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Mangaluru: St Agnes College becomes first in city to get UGC 'College of Excellence' status


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Upgraded equipment for science, ACCA integration for commerce and new journalism course for humanity

Mangaluru, Feb 10: Adding a new feather in its cap, St Agnes College (Autonomous), which received it's autonomy in 2007, has now been given the status of 'College of Excellence' by the University Grant Commission.

"This status was granted to the college on February 8, outdoing itself in its annual evaluation of the past and the present. The college received a cumulative of Rs 1.5 crore grant under the previous status. Under the new status, an addition of Rs 0.5 crore will be granted to upgrade academic facilities," said principal of the college, Sr Dr Jeswina, in a press meet at the college premises here on Friday, February 9.

The college was awarded the status of 'College with Potential for Excellence' by the UGC in 2006. The fourth cycle of accreditation by NAAC is due in the first week of March this year.

"The college which will celebrate its centenary in 2021, is the first in Mangalore University, the third in state and 18th in the country to receive this status by the UGC. The other two in the state are St Joseph's College and Sophia's College, Bengaluru."

The institute will work towards elevating the quality of education. The amount we receive will be utilized under four heads- Agnes Ignite centre, Agnes Research Centre, Agnes Towards Community and Agnes Women's Centre," Sr Dr Jeswina further added.



Ignite Centre

"This is dedicated to educate staff and students and introduce them to the ITC model of teaching. A digital library will be introduced. Seminars, conference for staff and students. Latest software will be introduced to students," she said.

Agnes Research Centre

It was recognised by the Mangalore University in 2007 post graduate courses. All graduation courses and PhD fall in the ambit of the centre. Minor and major research is being done in the centre. The rightship is yet to be received.

Towards Community

Helps apply the theory in the real world for students. It also creates awareness through social work. Agnes has a tie-up with CODP. It's also called the ATC for the past three years.

Women's Centre

School dropouts and economically disadvantaged women are catered to here by teaching them culinary skills, fashion designing and basic computer skills.

"St Agnes College is recognised as a landmark of quality education. The grant from the status is given to improve the quality of education, and not for infrastructure. The process will include upgradation of lab equipment and instruments, a digital library, and training both for teachers and students, among others," said Dr Deviprabha, HoD of commerce.

"BCom is integrated with Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, by Royal Charter, UK which makes it a CA course of international standard. Under humanities, we will introduce a journalism course," she said.

Vice principal Sr Dr Venessa, Dr Noeline J Pinto, HOD of Botany, and registrar of examination Charles Pais, were also present at the meet.


On the Verge of Centenary

St Agnes College (Autonomous) is a premier Catholic educational institution founded on July 2, 1921 by the great visionary Mother Mary Aloysia, the second superior general of the Apostolic Carmel Congregation who was a recipient of Kaiser-i-Hind Gold Medal of the First Class (1929), for her contribution in the field of women’s education. The institution she founded was the first women’s college on the west coast of India and the first under private management in the whole country.

It is also the first college under private management in the whole country. Though a minority institution, it has held open the door of opportunity to individuals irrespective of caste, creed or economic status.

From its inception, the institution took the cause of women’s education as a providentially-ordained mission and imparted higher education to women not merely of south India but also far away places in the country. However, beginning with its foray into post-graduate education in 2008, it has also welcomed male students to its PG programmes.

Among its other institutional ‘firsts’ was its voluntarily submission to the NAAC Accreditation process in 1999, the first college in Mangalore University to do so. In the first cycle of accreditation, the college had the honour of being awarded a ‘Five Star’ status. Re-accreditations in 2005 and 2012, saw its banner flying high with an A grade in both instances. It was also one of the first colleges in Mangalore University to be recognized as a ‘College with a Potential for Excellence’ by the UGC in 2006. Further, the institution was the proud recipient of the International ‘Jimmy and Roselyn Carter Foundation Partnership Award’ for its pathbreaking project in rainwater harvesting and watershed management which brought succour to villages on the rural outskirts of Mangalore.

The institution refused to rest on the laurels of the past, thereby the Management of the college applied for and was granted academic autonomy in 2007, to promote academic excellence in teaching, learning, evaluation and research.

The College promotes sound national, social and family values and works on the assumption that the country requires honest, sensitive and intelligent citizens. With this in mind, it shapes individuals who will serve as the nation’s heart and mind.

With only three years to go for this renowned institution to turn 100, St Agnes College has invited its alumni, benefactors, well-wishers, friends and the general public to join hands in preparing for the historic event.


