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DKM College for Women, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
DKM College for Women, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
Address:College Road, Sainathapuram,
Tamil Nadu, IndiaPin Code : 632001
DKM College for Women, Vellore Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college.
DKM College for Women, Vellore Tamil Nadu is situated in Vellore of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of DKM College for Women, Vellore Tamil Nadu is +91-416-260550.
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Contact Details of DKM College for Women, Vellore Tamil Nadu are : Telephone: +91-416-2263600
DKM College for Women, Vellore Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Arts, Biotechnology, Commerce, Computer Applications, Research, Science stream(s).
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NAAC report of DKM College for WomenSection 1: Preamble
Dhanabagiyam Krishnaswamy Mudaliar College for Women (DKM College for Women), a non-mionrity womens college in Vellore, Tamil Nadu was founded by Thiru.N.Krishnaswamy Mudaliar in June, 1972 to provide educational opportunities to women, particularly women of educationally and economically backward sections. The college is run by Vellore Vallal N. Krishnaswamy Mudaliar (VVNKM) Trust. The motto of the college is WORK, RISE and UPLIFT and the college has been working untiringly to uphold the motto. Initially though P.U.C. was the only course started in the year 1972 in the college, B.A., B.Sc., and B.Com., courses were started during 1973. Later on, postgraduate, postgraduate diploma and several job oriented courses were started in the college. The college with 14 undergraduate courses 6 postgraduate courses and a postgraduate diploma course is affiliated to University of Madras. While five of the undergraduate courses are under the purview of the day college, the remaining nine undergraduate courses the six postgraduate courses and a postgraduate diploma course are under the purview of the evening session of the college. The courses in the day college are aided and the courses in the evening session of the college are self-financing in nature. The computer education course conducted in the college in collaboration with the NIIT to meet the requirements of the students who are not exposed to computer education programme, is also conducted on a partially self-financing basis. The trust has planned to start Dhanabagiyam Krishnaswamy Mudaliar Institute of Vocational Education (DKM-IVE) and wants to offer as many as thirteen job-oriented diploma courses.
The UGC accorded its recognition to the college under 2 (f) and 12 B in August 1986. The college is located in a campus measuring 9.23 acres. The campus comprises classrooms, laboratories, playground, library, hostels, trust office and other facilities.
The peer team constituted by the NAAC comprising Dr. M. Khajapeer, Vice-Chancellor of Karnatak University, Dharwad, Karnataka (Chairman), Dr. Joseph P. Varghese, Head of the Department of Botany, CMS College, Kottayam, Kerala and Dr. B. S. Srikanta, Principal, RBANMS First Grade College, Bangalore, Karnataka as members and Mr. B. S. Ponmudiraj, Academic Professional, NAAC as the convenor of the team visited the college during September 11-13, 2002 to validate the self-study report and verified the physical and infrastructural facilities available in the college. The team interacted with the Management Committee, the Secretary and the Principal of the college, parents, Alumnae, students, non-teaching and teaching staff of the college and ascertained their views on the functioning and the facilities of the college. In addition, the team also examined all relevant records and paid visits to the different departments and laboratories, library, playgrounds, canteen, hostels, NSS and physical education rooms to collect first hand information. The report given under the seven criteria below and the overall analysis given about the college is based on the details thus obtained.
Section 2: Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The college offers 14 undergraduate courses, viz., B.A. History, B.Sc. Chemistry, Mathematics, Zoology and B.Com. (in day college) and B.Sc. Biochemistry, Microbiology, Nutrition, Interior Design and Decoration, Visual Communication, Computer Science,. B.C.A., B.I.S.M. and B.Com (in the evening session) and 6 post-graduate courses, viz., M.Sc. Bio-Chemistry, Bio-Technology, Applied Microbiology, Food and Nutrition, Bio-Informatics and M.Com. and a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science. The trust runs grant-in-aid courses in the morning session and self-financing courses in the evening session. There are 39 faculty members in the aided stream and 54 in the self-financing stream. The college also caters to the educational needs of the rural women of this area. Several courses such as B.Com. (with special emphasis on Indian Tax System), B.Sc. Visual Communication, Computer Science, Interior Design and Decoration, Nutrition and BCA are career- oriented and have a strong vocational component.
