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SMB Government College, Nathdwara, Rajasthan
SMB Government College, Nathdwara, Rajasthan
Nathdwara (District Rajsamand)
Rajasthan, IndiaPin Code : 313301
SMB Government College, Nathdwara is a recognised institute / college. SMB Government College, Nathdwara is also known as Seth Mathura Das Binani Govt. PG College Nathdwara, SMDB Govt College.
Principal of SMB Government College, Nathdwara is Mahawar Hukam Chand (DOB 03.07.1954) S/o Genda Lal.
SMB Government College, Nathdwara is situated in Nathdwara of Rajasthan state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Nathdwara comes under Nathdwara Tehsil, Rajsamand District.
Contact Person(s) of the SMB Government College, Nathdwara is (are): RP Vijayverjia, Professor, Dept of Botany.
Contact Details of SMB Government College, Nathdwara are : +91-2953-234630
VARDHAMAN MAHAVEER OPEN UNIVERSITY, Regional Centre: SMDB Government College, Nathdwara, Rajasthan
SMB Government College, Nathdwara runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
SMB Government College is affiliated with Mohanlal Sukhadia University, Udaipur (Rajasthan)
Media coverage of SMB Government College, Nathdwara, Rajasthan
NAAC report of SMB Government CollegeSECTION 1:- PREFACE
S.M.B. Government College, Nathdwara was established by the Government in the year 1962 in the temple-town of Nathdwara on the demand of the citizens of the town, particularly the devotees of Shreenath Ji, the presiding deity of this temple, which is the most important seat of Shudhadvaita philosophy and Pushtimargiya sect of Vaishnavaites. The college enjoys the blessings of the Head of the temple and also co-operation of the prominent citizens of the town. Starting as an under Graduate College, in 1962, Post-Graduate teaching was introduced gradually in Drawing & Painting, Economics, History, Sanskrit and Chemistry. Besides, the College is also running a Post-Graduate Diploma in computer application. The present strength of the students is above 1300. It is a government funded and government maintained institution duly recognized by the U.G.C.
The College volunteered for assessment and accreditation by the NAAC and accordingly submitted a self-study report. The NAAC constituted a Peer Team to visit the college and submit its report. The Team consisted of: -
Professor R.K. Misra
Professor K.D.P. Rao
Former Professor of Bio-Technology
Sri Venkateshwara College
Professor Moni Mathur
Head, Department of Botany & Biotechnology
Sarojini Naidu Govt. Girls P.G. College,
The Team visited the college on the 10th and 11th January 2005. It interacted with the Principal, Faculty, alumni and parents of students, and also with representative group of students. The Team went round the Departments, and visited the Hostel, Library, Computer Centre, Sports and other facilities available in the College. After considering the self-study Report, other documents and based on its interactions and observations, the Team submits the following report under seven criteria identified by the NAAC.
SECTION 2: CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion I : Curricular Aspects
The college offers teachings in the Faculties of Arts, Commerce and Science. It offers under-graduate courses in 9 subjects in Arts, 3 subjects in Commerce and 5 subjects in Science. Besides it is running post-graduate programme in 5 subjects and Post-graduate Diploma in computer application. The Diploma is in self -financing mode.
The College is affiliated to the Mohan Lal Sukhadia University, Udaipur which prescribes the syllabus for all the courses taught in the College. Some of the teachers of the college have been members of the Board of Studies of the University and have played a role in the designing of courses.
Criterion II : Teaching Learning and Evaluation
The admission to all the classes is on the basis of academic record. Weightage is given to certain categories according to the rules prescribed by the Government.
