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CMS College, Kottayam, Kerala
CMS College, Kottayam, Kerala
Kottayam (District Kottayam)
Kerala, IndiaPin Code : 686001
CMS College, Kottayam Kerala is a recognised institute / college. Status: Govt / Aided.
CMS College, Kottayam Kerala was established on / in 1817.
Principal of CMS College, Kottayam Kerala is Sri MM Korah, Ph: 0481-2566433.
CMS College, Kottayam Kerala is situated in Kottayam of Kerala state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of CMS College, Kottayam Kerala is +91-481-2565002.
Website of CMS College, Kottayam Kerala is http://www.cmscollege.ac.in/.
Contact Details of CMS College, Kottayam Kerala are : Telephone: +91-481-2566002
CoursesB.A. Economics Gr A –Money and Financial Institutions (Elective : Computer Application in EconomicAnalysis), Communicative English (U.G.C (3 main),). English, Hindi-VFunctional, History,Economics, BA Malayalam (v), BSc Maths, Physics, Chemistry,Zoology, Botany, Home Science,Bio-Technology, B.Com. Animation & Web designing, Fashion designing (UGC Sponsored) MAEnglish, Sociology, History, MSc Applied Physics, Botany, Maths, Physics, Chemistry (Analytical,Pure, Applied), Zoology, Home science,M.A. Economics, M.Sc. Biotechnology (self-financing),M.Sc. Home Science (M.Sc. Food Science Management & Dietetics), M.Com.
CMS College, Kottayam Kerala runs course(s) in Arts, Biotechnology, Commerce, Research, Science stream(s).
CMS College is affiliated with Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam (Kerala)
Profile of CMS CollegeThe college was established by Church Missionary Society of England in 1817 and it is the oldest of the institutions for higher education in South India. The C.M.S College shall be an institution of higher education dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning, by providing high quality, value based liberal education, in a learner centred, eco-friendly, traditional but technology blended environment that fosters life long learning and prepares the young men and women, to be the leaders of utmost integrity, selflessness, global vision and concern for the disadvantaged. The College is affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University and accredited with B++ by NAAC.
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Students argue on William ShakespeareFrom the tragedy of Hamlet to the comedy, As You Like it, William Shakespeares work continues to be popular and preferred by most literature students for his great stories and compelling characters.
Although there are many conspiracy theories about Shakespeares authorship, literature students have a different opinion altogether.
There is nothing original in this world, even if Shakespeare has borrowed, who cares? said Alphin Chacko a student doing his MA in literature at CMS College, Kottayam. Shakespeare gives work that stands apart from other authors or poets, Alphin added.
Shakespeares authorship conspiracy theory has been an ongoing debate since the 1700s and is still relevant today. The upcoming Roland Emmerichs movie, Anonymous, centres around Edward de Vee, the Earl of Oxford a man who has been advocated as being the true author of Shakespeares plays.
The fact that Shakespeare has either borrowed his characters or concepts from other books could be true to some extent, but he has presented these in his idea of creativity. His plays were related to history and what we study now has been edited and reworked by several writers, said Anju Teresa another student.
It is difficult for any author or poet to maintain originality, so there will be some adaptation or borrowed material evident in all their works, remarked Anju.
However Bibish Jose, also a student says people say that Shakespeare has read many books and has borrowed characters from varied texts. The characters of Shakespeares Hamlet are from a Spanish tragedy, where the father takes revenge for his sons death while in Hamlet it is vice-versa.
Once a student starts studying about Shakespeare along with the other poets, it will be clearly evident that William Shakespeares works have been borrowed from history or from other works, said Bibish.
Contradicting Bibish, another student Riya was of the opinion that William Shakespeare is a world famous poet and playwright and his works from tragedies to romantic plays, whether borrowed or not, have a true blend of emotions and the distinction can be made through his narrations.
In other colleges or universities outside Kerala, literature students are not given as much exposure to Shakespeares works and his writing is considered obsolete.
However, in Kerala, literature students follow the 20-year-old syllabus and have to study about this Western storyteller in depth, said Alphin.
NAAC report of CMS CollegeSection I: Introduction.
