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Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
In keeping with our philosophy, vision and objectives we at Sri Venkateswara College
aim to provide a holistic education to our students. We offer undergraduate courses in all
the three streams of Humanities, Commerce and Basic and Applied Sciences. The college
also offers 10 Post- Graduate Degree programs. We give our students‟ academic
flexibility and inculcate the spirit of research and enquiry by actively encouraging them
to engage in research based activities. Innovative thinking and intra-disciplinary approach
is a hallmark of our college. We take concrete steps to reflect these in our blueprint for
the curriculum and are also vigilant about its actual implementation. Any such
pedagogical initiative is duly support by infrastructural and academic assistance. Our
faculty members have also contributed to the curriculum planning and reassessment
programs at the University level and at home through a transparent feedback system we
ensure that both course content and the teaching-learning methods adopted are
continuously evaluated. We take concrete steps to make up for any lacuna in the syllabus
and have successfully introduced add-on courses, including a standalone course on
Bioinformatics in the college. Our constant interaction with the industry through the
Placement Cell and the advice that we get from our illustrious alumni also help us in
molding our course content in such a manner that we also ensure that the rigor of research
in academic is translated into better employment opportunities for our students and
thereby also contributing to the larger cause of the society at large.
We also understand that classroom teaching has to be supplemented with other learning
aids like seminars, conferences, study tour, field-study, industrial trips etc. which add to
the students‟ understanding of the discipline. These also make them aware of the recent
developments in these areas of study and also expose them to the corresponding
industrial practices. We also appreciate the need for extra-curricular activities and our
active student societies, who have won several awards across the nation, stand to testify
our efforts. Sri Venkateswara College thus promotes a harmonious idea of education, one
that touches upon all the facet of an individual‟s life and thereby also that of the society.
Criterion II: Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
As stated above that Sri Venkateswara College being one of the premier constituent
colleges under the aegis of the University of Delhi, attracts the best minds in the country
who enroll themselves for an undergraduate programme. The screening and selection of
the candidates are accomplished under the directives of the parent University. However
being the choice of such meritorious students puts more responsibilities on the college
not only in terms of coming up to their expectations but also ensuring that the bright
minds are constantly ignited with the zeal for knowledge and are nurtured to become
worthy citizens of the global village.
We have a dedicated faculty here who supplement traditional teaching-learning modules
with the latest development in pedagogical practices. This is a sincere team of
enthusiastic scholars and researches who are famous in their own areas of specialization
in the intellectual circles. Many of them have been recipients of various national and
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international awards, scholarships and fellowships and have also to their credit several
acclaimed publications, research analysis and significant patents. Our faculty members
are also encouraged by the college to keep themselves abreast of recent trends by
participating in seminars and conferences and also by taking part in the periodically
organized refresher and orientation courses.
Assessment of the students happens at an everyday level at Sri Venkateswara College.
The teachers promote the idea of participatory learning and encourage group discussions,
peer study and paper presentations at the classroom level. Internal Assessment is taken
very seriously in the college and is used as an opportunity to enable the students to test
their own understanding of the discipline. Slow learners and students with special needs
are provided with extra care through tutorials, remedial classes and interactions with the
concerned teachers outside the classroom. The assessment system at the college is
symbolic of its transparent functioning as the records are brought to the student domain
through the college website. The students‟ feedbacks are also taken very seriously and
any of the challenges that they meet are addressed at the earliest.
Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
Sri Venkateswara College is proud of the culture of research and innovation that it has
fostered and the worthy reputation that it has garnered in the academic world. Our
dedicated faculty- members are themselves ignited with this zeal for an innovative take
on traditional disciplines and has also made path-breaking contributions in new areas of
study. Many of them also have Ph.D. candidates under their tutelage. They mentor our
students towards the same goal who are then inspired to carve out their own quests for
knowledge. The college fosters a conducive atmosphere for such pursuits by
disseminating information about various national and international scholarships,
fellowships and grants, granting leave for pursuing research and permissions to attend
seminars and conferences. The college extends further support by providing
infrastructural support, scientific equipment, latest software and other e-resources
towards this end. The 29 prestigious Innovative Projects awarded to Sri Venkateswara
College goes to prove how dedicated we have been in our pursuit for excellence in this
area. Further, the academic structure of the college which includes all the three streams
also enable us to tap the inter-disciplinary potential of new fields of research and take our
standards to the global level.
Consultancy is another strong forte of the college as we are into significant strategic
partnership with various academic and research bodies of repute and have strong ties with
the industry as well. Our faculty members have been part of steering committees for
various institutions, course modules and are also regularly invited to institutions both at
national and international levels. The record of the college vis-à-vis placement at various
reputed organizations regularly through a span of years further attests the employability
of our students and the good reputation that they enjoy at the market. Their competence
and expertise has certainly been cultivated at the college.
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Sri Venkateswara College believes in serving the need of the community around its
precincts and has a well-defined community outreach program towards this ideal. At the
micro-level our students actively volunteer to teach the underprivileged children in the
neighboring slum and we have also adopted a government school in Haryana. However
we also have contributed on a broader level by aligning with the Times of India‟s
initiative of Each One Teach One and the national ideal of the Swaachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
Infrastructure is a pre-requisite when it comes to the implementation of any plan, and
certainly for academic pursuits. Sri Venkateswara College is located in the centre of the
South Campus colleges and is in the close vicinity of the University of Delhi, South
Campus. It has a sprawling campus of 15 acres and a well-planned campus with a
separate block each for Administration, Humanities and the Sciences. The Library is
housed in a separate wing and there are two addition blocks for the fully air-conditioned
Seminar hall and the state-of-art auditorium. There are also two hostels for the students,
one for the boys and the girls each and residential quarters for the employees. It also has a
Zoology and Botany museum, a Botanical Garden and a Medical Room. The college
nestles in the midst of a sprawling garden.
