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HKRH College, Uthamapalayam, Tamil Nadu
HKRH College, Uthamapalayam, Tamil Nadu
Uthamapalayam (District Theni)
Tamil Nadu, IndiaPin Code : 625533
HKRH College, Uthamapalayam Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college.
HKRH College, Uthamapalayam Tamil Nadu is situated in Uthamapalayam of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.
HKRH College, Uthamapalayam Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Arts, Science stream(s).
HKRH College is affiliated with Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai
Media coverage of HKRH College, Uthamapalayam Tamil Nadu, Tamil Nadu
NAAC report of HKRH CollegeHajee Karutha Rowther Howdia College, UTHAMAPALAYAM - 625 533. TAMIL NADU established as a Minority Muslim College, has a fifty year long history. It is named after its visionary founder Hajee Karutha Rowther who was a social worker, a freedom fighter and a Philanthropist. The college owes its existence solely to the munificence of this single individual. It is considered to be the first ever rural college of the area to be established at Uthamapalayam.
The college was established in the year 1956 and initially it offered courses in Economics and Mathematics with 160 students and 7 teachers. Over the years college developed phenomenally and at present it has on its role a total number of 1682 students comprising 1206 students in the aided stream and 476 in the unaided stream. The objective was to bring higher education within the easy reach of economically, socially and educationally backward people in the Cumbum Valley. The college is currently affiliated to Madurai Kamaraj University. It is a Grant-in-Aid college covered under 2f and 12B of the U.G.C. act since 7th November, 1988.
The management felt the need of assessment and accreditation of the college and submitted their Self-Study Report to NAAC, Bangalore. NAAC, in turn constituted a Peer Team to validate the Self-Study Report. The Peer Team comprised of the following members:
Chairman : Dr. P. V. Arunachalam, Former Vice-Chancellor,
Dravidian University, Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh
Member - Prof. K. Eresi, Former Head, Dept. of Commerce, Coordinator Bangalore University, Bangalore, Karnataka
Member Mrs. Ushahprabha Chavan
Principal, Dr. Patangrao Kadam Mahavidyalaya,
The Peer Team visited the college on 23rd and 24th March 2005 and held interaction meetings with various constituents of the college. To validate the information given in the Self-Study Report, the Peer Team held discussions with the members of the management, the principal, the staff, students, parents and alumni, visited all the departments and the support services and went through all relevant available documents of the college in the course of two days. The Peer Team has drafted this report by keeping in mind the seven criteria identified by the NAAC and the performance of the college.
The campus area of the college is 25 acres and its location is semi-urban. The college offers a variety of academic programmes at the U.G., P.G., P.G. Diploma, Certificate and Diploma level courses which are either aided or are self-financing. The college has the Faculty of Science, Arts and Commerce run on Aided basis. The Faculty of Science includes the departments of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology and Computer Science while the Faculty of Arts has Tamil, Arabic, English, Economics and History departments. The Faculty of Commerce runs courses leading to B.Com. and M.Com. Degrees.
The college also runs courses in the Faculty of Science and Arts on self - financing basis. The Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Information Technology are covered under Science faculty while the Department of Management Studies is covered under the Arts faculty. The Department runs two courses, one in Business Administration and the other in Banking Management leading to Bachelor in Business Administration and Bachelor in Banking Management. The college runs three P.G. Programmes out of which two are aided programmes while one is self-financing. It also offers one certificate course and one P.G. Diploma course on the self-financing basis. The language requirements of the self-financing courses are taken care of by the staff specially appointed for the purpose by the management.
The college started as a boys' college. Later co-education was introduced in the year 1990 and as per the Government norms, implemented a system of 50% seats reservation for the Minority Muslim community. The recruitment of permanent teaching and non-teaching staff is done as per the procedure laid down by the Government from time to time. The college has 59 well qualified permanent teaching faculty and 9 temporary teachers to teach the aided courses. The college has employed 33 teachers to run the teach self-financing courses. Of the 59 permanent teachers, 08 are Ph.Ds., 30 are M.Phils., and 21 are Post Graduates. Of the 9 temporary teachers, 5 are M.Phils. amd 4 are Post Graduates. Of the 33 teachers for the self-financing courses, 5 are M.Phils., and 28 are Post Graduates.
On the non-teaching side, there are 32 members, of whom 12 are on the administrative side, 11 are on the technical side and 9 are on the non-technical side. On the non-teaching side for unaided courses there are 10 members.
