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Government Women College, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kerala
Government Women College, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), Kerala
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) (District Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum))
Government Women College, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) Kerala is a recognised institute / college. Status: Government.
Government Women College, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) Kerala was established on / in 1864.
Principal of Government Women College, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) Kerala is Dr.K.Lalitha.
Government Women College, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) Kerala is situated in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) of Kerala state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) comes under Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) Tehsil, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) District.
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Contact Details of Government Women College, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) Kerala are : +91-471-2324986, 491682, 490073
Government Women College, Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) Kerala runs course(s) in Arts stream(s).
Government Women College is affiliated with Kerala University, Trivandrum (Kerala)
Profile of Government Women CollegeThe Government College for Women had its beginnings in the Sircar girls school , started in 1864 by the Royal family of erstwhile Travancore . It was elevated to the status of a first grade college in 1920 and was affiliated to the Madras University till the founding of the University of Travancore in 1937. Miss Sarah Blunt was the first principal. Students of this college usually bag top ranks in the University examinations. Noted Poetess Sugatha Kumari, Playback singer K S Chitra etc., are some of the better known alumni of the college. The English Audio club is unique to the college and functions on the objective of promoting English Language Teaching. The Human Value Club, Save Green Club, Quiz club, Debate Club all contribute their share to making the college distinctive . The Career Guidance and Placement Cell promotes awareness about jobs and careers.
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NAAC report of Government Women College - ThiruvananthapuramSection 1 - Preface
Government College for Women Thiruvananthapuram Kerala State volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC) and submitted the Self Study Report to NAAC in February 2005. A Peer Team was constituted by the Council to visit the institution and validate the Self Study Report. The Peer Team consisting of Professor Muthiah Mariappan, former Vice Chancellor, Bharatidasan University, Trichy as chairman,
Dr. S.P. Rajagopalan, Dean, CDC University of Madras as member and Professor Joyce, Principal, Teresian College Mysore as member-coordinator visited the institution for three days from 21st June to 23rd June 2005.
The said college was established in the year 1897 by the then Maharaja of Travancore and is affiliated to the University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram.
The college has 24 departments offering 16 UG programmes, 16 PG programmes and Ph.D programmes in arts and science and commerce.
The college is located at a site with an extent of 10.65 acre campus in Thiruvananthapuram city. The college was recognised under 2(f) and 12(B) by UGC Act in the year 1972. There are 125 permanent teachers on the roll of whom 48 are Ph.D holders. The non-teaching staff number is 54. There are 2672 students on roll persuing various UG, PG diploma/certificate and Ph.D courses.
The dropout rate is about 11% with a high success rate of about 90%. The unit cost of education including salary component works amount to Rs 28426.98 and excluding the salary component Rs 1621.2.
The Peer Team carefully perused and analysed the Self Study Report submitted by the institution. During institutional visit, the team browsed through all the relevant documents and visited facilities/centres of academic, co-curricular, extra-curricular, sports and extention activities of the instition.
The Peer Team interacted at length with the governing body, the head of the college, teaching faculty, non-teaching staff, students, parents and alumni of the college. Based on the interaction with constituent members and keeping in mind the 7 criteria set by the NAAC, and visit to the physical infrastructural facilities, the assessment of the institution under the given criteria, the commendable features of the institution as well as issues of concern are given in the following sections.
Section 2 - Criterion-wise analysis
Criterion - I: Curricular Aspects
In tune with the declared objectives, the institution presently has 24 departments. They offer 16 UG programmes in arts, science and commerce and 16 PG and and Ph.D programmes in arts and science.
Some of the programmes are conventional while some departments (Industrial Microbiology, Home Science and Economics) offer job oriented programmes approved by the University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram. However, the variable components of the programmes have been so chosen as to reflect and serve the objectives set out in the mission of the institution.
The college has judiciously chosen the major combinations to derive optimum advantage through inter-disciplinary programmes.
The majority of the staff members across the departments evince keen interest in updating their knowledge and raising the level of instruction to the students. Several members of the staff of this college are members of the University Syndicate and Academic Council and also in the University academic bodies like Board of Studies/Examinations etc. The admission, fee structure, curriculum design and examination pattern are as per the norms of the University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram. To take higher education to the poorest of the poor and the needy, the college has indeed put in place quite a few facilities like bridge courses for the new entrants, remedial programmes for the academically challenged and separate stream of enrichment programmes for the bright and advanced learners. It is noteworthy that these remedial and enrichment programmes are being conducted uniformily by all the departments on holidays also as is evidenced by the documents maintained by them. As an affiliated college with little freedom to design and programme, it has chosen the best combinations within the limited option so as to dovetail the same to the needs and requirements of this region.
