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St Marys Syrian College, Brahmavara, Karnataka
St Marys Syrian College, Brahmavara, Karnataka
St Marys Syrian College, Brahmavara is a recognised institute / college.
St Marys Syrian College, Brahmavara is situated in Brahmavara of Karnataka state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.
St Marys Syrian College, Brahmavara runs course(s) in Degree, Arts stream(s).
St Marys Syrian College is affiliated with Mangalore University, Mangalore
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NAAC report of St Marys Syrian CollegeSection - 1
Saint Mary's Syrian College, was established in 1980 and is affiliated to Mangalore University, by the Orthodox Syrian Christian Education Society .The Society manages a host of premier educational institutions at Brahmavar.
The goals and objectives of the college are to provide its students, intellectual nourishment as also inculcate such values in them as faith in God, moral uprightness, self confidence, sense of justice and respect for the society required for a fuller life. The major considerations for the setting up of the college were to provide education, employment and equal opportunities for development. The college was recognized by the U.G.C. under 2f and under 12B in the year 1995. It is a grant-in-aid college of the Karnataka State. The total campus area of the college is 7.25 Acres, and is located in a rural setting.
The college provides 3 under-graduate degree programmes such as B.A., B.Com and B.C.A. There are 10 departments in Arts faculty and one in Commerce under Grant-in-Aid programme and the B.C.A. Course operates under self-financing programme. The college has 15 permanent and 9 part time faculty members, 9 temporary faculty members, of which 2 permanent teachers have Ph.D. Degrees. The faculty members are recruited as per the rules of the State Government decided from time to time. The number of non-teaching administrative staff of the college are 14.
The number of students enrolled in under graduate courses is 522 and all of them belong to Karnataka State. There are 63 students in the self-financing course. The unit cost per student of the college excluding salary is Rs.2, 808.00 and including salary is Rs.17, 390.00 during the year 2003-04. There is annual system of examination for the regular B.A. and B.Com students and semester system for the self -financing course, B.C.A. The college has a central library, a computer center and Indoor and outdoor game facilities.
The number of working days of the college is 298 and teaching days are 203. The library has 14,002 books and open on all working days. It also subscribes about 55 national and one international journal. There are 33 computers in the college. Being an under graduate college, not much of research is going on in the college. However, some of its teachers attend different seminars, conferences, and workshops. The college has no linkage with outside institutions. But the management of the college do run three other educational institutions at school level and a Pre-University college. The college mobilises resources mostly from State Government aids, funds from self-financing courses and contribution by the management.
The college desired to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore and submitted its Self-Study Report in December 2003. The Peer Team was constituted by NAAC to visit and evaluate the college on the basis of the self-study report, through interaction with different sections belonging to the academic and administrative spheres of the college. The Peer Team consists of:
Prof. Promod Kumar Sahu (Chairman) Former Dean of Commerce, Berhampur University, Presently Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board, Orissa, Bhubaneswar.
Prof. Mukul Shah (Member Coordinator) Dean-Faculty of Commerce, SNDT Women's University, Mumbai.
Prof. K.G.Narayan Pillai, (Member) Former Director, College Development Council, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala.
Dr.M.S.Shyamasundar (Coordinating Officer, NAAC, Bangalore.)
The team visited the college on September 1st and 2nd 2004 and interacted with the Principal, Managing Committee, Faculty members, non-teaching staff, parents, alumni and students' representatives on the working of the institution. The team also visited the support services such as classrooms, computer laboratory, secretarial practice laboratory, library, sports facilities, museum, N.S.S, N.C.C, playground, gymnasium, and office and other infrastructure facilities. The team analyzed the documents presented to them besides the Self Study Report to make overall assessment of the college in the light of seven criterians identified by NAAC and the report is presented in the following pages:
Criterion Wise Analysis
Criterion - 1
The college being affiliated to Mangalore University, it has to follow the curriculum prescribed by the University. However, the college offers a number of options to its B.A. students in choosing from different optional subjects and language papers. The B.Com students are also allowed to choose from various vocational streams at each year and also in language papers. The B.C.A. course is introduced to cater to the needs of the students. The college offers a number of options for the students to choose and also can take up simultaneously some certificate courses. The time frame has been decided for the convenience of the students.
