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AVK College For Women, Hassan, Karnataka


AVK College For Women, Hassan, Karnataka
Address: Plot / Street / Area
Post Box 48
Near old bus stand
Hassan (District Hassan)
Karnataka, India
Pin Code : 573201

AVK College For Women, Hassan Karnataka is a recognised institute / college. Status: Private Aided. AVK College For Women, Hassan Karnataka is also known as Arakalagudu Varadarajulu Kanthamma College for Women, Hassan. AVK College For Women, Hassan Karnataka is managed by Society: MTES Hassan. AVK College For Women, Hassan Karnataka was established on / in 1966.

Principal of AVK College For Women, Hassan Karnataka is Dr. (Ms) M B Ashalatha (Mobile 9448857321), SHAILAJA KARGEDE.

AVK College For Women is situated in Hassan of Karnataka state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of AVK College For Women, Hassan Karnataka is 08172-231594.

email ID(s) is AVK College For Women Hassan Karnataka

Website of AVK College For Women, Hassan Karnataka is http://www.avkchsn.ac.in/.

Contact Details of AVK College For Women, Hassan Karnataka are : Telephone: +91-8172-268568
Principal: 08172-265906, 9483548568
email: avkcollege@avk.edu


AVK College For Women, Hassan Karnataka runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).

Approval details: AVK College For Women is affiliated with University of Mysore, Mysore

Media coverage of AVK College For Women, Hassan Karnataka, Karnataka

NAAC report of AVK College For Women

Part 1 Introduction
A. V. Kanthamma College for Women, Hassan, Karnataka is a premier center of higher learning in the western Malnad region of Karnataka. Malnad Technical Education Society (MTES) launched the college in a humble way in July 1966, just with 123 students at the PU level. The institution started functioning partly in the borrowed premises of the Municipal High School and partly in the Malnad College of Engineering, Hassan, a sister institution run by the same Management. A plot of 4.75 acres of land in a prime part of the town was graciously allotted by the Karnataka Govt. for locating the College. (A part of this land is utilized for constructing a shopping complex the income from which is utilized for meeting the expenses of the College) A generous donation by the late A. N. Varadarajulu, a retired Karnataka Govt. official, helped the MTES to go ahead with the construction of own building for the institution. In fact, it is in recognition of this philanthropic act that the College is named after the donor's wife, Smt. Kanthamma. The authorities were alert enough to get the UGC recognition both under 2f and 12B soon after. This helped the college to receive eligible financial grants from the UGC during that Plan as well as during the subsequent five year Plans. In 1970 the college moved to its own well maintained, three storied building. With gradual additions, the building complex now has more than 5000 sq. m of covered space. The College if affiliated to the University of Mysore.

Being conservative, the rural people of the Malnad area were unwilling to send their girls to co-education colleges, that too in far-off places. That is why the elite of the area mobilized their resources to start a Women's college of their own. During the nearly four decades of its existence, the A. V. K. College has done commendable service towards the cause of upliftment of women students of the Malnad districts. The authorities have laid down a mission statement in the following words: To educate the young women of the Malnad region especially the poorest into empowered and efficient leaders; to strengthen our base of academic excellence by imparting quality-based education; to build up a life of integrity characterized by the quest for truth and justice; to nurture self-confidence and self-reliance; and to create an atmosphere of openness to growth. They have also drawn up a mission statement which they are steadily trying to implement. The College has adopted the motto, 'Knowledge and Virtue', the first word standing for the achievement of academic excellence and latter word standing for the cultivation of useful citizenship.

Degree programmes were started in 1967-68. Today the college offers B.A (six combinations, B.Sc (six combinations) and B. Com., most of them under aided schemes. In 1995 the college introduced a UGC-sponsored vocational degree course in Computer Application. Recently it has also started a few Self-Financing (SF) B.Sc. courses like Electronics, Computer Science and Biotechnology. Presently, there are 1630 students enrolled in various degree programmes. The number of students in SF courses is reasonable (173) for a semi-urban population. There are eight Depts in the Science Faculty (Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Botany, Zoology, Computer Science, Electronics and Biotechnology), nine Depts in the Arts Faculty and one in Commerce Faculty.

There are 64 permanent teachers (44 female and 20 male), 6 temporary teachers (5 female and one male) and 13 part-time teachers (11 female and 2 male). Among permanent teachers 9 hold Ph. D. and 4 hold M.Phil. Degrees. There are also 33 supportive staff on the administrative side and 8 on the technical side. Twenty four of them are female.