The introduction of the six postgraduate courses in the self-financing mode on frontier areas of science is a welcome step and caters to the needs of students aspiring for a career in these areas.
The students have a variety of programme options to choose. Computer literacy programme for non-computer science students is offered through a link with NIIT. Regular Good-morning talks for inculcating moral and spiritual values among the students is a commendable initiative. The feedback mechanism in the college is highly informal, mostly oral, and is done once in a year.
No teacher of the college is a member of any academic body of the University to which the college is affiliated. The involvement of teachers in University bodies make possible their participation in the formulation and design of new courses. It is suggested that the members of the faculty take up matters pertaining to the review and redesign of syllabi with the respective Boards of Studies of the University of Madras and pursue the matter with vigour.
The college may well look into possibilities for inter -institutional tie ups in curricular matters. A tie up with Christian Medical College, Vellore for conducting M.Sc.Biochemistry, M.Sc. Microbiolgy , M.Sc. Biotechnology and B.Sc.Visual Communication (with the Community Medicine Department) could be considered.
The peer team felt that the goals and objectives of the institution viz., providing value and knowledge based education are more or less achieved. But the quality part of the education needs to be addressed. Though the college conducts remedial courses for the benefit of below average students in an informal way, efforts also should be made to identify brilliant students and provide them with advanced knowledge, motivate and prepare them to take up higher studies.
Criterion II: Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
The teaching and evaluation process in the college is governed by the rules and regulations of Madras University to which it is affiliated. The college offers a bridge course in English. Teaching is done mostly through lectures. The use of audio-visual aids like OHP, slide projector, computers, charts, etc is minimal. Weekly and monthly tests are conducted on a regular basis. The college has produced several University rank holders. The teaching in the college is mostly examination-oriented. The team would appreciate if the teachers follow a monthly teaching plan / programme so as to systematically cover the entire curriculum. It is suggested that the Tamil Nadu State Government guidelines may be followed in the appointment of teachers for the self-financing courses.
Experienced members of the faculty handle the grant-in-aid courses of the day college whereas the teachers of the self-financing courses are mostly freshers. Therefore it is suggested that at least one senior person may be appointed to guide each department. Teachers with only postgraduate qualification teach postgraduate courses in the self-financing sessions. These teachers may be encouraged to improve their academic qualifications since most of the programmes are in the frontier areas of science. The academic programmes should include, apart from the classroom teaching, seminars, extension lectures, foundation lectures, workshops and the like for the benefit of the teachers and students. The self-appraisal by teachers is not practiced in a serious way except for the filling up of the form for the requirement for career advancement under the UGC scheme.
Four teachers out of 39(10.25 %) hold Ph.D. degrees and 31 out of 39(79.48%) hold M.Phil., degrees in the aided college, whereas only 10 teachers out of 54(18.5%) have M.Phil. in the unaided stream.
In the context of the present day explosion of knowledge in all fields of science, continuous exposure of teachers to recent advances and trends in their respective disciplines is required. This could best be achieved by participation in seriously organized seminars, workshops and refresher courses in institutes / universities of repute. An earnest effort by teachers in this direction would pay rich dividends for the betterment of the academic atmosphere of the college.
In the present world no teaching or research can be done in islands or pockets isolated from the main stream without seriously compromising the quality of product. There is a need for establishing academic linkages and tie ups with national institutes of repute so that a regular invigoration process in academic endeavors take place.
Faculty development programmes, on the whole, need more encouragement and support from the management. Teachers may be encouraged to participate in seminars, workshops, symposia, etc. on a regular basis.
Spacious accommodation for teachers should be provided, preferably, one room for each department instead of accommodating four departments in a single room. This would facilitate better interaction between teachers and students both for academic discussions and personal counselling.
Educational tours in subjects like Zoology and Botany and institutional visits for science as well as arts students may be conducted every year for the benefit of the students.
Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
Only a few teachers from the departments of Biochemistry, English and Tamil are actively engaged in research. Various extension activities in the college are done through occupational related education, placement training services and the like. Outreach programmes of the college are accomplished through Youth Red Cross and NSS.
A member of the Bio-Chemistry department, who is UGC-CSIR-NET qualified and completed JRF & SRF, has four publications in the international refereed research journals. The merit of such teachers should be recognized and rewarded by the management. There is an ongoing major research project funded by the UGC in the English department. One of the faculty members of the Tamil department of the day session (aided) has published eight books. She, along with her colleagues, has collected a number of poems and articles written by students for publication. Except for these instances there does not seem to be any research activity on the campus.
The peer team strongly recommends the strengthening of the research base of the college, particularly in science subjects. This is specially important in view of the fact that subjects such as Biotechnology, Microbiolgy and Biochemistry already find place among the postgraduate courses in the college. A research culture should be inculcated in the campus. This could be started by setting apart a corpus fund for research, procuring research journals, reference books and sophisticated instruments. Research projects may be started for postgraduate students in all subjects.
The teachers may take up minor research projects of the UGC, get in touch with the State Department of Science and Technology, contact central funding agencies such as UGC, DST, DBT etc. to obtain information about funding possibilities, visit institutions such as the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation in Chennai to get a first hand information of how low cost technologies are developed and used for various purposes and so on. The areas for consultancy need to be explored.
Extension activities like blood donation camps, participation in Pulse Polio programme, conducting social awareness and personality development programmes through NSS are praiseworthy. Three units of NSS, ably guided by three staff members which have already won a lot of appreciation from different NGOs in Vellore district deserve special mention in this report.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college campus is spread over an area of 9.23 acres. The college has Arts, Science and Commerce faculties. The college building has three blocks housing laboratories, classrooms, library, administrative blocks and hostels. In the faculty of science, the following departments have independent laboratories: Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, Visual Communication, Interior Design and Decoration, Bio-technology, Bio-chemistry, Computer Science, Food, Nutrition and Dietetics.
The laboratories are satisfactory. The equipments provided in the laboratories are just sufficient for the programme of instructions in various courses. However, the committee feels that the facilities in terms of equipments have to be improved further. More chemicals have to be procured for the effective conduct of practicals. It is also observed that the annual allocation of funds made to various departments is meagre and more funds have to be sanctioned. There are 60 computers in the computer centre, which is adequate for the present student strength. The computers are connected in three different networks. Required software and internet facility are available. It is suggested that computer and internet facilities are optimally used both by the students and the staff for updating their knowledge. The college has adequate number of classrooms which are quite spacious with adequate furniture. It is suggested that separate departmental staff rooms be provided with adequate furniture.
The central library of the college is housed in a hall measuring about 120â€™ X 30â€™. The number of books available in the library is nearly 23,360 including reference books. The library is kept open during working hours of the college only for five days in a week. The college is running 14 undergraduate programmes, 6 postgraduate programmes and 1 postgraduate diploma course. Considering the number and the variety of programmes offered by the college, the committee feels that the library facilities have to be further strengthened in terms of text books, reference books and professional journals and periodicals. The students have to be provided with a separate section for doing reference work. Maintenance of books in the library also has to be improved. The library should be kept open for more number of days in a week. The working hours of the library should also be extended. Book bank facilities should be strengthened. The college should make efforts to procure books from the University for use by SC / ST students if there is a provision for such a facility. Reprographic facilities should be provided.
Facilities for outdoor games like Volley Ball, Tennicoit and Kho-kho exist in the campus. Facilities for indoor games are to be improved. The students of the college participate in various inter-collegiate sports events.
Three NSS units, each consisting of 100 students, are functioning in the college. Under the aegis of these units, the college has been conducting several community service programmes like (i) organising blood donation camps (ii) aids awareness programmes (iii) tree planting (iv) participating in Pulse Polio Programme etc. The NSS co-ordinators and the NSS volunteers take active interest in these programmes.
