(A Govt Aided College affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam)
(NACC Accredited with B++ Grade)
Kuttikkanam P.O, Peermade, Idukki (Dt), Kerala
The Annual Quality Assurance Report (AQAR) of the IQAC
Name of the Institution: Marian College Kuttikkanam Year of the report: 2006-‘07
Part A:The plan of action chalked out by the IQAC in the beginning of the year towards quality enhancement and the outcome achieved by the end of the year
Based on the direction given by the IQAC all the departments of the college developed plans for the academic year in advance. The following are the highlights of the plan made by the various departments.
1. Bachelor of Computer Application. (BCA)
Plan of Action
Prepare calendar for departmental activities including internal and model exam and publication of internal marks
Regular communication to parents about academic progress and attendance.
Inculcate social commitment in students by organizing village outreach programmes
One Personality Development and Career Guidance programme for each batch.
Aptitude classes in all Thursdays.
One Seminar per month on current topics of the industry.
Provide Add-on Courses for the students.
Undertaking some minor projects.
Initiating new research activities.
As planed the Academic calendar prepared at the beginning was a successful initiative where a systematic academic control made possible. Timely communication of student progress to parents made them more series in academic activities. Village outreach programs and programmes to help socially deprived classes were arranged for different batches. Department also arranged interaction with alumni to share their industry experience with students. The aptitude class for final year students helped them a lot in getting placements in various companies. Department successfully placed 7 students various in IT companies in which some of them got admission to higher studies along with their job. One remarkable outcome was the successful conduct of UGC sponsored National Seminar on Database Mining Techniques and Applications.
2. Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
Plan of Action
Organize a few personality development programmes in the college under the leadership of BBA dept
Organizing entrance coaching programmes similar to CAT under the guidance and control of the Dept.
Minimum one interactive session in a month for the students with top academicians and senior executives from the industry
Research, consultancy and allied activities will be strengthened.
Since the college has constituted a separate training wing –Magis, the role of dept to conduct personality development programmes under its auspice has became insignificant. However the dept extended all possible support to Magis and its activities. Mr. Jojy George (HOD –On Leave) was a member of the training team of Magis during the last year.
A series of mock CAT examinations were held during September2006-November 2006 for the second year students of BBA, BCA & Bcom.
A minor project proposal made by Dr. Jikcey Issac on Calibration & Its Applications was approved by UGC and an amount of Rs.45, 000/- were sanctioned.
The II & I BBA classes were made an out reach programme each during August 2006 and January 2007 respectively
12 interactive sessions between the students and the experts from different areas were conducted during last academic year.
The faculty of BBA have taken active step during the last year to strengthen the research activities
Mr. Jojy George HOD
On leave for doing research on the topic’ professionalism among the family owned business in Kerala’ under MG University
Submitted dissertation on the topic Entrepreneurship leading to the award of MPhil of Madurai Kamaraj University. And nearing the completion of proposal for PhD registration in Marketing
Started the preparation to do Post Doctorate in Statistics
Ms. Melby Joseph
Pursuing MPhil in management under Madurai Kamaraj University.
To conduct more social out reach programme to show social responsibility
To give more industrial exposure through seminars and industrial visits
Conduct more programs through commerce forum to sharpen interview skills, Group
Discussion, Language skills and career orientation skills
Add on course in Tally. We conducted Tally Financial Accounting Programme during this academic year. The programme was attended by students of both B.Com and B.B.A. Mr. Motty Joseph of the Commerce Department co-ordinated the course.
Remedial education for academically weaker students; Remedial classes were offered for all the classes of this Department. Teachers and bright students actively involved in this project.
Out reach programmes. All the three batches of our Department did conduct outreach programmes.
Industrial exposure. Industrial visits were made by all the classes. Seminars were also conducted.
