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Loyola College, Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu
Loyola College, Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu
Chennai (Madras) (District Chennai (Madras))
Tamil Nadu, IndiaPin Code : 600034
Loyola College, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college.
Principal of Loyola College, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu is Dr B Jeyaraj SJ, Fr K Amal.
Loyola College is situated in Chennai (Madras) of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Chennai (Madras) comes under Chennai (Madras) Tehsil, Chennai (Madras) District.
Fax # of Loyola College, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu is +91-44-28175566.
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Contact Details of Loyola College, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu are : Telephone: +91-44-28178200, Fax: Telephone: +91-44-28175566
(Global)Rev Fr N Casmir Raj SJ ; 044-28178447
(Global)Mr.Shyam Kothari; 96001-58514
(Tamil Nadhu)Mr. Sreekanteswaran ; 96001-45024
(Kerlaa)Mr. Stanley Kunjippalu ; 098470-52917
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CoursesLoyola College, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Arts, Biotechnology, Commerce, Computer Applications, Research, Science, Social Work stream(s).
Under Graduate Programme : B.A.(Economics, English Lit, History, Sociology, Tamil Lit.) B.Com.(Commerce), B.Com(Corporate and Secretaryship) B.Sc.(Advanced Zoology and Biotechnology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Statistics, Visual Communication, Computer Science) Bachelor of Computer Application(B.C.A) Post Graduate Programme : M.A.(Economics, English Lit, Social Work, History, Media Arts, Philosophy) M.Sc(Bio-Medical Instrumentation Science, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, Zoology) M.Sc(Biotechnology), M.Sc(Computer Science), M.Sc(Food Chemistry and Food Processing), M.Sc(Medical Lab Technology), M.Sc(Medical Sociology), M.Sc(Visual Communication) Master of Computer Application(M.C.A) Research Programme : M.Phil(Economics, English, History, Social Work, Commerce) M.Phil(Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Statistics, Zoology)
Approval details: Loyola College is affiliated with University of Madras, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
Profile of Loyola CollegeLoyola College was founded by the Society of Jesus in (Jesuits) 1925, with the primary objective of providing University education in a Christian atmosphere for deserving students, especially those belonging to the Catholic Community. Although this college is meant primarily for Catholics, it admits other students irrespective of caste and creed. Loyola College became autonomous in July 1978. The College, however, continues to be affiliated to the University of Madras and is autonomous, in the sense that it is free to frame its own course of studies and adopt innovative methods of teaching and evaluation. The University degrees will be conferred on the students passing the examinations conducted by the college. UGC conferred the status of College with potential for Excellence on Loyola College since 2004. NAAC Re-Accredited the college in 2006 and awarded A+ status. India Today magazine has ranked the Arts, Commerce and Science departments of Loyola College amongst the top 3 in India during 2007. Loyola College is also awarded the Best Mens College in the City on the Employability skills by PR Syndicate. LOYOLA is the best disciplined college in the City according to the EXIT POLL 2007.
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NAAC report of Loyola CollegeSECTION I: INTRODUCTION
Loyola College, Chennai established in 1925 is run by Jesuit Priests belonging to the Madurai Province. The College which is affiliated to the University of Madras is a grant - in - aid institution recognized by the UGC under 2 (f) and 12 (B) of the UGC Act of 1956. It was conferred autonomous status by the UGC in the year 1978. The College has grown to become one of the premier higher education institutions in the country during the past eight decades. It was first accredited by the NAAC in 1999 and was selected by the UGC for the award of College with Potential for Excellence in 2004.
The College is located in Chennai city on a campus of 96 acres of land. The College offers 107 programme options in the faculties of Arts, Social Sciences, Sciences, Commerce, and Information Technology at the undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) levels, including self-supporting courses. The College has M.Phil and Ph.D programs in most of the departments.
There are altogether 18 departments and 09 special institutes. Vocational courses and coaching classes for various competitive examinations are also offered by some of the institutes.
The total student strength of the College in the year 2005-06 is 7021 including 24 foreign nationals. But there are only 475 girl students. The College has at present 116 permanent and 207 temporary teaching staff. Most of the teachers are from Tamilnadu with only nine teachers from outside the state. There are altogether 133 non-teaching staff. The unit cost of education is Rs 14,302.68 including salary component and Rs.10, 519.94 excluding salary component.
On completion of the period of five years after the first accreditation by the NAAC in the year 1999, the Loyola College volunteered to be re-assessed by the NAAC and submitted the Re-accreditation Report (RAR) in May 2006. The NAAC constituted the Peer Team to visit the College and validate the Re-accreditation Report with Prof. M. Abdul Rahiman, former Vice-Chancellor of Kannur and Calicut Universities, as Chairperson; Dr. Abraham George, Principal Mar Thoma College, Tiruvalla, Kerala and Prof. Mamata Satapathy, Formerly Prof. & Head, Department of Physics Utkal University, Bhubaneswar and UGC Emeritus Fellow as members. Mr. R. Palanivelu, Additional General Manager, HR&C, BHEL, Ranipet, Tamilnadu was the observer from the Industry. Dr. K. N.Madhusudanan Pillai, Academic Consultant, NAAC coordinated the visit. The team visited the college for three days from 4th -6th September 2006.
