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NSS Training College, Ottapalam, Kerala
NSS Training College, Ottapalam, Kerala
Ottapalam (District Palakkad (Palghat))
Kerala, IndiaPin Code : 679101
NSS Training College, Ottapalam Kerala is a recognised institute / college. NSS Training College, Ottapalam Kerala was established on / in 1960.
NSS Training 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 Ottapalam Tehsil, Palakkad (Palghat) District.
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NSS Training College is affiliated with University of Calicut, Calicut (Kerala)
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NCTE appeal order for NSS Training College OttapalamF.No.89-286-2009-Appeal
NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR TEACHER EDUCATION
Hans Bhawan, Wing II, 1, Bahadurshah Zafar Marg, New Delhi - 110002
O R D E R
WHEREAS the appeal of N.S.S. Training College, Palakad Dist., Kerala dated 27-04-2009 is against the Order No. F.SRO-NCTE-2008-2009-11659 dated 16-04-2009 of the Southern Regional Committee, refusing recognition for conducting M.Ed.
course on the grounds “ The directions of Hon'ble High Court of Kerala in its W.P. No. 7443 of 2008, letter of deficiencies dated 31-10-2008, application forwarded to Secretary to Government, Department of Higher Education, State Government of Kerala dated 31-10-2008 and reply received from State Government, vide letter dated 10-12-2008 which did not make recommendations in favour of the M.Ed application of NSS Training College and also the NCTE-Hqrs. letter dated 31-10-2008, decided to return the above M.Ed application with processing fees to the college, since the State Government of Kerala had not made recommendation in favour of the application of NSS Training College, Ottapalam, Palakkad in its letter dated 10-12-2008”.
AND WHEREAS the Correspondent, N.S.S. Training College (hereinafter referred to as the appellant), preferred an appeal dated 01-05-2009 to the National Council for Teacher Education, New Delhi (hereinafter referred to as the Council) under Section 18 of the NCTE Act, 1993 against the said Order.
AND WHEREAS Shri S. Gopinath Nair, Liaison Officer, N.S.S. Training College, Palakad Dist., Kerala presented the case of the appellant institution on 19.08.09. In the appeal and during personal presentation it was submitted that the application submitted for the recognition of M.Ed Course on 23-10-2008 by the management was to be considered as a representation as permitted by of the judgement of the Hon’ble High Court and the application submitted in the prescribed format should not have been considered as a fresh application to start new M.Ed course. As per Govt. letter 12004-B3-95-HEdn dated 29-01-1995, the Govt. of Kerala approved the starting of M.Ed course at NSS Training College, Ottapalam. The order also sanctioned additional staff according to the approved staff pattern. Subsequently the University Calicut through its order no. GA-II-DI-1573-96 sanctioned three additional posts for M.Ed course during the year 1995-96. Under these circumstances, recommendation from the concerned University or Government in favour of the application submitted on 23-10-2008 by NSS Training College, Ottapalam, Palakkad for recognition of M.Ed Course is not necessary. However, the letter no. F - SRO-NCTE-2008-09-11659 dated 16-04-2009 from NCTE intimated the management that the 170th meeting of NCTE held on 16th and 17th of February, 2009 decided to return the application for recognition of M.Ed course of NSS Training College, Ottapalam. The only reason cited therein was that "The Government of Kerala vide letter dated 10-12-2008 has not made recommendation in favour of the application of NSS Training College, Ottapalam, Palakkad for starting M.Ed course" Denial of recognition of M.Ed course at NSS Training College, Ottapalam on the basis of the Govt. letter no. 33886-B3-08-HEdn dated 10-12-2008 is not justifiable as Govt. of Kerala has already granted permission to start M.Ed course at NSS Training College, Ottapalam vide their letter no. 12004-B3-95-H.Edn dated 29-09-1995.
AND WHEREAS the Council noted that the appellant had submitted an application for M.Ed course to SRC on 29.29.1999 and SRC refused the recognition to the institution vide its order dt 18.10.2000 on the ground of not having separate staff for the course.
