular programmes.
The college may explore the possibility of introducing (i) degree course in 'Applied Economics' which has good job prospects, (ii) short-term Certificate courses preferably during evening hours in some applied areas of commerce and business administration such as e-commerce, e-governance, financial analysis, capital market studies etc., and (iii) more extension-lectures and special-lectures on current economic and financial matters and also ethical aspects of trade, industry and commerce. The college can invite competent resource persons from Bangalore itself for all such programmes. The degree and the certificate courses suggested could well be organised on self-financing basis.
Criterion II: Teaching- Learning and Evaluation
The teaching-learning process at Government First Grade College seems to be dominated by the traditional lecture method. During its interaction with teachers and students, the peer team found that they are in favour of dictation of notes in the class. The UGC stipulated minimum of 180 teaching days is observed. The teaching days of the college on an average are 199.
The admission process followed by the college is transparent. Students are admitted on the basis of the marks obtained by them in the qualifying examinations. Students and parents are interviewed by the college admission committee and provided guidance about the selection of papers and the career- options. This is a commendable practice followed by the college. The college follows all the rules framed by the Government of Karnataka and the Bangalore University pertaining to admissions to students.
The college helps the educationally disadvantaged students by organizing special coaching classes for them in the subjects of English and Commerce. The peer team suggests that the college should document all such initiatives properly.
Teachers should prepare teaching plans in the beginning of the year. If this exercise is carried out properly by each department the entire teaching-learning process will become more productive and meaningful. The process should be effectively monitored and appraised at various levels.
The teaching-workload of teachers is 16 clock hours as per the guidelines specified by the UGC. Teachers are involved in the college administration for 12 hours per week through various committees appointed by the Principal.
The Karnataka Public Service Commission recruits teachers on the basis of their merit following the policy of reservation and roaster system. A college selection committee headed by the Principal is authorized to appoint lecturers on part time basis. However, such appointments require approval from the Directorate of the Collegiate Education.
Apart from the government prescribed annual self-appraisal, the college has adopted its own system of teacher-evaluation by students. It is used by teachers for improving their teaching skills.
The college follows a combination of continuous and annual examination systems through mid term and pre- final tests, and annual evaluations. The success rate at B. A. and B.Com. examinations in 2002 was80% and 28.7%. Success rate at B. Com. needs to be improved by providing remedial coaching to the third year students.
The college may effectively develop a Student-Centered Teaching- Learning Model by gradually replacing a teacher-dominated one. Projects, field-visits, summer placements can form an important part of teaching learning process.
If under-performing students are given additional help in the beginning itself, they will be able to cope up with their studies very well during the remaining part of the year. Remedial teaching can be extended on compulsory basis to a large number of students from Third Year classes prior to the final university examination for improving the quality of results.
The present teacher student ratio is not adequate to pay individual attention in the classroom and outside the class room. Despite the fact that the students at the graduate level can pursue the programme through self study the importance of adequate instructional support can not be ignored. In the light of this background, creation of more positions on full-time/part time basis may be viewed as a priority decision.
Criterion III : Research, Consultancy and Extension
Only one teacher holds Ph. D. and two M. Phil. Degree from 15 permanent and 9 temporary teachers appointed by the college. It is noted that that 3 scholars have registered for Ph. D. Teachers working in the department-Kannada are engaged in good number of publication of papers and books. Teachers from other departments should be encouraged to do research and publish.
The extension activities undertaken by the college are commendable. The broad areas covered under such activities include community services and social work, health and hygiene awareness, AIDS awareness, medical camps and blood-donation camps, adult education and literacy, environmental awareness etc. They are carried out through the college NSS unit with 260 volunteers including 86 female students. The college has appointed a teacher to hold additional charge of the NSS activities along with his regular job responsibilities.
The students of the college work with organisations like Neravu and Peace Quest, the Bangalore University Employment Information Centre and the Kannada Sahitya Parishad.
Criterion IV : Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college has successfully set up adequate facilities for running its courses effectively over an extensive area of 7378.02 sq. mts. at a central location in Bangalore. The college building is very impressive and well maintained. It has a modern, clean, colourful look.
The college has a central library with separate reading rooms for boys and girls, a small playground, sports facilities including a badminton court, a bore well, parking facility for staff and students and adequately furnished class rooms- all designed to meet the functional needs of the institution.
