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Scott Christian College (Autonomous), Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu



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Scott Christian College (Autonomous), Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu
Nagercoil
Tamil Nadu, India
Pin Code : 629003


Scott Christian College (Autonomous), Nagercoil Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college.
Scott Christian College (Autonomous), Nagercoil Tamil Nadu is situated in Nagercoil of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Website of Scott Christian College (Autonomous), Nagercoil Tamil Nadu is http://www.scottchristian.org/.



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B.A / B.Sc / B.Com
M.A / M.Sc / M.Com
M.Phil / Ph.D.


Scott Christian College (Autonomous), Nagercoil Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Arts, Commerce, Science stream(s).

Scott Christian College (Autonomous) is affiliated with Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Abhishekapatti


Profile of Scott Christian College (Autonomous)

The Scott Christian College is managed by the Kanyakumari Diocese of the Church of South India (CSI). The Scott Christian College enjoys continuity with a village-church school founded in 1809 at Mylaudy by the Revd William Tobias Ringeltaube, the pioneering missionary of the London Missionary Society in South Travancore. This Central School or Seminary was shifted to Nagercoil in 1818 by the Revd Charles Mead. The Revd Dr James Duthie took charge of the Seminary in 1860, and played a vital role in raising it to a College. Scott Christian College aims at giving a liberal Christian education which develops the total personality of the students so that they become worthy citizens of this country with understanding and tolerance, brotherly love and the highest standards of integrity.

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NAAC report of Scott Christian College (Autonomous)

Section 1: Introduction
Scott Christian College, Nagercoil, Tamilnadu volunteered to be assessed and accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore. Accordingly, the College submitted a self-study report in January 2000 to NAAC which then constituted a Peer Team to visit the institution for assessment work with the following: Dr. A.N.P. Ummerkutty, Former Vice-Chancellor, Calicut University (Chairman), Prof. G.H. Sawkar, Director of College Development Council, Bangalore University (Member) and Prof. Premendu Prakash Mathur, Professor, School of Life Sciences, Pondicherry University (Member). The Peer Team visited the College on 21st, 22nd and 23rd February 2000.

Established in 1893, the Scott Christian College has been managed by the Kanyakumari Diocese of the Church of South India (CSI). Being one of the premier higher education institutions of the district, the Scott Christian College has contributed greatly to the educational advancement of the area. It has an interesting affiliation history. When launched more than a century ago it was affiliated to the then Madras University. But when the Travancore University was established in 1938, the affiliation was shifted to the new University as it fell under the latters geographic jurisdiction. However, when part of the erstwhile Travancore State was merged with the new state of Tamilnadu, the affiliation was reverted to the Madras University in 1956. The College has had two more shifts in affiliation, first, to the Madurai Kamaraj University when the latter was carved out of the then Madras University in 1966 and second, to the Manonmaniam Sundaranar University with which it has been affiliated since 1990. The positive point to note is that the College has been growing during all these years, becoming a first grade college in 1950 and a P.G. College in 1971 (when the College started functioning in the present campus). M.Phil. programmes were introduced in 1994 followed by Ph.D. in Economics, Tamil, Zoology & Botany. At present it is a fairly large institution with a student strength of around 1700 and a little more than 1/10th that number of faculty and staff.

The College is situated in an area of 43.5 acres on the N.H. 47 which has great potential for growth. It offers 11 UG, 10 PG, 6 M.Phil and 4 Ph.D. programmes. It has applied for autonomy. Assessment & accreditation is sought in the light of this objective. College authorities felt that assessment & accreditation by the national agency is necessary at this stage of growth in order ‘to have an introspection and to know its strengths & weaknesses’. Before visiting the campus, the Peer Team studied the self-study report prepared by the college.

