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Karpagam Arts And Science College, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Karpagam Arts And Science College, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Address:Pollachi Main Road , Eachanari Post, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu - 641021
Tamil Nadu, India
Karpagam Arts And Science College, Coimbatore Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college.
Karpagam Arts And Science College, Coimbatore Tamil Nadu is situated in Coimbatore of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Website of Karpagam Arts And Science College, Coimbatore Tamil Nadu is http://www.karpagameducation.com/karpagam_arts.htm.
Contact Details of Karpagam Arts And Science College, Coimbatore Tamil Nadu are : Telephone: +91-422-2611146, 2611082, 2611479, Fax: Telephone: +91-422-2611043
Karpagam Arts And Science College, Coimbatore Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Biotechnology, Commerce, Computer Applications, Hotel Business Management, Information Technology, Business Management, Mass Communication and Journalism, Research, Science, Social Work stream(s).
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NAAC report of Karpagam Arts And Science CollegeSection I : Preface
KARPAGAM ARTS AND SCIENCE COLLEGE, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu was established by the Karpagam Charity Trust in 1995 with the aim of imparting quality education. The mission of the Institution is to instill originality in the learning minds and impart strength and efficiency, by giving quality value - based education, motivating skills and creativity with innovative selective knowledge, for the purpose of rendering unique products to serve and then lead the society and bring perfection in entirety. The college, started with four departments, 47 students and 10 teachers in 1995, has now 1352 students pursuing higher education with 82 teachers. The college is offering 19 (UG-8, PG-11) programmes. The college campus is spread over 7.2 Acers in Semi-urban area. Shri R. Vasanthakumar, Chairman and the Managing Trustee of the college is a reputed industrialist and philanthropist with an extra ordinary vision.
Karpagam Arts and Science College, affiliated to Bharathiar University is a self-financing college. The college has got UGC recognition of 12(b) recently. The college programmes like MCA and MBA are approved by AICTE, New Delhi.
Karpagam Arts and Science College, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu has volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, (NAAC) Bangalore by submitting the self-study report in December 2002. The NAAC constituted a Peer Team to visit the college and validate its self-study report. The Peer Team consisting of Dr. Naresh Chandra, (Former Pro - Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai), Principal, Birla College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Kalyan (Maharashtra) as Chairman; Professor P. R. Sudhakaran, Dean Faculty of Science and Head, Department of Bio-Chemistry, University of Kerala and Dr. Helena Judith P., Principal, Loyola College of Social Sciences, Sreekariyam, Kerala, as Members. Shri Ganesh Hegde, Assistant Adviser, NAAC, co-ordinated the visit. The Team visited the college on 8th and 9th April 2003 to validate the self-study report submitted by the college. During its visit to the college the team had extensive interaction and discussion with the Management, Principal, Faculty Members, Students, Parents, Alumni and Non-teaching staff. The Peer Team visited all the Departments and support services and examined the relevant documents. Based on the above and keeping in mind the criteria prescribed by the NAAC for institutional assessment the criterion wise assessments of the Peer Team is as under.
SECTION 2: CRITERION WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The college has 14 academic departments offering 8 under graduate and 11 post graduate programmes. The under graduate programmes include B.Com., B.Com (CA), BBM, BCA, B.Sc (Biochemistry), B.Sc (Computer Science), B.Sc (Catering Science & Hotel Management), B.Sc (Biotechnology), and the PG programmes are MBA, MCA, MSW, M.Sc (Biochemistry), M.Sc (Biotechnology), M.Sc (Computer Science), M.Sc (Microbiology), M.Sc (Bioinformatcis), M.Sc (Industrial Biotechnology), M.Sc (Applied Electronics), and M.Sc (Software Systems.)
Being an institution affiliated to Bharathiar University, the scheme and syllabi for all these academic programmes are as prescribed by the University. Boards of Studies of the University formulate the Syllabi. A few teachers from the college are also members of the various boards of studies of the University. Generally it takes about 3-5 years to conceptualise, formulate, and introduce new scheme and syllabi and the present scheme and syllabi are introduced after revision in 2000.
The temporal pattern of the academic programmes is semester system.
The college has also taken the initiative and liberty to offer certain remedial / value added papers and personality development programmes, particularly to help the students to improve language and other skills, computer literacy and to acquire vocational training.
