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Auxilium College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
Address:Gandhi Nagar
Vellore (District Vellore)
Tamil Nadu, India
Pin Code : 632006


Auxilium College, Vellore Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college.
Auxilium College, Vellore Tamil Nadu is situated in Vellore of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Vellore comes under Vellore Tehsil, Vellore District.

Fax # of Auxilium College, Vellore Tamil Nadu is +91-416-2242781.

email ID(s) is Auxilium College Vellore Tamil Nadu

Website of Auxilium College, Vellore Tamil Nadu is http://www.auxiliumcollege.edu.in/.


Contact Details of Auxilium College, Vellore Tamil Nadu are : Telephone: +91-416-2241774, 2241994


Courses

B.A. in History, English
B.Sc. in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, Biochemistry, Computer Science, Microbiology
B.Sc. Physical Edu., Health Education and Sports
B.Com., B.B.A., B.C.A.
M.A. English, M.Com., M.S.W.
M.Sc. in Mathematics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Electronic Media


Auxilium College, Vellore Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Arts, Biotechnology, Computer Applications, Science, Social Work stream(s).

Auxilium College is affiliated with Thiruvalluvar University, Vellore



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Media coverage of Auxilium College, Vellore Tamil Nadu, Tamil Nadu

NAAC report of Auxilium College

SECTION 1: INTRODUCTION
Auxilium College founded in 1954, is the first womens college in the then North Arcot District of Tamil Nadu and is affiliated to the University of Madras (with effect from the academic year 2003-04 its affiliation is shifted to the newly established Thiruvalluvar University)

The College is located in a very backward rural area and most of the students of this institution belong to middle and poor class families. It has a well laid-out and well- maintained campus spread over an area of 80 acres.

It is a Christian minority institution, established and administered by the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, commonly known as Salesians Sisters of Don Bosco, belonging to the Catholic Church. It is primarily meant for the higher education of Catholics, but members of other communities are also admitted without reference to cast or creed or religion and their rights of conscience are respected. The college is committed to serve ‘the economically marginalized, the socially discriminated and the less privileged sections of the society.’

The Mission of the college is: ‘To produce in Salesian atmosphere intellectually enlightened, spiritually inspired, emotionally balanced, morally upright, socially committed, accomplished - in a word - integrally formed young women who will be agents of social transformation in todays India’.

The Motto of the college is ‘Knowledge and Virtue’ - Knowledge for achieving academic excellence and Virtue for promoting responsible and active citizenship.


The college which began with a two year intermediate course (10 +2) in 1954 became a full fledged degree college in 1957. During its existence of nearly five decades it crossed several milestones and today it is a premier institution of higher education with nearly two thousand students, hundred teaching and seventy five non-teaching and supportive staff on rolls. To meet the growing demand the college started many courses in the evening both at under graduate and post graduate levels. .It has also started skill-oriented courses which are managed by the Auxilium Ladies Institute of Vocational Education - ALIVE. The college is offering courses in Arts, Commerce and Science faculties at UG level during Day Session and undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the Evening Session. The working hours are : Day Session 8.15 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. and Evening Session : 1:30 p.m. to 6.15 p.m. The day and evening sessions of the college put together offer 14 undergraduate and 5 postgraduate courses.

The college is under grant-in-aid and receives funds for running undergraduate programs during day session. All the courses in the evening are run on self-financing basis. The college is recognized under 2f of the University Grants Commission Act.


Auxilium College submitted its Self Study Report (SSR) in May, 2003 and volunteered for assessment and accreditation by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore. A Peer team was constituted by the Council consisting of Prof.V.Ramakistayya, former Vice-Chancellor of Osmania University, Hyderabad, as Chairman, Prof. T. Siddaiah, Registrar, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupathi and Prof.C.A.Narayana Panicker, Principal (Retired), Palakkad, Kerala as members. Sri B.S.Madhukar, Deputy Adviser, NAAC, coordinated the Peer team visit. The Peer team visited the College on September 3rd, 4th and 5th 2003. It visited all the Departments, saw the various facilities and interacted with the Management, the Principal, the Steering Committee members, the teaching faculty, the present students, the alumnae, parents and the non-teaching staff to validate the details and analysis furnished in the Self Study Report and to gain the right perspective of the overall functioning of the College. The following criterion wise report is based on the above interactions and the documents furnished to the Peer team.

