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Kongu Arts and Science College, Erode, Erode, Tamil Nadu
Kongu Arts and Science College, Erode, Erode, Tamil Nadu
Address:Nanjanapuram, Erode, Tamil Nadu - 638107
Tamil Nadu, India
Kongu Arts and Science College, Erode, Erode is a recognised institute / college.
Kongu Arts and Science College, Erode, Erode is situated in Erode of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Website of Kongu Arts and Science College, Erode, Erode is http://www.kasc.ac.in/.
Contact Details of Kongu Arts and Science College, Erode, Erode are : Telephone: +91-424-2339933, 2339149, Fax: Telephone: +91-424-2339588
Courses offered in Kongu Arts and Science College, Erode, ErodeB.Com, B.Com(CA), B.B.M, B.B.M(CA), B.Sc, B.Sc(CS), B.Sc(Biotechnology), B.Sc(Catering), B.A., B.Com(E=Commerce), PG Diploma in Costume design and Beauty, M.C.A, M.B.A, M.Phil, Ph.D
Kongu Arts and Science College, Erode, Erode runs course(s) in Arts, Biotechnology, Commerce, Computer Applications, Hotel Business Management, Information Technology, Business Management, Research, Science stream(s).
Profile of Kongu Arts and Science College, ErodeThe Kongu Arts and Science College is a leading educational institution in Erode, offering a variety of Programmes in the Arts and Science stream. It is a co-educational institution affiliated to Bharathiar University, Coimbatore and is run by The Kongu Vellalar Institute of Technology Trust, Perundurai. The Trust has secured the approval of the Government of Tamilnadu and of the Bharathiar University. The Professional Courses offered by this institution have been approved by the AICTE ( All India Council for Technical Education ). The college is functioning in an area of 16.74 acres with a total student strength of around 2400 and staff strength of around 145. The college has got excellent infrastructure and other features to cater the needs of the student community.
Media coverage of Kongu Arts and Science College, Erode, Erode, Tamil Nadu
NAAC report of Kongu Arts and Science College, ErodeSECTION I: INTRODUCTION
Kongu Arts And Science College, Nanjanapuram, Erode, Tamil Nadu was established on 17th October, 1994 by the Kongu Vellalar Institute of Technology Trust, Erode District, Tamil Nadu. It was started as a self -financing (unaided) Womens college and later it was converted into a co-educational Arts and Science College. The College is affiliated to Bharathiar University, Coimbatore. UGC recognised the college under 2(f) and 12(B) in the year 2001. It is located in a rural area having a campus coverage of 27.24 acres of land in Erode Taluk of Erode District in Tamil Nadu. It was granted permanent affiliation in May, 2000.
The college is offering instruction in 13 UG, 07 PG, 01 Certificate, 01 PG Diploma, 11 M. Phil, 03 Ph.D and 38 Value added courses. It has 05 Science, 02 Language and 04 Commerce departments and department of Physical Education, a Library, IAS study center and Distance Education centers of Bharathiar, Madras and Annamalai Universities.
There are 120 permanent teachers out of whom 07 and 95 are Ph. D. and M. Phil degree holders respectively. 14 administrative staff and 25 technical staff and 9 maintenance staff are working in the institution.
The college has a strength of 2220 with 1711 (1155 boys and 556 girls) in UG courses, 433 (201 boys and 232 girls) in PG courses, 54 (14 boys and 40 girls) in M. Phil courses, 22 (12boys and 10 girls) in Ph.D course and 329 (203 boys and 126 girls) in Diploma/Certificate courses. NSS and NCC units are active in the college. They are carrying out several useful extension activities and have won many laurels from different organizations.
The Unit cost of education is Rs. 11,075/- (including salary) and Rs. 3,350/- (excluding salary). Many support services like Computer center, Seminar Hall, Hostels for both ladies and gents, Health Service, Sport facilities, Guest House, Principals Quarters, Canteen, amenity center, etc. are available on the campus.
