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Vikas College of Arts Science and Commerce, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Kannamwar Nagar No. 2, Vikhroli(E)
Mumbai (District Mumbai)
Maharashtra, India
Pin Code : 400083


Vikas College of Arts Science and Commerce, Mumbai Maharashtra is a recognised institute / college. Vikas College of Arts Science and Commerce, Mumbai Maharashtra is managed by Society: Vidya Vikas Education Society (website http://vves.org). Vikas College of Arts Science and Commerce, Mumbai Maharashtra was established on / in 2002-03.


Principal of Vikas College of Arts Science and Commerce, Mumbai Maharashtra is DR.SANTOSH R.JADHAV, Dr Shri S.G. Deshmukh.

Vikas College of Arts Science and Commerce 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 Vikas College of Arts Science and Commerce, Mumbai Maharashtra is 25796196.

email ID(s) is Vikas College of Arts Science and Commerce Mumbai Maharashtra

Website of Vikas College of Arts Science and Commerce, Mumbai Maharashtra is www.vikascollege.org.

General Secretary : Shri. Parshuram Mahadeo Raut.

Contact Details of Vikas College of Arts Science and Commerce, Mumbai Maharashtra are : Telephone No : +91-22-25783540, 25784267



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Vikas College of Arts Science and Commerce, Mumbai Maharashtra runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
B.A / B.Com / BMS / B.Com (A/F) / M.COM

Approval details: Vikas College of Arts Science and Commerce is affiliated with University of Mumbai (UoM), Mumbai (Maharashtra)



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NAAC report of Vidya Vikas Education Societys Vikas College of Arts,Science and Commerce

SECTION I: PREFACE
The Vikas College of Arts and Commerce, Mumbai (Maharashtra) was established in the year 1986 by Vidya Vikas Education Society with primary objective of providing higher educational opportunities to the poor students. The College was initially started as a Commerce College in the year 1986 to which Arts subjects were added in the year 1993 and later IT related courses were added in the year 2001. The College is a grant-in-aid college affiliated to Mumbai University. The College is located in urban surroundings on an area of 2.98 acres of land with 64000 Sq.ft. constructed area and playgrounds of 10000 Sq.ft.

The College runs total of nine(9) undergraduate programmes, both under aided and self finance schemes. The college has got affiliation for M.Sc. (IT) also but due to late permission the College could not be admit the students. The total strength of permanent teachers is 9 of which 2 are M.Phil degree holders and rest are PG degree holders, besides, College has 6 temporary and 15 CHB teachers. There are total 19 administrative and 1 technical staff members.

The total number of students in Commerce & Arts Faculty are 1844 of which 1445 are boys and 399 are girl students. The College follows both Annual and Semester system of examination.

The Institution has volunteered to be assessed by NAAC,Bangalore and submitted its Self Study Report during January 2005. Peer Team was constituted by NAAC to visit the Institution and validate the Self Study Report. The Peer Team consisting of Prof. A.M. Pathan, Vice-Chancellor, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad and formerly Vice Chancellor Karnataka University as the Chairperson, Dr. Vijaya Chauhan Former Principal of Govt. M.H.College (Autonomous) Jabalpur as Member Co-ordinator and Prof. Sushil J. Lalwani, Dean Faculty of Commerce & Management studies, JNV University as member. The Team visited the College on 25th and 26th February 2005.

The Peer Team examined in detail the performance of the Institution, its infrastructure, curricular and co-curricular activities and other relevant aspects of its functioning. It had interactions with different sections of the college community during the two days visit and an in-depth analysis of the performance was made.

The team also examined documentary evidence related to the academic governances and administration. It also interacted with the Management, Principal, Teaching and Non-teaching staff, students, parents and alumni of the Institution. In addition, the Team analysed the Self Study Report submitted by the College.

Based on the above exercise and keeping in mind the seven criteria identified by the NAAC, the Peer Team assessed the Institution which is presented in the following pages.

SECTION II : CRITERION-WISE-ANALYSIS
CRITERION I: CURRICULAR ASPECTS
Vikas College is affiliated to the University of Mumbai. It is an undergraduate degree college, which offers three year programmes in Faculties of Commerce and Arts including Bachelor of Management Studies, following the syllabi prepared and prescribed by the University of Mumbai. Some senior staff members of the college are included in the University Boards of Studies. They convey their views and suggestions in the meetings of these Boards and take part in the syllabus framing. The college has now offered most contemporary courses like B.Sc. Information Technology and B.Sc., Bio-technology also purely on unaided basis.

