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St Alberts College, Kochi (Cochin Ernakulam), Kerala
St Alberts College, Kochi (Cochin Ernakulam), Kerala
Kochi (Cochin Ernakulam) (District Kochi (Cochin / Ernakulam))
Kerala, IndiaPin Code : 682018
St Alberts College, Kochi (Cochin Ernakulam) is a recognised institute / college. Status: Govt./Aided.
St Alberts College, Kochi (Cochin Ernakulam) was established on / in 1946.
St Alberts College, Kochi (Cochin Ernakulam) is situated in Kochi (Cochin Ernakulam) of Kerala state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of St Alberts College, Kochi (Cochin Ernakulam) is 0484-2391245.
Website of St Alberts College, Kochi (Cochin Ernakulam) is http://www.alberts.ac.in/.
Contact Details of St Alberts College, Kochi (Cochin Ernakulam) are : Telephone: +91-484-2394225, 2391245, 2220304
Courses offered in St Alberts College, Kochi (Cochin Ernakulam)B.A, B.Sc, B.Com, M.A, M.Sc, M.Com, M.C.A, Bachelor of Library and Information Science(B.L.I.Sc.), CA Professional Courses, Diploma in Computer Courses
BA Economics, English, BSc Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Chemistry (v), Botany, Zoology,Acquaculture, Industrial Fish and Fisheries (unaided) B.Com MSc.Chemistry, Botany,Zoology,Physics, Maths, Fisheries, Aqua Culture (unaided) M.Com. M.A.English (selffinancing),MBA
St Alberts College, Kochi (Cochin Ernakulam) runs course(s) in Degree, Commerce, Computer Applications, Information Technology, Library and Information Science, Mass Communication and Journalism stream(s).
St Alberts College is affiliated with Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam (Kerala)
Profile of St Alberts CollegeGreatly concerned by the lack of educational facilities for the members of his diocese, His Grace ventured upon the mission of starting a new college at Ernakulam, the then capital of the Former State of Cochin. His efforts bore fruit in 1946 when the University of Madras accorded sanction to His Grace for starting a second grade college.
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Talented pacer from nowherePrasanth Parameswaran reacts after dismissing Virender Sehwag - AFP
Prasanth Parameswaran reacts after dismissing Virender Sehwag - AFP
Who is he? asked Virender Sehwag. And the same question was asked by almost everyone who was watching the Monday night IPL encounter between Kochi Tuskers Kerala and Delhi Daredevils.
Prasanth Parameswaran, the young lad from Muhamma in Alappuzha district, was the man of the match and everyone wondered where they unearthed him from. The man who knows the answer is veteran coach P. Balachandran. Some time ago, a student of mine studying at St Alberts College approached me after they played a match with CMS College, Kottayam. He said I must meet a guy who really impressed them with his fast bowling, says Balachandran.
When I saw him, he had a decent action and I insisted that he must shift to Ernakulam and train at my academy. He then joined Alberts and for the next six years, he trained under me. So I actually picked him up from nowhere, said the former Kerala Ranji coach.
And what did Prasanth do after his dream debut, in which he claimed the prized wickets of Sehwag and the in-form Venugopal Rao? After the match I wanted to call Balachandran sir but it was past midnight and I wasnt sure if he would be awake. Still I went ahead and called him. I cannot say how happy I was when he immediately answered. I had also called him up before the match, said Prasanth on his way back from Feroz Shah Kotla. The left-arm medium pacer is a member of the Kerala Ranji team and is their opening bowler.
So before Mondays match, did he have any inkling that he would be playing the match that night? I was not sure. But during our nets, all the foreign players in the team had appreciated my bowling and the coach himself had shown confidence in me. It feels great to play the IPL, said Prasanth, who is nicknamed Puli (Malayalam for tiger).
Said Mahela Jayawardene, who was in a jubilant mood after the victory, during the post-match presentation ceremony: For a debutant, Prasanth did not show any nerve.
Puli seems to have made it a habit of taking two wickets on his debut. In February 2007, on his List A debut against Tamil Nadu, his figures were 10-0-53-2. On his First Class debut against Haryana in December 2009 also he took two wickets. It may have been another dream debut in IPL for Prasanth, but his humility doesnt allow the 25 year-old to brag about his achievements.
