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Sree Narayana College for Women, Kollam (Quilon), Kerala
Sree Narayana College for Women, Kollam (Quilon), Kerala
Kollam (Quilon) (District Kollam (Quilon))
Kerala, IndiaPin Code : 691001
Sree Narayana College for Women, Kollam (Quilon) Kerala is a recognised institute / college. Status: Aided.
Sree Narayana College for Women, Kollam (Quilon) Kerala is also known as SN College for Women, Kollam.
Sree Narayana College for Women, Kollam (Quilon) Kerala is managed by Society: The Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (S.N.D.P) Yogam. Sree Narayana College for Women, Kollam (Quilon) Kerala was established on / in 1948.
Principal of Sree Narayana College for Women, Kollam (Quilon) Kerala is Dr. M. Devakumar.
Sree Narayana College for Women, Kollam (Quilon) Kerala is situated in Kollam (Quilon) of Kerala state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Kollam (Quilon) comes under Kollam (Quilon) Tehsil, Kollam (Quilon) District.
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Website of Sree Narayana College for Women, Kollam (Quilon) Kerala is http://www.sncwkollam.com/.
Contact Details of Sree Narayana College for Women, Kollam (Quilon) Kerala are : +91-474-2745644, 2742570
Sree Narayana College for Women, Kollam (Quilon) Kerala runs course(s) in Arts, Commerce, Mass Communication and Journalism, Science stream(s).
Sree Narayana College for Women is affiliated with Kerala University, Trivandrum (Kerala)
Profile of Sree Narayana College for WomenThe Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (S.N.D.P) Yogam in 1946 resolved to establish a college at Kollam in memorial obeisance to the great saint, philosopher and social reformer Sree Narayana Guru to provide better, higher educational facilities, mainly for the backward classes of Kerala. Emphases was given on education, as only education had the power and potentiality to wipe out disabilities of the illiterate, the under privileged and the downtrodden, who were cursed by an inhuman caste system. The resolution came true when the increasing demand for sets, it was decided to start a separate college for women. The Sree Narayana College for Women began to function in September 1951 with affiliation to the University of Kerala It stands as a proud and triumphant symbol of a renascent and progressive society ushered in by the spiritual effulgence and vision of the great Guru. The college had a modest beginning with a few courses at the intermediate and undergraduate levels. More courses were introduced later. The college was elevated to the status of a Post graduate institution in 1964 with the introduction of M.Sc. course in home science. A job oriented UGC sponsored course in Actuarial science was introduced in 1997 98. the next year (1998 99) witnessed the introduction of M.Sc in physics. A restructured B.Sc. course in Industrial Microbiology was introduced in 1999 2000. M.Sc. Applied Chemistry was introduced 2000 2001. now the college is one of the leading centers of learning in the field of Higher Education in Kerala with 14 teaching departments offering various courses at the Degree and Postgraduate levels for over 2300 students.
The College was established in 1948, in memorial obeisance to the saint, philosopher and social reformer, Sree Narayana Guru, to provide better educational facilities mainly to the backward classes of Kerala. It began as a co-ed college and it was in 1951 that it became an institution exclusively for women. The college was elevated to the Post Graduate level in 1964. As part of the extension activities, the college offers training in Community health service, Embroidery etc., Job oriented Add-on courses in Journalism, Fashion Designing and Veena are also offered. Campus placement is also arranged. In the last five years, 39 students of this college had secured top ranks in the university examinations. The development goal set by the college is to get elevated as a Research institution, in the next five years.
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NAAC report of Sree Narayana College for WomenIntroduction:
The Sree Narayana (SN) College for Women, Kollam, Kerala, founded in September 1951, and managed by Sree Narayana Trust, is affiliated to the University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram. The said Trust, in addition to the Sree Narayana College for Women, Kollam, runs 13 other Arts and Science Colleges, 4 Institutions of Technical Education, 1 Teachers' Training College, 5 Higher Secondary Schools, 4 Public Schools and 1 Nursing School. These institutions are spread over in different parts from North to South in Kerala.
