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St Berchmans College Changanacherry, Kottayam, Kerala
St Berchmans College Changanacherry, Kottayam, Kerala
Kottayam (District Kottayam)
Kerala, IndiaPin Code : 686101
St Berchmans College Changanacherry, Kottayam Kerala is a recognised institute / college. St Berchmans College Changanacherry, Kottayam Kerala is also known as St Berchumans College, SB College Changanacherry Kottayam.
St Berchmans College Changanacherry, Kottayam Kerala was established on / in 1922.
St Berchmans College Changanacherry, Kottayam Kerala is situated in Kottayam of Kerala state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of St Berchmans College Changanacherry, Kottayam Kerala is +91-481 2401472.
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CoursesSt Berchmans College Changanacherry, Kottayam Kerala runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
BA English, English (v), Malayalam, Economics, BSc Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Botany,Zoology, B.Com, B.Sc. Bio-Technology & Botany (unaided), Indu. Microbiology and Zoology (unaided),B.LISc. (unaided) MBA, M.A. English, Malayalam, Economics, M.Sc.Mathematics, Physics(Electronics, Non-Conventional Energy), Chemistry (Pure, Analytical,Polymer), Botany, Zoology, M.Com. M.Sc. Biotechnology (unaided), Biochemistry(unaided), M.LiSc. (unaided), M.Phil (Environmental Science (unaided) BCA, MCA (under the Distance Education Programme) UGC Sponsored courses: Certificate Courses in Travel and Tourism, Market Survey, Data analysis
Profile of St Berchmans College ChanganacherrySt. Berchmans College is situated in the Municipal town of Changanassery, 20 Km to the south of Kottayam in Central Kerala. This institution was founded in 1922 by Mar Thomas Kurialacherry, Bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of Changanassery. It is now affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala and has been reaccredited by NAAC at A+ level. It has been recognised by the UGC as a college with Potential for Excellence The college, which has completed 85 years of its glorious existence, won the R Shankar Award , instituted by the State government for the best First Grade college in Kerala consicutively for two years - 1995-96, and 1996-97. The students of St Berchmans college regularly occupy top positions in the University examinations.
The college enjoys the wholehearted support of the public and the alumini in different parts of the world. Our alumini Association has chapters in different parts of India, and in various foreign countries like the United States, Germany, Austria, Kuwait, Quatar, Doha and the UAE.
The College is gearing itself up to meet the challenges of the future and this involves enormous investment of resources. The College management has envisioned a comprehensive plan for further development.
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NAAC report of St Berchmans CollegeSECTION 1: PREAMBLE
St. Berchmans College, Changanassery, Kerala was started in 1922 by Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas Kurialacherry. The college has completed eighty four years of service in disseminating the quality education to the students of high range, low lying Kuttanad and coastal area of Kerala. The Institution has always striven to impart value-based education to its students. The college is one of the premier institutions of higher learning in this part of the country.
St. Berchmans College is aided and affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. The College is recognized under section 2 (f) and section 12B of the UGC Act 1956. The college is located on the sprawling campus admeasuring 25 acres of land with six major buildings and other facilities to provide meaningful teaching-learning process and research facilities. The total enrolment of the college for the academic year 2005-2006 is 1761 which includes 659 girls. The total number of sanctioned posts of the teachers is 147 and that of the non-teaching and technical is 78 and 12 respectively. Student teacher ratio is 16:1 and that of teachers to non-teaching is 1.6:1. In 2004, the UGC recognized it as a 'College with Potential for Excellence'. It has also been recognized as a 'Special Grade College' by the State Government. Botany Department is recognized under COSIP scheme of the UGC and Physics Department is identified under FIST of DST.
The number of working and teaching days of the college are 193. The college offers 14 and 17 programmes at UG and PG level respectively and 06 research programmes leading to the award of Ph. D. degree and one M. Phil. in Environmental Science. In addition to these programmes, the college also offers 06 inter-disciplinary programmes and 14 add-on courses. The number of programme options available to the students are 43 under 26 subjects. Eleven programmes are run on self-financing basis. The college has an easily accessible well designed website: www.sbcollege.org. His Excellency Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India paid a visit to this college on 29th July, 2005.
St. Berchmans College was first accredited by NAAC in 1999 at the level of five star. It has volunteered to be re-assessed and re-accredited by NAAC. It submitted its Re-accreditation Report (RAR) in Feb 2006. Based on the RAR, NAAC constituted a Peer Team to visit the college for re-accreditation headed by Dr. B. P. Sabale, former Vice-Chancellor, Yeshavantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik; Prof. U. Subba Rao, former Director, Students Services, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad; Prof. Y. Azeez Ahmed, former Principal, Al-Ameen Arts, Science and Commerce College, Bangalore and Shri Alex Thomas, Managing Director, Neptune Readymix Concrete Pvt. Ltd. Kochi as the observer. Shri. Ganesh Hegde, Asst. Advisor, NAAC coordinated the visit. The Peer Team visited the college between 28th and 31st March 2006. The Peer Team visited the college and interacted with the management, the Principal, faculty, supporting staff, members of steering committee and IQAC, alumni, parents, students and other stake holders, perused all relevant records, documents and visited other facilities available in the campus. The whole process was systematically conducted with the common team perception to re-accredit the college on the basis of seven criteria. The outcome of this process is presented in the following re-assessment report.
