KERALA AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY
College of Co-operation Banking and Management, Vellanikkara
The College of Co-operation, Banking and Management was established in 1981 as a constituent College of the Kerala Agricultural University. The objective of the College is to undertake teaching, research and extension programmes in areas relevant and beneficial to Co-operative Organisations, Banks, Commodity Boards and Agri-business Enterprises.
The college has 23 staff members as regular faculty serving in four statutory departments viz., Co-operative Management, Rural Marketing Management, Rural Banking , Finance Management and Development Economics.
Besides the B.Sc. (CB&M) programme, three post-graduate programmes are offered in the following areas:
A Ph.D. programme in Rural Marketing Management is being offered from 1995. A new Ph.D. programme in Co-operative Management is on the anvil.
The faculty are actively engaged in a number of research projects funded by internal and external agencies.
The college has completed 20 research projects and a few externally funded projects are in progress. The college had undertaken projects sponsored by the Department of Environment and Forests, Government of India, Planning Commission, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Indian Council of Social Science Research, Kerala State Co-operative Bank and the Departments of Rural Development and Industries, Government of Kerala.
The college has been recognised as a premier resource centre by several national level institutions for conducting training programmes and workshops.
The college has undertaken a variety of training programmes for various target groups of the Development Departments of the State Government, Co-operative Banks, NCERT, Edcil, Indo-German Reservoir Fisheries Project, etc. The college also had the rare privilege of hosting the 56th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Agricultural Economics in January 1997. The ICAR had entrusted two National Level Summer Institutes in Marketing Management and Plantation Crops Management with the College.
The services of the faculty are regularly sourced by Co-operative, Public and Private Sector undertakings for solving their operational and organisational management problems. The college and the Integrated Co-operative Development Project (ICDP), Thrissur have jointly developed and implemented a programme for the revitalisation of sick PACS in Thrissur district.
A computerised data bank on the various Co-operative Sectors viz., production, processing, marketing, credit, consumer, banking, industry, service etc., is being built up in the college to cater to the needs of policy makers, administrators and researchers>
A Placement Cell with representatives of parents, teachers & students is working in the college to :
Over the past 18 years, appropriate structurers, systems and environment have been built up for making learning an exciting and rewarding experience for the students and to undertake productive research. The happy combination of committed and competent faculty, quality teaching and contemporary curriculum of the programme turns out seasoned professional capable of assuming managerial positions in organisations working in a dynamic environment.
The B.Sc. (CB&M) is a four year professional degree course offered by the college of Co-operation, Banking and Management from the year 1981. The stated objective of the program is to supply trained professionals with right knowledge, skills and attitude to man the managerial positions in the Co-operative Sector, Banks, Commidity Boards and Agri-business Enterprises. It is not yet another degree or diploma in Co-operation offered by traditional Universities or Co-operative Institutes in the country. The programme is designed with many unique features to match the demands of the potential employers in a dynamic environment.
The current annual intake of the course is 40 students. Admission to the course is made through an Entrance Examination conducted by the KAU. The eligibility for admission is a pass in the Pre-degree Examination with a minimum of 50 percent marks.
The four year term of the course is divided into eight semesters. In each semester a package of courses from the disciplines of Co-operative Management, Rural Marketing Management, Development Economics, Rural Banking , Finance, Agricultural Sciences, Quantitative Methods and Computer Science are offered to the students.
The multi-disciplinary approach built in the curriculum is the real forte of the programme. The curriculum is structured in such a way that the management courses are mounted on basic courses.
The focus of the teaching methodology is to impart state of the art knowledge, skills conceptual, human and technical and attitudes appropriate for professional managers in a dynamic environment. To this end, the teaching system consists of four distinct but mutually supporting sub-systems - classroom learning, off-campus practicals, field placement and project work.
Concepts, skills and knowledge are inculcated in students through a range of teaching methods like lecture, case analysis, group discussion, presentations and practical laboratories. Audio and video cassettes are profusely used to supplement and compliment the class room learning.
Out of the 163 credits to be completed for the award of the degree, 140 credits are finished in the class room learning by the end of the seventh semester. In the class room learning practicals are given a weightage of 32 percent.
Off-campus practicals are an integral part of almost all courses having practicals. As a part of the off-campus practicals the students visit various organisations in groups or individually and prepare small project reports on specific topics assigned to them by the course teachers concerned. The off-campus practicals provide the students with an excellent opportunity to observe and experience the real life situations described in the class room sessions. They also offer the students an opportunity to interact with the managers and other functionaries in the working place and assimilate skills and attitudes relevant for managing diverse situations.
The final semester (eighth) of the course is earmarked exclusively for field placement in the Department of Co-operation for a period of four weeks and in a leading Co-operative Enterprise/ Bank/ Commodity Board/Agri-business Enterprises for a period of 12 weeks. The field placement is designed to provide the students with an opportunity to get first-hand knowledge about the management and organisational functions of manufacturing service organisations.
Along with the field placement in the selected organisation, the students have to complete a detailed project work on an operational or organisational problem of the institution in which they are placed and submit a project report under the guidance of a faculty member. The project work gives the students an opportunity to apply the management theories, concepts, tools and techniques they have learnt in the class rooms to analyse operational and organisational problems and to hone their oral and written communication skills.
In order to keep the graduates of the programme highly competent and effective in the professional field, both internal and external assessment are harmoniously blended in the evaluation system. Internal assessment is carried out by the course teachers through written examination while the external examination is conducted by the University for the semester final examination.