Rev. Henry Baker Jr.
The Apostle of Hills.

From Darkness into Marvellous Light

“Lead kindly light amid the encircling gloom, lead Thou me on,
The night is dark and I am far from home, lead Thou me on,
Keep Thou my feet , I do not ask to see,
The distant scen , one step enough for me.”

Annual Report 2014-15

HENRY BAKER COLLEGE- Annual   Report -2014-15

Henry Baker College is a minority coeducational institution run by C.S.I. East Kerala Diocese. Rt.Rev.Dr.K.G. Daniel, Bishop of the Diocese is the manager and a nine member governing body administers its affairs. Dr. Abraham Daniel served as principal in the current year.

College reopened after summer holidays on June 1st2015. Rev.P.K.Sebastian Chaplain of the College led the staff and students in the opening worship.

Courses:-

In the current academic year the College offered four U.G.courses- B.Com, B.A.History, B.A English& B.Sc Physics and two P.G. Courses- M.Com & M.A. History in aided stream. We offered two diploma courses also – pneumatic and hydraulic machine engineering & hotel management –sponsored by UGC under community college scheme. We had 356 students on roll with  permanent teachers  22 guest lecturers  6 and  8 non-teaching staff.

Result:-

The College got a good academic result this year also.B.Com -100%, B.A. History-76%, B.A. English -80% , B.Sc. Physics -84% , M.Com-  90%.  College has taken all efforts to improve its academic excellence as well as nonacademic fields also. Various student support programs like ASAP, WWS, SSP etc. helped students in identifying their carrier. Academic excellence being the first priority, bridge courses are conducted by every department .Monthly test papers, internal examinations, remedial classes etc. helped the students in fulfilling their goal.

Staff Council:-

Staff council is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating the academic and co-curricular activities of the college. Sri. Renjit Sebastian served as the staff council secretary and department heads are the members. Staff council planned and implemented academic and other activities according to University guidelines.

PTA:-

A dedicated Parent Teacher Association with Sri. Johnson George DYSP, a parent as president and Dr.Santo Jose, a teacher as secretary functions in the college. PTA executive committee comprises of parent representatives from each class and department heads, give its valuable support and suggestions to staff council for planning and implementing. Parent-Teacher- student meet is conducted individually to evaluate their performance and monitoring. The open house has proved effective in identifying students who require special care.

Excellence day is celebrated every year  under the auspices of PTA to congratulate the toppers of final year classes and also teachers with special achievements. Special awards sponsored by departments and some retired teachers are also awarded in this function.

 

Antiragging programmes:-

Strict measures are taken by the college for implementing antiragging laws within the campus to ensure the safety of students and to maintain healthy relationship among students. Antiragging affidavit signed by students and their parents are submitted at the time of admission. Enough information regarding anti ragging laws and punishment for ragging are published in the hand book .Orientation classes by legal advisors are arranged for the students. The antiragging Cell and Discipline committee members constantly monitor the students and no complaint regarding ragging is reported. Student representatives are also members of the antiragging cell. Organizations like women cell, N.S.S. etc and being members of various clubs provide enough opportunity for the students for mingling and healthy understanding.

Student’s council:-

Student’s council comprising of two students from each class-one boy and one girl – meets at intervals and they share their needs and suggestions to the  principal and student’s welfare committee. Staff council secretary and department heads are the members of the student welfare committee.

Student’s welfare Programmes:-

Student’s welfare committee presents the requirements and suggestions before the staff council and principal for action according to priority. Suggestions of PTA executive committee towards students welfare is also considered by this committee.

Mentoring:-

General counseling classes provided by experts helped the students to analyze themselves and to share their mind with the mentors. Under each mentor there is a small group of students and there is space for them to meet the mentor personally and share their problems. Individual counseling sessions were provided by experts for needy students. This enables them to build up confidence to face examination and to overcome any other problem the have to face.

