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Rajapalayam Rajus College, Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu


Rajapalayam Rajus College, Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu
Address:Mudangiar Road, Rajapalayam
Tamil Nadu, India
Pin Code : 626117

Rajapalayam Rajus College, Virudhunagar Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college. Rajapalayam Rajus College, Virudhunagar Tamil Nadu was established on / in 1999.

Rajapalayam Rajus College is situated in Virudhunagar of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. email ID(s) is Rajapalayam Rajus College Virudhunagar Tamil Nadu

Website of Rajapalayam Rajus College, Virudhunagar Tamil Nadu is http://www.rrc1973.org/.


Rajapalayam Rajus College, Virudhunagar Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Arts, Commerce, Computer Applications, Information Technology, Business Management, Research, Science stream(s).
B.A, B.Sc, B.Com, M.A, M.Com, B.Sc(CS), B.Sc(Textiles), B.B.A, B.Com(CA), M.Sc(CS and IT), P.G.D.C.A, M.Phil(History, Commerce), Diploma in Journalism and Computer Application

Approval details: Rajapalayam Rajus College is affiliated with Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai

Profile of Rajapalayam Rajus College

The Rajapalayam Rajus College Governing Council constituted the College Committee, which is entrusted with the responsibility of day-to-day administration of the College. The College is situated in a backward area of Virudhunagar District in Tamil Nadu. Most of the inhabitants in and around Rajapalayam are weavers, agricultural labourers, masons, carpenters, rice-mill workers, textile and spinning mill workers and coolies. Considering this problem, the college caters to the needs of higher education of the youth of this area by charging minimal fee from the students.

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NAAC report of Rajapalayam Rajus College

Section I - Preface
Rajapalayam Rajus College is located in the Krishnapuram Panchayat of Rajapalayam Block in Virudhunagar District in Tamil Nadu. The Palayapalayam Rajus Mahumai Common Fund of Raju community of Rajapalayam established this college on 22nd June 1973. The sprawling campus of the college is spread over nearly 52 acres at the foot of the Western Ghats. It has completed three decades of existence. The college is 3.5 kilometers away from Rajapalayam town. It is surrounded by a number of small villages within a radius of 15 kilometers. Most of the students of this college hail from theses villages. About 74% of students are first generation learners. More than 80% of students are from BC, MBC, SC & ST communities. The college is a grant in aid institution. However it also conducts certain courses on self-financing basis. The college is affiliated to Madurai Kamaraj University. The UGC has recognized the college under section 2f & 12B. The college emblem depicts the commitment to national vision and the motto of the college is ‘learn, grasp and prosper’. The aims and objectives are described by the founding fathers to be worthy of acquiring social justice, self-discipline and national perspective. The mission statement of the college also aims at nation building by imparting quality higher education to rural youth. The College maintains its website www.rrc1973.org.

The Rajapalayam Rajus College was established with the introduction of the Pre-university course in 1973. With the delinking of Pre-university Course from the college, the undergraduate courses were strengthened. At present, the college offers five aided courses at the undergraduate level and five self-financing undergraduate courses. There are two aided post-graduate courses namely, M.A. in History and M.Com., M.Sc.(Computer Science & Information Technology) is offered on self-financing basis. The department of Commerce offers M.Phil programme and department of History offers both M.Phil and Ph.D. programmes. The college is presently catering to higher education needs of 1187 students through these courses. There are thirty-two permanent aided teachers of which fifteen are Ph.D. degree holders and the remaining are M.Phil. degree holders. There are 6 teachers sponsored by Parent Teacher Association (P.T.A).

The college has prepared self-study report as per the guidelines of NAAC and submitted on 16th January, 2006. It has volunteered for assessment and accreditation by the NAAC, which has constituted a Peer Team consisting of Prof.A.M.Pathan, Vice-Chancellor, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad as Chairman, Prof.Koshy Ninan, Principal, Bishop Moore College, Mavelikkara, Kerala as Member and Dr.G.Srinivas, Registrar, TIFAC, New Delhi, as Member Coordinator. The Peer Team visited the College on 13th and 14th March, 2006. The Peer Team interacted with Management, Principal, Faculty, Staff, Parents, Alumni and Students. It has visited the academic departments and Infrastructure facilities available in the college. After visiting and examining the systems, policies, procedures and infrastructural facilities, the team makes the following criterion wise analysis and overall observations and suggestions.

Section II - Criterion-Wise Analysis
Criterion I. Curricular Aspects:-
The handbook and calendar of this college details the goals and objectives. Being an affiliated college, the curricula are as per university norms. Besides these, this college conducts a number of certificate and diploma courses on self-financing basis towards skill empowerment of students. Interdisciplinary approach is introduced in some courses. Internet access at free of cost, value education, Yoga and Meditation, Hindi classes and Russian language course are the other academic facilities available to students. Admission committee conducts students admission on the basis of their academic record.

