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NAAC report of Nadar Mahajana Sangam S Vellaichamy Nadar College (NMSSVN)

Nadar Mahajana Sangam S Vellaichamy Nadar College (NMSSVN), Madurai
Section I: Introduction
Nadar Mahajana Sangam S.Vellaichamy Nadar College, Nagamalai, Madurai - 625 019, is a prominent educational institution managed by Nadar Mahajana Sangam, Madurai, Tamil Nadu. The College was started in the year 1965 by Nadar Mahajana Sangam with a main objective of providing quality Higher Education to the poor and downtrodden sons and daughters of Madurai belonging to all sections, irrespective of caste, religion and social status in an educationally, socially, and economically backward area coming under the Thirupparankundram panchayat of Madurai District of Tamil Nadu. A sum of Rupees one lakh was donated by Thiru.S.Vellaichamy Nadar, a Philanthropist from Virudhunagar to start this educational institution as a Pre University College with an initial student strength of 330, 18 teachers and 12 non-teaching staff. The college was started with the vision to become a premier institution of Higher Education and to serve the community and the nation. And the mission of the college is to impart need-based quality education, enhance the skills, competitiveness and employability of students, shape their character and make them responsible citizens of India. The college Campus covers a wide area of 44 acres of land. The college is located at the foot of historical Nagamalai Hills on the Madurai-Theni National Highway 49. In the year 1990, the college celebrated its Silver Jubilee function in the august presence of His Excellency Thiru.Surjith Singh Barnala, the then Governor of Tamil Nadu. A number of eminent persons visited the college including Bharath Rathna Sri.K.Kamaraj Nadar a great statesman and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, former Union Minister Thiru. Mohan Kumaramangalam, Mr.George Fernandes, former Chief Minister Thiru. M.Karunanithi . The College is affiliated to M.K.University, Madurai. The College defines its goal as ‘to ensure Education of the highest order to students, irrespective of caste, creed, religion and gender.’ The College equally emphasizes and attempts to train the students to be good and useful citizens. The institution provides value based and comprehensive education, trains and shapes the students to be worthy human beings and to prepare them to face the challenges of life.

Management of the College is vested with the Governing Body. The College has produced many eminent personalities in various walks of life. The alumni have risen to high positions and many have acquired success in professions as doctors, engineers, civil servants, bank officers, charted accountants, statesmen, lawyers and educationalists. The Institution has provided quality education for 40 years. The College has initiated the process of assessment of its programmes and activities to reassure its achievements and to realize its shortcomings. As a follow up of this activity, the College has volunteered to be assessed and accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore, an autonomous institution of UGC and submitted its Self Study Report for validation in May 2005.

A Peer Team was constituted by the NAAC for validation of the SSR in order to assess the performance of the college. The team comprised of Dr.M.D.Muthamma, Former Director of Collegiate Education, Government of Karnataka as Chair-Person, Prof. B.Shivarama Holla, Chairman, Department of Chemistry and Director, Students Welfare, Mangalore University as Member Coordinator, Sr. Thresia Cherian, Principal, St. Theresas College, Eluru, West Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh as Member. Mr.B.S.Ponmudiraj, Asst. Advisor, NAAC, Bangalore coordinated the activities.

After a careful in-house analysis of the Self Study Report of the institution, the Peer Team visited Nadar Mahajana Sangam S.Vellaichamy Nadar College, Madurai, during 6th and 7th October, 2005. The Peer Team visited the Departments, facilities provided and support services. The team interacted with the Principal, Teachers, Non-teaching Staff, Students, Representatives of the Management, Parents and Alumni. Based on the Self Study report and interaction with the various constituents of the College, the present report is prepared.

Section 2: Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
Nadar Mahajana Sangam S.Vellaichamy Nadar College, Madurai, was first started as a Pre Degree College offering P.U.C. course for boys only. In the year 1986, it became a co-educational institution.

