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					                Draft Report

                      On


       Institutional Accreditation


                      Of


Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Commerce and
Maharshi V.R. Shinde Arts College, Pune




          18-20 December, 2006


  National Assessment and Accreditation Council

                   Bangalore
Peer Team Report on the Instituional Assessment and
Accreditation of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Commerce and
Maharshi V.R. Shinde Arts College, Pune, Maharashtra.
Section-1: Introduction
       Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Commerce & Maharshi Shinde Arts college, Pune

established in the year 1984 is named after two illustrious sons of India who worked

tirelessly for the upliftment of down-trodden sections of the Indian society. The college

provides education in marathi medium. It is a co-educational and grant - in - aid college

which got permanent affiliation recently from the university of Pune.

       The vision of the institution is that the college should be “one of the nation’s best

colleges.” The mission of the college is “motivating students belonging to socio-

economically backward classes to become university graduates ready for further

education, careers and service to society, while striving for total students satisfaction

using emerging technologies ethics and values in a pleasing and secure atmosphere.” The

college is managed by Depressed Classes Mission (D.C.M.) society of India, Pune. The

college is catering to the needs of economically and socially weaker sections of the

society especially SC, ST; the first generation of learners in and around the eastern area

of Pune city.

       The college has a campus of 6 acres with moderate infrastructure. The college

offers 3 under-graduate Arts courses ( Economics, Sociology and Marathi ) and one

under-graduate commerce course . The college has a qualified teaching faculty of 13

permanent full time teachers and 6 part-time teachers. There are 13 members in the non

teaching staff. The college has got student population of 737, out of which 457 ( 62% )

are from socially and economically weaker sections.


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        Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Commerce & Maharshi Shinde Arts college, Pune

Maharashtra volunteered to be assessed by the NAAC Bangalore and submitted Self

Study Report (S.S.R) in March 2006. The NAAC constituted a Peer Team to visit the

college and validate S.S.R. The team members comprise of Dr .D. Janaki, Vice-

Chancellor     of    Mother      Teresa     women’s   University   Kodiakanal.,Tamilnadu

(Chair Person ) Prof. Sharma J.C. Professor and chairman department of Geography

Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla and Dr. Usha Chaturvedi former principal of M.P.

Arts and M.H. Commerce College of women , chair person Setu Education Trust,

Ahmedabad, Gujrat.

        The Peer Team visited the college from 18th to 20th December 2006. Mr. B.S.

Madhukar, Deputy Advisor NAAC ably co-ordinated the work of Peer Team throughout

the visit to this institution of higher learning.

        The Peer Team meticulously analyzed the self study report submitted by the

college. During the three days visit to the institution the team went through all the

pertinent documents, visited the departments and academic, physical and sports facilities.

The Peer Team interacted with the governing body, principal , faculty, non-teaching staff,

students’ representatives , parents and alumni.

        Based on the above exercise the Peer Team has given its subjective assessment

keeping in mind the seven criteria identified by the NAAC.




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Section2: Criterion-wise Analysis


Criterion I: Curricular Aspects

       The goal of the college is to motivate students from different backward areas to be

university graduates and be helpful to the society in developing values and ethics in life.

The goals are communicated to all the constituents of the college by displaying them at

many places in the institution. They are also explained by teachers to the new comers of

the college.

       To fulfill the goals, college admits all the eligible students and work hard for their

success. The extension activities are so chosen to supplement the goals of the college.

The college is affiliated to Pune University and follows the syllabi prescribed by the

university. The college is advised to get feedback from peers and employers to further

strengthen its programmes. The college may offer add on courses as suggested by U.G.C.



Criterion II: Teaching-Learning and Evaluation.

       The admission process is transparent. The admission rules of Maharashtra

Government and University of Pune are followed by the college. All eligible students are

given admission. The college follows the prescribed norms of University of Pune for

recruitments. All the sanctioned posts are filled up. It goes to the credit of the college

management that it has employed two fulltime lecturers and three clock hour based

faculties to cover the additional work load.

After admission, the overall performance of the students is assessed in the classroom

through direct interaction by teachers. The teaching plans are prepared in the beginning

of the academic year. The syllabi are unitized. The teachers who lag behind in covering


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syllabi are lend helping hand by other teachers. Group discussions and study tours

supplement classroom teaching.        Remedial teaching is provided to educationally

disadvantaged students. Extra coaching classes, library facilities, question banks and

special guidance for writing answers are the main measures used for educationally

disadvantaged students. For advance learners; extra guidance, reading materials,

individual counselling, lectures and motivation to appear for various competitive

examinations are provided. Students are also asked to evaluate the teaching performance

of the teachers. The questionnaires regarding performance of teachers are filled by the

students which are subsequently handed over to the concerned teachers for making

modifications in the teaching method which suits the students. To monitor overall

performance of students, the oral and written test , terminal examinations , tutorials and

open discussion in class room are arranged. The parents are informed regarding their

wards’ attendance and results. This practice makes the students and the parents more

responsible.

