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NAAC for Quality and Excellence in Higher Education

Peer Team report on

Institutional Accreditation of Smt. S.I. Patel Ipcowala College of Commerce,

Petlad, Anand – 388 450 Gujarat

Section I: GENERAL


1.1 Name & Address of the Institution:


PETLAD, ANAND – 388 450,


1.2 Year of Establishment:


1.3 Current Academic Activities at

the Institution (Numbers):

  • Faculties/ Schools:

1 (Commerce)

  • Departments/ Centres:

  • Programmes/ Courses offered:

UG: 1 PG: 1
  • Permanent Faculty Members:

Full time: 6 Temporary/Part time: 3

  • Permanent Support Staff:

Non-Teaching: 4
  • Students:


1.4 Three major features in the

institutional context (As perceived by

the Peer Team):

  • Emphasis only on Commerce education

  • A rural college recognized for Ph.D.

  • Scope for very good development

1.5 Dates of visit of the Peer Team

(A detailed visit schedule may be

included as Annexure):

25th – 26th August, 2008

(Detailed schedule is enclosed)

1.6 Composition of the Peer Team which

undertook the on- site visit:


^ Prof. G. Pankajam

Former V.C, Gandhigram Rural Institute (Deemed University)

Gnana Nilayam, Nehruji Nagar

Gandhigram – 624 302, Tamil Nadu

Member- coordinator

Prof. Thara Bhai L.,

Senior Professor and Head,

Department of Sociology,

Madurai Kamaraj University,

Madurai – 625 021, Tamil Nadu.

NAAC Coordinator:

Dr. M.S. Shyamasundar

Deputy Adviser

NAAC, P.O. Box 1075, Bangalore


Observations (Strengths and/or Weaknesses) on Key-Aspects

2.1 Curricular Aspects:

2.1.1 Curricular Design & Development:

  • The vision and the mission of the college are appreciable which match with the courses of the college.

  • The goal of the college is to prepare human resources with sufficient, workable and viable knowledge who can be absorbed as skilled workers or traders.

  • Though there are no faculty members in the BOS, they send the feedback to the BOS which are incorporated while revising the syllabus

2.1.2 Academic Flexibility:

  • This Commerce College has very little academic flexibility as it offers only Commerce oriented programmes.

  • Two add-on courses/ value based courses are run by the college.

2.1.3 Feedback on Curriculum

  • Feed back is received from academic peers, the students, alumni and employers.

  • The feedback is analysed by the Managing trustees of the college

      1. Curriculum Update

  • Being a college affiliated to Gujarat University the college up dates the syllabus/curricula which is usually updated once in three years.

  • Certificate courses are run by the college for which the curricula are designed by the college.

2.1.5 Best Practices in Curricular Aspects

(If any):

  • The College is one of the oldest institutions and the experience gained is translated into the curriculum.

  • Running two add-on courses

    1. Teaching-Learning & Evaluation:

2.2.1 Admission Process and Student Profile

  • Admission is transparent and it is given publicity through local newspapers and website and face to face communication. The faculty members also meets the feeder schools in and around the college

  • The admission is usually first come first served basis

  • The college strictly follows the reservation policy of the state Government and the University

2.2.2 Catering to the Diverse Needs:

  • The students of low socio economic background are admitted in the college

  • Slow and advance learners are identified by conducting tests, assignments etc.

  • Neither tutorial nor mentoring systems exist in the college

2.2.3 Teaching-Learning Process:

  • Academic calendar is issued to all the faculty members which is strictly followed in the college

  • All except the computer faculty members mainly use lecture method for teaching.

  • Organized 43 invited lecturers in the last five years

2.2.4 Teacher Quality:

  • No teacher in the college possess Ph.D. Three teachers possess M.Phil. qualification

  • College has organized a state level seminar in the year 2007

  • Almost all the teachers participated in seminars and conferences

2.2.5 Evaluation Process and Reforms:

  • Evaluation is based on Gujarat University norms

  • The parents of low achievers are informed for better performance in the future

  • The students are given an opportunity to redress grievance if any in the exam

2.2.6 Best Practices in Teaching-Learning and Evaluation (If any):

  • ICT teaching learning is initiated in the college.