The Peer Team carefully analysed the RAR along with the e-format submitted by the College. The Team interacted with the Principal, the Management, members of IQAC, the faculty, non-teaching staff, students, parents and alumni. It examined different documents and records made available and visited all the departments and various infrastructural facilities of the College. Based on the above exercise and keeping in mind the criteria identified by the NAAC for the process of Re-accreditation, the Peer Team is pleased to give its objective re-assessment of the college in the following paragraphs.
SECTION 2: CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
CRITERION I: CURRICULAR ASPECTS
Loyola College was established to provide University education in a Christian atmosphere to deserving students, especially for those belonging to the Catholic Christian community. At present about 25 % of the students belong to economically disadvantaged sections of the society. The primary goal of the institution is to train young men and women to become leaders in various spheres of the society. It is also aimed at fostering intellectual vigor, love and respect to others. The vision, goals and objectives of the college are made known to all the stakeholders through the academic calendar and the handbook.
Loyola College offers a wide range of courses at various levels. The programme options include 25 UG courses (13 aided and 12 self-financing); 19 PG courses (9 aided and 10 self-financing); 8 M. Phil programmes (2 aided and 6 self-financing) and 14 Ph. D programmes (self-financing). The efforts of the Loyola Institute of Vocational Education (LIVE) which conducts various job-oriented programmes including 6 Add-on courses of the UGC; 8 certificate courses and 14 Diploma / PG Diploma courses are indeed commendable. In addition, the College acts as a center of distance education programme of the Pondicherry University on weekends.
During the last five years after the first assessment, the college has introduced a number of interdisciplinary and innovative PG courses like Medical Laboratory Technology, Biomedical Instrumentation Science, Medical Sociology, Visual Communication and Media Arts which are compatible with the set goals and objectives of the college and are relevant to national and social needs and global trends. In addition to already existing foreign language courses in French and German, new language courses like Spanish, Italian, and Japanese have been introduced to provide an edge in the global market. Care has been taken to include skill development, career training, community orientation, computer literacy, value education, etc as part of the curriculum in the various programmes at both the UG and PG levels.
Being an autonomous institution, the College designs and develops its own syllabi as per the overall guidelines of the university through its Boards of Studies (BOS) and Academic Council (AC). The college has members from corporate houses and industries in its BOS and AC to have more industry-institution linkages. Curriculum revision is done periodically based on the feedback from outgoing students, teachers, peers and alumni. The college constitutes a committee to examine the curricula of different leading universities in India and abroad. The Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) was introduced in 2000-01 at the UG and PG levels along with the restructuring of the curriculum. Subsequently in 2003-04 the curricula have again been revised. The course content in most of these new curricula are designed with the provision of practical training, field work, computer awareness, ICT exposure, community orientation, etc.
The College has established special institutes for training and research. The Ignatian Institute of Career Development (IICD) offers coaching classes to students for competitive examination, civil service examinations etc., The Academy for Cumulative Excellence (ACE) imparts training for examinations like GATE, GMAT, GRE, TOEFEL etc., The Loyola Institute of Vocational Education (LIVE) offers certificate and diploma courses in Tourism, Marketing, Airline Ticketing, Industrial Microbiology, Human Resource Management, Medical Laboratory Technology, etc.
Semester system is followed in all the UG, PG and M.Phil programmes. The College has MoU with London South Bank University, U.K for conducting twinning programmes in M.Sc International Business and M.Sc Corporate Governance. Loyola College has several self-financing courses which help in generating funds. The College permits the credit transfer which facilitates the student migration from one institution to others. The College has well structured feedback mechanism to collect information from students, alumni, teachers, parents and industry. Since the previous accreditation, all the undergraduate and post graduate courses have undergone major syllabus revision and titles of some of the subjects have been changed to keep pace with recent advancements in the field of study. Steps were taken to revamp the structure of the academic programmes as per the suggestions of the previous NAAC peer team.
CRITERION II: TEACHING, LEARNING AND EVALUATION
All the necessary information regarding the College and its admission procedure are available from the prospectus and from the internet homepage of the College. The process of admission is fully computerized. While the College follows the quota system stipulated by the government for the fifty per cent of the seats, the remaining fifty per cent management quota seats are filled as per the norms formulated by the Admission Committee of the College. The institution gives special consideration to students coming from economically and socially disadvantaged communities and the first generation learners. Sports persons as well as physically challenged candidates are also given due consideration during admissions.
There are some restrictions on the admission of women students. They are admitted to all PG, M.Phil and Ph.D programs but only to two UG courses - Visual Communication and French language. The College does not admit girls students more than 25% of the seats in any particular course. The demand ratio for most of the courses is about to 1:5.
