Major Activities of IQAC during the Year 2015-16
The IQAC cell of Rizvi College of Arts, Science & Commerce is a very active cell. The main purpose of the cell is to assure quality in higher education. In order to achieve its purpose the cell keeps on organising many activities through the year. Some of the major initiatives take by IQAC in the year 2015-16 is as follows.
1. Academic Audit: The year started with the visit of the Academic Audit team from University of Mumbai on 18th June 2015. A team consisting of one former Vice Chancellor Dr Vijay Padharipande, Mumbai Univ IQAC Director Dr Madhukar and one Principal Dr B S Birajdar. The team went through the presentations of all Departments and a few committees. The committee submitted its report which highlighted some good comments and a few recommendations to fulfil.
2. API Workshop: A one day workshop on API for College Teachers was organized by the University of Mumbai in Association with Internal Quality Assurance Cell of Rizvi College of A/S/C, DTSS College of Commerce, J M Patel College of Commerce and Narsee Monjee College of Commerce & Economics. This workshop was organized in Rizvi College of Arts, Science & Commerce on 29th August 2015 with IQAC of Rizvi College taking the leading role.
The workshop got an overwhelming response despite of being a holiday in most colleges due to Raksha Bandan. Teachers from all over the State from as far as Ratnagiri attended the workshop. More than one hundred and twenty five teachers and IQAC coordinators attended the workshop which included seventeen teachers from our college.
3. ISO 9001: 2008 certification: The College was also ISO 9001:2008 certified this year. The internal audit was on 10th December 2015 and the external audit was conducted on 14th December 2015 and finally in the exit meeting on the same day the external auditor gave the final Nod for the certification of the college. Dr (Mrs) Anjum Ara Ahmad the Vice-Principal of the College was appointed the Management Representative for the same.
4. Training to Staff: A ten day training programme sponsored by IQAC was organised for Non- teaching staff for Accounting Package Tally and Excel from 15th October to 30th October 2015 in our Computer Lab. At the end of the course the staffs had to give exam and were given certificates for the same. Students were also trained at a nominal fee. The training was given by Font Computers. This program was conducted in coordination with the Dept of Commerce and Dept of Computer Science.
5. E-Learning: Training for Students mainly from Commerce faculty was organised on 19th November 2015 on E-learning Programme for all subjects, CPT and other Competitive exam. This training programme was conducted in coordination with Goyal Academy (Gold).
6. PAN Card: To create awareness towards paying proper taxes to the government and make students and staff abide by it. Arrangements to issue PAN Cards at Special PAN Camp were made between 10th February 2015 and 12th February 2015 in coordination with Infrastructure Technology and Services ( a Govt. Of India Company) at a very nominal rate. Sixty two applications were collected during this period.
7. Seminar on NAAC Accreditation: To train Teaching and Non-teaching staff a Seminar was organised in the college on 01st July 2015entitled “Quality Improvement through for NAAC Accreditation” in the Seminar Room where 105 teaching and non teaching staff attended the same. Dr Dharmadhikari N.S., Former Principal, a member of NAAC (Bangalore) Peer team from Pune was the resource person.
8. Workshop on Quality Enhancement: A one day workshop was organised on 14th July 2015 for teaching staff entitled “Accreditation Process and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education”. Dr Vijay M Pandharipandey, a Former VC of Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad was the resource person.
9. Workshop on Examination Rules: A workshop was jointly organised by JM Patel College and Rizvi College of Arts, Science and Commerce on “SIMPLIFYING EXAMINATION RULES” on 10th October, 2015 at JM Patel College, Goregaon. Academic Year 2014-15 faced significant modifications in the Examination System employed by the University of Mumbai. Some of the changes are introduction of CBSGS System in 2013-14, scaling down of internal marks, changes in ATKT system etc. 76 took part in the workshop coming from various Colleges affiliated to University of Mumbai. Panel consisted of Shri. Sunil B. Mantri, Dr. M. Z. Farooqui, Dr. Debajit N. Sarkar and Shri. Madhav Rao. Shri. Sunil B. Mantri concentrated on objective of the introduction of CBSGS system. This system introduced 7 point grades, but failed to differentiate the grade between students who scored 70% and 90%. To be more precise, both students scoring 70% and 90% get ‘O’ Grade was highlighted. Dr. M. Z. Farooqui focused on CGPA calculation and its disadvantages. Shri. Madhav Rao focused on changes that could be beneficial for learners.
