MES College sets its sights on wider academic horizons
The Murgaon Education Society’s College of Arts and Commerce at Zuarinagar, is the only college in the Mormugao taluka. This institution has been striving to provide relevant and quality academic facility for the students of this locality.
In keeping with this aim, the college is in the process of obtaining certification of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) – the national body that assesses the quality standards of academic institutions. Three cycles of assessment has already been completed and the certification is expected to be received in May. The college received 4 Stars in the first cycle and a B++ grade in the second cycle.
The college has over the years been making steady progress in academic and infrastructural facility. Starting with a student strength of about 300 students, the college now caters to around 1200 aspiring graduates.
On the academic front, the college has been adding courses that are relevant to the needs of industry and stressing on the employability of those passing out. The BBA course was instituted in 1990-2000, BCA Course in 2000-01, B.Com Shipping Management in 2006-07.
The latest in the bouquet of courses is the BBA Shipping and Logistics Course that commenced in 2013-14. This unique course is one of its kind and is industry specific. The syllabus has been formulated in consultation with the Shipping industry and the faculty is also from those experienced in the industry. This department has an Advisory Committee with members from the industry. The enrolment for this course has been very positive with students from Ratnagiri and Mumbai also joining.
It is planned to commence post graduation in Commerce (M.Com) from the next academic year as many of the 240 commerce graduates passing out every year join other colleges for their post graduation. A full fledged MBA course is in the offing once the new block is ready. Research Centres in Sociology, Economics, and English is envisaged.
The college also offers several Certificate Courses in NGO Management, Tally Accounting Package, and Counselling. Coaching for the Common Proficiency Test for Chartered Accountancy and Company Secretary is provided.
The college conducts several Student Enrichment Programmes that includes the Annual Commerce Day, EcoFest, PsychoFest, Socoi-Expression, Lakshya(BBA) and Synergy(BCA). Field trips and educational tours are also organised. It is planned to invite eminent personalities for talks and conduct debates on contemporary issues to widen the horizons of the students.
There has been a tremendous increase in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. On the sports and cultural front, the college participates at the inter-collegiate, State and National levels. Three students participated in the Republic Day Parade this year.
Upgradation of the institution’s infrastructure has seen a tremendous spurt in keeping with the growing needs of the college. Over Rs.10 crores has been invested in infrastructure development. The new Block IV houses the new Admin requirements and additional classrooms. A new Management Studies Block and a Ladies Hostel is under construction. The college has a mini football ground and a volleyball court. Sport equipment worth Rs.4.5 lakhs has been procured. Automation and digitisation of the administrative functions and the library is in progress.
This institution has been doing yeoman service by catering to the academic needs of this locality, especially those from the lower economic strata.
The college is striving to fulfill the vision of its founder late Shri Vasantrao Joshi. The present trustees under the stewardship of its Chairman Shri M.S. Kamat, Vice Chairman Shri Paresh Joshi and other members of the Trust are committed to making this institution an academic force to reckon with.