As per the University rules the existing curricula are reviewed every three years and updated. It takes about one to two years for the college to introduce new courses. As members of the Boards of Studies in some of the subjects in the University, the teachers of the college participate in framing the course curriculum and also in the revision or modification of the same. The Local Inspection Committee of the Mangalore University conducts the academic audit and submits the report to the University. The college organizes seminars and workshops on inter-disciplinary topics for the benefits of the students and teachers. Also several study tours, book review sessions and other innovative teaching methods are adopted by the college. The modern course curriculum and the various job-oriented courses help the students to take up higher studies in professional Institutions. Some of the teachers attend regular seminars, workshops and conferences to update their subject knowledge.
Teaching Learning and Evaluation
Students are admitted to various classes through their academic records and interviews. However there is no provision for assessing students' knowledge and skills for a particular programme after the admission. The college provides bridge/remedial courses to the educationally disadvantaged students. Advanced students are given additional responsibilities like presenting papers in seminars, group discussions, assignments, etc. Teachers do not make teaching plans. However, it is being done from current academic year. But the courses are unitized and teachers prepare the teaching schedule accordingly and complete the courses in the stipulated time period.
The lecture method is supplemented by discussions, survey, home assignments, seminar paper presentations, book reviews, study trips and guest lectures. There are no audio-visual facilities in the college to supplement lecture method. However facilities have been used from the current year. The workload for each subject is different from the other. The ratio of full time teachers to part-time teacher is 24:9 during 2003-2004 and the ratio of teaching to non-teaching staff is 24:16. The full time faculty teaches more than 90 percent of classes.
Students are being communicated about the evaluation method as a part of the prospectus issued at the time of admission. The teachers also communicate the same at
the time of orientation after the admission. Performance of the students is evaluated regularly through periodical class tests and the internal assessment tests conducted one in each term.
Temporary and Ad-hoc teachers are recruited through an advertisement in the local newspaper, conducting interview in the presence of subject experts in the panel. Merit and experience are the basis for appointment. The college has full freedom to appoint temporary/ad-hoc teaching staff whenever required. The contribution by the parents and the grants received from the U.G.C. are used for payment to the temporary teachers. A number of its faculty members attend state and national level seminars and participate in different conferences and workshops as resource persons/ paper presenters. Teachers follow the self-appraisal method of evaluation as per the instructions issued by the Higher Education Department of the Government of Karnataka. All teachers' evaluation forms are forwarded to the Department for further analysis and action. Students also evaluate the teachers and the institution by filling up the forms supplied to them and is processed by a committee of teachers. During the last two years the college has not organized any formal refreshers courses and faculty development programmes. But organized a number of seminars and workshops in which faculty members actively participated.
The college has a number of regular and adhoc committees, such as Staff Council, U.G.C. Building Committee, NSS Advisory Committee, Sports Advisory Committee, Discipline Committee, NAAC Steering Committee, NAAC Drafting Committee and NAAC Documentation Committee with teachers of the college as members for smooth conduct of regular and special programmes. Some of the teachers of the college are also members of some local Banks and other State Government Institutions as a part of the extension work.
Research, Consultancy and Extension.
The college being an under Graduate College, research activities are not pursued rigorously. However, the college promotes research through students project works, teachers given study leave, seed money, and by adjusting the teaching schedule for teachers pursuing research under FIP Schemes. There is also a Research Committee for submitting proposals to the U.G.C. and other funding agencies. The college is not recognized as a center for Ph.D programme by the University. About 25 per cent of the teachers are engaged in research and publication of papers. Two of its full time teachers are Ph.D degree holders. The college does not provide financial assistance to scholars to peruse research. During the last five years only one of its teachers has been awarded Ph.D Degree. Neither any on-going research projects are there in the college nor the college provides any consultancy services. The Ancient History Department of the college has been assisting excavation work at Barakur, Udupi District, Karnataka. In collaboration with Dr.M.H.Krishna Indological Studies, Bangalore after getting necessary permission from Archaeological Survey of India, and maintains well-preserved museum.
The NSS officer, student's welfare officer and the NCC Officer of the college conduct extension activities as additional charge on part time basis. Various community welfare programmes like health and hygiene awareness, adult education and literacy, AIDs awareness, blood donation camps, environment awareness, water conservation awareness, consumer awareness, preservation of traditional arts and monuments etc are the programmes undertaken by the students and teachers of the college through its N.S.S, NCC and the welfare activities. The college has organised some extension activities in collaboration with local NGOs, Rotary Club and other institutions.