The syllabi, which are followed in Vikas College, are need-based, Job-oriented and comprehensive to the students. The Faculty of Arts came into existence in 1993. The Departments of Commerce offer programmes related to trade, Industry, business systems, marketing, finance, management and human resource development. In addition to these courses, students are also offered optional subjects like 'Advertising','Export Marketing Research' and 'Direct and Indirect Taxation'. Over the years the Faculty of Commerce has developed into a very beneficial faculty for the students who earn as well as learn.

Vikas College has seventeen departments under Commerce and Arts faculties which are Economics, Political Science, History, English, Hindi, Marathi, Commerce, Accountancy, Business Economics, Enivironmental Studies, Mathematics & Statistics, Business Communication, Computer Sciences, Management Studies, Information Technology and Bio-Technology.

Commerce syllabi are very comprehensive and the students are constantly motivated to take up careers in Trade, Commerce and Industry, which have wide scope in Mumbai- that is commercial capital of India. Commerce students are in demand in the corporate sector

The Faculty of Arts has only three core subjects namely Economics, History and Political Science. Under elective subjects arts students have to choose either Hindi or Marathi.

The department of English does not offer any special course in English Literature. As a large number of students belong to the vernacular medium, this department teaches the basic grammatical skills of English to the students. Tutorials in English are a compulsory part of the syllabus of B.A and B.Com.

The major thrust area of studies in the college is Commerce, which is highly beneficial to the weaker section of society where earning is followed by learning. The popular course of bachelor in Business Management has also been offered.

Foundation course and Economics are interdisciplinary, common to both arts and commerce degree courses. Commerce stream is strong in the sense that three of teachers are Chartered Accountants.

There are two centers of YCMOU and IDE courses in the college, which provides infrastructure and learning facilities to the students of both the centers of distance learning.

The curricula followed in Vikas College contain various cultural, literary and sports activities other than syllabus oriented classroom teaching. Ten grace marks by way of incentive under university provision inspire the students to participate in all extra curricular and sports activities with interest, enthusiasm and ambition.
Feedback from academic peers, students and alumni is used for the review of teaching programmes.

CRITERION II : TEACHING LEARNING AND EVALUATION
Vikas College admits students to degree courses in B.A., B.Com. and BMS Course as per the norms laid down by the University of Mumbai. At the time of admission, preference is given to the students passing out from the sister institution. Job-seeking and employed students are also duly considered.

Educationally weaker and disadvantaged students are helped through regular tutorial assignments. Extra grammar classes are conducted by the Department of English at the beginning of the academic year to improve the basic grammatical skills of the students belonging to the vernacular medium background.

Advanced learners are engaged in project work. They are constantly encouraged by teachers to take up project-work related to their studies. The library committee has constituted a Readers Forum, which shares and collects information through discussions with the teachers of the college. The teachers help and encourage such advanced learners through this Readers Forum to provide additional information and material to enhance their knowledge, skill and build their personality.

Class-room teaching is well planned. Courses are unitized and attendance is given priority. It is taken every day and its progressive record is maintained by each class teacher. Class-room teaching is supplemented by O.H.P, linguaphone, computers etc. There is a greater emphasis on teaching and students also attend classes religiously.

Tutorials in English are a compulsory part of the teaching. They are conducted for both B.A. and B.Com. students. Their communicative English is improved by tutorials and home assignments. The Department of English is made responsible for this work.

The college has nine permanent, six temporary and fifteen C.H.B. teachers who bear the responsibility of the entire teaching load of the college. The ratio of the teaching staff to non- teaching staff is 1.5:1
The College has 237 working days and 180 teaching days. At the beginning of the academic session, the college provides Prospectus to each student. It contains complete information regarding college rules and regulations, fee-structure, examination system, passing standards etc.

Teachers are appointed according to the rules of the U.G.C. and the University of Mumbai. Reservation policy is strictly complied with. However, if sudden need arises, the local managing committee is consulted for ad-hoc appointments. It is worth-mentioning here that after 2001 all regular appointments have been stayed and ad-hoc appointments are being made on Clock-Hour-Basis(CHB).

The performance of the teachers is evaluated through Self-appraisal Form (D-2) which is assessed for career advancement. Feedback from the students,guardians,alumni and also from the members of Vidya Vikas Education Society helps the Principal in the assessment of the teachers' performance.