The Sree Narayana College for Women is situated in a campus, owned by the Trust, of about 30 acres of land which includes the college. It was admitted to grants in aid from the Government of Kerala and got recognition from UGC in 1968.
The college started with a handful of courses at the pre-degree and undergraduate levels. It got upgraded to a postgraduate institution in 1964 with the introduction of M.Sc. course in Home Science. Now it has two more postgraduate courses in Physics and Chemistry. Besides the traditional degree courses, the college offers a B.Sc. vocational degree course in Industrial Microbiology. For a few years, a UGC - sponsored job-oriented B.Com. course in Actuarial Science and a diploma course in Computer Science were offered. Presently, the college has 13 departments offering 14 undergraduate courses and 3 postgraduate courses, besides a department of Physical Education. Recently a computer centre has been started.
The SN Trust established this college to provide higher educational facilities mainly for the backward and weaker sections of the society. The messages of the Guru 'One Caste, One Religion and One God', and 'empowerment through organization and enlightenment through education' are the motivating forces in all the activities of the college. This is the only women's college in this district. In the year 2000 - 2001, the college celebrated its Golden Jubilee.
After delinking the pre-degree course, the college has a strength of about 2300 students at the undergraduate and postgraduate classes. The teaching faculty consists of 100 teachers out of whom 7 possess doctorate degree and 54 possess M.Phil. degree. 15 teachers availed the UGC FIP fellowship and it is learnt that they will be submitting their theses shortly. Five teachers are engaged in part-time research.
The non-teaching staff numbering 59 regular, and 12 temporary, work in the college in various assignments.
The college has support services like Central Library, Laboratories, Canteen, Co-operative Store, Open air stage, Recreation Centre, Hostel, Intercom facility, Banking service, Women's Study Centre, NCC and NSS units.
The college volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore and submitted its Self-Study Report (SSR) in November, 2002. NAAC constituted a Peer Team to visit the College to validate the SSR. The team members comprised Prof. P.V Arunachalam, Former Vice-Chancellor of Dravidian University, Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh, as Chairperson, and Prof. Nirmala Jeyaraj, Principal and Secretary, Lady Doak College, Madurai, Tamil Nadu and Prof. B.A Gomes, Principal, Government College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Sanquelin, Goa, as Members. The Peer Team visited the college from January 14th - 16th, 2003. The visit was co-ordinated by Mr. B.R Manjunath, Academic Consultant, NAAC.
The Peer Team carefully studied and analysed the Self-Study Report submitted by the SN College for Women, Kollam. During the institutional visit, the team went through all the relevant documents, visited the departments and facilities and interacted with the various constituents of the institution. The academic, co-curricular, extra-curricular, sports and extension activities of the institution were examined. The Team interacted with the Management, the Principal, Faculty, Staff, Students, Parents and Alumni of the college. Based on the above exercise and keeping in mind the 7 criteria identified by NAAC, the team assessed the institution for the quality of education offered there. The assessment of the institution under various criteria, the commendable features of the institution as well as the issues of concern are presented in the following pages.
Criterion I: Curricular aspects
There are 13 UG courses, 3 PG courses, and 1 vocational UG courses. Till 2001 - 2002, the college also offered a diploma course in computer applications. The temporal plan of academic work is semester system for PG courses and annual system for UG courses. It is learnt that the University of Kerala is soon likely to recommend semester system for UG course as well, a welcome change.
Being an affiliated college, the college enjoys very little academic freedom to design its own courses. Within the limited scope available to the college, it has made efforts to realize the mission of the college through its various academic and co-curricular activities. Apart from the usual Arts and Science courses, the college offers a B.Sc. degree course in Industrial Microbiology from 2000 - 2001, providing training for students in specialised skills and thereby enhancing their employability. B.A in music and B.Sc. in Home Science are some of the special courses offered in the college that help develop special skills and talents. The college used to offer diploma course in computer applications till recently. In view of the need to equip the students with the latest in I.T., efforts may be made to revive this course in the near future.
