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INTERNAL QUALITY ASSURANCE CELL (IQAC)

OBJECTIVE

COMPOSITION OF IQAC

Chairman

IQAC Co-ordinator

Administrative Officers

Members from the Management

Senior Teachers

Nominiees from the Local Society

Date of establishment of IQAC: 02.12.2003

FUNCTIONS OF THE INTERNAL QUALITY ASSURANCE CELL

NAAC Peer Team Visit

The NAAC Peer Team, comprising the following academicians visited the college from 29th February to 2nd March 2012 to assess the quality measures implemented during the last five years (Third Cycle):

The Peer Team visited the departments, research centres and infrastructural facilities and interacted with the Management, Teachers, Students, Parents and Alumni of the college. The visit was a successful and meaningful academic and administrative exercise. St. Xavier's College was re-accredited with “A” Grade with a CGPA of 3.50.

ACADEMIC AUDIT

The interaction between the IQAC and the various sub-units of an institution is one of the best practices identified by the NAAC (Best Practice Series: IQAC Activities April 2006). In order to facilitate the interaction, a five member Core Committee has been formed, comprising the Principal, Deputy Principal, IQAC Co-ordinator, Dean, and Controller of Examinations. The academic audit facilitates SWOC analysis and helps the various Departments/Research Centres/Service Organizations document all the quality enhancement aspects regularly.

Student Feedback on Teachers

The process of getting student feedback on teachers was held on 08.10.2011. The format designed as per the model given by NAAC was used. The evaluation was made by means of a questionnaire. The analysis of the feedback was handed over to Rev. Fr. Secretary and Rev. Fr. Principal on 21.11.2011 and to the teachers on 23.11.2011. Rev. Fr. Secretary instructed the teachers to improve their performance based on the results of the evaluation on 24th & 25th November 2011.

NAAC SPONSORED NATIONAL CONFERENCE

With an aim to provide a suitable platform for academicians to discuss the best practices in Student Support and Progression, the Internal Quality Assurance Cell organized a two-day National Conference on "Quality Initiatives for Student Support and Progression" on 4th & 5th December 2009. Welcoming the participants, Dr. V. S. Joseph Albert, IQAC Co-ordinator & Convener, pointed out the difference between NAAC and other organizations. He said that while other organizations assess only the outcome of the process, NAAC assesses the process itself.

Welcoming the participants, Dr. V. S. Joseph Albert, IQAC Co-ordinator & Convener, pointed out the difference between NAAC and other organizations. He said that while other organizations assess only the outcome of the process, NAAC assesses the process itself.

Rev. Dr. Alphonse Manickam, S.J., Principal, delivered the Presidential Address, defining the terms, Student Support and Student Progression. Dr.G.Gopalakrishnan, Dean, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University , delivered the Keynote Address. Mr. B. S. Ponmudiraj, Assistant Adviser, NAAC, spoke on The Importance of Student-centred Environment in HEIs. Dr. Sheela Ramachandran, Principal, P S G College of Arts & Science, Coimbatore , stressed the need for Student Participation in Extra-curricular Activities. Interacting with the participants, Dr. G. Srinivas, Joint Secretary, UGC, Hyderabad , spoke on IQAC and Quality Assurance.” Rev. Fr. Britto Vincent, S.J., Rector, St. Xavier's Institutions, Palayamkottai, focused on The Need for Holistic Development of Students in HEIs. During the Panel Discussion, Dr. S. Chellakumar Rose, Principal, Scott Christian College, Nagercoil, explained the essential features of Student-centred Teaching-learning Process for Quality Enhancement. Dr. Francis, Principal, V.O.C.College, Tuticorin, talked about Inclusive Practices for Social Justice. Dr.Muthulakshmi Paramasivan, Principal, Rosemary College of Arts & Science, Tirunelveli, focused on Quality Initiatives for Women Empowerment in HEIs. Dr.D.Ebenezer, Joint Director of Collegiate Education, Tirunelveli, delivered the valedictory address. 175 teachers participated in the Conference.

National Seminar on Innovations in Curriculum under Choice-Based Credit System

In order to facilitate the revision of the syllabus to be introduced in June 2012, the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) organized a UGC sponsored National Seminar on “Innovations in Curriculum under Choice-Based Credit System on 7th December 2011. Welcoming the participants, Dr.V.S.Joseph Albert, IQAC Co-ordinator, explained the objectives of the Seminar. Rev.Fr.Britto Vincent, S.J., Rector, pointed out the significance of value education in higher education institutions. Rev.Dr.A.Arockiasamy, S.J., Secretary, stressed the need for quality enhancement in the changing global scenario. Rev.Dr.Alphonse Manickam, S.J., Principal, delivered the Presidential Address, focusing on the importance of introducing innovative courses in curriculum so that students might get more options.

