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Ch SD St Theresas College for Women, Eluru, Andhra Pradesh
Ch SD St Theresas College for Women, Eluru, Andhra Pradesh
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Gavaravaram, Sanivarapu Pet Post
Eluru (District West Godavari)
Andhra Pradesh, IndiaPin Code : 534003
Ch SD St Theresas College for Women, Eluru Andhra Pradesh is a recognised institute / college. Status: Private Aided Under Graduate Womens Colleges. Ch SD St Theresas College for Women, Eluru Andhra Pradesh is also known as Ch SD St Theresas (Autonomous) College for Women. Ch SD St Theresas College for Women, Eluru Andhra Pradesh was established on / in 1953.
Principal of Ch SD St Theresas College for Women, Eluru Andhra Pradesh is Dr.Sr.M.Thresia Cherian, Dr. Sr. Mercy. P (Mobile 9985543849).
Ch SD St Theresas College for Women is situated in Eluru of Andhra Pradesh state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of Ch SD St Theresas College for Women, Eluru Andhra Pradesh is +91-8812-250380.
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Contact Details of Ch SD St Theresas College for Women, Eluru Andhra Pradesh are : Telephone: +91-8812-250380, 251210
Correspondent: Sr.Marietta D'Mello
CoursesCh SD St Theresas College for Women, Eluru Andhra Pradesh runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
5.M.Sc. (Organic Chemistry)
Approval details: Ch SD St Theresas College for Women is affiliated with Andhra University, Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh)
Profile of Ch SD St Theresas College for WomenThe Sisters of St.Ann is a Congregation dedicated to the cause of Women's education. The Sisterhood was started in Turin (Italy) in 1834 by a noble Marquis Carios and Marchioness Julia of Borola and consolidated by Sister Enrichetta Dominici. The desire to share God's love with the poor and under privileged children led to the starting of the first school for girls in Hyderabad in 1871. Later, when the parents of Eluru pleaded for school for girls, the Sisters started St.Theresa's High School in Eluru in 1938. The Public demand led to the foundation of the College in 1953.
Facilities for Students
1. Library with 237'9'' x 25'0'' sq.fts. available for Degree students.
2. Library with 60'0'' x 26'0'' sq.fts. available for P.G students.
3. Multipurpose Hall with 116'x30'0'' available for all students.
4. Playground with 189 x 400 sq.ft. available
5. Canteen with 14 hours service and to accommodate 100 persons (seating)
6. Andhra Bank Extension Counter.
7. Seminar Hall to accommodate 150 persons.
8. Conference Hall
9. Two guest rooms adjacent to the seminar hall.
10. An open-air stage
11. English language lab
12. Commerce Lab and departmental Library for commerce
13. Internet, e-mail and website facility
14. Ladies waiting room
15. Two water coolers are provided
16. Generator is available in case the power is cut.
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NAAC report of Ch SD St Theresas College for WomenSECTION I : INTRODUCTION
The Ch. S.D. Theresa's Autonomous College for Women, Eluru is a well reputed college, affiliated to Andhra University. The college, founded in 1953 is managed by the Society of the Sisters of St. Ann Turin, Italy and is located in a rural area at Eluru, a place in West Godavari District of Andhra Pradesh. The college has a large campus of 24 acres and different buildings for the classrooms, staff rooms, Laboratories, Library, Hostels, Canteen, Seminar Hall, Auditorium etc.
The college offers a range of programmes in Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, Commerce, and Home Science leading to Bachelor's degree and Post graduate programmes for M.A in English and Economics, M.Sc.in Physics and Mathematics and M.C.A. degrees and several certificate level job oriented, self financing programmes.
The college has 101 full time teachers, 95 non-teaching and technical staff and 1924 undergraduate and post graduate level students.
The college which started offering degree programmes in 1953 was recognized by UGC under section 2f in October 1974 and was granted autonomy at UG level on 11th May 1987. The college was amongst the first few institutions which volunteered for assessment and was accreditated by NAAC as A***** institution in the year 1998.