For the newly admitted students, the College conducts two days orientation programmes to acquaint them with the college atmosphere, examination and evaluation process, extra curricular and co-curricular activities, etc. After the admissions, every student is given a test in English in order to group them into three streams. The slow learners are given remedial and coaching classes while advanced learners are given special assignments and are encouraged to learn more on their own through library and internet. The College prepares an Academic Calendar prior to the commencement of the academic year in consultation with the Principal and head of the departments. In the last academic year, the college functioned for 270 days out of which 180 days were devoted to teaching.
The College has made sustained and continuous effort to bring some innovation in teaching-learning methodology. In fact it has shifted the focus from teacher centred pedagogy to learner centred pedagogy by introducing, projects, field trips, internship, industrial training etc. Along with the conventional lectures, student s participation in seminars, quiz programmes and discussions are encouraged. Further they are exposed to facilities like overhead projector, LCD projector, audiovisual packages, computer and internet in the teaching learning method. The establishment of the Digital Library, Language Laboratory and Preview Theatre has enabled the students to keep pace with the modern technological developments and to make them globally competent.
The Loyola College has 151 sanctioned teaching posts out of which 116 are filled. The management has appointed 207 teachers from their own resources. There are 71 lady teachers. The teachers are recruited through written test followed by interview by a duly constituted selection committee.
To keep abreast of the new developments in the respective areas of specialization, the teachers are encouraged to participate in national and international conferences/seminars/symposia, etc. and to attend refresher/orientation courses and other training programs organized by the college and other universities and institutions of the country. The College also grants study leave to the teachers for higher studies and research under the Faculty Improvement Program (FIP). During the year 2005-2006, Loyola teachers attended 77 refresher courses, 22 orientation programs, and 10 of them have availed FIP for higher studies. More than 40 of them acted as resource persons in various seminars/workshops. The teachers are also sensitized to modern technology and are motivated to use it in the teaching and research methodology. The College as well as departments organize State/National level seminars/workshops etc from time to time. It is good to see that experts and guest lecturers are also invited from other academic institutions, industries and universities to share their experience and expertise with the teachers and students of the college.
The Mentor system adopted by the college is indeed a healthy practice. It is nice to note that a number of teachers of this college have received awards and recognition for research, teaching, social work and extension activities from Govt. and Non Government Organizations, which include Best Teacher award, Environmental Award, Best Researcher award, Young Scientist award, etc.
The College has adopted a scheme for the evaluation of the teachers by the students through feedback mechanism. This is carried out once in every semester by the students of UG, PG, Certificate and Diploma courses whose attendance is more than 80%. A data base of such of feedback is created and then analyzed and a consolidated report is generated. Depending on the outcome, the Principal takes appropriate action on it. The feedback of the students on curriculum, course content and other aspects of teaching-learning system are obtained and suitable action taken. It is observed that this has helped in maintaining the quality of the academic programmes. The college has set up IQAC which periodically meets to review the academic programmes and quality of teaching and research.
The College follows semester system for all UG, PG and M.Phil courses. Choice Based Credit System is followed for UG and PG programmes. The academic performance of the students is assessed on a continuous basis consisting of 50% of total marks and another 50% weightage is given to the end semester examinations. The type and method of examinations are conveyed to the students through college calendar and at personal level during orientation programmes. For the end semester examinations centralized double valuation system is followed. The college permits the revaluation of the answer scripts in the case of genuine grievance. The results are published in the news paper and also in the college website. The whole examination process has been computerized. The college has implemented a number of examination reforms for the smooth and transparent conduct and evaluation.
CRITERION III: RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
There has been a steady improvement in the research performance of the College during the last five years. The College has taken several steps to promote a research culture among both the faculty and students. They include enhancement of the infrastructural facilities, setting up an instrumentation centre, augmentation of the laboratory and library facilities, subscription to more research journals, provision of free access to internet, etc. have motivated the teachers and scholars to take up research seriously. It is commendable that the College has spent more than 3.7 crores of rupees on research activities during the last five years. Dissertation and project work form part of the curricula in PG courses and in some of the UG courses. This helps the students to imbibe research aptitude and broaden their perspective on their subjects.
The College has a total of 323 faculty members out of which 98 have Ph.D., 107 have M.Phil and 59 are UGC NET/SLET qualified. It is good to note that 38 members of the teaching faculty are recognized as research guides by the Madras University. In the current year 147 Research Scholars have registered for Ph.D in different departments. Some of them receive financial assistance from research projects. The total number of Ph.Ds produced during the last five years is 147. There is a Research Committee which facilitates the research activities by providing information on external funding agencies and renders help in the preparation of research projects. At present 17 research projects with total outlay exceeding Rs. 3 crores funded by several external agencies are operating in the College. During the last five years the faculty members have published 628 papers, out of which many of them are published in refereed national and international journals with good impact factors. In addition, during the same period they have authored/edited 57 books and presented 552 research papers in seminars and conferences. Some of the science faculty members are acting as referees for a few national and international journals. The College publishes a biannual research journal Convergence . The faculty members have already obtained two patents and have applied for four more patents.
