Self Study Report for NAAC Re-Accreditation (2014)
Page No. NAAC Steering Committee 1
Executive Summary 3-7
SWOC Analysis 8-9
Post NAAC Initiatives 10-12
College Profile, Institutional Data (Part A) 13-23
Criterion wise Analytic Report (Part B) Curriculum Aspect 24-34
Teaching, Learning & Evaluation 35-61
Research, Consultancy & Extension 62-152
Infrastructure & Learning Resources 153- 169
Student Support and Progression 170-191
Governance, Leadership & Management 192-219
Innovation & Best Practices 220-226
Departmental Inputs (Part C) Department of English 227-232
Department of Marathi 233-240
Department of Hindi 241-246
Department of Sanskrit 247-251
Department of Music 252-259
Department of Home Science 260-270
Department of Commerce 271-275
Department of Economics 276-282
Department of Home Economics 283-287
Department of Chemistry 288-291
Department of Biochemistry 292-295
Department of Biology 296-300
Department of Physics 301-304
Department of Human Anatomy & Physiology 305-308
Department of Political Science 309-313
Department of Sociology 314-317
Department of Philosophy 318-321
Department of Physical Education 322-326
Department of BBA, BCA, MCM 327-331
Department of Psychology 332-336
Department of Urdu 337-341
Department of Library 342-347
Department of History 348-351 Letter of Compliance by the Principal 352
Letter of Declaration by the Principal 353
Annexure Approval of the University
UGC 2(f)/12B Certificate
List of Teachers who have attended RC/OC
RAR Cycle II
Smt. Radhadevi Goenka College for Women, (MS) Akola
Steering Committee of NAAC
1. Shri. V.L. Agrawal (Coordinator)
2. Dr. Mrs. Anjali Rajwade (Co-Coordinator)
3. Shri. R. B. Nistane (Member)
4. Shri. S. W. Wadhone (Member)
5 Dr. Miss. Sulochana Mankar (Member)
6. Dr. Mrs. Vijaya Khandekar (Member)
7. Dr. Mrs. Archana Ambhore (Member)
8. Shri. R.G. Pawar (Member)
9. Shri. Dr. A.B Pande (Member)
We are pleased to submit the Self Study Report (SSR) of our college to the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) for Re-Accreditation. We abide by the standards to accomplish our LOI requirements. Our first accreditation has paved a positive way and with firm faith and commitment, we dedicate ourselves to compete with changing times to ensure quality, sustenance and improvement of our institution. We focus a balanced blending of tradition and modernity, ethical values and technological skills for versatile development of girls in Vidarbha region. This report is the outcome of the constant working and integrated efforts of our Coordinator and dedicated group. We are striving hard to climb up the stairs of academic excellence and groom disciplined, morally enlightened, self-reliant educated girls who can chisel out a better tomorrow. We hopefully look forward for the visit of your peer team for inspection in our college.
Mr. V.L. Agrawal Dr. Mrs. V V. Mohod
Coordinator of NAAC (Principal)
Smt. R.D.G. College for Women,
Executive Summary History:- Inspired by the National Freedom Movement of Mahatma Gandhi, late Smt. Radhadeviji Goenka alias Mataji founded Bhartiya Sewa Sadan – an educational management institution meant to impart education to boys and girls. Under the auspices of the Bhartiya Sewa Sadan, she started a school in a small room with a meagre strength of pupils who hailed from her own family. It was a difficult task to perform when the whole nation was seething under the foreign rule. It was so particularly when she took an active part in the Freedom Struggle. But she had a foresight of a seer which enabled her to wade ahead brushing aside the barriers and difficulties of her own times. About seven and a half decades ago, she harboured a thought of women empowerment. The same thought led her to think of women and their education. In her mission, she was assisted by Pt. Ravishankar Shukla, the then Chief Minister of the then extant state of Central Provinces & Berar who lent on lease 23 acres of land in the middle of the township. Motivated by her ideology, the Mataji was resolved to materialise her dream to impart higher education to the women in the region of Vidarbha. A champion of the cause of womanhood, she was in receipt of the donation of two lac rupees from her husband Late Seth Shriman Kisanlalji Goenka who too wanted to promote her noble undertaking. This eased out difficulties to a large extent.
