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NSS College, Pandalam, Kerala


NSS College, Pandalam, Kerala
Pandalam (District Pathanamthitta)
Kerala, India
Pin Code : 689501

NSS College, Pandalam Kerala is a recognised institute / college. Status: Aided. NSS College, Pandalam Kerala was established on / in 1950.

Principal of NSS College, Pandalam Kerala is Dr.G.Madhukumar.

NSS College is situated in Pandalam of Kerala state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Pandalam comes under Adoor Tehsil, Pathanamthitta District.

email ID(s) is NSS College Pandalam Kerala

Website of NSS College, Pandalam Kerala is http:// www.nsscollegepandalam.org.

Contact Details of NSS College, Pandalam Kerala are : +91-473-4252221

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NSS College, Pandalam Kerala runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
BSc. Physics
Bsc. Mathematics
Bsc. Chemistry
Bsc. Botany
BSc. Zoology
BSc. Food Science & Quality

Control (Vocational Course):
BA. English
BA. History
BA. Economics
BA. Malayalam
BA. Sancrict
BA Politics
BA Hindi
BCom (Tax Procedure & Practise)

Post Graduation:
MA Economics
MA History
MSc Zoology
MA English
MSc. Botany
MSc Physics
MSc Chemistry

Approval details: NSS College is affiliated with Kerala University, Trivandrum (Kerala)

Profile of NSS College

NSS College, Pandalam was established in 1950, by the Nair Service Society . Facilities for sports include a stadium, 12-station multi gym, courts for football, volleyball, tennis etc., As part of extension , the college provides training in Vermicomposting, Freshwater fish culture, soil analysis, Mushroom cultivation etc., to the people of nearby areas. Among the development goals of the college are the establishment of Research centres in English, Botany and Economics, starting of PG courses in Hindi, Biochemistry and Mathematics, Consultancy in DRC, Foundation course in Research Methodology, and setting up of an indoor stadium.

Research: Approved research centre in Zoology. Offers Biodiversity, Taxonomy, toxicology, Hydrobiology and Entomology as specialization at doctoral level. Three major and 14 minor projects ( Rs.22 lakhs)- from UGC, KSCST, SERC etc., Published Papers : 44 in approved journals

Media coverage of NSS College, Pandalam Kerala, Kerala

NAAC report of NSS College

NSS College, Pandalam in Kerala State was started as a Second Grade College offering Intermediate Courses in the year 1950. This institution was upgraded to a Degree College in 1952 with introduction of B. Sc in Mathematics and B.A in Economics. At present NSS College is offering degree in 15 combinations and P.G. in Seven disciplines. This is a private aided college affiliated to University of Kerala.

The college has a clear vision and mission to be attained through objectives. The vision is 'Imparting knowledge to gain wisdom and to liberate the individual from all bondages to build up a better world'. The mission being to 'to educate and illuminate the young generations to build up a strong and progressive nation where the rich values and traditions are upheld'. The institution believes that education is the right means for solving the problems of the society as well as individual.

NSS College was included in UGC list U/s 2(f) and 12(B) in 1950. This is a rural college serving agricultural families of Pathanathita Dist. in Kerala. The college offers 7 post graduate and 15 under graduate courses in arts, science and commerce. There are 106 permanent faculties, among them 22% (23) have Ph.D and 56% (57) have M.Phil degrees. There are 10 full time temporary lecturers, 1 part time lecturer and 1 full time management appointed lecturer. 14% (17) of the teachers completed UGC NET, SLET exams. The faculty development programmes availed by teachers in 2004-2005 are 19 and 2005-06 are 14. There are 76 members on the roll of the non-teaching staff. The present student strength of the college is 1696 in UG 2006-07 and 199 in PG in all. 8 Research scholars are working for Ph. D in the Department of Zoology. The noteworthy feature of this institution is that girls out number the boys 69% in UG and 84% in PG are women. Dropout rate is around 3.1% only.

Thirteen minor and major UGC Research Projects are in progress. Five projects have already been completed. The College organized 8 National Seminars in the last five years. 71 teachers out of 106 have participated in seminars at different institutions spread all over the country. 13 teachers attended refresher courses. Several teachers completed Ph. D / M. Phil utilizing FIP of UGC.