Commerce forum. Commerce Forum conducted few programmes to sharpen the skills of the students. The Forum was supported in this endeavour by the newly introduced programme of ‘Talentime’ and the various personality development programmes
Master of Commerce (M. Com)
Plan of Action
Training in NCFM of National Stock Exchange
Training in AMFI of National Stock Exchange
Inter Collegiate Advertising Meet ‘Mercatus 06’- November 2006
Workshop for HR Managers in Kerala through National Institute of Personnel Management (NIPM)- October 2006
Workshop on Research Methodology and SPSS- January 2007
Plan emerged later
To be well equipped with the latest techniques to reduce the industry-academic gap
Conduct seminars and guest lecturing by eminent personalities of leading organizations
To ensure participation of every student in at least one management programme outside the campus
Give extensive training on capital market operations and prepare them for NSE certifications
To give special training and attention to those expected to secure University rank
Inter Collegiate competition - November -December
Industrial Interface 2006-07– for both the batches
Managerial Competency Test - October 2006
Training in Capital market Operations- December 06 – January 07
Personality development workshop- December 06
Workshop on Research Methodology- November 2006
Introduced new value addition to the programme called TCC( Technology Communications and Certifications ) with M. Com- PGDBA
Arranged Industrial Interface for 2nd year students
Participated in a number of inter collegiate Management meets both inside and out side Kerala.
Arranged training on Insurance Management, Personality Growth, Research Methodology and Interview Skills.
Arranged training on Capital Market Certifications AMFI & NCFM.
Arranged On line Trading in Stock Exchanges.
Éclat 06: A two days Inter Collegiate south India level management meet for MBA and M.Com Students in South India.
A National seminar on the ‘Ethical Side of Business ‘ by top notch academicians, social activists, Bureaucrats by participating around 700 students and faculty members.
Master of Computer Applications(M.C.A)
Plan of Action
Making tie up with CISCO Training Academy to provide training for students and faculty members.
Revamp a Web site www.keralahighrange.com, which is being developed by MCA students, joining hands with IPSR Solutions, Kottayam.
Maximum students from the final year batch should be placed
Continuation of IT Mission programme – e-literacy program
Organize classes to prepare final year students for aptitude tests.
Achieve the tie up with CISCO Training Academy to provide training for students and faculty members. Marian College become a CISCO training centre.
Achieved the target of placing the Maximum students from the final year batch. All the eligible students (100%) of 2006 batch were placed in reputed IT companies in India. Also 50% of 2007 batch and 10 students of 2008 batch were also placed as of March, 2007.
MCA dept has conducted Aptitude, Interview and GD technique classes for both final and second year students by external resource persons. Mock Interview and GDs were conducted and results were published along with their performance chart. Students will do aptitude test in groups on a daily basis with active faculty supervision.
Master of Social Work (M.S.W)
Plan of Action
As a continuation of the International Conference on Family Empowerment a book titled “Perspectives on Family Empowerment” is being edited by Dr V.T Samuel and is expected be published by June 2006.
Host of RENDEZVOUS 06- National Social Work Student’s Meet in August 06.
Workshop on Field work supervision for faculty members of Schools of Social Work in Kerala in July 06. A meeting of fieldwork supervisors, Idukki District NGO Meet, ICSW Idukki chapter meet have also been planned together with the workshop.
Disaster Management Workshop for social work schools in south Kerala is planned for May 2006 in collaboration with NIMHANS, Bangalore. The department will act as nodal centre for psychosocial care of disaster victims.
Community Sensitisation Programme: The department will be taking up series of projects on women empowerment and community mobilisation. These programmes are designed with scientifically sound research methodology. First capacity building programme for leaders of SHGs will be initiated in May 2006 on Women Rights.
Project Edupower: A peer based education initiative is designed on various socially relevant themes for the student community. The project is expected to be started by June 2006.
Publication of the book “Perspectives on Family Empowerment”
The book edited by Dr.V.T.Samuel consisting of 20 chapters will be released on 30th March, 2007
RENDEZVOUS 06- National Social Work Student’s Meet in August 06.
Rendezvous 2006, National Level Social Work Student’s Meet and Seminar, Organized in collaboration with Indian Council of Social Welfare(ICSW) Kerala Chapter, September was held from 15-17, 2006
300 participants representing 17 social work colleges in and outside Kerala.
