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Lady Doak College, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Lady Doak College, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu, IndiaPin Code : 625002
Lady Doak College, Madurai Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college.
Lady Doak College, Madurai Tamil Nadu is situated in Madurai of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Website of Lady Doak College, Madurai Tamil Nadu is http://www.ladydoak.org/.
Contact Details of Lady Doak College, Madurai Tamil Nadu are : Telephone: +91-452-2530527, 2524575, Fax: Telephone: +91-452-530293, 523585
Lady Doak College, Madurai Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Arts, Commerce, Business Management, Science stream(s).
Lady Doak College is affiliated with Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai
Profile of Lady Doak Collegeady Doak College, a premier Christian Institution and the first Womens College in Madurai, was the brainchild of Ms.Katie Wilcox, an American missionary with a vision and fervor for women empowerment. The College made its humble genesis in 1948, and within a short span of time, in 1978, it was commissioned to function as an autonomous college, being affiliated to the Madurai Kamaraj University. As an Ecumenical Christian College whose purpose is to impart quality education of Christian character to students of all creeds, this college strives to develop their intellectual powers, locate, identify and cultivate their interests and talents and train them to be responsible and useful citizens. The college, presently, functions as a unit of Katie Wilcox Education Association and stands distinguished as one of the pioneering autonomous colleges in India.
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NAAC report of Lady Doak CollegeSection I: Introduction
The Lady Doak College, established on July 14, 1948, is a grant-in-aid college affiliated to Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU), Madurai. The UGC gave recognition to this college under 2(f) and 12(B) in the year 1972. The college is located in an urban area in a campus extending over 18 acres of land. Autonomous status was conferred on the college on May 08, 1978. This is one of the eight colleges in the state of Tamil Nadu identified under the UGCs prestigious scheme â€˜Colleges with Potential for Excellenceâ€™. During the year 2000, the NAAC awarded five star status to this college. The college offers undergraduate courses under choice-based credit system (CBCS) from the academic year 2001-2002. Both, UG as well as PG programs are offered in the college under the faculties of Arts, Commerce and Science. In all, there are 38 program options offered through 15 departments. In addition, on need basis, the college also offers 18 short-term programs. Twenty programs are offered under self-funding category. During the last 5 years, 12 new programs were introduced and in 23 subjects major syllabus revision has been done.
The college volunteered to get it assessed and re-accredited by the NAAC. A Peer Team comprising Prof. P. Murali, former Vice-Chancellor, Sri Venkateshwara University, Tirupatti, as Chairperson, Prof. K. G. Narayanapillai, syndicate member and former Dean, College Development Council, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, Prof. Y. Azeez Ahamed, administrator of HES group of colleges and former Principal, Al-Ameen College, Bangalore and Prof. G. H. Gidwani, Principal, St. Miras College for Girls, Pune as Members was constituted by the Council. Mr. B. T. Bangera, Managing Director, Hi-Tech, ARAI Ltd., Madurai participated as Observer from industrial sector. Mr. B. R. Manjunath, Academic Consultant, NAAC ably coordinated the visit.
The Peer Team visited the college for three days, March 20-22, 2006, held interaction sessions with the principal, college management, steering committee of IQAC, students, alumnae, parents, teaching and non-teaching staff. The Team visited all the departments, laboratories, library, computer center, playgrounds, hostels and other amenities on the campus. The Team also perused all the relevant records. On the basis of the interactions and observations, the Team presents its assessment report under the NAACs seven criteria in the ensuing sections.
Section II: Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion 1: Curricular Aspects
The goals and objectives of the institution are clearly stated and systematically communicated to all its constituencies through the annually published prospectus and the other usual means. There are, in all, 15 departments under the Arts, Commerce and Science streams. All the departments follow semester system. Care is taken to make sure that the vision and the mission of the college are addressed at each level with the support of various statutory bodies in the college.
