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Malankara Catholic College, Mariagiri, Tamil Nadu
Address:Mariagiri,
1.5 km from Kaliyakkavilai on Thiruvananthapuram-Kanyakumari National Highway
Mariagiri (District Kanyakumari)
Tamil Nadu, India
Pin Code : 629153


Malankara Catholic College, Mariagiri Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college.
Malankara Catholic College, Mariagiri Tamil Nadu is situated in Mariagiri of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Mariagiri comes under Kanyakumari Tehsil, Kanyakumari District.

Website of Malankara Catholic College, Mariagiri Tamil Nadu is http://www.malankara.edu.in/.


Contact Details of Malankara Catholic College, Mariagiri Tamil Nadu are : Telephone: +91-4651-244156, 244155


Courses

B.Sc. Biochemistry
B.Sc. Biotechnology
B.Sc. Computer Science
B.Sc. Microbiology
B.Sc. Physics
B.Sc. Software Engineering
M.Phil (Bio Technology)
M.Sc. Bio Chemistry
M.Sc. Biotechnology
M.Sc. Microbialtechnology
M.Sc. Software Engineering
MSW (Master of Social Work)


Malankara Catholic College, Mariagiri Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Biotechnology, Social Work, Degree stream(s).

Malankara Catholic College is affiliated with Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Abhishekapatti


Profile of Malankara Catholic College

Malankara Catholic College is owned and managed by the Diocese of Marthandam with the approval of the Govt. of Tamil Nadu, and is affiliated to Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Thirunelveli. It is one of the development activities initiated by its first Bishop Most. Rev. Lawrence Mar Ephraem.

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NAAC report of Malankara Catholic College

Section 1: Preface
Malankara Catholic College, Mariagiri, is a self-financing, co-educational institution situated in Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu and is affiliated to Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Thirunelveli. The College, started in 1998, is owned and managed by Diocese of Marthandam. The College is situated in 5.53 acres area in a rural setting.

The College envisions imparting quality education; promote research and appropriate extra-curricular activities by incorporating the needs of society in a student-friendly learning environment with a goal of moulding the youth to be intelligent and responsible citizens of the country.

The College has five science departments offering 6 Undergraduates and 2 Postgraduates courses. It has 48 permanent, 2 temporary & 3 part-time teachers and 17 non-teaching staff. The College has 648 students in the UG and 70 in PG courses. The number of women students is 421 in UG and 44 in the PG courses.

The C ollege admits students to the under graduate and postgraduate programmes on the basis of the marks obtained by the candidates in qualifying examinations. The College has about 210 working and 180 teaching days. The College provides facilities for an array of co-curricular activities such as workshops, seminars, conferences and creative art, elocution. It encourages extension activities such as community development, blood donation, social work, eradication of illiteracy, eco club, etc. Infrastructure facilities such as Library, Sports facilities, Hostel, Canteen, Telephone booth, and Reprographic facilities are also available to the students. The Institution has a unit of NSS comprising 140 students. The unit cost of the College per student is Rs. 22,093/- including salary. The management runs 22 other educational institutions.

The College volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore and submitted Self Study Report.

A Peer Team was constituted by the NAAC to visit the institution and validate the Self Study Report. The Peer Team consisted of Prof. K. Chidananda Gowda, Vice Chancellor, Kuvempu University, Shimoga as Chairman, Prof. P.P.Mathur, Professor, School of Life Sciences, Pondichery Unversity as Member Coordinator and Prof. D. Vijaya Prasad, Principal, Government City College, Hyderabad as Member. The Team visited the College on 23rd and 24th July 2004.

The Peer Team examined in detail the infrastructure facilities available in the College, curricular and co-curricular programmes and the various aspects of the functioning of the institution. The Team also interacted with the Managing Committee, Correspondent, Principal, Students, Teaching Staff, Parents and Alumni of the College and elicited their views on the facilities and the functioning of the Institution. In addition, the Team also examined all the relevant records and paid visits to the different Departments, Laboratories, Library, Games Room, Canteen, NSS room, etc. Based on the above exercise, and the seven criteria identified by NAAC, the assessment of the institution is presented in the following pages.

