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Providence Women College, Kozhikode (Calicut), Kerala


Providence Women College, Kozhikode (Calicut), Kerala
Kozhikode (Calicut)
Kerala, India
Pin Code : 673009

Providence Women College, Kozhikode (Calicut) Kerala is a recognised institute / college.
Providence Women College is situated in Kozhikode (Calicut) of Kerala state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Residence Phone No(s) of concerned peron(s) of Providence Women College, Kozhikode (Calicut) Kerala is (are) : 2371059.

email ID(s) is Providence Women College Kozhikode (Calicut) Kerala

Website of Providence Women College, Kozhikode (Calicut) Kerala is http://www.providencecollegecalicut.com/.

Contact Details of Providence Women College, Kozhikode (Calicut) Kerala are : +91-495-2375671


Providence Women College, Kozhikode (Calicut) Kerala runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).

1. Economics with Political Science & Modern Indian History(Sub)60
2. History with General Economics & Political Science (Sub)60
3. English with Social and Cultural History of Britain & Political Science (Sub)32
4. Travel and Tourism (Self finacing-04-05)40


1. Physics with Maths & Statistics (Sub)39
2. Chemistry with Maths & Physics(Sub)32
3. Botany with Chemistry & Zoology(Sub)39
4. Zoology with Chemistry & Botany (Sub)36
5. Mathematics with Statistics & Physics (Sub)24
6. Computer Science with Mathematics & Statistics (sub) (Self financing 02-03)24

BCom With Income Tax Law and Practice60

BBA (Self financing 2002-03)30
MA English 10
MSc Physics6

Approval details: Providence Women College is affiliated with University of Calicut, Calicut (Kerala)

Profile of Providence Women College

Providence Womens College, Calicut, Kerala, founded by the sisters of Apostolic Carmel came into being on 1st July, 1952. It was the sacred mission of Mother Veronica the foundress of the congregation to train young women who had embraced religious life and send them far and wide on vocations of service to the community. Providence Womens College was the result of the efforts of such a committed group, headed by Mother Gabrielle, who became the Founder Principal. This was a dream come true for the young women in the Malabar region who had to otherwise go as far as Mangalore or Madras in search of a womens college. Thus this college opened a new chapter in the annals of Malabar, as its first womens college. The college is registered under the Apostolic Carmel Education Society, S No.4 of 1957, Calicut. The Managing Governing Body includes the Provincial Superior, Educational Secretary, the Principal, the Local Manager, a representative of the management and a religious staff nominated by the Provincial Superior.
The college was first affiliated to the Madras University. Later the affiliation was shifted to the Kerala University and University of Calicut successively. Over these years the college has been aiming at excellence in curricular as well as extra - curricular fields by setting high standards in academics and offering opportunities for youth to blossom into independent, confident and responsible individuals.
The college has given due importance to extracurricular activities. Ample opportunities are given for expressing the talents of the students in creative writing, oratory, histrionics, dance and fine arts. Providence College has been the recipient of Best Womens College for many years. Trophy in the Arts at inter-zonal levels for participation both at the zonal and inter-zonal levels. The students are encouraged to appreciate the rich cultural traditions not only of their home state but of the rest of the country.
The motto of the college is In Thy Light We see Light . Every student of Providence Womens College will go out into the world bearing this light of knowledge and self - realization

Media coverage of Providence Women College, Kozhikode (Calicut) Kerala, Kerala

NAAC report of Providence Women College

Section-1: Introduction
The Providence Women's College, Calicut volunteered to be assessed by National Assessment & Accreditation Council and conducted the preliminary self-study and submitted the report to NAAC in the prescribed format in September 2003. A Peer Team, consisting of Dr.A.K.Bhatnagar, as Chairman, Dr.B.Yashovarma, Dr.T.Sumitra as the members and Dr.M.S.Shyamasundar Deputy Advisor NAAC as the co-ordinating officer, was constituted by the Council to visit the institution and validate the self-study report. The Peer Team visited the institution on 4th & 5th September 2004.

Providence Women's College Calicut was established as the first women's college in the Malabar district of erstwhile state of Madras (presently district of Calicut in the State of Kerala) by sisters of Apostolic Carmel on 1st July 1952 with the prime objective of catering to the most essential educational needs of the young women of Malabar.

The college is situated in a semi-urban area, at the top of the hill with in a campus of 36 acres. It has a three-storied building with a built up area of 5000 Sq.Mts., which includes academic and administrative sections, 74 classrooms, five laboratories, Library, sports facilities, workshop computer center, guesthouse and a nonresident center.

