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St Thomas College of Teacher Education, Pala, Kerala
St Thomas College of Teacher Education, Pala, Kerala
Pala (District Kottayam)
Kerala, IndiaPin Code : 686575
St Thomas College of Teacher Education, Pala Kerala is a recognised institute / college. Status: Govt./Aided.
St Thomas College of Teacher Education, Pala Kerala was established on / in 1957.
St Thomas College of Teacher Education, Pala Kerala is situated in Pala of Kerala state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of St Thomas College of Teacher Education, Pala Kerala is +91-4822 216537.
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Contact Details of St Thomas College of Teacher Education, Pala Kerala are : Telephone: +91-4822 216537, 2213078, 2213073
St Thomas College of Teacher Education, Pala Kerala runs course(s) in Teacher Training and Education, Training stream(s).
St Thomas College of Teacher Education is affiliated with Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam (Kerala)
Profile of St Thomas College of Teacher EducationSt. Thomas College of Teacher Education, Pala is a teacher education institution accredited at the 4 star level by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council). It was established in 1957 and is also one of the pioneer institutions in the field of teacher education. It was started to meet a precise need, ie. to train teachers for the secondary and Higher Secondary schools in our country. The idea was conceived and was made into reality by the then Bishop of the diocese of Pala, His Excellency Rt. Rev. Dr. Sebastian Vayalil. He was also the first patron of our institution.
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NAAC report of St Thomas College of Teacher EducationSection 1: Preface
The St. Thomas College of Teacher Education, Pala, Kerala was established in 1957 by the Catholic Diocese of Pala with the prime objective of preparing wholesome professional teachers for schools in the surrounding areas to make them efficient and dutiful with special emphasis on their moral growth and development. The motto of the Institution 'light to enlighten' has been spelt out in terms of its aims and vision. The college which is a recognised minority institution has been offering a Teacher Education programme at the secondary level and also a Masters degree in Education. The campus of the college has a good physical infrastructure that includes Teaching blocks, Computer and other laboratories, Library, Seminar room and Hostels for both men and women students. The College which is a grant-in-aid institution is managed and monitored by the Diocese of Pala with its Bishop as its patron. It is a co-educational institution admitting 160 students to the B.Ed course through a centralized admission procedure laid down by the State of Kerala. Being affiliated to the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, the College follows the curricular and co-curricular activities as prescribed by the University for the course. The College also admits 25 students to the M.Ed degree course. The college obtained the NCTE recognition for the B.Ed course for the year 2006, vide Order No. F.SRO/NCTE/BEd/A-1/2006-07/9543 dated : 06.12.2006 and for the M.Ed course later, vide Order No. F.KL/Med./SRO/NCTE/2005-06/2517 dated : 26.08.2005. The College is recognised by the UGC under section 2(f) of the Act as on June 30th 1996.
The teaching faculty constitutes 17 teachers including the Principal. Of the teaching faculty, the appointment of 12 teachers is on a permanent basis and the rest are on ad-hoc basis. While all teachers have post graduate qualifications for the B.Ed Degree level, four of them possess research degrees. Most of the students admitted to both B.Ed and M.Ed courses respectively belong to the State of Kerala. The Teacher student ratio, programme wise is 1:12.5 (B.Ed) and 1:5 (M.Ed).
The College was accredited in the year 2000 by NAAC. The College submitted its self study report for Reaccreditation in January 2007, and the NAAC constituted a peer team comprising of Dr. Ramesh Chandra G. Kothari Vice Chancellor, Veer Narmad South Gujarath University Surat: Gujarat, (Chairperson), Prof. Marcel C. Enos, Principal St. Joseph's College of Education, Jayalakshmipuram, Mysore, (Member - Co-ordinator) and Dr.Marlene, Principal St. Ann's College of Education Secunderabad (Member). The team visited the College on March 16th- 18th 2007 and, looked in to the physical and infrastructural facilities, interacted with the Principal, Faculty, Staff, Students, Parents and Alumni. The team verified the documents for further clarifications. The Principal Dr. P.T. Mary, was very helpful in supplying us with the required information.
Section 2: Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion I: Curriculum Design and Planning
The Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, revised the BEd Degree and M.Ed Degree syllabus in 2006 and 2 members of the faculty of St. Thomas College of Teacher Education were involved in revamping the syllabus. The College admits students as per the directions issued by the Government of Kerala. The admission process is usually completed by the end of May and the classes start from the first week of June of every academic session. While the Students for the B.Ed programme are selected through the CET as prescribed by the Government of Kerala, the M.Ed students are selected through entrance tests and also on the basis of their B.Ed degree marks. The institutional goals address the needs of the society, students, institutional traditions and values. The emphasis is on self development, value orientation and the special skills needed by the teachers. The syllabi are framed and the curricular and co-curricular activities are organized accordingly. The institution's genuine attempts in achieving its goals and objectives were acknowledged by the previous NAAC peer team. It was observed that owing to the affiliated nature of the institutions there is no provision for redesigning its curriculum at the College level. At present, the College follows the syllabi revised by the Mahatma Gandhi University, during 2004-05 and 2006-07.