SECTION 2: CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
CRITERION I: CURRICULAR ASPECTS
In line with the goals and objectives, the college offers a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programs. The college conducts classes in two sessions, Viz., morning session and evening session. In the morning session the following programmes are offered. They are B.A. (History), B.A. (English), B.Sc. (Mathematics), B.Sc. (Chemistry), B.Sc. (Zoology), B.Com. Similarly in the evening session the following self financed programmes are offered. They are B.Sc. (Physics), B.Sc. (Biochemistry), B.Sc. (Computer Science), B.Sc. (Microbiology), B.Sc. (Physical Education, Health Education and Sports), B.Com, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Computer Applications, M.A. (English), M.Sc. (Mathematics), M.Sc.(Computer Science), M.Sc. (Bi-Informatics) and M.Com.

In addition, the college offers the following vocational courses of contemporary importance under the programme of ALIVE (Auxilium Ladies Institute of Vocational education). They are Travel and Tourism Management, Tourism and Hotel Management, Tourism and Airlines Management, Tourism and Travel Agency Management, Office Management and Secretaryship, Marketing Management, Import/Export Management, Fashion Designing and Management, Interior Designing, Visual Communication, Creative Advertisement, Mass Communication and Journalism, Medical Laboratory Techniques, Household Management and Cookery, Still Photography, Tailoring, Front Office Management , Air-Ticketing Management, Cosmetology, Spoken English and Spoken German, MS DOS, MS Office, C Programming, C++ Programming and Oracle Developer 2000

Most of the programs offered particularly in the evening session are career oriented. Being an affiliated college, it has a limited flexibility with reference to time frame, horizontal mobility and optional courses. However, the students are encouraged to study job-oriented vocational courses simultaneously with the Major Subjects, which is a welcome feature.

The college has an inbuilt system of getting feedback from academic peers and employers on teaching programs. The college arranges guest lectures to be delivered by the faculty from the University and other colleges and executives from the industry and the Government departments, who form the academic peers and employers. The college utilizes this opportunity to get the feedback on the curriculum aspects. This is one of the commendable features of the college. The college has taken initiative to introduce programs and it has even introduced some programs, pending clearance from the University. Subsequently, ofcourse it has got permission for those programmes also. The college has also established a network with the neighboring institutions, particularly for the programs like B.Com, B.B.A, B.Sc (Microbiology), B.Sc. (Chemistry), B.Sc. (Biochemistry), B.Sc. (Zoology), B.A. (History) and M.Sc (Bio-Informatics), which is a good practice.

Some of its faculty who are on the Boards of Studies, have contributed to the curriculum design of some of the courses offered by the affiliating university. But given the curriculum design, the college follows interdisciplinary / multidisciplinary approach in the name of ‘Majors’ and ‘Allied Subjects.’

In the interaction with the Alumni and the parents, it is suggested the college should also offer postgraduate programmes in many other disciplines, so that the students will have an opportunity to study P G courses also in the same much acclaimed academic atmosphere.

CRITERION II: TEACHING - LEARNING AND EVALUATION
The college has a transparent admission process. The students are admitted into various courses through entrance tests, interviews as well as academic record. However, as the college is basically an aided college, the admission of students is governed by the Government Policy of Reservation. The students knowledge and skills for a particular programme are also assessed by periodical tests. The college has also got provision to support the educationally disadvantaged students by conducting remedial courses. The advanced learners are also encouraged to conduct and participate in seminars, competitive events, etc.