The unit cost of education of the college excluding salary component, is Rs. 18,930 /- during the year 2003-04. The college has the following support services: Central Library, Computer Centre, Sports Facilities, Hostel, Canteen, Grievance Redressal Cell, Prayer Hall, Lady Students Room, Post Office, Vehicle Parking shed, N.C.C. Shooting Range, Obstacle Course, Mineral Water Plant, Auditorium and an Audio Visual Room.
The Library has a good collection of 35,147 books and is currently subscribing to 67 journals / periodicals / magazines. There are 92 computers in the college.
The Peer Team carefully perused and analysed the Self-Study Report submitted by the Institution. During institutional visit, the Team went through all the relevant documents, visited the departments and various facilities and interacted with the different constituents of the institution. The curricular, co-curricular, extra-curricular, and extension facilities are visited. The Peer Team also interacted at length with the Governing Body, Head of the Institution, Faculty, Non-teaching staff, Students, Parents and Alumni of the institution. Based on the above exercise and keeping in mind the seven criteria formulated by NAAC, the Peer Team assessed the institution.
The assessment under various criteria, the commendable features of the institution and the recommendations of the Peer Team are given in the following pages.
Criterion I - Curricular Aspects
The aim and objective of the institution is to provide quality education to the students coming from economically poor agricultural families of the area and the Muslim Minority Community. Since the college is a minority run institution it has made provision to promote the religious and value based education.
The College has organized cultural functions with scientific ideas like Howdia 2000, Biztec 2002, Romance 2003 and 2004, Phytech 2004 and Bio Mela. Such functions unearth the skills and talents of the students and hence have become a integral part of the yearly activities of the College. The major consideration of the College is to provide equal opportunities of education to the deprived students to get higher education and to seek self employment.
The College offers a wide range of programme option to the students. These can be classified as U.G. and P.G. aided courses and U.G. and P.G. unaided courses, together with some certificate courses and diploma courses. These courses are offered on a part time basis as well. The College has developed itself horizontally as well as vertically which seems evident from the variety of courses offered by the Institution. Besides these, the College offers a set of non-affiliated certificate and diploma courses such as certificate courses in journalism, Deeniyat , Spoken English, Tourism and Travel Management, IncomeTax Law and Practice, Numerical Ability, Medical Laboratory Technology, which are innovative.
The working days of the college are 180 on the average for the courses run on the annual system and 90 days per semester in the semester system. The College works for five days a week. The Academic Council of the University reviews and changes the syllabi once in three years, but need based adoptions to the syllabi can be made as and when required. The teachers in the departments also review the syllabi and send their opinions to the academic council and lend their contribution in framing the syllabus. Some of the members of the staff are Chairmen or the Members of the Board of Studies of Madurai Kamaraj University or other Universities or Autonomous Colleges.
The system of self assessment followed in the college plays a role in overall improvement of academic activities. The workshops conducted by the department of computer science for the teachers and the non teaching staff of the college have helped the college to march towards automation.
Criterion II: Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
The selection of students for admission is done on the basis of their academic record, Government reservation policy, student's proficiency in N.S.S., N.C.C. and Sports, physically handicapped wards of ex-servicemen and defence personnel. Wards of Teaching and Non-teaching staff are also given preference in admissions. Wards of the non-teaching staff are given fee concessions. The College conducts periodic tests, snap tests, objective type tests to evaluate the students performance at the beginning of the academic year. The students who do not remain up to the mark, are given a remedial coaching. Certain learner centered methods are followed in teaching and students are motivated to present papers in seminars. The College offers special cash prizes and awards to the top rankers at the University, every year. The use of audio, visual aids, such as computers, OHP, LCD is done to some extent in order to supplement the lecture method. This could be done on a much wider scale.
The College has the freedom and the resources to appoint and pay temporary staff. The College follows the self appraisal method to evaluate the performance of the faculty. The college facilitates the staff members to avail FIP programmes to pursue their research work.
Criterion III - Research, Consultancy and Extension
The college encourages and promotes research activity among the staff. Two of the teachers are involved in active research with on-going minor research projects sanctioned by the U.G.C. The faculty in Commerce, History, Economics, Tamil, Zoology, Physics and Mathematics have been publishing papers and books for which the management have shown their recognition and have extended support.
The College has a designated person for extension activities. He holds the additional charge of the activity. The N.S.S. Programme Officers have done commendable work and their work has been acknowledged from time to time by the University and the State by giving awards. The extension activities undertaken by the College include community development, Health and Hygiene awareness, Medical Camps, AIDS and Environmental awareness, etc.
