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PRINCIPAL MESSAGE


Dr.T.M JOSEPH

Nirmala College, Muvattupuzha is now 64 years old. The college is a centre of higher learning in Ernakulam district with 16 undergraduate programmes, 14 post-graduate programmes, five research programmes and three diploma programmes. The college has played a pivotal role in the socio-economic development of the high ranges and the suburban areas of Muvattupuzha town. The forefathers of the college had envisioned the delivery of quality education wedded with spiritual values to the emerging young population of the region.

            The college has 74 regular faculty members in various disciplines of whom 32 are Ph.D. holders. In addition the college has 68 teachers on ad-hoc basis. As many as 56% of the faculty are women. The total number of non-teaching staff comes to 52. The college has a total student strength of 2710 of which 64% are girls. Though the college is aided by the state government it also receives occasional funding from University Grants Commission (UGC), Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Bio-technology (DBT) and Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE). All Science departments are DST-FIST supported. The Department of Bio-technology, Govt. of India has accorded the ‘Star College’ status to the college for three years (2017-2020). Under the scheme, the departments of Botany, Chemistry, Physics and Zoology get a one-time grant of Rs.5 lakh each and annual recurring grant of Rs.2 lakh each for three years. Several major and minor research projects are being carried out by the faculty. Some of the teachers have publications in accredited national and international journals with a high degree of impact factor and h-index. The college regularly undertakes consultancy works for the Rubber Board and the Coconut Board.

            The College has a web-enabled Digital Library with over 65000 titles in various disciplines. The college is linked with the UGC sponsored INFLIBNET, enabling on-line access to over 2500 national and international research journals. The college is regularly publishing a bi-annual journal called “Science and Society” with ISSN number from 2003 onwards. The college regularly conducts 13 memorial or endowment lectures on an annual basis. It also organizes five inter-disciplinary national seminars and over 20 invited talks by experts every year, on an average.

            The college is credited with the running of a Civil Service Academy on its campus. It provides effective coaching to the civil service aspirants on a regular basis. The integral development of student personality is taken care of by various clubs and units like National Service Scheme, National Cadet Corps, Debating Club, Quiz Club, Catholic Students Movement, Entrepreneurship Development Club, Human Rights Club, Anti-Narcotic Club, Road Safety Club etc.         

            The students have been consistently contributing to the ethos of the college through their outstanding performance in the University Youth Festivals, Sports, Games and intellectual pursuits. They maintain high standards in University examinations with occasional ranks and distinctions.

            The college gives due importance to the wholesome development of the human personality. In this perspective, we have facilities for computer training, yoga practicing, body building and spiritual renewal. The practice of reaching out to the entire college community through the public address system and educating on topics of common interest on a daily basis for five minutes through the programmes of ‘Zero Hour’ and ‘Nirmala Radio’ is a great opportunity for students to learn something beyond their prescribed syllabus. The recreational facilities like department day celebrations, inter-departmental competitions, Onam and Christmas celebrations and Food festival are the means of unearthing the best talents hidden in each student. In addition, the college offers special training to advanced learners through the platforms of Walk With the Scholar and ‘Nirmala Stars’. At the same time, the interests of slow learners are taken care of by the programmes like Scholar Support programme, Remedial Coaching, Peer teaching and Additional Skill Acquisition programme. UGC-NET coaching facility is given to the post-graduate students. The career guidance and placement cell is very active and has been successful in securing maximum campus placements for our students. The Parent Teacher Association and Alumni Association are also very active with many innovative programmes.

            On infra-structural front, the college has state of the art facilities. It has five air conditioned conference halls, four auditoriums, six seminar halls, five computer labs, three smart class rooms, one language lab, nearly 250 computers with peripherals, six photocopying machines, 22 DLP Projectors and so on. Two Ladies’ Hostels, Boys Hostel, Sports Hostel, Cafeteria, Post-office, Bank, Two ATM Counters, Kiosks, Staff Co-operative Society, Electronic workshop, Gymnasium, Yoga Centre, Chapel, Counselling Centre, Book Stall and Stationery Shop are other facilities on the campus.

            The college administration is assisted and advised by the Governing Body, IQAC, College Council, PTA, Alumni Association, and the College Union in its march ahead.

            The emerging system of higher education demands increased importance to skill development in order to make our students more employable by acquiring necessary analytical and soft skills. Aptitude tests, group discussions, interviews, personality tests etc. have become essential components of any education system. Hence, students are encouraged to join clubs/associations for co-curricular activities and take maximum advantage of the facilities available. Let us develop a new culture of innovation and hard work with a firm desire and determination for achieving our goals. We have to be punctual and systematic, humble, sincere and honest. Let us nurture deep rooted values and faith in God along with an uncompromising search for truth, knowledge and excellence in all our endeavours.

            The college community is preparing itself for the fourth cycle of accreditation by the NAAC. The IQAC of the college is in the field, grooming the ground for the next cycle of accreditation ever since the third accreditation of the college in 2013. Its focus is on ushering in a positive and qualitative change in the delivery of academic services in the college. The qualitative changes seen on the campus now are the result of concerted and dedicated efforts of the management, staff and students of this institution.

"With best wishes to all"