The College is having 42 computers. A partially computerised library with 43840 books and 65 journals is supporting the faculty and students.

The College campus extends over 27 acres, with a built up area of 9,600 Sq. Mts. Sufficient number of class rooms are available in the campus but they are appreciably furnished. One hostel for women is maintained by the college. A Canteen and an Auditorium are available. A study centre of Kerala university is also functioning in the campus.

The unit cost of education with salary component is Rs. 21,985/- and excluding salary is Rs. 7,889/-. The College receives grant-in-aid from Govt. of Kerala. Scholarships to students belonging to SC/ST are also being sanctioned by the Dept. of Social Welfare of the State. Cash awards to needy and deserving students are given by the college.

NSS College, Pandalam, volunteered to be assessed and accredited by NAAC. As a first step in this process the college submitted its SSR to NAAC, Bangalore in December 2006.

In turn NAAC constituted the following Peer Team to visit the college from 21.03.2007 to 23.03.2007.

Prof. B. Hanumaiah, Chair Person
(Former Vice-Chancellor,
Mangalore University),
At Present Prof. of Physics,
Karnatak University,
Dharwad, Karnataka.

Prof. G. Somasundaram, Member
Former Principal,
S.V. Arts College for Men,
Tirupati. Andhra Pradesh

Prof. Dhulasi Birundha Varadarajan, Member Coordinator
Prof. & Head, Dept. of Environmental Economics
School of Economics,
Madurai Kamaraj university, Madurai.
Tamil Nadu

The Peer Team visited NSS College, examined the physical facilities, interacted with Principal, Staff, Students, Management, Alumni and Parents. The Team also verified the records. After all these exercises the following report is prepared and submitted to NAAC.

SECTION-II Criterion Wise Analysis
Criterion-I : Curricular Aspects:
The goal, vision and mission of the college is clearly stated. The College is working with the belief that 'education is the right means for solving the problems of the society as well as the individual'. Having this as its aim the institution is striving hard for the integral development of the personality of the students. The teachers are found to give priority to qualitative teaching, strong bondage between teachers and the taught and friendly approach among students exists. Thus, the college is maintaining a pleasant feeling among the stake holders, the employees and the management.

This college is offering 22 combinations / programmes in Sciences, Arts and Commerce at UG and PG levels. Research leading to Ph. D Degree is offered in the department of Zoology. In addition to these 6 add on courses are also offered. As this is an affiliated college, curriculum prescribed by Kerala University is followed in all courses. There is no autonomy to the college in framing and planning curriculum. But, some senior teachers (12) are members of Board of Studies of the University and are actively participating in framing and updating the curriculum. The college has introduced three UGC sponsored add on courses in E- Marketing, E- Banking, Insurance and Risk Management as value added courses in commerce Department.

Semester system is followed in all PG courses and B. Com (Comp. Appl.) and annual system is followed in all UG courses.

Computer training is made compulsory to all PG students. The college provides Internet browsing facility to students at a subsidized rate. Value based education is introduced at all levels in the form of invited lectures by eminent philanthropists and spiritual leaders.

The admission process is transparent. A pass in Higher Secondary School is required for admission in Degree classes. In respect of PG courses the cutoff marks are between 45% & 50% depending upon the course and are in accordance with government guidelines.

Advanced learners are given challenging exercises to solve. They are also being given peer group teaching assignments - this is a novel, appreciable feature. Slow learners are given extra support in the form of remedial coaching.

Students are encouraged to participate actively in academic activities, like seminars, career orientation programmes and extension activities to get in touch with latest knowledge.

Rules of Govt. of Kerala and Kerala University are followed for admission to various courses. In all cases rules of reservation are strictly followed. Ratio of applications to admissions varies between 1:1 (Sanskrit) and 20:1 (Physics) in respect of of UG courses and 3:1 (Commerce) and 20:1 (Economics) in respect of PG courses.

Newly admitted students are inducted into the courses by the tutors of respective departments. They also identify the strengths and weakness of new students. Based on this information tutorial classes are planned for the ensuing academic sessions. Bridge courses are being designed for the benefit of weak students. Text books are distributed to students belonging to disadvantaged communities. Each department is made to prepare a calendar of its own incorporating university calendar. This enabled the department to plan its annual activities well in advance.