NAAC report of St Alberts CollegeSection - 01 Preface
St.Albert's College was established in 1946. In fact it is the progeny of St.Albert's School. It is in an urban area in the center of the city of Ernakulam. It is a first grade college maintained and managed by the Latin Archdiocese of Verapoly and is affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University of the State of Kerala.
The College is located in a campus of six acres. The college caters to higher educational needs of socially and economically backward students in the former Cochin state. Though it started functioning as a degree college, it has subsequently organised Post Graduate Courses. There are 11 UG courses and 7 P.G Courses in the college. The departments which have organised P.G Course have also generated facilities for research work. The total number of students of U.G and P.G and research programme is one thousand.
There are 84 teaching staff in the college. Some of the teachers have acquired research degrees like M.Phil and Ph.D.
The college play field covering an area of 4.63 acres is adjacent to the International Stadium Kaloor. The playground has been leased out by the Government for 99 years.
The college volunteered to be assessed and accredited by NAAC. It submitted the self-study report in December 2002. In response to the request, NAAC constituted a Peer Team with Prof. P Ramachandra Naidu, Former Vice-Chancellor Sri. Krishnadevaraya University as Chairman, Prof. Rajan Welukar, Deputy Secretary to Governor of Maharashtra, Dr. R S Ravindranathan, Head, Department of English, Manonmanian Sundanar University and Prof. K Raman, Principal, Madura College as members.
The Peer Team interacted with the Principal on the forenoon of 26th Feb 2003 and obtained particulars relating to academic programmes and extra-curricular activities. The Peer Team visited the Departments on 26th and 27th Feb 2003 and interacted extensively with teachers, students, and non-teaching staff besides visiting Class-Rooms, Laboratories, Sports Fields, Hostel, Computer Centre and Aqua Culture Farm. The team met members of the Governing Body, Parents - Teachers and Alumni Associations.
The team went through all the documents presented to validate the details included in the Self-Study report. The team finally recorded the data, which throw light on strengths, performance and achievements of different departments in its endeavour to make an overall assessment of the college on the basis of criteria provided by NAAC.
Section 02: Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion 01:Curricular Aspects
As an affiliated college of the Mahatma Gandhi University, the college follows the syllabi prescribed by the University for U.G and P.G programs. The courses offered come under the Arts, Science and Commerce faculties. For B.Sc., Aquaculture, Industrial Fish and Fisheries, Vocational Chemistry and the postgraduate programmes the college follows a semester system whereas for all other courses it follows non-semester (Annual) pattern. For vocational courses offered by the departments of Zoology and Chemistry the curricula were designed by the departments and these were approved by the academic council of the University. The college offers 18 programmes, which includes - 11 under-graduate and 7 post-graduate programmes. The college is also a recognised centre for Ph.D research programmes in three disciplines viz. Chemistry, Zoology and Commerce. Out of these programmes, B.Sc. Industrial Fish and Fisheries and M.Sc.-Zoology with Medical Instrumentation are on self-financing basis and vocational in nature.
In keeping with the objectives of the college to provide university education to the youth of all classes and creeds in the city, the programmes identified by the college are meaningful. The course options make provision for conventional and vocational modes. However, looking at the potential in Fisheries, Agriculture, Technology and Chemical Industries, job-oriented courses have been started by the college. Most of the conventional programmes are covered under government aid mode and a few are on self-financing mode.
To introduce new programmes within the regulations of the present University system, the college takes three to six months. In each of the disciplines offered at the under-graduate and post-graduate levels, the curriculum of the University provides for wide ranging options and the students of this college have flexibility to pursue programmes with reference to elective options and non-core options. The centre for the courses run by the IGNOU, distance education programmes of Mahatma Gandhi University and CA Foundation is an added advantage to the students. This provides value addition to the students of this college. It is noteworthy to mention here that all the students are computer literates.
A few members of the faculty, who are members of the respective Boards of Studies, play a vital role in updating the syllabi and making them more relevant to the society and industry. Apart from this, a good number of teachers are members of the Board of Examination, Doctoral Committees and question paper setting boards.
