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Dr Ambedkar Government Arts College, Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu
Dr Ambedkar Government Arts College, Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu
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Erukancherry Road, Vyasarpadi
Chennai (Madras) (District Chennai (Madras))
Tamil Nadu, IndiaPin Code : 600039
Dr Ambedkar Government Arts College, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college.
Dr Ambedkar Government Arts College is situated in Chennai (Madras) of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Chennai (Madras) comes under Chennai (Madras) Tehsil, Chennai (Madras) District.
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CoursesDr Ambedkar Government Arts College, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Arts stream(s).
Approval details: Dr Ambedkar Government Arts College is affiliated with University of Madras, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
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NAAC report of Dr Ambedkar Government Arts CollegeSection 1: Introduction
Dr. Ambedkar Government Arts College, Chennai, is a constituent college of the University of Madras. It was established in August 1973 with the objective of propagating the egalitarian idea through education. Situated in a backward location in the city, the College caters to the educational need of the surrounding areas where the weaker sections population is rather high. A philanthropic effort by a wide cross-section of the society to give a concrete shape to the efforts of Tamil Nadu government yielded fruitful results, thus laying this College brick by brick in the North Chennai region south of the Chennai-Kolkata National Highway.
The College was recognized under 2(f) and 12(B) of the UGC Act in August 1977. Situated in a campus of 28 acres in an urban but underdeveloped location, the College offers 5 Undergraduate courses. It offers a vocational programme on Mass Communication and Video Production (MCVP), originally started as a UGC-sponsored programme. There are 42 teaching staff in the College of whom 15 have the Ph.D. degree and 23 the M.Phil. degree. There are three guest lectures. The number of administrative and technical staff is 21 on permanent basis and 4 on ad hoc basis.. There are 624 students in all including 2 Ph.D. students in the Department of Mathematics.
The unit cost of education is Rs.23,691 including the salary component and Rs.2,267 excluding it. The College has a central library, a computer centre, sports facilities, canteen, women s lounge in addition to off-campus housing provided by the government for the faculty.
The College volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore, and submitted its Self-Study Report in December 2004. A Peer Team was constituted by NAAC to visit the institution and validate the Self-Study Report. The Peer Team consisted of the following members:
Prof. B. Hanumaiah Chairman
Konaje, Mangalore - 574199
Prof. N. C. Santhakumari Member
HHMSPB NSS College for Women
Trivandrum - 695040
Prof. C.R.Visweswara Rao Member-Co-ordinator
Professor of English & Dean, UGC Affairs Sri Krishnadevaraya University
Anantapur - 515003
Dr. M.S. Shyamasundar Co-ordinating Officer
Deputy Adviser, National Assessment And Accreditation Council
The Peer Team visited the College on 25th & 26th February 2005 and examined in detail the infrastructure facilities available in the College, curricular and co-curricular programmes, and the various aspects of the functioning of the institution. The Peer Team interacted with the Principal, teaching and non-teaching staff, students, parents, and alumni, the local elite and other stakeholders in the growth of the institution and elicited their views on the facilities and functioning of the institution. In addition, the Peer Team examined all the relevant records and paid visits to different departments, laboratories, Central Library, Computer Centre, NCC, Youth Red Cross, Red Ribbon Club, and NSS facilities. Based on the above exercise and the seven criteria identified by the NAAC, the assessment of the institution is as follows:
Section 2: Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The College offers Degree programmes in Chemistry, Zoology, Mathematics, Computer Science, and English. A vocational course, sanctioned by the UGC, Mass Communication and Video Production, is also offered to B.Sc Computer Science and B.A. English students. Thus selective vocational orientation is given to the courses of study offered. Being a constituent College of the University, the College offers traditional courses sanctioned by the University.
The syllabus administered is reviewed once in two years by the University and the respective Boards of Studies have the opportunity to contribute to syllabus-framing. Eight of the faculty are on the Boards of Studies of the University. Usually it takes a year for a proposed course of study to be instituted.
While the goals of the institution are communicated to the constituents, a periodic review of the stated objectives and their realization through curriculum design are to be initiated.
The teachers are well qualified and are capable of rising up to fulfilling the objectives by course diversification and enrichment. Institutional constraints apart, there is no feedback from the peers to be drawn upon for initiating and redesigning programmes even within the ambit of an affiliated institution.
Criterion II: Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
Admission to the courses of study is by merit in the qualifying examination and by an interview. A screening test is held at the commencement of the academic year to test the students knowledge and skills.
