2.2.1 How does the institution cater to the needs of differently- abled students and ensure adherence to government policies in this regard?
Special coaching classes are held for differently-abled students. Regular teachers offer their services without any remuneration. Library facilities are made available and they are provided economic aid through student aid fund constant encouragement to them helps in boosting their confidence.
2.2.2 Does the institution assess the students’ needs in terms of knowledge and skills before the commencement of the programme? If ‘yes’, give details on the process.
The students‘knowledge and skills are assessed before the commencement of the programme through interactive counseling sessions, questions hours and group discussions. The initial assessment of the needs of the students is made through aptitude test and personal interview after admission process. To further assess the knowledge base and skill needs of the students pertaining to the specific programme, special orientation lectures based on the basics/fundamentals of the programme/subject concerned are organized. Special sessions are organized to bridge the knowledge gap of the incoming students from different backgrounds. Teachers give extra time to the students to help them cope with the programme to which they are enrolled.
Since one of the most significant challenges faced by the majority of new entrants is fluency in English and competence of communicative skills, the College has adopted different strategies to help the students. A programme on Spoken English comprising different modules has been introduced by the department of English for the enhancement of communication skills.
An additional programme on Communication skills in English is also offered tostudents desirous of enhancing their communication skills further (level II) underthe financial assistance remedial coaching scheme of UGC for SC, ST and Minority community student is also run by the college in the subject of English. Under graduate and Post graduate students benefit through this programme.
2.2.3 What are the strategies drawn and deployed by the institution to bridge the knowledge gap of the enrolled students to enable them to cope with the programme of their choice? (Bridge/Remedial/Addon/Enrichment Courses, etc.)
Remedial coaching skill approved by the UGC is successfully conducted by the college for SC, ST and Minority community students from the IX, Xand XI Plan of UGC 2.2.4 How does the college sensitize its staff and students on issues such as gender, inclusion, environment etc.?
Women Development Cell: To sensitize women about their status, identity and role, the college has established Women Development Cell.
Seminars and workshops on problems relating to women like female foeticide, dowry, and violence against women, Breast Cancer, AIDS are organized to prepare them to face challenges undauntingly.
Awareness Rallies on Female Foeticide, Crimes against Women, AIDS Awareness organized to enlighten the students about momentous issuesconcerning society in general and mankind at large.
Time relevant and contemporary issues as ‗The Development of Attitude towards Women and ‘The Locus of Control within Working and Non- Working Women are explored for improving the status of women under studyand the intervention is undertaken as per the outcome of the studies byorganizing Awareness Programmes, Issued Based Advocacy, and by providing them a free access to counseling under Dr Anjali Rajwade.
To sensitize the students about their rights, a series of lectures with special reference to right of women are organized under the Awareness.
Women welfare programmes are conducted.
A guest lecture on the importance of breast feeding was organized by Home-Science department.
Nutrition week was celebrated by Home-Science department.
Guest lecture on the topic legal rights of the women was organized justice Shri. Arun Chaudhary of the Mumbai High Court was Chief Guest.
Poster presentation on the environmental issues was arranged and the best poster was awarded the prize and the certificate by the college.
Environment Related Issues
Saplings of Rotary Club has been established to address profoundly urgent social issues
Like female foeticide and preservation of environment.
Activities like tree plantation drives, maintenance of green belts, and driveagainst the use of polythene bags are undertaken regularly.
Lectures/ Talks on Save Water, Rain Water Harvesting, Ozone Preservation,Waste
ProductManagement, Organic Farming, and Vermicompost organized regularly.
Choreographies, skits, street plays, song and dance presentations dealing withpressing environmental and social concerns are organized to spread socialmessages across all sections of the society. Many NGOs have been involved inthese noble endeavours to make this world a better place for future generations.
2.2.5 How does the institution identify and respond to special educational/learning needs of advanced learners?
Advanced learners are identified through interactive classroom teaching and classroom discussions. The college also has provision of class tests and quiz through which faculties can identify advanced learners. Various extension lecturesare organized to respond to learning needs of advanced learners. The students also get opportunity to participate in several events. They are constantly encouraged and guided for preparation of various competitions. Extra support is given to them for participating in contests.
Students are free to communicate with their faculty at any time and discuss theirproblems. Advanced learners are given additional project work and necessary guidance by their teachers in addition to extra reading material. They are also encouraged to participate in symposiums and quiz contests.
2.2.6 How does the institute collect, analyze and use the data and information on the academic performance (through the programme duration) of the students at risk of drop out (students from the disadvantaged sections of society, physically challenged, slow learners, economically weaker sections etc.)?
