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Vivekananda College, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu



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Vivekananda College, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
Address:Agasteeswarm
Kanyakumari
Tamil Nadu, India



Vivekananda College, Kanyakumari Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college. Vivekananda College, Kanyakumari Tamil Nadu was established on / in 1965.


Vivekananda College, Kanyakumari Tamil Nadu is situated in Kanyakumari of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Website of Vivekananda College, Kanyakumari Tamil Nadu is http://vivekanandacollege.net/.


Contact Details of Vivekananda College, Kanyakumari Tamil Nadu are : Telephone: +91-4652-270245


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B.A., B.Sc, B.Com, Bachelor of Computer Applications(B.C.A), M.A., M.Sc, M.Phil, M.Com, M.Sc(IT and ECommerce), M.Sc(Software Engineering), M.Sc(Networking and Information technology)


Vivekananda College, Kanyakumari Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Arts, Biotechnology, Commerce, Computer Applications, Information Technology, Science stream(s).

Profile of Vivekananda College

This institution was ushered into existence in July 1965 by the Vivekananda Educational Society, Agasteeswarm as a living memorial to Swami Vivekananda to commemorate the Birth Centenary of the great sage of the east. Nestling amidst sylvan sorroundings, the campus lies in close proximity to the imposing Vivekananda Rock Memorial at Kanyakumari.

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Media coverage of Vivekananda College, Kanyakumari Tamil Nadu, Tamil Nadu

NAAC report of Vivekananda College

SECTION 1: INTRODUCTION
Vivekananda College, Agasteewaram, Kanyakumari, volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and submitted its self-study report to NAAC in January 2006. NAAC constituted a Peer Team consisting of Dr.B. Hanumaiah (Former Vice-Chancellor, Mangalore University, Professor of Physics, Karnataka University, Dharwad) as the Chair and Co-ordinator, Dr.N Reddy, Professor of Economics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, and Dr. Davis George, Principal, St. Aloysius College, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh as members to visit the college, and to validate the self-study report. The Peer Team visited the college on 7th and 8th of April, 2006.

Vivekananda College was established in the year 1965 by the Vivekananda Education Society, with the main objective of providing higher education to the rural students of the region. Their vision is to create higher educational facilities, based on the moral ideals of Swami Vivekananda. The college is under grant-in-aid scheme of the Tamil Nadu State Government, and is recognized under sections 2(f) and 12B of UGC Act.

The college is located in a rural area of Kanyakumari District in Tamil Nadu. It offers a wide range of courses and programmes at Under-Graduate (UG) and Post-Graduate (PG) levels. It offers 10 UG Programs in B.A., B.Com. B.Sc., B.C.A., 04 PG Courses, 2 Diploma and 4 Certificate Courses.

The college has a sprawling campus of 60 acres, and the buildings are spread over seven blocks, consisting of laboratories, class rooms and faculty rooms in addition to hostel, auditorium, seminar hall and library. The student strength in UG Programmes in the year 2004-2005 was 1089. In the self-financing courses the strength is 108. All the students are from the surrounding areas, and only 3 students are from outside the state. The unit cost of education of the institution in the year 2004-2005 was Rs.15,779 including staff salary, and Rs. 523 excluding staff salary. The temporal plan for the academic work of the college is semester system. The college provides support services through a Central Library, Canteen, Auditorium and a Seminar hall. There are sports facilities for indoor as well as outdoor games. The college also has a Credit Society, and Welfare schemes which cater to the needy students.

The college faculty strength is 80, of which 51 are permanent teachers, and 28 temporary, and 01 is working on part-time basis. Of the permanent teaching staff, 17 are Ph.D holders, 30 with M.Phil, and the rest with PG as the highest qualification. Of the temporary teaching staff , one is with a Ph.D , 19 are with M.Phil, and the rest are with PG as the highest qualification. The college has 30 administrative staff, including 10 technical staff, one library assistant and one library attendant. The college also has PTA and an Alumni Association, and some of the alumni of the college occupy prominent positions in different walks of life.