During their stay the Team visited all the academic, administrative and supporting facilities in the campus, interacted extensively with various segments of the academic community and scrutinized relevant documents. Discussions were held with the members of the Governing Council, the Correspondent, the Vice-Principal in the absence of the Principal due to illness, the Secretary of the diocese, the faculty, the staff, students, parents and the alumni. On the basis of a judicious analysis of the self-study report, the extensive visits and discussions the Peer Team has had on the campus and in the light of the well-defined criteria formulated by the NAAC, the Peer Team assessed the quality of education imparted at the Scott Christian College, Nagercoil. The assessment is presented below in terms of the criterion-wise approach and over-all analysis. A few commendations on the institution and suggestions for its further development are also added.

Section-2: Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion-I: Curricular Aspects
Scott Christian College Nagercoil is affiliated College with Manonmaniam Sundaranar University and follows the syllabi and examination pattern prescribed by it. The College offers eleven programme options at the undergraduate level and ten at the post graduate level in Arts, Science and Commerce faculties. In addition to them, it offers M.Phil. in Tamil, economics, commerce, physics, botany & zoology while Ph.D. level research is pursued in Tamil, economics, botany & zoology.

Though all the programmes offered are traditional in nature, the course contents in M.A. (English Literature) and Tamil provide Journalism and Mass Communication as options, similarly B.Sc. (Mathematics) includes computer science as an ancillary subject. Within the present university regulatory system, the college takes about one year to introduce a new programme. The College has taken initiative to start the new Department of computer sciences a couple of years ago. It could have made an effort also to introduce some more need-based job-oriented courses. It is significant to note that under parts-IV and V some subjects like Gandhian Thought, Consumer Protection, Status of Women and Freedom Movement are being offered at the undergraduate level.

There is no formal mechanism for obtaining a feedback from academic peers and employers on the teaching programmes. The College has initiated contact with Indian Rare Earth, Manavalakurichi and conducts some of its activities through the Rotary Club and NGOs. It needs further strengthening of the industry-neighbourhood networking which would be much helpful to students and to the community at large.

Value education classes are compulsory for all students. The college also provides liberal Christian Education. There is a little evidence of any corporate exercise by the whole community to review goals, re-design and re-structure curricula with in the constraints of the affiliating system. Enrichment and supplementary programmes may be introduced.

Criterion-II: Teaching-learning and Evaluation
Admission to various courses are in accordance with the policy of reservation of the Government of Tamilnadu. However, the minority status of the college allows it to reserve 50% of the seats for Christians. Admissions are strictly based on academic records of the candidates at the qualifying examinations. During 1999-2000 for about 580 seats in UG and 245 seats in PG courses, approximately 1831 and 802 candidates competed respectively. Admissions to M.Phil. and Ph.D. courses are also based on merit.

Though there is no provision of judging the students knowledge and aptitude at the entry level, the college has provision of assessing students knowledge and language proficiency at the beginning of the course. It provides special coaching classes and remedial teaching to the academically weaker sections of students. Continuous monitoring of the bridge courses and the evaluation of the course content and pedagogy may help tin making them more effective.

The syllabi are unitized and the evaluation is based on summative end semester examinations conducted by the university. Periodical assessment and model examinations help the teachers to monitor the progress of the students. Reliance on the conventional lecture seems to constitute normal pedagogy. Audio visual aids are used. Field trips and study tours are conducted by some departments to expose students to an engagement with the world outside.

The pass percentages in many undergraduate and postgraduate courses could have been better. Admission of first generation learners and students from disadvantaged sections of society may be one of the reasons for this. The results in the last semester shows improvement and is much better than those of the past couple of years. It is nevertheless a challenge to make these students acquire higher levels of proficiency which the college should meet.

The College has 111 permanent faculty members (25 Ph.Ds, 78 M.Phils and 8 postgraduates) and 24 (5 Ph.Ds, 10 M.Phils and 9 postgraduates) temporary teachers. Teachers are recruited according to the regulations of UGC and Tamilnadu Government. Selection of teachers is made by the Selection Committee appointed by the Governing Board which has subject experts. The college enjoys freedom to appoint temporary and adhoc staff. It pays them from its own resources.

Though the college allows the faculty to participate in refresher and orientation programmes conducted under the auspices of the UGC, their participation in various academic seminars/ conferences and workshops is minimal. Teachers may be encouraged to make use of such opportunities. Various departments may organize some of the national / regional level seminars to make the M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes more effective.