The Academic Audit Committee in conjunction with Admission Committee andExamination committee collects the data of academic performance of the students from the registrar‘s office. The data is analyzed and the following remedial measures are taken:
Remedial Classes for the disadvantaged sections of society and slow learners are organized.
Improvement Period is created. Teachers teach without any remuneration.
Stipends and scholarships are given to students from economically weakersections of society.
2.3 Teaching-Learning Process
2.3.1 How does the college plan and organise the teaching, learning and evaluation schedules? (Academic calendar, teaching plan, evaluation blue print, etc.)
The planning and organizing of the teaching, learning and evaluation schedules for all courses in each discipline is done by a committee consisting of the Principal, Vices Principal, Heads of Departments and conveners of various committees Academic Calendar is prepared at the beginning of every academic session and it is followed. Academic Calendar reflects various programs to be undertaken, Holidays, Examination Schedule.
Courses to be taught:
The lists of courses for the coming semester/session are studied by the faculty of the department. Faculty is given the choice to select thecourses based on their area of interest.
Based on the course preference list, the Head finalizes the course allocation for the faculty members. Faculty members prepare the schedule of work, assignment questions for their respective course.
The course plan is made clear and understandable and reflects what the faculty is planning to do for the current semester course. All the faculty members of the department prepare their course plan for their respective courses.
We have a timetable committee in each faculty that sets up the time table. In all programs we follow the guidelines of respective statutory bodies for the number of credit hours for each subject.
The evaluation policy for each course is fixed well inadvance and communicated to the students at the beginning of the year. Internalassessment has been introduced to promote attendance.
Weaker students are given two chances to clear the subject by appearing in remedial exam and an exam of three hours duration for each course is conducted for courses having annual system.
A minimum of 75% is required in each course. Evaluation of answer sheets is completed within 20 days and the results are declared within 1 month of the conduct of the examination.
2.3.2. How does IQAC contribute to improve the teaching-learning process?
IQAC improves the teaching-learning process by
Organizing training programmes in relevant computer-aided teaching andcontent development.
Motivating faculty members periodically to attend programs on new and emerging technologies.
Ensuring access to computers, internet and computer-aided packages are available at the department and college level.
Introducing new age programmes relevant to the contemporary times in viewof the feedback on curriculum obtained from students and parents.
Organizing Workshops on ICT based pedagogical skills to make the staff proficient in the use of ICT based tools and enhance teaching-learningprocess.
Workshops on e-content development organized.
Feedback on Teachers is also obtained to assure the quality of teachinglearning and its record is maintained.
Visual aids used to enhance teaching-learning.
Educational tours organized to make teaching more effective.
By making teaching-learning more student-centric.
2.3.3. How is learning made more student-centric? Give details on the support structures and systems available for teachers to develop skills like interactive learning, collaborative learning and independent learning among the students?
Learning is made more student-centric by laying stress on specific learning outcomes for all courses and making it more participatory and interactive throughthe following types of participatory activities:
Group Activities like Group discussions, home-Science Exhibition Model Making, Field survey/Field work, Role Playing and Debates which while strengthening the knowledge base contribute to skill formation and managerial skills both at personal and interpersonal level.
The language departments organize Quizzes, Essay Competition Magazine-designing, Creative Writing Competitions, Debates and Poetry competitions, Wall paper. Various study forums have also been established with the avowed aim of tapping, nurturing and channelizing the energies of every individual student. The study forum organizes activities to facilitate the creative academic pursuits of the students individually and collectively. Almost all the departments organize various types of co-academic and cultural events like quiz, poster-making, poetical symposia, paper-reading, debates, skits, choreographies etc. that help students in chiseling their personality. The Inter college and inter departmental academic programmes besides enhancing creativity bring a competitive edge to the academic endeavor of the students.
The college has smart class rooms, Computer labs with internet facility, OHPsand seminar hall to develop interactive skills.
2.3.4 How does the institution nurture critical thinking, creativity and scientific temper among the students to transform them into life-long learners and innovators?
The college promotes creativity amongst students by encouraging them to publish materials in the wall magazine and also the college magazine Surabhi. This magazine is an annual magazine of the college and is prepared by the magazine committee of the college. It comprises articles in different languages (Eng, Marathi, Hindi and Urdu) and on various subject articles. This magazine enables our young writers to taste the excitement of having created something out of their imagination/intellect and provides them a platform for giving an expression to their creative urge. Creative endeavors like articles, stories, poems by students find a place of prominence in the magazine. Besides providing an opportunity to publish their creation, the magazine also involves them as Student Editors in all the areas of its publication right from editing, designing to printing. Achievement of the staff and how outstanding performance by the students is also mentioned in the college magazine. The wall magazine gives scope to maximum students to express their inner minds aid ideas and also to develop their skills of expression.