Kongu Arts and Science College, Nanjanapuram, Erode, Tamil Nadu approached National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore for its assessment and submitted Self-study report in the month of March 2006. NAAC constituted a Peer Team comprising the following: Prof. M. Abdul Rahiman, Former V.C. of Kannur and Calicut Universities,Chairman , Prof. A. K. Sarala, Head,Department of Genetics Osmania University College for Women, and Prof. Leslie Moras ,Principal, St. Philomenas College,Mysore as members. Dr. Latha Pillai, Advisor, NAAC, Bangalore co-ordinated the visit of the Peer Team to the College.
The team visited the college on 19th, 20th and 21st July, 2006 and went through the departments, laboratories, library and all other facilities and had detailed discussions and interactions with the Management, Principal, Faculty Members, Students, Administrative Staff, Parents and Alumni. The team also validated the documents made available to them during the visit. All aspects given in criteria I to VII of the Self-study report were analysed and validated by the team and the observations are given as a report in the following paragraphs.
SECTION II: CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
CRITERION I: CURRICULAR ASPECTS
The vision of the college is to impart knowledge and skills to rural youth and strive for an effective curriculum and optimized institutional activities for students and to focus on practical and rural realities and sensitize students to national heritage and values.
The college has an array of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The college offers undergraduate courses in Commerce, Mathematics, Biochemistry, Computer Science, Management and Costume Design and Fashion and Corporate Secratryship; Postgraduate courses in Commerce, Biochemistry, Computer Science, English, Costume Design and Fashion and Management. There are M.Phil. Programmes in English, Tamil, Commerce, Mathematics, Costume Design and Fashion, Computer Science, Management and in Corporate Secretaryship and Ph.D. in Tamil, History and Commerce.
The College has planned to start four new courses namely B.A English with Computer Applications, B.Sc Catering and Hotel Management , B.Sc Bio-Technology, and M.Sc Mathematics. The process of inspection by the Local Inspection Committee of the University has been completed and the affiliation orders are awaited.
The college, being an affiliated institution does not have much flexibility in running the programmes. This is however compensated by their offering various other diploma and value added courses, personality development programs, and coaching for both academics and sports. Members of the teaching faculty find a place in the university academic bodies. The Post Graduate and M.Phil. courses ensure vertical progression.
To help slow learners, different departments offer remedial courses. The College also facilitates training programmes for TOEFL, CAT, GMAT, UGC-NET and SLET examinations. The IAS study Centre organizes coaching programmes for the prelim and civil services exams for which the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has sanctioned a sum of Rs.4.31 Lakhs to conduct IAS coaching classes for the OBC and SC/ST students. Students assessment of the teachers is a regular practice in the College.
It is commendable that the College offers a number of value added courses, however, the Peer Committee notes that though it started as an
Arts and Science College, very few Science, Arts and Humanities subjects are taught. The focus seems to have shifted towards more Commerce, Management and Computer courses. The College may do well in strengthening the programmes by starting courses in basic sciences, arts and social sciences. The coaching centre for IAS and other competitive exams is vibrant. But the number of students who have cleared even preliminary exam is very low. The centre will do well to put in more effort to increase the success rate.
CRITERION II: TEACHING LEARNING AND EVALUATION:
The students are admitted on the basis of academic records, entrance test and interview. Students of MCA and MBA are admitted on the basis of the State Common Entrance Test. After admission students are administered a diagnostic test and offered remedial courses.
Students are motivated to participate in extra curricular, co-curricular, literary and sports activities in addition to the regular courses. Teachers are required to make lesson plans and adhere to them. Teachers and students have access to audio-visual teaching aids. The college and the library are open for the mandatory number of days. There is a tutor-ward system in place.
Faculty is recruited as per the norms of the university. Teachers and students are encouraged to participate in national and international seminars. There is the practice of having student and peer evaluation of teachers and infrastructure facilities. Efforts are made to conduct workshops and training programs.
