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					             Peer Team Report
                           on
     Institutional Re-Accreditation
                           of


                  Goa University,
           Taleigao Plateau, Goa 403206



          (Dates of Visit: 28 -30 January, 2009)




National Assessment and Accreditation Council
             Bangalore - 560 072, India
                Peer Team Report on Re-accreditation of
              Goa University, Taleigao Plateau, Goa 403 206
                        (Peer team visit dates: 28 - 30 January, 2009)

    Criterion I: GENERAL                                    Information

                                                    Goa University, Taleigao Plateau, Goa 403206
    1.1 Name & Address of the
    Institution:
    1.2 Year of Establishment:                                     30th June 1985

    1.3 Current Academic Activities at
    the Institution (Numbers)
       Faculties/Schools:
      Departments/Centers                25 Post Graduate Departments and centers (Arts: 12;
                                          Science: 11; Commerce: 2) and 47 affiliating
                                         professional and non-professional colleges

      PG Programmes                      PG (26 on campus); 7 (affiliated colleges)


      Permanent Faculty
                                          118 (permanent); 8 (temporary)


      Permanent Support Staff            355 (administrative staff); 3 (technical staff)


                                          1143 (PG); 363 (Ph.D.)
      Students (As on Nov 2008)



    1.4 Three Major features in the          As the only University in the State of Goa it caters
    institutional Context (As perceived       to needs of the region with national and
    by the Peer Team)                         international character.




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                                         Good mix of local, regional and international
                                          students with about 75% being women; competent
                                          faculty drawn from within and outside the state.
                                         Clean and green campus with good ambiance.

1.5 Dates of visit of the Peer Team
                                      28-30th January 2009
(Visit schedule attached)
1.6. Composition of the Peer Team
which undertook the on-site visit:
                  Chairperson:     Professor P. Venkatramaiah,
                                   Former Vice-Chancellor,
                                   Kuvempu University,
                                   # 436, Viswamanya Double Road,
                                   Kuvempunagar, Mysore – 570 009

                        Member:       Professor P. Ramaiah,
                                      Former Rector, UGC
                                      Emeritus Professor Osmania University,
                                      Hyderabad - 500 007.

                        Member:       Dr. H. Surya Prakash Rao,
                                      Professor, Department of Chemistry,
                                      Pondicherry University,
                                      Puducherry – 605 014
                        Member:
                                      Professor P. Geetha,
                                      (Professor of English, MG University)
                                      801, Nikka Singh block,
                                      Asiad Villege,
                                      New Delhi – 110 049.

                                      Dr. Vandana Chakrabarti, Director and Professor
                        Member:       Department of Continuing and Adult Education,
                                      SNDT Women’s University
                                      Mumbai – 400 020
                        Member:       Dr R. G. Sonkawade,
                                      Senior Scientist, Inter University Accelerator Centre
                                      (formerly Nuclear Science Centre),
                                      Arun Asaf Ali Marg New Delhi - 110 067
             NAAC Coordinator:
                                      Dr. M. S. Shyamasunder, Deputy Advisor.




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Section II: CRITERION WISE
ANALYSIS

2.1 Curricular Aspects:
2.1.1 Curricular Design &          Academic programs reflect Vision and Mission.
Development:
                                   Region specific courses in Konkani, Portuguese,
                                    Goan History and Culture, Marine Science, Naval
                                    Science offered.
                                   New course in VLSI design introduced.
                                   At least one compulsory paper relevant to the region
                                    offered in social sciences.
                                   Experiential learning through industry internship /
                                    field trips / summer training available in selected
                                    departments.
                                   Tourism, catering, Hotel and Health Management
                                    programs planned.

2.1.2 Academic Flexibility:        Elective papers (up to 50%) within or outside the
                                    department available to all students.
                                   Value based courses like Human Rights, Ethics,
                                    Dalit Literature, Yoga and Environmental Science
                                    available to all students.
                                   Foreign students, specially from Japan enrolled
                                    under Study India Program
                                   Credit System available in all departments. 64
                                    credits in all departments except in Management
                                    where it is 152 credits
                                   Provision for transfer up to eight credits exists in
                                    Management Department.

