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NSS College, Ottapalam, Kerala
NSS College, Ottapalam, Kerala
Ottapalam (District Malappuram)
Kerala, IndiaPin Code : 679103
NSS College, Ottapalam Kerala is a recognised institute / college. NSS College, Ottapalam Kerala was established on / in 1962.
NSS College, Ottapalam Kerala is situated in Ottapalam of Kerala state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Ottapalam comes under Palakkad (Palghat) Tehsil, Malappuram District.
Website of NSS College, Ottapalam Kerala is http://www.nsscollegeottapalam.org/.
Contact Details of NSS College, Ottapalam Kerala are : Telephone: +91-466 2244382
Phone : Office : 2244206
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1. English with Social and Cultural History of Britain & Political Science
2. Economics with Modern Indian History &political science (Sub)
3. Malayalam with Sanskrit (Sub)
4. Hindi with Correspondence and Secretarial drafting in Hindi & Cultural History of India/Sanskrit (Sub)
1. Physics with Maths & Computer Application (sub)
2. Chemistry with Maths & Computer Application (sub)
3. Botany with Chemistry & Zoology (Sub)
4. Zoology with Chemistry & Botany (Sub)
5. Mathematics with Statistics & Computer Application (sub)
6. Computer Science with Maths & Electronics (sub)
7. Industrial Chemistry
BCom With Income Tax law and Practice
1. English (Special-American Literature)
2. Economics (Special-Fiscal Economics)
MCom With Financial Management
NSS College, Ottapalam Kerala runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
NSS College is affiliated with University of Calicut, Calicut (Kerala)
Profile of NSS CollegeIt was founded by Swami Vishadnanda, President of Sree Ramakrishna Ashram, Palappuram and was formally inaugurated by Mrs. Prabhakaran Thampan on 10th July1961. In July1962, it was upgraded and shifted to the present site . The premises of the college consists mostly of donations from Smt. K.P.S. Menon and Sri. Vapala Sankaranrayanan Menon. At present this institution is a full fledged Grade 1 college with almost all subjects taught at the P.D.G. and Graduate level and with 5 Post-Graduate courses
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NAAC report of NSS College OttapalamSection I: Introduction
N S S College, Nemmara, Kerala, volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, (NAAC), Bangalore, and submitted the self-study report in July 2006. NAAC constituted a Peer team to visit the college and validate the Self Study Report (SSR). The Peer team comprised of Prof P.Ramaiah, former. Rector (Pro-V.C) Dr.B.R.Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad as Chairman; Dr. (Smt) Sheela Ramachandran, Principal, PSG College of Arts & Science, Coimbatore; and Prof.V.S.Karki, Principal, K.L.E Society's S Ninjalinappa College, Bangalore, as members. The Peer team visited the college from 17th to 19th October 2006. Dr.Latha Pillai, Advisor to NAAC ably co-ordinated the Peer Team visit to this institution of higher learning.
The Nair Service Society was established on 31st October 1940 to provide education to its community living in the entire state. The NSS College, Ottapalam was born out of the dreams of the great social reformer and visionary, Padmabhushan, Bharatha Kesari Mannathu Padmanabhan.
N S S College, Ottapalam, Palakkad District, Kerala, was established on 10th July 1961 to carry out the motto of the college, ie 'Let me be a lantern unto your feet'. The Nair Service Society is an organization, that extends from one end of the state to the other.
The mission of the college is 'Social Emancipation' and the objective is 'Empowerment to education and perfection through perseverance'. The goal of the college is ' Education for all'. In the initial stages of growth, Sri. V.P.Menon and Sri.K.P.S.Menon senior and Sri.K.R.Narayanan, former President of India provided guidance and help.
In the initial stage, the college was affiliated to the University of Kerala in 1961. Later the college was affiliated to the University of Calicut. The College is admitted under the grant-in-aid scheme by the Government of Kerala. The institution was recognized by the University Grants Commission under section 2(f) and 12-B.