A course in Spoken English is given additionally to students who need to improve their communication skill. The language ability of students in other languages such as Sanskrit is also developed in Malayalam and Music departments.
The college may explore the possibility of introducing certain certificate / diploma courses in the evenings in relevant areas such as medicinal plants, music, beauty therapy, hotel management and tourism, fashion design, aquaculture, etc. to the interested students and thereby enhance their academic competence and employability.
Some teachers of the college are on the BOSs of the affiliating University. They may play an active role in effecting changes in curriculum keeping in view the modern trends and requirements.
Criterion II: Teaching - Learning and Evaluation
The teaching faculty consists of 100 teachers, of whom 88 are permanent, 11 temporary and 1 part-time. Of the permanent teachers, 7 have Ph.D. and 54 M.Phil..
Teacher recruitment is done by Management as per University rules and procedures. 6 new teachers have been recruited to the college in the last two years.
Students are admitted to different courses based on their performance in the qualifying examination and after admission, if they desire to change their major subject, provision is made for them to do so in a stipulated time, provided there is any vacancy in the desired class. As inferred from the feedback of the students and the alumni, the teachers are devoted to their profession, maintain a cordial relationship with the students and take special interest in helping those who are weak in their studies through organizing remedial teaching and tutorial classes. The teaching-learning evaluation is carried out well.
The gifted students are challenged through the enrichment programme wherein they are required to take classes, do extra reading, write assignments on specific topics and give seminars. The college encourages teachers to make the teaching plan. Adherence to the planned teaching schedule is monitored by the respective HODs. Frequent departmental meetings are held for planning and discussing academic matters.
Though basically the lecture method is followed for teaching, seminar method, use of audio-visual aid, study tours, project work, surveys and factory visits also comprise part of their learning methodology. Student attendance is given due importance and is carefully monitored. Students are informed about the syllabi and division of various units and the respective marks allotted to each unit and other evaluation aspects by their respective teachers. The College Handbook provides information regarding examination schemes. Students are given tests and assignments regularly to assess their performance and special efforts are taken to inform the parents about their wards' progress.
The involvement and supportive role of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) in all the activities of the college is highly commendable. Lack of Government support in appointing substitute teachers in the various vacancies is compensated by the efforts of the PTA which provides the necessary resources to appoint the adhoc teaching staff. Attempts are made to evaluate the teacher performance through self-appraisal as well as through student evaluation. Students of final year degree, through a printed questionnaire have taken part in evaluation of teacher performance. It would be worthwhile if the student evaluation is statistically analysed and necessary measures are taken to inform the teachers about the feedback of students.
Most of the departments show a high percentage of pass with many university ranks and they need to be congratulated for their achievements. However the teachers may be encouraged to update themselves through attending more conferences and seminars and involving in research and publications. The Management may encourage the teachers in this regard through providing the necessary financial assistance. More teachers, particularly of the PG departments, may be enthused to apply for research grants to UGC and such other agencies.
Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The research potential of the teaching faculty is seen in 7 of them possessing a Ph.D. degree and 54 of them M. Phil. degree. The PG students also involve in projects guided by their teachers. In addition, about 15 of the teachers have availed the UGC-FIP grants and another 5 have registered for part time Ph.D. One of the teachers is also a recognized guide. More teachers may be motivated in future by the college authorities to avail of UGC - FIP grants. Faculty publications are very few in number. The faculty may be encouraged to involve in research leading to publications.
