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Xavier’s aims to earn UGC upgrade

St. Xavier’s College

St. Xavier’s College is gearing up for the third phase of assessment for the Centre with Potential for Excellence (CPE) tag that was awarded to it by the University Grants Commission in 2006.

“If we pass the assessment, we will be upgraded to a Centre for Excellence,” said Father Felix Raj, the principal of the college.

The St. Xavier’s evaluation will be held around May.

If the college gets the Centre of Excellence tag, it will receive a grant of Rs 2 crore from the UGC.

St. Xavier’s got the CPE tag in 2006, the same year it became autonomous. It received Rs 1 crore in the first phase and Rs 75 lakh in the second phase in 2010.

“The funds can be spent on specified areas only. For example, it cannot be used for infrastructure development but can be used for laboratory upgrade,” said Felix Raj.

St. Xavier’s has introduced many changes since 2006, including revamping the curriculum, speeding up the evaluation of answer scripts of semester exams and continuous evaluation of students.

It has also introduced performance assessment for teachers to maintain quality of education.

“The teachers’ evaluation is done at three levels, by the teachers themselves, by fellow teachers and by students. It has worked wonders,” said Felix Raj.

“The students’ evaluation, which is done by students of the fifth and sixth semesters, has worked out especially well,” said Felix Raj.

The evaluation process is now done online to maintain confidentiality and anonymity of the students.