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Arulmigu Palani Andavar Arts College For Women, Palani, Tamil Nadu
Arulmigu Palani Andavar Arts College For Women, Palani, Tamil Nadu
Palani (District Dindigul)
Tamil Nadu, India
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Arulmigu Palaniandavar Arts College for Women Chinnakalayamputhur post, Palani, Dindigul District, Tamilnadu established in the year 1970 is a private aided college affiliated to Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai and is managed by the Department of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment, Government of Tamilnadu. This college is located in a rural area at a distance of 8 Kms from the city of Palani. The vision of the institution is Education, Empowerment, Employment, Self reliance and to make model citizens. The college campus comprising of buildings, hostels, canteens and playground is spread over 40 acres. The college was opened with a mission to empower rural women and developing them the capacity for self-reliance through higher education.
The college offers U.G courses in B.A, B.Sc, BBE, B.Sc in Computer Science, B.Com, and B.Com., with Computer Applications, 4 P.G courses, besides various certificate and diploma courses. Altogether there are 11 departments and students are optioned to choose from 21 combinations. PG courses are offered in Tamil, History, Zoology and Commerce. The total student strength is 1853 and their admission is based on the academic record and formal interview. The total number of permanent teachers is 61. 13 of them possess Ph.D. degree, and another 37 possess M.Phil degree and the rest are qualified in P.G degree. There are 16 temporary teachers. The college has 29 non-teaching staff.
The temporal plan of the academic work is semester type. The college has a central library, computer centre, hostel, canteen and reprographic facilities. Computers also have been provided in the college office and the library. Besides Grievance Redressal Cell, the college has implemented various welfare schemes for both its students and staff members. Further, the college has national linkages . Students programmes like NSS, NCC, sports and cultural activities are organised regularly.
The College had submitted self study report in the end of July 2002 to NAAC and volunteered for Assessment and Accreditation. The peer team comprising of Dr.M.D.Muthamma, Director of Collegiate Education, Government of Karnataka, Bangalore as Chairperson, Dr.N.J.Sonawane Principal, KTHM College Nashik(Maharashra), Prof.K. Venkataramani, Principal S.K Somaiya College, Mumbai as members visited the college on October 16-17 2002. The visit was coordinated by Dr.G. Srinivas, Dy.Adviser, NAAC, Bangalore. They visited the various departments, library and other facilities, examined the relavant documents, interacted with the Management, Principal, teaching and non-teaching staff, students, parents and Alumini of the college. Based on the above analysis and keeping in mind the criteria formulated by the NAAC, the peer team assessed the institution's academic, curricular, co-curricular and administrative aspects. The criteria -wise analysis is detailed in Section - II.
Section - II
Criterion - I : Curricular Aspects:
This College was established with an objective of empowering rural woman through inculcating in them the ability for self-reliance and the qualities of ideal citizen. As this college is affiliated to the Madurai Kamaraj University, it follows the curriculum and syllabus prepared and prescribed by the University. A perusal of the self-analysis report and inter-action with various stake-holders revealed that the University norms are flexible in curricular activities and give more freedom to the colleges to select special/optional subjects and have different combination of subjects. Accordingly , this college has been offering in all 21 combinations of subjects for U.G.Courses and this certainly provide wide-ranging options for the students.
One of the commendable features is the circular mechanism followed in framing the syllabus and the reciprocal system of obtaining feedback from academic peers and employers on the teaching programmes. B.Com with Computer Applications, B.Sc., Zoology with sericulture are vocationalised incorporating on the job-training. B.Sc. Physics is project oriented which promises research opportunities. The college offers self-financing courses such as B.Com. (Computer Applications), B.Sc..(Computer Science), PGDCA, and M.Com, with e-commerce and also skill-oriented courses in handicrafts. The college is exploring many novel courses to be introduced in future. Thus, while the P.G Programmes enable students vertical mobility, the Diploma and Certificate courses facilitate their horizontal mobility. The students are given training in Hindi and Sanskrit.By and large, the programmes are not only in time with the avowed objectives and goals of the college and also have a fairly good potential for career opportunities. Responding to the new demands of higher education of our time, this college maintains an active network with various organizations such as Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, Management Association of Commerce( Madurai), Bharathiar University ,SBI, Canara Bank .
