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PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Address:Peelamedu, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu - 641004
Coimbatore
Tamil Nadu, India



PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, Coimbatore Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college.
PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, Coimbatore Tamil Nadu is situated in Coimbatore of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Website of PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, Coimbatore Tamil Nadu is http://www.grgeducation.com/.


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B.A., B.Sc., B.Com., B.B.M.


PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, Coimbatore Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Business Management stream(s).

Profile of PSGR Krishnammal College for Women

It is said that when a man is educated it benefits only himself, but when a woman is educated , an entire nation gets educated. Smt. Chandrakanthi envisioned empowerment of women through education as a means to enlightening India. That this was envisioned in 1956 when such thoughts were considered unacceptable particularly from women makes Chandrakanthis dream truly revolutionary. The GRG Trust, established in 1956, stands tall today.

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NAAC report of PSGR Krishnammal College for Women

Section 1. Introduction
PSGR Krishnammal College for Women was established in June 1963 under the auspices of a Charitable Trust, GRG & Sons Trust. The beginning was indeed very humble with just 10 teachers and 35 students. But with good support from the sponsors the Institution grew steadily. It became a first grade College in 1964, and obtained UGC recognition under 12B from 1972. It is now a large Post Graduate institution offering 10 UG, 4 PG, 4 MPhil and 4 Ph.D programmes under the aided scheme and 3 UG & 3 PG programmes under the un-aided, self-financing scheme. Affiliated to the Bharathiar University, the College now has a student strength of over 2000 and a faculty strength of over 100 and has earned for itself a prominent place among the affiliated colleges of that University.

At present, the College is situated in a 10 acre plot in a beautiful, prestigious locale of the city of Coimbatore. Over the years, a beautiful Campus with impressive infrastructural facilities has been built up to cater to the growing needs of ever increasing academic programmes. With multistoried buildings, well equipped laboratories, a good library, modem Computer facilities, well provided play-grounds and other amenities for students and teachers, the college offers a congenial atmosphere for the all round development of its wards and has accomplished meritorious service to the cause of womens higher education in and around the Coimbatore district.

GRG and Sons Trust states clear and well intentioned objectives for their educational institutions. Introducing life-oriented courses, extending financial assistance to poor and deserving youngsters and maintaining high quality education were among these goals. The Trust now runs nearly a dozen institutions, PSGR Krishnammal College being devoted exclusively for the education and empowerment of girls.

In recent years, the authorities have given importance to diversification and quality enhancement. It is the first Womens College to start BBM in 1987 and MBA in 1993, having set up a separate GRG School of Management under the College. MCA was also started the very next year in a similar way under the separate GRG School of Applied Computer Technology. B Sc (Computer Science), MBE, etc., were soon added. Along with this diversification move, the Institution also became quality conscious and decided that an honest self assessment of its activities, such as academic achievements, the level of success in imparting value-based education, all round personality development of the students, the employment opportunities open to them etc., is inevitable. The authorities also found that the National Assessment and Accreditation Council could help them in the process. Accordingly, the College submitted a self-study report to the national agency which constituted a Peer Team consisting of the following members to visit the PSGR Krishnammal College for Women for the purpose of assessment on behalf of the NAAC: Dr.A.N.P.Ummerkutty (Chairman), Former Vice-Chancellor of the Calicut University; Dr.P.S.N.Reddy (Member), Professor of Chemistry, Osmania University and Sr.Tina Farias (Member), Principal of Loreto College, Kolkata.

The Peer Team visited the College on 27th and 28th of March 2001. Prior to the visit, the members of the Team had carefully studied and analysed the self-study report submitted by the College. During their stay in the Campus, they visited all the departments, functional centres, facilities, sites and buildings situated in the campus as well as outside, and held discussions with the Principal, the Governing Council members including the Managing Trustee, the members of the faculty, representatives of the students, parents, Alumni and others concerned. Through these various visits, discussions, study of the self-study reports and through the scrutiny of the numerous documents placed before them, the Peer Team has pleasure in submitting the following report.

Section 2. Criterion-wise Ana1ysis
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The college now offers 13 undergraduate and 7 postgraduate courses in the faculties of science, arts, commerce, and management, which include M Phil and Ph D programs in English, History, Botany and Chemistry. The total student strength is 1953 (undergraduate 1520, postgraduate 412, M Phil and Ph D 21).

