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St Xaviers College of Education, Patna, Bihar
St Xaviers College of Education, Patna, Bihar
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Patna (District Patna)
St Xaviers College of Education, Patna Bihar is a recognised institute / college.
St Xaviers College of Education is situated in Patna of Bihar state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Patna comes under Patna Tehsil, Patna District.
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NAAC report of St Xaviers College of EducationSection 1: Preface
The Institute of Teacher Education Digha Ghat Patna was established in October 1988 with an objective to produce well-motivated and competent teachers to cope up with the needs of the State of Bihar. The college has been offering teacher education programme at secondary levels for 100 students. The college got formal approval for the B.Ed course from NCTE vide its letter no F.N. 2799 (12) dated 11/02.1997. It is self-financing institution recognized by the UGC under '2f'. The college has a very clean campus with Teaching Blocks, Library, Science Laboratory, Educational Technology Laboratory, Psychology Laboratory and residence for the principal and other members of management. The college is managed and monitored by the Patna Jesuits (Members of Society of Jesus-a socio-religious organization). It is a co-educational institution admitting students to the B.Ed courses on the basis of written test, interview and group discussion. Being affiliated to Magadh University, the College follows the curricular and co-curricular activities as prescribed by the University for B.Ed course. Every effort is made by the institution to follow the norms of quality education as well as those of the affiliating University. Apart from university prescribed course curricula the college is also putting in efforts to make curriculum rich enough to suit the teacher training needs.
The faculty comprises of 10 teachers including Principal, out of these 9 teachers are permanent teachers and 1 teacher is on contract basis. Of the teaching faculty, 4 teachers hold Ph.D degree and one has cleared UGC-NET. All teachers have post graduate qualifications as per the norms of the UGC and NCTE except one teacher who is a crafts teacher. The number of non-teaching staff members is seven. Out of the 100 students admitted last year 78 belonged to the State of Bihar and 22 belonged to other states. There is a well known school adjacent to the College and owned by the same Society, the college is sharing many of the resources of the school including facilities like computer center, play ground and health centre.
The college submitted its self-study report in December 2003 and the NAAC constituted a peer team comprising of Prof. Nandita Sarma, Professor (Rtd.) Department of Education, Gauahati University (Chairman), Prof. Swarnalata Das, Department of Education, Gauahati University (Member), Prof. S.P, Malhotra Dean Faculty of Education, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra (Memebr). The team visited the college on September 24th and 25th 2004 and looked into physical and infrastructure facilities, interacted with the principal, faculty, staff, students, parents and alumni and visited the cooperating schools. The team verified the documents for further clarifications. The principal Fr. Thomas Karthanam S.J. and coordinator Fr. Scaria Mamootil S.J. and Dr. S. N. Sharma were very helpful in supplying the required information criterion-wise. One of the non-teaching staff members kept the records meticulously and supplied these whenever asked for.
Section 2: Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion I: Curriculum Design and Planning
The college follows the curricular activities prescribed by the University to which it is affiliated. The theory and practical part of the courses are run as per the university norms. Most of the college time and efforts are spent in pursuing the theoretical aspects of the prescribed courses of the affiliating University. Being an unaided institution the college authorities are very clear about the scope lying with their institution to enrich the existing curricula with desired modifications for the benefit of the teacher trainees. This is an appreciable aspect of college functioning. However, the peer team feels that with all the available facilities and infrastructure the college can take up mobility to correlate subjects in the courses or the curriculum other than the prescribed one.
Large numbers of activities are undertaken to supplement theory classes. Students are made to participate in the debates, declamations, workshops etc. Emphasis is placed on the development of teaching and communication skills in the students. In spite of the fact that the affiliating university has annual system, the college has divided the course curricula into two semesters to develop required knowledge base of students and promote continuous evaluation.
Within the B.ED programme, limited course options exist with respect to school teaching subjects and other skill development areas. However, all these options are in conformity with the University courses and syllabi. Efforts are made by the college to give awareness programmes to student teachers in Information Technology and Computers. Introducing some desired software-training programmes to suit the professional needs and research acumen can further strengthen ongoing efforts of the college.
In order to have good interaction with the students and to promote healthy competition college has adopted House System. Inter House and Intra House competitions are held to maintain the motivation in curricular and co-curricular activities. The college teaching staff encourages students to participate in these activities. Further these activities being part of the NCTE curriculum, the college is under obligation to follow all these. In spite of this, initiative of the teaching faculty to blend together curricular and co-curricular activities deserves appreciation.
