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Mary Matha Arts and Science College, Mananthavady, Kerala
Mary Matha Arts and Science College, Mananthavady, Kerala
Address:PO Vemom, Mananthavady
Mananthavady (District Wayanad)
Kerala, IndiaPin Code : 670645
Mary Matha Arts and Science College, Mananthavady Kerala is a recognised institute / college. Status: Aided. Mary Matha Arts and Science College, Mananthavady Kerala was established on / in 1995.
Principal of Mary Matha Arts and Science College, Mananthavady Kerala is Dr. Fr. M.T. James Maruthukunnel, Dr. Raju George (Mobile 9539781415).
Mary Matha Arts and Science College is situated in Mananthavady of Kerala state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Residence Phone No(s) of concerned peron(s) of Mary Matha Arts and Science College, Mananthavady Kerala is (are) : +91-4935-250291, 250429.
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Website of Mary Matha Arts and Science College, Mananthavady Kerala is http://www.marymathacollege.org/.
Contact Details of Mary Matha Arts and Science College, Mananthavady Kerala are : +91-4935-241087, 271322
CoursesMary Matha Arts and Science College, Mananthavady Kerala runs course(s) in Arts , Science stream(s).
BA, BSc, BCom Three Year Degree Program
Mathematics with Computer Science and Statistics Sub.
Zoology with Chemistry and Biological Techniques Sub.
Computer Science with Mathematics and Statistics Sub.
Functional English with Indian Constitution & Political Science and Journalism Sub.
B.Com. with Management Insurance
Approval details: Mary Matha Arts and Science College is affiliated with Kannur University, Kannur (Kerala)
Profile of Mary Matha Arts and Science CollegeMary Matha Arts and Science College was started in 1995 and is presently affiliated to Kannur University. The college has Six Degree programmes and one Post-Graduate programme. The college is situated in a hilltop campus situated near Mananthavady town.
Mary Matha Arts & Science College, Mananthavady is situated on a beautiful hilltop on the Mananthavady-Mysore Highway amidst the sprawling greenery of the Western Ghats, one of the crucial bio-diversity hot spots. The major reason for selecting this place as the site for the College was to provide a pristine pollution-free environment to the students, conducive to academic activities.
The Students Union, NSS, NCC, the Bhoomithrasena Club, Womens Cell, the Central Library with its Book Bank Facility & the Network Resource Centre, the College Canteen, the Mentoring System, the Counseling Cell, the Career Guidance and Placement Cell, and the Scholarship Processing Cell offer Student Welfare Services across the Campus. The College has undertaken quite a few Extension Services like the Maithri Community Development Programme, the Karunya Charity Mission, Employment Training Programme for Tribal Women and Community Radio Service in association with the Radio Mattoli.
Systems have been created on the campus for the Student Community to imbibe values of Social Commitment. The Academic Community observes the College Anthem in the morning in order to respect the College and the National Anthem in the evening as a mark of respect to the Country, which offers tremendous individual freedom.
The most significant and revolutionary practice on Campus has been holding the Studentsâ€™ Union Elections in the Parliamentary Mode following the Lyngdoh Commission recommendations, braving initial resistance, to ensure violence-free atmosphere on the campus. The Project on English Newspaper Reading, PEN-R, launched in 2006, has been proved successful in inculcating reading habit among the entire students of the College.
TheCertificate Course in Communicative English, offered by the Department of English aims at training the students in the use of English for academic and interactional purposes. The system of maintaining the Work Done Diary of the Faculty, the Diary of the Class Representatives, Separate Registers for recording the Achievements of both the Faculty and the Students etc. have added special flavor to the flourishing co-and extra-curricular activities on the Campus.
Mary Matha provides an excellent and salubrious environment for the students to get the best in Wayanad with outstanding opportunities to make the most of their intellectual potentials. As a Christian Minority Institution, it endeavours to inculcate in them human values and social commitment as envisaged by Jesus Christ. It considers education not just as a search for knowledge, but as a great mission in which both the teachers and students participate in the process of developing human resources for the benefit of the society and the nation. The College seeks to instill in the students an awareness of their social rootedness and encourage them to be active agents in the construction of a just social order after its stated Motto, Vision, and Mission. Though a minority institution, the College includes in its purview the educational aspirations of the community as a whole, irrespective of religion, caste, and social status.