The College is housed on 30 acres of land, situated in a rural area and is well planned and neatly maintained, with spacious buildings with good infrastructure. This college caters to the higher educational needs of the rural people covering an area of 30 K.m. In the beginning, the college started only UG programmes but later started PG programmes under grant-in-aid. The college offers 12 UG programmes and 5 PG Programmes. In the faculty of Science, there are 8 departments offering courses in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Computer Science and Electronics. In faculty of Arts, the courses offered are in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Sanskrit, Economics, History and Politics. Courses are also offered in Commerce under the Commerce Department. In addition, the college also has the Physical Education Department. The departments of Mathematics, English, Economics, Physics and Commerce offer PG programmes. The College has faculty strength of 75, out of which 46 are female and 29 male. Out of this 75 faculty members, 11 females and 3 males possess Ph.D degree and 9 female and 8 male possess M.Phil degree as their highest qualification. 26 female and 18 male possess P. G. as their highest qualification.
In addition to this, 8 guest lecturers work in this College. The faculty is supported by 13 administrative staff, 16 technical staff and 14 last grade staff. The college has a student population of 1314 at the U.G. level and 162 at the P G level. Out of 1314, girls students are 921 and boys are 393, and at P.G. level 125 girl students and 37 boys. Girls students constitute 65% of the student population There are 6 students from outside the state, ie. from Lakshadweep. The examination system followed by the college is annual system at the UG level and the semester system at the PG level. The college has good infrastructure facilities such as, Central Library, Hostel, Canteen, Sports Facilities, Grievance Redressal Cell, Non-resident waiting hall, different Clubs, NCC, NSS, Botanical garden and other support services.
The Peer team meticulously analysed the Self-Study Report submitted by the institution. During their three-day visit to the college, the team went through the relevant documents and visited the departments and facilities namely , academic, Curricular, Co-curricular, Sports, Infrastructural and extension service activities of the institution. The members of the Peer team also interacted with the Management, Principal, Faculty, Non-Teaching staff, representatives of the students, Parents, Alumni and Service beneficiaries of the college. Based on the above exercise and keeping in view the seven criteria identified by the NAAC, the Peer team has given its concerted and objective assessment of the institution in the following pages.
Section 2 : Criterion-Wise Analysis
Criterion I:Curricular Aspects
As an affiliated college of the University of Calicut, the NSS College, Ottapalam, follows the curriculum and regulations of the university. The syllabi incorporate main and subsidiary compartments with a certain amount of flexibility. The institution is permanently affiliated to University of Calicut. The College offers 12 UG and 5 PG courses. There are 8 departments in the Faculty of Science, 7 in the Faculty of Arts and one in the Faculty of Commerce. In the Faculty of Science, the departments are Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry, Mathematics, Zoology, Botany, Computer Science and Physics, Hindi, Malayalam, English (Language and Literature) and Economics are in the Faculty of Arts and Commerce department offers UG and PG programmes. A department of Physical Education also exists.
The college does not offer any other certificate or diploma courses. However, the college has applied for 5 Add-on courses to the UGC. The two new generation courses offered by the college are BSc Industrial Chemistry and BSc Computer Science. These two courses evolved from the feedback of the academic peers. The courses offered in Computer Science, Industrial Chemistry and additional coaching provided in the Department of English and Commerce are useful to the students for future career development. The courses offered at the P.G.level provide a keen interest to the students to opt for new programmes, and also provide for their progression. Courses like, Industrial Chemistry, Computer Applications, Taxation, English and Malayalam play a different role in their curriculum. Keen interest is also taken to teach the students to protect and concentrate on the cultural heritage of the area and state.
The college has contributed to the increase in women's education in the area, and girls form 65 percent of the total student strength of the college. Sixty percent of the students are from the rural or Lower Income Group families.