The academic programmes being offered are mostly career oriented and efforts have been made by the institution to offer laboratory and field training to students wherever necessary. PG students of certain departments are also given training for application of knowledge to real life situation, by way of project. As institutional initiatives, learner - oriented activities like Seminar, Quiz, etc are also conducted. Of the 19 academic programmes, 9 programmes were started during the last two years. 4 P.G courses and a UG course were introduced during 2002-2003. As these are new programmes, a number of points relating to their curricular aspects such as project design, assignment, evaluation, etc require utmost attention. An integrated PG programme on Software Systems has also been started recently whose acceptability and utility are yet to be fully realised. Ensuring certain minimum attendance helps maintain student discipline and regularity of programme.
Criterion II: Teaching, learning and evaluation
Teaching and evaluation of various under graduate and PG programmes are carried out according to the general guide lines of the University. Students are selected for admission to various courses through special test, interview and on the basis of their academic record. However, since the college is organised under the self-financing mode, the students admitted to the various UG and PG programmes, generally are those who can afford to pay higher fees. A total of 795 students are studying for UG classes and 557 students are doing PG programmes. Student s knowledge and skill are assessed and efforts are made to provide special attention to educationally disadvantaged students.
On an average there are 164 instructional days per year and the instruction is offered following a structured time table, so that the syllabi could be covered on the basis of a teaching plan prepared by the teachers. By collecting daily statements of attendance, laboratory and library utility, regularity regarding the conduct of programmes is ensured and attendance of students is monitored. Teaching aids are also used to make teaching-learning process more effective. Short reading materials are provided to the students. Apart from the end semester examination, progress of the students is monitored by conducting mid semester tests in each department. The students are encouraged to appear for model examination before the University examination. The students are also informed in advance about the evaluation procedures.
There are 82 regular fulltime teachers and the entire contact classes are taught by the full time faculty. 15 teachers have Ph.D and 23 teachers have M.Phil degree. The average age of the faculty is 32 years. While about 20% of the lecturers have more than 5 years teaching experience, most of the teachers are young and have only less than 3 years teaching experience. The teachers are encouraged to participate in seminars and workshops for enriching their knowledge. Induction training programme for the newly recruited faculty will help them in acquiring teaching skills.
Teachers are appointed following the norms prescribed by the University. Apart from the minimum prescribed academic qualifications, the suitability of the candidate as a teacher is also assessed, before appointing them. Most of the teachers are drawn from the same state; during the past 3 years, 49 teachers were appointed of whom 47 were from the same state. The college has a system by which the performance of the teachers is evaluated. Teachers submit self appraisal report Evaluation is also done by the Head of the department and by the students. Suitable corrective actions on the basis of the evaluation reports will improve efficiency of the teachers.
Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
Research work in the college, though at a very moderate level is carried out through the Masters Programme where the students carry out project work. Besides a few sponsored research projects through funding from outside agencies, research is also undertaken through part time Ph.D and M.Phil programme. At present four externally funded minor research projects with a total outlay of Rs. 1.46 lakhs are being carried out. 14 M.Phil students and 9 Ph.D students are carrying out part-time research under the supervision of various teachers, but the institution is not a recognized research centre of the University and no students have taken any research degree from the college. Two major research projects and one minor research project have been sanctioned by the UGC very recently.
In its efforts to promote research, the college provides seed money to teachers to carry out research and financial support to research students. A separate unit for research on Enzymes has been established. A research committee scrutinizes the research projects. Efforts have been made to establish linkages with other research institutions; but the utility of such arrangements is yet to be realised. The teachers be encouraged to publish the research papers in peer reviewed journals.
The teachers and students are encouraged to participate in extension activities. They participate in a series of community related services like school science programme; health education, blood grouping and blood donation, campus beautification, continuing education and other out reach activities. Students also participate in the activities organized by the NSS units.
Consultancy related activities and training supports are offered by the teachers of certain departments. However it should be promoted so as to generate funds.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure and learning resources
The college has adequate infrastructure in terms of class rooms, laboratories, rest rooms for staff and students, libraries and other facilities required for conducting various academic programmes. General facilities like computer centre, canteen, auditorium, hostels, play grounds etc are also available.
The library has over 20000 books and journals and periodicals. A total of 195 journals and magazines are subscribed, with the addition of about 2000 books annually. Internet, reprography, audio and video facility are provided to the students in the library. Continuous efforts are being made towards automation of the services and functions of the library; issue of books, purchase, stock, cataloguing etc have been computerized.
