St. Joseph's College for Women, Alappuzha



Code of Professional Ethics



   Whoever adopts teaching as a profession assumes the obligation to conduct him / herself in accordance with the ideal of the profession. A teacher is constantly under the scrutiny of his/her students and the society at large. Therefore, every teacher should see that there is no incompatibility between his/her precepts and practice. The national ideas of education which have already been set forth and which he/she should seek to inculcate among students must be his/her own ideals. The profession further requires that the teachers should be calm, patient and communicative by temperament and amiable in disposition.

Teachers should:

1)      Adhere to a responsible pattern of conduct and demeanour expected of them by the community.

2)      Manage their private affairs in a manner consistent with the dignity of the profession.

3)      Seek to make professional growth continuous through study and research.

4)      Express free and frank opinion by participation at professional meetings, seminars, conferences etc. towards the contribution of knowledge.

5)      Maintain active membership of professional organizations and strive to   improve education and profession through them.

6)      Perform their duties in the form of teaching, tutorial, practical, seminar and research work conscientiously and with dedication.

7)      Co-operate and assist in carrying out functions relating to the educational responsibilities of the college and the university such as : assisting in appraising applications for admissions, advising and counselling students as well as assisting the conduct of university and college examinations including supervisor, invigilation and evaluation and

8)      Participate in extension, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities including community service.


     Teachers should:

1)      Respect the right and dignity of the student in expressing his/ her opinion.

2)      Deal justly and impartially with students regardless of their religion, caste, political, economic, social and physical characteristics.

3)      Recognize the difference in aptitude and capabilities among students and strive to meet their individual needs.

4)      Encourage students to improve their attainments, develop their personalities and at the same time contribute to community welfare.

5)      Inculcate among students scientific outlook and respect for physical labour and ideals of democracy, patriotism and peace.

6)      Be affectionate to the students and not behave in a vindictive manner towards any of them for any reason.

7)      Pay attention to only the attainment of the student in the assessment of merit.  

8)      Make themselves available to students even beyond their class hours and help and guide students without any remuneration or award.

9)      Aid students to  develop an understanding of our national heritage and national goals; and

10)  Refrain from inciting students against other students, colleagues or administration.



            Teachers should:

1)      Treat other members of the profession in the same manner as they themselves wish to be treated.

2)      Speak respectfully of other teachers and render assistance for professional betterment.

3)      Refrain from lodging unsubstantiated allegations against colleagues to higher authorities; and

4)      Refrain from allowing considerations of caste, creed, religion, race or sex in their professional endeavour.


         Teachers should:

1)      Discharge their professional responsibilities according to existing rules and adhere to procedures and methods consistent with their profession in initiating steps through their own institutional bodies and/ or professional organizations for change of any such rule detrimental to the professional interest.

2)      Refrain from undertaking any other employment and commitment including private tuitions and coaching classes which are likely to interfere with their professional responsibilities.

3)      Co-operate in the formulation of policies of the institution by accepting various offices and discharge responsibilities which such offices may demand.

4)      Co-operate through their organizations in the formulation of policies  of the other institutions and accept offices.

5)      Co-operate with the authorities for the betterment of the institutions keeping in view the interest and in conformity with dignity of the profession;

6)      Should adhere to the conditions of contract.

7)      Give and expect due notice before change of position is made; and

8)      Refrain from availing themselves of leave except on unavoidable grounds and as far as practicable with prior intimation, keeping in view their particular responsibility for completion of academic schedule.


 1)  Teachers should treat the non- teaching staff as colleagues and equal partners in a            cooperative undertaking, within every educational institution ; and

2) Teachers should help in the function of joint staff councils covering both teachers and the non- teaching staff.


         Teachers should:

1)      Try to see through teacher’s bodies and organizations, that institutions maintain contact with the guardians, their students, send reports of their performance to the guardians whenever necessary and meet the guardians in meetings convened for the purpose for mutual exchange of ideas and for the benefit of the institution.


        Teachers should:

1)      Recognize that education is a public service and strive to keep the public informed of the educational programmes which are being provided;

2)      Work to improve education in the community and strengthen the community’s moral and intellectual life;

3)      Be aware of social problems and take part in such activities as would be conductive to the progress of society and hence the country as a whole;

4)      Perform the duties of citizenship, participate in community activities and shoulder responsibilities of public offices;

5)      Refrain from taking part in or subscribing to or assisting in any way activities which tend to promote feeling of hatred or enmity among different communities, religions or linguistic groups but actively work for National Integration.




Every stakeholder of higher education has a role to play in quality enhancement and sustenance. The stakeholders such as the Government, management, teachers, students and the external quality assurance agencies—have an important role in ensuring the quality of higher education. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) strives to play a catalytic role in synergising the stakeholders efforts.


Of all the stakeholders mentioned above, the students have a unique role to playing  ensuring quality of higher education institutions (HEIs). Firstly, the student should realize that they have the right for quality education and it is the responsibility of the HEIs to provide quality educational experience to learners. Secondly, the students should equally be aware of their responsibilities which in turn will help the institutions to provide quality education. This means that the students should demand quality education and demonstrate their commitment to quality education by accepting their  responsibilities. Otherwise the HEIs will have very little motivation for quality enhancement.


An initiation has been made by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in this direction by developing a sample student charter for all higher education institutions. It is hoped that the charter will help educational institutions to articulate their obligations to learners in clear terms and can be used as a benchmark for the institution’s accountability to learners. The NAAC advocates the public display of student charter in every institution as an act of promotion of student participation in Quality Assurance.


A) Institution’s responsibilities towards students

The institution shall

  • communicate its goals and objectives systematically and clearly to all students
  • offer programmes that are consistent with its goals and objectives
  • offer a wide range of programmes with adequate academic flexibility
  • obtain feedback from students on the initiation, review and redesign of programmes if and when necessary
  • acilitate effective running of the teaching-learning programmes
  • implement a well-conceived plan for monitoring student progress continuously
  • ensure that the student assessment mechanism is reliable and valid
  • provide clear information to students about admission and completion
  • requirements for all programmes, the fee structure and refund policies,
  • financial aid and student support services
  • ensure sufficient and well-run support services to all students
  • promote healthy practices

B) Student’s responsibilities of learning

 The student shall

  • appreciate the institutional goals and objectives and contribute to the
  • realisation of the same by participating in relevant institutional activities
  • have a clear knowledge of the programmes, admission policies, rules and regulations of the institution
  • follow the time schedules, rules and regulations of the institution
  • undertake regular and intense study of learning materials
  • make optimum use of the learning resources and other support services available in the institution
  • prepare for continuous internal assessment and term-end examinations
  • give feedback for system improvement
  • have faith and ability to pursue lifelong learning
  •  live as worthy alumni of the institution



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0477 2244622
0477 2244622