The Vision and the Mission of the institution are explained to the students; and also displayed prominently at the entrance of the College. A questionnaire is given to the students in the beginning to study their expectations and they are taken note of in planning the College activities.
The B Ed students acquire the necessary methodology in one optional subject with special emphasis on development of skills in teaching through microteaching, demonstration, criticism and innovative lessons. They are encouraged to participate in other extension activities organised through school community networking, and have taken up activities like SUPW, Social Work, literacy and others. The co-curricular activities are organized through 11 clubs; a few to be mentioned 'Fine Fettle', 'Chime', 'Green dreams' and so on. Each club is under the care of a faculty member. The co-curricular activities like debates, declamations, workshops have helped in promoting and developing the personality of students. Some emphasis is also placed on the development of language skills in students through the use of a language laboratory which is unique. ICT has been integrated for enhancing the teaching learning process by the teacher educators and the trainees.
The College has taken great initiative in promoting and developing innovative practices that are reflected in the existing B.Ed curriculum and its design. The practice teaching and internship programmes continue in an innovative manner. The College has listed a number of activities on its own and motivates the students to develop and participate in competitions held by them.
Criterion II: Curriculum Transaction and Evaluation
Admission in St. Thomas College of Teacher Education is done as per the norms of the Government of Kerala and Mahatma Gandhi University, 85% seats being filled from the State merit list and 15% by management under free choice quota.
Transparency is maintained in the admission process and all details regarding the selected candidates are put up on the notice board making use of the computerized data base of applicants. The admission committee constituted by the College takes all decisions in respect of the admissions and monitors the process. The College programmes are duly notified in the prospectus. The college also has its own website.
The College prepares an academic calendar in advance, which includes the provision for discussions, seminars and tutorials. The total number of teaching days in the academic calendar is 179 of a total of 222 working days for both courses. In providing for Inclusive education : 3% of the seats are reserved for physically challenged, and 1% for the visually impaired. Job access with speech (JAWS), a special computer software is made available for the visually impaired. A National seminar on Integrated Education sponsored by UGC was organized by the College in 2005-2006.
The practicum includes preparation of instructional aids, psychology experiments, action research, case study, SUPW, school visits, group research projects and journal writing.
The duration of block practice teaching is 40 working days and the number of lessons taught is 36. Prior to this internship, pre-practice lessons are 25 in number. During pre-practice teaching, students are trained in small groups in lesson planning, micro teaching, and conducting action research. Also, 3 lessons in physical education, 1 in health education and 3 value education lessons are included.
They also observe demonstration lessons given by experienced teachers. Micro teaching is carried out under simulation with peers. 5 discussion lessons 1-criticism lesson, 3-innovative lessons and 3 micro teaching lessons are taught in one methodology subject. Student teachers are prepared to manage diverse learning needs of students through visit to schools of different kinds, orientation to different teaching methods, and demonstrations by experienced teachers.
Teaching Practice plans are developed in collaboration with 26 cooperating schools. During meetings with school heads, the educational needs of the schools and the policy directions are communicated. School teachers are oriented about guiding and assessing student performance. The methodology teachers interact with guide teachers, observe and guide student performance in teaching and other areas. Feedback covers - lesson plan, teaching, questioning, evaluation, blackboard work, use of aids, class management, pupil participation and teacher behavior. Various teaching aids chiefly in the form of models and charts are prepared and used along with the application of ICT.
The scheme of evaluation is made known to students at the beginning of the session. Students' performances in tests are followed-up by teachers; doubts are clarified and necessary feedback is given. The entire assessment process is open, objective and transparent.
The College has adequate ICT facilities with 36 computers, other electronic and audio-visual equipment, language laboratory and accessories. Computer education with a prime focus on computer applications is offered. Students are trained in the use of computers and the internet. The College has a good language laboratory with the necessary equipment. An LCD projector is also used for various teaching programmes. The College hosted a National seminar on ICT during the Academic year 2003-2004.
To engage students in active learning, the College accords great importance to the use of the library by students. 2 hours (1 hour for M.Ed) are provided in the time table for library-based self-learning. Assignments and seminar presentations are so designed as to make library reference essential. Each student is given 2 individual projects in each subject with high level objectives (analytic, applied, synthetic and evaluative) for which the use of library resources are necessary. Students maintain a record of library use which is submitted for practicum. The functioning of the library as well as computer laboratory is also linked with the College working hours. There is a felt need that these facilities be made available to the students for longer hours or that their functioning is so arranged in order that the students can utilize these during their free time.
