Peer Team Report
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
1.2 Year of Establishment: 30th June 1985
1.3 Current Academic Activities at
the Institution (Numbers)
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)
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.
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,
# 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,
Puducherry – 605 014
Professor P. Geetha,
(Professor of English, MG University)
801, Nikka Singh block,
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
Dr. M. S. Shyamasunder, Deputy Advisor.
Section II: CRITERION WISE
2.1 Curricular Aspects:
2.1.1 Curricular Design & Academic programs reflect Vision and Mission.
Region specific courses in Konkani, Portuguese,
Goan History and Culture, Marine Science, Naval
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
Tourism, catering, Hotel and Health Management
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
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
Flexibility for teachers to innovate, update and
improve the content.
Syllabus tuned to national level tests like NET and
Innovative courses offered under Study India
2.1.5 Best Practices: All the departments and affiliated colleges follow
semester system; MBA program follows trimester
Foreign language courses for all students available.
2.2 Teaching-Learning &
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
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
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
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
Government rules / norms. 53 members are from
outside the state.
Central Sahitya Academy award for a faculty from
Konkani Department; ten teachers got State
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 &
2.3.1 Promotion of Research: Science Departments attract research funding from
DST, DBT, CSIR, UGC, Navy, Goa Government
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
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.
Number of Ph.D. awarded after previous
accreditation is 57 which is not adequate (< 1:1).
MOU with national and international organizations
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
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
A few collaborative activities exist with the local
bodies like NIO and IARI. There is scope for
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
2.4 Infrastructure and
2.4.1 Physical Facilities for University occupies an area of 418.91 acres of land
Learning: Construction of new science building is nearing
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
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
2.4.3 Library as Learning Library has some rare collection.
Access to INFLIBNET/DELNET/JCCC facility
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
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
Shopping complex, canteen, banking facility, day-
care center, staff quarters and guest house exist.
Limited facilities for differently abled students and
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
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
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
2.5.3 Student Activities: University organizes Inter and intra-collegiate
championships in football
Platonica, the student cultural festival held every
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.
2.6.3 Strategy Development and Involvement of faculty in formulating growth
Deployment: oriented activities is evident.
Proactive and cordial university-affiliated colleges
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
Computerization of financial transactions is
Internal and external auditing conducted regularly.
2.6.6 Best Practices: Complete academic autonomy to Departments /
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
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.
Gender sensitization programs not visible.
2.7.3 Stakeholder Relationship: Goals and objectives are communicated to all
stakeholders through information brochure and
Stake-holders perception of the University
Section III: OVERALL
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
Consultancy projects by some individual faculty
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
Faculty club is not there
3.3 Institutional Challenges: To initiate programs with regional, national and
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
3.4 Institutional opportunities: Scope for further improvement in value and need
Scope for introduction of credit transfer across
Section IV: Recommendations for Quality Enhancement of the
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
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
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
Special provisions in the University for differently abled students including
visually handicapped persons.
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
# 436, Viswamanava Double
Mysore – 570 009
Professor P. Ramaiah Member
UGC Emeritus Professor
Hyderabad - 500 007.
Dr R. G. Sonkawade
Senior Scientist, Inter University
Accelerator Centre (formerly
Nuclear Science Centre)
Arun Asaf Ali Marg
New Delhi - 110 067
Dr. H. Surya Prakash Rao Member
Professor, Department of
Puducherry – 605 014
Professor P. Geetha, Member
(Professor of English, MG
801, Nikka Singh block,
New Delhi – 110 049.
Dr. Vandana Chakrabarti Member
Director and Professor,
Department of Continuing and
SNDT Women’s University
Mumbai – 400 020.
Dr. M. S. Shyamasunder
Date: 30th January, 2009