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Presidency College, Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu


Presidency College, Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu
Address:Kamarajar Salai, Chepauk
Chennai (Madras) (District Chennai (Madras))
Tamil Nadu, India
Pin Code : 600005

Presidency College, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college.
Presidency 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.

Fax # of Presidency College, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu is +91-44-8510732, 28510732.

email ID(s) is Presidency College Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu

Website of Presidency College, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu is http://www.presidencychennai.com/.

Contact Details of Presidency College, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu are : Telephone: +91-44-8544894


Presidency College, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Arts, Commerce, Science stream(s).
B.A., B.Sc., B.Com, M.A., M.Sc., M.Com., MCA, M.Sc(Applied Microbiology), M.Phil., Ph.D.

Approval details: Presidency College is affiliated with University of Madras, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)

Profile of Presidency College

It had taken, decades for the College to take shape. At the behest of Sir Thomas Munro a Committee of public instruction was formed in 1826. In 1836 the duties of the Committee of public instruction was taken over by "The Committee of Native Education.


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NAAC report of Presidency College

Section 1: Preamble
The Presidency College established in 1840 has been one of the prestigious educational institutions in the country. The college has a sprawling campus of 30 acres near the Marina beach with spacious buildings which house 24 departments offering 20 Post graduate and 19 undergraduate programmes. It caters to about 3500 students from diverse background. The institution is a full-fledged government autonomous college since 1987 offering relevant programmes including some interdisciplinary courses.

The college was first accredited in the year 1999 and subsequently it applied for reaccreditation after 5 years. Based on the reaccreditation report submitted by the institution in October 2004, NAAC constituted a peer team to visit the college for reaccreditation with the following members consisting of Dr. Mariamma A. Varghese, Ex-Vice Chancellor, SNDT Women s University, Mumbai as Chairperson, Dr. K M Mathew, Former Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Registrar, Goa University, Goa and Dr. M D P Rao, Former Principal, Kallikote Autonomous College, Berhampur, Orissa as members. The visit was co-ordinated by Mr. B S Ponmudiraj, Assistant Adviser, NAAC. The observer from industry was Mr. D. Suresh from Central Ground Water Board.

The Peer Team visited the college from 03rd to 05th March 2005 to validate the Reaccreditation Report submitted by the institution to NAAC. During the visit to the institution, the team visited all the departments, common facilities and interacted with the various constituents of the institution:- members of the Governing Council, Faculty, Non-teaching staff, Students, Alumni and Parents. The team perused all the documents for evidences to validate the institution s report.

The team has reviewed the quality sustenance and quality enhancement measures during the post accreditation period. Based on the inputs from all the departments and other sources, the peer team has prepared the assessment report according to the seven criteria, the core indicators and the core values given in the guidelines.

Section 2: Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
Presidency College a constituent unit of the University of Madras offers courses both in autonomous and non-autonomous streams. Under the autonomous stream 19 UG programmes and 20 PG programmes are offered. Under the non-autonomous stream, M.C.A., M.Sc Applied Microbiology M.Phil programmes in 15 subjects and Ph.D programmes in 18 subjects are offered.

At the UG level, History, Political Science, Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany and Zoology are taught in English and Tamil medium. Foreign Trade procedures and practices and Electrical equipment maintenance are offered as Vocational courses. Computer literacy and Environmental studies are introduced as compulsory subjects for all UG Students.

Boards of studies consisting of University nominee, subject experts and faculty members design and update the curriculum. Though a formalised feedback is not maintained, departments obtain some feedback from the students and peer which is considered at the time of revision of syllabus. In the last five years, the syllabi of all the courses offered under the Autonomous stream have been revised as per UGC guidelines.

The Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) for PG courses and credit system for UG courses have been introduced since 2004-2005. The courses offered in CBCS have Elective Options and Supportive Courses. However, the system introduced does not appear to provide the desired horizontal mobility.

In compliance to the last accreditation report, the college has framed its goals and objectives. The posts of Academic Deans are created. After the last accreditation, only M.Sc Applied Microbiology and one Vocational course in Electrical Equipment maintenance are introduced.

Though the Peer Team appreciates the number of programmes offered in PG, M.Phil and Ph.D by the College, the institution may consider adding more need-based and relevant courses on self-financing basis and also offer more vocational and certificate courses which provide employability. Introduction of value education course may also be considered.

Criterion II: Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
Admissions to all courses are made on the basis of merit following the reservation policy and norms prescribed by the Government of Tamil Nadu. Admission to MCA is through a centralized admission process by the Government. Except in languages other than Tamil, the demand for admission in all other subjects is high.

