Ajara Mahavidyalaya Ajara was started in the form of B.Com. Part I class in 1982. In 1983 we started B.A. Part I and in 1993 B.Sc.Part I. Vocational wing was started at +2 level in 1993.
The college classes were conducted then in the premises of the Ajara High School Ajara and the college library was in a small room of 10’x10’ with the Librarian’s office in the same room.
The office and the staff used to be in the equally small rooms. There was one typewriter common between the High School and the College.
Today we have our independent college premises , Separate new well equipped library, laboratories, A.C. Computer section equipped with internet, e-mail, fax etc., new big building of class rooms and a good play ground. We have purchased a piece of land adjoining our premises for future plans. Moreover the Management is making every effort to purchase additional land in order to cope up with the changing developments.
Our college has received the permanent affiliation of the university for all the subjects of Arts and Commerce faculties and is also enlisted by the UGC under section 12B and 2F in 1989. The Science wing was started in 1993 in the form of B.Sc. part I class on non-grant basis and we have obtained the permanent affiliation of the Shivaji University to all the Science subjects from 1999. Moreover in our case the permanent affiliations were granted when the University affiliation conditions were very rigid and not as flexible as they are today.
Some of the remarkable features of Ajara Mahavidyalaya, Ajara can briefly be summarized as follows.
Weekly Prayer - Our best practice
Right from the inception of this college (from 1982) the system of Weekly Prayer has been continued up to this day. Here what is significant is that the constitution of Ajara town is of cosmopolitan nature. In order to ensure the communal & religious harmony and national integration, our Weekly Prayer is none else but the national anthem. A small write-up under the heading of contemplation (Chintan), either by a student or by a teacher, of about three minutes duration, at the time of each Weekly Prayer (Thursday) has been the another significant feature of the Weekly Prayer. The third feature of the Weekly Prayer from the administrative point of view is its remarkable communicative value. Since management is communication, we use this device of a Weekly Prayer to a very great extent for the purpose of administration. Another very significant feature of it is its utility for the inculcation of moral values, discipline among the students and providing incentives and encouragement to the student community for their achievements in the different spheres of student activity.
Joint Consultation, Planning and Implementation
Joint consultation, planning and implementation in the joint meetings of the Management & the staff, held regularly and from time to time, is a distinctive characteristic of our functioning. It is clearly demonstrated by the fact that all our decisions during the last 35/20 years have been unanimous & sometimes after long discussions. Because of these reasons our institution is free from court cases & such other matters.
Teamwork by the joint efforts of the Management, teaching and the non-teaching staff and the students is another distinctive feature of our college. The organization of the Zonal Sports & District level Youth Festival of the Shivaji University, Kolhapur at a time (2000) is one of the examples in this context. We had won the prestigious Athletics Zonal Championship and had also demonstrated our merit in the District level Youth Festival at that time. The then Vice-Chancellor, Prof. D.N.Dhanagare had specially congratulated us for our teamwork in the organization of both the events at a time. The Athletics Championship was really an illustration of the Students’ teamwork also. The teamwork is reflected in our Annual Social Gathering of each year. We use Annual Social Gathering deliberately as a significant part of the educational process to ensure
Students’ participation in the collective activities, various competitions and cultural programmes.
- To provide opportunities to the students to develop the leadership qualities.
- To impart moral values.
- To strengthen the college- community relationship.
- To strengthen staff- students interaction.
- To present an image of the college to the people and to receive feedback from them.
It is to be noted that we organize the Annual Social Gathering in a traditional way even today. More than five thousand people form different villages in the vicinity of Ajara (including the parents, well- wishers, donors, officers from Gos and NGOs and a large number of village people) attend the Variety Entertainment Programme of our Annual Social Gathering. This special feature of our Annual Social Gathering is to be viewed in the context of the fact that most of the colleges in the State of Maharashtra have stopped to organize the Annual Social Gathering in a traditional way.
The discipline of the students is very carefully maintained. As a result of which we do not hitherto have any incident of roudism, ragging, drug addiction, tobacco consumption, indiscipline- either in the classrooms or in the functions & especially at the time of examinations (internal and University examinations), students’ elections & Annual Social Gathering. The authorities of the Shivaji Univerisity have recognized & appraised the smooth conduct of the University examinations in our college.
Before the introduction of NAAC’s process of self-assessment, we have been exercising a typical method of self-evaluation in the following way. In the joint meetings of the staff & the Management, in the LMC meetings, in the staff meetings, in the meetings of the Students’ Council, at the time of the Weekly Prayer, in the meetings of the sub- committees, in the meetings of the parents, and in the dialogue with the University authorities, we consciously consider our aims, objectives, plans, the programmes of implementation and their results. Often our self-criticism is rigorous & fruitful. It is clearly published in our Annual magazine & especially in the editorial and the Principal’s ‘Prologue’.