Several departments, through their membership in the boards of study have initiated steps to redesign the courses to make them adequately reflect the regional needs and national policies. The views of the members of the governing body and the feedback from the teaching community of the college are used to lobby the university for appropriate review and redesign of the programmes. The instruction methodology and the tools employed coordinate well with the knowledge skill proportion of 80:20 as envisaged by the Common Universities Act.
The college also offers diploma/certificate courses, through the Continuing Education Subcentre, a variety of courses in computer application, fashion-design, beauticians courses etc. This reflects the anxiety of the college to offer programmes with diversity, flexibility and marketability to learners.
Criteria - II: Teaching-Learning and Evaluation
At the beginning of the academic year the teaching departments hold meetings, finalise the time table, prepare teaching plan and adhere to them for the rest of the year. The teachers also maintain lecture notes.
As an innovative exercise the college does 'induction analysis' of the new entrants so as to elicit their strengths, interests and weakness which help the members of the staff to suitably design remedial programmes.
The teachers' endeavour to transmit the best to the students is fortified by liberal use of slides, charts, models, maps, tape-recorders, computers etc. Majority of the departments are providing handouts and to the students of both UG and PG. The syllabi is thoroughly covered in the classes by a judicious combination of regular classes, participative, interactive sessions immediately after lecture and periodical seminars wherein the students are motivated to present papers. The students' interest in the curriculum is further sustained and taken to pursue excellence with scrutiny tools like tests, question and answer sessions, projects and debates. These supplementary methods are indeed operational which is reflected in the very high percentage of success rate greater than 80% in almost all the departments.
It is mandatory for the students of the post-graduate courses to spend their time usefully in the library.
The student teacher ratio is maintained at 20:1. A noteworthy feature of their college is that about 99% of subjects are taught by full time regular faculty members which ensures commitment, consistency and timely completion of the syllabi. A band of teachers has participated in international, national and regional level workshops and seminars. The teachers do not confine their commitment to the students in class-rooms but go beyond it and render effective services both to the students and community at large.
A close look of the major and minor projects undertaken by a few staff members reflect their concern for the community. The team is convinced that the teachers, by and large, have availed the opportunities to refresh and refurbish their equipment by participating in workshops, seminars, symposia etc, wherever and whenever such opportunities were available to them.
The teachers' commitment to equip their students by conducting the monthly tests, the mid-term tests and preparatary examinations and promptly returning the answer scripts to the students after evaluation within a specified period is highly commendable. All the departments arrange special lectures by experts in the field and also arrange study-tours and field visitis.
The teachers are evaluated through a periodic self-appraisal as well as student evaluation method. The members of the faculty are recruited by the norms of the UGC and the Government of Kerala through the Kerala Public Service Commission.
Criterion - III : Research, Consultancy and Extension
Out of 125 permanent teachers, 48 teachers possess Ph.D degree and 35 teachers have M.Phil degrees. Eight departments are recognised by the University of Kerala as research centres enabling students and staff to pursue Ph.D degree. Eighty scholars have registered in the said centres for their Ph.D programmes.
The administration of the college plays an important role in promoting research culture among faculty and students by providing adequate assistance in the form of equipments, books and laboratory chemicals. Further, both faculty and students are encouraged to present in academic forums and publish in reputed journals at national and international levels.
Many departments of the college involve themselves in consultancy work at no cost by providing professional guidance to several organisations. Five teachers of the college are accredited to BEC trainees with the British Council. Mr. P. Vijaya kumar, Head, Department of English, has the credit of being a speech consultant of Birdwing Production doing the voice over for the documentary exhibited at Wild Screen 2002, which was listed by the BBC for the best Newcomer Award. The faculty of Home Science involves itself in consultancy and nutrition counselling to the local community. The Botany department is offering exclusive consultancy service to promote bonsoic culture.
Both the NCC and the NSS have acquitted themselves admirably with their involvement, commitment and urge for distinction. All India, firsts and seconds in cycling, track events and Kabadi have been fetched by the college team.
The dedication of the NCC officer, Lt. M. Vijayakumari Amma in training 160 cadets in an excellent way shall be placed on record. It is understood that every year three cadets from the college are attending the Republic Day Parade at Delhi and one cadet is selected for Youth Exchange Programme. Last Year the cadets attended National Integration Camp conducted at Andaman Nicobar Islands and also another camp conducted at Srinagar. Many cadets got jobs in police/army/civil services after completing their degree courses from the college.
There are two NSS units, each comprising 125 students. The Programme Officers, Smt. K.J. Remabai and Shri Ramakrishnan, have taken keen interest in shaping the personality of the NSS volunteers by organising medical camps in rural areas, blood donation camps, AIDS awareness campaign, awareness regarding female foeticide etc.
The main objective of the Womens' Study Unit and the Human Values Club is the empowerment of women. Students are trained to make household items out of eco friendly bio-materials including agarbatti and candles, painting of fabrics, baskets etc.