The CMS (Church Missionary Society) College, Kottayam, established in 1817 is one of the oldest colleges in the country, with a rich heritage and tradition. The college, accredited by NAAC in 1999 and also awarded with the status of 'College with Potential for Excellence' (CPE) by UGC in 2004, applied for re-accreditation by NAAC in Feb 2006.
During the period since the last accreditation, the college has made considerable progress in offering new academic programmes, initiating / sustaining several student support services and also expanding/toning up the infra-structural facilities. The new programmes include one UG (B.Sc. Biotechnology) four PG (M.Sc. Biotechnology, M.Sc. Food Service Management, M.A. History and M.A. Economics), two PG Diploma ( Professional Accounting; Dietetics) and three UGC-sponsored add-on Diplomas in Web Designing, Fashion Technology and Ornamental Fish Culture. Excepting UGC sponsored diplomas, all others have been started on self-financing basis. However, the strength of permanent faculty has gone down from 121 to 95, partly due to the ban on recruitment of faculty by Goverenment and partly due to non filling of 10 sanctioned posts. The number of guest faculty has on the other hand, increased substantially to 50. The number of students has increased from 1673 to 2044 (excluding 49 PhD scholars of whom many are part-time teacher candidates).
During the above period of post accreditation, the college using UGC grant under CPE and other resources has gone in for computer networking of the entire campus through intra-net, provision of internet facilities, besides improving the infrastructure and amenities in its campus of 32.5 acres. The college has also opened up its campus for offering off-campus/study centre programmes by MG University, Sikkim Manipal University, Madurai Kamaraj University and also by a state government agency Keltron. These programmes have not been taken into consideration for re-accreditation of the college.
A Peer Team comprising of Prof. Dr. C. Thangamuthu, Vice Chancellor, Bharathidasan University, as Chairman and Prof. S. Ravichandra Reddy, Dean, Faculty of Science, Bangalore University and Dr. Salma Salahuddin, Former Principal of Justice Basheer Ahmed Sayeed Women's College, Chennai as members visited the college on 28-30 August 2006. The Peer Team visit was co-ordinated by Dr. Latha Pillai, Advisor, NAAC. During the visit, the Peer Team interacted with the Principal, Management, Faculty, IQAC Cell, Students, parents, alumni, non-teaching staff and visited all the departments, support structures and facilities. It also verified the documentary evidences and taking a holistic view of the institution the following report is presented.
Section II: Criterion-wise Analysis.
Criterion I: Curricular aspects.
The college motto 'Thy word is truth' has been elaborated to encompass personality development of the young, promotion of justice and peace, fostering of wholesome and simple lifestyle and empowering the poor, dalits, women and other vulnerable sections of the society. To achieve its motto, the college has been striving to provide quality education to the youth of this region.
The college prior to accreditation was offering 6 programme options (Botany, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Zoology and Home Science) in science, 5 programme options (Malayalam, History, Economics, English literature and Communicative English) in Arts and Batchelor of Commerce at the undergraduate level and ten programme options (Botany, English, Chemistry, Applied Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Sociology and Commerce) at the Post-graduate level. Besides these conventional and need-based courses, the college also offered certificate and diploma courses like Computer applications, Rubber technology and Computerised Accounting under the self-financing scheme. After the last accreditation, the college has succeeded in introducing one programme option at the UG level (Biotechnology) and Four programme options (Biotechnology, Home Science, Economics and History) at the PG level. These courses are self-financing. In addition to these courses, the college has made efforts to introduce certificate and diploma courses to develop multi-skills in the wards. These include 3 certificate courses of Keltron (Hardware maintenance, Linux and Multimedia), 2 PG diploma courses (one in Dietectics and another in Professional accounting) of CMC Vellore, 1 certificate course of Brainnet (Fashion designing), and 3 Add-on courses of UGC (Web designing, Fashion technology and Ornamental fish culture). Excepting the UGC Add on courses, all others are self-financing. Total computer literary is aimed at making all the students computer literate while the Success though Communication is aimed at improving the communication skill of students.
