'A Teacher is a Key Facilitator'

Dr S A Kribanandan, principal of the Stracey Memorial Composite PU College speaks about the institution’s growth and the values it imparts to students

Published: 23rd April 2014 08:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd April 2014 08:38 AM   |  A+A-

What is the key focus of your college?

Education is to draw out the innate potentialities of an individual so that he will be able to contribute his best to the society. Education needs involvement of the educator for the all-round development of a child. The three aspects — involvement, encouragement and education of an educator — help children to do better and to reach their earnest endeavour. A teacher is a key facilitator and motivator. Moreover, the teacher helps in building a strong character in an individual. These factors are our focus and they are well practiced in our institution.

How does your college stand out from the others?

The reason why we stand out from other schools is because our fee structure is quite low compared to others. Also, the school being unaided, is not a one-man show like it usually is. Being unaided, we have permanent teachers. We follow the State syllabus and provide education from LKG to PUC.

Tell us about the infrastructure of your institution

We have about 50 classrooms. For PUC, we have a dedicated library spread over 3,000 sq ft. Apart from that, the Physics, Chemistry, Biology, computer and electronic labs are all in one exclusive building along with the library and administrative offices. We have a restricted play area; we utilise the facility of the neighbouring school. But we still organise sports day as well as the annual day, every year.

Are you looking at incorporating technology in your teaching methodology?

We are looking at the smart schools concept, but we have not yet decided on it because cost-wise it could be a burden for the parents. We plan everything in a manner that it does not burden the parents. We look at whether it is worth the investment.

How strong is your faculty?

We have well qualified faculty members. We have also introduced the 6th pay  commission in our school which has helped build confidence in them. The contribution of the headmistress, Akhila Shariff and vice principal, V R Jayaprakash has immensely helped in inspiring students to excel in academic and non-academic activities.

What is the admission procedure?

We do not conduct any test and the admission is open. Admissions are done at the beginning of the academic year (May/ June). Before a pupil is admitted, he or she must be introduced to the principal along with the parent or guardian. Children seeking admission to Class 1 must have completed five years by May 31 of the year. For application to Class 2 onwards, transfer certificate, progress report, character and conduct certificates must be produced. Children seeking admission to the nursery classes must produce original birth certificates and should have completed three years by May 31 of the year.

What are your future plans?

The Education Society had purchased seven acres at Sakalavara village, off Bannergatta Road to provide all the modern facilities including a vast area for sports and other activities, since in the present premises, there is no scope for expansion. Further development will be undertaken after the required funds are accumulated. We are also trying for a civic amenity site through BDA.

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