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LRG Government Arts College for Women, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu


LRG Government Arts College for Women, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Address:Tirupur, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu, India

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L.R.G.Government Arts College for Women, Tirupur, Tamil Nadu, was started in July,1971. The college has completed thirty-five years of service in disseminating higher education to the students of Tirupur and its neighboring areas. The institution, which is a government college, is affiliated to the Bharathiar University, Coimbatore. The College is recognized under section 2(f) and 12B of the UGC Act 1956. It is located in a semi-urban area. The total student enrolment of the college for the academic year 2005-2006 was 1372. There are 31 regular teachers and 49 guest lecturers. The teacher student ratio of the college is 1:17. There are also 10 non-teaching staff members and 10 technical staff. The ratio of teachers to non-teaching staff is 8:1. The number of working and teaching days of the college was 180 during the academic year 2005-06. The college offers 12 UG programmes and 3 PG programmes; seven of these programmes are self-financing programmes.

L.R.G. Government Arts College for Women was first accredited by NAAC in 2000 at the level of two stars. It has volunteered to be re-assessed and re-accredited by NAAC. It submitted its Re-accreditation Report (RAR) to NAAC in Feb 2006. NAAC constituted a Peer Team to visit the college for re-accreditation. The Peer team is headed by Dr. S. Kevin, former Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Kerala, Trivandrum, and Kerala. The other members of the Peer team are Dr. Jagadeesha, Professor, Chairman and Dean, Department of Commerce and Management Studies, Karnataka State Open University, Mysore, Karnataka and Mrs. Ancy Jose, Principal, Nagindas Khandwala College of Commerce and Arts, Mumbai, Maharashtra. Shri. E.R. Badareesh, Senior Manager - Business Excellence, ACE Designers Ltd, Bangalore is included in the Peer team as observer. Prof. K. Banadarangaiah, former Academic Consultant, NAAC, has coordinated the visit.

The Peer Team visited the college from 29th to 31st August 2006. During the visit, the Peer Team interacted with the Principal, faculty, supporting staff, members of steering committee and IQAC, alumni, parents, students and other stake holders; perused all relevant records, documents and visited other facilities available in the campus. The whole process was systematically conducted with the common team perception to re-accredit the college on the basis of seven criteria prescribed by NAAC. The evaluation of the Peer team is presented in the following re-assessment report.

1.1 Goal Orientation
The college aims to provide quality education to all women, especially to the under privileged. The college further aims to bring out the creative skills and hidden talents of the students and also to develop their leadership qualities so that they become responsible citizens of the country and contributes to the national development and progress. The goals and objectives of the college are made known to the stake holders through the academic calendar. The college has started a number of academic programmes which are in tune with its goals and objectives.
1.2 Curricular Development
As a college affiliated to the Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, it follows the curriculum prescribed by the University; as such it has a limited role in curricular development. Some of the senior faculty members of the college are members of various Boards of Studies at the undergraduate level. The college has faculty representation in the University Boards of Studies for English, History, Mathematics, Physics, Zoology and Botany. They are involved in contributing to the development of curricula. The semester pattern with continuous internal assessment is followed for the programmes; 25 percent of marks are allotted for internal assessment and 75 percent for external evaluation.
A certificate course on Computer Literacy, mandated by Tamil Nadu State government, is offered to all I year students in addition to their regular courses. This course enhances the IT skills of the students enabling them to compete for better jobs. A compulsory paper on Environmental Education and General Knowledge for all UG students creates awareness about national development among the students.

1.3 Programme Options
The college offers 12 under graduate programmes and 3 post - graduate programmes; all the PG programmes and four of the UG programmes are self-financing. All these self-financing programmes were started during the last five years. The self-financing programmes in the UG stream have direct relevance in the job market. The college is also planning to start new programmes during the next academic year.

1.4 Academic flexibility
The college offers core and elective options both at the under-graduate and post-graduate levels. Women related topics are included in the postgraduate programmes in Tamil and the students are encouraged to do project work in women studies. The various programmes provide vertical mobility to the learners.

