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Vellalar College for Women, Erode, Tamil Nadu
Vellalar College for Women, Erode, Tamil Nadu
Address:Thindal Post, Erode, Tamil Nadu - 638009
Tamil Nadu, India
Vellalar College for Women, Erode Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college.
Vellalar College for Women, Erode Tamil Nadu is situated in Erode of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Website of Vellalar College for Women, Erode Tamil Nadu is http://www.vellalar.com/.
Contact Details of Vellalar College for Women, Erode Tamil Nadu are : Telephone: +91-424-2270647, 2431325, Fax: 0424-2431425
Vellalar College for Women, Erode Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Arts, Commerce, Computer Applications, Science stream(s).
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NAAC report of Vellalar College for WomenSection 1: Preamble
Vellalar College for Women, Erode is an affiliated college of Bharatiyar University, established in 1970. It is the first womens college in Erode established by the Kongu Vellalar Gounder Community for the upliftment of women. Their determination and devotion to the cause of empowerment of women with knowledge have been responsible for the growth of this institution.
Today the college is housed in a spacious land admeasuring 38 acres in the State of Tamil Nadu. The college offers aided and self-financing programmes both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. There are 26 aided courses of which 10 are undergraduate programmes. There are 11 self-financing programmes out of which 3 are postgraduate programmes. More innovative and job oriented courses come under self-financing programmes.
The student strength for the college is 2647 of which 2324 are the undergraduate and 323 are postgraduate students. All the students hail from the same locality. There are altogether 142 teaching staff. Thirteen of the staff are Ph.D. holders, 83 are M.Phil. holders and the rest with postgraduate qualifications. The number of administrative staff including technical staff is 87.
The unit cost of education for the aided courses is Rs.17524/- and for the self-financing courses is Rs.4478/-. The temporal plan of academic work is the semester system.
Section 2: Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion I: Curricular aspects
The Vellalar College was established with a clear mission for empowerment of women, through diverse educational programmes. With this noble mission many curricular / academic programmes were developed and implemented through aided programmes initially. Later on self-finance courses are also being offered by the college. Although diverse programmes and infrastructure facilities are being provided, the management needs to focus on programmes with social and economic relevance to meet the challenges and present needs of the society.
The College has Science, Arts and Commerce Faculties and all the academic programmes are guided by the University in terms of syllabi, examinations and evaluation, which leave little scope for innovative programmes to be offered by the college. It is significant to note that college has made efforts to introduce some job-oriented courses on self-financing basis such as Bio-Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Applications, Food & Nutrition, Co-operation, Corporate Secretaryship, Finance & Control and Business Management.
The curricular options are more academic oriented than career oriented. There are core courses and non-core options. There are foundation courses for creating general awareness and application oriented courses. If there are some courses on entrepreneurship management included in the curricular options, a graduate will be in a better position to generate employment for herself and others.
At present the college does not have any mechanism to obtain feed back from academic peers, students and employers on the curriculum followed by the college. There is an urgent need to evolve a mechanism to formulate innovative programmes and modify existing programme to suit the socio-economic environment of the region. The industry institutional interaction may be explored to improve the quality of the academic programmes.
As a womens college, there is a need to initiate a Centre for womens studies, which will enhance the scope for introducing more innovative and relevant courses in the curriculum.
Recognized research guides for M.Phil. and/or Ph.D. research scholars are available in History, English, Botany and Commerce departments. Masters courses in History, English, Commerce, Food & Nutrition, Finance & Control and Computer Applications are offered. Master of Finance & Control has immense scope for employment opportunities. Some of these professional courses need to be strengthened by involving practicing professionals to interact with the students on a regular basis. It may be noted that in the academic evaluation of the aided colleges undertaken by the Directorate of Collegiate Education, Government of Tamil Nadu, in 1998-99. Vellalar College for Women ranked 28th among the 141 colleges for undergraduate courses and 17th among 117 colleges running postgraduate courses.
Criterion II: Teaching-learning and Evaluation
Teaching, Learning and Evaluation constitute the crux of the quality of educational services. In an effective system of education, appropriate inputs need to be given to get the desirable output. To do this the institution needs to be in a position to judge the students knowledge and offer the remedial courses to get them prepared for that course. It is desirable, therefore, to identify weaker students right at the beginning of the academic session, immediately after the admission to the first year, and offer remedial courses.
