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Sree Saraswathi Thyagaraja College, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Address:P. B. No. 49, Palani Road, Pollachi, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu - 642107
Coimbatore
Tamil Nadu, India



Sree Saraswathi Thyagaraja College, Coimbatore Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college.
Sree Saraswathi Thyagaraja College is situated in Coimbatore of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Website of Sree Saraswathi Thyagaraja College, Coimbatore Tamil Nadu is http://www.stc.ac.in/.


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Sree Saraswathi Thyagaraja College, Coimbatore Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Commerce, Computer Applications, Information Technology, Business Management, Research, Science, Social Work stream(s).
B.Sc(Computer Science), B.C.A., B.Sc(Mathematics), B.B.M, B.Com, B.Com(CA), M.B.A, M.C.A, M.Sc(Software Systems), M.Sc(Information Science and Management), M.Com, M.Com(International Business), M.Sc(Computer Science), M.S.W(Master of Social Work), M.Phil(Computer Science), M.Phil(Commerce), M.Phil(Management), M.Phil(Tamil), M.Phil(English), M.Phil(Mathematics), Ph.D(Commerce)


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NAAC report of Sree Saraswathi Thyagaraja College

Section - I
Introduction
Sree Saraswathi Thyagaraja College, Pollachi, Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu volunteered itself to be assessed and accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore, India. Accordingly, in the prescribed format, the college submitted its Self Study Report (SSR). A peer team was constituted by NAAC with the following members:

Prof.Bala Mohan Thampi (Chairperson)
Former Vice-Chancellor, Kerala University
Sumanam, Pura, 157 A, Narayanalane,
Poojappure, Thiruvananthapuram - 695012, KERALA

Prof.B.Mohan (Member)
Dean, Faculty of Commerce & Management
Principal, Sri Venkateswara University College of
Commerce, Management & Information Sciences
TIRUPATI - 517502, ANDHRA PRADESH

Dr.Y.M.Jayaraj (Member Co-ordinator)
Professor and Former Director, CDC, Special Officer
Quality Assessment Cell
Dept. of Collegiate Education
Government of Karnataka
No.1, Palace Road, BANGALORE - 560001

Dr.Sujatha Shanbagh, Assistant Adviser, NAAC, coordinated the visit from the head office.

The peer team visited the college as per the schedule i.e., from 19th to 21st February 2007 and interacted with the Principal, Management, Faculty, Non-teaching staff, Students, Parents and Alumni. The peer team also made personal visits to all the departments of the college and had interactions with various constituents of the institute and checked the documentary evidences made available. Based on the SSR, and validation of the inputs thereon, interactions with all the stake holders and verification of the documents, the peer team has arrived at value based judgement as per the format of NAAC, Criterion-wise. The same is presented in the following paragraphs.

Sree Saraswathi Thyagaraja College, Pollachi, promoted and managed by V.S.V.Vidhyaa Mandhir, a charitable trust, commenced its educational services in the year 1997. The college is located at about 7 KMs away from Pollachi town on Palani road, Thippampatti, Coimbatore District of Tamil Nadu. The college has a campus of 24.42 acres, surrounded by coconut gardens, green fields and an Industrial unit. Pollachi is a taluk known for coconut agro productivity and agriculture, with a population of around 5,42,949.

The logo of the institution with the motto ‘Synthesized knowledge and compassionate heart’ reflects three features - books, rays of the sun and lotus symbolizing knowledge, wisdom and compassion. The motto represents the twin ideals of education - the training of the intellect and the refinement of the heart.

