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Sir Theagaraya College, Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu


Sir Theagaraya College, Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu
Address:Old No. 345, New No. 1047, T.H. Road
Chennai (Madras) (District Chennai (Madras))
Tamil Nadu, India
Pin Code : 600021

Sir Theagaraya College, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college.
Sir Theagaraya 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 Sir Theagaraya College, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu is 044-25983421 .

email ID(s) is Sir Theagaraya College Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu

Website of Sir Theagaraya College, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu is http://www.sirtheagarayacollege.com/.

Contact Details of Sir Theagaraya College, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu are : Telephone: +91-44-25951300, 25983422


Sir Theagaraya College, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Arts, Commerce, Science stream(s).
Under Graduate Courses : Bachelor of Arts(B.A.)Bachelor of Commerce(B.Com)Bachelor of Science(B.Sc)B.Sc(Computer Science)Bachelor of Computer Application(B.C.A)Bachelor of Business Administration(B.B.A)Post Graduate Courses : M.A.(Economics, History)M.Sc(Chemistry), M.Sc(Microbiology), M.Sc(Zoology)Research Courses : Ph.D(History, Economics, Zoology)

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

Profile of Sir Theagaraya College

Sir Theagaraya College was started in the year 1950 with the Intermediate Course. Sir Theagaraya Evening College was started in the year 1965 with Pre-University and Degree Classes. Affiliation was granted to start B. Com. and B. Sc. Br.IV Chemistry in the year 1970 and 1971 respectively. This is a premiere college of more than 50 years of existence in the Chennai with UG and PG courses. Its social mission is to educate the masses especially of the lower range of society.

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NAAC report of Sir Theagaraya College

Section 1: Introduction
Sir Theagaraya College established in 1950 as an Intermediate College, was elevated to the status of first grade college in 1954. An evening section college with pre-degree and degree courses was added to the college in 1965. The College has been created to impart quality higher education for the weaker sections of the society, especially for the girl students, from these sections.

The College is an affiliated college of the University of Madras. It is located in a campus of 7.5 acres. UGC recognition has been granted to the College under 2f 1973 and under 12B in 1982.

It is offering both UG and PG courses. Degree courses are offered under four Faculties. Under the Faculty of Languages, English, Tamil and Telugu are offered. Departments under the Faculty of Science include Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Botany, Zoology and Computer Science. History and Economics are taught under the Faculty of Arts. There is a separate Faculty for Commerce. PG Courses in Economics, History and Zoology were started in 1980, 1981 and 1982 respectively. M.Sc. in Mathematics, M.Com. and B.Sc. Computer Science were introduced in 1992 in the Evening College. The total strength of permanent teachers is 48. Among these, 26 teachers hold Ph.D. degrees while 21 possess M.Phil. degrees. Besides, there are 49 temporary teachers. The number of non-teaching staff is 61. The total student strength of the day and evening colleges is 2582.

The College has come forward for assessment and accreditation by NAAC, submitting the self-study report. The latter constituted a Peer Team to visit the institution and validate the self-study report. The Peer Team consisted of Prof. A. Sukumaran Nair (former Vice-Chancellor M.G. University, Kerala), as Chairman, Prof.H.M. Rajashekara (Chairman, Department of Political Science and former Director, UGC-ASC of Mysore University) and Prof.V.Balmohandas, (Professor of Commerce and Management Studies, Andhra University) as members. Dr. M.S. Shyamasunder, Deputy Advisor, NAAC acted as Co-ordinating Officer.

The Peer Team visited the college on January 22nd and 23rd, 2005 to validate the report. The Peer Team went through the relevant documents and visited the Departments, and checked up the other facilities. It also interacted with the Principal, teaching and non-teaching staff, members of the Board of Management, students, parents and the alumni. Based on the evidence collected, the Peer Team prepared the following criterion-wise observations about the functioning of the institution.

