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St Francis College for Women (Autonomous), Hyderabad (Secundrabad), Andhra Pradesh
St Francis College for Women (Autonomous), Hyderabad (Secundrabad), Andhra Pradesh
Address:St. no. 6, Uma Nagar
Andhra Pradesh, India
St Francis College for Women (Autonomous), Hyderabad (Secundrabad) Andhra Pradesh is a recognised institute / college. St Francis College for Women (Autonomous), Hyderabad (Secundrabad) Andhra Pradesh was established on / in 1959.
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St Francis College for Women (Autonomous) is affiliated with Osmania University, Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh)
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NAAC report of St Francis College for Women (Autonomous)INTRODUCTION
St. Francis College for Women, Hyderabad is a Catholic Minority institution established in the year 1959 by the Sisters of Charity. It is recognized by UGC under 2 (f) and 12(b) in 1964 and is affiliated to Osmania University. It is a Grant-in-Aid college. It gained autonomous status in 1988. In 1999 it underwent the assessment by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore (NAAC) and was accredited with 5 stars. In 2004 UGC recognized the institution as a 'College with Potential for Excellence.' It also enjoys good social recognition in the twin cities of Secunderabad and Hyderabad.
Currently the college volunteered to be re-accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council after completion of its five years of accredited status and submitted its re-accreditation self-study report in September, 2005. A Peer Team was constituted by NAAC to visit and evaluate the institution as per the re-accreditation self-study report and interaction with various academic and administrative units. The team visited the institution on 5th to 7th December, 2005. The team members comprised:
Dr. M. Chandramani, Former Vice-Chancellor, Avinashilingam Institution for Home Science and Higher Education for Women (Deemed University), Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Prof. J.S. Kusuma Geetha, Former Dean and Professor, University of Mysore, Mysore.
Smt. Bandana Chatterji, Former Principal, Shri Shikshayatan College, Kolkata.
Mr. Madan Mohan Reddy, Purchase Manager, TQM-Business Excellence Observer, Bharat Electronics Limited, Hyderabad, as Observer.
Mr. B.S. Madhukar, Deputy Advisor, as co-ordinator from NAAC
The college is situated in the heart of the city of Hyderabad, in Begumpet. It is a campus of 8 acres with an enrollment of 2137 women students, undergoing undergraduate, postgraduate, diploma courses and certificate courses. It is a multi faculty college. There are 103 teaching faculty and 74 non-teaching staff.
The thrust area identified by the college is undergraduate education.
During the post accredited period, the institution has made commendable efforts towards sustaining and enhancing the quality of education based on the suggestion given by the NAAC during its first visit.
The peer team studied the re-accreditation self-study report, went through all relevant documents, visited the departments, laboratories and various units of the administrative sections. The peer team also examined thoroughly the various programmes under the seven criteria, interacted with the governing council, board of management, principal, representative group of students, teachers, administrative staff, examination personnel, parents and alumnae. Based on the first report of assessment and on the guidelines given by NAAC for re-accreditation, the re-assessment of the institution took place. Commendable features and issues of concern with special reference to quality sustenance and enhancement in tune with the core values identified by the NAAC for re-accreditation is presented below under each criterion.
CRITERION I : CURRICULAR ASPECTS
St. Francis College for Women is inspired by the vision of 'Holistic Education for Empowerment'; its clearly stated mission is to help students to develop into intellectually competent, morally upright, socially committed, spiritually inspired patriotic women of India. The goals and objectives of the college are unambiguously stated and communicated to students, parents and other stakeholders. The range of goals include developing creativity, application of knowledge, vocational IT education and inculcating social commitment and values. The constant endeavour of the college for the attainment of its goals is to be lauded. The autonomous standing of the college from 1988 and NAAC accreditation with five stars in 1999 has propelled the college to innovative curriculum designing and expansion of the range of its courses.