As an affiliated college of Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, the College follows the syllabi prescribed by this University. The College offers ten UG programmes in B.A., B.Sc., B.Sc. (comp), B.Com. and B.B.A. degree courses with Government aid. Four departments, namely History, Physics, Chemistry and Commerce have introduced PG Programmes under grant-in-aid. The college also offers, under self-financing scheme, eleven degree courses at under graduate level in B.Sc.(IT), B.Sc (Maths), B.Sc (Physics), BCA, B.Com, B.Com.(CA), B.Sc (Bio-Chemistry ) B.Sc (Biotechnology) and BA (Tamil). Besides, the College offers eleven PG courses under Self-financing scheme. The self-finance courses include MBA, MCA, M.Sc. (Micro Biology), M.Sc (Pharmaceutical Chemistry), M.Sc. (Computer Science &IT), M.S.( IT & M), M.Com(CA), M.Sc (Chemistry), M.Sc (Physics) etc. The Department of History is a recognized center for M.Phil and Ph.D. Programmes while the commerce department is recognized center for M.Phil Programmes. Diploma and Certificate courses in Gandhian Thoughts, DTP, Data Entry Operator, Poultry Science are offered by the college. Realizing the importance of skill development and employability, a number of certificate courses like Medical Lab Technology, Library Science, Computer and Graphics etc are introduced during 2005-06. The college has academic tie-ups with institutions of higher learning in the country and abroad. One faculty member of the Physics Department has availed study leave to visit Kyushu University for his Post-doctoral research under JSPS Research Fellowship of Japan. One member from the History department has delivered lecturers and presented papers at seminars and workshops conducted in University of Malaye, University of Colombo and Quoob University in Sultanate of Oman. It is observed that the goals and objectives of the institution as clearly stated earlier comply with the range of programmes which are available to the students in the college.

The institution caters to the educational needs of the rural and backward students from all sections of the society in this area. Career guidance and personal counseling are few examples of the efforts made to take care of personal needs and problems of the students. With a view to shape personality of the students various extension programmes and extra curricular activities are conducted by the college. Admissions are made on the guidelines given by the government, students are trained to develop competitiveness in the employment market. Periodic meetings, seminars and debates are arranged. Human values are inculcated through value based education. The remedial and enrichment courses are intended to make the weaker students to adapt themselves to the changing trends in education. The College has the objective of empowering the rural and backward students through academic excellence and overall personality development. There is scope for vertical and horizontal mobility within the courses offered. The low fees for the self-financing courses are affordable to the students.

The institution follows a fixed time frame for all the programmes at UG and PG level. The certificate and diploma courses are conducted after the college hours from 3.45 P.M to 4.45 P.M. With regard to reviewing and updating the curricula the college has no role to play as it is done by the University. As such there is no scope for introducing innovations in the curricula. The college follows semester scheme for all the programmes except P.G diploma and certificate courses. It also conducts several welfare activities for the well being of its various constituents.

Criterion II: Teaching-learning and Evaluation
The College follows a transparent admission process, which is based on academic records and interviews. The students knowledge and skills are assessed from the beginning itself through tests and interactions. The classes for the students under aided category are taught by 69 full time faculty members and 4 part-time teachers.

The College has a facu1ty strength of 223 teachers, out of which 69 are Government aided permanent teachers and four part-time teachers. One Hundred fifty teachers are appointed by the Management. Administrative Staff is 46 in number (24 Government aided and 22 management appointed). The College has 36 members in technical staff (10 Government aided and 26 management appointed). The student strength is 3621 (1834 under aided category and 1764 under self-financing category, 22 M.Phil and 1 Ph.D Scholar).

Teachers were recruited as per Government guidelines and no recruitment was made for the last five years under aided category. To overcome this constraint the Management appointed full time teachers out of their own resources. Advanced learners are encouraged by assigning project works and by providing extra academic inputs. Educationally disadvantaged students are provided with remedial classes with Management funds. Bridge courses are conducted for all students joining the first year degree programme for three days. All teachers prepare annual academic plans and Heads of Departments personally supervise them. Teaching plans are prepared in accordance with the academic calendar of the College to enable completion of the courses within the prescribed period. Modern pedagogical teaching methods like models, transparencies, multi media power point projections in computer related courses, OHP and audio-visual aids are used. Cash awards of Rs.15,000/- are given to University first rankers of the college. The respective departments are honoured with the cash prize of Rs.10,000/- This incentive of management motivates other departments to perform their best.

