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Dr GR Damodaran College Of Science, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Dr GR Damodaran College Of Science, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Address:Avinashi Road, Civil Aerodrome Post
Tamil Nadu, IndiaPin Code : 641014
Dr GR Damodaran College Of Science, Coimbatore Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college.
Dr GR Damodaran College Of Science, Coimbatore Tamil Nadu is situated in Coimbatore of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of Dr GR Damodaran College Of Science, Coimbatore Tamil Nadu is +91-422-2210187, 2591865.
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Dr GR Damodaran College Of Science, Coimbatore Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Computer Applications, Biotechnology, Business Management, Social Work, Science stream(s).
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NAAC report of Dr GR Damodaran College Of ScienceINTRODUCTION:
Dr. G.R. DAMODARAN COLLEGE OF SCIENCE is an affiliated college of the Bharathiar University. It is located 9 Kilometers away from the din and dust of the Coimbatore city on a sprawling campus of 15 Acres. It is a Co-educational institution established in the year 1988 under the G R Damodaran Trust in Memory of the Founder of the Trust Dr. G.R. Damodaran who as Vice Chancellor of the Madras University, as Chairman and Member of various National Commissions / committees and as a Member of Parliament and State Legislative Council played an important role in the quality of relevant education at the State and National level.
The legacy of the concepts, achievements and vision of Dr.G.R.Damodaran are the driving forces for the Dr. G.R. DAMODARAN COLLEGE OF SCIENCE. Within a short period of 13 years the college has made excellent progress. Starting with 27 students in 1988, the college today has on its rolls nearly 1550 students (about: 550 Female- 960 Male) and is presently offering 10 Under Graduate, 10 Post Graduate and 3 Post Graduate Diploma Courses besides running skill/ Job oriented short term certificate courses. The college has also got recognition from the Bharathiar University as a centre for M.Phil/Doctoral programmes in the fields of Bio-Technology, Computer Science, Management, Social Work, Commerce and Microbiology.
Following are the Under Graduate, Post Graduate and other courses presently offered by the college.
Under Graduate Courses
Bachelor of Business Management
Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Corporate Secretaryship
Bachelor of Science (Computers)
Bachelor of Science (Bio Technology)
Bachelor of Science (Microbiology)
Bachelor of Science (Bio Chemistry)
Bachelor of Science (Visual Communication)
Bachelor of Computer Applications
Bachelor of Commerce (Computer Applications)
Post Graduate Courses
Master of Business Administration (Full time - 2 years)
Master of Business Administration (Part time - 3 years)
Master of International Business (Full time - 2 years)
Master of Computer Applications (Full time - 3 years)
Master of Science (Computer Science - Full time - 2 years)
Master of Science (Bio Technology - Full time - 2 years)
Master of Science (Microbiology - Full time - 2 years)
Master of Science (Software Systems - Full time - 5 years - Integrated)
Master of Social Work (Full time - 2 years)
Master of Arts (Mass Communication - Full time - 2 years)
Post Graduate Diploma Courses
Post Graduate Diploma in International Business (Full time - 1 year)
Post Graduate Diploma in Advertisement and Marketing Management (Full time - 1 year)
Post Graduate Diploma in Women and Child Development (Part time - Evening/weekends)
3 Months certificate course in M S Office and Automation
3 Months certificate course in Photography
3 Months certificate introductory course in French
The college has collaborative arrangements with the Centre for Research in Social Science Technology and Culture. The Centre is nodal research institution undertaking research and projects at the interface of society and science funded by Central and State agencies like DST, DBT, UGC, ICMR etc.
One unique feature of this College is that it is functioning with a clear cut mission and goals. Its mission is promotion of relevance and excellence in education through
Maintenance of a progressive and futuristic outlook in academic development by making choices favouring emerging areas of high growth potential and expanding opportunity.