SRC’s order was confirmed by the appellate authority vide its order dt. 13.05.01. Aggrieved by this order the appellant filed writ petition in the Hon’ble High Court of Kerala and on the strength of the interim order passed by the court in 2001 the appellant admitted student from year to year and court gave a final hearing in 2006 and directed the institution to make a fresh representation to the NCTE, and the NCTE would consider this and pass appropriate orders within a month; The institution failed to comply with the directions of the court within the given time frame; The Court further extended the time upto 23.05.07 for submission of the representation; When SRC did not receive any representation from the institution it expressed its inability to consider the case and accordingly filed a counter affidavit in the court; The petitioner (appellant) later filed I.A. No. 9322-2008 producing an evidence for despatch of a letter through a courier service to the SRC; The Court on 14.10.08 gave the liberty to the institution to file an application within two weeks and the SRC may consider this application as a representation and pass orders within one month.
SRC considered the case as a fresh application and closed the file of the institution on the grounds cited at para 1. The Council also noted that the appellant had appointed separate staff for B.Ed and M.Ed courses and the staff was qualified as per norms. It observed that the grounds of refusal were not applicable to the appellant’s institution, as it had submitted application in the year 1999 itself. The Council came to the conclusion that there was enough justification in accepting the appeal to be remanded the case to SRC for examination of the staff profile.
AND WHEREAS after perusal of documents, memorandum of appeal, affidavit, VT report and after hearing oral arguments advanced during the hearing, the Council reached the conclusion that there was adequate grounds to accept the appeal and remand the case to SRC, for examination of the staff profile so as to ensure that they have been appointed as per NCTE Norms and thereafter pass appropriate orders.
NOW THEREFORE, the Council hereby remands back the case of N.S.S. Training College, Palakad Dist. , Kerala to the SRC, NCTE, for necessary action as indicated above.
1. The Secretary - Secretary, N.S.S. Training College, Ottapalam, Palakad Dist. - 679101, Kerala
2. The Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of School Education and Literacy, Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi.
3. Regional Director, Southern Regional Committee, 1st Floor, CSD Building, HMT Post, Jalahali, Bangalore - 560 031.
4. PS to Chairperson
5. The Secretary, Education (looking after Teacher Education) Government of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram.
NAAC report of NSS Training CollegeSECTION I: INTRODUCTION
NSS Training College, Ottapalam, Distt. Palakkad (Kerala) (NTCO hereafter) was established on August 20, 1960 by Nair Service Society (NSS), a registered society (Regn. No. 12) registered on 30-06-1926 at Trivandrum under the Travancore Companies Act 1916. A primary objective of N.S.S. is 'to establish and maintain in necessary localities educational institutions, occupational institutes, industrial concerns, orphanages, students hostels, hospitals, ashrams etc. (1) This objective led N.S.S. to set up about 160 educational institutions, including NTCO. In the beginning, NTCO had just 80 students and three teacher educators including the Principal. The institution grew over years and now it has 300 students enrolled in its B.Ed. (face-to-face mode) programme of one-year duration and another ten scholars for its M.Ed. programme. NTCO started its M.Ed. programme in 1995 after the permission to do so was granted by the Government of Kerala vide letter No. 12004/D3/95/H.Edn dated 29.9.1995. NTCO is fully funded by the State Government. (2) The grant-in-aid is primarily to meet the salaries for the sanctioned posts. The institution has been set up on a pollution free and centrally located campus of about 6.8 acres in a semi - urban area.
After the establishment of National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) in 1995, NTCO applied for the recognition of its B.Ed. programme. The Southern Regional Committee of NCTE provisionally recognized its B.Ed. programme vide their letter No. SRO/NCTE/98-99/552 of 9th June 1998 and it sanctioned an intake of 300 for its B.Ed. programme for the 2005-2006 session. NTCO applied to NCTE for recognition of its M.Ed programme, but the application was rejected by SRC - NCTE. In May 2001, the institution filed an appeal against the order of SRC - NCTE but the appeal was also rejected. The institution then filed a CMP and O.P.No.15283 of 2001 in June 2005 with the Kerala High Court. The High Court stayed the order of NCTE and granted permission to the institution to enrol students to its M.Ed programme subject to the final disposal of its petition. Meanwhile the Government of Kerala sanctioned three posts for the M.Ed programme to NTCO. The institution was earlier included in the list of colleges under section 12 (f) and 12 (b) of the UGC Act, 1956 and it has been receiving grants from UGC from time to time under the 9th and the 10th Five-Year Plans.