The teachers are in the practice of making a teaching plan both for theory and practicals. The syllabus is unitized and teaching is continuously monitored. The lecture method of teaching is supplemented by assignments, group discussions, interviews, quiz, field visits etc. All the contemporary pedagogical tools are used in the class room. The college has also got a media facility to prepare audio visuals and other teaching aids. All these are commendable features of the college.

The college conducts the classes for 186 days a year with 99% of teachers being full time teaches. The non-teaching staff form about 30% of the total staff (both teaching and non teaching) of the college.

The college follows the continuous and cumulative assessment methods, which is communicated to all the concerned including the students. The college has a system of monitoring the overall performance of the students in order to ensure the achievement of the course objective. During the last two batches, the college has got an overall pass percentage of more than 75. The departments of Computer Science and Business Administration have recorded a pass percentage of 100. This is a very good performance by the students who have come mostly from the rural background.

The teachers are recruited by giving wide publicity in news papers. The selection is made on the basis of academic record, experience as well as performance in the interviews conducted by the selection committee. The teaching positions are need based. At present the college has teaching staff strength of 97 which includes those who are on adhoc appointment. During the last two years, the college has also made some appointments and most of them are drawn from other institutions. The college has also got the freedom and resources to appoint and pay temporary and additional staff.

All the teachers are well qualified and many of them well experienced too. They are well motivated and have an urge to develop the students and to work for the cause of education. Many of them have been updating their knowledge by attending seminars, refresher courses, etc,. The college has also organized a good number of seminars, community oriented programmes etc,.

The college has a transparent system of evaluating the teachers performance in teaching, research, and extension. The teachers are also invited to use the feedbacks given by the students, peers, parents as well as the management. Being an institution run by the Catholic Mission, it has got the advantage of having linkages with many national as well as international organizations, which are involved in education and extension. This has helped the students in enriching their knowledge and also in getting exposure to real life situations.

The college has got a Salesian atmosphere to learn and develop. The students with discipline and commitment have got opportunity to learn not only subjects of study but also the way to live. The academic environment on the campus is such that every one feels to be self-disciplined and committed to the cause. The system of education in the college is holistic which is necessary for the overall development of a person. It has a campus for improving quality of life and commitment for higher values of life. The value based education system, being followed in the college is exemplary and the college can be a role model particularly in these days of erosion in the basic value system.

CRITERION III: RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
The college has got research potential and it promotes research by encouraging, motivating and supporting the teachers to undertake research activities. As many as 35 teachers have got research degrees and most of the other teachers have also registered for research degrees. The departments of Tamil, Hindi, History, English, Zoology and Chemistry have got teachers with Ph.D degrees. Some teachers have also published research based papers in journals of national repute. This may also be appreciated, given the priorities of a degree college. Though the college has not established any formal consultancy cell, some of the teachers are engaged in extending consultancy service at free of charge. The college may establish a consultancy cell to take care of all the consulting activities in the college. The faculty may also apply for research projects and undertake research activities more intensively. The faculty who have not yet got their research degrees may be advised to get their degrees by completing their research work as early as possible.

The college is very well known for its extension activities. Being a service oriented institution, it has adopted some villages around the place of its location and rendered wonderful service for the overall development of the villages. The staff and students also participated in community development programmes initiated by the government. The extension activities taken up by the college include Social Work, Health and Hygiene awareness, Medical Camp, Adult Education and Literacy, Blood donation camp, AIDS awarness, Environment awareness, Media Education, Family Life Education, National and Local Emergency Relief Work, Women Empowerment, Entrepreneurial Development Programme, Pro-Life Awarness, Personality Development and Leadership Training.

The college has also carried out certain outreach activities. All the extension and outreach activities are well planned. The students and staff are encouraged to participate in those activities by giving them some rewards, incentives and certificates. The very system of education which is followed in the college has got an inbuilt extension programmes. Therefore the staff and students voluntarily take up those activities without any pressure from any quarter.

