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Sree Narayana College, Palakkad (Palghat), Kerala


Sree Narayana College, Palakkad (Palghat), Kerala
Address:Alathur, Erattakulam, Anjumoorthy, Erattakulam Alatur B.O, Palakkad, Kerala

Palakkad (Palghat)
Kerala, India

Sree Narayana College, Palakkad (Palghat) Kerala is a recognised institute / college.
Sree Narayana College is situated in Palakkad (Palghat) of Kerala state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Residence Phone No(s) of concerned peron(s) of Sree Narayana College, Palakkad (Palghat) Kerala is (are) : 04782862852.

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1. Economics with Modern Indian History Political Science & (sub)
2. Functional English with Journalism & A survey of English Literature and Fiction
1. Zoology with Chemistry &Botany (sub)
2. Mathematics with Statistics & Physics (sub)
3. Environment & Water Management with Botany & Chemistry (sub)
4. Microbiology (Bio-chemistry&Bio-statistics and computer application-sub)
BCom With Co-operation
1. Mathematics
2. Zoology (Self-financing 02-03)

Approval details: Sree Narayana College is affiliated with University of Calicut, Calicut (Kerala)

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NAAC report of Sree Narayana College

Section 1:
Sree Narayana College, Alathur, established and managed by the Sree Narayana Trust, Kollam is one of the 14 Arts and Science Colleges run by the management in Kerala State. Started as a Junior College on 8th July 1970, it is a first grade college since 1984. The institution located in a campus of 25 acres in a rural area, is grants-in-aid, non-autonomous college, affiliated to the University of Calicut. The college has UGC recognition under Sec 12 (B) from 27-1-1998.

The College offers 7 UG, [4 Science, 2 Arts & 1 Commerce], and 3 PG [of which the MSc Zoology is in Self Financing category]. Very recently, 2 Certificate programmes of its own are also introduced. There are nine departments in the college, in three faculties- Arts (3), Science (4) & Commerce (1) and Physical Education.

The strength of the teaching faculty is 45 of which 25 are permanent and 20 temporary. 5 members of the faculty have Ph.D Degree and 11 possess M.Phil qualification. Women teachers are more - 68.2% of the total teaching staff. 28 members constitute the Non Teaching/ Administrative staff category- 22 permanent including two technical staff and 6 contract staff.

The present student strength is 792 [UG 682 PG 110] of which 460 [about 58%] are girls. The college works for 197 days a year; the number of teaching days is 187. As its temporal plan of academic work, the College follows the annual System for UG and semester system for PG courses as per the systems of the affiliating University. It is encouraging to note that the drop out rate in the college is low - 0.43% for UG and 2.7% for PG (2003-04) and 0.38% for UG and 2.8% for PG (2002-03). The Pass percentage for UG (2003-04) is 78.35 (PG results yet to come) 6 students have got university ranks during the last three years and there are a good number of first classes.

The Library has 15515 books [7478 Titles, 282 Reference Books] and subscribes to 38 national journals/ periodicals. The college provides the following support services: Computer Centre[18 computers],Sports, Canteen, Grievance redressal cell, PTA, Alumni association and Vehicle Parking Shed. The unit cost of education is Rs 12438.05 (including the salary component) and Rs 5811.83 (excluding salary component)

The College volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore. The institution has conducted the preliminary self-study for this purpose and submitted the Self-Study Report (SSR) to NAAC in Dec 2004. A Peer Team was constituted by NAAC to validate the SSR submitted by the college. The Team consisting of Dr Naresh Chandra, (Former Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai), Principal, Birla College, Kalyan, (Maharastra) as Chairperson, Prof Krishna Bhat, Former Principal, DVS College, Shimoga (Karnataka), Member and Prof Raja Mutthirulandi, Director, Centre for Communication Studies & Centre for Human Rights Education, Periyar EVR College (Autonomous), Tiruchirapalli (Tamil Nadu), as Member-Coordinator, visited the institution on two days, i.e., 21 and 22 March 2005 to validate the SSR. Dr. Jagannath Patil, Deputy Adviser, NAAC functioned as the internal coordinator.

