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Shashi Bhushan Rath Government Womens College, Berhampur, Orissa
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Berhampur (MPL)
Berhampur (District Ganjam)
Orissa, India



Shashi Bhushan Rath Government Womens College, Berhampur Orissa is a recognised institute / college. Status: Autonomous. Shashi Bhushan Rath Government Womens College, Berhampur Orissa is also known as Sashi Bhusan Rath Government (Autonomous) Womens College, SBR Govt Women College. Shashi Bhushan Rath Government Womens College, Berhampur Orissa was established on / in 1958.


Principal of Shashi Bhushan Rath Government Womens College, Berhampur Orissa is 9861318805.

Shashi Bhushan Rath Government Womens College is situated in Berhampur of Orissa state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Berhampur comes under Berhampur (Brahmapur) Tehsil, Ganjam District.

Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at Shashi Bhushan Rath Government Womens College, Berhampur Orissa are Admission (I/C) 9861264978, DEO 9090512081.

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Contact Details of Shashi Bhushan Rath Government Womens College, Berhampur Orissa are : Constituent college of Khallikote University

Sashi Bhusan Rath Government Women's (Junior) College, Berhampur
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Shashi Bhushan Rath Government Womens College, Berhampur Orissa runs course(s) in Dgree stream(s).


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NAAC report of Shashi Bhushan Rath Government Womens College

PART - I
Introduction
Sashi Bhushan Rath Govt. Women's College, Brahmapur, was originally known as Women's College, Berhampur when it was established in July, 1958 as an affiliated college under Utkal University with the aim of imparting higher education to the women of south Orissa. It is recognised by the University Grants Commission under section 2f of UGC Act, 1956. In the beginning, it neither had any degree courses nor did it have its own building. It began with Intermediate Arts classes taught by only six teachers in the building of the Government Secondary Training School at Berhampur. The College became affiliated to Berhampur University On January 1, 1967, with the establishment of the latter. The College started degree courses in Arts at pass level in 1960, followed by honours courses in Economics, English, History, Political Science, Psychology and Home Science between 1974-75 and 1981-82. Degree courses at pass level started in science in 1981. Honours courses in Botany, Zoology, Physics, Chemistry, Sanskrit and Oriya have been added subsequently between 1989-90 and 1992-93. However, the College continued to run the Higher Secondary classes at plus two level till those classes were separated from the Degree College and run as a Junior College from June 2001. However, the 'Junior College' runs in the same premises and many of the teachers participate in teaching in this institution. The College was renamed as 'Sashibhushan Rath Govt. Women's College', by the Government of Orissa with effect from 21.10 1998.

The College now has sixteen departments and has honours courses in all but four of them. The College now has 607 students and 41 permanent teachers. It does not have any part-time or guest teachers. Out of 66 members of non-teaching staff, 23 are administrative staff, the rest having duties of technical nature.

The College has a campus of little over three acres in the heart of the town of Berhampur, adjacent to those of several other educational institutions. The campus accommodates Principal's quarter, staff quarters, students' hostel, common room building etc. apart from the main college building which houses the academic departments as well as administrative offices. A hostel building lying unused is also being used to accommodate several departments. The College has a Central Library and provides sports and canteen facilities but does not have any Health Centre and Guest House.

A few students at the College are from the state of Andhra Pradesh admitted under a special quota. The College has annual system of academic work for all its programmes. University examinations are held at the end of each academic year. The College is open on 241 days with 180 teaching days per year on the average.

As a Government College, Sashibhushan Rath Govt. Women's College is totally under Government control and enjoys Government funding. The College is administered by the Department of Higher Education, Government of Orissa, and the Principal has limited powers. The staff are appointed and controlled by the State Govt. The College earns through students' fees though tuition fees are deposited to the State exchequer. The College does not have any self-financing courses.

The College Governing Body is formed according to the State Govt. norms. There are representatives of the State Government and teachers of the College in the Governing Body. The local MLA and MP are also members of the Body. The entire staff is also appointed by the State Govt. and the staff members are under Govt. Control. The Principal acts as the Drawing and Disbursing Officer. The unit cost of education at S.B. Rath Govt. Womens' College is about Rs. 27000/-. The figure is high in comparison to the unit costs of other similar colleges. The reason behind this is the load of teaching at the junior college, for which very few additional teachers are appointed.

The College prepared the Self-Study Report according to NAAC format under the leadership of the Principal, and submitted the same to NAAC in May 2003. NAAC constituted a Peer Team with Prof. M. P. Singh, Pro-V.C., Vinova Bhave University as Chairman, Prof. Shankar Lal Gargh, Principal, Govt. Nutan Girls' P.G. College, Indore, and Dr. P. K. Chaudhuri, Member Secretary, West Bengal State Council of Higher Education, as Members. Dr. Jagannath Patil, Asst. Adviser, NAAC, was the Coordinating Officer for the visit of the Peer Team.

