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Nirmalagiri College, Kannur (Cannanore), Kerala
Nirmalagiri College, Kannur (Cannanore), Kerala
Kannur (Cannanore) (District Kannur (Cannanore))
Kerala, IndiaPin Code : 670701
Nirmalagiri College, Kannur (Cannanore) Kerala is a recognised institute / college. Status: Aided.
Principal of Nirmalagiri College, Kannur (Cannanore) Kerala is Fr. Dr. M. J. Mani.
Nirmalagiri College, Kannur (Cannanore) Kerala 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.
Fax # of Nirmalagiri College, Kannur (Cannanore) Kerala is +91-490-2365347.
Residence Phone No(s) of concerned peron(s) of Nirmalagiri College, Kannur (Cannanore) Kerala is (are) : +91-490-2361547.
Website of Nirmalagiri College, Kannur (Cannanore) Kerala is http://www.nirmalagiricollege.ac.in/.
Contact Details of Nirmalagiri College, Kannur (Cannanore) Kerala are : Telephone: +91-490-2361247
Economics with Political Science and Modern Indian History
English with British History, Political Science
History with Tourism & Pub. Administration
Malayalam with Mass Media Sub.
Mathematics with Physics and Statistics Sub.
Chemistry with Mathematics and Physics Sub.
Zoology with Chemistry & Botany Sub.
Home Science with Zoology and Chemistry Sub.
Physics with Mathematics and Chemistry Sub.
Botany with Chemistry and Zoology Sub.
Nirmalagiri College, Kannur (Cannanore) Kerala runs course(s) in Arts, Science stream(s).
Nirmalagiri College is affiliated with Kannur University, Kannur (Kerala)
Profile of Nirmalagiri CollegeNirmalagiri College,a minority institution belonging to the Archdiocese of Thalassery, was established on 13th May-1964 by Dr.Sebastian Valloppilly, the founder Bishop of Thalassery Diocese. The college is situated at a place formerly know as Kandamkunnu, now Nirmalagiri, 20kms north east of Thalassery, alongside the Thalassery-Mysore inter-state highway.
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NAAC report of Nirmalagiri CollegeINTRODUCTION
PROFILE OF COLLEGE
Nirmalagiri College, affiliated to Kannur University, Kerala was established in May 1964, enjoys the benefit of grant-in-aid and U.G.C. recognition under 2F, 12B since March 1998. The College has a campus area of 40 acres in a semi-urban location. The University Act does not provide for autonomy, hence it is a non-autonomous college.
Founder: Rt Rev. Dr Sebastian Valloppilly, a great spiritual leader, visionary and educationist, who remains a Gandhian and a true Christian.
Vision: Integrated development of human personality with intellectual, spiritual, moral and physical growth inspired by the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Mission: To impart education without distinction of caste, creed or sex, primarily to catholics migrated from other parts of Kerala to Malabar.
Goals & Objectives: To promote & diffuse knowledge
Educate the socially & economically backward sections of the society
Train youth in nation building with civic sense
Provide job oriented courses specially in administrative institutions
Empowering girls to take up responsibility in homes and society
Reaching out to the deprived of society through formal education and extension activities
Academic Programmes: The College offers 10 Under Graduate courses and 2 Post Graduate courses.
Faculties: Science, Arts, Languages
Science: Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Zoology, Botany, Home Science & Statistics
Arts: Economics, History, Political Science
Languages: English, Malayalam & Hindi
Others: Physical Education
Self-financing Courses: Hardware & Networking ranging from 1 month to 12 months; 11 courses are offered
Software Courses: 4 in number of 2 months to 12 months duration
Other Courses: Computer assisted learning & Computer Literacy Programme varying from 10 days to two months. The management also runs 7 Higher Secondary Schools, 24 High Schools, 30 Upper Primary Schools, 23 Lower Primary Schools and also an Engineering College.
The College has 50 permanent teachers and 13 temporary teachers with 16 M.Phil. and 9 Doctorate amongst them. College administration is ably supported by 23 administrative and 27 technical staff.
933 Under graduate and 22 Post graduate students are enrolled.
The Nirmalagiri College volunteered to be assessed by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and conducted the preliminary self study in 2003. The Self Study Report was submitted to NAAC by the institution in December 2003.
A Peer Team was constituted by NAAC to visit the institution and validate the Self Study Report. The Peer Team consisting of Prof. K. Eresi, former Chairman and Dean, Faculty of Commerce and Management, Bangalore University as Chairman, Dr. Sr. Jesuina, Principal, Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, Dr. Kavita S. Rege, Principal, Sathaye College, Mumbai as members visited the Institution on 18th, 19th and 20th October 2004.
