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Queen Marys College, Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu
Queen Marys College, Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu
Address:MR Railway Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Chennai (Madras) (District Chennai (Madras))
Tamil Nadu, IndiaPin Code : 600004
Queen Marys College, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college.
Queen Marys 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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Contact Details of Queen Marys College, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu are : Telephone: +91-44-28445910
CoursesQueen Marys College, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Misc stream(s).
UG PG M.Phil Ph.D
Approval details: Queen Marys College is affiliated with University of Madras, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
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NAAC report of Queen Marys CollegeSection 1: Preface
The Queen Mary s College, Chennai, established in 1914, is a Government Autonomous College. It is a Women s College with the 2f and 12B status. The motto of the college is Commonsense and Consideration . It has been primarily catering to the middle and lower socio-economic strata of the society.
The college was accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in 1999 and subsequently it applied for reaccreditation in October 2004. A peer team was constituted by the NAAC to visit the college and validate the RAR. The peer team consisted of Dr. Mariamma A Varghese, former VC of SNDT Women s University, Mumbai as Chairperson; Dr. K. M. Mathew, Former Dean of Social Sciences and Registrar, Goa University, Goa; Dr. M.D.P Rao, Former Principal, Khallikhote Autonomous College, Berhampur, Orissa as members of the team. The peer team was coordinated by Mr. B. S. Ponmudiraj, Asst. Adviser, NAAC. The team visited the college from 17th to 19th February 2005.
The college has reviewed its performance and analysed the quality sustenance and enhancement measures during the post accreditation period. The college has expanded its activities. The government sponsored computer literacy programme has been introduced in the college at the graduate level to facilitate the students to acquire computer skills and to learn software packages. In order to promote self-employment among youth, the UGC sponsored career oriented Add-on courses were introduced like Optometric Technology, Leather Goods Products and Multimedia. The extension activities of this college are carried out by NCC, NSS, YRC, Rotaract and SSL.
The college has a student strength of 4243 and a faculty strength of 194, 171 permanent faculty and 23 guest lecturers. There are 21 departments and 21 U.G Programmes and 2 evening programmes under the university system, 16 P.G Programmes, 10 M.Phil and 2 Ph.D Programmes.
The peer team carefully analysed the reaccreditation report along with the e-format submitted by the institution. The peer team also had visited all the departments and common facilities. They had interactions with the Principal, the Management, the Faculty, the Students, the Non-teaching staff, Parents and the Alumnae. Based on the analysis of the report and the quantitative data provided by the college and the information gathered through interactions with various stakeholders, the team has validated the reaccreditation report. It has presented its objective assessment keeping in mind the seven criteria identified by NAAC, the core indicators under each criteria, core values incorporated as contexts for reaccreditation and the actions taken by the college for quality sustenance and quality enhancement since the last accreditation.
Section 2: Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The Queen Mary s College is a premier institution for women s education with a goal to strive towards excellence and to develop knowledge and skills to help the underprivileged students.
At the UG level, 21 departments offer 21 courses. Commerce and Economics at the UG level are taught in the evening session under the university system. 16 programmes at PG level and 10 M.Phil programmes are also offered. The Department of Tamil and Geography are recognized as research departments. Clinical Nutrition, Tourism and Travel Management and Functional English are the vocational courses taught in the college at the UG level.
After the last accreditation, the college has introduced only M.Phil in Zoology and three UGC sponsored career oriented certificate courses in Optometric Technology, Multimedia and Leather Goods Products. The college has plans to develop the above certificate courses into advanced diploma courses. The college may consider introducing more courses, which are socially relevant and need-based on self-financing basis.
The Government sponsored computer literacy programme at the UG level was started in 2000-2001 to promote computer skills and software training. At the UG level, simple credit system was introduced in 2004-2005. Environmental Studies is a compulsory paper with four credits. The choice based credit system introduced at PG level in 2004-2005 has programmes with elective courses and supportive courses. However, the CBCS system introduced in the college does not appear to provide horizontal mobility.
Each department in the college has a Board of Studies with three staff members of the department, university nominee and two subject experts to design the curriculum. The Boards of Studies meet once in three years. The Academic Council approves the syllabi designed by the Boards of Studies.
