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SBK College, Aruppukottai, Tamil Nadu
Aruppukottai (District Virudhunagar)
Tamil Nadu, India
Pin Code : 626101
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SBK College, Aruppukottai Tamil Nadu is situated in Aruppukottai of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.

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SBK College, Aruppukottai Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Arts, Science stream(s).


Approval details: SBK College is affiliated with Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai


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SECTION I - INTRODUCTION
Saiva Bhanu Kshatriya College, Aruppukottai, (Tamil Nadu), was established by Aruppukottai Nadars' Uravinmurai Pothu Abiviruthi Trust in 1970. The trust also runs 1 Hospital, 4 Schools, and 1 Sewing and Typewriting Institute. It aims to impart higher education to the socially and economically disadvantaged sections of society in and around Aruppukottai. It is an aided college affiliated to Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai. The emblem of the college displays the lotus, which suggests that the students of the college must excel in their intellectual pursuits, and the Sun, which is the symbol for dispelling ignorance and for radiating wisdom. The aim of the college is 'Aim High' reflecting the pursuit of excellence. The college also aims to impart value-based education and to train the students to become worthy citizens. Starting with strength of 158 students the college has grown to strength of 832.Till 1986 it functioned only as a boys' college. Since 1986 girls are also admitted. It is a multi -Faculty College offering five-aided U.G. programmes namely B.A. History, B.Sc. Mathematics, and B.Sc. Chemistry, B.Sc. Zoology, and B.Com. It offers two aided P.G. programmes namely M.Sc. Mathematics and M.Com. It also offers four self-financing U.G. programmes namely B.Sc. Physics, B.Sc. Computer Science, B.Sc. Information Technology and B. Com. with computer Application. It also offers two diploma courses and one certificate course recognized by the University, and has 10 short-term college offered certificate courses. The aided section has 11 departments and the unaided section has 6 departments.

The college is recognized under 2(f) and 12 (b) of the U.G.C. Act.

There are 41 permanent faculty members and 21 temporary members of the faculty in the college: 7 of them hold Ph.D. and 36 of them hold M.Phil. degrees. The remaining 15 are postgraduates: 5 teachers have registered for their M.Phil. and other 5 have registered for Ph.D., respectively. The total strength of the non-teaching staff is 27. The college possesses a vast campus covering the area of 47.7 acres of Land.

The College volunteered for assessment and accreditation by NAAC by submitting its Self-Study Report. The NAAC Peer Team consisting of Prof.R.P. Kaushik, Former Member, UGC, Professor, JNU (Rtd.) as Chairman, Prof. (Mrs.). V.Ranganayaki Rao, Former Principal M.E.S. College, Bangalore as Member Co-ordinator and Prof.K.K.Rajappan Achari, Former Principal and Head, PG Department of Commerce, S.V.R.N.S.S. College, Vazhoor, Kottayam, Kerala. The Peer Team visited the Institution on the 25th and the 26th February 2005. The Team's visit was to validate the self-study report submitted by the college and to verify the infrastructural facilities of the college and the quality of its academic functioning including its management.

The Self-Study Report submitted by the Institution enabled the Team to scrutinize and analyze the functioning of the college. The Team interacted with the Teaching and the Non-teaching staff, with the parents, the alumni and the students; the Management and with the Principal of the college. They also visited different departments, laboratories, the library, the support services, the canteen and the playground. Based on the observations during these visits and interactions and within the framework of the seven criteria of the S.S.R., the Team has assessed and accredited S.B.K. College, Aruppukottai. The achievements as well as the areas of concern have been identified as follows:

Section - II CRITERION WISE ANALYSIS
CRITERION I - CURRICULAR ASPECTS :
S.B.K College offers a good choice of programmes at the P.G., U.G., Diploma and Certificate levels in the three faculties of Humanities, Commerce and Science. The medium of instruction is both English as well as Tamil. In the aided section, it offers B.A. History (Main) with General Economics and Modern Governments as Ancillaries. B.Sc. Mathematics main has two ancillaries : 1. Mathematical Economics and Application of Mathematics. 2. Physics and Application of Mathematics. B.Sc. Chemistry main has two ancillaries : 1. Mathematics and Physics 2. Physics and Zoology. B.Sc. Zoology main with Industrial Microbiology has Chemistry and Botany as Ancillaries. B.Com. with Costing and Management Accountancy and Income Tax Law and Practice I and Income Tax Law and Practice II as optional subjects are also available to the students.

