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Sri C Achutha Menon Government College, Thrissur (Trichur), Kerala



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Sri C Achutha Menon Government College, Thrissur (Trichur), Kerala
Address:P.O. Kuttanellur
Thrissur (Trichur)
Kerala, India



Sri C Achutha Menon Government College, Thrissur (Trichur) Kerala is a recognised institute / college.
Sri C Achutha Menon Government College, Thrissur (Trichur) Kerala is situated in Thrissur (Trichur) of Kerala state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.
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Courses

BA
1. History with Political Science & General Economics(sub)
2. Economics with Political Science & Modern Indian History(Sub)
3. English with Social and Cultural History of Britain & Political Science(sub)
BCom Income Tax Law & Practice
BBA
MA
1. History
2. Economics
3. English
MCom


Sri C Achutha Menon Government College, Thrissur (Trichur) Kerala runs course(s) in Arts, Commerce, Science stream(s).

Sri C Achutha Menon Government College is affiliated with University of Calicut, Calicut (Kerala)



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NAAC report of Sri C Achutha Menon Government College

The Government of Kerala established in Thrissur, hailed as the cultural capital of the State, an Arts and Commerce College in 1972 with the aim of providing facilities for higher education to all, and in particular to the less privileged sectors of the society in and around the town. To begin with, the College offered pre-degree course and undergraduate courses in English, History and Economics. The Government College, as it was then known, started functioning with 200 students and 9 teachers in the premises of the Government Training College.

In 1991, the College moved to the present 25 acre campus at Kuttanellur, 7 kms.east of Thrissur town. Presently, the College has five undergraduate and four postgraduate courses with a student strength of nearly 790 of whom 550 are women. There are 44 (38 permanent and 6 temporary) faculty members (of whom 20 are women) and 21 members of the non-teaching staff are currently in position. This rural College affiliated to the Calicut University has received recognition from the UGC under S.2(f) and S.12B of the UGC Act and is eligible for various types of developmental assistance. While the undergraduate courses follow the annual system, the postgraduate courses follow the semester system.

Renamed as Sri C.Achutha Menon Government College, Thrissur in 1997 during its Silver Jubilee Celebrations, this institution has been witnessing steady growth over the years. Volunteering to be assessed and accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council(NAAC), the College submitted its Self Study Report in 2005 whereupon the Council constituted a Peer Team with Prof.K.Aludiapillai, Former Vice-Chancellor, Madurai Kamaraj University as Chairman Coordinator, Dr.N.Sukumaran. Dean, Faculty of Sciences, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tamil Nadu as Member and Dr. Meena R.Chandawarkar, Principal, SRN Arts and MBS commerce College, Bagalkot, Karnataka as Member to make an on-site visit to the College. Dr.Latha Pillai, Adviser, NAAC coordinated the visit from the headquarters of NAAC.

The Peer Team members received the Self Study Report and all connected documents well ahead of their field visit and this enabled them to make a thorough study of all the materials received. On 19th and 20th December 2005, the Peer Team went round the campus of the College noting the various facilities and amenities available and interacted extensively with the Principal, Faculty, non-teaching staff, Students, Parents and Alumni. Based on the information collected during the interactions, the documents and reports furnished to the team before and during the visit and what the members noted while touring the campus, the following report is furnished.

Criterion I - Curricular Aspects:
The Handbook and calendar of the College states clearly the goals of the institution as promotion of excellence in the sphere of Higher Education and catering to the aspirations of the less privileged sections of society. Stating the vision and mission of the College in the Self Study Report, it has been mentioned that the education imparted is expected to equip youth to face life upholding the cherished values and help the youth develop a spirit of enquiry and improve the quality of life of the people.

The five undergraduate courses offered viz.History, Economics, English, Business Administration and Commerce appear to partly fulfill the objectives enumerated above. The latter two courses have a skill or vocational orientation. Understanding and appreciating literature is also facilitated by the course in English. The postgraduate courses in History, Economics, English and Commerce enable the students who have finished their undergraduate programme move up in their area for a higher degree.

