Internal Quality Assurance Cell

DRAFT REPORT ON INSTITUTIONAL ACCREDITATION OF RUPAHI COLLEGE

  • The Rupahi College was founded in August 1981 to provide scope of higher education to the aspiring youth of the socio-economically disadvantaged and minority community dominated area of Assam. It aims at providing adequate opportunity for the empowerment of girls and women folk of this remote and rural area. The college is affiliated to Gauhati University. It came under grant-in-aid system in 1996. The college is situated on 8 acres of land (approximately). The temporal plan of the college is annual system as per Gauhati University pattern. The college Offers teaching in ten disciplines with major in eight disciplines.
  • The college has 25 permanent teachers (10 female and 15 male), 1 temporary teacher (female) with 12 (male) Administrative Staff.
  • There are 312 students (205 boys and 107 girls) in the college.
  • The dropout rate during 2000-2001 was good and the pass percentage was also good.
  • The unit cost of education including salary component is Rs.25,493/- and without salary Rs.484/-.
  • The college has support services like central library, sports and games facilities, canteen, grievance redressal cell.
  • The teaching days of the college are 155 as against 276 working days.
  • The College has 4200 books in the central library and subscribes to 10 journal/periodicals.
  • The college has raised some funds by way of donations from the public, Alumni Association and other sources.
  • The college has opened a PG center of correspondence studies of Gauhati University.
  • The college volunteered to be assessed by NAAC, Bangalore and submitted its SSR for the purpose. The NAAC Peer Team consisting of Prof. M. Gopalkrishna Reddy, Former Vice Chancellor, Andhra University as Chairman; Prof. A.K. Pattanayak, Professor of History, Berhampur University as Member Coordinator and Dr. Shamsul Alam, Principal, Kidderpore College as Member visited the college on 27th and 28th September 2004 for validating the Self Study Report. Dr. K. Madhusudanan Pillai, Academic Consultant, NAAC, coordinated the visit.
  • The Peer Team went through the Self Study Report thoroughly and visited the campus. During the visit it held discussions with the Principal, members of the Governing Body, students, teaching and non-teaching staff, parents and alumni. Supporting documents were perused and facilities visited. The observations of the Peer Team are furnished below criterion wise.

Criterion – I : Curricular Aspects

The college was established in 1981 to provide scope for higher education in this remote and rural area of Assam with an economically disadvantaged and minority community dominated population. It is a single faculty Arts college which offers teaching in ten disciplines with major in eight disciplines. As an affiliated college of Gauhati University the college follows the curriculum designed by the university with an annual temporal plan. The college has opened a PG center of correspondence studies of Gauhati University.


Criterion-II: Teaching-learning and Evaluation
The college has a transparent admission procedure based on academic merit. The college has a well conceived plan of monitoring the progress of the students. The college offers special coaching to advanced learners depending upon the needs of the learners. Advanced learners are given assignments and are encouraged to participate in group discussions, literary and cultural activities etc. Career oriented counseling and information are provided to the students. At the beginning of the session each department prepares its teaching plan. The progress of teaching is monitored through the monthly progress report. The teachers, in consultation with the respective Heads of the departments prepare the teaching plan on weekly/monthly basis. The traditional lecture method is supplemented by group discussions and tutorials. The college has 155 teaching days and 279 working days. Students are informed of the evaluation method at the beginning of the session through prospectus which also contains information on admission and examination. The permanent teachers of the college are appointed as per aided college and Gauhati University rules. Temporary teachers are appointed by the Governing Body and paid out of its own funds. Few teachers have attended national level seminars, refresher courses and orientation courses. The students’ feedback system on a 10 point scale has been recently introduced. The report is analysed in the departments concerned and steps are taken to remove weaknesses. This helps the teachers to improve upon their lackings. The college often organizes seminars/workshops on current and relevant themes. Most of the teachers actively participate in different committees like Internal Quality Assurance Cell, Grievance Redressal Cell, Information and Career Guidance Cell etc. The college has opened a PG center of correspondence studies of Gauhati University. The dropout rate during 2000-2001 was ____ and the pass percentage was ____.


Criterion-III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The college promotes a research culture among the teachers.
The college takes up extension activities in the areas of community development, health and hygiene awareness, adult education and literacy, AIDS awareness, social work, environment awareness etc.
Incentives are provides to the students in various forms for participating in the extension activities.