SECTION II: CRITERION - WISE ANALYSIS
CRITERION 1: CURRICULAR ASPECT
2.1 Goal Orientation
The vision, mission statements, goals and objectives of the college are well defined and translated through its activities. The college works hard to develop the spiritual, moral, intellectual, physical and aesthetic values of its students so that they become responsible citizens of the country and contribute to the national development and progress.
The goals and objectives of the college are made known to the stake holders through the prospectus, academic calendar and website of the college. The college has started a number of academic programmes which are in tune with its goals and objectives. These include add-on job-oriented certificate courses. The post-graduate programmes of non-conventional Energy, Polymer Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Information Technology, MBA, Marketing, Finance system and HRM have social relevance and the trained man power contributes to the national development.
75% of the programmes at under graduate and post-graduate levels are career oriented. In addition to these programmes, it has also started add-on certificate courses which are job-oriented in nature.
The PG programmes in Biotechnology, Non-Conventional Energy, Polymer Chemistry, Information Technology, etc. and research programmes of some of the departments, to certain extent, meet the standards of the global needs. The success rate in the university examinations and rate of progression of the students for higher studies indicate the quality dimensions of programmes and courses offered by the college.
All the programmes run by the college have inbuilt component of the value based orientation. The day to day life of the college begins with the prayers and on every Wednesday special value education classes are conducted. The college is 84 years old and has maintained its traditions and values which are reflected in its day to day activities.
2.2 Curricular Development
The college is affiliated to the MG University and as such it has a limited role in curricular development. The 10 faculty members are members/chairmen of various Boards of Studies at undergraduate and post-graduate levels. They are actively involved to contribute in the development of curricula. The college has implemented model curriculum prescribed by UGC for UGC aided programmes and AICTE guidelines have been used to develop the MBA, BBA and MCA curricula. The college has developed the post-graduate programme in Non-conventional Energy and M. Phil in Environmental Science.
The MG University does not provide for modular approach and choice based credit system. However, choice based credit system in the form of intercollegiate mobility of students is permitted.
The college runs a number of skill based programmes which help the learners to improve their competency. Some of the post-graduate programmes have inter-disciplinary approach which include Biotechnology, Information Technology. Library Science, Environmental Science, Industrial Microbiology, Vocational English, certificate programmes, etc. These programmes also provide technology layer.
The college has also started programmes in emerging areas like Environmental Science, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Industrial Microbiology, Travel and Tourism, Multimedia, Information Technology and some certificate courses. A few of these programmes have global relevance. In addition to the skill based programmes, the college provides two certificate programmes which have direct relevance to empowerment of women.
2.3 Programme Options
The college offers 12 certificate courses, 14 under graduate, 18 post-graduate and 7 research programmes. During the last five years, the college has started six interdisciplinary and 14 add-on courses. In addition to these, the college has also started six off-campus courses of other universities. The college also runs 10 self-financing courses which have direct relevance in the job market.
2.4 Academic flexibility
The college offers core and elective options both at the under-graduate and post-graduate levels and add-on certificate courses. 18 post-graduate and seven research programmes provide vertical mobility and 12 interdisciplinary programmes provide lateral mobility to the learners.
2.5 Feedback Mechanism
The feedback mechanism for the curriculum development and range of programmes options are obtained from the students, alumni, employers, parents, community, academic peers and industry, through questionnaires, feedback formats, open house discussions, suggestion boxes, reports, etc. The analysis of this mechanism is sent to the University for revising/updating the curriculum. The website of the college also provides the link for the feed back used by the students and other stake holders.
During the last five years, the university has undertaken a major syllabus revision at UG and PG level. A semester system has been introduced at PG level with 20% and 25% weightage given to the internal assessment at UG and PG level respectively. The electives have also been introduced at PG level.
3. CRITERION II: TEACHING, LEARNING AND EVALUATION
3.1 Admission Process
The admission process of the college is fair and transparent. The admissions in all the programmes are made in accordance with the University and Government rules. 50% seats for open selection, 10% for catholic students of Archdiocese of Changanassery, 20% seats reserved for SC/ST category and remaining 20% seats are for the management quota. The management of the college constitutes an admission committee which monitors the admissions. Due special consideration is given to the students of educationally backward areas and low income group. 3% of the seats are reserved for physically challenged students. The 60% enrolment in the post-graduate programme constitutes women. Some seats are also allotted for performers in sports. Admissions to all programmes are strictly based on the merit and for the professional programmes, admissions are based on performance merit in entrance test and GDPA. On an average the demand ratio for UG and PG programmes is1:2 and 1:4 respectively.
3.2 Catering to Diverse Needs
At the time of admissions, counseling sessions are organized for the students and parents. Extensive data of the students is prepared and the same is used to identify slow and advance learners. The college offers programmes suitable to the needs of the learners. A large number of programme options are available which cater to the diverse needs of the learners.
Remedial coaching is organized for the academically weaker students and advanced learners are encouraged to participate in the seminars, quiz, debate, and youth parliament. Job oriented add-on courses help the learners to acquire professional skills.
3.3 Teaching - Learning Processes
The teaching - learning process of the college is quite comprehensive and is learner centric. The college prepares a detailed academic calendar which includes all curricular, co-curricular and extra curricular events. The academic calendar is distributed to all the students at the time of admission. Principal, through heads of the departments and various academic committees, monitors the implementation of the academic calendar events. The working and teaching days of the college are 193 which are in accordance with UGC stipulations.