The teachers are appointed by the State Government on the basis of selections made by the Rajasthan Public Service Commission. The posting of teachers is by the Directorate of Higher Education of the State Government. The teachers are also transferred from one government college to another form time to time. Out of a total of 39 teachers, 22 have Ph.D. while 12 have M. Phil degrees. There are no part-time or temporary teachers. In case the post of a teacher falls vacant, only the Directorate can fill it up. The college has no powers to make temporary arrangements. Out of sanctioned 52 posts (including that of Principal and Vice-Principal) only 39 are in place. The Directorate has made no posting on the vacant posts. This seriously affects teaching in the college. In the departments of Hindi and Sociology, the teachers are on long leave and no alternative arrangement is made by government. In department like Physics, Botany there is only one teachers taking care of both theory and practicals of all the three years of the degree program.
Some of the teachers supplement lecture method by the use of charts and field work. The use of OHP and computer aided teaching method should be encouraged. Class tests and sessional tests are organized in order to monitor the progress of students. The post-graduate students have the option to offer project work in place of one paper. In some PG departments the teachers encourage the students to read papers.
The college has no provision for remedial teaching to the weak students nor has it made arrangement for special care of the advanced learners.
The teachers prepare a teaching plan on the basis of the syllabus prescribed by the University. The teachers from various departments have participated in seminars/conferences of their subject. In course of last two years, 16 teachers attended seminars. A seminars in Economics was also organized in the college in February 2003. Faculty is involved with the activities of various committees. Except the departments of Drawing & Painting and PGDCA the student teacher ratio is not very conducive for effective teaching learning process.
Criterion III: Research, Consultancy & Extension
Most of the teachers in the college are equipped for research. Out of a total of 39 teachers, 22 have done Ph.D. and 12 have done M. Phil. There is adequate provision of facilities in terms of rules for study leave for research. This is in addition to UGC sponsored Faculty Improvement Program. 4 faculty members are recognized as supervisors for guiding Ph.D. students. Five students are registered on Part-Time basis for Ph.D. one research project is already completed and there is one minor research Project of UGC ongoing in the college. The Commission has sanctioned Rs. 45,000 for the same. During the last three years, teachers have published about 15 research papers in various journals. There seems to be no planned effort to encourage research in the College. The College could set up a small committee to assist the teachers to initiate research and in appropriate cases seek financial aid from the funding agencies.
It is commendable that some departments like Zoology and Botany have done research work on local problems, for example ecological study and impact of zinc and marble industries. About 40 books, mostly text books have been published by teachers from departments of Mathematics, Geography, Drawing & Painting and Political science in last ten years.
The College has units of NSS and NCC which are involved in extension activities organized by the college Community development, health and hygiene awareness, adult education and literacy, AIDS awareness, medical camp, blood donation camp, environment awareness programme etc. have been organized for time to time. One or two cadets get selected for army forces/paramilitary forces every year. This year a cadet has been selected for the R.D.C. Delhi. The cadets also render s0cial service on important festivals.
Criterion IV: Infra-structure and Learning Resources
The college is located on a plot of land measuring 26 acres approximately. The building when constructed in 1962 was adequate for the then requirements of the college. Its expansion and maintenance has not kept pace with the growing requirements of the college. It is regrettable that there is no regular provision for the maintenance in the budget. For every small requirement the college has to approach the Directorate for sanction of the funds and then depend upon the P.W.D. for execution of the work. However, recently the Principal has been authorized to spend money out of the Boys fund. The maintenance of the campus also leaves much to be desired. Some work in this regard like plantation has been carried out by the volunteers of N.S.S.
The college has a Library and small reading room. The number of books in the Library is 42000. Besides, it subscribes 35 periodicals and journals. The college also has a Book Bank from which books are issued to the S.C. and S.T. students. There is a committee of teachers responsible for the purchase of books and to supervise the working of the library. One qualified Librarian assisted by a meager staff looks after the Library. There are no reprographic facilities, cassettes, computer or C.D. in the Library. The Library needs to be upgraded by providing more space. The catalogue may be updated and more reference books need to be acquired. Internet facilities may also be provided. The services in the library may be computerized.
There are in all 20 computers in the college, 10 in PGDCA, 8 in ECA, 1 in Drawing and Painting and 1 in the office. The students in general hardly make any use of the computers. In the office also very limited use of computers is made.
