Rajmata Jijau Shikshan Prasarak Mandal’s ACS College
Enriching Rural Masses With Worthy Education
Established in the year 2000, Rajmata Jijau Shikshan Prasarak Mandal’s Arts, Commerce & Science College (RJSPM’s ACS) is one of its kind’s educational centers. Settled at the outskirts of Pune, to become an exceptional educational hub for the rural students, RJSPM’s ACS holds a promising future for its undergraduates. The college is settled near the Bhosari area of Pune and is, therefore, in need of socio-economic change. The college has been dedicated to providing the students of this area with an auspicious institute instructing with contemporary teaching methods and plenty of technical knowledge along with hands-on experience. The students learning here are first-generation aspirers. RJSPM’s ACS wishes to recognize, divulge, polish, and develop their skills and talents to make them compatible at the global level.
The institute’s journey is extraordinary as initially it started from 11 faculty members and 26 students and has currently expanded to 49 faculty members with 2276 students. The area has been overlooked over the years and hence the majority of the families here are a part of communally diffident and economically lower sections of the society. The college provides various undergraduate courses like B.A., B. Com, B. Sc., B. B. A., including post-graduate degrees in M. Com., M. Sc. (Computer Science & Biotechnology), and M. A. in English, History, and Economics. Realizing the requirement of socio-economic development encircling the area, RJSPM’s ACS decided to help the downtrodden and turn them into an asset to the family.
Mission and Vision of the Institute
The institute efforts in crafting an environment, where the students can grasp their skills and enhance their talents to stand out in the crowds. RJSPM’s ACS aims at working with sincere dedication to transform these learners into brilliant minds with sharp personality and modern outlook besides upholding their ethics and values.
“To render service to the society through excellence in education by imparting knowledge, developing skills and imbibe among the students moral, spiritual and social values of life”. The institute’s excellent governance aids to sustain its mission and vision via the Governing Council, Local Management Committee/CDC, and Principal of the institution in association with IQAC.
The Foundational Mainstays of the Institute
Mr. Vilas Vithoba Lande is the Chairman of RJSPM, a member of Loklekha Samithi, & MLA Residence Committee, Vidhan Bhavan, Mumbai, and Pune District Education Committee, Pune. The success he enjoys today, Mr. Vilas Lande obliges it to his father. An advocate of quality education besides an eye for the betterment of the society, Mr. Vilas Lande is surely a gallant, courageous, and inspirational soul. Starting with taking care of his father’s hotel businesses in 1978, Mr. Vilas Lande’s committed efforts and resolute passion gave an edge to his ingenious mind. He expanded his father’s businesses in 1988-1992 and went to become an Independent Corporate of “Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation” (1992), Mayor of Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (1993), and an Independent Corporate in 2000. He was elected as Honourable Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA), Haveli on 16th October 2004.
Principal: Dr. Gautam L. Bhong is the principal of RJSPM’s ACS. He is the man behind the academic and extra-curricular success of the students. He is M. A., M. Phil, and Ph.D. in Economics and has been a Dean of Savitribai Phule Pune University. His trophies include 6 UGC projects, 17 international papers, and 36 national papers. His absolute perseverance and constructive attitude towards the institute has bestowed 29 students with Ph.D. degrees and 111 students with M. Phil degrees. The institute is blessed to have him as its ideal snitch.
Fun Learning With Extracurricular Activities
RJSPM’s ACS ensures the students have an overall development by having provisions for extracurricular activities.
National Cadet Corps (NCC):
NCC unit of RJSPM’s ACS has been crafting and polishing the students who wish to serve the nation in various fronts. NCC unit is set up at the campus under the guidance of coordinators Dr. Sajit Khandekar and Ms. Shradha Gavhane, who also attended the Annual Training Camp at NCC Headquarters, Pune.
National Service Scheme (NSS):
The NSS unit organizes various programs throughout the year like Street-Play (Voting Awareness), Tree Plantation Program, Health Camp (birthday of treasurer, Shri. Ajit Gavhane), Blood Donation Camp, Yuva Diwas (Guest Lecture on Personality Development), Road Safety Mission (collaboration with RTO, Pune), Pulse Polio Training Program and ‘Shram Sanskar‘ camp (Student clean the college premises). All of these programs are conducted under the capable guidance of Professor Pawade Deepakand and Professor Veer Savita.
The Annual Sports Event is celebrated not less like a festival at RJSPM’s ACS. Several games are organized, where students enthusiastically participate and show their hidden talents. The games are a way of refreshing their resourceful minds and giving them a boost of energy. Some of the notable achievements of the institute include:
- Ms. Sonali Todkar won Silver Medal in Commonwealth Wrestling Competition (Singapore)
- Mr. Prasad Saste won a Bronze Medal in the ‘Maharashtra Kesari’ Wrestling Competition.
- Mr. Nilesh Jadhav won the ‘Shree’ award under Savitribai Phule Pune University.
- Girls’ and Boys’ Kabaddi Teams’ successes at Intercollegiate Kabbadi Competition, Kho-Kho competition, and Cricket Competition.
- Ms. Pooja Shelar (captain) and her Kabaddi team stood third at National Level Kabaddi (Patna).
To inculcate effective writing skills by bringing forth students’ creative thoughts and views on paper and check their level of understanding, RJSPM’s ACS has launched an initiative of the annual magazine “Jijau”. The magazine is a base for students, teachers, and employees to share their views, ideas, and colleges’ accomplishments to the world.
Traits That Differentiates the Institute
The college aims at providing the best education with excellent infrastructure, resources, and remarkable success rates. Besides equipped labs and smart classes, the college has also started “Vriddhi” Software for library automation; which enables easy and anytime digital library access to students. Realizing the need of a formal and systematic method of academic enhancement for the betterment of the students with the poor background, the institute has evolved its policies and methods of teaching which encompasses setting up of different multi-disciplinary committees, fee concessions, “Jijau Vyakhyanmala” (lecture series) and introduction of special after classes for students with poor scores and special guidance to topper students. The introduction of new courses like biotechnology, computers, and commerce has familiarized new and pioneering methods. Essay competitions, presentations, poster competition, and empanelled discussions are conducted in the Arts department.
RJSPM’s ACS also ensures that the students have overall developments for which activities like role play, group discussion, and virtual page are organized. The college also conducts programs for competitive examinations, career counselling, soft skill development, remedial coaching, language lab, bridge courses, yoga and meditation, personal counselling and IT facilities, and its infrastructure. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the college has shifted to e-learning with the conduction of online classes regularly. The major challenge that the college will face in the coming years is the decline in the popularity of the conventional program. It is developing the required infrastructure and is ready to start various professional programs and skill development initiatives. For better opportunities for its students, the college has collaborated with top industries to contribute in shaping the students’ talents required for the world.