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Shri Kumareshwar Arts and Commerce College, Hangal, Karnataka


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Shri Kumareshwar Arts and Commerce College, Hangal, Karnataka
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Hangal
Karnataka, India
Pin Code : 581104


Shri Kumareshwar Arts and Commerce College, Hangal Karnataka is a recognised institute / college. Status: Aided. Shri Kumareshwar Arts and Commerce College, Hangal Karnataka is managed by Society: J.E. Co-Op Society. Shri Kumareshwar Arts and Commerce College, Hangal Karnataka was established on / in 1980.


Principal of Shri Kumareshwar Arts and Commerce College, Hangal Karnataka is Prof. N. B Banakar, Prof.S. V Somanath (Mobile 9535231438).

Shri Kumareshwar Arts and Commerce College is situated in Hangal of Karnataka state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Hangal comes under Haveri Tehsil, District.

Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at Shri Kumareshwar Arts and Commerce College, Hangal Karnataka are 9449570422.

email ID(s) is Shri Kumareshwar Arts and Commerce College Hangal Karnataka


Contact Details of Shri Kumareshwar Arts and Commerce College, Hangal Karnataka are : 08379-262384



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Shri Kumareshwar Arts and Commerce College, Hangal Karnataka runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
B.Com, BA

Approval details: Shri Kumareshwar Arts and Commerce College is affiliated with Karnatak University, Dharwad (Karnataka)



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NAAC report of Shri Kumareshwar Arts and Commerce College

SECTION A
Introduction
Shri Kumareshwar Arts and Commerce College was established in July 1980, at Hangal by the Janata Educational Co-Operative Society established in 1953 (which also runs six other educational institutions) with basic objective to impart good and quality education to the students of the rural and backward region. The Society adheres to the words " Education is wealth, Knowledge is power, Education raises one's standard of living". The College is located in the rural area and presently spread over 8 acres of land.

The college is aided and it is affiliated to Karnataka University, Dharwad, which does not provide autonomy to the college. It got UGC recognition under sections 2(f) and 12 (B) in October 1984 and August 1993 respectively.

The college runs two undergraduate programmes, viz B.A. and B.Com., with seven departments (Kannada, Hindi, English, History, Economics, Political Science and Geography) in the Arts faculty and one department in the Commerce faculty. The college has 13 (11 male and 2 female) permanent teachers and 06 part time teachers (5 male and 1 female). Of the permanent teachers, one male teacher holds M.Phil degree, while among part time teachers two male teachers have Ph. D., and one has B.E. Computer Science degree and one has LLB degree. The non-teaching staff of the college includes 12 male and 02 female administrative employees.

The college was started with an enrolment of 58 students in the Arts and Commerce faculty in 1980, The present number is 668 (449 male and 219 female). All the students are from the same state where the college is located. Nearly 80 per cent of the students come from SC, ST, and other minority and economically backward classes. Out of 267 students admitted in the first batch (2001-2003), 189 appeared in the final examination, while out of 215 students admitted in the second batch (2002-2004), 171 appeared in the final examination. Thus, the corresponding drop out rates were nearly 29 per cent and 20 per cent respectively. The number of students passing in first class were 73 and 101 respectively for the two batches with one student in each batch obtaining a rank in the University. The success rate in the previous year was 79 per cent. The unit cost of the education of the college with salary component is Rs. 8605.38 and without salary Rs. 873.35. The temporal plan of the academic work is annual.

The support services of the college include Central Library, Computer Centre, Health centre and Sports facilities. The college has a record of 290 working days and 204 teaching days during the year 2003-04 showing an increasing trend over the last three years.
The college volunteered to get assessed and accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore and submitted to the council a Self Study Report (SSR) in December 2003. The NAAC agreed to the request of the college and constituted a Peer Team, consisting of : Dr. P. L. Vishweshwer Rao, Director, UGC Academic Staff College Osmania University, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh as chairman, Dr.(Mrs.) S. Kumudhavalli, Principal , Smt P.N. Doshi Women's College, Ghatkopar (Mumbai)-Maharashtra as member and Professor H. N. Agrawal, Head of the Department of Commerce Saurashtra University Rajkot (Gujrat) as the member coordinator to visit the college.