2.1.3 Feedback on Curriculum:      Student feedback on curriculum and teachers
                                    performance taken for the past two years; needs to
                                    be analyzed globally.
                                   Academic review by two external experts carried
                                    out in all departments
                                   Stakeholder feedback not well documented.

2.1.4 Curriculum Update :          Syllabus revised in past three years across board to
                                    meet emerging requirements




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                                      Flexibility for teachers to innovate, update and
                                       improve the content.
                                      Syllabus tuned to national level tests like NET and
                                       GATE.
                                      Innovative courses offered under Study India
                                       program

2.1.5 Best Practices:                 All the departments and affiliated colleges follow
                                       semester system; MBA program follows trimester
                                       system.
                                      Foreign language courses for all students available.

2.2 Teaching-Learning &
Evaluation:
2.2.1 Admission Process and         Academic merit at the qualifying examination used
Student Profile:                     for admission. Some post-graduate programs like
                                     Commerce, Chemistry, Marine Science attract large
                                     applications.
                                    About 100 foreign students from countries like
                                     Yemen, Japan, South Africa, Spain, Uganda,
                                     Afghanistan etc. study in the University.
                                    Admission as per State Government policy
                                     regarding reservation with 2% for SC and 12% for
                                     ST; 1% grace marks for achievers in sports.

2.2.2 Catering to Diverse Needs:    Women students (73%) outnumber men.
                                    English language course for Japanese students
                                     offered
                                    Identification of slow learners not formal

2.2.3 Teaching-Learning Process:    Micro projects and hands on experience exist in
                                     departments like Marine Sciences, Earth Sciences
                                     and Management departments
                                    Use of Moodle ICT in Computer Science,
                                     Management, Botany etc.
                                    Vibrant Seminar programs exist in all the
                                     departments
                                    Formal programmed student mentoring, counseling
                                     and tutor system not seen.

2.2.4 Teacher Quality:              Out of 125 permanent faculty 85% posses Ph.D. and
                                     3% M.Phil. Women representation is 26%.
                                    Recruitment on the basis of UGC and State


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                                       Government rules / norms. 53 members are from
                                       outside the state.
                                    Central Sahitya Academy award for a faculty from
                                     Konkani Department; ten teachers got State
                                     Government award.
                                    University is yet to fill all the vacancies.

2.2.5 Evaluation Process and        First four semester examinations and evaluation for
Reforms:                             UG courses continue to be conducted by the
                                     respective    colleges.   Final    two    semester
                                     examinations conducted by the University.
                                    PG elective papers evaluated internally. End-
                                     semester exanimations for PG Core courses
                                     conducted by the University.

2.2.6 Best Practices in Teaching    Students are consulted on method of internal
Learning and evaluation Process      evaluation in Sociology Department.
                                    On-ship training for students of Earth-science,
                                     Marine biotechnology and Marine Science.
2.3 Research, Consultancy &
Extension:
2.3.1 Promotion of Research:        Science Departments attract research funding from
                                     DST, DBT, CSIR, UGC, Navy, Goa Government
                                     etc.
                                    Four     Departments    (Chemistry,    Physics,
                                     Microbiology and Botony) are SAP supported; 8
                                     Departments are DST-FIST supported. Funding of
                                     Rs.134.00 lakhs to Chemistry under DST-FIST is
                                     noteworthy.
                                    Research/patent committee exists.
                                    Financial support to faculty to attend conferences
                                     including once in two years to go abroad.
                                    No significant award during past five years in
                                     faculty of Science.

2.3.2 Research and Publication        About 600 papers published           in      national   /
Output:                                international journals.
                                      In case of publications in science subjects only one
                                       or two papers in the journals of impact factor more
                                       than 3; number of publication distribution among
                                       faculty is not adequate.