The College has been conducting a Bridge Course in Functional Grammar, though not on an extensive scale. Under a programme funded by the UGC, the College offers remedial coaching for SC/ST students.
Teaching schedule is adhered to with care and the teachers prepare a teaching plan. Credit-based semester pattern is followed for the first and second years of the course. The annual system being followed at the third year level is being phased out. The University provides no course flexibility in the credit-based pattern in the design of the curriculum.
Periodically tests are conducted following the prescribed schedules. Conduct of seminars in some departments helps motivate advanced learners. There is an OHP used by some Departments occasionally, as also an LCD projector used by the Departments of Chemistry and Computer Science.
The College works for 180 days. The ratio of teaching staff to non-teaching staff is 2:1. The recruitment of teachers is by a State level Test and interview. Since no new posts have been sanctioned to meet the additional workload, Guest Lecturers are appointed. The selection is by advertisement and according to the norms prescribed by the Government. In the last two years 22 members of the staff attended National/ International Seminars, while three of the staff acted as Resource Persons.
Student feedback is collected and the data analysed for the benefit of the faculty. In 1999, the College conducted a five-day Workshop on Digital Electronics and Microprocessors for College teachers. Six of the staff availed themselves of Faculty development programmes. Six of the staff are members/chairmen of the Board of Studies in their respective subjects.
Criterion III: Research, Consultancy, and Extension
While 15 of the 42 teachers have the Ph.D. degree, there are at present 9 members of the staff working for their Ph.D. Teachers are granted study leave for doing their research. The Department of Mathematics is a recognized centre for research. In the Department of Chemistry there is a recognized Research Supervisor. In the last 5 years the faculty have published ten papers and two degree level text books. The number of Ph.D.s awarded in the last 5 years is 8.
There are no consultancy programmes offered by the College. The NSS takes up community development, blood donation, AIDS awareness, medical, adult education and literacy programmes. The College collaborates with NGOs working for suicide prevention and oral hygiene. Street plays on AIDS are organized as part of the awareness promotion activity. There are two units of the NSS and two units (one for boys and one for girls) of the NCC. In the last five years at least ten NCC cadets have participated in Army Attachment camps and Trekking expedition. The NSS has adopted a village, Thundalam, and helped in garbage cleaning, health awareness promotion and distribution of medicines. The YRS contingent has received training in traffic control and has also helped the psychological rehabilitation of cancer patients and the gender challenged. The Red Ribbon Club has also contributed to blood donation and under its auspices an AIDS awareness seminar was held.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The College is situated in an area of 28 acres of land and the plinth area is 5754 sq mts, There is ample space for classrooms, staff rooms, laboratories, library and the administrative section. With a new building constructed at a cost of Rs. 65 lakhs, there are in all four buildings, housing all the facilities. In addition, there is a small canteen. The College has an audio-visual laboratory for the MCVP course. The College augmented its infrastructure by constructing a new building at a cost of Rs.65 lakhs. General maintenance is done by the Public Works Department of the Government. The infrastructure is optimally utilized by the College for curricular and extra and co-curricular activities. All Departments have recently acquired PCs.
The General library of the College has 22,334 books, and it subscribes to 13 English and Tamil periodicals. There is a Library Advisory Committee headed by the Principal. The library works from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm on all working days. The UGC Book Bank facility is available in the library with a total collection of 2,913 books.
The College has a Computer Centre with 12 systems in use. The Centre functions under the Department of Computer Science. The College has a tie up with NIIT, which has designed a course in computer literacy for the students.
Students are provided with facilities for indoor and outdoor games. Separate courts are available for Volley ball, Ball badminton, Kho kho and Kabaddi. During the last five years eight students participated in Inter Zone competitions in Kho Kho, athletics, ball badminton and chess. One of the students represented the state of Tamilnadu in Football. An NCC cadet had the privilege of being the Flag Bearer of Tamilnadu in the Republic Day Parade, 2002.
Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
The College publishes an updated prospectus every year. The details regarding the admission procedures, courses offered, attendance, and fee structure are included in the prospectus.
The College offers three endowments in addition to state and central government scholarships. Students are offered SC/ST scholarships, BC scholarships; MBC scholarships, Medium fund, Chief Minister s Merit scholarships, EVR Maiyamai scholarships. The total number of beneficiaries of such endowments and scholarships in 2004-2005 is 616 and the amount disbursed is Rs.13,06,278. Efforts are afoot to form the Alumni Association.