After the close study of the SSR and the updated SSR supplied to the team at the time of the visit, the Peer Team visited the college on 27-28 December 2004, and made an assessment and validation of the seven criteria laid down by the NAAC. The team visited the academic departments, the facilities, support services and extra curricular units. It also checked all recorded evidences and interacted with the every constituent and stake holder of the college, i.e. the principal, the faculty, the students, the non-teaching staff , the alumni, the parents and the management. After writing the draft report of the visit the team discussed it with the principal for necessary revision. The revised report was formally handed over to the principal at an exit meeting by the Peer Team in which all the constituents of the college remained present.

The criterion wise analysis and the overall observations and suggestions are presented below:

SECTION B
CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion I : Curricular Aspects
Course contents of the teaching programmes are very vital for quality education. The college runs two undergraduate courses viz B.A. and B.Com.. The course contents of the programmes are 70 per cent knowledge oriented and 30 per cent skill oriented. Students can do other courses like foundation courses/ preliminary courses of CA and ICWA and certificate course in Computer Science from elsewhere. Presently, in the B.A. courses English is compulsory. The Students are allowed to select one language out of Kannanda and Hindi and one optional group out of the six groups viz i) Political Science, Economics and Hindi ii) Political Science, Economics and Geography iii) Kannada, History and Political Science iv) Geography, History and Kannada v) Political Science, History and Hindi vi) Economics, Geography and Kannada. In the B. Com Courses at the first year besides English as compulsory language student may opt for Kannada or Hindi. However, but there is no choice of subjects. At the II / III year levels all papers are compulsory. Thus in the BA courses, options are available for the students, while in the B. Com courses, students have no subject options.

The college runs only the courses of the affiliating university, Hence the process of reviewing and updating of the courses does not exist at the college level. It is done only at the university level. However, the senior faculty of the college by way of working as member of Curriculum Development Committee assists in reviewing existing curriculum and in developing the new curriculum.

The college has been running these undergraduate courses since long and no new courses have been introduced by the college during the last three years.

Crterion II : Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
The quality sustenance and improvement in higher education requires effective system of teaching, learning and proper evaluation mechanism to ensure the success of what has been taught. This covers a wide area range of activities like admissions, teaching, pedagogy, bridge /remedial courses, teaching skills and examinations, etc.,

The college admits students at the entrance level on the basis of academic record of their last qualifying examinations and admissions are normally given to all those who apply having the minimum marks of 35 per cent. After admissions, students' knowledge and skills are assessed through internal tests and periodical examinations but this process does not affect their admissions to a particular programme. Remedial courses are conducted by the college for the educationally disadvantaged students. However the college provides personal career guidance to the advanced learners. Spoken English classes were started this year.

The teachers prepare their teaching plans at the beginning of the academic year. Though the syllabi are not unitized, these are divided into convenient units when more than one teacher is required to teach any one paper. The teaching progress of the teachers is monitored through diaries and specific reports of the Heads of the Departments.

The popular method of teaching is lecture mode. The seminar presentations in the class are used sparingly. Audio visuals and other teaching aids are neither prepared nor are used as learner centered teaching methods.

The college has a record of 290 working days and 204 teaching days in the year 2003-04. Every full time lecturer has a work load of 16 hours of direct teaching in a week. Classes are taught by both part time and full time faculty. About 61 per cent of the teaching is done by the full time faculty while the remaining teaching is done by the part time faculty. As such, ratio of full time teachers to the part time during the last two years has remained 13:6. Similarly the ratio between teaching staff and non-teaching for the same period remained 13:14.

The college provides a prospectus to every student at the beginning of the year. It contains all the information about examinations, passing standards, method of evaluation, internal and periodical tests, etc.

