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JSS BANASHANKARI ARTS, COMMERCE and S K GUBBI SCIENCE COLLEGE, Dharwad Karnataka is a recognised institute / college. Status: NAAC ;A. JSS BANASHANKARI ARTS, COMMERCE and S K GUBBI SCIENCE COLLEGE, Dharwad Karnataka is also known as JSS Arts Commerce and Science College Dharwad. JSS BANASHANKARI ARTS, COMMERCE and S K GUBBI SCIENCE COLLEGE, Dharwad Karnataka is managed by Society: Janata Shikshana Samiti (JSS). JSS BANASHANKARI ARTS, COMMERCE and S K GUBBI SCIENCE COLLEGE, Dharwad Karnataka was established on / in 1944.

Principal of JSS BANASHANKARI ARTS, COMMERCE and S K GUBBI SCIENCE COLLEGE, Dharwad Karnataka is DR. G.Krishnamaurthy (Mobile 9739821197), Dr. S.N.Hegade.

JSS BANASHANKARI ARTS, COMMERCE and S K GUBBI SCIENCE COLLEGE is situated in Dharwad of Karnataka state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Dharwad comes under Dharwad Tehsil, Dharwad District.

Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at JSS BANASHANKARI ARTS, COMMERCE and S K GUBBI SCIENCE COLLEGE, Dharwad Karnataka are 9449165270.


Website of JSS BANASHANKARI ARTS, COMMERCE and S K GUBBI SCIENCE COLLEGE, Dharwad Karnataka is http://jsscollegedharwad.org/.

Chairman : Revered Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade Dharmadhikari, Shrikshetra Dharmasthala .

Contact Details of JSS BANASHANKARI ARTS, COMMERCE and S K GUBBI SCIENCE COLLEGE, Dharwad Karnataka are : 2468478
Principal 0836-2462200

Managing Committee President: His Holiness Sri Vishwesha Teertha Swamiji Pejavar Mutt, Udupi

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JSS BANASHANKARI ARTS, COMMERCE and S K GUBBI SCIENCE COLLEGE, Dharwad Karnataka runs course(s) in Arts, commerce, Science stream(s).

Approval details: JSS BANASHANKARI ARTS, COMMERCE and S K GUBBI SCIENCE COLLEGE is affiliated with Karnatak University, Dharwad (Karnataka)


The J.S.S. Banashankari Arts, Commerce and Shantikumar Gubbi Science College , established in 1944 originally by the Karnataka Education Board with a meagre strength of forty students. It was taken over by Late Shri. R. S. Hukkerikar, the veteran freedom fighter, constructive worker and educationist, in 1952. The college originally started its journey as an intermediate college with Arts wing but later on Science wing was added in the year 1949. The Commerce wing came into its existence during 1977.

The college with an alarming increase in students strength for Arts courses,, bifurcated into two separate colleges. Th Banashankari Arts College and Shantikumar Gubbi Science College in 1966 because of the donor Shatikumar Gubbi to start the Science Wing with separate existence. However the two colleges were once again merged and amalgamated in June, 1975 after change in the management administration.

After taking over the management of Janata Shikshana Samiti on 18 th October, 1973 by Pujya Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade, Dharmadhikari of Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala from the pious hands of Pujya Vishweshteertha Sripadangalavaru of Pejavarmath, Udupi (South Kanara), the new management added two years Pre-University Course in Arts, Science and Commerce, Job Oriented Diploma Course, B.Com. Degree course, B.Sc. (Electronics), B.Sc & B.A.Courses with new additional subject combinations, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Computer Applications, M.Sc in Computer Science, B.Sc, with Bio-Technology, and B.Sc. with Micro-Biology etc., to the college in the years 1975, 1977, 1991, 1996, 1999, 2003 and 2006 respectively.