The motto of the College, as incorporated in its emblem, is 'Sa Vidya Ya Vimuktaye' - knowledge is that which liberates one. The College is basically an affiliated undergraduate college offering B.A. and B.Sc. programmes at Honours and Pass levels. It offers both Honours and Pass degree programmes in eight subjects in Arts viz. English, Oriya, Sanskrit, Political Science, History, Economics, Home Science and Psychology and four subjects in Science viz. Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology. However, the subjects Hindi, Telugu, Mathematics and Philosophy are taught only at Pass level. A student of B.A.(Pass) has to study one subject at pass or honours level, along with two elective subjects other than the subject chosen as pass or honours subject. The College offers Indian Polity, Indian Economy, Landmarks in Indian History, Home Science, Psychology and Mathematics as Elective subjects for Arts students. A student has to choose two pass subjects for B.Sc. ( Pass) or one honours subject and one pass subject for B.Sc. (Hons.). In addition, B.Sc. (Physical Science stream) students study Material Science and Biology as Major and Minor Elective subjects respectively, while B.Sc.(Life Science stream) students study Biotechnology and Mathematics in lieu of above. Thus, students of Arts have option in selection of elective subjects, which the B.Sc. students do not have.

It is worth mentioning that the College is the only one under Berhampur University offering Sanskrit and Psychology at honours level. In addition to the Pass or honours and elective subjects, a student has to study English and Modern Indian Language, Indian Society and Culture and Environmental Studies as compulsory core subjects. The students have limited horizontal mobility and can apply for a change of subject within 45 days of admission.

In order to introduce a new course of study the College has to seek permission from the Government and the affiliating university. The College has not introduced any new course during the last three years.

The College has arranged for Computer Application Course by 'Informatics of Bhubaneswar' to run a Computer Centre within the campus for the benefit of students of the College. The courses are highly subsidized and the certificates to students after completion of the courses offered by the Centre are awarded jointly by 'Informatics of Bhubaneswar' and the Govt. of Orissa. Students can enroll themselves at the Centre and learn computer applications along with their undergraduate study.

The College has 41 permanent whole-time teachers, a majority of whom are women. 23 of the teachers hold doctorate degrees and one is an M. Phil. Five sanctioned posts of teachers are vacant at present. There are 65 posts of non-teaching staff, a third of which belong to the administrative category. One Mechanic is at present under suspension.

Classroom teaching is supplemented by practical work in laboratory-based subjects and project work or field trips. Seminars on topics of current interest by guest lecturers are also arranged.

The College has a proctorial system of supervising the progress and activities of the students. Every student is assigned to a Faculty Member of the College, who acts as the proctor for a group of students. The proctor meets the students assigned to her or him once a week and maintains a record of the students. The students can discuss their problems or difficulties at the proctorial meetings.

The College holds Pre-test and Test examinations for each of first, second and third years of the three-year degree course.

Being an affiliated college, S.B. Rath Women's College cannot formulate its own syllabi. However, some of the senior teachers are members of the University Boards of Studies. These teachers participate and contribute in review and redesign of curricula.

Criterion II: Teaching-Learning and Evaluation
Students are admitted to S.B. Rath Govt. Women's College on the basis of their academic record. There is no remedial or bridge course for academically weaker students. Students who are more advanced than the rest are encouraged to deliver seminar lectures and participate in literary competitions in and outside the State.

Teachers maintain class diaries that reflect the progress of studies in respective subjects. The diaries are countersigned by the Principal. Additional classes are held when the academic calendar cannot be followed due to unforeseen circumstances. Project work, seminar lectures by guest academicians and the use of audio-visual aids supplement the classroom teaching. A wall magazine and a bulletin board provide opportunity to the students to write and display their compositions.

The College has 180 teaching days per year out of 241 working days and satisfies the UGC norm. The College, being a Government College, cannot appoint temporary or part-time teachers by itself. Permanent whole-time teachers teach all the classes. The College runs from 8 AM to 5 PM with 12 periods of 45 minutes each and an individual teacher has an average workload of 24 periods per week.

The College does not have any part to play in the recruitment of teachers, which is the responsibility of the State Public Service Commission. Posts of teachers are created by the State Government. At present, two of the teachers are from outside the State of Orissa and only 13 had their post-graduation at the University of Berhampur. The teachers are encouraged to attend seminars and conferences. Fifteen teachers have participated in National level and two at international level conferences during the last two years. Five teachers have been invited as Resource Persons during the period.