The college offers two Arts courses, four Science courses and three Commerce courses at the undergraduate level. There is one course each in Arts, Science and Commerce at the postgraduate level. Besides there are five affiliated certificate and diploma courses and one affiliated PGDCA course. The college offers twenty-eight non-affiliated certificate courses also. There are two research programmes in Arts leading to M.Phil and Ph.D degrees and one in Commerce for the M.Phil degree.

Even though the college has little option to design the curriculum, some members of the faculty who are in the Board of studies of the Madurai Kamaraj University contribute for the revision of syllabi whenever revised.
The college management proposes to start B.Sc Electronics and Communications, M.A Disaster Management, P.G Diploma in Human rights, M.B.A and M.Com (Computer Application) from the academic year 2006-07.
Teachers are encouraged to publish research-oriented books, articles in journals and textbooks covering the syllabi of prominent Universities in Tamilnadu. They also serve as examiners for M.Phil dissertations. The Principal of the college Dr.V.Venkatraman, is a member of the National Disaster Response Team of Indian Red Cross Society, New Delhi.

The college has produced 29 rank holders during the last five years.

Criterion II. Teaching - Learning and Evaluation:
The students are admitted to the college through special entrance tests, interviews and through their academic records. Detailed prospectus is also being given along with the application form. The admission committee chaired by the Principal makes the admission. After getting admitted there is a scheme for assessing the various skills of the students through oral quiz and discussions. During the progression of the programme there are internal assessment, internal tests, participation in seminars, etc. to assess the students. Certain bridge and remedial courses are arranged by various departments for the nourishment of the students. The college is funded by the UGC for conduct of remedial courses for. Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students. In addition the college is also conducting remedial courses for other students as well. Advanced learners are encouraged to use reference books and given extra assignments and exercises.
Teachers have a teaching plan of their own for a particular semester. Monthly planning, unit wise division of syllabus etc. are being done by the teachers which are supervised by the Head of the Department who in turn submits the report to the principal. The departmental meeting monitors the work of the teachers regularly.

In addition to the traditional lecture method the college adopts practical classes for Science subjects, discussion and lectures by students, educational tours, industrial visits, study tour, participation in seminars and other academic programmes, etc. as alternative tools for learner-centered teaching methods. There are facilities like LCD projector, OHP, CD writers, DVD, Laser printer, Scanner and Xerox machine to help the students in making their own teaching aids.

For the last two years the college had 186 and 189 teaching days in a total of 257 and 265 working days respectively. Evaluation methods are communicated to the students at the beginning of the academic year by conducting orientation classes for the first year students and by giving prescribed syllabus for each and every subject. The schedules for slip tests, quiz programmes, midterm tests and final examinations are given to the students well in advance. Performance of the students is assessed by way of tests and compositions at the department level. Heads of Departments and Staff Council monitor the mid-semester and model examination of the students. The University examinations are evaluated by the Evaluation committee and the College Committee.

Parent Teachers Association (P.T.A) teachers of the college are appointed as per the Government norms and paid by the Parent Teacher Association.

A good number of teachers have attended national level and state level seminars.

The performance of the faculty in teaching, research and extension is evaluated through self-appraisal method. Self-appraisal forms are submitted to the

Government for placement in career advancement. The teachers are also encouraged to participate in academic activities outside the college to enhance their standards. Teachers are also evaluated by oral appraisal by students. The principal and management also take effort to evaluate the teachers.

Students are given feedback forms to express their campus experience. The management, principal and staff take these feedbacks seriously.

There are 29 committees functioning in the college for the academic and extracurricular activities of the students. Two research journals are being published from the History and Commerce departments. Research articles of teachers are published in reputed journals. Remedial classes are being conducted on Saturdays for slow learners. The overall percentage of pass for the University examinations ranges from 63-71 during the past five years.

Criterion III. Research, Consultancy and Extension:
Department of History has been offering M.Phil programme since 1990 and the sanction for a research centre for Ph.D is awaited. 61 M.Phil scholars have been produced in the department and 2 research scholars are pursuing their research work for Ph.D. Department of Commerce started their M.Phil programme in 2003-04 and so far 17 students have been awarded M.Phil degree.

15 teachers have Ph.D degrees and 13 others are doing their research work. Almost all the teachers have the M.Phil degree. 6 teachers have specialized degrees such as M.B.A and M.Tech.

The teachers from the college have so far completed 8 minor and 1 major research projects worth Rs.1,12,750/- and there are a number of ongoing minor research projects worth Rs.5,80,000/-. History and Commerce department teachers publish their research findings in reputed research journals.