For grant -in-aid posts, teachers are selected by selection committees appointed by the Government. However the management selects teachers for un-aided teaching posts. During the last two years, no new appointments of teachers have been made in the college. As the Government does not permit new appointments, the temporary teachers are appointed and paid by the management. During the last two years 08 teachers participated at national level seminars/conferences.

The system of self appraisal by the teachers exists. The Principal and Heads of the Departments informally use it for the proper advise and guidance specially to the junior staff. The students feed back on teaching and campus experience is also collected.

The college conducted some local level faculty development programmes on topics like TQM and Yoga for its teaching faculty. One teacher got the benefit of doing M.Phil under the UGC FIP programme also. However no linkage was established of any kind for teaching or research in the college.

Criterion III : Research , Consultancy and Extension
The college being a degree college does not run any research programmes for the students. However during the last five years two faculty members completed M.Phil and Ph. D.. The teachers have not undertaken any major/minor research projects.

The college has one NSS unit consisting of 100 volunteers (50 boys and 50 girls) for extension activities. It was started in 1990. It has been recognized as one of the most active units of NSS in the University area For managing extension services, additional charge has been given to one of the faculty member of the college. The college has done the good work of undertaking various kinds of extension services which mainly include community development, health and hygiene, immunization, adult education, AIDS guidance and tobacco awareness, pulse polio awareness, social work , medical camps and environmental awareness. Some of these extension activities were undertaken as outreach programmes also.

The students and teachers are encouraged to participate in the extension activities by way of giving prizes, certificates, displaying names and photos in the print media and felicitating them in the college functions. NGO's like Lions club were also involved in conducting some extension activities. One of the NSS volunteers of the college in the recent years has a record of representing India for the Common Wealth Youth Forum in Nigeria, for the Asia Region Consultation on World Ready Youth in Hyderabad , winning National level Indira Gandhi Best NSS Volunteer Award from GOI, State level Best NSS Volunteer Award from Government of Karnataka and also University level, Dr. D.C. Pawate Best NSS Volunteer Award for the Karnataka University. Further more two students participated at the National level R.D. Parade at New-Delhi.. The NSS programme officer of the college has won the Best Programme Officer award and led the Karnataka University teams on several occasions. The NSS volunteers have the impressive record of participating as also winning prizes at several National and State level NSS festivals.

Criterion IV : Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college is shifted to a new building in February 2004. It is situated on 8 acres of land with 13,800 sq.ft. of construction. There are 13 class rooms and a library measuring about 4,308 sq.ft. The UGC grant of Rs. 3 lacs have been utilized for building library. Thus the college has enough space to run smoothly its present academic programmes. In order to meet the need for augmenting the infrastructure to keep pace with the academic growth, the college mainly claims UGC grants besides donations from Patrons and Donors for the maintenance of the infrastructure.
The infrastructure of the college is used for the college activities only.. However it is occasionally used for election work, pulse polio programme, Vachana Kammata examinations and other local programmes.

The college has an advisory committee for the library. The library is not interconnected with other libraries for inter library borrowing. Library operations are not computerized. There is Poor Students Lending Library scheme, when poor students are given a book for the whole academic year.

Presently the Library has 10,309 books 32 journals and magazines. The library has yet to have facilities like reprography, computers, audio-video cassettes and internet. The working day of the library was 290 days last year. Its working hours are form 8 am to 6 pm with one hour off between 2 pm to 3 pm.

The college has a central computer lab. There are in all sixteen computers(two in the office and fourteen in the lab). The access to the computer lab is available on every working day. The computers are maintained by the local agency as and when required and it is financed by the UGC , management and fees from the students.

There is annual health check up for students and staff every year. The college has its own Gymkhana. The other facilities are gymnasium with multi gym and weight lifting sets and play grounds for outdoor games.

The students with outstanding talents persons are encouraged by giving sports awards , print media publicity display of photos on the college functions and financial assistance. Many students have participated at the university zonal level competitions for cross-country race, chess, etc. and won prizes.
Fifty students (SC & ST category) are living in the Government hostel. The college does not have its own hostel in the campus for want of any demand from other students.