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NAAC report of Mary Matha Arts and Science CollegeTo train the youth of Wayanad and neighbouring areas to meet the challenges of responsible social integration and commitment, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Mananthavady founded the Mary Matha Arts and Science College in 1995. Located on a hill surrounded by lush rainforests close to Mananthavady town in a beautiful pollution free area, this college provides opportunities to tribal students to pursue higher studies. This ten year old institution has at present 500 students (including 293 women) and 30 faculty members (18 permanent and 12 temporary) of whom 15 are women. The number of non-teaching staff in position is 16.
This grant-in-aid college is affiliated to the Kannur University and has obtained recognition from the University Grants Commission under S.2 (f) and S.12B of the UGC Act.
To assess their effectiveness in achieving their stated goals and objectives and to improve their functioning wherever needed, the College approached the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) to get it evaluated objectively. The Self Study Report was submitted by the College in May 2005. The NAAC constituted a three member Peer Team consisting of Prof.K.Aludiapillai (Former Vice-Chancellor, Madurai Kamaraj University) - Chairperson Coordinator, Dr.N.Sukumaran (Dean, Faculty of Sciences, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, SPK Centre for Environmental Sciences, Alwarkurichi, Tamil Nadu) - Member and Prof.(Mrs.) Hephzibah S.Doss (Principal, Bishop Cotton Women's Christian College, Bangalore) - Member. Dr.Latha Pillai, Adviser, NAAC coordinated the visit from NAAC office.
The Peer Team got the Self Study Report and supporting documents well ahead of the on site visit. This facilitated all the Members in making a thorough study of the report and go through the processes and procedures prescribed by the NAAC during the field visit on 6th and 7th December 2005. Based on the details furnished in the report, the information collected during the extensive interactions with the Principal, Governing Body, Students, Faculty, Alumni, Parents and supporting Staff and the various facts noticed during the tour of the campus, the Peer Team furnishes the following criterion-wise report.
Criterion I - Curricular Aspects:
The goals and objectives of the college have been clearly brought out in the emblem and motto of the college. 'Education for Total Liberation' - the motto of the college indicates the mission of the institution in moulding well integrated young men and women and equipping them for nation building.
Six undergraduate courses viz., B.A.English, B.Sc.Mathematics, Computer Science, Zoology and Chemistry and B.Com. are offered. M.Sc. Mathematics is offered as post graduate course.
Of the above, two undergraduate courses viz., B.Com. and B.Sc.Chemistry and the postgraduate course are offered in the self-financing mode.
In addition to the above, a short-term certificate course in Computer concepts is offered for the Staff and Students of the college.
A mix of Arts, Science and Commerce courses available for study, indicates the range of options available to a candidate who has finished the Higher Secondary Course and wants to pursue college education. Subjects like Journalism, Biological techniques, Computer Applications offered as subsidiaries have a vocational bias.
Six of the faculty members are currently on the Board of Studies in Kannur University and they play a definite role in updating and shaping the curriculum in their respective subjects. Faculty of the college also communicate to the authorities of the University their suggestions on the curriculum. Participation in Workshops also help the faculty in conveying their opinion on the curriculum design.
Being an affiliated college, the institution follows the curriculum prescribed by the University. However, value addition programmes and co-curricular activities facilitate the college to achieve the educational, social and cultural objectives.
Girls constitute around 60% of the student strength and this helps the empowerment of women through education. The most marginalized group of people in Wayanad i.e., the tribals are specially cared for since the college is located in a tribal area and the district itself is educationally backward. Through the quota system in admission and reservation of some seats for minorities, social justice is being rendered to the disadvantaged and handicapped sections of the society.
Criterion II - Teaching -learning and Evaluation:
Admission to the various courses in the college is regulated by the norms prescribed by the Kannur University and Kerala Government. Based on the performance in the qualifying examination, the candidates are interviewed and counselled by a panel of teachers. After admissions, orientation programmes are organized by the Departments. This provides an opportunity to assess the knowledge and skills of students.
Bridge courses are arranged to equip the students to take up the programmes chosen by them. Teachers of English and Mathematics expose the students to basic language skills and numerical and this is particularly beneficial to students who join the college with limited acquaintance with the language and mathematical skill.
Through the tutorial system, students needing special help are identified and remedial classes are arranged.
Bright students are encouraged to conduct seminars, attend workshops and seminars and present papers, prepare for competitive examinations and take part in contests and competitions of various types.
Individual teachers prepare teaching plan and these are discussed with the Head of the Department who monitors the adherence to the plan. Wherever needed mid term corrections are undertaken.
Apart from attending lectures, students are required to take part in seminars, group discussions, etc. In some subjects project work is prescribed to enable the student gain field experience and acquire problem solving skills. Audio, video cassettes and OHP are used as teaching aids. Facilities like language laboratory, computer laboratory, media room, etc. are available.
