3 Academic Campus Plan
* Existing departments and programs
* Academic Flexibility
* Faculty Recruitment, Development
* Common Facilities
4 Administrative Master Plan
* Examinations and Evaluations
* Student Services
The educational Institute named Arts Commerce and Science College at Shankarnagar has an interesting story in its making. In fact, Bhaskarrao Patil Khatgaonkar, The then Minister for states for Co-operation, with a view to facilitate the poor rural people of the region with higher education, decided to establish the trust named Godawari Manar Charitable Trust at Shankarnagar. The trust aimed at establishing educational institutes wherever deemed fit. The Arts, Commerce and Science College is such a seed sown that time which has grown up into its full stature.The Arts, Commerce and ScienceCollege was established in November 1991 with the relentless efforts of Hon. Bhaskarraoji Patil, Khatgaonkar, a renowned Politician and the then Minister for states for Co-operation Govt. of Maharashtra. The Geographical location of the college is very funny. It is a place situated in between the area girdled by “Godavari” (47kms) and “Manar” (15kms) rivers. It is a Gram-Panchayat Locality which keeps its ties with the boundaries of two states viz. Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Basically, it is an undeveloped area, which was made free from the unjust rule of “The Nizam of Hyderabad” in 1948, one year after Indian independence. The place is remotely located (57 Km. from Nanded City, 27 Km. Degloor Tahesil & 24 Km. from Biloli Tahesil). The students desiring to pursue higher education had no other alternative than to go to the above places to avail higher education facility. The farmers, sugar factory employees, labors, sugar-cane cutters in this area were deprived of the Higher education facility in this region. With one of the objectives to enable the students (particularly girls) of the adjoining areas willing to pursue higher education, the management took an ambitious step to establish this college. The college upholds the ideals of its founding fathers to achieve excellence in higher education, empowerment through knowledge, inclusive growth for socio-economic change and sustainable development through hard work and sincere efforts by all associated with this 24 year old institution.
Though the college is in a Grampanchayat locality, we neither detered from our purpose of bringing the poor rural masses into the main stream of higher education nor lost hopes of developing the college amidst all odds. It is this kind of attempt that led the college to face NAAC in 2004 & achieved C++ despite all odds. But the boosting up by the president in the form of “Vision Document” proved to be very helpful. The Vision Document by the president led the administrator and the staff to work hopefully for the overall development of the students. Our college has been providing numbers of infrastructural and advanced facilities with the assistance of UGC grants of various types .The steadiness in academic approach and the devotion on the part of the staff are the key features of the college.
Education is the most important element for growth and prosperity of a nation. India is in the process of transforming itself into a developed nation by 2020. Yet, we have 350 million people who need literacy and many more who have to acquire employable skills to suit the emerging modern India and the Globe.
We also need to think specifically for our children who belong to weaker sections of society; they are undernourished and only a small percentage of them manage to complete eight years of satisfactory education, which is now a fundamental right of every Indian child. Can we allow the situation to continue in which millions of these children may be forced into lifelong poverty? I propose to address the issues pertaining to education and suggest some solutions, which can be considered for implementation.
Unequal access to educational resources still exists due to a variety of reasons.
• Enlightened ones realise the importance of educating the young ones in the family at any cost and guiding them at all critical stages due to their economical well-being.
• There are those who might realise the importance of education but are not aware of the opportunities in time or the procedures and ways to realise these opportunities for their children.
• There is a category of families who are economically weak and do not realize the value of education, and hence, for generations together their children are neglected and continue to live in poverty.
How do we enlighten and create widespread awareness of education among all sections of society, particularly in rural areas and among rural poor? Can we use technology for this important social purpose?
Over the last 50 years, successive governments have been committed to achieving the national goal of universal education and have steadily increased the budgetary allocation for education. However, 35 percent of our adult population is yet to achieve literacy. We have to generate additional resources because expenditure on education, whether at the Centre or in the States, can no longer be provided only by the respective ministries or departments. The mechanism should enable the persons to have freedom to innovate and deliver directly.
The requirement of the rural locality is that the student should go to any school nearby and get a good and value based quality education in that school. It will definitely facilitate our Institution to have good students having zeal to do something for their bright future.