The dropout rate of students is eight percent. The progression to employment and further study is reported as 80 percent, on the basis of a random survey conducted by the staff.
It is a notable feature of the College that there are 272 SC/ST scholarship holders in 2004-2005 for whom the amount sanctioned was Rs.7,75,889. Also remedial classes are conducted for SC/ST students. It is noteworthy that the College has received grants from the UGC to the tune of Rs. 3,18,350 for remedial coaching
The College has an employment cell. Five students were employed in State Government Services and 20 students were employed in the private sector in 2003-2004. The Placement Officer mediates between employing agencies and the students. In addition, under guidance of the placement officer, a career guidance camp is occasionally organised. However, the functions of the placement cell needs to be streamlined and strengthened. A student counselling cell, as a body to address student problems, has just recently begun its activities.
The admission policy of the College is guided by the rules of the State Government. The College provides a number of recreation and leisure time facilities for its students like indoor games, outdoor games, Nature Club and Debate Club. Naatrangal , the forum for the Co-curricular and Extension Service, organizes programmes that contribute to the liveliness of the campus life.
A student of the College passed the National Defence Academy Examination in 2003. As the College offers only undergraduate courses, there is no record of how many of its students have passed the various competitive examinations.
Criterion VI: Organization and Management
The management of the College is carried out by the norms set by the Government of Tamilnadu. Internal co-ordination and monitoring are carried out by the Governing Council, comprising of the Principal, Heads of Departments, NSS and NCC Officers and teacher representatives. The College Governing Council meets occasionally to take decisions on academic matters.
The College being a government institution the permanent faculty get their salary from the state government. In addition to regular courses the College offers a self-financing programme in Mass Communication and Video Production. The Principal of the College entrusts the responsibility of internal audit to the faculty who conduct annual stock verification of books and records of the College. There are also statutory auditors and government auditors to audit the accounts of the College.
The performance evaluation of the non-teaching staff is taken care of by the Government which deputes them for a forty-day training programme at the State Administrative Staff College. This programme has a written examination as a follow up. Two members of the non-teaching staff of the College attended the professional development programme conducted by the Government of Tamilnadu.
The fee structure is as per government norms. Tuition fee waiver is given to students belonging to SC and ADC. The College offers on a self-financing basis a computer literacy programme supported by the NIIT.
There is a Grievance Redressal Cell for the staff as well as for the students. The College advances loans as per Government norms and permits certain other category of loan repayment from the salary.
The budget provisions are made by the Government and the needs are managed mostly within the allocations under different heads. Major equipments are purchased with the approval of Director of Collegiate Education, by obtaining comparative quotations and by processing the transaction through a purchase committee.
The College Calendar is published annually and it is prepared by the Department of English. The College ensures transparency in the process of admission by the constitution of an Admission Committee which includes one staff member from the under privileged section.
Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The following healthy practices have been noticed in the functioning of the College:
Experienced faculty with an average experience of sixteen years contribute to the regular and systematic imparting of instruction
The responsibility of organizing curricular and extracurricular activities is assigned to various committees.
The NSS, NCC, YRC and RRC play a vital role in giving community orientation to the extension activities of the College.
Student evaluation of teachers and courses of study has been introduced.
The Computer Centre and the Mass Communication and Video Production Laboratory provide an opportunity for innovative, vocational training.
Computer Literacy promotion has also been accorded priority in tune with national objectives.
The College Magazine is brought out almost regularly.
A large number of scholarships and fee concessions are made available to students in addition to some scholarships endowed on account of the initiative taken by the institution.
Naatrangal - a forum for co-curricular and extension activities - aims at the all round personality development of the students.
Students have actively participated in inter-collegiate cultural programmes and won prizes.
There is a remedial coaching programme in English for which a textbook has been designed.
Section 3: Overall Analysis
The Peer Team went through the Self-Study Report submitted by Dr. Ambedkar Government Arts College, Chennai, and made a physical verification of the infrastructure and academic facilities. The Team interacted with the Principal, members of the faculty, administrative staff, students, parents, and alumni. The College is located in Vyasarpadi, about 20 km from the heart of Chennai. The College fulfils the aspirations for higher education of the marginalized sections living in the less developed suburban areas of the city. The institution has won the respect of the community around during these 31 years of its existence by its vigorous pursuit of the imparting of instruction to train the students for their careers. The commendatory aspects of Dr. Ambedkar Government Arts College, as the Peer Team has observed, are as follows:
Systematic imparting of instruction by experienced senior faculty
Sound financial management of Government funds and the UGC allocations.
