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Smt Mithibai Motiram Kundnani College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai, Maharashtra


Smt Mithibai Motiram Kundnani College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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32nd Road, TPS III, Bandra (W)
Mumbai (District Mumbai)
Maharashtra, India
Pin Code : 400050

Smt Mithibai Motiram Kundnani College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai Maharashtra is a recognised institute / college. Smt Mithibai Motiram Kundnani College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai Maharashtra is also known as Smt MMK College of Commerce and Education. Smt Mithibai Motiram Kundnani College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai Maharashtra was established on / in 1961.

Principal of Smt Mithibai Motiram Kundnani College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai Maharashtra is Dr A C Vanjani (Mobile 9769032772).

Smt Mithibai Motiram Kundnani College of Commerce and Economics 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.

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Registrar : Mr Chandru Nachnani, B.Com, B.A..

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Emnai Id: ashok_vanjani@rediffmail.com

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Smt Mithibai Motiram Kundnani College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai Maharashtra runs course(s) in Commerce and Economics, Business Management, Mass Media stream(s).

Approval details: Smt Mithibai Motiram Kundnani College of Commerce and Economics is affiliated with University of Mumbai (UoM), Mumbai (Maharashtra)

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1. Introduction
Smt Mithibai Motiram Kundnani (MMK) College of Commerce and Economics was started in 1961 in direct response to the felt needs of a community deeply interested and involved in commerce and business. The parent organization that launched the College had come into existence a dozen year earlier in 1949. A few Sindhi elites led by Barrister Hotchand Advani and K. M. Kundnani who had settled down in Mumbai were driven by a deep desire to provide higher education to urban youth who were generally backward educationally at that time. They realized that without opportunities for higher education, the deprived sections of the middle class people had no chance of upward mobility. The founding fathers most of whom had migrated from Hyderabad (Sind) named their organization 'The Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board' (HSNCB). Though the MMK College was one of the first institutions of the HSCNB, the latter spread its educational activities to other major academic disciplines too such as Arts, Science, Commerce, Law, Education, Pharmacy, Engineering, Technology, Computer Science and Management. However, MMK College occupies an important place in the scheme of things of the HSNCB.

The Board acquired one acre-plus land in the crowded Bandra area of the city of Mumbai. (The land has also been utilized partly for the construction of a building a sister institutions coming under the same board). Though a recognized linguistic minority institution, the MMK opened its doors to all sections of people irrespective of caste, creed, language or religion. The College became a boon to the local, rather deprived middle class populace. It got affiliated to the University of Bombay (now Mumbai University) with a single degree course - B. Com. with just 77 students. Gradually some other courses were added like M. Com. (with specialization in Accountancy), B. Com. (Vocational), B.M.S. and a few Diploma and Certificate programmes, all directly related to commerce and business. These courses have been carefully chosen with a view to ensure that the students passing out of the College were able to secure suitable placements in emerging service sectors or to pursue higher studies in disciplines related to commerce and business. Thus, MMK became essentially a single-faculty College

With this firm commitment, the HSNCB, in the course of time, articulated its vision in the following words: 'To become a premier Institution of the city of Mumbai, providing excellence in education at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels in the fields of commerce and economics, with specialization in Accountancy, Management, International Business and other emerging areas.' The authorities also formulated a mission statement as to their plans of action in the coming years. They included kindling intellectual curiosity in the students, motivating them towards academic excellence, inculcating in them positive and healthy values and helping them to develop well-balanced personality; empowering teachers to perform the role of change-makers in society; imparting education which suits the needs of business and industry; fostering a culture of participation and innovation among the employees and helping to enrich the quality of life of the community as a whole.

Today the MMK is a major center of Commerce education in the city of Mumbai having a student strength of 2230. Bulk of them belong to UG category - 1823. The UG courses offered are B. Com. with Accountancy and Auditing, B. Com. Business Management, B. Com. (Vocational) and B.M.S. M. Com. is offered at PG level. Two Certificate courses in Foreign Trade Practices and Procedures and in Tourism and Travel Management are offered as add-on courses that can be taken while undergoing degree programme. Of these, B. Com. and M. Com. are aided programmes while others are self-financing (SF). There are six Depts handling the various subjects. Annual pattern is followed for B. Com. and M. Com. and semester pattern for B.M.S. The examination results are good. For B. Com. the pass percentage is around 90 and first class percentage about 60. For B.M.S. the pass is 100 percent and first class about 97 percent.