Although the college is the venue of the off-campus PG courses (MBA & MCA) of M.G. University, UG and PG courses B.Sc.IT, M.Sc.IT and M.Sc. Bioinformatics) of Sikkim-Manipal, these courses do not come under the purview of NAAC's accreditation as they are technically run by outside agencies using the college facilities and as these students do not form part of the college rolls.
Two certificate courses which were being offered prior to 1999 (Computer applications and Rubber technology have been discontinued as these subjects have been included in the curriculum of regular courses. The Home science department has been re-designated as Department of Family and Community Science.
Taking the overall picture it is seen that at present the college offers 13 under graduate courses, 15 Post-graduate courses in various disciplines of arts, science, commerce, and humanities 5 certificate courses and 5 diploma courses. Of these courses, 23 are in aided mode while the remaining are in self-financing mode.
Since the college comes under the preview of M.G. University, it has limitations in introducing self designed courses and hence the newly introduced courses are designed by the M.G University. While the undergraduate programme options are in annual mode, the post-graduate programme options are in semester mode. Since the semester scheme has been introduced in 2001/02, the curriculum at the Post-graduate level has been revised. About ten members of the teaching faculty who are members of Board of Studies in the various subjects and seven members of the teaching faculty of the college who are subject experts have played a pivotal role in updating the syllabus at the UG and PG levels and getting the recommendations approved at the BOS and in other bodies of the University. The faculty of Zoology Department has contributed in restructuring the syllabus of Zoology both at UG and PG levels.
Further, the faculty have contributed to for formulating the syllabus of certificate, add on and diploma courses offered by the college. As there are rigid rules and difficulty in getting permission of the University / Government in starting new courses, the college could only introduce Diplomas / Certificate programmes at the level of the college itself.
Criterion II: Teaching Learning & Evaluation.
The College follows the norms and regulations prescribed for admissions for UG and PG courses by the Mahatma Gandhi University and Government of Kerala. In all the aided courses, the college selects 50% students on the basis of merit, 20 % students on reservation cum merit basis, 10% students on community-cum merit basis and 20% students under the management discretionary quota. For B.A. Communicative English, the admission is made on the basis of entrance tests. Besides, the college, on discretionary quota of the management, admits students from weaker sections and dalit communities. In most of courses, the number of applications received exceeds that of the seats available. However, in the recent years, the college has been observing a decline in the number of applications received for courses of conventional subjects. During admission, a single window system is followed for avoiding long queues and delay.
After admission, the college gives an 'induction programme' to the students wherein the Principal provides information on the rules and regulations of the college, facilities available, the add-on and value based courses as also the support programmes of the college.
The teaching-learning process includes components of classroom lectures, practical component in science subjects, home assignments seminars, group discussions and study tours. Besides these, at the PG level in certain subjects, the students are involved in project work. The students carry out the project work under the supervision of a teacher (guide) and another subject expert from the place where the student carries out the project work.
Bridge course is available in Sociology and Commerce subjects. Though the medium of instruction is English, Malayalam is also used to supplement the instruction in some subjects.
In all the departments, slow and weak learners are identified through class tests. Thereafter, remedial classes/tutorials are arranged for these students. In addition to this, the college has introduced Peer teaching wherein the advanced learners help the slow learners. Advanced learners are also encouraged to participate in teaching in tutorial classes and computer literacy programme.
Both in UG and PG courses the academic activities are carried out at three levels. Teachers prepare the teaching plan and tests to be conducted (Teacher's work plan). The Department prepares the schedule for the various activities of the department including seminars, assignments project preparations, field study programme and association activities. The Principal prepares the college calendar of activities at the beginning of each academic year.
In all the courses, seminars and assignments are compulsory components as per the University regulations both at UG and PG levels. Besides, group discussions, debates and panel discussions are encouraged for providing learning skills to the wards. Some teachers besides chalk and talk method also use modern teaching aids like overhead projector and LCD and the students are encouraged to use the same during seminars. In subjects such as Botany, Zoology, Chemistry, Physics and Commerce, teaching aids such as models, charts, maps, herbarium, and museum specimens are used as teaching aids. The Department of English uses a language laboratory. Medium of theatre is occasionally used also used in English and Malayalam literature by staging of plays and dramas and film shows.
