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Sree Sankara College, Kalady, Kerala
Sree Sankara College, Kalady, Kerala
Kalady (District Kochi (Cochin / Ernakulam))
Kerala, IndiaPin Code : 683574
Sree Sankara College, Kalady Kerala is a recognised institute / college. Status: Govt./Aided.
Sree Sankara College, Kalady Kerala was established on / in 1954.
Principal of Sree Sankara College, Kalady Kerala is Dr MK Ramachandran Tel: 0484-2466878 (O),2610775 (R).
Sree Sankara College, Kalady Kerala is situated in Kalady of Kerala state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of Sree Sankara College, Kalady Kerala is +91-484-2463388, 2466878.
Website of Sree Sankara College, Kalady Kerala is http://www.sreesankaracollege.org/.
Contact Details of Sree Sankara College, Kalady Kerala are : Telephone: +91-484-2462341, 2463825, 2461933
Sree Sankara College, Kalady Kerala runs course(s) in Degree, Commerce stream(s).
Sree Sankara College is affiliated with Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam (Kerala)
Profile of Sree Sankara CollegeThe College, named after the great saint-philosopher Adi Sankara, is situated on a hillock in Kalady renowned for its sylvan beauty and hallowed by the birth of Great Acharya. The institution had a humble beginning in 1954. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council, a statutory body of UGC, has conferred Four Star Status on the college. The college is accredited with Four Stars by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council).
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NAAC report of Sree Sankara CollegeSection 1:Introduction
Sri Sankara College was started in the year 1954, in the name of the great Acharya of Advaita Philosophy, Sri Adi Sankara of Kalady. Sri Jagadguru Sri Sri Bharathi Theertha Mahaswamigal is the Patron of this college.
This is an aided college, affiliated to the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala. The college is managed by Sree Sankara College Association (company) consisting of a Board of Directors. Mr. B.S. Krishnan is the Managing Director and Prof. P S Ramachandran, is the Principal of the college.
The foundation stone of the college was laid on the 28th August 1953 by H.H. the Maharaja of Travancore, in the gracious presence of H.H. the Maharaja of Cochin and other distinguished persons.
The institution was raised to the status of a first grade college in 1956. The college is located in a calm and serene place, in about 33 acres of land, very near Kalady Town, the birthplace of the Great Acharya. It is also near the Cochin International airport, in the Aluva Taluk, Ernakulam.
The objectives of Sree Sankara College Association include the following
Organizing and conducting a college for university education by the name of Sri Sankara College, Kalady.
Organizing and conducting colleges and other institutions to offer imparting higher courses of study including agricultural, industrial, engineering and other technical courses and also institutions for basic and social education.
Organizing and conducting special educational institutions and hostels of Gurukula and other types, thereby, combining with secular education, moral and religious training in accordance with Barathic Culture.
To found scholarships and fellowships for the encouragement of learning and research.
To impart Sanskrit education and make it compulsory as far as possible. And others (refer objectives 6 to 12 - page 131-132, Self Study Report).
The college volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore and the Peer Team comprising Dr. S. Lakshmi, Former Vice Chancellor of Mother Teresa Women's University, Kodaikanal as Chairperson, and Dr. B.G. Mulimani, Dept of physics, Karnataka University, Dharwad, Karnataka and Dr. T.S. Jani Bai, Principal, Seethalakshmi Ramaswami College (Autonomous) Tiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu as Members, visited the college from 31st July to 2nd August, 2000.
The team interacted with all the departments and other constituents of the college and verified the necessary documents in order to validate claims made in the Self-Study Report.
The college is included under section 2(f) and 12(B) of the UGC Act. It gives instruction in various disciplines, such as arts, Science and Commerce and prepares students for B.A, B.Sc, B.Com, M.Com, M.A and M.Sc Degree Examinations of the Mahatma Gandhi University. Ph.D. is offered by two departments, the Commerce and Economics.
Commensurate with the aim of the promoters to make the college a seat of Sanskrit learning, particularly Vedanta and Philosophy, a special Sanskrit Group was started. In June 1960, the patronage of the college became vested in His Holiness. The Jagatguru Sri Sankaracharya Mahaswamigal of Sri Sringeri Mutt. His Holiness guides the administration of the college through a Board of Directors, with a Chairman and a Managing Director.
The following courses are offered by the college:-
1. Pre degree
2. Degree courses in Sanskrit, economics, history, English, Hindi, mathematics, physics, chemistry, zoology, botany, statistics and commerce.