Section 2: Criterion - wise Analysis
Criterion 1: Curricular Aspects
Malankara Catholic College is an affiliated self-financing College under Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Thirunelveli. The course syllabi are prepared by the respective Boards of Studies and approved by the Academic Council of the University. Six courses available in the undergraduate programmes are Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Computer Science, Microbiology, Physics and Software Engineering. Two P.G. courses in Biotechnology, and Software Engineering are being offered. The candidates are offered Tamil or Malayalam as Part I and English as Part II. Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Physics, Computer Science and Software Engineering are offered as Major under Part III. In addition, allied subjects like Microbiology, Chemistry, Biophysics, Mathematics and Biochemistry are being offered. Laboratory, Fieldwork and Projects are essential components of some of these courses. Semester system is being followed for examinations. The syllabi are being reviewed once in three years. Some of the faculty members are members of the Boards of Studies of the University. The syllabi are unitised and some of them have interdisciplinary components.

The College offers certificate courses to its students concurrently. Out of 21 listed certificate courses, currently 7 certificate courses are being offered to the students as Invisible Components. The College proposes to conduct remaining courses in appropriate semesters. The courses currently being offered are in Applied Biochemistry, Blood Banking, Medical Laboratory Technology, Instrumentation in Microbiology, Domestic Appliance Servicing & Assembling, Radio Servicing & Assembling, Internet Usage & Web Design, Plant Tissue Culture and Conservation Biotechnology. These academic programmes are generally in conformity with the objective of the institution to become a centre of excellence in the field of education in this area. Proposals for starting M.Sc. in Microbial Techniques and in Biochemistry were submitted to Manonmaniam Sundaranar University before October 2003.


Criterion II: Teaching - Learning and Evaluation
Admissions to the various courses of study are done on the basis of academic records and personal interview. Students belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes and other weaker sections are admitted as per the policy of Tamil Nadu Government. Reservations to the physically challenged persons and also belonging to local revenue districts are also made. The admissions are made after an interview. There is no provision to assess the students knowledge, aptitude and skills for a particular programme before admission. However, at the beginning of the academic year all the admitted students are subjected to an entry behaviour test, which assesses students knowledge and skills for the particular programme of study. The College allows transfer to other courses on the basis of scholastic aptitude and performance. The College also provides some bridge/ remedial courses in the form of extra coaching to the educationally disadvantaged students. The College follows semester pattern of examinations in undergraduate and postgraduate classes. The students are informed of the syllabi and evaluation methods in the beginning of the academic year and the overall performance of students is being monitored by periodical tests, crash tests, assignments, group discussions, and paper/ poster presentations. However, the performance in them is not taken into account for awarding final grades to the students. The students are being allotted projects as a part of the curriculum. The students are provided with a library period and Internet access is available to all of the students. The College has been following Mentor System in which the teachers offer counselling to the students. Parent-Teacher Association also identifies the problems of students and suggests corrective measures.

The College has dedicated faculty to handle various programmes. Four teachers hold Ph.D Degree and 8 possess M.Phil. Degree. One faculty member holds a D.Sc. degree. Some are in the process of acquiring research degrees. Faculty members are given support for undertaking research work leading to Ph.D and participation in various seminars and conferences apart from Career Development Programmes. Many of the faculty members use computer facilities. The College follows self-appraisal method to evaluate the performance of the teachers. The form is a very comprehensive one and gives credit to many things including teaching innovations and examination results. Feedback from students regarding teachers is also obtained. The College has introduced Quality Circle to analyse the performance of faculty. The College also appoints external team of academic experts to evaluate the overall performance of the institution once in five years. One such evaluation was already undertaken. The College has also conducted Personality Development Programmes in the past years.


Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The College mainly offers undergraduate programmes and hence more thrust on teaching is given than on research. There are only 4 teachers with Ph.D. degree but two are eligible to guide candidates for Ph.D. degree. However, the institution is not a recognized centre for offering Ph.D. programme. The culture of research has to take off in this young College. One of the faculty members in Biotechnology is a recipient of financial assistance from the Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India at Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli under SERC Fast Track Young Scientists Scheme. A few of the faculty members have research publications before and after joining this institution to their credit. The College encourages teachers to undertake research projects and complete the requirements for Ph.D. degree. However, without the recognition of UGC under 2f and 12b, the College cannot get benefit of the various schemes of UGC and other funding agencies. It was noted that the College has already submitted its proposal for UGC recognition through the affiliating University. The College is yet to formalise the consultancy services to be offered by its faculty. The College is trying to identify the areas for research and consultancy by establishing an International Centre for Bioresource Management.

The College offers major extension activities through NSS. Three faculty members are designated as the Programme Officers. The institution is responsive to the needs of the community. Various Extension Activities like AIDS awareness campaign, Anti- Dengue fever campaign, adult education and literacy, medical camp, blood donation camp, bio-village programme, rural access service through internet (RASI), environmental awareness campaigns have been organized by the college. Teacher-in-charge of each of the activities coordinate the programmes.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
In spite of being a nascent institution, the College has developed its own infrastructure facilities to keep pace with the academic growth of the institution. The facilities are being optimally used by students and outside agencies.

At present the college has about 5.5 acres of land in a rural setting. The campus is maintained clean and tidy. The College has good classrooms, laboratories, well-equipped lecture hall, computer lab, etc. The college also has modern equipments such as audio visual aids, PA System, LCD projector, OHP etc. The College has a dial-up Internet connectivity for use of the faculty and the students. Computer and Internet facilities need to be upgraded to meet the increasing requirements by the students of the College and to promote Computer Literacy among all the students.

The infrastructure facilities in the College are created and maintained mostly from the funds received from the well-wishers of the Diocese, students fees, and contributions from local churches. Funds are also mobilized through Parent-Teacher and Alumni Associations.
The Central library has 4404 books and 36 journals. A library advisory committee manages the library. The library is open on all working days from 8.00 AM to 5.30 PM and has computerised its catalogue.

In addition to availability of computers in every department, the Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering has 57 computers. The intranet has been established and maintained by the Systems Manager who is also responsible for the maintenance of the systems. Internet connectivity is provided to staff and students during a certain time.

The College arranges for annual health checkups for the students and the staff and students can avail of treatment by the Medical Officer of the College at concessional rates. The College offers compulsory accident insurance to all the students and staff.

Though there is no hostel maintained by the College women students live in the nearby hostel run by the Diocese sisters and boys are accommodated in nearby stay homes where furnishings are provided by the College. Mess facility is provided by the College Canteen.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
The College is a coeducational institution and has good pass percentage in most of the courses. However, only a few batches have come out. The College has a system of academic counseling for the students. The counseling is done for improvement of performance and career progression. Remedial classes are held for academically weak students. For career counseling, the college has recently constituted a Career guidance and counseling committee, an employment cell with faculty members. The Invisible Components offered to the students help the students to empower themselves for job opportunities. Four students from Biotechnology Department have been able to go to Taiwan for higher studies through institutional efforts.

Different types of financial help such as, SC/ST scholarships, First generation scholarship, BC/ MBC scholarships are available. A total of about 200 students belonging to different categories have received different types of financial assistance during 2002-2003. In addition Diocesan scholarships are available to poor students admitted under merit seats. Students below poverty line under Malankara Catholic churches are supported in their tuition fees. Facility is provided to the students to enable themselves of educational loan facility provided by commercial banks.

The College publishes its Handbook every year. It contains all the essential information needed by the students like course structure, fee structure, examination, and admission rules. The College also publishes a College Magazine.

Alumni Association is started recently in the College. However, more structured and sustained efforts are required in strengthening the Association

The institution has been able to provide adequate support system for physical and intellectual health of all its constituents through various facilities like sports, health care, library and computers. A few students of the College have performed very well and secure ranks in the University examinations.

