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Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College, Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu, IndiaPin Code : 625004
Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College, Madurai Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college.
Mannar Thirumalai Naicker 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 Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College, Madurai Tamil Nadu is http://www.mtncollege.org/.
Contact Details of Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College, Madurai Tamil Nadu are : Telephone: +91-452-2370940
Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College, Madurai Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Arts, Commerce, Computer Applications, Science, Social Work stream(s).
Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College is affiliated with Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai
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NAAC report of Mannar Thirumalai Naicker CollegePreface
The Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College, a constituent college of Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, Tamilnadu, volunteered to be assessed and accredited by the National Assessment Council (NAAC), Bangalore. For this purpose it submitted a well-prepared self-study report in January 2006. The director, NAAC constituted a peer team committee consisting of the following members:
Professor K. Siddappa, Former Vice-chancellor, Bangalore University Bangalore, Karnataka, (Chairman)
Professor H. Surya Prakash Rao, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry (Member - Coordinator)
Professor Leslie Moras, Principal, St. Philomenas College, Mysore, Karnataka (Member).
The peer team visited the college during March 24-25, 2006.
The Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College is located in a serene atmosphere at a well maintained 31.83 acre campus located in the premises of Pasumalai, Madurai city. Professor Dr. R. Sankarappan is the present principal of the college. Mr. L. Sundararajan is the secretary of the management council. Professor S. Shanmugam, Head, Department of Commerce, acted as a coordinator for the preparation of self-study report. Before the visit to the college the peer team members carefully studied the self-study report and analyzed various parameters. During their visit to the campus, the peer team interacted with the Principal, members of the management committee, faculty, students, staff, representatives of associations, parents, alumni and others concerned. The team also carefully went through all the pertinent records and documents made available by the college authorities. Through these activities the peer team had a real feel of the institution.
The Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College (MTNC) is a constituent college of the Madurai Kamaraj University, imparting undergraduate education in science and humanities subjects to different cross sections of students drawn from local communities. It is a Telugu minority institution founded by Tamil Nadu Naidu Mahajana Sangam in 1974. It is a partly Government aided and partly self-financed college, started initially for imparting pre-university education. It has blossomed into a college imparting undergraduate education in selected subjects from 1979 onwards. It is located in the vicinity of Madurai city. The college is administered on-day-to day basis by the principal under the guidance of secretary of the management council. The college basically caters to educational needs of student community in and around the city of Madurai, particularly those who hail from rural areas adjoining the city. During the initial years the college was offering only pre-university courses. From 1979-80 onwards, the college started offering undergraduate courses in selected science and humanities subjects. In addition to undergraduate program options, at present, the college is offering three post-graduate and two-master of philosophy programs, various certificate courses, career oriented courses and diploma courses.
The College has received recognition under 12(B) and 2(f) of the University Grants Commission Act of 1956 in January 1986. The College offers both aided and unaided courses of Madurai Kamaraj University. Besides, the College also offers various Certificate Courses, Career Oriented Courses and Diploma courses. Research courses like M.Phil in Mathematics and Commerce are also offered under self-financing scheme. Altogether the College offers 18 courses under aided category and 12 under self-financing category.
The College has under the aided scheme 44 qualified permanent teaching faculty, 12 among these have doctorate and 21 M.Phil qualification. There are 9 temporary teachers among whom one has Ph.D. and six others have M.Phil. qualification. The College also has 36 teaching staff under self-financing category and from among them 20 have M.Phil qualification. Besides, there are 30 administrative staff and 5 technical staff.
The College has library, computer facilities and other infrastructural facilities with relatively easy access to all its constituents. The administration has put in place imaginative and effective resource mobilization and management strategies. They have a clear vision of imparting higher education to the students living in and around Madurai city with special emphasis on those belonging to of Naidu Community from the rural areas.
The main objectives of the college are :
To impart higher education to people of Telugu speaking Naidu community living in
Tamilnadu and to promote the development and improvement of Telugu Language.
To run programs in various arts / science / humanities subjects and to expand and promote education.
To meet the objectives, the college strives to offer education to students belonging to Telugu minority communities and also to other students from in and around Madurai city. Being an aided institution, it naturally focuses on serving the educational needs of underprivileged and poor students.
In the light of the above, the Peer Team is pleased to present the following report:
CRITERIA WISE ANALYSIS
CRITERION I - CURRICULAR ASPECTS
The objective of MTNC is to provide quality education especially to the socially marginalized and economically backward sections with special focus on Telugu speaking community in and around Madurai. The objectives of the college also include promotion, development and improvement of Telugu language.