Criterion II: Curriculum Transaction and Evaluation
Students are admitted to B.Ed. course on the basis of written test, group discussion and interview. The admission process is usually completed by the end of June and classes start from the first week of July of every academic session. The admitted students are provided remedial coaching in spoken English and Hindi, after they are admitted to the college. This is a welcome step on the part of the college in admitting students with required teaching aptitude and providing them remediation in communication skills. There is need that the college establishes a language laboratory by managing some grant from the apex agencies like UGC for developing desired language skills in students.
The institution provides training to its students in using audio visual aids. The teacher-educators themselves use various aids like Overhead projector, charts and models, LCD etc. to supplement their teaching. Most of the teaching aids so far developed are in the area of teaching methods. The faculty further supplements teaching learning with discussions, seminars, assignments and workshops of short duration. The competency of teacher educators needs to be encouraged further.
Another good aspect of the college is that it arranges co-curricular activities as a part of the college programmes. Since students have to be trained in preparing teaching aids as per requirement of the NCTE norms, every effort is made by the college to provide opportunities to the students in developing required skills. Microteaching sessions are organized in simulation to train students in teaching skills. More than five skills are imparted in three to four days earmarked for the purpose.
Another feature of the college is that it functions for 203 days out of which 182 are teaching days. Though it is the requirement of the NCTE norms, still to be able to maintain the required number of teaching days is a Herculean task especially when the sessions of Magadh University are not running as per schedule. Every teaching day is of six hours duration.
The University to which the college is affiliated does not have internal assessment system as per its prescribed syllabus. Internal assessment is only carried out in practicum. All theory papers are evaluated externally. The ratio of external assessment and internal assessments is quite low. Apart from these limitations, the college evaluates its students by two semester tests and class tests. The scores obtained by students in the two semester tests and class tests are credited. Participation in the seminars, co-curricular activities etc. are encouraged. Internal assessment scores in practicum are sent to the university directly. Semester tests are conducted purely as a replica of the external testing procedure adopted by the University (to which the College is affiliated). The peer team is of the opinion that there is scope in view of its dedicated cadre to use innovative procedures of evaluation even if the college has to function according to the procedure laid by the affiliating University. The peer team will further like to recommend here that some procedure be worked out with the help of decision-making bodies of affiliating university so that the annual examinations are conducted as per schedule and the results are declared in time.
The faculty is recruited by advertising in the leading newspapers. The college recruits the permanent faculty by holding interviews through properly constituted interview committee. College has freedom to appoint teachers. Preference is given to those having school teaching experience. This aspect of linking teacher training with school teaching experience is appreciable
The teachers so far recruited in the college are qualified academia having contributed to the development of teaching profession. It has been observed that most of the teachers in the college are having long experience in the field and are above 55 years of age. Some teachers including principal are above sixty. In this way the college is utilizing the experience and maturity earned by the teaching faculty over the years. Three teachers of the college are recipients of NCERT national award for innovative practices.
The teacher evaluation is done by self-appraisal system. Appraisal forms are given at the end of each session though not frequently discussed among the members of the staff or management. A little modification of the items in the self-appraisal proforma can make the teachers expressive of their abilities. Feedback is given to the teachers by the principal. One of the healthy practices that can be observed in the college functioning is that the classes are regularly supervised by the principal. The feature is indicative of the fact that feedback coming from regular interaction with peers and principal can be more helpful to the teachers to further improve upon.
The teachers are encouraged to participate in the national and international seminars and conferences. Most of the teachers of the college have participated in the seminars and conferences. The teachers have also been attending refresher courses regularly. One very good aspect of the college functioning is that college has been organizing seminars for the benefit of the staff members and the teaching community. Some sponsored seminars are organized on the campus of city schools to make teachers aware of different teaching methodologies. During the last few sessions the college has organized six such seminars. This speaks of the aptitude of the college faculty and administration about the academic and professional development of the teaching staff and extending their expertise to the school systems.
The college has been utilizing its resources for the benefit of the community surrounding it. The linkage has been established with IGNOU for conducting its B.Ed distance education programme. Most of the college teachers are involved in conducting the programme.
Criterion III: Research, Consultancy & Extension
The college has been engaged in developing research atmosphere with the available expertise and infrastructure. The teachers are engaged in the research process. They are encouraged to do research work by the college. Some secretarial assistance is also provided to the teachers engaged in research activities by the college. The research potential lying with the college faculty can be further developed if some good research projects could be pursued with some apex funding agencies. Funds will enhance the scope of research and vision of the teachers.
There is much scope for utilizing consultancy services available in the institution. The potential lying with the college about managing educational institutions may be fully utilized for providing consultancy services for educational management of the schools and colleges in the city. Also there is a need that college prospectus publicizes the expertise available with the staff in different types of skills.
