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MES College, Erumeli, Kerala
MES College, Erumeli, Kerala
Erumeli (District Kottayam)
Kerala, IndiaPin Code : 686509
MES College, Erumeli is a recognised institute / college. Status: Unaided.
MES College, Erumeli was established on / in 1995.
Principal of MES College, Erumeli is Prof MK Fareed Tel: 04822- 273116.
MES College, Erumeli is situated in Erumeli of Kerala state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Residence Phone No(s) of concerned peron(s) of MES College, Erumeli is (are) : 0482-2273116.
Website of MES College, Erumeli is www.meserumely.com.
Contact Details of MES College, Erumeli are : Telephone: +91-4828-254393, 255366
Courses offered in MES College, ErumeliBCA, BBA, BSc Electronics, B.Com.Computer Applications, M.Sc. Computer Science,Electronics.,M.Com, MSW
MES College, Erumeli runs course(s) in Business Management, Computer Application, Degree stream(s).
MES College is affiliated with Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam (Kerala)
Media coverage of MES College, Erumeli, Kerala
NAAC report of MES CollegeSection 1:
M.E.S. College Marampally, Aluva- 683 107, Ernakulam Dt [rala State) volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore. The institution has conducted the preliminary self-study for this purpose and submitted the Self-Study Report (SSR) to NAAC. A Peer Team was constituted by NAAC to validate the SSR submitted by the college. The Team consisting of Prof M.M. Salunkhe, Vice-Chancellor, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, (Maharastra State), as Chairperson, Prof Raja Mutthirulandi, Director, Centre for Communication Studies & Centre for Human Rights Education, Periyar EVR College (Autonomous), Tiruchirapalli (Tamil Nadu), as Member- Co-ordinator and Prof K Eresi, Department of Commerce, Central College Campus, Bangalore University(Karnataka), as Member visited the institution to validate the SSR. From NAAC, Dr Jagannath Patil, Assistant Adviser, NAAC functioned as the Internal coordinator. The Peer Team visited the institution on two days, i.e., - 18 and 19, August 2004.
M.E.S. College Marampally established in the year 1995 is a grants-in-aid, non-autonomous college, affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala State. This college established and managed by the Muslim Educational Society (MES) is one of the several educational institutions run by the management in Kerala State. The college has UGC recognition under Sec 2(f) from Dec 1998 and 12 (B) from Dec 2000. The college is located in a rural area in a campus of 25 acres.
The College offers 4 UG, 5 PG programmes and 1 Certificate course in campus; [1 UG (B.Com) and 2 PG (M.B.A & M.Sc., IT) off-campus programmes offered for a couple of years under M.G University programmes are now discontinued ] 4 of the PG programmes -M.C.A, M.B.A., M.Sc (Electronics) and M.Com., - are under Self-financing scheme. There are five departments in the college, in three faculties- Arts, Science and Commerce. The strength of the teaching faculty is 47 of which 21 are permanent and 26 are temporary. Women teachers constitute 62.5% of the total teaching staff. There are 18 members in the Non Teaching/ Administrative staff category besides 4 technical staff. The present student strength is 1027 of which 485 (47.22%) are girls. The college works for about 224 days a year (average of last three years); the number of teaching days is 195. The average working days for the Library, in the past three years is 208 days a year.
As its temporal plan of academic work, the College follows the Semester System prescribed by the affiliating University. No credit system is in vogue. The following are the support services available: Central Library, Computer Centre, Hostels, Canteen, Grievance redressal cell and Vehicle Parking Shed.
The Peer Team carefully perused and analysed the SSR submitted by the institution. During the institutional visit, the team went through all the relevant documents, visited departments, acquainted itself with the facilities and interacted with various constituents of the institution. The existing academic, co-curricular, extra-curricular, sports facilities and extension activities of the institution were taken note of during the visit and at the Peer Team discussions. The Peer Team also interacted at length with the members of the Governing Body, Principal of the College, Faculty, Administrative staff, Students of the institution, a few alumni and parents of the students.
Based on the above exercise, and keeping in mind the criteria identified by NAAC, the Peer Team has taken a value judgment. The assessment of the Institution under various criteria, the commendable features of the institution as well as the issues of concern, are listed below.
Criterion -wise Analysis
This college is one of the educational institutions run by MES and generally, the go als and objectives of MES and those specifically for this institution are there to guide the activities of the college. Being a non-autonomous, affiliated College of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala, the college has to necessarily follow the system and the syllabi prescribed by the affiliating University in respect of the different courses offered in the institution. Accordingly, the semester system of examinations is in force. While being non-autonomous, there could only be limited scope for getting the particular institutional goals and objectives reflected in the curricula of the courses offered in the college,
There is some variety in the academic programmes of this college; courses in Computer Applications, Electronics & Hardware, Business Administration, Commerce (UG & PG levels) and Biotechnology (PG level) are there. Six new courses (1 UG and 5 PG) have been introduced in the last three years. In the matter of elective options offered in the college, the students have limited choice for the college to introduce any new programme it takes about three months after obtaining sanction from the University and Government.