The college is affiliated to the University of Calicut and follows the annual pattern for the U.G. programmes and semester pattern for the P.G. programmes. Since the college is non-autonomous, it follows the syllabus of the parent University. However, this limitation is compensated by the departments conducting seminars, inviting resource persons, conducting inter-departmental discussions, assignments etc. The faculty members (6) also contribute to the change of syllabus, curriculum, etc. as members of various other academic bodies likes Boards of Studies, Question Paper Boards and other bodies. Three faculty members are the members of Senate and Syndicate of the Universities. The curriculum design and transaction focuses on teaching as well as overall development of the students. Subsidiaries like Political Science, History, Secretarial Practice, Electronics and Income Tax Law and Practice provide an opportunity for practical learning. Forty five percent of the faculty members are from the Science departments and 55 percent from the Languages and Social Sciences departments. Only 2 members are research guides. The college supports the University in its ventures to modify the syllabi, since it is aware of the need to include newer and research-oriented topics in the curriculum and to support enhancement of job related skills. The co-curricular activities of the college supported by the PTA and the alumni are very encouraging. The Department of Chemistry recently held one multi-disciplinary seminar on the most relevant topic of Kerala viz. Phytochemistry. An exhibition of medicinal plants was also held.
The institution has a genuine concern in the holistic development of the students, taking care of their psychological, social and educational needs. Association in respective subjects, clubs, and forums have been providing ample opportunities for co-curricular activities. Courses in Hindi and Sanskrit are offered as second language for Malayalam and non-Malayalam students.
Criterion II :Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
Teaching, learning and evaluation are carried on in a satisfactory manner in this college. Students are selected on the basis of merit at the qualifying examination. Twenty percent of the seats are reserved under Management quota and 10% seats are reserved for the community, But these seats are also filled by the management with the students who are economically poor, students with merit, and students from extreme rural areas. So far there is no complaint that the admissions are made on the above reservation method. Women students are given preference in the above mentioned quota. The college follows all the rules and regulations of the Government and University from time to time in case of admissions and academic regulations. The college adopts the rule of reservations in case of deprived sections of the society.
Learner-centred teaching is achieved through assignments, Projects, Seminars, Group Discussions, Quiz, Clubs, career guidance, study tours and others. All these form a part of internal components in the programmes. Bridge and remedial courses are conducted in the college. Teaching is made more learner-centric through the use of multimedia, computer based and OHP based classroom teaching and has created more interest in the students. Each department has a specific motto, vision, objectives and goals created for the overall development of the student in academic and curricular learning process. The concept of periodic Book Club reviews and the extra class for G.K. is also worth mentioning. These programmes motivate the students for their progression and research.
Evaluation and conduct of Bridge course in Spoken English for students of all subjects is done. The efforts of the Department of English in conducting the two-months programme on Communicative English and Personality Development of students of all departments is also well-recognised. Peer group remedial coaching for the academically weak students is a good effort. The fast learners through peer teaching gain greater clarity of thought and expression and are also encouraged additionally to participate in seminars and group discussions. Their literary talents are also brought out by them contributing to magazines and newsletters. Awards, endowments and scholarships are also given.
The syllabus is divided as per the Academic Teaching Plan. In case of P.G. programmes, the semester system is followed. Teaching plans are prepared as per the time frame fixed by the university. The syllabus is completed as per the schedule fixed by the college and university. Tutorial sessions are also held. Teachers are encouraged to adopt the innovative methods of teaching- learning.
There are adequate and experienced teachers in the college. Fourteen of the 75 fulltime permanent teachers are with PhD, while 22 have MPhil qualifications. Two teachers are in the FIP vacancies. Eleven of the teachers have cleared the UGC-NET/JRF examinations successfully. Teachers wish to constantly upgrade their knowledge.
It is noteworthy that UGC has funded Rs.6, 93,000 for minor research projects during 2004-2005. This is shared by the 15 teachers who have undertaken the minor projects, of which 2 are completed. It is laudable that 3 teachers have received prestigious teaching awards. The recruitment of teachers is done through a Selection Committee duly constituted , following the rules and regulations of the Director of Collegiate Education and University.
