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Pope John Paul II College of Education, Puducherry (Pondicherry), Puducherry (Pondicherry)
Address:Reddiarpalayam
Puducherry (Pondicherry)
Puducherry (Pondicherry), India
Pin Code : 605010


Pope John Paul II College of Education, Puducherry (Pondicherry) Puducherry (Pondicherry) is a recognised institute / college. Status: Autonomous College.


Pope John Paul II College of Education, 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. Fax # of Pope John Paul II College of Education, Puducherry (Pondicherry) Puducherry (Pondicherry) is +91-413-2291063.

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Courses

Bachelor of Education(B.Ed)
Master of Education(M.Ed)
Master of Computer Application(M.C.A)
B.Ed Integrated
B.A. B.Ed. English
B.Sc. B.Ed. Maths
B.Sc. B.Ed. Computer Science
B.Com. B.Ed.
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Pope John Paul II College of Education, Puducherry (Pondicherry) Puducherry (Pondicherry) runs course(s) in Teacher Training, Education, Computer Applications stream(s).

Pope John Paul II College of Education is affiliated with Pondicherry University, Puducherry (Pondicherry)


Profile of Pope John Paul II College of Education

The genesis of the College has to be traced back to the historical visit of the Holy Father Pope John Paul II, the reigning Pope, to our motherland in 1986. By ushering the B.Ed., College into existence, the Archdiocese had opened a new chapter in the annals of its educational service for the people of the Union Territory of Pondicherry in particular and for others in general. Consequently, the first College of the Archdiocese as well as the first College of Education of the Union Territory took shape. In honour of the Holy Father, the College was named after him. It stands as a monument espousing the values of the Pontiff.

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NAAC report of Pope John Paul II College of Education

SECTION I
INTRODUCTION
The Pope John Paul II College of Education, Pondicherry was established in 1986 with a B.Ed. programme at the auspicious occasion of the visit of the Holy Father Pope John Paul II to India. It is affiliated to the Pondicherry University. On the request of the College for assessment and accreditation, the NAAC constituted a peer team comprising Prof. Mohammad Miyan, Dean, Faculty of Education, Jamia Millia Islamia, ew, Delhi as its Chairman, Prof. P. Sowmini of Vishkhapatnam (A.P.) and Prof. C. Abdusalam, Principal, Farook. Training College, Calicut (Kerala) as members. The peer team visited the College on April 1-2, 2005 for on spot validation of the Self Study
Report submitted by the college.

The college has four year Integrated Courses, one year B.Ed., one year M.Ed. and three year M.C.A. programmes. The College introduced M.Ed. inl994, Integrated Courses inl995 and 1996-There are 49 faculty members employed on regular basis and 17 are temporary. Of permanent teachers, only 4 possess Ph.D. degrees and 25 have M.Phil degrees. Seventeen faculty members are exclusively for teaching B.Ed. and M.Ed. courses. Among the temporary teachers, one each possesses Ph.D. and M.Phil degrees respectively. There are 21 non-teaching staff; of which II are administrative and 10 are technical staff. The College admitted 160 students in B.Ed., 150 in the I year of the 4 integrated courses, 13 in M.Ed. and 30 in M.C.A. The College has annual system of examination for B.Ed and M.Ed. courses and semester plan for its integrated programmes. These integrated 4-year prgrammes are B.Sc.Ed. (Computer science), B.Sc. Ed.(Mathematics), B.A. Ed.(English) and Bcom. Ed.

The College is situated in semi urban area comprising 3 acres of land. The college is unaided and generates its own funds. Last year (2003-04), the college generated Rs.2,45,06,463/- through the fee of self financing courses . The unit cost covering all the programme comes around Rs.24,616/- p.a.

The College has a library with a reading room of reasonable size, a computer centre, health centre, work experience workshop, educational technology lab, classroom cum science labs, language lab and a placement cell. The college also has a girls' hostel with an accommodation for 70 students. There is a canteen in the college premises for staff and students.

The College's vision is to develop in the student trainees knowledge without frontiers, understanding without prejudice, professional competence without lacunae, value education for unity and integrity and skills in implementing innovative strategies.