1.5 Feedback Mechanism
Informal feedback on the range of programmes options is obtained from the students, the alumni, community and industry. Based on these feedbacks and also the observations in the first assessment report, new UG programmes in computer related subjects as also PG programmes have been started.

2.1 Admission Process
The admissions to all the programmes are made on the basis of merit; reservation of seats to backward class and scheduled caste students are provided as per the rules of the Government of Tamil Nadu. The Principal constitutes an admission committee which monitors the admission process. On an average the demand ratio for UG and PG programmes is 2:1 and 1:1 respectively.

2.2 Catering to Diverse Needs
Different programme options in Arts, Science and Commerce streams with vocational/job-oriented subjects such as Computer Science, Biotechnology, Sericulture, etc are available to cater to the diverse needs of the learners. Remedial coaching is organized for the academically weaker students. Advanced learners are encouraged to participate in the seminars, quiz, debates, etc.

2.3 Teaching - Learning Processes
The college prepares a detailed academic calendar which includes all curricular, co-curricular and extra curricular activities. The dates for Unit tests and Model examinations are also shown in the calendar which is distributed to all the students at the time of admission. The Principal, through heads of the departments and various academic committees, monitors the implementation of the academic calendar events.

The conventional method is used for the classroom teaching. Field trips and industrial visits are arranged to enable the students to gain practical knowledge. For the B.Sc. Advanced Zoology and Biotechnology, Sericulture programme, on-the-job training for 30 days is compulsory. Students are encouraged to participate in seminars, exhibitions, workshops etc. PG students have to submit project reports as part of their curriculum requirement.

In all the programmes which involve laboratory work, appropriate weightage is given for the practicals. All laboratories are well equipped. Silk worm rearing is carried out in sericulture lab. A mulberry garden is maintained to support the silk worm rearing.

Students are required to submit assignments and to participate in unit tests, seminars, group discussions, etc. Assignments and unit tests are evaluated and the marks awarded form the basis of continuous internal assessment of students. The college conducts tutorial classes for the students on difficult topics, especially for Part II English.

The college has a tutorial ward system. Each teacher is given the duty of Tutor-in-charge of a particular class. The teacher concerned monitors the academic progress of each student and provides academic counseling whenever required. The progress of the student is reported to the parents.

Taking cognizance of the remarks made in the First Accreditation Report regarding the poor performance of the students in the compulsory English language paper, the college has taken remedial measures to improve the situation. The college has made it compulsory for all the first year students to take written tests every Monday after college hours. There is significant increase in the pass percentage in Part II English, from around 76 percent to 96 percent.

2.4 Teacher Quality
The sanctioned strength of the faculty for regular programmes is seventy. At present there are 31 regular teachers and 21 guest lecturers appointed by the State Government. Apart from this 27 guest lecturers are appointed for handling the self-financing programmes. One teacher has been appointed for the Physics Department utilizing P.T.A. Fund. Regular teachers constitute only 44 percent of the total faculty strength of the college.

The percentage of teachers with Ph.D. degrees as the highest academic qualification is 12.5, while those with M.Phil. Degrees constitute 65 percent. Fifteen percent of teachers have NET/SLET qualification. During the last five years five teachers have availed the FIP facility under UGC (4 for Ph.D. and 1 for M.Phil.). A teacher in the Economics Department has been honoured with a certificate of excellence by the Rotary Club of Tirupur. Many teachers have participated in Seminars, Workshops and Conferences. Papers were presented by some of the teachers at these seminars/conferences.

2.5 Evaluation of Teaching
The respective heads of the departments and the Principal monitor the teaching methods of the teachers. The evaluation of teaching is done with the help of self-appraisal by the faculty. The student assessment of faculty performance which was introduced in the college recently needs to be further strengthened.

2.6 Evaluation of Learning
The college follows semester system for all its academic programmes. The institution monitors the performance of its students with the help of unit tests and model examination as part of the continuous internal assessment process. The institution communicates the model examination marks of the students to the parents by sending progress reports. The University conducts external examinations at the end of each semester.