Except the involvement (in 1999-2000) of one staff member of this college in a core committee constituted by Mahatma Gandhi University for review of B.C.A syllabus, the members of the faculty have so far had no other opportunities to contribute to the curriculum design of the University. The college has so far not been subject to any academic audit by the University and no remarkable innovation in curriculum design has taken place. Obtaining feedback from employers, user-industries/organisations etc in any systematic manner is yet to take place.
In order to achieve its mission of 'promoting quality education among people in general and to elevate the academic standards of minorities and backward classes in particular', it would be helpful to undertake an 'academic need-survey' in its service area to identify programmes - long-term and short-term- for which there are felt-needs. Introduction of new programmes should be based on such findings and run with the help of competent Advisory Committees. The college could also strive to gather more representations for its faculty in the University bodies/ committees responsible for curriculum design. Introduction of more short-term, add-on courses could increase the levels of skill acquirement and employability of the learners.
Feedback on programmes and interaction with academic peers and employers is reckoned as one of the useful ways to become relevant in the changing contexts. Feedbacks offered by inspection teams of the parent University are certainly helpful, but may not be enough. It would help the college to embark upon systematic exercises of review of on-going academic programmes in the college and redesign its inputs and delivery systems so as to enhance the quality of education offered. The College could establish a more formal and working system of feedback on its programmes and regular interaction with academic peers and employees.
Teaching - Learning and Evaluation
The admissions of students for the courses are made in a transparent manner on the basis of their academic records. For admission to M.C.A., there is an entrance examination conducted by the Govt of Kerala; for M.C.A., M.B.A., and MSc (Biotech) there is also a special entrance examination conducted by the management. For MBA &, MCA, 50% and for MSc(Biotech) course 55% is the cut off marks at the entry level. In an average for the last two years, about 86.6% of the admitted students appear for the final examinations and the pass percentage is 61.5 and 55.84 for the last two batches. Nine students have achieved University ranks from this college so far . There is a good number of passes in first class.
Seminars, group discussions, on-site visits are adopted as means to supplement regular lecture method of teaching. The college conducts post-entrance assessment tests, series tests as per an examination calendar drawn up at the commencement of the academic year. The evaluation methods are informed to students by the respective departments. In its attempt to cater to individual differences among learners, students identified as weak/ disadvantaged in learning, are assisted through remedial classes and learners at advanced levels- a set of ten in each class- are identified for provision of special encouragement.
The recruitment of teachers is as per University and Govt rules. No permanent teacher has been recruited in the last two years due the ban on recruitments in force in the state. Temporary/Ad hoc teachers are recruited and paid by the management.
There is an annual self- appraisal by staff in the format prescribed by UGC. A nascent system (from 2002-3) of Staff appraisal by students is there and a format of evaluation sheet has been devised. Suggestion boxes are now kept. Three teachers have attended national level seminars. The college could encourage more participation of its teachers in national and International Level seminars/ workshops etc for continued academic progress. No faculty development programme has taken place in the college in the last two years. The college could also plan and organise faculty development programmes in the campus for facilitating their professional development.
The mechanism of staff appraisal, appraisal of staff by students and the follow-up of feedback could be made more systematic. Institution of teaching awards, incentives for academic achievements may be planned to encourage teachers perform better. To enhance levels and ranges of teaching inputs, beneficial linkages with prime institutions/user-industries could be worked out in view of the rural location of this institution. Plans to draw more from the expertise, academic and professional talents available elsewhere in the industries, established research/ educational institutions could help when implemented faithfully.
Application of new technologies, creation of facilities to have increased use of computers, internet etc could be adopted by the College to further effectiveness of teaching methods. Contributory teaching of faculty members from sister/established institutions in this college and vice versa of the staff of this college to other institutions could be experimented to increase levels of availability of talents/ expertise and sharing of experience.
Frequent and evenly structured assessment of students' attainment of knowledge and acquiring of skills after the admissions to their programmes of studies, introduction of more AV and other hi-tech teaching aids, intensive training and development avenues for both teaching and administrative staff etc. would go a long way to make the quality of education better. The College could initiate efforts in these directions.
Research, Consultancy and Extension
Students doing project work, as part of their curriculum requirement is the one activity in this college aimed to promote research culture among students. Two staff members are carrying out part-time research. Currently there is no provision for granting study leave, seed money etc as incentives for promoting research among staff. The college has so far not found any avenue for offering consultancy.