Dr.V.Venkataraman, J.Dharmaraj, Dr.L.Natarajan, Dr.P.Chandrasekaran, Dr.L.Rengarajan and Dr.P.S.Chandraprabu have published 8, 34,15,4,2 and 8 textbooks respectively. A few of the teachers are recognized as M.Phil and Ph.D guides. So far 28 teachers have obtained M.Phil and Ph.D degree through FIP/FDP of the UGC. There is a research committee to monitor the research work of the college.

The college offers consultancy services by signing MoUs with certain industrial firms in the locality. Departments of Physics, Chemistry and Commerce do free consultancy services to the nearby firms.

The college has 4 NSS units, one NCC unit and many other voluntary organizations such as youth red cross, blood donors club, planning forum, nature club, etc. Each of such extension programme is under the supervision and guidance of an officer appointed by the Principal. The extension activities of the college include community development, social work, health and hygiene awareness, medical camp, adult education and literacy, blood donation camp, AIDS awareness and environment awareness. Disaster management and disaster preparedness, book donation to the libraries of the nearby villages and spoken English courses for the villagers are some other extension activities done by the college.

Criterion IV : Infrastructure and Learning Resources:
The college has a master plan indicating the existing buildings and projected expansion in future. All the buildings and offices of the college and hostel are well maintained. There are various laboratories, library, auditorium, cycle shed, generator room, canteen to cater to the needs of the students. The infrastructure of the college is built and maintained by contributions of the management, UGC funds, State Government funds, allocation from MPLADS and from the contributions of the alumni. One of the administrative staff is given charge of maintenance of the buildings of the college. There is a college campus committee to look after the overall maintenance of the college campus. Deputy Warden and residential superintendent are appointed to look after the affairs of the hostel.

The college functions in three shifts from 8 am to 6 pm. The computer lab and library are open from 8 am to 6 pm on all working days. Internet facility is provided for the staff and students. The physical and academic facilities of the college are utilized by neighboring schools and colleges, voluntary organizations, industries etc. The campus is kept clean by cleaning works, tree plantation, providing dust-bins and by voluntary services of students and others.

There is a library committee in the college to monitor the functioning of the library. Lending of books, purchase of books and stock verification of the library are computerized. There are 19779 books in the library and 58 periodicals and journals.

Five departments, library and office have the computer facility. Maintenance of the computers is done by local dealers or service personnel.

Free medical check up is done for all the first year students and teaching and non-teaching staff every year. Blood group identification is done for all the first year students and first aid kit is available in the college. The services of 5 medical officers are available for any special assistance throughout the year.

There are adequate physical and infrastructure facilities available in the college for sports and physical education. Sportspersons are given extra care by giving free health check ups, free additional nutritious food, special coaching etc.

The college has provided hostel accommodation to a few students from nearby villages with the facilities of Reading room and T.V. Photocopying facility and public telephone facility are available in the college and hostel.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression.
Since vast majority of students come from rural families they find it difficult to meet the expenses for higher education with the result some of them stop studies to take up some job. Students drop out rate is 18% due to various reasons. About 30% of students take up employment after studies at the UG level and about 30% go to PG classes while only 10% take research field after their PG.

There are many prominent alumni of the college serving in various fields such as police officers, corporate executive, college lecturers, bank officers, school teachers and factory employees. Three students have cleared UGC SLET and one student cleared UGC/CSIR fellowship during the last five years.
Government scholarships and college scholarships are there for the benefit of the students.

The college has an employment cell, which conducts orientation classes and coaching classes to equip the students. There is a placement officer in the college who liaises with various industries to secure job for the students. Certain campus interviews were held in the college and 60 students got job through placement cell during 2005. There is an innovative scheme named ‘earn while you learn’.

There is a student guidance bureau in the college. The college was selected for coaching centre for civil services examinations. Certain special classes were also arranged for those who appear for the PSC examinations. A career guidance programme was conducted to face the interviews. The bureau also maintains question bank and resource material. Certain tests in general knowledge and natural ability were also conducted in the college.

There is a remedial course in English language, which is found to be beneficial for the students. Each class has a staff adviser to maintain the attendance and discipline among the students.

The Alumni Association of the college came into being in 1990 and conducts certain programmes in the college. The alumni are making contributions to the welfare of the college community.

PG department of History has a cluster programme to visit the neighbouring colleges for academic purpose. The NSS volunteers teach English for villagers, give training for Self Help Group to prepare the products like phenyl, ink, bleaching powder etc and offer technical training in trade like welding etc to villagers with the help of NGOs.

The college has introduced 17 endowments for various courses.

The college secured second best college award for communal harmony in 2000 by the Madurai Kamaraj University.

The percentage of first generation learners is found to be 74.8.
Students participate in various tournaments at the national, state and regional levels.