On completion of the period of five years after the first accreditation by NAAC in the year 1998, the Theresa's College, volunteered to be reassessed by NAAC and submitted the Re-accreditation Report in the year 2004. The Peer Team constituted by NAAC to visit the college and validate the Re-accreditation Report, consisted of Prof. Ashok Pradhan (Chairman), Former Vice-Chancellor, YCMO University, Nasik; Prof. Mamata Satapathy (Member) Emeritus Professor, Department of Physics, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar; Prof. A.K. Saxena (Member), Former Principal, Vijaya Raje Govt.Girls Post graduate College, Gwalior and Dr. Latha Pillai, Advisor, NAAC (Coordinator). Mr.Venkateswarlu, Chairman, OTS Advertising, Vijayawada was associated as Observer from Industry/User Sector. The team visited the college for three days from 28th February to 2nd March 2005.
The Peer Team carefully perused and analysed the Re-accreditation Report submitted by the college. During the institutional visit, the team went through all the relevant documents, papers, visited all the departments and the facilities, of the college. The Peer Team also interacted with the Governing Body, the Principal, faculty members, non-teaching staff, students, parents and alumni of the college. Based on the above exercise, and keeping in mind the criteria identified by NAAC for the process of re-accreditation, the Peer Team is pleased to give its objective re-assessment of the college in the following paragraphs.
SECTION II: CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
CRITERION I: CURRICULAR ASPECTS
The goal and mission of the college is to create integrated women leaders, empowered and endowed with academic excellence, professional traits, communication skills, human values and committed to community and national development and be able custodians of culture and heritage. This is clearly stated in the mission and vision document of the college, which is periodically revised as per the changing scenario. This document forms a part of the college Hand Book, which is distributed to each student of the college at the commencement of the academic session, and is circulated to parents, guardians and other stake holders of the college. The goals and objectives are realised through curricular, co-curricular, extra-curricular, extension activities and outreach programmes. The Internal Quality Assurance Cell(IQAC) set up by the college in 2003, guides the institution in the realization of its goals, objectives, and promotes quality and excellence in its academic, administrative and other activities.
The college imparts both the Undergraduate(UG) and Postgraduate(PG) education in the disciplines of Arts, Science, Home Science and Commerce with a wide array of courses compatible with the set goals and objectives and relevant to national and societal needs. Being an autonomous college since 18 years, it has freedom to design and develop its own syllabi for undergraduate courses as per the over all guidelines of the parent Andhra University, through its Boards of Studies(BOS) and Academic Council. The BOS consisting of college faculty and subject experts drawn from other institutions of higher learning regularly meet, redesign and reframe the syllabi as per the regional, national and global relevance. During the last 5 years major revision in the syllabus has been made in 17 subjects. The contents of the syllabi in most of the subjects include topics relevant to the competitive examinations. It is good to note that the project work has been made a part of the curriculum in all Under Graduate courses. Each curriculum has components of women empowerment, value orientation and skill orientation etc. In addition, value education is being imparted to students as a separate module by holding classes once in a week. Further, the values are inculcated in the students through their practical experience in a set of extension activities, awareness programmes and participation in seminars etc.
During the last five years, the college has introduced 04 self-financing courses -B.Com(computer), Biotechnology, Biochemistry, at UG level and Physics, Mathematics at PG levels. The already existing P.G. Courses: English, Economics and Computer Applications (MCA). The College has also got permission for starting P.G. course in Organic Chemistry from the academic year 2005-06. After the first accreditation the college has made significant changes in the curricular aspects through the introduction of Choice Based Credit System. This system has been introduced for the U.G students from the year 2004-05. The appropriate Credit pattern has been evolved and approved by the Academic Council. The St.Theresa's College is the first college in Andhra Pradesh to introduce such a system. Under the Credit System the College has introduced 19 interdisciplinary Certificate courses like Travel Management, Medical Lab Technology, Basic Medical Instrumentation, Clinical Microbiology, Herbal Therapy, Basics of Mathematics, English for Competitive examinations, Consumer Education etc. Each department floats at least one such course. Every undergraduate degree level student is expected to study one of the above courses during the period of three year.
The college has made good and effective use of its autonomy in planning its curricula. A good assortment of courses consisting of the existing and newly added ones provide students much desired academic flexibility in choosing subject combinations at UG level. The students have to choose a module of three subjects which form the core of the curriculum. In addition, General English and a second language of choice are included. Further, for the first year students a course on Indian Heritage and Culture and for second year students a course on Science and Civilization are compulsory. A new course on Environmental Science has been introduced for the third and fourth semesters. The curriculum also includes three more components viz
Life Coping Skill development module with Spoken English, Value Education and Remedial teaching of weekly one hour each.