The Mataji’s dream of higher education for women bore fruit in the year 1965 when the foundation stone of the building of the institution was laid. With the erection of the building, the college started functioning in the year 1966. It was named Smt. Radhadevi College for Women. Situated along the National Highway No. 6 beside the Govt. Milk Scheme, the college initially had only the Arts faculty. The faculty of Home Science was introduced in the year 1979; and, later the stream of Commerce joined up in the year 1984.
The college was accredited by NAAC in the year 2004. The event opened up new vistas to the institution in bringing out its all round development especially in respect of quality education. The college is now ready with the RAR for its reaccreditation in accordance with the new rules and guidelines formulated by the UGC. Factual and honest data alone is put up on the record after having gone through a sincere and faithful introspection of each and every aspect. The report presented is informative of the post-NAAC accreditation period of the college bearing relevance to seven criteria and thirty-two key aspects that are essential for reaccreditation. A criterionwise summary is as given below.
Criterion-I: Curriculum Aspects The Curriculum is the most important ingredient of the education system and other processes like teaching, learning, research and extension revolve round it. The institution has a goal of imparting education and it has always tried to attain it by accomplishing it well within a stipulated time frame. By resorting to the traditional and new methods and teaching techniques, the teaching faculty is always on the alert that the instruction given should not turn out mechanical, monotonous, dull and tedious. It is for this reason that the campus always throngs with the near full attendance. This becomes possible because the college faculty encompasses the likings of all the learners belonging to different strata of society making its teaching palatable and interesting. The teachers also take part in framing and designing syllabi through different committees and the boards of studies constituted under MU Act 1994.
Besides teaching the University syllabi, the college also offers the career-oriented and computer-based programmes to plasticize pupils to take up different jobs. The college renders instruction from XI standard to Post Graduate level. It provides a wide range of programmes at UG and PG levels comprising 5 UG and 11 PG programmes. To add to this number, the college also offers Certificate Course in Fashion Designing and Remedial Courses for SC, ST and Minority students. These courses prove very helpful to the needy and poor students. The concerned faculty frames the syllabi for these courses taking into consideration the employment opportunities for the learners, thus making them professionally self-reliant. Thus the students have a multiple choice in respect of taking up a proper course to benefit from them over the times to come. The curricula reflect the goals and mission of the college resulting from discipline, awareness of social responsibilities, good habits, respect to teachers and elders and spirit of nationalism among its students.
Criterion-II: Teaching, Learning and Evaluation The college has a capacity to admit about 1600 UG and 300 PG students in different disciplines. Every year in the beginning of the academic session, advertisements for admission are published in the local and regional newspapers and local TV channels. Admissions are made on the merit basis for the open and backward categories. Allocation of quota for backward students is strictly observed adhering to the Maharshtra Government guidelines. The process of admission maintains a stringent transparency.
The college has cherished the concept of Guardian Teacher. A so-designated teacher takes care of a group of about thirty students. He/she tries to resolve their difficulties and accords them guidance even in their personal matters if they come forward with a problem. Similarly the students have to furnish an undertaking stating that they shall abide by the rules and regulations of the college.
As for teaching, the teaching staff members use Power Point Presentation in the classrooms as an innovative skill. They are assessed by students through evaluation method at the year end. The feedback from the students is given a serious thought by the Management and the Principal. Basic computer programmes are made available to the teaching and non-teaching staffs so that they should keep pace with time and be equipped with the knowledge of computer that is essential in teaching and day-to-day life.
As regards the selection of teachers, a qualified and competent faculty is appointed as per the UGC, Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University and the State Govt. rules. Similarly, the teachers are motivated to undertake research, to attend conferences, seminars and workshops. Duty leave is granted for this purpose and financial assistance is also made available through PTAC grants, and if need be, the Management also provides financial help.
To help out the financially weak students, the college Management takes up the placement drive so that these needy can earn while they learn. Not only this, an effort is made to settle students through placements after their degree education is over. The college authority is always serious and sensible to see that there are no dropouts. Because of this, the college premises always bear an atmosphere of glee and social even-handedness. At the same time, the college authorities never fail to organise co-curricular activities. The Principal is always eager to invite speakers from different field to make students aware and conscious about their social duties and responsibilities and to infuse into them a feeling of national spirit.
