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Mar Thoma College, Tiruvalla, Kerala
Mar Thoma College, Tiruvalla, Kerala
Tiruvalla (District Pathanamthitta)
Kerala, IndiaPin Code : 689103
Mar Thoma College, Tiruvalla Kerala is a recognised institute / college. Status: Govt./Aided.
Mar Thoma College, Tiruvalla Kerala was established on / in 1952.
Mar Thoma College, Tiruvalla Kerala is situated in Tiruvalla of Kerala state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of Mar Thoma College, Tiruvalla Kerala is 0469-2605843.
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Website of Mar Thoma College, Tiruvalla Kerala is http://www.marthomacollege.org/.
Contact Details of Mar Thoma College, Tiruvalla Kerala are : Telephone: +91-469-2630342
CoursesMar Thoma College, Tiruvalla Kerala runs course(s) in Degree, Commerce stream(s).
B.A., B.Sc, B.Com, M.A., M.Sc, Ph.D(English, Zoology, Botany, Economics, Physics, Chemistry)
BA Economics , English , Politics, History, BSc Maths , Physics Chemistry , Botany,Botany (v) , Zoology , B.Com (v).M.Sc. Microbiology & Biotechnology (self-financing) MAEnglish, Economics. MSc Maths, Physics, Chemistry (Pure), Chemistry (Analytical)Botany, Zoology,
Approval details: Mar Thoma College is affiliated with Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam (Kerala)
Profile of Mar Thoma CollegeFounded in 1952, Mar Thoma College is one of the six institutions of higher learning administered by the Mar Thoma Church. The Church ventured into the field of higher education out of the firm conviction that it has a vital role to play in the task of moulding the lives of young men and women, who should prove themselves worthy before men and God and equipping them to meet the stern challenges of life. From a small beginning with 250 students and 12 teachers, the College has grown into a premier educational institution with 103 members on the teaching staff, 71 non-teaching staff and about 1500 students on the rolls today. The College, accredited by NAAC in 1998-the first college to do so in Kerala, attained the unique distinction of being the first re-accredited college with A grade in the Mahatma Gandhi University.
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NAAC report of Mar Thoma CollegeSECTION I
Mar Thoma college, Tiruvalla, was established in 1952. It is now affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala. The College is a grant-in-aid institution recognized by the UGC under 2(f) and 12(b) of the UGC Act 1956. It is located in a campus area of 14.5 acres. It has a student strength of 1449. There are 1216 in UG courses (561 Men and 655 Women) and 233 in PG (84 Men and 149 Women). There are 111 permanent teachers, 64 non-teaching staff and 4 technical staff. This college was the first to be accredited in Kerala by the NAAC in 1998. The college submitted its RAR to NAAC in November 2004 for a voluntary reassessment and reaccredidation. The council constituted the Peer Team under the Chairmanship of Prof. C. K. Kokate (Former Vice Chancellor of Kakatiya University, Warangal), Prof. Shakuntala Katre (Dean of Science, Bangalore University) and Rev. Dr. Francis Soundararaj (Former Principal, Madras Christian College, Tambaram) as Members. The Peer Team visited the institution between 10 and 12 February, 2005. The team interacted with the Principal, the Management, the faculty, non-teaching staff, parents, students and alumni; and received additional evidences made available to them. Based on these and the analysis of the RAR, the Peer Team presents this assessment report prepared within the frame of the seven criteria of NAAC set up for the purpose.
2. CRITERION -WISE ANALYSIS
2.1. Criterion I - Curricular Aspects
The college aims at creating well-rounded youth invested with skills for nation building. The use of modern technology in education is emphasized. It has been striving to equip them for competitive excellence by promoting quality consciousness.
The goals and objectives of the institution are clearly made known to various constituents - students, teachers, parents and the public - through the annual prospectus, college calendar, hand-book and the website. The academic programme of each day begins with a silent prayer. The goal of shaping ideal personalities who are sensitive to the spiritual, social and cultural demands on them to build the nation with responsibility is reflected in the curriculum followed through the day. Students are carefully prepared to accomplish institutional goals and missions in their life and work.