The Departments review, initiate changes in the curriculum which is later approved by the Board of Studies of the college and ratified by the Academic Council of the Autonomous college. Innovation is possible in 20% of the syllabus, with the remaining part based on University syllabus. The changes are introduced with a view to meet contemporary global trends, national development, meeting emerging needs, value orientation and ICT / Information Technology orientation. Post accreditation, there has been innovative changes in the syllabus of many of the subjects: English Department besides women's writing has introduced Commonwealth and American Literature, as well as developing Communication Skills in English; Department of History has introduced tourism in paper IV; Psychology has made counselling as its major thrust area by including a P.G. Diploma course in Counselling; it also offers a Basic Psychology Certificate course to all students. The Commerce department has introduced tax planning, advertising and Insurance as part of its syllabus; Foreign Trade has been introduced as a programme option; Mathematics department has made general maths available to all students. The innovative efforts of the faculty to introduce changes in curriculum, in accordance with emerging needs is unique aspect of the institution.
As a multi faculty college it offers both UG and PG courses in Arts, Science and Commerce. There are in total 22 UG programmes. For B.A. there are 8 programmes for B.Sc. 10 and B.Com 4; there are 5 PG programmes. Besides this there are 6 Diploma courses. 3 of the courses are at the PG level, among which special mention can be made of Counselling and Human Resource Management course. The college offers 32 short term certificate courses; they cover a wide range and are career oriented like Communicative English, Personality Development. The range of interdisciplinary programme options in the form of degree (U.G / P.G) Diploma Certificate courses are unique to the college. They can be considered trendsetter for other institutions. Many of the new U.G., P.G. Diploma and Certificate Courses are self financed.
The autonomy of the college with regard to curriculum and syllabi is confined to the UG level; at the PG level it is bound by the University rules and regulations. As an undergraduate college it follows three major system; the students can choose 3 subjects from 31 programme options. From 2005 the college has introduced the semester and choice based credit system. Another major development has been to provide basic computer literacy to all UG students.
The faculty of college constantly revised the syllabus on the basis of feedback obtained from students, teachers and the corporate world. Following the first NAAC Accreditation Report three new PG courses, in M.Sc. Microbiology, M.Sc. Mathematics and M.Com were added in a phased manner; besides three PG Diploma courses in Human Resource Management (2002), Counselling (2003) and Computation Molecular Biology (2004) were introduced.
CRITERION II : TEACHING-LEARNING & EVALUATION
St. Francis being a Catholic Minority college all eligible students of Catholic and Christian Minority, socially weaker sections, physically challenged and sports persons of State and national merit as well as children of defence personnel as per the college criteria for eligibility are considered for admission; for the general body of students admission is on merit. Admission process is transparent with teachers counselling candidates in the choice of subjects.
The college caters to the diverse needs of students; there are eleven remedial courses for the slow learners, besides tutorial classes and counselling by the teachers. For the advanced learners higher level of books are suggested, project work, peer teaching are adopted. A commendable feature of the college is the bridge courses for needy students, particularly in the Commerce and Mathematics departments for teaching accountancy. The tutor-ward system (1:20) also provides personal attention. The college has 270 working days and maintains 180 teaching days.
The college follows a learner-centered method of teaching. The planning committee prepares the academic schedule on the basis of which the teacher makes a teaching plan, reviewed by the principal and HOD. The teaching methodologies are primarily interactive, supported by seminars, project work, case study, debates, book reviews and field trips. It utilizes technological aids like LCD, OHP, internet browsing and projects. The Commerce and Science departments utilize the institution-industry interface for practical experience. The faculty of St. Francis College constantly strives for adopting, innovative teaching and participatory learning methods. For example, the English and Commerce departments perform role-plays, the History department heritage walk; the Mass Communication and Commerce departments utilize practical experience in media and corporate industry. The Mass Communication studio is likely to be operational by end of December, 2005. The Psychology department has book review whereas the Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biotechnology departments prepare models. Most departments assign projects to the students. The academic progress of students is continuously monitored through oral tests, class assignments, slip tests which form the basis of internal assessment. Tutorial classes and counselling (formal and informal) help the students' to overcome difficulties. Evaluation of students learning is both through internal and external assessment. The conduct of examination of non autonomous courses are done by Osmania University. The college has an evaluation Grievance cell and re-evaluation is possible whenever needed, though only a small percentage of students need such re-evaluation.
