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APC Mahalaxmi College for Women, Thoothukudi (Tuticorin), Tamil Nadu
Address:Tuticorin

Thoothukudi (Tuticorin)
Tamil Nadu, India
Pin Code : 628002


APC Mahalaxmi College for Women, Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college.
APC Mahalaxmi College for Women, Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) Tamil Nadu is situated in Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.
Contact Details of APC Mahalaxmi College for Women, Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) Tamil Nadu are : Telephone: +91-461-2321655


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APC Mahalaxmi College for Women, Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).

APC Mahalaxmi College for Women is affiliated with Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Abhishekapatti



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Media coverage of APC Mahalaxmi College for Women, Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) Tamil Nadu, Tamil Nadu

NAAC report of APC Mahalaxmi College for Women

SECTION 1: PREFACE
A. P. C. Mahalaxmi College for Women, Tuticorin, TamilNadu volunteered to be assessed by the NAAC and conducted the preliminary self study in the year 2004 and the same was submitted to NAAC in 2004. The peer team consisting of
Prof. N. Rudraiah, Former Vice-Chancellor of Gulbarga University, Karnataka and (Hon.) Director, NRIAM, Bangalore - 560 070 as Chairman; Prof. S. Moharana, Member Coordinator and Sister Philomena, as a member visited the college for two days during August 9 - 10, 2004. Dr. Jagannath Patil, Assistant Advisor, NAAC, is associated with the Peer Team.

This is a grant-in-aid and self-financing college started first Pre-University in 1973. From 1974 onwards, the college started 7 UG courses in B. A., B.Sc., and B.Com, and in 1984 onwards started 2 PG courses in Tamil and Mathematics.

The M.Phil. programme in Tamil was started in 1987. In the subsequent years the college has started degree courses namely B.Sc. in Physics, Chemistry and Computer Science, B.A. Corporate Secretaryship, B.Com with Computer Applications under self-financing. Under self financing they are also offering certificate courses in Computer Basics and Active Server Page. Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli (MSU) has recognized this college as research centre in Tamil.

At present only the department of Tamil of this college is a research centre of MSU started in 1996. The college has clear goals and objectives. The goals are rural development, empowering women, Gandhian principles and secularism and they have 14 objectives like environmental awareness, eradication of illiteracy, improving status of women, health and hygiene awareness and so on.

The present student strength during 2002-2004 is 1070 in UG, and 44 in PG. The college has 53 permanent and one part time teaching staff and 30 non-teaching staff. In addition there are 22 full time teachers and 2 part time teachers under self financing. The unit cost of education is around Rs.1101.00. The UGC has recognized this college under 2f in 1977 and 12B in 1979.

Prior to the visit, the peer team has gone through the self study report submitted by the college carefully and has made a detailed analysis of the facts and figures. During its visit, the team went through all the relevant documents, visited all the departments of the college and perused the facilities available and interacted with the members of the various committees. The academic, co-curricular, extra curricular, sports and extension facilities were reviewed. The Peer Team also interacted with Principal, Teaching and Non-teaching staff, Students, Parents and Alumni. Based on the above exercise, and keeping in mind the criteria identified by NAAC, the Peer Team have taken the value judgment. The assessment of the college under various criteria, the commendable features as well as the issues of concern are given below.

SECTION 2: CRITERION WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion I : Curricular Aspects
As a grant-in-aid college affiliated to MSU, the college offers seven UG courses in Arts, Science and Commerce faculties, and two PG courses in Tamil and Mathematics. It also offers five UG-courses under self-financing. In addition, the college offers two certificate courses in Computer Basics and Active Server Page. This college also offers M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes. Flexibility exists in non-core options. The faculty of this college participates in designing and reviewing the syllabus and course material, as per the university programmes. The heads of various departments meet every semester and discuss discrepancies, if any and necessary alterations to be made in the prescribed syllabus. Recommendations, if any, is forwarded to university through the Principal.

The expansion of the college in terms of introduction of new courses is only in Physics and B. Com with Computer Applications introduced in 2003 under self financing stream. The introduction of a new course is not so easy because they have to wait for government sanction. This college is the pioneer institution in introducing Industrial Chemistry in MSU under UGC vocational course.

