We offer graduation in Gujarati, Economics and Sociology in Arts faculty. The Post graduation programme in Gujarati, Economics and Sociology are available. All these programmes follow semester and CBCS pattern. The students are offered various interdisciplinary papers as an elective, foundation and soft skill subjects. The curriculum prescribed by the university is deliberately executed and enriched by significant curricular activities. Four of our faculty members are associated with BOS and university senate which rovides the opportunity to be the part of syllabus designing and academic planning. The curriculum implementation is done through strategic planning and identifying learners of different paces endowed with remedial coaching. Though there is no significant role of College in curriculum designing, the College has structured curricula of six career oriented programs (COPs). The College is also successfully running study centre of Baba Saheb Ambedkar Open University (BAOU) which caters variety of certificate, under graduate and post graduate courses. The government of Gujarat has established Digital Education and Learning Laboratory (DELL) in the College to facilitate the SCOPE program. To bridge the curriculum with the industry needs, implant the knowledge about industry and to inculcate the skill required for industry, a special Industrial Interface Cell (IIC) is established.
The Career and Placement Cell (UDISHA) is a supportive mechanism along with regular curriculum to tap the career opportunities, skill enhancement and personality development of the students. By the end of the year the feedback from various stack holders and its analysis helps us to improve and modify the educational needs of all the diversified groups and accomplish the appropriateness in catering the needs of the society.
Teaching-Learning and Evaluation:
The process of teaching-learning and evaluation is at the core of all the activities of the College. The admission process is transparent and student’s counsellors lend a hand with the students. Since our College is in mofussil area, most of the students are from heterogeneous and rural background. The students from the weaker sections of the society are taken care that they should avail equal opportunities. At the same time gender equality, differently-abled students and minority community students are also considered.
There is a student centric approach for teaching-learning process. The remedial coaching for special category and weaker students, personalized study, group study, seminars, research projects are the ways though which the College effectively caters the needs of slow learners and advanced learners.
The College strongly believe to adopt more effective and intensive teaching methodologies to deliver variety of learning experiences. The teaching plan is prepared before the commencement of academic year reflecting various academic and extracurricular activities with time table of examination schedules. All the class rooms are equipped with multimedia projectors and few have internet connectivity. The faculty members are more focussed on e-contents, power point presentations and ICT based teaching. All the departments are provided computers, laptops and internet connectivity. The College library is enriched with large number of text books, reference books, study material, educational CDs and online resources. The College library also offers book bank facility to the students. To induce the scientific temper within the students various projects are given by science faculty departments. The students are also engaged in “Saptdhara”- an initiative taken by Government of Gujarat, for all round development.
Quality teaching in higher education matters for student learning outcomes. The College is fortunate to have highly qualified and well experienced teachers. The recruitments follow the procedures and norms of state government. The teachers are continuously upgraded by attending refresher, orientation courses, seminars, workshops and conferences. For continuous up gradation in pedagogy, use of technologies, assessment models aligned with student-centred learning is implemented.
The College has successfully implemented the CBCS pattern with semester system opted by Gujarat University since 2011. There is a wide variety of elective, soft skill and foundation courses along with the core courses. The continuous internal evaluation is carried out through classroom seminars, assignments and attendance. The research projects are given to B.Sc. sem-5 & 6 students as an elective course to inculcate research approach. To establish student’s learning outcome, three avenues “content, skills and value” are taken into account. The consecutive six semester results form 2011-12 to 2013-14 shows appreciable and satisfactory outcome. To enhance the social and economical relevance of the students, motivational lectures, seminars, personality development programs through UDISHA are conducted. The students are also encouraged to participate in SCOPE exams, National Graduate Physics Examination (NGPE).
Research, Consultancy and Extension:
The College has a research committee to coordinate the research activities. The committee assist the faculty members in preparing research projects proposals and development of research attitude among the students. Two faculty members Principal Dr. V. S. Joshi and Dr. J. A. Chaudhari are recognised Ph.D. guides of various Universities. There are seven registered Ph.D. students under their guideship. The College provides duty leave and financial support for paper presentations in seminars and conferences. The College immediate releases the funds received from various funding agencies as and when required by the researcher. The management has also positive attitude towards research work. The College library is automated, furnished with research journals and listed under N-List program of INFLIBNET. The laboratories, equipments, glassware, computers, internet facilities are provided by the College. The B.Sc. Physics students are required to opt for research project as part of their academic work. Few teachers avail minor research projects with the financial assistance of UGC and GUJCOST. The outcome of their research work is published in reputed journals. Some of the faculty members are registered for the Ph.D. degree. The department of Biology has organised one day National conference on “Taxonomy Teaching & Research: The relevance in the National context”.