The college had 193 teaching days in 2003-04 as against the minimum required 180 days. This helps the faculty in covering the curriculum in a phased manner.
At the beginning of the academic year, students are informed of the evaluation procedure, and criteria for internal assessment. Apart from the syllabus and course structure. The progress of students in academic and extracurricular activities is closely monitored.
Recruitment of teachers is made as per norms of the UGC, University and Government. In recent years, no new posts have been created by the University. To cope with the load of work temporary lecturers were appointed in some Departments. They are appointed and paid by the Management.
To keep themselves updated faculty members have been participating in workshops, seminars, conferences, etc. at regional, national and international levels. Twelve faculty members have involved themselves in a total of nearly sixty such academic activities.
Feedback from final year students is collected on the performance of teachers and the Principal discusses with the concerned teacher, the students responses with a view to identify areas which can be improved.
On campus experience too, student evaluation is conducted and the responses are kept in view while taking major policy decisions in academic and administrative matters.
The Departments of Zoology and Biological Techniques have established linkages with MSSRF, Laboratories in the Universities of Calicut, Mysore, Nigeria and Bangalore and some reputed NGOs for research and extension in the fields of environmental conservation, medicinal plants, sericulture, etc. These will facilitate the faculty to get exposed to field situations, latest developments in their area of specialization and application in the local context.
A systematic study appears to have been made of the level of students attainment at the time of admission and the final outcome when they complete the course. The findings in this study might help in counselling the new applicants in choosing courses.
Criterion III - Research, Consultancy and Extension:
As an institution with postgraduate and undergraduate programmes, the college is systematically orienting its staff to research activities. Five of the eighteen permanent teachers have Ph.D degrees and five have M.Phil.degrees. Eleven are pursuing part-time doctoral research. One of the faculty in Mathematics is an approved research guide of Kannur University guiding four full time and three part-time Ph.D and 11 part-time M.Phil. scholars. A research project with an outlay of Rs.50,000/- funded by CARITAS, New Delhi is under operation.
Five minor research projects with a total outlay of Rs.3,30,000/- funded by the UGC and one major research project for Rs.15,00,000/- funded by the Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi have been sanctioned. The DST has also provided Rs.3.25 lakhs for organizing a National Group Discussion.
Two text books:- one in Mathematics and another in Journalism have been published by the teachers. About twenty publications have been brought out by seven faculty members. Some of them have come out in professional journals and others in newspapers, weeklies and monthlies.
About 30% of the staff are engaged in active research. The Research Advisory Committee of the College scrutinizes the research projects/proposals before they are sent to the funding agencies.
Some consultancy work is undertaken by faculty for which no charges are collected. Free yoga classes are conducted by a faculty member. He also conducts youth camps, personality development classes, etc. for students of higher secondary schools.
A wide range of extension activities are undertaken by the students under the guidance of faculty members. These include village adoption, construction of a check dam, cleanliness campaign, construction of waste water pit, water tank, volleyball court, awareness programmes, blood donation, adult education, etc.
The NSS and NCC Units take up many activities including camps in villages. A special extension activity through the Save Green Club relates to promoting awareness on bio-conservation, especially of medicinal plants. The Club has put up a primary health care garden, a green house and a medicinal plant nursery on the campus.
The Peer Team has taken note of the various community development activities taken up by the college thereby sensitizing the students to the needs and expectations of the society around them. In particular, the opening of a training centre for women offering short-term courses in fabric painting, glass painting, ceramic works, woollen thread works and beautician training is commended.
Criterion IV - Infrastructure and Learning Resources:
The eighteen acre campus of the college situated atop a hill surrounded by greenery all round provides a grand setting for a well planned institution of higher education. The main building houses the class rooms, office, rooms for Principal and Staff, Library, Laboratories and auditorium. Adequate toilets, parking space, drinking water facilities etc have been provided.
A language laboratory, public address system, laboratories for Zoology, Chemistry and Biological techniques and generator set are available. A canteen and a cooperative society function in the campus.
To develop the infrastructure, the UGC has sanctioned financial assistance totalling Rs.10.89 lakhs of which Rs.3.74 lakhs has already been released. The above sanction includes grant-in-aid for the establishment of UGC-Network Resource Centre and special development grant for young colleges.
The Management of the college maintains all the above facilities in good condition. The staff and students play an active role in keeping the premises clean and neat.