Design of courses, instructional methodologies and experimental interactions to equip students with creativity and problem solving skills, to prepare them for rewarding careers and professions and to face challenges in a rapidly changing world;
Creation of facilities and programmes of advanced studies, research and development in appropriate emerging areas of national importance and global significance;
Involvement with the community around through outreach programmes including non formal and continuing education, consultancy and extension, dissemination and transfer of technology, scientific projects of social significance, and other interactions with industry, business and community;
Continual growth in the quality and range of offerings and activities through the innovative augmentation, updating and modernization of facilities, faculty and programmes
CRITERION- WISE EVALUATION
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The college which is affiliated with Bharathiar University in the year 1988, is a young college. It has been recognized by UGC under section 2f and 12B only two years ago, in October 1999. The college has a good campus comparing its location in Urban area and a city like Coimbatore. Almost all the programs being run by the college are career oriented, thus keeping pace with the changing requirements of the society. There are eleven departments in the College which can be broadly grouped into 5 major disciplines viz. Management, Computers, Bio-Science, Visual & Mass Communication and Social Works. In addition to the core courses of a programme, each programme has other essential components like teaching of English, Statistics and Mathematics. Facility for teaching French is a special attraction in the college. This will help the students to seek job opportunities in countries where French is used as a medium of language.
The college has introduced computer papers in all the programmes that provide non-computer students to acquire fundamental and working knowledge of computers. This is an added advantage to students to have better placement opportunities in their career.
The college is able to build up some linkage with industry in the areas of Bio-Chemistry and Bio -Technology. These departments have also taken initiatives to take up projects from many funding agencies. Fruitful close interactions have already been made with Central Institute of Medical Herbs and Arya Vaidya pharmacy. Faculty of Social Works Department is interacting closely with Centre for Research in Social Sciences, Technology and Culture, an Institute under GRD Trust which have sizeable number of projects from various funding agencies. This has helped the students to work on real practical problems. The college has infrastructure to further strengthen this interaction in order to make the programmes more relevant to its goals.
Although there is no formal mechanism for feedback on the relevance of the curricula, as the college has very limited options, it has started taking feedback from informal sources, such as from employers, experts in academics and alumni. The feedback so obtained is passed to the university for strengthening the curricula. The college has tried to bridge the gap between the need of the society and the course curriculum which is designed by the University by conducting short duration courses, special classes/seminars and by having linkage with the nearby industries. The college has little options as far as designing and modifying the course curricula is concerned because it has to follow universitys curricula. The college, however, may introduce part-time evening classes to enhance the skills of the students in emerging areas, such as in the field of Information Technology. This may provide an opportunity to regular students who cannot attend such professional diploma courses alongwith their regular studies and at the same time the existing resources can be put to maximum use.
Programme options available to the students are very little, again because of the restrictions on the part of the University. The college can, however, provide options to the students as mentioned above, through informal ways, to study a few courses of their choices.
Criterion-II : Teaching-learning and Evaluation
The college follows the standard methods of entrance test and interviews to admit students in MBA, MCA and Bio-Science courses in which a fairly large number of candidates apply for admission. In other courses, admissions are made based on merit in qualifying exam. In the courses other than MBA and MCA, there is no special mechanism for assessing the skills of students to opt for a particular course. Also, there is no provision for bridge/ remedial courses to the educationally disadvantaged students. However, the faculty provides remedial courses in English to students who are weak in English.
The college is able to complete 180 teaching days, 200 working days for UG and 240 working days for PG classes. The students to teachers ratio is also within acceptable norms. Ratio of full time teachers to the part-time teachers is also high. Most of the classes are taken by full time teachers.
The syllabi are unitized and teachers are encouraged to prepare lesson plans and schedule at the beginning of a semester. The lectures are supplemented by assignments, case studies and mini projects. Sufficient time is given for laboratory and practical work and for this purpose some of the laboratories remain open round the clock. It is worth mentioning here that the college is able to create a very good culture for lab work. Students are informed about the schedule of tests in the beginning of a semester. Internal assessment to the extent of 25% is available in MBA and MCA. Although there is no other formal way of observing the over all performance of the students, efforts are made by the teachers through assignments and seminars to observe the same. Sufficient number of teachers are available to carry out teaching, practicals, project work and other co-curricular activities. Teachers are ready to help the students even beyond their class timings.