Workshop on Field Practicum, July 2006
Workshop on Field Practicum, Organized in collaboration with University of Utah, USA
Held on 10-11, November, 2006
Workshop on Disaster Management
Workshop on Disaster Management”, Organized in collaboration with NIMHANS, Bangalore, 15 May 2006
Formed network of schools of social work in South Kerala
Mental Health Observation and sensitisation programme for students through Ganamela
Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH)
Plan of Action MMH is a multi disciplinary programme introduced by the Mahatma Gandhi University. It brings together various branches of knowledge- management, commerce, communication, culture, tourism, Hotel administration etc.The programme emphasises research for students. Given the nature of the course the department had envisaged certain broad objectives for the academic year2006-2007
Innovations in curricular design and transaction --Certifications for MMH- /Hotel Training ,marketing,HR & Travel
Revamping the individual mentoring of students by the faculty
Conducting folklore congress and cultural fest and Tribal exhibition – national level
Inauguration of folklore club- one activity- International folklore film festival, mobilising resource from District/ block/ Grama panchayat.
The plans of MAHAT for 2006-2007
Ennonam Ponnonam- Onam celebrations
Amith memorial– lecture
Meet the CEO
Students to take up management of local/national/international events.
Activities in line with guidance and counselling – Training sessions/ counselling opportunities/ Workshops etc
To bring out an electronic news letter on hospitality and tourism for circulation among the managers and entrepreneur in the hospitality Industry.
To commence a new diploma programme as a community service to the aspiring local people interested to take up jobs in hotel industry
To provide training to local people to function as tour guide in Peermade region
Communicative English programme for taxi drivers and shopkeepers of Peermade region
Preparation of feasibility reports, destination development activities and research work
Implemented certification programmes in PGDHRO in hotel operations. Travel and Tourism international certification by Kuoni Academy
MMH being a unique multidisciplinary programme with focus on human skills requires highly streamlined and holistic development of the students. With a view to achieving this a stage by stage mentoring programme is envisaged by the dept. Mentoring is done at individual and group levels
Conducted International Folklore Congress and cultural Fest bringing together folk and Tribal art forms
MAHAT organised ‘Ennonam Ponnonam 06’ - Onam celebrations in which 30 foreign tourists participated along with the students of Marian college.
‘Ad fast’ – Conference & Award ceremony organised by Kerala Advertisement Agencies Association (28-28 January 2007.) Top ten business men of Kerala were honoured during the programme.
Kerala Travel Mart held at Le Meridian, Kochi (28-30 Sept.2006) organised by Kerala Tourism Dept & Kerala Travels Interserve.
Tourism Day Celebrations and Destination Cleaning (27 Sept 2006) organised by DTPC, Idukki.
Several training programmes and workshops were conducted by the department to provide effective guidance to the students. Besides the specific mentoring plan of the department the services of the college counsellors are also availed of.
A study on the unexplored destinations of Peermade Taluk was conducted for the District Tourism Promotion Council Idukki.
8. Physical Education
Plan of Action
In addition to last year programmes we plan to conduct a one month Basketball Coaching camp to College Basketball Team by a Basketball Coach.
Construct a new Volleyball Court.
Purchase more non-consumable Sports equipments if the project proposal is sanctioned by the Ministry of Youth affairs and Sports, New Delhi.
Motivate more students to participation in Power lifting and Weightlifting
The department could successfully organize an intercollegiate Basket ball tournament in this academic year. More students have participated in the University level tournaments and many could get prizes.
Activities reflecting the goals and objectives of the institution:
Institutional Plan at the Beginning of the year
New Association MASTR – Marian Association for Science Technology and Religion
Plan for the design and fund raising work of international Convention Centre in the
Social responsibility through more out reach programmes
Strong Value education through mentoring, Tutorial and Seminars
Implement teacher evaluation in three dimension – student, Peer, Management
Execute evaluation of Programmes in the campus from students, staff, Management and
To evaluate overall performance of a class and to grade each one.
Perform Internal Academic Audit and to prepare an audit Manuel by IQAC
Start the Process of Re-accreditation by strengthening the activities of IQAC
To implement Class Monitors Work Diary
To Start a Talent Time Programme to improve the soft skills of the students
Standing on the plan proposed above the institution could implement most of the activities as detailed below to equip the students with deep knowledge in the awareness of current developments in their own subjects and for the faculty members and in the empowerment of the society as the primary goal of imparting teaching and learning process standing on the institution’s motto “Information, Formation, Transformation”.
