Alumnae meets are conducted twice in a session and given the opportunity for the old students to feel as part of the institution. Even after leaving the college they continue to contribute to the overall development of the institution through the provision of becoming lifetime members of the alumnae. at the time of social gathering ex students are invited to present their programm for one hour.
Recognizing the significance of the role of the parents in the overall development of the student RDG College makes the parents as a part of its endeavors. The Principal interacts with the parents on issues pertaining to academic and residential life. Parent Teacher Meetings are organized to apprise the parents of their wards performance and get a feedback on the various aspects of the college‘s functioning. Heads of Departments interact with the parents on Parents Teachers Meet and whenever the need arises. Any grievance from a parent is listened to by the concerned authority and appropriate responses are provided.
Teaching and Non-teaching Staff:
The college considers its faculty team and the support staff as one of its strong pillars. Programmes like community lunch, celebration dinners etc. are arranged to bring in a sense of belonging for the faculty members. Provision of the facility of crèche goes a long way in helping the staff strike a balance between the multiple roles of a home maker and a facilitator. Personal or Professional needs or grievances of the staff members are addressed by the college administration in the best possible manner.
Linkages have been established with industries hospitals, academic establishments and their involvement in college activities are encouraged and facilitated. The bondage gets renewed and expanded during annual placement activity.
The Principal values the opinion of the public figures and makes specific efforts to reachout to the public and interact with the public whenever possible. Press meet is organized to make public any significant achievement made by the institution. The college flashes the upcoming events that are planned in the department’s or centers through its website and news papers. Public Relation Cell established in the college for continued contact with the public.
Reinforcing the culture of Excellence
Participatory Leadership is ensured at every level to promote the culture of excellence. A fair representation of all the faculties-Humanities, Sciences, Commerce and IT is kept in mind while constituting committees for various aspects of college‘s functioning. Faculty Development Workshops are organized with the guidance of the Principal, to keep the faculty abreast of the recent trends in teaching, learning & evaluation, and their specialized area of interest, there by reinforcing a culture of excellence. Good performances and achievements, both academic and non academic; by students, teachers etc are appreciated through notice boards and during the college assembly. As an institution moving towards paperless governance, most of the communications are sent to the Departments and Centres as soft copies through e-mail.
Championing Organizational Development
The Principal invites proposals for new programmes. The Academic Audit Committee undertakes a feasibility study prior to implementation of the new programme and introduces suitable modifications if necessary.
Changes in the existing rules and regulations are brought about after a thorough discussion in Advisory Committee based on the needs of the present generation. At the end of every semester, the Principal discusses with the Heads of Departments the proposed workload for the next semester, and appoints faculty members, if there is a need.
6.1.4 What are the procedures adopted by the institution to monitor and evaluate policies and plans of the institution for effective implementation and improvement from time to time?
The college has a clear and well-defined system to monitor and evaluate the effective implementation of the policies and plans of the institution. The college ensures that the desired objectives are being achieved through the IQAC.
IQAC conducts a self-evaluative exercise for all the departments to draw a potential map of the strengths and weaknesses of the functioning of the college in various areas. Various committees like Examination Committee, Academic Audit Committee, Research Committee, and Students Welfare Committee which have been established to facilitate efficient and smooth functioning of the college also evaluate the performance in their respective areas and submit the reports to the Principal.
The committees are directed to prepare action plans and submit the same to the principal for approval. The head of the institution appoints the conveners for various committees and nominates the members of committees. The guidelines defining the roles and responsibilities of the committees are communicated to the members. The committees carry out the projects taken up and at the end of the academic year the conveners submit the reports of the work done to the head of the institution.
Feedbacks on various aspects of the functioning of the college are obtained fromstakeholders namely students, parents, researchers, industry, and alumnae toevaluate the efficacy of policy decisions.
6.1.5 Give details of the academic leadership provided to the faculty by the top management?
The President and Management at the highest level is in constant touch with the head of the institution and gives enlightened leadership to the Principal for the smooth functioning of the college. The members of the Management Committee meet frequently to discuss the problems and issues pertaining to college development, administration, appointments and infrastructural needs and student disciplines. The Principal and staff representatives in Management Committee provide information and suggestions if any. The role and responsibilities of the staff are communicated to the staff for efficacious functioning of the college.
Meetings with the staff are held, required in the interest of the institution. The members of Committee are easily accessible for any guidance required by the officers of the college. Members of the top management and the principal actively encourage academic excellence among the faculty. Encouragement and guidance are given for minor and major research projects, Ph.D degree, orgnisation of and participation in seminars/workshops/ conferences. The leadership takes cognizance of achievements in this field by faculty members and rewards are given in various ways.