Started with 67 students and 10 staff, the college today has 1234 students, 68 teaching staff (42 coming under aided structure, 26 management staff) and 44 non-teaching staff. The unit cost of education as given by the institution is Rs. 21,830 including salary and Rs. 3,315/excluding salary. For the self-financing courses unit cost is Rs. 670.

The management, which runs fifteen schools and four other colleges besides this, is sensitive to the learners needs and dedicated to fostering quality education. The motto of the college is 'In thy light we see light'. The management is sincere in its efforts for the holistic development of the students with due importance to all the dimensions of education. Along with the core subjects it offers programmes for moral, spiritual and creative development and provides vocational training.

Registered under the Apostolic Carmel Education Society, and included under the grant-in-Aid code of the Department of collegiate education, Govt. of Kerala, the college was first affiliated to University of Madras, later the affiliation was shifted to University of Kerala and at present it is affiliated to University of Calicut. It was recognized by the UGC under 2f and 12B in 1972. The college offers, in addition to traditional B.A., B.Sc. and B.Com. Courses, two self-financing courses viz. BBA and B.Sc.Computer Science. Since 1998 it is offering two PG courses ie. in Physics and English Literature. It also offers diploma and certificate programmes. The academic work in the college is semester pattern for PG courses and annual pattern for UG Courses.

The members of the team individually scrutinized the self study report provided to them, held extensive and thorough interaction with the members of the management, principal, members of the teaching and non teaching staff and the parents, alumnae and the representative group of students and elicited their views on the facilities and functioning of the institution. The team also visited the Departments, including laboratories, library, sports section, Hostel and other physical facilities, which contribute for the creation of a good learning atmosphere. The supporting documents were verified. Based on this exercise the team makes following observations.

Section 2: Criterion wise analysis
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
Being an affiliated college, there is little freedom for the institution to redesign the curriculum. The working days and the examination pattern also have to be in conformity with the university system. However the staff members do contribute for enhancement of the academic standards by up gradation of the syllabus as the members of Boards of studies of the respective subjects in the affiliating university. The college has also applied for the add on parallel courses of the UGC. The college offers Undergraduate, Post graduate, Diploma and certificate courses.. The Under Graduate Courses include Science with Botany, Chemistry, Zoology, Mathematics and Physics as major subjects, Humanities with Economics, History, and English Literature as major subjects and Commerce course. Second language options include Malayalam, Hindi, French and Tamil. In addition it offers PG programmes in Physics and English. With in the existing curriculum, the science syllabus includes lab sessions and experimental projects, History syllabus includes project work and commerce syllabus includes computer application, which constitute the skill component of the curriculum.

Two self-financing courses ie B.Sc. (Computer Science) and BBA were introduced in the year 2002. The college is also a Center for B.Sc. I.T course conducted by University of Calicut. So as to make provision for more students for computer education a tie up is made with NIIT to offer Diploma course. Introduction of short-term course in Spoken English by the Dept.of English is yet another initiative aimed at preparing the students to face global challenges. College has provided infrastructure for conducting one-year diploma course in fashion designing by a private agency. Introduction of special papers as 'women's rights' as an optional paper for PG and 'History of Indian Women through the ages' in the B.A. history syllabus are in conformity with the objectives of the institution, which is Women empowerment through education.

Criterion II: Teaching, Learning & Evaluation
The students are selected as per the guidelines of the University of Calicut. Selection is done based on the academic record. An attempt to test the knowledge and skills for the particular programme is done immediately after the admissions by the department of English, Mathematics and History. Though the formal bridge course/remedial course are not offered in some of the departments efforts are made to provide additional skills required for the particular course. The advanced learners are given opportunities to work ahead through challenging tasks such as assignments, Paper presentation, book reviews etc.

The Academic Planning is done systematically. Month wise distribution of the syllabus is done in the beginning of the academic year and care is taken to adhere to it. Periodical review and mid course corrections are being done. Preparation of lesson plan is yet to be initiated. Lecture method is supplemented by seminars, discussions, projects, exhibitions and assignments. For eg. Animal Science aptitude test for the zoology students selects the participants for the zonal level test conducted by the zoological society of Kerala. The English Dept. encourages students to present book reviews at the meetings of the Readers Club. Though there is no centralized facility for preparation of audio visual aids, some attempts are made by the teachers to introduce AV teaching methods.