The choice in respect of languages is threefold since a student can opt for either Malayalam or Hindi or Sanskrit.

Some of the faculty members have served as members of Boards of Studies in various subjects during the past five years though currently only one is in such a position. During their tenure as members, they had the opportunity to review and redesign the programmes of study. Generally, the curriculum is revised once in three years by the University and it takes a year to introduce a new course of study.

The feasibility of introducing courses in Science may be explored since there is a need for attracting students to study basic sciences. Furthermore, the contribution of science and technology for improving the quality of life of the common man has been substantial during the last three decades and the Colleges have a definite role to keep up this tempo of progress through imparting knowledge and skills in this area.

If courses in life skills do not form a part of the curriculum or could not be offered due to various constraints, the PTA may be encouraged to offer such value added courses, with appropriate permission from the authorities, to benefit the students.

The college being government owned, the affordable fee structure and the strict adherence of quota system in admission give opportunity for the marginalized group of students to continue their higher education in this institution.

Criterion II - Teaching -learning and Evaluation:
Admission to the various courses offered in the College is regulated by the rules of reservation of the Kerala Government. The entire process is transparent since the College Handbook and calendar and prospectus spell out the rules including the reservation for the physically challenged and quota for sports persons.

After admission, the faculty collect the biodata of each student and during tutorial sessions which are held regularly, identify the difficulties and problems faced by individual students and assist them to overcome these. Remedial classes are arranged for those who lag behind academically. The teacher / student ratio of 1:16 is commendable

Advanced learners are encouraged to take part in quiz, debate and elocution competitions.

Teaching plan formulated for the academic year is followed by the teachers and the Head of the Department monitors the coverage of the syllabus.

Equipments like Charts, OHP, LCD Projector, Maps, etc. are available in the Departments to be made use of, supplementing the traditional lecture method. These are used during seminars, symposia, etc.

Students are informed of the evaluation methods, pattern of question paper, components of internal assessment marks, etc. right in the beginning of the academic year.

Regular staff are selected by the State Public Service Commission. Guest Lecturers are appointed by a Selection Committee with the Principal as Convener.

To keep themselves updated the faculty have been attending seminars, workshops, refresher courses, etc. during 2003-05, they had attended nearly eighty such programmes.

Self appraisal by faculty is used only when they are considered for promotion. Recently students evaluation of teachers has been taken up. Students impression on campus experience is also being collected from 2004-05.

All the faculty members actively associate themselves with one or more of the 18 Committees to take care of activities like computer literacy, grievance redressal, career guidance, photography, entrepreneurial development, legal literacy, discipline, College magazine, tourism, etc.

To promote communication skills, the language laboratory is made use of. The Heritage Museum, the data processing laboratory and computer laboratory are made use of in the teaching-learning process.

One of the faculty members has been recognized for his contribution as a film critic. Many of them are members of professional/academic associations in their area of specialisaion.

Criterion III - Research, Consultancy and Extension:
One of the avowed objectives of this College is 'to promote excellence in the sphere of higher education'. This is best done by promoting research activities in the institution. Among the 44 members of the faculty seven hold doctoral degrees and 13 teachers are pursuing research.

Project work/Dissertation is a part of the course requirement for post-graduate students and this involves some original work under the guidance of the faculty. Some of the faculty members have been contributing articles to journals, weeklies, magazines, etc. Two teachers have published books. One of the faculty members has won recognition as film critic.

Lot of extension activities are carried on by the students. The Calicut University has prescribed Compulsory Social Service as a part of the curriculum. Two units of the NSS and one unit of the NCC are functioning in the College. A wide range of extension activities have been undertaken by them. They include awareness camps relating to AIDS, environment and health and hygiene, blood donation, adult education and literacy national integration, tree planting, water conservation, legal literacy, propagating Gandhian thoughts, fighting social evils like dowry and developing a spirit of tolerance and patriotism by celebrating various national days and festivals.

