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Government Arts College (Autonomous) (Nandanam Arts College), Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu


Government Arts College (Autonomous) (Nandanam Arts College), Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu
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Chennai (Madras) (District Chennai (Madras))
Tamil Nadu, India
Pin Code : 600035

Government Arts College (Autonomous) (Nandanam Arts College), Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college.
Government Arts College (Autonomous) (Nandanam 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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Government Arts College (Autonomous) (Nandanam Arts College), Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Arts, Commerce, Science stream(s).
B.A., B.COM, B.Sc., M.COM

Approval details: Government Arts College (Autonomous) (Nandanam Arts College) is affiliated with University of Madras, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)

Profile of Government Arts College (Autonomous) (Nandanam Arts College)

This 106 year old Institution affiliated to the University of Madras was actually started in the middle of the 18th century as a School by the Nawab of Arcot. It was a Madrasa, a school that taught Arabic and Persian. The Madrasa was located at Chepauk, Madras. The estate on which the school then stood was purchased at a cost of Rs. 1 lakh. The last Nawab of Karnatac, Gulam Gauz Khan Bahadur gave a donation of Rs.1000 per month from 1849. In 1855 the school came under Government control. At the All India Education Convention held in Madras in 1901 it was resolved to upgrade this Madrasa into a College. The College was started with the objective of accommodating Muslim students who could not get admitted in other city Colleges. (It still retains something of its old character in opening up collegiate education to those who would have been denied admission in other city colleges, especially the boys) Later in 1937, the first Principal of the Institution preferred to admit 25% non-Muslim students. This system continued till the College acquired its present status in the year 1948 as Government Arts College. Ever since, equal opportunity is extended to students of the entire community irrespective of religious denomination. In the year 1969, due to administrative reasons, the location was shifted to its present place.

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NAAC report of Government Arts College (Autonomous) (Nandanam Arts College)

Section 1: Introduction
Government Arts College (Men) was started in the middle of the 18th century as a School by Nawab of Arcot. It was called Madrasa, a school that taught Arabic and Persian. The last Nawab of Karnatac Gulam Gauz Khan Bahadur gave a donation of Rs.1000/- per month from 1849. Madrasa was located at Chepauk, Madras. The school came under the Government control in 1855. At the All India Education Convention held in Madras in 1901 it was resolved to upgrade Madrasa into a College. The College was started with the objective of accommodating Muslim students who could not get admitted in other city Colleges. Later in 1937, the first Principal of the Institution preferred to admit 25% non-Muslim students. This system continued till the College acquired its present status in the year 1948 as Government Arts College. Ever since, equal opportunity came to be extended to students of the entire community irrespective of religious denomination. In the year 1969 the location was again shifted to its present place.

At its present location it is well situated to serve the needs of the people settled in the central regions of the Metropolis. Though it is situated in Chennai it draws students from the neighbouring districts. A distinct character of the institution is that it caters to the needs of the lower rungs of the society. Economically and socially backward sections patronize it. The student population within the campus comprises mostly of poor and downtrodden families who need special understanding and support. Most of them are first generation learners. A majority of the students belong to either Scheduled Caste(SC), Scheduled Tribe(ST), Most Backward Class(MBC) or Backward Class(BC) Communities. Among them students belonging to SC/ST communities are more in number.

Government Arts College(Men), Nandanam, Chennai has requested NAAC, Bangalore for accreditation and submitted the Self Study Report. NAAC constituted the peer team consisting of the following members to visit and assess the institution:

Prof. M. Abdul Rahiman Chairman
(Former Vice-Chancellor Kannur University)
Halcyon , Kaprigudda New Road
Mangalore - 575001

Prof. B. M. Kumaraswamy Member
D.V.S. College of Arts and Science
Shimoga - 577201, Karnataka

Prof. H. Premraj Member
Badruka College of Commerce
Kachiguda Station Road,
Hyderabad - 500027, Andhra Pradesh

The team visited the college from 14th to 16th March, 2002 and went through the departments, laboratoriess, library and all other facilities and had a detailed discussion with the College Council, Principal, Teaching Staff, Students, Administrative and Technical Staff, Parents and Alumni. All aspects given in criteria I to VII of the Self-study report were analysed and validated by the team. A detailed evaluation report of the team follows.

