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Lekshmipuram College of Arts and Science, Neyyoor, Tamil Nadu


Lekshmipuram College of Arts and Science, Neyyoor, Tamil Nadu
Address:Lekshmipuram, Manavalakurichi, Mondaikadu
Neyyoor (District Kanyakumari)
Tamil Nadu, India
Pin Code : 629802

Lekshmipuram College of Arts and Science, Neyyoor Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college. Status: Non-Autonomous, NAAC accredited. Lekshmipuram College of Arts and Science, Neyyoor Tamil Nadu was established on / in June 1964.

Principal of Lekshmipuram College of Arts and Science, Neyyoor Tamil Nadu is Dr.Raja Bose Mobile 9443579244.

Lekshmipuram College of Arts and Science is situated in Neyyoor of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Neyyoor comes under Kalkulam Tehsil, Kanyakumari District.

Fax # of Lekshmipuram College of Arts and Science, Neyyoor Tamil Nadu is 04651-223638 (I.T.Dept).

email ID(s) is Lekshmipuram College of Arts and Science Neyyoor Tamil Nadu

Website of Lekshmipuram College of Arts and Science, Neyyoor Tamil Nadu is http://www.lpc.org.in/.

General Secretary : Adv. C.Subramoniam,B.A.,B.L. (Mobile 9894882733).

Contact Details of Lekshmipuram College of Arts and Science, Neyyoor Tamil Nadu are : Phone : 04651-222224 (Principal)
: 04651-223639 (Secreatry)
: 04651-224781 (Self Financing)

College name spelling confusion: Lakshmipuram (Wrong)

The College is located 17 kilometers away from the District Headquarters, Nagercoil. The nearby main bus-stations are Monday Market, Colachel, Manavalakurichy and Karingal. The nearest railway station is at Eraniel – 3 km away from the College.

Address of Secretary : 13-27, Chidambaranagar
Eraniel, Neyyoor-629 802

Approval details: Lekshmipuram College of Arts and Science is affiliated with Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Abhishekapatti

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NAAC report of Lekshmipuram College of Arts and Science

Section 1: Preamble
Lekshmipuram College of Arts and Science was established in 1964 at Lekshmipuram near Neyyoor, Kanyakumari District for the advancement of the physical, mental and cultural interests of the students from the downtrodden section of the society. The college initially affiliated to Madras University became an affiliate of the Madurai Kamaraj University from 1966. It is currently affiliated to Manonmaniam Sunderanar University, Tirunelveli. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has included the college under 2f and 12 B list of the Act in 1972. The college is located in a 31 acre plot, in a semi-urban setup 20 kms away from the District head quarters, Nagercoil. The college was upgraded to a degree college in 1966 with History (English Medium), Zoology and Mathematics. B.A. History (Tamil Medium) was started in 1967. B.A. English Literature and B.Sc., Physics were introduced in 1979 and B.A., Tamil Literature in 1980. New courses viz., B.Sc., Information Technology in 2001, B.Sc., Bio-Chemistry in 2002 and B.Sc., Costume Design and B.Sc., Electronics in 2003 were started on self-financing basis.

At present the college offers two graduate (UG) programmes; one in Arts and one in Science. The college has a strength of 1048 students on its roll in 2004. The college has 58 *full time teachers of which 12 are temporary, appointed and paid by the Management. There are nine Ph.D and 24 M.Phil degree holders among the 39 permanent teachers. Thirty five non-teaching staff members ably assist the administration. The permanent teachers and non-teaching staff members are paid by the Government. The 27 temporary teachers and six staff members for the administration of the self-financing courses are paid by the Management of the college. Unit cost of education is Rs.12508. The college submitted its Self Study Report (SSR) in June, 2004 and volunteered to be assessed and accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore. NAAC constituted a Peer Team comprising of Prof. P.K.Sahu, Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board, Orissa State (Bhubaneswar) as chairperson; Dr.Rajan Varughese, Director of Off-Campus Academic Centre, School of Distance Education of the Mahathma Gandhi University at Mar Thoma College for Women, Perumbavoor and former Principal, Union Christian College, Aluva (Kerala) as Member Coordinator and Dr.S.Ramesh, Dean, Faculty of Commerce and Management, Mount Carmel College, Bangalore (Karnataka) as Member. Dr.M.S.Shyamasundar, Deputy Adviser, NAAC coordinated the visit at the NAAC office. The Team visited the college on 10th and 11th December, 2004 and interacted extensively with the Principal, Faculty, the Management, Staff, Students, Parents and Alumni. The Team went through all the documents presented to validate the details included in the SSR. On the basis of the two days visit and in depth study of the institution and keeping in view the Seven Criteria identified by the NAAC a detailed assessment report is given in the following pages.