  • Student centered learning

    1. Research, Consultancy & Extension:

2.3.1 Promotion of Research:

  • There is no research committee in the college.

2.3.2 Research and Publications Output:

  • Four junior lecturers have registered for Ph.D.

  • 32 papers, six books and twelve abstracts were published in regional and national journals

  • All teachers are participating in seminars and conferences

2.3.3 Consultancy:

  • Consultancy was taken up by the faculty members systematically.

2.3.4 Extension Activities:

  • Extension is mainly carried out through NSS. Some of the extension activities include literacy drive, tree plantation etc.

  • The college has a senior girls NCC unit attached with four Gujarat Battalion

  • The college has adopted a village – Pandoli where extension activities are focused.

2.3.5 Collaborations:

  • College has good collaboration with local community, industry and other public sector organizations like Central Bank of India.
  • Both faculty members and students are benefited from the collaboration (for students placement service and for faculty research activities)

2.3.6 Best Practices in Research, Consultancy

& Extension (If any):

  • Department of Economics is recognized as a research centre

  • Adoption of village and focused extension activities

  • Collaboration is commendable

2.4 Infrastructure and Learning Resources:

2.4.1 Physical Facilities for Learning:

  • The college is housed in a campus of 19 acres with good infra structure facilities.

  • The college is yet to prepare a master plan

  • The buildings are remodeled to suit the disable students

2.4.2 Maintenance of Infrastructure:

  • Maintenance of the infrastructure is done by the college. Last year the college spent Rs.38,000/- for the maintenance

2.4.3 Library as a Learning Resources

  • The college has a library advisory committee

  • The library has 5603 titles, eight journals, and 92 CDs

  • The library has facilities like book bank, internet, interlibrary loan etc.

2.4.4 ICT as Learning Resources:

  • The institute has 28 computers with LAN facility

  • A computer lab facilitate the use of computers among the staff and students

  • ICT is used as a learning resource by a few teachers

2.4.5 Other Facilities:

  • Hostel facilities are provided for the needy students

  • There are play grounds and equipments for cricket, volley ball, foot ball, hand ball, kho kho etc.

  • The institution has a separate Collegiate Women’s Development Cell (CWDC) which looks after needs of the students and the teachers

2.4.6 Best practices in Infrastructure and Learning Resources(if any)

  • A good collection of CD is there in the library

  • Broad Band facility in the college

2.5 Student Support and Progression:

2.5.1 Student Progression:

  • This is a college of commerce situated in rural area with only two programmes

  • Dropout rate in the institution is high – UG and PG more than 20%.

  • After passing from the institution, UG students usually go for higher education and PG students go for employment

2.5.2 Student Support:

  • Students are given the basic institutional introduction through prospectus and by orientation

  • College helps the students financially by mobilizing funds

  • Best cadets in NCC are given a price money of Rs.3,000/-. Earn while you learn is practiced in the college

2.5.3 Student Activities:

  • NSS, NCC and other village and industrial linkage programmes are in operation in the college

  • A separate NCC senior wing for girls is started
  • Alumni association has started recently. But alumni contribution in the last five years is commendable.

  • The college hosted South Zone Inter-college Kho-Kho tournament in the year 2005 and organized district level quiz programme in 2007.

  • A few students participated in volley ball, weight lifting and high jump in the university level and inter –collegiate level

2.5.4 Best Practices in Student Support and

Progression (If any):

  • Computer literacy to all students including the creation of email id.