The college participates in various extension activities with different designate officer incharges. Additional charge has been given to the teachers in the college for providing extension activities. Both teachers and the students participate in the extension activities. The extension work mainly includes community development, working with schools and schoolteachers, educating out-of-school children, environment awareness programmes, and adult literacy. However, being a missionary institution there is a scope that the college takes up extension activities in the areas of health and hygiene awareness, teaching the blind and the orphans etc.
The teachers of the college are already seen as method masters by the neighbouring schoolteachers. It speaks about the expertise of the teacher educators. However, There is need that the teacher educators visit the neighbouring school once in a week and give some model lessons in their method subjects so that the schoolteachers can improve upon their teaching methodology. Similarly lessons of some good teachers be observed by the student teachers as well as teacher educators and skills involved in the process be analyzed for the benefit of student teachers. Some research projects like this may help to improve upon the existing system of teacher training at B.Ed level.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college is spread over 2.5 acres of land on the banks of river Ganges. The institution is housed in good building with sound infrastructural facilities. It has all the infrastructural facilities as per the requirement of the NCTE for admitting 100 B.Ed students. Apart from required teaching rooms and laboratories for the students of education, some of the facilities are shared with the school nearby the college. These include computer laboratory, play grounds and health center.
The said infrastructure is maintained through college funds. However, being a recognized institution under 2f of the UGC, the college is looking forward to establish book bank with the help of the UGC for development of the institution. Every effort is made by the college to maintain the building and other infrastructure through self-service as per the philosophy of the institution. Apart from the employees engaged for the purpose, students participate house-wise in maintenance activities.
The optimal use of the infrastructure needs to be promoted. The facilities of computers need to be further explored for use in teaching learning process, automation of library and administrative management. College has already started utilizing the facility by cataloguing all the books on computer. The school, whose computer laboratory the college is sharing, has already started automation of office work. Similarly some Computer Assisted Instructional material can be easily developed by the college for the students of its cooperative schools. Much of the infrastructure can be best utilized for raising funds and providing community resources.
The college organizes regularly beautification campaigns to keep college clean and pollution free. Students under the mission and vision of self-help and self-service do all this for their personality development. Further in their house system, they are made responsible for keeping the campus clean.
The college has a good library with10027 books. There are sufficient number of books and journals for the education of students. It is good that the college is subscribing journal of NCERT, AIU etc. A few journals from other bodies like UGC, NIEPA etc. may be added to the list. Every year college adds to the stock of books. Efforts are made to get grant from the sources like UGC for adding titles in the college library. Another good thing is that college collects good number of books from the donors. In this way the college has added large number of books in English literature. There is still scope to add some reference books and education encyclopaedia to the stock of books. It will help developing good reading habits and knowledge base of students. The facilities like Xerox are available with the college library. The library opens for all the working hours of the college on all working days of the session. It goes to the credit of the college that the activities of the library like lending of the books, stock verification, purchase of the books etc. are being computerized.
The college has been utilizing the facility of computer center lying with the school near the college. On the college campus there are 6 computers and 4 printers. The software packages available are mainly MS-office. The computers are available in the cabin of the principal, college office, library and methods rooms. The computer facility is mostly used to provide awareness to the students. There is scope to utilize this for developing self-learning packages for the students of schools and the college. The college faculty can always go for empirical validation of the CAI material. Since the college is organizing teaching learning activities, self-learning packages can be the part of the curriculum transaction. Also there is ample scope for data analysis by the computer centre for the teachers or students engaged in research activities or fieldwork.
The college is making use of the healthcare services available with the nearby school. A permanent trained nurse is always available for the health problems of the students. Even private practitioners in the city are available with the college to help the students.
The college is judiciously using the facility of playground of the co-operating school for various types of sports. Even the swimming pool of the school is available to B.Ed students for activities related with learning swimming. Playgrounds are available for playing games like hockey, Basketball and badminton. However, optimum utilization of these facilities is desired.
The students participate in different functions being organized for the students in the college. They have been winning various prizes in cultural programmes. The students have been making their mark and creating an impact in different co-curricular activities of the college.
Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
The college being a professional institution, all students of B.Ed appear in the University examination. Dropout rate is near nil. The pass percentage is invariably 98 percent or above. The schools in Patna and in the vicinity of the college prefer the products of the institution. The college needs to have a formal placement and guidance cell for students to take care of their placement.
Regular feedback from students is provided to teachers. Students evaluate their teachers and the feedback is passed on to the teachers for further improvement. This is one of the good features of the institution. However, the questionnaire needs to be made more comprehensive to provide specific and crisp feedback.
The college has its alumni association formed only last year that is December 2003. There is a need to strengthen the alumni association and formally register it for getting the required benefits. This will help providing impetus to the employment opportunities to the students.