The eminent scientists and professors are invited to deliver talk to develop research attitude among students and faculty members. Though our College does not offer formal consultancy services, our faculties offer services in their expertise field. The state government project of “Soil Testing” was successfully conducted by our College faculty members and students to provide soil health cards to farmers availing grants of Rs. 14,19,520. This was a revenue generated consultancy project with remarkable accomplishment by the College. Under the flag of N.C.C. and N.S.S., the College executes its extension activities in the community to have experience based learning and social responsibility among the students. The College promote alliance with government and NGOs to facilitate the academic and extension activities to improve the quality of higher education. The extension activities are jointly organised with Gram Panchayats, Petlad Nagarpalika, Rotary Club, and Indian Red Cross Society. There are no formal MOUs are being set up, but collaborative research work with Department of Physics, Sardar Patel University, V.V.Nagar is being carried out by some of the research students.
Infrastructure and Learning Resources:
The College campus is just 1 Km away from Petlad town and spread in 25 acres of land and a separate playground with large 28,707 sq.mts of area. The construction is like heritage building in ‘E’-shape for “Education” built in 1946. The College building contains 12 classrooms, most of them furnished with multimedia projectors, central library, Principal’s office, administrative office, staff room, ladies room, N.S.S. office, N.C.C. office, central hall, computer centre, DELL, trust office, parking, open air theatre, store room, water room with R.O. plant and cooler facility. The administrative office has well furnished furniture and equipped with computers, printer, telephone, broadband connectivity and TECHSIS office administrative software. The College interior and exterior are under CCTV surveillance. All the departments are connected with intercom facility. The central library has occupied 165 sq. mts. of area with seating capacity of 50 students. The library has large number of reference books, text books, journals, periodicals, magazines, desktops with free internet facility for the students. The library is using SOUL software and subscribed to INFLIBNET for online access of various journals. The library committee looks after the needs and development of the library. The Science laboratories are very spacious and fully furnished with the latest equipments. The Science staff rooms are also provided with computers, laptops, printers, scanners and broadband connectivity.
The College has fairly well physical education section with indoor and outdoor sports facilities for the students. There is a separate playground facility for outdoor games. Excellent facilities for indoors games such as table tennis, wrestling, power lifting, badminton, 4-station multi-gym. The College has advanced computer centre with 25 computers, printers, scanner, multimedia projector and Wi-Fi broadband connectivity. The hostel accommodation for boys and girls is available. The boys hostel has capacity of 36 rooms and 13 rooms of girls hostel.
Student support and progression:
The goals and objectives of the College are student centric. The College admission procedure is transparent and followed by the University norms. The admission committee publishes admission brochure and looks after the students’ counselling for the freshers. The students are provided with SC, ST, OBC, Bidi Kamdar, E.B.C. and minority scholarships as provided by the state government. Remedial coaching classes are also made available for the reserved category and slow learner students.
The students are encouraged to participate in various seminars, workshops, fieldwork, industrial and educational tours with partial or full financial support. Career and Placement Cell is actively working for the personality development, skill evelopment, guidance for competitive examinations and campus interviews. The English improvement and professional computer training are integral part of academics. The College magazine receives overwhelming response from the students in terms of their active participation. The College has very active N.S.S. and N.C.C. for boys and girls. They are supported with necessary uniforms, energy food and remuneration. Sports students are dynamically participating in various competitions at University, State and National level competitions. They are also provided such facilities. Academic flexibility is offered to the students participating in extracurricular and extension activities. The grievances if any are tackled by Grievance Redressal Cell. The Collegiate Women’s Development Cell for girl students and Anti ragging cell is also actively involved in students support. The student progression is closely monitored by the head of the departments. The success rate in university examinations is moderate. The meritorious students are felicitated.