There is no institutional mechanism for faculty appraisal. However, the self-appraisal format prescribed by the Government of Tamilnadu is used for purposes of time-scale promotion.

The college makes the best use of the UGCS Faculty Improvement Programme (FIP). Eight teachers are making use of FIP under IX Plan. The Management is very supportive of the career advancement of the faculty members.

The College has established a student exchange programme with ‘Partnership For Service Learning’, New York and is in the process of establishing a linkage with Rikkyo University, Japan.

Learner-centred pedagogy, continuous formative internal assessment, teacher performance appraisal, use of educational technology, and other strategies to make teaching-learning processes more contemporary and relevant are essential to promote quality education. The college may speedily be involved to promote them.

Criterion-III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The Peer Team tried to get an overview of the research activity undertaken by the teachers in different subjects. Though the College is predominantly an undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and learning centre, research orientation exists in 6 disciplines - physics, botany, zoology, economics, commerce and Tamil. These departments offer M.Phil. programmes. Except physics and commerce departments the rest offer Ph.D. programmes also. There are 13 full time research scholars on FIP and 21 are working as part time scholars. The departments of zoology, botany, English, commerce, Tamil and physics have been publishing books, journals and research papers and abstracts presented in conferences. It is felt that the faculty should try to publish papers in peer-reviewed journals in their fields and such activity may be supported by the Management. The botany department has two ongoing projects totaling about Rs.550000. The department of chemistry has a minor project. The department of English was able to generate some resources. The Peer Team recommends that research activities may be better monitored and co-ordinated.

The departments of botany and economics have helped the Government of Tamilnadu to prepare the environmental profile of Kanyakumari District and make the fourth Economic census of Kanyakumari district.

The college has listed several of its extension activities. However, there could be a designated person to co-ordinate all such activities more effectively. The College Rotract Club has undertaken many extension activities by taking part in eye donation, flood relief, refugee relief, immunization drive, literacy mission, blood donation camp, communal harmony, adoption of villages, environmental awareness etc. Scotsprings, a club sponsored by the Department of English is involved in many extension activities such as visits to homes for the aged, polio home etc. The Club has also donated 13 calipers to polio victims. The College Union has undertaken activities to help the leprosy patients and spastic children. The college has also started a project called ADAT (Alcohol, Drugs, AIDS, Tobacco) to fight against the evils. It has conducted a few seminars and training programmes apart from training a group of 35 students in addiction management. It has one company of the NCC which has organised adventure activities, and held blood donation, animal welfare and free medical camps, karate is also taught.

The college has adequate sports facilities. Some students have participated in various zonal, inter zonal and inter-university tournaments. However, there are not many cultural activities. In order to develop the overall personality of the students it is suggested to strengthen cultural activities as well.

Criterion-IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The campus has a cluster of buildings accommodating various departments and class rooms. For further development the college has adequate space. Buildings and the campus are well maintained by the Management. Additional buildings were put up with the help of the P.T.A. and the Management funds. The College has well laid play grounds.

The College has spacious class rooms and laboratories. The laboratories are well maintained and well-equipped. Class rooms are provided with modern audio-visual aids. The college has developed a Green House, aquarium and a garden. Medicinal plants are grown in the botanical garden. The Management maintains a coconut form on ten acres of land. A new chapel has been built where students can pray and meditate during their leisure hours. The PTA has built a new Non Resident Womens Day Centre. The mens hostel is being converted into a womens hostel so as to meet the growing demand for providing more hostel facilities to women students. The college provides mid-day meals to 23 needy students.

All the students of the College are subjected to medical check up. The Management provides medical facilities to needy students. The college has a canteen.

A few departments like physics and economics have computers of their own apart from the computers in the computer centre. The Computer Centre may be adequately equipped to provide computer literacy to all students and members of faculties.

The college buildings are used by the state and central governments, other universities, banks etc. The college has been providing space for holding competitive examinations. The British Council offers counselling about higher education in the United Kingdom. The Manonmaniam Sundaranar University has established an Institute for Coastal Area Studies in the college campus.

