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St Josephs College for Women, Alappuzha (Alleppey), Kerala


St Josephs College for Women, Alappuzha (Alleppey), Kerala
Alappuzha (Alleppey) (District Alappuzha (Alleppey))
Kerala, India
Pin Code : 688001

St Josephs College for Women, Alappuzha (Alleppey) Kerala is a recognised institute / college. Status: Aided. St Josephs College for Women, Alappuzha (Alleppey) Kerala was established on / in 1954.

Principal of St Josephs College for Women, Alappuzha (Alleppey) Kerala is Sr.Leelamma Joseph.

St Josephs College for Women is situated in Alappuzha (Alleppey) of Kerala state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Alappuzha (Alleppey) comes under Alappuzha (Alleppey) Tehsil, Alappuzha (Alleppey) District.

email ID(s) is St Josephs College for Women Alappuzha (Alleppey) Kerala

Website of St Josephs College for Women, Alappuzha (Alleppey) Kerala is http://www.stjosephcollegeforwomen.com.

Contact Details of St Josephs College for Women, Alappuzha (Alleppey) Kerala are : Telephone: +91-477-244622


St Josephs College for Women, Alappuzha (Alleppey) Kerala runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
a) English Literature Main with World History and History of English Literature as subsidiary.
b) History main with Economics and Politics.
c) Mathematics main with Statistics and Physics.
d) Physics Main with Mathematics and Chemistry.
e) Chemistry Main with Physics and Mathematics.
f) Botany Main with Chemistry and Zoology.
g) Zoology Main with Chemistry and Botany.
h) Home science Main with Chemistry and Zoology/Botany.
i) BCom Degree with Taxation Law and Practice.

Post Graduate Studies in:-

a) MA English language and Literature with Women`s Writing and Writing for Media as optionals.
b) MSc Physics with Electronics.
c) MSc Chemistry-awaiting sanction from the government.

Additional Certificate courses in:-

a) Functional English
b) Nutrition and Dietetics
The certificate courses are self-financing. The course in Nutrition and Dietetics has since been discontinued owing to lack of continuance sanction from the government.
c) Courses in Functional Hindi, Personality Development and Functional French are conducted free of cost for those who are interested.

B.A: English (70) History (60) B.Sc: Physics (36) Chemistry (31) Botany (31 ) Zoology (31) Home Science (31) B.Com (31) M.A.: English (20) M.Sc.: Physics (10 )

Approval details: St Josephs College for Women is affiliated with Kerala University, Trivandrum (Kerala)

Profile of St Josephs College for Women

Access-At the time of inception of the college young women of the community were in a relatively disadvantaged position with regard to access to higher education. The deficiencies in the socio - economic background also led to low academic aspirations and achievement motivation.
Value Based Education-The college has the objective of providing integral education of the intellectual, ethical, moral and spiritual faculties of the young women. The vision of the college which enshrines the twin ideals of virtue and knowledge, recognizes the fact that value based education builds young women of excellence who become responsible citizens and good mothers of families to serve as role models in society.
Training-The college has the aim of equipping the students with the necessary knowledge, skills, capacities, attitudes and work ethos which will prepare them for effective discharge of personal and professional responsibilities. Quiz programmes are regularly conducted to train students to face competitive examinations. Personality Development and Leadership Training Programmes, Training in Effective Communication, Study Skills, Training Programmes, Creativity workshops, etc are organized. Importance is also given to practical training, project work, study tours, seminars, discussions and debates. Exhibitions which are organized regularly help to broaden the out look of the student.
Employment- The college endeavors to provide requisite guidance regarding employment opportunities and to help the students to identify those career avenues which match their attitudes and capacities.
Welfare-The goals of the college encompass the individual welfare of the students, the collective welfare of the student community and the uplift of the larger community, which we serve. In order to preserve high academic standards and to build the personalities of young women of excellence by effective formation and information, the college has in addition to the regular curriculum.

St. Joseph’s College for Women, Alappuzha came into being on 1st July 1954 with 142 students and 14 teachers. Rev. Mother Fernanda Riva , an Italian by birth , was its first Principal and Rt.Rev.Dr. Michael Arattukalam, the Bishop of Alleppey, its first patron. The college, which belongs to the Management of the Canossian Educational Society, is run by the congregation of the Canossian Daughters of Charity. The college was upgraded and the B.A / B.Sc. classes commenced from June 1957. The Silver Jubilee celebrations of the college took place in 1978, The year 1998-99 saw the inception of the U.G.C. sponsored, job oriented Degree course for Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics. In 1999-2000, the college started M.A. in English The curricular and extra-curricular activities of the college bring out the best in the students, helping them grow as responsible ladies who shape their home and society.