2.1.2 Curriculum Development
Many members of the faculty sit on the academic bodies of the university and they influence policy and sometimes succeed in bringing about desired curricular changes. Restructured syllabi have been implemented at the UG and postgraduate levels. Some courses are semesterized. The college has also introduced two vocational courses (B.com. and B.Sc botany). It has also started a postgraduate diploma course in computer applications and two certificate courses in communicative English and functional Hindi. Teachers of the college attend syllabus making workshops conducted by the M. G. University and many serve as BOS members. However, the policy of curriculum development that facilitates learner-choice and temporal flexibility may be adopted within constraints of the affiliating system, to the extent possible.
2.1.3 Programme Options
The college offers a wide variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in arts, science and commerce faculties. UG : 4 in the arts stream (economics, English, history and political science) and 5 in the science stream (botany, chemistry, mathematics, physics and zoology). Two-year PG courses are offered in economics, English, mathematics, physics, chemistry, botany and zoology. The college also offers a PG Diploma course in computer applications and two certificate courses in (1) communicative English and (2) functional Hindi. There are also short term courses in computer education. Two UG and one M.Sc (analytical chemistry) programmes were started during the last five years. Two more PG courses (M.Sc microbiology and M.Sc biotechnology) have been sanctioned and are proposed to be initiated during 2005 - 2006. Professional competence is sought to be imparted through project work done by students for top level establishments.
2.1.4 Academic Flexibility
Mixed ability learner-groups are identified on the basis of their understanding and abilities of comprehension and performance in oral/written tests, assignments and seminars. Additional help to slow learners is rendered through remedial teaching, assignments, problem-solving sessions, interactive discussions and through personal mentoring by the teachers concerned. Remedial classes are conducted on Saturdays and holidays and before and after regular classes on weekdays. Advanced learners are helped to attain higher levels of learning by attending university-level academic programmes and by doing reference work on research articles. Students are given training by the Career Guidance Cell to appear for such competitive examinations as UGC/CSIR, NET, SET, CAT and others. The talent nurturing strategy, 'Brains Trust' has achieved visible success in student development.
2.1.5 Feedback Mechanism
Feedback from students is sought annually, both on courses of study as well as performance of teachers. Results of teacher performance appraisals made by students on the basis of a questionnaire are verified and, wherever necessary, corrective measures are adopted. During the visit of expert academic peers, suggestions and recommendations obtained from them regarding the working of departments are conveyed to the institutional head, for initiation of corrective measures. PTA also gives feedback. Feedback received from students on teacher performance and curricular programmes need to be more systematically analysed for appropriate follow-up action.
2.1.6. Observations of the Earlier Peer Team
Most of the feedback from students, teachers and staff are informal. A formal mechanism for self-appraisal needs to be established. Some of the theory subjects need to be supplemented with modules of application. Integrated additional courses are a helpful means of achieving this.
In response to the observations made by the earlier Peer Team, restructured syllabi are now adopted. Postgraduate courses are semesterized. Botany and commerce vocational courses are career-oriented. The UGC has sanctioned three value added courses - Communicative English, Communicative Hindi and Visual Communication The Departments of English and Hindi have started certificate courses in communicative skills and functional tasks.
3.1 Criterion II - Teaching and Learning And Evaluation
3.1.1. Admission Process
The admission procedures laid down by the university and the government are strictly followed. Admissions are based on both merit and interview. The Management is sensitive to the requirements of economically and socially weaker sections of students. Generally the college receives applications five times the number of seats for UG and at the PG course, it is 8 : 1.
3.1.2. Catering to Diverse Needs
Special attention is bestowed upon the admission of disadvantaged learners. Student abilities are tested on admission. The college offers orientation/bridge courses for freshers and in each department external resource persons are involved in the process. Tutorial sessions are also organized.
3.1.3. Teaching - Learning Process
The institute follows a lecture-cum-participatory method of teaching. In certain subjects students are asked to make brief oral presentations before the commencement of instruction by teachers. Students are encouraged to clarify their doubts (if any) in the class. Students also participate in seminar, presentation of papers, quiz and other supportive practices. They are encouraged to use the Internet facility.
The teaching is largely learner-oriented. Teachers make use of modern pedagogy- OHP, LCDs, media centre labs, learning CDs, VCP, reprographic support etc.-to supplement teaching. A few staff members also use software packages made available to them in the 'Media Centre' as Computer-Aided Learning devices.
The two new vocational courses introduced during the current session provide for on-the-job training. There are letters of intent for collaboration with MILMA, MELAM and ICICI Bank for the purpose.