The applicants to seats ratio for undergraduate courses is fairly high, particularly for Commerce (18:1), Management (10:1) and Computer Science (50:1) courses. This reflects the reputation of the courses and the College. But the demand for PG courses is low. In fact, the student enrolment in some courses (Chemistry, Botany, and History) is less than the sanctioned number of seats. Two factors could have contributed to this situation (i) the present trend amongst the students in southern universities to opt for I T related courses, and (ii) the conventional nature of the programs offered with meager opportunities for gainful employment. The College should be concerned about the second reason, and may initiate efforts to introduce multi / interdisciplinary and job-oriented courses like microbiology, biochemistry, biotechnology, environmental science, medicinal chemistry, women studies, fashion designing, urban area studies, journalism etc, at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The College, being non-autonomous, enjoys very little freedom to introduce flexibility in the course structure and the timeframe. The best thing is to opt for autonomy and credit system. Meanwhile, the courses may be redesigned in a modular form permitting student progression from certificate to diploma to degree. After the college is granted autonomy, the students will have even greater options to choose groups I subjects across the faculties (cafeteria approach) for horizontal mobility.

The existing feedback mechanism from academic peers and employers on the teaching program is informal and needs to be strengthened. The College will benefit by inviting reputed academicians and chief executives from university, industry and service organisations, to serve on the Governing Council I College Council. The College does have linkages with industry by way project work and work experience for the students. This can be formalised with MoUs that will permit the College to invite the best of the talent in the neighborhood as ‘adjunct faculty’ for specified periods, and to expose the students to the emerging technologies.

Criterion II: Teaching-learning and Evaluation
The students are admitted to the courses in the College based on their academic record, except for MBA and MCA for which the admission is through an entrance test. The pass percentage of the students in this college has been consistently brilliant (6~95 %), and far above the university average (30-63 %). In this respect, the college tops the list of the affiliated colleges, and the university has recognised this achievement. The student quality is also reflected in the number of university ranks (49 in 1999 and 74 in 2000) obtained by them in the final examinations. The college deserves to be congratulated for this.

The college conducts bridge courses and remedial classes for educationally disadvantaged students, but offers little incentive for fast learners. For this category of students, the college may introduce I offer some advanced diploma I certificate courses parallel to the degree course as value addition. Incidentally, this may also generate additional revenue to the college.

The teachers (116) working in the college are adequately qualified (Ph.D. 13 & M Phil 83) and motivated. A good number of them have participated in faculty improvement programs (FIP 12, orientation courses 27 and refresher courses 56). At least 7 have acted as resource persons and several others are serving on the academic bodies of the university. Three teachers have received teaching awards. This entire culture augurs well for the teaching ambience in the college.

The classroom teaching is supplemented by audio-visual and other learner centered teaching-learning methods. The Internet does not figure among these. Teachers knowledge of this powerful tool would enable them to align themselves with the latest advancements and to gain national and international linkage on academic matters. The college may institute a mechanism to encourage the teachers to undergo self-appraisal, get them refereed by outside experts and reward the deserving.

The college has a very favorable teacher-student ratio in all subjects, the average being 1 20. In PG courses however, it is heavily tilted towards the teachers. Evaluation is by internal assessment and semester examination. An internal committee with student members could periodically monitor the coverage of syllabus and conduct of examinations.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The College offers research courses in four subjects - English, History, Botany and Chemistry. There are at present 18 M Phil (English 6, History 2, Chemistry 4 and Botany 6) and 6 Ph.D. students (Botany) pursuing research. The departments of History and Botany have four UGC sponsored Minor Research Projects amounting to a total grant of about 1.2 lakhs. The teachers have recently published 6 papers in journals, and presented some in conferences, symposia etc. About 10% of the teachers are guiding research. Other departments have yet to take the initiative in this direction.

The College needs to pay further attention to research activity. The Management encourages its teachers for research but there is no evidence of sponsoring it by financial support. It is suggested that the College may provide seed money in its budget for promoting research.

The college does not offer any Consultancy services, but is deeply involved in extension and outreach programs like NCC, NSS, Red Cross, Adult Education, National Literacy Mission, eye-camps, blood donation programs, AIDS awareness activities, City Clean Campaign etc. Students of this college have been participating in the Republic Day Parade and were selected to attend NCC Youth Exchange Programs with foreign countries.

It may not be out of place to mention here that an NCC cadet from this college was adjudged as the All India Best Cadet for the year 1999-2000 and won the Gold Medal at the Prime Ministers Rally on January 27th, 2000.