Criterion - IV: Infrastructure and Learning resources
The college is situated in the heart of the city spreading over 10.5 acres of land with 9 major buildings, temporary sheds and a multipurpose auditorium. Many buildings have a long history of more than 100 years and are splendid examples of Travancore and British architecture. These buildings have the status of being called Heritage buildings and the Archeological survey of India has expressed interest in the upkeep of these buildings. The limit-up area is accomodating the classrooms, laboratories, assembly hall, auditorium, meuseam, animal house, library, staff rooms, rest rooms and toilets. Gardens and pathways are well maintained by the college management.
The library functions from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. on all working days and permits the open access system issuing books to the students. The library has a collection of 78038 books. It subscribes to 31 journals/periodicals. Besides, there are more than 25000 books stocked in the departmental libraries. There is an advisory committee for the library to help the librarians in such a way that the literacy resources are effectively utilised. The library has been provided with a computer system and computerisation of the library reference services is atmost over.
The college possesses 57 computers which are all spread over in different departments, library and administration.
The college has very good basket ball and volley balls courts and other sports facilities. Many students of the college have been selected during the last academic year as University players and some of the students participated at the inter university tournaments held at different places in the country.
The college canteen is well maintained and it is presently run by the ladies of Kudumbasree, an NGO promoted by the Government. The college does not possess a hostel for itself and the outstation students are accommadated in the women's hostel run by the University of Kerala.
Criterion - V: Student support and Progression
The teaching methodology and the compatible learning environment and resources provided to the students enable them to score a high percentage of marks. Hence the students have excellent scope for progression to higher studies, employment, self-employment, which is evidenced from the alumnae directory. The college is proud to state that many of its alumnae have proved to be torch bearers in the fields of politics, judiciary science and technology, civil services, journalism, fine arts etc.
The Career Guidance and Placement cell are managed by two faculty members of the department of English. This cell is conducting a number of orientation courses for the students to create an awareness regarding employment opportunities. It is learned that a number of students got employment through this cell.
The Debating Club, the Quiz Club, the Audio Club, the Nature Club and the Kerate Club are conducting a number of programmes beneficial to the students.
The Grievance Redressal Cell at the Councelling Centre are functioning very actively in the college. The feedback is collected from the students to facilitate quality enhancement.
The prospectus of the college contains information related to admission and completion requirements and for all academic programmes, fee structure, scholarships, financial aid and central facilities for enrichment of knowledge and skill.
State Government scholarships are made available to students belonging to socially and economically backward classes. Central Government scholarships are also made available to the meritorious students. Further the PTA provides scholarships to the top ranking students in all departments of the college. In short, nearly 90% of the students avail scholarship awarded by different agencies as mentioned above.
Criterion - VI : Organisation and Management
The Government College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram is one of the oldest colleges in our country. It was originally a School for christian girls and was taken over by the Travancore Government in 1964 when it was opened to girls from all sections of society. It was then known as the Sircar Girls School and was accorded recognition as a high school by the University of Madras in 1890. In 1895, during the reign of HH Sree Moolam Thirunal the high school was renamed as the Majaraja's High School for Girls. In 1897, it was declared as a college for girls and was renamed Maharaja's College for Girls. In 1920 the college was recognised as a first grade institution and the name Maharaja's College for Girls was changed to Maharaja's College for Women. After our country obtained independence the name Maharaja's College for Women was changed to Government College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram.
Now the college functions under the Director of Collegiate Education of the Government of Kerala. The administrative structure constitutes the Principal, the college council, the PTA and the College Development Committee. Their administrative structire provides a monitoring system for running the college effectively. The College Development Council helps in maintaining a link with the Government and has a major role in planning and execution of projects for providing infrastructural facilities. The PTA and the alumnae play their part in providing quick redressal for problems of both staff and students.
The manpower requirement of the college is planned annually and wherever the need arises the DCE appoints teachers to ensure justice to the student community. The recruitment of teaching and non-teaching staff is in consonance with Government rules. The DCE has given the Principal necessary authority and does not normally interfere in the day today administraive affairs of the college. The administration helps the students to get scholarships from various agencies in time and redresses the grievances of the staff and the students in a satisfactory manner. The college is yet to introduce modern techniques and technology in its administration. The finances of the college are very judicious allocated by the DCE and effectively utilized to make the programmes and functioning cost effective and efficacious in terms of benefits to the students. The budgeting is done by the DCE ahead of the academic year and auditing of accounts is done as per the stipulations laid down by the Government for its colleges.
The functioning of the office is satisfactory. The Principal periodically reviews and issues necessary instructions to expediate the office work. Different committees constituted by the Principal look after the activities of the academic year by preparing the schedule to be followed throught the year.
Criterion - VII: Healthy Practices
The college has put in place internal quality check mechanism by way of periodical tests, seminars and examinations which are well documented.