3.1.4. Teacher Quality
Twenty-two per cent of the teachers possess doctoral degrees. Teachers plan a teaching schedule prepared term-wise. Details are prepared in a proforma designed for the purpose in advance of the schedule of teaching. Midcourse corrections are adopted during the departmental meetings. Faculty members avail themselves of these facilities. Eighteen teachers have utilized the FIP facility of the UGC to complete their M.Phil / Ph.D work, between, 1998 and 2004.
3.1.5 Evaluation of Teaching
Performance of teachers is assessed by students through a structured questionnaire made available to them. Teacher performance is also assessed by the university during promotions through self-appraisals.
3.1.6. Evaluation of learning
Student performance is continuously assessed through proper evaluation methods. Each UG and PG class is under the mentorship of a teacher who monitors class work. Attendance and academic performance of students are recorded on the evaluation file. Internal assessment is a part of the evaluation. Marks are awarded for attendance, seminars, assignments and class tests. In some departments, project work is also arranged as a part of the internal evaluation. Twenty per cent of the total marks in each course is allotted to internal assessment.
Results of the periodic assessments made of student performance are communicated to them and their parents. Several departments collaborate with other organizations for the exposure of learners to real-life situations.
3.1.7. Evaluation reforms
Evaluation is by and large conventional. Terminal summative assessment methods are followed. Tests and examinations are marginally replaced by seminars.
3.1.8. Observations of the first Peer Team
The first Peer Team observed that teachers should refer to recent books and be aware of current trends of knowledge in each subject. Student evaluation of teachers has to be introduced in a more structured form with effective follow up to appraise the teacher of his or her strengths. They may be made aware of areas which need their attention for improvement.
The college has embarked on a definite plan to enhance the quality of teaching-learning. Class rooms have been modernized. Internet use has been enhanced, ICT is being better utilized; use of computer-aided teaching-learning has been enhanced.
4.1. Criterion III - Research, Consultancy And Extension
The research performance of the college has improved since the visit of the first Peer Team in 1998. Enhancement of research activity with greater support from funding agencies is evident in subsequent research accomplishments. These initiatives, however, need to be strengthened to make research at a postgraduate institution such as this reach greater perfection in both quantum and quality. Extension work done by the NSS is commendable. Sustained rural services through focused outreach projects often achieve a greater impact on the target community, besides building a curriculum-extension interface, than sporadic acts of social service.
4.1.1 Promotion of Research
The college provides facilities for research not only by extending facilities of infrastructure but offering many other forms of support as well. Laboratories for research have added new equipment although more adequate sophisticated instrumentation needs to be acquired soon. Other facilities are : (a) monitoring committees such as the College Research Committee and the Project Monitoring Committee; (b) publication of the bi-annual research journal, Rational Discourse; (c) provision for free processing facilities including IT back-up; (d) augmentation of library resource services with the addition of new books besides 42 national and a few international journals; (e) access to the Internet; (f) assistance given to researchers to write proposals for projects ; and (g) the creation of six centres of research with 18 research guides in different disciplines. The language laboratory of the English Department is a helpful addition for new initiatives in language and pedagogic research. These strategies of research promotion have considerably helped to promote research among both students and the faculty of the college. At present research is far too much of a conventional routine to be considered significant and exemplary. The direction of growth is well defined, but the growth itself has to be strenuously worked for.
4.1.2 Research Output
The research qualification of the faculty of the college has marginally improved. Of the 111 members of the faculty, 25 have Ph.Ds (23%). A large number of them have acquired the first research degree, viz., M.Phil. Five major research projects are funded by the state and the central governments, at an outlay of Rs.14.65 lakhs; the UGC and ICAR have sponsored 6 minor projects at 2.9 lakhs; the UBCHEA (a global Christian educational body) has given assistance for seven projects at 6.89 lakhs and the college marginally subsidises student projects. The Best Teacher award given to a teacher by Air India and 'Malayala Manorama' is commended. As suggested by the earlier Peer Team, a concerted effort to obtain major and minor project grants from funding agencies can build the reputation of the college as a significant research centre.
4.1.3. Publication Output
Research Publications in last seen years include 5 in international journals, 16 in refereed journals and 28 in college journals. Seventeen books and 8 abstracts were published. Student projects are subsidized by the college as and when the need arises. The publications made so far have not been tested for their quality by calculations of the impact factor and the number of citations. Development of research in due course may help acquire such quality. It is commendable that Ph.D scholars and, sometimes the PGs, are required to practise open defence of their work in front of expert audiences.
