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Government Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kerala
Address:Thycaud
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (District Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum))
Kerala, India
Pin Code : 695014
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Government Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) Kerala is a recognised institute / college. Status: Government.


Principal of Government Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) Kerala is Smt.Usha.B.Nair.

Government Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) Kerala is situated in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) of Kerala state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) comes under Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) Tehsil, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) District.

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Website of Government Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) Kerala is http://www.artscollege.net.


Contact Details of Government Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) Kerala are : Telephone: +91-471-323040, 317485


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Government Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) Kerala runs course(s) in Arts stream(s).
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Chartered in 1866 by the then Maharaja of Travancore as a division of University College, the institution has a long history... its bifurcation in 1924, amalgamation with University College again in 1942, abolition of the Intermediate course in 1956 (substituted by Pre-University course and later replaced by Pre-Degree in 1964), starting of B.A. Economics and B.Com. in 1971 etc.
Throughout its history, the college has always had one of the best teaching faculties in the State. No wonder the institution has won the R. Sankar Award for the best college two times in a row since its inception in performance in sports and games has also been bagged by this college recently.
The College Union, the two wings (Army and Navy) of N.C.C., the three units of National Service Scheme, ACERS Arts College Rhetoric Society, and various Science Clubs provide a platform for talented students to develop their skills in extracurricular activities. The Parent-Teacher Association renders all possible help to the Principal in the developmental activities.

The Government Arts College, which was once a part of H.H. The Maharaja’s College, Thiruvananthapuram, was separated from the parent institution in 1924 to house the Arts Departments. It was renamed H.H. The Maharaja’s College of Arts. Later, in 1937, the institution was amalgamated with the University College to conduct the Intermediate Course, thus giving it the name University Intermediate College. When this course was stopped, Pre-Professional courses were started in the college, which was upgraded to a first grade college in 1971. The noted alumni include former President of India Dr. K .R. Narayanan, Dr. P C Alexander, former Governor, noted poet Shri. Changampuzha Krishna Pillai, Prof. N.Krishna Pillai, and Dr.G. Madhavan Nair, Chairnman, ISRO. Now, the college is a leading institution that bags several ranks in the University examinations. Besides the regular curriculum, the college also offers training in soft skills to under graduate students and computer skills to Post graduate students.

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NAAC report of Government Arts College

SECTION 1: PREFACE
The Government Arts College, Thiruvananthapuram, affiliated to The University of Kerala, volunteered to be assessed by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and submitted its self-study report in January,2005. A PEER TEAM was constituted by NAAC to visit the college, validate its self-study report and make an objective assessment. The PEER TEAM consisted of Rev. Dr.S.Ignacimuthu, S.J., former vice-chancellor of the University of Madras, and Bharatiyar University, Director, Entomology Research Institute, Chennai, as Chairman, Prof. Mukul Shah, Dean, Department of commerce, S.N.D.T Women's University, Mumbai as member coordinator, Prof. Pushpa Kuttanna, Principal, Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa College, Madikeri, Kodagu, Karnataka as member and Dr.M.S.Shyamasundar, Deputy Advisor, NAAC as the coordinating officer. The Peer Team visited the college on 4th and 5th April, 2005.

The Government Arts College, Thycaud, Thiruvanathapuram was established in 1924 with a view to provide quality liberal education at affordable costs to young women & men in Thiruvanathapuram and surrounding areas. The college started with only Pre-university course has grown into a Post Graduate (PG) institution offering four undergraduate and four Postgraduate courses. The college is affiliated to the University of Kerala. University Grants Commission has included the college under 2(f) and 12(b) list in 1978 and it is entitled for financial assistance since then.

The college is located in a 3-acre campus in the city. The college has four UG programmes: B.Sc. (Physics and Biotechnology), B.A. and B.Com. and four PG programmes: MA, in Economics and English, M.Sc. in Analytical Chemistry & M.Com. The college has 614 students on its roll during 2004-2005. It has 42 permanent teachers, one temporary and one part-time teacher. There are 12 PhD's and 14 MPhil. degree holders among the teachers. The college is having 29 administrative staff. The college has 488 students enrolled in under graduate and 126 students enrolled in post graduate courses. Unit cost per student including salary is Rs.25,708 and excluding salary it is Rs.1,642.

The total number of teaching days during the last academic year was 180 and working days were 194. The college has annual pattern of examination in under graduate courses and semester system in post graduate courses. The college has a number of supporting services for the benefit of the students like central library, indoor games, outdoor games, student magazines, cultural programmes, audio-video facilities, canteen, vehicle parking shed, pay phone etc.

The Peer Team examined in detail the infrastructure facilities available in the college, curricular and co-curricular programmes and the various aspects of the functioning of the college. The Team also interacted with the principal, students, teaching and non-teaching staff, parents and alumni of the college and elicited their views on the facilities and functioning of the college. In addition, the Team also examined all the relevant records and paid visit to the different departments, laboratories, library etc. Based on the above exercise and the seven criteria identified by NAAC, the assessment of the college is presented in the following sections.