Choice Based Credit System enabling students horizontal mobility to choose certificate courses out of 19 such courses floated by the college and obtain additional credit.
Subject electives offering the student in-depth training oriention for imparting practical skill in a subject related course.
The college has launched Entrepreneurship Development Cell(EDC) under IQAC, which in collaboration with District Rural Development Authority(DRDA) of Andhra Pradesh, is offering
EDC courses on Fashion Technology, Glass, Pot and Fabric Painting, Machine Embroidery, Hand Embroidery and Information Technology. These courses provide women in the locality with necessary skills for self-employment. Realising the need of computer knowledge in every aspect of modern life, the college offers computer education to all non-computer students to acquire basic knowledge in computer.
The college has well developed mechanism of collecting feedback on different aspects of the college. It has introduced eight schedules of feedback: Students' entry level, Student-Teacher evaluation, Peer Group evaluation, Self appraisal by staff, Principal's appraisal, Employer's appraisal and Students ' feedback at the exit time. The feedback machanism is working well at the college and has helped it in developing and improving academic programmes, campus environment, infrastructure facilities, computer skill, scientific awareness, research culture, adoption of newer methodology in teaching -learning process etc. It is observed that the whole process of feed back mechanism is carried out in such a way that it has positive impact on the growth of the institution and enhancement of quality of education.
CRITERION II : TEACHING-LEARNING AND EVALUATION
The college admits the students on the basis of merit, as per the norms set by the Andhra University and the guidelines of a minority institution. Three merit lists are prepared and displayed on the notice board with the admission dates. The Admission Committee interviews the selected candidates along with their parents to assess the students' capacity and aptitude and accordingly counsel them to choose the right subject combinations. Being a minority institution catholic students satisfying the minimum eligibility condition are given admission irrespective of merit. A few seats are also reserved as sports quota.
After the admission, the students are given orientation to make them aware of goals, the functioning of the college, its academic programmes, courses offered, extension activities etc. The students are grouped into slow and advance learners, determined through the students' feedback at entry level. Bridge and remedial courses are conducted for the former for two weeks. Effort is being made to bring the slow learners to the main stream through special coaching, counseling, providing requisite study material, conducting special tests etc. Advanced learners are given opportunity to participate in seminars, project works and are encouraged to take up skill oriented credit based certificate courses. Some of the academically bright students are also involved in the preparation of course materials for slow learners, manuals and project report.
The college is constantly experimenting on innovations in teaching-learning methodology. Sustained and continuous efforts are made to shift the focus from teacher-centred pedagogy to learner-centred pedagogy by introducing project work, arranging educational tours, field work, industrial training, surveys, case studies etc. Along with the conventional lectures, students participation in discussions, seminars, quizzes, question-answer sessions, tests, is encouraged. Audio-visual aids, over head projector, slides, transparencies, models, maps, and charts are used as supplementary teaching tools. Students are also motivated to do self-study by consulting books and journals available in the library. They are also encouraged to learn the use of computer and browse the websites to update their knowledge and get latest information on the subjects of their study. Sometimes students are encouraged to prepare a certain topics from the syllabus and teach them in the class in the presence of the teacher. This helps the students who later take up teaching as their profession. The project work forms a part of the curriculum in many departments. It ushers creativity in the students. The students are also encouraged to use modern technology like audio-visual aids, computer aided learning packages, computer, internet etc. in their project work. Surveys and Case Studies are undertaken by professional course students job oriented course students so that they can withstand the challenges of globalisation, liberalisation and privatization, once they leave the college. They are taught how to handle modern equipments, and use the latest technology. The college also invites scientists, professors, industrialists, technocrats, religious leaders, and experts from other walks of life as guest faculty for two sessions in every semester to deliver lectures on the subjects of their expertise. The students are highly benefited by interacting with the guest faculty. The staff and students are also motivated to imbibe human values from these lectures.
During the last five years, the faculty in different departments have produced reading materials, resource materials, and laboratory manuals for the U.G courses which are very helpful for both the teachers and students. Launching of Choice Based Credit System, introduction of compulsory spoken English classes, use of language laboratory for language courses, preparation of charts, maps, models, posters by the students are some of the learner-centred techniques adopted by the college.