Consultancies offered by the faculty are generally honorary. However, earning Rs.26,800 /- for a socio-economic survey of Tiruvalla by students and teachers of the college for the municipal administration of the town is a commendable initiative which can lead to more substantial academic consultancies. Honorary consultancies offered include services rendered to development blocks, local agencies to set up a football court and to schools for setting up libraries and laboratories.
4.1.5 Extension Work
Most of the extension work is done by NSS. Community development, medical check up to those who need it, health and medical services offered and blood donation camps are among its routine programmes.
4.1.6 Participation in Extension
Both faculty and students participate in the activities of the NSS and NCC. They also assist the Counselling Centre, the Community Extension Cell, and the Medical Club. The Women's Cell of the college trains rural women in tailoring. Participation in extension activity needs better planning for greater frequency as well as sustainability of the services offered, with a rightly defined focus on the mutual enrichment of curriculum and extension.
Research collaboration is limited. However research funding has been augmented since the last review in 1998. DST, CSIR, STED, and the overseas agency UBCHEA have funded several projects. The collaboration with the local municipality for a survey of Tiruvalla is a welcome initiative. Other instances of such co-operation in extension work with NGOs, Block Development, schools and rural communities are appreciable. If they are pursued in a more organized way, they can help develop a community-college network. Of industrial collaboration, and co-operation with other research agencies, both within the country and overseas, there is little evidence. This area needs development.
4.1.8. Observations of the First Peer Team
The First Peer Team drew the attention of the college to the need to (a) raise the standard of the journal Rational Discourse by including articles of proven quality; (b) direct researchers to be involved in cotemporary thrust areas in order to avoid uncritical routinisation; (c) update instrumentation in labs ; and (d) to obtain more sponsored research projects. The college has done its best during the last five years to rectify some of these, but it may do more to raise the quality of research to attract patents in science and to make a significant impact on knowledge creation in other branches of study such as humanities and languages. The language laboratory is a good support for such advancement. It can help in the improvement of the oral communication of many students of the college and others outside. Reliance on experts and outstanding scientists may be augmented in order to offer leadership in research.
5.1 Criterion IV - Infrastructure and Learning Research
Infrastructure is adequate for maintaining existing programmes. Books, and national journals represent a wide range of studies. Library services have been partially automated. The computer centre and departmental computers have begun serving day to day needs of the students and faculty. The language laboratory has opened up possibilities of courses in communicative skills. The extension of the use of thee facilities to more learners and teachers is desirable.
5.1.1 Physical Facilities
Physical facilities have been augmented to meet the needs of academic, co-curricular and administrative functions. There are enough class-rooms to accommodate all classes. Each department has a room for the HOD and the faculty and contiguous rooms in the same block for the classes to meet. Administrative office space is adequate to accommodate all functionaries and units of the college such as NSS and NCC. There are vast play-grounds and well equipped laboratories for all sciences. The addition of the Golden Jubilee Block to mark the Golden Jubilee of the college can accommodate a modern library, more class rooms, a conference hall and a research centre. The UGC has sanctioned 4.7 lakhs for the construction of a block to accommodate the bio-sciences, microbiology and biotechnology. The multi-gym installed recently is another facility available to a large number of students.
5.1.2. Maintenance of Infrastructure
The authorities of the college maintain the infrastructure. The instrumentation centre attached to the physics department takes care of the maintenance of all pieces of equipment in all the laboratories. Sufficient funds are released by the management for the expenditure incurred on maintenance not covered by state grants. The infrastructure facilities are optimally utilized for additional courses, practice and for conduct of state and central examinations. Playgrounds are well used after college time by junior players under the scheme, 'Football Academy'. The gym is also used by men and women through the week. Vocational training, provided under the UGC vocational programmes, is offered outside the regular schedule of work.
5.1.3 Library as a Learning Resource
The Library is adequate for existing users. It is well equipped with learning resources. It has 55,000 books, 5 international and 42 national journals. It has a reference section, a reading section and an issue section. The Chief Librarian is assisted by ten other staff. The library has reprographic and computer facilities open to both faculty and students. The library also provides IT facilities for both faculty and students. It is well furnished to meet most of the needs of its users. Research assistance is given to scholars and students are helped to prepare their projects report by doing reference work.
