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Thassim Beevi Abdul Kader College for Women, Kilakarai, Tamil Nadu


Thassim Beevi Abdul Kader College for Women, Kilakarai, Tamil Nadu
Address:No. 8/93,94 Yousuf Zulaikha Hospital Road
Kilakarai (District Ramanathapuram)
Tamil Nadu, India
Pin Code : 623517

Thassim Beevi Abdul Kader College for Women, Kilakarai Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college. Status: Self Financing Womens Institution.
Thassim Beevi Abdul Kader College for Women is situated in Kilakarai of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of Thassim Beevi Abdul Kader College for Women, Kilakarai Tamil Nadu is 04567-243355.

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Contact Details of Thassim Beevi Abdul Kader College for Women, Kilakarai Tamil Nadu are : Telephone: +91-4567-241933, 241934


Thassim Beevi Abdul Kader College for Women, Kilakarai Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Arts, Commerce, Computer Applications, Information Technology, Business Management, Science stream(s).
B.A, B.Sc, B.Com, B.Sc(IT), M.A, M.Sc, M.Com, M.C.A, Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application, Post Graduate Diploma in E-Commerce, Post Graduate Diploma in Seaweed Farming and Processing

Approval details: Thassim Beevi Abdul Kader College for Women is affiliated with Alagappa University, Karaikudi

Profile of Thassim Beevi Abdul Kader College for Women

The Thassim Beevi Abdul Kader College for Women, affiliated to Alagappa University, is situated in the most educationally and industrially backward town of Kilakarai, Ramanathapuram District. The college was founded in 1988 by Alhaj B S Abdur Rahman Sahib sponsored by the Seethakathi Trust, Chennai which has established various educational institutions par excellence. The Trust has been named after one of the greatest selfless benefactors of mankind, Seethakathi who lived in the 17 th Century. He was a Merchant Prince and a great philanthropist born in Kilakarai. This college has been named after our founders sister Mrs Thassim Beevi and her husband Janab Abdul Kader. She and her husband died in an accident on 24th January 1977 while returning after attending the school day function at the Crescent Residential School,Chennai. Mrs Thassim Beevi was a very enthusiastic lady who was interested in the higher education for women.

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NAAC report of Thassim Beevi Abdul Kader College for Women

Section I: Preamble
The Thassim Beevi Abdul Kader College for Women, Kilakarai, is the second Muslim college for women in Tamil Nadu started in 1988 with the objective of advancing the cause of women's education, especially Muslim women's education and further to empower women to accept social responsibilities and take up challenges of changing times. The motto of the College, as its founding father envisioned, is 'Enter to Learn, leave to serve'. The college moved to its present premises in 1998 in a plinth area of 29550 sq ft. The college has an attached hostel for 400 students in a plinth area of 12,990 sq ft. Spread over an area of 10.10 acres, the college offers scope for expansion and has playgrounds and infrastructure for sports. While offering courses of study relevant to the local needs and to the promotion of women's education, the college has also, over a period of time, paid attention to the third dimension of education, extension. The college offers 7 undergraduate courses and 4 postgraduate courses, in addition to 2 postgraduate diploma courses and one diploma course and a few certificate courses.

The Peer Team comprising Prof P Geervani, Former Vice-Chancellor, Sri Padmavathi Mahila Visvavidayalayam, Tirupati, Prof S Kuppuswami, Professor and Head, Department of Computer Science, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, Prof C R Visweswara Rao, Dean, Faculty of Languages, Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur, as members, and Dr Antony Stella, Adviser, NAAC, Bangalore as Co-ordinator, visited the College from 28th to 30th August 2002 in order to validate the Self-Study Report submitted by the College for the purpose of assessment and accreditation.