2.7 Evaluation Reforms
Evaluation of student performance is done in two parts: continuous internal assessment and external examination. Continuous assessment marks are declared to students. A separate Grievance Redressal Cell is formed as per University guidelines to attend to the grievances of students regarding internal assessment.

3.1 Promotion of Research
Seven teachers of the college were awarded the Ph.D. degree during the last five years; one teacher received M.Phil. degree during the same period. One teacher has submitted Ph.D. thesis. The Departments of Zoology and History organized seminars, workshops, exhibitions, and special lectures to promote the research culture among the students. A Science seminar and Intercollegiate Science Exhibition and Quiz programme were organized in the institution. Students are also encouraged to participate in exhibitions, workshops, seminars, etc conducted by other institutions.

3.2 Research Output
Two teachers of the Tamil Department are involved in research guidance and supervision. One research scholar has registered for Ph.D. degree and 4 students have registered for M.Phil. degree.

3.3 Publication Output
During the last five years two books were published by the faculty members of the Tamil Department. Two teachers from the Chemistry department have published research papers in international refereed journals.

3.4 Extension Activity
The extension activities of the students of the college are centered on NSS, Red Cross and Rotaract Club. The college has four units of NSS with 400 student volunteers. Four staff members are appointed as Programme officers for training the student volunteers. The community development programmes organized by the NSS units include blood donation camps, tree plantations and awareness programmmes on Aids, population, child labour, environment, health, rain water harvesting, etc. NSS special camps were conducted in near-by villages for ten days each year. NSS was involved in data collection for different kinds of social and economic surveys conducted by outside agencies. NSS helped in the construction of the rainwater harvesting system in the college.

Two units of Red Cross are functioning in the college. The main activity is related to blood donation. The Rotaract Club is also functioning in the college with two Rotaract co-ordinators and 100 students as Rotaract members. The student members actively participate in the awareness programmes, rallies, seminars, orientation programmes, etc. The Rotaract Club provides the students a platform for developing their personality.

3.5 Linkages
The institution has established linkages with the Technical Service Center, Cheyur, Avinashi, Coimbatore and Cocoon Regulated Market, for on-the-job training for B.Sc. Advanced Zoology and Biotechnology, Sericulture students. Experts from the Technical service center visit and guide the students in silkworm rearing technology. The institution arranges special lectures on topics related to Sericulture by experts from the Department of Sericulture, Tamilnadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore and the Regional Sericulture Research Station, Central Silk Board, Salem.

The NSS units of the college have linkages with the Lions club and the Rotary club of Tirupur, etc for the purpose of organizing different awareness programmes. The NSS units also collaborated with the Leprosy Control Board, DESH Chennai, Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Coimbatore, IIT Chennai, etc for data collection activities.

4.1 Physical Facilities
The College is located on a campus measuring 10 acres of land. There are two major buildings housing 25 classrooms, 6 well-equipped laboratories, central library, and computer lab. The institution follows shift system to put the available physical infrastructure to the optimum use. Regular programmes are held in the morning shift and the self-financing programmes are held in the afternoon shift. Five class rooms, silkworm rearing room, computer lab, second chemistry lab, microbiology lab, and a canteen were built up after the first accreditation.

The College has sports facilities which include two volleyball courts, kho-kho court, ball-badminton court, shuttle badminton court and kabadi court. Indoor game facilities are also available for table tennis, chess, carrom, etc.

4.2 Maintenance of Infrastructure
Maintenance of infrastructure of the institution is carried out by PWD. An amount of Rs.36,90,000 was sanctioned by the Directorate of Collegiate Education, Chennai, for the maintenance and repair works of the college during the last four years. A Building maintenance committee including the Principal and three staff members is monitoring the maintenance and repair work of the college. Laboratories are being strengthened by the addition of modern equipments and instruments purchased with the grant from the UGC and the State government. The institution utilizes the funds allotted for development and maintenance properly.

4.3 Library as Learning Resource
The Central Library is housed in the main building with a carpet area of 600 sq. ft. This includes stack rooms and reading space. The library has a collection of 21,564 books; which include books in the departmental libraries and the book bank. The library subscribes to 10 journals, 6 general magazines and 3 newspapers. During the last five years 4305 books were purchased for an amount of Rs. 1,80,000 from UGC and the state government. The Library remains open between 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. except on Public Holidays and Sundays.