Criteria V : Student Support and Progression
About 80 per cent of the students after the minimum period of study appear in the qualifying examination and hence the drop out rate is 20 per cent in 2003-04. About 40 per cent of the successful students move towards Post Graduate and other professional courses. The old students of the college hold various types of prominent positions like Principals, Professors, Teachers and Officers in LIC, Banks Civil, Railways and Defense service, besides being self employed in business and industries. One student of the college presently working in Hindi Department of the Managalore University has passed NET Examination.

The college publishes its updated prospectus every year. It widely covers all the relevant information of the college, like college profile, admissions, library, sports, scholarships, teaching staff , examinations, management, prizes and awards, courses of study, fee structure and NSS activities.

The different types of financial aids are available to the students include GOI merit scholarships, post metric scholarships, scholarships for backward classes and minority and physically handicapped, defense scholarships, GOI scholarships to non-Hindi speaking students, scholarships for SC/ST students, and financial awards from donors, faculty members, retired principals, etc. During the last two years (2002-2004) 266 students got merit scholarships, 193 students got SC/ST scholarships, 86 students Post metric scholarships and 05 students physically handicapped scholarships. Thus, 277 students got the financial assistance, out of the enrolment of the 668 students in the college . The financial assistance is given to reward merit and to help needy students.

Though the college does not have a formal employment or placement cell the lecturer in charge of the S.W.O. looks after the dissemination of employment news to the students An impressive effort has been made by it to motivate students to seek self employment as lawyers, industrialists, businessmen, agriculturists, horticulturists etc.,

The college has recently formed an alumni Association. The policies and criteria of admissions are conveyed to prospective students through its updated prospectus as also through college notice board. Recreational and leisure time facilities are available in the college.

Criterion VI : Organisation and Management
Quality service can be possible with effective organisation and management. The management body of the college consists of Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, and nine Directors. Recently a new body has been elected. At the college level, the internal co-coordinating and monitoring mechanism involves the role of the Principal and Office Superintendent. The Students Union is an extra democratic mechanism for coordinating the activities of the students. The college has an inbuilt mechanism to check the work efficiency of the non-teaching staff, which includes internal audit., internal check, performance review, job rotations and physical verification. A special committee prepares academic calendar. The decisions of the selection committees were duly approved by the Governing Body of the college though no selections were made during the last two years.

In order to equip the non teaching staff with the newer skills needed under the `changing scenario, the college provided the access to its non teaching staff to professional development programmes, covering areas relating to office management, human relations, communication skills and computer applications.

The college charges about sixteen different types of fees from the students for the grant -in -aided courses. With the passage of time, the total amount of the fees showed a mild increasing trend as it was Rs. 1125 in 2000-01 Rs,, 1380 in 2001-02 and Rs.1587 in 2002-03. The fees like SWFR, TWF, Reading room fee, Union fee, Prospectus fee and PSLL remained unchanged. The library deposit, caution money and tuition fee were raised substantially. In the current year the total fees for B.Com. is Rs. 3429.

The college has spend more than what was budgeted last year particularly with regard to salaries and specific fee expenses. Of the total spending, expenditure on salaries claimed about 92% share.

The Grievance Redressal Cell of the college is looked after by the staff secretary and efforts are being made to bring about harmony among teaching and non teaching staff. The loan facilities to the teaching and non teaching staff of the college are available from the Urban Co-Operative Bank Ltd., Hangal for a maximum amount of Rs. 1,25,500 and from other institutes like LIC and Banks, on the basis of the salary certificates.

Criterion VII : Healthy Practices
The college has adopted a process of internal quality checks which include the scrutiny of teachers' dairies by Heads of Departments to ensure progress and orderly teaching. The analysis of examination results is done to take remedial measures for improving the results. The evaluation of students feed back is also taken to overcome deficiencies. All these are done to enhance and maintain quality education in the college.