The Peer Team carefully perused and analyzed the self-study report of the college. It went through all the relevant documents and also interacted at length with the members of the Management, Principal and members of the faculty, non-teaching staff, students, parents and alumni of the college. Based on these meetings and keeping in mind the criteria identified by the NAAC, the assessment of the strengths and concerns of the college was made.

SECTION 2 : CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion I : Curricular Aspects
As an affiliated college of the Manonmanian Sundaranar (M.S.) University, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, the college follows the syllabi prescribed by the University for Arts, Science, Commerce and Information Technology both at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels on semester pattern. The college has clearly stated vision to promote the cause of national integration, world peace based on the teachings of Swami Vivekananda, and has its mission to preserve and promote Indian culture and heritage apart from providing quality education. The college offers 10 UG programmes, 4 PG programmes, 2 Diploma programmes, and 4 certificate programmes. The college has been introducing new courses as and when the growing need for them is perceived. The college takes about 8 months of preparation to introduce a new course. In the last three years they have introduced B.C.A., M. Sc. (IT & E. Com) Diploma in Information Technology, and Diploma in Functional English. The college is planning to introduce Diploma courses in vocational subjects, and P.G. Courses in Tamil, and M.Com. The college is also planning to revive the specialization in ‘Tourism and Travel‘ as part of M.A. Economics.

An interesting feature of the curriculum at the UG level is the flexibility offered to the students. The student has an option to move from one course to the other either after the first or the second semester. Further, a student can simultaneously pursue another degree or diploma or certificate course through distance or regular mode by attending part-time or weekend classes. The availability of Certificate Courses through regular or distance mode by way of attending part-time / weekend classes, offers additional access to skill oriented courses. Availability of certificate courses like Functional English, Diploma in Computer Applications, etc. under the parallel facility are of significant value, in addition to the usual UG and PG courses. There are also opportunities to learn certain skills like typewriting (word processing), computer programming, doll making, etc. as evening courses.

The core/option division of the UG courses, and the availability of a range of options, in some cases cutting across the disciplines, is another positive feature of the curricular structure. There is awareness on the need for curriculum updating as evidenced from the conduct of a seminar on ‘Syllabus Revision’, forming of a ‘Curriculum Enrichment Cell’, and also from the active participation of senior faculty members both at the M.S. University Boards of Studies and in other academic bodies in bringing about changes in the syllabi

Several of the college teachers are on the Boards of Studies of the M.S.University, and have played a vital role in updating the syllabi. Three teachers are presently members of the senate of the M.S. University. Six teachers were members of the University inspection commissions to assess the infrastructure and curricular activities of the affiliated colleges. Four teachers have written 35 books for college students.

The college has evolved an institutional mechanism to monitor the quality of different academic programmes through its various administrative and advisory committees.

Criterion II: Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
The college has a transparent admission procedure, the students are admitted into the college on the basis of past academic record, and the reservation rules are followed as per university norms. In some exceptional cases, preference is given to those who have some extracurricular achievements in sports.

The college publishes its updated Calendar annually, which contains the admission as well as the related information regarding fee structure, different kinds of financial aid from the Central Government, State Government, College free-ship, etc. Further the rules regarding the college discipline, academic calendar, the curricula, library and sports activities, tests and university examinations, evaluation methods, etc. are also provided in the Prospectus.

The college ensures effective implementation of annual academic schedules prepared from time to time. The faculty in-charge monitors the teaching programmes. The number of teaching days of the college was 163 days and working days were 181 spread over two semesters in the year 2004 - 2005. In accordance with the UGC norms, the average maximum workload of each teacher is 20 periods per week. Each period is of 50 minutes. The ratio of teaching staff to non-teaching staff is 80:40. Besides academic programmes, remedial coaching is provided to academically weak students. Efforts are also made to supplement the conventional method of teaching by learner-centered methods like seminars, study tours, quiz competitions on syllabus, assignments and workshops. Evaluation methods are communicated to the students at the beginning of the year and the progress of the students is assessed through mid-semester tests.