Syllabus has been updated with the help of the staff members. Staff members of various departments participate as members of Board of studies of MSU. It is surprising to note that there is no specific academic audit by the university except sending squad during examinations and appointing a university representative to this college. Further, the peer team has observed that this college offers 12
multi-disciplinary approach subjects under Extra Disciplinary Optional Course (EDOC). The peer team has also noted that this college has introduced career oriented courses in B. Com. Corporate Secretaryship and B.Sc. Computer Science under self financing scheme. The college is making efforts to introduce extracurricular activities like fine arts, gardening, clay modeling, wealth out of waste, doll making, type writing, tailoring and so on. In addition yoga and meditation classes are also offered. These courses and activities ensure the overall development of the students.

Criterion II : Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
Admission to the various courses of study is based on their Academic record and internal viva. It is very transparent and helpful to the needy students. There is an admission committee consisting of Principal, 2 senior faculty members, one member representative of SC/ST and the Office Superintendent. Students knowledge and skill are assessed by conducting entry tests in the subject. These tests cover oral, essay competition, seminars etc. The university provides formal bridge courses for UG. The regular remedial courses are offered to academically backward students to improve their performance through special coaching classes. Advanced learners are encouraged to refer the relevant available books in the library other than the guidance offered in the classes. They are also enlightened through seminars and workshops. Such students are given opportunities to participate in various competitions. There is a provision for awarding best outgoing students award for such meritorious students. Portions are allotted to teachers and notified in the respective departments in the beginning of each semester. The same is monitored by the heads of departments. Peer team noted that the provision is also made for conducting tests after 45 working days. After the completion of syllabus, model examination is conducted. The teachers of this college have the programme of maintaining a work diary where the teaching plan is written. Once in a month the principal receives these dairies through the heads of departments. The MSU prescribes unitized syllabi. The syllabus of each paper is divided into smaller units. The total number of hours allotted to a paper is distributed equally among the units and the department accordingly allots the portions to the teachers. This college tries to adopt new methods of teaching. Regularly seminars are organised and students are encouraged to participate and present papers in these seminars. The college has audio-visual aids which are used for effective teaching.
Teachers are encouraged to participate in national seminars, conferences, workshops and work as resources persons. The teachers have attended as many as 170 seminars. This college follows self appraisal method by teachers. The appraisal reports are scrutinized by the principal and heads of departments after the review is made by the individual department. The feed back has been used as suggestive and corrective measures. This college has the healthy practice of collecting students evaluation on campus experience and used it for improvement. The college follows semester system of examinations and has 180 working days and 180 teaching days. Teaching and
non-teaching permanent staff are appointed, as per Government norms, by a selection committee consisting of the secretary, one from board of management, a university nominee, the principal concerned, HOD and external subject experts. In the case of vacancies, the college is authorized to make adhoc appointments of teaching and
non-teaching staff following the guidelines of advertising and by constituting selection committee. The college has introduced some strategies to monitor the overall performance of students by the teacher in charge through entry level tests. Various departments conduct faculty seminars. This college has opted for the scheme of Faculty Improvement Programme (FIP) and 18 have got the benefit from this.
In addition to teaching, the faculty members work in several committees constituted by the College and the University.

Criterion III : Research, Consultancy and Extension
The main thrust of the college is on teaching rather than on research. However the college encourages research ambiences which are initiated through P.G. M.Phil. and Ph.D Project works. At present there are 12 full time M.Phil. scholars and 2 full time and 2 part time Ph.D. students. The team has found that there is fund allotted for research fellowships through 6 research projects. There is no provision of seed money for research. There is also no research committee for submitting project proposals. This college may consider to form a research committee and encourage teachers to take up research work by approaching various fund giving agencies.
The departmental profiles reveal that the department of Zoology is active in carrying out UGC minor and major research projects. This college is also a centre for guiding Ph.D. students in Tamil. About 29 research scholars got M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees guided by 7 teachers. A majority of the teachers in the college have either M.Phil. or Ph.D. degree.