Teaching and Learning in each department is periodically monitored by an advisory committee. Members of the faculty are encouraged to use multi-media for effective teaching. Teachers maintain â€˜Faculty Handbookâ€™ in which details of seminars, tests, assignments and notes of lessons are recorded.
Great care is taken in selecting competent teachers. Faculty members are encouraged to take up research and introduce innovative methods in teaching. 14 teachers have received teaching awards from Rotary and Lions clubs. Teachers are encouraged to take part in National and International Seminars.
Through National and Inter-national linkages with reputed organizations like Computer Society of India (CSI), All India Management Association (AIMA), New Delhi, Institute of Charted Accountants of India (ICAI), New Delhi, Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), New Delhi, Meri Trac, Bangalore, Textile Institute of Manchester, UK, British Council, Chennai, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad the College has tried to bring qualitative improvement in teaching- learning.
The Peer Team appreciates the enthusiasm and active involvement of the relatively young faculty members. The College will do well if teaching learning is made more learner centred. There appears to be ample room for improvement in the internal assessment, specially in making it a continual evaluation. The faculty may add relevant add-on courses taking into consideration the lacunae in the prescribed syllabus. The college has excellent computer infra-structure which should be used for more computer and multi-media aided teaching and learning methods.
CRITERION III: RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION:
The college has a fairly good thrust towards research activities. It has three Ph.D. programs, four full time and 10 part time M.Phil programs. The college provides some financial assistance to faculty and students for research activities. Faculty are also involved in consultancy services. Students and faculty are involved in various extension activities involving community work and outreach programs. The students have an opportunity to involve in Sports, NCC and NSS. The college also has a Women Development Cell focused at creating an awareness and upliftment of women.
The College has 120 permanent teachers of whom 7 have Ph.D. and 95 M.Phil. Degree. 24 Teachers have registered for Ph.D. and are expected to complete their research in three to four years and 20 of them are pursuing their M.Phil Degree.
Three departments, Tamil, History and Commerce are recognized to offer Ph.D. Programmes since 2001. At present there are 22 research scholars engaged in research for Ph.D. 19 students on full time basis and 54 on part-time basis have been enrolled for various M.Phil. courses. Till now the institution has produced 63 M.Phil Scholars.
The College encourages research culture among students. Besides projects which is a part of routine curriculum, students are encouraged to present papers in various seminars. It is significant to note that during 2004-05, 35 papers were presented by students of Biochemistry at national conferences and 4 at international conferences. The students of Costume Design and Fashion organize exhibitions and other events to show case their achievements. Students of Computer Science have launched an online IT magazine on the college web site.
A number of faculty members have participated in various national and international seminars and presented papers. The college has conducted a few National level Seminars and workshops in the last five years. The papers presented during the seminars have been compiled and published. One teacher has published a book; three others have published articles in international journals and a number of them in the national ones. The Departments of Mathematics and Hindi have prepared course materials for the University.
The teachers of the Department of English have completed two UGC minor research projects, one Staff member from the Department of Bio-Chemistry has a joint ongoing UGC Funded Project of Rs.6,74,500 with the principal investigator from the department of Animal Science and Biotechnolgy, in collaboration with Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad. The management is supportive in promoting the research initiatives of faculty members by providing grants and administrative help.
The College also offers consultancy services. The department of Management Studies offers honorary consultancy services to industry in marketing field. The faculty members have offered consultancy services for ISO certifications to other institutions of the same management. Costume Design and Fashion department has earned Rs. 1,50,000/- through consultancy services for bridal makeup. The Department of Biochemistry has conducted skill transfer programs for farmers in vermi-composting, Panchakavya and Bio-pesticides.