The college follows the semester system of examinations. The outline of the system of examination and evaluation, as mentioned earlier, is given to all the students through the college calendar. Other detailed information about practicals, field trips, etc. is also given to the science students. The management of the college encourages teachers to participate in seminars, workshops, and conferences for their academic enrichment. 14 staff members have attended national level seminars and workshops. The college also has organized four faculty development programmes in 2005.

Teachers are recruited as per the rules and regulations laid down by the Tamil Nadu Government and the M.S. University. As observed in the beginning, the college has 51 permanent teachers including 17 Ph.D. degree holders and 30 M.Phil. degree holders, one Librarian and one Physical Director . There are 28 temporary teachers including one with Ph.D and one part time teacher. Teachers are encouraged to avail FIP, and considerable numbers have obtained Ph.D. and M.Phil. degrees under FIP. Many faculty members avail of refresher courses, some organized seminars on syllabus revision, one-day orientation for staff, on quality improvement aspects, classroom communication and career guidance.

The students results in the University examinations are reasonably good, many students have secured First Divisions in annual examinations, and a few have secured University Ranks. The college has kept in check the dropout rate considering the fact that the college is situated in a rural area. During the interaction with the students, it is observed that there is cordial relationship between the teachers and the taught.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The college promotes research activities. Six of their teachers are Ph. D guides, and two of them supervise M.Phil. dissertations of candidates under the distance mode. The institution encourages research culture and quality improvement among teachers as evidenced from a large number of faculty members availing FIP. Faculty members are also encouraged to carry on project work. Students in M.A. Economics and M.Sc(IT&Ecom) carry on project work as part of their courses. The college has two major research projects. One approved by U.G.C. with a total outlay of Rs. 3,41,900 and another approved by CSIR with a total out lay of Rs. 2,51,420, apart from the FIST programme under which it had received Rs. 7,65,100 (2000 - 2005).

Besides a large number of books published by the faculty, there are also a 9 number of research papers published by the teachers. The publication record of Mathematics and Zoology is well worth noting. These departments have organized national and state level conferences. Some faculty members in other departments do attend seminars and conferences at the national level. The college would do well if many more departments could apply for Minor Research Projects (MRP) and involve in more research and publications on their own. The college also could apply for UGC sponsored Seminars and Conferences.

The College has made a beginning of consultancy, and it could widen its Consultancy Services. The college has taken up several extension activities including Community Development, Social Work, Health and Hygiene Awareness, Medical Camp, Adult Education and Literacy, Blood Donation Camp, Environment awareness and AIDS awareness.

The college, besides N.S.S. and N.C.C. activities, also has outreach programmes like Village adoption, free distribution of uniforms to needy children, tailoring and fur doll making training and medicinal plant exhibition. The college provided accommodation and food to Tsunami affected people. The college teachers and students are encouraged to participate in extension activities and work for national integration.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
As noted earlier, the College campus is spread over 60 acres of land with adequate space for college buildings, hostels and play grounds. The college has a master plan of its campus. The main building complex has seven blocks with facilities like class rooms, Principals office, Administrative office, Library spacious, Ladies Common Rooms, Staff rooms, Zoology, Botany, Physics & Chemistry Laboratories, IT Centre, N.C.C. and N.S.S. rooms, Auditorium and a Seminar Hall. A girls hostel for Rs.25 lakhs was constructed recently, and a sum of Rs.15 lakhs was contributed by the Management. IT Block was constructed for Rs. 20 lakhs to run M.Sc. Information Technology courses. Another building with 3 halls was constructed under self-help schemes and used as seminar halls. The government contributed Rs.10 lakhs and the Management Rs.5 lakhs. The College has its own plans to meet the need for augmenting the infrastructure to keep pace with academic growth.