Systematic teaching has brought good results. Students feed back on Teachers performance is collected by the Principal. Self appraisal report are prepared and submitted by the teachers at the end of every year which are reviewed by the principal and remedial measures are initiated accordingly. Teachers are encouraged to attend Refresher Courses, Orientation Programmes, Conduct Seminars, Workshops, Symposia etc. for self development as well as to provide good exposure to students. The programmes of teaching and learning cater to the needs of the students and augment academic performance of the institution.

Bridge courses are conducted in all the subjects for the first year students in order to orient them to the changing academic environment such as change of media, method of instructions etc. Regular class tests, two internal tests, model examinations, quiz and seminars are conducted. The mentor system is followed. Learner centered teaching methods like group work, field visits, factory visits, case studies, debates are practiced. However this system could be made more effective. Advanced learners are given counselling to appear for civil service examinations and to participate in seminars, project work, debates etc.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The College has 219 fulltime teachers and 4 temporary teachers. Among them, 24 teachers are with Ph.D, 96 members with M.Phi1 and 113 with P.G. qualification. 3 Teachers are doing research under Faculty Improvement Programme of UGC. Four teachers are recognized guides and among them two are recognized guides in more than one university. Thirty one teachers are engaged in active research and 18 teachers publish research articles regularly. In the recent past 17 papers and about 30 books have been published by the teachers of the college. The Management sponsors the teachers who participate in the National and State level seminars. A half yearly journal called ‘SVNC- Research Journal’, sponsored by the Management is published from the year 2004-2005. A Faculty Development Programme on Research Methodology for teachers of all colleges is conducted in the year 2004-2005.

Free consultancy on Water Salinity, Raising kitchen garden, Mushroom cultivation are done to the residents of Nagamalai and nearby villages. The highlights of the extension activities are i) conducting classes for children studying in panchayat schools, ii) organizing science exhibition and computer exhibition for the benefit of students studying in nearby schools, iii) conducing medical camps, dental camps and blood donation camps for the students and public, iv) arranging lectures on topics like Healthy Living, Natural food, preparation of toiletries and cosmetics at home, v) Driving License camp to issue license to the staff and students in the college campus and vi) creating awareness about rain water harvesting, AIDS and environment in nearby villages. A chemistry faculty member is secretary of Tamil Nadu Science Forum which is a nodal agency to improve public awareness on Science & Technology. There is ample scope for teachers with Ph.D. degree to upgrade the research activities and consultancy of their departments.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college has good physical facilities and adequate infrastructure to run the educational programmes. The campus of the college is spread over 44 acres of land in lush green surroundings. Care is taken to maintain the Campus neat and clean. The college auditorium can accommodate about 700 students. The three seminar halls and one auditorium provide ample facility to conduct meetings and cultural activities. The library has a separate section for visually challenged students. Library is open to the students for 8 hours during the day (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). There are 37,000 Books, in the Library. 57 journals and periodicals. Canteen facility and purified drinking water are available on the campus. Campus beautification committee looks after the maintenance of the nursery garden and the greeneries within the campus.

There is a building supervisor and a campus supervisor to see to the maintenance of the buildings and other facilities on the campus.

The Departments of Botany & Zoology maintain a museum. The science departments organize exhibition and invite public and school children.

Medical and health check up are conducted occasionally in the campus. A male and a female doctor visit the boys and girls hostels respectively on every Thursday evening. Free medical check-up programmes are also conducted

Infrastructural facilities are provided to encourage sports and games on the campus. They include 400 mts. standard six lanes track, cricket field, long-jump, high jump and triple jump pit, pole-vault pit, indoor shuttle badminton court, a volley ball court with floodlight facility, indoor room with TT, chess and caroms. A multi gym 16 stations - Monalisa power cored heavy duty frame with brand name, power plus, squad stand, weight rock with dumbbells and rod stand and dumbbells set is available for students. The crèche and ladies restroom though available in the college campus need further improvement.

