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MES College, Idukki, Kerala
MES College, Idukki, Kerala
Address:Nedumkandam, Chembalam P.O.
Idukki (District Idukki)
Kerala, IndiaPin Code : 685553
MES College, Idukki Kerala is a recognised institute / college. Status: Aided.
MES College, Idukki Kerala was established on / in 1982.
Principal of MES College, Idukki Kerala is Prof. A.M Rasheed Tel: 9446409795(M).
MES College, Idukki Kerala is situated in Idukki of Kerala state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of MES College, Idukki Kerala is 04868-233060.
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Website of MES College, Idukki Kerala is http://www.mesnedumkandam.org/.
Contact Details of MES College, Idukki Kerala are : Telephone: +91-4868-232043, 233060, 230343
B.Sc. Engineering Physics (V)
B.Sc. Agro chemicals (V)
B.Com. (V) with Computer Application
M.Sc. OR and CA (Operations Research and Computer Applications)
BA History, BSc Maths, Physics (v), Chemistry (v), B. Com (v) MSc (OR&CA), Maths(unaided), Physics (u-a) M.Com (unaided), PG Diploma in Medical Instrumentation
MES College, Idukki Kerala runs course(s) in Degree, Commerce stream(s).
MES College is affiliated with Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam (Kerala)
Profile of MES CollegeM.E.S. College, Nedumkandam is spread over an area of 15 acres of land in Chembalam, Idukki District. The college headed by Principal Dr. T.P. Basheer has a total strength of 447 students out of which 98 students are Muslims. The building area consists of Office block, P.G. block, Degree block, lab block, auditorium, guest house, staff quarters and ladies hostel. The college has got its credits. In April 99 and April 2001 M.Sc. OR and CA students were placed in the I, II and III Rank in Mahatma Gandhi University.
Media coverage of MES College, Idukki Kerala, Kerala
NAAC report of MES CollegeSection 1: Preface
M.E.S College, Nedumkandam, Chembalam is an affiliated college of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. It is a grant-in-aid college situated in the backward area of High Range. It caters to the needs of education, particularly students belongs to backward communities and minorities. The objective of this Institution is to promote the knowledge of the people irrespective of caste, creed, and such social barriers. This college was established by the Late Haji V.K.Mohammed Kutty Sahib in the Year 1982 under Muslim Educational Society, Calicut as a junior college. The college is recognised under 2(f) and 12(B) of UGC Act in the year 1999. It is founded with a definite mission (vision) of increasing knowledge of the people of backward, minorities, of the high range region by offering UG/PG Courses. The college has achieved considerable success in accomplishing its mission in 22 years.
The college offers 5 Undergraduates and 3 Post Graduate Courses. The College has 3 faculties in the Undergraduate Course namely, Arts, Science and Commerce. In Arts: History is offered as main, whereas Economics & Politics are offered as subsidiary subjects. In Science: Mathematics, Physics main with Engineering Physics as vocational subject , & Chemistry main with Agrochemicals as vocational subject are offered. In Commerce: Commerce subjects as main with Computer Applications as vocational subject are offered. There are 3 faculties of studies in the Post Graduation - M.Sc in Operations Research and Computer Application, M.Sc in Mathematics & M.Com. The college has 26 permanent and 9 temporary teachers and 24 Non-teaching staff.
The total number of students is 579 including U.G & P.G. Courses. The College follows annual system for U.G. conventional programs and semester system for UG vocational and P.G. programs. The unit cost of education of a student is about Rs.18,316/- including salary component and unit cost without salary component is about Rs.1,597/-.
The College is located in the high range region of 16 acres of land. The college is situated in backward hill area.
With the above background, the college requested the National Assessment and Accreditation Council for its accreditation and submitted Self Study Report in December 2003. In response to the request, the NAAC constituted a Committee comprising of Prof.Fr.Ignacimuthu.S.J,Former Vice-Chancellor of Madras and Bharatiar Universities as Chairperson, Prof. Jagadeesha, Registrar (Evaluation), Karnataka State Open University, Mysore as Member Co-ordinator, and Prof.Ponnammal.K.Pandian, Principal, Theivanai Ammal College (W), Villupuram, Tamil Nadu as Member and to visit the College and validate the Self-Study Report. Dr. M.S. Shyamasundar, Deputy Advisor NAAC, Bangalore coordinated the peer team visit to the College. The Peer Team carefully persued and analysed the Self-study Report submitted by the college. During the on-site visit of two days (9th & 10th August 2004), the team went through all the relevant supportive documents and papers submitted by the institution. The team visited the departments, library, canteen, sports facilities, NSS, NCC etc. The committee interacted with the Management, Principal, Faculty, Non-teaching staff, Students, Alumnae and Parents. The committee also visited all the departments and the common facilities for the student support. The Peer Team Report is prepared after its visit to the College and deliberations with the Management, the Principal, Faculty, Students, Administrative staff of the College, Parents and Alumnae.