Through the NSS, NCC, Eco Club the College has undertaken community development, health and hygiene awareness, adult education and literacy, AIDS awareness and number of similar other programmes. The NSS through its regular programmes as well as special camps has undertaken various social service activities like Unite for Sight and has also raised funds for natural calamities like tsunami, earthquake, and also for Kargil relief fund. Active involvement of NSS, specially in adult literacy has not only increased literacy in selected panchayats but also has earned laurels and awards for students and the college. It is significant to note that one student has received best NSS volunteer award at the University level and the NSS unit has been adjudged as the Best Unit during 2003-2004.
The College has a Women Development cell which has organised Entrepreneur Training Programme (ETP) for technically trained women in association with District Industries Centre, Erode. 222 women have benefited through this programme. To develop Entrepreneurial skills of students, shopping mela, workshop on paper bags making, driving classes and lecturers by self help groups have been organized.
The Peer Committee notes that since the College offers Ph.D. programs in three subjects and 11 M.Phil. programs there is an urgent need for more members of the faculty to acquire Ph.D. degrees at the earliest. Most of the courses offered like M.C.A., M.B.A., M.Sc. Biochemistry have project work as a requirement for the course. Setting up a Committee to establish contact with prospective firms, industries and research centres and help students find placement for project work will be very helpful to the students. Formation of a Research Committee to motivate and guide young faculty members to take up Ph.D. courses will also go a long way in improving research culture in the campus.
CRITERION IV: INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
The college has very good infrastructure catering to academics, extracurricular activities and the social requirements of the staff and students. Measures are taken to put the infrastructure to optimum use. Contractual labor is engaged for daily maintenance.
The College has 27.24 acres of land and spacious buildings, which accommodate adequate number of classrooms, lecture halls, seminar halls, workshops, laboratories, a beauty parlour, a multi-gym. There are hostels both for boys and ladies which accommodate nearly 30% of the students. The ladies hostel has computer and internet browsing facility. Both gents and ladies hostels are spacious, well maintained with clean and hygienic catering kitchens. The college has two generator sets of 62.5 KV each which cater to both the college and hostels.
All departments have access to Internet and a centralized computer lab. Medical facilities are provided. Canteen and auditorium also find a place in the infrastructure. In addition to laboratories, the college also maintains effluent recycling and biogas plants.
There is a central spacious library with 17,214 books, and some national and international journals, with 355 CDs and other audio visual materials. The library is kept open 295 days a year between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. The college library is computerized and has a book bank for needy students.
The College also has five well-equipped Computer labs with 283 computers and 7 laptops and 9 servers. All the systems in the campus are networked. Through radio frequency the college has provided Internet connectivity to students and faculty.
The Department of Costume Design and Fashion has five advanced laboratories like sewing laboratory, textile testing laboratory, fashion laboratory, CAD laboratory, Printing laboratory, and a Beauty Clinic which are well equipped with the latest instruments. The Department of Bio-chemistry has two good labs for UG and PG courses and a Tissue culture lab. The Department of English with a well equipped English communication lab, with latest training materials, which in collaboration with the British Council in India offers international Business English Courses and Examinations.
The College has its own transport facilities with 7 buses operating from various places to College for the benefit of students and faculty. Adequate sanitation facility, sports facilities, catering through cafeteria is provided for the students. The infrastructure is put to optimal use. The College infrastructure is also used for distance learning programmes of Annamalai, Madras and Bharathiar Universities. The Kongu IAS study centre offers coaching for civil services examinations, NET, SLET and other recruitment screening tests.
The College has submitted a proposal for Rs. 570 Lakhs to the Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India to establish an Apparel Training and Designing centre.
The campus is well maintained by the NSS and ECO club. The College has a botanical garden which was established with the fund of Rs. 8.5 lakhs provided by the Ministry of Environment and forests, Government of India. The College has a redressal cell for the benefit of the students.
The Managements effort in providing very good infra-structure, aesthetically planned campus with well laid gardens is commendable. Spacious buildings, well-equipped labs and other infra-structure has created an excellent ambience for learning. All around cleanliness, specially in the hostels is note worthy. Costume Design and Fashion, Biochemistry and English Language labs are very good and could be used for more value added courses for students.