The college encourages teachers to attend / organise seminars, workshops. Most of the teachers have participated in orientation programmes and refresher courses. The Department of Zoology has MoUs with many Fishing Companies for 'on the job' training. Some of the Departments organise excursions, industrial and educational visits for enriching the knowledge of the students. There is a mechanism to obtain feedback from the academic peers and employers on the teaching programmes. The programmes are generally in conformity with the objectives of the institution.
Criterion 02: Teaching-Learning and Evaluation.
The curriculum is transacted through teaching-learning and evaluation. Admissions to the various programmes are in accordance with the policy of the Government. The students are selected to various courses for admission through their academic record and by management quota. The college gives an opportunity to underprivileged youth from backward community to pursue their education.
Internal assessment is carried out as per the University norms - i.e. by assignments, seminars, projects and periodical examinations. By way of coaching for weak students remedial courses are given in English and Mathematics. The college is one of the centres for offering additional academic support to SC / ST students. The college has instituted various endowments and prizes for almost all courses for advanced learners to encourage them. They are also motivated through tutorials. The students can utilise the Internet facility in the department and the library.
At present, the college adopts the non-semester and semester pattern for respective programmes. The semester pattern courses have an internal marking system as per the University guidelines. The departmental meetings are conducted at least once in a term taking into account the number of working days available. The Head of the Department does the monitoring and reports to the Principal. The University curricula are unitised and completed as per the schedule fixed by the University. The teachers take extra lecturers voluntarily when there is a need.
The performance of the students is evaluated through terminal examinations and after evaluation an open house is conducted. The final examination is designed and conducted by the University. Due to the ban on new recruitment from the Government, the management invites guest faculties from outside.
In the conventional courses, the traditional lecture method is predominantly made use of. Use of library- internet facility for doing assignments, seminars, projects, field trips, on the job training, industrial visits are used to supplement the lecture method. The college has a Computer Centre which provides facilities for power point presentation. It has an audio-visual room. For character development and overall personality development, the college organises extra-curricular activities.
The college has 84 permanent faculty: 20 Ph.D's, 18 M.Phil's and 46 post-graduates. The college follows the norms of the UGC, Mahatma Gandhi University and the regulations of the State Government in the recruitment of faculty. The recruitment of the faculty is made against approved vacancies through an open advertisement in at least three widely circulated dailies. The selection is done by a Committee consisting of the Manager, Principal, Government nominee, subject expert and the Head of the Department. The contractual appointments of the teaching staff are done by the management after ascertaining the approval from the University. Nearly 90 % of the classes are taught by the full-time faculty.
The college has a system of submitting a self-appraisal report to the Principal. Good number of teachers have attended seminars / conferences / workshops as participants and a few as resource persons. There is an opportunity to the students to evaluate the teachers. Some Departments conduct refresher courses / seminars / symposia and workshops. Nine teachers have taken the benefit of FIP for doing research. A few faculty members have secured funds for minor and major research projects from UGC. This promotes original research activity.
Criterion 03: Research, Consultancy and Extension
Among the eleven departments, seven offer P.G Courses while three offer research programmes. Out of 84 teachers, 20 are Ph.Ds and 16 have M.Phil degrees. Some teachers are actively involved in research. There are two full-time research scholars and 21 part-time scholars. Teachers are encouraged to do research and the encouragement received are three fold: Study leave / Seed money / Work adjustment. All the PG students have to execute work of projects assigned to them.
The department of Mathematics publishes a Journal entitled The Albertian Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics. The first issue has been released. The department of Chemistry has published quality articles in classified journals. Department of Commerce and Zoology also have a good number of papers to their credit. The department of Zoology has an impressive record of 'On the Job Training', and placements. These three departments also subscribe to classified reputed journals.
The institution promotes faculty participation in consultancy service. Consultancy service is rendered in an informal way by the departments of Chemistry, Zoology and Commerce.
The college organises extension activities also. This is the first college to achieve total computer literacy. There is a designated person for extension activities. The college has a tie-up with Indira Gandhi National Open University. The study centre offers professional, and job oriented courses for 600 students.