       The college may have faculty development programme and linkages with other

institutions and industries to make teaching more efficient.



Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension


       The teachers of the departments of Sociology and Marathi are taking active

participation in seminars and workshops at state and national levels.They also publish

articles in different magazines and newspapers. The other departments are advised to

make efforts in this direction. The college publishes magazine once in two years. This




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inspires the students for creative writings. The college may consider to make yearly

publication of the college magazine.

       The college has four units of N.S.S. with 200 students. The college participates in

various extension activities    such as community development, health and hygiene

awareness, adult education and literacy, blood donation camp, and environment

awareness programmes, medical camp, tree plantation, community development,

population education, and aid awareness through N.S.S.. The N.S.S. units of the college

have lend helping hand in construction of small dams, worked as volunteers for pulse

polio drive, and Leprosy search movement. The college is awarded for blood donation by

the University of Pune. The N.S.S activities of the college , ably guided by the

department of Sociology are commendable.

               The college has not been active in providing consultancy services. The

department of commerce which has six faculty members may explore the possibility to

provide these services.



Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources


       The college campus area is approximately six acres. It is shared by schools run by

the same management. The college has 10 lecture rooms, principal’s office,

administrative office ( partly computersied ), staff room, ladies room, special hall for

indoor games , canteen , auditorium, library and sports ground for kho-kho, kabbadi and

cricket. The building is well maintained by the management. Tree plantation, painting

and cleanliness keep the college campus beautiful. The college runs in the morning from

7.30 A.M. to 12.30 P.M. The building is used for junior college in the afternoon.


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        The library of the college remains open form 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. It works for six

days in a week and about 280 days in a year. The library has an advisory committee

consisting of four members including the principal and the librarian.

        The library has about 5000 books. The library requires overall upgradation with

more space, journals, periodicals, many more books, newspapers, computers, audio-

visual materials and book bank. The library functions remain to be computerised.

        The college shares central computer facilities of the sister concern of the

management where few students of the college avail the facility of fee concessions for

completing certificate courses. Medical check-up of Ist year students is conducted by

Pune University. The college provides first -aid facilities. The college may expand the

medical facilities for all the constituents.

        The college has a sports and physical education centre. Sports equipments are

available for football, volley ball, cricket, chess, badminton, yoga , handball and athletics

. The coaching is provided for different sports by physical instructors. More than 10

students participated in sports at different levels from university to national level during

last 3 years and won awards and medals. Achievements of students in sport activities are

worth praising.

        For financial help to the staff members the bank loans are available. The

permanent members of the society have additional facility to get loans from the society

also. A formal grievance redressal cell may be established.




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Criterion V: Student Support and Progression


        The college provides the students with adequate information about courses,

admission rules, fee structure, academic calendar and financial aids (scholarships) at the

time of admission through its annually updated prospectus. Financial aid is liberally

provided to needy students. On an average every year more than 50% students are

provided fellowships or freeships. The college has also made successful efforts of

providing scholarships to the students sponsored by Hindustan Petroleum Company of

Mumbai. 50 Students are benefited by getting this scholarship. To help the needy

students, the teachers guide and support them for obtaining suitable jobs after college

hours. The efforts made by college teachers in securing jobs are helping many students in

the continuation of their education and also financially sustaining their families. Such

students are provided extra care by the college teachers for their success in examinations.

        The drop out rate is around 16% .The college may make efforts to reduce the drop

out rate.

        During last 3 years, the success rate has ranged between 55 to 68 percent in both

arts and commerce. Considering       the educationally disadvantaged students , college

should introduce many more remedial measures to increase the success rate.

        One student of the college was University ranker in the year 2004-05. 39 students

secured 1st class in last two years. 8 students have passed the SET examination. These

results are worth praising. College has planned to form alumni association. For the

benefit of the girls a Vidyarthini Manch ( Ladies Club ) is formed.

        For the employment of students the college arranges lectures and workshops for

the guidance of the students. The college requires full time employment guidance cell.