The preferred school concept is arising because of differential quality and standards of teaching. There is a need to make the quality of teaching high in all schools. Provide an accelerated learning program using computer aids so that children can have a creative learning with the tools of creative animation through computers.
Have you planned something for children so that they can get good education in villages? We need to address this problem, which has multiple dimensions. It tells about the non-availability of infrastructural facilities in schools located in rural areas, the problems of syllabi followed in the school which is not the same as in the schools located in urban areas and the non-availability of quality teachers. In turn it has been making impact on the quality of higher education in the rural area surrounding. The attitude of the parents and students is also a matter of great concern, which must be given due cognizance. It is by means of authentic planning and provision of adequate facility and society centered approach will definitely help the institution to gather gold in the form of good students having zeal to do something better for their own personality development.
Job opportunities being national, there is a need for having a good and updated syllabus for the rural area students providing equal opportunities. The only expectation from the teaching faculty is to understand the requirements of the students with which they can reach up to the expectations of the students from the nearby rural locality. The teachers are expected to create awareness among the students about the emerging needs of the changing world. It requires a systematic approach and the overall intention of the institution is to create this sort of awarenes among the students and parrents in the nearby rural locality.
The delivery of quality education is possible only through quality teaching. Some element of competitive rewarding is to be done based on performance. This competency has to be built up through a massive teachers education programme delivered through a continuously updated education system.
There is an urgent need that every school should have basic amenities such as good buildings equipped with ventilated, light, airy and spacious classrooms besides library, laboratories, safe drinking water, clean toilets, playground, the latest IT tools and infrastructure. It will create a sort of awareness about the importance of all these things for the overall personality development of the students. This sort of awareness from the beginning itself will definitely help our institution to have aspiring students, it will in turn motivate the teaching faculty of our institution to adopt student centric approach and numbers of experimental methods in order to create better educational surrounding in our institution. This document would like to address all the nearby schools to adopt some innovative measures to make the students realize the importance of education for their own personality development.
The goal needs to be achieved through the delivery of education in a manner which will take into account the socio-economic reality and perception of people to whom it is addressed. The aim of our institution is to build character, human values, enhance the learning capacity through a judicious mixture of traditional and technological approach and build the confidence among students to face the future.
It is while following the University examination pattern our institution intends to formulate a systematic examination pattern to create consciousness about the overall personality development of the students. This includes group discussion, quiz competitions, seminars, and debates and through this systematic approach the institution aims at the overall personality development of the rural area students. It will boost up their confidence and will definitely help the students to show perfection at all the levels of examinations after the completion of graduation from our institution.
“Guidance, Support and Development” are the Keywords of the ACS College, Shankarnagar’s Master Plan 2020. I’m very happy and would like to congratulate the Principal, NAAC co-coordinator and the staff members for having successfully gone through the Accreditation process by NAAC. The grade is definitely inspiring one. It is now high time for everybody to endeavor incessantly to maintain and enhance the quality of our institution.
The remarks of the steering committee have led me to introspect over number of issues in relation to the institutional development. There is enough truth in the remark that the higher education institutions require a better surrounding for the overall development of the students. I accept that it is quite illogical to have a School, Jr. College and Senior College in the same premises from strictly academic point of view. But as a representative of the area, I have to think of the type of community in the area. More especially of the girl students who are from the economically deprived community. It ultimately led the trust to think of having a senior college so that the girl students who are deprived of the higher education facility will find comfort of having a senior college in the nearby locality. Another fact I have noticed that the rural area students are not at ease when they enter in a senior college for higher education. They become restless and remain confused for most of the time. This sort of typical mentality hinders them from attaining any significant thing in their life. I genuinely believe that the primary, high school and junior college students must know everything about the higher education from the very beginning itself. The different activities at senior level will definitely boost their confidence and facilitate them with the enough knowledge about the higher education. So let all the educational units go hand in hand and learn the spirit of brotherhood, it will definitely guide them in a proper way to achieve everything in their life. On the other hand, the rural psyche of the students resulted into the development of unnecessary fear about the most important subject like English. It ultimately led me have an English School which has been proved to be a blessing for the students from nearby locality. Therefore, though all these educational institutions have been functioning in the same premises but have maintained discipline and a feeling of brotherhood. However, through this vision document I would like to suggest the administrators to maintain peace and harmony and inculcate certain definite values in the upcoming generation.