It is totally a self financing co-educational institution affiliated to Bharathiar University, Coimbatore. It made a humble beginning with 37 students and 4 UG courses. Today, the college offers six programmes at UG level and eight programmes at PG level besides M.Phil., and Ph.D., as well as add on courses. The college is approved by UGC under section 2(f) and 12(B). It has also obtained the approval of AICTE for MBA and MCA courses. The college has the distinction of having received the coveted ISO 9001:2000 certification on 24-01-2002 valid up to 5th November 2007 from National Quality Assurance Ltd, UK. The college has a well-defined vision, mission and objectives. It has selected current relevant areas of education namely Commerce, Management, Computer Science and Applications, Information Technology and Social Work. The College has 13 teaching departments comprising 99 teachers, 4 supporting staff and 25 technical/non-teaching staff catering to the needs of 1820 students.

The Institution over a period of 9 years has been able to provide good infrastructure - a three storied building comprising classrooms, laboratories, library, sports and support facilities. It has also the provision of hostels for boys and girls separately on the campus. The student teacher ratio is 18:1 while the ratio of non-teaching staff to the teachers is 1:4. The unit cost of education without salary component is Rs.14,003, while the same with salary component is Rs.20,612. The success rate is around 80 percent while the drop out rate is around 3 percent.

Although there are 4 faculties namely Commerce, Computer Science, Business Management and Arts/Social Sciences, for better planning and control, 13 functional departments have been created. They are as under:
Science faculty

PG Comp.Sci. Dept. ( M.Sc. SS; M.Sc.CS; M.Sc.IM) - 11 teachers ( 4 m + 11 f )
M.C.A. Dept. (M.C.A.) - 13 teachers ( 5 m + 8 f )
UG Comp.Sci. Dept. ( B.Sc. CS and B.C.A.) - 11 teachers ( 3 m + 8 f )
UG B.Sc. Maths Dept. - 10 teachers ( 3 m + 7 f )



Commerce faculty
PG - M.Com (IB) Dept. - 2 teachers ( 1 m + 1 f )
PG - M.Com. Dept. - 5 teachers ( 1 m + 4 f )
UG B.Com. Dept. - 13 teachers ( 7 m + 6 f )
UG B.Com. CA Dept. - 5 teachers ( 0 m + 5 f )

Management faculty
PG - M.B.A. Dept - 7 teachers ( 5 m + 2 f )
UG - B.B.M. Dept. - 7 teachers ( 3 m + 4 f )

Arts faculty
Department of Tamil ( I language at UG ) - 4 teachers ( 1 m + 3 f )
Department of English (II language at UG) - 5 teachers ( 3 m + 2 f )
PG - M.S.W. Dept. - 6 teachers ( 5 m + 1 f )

Thus the college has 13 functional departments under the four faculties, with 99 teachers (41 m + 58 f ). For smooth planning and functioning, the college has four Academic Deans ( Management, Commerce, Sciences and Academic Affairs). In order to address the institution-industry interaction, it has constituted two advisory committees ( for M.C.A. and M.B.A.) comprising industrial experts and subject experts.

SECTION - II
CRITERION WISE ANALYSIS
Criterion - I : Curricular Aspects
The institution offers 6 UG, 8 PG courses, 2 M.Phil. and 1 Ph.D. programmes in the faculties of Commerce, Business management, Computer Science-Information Technology and Arts. They are as follows:

UG Courses B.Sc. (Computer Science), B.Sc.(Maths), B.C.A. (CS) B.Com., B.Com.(CA), B.B.M.

PG Courses M.Sc.(Software Systems), M.C.A., M.Sc.(Computer Science), M.Sc.(Info. Science & Mgt.), M.Com.(International Business), M.Com., M.B.A, M.S.W

Research Courses M.Phil , Ph.D., M.Phil. (Computer Science), Ph.D. (Commerce), .Phil. (Commerce

Thus the college has been able to introduce the UG and PG programmes at regular intervals in the relevant areas. All the courses except M.Com.(International Business) which has undergone change of nomenclature, have enrollment nearing to the fixed intake.

Being affiliated to Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, the college follows the curricular design, syllabi and semester pattern of the parent university for all its UG, PG programmes. The syllabi are updated by the parent university BOS in respective subjects at regular intervals. The teachers and students give feed back on curricular design and transaction to the affiliating University for perusal and consideration.