The college recruits the teachers as per the rules of the University and State Government. However, due to the recruitment ban in educational institutions in the state, in the last six years, the college has not been able to recruit any teacher in the vacancies created as a result of superannuation of faculty members. As a result, in all the self-financing courses and in the departments where there is shortage of regular teachers the courses are offered partly by guest faculty. The Principal and Management appoint temporary/guest lecturers purely on adhoc basis. There is a considerable degree of inbreeding in faculty appointment, particularly among the guest faculty. In the student interaction, the quality of some of the faculty members, especially among the guest faculty, was said to be deficient. This situation needs to be remedied. While the salaries of regular teachers are met by the grants of the Government, the salaries of the temporary and guest lecturers in the self financing courses are met from the Management funds and the guest lecturers in regular vacancies are paid by the Government. Currently the college has 95 permanent teachers against sanctioned strength of 105.
The college conducts regular two internal examinations known as class tests for the UG and PG students prior to final examinations. The departments organize the setting of question papers, seating arrangements, supervision of examinations and evaluation of answer scripts. In the PTA meetings, the parents are briefed about the performance of the students in the tests.
Since the college is affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, it has no autonomy in evaluation. M.G University issues the degree certificates. During 2000 to 2005, the success rate of students at UG level ranges from 83 to 91 % while at PG level it varied from 60 to 90%.
The college practices the evaluation of teachers by the wards. Currently, only the final year students are involved in the evaluation of teachers. The student is exposed to the computer to fill in the evaluation form and submit it to the college principal and each student has a pass word for submitting the evaluation form. Self-appraisal method of teacher is also present. Besides this, Head of the department carries out the Peer evaluation and submits the forms to the Principal. After the terminal examination, the college also obtains a feed back from the students in regard to teaching and support services. As the outcome of student evaluation of teachers is kept confidential, it tends to be non-consequential. In order to ensure accountability and also as an incentive for better performance, steps may be initiated to make it transparent.
Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
In the last five years, 12 teachers have obtained Ph.D, and 13 M.Phil degrees. As at present among the 95 permanent teachers, 37 have Ph.D, 29 M.Phil and 29 PG qualifications. The research culture is evident among some of the faculty members in PG departments. One major research project and 14 minor research projects have been completed during the reference period. At present the college has 1 major and 18 minor research projects. A teacher from the Department of Physics has procured a research grant of Rs.15 lakhs from UGC. Further, the college is recognized by UGC as a Center with Potential for Excellence and has sanctioned a total grant of 60 lakhs. The research laboratories need to be modernized and spatially rearranged in proximity to the departments. The central instrumentation room established for common use of equipments is yet to be equipped. There is an imminent need for modernizing the UG and PG degree laboratories as also the research laboratories to enable the wards to keep abreast of the recent developments in the concerned fields.
A few teachers have registered for Ph.D programme of Mahatma Gandhi University and other Universities under the FIP programme. While most of the publications by the teachers are in regional journals/newspapers a few teachers have published papers in refereed journals of national and international repute. Besides, teachers have also published 9 books. Local and regional seminars are being organized from time to time. The research / consultancy linkage with industries and other institutions may need to be strengthened.
Majority of the teachers have participated in refresher / orientation courses and seminars/conferences held at the local and national level. The college has organized UGC funded seminars, conferences and workshops.
The college promotes the students to participate in extension activities through NCC and NSS Units. Through NCC and NSS Units, the college has carried out a number of activities related to community development, hygiene, social work and eco-restoration, computer literacy, blood donation camps, Aids awareness, Environment awareness and tree planting, NSS volunteers also maintain the cleanliness of the campus and organize celebrations of Environmental day, Hiroshima and Nagasaki day, Kerala day and Martyr's day.
Criterion IV - Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The campus is maintained well with clean surroundings and greenery. The different departments are housed in separate blocks. The administrative block, department blocks, library, hostels, the chapel, the college house, computer centre and spacious play grounds constitute the CMS college campus of 32.5 acre.