A good number of teachers have attended the International/ National/ State level seminars, workshops, orientation and refreshers courses in their subjects as participants/ resource persons. International and research publications(10) are found in the Departments of Chemistry, Commerce and in English. One faculty in Department of Hindi received the central Sahitya Academy award and 3 faculty members received awards from state government and other social organizations.
Student performance is being tested periodically through internal assessment tests (which carries 20 marks at PG level), assignments, seminars, group discussions and semester / year end examinations. It is observed that the pass percentage is 90 percent in the UG and 84 percent in the PG classes, with 66 percent of the UG and 68 percent of the PG students passing out with first class. This was seen to be possible because of the good system of planning and execution with the feedback.
The performance of the students in the departments like Chemistry, Mathematics, Commerce, Botany, Computer Science, Economics, Malayalam and English is very satisfactory.
The college takes meticulous care of the three focal points of campus life, namely, teaching, learning and evaluation. A good mix of different teaching methods are adopted including use of the slides, OHP, and power points, along with projects and field trips.
Criterion III : Research, Consultancy and Extension
The research and extension work are given major consideration by the faculty of the college. The college, though an affiliated one, has exhibited a good research culture among the teachers and students. Out of a total of 75 permanent and 8 temporary teachers , 14 are doctorates, 17 with M.Phil as the highest degree. Presently 2 teachers are on UGC sponsored FIP on full- time basis , and 14 teachers are doing part-time research. During the last 5 years , the college has attained funding for 17 UGC sponsored minor projects and from KSCSTE, for a total sum of Rs. 8.63 lakhs. Out of these, 3 (2 UGC & 1 KSCSTE) have been completed.
The college encourages teachers to take up research activities and supports by giving leave for FIP, and by providing infrastructure and laboratory facilities free of cost.
Three faculty members have international publications, and one faculty member was awarded the Central Sahitya Academy. One faculty member in the department of Mathematics has published 12 books and some of them are used as text books. The books published by the faculty members of English, Malayalam, Hindi, and research papers published by Botany, Zoology, Mathematics, Commerce and Chemistry illustrates the aptitude of the teachers in research. The students are also brought into the culture of research by training them to carry out projects in their course of study and are also encouraged in creative writing.
The Departments of Commerce and Chemistry are active in consultancy work, though not on a remunerative basis. The Department of Chemistry offers consultancy services to major and minor industries in the District particularly on Ayurveda.It facilitates training opportunities to the students in these industries.
The college makes a judicious mix of social service and retaining the culture of the society on the campus. The Department of Malayalam helps in promoting the traditional crafts of the cottage industry of Kerala, by encouraging the artisans through conduct of sales and exhibition on the campus. Mushroom cultivation was also demonstrated for LIG group near the campus. Students are also trained on campus through the Women's Cell in tailoring, craftwork and others to make them self - reliant.
The N.S.S.(3 Units) and N.C.C.(2 Units ) are also engaged in various activities. Lectures on health and hygiene by experts are part of the routine N.S.S. vacation camps. Academic extension activities to Plus - two students of nearby schools, and surveys on campus on the need for proficiency in English, were also conducted. The Government Higher Secondary School, East Ottapalam , has been adopted by the college for the purpose of extending their resources for the benefit the poor, backward and minority communities. Students of this school are permitted to use the computer facilities of the college. Plus - two teachers are also trained by various departments. The SCERT has identified the Departments of Malayalam & Botany for this.
Blood grouping of students on campus was done and the college maintains a blood group register for potential use by the local Hospitals. Traffic Safety Awareness was created by the N.C.C. cadets sponsored by the department of the District Motor Vehicles. Other programmes include AIDS awareness and environment awareness. It is noteworthy that the college created an awareness against sand mining of the local river, and also helped to construct a Check Dam on the river to conserve water.
On campus, the college has constructed 3 rainwater tanks for rainwater harvesting with the help of the Hon. Member of Parliament. Vermicomposting is also promoted on the campus.