Section 2: Criterion -wise Analysis
Criterion 1: Curricular Aspects
The College has an aim of increasing the knowledge of the people of backward, minorities & economically disadvantaged group of high range region by offering need based education to mould younger generation into morally upright, socially committed and intellectually trained citizens. Being an affiliated college the institution is following the syllabi and curriculum prescribed by Mahatma Gandhi University. The subjects offered at UG level are English, Malayalam, Hindi, Economics, Politics, and History in Arts faculty and Commerce in Commerce faculty, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Statistics and Computer Science in the faculty of Science. Chemistry, Economics, Commerce, History, English, Malayalam, Hindi and Physical Education were started in year 1982. Mathematics and Physics were commenced in the year 1984, Statistics in 1991, Politics in the year 1993 and Computer Science in 1995. The college follows unitized syllabi.
Of the 35 teachers, 2 teachers holds a Doctoral Degree, 7 teachers hold M.Phil., and 27 hold Masters. Though the college has no power to revise and update the syllabi, the teachers are trying to register their opinion to the members of the Board of Studies. The faculty also keeps itself abreast with the changes in curriculum through workshops, refresher courses and seminars conducted by the university. The college runs Self-financing courses.
The teachers are encouraged to attend Refresher Courses conducted by the Academic Staff Colleges. As such, there are 16 teachers who have attended Refresher Courses during the last 2 years and 3 teachers who have attended the Orientation Course. 15 teachers have participated in National Level Seminars and two teachers in International seminars. Self-appraisal reports in the UGC format are collected annually. Students' evaluation on the performance of the teachers are collected and used for improving the quality of teaching.
The Departments of Computer Science, History, Mathematics, and Statistics have conducted 10 Seminars for the students in all over the years.
The Government and University are not permitting the introduction of new courses. So, the college could not start new courses in the recent past and hence chances for both vertical and horizontal mobility and flexibility are very limited. Steps may be taken to give computer training to all the students. Commerce students may be provided with 'on-the-job' training in banks and industries, for which MoU may be signed with such institutions. Management may earmark some funds for organizing seminars and workshops and also minor projects.
Regular interactions with various stakeholders, namely, potential employers, funding agencies, students, parents and alumni are essential to understand the shortcomings and update the curriculum.
Regular interactions with various stakeholders, namely, potential employers, funding agencies, students, parents and alumni are essential to understand the shortcomings and update the curriculum.
Subjects such as Engineering Physics, Agrochemicals, and Computer Applications in UG and Operations Research & Computer Applications in PG are career oriented, as they create job opportunities. It is desirable that a few subjects in applied science such as Microbiology, Biochemistry and Biotechnology are introduced for the benefit of students of the region and the National interest and a few non-conventional subjects like BBA, MBA, BCA, MCA to enable students of high range regions to get more employment opportunities anywhere across the country.
Criterion II: Teaching - Learning and Evaluation
Admission to U.G. and P.G. courses are made on the basis of academic record of the qualifying examination and reservation policy of the State Government. After admission, the educationally disadvantaged students are identified and given additional coaching.
The College encourages to make a teaching plan. The teacher's academic plan helps the teachers to plan their work in a systematic manner and to complete the syllabus well in time. To make classroom teaching more student-oriented the Lecture method is supplemented by Seminars, study tours, library visits, exposure visits and use of Internet. The College uses O.H.P. and Audio-Visual aids to make the teaching learning effective. There is a centralized Multimedia centre. Some of the staff members have been given orientation in the use of computers. The College monitors the overall performance of students at the beginning of the year through assignments, tests etc. Advance learners are given proper counselling & guidance for their future career. The teachers prepare course plans at the commencement of the academic year and are made available to the students. Projects are given due weightage in final year UG and PG programmes. Regular monthly tests are given for the internal marks. Regular classwise PTA meetings are held and the performance of the children is communicated through progress cards in these meetings.
Teachers are recruited by advertising in the media, conducting
interviews, preparing rank list as per the norms laid down by the
U.G.C. and the state government. Guest faculty have been appointed
to handle excess workload. There are 26 permanent teachers & 11 temporary teachers. Besides regular teaching staff members, additional information of the recent trends in the subject are given through guest lectures by external faculty/Professionals. Teachers have been encouraged to undergo Faculty Development Programme (FDP). Two teachers have been selected for doing PhD under the FIP.
Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
Research culture has yet to develop its roots in the college. Being a degree college the main thrust is now given only for teaching and extension. As this is an Arts and Science College, teachers can undertake good community linked problems for research without much finance and infrastructure. The expertise and facilities of the nearby Institutions can be utilised for this purpose. The management may earmark some finance for small research projects. Higher educational institutions cannot grow and gain excellence without research and good publications. Book writing has also not gained momentum. Only a few teachers have written articles in local magazines and newspapers. It is desirable that the College establishes collaboration with National and International agencies to promote research activities.
Only 27% of the teachers are actively involved in research. FIP and FDP along with study leave are sanctioned to faculty to improve on their areas of research. Though the Postgraduate departments actively undertake project works it is only a part of the syllabi. There is a research committee in the college with 5 members for evaluating the project proposals. Adjustments in the teaching schedule to teachers doing part time research are commendable.
Extension activities are quite impressive and are mainly undertaken by the NSS and NCC units. The units have completed many projects during the last 3 years like two Eye Camps wherein 100 patients had recovered their eyesights through Cataract operations, several seminars and awareness camps on AIDS, Drug abuse, health and hygiene, over use of pesticides and smoking. The extension activities are also undertaken in collaboration with NGOs and GOs. Students & teachers participate in extension activities like the Department of Physics which is doing an appreciable work in conserving nature.
A faculty member holds additional charge of the extension activities. The extension activities fulfill the need of the society, enrich the learning experiences and inculcate community feeling among the students. The teachers and the students actively participate in extension activities.
There is no formal consultancy developed in the college. Being an intellectual community of the village they can form an interdisciplinary consultancy group and involve in the meaningful and income generating consultancy work. This will be of help to the farmers and local bodies in planning good development projects. Revenue can also be generated to college.
It is desirable that competent members of the staff undertake sponsored and collaborative R&D projects with extension work.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The College has its own campus of about 16 acres. The infrastructural facilities of the College with lecture rooms, laboratories, a library, a students centre, canteen, large staff rooms, well maintained toilets for students and staff, a parking space, a ladies hostel to house about 50 students are sufficient for the present requirements. Since its inception in 1982, the College has gradually upgraded infrastructure in the form of building, laboratories, seminar hall, library etc. Optimum utilization of infrastructure by the institution, for academic purposes and social purpose is appreciated.
There are about 6755 books in the library. There 18 periodicals and journals subscribed. The reading room also help students to prepare themselves. The library is kept open from 8.30 a.m to 4.30 p.m. on all working days. Textbooks, a wide range of reference books, subject encyclopaedias, dictionaries, journals and periodicals are available in the library. There is a computer , Multimedia CD-ROMS, and reprography in the Library. The colleges has 23 PC's in Computer Lab,in all Departments and Administrative Block. The reading room is small. Library accession and facilities need to be augumented. OHP and other modern teaching aids have to be added to make teaching effective. Internet and computers have to be made available to the students.
However, it is necessary to enrich the library with the latest arrivals with adequate number of copies. Round the clock computer facility with Internet may be established for the benefit of students and teaching staff. The library can subscribe a few more standard Indian and Foreign journals and also acquire relevant back volumes to facilitate students and faculty.
The students are encouraged to take active part in sports. The college has good play ground including Basket Ball, Foot Ball, Volley Ball, Kabbadi, Skating & Tennis Court. Scholarships from Sports Authority of India, PTA scholarships, special food allowance are given as incentives as per the University guidelines. Outstanding sports persons may also be encouraged by reserving a few seats in the P.G. courses, and by offering special incentives.
Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
The students are informed about the rules and regulations of admission, examinations etc. through the annually updated prospectus. The Principal gives additional informations then and there through notifications. The college has a mechanism to get feedback from students through questionnaire and suggestions are invited. The college office is computerized and renders good services to students about scholarships, freeships, sponsorships, academic matters, examinations and all allied matters. Office itself is cordial and helpful to the students. At present students are getting financial help in one-way or other.
Financial aids are available to needy students. The Central, State government and the management have introduced Social Welfare Scholarships, Merit scholarships, sports scholarships etc. State and District Merit Scholarship and Management Endowment scholarships benefits several students in the College.
The special feature of the alumnae is that many are well placed in all spheres of activities. The institution needs to utilize the services of them by getting the advice for academic improvement. Alumnae maintain a very cordial and regular link with the Alma-mater. In the meeting of alumnae with the Peer Team many volunteered to provide free services to the institution. The parents and students are also satisfied with the performance of the college and its teachers.
