- Environment Policy
- Equity Policy
- Gender Policy
- Holistic Education
- HRD @ SHC
- IT Policy
- Quality Policy
- Research Policy
- Mentoring Policy
- Maintenance Policy
- Online Payment Policy
- Extension And Outreach Policy
- Code of Conduct
- Consultancy Policy
Our policies are drafted in such a way that they guide the heartian community towards the vision and mission of the college. They form guiding principles for individuals as well as the entire community covering all aspects of their life at the college. We belive that they would enrich the lives of all heartians and the people whom they come in contact with.
The initiatives of Sacred Heart College are devoted to champion the conservation and promotion of life on earth. It maintains a positive attitude towards sustainable development and encourages its members to adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle and construct an environment congenial to a healthy living for the future generations.
The College follows a “Go Green and Grow Green” policy. As a practice it adheres to the GREEN PROTOCOL advocated by the Government of Kerala to collaborate with Swachch Bharath Abhiyan
It seeks to spread and strengthen the awareness on different subjects relating to the environment and humankind among academic community and neighbourhood.
The college pays considerable attention to minimize the production of waste in the campus and thereby advice the officials administering various programmes/ activities/ celebrations to restrain from using disposable products and flex banners.
The College has a policy on recycling to be put into practice at the student level through entrepreneurship development cell and also plans to establish a paper recycling unit.
The College has already started tapping renewable energy resources and intends to introduce water recycling by 2020.
Promotes farming of organic vegetables on and off the campus.
Supports and protects diversity, especially of indigenous and coastal flora and fauna and also work for their documentation.
Sacred Heart College holds the ideals of Higher Education in India, especially its stress on equity and access high. It is determined to cater to the needs of the sections of our society who face challenges on account of physical, social or economic factors. For this, it will strictly adhere to the norms of reservation laid down by the state for such sections.
In addition, the Admission Committee of the Management sets apart 20% of the privileged Management Quota seats to take care of deserving students from financially or socially challenged groups. If there are applicants from Dalit Christian groups, the special effort would be made to accommodate them through MQ under this quota, if they are not able to secure admission otherwise. All this, on condition of fulfilling the eligibility criteria stipulated for MQ from time to time.
If any student getting admitted in merit finds it difficult to continue studies on account of financial constraints, the Management would make all efforts to take care of that aspect so that s/he is able to complete the programme s/he has joined in.
Any student of the college is free to apply for assistance to cover tuition fee, transportation, books or meals. A committee scrutinizes the applications and depending on the available resources, help is provided to the applicants. A detachable form for the same is available in the college hand book.
The college has instituted an Equal Opportunity Cell, with the support of UGC for promoting the development of students who face such challenges.
Sacred Heart College is a centre of Higher Education, open to all. Though it began as a Men’s College, its recent past shows that majority of its student population is women.
It envisions a similar openness in the matter of staff appointment as well, roping in more women in the teaching and non-teaching categories.
It promotes gender equality by focusing on Women’s Development through the erstwhile statutory Women’s Cell, functioning in the college as a women’s forum called SWASTI (Sacred Heart Women’s Association for Service, Truth and Integration). It envisages periodic training and exposure programmes for women’s empowerment and gender justice.
The management is committed to ensure that the mandatory Anti-Sexual Harassment Cell at work place (Supreme Court & UGC guidelines) is duly constituted and functioning in the college.
In all this, Mary, the Mother of Jesus, at the same time empowered and empowering, shall be the model and inspiration (Ref. Lk. 1: 46-55; Jn 2: 1-5; Jn 19:25-27; Acts 1:14).
At S.H., tutorials are those interactive sessions intended to impart value education to the students. The sessions are to be planned with pre-drafted materials by the tutorial committee. Value education classes go in tandem with the tutorial sessions.
The students are to be engaged either as a single class unit, or wherever possible, as a group of 15 to 20, on a relatively permanent basis, and by one teacher (for a period of one year).