The faculty, at the beginning of the academic year, prepares the unitized teaching plan and submits to the Principal through the heads of the departments. The departmental committees monitor the teaching plan. Teaching days lost, if any, are compensated by taking extra lectures. Teaching plans are also discussed in the staff meetings periodically.
A conventional chalk and talk method is used for the class-room teaching and is supplemented by ICT initiatives, seminars, project work, quiz competitions, study tours, surprise tests, case studies and industrial visits. Most of the classrooms are equipped with the audio visual gadgets. The 24 hours high speed VSAT internet facility and, computer aided teaching by using LCD, audio video are provided for making teaching more interesting and student centric.
All the programmes which involve laboratory work are given appropriate weightage for the practical. In addition to the laboratory practical, visits to industries, research stations, business houses and field trips are organized for the benefits of the students. Final year UG and PG students are encouraged to submit projects.
The college conducts tutorial classes for the students on difficult topics. These classes are conducted by the departments on holidays. Normally, the tutorial classes are conducted in the subjects like Mathematics and English. Remedial coaching is also provided to academically weak students in small groups or at times at the individual level.
The college has an effective mentoring system. Every teacher is in-charge of a batch consisting of 20-25 students. Academic growth of each student is monitored by the teacher in charge. The progress of the student is reported to the parents. The college also provides academic counseling to the students. This has helped the college to improve the success rate of the students in the university examinations.
Since the first accreditation, the teaching -learning process in the campus has witnessed a vital transformation from the conventional classroom lecture method to ICT initiative. A number of classrooms are equipped with LCD/OHP. There are seven seminar halls with LCD and computers facility. Teachers deliver power point presentations wherever and whenever required. Internet access is provided to the faculty and research students.. Internet facility is also provided to the students through internet café. The college campus has become a wireless campus. 12% of the budgetary allocation is spent on the academic activities such as purchase of books and journals, equipments, chemicals, etc.
All Science laboratories are well equipped with equipments and chemicals required for UG and PG practicals and research programmes. Laboratory facilities are augmented through the project grants received from central funding agencies.
The State Government has identified this college as a 'Special Grade College' and UGC has selected this college as a 'College with Potential for Excellence', and Botany Department for COSIP scheme. The DST has identified Physics Department under FIST.
The college has a central library facility with more than one lakh books and subscribes 280 national and international journals. Most of the departments have their own departmental libraries and reading rooms. On line digital library partially processed and 24 computer terminals for on line search are the other features of the library. Students and faculty have open access to the library.
3.4 Teacher Quality
There are 147 approved positions of the faculty of which 103 have been filled and management has appointed 9 guest lecturers and 39 fulltime teachers on contract basis. 40% (50) and 35% (41) faculty have M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees as the highest academic qualifications respectively and all the new entrants have passed NET/SET examinations. During the last five years twenty five teachers have availed the FIP facility under UGC.
The teachers are recruited as per the MG University and State Government rules. The qualifications and pay scales are as per the UGC regulations. However, the college has the freedom to appoint qualified faculty for self-financing programmes and guest lecturers against the vacant positions.
81% of the vacancies of the faculty have been filled and the student teacher ratio is 16:1. The faculty of the college is highly qualified, motivated and has a sense of belongingness. This aspect of the faculty is reflected in the higher success rate of the students in the university examinations. During the last five years, five teachers have been rewarded for their contribution in teaching, research and extension activities.
3.5 Evaluation of Teachers
The college has an effective mechanism for the evaluation of teaching, research and work satisfaction of the teachers. Teachers maintain the teaching diary. The teaching methods of the teachers are monitored by the respective heads of the departments and the Principal. The evaluation of teaching is also done by the students through a structured questionnaire. However, to avoid a biased evaluation, the performance of the teachers is assessed only on the basis of feed back collected from different batches of the students at random.
The Principal analyses the feed back and if required gives the suitable instructions to the teachers for improvements. This helps the teachers to improve their professional competency. Regular Parent Teacher Association (PTA) meetings also help to create a meaningful teaching learning environment on the campus.
3.6 Evaluation of Learning
The evaluation methods are communicated to the students well in advance through academic calendar. The college follows semester system for post-graduate programmes and end examinations for the undergraduate programmes. 20% and 25% marks are reserved for the internal assessment at the UG and PG levels respectively. The internal assessment is in the form of sessional examinations with marks for the attendance. As mentioned earlier, the college has a mentoring system and Parent-teacher Association as associated systems in the academic progress.
3.7 Examination Reforms
St. Berchmans College is affiliated to the Mahatma Gandhi University as such it has a limited role in the examination reforms. However, during the last five years Mahatma Gandhi University has brought a major change in the evaluation system.
The semester system has been introduced for the post-graduate programmes. 25% and 20% weightage is given to the internal assessment at PG and UG programmes respectively. 40% of the internal marks are allotted to sessional examinations, 20% for seminars, 20% for the assignments and 20% for the attendance. Objective type questions form an integral part of the PG examination question papers. The seminars have been introduced both at PG and UG levels. Viva-voce is conducted at the end of the semester examination.
The University provides scope for the revaluation of answer scripts. Grievance Redressal Mechanism is also provided to the students both at the college and university level. The answer scripts of the sessional examinations and the assignments are shown to the students. Internal assessment marks are displayed on the notice board before they are sent to the university.