Visits to reputed institutions and discussions with experts in the field by the faculty help in framing a curriculum that meets the challenges of the contemporary society. The curriculum is reviewed periodically to make it innovative and relevant. Apart from the major and allied courses, it includes elective/optional courses, preparatory course for research methodology and project work, courses on womens studies, human rights, career-oriented courses and other applied/advanced courses. Further, Physical Education, National Service Scheme (NSS), National Cadet Corps (NCC), Rangering, Library and Information Services, Environmental Action programs and Value Education are incorporated into the curriculum under Part IV, and subjected to evaluation for award of the degree.
The college offers a total of 38 programs: 19 UG (13 in aided stream and 06 self-funding stream), 15 PG (06 in aided stream and 09 in self-funding stream), 3 MPhil programs and one PhD program. Several new programs have been designed giving students a wide choice of options in selecting courses so that students are able to go beyond their own major discipline and develop an inter-disciplinary approach to knowledge. Students are also exposed to practical experience in laboratories, banks, industries, etc. and to a variety of courses, geared towards multi-skill development and employability.
The Human Rights and Duties and Womens Studies offered to all students compulsorily, help students gain useful perspectives. The college also offers special modules to study abroad.
The college has introduced the choice-based credit system (CBCS) at undergraduate and postgraduate levels for enhanced flexibility and diversity in the curricular options. Advanced learners are enabled to earn extra credits by opting for higher/additional credit courses. Entry-behaviour tests are conducted to identify academically weak students and special efforts are made to offer an orientation program in the first semester in areas of personality development, library usage, computer literacy and communication skills.
Major review, revision and modification of the program, based on the feedback from students, faculty, alumni, parents and employers is undertaken once in three years. Many of the programs reflect the goals and objectives of the institution to some extent, as they are skill-based, with a practical component for overall personality development, while programmes like Entrepreneurship Development and Tourism Management are inter-disciplinary in nature. The recently introduced self-financing UG level courses are notably career-oriented.
Criterion II: Teaching-Learning and Evaluation:
Being a Christian minority institution, 50% of seats are allocated to the minorities and the remaining seats are allotted as per the government norms. The entire admission process is streamlined through computerization and is transparent. Selection is made on the basis of merit under each category. The ratio of applications to seats available, on an average, is 10:1.
All UG admissions are based on the marks secured at intermediate level while entrance tests are conducted both at PG and MPhil level. For PG courses, which are in high demand, 50% weightage is given to entrance test. The college conducts bridge and remedial courses for the academically weak students.
Catering to Diverse Needs
Access is provided to physically-challenged students, first-generation learners, children of ex-servicemen and freedom-fighters, sports candidates and students from rural areas by suitable reduction in the cut-off marks.
Efforts are made to assess the needs of the high-achievers, average and slow-learners by the teachers at the department level. Remedial programs are arranged after class hours involving alumnae, special assistants or high achievers as facilitators.
In addition to traditional teaching methods, teachers use audiovisual teaching aids for effective instruction delivery.
The college follows the semester system. The number of working days in the last academic year was 184, of which 178 were teaching days. The college calendar with details of working days, test and exam periods and other important events is made available to all faculty and students as part of the handbook in the beginning of the academic year.
The faculty profile is academically rich. Of a total of 181 teachers, 43 have PhD and 68, MPhil as the highest qualification. Twenty-one more have registered for PhD. Faculty development is facilitated through research grant and deputation to training programs and seminars/workshops that are conducted in collaboration with the national agencies. The college has hosted 7 national level seminars during the last 5 years.
Evaluation of Teaching
Teachers obtain feedback on course content, teaching methods followed and evaluation methodology from students. Suggestions given are suitably incorporated during revision of curriculum and methodology of evaluation.
Evaluation of Learning
Internal assessment tests, assignments and seminar participation ensure the continuous assessment process. The college follows the method of double valuation/collective valuation. The valued answer scripts of students are shown to them even before announcement of results, thus ensuring a high level of transparency in evaluation.