Section 2: Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The college offers 12 undergraduate programmes in Arts, Science and Commerce, viz., Tamil Literature, English Literature, History, Corporate Secretaryship, Economics, Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, Botany, Mathematics, Computer Science and Commerce; 2 postgraduate programmes, viz., M.Com. and M.Sc. in Zoology(Aquaculture); a M.Phil. programme in Zoology; 3 Ph.D. programmes in Physics, History and Zoology; and a Computer Literacy Programme which is a joint venture of the NIIT and the Government of Tamil Nadu for the non-computer science students of the college. The course in Aquaculture is a purely job-oriented self-financing course. Since this college is affiliated to the University of Madras, syllabus designing is vested with the respective Boards of Studies constituted by the University of Madras.

The goal of the college is, To provide opportunities of higher education to socially and economically less privileged sections of the society . All the programmes offered are highly compatible with the implicit objective of the college.

Being an affiliated college, the college does not have much freedom and flexibility regarding courses offered, redesigning and review of programmes.

There is very limited feedback on programmes from academic peers outside the college. However routine feedback is obtained from the students through teachers in a highly informal way.

Criterion II: Teaching-learning and Evaluation
The college has a system of judging the students knowledge and aptitude at the entry level, through the system of admission committee. The college also has a tutorial system for assessing students knowledge and skill for a particular programme. Conducting model examinations apart from the final examinations is to be taken note of. The college does provide for bridge and remedial courses such as (a) Bridge course in English for new comers; (b) Remedial courses in English for students who are weak in English; (c) Spoken English courses for some selected students, and (d) Special coaching classes for SC/ST students.

A few teaching-learning and technical aids such as OHP, video cassettes, CDs, and internet are available in the college. Very few departments make use of those aids in their teaching-learning processes.

It must be noted that almost all the departments have full quota of staff. Out of 142 permanent teachers 34 are Ph.D. degree and 89 have M.Phil. degree, which is highly encouraging.

The college calendar gives advance information to students about tests and examinations. Progress cards are sent to parents. Two examinations are conducted every year to prepare the students for the University Terminal Examinations. This needs to be further strengthened. Other than these two tests no innovative evaluation method is adopted to test students knowledge and comprehension.

Being a Government college, teachers are recruited through the Teachers Recruitment Board(TRB) of the Government of Tamil Nadu following the state government and the University rules. However the candidates have to pass in UGC-NET or UGC-SLET and TRB. Temporary/Adhoc/Guest lecturers are appointed by the Principal for a period of 8 months as per norms of the state government, until the vacancy is filled.

Faculty is encouraged to participate in national and international seminars. In the last two years, 5 teachers have attended national level seminars as participants and 2 as resource persons. One teacher has attended an international seminar.

During the past three years 5 teachers have been benefited by UGC-FIP and 90 teachers have obtained computer training. However, there is no linkages with national and international agencies for teaching or research.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The college has a nominal facility for promoting research and research culture. It is helping research through project work, study leave, seed money and adjustment in teaching schedule as per rules of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

Only 19% of the teachers are engaged in active research. There are 4 full-time and 8 part-time research scholars registered for Ph.D. Twenty-four papers have been published in the last 5 years.

Consultancy services are not provided by the college, though some departments have expertise. The college may think of providing institutional consultancy services to the nearby industries/companies. Some of the teaching staff are invited by TNPSC, UGC-SLET, TRB for evaluation.