Criterion IV - Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The College has a campus of 10 acres and has built up a more than adequate infrastructure for the administration of the College and for the many programs and classes. Classrooms are constructed to keep pace with the opening of new courses. There are spacious laboratories for Botany, Chemistry and Zoology.

The buildings are well maintained and the Management provides the funds for this purpose. The maintenance is seen to by a supervised workforce and skilled workers like carpenters and electricians. The Campus is maintained with care and is enhanced by plants, trees and a beautiful garden. A mantap and temple add to the serenity of the surroundings.

The use of libraries is a priority in the learning process of the College. The Central Library of the College is located in the main building. It has one librarian who is assisted by an advisory committee. The library is in the process of being computerized. There are 31,618 books in the Central Library and the College subscribes to 80 journals and periodicals . There is a separate library for MBA and MCA Departments with 969 books. Every department has a library of its own. The library is open from Monday to Saturday from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. It has facilities for reprography and audio-video cassettes. It also provides Internet facility and the ‘Library Management System’ software has been installed in the computer in the MBA library.

The College has a Central Computer centre which is used by students of MBA, MCA, B.Sc.(Computer Science). The Centre is open on all days from 9.00a.m. to 5.00p.m. even during vacations except on holidays and public holidays. The MCA Laboratory has 1 server, 47 nodes and 2 printers. The B.Sc. (Computer Science) laboratory has 2 servers, 27 nodes and 3 printers. The Department of Management has a Pentium II, UPS and printer. The College plans to install computers in all departments. The computers and the accessories of the center are maintained by the firm Microbase Compute Services through an annual maintenance contract.

Though there is no Health Centre, the College arranges for a compulsory medical check up for all First Year students.

There are adequate physical and infrastructure facilities for sports - 200 metres athletic track, courts for volley ball, basket ball, badminton, kho kho and a football ground. Sports are encouraged and incentives are given in the form of free uniforms, track suits and shoes, and scholarships and fee concessions to outstanding players. At the time of admission special weightage is given to students with good sports records. Special coaches are employed to train players and athletes. Physical Education is compulsory for all First and Second Year students. At least 9 students have been selected to represent Bharathiar University in Games events and athletics.

The GRG Hostel is situated on a separate campus at least 2 kms away from the College. It accommodates 600 college students. Seven college buses are available for students to commute to the college. Strict discipline is maintained which is much appreciated by parents and guardians.

The college has a Guest Room and a canteen for use by staff and students. A midday meal is provided at concessional rates.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
Policies and criteria for admission are made available to prospective students. The Bharathiar University has published an appraisal of colleges entitled ‘The Choice is Yours’. The PSGR Krishnammal College ranks high on this list. The College disseminates information through the annual publication of the Prospectus and Calendar. Much care is taken of the academic welfare of the students. At least 95% of the students appear for the qualifying examination after the minimum period of study and the drop out rate is just 5%.

The introduction of career oriented programmes such as BBA, MBA, MCA Computer science has been motivated by a concern for the future of the students. 50% of graduates progress to Higher study and are reportedly employed in various capacities. In the last 5 years approximately 50 students have appeared for Examinations like UGC-CSIR, GRE, TOEFL, GMAT, SLET.

The Old Students Association (OSA) is strong and there are many prominent academicians, professionals, industrialists and persons of influence among them. Several hold responsible posts in the country and abroad. It is particularly noteworthy that so many past pupils who have progressed academically have been absorbed in PSG Educational Institutions and are on the faculty of Colleges and Schools in the State.

An important service to the students is the Placement Cell organized by the Old Students Association. Links have been established with many organizations and firms that conduct on-the-campus presentations and interviews. They consequently employ several graduates and post graduates of the College. A Placement Officer provides career counseling to students and facilitates interviews on the campus and outside.

The Old Students Association also provides prizes and awards to deserving students. An increasing number of past students opt for life membership in the OSA.

Students are given special care in the form of remedial and bridge classes for the academically challenged and financial aid for the economically challenged. Central and State Government scholarships are made available to needy students. During the last 2 years 426 students received financial aid from scholarships and other sources. A Students Aid Fund created from special college fees is used to help deserving students.

Academic and personal counselling is given to students by teachers who are assigned 20 - 25 students for tutorials. Special help and coaching is given to students in need. Career counseling is given to Final Year students.

Interaction with parents and guardians takes place when necessary. There are adequate recreational and leisure time facilities available to students. They are encouraged to participate in competitions and activities, inter-collegiate and others.