Two P.G. programmes, namely M.Com and M.Sc. Mathematics are offered. In the Self-Financing section, it offers B.Sc. Computer Science, B.Sc. Physics with Mathematics and Chemistry as ancillaries and B.Sc. Information Technology. In B.Com. (Vocational) with Computer Application is also available to students.

The college also offers 1 P.G. and 1 Diploma programme in Computer Application and 1 Certificate Course in Computer Programming recognized by the University. In addition, the college also offers 10 short- term College Offered Certificate Courses. Tamil and English are offered as languages under Part I and Part II.

The learning experience of the students is strengthened by their training at banks, by industrial visits and by study tours. The Institution participates in curriculum design through some of its teachers who are members of the Boards of Studies and of academic bodies of Madurai Kamaraj University. The Semester system is operative as per the requirements of the affiliating University. The teaching days are 180 and the working days are 200 during the academic year.

CRITERION- II: TEACHING, LEARNING AND EVALUATION
Students are selected for admission as per the rules laid down by the University and on the basis of their academic records. Government reservation norms are strictly adhered to. Entrance tests are conducted to identify the caliber of the students. Remedial classes are conducted exclusively for SC/ST students, with the help of U.G.C. funds. Additional classes are also held outside college hours to help them. Advanced learners are encouraged through Discussions and Seminars. Students of B.Sc. Physics major, B.Sc. Computer Science, and B.Com.(Vocational) do project work. They are also motivated to prepare charts and draw diagrams, which are used as teaching aids They are also encouraged to stage prescribed plays for their juniors. Of the 41 permanent teachers in the college only 7 hold Ph.D. and 31 hold M. Phil. 3 teachers have registered as full time and 5 of them as part time for Ph.D. A few of them guide students for project work. 13 teachers have been deputed for Ph.D. under F.I.P of U.G.C. About 8 (12%) of the teachers are engaged in active research .Six teachers are engaged in guiding research scholars at M. Phil levels. A few teachers also have publications at national and international levels. A few have authored books of academic and creative nature. A staff member from the English Department was a resource person for presentation of a programme on 'Spoken English for Job Seekers' on the AIR.

A one-day orientation course is conducted for First year students. They are provided with the information regarding the various facilities available in the college.

Teachers are encouraged to make their teaching plans and syllabi in consonance with the university norms. Their work is monitored by their respective H.O.Ds . Centralized midsemester and model examinations are also conducted. Lecture method of teaching is supplemented by Guest lectures. Students are encouraged to participate in Science Exhibitions. 'Classroom Outside the Classroom' system is held. Group discussions are encouraged and Quiz programmes are also conducted.

Evaluation methods are communicated to the students at the beginning of each semester. The copies of model question papers and question papers of previous years are made available to the students. The progress of the students and attendance put in by them are communicated to their parents by the staff advisers. The percentage of success is 85% for U.G. courses and 60% in the aided section. In the self-financing section, it is 82.5% and 70% respectively. It is heartening to note that the College has secured 6 ranks at the University level in various examinations.

Teachers are selected and appointed as per Government and University norms and procedures. The Management appoints teachers in place of permanent teachers who go on medical leave. Teachers are encouraged to attend National and International Seminars as well as Orientation and Refresher courses. Teachers with Ph.D. submit proforma for award of Readership on completing 13 years of service. The performance of teachers is evaluated through (i) self appraisals and (ii) structured feedback from students. The Management awards prizes to teachers whose students secure University ranks. A commendable feature is the deputation of teachers for educating people through Literacy and Post - Literacy Mission and their active involvement in preparing reading material for the mission.

CRITERION - III : RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
The college is not a recognized research centre. Hence, there is not much scope for research.

As part of its extension programme, Department of Chemistry demonstrated the production of candles, shampoo, phenyle, and mosquito repellent to unemployeed rural people.