Faculty for MBA and MCA, in which there is a scarcity of teachers, is recruited through advertisement in newspapers. For others, the college has its own procedure for recruiting faculty. Management of the college is liberal in creating new posts. Compared to the size of the college and the number of courses being offered, the strength of the faculty of 87 is appreciable for a college which is self supporting. Although the faculty is young, it is motivated and energetic and takes initiative to meet the goals and objectives of the college. Experts are invited to conduct special lectures and seminars and students are also taken to different places to attend seminars and special lectures to various places on educational tours. Guest and visiting faculty is drawn from the industry. Provision for recruiting faculty on ad-hoc basis is also available.
About 25% of the faculty has grown alongwith the College and teachers in the emerging areas who have been recruited recently have scope for growth.
There is a mechanism for evaluating the performance of the teachers through self appraisal and on this basis, the teachers are awarded with special increments. The number of teachers participating in seminar/conferences/ workshops is quite satisfactory keeping in view the nature of the Institution.
The College has taken initiative to organize a few programmes for the development of faculty including special lectures organized by the experts from academia and industry.
Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The College has recently taken initiative to promote research and encourage its faculty to do research. Since many of the post graduate courses have been started recently, it has been observed that the college has been striving for creating better research culture. At present 40% faculty is involved in research and development. Excellent facility in terms of equipment exists for carrying out research and development work in the departments of Biosciences, Visual and Mass Communication and Computers. In some of the cases it can be considered to be unique in this region. Six departments which have got recognition from the University for running M.Phil / Ph.D have started these programmes w.e.f. the academic session 2001. Although the number of research scholars is very less at present, it is likely to increase in the near future. It is worth noting that the faculty has started seeking research grants from funding agencies such as DST, DBT, UGC, ICMR and from other agencies. It is worth appreciating to observe that some of the young faculty of Biosciences have received research grants form reputed agencies. The on going research projects, which are 20 in number, have a total outlay of Rs. 16.58 lacs. Two teachers have been granted leave for carrying out research.
Department of Management, Computer Sciences, Visual Communication, Social Work and Bio-Sciences are interested in consultancy services and have already done some work. The college runs study centres for IGNOU and Madras University in which nearly 2600 students participate. Additional faculty may be recruited to carry out this work so that the existing faculty may find sufficient time for research and development.
The extension activities are being coordinated by the Head of Bio-Chemistry Department at present, as her additional charge. Community development, Social work, health and hygiene awareness, medical camp, adult education and literacy, blood donation camp, AIDS awareness, environment awareness, women entrepreneurship development, tribal uplift and enhancement of income generation are some of the various extension activities of the college. Students and teachers are encouraged to participate in extension activities like CRSTC (Centre for Research in Social Sciences, Technology & Culture), field work and camps.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college owns a campus of 15 acres in S.F.No.449,450 and 450/1 of Vilankurichi village. The management has invested considerable sum of
money in providing well-designed buildings conducive for learning. The college campus is well planned and furnished with separate blocks for library, management and computer science, commerce and social work blocks. The GRD Trust provides staff and funds for maintenance. The college has excellent infrastructure in terms of building, equipment, lab and furnishing. The infrastructure facilities are put to optimal use by extending working hours especially of the computer center and the library.
Some of the services of the library such as purchase of books, lending, stock verification and book bank have been computerized. The library subscribes 171 journals and magazines and contains over 17,453 texts and reference books. A library committee coordinates the work of ascertaining the requirements, and the developmental plans for the college library. More books may be added to the library.
Facilities in the computer center are quite adequate for the various courses of study. Apart from central computer center, every department has a computer of its own and has free access to the 40 Internet terminals. Plans are afoot to network the campus so as to provide Internet and e-mail facilities on a large scale to all the departments. Annual maintenance contract help to maintain the computer labs. The college should develop computer aided learning packages as it has sufficient resources for the same.