Sri Venkateswara College has a Wi-fi enabled campus with well-equipped science and
computer laboratories, classrooms with the latest technologies. Further the foundation
stone for the upcoming Science Block has also been duly laid in the last academic year.
The Library has an OPAC facility and facilitates access to various books, journals and
publications of repute other than other e-resources.
The College also has cricket, football and hockey fields, a volley ball ground and a
Basket Ball Court and a Lawn Tennis Court. It also has facilities for indoor games like
table tennis, chess and carom.
The college has a well-maintained cafeteria also which has R.O. water purifiers and fire
extinguishers at strategic places throughout the campus.
Sri Venkateswara College thus has always tried to build a campus which will supplement
and provide a conducive atmosphere to its academic ideals. Regular maintenance and up-
gradation plans for the same are regularly monitored and assessed by the college
authorities and periodical suggestions are also sought from the stakeholders.
Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
Students are most important constituent of any academic institution and all measures
must be taken keeping their best interest in mind. Sri Venkateswara College
acknowledges their success by awarding the students various awards and scholarships in
the Annual Day function. Those from the socio-economically weak sections of the
society are also encouraged with financial assistance through fee concessions and
scholarships. For the differently-abled students the college has an Equal Opportunity Cell
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and ensures that the infrastructural designs meet with their requirement. For slow
learners, through tutorials, remedial classes and interaction with teachers the pursuit of
academics is made as easily accessible to them as is possible. Further we also have a
professional Counsellor in the college and the students can avail of this guidance
The students are regularly taken to other institutes of repute and the various educational
and industrial tours also give a hands-on approach to their discipline of study and the
corresponding industrial practices. We have an active Placement Cell which bridges the
gap between the students and the suitable employment opportunities awaiting them.
Further there are the Grievance Redressal Cell, Internal Complaints Committee (against
Sexual Harassment) and the Anti-ragging Committee which directly take up issues
concerning the students and look for a speedy resolution of the same.
Sri Venkateswara College also has an active Sports club comprising of athletes from
various sports. Many of them have brought laurels not only for the college at the national
level but also for the country by winning trophies in various inter-national events. We
also have a number of Societies/Associations which have represented the college in
events and competitions across the country.
The college takes measures to listen to the students opinion through the Students‟ Union
and gives due importance to their feedback to every aspect of the functioning of the
college. The close ties of the college with its alumni also highlight the strong bond that
the college shares with its students.
Criterion VI: Governance, Leadership and Management
The functioning of Sri Venkateswara College is in complete consonance with the spirit of
democracy that it strives to foster among the stakeholders that it is accountable to. The
college is run within the paradigm of an egalitarian set-up which is participatory in nature
and is de-centralised in its approach.
The governing machinery of the college is constituted under the guidelines of the
University of Delhi. The Principal is at the helm of this structure and the Staff Council
and the various specialised Committees, Cells and functionaries are responsible for
decision-making and subsequent execution of those policies. In an academic level, the
structure moves from the apex functionary to the various teachers-in-charge and the other
faculty members. This participatory nature of the governing system motivates all to be a
party to the decisions taken and is a testimony to the encouraging atmosphere fostered in
the college. Further feedbacks, both at the formal and informal levels, are also welcomed
and taken into consideration.
All the finances and accounts of the college are maintained and audited in accordance
with the UGC regulations and those of the University of Delhi.
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Criterion VII: Innovations and Best Practices
Sri Venkateswara College is committed to serve the cause of conservation. The Eco Club
in the college strives towards this by putting up posters across the campus to raise
awareness for environmental issues. Energy conservation and use of renewable energy is
our main idea for the protection of environment, as Sri Venkateswara College believes in
the optimum use of energy.
Sri Venkateswara family is nature loving family therefore tree plantation and protection
is our aim. Since the college borders the Aravali – semi arid eco belt we have avoided the
plantation of water intensive varieties in the campus and encourage growing Xerophytic
plants that are better suited to the Aravali Ecosystem.
To make the campus smart, clean and green, issues related to it are taken very seriously.
Special measures are being adopted for waste management. ENACTUS Society deals
with the transformation of waste into manure useable for public institutions. We also
have Botanical garden and we do not use any chemical fertilisers in our campus.
The Women‟s Development Cell (WDC) has organised a number of events in an attempt
to sensitize those in the campus about issues pertaining to women‟s rights. The Equal
Opportunity Cell has also taken up a number of measures to ensure that everyone in the
campus is sensitive to the needs of the differently-abled faculty and students.
Sri Venkateswara College is innovative in practice and with full of energy and
enthusiasm. Interdisciplinary approach in subject choices, participative education,
teaching beyond classroom, special emphasis to physically challenged and socially
deprived students are taken very seriously. There are a number of best practices, out of
them two are written elaborately in this self-study report. As the vision and mission of
our college is based on Vedic wisdom with traditional cultural values, therefore the
family of Sri Venkateswara move towards into that direction only. They adopt modernity
in life without hampering our forefathers‟ tested wisdom. The Vedas believe the whole
cosmos is a single nest but by adopting the positive ways in life man can be blissful. Sri
Venkateswara College imparts this education directly or indirectly through classroom
teaching, group discussion, fine arts and through literary and scientific activities, which
gets a tremendous success also. The college sets those parameters in cultural functions,
through which youth can connect easily and can make difference in modern education
with age long traditional values.
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