There are 103 teachers with 15 in govt. sanction posts, and 88 funded by management. The teacher-student ratio is 1:20. Faculty is appointed as per the procedure of State Govt. and University. Out of 103 faculty members 15 are Ph.D holders and 19 have M.Phil. Further, 24 teachers have registered for Ph.D and M.Phil. The management promotes teacher development by providing in-house orientation for new teachers encouraging participation in seminars / workshops and refresher courses. The unique feature of management encouragement for faculty is by providing seed money for research, awards, and the setting-up of St. Francis Resource Centre for Research (AXIS). Senior teachers act as mentors to junior teachers. All teachers have participated in seminars; 25 percent have presented papers and 20 percent have acted as resource persons. The college has linkages with other sister institutions both in India and abroad.
Students feedback on teaching is a decade-old practice of St. Francis College. Academic audit in the last five years has been monitored by IQAC. The college recognizes the best department through an award each year. Till date 5 departments have received the awards. Self appraisal by the faculty is followed by the college.
Based on the suggestion of the first NAAC Report the college has placed teachers in un-aided posts on a graded scale.
CRITERION III: RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
In the last 5 years, in response to NAAC directives, an active research culture has been generated in the college. The management has initiated proactive measures such as providing seed money, awards and it encourages teachers attending seminars. UGC funds obtained through 'College with Potential for Excellence' has been utilized for procuring research equipments establishment of improved labs and the setting up Science Research Centre (AXIS) Area for eXperimental Inquiry into Science. Consequently, 15 teachers have Ph.D, and 12 more have registered. 19 have M.Phil. Two are engaged in post-doctoral research. Two UGC research projects have been completed in the college.
The college is recently part of the Cluster of College Scheme; Consultancy Services are being initiated by the Microbiology department through the sale of cultures to Bharat Biotech, Loyola College etc.
The college has tradition of inculcating social responsibility and a sense of national commitment through extension work. It involves both past and present teachers and students; extension activities are organized by the social work department and through NCC and NSS. The NSS has 3 units with 3 programme officers. Besides community development, literacy and AIDS awareness, environmental protection programmes are conducted. A major project of the college is the national domestic workers movement. The NCC and NSS units have won accolades for the college for national social services; the NSS has been involved in the spread of literacy, rural development and HIV / AIDS awareness. NCC activities are a major feature of the college. NCC cadets from this college has participated in Republic Day Parade and Youth Exchange Programme in Japan, UK, Singapore, Australia, Russia etc. The students organize clubs; some of them are at the departmental level like COFEE, some are interdepartmental like Prakriti, SPECTRUM some are inter college like NATALE, Quest Hour.
CRITERION IV : INFRASTRUCTURE & LEARNING RESOURCES
The college with a campus of 8 acres (self-owned) has a four-storey PG and three-storey UG building. The PG block includes the library, computer center, auditorium, facility for indoor games, counselling room and 18 class rooms. The UG block has the administrative offices including the principal's office, placement cell, conference halls, labs., 12 staff rooms and 18 class rooms and computers in each staff room with internet connectivity and local networking. There is no gym, but the sports field offers practice facilities for basket ball, volley ball, throw ball, tennicoit, hand ball and soft ball. The maintenance of the infrastructure is through funds obtained from the fees and renting out classrooms for competitive exams. A maintenance and development committee supervises the maintenance. The maintenance of the campus is appreciable. In the last five years, Microbiology and Biotechnology labs, Research Centre, Mass Communication studio and Women's Common room have been added.
The computerized library is well-stocked with 48245 books and provides open access to students with internet and other facilities. Reprography facility is available. The library facilities has been increased from the time of first NAAC assessment through better accessibility and larger number of books. At present the library timing is from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.; further increase of the timing can be considered (as suggested by the students).