SECTION II
CRITERION WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion I : Curricular Design and Planning
Pope John Paul II College of Education's admission procedure is based on giving credits for academic records, an entrance test and through interviews. Reservations of seats are provided to the minority candidates and others as per legislative provisions. The admission process is generally completed within one month for B.Ed. and M.Ed. but It takes 2 Vi months for IC courses. Fifty percent seats are allotted to the management of the college, which conducts its own entrance test. weightage is also given to the previous performance of the candidates.

Pope John Paul II College of Education's total teaching days are prescribed by NCTE norms: practice teaching is conducted in 20-30 schools over a period of 45 days There is no provision for assessing students' knowledge and skills for the programme immediately after admission. They provide remedial courses to all students. Spoken English classes are given to those who are poor in English Language and bridge courses in Mathematics for weak students. Bridge courses for Non-Commerce students are held for two weeks in Accountancy. Remedial Courses for slow learners, based on mid semester Examination is also held. Advanced learners are challenged to work by providing assignments, seminars and group discussion. The college prepares course outlines before the start of the academic year.

The syllabi are unitized. Weekly test, mid semester and model exams are held and accordingly special classes are conducted. The flexibility is limited within a programme. The mission of the institution is "Quality Assurance". The goals of the college are to enable the trainees to acquire skills and techniques of teaching, to learn methods of teaching, to prepare teaching aids, to develop soft ware and to strengthen the spiritual and moral values. The institution organizes co- curricular activities in order to link the students with the society.

The Curricula and the programmes are very often revised and students are admitted from all castes, creed and community. The college also foster research outlook and desire to experiment and be innovative by insisting students to take part in action research and adopting problem solving approach. Value oriented education is promoted by conducting morning.

Assembly and celebrating "MASS" on every first Friday. The institution offer personal, academic and vocational guidance to students through class counselors.

Feedback from the guide teachers are obtained regarding practice teaching. Heads of practice teaching schools are involved in observing teaching competency of student teachers. They guide them during internship programme, 10 lessons are observed and recorded by the trainees. Comments in writing are given to the student teachers regarding strengths and weakness during practice teaching by the teacher educators.

Pope John Paul II College of Education of Pondicherry has close links with the society through parents of student teachers. The college has PTA, Alumni Association, N.S.S. etc. Students' participation in NSS camps, and association meetings has been very heartening.

The curriculum is designed for I.C. as 8 semester programme. A number of allied subjects are taught to I.C. students especially Computer Science is preferred by Mathematics, English and Commerce students of the I.C. course. It may be noted that for IC course in Mathematics, there are no ancillary subjects like Physics and Chemistry.

Curriculum is found in such a way that learner centered pedagogy is given focus. Methods and techniques of teaching are designed to suit the capacity of the learners and provide flexibility.

The concept of inclusive education is achieved by admitting socially backward, economically backward, rural candidates, in-service candidates, working teachers and learners with and without disabilities. The college meets their special educational needs. The elective papers included for B.Ed. are 1. Guidance and Counseling, 2. Population Education, 3. Environmental Education, 4. Computer Assisted Education and 5. Special Education. In SUPW only two options viz. Agriculture and Sewing are available for the students.

Self learning is promoted through assignments, seminars and literary association activities. Internship approach to practice teaching is followed. Practical training includes observation and teaching practice both at micro and macro levels. At micro teaching practice sessions 3-5 skills are practiced by the trainees. Sessions for linking various skills are also organized before the trainees are sent for internship.

Practicals related to optional subjects such as preparation of instructional aids, use of audio visual aids, construction of tests and observation of demonstration lessons are carried out. Community work camp and SUPW work are also undertaken by trainees.

Criterion 2: Curriculum Transaction and Evaluation
Institution develops its academic calendar. Group discussions are held when they finish a teaching unit. Tutorial seminars are held after class hours. Individual and group assignment work are provided for each subject. Computer is taught as an extra course to the students. Students get computer literacy class and use power point in delivering their lessons their lessons . The institution has an E.T. Lab and library with Maps and Charts. Workshop is used to prepare teaching aids. Audio cassettes and CDs are available to teach Spoken English. Language cassettes from CIEFL and lingua phone institute are the main stock of Language lab. Visual Aids include O.H.P. and epidiascope. Educational programmes are available on CDs. LCD projector is regularly used to display films especially in English classes and is also used by the students.

