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Modern College, Imphal, Manipur
Address:Porompat, Imphal, Manipur
Imphal
Manipur, India



Modern College, Imphal Manipur is a recognised institute / college.
Modern College is situated in Imphal of Manipur state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Website of Modern College, Imphal Manipur is http://www.moderncollegeimphal.nic.in/.




Courses

Arts : Economics, Education, English, Geography, History, Manipuri, Mathematics and Political Science. Science: Botany, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics and Zoology.

Profile of Modern College

Modern College was established on the 8th August 1963 spread over 15 acres is situated in the Imphal East District Head quarter of Manipur surrounded by the District Police Head quarter, Deputy Commissioner Complex and Jawaharlal Nehru (J.N.) Hospital with a scenic beauty of hills in the background.

Media coverage of Modern College, Imphal Manipur, Manipur

NAAC report of Modern College

SECTION - I
INTRODUCTION
The Modern College, Imphal was established in August 1963 through community effort as an evening co-educational college for imparting higher education up to Degree (Honours) standard in the Arts Faculty and was affiliated to the Gauhati University. The goal of the institute was ' Learning while earning'. Subsequently the college functioned in the daytime and progressively catered to the needs of students from Pre-University to Degree level in Arts Faculty. The Science Faculty was introduced in 1972. In 1978 the institute was taken over by the state Government of Manipur and is being fully funded by the state Govt. since then. With the establishment of the Manipur University in !980, the affiliation of the college was transferred to the Manipur University. The faculty of Commerce was added in 1985. Very recently the Higher Secondary section has been delinked from the college as per the state Govt. policy. Modern College is the only Govt College in the whole district of Imphal with Arts, Science & Commerce faculties at Degree level East, Manipur. The college has a cosmopolitan ambience with students from all castes and creeds, and more particularly has a sizeable number of schedule tribe students from the Hill Districts of Manipur.

The college endeavors to fulfill the following objectives:
Promotion of higher education in Science, Commerce and Humanities and
Social Science.

Improvement of Teaching-Learning process through continuous assessment
and use of modern teaching aids.

Equalization of educational opportunities for weaker section of the society particularly ST and SC.

Development of appropriate skills related to employment opportunities through Self-Financing schemes.

Development of sports infrastructure and facilities suitable for local and institutional needs.

Encouragement to outreach activities in the neighboring areas.

The college has been duly recognized by the UGC under 2f and 12B in October 1980.

The college has a campus covering a plot of land about 15 acres, out of which 7.6 acres are earmarked for a playground.

The college has 15 departments and conducts 06 undergraduate programmes viz. B.A. (General and Honours), B.Sc. (Gen. and Hons.), and B.Com. (Gen. and Hons.). In the Arts Faculty there are 09 Departments, in Science Faculty there are 07 Departments, and One Department in Commerce Faculty. The two departments viz. Mathematics and Geography are common to both Arts and Science Faculties. There is no PG Programmes in the institute.

The college also conducts a Three Month Self Financing course named as ' English Spoken Course.'

The faculty consists of 52 permanent teachers, 09 temporary teachers and 32 Part-timers. Of the faculty members, 22 are with Ph.D. degree, 10 are with M.Phil degree and the rests are with P.G. degrees. There are 19 Administrative staff members, 05 casual workers, and 13 Technical staff members in the college.

The institute has had an enrolment of 654 students during the academic year 2003-2004; all of them are from the same state. Of the 654 students, 229 are female and 425 are male. In the Self-financing course, number of students is 24 of which 18 are female and 06 are male,

The college has a central library, sports facilities, canteen, Grievance redressal cell, an NSS unit, a NCC Unit and a non- resident center. The college works under Annual System as per the Affiliating University's academic plan and curricula. The drop out rate of students are rather very high, being around 60%; its success rate is about 74%. The unit cost of education per student is Rs. 27,859/- including salary component and Rs. 1040/- excluding the salary component.

The college is managed by the state Govt. of Manipur. However it has a Planning Board as per the UGC guidelines and is responsible for Policy initiatives, Planning Implementation and overall Coordination. The Principal is the ex-officio chairman of the Planning Board.

