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Government Brennen College, Kannur (Cannanore), Kerala


Government Brennen College, Kannur (Cannanore), Kerala
Address:Dharmadam, Thalassery
Kannur (Cannanore) (District Kannur (Cannanore))
Kerala, India
Pin Code : 670106

Government Brennen College, Kannur (Cannanore) Kerala is a recognised institute / college. Status: Government Colleges (Aided).
Government Brennen College is situated in Kannur (Cannanore) of Kerala state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Kannur (Cannanore) comes under Kannur (Cannanore) Tehsil, Kannur (Cannanore) District.

Website of Government Brennen College, Kannur (Cannanore) Kerala is http://www.brennencollege.org/.

Contact Details of Government Brennen College, Kannur (Cannanore) Kerala are : Telephone: +91-490-2346027


Government Brennen College, Kannur (Cannanore) Kerala runs course(s) in Arts, Business Management, Science stream(s).
B.A, B.Sc, M.A, M.Sc, B.B.A

Malayalam with Sanskrit Sub. 40
Functional English with Fiction and Journalism 30
History with Political Science and Logic 60
Economic with Modern Indian History and Political Science 50
Hindi with Correspondence and Secretarial drafting in Hindi and Cultural History of India, Sanskrit Sub. 40
Arabic and Islamic History (Double Main) 25
Urdu and Islamic History (Double Main) 24
Sanskrit with History of Sanskrit Literature and Comparative Philosophy and Cultural Heritage of India 15
Philosophy with abnormal Psychology and Social Psychology Sub. 50
Political Science 40

Mathematics with Physics and Statistics Sub. 40
Chemistry with Mathematics and Physics Sub. 40
Physics with Mathematics and Chemistry Sub. 40
Botany with Chemistry & Zoology Sub. 30
Zoology with Chemistry & Botany Sub. 28

B.B.A (Bachelor of Business Administration) 24

History 20
Malayalam 20
Hindi 20
English 20
Economics 15

Mathematics 15
Physics 12
Botany 12

Approval details: Government Brennen College is affiliated with Kannur University, Kannur (Kerala)

Profile of Government Brennen College

Govt. Brennen College was established in 1862. Brennen Collegeis one of the oldest educational institutions in Kerala affiliated to Kannur University. Located in Dharmadam, Thalassery in Kannur District of Kerala state, India. The Brennen College evolved from a school established by the English philanthropist, Edward Brennen, who had made Thalassery his home. The college is recognized as a center of excellence by the Govt. of Kerala. The University Grants Commission had included the college under 12B and 2F category. The College got NAAC accreditation with B++ grade in September 2004.

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NAAC report of Government Brennen College

Section 1: Introduction:
The Govt. Brennen College, Thalassery, Kerala volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore and submitted its Self Study Report to the NAAC, Bangalore on 19th January, 2004. A Peer Team was constituted by the NAAC, Bangalore to visit the Institution and validate the Self Study Report. The team was comprised of Prof. P. RAMAIAH, Rector and Director Academic, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad as Chairperson, Dr. M.D. JAHAGIRDAR, Director, Institute of Management Science and Information Technology, Aurangabad as Member-Co-ordinator and Dr. N. BALASUBRAMANIAN, Director, UGC - Academic Staff College, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore as Member. Dr. Jagannath Patil, Assistant Advisor co-ordinated the Peer Team visit on behalf of the NAAC, Bangalore. Dr. M.D. Jahagirdar, Member co-ordinator co-ordinated the visit meticulously. The team visited the college on 10th & 11th September, 2004.

