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Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan College of Arts and Science for Women, Perambalur, Tamil Nadu


Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan College of Arts and Science for Women, Perambalur, Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu, India
Pin Code : 621212

Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan College of Arts and Science for Women, Perambalur Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college.
Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan College of Arts and Science for Women is situated in Perambalur of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Fax # of Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan College of Arts and Science for Women, Perambalur Tamil Nadu is +91-4328-220075.

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Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan College of Arts and Science for Women, Perambalur Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Arts, Biotechnology, Commerce, Computer Applications, Science stream(s).
B.Litt (Tamil)
B.Sc Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Information Technology, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Physics, Mathematics
M.Sc. in Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electronics, Information Technology, Maths, Microbiology, Physics, Botany
M.A. Tamil
M.Phil in Chemistry, Mathematics, Microbiology

Approval details: Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan College of Arts and Science for Women is affiliated with Bharathidasan University, Trichy (Tamil Nadu)

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NAAC report of Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan College of Arts and Science for Women

Section I : Preamble
Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan College of Arts and Science for Women, Perambalur, Tamilnadu volunteered to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore and submitted a Self-Study Report in December 2006. The Council constituted a Peer Team to visit the institution and to validate the Self-Study Report. The Peer Team comprised Prof.M. Madaiah, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Mysore, Mysore (Chairman), Dr.R. Jayaprakash, former Principal, Sree Narayana College, Kollam, Kerala (Member) and Dr.Sr. Thresiamma, Principal, Maris Stella College, Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh (Member Co-ordinator). The Peer Team visited the college on 28th and 29th March 2007.

Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan College of Arts and Science for Women was established in November 1996 by the Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Charitable and Educational Trust with the motto of providing opportunities for higher education to women students coming from socially - economically backward strata of the society in this rural region of Tamil Nadu. A good majority of students of this institution belong to the first generation of learners. The institution is a self-financing college and is affiliated to Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli.

The college is located in the rural surroundings and has a serene and vast campus of 25 acres with an impressive infrastructure - both academic and physical. The kind of higher education envisaged in this institution involved all-round development of personality of students. The college is recognized by the University Grants Commission under Section 2(f) and 12(b) of the U.G.C. Act of 1956.

There are 15 departments in the college offering 13 undergraduate, 12 post-graduate and 3 M.Phil programmes. The institution has well-qualified and experienced teaching faculty of 147. A little over 4 percent of the faculty are holding Ph.D. degree, 47.62 per cent of the teaching staff are with M.Phil Degree and 4 percent teachers have passed UGC-NET and SLET examinations. There are 54 members on the non-teaching staff including 3 technical staff. The student enrolment stands at 2543 in the institution for various courses.

The Peer Team carefully perused the Self-Study Report submitted by the college authorities. During the institutional visit, the Team went through the pertinent documents, visited departments and facilities of academic, co-curricular, extra-curricular, sports and extension wings of the College. The Team also interacted with the Governing Body, Principal, Faculty, Non-Teaching Staff, Students, Parents and Alumnae of the College. Based on the above exercise and keeping in mind the seven criteria identified by the NAAC, the Peer Team submits its objective assessment in the ensuing pages.
Section II : Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion I : Curricular Aspects
Innovative curriculum design and introduction of a wide-range of course option, at the under-graduate as well as the post-graduate levels, go a long way in moulding the career of young students in various walks of life in a rapidly changing society. As an affiliated college of the Bharathidasan University, the institution follows the curriculum and regulations of the University meticulously. Academic bodies like the Boards of Studies and Faculties of the parent university makes periodic revision of the syllabi and the college automatically implements the same. Some senior faculty members are represented in the Boards of Studies and they do have some say in the curriculum development. All the programmes, both U.G. and PG., are under Choice Based Credit System. There is inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary approach in the course structure and there is some degree of flexibility to the students in choosing the courses.

