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Dr BMN College of Home Science Matunga, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Address:338, R.A. Kidwai Road, Matunga
Mumbai (District Mumbai)
Maharashtra, India
Pin Code : 400019


Dr BMN College of Home Science Matunga, Mumbai Maharashtra is a recognised institute / college. Dr BMN College of Home Science Matunga, Mumbai Maharashtra is also known as Dr Bhanuben Mahendra Nanavati College of Home Science.

Dr BMN College of Home Science Matunga, Mumbai Maharashtra is managed by Society: Seva Mandal Education Societys.
Principal of Dr BMN College of Home Science Matunga, Mumbai Maharashtra is Dr. Shilpa Charankar.

Dr BMN College of Home Science Matunga, Mumbai Maharashtra is situated in Mumbai of Maharashtra state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Mumbai comes under Mumbai (Bombay) Tehsil, Mumbai District.

Fax # of Dr BMN College of Home Science Matunga, Mumbai Maharashtra is +91-22-24026511.

email ID(s) is Dr BMN College of Home Science Matunga Mumbai Maharashtra

Website of Dr BMN College of Home Science Matunga, Mumbai Maharashtra is http://www.bmncollege.com/.


Contact Details of Dr BMN College of Home Science Matunga, Mumbai Maharashtra are : Telephone: +91-22-24095792, 24035296


Courses

B.H.Sc.
BCA

P.G.Dip. in Sports
Science Fitness &
Nutrition

P.G.Dip. in Early
Childhood Education

M.Sc. Clinical
Nutrition

B.Sc. H.Sc.II
Nutrition and Dietetics


Dr BMN College of Home Science Matunga, Mumbai Maharashtra runs course(s) in Computer Applications, Degree stream(s).

Dr BMN College of Home Science Matunga is affiliated with SNDT Women University, Mumbai (Bombay)


Profile of Dr BMN College of Home Science Matunga

The Dr. BMN College is located in the suburban locality of Matunga, Mumbai and caters to young, women students from varied socio - economic backgrounds. The institution is one of the seven institutions for women conducted by the Seva Mandal Education Society. The involvement of the Seva Mandal Education Society in the cause of womens education goes back five decades. In 1957, the Society began its first institution for women with just seven students. Today the campus houses a strength of about 5000 women students. Seva Mandal Education Society is committed to its Mission of the Empowerment of Women through Excellence in Education . The Society strives to provide equal opportunities in education to women from all strata of society.

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Media coverage of Dr BMN College of Home Science Matunga, Mumbai Maharashtra, Maharashtra

NAAC report of Dr Bhanuben Mahendra Nanavati College of Home Science (Dr BMN College of Home Science)

Introduction
Dr. Bhanuben Mahendra Nanavati College of Home Science, established in the year 1984, is one of the five institutions for women run by the Seva Mandal Education Society. The college which is a grant-in-aid institution is affiliated to SNDT Women's University, Mumbai and received UGC's recognition in the year 1994.

The College volunteered for assessment and accreditation of its performance and submitted its Self-Study Report (SSR) to National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). A Peer Team was constituted by the Council to visit the institution and validate the Self-Study Report. The Peer Team consisting of Dr. Lakshmi Santa Rajagopal, Former Vice Chancellor of Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, a Deemed University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, as Chairperson, and Dr. R.A. Sridhari Das, Principal, V.H.D. Central Institute of Home Science, Bangalore, Karnataka, as Member, visited the college for two days, 24th - 25th September 2002. The visit was ably supported by Mr. B.R. Manjunath, Academic Consultant, NAAC.