Section 2: Criterion wise analysis
Criterion 1:
Curricular aspects
The college, which is affiliated to the University of Kerala, offers 8 subjects at the Undergraduate (UG) level viz., Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics under Science faculty, Economics, History & Political Science under Arts faculty & Commerce under Commerce faculty. English, Malayalam, Hindi, Arabic, Tamil & French are offered as language components during the first two years of UG programmes. A Post Graduate programme is offered in Economics, English Chemistry & Commerce. At present there is limited flexibility with regard to programme options. However the college has achieved its basic objective of liberal education to both girls and boys through the courses offered.

The power to revise & redesign the existing programmes is with the University of Kerala to which it is affiliated. Some of the faculty members are involved in curricular design by serving in Boards of studies of the University. The University has taken steps to include components of extension work in the curriculum through NSS and other community development programmes.

The college has identified the necessity for undergoing annual quality audit with reference to teaching and learning through the feedback mechanism. Since most of the existing programmes are in basic subjects only, there is no interaction with local industries and steps may be taken to establish such links. The feedback introduced as a step towards quality assurance may be further strengthened.

Criterion -II
Teaching, Learning & Evaluation
Students are admitted to various programmes through a combination of academic records of the qualifying examination and results of interviews based on the guidelines of the University & Government. The practice of faculty members preparing lesson plans and academic schedules at the beginning of the academic year is a good system followed in the college. This system inculcates a sense of academic discipline among the faculty members and enables them to complete the teaching assignments & examinations on time.

Apart from classroom teaching the students have group discussions, and seminars to make the teaching-learning process learner-oriented. Teaching-Learning aids such as OHPs, TV, CD-ROMS are used occasionally to make the learning process interesting to the students. Remedial teaching in terms of special coaching is arranged sometimes for educationally disadvantaged students. The college has the facility of the language laboratory which has been beneficial to a number of students who are in need of proficiency in English. Language lab can be put into grater use.

There is systematic evaluation of students in terms of tests, assignments and seminars. The recruitment of faculty is through Kerala Public Service Commission that follows the reservation policy of the Kerala Government in appointment. Temporary teachers are appointed by the principal.

Due encouragement is given to the faculty to participate in orientation programmes, refresher courses and faculty development training programmes. It is observed that a sizeable number of faculty members are motivated to attend workshops and seminars at regional and national levels and also to present papers on those occasions.

Criterion III
Research, Consultancy & Extension
The college has gained some momentum in the area of research. Among the 42 permanent faculty members 12 have doctoral research degree and 14 have M.Phil degree.

Teachers from the departments of Economics & Tamil are currently doing research under FIP. Two of the faculties have undertaken two projects. One teacher of Malayalam department has received an amount of Rs.6.9 lakhs for a major project and one teacher of Political Science has received a minor research project from the I.I.P.A, Delhi. Two teachers are the approved guides research supervisors of the University of Kerala. All the teachers of the PG departments guide students to do their project works regularly. However more of the faculty members may have to be encouraged to undertake research activities. Teachers offer their services in framing the syllabus, in the preparation of the textbooks and question papers for institutions like the SCERT, Institute of Distance Education and various universities.

The Extension activities include community development, social work health & hygienic awareness, medical camp, adult education & literacy, blood donation camp and environmental awareness. The NSS Unit of the college is actively involved in extension activities. Programmes such as cleaning public hospitals and AIDS awareness campaign are also undertaken by the NSS. Some of the teachers are the members of some NGOs. However much more can be done through extension activities.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure & Teaching Resources
The campus is located in the heart of the city with 3 acres of land. The Infrastructure available includes buildings to house classrooms, Staff rooms, Laboratories, Library, Computer center, Recreation room, Seminar hall, Waiting room for girl students, Hostel and Canteen.

The annual maintenance is done with the help of the Public Works Department of Kerala State Government. The laboratories are moderately equipped. It may have to be modernized with procurement of latest equipments. Classrooms are furnished with adequate furniture. A computer center with nine computers is functioning in the college. The performance of the center is monitored by the college level committee. The general library of the college is in the main building. At present it has a collection of 35,244 books, 17 periodicals and 8 newspapers. The facilities for games are also available.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression.
There are quite a large number of persons holding high positions among the ex-students of this college and this is definitely a motivating factor for the progress of the college. The percentage of students appearing for the examination after completing the minimum period of study is 96%. The drop out rate for both UG and PG is 4%. This has to be looked into. The college publishes its updated prospectus annually. The prospectus contains information regarding the courses offered, calendar of events, fee structure, admission and scholarship particulars etc. The college makes available the scholarships given by the Government besides a few scholarships sponsored by the NGOs. The college has an Alumni association which has been recently started. Sportspersons are encouraged by providing incentives for admission to higher degree programmes. Incentives are mainly in terms of prizes & certificates.