This college has a designated person for extension activities as an additional charge. Several extension activities like community development, social work, health and hygiene awareness, medical camp, blood donation camp, AIDS and environmental awareness were undertaken by the college. In addition, students and staff have participated in relief work, Kargil Deepanjali, communal harmony, honouring freedom fighters, women empowerment etc. The college takes part in a number of NSS, NCC activities. Students are motivated to take part in outreach activities by getting involved in various NSS, NCC, YRC, women forum, RSP activities. Teachers coordinate these programmes. The college has extension activities associating with both NGOS and GOS. The peer team noticed that several NGOs and GOs organization help this college in many activities.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college has serene atmosphere with adequate built up space. It has adequate laboratory, computer and library facilities with easy access to all its constituencies. The college has adequate labs for Physics and Chemistry departments. Both the students and the teachers are provided free access to use these facilities. It has adequate physical facilities and is being expanded to run all its academic and administrative activities efficiently. The college ensures optimum use of the available infrastructure not only by the students but also other external agencies to conduct examinations in the auditorium, and use library and other facilities. The fund needed for various activities are met through management, UGC, and projects in addition to special students fee. This college has a vast and well maintained campus assisted by NSS, Eco Club, students and in addition to the regular employees appointed for this. They have cleanliness committee consisting of students representatives. A few teachers supervise the hygiene and cleanliness of the campus. Planting saplings, maintenance of plants and trees on the campus are done regularly with the help of irrigation department, students and eco club. The college library has an Advisory Committee but no book bank facility. The total number of books available in the library are 17871. The library receives some Journals/Periodicals. The library facilities are computerized. The library works on all working days (6 days a week 180 days per annual) between 8.30a.m and 5.30.p.m. During holidays except sunday, it works from 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. The college has computer facilities in the computer department which works from 9.00 a.m. to 5.30.p.m. on all working days and holidays. The departments have no computer facilities. The faculty of the department of computers and DIL computers, Tuticorin maintain the computers. The college makes use of the two hospitals situated in the vicinity of the college whenever needed. In addition one qualified doctor works in the college as consultant. The hostel has a separate room with basic necessities for the recuperation of the indisposed students.

The peer team observed that medical inspection and other facilities are available in the college. The college provides basic facilities needed for sports with sufficient infrastructure and equipments. Out door facilities like Volleyball,
Ball-Badminton, Football, Basketball, 400 mts relay track, kho-kho field, Tennikoit and Kabaddi, Indoor games are also available. For UG students Physical Education classes are conducted every day from 9.00a.m. to 9.50 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. on all working days. Outstanding sports persons are given certificates and in addition priorities are given in admission under sports quota. The college buildings and grounds are also used by outside organizations. Several medical facilities like First-Aid, Medical checkup are provided for all students, teaching and non-teaching staff. The peer team noticed that the students coming from rural areas are given hostel facilities on the campus. There is an advisory committee to monitor the smooth running of the hostel. Youth Red Cross (YRC) unit conducts ‘Earn-while you learn’ programme for the benefit of students. Under this programme Tailoring, Typewriting and Bharatha Naatyam classes are also conducted for willing students. This college runs a canteen on the campus which functions from 9.00 .am. to 6.00 p.m. The peer team noticed satisfactory transport facilities for this college. The team also noticed that this college works as a corporate of students and teachers.

Criterion V : Student Support and Progression
The college publishes its prospectus every year with details about the brief history of the college, the courses offered, combination of subjects, media of the courses, disability criterion code of conduct and various sources of financial assistance and hostel facilities to students. Admission of students is as per university guidelines and the special admission committee monitor admission process. 87% of UG students and 98% of PG students appear for qualifying examination and only 10% drop out rate. About 51% of the UG students go for higher studies and employment. Many of their students have chosen teaching as a career.

Informal coaching and training is given to needy students of this college for their preparation for various civil service examinations and other professional technical examination. This college has career guidance cell which is monitored by a committee of teachers along with a placement officer and special invitees to the college. Faculty members of this college guide and counsel the students in academic and personal matters. The students of this college are guided through career guidance cell for employment through interaction with employment officer. This college has alumni association and many of its members are teachers. The alumni association meets regularly on the annual alumni day and plans for the overall development of this college. Academic and remedial coaching are given to academically and socially backward students and one teacher is in charge of these coaching classes.

A number of students of the college obtain financial aid through different types of scholarships like university merit scholarship, National Loan scholarship, state merit scholar ship etc. In addition there are scholarships for physically handicapped children. Further a good number of proficiency prizes are given to students.