Section 2:Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The college is an affiliate of Manonmaniam Sunderanar University. It was observed that the goals and objectives of the institution are clearly stated, periodically reviewed, and communicated systematically to all its constituencies. It works with these goals and objectives although some of the objectives are yet to be achieved. The college follows the syllabi and regulations of the University. The two UG programmes offered come under the Arts and Science faculties with major subjects in History through Tamil and English medium, Tamil Literature, English Literature, Mathematics, Physics and Zoology. English is offered as compulsory language and students have the choice of either Tamil or Malayalam as second language. Tamil, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, Botany, History, Economics and Political Science are offered as Extra Disciplinary Optional Courses (EDOC)/Allied subjects. The college offers B.Sc., degree programmes in Information Technology, Bio-Chemistry, Costume Design and Fashion and Electronics under self-financing scheme. The EDOC/Allied subjects for these courses are English, Computer Science, Mathematics, Microbiology, Zoology and Physics which allows lateral mobility. Field work/Project work is a part of the curriculum in these courses. Both the aided and self-financing courses have Foundation courses covering General awareness and Social value education and Co-curricular activities such as Literacy Movement, Fine Arts Programme, Consumer Movement and Rural Development and Community Development Projects. Extra curricular activities of the college include NSS, NCC and Physical Education. Diploma courses in Functional Tamil, Functional English, Personal Secretary-ship and Women Empowerment are also offered in the college. Six teachers are members of the Academic Boards of Studies and three teachers served in the Senate of the University during the last five years. These teachers could play their role in updating the syllabi at the University level. The university conducts inspection of the facilities of the college in connection with starting of new courses.

Criterion II: Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
The college works on a dual system - the grant-in-aid and self-financing. The admission of students is according to University norms and Government guidelines. The faculty members interact with the newly admitted students and assess their academic background and communication skills. Bridge courses in English and remedial courses are offered outside regular working hours to those identified as lagging in communication skills and who are weak in the core subjects. Advanced learners are encouraged to make the optimum use of the library by acquainting themselves with developments and advancements in their subjects through research articles in journals and are given assignments of presenting papers in seminars and group discussions. They are offered opportunities to participate in inter-college quiz programmes. Teachers prepare lesson plans and handouts on the topics of lecture. Extra classes are held in case of need for completion of the syllabus. They discuss the methodology of teaching and the progress of learning in the departmental staff meetings. Methods of teaching are based on a pattern of lectures, quiz programmes, assignments, group discussions, debates, study tours, field study, laboratory work and audio-visual aids. Evaluation is done on the basis of monthly class tests and university examinations. It is worthwhile to note that students of Tamil Literature are ranked first in the university among the colleges offering the course. Faculty members are active in the field of academic activities. Some of the teachers have attended conferences/seminars at the national level. The college has a total of 58 teachers. Recruitment of teachers is made as per university and state government rules and regulations. The new teaching posts are created on retirement, resignations, terminations and increase in workload etc. Eleven teachers have benefited from UGC assistance to attend orientation programmes/seminars/workshops/conferences. One of the faculty members could complete research work and obtained Ph.D., degree under the FDP. Three more teachers are selected under FDP of X Plan to do Ph.D. The college follows self-appraisal method to evaluate the performance of the faculty in teaching, research and institutional programmes. The college assesses teacher performance through self appraisal report submitted to the principal and HOD. Principal and HOD discuss the performance with the concerned teacher and provide necessary suggestions for improvement. Students evaluations of teachers are obtained through feedback form filled in by the students at the time of leaving the college. The programmes of teaching and learning cater to individual needs among learners and offers academic flexibility. How ever subjects of science such as Zoology, Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics need to be given greater attention.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The college gives emphasis to research culture which is evident from the 28 number of teachers involved in research studies and 9 of them holding Ph.D., degree. Four teachers have registered for Ph.D., programme. Total number of research publications is 15 and some of the teachers have published books. Second year and third year students have project work under the supervision of teachers which inculcate research culture among students. The topics of research in the different departments are socially relevant and significant for society. Teachers are encouraged to improve their qualifications by doing research, availing the teacher fellowships made available by the UGC under the FDP. The management takes responsibility for the prompt appointment of substitute teachers in the FDP vacancies and relieves the teachers when needed. Principal of the college has undertaken a project pertaining to ‘Environmental Status Report’ related to rivers of the area and has number of publications. Another faculty member of Chemistry department has collaborative research project with the Department of Ocean Development and Central Ground Water Board. However, the area of academic research in terms of publication needs to be encouraged among the faculty.