The college can take positive steps in providing and improving basic amenities such as drinking water facilities, vehicle parking shed, and canteen. The college has no formal placement centre. As the college is running several career-oriented and postgraduate programmes, it is suggested that the college should take necessary steps in this direction. It is observed that teaching aids like OHP are only sparingly used to supplement the conventional method of blackboard teaching. It is suggested that the college should procure and utilise more OHPs, slide projectors, TV, VCR and other educational videocassettes to supplement classroom teaching. The available infrastructure is optimally used and maintained well. However, the facilities have to be improved further so that every stakeholder is benefitted.
The college runs two hostels one for undergraduate students and the other for postgraduate students. The secondary school of the trust is also located temporarily in the same building meant for undergraduate and postgraduate hostel. The team feels that the school may be shifted to the building under construction at the earliest in order to provide adequate accommodation to the hostellites.
Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
The peer team had a meaningful interaction with students, teachers, parents and alumnae. At present, the college does not have a placement centre. However, the faculty members of the placement committee give counselling to the students about the various employment opportunities available. Career counselling seminars are organized occasionally. No record is maintained on the number of former students who are employed, the number of students pursuing higher studies etc. As the college is offering job-oriented courses like B.Sc. Microbiology, B.Sc. Nutrition, B.Sc. Visual communication, M.Sc. Bio-chemistry, M.Sc. Bio-technology and M.Sc. Microbiology, the committee feels that the college should develop links with the industry, start a fulltime placement centre and organize the placement activity in a professional manner.
Faculty members do engage in academic and personal counselling of the students. A teacher is placed in charge of 15 to 20 students to guide them in their activities. They also monitor their progress throughout the academic year. Apart from doing the general counselling as practised at present, a student counselling centre with 2 or 3 trained counsellors can be started to deal with various problems faced by students. A health centre may also be started in the college.
The peer teams interaction with students, parents and alumnae indicated that the students are more or less satisfied with the various facilities available in the institution. But there is no specific mechanism to collect the feedback from the students. At present, it is done in an informal way. Hence, proper steps should be taken in this direction. The college updates the prospectus annually and it contains all details about the college, fees, objectives, scholarships, courses of study, hostel facilities and general guidelines. The students are given various scholarships sanctioned by both State and Central Governments.
The percentage of success in various examinations conducted by the University is impressive. The committee is impressed by the pass percentage of students in the Commerce department. The dropout rate is very low in the range of 5 to 10 percent. The management and the staff members help needy students financially. There is no Alumnae Association. Steps should be taken to start a registered Alumnae Association and conduct alumnae meetings regularly. This will help the management and the administration in getting feedback from the students and their support for further improvement of the institution. A number of co-curricular activities are also conducted in the college along with the regular academic programmes.
Criterion VI: Organisation and Management
The college was established in June, 1972 by Vellore VVNKM trust comprising nine members. They are the promoters of the college. The Trust provides the necessary infrastructure to run the institution. The Trust runs two more educational institutions. The trust is financially sound and the Trust members are enterprising enough to raise resources for the development of the institution. The Board of Trustees meets regularly to review the working of the institution and to plan for the continued development of the institution.
Apart from the Board of the Management of the Trust which is the apex body, the college has a governing body consisting of members from the Trust, principal, two staff members and a university representative. The governing body meets periodically and its functions are well defined and delineated such as instituting scholarships endowments etc., suggesting and approving new programmes of study, making appointments and reviewing academic performance.
In addition to the bodies mentioned above, various committees like Staff Council, Admission Committee, Games and Sports Committee, Library Committee, Fine Arts Committee, NSS Committee and Examination Committee also function. Each committee is assigned specific functions. Major decisions are taken democratically after a series of meetings and consultations with heads of the departments, staff members, students and the management. Participative management is visible in the institution.
The Trust members have the right vision and are aware of the objectives and goals. New programmes have been introduced by the management keeping in view the demands in the field of higher education. The management has the urge and vision to take the institution to greater heights. It has shown due consideration to every aspect like generation of funds, development of infrastructure, staff recruitment and development, introduction of new programmes, student welfare activities and so on. However, there is enough scope for further improvement and the management has to give serious thought in this direction. The principal is the head of the institution and she manages the general administration of the college, ably assisted by the non- teaching staff, heads of the departments and other staff members.