6.1.6 How does the college groom leadership at various levels?
The supportive management always encourages the involvement of the staff in the quality assurance and enhancement process of the institution. Various members are involved in developmental activities of the college such as Building Committee, Admission committee, Discipline Committee, Examination Committee, Health and Hyegine committee etc. through the head of the institution. All committees are constituted with a judicious mix of junior members and senior members so that the younger members of the faculty imbibe the ethos and work culture of the college and get groomed for leadership. The middle order faculty members with potential are groomed for leadership roles by entrusting them with the responsibility of an office. Such an arrangement is conducive to institutional harmony and growth mutually beneficial and has a synergetic effect for the institution.
The Principal, administrative officers and coordinators of various committees are encouraged to attend leadership training programmes organised by national and international organizations or institutions. Faculty members from different levels and departments are deputed to national and international seminars and training programs to strengthen leadership roles.
The Students’ Council consists of student from all streams, UG and PG to represent the whole student body. The office-bearers discuss and deliberate on students’ problems in campus and suggest solutions to the problems. They work on issues related to the campus and disseminate the decision to the entire student body. The Principal and faculty members who organize student associated activities try to spot potential students who can be groomed for leadership role. They are entrusted with trading role in events like NSS camps, cultural activities, extension activities, NCC events, election of students’ body etc. good leadership performance is appreciated and rewarded. Leadership Summit is conduct at MIT Pune, ever year. Our students attend the aforesaid Summit enthusiastically, and their TA/DA in funded by the institution.
Developing Women Leaders:
Developing women leaders being our vision statement, the curriculum is so designed and restructured as to develop the intellectual, entrepreneurial and managerial skills among our students. Expansion of programmes is relevant to the changing needs of the society and equips them with expertise necessary for facing the global challenges. In addition to a dynamic curriculum, the students are provided with umpteen opportunities for chiseling their personality and realizing their potentials.
6.1.7 How does the college delegate authority and provide operation alautonomy to the departments / units of the institution and work towards decentralized governance system?
The college is sensitized to latest managerial concepts like strategic planning, team work, decision-making and computerization. The administration is decentralized to a large extent. Various committees have been formed to plan and monitor the functioning of different departments/ section of the college.
The Principal with the support of Heads of the Departments and various committees conveners participate in decision-making which create an organizational climate which is both participatory and democratic. Administrative powers and responsibilities are delegated to teachers on the basis of their competence, commitment and aptitude to meet the institutional objectives:
To balance workloads and provide development opportunities to staff.
To create positive and motivating environment.
To build team among staff to speed up the process of target achievement and accomplish assignments.
To allow staff to take initiative.
To make task more interesting and work a rewarding experience.
The institution collaborates with different sections/departments of the institution by holding periodical meetings of different departments to improve the quality of its educational provisions. The Conveners plan and monitor the projects undertaken to achieve the targets in the stipulated time. Ultimately all the administrative, academic and financial activities are reviewed by the Internal Academic Audit Committee to ensure accountability. This decentralized functioning mechanism empowers the departments and individual faculty and helps them in making independent decisions. However, there are sufficient checks and balances built in the system to see that these decisions are taken carefully. The higher authorities and committees review these decisions, if need be, and give suggestions on the basis of Principal’s report and feedback it gets from the society. The suggestions of the management are communicated to the teaching and non-teaching employees and implemented by the Principal.
6.1.8 Does the college promote a culture of participative management? If‘yes’ indicate the levels of participative management.
One of the best governed institutions of higher education in the Vidarbha region,the college is governed by a participative management which is actively involved in the administrative, academic and co-academic activities of the institution. The President of the Managing Committee along with other members of committee interacts with the staff and inspires them to achieve excellence in their respective fields. He communicates the decisions taken by the management concerning academics, finances and other developmental activities through the Principal, who constitutes different committees involving faculty members for effective implementation of the decisions taken.
The perspective institutional plan is developed through consultations of the Management with Principal and faculty. The Managing Committee constitutes committees for the various developmental initiatives it proposes to undertake. Teachers play a significant role in the planning and implementation of development of the college. Students Council is involved wherever necessary. Infrastructural developments are planned by the management in close consultations with the faculty who give their infrastructural requirements to the Principal. The planning and decision making in financial matters rests with the president of the Bhartiya Seve Sadan and Principal.
Appropriate financial allocations on priority basis are made for various schemes. Participatory leadership and team work culture emblematic of the values and ethos of the college enable the college community to internalize these and in turn creates institutional loyalty and the willingness to walk an extra mile.
6.2. Strategy Development and Deployment
6.2.1 Does the Institution have a formally stated quality policy? How is itdeveloped, driven, deployed and reviewed?
Yes, College has formally stated quality policy which has been formulated based on the vision and mission of the college and is the guiding force that helps departments to plan their activities.
Quality Policy Statement:
We at RDG College, endeavour to impart highest standards of education; developing the intellect and reasoning ability of our students, with a strong base of moral, ethical and human values. Sustainable models of innovative teaching-learing process are constantly devised to evolve our students as global citizens, with national pride. Excellence is the watchword in all areas of curricular and co-curricular activities in the College.
