∗presented papers in Workshops / Seminars / Conferences conducted or recognized by
Percentage of faculty
invited as resource persons in Workshops / Seminars / Conferences organized by external professional agencies
participated in external Workshops / Seminars /
Conferences recognized by national/
International professional bodies
presented papers in Workshops / Seminars / Conferences conducted or recognized by professional agencies
2.4.4 What policies/systems are in place to recharge teachers? (eg: providing research grants, study leave, support for research and academic publications teaching experience in other national institutions and specialized programmes industrial engagement etc.)
The college Management strives to promote professional development of faculty by:
Encouraging the faculty to attend General Orientation Courses, Refresher Courses, Training Programmes and Workshops, seminars and Conferences and presented research papers.
Organizing national seminars on crucial issues.
Granting Leave for attending national/ international Seminars organized by the reputed institutions.
Granting Study leave to the faculty for pursuing Ph.D.
Encouraging faculty to apply for research grants.
Organizing Guest lecturers in various upcoming areas in different disciplines for faculty.
Providing support for attending international conferences also on a case by case basis.
2.4.5 Give the number of faculty who received awards / recognition at the state, national and international level for excellence in teaching during the last four years. Enunciate how the institutional culture and environment contributed to such performance/achievement of the faculty.
The College has the distinction of having on its staff outstanding scholars whoseerudition has been recognized and added a new dimension to the reputation of the college. Formal Awards have been given to our faculty member in recognition of their meritorious excellence in their respective field.
2.4.6 Has the institution introduced evaluation of teachers by the studentsand external Peers? If yes, how is the evaluation used for improvingthe quality of the teaching-learning process?
Yes, the college has introduced evaluation of teachers by students. A performabased on NAAC recommendations has been designed to seek suggestions of ourprime stakeholders.
This Performa is filled up by our scholars who evaluate their respective teacherson the basis of their teaching style, methodology or pedagogic skills and theirinteraction level. (The secrecy of this exercise is fully maintained).The feedbackis analyzed by the Head of the Institution and corrective measures taken toenhance teaching-learning.
2.5. Evaluation Process and Reforms
2.5.1 How does the institution ensure that the stakeholders of the institutionespecially students and faculty are aware of the evaluation processes?
At the beginning of the academic year the calendar containing details of all thecollege activities and general rules of evaluation is displayed on the collegewebsite as well as in the college prospectus. Syllabus is divided into two unitsrespectively term wise i.e. (July-Oct., Nov.-Feb.) keeping in view theselection of material and the provision of revision to help students understandand assimilate what has been taught. It is compiled in the form of a Schedule ofWork, which is made available in the respective departments and library forreference in the beginning of the session. The details of the evaluation system are explained to the students by the course instructors. Unit planning of the syllabus is obtained from the teachers by HODs.
2.5.2. What are the major evaluations reforms of the university that theInstitution has adopted and what are the reforms initiated by the institutionon its own?
1. According to University Rule, a U.G. student has to get atleast 35% marks inaggregate in one house examination and 75% attendance to qualify for thefinal examination. However, a P.G. student should get 35% marks in eachwritten paper in one house examination and 33% marks in aggregate in written papers and seminar and 75% attendance.
In order to reduce burden on the students we give them more than onechance to fulfil the university condition to sit in the final examination. So we conduct two house examinations for all the students’ one in the last week ofSeptember and the other in the first week of December along with the monthlytests. But there are some students who cannot appear either in September orDecember examination or both because of their involvement in variousactivities such as sports, youth festival or due to some family problems or dueto medical reasons during the examination days. There are also some weakstudents who appeared in Sept. or Dec. Examinations or both but failed tofulfil the university condition. Keeping in view the welfare of the abovecategory of students we conduct third special test for them.