Students learn to work in teams and groups with NGOs, Government departments and Voluntary agencies and be sensitized to social issues and development activities.

Criterion IV - Infrastructure and Learning Resources:
Located in a rural setting in a 25 acre campus with a compound wall enclosing it, this College is adequately provided with class rooms laboratories, staff room, office, drinking water taps, toilets, etc. The Public Works Department of the Government of Kerala maintains the buildings and executes any new construction or repairs.

A total of 35,103 books are available in the College library. During the last two years nearly Rs.9 lakhs has been spent in strengthening the library. Periodicals and journals numbering 25 are subscribed for. There is a Library Advisory Committee monitoring the activities of the library. Book bank facility is available. All the departmental libraries and the central library have computer facilities. Audio-video cassettes and LCD projectors are available in the libraries of English and Commerce departments. The libraries are open on all days except Govt.holidays (285 days in a year) from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.

The Computer Centre of the College has 16 computers with 3 printers. Internet facility is available here. Another 20 computers are available in four departments - 13 in Commerce and BBA departments, 1 in History, 2 in English and 4 in Economics departments. Proper maintenance of the computers has been ensured.

In the field of sports and physical education, facilities like a basket ball court, athletic track cum football grounds and physical fitness centre have been provided. A couple of students have won laurels at international, national and state levels in power lifting and boxing.

Vehicle parking facilities, public address system and intercom have been provided for orderly movement and easy communication.

Criterion V - Student Support and Progression:
Catering to the higher education needs of all sections of society and in particular to the underprivileged, the College provides a lot of facilities and opportunities for the students to develop physically through indoor and outdoor games and intellectually through clubs, cultural programmes, counseling, etc.

The prospectus is published annually with all information on the courses offered, fee structure, financial assistance available etc. The Handbook and Calendar enumerates exhaustively the details of all types of curricular, co-curricular and extra curricular activities. Admission procedures, reservation policy, quota for the specified groups, activities under NSS, NCC, Compulsory Social Service, rules of discipline, procedure for withdrawal and refunds, evaluation methods, etc. are dealt with to the minutest detail.

A canteen is run in the premises of the College. A co-operative society functioning in the College sells books, stationery, etc. and provides photo copying facilities and a pay and use phone facility.

Under the tutorial system academic and personal counseling is provided to students. In 2004, four BBA students were selected through campus interview for jobs in Companies.

Five students cleared UGC-NET examinations during recent years.

About 25% of graduates of this College go for higher studies. Some of them join the PG courses offered here.

In 2003, an Alumni Association was formed. It is to be activated in a big way in the coming years. Some of the alumni are in prominent positions in public life like MLA, Advocates, Chartered Accountants, Teachers and Officers in Govt. Some are employed in well known private companies.

Students are in receipt of various forms of financial assistance from the Government and from the endowments created to help and recognize the meritorious.

The percentage of pass in the UG Course ranges from 68 to 83 and fro the PG Course from 60 to 75.

Criterion VI - Organisation and Management:
All Government Colleges in the State are governed by well defined rules and regulations. The Principal's responsibilities are spelt out in clear terms by the Government. The financial powers delegated enable the timely purchase of various items and equipment within the budget provision.

A number of Committees assist the Principal in the administration of the College. This ensures a sense of participation to the faculty in the running of the College. The College council consisting of Heads of Departments and two elected teachers and other agencies like the Parent Teachers Association, College Development Council, College Union and Associations of teaching and non-teaching staff interacts with the Principal and assist him in various ways.

The annual budget of the College during 2004-05 was of the order of Rs.135 lakhs. The Unit cost was Rs.17,202 including the salary component and Rs.933 excluding salary component. The College was able to mobilize nearly Rs.8 lakhs through donations from PTA, fund raising drives of the CDC, MP Local Area Development Scheme and MLA's fund. This indicates the concern the local community has for the growth of the College.

The accounts of the College are audited by the Director of Collegiate Education and Accountant General.