CRITERION V: STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION:
The students have fared well in university exams with some of them qualifying for university ranks. Some of the students have qualified for civil services preliminary exam, UGC NET/SLET and Chartered Accounts test. The college has a prospectus and academic calendar. Students have the facility for financial aid from various government and non-government agencies. An employment cell with a placement officer helps students in employment opportunities. The college has an Alumni association that is quite active. In addition to indoor and outdoor sports facilities the college also encourages students to get involved in eco club, debate club, cultural activities, etc. Students also have insurance facilities.
The drop out rate of students after joining the college is low. Students support services contribute to the holistic development of the students. The prospectus of the College published every year gives adequate information about the institution its vision and mission, various courses offered, the facilities provided to the students and admission procedure. Financial assistance to needy and meritorious students is provided.
The College has a placement cell comprising co-ordinators of different departments. This Cell prepares students for industrial placements, conducts students skill assessment tests and organizes campus interviews. The College also organizes job fairs for which different companies are invited. Till now the placement cell of the college has successfully placed 309 students of the institution and 512 students of other institutions in reputed firms and companies. Teachers participate in academic and personal counseling of students and help in their professional development. The language enhancement courses and programmes for developing entrepreneurial skills contribute to holistic student progression. 10 students of different departments have secured Gold medals and 51 students of the college have bagged University ranks.
The College provides recreation and leisure time facilities like Table Tennis, Gym, carrom board and chess for indoor games and Basket ball, Shuttle badminton, Volley ball, Ball badminton, Cricket, Kho-Kho, Athletics, Football and Tennis for out door games. Two Lady students have participated at inter-national Athletic Meet held in Malaysia and Korea and one of them has secured fourth Place in 400 meters.
Through Nature Club, Eco Club, Debate club, Women development cell various cultural and co-curricular programs are organized and students are given adequate opportunities to take part in extra curricular activities. The hostel students have organized for themselves enrichment programs through Innovators Forum in the Boys Hostel and Punthalir Muttram in the Ladies Hostel which help the students to increase their knowledge and exhibit their talents.
The efforts of the college in introducing a number of value added courses is appreciable. However, since some of these courses lack enrollment careful rethinking and planning of the courses and course content, its relevance and updatedness is necessary. This may be achieved if there is greater participation of the students, the primary stake holders in education. More students, specially ladies should be encouraged to take part in sports and other cultural activities. There could be more involvement of lady students in the womens empowerment cell.
CRITERION VI: ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT:
The college management has a Governing Council and an inbuilt mechanism to check the functioning of all wings. The governing council meets every month to discuss administrative matters. Any deficit budget in the college is augmented by funds from the Trust, which also runs other institutes. Some of the Welfare measures in the college are, Insurance for staff and students, grievance redressal mechanism, loan facilities, etc. All purchases are made following officially laid down norms and procedures. Students are given incentives for excelling in Sports.
There is a transparent and participating mechanism in administration in which the Principal, the Heads of various departments, the Co-ordinators of various committees take part. Regular internal and external Audits are conducted under the guidance of an authorized Charted Accountant. The college office is spacious, well equipped with competent and dedicated staff. The Principal, the Office Superintendent and the Administrative Officer regularly check the work efficiency of the non-teaching staff and monitor the work assigned to them.
Procedures of admission, fee collection, and preparation of transfer certificates have been automated. The Office staff members have been given training in using computers by the Computer Science department of the college and some external agencies. The grievance cell functioning under the chairmanship of the Principal deals with all grievances of faculty, employees and students.
Though the college offers only self-financing courses, moderate fee is collected from students and adequate amount is spent on salaries and other development activities of the College. The College has an Alumni association, which meets annually and provides incentives to meritorious and outstanding students and also helps poor students by offering them scholarships.