Located in a predominantly middle class urban locality in Matunga, Mumbai the institution caters to young women students from different socio economic backgrounds. The present campus area is 20,000 sq.ft. An additional area of 50,000 sq.ft. is expected to be ready for occupation in the near future. It is comparatively a small institution with 373 students, all from the nearby locality, 18 teachers (16 permanent and two temporary) and 27 non-teaching staff. The student teacher ratio is 21:1, while the teacher to non-teaching staff ratio is 1:1.5. Semester/Annual pattern and credit system are followed. The drop out rate is within 6 per cent. The pass percentage has been above 80 per cent. Two undergraduate programmes are offered - one in Home Science and the other in Computer Application. Under the Home Science stream, five courses, including one vocational programme , are offered. Other than these, one certificate programme and one Diploma programme are also offered.

The primary mission of the Seva Mandal Education Society is Empowerment of Women through Excellence in Education, with particular focus on the vocational aspects of the courses. The Management, Principal and faculty members work hard to achieve the mission of the college by providing career-oriented education to women students. The College strives to inculcate in the students a sound philosophy of life and empower them to undertake higher responsibilities.

The Peer Team perused the relevant documents, visited the departments and the facilities, and interacted with the various constituents of the institutions. The academic, co-curriuclar, extra-curricular, sports and extension facilities of the institution were visited. The peer team also interacted at length with the Governing Body, Head of the institution, faculty, non-teaching staff, students, parents and alumni of the institution. Based on the above exercise, and keeping in mind the criteria identified by NAAC, the peer team has taken the value judgment. The assessment of the institution under various criteria, the commendable features of the institution as well as the issues of concern are given in the following pages.

Criterion-wise Evaluation
Criterion I : Curricular Aspects
As an affiliated institution of the SNDT University, Dr. B.M.N. College of Home Science follows the curriculum prescribed by the University meticulously. Two undergraduate programmes are offered: Bachelor of Home science (B.H.Sc), on Semester pattern and Bachelor of Computer Applications (B.C.A.), an Annual pattern.

The five specializations offered under the B.H.Sc. programme are Family Resources Management, Food Science and Nutrition, Textiles and Clothings, Human Development and the Vocational course in Food Science and Quality Control. The B.C.A. course has been introduced only recently from the academic year 2001 -2002. The value-added courses introduced in the two disciplines of Family Resource Management, and Textiles and Clothing have helped in enhancing their value. The inclusion of enrichment courses has helped the students in personality development as made out through interactions with them. The Foundation courses such as Current Concerns, and Environment and Ecology, offered as per the University guidelines, help the students to be aware of the recent developments and their impact on the individuals and society. A couple of diploma and certificate programmes are also offered which attract quite a good number of students and help in augmenting the resource based of the institution. All the programmes offered by the college are career oriented.

As per the University norms, semester/annual and credit system are followed. To introduce a new programme within the regulations of the present university system, the college takes about two years. It may be noted that in view of the need for computer skills, the college provides for imparting computer skills to all the first year students, though through short term self-finance courses.

The College is represented in the Boards of studies of S.N.D.T. University by its senior staff members. They play vital role in updating the syllabi and restructuring the courses, making them more relevant to the society and the industry.

The college conducts seminars/workshops, bringing in academic peers to share their expertise and inspired students. The college has a good linkages with industry. These linkages are used for field visits, demonstrations, experiments and on-the-job training for the students during their six week long internship programme. Empowerment of women has been the main goal of the institution from its inception. The programmes are generally in conformity with the mission, goals and objectives of the institution.

Criterion II : Teaching Learning and Evaluation
Admission to the various courses of study in the college is in accordance with the policy of the S.N.D.T. University. Lecture method is generally used in teaching. To make teaching learning effective OHP and audio-visual aids are used. Powerpoint presentation is made possible with the acquisition of LCD Projector. Frequent use of new technologies such as Video Projections, Brain Storing etc. will further strengthen the teaching learning process.

Though tutor-ward system is not in vogue, weak students are identified and remedial coaching provided in subjects like Physics, Physiology and English. Improving the language skills of students is taken up, which, according to the teachers and students, has resulted in the personality development of the students. Advanced learners are encouraged to take up in depth projects in challenging areas, lead group discussions, and participate in innovative programs to sharpen their talents. The courses in Family Resource Management and Textiles and Clothing provide avenues for developing and using computer aided package and the college has already taken steps in this regard.