The College's effort towards making active use of the library as a self-learning resource by students is appreciated.
The students are provided computer connectivity to pursue their research work, writing of assignments and seminar papers. Students are trained to use internet effectively.
The weightage for the theory evaluation in the B.Ed course is high with 72%. Verbal and written communication skills are developed through book review, talk, debates, seminars, and expression of experiences after teaching practice. Student seminars and projects by B.Ed trainees are an innovative feature of the College.
Most of the faculty members have attended seminars, workshops and conferences at the Regional, State and National levels. Their greater participation is evident specially at the post graduate level for greater awareness of new trends and dissemination of knowledge among all members of the teaching faculty. The College gets oral as well as written feedback from students and the faculty for their self appraisal.
Through regular assembly programmes and the celebration of Religious and National festivals the institution imparts value education. It seeks to inculcate civic responsibility through various social activities and encourages student participation in various competitions for their personality development as well as social interaction in the community.
The use of the Library, Internet, seminars, publications, debates and other cooperative classroom ventures have been taken with seriousness to promote the development and transfer of skills among the trainees.
The College follows the evaluation scheme prescribed by the affiliating university wherein each theory as well as practical aspect is covered under internal assessment and external assessment respectively. The weightage being 38% and 62%. The whole process of evaluation is comprehensive and is complex though cumbersome. During the process of scoring for internal assessment confidentiality is maintained. The Faculty needs to reexamine the scoring procedure so that the students are given a clear picture of their progress and internal assessment.
Criterion III: Research, Consultancy & Extension
The College is devoted to the cause of training pre service teachers for the neighbourhoood. In a bid to achieve this objective the faculty has understood the contribution of research in producing good teachers. Research is promoted at both B.Ed and M.Ed levels. Teachers are encouraged to take up different kinds of research activities including the acquisition of research degrees for which the institution motivates the teacher. There are 6 Ph.D. degree holders, and 4 M.Phil degree holders, while one faculty member is involved in Post-Doctoral Research. At present 3 teachers have registered for Ph.D. The Postgraduate course in Education has the required inputs for the teaching of research methodology courses. During the 10th plan period 2 research projects, a major and a minor one, costing about Rs. 3.56 lakhs was sanctioned by the UGC. 5 faculty members are involved in the above UGC projects.
It is observed that the trainees relate the application of some fundamental research work to their teaching, especially in the school curriculum. The faculty has published 11 research papers in reputed journals at the National level. It is much appreciated that the members of the faculty have authored 3 books which are of great help to the student community.
The potential lying with the college about teaching methodologies and managing educational institutions is fully utilized for providing consultancy services for educational management of the schools and colleges in the area. Also there is a need that the college prospectus publicizes the expertise available with the staff in different skills pertaining to the pedagogy, educational management and communication.
The extension activities are available in the institution with the appointment of a coordinator who has an additional charge. A major extension programme of the college is the adoption of a village 'Meenachil'. The main activities in this village taken up include (a) conducting literacy campaigns, (b) women empowerment programme through a tailoring center and (c) subscribing and supplying newspapers and magazines to the adopted villages. An innovative and unique extension programme of the Natural Science department is (a)the cultivation of azola and disseminating the said skills to the villagers, (b)vermicomposting, and providing manure to the farmers along with (c)the cultivation of medicinal plants.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The College has a built up area spread over 1.92cents of land. The institution is housed in a good building with sound infrastructural facilities. The College is situated in a clean and pollution free atmosphere with beautiful gardens and a lawn, that are well maintained by the students and staff through the work experience programme.
The College building is housed in 3 floors. Each floor is self contained with required sanitation, water facilities and additional rooms. The classrooms and laboratories are adequately large and well ventilated. The College has 2 language laboratories of which 1 is equipped with modern programmes and the other is a traditional one with cubicles.
The College has a good library with 13895 books. It provides good reference material like resource books, encyclopaedia, scholarly journals, periodicals etc. The Library subscribes to 27 educational journals and 17 periodicals. It is a good sign that the College makes some attempt to add to the stock of existing books annually. The library is fully computerized. The facilities provided include photocopying, internet facility and availability of a printer. With the advent of Information technology, addition in the relevant software like CD ROMs, are of great help to the students and there are over 170 CDs/DVDs also available as part of the electronic information resources. The library has a separate M.Ed section with reading room facilities. A separate room is also provided for the use of the staff.
A computer laboratory is established with about 20 terminals with internet connectivity. A total of 16 computers are also installed in the different staff rooms and class rooms. Since the College is organizing teaching learning activities, self-learning packages can be the part of the curriculum transaction.
A multipurpose hall, prayer room, auditorium, multi purpose laboratory, and M.Ed. faculty room are added features in the infrastructure of the College.