There are five computer labs and an internet center with 25 systems which are accessible free of cost to staff and students. It also has a functional website of its own. Following the suggestion of NAAC every department has computer and internet facilities. The other facilities are canteen, placement cell; a girls common room and an auditorium.
CRITERION V : STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
The total student strength of the college stands at 2137. During 2004-05 there were 679 students from AP and 50 students from other states. About 60 percent are from open category followed by about 40% Christian Minority students and others mentioned earlier. The overall pass percentage of UG is above 95% and P.G. nearing 100%. This is highly commendable.
Students' progression over the years has been good; between 2000 to 2005, about 44 percent of commerce students, 35 percent of arts students and 50 percent of science students have progressed to higher education whereas 25 to 26 percent have opted for jobs. The drop out ratio is very low.
The college provides a wide range of support services for students. Besides information available in the prospectus, the deserving students receive financial support in the form of endownments, govt. scholarships and institutional scholarships through a students' aid scheme. A placement cell, constituted by students' representatives and teachers guide students in career choices; on an average, 50 companies have come for on campus interview; 150-200 students get placement through the cell. Also, counselling is offered by expert counsellors and the principal, vice-principal and staff provide informal counselling. A computerized library with information services and reading rooms with easy access provide the necessary support to students. Also there are drop boxes for grievances which are referred as Angel Network. The lending facilities of the library in terms of books lent out can be increased. There is a tie up with Vijaya Marie Hospital run by the Society for medical purposes.
The range of student activities include sports, extra-curricular programmes, community services, departmental festivals and activities; student clubs are generally extension of department activities. St. Francis College students have an established record in national and state level sports. The alumni of the college consist of reputed and successful women; the association is involved in activities of the college.
The college, besides students' feedback on teaching, also takes feedback on courses and on general college matters from the students.
CRITERION VI : ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
The college is administered by the Principal assisted by Vice-Principal, HODs and members of the Faculty. The college has its Board of Management for providing guidelines for general policy. The board meets once a year. The Governing Body is the major decision making body which meets once a year. It has representatives from Government, University and industry in accordance with UGC guidelines (2003). The college has strengthened the Governing Body by inviting an alumnus to be a member. There is also a Core Managing Committee.
All the Statutory Bodies like Finance Committee, Academic Council and Boards of Studies have been constituted and function as per UGC guidelines on Autonomy. Different activity committees have also been formed by the Principal for executing the management decisions.
The functioning of non-teaching staff is monitored by the principal through Correspondent, Bursar, Controller of Examination and other supporting staff. The college thus has an effective organizational structure to coordinate the academic and administrative activities.
The Budget for the year 2004 - 2005 : Rs. 24,94,334.87 &
2003 - 2004 : Rs. 22,52,334.67
and UGC grant received under X Plan under development grant is 9.17 lakhs
The college has constituted IQAC as per NAAC guidelines.
The college has adequate welfare programmes for staff and students. The college arranges staff development programmes for non-teaching staff like training programme in Computer literacy.
The team spirit in managing various programmes, curricular, co-curricular and extra curricular activities is worth mentioning.
CRITERION VII : HEALTHY PRACTICES
A number of Healthy Practices are adopted by the college for the overall development of students keeping in view the three goals relevance, quality and excellence. The motivation and inspiration from the management, principal and all teachers with the cooperation of parents ensure that the quality is sustained and enhanced through initiating several healthy practices as:
Introduction of semester system and the choice based credit system.
Encouraging Communication Skills and confidence building through various activities
Recognizing excellent performance of teachers and students and of departments through establishing awards.
Student Exchange Programme
Provision of a number of Diploma courses and skill oriented certificate courses.
Emphasis on project work and field work in the curriculum.
Compulsory physical activity either in the form of NCC, NSS or sports.
Introduction of ICT in teaching and learning.