The Principal ensures that this policy embodied in quality objectives is communicated to all the personnel. The IQAC prepares perspective plans and policies based on the quality policy and activities proposed by various departments for the calendar year. This action plan is submitted to the Management for approval and implementation.
The Management monitors and reviews the plans/projects implemented by holding formal and informal dialogues with the staff, from time to time. To achieve the desired results in the academics, teachers are encouraged to participate in seminar, conferences, workshops and refresher and orientation courses and update their knowledge and skill base. The faculty has been provided with separate rooms adequately furnished and equipped with the latest communication technology and gadgets to ensure quality enhancement.
6.2.2 Does the Institute have a perspective plan for development? If so, givethe aspects considered for inclusion in the plan.
The college is propelled by a visionary management which has well-defined goals and perspective plans for developmental work. The perspective plan is drawn as short-term and long term goals in the different aspects of the functioning of the college such as teaching and learning, Research and Development, Industry Interaction, Community engagement, Human Resource Planning, and Infrastructure. To implement these plans in a meaningful manner, adequate measures are taken to mobilize resources.
The institute proposes to expand its curriculum by starting post- graduation in 10 different subjects, diploma in fashion designing.
6.2.3 Describe the internal organizational structure and decision making processes.
The organisational structure of the college facilitates its smooth functioning. The Managing Committee is the policy making body. The Governing body comprising of academicians, educationists, professionals, and philanthropists shape the academic policy keeping in view the National policies in Higher education, existing priorities and local needs.
Governing body, LMC experts, students, alumni and their employers, industries, faculty and NAAC steering committee team constitute the major inputs for the perspective planning. These inputs are carefully analyzed by the Heads and IQAC. The perspective institutional plan for academic programmes and infrastructural development is developed by the Head of the institution in consultation with the Managing Committee. The plans proposed are discussed at the respective committees, fine tuned and then implemented.The resources involved and the possible roadblocks are thoroughly looked into before finalising any plan.The developmental activities are according to a master plan. The Principal and the Heads of Departments monitor the efficient implementation of these policies.
Appropriate financial allocations on priority basis are made for various schemes.
6.2.4 Give a broad description of the quality improvement strategies of theinstitution for each of the following
• Teaching & Learning
• Research & Development
• Community engagement
• Human resource management
• Industry interaction
The Management ensures effective and efficient transaction of the teaching learning process by:
Teaching and Learning
A) Recruiting highly qualified and competent teaching faculty.
B) Promoting professional development of faculty by providing support.
i. To undergo refresher courses.
ii. To equip themselves in modern tools.
iii. To pursue doctoral programmes (from 2004-2013) 12 teachers have received Ph.D degrees and 10 have registered themselves for doctoralprogrammes).
iv. To attend and organize National and International Seminars.
v. By replacing faculty proceeding on leave with substitute teachers to ensure teaching-learning process is unaffected.
C) Providing State-of- condusive atmosphere in the college for intellectual growth and all-round personality development.
Research & Development
The college has established Research Development Committee to promote research aptitude among faculty and students.
More than 50% of our faculty is actively engaged in research activities.
As many as 17 teachers have completed their Minor Research Projects.
One teacher is working on Major Projects.
As many as 6 teachers are guiding research.
Seminars are organized to promote research.
Eminent scientists and speakers are invited for guest lectures.
The Principal and the management have been motivating the faculty to write research projects & apply to UGC etc. for research schemes.
Linkage with local industry and export houses/garment manufacturing units established to provide exposure to our students and help them develop entrepreneurial activities.
The college encourages students to take part in NCC, NSS and other extension activities.
Comprehensive projects are undertaken by the students in collaboration with the community. The college has also established Saplings of Life Club and Women Empowerment Cell.
The college organizes various outreach programmes to enable the student’s to respond to the larger issues of society: College engages many organizations like Red Cross, Medical Council, and N.G.Os for holding blood donation camp, NSS camps, free medical check-up, youth festivals, Tree plantation festival etc.
Tree Plantation Drives
Blood Donation Camps
Visits to Old Age Home
Visits to the School for Blind
Awareness Programmes on vital issues like Female Foeticide, Drug Addiction, HIV/AIDS, Breast Cancer.
Various days like, International women Day, International Peace Day, International AIDS Day, International Environment Day, World Water Day, and National Integration Day are observed.
Human Resource Management
The institute has a very effective mechanism for assessing adequate human power requirements, staff recruitment, monitoring and planning professional development programmes for faculty development and obtaining feedback on teachers. There are many staff welfare schemes. Faculty development programmes are organized periodically to update the knowledge base and pedagogical skills of teachers. The institution recruits faculty members and staff as per guidelines provided by the university/state government. Incentives are also given to the staff members. Effective system of appraisal of performance of teachers is there.