The College is permanently affiliated to Karnatak University and teaches the course leading to B.A. degree with Kannada, Sanskrit, English, Economics, Sociology, Political Science, History Geography, Hindi and Education as optional subjects. It has a Commerce wing and at the Science side the college provides B.Sc. degree course with Chemistry, Physics, Botany, Zoology, Statistics, Electronics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Bio-Technology and Microbiology as optional subjects. The college has professional courses like, BBA, BCA and M.Sc. (computer Science)

The college had the good fortune of possessing a galaxy of eminent educationists as Principals. The includes such illustrious names as Prof. B. M. Shrikanthaiah, the poet and freedom fighter, Prof. G. B. Jathar the economist, Dr. Karmchanda Wade, Dr. R. Y. Dharwadkar, the writer and educationist, Dr. V. G. Kulkarni a great orator and Scientist, Prof. N. Vajrakumar who represents the J.S.S. Institutions on Governing Body as our Secretary. He has been ably conducting the affairs of the Samiti with zeal and dedication. Prof. V. G. Gokhale, Dr. S. N. Ashtaputre, Dr. D. V. Sanjeev Rao, Dr. H. A. Jahagirdar Prof. Usha Anandarayanavar and Dr. Ajith Prasad served as Principals. Dr. S.N. Hegde is the present principal of the college.

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JSS Banashankari Arts and Commerce and Shantikumar Gubbi Science College, Dharwad more popularly known as J. S. S. or Janata Shikshana Samiti College after the name of the Trust that now runs it, is one of the oldest and most sought after colleges of Dharwad-Hubli area. The Peer Team has taken note of the fact that it has been declared a Lead College by the Commissioner of Collegiate Education, Karnataka. Affiliated to Karnataka University, Dharwad, it saw its inception in 1944 under the Karnataka Education Board as an intermediate college, its science wing being added in 1949. Increase in the student population compelled its management to split it into two colleges—Banashankari Arts and S. K. Gubbi Science in 1966. They were merged again in 1975 to form a single entity.

The College came under a new management, that of the J. S. S. in 1973, after which it has shown a steady growth. Its motto has been Tamaso ma Jyotirgamaya, which in English means 'Lead me from darkness to light', a motto that signals a strong focus on building a knowledge base in the students. The College has, however, put an equal emphasis on the development of skills that have become crucial for survival and success in the present-day world. The College therefore offers, in addition to the traditional B. A., B. Sc., and B. Com. Courses, self-financing courses like B. B. A., B. C. A., Biotechnology. It has one post-graduate course in Computer Science, which again is self-financing. Apart from these, the J. S. S. operates one highly successful centre that offers job-oriented diploma courses and the College provides accommodation for one IGNOU and one KSOU study centres. In the functioning of all these, members of the College faculty play a very active role. Regular courses in the College receive additional support from various short-term and enrichment courses.

The conventional programmes are run on an annual system, while some of the new courses are conducted semester-wise. The optional part of the B. A. stream constitutes of Economics, Education, English, Hindi, Kannada, Sanskrit, History, Political Science, Sociology, Geography, Statistics and Computer Applications, in a number of convenient combinations. English and one of the above Indian languages make the compulsory part of the whole undergraduate system. B.Com. has the subjects of Banking Law and Practice, Business Laws, Contemporary Auditing, Cost Accountancy, Financial Accounting, Financial Management, Industrial Economics, Managerial Economics, Modern Marketing, Monetary Economics, Principles of Management, Taxation, with Business Mathematics and Computer Application. These modules are spread over a period of 3 years of study. B. Sc. contains Biotechnology, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Application, Statistics, Mathematics and Physics, and the programme offers 8 combinations in all of the above subjects.

The College, in the current year (2004-5) has the student-strength of 1398, of which 785 are male and 613 female. Unit cost of expenditure per student is Rs. 10, 821.00, as given by the College, which includes the students of the PUC, which, the PT feels, should have been left out of this account.

The Faculty of the College consists of 133 full-time and part-time teachers, of whom 77 full-timers receive salary from the State Government grant, while the rest receive their salary from the management. Besides 108 full-time teachers, there are 25 part-timers. Of the members of the full faculty, 30 are Ph. Ds, while 10 possess M. Phils. 22 of the teachers are carrying on doctoral research. The number of the non-teaching employee is 76, and there are 11 technicians.