Section II: Criterion-wise Analysis:
Criterion I : Curricular Aspects:
The college offers UG and PG courses in Arts, Commerce and Science subjects. Three-year undergraduate programmes run by the college include Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Computer Application. The college also runs two-year PG Programmes which include Master of Arts in Economics and History, Master of Science in Zoology and Mathematics, and Master of Commerce. The UG Programmes provide for horizontal mobility. Students have the facility to opt for M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes in select subject areas. The college is preparing to introduce new courses during the next academic year.

As an affiliated college of the University of Madras, the college, follows the syllabus prescribed by the University. Teachers have no decisive voice or direct role in designing the curriculum. Some faculty members play a role in syllabus revision as members of University Boards of Studies. No definite information is available regarding the adoption of unitized syllabus.

Students are sensitized to various issues in such areas as legal awareness, human rights, Gandhian values, gender equality and empowerment.

The College has developed appropriate procedures for obtaining feed-back from students on the quality of teaching and other academic programmes. For this purpose, interactive group discussions are conducted with academic peer- groups.
BA, B.Sc. and B.Com. courses follow the annual examination system, whereas BCA programme is offered as a six-semester programme. PG courses are offered both under annual and semester systems. From the current academic year, semester system is adopted for both UG and PG courses. Library facility is adequate to cover student needs. It has about 37,820 books. Text books, 21 journals/periodicals, and dailies are also provided to the students and others.

Criterion II : Teaching-Learning and Evaluation:
Admission to different courses is made according to the regulations of the University of Madras to which the college is affiliated. Besides meritorious students, low-achievers in qualifying examinations, physically challenged students and students from economically and socially weaker sections of society get an opportunity for college education, because of the liberal policy adopted by the college.

After admission, students knowledge and skill in the basic areas are assessed through assignments. Bridge/remedial courses are conducted for the benefit of the educationally disadvantaged students. Advanced learners are encouraged to participate and present papers in seminars/workshops and helped to undertake project work. Special CD tutorials are arranged for computer science students. Teachers are encouraged to prepare a teaching plan for the academic year. The College insists on the maintenance of work diaries by teachers. These diaries record the progress of day-to-day teaching.

In addition to the traditional lecture method of teaching, group work, interactive sessions, panel discussions and task-based analysis of lessons are adopted for teaching. In the beginning of the academic year, the Principal and Heads of Departments communicate to the students the evaluation methods which are used by the College as also the pattern of the question papers, the type of projects to be completed and rules of attendance. Tests, mid-term and preparatory examinations etc., are conducted before final examinations.

The college has facilities like OHP, Screen Projector, VCR and VCD. The Department of English has audio-video cassettes which are used for of Shakespeare s plays and cassettes for improving the quality of teaching.

The number of both the working and teaching days of the college is 180. The total strength of the permanent teaching staff is 48. Among there, 26 teachers hold doctoral degrees and 21 possess M.Phil. degrees. In addition, there are 49 temporary teachers.
Teachers on regular basis are appointed by a Selection Committee which comprises the nominees of the Department of Collegiate Education, College Management, Subject Expert, Principal of the College and the concerned HOD. This Committee is constituted as per the prescription made by the Department of Collegiate Education of Tamil Nadu Government.

Criterion III : Research, Consultancy and Extension:
The College encouraged research programmes at the PG level. PG Students are given projects and dissertation work. This helps to develop a better attitude towards research on the part of the students.

There is a Research Committee in the College, comprising the Principal and HODs. About 20 per cent of teachers are engaged in active research and about 10 per cent of the teachers have published books and articles in journals. Teachers are given study leave for doing research under FIP. The college makes adjustments in the teaching schedule for helping the teachers to complete their research work. Currently, 15 teachers of the College are registered for Ph.D. research.

Projects, Seminars and Workshops are organized periodically with the support of UGC grants. The college provides financial support to research students. There are two full-time research students in the college during the current year.

The Department of Economics has completed one research project with an outlay of Rs.30,000/-. There is one on-going project in the same department. The Department of Zoology has made significant research contributions.