The conduct of the different types of activities and process of decision making are largely done through participative managerial style leading to team work and collective accountability. There are ten different committees to manage various activities.
The National and international linkages for training and research are peripheral and they need to receive more focused attention of the college management. The college is yet to start academic programmes like self financing courses, non-formal mode and distant education to strengthen its regular academic programmes.

Through special lectures and programmes by experts the college makes efforts to import value based education. The efforts to include civic responsibilities among students include fund raising for the benefits of victims of earthquakes, wars, floods, famine and participating in the programmes of pulse polio, AIDS, awareness, literacy awareness etc, and conducting rallies about environmental awareness. Through these activities college, is alive with community orientation.

The efforts are made by the college for all round personality development of the learners. The significant efforts include conducting competitions in debates, quiz, songs, rangoli, and arranging games and sports, cultural programmes, yogas and specific personality development programmes.

The contents of the BA and B.Com courses take some care for promoting skills to learn communications and use of information technology (specially for B.Com Students). Regular meetings with the parents is a healthy practice of the college.

SECTION C
OVERALL ANALYSIS
The college has completed 24 years of its functioning and entered into 25th year to impart good and quality higher education, mainly to the students coming from backward classes of the rural region. It has also succeeded in attracting presently more than 12 times of student enrolment since its inception. The college has displayed an impressive performance at the university examinations, particularly when below average and weak students are admitted. It is significant to note that these students come out finally as above average outputs with first class / distinction marks. The extension activities of the college are also very much impressive. The financial assistance given to the students is note worthy.

In view of the rapidly changing scenario in higher education, the courses run by the college, the pedagogy used by the teaching faculty, the reading material and other services in the library, the support services to the students, the process of learning and the skills and knowledge of the teaching faculty, and the vision of the college management have to be oriented to ensure better quality in higher education. These could be not neglected. For the overall quality, a lot more needs to be done. The Peer Team would like to suggest that the college may attend to the following issues. which may go a long way in keeping pace with the requirements of quality in higher education.

The B.Com Courses need to be popularized and in this regard the college may introduce more options to attract students.

The foundation courses / preliminary course of CA and ICWA and certificate course in Computer Science may be started by the college.

The Career Oriented Programme (C.O.P) of the UGC may explored for starting various types of short term job oriented programmes to be made available to the students simultaneously with their degree courses.

The college may also start bridge courses for academically weak students.

The pedagogy needs the use of innovative and learner centric methods.

The college should motivate its teaching staff to establish national level linkages with research institutes and linkages with neighboring industries particularly for job-oriented / career oriented courses.

The teachers of the college should be motivated not only to undertake research activity leading to M. Phil / Ph. D. degrees but should also to undertake minor/major funded/unfunded research projects mainly relating to the problems of the region

The faculty should be provided opportunities to regularly attend seminars/conferences and present papers.

The consultancy work of the teaching faculty needs more encouragement.

The drop-out ratio of the students is about 20 per cent and the college needs to address this issue.

In B.A. the class strength is about 180-200 students and it is impossible for any meaningful interaction in the classroom. The college needs to make efforts to appoint more teachers so that, it can be divided into two sections.

The Library needs further strengthening in terms of getting it interconnected with other libraries of the neighboring area for inter library borrowing ; acquiring latest text books and subscribing subject related journals; getting library operations computerized and providing reprographic and internet facility.

A separate book bank facility for poor students may also be started under the UGC scheme for the purpose.

Computer awareness and computer based courses should also become the focal point of the short term development plan of the college.

The self appraisal and students feed back should be made effective as monitoring tools of quality assurance.

The college should make efforts to bring out a college magazine to encourage writing skills.

The Peer Team expresses its gratitude to the Management, the Principal, the Steering Committee Coordinator and its Members, its Teaching and Non teaching staff, the Students, the Alumni and the Parents for their whole hearted co-operation and unstinted support and warm hospitality extended to the Team during its visit to the college .

Dr. P. L. Vishweshwer Rao
Chairperson

Dr. (Mrs ) Kumudhavalli
Member

Dr. H. N. Agrawal
Member coordinator

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