Remedial classes are conducted for the academically weaker students in all courses and bright students are encouraged to read advanced materials and use experinmental tools.
The college enjoys the collaboration of the Regional Research Laboratory and other R&D institutions based at Thiruvananthapuram.
The college has a full fledged Continuing Education Sub-Centre which conducts a large number of self-financing and job oriented courses and schemes. The funds generated by this sub-centre are utilized for the regular academic programmes conducted by the college.
Experts are invited periodically to deliver lectures on value based education for the students of all the departments.
The NCC and NSS units of the college provide training to the students in order to inculcate civic responsibilities among themselves.
The Debating Club, the Quiz Club, the English Audio Club and the Nature Club are functioning effectively towards all round personality development of the learners. The Women's Study Cell and the Human Values Club is involved in creating awareness with regard to women empowerment and self employment.
The college serves all sections of society, the rich and the poor alike, the privileged and the less fortunate, providing a common meeting ground for all.
The College celebrates important national days and also regional festivals.
The College has a dedicated broad band connection with 21 terminals accessible to the students and faculty.
Section 3 : Overall analysis Commendations
In the 108 years of its existence the Government Womens' College Thiruvananthapuram has made significant progress in its mission of imparting a liberal education to the women of erstwhile Travancore. The college has earned enormous goodwill of the local population.
The Peer Team is convinced of certain commendable features for the improvement of the quality of education being imparted. A few important ones among the commendable features are given below
* The Peer Team is highly appreciative of the earnest endeavour and the respectiveness of the Government of Kerala in general and DCE and the Principal in particular for the development of this college.
* The college strictly follows the rules and regulations laid down by the University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, for an affiliated college and complies with the mandatory requirements of the Government as applicable to Government colleges.
* The college lays emphasis on preservation and promotion of the cultural identity of this region as reflected in the cultural activities of the students of their college.
* The teachers of this college are committed and devoted to their work. They have been undertaking community oriented activities like educating masses on literacy hygene and blood donation etc. The teachers also conduct special classes on holidays in the interest of the students.
* The students feedback is analysed by the college council with an objective of improving the teaching-learning process. With the active participation and cooperation of teaching and non-teaching staff and with the support of the management, the Principal of the college maintains harmonious and well disciplined atmosphere in the campus. Relationship of the college with the Directorate of collegiate education and the Government appears to be promotive for the growth of the college.
* The Parent Teachers Association (PTA) and the College Development Council (CDC) extend to college excellent cooperation mobilising financial resources for sustaining academic and developmental activities.
* The keen and continued interest shown by the royal family of Travancore with regard to the welfare and development of this college is worth commending.
* By way of preparing the teachers of this college to face new challenges in higher education, the Principal inspires and encourages them to familiarize themselves with current developments.
The Peer Team would like to make a few suggestions for the preferred consideration of the Government of Kerala, DCE, Principal and teachers with a view to bring further improvement in the quality of programmes and activities of the college in future.
* The college now offers courses generally in conventional subjects. Steps have to be taken to introduce in PG and UG certain modern subjects like bio-technology, computer science, electronic science, management studies and human rights.
* Some of the departments like Malayalam are finding it difficult on account of space constraints. This issue may be immediately attended to.
* The college may design suitable short team programme in Spoken English for all the students who are lacking in communication skill.
* Computer literacy programme may be conducted for all students and staff members.
* All the teaching departments may be facilitated to set up departmental libraries and make regular annual addition to the existing stock.
* Every teacher should be motivated to submit research proposals to the national and international funding agencies in order to augument the research potential of the departments.
* Frequent transfers and no replacement of teaching/non-teaching staff immediately arising out of retirement or otherwise are causing major concern with regard to teaching-learning and research. Hence it is suggested that the Government of Kerala may consider this matter and develop a suitable policy so that the academic work will not be affected on account of the said problems.
* It is learnt that the college has sent the proposal for the construction of ladies hostel. Steps may be taken from the college side to get the proposal sanctioned at the earliest.
* The sports facilities may be expanded with sufficient space for indoor and outdoor events.
The Peer Team is impressed by the progress made by the college so far and the congenial ambience and opportunity that it is providing to the women students of South Kerala.
The Peer Team is pleased to see the regard and attention that the college has been receiving from alumni, parents and society. It wishes the college the very best in its forward march to take higher education to the women and at the same time achieve excellence in all spheres.
The Peer Team places on record their gratitude to NAAC for the opportunity given to it to assess and accredit this college and also acknowledges the cooperation, support, goodwill and hospitality extended to it by the Government of Kerala, DCE, Principal, local coordinator, staff and students of the college.
Prof. Muthiah Mariappan
Prof. S.P. Rajagopalan
Dr. T. Ganga Devi
Date: June 23, 2005
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