During the last two years two teachers have attended National workshops and two teachers have participated in the National as well as State Seminars. At University level 11 teachers have participated in seminars and 9 of them have attended workshops. The college teachers keep on participating in Refresher and Orientation courses, Seminars, Workshops and Conferences conducted by other colleges and universities. Almost all the teachers are the beneficiaries of such faculty development programmes.

On 11th February 2004, a workshop on 'Effective Communication skills and use of Body Languages' was conducted successfully.

Secretary of Governing Body Mr. P.M. Raut and C.E.O. Mrs. V.P.Raut are recipients of National Award for Teaching who have dedicated themselves for development of this institution.

Some teachers are members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. This linkage updates their knowledge and provides strength to accounting courses. One teacher has been recently appointed by the Institute as member of Peer Review Board.

Linkages have been established with Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd. and Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth.

Vikas College is the biggest night college of Maharashtra. Inspite of being a night college 30 percent of the students are girls.

CRITERION III: RESEARCH,CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
The college offers programmes up to the graduation level and hence there is little scope for teachers to promote research studies. Though there is potential in the teachers there are no on-going minor or major research projects. Only one CHB teacher is Ph.D.holder and three are M.Phil. qualified. The college has initiated research in area of mushroom cultivation.

Departments of History, English and Hindi have initiated research work to a satisfactory level. One teacher has contributed research papers and is an editor of a popular magazine 'Modimitra mandal'. A teacher in the Department of English has earned the distinction by clearing certificate course in Teaching English from a prestigious institute - Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad. In Hindi Department, one teacher has contributed 4 research papers and is a national editor of 'Prabhat Purj.' More teachers are now getting themselves registered for Ph.D. The Department of Political Science conducted an important survey on slum Demolition Drive in Mumbai by the Government of Maharashtra.

The college undertakes extension programmes in a wide range of area including social work, adult education and literacy. Environment studies are compulsory for all. Aids awareness, health and hygiene are popular proggammes with NSS students whenever they visit slum areas. The college got Indira Gandhi National Award for best NSS student in the year 2001-2002.

N.S.S. and N.C.C. students greatly contribute to clean and green Mumbai drive.

N.S.S. Unit participated in coastal clean up Drive organized by the Indian coastal Guard at Dadar Chaupati.

Volunteers participated in Ganesh Festival for Traffic control duty.

Various programmes like Essay Competition, Street Play, Poster Competitions have been organized by N.S.S. Cell, University of Mumbai.

Village adoption, Celebration of important days of the year, rallies for purposeful aims and various activities of the college towards community development are remarkably heartening. The extension activity is expanding. The college has contributed more towards blood donation with 301 bottles in memory of its founder Late Dr. Datta Samant this year alone.

CRITERION IV: INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
Vikas College is situated in Kannamwar Nagar , Vikhroli (E), Mumbai. The campus area of the institution in acres is 2.98 and the location is urban.

The College has its main building spread over four floors, from ground to the third. Beautiful trees and ample greenery around the building enhance the beauty and environmental quality. The grand entrance gate has a fascinating appearance which speaks volumes about the inside look of the main building along with its annexe. The college has 22 classrooms, which are spacious and well furnished for its requirements. Being an evening college, the problem of space does not arise.

The library of the college is situated on the first floor of the main building. Its present built up space is 1900 Square feets. The Reading Room is spacious with 995 Sq.ft area. The library remains open from 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. The total number of books in the library is more than 10,000 and the number of periodicals and journals is 53.

A library committee has been constituted by the Principal to advise the librarian regarding the purchase of books. It monitors timely issue and return of books to and from the students in the library. This committee also supervises the Book Bank Scheme.

The College Library to a large extent has been computerized, however, it needs further strengthening. From the academic session 2003-2004 the college has taken the institutional membership of British Council Library.

The college maintains the infrastructure through the maintenance grant received from the state government. In case of non-availability of this grant the entire maintenance cost is borne by the management. During vacations, the building is used for other than university examinations that give income to the institutions.

The College building is occupied from 7.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. by Science Faculty of the college and other sister institutions. From 1.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. science practicals and B.M.S. classes are conducted. From 5.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m., tutorial classes are conducted on the third floor and the rest of the building is used for Arts and Commerce Classes upto 10 p.m., thus ensure optimum utilization of buildings.