The college has designated persons for its extension activities on additional charges. Extension work is done under the umbrella of the NSS, NCC, Youth Red Cross which are active in a number of areas like blood donation camps, AIDS Awareness, Environmental Awareness, hazards of pollution, community development, social work and adult education and literacy. The thrust for extension programmes in the college by way of anti-drug campaign, medical camp and eye camp, awareness programme in consumer rights and protection and rain water harvesting, ‘varumun kaappom’, health and hygiene activity and study on pollution level in the river system at Mondaikad AVM canal and nearby wells are worth mentioning. The Management promotes the interest of teachers and students in extension activities by providing necessary support. The college has joint activities with Non Governmental Organizations like P.S.Medical Trust. The adult education programme is in existence for over 25 years and the college NSS units have adopted four villages for community development and social work.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college premises covers 31 acres of land on the Lekshmipuram - Mondaikad road. The college has developed infrastructure to meet the requirements of the programmes and has plans to augment the resources. The funds allotted under UGC schemes has also been utilized for construction of additional class rooms and for equipping laboratories especially for the Information Technology and the Bio-Chemistry courses. Maintenance of infrastructure is entrusted to technical staff by the college Management. The infrastructure is subjected to its optimum use by conducting certificate and diploma courses even outside the class hours, by organizing medical camps and by providing facilities for the M S University Distance Education Centre. The college has photocopying, Internet and Audio-video cassettes. The computers in the college are networked and a website is being developed. The automatic weather station is being established and a sky-watching club is being formed utilizing the telescope available in the Physics department.

Student participation in maintenance is encouraged and sustained by promoting awareness and regulating campus cleanliness with the Nature Club. The NSS, NCC and Youth Red Cross help the gardener to maintain the garden in the campus. The library has an advisory committee to assist the librarian in the various functions such as selection of books, allocation of books and annual verification. The library is being computerized and the same may be completed at the earliest. The overall book holdings are over 16150, 14 journals and 12 periodicals.
The computer centre laboratory has 22 systems to the network, maintaining a separate high-tech computer laboratory for the Information Technology Department. The departments of Physics, Zoology, English, History and the college office also have computers. The medical facilities include the first aid kits with the Physical Education department and the service provided by the P.S.Medical Trust. The college has facilities for Badminton, Shuttle cock, Kabaddi, Football, Cricket, Volleyball, Kho-Kho, karate, Carrom and Chess. Sports persons are given recognition in terms of awards and cash when they prove themselves. Sports persons of the college won prizes in Kabaddi and body building at the university, Junior State and State level competitions. The college has leased a building for the purpose of a hostel.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
The college has sufficient and well-run support services to ensure the physical and intellectual health of all its constituencies. It has installed a mechanism to obtain student feedback for quality enhancement. Ninety percent of the students appear for qualifying examinations after the completion of their studies. The drop out rate is relatively low. A good number of the alumni occupy prominent positions in the society. The annual updating of the prospectus and college calendar ensures that the stakeholders, students, parents and staff are kept suitably informed. Centre and State government scholarships are routed through the college and fee concessions routinely administered. Over 70 percent of the students enjoy one or the other form of financial assistance from State/Central schemes for SC/ST/economically backward sections. These include National Merit scholarship, state scholarship for children of teachers, freedom fighters scholarship, children of defense service personnel, children of repatriate from Srilanka, Ad-hoc Merit grant scheme etc.