The College is an affiliated College of Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai. Being an affiliated college, it has to follow the curriculum given by the University. However, as an Academic Council member of Madurai Kamaraj University, the principal of the college has certain decision making authority in the curriculum / syllabus making for various courses. The college has freedom to frame syllabi for certificate / diploma courses. Thus, taking into account the needs of the changing times, the College offers some job-oriented Certificate and Diploma courses.
Under the Aided category, the College offers 7 graduate courses, viz., B.A. History (Tamil medium), B.A. English Literature, B.B.E., B.Sc. Mathematics, B.Sc. Physics, B.Com and B.B.A.. It also offers two Post Graduate courses - M.Sc. Mathematics and M.Com. and 5 Certificate Courses in Gandhian Thought, Marketing and Salesmanship, Vedic Mathematics, Computer Applications,. Archaeology.
Under the Self-financing category, the College offers 7 under-graduate courses - B.Com, B.Com. Computer Application, B.B.A., B.Sc. Electronics and Communication, B.Sc. Computer Science, B.Sc. Information Technology and B.C.A.; one post-graduate course - M. Sc. in Computer Science and Information Technology; two M.Phil. courses M.Phil in Mathematics and Commerce; certificate courses in Human Resources Management and a diploma course - P.G.D.C.A.
All the self-financing courses were introduced with a clear goal of offering job-opportunities to students. The career fields open to students who opt for different job-oriented courses are clearly spelt out.
Considering the economic background of the students, the institution functions between 8.45 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. to help them take up part-time jobs in the afternoon. To help students acquire additional skills, UGC sponsored Career Oriented Courses such as Communication and Video Production, Travel and Tourism and Functional Hindi are also conducted. In some departments, for eg. Commerce, special coaching classes are conducted for weaker students, especially in acquiring proficiency in spoken English. This measure can be extended to other departments also on global basis. Special attention may also be paid to the girl students who constitute nearly 30% of the total student strength.
Occasionally, some departments in the college organize guest lectures to gain deeper knowledge in the particular subject and also to get peer feed back for the faculty. The college may strive to introduce organization of guest lectures on periodical basis, at least one a semester, in all the departments.
Some departments, for eg. Economics, have taken lead in inviting entrepreneurs from private sector to visit the college to update students on emerging needs in the industry. The departments offering job-oriented courses for training students to face interviews and participate in group discussions may organize such visits periodically. The post-graduate students of the department of Computer Science and Information Technology do project work in industries for gaining on-field knowledge.
CRITERION II - TEACHING LEARNING AND EVALUATION
Students are admitted for various courses in a transparent way purely on the basis of merit, selected by an admission committee consisting of three senior most members of the faculty. The admission committee monitors and selects students for admission to both the graduate and post-graduate courses. The procedure used for admission to courses that come under aided scheme are strictly in accordance with the admission policy laid down by the Government of Tamilnadu. Substantial number of students of the college hails from Tamil medium schools and are from economically underprivileged sections of the society. To bring such students to mainstream the college may organize spoken English classes on day-to-day basis with a provision made in the timetable. Similarly, slow learners may be given special coaching with provision made in the time-table.
After the admission process is completed, different committees constituted from among the staff give orientation to the students about the various facilities available in the campus, about physical education, library facilities, reading room, various associations etc.
At the beginning of the academic year, students are informed about periodic tests. Even though internal assessment does not have direct bearing on the results of the university examinations as far as undergraduate courses are concerned, various departments conduct the periodic tests to evaluate students and prepare them for the end-semester examinations. It is heartening to note that even the Secretary of the Governing Council goes through the marks cards of all students and discusses with the teachers / parents about the student performance in different subjects.
In recent years the college started following Tutor Ward system, according to which about 20 students are entrusted to each faculty member who monitors the academic performance and progress of the student.
The teachers at the beginning of each semester prepare a teaching plan, keeping in mind the syllabus to be covered and the available time frame and follow it, though there is room for flexibility.
The College follows a self-appraisal system as required by the Government norms. Each teacher submits a self-appraisal report on his or her performance during the academic year. In addition, recently, feed back on the performance of the teachers was taken from the students. The college may identify meritorious teachers and award them suitably in recognition of their services. The peer team is happy to note that the college recognizes student toppers in different subjects by awarding them scholarships and prizes. The college may also organize bank / institutional loans to students, particularly in self-financing courses.