The college has the distinction to be selected as the only college in the state for promoting floriculture under the RSVY scheme funded by the State Planning Board. The Department of Botany co-ordinates the activities of commercial cultivation of 2500 - bush jasmines on 1 acre; cultivation of flowers on 1.5 acres; and 1500 anthurium plants on 0.5 acre of land on campus. This promotes a platform for the young students to be trained for self-employement.
Criterion IV : Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college is located by the side of the main road near the beautiful small town of Ottapalam with an area of 30 acres. Master plan shows main building, library, ladies hostel, seminar hall, canteen, scooter shed, security room, students' rest room, space for indoor games, tailoring room, open air theatre, in addition to class rooms and labs. Ornamental gate and rain water storage tanks are also shown. Carpet area is 6435 sq.meters compared to the earlier 3780 sq.mt. The addition to infrastructure has been 2655 sq.mt.
The main building accommodates the office of the Principal, Administration Block, Departments of Botany, Computer Science, English, Malayalam, and in the first floor are the Departments of Commerce, Hindi , Zoology, Physics and Laboratories. In another building are the Departments of Chemistry, Physical Education , Economics, Chemistry labs , Seminar Hall and classrooms. Some of these are with asbestos roofing but good false ceiling is done. Classrooms are adequately equipped and furnished. The college has a good ladies' hostel, facilities for sports, N.C.C, N.S.S, and good museums. A separate building accommodates the library with good infrastructure . The premises of the college are well maintained. The Nair Service Society contributes towards the maintenance of the campus and buildings, in addition to the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) funds. The existing infrastructure is well utilized by the college and in free time the premises are used by school students under programme of promotion of excellence among gifted children and to conduct short-term refresher courses. Playgrounds are used for conducting inter-collegiate competitions, summer coaching camp for school children and as venue for art festivals. The Seminar hall is used for the conduct of National level seminars, symposia and as an auditorium. In the computer lab, classes are conducted for staff and students to improve their skills.
Academic facilities of the college are used by external agencies like mandal panchyath, gram panchayath & other Government agencies for conducting NIC, exhibition, eye camp, blood donation, deaddiction, literary drive camps, cultural festivals, relief camps (Tsunami) and as polling station during general elections.
The amount spent from 1978 to 2006 is Rs.35.8 lakhs. Amount spent on maintenance of existing building is Rs.1.5 lakhs annually. Source of income for modernizing laboratory and library facility and maintenance has been from PTA, Management, UGC projects and alumni. No grant has been received from Government in the last few years. Amount received from PTA is Rs.6.04 lakhs, U.G.C - Rs.7.9 lakhs, PG assistance- Rs. 3.64 lakhs and Management - Rs. 48.6 lakhs. Amount generated from research projects funded by U.G.C and KSCSTE for lab facilities is Rs.8.5 lakhs. Total outlay of research projects funded by UGC is Rs.8.63 lakhs. The college has received from the MP fund Rs. 1 lakh to equip the computer lab. An amount of Rs. 2.00 lakhs is received from MLA Development Fund for computerizing the library.
The library has around 39,500 books , 29 research journals, 32 periodicals, 5 dailies and newspapers. The library has the facilities like reprography, audiovisual equipments and computers. There is a Library Advisory Committee with the Principal as chairperson and all the Heads of the Departments as members. The committee supervises purchase of books, preparation of catalogue, enlisting of research publications, purchases, manual stock verification and book exhibition. Monthly meetings are held to review the activities and to attend to students' problems as per the feedback. Open Access System is followed in the college for the students of PG and index policy is adopted for the UG students .Computerization of library activities is in progress. The library is kept open from 9A.M to 4:30 P.M. on all working days.
There is no facility of computer center for developing computer aided learning materials. It is limited to the computer science department to help teachers in preparing discs for Powerpoint presentations and project reports. Maintenance of computers and their accessories is done with the assistance of a faculty member.