A Programme Officer monitors extension activities. Programmes on AIDS awareness, Health and Hygiene awareness, Adult Education and Literacy, Rain Water Harvesting, Traffic Control, Disaster Management and First Aid Training Camps have been organized in collaboration with the N.S.S. units of the college. N.C.C students have also organized Tree plantation and blood donation. Youth Red Cross strives to inculcate social responsibilities among the students. A number of N.C.C cadets have also participated in National Integration Camps and in Basic Leadership and Trekking Camps.

The college carries out the extension activities with the help of NGOs to Mercy Home for the Aged. N.S.S. Girl students also help the blind students who are studying in C.S.I. Boarding middle school. The College also received the Best Volunteer award during 2002-2003.

It is noteworthy that the teaching and the non-teaching staff have also participated in blood donation. The college deserves appreciation on being conferred the Best N.S.S. Programme awards three times and the Best Volunteer award once and for the Director General N.C.C. Commendation award and medal.

It is a matter of pride for the college that a separate N.C.C. unit for Girls has been sanctioned by Madurai Girls Battalion.

CRITERION _ IV : INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
The College is located in a semi urban area, about 3 k.m. away from the heart of Aruppukottai town in Virudhunagar District in Tamil Nadu. The Institution is situated in a campus of 47.7 acres of land. It has Teaching Block comprising of several lecture rooms Computer Science laboratory, temporary sheds, Physical Education Department, N.C.C. Room, Canteen, Non Resident Centre for ladies and the Motor room. The college meets the need for augmenting the infrastructure to keep pace with academic growth by utilizing funds from U.G.C., State Government, and the Management (Aruppukottai Nadars' Uravinmurai Pothu Abiviruthi Trust).

The Management of the college looks after the maintenance of the infrastructure. The infrastructure facilities of the college are put to optimum utilization. The college encourages use of the academic facilities even by external agencies for conducting examinations and allied programmes namely COSSIP Joint Faculty Programmes. These activities have been conducted in the college for the cluster of colleges in Virudhunagar District. The college campus is kept clean, beautiful, and pollution free with the co-operation of the N.S.S and the Y.R.C. volunteers and the staff appointed by the Management for the purpose.

There is an Advisory Committee for the college library. The library is yet to be interconnected with other libraries. There is a Book Bank with 1292 books in the Central Library. The central library is in the process of computerization and the accession of books has already been computerized. The library has 17819 books in its stock and it subscribes to 4 English and 4 Tamil dailies. It has 11 journals (including 4 free journals) and 10 English and Tamil Periodicals. There is reading room facility in the Central Library. The Library is yet to be provided with facilities like reprography, computer, internet and audio video cassettes. The library is open for 90 days during a semester from 9.00 am. to 4.30 p.m. Although there is no central computer facility in the college, there is a computer laboratory with necessary accessories and internet connection. The college office and 4 departments are provided with computers. There are 53 computers in the college. Office work is partly computerized and it has two computers and three printers. There are 2 cyclostyling and one xerox machine in the college office. The college is yet to develop computer aided learning packages. The computers and their accessories are maintained by the Management. Annual medical checkup is done by College Medical Officers. They also attend to urgent causalities. Necessary infrastructure facilities are available in the Sports and Physical Education Centre. Outstanding sports persons are given special incentives. Students participate at University, State, Regional and National level meets especially in short-put, hockey (men and women), basket ball, athletics, weight lifting, and ball badminton. A power generator is installed in the institution to meet power failure. The college had a men's hostel since 1970. Later in 2003, it was found uneconomical for want of inmates and now it remains closed. The college enjoys the benefit of plenty of protected water supply. The surplus water of about 88,000 litres is distributed daily among the needy public free of cost. The playground of the college measures about 3 acres.

The Management also recognizes students who secure the highest marks in the University examinations at the college level. Silver medals are awarded to department staff members producing University ranks. Although the colleges does not have a full-fledged formal grievance redressal cell, there is an informal mechanism to redress grievances of the students and the staff.