CRITERION IV: INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
At present the institution has sufficient infrastructure facility. The institution is periodically enriching the available facility through new constructions and new additions. This is done with the resources of the management, Salesian Sisters Society and benefactors. Daily cleaning, annual maintenance, periodic repair, etc are done regularly. Optimum utilization of the infrastructure is ensured by conducting Day and Evening colleges in two shifts, and short-term diploma and certificate courses by Auxilium Ladies Institute of Vocational Education (ALIVE).

The college encourages the use of its academic facility by external agencies like Rural Society For the Advancement of Chemistry (RUSAC), District Industrial Center (DIC) etc. The college keeps the campus beautiful and pollution free through awareness programme, constant monitoring and by utilizing college workforce.

The library is housed in a separate block and has around 54,250 books and adequate number of journals. The computerized library also provides Reprography and Internet facility. It is open from 8AM to 6.30 PM on all working days and from 8AM to 4PM on Saturdays. It has an advisory committee consisting of the Superior, Secretary, Principal, Vice Principal, Librarian, Academic Deans and student representatives. There is open access facility in this library. Book bank facility also is available for deserving students.

A central computer facility with 78 computers and accessories is also available to the students. The institution has annual maintenance contract with ‘Wipro’ For the maintenance of the computers. The computer facility is open from 9AM to 6.30 PM on all days except Sunday. Medical facility is made available in case of emergency with the help of doctors in the vicinity. Annual general medical check up for every first year student and maintenance of health records is ensured.

Play grounds and courts for playing different out door games, indoor stadium having an area of 12,000 Sq Ft, equipment for playing Carom, Chess, Table tennis etc are available. Outstanding sports persons are given incentives like Certificates, Medals, Awards and Scholarships. Many have won such awards. The college provides separate hostel facility for Day college students, Evening students and Postgraduate students. Furnished accommodation is given for around 750 students. Bank extension counter, an auditorium, canteen and an open stage are the other facilities available.

CRITERION V: STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
In day and evening colleges the percentage of students appearing for qualifying examination after minimum period of study is respectively 94% and 98%. The drop out ratio is 6% and 2% respectively. The progression to employment and further study of 75% is good. Many of the alumnae are occupying prominent positions. The college collects feed back from UG and PG students and this is used for modifying the approach, in planning and in implementing future plans at various levels. Publishing updated prospectus is a regular feature of the college. The institution provides merit scholarships and student aid fund in addition to those obtained from central government, state government and other agencies. This is commendable aspect.

The college employment cell works under a placement officer and provides placement. The Alumnae association has around 9,118 members. The alumnae visit their Alma Mater twice a year. They take up extension activities also. The policies and criteria of admission are made clear to prospective students through college prospectus, enquiry cell and college information boards. Single window admission, social-cultural activities, welfare programme, police clearance and providing hostel facility are the support service to oversaeas students. More efforts are needed to attract such students. The college also provides recreational/leisure time facilities like games, club activities, indoor game, film shows etc to the students. In addition to all the above a ‘Tutor- Ward system’ to monitor students attendance and academic performance also exists. Arrangements are made for personal guidance and counselling by qualified persons in this area. The Peer team would like to record their appreciation for the above facility to the students.

CRITERION VI: ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
The college has an efficient internal coordinating and monitoring mechanism. This includes the Board of Management, Superior, Secretary, Principal, Office manager, and Bursar. The Principal is assisted by Vice-Principal, Heads of departments, academic dean and various faculties. The office manager is assisted by the office superintendent, Bursar and supporting staff. The management decides policies and makes appointments. The Principal looks after the academic activities while the office manager does the administrative work. Various committees are there to look after the various activities of the college. There are two Vice-Principals, one for he Day College and one for the Evening College. The college has an in built mechanism to check the work efficiency of the non-teaching staff through the office manager.