The College has a wide range of sports activities (athletics, basketball, table tennis, cricket, volleyball, softball etc.) and good playgrounds and space for indoor games and recreational facilities. It also has five hostels, two for boys and three for girls, these having 582 (252+330) seats in all. The PT was pleased to note that the Colleges presented a rich and vibrant cultural life. The students have won scores of state and national awards in sports and cultural meets. There were also one or two international events in which students of the College represented the nation. The present students as well as the alumni, including the parents felt a reasonable pride in being associated with the College, which came clearly out in their respective sessions of interactions with the PT.

The College is located on a small hill overlooking the semi-rural outskirts of the town of Dharwad. It has a scenic, spacious and well-maintained campus that is adorned by copious patches of greenery as well as aesthetically planned gardens. Within this area, the College has accommodated a school and its hostels, a post office and a bank. The whole campus measures about 41 acres and 27 gunthas, which is not easily available elsewhere.

The College had sent its letter of intent to NAAC on May 13, 2003, followed by its SSR submitted on December 29, 2003. On receiving the latter the NAAC constituted a Peer Team of three experts consisting of Professor Pabitra Sarkar, former Vice-Chancellor, Rabindra-Bharati University, Kolkata and former Vice Chairman, West Bengal State Council of Higher Education as Chairman of the Team, Dr. Sr. Thresia Cherian, Principal, St. Theresa's College for Women, Eluru, A.P., as Member and Dr. V. L. Maheshwari, Reader and Head, Dept. of Biochemistry, School of Life Sciences, North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, as the Member-Coordinator of the Team. The PT visited the College on two days during July 29 and 30, 2004 and had extensive and thorough interactions with the authorities, teachers, non-teaching employees including the hostel staff and the Health Centre officer, and students of the College, while physically visiting departments, laboratory facilities, computer laboratories, hostels, botanical garden, playfields, recreation rooms etc, in order to ascertain the components that made the College an ambience conducive to learning and work. The PT, on the basis of their careful study of the SSR, and their visit and interactions, places below its criterion-wise report and final observations.

The College, an affiliate of Karnatak University, Dharwad, has little freedom in planning, designing and revising its own courses. It has also to conform to the examination schedule set up by the University and plan its classroom teaching accordingly. What is, however, notable that it offers a wide range of options in its B.A, B.Sc. and B.Com. streams. It lists 82 options that are available to the B.A. students (the Team is certain not all are exploited by them) and 8 for B.Sc., Students of B.com., predictably have a restricted programme. As has already been mentioned, the college has a post-graduate programme in Computer Science B.B.A., and B.C.A., at the UG level, all of which are self-financing. The syllabi of these courses are also designed and prescribed by the University. Some of the members of the faculty of the College are of course members of the University syllabus committee in their own subjects, but that is where the participation of the college ends. Its responsibility, therefore, lies in the conduction of efficient teaching of the syllabi of the University, which it continues to do, to the best of its efforts and ability.

The Peer Team was, however, pleased to know that the College offers some short-term, self-financing courses to the students and members of the community around and also offers remedial and enrichment courses in English and other subjects. The Peer Team feels that this is the best way to work within the restrictions that have been put on the College in terms of a pre-designed syllabus and this practice benefits the students.

Admissions are made in accordance with the merit and aptitude of the students. Reservation policy is followed as per the Government norms and special preference is given to sportspersons on the basis of their previous performance in sports and games, and to those who have a proven record of participation in RD parade, cultural talents or NCC with 'B' certificate.

Special consideration is given to physically handicapped students during admission.

Assessment of students is given priority under teaching and evaluation. Students are assessed on the basis of their performance in periodic tests, fieldwork, seminars, practical and project work etc. Promotion to the higher class is given on the marks obtained through internal assessment and the year-end examination.

Achievement tests and diagnostic tests are conducted periodically to assess the relative accomplishment of students, especially the advanced learners. Remedial classes are organized for the benefit of under-performers, which is followed with remedial drills on specific weaknesses revealed through diagnostic tests.