A student at UG level is offered Tamil or any other Indian language and English as languages apart from their respective specialization papers at the UG course. The first year UG student is also offered college level certificate course in Ethics and Culture, Communicative English and short-term skill-aptitude, personality development programme. These programmes are designed by the college itself.

Thus the college is aiming at the realization of its own vision, mission and goals apart from the five core values of NAAC. The college has set a very high goal of becoming an institution of ‘one among the top ten institutions in our country by 2020’.

CRITERION - II
Teaching, Learning and Evaluation:
Being a self-financing affiliated college, the college is empowered to admit students to all courses as per the maximum intake ( except M.B.A. and M.C.A.), subject to eligibility criteria of the parent university. In case of M.B.A. and M.C.A., 50 percent of students are admitted as per TANCET allotment (entrance test, counseling) and 50 percent through MAT or through the allotment of Consortium of Private Colleges/Deemed Universities (based on entrance test, GD and interview). The college has a significant number of students from the neighboring State. More than 50 percent of students are from rural background.

The college follows the calendar of events of the parent university and has 90 teaching days per semester and 196 working days per annum. 14 courses are offered during the day hours (9:15 to 4:15) and BCA and M.Sc.(SS) are offered during 1:30 p.m. to 5:40 p.m. The academic calendar and time-table are made available to students at the time of admission. The teaching hours are from 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. hrs every day for 6 days a week. The teachers prepare the teaching plan and maintain teaching work dairy, facilitating the completion of syllabi as per the schedule.
The fresh students are given orientation to the course syllabus and academic process along with the facilities and support services in the beginning of the academic year. Based on their previous academic achievements and performance at internal evaluation tests, students are identified a fast, medium and slow learners [A,B&C] category. Accordingly remedial coaching classes have been introduced. Bridge courses are conducted for B.Sc.Maths., B.B.M., M.Com.IB, M.S.W. and M.C.A. students. Talent student test is also undertaken based on the inputs given by the students about their creativity, general knowledge and subject knowledge.

The teaching method include the predominant lecture method, with seminars, expert/special/guest lectures. Experimental and practical training is imparted through case studies, GD, quiz, assignments, industrial visits, project work and practical classes as per norms. ICT enabled TL is being practiced by staff and students. Internet, Computers, LCD, OHP and other facilities are made available to teachers and students.
The students are subjected to continuous internal assessment (CIA) as per university norms for 25 percent of the marks in each subject (75 percentage of marks in university examination). The CIA comprises test, assignment, and attendance.

The teachers are made to update their knowledge by deputing them to attend orientation and refresher courses. They are also encouraged to attend and present articles at national seminars/workshops. During summer vacation staff are taken to a pleasant destination to undergo refresher course totally managed by the trust for self-realization, self-actualization and knowledge-skill upgradation. The college also organizes faculty development programmes (29 during 5 years) in the form of training, development of skill and competencies. The college also has organized 4 national seminars and 7 workshops during the last 5 years.

The students evaluate the teaching faculty once in a semester and outcome is made known to teachers for improvement. The teachers also undergo self-appraisal. The academic audit on teacher performance, students performance in university examinations are also undertaken by the auditors of ISO certification agency once a year based on internal academic audit reports.

The percent of passing of students at the university examinations range from 79 - 83 in case of UG and 73 - 87 in case of PG courses. Similar trends of around 80 - 85 percent of results are recorded for individual programmes. There is a need for improving the overall course-wise results along with enhancement in the number of distinctions. However the achievement of students at university examinations securing ranks is note worthy. During 2004-05, 5 students secured ranks while in 2005-06, 8 students achieved the same fete ( 3 Ist ranks, 2 IId ranks, 1 IIIrd rank, 1 IV rank and 1 VI rank in M.Sc.IM, M.Com.IB., M.Sc.SS., M.B.A. and B.Com.CA. respectively)

The College maintains Question banks and question papers . There is a need to adopt online/computer-based examinations to keep pace with the modern trend. Performance evaluation of students semester-wise has helped in understanding the impact of remedial coaching in overall improvement.