The college is conducting some extension activities like community development, social work, health and hygiene awareness, medical camps, adult education and literacy camps, blood donation camps, aids awareness and environmental awareness programmes etc. One teacher is designated to conduct and guide the students in the extension activities. NCC and NSS students evince greater interest in these programmes. Further, there is Gender Sensitisation Cell which helps to create awareness about gender issues.

Criterion IV : Infrastructure and Learning Resources:
The college is housed in the campus covering an area of 7.5 acres. It has sufficient infrastructure to cater to the educational needs of about 2500 students. Principal s chamber, staff and class rooms, office for college, laboratories for science departments, etc are adequate to meet the educational needs of all the students. The College Management provides sufficient funds for the maintenance of infrastructure. A Maintenance Committee looks after the maintenance of the infrastructure.

The College provides all the physical facilities for the extra and co-curricular activities. The College also provides support for students who take the national level competitive examinations. An auditorium is provided for conducting special functions. External agencies are permitted to make use of infrastructural facilities for academic or related programmes.

Adequate library facility is provided to learners, research scholars and teachers. The College has set up an Advisory Committee for supervising the work of the library. It comprises the Principal, the Librarian and all HODs. The College Library is interconnected with other libraries for inter-library borrowing. It is supported by computer and xerox facilities. The total number of books in the library is 37820. Students are provided other services like the supply of text books, journals and dailies. The Library works from 9 a.m to 6 p.m. from Monday to Friday, except on Saturdays when it is open from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. The library does not work on Sundays and public holidays.

The college provides sufficient sports facilities in all important areas like Basket Ball, Volley Ball, Foot Ball, Throw Ball, Ball Badminton, Shuttle Badminton and Cricket. Financial support is given to outstanding sportsmen. For other sports persons, track suits and TA/DA are provided by the College. During 2001-03, four students at the State level, 16 students at regional level and four students at international level participated in different sports activities. During 2000-02, 15 students participated in international sports meets.

Criterion V : Student Support and Progression:
The college prospectus, published annually, provides details about the courses, minimum eligibility for admission, fee structure and other related information. Financial help is given to the students in the form of various scholarships. A Placement Officer is appointed to help the outgoing students to get suitable placements. Database of students is maintained. A suggestion box is provided to get the feed back from students.

The college provides several recreational/leisure time facilities to students for both Indoor and Outdoor games, and cultural activities. The College has a Student Counselling Centre. The Parent-Teacher Association supports the college in its various developmental activities.

Student progression is highly satisfactory. During the year 2002-03, 721 students 2003-2004, 692 students (97.69%) took the final examinations. The number of students who pursued further higher studies was 151 during 2002-03 and 132 during 2003-04. Many members of the alumni have moved to important positions in different parts of the country and abroad.

Criterion VI: Organisation and Management:
There is Coordinating and Monitoring Committee in the College which supervises the promotion of academic and co-curricular activities. The Committee comprises the Principal, HODs, the Librarian, the Staff Council Secretary and the Superintendent of the College office. The College Management has also the responsibility to monitor the affairs of college. The Staff Council plans and approves the activities for the academic year. The Principal supervises the work efficiency of non-teaching staff.

The collection of fee is as per the norms of the University. B.A. and M.A. students pay Rs.515/- each and each B.Sc., B.Com. and M.Sc. students pay Rs.765/- BCA and B.Sc. (CA) students pay Rs.4,765/- each. Internal Auditors appointed by the College Management audit the college accounts.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices:
The following are the main healthy practices pursued by the College.

Two unit tests, mid-term and preparatory examinations are conducted annually.
Special coaching/remedial classes are conducted for average students.

Paper-presentations, panel discussions and guest lectures are arranged for advanced learners.

Annual Day Festival is celebrated every year.
Students committees and sub-committees are formed for organising the Association Day, Ethnic Day, Inter-Class and Inter-Collegiate activities, etc.

Valued-based education is imparted to inculcate discipline, liberal and secular values.

Workshops are conducted on Gandhian Thought, Human Rights, Gender Issues, Legal Awareness etc.,

Civic responsibility is inculcated among students through NSS and NCC programmes.