Criterion - VI: Organization & Management
As the college is a Government owned institution, the organization and functions of the management and functionaries are clearly defined. The college has an internal co-ordinating and monitoring system managed by various committees and a council. The Principal along with the college council and various other committees run the administration. A number of inspections, audit and reporting help to improve efficiency and reliability of the administrative mechanism. The communication system in the college is made efficient through the intercom facilities.

The college conducts training programmes for the office staff also. Staff members also assist the administration by serving in various committees. The college has received UGC grant by way of plan assistance and also special schemes including purchase of equipment and for minor research projects. There is an internal audit mechanism in the college.

Criterion VII:
Healthy Practices
The college has the following healthy practices:

Effective co-ordination between the faculty and the Principal

The college is sensitized to undertake modern managerial concepts

Continuing education center in the college

The college is very keen to develop the overall personality and competitive spirit of the students by conducting various programmes.

NCC helps in inculcating a sense of discipline amongst students.

Service mentality and organization skills are developed through various NSS activities.

Remedial classes for weak students.

Parent Teacher Association is functioning effectively.

Effective Group Tutorial system is in practice.

SECTION 3:
OVERALL ANALYSIS
The Peer Team had formed its initial impression about the College from a close perusal of the Self Study Report. The two days' direct contact with the staff and students of the College as well as the discussions with the Director and Deputy director, Department of Collegiate Education of Kerala, principal, teaching, non-teaching staff, students, parents, and alumni enabled the Team to achieve a closer understanding of the institution. The Team would like to express its overall appreciation of the following commendable features of the College:

Established in 1924 Government Arts College in Thiruvananthapuram is one of the colleges offering some programmes both in English and Malayalam media.
It has a small campus which is neatly maintained.

There is regular internal assessment of the students.

The college has a good sports record of the students who have won in a few events at state and university levels.

Organization of various cultural programmes and establishment of various clubs are some good features.
Very cordial relationships exist between teachers and students and teachers and parents.

Student groups are encouraged to undertake small study projects/surveys.

Effective Parent Teacher Association.

Group Tutorial system.

While all these features pointed out above are indicators of a healthy state of academic functioning, they do not at all mean that development has reached an optimum level or that there is any ground for complacence. Development is a process of continual striving. The College has, therefore, to work hard aiming at greater achievements. The Peer Team would wish to make the following suggestions, in the light of its direct estimate of the College during the visit, which can be of use to the College while chalking out its future course of development:

There is a need for more job-oriented courses like visual communication, fashion designing, travel and tourism management and more number of post-graduate courses in different subjects like MCA, MBA, Bio-informatics in conformity with the changing needs of the educational scenario in the country.

More facilities in sports can be provided, such as multigym and few more indoor games.

The computer centre is to be strengthened with more new systems and Internet access. Online computer facility can be given to each department.

Consultancy projects are to be encouraged and the office needs to be computerized.

The teachers of the college are to be encouraged to undertake need-based research projects and extension activities and try to publish papers in peer-reviewed journals.

There is a need to strengthen the research committee, which should collect various information about different funding agencies, the process of submitting research proposals and the time before which the proposals have to be submitted and circulate the same to all the departments and to act as a monitoring and coordinating committee.

NSS and NCC units have to undertake more and more socially relevant activities and adopt the villages.

The teachers may further be encouraged to update themselves by frequently attending various national and international seminars in addition to participating in refresher/orientation courses.

The college authorities are to think in terms of securing establishing linkages with national and international level institutions for improving the academic activities and to make their college a role model to other institutions.

Number of books can be added to the Book bank section of the Library to lend books for nearly 8-9 months.

More number of updated books need to be bought for each subject to equip the library better.

Reading room facility can be improved to accommodate more students.

Language lab can be better utilised to help the students acquire language skills and this facility can be extended to the under graduate students also.

Some more certificate and Diploma courses can be started to help the students acquire additional skills.

New building can be put up for administration and to conduct new courses.

The placement cell has to be strengthened to help the students find job opportunities.

Career guidance has to be done more systematically.

Canteen facility and sitting arrangement have to be improved.

Hostel facilities can be extended to the students.

A bridge course can be started with reference to Commerce.

Commerce laboratory can be set up.

The Government can allocate more funds for buying equipments and books.

Teachers can be given greater orientation in relation to quality requirements in various matters related to the overall development of the college.

The college can establish a Women Forum to help the girl students.

Some more personality development programmes have to be systematically planned.

Some efforts can be taken to provide skill oriented training to the students.

More space can be given to girl students in their waiting room.

Teachers can make more use of modern methods of teaching.

Students' feed back system may be strengthened and systematized.

Departmental associations can be established.

Rev.Dr.S.Ignacimuthu, S.J. (Chairman)

Prof.Mukul Shah (Member Coordinator)

Prof.Pushpa Kuttanna (Member)

(Fernandez Selna) Principal

Place: Thiruvananthapuram

Date: 05-04-2005.




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