3. Post-Graduation in economics, Sanskrit, microbiology, applied chemistry, physics and commerce
4. Ph.D. in commerce and economics.
The current number of programmes of the college include: Certificate -16, Diploma-4 Under graduation -13, Post graduate Diploma 1, Post Graduation - 5, Ph.D.-2
All the teachers are appointed on a permanent basis. The college has 57 women teachers and 59 Men teachers (total 116). Among the teachers, 10 have Ph.D. degrees 23 have M.Phil degrees, and 83 have Post-Graduate degrees. The total number of administrative staff is 57 (10 women and 47 men).
The college is co-educational and the student strength for the current year is as follows:
1. Pre-Degree/Certificate/Diploma - 194
2. UG - 1236
3. PG - 105
4. Ph.D. - 18
The unit cost of college education is Rs. 5400/-. The college follows the annual system of examinations with internal assessment.
Section 2: Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
Sree Sankara College, Kalady offers a wide range of programme options to students. Thirteen undergraduate and six postgraduate courses are offered besides sixteen certificate courses and one job-oriented post-graduate diploma course. The departments of Commerce and Economics have been recognised as research centres.
In the Faculty of Science, career-oriented courses - M.Sc. in Applied chemistry; M.Sc. with 'Advanced Electronics' as special subject in physics and M.Sc. in microbiology, are offered. The vocational course 'Industrial Chemistry is offered at the undergraduate level. The college is awaiting sanction from the Government for offering M.A. in English, B.Com, B.Sc. (Botany), and B.A. (Sanskrit). Being an affiliated institution the college does not have much freedom to restructure the courses and the curricular aspects are regulated by the university to a large extent. Many of the programmes offered by the college are conventional in nature. However, the Peer Team is pleased to note that the college has been successful in offering more relevant and need based courses. A large number of teachers from various departments are members of the Core Committee for Curriculum Restructuring of Mahatma Gandhi University, and many other teachers have attended workshops/seminars on curriculum restructuring organised by the university. The Sanskrit Department has successfully organised two seminars on curriculum restructuration.
The college - industry- neighbourhood networking has been established in the departments of chemistry, microbiology and commerce. The departments have interactions with various institutions/industries for student project work.
The Peer Team, after interactions with alumni, parents, citizens of Kalady and students, recommends taking steps to offer Information Technology and Management related courses in the college.
To a large extent the range of programme options offered by the college is compatible with the two main objectives - dissemination of knowledge and community development on which the Sree Sankara College was founded.
Criterion II: Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
Around 1500 students study in the college in various disciplines and majority of them belong to rural areas. Students are admitted to the college on the basis of merit as well as reservation rules. Students' knowledge and aptitude are judged at the entry level only in the department of microbiology. In most of the departments remedial coaching is provided, to the educationally disadvantaged students after admissions. Advanced learners are given special assignments and offered an enrichment course in computer theory and programming. The college implements the tutorial system. In this every teacher undertakes tutorial work of a small batch of 20 to 25 students. Through interaction guidance and advice is given to students to enable them to participate effectively in various curricular and extra-curricular activities. Further, talented students are identified and opportunities for their overall development are provided. It is satisfying to note that every department makes a teaching plan at the beginning of the academic year. The syllabi are unitized according to the teaching schedule for the course. To supplement the lecture method of teaching students are exposed to class level and college level seminars, debates and discussions.
The procedure of internal evaluation, is communicated to students for effective and transparent implementation. Teachers use overhead projectors and audio visual aids in class room teaching. There is need to develop the centralised media facility to prepare audio visuals and other teaching aids.
Each student is supplied with a record book which has the provision to record details which give the student a thorough idea of the method of evaluation. Further, the college monitors the performance of all students through periodical assessments.
Teachers are recruited according to the norms set by the university and the guidelines of the UGC. Teachers of Sree Sankara College always strive to improve their academic credentials. Teachers have attended 41 national and 3 international level seminars/conferences/workshops. 30 national linkages have been established for teaching and for research. Many teachers have distinguished themselves by winning literary awards and by being on various academic bodies. Seminars, and workshops are organized and refresher courses are conducted for faculty development.
Self-appraisal of teachers is done as per university rules. The self-appraisal is submitted to the university and the screening committee of the university evaluates the performance of the faculty with regard to teaching, research and institutional programmes before granting promotion to teachers. The Peer Team suggests a formal institutional mechanism for faculty appraisal.
Parents and alumni of the college claimed the college to be one of the best in the region in all aspects. The Peer Team suggests that the college may strengthen further the tutorial system and the mechanism of offering remedial and enrichment courses so that the exam performance of students may improve from year to year.
Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The Sree Sankara College promotes research, consultancy and extension activities. The college encourages teachers to improve their qualifications. Teachers are given study leave to pursue M.Phil and Ph.D. programmes under the FIP Scheme of the UGC. In many of the departments teachers are engaged in research and have established linkages at the national level. The departments of commerce and economics have been recognized as research centres by Mahatma Gandhi University. There are three ongoing projects, with a total outlay of Rs. 4,07,700/-, entitled " Sustainable Development of Kalady"; "Empowerment of Women and Children", and "Need for Better Educational Planning" - all very relevant to the development of the region. In view of the postgraduate courses being offered in the college, it would strengthen the college academically if teachers without M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees are motivated to obtain the same.
The Peer Team is happy to know that many of the teachers in the college are actively involved in the extension activities in conformity with the mission, goals and objectives of the college. A Center for Multi-Disciplinary Research and Community Development has been constituted in order to centralize efforts to optimise available human resources for the best advantage of the learners. The Centre identifies the local level issues and offers possible solutions. The centre has many achievements to its credit. To mention a few: low cost (a) zero repair pump set, (b) incubator (c) vermi-compost unit (d) bamboo splintering device and (e) employing polymerisation techniques for making stools out of fibre reinforced plastic technology, reinforcing bamboo mats for termite-proof roofing, and reinforcing coconut weins to make handicrafts. The extension activities are also undertaken in many relevant areas such as community development, environmental awareness and medical camp. Faculty members of the college have been actively participating in the People's Campaign for Planning for IX plan.
Students are encouraged to participate in extension activities. The NCC wing, in the college is doing very well. One of the cadets has participated in the Republic Day Parade. The NSS unit of the college is also active and has been involved in conducting Blood Group Testing, AIDS awareness programme and a nature study trip. The Nature club in the college has been active in organising seminars, lectures, workshops, camps and study tours to educate students to care for and love the environment.
Because of its ideal location, the college can offer consultancy services. The Peer Team suggests that this aspect needs to be strengthened and pursued with a view to generate revenue for the college/department.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college is situated in an eco-friendly campus of over thirty-two acres. The existing buildings are enough to accommodate the existing courses. For future expansion, more buildings will be available when II year pre degree classes are completely delinked from degree programmes. There is ample space for more new buildings also. The laboratories are well equipped and the instruments are well maintained.
There is a central library consisting of 40,000 books. An advisory committee consisting of the Librarian and a few staff members guides the activities of the library. The activities of the library are being computerised. There is a Xerox machine in the library for the benefit of students. The computer centre with 12 Pentium II machines caters for the needs of a few departments.
The physical education department has been performing very well. There is a football court, 2 Basketball courts, one Ball Badminton court, one kho-kho court, one khabaddi court, one cricket pitch, one table tennis hall, a 200 meter 5 - lane track and weight lifting equipments. Several of the students of this college are represented in the university teams.
Sree Sankara College Co-operative Society functions in the college for the sale of books and stationery articles to students and staff. Sree Sankara College Employees Credit Co-operative Society is also there. Both teaching and non-teaching staff benefit from the various schemes of this society. A well furnished auditorium having a capacity to accommodate over 2000 students and a fully air-conditioned hall which can accommodate about 150 delegates, equipped with all modern audio and light systems, are also available.
There is an extension counter of Indian Overseas Bank and a Canteen for the benefit of staff and students. There is also a non-resident student's centre for girls with adequate facilities.
Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
The college admits students strictly following the norms of the government and the university. The prospectus and the annual calendar contain all the necessary information and they are issued to students promptly. A significant number of undergraduate students take up higher studies which suggests that the students are very much motivated. Quite a few students of the past have passed the UGC - CSIR(NET) Examination, GATE, ACA, ICNAI, CAIIB, AICWA etc. The college has become Hi-tech having created a website of its own. The alumni of the college occupy very good positions in the society as doctors, engineers, chartered accountants, lawyers, scientists, lectures, businessmen and artists. The alumni association is just now being started and its impact is yet to be seen. Students of this college benefit from scholarships available from the government. The college also provides a few scholarships for deserving students. The institution encourages holistic development of students. A number of clubs such as Arts club, Nature club and Departmental Associations function to develop the different skills and cultural sensitivity. There is a strong cultural team in the college.
Criterion VI Organization and Management
The organizational structure is conducive to the managerial functions of the college. The Management is very supportive, efficient and provides effective leadership. The involvement, concern and total commitment of the Management is observable in every aspect of the college. There are a number of committees like the College council, Admission committee, Discipline committee, Library Committee, Laboratory committee etc., under the presidentship of the Principal which take care of the complete academic programme. Budgeting and auditing procedures are effective and there is an efficient internal audit mechanism.
