Top NAAC Grade for Trivandrum University College
The University College Thiruvananthapuram has been re-accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council and given grade ‘A,’ the highest ranking under the Council’s new system of rating academic institutions.
On a point scale of four, the University College has secured a cumulative grade point average of 3.16. The re-accreditation was awarded at the 53rd executive committee meting of the NAAC held on 4th September, 2010.
The College was among the 86 institutions – including four universities – re-accredited by the NAAC that day. The rating is valid for five years from the date of re-accreditation.
According to College Principal M. Abdul Rahim the strong performance of the institution on the research and extension front and its initiatives on Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-enabled education were among the main factors that led the peer team to give it the highest rating.
The college has many ‘smart’ classrooms with computers, LCD projectors and Internet connectivity. Hence teachers could incorporate Information Technology tools in their teaching practises, he said.
Convener of the College’s NAAC re-accreditation committee R. Anil Kumar said that in the run-up to the peer team visit, the college had worked to strengthen its Internal Quality Assurance Cell.
The Principal would urge teachers to sign up for faculty-improvement programs and to undertake research projects.
Feedback on Teachers
“We also introduced a teacher-evaluation scheme wherein students can give anonymous feedback about the academic performance of teachers across a range of parameters including content quality, punctuality, delivery skills and impartiality,” Dr. Anil Kumar said.
The fact that 140 teachers at the College are engaged in active research work, that 55 teachers are research guides and that the college has ongoing research projects to the tune of 2.5 crore impressed the NAAC peer team.
According to the college’s research committee convener Francis Sunny, the institution has received more than 5 crore from various funding agencies for projects undertaken during the last five years.
The Peer Team Report prepared by the four-member NAAC team which assessed the College in March 2010 identifies good research activity, the adoption of the cluster of colleges scheme, good performance by students in university examinations and a robust library, among other things, as the college’s strengths.