A common instrumentation center fully equipped with the state-of-the-art equipment is available for the use of Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Microbiology departments. The facilities in the instrumentation center consist of a cold room, micro centrifuge, high-speed centrifuge, ultra sonicator, PCR-machine, Elisa reader and UV Sp4. The peer team is highly appreciative of the investment made by the management to provide more than adequate infrastructure.
The GRD College has a Centre for Research in Social Sciences Technology and culture which carries out a number of DST, DBT approved projects jointly with help of the Bioscience departments.
It is heartening to note that members of the teaching and non-teaching staff with five years and more of experience are given medicare by the college. However a dispensary with a part-time medical doctor for the hostel is a felt need.
The college has playgrounds adequate for tournaments in football, volleyball and basketball. An annual GRD Cricket tournament is an event much awaited. An outdoor stadium has been built recently at a cost of Rs. 26.00 lakhs with a total seating capacity for 1500 spectators. Outstanding sports persons are given cash incentives apart from tracksuits and uniforms. A number of students have represented the college in Basketball, volley ball at the university level.
The visual communication studios are remarkable for the state-of-the-art equipment and the novel A/V programs / packages have been created. The staff are enthusiastic and committed to promote creativity. The management is to be commended for the extensive investment in this area of study.
The college has plans to build an auditorium. The three seminar halls are equipped with adequate audiovisual facilities and public address system. A guest house and a printing press with graphics design and offset litho facilities are available. The printing press also serves as an income generating resource of the college.
Separate hostels for men and women can accommodate 265 boys and 250 girls each. The recreational facilities in the hostel seem adequate. The Principal is the ex-officio Chief Warden and he is assisted by a senior teacher to function as Warden. The lodging facilities in the womens hostel need to be further enhanced.
The college also owns a fleet of 5 vehicles. A spacious canteen caters to the needs of staff and non-resident students.
Criterion V: Student support and Progression
The average pass percentage after minimum period of study is 85+. It appears that most science students prefer to take up higher studies than jobs whereas students of commerce and management courses go into their family business or take up jobs. Students of MCA, MBA, MIB are 100% employed as professionals.
The drop-out rate (2%) is insignificant. A number of students of MBA, MCA, MIB, Bio Sciences, Communications and MSW have secured university ranks. The college would do well to streamline the process of collecting and storing student / alumni feedback.
The Institution publishes annually separate prospectus and calendar for UG and each of the PG courses.
The departments of Management Science, Commerce and International Business, Social Work and Computer Science have active placement cells providing academic and career counseling. The employment cell also motivates the students to seek self-employment through workshops / seminars. Financial assistance is arranged from agencies.
Students have adequate facilities for participation in the many cultural, extra curricular activities, intra and inter-collegiate meets and festivals of various kinds. Such festivals / meets organized on a fairly large scale provide opportunities for students for creative participation and valuable training in leadership, organization and teamwork.
Magazines / journals are brought out annually, quarterly and monthly basis. The college may consider offering scholarships or fee concessions or interest free loans for deserving or meritorious students.
Criterion VI: Organization and Management
Dr. G.R. Damodaran College of Science is one of the units of the GRD Trust founded by the great educationist Dr. G.R. Damodaran. The management strives to keep aflame the inspiration and vision of the founder of this college in attaining the mission, goals and objectives of education. The college has made considerable contribution in initiating need based education with futuristic vision.
The management of this self-financing institution is basically centred round the correspondent. The focus of the college administration is on creation of an ambience of growth, for training students for meaningful and productive careers in some of the modern and emerging professional areas. The management is committed to attainment of these goals through quality staffing, adequacy of facilities and careful selection of students. The Principal in consultation with senior heads of the departments draw up the academic calendar. Staff committee, library committee and student grievances and appeals committees have been constituted during the last academic year.
The college has an in built mechanism to check the work efficiency of the teaching and non-teaching staff. Professional development programmes are organized for the benefit of the non-teaching staff. Some of the staff welfare measures provided by the management include provident fund, medicare insurance and mutual benefit fund. Plans are afoot for staff houses. Grievance redressal mechanism is available.