Personality development of learners is promoted through curricular and co-curricular activities.

Section III : Overall Analysis
After the perusal of the self-study report, the Peer Team visited various Departments and examined, library and other supporting facilities. It also interacted with the Management, Principal, teaching and non-teaching staff, students, alumni and parents. It collected first hand information regarding the various aspects presented in the self-study report. The Peer Team is happy to commend the college on the following aspects of its working:

The college is putting in its best efforts to empower the students through quality education.

It is providing equal opportunity to girl students belonging to different strata of society.

It has created sufficient infrastructural facilities for providing quality education.

A large number of teachers are holding permanent positions, which contribute to quality education. More than 50 per cent of the teachers possess research
qualifications like M.Phil. or Ph.D.

Teachers in certain Departments are active in research while 15 teachers from various Departments have registered for Ph.D.

The college provides good sports facilities which are reflected in its performance in University/State level meets.

NSS ,NCC and YRC units are carrying out quality extension activities.

Awareness programmes are organized with a view to achieving the total personality development of the learners and help them to develop values, develop notions of human rights, gender equality, civic responsibilities, and environmental awareness.

The College helps the outgoing students for job placement.

The College provides counselling to the needy students through its Student Counselling Centre.

Good interpersonal relationship exists among the teachers, non teaching staff, students, alumni and parents, as can be seen from their co-ordinated actions to achieve higher performance efficiency.

The College organises enriched programmes to students of optional English.

The College has organized special programmes to raise money for the benefit of the blind and support the All India Federation of the Blind to purchase Braille Paper.

The College has organised blood donation camp( December 2003) where a large consignment of bottles of blood have been donated to the Indian Red Cross Society, Chennai Branch.

The efforts of the students to raise funds on a voluntary basis for various worthy causes like drought relief, famine relief in Ethiopea, and for Kargil Relief and the relief for the victims of Gujarat Earthquake.

The means of this College is bringing out 14 souvenirs in the 50 years of the history of the College for commemorating the memorable achievements of the College.

The Peer Team recommends the following for the improvements in the functioning of the College:

Departments which are offering PG courses should be encouraged to undertake both major and minor research projects, in collaboration with national research-funding agencies.

The College could extend its support to all the Departments for the organisation of national- level seminars/workshops.

Efforts could be made to establish linkages between the strong Departments of the College with well-known national and international institutions, specilising in these deciplines.

The strong Departments should take up consultancy services in a big way.

The College Library is to be fully computerized adopting bar- coding system.

A well-equipped centralised computer facility with more internet-connectivity is to be developed.

A Department of Social Sciences with Sociology, Political Science, and Law of Human Rights may be established with provision for inter-disciplinary research.

An efficient Employment Cell may be set up to train and present students for campus interviews and international placements.

A Grievances Redressal Cell be established.

A Half-yearly Newsletter may be published by the College to highlight its important activities and make them known to the general public, parents, alumni and students.
Steps may be taken to prepare the college for full autonomy.

The college needs to evolve a short term and long term vision document specifying its objectives and spelling out the strategies for achieving them .

The College has start an effective Quality Assurance Cell for monitoring all its future quality improvement programmes.

The College may approach the UGC for permission to introduce remedial and bridge courses, with its assistance in a big way.

Increased thrust is to be given by the College for starting consultancy services and organizing more meaningful extension activities .

There is an urgent need to start a Language Laboratory in the College for training the students in effective communication, especially in English.

A Commerce Lab is to be set up in the Commerce Department.

All departments may be advised to use latest teaching technologies.

A Centralised Media Facility may be created in the College to help the department prepare audio-visual aids and other instructional supports.
Linkage with the industries of the region be established for getting on-the- job training for students.

A Group Insurance Scheme for the students may be started.

A centre for coaching for competitive examinations be thought of.
Students feedback on teaching and campus life be collected in a systematic way from all students and be used for improving the performance style of the College.