NTCO has a permanent faculty of 12 including the Principal and another eleven teacher educators appointed on temporary basis. (3) The former Principal and another faculty member retired on the 31st March 2005 and a Senior faculty member was selected and appointed as the Principal. The two posts vacated by this are now to be filled up soon and the process for this has been started. Six of the permanent faculty members have been serving NTCO for 5-10 years, three teacher educators for 11-15 years and the remaining four for 20 years or more. Three lecturers of NTCO are in the selection grade and another six in the senior scale. Five faculty members are M. Phil. in Education and another four have the degree of Ph.D. in Education. At present nine faculty members are working on their doctoral research. Seven faculty members including three appointed on temporary basis have qualified themselves in the UGC - NET. One permanent faculty member has completed her M. P. Ed. and M.Phil. The faculty is academically qualified but two short of NCTE norms for the sanctioned intake for its two programmes. NTCO has a non-teaching staff of nine (technical = 1 i.e.the Librarian, administrative = 8). NTCO is affiliated to the University of Calicut.
The 2004-2005 batch of the B.Ed. had 300 students (F=246, M=54). Of these 165 (F=142, M=23) were from within district Palakkad and another 132 (F=101, M=31) from other districts of Kerala State. Only three students of this session (2004-05) were from other states. 75 of these students (F=64, M=11) were postgraduates.
The annual result of the B.Ed. students of NTCO has been above 95% during the last three (2001-04) sessions. The annual result for sessions 2002-03 and 2003-04 was 95.6% and 98.3% and of these 60.0% and 57.6% students respectively secured first division. The unit cost for both the programmes (i.e. B.Ed. as well as M.Ed.) was Rs. 17552/- for session 2003-04 and Rs. 18694/- for session 2004-05. The institution is not a minority institution and it has not applied for autonomous status. It has almost all necessary support services that a well-established teacher education institution would need. A girls' common room is at present under construction, however NTCO doesn't have a canteen for its students and a boys' common room. NSS, the parent society, has rendered excellent service for the spread of education among the people, especially the women of Kerala. Besides NTCO, the society has established 18 general colleges, two training colleges, a homeo-medical college and a cooperative college. In addition to these, the Society runs 150 schools, 7 hospitals and 14 working women's hostels.
NTCO decided to volunteer for assessment and accreditation by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore. It developed its Self Appraisal Report (SAR) through seven sub-committees set up for this purpose and later sent its SAR to NAAC in March 2005. NAAC in turn constituted a three-member Peer Team comprising Prof. V.K. Sabharwal, former Head and Dean, Education, University of Delhi as the Chairman - Coordinator and Prof. M.S. Lalitha,Professor and former Dean, Department of Studies in Education, Mysore University and Prof. K. Subbammal, former Professor and Head, Department of Education, Mother Teresa Women's University, Kodaikanal as members for on-site validation of the SAR.
The Peer Team visited the institution on the 9th and the 10th June 2005. It saw various support services and facilities available at NTCO, interacted with various stakeholder groups including a sample of teachers in two randomly selected practice teaching schools. The Peer Team also studied all relevant documents with a view to understand the functioning of the institution, its history as well its future plans. This draft report deals with criterion-wise strengths and weaknesses of the institution and concludes with an overall analysis and suggestions for further development in terms of quality and excellence of the institution and its programmes.
SECTION II: CRITERION - WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion 1 :- Curricular Design and Planning
NCTO makes admission to B.Ed course with annual pattern and M.Ed course - with semester pattern as per rules and regulations of Kerala government & Calicut University. Till last year, for B.Ed course, the admission were based on marks obtained at the degree examinations. Percentage of seats reserved are 20% for SC/ST 10% for Nair community & 15% Management and 3% for visually/handicapped. From the next academic year 2005-2006 centralised admissions will be done. M.Ed admissions are made based on both entrance and B.Ed examination marks. Every year 300 students are admitted to B.Ed and 10 for M.Ed. There are 219 working days and 180 teaching days which is as per to NCTE norms.
Student records on pre-performance in academic and non-academic fields are maintained from the beginning of the course throughout the year. The college provides training in spoken English every year for those who are poor in communicative English. Academically backward students and visually challenged students are given special attention and guidance. The advanced learners are given opportunities in enrichment programmes and special assignments.