An advisory committee assists the formulation of policies relating to the functioning of the college library. The library functions have been automated. Facilities in the library include repography, computers, audio-video cassettes and internet. There are 6,821 volumes in the library. The library has subscribed for 6 journals and 33 periodicals. It is kept open on all working days from 9 am to 4.30 pm.
There are 41 computers in all in the college. Of these, 30 are in the computer science laboratory and the rest are in English, Mathematics, Zoology and Commerce Departments and College office. All these are networked using intranet and students and staff have access to internet and related facilities. Provision has been made for maintenance of these computers by the Management.
Sports and physical education have been given the attention they deserve. Football and cricket fields, volleyball, basketball, shuttle and ball badminton courts, health fitness and yoga centre have been provided. Indoor games like table tennis, chess and carrom are popular with the students.
Players are encouraged in many ways. Track suits and jerseys are supplied and all expenses relating to participation of students in competitions at various levels are met by the College. Students have won championships in cross country race, yogasana and archery.
Optimal use of the infrastructure facilities are made by allowing the conduct of inter-collegiate competitions, residential camps, workshops, etc. in the campus. The language laboratory being the only one of its kind in Wayanad area, many students and teachers from other institutions also use it.
Criterion V - Student Support and Progression:
The rate of drop outs in the college is around 9.6% which appears quite normal for a rural college in a predominantly tribal and backward area. The percentage of pass in the final examinations ranges from 91 to 100. This is a very encouraging feature. Quite a good number of students finishing their undergraduate course take to further studies like post graduation and B.Ed.
It is also noted that during the last five years 4 candidates cleared the UGC-NET, 'GATE and Combined Defence Service Examinations'. Annual prospectus is published by the college giving details of the courses offered, fee structure, rules and regulations, etc. The Hand Book with college web-site and announcements put on the Notice Board provide the students all updated information relevant to their needs.
About 25 students receive financial assistance each year under various scholarship schemes of the Government. Merit scholarships endowed by various individuals/institutions are also available to needy students.
A career guidance cell operating in the college advises the students about the options in higher education and job opportunities including self employment. The teachers offer academic and personal counselling through the tutorial system.
An alumni association is functioning since 1998. This being a very young college just celebrating its decennium, has only a few alumni in senior positions. Some are working in the field of journalism, some in software sector and some in the field of management.
Adequate recreational and leisure time facilities are made available through various clubs and cultural activities in the college.
Criterion VI - Organisation and Management:
The hierarchical structure in the college is well defined. There is continuous interaction among the functionaries and the Principal coordinates them. Delegation of power is very much in evidence since most of the staff participate in implementing the decisions taking responsibility for their action. The inclusion of student representative in the governing body is commendable.
The Governing Body, Manager, Principal, Heads of Departments and Office Superintendent function as a team towards the common goal of providing quality education and service to the students. Staff meetings are held on the third Friday of each month regularly to discuss academic, administrative and policy matters. The Manager convenes periodical meetings with staff. Teaching and non-teaching staff association meet once a month.
General Body meetings of students are held regularly. Tutorial meetings are regularly conducted to evaluate the progress of students.
Various Committees like Discipline Committee, Calendar Committee, Time Table Committee, etc. assist the Principal in specific activities.
A grievance redressal cell has been functioning in the college since 2004. It collects feedback from students once a week on campus experience and facilities. Every Wednesday the members of the Cell meet the students after class hours. Written complaints are collected and discussed. Later, the matters are discussed with the authorities and action taken on the complaint / grievance is intimated at the next meeting. The cell acts as a bridge between the students and authorities.
Loans free of interest are provided to staff in the early phase of their appointment by the Management. Later, one year loans are provided under the Staff Benefit Scheme.
Financial management of the college is on sound lines. The grants in aid received from the Government are audited by the Government authorities. The receipts and payments relating to Government scholarships are audited by the sanctioning agencies.
The unit cost of education including salary is Rs.19,090/- and excluding salary it is Rs.3,551/-. The total budget was of the order of Rs.102 lakhs. The salary grant received from Government was around Rs.83 lakhs. The excess over the Government grant was met from the funds of the management. All the capital expenditure is met by the management. Nearly Rs.8.42 lakhs was raised through fund raising drives, self-financing courses and bank interest. Government regulates the fees payable and the tuition fees for post graduate courses are paid direct to the University. Notwithstanding these constraints, the college appears to collect affordable fees keeping in view the backwardness of the Wayanad area and the need to provide quality education.
Criterion VII - Healthy Practices:
Political activities have been kept out of the campus through a consensus arrived at by the Management, Parents and Students. This is a significant step in ensuring peace and discipline in the campus.