Section II: Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The Thassim Beevi Adbul Kader College for Women offers several programmes, many of them career-oriented. It offers B Com, B Sc Home Science - Nutrition, Food Service Management and Dietetics, B Sc Home Science with Computer Applications, B A English Literature, B A Arabic Literature, B Sc Mathematics, B Sc Information Technology, M C A, M Com, M Sc Home Science, M A English and Communication, Diploma in Information Technology, Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology and Postgraduate Diploma in e-commerce, Certificate Courses in Bakery and Food Preservation, Computer Applications, Spoken English and Typewriting. The Degree course in Home Science has been thoughtfully converted into B Sc Home Science with Computer Applications, taking into consideration the present day Information Technology revolution and the demands on Women and society it imposes. Similarly, B Sc Computer Science has been converted to B Sc Information Technology. A beginning is made in the elective options such as Environment and Energy Management, Women and Entrepreneurship, Food Microbiology, Food Toxicology, etc. M A English and Communication goes beyond conventional teaching and academic interests. But the course structure needs to be revised keeping in view the latest UGC guidelines on curriculum development. The college is affiliated to Madurai Kamaraj University and is required to implement the curriculum designed by the Alagappa University. Hence its ability to introduce innovation in course review and re-design is as yet limited. It takes 12 months to introduce a new programme. Only the Home Science department has interaction with the local food industries and the pharmaceutical industry. This indicates that the course design and the mode of imparting the course structure have the strength to promote linkages. The faculty, though many of them are young and new to the profession, have sought to impart the curriculum with an adequacy of preparation, though by and large face-to-face interaction remains the dominant mode of delivery.

The college offers Computer Literacy courses and Spoken English courses to serve the students, the teaching and non-teaching staff. From out of the Bachelor's programmes certain short-term diploma courses of immediate local use could be drawn up and offered so that the college has a wider linkage with the community around. The college obtains feedback from the students at the end of every semester on the courses of study, coverage of the syllabus, and various other inputs related to academic development. This serves as a useful pointer to the faculty to attune themselves to academic priorities as are charted out by the requirements of the given curriculum.

Criterion II: Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
Students are selected for admission into postgraduate programmes through an Entrance Test, interview and by giving due weightage to their academic record in the qualifying examination. At the Undergraduate level, admissions are by merit in the qualifying examination. The prospectus of the institution, brought out department-wise, mentions the courses of study offered and thus the courses of study are well advertised and there is a transparent mode of selection of students. The college has a Liquid Crystal Display Projector and Audio Visual devices necessary to supplement classroom teaching, though they remain to be used more extensively. But a gradual shift of emphasis from conventional pedagogy to the use of the new educational technology is discernible.

Though internal assessment as such is not part of the course structure, regular assessment of the student is made through mandatory monthly tests, a record of which is carefully maintained by the institution and transmitted to the parents from time to time, thus setting in motion an interaction with the parents. The college arranges special classes for students who are found to be deficit after the deficiency level is ascertained by a test. Special care is taken to impart remedial courses keeping in view the catchment area of the college which is rural / backward. The syllabus is unitized, and work plan, test schedule, and feedback schedule are obtained from the Head of the Department concerned.

There is an Audio-Visual Laboratory under the control of the English Department. The college has 182 working days. There is transparency in the information provided to the students.

At the Postgraduate level internal assessment is an important component of continuous evaluation. The faculty take active interest in promoting leadership skills among the students and in the extracurricular activities. There are a number of committees with which almost every teacher in the college is associated, so that promotion of the academic interests of the college is a joint enterprise.

Faculty recruitment is by an advertisement. Some of the staff are NET / SLET qualified. There is an Appointment Committee consisting of the Management, Principal, Head of the Department, representative of the University and a Subject Expert to participate in the process of selection. The faculty are deputed to participate in the International Symposium and Seminars organized by the Universities in Tamil Nadu and elsewhere. The college has organized some state level seminars. One major research project and some minor research projects offered by the UGC are in progress and three minor projects have been completed. In addition, research projects have been sanctioned by the college to individual teachers to encourage them to pursue research and society oriented work relevant to their disciplines.