The college has 180 teaching days. Heads of Departments prepare time-table for major and allied subjects and monitor the conduct of classes. With reference to PG courses, Elective and Supportive courses are taught according to a predetermined schedule. For regular classes lecture method of teaching is followed. However, OHP, LCD Audio Visual aids are used in specialized seminars.

There are 229 permanent teachers and 15 temporary full time teachers and only three of them are from other states. About 60% of the teachers possess Ph.D degree. Permanent teachers are recruited by Tamil Nadu State Education Board. The number of students enrolled is 3171and the teacher-student ratio is 1:13.

Teachers are encouraged to avail of Academic Development Programmes like Refresher Courses, Orientation Programmes and to participate in Conferences and publish research papers. Filling up of vacancies with qualified teachers and an ideal teacher-student ratio resulting in high pass percentage in the Examinations is appreciated.

For continuous evaluation of students, regular class tests are conducted and assignments are given by the course teachers on completion of syllabi of each unit.

The departments of English, Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics conducted remedial classes for SC and ST students with the funds granted by the Director of Collegiate Education. The benefit of remedial classes may also be extended to disadvantaged learners of other communities. The college may consider to introduce bridge courses wherever necessary.

Tutor-ward system exists in the college. Each teacher monitors the student s progress and provides academic counseling.

Different examinations in the College are monitored by a full time Controller of Examinations. The whole evaluation process is transparent. Provision for double valuation, revaluation and providing photo copies of answer books to the students on request enhances the transparency.

The mechanism for maintaining the evaluation of teachers by the students needs to be strengthened. Teachers submit self appraisal reports annually and the Heads of the Departments forward them to the Principal. The access of Internet facilities for the students and faculty as one of the teaching-learning processes may be enhanced. The IQAC established in the College need to enhance its activities relating to Quality Improvement.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
Eighteen departments of the College are recognized research departments. Out of the 244 teachers in the college, 133 possess Ph.D degree. During the last five years, 36 have acquired Ph.D degree and 54 have registered. To promote research the college permits other college teachers to do part-time and full-time research under the guidance of the faculty. At present 114 scholars are carrying out research in the Departments of Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, Geography, Geology, History, Political Science, Economics, Public Administration, Commerce, English, Sanskrit and Tamil. A good number of scholars guided by the faculty have been awarded Ph.D degree.

The faculty have published 168 research papers in National Journals and 96 in International Journals. 66 Research papers have been presented by faculty in International Seminars and 224 in National Seminars. A few have been resource persons in National and International Conferences.

Fourteen faculty members have availed of the faculty improvement programmes of the UGC. The faculty development programmes attended by the teachers during the last five years include 175 refresher courses, 30 Orientation programmes and 102 workshops. The college has organized 17 state level seminars, six national seminar and one international seminar during the same period.

During the last five years, two major research projects with a total outlay of Rs.12.57 lakhs funded by UGC and DST and five minor research projects with a total outlay of Rs.5.8 lakhs funded by UGC and one minor research project of Rs.60,000 funded by ICHR have been completed. There are nine on-going research projects (both major and minor) with total outlay of Rs.50.49 lakhs funded by UGC, DST, DOEF and TNSCST.

Though operation of research projects, and research output is good in selected departments, it is not in proportion to the large qualified faculty available in the whole college. The Institution should think of constituting a research committee and encourage all faculty members to apply for research projects for enhancing research activities. For sustenance and enhancement of quality research, the Institution has to develop linkages with Industry and other Organisations.

Though the college has not generated any finance through consultancy, some faculty members acted as experts in their fields and are consulted by Government and other Organisations. Receiving an award for best paper presentation in a national seminar by a faculty member of Statistics, Young Scientist award of the Government of India by a faculty member of Botany department, best scientist award of NESA by a faculty member of Geology department, Agathiyar award of IABMS-2003 by faculty member of Microbiology department are appreciated. The Heads of departments of Botany, Economics and staff of Mathematics have been appointed by Government of Tamil Nadu as chairpersons for Text book writing. One faculty member of economics department is appointed as a Member of the revenue augmentation commission. One faculty member of Sanskrit department have received International recognition for on-line Sanskrit teaching.

The college takes up extension activities with the help of NCC, NSS, YRC, Lions club, Self help groups and Nehru Yuva Kendra. Some of the extension activities include campus cleaning, blood donation camps, tree plantation, AIDS awareness programmes, free-medical check up, free legal aid, consumer awareness. During the recent Tsunami disaster, some volunteers from the college had been to Andamans for relief work is commendable.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The College has a sprawling campus of 30 acre. The infrastructure consists of very old buildings housing various departments, class rooms, laboratories, computer centre, general Library and departmental libraries etc. There is adequate infrastructure with reference to space TNPSC and UPSC use the infrastructure facilities during the non-working days of the college.