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NAAC report of St Josephs College for Women

Section 1: Preface
St. Joseph's College for Women, Alappuzha, is an affiliated College of the University of Kerala. It is a grant-in-aid College situated in the town of Alappuzha catering to women's education, particularly the socially disadvantaged. The Conossian congregation, an international order of nuns, who arrived at Fort Cochin from Italy in 1889, established St. Joseph's School for girls and in 1954 the College for women came into existence. The college is recognised under 2f and 12B of UGC Act. It is founded with a definite mission (vision) of empowering women by imparting goal-oriented progressive education. In its fifty years of service, the College has achieved considerable success in accomplishing its mission.

The College has 3 programmes of Study in the Undergraduate Course namely, Arts, Science and Commerce. There are 2 Faculties of Studies in the Post Graduation - M.A. English Literature and M.Sc., Physics. Certificate Courses in Functional English, Functional Hindi and in Kalariyapattu are also being offered. There are about 25 N.R.I. students studying in the College. The total number of students is around 1100 including U.G., P.G. and Certificate Courses. The College follows annual system for U.G. programs and semester system for P.G. programs. The unit cost of education of a student is about Rs.31,000/- including salary component and unit cost without salary component is about Rs.2,900/-.

The College requested the National Assessment and Accreditation Council for its accreditation and submitted Self Study report. In response to the request, the NAAC constituted a Committee comprising of Prof.K.Siddappa, former Vice-Chancellor of Bangalore University, Prof. A.M. Puttaswamy Gowda, former Principal of Yuvaraja's College, Mysore, and Prof. Jagadeesha, Registrar (Evaluation), Karnataka State Open University, Mysore to visit the College and validate the Self-Study Report. Dr. M.S. Shyamasundar, Deputy Advisor NAAC, Bangalore coordinated the peer team visit to the College. The committee interacted with the management, Principal, Faculty, Non-teaching staff, Students, Alumnae and Parents. The committee visited all the departments as well as common facilities. The Peer Team Report is prepared after the its visit to the College and after deliberations with the Management, the Principal, Faculty, Students, Administrative staff of the College, Parents an Alumnae.

Section 2: Criterion -wise Analysis
Criterion 1: Curricular Aspects
The College has an aim to empower women by offering value based education to mould young women into morally upright, socially committed, spiritually inspired and intellectually trained citizens. The College offers U.G. courses in Arts, Science and commerce and P.G. courses in English and Physics. The number of options in the (B.A & B.Sc) are 8 with one core subject and two allied subjects while B.com course offers one elective - Taxation law and practice. Subjects such as Home Science and Commerce are career oriented, as they create job opportunities. It is desirable that a few subjects in applied science such as Microbiology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology are introduced for the benefit of students of the region and the National interest and a few non-conventional subjects like BBA, MBA, BCA, MCA to enable women to get more employment opportunities.

As an affiliated College of University of Kerala, the College offers the courses approved by the University with a time frame with limited scope for horizontal mobility. However, within the framework, there is possibility of having options in B.A. and B.Sc. courses. The Post-graduate courses have specializations already planned with limited options. The College offers a few certificate courses - Functional English, Functional Hindi and Kalariyapattu. These courses need to be professionalised but there is no scope for re-designing the courses by the College under the affiliating system.

It is noteworthy that the students and teachers of Home Science have initiated a programme by adopting a village to survey and analyse the nutritional deficiencies in the women of the area with the help of local bodies and government funding agencies.

Criterion II: Teaching - Learning and Evaluation
Admission to U.G. and P.G. courses are made on the basis of academic record of the qualifying examination and reservation policy of the State Government. After admission, the educationally disadvantaged are identified and given additional coaching.

