An Autonomous Institution Affiliated to Madurai Kamaraj University and Re-Accredited (3rd Cycle) with 'A' grade by NAAC     AISHE ID : C-36540

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Best Practice - I (2018-2019)
Title of the Practice

Endowment prizes – primarily sourced form individual, stakeholder of the institution.

Objectives
  • To create a sense of belongingness to the institution.
  • To create an induction among stakeholders to constitute such endowments.
The Context

Endowment prizes are constituted whereby the corpus is deposited and the interest earned out of it is given as prize money to beneficiaries as set out by the donors. A strong endowment structure is proof of significant contribution from stakeholders to their own institution out of a feeling of belongingness.

The Practice

Individual stakeholders including alumni, staff, members of the management are encouraged to institute endowment prizes for students. Students who are earlier beneficiaries have instituted their own endowments in later years. This creates a cycle and current students are benefitted.

Evidence of Success:

There are a total of 174endowments with a corpus of Rs. 29,40,201

Best Practice - 2 (2018-2019)
Title of the Practice

Wholly self-funded thrift credit Co-Operative Society.

Objectives
  • Staff welfare by means of Co-operative credit.
  • To moot savings among employees.
The Context

Co-Operative thrift society moots savings of surplus funds of employees. Employees is need of credit are provided credit at low interest rates so that they are not burdened by higher rates in banking credit companies.

The Practice

“Madura College employees Co-Op thrift and credit Society” was founded in 18-08-1975 and is a wholly self-funded.

Evidence of Success:
  • Amount of Outstanding due: Rs.3,31,13,851
  • No of beneficiaries: 96 (loan) and 190 (thrift)
Institutional Distinctiveness (2018-2019)

Providing quality education at affordable cost is one of the most important objectives of the institution set by its founders. The institution caters to semi-urban students in the locality nearby. More than 90% of the students are from economically and socially backward communities and receive scholarship from the government.
A vast majority of the students are first time graduates. It is in this background, that the institution decided to offer quality education at affordable cost to these beneficiaries. Admission is done solely on the basis of merit following the policy of admission including reservation to economically and socially backward classes.
The institution collects the fee as prescribed by the government. The Institution has adequate infrastructure including classrooms, laboratory, grounds, library with internet facility, smart classrooms. Students have access to INFLIBNET N-LIST and the National Digital Library of India. Appointments are made solely on the basis of merit as per the norms stipulated by University Grants Commission, Government of Tamilnadu and Madurai Kamaraj University.
Vacancies in teaching positions arising from time to time are filled with teachers appointed on adhoc basis to ensure continuity. More than 60% of the teachers are doctorates. Choice based credit system was introduced from the year 2008 and regular syllabus upgradation is being done taking student needs and feedback into consideration. Outstanding and top performing students are awarded with endowment prizes constituted specifically for this purpose. Academic support to slow learner is given by means of remedial coaching.
Each department nominates one or two students to be the members of the Council and the members thus nominated elect the Office Bearers democratically by the process of Election.As a welfare measure the students are covered under Group Insurance Policy. The college offers placement training, career guidance, training for competitive examinations to enable students to pursue higher education and to prepare for competitive examinations.
An active women cell caters to the diversified needs of girl students with respect to women empowerment. Students are inculcated with democratic values by an active Student Council, which acts as a representative body. Students are given adequate representation in committees in the design of curriculum. The Madura College Cultural Academy promotes cultural activities in the college. A grand cultural festival of the college Pulari is conducted every year in which students showcase their talents in various art forms.
Students actively take part in Inter-Collegiate cultural competitions organized by other institutions. Students are inculcated with Civic sense and societal obligating by their mandatory participation in the extension activities of the institution through NSS, NCC, AEEP, Village adoption programmes.

Best Practice - I (2019-2020)
Title of the Practice

Student Induction Programme

Objectives

Purpose of Student Induction Programme is to help new students adjust and feel comfortable in the new environment, inculcate in them the ethos and culture of the institution, help them build bonds with other students and faculty members, and expose them to a sense of larger purpose and self-exploration

The Context

Students Induction could cover a number of different aspects (SAGE):

  • Socializing: meeting other new students, senior students, students union, Lectures by Eminent People;
  • Associating: visits to University / college, visits to Dept./Branch/ Programme of study & important places on campus, local area, city and so on;
  • Governing: rules and regulations, student support etc;
  • Experiencing: Subject lectures, study skills, small-group activities, physical activity, creative and performing arts, literary activities, universal human values, etc.

Universal human values-based mentoring such as reality, equal behaviour, compassion,Non-violence and peace may act as an induction anchor or pivot, and assist in Self-awareness and sensitivity, feelings of equality, compassion and oneness are created. The attention of students must be drawn to society and nature. Enable them to focus on their society and nature. Enable them to focus on their relationship with their friends, extended as a family to college, connects Students with each other and with educators, inorder to share any difficulties they encounter.