There is no health center on the campus but useful lectures on various topics on health education and other important topics are arranged. Medical expenses incurred by the members of the staff are reimbursed as per Government rules. The college has a good ladies hostel which accommodates 95 students .There are 9 students from Lakshadweep and all the expenses for these 9 students are borne by the Government .The mess charges are shared by the immates . The hostel is maintained by the students under the supervision of a faculty member. The college has many clubs and each club is headed by a faculty member. The member students work under their guidance and many of them are involved in social activities.
Physical and infrastructural facilities for sports and physical education include sports ground with football field, athletic track of 200 meters, volleyball court and badminton court in addition to the indoor games. The students from this college participate in the Inter-University games and sports like cricket (2), Volley ball (2), boxing (2), Pole vault jump (1) and others.
Incentives are given to outstanding sportsmen which include awards and scholarships. Two seats are kept reserved for outstanding sportsmen. Grace marks are given for those participating in Inter collegiate University level sports events. Mementos are given to winning teams.
Participation of students in sports meet in 2005-06 is noteworthy. There is a gold medallist who is also a University record holder in hammer throw. One is a silver medallist in Pole vault and another has a bronze medal in boxing. The college teams are zonal winners in football and runners up in cricket. In chess one student of this college represents the University. Thirty six students have participated in state level competitions.
Criterion V : Student Support and Progression
The college has adequate facilities to provide support services for the students. The student support services include scholarships and educational concessions from the Government and philanthropic agencies/ persons. Financial Aid available to students in this college includes scholarships from the state government and from the donors. Financial support is also extended to economically backward students and loan facility to the students. The facilities available for extra curricular activities such as performing of Arts and culture, social work and sports help the personality development of the students.
The updated prospectus of the N.S.S. college is published every year, which contains the profile of the college, details about the programmes offered, flexibility of courses and options, rules and regulations, facilities available on the campus, scholarships, Endowments and awards, Parent Teacher Association, yearly calendar and about the college and university, rules and regulations. The all-necessary detailed information is provided in the prospectus.
The college has career guidance cell to help the students for their support and progression. Teachers also involve in academic and personal counseling to the students, by way of arranging study tours, project works, encouraging the students to participate in cultural programmes and activities, essay writing and elocution competition, sports and involving them in other social activities. Co-curricular and extra curricular activities are also encouraged through clubs (Book club, Nature Club Speakers' Forum, Women's Club etc). Publication of college magazine, commerce museum , Students' Council, literary and other associations. These opportunities would help the students for their all-round development of personality.
The Principal and Heads of the departments encourage the students for career guidance and for good vertical progression. One ex-student has been elected as Member of Parliament, one as Member of Legislative Assembly, one as DIG police. Eight students of this college have joined as lecturers in this college. Four of them joined in University service, one joined in Central Excise, one joined in TFRI, 3 joined as Scientists, 2 of them are Syndicate members. Five are working as Doctors; 10 have joined as school teachers and few of them occupy important positions and help the college academic front.
Feedback from students is taken by way of parent-teacher- student interaction session and tutorial sessions. Parents give feedback about teaching programmes. Feedback is also collected annually by circulating a questionnaire among the senior students. Feedback is used for improvement wherein new canteen is constructed, old canteen remodeled into multipurpose hall, more journals subscribed to departments, counseling services organized.
Placement Cell was started in November 2005 helped the students to seek employment. Two Zoology students were selected by Torrent Pharmaceuticals; 17 students were short-listed by Apex Private Ltd., and 6 by Eureka Forbes during 2005-06. Students were motivated for self-employment by organizing floriculture programme funded by State Planning Board and tailoring and embroidery classes by Women's Cell to encourage 'earn while they learn'.
The Alumni Association is very committed and strong. Executive committee members of the department alumni form an apex body which consists of 150 members. General body meeting of the alumni is held once or twice in a year. Support & contribution from alumni is by them being resource persons of the college, financially and academically. Ornamental Gate and a classroom named Rajatha Smrithi constructed out of funds provided by alumni is noteworthy. Policy and criteria of admission to prospective students is available through prospectus, handbook and calendar, published by the college annually.