The lessons are to be prepared in advance, revised periodically, and they should be so devised to extend over a period of three years. Teachers concerned have to familiarize the lesson, so that more or less same messages reach the entire group.
All lessons should lead to practical implications for life, and wherever possible to be concluded with personal or collective resolutions, and a prayer. On an average, 2 hours a month should be devoted to tutorial sessions. Besides tutorials, the renewal programmes, personality development sessions, observances of socially significant days, thought for the week, life-orientation programme etc. should also serve as platform for value education.The value orientation imparted through the regular classroom teaching.
One of the core values to be imparted is that of ‘cleanliness as next to godliness’. This is to be ensured by every teacher every time he/she engages a class, that the class room is litter-free. And whenever, a programme is organized, there is a plan for minimizing waste (zero waste) and managing it.
HRD @ SHC
Human Resources Development at SHC is looked at from four angles
Primarily, the college is meant for developing human resources for the society through its core functions of teaching-learning, research and extension, with students as the primary focus.
The HRD process starts from the day of admission, through the personal interview encouraging students to think about their future and career, through the induction programmes, initiation ceremony, orientation sessions etc. Later on, with the insistence on their being part of at least one club or fora for a holistic and integrated development, the students are steered to fine-tune their skills. As a policy, students are encouraged to join in three varieties of clubs or fora: a) socially-oriented clubs/fora, b) career-oriented ones and c) talent clubs. The Career Guidance cell and Placement cell function together to orient students towards their careers and provides periodical training and orientation regarding soft skills and other related requirements. A spiritual affairs committee looks into the spiritual grooming of the students, providing them with insights on the occasion of various religious feasts and providing an annual occasion for spiritual animation. A life-orientation programme is offered annually for the final year students. Mentoring is the core programme by which a student’s resources are identified and encouraged. It is coupled with the programme of value education through an interactive session planned and reviewed every month.
The students are also encouraged and supported to take part in various cultural and art competitions for which there are separate guidelines. It is prescribed that during the course of their study, every student is to be encouraged to take part in at least one national/international academic programme and be part of organising one such programme.
The computing resources at Sacred Heart College (Autonomous) Kochi is intended to support
the educational, instructional, research, and administrative activities of the college and the use
of these resources is a privilege that is extended to members of the SH community. The IT
policy of the college is formulated to maintain, secure, and ensure legal and appropriate use of
Information technology infrastructure established on the campus and provide guidelines on
acceptable and unacceptable use of IT resources of the college. This policy establishes
strategies and responsibilities for protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of
the information assets that are accessed, created, managed, and/or controlled by the College.
Information assets addressed by the policy include data, information systems, computers,
network devices, intellectual property, as well as documents and verbally communicated
information. In addition, this policy supports effective organizational security and protects
users and IT resources from, but not limited to cyber criminals, bullying, misuse of accounts
and assets as well as the spread of malicious software.
Research Promotion Policy
Sacred Heart College is determined to facilitate the process of knowledge creation as part of quality assurance. On this account the institution maintains a Research Policy that marks its commitment to enhance research in various fields, at varying levels. The policy ensures the availability of a research environment to both the staff and students of the college.
Sacred Heart College management expects its members of faculty to engage in high-quality research and publish in indexed and highly rated journals. SHARE (Sacred Heart Advanced Research Endeavour) and SHRI (Sacred Heart Research Initiatives) have been formulated to promote a culture of research and publication in the College. The forum organizes Annual Science Congress involving the presentations of the research scholars of the research centres in the college and project findings of various PG programmes.
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- To promote research as a process that develops intellectual capital and innovation by encouraging interdisciplinary research and joint and individual research projects covering more than one domain.
- To demonstrate quality by maintaining integrity and ethics in research.
- To integrate research and teaching through instructional and translational research.
- To provide appropriate coordination to all the research activities in the college by attuning the research with the vision and mission and college.