On Sundays the classrooms in the new building are used by Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University Centre for conduction of lectures from 8.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

The college auditorium is on the ground floor of the new building. It is freely utilized by all sister institutions and also by external agencies for various purposes. The canteen, gymnastic, gymkhana, playgrounds and all other facilities of the college are commonly used by all.

The college has excellent computer centre attached to Commerce Department with 56 computers which is also used by B.Sc.(IT) students.

From the academic year 2003-2004 the college has started Dr. Datta Samant Free Advisory Medical Centre where qualified and experienced doctors provide medical services to the needy. First Aid Kits in the gymkhana and the college office are always available to the students.

The college has its own playgrounds. In addition to this, B.M.C. has allowed its grounds on 'maintain and use basis'. The college students on tie-up basis are using many grounds. Two playgrounds and a separate sports academy are important features of the college.Vidya Vikas Eucation Society has a Sports Academy to provide training to students by professional coaches.

Ten grace marks as per the University rule, cash prizes, concessions in attendance, mementoes, medals and many more incentives are awarded to good performers. Last year a student was awarded gold medal and College received chess championship award.

The college has a workshop for repairing the electrical and electronic instruments. The campus is safe and secure and properly guarded by reliable security people.

CRITERION V: STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
The growth of Vikas College with B.Com in July 1986 into an Institution with multifarious programmes of almost all faculties in 1995 is a remarkable journey of achievements. Its popularity with the lower middle class strata of society exhibits its democrative aims and objectives for the education of the under privileged students, to bring about social reformation.

The mission and the goals of the institution are devotion to mass education and to offer programmes of study, which will blend creativity, analytical skill and career-oriented learning. The college has ambitious plans to achive many more goals related to modern and global as well as value based education.

Most of the students are economically weaker therefore 'Earn and learn' has become the motto of the college which runs its classes from 5.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. for the benefit of these students.

Though the dropout rate is below 5% but the pass percentage is around 50.

Every year the college publishes its updated prospectus, which is given to the applicants at the time of admission. Its contents are exhaustive.

Central government's Post SSC Scholorship are provided to the SC,ST and backward class students alongwith free studentship. Vimukta Jatis,Nomadic Tribes, Sons and daughters of full time teachers of secondary and primary schools and Ex-servicemen also enjoy free studentship. In case of dire poverty the Institution pays fees.

There is a Career Guidance Cell in the college, which does not have a regular placement officer as such. However, the faculty members of the college provide the counseling as a part of teaching schedule in Vikas College.

There are thirty teachers in all, which is a meager number but they perform their duties with such devotion and dedication that the college runs very smoothly with discipline and peaceful ambience within the campus.

The Alumni Association of the college has been actively participating in the college activities. Its get-together in 2003 and 2004 proved beneficial in the advancement and development of the college. The members of this Association hold a good number of prominent positions.

The college provides opportunities for recreational facilities to the students through extra-curricular activities. Various associations of students facilitate the exposure of their hidden talents. The annual magazine encourages the students to put their creative genius in writing original articles for it. Cultural programmes provide platform to them to reveal their powers of expression in different modes through participation. The college has a good auditorium for the conduction of these activities.

The sports Academy provides intensive coaching to the students who are good in sports. The feed back from the students, parents, alumni and guidance from academicians ensure the qualitative improvement of the institution.

CRITERION VI: ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
The college has an efficient internal co-ordinating and monitoring mechanism. As per the requisite of the University Act the college has a Local Managing Committee, which meets twice a year. Various problems of the college are taken care of and important decision for the over-all development of the institution are also taken in these meetings.

The Principal constitutes important committees of college teachers. Their activities are properly classified for the smooth functioning of the college. There are nine administrative committees and six for extra-curricular activities. Two committees are for co-curricular activities, N.S.S. and Alumni. The suggestions and recommendations of these committees are seriously considered for the proper administration and management of the college.

Work allotment to non-teaching staff is done according to the S.S.Code on rotational basis for three years and their punctuality is maintained in a muster. The office Superintendent controls this staff. All the administrative staff has completed Maharashatra State Corporation Information Technology course.

A special committee prepares the academic calendar. During the last two years the Governing body has approved all the decisions of the selection committee.

Total strength of the college is 1845 and unit cost of education in 3585. The tution fees charged by the college are nominal. The present fee-structure was revised in the academic year 2003-2004 by the university.

Vikas college is Government aided college but the non-salary grant has not been received since 2002 and the college has to face the problem of deficit budget which is being compensated by the management. Periodically internal audit is done by private Auditors.

