- About Us
In the year 1961, our Society, with a mission to eradicate ignorance and illiteracy of the people of the region started an Arts and Science College at Nipani. Then, this was the only college catering to educational needs of major parts of Belagavi and Vijaypur districts. In 1966, the college was named after late Shri Ganapati Ishwarappa Bagewadi who donated a munificent sum for the development of the college. Subsequently, in the year 1977 Commerce faculty was added. In the ever changing scenario of Globalization and Liberalization and cater to the needs of the economically, socially disadvantaged rural youth of our hinterland who could not afford the higher education elsewhere. The P.G. courses in Commerce and Mathematics were started in the academic years 2010-11 and 2011-12 respectively.
The institution is spread over 11.2 acres of lush green land along the old NH-4 near Central Bus Stand of the town. The main building has 29 state of art class rooms, 11 well equipped labs, staff common room, separate ladies staff room, room for girl students and office units. Adjacent to the main building is the Library, Gymkhana, NSS & NCC units, Healthcare Unit, Youth Red Cross Wing, Canteen and a Bank with ATM. The library has more than 50,000 volumes on its shelves with well ventilated separate reading rooms for boys, girls and staff. The various departments are provided with LAN and Internet connections. We have two computers labs with latest thin client technology networked computer and eleven VPN internet connections. Recently an elegant Indoor Sports Training facility and Swimming Pool have been constructed with UGC financial assistance. These sports facilities and the spacious common play field meet the needs of sport persons and athletes. While the boys and girls have separate hostel facilities, the teaching staff enjoys the facility of residential quarters.
The faculty members keep themselves updated to enable the students to face the world with a spirit of competence and confidence. The college is actively involved in research and extension activities too. In the last five years 5 MRP have been completed and a few are about to be complete. Among the staff members there are 12 doctorates, 5 M.Phil degree holders and 8 are pursuing their Ph.D. programmes. The institution has highly qualified faculty, rank holders, Gold Medalists, Researchers, Authors and Literateurs with healthy, judicious amalgam of youth and experience. We have a teacher-student ratio of about 1:15. Our student friendly office and support staff have been leaving no stone unturned to come to the assistance of the stakeholders. As recognition of our efforts in this noble field, Science faculty of our college was placed at seventh rank out of top 10 Science colleges in Karnataka in a survey conducted by 'The Sunday Indian' a National level magazine.
In the year 2010 during second cycle of accreditation the institution was re-accredited by NAAC at 'A' level with highest CGPA of 3.25 in the jurisdiction of Rani Channamma University, Belagavi. As countdown started for the third cycle of accreditation, the Letter of Intent [LoI] was submitted to NAAC on 2nd March, 2015. Accordingly, the acceptance letter was received on 15th March, 2015.
The institution inculcates competence and creativity through innovations in teaching learning, research and extension activities, women empowerment, optimal use of human resource and infrastructural facilities. Lady students constitute about 67% of our college enrollment. More than 85% of the students are from village based peasant families, to whom we have been imparting develop soft skills and communication skills also apart from knowledge prescribed by the curricula.
Our students are performing excellently in cultural and sports fields also. During the preceding four years our students have bagged twice 'runner up' in University UG youth festivals and once 'General Championship' in the PG festival of our affiliating University.
Our institution has conducted University Zonal level youth festivals three times in the post accreditation period. A good number of our sports persons have become University Blues and some of our NCC and NSS cadets have brought laurels to our college by participating in RD Parades in the capital of our nation.
The college was granted permanent affiliation on 10th September 1990 by Karnatak University, Dharwad. Now the college is affiliated to Rani Channamma University, Belagavi as a result of carving out of a new University from Karnatak University. To alleviate the struggle and hardship of semi urban students to purse their higher studies PG course in Commerce was introduced in the year 2010 and P.G. course in Mathematics in 2011. Further to make our students competitive to face the outside world, five certificate short duration courses started as add on skill oriented courses. Our college offers B.A., B.Sc., B.Com., M.Com. and M.Sc. courses. At present the college enjoys the strength of 892 students with 58 faculty members. The college has recognition of UGC and is included in the list maintained under 2[f] and eligible to receive central grants under 12[B] of UGC Act.1956.
As many as 10 class rooms, a separate ladies staff room and a technology enabled Golden Jubilee Conference Hall were constructed under UGC assistance during the XIth Plan period.
The institution all out efforts to achieve and competence and creativity among stakeholders and our teachers through innovations in teaching-learning, research and extension activities, women's empowerment, optimum use of human resources and infrastructural facilities. It ensures active participation of all the stakeholders in all the processes of the college.