Integrated courses are of 8 semester duration. Each semester consists of 612 hours. Evaluation methods are communicated to students at the beginning of the year. Mid semester exam. Model Exam and University exams and assignments are used to evaluate students. Mark list of weekly test is sent o the parents. The performance of the students are entered in the computer. Weak students are identified and special classes are conducted for them. Faculty's appraisal is done by themselves and by the students. The college coordinated two refresher courses for the Pondicherry University. . Faculty development programmes are usually organized like work shop, seminar, conference and orientation/refresher course in Education. Many of the faculty members regularly attended seminars and conferences and present papers. Given the amount of work done by the teacher, their publications are commendable.

Value Based Education is promoted by readings of scriptures, adopting thought for the day programme and brief exhortation by the Principal on basic values. Quotations written on notice board, make them service minded by participating in social service programmes.

As regards the evaluation the College follows both the formative and summative evaluative techniques. There is 25 percent weight to the internal assessment which is based on the tests, assignments and seminars. The assessment of the Internship and practical work is entirely an internal matter which is moderated by a Commission constituted by the University.

Criterion 3: Research, Development and Extension
The Pope John Paul II College of Education promotes research in Education by giving the faculty permission, leave and lab facilities. Many of their teachers are engaged in research by enrolling them either for Ph. D. or M.Phil, programmes. M.Ed. students do research work under the guidance of lecturers. However, there is no research committee to systematically promote research. The institution motivate its teachers to take up research in education by adjusting in teaching schedule and providing study leave. Out of 65 teachers 5 teachers have acquired Ph.D., 27 M.Phil, and the remaining 9 teachers are doing Ph.D. and 16 M.Phil. One of the faculty is also the Chairman of the Board of Examination of B.Ed. and M.Ed. of Pondicherry University. Principal, Fr. Dr. J. Paul is member of Academic Council of the University and member of a professional body -All India Association for Educational Research. The college is not a research center and hence no research scholars are admitted and non financial support is provided to students to undertake research work. The faculty doesn't have any on going research projects. College provides consultancy service in setting up language lab. The students are encouraged to conduct action research under the supervision of teachers.

For extension activities, one lecturer is given additional charge. The college undertakes several extension activities : Community Development, Inclusive Education, Education of Street Children, Adult Education and Literacy, Organisation of Blood Donation Camps, Aids Awareness Camps, Medical Camps, Population Education and Health and Hygiene Awareness Camps are some of the extension activities undertaken by the college.

The college has N.S.S. unit. Many outreach programmes such as helping to wash the clothes of inmates of Orphanages and Bathing the mentally retarded children are undertaken by the college. The college works with Rotary Club on blood donation programmes. Below average students of Government schools are given coaching by the students the college who have developed question bank and print materials and teaching aids. Health and hygiene Awareness Education is provided through expert lectures and cultural programmes. Awareness for rain water harvesting is created among N.S.S. students and through them in the community. Survey of leprosy patients and pulse polio immunization survey are some other extension programmes undertaken.

In the recent time the college had done great service to humanity by offering timely help to tsunami victims of three villages around Pondicherry. Students and teachers worked tirelessly and not only distributed essential commodities but also helped in cleaning up the place to prevent spread of any kind of epidemic. The work of reconstruction still continued by the college in these villages.

Criterion 4: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
Presently the college occupies an area of 61,103 sq.ft. The college has acquired land near by to build a model school. The college has given a fairly detailed projected plan on how it proposed to develop its class rooms, labs, administrative blocks, a P.O. center and a play ground. The college buildings and premises are maintained by regular supervision and repairs.

The infrastructure is properly utilized as the computer lab, language lab and the libraries are used by the students also outside class hours.

The college has a IGNOU Study Center. The students of Annamalai University use this center for computer exams. and other facilities.

The language lab is also extended to the students of Pope John Paul II School of Excellence to conduct IELTS, TOEFL, ORE, GMAT classes. The library which is centrally air-conditioned has 10912 books, 46 journals and 31 periodicals. It has a little more than 5000 titles. The library is interconnected with DELNET and the British Council Library. Bar code system has been introduced in the library.