The advanced learners are challenged to work ahead of the rest by conducting seminars, symposia workshops and group discussions. They are encouraged to take up special projects to develop their intellectual abilities. They are also made leaders of study teams to encourage leadership among the students. The College encourages to make a teaching plan. The teacher's handbook helps the teacher to plan their work in a systematic manner and to complete the syllabus well in time. To make classroom teaching more student-oriented the Lecture method is supplemented by Seminars, study tours, library visits, exposure visits and use of Internet. The College uses O.H.P. and L.C.D. to make the teaching learning effective. There is a centralized media facility to prepare audiovisuals and other aids. Some of the staff members have been given orientation in the use of computers. The College monitors the overall performance of students at the beginning of the year through assignments, tests etc.

Teachers are recruited by advertising in the media, conducting
interviews, preparing rank list as per the norms laid down by the
U.G.C. and the state government. Guest faculty have been appointed
to handle excess workload. Besides regular teaching staff members, additional information of the recent trends in the subject are given through guest lectures by external faculty/Professionals. The College follows self-appraisal method to evaluate the performance of the faculty. Student's feedback is collected on random basis through questionnaire to assess their impression about teaching and learning. The College has linkage with Science and Technology, and Environment Department of Kerala Government for research and extension purposes.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The College promotes research work at P.G. level. Submission of project report is compulsory for P.G. Students. Teachers are encouraged to take up research work by granting study leave. Necessary adjustments in workload are made to assist teachers who wish to improve their academic qualification. Some of the teachers (about 25 %) are engaged in research work. Ten teachers have Ph.D degree, three have submitted Ph.D thesis and nine teachers are doing their research work. Besides thirty teachers have M.Phil degree. A Reader in English is a recognized guide of Kerala University. A teacher in the department of Botany is working on a Research Project with Technology Environment Department, Government of Kerala. Another in the same department is engaged in a minor Project under U.G.C. assistance. It is desirable that the College establishes collaboration with National and International agencies to promote research activities. Various extension activities such as Community Development, Health and Hygiene awareness, Medical camp, Adult education and literature camp, AIDS awareness, Blood donation camp, Environment awareness and Science exhibition are taken up by the College, for the benefit of students and the public in and around Alappuzha. It is desirable that sponsored and collaborative R&D projects with extensive work are undertaken by competent staff.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The College has its own campus of about 5 acres. The infrastructural facilities of the College with fourteen small lecture rooms, nineteen big lecture halls, Seminar hall, laboratories, a good library, a students centre, canteen, large staff rooms, well maintained toilets for students and staff, properly maintained botanical garden, a parking space, a hostel to house about 200 students are quite sufficient for the present requirements. Since its inception in 1954, the College has gradually upgraded infrastructure in the form of building, laboratories, seminar hall, library etc. Optimum utilization of infrastructure by the institution, for academic purposes is praiseworthy.

There are about 36,000 books in the library. The reading room is quite spacious to accommodate about 150 students. The library is kept open from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. on all working days. Multiple copies of textbooks, a wide range of reference books, subject encyclopaedias, dictionaries, journals and periodicals are available in the library. There is reprography and Internet facility.

However, it is necessary to enrich the library with the latest arrivals with adequate number of copies. Round the clock computer facility with Internet may be established for the benefit of students and teaching staff. The library can subscribe a few more standard Indian and Foreign journals and also acquire relevant back volumes to facilitate students and faculty.

The students are encouraged to take active part in sports. The College has the reputation for having produced international sports persons like Ranjini Jose, Julie Varghese and Ambily P.K. Scholarships from Sports Authority of India, PTA scholarships, special food allowance are given as incentives. Outstanding sports persons may also be encouraged by reserving a few seats in the P.G. courses, and by offering special incentives.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
Financial aids are available to needy students. The Central, State government and the management have introduced Social Welfare Scholarships, Fisherman merit scholarship, sports scholarship, State and District merit Scholarship and management endowment scholarships benefits several students in the College. The unique feature of this institution is that there is a sponsorship programme financed by parents and well wishers to help the under privileged students. The progress report of sponsored students are sent to their sponsors to appraise them of the academic progress periodically. There is no regular placement cell the College. However some efforts are being made to offer career guidance regarding career opportunities available to the students. Students are trained to face interviews, group discussions with self-confidence.

The alumnae association is participating in the development of the College with financial support to buy the equipment such as computer, audio-video etc, which helps teaching-learning in the College more effectively.

Percentage of students appearing for qualifying examination after the minimum period of study is as high as 90%. Progression to employment and further study is about 40%. Data of students who have passed the qualifying entrance examination such as N.E.T., U.G.C. J.R.F., GMAT etc. has not been maintained.