CRITERION - III
Research, Consultancy and Extension:
The college of late has realized the importance of research activities at the college. Among the teachers 5 hold Ph.D degrees and 46 hold M.Phil degrees to their credit. The Principal is also a Doctrate degree holder in Commerce. Teachers are motivated to pursue Ph.D programmes. As on this day, 20 teachers have registered for Ph.D while 40 have done so for M.Phil.

A staff member of the department of Commerce is a University recognized Ph.D - M.Phil guide while one teacher of Computer Science has been recognized for M.Phil guidance. At present 6 students are pursuing M.Phil on full time basis.

Despite these, for the entire college there is only one ICSSR sponsored minor research project sanctioned to a staff in Economics. A Research Committee has been constituted by the college to promote research. A student has got the assistance from Tamilnadu Council for Science and Technology for his project work. Students of MBA have undertaken field survey / market survey apart from their project work.

The college has brought out 4 proceedings of the seminars held and staff have edited two books. The teachers have 20 publications in national journals and 7 in international journals. There is a need to activate research projects as it is a college with PG courses.

There is a need to take up consultancy on priority/larger scale, keeping in view the professional nature of courses. A few staff and students of computer science have taken up consultancy, of late as a beginning. A student got the assistance from a MNC for his assistance in software development, which is of note worthy.

The extension activity is undertaken by 3 NSS units of the college, each headed by a i/c staff member. These units through their 300 volunteers ( 165 m and 106 f ) undertake all the enlisted community development and awareness activities. They have linkages with the local NGOs and SHG organizations. Blood donation (780 units in 5 years at 10 camps), Career guidance (for +2 students), awareness on AIDS, government welfare programmes and scientific temper development are the major activities. There is a need to undertake NSS activities involving all the staff and students and innovative thrust areas. Volunteers may be encouraged to participate in state/national level camps. Teachers may undergo TOC training for meaningful and better implementation of NSS programmes based on a long term action plan. The MSW students have a good scope to undertake Social-Community related activities in association with NGOs and NSS. A booklet in Tamil and Malayalam has been published for the career guidance of +2 students.

CRITERION - IV
Infrastructure and Learning Resources:
The College initially when it was started during 1997 had 10.02 acres of land. As on today i.e., 2007 it has 24.42 acres of land. The college has a 3 storied building constructed as per a designed architectural plan. Of late it has also developed a two storied sports complex. The total constructed area is 99,656.49 sq.ft. The college has adequate class rooms(49), staff rooms(12), seminar halls(2) with modern public addressing facility with audio/video/LCD facilities, five computer laboratories with 274 computers, library, and an exclusive girls rooms, gymnasium and indoor court in the sports complex. The growth of infrastructure is in pace with the growth of the institution. The college has effective mechanism for maintenance of infrastructure such as buildings, landscape and equipments. The campus environment is pollution free and eco-friendly. Library learning resources are adequate and online facility is also available with open access to all. The library with computer multi-media, internet connection with digital facility, reprographic services, computer guided search system caters to the academic requirements of the staff and students. The library is kept open from 8.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. everyday with circulation service, clipping , photocopier, printers and down loading facility, information display and notification etc. The library, managed by three staff has a collection of 8684 titles (12726 books), 102 journals (19 international), Delnet, 889 CDs and a few back volumes. It has a SC/ST Book-Bank. Of the total books (12726, 1798 are donated by ISI, New Delhi. Computerisation of stock availability of and library transaction has been automated under ‘Smart Campus’ software during this year. However the classification is yet to be undertaken. The seating capacity of Journal-Magazine display room is around 40 while the general library has a seating capacity for 45 readers. An UG student is entitled for 2 books a faculty rental is entitled for 6 books. There is a need to enhance the number of books and journals and seating capacity.

