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St Stephens College, Uzhavoor, Kerala
Uzhavoor (District Kottayam)
Kerala, India
Pin Code : 686634


St Stephens College, Uzhavoor Kerala is a recognised institute / college. Status: Govt / Aided. St Stephens College, Uzhavoor Kerala was established on / in 1964.


Principal of St Stephens College, Uzhavoor Kerala is Dr Stephen A.

St Stephens College is situated in Uzhavoor of Kerala state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of St Stephens College, Uzhavoor Kerala is 04822-240709.

email ID(s) is St Stephens College Uzhavoor Kerala

Website of St Stephens College, Uzhavoor Kerala is http://www.ststephens.net.in/,www.ststephens.net.


Contact Details of St Stephens College, Uzhavoor Kerala are : Tel: 04822-2240129, 2241741
Telephone: +91-482-2240127, 246709,



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St Stephens College, Uzhavoor Kerala runs course(s) in Degree, Science, Commerce, Computer Applications stream(s).
M Sc Physics with specialisation in Computer science
M Sc Computer Science (Self Financing)
BA Economics, English, English (v) BSc Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, BCom. B.Sc.Chemistry (v) MSc Physics, M.Com., M.Sc. Computer Science(self-financing)
BSc B Com, MSC

Approval details: St Stephens College is affiliated with Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam (Kerala)

Profile of St Stephens College

Standing tall and erect atop a hillock and set in serene surroundings, St. Stephens College is the pride of Uzhavoor. The college which belongs to the Knanaya Diocese of Kottayam is affiliated to the Mahatma Gandhi University.
The brain child of the then Bishop of Kottayam, His Excellency Rev. Dr. Thomas Tharayil , the college was established in 1964. Sri. Joseph Chazhikadan MLA and Rev. Fr. Peter Uralil, the first Principal of the college, were the guiding forces behind this noble endeavour. They were supported and encouraged by the active co-operation of the people of Uzhavoor and a host of well-wishers. At the inception, St. Stephens was just a Junior College with four batches of Pre-Degree students.


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Section : I
Introduction
St. Stephen's College affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala decided to subject itself to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) for the purpose of accreditation and consequently they submitted the self study report. NAAC constituted the peer team to visit the institution with the following members. Prof. P. V. Arunachalam, Former Vice Chancellor, Dravidian University, Kuppam, A. P as Chairman, Prof. D. Shrijay Devaraj Urs, Institute of Development Studies, Mysore, Karnataka and Dr. K. V. S. L. V. Prasad, Hindu College, Guntur, A. P as members. The Peer Team visited the college on 18th and 19th August 2003 for assessing the institution. Dr. G. Srinivas, Deputy Adviser, NAAC Co-ordinated the visit. The team had extensive discussion with the various groups. Relevant documents pertaining to various aspects of functioning of the college were examined to ascertain the details regarding the functioning of the institution, its accomplishments, its constraints and potentials. Based on the details collected and the inputs gained as above, the assessment of the Peer team about the performance and standing of the college is presented below under the various criteria as evolved by NAAC.

St. Stephen's College - Uzhavoor, Kerala, is a private aided college having affiliation with Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. It has 13 departments viz., Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology under faculty of Science - Economics, Politics, English, Hindi and Malayalam under faculty of arts - Commerce under faculty of Commerce and a department of Physical Education. The college offers 09 under graduate programmes(B.A., B.Sc., and B.Com.,) 02 post graduate programmes (M.Sc., in Physics and M.Com.,), 05 certificate courses, 01 post graduate diploma and 02 diploma courses.

The institution established in July 1964 got recognition from the University Grants Commission in June 1996 and got admitted to development assistance under 2f. It has a sprawling campus of 25 acres and is located in a rural setup.

There are 66 permanent teachers of whom 23 are ladies. Seven of them (01 lady and 06 men) possess Ph.D., Degrees, 19 (07 ladies and 12 men) possess M.Phil Degrees and 40 (15 ladies and 25 men) possess post graduate degrees. Besides, there are 04 temporary teachers and just 01 part-time teacher possessing P.G degrees. On the non-teaching staff there are 18 members(07 ladies and 11 men) on the technical side and 30 members (23 ladies and 07 men) on the administrative side.

Students enrolled in all the courses hail from the same area of the state where the college is located.