The remark that the steering committee made regarding the teaching and learning process needs to be taken seriously by the able administrator of our college. I advise him to concentrate on the proper means to have overall development of the students. I know that the rural background poses certain genuine problems, but it is a need of the time to chalk out a definite plan. We are already blessed with intelligent staff having zeal to do something better. Let them allow enough freedom so that they can concentrate their total attention on learning something new. It is by learning something new only that they can teach better and lead the younger generation to the relevant and the emerging needs of the country. Already quite a number of the staff members have completed Ph. D. let the others also catch the same spirit. Allow them to go for minor and major research projects and let them attend seminars, workshops and conferences so that they can keep themselves very much in tune with the times. I do not know but I think UGC provides enough grants for having some remedial teachings for the economically backward section of the society. You should go for such courses and be cautious about the proper implementation of all such courses for the better development of the students. The entire attention of the staff must be on teaching, learning and evaluation; this is the only criterion I think requires due cognizance from the staff for the all-round personality development of the rural area students.
Another criterion that requires complete attention is the co-curricular activities. The rural area students already have guts and they can perform well in all sorts of activities. The only requirement is that they should be provided with sufficient facilities and the continuous practice. I appeal to the administrator of our college that he should provide all the facilities to the sports department and arrange numbers of activities in the form of N.S.S. and other such activities to provide a solid ground for the overall personality development of the students. I am sure that the teaching staff also will involve completely in inculcating a spirit of self involvement in academic activities among the students. Let the rural area students are provided with various activities in the form of the arrangement of guest lecturers, arrangement of remedial coaching, frequent tests in general knowledge and other numbers of such activities. The ultimate aim of everybody should be the all-round personality development of the students, so that they can contribute something definite for the well being of our country.
I am therefore, presenting the initial document of the Institution of ACS College’s Vision 2020 that includes the vision for strengthening the rural area surrounding of the Institution, and takes the initiative to reassume the leadership role in academic growth at Shankarnagar through the proposed establishment of the available campus for the Higher Education Institution. This document has been prepared through a participatory effort of the teaching faculty of ACS College, Shankarnagar. I wish them all the best and would like to encourage the faculty to work for the quality enhancement of the academic activities which will definitely help them to convert a puzzled, confused and careless rural youth into a strong, self confident, rational in approach and conscious individual about his own personality development.
* Guidance: Thecommitment of the Godavari Manar Charitable Trust, Shankarnagar is towards the welfare of students from rural society. The institution aims at proper guidance as a measure to inculcate awareness among the students about the importance of higher education for their own personality development.
The senior college run by Godavari Manar Charitable Trust Shankarnagar extends wholehearted thanks to the Government of Maharashtra for providing a senior college for the overall personality development of the students belonging to the economically and educationally deprived section of rural area society. It is under the kind guidance of the Trust that the students related to the rural areas near Shankarnagar are blessed with an English Medium High school with hostel, Marathi Medium Saibaba High School having Primary, Secondary and Junior college. The social consciousness and the obligation to the society led the president to think of having a senior college with the result that the students especially the girl students living in the nearby areas have been able to receive higher education since 1991. It is in the form of Arts, Commerce & Science College; the trust has been inculcating a spirit of brotherhood among the aspiring youth of the rural area society regarding their own future development.
Need for a Vision Document The need for a Vision Document revolves around the development of a good educational atmosphere. The suggestions by the NAAC peer team in 2004, has brought recognition of need to go beyond a mere plan for adding classrooms. However, there is also a need to recognize and consider a holistic plan within the Institution Campus to provide financial commitment to departmental requirements. It is within the Campus, this Vision Document is also about guaranteeing that the ACS College campus can be more meaningful to its natural and academic environment that surround it. The Vision Document 2020 proposes to approach in a meaningful manner to reach to the fundamental requirements of the students and parents in the nearby locality. This document therefore, proposes establishing a harmony between ecology and accommodating people and academic needs, the classrooms, laboratories, library, play ground, recreational and leisure areas, so as to provide a better educational atmosphere for the rural area students.