There are two separate hostels for boys and girls with a capacity of 100 and 75 respectively. At present 45 boys and 45 girls are accommodated in the hostels. The hostels are provided with TV, basic facilities, modern kitchen with steam boilers and gas connection and convenient dining hall, indoor games facility and power generator. There is a need for judicious allotment of rooms and cycle system of mess billing.

In all, there are 319 computer systems in the college. Of them 274 are kept in 5 laboratories meant for UG and PG students, with working hours of 8.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. All of them (except Lab-III) have internet connectivity. The remaining computers are available at Office(7), Departments(14), Library(5), Deans office(5), Placement Cell(1), Seminar hall (1), Virtual class room(1), Centre for Research & Consultancy(1) and STC City Centre(10). The Laboratories are managed by System analyst cum Lecturer and Lab Assistants. The computer backup facility for 1 hour and two generators ensure continuous working of laboratories. All the required softwares as per syllabi are available. An electronic digital lab is made available for M.Sc.SS students.

The sports facilities include an indoor sports complex comprising TT, Carrom, Chess and common rooms along with multi gym and fitness centre. The outdoor facilities are a multipurpose ground for Cricket, Foot ball and 200 meters tracks, courts of Basket ball, Volley ball, Ball badminton and Tennis. There is annual budget provision for sports material and student incentives (TA-DA, Dress, Diet allowance etc.,) There is a need to maximize these utilization of these recently introduced sports facilities, especially the indoor ones.

Protected drinking water, provision for amenities (toilet), Canteen, Bus facility, Vehicle stand and a Virtual learning center have been provided to students. As per the University regulations, the college is expected to work for 5 hours a day, whereas the college works for 6 hours i.e., from 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (with a lunch break of 12:25 p.m. to 1:10 p.m), utilizing the last hour for add-on courses, soft skill development and remedial coaching etc.

CRITERION - V
Student Support and progression:
As on the date of the visit of the NAAC Peer Team, the college has 1338 students in under-graduate courses and 471 students in post-graduate courses, 6 scholars in M.Phil. and 5 scholars in Ph.D. programme. The students progression from UG to PG courses is about 40 percent. About 25% to 30% of the passed out students get placement through on-campus and off-campus interviews.

Updated prospectus and calendar are prepared every year and supplied to the students. Prospectus gives details on course contents, fee structure, career prospects and faculty profiles. Calendar furnishes all relevant information for students and teachers including vision and mission, goals and objectives of the college, governance structure, courses offered, rules and regulations, association activities, annual calendar, day order, unit coverage plan and so on.

The profile of each department and the profile of the respective students is kept in the respective department in the form of Academic Register with all details. Students support activities are commendable. Nearly 40 percent students get financial assistance in the form of fee concessions from the management. An exclusive full-time placement officer with the support of placement committee takes care of campus and off-campus recruitments. Training officer (full time exclusive) provides necessary skill-set for the students to face the interviews. Exclusive Executive for Corporate Relations, a full-time officer arranges guest lectures, industrial visits, identification of placement opportunities and project work for students. The college has constituted a grievance redressal cell which looks into the grievances of the students personally. There is also a separate cell for counseling for girls. Fee concessions are given to deserving students who are proficient in sports and games. Several students of the college participated in inter-university tournaments and won prizes and medals. Some of them also participated in Regional, State and National level sports and games events. So far 18 students have played for their parent university while 74 have played at state level. Two students have participated in All India championship in power lifting and karate.

Students progression is monitored effectively. The institution has sufficient well- run support services to all the students. The students feed back mechanism for quality enhancement is commendable. The college has hosted Inter-Collegiate competitions twice. The college is at 5th position sports performance at Bharathiar University inter-collegiate level.