The Govt. Brennen College, Thalassery having an illustrious history of more than 114 years was established in the year 1862 with a vision of providing sound English education to the boys irrespective of their caste, creed and colour. This college funded by the Govt. of Kerala is affiliated to Kannur University and has the recognition 2(f) and 12(b) of the University Grants Commission, New Delhi. The college is housed in well-planned and neatly maintained spacious buildings with an impressive infrastructure possessing the campus area of 34.17 acres. The college offers courses leading to B.Sc., B.A. and B.B.A. and P.G. Programmes in Physics, Botany, Mathematics, Economics, History, Hindi, English and Malayalam. The college is also providing Research courses (Ph.D) in Malayalam, English, Hindi and Sanskrit. These four Departments have been recognized as Research Centres by Kannur University. There is one teacher each in Economics and Philosophy departments recognized as Research Guides in Kannur University Library. The faculty of Commerce is offering an innovative course viz BBA. The institution has well qualified and experienced teaching faculty comprising of 99 permanent teachers out of which 50 are males and 49 are female teachers. Sixteen of the permanent teachers possess Ph.D degrees, 23 possess M.Phil degrees and 63 possess PG degrees as highest qualification. One of the teachers has completed Post-doctoral work with ICPR Fellowship. There are 19 temporary teachers, of them 3 are male and 16 are female. Only one temporary teacher possesses M.Phil Degree. In addition to this, there is a part-time teacher also. There are 50 administrative staff supporting the administration for smooth functioning of the college. The college has a student population of 1838 at UG level, 269 at PG level and 20 in Research courses. Among the students nineteen students are from other states and 11 are from Lakshadweep. Ten students have passed the UGC/CSIR/Net Examination/GRE. The college is catering to the needs of students in and around the surrounding area. The college has adopted the evaluation methods under semester and annual system. The college has very good infrastructural facilities such as Central Library, Computer Centre, Hostel facilities, Staff quarters, Canteen, Auditorium, Seminar hall, Open stage and others..

The English Department of the college has been offering a vocational degree course in Functional English with UGC assistance since 1996. Many of the students of this college are from socially and educationally backward areas and classes. SC / ST students even from far off places come to this college. The N.C.C. and N.S.S. units of the college have won laurels for the college from time to time.

The Peer Team examined the details of the infrastructural facilities available at the college, curricular and co-curricular programmes and the various aspects of the functioning of the institution. Besides interacting with the Principal, Students, Parents and Alumni of the College, it also elicited their views on the facilities and functioning of the college. The team examined all the relevant records and paid visits to different departments, laboratories, central library, canteen, NSS, NCC, sports and students welfare units of the college. Based on the aforesaid exercise and the seven criteria identified by the NAAC, the assessment of the Institution is presented as follows:

Section 2: Criterion-wise analysis
Criterion - 1: Curricular Aspects
The Government Brennen College, Thalassery is located in a semi-urban area to cater to the needs of socio-economically backward students. A wide range of programmes are being offered by the college at the Under Graduate, Post Graduate and Doctoral level in various disciplines. The faculty of Science consists of the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Mathematics and Statistics, while the faculty of Humanities consists of the Departments of Economics, History, Hindi, English, Sanskrit, Philosophy, Psychology, Arabic, Urdu, Islamic History, Politics and Malayalam. There is also a department of Commerce. For the first time the college has started a commerce course viz B.B.S and from this academic year this has been changed as B.B.A. There is a lot of demand for this programme and the students are admitted based on their merit at the entrance examination. At the under graduate level, B.Sc., B.A. and B.B.S./B.B.A. courses are offered. The large number of combinations give ample opportunities to the students to choose the combination for which they have the aptitude.

Seventeen undergraduate and eight postgraduate courses are run by the college. Most of the P.G. courses have a strong career orientation. The college offers 17 under graduate, 8 post graduate and 4 research programmes. Government has sanctioned M.A. course in Philosophy, and it is learnt that the Philosophy department is likely to be declared as the Research Centre by the University. Interdisciplinary approach is evident in the curriculum design of the different courses. In furtherance of the missions and goals of the college, the contents of the courses sensitize students to contemporary issues. The institution also caters to the needs of students as far as research in languages viz Malayalam, English, Hindi and Sanskrit are concerned. All the courses equip the students with necessary skills required to take competitive examinations and job oriented higher courses. The Departments of English, Philosophy and Psychology help the youth and talented youngsters to gain education in the modern subjects. Obviously, such opportunity boosts the morale of the students.

The goals and objectives of the college are clearly stated in the prospectus published annually. The courses offered seem to be consistent with the goals and objectives of the institution.