The Peer Team carefully perused and analysed the SSR submitted by the institution. During the institutional visit, the team went through relevant documents, visited departments, acquainted itself with the facilities and interacted with various constituents of the institution. The existing academic, co-curricular, extra-curricular, sports facilities and extension activities of the institution were taken note of during the visit and at the Peer Team discussions. The Peer Team also interacted at length with the members of the Governing Body, Principal, Faculty, Administrative staff, Students of the institution, a few alumni and parents of the students. It was also possible to meet two former Principals of the college and some former staff during these meetings.

Based on the above exercise and keeping in mind the criteria identified by NAAC, the Peer Team have taken a value judgment. The assessment of the Institution under various criteria, the commendable features of the institution as well as the issues of concern, are listed below.

Section 2: Criterion - wise Analysis
Criterion 1:
Curricular Aspects
This college is one of the educational institutions run by Sree Narayana Trust, Kollam. The goals and objectives of Sree Narayana Trust and the specific vision and mission for this institution are stated and they guide the activities of the college. Being a non-autonomous, affiliated College of the University of Calicut, the institution has to follow the system and the syllabi prescribed by the University for the courses offered. Under this context, there could only be limited scope for getting the particular institutional goals and objectives reflected in the curricula of the courses offered in the college. 3 members of the staff have so far served as Members of Boards of Studies and had some opportunities to contribute to the curriculum design of the University. The students too have limited flexibility in choosing electives in their programmes of study. It takes six months for the college to introduce any new academic programme. Before sanctioning new programmes, the university carries out routine inspection to ascertain infrastructure etc.

The college offers B.A Economics, BSc, Zoology, Mathematics, Environment and Water Management, Industrial Microbiology and B.Com. At the PG level, M.Sc Mathematics and M.Com courses are offered. All these courses are aided. The college has started two new academic programmes- B.A Functional English and M.Sc Zoology [self financing]- during the last three years. The college now offers its own short-term Computer Training programme, and a Beautician Course.

In order to achieve its vision of developing the institution into an organisation that fosters action patterns valued in the society by providing adequate opportunities for higher education to the deprived sections, it would only be appropriate to the institution to undertake an 'academic need-survey' in its service area to identify programmes - long-term and short-term- for which there are felt-needs. Introduction of new programmes could be based on such findings and the courses could be offered drawing expertise and assistance from competent collaborators, Advisory Bodies, industries and user-institutions. The college could also strive to gain more representation for its faculty in the University bodies/ committees responsible for curriculum design. Introduction of more short-term, add-on courses could increase the levels of skill acquirement and employability of the learners hailing from this backward area.

Systematic exercises of review of on-going academic programmes in the college and earnest efforts to redesign its inputs and delivery systems could be carried out to enhance the quality of education offered. The College could further strengthen the present working system of tutorial guidance, feedback on its programmes and embark upon regular interaction with academic peers and employers.

Criterion II:
Teaching - Learning and Evaluation
The admissions of students for the courses are made in a transparent manner on the basis of their academic records and as per reservation policy in force [40% as per merit, 20% community quota, 20% management quota and the rest for SC & ST]. It is encouraging to note that the drop - out rate is very low. In an average for the last two years, about 86.6% of the admitted students appear for the final examinations. Results of various examinations are very good. Many students pass in first class. The ratio of full - time teacher to Guest lecturer is 5:4. 8 teachers have attended National level seminars 2 of them have attended International seminars also.

Aptitude tests, Class-room Seminars, Quiz competitions, essay writing, speeches by invited persons, exercises in translation skills, project work and assignments are used to assess student's knowledge and skills. Remedial coaching is undertaken for the benefit of educationally disadvantaged and weaker students. Advanced learners are identified and special attention is shown to them to motivate them to work more. Model tests are conducted at class and college level. Students are given advance information about the class tests and term examinations and the norms to be followed for internal assessments.