2. In order to fulfil the 2nd university condition, number of lectures attended bythe students in an academic year is counted term wise i.e. from July - September, July – December and July - February. Then lecture shortage iscalculated and students are informed time to time about the status regardingthe number of lectures attended so that they can cover up their lectureshortage if any, by attending classes regularly in the future. Further toencourage the students to be regular in the classes, from the session 2010-11special maximum attendance prize has been initiated and is given to thosestudents whose attendance is 98% or more.
3. From the session 2010-11 semester system has been introduced by theUniversity to qualify for the final exams with 25% marks at college level have been removed. The only condition to qualify for the exams is the 75% attendance. Still the college has introduced the mid semester exams for the betterment of students so that they can prepare well for their final exams.
4. In order to improve the performance of the students’ remedial classes for theweaker students, special coaching classes for the average students and specialguidance for the advance learners are arranged in the improvement period.
5. University has introduced the internal assessment for certain courses/subjects, but in order to encourage the students to be regular in classes, work hard andgive better performance in house examinations, our college has started theconcept of Internal Assessment (IA) for some other classes namely B.Sc Home-Sci faculty and in commerce Stream Computer, Although the weight age for Internal Assessment in these courses/subjects will not be considered for the final examinations. The concept of IA has been introduced in the session 2011-12 for all the classes.
6. Some other reforms / measures taken by the university to improve theefficiency are:
To check the unfair means in the final examination the supervisory staff on duty has been swapped among various colleges.
The computerized working already operative in the university has been extended to the affiliated colleges from the last few years.
OMR answer sheets have been introduced from the session 2011-12.
Keeping in view the changing scenario at the national and international level, the syllabi are designed accordingly from time to time to encourage analytical thinking among students and promote research.
Facility for rechecking of answer sheet and revaluation is availed to the students by Amravati University during this process Xerox copy of the answer sheet is provided the students for his satisfaction. The entire process has to be completed within the 10 days from the date of the declaration of the result.
Valuation of the answer sheets is centralized.
Examinations are conducted under the control of OIC and Coofficer Incharge appointed by the University at different centres.
2.5.3 How does the institution ensure effective implementation of theevaluation reforms of the university and those initiated by theinstitution on its own?
Since our college is affiliated to SGB Amravati University, the examination system of the college inclusive of syllabus designing, setting of question papers, conduct of examination is according to the pattern of the university. According to university rules a student has to fulfill the following conditions to qualify for the final examination of the annual system:
UG Classes: 35% marks in aggregate in one house examination and 75%attendancePG Classes: 35% marks in each written paper in one house examination and 25%in seminar or 33% marks in aggregate in written papers.
The college has initiated the following major reforms:
Internal Assessment on the basis of discipline, communication skills, ability to take initiatives, good behavioural patterns and innovative efforts introduced in the formative tests to ensure effective learning outcomes.
Two House Examinations conducted for the students-last week of September and first week of December- to reduce the burden on the students.
Third Special Test conducted for the welfare of students involved in various activities such as youth festival, sports activities during the session, weak students unable to clear the condition, students unable to take the exam due to medical reasons.
Remedial/ coaching classes for weak students.
Special Classes for Advanced Learners.
Incentive to students—Awards for Toppers in the University.
Awards/ Medals for Students placed in University Merit List.
Awards for students securing First and Second positions in the House Test
Effort Grade: There are many students who make efforts but they never get first/ second/ third position in the class. They never get chance to be honoured on the prize distribution function/ Saraswati Pooja. So keeping in view the continuous efforts made by them according to their capacity, college has introduced special prizes to motivate such students to enhance their performance.
1. Under the guidance of the head of the institution, examination committeeand the administrative staff of college ensure the effective implementationof the evaluation reforms. Two centers (one for Arts faculty and other forScience, Commerce and Computer faculties) are generated in order toconduct the house examination. One member of examination committeefor each center is appointed to check the smooth conduct of the exams inall respects such as:
Seating plan is generated under the supervision of the member of the examination committee on duty before the commencement of exams.
On the day of examination any type of problem related to question papers, supervisory staff, and non teaching staff is handled by the member of committee on duty.