The Peer Team carefully perused and analysed the Self Study Report submitted by the Institution. During Institutional visit the Peer Team went through all the relevant documents, visited the departments and observed the facilities and interacted with the various constituents of the institution. The academic, co-curricular, extra-curricular, sports and extension facilities of the institution were visited. The Peer team also interacted at length with Governing Body, Head of the Institution, faculty, non-teaching staff, students, parents and alumni of the institution.
Based on the observations made and keeping in mind the criteria identified by NAAC, the Peer Team assessed the Institution.
The commendable features as well as the issues of concern of the Institution are given as follows.
SECTION - II
CRITERION - I : Curricular Aspects
Since the college is affiliated to the Kannur University, it follows the syllabi and curricula prescribed by the University, yet the college tries to integrate its broad secular vision of secular values and scientific temper, keeping abreast of time within the existing system.
The Degree courses have 1 major, 2 minors e.g. Maths + Physics & Statistics besides Part 1 English Part 2 Language.
The Post Graduate courses consists of 4 Semesters. The college offers MA Economics, M.Sc Physics with 8 Optionals.
Besides the regular programmes the college also offers 11 Hardware & Networking Certificate courses, 4 Software Diploma courses and 2 other courses, namely, Computer assisted learning and Computer Literacy Programme.
Certificate course in Novel Arts has been started.
The University revises the syllabus every 3 years. Teachers from the said college are on the boards like Board of Studies and Academic Council. The University conducts academic audit by an expert team. The University Curricula permits little scope for innovative and multidisciplinary approach. Hence the college offers Certificate Courses in Computer assisted Learning Career Orientation Programmes and Novel Arts (Fine Arts) to supplement the traditional courses.
CRITERION - II : Teaching, Learning & Evaluation
Selection of students for various courses is through interviews and academic records.
Students are assessed for their knowledge and skills through seminars and assignments and term exams. The tutorial system assesses students' aptitude, talents, skills and knowledge further. The college provides bridge/ remedial courses to the intellectually weaker students and challenges advanced learners to move ahead by motivating and guiding through Career Guidance Forum and by providing reference books and journals.
The college encourages teachers to meet department-wise at the commencement of the academic year to chalk out a teaching plan, fix workload and plan internal assessment marking.
The lecture method is supplemented with learner-centered teaching methods like participatory teaching with technological aids such as OHP and Video, besides project work, study tours, discussions, presentations, surveys, research experiments, group discussions and co-curricular like Chemfest.
Evaluation methods are communicated to students in advance. The college calendar furnishes all information. The Principal addresses parents & students on the 1st working day of the academic year. Department-wise Orientation Programmes are also arranged. At the start of the academic year the university examination results, attendance and overall performance of the students are reviewed. The College maintains records of internal assessment elaborately. Even though majority of the students belong to low academic and poor financial background the College with its dedicated faculty has made sincere efforts in improving the performance of the students in the University examination and also bags some ranks.
The Government of Kerala has banned teacher appointment since 1996 as a measure to delink the pre-degree course from the university system. However the college has the freedom and the resources to appoint and pay temporary/ad.hoc staff, as and when required.
The college follows the self-appraisal methods to evaluate the performance of the faculty specially for promotion and placement. The Principal also has a questionnaire given to students to obtain feedback in person, this is analysed and teachers are appraised of their strengths and weaknesses individually.
Faculty development is carried out through conferences and other programmes by Staff Associations, Academic Forum and IRISH. Two of the teachers have received teaching awards.
The college also collects students evaluation on campus experience, through Grievance Redressal Forum and Complaint box, Critique in College Magazine, Parental reviews, and Alumni. The suggestions are given due consideration and steps are taken to improve upon.
In general the College has shown a good discipline, good progress and enjoy s good academic environment and support/encouragement from PTA/ locals, Alumni and well-wishers.
CRITERION - III: Research, Consultancy & Extension
The college has initiated steps to promote research activities involving the faculty. A Research Centre has been started for Social Sciences and Humanities called IRISH. A similar centre for research in science has been proposed to the U.G.C. The IRISH has published 13 books and conducted an international seminar and a national one. It proposes to start certificate courses in foreign languages.
The college promotes research among students through specific projects. Teachers are encouraged to engage in research by giving study leave, internal adjustments and provided with seed money. The Research Committee submits proposals for research. Thus 25% of the faculty is involved in research activity. Many teachers have publications to their credit. Ten teachers have registered for part time Ph.D.
There are 4 ongoing projects funded by external agencies U.G.C & ICHR. A few teachers render non-remunerative consultancy services like Dr James Paul, Mr. George Kutty Kuriakose, Dr. Joslet Mathew.
Extension Activities: The College has a designated person for extension activities who holds it as an additional charge. Some of the activities are Community Development Medical Camp, Environment Awareness and Village Adoption. Besides this there are Outreach programmes by Women's Cell, AICUF (a documentary on land slide in Kottiyoor and help to the victims) and Nature Club. The Kokkadu tribal colony development project by the Economics Department.