Criterion VI: Organisation and Management
The College is owned and managed by the GRG& Sons Charities. The College Committee manages the College with a Managing Trustee as President. Appointments of sanctioned staff are made according to Government norms and all decisions of selection committees have been approved. The Management however is free to appoint other staff to meet the demands of self financing programmes and pays their remuneration.

The College Council comprises 12 Heads of Departments and the Principal is the Chairperson. The Council meets periodically to coordinate all academic and co curricular activities of the college. The academic calendar is prepared by the staff of each faculty in turn and is supervised by the Principal.

The Principal, Office Manager and Heads of Departments supervise the work of non teaching staff. Technical staff were offered a course organized by the Physics, Chemistry and Botany Departments on laboratory techniques and instrumentation. The Zoology Laboratory Assistants were given a technical training to handle necessary instruments and equipment.

The College Students Union is formed each year by elections and comprises a President, Vice-President and General Secretary and 15 secretaries of Associations - Fine Arts, Quiz, Language - Tamil, Hindi, French, Literary and debating, Humanities, Planning Forum, Mathematics, Physics, Chemical, Naturalist, Commerce, Business Management, NSS, Athletic and NCC. According to the Report of the Students Union Council, students organize the celebration of important days and anniversaries.

Teachers of the College are encouraged to avail of orientation, refresher and Staff development courses held in other Institutions.

The college has a sound financial base. The accounts are handled by the Management. The fee structure of all Graduate and Post graduate Courses as well as those of Self financing Courses and other fees including Hostel charges ensure sufficiency of funds.

A system of Internal audit is present. There is no Grievance Redressal Cell in the college.

Non teaching staff need financial assistance by the Staff Club and by the Management to cover medical requirements in situations of emergency and need. Both teaching and non-teaching staff can avail of Provident Fund loans and Festival allowance according to Government Regulations.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
Though still an affiliated institution, the PSGR Krishnammal College for Women has recorded a steady, evolutionary growth during its nearly four decades of existence. This is visible not only in the increase in number and diversification of courses, expansion of infrastructural facilities, greatly enhanced enrollment of students and an impressive array of qualified teachers, but also in a genuine search for a quality education imparted by the Institution. The Peer Team noted with pleasure that within the limitations of affiliation, the college authorities have been careful to introduce many healthy practices beneficial to the allround growth of the intellectual and emotional life of the students. Regular Guest Lectures by well-known Professors from premier institutions such as IITs, IIMs, technology institutes, and also professional and experts from industry are arranged. This give a good exposure to students of latest trends in various subjects though such as exposure is not part of the syllabus or curriculum.

The various co-curriculum activities are also organized in such a way that they are supportive to the regular academic pursuits of the students. An Exchange programme sponsored by the Rotaract Club whereby selected students were able to spend a few months abroad is a case in point. Thereafter, there have been a number of students from different disciplines who have had the same benefit under the NCC Scheme. Such exchanges open up a wider horizon of life to students and therefore are appreciable for a degree college.

Section 3. Over all Analysis
The Peer Team felt happy to note that there is great enthusiasm among the teachers, students, authorities and other constituencies of the college about the assessment process for all seem to believe that it would lead to betterment of the Institution. A concern for quality is discernible everywhere. This is a good sign. The Peer Team noted a number of features which deserve special mention and which should be commended. They are listed below. The team has also made a few suggestions which the college could consider for turther growth of the institution. The suggestions are listed later.

Commendations
Guest lectures by eminent professors from such institutions as IITs, IIMs, Technology colleges, etc. and by Management professionals and experts from industry are welcome steps. The design and variety of subjects covered under the Foundation Course ( Gandhian Thought, Freedom Struggle, Yoga, Physical fitness, Health and Nutrition Education, etc ) are good.

The field experience imparted to 2nd year students in various industrial units offer good scope for associating themselves with4 real life situations.

Conducting of several quiz programmes, debates, essay writing, painting, etc., during the year inculcate creative and communicative skills among those who are interested.

Though informal, the feedback system, both from peers and from students is quite effective and is used to improve teaching methods.

Practical field work for students for 15 - 30 days as per University requirement, is highly appreciable. Several public and private agencies are enlisted for this purpose.

Week long consumer awareness celebration from 23rd March every year is a model activity that can be emulated by other colleges to spread consumer awareness among the students.

Activities of the NSS are commendable. They participated not only in all the extension activities, but contributed greatly in maintaining discipline and order within the College Campus. Other activities of NSS like visit to Old Age Homes, Observation Homes, Slum areas, etc., are highly appreciable.