The College NSS is working in tandem with several NGOs. The main extension activities taken up by the NSS are Community Development, Adult Education and Literacy, AIDS awareness, Social and Environmental awareness, and Blood Donation camps. NCC of the college is doing remarkable work. Atleast one NCC(Naval wing) cadet of this college has taken part in the Republic Day parade held in New Delhi for the last 5 years. Further, the NCC (Naval wing) cadets have secured gold and sliver medals in Ship Modelling at the National level.

The Department of Zoology is utilizing the hatchery facilities in institutions such as Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute(CMFRI), CIBA Geigy and Central Institute of Fresh Water Aquaculture(CIFA) for the benefit of their M.Sc. in Zoology (Aquaculture) students.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college is situated in an urban area, Nandanam with 12 acres. There are 17 departments, 40 large size classrooms 7 small size classrooms 8 Science laboratories that can accommodate about 75, 20, 25 students respectively at a time. The beautification committee takes care of the campus with the help of two full time gardeners and NSS volunteers. The utility of premises is appreciable as it is used for various competitive examinations as an examination center on Sundays and other holidays.

The central library has an advisory committee and the computerization of the facilities in the library is in progress. Total number of books is 40195. In addition to this there are 13 departmental libraries.

There is a computer science laboratory having 17 computers, two dot matrix printers, a laser jet printer and a scanner. Apart from this there are 6 computers with 2 dot matrix printers for office work. The Departments of Zoology and History have a computer each. The college has a fax machine, a photocopier and an internet connection. Free access to internet is provided by the college for staff and students.

Medical check-up for the entrants is compulsory.

The college has no hostel of its own and students stay in the hostels run by the Tamil Nadu Government. Forty per cent of the students reside in hostels in different parts of Chennai city.

A multi gym, weightlifting benches, dumb-bells, chest-expanders, parallel bars, a push-up bar, table tennis tables, cricket apparatus, hockey and football requirements and grounds are facilities available for the students. However the facilities may be further maintained and improved.

Prizes, Medals in appreciation of excellence and travel expenses for outstation and special camps are borne by the college as per government of Tamil Nadu rules.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
The overall pass percentage of the college is 38 and 36 in the last two academic years respectively, which is not encouraging. This needs to be attended to immediately with greater attention. However, in certain departments such as Commerce, Computer Science, Corporate Sectaryship, and Physics the students success rate is 70%. The fact to observe is that the dropout rate is 10%.

The college publishes its updated annual report, magazine and diary(academic calendar) annually. The diary provides history of the college, details of the course, fee structure, norms of admission. Extra-curricular activities of the college are encouraging. The academic calendar gives advance information to students about college tests and university examinations. The marks obtained in the college tests are maintained by the concerned teachers to advise the students about their academic progression/regression.

It is notable that the college is providing courses to prepare the students for the competitive examinations such as BSRB, UPSC, TNPSC, TRB, etc.

In the last two years about 1800 SC/ST students received financial assistance of Rs.25 lakhs; 776 MBC students received a total of Rs.9.64 lakhs and 219 BC students received a total of Rs.1.96 lakhs; About Rs.20,000 was disbursed as merit scholarship to 63 students.

Most of the students of the college after their academics are going for self-employment schemes or a job. Few of them are going for their higher studies.

There is an alumni association in its formation stage. Most of the Government sponsored scholarships are made available to the students and a good number of the students are benefited from these schemes. The Students Guidance Bureau arranges meeting for the final year undergraduate and postgraduate students. The college collects informal feedback from the students by way of monthly council meetings and tutorial system and it is used for the improvement of working of the college.

Criterion VI: Organization and Management
The organization of the college is good with internal coordinating mechanism monitoring through the College Council, Students Union, Departmental Associations etc. The decision-making is done with the Governing Council and its various committees. Most of the department s vacancies that have been sanctioned are filled up except for a few vacancies on some departments.

There is a student cooperative society in the college, which sells mainly stationary items needs further to be improved. There is a Parent Teacher Association, which maintains a good interaction between the parents, teachers and the students.

Tutorial system and the Students Guidance Bureau help in promoting the well-being of the students.