There are 24 faculty members of which 17 are permanent, 5 temporary and 2 part-time. There are 4 Ph. D. and an equal number of M. Phil degree holders among the faculty. The Principal and another senior faculty member are recognized research guides of the University, though the College itself is not a recognized research center.

Since the College is located in a thickly populated urban locality, it is hard pressed for space. There is just over an acre of land, but the infrastructure is well planned and developed and the available faculties are optimally used. There is a main 3-storey building which is apportioned for various units. There is a general library with about 28,000 volumes and 54 periodicals, including journals. Computer center, health center, hostels, guestroom, Principal's quarters (on the third floor), canteen, vehicle parking shed, non-resident center, an auditorium (shared facility), conference hall, indoor gym etc are available. Sports facilities are shared with other institutions and grounds are hired.

The research activities of the College are focused on accountancy. Some faculty members carry on informal consultancy. It does not generate any revenue for the institution, but the process enriches the teaching exercise.

In 1995 some teachers of the College participated in a workshop organized by the National Institute of Education and Planning (NIEPA), New Delhi. After the experience they carried out a SWOT exercise in respect of their College. That led the institution to believe that assessment and accreditation is useful and essential for any seriously-oriented institution. That is how the self-assessment process reportedly started. Recently, the College prepared a detailed Self Study Report (SSR) and submitted the same to the National Assessment and Accreditation council (NAAC). The latter accordingly constituted a Peer Team for the purpose with the following members: Dr. A. N. P. Ummerkutty, former Vice Chancellor, Calicut University (Chairman), Dr. F. A. Fernandes, Director, ASC, Goa University, Goa (Member) and Prof Harish Narang, Center for Linguistics and English, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (Member-Coordinator). Dr. Antony Stella, Advisor, NAAC, coordinated the work of the Peer Team.

The Peer Team visited the College on 25th and 26th of February 2004. Before arriving at the campus, the members had thoroughly studied the SSR sent by the College. During the visit to the campus they went round all the facilities available at the Campus, including the classrooms, the administrative unit, the library, computer center, canteen, gym and sports facilities and all other functional centers of the College. The team members held detailed discussion with the Principal, the Management, the faculty, the non-teaching staff, representatives of the students, parents, old students and others. They also went through all the documents and records displayed for their perusal. On the basis of all the above, the Peer Team has pleasure in submitting the present report.

2. Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The institution has set before itself some lofty ideals. Its vision is to become a premier institution in the city of Mumbai, providing excellence in education at the U.G and P.G levels in the fields of commerce and economics. The goals are stated in the prospectus and are displayed at the prominent places.

The college follows the syllabi prescribed by the university. However, there is a scope for horizontal as well as vertical flexibility through a number of options made available to students for specializations and elective subjects. B.Com/BMS and 2 out of 5 electives provide such flexibility.

The college has introduced a number of new courses during the past 5-6 years. Foreign Trade Practices and Procedures, BMS, M.Com and Tourism and Travel Management are some of the courses that have been introduced. The college intends to introduce Banking and Insurance and Accountancy and Finance at B.Com level from the year 2004-05. As is evident from the titles, some of these courses are need-based and socially useful.

Feedback from academic peers is obtained before introducing the redesigned courses.

The college sensitizes students to their civic and societal responsibilities through the NSS, cultural committees, the College Fest and Arts Workshops. The areas covered are health, education and environment.

One faculty members of the college is the chairperson of the Board of Studies in a discipline and another is a member of Board of Studies in his subject, of the University. Some of them are recognized as Research guides. There is internal mechanism for academic audit.

The college encourages inter-disciplinary interaction through the teaching of courses across disciplines.

Criterion II: Teaching-Learning and Evaluation
Admissions are made as per university norms and procedures. 50% of seats of professional courses are kept for the students belonging to minority community. The college offers some specializations to students. The academic flexibility offered encourages the students to pursue programme of their choice.