4.4 Computers as Learning Resource
The College has two computer laboratories with 50 computers. The Computer facility is extended to both the faculty and the students. The college also provides internet facility to the students and teachers.

4.5 Other facilities
The College provides canteen facility to the students. There are two cycle sheds. There is a students co-operative society where stationery articles are sold at reduced rates. There is a sick room in the college. Sports facilities for indoor and outdoor games are available on the campus. A well-equipped gymnasium caters to the physical fitness of students.

5.1 Student Profile
The total enrolment of the college for the academic year 2005-2006 was 1372. About 25 percent of the enrolled students belong to SC, ST and OBC category. Majority of the students hail from the surrounding rural areas.

5.2 Student Progression
The success rate of the students in the University examinations at U.G. level ranges from 78 percent to 100 percent; the success rate at the PG level ranges from 83 percent to 100 percent. The pass percentages have been increasing steadily since the first accreditation, with more students securing first classes and distinctions. During the last five years, ten to fifteen students of the college have been securing the first ten ranks in the university examinations. The drop-out rate is around 2 percent for UG programmes and nil for PG programmes.

The rate of progression for higher studies and employment is moderate. Two students of the Tamil Department passed NET examination during the last five years.

5.3 Student Support
The students are provided Handbooks containing all relevant information regarding their programmes of study. The college takes special care to provide all the scholarships and freeships available to different categories of students such as SC, ST, Backward class students, etc. During the last year freeships were granted to 154 students. An amount of Rs.9,19,820 was distributed as Government scholarships to 576 students. Stipends of Rs.400 are distributed to Tamil medium students.

A Placement Cell is functioning in the College. The Cell provides guidance to students to prepare for competitive examinations and other career opportunities. The Cell arranges campus interviews by private companies in the college. Fourteen students were selected by private companies through campus interview during the last two years.

The College has set up a Grievance Redressal Cell during 2004-05 to address the grievances of the students. The Cell is headed by the Principal and has staff representatives as members. Parent teacher association has been functioning in the college since 1996-97

5.4 Student activities
The college encourages the students to participate in sports and games. Some of the students participate in inter-collegiate sports and games competitions. A few students have been selected to represent the University in indoor and outdoor games. A democratically elected students union is functioning in the college.

There is a fine arts club in the college. The students organize fine arts week for three days every year. During this week interdepartmental fine arts competitions are held. Students also participate in inter-collegiate fine arts competitions held in other colleges.

The college has an Alumni Association in which former students of the college are members. The Association provides financial aid to the college for its developments.

6.1 Goal Orientation and Decision making
The Principal and her team of teaching and non-teaching staff are making every effort to translate the mission and objectives of the college into reality. The administrative and academic policies of the college are determined by the College Council which meets at regular intervals. Eight meetings of the College council were held during the year 2005-06. All important matters regarding the administration and development of the college are discussed and proper decisions are taken. These decisions are implemented by the Principal with the help of the teaching and non-teaching staff members.

6.2 Organisation structure, powers and functions of the functionaries
The Principal of the college is the academic and executive head of the college. In day-to-day administrative work the principal is assisted by the

Heads of the departments and the office staff. In the administration of the college, the principle of decentralization of authority with sense of accountability is being followed.

Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) has been constituted recently with the Principal, Heads of departments and two retired professors as members. Four meetings of IQAC were held so far.

6.3 Perspective Planning
The college initiated planning for starting new courses from 2000 onwards. Proposals were submitted for starting new PG and UG programmes under the self-financing scheme. Accordingly, the following new courses were started during the last five years: B.Sc. Zoology (Vocational Sericulture) (2000), M.A. in Tamil, English (2003), M.Sc. Maths (2003), B.Com. C.A., B.Sc.Physics C.A.(2003), B.Com. (2004) and B.Sc. Computer science (2005).

New class rooms, sericulture rearing lab, microbiology lab, computer lab and an additional chemistry lab were constructed during the last five years through proper planning and mobilisation of funds.