The College has taken a commendable step by establishing three research institutes like Entomology Research Institute (ERI) which is conducting frontline research in several emerging areas and is rated as one of the best privately funded research institutions in the country offering M.Sc and Ph.D programmes, The Loyola Institute of Frontier Energy (LIFE) which promote interdisciplinary research at the level of M.Phil and Ph.D in collaboration with the departments of Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, Plant Biology and Biotechnology. The Loyola Institute of Industrial and Social Science Research (LISOR) promotes, multi-disciplinary, meaningful social science research. The Institute of Dialogue with Culture and Religions (IDCR) is involved in research activities in the area of culture and religion. The Department of Advanced Zoology and Biotechnology, Physics, Plant Biology and Biotechnology have established well equipped laboratories with sophisticated instruments procured through projects and are involved in active research. The Departments of Chemistry and Advanced Zoology have also received research grants from DST- FIST programmes.
The College has made some progress in the area of consultancy service since the first assessment. The departments of ERI, Commerce and Chemistry offer consultancy services to the industry, however they have not yet generated any revenue from such activities.
The College takes up extension activities and various types of outreach programmes through its departments, NCC and NSS units. The Loyola Outreach Programme for the UG students (LEARN) was introduced in the year 2001-2002 to inculcate social concern in the minds of the students especially for the downtrodden. The outreach units of the college in collaboration with Government and NGOs conduct programmes on community development, women empowerment, spread of literacy and promotion of peace and harmony. It is noteworthy that the curricula of several departments have extension work as a component, which makes it mandatory for the students to engage themselves seriously in such activities and thereby enrich the society and also earn credit for themselves. The college has two NCC wings (Army and Navy). Several cadets participated in Republic Day Parade, held at New Delhi. Recently one of them was sent to Russia as youth ambassador under the Youth Exchange Programme. During 2005 - 06, 25 cadets received B certificates and 28 received C certificates.
The College has established linkages with 03 Indian and 04 Foreign Universities/Institutions through MoU in order to expand and strengthen its academic, extension and research activities. These include Indira Gandhi Centre of Atomic Research, India; Pondicherry University; Tata Relief Committee; Institute Albert le grand, France; Instituto Technologic Y De Estudios Superiors De Occident, Mexico; St Joseph University, USA and Lille Catholic University, France.
CRITERION IV: INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
Loyola College has adequate infrastructure for the existing academic programmes and administrative functions. The College possesses a well-maintained campus spread over 96 acres of land. There are altogether 32 buildings. The college has 91 well furnished classrooms, 4 AC and 3 Non-AC auditoriums/conference halls, an open air auditorium, 21 well-equipped laboratories, Central Library, Digital Library, student common rooms, staff rooms with computer, intercom and internet connectivity, etc.
The college buildings and other infrastructures are well maintained under the supervision of the Secretary of the college with the assistance of a maintenance manager. The infrastructure is optimally used from 7AM to 7PM on all working days as the college works on two shifts - aided courses in the morning and self-supporting courses in the afternoon. During the weekends, the Pondicherry University distance education programmes are carried out in the campus. In addition the college buildings are rented to outside agencies to conduct competitive examinations and hold meetings, seminars, conferences, etc.
The College has a central library and departmental libraries. The central library is equipped with facilities like reprography, computer, laser printers and internet. It has a separate digital library. The central library has a collection of 1,02,109 books, and it subscribes to 138 national and 62 international journals. The on-line material provided through the digital library is available to the staff and students 24 hours a day all through the year. The library is fully automated and computerized. The library has a good collection of Braille books for the visually challenged students. During the last five years the college has spent about Rs. 61 lakh on the purchase of books and journals.
The College has adequate computer facility and other learning resources which are extensively used for academic and administrative purposes. It has two computer laboratories for the students, one for MCA students with 63 PCs and 3 servers and another for all the students with 145 computers and 3 servers. In the Digital library, 30 computers have been earmarked for the exclusive use of the students and 06 for the teaching staff. In addition, each department has at least one computer with internet access. The examination section has 20 computers. There is a separate computational laboratory for the M.Phil students and research scholars. Altogether the college uses 396 computers and 12 laptops. All the computers are interconnected with access to internet. Free E-mail facility and internet access are available for the faculty while the students have to pay a nominal charge for internet access. The College has employed 4 full time computer and a network maintenance engineers for the maintenance of all the computers in the college.