Lecture method of teaching is mostly followed in Arts, Science and Commerce subjects. Assignments and Mini Projects are given to students in their areas of interest to build confidence. Science students are given to do practicals in addition to lecture classes. A number of learner centered activities like group discussions, field trips, laboratory experiments are taken up to make learning interesting and lively.

LCD, OHP, E-Learning are some of the modern teaching aids in use in this institution. Tutorial system is provided to all students as a general support. Periodical tutorial meetings are held to assist the students in all aspects viz, academic, co-curricular, extra curricular and personal. This is well received by the students. Under the supervision of tutor, concerned parent - teacher - student interactive sessions are held twice a year. Weak students are given remedial coaching, reading materials etc., are made available to improve their performance. For PG course 25 marks are awarded through continuous assessment, in UG programme for science 10 % of marks and for B.Com 20% marks are awarded under the internal assessment programme.

Appointment of teaching & non-teaching staff is made according to work load following state government and university rules.

Teachers are encouraged to improve their qualifications and skills. The management is liberal in permitting teachers to go on study leave under FIP (about 13 teachers are benefited under this scheme in the last five years). Part-Time research by faculty is also being encouraged. Women are being given proper representation in all respects.

The teacher is made to submit a self appraisal report to the Principal. In turn the Principal scrutinizes these reports with the help of HOD concerned. The observations thereon are made known to teachers for future guidance. The feed back from the students is adopted in three stages. Parent-Teacher-Student interaction sessions, tutorial sessions and feed back collection is made by circulating a format.

Periodical staff meetings are held to monitor the progress of academic and other activities in the college. Seminars are held frequently to supplement class room teaching.

Continuous assessment in the form of class tests, debates, checking attendance is made compulsory for PG students as per Kerala University regulations. Model examinations and short notice tests are conducted in case of UG courses. Parents are informed of the progress of their wards. Monthly attendance particulars are put on the notice board. Students are briefed on the question paper pattern and mode of valuation. Model question papers of previous exams are made available to students. Old question papers of University exams in all the subjects are also kept in the central library.

Dropout rate is around 3.1%. Results of UG courses is ranging between 55% and 85% and of PG courses 87% to 92% (2005-06). Results of science stream are better than other streams.

NSS College is having a separate forum for coordinating research and extension activities. Infrastructural facilities are provided to all teachers working for Ph. D or M. Phil programmes. Study leave is given to teachers for completing Ph. D under FIP of UGC.

All PG students are made to do project work in respective disciplines. This enables them to get introduced to research activities.

PG departments of Zoology and Chemistry have all facilities for conducting research projects. Department of Zoology is an identified research centre of the University of Kerala. Currently eight research scholars are working for Ph. D in this department. As many as 13 UGC funded Major / Minor research projects are in progress in various departments like English, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, and Commerce. 16 teachers are engaged in part time research.

Some of these departments also receive funds from agencies like Kerala State Council of Science, Technology and Environment, SERC, Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, Sir Ratan Tata Trust, Mumbai and Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram. A few collaborative research projects are also in progress in English & Zoology Departments.

Faculty members of NSS College have published 44 research papers in different journals of standard in the last five years. A few books authored by teachers are also published.

Departments of Zoology, Chemistry, Botany and Economics are providing consultancy to the needy farmers and entrepreneurs free of cost.

PG departments of Zoology, Botany and Physics conducted a science exhibition in 2006. Many school children visited this exhibition and are benefited. A photo exhibition on Kerala History titled'Chithira Tirumnal - from cradle to grave' was held by department of History of NSS College.

Three NSS units and one NCC unit are functioning in the college. These units are found excelling in their activities. Some of the programmes takenup by volunteers / cadets include Blood donation, AIDS awareness, Environmantal awareness etc. a nature club, one Entrepreneurship Development Club are helping students in enriching their knowledge in respective area. Active participation of teachers and students is evident.

Projects like 'Mushroom cultivation for unemployed Women' of the Department of Botany, 'Soil Analysis Programme' of the Department of Chemistry are well received by the public.

Certain departments viz Chemistry, Botany and Zoology are having national and international linkages for furthering their research activities. The department of political science has organized a study on women in Pandalam Panchayat through their participation in Kudumbasree project.

