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Sri KGS Arts College, Srivaikuntam, Tamil Nadu



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Sri KGS Arts College, Srivaikuntam, Tamil Nadu
Address:Padmanabamangalam
Srivaikuntam (District Thoothukudi (Tuticorin))
Tamil Nadu, India
Pin Code : 628619


Sri KGS Arts College, Srivaikuntam Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college.
Sri KGS Arts College, Srivaikuntam Tamil Nadu is situated in Srivaikuntam of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.

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Sri KGS Arts College, Srivaikuntam Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Arts and Science stream(s).

Sri KGS Arts College is affiliated with Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Abhishekapatti



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NAAC report of Sri KGS Arts College

Section I: Introduction
Sri KGS Arts College, Srivaikuntam, Thoothukudi Dist., Tamil Nadu - 628 619, was established in June, 1961 as a grant-in-aid College, now affiliated to the Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu. The College got recognition under 2(f) and 12(B) of the UGC in 1969.

The College is situated in a total area of 54 acres in a rural setting. It has seven undergraduate (UG) and three postgraduate (PG) programmes.

There are five B. Sc. programmes (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology), one B. A. programme (Economics) and one B. Com programme. Besides there are three PG programmes: two Master of Science courses (Chemistry and Physics) and one Master of Arts course (Economics).

There are 55 permanent teachers (seven women). There are no part-time teachers. Among the 55 permanent teachers, 12 (all male) have doctoral degrees; six women and 35 men have M. Phil degrees. Out of the two teachers who have the PG degree as the highest qualification, one is a woman. Besides 55 teachers, there are 26 non-teaching staff of whom 13 are administrative staff (three women) and 13 are technical staff (three women).

During the academic year, 2003-2004, there was a total of 595 students in the UG programmes two of whom (one woman) were from other states. Of these 368 were men.

The number of PG students during the same period was 59 (37 women).

During 2001-2002, the dropout rate was 16% in the UG programme and 9.6% in the PG programme. It was almost 13.2% in the UG as well as PG programmes in 2002-2003. The pass percentage of the UG programme during 2003-2004 was 30% and for the PG programme was 18%. The pass percentage of the UG programme for 2004-2005 was 48% and that of the PG programme was 25%.

The low percentages of pass, both at the UG and PG levels, needs special attention, detailed analysis and future remedial action.

The College follows the semester system, although credit-based instruction has not been introduced. However, there is an inter-disciplinary approach as shown by the course offerings made in major and allied subject combinations.

There are some short-term enrichment courses offered by the College with the help of external agencies.

Working days number 90 in a Semester. Candidates with less than 60% attendance are required to re-do the particular semester.

The College has a progressive attitude to the elective courses offered with the main. For example, for UG students majoring in chemistry, polymer chemistry, biochemistry, environmental chemistry and instrumental methods of analysis are being offered.

The College is managed by the Sri Kasi Mutt, Thirupandal, Tamil Nadu. It has extensive playfields and adequate infrastructural facilities for the physical and intellectual pursuits essential in a college. The College has an OHP, video compact discs, and computers and Internet facilities. It has a central library with 31, 743 books and, 29 periodicals and journals.

The Unit Cost of education including salary is Rs. 30,917/- and that excluding salary is Rs. 2626/-.

There are two NSS units, a Youth Welfare Club, and a Rotoract Club in the College.

Section II: Criterionwise Analysis
Criterion 1: Curricular Aspects
Arulmigu Kumara Gurupara Swamigal Arts College, Srivaikuntam, Tamil Nadu is an affiliated College of Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli. Established in 1961, the College passed through several decades in its pursuit of higher learning with a noble vision of the uplift of rural folks through spiritual and value-based education. It offers ten programmes in ten departments of which seven are UG and three PG. The UG courses are offered in B.A. Economics, B.Com. B.Sc. Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology. PG courses include M.Sc. Physics, M.Sc. Chemistry and M.A. Economics. The College has not started any new courses during the past seven years. The short-term enrichment courses in computer hardware and clinical laboratory technician were conducted by external agencies.

The programmes offered by the College at various levels are of vertical mobility. They are also having limited scope for elective options both in core and non-core subjects. The social value education is implemented at UG level as a part of curriculum. All courses are in the aided stream. The existing semester system for both UG and PG enables the students to complete the programme in convenient time frame.

One staff member from the Department of Tamil serves as a member of the Board of Studies (BOS) of the M.S. University and one from the Department of Commerce also serves as the member of ad hoc BOS of the University.

The College can think of introducing need-based, self-financing, job-oriented Diploma/Certificate courses.