The St. Theresa college has qualified faculty consisting of 61 permanent, and 40 temporary teachers appointed by college management of which about 20% are Ph.D degree holders. Six teachers hail from outside the state. Teachers are recruited as per UGC guidelines on the basis of their academic qualification, personal interview by the selection committee followed by teaching demonstration. The college has introduced an innovative Teachers Training Programme for the new recruits named ``Theresian Teacher Improvement Strategies Programme''(T-TIPS) since 2001. Through this programme the newly appointed teachers are given in service training through orientation programmes on teaching methodology, use of latest technology like computer and internet etc. as teaching aids and communication skills etc.
Faculty members are encouraged by the college to update their knowledge and skill by attending refresher courses, orientation programmes, and participation in seminars, symposia, and conference etc. All the teachers are given training in computers. During the last five years 20, teachers have availed the Faculty Improvement Programme(FIP) of UGC to pursue M.Phil and Ph.D programmes. During the said period, the college has organised 30 Faculty Development Programmes, 3 national conferences, 60 seminars/workshops/symposia on curricular development, teaching-learning assessment and 07 research development programmes. Some of the faculty members have acted as resource persons and coordinators. The college has created a interdisciplinary Faculty Forum, where the teachers of the college having latest knowledge about the subject, information and technology are invited to share their knowledge with the faculty members. Annually about 30 teachers are involved in these activities.
It is nice to note that some of the teachers have bagged awards and prizes at university, state, national and international level for innovation for teaching, as best teacher, best NCC officer leadership, NSS activities ect.
The college has devised a four-tier appraisal mechanism for its teacher Self-Appraisal, Principals appraisal, Peer Group appraisal and Students' evaluation of teachers. The feedback from these appraisals are analysed and the teachers are informed about it. It is observed that the whole process is carried out in such a way, that it has a positive impact on the development and growth of the institution and the enhancement of quality of education.
The college follows the semester system for all the courses. The academic performance of the students is assessed on a continuous basis through Internal Continuous Assessment(ICA) consisting of 40 % of marks, the final examination and the semester-end examination. The ICA consists of two periodical tests and one assignment. Students' appraisal is also made on the basis of their performance, co-curricular and extracurricular activities. Attendance and personality evaluation also forms a part of the appraisal. The ward-tutor monitors the progress of the students' academic and extra-curricular activities. At the end of each semester, the college holds a parent-teacher meeting to discuss about the students' progress.
The Examination Cell of the college conducts all the college examinations. There is an examination committee with Principal as the chairperson , who looks after the over all activities of the cell. The results of the periodical tests and semester-end examinations are published within a fortnight of holding the examination. Under Choice Based Credit System credits are allotted to the subjects and the students earn the credits by undergoing the course. However extra credits are given to the students for undertaking choice based certificate courses. The students are allowed to check their answer scripts for the periodical tests. Revaluation of the answer scripts is also allowed for end semester examination.
CRITERION III: RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
The college with both UG and PG courses and autonomous status since 1988, has acquired a research culture which has been appreciably strengthened since the first NAAC assessment in 1998. To give a major thrust to this culture, the college has established a Research Wing under IQAC with the chairmanship of the Principal to coordinate this activity. It guides the staff and students in the selection of the topics of research and the respective methodology to be followed. It provides all information about the relevant journals to be consulted. It helps in getting grants for research projects from the funding agencies like UGC, DRDA, ICMR, DST etc. by providing the necessary information and application forms. The college organises special seminars and workshops on Research Methodology, writing of Research articles, and the process of applying for Research Grants, to educate the staff and students on the ways and means of initiation of research activities.
There has been a notable achievement in terms of acquiring research degrees since the first assessment. As many as 12 faculty members got Ph.D and 10 M.Phil during this period of five years. Since then five minor projects sponsored by UGC have been completed, 12 minor and 04 major research projects have been applied to UGC. One major research project from UGC with total outlay of Rs 5.75 lakhs is operating in the Telugu department. The faculty members have published 30 papers in refereed national/international journals and 11 books. The college has collaborated with several professionals, and non-government bodies in carrying out research projects for the enrichment of the society. These projects are mostly of social relevance intended for social development. Collaborative research with NEDCA for the production of smokeless chula, and with the Department of Research on Oil Palm, Pedavegi on soil analysis and seed analysis are quite useful.