Other extension activities include: social work, health and hygiene awareness, medical camp, adult and literacy programmes, blood donation camps, Aids awareness, Environment awareness, NET coaching and mushroom cultivation. Co-curricular programmes are taken care of by NSS and NCC. NGO's and GO's are also involved in the extension activities. The novel feature of the NCC unit is that it has a Naval Wing which is relevant to the local environment
The NCC wing is functioning very well. 155 students are NCC cadets. 16 of them have passed 'B' certificate examination and 15 of them have passed the 'C' examination. One cadet participated in the prestigious Republic Day Parade this year. The Naval Wing of NCC has 55 cadets and during the past few years, 15 cadets have become student captains.
Criterion 04: Infrastructure & Learning Resources
The college is situated in an area of approximately 6 acres. The college building has enough space for class rooms, laboratories, library, canteen, computer centre and the office. There is a proposal to build a new block to house P G and Research Laboratories. The college is raising a new building to be exclusively used for the canteen. The Parents - Teachers Association has contributed Rs1.5lakh towards the cost of the new building.
The library has a collection of 41,715 books and 60 journals. With an advisory committee to monitor its activities, the library functions from 9 am - 4 pm. Internet, audio and video facilities are also available in the library. Work relating to lending of books, stock verification and bibliography services is computerised.
There is a central computer facility in the college. All the departments have computers. The computer centre functions between 7:30 am to 5 pm. An annual maintenance contract is used for the maintenance of the computers.
There are 30 inter-networked computers in the Computer Centre. [Pentium IV and Pentium III]. The services of the Computer Centre are multi faceted: (i) Career Guidance has been programmed; (ii) Software have been developed for the library and (iii) Certificate/Diploma Courses [PGDCA, ADCA, DCA & CCA] are offered along with a few short term courses, under self financing mode. This helps the college to generate funds.
In addition to the regular classes, the campus is made available for conducting coaching classes for CA competitive exam and Off Campus educational programmes of the Mahatma Gandhi University. There are well equipped auditorium and seminar hall in the college. Besides, they are rented out to outside agencies also for organising cultural and academic activities. The maintenance of these facilities are well monitored adding to the prestige of the college.
There is no regular health centre in the college. However, medical check up is done for all students once a year. Group mediclaim policy has been made available for the staff under agreement with National Insurance Company Ltd. Students are given training in first-aid.
The college has a playground in an area of 4.5 acres. Players are encouraged by cash awards given by the Parents-Teachers Association. Tennis, Hockey and Cricket are the games played by the students.
There is a hostel for PG students. It has 48 rooms with only 18 inmates. Since all are local students there is not much demand for hostel accommodation. There is a formalised center for students' Guidance and Counseling. A teacher nominated by the Principal looks after the guidance work. The college provides staff quarters for eight teachers on a rotation basis. The communication system in the college functions well with Fax and E-Mail facilities.
The college owns an Aqua Farm in the back waters of Cochin. This is used for Prawn/Fish breeding as well as giving training for Industrial Fish and Fisheries students.
Criterion 05: Student Support and Progression
The college offers 7 PG programmes providing the scope for vertical mobility of the wards and Chemistry, Zoology and Commerce departments have research centres which lead to Ph.D. degrees.
Research activity is evident from the publications of Chemistry, Zoology and Mathematics departments in refereed journals. Success rate at the University Exams has been good (75% UG and 95% PG). Student performance at the competitive examinations of UGC, CSIR, NET, SLET, GATE and TOEFL is praise worthy.
The college has a feedback mechanism to analyse the work done and enforce corrective steps if need be. About 8 categories of scholarships are provided, including those for SC/ST students.
Support for students is lent through a Placement Officer under the Employment cell. This makes efforts to intimate, motivate and help through publicising information and Campus Interviews. Besides, routine counseling is said to be done by all teachers. Motivation for Self Employment has also been provided by the college. A good number of students have been benefited by the scheme.
The Alumni Association of the college takes positive interest in the development of the institution.
The college provides facilities for sports activities with special attention to games like Tennis, Cricket and Hockey. The college has been represented at University, District and State levels.