Criterion 2: Teaching - Learning and Evaluation
The College follows an admission policy as per the guidelines of the state government and the M.S. University. The admission process is transparent and is done under the supervision of an Admission Committee. The College has the minority status in which 50% seats are reserved for the minority community - Sivasidhananda. 33.3% of the total seats are reserved for female candidates.

The teachers are recruited as per the norms of UGC and the Tamil Nadu government. The temporary vacancies are filled in by the Management as and when required. All the 55 faculty members are permanent. The College works 184 days per year of which 180 days are utilized for teaching alone.

At the beginning of each semester, teaching plans are discussed in the departments; and the progress is monitored. Specific portions in the syllabi are covered within the time frame. Conventional teaching method is supplemented by visual aids, charts, maps and models. Project works, assignments, class room seminars, study tours etc. are also undertaken. The College needs to publish the evaluation method well in advance through the College Calendar and Prospectus. Monthly tests and model examinations are conducted to evaluate the learning process.

Educationally weak students are provided with remedial coaching. Advanced learners are located and encouraged to appear for entrance tests for higher studies and employments. One UG and two PG students obtained placements through campus interview in a polymer industry at Chennai. Endowments and cash awards are given to those who have meritorious achievements.

Although the College has obtained first rank in M.Sc. Physics during 2004 and in M.Sc. Chemistry in 2001, the general results are miserably low. It is only 48% for UG and 25% for PG classes. It is strongly suggested to explore the reasons for the low results and implement remedial measures. The tutorial system as such is yet to be implemented in an effective manner.

Teachers submit self-appraisal reports as a routine requirement for promotion. They update their knowledge by attending seminars, workshops, refresher and orientation programmes. During the last two years 12 teachers attended national seminars and two attended international seminars. Some members in the departments of Physics, Commerce and Tamil have quite a large number of books published in their names. During the X Plan period eight teachers availed themselves of the facility of FDP for completing the Ph.D. and M.Phil. programmes. Teachers are also encouraged to do part-time M.Phil. and Ph.D. They are also encouraged to publish papers in journals as well as to present papers in conferences/seminars/workshops. The Zoology Department has a fairly good collection of specimens and educational CDs. They also conduct training programme on Vermicompost manufacture for the self-help groups. A sericulture garden is also setup.

The evaluation of teachers by students was started in April,2005.

Criterion 3: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The College has ample research potential which needs to be utilized properly. Of a total of 55 permanent teaching staff, 12 are Ph.D. holders and 41 are M.Phil. holders. During the last five years, 9 teachers have obtained Ph.D. degree. The College is advised to constitute a Research Committee to streamline its research programmes.

A good number of staff members in different departments are presently working for Ph.D. of whom ten have already submitted their thesis. Eleven and nine faculty members utilized the FDP scheme of the UGC during the IX and X Plan periods, respectively. The credit of publishing a good number of books and articles goes to different staff members. However, recent publications are very few. Four staff members each from the Departments of Tamil, Commerce, Physics and Chemistry are approved guides of the M.S. University. Three members from Commerce, two from Physics and one from Chemistry serve as Resource Persons in contact classes of Distance Education Programmes of various Universities in the state.

The Physics and Chemistry departments have ample scope to be converted into research departments. One teacher in the department of Zoology is undergoing a research project assisted by UGC for a total outlay of Rs.54, 500/-. Department of Physics has also generated Rs.39,000/- for students' projects funded by Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology (TNSCST) of which two projects worth Rs.6,000/- and 5,500/- were completed very recently.

The College has two NSS units of which one is exclusively for girl students. One teacher has been acclaimed as the best NSS Programme Officer of the University during 2002-03. He has been recently appointed as NSS Co-ordinator for the M.S. University by the Vice-Chancellor; government approval for the same is awaited. The State and University level awards for the best NSS volunteers have also been obtained by a few students. Volunteers also attended the Pre-Republic Day Training Parade held at various centres in the state. The College has adopted a nearby village for social activities. It has also setup a public library named 'Kalaikovil' in a nearby town Srivaikuntam.

Apart from the routine activities of the NSS like medical camps, AIDS awareness, community development programmes, etc. the College has also conducted the programmes on consumer awareness, road traffic control, legal awareness, and campaigns on de-addiction, antismoking, anti-dowry, rainwater harvesting, etc. The activities of Blood Donor's Club are commendable. The blood donation of quite a large number of students is willingly carried out.

The College needs to collaborate with the industries around as well as research institutions in and around the District.