The Peer Team appreciates the commitment and active involvement of the Management in improving the College. The achievement within a short span of 12 years in creating good infra-structure and academic ambience is commendable. Involvement of academicians external to the college will help infuse new ideas on latest academic and governance trends. Formal Involvement of the teaching staff on various committees will also help in the growth of the institution
CRITERION VII: HEALTHY PRACTICES:
The college works in a transparent manner compounded with decentralization and teamwork. The college has its own website. It has a twinning program with Annamalai University. It has several MOUs and linkages with different organizations including a few international ones. It offers several types of programs outside the regular academic schedule viz. Civil Services coaching, Driving classes, Study Center for Distance education, Industrial training classes, personality development, yoga, etc. Programs for improving Communication skills, Numerical skills, skills for self-learning, Orientation towards use of IT, etc, motivation for research among staff and students is noteworthy.
Some healthy practices the Peer Team has noticed in the college are listed below:
The College has adopted a mechanism for internal quality checks to ensure quality sustenance.
Regular feed back is taken from students from suggestion boxes. Regular meetings are held between the management, principal and faculty.
The College has its own web-site in which faculty is given institutional ID, to facilitate sharing information.
The College office and Library are being computerized.
Internet facilities are provided to all staff and students in the library, departments, browsing centre and ladies hostel.
Ample opportunities are provided for students to take up add-on Certificate and Diploma courses.
Entrepreneurial training is provided to students.
The College has signed MOU with many companies and organizations for academic improvement and industrial training.
A number of departments bring out Bi-Monthly, Quarterly or Bi-Annual News Letters which help students to go beyond the prescribed syllabus.
Through NSS, NCC, Eco Club, Women development cell, Community services are organized with the help of NGOs.
Biogas plant and water recycling units have been installed in the hostels.
SECTION III: OVERALL ANALYSIS
The Peer Team of NAAC had a pre-visit image of the Kongu Arts and Science College based on the Self-Study Report submitted by them. Having made an onsite assessment it is observed that by and large the college has all the basic infrastructure for under graduate teaching - learning. While the college offers a number of programs with applied potential there is a need to strike a healthy balance between basic and applied courses. The enthusiasm and efforts of both teachers and students is very encouraging and progress may be accelerated if there is a greater exposure to modern/recent trends in teaching and research.
While appreciating the initiatives and achievements, the following suggestions and recommendations are made for further improvement.
RECOMMENDATIONS AND SUGGESTIONS
In order to complement the applied courses offered, the college may also consider starting new undergraduate and post graduate courses in basic Arts and Science subjects.
Library holdings may be strengthened through the purchase of books and journals for all courses and increasing the number of national dailies. Its functioning may be streamlined by introducing the user register.
An Induction Program may be given to the first year students to orient them to the facilities available both curricular and extra-curricular.
The Womens Development Cell may initiate gender sensitization programs and pursue the formation of a NCC wing for women.
Psychology club or a Counseling centre may be setup for the benefit of the students and employees.
Students and staff may be further encouraged to gain computer literacy and use internet facilities. Students attendance and feedback may be computerized and made available to the principal, teachers and parents.
The student appraisal of teachers may be made more systematic and students and teachers made aware of the need and benefits of the system.
Advantage may be taken of the language laboratory to train the students in improving their communication skills in English to enable them to compete at national and international levels
Research facilities and activities may be strengthened. This can be facilitated by setting up a Research Development Cell and/or Research Committee. More teachers can be encouraged to pursue Ph.D programs and seek funding from the state and central agencies like UGC/DBT/DST, etc.
Alumni and parent-teacher associations may be encouraged to play a more proactive role in development activities of the college.
On the whole, the college appears receptive to new ideas and has displayed vibrancy on both the curricular and co-curricular fronts. The college is endeavoring to identify its strong areas for consolidation and growth as a deemed to be a university and the management has been very supportive.
Prof. M.Abdul Rahiman
Prof. A. K. Sarala
Prof. Leslie Moras
21st July, 2006
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