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SNR Sons College, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
SNR Sons College, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Address:S.N.R. College Road,
Coimbatore (District Coimbatore)
Tamil Nadu, IndiaPin Code : 641006
SNR Sons College, Coimbatore is a recognised institute / college. SNR Sons College, Coimbatore was established on / in 1987.
SNR Sons College, Coimbatore is situated in Coimbatore of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of SNR Sons College, Coimbatore is +91-422-2560387.
Website of SNR Sons College, Coimbatore is http://www.snrsonscollege.org/.
Contact Details of SNR Sons College, Coimbatore are : Telephone: +91-422-2562788
Courses offered in SNR Sons College, Coimbatore* B.B.M., B.B.M.C.A., B.Com., B.Com.(Computer application) * B.Sc. (Biotechnology / Catering Science and Hotel Management / Computer Science / Electronics) * Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA) * M.Com. (International Business) * M.Phil. (Commerce and International Business / Computer Science / Economics / Electronics / English / Management Sciences / Mathematics / Tamil) * M.Sc. (Applied Electronics / Biotechnology / Computer Science / Finance and Computer Applications) * Master of Business Administration (MBA) * Master of Computer Application (MCA) * Ph.D. (Commerce and International Business / Electronics / Management Sciences / Tamil) Career Oriented Programmes: * Bakery and Confectionery * Client Server Technology * Computer Hardware Maintenance * Electronic Equipment Servicing * Foreign Trade Procedures and Practices * Repairing of Home and Office Appliances * Sales Promotion Management. * Tax Procedure and Practices * Tourism and Travel management
SNR Sons College, Coimbatore runs course(s) in Arts, Biotechnology, Commerce, Computer Applications, Business Management, Research, Science stream(s).
Profile of SNR Sons CollegeSNR Sons college was started in the year 1987. Since then the college has achieved far-reaching excellence in the field of higher education. The college has highly motivated, experienced and dedicated teachers to attain the mission of the college. Students not only from India, but also from other countries prefer to study in this college since it offers need based and Career Oriented Programmes. The UGC recognized our college under the sections 2(f) and 12B of the UGC Act 1956. This enables us to get grant from UGC on various heads like major and minor research projects, Career Oriented Programmes, Conferences, Seminars, Symposia, COSSIP programme, computer networking facilities etc.
Media coverage of SNR Sons College, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
NAAC report of SNR Sons CollegeSECTION - I
SNR Sons College, Coimbatore is a co-education Arts and Science College founded by S N R Sons Charitable Trust. The trust is well known for its medical and educational services for more than three decades. The trust runs two engineering colleges, one polytechnic and one Arts and Science College for Women. In addition, under the medical stream, it runs dental, pharmacy, nursing and physiotherapy colleges apart from a well-equipped multi-specialty hospital with 450 beds.
The college was established in June 1987 and was recognized by the UGC in March 1998 under Sections 2(f) and 12(B). It was granted autonomous status by the UGC in August 2004. It is also approved by AICTE in 1994 and has obtained ISO 9001:2000 certification in 2006. It is a selfâ€“funded institution located in an urban area. The college was accredited with Four Star status by NAAC in 2001. The college has established the Internal Quality Assurance Cell as per the requirement of NAAC and has also commissioned a website (http://www.snrsonscollege.org)
It is affiliated to Bharathiar University and offers job oriented programmes both at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. These include a number courses such as BBM, BBM (CA), B.Com, B.Com. (CA), BCA, B.Sc. Electronics, Bio-technology, Catering Science and Hotel Management, Computer Science, M.Sc. Applied Electronics, Bio-technology, Computer Science, Finance and Computer Applications, MCA, MBA, and M.Com International Business. In addition to the UG and PG programmes the college offers M.Phil and Ph.D programs in eight departments. The college also offers nine Career Oriented Programmes sponsored by UGC of which Computer Maintenance, Electronic Equipment Maintenance, Service of Home and Office Appliances, Tourism and Travel Management and Bakery & Confectionery are worth mentioning. The innovations made by the college are duly recognized and the college was conferred best college award by Siddique Charitable Trust as well as Media Tiger, Producer of Career Guidance - Raj TV, a Satellite TV Channel.
The current enrollment of the college in UG, PG and certificate / diploma courses is 990, 503 and 258 respectively. In addition 42 students are working for M.Phil. and 45 for Ph.D. degree programmes. Most of the Ph.D. registrants are part-time scholars.