The teachers prepare teaching plans and elicit student response to teaching methods and course contents. Teaching plans are reviewed from time to time. Teachers adopt learner-centered methods. The college conducts an orientation programme for new entrance.
Teaching aids like LCD, OHPs and Computers are used for teaching particular in BMS and Vocational Courses. Advanced learners are given special assignments. They are encouraged to take part in seminars, conferences and workshops. In addition to regular lectures, guest lectures are also organized in some subjects. Field visits are conducted, special classes for non-commerce students at the first year level are also held. There are Remedial and Bridge Courses for the students who seek entry into some Foreign University with which the Management has entered into MOUs. Some students have been financially assisted by the Management to go abroad under the student exchange programme. The teachers are encouraged to participate in Conferences, for lecture assignments abroad etc. Some teachers were given even financial assistance to go abroad for such programmes.

The college organizes an Annual Economic Conventions for student from various colleges under the same Management. Even faculty member from some Universities in foreign countries like Australia participated in Economics Conventions. A couple of students who performed well in the conventions were offered study facilities abroad. A couple of Refresher Courses in commerce has also been organized. However more initiatives for organizing seminars and workshops involving teachers from other colleges need to be taken.

The college has provision for internal Academic Audit. The college follows the University norms for evaluation. For some subjects the evaluation is done continuously through tutorials, test or project work.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
Some faculty members have PhD. qualifications and couple of them is guiding research. The college conducts workshops on How to do Ph. D. Two faculty members have published articles in the international journals and three in national journals. The institution provides support to the lecturers interested in doing research. There are two ongoing minor research projects.

Some teachers do consultancy; however no resources are yet generated.

As for Extension work, the college has links with NGOs such as, Citizen's Group, Giant's Group Industry and other similar bodies. The areas of work include health, education and environment.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college has progressed from less than 100 students to over 2300 students but the corresponding increase in infrastructure facilities does not seem to be of the same order. However the college premises, as the space is limited it is utilized to its optimal use. On Sundays and holidays the premises are utilized for conducting the examinations of ICWA, UPSC, MPSC, Railways, etc. The local senior citizens are using the premises twice a month for spiritual discourse. The classrooms are used by the students in the evening for studies.

The computerization of the library has been initiated recently. The facilities for students on the library are limited because the shortage of space. The library facilities are available from 7.30 am to 4.30 pm. The library hours are extended during the exam period. The library has an advisory committee. It has Book bank facility. There are books above 28000 and 51 journals.

A centralized computer centre and the media facilities are available. One teacher has been using computer aided learning facility at T.Y.B.Com level.

The college has conference room with a capacity of 80-100 people. The College has a guest-room, principal's quarter in the premises. The college has a canteen. There is a health centre with limited facilities. The college shares badminton court of the neighboring college and sports facilities at Khar gymkhana. The college hires the services of professional coaches on a regular basis.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
The college has a transparent admissions policy and the information about the courses offered and evaluation method is dissiminated through an updated Prospectus.

There is an orientation programme for the students after they are admitted to the college.
There is a provision for freeships and scholarships. However nearly 20 students are given some financial assistance last years.

Opportunities are available to students to acquire add-on courses. Learning in the classroom is supplemented by experimental learning in the form of Industrial visit for BMS and vocational students. The college has links with industry for student's project and placements. Students are encouraged to take part in the Inter-collegiate competitions and various other cultural competitions. Students are sensitized to social issues through community services, NSS activity. Leadership camps are also held.

There is an alumni association and few of its members have become faculty members and many have branched out in diverse fields such as media, theater, education, business, IT etc. To promote Sindhi language special classes are conducted by alumni member.

There is a professional counselor who visits a college once a week but there is no independent place for her to work in privacy and she shares her office with

Criterion VI: Organization and Management.
The institution has a well planned management system. It has a local managing committee (LMC) which meets every quarter. The LMC reviews the various activities of the college and monitors the progress. Principle is a secretary of the LMC. There is good rapport between the faculty and non-teaching staff. An Academic Calendar is drawn up for the activities of the college. There is a provision for annual confidential report of teaching and non-teaching staff. There exist job descriptions for all members of office staff. Very few members of non-teaching staff are computer literate. Most of the administrative work is handled manually. There is college development committee. It formulates a long term strategy for academic management and other issues. Major purchases are routed through purchase committee.

As for finances, the college has a system of internal audit and mid-term correction. There is a provision for upgrading and training of the non-teaching staff.