The college is contemplating for the establishment of Central computing facility. The computers in various departments need upgrading for optimal utilizations. The computers on the campus are maintained through annual maintenance contract. As a developmental activity, the college may think of establishing a small guest house.

The spacious campus has an administrative office, principals chamber, a library, classrooms, laboratories, three seminar halls and an auditorium. Separate rooms for NCC, NSS, Treated water facility, Ladies rest room are also made available. Computerization of the library is in progress. Inter library borrowing facility may be introduced.

A Computer laboratory is available with 152 computers. There are 235 computers in the college. Every department is provided with computers. Separate computers are provided in the office and library. College campus is kept beautiful with the help of subordinate staff and a cleaning squad.
Outstanding sports persons are encouraged through prizes, awarding TA and DA, uniforms and track suites. The college has a commendable list of meritorious sports persons who won various prizes at state and regional level competitions in the past. There is a need for maintaining the same standards at present. Facilities for indoor and outdoor games are provided. College has separate hostel facility for both boys and girls.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
The college caters to the educational requirement of more than 3621 students including boys and girls. Many of the students are first generation learners and they come from poor economic back ground. The drop-out rate of students recorded is 9.6%. Some of the alumni of the institution hold good positions in public life, civil services, scientific, medical and commercial fields. The college publishes updated prospectus annually which provides detailed information regarding admission procedure, fee structure, courses available, rules and regulations and co-curricular activities.

Different types of scholarships are available to support the economically and socially backward students. During 2003-2004, a total of 2099 students have benefited from such scholarships. The college has a placement cell to assist students in getting placement and to provide career counseling. Personal counseling is offered to the needy students. The Ward system is introduced specifically to guide the students and to record their progress. The advanced learners are given opportunities to excel in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. The slow learners are treated with remedial classes. Professional counselors are invited to address students on specific teenage problems. Teachers too are given training in the art of counseling. There are separate counseling cells for men and women in the College.

The Alumni Association of the college was formed in 1984, they meet once a year. During the meeting, they felicitate prominent members who have achieved high status in the society. The Alumni Association organized seminars and established institutional link up with industries and other agencies. The college has an alumni association which plans to undertake several activities for benefit of student of the college. However there is a need for frequent meetings of Alumni and PTA. Several extra-curricular activities are conducted by nature club, debate club, student magazine and cultural club. Dance and Music competitions, essay writing competitions, excursions and outdoor games meets contribute to the all-round development of the student personality. Girl students are given equal opportunities in the various programmes conducted by the college. Womens cell could take up more innovative programmes to create awareness among girl students about their legal rights and atrocities against women etc. Programmes to develop entrepreneurship skill among girls could be strengthened.

Majority of the students join PG courses. Through the prospectus, the students are informed about the courses offered, eligibility criteria, fee structure, payment procedure, scholarships, endowment prizes, support services etc. Further, guidance is given by teaching and administrative staff regarding these matters.

Scholarships and Fee concessions are available to the students. Extra academic inputs are given in the form of study material and economically backward students are given extra help by the staff. Financial aid to students are provided under various schemes of the Central and State Governments. As many students hail from poor family, the management extends scholarship to the needy students to the tune of few lakhs of rupees every year through Nadar Mahajana Sangam. The members of MUTA have created a fund called MUTA scholarship fund and give scholarship every year to the deserving students. Students Aid Fund and Sri Meenakshi Charitable Trust scholarship are the other forms of financial assistance extended to students. Besides, the college takes efforts to get SC/ST scholarships, MBC and other backward community scholarships.