The faculty members do not have freedom in designing their own curriculum; they follow the syllabus prescribed by the Calicut University. At the beginning of the year detailed course plan is prepared for the year through discussion at the staff meeting. Every month course completion is reviewed at staff meetings. The students have to choose the optional subjects within the framework of the syllabus prescribed by the University. Any new programme can be introduced within a reasonable time depending on the approval by the concerned authorities. However no new programmes in training have so far been introduced. There is no formal feedback mechanism to monitor or evaluate the programme in general.
The institution has a vision of empowering students towards professional excellence through transformation. The college maintains a reciprocal relationship with the neighbouring schools by organizing different types of programmes like celebration of festivals as well as special programmes towards community service and benefit. One house a year is constructed for a poor person with the help of Municipality with the financial assistance of staff and students of the college
Criterion 2 : CURRICULUM TRANSACTION AND EVALUATION
The college prepares academic calendar of activities and events as per University's schedule, both for B.Ed and M.Ed. courses. Apart from the lecture technique, learning methods like students seminars, field visits, role play are used occasionally in B.Ed. The students prepare programmed learning material, radio lessons and power point presentations in each method subject. Students are trained to the use different audio-visual equipment like computer, OHP and video camera in the ET lab as per NCTE norms. Adequate weightage is given to the transaction of theory and practicum. (1) The present syllabus provides for an aggregate of 1000 marks (theory - 600 and practicum - 400) for the B.Ed programme. Marks for practice teaching, criticism lessons, and demonstration lessons and lesson plan discussions are 150, 45 and 20 respectively. AV aids, handling of AV equipment, educational evaluation, diagnostic and achievement test and SUPW - and - community work carry 25 marks each; physical and health education carries 40 marks. During pre-practice teaching students engage in content analysis of the syllabus of standards 8-10 under the supervision of method teachers. Student teachers observe demonstration lessons followed by school-based practice teaching for 30 days. The number of practice teaching schools last year was 21. Each school had 8-16 trainees for practice teaching. Each student gives 30 lessons in both method subjects.. Practice teaching is organised with the help of the mentor teachers who are experienced teachers in these schools. Awareness about micro-teaching is developed only theoretically as part of the syllabus. Practice in writing lesson plan in three to five teaching skills is given to students after a short orientation.
M.Ed programme is conducted mainly through lecture and supplemented with seminars, small group discussions and individual assignments. The students plan and carry out dissertation work only in the second semester. The proposals are presented in a faculty-cum-students seminar. Both B.Ed and M.Ed students are assessed on the basis of their performance in tests, assignments, seminars and terminal and university examinations. The criteria for internal assessment are worked out by the staff council. Evaluation of practice teaching is done through observation by mentor teachers and NTCO supervisors, M.Ed students also observe at least 10 practice teaching lessons and submit a report as a part of the course requirement. The teacher trainees evaluate their performance in terms of the students' achievement through an achievement test and its analysis. Evaluation criteria and methods are communicated to students at the beginning of the academic session. While evaluating performance on tests and assignments, students evaluate their own answer scripts based on the scheme of evaluation criteria, which are later on randomly checked by teachers. Students have a positive opinion on this procedure. Overall performance of students is discussed and finalized through the staff meetings. Many faculty members have participated in seminars and conferences mainly held at regional and state levels. A few members of them have participated at national level as well. Participation of faculty members as resource persons in these events is minimal. The college has organized two state - level seminars on 'Education in Human Values' and 'Theme Centred Interaction'. Other workshops/seminars at the institutional level were conducted on UGC infonet, Bio-diversity education and e-journal consortium, educational informatics and models of teaching. Eight faculty members have attended refresher courses. Senior faculty members have been members of NCTE peer team and have represented in University bodies and one of them is the president of state level professional organization. While another Dean, Education of Calicut University. NTCO has a system of evaluation of the faculty members by their students The institution has evolved a system of peer evaluation for assessing faculty performance. This evaluation data is utilized for self- improvement of the faculty members though the usefulness of quality improvement of the programmes is yet to be taken up. This feedback is primarily quantitative; it needs to be made totally qualitiative.