The College has three boys hostels with 836 rooms which can accommodate 974 students with single room accommodation for all PG students. The hostels are provided with STD/ISD telephone facility. A canteen, a Coffee Pub and a natural drinks stall Quench are also provided on the campus. The student centre located in the ground floor of the main building provides recreational, intranet and locker facilities. The College has recently set up a Health Care Centre. Services of a duty doctor and a staff nurse are available here from 10 am to 2 pm on every working day. The College has adequate infrastructure for sports and games. It has one multipurpose field with a 400 meter track with six lanes for athletics, 2 cricket fields, 3 volleyball courts, 3 basketball courts, one hockey field, 7 tennis courts, 2 ball badminton courts, one weight training room, air rifle shooting range, chess boards, a mini gymnasium etc. Since the first accreditation, a great deal of infrastructure development has taken place. Many new buildings like PG hostel, Physics Block, Jubilee Block, LIFE block, School of Media Studies, building for IDCR, etc have been constructed.
CRITERION V: STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
The total number of students admitted to the general courses in the college during the academic year 2005-2006 was 7021 out of which 475 were girl students and 24 were students from abroad. Being a minority institution 50% of the seats are reserved for the minority community. It has all along been a college for male students only. However, of late, women students are also being admitted to two UG courses and all the PG, M.Phil and other courses. The average success rates of the students in the UG and PG courses during the last year are 79 % and 88 % respectively. The drop out rate is below 10%.
The College does not have a formal system of monitoring students progression effectively. It has not kept the record of the students progression to higher studies, research or employment. The College may try to keep records of the students qualified for NET, SLET, GATE, GRE, TOEFEL, Civil Service examinations, etc. The college provides clear information to the students about its history, goals and objectives, admission rules, courses offered, fee structure and the facilities available through its prospectus, calendar and website.
Financial support are available to the students in the form of central and state government scholarships for SC, ST, BC, and MBC students. In addition, the management provides financial assistance to the needy and deserving students in the form of fee concessions, subsidized hostel accommodation, free noon meal scheme, etc. During the year 2005-2006, 1566 students availed financial aid from the management amounting to Rs.47, 88,955 and 1090 students received Rs.3, 05320 as Govt. scholarships.
The student support services in Loyola College include Placement Cell, Grievance Redressal Cell, Hostels, Sports facility, Student Service Centre, Student Counseling Center, etc. The Placement Cell offers training to the students and arranges for campus interview for employment in the industry and other organisations. More than 300 students got placements through this cell, during 2005-06. The cell also arranges part time employment for the needy students under Earn while you Learn scheme. Two full time trained counselors have been employed to help the students in their personal problems. The faculty members are also involved in providing academic and personal counseling through the Mentor System available in each department.
The College does not have a separate cell for prevention of sexual harassment. However, it addresses this problem by appointing a Dean of Women Students from among the lady teachers who takes care of the specific needs of the women students. An alumni association registered under Society Registration Act has been functioning in the college under the directorship of a faculty member. The association holds monthly executive meetings and organizes annual get together. Many of the alumni hold distinguished positions in different walks of life in the country and abroad.
Several recreational/cultural and sports facilities are available for the students. The students participate in various types of sports activities at state, university, national and international levels and have brought laurels for the College. Some incentives are given to the students who excel in sports which may be enhanced. The Loyola Students Union organizes many co-curricular activities like seminars, cultural programmes etc. In collaboration with AICUF the Students Union organized a National Conference on Students Rights and Responsibilities in March 2006. More than 1500 delegates from 32 colleges all over India participated. The Union also donated portable music player to 60 visually challenged students of the college. They also managed to raise Rs.10 lakh to pay the college fees of economically weaker students of the college and for organizing various activities of the Students Union. The forum for women students under the guidance of the Dean of Women students engages in the activities like visiting the home for mentally retarded, organizing tailoring and handicrafts courses, etc. They also publish a journal Women s Voice . The Loyola Quiz club and the Loyola theatre society of the College are quite active in their respective areas.
CRITERION VI: ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
The College has a well-defined de-centeralised organizational structure to coordinate the academic and administrative functions of the institution. The organizational structure consists of statutory bodies like the Governing Body, Academic Council, Board of Studies, Finance Committee, etc. The Principal is the academic head of the college. He provides leadership and inspiration in planning, organization and execution of all programs with the active support and participation of the faculty and the staff. He is the spokesperson of the college who maintains healthy contact with the stakeholders like parents, teachers, alumni and the public. He plays a pivotal role as the member secretary of the Governing Body, chairperson of the Academic Council and all the other statutory and non-statutory committees.
The Principal is assisted by six Vice- Principals, five Deans, heads of the departments and the staff. Each Vice-Principal looks after a specific area like academics, scholarships, outreach activities, finance, etc. Similarly separate Deans have been assigned for Arts, Science, Foundation Courses, Women s Affairs and Student Affairs. While the Principal looks after the entire academic aspect, the Secretary is responsible for infrastructure and finance. The duty and responsibility of each functionary is clearly defined.
The Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of the College which was established in 2003 with all the Heads of Departments as members, co-ordinates and monitors various quality initiatives. The Management of the College meets the staff at least five times in an academic year. The Governing Body is convened at least twice and the Academic Council three times a year.