Results of annual exams are good, having achieved more than 80 % in Science and Arts subjects (average) and more than that in Commerce during the last 3 years. It is satisfying to note that the college has also secured a few University Ranks during the same period.

Facilities available in the campus include adequate number of classrooms, reasonably furnished laboratories, central library, computer center, play ground and sports facilities, canteen, hostel etc. In fact temporary hostel facilities were provided from 1970 onwards, but permanent hostel built with financial assistance from the UGC was opened in 1999. A 13-member Governing Council headed by a former Law Minister of the State, Sri. Haranahally Ramaswamy conducts the affairs of the College, including mobilization of funds for development and formulation of policies. The Staff Council headed by the Principal looks after the day-to-day matters.

Having thus reached a certain positive stage of development, the A. V. Kanthamma College for Women decided to undergo the assessment and accreditation process of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). The authorities prepared a Self Study Report (SSR) and submitted it to the NAAC for the purpose. The national apex body, in turn, constituted a Peer Team to assess the work of the College. The Peer Team (PT) consisted of the following members: Dr. A. N. P. Ummerkutty, former Vice Chancellor, Calicut University (Chairman), Prof. Aroon Krishnarao Heblekar, Former Principal, P.E.S. College, Ponda, Goa (Member) and Prof. Indhrani Sridharan, Principal, Ethiraj College for Women (Autonomous), Victoria Crescent Building, Ethiraj Salai, Chennai (Member).

The PT visited the institution on 16th and 17th August 2004. During their in the campus the PT members went round all the academic facilities including classrooms, laboratories, central library, computer center, sports facilities and play grounds, hostel, canteen and other functional units of the College. They held discussions with the Principal, the Management, the faculty members, representatives of the students, parents, alumni and others concerned. They also went through all the documents displayed for their scrutiny. Based upon all the bove, the PT is pleased to present the following report.

Part 2 Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion I - Curricular Aspects
The College offers mainly three programmes for the degree of B.A., B.Sc. and B.Com. These programmes offered in different courses help students to develop critical, effective thinking and help them to apply the knowledge and skill gained in life. Vocational and self financing courses open up opportunities to get employed or be self reliant.

In each of the B.A. and B.Sc. programmes there are six options available.

Options available in B.A. programmes are
History, Economics, Political Science
History, Economics, Sociology
Economics, Political Science, Sociology
Kannada, Economics, Sociology
English, History, Political Science
English, History, Sociology.

The B.Sc. programmes offers the following options:
Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics
Chemistry, Botany, Zoology
Physics, Mathematics, Electronics
Physics, Mathematics, Computer Applications
Botany, Chemistry, Bio-technology
Electronics, Mathematics, Computer Science.

B.Com. programmes offers only one option.

The flexibility in the choice of options and mobility are determined by the affiliating University. The University reviews and updates the curricula in 3-4 years.

The College has introduced Computer Science and Bio-technology as optional subjects in the last three years. About one year is the time required to introduce the new subjects once it is conceptualized.

The teaching staff members of the College have been associated with the curriculum design as the members of Board of Studies.

The academic audit is carried out by the University.

The various programmes offered help to fulfil the goals and objectives of the institution while the vocational and self-financing courses prepare them for employment. The innovations in the curricula and a multidisciplinary approach to curriculum is mostly decided and prescribed by the affiliating University. The staff who are members of the various university bodies take part in curriculum designing.
Vocational courses have been started by the College to give an opportunity to the students to be self-employed/self reliant.

Criterion II - Teaching-learning and Evaluation
Admission of students are according to the regulations of the University of Mysore based on academic record. Sports students and students with extra talents are given preference. Remedial coaching through special classes help the weak students, while the advanced learners are encouraged to participate in seminars and workshops. Departments prepare the work schedule of the year and review of work is done through staff meetings. Individual work diaries are also maintained.

The College is on annual pattern and monitoring of students done through tests and examinations. However from the current year semester system is being introduced for all courses as per the direction of the University of Mysore. Teaching methodology includes lectures, guest speakers, seminars, audio visual aids, field trips, educational tours etc. Departments prepare their audio visual aids like slides, transparencies etc.

Out of the total 304 working days, the College has 212 teaching days. For the last two years, the ratio of full-time teachers to the part-time teachers is 3:1. The ration of teaching staff to the non-teaching staff is 2:1. 82 % of the classes are conducted by the full-time faculty. A teacher on deputation from an NGO engages the Sanskrit classes on lecture basis.

A copy of the prospectus and the College calendar is given to every student. Besides, an orientation class is conducted in the beginning of the year to acquaint the students with the evaluation methods.