The college is providing ample opportunities to students to involve in extension activities through NSS, NCC and other activities in collaboration with PTA and NGOs. A variety of programmes have been carried out relating to health awareness, environmental awareness, literacy awareness, blood donation, AIDS etc. The NCC unit of the college needs to be congratulated for its achievements - its cadets have taken part in Republic Day Parade and Para Sailing. The community work undertaken in cleaning the campus and the neighbourhood deserves appreciation. The NSS unit of the college has also done commendable work.
As part of their future planning, the college may explore ways and means of strengthening the research activities of the departments. The academic expertise of the faculty may be enhanced so that they would be able to offer appropriate consultancy services to the neighbourhood agencies or industries.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college is well placed in the main part of the city in an extensive campus. There are adequate class rooms and laboratories. The excess class rooms made available due to the shedding of pre-university classes have been suitably utilized for starting new courses and to provide additional facilities to students such as recreation room, reprographic facility, co-operative store, FSA room, PTA room and waiting room for the students. The campus has good communication facility, the departments being connected through Intercom. It is beautified by well maintained gardens. There is a Campus Beautification and Environment Club in the college to maintain greenery on the campus. A high degree of cleanliness consciousness is instilled among the students. The botanical garden of the college, that has some rare species of the medicinal plants, has been adjudged as one of the best under the University of Kerala.
The college has sports infrastructure and necessary sports equipment. The play-courts provide space for students to practice different games. Several incentives / concession in admission matters / cash awards by PTA etc. are provided to outstanding sports persons.
The co-operative store, the computer centre and canteen are some of the support facilities to help the student community on the campus. Though there is no hostel facility on the campus, the hostel in the vicinity, run by the same Management, serves the purpose.
The college does not have a health center on the campus. However, any urgent case is attended to by the nearby hospital, which is run by the same Management. The college organizes the mandatory annual medical checkup for all the students as per University rules.
The Library forms the heart and soul of any institution. The Team is pleased to note that the Central Library in the college provides excellent services that are well utilized. Computerization is in progress. Working hours have been enhanced. Membership of British Council Library has been renewed. Though the library contains adequate recent volumes of books, in view of the existing PG departments as also the desire on the part of the college to go in for more PG courses, addition of more books and journals may be considered. The Management may pay special attention to finding the necessary resources for this. Internet connectivity may be extended further for better student access thereby enabling them to extract the most recent information on any topic of their interest. The need for a full fledged auditorium, spacious playground, well furnished guest house, room for career guidance centre, language lab and a health centre may be positively considered by the Management as some of the priorities for future development. The science laboratories, more specifically the Chemistry and Industrial Microbiology laboratories, lack modern equipments. Efforts may be made to apply for grants from various funding agencies and the Management may also consider providing the necessary resources.
There is a Computer Center in the college. It may be further expanded both in terms of space and number of systems. The college authorities may take the necessary steps in this regard so that all the students of this college would be computer literate before graduating from the college.
Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
The Prospectus of the College is comprehensive and provides necessary information to the students. The Prospectus is revised annually. A short, crisp mission statement of the College could be formulated based on the subject-matter of the paragraph on 'Aim of the College' included in the College Prospectus, and displayed at prominent places in the College premises.
Percentage of students appearing for the qualifying examination after the minimum period of study in the year 2001-02 was 90 - 95%. Dropout rate is 5 - 10%. Faculty-wise results at the final year examinations need to be reviewed so that the rate of drop-outs and failures could be attended to, in future.
The College has an Alumni Association that came into being recently. The College authorities could take further initiatives to build it up as a complementary component of the Institution.
An organised attempt needs to be made to keep a record of ex-students who are employed, those who have proceeded for further studies, and those holding prominent positions. The latter is being done by the College, to some extent. With regard to keeping records of ex-students who have passed the U.G.C., G.R.E. and other all-India competitive examinations, as stated by the College, a more organised effort is needed.