Many forums have been provided to the students for expressing their views and developing their personality.
Keeping in view the backwardness of the area, the benefit in the teaching-learning process has been maximized by having many more teaching days i.e. 193 as against the prescribed minimum of 180 days.
Tutorial system is practiced effectively by giving individual attention to students.
Evaluation of staff by students assists the enhancement of quality of performance of teachers.
Value education is imparted in a telling manner by conduct of Pan-religious prayer and daily prayer with the item thought for the day.
Students feedback is used to modify teaching methods, project work and assignment.
Team work, group effort, community service, etc. are encouraged through activities planned by various clubs apart from NSS and NCC.
Grievance redressal procedure by having regular weekly meetings and informing the students of action taken on their representations is a wholesome practice.
Well planned monthly meetings on appointed days with the faculty and non-teaching staff helps to promote mutual trust and understanding.
Conduct of certificate course in computer concepts and spoken English programmes indicate the sensitivity displayed by the institution to social and market demands.
Through services of women's cell, Save Green Club, etc. concepts like bio farming, soil conservation, eco-protection and gender equality, are made to reach the society.
Overall Analysis and Suggestions:
The location of a college gives it unique opportunities to serve the community around it and make an impact on the quality of life of people in the area. Mary Matha Arts and Science College in Wayanad District should be considered a gift for promoting value based and community oriented higher education in a backward pocket in Kerala. In a span of ten years, the college has emerged as a quality institution caring for the under privileged and disadvantaged groups. Its determination to serve the tribals by enhancing their enrollment year after year is indicative of the social commitment and concern for evolution of a just society.
Within a year of getting UGC's recognition under sections 2(f) and 12B, the college has been able to attract UGC funded and DST assisted projects to an extent of Rs.32.44 lakhs and this should be considered as significant and indicative of the thrust given to this component in higher education.
The ranks secured by students in the University examinations and the very high percentage of passes (ranging from 91 to 100) vouchsafe for the quality of products of this institution. The following suggestions are offered by the Peer Team for the kind consideration of the college authorities:-
A master Plan for the next 10 to 15 years may be drawn with two components viz., academic growth and infrastructure development.
The introduction of new courses in emerging areas, especially in post graduate level may be effected in a phased manner.
As the college is currently celebrating its decennium with some specific projects, the decennium plan may be dovetailed into the Silver Jubilee Celebration in 2020.
Computer literacy and communication skills have become indispensable requirements of a college-educated person and hence the feasibility of extending these to all students through the value addition programmes that are currently available in the college, may be examined.
With postgraduate courses and research programmes being offered in the college, the library needs to be strengthened further and linkages established with agencies like the British Council for borrowing books, audio video cassettes, etc.
Empowerment of tribals can be undertaken by the political science and journalism departments conducting workshops and seminars for members and office bearers of Panchyat Raj institutions.
Surveys and studies can be taken up by Commerce department on the present economic conditions of the tribal people and suggestions conveyed to the appropriate authorities for suitable action.
Being a young institution with a recently formed Alumni Association, the college can tap the potential of alumni for (a) establishing contact with industry/employers/institutions (b) providing endowments, scholarships etc. (c) contributing books, journals, laboratory equipments, sports and games equipments, etc. (d) constructing building, halls, stadium, etc. (e) participation in the alumni day which can be decided by their association when they can interact with the present students and motivate them and (f) sponsoring projects for the benefit of the present students like computer literacy, personality development, public speaking, entrepreneurship development, etc.
The members of the Peer Team are happy to have visited this young and vibrant institution with great plans for their future. They wish to thank the Principal, faculty, members of the Governing Body, non-teaching staff, students, alumni and parents for their cooperation in making the on-site visit purposeful. The meticulous care with which the Self Study Report and related documents have been prepared is appreciated.
Prof. K. Aludiapillai, I.A.S
(Former VC, Madurai Kamaraj University)
A.H.Block No. 132, Anna Nagar,
Faculty of Sciences
Manonmaniam Sundaranar University
SPK Center for Environmental Sciences
Alwakurichi - 627412, Tamil Nadu
Prof.(Mrs.)Hephzibah S Doss (Member) Dean, Principal
Bishop Cotton Women's Christian College,
No.19, III Cross, Mission Road,
CSI Compound, Bangalore - 560027
Dr. Fr. M.T.James
Mary Matha Arts and Science College
Vemom P.O, Mananthavady,
Wayanad - 670645, Kerala
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