NAAC Peer Team Report

 

 

Peer Team Report

on

Institutional Assessment and Re-Accreditation

(3rd Cycle)

 

of

 

RAMNARAIN RUIA COLLEGE

L.N. Road, Matunga, Mumbai-400019, Maharashtra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date of Visit  : August 9th - 11th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NATIONAL ASSESSMENT AND ACCREDITATION COUNCIL

An Autonomous Institution of the University Grants Commission P.O. Box No. 1075, Nagarbhavi, Bangalore - 560 072, INDIA


 

PEER TEAM REPORT

ON

INSTITUTIONAL ACCREDITATION OF

RAMNARAIN RUIA COLLEGE, MUMBAI-400019, MAHARASHTRA

 

Section I: GENERAL INFORMATION

 

1.1.     Name & Address of the Institution

:   RAMNARAIN RUIA COLLEGE, MUMBAI

1.2.     Year of Establishment

:   1937

1.3.     Current Academic Activities of the Institution (Numbers)

 

           • Faculties/Schools

:   02

           • Departments/Centres

:   27

           •  Programmes/Courses offered

:   PG :20          UG :37              P.G. Diploma  :03

    Ph.D. :10       Add On :30

           •  Permanent Faculty Members

:   75

           •  Permanent Support Staff

:   Non-Teaching : 107                Technical :02

           • Students

:   3289

1.4.     Three major features in the institutional context (as perceived by the Peer Team)

·    Multi-faculty College with good academic ambience.

·    Positive support of the management.

·    The management has made sincere efforts in implementing the suggestions made by the previous peer teem.

1.5.     Dates of visit of the Peer Team        (A detailed visit schedule is included)

:   9th - 11th August,  2012 (Enclosed)

1.6.     Composition of the Peer Team which undertook the on-site visit

:  

Chairperson

:   Prof. R.K. Kale

    Vice-Chancellor

    Central University of Gujarat

    Sector-30, Gandhi Nagar, 382030, Gujarat

Member Coordinator

:   Prof. (Dr.) P.K. Biswasroy

    Head & Dean

    Department of Commerce,

    Berhampur University,

    Berhampur-760 007, Orissa.

Member

:   Prof. Varkey K.T.

   Principal, CMS College of Science & Commerce

   Koimbatore-641049, Tamilnadu

NAAC  Officer

:   Dr. (Mrs.) K. Rama

    Deputy Advisor, NAAC

   Bangalore-560072

 


 


Section II: CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS

 

2.1. Curricular Aspects

 

2.1.1.  Curricular Design & Development

·          Many teachers of different departments of the College are members of Board of Studies of the University and have contributed to the review and redesigning of the curricula.

·          Curriculum is geared to facilitate entry to further higher education as well as employment.

·          Ensures a blend of modernity with sustenance and tradition with technology.

2.1.2. Academic Flexibility

·          The College offers 37 UG, 20 PG, 03 PG Diploma, 10 Ph.D. and 30 Add on Courses.

·          Large number of subject combinations are available.

·          Add-on courses, diploma and certificate courses are available to increase employability and personality development.

·          Inbuilt flexibility of courses ensures development of skill as well as knowledge.

2.1.3. Feedback on Curriculum

·          The feedback on curriculum is obtained from Stakeholders on regular bases.

·          Suggestions obtained from stakeholders are analysed and communicated to the university.

2.1.4. Curriculum update

·          Periodically curriculum is updated by the affiliating University.

·          The curriculum is designed to meet the challenges of emerging thrust areas.

·          Curriculum facilitates employability.

2.1.5. Best Practices in Curricular aspects (if any)

·          Endowment lectures, Invited talks and outreach activities are regular features.

·          Introduced value based and specialized courses.

2.2. Teaching-Learning & Evaluation

 

2.2.1. Admission Process and Student Profile

·        Transparent mechanism for admission to different courses.

·        Students are admitted on the basis of merit for general courses and through common admission test of the State for professional courses, and duly monitored by a Committee.

·        The College ensures equity and access to students from the disadvantaged community, weaker section and sports personnel as per the policy of State Government.

2.2.2. Catering to the diverse needs

·          College caters to the diverse needs

·          Special measures are taken for the benefit of Students belonging to the disadvantaged group

·          Mentoring and counselling are in place

·          Facilities for Differently-abled students need to be augmented.

 

2.2.3. Teaching-Learning Process

·          The College has modernized the teaching-learning process.

·          Apart from class room teaching, student centred participatory and interactive process are followed.

·          The College adheres to its academic calendar

2.2.4. Teacher Quality

·          42 Teachers are Ph.D. holders, 09 possess M. Phil Degree and 29 Teachers have cleared the SLET/NET.