However, it is observed that the curricular programmes are more Commerce and Computer-oriented. Popular and fairly useful subjects such as Sociology, Psychology, Education, Women Studies, Journalism, Home Science, Child Development, Nutritition, Microbiology, Biotechnology and Social work etc. may be introduced. It is desirable that the college review and redesign the existing courses and introduce as many skill-oriented programmes particularly in Social Sciences. This will not only expand the range of programme options but also equip the students with life skills.
Critetion-II : Teaching-learning and evaluation:
The success of an educational institution depends to a large extent on the efficacy of the teaching-learning-evaluation trivumvirate. It is heartening that this college has on its staff faculty members with impressive curricular profile. Interaction with stake-holders revealed that they have a high degree of commitment to their profession.
Every academic year begins with the admission of students which is based on their academic record and also after assessing the skills of the students for particular programme. At the beginning of each semester, every teacher prepares a comprehensive lesson plan and obtains feedback from the students. The method of teaching in the college is conventional lecture type. This is supplemented by debates, seminars, group discussion, quizzes etc, The college is incorporating educational technology to make traditional lecturing methods more effective. All the laboratories are well-equipped to meet the essential requirements of the practical component of the courses. A noteworthy feature of the college is the centralized media facility to prepare audio-visuals and other teaching aids.
The college conducts special coaching classes for slow learners after the class hours. Bridge courses are conducted in English considering the rural background of the students. Similarly bright students are recognized, facilitated and are also given special coaching for competitive examinations. The students performance is assessed and monitored by conducting bi-monthly tests and one model examination. Literary programmes like Brain storming, Talk show, Just a Minute are arranged to improve communication skills. Library hours is made compulsory for all students to inculcate in them reading habit.
The importance of dedicated teachers for the success of the college can hardly be emphasized. It is gratifying that this college has well-qualified and experienced teachers. Interaction with faculty members revealed that they are academically active and participating in Workshops, Seminars and Conferences.
Criterion-III: Research, Consultancy & Extension:
The college is striving to promote and sustain research culture among its faculty members and students. This is evident from the fact that 13 and 37 of its staff members have acquired Ph.D. and M..Phil. degrees respectively . As many as four faculty members are guiding M. Phil / Ph.D. students and the faculty in the Department of Commerce,Physics and Computer Science are guiding the project works of their students. The college is providing support to research students which indeed is a laudable effort. There are two ongoing research projects whose financial outlay is Rs.60,000/-. Twelve faculty members have registered for part-time research. As many as 37 percent of the teachers are engaged in active research. Profile regarding the attendance, presentation and publication of research papers, articles, and books by teachers is fairly impressive. However, on 'Consultancy Services' the college can make further efforts which could result in mobilization of resources. It is desirable that the post-graduate departments of Commerce, History, Tamil and Zoology make strong efforts in designing consultancy services. The teachers may take up more research activities by availing Minor Research Projects, Publication of research articles in National and International Journals. The P.G. Departments are suggested to procure more research journals. More teachers may be encouraged for participating in national/ international seminars and availing Faculty Improvement Programme of UGC.
As regards the extension activities of the college, it is heartening to note that the college is rendering active social service to the community. The college has a designated person for extension activities. It has conducted Blood Donation Camps and organized rallies to create awareness among the public on Health, Hygiene, Aids, Environment, Terrorism, Communal Harmony and Women's Empowerment with the help of NGOs and GOs. The college has also taken up outreach programmes on Literacy, Population Education, Visit to Orphanages, Old-Age Homes and Schools for Physically Challenged. The college has adopted nearby Jawahar Nagar, Ganapathi Nagar areas to render social service. The college also organizes many cultural programmes for the benefit of the community.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources:
This college has its own buildings situated in a fairly spacious campus. There are number of classrooms with adequate furniture. The laboratories are well-equipped and well-maintained through the maintenance grants from the Management and UGC Development Assistance. The college has a well stacked library with 28,032 collections. Some of the functions of the library are computerized. Besides books, the library also has Reprography, Computers, Audio & Video Cassettes, C.D, and Cassettes. An important feature to be noted is that the college has created computer-aided learning packages in English, Commerce and Computer-Science subjects with well-equipped computer labs with dynamic faculty.