The College needs to improve the existing facilities for sports and games of various types. In addition to Playgrounds that have been prepared for playing different kinds of games, the students have access to facilities in the stadium that is developed. The Students are motivated to participate in various inter collegiate games and sports competitions. At the moment, the College has a separate hostel facility on the campus to accommodate ladies and gents with essential facilities. The students have participated in sports and games at the State and National level and while one student was awarded a bronze medal in the athletic meet at the National level, another one secured the second prize in ball badminton and participated in the National level competition.
Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
Of all students who appeared for the University B.Ed examination the dropout rate for the past 3 years has not exceeded 2%. The pass percentage has been between 95.27 - 98.65% during the said period. The local schools in the vicinity of the college prefer the products of this institution and nearly 50% of the students pursue further education programmes. Some of the Alumni have occupied prominent positions in other educational institutions at different levels. The college has a formal placement and guidance cell to take care of the placement of their alumni.
The teachers and students interact in a very cordial and informal manner. Regular feedback from students is provided to teachers and this enhances their participation in the College programme.
The College does have an Alumni Association. While the major function of this body is to keep the College informed about its students and their professional growth, some attempt has been initiated to strengthen the alumni association. The College provides financial help to some students through merit scholarships, loans and other financial aid.
The teachers of the college provide personal and academic counselling. The College has fully qualified counsellor providing guidance and counseling services to both B.Ed and M.Ed Students. Since the student teacher ratio is quite reasonable, the teachers in the College maintain personal contact with every student. Students do consult teachers for their personal, academic and vocational problems.
The added recreational facilities available include Indoor games, publication of a magazine, A.V. facilities and cultural and literary activities. The parent - teacher association of the College contributed Rs. 3 lakhs for the development of the College. The PTA is active and participates in the development activities of the institution.
Criterion VI: Organization and Management.
The College has a well-organized management system. There is a local as well as Central managing committee to look after the College management. There are teacher representatives on the College management committee. However, autonomy is given to the College Principal to organize and manage the college. Financial and academic advice by the management is given to the Principal from time to time.
An inspection team from the University after every three years visits the College for the maintenance of standards. The College functions through various committees which are represented by both staff and students. It also provides additional health services. The teaching staff for the College is recruited as per the norms prescribed by the University and the Government. The recruitment is made through open selection.
The non-teaching staff is similarly recruited as per Government norms. They are also recruited by open selection. The College has a difficulty in regularising the services of the adhoc staff. With suitable lucrative measures being initiated, the College attracts competent and well-qualified teachers. The IQAC of the College is fully involved in the academic planning specially in the reaccreditation process.
Performance appraisal of the teaching staff is being undertaken using proper self-appraisal proformas. The appraisal of the non-teaching staff is done through an annual confidential report written by the Principal of the College. A lot of team spirit and harmony among the Principal, teaching staff and non teaching staff were observed. A grievance redressal cell has been established in the College.
The College has given due consideration to the training of non-teaching staff. They have been trained in the use of computers in the office. They also participated in a seminar on income tax organized by the Government of Kerala.
The salaries of the staff are directly credited to their accounts by the management in good time. The major financial resources of the College are from Grant-in-aid, Tuition fees and self-financing courses (MEd).
Section 3: Overall Analysis
The general impression, we gained after our visit, is that due to the conscious efforts on the part of the management and the staff, the academic and professional climate created helped to develop desirable skills and human traits in the teacher trainees. Clarifications were sought during our interaction sessions with the Principal, Staff, Students and the Management. In sum and substance, the College operates on desired principles of educational management. The institution is meeting the basic need of providing pre -service training in various areas of the State of Kerala. Many of the features of the college are good and have been maintained keeping in mind the qualitative growth of the institution since the last visit of the NAAC team. The College was able to achieve the desired objectives through the resourceful and dedicated staff with supportive Management. With a healthy and competitive spirit the students and the staff worked through academic, curricular and co-curricular activities efficiently. The motto of the College 'Lux Ad Illuminadum' has also been a driving force to work towards value oriented studies. A good deal of extension activities undertaken by the College indicate that education continues to be life oriented and is socially useful. The overall good infrastructure and transaction of curriculum with the help of ICT, are the salient features of the College.
The College might consider canteen facilities.
Playgrounds should be improved for outdoor games.
Dissertation topics for M.Ed students could also be related to social and academic issues.
The peer team wishes to place on record the cooperation extended by the Management, the Principal, members of the faculty, administrative staff, and students and well-wishers of St. Thomas College of Teacher Education. The Peer Team wishes the college success in all its future endeavours.
Dr Ramesh Chandra G Kothari
Prof. Marcel C. Enos
Member - Co-ordinator.
Dr. P.T. Mary
St. Thomas College of Teacher Education
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