The Practice

The student Induction Programme (2019-20) was organized for the newly admitted students of all undergraduate programmes under the aegis of UGC Quality Mandate from 19/06/2019 to 27/06/2019 with special emphasis on mentoring on Universal Human Values. The first session on all days had talks by eminent resource persons on topics ranging from Literature, Values, Anthropology, History of Madurai to Psychology and stress management.

The second session on all days was focused on mentoring the students on universal human values. Students were divided into groups of 20-25 peers along with a mentor. The mentors were trained on teaching universal human values and on the conduct of mentoring sessions in a separate training of teachers.

The third session was dedicated of arts, activities, literature, book review, reading sessions. Exposure was given to students on photography, painting, theatre arts, clay doll making and activities for emotional intelligence training was also given to students.The last session on all days were dedicated to Yoga, meditation, physical activity, games and sports

Evidence of Success:

The Student Induction Programme inculcate new students to help them feel comfortable, draw their attention towards exploring their academic interests and activities, reducing competition and making them work for excellence, promote bonding within them, build relations between teachers and students, open new horizons of life and leading to character building.

Challenges encountered

Making the students to feel free approaching his faculty mentor or the student guide, when facing any kind of problem, whether academic or financial or psychological etc.

Best Practice - 2 (2019-2020)
Promotion of Values and Ethics
Objectives
  • To Acquire leadership qualities and democratic attitude
  • To Practice national integration and social harmony
  • To promote the practice of cultural values and ethics
  • To organize events like competition and presentations etc
  • To enhance students participation in state and national level events
The Context

Values are backbone of any personality, religion and society. Ethical values can bring in peace of mind, better quality of life and tolerance. Concerns to promote human values in students are not taken seriously at most of the home as well as in society which results in continuous destruction of moral values and social relations. Hence, there is an imperative need to take serious action for the repair of moral values.

The Practice
1. Course on Value Education and Professional Ethics
  • Education is a method of developing one’s disposition and not just gaining certificates and skills; but it is a process by which strength of mind is increased, brainpower is expanded and one learns to be independent. While Value education can offer moral sense and contented life it boosts up the cultural factor within human beings. In the educational philosophy of great scholars like Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. S. Radha Krishnan, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam it is insisted that education without moral values would lead to anarchy, agitation, and psychological as well as social ailments.
  • Keeping these views in mind, Moral Education has been provided as a part of our educational curriculum in the name of “Value Education”.
  • Having felt the need to instil moral guidelines for the future professional career of the students, our college has incorporated Professional Ethics in OBE curriculum.
2. Part – V of the Curriculum – Extension / Social Work

In order to inculcate Civic sense and societal obligation it is made mandatory that every student must participate in the extension activities of the institution through any one - NSS, NCC, YRC and Physical Education. While NCC and NSS inculcate social values, Physical Education provides physical fitness, health body, mind and sprit.

3. College Assembly
  • College assembly is a good source of inculcating moral and Human Values to students through motivational talks by teachers.
  • It is the best platform to encourage the students who have achieved in academics and extra-curricular activities. When the achievers are awarded in front of everyone, they feel encouraged. This encouragement gives them the enthusiasm to achieve more.
  • Unlike the formal announcements, students are encouraged to participate in a messaging activity about the special topic like self-confidence, leaders message and higher education system.
4. Various Clubs and Activities

Establishment of Clubs and their functions are great ways to develop students’ character and the skills that will benefit them in their career and in life. By their active participation in Club activities, skills and values like Commitment, Leadership, Effective Communication, and Team Work are identified and honed. Our college has established various Clubs to empower the students’ skills and to provide them moral values.

4a. Arul Neri Mandram

Under the banner of Arul Neri Mandram lectures and competitions are conducted to develop self-control, spirituality, humanism and unity among students.

4b. Gandhian Study Centre
The Major objectives of the Centre are envisaged as
  • To expand and spread the thoughts and works of Mahatma Gandhi
  • To bring about social change through Gandhian Philosophy
  • To create awareness about Gandhi’s work among deprived classes
  • To disseminate Gandhi’s Non-Violence for world peace
4c. Madura College Cultural Academy

The institution promotes Extra-curricular activities like painting, music, fine arts, elocution, recitation, poem writing etc., to develop human values. Participation in cultural activities make the students aware of rich culture and heritage via Cultural Academy. All these practices are integrated in such a way that they are given equal importance and rating among academics and other intellectual activities. The role of institution is to provide an environment that support and reinforce the adoption of positive values.

4d.Vivekananda Peravai

Establishment of Vivekananda Peravai is to develop self-confidence among the students and make them feel good about their past achievements, and set themselves achievable goals for the future

After formation of clubs, the activities are planned for a semester. While making plandifferent suggestions from students and faculty members are considered in a meeting. Forevery activity a team is formed including faculty members and students. The team is responsible for conducting the activity. The following is list of activities conducted by above mentioned club during 2019-20 academic year.