Infrastructure and Learning Resources.
The college has a beautiful campus green and serene in an area of 7.25 Acres of land. Besides class rooms, the college has a library, archeological museum, computer laboratory, secretarial practice laboratory, courts for different games etc are provided by the college for the students. The infrastructure is maintained by the college out of the funds provided by the students, State Government and the U.G.C.. The students and teachers make optimal utilization of the facilities available in the college campus for the study and other co-curricular activities. The college does not allow outside agencies to utilize its facilities. A number of trees have been planted to keep the campus green and free from pollution.
The college has a central library with 14,002 books and subscribes more than 55 journals every year. More than 1000 books are added to the library during the last two years costing about Rs. 2 lakhs. The College Library is well maintained and equipped with books, which are scientifically catalogue. The library has a seating capacity for more then 100 students to read The Staff Council of the college serves as the advisory committee for the library. The library is neither computerised nor it is interconnected for inter-library borrowings. However, the computerization process of the library is in progress. There are audio-video cassettes in the library and internet facilities are available in the library. But there is no reprographic facilities in the library. However the same is available in the college office and students are making regular use of it. The library works on all working days of the college between 9.15 A.M. to 5 P.M.
There is no central computer facility available in the college. But the computer laboratory of the B.C.A. course works between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all working days. There is no health center in the college; however, the students are provided with health awareness programmes through organizing different health camps.
The college has an open stadium with a 400 mt. track, a full fledged12 station gymnasium with weight lifting equipments, three table tennis tables, one tennis court, a multipurpose court and a cricket pitch. Regular coaching camps are organized to help the students to improve their performance. Incentives are given to students in the form of refreshments during practice sessions, cash awards and honouring of out-standing sports persons, etc. Sports garments and materials are supplied at subsidised rates to sports persons. Some of the students of the college have participated and achieved prizes at the regional and inter college competitions like Volly ball, Cricket, Athletic, Ball Badminton, and Weight Lifting events.
The college does not have hostel facilities. However, there is a proposal for construction of a ladies hostel during 10th plan period out Rs.20 lakh fund sanctioned by UGC of which college has received disbursement of Rs.10 lakh and the construction work will start very soon. There is no canteen facility in the college campus.
Students Support and Progression:
About 99 percent of the students appear the qualifying examination after the study. Hence the dropout rate is very negligible. About 30 percent of the students go for employment and 10 percent go for higher studies after completing the course in the college. During the last five years 8 students have passed the U.G.C. SLET examination, one student passed GMAT exam and 50 students have passed the BSRB examinations.
The college publishes every year the prospectus giving detail information regarding courses offered, aims and objectives of the college, fees structure, admission procedures, etc.
The college provides a large of number of scholarships, financial assistance and fees concessions to students. Most of the scholarships are sponsored by the college, State Government and many by private individuals and organisations. About 190 students received various scholarship during last year. There is no employment cell in the college. However, teachers provide academic and personal counseling to students on individual basis. Even though the college does not have any employment cell it encourages students to undertake self-employment through career guidance programmes organized in association with some local agencies. Students and faculty members of the college participate in various cultural programmes and organize drama festivals every year. The college also publishes its annual magazine giving opportunity to its students to publish their articles.
The college has a very active Alumni Association, which organizes various cultural programmes and participates in different social programs conducted by the college. The Association has also instituted a few scholarships for the needy students. The college provides various recreational facilities like, indoor and outdoor games, debate club, students magazine, cultural programmes, and dance and music competition for the students.
Organisation and Management
The college has two-tier coordinating and monitoring system. One through the staff council in which all Heads of Departments are the members and the other the Institutional evaluation by students, through which the college can be able to know about the teaching, co-curricular activities and the teacher-student relationship. The Institutional evaluation is also used to evaluate the efficiency of non-teaching staff as perceived by the students. Regular coaching programmes are held during vacation to make the office staff computer proficient. The college charges fees from students as decided by the Karnataka Government from time to time.
However, the fees charged for the self-financing courses are more than the fees charged for regular courses. With the revision of fees during 2002-2003, the college has surplus budget compared to deficit in the year 2001-2002. There is internal audit system in the college.