A few faculty members represent university bodies and play important role in designing the curriculum as Chairman/Members of the Board of Studies. The courses are flexible since they ensure horizontal mobility and modular curriculum.

Criterion - 2: Teaching - Learning and Evaluation
Students for various courses are selected based on their merit at the qualifying examinations. By means of assignments, seminars and symposia, students' knowledge and skills are assessed. Remedial coaching is arranged for the slow learners. Bright students are given the supervisory role in project works / practicals besides being entrusted to handle certain classes for juniors. The syllabi for various courses are covered as per schedule for a semester / year. A monitoring committee oversees the implementation of the teaching-schedule, based on their academic calendar.

Lecture classes are supplemented by seminars, symposia, debates, etc. OHP, LCD and allied AV aids are used to support the classroom teachings.

The college follows a five-day-week teaching calendar. The work-load of a teacher is found to be 40 hours a week with lecture hour of 16 in the case of Arts, Humanities and Languages. Science teachers have their practical sessions as per the time-table.

The students are communicated about the evaluation methods at the beginning of the academic year. Students have to present papers besides participating in seminars and are appraised of their performance by the teachers concerned.

The ratio of the full-time teachers to part-time teachers is found to be 9:1 and that of teaching staff to non-teaching staff is found to be 2:1. 60% of the classes are engaged by full-time teachers. Teachers are recruited by the State Government as well as by the college in the case of temporary (Guest) lecturers. The Guest Lecturers are appointed when vacancy arises for the period of not less than 90 days.

In the last two years, 28 of the teachers attended National Level Seminars / Conference / Workshops while 5 of them attended such events at the international level. Five of the teachers acted as Resource Persons in such events at national level while two teachers acted as Resource Persons at International level events.

The college follows self-appraisal method to evaluate the performance of the faculty in teaching, research and extension activities so that they may adopt corrective measures in teaching, research and extension activities. Confidential reports about the teachers also help them to better their performance. The students' evaluation of the teachers on a seven point scale is also there in practice.

The department of Urdu conducted two National level Seminars while that of English conducted one National level Seminar. The other departments conducted at least 20 Seminars at the Regional level. One of the faculty members of the department of Malayalam won the Kerala Sahithya Academy award for being one of the best Malayalam poets. The department of Malayalam conducted two refresher courses while many departments have conducted seminars / workshops, etc. Many of the teachers are benefited of a few faculty development programmes organized by the college. Several Committees have been functioning in the college for the overall development of the institution. The college makes use of various innovative methods of teaching viz. team teaching, group discussions, etc. Certain Departments of the college have already established linkages with national institutions like CIEFL, Hyderabad and NIT, Kozhikode.

The teachers and the librarian received awards from State Government / University and other Institutions.

Criterion - 3: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The Departments of English, Malayalam, Hindi and Sanskrit have been recognized as Research Centres by the University. One teacher in each of these Departments is in active research. The PG students of the various Departments are guided to write project reports. Teachers take up research studies under Faculty Improvement Programme funded by the UGC. They also go on study leave to take up research studies. The Department of Economics, English, Philosophy, Malayalam, Psychology are very strong departments in case of individual research. One faculty member in the Department of English published nine books (edited and published). Another member has published 13 short stories in literary journals. In the Department of Philosophy three books are published and one major research project have been completed. The Philosophy Department is likely to be included as a Research Centre by the University, where seven research scholars are working for their Ph.D. The person who is in charge of the Library has published 25 books. He has also published more than 100 research papers to his credit. In the year 1998, he has been awarded for his publication viz Vision - 2020.

During the IXth plan period 13 teachers were deputed on FIP research programmes and during the Xth plan period 5 teachers have been selected for the same programme.

Most of the faculty members have registered for Ph.D. and M.Phil. Five faculty members are likely to take up FIP Programme to complete their Ph.D. The faculty members from the Department of English, Philosophy, Economics, Zoology and Hindi are on the University bodies as the Chairman/members of Board of Studies and Board of examinations. One faculty member from the Department of Psychology is a Syndicate member of Kannur University. One member of the department of English is the member of the Academic Council.