Evaluation reforms such as continuous internal assessment, minimum percentage moderation, viva-voce for projects have been implemented. Question banks are prepared by some departments.
Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension:
Promotion of Research
The institution has been encouraging research culture amongst faculty and students. The Department of Zoology is a recognized centre for research, working on the major project of Fish Immunology. The college management supports non-stipendiary research scholars working for their PhD. In order to enable easy access to internet, the college provides free browsing facilities for all faculty members.
Twenty-two faculties in the IX plan period and ten in the X plan period have availed FIP grant for pursuing research. In addition, leave and seed money are also sanctioned to the faculty for research. The college has to its credit (during the last 5 years) 2 major, 19 minor and 63 college research projects. Research and Development Cell of the institution plays a crucial role in coordinating the various research activities and promoting the research interest among faculty. Many faculty members receive research funding from other sources such as the UGC, DBT, CSIR and Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology. The college encourages the teaching faculty to go to foreign universities on faculty exchange programmes. So far, as many as 50 of the staff members have availed of this facility.
Faculty has freedom to publish research articles. The number of papers published in international journals is 41 and 51 in national journals (over the last 5 years). The number of papers presented at national seminars is 161 and at international seminars, 39. The number of books and research papers published by various departments illustrate a high profile of research culture prevalent in the institution. Postgraduate students carry out research project in pursuit of their research programs.
Consultancy and Extension Activities
The participation of the faculty and students in extension activities is appreciable. The college has been offering free consultancy to other colleges on issues related to autonomy, curriculum development, evaluation and CBCS. The college has adopted a pro-active approach in responding to the needs of those affected by tsunami, floods in Madurai and Gujarat earthquake, offering help through raising donations and counselling the victims.
Participation in Extension
The college has taken up and successfully completed projects such as analysis of drinking water on the campus, and conducted Mathematical-training programmes at the national level. As part of its extension activities, the college is running a crÃ¨che for the children of its own employees and the neighbourhood; a centre called CHILD (Childrens Haven In Lady Doak), where neighbourhood children can make use of a special library; and a centre called LAMP (Learning Applications Made Possible), to demonstrate the practical applications of science with simple models.
The college conducts co-curricular activities like NCC, NSS and sports. Six units of NSS and their participation in 72 extension programs evidently show their social commitment. NCC is another wing, which brings laurels to the college by their participation in Basic Leadership Camp and Republic Day Parades.
The college has developed academic and research linkages at national and international levels. Through student exchange and faculty exchange programs with institutions of higher education abroad like the Oberlin University, USA and International Christian University, Japan, the college has been training students and faculty on specific thrust areas like Womens Studies and Service-Learning.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure & Learning Resources
During the past 51 years of its existence, the college has gradually expanded its infrastructure in the form of buildings, laboratories, library, hostel blocks and guesthouse. The college campus spreads over 18 acres and houses the academic departments, laboratories, library, hostels, guesthouses, etc.. The main building has sufficient number of classrooms, offices for principal and vice-principal, administrative staff, a staff room and subject-wise departmental rooms.
Maintenance of Infrastructure
Maintenance of the infrastructure of the college is taken care of by the campus manager.
Library as a Learning Resource
The college library is housed in a spacious building with necessary facilities, namely, reading hall, cubicles for staff members and research students, reference section, magazines, journal sections and a medium-sized meeting hall. The library has a rich collection of 92528 books and subscribes to more than 200 journals and magazines in various fields of knowledge. Computerisation of library and inter-connectivity is complete using the VB, SQL software. The ratio of books to students is 30:1, which is fairly good. There is a book-bank facility for the needy students. The library has open access system with the colour code for easy identification as well as facilities for internet use, photocopying and printing. The different departments also offer library service to their students. The general library, open on all days except government holidays and Sundays, gives opportunities to students to do reference work. As a resource centre, it also offers free browsing facility to limited users at a time, providing assistance for on-line searching.