The college provides financial help to the students through merit scholarships, loans and other financial aids received from the Indo-German scholarship scheme. The effort on the part of the college is appreciable. If some banks are contacted for financial loans to the students, larger number of students can be benefited.
The teachers of the college provide personal and academic counselling. Since the student teacher ratio is quite logical and rational, the teachers in the college maintain personal contact with every student. Students do consult teachers for their personal, academic and vocational problems.
Criterion VI: Organization and Management.
The college has well-organized management system. There is a local as well as central managing committee to look after the college management. There are teacher representatives on the local management committee. However, autonomy is given to the college principal to organize and manage the college. The financial and academic advice by the management is provided to the Principal from time to time. Apart from this, there is an external management to control the functioning of the college.
The committee of the NCTE has also visited the college for maintenance of the norms for the professional programme. The intention of the college management to provide quality education to the students is quite apparent from the fact that college has been voluntarily inviting visiting committees from the NCTE and the NAAC for the academic, social and administrative auditing. A regular visit of such committees will help in injecting professionalism to the teacher education programme.
The teaching staff for the college is recruited as per the norms prescribed by the University and the NCTE. The recruitment is made through open selection. The College is committed to follow NCTE norms regarding staff structure. The non-teaching staff is similarly recruited by advertising the post and then selecting them through properly constituted selection committee.
Performance appraisal of the teaching staff is done by self-appraisal performa. The appraisal is further made by the principal. There is little difference in the dimensions of appraisal by self and principal. The appraisal of the non-teaching staff is done by annual confidential report written by the principal of the college. The communication between the staff and the management is direct and no intermediaries are utilized for the purpose.
Various welfare schemes for the students are available in the college. The welfare schemes for the staff include contribution towards the provident fund and gratuity etc. Special staff welfare schemes like pension facility need to be added. A grievances redressal cell can be added to the college management functions.
The college needs to give due consideration to the training of non-teaching staff. They can be trained in the use of computers in the office. Providing opportunities to the non-teaching staff to upgrade their qualifications will be of great help to the college as well as management.
Salaries of the staff are borne by the college management. Fee collected from the students are the only resource available with the college. The annual tuition fee given by each student is nearly Rs. 20,000/- including other charges. The college needs to rethink over resource generation. The expertise of the teacher educators, conducting seminars for the benefit of the school teachers can be well utilized for raising resources.
Section 3: Overall Analysis
The general impression, the peer team gained after the visit, is that due to the conscious efforts on the part of the management and the staff, the academic and professional climate has been generated in developing excellent human behaviour of pupil teachers for future growth and development. Since the college works with a mission the work ethic is interwoven into the functioning of the college system. Clarifications were sought during peer team interaction sessions with the Principal, Staff, Students and the Management. The discussion and external evaluation by the Peer team clearly stipulates that the institution has a band of dedicated workers fulfilling the vision of their mentor bringing the uniqueness of this institution into light. In sum and substance, the college operates on sound educational, professional and participatory management principles. The institution is rendering valuable service in the State of Bihar. The college deserves to be an institution imparting post-graduate courses in the discipline of Education. The way the college is contributing to the society around it and developing professionalism makes a case for the college to be made an autonomous college of the area. Many of the features of the college are worth emulation by other teacher education institutions of the geographical area.
The institution is working with a mission and the functioning of the college matches its objectives.
The students are given value-based education.
The norms established by apex bodies are seriously followed.
Effort is made to train the students professionally and equip them with latest technological skills in the field of student teaching.
The track record of the college in extension work and social service sector is excellent.
The teachers in the college may make use of teaching aids to strengthen their teaching in discipline of Education.
The research acumen of teachers may be strengthened by having more research publications.
Research projects may be undertaken by teachers in areas that provide an empirical basis for institutional development.
Future projections for the progress of the college-needs to be done in a combined forum of teachers, students and the managing committee.
The alumni association may be strengthened to help the college academically and financially.
Efforts be made to utilize the competence of the teachers for providing consultancy services to the nearby schools and colleges.
Library in the college be fully computerized by including text in the books part of the automation process. Some latest reference books and educational encyclopaedia will enrich the library. Some software for automation be purchased to give shape to this aspect.
Exhibition of the charts and models prepared by the student teachers be organized annually and the cooperating schools be gifted these teaching aids.
More interaction is required between cooperating schools and the college to impress upon the schools to adapt innovative teaching methodologies.
Some of the welfare programmes for the staff be made part of the college quality management.
Staff quarters need to be constructed for the benefit of the existing staff.
Prof. Nandita Sarma,
Prof. Swarnalata Das
Prof. S. P. Malhotra
Fr. Thomas Karthanam S.J.
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