There is transparency in evaluation methods. The method of internal and external evaluation is made known to the students through the notice board. The recruitment of the staff is done by the staff selection committee constituted for the purpose, in accordance with the statutes of the affiliating university and the prevailing rules of the State government. During the last two years eight such appointments have been made. In view of the state Governments ban on permanent appointment salary for some of the teaching and the non-teaching staff is paid by the management. The performance of the teachers is evaluated on three-tier basis. ie 1 Students evaluation of the teachers through a questionnaire 2 Self appraisal by the teacher and 3 evaluation by the academic review committee consisting of the principal, a representative of the management, HOD and a member nominated by the principal. Evaluation of the infrastructure facilities is also conducted and based on the feed back additional facilities have been provided such as - open access system to library books and improvement in sanitation facilities.

Teachers are encouraged to participate in the seminars. During last three years 40 teachers have attended 84 seminars. All the departments conduct seminars and workshops. From 1997 six seminars/workshops have been conducted. The staff members are involving in curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities of the institution through various committees. To provide latest information to the students every department is inviting good number of eminent academicians periodically for guest lectures and subject oriented exhibitions are organized. Over the period, the institution could establish informal linkages with many research centers in and around the locality. The department of Zoology and History have established a museum and Dept of Botany has raised a Botanical garden. Academic performance of the students is above average with Overall result of 80% and an average of five ranks in last five years.

Criteria III: Research Consultancy & Extension
The teaching, learning programme gets strengthened when integrated with research activities. In Providence College, though not a recognized research center, efforts are made to develop research culture through student's projects and by encouraging teachers to pursue their research projects under FIP of UGC/part time research. The institution is encouraging the staff to submit project proposals to the outside funding agencies and teaching schedules are adjusted by the college suiting the conveniences of the faculty members doing the research projects. During the last five years 22 student projects have been completed. Out of 68 teachers 52% have Ph.D/M.Phil and 16% are engaged in research work leading to Ph.D/M.Phil. Five teachers have improved their qualification under the faculty improvement programme of UGC. Because of the research orientation of some of the teachers institution could get few projects funded by AIACHE and STEC (Govt. of Kerala). A major research project is undertaken by a faculty of the Botany Department on 'Pharmacognestic and Chemical studies on Sida Species used as Bala in Ayurved' with an outlay of 3.49 lakhs from Kerala State council for Science technology and Environment. Consultancy services are yet to be stream lined. To start with Department of Botany has offered honorary consultancy to the students of national college of Pharmacy for their herbarium identification. In some of the Departments Like English, Physics etc. teachers have published a few research papers, contributed articles, authored and edited books. Good number of faculty members have associated themselves with many service organizations like the Gandhi Center for rural development, YMCA, YWCA, Rotary club etc.

Extension activities are carried out through NSS and NCC units' one of the staff members is given additional charge of these activities. NSS has undertaken construction projects, adoption of villages with special reference to green village as in Vengeri Village. Offering free tuition to the inmates of the Govt. Juvenile home is another extention activity. Some of the NCC students have taken part in national Integration camps and RD Parades. The college has taken up social service as mission and several need-based activities are conducted in the area of community development, social work, health & hygiene, adult education and environment conservation. 'Plastic free Carmel hill Programme' Is a notable activity aimed at keeping the campus plastic free and creating awareness about plastic menace. The college has the center approved by and affiliated to Gandhi Center for Rural Development through which Soap making unit is established in the institution. Environmental awareness is well handled by the institutions by conducting nature camps, seminars, lecture demonstrations and exhibitions during wild life week. Department of Zoology gives training in wormy compost for solid waste management and apiculture.

The college has got a Blood donor forum, which has been awarded with the 'Indira Gandhi trophy' by the Kerala Blood donors' forum and the 'Bishop Kundukulum Jubilee Memorial Trophy' for the maximum blood donation.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure & Learning Resources
The campus area of the college is 33 acres with required number of classrooms and laboratories. Towards support services the college has got Central Library, Computer Center, Sports facilities, Workshop, Hostel, Guest-House Canteen, Grievance redressal cell, Non-resident Center, reading room, Counseling Center, Health club, Museum Indoor Stadium and medical room with first aid kit. The college has a seminar hall, which can accommodate 200 students and an auditorium with a capacity of 1250.

The effort of the management to augment its infrastructure with the learners needs is evident in adequacy of the building for academic and co-curricular activities. The infrastructural facilities are made available to external agencies also. The campus which is situated at the top of the hill in the semi urban locality is kept clean and pollution free. During the college hours, vehicles are kept away to avoid sound pollution.

Library has a collection of 47129 books; Sixteen journals and fiftyone periodicals are being subscribed. Book bank facility with 3826 volumes is available. Other facilities include Reprography, Computers, Audio-Video cassettes and very limited Internet terminals. Library is partially computerized and the book bank facility. It works between 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. The Library has an advisory committee with the Principal as the chairman.