5.1.4 Computers as a Learning Resource
There are 31 terminals in the computer centre and ten departments have their own computers. The centre works between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm. Computer training is offered by the centre to all sections of the college community. Short, medium and long duration courses are offered on subsidized rates. Students of mathematics and physics do their computer practicals at the centre. A one year PG diploma course is also offered to any student who want it. The centre was given an amount of Rs. 1,20,000 in last year's budget for maintenance. The centre has helped in the partial automation of the library and administrative services. Internal networking, longer duration of use, accessibility and moderate cost are necessary facilities the computer centre will want to provide in the interest of the optimum utilization of this valuable learning resource.
5.1.5 Other Facilities
College provides most other facilities as well. There are hostels for women. The playground and the stadium provide space for most ball games and athletic events. There is a multi gym which is used by many students. There are student counselling and placement centres. There are many separate toilets for men and women. There is a Medical Club which acts in an emergency to contact physicians for help. However, there is no health centre. There are no staff and faculty residences on campus.
5.1.6 Observation of the First Peer team
The First Peer Team observed some inadequacies. The absence of the book bank facility for the benefit of the socially deprived; the inadequacy of cubicles in the library which denies researchers the comfort of carrels; the absence of Internet, e-mail and fax and the limited duration of working in the library were all pointed out them. While the college has attended to most of them, it has to develop infrastructure to state of the art and enhance IT support to the optimum in the interest of quality performance.
6.1. Criterion V : Student Support And Progression
6.1.1. Student Profile
The student profile of the college shows a homogenous composition of youth from a semi-urban background who belong to the same state. The student strength is 1449; and 55% of it comprises women students. The social profile indicates a fairly large section which belongs to the backward, most backward and scheduled categories. The academic profile is one of mixed ability with a large number of them who are educated through a regional medium while a small number educated in better feeder schools are advanced learners. Student progression, therefore, requires complex pedagogic and educational strategies.
6.1.2 Student Progression
Academic progression made to pass the end of the year examination has been quite good with results generally remaining constant with a pass percentage veering between 80% - 90% or above in a few cases. The percentage of dropouts is negligible. Social mobility is attested by a considerable percentage of alumni being in professions, business, politics, film industry, administrative and other services and in positions of leadership inland and abroad. Vertical mobility is evident in a large number taking to academic pursuits and to teaching. The success of students in national and international examinations has been substantial: 27 have passed NET during the past five years. Other figures are SET : 76, CAT : 12, TOEFL 42; and Defense Services : 7. Overall student progression in the college has been achieved partly through the committed services of a dedicated body of teachers.
6.1.3. Student Support
The multi-layered student support systems has been a source of strength to accomplish success in student progression. Information dissemination, library and computer services, the sports field, counseling and placement centres and, above all, the guidance and mentoring services constitute the system. Information about the college is disseminated to freshers by means of the annually updated prospectus, hand book, the college website, newspapers and alumni effort. Instructional support is given by a planned and well monitored pedagogic programme which leads more than 90% of students to outstanding success in examinations. In addition, mentoring wards through a tutorial system has reinforced success. The library, equipped with a large number of books and a few (5) international and national journals along with computer amenities assistance is an indispensable learning resource. Remediation of impediments to learning by means of bridge and communication courses is a useful support to slow learners. The college offers personal counselling through the services of two professional counsellors. It gleans talent and nourishes it with strategies such as the Brainstrust, Bestarts, the Talent Day and other such arrangements. The support systems of the college have enabled learners to emerge as full-fledged men and women well prepared to meet the challenges of life.
6.1.4 Student Activities
Student support and progression have yielded fruit in vibrant student activity in class room and on field, and in leadership and service. The spiritual and secular leaders the college has groomed in all walks of life are witnesses to the success of the education the college has provided through its history. The student activity in NSS and NCC, the laurels won in track and field, the extension work done through the college and the ambience generated by the life style more than attest the achievement of progression. Apart from the academic achievements reported elsewhere, the breath of extension activities is appreciable. The survey of the village Kakkathuruthu, the nursery school and tailoring course, the prompt and substantial assistance to the families of the students affected by tsunami, blood donation, care for the orphans at Muthoor and Kunnamthanam, the short term computer programme given to school children, lab training for plus two students and other services deserve mention.