Criterion VI : Organization and Management
The Principal is the Head of the institution and he monitors the working of the college in every aspect. The staff council consisting of all HODs and the Office Superintendent takes decisions regarding academic matters. The governing council of the college regulates all the developmental activities of the college. Principal is the ex officio member of the council and there is a member from the University in the council. The college committee is the statutory body, which has the power to regulate all academic activities of the college. The members of the college governing council, the Principal, a representative, two seniormost teaching staff and the office superintendent are the members of the committee.

The governing council arranges for the internal audit of all the financial transactions of the college every year.

There is a committee to prepare the academic calendar.

Non-teaching staff are being given opportunities for higher studies as well as for training and orientation classes and 12 of them have special degrees/diplomas.

The fee structure for the aided stream is in consonance with the
University/Government norms. The self-financing stream has a fee structure in accordance with the cost of education.

Students safety insurance cover is provided to all the students and 3 of the students got benefited from it so far.

Only Government sponsored loan schemes are available to the members of the teaching and non-teaching staff of the college.

Major items for the college are purchased by obtaining quotation. The store purchase rules of the Government are observed for this purpose.

There is a staff club to promote the welfare of the staff of the college, which promotes social relations among the staff. The management of the college honours the retiring staff.

Criterion VII : Healthy Practices
The Peer Team has identified the following healthy practices nurtured in the college.

An internal quality check system is practiced in the college.

An effective tutorial system to monitor the academic programmes of students is followed.

A tutor is made in-charge of a batch of 25 students to report occasionally to the parents about the students attendance and marks obtained, etc.

Grievances of the students are collected through a mechanism and remedial measures taken.

Functional Disaster Management Centre in the college exist with HAM radio repeaters instruments.

The college has entered into MOUs with certain firms for student exchange programme. There is a Dual Evening Programme where diplomas and certificate courses are offered and 100 students benefited from it.

The 28 college run certificate courses add to the skill development of the students.

The college provides bridge and remedial coaching for the weak students.
Evaluation methods are communicated to the students at the beginning of the academic year.

The college follows the practice of evaluation of teachers by students.
English teaching to rural people.

Practice of team teaching programme.

Student safety insurance cover is provided.
Section III - Overall analysis
The college is providing educational needs of a rural community in a better way. Having completed 32 years of existence the college has grown into a meaningful centre of higher learning, catering to the higher education needs of the locality in Arts, Science and Commerce. The self-financing courses and other certificate courses in the college are in tune with the current trends of the society. Value based aspects and social obligation of higher education is taken care of in the institution. The vision and mission, aims and objectives of the founders are found to be in consonance with the overall performance of the stakeholders. The sincerity and commitment of the Management, principal and staff in running the college into a centre of excellence is commendable. The spacious campus housing almost all the ingredients of a higher educational institution in an arranged manner is praiseworthy. The services rendered by PTA and Alumni are also notable. Looking through the background of the local, national and global scenario, the college authorities are striving hard to attain a better position in terms of the content and quality of education. The efforts done through extracurricular activities such as NSS, NCC and other clubs are also laudable.

While appreciating the good works done by the college, the Peer Team wishes to make the following commendations and recommendations for converting the institution into a centre of excellence.

The college deserves commendations for the following activities.

Achievements of students in terms of securing ranks at the university examinations.

Situated in a rural area, quite a few teachers have received financial assistance for minor research projects from UGC.

Regular participation of teachers in the seminar.

Recognition of teachers as M.Phil and Ph.D. guides.

Establishment of placement cell to help students to secure job during on the campus interviews.

Participation of NSS volunteers and NCC cadets at RD parade.

Receipt of State level gallantry award.

Helping villagers to prepare small-scale products.

Creating awareness in the villagers about importance of water harvesting.

Representating Tamil Nadu at RD parade by one of the NCC cadets during 2005-2006.

Representation of college students in Basket Ball, Hockey and Volley Ball for the university team.

Forward looking, dedicated and supporting management to provide the required academic and physical infrastructure.

College may make effort to opt for Autonomy.

More teachers may be encouraged to take up minor and major research projects, especially in Science departments.

Computer literacy may be made compulsory for the staff and students.
Office and library are to be fully computerized and automated.

Introduction P.G courses like M.B.A and need based Vocational courses with the help of UGC may be thought of.

The college may make efforts to appoint the full time Librarian.
More books may be purchased in the library

Extension activities may be carried out by each department

Efforts may be made to provide more space to science laboratory.

The Peer Team appreciate the efforts put in by the principal, staff and management in imparting higher education to the deprived section of students and would like to thank all of them for the help extended during their visit to the college. The Peer Team considers that the institution will benefit from the accreditation exercise in realizing its potential.

Prof.A.M.Pathan (Chairperson)

Prof.Koshy Ninan (Member)

Dr.G.Srinivas (Member Co-ordinator)

I agree with the report.

Dr. Venkatraman, Principal

Place : Rajapalayam

Date : 14.03.2006

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