No. of diploma students : 63 ( 27 ladies and 36 men)

No. of undergraduate students : 862 ( 460 ladies and 402 men)

No. of P.G. Diploma Students : 23 ( 14 ladies and 09 men)

No. of P.G. Students : 53 ( 27 ladies and 26 men)

The temporal plan of the academic work consists of both the systems: Semester and Annual.

The unit cost of college of education is Rs. 25,544/-.

The college has support services like central library, computer centre, workshop, sports, ladies hostel, canteen, vehicle parking shed, welfare schemes, grievance redressal cell and mess halls and retiring rooms for girls and boys.

Centres for meditation, audio visual activity, counselling, career guidance, besides co-operative store, medicinal garden, zoological museum and vermiculture and vermicompost units also function on the campus.

The college has collaborations with some local institutions. The management of the college is with the Corporate Educational Agency, Diocese of Kottayam which runs 203 Institutions, 04 colleges, 01 college of nursing, 02 nursing schools, 09 higher secondary schools, 37 technical and industrial schools, 17 high schools, 15 upper primary schools, 36 lower primary schools, 20 unaided lower primary schools and 62 nursery schools spread in different parts of Kerala.

The college generates its resources through donations, and efforts from Alumni Association, PTA(Parent Teacher Association) besides the grant-in-aid received form the government.

Section : II
Criterionwise Analysis
Criterion - I : Curricular Aspects
The college offers programmes in Humanities, Sciences and Commerce as detailed below.
Sl. No. Programme Main Subsidiaries

1. B. A. Degree Economics Political Sc. and
Modern World History

2. B.A. Degree English History of British Literature Colonialism and Politics

3. B.Sc., Degree Mathematics Statistics and Physics

4. B.Sc., Degree Physics Mathematics and Chemistry

5. B.Sc., Degree Chemistry Mathematics and Physics

6. B.Sc., Degree Zoology Chemistry and Botany

In addition to this the college offers the following vocational courses.

B.A.(Admin., Asst.,)
B.Sc., (Agro Chemistry)
B.Com., (Computer Application as optional)

The post graduate courses offered are:

M.Sc.,(Physics) with specialization in Computers
M.Com.,

The college also offers the following courses in Computer Science to regular students.
PGDCA ('O' level - 1 year duration diploma)

DCA (Part-time - 2 years duration diploma)

Diploma Course in Computer Applications (Offered by the department of Commerce)

Some departments are giving certificate courses as detailed below.
Certificate Course in Basic Mathematics (Dept., of Mathematics)
Certificate Course in Computer Awareness (Dept., of Economics)
Certificate Course in Business Studies (Dept., of Economics)
Certificate Course in Computer Awareness (Dept., of English)
Certificate Course in Analytical studies and Instrumentation (Dept., of Chemistry)

Thus the programme options available are:

B.A. Degree Courses : 03
B.Sc., Degree Courses : 05
B.Com., Degree Course : 01
P.G. Courses : 02
Diploma Courses : 03
Certificate Courses : 05

Many of these programmes are career oriented. The College being an affiliated one, does not have freedom to formulate and implement curricula, however it provides some flexibility to students in their academic pursuits. The students do not have flexibility regarding time frame or change of course before its completion. However some horizontal/vertical mobility is provided for as the undergraduate students/PG students can also do diploma/certificate courses. The UG students can go for the 02 PG courses offered as per their UG qualifications.

Individuals do not have option in terms of curriculum, but they can exercise option regarding topics for project work. They have also option in choosing their language in Part-II which forms a non-core paper at the UG Level.

The college has a mechanism to obtain feed back from academic peers and employers.
The college takes one year to introduce a new programme. The college makes meaningful attempts for the institution-industry interaction through its students who pursue vocational courses. Participation of faculty in innovations such as modular curricula, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary courses is seen in their taking part in the deliberation of relevant statutory bodies of the affiliating university as members.

Criterion - II: Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
Admission of students into various courses is based on the guidelines of the government of Kerala and the affiliating University. There is a provision for assessing the student's knowledge and skills in their studies after admission through post admission tests. Necessary follow up action is taken through administering bridge courses or remedial coaching for academically disadvantaged students. The brighter ones are given the challenging assignments like peer teaching, satellite learning system, monitoring study circle and special access to books and journals.

Teachers prepare comprehensive teaching plans at the beginning of the academic year and the Heads of the Departments approve and monitor the execution. The syllabus is unitized and taught evenly during the whole year. Mid course correction is done through extra classes whenever found necessary. The lecture method is supplemented by group discussion, brain storming sessions, quiz programmes, symposia, seminars, project work, study tours and so on. Lecture method is also enriched to some extent by the use of modern teaching aids in the class room.

