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St Josephs Evening College, Bengaluru (Bangalore), Karnataka
St Josephs Evening College, Bengaluru (Bangalore), Karnataka
Address:# 5031, Museum Road
Bengaluru (Bangalore) (District Bengaluru (Bangalore))
St Josephs Evening College, Bengaluru (Bangalore) Karnataka is a recognised institute / college.
St Josephs Evening College, Bengaluru (Bangalore) Karnataka is situated in Bengaluru (Bangalore) of Karnataka state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Bengaluru (Bangalore) comes under Bengaluru (Bangalore) Tehsil, Bengaluru (Bangalore) District.
St Josephs Evening College, Bengaluru (Bangalore) Karnataka runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
St Josephs Evening College is affiliated with Bangalore University, Bengaluru (Bangalore)
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NAAC report of St Josephs Evening CollegeSection 1: Preamble
St. Joseph's Evening College, Bangalore, affiliated to the Bangalore University desired to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and submitted its Self Study Report. The NAAC constituted a Peer Team with Smt. Padma Ramachandran IAS, formerly Vice-chancellor, M. S. University of Baroda as Chairperson and Dr. K. Palaniappan, Principal, Dr. G. R. Damodaran College of Science, Coimbatore to visit and assess the institution. The team visited the college January 24th, 2002 and completed its task on January 25th, 2002
St. Joseph's Evening College, established in June 1972 for providing collegiate education to working men and women is an independent grant-in-aid college of Arts and Commerce, is run by the Bangalore Jesuit Educational Society of the Order of the Society of Jesus, popularly known as Jesuits of the Catholic Christian Religion. Although a religious recognized minority college the admission is open to the students of all sections of the society with preference to economically and socially backward classes. It is recognized under Section 2(f) and 12B of the UGC Act. The majority of the students of the college are first generation learners. The college is located in a small area of one acre land in the heart of Bangalore city. There are two major programmes offered by the college through various departments. This academic year onwards the Pre University Certificate(PUC) programmes have been separated from the Evening College.
The two major undergraduate degree programmes offered are:
B.A. in History, Economics and Political Science
B.Com. in Commerce
The college has 14 permanent members of the faculty. Three of them, out of 14, hold doctoral degrees(Ph.D.), five hold M.Phil. degrees and six, postgraduate degree qualification. There are 16 administrative staff. Out of 649 students, 182 are girls and 467 are boys. As the college is affiliated it follows the syllabus of Bangalore University for its courses offered. The college does not have flexibility of syllabi, but have many value added programmes for the benefit of the students in addition to the prescribed syllabus of the University. The college follows the annual pattern of examination of the University.
Before the visit to the college campus, the Peer Team studied and analysed the Self Study Report submitted by the College. The written information furnished by the college was validated and supplemented by observations during the visit and discussions with different groups connected with the college. Additional best practices were also checked out during the visit. The team visited the entire campus, including the departments and the administrative office, the Library, Main building, Computer Centre, Sports facilities, Canteen, Auditorium and Reading Room.
The peer team held extensive discussions with the College Committee/Governing Council, the Principal, the members of the faculty, the Students, the Alumni, the Non-teaching staff(Administrative and technical staff) and the Parents - each group separately.
Based on a comprehensive analysis of the Self Study Report and on the basis of the visit and discussion as indicated and guided by the criteria evolved by NAAC, the Peer Team assessed the quality of higher education offered to the students of St. Joseph's Evening College. The Criterion-wise and Overall analysis, is as follows:
Section 2: Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The college, which has been established in the year 1972 offers two degree programmes, one in Arts and the other in Commerce. The student strength is 647. The college is affiliated to the Bangalore University and follows the syllabus offered by the University. Seminars, assignments, special lecturers, exhibition work, camps and class room discussions form additional input to the curriculum, which is beyond the syllabi. The students have elective options. The additional inputs aim to cover the mission of the institution. The associations of students, different clubs, and the departmental associations, are functioning with a view to develop leadership qualities of students. Members of the staff are deputed to attend seminars in other places. The college proposes to start self-financing courses in Journalism and Social Work. The college has linkages with the Xavier Board of Higher Education, Jesuit Educational Association and All India Christian Higher Education, New Delhi. The management runs two colleges and three schools.