Initiatives made by IQAC: The year 2006 was declared the year of student participation by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). Students being the most important stakeholders, their participation in quality enhancement efforts in higher education is highly desirable, and such a move from the foremost body in the higher education field has been long awaited. Students have a right to participate in decision making which affects their destiny. The Internal Quality Assurance Cell of our college has initiated many quality enhancement programmes Online Feedback System, Academic Audit, Academic Retreat, Talent Time, Induction Programme, Monitors Diary, Best Class evaluation, intranet site for IQAC etc. are a few steps in this direction. In all these programmes, development of soft-skills and life-skills are given equal importance.
International Seminar on Folklore: An International Seminar on Folklore and ‘Ennonam Ponnonam’ festival was held on Marian campus from Aug 30, 2006 to Sept 1, 2006. The program was a joint venture of the International Centre for Folklore and Culture, Kasargode and the Department of Hospitality and Management, Marian college, Kuttikkanam. Prof. Dr. K.K.N.Kurup, former Vice Chancellor, Calicut University inaugurated the seminar in a function presided over by Rev. Fr. Ruban Joseph Thannickal, Manager of the college. Dr, Jawaharlal Hundoo, President, Indian Folklore Congress was the special guest of honour on the occasion. The seminar began with the keynote address by Dr. Jawaharlal Hundoo. Each day there were four technical sessions, two in the forenoon and two in the afternoon. The plenary session was held on Aug31, in the afternoon, which was presided over by Dr. K. K. N. Kurup. Papers relating to folk arts and the culture and tradition of our country were presented by eminent personalities from different states of the country. About 50 delegates attended the seminar. It was an informative and enriching forum for the students as well. As part of the Ennonam Ponnonam Festival, Cultural programs were conducted during the evenings. The closing ceremony was held on September 1, at 12.30 pm in the conference hall. Certificates were distributed to the participants and paper presenters.
National Seminar on Data Mining Techniques & Applications: The department of computer applications organized a UGC sponsored national seminar on “Data mining Techniques and Applications” on 16th and 17th March 2007. The seminar was inaugurated by Dr. B. Ramadoss, Professor, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappally. The seminar included invited talks and paper presentations on the topic related to Data mining theory, Systems and Applications Eminent Resource persons such as Dr. Elizabeth Sherly, IIITM-K, Trivandrum, Dr. Rajesh R, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore and Dr A Sangaran, Assistant Professor, Madras Veterinary College Chennai, chaired various seminar sessions. Ten Research papers where presented by research scholars from various states. The seminar was attended by 135 participants of whom 40 were from other colleges and states. The seminar concluded with a valedictory function presided over by the Patron H. E Mar Mathew Arackal, Bishop of Kanjirapally.
Seminar on Professional Development in Social Work- Prospects and Competence: The School of Social Work, in collaboration with Indian Council of Social Welfare conducted a national level seminar and students meet in Marian College Kuttikkanam on August 16, 17 & 18, 2006. The inaugural ceremony on Aug16, 2006, in the college auditorium was presided over by H.E Mar Mathew Arackal, Bishop of Kanjirappally Diocese, and Srimati. E.S. Bijimol, MLA, Peermade inaugurated the national level seminar and students meet ‘Rendezvous 2006’. Mr. Santhosh George Kulangara, Managing Director of Labour India Group, was the chief guest on the occasion. Rev. Fr. Ruban Thannikkal, Rev Dr. A.J George, Dr. V.T Samuel and Mr. A.S Shenoy also spoke in the function. A seminar was conducted on the topic of “Perspectives of Social Work Profession” on the inaugural day of Rendezvous 2006. Mr. John T Samuel, Training Manager, HLFPPT, Kerala was the chief resource person for the seminar. Competitions were held in the many events, as part of Rendezvous 2006, and a total of 300 students participated in the meet, representing 17 colleges from the various states of the nation. After competing through the12 different competitions, Devagiri College, Kozhikode emerged the overall champions, while the runners-up were BCM College, Kottayam. The valedictory function was held on Aug18. Dr. Mary Venus, President, ICSW presided over the function. Mr. Athul Kulkarni (Hindi Film Artist) and Mr. Spadikam George (Malayalam Film Artist) distributed the prizes to the winners.