Criterion II: Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
Students are selected for admission to various courses in UG and PG through their academic records. At M.Phil level, eligible students are selected through special entrance test and interview. Policy of the Government regarding reservations is strictly adhered to.
For courses like Music, Sanskrit, Telugu, Hindi, Urdu and French, the number of applications match the number of seats. However, for other courses the demand for admission is much higher.
214 permanent teaching posts are sanctioned out of which 171 are filled up. Besides, 23 guest lecturers (full time teachers) on temporary basis are in position. All the teachers are qualified and 66 of them possess Ph.D degree. The recruitment of permanent teachers is done by the Government of Tamil Nadu. Every teacher is assigned 16 hours per week. The number of students on rolls is 4243. The teacher student ratio 1:22. Filling up of faculty positions and teacher student ratio is appreciated.
OHP, Slide projector and VCD player are used in special seminars. Educational field trips and quiz programmes are a part of the curriculum. Computers and internet may be used as teaching learning resources.
Students are assessed through Internal Assessment and External examinations. There is transparency in the evaluation process. Provision for re-valuation and supplying Xerox copies of answer scripts are practices followed by the college.
Teachers prepare the semester plan at the beginning of each semester. This is displayed on the notice boards of the departments and is strictly followed.
Remedial courses are conducted for the weaker students, in subjects like English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Tamil with the financial support received from UGC. No bridge course is offered by any department of the college. Though some departments have introduced a paper on value education, the college may consider to introduce value education as a subject for all the students. Tutor-Ward system is in operation. Students are counselled for academic and personal problems.
The IQAC has been constituted only during the academic year 2004-2005. Its activities need to be strengthened in collecting feedback on the quality and performance of teachers and on the curriculum.
Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
Thirty eight percent of the permanent faculty possess Ph.D. degree. The Departments of Tamil and Geography are recognized as research departments. After the last accreditation, 24 teachers have acquired Ph.D. degree. Presently 18 have registered. Almost 75% of the faculty are engaged in guiding M.Phil. students.
During the last five years, 14 faculty members have availed of Faculty Improvement Programme (FIP) of the UGC. Some faculty members have availed of faculty development programmes organized by the Directorate of Collegiate Education, Government of Tamil Nadu.
Seven minor research projects funded by the UGC with an outlay of Rs.2.33 lakhs have been completed and there are three on-going research projects with an outlay of Rs.2.30 lakhs funded by UGC.
After the last accreditation, faculty members from different departments have attended 137 refresher courses, 29 orientation courses and 31 workshops. Papers have been presented by the teachers in 87 national seminars, 28 international seminars and 65 state level seminars. 87 research papers were published by the faculty in national journals and 28 research papers in international journals. Besides, 27 books and articles in edited volumes have been published. Different departments of the college organized 43 seminars. Though there is significant improvement in research activities in some departments after the last accreditation, all the faculty may take up research which enhances the quality of teaching. A research committee may be constituted in the college to encourage and monitor the submission of research proposals by all the faculty members.
Informal interaction of some departments with various organisations may be formalized through MoUs. The expertise of the large number of qualified teachers may be utilized in offering consultancy and generation of finance.
The extension activities in the college are taken up through NCC, NSS, Youth Red Cross and SSL. Some of the activities taken up are campus cleaning, medical camp, tree planting, AIDS awareness camp, blood donation camp, consumer awareness camp, and campaigning for polio immunization. Besides, some departments also take up extension activities. The extension activities need to be strengthened by collaborating with GOs and NGOs for carrying outreach programmes.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The College has a Campus of 17 acres. The general time table and departmental time tables are so framed that available infrastructure is utilized to the maximum extent. Further, the college hosts the conduct of Civil Service Coaching Classes, Computer Literacy Programme, Law Entrance Examinations etc. A proposal for the construction of a new block with an outlay of Rupees one crore has been approved by the UGC in principle and funds are awaited to commence the work.
The Public Works Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu looks after the maintenance of the infrastructure. Computers and accessories are maintained on call basis . There is an urgent need to renovate the existing infrastructure facilities.