A total outlay of Rs. 20,07,500/- is received by the college as funding from agencies like UGC, Kerala State Council for Science & Technology and Environment, govt. of India, Sir Ratan Tata Trust, etc.

The institution is having 118 class rooms and 19 laboratories. Sufficient furniture, power and water supply are provided by the management. The college library is having 43840 books on stacks. Subscription is being made for 8 dailies and 24 periodicals.

Two Computers with a Printer is available in the Central Library. 'Gerantha Soft' is installed in the Computer and is in operation. Daily about 100 students and 35 teachers visit the library. Open access system is made available to all users in the library. Another computer with internet connectivity is kept in the library for use by the students. Photostat facility is also extended to all at reasonable rate.

A separate room is given to 10 Kerala BN, NCC, for maintaining their office. The college provides necessary accommodation and facilities for conduct of NSS activities.

A number of Co-Curricular, Extra Curricular activities are being taken up by the institution to promote the artistic and scientific talents inherent in students.

The department of Physical Education is having two Selection Grade lecturers. A Foot Ball field and Athletic track are also available. Thus, Physical facilities for encouraging Sports & Games appears to be satisfactory, but failing to produce sports persons at the inter-collegiate and inter-university levels.

Separate resting room for Women students is provided. But it requires to be furnished well. A seminar hall and two science laboratories are under construction to meet the increasing demand with the introduction of new course in Physics and Chemistry.

65 women students stay in women's hostel. The hostel has 24 rooms located in close vicinity of the college. The maintenance of the infrastructure is looked after by Nair Service Society. It is observed that the available infrastructure is being put to optimum use.

The student strength in 2006-07 is 1895 of which 1413 are girls and 482 are boys. All the students belong to the State of Kerala. Parents annual income of 61% students is below Rs. 25,000/-. 20% of students belong to SC / ST communities and 11% OEC. Educational background of 60% of parents is upto SSLC and agriculture is their main occupation. On an average 60% of UG students and 80% of PG students are opting for higher studies.

Those seeking employment are absorbed in defence service, banking, railways, police and teaching. In the last five years, 65 students have appeared for UGC, CSIR, NET Exams.

Every year NSS College is publishing its prospectus giving details of courses offered, selection process, fees and other aspects. This document is of much use to students. A number of scholarships are given to students by State / Central Governments. In addition to these, the college is giving fee concession to the deserving.

Though the tutorial system is in practice, teachers are counselling students both in curricular and personal matters. There is a separate women's counseling centre under the care of women's study unit of the college.

Many alumni of the college are occupying top positions in the society in the fields of Arts, Education and Administration. Alumni of the college are meeting twice in a year and are found guiding the institution to progress. The Alumni Association is registered.

A few firms are conducting campus interviews for recruitment. Six students got employed through this exercise in 2006.

Students are actively participating in Inter University
Co-Curricular and Extra Curricular activities. Winners are given incentives by the college.

Students of the college won Gold and Silver medals in Boxing and Wrestling respectively in 2004 and Gold in Boxing (2006) at the State Level. They have also represented at National level.

Cadets and Volunteers of NCC and NSS are very active. Many of them attended National Camps held at various places in the Country. In order to encourage talented students an annual arts festival is being held in the college.

Principal is the Chief Executive of the college monitoring both academic and administrative affairs in the campus. A Staff Council with all Heads of Departments as members helps the Principal in academic matters like students attendance, conduct of tests, examinations and evaluation. The council meets six to eight times in a year.

Office administration is done by a senior Superintendent. Office is partially computerized. The office is manned by 3 persons in supervisory cadre and 19 in clerical cadre.

The institution is constructing a new block for Chemistry department. Plans to introduce more number of career oriented - add-on courses are also on cards.

NSS College Central Committee makes appointments to permanent posts by calling applications through advertisement in National News Papers. This recruitment is made according to rules in force. The present ratio of teachers to non-teaching staff is 3:2.

As per State Government guide-lines, teachers are made to submit a self appraisal form annually. This is scrutinised by Staff Council and Principal. The observations of Council are passed on to teachers for future guidance. This information is also taken into consideration at the time of promotion to higher cadres. In respect of administrative staff, Principal prepares annual confidential reports of individuals and recommends to the management for promotion.