Among the total strength of 1820, 956 are men and 863 are women, It indicate a significant enrollment of women for these professional courses on self financing basis. There are 63 (47 UG + 16 PG) SC-ST students, 154 MBC ( 98 UG + 128 PG) other category students. Although there is good representation to MBCs and BCs, SC-ST students strength is marginal. It can be augmented through ameliorated approaches.

Cultural and creative activities among students are permitted through Departmental Associations, Annual Fairs, Exhibitions and competitions. There is a need to refine the focus on these relaxation strategies for students persuing professional courses. The college has created 4 endowment scholarships (Rs.57,000) for the benefit of the students.

CRITERION - VI
Organisation and Management:
The mission statement of the college has clear indication for achieving quality as stated in its own words ‘Ensuring the highest quality in infrastructure, technology and faculty and their continuous upgradation’. The Board of Management is the apex body in the administrative hierarchy. It consists of Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary. It also have a Director in the GB. The positions are rotated among the three dedicated professionals once in three years. The board meets weekly to review progress and growth. There is a clear demarcation between administrative and academic matters. Academic board consists of all the Deans of faculties. It is headed by the college Principal. The governing council/college committee members provide a range of direction to the institutions growth. The Board of Management which is an apex body is responsible for taking policy decisions and mobilization of financial resources. The college committee is the highest body to take decisions on all academic matters. The secretary of the college is responsible for all administrative work and implementing the decisions of the college committee. Academic board assists the principal in all academic matters as well as in planning and execution of academic programmes. Academic decentralization can be seen since, the Deans and Heads of the departments are also involved in academic decision making process.

Under ISO system, monitoring and internal coordination is done by means of Internal audit, External audit and Management Review Meetings. Perspective planning is seen in implementation in the light of vision statement of the institution. Principal is consulted on all aspects. Suggestions received from Dean and HODs are incorporated in the perspective plan. Advisory committee members represent various bodies including academics, industry, service sector and their expertise advices give value additions towards better academic practices.

Faculty selection is systematic and merit based. Merit is considered as sole criterion in the matters of faculty selections. The financial management and resource mobilization is judicious. Since it is a self financing college, the student fee is the major source of financial resources.

The college has motivated all the teachers to improve their performance and thereby has given an opportunity for self-introspection. Performance appraisal of the teachers is made in three ways. (1) Students feed back on teachers performance and self appraisal of staff (2) students performance in the university examinations (results) and (3) Academic work appraised by Principal/Deans based on the work diary. Deputing staff to the refresher/orientation programmes, arranging invited lectures by eminent academicians are some of the staff development programmes initiated by the college. The institution practices several welfare schemes for teaching and non-teaching staff by arranging bank loans to the needy. In deserving cases, fee concession is allowed to the children of the employees who are studying in this college. Financial assistance towards medical expenses for staff and students is also available in emergency cases.

The staff (both Teaching and Non-teaching) are given orientation/refresher training for 2 days along with management representatives during summer vacation at selected hill stations. The entire expenditure is borne by the management. This is a commendable feature. Incentives and awards are given to teachers and non-teaching staff based on their performance.

CRITERION - VII
Healthy Practices:
The college has acquired ISO 9001:2000 certification. There is a provision for Internal Quality Audit under ISO certification. As such three internal audits should be completed every year (once in 4 months) followed by an annual external audit as per the mandate. Besides, the practice of self-assessment by teachers and feed back from students act as mechanisms of internal quality checks. Value based education is promoted by practicing values as well as teaching ethics and culture. The motto of the college is exhibited in its logo i.e., creating students with knowledge, wisdom and compassion. Social responsibility towards rural and economically backward community is achieved through fee concessions and outreach programmes. Review of performance of students in the internal assessment tests, result analysis in each semester in the university examinations, student evaluation of teachers is some of the quality assurance methods of academic programmes.