The College has a Career Guidance Cell which does good work, including motivating the students towards Self-employment. Teachers provide academic and personal counselling to students. A professional counsellor is also made available to the students, periodically. Some capable teachers could be deputed to acquire training in this regard, to provide personal counseling service to the students. The College does not have an employment cell or a placement officer. The same may be established and put in-charge of a competent teacher for providing the updated information and contemporary career options available to the students and also strengthening their self-employment potential.
A mechanism has been introduced in the College to collect feedback from the students. In order to improve their own performance, all the teachers could collect and consolidate their respective students' feedback, anonymously, term-wise, through an appropriate mechanism. A system of obtaining Peer-feedback, periodically, also could be immensely helpful.
The College offers to the students a number of welfare activities, for their support and progression. Financial aid and Scholarships are also offered to the needy and deserving students. Outstanding students in various activities are offered incentives in terms of cash awards and felicitations through the P.T.A. and Teaching Staff Association. Remedial Teaching is also provided to the students weak in academics.
Sports and recreational facilities like indoor games and several other co-curricular facilities like campus Newsletter, College Magazine, Planning Form, Clubs, Cells, etc., through 23-odd Talent Clubs in the College are aimed at channelising students' energies into creative endeavours.
Criterion VI: Organisation and Management
The Organization and Management of the College consists of a three-tier administrative set up, namely the 'Managing Committee' (21 members), the 'College Council' constituted as per the provisions made by the University of Kerala, and the Heads of Departments who supervise all the work within their respective Departments.
All matters pertaining to appointment of the teaching and administrative staff, admissions of the Management quota, and provision of infrastuctural facilities and other requirements for the effective functioning of the College, are decided by the 'Managing Committee'.
The College organization and management seems to be efficient and cordial. Internal coordinating and monitoring mechanisms exist, both for the teaching as well as administrative staff. The same may be better organized and strengthened. Academic Calendar prepared by the Affiliating University is followed, duly monitored by a special committee.
There is no internal audit mechanism. The Management audits part of the accounts. During the last two years, the College has had an excess budget.
The College Grievance Redressal Cell, which is functional from 2001-02, may be strengthened. Since it is meant for the students' grievances only, a similar body may be constituted for the teaching and administrative staff as well, with the cooperation of Staff and Management.
Welfare programs and loan facilities are also made available in the College. The P.T.A., commendably, plays a prominent role in the overall functioning of the College.
The College needs to make determined efforts to computerize the important office and library procedures, which will result in greater speed, less duplication of work and more access to information. More space may be provided to the College office. Adequate attention may also be paid to some healthy and approved resource mobilization measures, to tide over the resources constraints, for meeting the basic needs of modernization.
Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
In addition to the strengths of the six criteria, the College has appreciably built healthy practices during the last 51 years of its existence. The following practices are worth mentioning.
Daily Prayer sessions, weekly morning assembly, and monthly non-religious moral Science Classes and such other practices to uphold the teachings of Sree Narayana Guru, are organized in the College.
The College is sensitized to the managerial concepts such as teamwork and computerization.
Some mechanism for internal quality checks exists. However, the same may be strengthened by setting up an Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC).
Community orientation to the College activities is sought to be brought about, through N.S.S., Community Feast on auspicious days, etc..
Overall personality development of the students is promoted through a variety of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities held in the College, towards its specific goal of enlightened womanhood.
Value-based education is also given due importance in the College through its various fora.
Harmonious interpersonal relationships and general skills, being promoted, help in enhancing the College academic environment.
The college, being affiliated to the Kerala University, enjoys little academic freedom. Inspite of this constraint, the college has put in efforts to establish itself as a premier institution for women's education. The college may explore the possibility of introducing certain certificate / diploma / job-oriented courses to impart some specialized skills which enhance their employability. There is a demand from the parents and former students that some more post graduate courses need to be added to the existing ones. The Team is of the opinion that relevant and viable PG courses in Fisheries, Tourism and so on can be introduced.