The Extension activities of the College are carried out by a teacher with additional charge as NSS Programme Officer. Staff and Students are encouraged to participate in Extension and Sports activities. The Extension activities of the College are carried out also in collaboration with the local NGOs and other organisations. The broad areas of extension activities of the College include community development, social work, health and hygiene, organising medical camps, blood donation, AIDS awareness and environmental awareness programmes.
The College could make early efforts to develop a research culture among teaching staff. Provision of seed- money, constituting and strengthening research committee, encouraging more teachers to avail of minor/major Research Grants, motivating staff to use their expertise to offer consultancy, providing incentives to teachers to present/ publish papers in academic fora /journals, offering tangible incentives to those who engage in research activities etc, could be worked out with the aim of inculcating and developing a research culture in the campus.
The college could make earnest attempts to have local, national and international contacts and collaborations in possible areas to enhance effectiveness and quality of its educational services. With the aim of further promoting research, the college could also make efforts to generate funds from different sources for carrying out research. As a college having UGC recognition under 2(f) & 12 (B), it could submit more proposals for funding for research and allied projects. Assistance of finance for research from different external agencies other than UGC, (eg:-DST, CSIR etc.) would also encourage the faculty to carry out research activities.
Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college is run by an educational society, which has potential to augment infrastructure when needed. Govt grants for maintenance has dwindled and the management has the responsibility to maintain infrastructure. NSS is also involved in the up-keep of the campus.
There are separate Computer labs for MCA, BCA and BSc (Electronics) courses. Availability of computers in the college is at adequate level. But a Central Computer facility doesn't exist. The computer facilities are accessible between 9.30 AM and 12.45 and 1.45 PM. on working days. The computers are used for the preparation of pay bills, student rank pointing, progress reports etc . The Library has a modest collection of 6793 volumes as on 31-12-2003 including an addition of 1736 text books and 137 other books in 2001-2 & 2002-3. An amount of Rs 4,78128 has been spent on purchase of books and Journals/Periodicals for the library in the last two years. Library is kept open on all days except Sundays and Public holidays between 9 AM and 4.30 PM. The Catalogue, lending of books and stock verification have been computerised. The Library has audio -visual cassettes for use. There is a Library Advisory committee functioning. Book bank facility is not there; inter-library borrowing arrangement is yet to take place.
The sports and playground facilities are modest. Facilities for running (200m track), playing Kabaddi, handball exist. Students have some achievements in sports - Kabaddi, handball. There is a self-contained hostel for girl students. The college operates four buses to transport students. Amenities for students- canteen, students store and telephone are available.
It may perhaps be more profitable to have a centralised computer facility, instead of keeping it scattered. More time for access to computers may be made available for students and staff. Sports and playground facilities could be augmented and solid encouragement may be extended to sports students. Towards offering better health care facilities for students, regular entry level health check ups for students may be adopted and the proposed tie-up with the local hospital be expedited. Computer Aided learning packages could either be developed or procured for courses other than computers as well. Inter-library linking/ borrowing, book-bank facility, establishment of a visible grievance redressal cell etc. would stand to provide better infrastructure and student amenities in the campus.
Student Support and Progression
The percentage of students appearing for the final examinations is above 85%, as an average and the drop out rate is less than 15%. The college has no data on its students progressing for further/ higher education. The College publishes a prospectus containing updated information every year. The Prospectus provides information on courses offered, rules of admission, fee structure etc. examinations, fee structure etc. Various scholarships and financial assistance schemes of the GOI and State government and the Management are available to students. The College has a very recently (Aug 2003) established Alumni Association. Recreational and leisure time activities of the College students are through indoor games, outdoor games, Nature clubs, college magazine and A.V. facilities.
A working system of feedback from all the stakeholders is an area that the College could strengthen. The College would do well to have a better system of documentation and keep a more systematic record of students' progression to further studies, employment and other stages of life. Forging eaningful contacts with University Employment Information and Guidance Bureau and local employment exchanges could strengthen student Guidance and Employment Cell activities. The College having a standing of nearly a decade could make an early effort to systematize its Alumni association, motivate it to chalk out plans for various activities and get its involvement and assistance in furthering the educational goals and delivery systems of the College.
Organisation and Management
This is a College managed by the MES, which runs a number of other educational institutions in the state. There is an active local Managing Committee for this Grant-in-aid college. The college follows rules and regulations laid down by the Government, the University and its own Governing Body.
There is a staff council and several committees to take care of different functions/ responsibilities relating to the College. There is a separate committee to prepare the time table/ academic calendar of the college. Heads of Departments coordinate their departmental activities under the general supervision of the Principal. The Principal monitors work efficiency of the administrative staff also. The central management (MES) appoints special committees for internal audit of accounts periodically. Grievance redressal for staff is through the college council. The MES management supports poor students and provision for salary advance for staff in the first month of joining is allowed by the management.