The management also offers adequate rewards for outstanding work, such as paid leave for research and updating in higher studies. Rewards are based partly on annual performance appraisal, and partly on exceptional contributions. Proper reward system as well as good monitoring and guidance help to sustain and enhance efficiency.
Criterion VII : HEALTHY PRACTICES
The College is a self financing institution. It is striving to demonstrate and establish high quality and cost-effectiveness to be able to attract and maintain a good student intake. Courses and methodologies are added to ensure employability and good career opportunities which require good planning and decision making and total staff commitment. Consultancy takes place at several levels: between Management and Heads of Departments, between Head of Department and the teachers; with this efficient communication, teachers are aware of developments and are able to have their views heard and gain a sense of involvement.
The college is well on its way to total computerization in office work, accounts, laboratory stores, stock maintenance and library management. The College is also taking steps for campus networking.
The College has a good record of collaborative links with industries/ professional/ research organizations. School of Bio-Technology, the Institute of Management, the School of Commerce and International Business, Departments of Social Work, Visual and Mass Communication, Bio-Chemistry and Computer Science have close collaboration in training/ research/ project work with various institutions in and around Coimbatore.
The College also has national linkages with Madurai Kamaraj University, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Kerala Agricultural University, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, ICMH, Kanjikode, Arya Vaidya Pharmacy, Kerala, CFTRI, Mysore, National Institute of Immunology, Delhi etc. The Institute of Management has proposals for linkages with Bolton Business School, UK and other national and international agencies.
The College is strengthening the regular academic programmes through non-formal courses like three months certificate courses in Photography, in M S Office Automation, French, one Year Part Time Post Graduate Diploma in Women and Child Development, One Year Post Graduate Course in Advertising and Marketing Management. The College also runs two of the IGNOU study Centres of which one is specially for Computer Science and Applications. It also conducts the contact programme of the Madras University, Distance Education scheme. To impart value based education the College is arranging seminars and meetings addressed to moral issues and ethical and human values. Gandhian Thought is one of the foundation courses offered to the Under Graduate students. To inculcate civic responsibilities among the students, NSS activities, voluntary service programmes, film shows and interaction with civic functionaries are being encouraged.
The College is giving due importance for promotion of all round personality development of the students. There are several student associations in the College conducting a number of club activities and group activities, and organzing functions, seminars, cultural meets, competitions etc. Students also are encouraged to participate in workshops like Transactional Analysis, facing interviews, public speaking etc. There are organised avenues for debates, seminar presentation, writing and journalism.
In order to improve academic performance of students, monthly tests and model tests are conducted and results studied. Semester results are also analysed. Reasons for poor performance are elicited to take action for improvement. The faculty performance assessment is done periodically by obtaining a study report from each teacher and comments by the Heads of the Departments and Principal. The faculty is making use of students feedback as a tool for improving teaching.
The information given to the Peer Team, the interactive sessions of the team with the Management, Principal, Teaching and Non-Teaching staff, students, parents and alumni and the visits to various physical facilities of the College show that this institution is doing laudable work in the field of higher education and deserves full support from all quarters. However, as we all know excellence and perfection have no limits. A progressive and forward looking institution as it keeps on striving to reach the goals, new vistas open up for fresh initiative. The Peer Team hopes the G R Damodaran College of Science with its excellent track record will keep on moving forward in the service of society through empowerment of its students by imparting relevant education, by promoting creative thinking, entrepreneurship, innovative ideas and leadership qualities. The process of empowerment of students also requires that they imbibe values which will make them not only good professionals but also good human beings. The Peer Team hopes that the G R Damodaran College of Science with the vision of the founder of the Trust as the guiding star and the commitment of the management and faculty for value education will achieve the twin goals.
The appointment of senior faculty in all departments will be beneficial to meet the goals and objectives of the college.
The Peer Team is of the opinion that the Governing Council-cum-College Committee should have eminent persons in the fields of higher education, industry, social work and law who will find time to participate in the deliberations of the meetings of the Council and tender their advice in taking the institution to higher heights and ensuring continuity of good performance in the long run.
Prof.Chandan Singh, Member
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