The college volunteered to be assessed and accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore and submitted the Self Study Report in 2004. The NAAC then constituted a Peer Team consisting of Prof. K.M.Pathak, former Vice-Chancellor, Tezpur University, Assam as Chairperson, Dr. Prasanna Kumar Biswasroy, Professor of Commerce, Behrampur University, Orissa as Member-Coordinator and Dr.Kameshwar Brahma, Retd. Principal, Gossaiguon College, Bodoland, Assam as a Member to visit the college and validate the SSR.

The Peer Team visited the college on 13th and 14th December 2004. The visit was coordinated by Dr. K.N. Madhusudanan Pillai, Academic Consultant, NAAC, Bangalore.

The Peer Team carefully perused and analysed the SSR of the college. The team during its visit considered existing infrastructural facilities of the college and the relevant documents made available. The team also interacted with the college community consisting of faculty Members, Students. Administrative staff, Alumni and Parents; it also interacted with the Commissioner, Higher Education, Govt. of Manipur, as well as the Director, Higher Education, University of Manipur. Based on the above exercises and keeping in mind the seven criteria, the Peer Team formulated the report as presented in the following pages.

SECTION - II
CRITERION - I : CURRICULAR ASPECTS
Modern College is an undergraduate Government College with Arts, Commerce and Science Streams, affiliated to Manipur University. It offers the Three Year Degree courses ( in General and Honours ) leading to B.A., B. Com. and B.Sc. Programmes with conventional subjects. The College has 17 Departments in Arts, Commerce and Science stream. In Arts, the college is offering Honours courses in Manipuri, Economics, English, History, Political science, Mathematics and Geography. In science stream, the college offers subjects like Physics, Zoology, Chemistry, Botany, Geography, Mathematics and Statistics at Honours level. The Commerce faculty offers the conventional Commerce subjects at General level and two subjects viz. Accounting and Banking at Honours level. However, the teachers appointed for teaching undergraduate courses in Commerce are purely part-timer in nature and no permanent teachers are appointed by the state Government. The college is yet to introduce modular curriculum and inter-disciplinary approach in the curriculum design. The Department of Botany has conducted a seminar-cum-workshop on Conservation of Bio-diversity in Manipur sponsored by UGC during 6th December 2004 to 10th December 2004.

The students have flexibility to pursue Under Graduate Programmes in the elective subjects as per the rules of the Manipur University. The college pursues the academic programmes in a systematic manner. The programmes offered are of Annual System. There is some flexibility in respect of time-frame and horizontal mobility in pursuing the academic programmes. No teachers of the college are members of the Board of Studies of the University and hence they have a little role in reviewing and redesigning of the courses. The academic programmes of the college are implemented under the direct supervision of the Principal in consultation with staff and academic committee. The college is to take the initiative to develop a mechanism to receive feedback from the students, peers and employers on teaching programmes. The programmes offered by the College are in conformity with the mission, goal and objectives of the college.

CRITERION - II : TEACHING - LEARNING & EVALUATION
The admission to different courses of the college is on the basis of academic performance in the qualifying examination. Knowledge and skills of the students are assessed through class tests and term-end examinations. Remedial classes, individual and group counselling are extended to the disadvantaged students. The teachers prepare the teaching plans and submit them to the principal.

The teachers adhere to the teaching plan. The lecture method is supplemented by encouraging the students to participate in group discussions, question answer sessions and departmental seminars. The teachers complete the syllabus in time. The students are informed about the method of evaluation, regulations, pattern of questions, distribution of marks and number of papers at the beginning of the term. The academic administration is monitored by the Principal in order to implement the course plan by the individual teachers. The college adopts the evaluation norms of the Manipur University.

The examination committee of the college monitors the internal examinations. Students are encouraged to participate in classroom discussions and organise departmental seminars on important topics and sometime on topics covered under the syllabus. The syllabi are unitised.