The college also endeavours to inculcate research culture in the students mainly through Project work which in many subjects form a part of the curricula both at UG and PG level. The study undertaken in the project is written in the form of a bound thesis comprising of 50-100 pages is submitted and finally defended in a follow up viva voce examination. The three member panel comprising of Head of the Department, Subject Expert and special invitee examine the thesis. This is analogous to the usual Ph.D examination normally followed in a university.
Some faculty members of the college are sought for guidaiance by other organisations mostly universities and colleges because of their expertise and experience. The Windsor University of Ontario, Canada have availed the consultancy service of English department on Indian writing in English language. However, the college has not generated any revenue by way of offering consultancy, for which the college should strive.
The college has a wide range of laudable extension activities. It has established a Centre called 'Asakiranam' to impart dignity and self-confidence amongst the poorest of the poor and train them for self sufficiency. The rehabilation of such downtrodden people who mostly belong to slum areas is carried out by varieties of training programmes like nursing, vermicompost preparation etc. The college awards diploma to the trainees, and offers as financial support to start their small-scale industries.
The Management, staff and students also adopt some backward villages and develop them by building houses, community toilets and establish schools and initiate projects for income generation.
The college has established the Entrepreneurship Development Cell(EDC) to promote entrepreneurship skill amongst unemployed women through training programmes and thereby provide financial assistance to start small scale business of their own.
The college has established linkage with DRDA a Govt. agency through which it conducts five courses to empower educated unemployed youth, rural women below poverty line and self-help group and make them self-reliant.
CRITERION IV : INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
The College has excellent physical facilities and adequate infrastructure to run the educational programmes and conduct other academic and administrative activities efficiently. The Campus of the College is spread out over 24 acres of land in Gavaravaram Panchayat, Eluru W.G. Dist. The Buildings consist of The Degree Block, The Degree Science Block , The Postgraduate Block, The Commerce Block, The Home Science Block, The Postgraduate Building - II , Auditorium, Library, St. Joseph's Hostel, St. Mary's Hostel, Canteen and Seminar Hall and the Bank Extension Counter. All the Departments are well furnished with Computer and computer aided learning packages. There are 33 laboratories, which are well equipped, spacious and user-friendly. There is a Conference Hall with a seating capacity of 150 which is well furnished and has audio-visual facilities and also has two air-conditioned Guest Rooms. The Multipurpose Hall which can accommodate1200 students is the venue for daily morning assemblies. Administrative Offices have computer and are provided with reprographic facilities. There is a fully equipped Examination Cell. The holistic approach to personality development is catered through The PRARTHANALAYA where in every person has access to worship irrespective of religion. The campus is dotted with a number of trees making it pollution free and eco-friendly. There has been impressive augmentation of the infrastructure and facilities during the post-accreditations period.
The College has a very spacious and well maintained Library with over 62,960 books, 73 National Journals, 2 International Journals and 81 periodicals and magazines and a Research Wing. The Archives section has CDs and old editions for scholars to browse through the information of bygone era. Good number of Books and CDs on General Information , including special editions of Dictionaries, Atlases, books on Personality Development and Encylopedia are available in the library. The UG library has a INTER NET CENTRE Book Bank facility for SC/ST students. Infrastructure development during the last 5 years includes acquisition of 8 computer terminals, installation of internet, library automation ( Acquisition, Circulation, Document Catalogue and Serial Control ) OPAC facility CC TV, photocopying machine and DELNET connectivity. . Library works on open access system and remains open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. allowing optimum use of the facilities.
The College has adequate Computer facilities and other learning resources for all its academic and administrative purposes with access and availability to staff and students. It has 4 air-conditioned Computer centres with 144 computers,. In addition to this, all the Departments, Library, Examination Cell, Administrative Office and the Principal's Office are equipped with latest computer systems. Each Department has developed Computer aided learning packages (CAL) which are available to learners through CDs in the Computer Centre.
The College also has many other useful support facilities on the campus which contribute to effective ambience for academic and administrative activities. There is provision of a Health Centre with a visiting Doctor. The college also has association with nearby Pazzoli Memorial Hospital for treatment of urgent cases. Yoga classes are regularly conducted. Consultation on Nutrition and Ayurveda, various Tests and regular eye care camps are some other useful Health care services available.