- To create an awareness among the students, teachers and research scholars about the different dimensions of Intellectual Property Rights such as patents, copyright etc and also how to respect the same.
- To provide a proper channel of information regarding the research opportunities offered by different academic, research, industrial or government establishments.
- To help faculties to avail leave for the purpose of research.
- To establish link between various authorised channels or agencies of funding for the purpose of research and provide information regarding the same to the students, scholars and faculty.
- To encourage and facilitate publication in various recognized National/International journals, participation and presentation of papers in various National/International seminars and conferences and participation in academic events like workshops among students, scholars and faculty.
- To facilitate community-oriented researches that would lead to the development of the society.
- To maintain high standards of ethics and integrity by observing that the researchers follow the code of ethics in research as regulated by the UGC and the University to which the college is affiliated (Mahatma Gandhi University).
Promotion of Research
The Undergraduate students of the college are supposed to submit a project work of practical use to the society by the end of their course. These projects can be individual or group works. The Postgraduate students are supposed to submit their dissertations in the final semester. These dissertations are expected to meet the standards of publication. There areseven research departments in the college and they stand as testimonial to the ardent research culture developed in the college over the years. The research processes are regularly reviewed and necessary measures are implemented for the betterment of the same. The research scholars are provided with lab and library facilities and software assistance.
The college has instituted two journals to offer a suitable platform for the faculty members, research scholars and students to publish their research findings and encourage them to bring to the notice of society issues of contemporary importance.
The college library provides software assistance to check plagiarism for both students and faculty members. In order to ensure the originality of the research projects or dissertations, the students are asked to avail a certificate from the library stating the percentage of plagiarism. Any research work that goes beyond the set limit of plagiarism shall not be evaluated. Also, the students are encouraged to present and publish original individual papers.
The college has always encouraged and supported its faculty members to obtain research degrees, by making all possible concessions, with the approval of the authorities concerned and within the framework of the institutional HR policy. The faculty members are constantly encouraged to engage in Minor and Major projects and attain post-doctoral and inter-disciplinary projects.
SHARE- The College has created a forum, Sacred Heart Advanced Research Endeavour (SHARE), to promote and understand research related advancements and application, headed by the Research Dean of the college. SHARE is an interdisciplinary forum, consisting of students, teachers and research scholars, which mentors research initiatives in the college. The forum provides the young researchers with active support through lectures, workshops, seminars and discussions on the frontier areas of research.
SHRI- In order to assist the staff and students with their research the college has introduced Sacred Heart Research Initiative (SHRI). SHRI ensures that the college sets apart an amount to facilitate faculty and student research that would leadto practical community involvement and publication.
The Consultancy Policy of the college aims at extending the research and academic skills of the faculty to different layers of the society for practical purposes. These consultancy endeavours can either be voluntary or paid. 75 % of the income generated through consultancy programmes will go to the concerned faculty and the remaining amount will be used for the welfare of the staff. The college facilitates such activities by making necessary amendments and adjustments in the schedule in favour of the concerned faculty.
Learner Mentoring Policy
Sacred Heart College offers committed support to equip its students to meet their academic needs. The mentoring policy aims at assuring the students with this support where the students or the mentees are offered a mentor who is bestowed with the responsibility of mentoring and guiding them. The mentoring process is a constructive way to understand the different capabilities, aspirations, strengths and weaknesses of the students. A holistic understanding of the students’ needs and the essential guidance provided are the major outcomes of the mentoring policy. The college ensures a regular and organized review of the process of mentoring and based on the outcomes the college is committed to take necessary measures.
The Central Objectives of Mentoring:
- Offer support to the students to make effective use of their potential.
- Create an environment where the well-being of the students is assured.
- Provide significant assistance and opportunity to students who are on the verge of withdrawing or dropping out from their respective course of study.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the mentors and their mentee assessment and also to identify the challenges involved.