Through cultural committees, talented students are identified and encouraged for participation in both inter-collegiate and varsity level competitions. Few students represented University in inter-university competitions in kabbadi, table tennis, volley ball, ball-badminton and body building competitions. One student secured 6th place at state level and 3rd place at district level body building competition. In 2001 one NCC cadet participated in the Republic Day parade in New-Delhi and in 2002 another cadet participated in the NCC mountaineering camp. One more cadet secured the gold medal in the NCC Firing Camp. The personal attention taken by the present management of the college is highly commendable. There is a need for introduction of group insurance scheme for the benefit of students.

Criterion VI: Organization and Management
The College Committee, which is a statutory body of the institution monitors the overall functioning of the college. This body takes decisions on matters related to planning and development, general administration, building and maintenance of infrastructure. The Principal who is the academic head of the college, coordinates the academic activities and looks after the day-to-day administration. The College Council which consists of HODs and elected representatives from the staff association assists the Principal in co-coordinating the academic activities of the college.

The office superintendent directly monitors and controls the non-teaching staff. Occasionally on the recommendations of the Office Superintendent the Secretary of the College reallocates work on rotation. A late register is maintained to discourage late coming. The staff who avail minimum number of leave are recognized and awarded on the College Day.

The Principal holds periodic meetings with the staff and non-teaching staff to review the work. Free training in Computer is offered for both teaching staff and non-teaching staff. Fee concession is permitted for staff who wish to pursue PGDCA Course. Incentives such as Management sponsored tour for non-teaching staff, Crèche for children of staff, festival bonus etc. are certain commendable gestures on the part of the College Management.

There are two separate grievance redressal cells for staff and the students which are introduced recently. Grievances and suggestions brought up to the meeting through the committee members are considered and actions evolved.

The teaching and the non-teaching staff have access to the loan facilities provided through PF contributions, MUTA Welfare Fund and Festival advance.

The College is governed by a College Committee consisting of 15 members. The President, the Vice President, Secretary-cum-Correspondent and Treasurer are elected from among the members of Nadar Mahajana Sangam. The General Secretary and Treasurer of Nadar Mahajana Sangam are ex-officio members. Principal and two senior teacher and one senior member of Non Teaching Staff are ex-officio members and one member is a University representative. The remaining members are co-opted members. A family member of the founding father is the Patron.

The calendar committee prepares the calendar, which contains all the details of the academic programmes, rules and regulations. The Time Table is prepared by the college council. Auditing is done by the Joint Director of the Collegiate Education, Government of Tamil Nadu.

The College Management shows interest in the welfare of the staff and the students by organizing medical camps periodically in collaboration with the Meenakshi Mission Hospital, Madurai. The college helps to secure loans such as housing loan, car loan, and consumer loan. The Staff Grievance Redressed Cell looks into the grievances of teaching and non-teaching staff and genuine representations are thoroughly discussed and feasible solutions are worked out.
The Secretary-cum-Correspondent holds periodic meetings with the HODs of various departments and their suggestions are carried out with all sincerity.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The college has a number of programmes which are significant to the overall growth of students in terms of academic excellence, involvement in curricular and extra curricular activities & extension programmes.

The Peer Team has observed the following healthy practices in this college:
Performances of the students, both academic and co-curricular are continuously monitored by the staff through the ward system.

There is a feed back mechanism to assess the performance of the teachers through the final year students.

The meeting of the Parent-Teacher Association is an opportunity for the parents to express their opinion about the quality of Education and other facilities offered at the college.

Team work is ensured by forming different committees for various curricular and co-curricular activities.

The Scribe Club and Helen Keller Club express the social and humanitarian aspect of education.

The college has MOUs with few organizations in Madurai and Theni districts.

A College Magazine ‘Vaanam’ (Sky) is published in order to develop writing skills among students

Student Service forum, National literacy club, Population Education Club and Citizenship training Committees for personality development of students.

Self-financing concept of the college.

Value based education is imparted in consonance with the Indian Culture.

Counseling sessions are held before admissions to provide career guidance to students.

Offering of a large number of subjects in Arts, Science, Commerce and Computer science and many vocational and add-on courses.