There are various welfare programmes for the students like Book Bank Scheme, Group Insurance Policy, Dr. Datta Samant Free Medical Advisory Centre, Grievance Redressal Cell, Complaint- suggestion Box, two distance education centers etc., and library facility is available from 8.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Permanent teaching and non-teaching staff are provided loan facilities by Vidya Vikas Employees Credit Co-op Society Ltd.

There is harmonious and cordial relationship between the Management and Staff members.

CRITERION VII: HEALTHY PRACTICES
Vikas College has established a Quality Assurance Cell consisting of the Principal, Vice Principal and two senior teachers. It ensures and monitors the progress of the college in academic and other activities. Results of monthly tests are used as quality indicators. The timetable of examinations is framed very carefully. Students' feedback is very helpful to QAC. The Principal implements the recommendations of this cell.

All policy decisions are taken in the meetings of the Local Managing Committee, Which reviews the academic progress of the college.

Some of the important Healthy Practices are :

The parents feedback is a source of quality improvement

The college has started many self-financing courses. Eminent guest faculty contributes to the information of the latest advancement of learning.

The college starts with the National Anthem. Celebrations of the important days of the year impart value-based education to the students.

The college tries to inculcate civic responsibilities among the students by involving them in various extension activities, such as tree plantation, awareness programmes, Hiroshima day, Anti-nuclear day and fund raising drives for national and natural calamities. The college associates local and national GOS and NGOs with its activities on community development.

Environmental studies are a compulsory programme in the college.

There are many personality development activities organized by the institution and students are encouraged to participate in these activities.

The college has started number of self financing courses and it has planned to start many other courses.

Feedback from academic peers, students and alumni is used for the review of teaching programmes.

Educationally weaker and disadvantages students are helped through regular tutorial assignments. Extra grammar classes are conducted by the department of English at the beginning of the academic year to improve the basic grammatical skills of the students belonging to the vernacular medium backgrounds.

Tutorials in English are a compulsory part of the teaching

The performance of the teachers is evaluated through self apprisal which is assessed for career advancement.

From 2003-04 the college has started Dr. Datta Samant free Advisory Medical Center.

SECTION III: OVERALL ANALYSIS
Vikas College was established in July 1986 as a Commerce College to cater to the educational needs of the lower middle class strata of student community of Vikhroli and surrounding areas where mostly factory labour class has settled. It developed very fast, keeping pace with the changing trends in higher education. At present Vikas College is the biggest night college in Maharashtra with full-fledged faculties of Arts and Commerce. The Peer Team is impressed by the following strengths of the college:

The college offers a large number of job-oriented courses under the Faculty of Commerce. The placements of pass-out students in Trade, Industry and accountancy are good in number.

Maintenance of attendance record is remarkable. The college is very active in extension and community development programmes.

The beautiful green campus of the college is eye-catching.

The Department of English has been doing good job of improving English which is very essential for students with vernacular background.

COMMENDATIONS :
The Peer Team commends the following :-

It is heartening to note that one of the students has won Indira Gandhi National Award for best NSS Student in the Year 2001-2002.

One of the students has won a Gold Medal and also won Chess Championship Award at National Level.

The NSS Unit of the College has helped wangni village situated at a distance of 40 km., in solving the drinking water problem by constructing a mud dam on the nearby river.

The college adopts welfare schemes not only for its employees but also for parents of the students by giving a refundable loan upto Rs. 50,000/- through its Credit Cooperative Society

One of the alumni helps the college by providing transport to the students at no profit no loss basis

SUGGESTIONS :
The peer team offers following suggestions:

The U.G.C. registration letter for 2(f) and 12(B) should be obtained at the earliest. This will facilitate receipts of grants for number of innovative and career oriented programmes of the U.G.C.

The library of the college needs to be strengthened with the addition of latest books in greater number.

The teachers of the college should be encouraged towards research studies.

The college may make efforts to start some job oriented P.G.Courses which is also suggested by number of students, parents and alumni.

The college needs to strengthen placement cell.

The College may offer consultancy to local body Governments and private organizations through its computer centres to generate resources.

The Peer Team takes this opportunity to thank the college authorities for their co-operation and hospitality during its visit. The Chairperson and members wish a very bright future of the institution.

PROF. A.M.PATHAN
CHAIRMAN

DR. VIJAYA CHAUHAN
MEMBER CO-ORDINATOR

PROF. SUSHIL J. LALWANI
MEMBER

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