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Aquinas College, Ernakulam, Kerala


Aquinas College, Ernakulam, Kerala
Ernakulam (District Kochi (Cochin / Ernakulam))
Kerala, India
Pin Code : 682006

Aquinas College, Ernakulam Kerala is a recognised institute / college. Status: Govt./Aided. Aquinas College, Ernakulam Kerala was established on / in 1981.

Principal of Aquinas College, Ernakulam Kerala is Sri VJ Varghese.

Aquinas College is situated in Ernakulam of Kerala state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of Aquinas College, Ernakulam Kerala is 0484-2328748.

email ID(s) is Aquinas College Ernakulam Kerala

Website of Aquinas College, Ernakulam Kerala is http://www.aquinascollege.in/.

Contact Details of Aquinas College, Ernakulam Kerala are : Telephone: +91-484 2327748, 2328748, 2328648


Aquinas College, Ernakulam Kerala runs course(s) in Degree, Biotechnology, Commerce, Computer Applications, Information Technology, Law, Business Management stream(s).
B.A, B.Com, B.Sc, M.Sc, B.Sc(Electronics), B.Sc(Biotechnology), B.B.A, B.C.A, B.Sc(CS), B.Com(CA), B.A(Travel and Tourism), M.Sc(Electronics), M.Sc(Bioinformatics), M.B.A, M.C.A, M.Sc(IT), L.L.M
BA Economics, English (v), BSc Physics, Maths, Electronics (unaided), B.Com (v), M.Sc.Physics, Bio-technology, Bio-informatics, Electronics(unaided).

Approval details: Aquinas College is affiliated with Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam (Kerala)

Profile of Aquinas College

The establishment of Aquinas College in 1981 was the milestone in the rapid educational progress of the Diocese of Cochin under the guidance and patronage of His Excellency, (Late) Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Kureethara, the former Bishop of Cochin (1975 - 1999). The College is named after St. Thomas Aquinas, the great Italian Scholastic Philosopher and Theologian. The College, established and administered by the Latin Catholic Diocese of Cochin, now functions under the patronage of His Excellency, Rt. Rev. Dr. John Thattumkal, Bishop of Cochin, and stands as an inspiration to all.


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Section 1 : Preface
Aquinas College established by the Diocese of Cochin in 1981 as a pre-degree institution at Fortcochin is now administered by the Aquinas Educational and Charitable Trust. It was shifted to Edacochin on 17th June 1982 and elevated to the status of the degree college in 1991. The College was conceptualized with an objective of providing opportunities for higher education to economically and socially backward communities especially, the Latin Catholic minority community. The motto of the College is 'Duty First'. The Management aims at developing the College into the Centre of Excellence by providing opportunities for study and research to the highest level for the society with special attention to its marginalized sections. The College is also committed to uphold the secular values envisaged in the Constitution of India.

The College is grant-in-aid and affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala. It is located in semi-urban area. It is recognized under section 2f and 12B of the UGC Act in September 2004. The College offers instructions for degree courses in Physics, Mathematics, Economics, Commerce, English and Electronics (self-financing) and for PG courses in Physics, Biotehnology (self-financing) and Electronics (self-financing). An Off-campus Centre of the Distance Education Programme of Mahatma Gandhi University is also functioning in the College with a few UG and PG courses. The College is also offering four Certificate Courses and One PG Diploma.

The College maintains its own updated official website www.aquinascollege.in
The College is spread over the total area of 15 acres in the town of Edacochin. The building of the College accommodates 27 class rooms, 10 laboratories, Principal's room, Manager's room, office, conference room, auditorium, reading room, library, on-line library, computer centre, canteen, boys' common room, NCC and NSS rooms.

The College has 25 permanent and 13 guest faculty for regular courses out of whom one possesses Ph.D. and nine hold M.Phil. degrees. In addition, there are 14 guest faculty with one Ph.D. qualification for handling self-financing courses. The total number of non-teaching staff is 30.

The total enrollment of the students during 2005-06 was 532 for U.G. and 26 for P.G. For the year 2006-07 admission is in progress.

The College has come forward for assessment and accreditation by the NAAC and hence the latter constituted a Peer Team consisting of Prof. Chandrakant Kokate, Former Vice-Chancellor, Kakatiya University, Warangal, Andhra Pradesh as Chairman; Prof. H. M. Rajashekara, Former Director, UGC-ASC of Mysore University, Mysore, Karnataka and Dr. S. Kumuda, Principal, Bharathidasan Government Autonomous College for Women, Pondicherry as Members with Mr. B. S. Ponmudiraj, Assistant Adviser, NAAC as coordinating officer.

The Peer Team visited the College from July 10th to 12th, 2006 for the validation of Self-Study Report and verification of relevant documents. The Team interacted with the Principal, members of Governing Body and College Council, teaching and non-teaching staff members, students, parents and alumni. On the basis of its visit, perusal of documents, records and files, the Peer Team has prepared the criterion-wise report on the functioning of the Institution.