Criterion 3 :- Research Development and Extension
The college tries to promote research with the assistance of the research committee; the Principal is its Chairman. Among the staff members four members possess Ph.D degree and five have the M.Phil degree; nine faculty members are working on their Ph.D. Three research projects have been submitted to U.G.C. by the faculty members; four minor research projects funded by the management have been taken up by faculty members. One faculty member has been invited to present a paper in an International symposium. Three members have publications to their credit during these two years. Besides, 38 M.Ed dissertations have been completed during the last five years. The college undertakes extension activities such as providing extra coaching to school children who are backward, organizing various club activities, adult education and literary programmes, organization of blood donation camps and raising awareness about AIDS.etc. One faculty member is in charge of the extension activities. Teachers serve as resource persons for the programmes organised by the government - and non-government organizations.
Criterion - 4 :- Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college is situated in a campus area of 6.78 acres and functioning in three buildings. The total plinth area of the college is 1820.33 sq.mtrs. The plan and building have been approved by the local authorities and National Council for Teacher Education. The college has adequate classrooms and laboratories as specified by NCTE. The college besides having classrooms and halls has separate laboratories for Physical Sciences, Natural Sciences and Computers. The college has a well equipped library. It has acquired a computerized cataloging system and the stock is being entered in the computer about 5000 titles have been covered so far.. The college library is open from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Computerization of the library using 'SOUL' software of the INFLIBNET has been started. It is equipped with adequate halls computer, resource materials such as CD ROM's. The library has a collection of 12039 volumes and periodicals The average issue of books per person per month for 2004-2005 for was three for the faculty, three for M.Ed scholars and just one for each B.Ed student. The college is maintained by the Management and maintenance works are carried out under the supervision of N.S.S.Engineering Department. The institution utilizes its infrastructure facilities optimally. The college lends its infrastructural facilities to external agencies for their programmes such as the conduct of quality improvement programmes by Government of Kerala, use of library by others, central valuation for University examinations and general elections. The students under SUPW programmes clean the campus and the garden. The library is effectively looked after by a library advisory committee headed by the Principal. The computers in the college are well utilized by staff and students for the purposes of documentation. The college also provides facilities of indoor and outdoor games to its students. The college provides hostel facilities to girl students. Many girls' student are provided accommodation in the hostel run by the parent society.
Criterion 5 :- Student Support and Progression
The college follows University syllabus prescribed by Calicut University for its B.Ed and M.Ed courses and examinations are conducted at the end of the course. Out of the 300 students admitted in each year 296 students appeared for the examination in 2001-2002, 2002-2003 and 297 in 2003-2004 the drop out rate in these years being 1.01, 1.01 and 1. The success rate for these years was 93%, 95.6% and 98.3% respectively with 179, 166 and 189 first classes.
The students admitted to the M.Ed course in the academic years 2001-2002, 2002-2003 and 2003-2004, completed the course and appeared for the examination, the drop out rate being zero. The success rates for these years were 75%, 100% and 100% respectively; all students secured Ist class marks. During the past three years, 15 students of this college passed U.G.C. NET and 32 passed SET. The institution obtains feedback from students with the help of a structured questionnaire. Feedback about student support and progress is obtained from Alumni also. Changes if required are carried out based on the feedback thus obtained. The college has alumni association which was started in 1997. The general body of the association meets once in two months and the Alumni association meeting takes place once a year. The alumni of the college occupy various positions in politics, art and culture, education department, police department and various organizations and institutions. They take part in the extension activities of the college. They also represented in youth organizations. The college publishes prospectus every year and issues it to the students along with the application form. The students of the college enjoy various scholarships from state and central government. NTCO does not have a formal counselling centre. Students are however guided and counseled whenever needed. B.Ed students have various associations such as Arts club, Nature club, Library and Debate clubs. The college has also a students' union. Eight members are represented by election and one of whom will be represented in University's union during the last five years one of them was the chairman and one was the secretary of the University's union.. The students are encouraged to develop their creativity and abilities through these associations. Networking of teacher education institutions in Kerala is done though seminars workshops and other programmes. The B.Ed students are divided in four houses for inter house competitions in co-curricular and sports activities.