Teachers are recruited as per the norms prescribed by the Government of Tamilnadu. Since, the Government does not sanction vacant posts since 1-4-2000, the Management following its own open-recruitment policies to appoint teachers and pays them from its own resources to ensure that the academic work does not suffer. In fact, it is heartening to note that a good number of teachers in the college have research level degrees. Out of 44 teachers of Aided scheme and 36 of the unaided scheme 13 have Ph.D. and 41 have M.Phil qualification. To update knowledge, the teachers are encouraged to attend refresher courses as required by UGC / Government norms.
Some departments have conducted state level seminars on subjects like Economic Condition of Tamilnadu, Changing Faces of Libraries, Human Rights, Environmental Violations and Emerging Trends in Insurance Sector in India. There is a great need to strengthen this activity and extend to all departments. Thus, every department may be encouraged to organize one seminar once a year to help students to gain updated knowledge. The college may take pro-active stand and encourage students to participate in all competitions at college, inter-collegiate and University levels.
The college may take paradigm shift towards student and teacher centric learning by holding interactive sessions. Students may be encouraged to prepare individual notes by going through tests / supplementary reading materials / reference books. Problem solving sessions during classroom hours may be encouraged. Similarly, the students and teachers may be encouraged to browse inter-net to gain knowledge by going through virtual textbooks. A class hour, once a week, may be devoted for this purpose.
CRITERION III - RESEARCH CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
In recent years the College started pro-actively encouraging research culture among faculty. About 13 faculty members have completed Ph.D. and 47 have M.Phil.dsegrees. Many faculty members have enrolled for Ph.D. in Madurai Kamaraj University. However, research output from the teachers after completing, Ph.D. needs upgradation. Some faculty members, especially from Tamil and Commerce Department have published books, for the benefit of research / undergraduate students.
The College has formed a Research Committee, which advises teachers in preparing research project proposals to UGC. At present one faculty member has a UGC-minor research project and one more has been awarded. The Management may encourage teachers to under-take sponsored research projects by providing adequate infrastructure facilities. The management may also award some matching grants and reduce teaching load for the particular faculty who get the projects and bring laurels.
A few faculty members presented papers in seminars and a few of them have also published their research work in journals. This aspect of research activity needs further strengthening and encouraged among all faculty members.
As a part of the curriculum post-gradate students of commerce and M.Phil. Students of Commerce and Mathematics submit project reports for evaluation. The faculty of the respective departments guides the project work. M.Sc. computer science and Information technology students, take up project work in IT companies.
The NSS wing of the college, consisting of six-units has undertaken community development programmes. Through seminars, workshops and exhibitions they created awareness of health and hygiene among the beneficiary. They have adopted a nearby village and established student to people relationships. They organised community development programmes, training in disaster management, medical health assistance camps, blood donation camps, veterinary camps, AIDS awareness programmes in the village and created awareness about environmental pollution.
The college has NCC wing for about two years. It is heartening to note that in its short period of its existence, one student represented in national Republic day parade as a cadet. Lot more improvements can be done in this area in the coming years.
Vivekananda Peravai, which works under the guidance of Vivekananda Kendra, is doing good work to impart leadership training to selected students.
The Womens Development Cell has taken up programmes like trekking, interaction with villagers, and visits to old age home. As part of extension activity of the College in collaboration with NGOs, Leprosy awareness classes, distribution of meals and cloths to needy students, communal harmony and literacy awareness programmes have been organised.
CRITERION IV - INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
The institution has adequate number of class rooms and laboratories to run the educational programmes and administrative function efficiently. The College has 31.83 acres of land in which a quadrangle building with three floors has been built. The building has classrooms, laboratories, staff and office rooms etc. A non-resident center established recently for the benefit of student community is also located in the quadrangle building. A spacious auditorium with a capacity to accommodate about 2000 persons has been added recently. The Physics, Chemistry, Electronics and Computer Science Labs have adequate facilities to cater to undergraduate curriculum needs. A UGC funded Video Laboratory equipped with modern facilities has been added to conduct job-oriented certificate courses in Videography. For the benefit of staff and students, a canteen under the management of women self-help groups has been established. The college does not have hostel facility for boys / girls and the management may address this deficiency. The whole campus is well maintained and kept clean and pollution free with a number of trees. There is a computer center with 60 terminals out of which 20 terminals have internet facility.