Section 2 : Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion I : Curricular Aspects
Aquinas College offers courses of study both under regular and self-financing streams. Under the regular stream UG courses in Physics, Mathematics, Economics, English and Commerce, and PG Course in Physics are offered. It offers English under Part-I while Malayalam / Hindi are taught under Part-II as mandatory subject. Elective options and non-core options are made available to students as per University norms. All UG programmes except vocational courses are offered under annual pattern while P.G. Courses are conducted semesterwise. Under the self-financing stream UG course in Electronics and PG courses in Biotechnology and Electronics are offered. The College has also introduced four Certificate Courses namely C++ Programming, Tally, DTP and Office Automation, PG Diploma in Computer Applications and distance education programmes leading to M.B.A., B.B.A.,B.T.S. and B.Com degrees. The University has granted permission to start M.Sc. in Bioinformatics from academic year 2006-07.

As an affiliated college, it follows the curriculum prescribed by the Mahatma Gandhi University. Periodic revision of the syllabus is done by the University. The College can introduce a new course within a year by obtaining permission from the University. Vocational courses in English and Commerce have been introduced recently.

Two teachers have served on Boards of Studies of the University in last five years. The teachers may get themselves involved in providing feed-back to University Authorities on curricular aspects. The College may obtain feed-back from other stake-holders on the academic programmes offered.

Criterion II : Teaching-Learning and Evaluation
The College follows the admission policy prescribed by the State Government and adopted by the University. The students are admitted to various UG courses on the basis of their academic record and interview. The admissions to PG programmes in Biotechnology are made based on performance in entrance test and interview. For other PG courses admissions are based on academic record. In all Courses 20% seats are for the Latin Catholic Community, 20% for SC/ST students, 20% Management Quota and remaining 40% for general merit students.

There are 12 Departments of which three are non-functional. The faculty members of Departments of Botany, Zoology and Chemistry (total five) do not have teaching assignment as the pre-degree classes for which they were recruited have been discontinued since 2001. However, their services are utilized for co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.

In the beginning of the academic year, teachers are advised to make a plan for the completion of the syllabus allotted to them before the end of each term or semester. Unitised syllabus is prescribed by the University for Vocational Courses. Regarding other Courses, the individual teacher divides them into sections suitable for teaching.

The traditional lecture method is supplemented by seminars, group-discussions and special lectures. OHP, LCD, Language Lab, laboratories, computers, audio-visuals and on-line library facilities are made available for imparting education. Micro-teaching clinic set up in the adjoining College run by the same Trust is used by the teachers and students of Aquinas College. The total number of teaching days is 191 out of 288 working days.

The total number of permanent teaching staff members is 25 of whom one has a Ph.D. qualification. In addition, there are 13 guest faculty members for handling regular courses. The self-finance courses are taught by 14 guest faculty members of whom one holds Ph.D. qualification.

Permanent teachers are recruited in accordance with the State/Government rules followed by the University. In case of necessity, the College has the freedom to appoint temporary/ad-hoc teachers and pay them salary out of its own resources.

Remedial classes are conducted for weak students in all the subjects to instill confidence in them for higher studies. The advanced learners are encouraged by the College through special guidance, financial help, prizes and awards. The names of best achievers are announced in the concerned department.

A national seminar on 'Trends in Molecular Biotechnology' was organised in the Department of Biotechnology in January 2006. The Department of Electronics conducts the departmental seminars once in six months. Ninteen teachers from the College have participated in national seminars/ conferences and out of them two have acted as resource persons in the last five years. Three teachers have attended international seminars/ conferences held in India and one of them presented a paper. The teachers may be further motivated to participate in national and international seminars/conferences/workshops.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The PG students are encouraged to take up project work. Teachers are sanctioned study leave to carryout research work. There is one teacher with Ph.D. qualification and six are registered for Ph.D. One faculty member has been deputed under FIP programme. There are two ongoing research projects with an outlay of Rs.40,000/- each from UGC in the Department of Physics. In the last five years total number of seven research papers have been published in refereed journals.

The College promotes certain extension activities through NSS and NCC. One teacher is given additional charge for overseeing these activities. The extension activities carried out by the College include community development work, social work, health and hygiene awareness programmes, medical camps, adult education and literacy programmes, blood donation camps and AIDS and environment awareness programmes. It involves NGOs and GOs in conducting extension activities. The College also promotes outreach programmes through population education club, and national literacy mission. The NCC Wing is quite active. Three cadets have participated in National Integration Camp in Haryana and two cadets in the national level trekking competition at Agasthiakudam. Ninteen cadets have cleared 'B' certificate examination and three have passed 'C' certificate in 2005-2006. Three students have participated in Republic Day Parade at Delhi.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The College is located in semi-urban area with independent building in a campus of 15 acres. The building accommodates Principal's chamber, the office, 12 departments, 10 laboratories, 27 classrooms, central computer centre, conference hall, library, on-line library, reading room, auditorium and infrastructure for student-related activities. The existing infrastructure is fully utilised by the College to conduct classes, practicals and other academic and co-curricular activities. External agencies are permitted to utilize the required facilities. Adequate measures have been taken to maintain the infrastructure facilities. Regular staff and casual labourers keep the campus clean. Steps are being taken to augment the infrastructure facilities in the College.