Mobilising resources by tapping funding from the Local Area Development funds of legislators for the construction of a building worth Rs.65 lakhs to pave the way for the future horizontal growth of the College.
Conduct of tests and assignments according to a well designed time frame to promote systematic learning
Committees at various levels to ensure transparency
Well-equipped laboratories and sufficient accommodation for future expansion.
The initiative taken by the College in having a Placement Officer to mediate between students and employing organisations.
The bringing out of the College Magazine to promote student creativity
The number of scholarships available and the large clientele to whom they are made available.
The use some departments have been making of the Computer facilities and Audio Visual aids in imparting instruction.
Village adoption and fairly extensive activities of the NSS, NCC and other organisations.
While the institution is registering its progress satisfactorily in the competitive environment of the city, for the future growth of Dr. Ambedkar Government Arts College. Chennai, a few suggestions are made:
Though fifteen members of the teaching staff have been awarded the Ph.D. Degree, publications in the last five years have been somewhat limited and research activity on the campus is negligible. Hence the departments must be motivated to take up Major / Minor research projects funded by the UGC and other organisations for sustaining their interest in research and for drawing upon the benefits of inter-relatedness of teaching and research.
A Research Development Committee may be constituted for overseeing the research activity of the faculty.
A Quality Assurance Cell may also be created to review from time to time the quality measures to be initiated and the new education technology gadgets that could be employed in the classroom for the benefit of the students.
During its thirty-one years of existence, the College has only five degree programmes currently in force. It is time for the College now to launch on expansion activity on a high priority basis. The proposed expansion may take note of the needs and aspiration of the people of the catchment area of the institution.
It is suggested that B.Com., short-term Diploma courses and a degree courses in Journalism, as an extension of the Mass Communication facility which already exists, could be thought of. It is gratifying to note that the College has already applied for some courses of study. Physics and Botany may be raised to the level of main subjects at the B.Sc. level.
In view of the fact that fairly well endowed laboratories exist, a limited number of Postgraduate courses could also be started on a self-financed basis.
UGC funding for short-term courses, remedial coaching, networking, and instrumentation acquisition may be identified and applied for. For leading the institution in this matter, the Research Development Committee may be formed and entrusted with the task of making a preliminary survey and presenting appropriate defensive proposals.
Departments may be encouraged to organise student seminars in respective subjects to help talented students acquire a critical sensibility.
Self-appraisal by the faculty may be encouraged.
Coaching for competitive examinations may be started.
The Computer Centre may be expanded and short-term courses may be designed for the students and teaching and non-teaching staff.
Greater use of the computers may be made in the Library and the College Office. Many of the functioning may be computerised.
The Library may strengthen its journals acquisition and have a separate reading room. Further the stack area needs improvement. Xerox facility may also be created.
The Alumni Association may be constituted and encouraged to build up active collaboration with the College.
Steps may be taken to organise lectures on and courses in value-based education.
Remedial coaching may be extended to all subjects and pre-coaching and post-coaching testing may be devised and administered.
More well defined career planning and development programmes may be thought of for the Placement Cell.
The various departments may launch extension activity, subject-related as well as socially oriented.
To provide scope for the display of student talent and to promote their general knowledge a fortnightly student bulletin may be brought out covering contemporary world trends.
The grievance redressal mechanism may be strengthened to function as a semi-autonomous unit in the institution
A comprehensive group insurance scheme for the staff and the students may be introduced
The UGC and the Ministry of Youth Affairs may be approached for a multi-gym and the Physical Education Department may be strengthened by providing sufficient funds
The government may be urged to provide special funding for protecting, developing, physically and ecologically, the 28-acre land assigned to the College.
The Peer Team expresses its thanks to the Principal, the faculty, non-teaching staff, students, parents and alumni for their whole-hearted cooperation during its visit to the institution. The Principal, ably supported by the various constituents, has contributed to the consolidation of the strengths of the institution. The Peer Team hopes that continued concern for the institution and its goals and diligent effort on the part of the stakeholders will lead the College to greater success.
Prof. B. Hanumaiah
Prof. N.C. Santhakumari
Prof. C.R.Visweswara Rao
Prof. M.A. Shahul Hameed, Principal
Date: 26th February 2005
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