The college has an internal audit mechanism. The surplus fund of the evening college is used to monitor the budget deficit of the Day College. Additional staff are provided by the management whenever need arises. They are given provident fund benefits by the management. Scholarships and fee concession are also given to deserving students by the management. In addition to all the above the 25th year of meritorious service of each and every staff member is celebrated and memento is presented.

CRITERION VII: HEALTHY PRACTICES
The college is incorporating the latest managerial concepts like strategic planning, teamwork, decision-making and computerization. The college has a definite mechanism for internal quality checks like periodic assessment of lesson plan, feed back from students, work note book and year plan. Limited national / international linkage has been developed for training and research. Regular academic programmes are supplemented through a number of self-financing courses at the UG and PG levels. Job-oriented courses, spoken English classes; business English classes etc are offered under non-formal mode. Computer classes are also offered to staff and students. The Peer team would like to record appreciation for all these efforts.

The college inculcates civic responsibility among the students through extension activities. Different organizations like NSS, Youth Red Cross, AICUF, Womens cell etc take part in such activities. At the beginning of each academic year a personality development programme is conducted for students. At the end of the year an evaluation also is conducted. Most of the students are members of various organizations like NSS; AICUF; VIDES; Rangers; Womens cell etc. They conduct workshop, seminar, literacy drive, awareness exercises etc. The work of these bodies are well appreciated by the Peer team.

An efficient tutor-ward system exists, in which around 30 students are put under one faculty member for academic as well as personal help and guidance. To improve self-confidence, self esteem and self-defense ‘Karate’ classes are offered. Bridge course in English is held for all fresh candidates. Orientation and motivation programme is held at the beginning of the academic year.

The college has a unique system of peer group teaching wherein the advanced learners help the academically disadvantaged students. This system is a permanent feature of the institution and is carried out in such a manner that there is total cooperation and willingness on the part of both groups of students.

The day begins with a prayer and a good morning thought and ends with a good night thought. A value is chosen each month for personal growth and development. On the 25th year of dedicated service of any staff member, the member is honored with a gold ring presented by management and gifts presented by staff and students. This is done as part of college day celebration. An efficient counselling cell comprising faculty members offers personal counselling to students. The students are also referred to professional counsellors in special cases. Value education helps the students to face challenges in life. All the above are paving the way for cordial atmosphere in the institution.

SECTION 3: OVERALL ANALYSIS
Auxilium College over the past five decades of its existence rendered yeoman service to the cause of higher education in one of the most backward regions of Tamil Nadu. It came into existence at a time when the then North Arcot district of the State was not having higher education facility for girls. The unique feature of this college is that during the past fifty years it empowered girls coming from the most disadvantaged and economically and socially marginalized sections of the society by giving them access to higher education. This institution believes in the all round development of the students personality. In the course of its interaction with the parents and the alumnae the Peer team was happy to know that most of the girls joining this college were first generation learners with poor academic background but left the institution with a sense of self confidence and fulfillment. This is due to the fact that this college apart from giving its students good education is also emphasizing the need for imbibing moral values, self respect, human dignity, discipline and hard work in ones life. At every step during their stay in the college the management, the Principal, and the staff help them in every respect. The Peer team noticed utmost sincerity, commitment and dedication on the part of every constituent of the institution - management, Principal, staff and students.

The College over the years succeeded in creating an excellent infrastructure and support facilities for the benefit and enrichment of its students. Good and well maintained class rooms, library, computer center, science laboratories, play grounds, auditorium, indoor stadium, hostels, etc. are put to optimum use.

The good academic inputs and the various co-curricular and extra curricular activities enabled the students of this college to perform well in the University Examinations, Sports and Games and community oriented extension activities. The students have brought laurels to themselves and to the institution by their accomplishments.

By providing well maintained hostel accommodation to nearly 750 girl students at reasonable charges, the College is doing immense service to the students coming from rural areas and the inmates of these hostels are given an opportunity to learn the importance of self help, mutual respect for each other, mutual co-operation for harmonious living.