The college Management encourages meritorious students. The examination fee of Rs.1200/- each for five students appearing for the Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India Competitive Examination was recently borne by the Management.

CRITERION - V : STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION.
In the aided section the drop out rate during 2002-2003 was 12.4% for U.G. and 2.5 % for P.G. The percentage of passes is 85 % for U.G. and 60% for P.G. In the unaided section the dropout rate was about 3.5 % and the success rate was 82 .5. At the P.G. level the dropout rate was about 2.5% and the percentage of passes is about 70 %. The college has secured 6 ranks at the U.G. level as mentioned earlier.

About 14 students are continuing their studies after graduating from the college. The college publishes its updated prospectus every year. About 650 students of the college were awarded scholarships during 2002-2003. A sum of Rs. 8,41,979 was distributed to the students as scholarship.

The College is yet to start an employment cell. However, a Career Guidance Cell functions in the college. Teachers of the college participate in academic counseling . The college can profitably add the facility of psychological counseling too.

A one-day counseling programme was conducted for first year students. Special coaching was given for M.B.A Entrance examination and for Bank Examinations. Special lectures were arranged to help the students in preparing for U.P.S.C and for Tamil Nadu Public Service Examination.

Teachers also participate in academic counseling. About 12 students are self employed. The college has to its credit an active Alumni Association called Association of Saiva Bhanu Kshatriya College Alumni (ASCA). The Association participates in organizing students to develop their skills and it encourages meritorious students by awarding them prizes and medals. Prominent positions held by Alumni include the college and the school teachers; advocates, civil servants, managers, bank employees, scientists, pharmacists, technicians, software engineers, doctors, chartered accountants, merchants, and entreprenreurs.

The policies and criteria of admission are made clear to students through the College Prospectus supplemented by newspaper advertisements and by display in the college notice board. Nature clubs and debate clubs help the overall development of the student. The college brings out an annual magazine in which the teaching and the non-teaching staff and the students are actively involved.

The college organizes cultural programmes competitions, and exhibitions. The students of the college have secured several prizes at University Level Competitions. The Fine Arts Association conducts music classes at concessional rates for students. The efforts of the college to promote and to propagate Indian Culture deserve to be appreciated.

The Alumni Association participates in organizing students to develop their skill and it encourages meritorious students by awarding them prizes and medals. The Association arranged a workshop in Glass Painting for girl students. It also imparted Entrepreneurial training for making paper cups and detergent soap powder to male students and for making sanitary napkins to girl students.

There are various clubs like Nature Club and Debate Club. Indoor games and Audio Visual equipments are available. The college shows strong involvement in the overall progression of the students. The college can profitably add the facility of psychological counseling also.

The college also brings out an annual magazine in which the teaching and the non teaching staff and the students are actively involved.


CRITERION - VI : ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT
The College is run by Aruppukottai Nadars' Uravinmurai Pothu Abiviruthi Trust. The Trust upholds secular principles and serves the cause of higher education of students hailing mostly from socially, economically, and educationally disadvantaged sections of the society. The Institution has an efficient co-ordinating and motivating system. Policy matters are chalked out by the Management. The Principal, assisted by a committee implements the policies and looks after the routine affairs.

A number of functional committees have been constituted for the smooth functioning of the college. Delegation of authority and team work are promoted by the Management. The college has an inbuilt mechanism to check the work efficiency of the non-teaching staff. The Secretary of the College and the Principal directly supervise and monitor the work performed by the ministerial staff. A work register is maintained for assessing their work . There is a special committee in the college to prepare the Academic Calendar. During the last two years, all the decisions of the selection committee / general body have been approved by the University.

The management of finance of the college is satisfactory. During the last two years the college had a deficit budget which is efficiently met by the Management. The college has an internal auditor. In addition to the usual Government scholarships, endowment awards are instituted for candidates who secure high ranks in Madurai Kamaraj University Examinations.


In addition to usual loans available to private college staff in the State, housing and personal loans are made available from nationalized banks and Co-operative Thrift and Credit Societies.

The Management honours staff members retiring on superannuation. It also awards medals to Staff members producing University ranks.