The overall performance of the students is monitored through periodical assessment. Marks scored in the unit tests and mid-term examinations are recorded in a progress report along with the attendance records, and that is sent to the guardians of the students for information. Corrective follow-up measures are taken.

For the aided programmes teachers are recruited in accordance with Government rules with a duly constituted selection unit. The College has the freedom and resources to appoint and pay temporary teachers. Teachers have participated in seminars at the national and international level.

As for teacher's appraisal the teacher's seek feedback from their students directly and there are meetings of class representatives with HOD and Principal. Students evaluate their teachers through a questionnaire on a ten point scale and the data are given to the teachers for improvement. Students also express their campus experience and a number of amenities are being provided as a result of this feedback.

Regular conferences and workshops are conducted by the various departments. The College has availed the FIP programme. The teachers serve in a number of committees and thereby participate in the day to day administration of the College. The College has adopted practical training and field work as part of innovation. Linkages at the national and international level pertains to conferences and seminars. Project work to the job oriented courses, educational tours and seminars for communication skills form the highlight of this criterion.

Criterion III - Research, Consultancy and Extension
Research is a significant activity of the College wherein the teachers are given study leave and funding. Departments are also encouraged to undertake research projects. The Research Unit consisting of the Principal & HODs' scrutinize the proposals and adjustments within the allotted workload are given to teachers doing research. Three percent of the staff are engaged in research. One member of the faculty has successfully completed a minor research project sanctioned by the UGC. Six faculty members are doing research on the full-time basis, and seven on part-time basis.

One member of the staff designated to hold an additional charge as NSS officer and Student Welfare Officer. Students and teachers are engaged are encouraged to participate in extension activities through campus in rural areas. Zilla Panchayat, Forest Department, Youth Child Department etc. are organizations collaborating with the College in their extension activities.

Students and staff responded overwhelmingly during the two National disasters of Gujarat Earth Quake and Kargil war. The students have constructed toilets for the rural population of Borankoppla and Harnahally villages with the assistance from Hassan Zilla Panchayat.

Criterion IV - Infrastructure and Learning Resources
Area of the College AVKC campus is 4.75 acres. The campus accommodates along with the main building of the College, a ladies Hostel, a play ground, library, laboratories and a classroom block. The main building has three floors and it houses besides the classrooms, office and Principal's chamber.

There are eighteen departments.

The College has received grants from the UGC for construction and other development. The College plans to meet their needs for augmenting the infrastructure from the assistance received from the Management, UGC and the State Government.

A budgetary provision looks after the maintenance requirements.

The infrastructure facilities are used by the College for their own curricular and extra curricular activities. The premises are lent for the conduct of University and other competitive examinations during vocations. Other organizations are encouraged to use the premises for holding functions and lectures of social, literary, economic and scientific relevance.

The library advisory committee is headed by the Principal and all the heads of departments and the librarian are the members. The library has a book bank facility and all the functions of the library are conducted manually. The total number of the books is 37,354 and that of Journal/periodicals is 31. The library is kept open from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and the number of working days is 304.

AVKC has a computer center with 27 machines and adequate software and peripherals.

As for health services, annual medical check up is conducted. Emergencies are handled with the help of the nearby Government Hospital and Private Nursing Home.

The College has both indoor and outdoor sports facilities. Outstanding sports students are given incentives by way of uniforms, cash prizes etc. The College has participated and won at the State Level, Inter University and National Level Sports.

The Hostel of the College provides accommodation for 200 students, half of being from the PUC section partly functioning in the campus.

The use of solar energy, purified drinking water supply, the green house and museum and the cultural meet funded by the Management and the endowment lectures are the highlights of this criterion.

Criterion V - Student Support and Progression
The College at present have 1630 students on their roll. After completing the minimum period of studies, about 69% appear for the qualifying examinations. The drop-out rates is 31% and about 30% of the students proceed for further studies or take up employment. Prominent positions held by the alumini of AVKC for Women includes Professors, Engineers, Medical Practitioners, Civil services, Industrialists, Advocates and self employment. Many students have appeared for and passed the Karnataka Civil and Education Services examinations.

AVKC updates and publishes its prospectus annually, containing information regarding courses offered, faculty, fees structure, examinations, rules and regulations. Scholarships from Central and the State Governments, free-ships and other endowment scholarships are made available to the students. From 50% to 70% of the enrolled students avail this assistance. Students requiring financial support are assisted in getting the same by the counseling cell at the time of admission. A designated class-teacher also helps the students through the end of academic year. The teaching staff help the students in their academic and other problems, including employment after the completion of the studies. A student council is elected every year to look after the extra-curricular activities.
An alumni association has been formed.