Being a Govt. aided College, the College gets teaching staff appointed by the government for its aided courses. However, the management has to appoint the staff for all its self-financing programmes for which it has its own appointment policy. The College advertises the posts in the newspaper, conducts written test followed by interview and then fills up the post as per the merit ranking.
The appraisal of the performance of the teaching staff is mainly done using the feedback from students. The non-teaching staff appraisal is carried out using the feedback from the outgoing students as part of the Exit Poll. Different sections of the college community like teachers, students, non-teaching staff, etc. have their own associations with elected representatives. These associations maintain a harmonious relationship with the college administration. The academic planning of various departments is carried out by the respective BOS, with the approval of Academic Council.
The non-teaching staff members are given in-house training in the use of IT in office administration and examination. The self-financing courses constitute the major source of income of the College. Over and above the different grants including the salary, the College could mobilize over Rs. 3.64 crores by way of donations and other sources during 2004-05. Resource mobilization as well as resource allocation are carried out efficiently. The Finance Committee monitors the accounts of the College which are subjected to both internal and government audit.
The College prescribes the fees for the aided courses as per the directives of the State Government. For the self supported courses, fees are revised every year. The examination fees for both type of courses are maintained at par with that of the University of Madras. The College has a number of welfare programmes for students and staff which include various scholarships, group insurance, various loans and advances, medical reimbursement and the provision of residential quarters for the non-teaching staff.
CRITERION VII: HEALTHY PRACTICES
The effective functioning of the IQAC and the Quality Circle have created a quality consciousness among the College community.
Periodic review and restructuring of the curricula are done after receiving feedback from the stakeholders including industry.
Academic and personal counseling for the students are ably carried out through the mentoring system and through the services of two full time trained counselors.
Students are streamed into three categories soon after the admissions in order to identify advanced learners and slow learners. Remedial coaching classes and computer literacy programmes are provided outside the class hours free of cost for slow learners and students coming from disadvantaged communities.
The College has all along been striving to give preferential option to the poor students by giving them special consideration during admissions and by providing scholarships and financial assistance.
Under the Earn while you Learn programme, several poor students are provided with part-time employment within the campus.
Students and the faculty are encouraged to utilize ICT in academic transactions through the use of internet, intranet, digital library, LCD, etc.
The College as well as the different clubs and associations are bringing out newsletters like Loyola Times, Enviro News, LABS Beat, Bioflash and Women s Voice highlighting the various activities of the institution.
The College has developed a good feedback mechanism involving students, faculty, alumni and industry.
Loyola College has established linkages with four overseas and three Indian Universities / institutions by signing MoUs.
Effective governance is achieved through a participatory and decentralized administrative set up.
The College attaches supreme importance to value based education and strives to impart it effectively by introducing regular foundation courses as part of its restructured curriculum.
The College promotes research by instituting two special awards, one for science and another for humanities and social science. The award is given annually to the teacher who has maximum number of research publications in an academic year.
For the improvement of academic programmes and to acquaint the students with the application of modern technology, the College has set up Digital Library, Language Laboratory, Preview Theatre and Instrumentation Centre during the last five years.
The College successfully organized Expo 2005 in order to promote industry-institution linkages.
SECTION III - OVER ALL ANALYSIS
Loyola College, Chennai is a grant-in-aid minority institution with autonomous status. To keep pace with the changing socio-economic scenario, the college has introduced a number of new inter disciplinary, multi disciplinary and innovative courses. The College has adopted several innovative pedagogical methods and profusely uses teaching aids for classroom transaction. The students have been participating in extra curricular and co-curricular activities and have brought many laurels to the College. The infrastructure facilities and support services have been augmented substantially since the first accreditation. The campus recruitment initiated recently has enabled a number of students to get placement in many multinational companies and other organizations. The College has developed a research culture and many faculty members are engaged in active research The College was awarded College with Potential for Excellence status by the UGC in 2004. The institution has made serious attempts to implement almost all the suggestions made by the first Peer Team.
The Peer Team would like to appreciate the following steps taken by the institution to sustain and enhance quality of education.
Support and patronage of the management in providing quality education in accordance with the goals and objectives of the institution and in serving the society with sensitivity and commitment.
Positive response of the institution in periodic updating and revising the curricula after obtaining feedback from different stakeholders and in tune with the changes taking place at local, national and international levels.
The College has substantially contributed to the process of National Development by providing quality education in the newly emerging areas like Biotechnology, Computer Information Science and Visual Communication, thereby enabling the students to become globally competent.
Curriculum is restructured and Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) has been introduced.
The College has developed adequate infrastructural facilities for the already existing and the newly introduced academic programmes during the past five years.
The addition of the digital library, computational laboratory, preview theatre, language laboratory, centralized instrumentation facility, etc since the first accreditation are worth mentioning.