The college has got well established computer labs. Power Point packages for teaching various subjects are prepared by the teachers and the trainees. Computer Science is a part of the Curriculum for many students. Non Computer Science students also learn the basics in computers. The library, the office and the documentation center also make use of the computers.

The college has an air conditioned, semi sound proof language lab with 40 booths. It has a well stocked audio cassettes. It has a well equipped and spacious psychology lab that can accommodate 50 students at a time. The lab has around 100 psychology tools/tests The college also has a physical science lab and the bio-science lab.

The Education Technology lab has O.H.P., slide projector, epidiascope, LCD and the computer. The labs are well equipped particularly the language lab, computer lab and technology lab. There seems to be proper utilization of the infrastructure. But available land area is not sufficient for expansions. The Computer Lab is with 4 servers and 60 nodes.

Criterion 5 : Students Support and Progression
The college has programmes and services to meet the needs of the students. They have a well established placement cell with clear cut objectives which assesses the students career interest and helps them at various stages of employment seeking. The cell has contacts with the various educational and business establishments. Campus recruitment is held from January to May.

The Alumni Association of the college was established in 1999. It is acting but its potentials need to be fully tapped as it can generate human and financial resources. The college has developed a good feedback system to gather students attitude, with regards to the academic content, teacher-student interaction and other allied aspects.

Though an unaided institution, there is a provision for scholarship for students, which include both Governmental and Non-Governmental scholarships. The College provides guidance and counseling in the areas of the English Language, health, competitive examination and spiritual matters. There is no formal counselor, but the principal and other teachers give guidance to the students.

The college does not have a students association but there is student participation in the functioning of the college as there are representatives in almost all the college committees. The recreational / leisure time activities of the college are good as they have facilities for indoor and outdoor games as well as other co-curricular activities. Systematic student feedback is well organized

Criterion 6: Organisation and Management
Pope John Paul II College of Education is one of the 146 institutions run by the Archdiocesan Board of Education. There is a Governing Body consisting of 16 members which oversees this institution. The immediate administrative and academic authority is rested with the Principal. The heads of the Departments monitor their respective Departments. The Class Counselors and Assistant Class Counselors monitor the activities of their class.

Before the end of every semester the members of each Department meet to plan the teaching activities of the next semester. At the beginning of every semester, the Principal and staff meet to plan the activities of the semester. Weekly meetings are held between the Principal and Heads and regular departmental meetings are also held. The college conducts regular tests which are included in the time table. Mid semester and Model Examination are held around mid September and mid November for the odd semesters and end of February and mid April for the even semesters. The internal marks are based on these examinations. Students with learning problems are given remedial classes especially with regard to English Grammar and speech.

The students' internship starts from mid July for I.C. students and mid/end September for the one year B.Ed. students. It lasts 45 days.

The internship is monitored by peer leaders as well as the teachers.
The duties of the non-teaching staff is supervised by the Principal.
The academic calendar is prepared by the principal in consultation with a few senior members of the staff and a few students. The non-teaching staff have been given training in auditing techniques and computer know-how. The teachers are appointed in accordance with the rules prescribed by the NCTE.

The fee structure of the college is fixed by the Permanent Fee Structure Committee constituted by the State. The college has a deficit budget and the internal audit is taken care of by the Archdiocesan Finance Committee. As part of the welfare programme the college has adopted the neighboring village where the students visit occasionally to create awareness on health and hygiene. The college conduct blood donation camps. The college has an active N.S.S. unit. The staff and the students of the college help the disabled of the Missionaries of Charity. The college has a Placement Cell, Employment Bureau and prayer cells(both secular and Christian).The college has provision for grievance redressal though there is no formal structure for the, same.

Internal quality check is maintained through class counselor and by encouraging the students to analyze their semester performance and model examination marks. Emphasis is placed on the behavior of the students and students are made aware of the code of conduct.

The counseling sessions of the centralized admission committee have shown that the students with good academic record seek admission to this college. So far 13 students from I.C. has been awarded for outstanding performance in their examinations. The pass rate both B.Ed. and I.C. is between 87°/o to 100%. The students performance in extra curricular activities show that some of them hold records in sports while some others have done well as orators, singers, painters etc.