Office administration and academic administration have been computerized with the help of the software viz. ‘Smart Campus’. Since it is a affiliated college, there is no scope for making innovations in course planning. Evaluation of students is done on continuous basis and feed back given to students on their performance. A separate Centre for Research and Consultancy has been created to motivate the faculty towards research. The college has established a STC City Centre and conducts programmes which are useful to the students of the city and public. Every department is asked to conduct out reach programmes to various segments of the public like entrepreneurs, women, students, parents, public and alumni.

Democratic and participative methods are adopted in governance. Services oriented values are inculcated through NSS and Rotaract club. The college offers an exclusive certificate course on Ethics and Culture. The college promotes social responsibilities and citizenship roles by involving blood donation camps, aids awareness, environmental pollution and health camps.

Classification of students into ABC categories based on their perfomance in cycle tests, adoption of students by teachers, add-on courses on entrepreneurship are some of the unique healthy practices of the college. Separate meetings of girl students are organized each year to sensitize them on gender related problems by the Complaints Committee for Women. Sensitive gender related issues like eve-teasing, ragging etc., are explained in the light of legal aspects in the orientation programmes and NSS camps.

Suggestion box provides means for the students to represent their grievances. Alumni Directory , 2007 has been prepared and released. Alumni meetings are conducted every year and students get an opportunity to meet and share their feelings. Virtual Knowledge Centre caters to the requirements of students to sharpen their skills in various aspects.

The college has three MOUs with local firms for linkages. It also interacts with NGOs, Social organizations and SHGs. Celebrations of national festivals, cultural events help in inculcating national and ethical values. The college has established linkages with Coimbatore Management Association, Confederation of Indian Industries, Coimbatore branch and All India Management Association.

A student of M.Sc.SS is awaiting the entry of his name in Limca Book of World Record for continuous typing for 6 days. Projecting the profile of the alumni with a message to the students is a novel step of inspiration for youngsters.

SECTION - III
Overall Analysis
Sree Saraswathi Thyagaraja College, Pollachi is managed by VSV Vidyaa Mandir Trust. It is about to complete its decennial year. The trust has a clear Goals/Objectives to run it on the self financing, co-educational basis and on professional lines befitting to its vision and mission. It has concentrated on three important current areas of education namely Computer Applications, Commerce and Management. Started with 37 students and 4 UG courses, the college over the 9 years has grown in leaps and bounds in terms of academic programmes (6 UG, 8 PG and 2 Research) 1820 students and 99 teaching staff 25 non-teaching staff ( 22 Admn. Staff and 3 Technical Staff) ably supported by two librarians, 1 Physical Education Director and Dean for Academic Affairs. During the last 9 years the college has reached several milestones which needs to be commended. They are as follows:

Commendations:
Dynamic and committed management, staff and students.

Introduction of need based UG, PG courses and UGC sponsored COPs.

Recruitment of staff on need base merit and competence.

Constitution of academic advisory committees bringing in Industry-Institution participation.

Recognition by UGC, AICTE and ISO 9001:2000 certification.

Initial steps towards pedagogical innovations. Realisation of the importance of bridge and remedial classes, adoption of ICT enabled teaching-learning.

Feed back and its analysis

Thrust on faculty development activities

University Results secured by students

Good infrastructure-3 storied buildings and an annexe, 5 computer laboratories, provision of hostels for girls and boys, sports facilities - Gymnasium, Bus facilities, Generators, basic health facility

Spacious campus of 24.42 acres in a sylvan surroundings

Fee concession to 698 students to a sum of Rs.31.00 lakhs on merit, and backwardness, a significant step in view of self-financing nature of the college. The fee ranges from Rs.4500 to Rs.30,000 per semester.

Career guidance, Training and placement cell managed by two exclusive staff and an Executive for corporate relations.

Thrust to soft skills and personality development through training and virtual learning center.

Promotion in a moderate way to sports and cultural activities. Encouragement to students creativity.