·          A good number of teachers are recipient of awards and publish Research papers, participated in Refresher / Orientation courses / workshops and conferences.

·          ICT integration in teaching needs to be expanded.

2.2.5. Evaluation Process and Reforms

·          Continuous assessment of the students through assignments, internal tests, project work, class tests, group discussions and debates are practiced.

·          The examination system is transparent and held regularly.

·          Grievance Reddressal mechanism is to be further strengthened.

2.2.6. Best Practices in Teaching-learning and Evaluation (if any)

·          The College gives special attention in developing core competence of the student.

·          Semester system is being adopted.

2.3.   Research, Consultancy & Extension

 

2.3.1. Promotion of Research

·          There is a Research Committee and to institutionalise research culture, collaborative research is initiated through M.O.U.

·          Teachers are encouraged to undertake research and management provides necessary support.

·          The College has a good number of P.G. teaching programmes with research orientation besides the PhD programmes.

2.3.2. Research and Publications Output

·        Teachers are active in research and published papers in international and national journals; popular articles in dailies/magazines; and authored books.

·        Around 30 teachers are recognised research guides and many have successfully supervised research scholars.

·        Faculty members of the College have undertaken a good number of research projects funded by various funding agencies.

2.3.3. Consultancy

·        College has generated good revenue through consultancy

2.3.4. Extension Activities

·          The College has vibrant NSS and NCC Units.

·          The extension activities of the College include community development, health awareness programmes, blood donation camps and youth training programmes.

·          Informal partnership developed with GOs’ and NGOs’  for extension activities.

2.3.5. Collaborations

·        The College has linkages with several organisations and institutions that have helped to promote on-the-job training and student placement.

·        Collaboration with National and International Institutes for research and other academic programmes is visible.

·        Institute-Industry linkage is strong.

2.3.6.  Best Practices in Research Consultancy and Extension (if any)

·        The extension and outreach activities reflect the institutional mission for meeting the goals of national integration and communal harmony.

2.4.  Infrastructure & Learning Resources

 

2.4.1. Physical Facilities for Learning

·        College is strategically located in the heart of the city on a 2 acres of land.

·        The College has 40 classrooms out of which 36 are smart classrooms, Open air theatre, Audio Visual rooms, Central Library, Reading rooms, Women’s common room, Gymnasium, Auditorium and well equipped Laboratories.

·        The infrastructure facilities are used optimally.

2.4.2. Maintenance of Infrastructure

·        There is budgetary provision for the maintenance of the College.

·        Campus and buildings are well maintained

2.4.3. Library as a Learning Resource

·        The College library has 1,24,108 books titles and subscribes to 46 national journals, 03 international journals and 37 magazines.  It has 6384 back volumes of journals.

·        The resource of the Library has been augmented continuously during the last five years.  The library has open access system, reading room facility for teachers, scholars and students. 

·        The library is partially computerised, has internet, INFLIBNET and reprographic facilities and functions under the supervision of a advisory committee.

2.4.4. ICT as Learning Resources

·        There are 384 Computer in the College.  The College computer centres caters to the needs of students  and faculty.

·        College has LAN facility.

·        Wi-Fi and internet facility is available and the College website is updated regularly.

2.4.5.  Other Facilities

·          There is adequate provision for administrative and academic activities.

·          Parking, multi-gym, auditorium, indoor and outdoor sports and canteen facilities are available.

·          College has world class Shooting Range

·          Health Centre in the College attended by a qualified Doctor. The College has adequate water and electricity with generators.

2.4.6. Best Practices in the Development of Infrastructure & Learning Resources (If any)

·        Optimal use of available infrastructural facilities and learning resources.

·      ICT has been integrated in the College activities.

2.5. Student Support and Progression

 

2.5.1. Student Progression

·          Efforts are being made to minimize the dropout rate.

·          The pass percentage of the College is impressive and students have been securing university ranks on a regular basis.

·          Track record of student’s progression for further studies / employment needs to be further strengthened.

2.5.2. Student Support

·        The College publishes its prospectus with all necessary details

·        The College has placement and counselling centre

·       The College supports the students through various schemes like endowment, free studentship, merit awards and scholarships

·       The College has a Grievance Redressal mechanism in place.

·        The College has an active alumni association.

·        Personal rapport with parents facilitates student’s discipline.

2.5.3. Student Activities

·        The College has excellent indoor games and sports facilities.

·        Organises cultural programmes and sports events on various occasions which provides opportunity to the students to exhibit and develop their talents.

·       Students participate in cultural and sports events at intercollegiate and inter-University meet as well as at National and International events. The students who are proficient in sports are given financial incentives. 