The temporal plan is annual. The lecture method of teaching is supplemented by the use of models, maps and charts for the students. Slide Projector, OHP, Audio-Visual Aids etc. are available in the college. In the academic year 2003-2004, there were 187 teaching days out of 215 working days which is a matter of concern. The vacant posts are usually filled up by the Govt. in the form of temporary and part-time teachers. Working hours of the college are from 09.00 AM to 03.45 P.M. on all working days. The college has 52 sanctioned posts of teachers, of which no posts are lying vacant. On the other hand the College has 9 temporary and 29 part-time teachers to carry on the teaching programmes of the college. Some teachers of the Departments of Botany and Political Science and English participated in Seminars and Conferences. The teachers often attend refresher courses and orientation programmes at Academic Staff Colleges/Universities to fulfill one of the requirements of their career advancements. During the last two years, 10 teachers participated in such faculty development programmes. The college conducted a U.G.C. sponsored Seminars on 'Research and Development for Life Sciences' in March, 2000. A four day workshop on 'Teaching Methods and Evaluation' is also organised by the college during the last week of November, 2002.

The college has adopted the UGC model of self-appraisal method for teachers' evaluation. The college has introduced a system to get students feedback on teachers' performance on random basis, which needs to be widened and followed sincerely. Teachers of the college are committed to their duties, the goals and mission of the institution and have contributed to the academic ambience of the college.

CRITERION - III : RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
Out of the 52 permanent teachers, 22 teachers possess Ph.D. degree and 10 teachers of different departments have completed their M. Phil programme. Among 09 temporary teachers 02 have Ph.D. degree. Seven teachers are pursuing their Ph.D. on Part-time basis. A few teachers of the college have attended state/regional seminars. A senior lecturer of the department of Political Science has been duly recognised by the Manipur University as the Ph.D. Research Guide. A few teachers have published research papers in referred journals. A teacher from the Department of Political Science has a research oriented book and a teacher from the Department of Geography has authored a text book for undergraduate course. One teacher from the Department of English published popular articles in magazines and newspapers. The same teacher is also an approved artist of AIR, Imphal, member and convenor of Cultural Standing Committee and Youth Festival of Manipur Univeristy and has acquired degrees in Sangeet Nirtya and Manipuri Folk Dance. The college is yet to develop consultancy services. The college has extension activities in the areas of community development, health and hygiene awareness, social work, medical camps, adult education and literacy, blood donation camps, AIDS awareness and environmental awareness. A NSS volunteer of the college has grabed a good number of prizes for his outstanding performances in different competitions and camps. The college has a designated teacher in-charge of the extension activities. The college organises various extension activities through the NSS unit with the active participation of the students and teachers. The NSS unit of the college has adopted a nearby village to aware inhabitants of the village on HIV/AIDS, in collaboration with Unemployed Youth Learners' Association, Porompat, Manipur, duly sponsored by Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, NSS Regional Centre Guwahati. It also organises popular lectures separately for boys and girls for AIDS awareness. The college supports and encourages the various extension programmes.

The NSS unit is active and undertakes various programmes decided by the University. The college also undertakes various community development programmes and extension activities in collaboration with GOs and NGOs. The NCC wing of the college conduct various activities like plantation, blood donation, AIDS awareness, trekking, weapon training and social service. Some of the ex-cadets of the college have obtained placement in defence services. .

CRITERION - IV : INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
The college campus spreads on an area of 15 acres and developed learning resources over the past 42 years. The college campus accommodates the Principal's Office, academic departments, library, laboratories, canteen, playground and parking shed. The college maintains its infrastructure through the college development fund, as well as from fund received from UGC and non-lapsable central pool of resources. The department of Botany, Mathematics and Library has computer systems. The college has a master plan for future infrastructure development to keep pace with the academic growth of the College. The present infrastructure is used to the maximum for academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. The campus gets adequate supply of water and electricity. The library has a collection of 10893 books. It is subscribing to 5 newspapers and 15 journals. The college provides Book Bank facility. The library remains open for 276 days in a year from 9.00 A.M. to 4.00 P.M. The library and Book Bank need augmentation with more text books preferably recent editions and reference books. The departments maintain departmental library. Computerization of the library is in progress. There is reading room facility for the students. Reprographic facilities are extended to the students on payment basis.