The maintenance of Infrastructure is vested with the Technical Education Wing of the Public Works Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu. There is need for systematic planning and implementation of maintenance works of the entire campus.

Library facilities are decentralized to the departmental level, leaving the general library for administrative purposes and general reading. There are nearly 50,000 books in the General Library and the various departmental collections amount to one lakh. The Departmental libraries are taken care of by the faculty mainly for issuing books to the students. During the last 5 years, the library has received funds to the tune of Rs.18,28,080/-. 2500 books, and some journals have been added during the same period. The library has an Advisory Committee. It has a good collection of very rare books and reference works. Open access is allowed to the staff members. On an average, around 200 students utilize the library in a day. There is book-bank facility for SC/ST in each departmental library. The State Government has recently allotted Rs.7 lakhs to digitalize the library and to network all the department libraries. There is a need to appoint requisite library staff to facilitate optimum use of the library resources. The collection rare books need to be preserved.

150 computers are distributed among 15 departments. The MCA has 61 computers (including 11 for visually impaired students) and looks after the service and maintenance of the computers and accessories. During 2002-2003, Rs.65,340/- were spent for computers. The college has its own website and software packages.

There are separate hostels for men and women students accommodating 225 women and 231 boys. The impressive infrastructure facilities in the hostel needs adequate maintenance.

There is a physical education centre with three Directors of Physical Education. Infrastructure facilities are available for both outdoor and indoor sports and games. Indoor facilities include Table Tennis, Chess, Carom and Multi gym. The outdoor facilities include a cricket court, 200 metres track and a Basket ball and badminton courts. Funds are provided for buying necessary equipments for sports and games. Students are sent to Inter Collegiate, State and National level competitions and Championships.

Other facilities available in the campus include Canteen, Post Office, Extension Counter of Bank, a Co-operative Stores and Photocopying. The College does not have its own Health Centre. An instrumentation centre will be a useful addition.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
There are 3171 students enrolled in the college. Information on courses and admission is also available on the college website and the college prospectus gives information about the admission procedures. The college handbook - both in English and Tamil provides all the required information about the college, staff profile, courses offered, fee structure, examination pattern, tutorial system dress code and attendance, students union, old students association, students co-operative stores, extension counter of the Bank, endowments, scholarships and freeships etc. The college calendar and periodical circulars also provide information regarding the fees and scholarships. The freshers are inducted into the college through orientation programmes. There is a discipline committee consisting of 20 staff members under a senior faculty and it aims at smooth functioning of the routine academic activities, monitoring general discipline, regulating student behaviour and ensure regular attendance in classes.

The examination results for the last 5 years have been consistently good. The success rate in UG was 75% and in PG it was 92 %. The dropout rate is 2%. Last year 50 students passed NET and 71 passed SLET, 5 passed IAS and other Civil Service Examinations, 13 passed TRB and 17 passed other Services examination.

The Tutor-ward system existing in the college monitors student s progression. The English department organizes special coaching classes for SC/ST students and also for slow learners of other communities. 165 students are so far the beneficiaries of this scheme. Students are also trained in communicative English.

There is an Alumni Association in place for the last 100 years. The Association has started a fund-raising campaign for the renovation and maintenance of the old buildings. Recently, the Association has secured Government s permission to construct a building in the Campus. The various departments establish contacts with the old students through the departmental Alumni Club to facilitate employment of the graduates.

A Career Guidance and Placement Cell is newly formed in the college with a senior faculty member as co-ordinator to monitor the employment needs of the students. A data bank of all graduates is maintained by it. It also helps the employers to organize campus interviews.

The college athletes and players have won many laurels. 359 students won prizes at competitions at national level during the last 5 years. 19 players represented the state while 52 students represented the parent University in games and sports. Many players and athletes won medals and prizes at various championships. There are cultural and recreation committees to facilitate the display of the artistic talents of the students.

The college NCC unit has 108 cadets in 2 companies. Every year, some cadets are selected for Sainik Camps at New Delhi. At least 10 cadets get selected for National Integration Camp and Army Attachment camps. The College has 4 NSS units. Every year a 10 days camp is organized by NSS. Two volunteers had participated in the Tsunami relief work at Andamans in December 2004. The volunteers regularly donate blood and participate in personality development camps, cultural festival, campus cleaning, tree plantation, AIDS awareness, child labour eradication Rallys etc.