The Process of Mentoring and the Role of the Mentor
A mentor is bestowed with the responsibility of mentoring and supporting a batch of 30 mentees. The mentor is expected to guide the mentee until the completion of the course period. In case the mentor has to leave the institution or discontinue mentoring he/she is supposed to share the mentee information with the new mentor. Also, the mentor is expected to sign a document stating the handing over of the mentees to the new mentor.
When the student joins as a new admission the mentor is expected to help the mentee to adjust and adapt to the new environment. The mentor is expected to assist the students to set their individual goals and provide adequate information on the academic needs to be fulfilled. The students can seek the help of the mentor in case of Placements, Internships and Projects they undertake.
In order to conduct a personalised individual assessment, a mentoring form is given to each student under the particular mentor. Also, the mentor should conduct a periodical individual interaction with each mentee so as to review the progress and set tasks and objectives until the next meeting. With reference to the information provided by the student on the various criteria for assessment in the mentoring form and the individual interaction with each student, the mentor is expected to develop a mentoring strategy to satisfy the potential needs of each mentee. The mentor is supposed to maintain confidentiality regarding the information provided by the mentee. The mentor is expected to document the same as a confidential data sheet about the students. The reports on each student, prepared by the mentor, is subjected to periodical evaluation by a team of senior faculty members. The effectiveness of the mentoring policy is monitored by the committee consisting of the Principal, IQAC and the Academic Deans.
Responsibility of the Mentee:
Each mentee is expected to be regular and punctual for their individual sessions with the mentor. The mentees are supposed to conform to the tasks and objectives set by the mentor. The mentees are expected to disclose their goals, needs, troubles and impediments to academics. A total cooperation to the Mentoring Programme procedures are expected from the mentees.
A well-established infrastructure policy, designed, developed and revised in accordance with the statutory requirements, technological developments, and infrastructure requirements is being implemented in the college under the guidance of the Governing Council. A systematic procedure is followed for maintaining and utilizing physical, academic and support facility for providing better teaching and learning environment. The College Bursar is responsible for providing and maintaining the infrastructure, jointly shared by the Vice Principal and HoDs of the institution under the overall leadership of the College Principal. The College Bursar is empowered to deal with all matters pertaining to the acquisition, up-keeping and disposal of campus infrastructure. The maintenance activities are overseen by a full time Supervisor under the Bursar and assisted by 10 support staff. The HoDs are required to seek the advice and consent of the Principal/Bursar on matters involving infrastructure. Complaints regarding infrastructure are recorded in a register maintained in the College office by the Senior Superintendent. Out- pass issued by the Bursar is essential for moving the physical assets out of the campus. He also looks after the day-to-day maintenance of the entire college campus. The staff under him performs classroom maintenance, campus cleaning, gardening, plumbing, repairs and maintenance of electrical appliances and hall upkeep. Periodical activities such as painting, carpentry, etc. are outsourced. The Heads of Departments upkeep the systems, instruments and equipment available in the various departments with the assistance of the supporting staff. They maintain a stock register for the equipment used in the Department and submit the same to the Bursar for scrutiny as and when asked for.
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Sacred Heart College has always been in the pursuit of systematically empowering our students and helping them grow as useful and productive citizens. All the extension and outreach programmes organised in this college focus on the Heartian core values like love, service, truth, justice and peace. It is aimed at the integral formation of the human person for fulfilling one’s individual and social responsibilities.