This is an 'Evening College' as its students are employed during the day. The degree courses may help the students to get promotions or switch to better jobs.
Criterion II: Teaching-learning and Evaluation
Students are admitted based on their performance in interview and qualifying academic record. All the students are employed . Primary School teachers are given preference in admission. Economically poor students are given concession in marks. Academically poor students are given remedial classes. Advanced learners are given mini projects and they have to make individual preparations.
Teachers prepare a lesson plan for the academic year. Work diary is maintained. Review meetings are held. Guest lectures are arranged. The College has full time faculty members. The academic year has 200 teaching days out of 230 working days. Three tests, the first of one hour and the other two, of three hours duration are conducted by the College. This is an aided institution. Vacancies arise due to retirement and death. Management has resources to pay for temporary staff. The College has the self-appraisal method to evaluate the performance of the faculty. The summary is discussed in the staff meeting. Students' Academic Council provides feed back on teaching methods. The College conducts an orientation programme at the beginning of the academic year. Alumni members participate in that and interact in this programme. As the University conducts the examination, the College does not have any scope to contribute by way of innovation in evaluation methods.
Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
This is primarily an undergraduate College offering two degree programmes. As the students are employed there is very little scope for research by them. A section of students have done some work in History and Commerce. The College allows for adjustments in teaching schedule so that they can do research. There are 2 part time research scholars, who work on self support. The College does not provide any funds for research. It has not obtained any research project from funding agencies. Consultancy service does not exist.
A Staff member looks after extension activities as additional charge. Community development, health and hygiene awareness, blood donation camps, women's issues, dalit concerns environment awareness and social work are some of the extension activities of the College. By awarding certificates and prizes to students, they are motivated to join extension activities.
The college has three recognised research guides for Ph.D. degree. There are at present 10 research scholars under two recognised guides having registered for Ph.D. degree.
Hindi textbook has been written and it has been prescribed for degree courses. A non-detailed text in Hindi is also written by a faculty member. In Tamil, the teacher has done translation work, Kannada teacher has written articles and they have been published in monthly and weekly journals. History department has prepared a textbook for pre university class. The Principal has published 57 articles, a book, edited 9 books and written 40 articles in newspapers. He has presented 42 papers. He has delivered 21guest lectures/talks. The academic work done by the Principal should be taken as an example by the teachers, who should try to have publications and more of research output.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The College is located on one acre of land within the city limits. The class room facilities are used by PUC till 4 p.m. From 4.00 p. m. onwards degree students are attending the classes in these rooms. There are sufficient number of classrooms. The space is utilised to the maximum. The class size varies between 100 & 120 students. The Vice Principal is incharge of maintenance of the building. 15,100 books are available in the library. The Library works from 2.00 p.m to 8.30 p.m for 260 days in a year. 12 videotapes, are available in the library as well as 12 academic journals, seven newspapers and 10 periodicals. Reprography, Computer, Audio and Videocassettes, Fax, Email services and Website Domain Address are also available. There is an advisory committee for the library and any staff member is free to suggest to it, the name of books to be bought.
The Computer Centre has 43 systems and works from 7 a.m. till 9 p.m. They allow the public to use the Computers for a fee and students at a concessional fee. The income comes from there, goes into maintenance for the College.
As this is an evening College it is not permitted to participate in inter collegiate sports and games of the University. Students do not participate at the University, State and National meets. But the College has interclass sports and games. It does participate in games organised by other Colleges.
No regular health services are available to students, teachers and non-teaching staff at the College. There is no hostel at present.
Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
As the students are employed, and want to study seriously, the dropout rate is small - 20% according the College. The College publishes prospectus and College Calendar every year. As this is an aided institution, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Defence personnel scholarships are available. The Alumni members meet every month. They are in the process of forming an Alumni Association. Students spend the little leisure time they have in participating in debate clubs, cultural programmes and indoor games.
The College gives fee concessions, scholarships and book bank facility. The staff has organised a Welfare Fund. Members can take loan upto Rs. 35,000/-. The non-teaching staff too have a welfare fund. Members can borrow a loan upto Rs.5000/-. Management provides financial help to the staff members for emergencies.
