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ORIGIN

Divekar College of Commerce has been a unique institution since its inception. It was founded in June 1970 by the Kanara Welfare Trust to offer quality commerce education to needy students in and around Karwar, a port city in the forest district of Uttara Kannada. It was the first college in Karwar offering commerce education. It should also be noted that there was only one commerce college in the entire Uttara Kannada district before the establishment of Divekar College of Commerce. The College was established according to the high standards and lofty ideals followed and set by Dr. Dinakar Desai, a great visionary, poet, statesman, fighter for justice for the poor ryots ,a great educationist and founder of the Kanara Welfare Trust that runs it. Dr. Dinakar Desai, the president of Mumbai Branch of Servants of India Society, founded the Kanara Welfare Trust and went on establishing educational institutions (High Schools) in the remote and backward parts of Uttara Kannada district for improving the living standards of people by education and social service. The institutions run by the KWT have made their mark in their respective fields on the educational map of the district. It has been the constant endeavor of the KWT to provide quality education in its institutions. It is committed to provide adequate infrastructural facilities and human resources like qualified teaching and administrative staff, spacious and functional teaching blocks and other amenities. The College was named after Dr. M. R . Divekar, a great philanthropist who donated liberally for the establishment of the college. Divekar College of Commerce is located on the most beautiful campus that is surrounded by the perennial dark green Sahyadri or the Western Ghat forests and the blue water of the Arabian Sea and the Kali River. The sun rising in the Sahyadri and setting in the Arabian Sea creates myriad of colours on and around the campus.

THE GROWTH

Divekar College of Commerce grew by leaps and bounds since its inception. Beginning with a modest strength of 150 students, the college had the composite strength of more than 700 students for over two decades before it was bifurcated into Pre-University and Degree Colleges in 2oo1-02. The College was run in a private building at the beginning. The foundation stone for an independent college building and campus was laid on five – acre plot in 1971. The KWT built a simple but magnificent building within a year. Since then the college has been achieving all round progress. Prof. G. V. Bhat, the founder principal of the college dedicated his mind and body, heart and soul for the establishment and development of the college. The College could have a deep and far reaching image under his able leadership – both academic and organizational. Prin. G. V. Bhat was assisted ably by Prof. S. N. Nayak who became principal of the college after the retirement of Prin. G. V. Bhat in 1994. The College management has provided adequate infrastructural facilities such as an independent library building, auditorium, playground, canteen building, principal’s quarters, the guest house etc and maintained the policy of non – interference in day – to – day academic administration. Sri. S. P. Kamat, an eminent lawyer, noted philanthropist and educationist, managing or associated with many educational and social service organizations is the Chairman of the KWT and also the Governing Body of the college. Sri Kamat, the Chairman has been a source of inspiration for the staff and students for the constant pursuit of excellence. He keeps visiting the college and students with his vision and ideas.

OUR GLORY

The College has been known for its amazing performance in both academic and extra-curricular activities. It has been securing ranks at degree examinations of Karnatak University, Dharwad for around the last four decades. Our alumni hold prestigious positions in the government and public limited companies, Indian and foreign banks and insurance corporations. They have made their names in professional fields like legal, chartered accountancy, cost accountancy, taxation, teaching management and entrepreneurship and other fields. The excellence in the fields of curricular and extracurricular activities is attributed to excellent, highly qualified, meritorious, dedicated and committed teaching staff, administrative staff and the management. The members of the teaching staff of the college are creative, and innovative. They have published books and articles, rendered consultancy services freely and acted as visiting faculty members. Our teaching faculty comprises rank-holders, first classes, 4Ph.D.s, and 4 M.Phil.s.

MESSAGE BY PRINCIPAL DR. R. G. GUNDI

The vision of a better, enlightened, productive and creative human being, society, nation and the world is unthinkable without meaningful and quality education and especially higher education. Quality higher education is a must for making students the generations of new researched ideas and the members of the knowledge society as visualized by Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India. Education for changing the mindset of students for more productivity and creativity, education for changing the total personality of students into fully functioning, contented and altruistic individuals should be our goals. We can understand the role of quality education as a medium of transformation of the individual and the world in the words of Lord Bertrand Russell who wrote: “The world could be transformed if the basis of education is knowledge wielded by love and values for sustainable development. Through education we need to pass on the message to the society that to maintain the quality it requires commitment, acceptance, reverence, and eloquence. It is not the quantity of education but the quality that is important. To maintain quality it requires constant effort, courage, conviction and commitment.” We, at Divekar College of Commerce, have been striving to realize the transformational goal for making students better, productive, creative and happy human beings and there by make our nation and the world a better place to live in. The realization of such an ideal calls for the collective endeavour of teachers, administrators, students, parents and all those directly or indirectly involved in the process of education. Let us try to reach such a high ideal. The institution prepares a calendar co-curricular extracurricular, sports community service and other activities before the beginning of the every academic year. Apart from routine activities with the main stress on teaching – learning, there are various navel progrmmes conducted every year in the institution.

ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT

The College administration has the hierarchy of the Board of Trustees, Governing Body of the College, Principal, Heads of the Departments, Office Superintendent and other administrative and account staff. There are secretaries elected from among students by students for the smooth conduct of extra – curricular activities of students Union and Gymkhana. Meeting with enlightened Management, frequent meetings of different departments, feedback from the students, periodical tests and examinations have enabled us to achieve excellence in all of our endeavours.

07 class rooms, 01 ICT / conference hall, 02 computer lab rooms, Principal’s chamber, 01 administrative office room with separate files/documents store room, 01 store room for office documents and files, 01 teaching staff room, 01 teaching staff conference room, library building, 01 reading hall for students, 01 room with 3 sections – 01 for IQAC, 01 for Career Guidance and Placement Cell, and 01 for staff reading. Separate cycle sheds for girls and boys, staff vehicles parking sheds and separate urinals for boys, girls and staff. The Principal’s chamber, administrative office, accounts sections, library and IQAC and Placement Cell are equipped with computers and internet connections.

An auditorium-cum-Gymkhana Hall for boys, one separate Gymkhana Hall for Girls, one rest room for girls, one NCC room, one NSS room, one sports room and a play ground.

Students have the opportunity and facilities for playing different games on the beautiful and shady play ground surrounded by coconut and casuarinas trees

Library Building

·• 15694 Titles and 19666 volumes
• 7122 Titles with 10982 volumes Text books
• 1047 Titles with 1813 volumes of Reference Books.
• 15 Indian Journals
• 08 Peer revived journal


E – Learning
Separate cabin with internet facilities for students.


Academic Performance / Audit

Academic Pass % Distinctions First Class

Academic Year                      Pass %,         Distinctions,   

2004-05                              87.14%                      40
2005-06                              71.73%                      21

2006-07                              86.08%                      35

2007-08                              93.27%                      37

2008-09                              94.68%                      41                   

2009-10                              98.00 %                     46       

 

Alumni Association

The institution enjoys the goodwill and continuous support of past students. The alumni address present students on many occasions and interact with them for guiding them to pursue higher education and jobs. Mr. Samson D’souza and Baba Momin, the alumni are the members of the governing body of the institution.

 

Office Bearers of Alumni Association

 

1.      Sri. P N Kuvalekar                 President

2.      Sri. Manjunath Pawar            Vice-President        

3.      Sri. Gajanan Rao                   Vice- President

4.      Sri. Jitendra Tanna                Secretary

5.      Sri. D R Shanbhag                 Joint Secretary

6.      Sri. Rajan Mhapsekar            Treasurer

7.      Assoc.Prof. M V Bhat            Convener




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