The college library has about 87,000 books out of which 30000 books are housed in the central library and 57000 books in the departmental libraries. During the last five years 6936 books have been added. The library is kept open from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm which is inadequate. At present, there is no open access in the library for the students. There are no computers and automation facilities. Reading room facility available in the library is inadequate. However, the programme of digitalizing the networking with the departmental libraries is in progress out of the fund of Rs.6.85 lakhs sanctioned for the purpose. This needs to be completed at an early date. It is desirable to add more national and international journals, which will be useful for research students.
There are 56 computers available in the college. Of this, 34 are at the computer centre and others are in the office, examinations section and in some departments. Last year, the budget allotted for computers and accessories was Rs.1,43,225/-. There is need to procure more computers and accessories and make them available to all departments.
The college hostels are presently accommodating 216 students of the undergraduate classes. Though the hostels have basic amenities, they need to be improved. The hostel mess is run on dividing-system.
Medical facilities are available in the campus with a Government medical doctor available during the working hours. The college canteen housed in an old building needs immediate repair and maintenance. Government transport facilities are available for the benefit of the dayscholars. There is a student s cooperative store which sells stationery and other items at reasonable rates.
The college may also consider having a Gymnasium, Workshop and Instrumentation Centre. The college has a Department of Physical Education. There are two faculty members and four Markers. Around 75% of the students participate in sports and games at various levels and some have won prizes.
The existing buildings, laboratories, library, etc., need immediate renovation and maintenance.
Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
There are 4243 students enrolled from various strata of the society. An updated college prospectus provides information about admission, courses offered, eligibility criteria, fee structure etc. The examination results for the last five years have been consistently good. The results of the UG examination average was 85% and that of PG examination was 89%. The dropout percentage is marginal. Ten percent of the students after completion of graduation progress towards higher studies and only 5% gain employment.
The Tutor-ward system existing in the college monitors student progression. There are 20 students with a Tutor. Tutors and course teachers provide academic and personal counselling and motivate the students to perform better. By monitoring the performance of students in periodical tests, the progress of the students is reviewed. Extra classes for slow-learners and SC/ST and OBC have been taken. Arrangements have been made to carry out the student projects in nearby institutions. Students are encouraged to participate in intercollegiate, collegiate meets and academic and cultural competitions. It is noteworthy that during the last five years, 16 students have passed NET, 32 have passed SLET and 22 have passed Defence Entrance Examination.
Few Campus interviews have been organized by the English and Geography departments. The Home Science department looks after the work of 35 SC/ST students to undergo a five month Government sponsored Beautician course with a stipend of Rs.400/-.
The Tamil Nadu Government has chosen the college for conducting Civil Service coaching for which Rs.1.72 lakhs have been spent for books and journals. The college runs a computer literacy programme at the UG level at a nominal fee to promote computer skills and software training. Career-Oriented Add on courses have been introduced since 2004-2005 in Optometric Technology, Leather Goods Products and Multimedia, which will provide self-employment.
Students are encouraged to participate in various co-curricular activities at inter-collegiate and national levels. About 15 students of the Department of Physical Education have represented the Madras University and Tamil Nadu State during 2004-2005. The Department conducts classes in Aerobics, Yoga and Silambam. There are 300 students in 3 units of the NSS. The volunteers have participated in several programmes including a 10 day special camp in a village and do community services like cleanliness, and afforestation. However, there is a need to have an integrated approach to the extension activities for the college as a whole. There are 126 students in the NCC. Their activities include mountaineering, trekking, rock climbing expedition etc. Cadets are selected for the Republic Day Parade. This year 20 cadets are appearing for the B Certificate Examination and 28 for the C Certificate.
Sixty-five percent of the students get some form of financial assistance from various agencies. Scholarships are available to students of the SC/ST/OBC category etc. Last year, 1405 received different scholarships amounting to Rs.24,29,872/-. Besides these, financial assistance was also extended through incentives and awards.
Criterion VI: Organization and Management
The college administration is managed by a structured organization on the principle of participative management. There are many committees for various functions.
The recently formed IQAC collects the feed back from the students at the end of each semester in the form of a questionnaire. These forms are scrutinized by the Heads of the Departments. The student s union of the college is active and they associate themselves with the various programmes of the college.