There is a centralized media facility to prepare audio visual and other teaching aids.

During the year 2001-02 the college worked for 195 days of which the teaching days were 173. Most of the teaching work-91.76% is handled by full time faculty.

The evaluation methods are communicated to the students at the beginning of the year through student's hand book and calendar. The class teachers also keep the students informed about the academic calendar and other related things.

The teachers are recruited as per U.G.C. norms, university statutes and the rules of the Government of Kerala.

Sixty members of the faculty have attended national seminars and 06 attended international seminars. The teacher performance appraisal is introduced. The college has organized some seminars/symposia for faculty development. One teacher has won Dr. Ambedkar award for Malayalam.

The college follows a tutorial system in which every class is placed under the special care of a teacher who is to have personal contacts with the students and thereby help them through constant counselling and guidance to grow as better human beings.

Apart from two internal evaluating examinations one in Oct-Nov and other in Jan-Feb, periodical class tests are also conducted.

Despite the fact that the majority of the students hail from families with low academic and poor financial background, their performance at the University examinations is good and some have bagged ranks in certain disciplines.

The policy of the college management not to accept any donation either for appointment or for admission is note worthy.

The college carries the mission of moulding students into God loving, Nature loving, responsive, intellectually alert and socially committed young men and women.

Criterion - III : Research, Consultancy and Extension
The college has created in a modest way atmosphere of research. Among the 66 teachers 10.6% hold doctorate degrees and 28% hold M.Phil degrees. A few have submitted their theses and are awaiting results. Minor projects are undertaken by the students as part of their curricula and the teachers are involved with this project work and preparation of dissertations.

A research committee has recently been constituted with a view to help the faculty to take up research projects from outside funding agencies and to coordinate the research activity of the college. Management encourages teachers to go for research by granting study leave. Twenty percent of the faculty are engaged in the research work either by operating projects, or publishing regularly. The college has submitted recently a research project of outlay of Rs. 1 lakh to the funding agency.

Some teachers of the college impart their expertise in consultancy service by giving guidance in setting up of laboratories in the nearby schools, organize career guidance programmes and leadership training camps in various institutions in the neighbourhood.

The Zoology department operates a vermiculture and vermicompost unit of the college, and guides similar projects in the vicinity. Besides, the department acts as a nodal agency for initiating waste disposal and eco farming programmes for some governmental agencies. The college has a designated person to monitor the extension activities. Broad areas of extension activities are: community development, health and hygiene, AIDS awareness, social work, medical camps, blood donation camps, environment and pollution.

The N.S.S. Unit and the Forestry Club have been carrying out various extension activities. The college plans and works along with N.G.Os like YMCA, Rotary Club, Kottayam Social Service Society, Jaycees, Lions Club, Governmental Organizations like forest and tourism department, development and planning department, public relations department, health department, field publicity and agriculture department, panchayats and banks etc.,

The N.S.S. Unit bagged the best unit award in the state as well as in the university, The N.S.S. programme officer was acclaimed as the best officer in the state during 1998-99. The Principal was adjudged as best principal for supporting N.S.S. activities of the year 2000-01.

In addition to N.S.S. and N.C.C. various other units functioning in the college have contributed in different ways for the transformation of the region. In 2001 CEERD(Centre for Environmental Education and Rural Development) was established with a view to coordinate and broaden the outreach activities.

Criterion - IV : Infrastructure and Learning Resources
Located atop sylvan surroundings, the college possesses basic infrastructure facilities like spacious, ventilated and furnished class rooms, equipped laboratories, seminar halls, computerized library, media centre, a large auditorium with 1000 seats, ladies hostel, courts for various games, canteen, cooperative store, instrumentation centre, meditation centre, computer centre with 46 systems, power generator, facsimile machine, photo copier, parking area, toilets, dining-cum-resting places, recreational avenues, internet browsing, e-mail and telephone facilities at subsidized rates.

The salubrious surroundings of the college provide an ideal ambience for learning and research. The campus is a pollution free and litter free zone. The forestry club, Department of Botany, N.S.S. and fellows of CEERT are regularly involved in cleaning, greening and maintaining the beauty of the campus.

The college maintains its infrastructure by the generous contributions from the PTA, alumni, staff and management besides the various grants available from the State and Central governments. The optimum utilization is ensured by providing its infrastructure facilities to the staff and students, the local administration, N.G.Os and G.Os and the public at large.