Availability of adequate hostel facilities for boys and girls is a positive factor. In addition to the hostels under the college, the free girls hostel constructed and maintained by the government on the land allotted by the college is an encouraging feature. The college has a very high proportion of girl students and the provision of a large common room for girls is a sensible development. There are standby generators for uninterrupted power supply to laboratories.
The college library has a total collection of 24,785 books. It also subscribes to 18 periodicals, 10 journals and 6 newspapers. The College Library facility is made available to staff and students. It is earnestly suggested that the Library which is partly computerized may be fully computerized as early as possible. The annual addition of textbooks and Reference Books may be enhanced, in the Library. At least 2 subject journals may be subscribed for each subject of specialization taught in the college. The library needs to have facilities for reprography, more computers and audio and video cassettes. Internet facility for the use of faculty and students needs to be made available at the earliest. The Library is kept open on all the working days from 9.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. However, during the examination period these timings are extended. During 2004-2005, the library functioned for180 days.

The college has Centralized Computer facility with 40 computers of which 10 are not functioning. Some of the Departments also have computers. One computer is available in the library, and one in the administrative office. The maintenance of the computers in the college is done through AMC.

First-aid box is available to the students and staffs of the college so far as health services are concerned. All students admitted to the college undergo compulsory medical check up once a year. The college has infrastructure facilities for outdoor and indoor games like Table Tennis, Kabaddi, Volleyball, Foot Ball, and Badminton.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
An interesting feature of the student composition of the college is that students are predominantly rural, and majority of the students are girls - 70% of UG, 77% of PG and 70% of self-financing scheme are girls. The faculty composition reflects sensitivity to this dimension as could be seen from substantial proportion women among the teachers. A large number of State and Central government scholarships are accessed by the students. There are adequate hostel facilities, and especially the free government hostel for the girls is worth noting.

Access to Certificate and Diploma Courses in job / skill oriented areas to regular students makes them easily employable. There exists a rudimentary employment cell with an honorary faculty advisor. There is also an effort to monitor the progression of students through activation of Alumni association.

During 2004-2005, students appearing for the qualifying examinations after the minimum period of study was 94%. The dropout rate was 8.6%, and the success rate was about 74.57% at the UG level. The progression of students from undergraduate to post-graduate studies is about 32%, as reported. The alumni of the college are stated to be in the fields of Education, Law, Business, Industry, and public sector, including a District Collector, several software engineers and doctors. A comprehensive profile of the alumni holding prominent positions may also be compiled with the help of the college Alumni Association.

During the last two years, several students have received different types of scholarships, and other financial assistance which is very commendable. During 2004-2005, 995 students in all have received scholarships, out of which 279 were BC Scholarships, 37 MBC, 86 SC/ ST, 492 First Graduate and 26 Fee Concessions.

The college teachers provide academic and personal counseling to the students within and outside the classrooms, as and when needed. A system of a class counselor for each class has been developed and implemented, for day-to-day routine counseling. However, the college would do well if the services of a professional Counselor / Psychologist are provided in the college for the students and staff, two or three times a week.
The Alumni Association of the college needs to be registered and energized, as an important component for the development of the college.

Criterion VI: Organization and Management
The college has an efficient internal coordinating and monitoring mechanism. The Society has a General Body which elects members of the Management Committee. There is also a College Committee consisting of 9 members from the management, the Principal, 2 senior faculty members, one University representative and the office superintendent. The academic coordination and monitoring mechanism is controlled by the Staff Council and a large number of committees of teachers that look after various functions of the college administration. Prominent among these committees are Library Committee, Examination Committee, Time table Committee, Discipline Committee etc. The Heads of Departments hold regular meetings for distribution of workload, preparation of teaching plan, enhancing the efficiency of class-rooms teaching, etc. The college has a Students Council with the Principal as the ex-officio Chairman. Departmental Committees are formed in the college to take care of the various college activities. The Principal functions as the coordinating and monitoring authority. Faculty members also assist him.

Various financial help facilities are provided to the permanent members of the teaching and the non-teaching staff, like loans against each ones Provident Fund account, for some specified purposes. Cooperative Thrift Society also provides loans to the members. Government Employee Health Insurance, on death in service scheme, festival advance, Housing loan, Personal loan and co-optex dress loan are provided by the management.

The accounts of the college are well maintained and are audited regularly by the internal and external auditors. The college office has sufficiently good infrastructure including one computer facility and it functions in a congenial atmosphere.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The Peer Team has identified some distinct features of the college, which have enhanced the academic ambience of the institution. They are as follows:

The college functions in consonance with the declared goals and objectives of the Society.