Progression to higher studies at UG level is 30% & PG level 15%. Progression towards employment is 35% at UG level & 55% at PG level and for self-employment it is 10% at UG level & 20% at PG level as per the information collected from alumni.
The list of alumni holding prominent position is 39, which includes MP, MLA, DIG of Police, Professor at USA, Korea, Paris, Finland; Magistrate, Scientist in IISC, playback singer, cine director, and Research scholar.
Number of students who passed SLET, IAS, GRE, TOEFL, GMAT is nil. 10% of students are shown to have passed UGC, CSIR and NET examinations.
Criterion VI : Organization And Management
The N.S.S. Education Society is running 201 institutions in the entire state. They consist of schools, B.Ed colleges, Polytechnics, Engineering colleges, Arts and Science and Commerce colleges (23). In addition to this, the management has also started Working Women Hostels and service organizations. The management is headed by the President of the society. The General Secretary of the management looks after all the institutions assisted by one Asst. Secretary. The Registrar also involved in the administration. The Education Secretary deals directly with this college The management has created a clear-cut administrative system to look after the colleges and other institutions. Among these colleges there is a provision for transfer of staff from one institution to the other. The General Secretary attends all the overall policy making meetings of the college.
The college has an efficient internal co-ordinating mechanism for implementing the various activities and programmes. The Principal acts as a liaison between the college and the external agencies like the management, government and the University. The College Council consisting of the Principal, Heads of the departments and selected representatives of the faculty, acts as an advisory body and has a decisive role in policy making as well as internal administration. The council also constitutes committees for specific purposes on an adhoc basis. The Administration Monitoring Committee, Academic Committee and the Planning Board, constituted in July 2001 take care of the day-to-day administration of the college.
The Administration Monitoring Committee periodically helps in the monitoring of the office and conducts capacity building programmes for the non-teaching staff of the office and the departments. Four training programmes have been conducted on office procedures, computer training and public relations, etc, with in-house resource persons and from government agencies.
The Academic Committee prepares the academic calendar, helps the teachers to prepare the work plan and monitors all the academic activities of the college to enhance efficiency. This sort of an internal planning and monitoring mechanism ensures participatory approach and good implementation.
The Students' Grievance Redressal Cell functions as per the University's regulations. In the college it operates at two levels for voicing and redressal of students and staff separately. Grievances on the internal assessment may be addressed at each department level by a committee comprising of the HOD and 2 staff members. If not satisfied, it may be addressed by the college level grievance redressal cell comprising of the Principal and all HODs. The Principal and the College Council deal with the appeals of the staff.
Being an aided institution, the college collects only the fees as prescribed by the government and the University. The tuition fees are remitted to the State Government. The college utilizes the special fees only for the items approved by the government. It must be noted here that a PTA fund is collected at the time of admission and an internal audit by the Management is done for the PTA fund and the Management fund. It is worth mentioning here that the other type of fee collection is done in tune with the mission of the Management to provide education to the socially and economically backward communities.
The loans available to the teaching and non-teaching staff are only that of the government, credit society, Nationalized banks and LIC.
The management has provided a college canteen, reprographic facility, women's hostel and a common room for non-resident girl students as welfare measures. However, the management sincerely supports academic and research pursuits. Hence it has attempted at co-ordinating and streamlining the research activities of its institutions under 3 zones through a consortium of research committees.
Though there is no Department of Management Sciences, 2 faculty members possess a MBA degree which helps in the effective administration of the college. A warm relationship between the academic and administrative staff is the strength of the college.
Criterion VII :Healthy Practices
The N.S.S. College, Ottapalam has got good healthy practices to its credit.
Contribution of Management for the development of the institution and autonomy given to the Principal.
Value based education is emphasized through Seminars, Workshops, visits by eminent personalities and social work.