10. Workshop for IQAC Members: A workshop on “ Enriching SSR” was jointly organised by Smt. Kapila Khandvala College of Education, L S Raheja College of Arts and Commerce, Rizvi College of Arts, Science & Commerce, J M Patel College of Commerce in Smt. Kapila Khandvala College of Education on 2nd April 2016. The resource person was Dr Shirish Chindhade, Former Principal and a Trained Assessor of NAAC Peer Team. About thirty faculties attended the said workshop which included eight of our IQAC Members.
11. Study Centre of Jamia Milia Islamia: A tie-up was activated with prestigious institute Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi, a Central University for being the study centre of Distance Mode programme for MA(except Education & HRM), MCom, BA, BBA, BCom, BCom(IBF), CCHNI, CCIT.
12. Tie-up with MIT, New Zealand: Founded in 1970, Manukau Institute of Technology(MIT) is one of New Zealand’s largest and most prestigious government Institutes of Technology with 16,000 students enrolled per annum and over 1,000 international students studying business, information technology, engineering, maritime and culinary programs. Estero New Zealand Limited played an instrumental role in identifying the opportunity and getting two highly reputed institutions from India (Rizvi College of Arts Science and Commerce) and New Zealand (Manukau Institute of Technology) to join hands and provide students the opportunity to study through a collaborative learning environment. The collaboration between the two institutions makes international education more accessible and affordable for the students.
The MoU was signed by Secretary Rizvi Education Society, Mr. Abis Rizvi (Extreme left in Photograph), Dean of Management Studies MIT, New Zealand Dr John (Extreme right in Photograph) and Mr Kshitij Garg ( In centre) of ESTERO, New Zealand on February 14, 2016.
This collaboration also becomes the first such initiative for the state of Maharashtra. The two institutions from India and New Zealand signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the 23rd February 2016. This agreement will allow Indian sub-continent students to begin their degree studies in India and conclude it in New Zealand. It will give students a unique opportunity to internationalize their degree and add to the global work-force. They will be prepared well in terms of understanding New Zealand culture, New Zealand Study Methodologies, what to expect from the country etc. Apart from this they save on approx. 40% on their study cost and living cost if they had to do the complete 3-year degree from New Zealand. Not to forget, the student gains an international degree recognised around the world, alongside gaining work experience during their final semester in New Zealand. After getting a degree, students will get work permit for one and half year. Once they complete work service he will get Permanent Residence (PR) which will add wings to their careers.
Two Course are introduced for the students, they are
- Rizvi College Bachelors of Management Studies (Banking and Insurance) pathway to MIT Bachelor of Applied Management. (In this course there are two options 1+2 years and 1.5+1.5 years, i.e. 1 or 1.5 years in Rizvi College and remaining years in MIT, New Zealand)
- Rizvi College Bachelor of Mass Management Pathway to MIT Bachelor of Applied Management. (In this course for BMM students there is only one option 1+2 years).
13. Collaboration with IIAI: Rizvi College of Arts, Science & Commerce has collaborated with Institute of ISO Auditing & Implementation (IIAI) for Business Courses in the Field of ISO for all students of Commerce/ Arts/ Science Stream & Other Streams. The purpose of the course is that the students can become a business entrepreneur or get a job in any industry at management level. Courses offered by IIAI are Diploma & Post Graduation Diploma Courses in
- ISO 9001 - Quality Management System
- ISO 14001 - Environment Management System
- ISO 22000 - Food Safety Management System
- ISO 27001 - Information Security Management System
- ISO 31000 - Risk Management System
- ISO 45001 - Occupational Health & Safety Management System
- ISO 50001 - Energy Management System
The above mentioned achievements would have been possible without the motivation and keen interest of Chairperson of IQAC and Principal Dr M Z Farooqui. We are also thankful to the Management for the support given by them in organising these programs.
Dr ( Mrs.) Anjum Ara Ahmad