The College has recently introduced performance appraisal of the teachers through self-appraisal. There is no system of obtaining feedback from students on teacher performance or their experience at the College. The College does not organise any faculty development programmes and no faculty member has received any teaching award.

S.B. Rath Govt. Women's College provides ample opportunity for its students to participate in sports and other recreational activities under the guidance of a well-qualified Physical Education Teacher. The College has an Athletic Society and every student is expected to participate in games, unless exempted for some specific reason. The Women's College Literary Society organises lectures, symposia and competitions in different languages. The Dramatic Society is in charge of arranging dramatic performances. The Science Society of Women's College organises science exhibitions, lectures and competitions related to various branches of science. The College also has a Debating Society.

The College imparts value education through lectures on morals, discussions in proctorial classes, Youth Exchange programmes and activities of NCC, NSS and Red Cross Wing. Various Associations and Societies provide an atmosphere for the all-round development of the personality of the students.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
Being an undergraduate affiliated college, the College concentrates more on teaching than on research. The College is not recognised by the affiliating Berhampur University as a centre for research leading to Ph.D. However, one teacher has been recognised by Sambalpur University as a research guide for Ph.D. work and about a third of the teachers guide research scholars and ten of such scholars have obtained Ph.D. during the last five years. There are two research projects in progress, one of which is funded by UGC. One of the teachers of the College is a part-time research scholar and has submitted her thesis for Ph.D. The State Government provides Study Leave for up to two years with pay and increments for conducting research work. The College does not offer service in the form of consultancy.

The College undertakes extension activities as a part of the National Service Scheme. Three teachers of the college conduct the activities of NSS as Professors in Charge. The Red Cross Wing also works with the objective of promotion of health and service to the sick and the suffering. The programmes carried out by the NSS unit of the College with 100 volunteers are Literacy Drive, Adult and Mass Education, programmes related to health, on Family Planning, AIDS Awareness, Nutrition and Child Development and Rural Development. The NSS volunteers keep the campus clean and try to create awareness among the students about maintaining the cleanliness of the campus. Students as well as teachers are encouraged to participate in extension activities. However, there is no outreach work done outside the purview of NSS nor is there any cooperation with any Non-Govt. or Govt. organisation in respect of social work.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
S.B. Rath Govt. Women's College has a large campus surrounded by a compound wall with a main College building, Students' Common Room Building, one women's hostel, Principal's quarter and lecturers' flats. One students' hostel which was lying unused is being used to accommodate some academic departments and classrooms. Responsibility of maintenance of the buildings rests with the P.W.D., Govt. of Orissa, with funds released by the State Government. The amount spent on minor repairs of the buildings in the year 2001-02 was Rs. 4999/- . The NSS volunteers clean the campus occasionally and plant trees as part of the Service Scheme activities. The campus has gardens and the College authorities try to keep the campus clean and unpolluted by discouraging smoking and spitting in the campus and avoiding noise and smoke due to vehicles. Some of the buildings are old one-storey structures with asbestos sheds. The rooms are not spacious or well ventilated.

The College has a Central Library with more than forty-four thousand books. It has added 981 textbooks and 1466 other books to its stock over the last two years in addition to 276 volumes of periodicals each year at a cost of about Rs. 1.5 lakh per year. It subscribes to fourteen journals. The library is open during college hours but the Reading Room is open from 8 AM to 5 PM. There is a Library Advisory Committee to supervise the working of the Central Library. However, the books are not properly catalogued and lists of books are maintained in registers subject wise. The library is not computerised, nor does it have reprographic facility. Students can borrow only up to two books at a time, while teachers can borrow up to ten books at a time and each Class III or Class IV staff up to 3 books.

The College has a few computers which are out-dated and are not in regular use at present. The College has several overhead projectors and a photocopier but does not have any audio-visual equipment.

The College has facilities for indoor and outdoor games for its students. It has a large playground and a games room. The College has an Athletic Society headed by the Principal as the President. Aim of the Society is to create interest in sports and games among students. Four students of the College have participated last year in sports competitions at Regional level and each have earned medals. The College felicitates the medallists in order to provide incentive to students.

The College does not provide regular health service for its students. However, it organises programmes for blood test and immunisation against Hepatitis B with the help of medical staff of district hospital and local medical college.

The College hostel accommodates 150 students. Eighty of them are students of degree classes, while the others belong to the plus two level junior college running along with the degree college. Thus about 13% of the students get hostel accommodation. The hostel has reading room, visitors' room, sick room, library, television and other recreational facilities. The seat rent of the hostels is nominal, being Rs. 60 per annum. However, there are various other monthly charges amounting to Rs. 85 other than mess charges in addition to annual charges amounting to about Rs. 200 per year. The hostel building, though old, is maintained in a clean and healthy condition.