The college encourages the use of academic facilities available by external agencies. The college library has facilities like reprography, good number of reference books besides text books. The number of books in the library is 27,013. The working hours of the library are 9 a.m. to 4.45 p.m. The computers and their accessories are available for the use of staff and students. There is an advisory committee for the library. The library is interconnected with other libraries in the locality to facilitate interlibrary borrowing.

Three departments ie, Physics, Commerce and English have computers of their own. The department of physics has developed computer aided learning packages which are put to use for the benefit of students. There is an instrumentation centre for repair and maintenance of the equipment. Medical reimbursement facility from the government of Kerala is available to the staff and their dependents. The physical and infrastructural facilities available in the campus for the games like football, volleyball, basket ball, tennis, cricket, ball badminton, shuttle badminton and athletics are adequate. Athletes and volley ball players of this college could make indelible marks in the inter-university and national competitions. Since 1985 the department of physical education has been hosting an all Kerala inter-collegiate volleyball tournament for men and women every year.

Criterion - V : Student Support and Progression
Educational atmosphere of the institution helps to bring out the best from every student. Students are kept informed about the academic calendar, fee structure, scholarships, endowments, discipline, examinations and vacations and such other details through a detailed handbook and the updated prospectus which every student is given at the beginning of the year/semester.

Percentage of students appearing for the qualifying examinations after the minimum period of study is 81.28% and thus the drop out rate is 18.72%. Old students of the college are highly placed as Bishops, IAS officers, Principals and Educationists. The college has an alumni association.

In addition to the usual financial aid from the State and Central governments the college has instituted several endowments, scholarships, prizes to the deserving students. The college doesn't have an employment cell and a placement officer but there is a career guidance centre functioning in the library with a teacher kept in charge of the same.

At the time of admission, students along with their parents are called for interview and counselling. The principal and the head of the department concerned and the class teacher interact with them. The academic interest and other talents of the students are also appraised. Class teacher system provides opportunities to the students to discuss their personal and academic problems. Class teachers actively participate in counselling-academic and personal.

Recreational and leisure time facilities like indoor games, nature clubs, audio video equipments, outdoor games, debate clubs, cultural programmes, and essay writing competitions are available. College magazines in manuscript form and departmental newsletters serve as forums for the expression of the creative talents of the students. There are several clubs, fora like arts club, quiz club, women's cell, planning forum etc., to cater to the needs of the extension and extra curricular activities of the students and staff.

Outstanding sports persons are given financial aid, free accommodation, balanced diet and special coaching.

The college has a ladies hostel since 1969 supervised by the Sisters of the Visitation Congregation in the college campus which can accommodate 150 students. The rural background and financial constraints of the majority of the students have curtailed the expected exposure of their age and therefore the college puts in extra efforts to provide them what they have lacked before.

The 5 scholarships and 22 endowments instituted by various agencies and individuals encourage competitive spirits in students to excel in curricular and co-curricular activities.
Alumni association enables former 'Stphenoes' - old students, to contribute their might for the development of their alma mater.

Criterion - VI : Organisation and Management
St. Stephen's College is owned and managed by the Educational agency of the Diocese of Kottayam under the rules and regulations of the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam and Government of Kerala.

The organizational culture is rooted in Christian values; mutual respect, teamwork and social concern. The governing body comprising of the patron and 12 members, decides the general policies and plans for the colleges in the Diocese.

The Principal is the chief executive officer of the college. The day-to-day administration of the college and the implementation of the policy decision of the management are vested with him.

There is a staff council to assist the Principal. The council often meets and important decisions are made regarding day-to-day activities. General staff Meetings of the college periodically held to ratify the decision of the college council. Thus a democratic system operates in managing the affairs of the college.

The college has a special committee for preparing the academic calendar.

The Principal, the office Superintendent and Head accountant constitute a committee to supervise and check the work efficiency of the non teaching staff.

For the support of the organizational set up and the effective implementation of the programmes, the Principal constitutes several committees which work in unison to ensure the smooth governance of the institution.

The Teaching Staff Association, the Non Teaching Staff Association and the Lady Teachers Association strive to promote camaraderie among their members.

The Corporate Educational Agency of the Diocese of Kottayam has constituted Education Commissions which advises all its educational institutions including St. Stephen's. The college conducts professional development programmes for the non teaching staff. The college fee structure is as fixed by the government of Kerala.