A unique feature of the functioning of the college is that a mechanism of appraisal has been instituted and two rounds of such appraisal have already been completed by external members like University Faculty/Government agency. The teachers' performance is evaluated by the student and the management as well. There is an attempt to analyse this data objectively and communicate the findings to the teachers for their edification. The faculty have expressed the view that rather than feel put out by such an exercise, they have been benefited by it. The management monitors the performance of the teachers and offers them incentives like an enhancement of the pay. The college has an MoU with Bhari Information Technology Systems, Chennai. It has taken initiative in conducting four Faculty Orientation Programmes for the staff so as to promote the competence and level of communication of the faculty. The Computer Centre has been a nodal centre supplying manpower resources and support systems and intranet to the institution and thereby enabling the institution to reap the fruits of the Information Technology revolution. Out of 54 faculty, two only have Ph D degree and 16 have M Phil degree. Four have registered for Ph D. Publications of the faculty are as yet limited. With the incentive being offered to them for their academic growth, the publication should improve over a period of time.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
A few faculty members have undertaken research projects. The faculty are encouraged to utilize the Faculty Improvement Programme. Study leave on half pay is sanctioned to those desirous of doing Ph D. The college has set apart Rs 20,000/- per annum for staff undertaking research. There is a Research Committee to oversee this and also to oversee the conduct of National Seminars. The current outlay for research is Rs 7,17,560/- mostly from University Grants Commission. Department of Commerce, Tamil, English, Computer Science, Home Science have utilized these resources. Only Home Science department is actively involved in Extension activities. These activities related to awareness of AIDs, Environment and Nutrition. The college has a Cell for Entrepreneur Development. Empowerment of weaker sections is the target of the extension activities and the staff work in collaboration with Government Organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations. The Home Science department has a diet-counselling centre at Crescent Hospital, Madurai and Pioneer Hospital, Ramnad. Thus a definite community orientation has been given to the course structure and the practical laboratory and training ground are usefully found outside the boundaries of the institution. The College Canteen and Nursery School are used as laboratories for the work experience of Home Science students. There are two N S S units and the activities are directed towards promoting health awareness, social awareness, legal awareness and environmental awareness. While the department of Home Science has adopted the surrounding villages for its nutrition and health education programmes. The overall impression is that while there is lot of intra-departmental coordination, there is also considerable inter-departmental activity contributing to harmonious relationship between students and staff and to the students support services in particular. Consultancy as a resource-earning proposition has not been taken up yet, but the contact with the pharmaceutical industry and seafood industry can turn into a productive gain for the institution, if the process is further accentuated.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The campus is developed in an area of 10.10 acres, as given in the master plan of the college. Funds for infrastructure development of the institution are provided by the Trust. The college has a built up area of 29,550 Sq ft. An open-air auditorium has been provided within the quadrangle of the main building for conducting college functions. A seminar hall with a seating capacity of 200 is also provided in the main building.

All the departments have been provided with just sufficient space for their functioning. The college envisages constructing one more floor on the existing main building to meet the additional requirements of the departments and to provide space for future expansion. This has to be taken up immediately. A playground having an area of 17050 sq. ft. has been developed for games like volleyball, shuttlecock, badminton, etc. The hostel students use these facilities effectively. Other basic amenities for a self-sufficient campus life are available to the students.

A hostel having an area of 12,990 sq. ft. which can accommodate about 400 students, has been built near to the main building with a grant-in-aid of Rs 10 lakhs from the UGC. The hostel is maintained neatly and houses a typewriting section exclusively for the inmates. A gymnasium, a prayer hall, and recreation facilities are also provided within the hostel.

The library is currently located in the main building in two floors having an area of 1515 sq. ft. An additional space of about 619 sq. ft. is provided for M C A programme. The library has 12,578 books, 10 Journals and 50 Magazines, but the Journal section needs to be improved. It requires more professionalised attention for its future growth. The book bank facility is in place for the benefit of poor students. The library inventory is computerized and is made available on the network. CDROM reading facility, internet browsing and photocopying facilities have also been provided to the students. However the space available and the number of books are inadequate for a college of this size.

The Home Science department has an advanced training kitchen and a basic training kitchen both housed within the hostel to cater to the practical classes in addition to the other laboratories like Chemistry, Textiles and Clothing, etc. A model school managed by the Home Science department has also been developed in a three-storied building adjoining the hostel. The chemistry, Biochemistry and Microbiology laboratories of Home Science department could have been strengthened further and utilized more effectively by starting more science courses that have current appeal.

The college has established two computer laboratories one exclusively for the M C A course and the other for B Sc I T course. With the grant-in-aid from the UGC one more computer laboratory is established for non-IT PG courses. Licensed softwares have been purchased. All these laboratories are networked and internet connection is provided to facilitate the faculty and the students.