Students are getting good encouragement in sports and indoor games. Lack of stadium is a disadvantage to students to get training in track and field events. Special credit is given to good sportsmen by way of incentives, cash prizes by the teachers.
The college has an employment and a placement cell which need strengthening. Counseling cell can be streamlined and the ward - tutor system is adopted in the effective handling of the performance of the students. Self-employment is given greater attention through the CED programme financed by the government. The cultural department nurtures the artistic talents of the students. The Peer Team is happy to note the cordial and homely relationship that exists in the campus among the management, principal, staff and students. Percentage of students appearing for qualifying examination after the minimum period of study is as high as 90%. Progression to higher education employment and further study is about 50% & 30% respectively. The College has created avenue for the students recreational essay writing, debate, cultural programmes, dance competition, Karate camp, quiz, drama etc.
The College collect feedback from the students. The College publishes updated prospectus every year. All the information about the institution, courses of study, faculty, library, hostel facility etc. are given in detail. The teachers of the college provide examination awareness counselling to the academically weaker students of having personal problems.
Criterion VI: Organization and Management
The two-tier management system that exists in the college ably and effectively administers the policy and affairs of the college. The management owns numerous educational institutions ranging 40, with an aim of the overall development of the educationally disadvantaged sector. There is a Committee that is constituted as per the direction and norms of the Government /University. It meets as and when needed and administers the day-to-day activities of the college. The Management and the committee have clear ideas about the vision and directions of the development of the institution. The administration is transparent. However, they are to compete with the present advancement in Higher Education so as to meet the challenges of globalization. The College has a coordinating and monitoring mechanism by the constitution of various academic and non-academic committees. The Staff Council comprising of the Principal, Heads of the Department, two elected teachers supervise curricular and extra curricular activities. M.E.S. Central Management Committee lays down policies relating to the college in tune with the UGC and the State Government. This committee is in charge of the overall management of the College and takes policy decisions regarding appointments, expansion and developmental activities
College gets salary grant from the Government. The Management has to mobilize financial resources for all development activities by way of donations from public and philanthropists. Government and University rules are followed in maintaining the accounts and auditing. The auditing has been completed up to date. The college has a deficit budget.
It is a note worthy feature that the staff is contributing some money in maintaining a welfare fund. It is utilized to meet the urgent and health needs of the staff. Loan facilities are made available to the teaching and the non-teaching.
Various Committees like the Discipline Committee etc. have been constituted in the college which ably co-ordinate and carry out the activities of the college smoothly. Besides the Managing Committee there are other committees which function under the overall guidance of the principal. The committees are:
The College Development Committee
The College has adopted methods to promote work - culture and discipline among the staff and students. Grievances are addressed to the Grievance Redressal Cell headed by the Principal and the cell functions effectively. Alumni and parents expressed their appreciation regarding the growth and progress of the institution. They are satisfied with the helpful attitude of the management, principal and teachers towards the students.
Peer Team interacted with the non-teaching staff. They are getting all possible help and training to improve their efficiency and performance.
Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
Reflecting vision and goals, the college has adopted and attained several healthy practices aiming at the overall development of the students during the 20 years of its existence.
The College is sensitised to the latest managerial concepts such as Strategic Planning, teamwork, decision-making and computerization.
Priority is given in imparting value-based education. One hour per week is devoted for value based education classes under the auspicious of community extension wing.
Inculcates civil responsibilities among students in organizing Community outreach programmes.
The College arranges special training to the students to develop their skill. Selected students are given training of Information Technology in the Cyber Centre.
The NCC unit organizes exposure visits to destitute homes.
The students competency, is encouraged by participating in group discussions, quiz programmes etc.
The College has introduced Student evaluation of teachers, administrative staff and library staff through a drafted questionnaire on random basis.
Besides carrying out regular academic programme, the College has recently initiated training programmes on computer learning skill in M.S.Office, Internet, C++ etc, to the students and the staff.
The Management gives a one time incentive of Rs 10,000 for the staff who have completed their PhD
Constitution of various clubs, councils and committees aiming at the overall development of students.
Constitution of a voluntary welfare fund for the needy staff, teachers and students with contribution from management.
Conduct of voluntary special and extra classes aiming to help poor and slow learners.
Strong extension activities in the nearby villages.
One MoU is signed with one industry.