The college has applied for INFLIBNET facility to augment the availability of learning resources.
Computers as Learning Resources
All departments have computers. Using CPE grants, five smart classrooms have been added in different blocks to further enhance ICT-enabled teaching. Computer labs of the Centre for Information Technology provide access to students for browsing, word processing, preparation of presentation, data management, report generation and programming in addition to catering to the requirements of the regular computer courses in different departments. The campus enjoys a total networked environment connected to multiple servers in the centre and web-based resources are accessible in all departments. The total number of computers in the college is 374. A systems-analyst manages the Computer Centre. Maintenance of computers is entrusted to three technical personnel appointed for the purpose.
The college has an effective intercom network. All classrooms are connected to public addressing system. Linking of the departments, computer centre, library and the administrative offices by intranet is nearing completion. The college also provides residential accommodation to about 730 students in its nine hostel blocks.
There is a healthcare centre having the requisite medical equipment and supporting staff. The services of a doctor are available on call. The doctor does annual medical check-up for all the students.
The college has an eco-friendly campus with solar-powered street lights, a water distillation unit, a percolation pond for rain water-harvesting and a herbal garden.
The entire space in the college is utilized optimally. Full utilization is ensured through departments and committees consisting of staff members working for relevant activities.
Criterion V: Student Support & Progression
Most of the students are from Madurai city and nearby areas with different socio-economic backgrounds.
The success rate of students in the examination is very good with a drop-out rate of just 1.7%. Financial aid is provided to the needy students. During the year 2004-2005, government free-ships to the tune of Rs.13, 17,736/- and college free-ships/scholarships and other incentives to the tune of over Rs. 6, 71,000/- were provided to the students.
The students are encouraged to appear in competitive examinations, such as, NET, SLET, CAT, TOEFL, IAS, etc.. A good number of students have passed competitive examinations and joined various services in the government. After graduation, a number of students have been going for higher studies.
Management scholarships, endowment scholarships, sports scholarships and academic and career counselling are made available to students. Ramps and lifts have been provided for the physically-challenged students. As recommended in the first accreditation report, the college has set up an Employment Cell and a full-time Placement Officer to offer counselling to students. The Employment Cell of the college motivates the students for going in for self-employment. Talks by successful entrepreneurs are arranged in the campus for the benefit of interested students. Career-guidance and peer-counsellor training are some of the other student support facilities provided. An International Students Cell is also functional on the campus for students to acquaint with overseas educational facilities.
Since college is almost 6 decades old, a number of outstanding students are occupying important positions in industry, business, and public life. The Alumni Association of the college has made a significant contribution towards the purchase of lab equipments and towards the running of college stores, crÃ¨che and tailoring institute.
The college places due emphasis on physical education and physical fitness, with a spacious playground. The college has sports facilities like basketball, volleyball, ball badminton, Kho Kho field, Kabaddi field, throw-ball, and a multi-purpose auditorium with indoor games facilities. The students have distinguished themselves by winning overall championships of Madurai Kamaraj University for 6 successive terms and a trophy for sending maximum number of students as members of University Teams. The college encourages the outstanding sports persons by providing incentives such as sports scholarships and prizes, and felicitating the sports persons.
Criterion VI: Organisation and Management
Leadership, Goal Orientation and Decision Making
The Katie Wilcox Education Association, constituted under section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956, governs the college. Under the Board of Directors, as per the rules laid down by the UGC for autonomous colleges, there is an Executive Committee and Finance Committee, which jointly look after the functioning of the college.
Organization Structure, Power and Functions of the Functionaries
The Board of Directors facilitates the principal in the recruitment of teaching/non-teaching staff as and when the vacancies arise, as per the state government rules and regulations. The Senatus and the Academic Council are advisory bodies, consisting of the various Heads of the Departments and they advise the principal on all academic matters. The Faculty Association helps in effective coordination of the various programs of the college. There is decentralisation of administration through delegation of responsibilities to appropriate academic bodies/committees. Campus networking through computers, intercom, fax, intranet and internet facility and office automation are some of the examples of use of modern technology for the efficient functioning of the college.