The NSS with a good number of volunteers involves itself in social service camps. Students are given grace marks for participating in NSS & NCC programmes. Teachers in charge are sent for training and given incentives. The college organises socially relevant programmes in collaboration with NGOs & GOs and other institutions run by the same management.
The college has collaboration through IRISH with international institutions and proposes to have MOU with ALEMMAR in the New Lisbon University, Portugal, Institute of Atlantic Studies, Nantes University, France and Oriental Foundation taken up by IRISH.
CRITERION - IV: Infrastructure & Learning Resources
The college is run by the management of Thalassery Archdiocese through a Governing Board. A local manager is appointed for overall supervision of the campus. The college management in consultation with the Governing Board facilitates the activities & planning. The Local Manager provides financial resources according to needs.
A major part of the development is sponsored by the P.T.A, the management, teaching & non-teaching staff also contribute to the infrastructure development. As the maintenance grant from the government is meagre, the college mobilizes funds through sponsors, donations, funding agencies and UGC for maintenance of infrastructure.
Optimum utilization of infrastructure is ensured by making facilities available to staff, students, local administration, NGOs, GOs and the general public. These facilities are library, xerox, phone, canteen services, co-operative store, computer center, college ground, exams of the universities and public service commission, hostels for working women, for students of other institutions, extension counter of South Indian Bank, Nirmalagiri Post Office and community water tank are on campus. The college church is open to all. EPABX facility with 4X28 lines, housing facility for Teaching & Administrative staff. The zoology museum is open to students and teachers of other institutions.
Ecological balance on campus: The Nature Club, NSS, NCC help maintain the campus green, clean & beautiful. The management has undertaken rain water harvesting and herbal garden project, the campus is declared plastic free.
The College has a spacious library. It is advised and monitored by the Library Committee. There is a book bank facility. The library is in the process of getting fully computerised. The college spends nearly Rs.35,000/- annually on books and periodicals. The library is equipped with reprographic facility, AV cassettes, internet and FAX facilities. The Library is open on all days, except holidays and Sundays, from 8.30 AM to 5.30 PM and has 38,156 books, 60 journals and periodicals.
Computer Training Centre is accessible from 7 AM to 7 PM and if required off hours, Computer Aided Leaning in English Grammar and Physics experiments have been developed with the help of computer department.
The College offers first-aid facilities. It has a tie up with Christuraj Hospital. Teachers and students are provided with insurance coverage and medical reimbursement facilities.
Sports facilities: The college has T.T.(indoor), basketball, volleyball, shuttle badminton courts, a football ground, a stadium and a gymnasium. Sports persons are provided with sports kits, financial assistance, accommodation, special coaching by SAI and Sports Council.
On campus there is one hostel for men and four for women accommodating about 20% of the students.
The Kerala Heritage Centre aims at preserving and documenting the rich folklore art forms and traditions of the region.
The College also has an auditorium, a seminar hall, retiring rooms for girls and boys and a generator.
CRITERION - V: Student Support & Progression
About 85% of students appear for qualifying exams.
Drop out rate is 15%
Employment & further study 80%
Alumni Association: Has been functioning from 1989. Since then it has organised several functions like the Silver Jubilee of the college, instituted an endowment provided xerox machine, EPABX facilities and books to the library, road construction inside the campus. They hold key positions at national and international level. There are scientists, civil executives, judges, officers, doctors, engineers, professors, spiritual leaders, legislators, cine and TV artistes and more. Some students have passed UGC NET AND SLET.
In addition to Central and state governments' scholarships, the college provides scholarships, endowments, to deserving students. PTA Charity Fund and part of the profit of Co-operative Store is given to the students in the form of scholarships.
Students have a good rapport with teachers and take guidance from them when required. The Tutorial department provides personal counselling to students with follow up. The college has a part time Counsellor and proposes to have a full time Counselling Centre extending services to neighbourhood.
The College students actively participate in cultural programmes and excel at University levels.
The College promotes physical education and has a few athletes, body builders and sportsmen bagging prizes at University and State level competitions.
CRITERION - VI: Organization & Management
The college has an efficient coordinating & monitoring mechanism in the form of the College Council consisting of the Principal, heads of departments, two elected Staff Representatives and the Librarian. This Council deals with issues relating to academic decisions, student discipline, infrastructure and other needs. There are also eight Statutory and twenty six Non-Statutory committees that coordinate the curricular and co-curricular activities of the college. The Principal assisted by the Council monitors the day-to-day functioning of the college. The council monitors the updating of the Prospectus and the College Calendar. The Governing Body usually approves the decisions of the Council.