Student progression has been sustained and appreciable. Nevertheless the self-confidence and communication skills required to meet challenges ahead may be more effectively initiated through a development of appropriate skills. The care bestowed upon middle level and low achievers and on slow learners alone can equip the student body as a whole and impress upon them the specific mark and image of the college.
7.1. Criterion VI : Organization And Management
7.1.1 Goal Orientation and Decision Making
The college is striving to achieve the goal of providing quality education to learners and of character building. The Governing Council is the decision making body which is responsible to manage and to implement effectively the decisions taken. In this it is assisted by the College Council. The Golden Jubilee of the college has been rightly utilized as an opportunity to develop infrastructure and to achieve total quality management.
7.1.2. Organizational Structure, Powers and Functions of the Functionaries
The college has a democratic and representative form of governance. The decision making body is the Governing Council (GC) headed by the Manager as the Chairman and the Principal is the Secretary to the GC. The GC consists of both elected and nominated members from the Church and an elected teacher representative. The Principal is assisted by the College Council, HODs, Staff Association and various committees in his administration. The Academic Review Committee and Grievance Redressal Cell are functioning properly. The College Council has four elected teachers besides the Principal and HODs and this makes the administration adequately transparent and participatory.
7.1.3 Perspective Planning
The College provides adequate physical facilities for strengthening the teaching-learning process. The plan of action for further development includes the construction of the Golden Jubilee Library Complex, the Biosciences Block and the Research Centre. They also plan to expand support services and to evolve a system of review. It is proposed to conduct orientation programmes for the non-teaching staff in modern management. The renovation of the auditorium, college office and multi-gym is proposed to be undertaken soon.
7.1.4 Human Power Planning and Recruitment
Appointments to various teaching and non-teaching positions are made by a committee comprising the Principal, representatives of the Management, subject experts (for teaching posts only) and the Government nominee according to the norms of the university / government. The entire teaching load of the department is worked out by the HOD and the Principal determines, in consultation with him the number of teachers to be selected. Additional appointments are made to fill temporary vacancies by the selection committee constituted for the purpose by the Governing Council. Optimum use of human resource is made by utilizing the services of senior teachers for the coordination of different academic and extra curricular activities.
7.1.5 Performance Appraisal
Feedback is collected from students annually regarding courses and performance of teachers. Feedback is also received from alumni and parents, apart from evaluation reports about performance of students by teachers. Self-appraisal forms are filled in by the faculty and the same are reviewed by a committee set up for this purpose. The feedback collected from different stakeholders is analysed and used to make improvements in the college.
7.1.6 Staff Development Programme
The teaching faculty are encouraged to attend seminars and conferences. The management provides financial assistance to departments to organize academic programmes. Orientation programmes are regularly organized for the benefit of teachers and non-teaching staff. The office staff is given training in office procedures and service rules.
7.1.7 Resource Mobilization
The financial assistance received from the state government and the generous contributions of alumni and well wishers are the main sources of income. UGC grants and allocation from the PTA are other financial sources of the departments. The alumni chapters overseas and inland are motivated to extend generous financial assistance to the projects of the college. Money is also raised by letting premises on hire for conducting examinations and the academic events of external agencies.
7.1.8 Financial Management
The financial administration of the college is taken care of by the Governing Council, the Principal and the Treasurer. While the budget is approved by the Governing Council, the proposals for various requirements are approved by the Finance Committee. There is a separate utilization cell to ensure proper use of UGC grants. Financial auditing is systematically done.
8.1 Criterion VII : Healthy Practices
8.1.1 Total Quality Management
The well-defined system of management followed by the college ensures disciplined functioning of the college. The committed approach of the Governing Council and the College Council in providing a high level of management is evident in their functioning. It facilitates further strengthening of the teaching-learning process.
Silent prayer at the beginning of each day's work is offered. The nursery school and tailoring classes started for the benefit of the poor people of the neighbourhood are commendable. The faculty contribute to provide free tuition and free meals to the needy. The college implements effectively the concept of institution-community partnership. The cell for promoting inter-faith dialogue and the independent Academic Cell for auditing academic performance from time to time are pointers of quality.