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                                       Number of Ph.D. awarded after previous
                                        accreditation is 57 which is not adequate (< 1:1).
                                       MOU with national and international organizations
                                        noticed.

2.3.3 Consultancy:                   Science Departments like Earth Sciences and
                                      Marine Microbiology and Marine Science
                                      departments are involved in consultancy.
                                     Konkani Department faculty are commissioned to
                                      do    translation, technical   dictionary  and
                                      encyclopedia.

2.3.4 Extension Activities:
                                     Department of Computer Science and Technology
                                      has a major project to train school teachers in ICT
                                      learning (Rs.1.35 crores).

                                     Physics Dept made low-cost innovative instruments.

                                     Outreach programs organized by the Departments
                                      minimal.

2.3.5 Collaboration:
                                     A few collaborative activities exist with the local
                                      bodies like NIO and IARI. There is scope for
                                      expansion.
                                     French, Italian, Portuguese Departments and Center
                                      for Latin American Studies collaborate with foreign
                                      countries for student and faculty Exchange.

                                     Some      faculty    members      have     individual
                                      collaboration with foreign universities.


2.3.6 Best Practices in Research,    Botany Department helped local farmers to adopt
Consultancy & Extension (if any):     bio-fertilizers.
                                     Department of Zoology is helping Goa government
                                      to eradicate Malaria.

                                     Mahila Gram Sarpanches are trained in local
                                      administration by the Department of Political
                                      Science.




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2.4 Infrastructure and
Learning Resources:
2.4.1 Physical Facilities for       University occupies an area of 418.91 acres of land
Learning:                           Construction of new science building is nearing
                                     completion.
                                    Foot-ball ground and track and field facilities for
                                     athletics exist; grounds for out door sports like
                                     cricket, hockey etc and indoor stadium lacking.
                                    Library building has adequate space.
                                    Bio-diversity park with fruit and herbal plants
                                     established
                                    Lecture hall complex with one or two large class
                                     rooms (to seat at least 100 students) and an
                                     auditorium not available.
                                    Research and PG laboratory space inadequate.
2.4.2 Maintenance of                USIC is doing commendable job in maintenance of
Infrastructure:                      low cost equipment.
                                    Weeding of obsolete computers and instruments and
                                     maintenance of existing ones through AMC not
                                     seen.
2.4.3 Library as Learning           Library has some rare collection.
Resources:
                                    Access to INFLIBNET/DELNET/JCCC facility
                                     availaible.
                                    The library has Open access Library System, Online
                                     Public Access Catalogues.
                                    Foreign language journals, reference, text books and
                                     access to Ph.D. thesis are limited.
                                    E. journal browsing facility is accessible in all the
                                     departments.

2.4.4 ICT as Learning Resources:      24x7 Wi-Fi connectivity / fiber-optics LAN
                                       facility for ICT purposes.
                                      Remote Centre (studio) with two-way audio and
                                       one-way video facility in operation.


2.4.5 Other Facilities:               Academic staff-college is active.
                                      Health center caters to immediate needs
                                      Boys and girls hostels with 96 and 200 capacity
                                       are available. One more boys hostel with 200
                                       capacity and an international student hostel are
                                       nearing completion.
                                      Shopping complex, canteen, banking facility, day-
                                       care center, staff quarters and guest house exist.



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                                       Limited facilities for differently abled students and
                                        employees.
2.4.6 Best Practices in the            Rainwater harvesting and biodiversity plantation in
development of Infrastructure and       the campus
Learning Resources (if any):
2.5 Student Support and
Progression:
2.5.1 Student Progression:             80% of the students get employment.
                                       10% students drop out every year.
                                       Biotechnology Department students clear NET-
                                        JRF in large numbers every year.
                                       In total less than 5% students qualify in
                                        NET/GATE.