4. CRITERION III: RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
The UGC has recognized this college as the 'College with Potential for Excellence' Scheme and Botany Department is also recognized under COSIP. The college has received Rs. 60.00 lakhs and Rs. 3 lakhs grants from the UGC under these schemes respectively. The DST has recognized the Physics Department under its FIST programme and has sanctioned Rs. 25 lakhs to the college. The college is part of DST-DAAD Programme.
4.1 Promotion of Research
Six post-graduate departments are recognized as research centers by the Mahatma Gandhi University. A new building for research is constructed on the campus with generous support of alumni. A new conference hall is also constructed to host national and international conferences. The library has been modernized with digital technology and provides e-research journals. The college is recognized as the 'College with Potential for Excellence'. Sophisticated equipments have been procured through project funding. 46 faculty members are actively engaged in research.
The college has received special assistance for research from UGC and DST. During the last five years, the college has spent more than Rs. 90 lakhs on augmentation of research facilities. The projects useful for the research facilities such as the Ulahannan Mappalilai Centre for Advanced Studies in oriental languages (Rs. 50.00 lakhs), library annex (Rs. 21.00 lakhs) and CIC (Rs. 19.00 lakhs) were completed during the last five years. During the same period the college has organized 25 national and one inter national conference.
There is a research council in the college which monitors the research activities of the college. Major research equipments like UV-VIS spectrophotometer, Optical Microscope, A.A.S., Gas Chromatography; Thermal conductively Measuring System, etc. are available in the college.
4.2 Research Output
21 faculty members of the college are recognized as Ph.D. and M.Phil. guides and 46 are actively engaged in research. There are four major ongoing research projects funded by the DST, UGC, KSCSTE and Ministry of Environment and Forests. One of them is a joint project. In addition to this there are 19 minor research projects funded by the central funding agencies, industry and the college. Presently 25 students, in six departments, have registered for Ph.D programme. The college has collaboration with foreign and Indian universities. However, most of them are at the informal levels. During the last five years the college has completed 13 research projects. During the last five years, 18 faculty have availed FIP facility of UGC.
4.3 Publication Output
During the last five years the faculty has published 85 research papers in national and international journals along with 115 abstracts, 48 research papers in proceedings; 15 students have successfully completed their Ph.D. programmes. During the same period, faculty has authored 19 books. The mean impact factor of research publications of Physics and Chemistry department is 0.74 and 0.78 respectively.
The faculty from the departments of Mathematics, Chemistry, Zoology, Physics, Commerce, Management studies, Malayalam and English offer free consultancy services to the Industry, business houses etc. at the informal level. However, the department of economics has earned Rs. 8.00 lakhs by offering consultancy services to Tilberg University, Germany, SC/ST department of Govt. of Kerala and CDS, Govt. of Kerala.
4.5 Extension Activity
The College is undertaking some outreach activities at the awareness level. The promotion of industry and industry neighborhood network includes the state poverty eradication mission for Kudumbasree project by commerce department, evaluation of State level schemes of the Government by the economics department, promotion of non-conventional energy, maintenance of energy park by the physics department and market survey programmes by the department of management studies. The college has 'Science Aptitude Developer Programme' which helps the school going students to develop scientific temperament.
4.6 Participation in Extension activity
The faculty members of the department of economics and history have completed the project on socio-economic and political changes in tribal areas. The college is situated close to backwaters and hence environmental changes in this area are subject of study for some departments. However, the impact analysis of these extension activities is not studied. The motto of the NSS programme is 'Not me, But you'. There are three NSS units with the enrolment of 300 volunteers and are headed by three Programme Officers. During the last five years, the NSS units have made significant contribution in the field of literacy, disaster management, health and family welfare, and environmental awareness. Special campaign was launched on AIDS awareness, social evils and other issues creating visible impact on the health and societal development process of the country. NSS units have established meaning full linkage with the Community and the Campus, College and Village and Knowledge and Action. The construction of 750 water pits at Manimala, maintenance of Panchayat roads and construction of play grounds for the schools are other important features of the NSS units. The unit aims to construct a house 'SB Bhavan', for most disadvantaged students of the College. These units have also donated Rs.20000.00 for the Tsunami victims.
The College has two NCC units namely Army and Naval. At present, there are 160 Army and 50 Naval Cadets. The NCC officers are holding the ranks of Major and Second Lt. respectively. During the last five years, seven cadets represented the college in R.D. Parade, two cadets in the International Youth Exchange programme at Vietnam and Bangladesh and five cadets have joined NDA. During the same period three cadets attended an advanced leadership camp; four cadets have attended sea training camp and ten cadets in the Nav Sainik camp.
Two POC's (Navel wing) attended youth exchange programme in Philippines and Singapore. The NCC units have received Chief Minister's scholarships for outstanding NCC cadets in the state. Both the NCC and NSS units closely works with the GO's and NGO's to implement state policies on community services.
The Physics, Chemistry and Zoology Departments have established close linkages with institutions like Indian Academy of Science, Rubber Research Institute and Pollution Control Board. These linkages promote faculty exchange, development, research and consultancy. The College has organized International Conference on Science and Technology for sustainable development from 10-13 August 2005. 250 delegates across the glob attended the same. The college also has collaboration with overseas universities and Indian Universities, but others are at an informal level, except one. The faculty is encouraged to attend the seminars and conferences. The college is also organizing University, State and National level conferences.