Various clubs and societies function in the college and keep the college brimming with numerous activities that extend beyond syllabus and text books. Student-centric in nature, these clubs aim at tapping, nurturing and promoting the creative energy that bubbles out of every individual student. Almost all the departments actively engage themselves in arranging various types of co academic and cultural events like quiz, symposia, poster-making, paper-reading, debates, skits, choreographies etc. that help the students in refining and redefining their personality.
In addition to this, the College takes special efforts to instill and nurture creativity and scientific temper among the learners by providing opportunities for the following:
Seminars & Power Point Presentation Competitions.
Creative Assignments viz. Story writing competition, Slogan Writing, EssayWriting Competition.
Assessment of Higher level Cognitive ability through MCQs and Quiz.
Participating in Academic activities at Regional and National level.
Organizing Academic activities at Departmental and Inter collegiate Level.
Brainstorming sessions, Panel Discussions, Group Discussions.
2.3.5 What are the technologies and facilities available and used by the faculty for effective teaching? Eg: Virtual laboratories, e-learning - resources from National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) and National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NME-ICT), open educational resources, mobile education, etc.
Setting minds free, allowing them the pleasure of exploring the subject without the barrier of blind, rote teaching is the basic principle governing our teaching methodology.
We have, therefore, introduced innovative practices in pedagogy in addition to the lecture method to assure and enhance our academic quality. Professional Courses and P.G. Courses use the following teaching aids in addition to the lecture method:
Audio-visual aids to supplement lectures in classroom.
Computer Aided Learning (Internet, Power Point Presentations) is provided for further learning.
Use of educational games in Psychology.
Movies/ Documentaries based on the syllabus prescribed and related to thesyllabi are shown.
Access to multi-media learning material.
Students’ participation in symposium/seminar (conducted by the college &other institutions).
Training & Internships for Commerce, Computers and Fashion Designing students.
Group Discussions and Seminars for P.G. Students.
Educational trips are organized to give firsthand knowledge to students. Visits to Science City, banks, industries Stock Exchange, Banks, and Trade Fairs are a regular feature.
Exposing students to industrial environment through industrial visits and industrial training.
Organizing Seminars /extension lecture by experts in their respective fields to share their knowledge with students.
Conduct self government program on eve of teacher’s day.
2.3.6 How are the students and faculty exposed to advanced level of knowledge and skills (blended learning, expert lectures, seminars, workshops etc.)?
Organizing Extension lectures by experts in their respective fields to share their knowledge with students.
Interface with eminent writers, poets, social workers.
Group Discussions and Seminars for P.G. Students.
Training & Internships for Commerce, Computers and Fashion Designing.
Student’sEducational trips are organized to give firsthand knowledge to students. Visits to Science City, Stock Exchange, Banks, and Trade Fairs are a regular feature.
Exposing students to industrial environment through industrial visits and industrial training.
Interdisciplinary programmes organized to widen their horizon and shapen their critical acumen.
Students’ participation in symposium/seminar conducted by the college & other institutions.
2.3.7 Detail (process and the number of students \benefitted) on the academic, personal and psycho-social support and guidance services (professional counseling/mentoring/academic advice) provided to students?
Career Guidance and Counseling Cells: A Counseling Cell has been established for academic counseling. The faculty also participates in personal counseling:
To help students to chalk out academic roadmaps for themselves.
To enable students to integrate themselves with the milieu.
To acquaint them with various career options through seminars.
To address problems related to stress, anxiety, examination phobia, peer pressure and adjustment to changed environment.
To help students, help themselves.
Mentoring of the students is our top priority. Each teacher takes keen interest to mentor students under their charge. 25 students are allotted per teacher.
We have Teacher guardian scheme to look after our students in every respect to give mental, moral, financial etc. support to our students as they come from diverse background.
Mentoring of boarders is specially taken up.
Teacher-student mentoring is a regular feature but we also promote student mentoring. Boarders as well as day scholars take the initiative to mentor students under their charge.
Monitoring regarding use of mobile by the students in the premises is strictly followed.
It is also monitored that every students posses identity card with her.
Each Tuesday during morning assembly general counseling is provided to all the students present.
Student Welfare cell‘s members are always available to heed to the problems of the students. Students are always free to approach the teachers for any kind of guidance-personal, professional and so on. Students come with a burden and special endeavours are made to see that they get relief.
The students visit Students Welfare Cell where a lecturer (member of student Welfare) is made available throughout the day. Teachers come to the cell in their free periods. They counsel the students on diverse issues ranging from some personal, psychological to social and academic. Sometimes the identity of the students is kept confidential.