Criterion VII : Healthy Practices
For checking quality control, the college resorts to strategic planning. For the smooth functioning of the college, a number of committees has been formed.

Computerization has recently been initiated for the library and administrative work.

The college has strong linkages with national and international academic institutions for strengthening the academic life of students and teachers. MOUs have been signed with industry and other institutions.

A number of community and need-based self-financing courses have been introduced.

The introduction of Yoga and Art of Living Courses fulfill the needs of students for value based education and discipline.

NSS activities sensitize students about civic and societal responsibilities.

Teachers and non-teaching staff who have completed 25 years of services in the college are publicly honored. In additional best teachers of the college are also honored and also given special awards.

3. Overall Analysis
Commerce & Economics find equal place in the name of the college. However, in the introduction of courses Accountancy and Management relative programme are given more importance. It would be desirable if some more Commerce-related programmes, even at diploma and certificate levels, are also introduced. Some interdisciplinary papers may also be designed and added to the existing curricula with the approval of the appropriate University Bodies. As a specialized institution in Commerce and Management, the College is indeed capable of organizing many useful courses both for the public and the students. The idea may be seriously considered and followed. The authorities can constitute an expert committee to go into the matter and make appropriates suggestions. In any case, situated in the city of Mumbai which is the commercial capital of the country, the MMK College can play a very important role both in designing new innovative courses in Commerce-related subjects and in organizing meaningful research in the discipline. During the course of the perusal of SSR and during the visit to the College, the Peer Team found a number of features in the functioning of the institution that are worth mentioning. These features are listed below as commendations. The Peer Team also has made a few suggestions that may be considered by the Management in their plans for the future growth of the College.

HSNCB under which the MMK College works has signed an MOU with the Confederation Indian Industries, Western region to promote interaction with leading industries. This is a useful arrangement since the Board is also running a number f other institutions having a bearing on various industries.

The Board has also developed international linkages with American and Australian Universities with the sole purpose of exchanges of the students and the faculty as and when the occasions demand. Several teachers got opportunity to visit foreign Universities and partake in the teaching programmes there. Likewise, foreign scholars visited the MMK College to take classes and for academic exchanges.

Most of the students in different courses work on short-term projects in industry as part of the curriculum requirements. Such exposures are useful to students in familiarizing themselves with the structure of business and its subsystems.

B. Com. students have to study what is described as Foundation Course (FC). Inclusion of subjects like Social Awareness, personality Development, Current Affairs, Science and Ecological Studies etc in the FC is welcome.

The College supplements the University-prescribed curriculum with guest lectures, field trips etc especially for professional and vocational programmes. Teachers consistently participate in workshops/seminars/conferences to update their knowledge and professional skills.

In the classroom teaching, illustrations are taken from current data appearing in subject magazines like Financial Express, Economic times and Annual Reports of companies. These cutting are shown to students so that they are in the know of current events in the backdrop of what they are studying.

As part of developing communication skills among the students, they are given special classes in 'business English'.

Introduction of UGC-sponsored vocational courses in Foreign Trade and Travel and Tourism is appreciated. Through this were degree level UGC sponsored courses they have now been converted into add-on certificate courses as the UGC assistance has come to a halt. Such courses open up practical horizons to the students.

Visits were conducted even to far away places like Siemens Factory in Goa where they could learn different aspects of manufacturing and quality control.As per the UGC stipulation, the College arranges on-the-job training to students, exposing them to valuable practical experience and boosting their confidence in carrying out things independently.

In BMS course, only 60 percent marks are allotted to theory. Forty percent marks are given to practical work. This gives the teachers freedom to design projects, assignments, presentations, tests etc for the students and persuade them to search for materials themselves in various books and magazines.

The head of the Dept of Business Economics played crucial role in designing the curriculum for the course while she was Chairperson of the concerned Board of Studies.
Similarly another professor, while he was a member of the Board of Studies for Business Management, contributed to redesigning of the syllabus for the self-financing BMS course.

Advanced learners are encouraged to opt for career-oriented, special subjects in the final year. Such students are given extra library card to have access to additional books.

The HSNCB organizes Annual Economic Convention wherein students from different institutions under the Board participate. It is also attended by national and international participants. Students who perform well in the convention are given special honour. In 1998 one student was selected as a research fellow by Monash University. In 2000 two such students were invited to visit the USA to participate in a conference in the Union College.