Publication of college magazine which has bagged the I/II place at university level.

Publication of department magazines, seven in number entitled ‘Kalai Charal, COSMIC, GIST, DOMIS, Mathematika, SAXON, Compu.com’; Newsletter ‘Yatra and Prony’

College website www.stc.ac.in and internet facility for all the students ( 512 Kbps)

STC City Centre for basic computer learning, internet and for training/workshops.
Academic Audit - Internal and External as per ISO 9001:2000 norms.

Student associations on nomination department-wise with names - STACS, TYMA, SAXON, SWAN, ELCAT, CAST, MINERVA, COMPU.COM, BUSI-WIZ, OMNI MATHS and so on.

Establishment of the college offering professional courses in a rural area for rural students.

A move towards office and library automation through a professional software ‘Smart Campus’.

While the college is making progress, there is a need to list out the priorities for improvement towards a perspective plan of action for holistic growth. They are as follows:

A blend of experienced teachers along with the qualified junior teachers by offering attractive reasonable perks/salaries

Thrust on experiential learning.

Introduction of more specializations at M.B.A., M.Com. and M.Sc. courses

Introduction of courses on Journalism , Mass media, Animation, Digital printing technology, Foreign languages

Professionalism in student project work, Industrial Visits and assignments

EDP may be given a focus along with confidence building measures and resource mobilization around academics.

Counselling by a professional on projects, aptitude and PD may be considered.
Research publication and PDP may have to be strengthened on priority

Consultancy activity needs a professional touch and formalisation.

Extension activity needs a boost in terms of a systematic action plan and its implementation.

Hostel facilities can be judiciously used to provide better living space utility and privacy especially for PG students Mess bill needs a reconsideration.

Library needs addition of books, reference books and seating capacity ensuring better usage. User - book ratio, Books may be classified on priority.

Apart from fee concession to merit, sport and poor students, there is a need to mobilize resources through philanthropists to help needy students.

Twinning and internship for MBA/MCA/MSW students, may be considered for better exposure and expertise sharing.

Placement cell needs upgradation.

Basic foundation course on CA,ICWA, ACS, IAS/and other competitive examinations may be offered.

Training, Placement may develop linkages MOUs with reputed firms.

Bus facilities may be enhanced.

Thrust on professional - faculty development programmes.

Ear marking budget towards better salary, perks and incentives.

Earned leave facility and medical reimbursement on regular lines for teaching and non-teaching staff.

Autonomous status.

Improvement of class room furniture, like glass boards, Podiums.

Courses on Economics.

Residential quarters for staff.

Health center on priority.

Infrastructure of canteen needs upgradation.

National seminars, Industrial Visits, Workshops on regular basis.

Strategies for the retention of qualified staff.

Coaching classes for competitive examinations.

Landscaping, gardening and social foresting may be thought off.

Apart from these aspects to strengthen the existing courses and programmes, the college may also explore the probabilities of moving towards deemed to be university by establishing schools of art, social science, education and physical education, projected as
future plans by the institution itself.

The Peer Team acknowledges the help and support extended by the management, Principal, Coordinator, Support Staff and all the stakeholders in this process of assessment and accreditation. The Peer Team is also indebted to the trustees Lion.T.Sethupati, Lion.M.A.Vijayamoghan, Rtn.S.Venkkatesh and Mr.M.Settu, Dr.V.Kulandaiswamy Principal, Prof.R.Padmanabhan Co-ordinator and all the support staff for their hospitality and cooperation. We also thank the authorities of
NAAC for this opportunity.

Prof.Bala Mohan Thampi
Chairperson

Prof.B.Mohan
Member

Dr.Y.M.Jayaraj
Member Co-ordinator

Dr.V.Kulandaiswamy
Principal
Sree Saraswathi Thyagaraja College
Pollachi - 642107, Coimbatore (Dt), Tamil Nadu

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