The College does not allow its infrastructure to be used by any external agency. The building remains unused during mornings and evenings outside regular college hours and on holidays.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
The College publishes its prospectus every year. The prospectus contains Admission Rules and procedure, reservation rules for various categories and information on subjects and programmes offered by the College. The College Calendar, supplied to each student after admission contains a brief history of the College, information on College rules, examinations, fees and subscriptions payable, scholarships and stipends available, academic regulations, rules related to the College library and hostels, Students' Union, NCC and NSS and various societies and associations of students. It also contains a list of teachers and non-teaching staff and constitution of various committees.

The College observes various quotas in respect of admission. Apart from the 8% and 12% reservation of seats for SC and ST students respectively, there are seats reserved by Govt. orders for children of Burma repatriates, Govt. servants and defence personnel on transfer, ex-servicemen, Oriyas living in other states, Saheed soldiers and Freedom Fighters, and serving defence personnel. The overall number of seats reserved amounts to 35% of the total. Besides the reservation, there are advantages given to various categories of applicants by way of weightage on marks obtained in the last qualifying examination. Categories thus privileged are the physically handicapped, NCC cadets and 'A' or 'B' certificate holders, Girl Guides and with National or State Certificates, participants in sports at various levels, NSS volunteers who have represented the country or received national or state awards.

Out of 607 students enrolled at the College, 15 are from outside the State of Orissa. The College does not have any system of keeping track of the students passing out of the College. Being a Government College, S.B. Rath Govt. Women's College would strictly follow the guidelines in respect of overseas students, if any such student applies for admission.

The rate of dropout of students is about 14%. The pass percentage of students continuing their study after the minimum period is about 94%, while about 32% are placed in the first class. The dropout rate is high for the science stream compared to the Arts. The pass percentage and the percentage of students placed in the first class are also higher in case of the science stream compared to the Arts. About 30% of the students appearing in the undergraduate examinations get ranks at the university examinations, which speaks of the excellent academic standard of the College.

Students of S.B. Rath Govt. Women's College get scholarships and stipends awarded by the State and Central Governments and other sources. The various kinds of scholarships available are Merit Scholarship, Merit-cum-means Scholarship, Hindi Scholarship, etc. In addition 61 students receive Scheduled Castes and Tribes stipends.

The College does not have any Employment or Placement Officer. Teachers act informally as academic and personal counsellors and there is occasional counselling at the College. The College does not keep track of the students passing out and does not have any record of students passing NET, SLET etc. or qualifying in the civil services and other competitive examinations. It does not have an alumni association. There are several alumni in prominent positions but the College does not maintain a comprehensive record of such alumni.

Criterion VI: Organisation and Management
The S.B. Rath Govt. Women's College, like all other Government colleges, is under direct control of the State Government of Orissa in the Department of Higher Education. The College Governing Body has been reconstituted very recently. However, the Governing Body has very limited powers and acts as an advisory body. When vacancies occur in teaching or administrative positions, the Higher Education Department of the State Government takes appropriate steps to fill up the vacancies. At present there are 5 vacancies in teaching positions.

The Principal is the academic and administrative head of the institution. As the Drawing and Disbursing Officer, the Principal controls certain routine administrative matters like fixation of pay, service verification and sanction of leave, increments, scale advancements and loans from the General Provident Fund. The Principal is assisted by the Administrative Bursar, the Financial Bursar and a number of committees like the College Development Committee and the Purchase Committee, consisting of teachers. The teachers act as Officers in Charge of the College Calendar, NSS, Scholarship, Furniture, Red Cross etc. They are also members of various societies, like the Science Society and the Dramatic Society. Administration of the College is thus decentralised to a great extent.

Though the Higher Secondary section of the College has been separated more than two years ago, the College still continues to treat the Junior College as its part and parcel.

The tuition fees charged by the College are fixed by the State Government and are abnormally low, at Rs. 10-11 per month. These fees have not been revised lately and are deposited into the State exchequer. There are, however, a large number of other fees collected by the College under Government Order and are kept in a Personal Ledger Account of the Principal. Some of these are 'Time Table & Lesson Plan Fee', 'Teachers' Welfare Fund Fee' , 'Faculty Charges' and 'Proctorial System Fee'.

The College does not have any provision for loans to teachers and the staff. However, non-teaching staff may obtain loans from the Co-operative Society. Teachers can get loans from the State Govt. and HUDCO for house building or purchase of vehicle.