The Academic Vision This exercise was undertaken by all the faculty members with the realization of their commitment to put forth the vision of Institution into reality. The faculty members are committed to voluntarily participate in all the academic activities for the overall personality development of the students. Besides it, the faculty is also committed to enhance the capabilities of the rural area students by means of extracurricular and sport activities. As the faculty have studied the typical mentality of the students and have forwarded recommendations for the need of the better facilities to meet the requirements of the students pursuing higher education in our Institution. The Management intends to take initiative through this document to make the provision of a better surrounding for the faculty and the students.
Every department of ACS College, Shankarnagar indulges in various types of correspondence, both, internal as well as external. All types of correspondence such as , Official letters, Personal application, Minutes of various formal meetings etc are proposed to be formatted to maintain uniformity. The letter heads of various Departments, Visiting cards, Identity Cards etc may also be standardized for their size, font, color etc. The ink used by various authorities may also be standardized.
(c) History Book: Many important events take place in ACS College which needs to be documented for the posterity. For this purpose, either each department may be directed to maintain their respective History Book or a centralized History Book may be maintained. The history book may also contain some of the important photographs of the events as well as messages from the dignitaries visiting the campus.
(d) Departmental Logo/ Crest: To create unique identity for every Department of the college, every Department may be granted separate Logo/ Crest/ Symbol that can be exclusively used by that Department alongside the Institution logo. The logo may be displayed at the entrance of each Department. Such display material may be standardized.
(e) Monthly Programme of various Departments of College: Apart from the routine class-room lectures, the report of the various events may be published so that the staff and Students of other Departments know about the event and interested persons may obtain the benefit. The programme may be published centrally by the administrator and the office staff.
(f) Semester wise Meetings of the Heads of Department under the chairmanship of the Hon’ble Principal be held & the minutes must be published for the information of the College staff. This will help in resolving many inter-departmental issues and bring the Departments closer. The general staff will be informed about the happenings and their participation levels will improve. The staff as well as students will generate more faith in the system and decisions as these will become more transparent.
(g) Social Activities. The Institution feels and assumes its responsibility towards the Society in general. Keeping this overall objective in mind, the faculty of each Department is advised to work on Group Social Projects as an integral part of Institutions social commitment.
To meet the challenges of year 2020, there is need for radical change (short-term and long-term) and revision of campus facilities for which following major initiates needs to be undertaken. Following are the major areas that are addressed though they are not exclusive but are priority areas.
The natural landscape plays a very important role in boosting Guidance, Support and Development, for 60% green areas and restriction of constructed areas to only 40%. The present constructed area need to be reorganized to reduce increasing pressure to establish separate building for the Institution. The following major recommendations on the landscape have been suggested.
1.1. Creation of ‘Botanical Garden’ The Institution intends to create a botanical garden which will serve the purpose of education. This will serve the purpose of creating ‘value added green pocket’ with great social cause. This Botanical Garden would be spread at the entrance, so as to ensure the parents and the students about Institution’s social commitment.
The goal of this exercise is to make campus most environment-friendly by reducing vehicular traffic. The parking of all vehicles coming from outside would be restricted to special parking zone created near main entry gate.
This Institution would also be equipped with facilities like photocopiers of all sizes: colour and black and white and scanners, binding machines, communications etc. The central multi-facility centre would support to all the departments to organize various events like seminars, conferences, workshops and also produce good quality documents, brochures etc
o Biodegradable waste: Campus generates considerable amount of biodegradable waste both in form of litter and domestic sewage. This would be used to generate vemicompost and the entire compost would be used for garden development so that we do not loose the precious organic manure.
o Non-biodegradable waste: This waste would be collected properly and handed over to a suitable agency for disposal. Mainly this waste contains glass, metal, thermocol, plastic packaging material, e-waste, paper etc.
6. Other Miscellaneous Development area:
- Public conveniences: At present there are no adequate public toilets on the campus. Well-managed public toilets at important locations like:
a. Common toilets for the students:
b. Separate toilet for the faculty
c. Toilet for the handicapped students would be constructed.
Safety and security: The public access to campus must be regulated to manage and maintain this academic campus. Every department would have manual access control. The entire campus needs to be properly illuminated during the night and needs to be well guarded.
It is indeed very important that the ACS College, Shankarnagar lays its Vision Document for progression taking into account the remarks of NAAC Peer team and the views of as many Departments and the individuals. The vision of any kind requires whole hearted contribution from every one, particularly; the faculty must get themselves aligned to the requirements of various Departments.