The vision of the college is â€˜To Explore, Experiment and Excel in the field of Higher Education globallyâ€™. The mission of the college is â€˜To educate the youth to meet the global challenges, enable them to excel in the field of their choice and instill in them a sense of social responsibility through enriched training and researchâ€™.
The college volunteered to be assessed and re-accredited by the NAAC and submitted the Self Study Report in January 2007. In response to this request, NAAC constituted the Peer Team consisting of Prof Dr R S Mali, Former Vice Chancellor - North Maharashtra University - Jalgaon (Maharashtra) as Chairperson. Dr Bharatha Lakshmi M V, Former Principal, P R Government College (Autonomous), Kakinada (AP) as Member Coordinator and Prof Jagdish C Bhatia, Former Professor & Chairman - Research and Publications, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (Karnataka) as Member. Mr B S Ponmudiraj, Assistant Advisor, NAAC was the internal coordinator.
The Peer Team visited the College from 19 - 21 March 2007 and went around various departments, laboratories, library and other infrastructure facilities at the institution. The team also had detailed discussions and interactions with the management, principal, faculty, non-teaching staff, students, parents, alumni and other stakeholders. The team verified all relevant documents to validate the Self-Study Report. The criterionwise observations of the team are given in the following paragraphs.
SECTION - II
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The vision, mission statements, goals and objectives of the college is well defined. The goals and objectives of the college are made known to the stakeholders through prospectus, college calendar, and advertisements and by counseling the students and staff members. The academic programmes and course curriculum developed by the college are compatible with its long-term goals and objectives. After obtaining autonomous status in August 2004, the college introduced several innovations in the curricula and developed inter-disciplinary and career oriented programmes. The main thrust of the college is on management courses, computer science, biotechnology, international business and commerce disciplines. Nine UGC sponsored career oriented programmes were introduced to enable students to face challenges of a competitive job market. The salient features of the curriculum are:
Introduction of computer papers both at the undergaraduate and post graduate level;
Institutional training and project work assignments to students at all levels;
Incorporation of value oriented courses such as yoga, value education, environmental education etc. and making them mandatory at UG leavel;
Remedial courses for academically weak students;
Introduction of Choice Based Credit System, Grade Point, Cumulative Grade Point Average and Cumulative Average Grade System.
The syllabus for various courses prepared by the faculty is discussed by the respective Board of Studies, which are constituted as per the norms of UGC under the autonomous system. However, due consideration is given to the overall policies of the government of Tamil Nadu and Bharthiar University to which the college is affiliated.
The college offers a wide range of programme options at Certificate, Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Research levels. There are 18 Programme options and the number of subjects taught is 25. In addition, 9 add-on courses and 10 research programmes are also offered. During the last five years, as per the suggestion of the first NAAC Peer Team inter-disciplinary programmes with computer application such as B.Com (C.A.), B.B.M. (C.A.) and M.Sc. Finance with Computer Applications have been introduced. A large number of self-financing courses have also been added and new innovative programmes have been initiated. These programmes are primarily job-oriented. The programmes funded by UGC provide vertical and lateral mobility to the students.
The institution provides academic flexibility in various aspects such as time frame for completion of any programme provision and remedial measures for slow and advanced learners, provision for migration from one institution to another either inside or outside the country.
At the end of each academic year, the students through a structured feed back format evaluate the course contents and performance of teachers and infrastructure facilities. Efforts are also made to get feed back from the alumni, academic and industrial experts. The management of the college collects feed back at the end of every semester and analyses it. Based on the feed back analysis, required changes and modifications are made in the curricula.
Criterion II: Teaching - Learning and Evaluation
Admissions to all programmes / courses except MBA and MCA are based on marks received in the qualifying examination, following the government norms and reservation policies. For professional programmes like MCA and MBA admissions are made as per the guidelines given by AICTE and the government of Tamil Nadu. After the admission, the students are given orientation to make them aware of goals, objectives and functioning of the college. The institution provides teaching, learning and evaluation schedule in the form of academic calendar. Remedial classes are organized for academically weaker students. Advanced students are encouraged to take up challenging academic tasks. At the beginning of the academic year the teaching plan is prepared and accordingly the teaching, learning and evaluation schedule is implemented. Academic calendar is prepared by the Calendar Committee, headed by the Principal. It provides details on examination schedule, attendance regulations, code of conduct, staff particulars and list of holidays and working days. Apart from the regular classroom interactions, students are provided additional learning experience through industrial visits, seminars, assignments and Internet browsing etc. Several audio-visual aids are also used to augment teaching-learning processes. Further through Vâ€“SAT, Video Conferencing facilities are made available at the college, which enable the student to listen to the experts and also interact with them to learn the latest developments taking place globally. The tutorial system has been introduced in the college and each tutor is allotted 20 to 25 students to give proper guidance and counseling.