In addition to the various extension programmes reported previously, three specific units for extension activities have been constituted this year. The Psychology and Philosophy Departments jointly launched an Extension Centre for Psycho-Philosophical Counselling namely Saptabhangi. On 19.07.2004 three consultant Psychologists examined and counseled students with reported learning problems from the nearby Dharmadam Basic UP School. A few students from the College and some of the general public in Dharmadam Panchayath also availed the services of consultant Psychologists. The centre has specific plan for conducting follow up sessions by more clinical Psychologists.

The Islamic History Department has started an Extension Centre namely Yatheem for extending financial and moral support to orphan children in the nearby area as well as the destitute students in the institution. The students in Islamic History Department conducted a detailed survey, and the financial aid to first batch of deserving students was given in a function held on 02.09.04.

The English department has instituted a Language Clinic for the benefit of students and school teachers which was inaugurated by Dr. N. Rajeev, Senior Research Scientist, School of Medicine, Yale University. The Centre is planning to give Accent Neutralization Course for the English teachers of high schools in Thalassery. The department of Chemistry has a programme to impart experience in laboratory use to the students of the nearby schools.

The college has a designated person for extension activities on additional charge. Extension activities viz. Community Development, Social Work, Medical Camp, Blood Donation Camp, etc. are undertaken by the students of the college. The N.S.S. and N.C.C. Units of the college work excellently. The college maintains a list of donors with rare blood group.

Criterion - 4: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The building of the college spreads across an area of 34.17 acres housing classrooms, central library, staff rooms, staff quarters, auditorium, mini auditorium, Staff Club, Students Union Office, college hostels for both boys and girls, ladies waiting room, canteen building, laboratories, workshop, co-operative store, a bus waiting shelter, a Medicinal Herbal Garden, bio-park a conserved pristine forest, etc. Computers, LCD, A.V. aids, Internet facility, laboratory equipment are also available in the college for staff's and students' use. A separate computer centre is created with 9 PCs and one monitor for providing computer training to non-teaching staff and students with nominal charges. The augmentation of the infrastructure is done with the help of the Govt., UGC, PTA, Alumni Association, Local Area Development Fund and through income generating schemes. In case of hostels, only 17 students are paying boarders and 25 students are from Lakshadweep and 7 blind students.

A spacious PG block has been set up recently. In addition to this the college is renovating the main auditorium with an estimated expenditure of around 14.00 lakhs. The work is under process. A separate reading room for the benefit of students is under construction. The college has also a Seminar Hall adjacent to the Library. A new block has been constructed for B.B.A. students. In addition to these, there is one open air stage constructed and donated by Parent Teachers Association.

A separate accommodation is provided to NCC (both for boys and girls), N.S.S., English Language Clinic, Physical Education Department, Career Guidance Centre, Psychological Counseling Centre and Women Extension Centre. The Canteen building was already been constructed which is being managed by self help groups viz Kudumbasree - a women empowerment unit supported by Grama Panchayat. They charge less than the market price ranging between 50 ps. to 2 rupees. A water-storage system has also been constructed.

The Central Library with a Book Bank facility is functioning smoothly under the direction of the Library Advisory Committee. The Central Library is under the control of an able Librarian. The Library has 82,000 books out of which 35,000 are housed in main Library. The rest of the books are with the Departmental Libraries. A pleasant thing to note is that all the Departments are maintaining Departmental Library. A separate reading room facility is provided for teachers and students both at Central and Departmental Library. A separate Library wing is created in computer centre. The Library has got Encyclopedia Britanica in less than 15 CDs. The Library has a computer centre with Internet facility. Five of the Departments have their own computers.

The college has cricket, volleyball, batminton and football grounds places for indoor games. The prominent athletes of the college are trained by the Sports Authority of India at Thalassery. Eligible sports persons are given admissions to various courses under the sports reservation quota. The PTA of the college extends a helping hand in maintaining the infrastructure of the college. The college has a very good Green House and NCC firing range.

