Belgaum: The golden jubilee celebration of the Karnataka Law Society's Gogte College of Commerce (GCC) is an important milestone that marks a successful journey towards excellence in education.
The college has been given the `B+' grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council of the University Grants Commission, and the law society and the GCC staff, students and alumni have reason to rejoice.
The three-day golden jubilee celebration will be inaugurated by Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday. Former Union Minister H.N. Ananth Kumar, MP, and Muralidhar Chaini, President (Corporate Affairs), Reliance Industries, and President, Maharashtra Economic Development Council, Mumbai, will be present.
The GCC, which was established in 1954, is named after philanthropist Raosaheb B.M. Gogte, who made a generous donation to the institution. The college has earned a reputation as a premier institution that offers courses in commerce, management and computer science. Thanks to the efforts of its devoted faculty, students have brought laurels to the institution in examinations conducted by Karnatak University, and the college has more than 100 ranks to its credit, GCC Principal A.B. Kalkundrikar said here on Tuesday.
He said the GCC has established its own brand equity as a top-ranking commerce college. Nine members of the faculty hold Ph.D. degrees and five M.Phil. degrees. The college library has more than 50,000 volumes on economics, finance, commerce, management, accountancy and related topics. The institution subscribes to more than 100 journals. It has introduced modern teaching aids and established a digital library/computer lab. The classrooms are spacious and eco-friendly with white marker boards.
To encourage academic excellence, innovative practices are followed. The "Pratibha Puraskar" scheme has been instituted for recognising the talent of students who score more than 90 per cent marks. To ensure quality in teaching and improve the learning abilities of students, an internal council for quality assessment suggests improvements. The college has facilitated campus recruitments.
As part of its celebrations, the GCC, along with the Karnatak University College Teachers' Association, will organise a national seminar on "Higher education and socio-economic development" on Saturday. It will be inaugurated by Minister for Science and Technology Basavaraj Horatti. Director of Collegiate Education K.B. Kodandaramaiah will deliver the keynote address. Visvesvaraya Technological University Vice-Chancellor K. Balaveera Reddy and President of the All-India Federation of University and College Teachers' Organisations A.M. Narahari will be present.
P.K. Keshav Murthy of Hunsur will exhibit a unique collection of coins and currency notes during the commerce exhibition. Cultural programmes will be organised in the evenings on all three days of the celebration.