Academic calendar is prepared for the whole year and is supplemented with a master timetable. The staff timetable is prepared for every month. The syllabi are unitized according to a teaching schedule throughout the year. Departmental meetings are held periodically in order to check the completion of the prescribed portion as per schedule.

Certain innovative methods observed in the teaching process are:

Project-work and fieldwork

Conducting of case studies

Library reference, computer-aided learning prorammes

Group discussions, use of charts, models

Visit to places of historical importance, botanical gardens, places of Zoological interest.

Role-plays, debates, youth parliament, mock-interviews.

Audio-visual aids are utilized in the learning process. The college is equipped with VCP/ VCR, TV, Multimedia facility, OHP, Laser Printer, LCD Projector, Video cassettes, CD Writer, Scanner and Inkjet Printer.

The College has a feedback mechanism to evaluate the strength and weakness of components of the institution. Twice a year, the students are given the opportunity to assess the teachers through a proforma specified for the purpose. The teachers undertake self-appraisal, again through a given proforma. The strengths and weaknesses are conveyed by confidential letter or verbally to the concerned staff member by the Principal. Based on the appraisal, faculty development programme is planned for the concerned staff member.

The College has been making efforts to update the teachers with the latest facilities necessary to impart knowledge. Staff members are encouraged to attend refresher courses, seminars, conferences, workshops and other such facilities at state, national and international levels in order to improve themselves.

The research culture of the institution is visible in the strength of faculties, (30 in number), who have completed Ph.D. in various disciplines. Fourteen were awarded Ph.D during the last 5 years of the rest 22 are doing Ph.D on a part-time basis. Teachers are encouraged to undertake research work through sanction of leave, provision of seed money etc. Infrastructure facilities such as Library, Laboratory, Computers, Internet and binding facilities are provided.

Three language departments (Kannada, Sanskrit and Hindi) have been recognized as centres for research and some of their teachers can guide Ph.D. scholars. The teachers of the College have a record of having published 10 articles in international Journals and 84 in national Journals over the past 5 years. 38 books, including some text-books, have been published by various departments.

Extension activity is a major instrument of the Institution. Some of the extension activities of the college are:

Community Development programmes undertaken by the NSS, Adult education and Literacy proramme, AIDS awareness programme, Medical camp, Blood donation camp and environmental awareness camp.

The College holds the reputation of organizing 82 programmes under NSS in one year (2002). Strong community relationship is one of the mission statements of the institution. To mention few achievements of the college extension activities, we list these below:

Three days State-level Kannada Sahitya Sammelana at Hubli

Three days State-level Youth Rally for Cultural and Sports Activities participated by 3000 delegates.

Constructing of 48 Janata Houses, and Samudaya Bhavan at Salikinakoppa village.
Road construction at various villages

Training camps in performing arts, making of greeting cards and handicrafts.
Women empowerment programmes.

The Institution has made every effort to give the best campus life through excellent infrastructure. The optimum use of the facilities provided is emphasized. The institution owns 41 acres 27 guntas of land having the College building, hostels (Boys and Girls separate), Staff Quarters, Auditorium, Outdoor Stadium, Playgrounds, Health Care Centre, Gymkhana, a Post Office, a Bank and a Canteen. The main building of the college accommodates all the departments of UG programmes, which includes 35 lecture halls, Audio-Visual Rooms, Library, Multifacility center, Seminar Hall, Administrative section, co-operative stores, NSS room, NCC room and Auditorium. Separate parking stand of 5000 sq. ft. provides parking facility for 250 two wheelers.

The campus maintains an exclusive Botanical Garden.

The class rooms, labs and library are utilized for conducting courses other than the academic ones. Infrastructure facilities are made available to other agencies also for conducting IAS (Prelim), UPSC and other competitive examinations.

The College Library has a total number of 70,502 books, and subscribes to about 90 journals in various disciplines. It is open to the students for nearly 10 hours per day. It has computerized cataloging and lending system of books through bar coding. The Library is equipped with internet facilities, reading rooms, one each for boys, girls and staff. It also has a book-bank facility. The Library is interconnected with 21 libraries for inter-library borrowing.