Financial support is available to the students in the form of scholarships of various kinds as per the Government rules depending upon their parent s income. During 1999-2004, the scholarship amounting to Rs.1,57,16,162.50/- was disbursed to SC, ST, MBC and BC students.

Criterion VI: Organisation and Management
The Presidency college is one of the earliest Institutions started by the Government. The college is governed by the Education Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu. As an Autonomous College, there are different statutory bodies like the Boards of Studies, Academic Council, Finance Committee and the Governing Body headed by the Special Secretary to the Government, Department of Higher Education, Government of Tamil Nadu to make various academic and administrative decisions. Teachers and other experts participate in the deliberations as members.

There is academic freedom to design new syllabus for the college. Students can choose their Elective and Supportive papers under CBCS. The Principal is assisted by an Advisory Body of College Staff Council consisting of all Heads of the Departments who in turn interact with the faculty members. Departmental autonomy help in making curriculum changes. The management of the college works in a democratic way.

Student office-bearers are elected every year. They can voice their grievances through their office bearers. There is a Grievance Redressal Cell in the college under a senior faculty member and this cell looks into the grievances of students and staff.

There is transparancy in admission and administration procedures. Students are admitted on merit and on community reservation policy of the State Government. Appointment of teachers is made through the Teachers Recruitment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu as per UGC norms. However the guest faculty are appointed on an adhoc basis.

Self-appraisal by the teachers is followed for career promotion. The staff of the college are eligible for the welfare schemes.

The financial resources of the college include grant-in-aid from various agencies and fees. The resources during the last year amounted to Rs17,27,500/- in grants, Rs.13,15,036/- in fees and Rs.18,90,069/- from other sources. All the funds allotted are judiciously utilized during the plan period. The unit cost of education during last year was Rs.22,988/- inclusive of salary component and Rs.9,026/- exclusive salary component. Financial transactions are made through cheques only. There is continuous and regular auditing of accounts by the Government and Accountant General and it is done to ensure accountability of expenditure and other administrative matters.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The college has been a pioneer institution since 1840 with a glorious heritage. Several great men including 2 noble laureates have been the alumni of this college. The college has initiated some quality improvement measures since the last accreditation. The healthy practices initiated by the college is as follows: -
Choice based credit system offering fair amount of flexibility to curricular offerings.
Remedial courses for the students in communicative and spoken English.
Government sponsored Computer training to all undergraduate students through NIIT
Computerization of library is initiated with a grant from the State Government and UGC.

Use of different methodologies for learning and evaluation.

Innovative programmes have been undertaken to incorporate environmental studies and vocational courses.

Special computer training programme to visually impaired students.

Participation in NCC/ NSS/YRC and sports mandatory for all students for their overall development

IQAC has been established to initiate action on quality sustenance measures.

Section 3: Overall Analysis
The contribution of Presidency College towards higher education over a century has been significant. The college has wide range of undergraduate and postgraduates programmes. Some of the remarkable features observed by the peer team are as follows:

The College has tremendous potential due to its location, tradition and the historic heritage.

Three courses: - one postgraduate and two vocational courses in undergraduate programme have been added.

Choice based credit system has been adopted from 2004-2005

Curricular offerings have been revised based on the feedback from experts.

Computerization of the college library is in process to provide digital facilities for access to more books and journals.

Large number of Ph.D. holders among the faculty is commendable. The percentage of staff possessing Ph.D is almost 60% which is higher than many institutions.

The research potential and the capability of the staff to undertake innovative programmes is excellent.

The illustrious alumni who had held eminent positions and the ones who are occupying high ranking position are an asset of the institution. This opportunity can be availed by the management for liasoning, planning, and implementing different developmental strategies.

Perspective plan for development need to be made for the college for the academic growth supported by the administrative function. Most of the goals spelt out under the objectives are initiated by the Government / University. The Plans emanated from the faculty by their total involvement will result in a sustainable development and achievement.

More programmes in emerging areas and interdisciplinary courses need to be offered which will have job opportunities as well as serve the regional / national / global demands.

Modernization of laboratories removing obsolescence of laboratory equipment and making some of the work places and laboratories safer need to be priority areas of action.

Audio visual centre and internet facility need to be established for creating adequate access to all faculty and students.

Administrative staff need to have training for computer skills and secretarial competencies for improving the efficiency of administration.

The faculty development programmes on the whole needs to be strengthened further.
Research culture need to be strengthened is some of the departments.

The college needs to pay greater attention towards development and maintenance of existing infrastructure. The government s assistance for infrastructure development may be sought on priority. Besides, the institution systemic action for mobilizing resources also need to undertaken.