The range of programme options offered in the college are impressive and most of the courses are job-oriented. In addition to conventional B.A., B.Com. and B.Sc. courses, the colleges offers B.B.A., B.C.A., Computer Science, Information Technology, Bio-technology etc., which are career oriented. Even at the P.G. level, many job-oriented courses like Bio-informatics, Bio-technology, Information Technology, Computer Science, Computer Application, Micro-biology etc., are offered for the benefit of students. M.Phil. courses are offered in Chemistry, Mathematics and Micro-biology in the institution. Theory, practical, field work and project work is combined in the course structure. Project Work is a compulsory component for all the P.G. Programmes. The college offers programmes with semester system and the courses are offered in modular form. The programmes at both the U.G and P.G. levels are in conformity with the mission, goals and objectives of the institution and are enabling the college to work for achieving the same.

Criterion II : Teaching-Learning and Evaluation
Teaching, learning and evaluation are carried in a successful and satisfactory manner in this institution. The college operates on semester system. Teachers have adequate work load in teaching and co-curricular activities. Adequate, qualified and experienced teachers are available in the institution.

Students are admitted to various courses on the basis of academic record following the reservation policy of the Tamilnadu Government and norms of Bharathidasan University.

The college encourages teachers to make their teaching plan well in advance. Teachers are also encouraged to participate in various professional development programmes like orientation and refresher courses, seminars and conferences. As many as 23 teachers have completed refresher courses and 5 teachers have attended orientation courses. A few workshops / national / international seminars have also been organized by this institution. Conventional lecture method in the class-room is supplemented by audio-visual equipment etc., to make teaching learner-oriented. Teachers are recruited by the selection committee of the college as per the prescribed norms. The institution evaluates the teaching efficiency of the faculty using self-appraisal method and the feed back submitted by the students.

Methods of evaluation and other related details for both theory and practical courses are communicated to students at the beginning of the academic year (semester). Special attention is given to slow learners through bridge/remedial courses. There is also Teacher-Ward system prevailing in the institution. The college follows continuous internal assessment for 25 per cent of the marks for each course. The final examination is designed and conducted by the University. There is double evaluation of answer scripts at the P.G. level. Though there is single evaluation of answer scripts at the U.G. level, there is provision for retotalling/revaluation. Students are also encouraged to participate in the inter-collegiate seminars, quiz and symposia. The performance of students in various university examinations of this college is quite satisfactory but there is enormous scope for further improvement.

Criterion III : Research, Consultancy and Extension
Teaching, Research and Extension are inseperable components of any center of higher learning. The quality of teaching always acquires meaningful increment through participation in research activity. Extension, to-day, is realised as a measure of success of an institution as the knowledge and talents of the student and teaching community become available to the society at large. Though Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan College is mainly a teaching institution, over the years, it has expanded its activities considerably in the area of research. One can discern the research potential in this institution.

There is a Research Committee to guide and monitor the research activities in the college. Sixteen faculty members have registered for Ph.D. on part-time basis. Nearly 30 students have registered for M.Phil in the college. There is a major research project in the college funded by the Department of Bio-Technology, Government of India. Four papers are published in international journals and 9 papers in national journals. Faculty members also have 14 books and many articles and abstracts to their credit.

Consultancy service has yet to emerge in the real sense in the institution. However, the College does provide free of cost, informal consultation to villagers around on mushroom cultivation, vermi composting, Bio-fertilizer production and food preservation.

The college is also involved in many commendable extension activities. The NSS volunteers, NCC, YRC, Rotaract, EXNORA and USSC have taken up quite a few awareness programmes like AIDS awareness, arranging blood donation, environmental awareness, utilization of kitchen waste and farm yard waste, garbage management etc., The NSS Units of the College have also adopted three villages in the neighboring area. Another village is adopted by the Rotaract. The College takes the credit for sensitizing and educating the villagers on various issues relating to community development in the surrounding rural area. The college has also initiated some steps to have linkages with industry/research institutions.