Each department has developed computer aided learning package (CAL). There is a Health Center within the campus. A medical college, hospital and a dental college, managed and run by the Samiti, are situated within a distance of 2 kms, where treatment is provided at a concession to the students and staff. Wall magazines brought out by many departments gives vent to the creative talents of the students. It has been identified as 'The Lead College' by the Dept. of Collegiate Education for its Total Quality Management programme.

On an average 35% students, take up PG studies after their graduation. The overall pass percentage is healthy at almost 80. Of the successful candidates, close to 60% have secured first class in various courses offered in the college and some of them have also received high ranks in the university examinations. One should especially mention the success rate in BBA and BCA courses. The drop-out rate in B.Sc. appears to be on the higher side.

The college has an excellent record of success of students in various competitive examination including GRE, TOEFL etc.

The peer team noted with satisfaction that the college brings out a detailed prospectus for the benefit of students. It includes a brief history of the college, list of courses offered, facilities provided, eligibility criteria, admission rules, besides the lists of faculty members, calendar of scheduled activities etc.

On an average 600 students have been provided with one or the other type of scholarships / financial assistance each in years 2000-2001 and 2001-2002. Thirty-seven students have each been awarded with Government of India merit scholarship during these years. This, the Peer Team observes, is a commendable feature.

Informal career and academic counseling is provided to the students. The Employment cell in the college helps students locate job opportunities and scope for self employment. A number of leisure - time and light recreational facilities are available to the students . Cultural activities and sports meets are also organized for the students round the year.

The college has an excellent sports culture and good infrastructural facilities. Students have participated not only inter-university and state level meets, but also in national and international competitions. As many as 74 students have participated in these events in the last 3 years. The top performers are encouraged by providing free lodging and boarding in college hostels.

The College has a vibrant and active Alumni Association with an impressive list of high achievers among them. The alumni meet twice in a year and provide their feedback for chalking out plans for the future growth of the Institution. One noteworthy outcome of Alumni Association has been the institution of awards to individuals/institutions for distinguished service to the community.

The Banashankari Arts and Commerce and S.K. Gubbi Science College, Dharwad, established in 1944, is managed by the Janata Shikshana Samiti that has another 20 institutions under its umbrella. This Samiti, in its turn, is a socially committed service providing front of the Shrikshetra Dharmasthala, said to be the Tirupati of Karnataka State. Over a period of time the Samiti has evolved a model for good and efficient governance. The top level management which includes the President, the Chairman and the Board of Management is the main policy-making body controlling and monitoring the overall activities of the College. This is followed by the Governing Council which takes care of the academic and infrastructure development, admission policy, students' welfare schemes etc.

The Principal is the academic and administrative head of the college, who looks after the day-to-day administration. She is ably assisted by the HoDs in academic matters and the Internal Quality-Assurance Cell (IQAC) in extra-curricular activities. There are various committees for different activities and their functions and responsibilities have been meticulously laid down to bring transparency, accountability and democracy in the system. Financial management, administration of funds, purchase procedures have been well documented and streamlined. Appraisal of the financial transaction is done by the Internal Auditor, who is an employee of the institution and then by a qualified external auditor independently, for safeguarding the interests of the stakeholders.

The management appears to be sensitized to the modern concepts and has a highly professional attitude with an excellent perception of the social needs. The Peer Team appreciates the setting up of IQAC for monitoring the standards in the various fields of activities of the college.

The college, during its 60 highly successful years of existence has developed a number of healthy practices. The NAAC Peer Team puts on record some of them with a sense of appreciation.

The college management has a modern and professional approach with built-in component of strategic planning, teamwork and decision-making for optimal and efficient utilization of resources at its disposal.

Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) for overall monitoring of academic standards is a step in right direction

The college through its various departments has established viable and mutually beneficial linkages with a number of Government, semi-government and non-governmental organisations.