Keeping pace with the Time
Since the inception of the B.Com.I class in 1982, the college has been expanding its fields of operation up to this day. B.Com.I –1982, B.A.I- 1983, B.A.III English (Special)- 1988, B.Sc.I- 1993, M.C.V.C.-1993, Y.C.M.O.U.-1995 and Rural Journalism- 2002. Apart from these,our attempts to start UGC vocational courses (1996) and Graduation++ Course by SEED(2002) are also significant in this context. This indicates the constant & sincere efforts of the college to keep pace with the changing scenario. The most striking feature of the college is its remarkable speed of progress and the wide base of areas of success and merits
Present Physical facilities and Infrastructure
|Land and Building|
|1||Land Area ( in Acres )||5 Acres|
|2||Built up area||2946.39 Sq. Mtr.|
|3||Play ground / Sports / game Area||4200 Sq. Mtr.|
|Teaching / Learning|
|1||Number of class rooms||28|
|2||Seeminar Hall with ICT facilities||1|
|3||ICT enabled Classrooms||4|
|4||Number of Departments||08|
|5||Number of Laboratories||13|
|1||Women Hostel||48 Seats|
|1||Library Area||190 Sq. Mtr..|
|ICT Tools / Aids|
|1||Number of PCs||73|
|2||Internet Connectivity||2 -Broadband Connections|
|1||Number of Television||5|
|2||Number of OHP||5|
|3||Number of LCD Projector||3|
|4||Number of Visual Presenter||1|
|5||Number of VCD/ Audio / DVD Players||VCD-1, Audio-1 , DVD-1,|
Perspective plan For Academic Year 2016-2017 To 2020-2021
The College has a Perspective Plan for the period of five years commencing form academic year 2016—2017.The quality indicators of seven criteria are considered while preparing the perspective plan.
In the preparation of the Perspective Plan, the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of the college has played a major role. Inputs from stakeholders, their expectations, management policies, goals and objectives of the college are the base for formulation of the perspective plan.
The IQAC plays a vital role in maintaining and enhancing the quality of the institution and suggests quality measures. Feedback from the stakeholders and the recommendations of the IQAC are taken into consideration while preparing perspective plan. Feedback from the stakeholders, participation of students in social activities and in teaching learning process, use of ICT are some of the measures implemented for quality sustenance.
The draft of Perspective Plan has been discussed, reviewed and approved in the Local Managing Committee of the college (now a days known as college development committee) and Board of Executives/Board of directors of Janata Education Society, Ajara.
Activities/ Actions Planned
1. Taking into account the students’ demand and need of career oriented special programs, we will strengthen the following programs by introducing
2Undergraduate Degree Program by & Making proposal for Women’s college
3. Introduction of New Programs by Making proposal for Sugar Technology
4. Other Programs by
Introducing job/skill oriented and value added programs.
Expansion of Academic Infrastructure by
- Shifting of Physics Laboratory in new building.
- Renovation of Chemistry and Zoology Laboratories.
- Extension of Botany lab.
- Construction of Gymkhana building.
- Construction of rooms for various purposes/activities.
- Digging of a well for Ladies Hostel.
- Construction of new Building for Canteen
- Construction of Open Stage
- Fencing of college campus by tree plantation
- Solid waste management
- Solid waste management
- Liquid waste management
- E- Waste management
- Installation of Solar water Heater
- Installation of CCTV cameras on the college campus.
- Installation of CCTV cameras on the college campus.
- Green audit
- Gender audit
The college proposes to conduct academic audit regarding its performance in academic, curricular, co-curricular, extra-curricular sphere. The audit will be conducted by Internal or external agencies and action will be initiated on their recommendations.
Feedback from stakeholders
With a view to execute curricula effectively, we will obtain feedback from students and other stakeholders.
Feedback on Curriculum
- We obtain the feedback on curriculum from the stakeholders and we will communicate to concerned authorities for revision and restructuring of curriculum.
Invitation of Parents’ Views
- Valuable suggestions of parents will be invited on curriculum, teaching-learning process and activities of the college and these suggestions will be taken into account for improvement in the concerned college policies.
Access for Information
College will provide easy access to daily newspapers, journals, periodicals and internet in the Library and reading halls which will strengthen the reading habit of students and teachers and lead to quality enhancement. We will subscribe additional journals, periodicals for enriching the reading resources
- Digitization of Library with the provision of print and online resources as per requirement.
- To make available free Wi-Fi connection in the college campus.
- Provision of a desktop to faculty in the staffroom for effective curriculum delivery.
The academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities for the academic year will be planned in academic calendar before the commencement of every academic year.
Enhancing students’ participation in social activities.
The college plans to form a special cell of students for social activities. The objective of this is to create social awareness amongst the students and to have their participation in social activities of the college.