An employment cell functions under a committee of staff members who offer career and course counseling, Career guidance and counseling is also offered through the NSS and NCC. The placement officer motivates the students for placement to various positions and it is worthy to note that some students could get employment through the placement service offered by the college, considering the backwardness of the place. Self-employment awareness is given to final year students of the college. Some of the teachers are trained in personal counseling and a committee for students counseling is in charge of personal and academic counseling. Weak students identified through tests are given personal coaching. The alumni association of the college maintains a forum for the alumni to establish good relationship with the college and the college in turn benefits from the suggestions of the alumni in terms of feedback. They also assist in the developmental activities of the college. The college harnesses the support of the Parent Teacher Association also for its development. Prospective students are drawn to the college by the information provided through the updated prospectus, media advertisements, recognition of merit, bonus marks for students from nearby districts and other public relation initiatives. Indoor and outdoor games, nature club, debate club, students magazine, cultural programmes, audio-video facilities, quiz club, etc. are facilities available to the students. Personality development of the students is assured through various programmes such as activities of subject associations, fine arts association, students union, physical education activities and use of departmental libraries. Needy students are offered financial assistance and other material support so as to encourage them to benefit from the programmes offered in the college. Students are also encouraged to participate in inter collegiate, inter university, district and state level competitions in sports and cultural activities.

Criterion VI: Organization and Management
The College has its organizational responsibilities carried out through the College Executive Committee, Staff Council and a number of committees appointed for curricular, co-curricullar and extra curricular activities. The College Executive Committee takes care of administration and management of the college including financial powers and staff recruitment. The Principal takes care of the academic management. The Staff Council comprising of the Heads of departments, Office Superintendent, staff member in the Senate of the University assists the Principal in the management of the academic activities. The college has constituted committees responsible for the preparation of the academic calendar, time- table, conduct of examinations, discipline and research. The Superintendent assists the Principal in the monitoring of work of the staff in the office. Norms of the Government and the University are followed in the selection of staff members. The non-teaching staff, who are integral to smooth functioning are kept informed on GOs and associated procedures. Office automation is being introduced gradually, and office staff are being oriented and trained periodically. The healthy interaction of the Principal with senior faculty members, members of the teaching and non-teaching staff and students is noteworthy. The college has the practice of internal audit and Chartered Accountants are assigned with the responsibility. The free noon meal scheme, financial assistance to needy students, counseling centre, referral hospital and remedial programmes are good measures adopted by the college. It has also implemented the PF scheme for its staff members. The grievance redressal of faculty and staff is done through departments, staff associations, Principal and Secretary of the College Executive Committee. Students grievances are redressed through class representatives, office bearers of various student associations, teachers and Heads of departments. The finances of the institution are judiciously allocated and effectively utilized to make its programmes and functioning cost-effective. The institution has imaginative and effective resource mobilization and management strategies. Budgeting and auditing procedures are regular and standardized. Welfare of employees are also looked after in term of various loans available to the members of the teaching and non-teaching staff of the college. Loans are given through Loans against PF, Loans from co-op credit societies and nationalized banks. The management demonstrates a sympathetic attitude towards the staff and students problems.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The healthy practices of the college revolve around their progressive policies in respect of the following norms.