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  • shrthi shetty, mangalore

    Sat, Feb 25 2017

    Congratulations dear Principal, staff and students....!!!!This is the best & awesome result of your hard work.......!!!!:-) I feel proud to be an Agnesian:-)

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  • Sujatha, Mangaluru

    Wed, Feb 15 2017

    Congratulations to the Principal and all the Staff members. Its because of their effort and hard work that the college has gained such a status.

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  • Neolla, Mangaluru

    Wed, Feb 15 2017

    Proud to be an Agnesian .
    Congratulations to the Principal and the staff members.

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  • Preethi, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    Proud to be an agnesian...all credit goes to our staff members , our faculty nd all d students...😊😊

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  • Olga Bernadette Noronha, Bejai, Mangalore

    Mon, Feb 13 2017

    Kudos to your Team Work dear Principal, Staff - Teaching & Non-teaching and all the Students of St Agnes College on becoming the first College in the city to get UGC 'College of Excellence' Status! Your labour of love has borne fruit that will last for generations to come! Proud to be an Agnesian !

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  • Rev.Isaac Sikha, Mangalore

    Sat, Feb 11 2017

    Hearty congratulations to the Principal, staff & students of St. Agnes college. May this very esteemed institution reach greater heights under the dynamic leadership of the Principal, vice principal and the able staff.
    I rejoice with you all, it gives me great pleasure to be associated for the past 2 decades with this prestigious Institution. God being your support I'm sure you will grow from success to success.
    As you give your best for the future of the younger generation may God's best be yours always.

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  • rose, dubai

    Sat, Feb 11 2017

    wow ...Congrats Agnesians ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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  • Sr Melissa A.C., Mangalore

    Sat, Feb 11 2017

    Hearty Congratulations to you dear Sr. Jeswina, the staff and students of St. Agnes College for obtaining "College of Excellence" by UGC. All of us at Mount Carmel School rejoice with you and wish you greater success in your educational endeavours.

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  • FR FELIX MONTEIRO, Mangalore

    Sat, Feb 11 2017

    CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MANAGEMENT, PRINCIPAL, STAFF AND ALL WHO PLAYED THEIR ROLE. GOOD LUCK...

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  • christine, Mangalore

    Sat, Feb 11 2017

    Congratulations!!!!! It is a well deserved honour.
    Best wishes to the Management , staff and the students. May you have many more honours you so deserve

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  • Prithvi, Mangalore

    Sat, Feb 11 2017

    Indeed a proud moment for all the Agnesian
    The college truly deserves this title
    Proud to be an Agnesian

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  • salome, Mangalore

    Sat, Feb 11 2017

    proud to be an agnesian.....proud moment for every student past and present......

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  • Geralyn Pinto, Mangalore

    Sat, Feb 11 2017

    Very pleased and proud to be part of St Agnes College! We shall strive ever onwards, secure in the faith that 'God Is Our Strength'!

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  • Dr Bharathi sunil, Bangalore

    Sat, Feb 11 2017

    Congratulations to my st Agnes for the excellence award. It indeed was not a surprise it was a well deserved one. Am really thankful to all my teachers for inculcating all those values in me and making me what I am today.

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  • Sr. Prethvi miranda, Derlakatte

    Sat, Feb 11 2017

    Congratulations dear Principal, staff and students. This is the fruit of your hard work
    I feel proud to be an Agnesian

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  • Sr. Prethvi miranda, Derlakatte

    Sat, Feb 11 2017

    Congratulations dear Principal, staff and students. This is the fruit of your hard work
    I feel proud to be an Agnesian

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Frazer Town,Bangaluru

    Sat, Feb 11 2017

    Congratulations to the staff and students of the college who made this possible in achieving first in the city,the college of excellence status.All the best

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  • Sr.Wilma Shalini, nagori

    Sat, Feb 11 2017

    Hearty Congratulation .I am proud to be agnesian.

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  • Francis Rego, Congratulations St. Agnes!

    Sat, Feb 11 2017

    Awesome, excellent!
    1st in MU, 3rd in Karnataka & 18th in India!!
    Congratulations to St. Agnes College and to Apostolic Carmelites on this remarkable achievement!
    God Bless you all

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  • Vinita Vas Pereira, Vamanjoor/ Canada-Vancouver

    Sat, Feb 11 2017

    HUGE Congratulations to Sr Jeswina, Dr Deviprabha , the teachers, staff & students.
    I feel SO PROUD to be an Agnesian.

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  • Prakasie Mita Aranha, Mumbai

    Fri, Feb 10 2017

    Dear Sr. Dr. Jeswina and Staff of St. Agnes College,

    Congratulations!! on achieving the "College of Excellence" status by the UGC. Wishing you many more years of success and higher achievements.