Aims and Objectives of the Extension and Outreach programmes
The extension and outreach activities of Sacred Heart College will:
- Help students to practice and disseminate the Heartian core values of education
- Facilitate the holistic development of the student
- Help students to increase confidence, leadership skills and problem solving skills
- Sensitize the students on social issues and problems
- Motivate the students to use education for the betterment of the society
- Instil an interest in students for community service
- Help the students to understand the dignity of labour and enables them to extend their arms to people in need
- Enrich community interaction resulting in the creation of a link between the college and the community
In order to realize the aforesaid objectives the college organizes several extension and outreach programmes primarily focusing on health, environment, education and empathy. All these activities are coordinated by HEAL (Heartian Extended Arm for Life). Various clubs like NSS, NCC, Red Cross, Bhoomithrasena, Primrose Nature Club, Agriculture club, Age Friendly, Jesus Youth, and SADAS etc organise different activities aimed at instilling social commitment in students. The National Service Scheme (NSS) Unit of SH College has coordinated several extension and outreach activities during the last five years and it was recognized as the best unit a couple of times among the various NSS units affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University.
Health Related Extension Activities
HEAL has organized breast cancer awareness camps, followed by a breast cancer detection drive in the three municipal corporation wards surrounding the college, namely Perumanur, Konthuruthy, and Thevara. HEAL has been organizing life style disease detection and awareness camps too in the local area, in association with the Kerala Social Security Mission, a Charitable society sponsored by the Social Justice Department, Government of Kerala.
First aid awareness and demonstration classes are organized for the students in the first semester itself so that they are ready and have hands on experience in dealing with crisis situations. Blood donation drives are organized by the AICUF volunteers in regular intervals. They have also created a data bank of blood donors.
Environment Related Extension Activities
The college has taken several conscious attempts to reduce the use of plastics in and around the campus. It has also organised several campaigns to spread awareness of this menace. The college has a scenic Lake view and often plastic waste mars its beauty, the students of the college work on cleaning the lake view once in every two days. Every Saturday, the student volunteers take turns to clean the Fort Kochi beach. They collect the waste, separate and sort it so that it can be taken care of responsibly.
Through agriculture club, the students get to know the entire process of paddy cultivation, in a land owned by the college at Arayankavu. The produce is brought to the college as such or is made into processed goods to be sold to the students, faculty and the public. Some space has been allotted within the college campus for vegetable garden and growing medicinal herbs.
Education and Empathy Related Extension Activities
Sacred Heart College is the first age friendly college in the state, where a compassionate hand is offered to senior citizens of the community. We provide a venue to showcase their talents, get updated, and learn anew. Celebrations and excursions are organized to give them a complete feel of the campus life.
Jesus Youth volunteers organize remedial sessions for the students in nearby schools. The students also support a group of old people by providing them financial and emotional support. They also make it a point to spend time with the patients in the Isolation ward at Ernakulam General Hospital, and the children’s cancer ward on every weekend.
Other than the service oriented clubs students can also join in other career oriented and talent clubs of the college.
Code of Conduct
The College has designed Code of Conduct to provide fair procedures relevant to all the students, teachers, governing body, administration including principal/ Officials and support staff of the college. All the students of all Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes and all the M. Phil and Ph. D. scholars of all the departments of the College. All the students, as members of Sacred Heart College, are required to observe all the rules that are proposed under the Code of Conduct of the College. The Code of Conduct relates to three main areas such as (i) Academic integrity, (ii) Classroom Conduct and (iii) Conduct outside Classroom.
Committee to Monitor Code of Conduct 2020 -20
|Fr. Jose John (Coordinator)
Dr. Siby Mathew (Convenor)
Mr. Abin Ambily (SDO)
Mr. C. K. Peter (Div. Councillor 58)
Mrs. Elizabeth Idiculla (Div. Councillor 59)
I CD Class Teachers
Mr. Saju A. J. (Office Superintendent)
Mr. Jude T. V.
Mr. Ajeesh Joseph
|Mr. Jerin P. C.
Mr. Noble Mathew (Advocate)
Mr. Paul John Kanatt (Former Student)
Mr. Paul Raj (SWT Member)
Mr. Philipji Kanatt (PTA Vice President)
Mrs. Rakhi Menon (Student Counsellor)
Station House Officer – Perumanur Police Station
Mr. Tomy Kanatt (Merchants’ Association)
Policy Documents and Rules for the Code of Conduct