Chaplaincy service:-

Every day the college starts with a prayer song by the college choir followed by a prayer. This provides the students mental and spiritual strength. Chaplaincy service is given to the students with the help of the chaplain Rev. P.K.Sebastian. On every Wednesday at 9.30, common worship is organized in the college. Dr. Nisha Joseph and Prof. Justin Jose serve as staff chaplains and students also have their own role in the prayer meetings.

Being a Christian institution along with value education, Christian values are also disseminated to students. Christmas carol is observed every year to share the Divine love of Jesus Christ. Students of other communities also participate by singing Carol songs. Kerala festival ‘Onam’ is also celebrated to strengthen the interreligious unity. Muslim students distribute sweets to all students on their festival days.

Student Support Services:-

College Library is computer automated and has more than 15250 books. Shortage of library assistant would have affected the proper functioning of the library but the voluntary service rendered   by Sri . Isson  George  along with the librarian Mr.G.P. Vijayakumar enabled the students to get maximum utilization of the library.

Canteen:-

A college canteen functions in the college on all working days. The management has given building, electricity, water and other facilities free of cost to ensure the best food at subsidized rate.

Computer   & Network Resource Center:-

As per time table the first year student are given one hour computer training/ week. In addition they can make use of the computer center from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. In addition the center offer certificate programs for D.T.P, Web. Designing etc.  Smt. Remy George serves as instructor.

Reprographic Center:-

A reprographic center with eight computers functions in the college for the teaching faculty. It is helpful for preparing handouts for classes and to collect information.

Women’s Hostel:-

College Women’s Hostel extended with Rs. 25 lakhs provides better facility to accommodate 65 students.  Staff warden and other teachers are also able to stay in special rooms. For constructing the second floor for hostel U.G.C has sanctioned Rs. 30 lakhs. Smt.Ansa Andrews Asst. Prof. in English serves as staff warden.

Co-Curricular Activities:-

Co-Curricular activities are given much importance.  Various clubs like nature club, film club, quiz club etc provide enough opportunities for their holistic developments. Department associations play the key role in organizing programs   were the students are to be in the leadership role.

N.S.S.:-

University guided National Service Scheme is functioning in a systematic manner with programme coordinators Dr. Santo Jose and prof. Disha V.J. Through N.S.S. students can achieve human values and they offered great opportunity to serve the community and to be a part of the social development. University give weightage of marks in university examination for participation in N.S.S activity.

Additional skill acquisition program :- (ASAP)

ASAP is a program promoted by Govt. of Kerala for the acquisition of additional skill along with their regular course.  Our college is an approved center for ASAP. Prof. Shinu Thomas along with NSS programme officers coordinates the program in the college.

Youth Red Cross:-YRC

Our College has an active YRC unit. Giving palliative care to people of old age homes, helping the poor and giving small financial support to school for mentally retarded by raising funds from the campus are some of the programs of the unit. YRC acts as a source to develop love, care and compassion in the minds of students. Dr. Beena Paul Coordinates the programme.

NET Coaching:-

Prof. Jennifer Carlose  Hosanna  is in charge of the  NET coaching programme in  the Research and P.G. Department of Commerce. This coaching enabled the students to appear for NET and some get qualified even before publishing the result of P.G.Examination.

College Union:-

College Union election was conducted on parliamentary mode following the guidelines of Mahatma Gandhi University. The college union organizes cultural programmes and other activities to enhance the talents of the students with the advice of the staff advisor Dr.Santo Jose. Congratulations to the union members and thanks to staff advisor for systematic and sincere performance even though they got a short period to serve.

Sports and Games:-

 

The Physical Education Department Headed by Prof. Ranjit Sebastian directs the Sports and Games activities in the college. In tune with the changing requirements, the best sports infrastructure is provided for the holistic development of students. Significant among the are the Indoor Stadium & Gymnasium.  In Indoor Stadium is constructed to enable the various games such as Shuttle badminton & table tennis , for students.