The college has been playing a major role in fulfilling the higher educational needs of the rural hinterland of this relatively background region.

With a view to provide skill and job orientation, self-financing Certificate Courses have been started.

There is no student unrest or employee discontentment and all the academic stakeholders function in harmony.

Cordial atmosphere exists in the college, which reflects collective synergy and spirit of teamwork.

The management has commitment to improve the facilities and strives towards providing better facilities

Active support to games, sports and extension activities is given through the N.S.S. , N.C.C. and sponsoring teams to tournaments.

The college has a long tradition of commencing its day-to-day activity with a prayer song.

Teachers evaluation by the students is introduced.

There is emphasis on Personality Development programmes and value based education .

SECTION 3: OVERALL ANALYSIS AND SUGGESTION
The Peer Team, after going through the self-study report, and on the basis of its visits to various academic and physical facilities of the Institution, finds that the college has been able to make reasonable progress, and feels satisfied with its performance. The college is functioning in accordance with the aims and objectives laid down by the Society. There is a healthy relationship between various functionaries of the college, which has contributed to the cordial environment in the institution. The Peer Team considers the following features of the college as commendable:

Encouragement and support given by the Management to the Institution for its effective functioning.

The college has its own plans for future needs, infrastructural growth and development.

The presence of the large proportion of teachers with Ph.D qualification and with continued interest in research and publications is noteworthy.

The college offers a few certificate courses.

Transparent administration with efficient maintenance of record and documents.

The special emphasis given to the higher education of rural girls of this regions is commendable.

The Peer Team makes the following recommendations to the Institution for its consideration keeping in view the future growth and development:

Filling up the existing teaching vacancies, and regularizing the existing qualified teachers with salaries on far with other teachers which should be treated, with at most priority to avoid any threat of loss of morale of the teaching staff.

Bridge and remedial courses, should be offered to the educationally weaker students on a systematic basis.

The college may consider the introduction of a few relatively long duration job-oriented self-financing courses and PG Courses.

Since one of the major problems is associated with the switching from Tamil to English medium, the college may provide the facilities of a language laboratory to develop the communication skills of the students; particularly to develop the much-needed proficiency in functional English.

The linkages with industry and other institutions of GOs and NGOs need to be further expanded for mutual benefits.

The Management may draw out a plan to provide adequate emphasis on academic research and consultancy.

Coaching classes for various competitive examinations may be started.
Internet facility in the college should be strengthened and made accessible to all the students and the staff.

A few faculty improvement / development programmes in a year may be conducted in the college, on suitable themes of general interest of the staff.

The college library may be strengthened in all its aspects and especially by adding latest editions of books and subject journals. The library would do better if reprographic facilities are made available to teaches and students. Automation
of the library and the office will enhance efficiency of the Institution.

The existing canteen facility is inadequate and needs improvement .

The UGC Book Bank facility should be availed and text book collection be improved.

The teachers may be encouraged to participate more seminars and conferences.

Efforts to access services of inter-University Centers like IUCCA, and UGC INFLIBNET facility, need to be initiated.

An Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) may be constituted in the college to initiate and monitor quality changes and standards in all the activities in the college.

Teachers may be encouraged to make more extensive use of modern teaching aids to strengthen the teaching-learning process.

The Career counseling Center and the Employment Guidance Cell could be established to help the poor and needy students.

More career-oriented courses may be introduced by making optimal utilization of existing resources and by providing additional infrastructure wherever necessary.

The college could well apply for Minor Research Project from UGC and also conduct National Seminars .

While the present provision of hostel facilities for girls students is commendable, special care should be taken towards proper maintenance, and adequate security provision. There should be a Hostel Committee with adequate representation to girl students.

The Peer Team thanks the college for the cooperation extended for the conduct of the visit and wishes the college all the best in its future endeavors.

Dr. B. Hanumaiah (Chairperson)

Dr. D.N. Reddy (Member)

Dr. Davis George (Member)



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