Medical check up of the students is done every year. Health services are made available as and when required.

There are 41 computers, which includes 13 computers of central computer lab. Maintenance of the computers is done through AMC. Counseling service is provided by a trained counselor who visits the institution twice in a month. Adequate facilities are available for Sports and Physical Education. Health club facility also is provided. Outstanding sports persons are given incentives and distinctions. The students of this institution have participated in several intercollegiate and National events and won laurels. College has a workshop of its own. Hostel, with all the adequate facilities, is available to 300 students. The college has two generators for uninterrupted power supply.

Criterion V: Students Support & Progression
On an average 90 percent of the admitted students complete the degree programme with 10 percent drop out .The alumnae include some of the prominent administrators, athletes, writers and social workers. The College publishes the updated prospectus annually, which includes rules and regulations, course details and fee structure. Information is also made available through the website.

Financial facility is available to the students in the form of 25 different types of scholarships. A formal employment & placement cell is yet to be established. But employment news is made available to the students. Some of departments arrange career guidance classes and lectures on self-employment. The teachers involve in personal counseling of the students. Vocational training is provided in soap making, bookbinding, paper bag making, fabric painting, soft toy making, floriculture, vermiculture, mushroom cultivation etc. so as to introduce the students to opportunities in the area of self-employment. Forty-two students are benefited out of the 25 different types of scholarships. College has an Alumnae Association, which is active. The old students are invited to share their expertise with the students. Alumnae association has also instituted scholarships to the students. PTA also is actively associating with the institutional activities and has contributed funds for infrastructure development.

The College publishes updated prospectus and calendar annually. The College offers leisure time and recreational facilities through various associations. NRI students are offered special accommodation, Socio cultural activities, and welfare programmes and police clearance. The students union is functioning smoothly through elected members as per the university norms.

Criterion VI: Organization & Management
The providence women's college, Calicut is managed by the Sisters of Apostolic Carmel Congregation. Adherence to the goals and objectives for which the institution was established is ensured by the top management, which meets periodically and reviews the functioning of the institution and evaluates the performance of the staff and students.

One of the important factors responsible for the present scaling of the institution is the very harmonious relationship prevailing between the management, staff and the students. The academic activities are co-ordinated by the Heads of the departments. The academic review committee monitors the overall activities. Various committees have been constituted for smooth conduct of curricular and co-curricular activities. Formal assessment method for performance evaluation of non-teaching staff is not prevailing. However, The Principal monitors the performance informally and periodically. Faculty improvement programmes such as computer training and Classes on KSR are offered to non-teaching staff.

Credit facilities in co-operative stores and financial aids when there is inordinate delay in grant of salary, scholarship to the children of non-teaching staff are some of the staff welfare measures. Students' welfare measures include scholarships, free lunch for needy students, free boarding and lodging for sports women, book bank and clothes bank. Though institution does not extend loan facility to the staff members, it helps them to avail loan from nationalized/scheduled banks.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The peer team has identified certain healthy practices in the college, which have contributed for the reputation and societal acceptance of the institution. These are

Constitution of academic review committee to monitor the activities of the institution.

Orientation programme for new students.

Department-wise meetings of parent teacher association

Value education classes

Blood Donor Forum, which is functioning in a very organized manner since 1982.

Involvement of the staff in all the activities through various committees.

Innovative extension activities like needle work training, personality training programme, learn and earn programme, word power for women, waste to wealth,

Movement to create awareness about plastic menace

Adoption of student centered teaching methods such as group discussions, Seminars etc.

Providence association of retired teachers, which has contributed towards scholarships.

Feedback from council meetings and staff meetings and prompt action based on those recommendations.

Team-work amongst staff and students innovated through the functions of various committees.

Integrated value education classes.

Vocational training in Soap making, Floral arts, Fabric/Glass Painting, Fish curing and preservation and Tailoring.

Section III: Overall analysis
After going through the self-study report of the college and after visiting all the depts. And support service the peer team is fully convinced that in the 52 years of it existence the College is progressing well in its academic pursuit and in realizing its basic objectives. Its professed motto is 'In Thy Light We See Light'. The institution perceives varied activities keeping its focus on quality assurance and sustenance. Simultaneously the peer team would like to bring to the attention of the college certain areas of concern to be taken care of for its further progress.