A gymnasium is provided with  all health equipments to enhance the health standard of students.

Students have actively participated in the University Chess Championships and won prizes. Congratulations to the department for their achievements.

 

 

 

Special events:-

HBC German partnership:-Our College signed an MOU with albert Sweitzer School, Alsfeld, Germany for for cultural exchange visit for staff and students between the institutions.As per MOU  the institutions conduct  exchange visit in turn  once in a biennium.  A team of five staff members and 5 students who are toppers in academics and cultural events visited Germany for 16 days from sept. 2 to  17.It was a good experience for the delegates. The Diocesan partnership committee together with the institutional partnership committee made all the arrangements for the travel, accommodation and the programmes there. We got opportunity to visit the diocesans partnership churches and our students were offered big stages for performing cultural activities. The stay was arranged in different houses and it helped much for cultural exchange .We celebrated Onam with Onappookalam and served Onnasadya  in Kerala style . The second team will visit HBC in 2017.

UGC Support for College Development:-

During this academic year UGC sanctioned Rs. 1, 30000 for conducting two day workshop in commerce, Rs.30,00000 for extension of Women’s Hostel and Rs. 25,30000 for building class rooms.

Retirement:-

Two teachers -Prof. Kusumam Paul, HOD English and Prof. P.M. Joseph, HOD Zoology get retired from service . Three non-teaching staff members-  Smt.  A.I.Easteramma, – Smt.  U.P.Rajamma and Sri. Georgekutty K.M retired from service. No new appointments were done because of the Govt. policy.

1) Our achievements: Commerce Department gained 100% result for Final B.com .Congratulations to the students and the faculty.

2) Started two UGC sponsored diploma courses – Hotel management and Pneumatic hydraulic machine engineering under community college scheme.  For admission the basic qualification being +2 and having no age limit Local people were enabled to study job oriented courses with Rs 1000/ month stipend from UGC.

3) Dr. Antony Joseph got recognition as research guide in commerce in Mahatma Gandhi University. Best wishes .

NAAC Accreditation:-

NAAC accreditation is mandatory and is essential for assuring the quality standards. Shri. Renjit Sebastian ,HOD of Physical Education served as NAAC Institutional Coordinator for  Seven criteria committees. Dr.Antony Joseph, Dr.K.Jeevankumar, Smt. Ansa Andrews, Sri. Renjit Sebastian,  Dr. Santo Jose and smt. Disha V.J.  served as criteria conveners and sri. Shinu Thomas as Jt. Convener. Internal Quality Assurance Cell functions in the college.   Shri. Korah Jacob serves   as the co-ordinator.  Along with principal, Department HODs Smt. Anie George, Dr,Antony Joseph, Smt.Kusumam Paul  and  Dr.Beena Paul are giving leadership to  fulfill the aim. The application for accreditation is submitted. We are aiming to submit the self-study report of the college from 2011 onwards in July 2015.We aim at getting certification by the end of 2015.Thanks to all staff members for their sincere effort in leading the college to academic excellence and serving the community as a center of learning.

Our gratitude: –

I would like to record my gratitude to the manager Rt.Rev. Dr. K.G.Daniel, Bishop, Bursar Rev. P.K.Sebastian and the governing Board members for the timely support and encouragement given to the college. The Dy. Directorate of Collegiate Education and the mahatma Gandhi University authorities have offered all statutory help for the proper functioning of the college. My gratitude to PTA, for giving valuable suggestions for the improvement of the college and for the efforts taken to implement them. Thanks to Hon. Minister Sri K.M Mani, Sri. Joy Abraham  M.P. and Dr. Babu Sebastian, Hon. Vice Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi University for visiting the college and for their valuable talks.

With a tribute to Rev. Henry Baker Jr. ‘The Apostle of Hills’ who shed the light of learning in the hills of Melukavu, I conclude this report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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