A broad teaching plan is prepared by the teachers at the beginning of the semester and its implementation is monitored by the head of department. Evaluation is done as per university guidelines which lay stress on continuous internal assessment. Assignments and Seminars, which forms an integral part of the evaluation methodology, enable teachers to assess the students. The final exam is design and conducted by the S.N.D.T. University. Orientation given to the students at the beginning of the first semester give them and idea on the pattern of evaluation followed in the college. The parents are informed of the progress of their wards through reports given at the end of the semester. It is to be commended that the college has been consistently maintaining high success rate, and has a few University ranks also to its credit.

The college is able to achieve the require teaching days ( 180 ) and working days ( 264 ) in an academic year, particularly because of the 6 day week. There are adequate number of experience teachers in the departments. Where ever workload is heavy, the management appoints teachers either on adhoc or clock hour basis.

The recruitment of teachers is done as per the norms of the university. The teachers are given opportunities to attend seminars within and the outside of the college. Nine teachers have attended national level seminars. It is commendable that eight teachers out of sixteen have participated in international seminar. The college encourages the teachers to avail of the FIP programme of the U.G.C., minor research projects, participate in national and international seminars, apart from their participation in refresher and orientation courses. The Food Science and Nutrition Department had to its credit organization of a national level seminar in the year 2000 attracting the participation of a large number of nutritionist including teachers from all over the country. The peer team appreciate the involvement of the only teacher in English a post Doctoral fellow in initiating overseas contacts through the institution and obtaining funds for enrichment of the library.

The nursery school in the campus provides ample teaching-learning opportunities for the students of department of Human Development.

It is heartening to note that the U.G.C. has provided funds worth Rs. 1Lac for the COHSSIP.

Criterion III : Research , Consultancy and Extension
The College has 3 teachers with Ph.D., and 7 with M.Phil.. A few have registered for Ph.D.. Being an institution offering only the undergraduate programmes, there is not much scope for in-depth research. But it is heartening to note that through the projects undertaken at the third year, research orientation is given to some extent. The involvement of teachers in minor research projects and research guidance in other institutions provide 70% of the faculty opportunities to do research at varied levels. The research committee formulated may be involved in speeding up the process of preparing research proposals and submitting the same to funding agencies.

The college, because of its prestige and location, can offer consultancy service in industrial and other sectors. Competent teachers and departments may be encouraged to offer consultancy. Such exposure will not only enrich the faculty but also be of immense help to the students.

The outreach programmes are mainly by the 150 N.S.S. Volunteers. In addition, certain subjects like Community Nutrition, offered by Food Science and Nutrition department, provide some scope to extend knowledge to the community. The college is associated with government and non government organizations in the outreach programmes conducted through N.S.S.. It is note worthy that the institution has to its credit the Best N.S.S. programme officer, the best N.S.S. Volunteer in the year 2000 and the best N.S.S. unit in the year 1997. However there is scope for further utilization of students potential for extension activities and outreach programmes, especially in field of women empowerment.

Criterion IV : Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The College had an area of 20, 000 Sq.Ft only till recently. The management is generous and quality-conscious and renders help in improving the infrastructural facilities. The college has expanded the infrastructural facilities by providing another multi-storied building, with 50,000 sq. ft., which is shared with the sister institutions. In a city like Mumbai where space is precious and very difficult to acquire, it requires optimising the use of the available area. The class-rooms and laboratories are put to optimum use with the help of a structured time table and also by staggering their use.

The Library has around 4000 books and the new building provides sufficient reading room space for both students and teachers. Computerisation of the Library has been initiated. There is a Book Bank facility which is made use of by the students. The Library is managed by an advisory committee. The Library has linkages with the library in a sister institution. Efforts are being made to establish additional linkages. The management may explore the possibility of strengthening the collection of books and also subscribing to the several women-specific magazines and journals.