The College has partially computerised library which is kept open from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm each day except on Sundays and general holidays. Total number of books available in the Library is 14,028. Besides, 39 journals / periodicals are subscribed. The activities of the library are computerized through SOUL software of INFLIBNET and the library has on-line facility. The library needs to be interconnected with other libraries and budgetary allocation to the library may be enhanced.

The College has set up a Central Computer Centre known as 'Aquinas Computer Centre' with 30 computers. The students can make use of this centre during leisure time. Its working hours are adjusted in such a way that they do not affect the regular class-room teachings. The Library and Computer Centre facilities are being used by general public and students of neighbouring institutions. In addition, 25 computers are made available in the laboratories of Physics and Electronics.

The Canteen facility provided in the College is inadequate. There is no Health Centre in the College campus. However, periodic medical check up of students is done.

The College is encouraging and promoting certain sports activities such as foot-ball, shuttle-badminton, soft-ball, cricket, volley-ball, cycling and indoor games. The gymnasium facilities are not available on the campus.

During the last three years, 20 students participated in regional level competitions and four students at national level. The Cycling Team of the College won the overall championship in the Mahatma Gandhi University. The Hand-ball Team won third place at the University level. The outstanding sportpersons are recognized by giving cash awards and trophies. The best male and female athletes are honoured on the sports day. Prof. K. J. Paul Endowment instituted by non-teaching faculty is given to the overall champion in sports. Necessary steps may be taken to motivate all the students to actively participate in sports and games.

The cultural programme organized by the students was very impressive. The artists have exhibited their talents in a disciplined manner.

Arrangements have been made to accommodate some girl students in the neighbourhood of the College. As the college has no hostel facility, steps may be taken to construct at least one hostel each for boys and girls.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
The College has taken certain steps for providing support to students. It publishes prospectus annually furnishing details about the vision and mission of the College, courses offered, fee structure, examination system, code of conduct, extension activities, etc., Teachers encourage students for effective learning, group discussions and participation in seminars. In addition to academic support, financial assistance is made available to students in the form of merit scholarship, merit-cum-means scholarship, LSG stipend and fee concessions. During the last year, 99 students were awarded different scholarships to the tune of Rs. 3,91,770/-. The students also avail loans from banks with the college support. Recreational / leisure facilities are provided through indoor and outdoor games, nature and debate clubs, magazines, cultural activities, essay writing, etc.,

The College has kept the dropout rate to the level of 9.7 per cent. The average percentage of passes in the UG and PG examinations is more than 77 percent. During 2003-04, one student obtained first rank in B.Sc. examination and during 2004-05 another student secured second rank in B.A. examination. In the last five years there is consistency in securing university ranks by the students.

The authorities collect the feedback in a specific format which is commendable. The data collected through the feedback may be taken up for discussion at levels of students, teaching and non-teaching staff and management, as this will enable the Manager and the Principal to solve the problems and to maintain the congenial academic atmosphere.

The Placement Cell has been established and kept under the control of a faculty member. The Cell organizes workshops and lectures on personality development, communication skill, etc. The steps may be taken to accelerate pace of activities of the Cell. It may arrange for the campus interviews on regular basis. The students may be encouraged to participate in the recruitment drive arranged by other organizations. The data base of the students aspiring for jobs may be sent to various popular companies.

The College is also motivating the students to appear for the civil service competitive examinations. One student has passed the Indian Civil Service examination. Four students have passed the UGC-NET and SLET examinations and three others have become successful in GATE.

The College has set-up Grievance Redressal Cell and Women's Cell. The latter concentrates on gender issues and awareness programmes on the rights of women.

The Alumni Association organizes annual meetings. The Association may be registered and its Directory may be prepared. The feedback from Alumni members may be obtained for development of Institution and they may be involved in resources mobilization and strategic planning of the College.

Criterion VI: Organisation and Management
The College is managed by Aquinas Educational and Charitable Trust under the Diocese of Cochin. The Governing body of the College comprises of the Chairman, Vicar General, Chancellor, Procurator, Corporate Manager and the College Manager. The day-to-day functioning of the college is supervised by the College Council headed by the Principal, HODs and two elected teaching and one non-teaching members. The College Council takes decisions on work allotment, conduct of classes training for the administrative staff, and office procedures. The College Manager and the Principal work in perfect coordination and with a positive approach for overall development of the College.