It is also the duty of the member of the examination committee to check whether the answer sheets have been collected from the examination center by the concerned teacher within the time specified on the notice or not.
2. After the exams the teachers are asked to deposit the marks list withineight days from the commencement of the exam. And a reminder is sent tothe teacher if he/ she are unable to deposit the same in time.
3. In order to ensure the effective implementation of the monthly absenteesand term wise lecture shortage, a lecture shortage committee has beenconstituted. Students are informed about their absentees at the end of eachmonth and term wise lecture shortage at the end of each term. Theirsignatures are taken on the attendance register. The institute has developed a special mechanism to send SMS to students and parents to inform about low attendance in classes.
2.5.4 Provide details on the formative and summative evaluationapproaches adapted to measure student achievement. Cite a fewexamples which have positively impacted the system.
The college adopts Formative and Summative evaluation approaches to measurestudent achievement in a programme. Formative evaluation designed to test thecognitive skills of the students is based on tests, assignments, quiz, field tripreports, seminars, term papers and practicals. Continuous internal assessmenthaving 25% weight age as compared to 75% summative evaluation ensures regularity in classroom. It makes the student innovative and also improves thestudents‘performance in the annual examination.
Impact on the System
Motivated by this system, the students of Home-Science have undertaken innovative projects and prepared models. Students of Psychology and Home Science have taken up case studies. Students of English have taken up assignments on thematic study of different authors. It orients the students towards research.
2.5.5 Enumerate on how the institution monitors and communicates theprogress and performance of students through the duration of the course/programme? Provide an analysis of the students’ results/achievements (Programme/course wise for last four years) and explain the differences if any and patterns of achievement across the programmes/courses offered.
The college closely monitors the performance of the students through continuousevaluation methods. The evaluation system comprises of two house tests, assignments and a final exam at the end of the session/ semester. Progress reportsof students‘performance is sent to their parents. A Parent-Teacher Meet isorganized to apprise the parents of their ward‘s performance. Also in the departmental meeting, performance is diagnosed to pinpoint students‘learning difficulties and necessary remedial actions are identified to improve the performance of weak students. On the basis of house examination results of thestudents are divided into three categories: weak, average and advanced learners.
Remedial classes are arranged for students from rural background and are carriedout early to avoid the learning constraints to take roots into the learning habits ofthe students. In the U.G. programmes, class tests are also conducted. An analysis of the results of the UG and PG programmes reveals that the institution has consistently maintained an enviable position in its achievements in the University examinations every year, most of them being much above the university pass percentage and surpassing seventy five percent marks.
2.5.6. Detail on the significant improvements made in ensuring rigor and transparency in the internal assessment during the last four years and weightages assigned for the overall development of students (weightage for behavioral aspects, independent learning, communication skills etc.
Internal Assessment (IA):The university has already introduced the concept ofinternal assessment for certain courses/ subjects, but in order to encourage the students to be regular in classes, work hard and give better performance in examination, our college started the concept of IA for some other classes namely computer, mathematics etc (not covered by university) on the experimental basisin 2010-11.The concept of IA has been implemented for all the classes in 2011- 12.
To avoid a lack of full disclosure and transparency in the process of Internal assessment following measures has been undertaken. Students are informed about the division of the 20% of IA i.e.
10% weight age of IA is given to the attendance of the students.
5% weight age of IA is given to the performance of students in the class test.
5% weight age is given to the independent learning and self efforts of the students.
College has planned to publish the results and lecture shortage of the students onthe website from the session 2013-14.
2.5.7. Does the institution and individual teachers use assessment/evaluation as an indicator for evaluating student performance, achievement of learning objectives and planning? If ‘yes’ provide details on the process and cite a few examples.
1. As educators increasingly are held responsible for student achievement, teachers are findingdifferent ways to effectively document student responsiveness to interventions and trackprogress toward important outcomes and focusing on high stake tests.