The peer team would like to commend the college for its following positive inputs:

Encouragement and total support offered by the management

Able leadership of the principal, cooperation of the committed staff and the enthusiastic participation of the students which is reflected through the team spirit in all the activities of the institution

Good governance, consistently high academic records including university ranks, quality education with the component of moral education and introduction of TQM concept

Adequate infrastructure and physical facilities to run all the existing courses.

Institutional initiative in arranging for 25 different types of scholarships to students.

Conducting series of Co curricular activities in association with research institutes, GO's and NGO's.

Exemplary service of 'Blood donor's forum', which not only conducts blood donation camps but also arranges awareness programmes.

Encouragement for sports and games through providing infrastructural facilities, Training and free boarding and lodging. During the last five years college has produced three international players and fortyone national players. The college has in its alumnae the star athletes of the nation and Arjuna awardees like P.T.Usha, and Sally Joseph, eight other international players and many national players

The involvement of Alumnae and PTA in the institutional development

Introduction of add on courses like diploma and five certificate courses along with UG and PG programmes.

Systematic feed back mechanism on a three-tier basis and prompt action on that.

Research activities with few minor and a major research project with an outlay of 3.49 lakhs on medicinal plants.

Vocational training to promote self-reliance and entrepreneurial skills among students and Encouragement to organize various programmes of the college to inculcate managerial skills.

Keeping in view of the further enhancement and progress of the college the peer team would like to offer the following recommendations.

When compared with the long standing of the institution and need for higher education, which is evidenced by the student intake, the subjects offered, particularly in humanities, appears to be inadequate. The college may initiate Introduction of more vocational and short-term courses to expose the students to the needs of the modern employment market.

To enhance the opportunity for vertical mobility more number of PG courses covering different areas may be introduced, with adequate infrastructure and a minimum number of faculty members but without sacrificing the quality of the ongoing projects

Computerization of both academic and administrative sections is to be taken up on priority

The number of computers in the computer center and also in the departments of Physics and Commerce looks inadequate, when compared with the number of users. More computers with latest configuration and some important and widely used softwares are to be added to provide better training to the students.

The library, which is the knowledge base of any institution, is to be strengthened with total computerization for better service, more terminals for internet accessing and additional professional journals, particularly pertaining to PG subjects.

Consultancy services are to be initiated to extend the benefits of the expertise and the infrastructure to the immediate society.

Considering the scope for enhancing the effectiveness and creativity with AV teaching the Institution needs to consider providing adequate facilities for preparation and presentation of AV materials.

The lesson plan, Bridge course and remedial exercises need to be more structured.
Research activity, both by the student and the staff, is to be enhanced with additional support by the management. All the Departments should also try for projects from various funding agencies.

Being a women's college there is a greater need for providing employment and career information in the institution itself through an independent center .In view of this the institution may take steps to establish a career guidance and placement cell, with a career counselor, adequate reference materials in the form of career related books and journals/magazines need to be established. It can also take care of coaching for competitive examinations.

Periodical SWOT analysis by the stakeholders would help the institution to do the strategic planning for quality enhancement and sustenance.

Professional training programme for the teaching and non-teaching staff is to be made regular activity.

Staff quarters, Parking area, Athletic ground with 400 mts track may be included in the future plan of infra structure Development.

In view of the umpteen number of institutions/Industries existing at the easily accessible distance the college can try for MOU's for academic and extension activities

To improve the existing courses by addition of the relevant topics and skill based component, which is possible only when there is academic autonomy, the institution should try for autonomous status

Cultural Clubs and its associations with SPIC MACAY may be established

Whenever possible students may be encouraged to have practical training during vacation

Each hostel bed may be provided by a cotton mattress and a pillow and a lamp on the study table may also be provided

Bus transport for city students may be improved through contract buses.

In some Departments, like Economics, one or two faculty may be added.

The Departments may take initiative to organize more seminars and workshops and publish more research papers

Co-curricular and Extension activities of all the Departments may be improved with more of subject oriented activities

The peer team is of the view that the college has got abundant potential for scaling greater heights, which can be achieved by integrating all the positive inputs. The peer team appreciates the institution for its meaningful growth and inbuilt reputation and goodwill it enjoys in the society. The peer team expresses its appreciation to the management, Principal Staff and Students of the college for extending all the co-operation to the team during its visit to the institution. Peer team also thanks Dr. M.S.Shyamasundar, Co-ordinating officer, NAAC, for providing the excellent coordination.

Name of the Chairman: Prof. A. K. Bhatnagar

Name of the member : Prof. B. Yashovarma

Name of the member : Prof. T. Sumitra

Name of the Head of the Institution
Dr. Sr. Kochuthressia, C.T

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