During IX five year plan the college has received Rs 4,29,000 from the UGC and an amount of Rs. 4,14,498 has been utilized and utilization certificates have already been sent to the UGC. During Xth plan, UGC has sanctioned Rs. 10.40 lakhs as developmental assistance. The college has received Rs 4,43,904 so far.

6.4 Performance Appraisal
The college follows the self-appraisal method. This is done at the time of career advancement of the faculty. In addition to this, a confidential report about the faculty members is given by the Heads of departments to the Principal at the end of each year.

6.5 Faculty Development Programmes
The faculty avails the facility of faculty improvement programmes of UGC. During the last five years, 5 faculty members have availed this facility, 34 faculty members have attended refresher courses and 8 faculty members have attended orientation courses organized by Academic Staff Colleges. Sixteen teachers of the college attended the Intensive Refresher course for government college teachers organized by the Directorate of collegiate education, Chennai.
The teaching and non-teaching staff receive benefits such as G.P.F, Housing loan, vehicle loan, computer loan and medical reimbursement, etc.

6.6 Resource Mobilization
As it is a government college, it receives grants from the Government for paying salary to staff as well as for the development of infrastructural facilities of the college. Besides, Parent Teacher Association also helps in mobilizing additional resources. The Alumni Association also extends financial support for the college.

6.7 Financial Management
The Government meets the salary and other establishment expenses of the college. The College follows the fee structure as laid down by the State for regular programmes. The total annual fees payable by students of regular B.A. programmes are Rs.1131 for the first year, Rs.635 for the second and third years; while the annual fees of the regular B.Sc. programme are Rs.1276 for the first year, and Rs.680 for the second and third years. However, the annual fees payable by students of the self-financing programmes range from Rs.2536 to Rs.3286 for UG and PG programmes. The college has arrangements for both internal and external audit of its accounts..

7.1 Total Quality Management
The institution strives to achieve its goals and objectives through planning and successful implementation. To meet the present challenges, the college has introduced new courses which are vocational and job-oriented in nature.

The institution has adopted certain internal quality sustaining measures. Teaching faculty and non-teaching staff are appointed by the Government. Guest lecturers and other temporary staff are also appointed on the basis of the rules and regulations. This ensures selection on the basis of merit.

IQAC has been set up for monitoring and suggesting internal quality initiatives. Funds are being mobilized from different sources such as UGC, PTA, Alumni, MP/MLA development funds, etc. The funds received by the college are being utilized properly. All financial transactions are subjected to audit periodically.

The teaching learning process in the institution has been improving since the first accreditation. The result is evident in the progressively increasing success rate of students and ranks obtained in the University examinations during the last five years.

7.2 Innovations
During the last five years, the college has introduced new and innovative programmes which have direct relevance to the job market. These programmes are inter-disciplinary and vocational in nature.
The computer literacy course offered to all the first year students is an innovative venture which empowers the students with IT skills for seeking better job opportunities after their studies. The regular weekly test and coaching classes in English conducted for the academically weaker students has proved effective in improving the success rate of such students.
Another practice is the direct communication of the progress of the students to their parents. Unit tests and model examinations are conducted in each semester as part of the continuous assessment process.

7.3 Value Based Education
To impart value based education, lectures of eminent persons are organized periodically. The college arranges celebrations and meetings on important national days. Students imbibe social values through these lectures and celebrations.

7.4 Social Responsibilities and Citizenship Roles
The Institution promotes and inculcates social responsibilities and citizenship roles among the students through the activities of NSS, Red Cross, Rotaract club, etc. Their participation in these activities helps to inculcate a civic sense among them.

The community development activities, collection of money for Tsunami relief fund, cleaning of public places, etc help to increase the sense of civic responsibilities and commitment of students towards their fellow citizens.

7.5 Overall Development
The college was first accredited in January,2000, with 2 star status. During the last five years, the college has made observable progress in curricular aspects, teaching learning processes, research and extension activities and the availability of infrastructural facilities.