2.5.2 Students Support:                Few merit scholarships by the University available
                                       Foreign student advisor to cater to overseas
                                        students in place.
                                       Rajiv Gandhi Fellowships not utilized.
                                       Faculty in-charge for placement of only for
                                        Management students

2.5.3 Student Activities:              University organizes Inter and intra-collegiate
                                        championships in football
                                       Platonica, the student cultural festival held every
                                        year
                                       Creative writing through wall-magazine
                                       Alumni association not in place.
2.5.4 Best Practices in Student        Progressive and pro-active students with good
Support and Progression (if any)        communication skills

2.6 Governance and Leadership:

2.6.1 Institutional Vision and         Institution’s vision and mission are in tune with the
Leadership:                             local needs.
                                       Vibrant leadership of the Vice Chancellor through
                                        structured establishment seen.

2.6.2 Organizational                   Adequate number of teachers involvement in
Arrangements:                           decision making through EC and AC
                                       Inter-departmental programs monitored by deans.
                                       Grievance Redressal Cell, Sexual harassment
                                        prevention cell and Ragging prevention Cell for
                                        employees / students exist.



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2.6.3 Strategy Development and            Involvement of faculty in formulating growth
Deployment:                                oriented activities is evident.
                                          Proactive and cordial university-affiliated colleges
                                           relationship exists.
                                          Focused plans for immediate future growth seen;
                                           Perspective plan is being prepared.

2.6.4 Human Resource                      Last year nearly thirty faculty members were
Management:                                recruited; still fifty vacancies exists.
                                          Analysis of self-appraisal report and feedback with
                                           remedial measures is not in place.
                                          Important positions like Librarian, Controller of
                                           Examinations, Directors of College Development
                                           Council and Physical Education are on adhoc basis.

2.6.5 Financial Management and            Sound financial management with optimal
Resource Mobilization:                     utilization of funds from UGC and state
                                           government.
                                          Computerization of financial transactions is
                                           appreciable
                                          Internal and external auditing conducted regularly.
2.6.6 Best Practices:                     Complete academic autonomy to Departments /
                                           faculties.
                                          Communication facilities like intercom and internet
                                           is in place.
                                          Generation of funds through sponsored projects and
                                           consultancy to about one fifth of the total budget of
                                           the University is appreciable

2.7 Innovative Practices:
2.7.1 Internal Quality Assurance           Active student involvement in quality assurance
Systems:                                    is noted in a few departments like Sociology and
                                            Biotechnology.
                                           Where competency exits private colleges are
                                            permitted to have PG and research programs
                                           Grant of autonomy to colleges is under process.
                                           Active IQAC is not visible.
2.7.2 Inclusive Practices:
                                           No discrimination on the basis of religion caste,
                                            gender and economic background of students
                                           Limited special facilities for the upliftment of
                                            SC/ST and OBC students observed.



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                                       Gender sensitization programs not visible.

2.7.3 Stakeholder Relationship:        Goals and objectives are communicated to all
                                        stakeholders through information brochure and
                                        web-site.

                                       Stake-holders perception of the University
                                        satisfactory

Section III: OVERALL
ANALYSIS
3.1 Institutional Strengths:           Well spread campus located in semi-urban area
                                        next to Arabian Sea available for development.
                                       Harmonious relationship among all stake holders
                                        like students, faculty, non-teaching staff,
                                        employers, parents and alumni.
                                       Academic flexibility        and   freedom    in    all
                                        departments.
                                       Consultancy projects by some individual faculty
                                        efforts commendable.