Laboratories are reasonably well equipped with adequate number of routine items of instrument required for the conduct of courses. Sophisticated items of instrument like spectrophotometer, PCR, Elisa Reader centrifuges, freeze dryer, inverted microscope, gel documentation system etc are also available. Computer centre and computer laboratories with adequate number of stand-alone systems, network systems with server and nodes and 64kbps VSAT connectivity, are also available. A botanical garden with a collection of over 150 medicinal plants has been established with the support from the Department of Environment and Forest, Government of India. There are separate hostels with adequate facilities for boys and girls. About 44% of the students are living in the hostel. Adequate facilities for promotion of physical fitness of students, teachers and non teaching staff have been provided.
Being a relatively young institution, the buildings and the campus within an area of about 7 acres of land are properly planned and maintained with provision for expansion. It ensures proper maintenance of its buildings, laboratory, equipments and other infrastructure. The available space is optimally utilized and the college encourages outside agencies to make use of its academic facilities.
Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
Manifold learning experiences are provided for promotion of overall development of students. Departmental associations are formed to nurture the talents of the students and develop leadership qualities. Feedback on teaching from students are taken. Recreational and leisure time facilities are also made available. Three students have represented the inter university tournaments. The management provides subsidy in fee and free mess for the students who excel in sports activities. The NSS unit organises number of out reach activities.
Placement cell is active by providing academic and career counselling. It provides information regarding employment opportunities, organises campus interviews and also prepares placement brochures. During the last four years 110 students have got placement through the placement cell. Tutorial system exists, special coaching in English is provided for the students. Scholarships are given to needy students.
17 students have passed examinations like UGC, GATE, GMAT. The prospectus is published annually which gives clear guidance to students about the policies and criteria of admission of the college. The departments have alumni associations, which was started only 2 years back.
A skill development cell has been created which has prepared a booklet on academic skills development and has been distributed to all the students free of cost. Students are encouraged to participate in the intercollegiate competitions.
As a part of social sensitivity - Saranalayam an orphanage is adopted by the students. Nobel laureates week is celebrated every year.
Criterion VI: Organisation and Management
Karpagam Arts and Science College is managed by Karpagam Charity Trust. The founder and the Managing Trustee is Shri R. Vasanthakumar. The Board of Trustees operate through the Secretary and the Administrative Officer. The Principal is responsible for the day-to-day administration. A special committee of the Principal, Vice-Principal, HOD English, HOD Tamil and another faculty member from other departments is responsible for the preparation of the academic calendar. The college has an efficient internal co-ordinating and monitoring mechanism to see the attendance of staff, students, utility of lab and library. The recommendations made by the committee, which was appointed in the year 1998 to analyse the performance of the Faculty, students and Management were implemented.
All the courses are self-financing. Staff development programmes for the Teaching and non-teaching staff are conducted periodically. Welfare programmes in the form of Group Insurance, PF Contribution, Loan, Free bus transport etc. are provided for the staff. The grievance redressal cell of the college deals with the grievances of staff and students.
Purchase of major items for the departments are made through the proper channel considering the quality of the product, durability, after sales service, reputation of the company and the quotation cited.
The Chairman and the Managing Trustees interact with the faculty members at regular intervals to discuss various academic and non-academic matters.
Finances of the institution is judiciously allocated and effectively utilized. Being a self financing institution, fees collected from the students is the main source of revenue. Receipt and expenditure statement indicates that the college had reasonable saving during the last 2 years. External audit is carried out.
Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
Teaching learning methodology includes - lecture classes, seminars, guest lectures, assignments, paper presentation with the use of audio-visual equipment. Remedial course for slow learners and enrichment for advanced learners are provided.
Students are evaluated with frequent class tests, midterm tests and model examinations. It is mentioned that there is tutor- ward relationship.
Teachers provide consultancy and organises seminars at state and national levels. It is reported that value based education is imparted.
NSS activities and physical education improve the physical and moral caliber of students. Committees with both staff and students have been formed to deal with day-to-day affairs of both academic and non-academic nature.
The students evaluate the teachers by using a proforma. The college has MOU s with industries and research organizations. College imparts civic responsibilities among the students.
Over all Analyses
The college being located in the semi urban area, has been catering to the need of the local population also. The students are involved in extension activities to meet the social obligations. The college has organized a number of National / State Level Seminars on relevant theme for the benefit of staff and students. The college takes pride in providing a programme of value based education to the students. The healthy practices initiated by the college are student-centered and are commendable. These activities mould the students towards total personality development.