211 students were provided psycho–social support through Teacher student mentoring
The Placement Cell of the college helps the students take charge of their career development from exploring their options to securing the ideal job. The Cell not only offers help with career choice and job hunting but also helps in developing skills that employers look for by conducting training workshops. Umerous employers participate in on-campus presentations, talks and workshops. Campus recruitment fairs and interviews are organized to help the students find placements in companies of repute. Institution organizes various placement drives at the campus by inviting bankers, local industrialist
Student’s Welfare Cell:
Student’s Welfare cell‘s members are always available to heed to the problems of the students. Students are always free to approach the teachers for any kind of guidance- personal, professional and so on. Students come with a burden and special endeavours aremade to see that they get relief.
Also in 2011-12 and 2012-13 Medical examination of all the senior college students was conducted by the lady physician appointed by the college.
Identity of the students is kept confidential.
No. of students benefitted from Student Welfare Cell:
Grievance Redressal Cell: There is a regular, well established and fair procedure for redressing grievances regarding academic matters, hostel accommodation, health services, library, transportation and other central services.
A cell is functioning under the able guidance of Principal in consultation withmembers of committee and legal expertise (if and when necessary):
To encourage the students to express their grievances freely and frankly
To address the basic problems of boarders regarding mess and other amenities
To promote healthy student-student and student-teacher relationship
To promote & maintain a conducive and unprejudiced educational environment
To uphold the dignity of the college by ensuring strife free atmosphere in the college
The following mechanism takes care of the grievance of the students.
A Complaint Box has been installed on the campus and in the hostel. The grievance is taken up by the members of the committee, the case studied and discussed by the team, and the grievance redressed. No grievance has been formally presented which required going beyond the level of the faculty membersfor grievances regarding attendance issues.
Some of the grievances redressed during the last two years are listed below:
Grievances of the students staying in the hostel regarding the mess.
Grievances of the students regarding library hours.
Grievances of the students regarding attendance and lecture shortage.
Drinking water problem.
Improvement needed in the condition of road to commerce Building
Shortage of furniture.
No. of Grievances were redressed during 2012-13
2.3.8. Provide details of innovative teaching approaches/methods adopted bythe faculty during the last four years? What are the efforts made by the institution to encourage the faculty to adopt new and innovative approachesand the impact of such innovative practices on student learning?
Innovative teaching methods have been adopted by the faculty to boost the capacity to learn and to teach meaningful application of knowledge to young minds. The college encourages the faculty to complement the academic system with practical skills through various teaching methodologies that extend beyond the classrooms. Various and multifarious activities in almost all the practical subjects are integrated into the academic agendas.
Power Point Presentations and use of internet to make teaching-learning moreinteractive and interesting.
Workshops and extension lectures by great scholars and subject experts.
Hands-on work experience in almost all the practical subjects are integratedinto the academic agenda.
ICT based teaching methods are used for more and more topics as the college has 03 smartrooms and 03 computer labs with 200 computers and internet facility.
CDs of topics related to Physics are shown.
Help of models and experimental kits is taken to explain certain concepts.
Feedback on lectures obtained from students.
Students are allotted topics to prepare power point presentations and classseminars are
To encourage the visit to library, students are also given assignments which they
Complete using books from library.
Special classes are held for slow learners and advanced learners.
Students are encouraged to maintain wall magazine.
Experimental workshops are held for students.
Educational visits are organised from time to time.
Earning while Learning scheme is also practiced in the college Food stalls and garments stalls are organized by the students this activity help them to understand importance of earning. Self employment exhibition organized by students with the help of students Aid Committee enhances their self-confidence, decision making power communication skill convincing capacity, enterprising capacity which result in overall development of their personality.
2.3.8 How are library resources used to augment the teaching-learning process?
The library caters to the needs of teachers and students by providing access to books and journals. The college has a general library, departmental libraries andlibraries at the different centre (Gandhian Studies Centre ) that cater to the needs of the teachers and students alike.
There is a separate section for Reference Books. Text books are kept in separatebook shelves/ almirahs. The books from the General library are issued to the students while departmental libraries facilitate reading in free periods. Open access system is followed.
The General library functions on all days except Sundays and Government Holidays. The library facility was extended on student feedback and functions till5.30 pm.
The books in the general library are categorized as Reference/Reserve.There is Book Bank facility to cater exclusively to the needs of the underprivileged students and are issued for one semester/year as the case may be. Books for Competitive Examinations are issued to the students. The Librarian helps the departments to purchase the latest edition of the books as per the requirement of the teachers. Provisions for ordering books online are also given. Book exhibitions on campus are organized from time to time to facilitate faculty members to select the books needed for teaching.