The total number of faculty positions sanctioned is 89 and all positions are filled with qualified teachers. The selection of the faculty is done through interviews, based on the guidelines provided by UGC, AICTE and the government of Tamil Nadu. About 14 percent of the teachers have Ph.D. and 68 percent have M.Phil degrees as the highest academic qualification. The percentage of women teachers is 44. All teachers, except three, are from the state of Tamil Nadu. The Principal evaluates the performance of teachers based on their self-assessment reports and analysis of feed back received from the students.
The setting of question papers and evaluation of answer scripts has been centralized. The student performance is continuously assessed based on their performance in assignments and seminar presentations. Some weightage is also given to attendance. There is an effort on the part of management to encourage teachers to upgrade their knowledge and skills by attending Refresher /Orientation courses, Seminars, Symposia etc. During the last five years, a few teachers have participated in these programmes.
The results of the students are declared based on their performance in internal assessment (25%) and comprehensive examination (75%). While finalizing the results, moderation mechanism is used based on Bharathiar university norms. The pass percentage during the last five years is between 71-78 for UG courses and 90-92 for PG courses.
The UGC norms are, by and large, kept in view while determining number of teaching days. During the year 2005-06, the number of working and teaching days was 250 and 180 respectively.
Criterion - III : Research, Consultancy and Extension
The college considers research as a vital activity and encourages faculty members to engage them selves in meaningful and focused research work. There are 14 faculty members with Ph.D. and 65 faculty members with M.Phil degrees Eight departments have been recognized to guide M.Phil and Ph.D. students. There is a research association at the college to motivate, encourage and help students in research activities. Currently 45 students, mostly part time, are working for Ph.D. and 42 for M.Phil. In the past five years, the college has produced 124 M.Phil.s and 2 Ph.D.s in various disciplines. During the same period 74 papers/articles have been published in magazines and professional journals, both in India and abroad. The faculty members have also participated in a large number of conferences/seminars at the local, State and National levels. A few faculty members have also taken up 4 Minor and 1 Major research projects. The funds provided by UGC for these projects are relatively small. Some faculty members have also engaged themselves in providing consultancy to NGOs and local industries, mostly on honorary basis. The college has also organized 8 UGC sponsored conferences at the college. Some linkages have also been established with local industries on an informal basis and a couple of memorandums have also been signed.
Some departments like Computer Science and Catering and Hotel Management have taken up socially oriented programs of providing computer and cookery training to unemployed youth and those living in slum areas thereby enabling them to engage themselves in remunerative pursuits.
There are three units of NSS at the college, each with 100 volunteers. All these units are very active in community work. A special 10 days camp is organized in rural areas. Several programmes related to literacy, AIDS awareness and other health aspects, blood donations etc. are taken up on regular basis. NCC units at the college also participate in these socially oriented activities. The college received best NSS award from Bharthiar University in 2001-02 and individual awards for excellence were given to some students in 2002-03 and 2003-04. One NCC Cadet from the college also won Best cadet award in the annual training camp in the year 2001-02. NCC cadets from the college also won first prize in Line, Lay-out competition in National Integration Camp held at Jammu and Kashmir in 2004-05.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college has a total area of 15 acres and is located in a well-developed area of the city. It has adequate infrastructure facilities in terms of buildings, equipments and playgrounds. The lecture halls, laboratories, library, conference halls, auditorium, boardroom, satellite V-Sat room etc. are fully furnished and have basic facilities. The other facilities include common room for women and men, guestrooms, sufficient space for indoor games, NSS &NCC and administrative activities. The college also has a canteen. Although there is enough space in the college, the working space for the faculty and research is too crowded to allow them to concentrate on academic and scholarly work.