Grievances go to respective class teachers at first and then to the Student Welfare Officer, and then to the Principal. Parents are free to come and discuss problems of their wards with the faculty.
Criterion VI: Organization and Management
Heads of the Departments administer the departments and two Welfare Officers co-ordinate and monitor the students. No committee or external agency has been appointed to suggest improvement in the organization and management. Non-teaching staff have not been given development programme. As this is an aided institution fee is collected as prescribed by the Government. There is an internal audit mechanism. Management awards scholarship to students and loans to the staff. Loans from LIC and nationalized banks are guaranteed by the management. The grievance redressal is informal
This college comes under the Bangalore Jesuit Educational Society, registered under the Karnataka Societies Act. The Rector is the head of the institution. The Principal is the executive head of the college. For its day to day functioning, the Governing body and the Rector delegate powers to the Principal in administration and academic matters.
The selection committee of staff consists of the Rector, the Principal the Head of the Department and subject expert. Vacancies are advertised and selection is made based on the performance of interview and demonstration.
Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The College conducts periodical tests, remedial work, regular assignment and staff evaluation by students. The College mainly considers giving education to the socially backward and economically poor students. The College has linkages with Xavier Board for Higher Education, Jesuit Educational Association, and All India Association of Christian Higher Education. The College wants to introduce self financing programmes. Subsidized programmes for the public are offered by the Computer Centre. Efforts are made to provide students personality development programmes and social awareness. Academically poor students are given remedial programmes. The College works in close collaboration with several community organizations. The college does not have an NCC or NSS programmes as the University has not permitted the Evening Colleges to have units. 145 students have been awarded scholarship during 2000-2001.
Section 3: Overall Analysis
After a long time, though the scale of operation is small (only 2 courses are offered by the college), it has bright prospects to grow towards providing opportunities for higher education to members of the weaker sections of society. The strengths and limitations are very well understood and presented by the college in the self-study report. It is believed that the NAAC team visit will inspire more enthusiasm and academic improvement in the institution. The institution may aspire to become autonomous so that there is greater flexibility in responding to social needs.
The peer team commends the institution for its philosophy and its implementation and would like to suggest the following for enhancing its usefulness:
The class strength is very high, therefore, it is difficult to teach so many at a time and to know the level of their grasp. Perhaps there could be class divisions.
There is no mechanism to obtain feedback from educationists and employers on the teaching programme. The college has no powers to redesign the teaching programmes or alter the syllabus. This handicap should be repeatedly brought to the notice of the various bodies of the University for necessary correction.
Since this is an Evening College, time is a major constraint for Seminars, Assignments, Workshops, Interaction and Projects. Only classroom teaching is possible. Students have very little scope for cocurricular activities. We note that the teachers are using Sundays, Public Holidays and 4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. for these activities and these should be kept up.
During the last 30 years no evidence of improvement curriculam wise or increase in numbers of courses has been shown. This should be seriously considered and more vocation oriented courses thought of.
In Karnataka, it is the Universities which offer PG and research programmes but now colleges are also allowed to start post graduate courses. This college also may consider offering post graduate courses.
Diploma and certificate courses (according to market needs) outside the purview of the University could also be thought of.
Teachers could take up projects from UGC and other funding agencies.
In commerce stream, practice workshops may be instituted.
Linkages with industries in and around Bangalore may be explored for giving inservice training to students.
Academic orientation seminars, conferences and workshops may be conducted to create an academic atmosphere in the campus. Teachers may be sent for more National programmes and seminars.
During the last two years only once has a two day faculty improvement programme been organized in the year 2001. There was a one-day programme for the staff also. There is need to have more faculty development programmes so that faculty members gets exposure. More 'Continuing Education' and "Faculty Improvement Prgrammes" need to be availed of by the teachers for increasing their exposure.
New teaching methodologies may be constantly thought of and evolved.
The scope of outreach programmes has to be expanded.
Smt. Padma Ramachandran (Chairperson)
Dr. K. Palaniappan (Member)
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