The college encourages the faculty to participate in various professional and development programmes. There is a Grievance Redressal Mechanism to take up issues of the employees and students. However, there is a need to formalize and strengthen the existing system to make it more functional. The staff welfare measures include housing loans, vehicle loans, medical assistance and festival advance as per Government norms.
It being a Government institution, recruitment of teachers is done by the Government on the basis of written and oral tests organized by the Teachers Recruitment Board.
The financial resources of the college include grant-in-aid from various agencies and fees. The finances of the college are judiciously allocated for various purposes. There is regular auditing of accounts and the records are maintained in order.
Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The College caters to a large number of students from the middle and low socio-economic strata at affordable cost.
Extension activities have been taken up through NSS, SSL and Youth Red Cross to stimulate social awareness of the poor and needy among the Youth. The college provides service to the elementary school by various remedial measures in the premises which is established by the government.
The Queen Mary s College has been chosen by the government for conducting coaching classes for UPSC examinations.
The IQAC has been constituted recently. It has initiated actions in collecting feedback from students at the end of each semester.
NCC has been very active in taking part in the Republic Day Parade and other camps like trekking, mountaineering in different parts of the country.
Section 3: Overall Analysis
The Queen Mary s College is a government autonomous constituent college with 17 acres of land in a prime location in Chennai near the Marina Beach. It has a motto - Commonsense and Consideration which needs to be redefined with the objectives of higher education in the present context. Based on the last accreditation report certain actions have been taken for quality sustenance and quality enhancement.
The college has been selected to start career-oriented add-on courses in Optometric Technology, Leather Goods Products and Multimedia with the objectives of creating job opportunities.
Computer literacy programme has been organised by the Government at the undergraduate level which facilitates all students to have computer skills which are essential for the technology driven market scenario.
An important initiative which has been undertaken by the college is the introduction of choice-based credit system from 2004-2005 at the PG level which provides some choice to the students in their curriculum and promotes fair amount of flexibility.
Efforts have been taken by some departments in promoting research activities.
Extension activities have been taken up through NSS, NCC, YRC and SSL.
There is continuous evaluation to monitor the progress of students.
Resources have been mobilized with the involvement of Parent Teacher s Association which was used for the appointment of the guest teaching faculty and constructing the Golden Jubliee Hall.
Alumni Association is a formalised registered organization involved in mobilization of funds and arranging scholarships. The millennium building fund 2000 has generated a sum of 2,60,000/-.
The Music Department has been innovative in composing and giving tunes to various compositions.
The college has provided yeomen service to the community for the last 9 decades.
The number of students also have multiplied over the years and the resources, especially the infrastructure facilities have not been enough for the growing demands, although a number of structures are spread across the campus. It is desirable to consolidate and create adequate facilities according to the requirements of each department to facilitate effective teaching-learning. The infrastructure facilities like hostel, laboratories, toilets and all the electrical fittings, floors, ceilings, need considerable renovation and maintenance and repair. Maintaining the buildings and the campus in the most hygienic way is a priority need for the educational institution. First and foremost is to develop a perspective plan of development in academic, administrative and infrastructural aspects of the college.
The curriculum has been revised mainly to introduce the Choice Based Credit System at the PG level. However the curriculum development has to be an ongoing process to accommodate the needs of the students and the community according to the changing socio-economic and technology scenario and the employment potential.
The learning has to be made more student-centric with increased participative methodologies and use of information communication technology. Access to internet and ICT enabled teaching, learning and evaluation is an area which needs attention. The college needs to create more facilities to ensure enough access to computers by faculty and students.
Digitalization of library is yet to materialize. The funds allocated have to be utilized for automation of the library for the use to students and faculty. Appropriate orientation and training need to be organized for the students for the effective use of the facilities.
The existing facilities of books and journals have to be put to optimum use by faculty and students. There is no open access to books by students. The library is used by a small proportion of student population on a regular basis for short duration. The space is inadequate for the effective use by large number of students.
Involvement of all stakeholders of the college is essential in planning, implementation and monitoring of all its resources.
IQAC needs to be very active in monitoring the quality of education in all academic, administrative, research and extension activities.
The college is moving towards innovative curriculum and teaching. All aspects of quality have to be initiated by IQAC. The institution may continue its efforts to enhance the quality of education in all parameters. The Peer Team wishes to record their appreciation to the College Management, the Principal, the Coordinating team, Staff and Students for all their efforts and cooperation to the Peer Team for the assessment of the college.