Whenever needed, the Management appoints temporary teachers.

That during the last 2 years 5 teachers participate at national level and another 5 at international level seminars is appreciable. Similarly, there were 6 resource persons at national level and 2 at international level seminars.

Teachers prepare self-appraisal reports, which are scrutinized by the Principal, and the teachers are then given necessary feedback for improvement.

Students are given opportunities to assess and give feedback on the quality of their 'campus experience'. Various aspects are covered and the suggestions received are promptly responded.

What is described as 'Teaching Assistant System' in which senior students share teaching work with faculty members is appreciable. This will be a good initiation for academically bent students.

Newsletters and information CDs are prepared by the students of BMS for presentation before potential employers. They are updated every year.

During the last five years some students have succeeded in competitive exams like TOEFL, GMAT, SAT etc.

The bridge course for joining the MBA programme of the University of West Georgia, Carolina, USA is currently conducted in MMK College. The College has signed MOU with Exim Management Institute and RR International to help train the students of Foreign trade Practices and Procedures.

Similarly, long term relationship is established with HDFC, Asian Paints etc for getting industrial training for BMS students.

Aakarshan an in-house College festival conducts various programmes for the all round development of the personality of the students and greatly attracts public attention.

The Leadership training programmes conducted by the college in the evening and the highly effective field trips that are undertaken are really appreciable.

The college also conducts Annual Sports Olympiad with the participations of nearly 30 Colleges. The various events are held in different playgrounds of the city.

During the discussion with the Principle on the second day of the Peer Team's visit, the members were informed that Ms. Sayali Joshi a student of T.Y.B.Com has been declared the winner of All India Inter University Air Rifle Competition Silver Medal (Individual). She is also the member of the Gold Medal Wining Team (University of Mumbai)

While appreciating the constitution of a Research Cell (RC) in the College, it is suggested that the RC should function on a regular basis so as to give a firm footing for research in the institution. The RC can include some experts from banks, industry and so on and should meet twice or thrice a year. The RC can identify the broad areas of investigations possible in the College and help faculty members to prepare sound projects for submitting to funding agencies. Only through such concerted efforts can the College make a mark on the research front.

Many faculty members offer free consultancy to neighbouring commercial establishments. However, authorities can very well think of formalizing such consultancies and the proceeds shared with the faculty as is being done in IITs and IIMs. In fact, it is one solid way of making the presence of the College felt by the surrounding business community. The charge can be moderate, not very high.

The Computer center at present works only between 7.30 am and 4.30 pm. The working hours can easily be increased by a couple of hours or more and new courses introduced both for the students and for the working persons.

It is desirable to conduct evening programmes in statistics (3 or 6 months duration) targeting different social groups, such as traders, bankers, government officials, NGO's and insurance sectors. Maths and Statistics department can evolve suitable programmes for this.

Similarly, Department of Business Management can think of organizing short term evening programmes for the benefit of different social groups such as SSI units, petty hoteliers, traders etc.

Alumni Association occupies a vital place in the progress of an institution like the MMK College. Since the Association is deeply interested in the welfare of the College and includes many prominent citizens, some definite scheme could be prepared by the authorities for their support and implementation.

While the weekly visit of a professional counselor to the College is appreciated, it is advisable to organize it on a regular basis so that students would have the benefit of getting proper academic, personal and career counseling without inhibition. The problems faced by the youth in a sophisticated urban environment nowadays are numerous and the College can render a helping hand in the matter.

The Peer Team noted that the authorities themselves have set before them several future goals and objectives. These aims and objectives along with the roadmap presented would certainly go a long way in making the MMK College a leading sentinel of Commerce education. The Team only wishes speedy implementation of the same. Further, A College Development Committee has also been formed by the Management in 2003. This Committee might also be activated to obtain continuous suggestions for development.

The members of the Peer team express the thanks to the Principle, the Management, Faculty, Students, Non-teaching staff and others for the excellent cooperation extended and cordiality shown to them during their work in the college. They also wish to the institutions a great success in the future.

Prof. A.N. P. Ummerkutty. (Chairperson)

Prof. F. A. Fernandes, (Member)

Prof. Harish Narang, (Member)

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