Teachers prepare teaching plans to be followed. They are encouraged to participate in seminars, workshops, orientation programmes, refresher courses, to do research and extension activities. Any new recruitment of teachers is as per University / State Government norms.

The teachers submit self-appraisal forms as per university's requirement. To measure the performance of the teachers' feedback is collected from the out-going students. A tutorial system is in operation. Under the above system, each class is entrusted to a teacher in the respective dept. Parent-teacher meetings are conducted periodically. This is an attempt to monitor the progress of the students throughout. Due to these attempts, the college has secured a good pass percentage of its students even though the entry level achievements of admitted students are low.

Criterion: III
Research Consultancy & Extension:
The College offers a climate of promotion of research activities among the staff and students. 5 teachers hold Ph.D and 11 M.Phil Degrees. 4 teachers have registered for Ph.D degree. The Principal has published two books in English - Critical Studies of Sanskrit works.

Students' project work under the supervision of the teachers aims to inculcate research aptitude among them. Teachers may be encouraged to take up research work obtaining financial assistance from UGC. Any significant consultancy work is yet to be carried out.

Teachers and students participate in Community development. They have undertaken projects in the village. A Diagnostic tool for breast cancer, Blood group awareness drive, World Aids Day seminar, Medical Camp, Adult Education and Literacy, Blood donation camps, Vermi compost nursery, mush-room cultivation etc have been recently commenced as extension activities. The College located in a backward area, prone to severe drought, provides drinking water facilities to local people during summer and renders service. Rainwater harvesting arrangements and two bore wells with copious water supply help the college in making this out- reach effort a success. There is a NCC (Army Wing) unit with 160 cadets of whom 16 have participated in National level events, camps, training programmes. Number of clubs is formed to promote students' interests and nurse their talents. The two NSS units have an adapted village and have undertaken projects in rural areas.

Criterion : IV
Infrastructure and Learning Resources:
The college campus is spread in 25 acres. The built up space is 45000 sq feet. The college has a separate library building built with UGC assistance (VIII plan) and it has 15575 books. The library subscribes to 38 Journals and periodicals. The College has a Library Advisory Committee to guide activities of the Library. A book bank facility is available for the students. Library works during college working days and hours. The Library is under the process of computerization. The classrooms and laboratories are sufficient to meet the present needs of programmes. A Seminar Hall has recently been built up. Expansion is required when new programmes are added.

The college has maintained its infrastructure with grants received from the Government and contributions from, the Regional Development Council and PTA. The play ground with - 200 mtrs. track, football court, volley ball court, Kabbadi court, Shuttle Badminton court, Cricket ground and Handball court- is maintained and its facilities are extended to neighborhood Institutions whenever needed. Students are given incentives like bonus attendance and sports equipments for participating in the events. In Swimming, Hockey and Handball, the college has registered regional level achievements.

The recently established Canteen facility in the campus caters to the needs of the students and the staff members. Water cooler, and potable water taps are provided.

Criterion: V
Students Support and Progression:
The College Prospectus published annually provides information on courses offered, fee structure, rules and regulations of the college etc. Many graduate students normally go for higher studies. Five students have cleared UGC NET-SET and past students are working in different Govt. and Central Govt Departments. Among the alumni, Shri Krishna Das, M P, Shri V Chenthamarkshan, MLA., Smt. Vanaja, President, Vadakkencherry Grama Panchayat, Shri P R Sanjay, journalist are some of the prominent personalities in this region.

State Government and Central Govt. provide financial assistance to SC/ST students. A poor aid fund is constituted in the College, and its proceeds is distributed to the poor students. The College Employment Cell with a Placement Officer ( additional charge to a faculty) offers guidance to the students. The College has recently formed an Alumni Association. The local MP an alumni of the college has facilitated provision of 14 computers from the MP's local area fund. The College has a Recreation Cell and facilities like Outdoor games; debate clubs, cultural Programmes, Nature Clubs, Student Magazines etc. are available.