A fairly well-equipped audio production and video production laboratories have been established to meet the practical requirements of the M A English and Communication programme. The communication lab, needs to be developed further and the college has already initiated steps in that direction.

All departments are provided with computers. Mathematics department may also plan for an applied orientation and equip itself with a Computer laboratory to suit its requirements.

A Medical Centre located very close to the college gives access to health service to the staff and students of the college at concession rates.

The college is equipped with a 30 KVA generator to provide power during power cuts. A water purification plant has been installed to provide potable drinking water to the college and the hostel.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
The college adopts the Madurai Kamaraj University syllabus for all its courses, and the admission requirement is as laid down by the University. For two courses, namely M A English and Communication and B Sc Home Science with Computer Applications, the syllabus is made exclusively for this college as no other college is offering these courses.

As the students who are admitted to this college mainly come from the surrounding areas with a poor background in English language, the college runs remedial classes in English after the college hours. The college also admits a few foreign students.

The college provides scholarship support for the economically poor students in addition to government scholarships. More than 300 students receive the benefit every year.

The college has made attempts to provide placement for the outgoing students in a limited manner. There is however no permanent placement cell to look after the placement activities.

Enough care has been taken to minimize the drop out rate of the students and increase the pass percentage. It is encouraging to note that quite a few students have obtained University ranks in the previous years.

Students are encouraged to participate in the co-curricular and extra-curricular activities organized by various associations of the college, namely College Majlis, Cell for Entrepreneur Development, Youth Welfare Fora, National Service Scheme, Quiz Club, Rotaract Club, Youth Red Cross and the Quality Enhancement Cell.

Even though the students do not report any grievances at present an institutionalized student grievance redressal mechanism has to be established by the college.

Alumni Association has been formed and is functioning well for the past 3 years. The Parent-Teacher Association helps in sharing information on the progress of the students. In addition, it motivates the parents to provide financial support for the welfare measures of the college. The college has received the Best College Award for its student services from the Madurai Kamaraj University.

Criterion VI: Organisation and Management
The college is governed by a Trust, the meetings of which the Principal is invited to attend when the college matters are on the agenda. The College Governing Council, in which all heads of departments are members, implements the policies laid down by the Management. The Financial powers mainly rest with the Trust for the funds provided by the trust, but the Principal is empowered to utilize UGC and other grants. However the powers of the Principal are not laid down clearly in any document.

For the recruitment of teaching faculty the college follows the usual procedure of advertising, interviewing and appointing. The minimum requirements for the qualification are ensured in all appointments. The service conditions and leave rules are well defined and informed to the faculty on joining. Service registers are maintained for the permanent faculty. Welfare schemes like housing loan, festival advance, hospital fee concession, children's school fee concession etc. are provided to all staff of the college.

UGC pay scale is given to faculty only after a certain number of years of service. There is no clear policy evolved in terms of pay fixation. For attracting good faculty, the college management has to address this issue. It is necessary that in view of the difficulty in getting qualified candidates in this remote place, NET/SLET qualified candidates are put on the UGC scales of pay.

The college adopts the self-appraisal, student-evaluation and peer group evaluation mechanisms for evaluating the performance of all faculties including Principal of the college. The outcome of the evaluation is informed to the faculty concerned for appropriate improvement, if necessary. This is a good practice and is well taken by the faculty.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The college offers a number of courses, which have current relevance and are need based.
Linkages for teaching and research are in formative stages. To give the students enhanced opportunities for intensive study, the Computer Centre has entered into a MoU with BITECH as a result of which computer education that the college offers is quite focused.

The college conducts, as part of its extension education programme, computer literacy courses for the staff and the students.

An intranet environment has been created in the college and there is scope in the future for the college to computerize most of its operations and proceed in the direction of paperless office.

There is a Quality Enhancement Cell in the college, which performs the function of giving the faculty the orientation necessary for the pursuit of their academic tasks. Four orientation programmes have been conducted by inviting resource persons from the universities. So far the teachers' feedback on Orientation Programmes is quite encouraging.

The college has liaison with Self-Help groups for Women. A small beginning has been made to promote the activities of self-help groups.