The facilities provided to the departments are adequate, but there is a scope for enhancement of physical facilities and the laboratories to be equipped further. The college has been augmenting the facilities from its own funds and UGC assistance, PTA and Alumni associations. Going by the allocations for running the academic programmes in some of the Departments, there is a need for better funding particularly towards purchase of chemicals and equipment.
The college library has a total collection of 63,672 books,5816 text books 4956 reference books and it subscribes to 74 journals of which 20 are foreign. It also subscribes to 28 magazines and periodicals. It has a total built up area of 21,786 sq.m. spread over four floors. There is a library advisory committee.
The library has a reference section, a reading room a general library, sectional library and archives collection. Efforts are taken to create an Electronic Repository.
Funds from the UGC, State government, PTA are used for enhancing the purchase of books and journals and for improving the facilities in the library. The library needs to be strengthened both in terms of number of books and the subjects covered. The UG students felt during interaction that they be allowed to refer to the books from PG section as well. Though the library catalogue is computerised, a few more terminals may be added for enhancing automative access by users. Around 4000 on-line journals are available through the INFLIBNET of MG University. Reprographic & printing facilities are also available in the library. A separate displayer rack is there to display new books. Digitalisation of old publications has been undertaken, which is an appreciable development. The college has launched a project called Cyber Campus. Every department has at least one or two net-enabled computers. Many departments (Commerce, Malayalam, English, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) have independent computer labs. There is a computer centre which offers programmes of Sikkim Manipal University and Keltron, besides catering to the requirements of total computer literacy programmes. While appreciating the efforts of the management in providing an IT enabled environment, efforts to enhance use of computers by the students for doing project works and other curriculum related activities may be accelerated.
While there is sufficient hostel accommodation for girls, there is a small hostel for about 10 boys of PG programmes only. Provision of adequate hostel facility on campus may help improve the corporate life of the institution. The present sports infrastructure includes good play grounds for almost all games. The college may go in for a Gymnasium and an in-door stadium.
Criterion V - Student Support and Progression
The college accommodates students of diverse backgrounds. Special attention is given to women and the disadvantaged - economically, socially and physically - while following the govt. norms and those of M.G University. The college publishes the prospectus which provide general information abut the college, courses offered, eligibility criterion for various courses and other rules and regulations. The college has recently created a data base for tracking Alumni and progress of Students
Reports given indicate that during the last five years, 41 students have passed in NET examinations, 121 students in SLET, 77 students CAT, 11 students in TOFEL, 2 in GMAT, 13 in Defence Entrance, 41 CA. This performance is commendable and is a reflection of student quality and their motivation for progression.
The college has a Career Guidance Centre which conducts several programmes, arranges campus recruitment and mock interviews / group discussions to improve the employability of the students.
There are many special schemes and programmes like OASIS which have been launched for supporting economically and socially disadvantaged. Swantwana - student counseling centre (for academic and personal counseling), USHAS - the association of the women teachers, career training and career information, Soft skill development programmes, programmes for development of leadership qualities and personality development, campus activities, student government, tutoring, remedial courses and computer literacy for students and a women Study Center. The college provides free internet access, programmes for improving communication skills, access to digital library, orientation programming in the beginning and finishing of the course in the final year is beneficial to the students
Vidyasouhrudam, the Alumni Association of the college participates in the development of the college. Every year on January 26 the alumni from every part of the globe come to the college campus. The alumni have chapters in Dubai, Abu Dabi, Kuwait, Doha, New York, Detroit and Chicago. The chapter meetings at different parts of the world strengthens the main body the alumni contribute to the development of the college financially and otherwise - setting up seminar room, renovation of the Great Hall, entire collection of Mashek Library, instituted research scholarships, prizes to honour the rank holders. The alumni support could be further harnessed and strengthened.
The college encourages a wide range of co-curricular activities such as sports, games and cultural affairs along with the curricular activities. Playgrounds for cricket, football, softball with necessary facilities are available in the college campus. The college has significant achievements in games like hockey, cricket, power lifting, Best physique, Kabaddi, softball and aquatics at the inter-collegiate level and during the last five years 95 students played at the inter university level.
Two short feature films have been produced at the initiative of the college students. Students has also won many prizes in film making. To nurture the talents of the increasing number of students interested in Film making and allied areas the management may consider their introduction of a Visual Communication Course.