The staff and the students are motivated to participate in extension activities. They are made aware of the acceptability of such work and its value as social commitment. The teachers are given permission to use the infrastructure of the College for conducting meetings or carrying out the activity. They are relieved of their teaching work on activity days. Students work in the extension activities is recognized by giving them certificates of merit.
The college, with the help of District Consumer Society, makes efforts to create consumer awareness among the students. Faculty in the Biochemistry render free consultancy services in the manufacture of Vermi Compost and Bio fertiliser to the farmers of neighboring area.
Criterion-IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The College Management has always given adequate emphasis on providing good infrastructure and creating academic environment. The infrastructural facilities available in the college have been put to optimum use by providing facilities to IGNOU to run its contact classes of U.G., P.G., Certificate and Diploma courses. The college premises are used for conducting various examinations and training programmes of the State Government. The premises are also used for election purposes. There is a canteen in the college campus. The college has environmental committee which keeps the campus clean and free from pollution. It has taken steps for tree plantation and maintenance of gardens. Efforts are made for rain water harvesting.
The college has a good library with 35,147 volumes and 67 journals, periodicals and magazines. The library works on all working days between 9.00 a.m. and 5.15 p.m. An amount of Rs. 54,111/- and Rs. 1,28,462/- has been spent for purchase of books, journals and periodicals during the years 2002-03 and 2003-04 respectively. There is centralized computer facility. The students are benefited by the Book Bank facility operated in the college.
There is a good play ground covering a total area of 5 acres. The sports facilities include Foot Ball, Basket Ball, Volley Ball, Cricket Ground and Badminton Court. It has a 400mts Track and Long Jump and High Jump Pits. The college encourages sports and some of the students have won prizes at Inter University and Zonal Level Sports and Games. The college Volley-Ball team has been University Champions for 11 years in succession.
Criterion V - Student Support and Progression
The percentage of students appearing for the final examinations is about 85% on an average and the dropout rate is around 15%. About 47.5 % of U.G. students go for higher studies while about 15% seek jobs. The college publishes prospectus containing updated information every year. The prospectus provides information on courses offered, admission procedure, fee structure, tentative examination dates, Hostel facilities, library facilities, co-curricula activities, remedial, vocational courses and various scholarships and financial assistance schemes of the State Government and Management endowments which are made available to the students. The college does not have an exclusive placement officer although there is a placement cell which is yet to become active. The Alumni Association is started only recently, however over the years they have been contributed to the development at the college in many ways. There is a Grievance Redressal Cell functioning in the college. When grievances are brought to the notice of council members, steps are taken to redress the grievances. The students participate in games, nature clubs, cultural programmes, dance and music competitions and so on during their leisure time.
Establishing a good feed back system from all the stake holders is an important aspect which the college can think off. The college has a satisfactory system of documentation to keep a students progression to further studies, employment and their developments in different walks of life. Further, forging meaningful contacts with the University Employment Information and Guidance Bureau and local employment exchanges could strengthen student guidance and Employment Cell activities.
Criterion VI - Organization and Management
The college is managed by a well constituted committee which consists of the President, the Secretary & Correspondent and Members. Ordinarily the Management Committee meets twice in a year at the beginning of each semester. The committee discusses policy issues relating to financial position, appointment of teaching and non-teaching staff, creation of endowments, development of infrastructure and so on. The college has staff council with Principal as Chairman and it monitors the academic calendar of the college. Apart from this, the concerned H.O.Ds conducts meetings with respective members of the staff to checkout academic programmes. The Administration of the college is supported by various committees like Appointment Committee, Admission Committee, Discipline Committee, Library Committee, Environmental Committee ,Grievance and Redressal Cell to name a few. The principal acts as chairman of all the committees.
The Management committee conducts internal audit every year. Besides, this there is also an external audit conducted by a team sent by the Regional Joint Director of Collegiate Education, every year. The college helps both teaching and non-teaching staff by providing facilities like festival advances, provident fund loans, housing loan, vehicle loan, loans for purchase of clothes from co-operative societies.
Criterion VII - Healthy Practices
The Peer Team notes with appreciation the following healthy practices of the college:
Establishment of several committees for sharing the responsibilities of various activities of the college is good step initiated for internal quality promotion and check.
Conduct of Remedial Coaching Classes for weaker / poor students is a welcome step
Award of Rolling Cups to the Departments producing highest results in the university examinations is a praiseworthy feature.