In matters of the financial management of the college, the Government of Kerala plays an important role as the salary of the entire staff is paid by the government. The government also gives maintenance grant which is rather insufficient. But the Management must be congratulated as it spends lot of money for the improvement of the facilities of the college.
Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The college is very particular about discipline and values. The college reinforces its research and community work through its Centre for Multidisciplinary Research and Community Development.
Seminars/Workshops etc., are planned for quality in higher education. Self appraisal of teachers to strengthen accountability is attempted. The centre for Multi-Disciplinary Research is a facility for the learner to be sensitised to life issues and to make a richer contribution to life and work on the campus. The value-cum-culture based education offered in a historically important seat of ancient philosophy is a unique advantage. Evolving students to take entrance exams is a unique opportunity for learners.
Section 3: Overall Analysis
Sri Sankara College, Kalady founded more than four decades ago, has consciously established a positive climate and value system for higher education among youth, who come under its fold. Excellent rapport is visible among the Management, the Principal, faculty, administrative staff, students, parents, alumni, and the community at large and this bears testimony to the understanding of the objectives and mission of the institution. Based on the spiritual philosophy of Sri Adi Sankara of Kalady, the college is now functioning under the generous patronage of the Mahaswamigal of Sringeri Mutt.
Changing trends in the global environment pose several challenges which compel the institution to look beyond them, for further growth towards maturity and wisdom. In such a context, the importance of information technology for student progress and advancement, needs to be focussed.
The cultural and spiritual strands of India's heritage are visible in the programmes of the college, especially in the performing arts, relating to music, dance and other fine arts of Kerala in particular and of the whole nation in general.
The secular nature of the institution's functioning needs to be particularly reported. Students from all classes and creeds, study here and bear ample testimony to the tolerance and acceptance of all members of the Society, spontaneously practised so by the college, right from its inception.
Human relationship is excellent in the college and high task efficiency is attempted in many of the disciplines. It is suggested that weak links in the system such as lack of participatory and student-centered teaching and the absence of semester pattern in the courses of study in most of the disciplines, need to be taken care of. Research supervision and research work leading to Ph.D. are given importance by two departments. Publication of research articles in Indian and overseas journals and progressive work towards active research are recommended, as the college has ample potential for such ventures. The institution has well-equipped laboratories, which is commendable. The college maintains its campus with care and has beautiful gardens, an extensive playground and a swimming pool. This aspect is appreciable.
University results in some of the undergraduate departments and in the postgraduate departments of microbiology and commerce, need to be improved, since student performance and achievement in external examinations are also indicators of quality of education, provided by a college.
Class room teaching needs to be modernized. Student-centred-participatory learning and other teaching-learning techniques could be tried out for better motivation for students and the faculty.
Diagnosis and remedial work, for students who are backward in studies are suggested. It is also suggested that the library may be given greater attention in terms of additions to the reference sections. It is commendable that more than sixty journals and periodicals are subscribed for and are made available to students and staff. The open-access system is followed.
The library timing may be extended up to 5.30 P.M. One reading room facility may be added for the benefit of students. Books and guides useful for them in the preparation for competitive examinations may also be added.
The grievance redressal committee has to be more active and involved. Formal counselling is also recommended. It is also suggested that the college could have a workshop for its maintenance and upkeep.
Computer facilities should be extended to all departments, and especially to postgraduate departments and the administrative office. It is suggested that computer education at the basic level may be provided for all the students of the college.
Quality is the result of continuous assessment and upgradation. It is hence suggested that the faculty evolve a proper assessment mechanism to subject itself to an assessment by a peer group and by the students. The college may evolve a well defined mechanism to check the work efficiency of the non-teaching staff and periodically conduct, professional development programmes for them. Further, it would help if inputs from both the teaching and non-teaching staff are obtained in making policy decisions concerning the overall growth of the institution.
The college has evinced interest in the assessment of its quality in higher education and has hence voluntarily invited assessment by the external agency, NAAC. It is suggested that system renewal in all aspects of the college, may be attempted, to ensure the institution's onward march towards further progress and growth, resulting in man-making and character- building.
The Peer team desires Sri Sankara College of Kalady further success and excellence in its commendable task of educating youth for "Character, Culture and Curriculum", and stand testimony to the profound words of Swami Vivekananda, who said " Let us struggle for Better and Higher things".
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