The Alumni Association and the Parents Association be registered by the College and periodical meetings of the above associations be held and steps be initiated for strengthening the links between these associations and the college.

The administrative wing needs to be modernised using IT-centred techniques/modalities.

The management has to take greater interest in motivating teachers to attend seminars, symposia and conferences.

The College has to allocate need based funds for all the departments in the annual budget.

The infrastructural facilities for games and sports have to be improved.

The management has to explore the possibility of starting more P.G. courses whether through regular channels or through distance education modes.

The College may take steps to start a hostel atleast for lady students.

The College has an extensive campus and supporting facilities which are currently used for conventional teaching and research. It will be best if the facilities available are utilised for extending the reach of education to the under- privileged sections of society. This can be done in anyone or more of the following ways:

Starting a number of post-graduate degree/diploma programmes of other Universities which are willing to run such programmes in external centres.

Starting M.Phil degrees through distance education of select Universities on the basis of an MOU in the strong departments like Zoology/Economics where there are sufficient number of Ph.D. s to guide M.Phil. work.

Starting programmes of British/American Universities/equivalent examining bodies in the College as double-degree programmes along with the regular

B.A./B.Sc./B.Com. degree programmes like LL.B./B.Ed../B.C.A./M.B.A. etc. or popular work-oriented diploma programmes of reputed bodies like Edexcel, in areas like Health Management, International Marketing, Computer Software Engineering, Catering Technology etc.

Starting of coaching classes for courses like Computing/Management/Chartered/Accountancy/Cost Accountancy/Company secretaryship, etc., along with B.Com. or other relevant degree programmes.

It is desirable that the College adopts new functioning modalities like the following:
Introduction of strongly focussed consultancy services to help private agencies in areas like marine commerce, business management, preparation of income tax returns, developing business projects etc., which would help to generate sizable funds for college development.

Introduction of more meaningful forms of extension work like teacher development in school subjects, organising welfare programmes for dealing with disaster management, text -book preparation, etc.

There is a lot of potential for doing more meaningful research by the strong Departments like Zoology in areas like survey of life forms in the local area, collecting and preserving and labeling life forms and survey of market conditions in the areas around the College, setting up a plant nursery of ayurvedic medicines, and doing research on potential plant medicines, beautifying the open space in the College with garden plants, planting new trees in the campus, labelling the plants in the College campus, etc..

It will be useful if the College starts small scale research projects as part of instruction (even at the degree/post graduate levels) and combine a number of them to address a major research question.

The College has to acquaint itself with the new strategies adopted in instruction and institutional management and utilize them more fully to usher a new work culture which would help the institution to become world-class. The following suggestion may be kept in mind for the purpose:

All teachers may acquaint themselves with procedures for using computers like identifying proper information sources, downloading information and processing such information, and help students to utilize them for augmenting the quality of learning.

There has to be a more extended use of new self-learning strategies like seminar presentations, group presentations, interdisciplinary teaching, simulations, case study and problem solving approaches, projects work etc.,

All teachers have to take up research in a bigger way and publish research papers on problems of local relevance, with greater student participation.

There may be a more satisfactory system of work assessment at all levels, especially for teachers, with appropriate follow-up.

Use of IT - centered record maintenance of the performance of employees..
It is recommended that the college could aspire to upgrade the quality of its teaching and functioning to become eligible for the status of an autonomous college to fulfill the noble dreams of the founders of the institution to provide quality education for improving the lot of the marginalised sections of the society and help them to play their just roles in the society.

The Peer Team would wish to place on record the fact that it had the full co-operation and assistance of the College and the College Management in the conduct of its official functions. The Principal of the College, Dr .S. Sambamurthy, the Correspondent of the College, Dr.P.Theagarayan and the Coordinator of the Programme, Dr.N. Veerappan, played very effective roles along with the teaching staff, and the office staff, in the completion of the important work assigned to it. The Peer Team wishes to thank them all for their help and support.

Prof.A.Sukumaran Nair



Date : 23.01.2005

Place : Chennai

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