Criterion: VI
Organization and Management:
The College has efficient internal co-ordination and monitoring system comprising of a number of committees to monitor the day-to-day activities of the College. The Central Committee is appointed by the SN Trusts, Kollam. The Regional Development Council (RDC) of the Trust is in immediate charge of the college. All these committess are guided by the lofty ideals of Sree Narayana Guru and are committed to promote education among the weaker sections in rural areas. Staff Council, Tutorial system committee, Discipline committee, PTA and other committees have the Principal as President. All the Committees work towards enhancing the services of the College. The College has a Tutorial Committee and the NAAC Co-ordination Committee to improve the standards and quality of the teaching and learning in the institution. A Committee checks and guides the work efficiency of the non-teaching staff. A Special Committee prepares the Academic Calendar. Salary of the permanent teaching and non-teaching staff are borne by the Government. There is an internal auditing system to audit the Accounts. A grievances redressal cell is constituted for the students. The organization and scheme of management of the college provides for state, regional and local involvements.

Criterion: VII
Healthy Practices:
The Peer Team commends the college for the following measures/ practices adopted:

Remedial coaching for weak students as such an effort is an addition to help such students come up.

Monitoring of the students progress through the tutorial system implemented for all classes.

About 80% of the students getting financial / scholarship assistance from various sources including management. This helps poor students to continue their studies.

Existing excellent inter - personal relationship between the Management, Principal, Staff and Non teaching staff.

Publication of 'CAMPUS' - the in - house journal of the college.

Commencing the college work with a daily prayer. (inculcates a sense of purpose and value)

Recent conduct of a National (UGC Aided) Seminar on Lingistics in the Art of Translation. The first one since the inception of the college.

Implementation of Dress code for girls.

Active involvement of PTA in supporting the initiatives of the college including appointment and payment of salary for Guest Lecturers.

Section - III
Overall Analysis:
The College is taking spirited efforts in spite of existing constraints to maintain quality of teaching and its inputs for the students of the area. The college has recently introduced two career oriented, self- financing courses to prepare students of the backward area for vocations.

The Peer Team would like to appreciate the efforts taken by the management, Principal and his team. The self analysis made by the College reflects the true picture prevailing in the academic and outside environment of the college.

The peer team would like to list the following as areas of concern and recommend to the management to take these into their consideration for implementation in accordance with their plans, resources and priorities.

Provision of college - sponsored transport facilities to help students reach college with ease from the (Erattakulam) main road to the college (about 1.5 Km)

Establishment of hostel facilities for boys and increasing the present intake of girls. Presently the staff quarters constructed with UGC assistance is being used to accommodation a few girls.

Provision of adequate waiting / rest room facilities with more exclusive toilet facilities for girls.

Arrangements to assist at least the PG Department to have Departmental Libraries and computer facilities.

Establishment of purposeful linkages with relevant industries, user - agencies research centres etc for the efficient running of courses in Environment and Water Management, Industrial Microbiology and M.Sc Zoology (with entomology).

Early implementation of newer methods of teaching and use of Computers and Information technologies, teaching aids etc in teaching, evaluation and other process of education in the college.

Need for training programmes to update the non-teaching staff's knowledge and skills so as enable them offer better services to the constituents of the college.

Provision of basic computer skills/Training to all the students of the college located in a backward area.

Contribution of IQAC & QAC for sustaining the quality of educational process in the college.

Computerisation of office-admission, accounts, issue of TC etc.

The Peer Team thanks the entire college community including the local management, Principal, Coordinator, the staff, the students and the members of non-teaching staff for their whole-hearted cooperation and help in making arrangements that facilitated the entire work to be done in a smooth manner within time.

We wish them all the best in their pursuit of excellence in higher education.

Dr. Naresh Chandra
Chair Person

Prof. Raja Mutthirulandi

Prof. Krishna Bhat

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