There is an Advisory Committee for the library. The college playground is spacious enough and is used for outdoor games. The college also provides facilities for selected indoor games. The college provides preference in admission to the outstanding sports persons. Students of Modern College have recently participated in State Level and Regional Level Sports meets in Manipur University. There is no gymnasium in the college. The college does not have a health care unit of its own. As admitted by the College in its self study report the college campus should have hostel for boys and girls and the management may consider developing an open air auditorium. A sick room with the services of a part-time medical practitioner may be made available to the college family. There is a campus development committee for landscaping of the college beautification.

CRITERION - V : STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
The college offers degree programmes ( General and Honours ) in Arts, Science and Commerce streams. The college admits students in the undergraduate courses on the basis of merit as determined by the marks obtained in the plus two level examinations. There are statutory quotas and seats reserved for candidates belonging to SC, ST and Other Backward Classes as per Govt. rules. The overall performance of the students in the University examination is satisfactory.

Students of the Departments of Chemistry, Zoology and Geography achieve remarkable position in the Honours Examinations conducted by the Manipur University during the session 2003. The college has 654 students in the undergraduate classes, 35% of the students being girls. All the students are from within the state of Manipur. The college does not have overseas students or any special policy for admission of such students. The dropout rate of students admitted to the college is more than 60% which is a matter of concern. Financial Aids are available to the SC/ST, OBC/MOBC categories of students through scholarships from the State or Central Government. The college publishes its prospectus annually which contains information necessary for students to pursue their courses. Students appear at University examinations after fulfilling the conditions prescribed by the University. Some of the Alumni of the college are well placed in various fields. Students passing out from the college have also pursued their studies in other institutes of higher learning. The alumni association was formed recently with the initiative of the college.

The college should initiate steps to strengthen the alumni association and establish close relationship with it. The college may develop a mechanism to maintain record of students' progression. The management may start a placement-cum-career guidance cell in the college with a teacher in charge to guide them for further studies and to place them in the local commercial organisations. Students of the college participate in sports and games conducted by the College.

Some students of the college have participated in inter-college meets organised by the University. The college publishes its annual college magazines. Some departments of the college have wall magazines and students are encouraged to write for the wall magazine. The college conducts cultural programmes and encourages the students to exhibit their cultural talents. The cultural troop of the college has been taken part in several inter-college Youth Festivals conducted by Manipur University and the college team has been able to bage many prizes. The college has got a lot of prizes at University, State and National level festivals on Cultural and Literary Meets specifically in the events like Theatre, Spot painting, Debate and Quiz during the period 2001-2004 Recreational and leisure facilities are available to students. The college canteen housed in the college caters to the need of students, teachers and non-teaching staff of the college.

CRITERION - VI : ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT
Modern College is a Government institution affiliated to Manipur University. There is no Governing Body and the management of the college is fully controlled by the state government. Howover, the Modern College has a Planning Board constituted in pursuance of the UGC Guidelines to take all policy decisions for the smooth functioning of the college. The Planning Board has 9 members headed by the Principal who is the ex-officio Chairman. Being the ex-Officio Chairman the Principal is the Chief Executive functionary in academic, administrative and financial matters. There is a member Secretary of the Planning Board, who coordinates and monitors various academic programmes and policies. However, there is no representation from the non-teaching staff in the Planning Board. There are committees like Heads of the department of Committee, Library Advisory Committee, Campus Development Committee, Examination Committee, Games and Sports Study Committee, Cultural and Literary Study Committee to assist the Principal in the various academic and administrative matters. The Principal and the HODs ensure that the teaching schedule is strictly adhered to and University examinations are conducted as per rules. There is self-appraisal method to evaluate performance of teachers. The efficiency of the non-teaching staff is assessed by the Principal. One of the non-teaching staff is having access to computer. The other non-teaching staff may also be encouraged to be computer literate. They may be encouraged to undergo computer training in office documentation. The administrative, accounts and academic works of the college need early computerisation. The college prepares its budget annually. The college budget is surplus. The unit cost of education is Rs. 25815/-. The accounts are update. There are no major audit objections. Teachers and staff may consider going for group mediclaim polices. The informal way of disposing grievances of the staff and students may be substituted by a formal Grievances Redressal Committee consisting of representatives of the teachers, non-teaching staff and the students. There is cordial relationship between the management and the staff. Students are disciplined and the college functions in a harmonious atmosphere.

CRITERION VII : HEALTHY PRACTICES:
Modern College, Imphal has been pursuing some healthy practices which reflect the sensitivity of the college to the changing social and market needs. Some of such noteworthy practices are:

The college encourages Self Financing courses to make teaching-learning relevant to job market.

The college employs various mechanisms for academic audit like continuous monitoring and assessment of performance of the students through unit tests and seminars.

The college has introduced an innovative mechanism by grouping both the students as well as teachers under Four Houses for active participation in different activities of the college.

These steps have resulted in a dramatic change particularly in games and sports as well as in cultural and literary competitions. This has enabled the students of the college in excelling not only in various state level but also Regional as well National levels meets like games and sports meets, cultural and literary meets. It is encouraging to note that some of the students of this college have been able to win medals in games and sports meet at International level.

The teachers of the college donated voluntarily a percentage of their salary to create a Corpus Fund which is managed by a Trust for giving Annual Awards to meritorious students as well as to students who excel in extracurricular activities.

The extension and outreach programmes of the college have benefited the neighboring community, particularly in regard to HIV/AIDS Awareness as well as in Environmental Awareness.

N.S.S. and N.C.C. programmes inculcate civil responsibilities among students motivating them for community development.

There are several committees at Modern College, which share the burden of administrative responsibilities. Apart from making the administration transparent and democratic, this practice helps to train up the younger teachers to participate in the administration so that they may be able to bear greater responsibilities in future.

The college result is reasonably satisfactory.

The college undertakes the extension activities in consultation with the local people to solve their socio-economic problems.

The students maintain good discipline. Harmony between various components of the college is prevailing in the campus.

The college collaborates with various NGOs and departments of the state Government for extension activities.

The teachers and students share a cordial relationship with each other.

The college is imparting value based education and it inculcates civic responsibilities among the students through celebrations, lectures, cultural programmes, etc.

SECTION - III
Suggestions and Recommendations :

*The College may plan to introduce computer related courses with a full-fledged computer centre, keeping in view the growing importance of computer education.

*Short term certificates courses in Tourism, Hotel management, Food preservation, Agro-processing, Bee-keeping, Mushroom culture, Flower processing, Tailoring, Repair and Maintenance of electric and electronic gadgets and Fashion Design may be offered on self-financing basis.

*The department of Economics may offer courses in Entrepreneur Development, Rural Economy and Environmental Economics.

*The Science departments of the College may start courses like Pisciculture, Medicinal plants, floriculture etc.

*Major Course in Education may be offered. The Government as well as the University may be approached in this respect.

*Keeping in view the interest and talent of the student's in Dance and Music, the college may offer an add-on course in dance and music on self-financing basis.

*The collage may try for a full-fledged Yoga Centre with U.G.C assistance for the overall personality development of the students.

*The introduction of new courses are to be finalized in consultation with Academic Peers and Employers and also by assessing the local job market in a phased manner.

*To make the Teaching-Learning process interesting and effective, the College may provide modern teaching aids and Internet facilities.

*The College is to take initiative to develop a mechanism to obtain feedback from academic peers and employers on the teaching programmes.

*Teachers may be encouraged to become members of professional bodies in their subjects and to attend conferences organized by such bodies to get exposed to latest trends in their fields.

*The Peer Team during its interaction with the faculty emphasized the need for the development of research culture in the college. As rightly admitted by the college in its S.S.R. the absence of a Research Committee has also been noticed by the Peer Team. The college may take expeditious steps to constitute research committee which will encourage the teachers with special reference to youngsters to submit minor and major research projects to UGC and other funding agencies like DST, CSIR, ICSSR, ICSR and ICRR etc.

*The Management can make efforts to strengthen the linkage between Alumni and the College. The Alumni may be motivated to generate resources to open career-oriented courses and overall infrastructural development of the College.

*The College may make efforts to establish a language laboratory for communication skills development.

*The non-teaching staff may be encouraged to undergo computer training in office documentation. The Administrative Accounts and academic work of the College needs early computerization.

*The teachers and staff may consider going for group mediclaim policies.

* The Science departments of the College need upgradation of the infrastructural facilities.

*The College can arrange visits to University Departments and other institutions of higher learning to expose the students to recent developments in the subjects of the study.

*Considering the fact that college is situated in a Semi-urban area surrounded by villages, the college may make efforts to widen its extension activities not only by adopting a village but also covering it intensively.

*The college may construct hostels for both boys and girls to help this students coming from far off areas.

SECTION-IV
OVERALL ANALYSIS:
The Peer Team after going through the SSR and assessing the college in its visit feels that the Modern college, Imphal has succeeded to some extent in translating the vision and goals into academic practices.

The college is a Govt. one and is affiliated to the Manipur University. It has been maintaining the academic curricula as per the guidelines of the Manipur University, and has been conducting UG courses (both at Hons & General level) in Arts, Science and Commerce faculties. A good number of the faculty members have Ph. D degrees and several have M.Phil degrees. However there is not much tangible research activities in the college campus. The faculty members should take more initiative to apply for research projects from various funding authorities of the country, more particularly from UGC.

The use of computers in the college is very limited and so far teaching-learning aspect is concerned such use is practically nil

The drop out rate is rather very high. One of the reasons may be due to prevailing law and order situation in the state for which there is a large-scale exodus of students annually from the state to other neighboring states for studies after passing in Higher Secondary courses. Another reason may be due to non- availability of suitable job oriented courses in the college.

Considering the number of students in each department the college appears to have more number of faculties. The retention of the part-timers may be thoroughly reviewed. The department of Philosophy with 02 teachers is without any student now. This situation perhaps may also be reviewed by the authority concerned.

The encouragement given by the college for the development of sports and games is praiseworthy. The college has potential to produce more outstanding sports persons. All efforts should be made to develop the existing playground and to acquire related infrastructure and equipment.

The role of the college to promote students, teachers and society participation in socio-cultural awareness and community development programmes is praiseworthy.

The Peer Team is happy to know from the Commissioner and Director, (University & Higher Education), Govt. of Manipur that the State Govt. of Manipur has decided to provide the Modern College funds to the tune of Rupees one crore eighty seven lakh eighty five thousand ( Rs. 1,87,85,000) approximately for development of infrastructure and promotion of co-curricular activities during the financial year itself. This gesture of the state Govt. is highly laudable.

Suggestions for further improvement:
*The actual reason for high percentage of drop outs should properly be analysed and if possible suitable corrective devices be introduced.

*More career-oriented courses should be introduced in near future.

*Courses of modern importance like Computer Science, Home Science, Fashion Technology, Functional English, Language of neighboring foreign states should be started soon.

*The college library should be fully computerized.

*As the students of the region possess natural aptitude and talents towards games and sports, music and dance, fine arts etc. the authority concerned should provide appropriate facilities so that the talented students can get enough opportunity to excel even at the international level.

*Infrastructure for Teaching-Learning process should be modernized.

*Extension activities for the welfare of the stakeholder be further strengthened.

*The faculty members should be encouraged to undertake research projects funded by various funding agencies of the country.

*Alumni association should be strengthened so as to obtain financial help from them to improve various aspects of the college.

*The college should make full utilization of the fund & assured by the State Govt. during the current financial year itself.

*The Pear Team sincerely acknowledges the cooperation and support provided by the Principal, Faculty members, Students, Staff members, Parents and Alumni. The Team is happy to note that the college authority is quite aware of various deficiencies and are making sincere efforts to remove them at an early date.

(Prof. K.M. Pathak)
Chairperson

(Prof. P.K. Biswasroy)
Member- Coordinator

(Dr.Kameswar Brahma)
Member

(Dr.S. Ibochaoba Singh)
Principal, Modern College
Imphal

Place : Imphal

Date: 14th December, 2004

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