The teaching process adopted by a few teachers is commendable. While a few teachers have adopted innovative and newer methods of teaching, many need to switch over to a more efficient methodology of teaching. The college should make available latest educational technology and encourage the staff and students to use such aids more frequently.
The College is quite strong on co-curricular activities. Students take part in cultural activities. Some students are proficient in Physical activities like Karate, gymnastics and sports. College encourages sports activities of the students. Some of the students of the college, in the past, were members of the university team and participated at the national level sports meets. Most noteworthy achievement of the students of the college is the participation of two NCC cadets in the Republic Day Parade at New Delhi. One of the girls has also participated in a mountaineering expedition at Uttarkashi in the Garhwal Himalayas. Some students actively take part in inter collegiate debates, quizzes and other competitions.
The examination is conducted by the University at the end of the semester. However, the college should encourage teachers to adopt a creative and innovative evaluation process to identify the extent of knowledge absorption by the students so that remedial measures can be initiated.
Teacher recruitment is done according to the rules and procedures laid down by the government. The selection of teachers is done through written tests, demonstration lectures in a classroom followed by an interview. The process of appointing teachers in the Self-financing departments will have to be reviewed and more rigorous procedure could be adopted.
Faculty development programmes should be initiated by the college with a multi-pronged approach, consisting of, short term programmes arranged in the college in different departments by inviting experts and guest faculty from national level teaching and research institutes. Faculty should be encouraged and also be given financial support to attend Faculty development programmes.
The students evaluation of teachers may be further strengthened at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It is also highly essential to monitor the teaching practices by a well-designed procedure and reward good and innovative teachers. There are teachers with good academic and research output in some departments of Vellalar College for Women, only their tribe should increase.
College does not have any national or international level linkages and tie-ups for research or teaching. There is an urgent need for the college to look up for such linkages for its own development.
Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
Vellalar College has very few teachers involved in active research. Since the college is still developing postgraduate departments, the research output and the research culture is yet to be enhanced. The Department of Physics, Commerce, History and English have procured grants from UGC towards minor research project. Although the staff has the freedom to publish their research in academic forum, only few faculty members were able to avail of this opportunity. Currently research programmes are being conducted only in some grant in aid departments.
Faculty, currently, are not doing any individual or institutional consultancy work although there is a lot of scope for some of the departmental staff to take up consultancy work. Industry-institutional interface will promote research and consultancy operations.
It is encouraging to note that the college has undertaken a number of extension activities like NSS, Siragugal, Youth Red Cross and NCC to promote community services. Faculty and students have participated in outreach programmes like medical camp, tree plantation, blood - donation camps and adopting orphanages. Some of the extension activities are implemented in collaboration with NGOs and GOs such as Panchayat, Government Hospital, Department of Forestry, etc.
Thindal and Sengodampalayam are adopted by NSS where they constructed bus - stop shelter for the villagers, white washing and painting the school and renovating water tank and construction of platform for school. They have conducted awareness programme on Yoga in daily life, Nature - the basis of life, Empowerment of women, Irrigations projects, Rain harvesting Integrated crop Management, Vermi-culture, Bio-fertilizers - importance of Natural fertilizers. Role of women in agriculture, agro-based industries, health and nutrition and eradication of anemia.
The College should organize more outreach programmes in the areas of adult education, eradication of child labour and public health. More medical camps in surrounding villages will help poor people. Self-employment opportunities and entrepreneurship development among rural women is one area where the college could focus on. Legal awareness programmes should be conducted for women in the neighbouring areas.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The campus is spread over 38.29 acres housing Vellalar College for Women, an Engineering College and a Higher Secondary School including hostels and playgrounds. It has ample built in space for the classrooms, laboratories, computer laboratories and administrative offices. The infrastructure includes spacious well ventilated classrooms, staff rooms, library, hostels, conference room, bank, non-resident student centre, canteen, vehicle parking shed, games room, play fields, NCC room and co-operative stores. There is a very big auditorium with a seating capacity of 2500. The college has ample water supply; Uninterrupted power supply is ensured by having a powerful generator. Intercom and PAC facilitate effective and prompt communication.