At the time of first assessment, the institution had only eight undergraduate programmes. During the last five years, four new UG programmes were started; all of them are job-oriented programmes. During this period the college upgraded itself into a PG college with the starting of three new PG programmes.

Staff members have started participating in seminars, conferences and workshops; some of them have presented papers at these seminars. Students are also motivated to participate in academic seminars. The progressively improving success rate of students is the result of better teaching learning process in the institution. Research activity is also on the increase among staff members, with 7 teachers obtaining Ph.D. degrees, 5 teachers doing research under the F.I.P. scheme.

The infrastructural facilities of the institution have improved during the last five years. The college has set up two computer labs with 50 new systems. A new wing with five classrooms has been completed. More furniture has been acquired for use in the classrooms. Canteen facility has been provided. Work is being planned for the construction of a compound wall for the college. A new cycle shed is put up. PTA, alumni association, industrialists and the Government have actively contributed to the development of the college.

The extension activities of the college have received a boost. The number of NSS units has increased from two to four, now covering almost one third of the student population.

L.R.G. Government Arts College for Women, Tirupur, is committed to provide quality higher education to women, especially those belong to the under privileged sections of society. The college has implemented most of the important recommendations of the first Peer Team. The Peer Team has carefully studied RAR submitted by the college and had discussions with the Principal, faculty, students and other stakeholders. The Peer Team is of the opinion that the overall performance of the college in the post period of first assessment is progressive. The academic ambience of the college has been improving steadily thereby holding promise for the future development.

The Peer Team commends the following achievements of the college:

The college has started new UG and PG programmes.

The Certificate course on Computer Literacy offered to all first year students
Special coaching classes and compulsory tests being held for improving the performance of first year students in English language

A teacher of the college has been honoured with a certificate of excellence by the Rotary Club.

Teachers of the college have been attending orientation programmes and refresher courses of UGC; they have also been participating in seminars, conferences, etc

The institution has adopted a transparent system of continuous internal assessment.

The college has established academic linkages with other agencies to utilize their expertise in the field of Sericulture.

NSS activities cover almost one third of the student population.

More infrastructural facilities have been built up after the first accreditation.

The college has taken the initiative in maintaining the infrastructure properly by obtaining the necessary funds and utilizing them effectively.

The pass percentages of students have been increasing steadily since the first accreditation, with more students securing first classes and distinctions.

The Placement Cell has been instrumental in the selection of some students of the college by private companies through campus interviews.

The college has succeeded in mobilizing additional funds for the development of the institution from different sources such as UGC, PTA,
Alumni association, MP/MLA development funds and other industrialists.

The college has made observable progress in various functional areas and in the availability of physical infrastructure since the first accreditation.

The cordial relationship between the principal and the teachers and also among the teachers.

The commitment of teachers

While appreciating the efforts of the college, the following areas of concern may be addressed for strengthening its overall functioning.

Being a college for women, the institution may plan to start more academic programmes that would be particularly useful in empowering women, in areas such as Fashion designing, Food processing, Nutrition, Counseling and Child care, Home science, Women Entrepreneurship, etc.

Regular teachers constitute only 44 percent of the sanctioned faculty strength. Appointment of regular teachers is necessary to maintain and upgrade the quality of teaching and research in the institution.

More teachers, especially those having M.Phil. degrees, may be motivated to pursue research studies leading to Ph.D.

Research projects may be undertaken by the teachers having Ph.D. degrees
Teachers may be encouraged to publish articles and research papers

The library should serve as an important resource center. A separate building for the library may be planned as part of the future development of the institution.

Computerisation of the library may be completed without further delay.
Arrangements need to be made for primary health care and health education of students in the college.

Office work may be computerized.

The Peer team thanks the Principal, the previous Principal, the Steering committee co-ordinator, Faculty, Students, Alumni, Supporting Staff, IQAC and members of steering committee for the co-operation in completing the tasks assigned by the NAAC. The Peer Team wishes the college and all its members a bright future.

Dr. S. Kevin

Dr. Jagadeesha

Mrs. Ancy Jose

Date: 31st August 2006

Place: Tirupur, Tamil Nadu

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