The college has sufficient space for the games and sports and has some facilities for games. About a dozen students of the college participated in inter-university competitions. The college encourages sportsmen to seek admission and gives bonus marks to sportsmen in selection for admissions. The post of Physical Instructor in the College has been lying vacant for more than 10 years. This to a great extent is responsible for decline in sports activities.
The Hostel of the college has accommodation for about 40 students. There is no staff, no grant or no maintenance of the Hostel. Consequently the present condition of the hostel badly needs to be improved. Only nineteen students are living there at present.
Criterion V: Students Support and Progression
The college publishes its Prospectus containing all the necessary information regarding admission, courses taught, fees, scholarship, examination etc. The College used to publish a student magazine. Attempts are being made to bring it once again. However the college has been publishing for two years a quarterly news bulletin.
The College offers merit-cum-means scholarships and also scholarships for S.C. and S.T. students as provided by the government.
The college has basic facilities for indoor games and outdoor games. Debates and cultural programmes are also organized though not regularly.
There is no arrangement for academic and personal counseling, to the students. This is badly needed. The college may also make attempts to provide career counseling and employment information to the students. At present some teachers do deliver a few lecturers every year about career prospects.
Necessary information regarding progression of students is not available. Unfortunately, there is no Alumni Association in the College which could have acted as a link between the college and its past students. Alumni Association, if formed, can also mobilize funds for the college.
Criterion VI: Organization and Management.
The organization and management of the college is in conformity with the set pattern of Rajasthan govt. rules and regulations, coupled with the constraints associated due to its affiliated nature. One grey area is the hiccup in filling up the teaching vacancies. Appointment of regular faculty members would definitely add to the stability of the system.
The funding for development and recurring expenditure is from the govt. and UGC. Purchase policy and fee structure is also in conformity with pattern followed by govt. rules and regulation.
There are thirty-six constituted committees to streamline the functioning of various academic and sports regulated activities, student's elections. There is a committee for preparing the academic calendar that is published in the prospectus, but measures have to be taken to make this calendar more explicit for timely and effective communication to its constituencies. The admission committee and the time table committee for the three faculties are rightly notified in the prospectus to facilitate students seeking admission and to commence classes at the onset of the academic session.
On the basis of the recommendations of external agencies to start need-based courses on self-financing basis, the PGDCA program has been successfully launched. A wider publicity could be accorded to this program through the prospectus and print media for prospective admission seekers and also for employers to offer internships and placements. In order to survive and surpass in the competitive world of market paradigm, the college may have to break new grounds of entrepreneurship, identifying local needs.
Besides the funds generated from the self-financing course, the college has been able to secure substantial financial aid from the Nathdwara Temple Board for its development. There is, however need for sustained efforts to further mobilize financial aid from private sources.
There has been no change in the fee structure in past three years. The college deserves appreciation for involving the students council in decision making particularly regarding matters related to fee structures. However this component can be tapped to generate some resources in an otherwise tight economy that exist. Grievance redressal mechanism may be established for various sections of the college community, as these would largely avoid any lurking grievances affecting the work ethics. The teaching and non-teaching employees are entitled to loans and medical reimbursement according to government rules.
Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
Some of the healthy practices observed in the college are being indicated below.
Admission of students purely on merit.
Broad based participation of faculty members in decision making through various committees.
Teachers of Drawing and Painting department need to be applauded for the awards received, eight research publications, one book edited, two books authored, one project completed and participation in state and national level exhibition. One Faculty member was invited to attend a reputed international camp at France. A group of French students come to this college to work under him. The department is contributing to foster traditional art forms of this area.
A total of 40 books have been written by faculty members from department of Mathematics, Geography, Drawing and Painting, and Political science mainly catering to needs of high school and under graduate students.
Four teachers have proceeded on TRF to pursue research.
Nearly all the teachers have gone to the refresher and orientation course.
A self-financing course started with the help of Temple Board.
Last but not least, there is local and regional focus in the work being done by some of the department like Drawing and Painting, Botany, Zoology and History.