Criterion VI: Organisation and management
The apex management body is a 10 member Board presided over by the Bishop of Church of South India, Madhya Kerala Diocese. All administrative decisions are made in consultation with various committees which meets once in every term and the minutes are recorded in common minute book. The Head of every department after consolidating the requirement of their departments project their budget requirement to the principal who in turn places it for approval in the management committee meetings.
Each department prepares a calendar of departmental activities. The planning committee proposes the developmental activities (short term and long term) approved by the management to the University and Government for their approval.
Major proposals in the last five years include construction of a research block and a new seminar hall. The college has completed the networking of the departments and library. Library has been partially automated.
The college has initiated a mechanism to evaluate the performance of the faculty. The college has been conducting development programmes periodically for teaching and non-teaching staff in the areas of computer literacy, computerization of accounts and automation of office works. Office automation may be expedited. Being an aided college it adheres to the fee structure and revision made by the Government from time to time.
The various resources of income to the college other than the salary grant of the Government and the assistance from CPE, UGC, are the fees received from students, off-campus courses and PTA .
Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The college has established in pursuit of a mission and its working shows continuation of compliance to the mission. The entire functioning of the college is geared towards enabling the students of economically and educationally and socially backward classes to acquire higher education. The college is making efforts to impart community orientation. Some of the noteworthy healthy practices carried out by the college in the last five years are:
Initiating additional need based and job oriented certificate/diploma courses.
Networking of the departments and library
Providing internet and intranet facility in all departments; free internet access to students
Initiation of self assessment , student and peer evaluation of the faculty
Initiating total computer literacy in the college
Active participation and contribution of Parent-Teacher Association for college develpoment.
Encouraging faculty to register for Ph.D under FIP programme.
Establishment of 'Helpline Cell' in counseling centre to address the emotional problems of students.
Establishment of various clubs to enable the students to realize social responsibilities
Encouragement to bright students through their involvement in Peer teaching.
Establishment of 'Gurukulam' by the teacher of Physics department to coach students for NET/CSIR examinations
Section IV: Overall Analysis.
In the over-all analysis, the following commendable features deserve special mention, among others
Offering add-on courses of career relevance and also starting of Diplomas and planning the introduction of on-line courses in collaboration with an external agency.
a good upkeep and maintenance of this historic campus with many old structures and putting them to optimal use.
Computer networking of this college through intranet provision, internet and computer facilities to all the departments, free internet access to students, library automation etc. which would eventually transform the college into a cyber campus.
Efforts towards establishing additional structures such as Central Instrumentation Facility, Language Lab, Centre for Condensed Matter Physics and such other centers widening the scope for learning / research activities.
Resource generation by opening up the campus for conduct of programmes by outside institutions and ploughing back the revenue for college development.
Quite an imaginative array of Student Support Services through a number of student-centered clubs giving enough scope for holistic development of the student personality.
Provision of management-sponsored scholarships / fee concessions and free lunch to some of the poorest among the students.
Introduction of total computer literacy programme enabling all the students to gain hands-on experience in computer applications.
Psychological counselling given to the students in mental stress / emotional disturbance.
Launching of career guidance counseling and arrangement of campus placements in some of the Departments (Chemistry, Commerce, Biotechnology etc.).
Enabling and facilitating the creative talents among students in Fine Arts (unique initiative on the part of the students in film making by collecting voluntary contributions from the teachers and students).
Networking with NGO's/Development agencies (eg. training of farmers in mushroom cultivation organized by Zoology Department; action research with self-help groups and consultancy to the Panchayaths provided by the Economics Department).
Diet consultancy given by the Department of Family and Community Science.
Fairly a good and sustained research record as evident from some quality publications by faculty members in some of the Departments (Physics, Biotechnology, Zoology, Economics, Mathematics, Statistics).
Creative writing winning awards (Malayalam).
Centre for Women Studies trying to sensitize and educate the college community on gender issues.
Contributions made by the faculty towards student progression and development (one physics faculty member offers a free coaching for CSIR-GATE examination; value education, tutorials, remedial programmes etc.).