To meet the future needs of the college the Principal has submitted his proposal for construction of six additional rooms on the campus to the PWD. They are also planning to construct an auditorium in near future. It is commendable to note that the Principal has made efforts to improve the infrastructure through donations.
As this college is a Government institution, its infrastructure is maintained by the Public Works Department of the Government of Karnataka. Day to day maintenance is taken care of by deploying the class IV employees for cleaning the campus. The peer team is happy to note that the Principal of the college has successfully involved members of staff and students, especially the NSS group- in developing landscaping on the campus. Because of their efforts the ambience of the campus is very impressive.
The college library has 10,618 books. It is kept open from 10 am to 5pm. It has a book bank with 2486 books to support 100 SC/ST students every year. The peer team found that college has added 424 books in 2000-2001 and 515 books in 2001-2002.
The peer team suggests that the college should strengthen its library further to meet the growing needs of student- population. The college does not subscribe for any academic journals except Indian Management and Yojana. At least 20 to 25 additional selected journals should be made available to students and staff. As the cost of books has increased significantly these days the college outlay on library needs to be stepped up. Students suggested that reprographic facility should be provided in the library.
Given that the college runs courses in three branches it should have a much-needed facility of computer centre of its own with sufficient number of computers networked by LAN. Students feel that they should be able to use this facility not only to do their curricular practicals, but also for preparation of presentations and completing assignments. Every student enrolled for commerce and management courses should be trained in making power point presentations. Efforts should also be made to provide Internet facilities to students on the campus. The college may develop its own web site to remain in tune with the requirements of the fast changing times.
The college provides sports facilities for Volley Ball, Kabaddi, Kho Kho, Badminton, Chess, etc. Outstanding sportsmen are given prizes and awards. Many sportspersons have performed well at the University and state level competitions. The peer team interacted with the members of the sports council and the coaches and found that the students are very happy with the facilities offered by the college for the promotion of sports. The college has given good results in the intercollegiate and state level competitions.
The facility of a health center is not available on the campus. However, informal arrangements could be made to take help from local hospital/ practitioner for the benefit of the staff and students at nominal cost.
It is further suggested that the college should construct hostels for male and female students. About 50 male and 60 female students need this facility.
Criterion V : Student Support and Progression
The college has developed certain procedures in the field of student support and progression. Students are admitted at the entry point - at the First Year level - with a minimum of 35 percent marks in the qualifying examination. Progression to higher education rate varies with subjects offered by students at B. A. / B. Com. For students of Kannada it is 5% whereas for those who complet4e their B. A. Political Science it is 10%.The peer team could not get information about the employment rate. There is scope for structuring special courses for students desiring to appear for various competitive examinations such as IAS, GRE etc. Efforts should also be made to keep track of students clearing these examinations by maintaining proper record.
The peer team found that teachers are involved in personal counselling to students in an informal manner. The same should be formally institutionalized. The college may take steps to strengthen its career guidance and a placement cell further to help students get summer placements. Through this activity the college will be able to build good linkages with the local industry.
The students, during peer team's interaction with them, expressed satisfaction about the student support services given by the college.
Scholarships worth Rs. 1,31,636 and BCM scholarships worth Rs.8100/- were awarded to large number of students in 2000-2001. Similarly during 2001-2002 the worth of the scholarships awarded was Rs. 2,36,000/-. The help given to needy students is very impressive.
The Peer team found that facilities for indoor and outdoor games provided to students were sufficient. Participation of students in activities organized under the Cultural Association and sports has provided good avenues to students for using their leisure time meaningfully. Students participate in large numbers in the activities of various clubs throughout the year.
The college has adopted an effective system of interaction with its students, parents, alumni and other groups. Information about the college's goals and objectives, courses offered, fee structure, admission procedures, examinations, scholarships, free studentships and rules and regulations regarding attendance is communicated to students and parents through the college prospectus and college calendar. The policies and norms for admissions are put on the college notice boards for the benefit of the prospective students.
The college has set up an Alumni Association recently.
Criterion VI : Organisation and Management
The Government of Karnataka runs this college. As such, it has to follow the guidelines issued by the Government and the Directorate of Collegiate Education from time to time. The Principal is the Chief Executive Officer in the college. Administration has been decentralized. Nine committees- for admission, time table, examination, cultural activities, college magazine, reading room, sports, disciplinary matters and library- appointed by the Principal undertake the responsibility of planning, organizing, coordinating, and supervising the activities given to them.