Office of the College has automated some of its functions. Many welfare schemes have been put in place for the staff. These include advances for house building, purchase of conveyance, purchase of computers, etc.

An Anti-harassment Cell has been functioning in the College since 2003. The Grievance Redressal Cell suggests measures for dealing with complaints.

Banking facilities to Staff and Students are provided by the extension counter of Punjab National Bank in the campus.

Criterion VII - Healthy Practices:
Keeping in view the expectations of the stakeholders, the College has made the Tutorial system concentrate on the progress and performance of students. Teachers performance is evaluated by students, so that they fine tune their functioning to achieve the goal of shaping citizens of the future.

Giving a 15 hour training as a minimum in computer awareness to all students in the College is a commendable practice. The training given in communication skills through the Language Laboratory to students is a very laudable effort.

The launching of the self-help groups enabling them to eventually become small-scale production units is an innovative experiment. The activities of the Entrepreneurship Club also deserve special mention in the context of the educated youth wishing to provide employment to others than become an employee.

Overall Analysis and Suggestions:
Sri C.Achutha Menon Government College, Thrissur is one of the 37 Arts and Science Colleges run by the Government of Kerala all over the State. The Peer Team is quite aware of the peculiar features of a Government College and the hierarchy in decision making particularly with reference to the location, initial courses that are started and new courses that are added on from time to time and building up infrastructure to meet the generally growing needs.

Thanks to the policy of shedding pre-degree course from Colleges, the College has ample class rooms and other facilities. Basically the College is still an Arts and Commerce College with science subjects having no footing so far. In the world of the twenty first century, there is a felt need for well qualified youth in Science and Technology as well.

Not only from the angle of employment potential, but also from the angle of balanced availability of scientific and technical personnel to pursue higher studies and research in basic and applied science, courses in emerging areas have to be opened in a phased manner. Opening of such courses will also help the economically disadvantaged groups, since they have better and assured access to higher education through Government Colleges.

The following suggestions are offered by the Peer Team for consideration by the authorities of the College:

A Master Plan for academic growth of the College for the next 10 to 15 years can be drawn in consultation with the stakeholders.

The additional infrastructure needed for implementing in a phased manner, the new courses planned can be a part of the Master Plan for development.

Even as the College has extended computer literacy to all students, imparting of communication skills thro' language laboratory can be taken up covering all students of the College.

Value addition courses in life skills ranging from personality development and yoga to investment counseling and public speaking can be arranged to be run by either the Alumni Association or the PTA collecting a nominal sum from the participants.

Tapping the potential from alumni has to be given a special trust because of the increasing awareness of the alumni to repay their obligation to the institution in some manner or the other.

There is a felt need for hostel facilities for boys and girls. The college may explore the feasibility of constructing the same availing assistance from the UGC and the State Government. In due course facilities like a gymnasium, sports ground for some more games, stadium etc can be added.

Research may perhaps be given a further thrust, since this college has four PG Courses and 7 Ph.D holders, by undertaking minor research/major research project funded by agencies like UGC, ICHR, ICSSR, etc.

The college may make efforts to appoint a qualified librarian and a physical director on a regular basis. At present, the appointments are on a guest faculty basis.

It is understood that Thrissur area specializes in diamond cutting and gold ornament designing. Add on courses for area specific skills like these could be introduced by the college to increase the relevance of their curriculum.

The Peer Team is thankful to the Principal, faculty, non-teaching staff, students, parents and alumni for the co-operation extended to them during the validation visit. The discussions and interactions were very useful and enabled the team contextualise the assessment keeping in view the special and distinguishing features of a typical Government College.

Name of the Chairperson Co-ordinator : Prof. K.Aludiapillai, IAS

Name of the member : Dr. N. Sukumaran

Name of the member : Prof. Meena R. Chandawarkar

Sri. T.R. Venugopalan
Principal

Place: Thrissur, Kerala

Date: 20th Dec. 2005



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