Criterion - 5: Students Support and Progression
The college publishes its updated prospectus incorporating rules of admission, list of courses, fee structure, grounds for concession, information related to hostel facilities (boys and girls) and rules and regulations of the college. A comprehensive list of endowments and scholarships is also published in the college calendar. Students are given career guidance through experts by the Career Guidance Bureau of the college. The academic and personal problems of the students are solved through the tutorial system adopted in the college. There is a Psychology Laboratory for the benefit of the students who are stressed due to various reasons. Students' evaluation of the teachers enables the teachers to identify their strength and weakness so that they can take up required remedial measures at the end of academic year. The Students Union of this college has bagged the best Union award of Kannur University. During January/February every year, the Students Union conducts Brennen's Day. The students from this college are winners and runners up in various sports and games at university and state level events. One student has bagged gold medal at National level in fencing.

The Alumni Association of the college donated 5 computers to the central library.

Various recreational facilities are available for the students. Leisure time activities like sports, games, cultural programmes, literary competitions, etc entertain the students. The Fine Arts Club of the college organized a variety of programmes. The college magazine reflects the literary talents of the students. The college has also one English Language Clinic for the benefit of students, staff and outsiders for enriching their English communication skills. To improve the writing skills and knowledge, the college provides translation classes and literary programmes for the benefit of the students. One faculty member in each of the Departments of Sanskrit, English and Malayalam looks after this programme. Monetary incentives are provided to those students who excel in sports and games by Alumini and Parent - Teacher Association. Meritorious students are given scholarships by the Government and Social organizations. There is a provision for grievance redressal mechanism under the chairmanship of the Principal. The college has organizations like Book Club, Nature Club, Tourism Club, Entrepreneurship Development Club, Adult Education Committee, Brennen Film Club and Science Forum to promote the extra-curricular interests and skills of the students community. Every Department has its Old Students Association that contributes to the development of Alma Mater. The college has a general Alumni Association co-ordinating beneficial projects and programmes with the support of Brennen's old students in India and abroad.

Criterion - 6: Organization and Management
The college adopts democratic organizational set up in day to day functioning of the college. There is a Parent - Teacher Association, Alumni who are actively participating in the developmental activities of the college. It is pleased to note that the members of the Grama Panchayat are actively involved in the process of development of this age old institution. Funds have been provided by the Local Member of Parliament and Legislators for construction of buildings and for providing drinking water.

There are 15 various committees constituted by the Principal/College Council for smooth functioning of the college/college administration. The College Council assists the Principal in co-ordinating and monitoring the day-to-day affairs of the college. The council is comprised of Heads of Departments and three elected members from among the teaching staff. The college has an inbuilt mechanism to check the work efficiency of the non-teaching staff who work under the overall supervision of the Principal. Both the General and Audit sections of the office function under the direct control of the Junior Superintendent. The work efficiency of the attenders is checked by the respective HOD.

The selection of staff both teaching and non-teaching is done by the Public Service Commission as per the rules and regulations of the Government and University. However, Guest Lecturers are recruited by a committee consisting of the Principal, HOD concerned and a senior teacher of the Department. The college gets budgetary allocation from the State Government. The hostels are under the control of one senior faculty member as Warden. Students from Lakshadweep and students from the downtrodden class are provided with fee concession, etc.

The college has a Poor Students' Aid Fund and Students' Co-operative Store besides a Grievance Redressel Cell. A complaint box has been installed in front of the Principals' office so as to enable the staff and students to express their grievances.

Criterion - 7: Healthy Practices
Senior teachers are deputed to undergo training programmes conducted by IMG, Thiruvananthapuram, so as to enable them to acquire latest managerial concepts. Placement training programmes are arranged to the students of BBS Course in reputed industrial concerns.

The college imparts value based education through its institutional ethics nurtured over the years.

The college inculcates civic responsibilities among students through co-curricular activities programmed by NSS, NCC, Students Union, Tutorial Classes, Counseling, etc.

Remedial counseling is being imparted to slow learners.

A Biannual Journal viz Brennen Journal of Multidisciplinary Studies is being published from June-July, 2004.

The all round personality development of the learners is ensured by inviting eminent personalities in the fields of psychology, management, etc.