The academic work is planned in advance. The teaching faculty work as a team. The interpersonal relationship is very good. Value based education is given adequate weightage. A botanical garden is maintained by the students within the campus. College is geared to achieve specific goals and objectives. Daily statements regarding absenteeism, library and laboratory utility helps in maintaining discipline in the college. The students with 100% attendance are awarded. Teachers who produce 100% results in university examinations are also given incentives. There is provision for Interest-Free Loan - support to the staff members. Hostel text book library and Computer centre are helping the students who are staying in hostel. Karpagam Food Processing Training Centre and tailoring unit is run for the people from the neighbouring communities.
The teachers have made special efforts to develop glossary of 6,595 technical words in various subjects for the benefit of the students. Weekly updates and monthly magazines, newsletters, etc., published by the college help the students. The Chairman and Managing Trustee, Shri R. Vasanthakumar takes keen interest in day to-day functioning of the institution. He conducts Seminars for students to motivate them, inspire them to dream high and to achieve their cherished goals. Regular interaction among Management, Principal, Teachers and Students has resulted in healthy and congenial environment in the college.
The college in a short span of time has made commendable progress. The management has provided an excellent infrastructural facility.
While appreciating the good work done by the college over the last 7 years of its existence, the peer team would like to draw the attention of the college to the following areas of concern:
Majority of the students of this college come from Tamil Medium with poor background in English. To improve their communication skills the college has introduced a paper in communication skill. The team is of the opinion that all the students should be encouraged to improve their communication skills in English in view of its National and Global importance. The Department of English has developed a software Wention with the help of Dept. of Computer Science. It is appreciable. The department may further explore the possibility of establishing an English Language Laboratory by seeking assistance from the UGC.
The creation of competitive examination coaching center may benefit the students. Information relating to various job opportunities in the state and at the center and necessary literature for competitive examinations may be made available. Coaching classes for various competitive examination may also be arranged.
Remedial teaching to weak students and intensive coaching to bright students be provided in all the subjects.
To attract meritorious and talented students, a few scholarships or fee waiver / subsidy in fee to such students may be provided.
New PG programmes in the areas of environmental science and journalism and mass communication may be started.
Departments such as Bio-technology and Industrial Bio-technology which are offering similar teaching programmes and have similar instrument and other infrastructural requirements may be merged together so that optimal utilization of the infrastructure can be ensured and the academic programmes can be conducted with the present faculty efficiently and effectively.
Adequate laboratory support staff with suitable training may be made available to ensure proper use of instruments.
A few senior faculty with teaching and research experience in the relevant discipline may be appointed to strengthen the academic programmes. Young teachers may be encouraged to acquire expertise / training in the relevant areas / thrust areas from institutions of repute in India or abroad.
Competent faculty with experience in the area of Bio-informatics may be appointed to conduct MSc. (Bio-informatics) programmes effectively.
Thrust areas of research may be identified consistent with the expertise of the faculty, infrastructure and local needs. The faculty may be encouraged to take up research programmes in the identified thrust areas with funding from external agencies.
Induction training programmes for the newly recruited teachers can be organized.
Consultancy work offered by the teacher be formalized.
Linkage with industry be strengthened.
A few staff-quarters may be constructed in the campus for the Principal and staff members.
An employee s co-operative credit society may be formed to serve the needs of the employees and its benefit may be extended to the students also.
All the Post graduate departments may have the departmental library.
The college has more than 40% women employees and also the student community, it is suggested that a women cell may be created and a person may be designated to be in charge of the programme. This cell may conduct the gender sensitivity programme, family life education, community development programme in association with the Dept. of Social Work and NSS Units.
Common programmes for promoting interaction among the staff and students of various departments may be organised.
The students of MBA / MCA may be provided more field experience / on-job-training. They be provided practical training in planning, implementation and evaluation.
The students of department of social work and NSS volunteers may organize programmes to sensitize the students to the socio-economic and cultural realities of the marginalized sections of the society.
Advisory Committee may be constituted with experts from different fields and periodical discussions be carried out for the development of the college.
The college may establish an Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) to help the institution to have internal quality checks throughout the year.
The efforts put in by the Principal, the Co-ordinator, steering committee and others in preparing self-study report are greatly appreciated. The Peer Team would like to thank the Principal and his team for all the help and cooperation extended in validation of the self-study report for assessment and accreditation. â€“
Dr. Naresh Chandra
Prof. P. R. Sudhakaran
Dr. Helen Judith P.
Dr. G. Sekar
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