A special committee prepares the diary(academic calendar) and is adhered to. There are various government agencies that do the routine checks of the college activities.

The non-teaching staff has professional development program arranged by the government that can vary from one day to maximum of 21 days. Teaching and non-teaching staff have various loan schemes for those who have fulfilled five years of service as per the rules of the government of Tamil Nadu. The main source of income for the college is from the government grants and a meager support from the PTA.

Staff performance appraisal is done by obtaining self-appraisal report. It is prepared by each individual separately, which is evaluated by HOD and Principal. It is finally evaluated by the Directorate of Collegiate Education and used for career advancements and promotions.

The college has a grievance redressal cell, which forms committees to attend the grievances of the employees and others, which is in the infant stage.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The following are the important aspects in the college with reference to healthy practices, as the peer team observed:

Every Monday morning an assembly meeting is held to inculcate fraternal attitude among students. The students take a pledge against casteism and untouchability. Achievements of faculty and students are highlighted and important campus-events are reviewed to encourage and invite more participation in the different activities of the College.

The Department of History has introduced from 1999-2000 a UGC supported Vocational subject on Tourism and Travel Management, a growing industry in our country.

As a social gesture, apart from imparting knowledge and equipping the students with a degree, the need to orient them for future careers and counseling them for various profitable self-supporting avenues in life were strongly felt. This urge took shape in organizing and instituting a Career Guidance and Counselling Centre in the academic year 1998-1999.

Co-curricular activities such as skills evaluation are monitored by conducting competitions and seminars, and sponsoring them for inter-collegiate competitions.

The college has one course, M.Sc. in Zoology(Aquaculture), under the self-financing scheme.

Students have the option of joining the NCC, the NSS and the Red Cross to get seriously involved in nation building activities.

The college has a Students Guidance Bureau that guides the students to acquire skills not covered in the syllabi by imparting spoken English courses and by bringing experts in the field of personality development to deliver lectures. It also helps them to be aware of career opportunities.

Students Grievances Cell exists to address the personal and academic grievances of the students.

Section 3: Overall Analysis
Among the staff are authors, scientists, awardees, participants in international and national conferences, resource persons, camp officers, boards of studies, academic council members and syndicate members. To further such endeavours the College has suitably geared its administration machinery and has also thrown open the use of computers and internet facility in the Institution.

Many among the staff members are research guides in the University of Madras and neighbouring universities. Some among the staff write lessons for the Correspondence courses, and handle undergraduate and postgraduate personal contact programme classes.

Six departments, namely Zoology, English, Tamil, Economics, History and Mathematics are involved actively in research. Two minor ongoing projects are in progress in the Department of Zoology. The administration encourages and promotes research activities by expediting their requirements post-haste. Other departments are likely to follow suit.

The College follows the traditional method of lecturing, demonstrating and conducting seminars. Wherever it is required learning tools like overhead projectors, slide projectors, TV and CDROMs are employed to make the classroom education more interesting and effective.
Tutorial system practiced in the college evaluates the students continuously. Tutors are expected to be behind the students all through the academic year. Remedial classes are held to raise the standard of the weaker students.

The college has proposals to start M.A. in History and M.A. in Business Economics.

Suggestions / Recommendations
Computer education may be given to the members of the administrative staff. This will help for computerization of the office in future.

The Student Guidance Bureau can also train non-teaching staff to improve communication skills by conducting spoken English classes to them.

To accommodate more students, attempts should be made either from state government or central agencies, to get fund to build hostel for the college.

There is an urgent need to provide more staff to the central library and to manage it on more professional lines. Further, a better reading room is to be provided commensurate with the student strength.

Computerisation of the central library may be taken-up. The internet facilities is important for research scholars and faculty members to get up-to-date information about latest publications. Therefore, facilities may be further strengthened for the same for teachers.

The college should create centre of excellence at least in one or two subjects.

Remedial classes may be conducted to weaker students in a formal way.