The comprehensive evaluation of teachers by self / students / HOD / Principal and students recording their assessment on-line.
Engaging bright student as peer teachers for remedial coaching and also in computer literacy programmes.
Efforts in digitalizing the old and precious publications and also maintaining a 'repository' of bound back volumes of journals and other rare literature in the library.
A strong alumni and PTA support harnessed for the development of the college.
The following recommendations may merit consideration by the college:
In the light of encouraging experience of some of the Diplomas and Certificate Courses offered at the initiative/label of the college, it may consider offering at least one job-oriented Diploma/Certificate course by almost every Department of the college so that the regular students of the college would be able to undergo them concurrently and thereby improve their career prospects.
The college management may take steps to go in for professionalizing the college management by availing the expertise of educational management consultant. This may be required to meet the challenges of harmonizing the long tradition-bound past and the future challenges in the emerging context of overall liberalization in governance.
The efforts towards converting the college into a cyber campus would involve sustained efforts and greater investment. The number of terminals with net-connections may need to be increased and also the timings extended substantially to suit the student convenience.
The teaching-learning process encounters a big challenge in terms of shortage of qualified/regular faculty for which the institution is not fully responsible. But given this challenge, and realizing the limitations of guest faculty in a low-pay / low motivation syndrome, the institution may take imaginative steps to lure in and retains the best possible faculty (avoiding in-breeding to the maximum) with adequate incentives of pay and perks. This would go a long way in sustaining the academic reputation of the campus and also placing the college as a pace-setter inspiring other institutions.
Taking due advantage of sparks of research potentials in some of the faculty members of the college, it would be better to invest substantially to build better research facilities around them with a good working support.
The evaluation of faculty planned so meticulously using computers and so on may be made as transparent as may be relevant in order to infuse incentives for better performances and disincentives for shirkers. The Questionnaire seems to be too un wieldy (in the perception of students) and hence may require pruning; self evaluation by the teachers may be kept apart or be given lesser weightage.
The norms of the grievance redressal in continuous evaluation system (provision for student appeal against wrong undervaluation) may be made specific and transparent and the students be made fully aware of such a facility.
The library automation be accelerated and more user-terminals for use of automated catalogue and internet be provided and augment e-learning facility. The budget allocations for meeting running expenses of academic programmes (chemicals and other inputs, study tours/field exposure, conduct practicals in service programmes) may need to be considerably increased as perceived by the students during interaction.
The PTA support seems to be quite considerable. The alumni contributions could be further exploited for the development of infra-structure of the college.
The linkages with industry, trade and commerce, NGOs and GOs may need to be further focused and strengthened. As of now, the culture of collaborations for consultancy/extension is virtually absent. The college can also explore linkages at global level using its missionary support oversees.
The infra-structure of the college would require expansion/improvement in terms of hostels for boys, a multi-purpose indoor- stadium and a gymnasium augmenting sports/recreation facilities for the growing number of girl students on the campus, strengthening and modernizing the science labs including the newly started central Instrumentation facility etc.
The creative talents and potentials among students particularly in the field of fine-arts and film making are a pointer to the need for channelising the same. As students rightly perceived, the college would do better by organizing a programme in Visual Arts and Communication at Diploma/PG Diploma levels.
The initiative towards student support/ extra curricular and extension activities have tended to proliferate at times boarding duplication or replication. The focus may be towards strengthening and sustaining them with proper structuring and support mechanisms (rather than multiplying such activities across the Departments). As we all know, the sustenance of several quality initiatives becomes a big challenge in most of the accredited institutions for obvious reasons. This aspect may be borne in mind in planning and supporting such activities.
The college which would be completing its bicentenary in a decade or so, has a greater responsibility of living up to its own glorious past and also scaling over emerging and unforeseen challenges of the new millennium. The college community has a tremendous responsibility ahead in ensuring and sustaining the standards in higher education in the context of global competition.
The Peer Team wishes to place on record its appreciation for the enthusiasm and cooperation extended by all constituencies of the institution during its visit.
Prof. C. Thangamuthu
Prof. S. Ravichandra Reddy
Dr. Salma Salahuddin
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