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Criterion VI     : Organisation and Management

       The college is managed by the Local Management Committee ( L M C )

established as per University Act, 1994 and as per the requirements of the University of

Pune. All major policy decisions regarding the college are taken by the committee. LMC

works under the overall control of D.C.M Society of India, Pune. Locally, the college is

administered and managed by the principal with the support of various committees for

functions such as academic, examination, library, medical discipline, employment

guidance and cultural activities

       The academic calendar is prepared by senior teachers under the guidance of

principal. The non-teaching staff members get the guidance from C.A. and auditors of the

college. The college motivates the non-teaching staff for basic training in computers.

       The fee structure is as per the norms of the University of Pune. The college

provides government scholarship, free ship, scholarship given by Hindustan Petroleum

Company Mumbai. Funds are raised by the college for needy students. College runs in

marginal surplus. Regular auditing is made by the college.



Criterion VII: Healthy Practices

       In the context of working of the institution the following are the healthy practices

observed by the Team:

      The college is involved in a pious act of providing affordable education to weaker

       sections of society.




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      The college is located in slum area and caters to the educational demand of

       students, many of whom otherwise would have remained deprived from higher

       education without this college.

      The college has developed mechanism for internal quality check.                 The

       performance of teachers is scrutinized in qualitative terms through Self Appraisal

       Reports.

      Students are also involved in evaluating teaching performance of individual

       teachers. Questionnaires filled by students about the teaching skills of teachers are

       used by teachers to make suitable modifications in the teaching methods.

      Since the number of teaching and non-teaching staff is small, the whole college

       behaves as a well-knit family. The number of students is also relatively small

       which enables the staff to provide personal care to each and every student.



Section III: Overall Analysis

       After going through the self study report and after visiting every academic and

physical facility and keeping in mind the quality of the students admitted, the Peer Team

feels satisfied by the progress made by the college during 22 years of its existence. The

Peer Team will like to commend the college for some of the positive features in its

approach to quality assurance and standards. At the same time the team will like to point

out some issues of concern to the college authorities for their consideration.         The

commendable features observed by the Peer Team are as follows:

      The Peer Team highly appreciates Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Commerce and

       Maharshi V.R.Shinde Arts College and Depressed Class Mission Society of India



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    for providing higher education facilities to the down-trodden sections of the

    society.

   Pro-active approach of the college management.

   The teachers are dedicated and hard working. The teacher taught relationship is

    cordial.

   The students feed back and their suggestions about teachers are given due

    importance.

   There is good interaction between principal and staff.

   N.S.S. activities, cultural programmes and sports facilities are impressive.

   Though N.C.C is not there in the college , the students are given facility to get

    training of N.C. C through other centers.

   The development of infra-structure in terms of buildings and sports facilities has

    been good for the number of students admitted in the college.

   The college has provided large number of scholarships and freeships to students.

   The whole college appears as a well-knit family due to ample and frequent

    interaction between principal, teachers and students.

    With a view to its further improvement in quality of Higher Education and service

to the local youth, the Peer Team would like to suggest the following to the institution

for its consideration:

   The academic programmes are conventional in nature. The college needs to have

    job-oriented courses

   There is need to further develop sports and physical education.




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   The College may establish a Computer Centre of its own and all students of the

    college be provided with working knowledge of Computers.

   Parents – teacher association and Alumni association should be formed to

    strengthen the institution.

   Many teachers of the college may register themselves for research degrees.

   Further strengthening of co-curriculum activities

   For teaching and non teaching staff professional development programmes should

    be developed.

   The modern technique of teaching –learning can be introduced in the college.

   There may be English medium in the college.

   In this world of technology and communication communicating skills should be

    developed through English. Spoken English classes should be encouraged for all.

    Langauge Lab may be established.

   The college needs to have career guidance and counselling Cell.

   Remedial coaching should be provided more vigorously to the needy students.

   Dropout rate should be decreased.

   Establish Internal Quality Assurance Cell as per NAAC norms.

    Peer Team places on record that the college is rendering valuable service of

    providing higher education to the children of slum dwellers and down-trodden

    sections of the society.




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         Peer team also wishes to place on record its appreciation for the

   cooperation extended by the Principal, teaching and non-teaching staff and

   students, and offers good wishes to everyone at the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar

   Commerce and Maharshi V.R. Shinde Arts College, Pune.



   Signature of the PEER TEAM MEMBERS


   Dr. Janaki D         Prof. J.C. Sharma         Dr. Usha Chaturvedi
   Chairperson               Member                     Member




                                  Signature of the Principal with College seal


                                                             Ms. H.G. Sangle
                                                                   Principal
Place
Date:




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