The building and infrastructural facilities appear to be well maintained. Campus is kept clean and beautiful. The physical infrastructure is put to use not only for college programmes but also for use by certain external agencies. Optimal use of infrastructure is made by the college. The time table is spread in such a way that classrooms and laboratories are used optimally. However, some departments need more space for housing their staff. The hostel may provide adequate study facilities for the students.
The library is housed centrally in a separate building. There are around 34000 books. The library subscribes to 72 magazines and 22 journals. The number of foregin journals are three. More scientific journals may be added. It is advisable to allocate money for procuring more books to meet the growing requirements of the students.
The college has three computer laboratories for Computer Science, BCA and MCA students. The total number of computers on the campus is 135. There should be central computer facility which could be used by all the faculties, since most of the departments do not have independent computer facility.
Laboratories in the Science departments of Physics, Chemistry, Botany, and Zoology are equipped and maintained for undergraduate students. However additional facilities have to be provided for research students and the staff if they have to pursue research. The college does not have an independent health centre. The students undergo a medical examination after they are admitted to the college. Hepatitis B Vaccine was given to the students and staff with assistance of Rotary club. Hostel inmates are provided medical facility by doctors visiting the hostel at periodic intervals.
College has abundant space for providing physical and infrastructural facilities in sports and physical education. Courts, Play ground and equipment for outdoor games are available. Athletic events can be organized easily. Regular training facilities are available to the students. The college has produced many outstanding sportswomen who represented the College, University and State at different levels of competitions. Outstanding sportswomen are given admission in the sports quota. The management of the College recognizes good sportswomen with cash prizes and certificates. Facilities for indoor games are also available in the college and the hostel.
There are 3 separate hostel blocks for UG, PG and Annexe. There are 800 inmates in all the hostel blocks. Spacious kitchen and dining rooms are provided. There is a sick room with 4 beds.
There is a canteen adjacent to the main block to cater to the needs of the students, staff and visitors. There is no guest house, but there are some guest rooms. On the whole the infrastructure facilities in the College are excellent.
Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
Though college is located in semi urban area, it mainly caters to the needs of rural girl students. More than 800 girls from various parts seek admission in the college and pursue higher education. At the undergraduate level 1324 students appear for the qualifying examinations. Progression to employment and further studies is nearly 40%. Nearly 85% of the student successfully complete their studies, while 15% of students dropout of the courses. The dropout rate is higher in the grant-in-aid courses in comparison with self-financing courses. Given the fact that this is a womens college the progression rate is satisfactory. Admission on the basis of merit and reservation for various categories is strictly observed. University examination has rank holders from Vellalar College for Women.
The college has alumni association. The alumni propose to provide legal counseling to rural women, financial help to meritorious students. The college has yet to develop mechanism to obtain feedback from the students. This will help the administration in taking remedial measures for quality improvement.
Not many students leaving the college take up competitive examinations except the UGC-NET and the SLET. Attention must be paid to this fact by the college. Some extra guidance and coaching might help the aspiring students. Career guidance effort must be strengthened. The list of alumni indicates that many students of the college have settled in vocations and careers after leaving the college. They may be able to inspire the present students to pursue professional careers. Therefore, the alumni association may be involved in the career guidance effort.
College publishes prospectus regularly. It contains details of courses offered, procedure for getting application, eligibility for admission, reservation rules, fee structure, facilities available etc.
Various schemes for financial assistance are available to the students, which include assistance from Central and State Government. 90% attendance per semester is the requirement for disbursement of scholarship to the students. College has laid down and notified conditions for award of scholarship. The scholarship can be forfeited on the basis of poor attendance, indiscipline etc.
College has a career guidance cell. Counselling to the students is a well-organized activity in the college. A group of 15 to 20 students is allotted to each teacher.
Criterion VI: Organisation and Management
The Vellalar Educational Trust manages the affairs of the College with the help of an executive committee consisting of 17 members of whom 12 are from the members of Vellalar Educational Trust, the Principal, two senior faculty members of the college, office superintendent of the college and a nominee of the university. The committee is responsible for general administration of the college, for the recruitment of lecturers and other staff, and for disciplinary action.