S. No Date Programme Name Venue Beneficiaries No of Participants
1 10-01-2020 National Youth Day Celebrations in collaboration with JCI, Lions Club of Madurai COSMOS, Madurai TMC Students 300
2 26-09-2019 Mahatma Gandhi 150th Birth Day Celebrations - Competition between various college Students in collaboration with DesiyaValiami Weekly Magazine World Tamil Sangam Conference Hall Students 45
3 18-09-2019 விவேகானந்த பாறைநினைவுச்சின்னத்தின் பொன்விழா ஆண்டுதுவக்கவிழா in collaboration with விவேகானந்தகேந்திரம், கன்னியாகுமரி, மதுரைகிளை TMC Students 250
4 26-07-2019 முன்னாள்ஐனாதிபதிடாக்டர்.A.B.J.அப்துல்கலாம்நினைவுநாள்கருத்தரங்கம் in collaboration with JCI India TMC Students 250
5 30-09-2019 to 02-10-2019 Mahatma Gandhi 150th Birth Day Celebrations TMC Students 300
6 20-02-2020 Andhipookkal-2020 (A Cultural Bonanza) TMC Students 300
7 19-02-2020 Pulari-2020 (The Ultimate cultural event) TMC Students 1000
Evidence of Success:
  • Students involvement: Students are actively participating in different activities, which makes a positive improvement in their personality development, communication skills, management skills, programming skills etc.
  • Teamwork: As students and faculty members work together, it builds team spirit among students. Bonding is formed among students and faculty. Moreover, the innovative ideas and perspectives of the students are complemented by the experience and the expertise of the teachers.
Challenges Encountered:

Participation of students along with the academic work is a prime challenge.

Institutional Distinctiveness (2019-2020)
Affordable Fee

Providing quality education at affordable cost is one of the most important objectives of the institution set by its founders. The institution caters to semi-urban students in the locality nearby. More than 90% of the students are from economically and socially backward communities and receive scholarship from the government.A vast majority of the students are first time graduates. It is in this background, that the institution decided to offer quality education at affordable cost to these beneficiaries. Admission is done solely on the basis of merit following the policy of admission including reservation to economically and socially backward classes.The institution collects the fee as prescribed by the government.

Facilities

The Institution has adequate infrastructure including Classrooms, Laboratory, Grounds, Library with Internet Facility, Smart Classrooms which that cater to the needs of all levels of academic programmes. Students also have access to INFLIBNET N-LIST and the National Digital Library of India.

Recruitment

Appointments are made solely on the basis of merit as per the norms stipulated by University Grants Commission, Government of Tamilnadu and Madurai Kamaraj University. Vacancies in teaching positions arising from time to time are filled with teachers appointed on adhoc basis to ensure continuity.

Research promotion

More than 60% of the teachers are Doctorates. The Research Cell, with well-defined research policy, motivates teachers and students to pursue research. There are 37 Research Guides and 98 Scholars are pursuing Doctoral Programmes. The college has 7 recognized Research Centres And Instrumentation Centre with active research evidenced by publications and operation of Major and Minor Research Projects.

Curriculum

Choice Based Credit System was introduced from the year 2008 and regular syllabus upgradation is being done taking student needs and feedback into consideration. It is proposed to implement Outcome Based Education in all UG programmes from the Academic Year 2020-21.

Career Development

Training and Career Guidance Cell offers pre-campus training, conducts on-campus placement drives and excellently bridges the gap between the demands of the industries and students. Entrepreneurship Development Cell inculcates entrepreunal abilities so that the students are sound in knowledge, skills and values to have the ability to face the challenges of the corporate world.

Students Representation

Students are taught with democratic values by an active Students Council, which acts as a representative body. Student representatives have been given responsible position as “student nominees” in Board of Studies (BoS). “Student coordinator” positions are being given to the students while organizing intercollegiate and other programs to assist by which they develop their leadership quality.

Extra-curricular activities

Madura College Cultural Academy (MCCA) promotes cultural activities in the college. A grand Cultural Festival of the college, namely PULARI is conducted every year in which students showcase their talents in various art forms. Students actively take part in Inter-Collegiate cultural competitions organized by other institutions.

Extension activities

Students are inculcated with Civic sense and societal obligating by their mandatory participation in the extension activities of the institution through NSS, NCC, YRC and village adoption programme “Unnat Bharat Abiyan”.

Reforms in examination

Students have been given provision by the institution to apply for getting photostat copies of their answer scripts of semester examination which shows the transparency in evaluation pattern. The institute facilitates the students to transfer credits from courses offered by MOOC platform such as SWAYAM/NPTEL against NME courses. The students have also been given permission to earn extra credits for optional courses from online courses in MOOC platform such as SWAYAM/NPTEL