Dr. Joe G. M. Jesudurai, Associate Prof. & Head, Dept. of Physics, Loyola College, Chennai, explained the logistics of the Choice-Based Credit System. Dr. P. Bhaskaran Nair, Associate Professor of ELT, Pondicherry University, delivered a lecture on Learner-Centred Approach: From Curriculum Guidelines to Classroom Interaction”. Dr. Stanley Mohandoss Stephen, Associate Prof. & Head, Research Dept. of English, The American College, Madurai, presented a historical perspective of the Choice-Based Credit System. The Panel Discussion was conducted by Mr. Bernard Chandra, Placement Officer. Dr. C. Eugine Franco, Associate Prof. & Head, Research Dept. of Commerce, spoke on “Ensuring Employability through Curriculum Design. Dr. B. Ravi Babu, Dean & Head, Dept. of English, Devanga Arts College, Aruppukottai, focused on Soft Skills--Personality Development”. Dr. A. John De Britto, Associate Professor, Research Dept. of Plant Biology & Biotechnology, spoke on The Significance of Value Education. 170 teachers from various institutions attended the Seminar.

Orientation Programmes Organized

2011-2012

In order to help young teachers learn the techniques of teaching-learning process, the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) organized an Orientation Programme on 13th & 14th June 2011. Welcoming the participants, Dr.V.S.Joseph Albert, IQAC Co-ordinator, explained the logistics of the Orientation Programme, focusing on the need for extension activities and outreach programmes. Rev.Fr.Britto Vincent, S.J., Rector, St. Xavier's Institutions, stressed the importance of holistic development of Students in Higher Education Institutions. Rev.Dr.Alphonse Manickam, S.J., Principal, pointed out the significance of quality enhancement in the changing global scenario, focusing on the National Assessment and Accreditation Council Peer Team visit. Rev.Dr.A.Arockiasamy, S.J., Secretary, explained how teachers could help students discover their talents. Rev.Dr.Danis Ponniah, S.J., Vice-Principal, delivered the Keynote Address, highlighting the Jesuit concept of higher education. Dr.P.P.Ajaykumar, Director, Institute of Distance Education, University of Kerala, Trivandrum, delivered a lecture on “Creativity in Teaching.” Dr. B. William Dharma Raja, Faculty of Education, M. S. University, spoke on Guidance and Counselling. Dr.S.Mumtaj Begum, Director, Academic Staff College, Madurai Kamaraj University, spoke on Teacher Student Relationship. The Group Discussion was conducted by Dr.A.John De Britto, Associate Prof. of Plant Biology & Biotechnology. 110 teachers attended the Orientation Programme.


2012-2013

The Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) organized an Orientation Programme on 15th June 2012 for all the teaching staff of St. Xavier's College. The objective was to make a SWOC analysis of quality initiatives implemented since 2006 in the light of the recommendations given in the NAAC Peer Team Report 2012. Dr.V.S.Joseph Albert, IQAC Co-ordinator, presented an analysis of the NAAC Peer Team Report 2012 and focused on the outcome of NAAC assessment of institutions in India from January to June 2012. Rev.Fr.Britto Vincent, S.J., Rector, St. Xavier's Institutions, explained the concept of Jesuit higher education and the policy of option for the poor. He said that the poor student who had got State First Rank in "Indian Culture" was given admission in the college and was also provided with financial assistance. Rev.Dr.A.Joseph, S.J., Principal, pointed out the significance of quality enhancement in the changing global scenario and the role of teachers in developing the communication skills of students. Rev.Dr.A.Arockiasamy, S.J., Secretary, explained how teachers could mould the personality of students so as to help them become efficient leaders in future.

The Group Discussion was conducted by Dr.C.Eugine Franco, HOD of Commerce. During the Group Discussion suggestions for fulfilling the following recommendations made by the NAAC Peer Team in the next five years were made. 170 teachers attended the Orientation Programme.

The Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) organized an Orientation Programme on 18th & 19th August 2012 for the teaching staff of St. Xavier's College. Dr.V.S.Joseph Albert, IQAC Co-ordinator, explained the objectives of the Programme, focusing on the essential aspects of Teacher-Student relationship. Rev.Fr.Britto Vincent, S.J., Rector, St. Xavier's Institutions, spoke on the role of the teacher in the fast changing society. Rev.Dr.A.Arockiasamy, Secretary, stressed the need for updating the knowledge for effective teaching.

Dr. B. William Dharma Raja, Asst. Professor of Education, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, spoke on Teacher as a Professional. Dr. Dunstan P. Ambrose, Emeritus Professor & Director, Entomology Research Unit, St. Xavier's College, Palayamkottai focused on the attributes of a good teacher. Rev. Dr. G. Pushparaj, S. J., Coordinator for Jesuit Higher Education, explained the concept of Jesuit Education and Ignatian Pedagogy. Prof. K. Gopalakrishnan, Former Professor of English, University of Kerala, Trivandrum, delivered lectures on “Teaching through Multimedia in the 21st Century Context. Dr. A. John De Britto, Associate Professor of Botany & Director, Plant Molecular Biology Research Unit, St. Xavier's College, Palayamkottai, explained how to write Research Proposals for Major and Minor Projects. 110 teachers attended the Orientation Programme.

IQAC Office

Profesor Name
Dr. A. Lourdusamy

IQAC Co-Ordinator

PROCEEDINGS & ACTIVITIES

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