Though Auxilium College is a Catholic Christian minority institution, the Peer team is happy to know that in its functioning all sections of the society coming in its fold are encouraged to grow in their respective fields.

Inspite of many limitations under which affiliated private colleges function, this college succeeded in starting many skill and job-oriented courses both at undergraduate and post graduate level. It started postgraduate courses in emerging areas like Bio -Informatics and Computer Sciences.

It is well known that ‘excellence’ is a continuous process and every forward-looking institution knows that the moment it reaches certain targets in its journey towards excellence, new challenges and targets emerge due to changing scenario in various fields of human activity. Keeping this in mind, the Peer team while appreciating the excellent service rendered by Auxilium College to the cause of girls education in and around Katpadi and Vellore, would like to draw the attention of the institution to the following areas of concern.

Teachers should be encouraged to obtain research degrees. The college should draw a time-bound programme to see that all the younger members of the Teaching staff complete their research degrees. The senior members may be encouraged to get minor/major research projects for which funds are available with the University Grants Commission.

Career Guidance and Placement Cell need to be strengthened. Information regarding job opportunities at Regional, State and National level - both in Government and Private sectors - must be collected and be made available to the students. Lectures by officials working in banks, insurance companies, railways, Public Service Commission and other recruitment agencies may be arranged.

The Management may also discuss the possibility of establishing a competitive examination coaching center for preparing interested students for various competitive examinations. Nowadays it is very difficult to succeed in these examinations without undergoing intensive coaching.

Students may also be encouraged to become ‘job-makers’ through self employment. For this purpose the College may contact different agencies to enlighten the students about the financial and other support available with the government and other agencies.

The college has a large number of Tamil Medium students perusing degree courses in English Medium. The Peer team is happy to know that the teachers are helping these students by various methods to cope with the change in the medium of instruction. However, it would be a good addition if the college installs an English Language Laboratory for helping the students to improve their communication skills in English language. It need not be a financial burden on the institution. A reasonable fee may collected for the maintenance of the lab.

The Peer team is happy to know that Auxilium Ladies’ Institute of Vocational Education (ALIVE ) has an ambitious programme for training girls in various skills. This is a commendable project. At present the number of students joining these Certificate/Diploma courses is limited. The Peer team hopes that in the coming days ALIVE through the efforts of the College will attract larger number of girls to these skill and job oriented courses. This will be a great value addition service on the part of the college to the community.

The Peer team interacted with the Physical Directress, the teachers and the students of B.Sc.(Physical Education) and was impressed with their performance in various field events. A suggestion was made for starting B.P.Ed. Degree course in Auxilium College. The Peer team is of the opinion that this suggestion is worth examining by the management of the institution.

At present the College is running five Post graduate programmes and the Peer team is informed that a new PG course in Electronic Media and a new course in tourism and travel management in faculty of arts at the undergraduate level, namely, B.A. (Tourism and Travel Management) are under serious consideration of the Board of Management. In the course of its interaction with the parents, the alumnae, the present students and the College Council suggestions were received for starting PG courses in some areas like Chemistry, Physics, Microbiology, Biochemistry etc. The Peer team is of the opinion that before going for these new PG courses, the existing five PG courses and the newly proposed courses in Electronic media and tourism and travel management need to be consolidated and strengthened.

The Peer team is happy to learn that the College recently initiated its Golden Jubilee Celebrations. It can take pride in what it has already achieved. The College is matured enough to seek ‘autonomy’ status. This may enable the College to function with greater flexibility.

The Peer team deeply appreciate the co-operation and courtesy extended by the Management , the Principal, the teachers, the students and non-teaching staff during their visit to the Institution.

Prof. V. Ramakistayya
(Chairman)

Prof. T. Siddaiah
(Member)

Prof. C.A. Narayana Panicker
(Member)

Sr. Alphonsa Mary R.
(Principal)



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