CRITERION -VII : HEALTHY PRACTICES
The college has adopted its own system for internal quality checks. The college has adopted Advisory System. Each class has a staff adviser. The adviser monitors the attendance and the academic progress of the students. He checks indiscipline and also counsels the weak students. He also nominates the Class Representative.

Special classes and remedial classes for SC/ ST students are also conducted.

The college adopts its own method of evaluating the Management, the Teaching and the non-teaching staff in a comprehensive manner. The feedback issued for further improvement of the Institution is made use of.

Various committees like Audio- Visual Education Committee, Campus Amenity Committee, Students Counseling Committee, and Career Guidance Cell are formed to help the efficient running of the college and to help the overall development of the students.

Students are trained at leading Mills, Industries and banks. N.S.S. units and N.C.C. units organize AIDS Awareness programmes

The Youth Red Cross strives to instill civic responsibilities and it encourages students to participate in social service activities. It is heartening to note that a few students are recommended to help Virudhunagar District Collector in Disaster Management all over the country.

The Blood Donors Club motivates and encourages students to donate blood. Student Blood Donors are sent to Government and private hospitals to donate blood to the needy patients during emergency operations.

The college also encourages students to contribute liberally towards providing relief for people affected by national calamities and to participate in relief activities. The college also conducts Personality Development Programmes for its students.

The Fine Arts Association of the college strives to promote Indian Culture. As part of Skill Development Programme, students are given lessons in driving two wheelers and cars.

The Free Drinking Water Supply Scheme launched by the Management to serve the people of Aruppukottai deserves appreciation.

All possible efforts are being made in the college towards all-round personality development of the learners. The spirit of team work encouraged by the management is worth noting. The functionaries of the college try their level best in achieving the specific goals and objectives of the Institution.

The college makes efforts to bring in community orientation in all its activities. The Institution tries to promote general and transferable skills among the student community such as capacity to learn, communication skills, numerical skills, and the use of information technology.

Section 3 - OVERALL ANALYSIS
Having completed thirty five years of dedicated service , S.B.K. College , Aruppukottai, has developed into an institute of higher learning providing education in the faculties of Humanities, Science and Commerce. The college is located on a sprawling clean and green campus. The building, the library and the laboratories are well-maintained. Manned with an active, qualified and committed staff and supported by a generous Management, the college offers quality education and it strives for the overall development of its students.

The self-financing courses and training programmes are in tune with the changing needs of the society Social. orientation and value-based aspects of higher education have also been taken into account. As a result of sufficient financial aid, the dropout rate is low and success rate is high. There is a clear desire on the pat of the Management, the staff and the students to work as a team and to achieve quality in education. There are high achievers in NSS, NCC, Sports and several members of the staff are also active in research.

The peer team makes the following suggestions in areas of concern so that the college may try to implement them and include more to further upgrade its quality:

Local, State and National level seminars for teachers may be organized more
frequently.

Teachers may be encouraged to take up Major and Minor Research projects of the
U.G.C.

Computer literacy may be made compulsory for the staff.

Teachers may be encouraged to use L.C.D. and O.H.Ps .

More number of staff members may be encouraged to pursue research.

Certificate/Diploma courses may be offered in areas like Hospital Management,
Fashion Design, Nursing, and Food Processing as value addition courses to the
existing conventional courses. This will improve the employability of the students.

An Employment Cell may be set up to guide and to help the students in securing
employment.

The Alumni Association may be strengthened and encouraged to participate in quality
enhancement and resource building for the Institution.

A Language Laboratory may be established for the development of communication
skills in students.

Library may be strengthened further to update its resources.

Entrepreneurial development programmes may be set up in the college.

Membership of faculty in scholarly bodies may be initiated.

The 'Earn while you learn ' scheme may be strengthened.

Group Insurance for staff may be introduced

The Peer Team thanks the Management, the Principal, the Staff and the Students for the co-operation and courtesy extended during its visit

Prof. R. P. Kaushik (Chair Person)

Prof.(Mrs.) V. Ranganayaki Rao (Member Co-ordinator)

Prof . K.K. Rajappan Achari, (Member)

Place: Aruppukottai, Madurai

Date 26-2-2005




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