Criterion IV : Infrastructure and Learning
The college is situated in the rural setting with spacious campus spread over 25 acres in Perambalur. The total area of the college building is 36,750 Sq.Meters. The campus is aesthetically planned and well-kept. The building facilities include well-furnished class-rooms, laboratories, administrative offices, spacious and air conditioned library and seminar halls etc. There are three students hostels accommodating 1300 girls with good facilities. There is a computer center with 250 computers. The College as a whole is having 311 computers. All the students have access to computers and internet facility. The college has canteen, facilities for sports, swimming pool, gymnasium and Air-conditioned Auditorium. The Peer Team is pleased to see a well-laid garden with fountain and lot of greenery in the campus.

The College Library has around 22000 books, and a good number of periodicals. Further, the library has 5000-e journals facilitated by the University - Inflibnet programme. The library is kept open from 8.00 A.M. to 8.00 P.M. on all working days. There is also a book bank. There is a Library Advisory Committee to overview the activities of the library. The Peer Team is pleased to witness the impressive learning resources in the Library. The Library has also reprographic facility. The College Office and Library are fully automoted. The Department of Computer Application has an air-conditioned Library. The College has STD facilities in the College as well as in the Hostel and emergency van for the sick. The labs are well-equipped and well maintained. The College has also very good and modern water purification plant. The infrastructural facilities are optimally utilized in the college.

Criterion V : Student Support and Progression
The college has adequate facilities to give support to students. The student support programmes include scholarships and educational concessions from the Tamil Nadu Government and also by the College. The institution publishes an updated prospectus annually which gives information regarding the college, admission criteria, examination, fee structure, availability of facilities - both physical and financial - and the policies of the college. As many as 618 students got government scholarships and the college provided 206 scholarships during 2005-06. The College runs 20 buses to transport students on concessional rate and free transport for staff.

The dropout rate of students in this institution, the Peer Team is happy to note, is reasonably low. The college has been able to attract nearly 50 per cent of the students from other States for its P.G. courses. This is mainly due to good facilities available in the institution.

There is an active Placement Cell with full-time Placement Officer in the College assisted by coordinators from various departments. Many students of the college have been placed in good position through Placement Cell.

There is an Alumnae Association in the college. About 40 percent of the graduates of this college will go for higher studies. Many former students of this college are occupying good positions in various walks of life. There is also a Students Grievance Redressal Cell and a Parent-Teacher Association.

The students of the College participate actively in various cultural and literary programmes. The students have participated in sports events at the State and National levels and won laurels for the College. Outstanding sports persons are given special incentives and felicitate them suitably. The Peer Team is happy to note that the students have won laurels and national level through their participation in cultural competitions.

The percentage of pass in the college in various university examinations is appreciable. Quite a few students have obtained university ranks which is highly commendable.

Criterion VI: Organization and Management
The Organization and Management of the institution are quite good and transparent. The Governing Body, headed by Sri.A.Srinivasan, looks after the overall progress of the college.

The Principal looks after the day-to-day administration of the college. Various committees like Staff Council, Examination Cell, Calender Committee, Grievance Redressal Cell, Alumnae Association Committee, Training and Placement Cell, Staff Selection Committee, Library Advisory Committee, IQA Cell and Research Committee are formed, and functions are assigned to each one of these committees for the smooth running of the institution.

The financial management is very transparent. Finances of the college are quite sound and accounts are maintained properly. Accounts are audited by qualified auditors.

The Management has been giving positive support to faculty members to improve their qualifications under various faculty development programmes. The work efficiency of the teaching and non-teaching staff is assessed through an inbuilt mechanism. The Management has been maintaining academic harmony through its various welfare programmes for faculty, non-teaching staff and students. The institution gives 50% fee concession to children of the employees. The management is keen in supporting the overall development of the college. The Peer Team is appreciative of the democratic functioning of the college and the maintenance of congenial atmosphere on the campus.