Criterion - 6 :- Organisation and Management
NTCO is one of the many educational institutions run by Nair Service Society. This college is managed by N.S.S.Colleges' Central committee. The committee has two secretaries. The college does the internal co-ordination with the assistance of different committees (College development committee, Building committee, Curricular, Co-curricular activities committee, Library committee and the state council). The Management has conducted training programmes to improve the work efficiency of the non-academic staff. The annual calendar is prepared by a committee. New teachers are recruited by N.S.S.Colleges' Central Committee following the norms of the UGC and the State Government. Temporary and guest lecturers are appointed by the management as per the requirement. Grievance of faculty and other members are redressed through proper mechanism. Being a government aided institution; audit by Government is done every year. Besides, internal audit is also carried out by the management. Tuition fee and other fees are collected as per the Government rules. The college spent a total of Rs.6322817.40 in 2004-2005 under various heads of expenditure; on salary alone the amount spent was Rs.36,11,670/- The institution has had a deficit budget during last three years.
SECTION III : OVERALL ANALYSIS AND SUGGESTION FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENT
NTCO is a well established teacher education institution. During the 45 years of its functioning it has endeared itself to the people through its service and its contribution to the education of the youth, especially the females. The good work done by NSS, the parent society has further motivated the faculty of NTCO to perform better. NTCO has built up a set of traditions and nurtured these well. NTCO has many areas of strength, chief among these are the following : a) Excellent and sustained support by the management to the Principal and the faculty for improvement of faculty qualifications and the institution's programme, b) Wide spread support of the local community and people in the neighbouring districts, c) Co-operative and supportive atmosphere at NTCO among the faculty, the non-teaching staff and the students, d) Committed faculty for proper implementation of academic and other programmes e) Research minded faculty who have either completed their doctoral research or are working at it, f) Well stocked library and g) Excellent social and professional networking with the local community and the schools. These are the strengths of this institution. However, the institution needs to move forward in many directions in order to improve the quality of its programmes and to provide participatory management experiences to the students. The following suggestions are being made in this perspective:
The institution do well to prepare an authentic academic calendar as well as term plans for its academic programmes. The institutions may organize a regional seminar on how to develop a proper academic calendar and thereby take a lead in educating other sister teacher education institutions in this region. The new priority areas in teacher education like learner - centred pedagogy, inclusive education and content-pedagogic analysis need to be taken up on priority by the institution. A faculty member of the institution is the Dean of Faculty of Education, Calicut University. Therefore the B.Ed syllabus of the affiliating University can be made more relevant if these topics are introduced in the new syllabus that is likely to be effective from session 2005-2006. The institution may constitute a task force for determining the content as well as processes for these themes.
The institution has recently acquired 12 additional computers with the support of its management. The institution may now organize one - hour hands - on practice to promote computer literary among the faculty as well as all B.Ed and M.Ed students. Groups of 12 students each may make use of computer lab during the first two months and later on the students may use computer lab facility for preparing their assignments, groups projects and teaching aids. The institution would do well to appoint a qualified computer tutor to organize these classes.
The B.Ed time table does not provide for a library period to enable students to make use of library resources. The institution may decrease its emphasis on lecture based transaction of the B.Ed curriculum and may instead use individual and small group assignment for promoting self - directed learning and greater use of library resources.
The M.Ed programme does not have a weekly research seminar to help M.Ed scholars develop their presentation skills and communication skills related to research. The faculty may provide a two period time-slot for the weekly research seminar where M.Ed scholars make and defend their presentations regarding the research proposal as well as progress reports on their dissertations.
The library has adequate learning resources; its current stock exceeds 12,000. However the library is yet to be transformed as the centre of academic activities. The average issue and returns of books by the B.Ed students, M.Ed scholars and the faculty is on the lower side. This needs to be improved. The faculty may spend at least an hour or two in the library every day and thereby convey to the students that learning is a never - ending process. This can motivate students to make greater use of library resources. Besides, the library should maintain a daily record of its visitors. The librarian may analyze the data on the number of visitors to the library and issue and return of library stock by the faculty and the students every year. The library advisory committee and the faculty may discuss data and devise strategies for further improvement of the use of library stock.
NTCO has a system of engaging mentor teachers during practice teaching to assist the faculty in the conduct of this programme . The mentor teachers are serving school teachers with at least 5 years of teaching experience. However the mentor teachers need to be oriented to the programme, the criteria on which the students are to be evaluated and the modes and procedure of evaluation. This will facilitate the profession development of mentor teachers and also increase the worthwhileness of their contribution. An outline of the orientation programme and processes may also be developed by the faculty and the programme be conducted by one or two faculty members in each practice teaching school.