Science exhibitions are organized for school children every year.

Holding of remedial classes for educationally disadvantaged students and programmes for advance learners.

Encouragement given to academic achievements, sports & games through incentives by the management.

Participation of students in community welfare projects like pulse polio, blood donation camps, raising funds to combat AIDS, disaster Management, etc.

The management appoints Teaching and Non-Teaching staff on fulltime basis to ensure better service to students.

The democratic functioning of the college and smooth and harmonious relationship between the management, staff and students.

Section 3: Overall Analysis
The Nadar Mahajana Sangam S.Vellaichamy Nadar College was established in 1965 and formally inaugurated on 20th July 1965 has acquired a notable position in the field of higher education. Over the 40 years, the institution has developed into a college which is catering to the changing needs of the society. In the process, the college has upheld the goals to impart education of the highest order to students of all sections in the rural area. The college has made good academic progress simultaneously taking care of extra curricular activities. The college is equipped with good infrastructural facilities and has advanced in providing support services to students. Numbers of extension activities are undertaken and it has contributed to societal thinking. The college is recognized by the UGC under 2f and 12B of the UGC Act since 1972 and has received developmental grants, research grants and special grants. The Peer Team observes that the college has initiated steps to improve and sustain quality in its activities and has oriented itself towards the cause of education and advancement of the physical and mental interest of the students through Science, Arts and Commerce education.
Some of the commendable aspects of the college are:

Adequate physical facilities and infrastructure made available by the college management.

The use of student feedback on teachers is a constructive manner to improve overall teaching a clearing in the campus.

The strong social commitment of the college through its extension activities and environment friendly activities.

Remedial classes especially in English to improve communicative skills of students.

Treated drinking water supply to the campus

Encouragement given to students to participate in large number in sports, games and cultural activities.

The creative talents of students are brought out through the half yearly students magazine ‘Vaanam’.

Recommendations:
The peer team after considering the commendable aspects of the college wishes to make the following suggestion for the qualitative improvement of the institution.

College may introduce more Postgraduate courses and Vocational and add-on Courses as part of development strategy. Courses with different combinations could be introduced such as Tourism Management, Hotel Management, and Fashion Design.
Seminars, Workshops, Conference etc., may be conducted to widen the scope of education of the learners.

Remedial classes and bridge courses may be made more effective.

Teachers may be motivated to take up research work under F I P.

More number of computers with internet facilities, with broad bands may be provided for the use of the students and Departments.

Inter-library borrowing facility may be made available. UGC INFLIBNET facility may be obtained.

Computer aided and modern teaching aids need to be provided to strengthen teaching learning process.

Special programmes and projects for the Women empowerment have to be given priority by the college. Special Assistance in this regard could be sought from UGC.

Co-curricular activities which help confidence building among women students need be given more importance.

Better hostel facilities may be provided to the needy students.

Sports and Games may be given more importance in order to encourage and mould sports women of National talent.

National and International linkages for teaching and research may be explored by the College.

Linkage with industries and Institutes run by Women entrepreneurs may be established for creating employment opportunities for the students.

Parent -Teacher meetings may be made a regular activity.

Library need to be strengthened both in terms of infrastructure, books, journals, periodicals and other accessories. It is desirable to have a common library in the campus.

The faculty of the college may be given formal training in student counseling

A study circle with all facilities to train students to appear for competitive examination may be strengthened.

Teachers may be motivated to do additional horizontal courses through distance education mode.

The Peer Team is of the best belief that this exercise will be useful to the institution to initiate quality enhancement strategies. The Peer Team also records its appreciation for the cooperation and support extended to it by the Management, Principal and other constituents of the college. The Peer Team wishes the College good luck in its march towards Autonomy and Excellence.

Dr.M.D.Muthamma, ( Chair-Person)

Prof. B. Shivrama Holla (Member-Co-ordinator)

Sr. Prof. Thresia Cherian (Member)

Dr.K.Natarajan
(Principal)

Date: 07.10.05

Place: Madurai
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