The college encourages informal mode of education by sharing its facilities, infrastructure and expertise with the study centers of IGNOU, New Delhi and KSOU, Karnataka.

Question banks for students, multiple monitoring of their performance, enrichment and remedial courses for them and assessment of teachers by them are also commendable enterprises.

Students get a feel of our value system and importance of self-discipline through various functions organised by the NSS and NCC units of the college, which organize and participate regularly in blood donation camps, literacy programmes, tree plantation, health awareness programmes of various kinds, science education etc.

A good range of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are organised for the development of overall personality and leadership qualities of the students.

The college has developed and put in place a good system for obtaining feedback on various aspects by the stakeholders

The college has started a number of need-based and job oriented courses on self finance basis. BBA, BCA and B.Sc. (Biotechnology) at the UG level and M.Sc. (Computer Science) at PG level have been started on self finance mode. The NAAC Peer Team commends the bold initiatives of the college.

The Peer Team also appreciates the efforts of the College in associating itself with the Job Oriented Diploma Courses for the benefit of the students and local society.

The college has encouraged the computerization of its various functions. Computerization of the library activities is a step in right direction.

The Peer Team hails the efforts of the college in continuous human resources development for the changing needs with time. A large number of programmes have been arranged for the development of both teaching and administrative staff.

One of the most notable features has been the payment of salaries on permanent basis to as many as 31 faculty members from the management funds for maintaining the academic standards in the college.

The short-term and enrichment courses introduced in various departments present a commendable effort worthy to be followed by others.

Departments of Sanskrit, Kannada and Hindi have been recognized as centres of Ph.D research.

The small but significant attempt of the department of Botany in a specializing in Bonsai and medicinal plant cultivation and the preparation of documentary and migratory birds by the department of Zoology are, again, commendable. The Peer Team also appreciates the department of Physics for its attempts at electronic teaching.

The Peer Team notes with approval the support of JSS given to the faculty and other employees in housing and other such matters.

The Peer Team also appreciates the enthusiastic publication activities of some of the teachers.

Everyone attached to the College, as it seems, is aware of its rightful place in society as he/ she is aware of the role he/ she is called upon to play in its development. What, however, the Peer Team felt that there were a few areas in which further attention should be paid in order to bring these at par with other high performing areas of the Institution.

The Peer Team could not find adequate number of woman in the posts of office employees, although there were quite a few in the Grade D cadre.

The department of Economics and Political Science and History and Sociology are housed in two rooms, two of them sharing one. Nor should the departments of Commerce and Education co-exist in such a cramped space. The Peer Team suggests that each of them be given a partitioned area, as has been done in case of English, Kannada and Hindi.

While commending extensive publication activity, both in Kannada and English, of some of the teachers, most of the research publications have been old and related with the Ph.D. topic of the teacher in question. The culture of continuous research should be perused on and even keel. Attempts should also be made to obtain research grants from the State and Central Government funding agencies.

The Peer Team feels that, while it needs some investment, the science wing should have a separate enclave of its own.

Opportunity for post-graduate studies may be opened in other subjects that have a social demand. This has also been reflected in Peer Team's interaction with students, parents and alumni.

The College should make a perspective planning for itself, locating the directions in which it wants to proceed till it reaches its centenary.

The hostel for boys is provided with a TV in the dining hall and a room for playing indoor games. Similar facilities should be provided in the hostels for ladies also. Both type of hostels should also be provided with fans.

The Peer Team deeply appreciates the constant co-operation it has received from the Principal, Prof. (Smt.) Usha Anandarayanavar, and also the wholehearted attention of the College Co-ordinator Dr. Ajith Prasad and Management Co-ordinator Dr. R. V. Patwari.

The Peer Team is immensely thankful for the College for the excellent hospitality it has accorded to its members and wishes a very bright future for this Institution of high distinction.

Prof. Pabitra Sarkar

Dr. Sr. Thresia Cherian

Dr. V. L.Maheshwari
Member, Co-ordinator

Prof. (Smt.) Usha Anandarayanavar

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