The College has good sports infrastructure which includes 200 mts. Track, Courts for Volley ball, Basket ball, Hand ball, Badminton, Kho Kho, Ball Badminton, and Kabbadi. Facilities for indoor games and provision for various athletic events and a small Gym are also there.
A well maintained and adequately equipped Canteen, 4 Water Coolers with acqua guard , Cycle stand and Vehicle Parking, adequate Water supply , 3 Generators, one van and one jeep for transport, etc. are some other facilities available for staff and students.
CRITERION V : STUDENT SUPPORT & PROGRESSION
The college caters to a student population primarily hailing from West Godavari District. Many of them are first generation learners. It has on its rolls 1924 students including a few Tibetian students. They belong to diversified economic and social strata and geographical areas. Roughly 74% are economically backward and 44 % of them are from socially backward strata.
The college effectively monitors the students progression and through various activities assists the students to progress intellectually, psychologically and spiritually. The Research Wing of the IQAC promotes research culture, Exposure trips/educational tours to enable students to gain practical insight into concepts, a series of training programmes launched by the Departments provide coaching for various competitive examinations and Choice Based Credit System serves as an effective instrument of student progression. The students do well in the examinations. The overall pass percentage at UG level is about 94 %, out of which about 60% get first division. At the PG level, the overall pass percentage is about 91 %, many of whom get 1st divisions. During 1999 - 2004 , 54 students of the college got Gold & Silver medals of the University.
Roughly 60 % of the UG students opt for P.G. and 30% of the P.G. students opt for research and 50% P.G. students opt for employment. About 10 % of the final year graduates qualify for various competitive examinations. During the past five years more than 42 students have passed NET/SLET and other examinations. Drop out rate is about 2%.
The College has sufficient and well run support services for all its students. The Admission Counselling Bureau provides information and guidance at the time of admissions. The College Hand Book contains all the information required by the students regarding admissions, academic programmes, fee structure and refund policies , financial aids and concessions and support services etc. The Ward-Tutor system helps newly admitted students in goal orientation and need for values and discipline. The Grievance Redressal Cell chaired by the Principal effectively looks into the grievances and problems of the students. There is provision of Skill Training for students e.g. Computer Basics training in the use of internet, e-mail facilities, Money Management and Resource Management, running of small scale business, editorial work, book reviewing etc. The Mahila Vikas Deepika ( Women's Cell ) works as a tool of progression for Women by empowering them. The Counselling Cell supports the emotional welfare of the students . Its activities include personal interviews, counselling sessions, therapeutic session, problem identification and solving sessions, interactive sessions etc.
The Scholarships Bureau orients students about the availability of scholarships and fee concessions These include Merit, UGC, SC/ST/BC, Physically Handicapped, Jindal Educational Trust Scholarships, Pratibha awards, fee concessions and exemptions for deserving students, awards by benefactors and alumni and financial assistance to children of ex-servicemen. During the last 5 years, 887 students got Government scholarships and 87 got Institutional scholarships.
The Career Guidance and Job Placement Cell guides the students about various career options and avenues for higher education and helps in Campus recruitments. Some Corporates, Colleges/Schools, and reputed Companies recruit through campus-interviews.
The College motivates the students to participate in various co-curricular and extra-curricular activities like sports and recreation, cultural activities, NCC, NSS which develop various skills to foster their holistic development. The students participate in various National/State level Seminars/Workshops. They are also encouraged to participate in State/District level cultural programmes and they have won laurels for the college in a variety of events. The College has been Winner for 6 consecutive years of Inter Collegiate Championship (Andhra University) in Cultural activities.
The College has the unique distinction of having 05 active NSS Units with over 750 students rendering community services towards rehabilitation of Society, collaborative service activities with Govt. bodies and Special Camps to carry out service oriented activities. The NSS units actively participate in various Community Development, Health & Hygiene, Adult Education and Literacy Mission, Peace and National Integration, Environment and Population Control programmes. They also participate in District level Youth Leadership Training Camp.
The College promotes various Sports and Games activities and encourages students to participate in the same. During 1998-2005, 24 students participated at National level, 30 students participated in Inter-University level events and 35 participated at State Level. During 1998-2005, 06 students won Best Player awards and Gold medals at National, 05 at University level and 01 at State level. The College were CHAMPIONS at Andhra University Inter-collegiate Sports & Games Meet for 13 consecutive years ( 1987-2002) and Runners up for 2 years ( 2002 and 2003 ).