Students representation in committees like IQAC, placement cell and Academic Council.
Excellent rapport between teachers and students
Feeling of bonding among all units of the institution, students, teachers and non-teaching staff.
The attainment of autonomous status, accreditation by NAAC with 5 stars and attainment of the status, 'College with Potential for Excellence' are direct evidence to the excellent quality of this institution. However, the peer team for re-accreditation observed a continued quest towards excellence during the post-accredited period. The college took special care to satisfy the core values identified by NAAC in terms of its varied programmes.
The peer team observed the effective carrying out of the suggestions of the first assessment to sustain and enhance the quality. Following are the actions taken on the first peer team report:
Introduced more PG courses in a phased manner; (M.Sc. Microbiology, M.Sc Mathematics and M.Com)
Established an educational and career counselling cell.
Availed UGC schemes for research. Financial help from other agencies are also sought.
Conducted periodical seminars and workshops on modern teaching and evaluation techniques.
Financial and other facilities are provided for the professional advancement of teachers of both aided and unaided programmes.
The peer team is impressed by the efforts taken by the college towards quality sustenance and enhancement during the post accreditation period. Some of the commendable practices observed are :
High concern of management towards quality enhancement
Restructuring the syllabi to suit to the core values identified by College / NAAC
Strengthening the inter disciplinary courses by adding more career oriented courses
Adopting Choice Based Credit System
Promoting excellent communication skills of the students
Adopting appropriate use of technology in teaching
Providing scope for horizontal and vertical mobility
Use of internet by teachers and students
Adopting of continuous Internal Evaluation
Outstanding performance in NSS, NCC, Sports, cultural events and other extra curricular activities
Increased use of computers
Award and reward schemes for good suggestions for the students and also for teaching and non-teaching staff
Effective functioning of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell
Following are some of the recommendations the college may consider for further enhancement in quality.
Internship may be made mandatory to all vocational programmes
Departments may be motivated to take up more and more minor and major research projects and initiate increased research collaboration with national and international agencies
The college may encourage interdisciplinary projects, seminars and research
Encourage large number of publication of books and articles, research papers
Explore the ways of expanding consultancy services particularly department of Commerce
More teachers may be encouraged to work for Ph.D
Quality Circle concepts may be introduced in the college
College may assist rural schools in their quality education
Safety requirements in various laboratories and in the stores may be given immediate attention
Introduction of women's study center will be relevant to the aim of the college viz. 'women empowerment'
Environmental issues may be brought to the notice of all students at regular intervals by the Environmental Studies programme; may initiate actions in Energy Saving and Natural Resource Saving potential activities.
Bench marking practices at international level may be adopted
Internal semester examination system to be made on line
The timing and access to the library may be further increased
Transport facilities may be provided to the students
The college may think of having an indoor stadium and a gymnasium
The college may evolve a mechanism of MOU with industries
The college may explore the possibility of having a Health Insurance Scheme for staff and students
The peer team is impressed that the college plans to achieve excellence through:
Establishing linkages with international institutions
Offering courses to all students in life skills such as Conflict Resolution, Crisis Management and Peace studies
Facilitating dual degree
Providing online virtual tutorship in distance education
Offering distant mode courses for rural areas
Thus, the ultimate aim of the college is to establish a 'Deemed University with a Difference' following the models of Nalanda, Taxashila, Nagarjuna with contemporary outlook.
In conclusion the re-accreditation peer team is highly appreciative of the efforts taken by the professionally committed principal, management, teachers and non-teaching staff for their leadership in monitoring the institution in realizing the core values of NAAC namely contribution to National Development, Fostering Global Competencies, Inculcating Value System, Promoting the Use of ICT and Quest for Excellence. The college needs to be appreciated for all the efforts towards 'Empowerment of Women', the vision of the institution.
The team wishes the institution success in all its future endeavours.
Dr. M. Chandramani
Prof. J.S. Kusuma Geetha
Smt. Bandana Chatterji
(Dr. Sr. Christine Rebello)
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