Every department has its own mission and vision.
Personality Development classes and Spoken English classes are conducted for better student progression.
Bridge course to non-Hindi students is organized and two months certificate course in spoken English by the Department of Hindi and English.
Work diaries are maintained by all teachers in all departments
Rajalakshmi Foundation exists in the Malayalam department for creative writing.
Crude drug specimens (Ayurvedic) are collectd and kept by the department of Chmistry for the benefit of students from Ayurveda Colleges for innovations of new medicines.
The college is making an all round personality development of students by encouraging them to achieve distinction in curricular, co-curricular and sports besides honoring the achievers.
The cultural activities of the students on the campus are excellent.
Different types of clubs in the campus help the students
The numerical skill classes for all students exists in the campus.
Computer Science training programme for non-computer science students and teachers.
Sports activities are funded by the local people.
Organizing study tours to the students.
Teacher-student interaction and involvement of students and faculty in various activities at the college.
Financial support extended to academically disadvantaged sections by way of fee concessions, Endowment scholarships, student loan facility.
Extra books are provided to the outstanding students.
Remedial and peer teaching is prevalent in the campus.
Section 3: Overall Analysis
The Peer team after pursuing the self-study report and assessing the various academic and infrastructural facilities of N S S College, Ottapalam, Kerala, affiliated to the University of Calicut, is much impressed by the goals and objectives of the Institution in the case of promoting higher education in the surrounding areas of Ottapalam.
The college has made a significant progress in enlarging its academic activities by offering UG and PG Programmes. Besides this , the college has applied for add - on courses in the Departments of Commerce, Physics, Computer Science, Economics and Zoology. The Department of English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Commerce, Botany, Malayalam, Hindi are heading towards competency building. The PG Departments were started long back and they maintain the quality of education and student progression. The research by the faculty members in the departments like Hindi, English, Chemistry, Commerce and Mathematics are appreciable. The faculty members from the Department of Political Science, English and Malayalam may be encouraged further to achieve heights in the field of culture and social work. The research and publications culture is prevalent in this rural institution. Teachers shoulder the responsibilities by adopting appropriate teaching - learning methods for students.
The method of evaluation of the students and teachers in this institution is satisfactory. Extension activities carried out by the college is appreciable. The college has sufficient infrastructural facilities. Organisation and Management are efficient, democratic and transparent. The college has earned a good name for important quality education in this area.
While appreciating the progress of this institution, the Peer team would like to suggest the following for future development of the institution based on the policy of the Government / University / Management.
B.Com with Computer Applications and Taxation with Computer Application may be started.
The college can offer some more innovative and job - oriented courses like, Retail Marketing, Financial and Marketing Management.
The College may think of introducing MBA, M.Sc in Industrial Chemistry and M A in Malayalam.
Research programmes may be started in the Departments of English, Mathematics, Commerce, Economics and Physics.
A course on Cosmentology, and Herbal Chemistry may be started.
A certificate course on Office Management and Electronics may be offered.
A certificate course in designing and Fashion Technology may be planned.
A certificate course on traditional arts like Kathakali, and Koodiyattam, may be started in collaboration with Kerala Kalamandalam.
More number of research journals may be subscribed to in order to cater to the needs of PG students and faculty.
The Placement Cell may be made more active to enhance the number of placements of the students.
The NSS College, Ottapalam, has earned a good name in imparting higher education and a sense of discipline to the younger generation since its establishment..The college is fortunate to have committed Management, Principal and Staff for its continued advancement .The college should continue to strive hard to sustain the reputation earned through the collective efforts of the Management, Principal, faculty and non-teaching staff. The Peer team expresses its happiness to the Principal, the co-ordinator, the teaching faculty and the non- teaching staff for their concerted efforts. The Peer team wishes all the best to this promising institution to reach new academic heights in the coming years.
Prof. P. Ramaiah (Chairperson)
Dr. Sheela Ramachandran (Member)
Prof. V.S.Karki (Member)
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