About 160 students are actively involved in the NCC unit of the College and some of them have participated in Republic Day Camps, Basic Leadership Camps, Thal Sainik Camp, All India Trekking, National Integration Camp State Republic Day Camp, Indian Mountaineering Camp and Independence Day Camp. One Cadet lead A.P.Contingent at PM's Rally-1998, some cadets have won Best Cadet Awards and Governor's Gold Medals. In 2004, five cadets won Gold at T.S.C. Map Reading Inter GP. In 1999-2000 the College Unit won the Best Institution Award at 3(A) GBN NCC, Kakinada and 2004-05 at 4(A) AGBN NCC, Vijayawada. The NCC Officer of the College has won many awards including the Gold Medal for the Best ANO of the Group.
The Alumnae Association of STC meets annually and helps in the placement of the students and in preparing a profile of the women who are successful in their chosen careers. The feedback from the Alumni Association is made use of by the Management of the College in planning developmental /welfare strategies. Many of the Theresian Alumnae are placed in important Multinational Companies, National Institutes, Universities, Colleges, Business, Administrative services, Social welfare organizations, etc. The Association raises funds for the College and promotes various welfare activities.
The students of the college actively participate in different college/State/Intercollegiate Literary and Cultural activities and win a number of prizes. One student won Gold Medal in All India Painting competition. STC students have the unique distinction of having won top ranking in all Cultural events they have participated in.
The Rotract Club of the College carries out student oriented and community oriented activities aimed at development of professional and leadership skills in the young minds. It institutes awards for students such as Queen of Rotract . In 2001` the Club won Best Rotract Club Shield. Theresian All India Christian University Federation (AICUF) unit caters to the marginalized section of the society and renders service to the College and the Society. The College has also many subject associations and clubs like English Literary Association, The Arts Club, Zoology Club, Commerce Club, Physics PG Club and Maths club etc.
CRITERION VI : ORGANIZATION & MANAGEMENT
The College has a well designed Organizational Structure. The Board of Management has President, Vice President, Secretary and Members and is assisted by the Governing Body, Staff Council, Heads of the Departments and Ward Tutors. The powers and functions of different Functionaries are clearly spelt out. The Principal conducts Academic Audit annually. The Citizens Committee was constituted in 2002 as a liason between the Institution and the public while planning the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the College. The College follows transparency and participation in management. Various Committees are also formed for carrying out different activities.
For the governance of Autonomy, the College has constituted various Bodies, viz., Governing Body, Finance Committee, Academic Council, Boards of Studies, Grievance Redressal Cell . These Bodies meet and function as per UGC Guidelines on Autonomy.
The College has a Perspective Plan for its development and criterion-wise Plans for future development have been spelt out.
In Human Power Planning, the Management is assisted by the Departments in identification of qualified and competent staff. The Staff are exposed to developmental programmes and are trained to upgrade their knowledge and skills. These programmes include F.I.Ps. T-Tips. Refresher courses/Seminars Training in Effective Teaching Methodology for teaching staff and On-the-Job training for non-teaching staff. The college has a system of regular Appraisal of both teaching and non-teaching staff. The Performance Appraisal of teachers is done on the basis of Self-Appraisal and Feedback from the Students and the Peers. The Appraisal of Organization and Management is conducted by the Staff, the students and the non-teaching staff.
The Staff enjoys various privileges such as promotion on the basis of seniority, financial benefits, membership of GLIC, management's guarantee for loans availed, EPF, medical facilities, accommodation on the campus, Housing loans through Banks and special allocation of admission seats for staff children, etc.
The College is effective in resource mobilization and planning developmental strategies. The main sources of financial resources of the College are : Grants-in-aid from the State Govt. Fees from the students and Self-funded courses. The self-funded courses including 19 Certificate courses contribute to resource mobilization. During 2003-04, the College received Rs. 2,65,75,833/- from Grants-in-aid, Rs.19,31,320/- from Fees, and Rs. 48,26,765/- from Self-funded courses . Funds are also mobilised from UGC, Computer Skills resoning and report writing(CSRR) etc. For Xth Plan the College has been sanctioned Autonomy grant of Rs.8,00,000 and Development Assistance of Rs.11,09,760 by the UGC. The Unit cost of Education at U.G. level is Rs.20,875/- with salary component and Rs.4,090/- without salary component. At P.G. level it is Rs.25,302/- and Rs.11,300/- respectively. The finances of the College are allocated and utilized through Annual Budget . At the beginning of the year, the Budget estimates are prepared and approved by the Board of Management Committee and expenditure is done accordingly. The Accounts are internally audited by the Chartered Accountants appointed by the Management. There is provision of Statutory audit by the Accountant General and Office of the Joint Director, Collegiate Education. The UGC grants are utilized as per Guidelines and Utilization Certificates issued by the Chartered Accountants are sent to the UGC. SERO office.