·       The College has a good track record of winning prizes     

2.5.4. Best Practices in Student Support and Progression (If any)

·        The College has instituted prizes and cash awards to felicitate students who excel in studies, cultural activities, games and sports.

2.6. Governance and Leadership

 

2.6.1. Institutional Vision and Leadership

·          The College has well defined vision and mission.

·          The Management provides support to the College in its endeavour to achieve academic excellence.

·          Since last accreditation the College has moved towards sustained academic progress.

·          The institutional leadership is highly sensitive towards its social responsibilities.

2.6.2. Organizational Arrangements

·        The Principal plays a key role in the planning and management of the College and coordinates all activities.

·        The College follows a decentralised system with an effective internal coordination.

·        Participation of Stakeholders in governance is visible.

2.6.3.  Strategy development &deployment

·          The College has a prospective plan for future development of its infrastructure and academic programmes.

·           MIS is in place.

·          Various committees constituted for smooth running of academic programs.

2.6.4. Human Resource Management

·          The College follows self-appraisal method of evaluation of performance of teachers in teaching research and extension activities.

·          The recruitment of teaching staff is as per norms of statutory bodies.

·          The management is proactive towards its employees.

2.6.5. Financial Management & Resource Mobilisation

·        The College has good finance culture and its accounts are regularly audited.

·        The College has mobilised resources for endowment purposes.

·        The College utilises the funds provided by the UGC and State Government meaningfully and effectively.

·       Proper Budget is prepared every year to ensure optimum utilization of funds received from other sources

2.6.6. Best Practices in Governance and Leadership (If any)

·        College has participatory Governance

2.7 Innovative Practices

 

2.7.1. Internal Quality Assurance System

·        The College has established an IQAC which meets at regular intervals to suggest measures for quality improvement.

·        Students’ feedback, alumni response and observations of the stakeholders are taken into consideration for improving quality.

·        Different committees are constituted for decentralisation of responsibilities and efficient functioning.

2.7.2. Inclusive practices

·        The College makes effort for the holistic development of the students.

·        Remedial classes and skill development programmes are initiated for students.

·        Development of social responsibility and citizenship among students through NSS, NCC, Centre for Slum Studies etc.

·        The visually challenged students are provided special facilities.

2.7.3. Stakeholder Relationship

·        Healthy interpersonal relationship between various Stakeholders is noticeable.

·        Management facilitates the interaction of all the Stakeholders and encourages their connectivity.

Section-III: OVERALL ANALYSIS

 

3.1.     Institutional Strengths

·        Vibrant NSS and NCC units.

·        Healthy research culture, with some of the Departments having a track record of PhD guidance/output, research projects, national level seminars; creative writings and winning awards/honours.

·        Proactive Management

·        Committed faculty

·        Computerisation of most of the activities of the College.

·        Wining performance of the students in the University examinations and co-curricular and extracurricular activities are praiseworthy.

3.2.     Institutional Weaknesses

·          Inadequate Internet connectivity in terms of student strength for e-learning.

·          Participation of women in governance is inadequate.

·          Weak Research Culture in Social Sciences and Humanities

3.3.     Institutional Opportunities

·          Better linkages with industry and corporate sector as being located in one of the big metropolitan cities.

·          To develop networking with professional agencies for specific career counselling and guidance.

·          To offer more courses in emerging areas which would enhance the employability

·          Providing access and quality education to large number of students.

3.4.     Institutional Challenges

·          Space constraint

·          Keeping pace with changes in Higher Education.

·          Development of employable / entrepreneurial / professional skills amongst the students belonging to disadvantaged sections of society. 

Section IV: Recommendations for Quality Enhancement of the Institution

·         IQAC be further strengthened.

·         Initiate measures to offer more need based PG courses particularly in Social Sciences and Humanities.

·         The College may think of starting value added courses in areas such as Disaster Management; Stress Management etc.

·         The ICT thrust in teaching / learning to be augmented.

·         Adequate thrust may be given to faculty development activities, particularly in latest pedagogy and e-content preparation.

·         Placement cell may be strengthened with a full time placement officer.

·         College may establish a language laboratory

·         Management may think of establishing an Employees’ Co-operative Society and Medi-claim facility

·         Alternative environment friendly energy resources and rain water Harvesting may be explored for campus.

/ agree with the observations of the Peer Team as given in this Report.

 

 

 

Prof. Suhas Pednekar

Principal

 

Signature of the Peer Team Members:

 

 

Prof. R.K. Kale

Chairman                                                                     

 

 

Prof. P.K. Biswasroy

Member Coordinator

 

 

Dr. Varkey K.T.

Member

 

 

Dr. (Mrs.) K. Rama

NAAC Coordinator

 

 

 

 

Place: Matunga, Mumbai

Date: 11th August, 2012

 

 

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