The college has a central computer facility which is kept open for over ten hours. With a large number of computers provided for the B.C.A. programmes, it is possible for the institution to offer a basic programme in computers and also internet facilities for all the students.

All the teachers have also undergone the basic computer programme. Internet facilities are often utilized for updating information and knowledge.

It is commendable that, in spite of deficient sports infrastructure some students have shown promise and performance, winning medals in intercollegiate and university level competitions. The sports facilities may be improved. Though there is a canteen facility, its use by students is rather limited, for want of adequate seating arrangements. This may be looked into.

Vacation classes, conducted not only for the students of the institutions, but also the others, facilitate optimum use of the infrastructural facilities besides, enhancing the revenue.

Criterion V : Student Support and Progression
The college mainly caters to the students from the surrounding region. The students are provided with updated prospectus and are given orientation to familiarize themselves with the institution and its programmes.

The college consistently maintains very good results including a few university ranks. The financial aid is provided to the needy students in the form of scholarships. Besides state government scholarships, certain institutional schemes are also there.

The student support services include facilities for co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Such activities may be further supported and strengthened. Additional coaching, given by way of remedial courses for weaker students, is a welcome support. Personality development and entrepreneurial development are offered once a week as enrichment programmes. Advanced learners are identified and additional challenges in the form of projects, book review, seminars are provided for further improvement. The Peer Team appreciates the efforts made by the teachers to inculcate quality education. The college has been collecting feed-back from former students which needs to be formalised and strengthened. There are some useful additional courses for different specializations, such as, knitting technology, autocad, etc. To develop service-mindedness in students, extension activities are carried out mainly through NSS.

Though there is no employment cell, the college holds interactive career counselling sessions for the final year degree students with the help of teachers who have undergone training in personal counselling at the TISS. A counselling cell was initiated in the year 1998. A full-time trained psychologist has been appointed who visits the college once a week for two hours for the benefit of the students.

The institution made efforts to organize former students under the Alumni Association only in 2001. The institution may plan for ways and means of strengthening the association to elicit the necessary support towards the growth of the institution.

Some provision is available for indoor and outdoor games. Clubs such as nature club and debating club help interested students to involve themselves in related activities. Cultural programmes and competitions are organized which help to bring out the latent talents of students.

Since the number of students is small there is no health center on the campus. However, there is a tie-up with hospitals where students and staff members can seek treatment.

Placement services are also not available, may be because the college offers only undergraduate programmes. The institute may think in terms of offering a few postgraduate programmes. The Peer Team is pleased to note that, as revealed during interactions, the students are satisfied with the college as it has provided the required infrastructural facilities and support for their study and development and also maintained a harmonious relationship.

VI. Organisation and Management
The overall management of the college vests with the Seva Mandal. The periodic meetings of the management committee help in analyzing the working of the institution and taking steps for further progress.

Internal coordination and monitoring of performance are carried out through regular meetings of the Principal with the Heads of Departments, other staff members and various committee members. The relatively small number of teaching staff and students facilitate the coordination and monitoring process. Formation of committees to carry out varied responsibilities and activities facilitate performance. Participation of staff representatives in the local managing council meetings gives them an opportunity to communicate their suggestions.

The college office maintains a confidential report on the work efficiency of the non-teaching staff. The work efficiency is checked through frequent meetings with the Principal.

The institution has organized professional development programmes for the non-teaching staff, which include computer training programme, workshops on team building, stress management, office management and so on. Under the staff welfare fund, provisions are available for members to receive loans for medical treatment and for professional development.

The college may explore the possibilities of using modern technology for better coordination and monitoring the activities. An internal communication system would be of great help in this direction.

The management provides partial fiscal support for campus development and upkeep, besides paying the salary of the temporary teachers. An assessment of the possibility of involving parents in strengthening the management needs probing.