The College publishes updated prospectus every year. All the information about the institution, courses of study, faculty, library, hostel facility etc. are given in detail.

Criterion VI: Organization and Management
The College has a coordinating and monitoring mechanism which consists of Managing Board headed by the Superior General of the Canossian congregation which includes the Manager, Principal, and representatives from the teaching and administrative staff. This board is in charge of the overall management of the College and takes policy decisions regarding appointments, expansion and developmental activities. The College also has an inbuilt mechanism to check the work efficiency of the non-teaching staff. There is an internal audit mechanism. Welfare schemes like grievance, redressal cell, loan facility from Provident Fund are managed by the College.

Besides the Managing Board, there are other committees which function under the overall guidance of the principal. The committees are:

The College Development Committee
Students' Council
Academic Committee
Examination Committee
Sports Committee
Cultural Committee
Magazine Committee
Canteen Committee
Grievances Cell
Seminar Committee
Hostel Committee
Library Committee

The College has adopted methods to promote work - culture and discipline among the staff and students. Grievances are addressed to the grievance Cell headed by the Principal and the cell functions effectively.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The College is sensitised to the latest managerial concepts such as Strategic Planning, teamwork, decision-making and computerization.

Priority is given in imparting value-based education. One hour per Week is devoted for value based education classes.

Inculcates civil responsibilities among students in organizing Community outreach programmes.

The College has two NSS units through which students take active part in community development programmes like cleaning programmes in KSRTC bus station, Railway station and Hospital.

The NCC unit organizes exposure visits to destitute homes.

The students competency, are encouraged to participate in Group discussions, quiz programmes etc.

The College has introduced Student evaluation of teachers, administrative staff and library staff through a drafted questionnaire on random basis.

Besides carrying out regular academic programme, the College has recently initiated training programmes on computer learning skill in M.S.Office, Internet, Oracle, C++ etc, to the students and the staff.

Section 3: Overall Analysis
St. Joseph's College for Women has a noble mission of empowering women, particularly, the under privileged, through meaningful education. The peer team commends the institution for all the good work it is doing for the cause of women's education. The departments of English, Physics, Botany, Zoology and History are carrying out good extension work in addition to regular work. Some of the departments have also initiated research work and these initiatives need to be strengthened through sponsored and collaborative research projects.

The committee appreciates

The dedication and commitment of the Principal, members of teaching and non-teaching staff of the College.

Optimal use of the infrastructure

Remedial courses for the educationally backward students

Alumnae Association activities

Judicious financial management

Non-commercialisation of education.

The following recommendations are made by the team for the expansion of the teaching programs and for further enhancement of quality in leading, research and extensive programmes.

In addition to Basic Science and Social Science subjects, a few applied science subjects like Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Computer Application, Management, Environment and Science etc. need to be introduced. Efforts may be made to Vocationalise some of the teaching programmes.

There is a need for staff development, as many of them possess only Post-graduate qualification. The College needs to forge linkage with the industry and Universities out side the country for training and development. Faculty members may be encouraged to undertake sponsored and collaborative research projects. There is need for wider exposure for all students and the staff through exchange of information, visit to some of the best institutions in the country. Recognition and rewards for innovative practice by faculty may also be considered.

Library needs to be equipped with more books and journals, and computerised with Internet browsing facility. Computer education needs to be strengthened for the students and the staff including non-teaching staff.

Introduction of systematic tutorial system, guidance and counselling for students support and progression is required. Continuous monitoring mechanism for internal assessment of students of all disciplines needs to be introduced.

Women's studies and Human rights may be made an integral part of the College programme which will facilitate the assessment of women's needs and plan programmes for women's development and empowerment.

Special incentives to encourage sports may be provided with the help of alumnae. Alumnae may be made to involve more effectively in the developmental activities of the College.

The College may try to secure autonomy for immediate implementation of new and relevant schemes.

The College may develop a vision plan for further development of the College in the next 10 years.

The peer team, having made the observations wish the College all the best.

Prof. Siddappa, Chairman

Prof. A.M. Puttaswamy Gowda, Member

Prof. Jagadeesha, Member

Name of the Head of the Institution
Dr. (Sr.) Rose Chacko

Date: June 29, 2004

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