3.2 Institutional Weakness:            Many departments do not attract students
                                        commensurate with sanctioned strength
                                       Auditoria / rooms for conducting large classes,
                                        seminars, symposia, workshops and cultural
                                        programs not available.
                                       Out-door and indoor stadia and Gymnasium for
                                        students and other members of the university not
                                        available.
                                       Faculty club is not there

3.3 Institutional Challenges:          To initiate programs with regional, national and
                                        global character.
                                       Introduction of new post-graduate programs by
                                        having collaboration with organizations like NIO,
                                        IARI, Navy, Syngenta, Zuari Chemicals etc.
                                       Discipline based diploma / certificate courses for
                                        entrepreneurship development

3.4 Institutional opportunities:       Scope for further improvement in value and need
                                        based courses.
                                       Scope for introduction of credit transfer across
                                        the board.



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Section IV: Recommendations for Quality Enhancement of the
                       Institution

   New programs in Tourism, Hospitality Management, Journalism & Mass
    Communication, Psychology, Music and Fine Arts, Mining, Fisheries, Translation
    studies and other local industry based programs may be introduced.
   Four / five year integrated programs in Science, Humanities and Language
    departments may be introduced.
   Special coaching to students for clearing national level examinations like NET /
    GATE etc. needs to be taken up earnestly. This facility can be extended to students
    from affiliated colleges and alumni.
   Periodical colloquia between related departments to develop inter-disciplinary
    research and inter-departmental collaborations.
   M.Phil. courses in all disciplines need to be revived.
   University may develop central instrumentation facility by pooling high-end
    instruments and extend the facility to all faculty members and constituent colleges.
   University may utilize special funds and provisions of the State and Central
    Government for SC/ST and other disadvantaged students.
   Use of Moodle may be extended to all the departments.
   To put in place CBCS system and spread to all departments with uniform pattern
    according to UGC guidelines for grading.
   All PG course examinations of core and elective papers may be uniformly made
    internal.
   Fund-dispersal system to foreign students needs strengthening.
   Filling of faculty vacancies and CAS promotions by following norms and roster
    system needs to be expedited.
   Important positions like Controller of Examinations, Librarian, Physical Education
    Director needs to be filled urgently.
   Use of library facilities to be augmented with increasing library timings (up to
    11.00 PM during exams) and the facility extended to faculty and students from
    affiliated colleges.
   Print journals may be discontinued in lieu of access to more e.journals and e.books
   In view of vastness of the campus, internal transport for students and faculty may
    be provided on actuals basis.
   Sufficient physical infrastructure to be made available to foreign language
    Departments.
   Special provisions in the University for differently abled students including
    visually handicapped persons.




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       Student oriented centers like Placement cells and scuba diving facility may be
        established. NSS unit may be established in big-way. University may revamp
        Open Air Theatre.
       University needs to give special attention to maintenance of all the hostels.
       Medical databases for students and staff may be created



I agree with the observations of the Peer Team as mentioned in this report.




                                                              Signature of the Vice-chancellor



Seal of the Institutions




                           Signatures of the Peer Team Members:


Name and Designation                                              Signature with Date
Professor P. Venkatramaiah,                Chairperson
Former Vice-Chancellor,
Kuvempu University,
# 436, Viswamanava Double
Road,
Kuvempunagar,
Mysore – 570 009
Karnataka
Professor P. Ramaiah                        Member
Former Rector
UGC Emeritus Professor
Osmania University
Hyderabad - 500 007.
                                            Member
Dr R. G. Sonkawade
Senior Scientist, Inter University
Accelerator Centre (formerly
Nuclear Science Centre)
Arun Asaf Ali Marg
New Delhi - 110 067



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  Dr. H. Surya Prakash Rao         Member
  Professor, Department of
  Chemistry
  Pondicherry University
  Puducherry – 605 014
  Professor P. Geetha,             Member
  (Professor of English, MG
  University)
  801, Nikka Singh block,
  Asiad Village
  New Delhi – 110 049.
  Dr. Vandana Chakrabarti          Member
  Director and Professor,
  Department of Continuing and
  Adult Education
  SNDT Women’s University
  Mumbai – 400 020.
                                 NAAC Officer
  Dr. M. S. Shyamasunder
  Deputy Advisor




Place: Goa
Date: 30th January, 2009




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