ignite@marian’07 & Agrasana’07: RedHat ignite@marian’07, the National Technical and Cultural Extravaganza, was held from February 15 to 17, 2007. Dr. B. N. Narayanan, Director IT, Lourde Matha College, Trivandrum inaugurated the meet. Mrs.E.S.Bijimol, MLA, Peermade was also present on the occasion. Students from more than 25 colleges took part in the various events conducted as part of this Techno-Cultural Fiesta. On the final day of ignite@marian’07 “AGRASANA, ‘the seat of honour,’ a get together of the MCA Alumni was organized, at Mammen Mappila Hall, Kottyam, in association with the college management. It was held mainly to congratulate the students of the running batches who have already been placed. The programme was concluded with SANDRALAYA – a cultural extravaganza by the marinates. Parents of both the former students and current students, and the well wishers of Marian college also attended the function.
National Seminar on Ethical Side of Business: A seminar on ‘The Ethical Side of Business’ was organized by the department on October 05, 2006 in the college auditorium. Students and faculty members from 19 colleges in south India attended the seminar. The individual sessions were followed by a panel discussion chaired by Prof.Jose Mathew Mattam. Thereafter, there was an interactive session with the audience. The key speakers in the seminar were the following luminaries: Fr. Dr. K. Cyriac (P. G. P. Chairman, Rajagiri College), Mr. C. R. Neelakandan Namboothiri (Renowned Social Activist), PROF. JOSE MATHEW MATTAM and Mr. V. Unnikrishnan - GM AVT Group.
Onaputhumbikal – a 10 day camp by N.S.S: The highlight of the NSS activities for this year was the 10 day camp “Onapoothumbikal.” It was inaugurated on September 1, 2006 by the Principal Rev. Dr. A. J. George Ambazathumkal. The main objective of the camp was repairing the road from Kuttikkanam to Murinjapuzha which was successfully completed by the end of the camp. On the 2nd day, an interactive session with Sankar, who received the Best NSS Program Officer’s Award (Tamil Nadu) in 2005, was arranged. The camp members celebrated Onam with the Self Help Group of Kuttikkanam. As part of the celebrations, competitions were organized for the children of the locality and an Onasadhya was given to the residents of Kuttikkanam. Personality development classes by eminent resource persons like Mr. Vargheese Paul, Mr. Vipin V Roldant, Mr Ajeesh from MSW were also part of the 10 day camp.
MRHP: Marian Rural Health Programme: Marian Rural Health Programme, ever since its inception, has been a boon from heaven to the people living in the Peermade Grama Panchayat. In this academic year, five medical camps were organized by the MRHP, focusing, mainly, on the people living below the poverty line. A total number of 265 people benefited from the medical camps so far. Medicines were also provided free of cost.
Best Social Worker Award: Social outreach programmes at Marian gives the students the chance to interact with the society and to learn and inculcate social values. Dr. P Sojan Lal, a Software Consultant working in UAE has generously offered an endowment award to motivate the social activities among students in the form of the “Best Social Worker Award”. The criteria evaluation for this award consists of the contribution of each student in the reach out reach programmes, their empathy towards the society in general and the best social values he/she keeps. This year the award was shared by Mr. Juni Mathew George and Mr. Prapanch G. of 2nd year BCA.
‘Set Sail…’ Induction Programme for First Year Degree Students: ‘Set Sail’ was conducted as the first program of ‘Magis’ (Marian Centre for Training and Development). The participants - total 180 - were the freshers from BBA, BCA and BCom streams of the college. The training team consisted of Ms. Nycil Romis, Mr. Twinkle Abraham, Mr. Anish R, Mr. Henry Poduthas, Mr. Ajesh Joseph and Mr. Joby Cyriac. Setsail was a stay-in programme designed and conducted exclusively by the faculty of Marian College. The three day induction programme gave a ceremonial welcome to the freshers and introduced the Vision and Mission of the college, while acquainting them with the Staff, and the various Departments and Clubs. It also helped the students set personal goals and initiate healthy interpersonal relationships. During the programme each batch drafted their individual mission statement and identified their goals, objectives. The induction programme was formally inaugurated by Prof. Dr. Ruble Raj, SB College Changanassery, by lighting the ceremonial lamp in the presence of the Principal Rev. Dr. A. J George, the Manager Rev. Fr. Ruben Thannickal, Vice Principal and HOD’s and teaching staff of the college. The light of knowledge and conviviality was received on to their candles by each newly joined Marianate who in turn lit the formation scripted MARIAN in the centre of the college auditorium. Later the chief guest enlightened the group on the prerequisites of a successful career graph. The session stage-managed by Mr. Anish R and Mr. Henry Poduthas ended in a prayerful note. ‘Set Sail….’was concluded with an evaluation session. Tabulated and analysed feedback forms revealed that above 90% of the students rated the various sessions as excellent and strongly agreed that the sessions could help them meet their objectives.