There is a functional Library with about 19,600 books and 28 news-papers / magazines / journals. The library has been computerized with on line catalogue. The students / faculty can find out details of the status of the books from the terminal kept in the library. The library has adequate reprographic facilities where students can photocopy materials for a charge. It is laudable that there is a provision for visually handicapped students to listen to lessons prepared to cater to their special needs. While undergraduate students have limited access to books, post-graduate and M.Phil. students have open access. The management may provide more reading space for the students and increase library timings. The library may provide in-house binding facility and have classification labels on all books.
Adequate land is set apart for playground with facilities for Volleyball, Ball Badminton, Kabbadi, Foot Ball and Cricket. Provision for indoor games like Chess, Carrom and Table Tennis is made. Students who excel in sports and games are given incentives and also given priority in admission. A few students of the college have represented the University in chess and vollyball.
The College makes best use of the infrastructure by providing space for University exams, Railway recruitment exams, Staff selection commission exams, Union Public Service Commission exams and Distance Education exams of other Universities etc. The College also has once hosted intercollegiate sports and tournaments.
Adequate sanitary facilities, drinking water facilities, are provided for the students. Public Phone facilities are made available for the use of students.
CRITERION V - STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
The drop out rate of students after joining a course is low. Out of all the students admitted to the college, nearly 95% of students appear for final exam. The pass percentage which was quite low about three years back has shown remarkable turn around and presently is around 60% across the board. With higher level of commitment on the part of the teachers the pass percentage could be further improved.
The prospectus of the Institution gives clear guidance to students about admission requirements for all programmes, fee structure, financial aid and student support services. Since many students admitted to the college come from economically disadvantaged sections of the society the College makes every effort to get scholarships for deserving students from the central government, state government and other philanthropic institutions. It is significant to note that during the academic year 2004-2005 nearly1000 students received scholarships in some form or other.
The College has an employment cell with one faculty member appointed as a placement officer. The placement cell gives information to students on matters relating to job opportunities, higher education, competitive examinations etc. Even though the placement cell is in its nascent stage, it started making impact both at the level of orienting students towards job opportunities or making them better in communication skills. Campus and off-campus placement / recruitment interviews are organised for the benefit of the students. The placement cell may be strengthened with clear mandate to improve communication skills of the students.
The College provides recreation and leisure time facilities to the students to improve the their personalities and the winners in various sports / games / debate / quiz competitions are felicitated in the annual day function.
The College has an Alumni association. The college may make coordinated efforts to productively tap its potential to support various activities.
CRITERION VI - ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT
The Organizational structure of the college consists of the Governing council, College Committee, College Council, Department Councils, Students Service Organisations and various functional committees like the Calendar Committee, Discipline Committee, Examination Committee, Career Guidance Cell etc., All these are governed on the principles of participation and transparency. The committee noted that in the past few years, the secretary, president and other governing body members have put enormous efforts to lift the college to higher levels of academic activity. The secretary of the management council takes interest in the day-to-day activities of the college.
External agencies like the Joint Director of Collegiate Education and the office of Accountant General of Tamilnadu and Pondicherry audit wing conduct audit periodically. The annual audit is also carried out by an internal auditor whose report is placed before the General body of the Managing Board. The finances of the institution are judiciously allocated and effectively utilized to make functioning cost effective.
The college also has an inbuilt mechanism to check the work efficiency of the non-teaching staff. The Principal and the Office Superintendent regularly monitor the work assigned to the non-teaching staff. The non-teaching staffs are given computer training in the college for efficient office administration.
The institution has imaginative and effective resource mobilization and management strategies. Budgeting and auditing procedures are done regularly and standardized.
The Management has setup a Grievance Redressal Cell which takes necessary steps to redress the grievances of the employees and the students. The College helps the members of the staff to avail loans from banks and other financial institutions to meet their finical needs.
CRITERION VII - HEALTHY PRACTICES
The College has adopted mechanisms for internal quality checks and put in practice various innovative healthy measures. The peer team has observed the following healthy practices.
The college has oriented itself to impart good education to students who hail from economically and socially backwards sections of the society particularly from rural areas.
The college has introduced many job-oriented self-financing courses and recruited committed faculty members to run the programs.
The college has decentralized decision making by establishing several committees for effective and smooth functioning.
The college has vibrant NSS, NCC, Women improvement cell and Vivekananda Peravai through which the students are involved in community-oriented programs.
The college has just started an employment cell through which a beginning has been made to motivate students towards employment.