The college has a dedicated team of administrative staff and class IV employees. The seniors in the administration look after the maintenance of records and efficient keeping of accounts. The appointments are made through selection committee after obtaining approval from the appropriate authorities. The college conducts professional development program for non-teaching staff. The Grievance Redressal Cell of the college addresses the grievances of its employees and students and makes efforts to solve the disputes at an early stage.
The tuition and other fees charged by the institution are reasonable. The institution has a number of welfare programs for the students as well as for teaching and non-teaching staff. Free education to the children of the faculty, free computer training, financial support for research and training abroad, publication support are some of the staff welfare activities.
The college has a master plan. Since dearth of space is visualized in years to come, the Management has shown foresight in purchasing additional land for developing a satellite campus at some distance away from the main campus.
Man Power Planning and Recruitment
There are a total of 181 teaching and 134 administrative and support staff. The college appoints professionally competent faculty by adopting a well-established procedure. Advertising in leading local and national newspapers, short-listing of qualified candidates for interviews, constitution of selection committee consisting of subject experts, college officers, HODs and senior faculty from major and allied departments are some of the measures used to ensure that qualified and competent faculty are appointed.
The teacher student ratio at 1:19 is conducive for effective instruction delivery. Though the government does not approve the filling of vacant posts arising due to retirement / resignation / approved leave in the aided stream, the Management takes the responsibility of appointing substitute teachers so that the academic programs go on unhindered. New faculty members are given orientation and training every year through special workshops arranged with senior faculty as resource persons.
Final year students in each department evaluate teachers based on subject-knowledge, teaching methodology, regularity, punctuality, etc.. The response is used to prompt teachers to improve their performance. Annual academic audit is carried out department-wise by faculty trained as internal auditors.
Staff Development Programmes
The staff development is reflected in their participation and contributions at various seminars and conferences. Special mention may be made of the facilitating aspects for study abroad programs. Fifty faculty members have availed of this facility so far. During the last two years itself, the college has organized 16 workshops for the teachers. In the last year alone, the number of participations in international seminars have been four; in national twenty-seven, in state, sixty-one, while the number of presentations in seminars and workshops have been: international, six; national, thirty; and state, thirty-three.
Resource Mobilization and Financial Management
The college enjoys continuous and full support of the office-bearers of the Management and Trust. The Management extends valuable support for resource generation for improving the infrastructure facilities. The organization of the internal management with the help of teaching and administrative staff is commendable.
The finances of the institution are judiciously allocated and effectively utilized to make its programs and functioning cost-effective. The college has an effective and up-to-date internal audit mechanism. The Management maintains a corpus fund for supporting faculty appointment and other development programs of the college.
Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
In an ever-changing and demanding field of education, the institutions have a vital role to play to meet the demand for job-oriented and need-based courses. The Peer Team is pleased to observe that the college has been sensitive to this aspect in its own way. Some of the healthy practices of the college are mentioned below:
Total Quality Management
An IQAC has been established and the following activities are carried out through it:
*Integration of self-financing with aided courses
*Appointing a full-time Placement Officer
*Sharing of healthy practices of CPE through NAAC-sponsored program with cluster colleges
*Initiating efforts to strengthen linkages between industry and the college.
The college has entered into an agreement with EVERON, Chennai to offer a variety of courses such as software-testing and English-enhancement, through virtual interactive classes.
Value Based Education
Efforts have been made to integrate service components into each discipline, thereby institutionalising service-learning aimed at facilitating education of the head, heart, and hand.