The special attention given to differently abled students, particularly the visually challenged students by providing facilities like a good collection of Braille books in the central library. The College has also set up a resource centre for differently abled students recently.
Commendable achievement regarding the mobilization of resources mainly generated from internal sources and in the efficient utilization of the resources for the all round development and growth of the institution in accordance with well-defined plans and strategy
The College has an excellent academic ambience in the well-maintained and well-equipped campus which provide an ideal setting for the overall development of the students.
The faculty members of most of the science department have published large number of papers, authored/edited books, acted as refrees for national/ International Journals and some have received patents for their research findings.
The College has established three research centers which promotes inter disciplinary research in science and social sciences.
Six UGC sponsored add-on courses were introduced.
Foreign languages like German, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese have been introduced as second language.
New PG/UG/Diploma/Certificates courses may be started keeping in view to meet the challenges of globalisation.
The alumni may be more effectively utilized for the developmental activities of the College.
The College should further strengthen programmes in soft skills and personality development of the students.
The College may attract qualified teachers from different parts of the country to avoid inbreeding.
Research collaborations at national level may be taken up and more linkages with the industry may be established.
Video-conferencing facilities may be provided for interaction with higher centers of learning and research
Self-appraisal of teachers and assessment of teachers by academic peers are also to be taken up.
Library may subscribe to online journals and students friendly open access and issue system may be adopted.
Residential accommodation may be provided for at least a few faculty members.
The proposal to construct new hostels for the UG students may be expedited and the proposed renovation of the existing old hostel buildings and the kitchen may be taken up at the earliest.
Reverse osmosis water purifier machines may be installed in all the hostels.
Women students may be admitted to all the courses and hostel facility may be provided for them.
A well-equipped students center for the day-scholars, an indoor stadium, swimming pool, and a separate gymnasium for girl students may be added to the existing facilities
A publication division may be set up to consolidate all the departmental publications.
Parent Teacher Association may be constituted and the parents may be communicated about the student s progress and attendance regularly.
More departments may offer consultancy services.
Record of student progression may be maintained systematically.
Professional development programmes and administrative training progammes may be arranged to non-teaching staff. Technical staff may be sent for training in operation and maintenance of the sophisticated instruments.
The Peer Team wishes to record its appreciation for the goodwill and cooperation extended by the Governing Body, Principal, all members of teaching and non-teaching staff, students, parents and alumni during the visit. The team wishes the institution all success in its future endeavours.
Prof. M. Abdul Rahiman
Prof. (Mrs.) Mamata Satapathy
Dr. Abraham George
Fr. A. Albert Muthumalai, S.J.
Date : 6th September, 2006
Jaya sends Journalist to Rajya Sabha
N. SUNDHARABUDDHAN | Chennai, June 30, 2011 17:00
A well known journalist and television anchor William Rabi Bernard is the AIADMK candidate for the Rajya Sabha seat that was vacated recently. The seat was earlier held by the K.V Ramalingam who resigned after he became the minister in Jayalalithaas cabinet.
Rabi Bernard comes from the temple city Kumbakonam in Thanjavur district. His first experience in the media was radio Jackey of Veritas radio in Philippines. Rabi worked as a reporter in a newspaper, before turning a lecturer of visual communication in Loyola college.
Interestingly Rabi gained fame when he anchored a talk show in Sun TV. After resigning from Sun TV, Bernard went to launch NIla TV. But his new venture failed. Then he moved to Jaya TV for which he has anchored several pro grammes. He has written news columns and news articles in popular Tamil magazines.
Of late, he joined as an active member of AIADMK. In the Last parliament and state assembly elections, he anchored Jayalalithas election programmes in Jaya TV. Rabi Bernard is likely to file his nominations on July 8.
I feel very happy Rabi told. He said that he can speak in detail only after filing his nomination for the bye election that will be held on July 22. He can hold the position for next five years.
Caste fire in Tamil Nadus Catholic ChurchTrouble is brewing in the prestigious colleges run by the Catholic Church in Tamil Nadu. The recent appointment of various faculty positions has led to a virtual furore. And there are shrill allegations of caste discrimination.
The Catholic Church has always prided itself as a provider of not only high quality education but also as a guardian of social justice. However, the management of these institutes stands accused of deliberately denying Dalits faculty positions. For instance, the Loyola College in Chennai stands accused of violating University Grants Commission (UGC) norms in the recruitment. Nepotism had ruled the roost and rules were subverted in the selection of candidates. Senior faculty members are up in arms over the irregularities as they fear that such favouritism would undermine academic standards.
The case of a Jesuit priest running the college as well as the elite XLRI is shocking. He was overlooked despite having strong academic credentials. The candidate selected does not even fulfil the UGC norms. Most of the lecturers who have been serving for years on a contractual basis in the hope of getting their services regularised, were in for a shock when they found themselves left out. This is hardly surprising since Loyola had a principal without a PhD, a mandatory qualification, not long ago.