Criterion-III: Research Consultancy and Extension During last five years, the college evinced a substantial and remarkable growth in research activity and extension work. Owing to the consistent motivation of the Management and the Principal, many teachers undertook research work leading towards Ph.D. degree and nineteen others, besides working for Ph.D., successfully completed UGC Minor Research Projects during the XIth Plan. As for the research for degrees, it is a matter of pride that twelve teachers are the recipients of Ph.D., and eight others did their M.Phil.during the bygone five years. Three teachers were deputed for Ph.D. under UGC FDP of the XIth Plan. The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics offer consultancy services.
A service done to humanity ranks above anything else, and it should be a prime objective of one’s life. The NSS and NCC units have proven over the years a means to social ends. The students of this college enthusiastically and voluntarily render their services to society by organizing camps and through extension work. Blood donation camps, awareness for health and hygiene, medical checkups, AIDS awareness are some of the salient features of these activities. These activities are carried out in an adopted village every year. The participants also try to make the villagers realize the importance of acupressure therapy, Yoga and tree-plantation. Many teachers have filled up forms for donating eyes. Free Rubella vaccination is arranged every year in coordination with the local social organisations.
Criterion- IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources The college boasts a beautiful campus stretching for ten acres of land. The structure of the college building is a sizeable one consisting of well-furnished rooms, a large library, a sports-room, the scientific laboratories and two computer laboratories. As regards instruction, the campus is used from 800 hrs to 1630 hrs. However, the college office functions from 1030 hrs to 1810 hrs. There are separate staffrooms for men and women. The campus has in it two hostels for girls. While the old one can accommodate 30 inmates, the newly-built one has the capacity to accommodate 84 students. The new hostel has been erected with the financial assistance from the UGC under its special grants scheme of the Xth Plan. There are two blocks for teaching staff each comprising four separate units. The premises have natural surroundings having four gardens, one medicinal garden, groves along the roads and a large playfield. There is a provision for both outdoor and indoor games in the college.
With the financial assistance made available by the UGC under the XIth Plan, the college has set up Gandhian Study Centre, Network Resource Centre and the extension of the library has been done by adjoining a large reading room to the original structure. The college library contains 36,000 books on various subjects. The library also provides magazines, journals, encyclopaedias, and much other electronic reading material. A large number of newspapers are made available to students and staffs. In add to this, the library provides many other facilities such as a xerox machine, book bank, OPAC system for students and staff. The library is 80% automated. It also provides internet facility to both – staff and students.
Apart from the facilities mentioned hereinbefore, the college Management has constructed twelve new classrooms with its own expenditure to add to the existing structure. The college campus has got a power backup with a generator and the inverters.
Criterion- V: Students Support and Progression The college always is always prepared to help its students. The authorities always think that their well-being is of first and foremost importance. Support services like Government scholarships, freeships, EBC concession, primary teacher’s concession, and concession to the wards of ex-servicemen are offered to the respective students. Approximately 1000 students every year avail of the scholarship facility.There is a provision of Students-aid-fund wherefrom the poor students benefit. The Principal, in her prerogative, exempts a number of poor students from the payment of college development fund and bicycle stand charges. Guest lectures are arranged frequently in order to enlighten students about competitive examinations.
The students of the college can drop their grievances and suggestions into the suggestion box. The Principal herself goes through the matter and takes action if the given matter is found to be genuine. The college finds this necessary from the point of view of its qualitative improvement. The college has also established a grievance redressal cell for women. Women-teachers can lodge complaints about their harassment and teasing if any.
During the second half of the academic year, the annual social gathering is held, wherein, students can perform and display their talent in different forms of art. Surabhi – the annual college magazine is a platform for the college students to exhibit their talent. An assembly for the national anthem at 1100 hrs is a daily feature of the college schedule.
Criterion-VI: Governance and Leadership The college, as mentioned hereinbefore, was established with a goal of higher education to women. Since its inception in 1966, the college authorities have shown enthusiasm for the qualitative improvement of the institution in respect of academics. The college Management is always watchful and careful for the development of the students and teachers. The Management assesses the activities in the institution through the MIS reports. Meetings of the executive body of the Management, Local Management Committee and other important committees are regularly held. The Principal has formed thirty committees to decentralise the work, and each committee is headed by a convener. The college teachers have to submit self-appraisal forms at the year-end.
Smt. Radhadevi Goenka College for Women Salary Earners Credit Co-operative Society (Reg. No. 155) is one of the salient features of the college administration. The society lends loan to the members of teaching and non-teaching staffs. There is a facility of grain loan and emergency loan as well.