There is also a staff council responsible for all academic and administrative matters consisting of the Principal, all HoDs, Librarian and the Physical Education directress. In addition to the staff council, there are other sub committees for looking after matters relating to admission, sports, NSS, Discipline, grievance redressal etc. Duties to the faculty have been allotted to ensure that college activities would go on smoothly.
Principal is the administrative and academic Head. A Vice-Principal and the Office Superintendent and the Accountant assist her. Overall responsibilities are vested on the Secretary of the Trust.
Assessment of manpower requirement is done by the management in view of new programmes, vacancies arising out of retirement etc. The selection of teachers is done as per the rules through written tests, demonstration lectures in a class room followed by an interview. The selection is done as per rules applicable to the grant-in-aid posts. However, the composition of the selection committee and the procedure for appointment in the self financing courses is flexible as per the decision of the management. There is no system of performance appraisal for teaching and non-teaching staff. Except for promotional purposes, no appraisal is done for the staff in a systematic manner. Evaluation of teachers by students has been introduced recently. There is a need for periodic training of the non-teaching staff. Computerisation of office documents has been initiated.
Besides the welfare schemes available from the government, the management provides financial help in deserving cases.
The college prepares annual budget allocating resources to various users. There is an external auditor for the college accounts. But the internal auditing is done by faculty members. The aided courses are in deficit but the self-financing courses have a surplus budget.
Current sources of funds are the fee collection, salary grants from the government, assistance from UGC and a limited income from endowments. Special funds mobilization campaign to garner a corpus to finance the growth of the aided courses as well as the self-financing courses.
Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The college has introduced several self-financing courses which are career oriented. The college has undertaken computerization of college office and library which shows the initiate of the college to undertake modern practices of office management. Simultaneously, college should evolve a perspective plan for the development of the institution.
The daily activities of the college begin with a prayer followed by inspirational messages.
Republic and Independence Day celebrations are marked by inter-religious prayer which are noteworthy practices. Civic responsibilities are inculcated through extension activities.
The college makes special efforts towards overall personality development of students through training in meditation and yoga, and physical education of the student.
The teachers are dedicated and committed, which needs to be recognized by the management.
Section 3: Overall Analysis
The college has a noble mission of empowering women through education. Diverse programmes have been offered successfully by the college and excellent infrastructure facilities have been created for the aided and unaided programmes. The peer team commends the institution for all the good work it is doing for the cause of education as stated in the above criteria. However, a need assessment is required to be done for developing relevant, career oriented quality programmes. The following recommendations are made by the team for further improvement of the institution.
Vocationalising the programmes according to the needs of the society is an important consideration.
Women studies may be an integral part of the college which will facilitate the assessment of womens needs and plan programmes for womens development and womens empowerment.
Entrepreneurship management courses may be introduced in womens education which will equip them with adequate competencies for economic empowerment.
Some departments remain as supporting departments since inception like Tamil, Economics, etc. They need to be encouraged to develop as full fledged departments to offer specialized programmes at the undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Every faculty member may participate in research and extension activities especially for academic excellence.
Computer proficiency need to be stressed for all the students, teaching, administrative and technical staff.
The use of innovative teaching methods by all the teaching staff is essential to motivate students learning. The use of computers in teaching learning process is limited. Therefore, it is desirable that each department may have atleast a computer with Internet facility and a printer.
Students need to have intensified coaching and career counselling.
The college needs to forge linkages with the industry for training and development. Industry-institution interface may commence for the benefit of the student.
It will be desirable if the students are further encouraged to avail library and reading room facilities. Library needs further strengthening regarding purchase of books, subscribing to journals and computerization.
The hostel needs redesigning for accommodation as well as for facilities.
The college has a fairly well infrastructural facilities and optimum use of these may be ensured. It is suggested that before new infrastructural facilities are created, needs of the college be identified and a phase programme is undertaken by the college.
The computerization of college office and library needs to be completed in a scheduled time period.
There is a need that college devices and undertakes faculty improvement programmes for its teachers.
The peer team wishes the college best of luck in all its future endeavours.
Prof. Mariamma A Varghese (Chairperson)
Dr. Sharad Advant (Member)
Dr. T. V. Narasimha Rao (Member)
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