It is inferred from the feed back of present and former students, parents and public that the institution earned reputation as a good educational centre imparting value based education. Attendance of students, regularity of teaching schedule, work culture, disposition of faculty towards students and other aspects of academic life in the campus earned the appreciation of the society around. Appraisal of teacher performance, promotion of innate talents of students, and extension activities are a few of the features which are noteworthy.
The Teachers' assessment by the students needs to be analysed and the teachers be made to have access and benefit of this exercise.
The college has some research activity, inspite of the fact that industrial activity in and around Kollam is minimal. The students of the college are doing project work under the guidance of the teachers with the available few industrial units. The faculty with doctorate and M.Phil. degrees do help their students in this venture.
Some teachers publish their research work and one teacher is recognized as a guide for doctoral programmes.
The extension work of the college is noteworthy. The extension activities of NCC, NSS, Home Science department in collaboration with PTA and NGOs, merit attention. Students' participation at State and National level events in sports and games is praiseworthy.
A plan of action to strengthen the research activity and some consultancy wherever possible needs to be formulated and implemented. This will help the institution to start more post-graduate courses and vocational courses and open up research avenues for women of this region, in particular.
The college has adequate infrastructure viz., Class rooms, Laboratories, Seminar hall, Garden, Play Courts, Recreation rooms, Waiting room, Intercom facility, Reception room, Library, Canteen and so on.
The departmental libraries need to be reorganized such that these units can have text book collection and thus strengthen the central library by keeping good number of general books, reference material and journals.
Full fledged auditorium, expansion of the internet facility, health centre, audio-visual room with necessary equipment, expansion of the computer centre and provision of a gymnasium may be taken up by the Management as some priority areas.
The college has a career guidance cell. It also offers periodic counseling services to needy students by a professional counsellor.
As mentioned earlier, job-oriented and skill-developing courses, without prejudice to their regular academic programmes need be organized to help the students acquire additional qualifications to meet the market requirements.
Organisation and Management of the college are based on three-tier set up viz., Managing Committee, College Council and the Heads of the Departments.
Internal audit mechanism is to be set up. The college students' Grievance Redressal Cell is doing well and it could be further strengthened. The PTA is effective and its role is found to be very significant in the day to day functioning of the college.
The college office requires more space and its procedures need computerization.
The college is commendable in its healthy practices in several of its activities right from its inception - many examples can be cited.
The Committee further recommends the following:
Consultancy activity wherever possible may be encouraged.
The college may explore the possibility of establishing an Internal Quality Assurance Cell and a Placement Cell.
Alumni Association is to be activated and registered.
The post-graduate departments of the college need to be upgraded. The laboratory requirements of the department of Chemistry in particular may be attended to immediately.
The services of the Computer centre are to be expanded so that the students, teaching staff and office staff learn the basic uses of computer.
Research activities may be encouraged to a greater extent. Teachers may apply to the UGC for major / minor research projects.
Introduction of short term certificate courses, as also desired, is a felt need. The college may consider initiating steps to design and start these in a phased manner:
Hotel Management and Tourism
Journalism and Communication
Software Development Course
In teaching - learning processes, modern teaching aids like OHP, Computer, LCD projector and other Audio-Visual aids may be extensively used. A centralized Audio-Visual room with all these equipments may be set up.
The college may encourage the teaching staff to attend conferences/seminars in their respective subjects by providing the necessary financial assistance.
Faculty development / improvement programmes may be introduced in the college, on a periodic basis.
Some academic linkages with national / international bodies for training / research may be considered.
The college may consider organizing at least one national seminar each year to inspire the teachers and the students.
The team wishes to record its appreciation and thanks to the whole-hearted co-operation and cordiality extended by all sections of the college during the visit. The team also wishes the institution success in all its future endeavors to realize the dreams of its founders.
Prof. P.V. Arunachalam (Chairperson)
Prof. Nirmala Jeyaraj (Member)
Prof. B.A. Gomes (Member)
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