The college has a well maintained library which has 66,169 volumes and several journals. During the last year the library spent Rs.95,793/- towards purchase of books & journals. Stock verification is made every year. The library works from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The college may plan for the automation of library services. The department libraries have the recently acquired books and journals. The Book Bank facility is provided through the departmental libraries.

The college has adequate sports facilities for playing basket ball, cricket, football, and for athletic practise. A large number of students take part in sports. Outstanding students in sports are encouraged by giving nutritious food and sports kits. The college has represented at university and state in several meets and has won several prizes. However, student participation in sports needs greater encouragement.

Criterion-V: Student Support and Progression
A unique feature of this college is that majority of the students are drawn from the neighbourhood areas and are first generation learners. A large number of students get many scholarships and other forms of financial assistance from different agencies. The Management is very supportive of the financial needs of students and help them in different ways. Though there are informal mechanisms of collection of feedback from the students, it is suggested that a formal mechanism of student feedback should be evolved and the information available analysed scientifically for follow-up action.

The college publishes an informative and updated prospectus every year. Though there is no formal career counselling, personal counselling is undertaken by a male and a female teacher. The college also gives importance to counselling in drug/alcohol related problems.

It is suggested that a formal Career Guidance Bureau with a placement cell be established so as to help students find employment opportunities and career progression. The drop out rate of the students in the College is only 8% which is fairly low.

The alumni are mainly involved in developmental activities of the college. A large number of old students have excelled in civil administration and held good positions in institutions. However, it is suggested that their active participation in academic matters may also be sought as many of the alumni have made notable contributions to improve the respective areas of their work.

Criterion-VI: Organization and Management
The Governing body meets periodically and there is an elected staff member from the teaching faculty on the Governing Body. Internal co-ordinating and monitoring is done by the Principal, the Staff Council of Heads of all departments and the Staff Secretary. The committee meets regularly. Staff members are formed into small committees and put in charge of various responsibilities pertaining to the day to day functioning of the institution. The administrative aspects are under the purview of the college committee and the Governing Body. An academic calendar is prepared before the commencement of the academic year highlighting academic and extra curricular activities.

The supporting staff are recruited as per Government rules. The support staff are given training by sending them to various administrative courses. The college provides loans to its non-teaching and teaching staff. It operates a Staff Welfare Fund through which teachers are given loans up to Rs.10,000/-. When a member dies in harness an ex-gratia amount of Rs.5000/- is provided from this fund.

New UGC pay scales have been implemented. The college has been making efforts to generate additional revenue through self-financing courses, in addition to the funds given by the Management.

Administrative staff are made aware of their responsibilities and are held accountable for any lapse. Auditing and budgeting procedures are according to government directions.

The Management consists of educated and reputed persons. The Management has a lot of landed properties and buildings in different places. Part of the income from these properties is used for development of the college.

The College functions with a vision and traditionally staff members have cordial relationship with the Management. The Teachers Association has provided a banking counter in the campus. Staff are taken into confidence and given free hand in academic and developmental activities of the institution. The Staff Council meets regularly and serves as an advisory body to the Principal. The Management encourages students to have their union and consults it on matters relating to students.

Criterion-VII: Healthy Practices
The Peer Team, during the visit to the college, could identify a few practices that make this college a place of attraction for the over-all development of students mainly drawn from rural background. Some of them are mentioned below.

A healthy ambience for an educational institution with notable campus cleanliness and tree plantations in the campus.

The premises, class rooms and laboratories have been maintained fairly well.

A very active parent teacher association.

Establishment of a non-resident women students centre with many facilities.

Establishment of a communication room with telephone, reprography, fax, internet and e-mail facilities.

The democratic pattern of the annual Student Union elections and its smooth functioning.
Availability of a large number of scholarships and financial aids for weaker sections

Well-conducted extension activities and social work through NSS, Rotaract Club etc.