The institution doesnot have a proper boys' common room and girls' common room. A separate wing is under construction at present to provide space for girls' common room. The institution should provide boys' common room and girls' room in two separate wings along with lockers where students can deposit their books and other items. The institution has 2 staff rooms, one in the administrative block and the other in the library block. The staffroom in the library block needs to be furnished properly and the staff members need to be provided with a wooden steel almirah each.
The present lesson plan format does not provide for content pedagogic analysis and for self - reflection on the lesson transacted by the trainees. The length of the lesson plan is more or less uniform throughout practice teaching. The faculty may discuss how content analysis can be replaced with content - pedagogic analysis. It would be better if the size of the lesson plan after the first 15 lessons is reduced and the lesson plans during the last week are of at the most two pages.
At present the students prepare a rough lesson plan which is discussed and corrected by the subject teacher. Later on it is written afresh in the lesson plan diaries. No feedback comments are entered in the lesson plan diaries. The quality of lesson planning and teaching practice would improve only if the practice of rough lesson plans is given up and corrections are made in the lesson plan diaries. Each lesson whether supervised by the regular supervisor or mentor teacher should have improvement oriented comments for feedback. At the end of the lesson plan adequate space should be provided to enable the trainee to reflect on one's performance and decide which portions of content need to be taken up for revision in the next lesson plans.
The B.Ed programme does not have specific programme objectives. In the absence of programme objectives, no scheme of assessment can claim to be fully comprehensive or objective. The faculty may discuss and evolve programme objectives for both the B.Ed programme and the M.Ed programme and base its continuous comprehensive evaluation on these.
The institution claims promotion of 'excellence, empowerment and transformation' as its mission. This mission statement, however, needs to be operationalised and a grid needs to be developed listing inputs and learning experiences that would facilitate excellence, empowerment and transformation. The impacts of these inputs may be monitored during the session and if necessary less effective inputs be replaced with more effective inputs.
The present M.Ed or B.Ed time table does not provide space for tutorials. Tutorials are considered to be a healthy practice in teacher education and are widely used for providing personal and academic counselling, and for enabling scholars to work in their chosen areas of interest in teacher education. The faculty may start tutorials groups of 7 to 8 students each as a regular feature of the B.Ed programme;
The University syllabus has a total 25 marks for achievement and diagnostic testing. Most students prepare an achievement test, but do not carry out an objectives - based broad analysis of students' performance. As a result, they are deprived of developing the skills of looking at students' performance for detecting their possible areas of weakness. Besides, classification of test items as easy, average or difficult should be based on item analysis and not on the trainee's perception about how the school students would respond to these items;
The ET lab, the AV lab, the psychology lab are housed in one hall which is also used us as a seminar hall.. The management may ensure that each lab has a separate room to it in order to enhance to its functionality.
The Alumni association and especially the placement cell managed by it needs to be made more functional on campus; placement interview may be organised by the placement cell.
The parent society of NCTO has made funds available for promoting research by the faculty. Five such research projects are already in progress. But none of these relate to action research. The contribution of action research to quality improvement of teacher education programmes is only too well known. The faculty may therefore focus on action research projects for improving the quality of its teacher education programmes and publish research papers on these.
These suggestions provide a road-map for quality improvement of the institution and its programmes for the next five years. The faculty and the management may discussed and prioritize these. Detailed programmes may be developed for their implementation with strategies for monitoring and mid session corrects. Annual targets may also be decided and their attainment assessed. Participation of the faculty in these plans and implementation would accelerate their professional development and sharpen their research acumen. The peer team is convinced that this institution can attain a lot more and realize its destiny through sustained pursuit of quality and excellence. The next two years shall matter a great deal in enabling NTCO to become one of the three top running institutions of Kerala.
The institution would do well to set up an internal quality assurance cell to provide long term support to these efforts. It may procure revised guidelines for setting IQAC developed by the NAAC in order to institutionalize pursuit of quality and excellence.
In the end, the Peer Team would like to record its appreciation for the ready co-operation received from all quarters. It was largely because of this that the Peer Team was able to complete its assigned task within the allotted time. Finally, the Peer Team would like to wish the institution the very best of luck in its pursuit of quality and excellence through its efforts this session onwards. It is hoped that the institution will in near future emerge as a leading teacher education institution in the State and inspire other institutions to emulate its performance.
Ottapalam - 679 101.
Date : 10th June 2005
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