Students’ feedback on teaching through questionnaire, alumni feedback on teachers and analysis of semester results to help the teachers to take corrective measures to benefit the students.

The enrollment of a high percentage of educationally under-privileged students.
Inculcating civic responsibilities among the students through NSS, NCC and YRC by various activities such as blood donation camps, eye camps, medical camps, adult literacy program, village adoption etc.

Starting of self financing courses in Information Technology, Bio-Chemistry, Electronics and
Costume Design and Fashion in a short span of three years to benefit the students.

The certificate courses conducted in the college offering greater opportunities for students.

Various awareness programmes, literacy programmes, polio prevention programmes, drug eradication programmes, etc., carried out through the NSS, NCC and Yout Red Cross.

Field visits for enhancing practical knowledge of students.

Computer training to students of courses in other programmes to offer computer literacy for all.

College is providing mid-day meal to poor students.

Giving financial assistance to large number of students.

Coaching students for Civil Services and other competitive examinations.

Section 3: Overall Analysis
The peer team found a number of features of the organization which required commendation, some of which are being highlighted below.

The quality of faculty and the work of some of the faculty members in publication and presentation of papers.

The students are oriented towards societal fairness and well being through a number of activities of NSS, NCC and Youth Red Cross.

Establishment of four new courses in the last three years.

Facilitation of good academic and co-curricular environment

Providing of counseling through Grievance cell

Giving financial assistance and free mid-day meal to poor students.

Keeping in mind the performance and action plans of the institution the peer team would like to suggest the following to the institution for its consideration

While the peer team commends the college for its goal of cause of education and advancement of the physical, mental and cultural interest of the students, the college could specify plan of action for definitive future time zones, outlining the vision and mission

The college may also explore the possibility of starting courses and research in agriculture, fisheries, rare earths and other subjects of scientific importance.

The college may also explore the possibility of introducing more course option such as B.Com., M.A., M.Sc., programmes to enhance lateral and vertical mobility of students especially considering the recent trends and social needs.

While the college offers certificate courses, new vocations apt and suitable to the students could be introduced such as Travel and Tourism, Public Relations, Human Resources, Business management, Entrepreneurship development, etc.

The college may also consider enhancing computer facilities and computer education in a more comprehensive manner as it is the contemporary and future technology in which students will have to work

Appraisal of faculty, staff and students need to be systematized and formalized for better judgment and assessment of the human resources of the institution

Feedback mechanism for obtaining feedback from students, parents, peers and academia needs to be systematized and formalized.

The college could also make appropriate provisions for enhancing the infrastructure keeping in mind the current and future requirements such as restrooms, lounges, canteen, study room etc

The proposed library block may be constructed at the earliest and a spacious reading room be provided in the library. More books and journals may be added to the library and open access may be provided. The library automation may be expedited, the internationally used numbering of books using Dewy Decimal classification may be adopted and internet section be added with sufficient number of computers and internet connection.

While substantial awareness is created on various aspects of health and health related issues, a health centre at the campus,may have to be provided.

Considering the richness of faculty, they maybe encouraged to publish papers and involve themselves in research and consultancy work and database for the same maybe maintained
Employee Welfare schemes may have to be given greater importance to ensure a sustained motivation of staff and faculty.

Counseling for students could be more effectively done through formalization and appointment of counselor and counseling cells, rather than just a grievance cell and faculty counseling.
Better sports facilities including a well equipped gymnasium be provided

More and more cultural activities like music, drama, etc. be undertaken in the college premises
The Management may consider the enhancement of salary for the temporary teachers so as to motivate them for their better commitment and involvement.

The peer team wishes to thank the Management, the Principal, the Steering Committee Coordinator and members, the Office Superintendent, the teaching and non-teaching staff alumni, parents and the students for the co-operation, hospitality, goodwill and support extended towards the peer team during their visit to the college. The peer team is very appreciative of their helpfulness and courtesy.

Prof. P.K.Sahu Chairman

Prof.Rajan Varughese Member Coordinator

Dr.S.Ramesh Member

Head of the Institution

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