There is an internal audit mechanism. There are grievance redressal cells both for staff and for students. Some welfare programmes like availability of loans and credit purchase facility from the co-operative society are provided for the benefit of the staff members.

Criterion - VII : Healthy Practices
Value based education is given prominence and students' organizations like CSM(Catholic Students' Movement), JYW (Jesus Youth Wing), CEERD, Women's Cell play substantial role in inculcating integrity, truth and knowledge, empathy for fellow human beings, dignity of labour and steadfastness in the pursuit of spirituality. Students are trained to give rather than ask for and to eschew the pat of violence and to develop and foster universal brotherhood and to practice tolerance.

The college has mechanism for internal quality checks both in the acadmic achievement of students and staff as well as the administrative side.

The college is sensitized to latest managerial concepts such as strategic planning, team work, group discussion, decision-making and computerization.

The department of Economics has a memorandum of understanding with LIC-Kottayam to form a Life Insurance Forum in the college. It aims at providing training to students in LIC agency work. The department of Chemistry has 'on-the-job-training' facilities for its students of vocational stream in the Hindustan News Print Limited, Velloore, Kottayam. The department of Commerce conducts market studies in collaboration with GAICO (Gandhigram Agro Industries Co-Operative Society), Kuravilangad. The departments of English and Botany also have such outreach programmes for their students. The department of Physics in collaboration with ANERT (Agency for Non-Conventional Energy & Rural Technology ) has planned to build Energy Park in the college campus.

The college established national level linkages for training and research. The college is a member of AIACHE (All India Association of Christian Higher Education) New Delhi and the Xavier Board, Bangalore. Experts from Film Institute, Pune, Rubber Board Kottayam, Institute of Charted Accountants and Centre for Development studies, Tiruvananthapuram conduct seminars, and workshops for the benefit of the faculty and students.

Community participation programmes are arranged for the benefits of students and the CEERD links the college with the local community. 'A Day for the Nation' conducted on the Gandhi Jayanti Day 2002 was a great endeavour with participation of 720 students of the college, 1000 school children and over 2000 villagers in the 8 wards of the Panchayat of Uzhavoor reviving 8 roads back to motorable condition.

To inculcate in the youth awareness and respect for the principles enshrined in the constitution and to appreciate the spirit of nationalism, integration, non-violence, democratic processes, secularism and social justice many programmes are organized quite often by CSM, JYW, Anti-narcotic Club, NSS, Women's cell and Planning forum. Camps like eye testing, eye operating, eye donation, blood donation and AIDS awareness provide opportunities to the students to imbibe nobler qualities. To inculcate civic responsibilities among students the college union organizes suitable programmes.

The college follows a policy of liberal admission of students from rural areas, backward communities and economically weaker sections. The academic community interacts with the society around to show that the education imparted in the college is relevant and meaningful.

Section III
Overall Analysis
St. Stephen's College has been functioning as a change engine for the socio-economic development of Uzhavoor and its neighbourhood for about 4 decades. The motto of the institution 'To Aim High' through love of God and service to mankind has been realized to some extent by the intellectual enlightenment of the youth and by making them to be ethically conscious and socially committed citizens with democratic and secular ethos and with concepts of equality of human beings and dignity of labour.

The admission policy of the college does not distinguish of cast, creed or gender. The college lays equal stress on curricular and co curricular aspects of instruction and provides ample opportunities for the participation in various associations, organizations and clubs in the college, The students leave the campus after successful completion of their courses to lead purposeful and eventful lives in varied walks. They are the true indices of success of the value based, skill oriented and culture blended education imparted in this institution.
The management's policy of merit and aptitude based recruitment was helpful to appoint a band of duty bound, qualified, resourceful and socially committed faculty whose interaction with students, non teaching staff, alumni, parents of students and the community around has been effective and fruitful.

Though the students mostly are average and below average with respect to their accomplishments at the time of entry in the campus, the teaching, learning and evaluation process, student support and exposure to intellectual and personality development ambience have yielded dividends.

The social commitment of the college is reflected in the activities and programmes of NSS, NCC, CEERD, JYW, CSM, Career Club, Women's Cell and such other institutions and community linkages.

The college has fairly adequate infrastructure and student support and learning resources. The Organization and Management are decentralized on democratic principles with inbuilt mechanism for auditing, accountability and quality assurance.

The self assessment exercise is yielding results to some extent. More needs to be done in this regard. There is an urgent need for the institution to concentrate more on research and linkages with industry and academic institutions of repute. Facilities for students progression and vertical mobility need be augmented by introducing a few more PG courses.