Assistance and guidance may be taken from nearby engineering and technical institutions to further improve the existing computer science laboratory and computers in the college.

A well-equipped language laboratory will be useful to train students in communication skills.

A proposal to start new courses like BCA, MCA, M.Sc. in Computer Science, M.A. in Tamil, M.A. in English may be sent to the government and it should be pursued on priority basis. The proposal sent by the college for the commencement of M.A. in History and M.A. in Business Economics may be expedited.

Research activities should be further strengthened atleast in a few selected departments with postgraduate programmes.

Certificate and Diploma courses may be offered by the Computer Science Department on a self-financing basis.

A well-equipped auditorium is a crying need of the college.

The Departments of History and Economics have enough teachers with Ph.Ds to justify the starting of postgraduate programmes. Since it does not involve much finance, this suggestion may be considered seriously.

The Departments of Physics and Chemistry richly deserve postgraduate programmes on account of highly qualified staff in sufficient number.

At present there is only one self-financing course, i.e M.Sc. Aquaculture. More of such self-financing courses may be started in subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate levels depending upon the need and demand in the society.

Attempts may be made to get twinning programme at least for few important subjects.

Student Exchange Programme has to be initiated.

MoUs with industries and research institutions will be helpful to get fund as well as to utilize the expertise available in and around Chennai city.

The college authorities informed the peer team that they have applied for the autonomous status during the year 1999. The matter is being kept under consideration by the state government. The team observed that the matter may be taken up now for a favourable consideration.

Prof. M. Abdul Rahiman (Chairman)

Prof. B. M. Kumaraswamy (Member)

Prof. H. Premraj (Member)

State of the art

We come across dozens of art exhibitions by artists, both young and old, in art galleries. Among all this one comes across the art broker and the curators. The bottom line of people all these are catering to is the art collector. Some of these are knowledgeable people and some are new to the trade. These people want to understand art and dabble in it too.

Luckily for them there is no cause to worry, with local art denizens like artist and teacher, A. V. Ilango working to bring art to the man in the street. When the stock market crashed, why did the art market crash? This shows that people who dont know much about art are helping sell it to people who dont know anything about it either, he argues.

Ilango, who conducts art appreciation classes at Lady Andal School, said, We hold a free open-house Meet the Artist session once every month, where master artists in the field come and explain their craft. He has hosted the likes of Art Director Thotta Tharini and sculptor Rajini Krishnan, clarifying that Art is an opportunity to explore the vast space within each of us.

The CP Arts Foundation organises a course on Indian Art annually, granting art novices the opportunity to understand traditional Indian works from the Harappan, Mauryan and Nayaka periods on weekends and weekdays (evening sessions). Says Director, Naditha Krishna, We have re-created samples of pieces at the National Museum to help learners understand better with a three dimensional approach.

City-based artist, Maniam Selvan (whose father Maniam was well-loved for his Tamil series Ponniyin Selvan) elaborates on the art scene. In the olden days, kings patronised art and commissioned works for temples. The Thajavur temple is a sparkling example. But, over time, the importance of traditional art has diminished and public spaces no longer boast art.

This is where commercial art comes into place. He recommends a wider outreach vehicle to bring art to the masses, If we want art to reach more people, holding an exhibition is one way. But the trend, as I see it now, is having your work published, be it books or magazines, or newspapers. So, it reaches a lot more people on an everyday basis.

At the Government Arts College in Chennai, the word on the art scene is just as encouraging. As Principal, V. Chandrashekar, opines, Our artists are now capable of producing world-class two and three dimensional work. Urban areas have realised the value of art, thanks to increased exposure and media attention.

He reckons a piece of art instantly gives a face-lift to any interior and this is this appreciation that young artists yearn for. In order to extend art to everyone, it is important to generate interest and funds. Thus, for independent artists who are not associated with one particular gallery, there are lots of opportunities for holding more exhibitions and making sales!

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