Criterion-IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college has adequate infrastructural facilities as class rooms, workshop and other facilities as required for its academic growth. The infrastructure of the college includes classrooms, teachers’ common room, common rooms and toilets for boys and girls, workshop-cum-laboratory for home science etc. The higher secondary wing shares the infrastructure. The college lays emphasis on proper maintenance of the infrastructure. Cleanliness is given top priority along with plantation. During holidays the local NGOs and GOs are permitted to utilize the infrastructure of the college for holding meetings and other functions. There is one computer in the college. The college has added 400 books worth of Rs.27,635/- and 18 journals for Rs.7606/- during last two years. The library functions for 272 days a year from 9.00 am to 4.30 pm daily. The College has 4200 books in the Central Library and subscribes to 10 journal/periodicals. The construction of a multistoried building is under progress. The college has a playground with provision for playing footfall, volleyball, badminton and athletics. The outstanding sportsmen are given incentives such as exemption of fees etc.


Criterion-V: Student Support and Progression
The percentage of students appearing at the University examination is 72%. The dropout rate is 28%. Since the college is located at a socio-economically backward area it does not have much to boast about its alumni. Most of them are either teachers or self-employed. However the Alumni association has been recently formed. The college publishes its prospectus annually giving all details about the college such as courses offered, fee structure, library facilities, examination, NSS, NCC, rules and regulations etc. Scholarships are available for the SC/ST, OBC/MOBC and poor students as per the normal practice. Academically bright students also get special scholarships instituted by the local MLA. There is a students’ aid fund out of which poor students get financial assistance. The opening of PG Correspondence Study Center of Gauhati University has greatly helped the progression of the students.


Criterion-VII: Healthy Practices
The college has set up an internal quality assurance cell to ensure quality in teaching and administration. The college has set up PG center of correspondence course of Gauhati University, Efforts are being made to inculcate civic responsibility and value based education among the students. The birth and death anniversaries of saints and seers are celebrated along with Saraswati Puja and other education related festivals. The NCC and NSS try to make students responsible citizens. The ICGCC created recently orients the students on self-employment opportunities. The extension activities cell normally takes up extension works with community orientation, suiting to the locality. Cultural activities are encouraged among the students.


Overall Analysis and Suggestions
The Rupahi College founded in 1981 has successfully completed 23 years of existence and about eight years after it came under grant-in-aid system. The college takes pride in catering to the aspirations of rural youth coming from an agrarian base with SC/ST and minority community domination. The rural setting and economic backwardness of its students has resulted in its stunted growth. It has to keep in mind the special needs of the area as well as that of its aspiring youth. The college has to go a long way. Although its silver jubilee celebration is round the corner it has to strive hard to achieve many things. It took fifteen years for the college to come under grant-in-aid and even after twenty three years it is yet to come under 2(f) and 12(B) of the UGC Act.



The Peer Team wishes to place before the college to consider the following suggestions for its future growth.
  1. Expeditious steps may be taken to enlist the college under 2(f) and 12(B) of the UGC Act enabling the college to receive financial assistance from the UGC.
  2. In the age of science and technology, in tune with the rapidly changing scenario of higher education, the college may explore the possibility of introducing science stream at degree level.
  3. The college should initiate steps to open some vocational courses like certificate/diploma courses on computer application or BBA and BCA courses.
  4. Considering the local needs, the college may open vocational courses on agriculture, poultry farming, sericulture, pisciculture etc. for the benefit of the students who fail to make it upto PG level.
  5. To speed up the construction of new buildings, to augment infrastructural facilities.
  6. To strengthen the library by adding more books and journals. Reprographic facility may be provided in the library.
  7. The playfield may be developed with better facilities in games and sports, to enable the students to participate in the inter-collegiate events in larger number, as the students in rural areas possess the potential to excel.
  8. Steps may be initiated to organize special programmes for improving English conversational skills.
  9. Faculty members may be encouraged to go for minor and major research projects of the UGC, taking the local problems for the study.
  10. Remedial courses may be conducted on a regular basis.
  11. Outside plan projects may be submitted to the UGC like Ladies Hostel, Computers, Remedial Courses etc.
  12. Alumni Association may be registered and its assistance for the development of the college may be sought.
  13. Students’ feedback may be utilised for enhancing the academic and administrative functioning of the college.
  14. The teaching learning process may be strengthened by adopting modern techniques/methods.
  15. Group insurance schemes may be introduced for students, teachers and employees.
  16. Book bank may be set up for the benefit of economically weaker students.
  17. Parent teacher and Alumni teacher meetings may be organized from time to time to seek their guidance and assistance as well.
  18. The Peer Team while appreciating the overall functioning of the Raha College in maintaining a satisfactory academic record with a sense of commitment and dedication, expects much more from it in the coming years. The team believes that the college has the potentiality to develop into one of the leading academic institutions.
  19. The Peer Team thankfully records its appreciation for the cordial cooperation extended by all sections of the college during the assessment exercise.



Peer Team
1. Prof. M. Gopalkrishna Reddy Chairman
Former Vice Chancellor
Andhra University

2. Prof. A.K. Pattanayak Member-Coordinator
Professor of History
Berhampur University, Orissa

3. Dr. Shamsul Alam Member
Principal, Kidderpore College
Kolkata

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