Social Responsibilities and Citizenship roles
The college has established a learning centre called LAMP (Learning and Application Made Possible) in the campus. Visits are arranged by LAMP for the neighbourhood school children throughout the year to provide learning experience and exposure through the science corner, humanities corner, language lab and herbal garden.
The overall development of the college depends upon the involvement of teachers, students, non-teaching staff and Management on curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular, research and extension activities. All these aspects are given adequate emphasis.
Institutional Ambience and Initiatives
The Management, through its perspective planning, is able to mobilize resources to provide an ambience that promotes the teaching-learning effort.
Section III: Overall Analysis
To sum up, the Lady Doak College, Madurai has been doing commendable work in the field of womens education in Tamil Nadu for the last five decades. While adhering to the noble goals and objectives of its founders, the institution has made rapid strides in educational innovation and development. Started as a second grade intermediate college in 1948, raised to the status of a first-grade degree college in 1957, upgraded to a PG College in 1961 and conferred autonomy in 1978, the college has been adopting new systems and practices in the field of higher education. Research inputs and inter-institutional collaboration and linkages at national and international level are also impressive. The Peer Team would like to place on record its appreciation of the following.
*Direct linking of academics with service-learning programs
*Team teaching for common courses like Womens Studies, Environment Studies
*Using web-based resources and computer-based modules for teaching
*All departments given computers with internet connectivity for their regular use
*Many departments building a databank of questions already administered in different subjects, categorizing them into different levels as per Blooms taxonomy
*Establishment of Science Instrumentation Centre
*Collaborative research carried out with reputed national institutes like Central Leather Research Institute, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, Centre for Electro-Chemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi, Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Kodaikanal, Radio Astronomy Centre, Ooty, Regional Research Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, etc..
*Introducing womens studies to improve the general personality and awareness of gender-based problems
*Faculty publishing in reputed journals with good impact factor, authenticating their research
*Contribution to electronic database of the Gene-Bank on the web by two faculty members and three research scholars
*Nineteen of the faculty members and nine research scholars presenting papers at international conferences held at China, Israel, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Italy, Finland, Singapore and USA
*The Department of Zoology offering technical assistance in the analysis of urine and blood samples using Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry
*The Centre for Fish Immunology providing consultancy service for fish farmers on fish health and also to pharmaceutical companies on vaccines/immunostimultant efficacy testing and protocol of drug administration
*Award of â€˜Status for Distinguished Partnership in Service- Learningâ€™ by an international agency based in USA
*Linkages established with different organizations and agencies to promote research and extension activities
While strengthening the activities along the above lines, the college may also direct its efforts for further growth in the following areas too:
*Starting of online information retrieval facility
*Starting graduate and postgraduate courses in library and information science
*Enhancing the institutions capacity for collaborative research with industries and user-agencies; this would enable the college to extend consultancy services to industry while at the same time help mobilise some resources for the college.
*Developing an electronic library to facilitate more access to e-journals and databases
*The Centre for Womens Studies organizes periodic programs and workshops for creating awareness amongst the under-privileged women. The outcome of these activities may be published to show how an academic institution fulfils its mission of transforming the society through its curriculum.
*Consider the possibility of completion of degree programs by students at their own pace (shorter-duration for gifted students and longer-duration for slow-learners).
*Steps may be taken to incorporate twinning programs and distance-learning into the curriculum. Efforts such as these can make the curriculum more learner-oriented and cater to diverse needs of students enabling them to meet challenges of the future, as envisioned by the Management.
With the excellent track record of the college, its commitment and the ambient academic atmosphere prevailing in the institution, the Peer Team feels that the college has the potential of achieving still higher standards. While congratulating the Management, the dynamic principal, the highly motivated librarian and the entire college community, we also thank them on our personal behalf and on behalf of the NAAC, for the cooperation and support they have extended during the assessment exercise.
Prof. K.G.Narayana Pillai, Member
Prof. Azeez Ahmed, Member
Prof. G.H.Gidwani, Member
Place : Madurai
Date : 22nd March 2006
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