There is a system of receiving feed back from the students in form of Teachers Evaluation on various aspects of teaching and personality. The forms are analysed and the feedback is made available to the teachers concerned.

Criterion VI: Organisation and Management
The Malankara Catholic College, a self-financing affiliated coeducational institution, is in the sixth year of its inception. The College is maintained by the Malankara Diocese of Marthandam. The Principal of the college manages the day-to-day affairs of the College and reports to the Correspondent who takes the matters to the Board.

The teaching staffs of the College is encouraged to participate in different courses, training programmes and professional development programmes. A few of the administrative staff have recently been trained on the use of computers. There is a mechanism for assessing the work efficiency of teaching and non-teaching staff. The College helps its staff members to obtain loans from commercial banks/ financial institutions.

The tuition fee structure for the undergraduate courses of the college is fixed differentially for Merit and Payment seats. The fee structure depends on the course. It varies from about Rs. 5,300 per year in Physics to Rs. 26,500 in Biotechnology and Software Engineering. For M.Sc in Software Engineering and Biotechnology the total fees per year are Rs. 34,000 and Rs. 50, 000, respectively.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The Peer Team during its visit to the College and its constituent units identified the following specific features, which have contributed to the improved quality of education in this college.

New students are subjected to an entry behaviour test and possibility of transfer to other courses on the basis of Scholarship aptitudes.

Introduction of bridge/ remedial courses in the form of extra coaching to the educationally disadvantages students.

Mentor System in which all teachers Counsel and Students, and if needed, visit the home of the irregular and under performing students.

Teachers are given leave and financial help to attend conferences.

Self-appraisal of Teachers and Students feedback on teachers.

Personality Development Programmes for the teachers.

External evaluation of teaching-learning process.

Large number of Extension Activities.

Annual health check ups.

Compulsory accident insurance to all students and staff.

Helping staff and students to get loan facility from commercial bank.

Introduction of Certificate Courses.

Maintenance of beautiful Campus.

Sensitivity to Physically challenged Students.

Development of Vermi-composting, Medicinal Plant Garden (Biopark) and rainwater harvesting system.

Section 3: Overall Analysis
The College under review was examined and analysed by the Peer Team in a comprehensive manner. Documents, departmental inputs, official Records, Financial details as well as examination data, regarding the percentage and all success and dropout cases were thoroughly examined and scrutinised. The Peer Team would like to submit the following points of commendation regarding the College.

Young and energetic faculty, which is very much motivated and dedicated.

A very good Staff-Student relationship.

Good Laboratory facilities.

Involvement of most of the teachers and students in Co-curricular and
extension activities.

Skill development through certificate course.

A very supportive Management, which is committed for quality higher education in rural area.

The Peer Team feels that the institutions can offer sustained quality education by improving upon the following areas.

Getting UGC recognition under 2f and 12b rules urgently.

Research activity should be promoted leading to the publication of more research papers. There is a need to devise a mechanism to provide study leave to allow teachers to complete their Ph.D Work.

Providing more space and books to the Library.

Providing Computer literacy to all the students.

Providing of more Computer System and better Internet facility through VSAT/ISDN connectivity immediately.

The presently available land area is insufficient and needs to be augmented by procuring Land for development of playgrounds, sports and Gym facilities.

Providing of good exclusive hostel facilities for men and women students.

Transport facilities for day scholars coming from nearby areas.

Introduction of more job oriented courses like Commerce, Business Management, Tourism and Travel Management.

The institution can establish an Internal Quality Assurance Cell to implement and monitor continuously the quality of education imparted in the institution.

The peer team hopes that by implementing the suggestions the College will be able to provide quality education to rural students much more effectively.

The Peer team wishes the College a very bright future.

Prof. K. Chidananda Gowda

Prof. P. P. Mathur

Prof. D. Vijaya Prasad

I agree with the observations and recommendations made by the Peer Team in this report.

Name & Signature of the Head of the Institution

Prof. A. Ubald Raj

Date: July 24, 2004



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