Imparting value based education
Promoting community orientation
Section : 3 Overall Analysis
The analysis of the Self Study Report and the two day visit to the institution undertaken by the Peer Team has built up a respect to the founding fathers for the vision and empathy for establishing a Higher Education institution in a remote, hilly villages of the Nedumkandam area of the Idukki District. It started off as a junior college and grew into a regular college with the introduction of several degree courses down the years. The Team is of the view that this institution that exists in the hilly area of Idukki District is doing good service in extending higher education facilities to a socially deprived class. This has produced a good number of first generation graduates; many of them have reached higher socio-cultural setups. M.E.S college, Nedumkandam, Chembalam has a noble mission of empowering backward class and socially advantaged through meaningful education. The Peer team commends the Institution for all the good works it is doing for the cause of economically and socially disadvantaged people.
The Peer team commends the institution for the following aspects:
The success of any educational institution depends upon the cordiality and harmonious relationship that exists among the components of the community, the students, principal, management, staff, parent and the immediate society. This college can be proud of successfully blending this relationship. Inspite of being a village institution, it has developed the 'tutorial culture' of urban colleges. The students are on the whole, regular, attentive in classes and maintain good discipline and decorum. The college has succeeded in identifying the hidden artistic and sports talents of the students through committees and councils. The college is fortunate in having a good management with vision and pragmatism. The infrastructure is satisfactory which is ideally and optimally utilized. Participation of the students in NSS and NCC activities is appreciable. Multiple committees ensure transparency and decentralization. Alumnae and Alumni also show keen interest in the development of the college. Peer Team is happy to state that there exists a good academic atmosphere on campus. The department of Physics, English, Mathematics and History are carrying out good extension work in addition to regular work. The dedication and commitment of the principal, members of the teaching and non-teaching staff of the college are praise worthy. There is an optimal use of the infrastructure.
Keeping in view the future plans of the institutions, the following recommendations are made by the Peer Team for the expansion of the teaching programs and for further enhancement of quality in teaching, research and extension programmes.
Teachers may be motivated to register for Ph.D by selecting socially relevant problems of the area.
The publications of the faculty in reputed journals are meagre. Teachers may take interest in the publication of books and articles of academic and social issues.
Exposure of the teachers to the Universities of other states may be promoted to visualize the advancement they have achieved in higher education.
Management may earmark some seed money for project, seminars and workshops.
In addition to Basic Science and Social Science subjects, a few applied science subjects like Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Computer Application, Management, Environment and Science etc. need to be introduced. Efforts may be made to Vocationalise some of the teaching programmes.
There is a need for staff development, as many of them possess only Post-graduate qualification. The College needs to forge linkage with the industry and Universities out side the country for training and development. Faculty members may be encouraged to undertake sponsored and collaborative research projects. There is need for wider exposure for all students and the staff through exchange of information, visit to some of the best institutions in the country. Recognition and rewards for innovative practice by faculty may also be considered.
Library needs to be equipped with more books and journals, and computerised with Internet browsing facility. Computer education needs to be strengthened for the students and the staff including non-teaching staff. Creation of a Book Bank with more number of books is necessary. PG departments can have their own Library.
Introduction of systematic tutorial system, guidance and counselling for students support and progression is required. Continuous monitoring mechanism for internal assessment of students of all disciplines needs to be introduced.
Women's studies and Human rights may be made an integral part of the College programme which will facilitate the assessment of women's needs and plan programmes for women's development and empowerment.
Special incentives to encourage sports may be provided with the help of alumnae. Alumnae may be made to involve more effectively in the developmental activities of the College.
The College may try to secure autonomy for immediate implementation of new and relevant schemes.
The College may develop a vision plan for further development of the College in the next 10 years.
Student support services like placement cell need to be strengthened
More scholarship schemes can be thought of for the benefit of poor students
Certificate, diploma/add-on courses on vocational market friendly subjects may be started.
A Research cell may be streamlined for processing both teacher and student projects.
Teachers may be insisted to submit projects to funding agencies.
Post entrance test may be conducted to assess the quality of students and chalk out formal remedial courses.
Advanced learners may be given more responsibilities and leadership training.
All students may be given computer training.
English language laboratory may be set up to promote English speaking skills.
A programme may be chalked out to make use of the services of the alumnae.
Short-term certificate courses may be designed to empower women and other unemployed youth of the locality.
Frequent guest lectures may be arranged.
Soft Skills, Field and Educational Trips may be arranged
HR and Training Programmes may be provided
A bus facility may be provided by the management to the students to pick them up within a radius of 8 km.
The peer team is of the opinion that this exercise will be useful to the institution to initiate the quality enhancement strategies towards further growth and development. The peer team, having made the observations wish the College all the best.
Prof. Fr.Ignacimuthu, S.J. - Chairman
Prof. Jagadeesha - Member Co-Ordinator
Prof. Ponnammal K.Pandian - Member
Name of the Head of the Institution
Date: August 10th, 2004
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