5. CRITERION IV: INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
5.1 Physical Facilities
The College is located on the sprawling campus admeasuring 25 acres of land. There are six major buildings housing around 150 class rooms, laboratories, central library, research block, instrumentation centre, seminar halls, computer lab and Internet Cafe. The total built up area of the campus is 18839 sq. mts. The infrastructural facilities available on the campus are sufficient for curricular, co-curricular and extra curricular activities. After first accreditation all the classrooms have been renovated to enable IT aided teaching methods. The college has its own natural resources and arrangements for water supply. It also has a power backup of two generators. Transport facility to the students is provided by the KSRTC.
The College has an auditorium with the seating capacity of 2000 and six seminar halls with seating capacity of more than 100. The College has good sports facilities which include grounds for football, cricket, hockey and courts for volleyball, badminton, basketball and facilities for track and field events. Indoor game facilities are also available.
During the last five years, the college has spent Rs.200.00 lakhs on the maintenance of infrastructure which includes renovation of existing buildings, purchase of computers, EPBX, creating wireless campus, Internet facility, etc.
5.2 Maintenance and Infrastructure
The Management has made adequate arrangements for the maintenance of the infrastructure. Permanent staff for the maintenance is employed by the management who take care of farming work, cleaning, carpentry, painting, masonry, electrical and plumbing repairs and maintenance of the laboratories. 8% of the total budget is allocated for the maintenance. A full time Hardware Engineer is appointed for the maintenance of Computers. The campus is well maintained, neat and clean providing the required academic atmosphere for teaching and learning processes.
5.3 Library as a Learning Resource
The Central Library is housed in the five storied building. The carpet area of the central library is 1787.00 sq. mtrs. This includes stack rooms, internet, reading rooms, etc. Total collection of the library is 114675 books and subscribes for 219 journals. It has 6000 back volumes of the journals. There are 90000 text books and 20000 reference books. It also subscribes on line e-journals, Book bank facility, Braille material; manuscripts are the other important features of the Library.
The ratio of library books to students is 80:1. The Library is kept open between 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. except on Public Holidays and Sundays. In addition to the Central Library, the College has 10 departmental libraries. Seating capacity of the reading room is 300. On an average 400 books are issued to the students and faculty and around 300 visitors visit the library per day. Students are allowed to retain the books till the examinations are over.
The Library functions are partially computerized by using KOHA software. The library is also equipped with reprographic facilities. The students and faculty have open access to the library. During the last five years the college has added 14395 books costing Rs. 22.00 lakhs.
5.4 Computers as Learning Resources
The College has four computer laboratories with 175 computers. The Computer facility is extended to both faculty and the students. Computer center organizes training programmes to the students, teachers and non-teaching staff. 8 LCD projectors and lap-tops are also available in the college which is used for power-point presentation.
The college has wireless connectivity and provides internet facility round the clock to the students, teachers, non-teaching staff and research scholars. An Internet Cafe with 25 terminals is also available to the students for browsing.
5.5 Other facilities
There are five boys' and eight ladies' hostels which provide accommodation to 500 students. Each Hostel has 30-40 rooms with recreation facilities such as T.V., news-papers, etc. The college also provides residential facilities to faculty and other staff.
The College provides canteen facility to the students with a seating capacity for 175 students. The canteen facilities have been augmented by spending Rs. 5.00 lakhs.
Sports facilities for indoor and outdoor games are available on the campus. Play grounds for the football, basketball, volleyball, shuttle and ball badminton, cricket and hockey are available and are well maintained. A well equipped gymnasium caters to the physical fitness of students.
In addition the college has a Health Centre, reprographic centre, a workshop for repairs and a Staff Co-operative Society. The Department of MBA has its own placement cell.
6. CRITERION V: STUDENTS SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
6.1 Student Profile
The total enrolment of the college for the academic year 2005-2006 is 1761 which includes 659 girls, and 684 PG students. There are 14 M. Phils, 19 Ph.D.s, 123 certificate courses and 94 self-financed courses students. 99% students are from the same state. 9%, 5% and 14% of the enrolment constitutes SC, ST, OBC from urban, semi-urban, and also from rural backward areas. The sizable number is from the high ranges and low- lying Kuttanad and costal area.
6.2 Student Progression
The success rate of the students in the University examinations at U.G. level is more than 70%, 90% at P.G. level and that of M.Phil. is 100% . On an average 60-70 get first classes and 50-60 students get distinction at U.G. level. 115-120 get first classes and 90-100 distinction respectively at P.G. level.
The rate of progression for the higher studies and employment is fairly good. During the last five years 106, 211, 22, 41, 19, 290 and 18 students have passed NET, SLET, CAT, TOEFL, Defense entrance, other services and GATE IIT respectively. The dropout rate is negligible. The placement cell provides campus recruitment to the students. During the last five years names of many of its students have figured in the University merit list and the same has become a regular feature of the college.
6.3 Student Support
The student profile of the college reveals that the participation of SC/ST students in the college is highest in the state. All the facilities including hostel, books, boarding, etc. are provided free to these students. The college also gives financial assistance to the poor and needy students. Last year 75 students were given free ships amounting to Rs.1.25 lakhs. Free noon meal is provided to 70 students. Hostel facility is also available to NRI students. Student hand book is printed every year and it contains the detailed information on courses offered, admission rules, fellowships and scholarships, fee structure, disciplinary rules, information related to the sessional examinations, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, etc. The hand book is given to the student.
The College has Grievance Redressal Cell which addresses the grievances of the students. The grievance related to the internal examination is also redressed by the Cell. The Grievance Redressal Cell is headed by a Senior Faculty and helps to create a congenial atmosphere in the college. The College has a Health Center for the use of hostel inmates.