2.3.9 Does the institution face any challenges in completing the curriculumwithin the planned time frame and calendar? If ‘yes’ elaborate on the challenges encountered and the institutional approaches to overcome these.
The Institution has built-in mechanisms to ensure curriculum completion withinthe planned time frame. Some of these measures include:
A well-prepared and complete College Calendar for the entire year.
Individualised comprehensive work plan prepared by each department in the beginning of each semester.
Constant monitoring by the concerned authority and Academic AuditCommittee to ensure effective implementation of the work plans.
However, at times the institution faces a few challenges in completing thecurriculum withinthe planned time frame and calendar in extra-ordinarycircumstances.
The most common challenge faced is unexpected closure. The provision of additional working days in the College Calendar helps the Institution to manage this challenge effectively. Teacher’s absence for long periods either due to accidents/medical reasons also creates difficulties in completing the curriculum within the scheduled time. The management ensures proper arrangement for the completion of the curriculum through ad-hoc appointments. Faculty members take extra classes for the completion of courses. In case of the teachers which have proceeded on the FIP program substitute appointments are made by the management as per the UGC norms. The demand for intensive teaching for conceptual clarity for certain batches of students, especially 1st year Undergraduate students; extra classes are taken forthe completion of the course content.
2.3.10 how does the institute monitor and evaluate the quality of teaching learning?
Academic Audit Committee has been established to monitor and evaluate the quality of teaching-learning. A systematic mechanism has been developed to ensure and enhance the quality of teaching learning. Feedback relating to the curriculum is obtained from the students, parents, academic peers, alumni and other stakeholders and the recommendations /suggestions received are discussedand incorporated in the curriculum to make it more relevant and effective. Feedbacks on teachers are also obtained from students to assure quality in teaching learning. The feedback obtained is analyzed and the concerned teachers are counseled to improve academic standards. In house meetings of the Academic Audit Committee are held to review the teaching methodology and pedagogical tools employed. Teachers are encouraged to attend workshops organized to upgrade the teaching skills in view of the technological advancement and the role of IT in enhancing the quality of higher education.
House tests are held to assess the performance of the wards and monitor the efficacy of the system. The internal assessment system which has been implemented also helps to identify slow learners and take necessary steps like special classes and extra coaching for such students to improve their studies.
2.4 Teacher Quality
2.4.1 Provide the following details and elaborate on the strategies adopted by the college in planning and management (recruitment and retention) of its human resource (qualified and competent teachers) to meet the changing requirements of the curriculum
All faculty positions are filled as per the norms laid down by SGB Amravati University and the Government of Maharashtra.
There are two modes of getting faculty:
Open Advertisement in leading newspaper.
Making this information available on our website.
Eligible candidates are shortlisted on the basis of UGC guidelines and invited forpersonal interview. Assistant Professors/ Associate Professor are selected on thebasis of their merit, research experience and their performance in personal interview by an interview panel comprising of competent representatives from the university and state government. Highly qualified and meritorious candidates with a good research potential are appointed to give a boost to research activities. The college has the required number of qualified and competent staff to handle all the courses. However, ad hoc appointments are made as and when required.
Response to open advertisement in newspaper or individual application is also accepted and the candidates selected through a personal interview as per Mah.Govt./Univ. norms. Yes, the college has the required number of qualified and competent teachers to handle all the courses. The college has permanent faculty strength (aided) of 51.
Part Time Teachers
2.4.2 How does the institution cope with the growing demand/ scarcity of qualified senior faculty to teach new programmes/ modern areas (emerging areas) of study being introduced (Biotechnology, IT, Bioinformatics etc.)? Provide details on the efforts made by the institution in this direction and the outcome during the last three years.
The eligible candidates are interviewed by a panel consisting of representatives from the university and government and highly qualified and meritorious candidates selected to teach the modern areas of study.
The college has the required number of qualified and competent teachers to handle all the courses of all departments. For certain courses, temporary teachers/ professional experts are employed.
Teachers recruited in the last three years:
Department Permanent/ Contractual faculty Recruited
Dr. A B. Pande
Mrs. Harshada Wadhone
Mr. V. B. Chavan
Shri Mr. A G. Sharma
Mr. A P. Nimbalkar
Mr. S G. Sagne
Mr. V R. Alasi
Mr. S T. Vite
Mrs. A P. Mendhe
Ku. P S. Borkar
2.4.3. Providing details on staff development programmes during the last four yearselaborate on the strategies adopted by the institution in enhancing the teacherquality. Nomination to staff development programmes