VII Healthy Practices
The college offers short duration self-financing courses like Basics in computers for F.Y.BHSc., Autocad for T.Y.F.R.M. etc.. Bachelor in Computer Applications, a three year course, is also self-financing. Adding many more short term programmes would help students in enhancing their knowledge and will be of value to the management in terms of additional financial resource.

Though the college offers courses only at the undergraduate level, an orientation for research is provided through the projects undertaken by them in the final year. However, the advanced learners are encouraged to take up projects in the up-coming areas. It is also significant that about 50 per cent of the faculty have undertaken minor research projects.

It is heartening to note that internship in other concerns is provided in the various programmes to offer career orientation. It will definitely benefit the college if ways and means of establishing linkages with industries are probed and put into practice. Being an affiliated college, the institution follows the university patterns and credit system finds its place. The activities performed reflect the total development of students.

Among the healthy practices observed in the college, the following merit special mention:

Establishing good student- teacher relationship.

Offering a few self-financing and enrichment courses, vacation courses, thus ensuring optimum utilization of infrastructure.

Offering foundation course - Current Concerns, Environment and Ecology, History as Heritage.

Introducing additional enrichment activities to further develop the talents and skills of advanced learners.

Introducing student evaluation of teachers.

Involving students in the maintenance of campus cleanliness.

Enthusing NSS volunteers in service-oriented activities in collaboration with NGOs.

Inculcating desired values in students through academic and other activities.

Encouraging students to participate in extra curricular and co-curricular activities.

Good leader along with excellent inter-personal relationships among teaching and non-teaching staff and students contributing to smooth functioning of college.

Overall Analysis
The Mission of the Management is clearly stated and the objectives of the Dr. Bhanuben Mahendra Nanavati College of Home Science to realize the Mission are well defined.

The college gives thrust to Home Science education with a comparatively strong career orientation. However, Interaction with probable employers may throw some light on the modifications to be effected in the existing curricula to make the programme more relevant.

Though the institution records that a few of their graduates are self-employed, there is paucity of information. The institution may take serious steps to contact the former students atleast, over the past five years and record information on employment.

Having 18 years of history, the institution may work towards initiating postgraduate and research programmes in atleast a couple of areas. By doing this, better academic and industry linkages will be possible in addition to ensuring vertical mobility and employability of aspiring students.

Career counselling and information centers play a significant role in the academic growth. The institution offers career counselling in an informal way to the final year students. This needs to be formalised and strengthened.

The college lays stress on inculcating a humanistic outlook in students and to impart a sense of social responsibility towards society at large. Opportunities are provided to assess the social needs and to mingle with deprived sections of the society particularly to student volunteers in National Service Scheme. The college may plan for strengthening extension activities and initiate and support information technology programmes on women development issues.

Papers on gender issues and women and development may be subscribed to enable the young students get more exposure.

It is encouraging to note that over 50 per cent of the teachers are involved in some kind of research activities. Faculty members need to be encouraged to assess themselves for effecting self improvement. It would also help the institution if the confidential reports on the faculty are maintained and used effectively.

In view of the opportunities provided to the non-teaching staff to become computer literates, office automation becomes an imperative need.

Infrastructural facilities are generally good. But the class room infrastructure and the library facilities may be strengthened.

The college may prepare a perspective plan with a futuristic vision. The overall institutional academic perspective in the next 10 years may be envisaged for a phased action programme.

The Peer Team appreciates the dedicated efforts of all the members, particularly the members of the Steering Committee, under the dynamic leadership of Mrs. Shilpa P. Charankar, Principal, in facilitating the assessment and accreditation exercise. The Team wishes the institution all success in its future endeavors. The team also wishes to place on record the warm hospitality extended by the all the constituents of the college during the visits.

Prof. Laxmi Santa Rajagopal (Chairperson)

Prof. Sridhari Das R.A. (Member)



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