  • Health insurance is followed

  • Development entrepreneurial skills is emphasized

2.6 Governance and Leadership:

2.6.1 Institutional Vision and Leadership:

  • The college is having a clear vision and mission which go along with the programmes of the college

  • This vision is translated into activities through curriculum and various courses

  • Management is committed to achieve excellence in the field of Commerce education

  • Transparency is maintained in administration

  • Vertical and horizontal communication are very much there in the college

2.6.2 Organizational Arrangements:

  • The institution is having a defined structure in administration.

  • Internal coordination is monitored by the principal. Management meet the staff at least twice in a year

2.6.3 Strategy Development and Deployment:

  • Institution prepares perspective plan as per the suggestions received from the stakeholders

  • A five member committee of the staff helps the administration to carry out the work

2.6.4 Human Resource Management:

  • The institution take care in evaluating the performance of the teachers

  • The teachers and other staff are appointed as per the Government and the University rules

  • The faculty members are given orientation in computers

2.6.5 Financial Management and Resource


  • Apart from the Government aid the college is able to raise funds and sponsorship for various activities in the college

  • The college management helps the college financially whenever required

2.6.6 Best Practices in Governance and

Leadership (If any):

  • The vision and the mission of the college motivates the students in their respective fields

  • Finance mobilization from various sources

2.7 Innovative Practices:

2.7.1 Internal Quality Assurance System:


  • The institution has developed three pronged strategy for quality assurance.

  • Share holders and stakeholders effectively communicate each other for assuring quality

2.7.2 Inclusive Practices:

  • This aided college situated in rural area follows the prescribed rules and regulations of Government and Gujarat University

  • Economically weaker and differently abled students are helped by the management.

2.7.3 Stakeholder Relationships:

  • A good relationship is maintained between the college and the stakeholders

  • Community linkage is well established by the college



3.1 Institutional Strengths:

  • A Commerce college in rural area

  • Research, consultancy and extension are strong in the college

  • A rural college with a good placement record

3.2 Institutional Weaknesses:

  • Only commerce programmes are available in the college

  • Uniform research culture is not seen among the faculty members

  • Availability of limited programme

  • Small student strength

3.3 Institutional Opportunities:

  • Scope for diversifying the courses.

  • More collaboration in teaching and research.

  • Rural background of the college enable the management to raise more funding

3.4 Institutional Challenges:

  • The institute has to face competition in the field of commerce education from various sectors

  • Emerging areas in the field of commerce and the other related disciplines are to be looked into.

Section IV: Recommendations for Quality Enhancement of the Institution

  • More UG and PG programme – BBA, MBA, MCA – may be started instead of focusing only on commerce education

  • The teachers are to be encouraged to research as it is a PG college

  • More industry oriented programmes can be envisaged

  • Hands on training may be initiated

  • Personality development, spoken English programmes, counseling programmes can be started

  • Language laboratory could be established

  • Alumni association and PTA may be strengthened

  • Interactive and ICT teaching activity may be made a regular activity

  • Expertise from outside may be invited periodically

  • Automation in the library may be given priority

  • Internal audit is necessary

  • Sports activities may be strengthened

I agree with the Observations of the Peer Team as mentioned in this report.

Seal of the Institution

Signature of the Head of the Institution

Kanubhai P. Patel Incharge Principal

Smt. S.I. Patel Ipcowala College of Commerce

Petlad, Anand - 388 450 Gujarat

Signatures of the Peer Team Members:

^ Name and Designation

Signature with date

Prof. G. Pankajam

Former V.C, Gandhigram Rural Institute Deemed University


Prof. Thara Bhai L.,

Senior Professor and Head,

Department of Sociology,

Madurai Kamraj University,

Madurai – 625 021, Tamil Nadu.

Member Coordinator

Dr. M.S. Shyamasundar

Deputy Adviser

NAAC, P.O. Box 1075, Bangalore



Date: 26.08.2008 Place: Petlad, Anand, Gujarat

Smt. S.I. Patel Ipcowala College of Commerce, Petlad, Anand - 388 450 Gujarat

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