Offering relevant courses on self-financing basis is also unique.
The college organizes various activities through NCC / NSS to inculcate civic responsibilities, social, environmental and health awareness
Helping poor / physically challenged / SC / ST students by paying tuition fees, providing text books etc. by ward counselors and philanthropists is worthy of mention.
Organising in-house training programmes in Science for School teachers is another notable feature.
Imparting value based education to promote-religious harmony is commendable.
Hajee Karutha Rowther Howdia College, Uthamapalayam, a pioneer in providing higher educational facilities with a missionary zeal to students hailing from minority community to the rural agricultural families and other deprived underprivileged sections of the society, is marching with confidence towards its golden jubilee year the appreciable record of achievements of the institutions over the years.
The Peer Team, after going through the Self-Study Report and after visiting various academic departments and scrutinising available physical facilities, is impressed by the commitment of the college in providing quality education. The college has been striving hard by steadily introducing career oriented diversified courses. The Peer Team sincerely feels that there are many features of the college that deserve to be commended. At the same time, the Team would like to bring to the attention of the appropriate authorities of the college, certain recommendations for consideration and necessary follow-up action.
Women students constitute one third of the student strength of the college in the scenario of the college being rural.
The Infrastructural facilities available in the college commendable and they are put to optimum us.
The Alumni of the college is occupying distinguished position in the Civil Service, Police Service, Medical Field, in Technology, in the Department of Education, Arts and Culture and Political Field. Some are flourishing entrepreneurs and same are of status in public life.
The Tutorial System of the college is very effective.
The function of Grievance Redressal Cell is note worthy
The college has designed some need based diploma courses to enable regular students to have the benefit by attending classes outside the college hours and thus help them to get placement
The promote discipline and character building in students, moral instruction classes are regularly arranged
The fresher for in U.G. programmes undergo bridge course so as to enable them to improve their communicative skills
The Committee noted with delight the fact that the college is offering several enrichment courses without levying any tuition fees
The research activity in the college is noteworthy. The procedure for recognition of the Department of Commerce as a Research Centre by the University is under consideration. Department of History, Commerce, Tamil and Mathematics have a good record of publication of research papers and books. The Department of Commerce and Zoology have two ongoing minor research project funded by U.G.C.
The college does not collect capitation fee / donations in any form from the students
Support and involvement of the Management in the overall development of curricular, co curricular and extra curricular activities is praise worthy. The Management gives incentives to the faculty for the publication of research papers / books; Rs 250/- for each paper presented, Rs.500/- for each publication in journals and Rs. 1000/- for publication of books.
The extension work merits appreciation. The work of the N.S.S. Programme Officers has won the recognition of the Madurai Kamaraj University and Government of Tamil Nadu.
A Good interpersonal and intrapersonal relationship is seen among the various constituents of this college.
While the Peer Team appreciates the over all mission of the college which is to impart, imbibe and inculcate social values, sprit of service and religious tolerance, the college may identify specific objectives year after year and draw out strategic plans to attain the same.
With commendable record of service spreading over 50 years in the realm of Higher Education, the college now can plan to have autonomy
Computerization of work in the college office and the library service which has commenced already may be completed at the earliest.
A language laboratory may be established to impart language skills in English and Arabic to the students of the college
Internet facility may be made available to the students.
Concerted effort may be put-in to establish more linkages at the local / regional / national level with other institutions, to the extent possible.
Consultancy culture needs to promoted on the campus
Multi-Gym facility should be provided to the students.
Class room should be fitted with fans.
The number of lady teachers is minimal. A special effort may be put in to appoint a few more lady teachers.
Since the management is proactive they may consider proposal to introduce a sets of pension scheme on matching contribution basis for the staff working on unaided basis as welfare measure.
The college may go in for instituting some endowment programmes such as founders day endowment lecturers etc.
Constitute a competent advisory committee consisting of eminent scientists, educationists, industrialists, Professional etc to enhance the academic strength of the programmes of the college.
Establishment of Coaching Centre for entrance of the students to Civil Services may be given priority.
Activities of the Department Associations need be further strengthened
The academic audit system may be introduced by formalizing the self assessing system of the faculty that is currently in vogue.
Teachers may be encouraged to apply to UGC / CSIR / ICSSR agencies for major and minor research projects.
The Peer team considers that this exercise will be useful to the institution to initiate / improve upon the strategies towards further growth and development.
Prof. P.V. Arunachalam
Dr. Ushahprabha Chavan
Dr. K. Eresi
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