The academic calendar of the College is prepared by the Committee constituted for the purpose. The Selection Committee is responsible for the admission of students. Certain welfare programmes such as funds for staff welfare and loan schemes are adopted. The College may establish a few more welfare measures like consultancy on food habits and taxation system, appointment of a residential doctor and provision for first aid and girls common room.

The work of the office is partially computerized and it is maintained well under the control of Office Superintendent and overall guidance of the Principal and Manager.

The financial administration is under the control of the Trust. It is understood that the Catholic Bishop's Conference of Italy granted Rs.27 lakhs for the development of the Library and Computer Centre. The fund allocation for the Library, laboratories and Computer Centre may be enhanced to keep pace with the changes in the curriculum.

The College follows the fee structure as per norms of the State Government and the University. The total expenditure incurred for the financial year 2004-2005 was Rs.89,23,582/- as per audited records and total number of students for the academic year 2004-2005 was 554. The unit cost per student is Rs.16,108/- with salary component and without salary component is Rs.2276/- for the year 2004-2005. The College has no deficit budget for last two years. There is an internal audit mechanism to scrutinise the income and expenditure.

The College gives loan to the staff from Society Welfare Fund, apart from arranging for the loan from banks. The College has a Grievance Redressal Cell both for the students and staff.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The healthy practices followed in the College are:

Mechanism for internal quality check

Sensitisation about latest managerial concepts such as strategic planning, team-work, decision-making and computerization.

Adoption of open window programme to discuss the progress of students in their studies

Imparting value-based education

Inculcation of civic responsibilities among the students through debates, discussions, NSS and NCC activities

Encouragement to personality development of students through sports, cultural activities, social service and counselling

Making efforts to bring in 'Community Orientation' among learners

Special emphasis on discipline

Special attention to the education of disadvantaged groups including women and handicapped students

Social and educational survey of the surrounding areas

Eco-friendly campus programme

Section 3: Overall Analysis
The Peer Team's visit to the College from 10th to 12th July 2006 enabled it to validate the Self-Study Report. The Team interacted with the Principal, teaching and non-teaching staff, members of the Governing Body, students, parents and alumni. The Peers also visited all the Departments, Library, Computer Centre and other supporting services to get first hand information. The Peer Team commends the institution on the following aspects:

The College is providing an opportunity for higher education to the socially and educationally backward classes, religious minorities and girl students. About 75% of students belong to backward classes and 13% belong to Scheduled Castes. Around 62 per cent of students come from Latin Catholic families. Moreover, 66 percent of girl students are pursuing higher studies.

The Management is pro-active, visionary and efficient and keen in developing infrastructure for imparting quality education.

Courses offered in the College not only help the students in the knowledge generation but also provide them employment opportunities.

Introduction of Distance Education programmes provides access to higher education for the dropouts, economically weaker sections, women and employees.

Internal mechanism has been adopted for ensuing quality check and accountability.

The concept of 'Summer in Aquinas' has been introduced for providing training to school children in sports and games, Communicative English and Computer training.

A good number of permanent teachers contribute for effective and quality teaching.

Teachers are encouraged and motivated in academic pursuits and extension activities.

For further development of the College and to meet the challenges of borderless and competitive education in the 21st Century, the Peer Team wishes to recommend the following:-

The College can initiate measures to organize state and national level Seminars / Conferences with the financial assistance from UGC, ICSSR, DST, MHRD and other funding agencies.

Introduction of Sociology, History, Political Science, Psychology and Human Rights at undergraduate level would enable the students to compete in the Civil Service Examinations as well as to understand the socio-political dynamics both in India and abroad.

Certificate Courses may be introduced in the Fashion Design, Laboratory Technology, Tourism and Hotel Management, Plant Tissue Culture, etc. to enhance the opportunities for employment.

Academic linkages may be developed with the state/ national level institutions for the mobilization of resources and quality education.

The institution-industry interaction may be promoted.

Commerce lab may be established in the Commerce Department.

Steps may be taken for digitalization of the Library.

The facilities for gymnasium, a good Canteen and Health Centre may be provided.

The College may approach the UGC for financial assistance to conduct remedial coaching classes for SC/ST students and for the construction of hostel for girl students.

The Peer Team offers its thanks to the Chairman and Members of the Governing Body, Manager, Principal, Coordinator, teaching and non-teaching staff for their cooperation during its visit to the College. The Team also thanks the Coordinating Officer of NAAC Mr. B. S. Ponmudiraj, Assistant Adviser, NAAC for his excellent coordination.
Prof. Chandrakant Kokate

Prof. H. M. Rajashekara

Dr. S. Kumuda

Place: Edacochin

Date : July 12, 2006.

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