Similar was the case in other Jesuit institutes including the grand-old St Josephs College, Trichy. Over 100 faculty positions were filled up during the present drive. Every college is simmering with discontent over the dominant OBC Udayar community cornering a lions share of seats.
Worse, call letters were not sent in time and some received SMSes about it after the interview process was over. Some of the candidates selected, particularly in the Tamil department, face charges of corruption and sexual harassment.
Here it is to be noted that the 50 per cent reservation might appear to be a huge concession on the surface, but the fact is that Dalits represent as much as 70 per cent of the Christians in the state. The College managements as well as the Jesuit authorities, however, remain remain apathetic.
This development has forced political outfits and rights groups, which were till now touchy about confronting the Church, to join issue. State BSP president K. Armstrong, a Dalit Christian, has thrown his weight behind the protest. After his meeting with authorities of Loyola College failing to resolve the impasse, he has approached the Madras University vice-chancellor and the directorate of collegiate education to intervene. Efforts are also on to drag the management to court.
A Dalit Christian faces discrimination everyday. The Caste Christians - as different from the Church represented by the priests - are openly hostile to Dalits. It is in the hands of the Church hierarchy to bring some solace to them. As such, providing access to employment in Church-run institutions will go some way in their empowerment. If the Church becomes a willing partner in the oppression of Dalits, where do we go? is the question posed by the Dalit faculty members.
The boss is back, that too in 3D
He might be in the twilight of his career, yet his appeal has not diminished. South Indian matinee icon Rajinikanth continues to hold sway over the silver screen and his upcoming venture, Kochadaiyaan, a 3D period film shot with Motion Capture Technology, has already raised expectations among fans since it comes after a long break necessitated by the film stars medical treatment. This indisposition, shrouded in mystery, gave rise to speculation that he is toying with the idea of quitting films.
His younger daughter, Soundarya, is directing the movie and the actors favourite film-maker K.S. Ravikumar is lending a helping hand. Both his daughters are out to make a career in the celluloid world and are banking on his name.
With shooting completed in May, post-production works are afoot in studios in London, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. Having planned a world-wide release, it is expected to hit the screen this Diwali.
Ilayaraja just a click away now
Adored all over South India, Ilayaraja, is on a mission to teach the youth interested in music through the Internet. On his 68th birthday last week, he disclosed his plans to launch a website.
He has scored the music for over 950 movies and received the National Award four times in addition to being awarded the Padma Bhushan. Many of my fans have websites dedicated only to my music. It is time I had my own through which youngsters could learn my music and I could learn from them, says the legend with humility. His three children, who are also into film music, would also get engaged in this task.
Royal homecoming for Raja
Tainted former telecom minister A.Raja showed that his importance in the DMK is intact. The ocean of supporters who gathered on Friday at the airport to greet him on his arrival after his prolonged incarceration offered enough proof of his clout.
Enthusiastic supporters sported T-shirts with his picture, an unusual sight since it was only reserved for the first family of the DMK. They carried placards describing him as the Radiant Sun. M. Karunanidhi received his trusted lieutenant with a garland at the party headquarters, Anna Arivalayam, which sported a festive look on the occasion.
As a display of his proximity to the ageing patriarch, Raja is supposed to be the star speaker at Karunanidhis birthday celebrations in Tiruvarur, the DMK presidents home turf.
Further, a grand reception is planned at Rajas constituency, Nilgiris.
-- Faced with a hostile state government, the Peoples Movement Against Nuclear Energy in Kudankulam has hardened its stance For, despite the court granting bail to two activists, Mukilan and Satish, the administration is dragging its feet on clearing their release.
The surety from the locals, required for bail formalities, has to be signed by the village administrative officer (VAO), who has admitted that his hands are tied. The protesters allege that the administration is out to brand the two as Maoists to discredit the agitation.
Train runs over Loyola studentCHENNAI: A postgraduate student from a leading college, who extended his stay in Chennai to prepare for the forthcoming Teacher Recruitment Board (TRB) exams, was run over by a train on Tuesday.
Singaravelu (26) from Poiappatti village in Harur taluk, Dharmapuri, was doing his final year MA English Literature at Loyola College, said Egmore Government Railway Police SI Loganathan. The youth appears to be the first graduate from his family. After completing his college examinations, Singaravelu chose to stay back in the city for the TRB exams, he said.
The deceased was staying with friends in Choolaimedu. Police said, Singaravelu and his friends would chat at the deserted platform in the Nungambakkam railway station in the evenings.
As usual on Tuesday, evening, the police said, after meeting with friends, he was crossing the railway track to get to the main road when he was run over by a train at 8.45 pm.
On hearing the accident, Railway Protection Force (RPF) police from Mambalam rushed to� the spot and took his body to the Government General Hospital.
After an autopsy, his body was handed over his relatives on Wednesday. They will be taking the body back to his village, the sub-inspector stated. Singaravelu is survived by his mother and two brothers.
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