The central library requires faculty with full library staff.
Additional library hours need to be given to the students for effective use of library.

To create a sense of belonging for continuous growth of the college a sound and rationalized transfer policy need to be framed.

More financial and academic autonomy is needed for the planning and implementation of the innovative programmes and for mobilization of resources.

Mobilization of resources needs to be on the agenda for giving added inputs to the growth and development of this institution.

Autonomy of the college needs to be utilized to avail of all opportunities for development

Linkages with other institutions and industries is another aspect needing immediate attention

Research orientation, consultancy services and extension activities need enhancement and also support from all faculty and management.

The placement cell to cater to the career and guidance of students need to be formalized and strengthened.

The Peer Team wishes to thank the Management, Principal, faculty members, staff, students, parents and alumni for their co-operation during the peer team visit.

Dr. Mariamma A Varghese (Chairperson)

Dr. K. M. Mathew (Member)

Dr. M. D. P. Rao (Member)

Three Indian American scientists get White House honour

Three distinguished Indian Americans, two inventors and a researcher, figure among a dozen top scientists and innovators named by President Barack Obama as recipients of the nations highest honours in their fields.

New York Universitys Srinivasa S.R.Vardhan is among seven researches named to receive the National Medal of Science, while two Indian Institute of Technology alumni, Purdue Universitys Rakesh Agarwal, and North Carolina State Univeristys B Jayant Baliga are among five named for Technology and Innovation medals.

Each of these extraordinary scientists, engineers, and inventors is guided by a passion for innovation, a fearlessness even as they explore the very frontiers of human knowledge, and a desire to make the world a better place, Obama said in a statement Tuesday.

Their ingenuity inspires us all to reach higher and try harder, no matter how difficult the challenges we face. The recipients will receive their awards at a White House ceremony later this year.

Indian American origin Scientists and researchers have occasionally featured before in the White House honours list, but this is the first time that three have been recognized in a single year in a list typically dominated by US-born and educated.

Among the rare awardees of Indian-origin are Calyampudi R.Rao, and Arun Netravali who were recognized in 2001 for mathematical and computer sciences and technology respectively.

Varadhan, an alumnus of Presidency College, Chennai and Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, won the award for his work in probability theory, especially his work on large deviations from expected random behaviour, which has revolutionized this field of study during the second half of the twentieth century and become a cornerstone of both pure and applied probability.

The mathematical insights he developed have been applied in diverse fields including quantum field theory, population dynamics, finance, econometrics, and traffic engineering.

Agrawal, an alumnus of IIT Kanpur, won the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, for an extraordinary record of innovations in improving the energy efficiency and reducing the cost of gas liquefaction and separation.

These innovations have had significant positive impacts on electronic device manufacturing, liquefied gas production, and the supply of industrial gases for diverse industries, the White House said.

Baliga, an alumnus of IIT Chennai, also won the technology medal, for development and commercialisation of the Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor and other power semiconductor devices that are extensively used in transportation, lighting, medicine, defence, and renewable energy generation systems.

Bus route rivalry among college students leaves 2 injured

Students walk out of Presidency College on Kamaraj Salai after a clash inside the campus on Monday afternoon that was triggered by bus route rivalry

Bus route rivalry among students of Presidency College on Kamaraj Salai in the city took an ugly turn on Monday when one group attacked another with rods, leaving two students seriously injured.

Trouble erupted when a group of students belonging to the college got off MTC bus on route no. 6D going from Toll Gate to Tiruvanmiyur and stood in front of the gate.

They reportedly wanted to confront students from route no. 27H and picked up a fight with them.

The animosity was rooted in the students union elections held in August, when the 6D group was trounced by the 27H alliance, according to senior police officials.

On Monday, verbal exchanges between the two groups soon snowballed into a clash, with the two groups attacking each other with rods and stones, forcing college authorities to suspend classes and inform the police.

By then, the assailants cornered two youth — Prasad, 20, a BA student and Dhanasekaran, a zoology student — and rained blows on them, leaving them seriously injured.

A senior police officer said that 6D was the predominant group in Presidency College and the students were from places such as Red Hills, Vyasarpadi and Washermanpet.

The 27H group roped in 29A, 12G and other minor groups to fight the Union elections and emerged victorious, police said.

However, a few other students claimed that Mondays attack was in retaliation to the attack on a student, Nagaraj, on December 23.

We are yet to identify the students involved in the violence. Based on identification provided by the injured students, we are investigating, said a senior police officer.

Police officers said they will soon hold talks with college authorities and students to put an end to such problems.

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