Motivated by the Mass Communication orientation of the M A English and Communication course, a student tabloid entitled 'The TBAK Times' has been brought out and this provides a forum for the expression of student creativity.

The students of the English and Communication department are also engaged in documentary preparation and release of local cable advertisements for the college, which is also a talent nurturing and creativity promoting exercise.

Though not a curricular requirement, the faculty have introduced continuous evaluation as a feature of their instruction for the semester and in the student feedback session there was a very positive response to a continuous engagement with studies.

There are a variety of organizations sponsored by the college with pronounced faculty and student participation which contributes significantly the value addition component of education, socializing, and encouraging participation in group activities that make the students contribute to social harmony.

These healthy practices indicate that there is a definite community orientation to the student activities and that through the N S S and the Youth Welfare Fora students are able to create awareness in the public about health, hygiene and the environment. Thus in a way the mission and the vision of the college of promoting women's education and bringing about an emancipated and humanitarian approach to societal issues is fulfilled.

There is a systematic self-appraisal and the performance-appraisal instituted by the college as a bold initiative. This appraisal is scientifically and rationally done.

The Home Science and Commerce departments, the N S S, the Rotaract, the Youth Welfare Forum, Cell for Entrepreneurial Development, Youth Red Cross, through their extension activities have fulfilled the mission of seeking the economic and social redemption of women in the region.

The Parent Teacher Association meets twice a year and this is a forum for the college to have feedback on the parents response to the education of their children.

Almost 50 % of the students reside in the hostels and are thus exposed to a socializing exercise.

Section III: Overall Analysis
The Peer Team during its visit to the college interacted with the Principal and the Management, faculty, students, alumni, parents and the non-teaching staff and went round the various facilities offered by the college and the departments of study. The Peer Team is impressed by the committed work put in by the Principal and the staff who have spared no effort to translate the vision of the college into a reality. The infrastructure, the college has built up is impressive and potentialities for growth do exist and need to be exploited by a systematic vision plan being evolved and implemented in consultation with a core group of experts in educational forecasting who would take into account regional realities and needs in course planning. It is observed that while 30 % of the staff are alumni and are familiar with the ambience, many of them are fresh graduates. These may be gender and region specific issues but this has certainly been a constraint both for strengthening and expansion.

It is further noticed that the capital investment on the college is made by the Trust and salaries and recurring expenses are met from the fees collected and the UGC grants received.

The staff should be encouraged to do research and acquire not only Ph D degrees but also be engaged in major and minor projects by tapping resources from other funding agencies.

The management structures should incorporate an academic component and a well structured consultative mechanism between the Management and the staff needs to be evolved.

The college may evolve a vision plan by initiating a dialogue between the Management and a body of experts who help the institution define its thrust areas in tune with the goals and sustainable regional development as envisaged.

Expertise from institutions of higher learning may be invited more frequently to participate in the teaching programme of the postgraduate courses

Courses with an applied orientation and in Social Sciences may be started in the next couple of years. Postgraduate diploma courses in Social Work, Pre-School Education may be started to initiate greater interaction with the region. The department of Commerce may be encouraged to launch the M B A Programme and build up its extension potential by starting a Consumer Protection Council

Face - to - face interaction sessions may gradually be interspersed with the new technology.

Accommodation for the library is inadequate. It needs to have more number of professional staff to supervise its various functions. Since postgraduate courses are offered in some subjects it is necessary that the journal section is strengthened.

A competitive examination cell may be created and entrusted with the task of preparing the students for the state and central competitive examinations. The library may also have an exclusively displayed collection for competitive examinations and a separate reading room to motivate the students.

The Grievance Redressal body should be activated and the college Prospectus may outline its objectives so that the students are aware of the existence of the body.

The consultancies that exist now at an informal level may be formalized and made resource - generating.

A Career Guidance and Placement Cell may be set up to advise students on opportunities and provide scope for on campus recruitment. The students, in their interaction session, have indicated that a socialization and personality development process have been initiated in the region by the college and this is best kept up by appropriate counselling

The Peer Team warmly appreciates the teamwork of the teachers, non-teaching staff and the students of the College. The team wishes the College a bright future and all round development.

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