The NSS and NCC units of the college through their programmes give a touch of community orientation to the activities of the college by adopting villages, organisizing camps such as legal literary programmes, rain-water-harvesting and national integration camps, etc. NCC students are excelling in cycle expedition, annual training camp, national integration camp, Republic Day Parades (15), Talsaka Camps (15). 38 cadets passed B & C certificates.

Every year the college celebrates Brennen's Day during January/February.
The college canteen is managed by Women's Self-help Group, viz 'Kudumbashree'.

An Orphan Fund is created by the name of 'Yatheem'

The Department of Philosophy and Psychology jointly provide an Extension Centre for Psycho-Philosophical Counseling, viz Sapthabhangi.

Use of A.V. aids, LCD Projector, Computer Aided Teaching, etc help the learners learn effectively. Organization of seminars, interactive sessions, etc. help the learners develop communicative skills. The Internet facility available in the computer centre as well as in the Department of English helps the students equip themselves with information technology. Sports and curricular activities of the college develop team spirit among the students.

The Grievance Redressed Cell sees that the grievances of the students are redressed.

Loan facilities such as Housing Loan, Vehicle Loan, Advance for the marriage of the children of the last grade servants, Advance for medical treatment to all staff upto 1.5lakhs and also advance for purchasing personal computers are being arranged in the college.

Section-3 : Overall Analysis
The Peer Team after perusing the Self-Study Report and assessing the various academic and infrastructure facilities of Govt. Brennen College is impressed by its history and surrounding areas of Thalassery, Kerala.

The College has made significant progress in enlarging its academic activities by offering a variety of Courses at Under-graduate Level and Post-graduate Level besides Research Programmes. A career oriented vocational course like B.B.S., B.Sc,. and B.A. with traditional subjects for the benefit of the students. The Teachers shoulder the responsibilities by adopting appropriate teaching, learning methods to students. The methodology of evaluation of students and teachers adopted by the College is based on the guidelines provided by the University. The College has very good infrastructure facilities and the Organisation and the Management are efficient, democratic and transparent. The College has earned a good reputation for imparting quality education in this area.

The Govt. Brennen College has earned a good reputation for imparting quality education and sense of discipline to the younger generation since its establishment by offering Courses on Philosophy, Psychology, Arabic, Islamic, History, Research Programmes in four departments and P.G. Programmes in 8 departments. The College has been fortunate to have committed management, Principal and staff for its continued advancement. The College should continue to strive hard to sustain reputation earned from the effective efforts of Management, Principal, Faculty and non-teaching staff. The Peer Team wishes all the best to this promising Institution to reach new academic heights in the years ahead.

While appreciating the progress of the Institution, the Peer Team would like to suggest the following for the future development of the College:

There is a need for induction of new courses at Undergraduate level such as Creative Writing, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies etc. The College can offer some more innovative and job oriented Courses.

The College may think of introducing some more Master's Degree Programmes in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Sciences and Humanities.
Research Programmes may be introduced in departments like Economics, English and Hindi.

The Teachers need to be encouraged to improve their research qualifications under faculty improvement programme and consultancy. A research committee may be activated to help the teachers to prepare research proposals.

Greater use of audio-visuals in the classroom is recommended for effective teaching learning process.

There is a further need to expand the accessibility of the Computer Laboratory to keep in tune with the demand.

More number of research journals may be subscribed in order to cater to the needs of growing student population and research needs of the faculty.

There is the need of introducing modular curriculum for effective classroom teaching and innovative practices and inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary Courses.

Efforts should be made to establish the Language Laboratory.

Efforts may be made to complete computerizing the Library.

The College may make use of the Services of inter university centers like CEC, INFLIBNET etc besides having center for instrumentation.

The College may conduct Professional Development Programme for Non-teaching staff and and computer training may be provided.

Courses on Micro biology and Biotechnology may be started.

Efforts should be made to provide computers to each Department and training be given in that area both the teaching and non-teaching.

National and International linkages may be established for training and research proposes.

The team wishes a bright future to the College.

Prof. P. Ramaiah (Chairperson)

Dr.M.D.Jahagirdar (Member Coordinator)

Dr.N.Balasubrahmanian (Member)

Name of the Head of the Institution
(Dr. P. Jayarajan)

Date. 11.09.2004

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