The college could think of inviting external agencies to study and evaluate its organisation and management. The system of obtaining feedback on administrative staff from students and teachers could also be there. Conduct of periodical professional development programmes for administrative staff may prove to be more effective in the long run. No matter how good an institution be, there are bound to be grievances. The College would do well to establish separate Grievance Redressal Cells for both staff and students and ensure its effective functioning. The management could set aside some more funds for implementing staff welfare schemes and extending the facility of salary advances when urgent needs arise. The management should also have specific programme for developing this college.
The Peer Team notes, with appreciation, the following healthy practices of the College:
Establishment of several committees for sharing responsibility of various works of the college, self-assessment of teachers, etc. are among the means adopted by the College for internal quality check.
Intensive/ extra coaching for weaker students, obtaining students' feedbacks are there; the co-curricular and extracurricular activities serve as additional sources of imparting general and value education.
The college organises various activities through NSS to inculcate civic responsibility, social, environmental and health awareness. Blood donation activity is carried out periodically.
Functioning of PTA , signing of some MOUs with industries stand to show the earnestness of the institution to nurse beneficial relationship with stake holders and user agencies.
After going through the SSR, additional presentations by the Principal during the visit and after its visits to various academic and physical facilities, the Peer Team commends the College for some of its positive features and its approach to sustain itself during its existence so far. The Peer team also likes to point out some of the issues of concern to the College authorities for their consideration.
By and large, the present physical facilities though recent and modest are maintained satisfactorily.
Committed central and local Management, dedicated Principal and faculty.
Various departmental committees to share responsibility and draw benefit from variety of talents in the College.
Good interpersonal relationship among the Principal, faculty, students and management.
Arrangement of special/ Extra/Remedial classes for weaker students..
For further development and faster improvement of the college and to enhance the quality of educational service, the Peer Team would like to suggest the following to the Institution for its consideration:
Identify thrust areas of study and train students and make them aware of the needs and challenges of globalization, liberalization and advancement in information technology.
Upgrade facilities and holdings of library and other infra-structural facilities.
Expand the scope of self-financing courses and introduce M.Sc. (Bio-chemistry and Microbiology)
Computerisation of administrative and library process be undertaken.
Concerted efforts have to be made by the faculty to improve their research qualifications. They have to be motivated to undertake Ph.D. encouraged to apply for research grants from UGC and other funding agencies. They should also be asked to publish their research work in State, National and International journals
On the basis of the formal method of Teacher Evaluation by Students 'Best Teacher Award' be given to the Best Teacher.
College may initiate steps to generate funds for developmental activities through Alumni and Parent-Teacher Association. For this, the College should strengthen the activities of this association.
The College can start a Staff Co-operative Credit Society
Academic Audit mechanism be introduced.
The College is now in its 10th year. Early steps to have more funding from UGC and other grant-making institutions may be initiated. This could help to inculcate a research culture among staff in the college.
Increase the number of socially relevant academic programmes, introduced on the basis of need -survey, more programmes especially in areas of Science, Information Technology and other emerging fields.
Network with business/ industry/ educational organisations in its neighbourhood for enhancing academic service, excellence and exchange of expertise.
Encouragement for teachers to acquire higher/ research qualifications; more participation, paper presentation at National/ International seminars / workshops / conferences and to get their papers published.
Encouragement to faculty to avail of minor research grants, initiation of local/internal research projects, provision of seed money, facilitating staff to offer consultancy, establishment of awards for the best teacher would inculcate and further strengthen a research culture.
Ensuring availability of more Audio visual, teaching aids and more and more use of new technology in teaching-learning-evaluation-processes.
Generation of funds by the management to create necessary facilities exclusively for the College.
Analysis of causes of drop-out rate and find workable remedies for the same.
Encourage more participation in sports at University, State, Regional, National and even International levels
Establish Visible Grievance Redressal Cell for Staff and Students.
Strengthening and better use of the recently established alumni association, keeping the latest profile, of pass students using their services for the College.
Strengthen formal working mechanism to get feed-back from all the stake-holders and collaborators.
Professional development programs for faculty and staff.
Constitute Competent Advisory Committees for each application oriented courses offered.
The Peer Team is of the opinion that this exercise will be useful to the institution to initiate and sustain quality enhancement strategies towards further growth and development.
The Peer Team places on record its appreciation to the Management, the Principal and the entire team of staff for the present introspection undertaken.
We wish them all the best in their pursuit of excellence in higher education.
Prof. M.M. Salunkhe
Prof Raja Mutthirulandi
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