Policies and the admission criteria are communicated to the prospective students through prospectus. Indoor and outdoor games, cultural activities, student magazine and debate clubs are the facilities provided to the students for their recreation and leisure. A number of prizes have been institutes for the cultural and academic excellence by various persons including the alumini.

Criterion VI - Organization and Management
The College has an coordinating and monitoring mechanism which functions through the various committees with teachers as convenors and members and no external agency is involved. The work efficiency of the non-teaching staff is monitored by the Principal. The academic calendar is prepared by a special committee and the decisions of the selection committee are upheld by the Management. The Non-Teaching Staff get training in computers.

While the fee structure for the aided courses are in accordance with the Government norms, the self financing courses have a fee structure fixed by the Management. There has been change in the fee structure owing to computer lab fees. The College has a budget which indicates a surplus and there is internal audit. The Management pays the full and legitimate salaries to the staff employed under self financed courses.

The welfare programmes of the College include loan facilities and medical advances for staff and non-teaching and scholarship for students. The grievance redressal cell allows the employees and students to express their grievances which are effectively handled by the Principal and Student Welfare Officer and suitable solutions provided. Major items of purchase are made after procuring quotations.

The concern of the Management in providing value based education in order to mould the personality of the students and their encouragement for seminars, workshops and lectures are the highlights of this criterion.

The College has the following healthy practices.

Internal quality checks are provided through conduct of staff meetings.

The College has been sensitized to the modern managerial concepts and functions. Its has decentralized its functions by approaching various committees to look after the conduct of different activities.

The College has provided for vocational courses for empowering the women of the rural region of Malnad. Courses have contributed towards assisting the students appearing the competitive examinations.

Criterion VII - Healthy Practices
The internal quality check is adopted through the staff council and College council which monitors academic, co-curricular and extra curricular activities of the students. The institution is aware of the managerial concepts wherein work is divided among teachers constituted into committees. Students are also trained in leadership, responsibility, teamwork and organization. Regular academic programmes are strengthened with self-financing courses and special lectures. The institution imparts education on liberal and secular values with emphasis on discipline. Civic responsibilities are inculcated through the NSS & SWO.

The all round development of the students are taken care of through co-curricular and extra curricular activities. The goal of providing education to the rural and economically backward girls are achieved through financial assistance, dedication of the staff and committed management.

Community orientation is possible through the NSS, the activities of which include adoption of village, aids awareness, blood donation, environmental awareness etc. General and transferable skills are promoted by motivating the reading habit, training in communication skills, incorporating computer education as an integral part of the curriculum and practice in teamwork and individual responsibility through associations.

While the parent, teacher and students meeting provides a conducive base for better understanding, the introduction of vocational and self-financing courses help to provide wider choice of learning to the students.

Part 3 Overall Analysis
In a region where women's higher education was very inadequate and where coeducation was viewed with suspicion, the A. V. Kanthamma College has indeed contributed greatly in fulfilling the educational aspirations and a felt need of the local people. The Management has taken care to build up the institution in a gradual but steady way. They have also taken care to translate their vision into reality, again, in a gradual but sure way. No doubt, journey in search of excellence and higher academic achievements are long and never-ending. With the progress already made, they could boldly plan for a faster growth and greater attainments. The institution seemed to be well prepared for this larger role in the upliftment of the Malnad region. While studying the Self Study Report and during the visit to the institution, the PT found a number of features worth mentioning. Such points are listed below as commendations. The PT also noticed a few other points which it thought should be brought to the attention of the Management. The PT hopes that these points, which are listed separately as suggestions, would be useful in planning the future development of the College.

The results of annual University exams are good, almost consistently achieving 80% average or more. In some subjects, 100% result is frequent. This is indeed laudable. The performance of language Depts, except that of English appeared to be exceedingly good.
The number of first classes is also satisfactory. A few students got University ranks also during the last three years.

That there are 9 Ph.D. holders and 4 M. Phil holders among the staff is encouraging.
Starting of a UGC-sponsored vocational degree course in Computer Application in 1995 and its continuance even after the UGC assistance discontinued is notable.

Recent introduction of three Self-Financed B. Sc. courses in Electronics, Computer Science and Biotechnology deserves special mention.