The College has full-fledged Counseling Cell with two full time professional counselors and one of them is a lady counselor who takes care of the women students. The College takes special care in the spiritual enlightenment of the students. The services of specially trained spiritual counselors are also rendered. The academic counseling is offered to the students which helps them to choose proper subjects, job opportunities and competitive examinations, etc.
The placement Cell is actively functioning and is attached to the HRD Department. The placement Cell assists the College in organizing campus interviews and also gives the information of the jobs available. This Cell functions as vital link between the students and the Industry. During the last three years 72 students got placements in the Industry, business houses, banking sector, etc.
Keeping in line with its motto 'caritas vera nobilitas' meaning 'Charity is true nobility', the College has undertaken several welfare schemes for the students which include full and partial fee concessions, free noon meals, women empowerment programmes, etc. The free medical check up for all the students is arranged. Anti sexual harassment cell helps the college to maintain strict discipline in the college and also helps to resolve minor incidences of sexual harassment, if any.
6.4 Student activities
The College has sports facilities required for indoor and out door games. The College has a sports hostel with all the infrastructural facilities. In addition to the two directors of physical education, special coaching through the trained coaches is also made available to the players. During the last five years 37 students have represented M.G. University in Inter University Tournaments in track events, basket ball and cross country events. The College has won gold medals at National and State level tournaments conducted by the Association of Indian Universities, at the individual level and in team events. One student participated in the international Jr. Basketball tournament. The students who do well in co-curricular and extra curricular activities are suitably rewarded. During the last five years two research students have received Young Scientist Award of DST.
The Alumni Association of the college is very active and supports the college in its entire academic endeavor. The chapters of the Alumni Association functioning within and outside the state and include chapters in Delhi, Ernakulam, Chicago, Washington and New York in US, Germany, UAE and Kuwait. These chapters have instituted scholarships, augmented sports and other infrastructure facilities. Many members of Alumni Association are occupying high positions within and outside the country in a variety of professions.
7. CRITERION VI: ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT
7.1 Goal Orientation and Decision making
The united team efforts of teaching and non-teaching staff are accomplished in the larger interest of the students under the dynamic leadership of the Principal. The Principal of the college with the support of the management takes the major decisions and presides over the various committees. There are various committees, which help him in day to day administration. The administration is proactive, participatory and student centric. Hence, the togetherness prevails on the campus.
During the last year, Management Board, Staff Council, Building Committee, Library Committee, IQAC and CPE committee met 2, 12, 3, 3, 16 and 4 times respectively. The proceedings of these committees, after validation, show that almost all the decisions of these committees have been implemented. The College has clearly spelt out its mission and objectives. The management, Principal and his team are making every effort to translate them into reality.
7.2 Organisation structure, powers and functions of the functionaries
Principal of the college is principal academic and executive head of the college. He directly functions under the guidance of the Managing Board. In day to day administrative work he is assisted by the Head of the departments, Bursar, Vice-Principal, Warden, Deans and administrative support is given by the supporting staff.
There are various committees which functions independently and proceedings of the same are subject to approval of the Manager and Principal. In day to day administration the principle of decentralization of authority with sense of accountability is being followed. The sense of belongingness prevails on the campus. There exists an effective internal co-ordination between all the committees and functionaries.
Major policy decisions are taken at the Managing Board level and they are effectively implemented by the other committees, the Principal and head of the departments. The Staff Council and Advisory Body, as per the requirements of the university statutes, meet every month to decide the academic policy, implement and monitor the same.
7.3 Perspective Planning
The College has prepared its perspective plan for the next five years to keep pace with the academic growth of the College. This perspective plan includes construction of two floors for library science, one floor for departmental Library of MBA, three storied Bioscience block and a hostel for international students.
During the last five years the college has implemented many schemes/programmes relating to the academic development of the college. The college prepares and publishes Academic Calendar every year. Year long curricular and extra curricular activities as mentioned in the academic calendar are implemented. The college prepares plan proposals and the same are being submitted to UGC and other central funding agencies. The Physics Department has submitted two major research projects amounting Rs. 100 lakhs to UGC and Chemistry department is in a process of submitting the major research projects.
There are 13 ongoing minor research projects funded by the UGC, ANERT and KSESTE and three major research projects funded by UGC, DST and Ministry of Forest and Environment.
During IX five year plan college has received Rs 29.0 lakhs from the UGC and same has been utilized and utilization certificates have already been sent to the UGC. During Xth plan, UGC has sanctioned Rs. 32.10 lakhs as a developmental assistance for UG and PG and has received Rs 22.25 lakhs of which Rs. 16.46 lakhs have been utilized.
7.4 Manpower Planning and Recruitment
Manpower planning and recruitment mainly depend on the workload of the faculty department wise and paper wise. The sanctioned posts of faculty are 147 which are filled by following the procedures laid down by the relevant university statutes. The qualifications and pay scales are as per UGC and State Government rules. The College has freedom to appoint guest lecturers and the faculty for self-financing courses. More than 80% posts of the faculty vacancies have been filled and 20% guest lecturers have been appointed against the approved vacant positions.