CRITERION VII : HEALTHY PRACTICES
The IQAC has been effectively monitoring the quality enhancement programmes.
Implementation of innovative Teaching-Learning techniques, through programmes like T-Tips, CSRR, seminars, workshops, using LCD's, CD's and e-learning by staff.
Launching of Research wing to guide staff to take up minor, major projects, presentation of papers, articles and promote research culture.
Introduction of Credit System.
Special packages for skill enhancement of students like spoken English, computer skill, value education, remedial teaching.
Launching of a training centre 'Aasakiranam' for slum dwellers in the neighbouring villages to inculcate life coping skills in them is a major step towards community rehabilitation.
Value-based education is provided to all students one hour per week by the ward tutor. A prescribed book on value education designed by the college is provided as source material. A three day value education seminar every year for all students on personality development leadership and family life is also held.
The institution aims at empowering women by training students to be leaders, by inculcating in them spirit of responsibility, team-spirit, commitment, co-operation and coexistence.
SECTION III : OVERALL ANALYSIS
The Peer Team, after careful consideration of the reaccreditation report and after the three day visits to the various departments and physical facilities is pleased to note that the Ch. S.D. St. Theresa's College has made continuous efforts in the sustenance and enhancement of quality.
Apart from the commendations and recommendations made above, the Peer Team would like to note the following specific commendations and recommendations:
The goals and mission of the college are clearly spelt and the college is making excellent effort to achieve it. It has produced a generation of young educated women, empowered with skill, knowledge and awareness.
The college consists of a set of motivated and dedicated teachers, who are willing to shoulder any responsibility for the development of the college.
The college inculcates high sense of values like discipline, devotion and dedication among the students, teachers and staff.
The college has introduced a number of innovative programmes as per the regional, national and global relevance.
The use of modern technology in the teaching-learning process is demonstrated.
The participation of students in seminars, quizzes, discussions, question-answer session and their involvement in the preparation of teaching aids like charts, maps, models and posters is a right step to usher in the learner-centred pedagogy to the teacher-centred pedagogy.
The Government of Andhra Pradesh has adjudged the St. Theresa College as the best college for services under Janma Bhoomi programme.
The college has devised a good mechanism of collecting feedback at 8-tier levels. This has helped the college in improving its curriculum, infrastructure, teaching learning process, campus environment etc.
The College should start more Post graduate Degree level programmes in subjects like Microbiology, Bio-Informatics, Business Administration, Commerce, Social Work etc.
The College office should be further modernized by greater use of computers for the display of the attendance and Examination results of students on the Website, conduct of on-line examinations and other office services.
The use of modern technology for teaching learning process should be further increased.
The teachers should strengthen their scheme of providing study material to the students on newly introduced papers for which books are not easily available.
The Library computerization which is in the process of the completion, should be fully completed and the Library be networked with at least the Post graduate departments initially.
Although there is some improvement in terms of acquiring research qualifications by the members of the faculty, it is not geared up to its full extent. The teachers may be further encouraged for their research publications, apply for more research projects and create a research atmosphere especially in the P.G. Departments.
Career Guidance and Placement Cell should be made more effective.
The Consultancy services may be strengthened and efforts may be made to generate more funds for the college.
The Management should devise a policy for regularizing at least some proportion in of the temporary staff in the stabiles self financing courses
The Peer Team wishes to record its appreciation for the goodwill and cooperation extended by the Governing Body Members, Principal, Coordinators, all members of the teaching and non-teaching staff, parents and alumni for their interaction with them and free and frank discussions. The Team wishes the institution all success in its future endeavourss.
Prof. Ashok Pradhan
Prof. Mamata Satapathy
Prof. A. K. Saxena
Dr. Sr. M. Thresia Cherian
Date: 2nd March 2005
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