The PT noted with pleasure that some of the faculty of the College served as members of the various Boards of Studies on different occasions and that they were involved actively in the curriculum design of the University. It is also pleasing to note that some teachers have served in bodies like Senate, Academic Council, College Affiliation Committee etc.

That the College conducts remedial courses and extra tests for the benefit of weaker students is worth noting.

It is noted that the College takes care to arrange guest lecture, seminars etc inviting outside teachers/experts. This is a welcome step.

The PT noted with satisfaction that semester system has been introduced from the current year for all the degree programmes as per the directions from the University of Mysore.

The PT also noted with satisfaction that compulsory computer training is being introduced for the first and second semester students (running to about 120 hrs) from the current year onwards.

That a couple of teachers has attended national level, and one teacher has attended international level seminars is appreciable.

The project work being carried out by students of Biotechnology, Computer Application, B. Com etc is highly appreciated. Even if not required in syllabus, such short duration project work could be considered for all students. It will add to their general capability.

The minor research project successfully completed by the Chemistry Dept is appreciated.

That many teachers have registered for part time research is also appreciated.

Another appreciable point noted by the PT is that the HOD of Chemistry attended some international conferences and that two of them were financed by the management

The construction of village roads by students with assistance from the Zilla Parishad is a useful activity to be appreciated.

Participation of some students in inter-collegiate and inter-University events and winning recognition in some cases is encouraging and deserve to be promoted.

It is appreciated that the College volunteered to host Mysore University Inter collegiate sports events on a few occasions.

A meaningful student feedback system is in existence for last three years. This is well appreciated.

Annual State level cultural meet being organized by the College with the assistance of the management deserves praise.

While appreciating the attendance by teachers in seminars, conferences etc outside the College, it is suggested that Major Depts should conduct, either jointly or individually, their own serious, topic-based seminars, workshops etc inviting faculty members from other institutions. This will be useful both for exchanging up-to-date information on the respective subjects, but also for exposing the local students to advanced areas in their respective fields of knowledge.

While welcoming the conduct of a State level conference by the Dept. of Sociology, it is suggested more of such conferences/workshops should be organized every year, as already proposed above. Such activities add to the dynamism of the institution and value to the educational process.

Obviously, because of their rural background, many students seem to be weak in English. This problem may be viewed seriously and some extra arrangements made, either in the classes or outside class hours, to conduct special classes in English on a regular basis, with special emphasis on communicative skills.

Computerization of library work may be completed early. This will considerably increase the utility and efficiency of the library, apart from opening up the door for inter-library and national level networking.

Management may also consider providing some Audio-Visual facilities and cassettes in the Library, particularly in respect of newer areas of studies.

Since the college is aiming at Autotonomous status etc, it is suggested that research activities may be organized in a more meaningful way. While noting the existence of a Research Committee (RC), it is suggested that a moderate corpus fund may set apart for its activities and also that the RC should meet regularly to plan, coordinate, monitor and evaluate the research activities.

There was demands from students and parents for introducing more and diversified coursed both at degree and lower levels. These problems may be considered by the Management. It is suggested that a one day discussion may be held in this respect as to identify the possible courses that could be started. An experienced teacher, experts and other stakeholders may invited to this brainstorming discussion. After identifying the courses necessary proposals can be put up before the University for approval.

Another suggestion made during interactions was the necessity to introduce counseling on a formal and professional basis. Coming from the rural background, many students have genuine problems in respect of their studies, career prospects etc. This can well be attended to only when counseling is done on a regular basis.

Another suggestion made was in respect of the need for greater facilities and encouragement for cultural and co-curricular activities. It is suggested that a Cultural Committee (CC) can be constituted with one interested teacher in charge to look after the cultural needs and activities of the students so as to encourage the development of their latent talent.

One more suggestion made was in respect of the need of an auditorium for the College. Since the number of students has increased considerably the Management may look into the problem and appropriate action taken. Probably one of the floors of the building under construction could be thought of for the purpose.

Services of the Alumni may be better utilized. There were many offers during the interaction session.

College should have more tie-ups and sign more MOUs with the neighbouring industries and business houses. Students could be encouraged to spend a few days continuously in such places for practical experiences in the respective areas of their academic pursuits.

While appreciating the existing class teacher system, it is suggested that some type of tutorial system whereby a batch of 20-25 students would be placed under the charge of a teacher might be considered by the authorities. The teacher should be responsible to monitor the progress in study and all-round development of the students under their ward.

Dr. A. N. P. Ummerkutty (Chairman)

Prof Aroon Krishnarao Heblekar (Member)

Prof Indhrani Sridharan (Member)

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