Criterion 4: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The College is situated in 54 acres of land. It has 37 classrooms in three buildings. There are four science laboratories, a central library, auditorium, hostel for men, canteen and a playground. The College maintains its infrastructure with the assistance from the management and non-salary grants from the Government of Tamil Nadu. Maintenance of the College is looked after by the employees. Efforts have also been made by the College administration to keep the campus beautiful and pollution-free. Existing trees are well taken care of. New trees are also planted periodically. The College has been augmenting its infrastructure to keep pace with the academic growth of the institution.

There is scope for optimum utilization of infrastructural facilities by conducting a few self-financing, need-based certificate/diploma courses. The infrastructure needs improvement to a large extent. It can also be shared with the external agencies after the College hours as well as on holidays.

The Central library of the College is open on all working days of the week from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. It has 31,743 books and 29 journals/periodicals. The College has to employ a qualified librarian. The College also needs to form an Advisory Committee for the Library. Surprisingly, for several years the books in the Library have been neither classified nor catalogued. Book-bank facility needs to be extended to students. The teachers need to give assignments based on library use whereby both the teachers as well as the students will make use of the library. The library needs to be interconnected with other libraries for inter-library borrowing. It should be equipped with reprographic and internet facilities. It needs to be fully computerized. The expenditure incurred on text books and reference books as well as journals was less in 2003-2004 as compared to that in 2002-2003. Only one reference book was procured in 2003-2004 as against 'nil' in 2002-2003.

The College has computer facility with Internet connection, which is developed with the help of UGC funds. The computers are maintained by outside agencies on called-for-service basis. Learning packages need to be developed on computers in various subjects.

Some facilities are provided for table tennis. Playground has facilities for volley ball, ball badminton, basket ball and kabaddi. The College encourages outstanding sportspersons by giving awards and medals. Outstanding sports achievers are honoured by the College on the College Day and Sports Day. Facilities for indoor games need to be developed and properly maintained. The College needs to encourage sportspersons to participate in the intercollegiate as well as State level competitions.

Hostel facilities are provided for boys within the College campus. UG and PG hostel girl students are accommodated in rented buildings in Srivaikuntam. Twenty-seven boys have been accommodated in the hostel. The hostel occupancy is much less as compared to the availability. The room conditions in all the hostels need much improvement both infrastructure-wise as well as in terms of support services.

The College has a canteen, where tea and snacks are available at concessional rate.

Criterion 5: Student Support and Progression
The dropout rate is 13.2%. The College needs to keep records of the students' progression to employment and further studies. It also needs to keep records regarding its students passing the examinations like UGC-CSIR, GRE etc.

The College publishes its updated prospectus annually, which includes information about the aims of the institution, the courses available, fee structure, scholarships and fee concessions etc. It charges fees as per University/Government rules. Besides the government merit and merit-cum-means scholarships, financial aid is given to financially poor students.

The College is advised to collect feedback from students as regards teachers, facilities provided by College and campus experience. The feedback so collected needs to be analysed and the results of the analysis need to be used for the betterment of the system.

The College has an Employment Cell and a Placement Cell. It provides career guidance to the students by inviting experts from various fields such as banks and private companies. The students are given opportunities to interact with them for their employment. The person incharge of the Cell also functions as placement officer. The activities of these two cells need to be strengthened. Employment Cell also needs to motivate the students to seek self-employment.

Recreational and leisure time facilities like indoor game, nature club, literary activities, debate clubs etc., are available to the students. The College needs to publish an annual magazine in which students can contribute articles, poems etc., which would encourage their creativity and hidden talents. However, the manuscript magazine and the publication by History department and Physics department are praiseworthy.

An Alumni Association has been formed. The activities of the Association need to be strengthened. The alumni need to help the present students of the College, providing them with additional inputs by sharing their expertise with them and also helping them with career counseling.

Criterion 6 : Organization and Management
The administration of the College is being carried out by Arulmigu Kumara Guruparar Educational Society. Thiruvalarthiru Kasi Vasi Muthukumaraswamy Thambiran Swamigal is the Patron of the Society. The College is managed by a Committee consisting of an Honorary Secretary, a Secretary and twelve members. The committee should meet more often and monitor the functioning and the academic progress of the College periodically. The academic administration of the College is monitored by the Academic Council consisting of the Principal and the Heads of various departments. The Principal is the academic and administrative head of the College. To help the organization and management, various committees have been formed. The College prepares an academic calendar for circulation among the students and the staff at the very beginning of the year. Master plan of the future growth of the College needs to be prepared.