SECTION 3: OVERALL ANALYSIS
S.M.B. Govt. College, Nathdwara has been rendering valuable service to the community in this remote and relatively backward region by making higher education available to the girls and boys of this semi urban town (population 35000) and the rural areas around. This government college has been the only institution of higher learning in this area till a girls' college was set up in the town by the government two years back.
The goodwill of the local citizenry and zeal of youngmen to avail of higher education, particularly vocational courses, is a positive factor in favour of the college. Of course, this goodwill has to be mobilized by the college. Another point of strength is a section of teachers who, despite being overburdened with teaching work and pathetic lack of resources, are doing good research and writing work.
The team is impressed by the nature and amount of good work being done particularly by the teachers in departments of Drawing and Painting, and Chemistry. What is commendable is that there is a community focus in the work of teachers. The study and projection of folk art and the study of the traditions associated with the Nathdwara temple deserves to be continued. To further illustrate the point, the departments of Botany and Zoology have studied local and regional problems arising out of marble and zinc industries which are the mainstay of the regional economy.
The team also commends the efforts made to secure financial aid from the Nathdwara Temple Board and local legislator for its developmental activities.
The infrastructure of the college, particularly ample campus area of 26 acres leaves vast scope for expansion and development.
There are, however, many points of concern as well and the team would like to offer certain suggestions for enhancement of the quality of education being imparted by the college.
The most important point is the shortage of teaching staff. As it is the teacher- taught ratio in the college is not satisfactory. On top of that, nearly 25 percent of the sanctioned teaching posts have been lying vacant for quite some time. It is appalling that currently there is no teacher at all in the departments of Hindi and Sociology even though good number of students have offered these subjects. Actually teachers are on long leave and no alternative arrangement has been made. The departments like Physics and Botany have only one staff member taking care of both theory and practical classes for all the three years. The government needs to take necessary measures in this regard. This actually is part of the general problem of financial crunch. It is best illustrated by the fact that per unit cost of education in the college comes to rupees 244.29 only.
Certain other areas of concerns are a) lack of a grievance redressal cell and b) self appraisal method to monitor teacher performance and students appraisal, to monitor the effectiveness of the teaching learning process.
The examination results and drop-out rate of students is another area of concern. The shortage of staff seems to be responsible for it to a large extent.
The college needs to pay greater attention to research. While it is commendable that some teachers are doing research, a more organized and planned effort needs to be made by the college to encourage research work in the college. A small committee may be setup for the purpose. This committee may assist the promising researchers to secure help from funding agencies. The college may also try to mobilize non-governmental sources for creation of a modest fund out of which seed money could be provided to researchers.
The team feels that tremendous fund of goodwill of the community and the resources of the Temple and its devotees have not been explored in full by the college to augment its resources. It is regrettable that even an Alumni Associations has not been formed which could be of help in this directions.
Despite the Teams' awareness of the shortage of staff, it would urge the college to explore the possibility of organizing remedial courses for weaker students, as also some extra guidance to the advanced learners.
The team laments that the earlier arrangement to impart computer literacy to students in all the faculties has been stopped. It is hopped that these arrangements are restored soon enough.
The team noted that there is a pressing demand from the local citizens and students alike to start Post-Graduate courses in more subjects. And also to start certain career-oriented courses, PG in Geography is the most pressing demands besides some career-oriented courses like M.I.B. and Diplomas in Tourism may be started on self-financing basis.
The Library has a reasonable good stock of text books. However, serious efforts have to be made to upgrade it. This is another area where private fund may be the answer to the problem, A separate library building with adequate space, computerization of catalogs and addition of references book is a basic pre-requisite of any scheme of quality improvement.
Before concluding, the Peer Team would like to thank the faculty for full cooperation and help to the Peer Team in its working. The Team again wishes the college a bright future.
Prof. R.K. Mishra
Dr. K.D.P. Rao
Dr. Moni Mathur
Prof. P.L. Parikh
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