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St Mary’s College

Strategic Plan 2020 – 2024

Based on the recommendations of the NAAC peer team in the third cycle of accreditation in 2019, St. Mary’s College has developed a strategic plan for its development till 2024. This document is prepared for the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of the College in alignment with the College’s vision, mission and values, and is approved by the College’s Governing Body. The Strategic Plan of the College is the guiding framework for activities and initiatives planned by the Departments and all individual members of the staff.

I. Curricular Aspects

1 Improve the enrolment of students in certificate courses – Have 100% of the students enrol in at least one certificate course.

2 Introduce project-based learning for all programmes – Start project training in Semester V.

3 Introduce job-oriented value-added courses.

4 Improve pass percentage in all undergraduate programmes.

5 Introduce internships in all undergraduate programmes.

6 Make one of the BCom sections to a professional section by adding ACCA (or similar).

7 Convert one of the existing sections to a newer UG programme.

8 Improve the enrolment of girl students to 40% of all admissions to undergraduate programmes by 2024.

9 Apply for at least one PG programme.

10 Attempt to get permanent affiliation and 2(f) recognition.

II. Teaching-learning and Evaluation

1 Raise the percentage of PhD holders in teaching staff to 20% by 2022, to 30% by 2023, and to 40% by 2024.

2 Percentage of Lecturer-designation holders to be brought down to 25% or below by 2024.

3 Ensure 60% of coverage of e-resources on Moodle by 2022, 80% by 2023, and 100% by 2024.

4 Ensure centralised evaluation system for all Certificate Courses by 2024 with result declaration on the IRP.

5 Proficiency test coverage to be widened.

6 Introduce formal tutorial system involving advanced learners as paid interns.

7 Modify Leadership & Life Skills course to meet global norms for Life Skills training.

8 Include additional hours spent by teachers on slow learners into the modified API framework.

9 Teacher-training programmes to be formalised into certificate or diploma programmes.

10 Create a systematic approach to assessing learning outcomes as stated in POs, PSOs, and Cos.

11 Strengthen and streamline co-curricular activities and activity periods.

12 Introduce auxiliary training like coaching for IELTS/TOEFL etc.

III. Research, Innovations and Extension

1 Scopus-listed publications should grow by 25% every year from 2021.

2 All existing teaching staff under the age of 45 to be registered for PhD latest by 2024.

3 Student co-authored publications to be increased.

4 Colloquia sessions to have increased focus on research.

5 At least one book per Department to be published by 2024.

6 Entrepreneurship Development to be focused on.

7 Community Service to be institutionalised.

8 At least two national conferences to be organised by 2024.

9 Consultancy through revenue-sharing mechanism to be encouraged.

10 Extension activities and invited lectures by academic staff to be accounted for in performance appraisal.

11 Centralised mechanism to coordinate student projects to be in place by 2023.

12 Increase the number of functional MoUs.

13 Make research a critical part of every HoDs responsibility.

14 Transform the college-level Research Committee to an inter-disciplinary research unit.

15 Open-up language teaching facilities to those who are not students of the college’s UG programmes.

16 Take up extension activities that involve teacher-training and capacity creation at secondary and higher secondary levels of education.

IV. Infrastructure and Learning Resources

1 Renovate the fifth floor to get classroom infrastructure upgraded to the same quality as other floors.

2 Convert the campus to 100% wi-fi campus from the current 60% coverage on campus.

3 Add a cafeteria extension and a lunchroom to the fifth floor.

4 Renovate and refurbish the mini-Auditorium.

5 Double the Library collection by 2024.

6 Augment digital content and make online content available round the clock.

7 NPTEL Local Chapter to be launched.

8 Increase energy efficiency and renewable energy utilisation.

9 Security camera coverage on campus to be doubled.

V. Student Support and Progression

1 Strengthen career guidance and placement activities by augmenting the corporate relations team.

2 Provide guidance and training for higher education in premier institutions within India and abroad.

3 Civil Service and Competitive Examination coaching to be expanded including guest resources.

4 Alumni Lecture Series to be institutionalised.

5 Alumni Recognition Schemes to be introduced.

6 St. Mary’s Foundation to fund education in lieu of services provided by resourceful individuals.

7 Alumni Association to be strengthened.

8 Newer scholarships for children of educators to be introduced.

VI. Governance, Leadership, and Management

1 Conduct of academic and administrative audit to be strengthened and coverage to be increased.

2 Programme Coordinators to be placed as in-charge of UG programmes, creating a new level of leadership.

3 Leadership training to be institutionalised.

4 Modified API system to replace the current appraisal system for academic staff.

5 OKR approach to replace the KRA approach to align individual goals better with institutional vision.

6 College blog to be strengthened as a platform for stakeholder voices to be heard.

7 Staff Association to be strengthened.

8 IQAC to be strengthened with alumni representative.

9 Monthly HR meetings to celebrate staff and team achievements.

10 HR policy to be modified to focus on career growth and organisational priorities.

11 Take steps to improve transparency at all levels and attempt to provide full disclosure of information about policies and procedures.

12 Move to online fee collection without denying parents the choice of cash as a mode of payment.

VII. Institutional Values and Best Practices

1 Departments to initiate activities that celebrate each of the stated values of the College.

2 Focus on empowerment of staff and students.

3 E-Resource creation in collaboration with students to be attempted.

4 International Days to be identified and celebrated in alignment with institutional and departmental priorities.

5 Knowledge creation and knowledge sharing for public good to be prioritised.