2. Seminars on the various important topics of the subject are conducted and evaluated throughgrading.
3. Assignments are given to the students to induce a self-learning habit in students and are checked by the teacher after a given time and graded. The record of these grades is maintainedby the respective teacher in the register. A student is informed if she has not provided theassessment in time. It helps the teacher to evaluate the student and assess the students‘strengthand needs and plan to improve her skills.
4. Class tests are conducted unit wise or weekly to check if the student has beengrasping thesubject well or she needs special attention. Teacher checks the tests and keep the record of the marks gained by the student in register.
2.5.8 What are the mechanisms for redressal of grievances with reference to evaluation both at the college and University level?
The college ensures full transparency in the process of evaluation. However, grievance if any is redressed by the examination committee. The grievance is referred to the course instructor for redressal. At the college level there is provision for:
Answer sheets are shown to the students so that they can learn from their mistakes and improve upon their performance in the future examinations.
2.6 Student performance and Learning Outcomes
2.6.1Does the college have clearly stated learning outcomes? If yes give details on how the students and staff are made aware of these?
RDG‘s vision and mission statement include learning outcomes for all programs. The college encourages students to develop attitudes of intellectual curiosity and motivation for independent thinking and a commitment to ethicaland sustainable practices. Appropriate to its level of study and discipline composition, each program is designed to ensure that students develop their knowledge and understanding as well as a range of generic skills. These are listedbelow.
In-depth knowledge of their discipline and a strong sense of intellectual integrity.
High level of achievement in writing, problem-solving and communication Critical and creative thinkers, with an ability to examine, synthesize and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines.
Be adept at learning in a wide range of ways, including ICT.
Ability to initiate and formulate viable and relevant research questions contribute to new knowledge, or an original interpretation and application of existing knowledge.
Have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems.
Have a set of flexible skills for different types of employment.
Have excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills.
Socially responsible citizens with leadership qualities:
Be well-informed and sensitive citizens with a profound awareness of community needs.
Accept social and civic responsibilities and be involved in a meaningful public discourse.
Initiate and implement constructive change in their communities.
Mentor future generations of learners.
Imbued with Nationalistic Spirit:
Have an understanding of the social and cultural diversity in our community
Respect indigenous knowledge, cultures and values
Active global citizens:
Value different cultures.
Have a broad global understanding, with a high regard for human rights, equity and ethics.
Understand and appreciate international perspectives in a global environment.
Be advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment The specific learning outcomes and a rationale for how this knowledge and skills will benefit the students are included in handbook descriptions, Foundation program, induction programmes, course materials, assessment criteria, and other media as developed by Course Teams.
2.6.2 How are the teaching, learning and assessment strategies of theinstitution structured to facilitate the achievement of the intendedlearning outcomes?
Along with the two house examinations for all the students -- one in the last week of September and the other in the first week of December, the teachers focus on article wise tests, monthly unit tests, assignments, and seminars. They evaluate the students on the basis of their performance in these events and review the result of each student. The students‘strengths are assessed and special classes are designed for them according to the result outcomes. The support needed to the student is provided to improve their caliber in the respective subject. It enhancesthe confidence of students and prepares them to face the final examinations without getting nervous.
2.6.3 What are the measures/initiatives taken up by the institution to enhance the social and economic relevance (quality Jobs, entrepreneurship, innovation and research aptitude) of the courses offered?
To get more advantage of the computers UGC NRC has been set up in the collegeMasters in Commerce, BBA, BCA, MCM (Professional) and Financial Services have been introduced to equip the students with requisite conceptual, entrepreneurial and analytical skills for efficient handling of business in the fast growing global economy.
These new-age programmes have a sound and well-charted curriculum in varieddisciplines and are carried out by the most professional and qualified faculty, in a very conducive environment.
Recognizing the need for higher level of skills and competencies required to support national development, especially in the era of globalization, the collegeprovides wholesome programmes for holistic development of its students. Innovative programmes like School for Personality Development and School ofCommunications have been designed to fulfill the needs of students in the contemporary competitive scenario.The students to provide opportunities for quality learning and create better prospects for career options.