Best Class Award: : A major initiative of IQAC in 2006-2007 was the institution of the Patron’ Trophy for the best class evaluated on a 200 point scale based on 18 criteria including academic performance, performance in extra curricular activities, social responsibility and class room cleanliness. His Excellency Mar Mathew Arackal, our patron has donated the Patron’s Trophy for the class adjudged as the Best Class in the college, and the previous PTA has instituted an endowment of Rs. 5000/- for the best class. The present PTA has donated a trophy for the most promising class and a cash award of Rs.3000/-. An audit team made the final selection of the best class on the basis of 200-point- scale and a self-study report prepared by each class. I BCA was selected as the best class and I B.Com was selected as the most promising class.
Talent Time Programme: IQAC student charter has initiated a programme known as talent time, with the main objective of improving the soft skills of the students through activities planed and performed by them. The one hour programme was held once in every week, wherein the students staged various programmes in their respective classes that exhibited their talents through Skits, Talks, Debates, Quizzes, GD’s etc. An audit team makes surprise visit to the classes, and based on its observations and the Monitor’s Diary prepared and maintained by the class, awards points to each class. The overall performance in Talent Time is an important component in the final selection of the best class.
Monitor’s Diary: A Diary describing all the activities of a class, each day, was prepared by the class leader during the current year. This serves as a record of the activities of the class and it, also, gives the students training in documentation.
Foundation Day: The College started functioning formally on Aug 11, 1995. To mark our acknowledgement, with great respect, of the services of those who have worked for this great institution Marian celebrated her 11th Foundation day on August 10th 2006 under the auspices of CSM. CSM made the occasion a fabulous one by the stage arrangements and prayer sessions. All Marianites including students, faculties and administrative staffs gathered in the college auditorium and the function started at 10.00am. It was a multi religious and secular prayer session where each class had its role. The whole Marian family took the following pledge that day: “Lord God, your children, we the marianites, join together I your name, on this day, the 11th August 2006, the solemn day of Foundation of our institution. We gratefully acknowledge the services, love and care of our Forefathers, Friends and benefactors. May you bless them all. We dedicate ourselves with all our sincerity for the upliftment of our fellow citizens, upholding the Visio, Mission, Noble values and Traditions of this college.”
Thanksgiving Day: On behalf of CSM, as a token of gratitude for all the blessings showered upon Marian family, all the Marinates celebrated 28th February 2007 as Thanks giving day. Celebrations were held at the college auditorium and the function started at 12.00 p.m. That auspicious occasion was blessed by the presence of our patron His Excellency Bishop Mar Mathew Arackal. Presence of our Manager Fr. Ruben. J. Thannnickal, Principal Fr. George Ambazhathunkal, Vice-Principal Fr. Roy Abraham, Teaching staffs, non-teaching staffs and students made this event a grant one. The stage arrangements and the prayer sessions imparted a holy touch to the program. Representatives from each class presented prayers on behalf of their respective classes. On the same occasion His Excellency Bishop Mar Mathew Arackal awarded the Patron’s Trophy to 1st BCA who were selected as the Best class & Special excellence award to 1st BCOM for their overall excellence in the Academic year 2006-2007. The celebrations came to an end with the blessing ceremony by the Patron.
Life in Abundance Fund: In tune with the vision of the college a separate fund was created for helping the needy students of the college. A total of Rs. 26348/- was disbursed to 17 students.
Scholarships and Endowments: Thanks to the generosity of many a good heart, eight scholarships for under privileged students were initiated, each of Rs.10, 000. Patrons trophy for the best class, P.T.A trophy for the most promising class, Mother Theresa award for the graceful woman of the year, Best Social Worker award are other endowments instituted in the current academic year The 1st B.Com students made the commendable achievement of initiating a scholarship in their class.