St. Xavier's College For Women, Aluva

Mailing address: 
stellagrace@stxaviersaluva.ac.in
Telephone: 
00919745804835
Email: 
college@stxaviersaluva.ac.in
Website: 
http://www.stxaviersaluva.ac.in/
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Name: 
Dr.Sr.Geege Joanamma Xavier
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Title/Position: 
Principal
Head of Institution/Senior Applicant Email: 
geegexavier@stxaviersaluva.ac.in
Focal point 1 - Name: 
Dr.Sr. Stella K A
Focal point 1 - Title: 
Vice Principal
Focal point 1 - Email: 
stellagrace@stxaviersaluva.ac.in
Focal point 2 - Name: 
Dr. Sheena Xavier
Focal point 2 - Title: 
Internal Quality Assurance Cell Co-ordinator
Focal point 2 - Email: 
sheenaxavier@stxaviersaluva.ac.in
Focal point 3 - Name: 
Sonia John Markose
Focal point 3 - Title: 
Assistant Professor - Communication Studies
Focal point 3 - Email: 
soniamarkose@stxaviersaluva.ac.in
Please provide a brief description of your academic structure: 
St. Xavier’s College for Women, Aluva, an Arts, Commerce and Science College, affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University, is situated in the southern district of Kerela, India. Our college is run by the Sisters of Congregation of Teresian Carmelites (CTC). Since its inception in the year 1964, it promulgated the visionary zeal of the Congregation of CTC and its foundress Servant of God, Mother Elishwa. Over the last five decades it has proved its mettle as an institution of higher education scaffolding the upliftment of minority communities in the state. Recognized by the National Minority Commission, the College has been re-accredited with a Higher A grade by NAAC (an organisation that assesses and accredits higher education institutions in India - National Assessment and Accreditation Council) in 2017. At present, the institution has a strength of 1882 students, 98 teachers, 19 departments, 14 UG Programmes, 6 PG Programmes, one M. Phil Programme and Three research centres. The institution offers Degree Programmes in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, Economics, Malayalam, English Literature, Communication Studies and Commerce. The institution also offers Post Graduate Programmes in Commerce, Physics, English, Malayalam and Microbiology. The vision and the mission of our institution with a visionary zeal for excellence have made its service and expertise beneficial to the society at large. The objectives of the outreach programmes and extension activities help the student community transform into a socially committed and responsible human beings. Apart from completing the scheduled curricular activities on time our college materialises time bound community activities. To empower and to enlighten a society the role of women is undisputed. Our institution provides an academic structure ensuring holistic development of the enrolled girl students. Opportunities for mitigating their weakness and platforms for exercising their strengths are incorporated in the teaching learning process. Through educating the girl child irradiation of economic imbalance, gender discrimination and societal taboos are targeted - foundation for a better tomorrow is enshrined.
Please describe briefly any activities your institution is already carrying out, which are relevant to UNAI and its principles: 
Heralding the emergence of an enlightened family, community, society, state and nation our institution run by The Congregation of Teresian Carmalites (CTC) facilitated the education of girls in a secular way. Denying education is denying one’s birthright. Reiterating the power of education, Servant of God, Mother Eliswa, foundress of CTC, who hailed from a village in Kerala conceptualised an educational system till then inaccessible to the weaker sex. From its humble beginning, our institution has scaled and escalated hurdles, equipped enough to meet the genuine demands of the society. With education as its watch word our institution has been carrying out activities in a trustworthy manner. Education opportunity for all—Rather than treating education as an intellectual luxury and a privilege of a few elite, our institution has set an example by providing education for girls of every social strata. The diverse community of students and their co existence provided life experiences unfathomable. Education, thus inculcated in them a sense of pride in their abilities and also a concern for others abilities. Through different community outreach programmes our students extend their helping hands in teaching orphans and hemophilia affected students. Our college provides opportunity for hands on experience for students of neighbouring schools by giving them accessibility to laboratory facilities and lab equipment. Fighting poverty through education—Students from economically backward families and minority communities are given special privileges and scholarships to ensure successful completion of the courses they under take. Periodical career guidance sessions acquaint them with numerous job opportunities and they could choose the right one according to their qualification and caliber. This in turn makes them equal partners as bread winners in a patriarchal society. Majority of our students belong to backward communities who are marginalized. Most of them are first generation college goers. We mould them as enterprising entrepreneurs by enrolling them into Entrepreneurship Development Club and Innovation Cell. Add on courses like Food Processing and Cookery, Jewellery Making, Fashion Technology and Mushroom Cultivation provide them source of stable income. Human Rights—St. Xavier’s College for Women has always set a benchmark for preserving human rights. Human rights forum functioning in our college has conducted various activities to ensure the transparency of justice. Seminar, workshops, interactive sessions organised by the Political Science department offered students an awareness of their rights. This year our country celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and in connection with the Martyr’s day, on January 30th Human rights forum observed the day by paying tribute to the great Martyr and our Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Paying tribute to Gandhiji, the forum organized an exhibition titled “One fiftieth year of Bapuji’s luminescence”. Peace and Conflict resolution—-The college Peace club in association with Loyola institute of Peace and International Relation, Ernakulam has joined hands in enhancing peace and harmony through various programmes. Students of our college had attended international conferences, national level seminars organised by the Loyola institute. Both peace and conflict are manmade phenomenon. Only the right intervention at the right time, can restore Peace and resolve Conflicts- an inspiration imbibed by the students to work for harmony and international relationships. College systematically provides yoga, counseling and personality development sessions for enhancing the harmonious balance of mind, body and soul. Capacity building in Higher Education—Higher Education sector in alliance with need of the hour restructures its policies and strategies for the welfare of the students. The capacity of each individual student varies and our institution has incorporated student centric National level Programme, National Service Scheme (NSS) a central sector scheme, Government of India, Ministry of youth Affairs and Sports. Personality development through Social Service is envisaged and enrolled NSS volunteers are provided with ample opportunities to showcase their abilities and prowess. Various residential camp activities like Nature camp(creates an environment conscious attitude)Mini Camp (initiates them to take responsibilities)Seven day special camp(whole round personality development ) targets building a strong student community ready to take up challenges in their lives. The National Cadet Corps (NCC), a Youth Wing of Armed Forces engages in grooming the youth of the country into disciplined and patriotic citizens. The women NCC battalion of our college exhibits commendable service in nation building and national integration via developing comradeship, discipline and secular outlook. Global citizenship — The academic structure of our institution signals the emergence of a global outlook. Students are encouraged to participate in programmes at the national and state level and they get lot of chances to interact with delegates from different fields ranging from literary figures, Environmental activists, political leaders, Entrepreneurs and Social reformers. After the completion of Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses our students are equipped with skills and techniques to be a global citizen.
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