Assessment Report on
Institutional Accreditation of
The Mount Carmel College was started by the Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa in 1948 to provide holistic higher education, which has its deep roots in Christian values for young women. It aims at guiding them to acquire the right attitudes, creativity, skills, love of learning and cultivation of character.
The college is located on the Palace Road in the shadow of the palace of the former Maharaja of Bangalore in an area of 9.75 acres. It has over the years grown not only in terms of the number of students and the faculty but also in the diversity of its programmes. The institution has also demonstrated sensitivity to the changing needs of the society. With its experience of running 60 educational institutions in the country, the Management has successfully combined imparting moral values with professional training. The service orientation given to students to help the underprivileged to achieve academic excellence is quite significant.
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) deputed the Peer Team comprising Prof. Harbhajan Singh Soch, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar (Chairman), Prof. Antony Eapen, Principal, Mar Ivanios College, Trivandrum and Prof. Sr. Christine Rebello, Principal, St. Francis College for Women, Secunderabad (members) to visit the college from September 28, 1999 to October 01, 1999 to make an institutional accreditation.
The Peer Team is very happy to have visited the beautiful campus of the college, the departments and laboratories. It interacted with the Management, teachers, non-teaching staff, and students with the purpose of validating claims made in the Self-Study Report of the college.
We feel privileged to present the criterion-wise report of Mount Carmel College.
The college offers 19 undergraduate and two postgraduate programmes thus providing flexibility in the choice of options. Transcending the constraints of an affiliated college, it has launched 10 self-financing courses. They have taken advantage of peer consultation in framing the curriculum for these programmes, designing teaching methodology, formatting of question papers and in evaluation. The department of English has designed 10 modules for Communicative English. In addition, there are five certificate courses conducted by the departments of Environmental Sciences, Botany, Zoology, Micro-biology and Computer Science.
The college provides moral education with the hope that the Carmelites grow as God fearing citizens with compassion in their heart and with the mission in their life to serve sincerely wherever they are placed. Thus they have not only academic excellence but also good character.
While the goal has been stated clearly, the college will do well to design the curriculum to achieve it. Participatory exercises in re-designing curriculum in the light of the re-definition of its goal to meet aspirations of modern youth are recommended.
The college has tried to recruit the best teachers available through a sheet selection process. There is transparency and fairness in the selection of teachers. The selection and finalisation of the candidates is made only after they give a demonstration lesson to students in the presence of the selection committee members so that their competence in communication skills is assessed. There is also an institutional system of training the newly recruited teachers in teaching skills and human values.
The Management is keen to develop the skills and knowledge of the teachers. The Faculty Improvement Programme was helpful to encourage teachers obtained their research degrees. There are 22 Ph.D.s and 42 M.Phil.s among the teachers of the college. The institution has designed a proforma for making a performance appraisal of teachers by students. Teachers are encouraged to make teaching plans and are required to maintain work diaries. This practice needs to be regularised. Some departments make effective use of modern teaching methods such as group discussions, seminars, use of audio visual programmes and computer aided-learning. Teachers complete the syllabi and also provide guidance in free time. The departments also provide remedial coaching for poor achievers.
Teaching is learner oriented. Further, students are encouraged to meet teachers regarding their academic problems. Our interaction with students has given sufficient evidence of teacher dedication and teacher job satisfaction. The success rate of students in examinations is around 95% and the top five ranks in the university exams are held by the students of the college.
Learner-centred teaching-learning strategies may be adopted. Assessment of teacher performance by both external experts and students is recommended.
Teachers are also encouraged to attend conferences/seminars/workshops being held within the state by rotation.
The claim that teaching is leaner centred can be justified only where teaching – learning processes are unconventional and are based on an effective use of education technology. Teacher performance appraisal by expert external peers alone can ensure accountability and impact.
At present 12% of the faculty are involved in one way or the other in research activity, three teachers are working for Ph.D and 14 for their M.Phil. Five projects with a total value of 10.5 lakhs have been sponsored by funding agencies. Many members of the faculty serve on Boards of Studies of Bangalore University and some of them are resource persons at workshops and seminars at state/national level. The postgraduate Management Institute offers consultancy services.
The extension activities and outreach programmes of the college through street plays and production of books and audio visual materials have created immense awareness among the people.
The institution has also adopted a village, Bilijaji a small under-developed village which is located 30 kms away from Bangalore. The survey of the village has focussed on certain areas where help and guidance would be imparted to the villagers over the next three years. They intend reinforcing the cart track and also providing general extension education to the village folk especially the women with a view to enlighten them on their village, educational and health problems.
Awareness programmes on drug abuse, domestic violence, alternative medicine etc are undertaken by the college. Special mention needs to be made of ‘Mount Cares’, a week long programme by the college union which creates awareness of socially relevant issues and the Mount Carmel charity dispensary which has catered for the needs of the poor in the neighbourhood for the last many years. Remedial teaching is also conducted in the evening for children of standards I to VIII of the adjoining neighbourhood.
The built-in area of the college is 2.56 lakh sq.ft. as against the total area of 9.75 acres, virtually utilising the land completely.