The teachers are encouraged to participate in Seminars and are permitted to apply for further education. Promotions are based on the orientation and refresher courses attended within a specified period of time. In General English, a foundation paper was redesigned based on the needs analysis.

SECTION III
OVERALL ANALYSIS AND SUGGESTIONS
The Pope John Paul II College of Education has been doing good service to the cause of teacher education since 1986. The College started with B.Ed. course and during the course of time has added more courses leading to the preparation of teachers. The college has a distinction to have an M.C.A course under its umbrella the resources of which are being utilized by teacher training programmes. The College follows the curriculum as approved by the University but it make significant contribution towards the development of teacher education curriculum.

The admissions are conducted by the state government through common entrance tests but the College for its own quota conducts separate entrance tests. The students belonging to poor families and rural background are given proper attention in order to overcome their deficiencies.

The method and procedure for transacting curriculum is commendable. Teachers prepare themselves well and adopt learner centred approach with in the limitations of the curriculum and constraint of the time. The regular feed back from students in the form of the tests and assignments and seminar give teachers ample opportunity to revise their strategies. Record maintenance to this effect is both effective and efficient.

The selection of the teachers is made by the college management. There is perhaps a need to have govt. as well as the University nominees in the selection committees. The College has adequate space and building to run the existing courses. There is a girls' hostel but no boys hostel . Library is technically modernized and optimally utilized. Students support services are in order but need further strengthening by encouraging PG students to prepare for NET or SLET examinations.

The College has linkages with other organization at the state and the centre. They have community -school and college linkages too which help them achieve the objectives of the curriculum in a better manner. The College regularly gets the feedback from the practicing schools which are reviewed periodically and remedial actions taken. The administrative set up of the college is quite strong and it gets unconditional support from the management.

The interaction with various groups reveals that the dedication of the staff of the College is commendable and every group invariably, directly or indirectly have great appreciation for the dynamic leadership of the Principal Rev.Fr. Dr. J Paul. He was also instrumental in obtaining pension, family pension and gratuity for private aided school teachers. His Academic excellence is also recognized by the All India Association of Educational Research by appointing him as the Convener of its Pondicherry Chapter.

The College is also helping the needy persons on compassionate grounds. There are ample evidence of this available in the College. The wife of a lecturer(who died of cancer) was given the job by the college as LDC and the college also put one lakh each as fixed deposit in the names of two children of the deceased. There are two employees of the college who are handicapped. In another case, the college helped a student by one Rs. lakh for his kidney transplant.

With the above observation of the peer team, we would also like to offer some suggestions for the consideration of the appropriate bodies at the local, university and thestate levels:

*Since there is phenomenal growth of teachers training colleges in the state, it would require lot of trained manpower. The Committee therefore recommends that the seats in M.Ed. course be doubled.

*In the light of the above the University should also consider to have a Department of Education in order to regulate and maintain the quality of teacher education in the state.

*Since there are qualified staff in the College, the University should consider them to register for guiding Ph.D. students. This will go a long way in improving the quality of teacher education through research.

*There is need to give more time to B.Ed. students to learn and practice on computers. There should be atleast 2 hours per week allotted to each student.

*The Canteen is small, need a larger space to house the canteen.

*The College may consider to increase the no. of options in SUPW.

*The library needs more books as almost this college caters to almost 750 students

*For the training in democratic process , it needs to have grouped the students in various houses which may also be given responsibility of organizing various literary, social and cultural activities. Inter house competitions could also be organized

*The teachers may be encouraged to take advantage of UGC's scheme of major and minor research projects.

*Alumni Association should be given opportunity to participate in academic and social life of the college.

The peer team wishes to place its appreciation for the help and cooperation it has received from the principal, management and the staff of the college. The team is also grateful to the college for the kind hospitality and care enjoyed by the team members.

Prof. Mohammed Miyan
Chairman

(Prof. P. Sowmini)
Member

(Prof. C. Abdusalam)
Member

(Rev Fr. Dr. J. Paul
Principal
Pope John Paul II College of Education
Pondicherry.



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