The college office is fully computerized and accounts are audited every year by the31st of March every Financial Year.
Criterion- VII: Innovative Practices The college has Internal Quality Assurance Cell for qualitative improvement. The cell may be said to be a drive towards achieving excellence. Its purpose is to facilitate smooth governance in the institution.
The Gandhian Study Centre in the college provides a study material to the students so that they should inculcate moral and holistic approach towards life and people around. The centre also aims at cultivating secular values in the college students.
In a nutshell, the institution is marching towards all round development by adopting innovative practices.
SWOC is acronym for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, challenges of the institution. SWOC analysis is a tool to access the potential, the ups-downs, the qualities and drawbacks and an overall assessment to thrust ahead for further progress of the institution.
Qualified and experienced staff.
Adequate infrastructure facility.
Pioneering institution to empower and enhance education of women.
Elevating women’s position and promoting their rights in society.
Active NSS unit with multifarious activities viz. rallies, village camps, street plays on current social issues and other.
Agile NCC unit: record of selection of girls for Republic Day Camp and Thal Sena Camp.
Top meritorious record in different streams, in the university examination every year.
Enhancing educative and cultural performances and holding seminars, workshops, exhibitions, speeches to increase the knowledge of the students and give them exposure.
Disseminating Gandhian values and value education through healthy practices, day celebration and debates.
Competitive academic environment, guidance through guest lectures and preparing students for various competitive examinations.
Dedicated and expert faculty. The academic fraternity is also active in various sports and social growth activities and has won many accolades.
Staff’s contributions for women welfare activities; encouraging girls for all round development. Students and staff members actively take part in blood donation camp every year. Rubella vaccination camp is held every year. In the eye donation camp, the staff members filled up the forms and took oath for the same.
With full zeal and grit the staff works on various communities viz Alumni, Placement Cell, Cultural, Health, and Feedback from students, etc to enhance and promote the overall development of the college.
The Placement Cell arranges interviews and provides job opportunities accordingly.
Automated library and well established computer lab which runs different courses for students and staff.
Under the aegis, we run career oriented courses (COC) viz BBA, BCA, MCM and also provide a platform for interaction of students with academicians and agencies for placement.
Under the career oriented courses the college runs courses like ‘Fashion Designing’, ‘Communication Skills in English Language’, ‘Banking and Insurance’ which simultaneously grooms the students with their respective degree courses.
College programmes and policies to support the economically weak students and move ahead in every way, to give the best to all students.
Multiple student-centric programmes comprising contemporary as well as futuristic global practices in academics, co-academics and sports for holistic growth. Training girls for self defence viz boxing and Unarm Combat, special lectures of the staff on diet plan, health care, English speaking, personality development etc.
The only women institution under SGB Amravati University to offer M.Sc Food & Nutrition.
Development of Entrepreneurial skills among students.
Special rapport with members of ‘Suprabhat Club’ of senior citizens, who are taking advantage of our campus for morning walk.
Establishment of ‘Writers bank’ for blind students, Fifty-Six writers has been registered and twelve have already started working for the same.
Fair practices like ‘Earning while Learning Scheme’, ‘ Joy of Giving’, ‘Helping students for Helping themselves’, ‘Students Aid Fund’, ‘Special Prizes by staff to encourage students,‘Students Aid Fund’.
Controlled Procedures to introduce new age programmes at UG and PG level due to affiliation with University.
Expansion in academic programs and interest in bringing various new courses.
Interest in expansion of cultural activities.
Match between curricular and societal interests. Encouraging earning while learning scheme.
Limitation and constraint in government financial support.
To achieve academic excellence despite adhoc enrollment of teachers.
To motivate the faculty and staff for changing and progressive paradigms in Higher Education.
To face the problem due to lack of non salary grant.
Due to limited grant it is difficult to maintain the entire infrastructure, Garden and other expenses.
To reduce the dropout ratio of students.
Publishing International/National journals and books by all research departments.
Develop E-learning content.
More collaborative research to be taken up with research institutes of international and national repute.
To enhance social activities.
To involve students in the college administration.
To invite companies and private agencies for more campus placement of students.
To develop existing medicinal plant garden.
To promote the use of ICT in curriculum delivery.
To construct auditorium hall in the campus.
To setup language lab.