The college has organized community services in collaboration with some NGOs programmes like agricultural soil testing, veterinary camps etc.
Section 3: Overall Analysis
Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College is situated in Pasumalai Panchayat, on the outskirts of Madurai and caters to mostly from Tamil medium rural students who are socially and economically backward. The College offers mainly Undergraduate courses in Arts, Science, Commerce and Business Administration. In addition it offers three PG and two M.Phil programmes. It is a grant-in-aid institution and also offers some courses under self-financing mode. The college received recognition from UGC under 2f and 12B. Although it is a Telugu speaking minority institution, the college encourages students of all sections to get good education, and has become a boon to the students, particularly to the rural and backward students. The alumnae of the college include Chartered Accountants, Advocates, Teachers, University Employees, Administrators and so on. The Peer Team was happy to find some of the positive features in academic and administrative aspects during the visit. In particular, the committee would like to appreciate:
The College has enthusiastic secretary and committed Management Committee who have during the last three years have tried to improve the infra-structure of the College, providing more class rooms, a spacious auditorium and very recently a decent and hygienic canteen. A number of trees are planted in the college campus to make it green and clean.
Out of about 90 faculty members 12 have Ph.D. and 41 have M.Phil. degrees. There are two ongoing minor research projects.
Although the College follows syllabus of Madurai Kamaraj University to which it is affiliated, it has introduced some Certificate and Diploma Courses to enhance opportunities to students. The Placement Cell started recently has made a good beginning and started organising campus interviews and orientation programmes to boost the morale of the students.
Through six NSS units, Womens Welfare Cell and Youth Welfare Cell, community extension activities are taken up and quite a large number of students are made to participate.
The College has helped many economically backward students get scholarships.
The College has a decent computer lab with broad-band internet browsing facility.
The college has recently introduced Tutor-Ward System that helps the students to be disciplined and studious.
While complementing the College, specially the Management for the remarkable improvement that has been brought about in the College infrastructure and functioning, the Peer Team wishes to make the following suggestions for further development of the college and improving the academic standards:
Following the objectives of the college, it may establish a department of Telugu to promote Telugu language and culture.
Wherever possible, the college may introduce modular courses for horizontal mobility of students.
More number of PG courses in different disciplines having regional and national
relevance may be started for the benefit of local students.
Concerted efforts may be made to strengthen computer literacy to the students of all disciplines. Some Certificate Courses on data entry and other aspects of computer applications may also be introduced.
Tutorial classes, seminars, interactive discussion classes may be organised and such other students centered teaching-learning methods may adopted to make the learning process effective and facilitate students bringing laurels to the college bagging ranks/distinctions at the university level. The students may be encouraged to prepare their own notes from reading materials available in the library and also by using internet.
Library facilities may be strengthened updated and upgraded, and library usage orientation programmes may be arranged to the newly admitted students. More space for students and longer library hours will greatly help the cause of education in the college.
Teachers with Ph.D qualifications may be encouraged to take up sponsored and collaborative research projects and to undertake consultancy service. They may be encouraged to publish research papers.
Collaboration with local and regional industries, corporate sectors and research centres may be established both research and teaching activities.
The newly started placement cell may be strengthened to serve the student community effectively.
Spoken English Courses, Communicative Skill improvement and personality development programmes may be organised to the students.
Efforts may be made to involve college alumni in the development of infrastructure and in motivating the students to perform better.
The college may prepare a vision document for a phase wise development of the college in the next 10 years to become a unique institution.
The college may encourage staff members to use power point projections and other teaching aids.
Total Quality Management programs could be organised for the faculty and non-teaching staff to bring about more coordination and improve the quality of teachings-learning process.
The management may establish hostel facility for both boys and girls.
Full fledged health center with at least first aid facility may be established.
A counseling center under the incharge of a lady faculty may be established specially to cater to the needs of the girl students.
Separate ladies room with attached toilet may be added to provide privacy for ladies / women staff / students.
Stone benches may be provided at the base of shade giving trees for the benefit of students / staff
The college may establish nature club, photography club etc. for the benefit of students. Each one of the clubs may be under the guidance of specially identified faculty member.
The Peer Team would like to express its appreciation to the Management, Principal and Faculty of the College for the cooperation extended to the team during the accreditation visit.
Professor K. Siddappa
Professor H. Surya Prakash Rao
(Member - Coordinator)
Professor Leslie Moras
Dr. R. Sankarappan
(Principal, Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College)
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