Governance, Leadership and Management:
The College is managed by Petlad Education Trust having visionary leaders and providing very efficient governance. The College management is highly structured and providing adequate freedom to the staff. The College has clearly stated vision and mission. The team College is closely working with the management for framing and implementing the goals and objectives. The strategic planning is efficiently executed by team IQAC, consisting of Management, Principal, faculty members, students, alumni and industry leaders. To implement the plans and policies, various committees are constituted by the Principal. The faculty members are assigned different responsibilities to carry out student activities and monitor overall progress. To groom leadership at the student level, the student’s representatives committee (S.R.C.) is also formed. The College administration is decentralized and different responsibilities and duties are entrusted among faculties. The College activities are students centric and major academic activities are carried out in accordance with the academic calendar announced by Gujarat University. The vision and mission, goals and objectives are communicated to the people by displaying sign boards and College website and TV. The management has given enough autonomy within the rules for better functioning of the College. The same autonomy is communicated by the Principal to the staff for healthy working environment. The management involves staff members in strategic planning and development at various levels of meetings and welcomes the progressive suggestions. This practice also leads to the sense of accountability and responsibility. The infrastructural and academic developments are implemented through hierarchical internal organizational structure. There is a systematic procedure for grievance management in the College. The student feedbacks are also taken into account for improvement and upgradation.
The fee collection from the students is as per the norms of Gujarat University and audit procedures are conducted by certified Chartered Accountants. The suggestions and decisions from IQAC are timely implemented for holistic growth of the students and the institution.
Innovations and Best Practices:
Being the higher education institution, we are highly concerned about our practices which lead to long term impact on local, national and global scenario through various innovative practices. The College campus is very large with lust green cover. The College regularly organizes awareness programmes addressing environmental issue with the help of N.S.S., N.C.C. and nature club. The energy conservation, hazardous waste and e- waste management are of our major concerns for eco-friendly campus. The pure drinking water is provided through R. O. plant to avoid water born diseases. Academic activities are strengthened by organizing seminars, workshops, remedial coaching, industrial visits, fieldwork, upgradation of laboratories, research activities and extracurricular activities. Inclusive practices of the College to impart holistic education are inherent in the system. The students belong to every social class and community group. Special attention is given to the weaker sections and representation of women in all aspects to ensure promotion of social justice. One of the best practices is to “Encourage research activities among the students and faculties”, which has purely academic dimension. The other best practice is to meet the goals of social responsibilities described as “Soil Health Card Programme”.
Encourage research activities among the students and faculties:
The research committee encourage faculty members to undertake research projects, provide guidance for preparation of research proposals and assist students to carry out research projects. Adequate infrastructure, equipments, computers and internet facilities are provided for research. Five faculty members were registered for Ph.D. degree, 07 minor research projects sanctioned, 66 research papers published and 20 faculty members presented research papers in national and international journals.
Soil Health Card Programme:
Farming as an activity contributes nearly 1/6th of our Gross Domestic Product and a majority of our population is dependent on it for their livelihood. Deteriorating soil health has been a cause of concern and that has been leading to sub optimal utilization of farming resources. Imbalanced use of fertilisers, low addition of organic matter and non-replacement of depleted micro and secondary nutrients over the years, has resulted in nutrient deficiencies and decrease in soil fertility in some parts of the country. Soil health needs to be assessed at regular intervals so as to ensure that farmers apply the required nutrients while taking advantages of the nutrients already present in the soil. State Government has launched a scheme to provide every farmer a Soil Health Card in a Mission mode. The card will carry crop wise recommendations of nutrients/fertilizers required for farms, making it possible for farmers to improve productivity by using appropriate inputs.
Central Government provides assistance to State Governments for setting up Soil Testing Laboratories for issuing Soil Health Cards to farmers. State Government has adopted innovative practices like involvement of agricultural students, NGOs and private sector in soil testing, determining average soil health of villages, etc., to issue Soil Health Cards. A Soil Health Card is used to assess the current status of soil health and, when used over time, to determine changes in soil health that are affected by land management. A Soil Health Card displays soil health indicators and associated descriptive terms. The indicators are typically based on farmers' practical experience and knowledge of local natural resources. The card lists soil health indicators that can be assessed without the aid of technical or laboratory equipments.