Fee collection is done as per university rules. Grant-in-Aid given by State Government is used to run the college. A number of welfare measures like PF, GIS, Medical reimbursement and Festival advances are in operation for the benefit of staff members.

Accounts of the institution are audited periodically by Local Fund Audit Department and A.G's Office. No major audit objections are pending.

The college is found striving hard to achieve Total Quality Management.
Teachers are permitted to avail academic leave under UGC - FIP for improving their qualifications.

Staff Council is given due importance in the decision making process.
Library is partially computerized.

Students are encouraged to participate in social activities through NCC & NSS. The Women study unit is found very active.

Deserving students are given financial aid and fee concession.

In order to encourage talented students art exhibitions and get-togethers are arranged.

Educational tours and excursions are arranged for recreation to staff and students.

Remedial classes are taken to help weak students. Advanced students are encouraged to prepare projects and participate in seminars and debates at State and National levels.

Campus is declared as a plastic free zone.

Distinguished alumni is invited to interact with students to boost their morale.

Suitable action is taken on erring students specially ragging and eve teasing.

Students are made to feel social responsibility by actively participating in extension programmes like train the local farmers in acqua culture, vermi composing, legal education programme for girls etc. many of the above programmes are student centered.

Invited talks by renewed speakers have been organized by the college to inculcate Human Values in students. The nature club of the college takes special care to impart environmental and ecological awareness among the students. To generate the socialization habit of students in the society, the mini projects are assigned to students on topics of relevance of local issues. The disciplinary committee keeps a protocol to take strict action against the misconduct of the students.

NSS College, Pandalam was started as an institution imparting Intermediate Education in 1950. During 1952 this was upgraded in to a Degree College and in 1964 to a Post Graduate college. The service being rendered by this institution to the cause of Higher Education to the State of Kerala in particular and the country in general is highly appreciable.
The performance could further be improved if the following observations are taken care of:

The peer team noticed that the class room furniture is very old and inadequate. The management should take immediate measures to procure good furniture to classrooms.

42 computers for a strength of 1895 students and more than 200 staff members is inadequate. A separate computer lab with at least 50 computers is to be made available to suit the requirements.

There is a need to develop an instrumentation centre to give an opportunity to students for improving their technical skills.

Students and staff should be made to use library facilities more effectively, as only one-third of the students and staff are found using the library regularly.

Active research is noticed only in selected departments. All departments should be made to take up research activities seriously.

FIP of UGC can be utilized by many more teachers.

The institution can plan to organize more number of seminars especially of inter disciplinary nature.

Alumni of the college can be used in a much better manner

Placement Cell, Grievance redressal Cell and Information Guidance Cell of the college should be made more functional.

College can think of having own transport facility to commute day scholars

Non-Teaching staff should be motivated to use computers in office administration.

The students are requiring introduction of subjects like Computer Application, IT, Management, Biotechnology, Microbiology and Journalism at Degree and PG levels.

Grievance cell shall be made more purposeful and active.

Physical Education Department shall take steps to train students for Inter University events. Yoga classes shall also be taken up for the benefit of the students.

The Department of English is to expedite the establishment of common language lab with the UGC assistance.

Steps should immediately be taken to convert these into gas ovens or steam cooking as food in the hostel and in the canteen is prepared in firewood ovens.

Steps are to be taken up to widen the scope of Spoken English courses and add on courses.

Many students wanted a continuous power supply and water supply during practicals and also during nights in the hostel.

The Peer Team thanks NAAC, the management of NSS College, the staff, students, parents and alumni for their cooperation during this visit.

Prof. B. Hanumaiah, Chair Person
(Former Vice-Chancellor,
Mangalore University),
At Present Prof. of Physics,
Karnatak University,
Dharwad, Karnataka.

Prof. G. Somasundaram, Member
Former Principal,
S.V. Arts College for Men,
Tirupati. Andhra Pradesh

Prof. Dhulasi Birundha Varadarajan, Member Coordinator
Prof. & Head, Dept. of Environmental Economics
School of Economics,
Madurai Kamaraj university, Madurai.
Tamil Nadu

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