There exists a mechanism to check work efficiency of the non-teaching staff. The Principal holds regular meetings to supervise the work of the non-teaching staff. Non-teaching staff submits self-appraisal reports to the Principal annually. Confidential reports are also maintained. There is a committee to prepare the college prospectus and the academic calendar for the college. As per the powers vested with the Principal, Joint Director of Education and the Directorate of Collegiate Education the grievances of the college staff are addressed.
Members of staff of this college are the employees of the State Government. They are entitled for home loan, vehicle loan, loan for purchasing computers etc. The Director of Collegiate Education is the final sanctioning authority.
Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The 20 years old govt. First Grade College has adopted many healthy practices which are worth noting as stated below.
Institution has always been conscious of both quality and accountability. The faculty ensures regular attendance on the part of the students through continuous feedback and interaction with the students.
The college is trying to sensitise the faculty and even the non-teaching staff in terms of new managerial concepts like strategic planning , team work and decision making.-
In some of the departments, especially in Humanities teachers have introduced some innovative methods to impart values and social skills.
The college has introduced Yoga classes. The students regularly practice Yoga every morning between 6 and 7 am.
The college has ASK lecture series inviting expert scholars literary stalwarts and university professors.
The college regularly involves the students in co-curricular activities based on the principals of humanism and tolerance.
The college is organising many community related activities with the help of the cultural committee, which is specially constituted
The college has launched a newsletter - Vijaya Vidyarthi- unique extension activity.
SECTION 3: OVERALL ANALYSIS
Government First Grade College came into existence in the year 1985, on a small scale but with a broad vision to meet the challenges of Education of the deprived. The composition of students though heterogeneous in character, it is dominated by under- privileged, economically backward first generation learners. Thus the college caters to the needs of a large number of youngsters whose parents are not in a position to pay the prohibitive cost of higher education under the influence of growing privatisation. During two decades of its existence the institution has contributed for the social mobility of several under privileged families and created anew leadership in this segment of the society -a commendable achievement.
The college functions under the administrative framework of Karnataka State Government and therefore it has certain in-built limitations. The college is affiliated to Bangalore University and therefore it follows the curriculum prescribed by the University. The Peer team has noted that despite very ambitious and competent faculty working in the institution there is not much scope for immediate radical innovative approaches. However within the given framework both administrative and academic the institution is striving to promote excellence and competitive spirit among its students. The various programmes , teaching- learning and extension are structured in a way which reflect the goals and philosophy of the institution.
The college is provided with a new building- well maintained, with the help of the faculty, students and department of PWD. The premises of the college though small in area, the students of the college are deeply involved in landscaping and its beautification. The college is funded only by the government and it appears that either the faculty or the alumni are able to mobilise any additional financial resources for undertaking innovative activities. Thus the overall assessment of the college therefore reflects both strengths and weaknesses on account of the serious constraints mentioned above. The peer team would therefore like to place the following recommendations on record for the consideration of the Government of Karnataka especially the Director of Collegiate education.
The committee is aware of the fact that introduction of self-supporting courses is not conformity with the philosophy of education of the oppressed. But the management can adopt a strategy of charging fee to those students who can afford to pay and provide education to at least a reasonable number of poor boys with the funds generated through such schemes.
The college has applied for UGC recognition and waiting for the response of this otherwise busy apex body. The Government should pursue this matter and obtain the recognition as early as possible for obvious advantages.
Smaller the college, bigger the per-capita expenditure. The Government should examine for the introduction of several other courses by recruiting several other faculty members. This not only minimises per-capita expenditure but also ensure optimum utilisation of college building.
The Peer team noted with great concern the low remuneration being paid to part-time teachers which may lead to a great degree of frustration in the young talented academicians interested in teaching profession. We recommend that the Government should pay due attention to this matter on a priority basis.
5. The working hours of the library 10.30a.m. to 5p.m when the students are busy in their classes almost prevents them from using this facility. The library requires additional staff as at present only one person -the librarian is managing the entire library work. Library is indeed the back-bone of the institution and the students should be encouraged to read as many books as possible during this crucial period of their student life.
The peer team wishes the institution a bright future.
Signatures of the Peer Team
Prof. M. Malla Reddy
Prof. V.R. Shirgurkar
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