8.1.3 Value Based Education
Promotion of moral and ethical values, observance of democratic principles and the practice of gender justice are among the vital aims of the college. Education capable of building character of the youth and instilling moral and spiritual values in young minds is imparted in the college. The activities of the ADIC Club, Eco Club, Astronomy Club, 'Bestarts', Women's Cell, Science Forum and Tourism Club are student-oriented and effectively organized.
8.1.4 Social Responsibilities and Citizenship Roles
Emphasis is laid on participation of students in society-oriented programmes as extension activities. Students participate in environmental protection activities, literacy mission, campaign against social evils and blood donation camps. Teachers and students involve in communal amity programmes besides offering assistance to victims of natural calamities. The college community raises funds to help the families who are in need of medical assistance.
8.1.5 Overall Development
The academic community enjoys freedom and the college promotes liberal thinking and social justice. A large number of former students are employed in the U.S., European countries and the Gulf. They have been remitting large foreign exchange which has remarkably changed the economic, social and cultural life of the entire region. A number of former students occupy prominent positions in society such as Vice Chancellors, scientists, administrators, Speaker of the Assembly, bishops, film directors, journalists, etc. The orientation programmes organized for teachers and the non-teaching staff have facilitated adoption of streamlined procedures of administration.
8.1.6 Institutional Ambience and Initiatives
A harmonious relationship exists among students, teachers and non-teaching staff which is very conducive to the overall growth of the college. The college maintains good rapport with past students and retired teachers. Ample opportunities are provided to students to shape their personalities and improve their skills. The college maintains strict academic discipline and encourages students to excel in cultural activities, sports and games.
Mar Thoma College has been serving the community through years, with focused goals and objectives. Several generations of integrated men and women have benefited from the values, the quality of education, and the discipline imparted to them by the institution. Highly placed alumni, many of whom are PTA members, have nostalgic memories of their educational experience gained in the college. The Peer Team commends the institution for the following:-
dedicated support of the management, ably led by the Mar Thoma Church and Metropolitan, to serve the community with equity and sensitivity to quality education;
a strong bonding of the alumni, parents and teachers, all of whom have a concern for the progress of the institution;
modification of conventional curriculum with the programme diversity necessary to cope with changing aspirations of youth;
maintenance of the general institutional infrastructure and optimal utilization of the same;
perceptible progress achieved since the first accreditation, in the areas of teaching-learning, and student support and progression;
prompt and positive action taken on the suggestions of the previous peer team, to augment infrastructure, by the addition of new blocks;
resource mobilization largely through alumni support and coordinated teacher participation;
performance of both women and men students in the sports arena, especially, football and hockey;
performance of students in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities;
appreciable research and extension output of the Departments of Economics, Chemistry, English, Political Science, History and Zoology;
a well-maintained green-house and botanical garden with a good collection of medicinal plants;
a good library with adequate resources for teaching, learning and research; and
a commendable number of students ( 27 : men 9, women 18) qualifying in UGC/CSIR NET and SET (76 : men, 28 and women 49)examinations.
The institution may take the following initiatives in the years to come to achieve higher status:
motivation of the younger-generation of teachers to seek career-advancement and equip themselves for 'in house' research and publication in refereed journals;
starting of newer value added/diploma courses in yogic sciences, women's studies and travel and tourism, with the existing expertise and experience of the faculty in the Departments of Physical Education and History;
developing structured remedial and bridge courses;
devising quantifiable feedback mechanisms in the strengthening of educational delivery;
upgradrading lifescience laboratories and classroom facilities;
implementation of 'good laboratory practices' in chemistry laboratories and chemical stores and;
strengthening of the research culture by encouraging teachers to submit major and minor research proposals to funding agencies;
completion of the process of automation of the office and the library; and
augmentation of computer/Internet access to students, and better canteen facilities for day scholars.
The Peer Team gratefully acknowledges the cooperation and support extended by the Management, the Governing Council, the Principal, the Coordinator and members of the Steering Committee and members of teaching and non-teaching staff in facilitating the prompt and successful completion of the reassessment and reaccredidation of Mar Thoma College. The Peer Team also wishes the institution further growth and progress in the attainment of higher academic status.
Prof. C. K. Kokate (Chairman)
Prof. Shakuntala Katre (Member)
Rev. Dr. Francis Soundararaj (Member)
Dr. Abraham George (Principal)
Mar Thoma College, Tiruvalla
Place : Tiruvalla
Date : 12th February, 2005
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