The financial position of the management is sound. The budget projections for 2004-05 indicate the contribution of finances by the management in a moderate way.
The Grievance Redressal Cell deals with staff, students, employees and women's grievances. The cell convenes a meeting whenever a complaint is received and deals with it at the earliest.
The management is liberal in extending financial assistance to the teaching and non-teaching members of the staff when required.
CRITERION - VII: Healthy Practices
The college has adopted a mechanism for internal quality checks like :
Duly constituted Boards for staff selection.
Faculty development through refresher courses, orientation programmes. Staff animation Committee to motivate the staff.
Staff-appraisal by students
Student feedback of campus life
P.T.A. and P.S.T are very active and contribute substantially for the development of the College in building infrastructure.
Evaluation of Administrative staff performance frequently by a committee consisting of the Principal, Superintendent of the Head Accountant.
The Computer Center since 1991 envisages IT explosion on campus.
Non-formal education programmes like chemfest, medicinal plant garden and rain water harvesting.
Value based education: Inspired by the Founder, the college advocates simple life style based on Gandhian principles.
The college seeks to instill in the youth basic values, respect for principles enshrined in the Indian Constitutions. Value education is imparted regularly and outreach programmes are part of value education.
The curriculum and other activities of the college aim at development of personality, the knowledge and skills of the students.
Maintaining manuscripts albums
Entire infrastructure is well maintained with emphasis on cleanliness
Several college teachers take interest in solving personal problems of the students and at times even help the poor students financially.
SECTION - III
OVER ALL ANALYSIS
The vision of Rt. Rev. Dr. Sebastian Valloppilly, a great Spiritual leader, visionary, educationist and a true Gandhian in setting up an institution of Higher Education in a semi-urban and rural area of Nirmalagiri in Kannur district of Kerala is really commendable from the point of view of Community and Women's development. The establishment of this institution of Higher Education has contributed significantly to the overall development of this entire backward and rural area in terms of securing good employment to all levels of people, both local and those who have migrated from Southern and Central parts of Kerala. The peer team appreciates the efforts of the college in opening the doors of higher education to several first generation leaders including girls in large number.
After going through the SSR and after its visits to the various academic and physical facilities, the peer team is fully satisfied by the considerable progress of this College since its inception. The peer team would like to commend the College for some of the positive features in its approach to quality assurance and standards and at the same time point out some of the issues of concern to the College authorities for their consideration. The peer team would like to commend the institution for the following aspects:
Committed management, Principal, faculty and administrative/ technical staff.
Good harmonious interpersonal relationship amongst the management, faculty, administrative/ technical staff, parents, alumni and the students.
Various statutory/ non-statutory committees to take care of different activities.
Good discipline resulting in good performance of students in University exams and securing ranks.
Value education imparted in the College to lead a simple life based on Gandhian principles inspired by the Founder Rt. Rev. Dr. Sebastian Valloppilly.
A very active and involved PTA, Alumni and PSTA contributing substantially for the development of the College in building infrastructure.
The manuscript albums prepared by the students under the guidance of teachers in the respective departments.
The social responsibility through extension and outreach programmes by the NSS.
Organising remedial classes for weaker students.
Self-financing courses in computer hardware and net working.
Science department are active and have potential for starting higher courses.
With a view to its further improvement and better service, the peer team would like to suggest the following to the institution for its consideration.
Time and space be further exploited by starting vocational/ add on certificate and diploma courses by Home Science, Botany, Chemistry, Zoology, Economics, Hindi and Malayalam departments.
Communication skills in English need to be developed further by associating with experts.
Spacious library needs to be upgraded with latest volumes/ CD's
Gymnasium needs to be relocated and refurbished.
Participation in State level and inter-State level in sports and cultural activities needs to be encouraged further.
Empower the students with self employment skills. The resourceful Home Science Department can take lead in this venture.
To start Commerce and Management courses which have good employment opportunities.
Students should be sent out on exposure programmes.
Efforts be continued to start more optional subjects in Psychology, Sociology and Environmental Science.
Establishment of IAS / IPS Coaching Centre in keeping with one of the core objectives of the institution.
Twenty six non-statutory committees may be reduced to more effective number by grouping the activities.
Major and minor research projects can be undertaken from UGC funds.
The Peer Team is confident that this exercise will be useful to the institution to initiate and sustain quality enhancement strategies towards further growth and development.
The Peer Team is thankful to the founder of the College Rt. Rev. Dr. Sebastian Valloppilly, Principal, Management, Coordinator, faculty, students, non-teaching staff, alumni, parents and other stake holders for their sincere co-operation and assistance during the visit to the College.
Prof. K. Eresi
Dr. Sr. Jesuina
Dr. Kavita Rege
Fr. Dr. M.J. Mani
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