Besides providing financial assistance to deserving students the college provides free lunch to students of less privileged class. The students' welfare bureau serves as the grievance redressal cell for students. The Institutional evaluation report also provides some redressal to students. For the employees, the grievances are represented by their associations to the management through the principal. There are no loan facilities available for the staff of the college from the Management Major purchases of the college are being done through the recommendations of the Staff Council and obtaining price quotations from the market. The management organizes every year get-to-gather of staff of all the sister institutions.
Criterion - 7
The institutional evaluation mechanism adopted by the college provides the basis for internal quality check. The college is quite aware of the latest managerial concepts and making efforts to use them. However, it does not have any linkage with outside agencies.
The college has introduced the B.C.A. course under self-financing programme and vocational courses for its B.Com students. A large number eminent persons from the society are invited to the college to impart value education to the students. The N.S.S., N.C.C. and the student's council inculcate civic responsibility among the students. The association of voluntary organizations like Rotary Club, NGOs, Village Panchayats also helps the students to work for the society. Through these agencies and the students, many social welfare and awareness programmes are undertaken by the college.
Besides classroom teaching, the various other teaching methods help the teachers to promote general and communication skills among the students. With good relation between teachers and students, the college undertakes various programmes with active cooperation of the students. Various cultural programmes and competitions held among the students also help in developing cordial relationship among the students and teaching community of the college and personality development of the students. The collage honours eminent persons of the society in its annual days, providing a healthy opportunity for the students to know these people and their work. The institution evaluation system is one of the most- healthy practices adopted by the college.
The S.M.S. College has been striving hard over the past 24 years imparting value oriented higher education to the rural boys and girls from the villages of Udupi district. B.A. and B.Com Degree courses are imparted from the very beginning. Being an affiliated College it has its own difficulties in starting diversified market friendly courses. Still they have succeeded in starting a parallel B.Com in vocational stream with UGC aid and B.C.A. in self financing mode. The team noted good coordination and transparency among the principal, faculty, staff, student and management. The academic programmes are learner centered, providing remedial coaching and personal attention to slow learners.
The infrastructure created through the last two and a half decades needs special comments. Good classrooms, library, computer laboratory, sports facilities, gymnasium, auditorium, conference hall, garden, stadium with 400 meters tracks and ladies retiring room are all well maintained and getting improved. The Peer Team noted the potentialities of the institution to go further and gain excellence.
While appreciating the good practices followed in the college, the Peer Team considers it necessary to mention some of the shortcomings with an aim of improving the institution, which need positive attention of the Management for its speedy redressal.
The qualification status of teachers may be improved by taking M.Phil., Ph.D, NET, Certificate courses etc.
In the appointment of teachers, both regular and adhoc, NET qualification may be insisted upon, as far as possible.
A planning board /Research Committee may be constituted to prepare and submit research and other projects with an aim of attracting external funds.
Post entrance/Induction Analysis test be conducted to asses the quality of students and in tern arrange formal remedial /bridge courses.
The advanced learners may be given more responsibilities and leadership training.
All students, teachers and staff may be encouraged to undergo computer training.
A language laboratory may be set up to promote the communicative skill of students.
Short-term certificate and diploma add-on courses may be started.
Subject linked extension programmes by departments may also be undertaken.
Teachers may be trained to prepare computer aided teaching materials and use of modern educational tools.
Evaluation by Peers, alumni and their employers may be started.
Seed money may be allotted for initiating research projects and conduct of seminars, conferences and workshops.
An endowment fund to help the poor and needy students may be created.
Departments may be encouraged to collaborate with institutions of higher learning.
On -the -job training may be given to the students of commerce and computer science.
More courses and programmes may be started on cost - effective basis.
Infrastructure facilities may be utilized optimally with the involvement of NGOs and public.
Hostels may be provided for both girls and boys.
Regular meetings of the associations of parents, teachers and alumni may be arranged with an aim of getting more advice and service from them.
Possibility of initiating welfare scheme for temporary and part time teachers may be explored.
The college has been rendering yeomen service to the rural students since its inception. The Chairmen and Members the team wholeheartedly thank the Management, Principal, NAAC Coordinator, Teachers, Staff, Students, Parents, Alumni and other stakeholders for their cooperation in making the assessment process a success. We wish a bright future for developing the college into a center of excellence in higher education.
Prof.Promod Kumar Sahu
Prof. Mukul K.Shah
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