Achievements of NCC are equally commendable. Many students are selected each year for participation in the Republic Day Parade & P.M.s Rally at Delhi.

The Youth Exchange Programme initiated by the NCC is worthy of praise. Several girls were given opportunities to visit foreign countries through this scheme and thus their vision of life has been greatly expanded.

It is advisable that the Central Library be connected to INFLIBNET and other inter-linking facilities. This will be helpful for research scholars and for students preparing for competitive exams. Access to Internet facilities could be made available to all students.

Examination results are very good, almost always ranging above 95%. The number of University ranks earned by students of the college is considerable and this is really commendable.

Progression to employment and further study is reportedly 50%, which is good by any standard in Indian conditions.

There is an effective Alumni association that renders valuable service to the institution. This is indeed commendable.

The College deserves praise for maintaining good alumni lists which represents a virtual who is who of very prominent citizens in various walks of life throughout Tamilnadu and beyond. This is the empowerment of women in action.

Financial assistance is satisfactorily. Nearly 15% of the students are given help if needed. An Employment Cell started by the Alumni in 1993 has been functioning successfully. A placement officer guides and counsels the students in gaining employment and in planning Careers. That the College has been able to attract numerous reputed Companies for Campus interviews is indeed laudable.

The Old Students Association (OSA) gives a number of prizes and Cash awards each year to rank holders and excellent performers in Curricular and Co-curricular areas. This practice is exemplary.

That no donation is taken either from teachers or students is indeed praiseworthy. The financial management of the college as shown in the budget is sound.

Economically backward students are identified and are given grants from the Students Aid Fund.

Two former Principals have been awarded the Best Principal Award and One Professor the Best Teacher Award by the Tamilnadu Government.

The College has been consistently ranked very high in the Bharathiar University program called The Choice is Yours . It is a scheme whereby a statistical analysis of the results of all colleges affiliated to the University is ranked as per merit.

Suggestions
Research requires immediate attention of the authorities. A coordinating committee could be constituted, with the Principal as Chairman, to guide and monitor research activities of the faculty and to encourage them to submit projects to the funding agencies.

It is worthwhile that the Trust create an endowment to encourage research activities and to give some seed money to deserving cases. This can serve as an incentive to the faculty for submitting research proposals to outside agencies.

Consultancy service also requires some attention by the authorities. Professors from P G departments could form a consultancy cell with one of them as convener.

Presently the Central Library is open from Monday to Saturday for MBA/MCA. This timing could be considered for students of other courses also.

Though the College has excellent rapport with the industry and entrepreneurs of the area, the relationship could be further utilized for further strengthening of research and consultancy links.

The Management may consider constituting an academic planning cell in the college with the Principal as Chairman and representatives of HoDs, Teachers, students and others concerned for exploring future growth in academic and vocational courses. The recommendation of this cell could be placed before Trust for their consideration.

A formal feed back mechanism may be evolved to obtain opinions of parents, students and peers.

Some formal training system may be considered for the benefit of Non Teaching Staff.

The Management may consider introducing low-cost, useful certificate courses in the evening as for the benefit of women other than college students.

The introduction of vocational courses and vocationalisation of existing courses as per UGC Vocational pattern may be considered by the Management as it is easy to do so even with the existing facilities.

Creating working groups to encourage and recognise initiatives in teaching, learning and evaluation is a proposal worth considering.

The Management may ensure that appropriate faculty improvement schemes are introduced for the benefit of the temporary and part time teachers if their service extends beyond two years.

Since the traditional courses do not attract a sufficient number of students, the college may consider introducing vocational and job-related components in the curriculum with the approval of the University.

The offer made by the Old Students Association that a professional counselor be appointed on a regular basis through the support of their organization, may be pursued vigorously and implemented immediately.

The students expressed their desire that they be given more opportunities to participate in inter and intra college seminars and conferences.

It is advisable that the central library be connected to INFLIBNET and other inter-linking facilities. This will be helpful for research scholars and for students preparing for competitive examinations. Also, the internet facilities may be expanded for all the students.

Reprographic facilities be made available in the central library

An internal quality assessment cell may be constituted in the college to continuously undertake self-assessment on a yearly or half-yearly basis so as to consolidate progress achieved so far and to go forward to greater growth.

The Peer Team records their appreciation to the Management and Principal of the College for extending their cooperation during the visit. The Team also expresses their appreciation for the unstinting support extended by Dr Antony Stella, Deputy Advisor, NAAC.



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