The Mount Carmel College which was once housed in a single building now takes pride of its 75 spacious classrooms, 26 well equipped laboratories, two libraries with 60,000 volumes of books and journals, auditorium with seating capacity of 1000, studio, stadium, botanical garden, health centre, a counselling room, vehicle parking shed and a non-resident centre. The college has also a placement cell in the management department, a bank extension counter and a museum. Another auditorium will shortly be commissioned for the benefit of students.
The College has 65 computers and internet facility is available in the Departments of Management Studies, Micro-Biology and Environmental Sciences. The process of computerisation of the library has already begun. Its sports infrastructure includes playgrounds and tracks for six games and athletics.
The college’s performance in sports has been excellent. This college is virtually the permanent champion in the Bangalore University’s inter-college championships. 33 students at state level, 9 students at national level and 2 students at the international level. One handicapped student received the Arjuna award in the year 1997-98.
They have a well equipped hostel to accommodate for 190 students. This facility is mainly extended to those students who come from outside the state.
The Department of Home Science has an experimental nursery school attached wherein the care of the tiny tots is taken from the point of view of Home Science.
There is a grievance redressal cell chaired by the Principal where the teachers get their problems solved. Housing loans for non-teaching staff, freeship to the children of the staff are some of the welfare schemes available.
The college admits all minority community candidates and follows the regulations of the government for scheduled caste/tribes/backward classes. The rest of the candidates are admitted on the basis of merit.
The college has a high student support profile in arranging financial aid to 684 students 232 scholarships, and also awarding of prizes to 243 students. All this amount comes a to little more than half a million rupees.
Students of this college have gained placement in executive positions in companies like Kirloskar, Tata, Shriram Finance etc.
The number of students who have qualified are GRE (6), GMAT (50), TOEFL (100), NIFT (22) is encouraging. More than 80% of the students go for further studies or join jobs. Two of its students won tickets to visit Japan and France through excellence in elocution competitions.
The Mount Carmel College is famous for its share of beauty queens for the part many years but that is not all. In fact, Carmelites have excelled in the area of science, sports, politics and public administration and also as entrepreneurs. During the interaction with students it was observed that students love this college and they are proud that they belong to this college.
Few years ago the college was selected by the Bangalore University on behalf of few American institutions for their India Study Abroad Programme.
The college has also been winning the overall trophy in the NAMIFEST at the national festival.
Students have an elected body which meets quite often and discusses with problems with the Principal. During the student interaction programme, it was observed that they did not have any grievances about the academic activity of the college.
The establishment of a Counselling Centre with a professional counsellor on campus has helped solve many a personal problem of students and also to provide career information services. The initiative of the centre in organising leadership camps and personality development programmes has helped boost the confidence of students.
The college has a Governing Council comprising the Principal, the Provincial and other members drawn from parents, educationists and students. It is an important advisory committee, chaired by the Principal.
The Governing Body of the college comprises only members of the Carmelite order. This is the only executive body. It was interesting to find that both the Governing Council and the Governing Body have full faith in the administrative capabilities of the Principal and all the decisions taken by her were endorsed.
The tuition fee charged by the college is low and no changes have been made during the last three years. This has helped attract talent from the weaker segments of the society.
It was encouraging to see that 82% of the income is spent on academic activity and only 9% each on administration and welfare programmes. This indicates sound financial management.
Most of the administrative functions pertaining to admissions, attendance, evaluation and pay slips have been computerised in keeping with the times.
The financial management of the college appears to be very sound.
The College has been giving special attention to cultural and extension activities through 4 clubs and 22 associations.
Special efforts are made by the college for civic education, moral behaviour, respect for diverse faiths and beliefs and also for charity. Significant efforts are also made for empowerment of women to fight against social evils and gender discrimination.
An innovative experiment of the college ‘Mounts Club’ permits ex-students to continue to enjoy the sports facilities. The counselling centre is well organised and provides personal guidance to students.
Section 3: Over-view
It is heartening to note that this college has grown in the last fifty years catering for a variety of academic programmes. The sense of belonging to Mount Carmel College is easily discernible among students, teachers, the Principal and members of the Management. The college has done well by responding to the changing needs of the society.
The Mount Carmel Management has also started a postgraduate diploma course in Management with the approval of the All India Council of Technical Education. It was a delight visiting the department and see that modern technology is put to its optimum use including information services. The whole-time placement office is a successful contribution to the placement of students in well reputed concerns. The guest faculty comprising 60 persons from industry and various financial institutions have provided rich inputs to strengthen the curriculum.
The gray areas of the college are: lack of required research activity, scientific appraisal of the teaching/teachers, proper consultancy, and use of modern technology in most of the departments.
Active participation of the Governing Council with appropriate powers may help infuse new ideas for the more effective governance of the college. A formal, independent grievance redressal cell with well defined objectives and a teaching/teacher appraisal mechanism may serve as good fora for feedback. The college would enhance its potential by introducing more postgraduate programmes and in turn help promote the research culture among the faculty. While appreciating the efforts of the Management in appointing teachers from its own resources, a re-look at the salary structures may boost the morale of the staff.
While interacting with the teachers and the Principal we found that they are very keen to become an autonomous college, which in our opinion they rightly deserve.
To conclude, the college has done splendidly well in all areas under the able leadership of the Principal which is admired by all segments of the college and society at large.
The Peer Team places on record its appreciation of the college for the warm hospitality and for having made its stay enjoyable and comfortable.