Indoor and outdoor games, nature club, debate club, audio and video facilities, student magazines, essay writing, Gymnasium, Fine Arts Club and cultural programmes provide the recreational avenues to the students. There are other facilities which provide all-round development of the students. Annual sports and cultural days are held regularly and prizes are awarded to winners.

The Peer team feels that the facilities available in the college to promote a corporate living have to be improved.

Criterion VI : Organisation and Management
The college has two kinds of coordination and monitoring mechanisms namely governing body and board of management, which help for smooth functioning of academic and administrative activities. The other committees like Staff Committee help in this direction. This committee under the Chairman ship of the principal monitor proper running of teaching work and to maintain discipline among teaching and non-teaching members. Other Committees are alumni association, purchase committee, admission committee, examination cell etc. The academic calendar framed by the MSU is implemented by this college. The college also forms a committee at the beginning of the year to ensure effective implementation of the academic programmes and to review academic calendar. The cultural and sports activities and the opportunities for participation in extension activities seem to help the college in evolving as a well balanced institution of learning. Various committees are constituted to monitor various activities like time table, student-welfare, literary activities, NSS activities, Faculty form, examinations, sports and games etc.,
The grievance redressel cell under the guidance of the staff advisors functions well in the college. A member with any grievance may approach first, the class representatives and the teacher in charge of the class. If there is no immediate remedy, the grievances are then represented to the Principal through the Head of Department. If there are any grievances of the employees, they can approach the principal to get relief.

The peer team noticed that different types of bank loan facilities are available in this college for teaching and non-teaching staff. The required major items for the college are supplied by the management. Another novelty in this college is that economically backward students who are not eligible for any scholarship are helped by the management. Also this college sees that no student discontinues her studies due to financial trouble.

Criterion VII : Healthy Practices
In order to maintain quality in education, this college makes strategic plan at all levels of functioning of teaching, students performance in studies and developmental activities. The faculty members meet every year at the beginning of semester and prepare calendar of events. The quality check is made at the departmental level. There is a mechanism of training non-teaching staff through special programmes and in service courses conducted by GOS and NGOS to update their knowledge in accounting and office automation. Peer team noticed that this college has introduced the program of informing the parents the performance of their children and give instruction for improvement. The college authorities make all efforts to introduce latest managerial concepts with proper planning. This college has linkages with government organization like the Directorate of Education to train staff of the college. This college has linkages with the following institutions to carryout research: DRDO, Ambarnath, NIO Goa, IICT- Hyderabad, Institute of Wood Science and tech, Bangalore and so on. The budget allocation and other activities of the college are decided and planned by the Board of Management. All staff members, teaching and non-teaching, work as a team to achieve excellence in all aspects of academic administration and extension activities.

This college strengthens regular academic programmes through self-financing courses, and through non-formal EDOC and distance education programmes. For example under non-formal mode this college offers B.Sc. Computer Science, Corporate Secretary ship, commerce with computer application etc., This college tries to impart value based education through several practices with the help of teaching staff. To inculcate a sense of morality courses like ethics and culture, counseling, meditation and yoga are conducted. Social values are inculcated among students by giving training in social justice, human rights, women empowerment, child rights, National integration, communal harmony, drug addiction, AIDS awareness and so on. Their college union inculcate healthy practices including civic responsibilities among students. The counselling club tries to help students to lead a peaceful and healthy life. The college encourages students to participate in the activities of various clubs functioning in the college. Their encouragement to participate in various sports activities will help the students in their all round development.

The dedication of students and staff to strive hard to reach greater heights of excellence in higher education through team work is commendable. The motivation of co-curricular and extra curricular activities to impart value based education is worth noticing. Through several activities the college tries to achieve its specific goals and objectives. The college tries to impart community orientation activities like AIDS awareness, road construction, environmental cleaning, planting of trees earn while learning, tailoring, typewriting with the help of teaching staff, YRC and so on. The activities organised by the association and clubs expose the students to the various fields of knowledge and skill.

SECTION - 3: OVERALL ANALYSIS
The peer team after going through the self-study report submitted by the college and after its visits to various academic and physical facilities found that step by step the college is progressing in fulfilling their aims and objectives of providing education to all deserving girl students of the Tuticorin area. This college is offering limited number of courses both in science and social science groups. What ever they offer it is well planned and earned a name in imparting quality education.