Sufficient funds are allocated for the upkeep and maintenance of both buildings and equipments, which are well maintained. The college has some permanent staff to maintain these facilities and some services are also outsourced. The available facilities are optimally utilized by the faculty, staff and students. In some cases, these are also made available to outside agencies for various activities. There are two separate hostels, which accommodate 378 boys and 128 girl students. Both hostels have separate recreation rooms with TV, reading room, indoor games rooms, STD facility, modern kitchen etc. The expenses, both for accommodation and food, are quite reasonable and affordable to the students. Residential accommodation is also provided to the Deputy Wardens. The Central Library has total area of 6000 sq. feet and has a seating capacity of 186. The library is fully automated and uses LINSY2K V2.0 software and bar coding system. It provides circulation, clipping, photocopying, Internet and digitalization services. There are 13779 books, 11350 textbooks and 515 reference books in the library. The library also subscribes to 135 magazines, 103 Indian and 35 foreign journals. However, only two of these journals are refereed journals at international standards. In addition to the central library, there is separate library for MBA and MCA students. It occupies an area of 1456 sq. feet. The central as well as departmental libraries remain open from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. on working days and from 8.30 am to 1.30 p.m. on holidays. Approximately 60/65 books are issued/returned every day and about 250 students and 15 faculty members make use of the library on a regular basis. The ratio of library books to the number of students is 1:10. There are 20 terminals for students and one computer has been assigned to each department. There are six computer laboratories for the students. The Internet facilities though provided on a minimal basis are not optimally utilised due to lesser speed and fragmentation and need to be upgraded.
Criterion V: Students Support and Progression
The total number of students admitted to the college during 2006-07 is 1725, of which 1376 are male and 349 are female.1637 Students are from Tamil Nadu, 78 from neighbouring state Kerala, 2 from South Africa and 6 from Vietnam. Approximately 60 percent of the students are from the reserved category of scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, backward classes, most backward classes etc, and only the remaining one-fifths are in the open category. The drop out rate is low .The pass percentage in various examinations is quite impressive. The college has devised streaming system for outgoing Undergraduates classifying them under three categories: namely seekers of Higher Education, Career Opportunities and Entrepreneurship. Based on the students priorities, Placement Cell facilitates their options. The services of the placement cell are commendable.
The college publishes an updated handbook every year, which provides relevant information regarding the College and its programmes and activities, fees structure faculty and other facilities available. Since it is a self financed college, the fee charged for various programmes varies and range between 9 to 30 thousand per semester. The ST/ST students get scholarships and other financial help from the government. The college tries to help other students, who are not able to meet expenses, through faculty and other contributions on an informal basis, but the help thus provided is not formalized at the institutional level and is minimal. The college has introduced a scheme â€˜Earn while Learnâ€™, which to some extent has been helpful in mitigating the financial problems of the students. A large proportion of students, after passing the qualifying examinations, are placed through the placement centre at levels and remuneration, which in several cases do not appear to be commensurate with their qualifications. The students are encouraged to participate in sports and other extra-curricular activities and those who excel and get awards at the state or national level competitions are given preference in admission to higher studies.
A grievance redressal cell was established at the college 1998 to redress legitimate grievances of the students. There is also a parent teacher association and a counselling cell to guide the students. Health care was provided by the Trust Hospital.
Criterion VI: Organization and Management
The college has a well-defined organizational structure. The apex body consists of Board of Trustees with a Chairman and Managing Trustee. The Board also includes the principal of the college, who is also nominated as secretary to the Board. There are several statutory bodies such as Finance Committee, Academic Council and Board of Studies. In addition, there are other non-statutory bodies like IQAC and other subject related advisory committee, who regularly deliberate and proffer suitable advise for smooth functioning of specific activities and overall development of the college. The principal, however, plays a vital role in providing leadership, fulfillment of goals and objective effectively, and decision making at all levels in consultation with the Board of Trustees. There appears to be a clear demarcation between the role of the Board of Trustees and the Principal. Senior teachers of the college are on various Committees of the college. The principal is kept informed of the activities of various departments and tries to provide additional facilities needed by the departments to enable them to function in a effective manner. The meetings of IQAC are also held periodically to assess the qualitative aspects of different academic activities and make recommendations for further improvement.
Several measures are taken by the college to upgrade and improve the knowledge and performance of both teaching and non-teaching staff. For this purpose, training programmes are organized, specifically in the use of computers, for the non-teaching staff. The faculty members are encouraged to participate in seminars/conference.
The college is able to meet its non-plan expenses through fees collected from the students and some contribution from the Trust. However, the college may make some concerted efforts to mobilise additional funds through research consultancy. There is a good scope for further mobilisation of funds, which can be used for strengthening the existing programmes as well as for initiating new programmes and activities.
Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The college is a co-educational autonomous institution. The location of the college is ideal, with elegant buildings surrounded by huge open spaces, rows of trees and plenty of greenery. It provides an ambience congenial for teaching-learning processes. The college follows several healthy practices, which are conducive for its development and qualitative improvements. Some of the best practices are enumerated below:
Establishment of IQAC as per the suggestion of previous NAAC Peer Team
Examination reforms brought about based on the recommendation of Examination Committee. The college initiates innovative idea of awarding grades along with marks.
Delegation of financial powers to the Management to the Principal who is also the Secretary of the Trust is appreciable.
Introduction of UGC sponsored Career Oriented Programmes.
Introduction of Yoga classes and lectures on ethics and moral values
Organisation of camps by NSS volunteers and NCC cadets for weaker section of society to bring about awareness on health and social aspects and donation of bloods for needy patients.
Introduction of courses for the improvement of communicative and group discussion skill of students.
Remedial classes for academically weak students
Designing and modification of curriculum as per emerging needs of students, society and the employers.
Organizing placement interviews on the campus.
Organising computer literacy programmes for unemployed youth living in the slums etc.
Job oriented computer training is given to the slum area people of CMC Colony, Coimbatore.
The Catering Science and Hotel Management department organisd training programme to tribal women on cookery.
The college subscribes 103 Indian Journals and 32 Foreign Journals.
The NCC Cadets won the First Prize in Line Lay out Competition in National Integration Camp held at Jammu and Kashmir in 2004-2005.
SECTION - III
The Peer Team after going through the Self Study Report, visiting the various academic and physical facilities and interacting with various constituents of the college, is satisfied with the progress made by the college in post accreditation period in meeting its objective. The Peer Team is of the considered opinion that a few steps may be taken by the college to further improve the quality of teaching and research. While the Peer Team would like to commend the college for its sincere efforts it would also like to bring to the attention of the college certain areas of concern.
The Peer Team would like to commend the college on the following aspects.
The college offers a variety of job-oriented and value-based programmes at UG and PG level.
Research activities have been initiated in various departments leading to M.Phil. and Ph.D.
The library is fully computerized including Bar coding.
The infrastructure of the college offers large classrooms, well-equipped laboratories, seminar hall, auditorium and audiovisual room.
Safe drinking water facility with coolers.
Teachers offer counseling facility to students.
Canteen, Hostels, Health care center, Sports facilities, Internet facilities.
Attention is given to students lagging behind in academic activities by arranging special classes for them.
Well equipped laboratories.
Good collection of books in the libraries.
Participation of students in various extension activities and sports.
Centralized paper setting and evaluation of answer books.
Incorporation of credit system and examination reforms, use of moderation system.
Feed back mechanism and self-appraisal mechanism introduced to strengthen the faculty.
Introduction of Job oriented Certificate and Diploma courses.
The Peer Team would like to make few suggestions keeping in view the future growth of the college and its march towards quality and excellence.
The college may explore the possibility of introducing more options at B.Sc. level, such as Microbiology, Biochemistry and Environmental science. To strengthen the curriculum, the college may think of introducing Departments of Basic Sciences and Social Sciences.
There is a need to strengthen the research atmosphere at Ph.D. level. The Staff and research scholars may be provided cubicles with computer and Internet facility. The teachers may be motivated to undertake more minor and major research projects.
These funds will help to enrich the library and laboratory facilities, in addition to
teaching learning activities in the college. Considering the healthy research atmosphere in the college, the quality of research may be improved.
There is a considerable overlap of subjects thought in the Department of Commerce, Management Studies and Computer Applications. Further there is a need to integrate these courses by making separate departments such as Department of Finance and Accounting Management, Human Resources Management, Department of Computer Sciences.
While interacting with parents and the present and old students of the college the Peer Team observes there is a need to train the students in communicative skills and prepare them for Competitive Examinations.
Consultancy Services may be formulized and efforts may be made to generate more funds. This will strengthen the practical aspects of training and also help the faculty in the development of case studies.
Need of more participation of teachers in Refresher and Orientation courses.
Organization of more research level seminars.
The Peer Team wishes to thank the members of the Management, Principal, Teachers, Administrative staff, Students and Alumni for giving their valuable time and wholehearted cooperation in having interaction with them. The Peer is of the opinion that the exercise will be useful to the college in strengthening the quality and developing strategies for achieving further growth and development.
Prof. Dr. R. S. Mali
Prof. Jagdish C. Bhatia
Dr. Bharatha Lakshmi M V
Dr. V. Sengodan
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