Dr. Mariamma A Varghess (Chairperson)
Dr. K. M. Mathew (Member)
Dr. M D P Rao (Member)
Reading in a hospital?Jayalalithaas decision to turn a library built by Karunanidhi into a hospital has shocked intellectuals and book lovers. As soon as AIADMK supremo took charge as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, she simply thrown many of the plans and projects of the previous DMK regime into dustbin. It included her refusal to enter into the new legislative assembly building. She simply announced the new building will be changed into a hospital and formed an inquiry commission to probe the allegations of corruption behind the construction of the building. Though there was a case against it in the Madras High Court, there was not a big public protest. After all there shall be a hospital, the people thought.
It was widely considered that Jayalalithaa shall not dare to touch the 170 crore Anna centenary library(ACL) that was built by Karunanidhi as she was also known as a lover of books. But last week, the assumption failed as she announced the decision to turn the library into a super specialty pediatric hospital. Again a hospital. She said the library will be shifted to the new knowledge park that is being planned. But this time, there was visible public anger.
The next day the high court was moved and the court has granted interim stay for shifting the library. Now the battle is in the courts.
ACL was opened on September 15, 2010. This was considered as south Asias largest library with 5.5lakh books. It hogged limelight when Hilary Clinton chose to deliver her speech at the massive conference hall in the library premises. Built aesthetically at a cost of 172 crores in 8 acres, it has got the gold rating from Indian Green Building Council. The Braile section at the ground floor, disabled person friendly design, a special section for children are some of the unique facilities here. Every day the library is getting a foot fall of about 1250 persons.
Intellectuals, book lovers and political parties have all raised their voice against this move.
A Marx, political and social critic says that Jayalalithaa has been taking wrong decisions in issues related to education. In her last term, she wanted to build new legislative assembly building in the Queen Marys college campus. It was shelved due to protest from students. Now in the Uniform school Education policy also she wanted to postpone it. But could not only because of the court intervention and peoples opposition. Likewise decision to change this library into pediatric hospital is atrocious. It will not be suitable to bring a hospital in a building that was specially designed for library. This is simply a decision that was taken on the basis of political reasons. he says.
When Karunanidhi decided to build such a massive library I publicly expressed by opinion that this is not needed as this big amount can be spent in all the district libraries to upgrade them. But now the issue is different. A library has been built and it is functional. It has to be left on its own to function. If you want a super specialty hospital for children that can be brought in the new hospital that has been decided to bring in the new legislative assembly building. says Gnani, popular political columnist.
Reacting to the decision, Karunanidhi said in a statement: Anna (DMK Founder CN Annadurai) said one needs a heart that can absorb anything. But could his heart have withstood this?
Profs get laptop modules readyEven as the Tamil Nadu government has called for international, competitive tender to finalise the suppliers of laptops for free distribution to students in the state, professors of various colleges in the city are busy preparing the module that would be uploaded in the laptops.
On Saturday, they had a detailed discussion in a city college.
Around 75 senior professors of different disciplines from various reputed colleges in the city participated in the discussion at Queen Mary s college. The meeting started at 10 am and stretched till 3 pm.
We were instructed to prepare a module on the subjects of our specialisation. The software that could be uploaded in the laptops would mainly focus on the overall view about various subjects taught in our colleges and their scope, as that could be useful for those who step into colleges as freshers, said a professor who participated in the discussion and submitted his suggestions on a particular subject.
The laptop would be uploaded with various other educational content pertaining to the development of skills that could be useful to the students in future.
In the first phase (2011-12), it has been planned to distribute 9.12 lakh laptops to students across the state. Chief minister Jayalalithaa will launch the scheme on Sept. 15.
An official in the secretariat said the government does not simply want to hand over laptops but ensure they are of use to the students, sources in the secretariat said.
The directorate of collegiate education would be compiling the suggestions put forth by the professors and submit them to the government which would take a final call on the content. In the next five years, the state government envisages providing nearly 68 lakh laptops to students, involving an outlay of around Rs 10,200 crore at Rs 15,000 per piece.
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