The budget of the college last year was Rs.2,72,41,943/-. During the last two years there was deficit budget and the management has come to the rescue of the college.
Clarity in the set goals and efforts put forth to achieve them has endeared the college to the community in and around Uzhavoor.

The College has been successful in meeting the objectives of providing educational opportunities to the disadvantaged group hailing from the backward remote agricultural region. The College has been instrumental in transforming this area. It has been the nucleus for the development of the region.

The Peer Team feels that there are several areas of concern which the college may take note of and initiate appropriate steps as that would enhance not only the reputation of the college but also helps in sustaining the tempo of development which has already been created.

The college may take the necessary initiatives to offer PG Courses in Computer Science, Chemistry and English as these departments have the necessary potentials to develop strong competencies. The possibility of offering Botany as a major subject in UG may also be considered as the existing infrastructure meets the requirement.

Many staff members are qualified to pursue research and capable of contributing significantly. A certain amount of motivation is required. Perhaps some more encouragement and incentive is needed to overcome the complacency. The College should pursuade teachers to acquire research degrees and also to create a research culture in the campus.

The Peer Team is of the view that the provision of a separate hostel for Boys particularly to those who are keen on pursuing PG programmes and strengthening of girls hostel with additional facilities exclusively for girls also would not only help in drawing students from distant regions but also promotes campus life. This will undoubtedly be a considerable enrichment of life on the campus and that deserves immediate attention by the management and faculty.

Teachers need to be encouraged to adopt innovative and modern pedagogical techniques so that conventional class room dynamics change gradually.

Institutionalization of formal mechanisms to obtain feedback from students regularly would benefit the college.

A separate research cell constituted to monitor and facilitate research and consultancy activities needs to be strengthened. It would be necessary to designate a senior person to facilitate these activities and some seed money may be provided for initiating these activities.

The College may celebrate the events like awarding of degrees and also honouring of toppers in various subjects as that helps in integrating the different sections of the college. Similarly many important days like National Science Day, Mathematics Day may be celebrated to create an awareness among students and also to popularize science programmes.

Journal publishing by some departments like commerce needs to be further supported and enlarged.

The Peer Team was informed that a large number of students from this college have settled in other countries. It would be worthwhile, if additional efforts are made to seek their support to augment infrastructural facilities and support ofdevelopmental programmes.

Additional efforts are needed to motivate and prepare the students for competitive examinations.

The College has to further equip laboratories and this needs immediate attention as college is already offering PG Course in Physics.

The College has to evolve alternate strategies to utilize the infrastructure available after the Pre-Degree is delinked so that optimum utilization is made.

It is necessary to further augment the computer facilities and also make it easily accessible and affordable to all the students. The internet facilities needs to be upgraded and made accessible to faculty and students.

The management may consider the possibility of earmarking funds for deputing faculty to attend National Conferences and also provide the necessary financial support for organizing seminars, conferences etc.

The setting of a language laboratory will be of immense help to the students. Department of English may also consider the possibility of conducting short term certificate and diploma courses for the benefit of the student community to acquire language skills.

The library facilities need to be expanded by procuring more books and journals. The number of books collected over the years is not significant. The college should also focus on inculcating the habit of reading among the student community by making available additional copies of newspapers and magazines.

The administrative staff will have to be trained continuously and they should also be provided with an opportunity for acquiring computer and office management skills.

The present extension activities may have to be expanded and activities like CEERD need further encouragement and support.

The involvement of parents in the growth of their wards and development of the institutions needs to be sustained further.

The Management may take necessary initiatives to augment transport facilities either from the their own resources or persuading KSRTC and Private operators to help in overcoming transport problem. This would help the institution to have more activities in the evening and also during holidays. It would also help in promoting research and work in the laboratory .

The Peer Team appreciated the dedicated efforts of the staff under the able leadership of the Principal and the advice of the Management for creating the vibrant academic atmosphere and this should be sustained further. The Peer Team acknowledges the co-operation extended by all stake holders of the college and Management in general and in particular the co-ordinator and the Members of the peering committee. The Peer team wishes this potential institution success in their academic endeavours.

(Dr. P. V. Arunachalam)
Chairman

(Dr. D. Shrijay Devaraj Urs)
Member

(Dr. K. V. S. L. V. Prasad)
Member

Dr. Stephen A
Principal
St. Stephen's College,
Uzhavoor,
Kerala

Dated : 19th August 2003

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