To enhance campus beautification.
Smt. RDG College for Women,
Post NAAC Initiatives
The college in its quest for excellence has been constantly progressing to sustain and promote excellent standards in education with a shared focus on fostering human values and social commitment among students. NAAC Accreditation in March 2004 has given a great impetus to the growth and development of the college. It has not only affirmed the best practices of the college by awarding it B+ grade, but also through its recommendations clearly outlined a path for further development. Hence the peer-team recommendations helped us to realize the core values of the NAAC. The recommendations guided us in cultivating a spirit for national development, in fostering, enthusiasm for global competencies, in inculcating holistic and ethical values, in promoting the use of technology and quest for excellence among the students of this college. The guidelines of the peer team guidelines helped us in planning and executing quality academic programmes and extension activities in this college.
The college has made great strides in many aspects such as curricular design and development, quality enhancement in teaching- learning process, acquisition of equipments, enhancement in infrastructural facilities, encouraging research temper in the staff and students, providing more student support services, continuous participation in outreach and community involvement programmes.
The Honorable Peer team visited the college in March 2004 and gave following suggestions and recommendations and college has taken its compliance.
NAAC PEER TEAM SUGGESTIONS AND COMPLIANCE
Providing spacious library, internet facility, reprography, atomization of library
Library is fully computerized. Internet is made available. Reprographic facility is available for students. Construction of reading room is completed and is open for students with sufficient space and furniture.
UGC network resource centre is set up with financial assistance of UGC.
Gandhian study centre has been set up in the XIth plan of UGC.
A new girls hostel is constructed with financial assistance of 1 crore Rupees by UGC under the special scheme.
12 classrooms are constructed on the first floor with the help of seed money provided by the management.
New Computer lab has been provided with 60 computers thus number of computers has been increased.
Counseling Centre & training centre for MPSC exam
Guest lecturers of experts from various fields are arranged for guidance in the competitive examinations
Developing a Medicinal plant garden
Medicinal plant garden is developed by Biology Dept. Mrs. Kalne has completed the MRP project related to medicinal plants.
Teachers training and orientation
During last 8 years all the teachers who were selected for orientation /refresher programmes were deputed by the college.
Starting new post graduate courses
We have introduced new post graduate courses in Six different subjects: M.A Eng, M.A Mar, M.A Political Sci, M.A Philosophy
M.Com. and MCM
Job Oriented Courses
Diploma in fashion designing, already running in the college which is approved by the UGC. Job oriented course like BBA, BCA, MCM have been introduced.
Diploma in Communication Skills in English Language.
Diploma in Banking and Insurance.
Language lab, common room for girls
Proposal for language lab is under consideration and girl’s common rooms is provided with adequate facilities.
Motivation of Research work
Research facility is extended in the college. Minor research projects were made compulsory for teachers and 16 MRP have been completed by the teachers under 11th plan of UGC. 13 teachers have been awarded Ph.D degree after first NAAC.
One major research project in the subject of economics is ongoing and proposals for four major research project is submitted to UGC.
Infrastructure development- to provide auditorium, media room, acoustically equipped rooms for music
Construction acoustically equipped rooms for music is in progress
Spacious sports, games room, additional toilet
Sports facilities have been increased and additional Ladies toilet proposal is approved by U.G.C. in XI th plan and work of construction is completed.
Preparation of Master Plan of College building
Master plan of college building is drafted.
Use of OHP’s
Use of Over Head Projector is facilitated by teachers
Alumni Association is formed and its regular meetings are conducted. More number of ex students are registered
Office Administration and Accounts
Office administration and accounts is fully automated
Placement cell is activated and working. In April 2010 placement week was celebrated and about 15companies have scrutinized 400 students from the campus.
The peer team has made the following commendations:-
The concern of the Management in providing access to higher education for women aimed at their empowerment.
Participation of a sizable section of teachers in serving in a number of activities.
Starting of job oriented and nontraditional courses such as M.Sc. Food and Nutrition, M.A. in Home Economics and M.A. in Music on self-financing basis when such courses could not be started under the aided stream.
Village adoption and community development work by NSS volunteers.
Prizes and medals instituted by the management to encourage meritorious students.
Teachers and students of Music Department being resource persons of AIR and Doordarshan.
Part 1 Institutional Data
A. Profile of the Affiliated /Constituent College Name and address of the college: