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Kanchi Mamunivar Centre for Post-Graduate Studies, Puducherry (Pondicherry), Puducherry (Pondicherry)
Kanchi Mamunivar Centre for Post-Graduate Studies, Puducherry (Pondicherry), Puducherry (Pondicherry)
Puducherry (Pondicherry), IndiaPin Code : 605008
Kanchi Mamunivar Centre for Post-Graduate Studies, Puducherry (Pondicherry) Puducherry (Pondicherry) is a recognised institute / college. Status: Autonomous College.
Kanchi Mamunivar Centre for Post-Graduate Studies, Puducherry (Pondicherry) Puducherry (Pondicherry) is situated in Puducherry (Pondicherry) of Puducherry (Pondicherry) state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.
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M.Sc. Computer Science
M.A. Historical Studies
Ph.D. Physics (PT)
Kanchi Mamunivar Centre for Post-Graduate Studies, Puducherry (Pondicherry) Puducherry (Pondicherry) runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
Kanchi Mamunivar Centre for Post-Graduate Studies is affiliated with Pondicherry University, Puducherry (Puducherry (Pondicherry))
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NAAC report of Kanchi Mamunivar Centre for Post-Graduate StudiesSection I: Introduction
Kanchi Mamunivar Centre for PG Studies was established in 1989 with a view to provide PG education to hundreds of graduates seeking higher education at an affordable cost in Pondicherry, especially for the students belonging to weaker sections of the society. The institution was originally established in August 1989 under the name of 'The Centre for PG Studies'. Subsequently in September 1994, the name of the centre was changed to Kanchi Mamunivar Centre for PG Studies to commemorate the birth centenary of the great sage of the Kanchi Mutt. It was upgraded as a research institute in 1991.
The institution is a government funded institution affiliated to Pondicherry University which offers both PG & research facilities in 12 subjects in the Union Territory of Pondicherry. The college is recognized by the UGC under sections 2(f) and 12(B).
The college is located in a campus area of 4.6 acres with a built up area of 6,100 Sq.Mtrs accommodating 35 classrooms, 12 departments, 16 laboratories, departmental staff rooms and libraries, computer centre and other physical facilities.
The college offers PG programmes in 12 subjects, M.Phil programmes in 11 subjects and Ph.D programmes in 5 subjects. The institution has 72 permanent teachers supported by 8 temporary teachers, 7 administrative staff and one Assistant Librarian. Of these, 67 teachers are Ph.D. Degree and 10 are M.Phil degree holders. 25 teachers are recognized as Ph.D guides under whom 36 candidates have enrolled.
The students' strength is 417 at PG level, 82 at M.Phil level and 36 at doctoral level.
The college authorities volunteered for institutional accreditation by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore. The Self-study report necessary for the purpose was submitted to NAAC in 2004. The NAAC constituted the Peer team comprising:
Dr. M. Abdul Rahiman Chairman
Former Vice Chancellor,
Calicut & Kannur Universities
Halcyon, Kaprigudda New Road,
Mangalore - 575001
Dr. B.S. Srikanta Member Co-ordinator
RBANM'S First Grade College,
Bangalore - 560042
Dr. R.M. Chidambaram, Member
Dean, Faculty of Management,
Karaikudi - 630004,
The visit was excellently assisted by Shri B.S. Ponmudiraj, Asst. Advisor, NAAC, Bangalore.
The Peer team visited the college during 8th and 9th August 2005. As a part of the previsit exercise, the members of the peer team had carefully scrutinized the Self-study report provided to them. The team held meetings with the Director, faculty members, non-teaching staff and interacted with the parents, alumni and students. The peer team also visited the entire academic complex and other physical facilities in the institution.
Based on the above exercise and careful scrutiny of the relevant documents, the peer team brings out the following criterion-wise observations and insights as useful pointers of the quality of the institution.
Section II: Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The centre offers PG programmes in 12 subjects viz, Tamil, English, French, Historical Studies, Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Computer Science and Commerce. M.Phil programmes are offered in 11 subjects: Tamil, English, French, Historical studies, Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology and Commerce.
Research facilities are given in 5 subjects viz, Tamil, Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology to pursue Ph.D. programme. All the programmes are fully funded by the Government of Pondicherry.
The institution has adopted UGC modified syllabus as approved by the Pondicherry University. The curriculum is reviewed and updated once in 3 years. Many senior members of the institution are involved in the designing of curricula as members of the Board of Studies of the university. Efforts are being made to incorporate current topics of relevance in the syllabi. Inter-disciplinary approach is also adopted while framing the syllabus for one or two papers of each course. Practicals, fieldwork and projects are important components of the curriculum
The knowledge component of the programmes is about 75% and skill component about 25%. A wide range of programme options are available for students to pursue higher education in the institution. The centre is doing its best to actively encourage basic and applied research.
It takes about one year to launch a new programme. M.Phil programmes in English, French, Economics, Commerce, Mathematics and History have been introduced in the last 3 years. An academic audit by the university is conducted annually by a team comprising of Director, College Development Council, with 2 university nominees in the advisory committee of the centre. The academic programmes offered by the institution are in consistent with the mission statement of the institution. The unit cost of education in the institution is Rs.4,807/-
The peer team felt that the institution can apply for autonomy so that it could design syllabus, especially inter-disciplinary in nature to suit the changing scenario against the background of globalisation.
Criterion II: Teaching - Learning and Evaluation
Students are selected for admission to various courses through a combination of special entrance tests, personal interviews and their academic records strictly in accordance with the reservation policy of the government. Students' knowledge and skills for a particular programme are assessed by conducting regular tests, mid-semester examination, seminars and assignments. Students are provided with detailed schemes of the syllabi, time table, distribution of teaching hours, test schedules, seminar schedules etc. Educationally disadvantaged students are identified and given special coaching in an informal manner. Advanced learners are guided to work ahead of the rest through personal interactions.
Syllabi are unitized. The syllabus completion is monitored by the Director and Heads of the departments. Teaching is done mostly in the conventional chalk-talk method. However, other learner centered teaching methods such as use of computers and electronic gadgets, audio visual equipments etc., are used during seminars and project preparations and practical classes in science subjects are conducted as per the regulations. All the classes are engaged by full time faculty. Each department is provided with a computer and some of the departments with an overhead projector. Language departments are provided with a TV set, VCR and audio systems.
The college works for 5 days in a week from Monday to Friday. It had 194 days of working and teaching days during the last year. Students are assessed through written examinations conducted periodically. The college has also adopted continuous assessment method for awarding internal assessment marks.
Recruitment of teachers are made as per the rules of the government on the basis of UGC and UPSC norms. 83% of the teaching staff have doctoral degree and 12% of the teachers possess M.Phil degree.
The college encourages teachers to participate in conferences /seminars /workshops /refresher courses from time to time to update their knowledge. In the last 5 years, 40 teachers have participated in national level seminars and 7 teachers in international level seminars, out of which 35 were resource persons.
The college follows the self-appraisal method which forms the basis of confidential reports. There is no evaluation of teachers by students. The peer team suggests that the institution can look into this aspect.
Being a centre of research, the peer team suggests that the centre should establish national and international linkages.
The institution also encourages students to participate in cultural activities. Many students have participated in such cultural festivals and have brought laurels.
Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The institution promotes research culture. 83% of the teachers hold Ph.D degree and the institution has the distinction of offering M.Phil programmes in 11 subjects and Ph.D programme in 5 subjects. At present, there are 36 students registered for Ph.D programme. Part time M.Phil and Ph.D programmes are also offered to a limited extent for the benefit of employed persons. M.Phil students are required to submit dissertation as a part of the curriculum. Majority of the teachers are engaged in active research.
A total of 44 Ph.Ds have been awarded in the last 12 years. Many teachers have several publications in national and international journals. Many teachers have participated in national/international level seminars/conferences and several of them have presented papers. Some of the teachers have published text books.
Five research projects have been granted to the departments of French, Botany, Zoology and Chemistry by UGC, DST and Department of Forests, Government of Pondicherry. During the 10th plan period, the UGC has sanctioned a grant of 15 lakhs as developmental assistance to departments. The total number of on-going projects is 4 with an outlay of Rs. 3.25 lakhs.
The institution does not publicize the expertise available for consultancy services. The college has a designated person for extension activities. The college has a NSS unit. It is active and involves itself in social work, organization of blood donation camps and awareness camps about environment and AIDS. These activities are conducted in collaboration with NGOs. Besides NSS, the college has a 'Green Corps' under the department of Zoology which takes care of afforestation, tree-plantation and beautification of college premises. The Peer Team came to know that the Coordinator of the Green Corps has been transferred very recently. Hence this position has to be filled up. Both teachers and students are to be encouraged to participate in extension activities.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college is located in a campus of area 4.6 acres with adequate accommodation for administrative sections, classrooms, laboratories, library and other student support facilities. The infrastructure is optimally utilized as it offers variety of programmes. The infrastructure is maintained through funds from Government of Pondicherry. The college also gets special funds from MPs' or MLAs' Local Area Development fund (LAD) for special needs and programmes.
Group D Staff and student volunteers assist the administration in maintaining the cleanliness of the campus.
The college is sharing the facility of the central library of Tagore Arts College which is also located in the same campus. Apart from this facility, each department has its own departmental library. The total number of books available in departmental libraries is 27,381. The college has subscribed to 71 journals during the year.
The laboratories of different departments are spacious and adequately equipped. The Department of Computer Science has a computer laboratory with 36 computers of Pentium III & IV configuration. Each department is provided with a computer. The college has proposed to inter connect all the computers through a Local Area Network with the help of LAD funds of MPs. Internet facility has to be made available for use by staff and students in all the departments.
The college has facilities for playing Ball Badminton and Basketball. For other games, facilities of the Tagore Arts College are used. Few students of the college have represented in inter-collegiate tournaments and Pondicherry University.
The college has no hostel of its own. However, students requiring hostel facilities are accommodated in the SC/ST and BC hostels run by the Government.
Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
The extent of support given to students for their progression is evident from the following:
The centre makes all out efforts to ensure all students to comply with minimum attendance requirements. Of course, the drop out rate ranges from 3 to 5 per cent. Learners prefer both employment and higher studies on their successful completion of programmes of study. Departments are yet to maintain comprehensive information concerning the proportion of learners opted for employment/higher studies. By ascertaining the prominent positions held by their alumni, concerned departments can avail their support for development. It is heartening to note that 5 students have cleared UGC-CSIR (NET) examination, SLET examination and GATE in the last five years. There is a good scope to augment this number in the years to come. The centre publishes a prospectus as an annual feature.
It contains programmes in offer, reservations meant for different categories of students aspiring for admission, admission procedure, fee structure and assessment mechanism in vogue.
The centre approaches different agencies to avail financial support to students in the form of scholarships to motivate different segments of learners at the post graduate and research levels. 62 students were benefited during the last academic year through various scholarship schemes. The number was only 46 in the earlier year. The centre has an employment cell with the object of creating a linkage between students and prospective employers. The Head of the Department of Commerce is co-ordinating the activities of the cell. Teachers of different departments participate in academic and personal counseling of students. Departments have to maintain records for the counseling exercises undertaken by teachers in order to track the development in students. Though the centre has good placement record, the list of alumni occupying prominent positions is not readily available. The employment cell is motivating learners to undertake self employment ventures. The cell is yet to develop a system of maintaining records concerning those ventured into self employment. The Alumni Association of the centre meets periodically to provide guidelines to students concerning employment prospects. The centre can think of collaborative arrangements with the institutions where alumni are presently engaged for the benefit of learners and the development of departments. The centre has not yet attracted foreign students. Indoor/outdoor games, student magazine, cultural programmes and audio-visual facilities provide recreational and leisure time facilities to learners.
Criterion VI: Organisation and Management
Organisation and management of the centre can be visualized through the following features:
Annual AG audit and local audit are the means through which an efficient internal co-ordinating and monitoring mechanism is ensured, according to the centre. It is only a part of it. Inter-institutional co-ordination, inter-departmental co-ordination, and industry-institution interaction are to be given priority. Central Academic Audit Committee visited the centre in June 2003. Its recommendations are to be documented for circulation among concerned staff to reach the set targets in academic excellence. Constitution of committees to analyse the problems encountered by stakeholders is a welcome sign of growth. The centre has a practice of checking the work efficiency of non-teaching staff through confidential reports and personal registers. The academic calendar of the centre is prepared by a committee constituted for this purpose. It is better to incorporate the dates of continuous internal assessment tests in the calendar itself as a sort of prior intimation for planning to teachers and preparation to learners. The governing body of the centre approved all decisions taken by the selection committee in the last two years. So far, the centre has not attempted to organize professional development programmes for non-teaching staff. The present fee structure for different programmes is affordable as the centre is getting Government support. The centre has not designed any programme on self-financing basis. Budgeted estimates on various heads and amounts actually spent on those heads were more or less equal in the last year.
This shows the efficiency of the internal audit mechanism. Programmes meant for the welfare of students and teachers are to be strengthened. The centre has grievance redressal cell where the redressal mechanism takes the shape of enquiries, discussions, motivation and counseling. The method of addressing the grievance has not clearly spelt out in the calendar. Members of the staff, both teaching and non-teaching are getting required facilities from the centre to borrow from banks. Government stipulated tender mechanism is in force in the centre for the purchase of major items.
Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
Periodical tests, assignments and seminars facilitate healthy learning experiences.
Though the centre sensitized latest managerial concepts, the 'How?' of their implementation is lacking.
The centre is yet to initiate twinning programmes, student exchange programmes and MOUs with industries and research organisations.
The centre has initiated international linkage through one of its conferences jointly organized by the Government of Pondicherry and the Government of France.
The co-curricular activities needs revamping to give place to value based education.
NSS activities reinforce civic responsibilities in the minds of students.
By encouraging learners to participate in competitions, the centre facilitates development of their personality.
Collective efforts and constant monitoring help to achieve the specific goals and objectives of the centre.
The centre is orienting towards the community through its activities like tree plantation, AIDS awareness campaigns, and campus cleaning.
The centre takes steps to develop the skills of learners. Impact of the skill development programmes needs documentation.
Section III: Overall Analysis
Kanchi Mamunivar Centre for Post-Graduate Studies, Pondicherry was established in the year 1989 and the College was upgraded as a Research Institute during 1991. The College is funded by the Govt. of Pondicherry and is affiliated to Pondicherry University. It has obtained UGC recognition under 2(f) and 12(B) during 1993 and 1994 respectively. The college is located in the urban locality having 4.60 acres of land.
It conducts 12 Post graduate courses in Arts, Science and Commerce faculties. M.Phil and Ph.D. Courses are conducted in 11 and 5 subjects respectively. 44 students have been awarded Ph.D. degree since last 10 years. A few research projects with a total outlay of Rs. 5 lakhs have been completed. The total outlay of ongoing research projects is Rs. 3.25 lakhs. The college has not yet established any collaborations/linkage with any national /international institutions. Entire funding is done by the government and there is neither self-financing courses nor any financial assistance from other sources.
Since last five years, five students have passed UGC-CSIR (NET) and UGC-SLET examinations.
Book-bank facility has been stopped for want of special grant of UGC. At present, the departmental libraries are subscribing 71 journals and periodicals.
The students are engaged in various extension activities through NSS. The college tries its best to provide an overall healthy and congenial environment for achieving academic excellence.
As the college is not having adequate sports facilities of its own, special events and meets are held either in Pondicherry University sports complex or at the Government's National level Sports Complex. The college has no hostel of its own. But SC/ST/BC students are accommodated in the hostels run by the State government. Freeship/Scholarships to SC/ST/BC students are made available by the government.
While appreciating the available facilities and infrastructure in the College, the Peer Team is making the following suggestions/ recommendations for further improvement of the institution.
The philosophy of the institution should be directed towards educating weaker sections of society and for creating socio-cultural awareness among students.
The college should expedite to get the autonomous status.
Employment /Placement / Guidance and Counselling cells activities should be strengthened.
Staff members should be encouraged to apply for minor/ major research projects to State and National agencies.
Remedial courses in all subjects should be introduced for weak students.
Health care facilities to the students and employees are important. Efforts should be made to open a health centre and cover the students and employees under Group Health Insurance Scheme.
Linkages with more national institutions/ laboratories should be established which will be a boon for both students and staff.
Evening classes may be started in Computer Science by utilizing the existing facility and to promote computer literacy amongst students of other departments.
The existing audio-visual facilities should be augmented so that the facilities are used by all teachers
Computer awareness programme has to be initiated so that all the students, teachers and employees become computer literates.
This helps total computerization of office and library.
Internet facilities have to be made available to the staff and students in the college on a priority basis.
Alumni Association has to be made active and to be involved in college developmental activities.
A Central Library has to be set up for the exclusive use of this college.
More number of books of recent publications should be added in all the departmental libraries and also more journals and newspapers have to be subscribed.
College has to offer value-based education to build up strong minds and to inculcate moral and ethical values amongst students.
The performance of the teachers should be assessed by the students and the Director.
The college may create a center of excellence, at least in one or two subjects having staff members with doctoral qualification.
Students' attendance and progress should be computerized and made available to the Director, Heads of the departments, parents and student counselors.
A center may be set up to coach students and prepare them for competitive examinations.
Hostel Facility may be provided at least for girl students on priority basis.
Government may consider the introduction of job oriented and vocational self-financing PG courses in different subjects.
College may set up well-equipped language laboratory to train the students in communication skills.
A women cell may be set up to look into the grievances of girl students.
Book Bank facility should be provided.
Sports facilities have to be augmented exclusively for the students of this centre.
The faculty should focus on inter disciplinary research and teaching programmes in the subjects of current relevance.
Girls' common room is not up to the mark. Immediate attention may be given to provide all the required facilities as per the guidance of the Women Rights Commission.
College should provide canteen facilities of its own.
Endowment scholarships have to be introduced.
Photographs of the students have to be affixed in the admission register at the time of admission for future reference.
On the whole the college definitely has shed its complacency, is receptive to new ideas and concepts in higher education and has identified its strong areas on diversity. The Pondicherry Government need to support this awakening to make the institution a center of excellence.
Prof. M. Abdul Rahiman,
Prof. B.S. Srikanta,
Prof. R.M. Chidambaram,
(Dr. V. BALA LALIDA)
KANCHI MAMUNIVAR CENTRE
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