The college records are maintained satisfactorily. Accounts of the college are audited by the Department of Collegiate Education and Office of the Accountant General. The fee structure for day college is fixed as per the guidelines issued by the Government of Tamil Nadu. Development fee is collected at a nominal rate. Higher fee is charged for self-financing courses. The committee suggests that the management prepares the budget annually and plans the activities accordingly. The management has succeeded in mobilising the necessary financial resources. The committee appreciates the fact that the resources are effectively utilized. It is noted that the unaided staff working in the evening college are paid consolidated salaries. It is suggested that the management takes steps to improve the pay scales of unaided staff and bring them on par with aided staff.
The cordial relationship among the management, staff and students, discipline, co-operation and motivation of the students and the commitment of the staff are positive factors which contribute to the progress of the institution.
Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The Management has introduced several need-based self-financing undergraduate and postgraduate courses in emerging areas of science such as Bio-technology, Applied Microbiology, Food and Nutrition and Bio-Informatics. Providing Computer Education to those students to non computor B.Sc. subject in collaboration with NIIT is another healthy practice.
The practice of morning prayer, assembly talks, ward meetings and counselling sessions to students have helped the students in fostering their moral and ethical standards. Meritorious students are given cash awards while some incentives are given to good sports persons.
The conduct of weekly and monthly tests in different subjects in the college has facilitated continuous evaluation of the students in addition to enabling them to learn the subjects with ease at their pace. The students who are handicapped in communicating in English are provided with bridge course to tide over their difficulty and its import is perceptable.
Representation to senior teachers on the college committee, autonomy given to the principal and teachers in academic and administrative matters, the conducive atmosphere created in the college to strengthen the rapport among teachers students and management are some of the features that deserve commendation.
Section 3: Overall Analysis
There are several areas, which deserve the concern of the management, hostel building(ie.,) coming up in the campus has to be completed expeditiously to provide adequate facilities to the hostellites. The working hours of the library are to be extended and the library is also to be provided with current books, some more relevant journals and periodicals in almost all the subjects.
The teachers in the college are to be provided with better accommodation and furniture in staff rooms. Its needless to mention that and teachers should take more initiative to participate in seminars, workshops, refresher programmes, etc., to update their knowledge. Though in the departments like English (day college) there is an ongoing research project funded by the UGC, in the other departments research efforts are yet to be initiated.
The students are to be provided with placement services. The alumnae is yet to be registered to enable it to function effectively in supporting the college. There is a great deal of social demand for the courses, particularly for these started in emerging areas of science in the college.
The building and infrastructural facilities like class-rooms, laboratories, office-rooms are adequate. The teachers are enthusiastic and are evincing a great deal of interest in their work. The students are fully motivated. The academic atmosphere in the college is conducive to academic development. The Management, the Principal and the teaching and non-teaching staff are working in perfect co-ordination to achieve the aims and goals of the college. The college is fulfilling the need for womens education in the area. The programme options are not only adequate in terms of numbers but also many of them are need based and relevant. The students being counselling by their teachers in informal sessions in the college has helped the educationally backward students to a large extent. The college is financially sound, mainly due to the resources accrued through the self-financing programmes, UGC financial assistance and the contribution made by the Management. A few students admitted to postgraduate courses are from the neighbouring states.
The college has informal linkage with Christian Medical Hospital in respect of both their academic programmes and placement services. The college amply justifies its existence and is also progressing on many counts. The laboratories are fairly well equipped. The results of university exams are impressive and the college has bagged several ranks in the university examinations in the last few years.
The D.K.M. college, Vellore has played a significant role in promoting womens education in the backward area of Vellore district. The committee wishes the institution started with a noble cause to make significant strides in the field of higher education in the years to come.
Dr. M. Khajapeer (Chairman)
Dr. B. S. Srikanta (Member)
Dr. Joseph P Varghese (Member)
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