Appropriate information on policies of admission, course fee and scope for scholarships are clearly spelt out in the college prospectus. Over all the college adopts appropriate methods to promote student progression.
Criterion 06: Organisation And Management
The policies relating to design and implementations of the academic programmes for both annual and semester courses are looked after by the College Council. This comprises of the Principal, all Heads of the Departments and two elected teacher - representatives. The council adopts transparent and democratic principles in decision making and implementation.
The planning and implementation of programmes in the college is coordinated by a body of teaching and non teaching staff each year. The Computer Centre of the college helps the administration in running the day to day activities of the administration.
The college administration has organised a Cooperative Society. This provides for general loans to the tune of 1.5 lakhs towards housing / purchase of vechiles. The society also helps the staff for hire purchase of consumer items. The institution provides residential accommodation for 8 teachers on a rotation basis.
Any problem of the employees is sorted out by the management on the basis of representation forwarded to the Principal at a one-to-one interaction.
The college is an aided one, receiving funds from Government for the total salary of regular staff. The funds needed for maintenance of facilities in the laboratory, Library and other co-curricular and extracurricular activities are met from special fees collected from students. The college also generates funds by placing their physical facilities to agencies like IGNOU, CA Foundation on a rental basis. Besides, funds are generated through self-financing programmes in the areas of Computer and Vocational Courses.
The College Council provides the mechanism for utilization of funds based on requirements of the departments and allocations are made on the basis of need and cost effective principles. The funds received from various agencies are utilized through a well designed budget and audited on a regular basis. The auditing is done by auditors deputed by the education department of Government of Kerala.
Criterion 07: Healthy Practices
The college is organising vocational courses: Industrial Chemistry and Aquaculture. It has also organised skill oriented certificate/Diploma courses under a self-financing mode.
The college has a study centre of IGNOU which helps adults and youths to pursue various courses under distance education mode.
The college subjected itself to accreditation by Chartered Accountants of India and is now recognised for imparting coaching for PE-I and PE-II.
The Aquafarm of Zoology department encourages students to explore to outreach activities and it is lab-to-land program which is also beneficial to the rural people of the region.
Students have access to computer and Internet facilities in the departments and library.
The college has the practice of encouraging teachers to start vocational courses and the efforts of the departments of Zoology and Chemistry is note worthy.
Group Mediclaim has been made possible to the staff of the college under group insurance.
The college places emphasis on the general upkeep of the premises.
Though it is a college it is established linkages to a limited extent by signing MoU's with some local agencies.
Section 03: Over All Analysis
The Peer Team, after going through the information furnished in the Self-Study Report, the department profiles and interaction with students and faculties during the visit to the departments, sports facilities and aquaculture farm, have identified the following as the strengths of the college.
The college is producing good results in all U.G and P.G programmes.
The Botany Department has groomed two talented boys in the field of Fine Arts.
Though it is an affiliated college, some departments have generated good facilities for quality research work.
The Principal of the college, by and large is able to solicit the cooperation and support of the staff. This promotes interpersonal relationships, discipline, involvement and a sense of belonging.
There are adequate infrastructural facilities for curricular, co-curricular and extra curricular activities.
Further, the Peer Team makes the following suggestions for the overall development of the college:
Steps are to be taken to generate research facilities and facilities for consultancy in all P.G Departments.
Teachers in the P.G departments with research degrees are to be motivated to make research proposals and send them to funding agencies like UGC, CSIR and DST. This activity helps the institution to realise sufficient funds which are needed to update laboratory equipment, books and journal in the library.
The departments are to be encouraged to participate in extension activities that help to improve the rural economy.
More vocational/need based job oriented courses are to be offered on self financing mode.
Teachers should be encouraged to use modern educational tools such as LCD, OHP Slide Projector for classroom instruction.
All the departments should be encouraged to collaborate with the institutions of Higher learning of National/International repute in the surroundings.
Interdisciplinary academic activities need to be initiated and sustained.
The mood amongst the management, teachers and students is favorable towards autonomous status. This may be utilised to acquire the autonomous status at an early date.
Prof. P Ramachandra Naidu
Prof. Rajan Welukar
Dr. R S Ravindranathan
Prof. K Raman
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