The College needs to depute the non-teaching staff for professional development programmes conducted by the government/UGC. The College Employees' Co-Operative Credit Society may be founded which will help the members in getting loans for various purposes.

The College has to implement a budgeting system for proper financial planning. It has an excess budget. Internal audit of the College accounts has to be carried out periodically by a Chartered Accountant as it is an obligatory requirement for all educational institutions.

The grievance redressal mechanism needs to be formalized for fair and expeditious grievance redressal of the students and the employees.

Criterion 7: Healthy Practices
The faculty and the College are striving towards realizing the goal of imparting quality education and overall personality development of the students. The following healthy practices have been established for this purpose:
Certain departments have raised funds for payment of fees of poor students.

The tree plantation programme is undertaken by the students.

Blood Donors' Club has been formed which helps the government hospital as well as poor women in procuring blood in case of emergency.

A course on Vermicompost manufacture was organized for self-help group.

A public library is run by the College in a nearby town.

A nearby village is adopted for conducting social service camps.

Section III: Overall Analysis
The AKGS College of Arts is rendering good service to the rural student population in the higher education sector. It has an almost 45-year-history of service to the young people of a backward region of Tamil Nadu. Its 54-acre campus of level ground is an asset. However, some of the buildings, especially the Library and some classrooms, need a great deal of improvement. Although the campus is big, it has to be utilized more effectively. The library, the Physical Education Department, the NSS, the I M.Sc. Physics classroom, etc. need better buildings.

The College has well-qualified and experienced teachers. The management will do well to utilize their services for new courses related to computer-based educational innovations. This College can develop further into a centre of rural and agri-based, job-oriented courses. The Governing Board of the College may give serious attention not only to infrastructural development but academic innovations in the light of the overall re-orientation in education occurring in the country as a whole now.

There are well-based alumni who can interact with the Principal more vigorously and try to develop the facilities further. The parents are also well aware of the significance of the College functioning in the rural setup to transmit the knowledge and culture around the area, contributing itself to mould good citizens and generations for the betterment of the society.

Recommendations:

(1) Effective steps like formation of Academic Monitoring Committee consisting of Management representatives, need to be taken on war footing to boost the university examination results in all Departments.

(2) Class-wise Parents Teachers Association (PTA) will enable the College to have healthy relationship among parents, wards and teachers.

(3) Efforts should be taken to start new courses both at the UG & PG level, since no courses have been introduced during the last seven years. It is also suggested to start new courses under the self-financing stream.

(4) The College should resort to academic auditing.

(5) The tutorial system needs to be properly implemented and strengthened.

(6) The evaluation method be made known to the students through the College Calendar and Prospectus.

(7) The College needs to strengthen the system of student evaluation of teachers.

(8) It is advisable to constitute a Research Committee to streamline the research activities.

(9) Collaborative programmes be established with the industries and the research institutions in and around the District.

(10) The infrastructure needs a great deal of improvement.

(11) The College has to employ a qualified librarian.

(12) Formation of Advisory Committee for the library will help its smooth functioning.

(13) More books need to be procured in the library.

(14) Learning packages need to be developed on computers in various subjects.

(15) Facilities for indoor games need to be developed and properly maintained.

(16) The condition of the rooms in all the hostels needs much improvement both infrastructure-wise as well as in terms of support services.

(17) The College needs to keep records of the students' progression to employment and further studies.

(18) The College has to collect feedback reports from students and analyse them to improve the existing systems.

(19) Activities of the Employment Cell and Placement Cell need to be strengthened.

(20) Publication of a College magazine would encourage creativity and hidden talents of the students.

(21) It is high time for the College to start an NCC Unit.

(22) It is advised to prepare a master plan which includes the projected expansion in future.

(23) The College is advised to utilize the facilities of INFLIBNET and to do automation of the Library. It may also introduce the book bank facility.

(24) More encouragement should be given for the development of sports and games to have participation at regional, state and national level.

(25) The College has to implement a budgeting system for proper financial planning.

(26) Internal audit of the College accounts has to be carried out periodically by a Chartered Accountant.

(27) The grievance redressal mechanism needs to be formalized.

(28) Taking into consideration the location of the College, it should make efforts to provide better transport facilities for the students to commute to and from the College.

The members of the Peer Team would like to place on record their sincere thanks to the Management, Principal, Faculty, Non-teaching Staff, Students and Alumni.

Prof. Dr. J. V. Vilanilam (Chairman)

Dr. M. N. Welling (Member-Co-ordinator)

Prof. P. K. Yaqoob (Member)

Dr. S. Sankarnarayanan
Principal




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