Establishment of linkages with foreign institutions.
Imparting of value based education

Section-3: Overall Analysis
Being a centenarian institution, the Scott Christian College, Nagercoil has rendered notable service in educating the backward peoples of the southernmost district of the country. Formerly patronized by the ruling house of the Travancore Maharajahs, the College had produced many distinguished citizens. Presently, it is a postgraduate college aspiring to become autonomous.

This statement also indicates its present limitations:
Being an affiliated institution, the college has little option regarding formation of syllabi, curricula, conduct and pattern of examination etc. One method of influencing the latter is to get into the Boards of Studies, Academic Council etc of the University and try to exert healthy academic pressures on such bodies. Since it is a postgraduate institution with research facilities in a few departments, qualified and interested teachers may try this method. Such academic efforts will, in turn, help them to achieve autonomy for the college.

The college lays great stress on discipline. Value education is given due importance. Teachers and students were deputed to training programmes and camps organised by AIACHE and SCM. But it would be advisable to draw from wider sources both for teaching materials and for training purposes. Being a pluralistic society, our students should be prepared at least to be familiar with the value systems of various segments of the population. The value education materials may be prepared keeping this broader base in mind. Guest lectures by eminent persons from different walks of life could also be arranged.

With a long tradition of service to people, the college has a few laudable features which are given separately as commendations. A few suggestions for further growth and development of the institution are also listed and added separately.

Commendations:
Situated in a backward area, the college conducts language proficiency tests wherever necessary, to improve the language ability of the students.

A non-resident centre for women students is a good recent addition for great many students who come from nearby places. An attractive building was donated by the Parent Teacher Association.

Also notable is the conversion the existing Mens Hostel into a womens hostel as the number of women students in the college is more than the number of men students.
The presence of two counsellors -a man and a women- for academic & personal counselling is a welcome arrangement.

The functioning of ADAT (Alcohol, Drugs, AIDS, Tobaco) as part of extension activities is good as it is symbolic of the continuous fight against those evils, students involvement in this is commendable.

Participation of botany and the economics departments in the Economic Census of Kanyakumari District is notable

The starting of a separate college communication centre with e-mail, fax and internet is a welcome step.

The department of English is organizing a language laboratory with 8 booths. This will provide an opportunity for more effective language teaching/learning.

Suggestions for further growth and development though 4 departments are recognized for Ph.D. level research and some research work is being done, organized effort to cultivate research culture is desirable. To facilitate this a Research Cell may be constituted. It can encourage the faculty to prepare research projects and also to monitor existing research efforts.

With 10 P.G., more than that number of U.G. and a few self-financing programmes, it is necessary for the college to have a centralised computer centre. With such a centre computer literacy may be imparted to students.

Though there is a placement officer and a employment cell, their activities may be strengthened and streamlined. In the semi-urban environment of the college, meaningful efforts in procuring some employment for students, particularly women students, will be welcome.

The number of regional or national level seminars/conferences hosted by the college is very small. Authorities may look into this problem and try to organize at least a couple of such seminars in the PG departments for more creative exposures of teachers and the students.

Consultancy has not received the attention it deserves. In this PG institution in a backward area, consultancy service will be widely useful, at least in some select areas where the college has expertise like coastal management and biodiversity. A consultancy cell may therefore, be constituted.

An informal Curricular Development Cell may be constituted to probe into possibilities of course diversification, curricular updating etc. and then to put up appropriate proposals before the university for consideration by the respective Boards of Studies and the Academic Council.

Success rate at the UG level in the university examinations seems to be fairly low in many subjects. Reasons for low performance may be analysed and remedial/bridge courses offered to correct the imbalance.

A tutorial system may be considered for improving the standard of English assigning some 20-25 students or so to each of the English teachers.

Computer Science students are not getting any practical training in hardware. As it is a full-fledged science course, some arrangement with external agencies for practical experience in hardware is a necessity.

Some computer familiarization may be introduced for the benefit of all teachers and students in a phased manner on a moderate charge utilizing the existing computer facilities.

Since submission of research projects involves some expenditure, it would be advisable if Management reimbursed the expenditure incurred for the preparation of research projects, since the funded schemes bring infrastructure development to the institution.



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