The College has a system of Internal Audit, which checks the College Accounts.

The performance of teachers is monitored through self-appraisal. The performance of non-teaching staff is monitored by the immediate superiors and described in memos submitted to the Principal. The College does not have a Grievance Redressal Cell. Grievances are taken care of by the Principal and other authorities, like the proctors and departmental heads.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
There is a healthy pattern of decentralization of administration. Almost every teacher plays a role in some aspect of administration. The practice ensures transparency of administration and prepares the younger teachers for greater responsibilities in future.

The proctorial system ensures a healthy relationship between the students and teachers. The proctors look after the personal problems of the students.

The College has several associations and societies to encourage co-curricular activities of the students. Some of these are the Drama Society, Science Society, Debating Society, Athletic Society and Literary Society.

Part III
Overall Analysis
The Peer team, after a thorough study of the Self-Study Report submitted by the S.B.Rath Govt. Women's College and interactions with the Principal and various groups, has been able to identify several commendable aspects of the College. The Peer Team has also identified a number of areas where there is scope for improvement and takes this opportunity to make certain recommendations in this respect. The commendable features and recommendations are as follows:

Commendable features:
S.B. Rath Govt. Women's College is the first affiliated college in the State of Orissa to come forward to be assessed by NAAC. It is also the first women's college in the State to be assessed by NAAC. The other commendable features are:

The excellent level of discipline at the College, among the teachers, staff and students and the regularity of attendance of the students and holding of the classes.

The College produces a large number of rank holders at university examinations every year, which is evidence of a good teaching -learning process.

The teaching loads borne ungrudgingly by most of the teachers, which are above the maximum limits prescribed by the UGC.

The cordial relationship between the Principal, the teachers, non-teaching staff and students.

The multiple roles played by most of the teachers and their participation in administration, which creates transparency in the college administration.

Seminar lectures by guest lecturers as well as students, which enrich the teaching-learning process and increase the confidence of students.

Encouragement given to students for participating in sports, NCC and NSS activities and their achievements in these fields.

Lastly but definitely not the least, the feeling of oneness of the students with their institution and the personal attention paid by the Principal and teachers of the College to the welfare of the students, despite several constraints and shortcomings in respect of funds and infrastructure.

Recommendations
The College may approach competent authorities for the introduction of the Commerce stream, Honours in Mathematics and P.G. programme in Psychology, the last of which is not available at Berhampur University.

The College used to have tutorial classes, which have been discontinued. An attempt may be made to re-introduce them. The College may also explore the possibility of introducing self-financing training programmes for competitive examinations and Communicative English.

The College faces a severe shortage of space that prevents horizontal expansion of the buildings. Some of its buildings are old and need to be replaced by more spacious multi-storeyed structures. The College also needs an auditorium. The Governing Body of the College may approach the State Government, UGC, the local MP and MLA for funds to construct buildings. The College may also seek financial help from the local people, businessmen and the alumni.

The College should also try to provide computer facility to the College office and the academic departments. The Office staff and the teachers should be trained in the use of computers for office work as also for use of the personal computer as a word-processor and a teaching aid.

The College should try to attract more students from outside Orissa and possibly from neighbouring countries.

The College Calendar should clearly mention the College hours, Library hours, number of seats and facilities available in the hostels, fees charged by the Computer Centre, etc.

The College should try to computerise the Central Library and provide audio-visual CDs as learning aids. Cataloguing of the books is an immediate necessity. The library should have reprographic facilities and Internet connection also. The library hours should be staggered for greater usability. In order to set the priorities of the library right, students should be allowed to borrow at least as many books at a time as the Class III and Class IV staff.

Funds allocated by the UGC for extension activities should be utilised by the College for activities outside the purview of the NSS. This will enable the College to involve a greater number of students in social work and establish greater contact with the social environment around the institution.

The College may form an Alumni Association, encourage its activities and seek involvement of the alumni in the development of the institution.

The College may consider installing a Fax machine and STD connection for efficient communication. It should also have Internet connection for better communication with the outside world, including the affiliating university, the State Government and the UGC.

The Peer Team takes this opportunity to express its sincere thanks to the Principal and staff of S. B. Rath Govt. Women's College for their active cooperation and support that has made the visit an enjoyable experience. The Team wishes to put on record the initiative taken by the Principal, Prof. N.P.K. Patro, in coming forward for assessment by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council. .

The Peer Team wishes the College a bright future.

Prof. M. P. Singh, Chairperson

Prof. P. K. Chaudhuri

Prof. S. L.Gargh, Member

(N.P.K. Patro, Principal)

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