There are 90 approved posts of the administrative and supporting staff and all of them have been filled. The ratio of teaching to non-teaching staff is 1.6:1. The present supporting staff strength is as per the State Government norms. However, the management has appointed separate staff for maintenance of the campus. The College organizes staff development programmes both for the faculty and the non-teaching staff. HRD and computer departments are organizing various staff development programmes. 18 Faculty have availed UGC faculty development programmes.
7.5 Performance Appraisal
The faculty submits their performance appraisal reports at the end of academic year to the principal through heads of the departments. The performance appraisal reports form the basis for the placement of faculty in senior and selection grade scales. Anything good or adverse is communicated to the faculty within three months. The college doesn't maintain the confidential reports of the non-teaching staff. The service books and the personal files of the faculty and non-teaching staff have been properly maintained.
The performance appraisal of the faculty, as mentioned earlier, is also done by the students. However, the Peer evaluation of the faculty is not done.
7.6 Faculty Development Programmes
The faculty avails the facility of faculty improvement programmes of UGC. During the last five years, 18 faculty members have availed this facility for Ph.D. programmes, 53 faculty members have attended refresher courses and 9 faculty members have attended orientation courses organized by Academic Staff Colleges. During the same period faculty members have attended and presented papers in 222 seminars and conferences. The college organizes induction programmes for new teachers.
The computer centre organized computer training programmes for the faculty and non-teaching staff. Five staff development programmes were organized for up gradation of the skills of the non-teaching staff.
The college receives grant-in-aid, as such, the faculty and staff get fringe benefits such as pension, gratuity, CPF, earn leave, medical re-imbursement, etc on par with government employees.
7.7 Resource Mobilization
The main income of the college is tuition and other fees collected from the students of regular and self-financing programmes. In addition to this, Parent Teacher Association also helps in mobilizing additional resources. The Alumni Association also collects funds for the college. The donation from Philanthropists is another source of funding for the college. Whenever there is a short fall or deficit in the budget the management has been generously contributing to the college. The college also gets funding from central funding agencies by way of research projects. Additional resources are also mobilized by the faculty by submitting the research projects to the central funding agencies.
7.8 Financial Management
The College is government aided and as such it receives salary grants from the State. The total budget for the year 2005-06 was Rs. 462.45 lakhs. Out of this 80% was spent on salary, 01% on Library, 03% on building development, 05% on the maintenance, 05% on academic activities and 06% was spent on teaching aids and research.
The College follows the fee structure as laid by the State for regular programmes. The tuition fees for UG programme is Rs.1500 to Rs.2000 for PG programme it is Rs.2200 to Rs.3800 per annum and that for self-financing programmes between Rs.25000 to Rs.63000. The average unit cost of the college irrespective of UG/PG and self-financing programme is Rs.19110.00 per student.
The management and the Principal allocate the funds to all the departments as per their needs and activities and ensure that the funds are spent judiciously. The accounts of the College except the government receipts are regularly audited by the internal auditor and at the end of the financial year the same is audited by the statutory auditor. The college has utilized the grants received from the UGC and other funding agencies and has already submitted the utilization certificates to that effect.
8. CRITERION VII: HEALTHY PRACTICES
8.1 Total Quality Management
The goals and objectives of the college are clearly stated and the management, the Principal and other stake holders are doing their best to achieve the goals and objectives by imparting quality education to the learners. Over the years the college has progressed from undergraduate to post-graduate level later to doctoral and post-doctoral programmes and research in the thrust areas identified by the central funding agencies, which are in tune with the national development. To meet the challenges of liberalization, privatization and globalization, the college, during the last five years, has introduced non-conventional, vocational and add-on courses.
Faculty has been provided exposure to the worldwide research community and is motivated to undertake research. 35% of faculty has acquired research degrees and 31% of them are actively engaged in pursuing research. The faculty undergoes faculty development programmes periodically, which help them to increase their professional competency. The teaching learning process of the college has witnessed a paradigm shift towards ICT enabled teaching and student centric learning. Internal quality check mechanism has been strengthened, so as to keep the pace with changing needs of the learners and making the teaching programmes globally relevant. The college is making all the preparations to submit its proposal for getting autonomous status. Internal quality assurance cell was actually functioning in the college earlier, but in 2004, on the recommendations of NAAC, college constituted IQAC which is responsible for maintaining the overall quality of the Institute. During the last year IQAC met on 16 times and suggested many measures to improve the working of the college ways and means to enhance the quality. The IQAC and steering committee together have prepared RAR.
The quality of teaching is reflected in the higher success rate of the students in the university examinations and rate of progression for the higher studies and employment. The administrative processes have been partially computerized.
The college has introduced quite a good number of new innovative programmes which have direct relevance to the job market. Some programmes are of inter-disciplinary in nature and a few others are of vocational in nature.
Use of ICT in classroom teaching has helped the teachers in making teaching more interesting. The college has provided the infrastructure required for this in all the classrooms. Library is computerized. Semester system and Continuous Internal Assessment with 20% and 25% weightage at UG and PG level has kept the students busy throughout the academic year. All these changes have helped in creating the learning environment in the college.
Decentralization of the authority, participatory management, pro-active and student centric flexible academic administration , team work of faculty and supporting staff and leadership qualities of the Principal have helped the college in the improvement of its administration.
8.3 Value Based Education
Imparting value based education programmes to the students is the mission. The college begins with a prayer every day. Every Wednesday value education classes are conducted for one hour.
Value based education forms an integral part of the regular curriculum. Lectures of eminent persons are organized. The Founder's Day and Foundation Day celebrations help the stake holders to get inspiration from the philosophy of the founder.