Criterion VII : Healthy Practices
The college has certain healthy features and they are mentioned below.

Providing access to higher education to the needy and deserving women students in this economically backward rural region is a commendable service.

Offering career oriented self-financing courses.

The institution emphasizes value based education.

Prevalence of good discipline and academic environment in the college premises.

The college encourages the overall personality development of students through a combination of curricular, co-curricular, sports and extension activities.

Move towards ‘Plastic-Free-Campus’ and to build a safe environment is praiseworthy.

Group Insurance Scheme for students and staff is laudable.

Cash awards to University rank holders.

Awareness and out-reach programmes in the villages are noteworthy.

Informal training to self help groups of the villages in the surrounding area of the College.

Attracting students from other states is a welcome feature in the interest of national integration and harmony.

Existence of Alumnae Association and Parent-Teacher Association.

Keeping the campus clean and neat.

The College has a number of welfare programmes for teaching and non-teaching staff like leave facilities and loan facilities.

The College has created learning environment by organizing various academic events like seminars, symposia, workshops and debates.

The College has e-learning facility.

Section III : Overall Analysis
The Peer Team, after perusing the Self-Study Report and assessing the various academic and infrastructural facilities of Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan College of Arts and Science for Women is very much impressed by the vision and goals of the institution in the cause of promoting higher education in the surrounding backward rural area since its establishment in 1996. The college has made significant progress in enlarging its academic activities by offering a variety of self-financing courses both at the under-graduate and post-graduate levels. M.Phil programme is offered in Chemistry, Mathematics and Microbiology Departments. Teachers shoulder the responsibilities of providing appropriate teaching-learning experiences to students. The evaluation method adopted is quite satisfactory. Research and publication culture is prevalent in the institution. Extension activities carried out by the college is appreciable. The college has impressive infrastructure facilities. Organization and Management are efficient, democratic and transparent. The college has earned a good reputation in imparting quality education.

While appreciating the accomplishments of the institution, the Peer Team would like to suggest the following for the future development of the college.

Infrastructural facilities, both academic and physical, need to be expanded for the further progress of the institution.

A few more self-financing courses, like Nano-Sceince and Nano-Technology, Fashion Technology, Banking and Finance, International Trade and Finance, International Business and Integrated Five Year (Masters Degree) Course in Economics may be introduced in the interest of students.

Extension and outreach programmes of the college may be expanded.

Library facilities may be strengthened by adding more latest books to meet the needs of growing student population.

More encouragement and financial help may be provided to teaching staff to improve their academic qualifications and for research activities.

Greater use of audio-visual aids in the class-room is recommended for effective teaching-learning process.

The college needs to expand its formal linkages with industry / universities / research institutions.

A few State / National / International level seminars may be organized by the college on emerging issues/ topics of current interest, particularly gender issues.
The college may think of using Alumnae Association to strengthen the academic base further.

The college may strive to establish more research centers in some more disciplines.

The college should make effort to get autonomous status.

Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan College of Arts and Science for Women has earned a good reputation for imparting quality education and a sense of discipline to younger generation since its establishment in 1996. The Peer Team appreciates the able and enlightened leadership of Shri.A.Srinivasan, Chairman of the Governing Body and other members of the statutory committees of the college for providing opportunities for higher education to women students in this backward rural area. The Peer Team also appreciates the commitment of the Principal Dr.R.M. Meenakshi for the overall progress of the institution. The Peer Team compliments the entire academic community of the college-faculty, non-teaching staff, students, parents and the Alumnae - for maintaining congenial academic atmosphere.

The accomplishments of this young institution are commendable and the potentialities are still more. The Peer Team wishes Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan College for Arts and Science for Women, all the best in its future endeavour in the new millennium.

Prof. M. Madaiah (Chairperson)

Dr.Sr. Thresiamma (Member Co-ordinator)

Dr.R.Jayaprakash (Member)

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