    Prakasie Mita Aranha

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  • Daphny Dsouza, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 10 2017

    Dear Sr Jeswina, Principal, Dr Deviprabha Alva HoD Commerce, and all the teachers and staff.
    I congratulate each one of you for working endlessly to achieve this milestone which makes Mangalore proud for its level of education provided to students. I am proud to be an Agnesian.

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  • Max and Jessie Rasquinha, Mangalore, Houston/Dallas, texas

    Sat, Feb 11 2017

    We did not realize that the lady sitting on the right side of Sr. Jeswin is Dr. Deviprabha, another brilliant lady that has transformed the young ladies of St. Agnes to a much higher pedestal of quality and talents. We still remember the grand colorful show that Dr. Deviprabha presented at the St. Agbes auditorium on "Environment". It was a grand Show that even our American guests present admired a great deal. Thank you, Dr. Deviprabha, for your invaluable contribution towards St. Agnes.

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  • Ina carmelita D'souza, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 10 2017

    Happy to hear about one more new feather in the hat!!!
    May St Agnes College climb to the glories of distinguished achievements in academics and strengths before celebrating the centinary year in 2021!!!

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  • dr zita lobo, Dubai/Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 10 2017

    CONGRATULATIONS!! Dr. Sr. Jeswina and the team of Agnesians!
    St Agnes College proves yet again Aristotle's saying that we are what we repeatedly do and therefore Excellence is not an act but a habit. The dedicated efforts of the apostolic Carmelites and the laity has brought St. Agnes to the heights of excellence. Proud of being an Agnesian where A grades have become a habit. A fit laurel to complete a century in 2021 of educating women.

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  • Sanchia, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 10 2017

    Congrats to the staff, current and ex agnesians! St Agnes will always be a great achievement in Mangalore!

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  • Max E Rasquinha, Mangalore, Houston/Dallas, texas

    Fri, Feb 10 2017

    St. Agnes College in Mangalore has every right and privilege to earn the UGC College of Excellence status because the Institution has strived very hard from the very inception to provide the "best of the best" to their students in every conceivable discipline of Education in Mangalore.

    I must have admitted more than hundred times for the past 53 years of marriage to my beloved partner that all the strong foundation of intellectual gifts come from the seven glorious years of education that she was benefitted from St. Agnes College. Although initial indications also reveal that my wife was a stubborn student in her first and second grades where she even used to jump outside the window of her cozy classroom the St. Agnes A.C. nuns were successful in molding her thru the right pathway and she became an outstanding student ever since, even when she went to Bombay after her seventh grade.

    St. Agnes was gifted with some of the best A.C. Nuns with the best of Educational qualifications, and they were also lucky in securing some of the best faculty members from outside. I wish St. Agnes best of success in all their future Educational endeavors. The bright students of St. Agnes regardless of their religious background hail from this reputable Institution. May God bless St, Agnes so that Mangalore may move forward more aggressively in pursuit of all the goals ahead of them

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  • Deepika Appaiah, mysore

    Fri, Feb 10 2017

    This news doesnt come to me as a surprise. Agnes has always been the best. All the very best to everyone back at Agnes.
    love and regards
    Deepika
    (Ex-Student President batch 2013-16)

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  • Joan, Nanthur

    Fri, Feb 10 2017

    Congratulations to the principal and the faculty of St Agnes college who have toiled to translate the vision of Mother Aloysia the founders into reality

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  • Richard Newton, UK

    Fri, Feb 10 2017

    Congratulations to all the staff and pupils at St Agnes College on the award, richly deserved. You only have to visit the College to see for yourself how the students are prospering in such a positive environment and realise that it is a special place. Love and best wishes to you all.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Feb 10 2017

    Our Crowning Glory ...

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  • Swinette Saldanha, Falnir, Mangaluru

    Fri, Feb 10 2017

    Congratulations Agnesians.....!!!

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  • Sr.Rosy Mendonsa, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 10 2017

    Hearty Congratulations to the Principal and the Staff - past and present for the relentless effort to keep the flag flying high and for obtaining UGC 'College of Excellence' Status. Proud to be an Agnesian.
    Sr.Rosy Mendonsa

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  • Sr.Rosy Mendonsa, Mangalore

    Fri, Feb 10 2017

    Hearty Congratulations to the Principal and the Staff - past and present for the relentless effort to keep the flag flying high and for obtaining UGC 'College of Excellence' Status. Proud to be an Agnesian.
    Sr.Rosy Mendonsa

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