The peer team observes a number of unique features of this college, which enables quality assurance and wishes to place on record its appreciation. Also, the peer team would like to bring to the attention of the college certain concerns for its consideration.

The peer team would like to commend the college for the following aspects:

Encouragement and support given by the management to all the academic activities of the college.

Dedication and commitment of the Principal, HODS, teaching and non-teaching staff of the college.

There is an effective leadership including good human relationship between the Principal, HODs and staff with students and parents which has resulted in efficient team work for overall development of the college.

The healthy teacher-student-parent relationship on the one hand and the opportunities for students to involve themselves in socially purposeful activities on the other, have resulted in an atmosphere where students can progress well.

Effective planning and co-ordination, of the management.

Mechanisms of solving grievances of students and staff and financial facilities to students through various scholarships.

Effective improvements in teaching, learning and evaluation methods through special classes and involving students in campus activities.

Keeping in view of the affiliated nature of the college, the peer team would suggest the following to the college to consider:

To identify specific objectives and make strategic plans to train students to cope up with the present day globalization, liberalization and information technology.

The college may initiate plans to offer B.Sc. in Bioinformatics, in Biological Sciences (Microbiology, Biotechnology, Statistics, Biochemistry etc.) and PG in Biological Sciences, M.B.A., M.C.A., M.Sc. biotechnology and appoint well qualified staff through self-financing scheme. The college may explore the possibility of offering some certificate courses in management and commerce namely in Customer Relationship Management, BPO and Financial Services Marketing.

Computerization of Administration, Evaluation and examination work be strengthened. The entire data of the college may be maintained through electronic media.

The college may think of offering computer education to all students.

The library may acquire Journals through electronic mail because of the cost involved in acquiring hard copies of the journals. They may add some more latest books to the library. They may also acquire Journals published by the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) New Delhi, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore and national Academy of Sciences, Allahabad.

Internet facilities be provided to teachers, students and non-teaching staff.
Motivate the staff to concentrate on acquiring M.Phil/Ph.D. and continue research work even after their Ph.D. Encourage them to submit research projects to different grant giving agencies and also publish some of their research work in reputed journals/periodicals .

The management may think of appointing more well qualified staff to teach self-financing courses.

Formal mechanism for utilizing the collected feedback from students on various aspects of their learning experience at the departmental level may be initiated.

The assessment of teachers by students may be initiated and use the outcome to identify teachers for the ‘Best Teacher Award’ every year. Similarly, the college may institute a ‘Best Student Award’.

Research and consultancy by the teaching staff may be encouraged by giving suitable incentives.

The college may think of giving an opportunity to students to take inter-disciplinary subjects.

The college has to strengthen Alumni and the Parent-Teacher Associations.

Students may be encouraged to appear for competitive examinations (like I.A.S.,
I.P.S., UGC-CSIR NET, State Competitive Examinations. etc.)

Management may think of ways of strengthening staff structure and infrastructural facilities, so that they will be in a position to offer more job oriented and unconventional type of courses.

The management may consider to provide computers with internet facilities to all UG and PG departments.

The Management can think of updating the existing computers with server and LAN facilities so as to enable the students and staff with improved facilities.

The staff and students may have more space for library work. The Management may explore possibility of going vertical in the existing library building for the above purpose.

The management can think of making optimum use of the existing faculty and resources in some departments by starting the PG courses in History, Commerce and

English and some more certificate courses under self financing.

The management with the help of the faculty can think of setting up expert research committee and to encourage faculty members to prepare research projects for submission to different grant giving agencies like DST, DBT, CSIT in addition to UGC and ICSSR.

The management can think of providing a reading room for ladies hostel.


The Peer Team would like to thank the Management, Principal, teaching and non-teaching staff, the students, Alumni and the parents for the co-operation extended by them to the team in the successful completion of this exercise of Assessment of the college.

(N. Rudraiah)
Chairperson

(S. Moharana)
Member Coordinator

(Sr. Philomena)
Member

I agree with the observations and recommendations made by the Peer Team in this report.

(Mrs. Ilampirai Manimaran)
Principal
Place : Thoothukudi
Date : August 10, 2004



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