8.4 Social Responsibilities and Citizenship Roles
The Institution promotes and inculcates social responsibilities and citizenship role among the students through a variety of programmes. Activities like NCC, NSS, Catholic Students Movement (CSM), St. Vincent De Poul Society, Nature and Tourism Club, BISRA, Career Orientation Centre, guidance and counseling cell, etc involve the students socially and also help to inculcate a civic sense among them.
The collection of money for Tsunami relief fund, construction of SB Bhavan, construction of road in the villages, cleaning of canal, public places and construction of 750 water pits in the villages show the sense of civic responsibilities and commitment of students towards their fellow citizens.
8.5 Overall Development
Involvement of the stake holders in the overall development of the college is visible from the progress made by the college during the last five years. PTA, alumni association and the management have actively contributed to the development of the college.
The PTA has collected Rs. 20.00 lakhs which are being used for the academic enrichment. Alumni Association has helped the college in creating centralized wireless network on the campus which has given a new dimension to the college.
Large collection of books, research journals, modern digital library; 24 hours internet facility with broad band VSAT connectivity have created a viable academic environment in the college.
Recognization of college under 'College with Potential for Excellence', Botany Department under the COSIP scheme of UGC and Physics Department under FIST of DST have helped the college in upgrading research facilities. Forty-six faculty members are actively engaged in research. Special coaching programmes have helped many students to clear competitive examinations. Achievements in sports, NCC and NSS show the support and encouragement given by the college to the students.
8.6 Institutional Ambience and Initiative
The college has taken several measures to create institutional ambience for teaching and learning. The college always insists upon having a disciplined campus to ensure the effective implementation of curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. The college is free from the political activities, as no working days have been lost due to strikes or students unrest. The college has established healthy relations with the community in the neighbouhood.
The college has highly qualified, motivated and research oriented faculty which is committed to the noble cause of teaching. They also actively participate in the extension programmes.
During the last five years, college has created additional infrastructure so as to keep pace with its academic growth. The college campus is wireless and broad band connectivity is available to the faculty, students and non-teaching staff. Library and administration processes are computerized which have helped the college to improve the quality of teaching and learning. Seven seminar halls with LCD and laptop are available for seminars and conferences. All the departments have their own departmental libraries and they are also provided with computers and internet facility. All departments conduct tutorials/monthly unit tests and college conducts terminal and preliminary examinations. Outcome of these is communicated to the students and parents periodically.
SECTION III: OVERALL ANALYSIS
St. Berchmans College, Changanassery, commits itself to be recognized as an international destination for value based quality institution. The college is recognized as the 'College with Potential for Excellence'; Botany Department is recognized under COSIP scheme of UGC and Physics Department under FIST by DST. During the last five years college has spent more than Rs. 200.00 lakhs on augmentation of infrastructural facilities. The college campus is wireless and broad-band internet connectivity is available to the students and faculty. The college has introduced a good number of new programmes to the students.
The college has implemented all the recommendations of the first Peer Team. The Peer Team has carefully studied RAR submitted by the college and had discussions with the Management, Principal, faculty, students and other stake holders. The Peer Team is of the opinion that the overall performance of the college in the post period of first assessment is satisfactory and progressive. The ambience of the college has been academically more fruitful holding promise for the future development.
The Peer Team Commends
The interpretation and dissemination of the goals and objectives reflected in curriculum.
The college is identified as a 'College with Potential for Excellence' by UGC.
The Department of Botany is identified under COSIP scheme of UGC.
The Department of Physics is identified under FIST of DST.
Govt. of Kerala identified the college as a special grade college.
A Large number of programme options are available to the students.
Success rate of the students in university examination is continuously more than 80%.
Rate of progression for further studies and employment is fairly good.
Internet with broad band connectivity.
Active, vibrant and participative alumni association
Administration of the college is pro-active and student centric.
Career Counseling and placement cell help the students in getting the jobs.
Extension and outreach activities, through NSS and NCC programs expose civic responsibilities.
Sponsored Research projects, publication of quality research papers and handling of both major and minor research projects.
Active PTA and its involvement in the overall development of the Institute.
Library has more than hundred thousand books and subscribes referred journals.
Computer facility is available in all departments.
Auditorium and seminar halls with audio-video equipments.
Highly qualified motivated and research oriented faculty.
Leadership qualities of the Principal
While appreciating the efforts of the college, the following suggestions may be considered for strengthening its overall functions.
Faculty may be encouraged to submit few more major research projects.
The college may submit its proposal for Autonomous status to the University, State Government and UGC.
College may submit its proposal for innovative programmes outside the plan to UGC.
More attempts may be made to mobilize additional resources from the Alumni Association.
Structured collaboration at National and International level for Research and faculty exchange.
External academic audit of the college may be carried out at least once in two years.
College may organize e-learning workshops for its faculty.
Extensive use of wireless connectivity may be made for research.
College may submit its proposal for getting campus radio.
In-house research journal may be published.
Automation of library and office may be completed at the earliest.
The Peer team thanks the Management, Principal, Faculty, Students, Alumni, Supporting Staff, IQAC and members of steering committee for the co-operation in completing the tasks assigned by the NAAC. The Peer Team wishes the college and its constituents a bright future.
B. P. SABALE, Chairman
U. SUBBARAO, Member
Y. AZEEZ AHMAD, Member
Place: Changanassery. Kerala
Date: 31st March 2006
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