The college has a spacious playgrounds which includes Courts for Basket ball, Volley Ball, Kho-Kho, Tennis, etc. The college has a hostel facility with 113 rooms. There are 437 students staying in the hostels. The college has canteen facility which requires more space. However, it is desirable that the college acquires its own auditorium as per the plans and estimates approved by the State Government and separate library building at the earliest. The effort of the college in availing maximum grants under different schemes of UGC is highly commendable.
Criterion V: Students Support & Progression
The overall environment and support available to the students in the institution has a direct impact on motivating the students in the right direction of learning. This is also reflected on the progression of students to higher levels of academic pursuits and employment. The performance of the students in the University Examinations is highly satisfactory. The college may also consider evolving a more effective system of obtaining feedback from students regularly.
It is noted with appreciation that the students are securing Ranks and Medals in the University Examinations. Three students have passed UGC/CSIR and Two students passed SLET.
The Alumini of the college hold prominent positions in many spheres of life. The college regularly publishes and updates its prospectus and maintains a record of its alumni. However, the activities of the Alumini Association may be further strengthened. The college may also motivate its present students to hold regularly, the Students Reunion in collaboration with the Alumini Association.
The college has implemented few welfare programmes and support services to the students. During the last two years the college has sanctioned scholarships to the needy students. The college has a Social Service League, Career Guidance Cell, Quiz Clubs, Competition Cell, Nature Clubs, Debate Clubs to channelise the talents of the students . It is really praiseworthy that the Madurai Kamaraj University has selected this college for Best Students Services. The college was also awarded at the University level for organizing the Camps of Blood Donation and Communal Harmony.
Criterion VI: Organization and Management
The college is run by Arulmigu Dhandapani Thirukkoil, under Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowment Department, Chennai. The Managing Committee is the administrative body of the college which consists of Commissioner for HR& CE as President, Joint Commissioner, HR & CE as Secretary, Regional Joint Commissioner H.R &C.E. of Madurai, Principal of the College, two senior staff members, Office Superintendent of the college and University Representatives as members. The day-to-day administrative matters are dealt by the Principal as the Head of the Institution for coordinating and maintenance of academic aspects. There is a College Council consisting of Heads of the Departments. An element of participatory management in the organization is assured through various Committees such as Library Committee, Sports Committee, Examination Committee, Cultural Activities Committee and Publication Committees. However, the college may consider having a Special Committee for monitoring the academic calendar of the college. Administrative tasks and Library may be computerized which is expected to be done soon. Professional development of the staff, (teaching and non-teaching) particularly in respect of computer knowledge has to be further strengthened.
Most of the courses run by the college receive the grant-in-aid. There are also few courses run on self-finance basis with reasonable fee structure. Effective steps may also be taken to achieve a fully computerized system of accounts and administration. The structure of tuition fee and other fee of these courses may be examined from time to time to break even the cost of education. The college has a system of exercising budgetary control through annual budget. The negligible variations in the actuals against the budget indicate strict adherence to the budget. Steps may be taken to ensure more funds for substantive developmental activities. The college may also consider some career oriented and need-based courses. The Management may think of further spending of grants towards infrastructure development such as more classrooms, library and basic amenities like potable water and toilets.
Criterion VII : Healthy Practices.
The college has a commendable record of many healthy practices and traditions in the course of its history. The performance is impressive with the fact that there are no symptoms of any unrest among the academic communities of the college. A desirable pervasive sense of discipline is noted in the overall climate. Indeed the college has been selected as the Best College for communal harmony in Madurai Kamaraj University consecutively for three years. Some of the praiseworthy features are listed below:
Day-to-day activities begin with prayer and meditation.
Spiritual Study Club.
Innovative Programmes such as DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) and SIEP(Speak in English Programme).
Vibrant cultural activities.
Inculcation of civil responsibilities among students through various extension activities.
Sports and Cultural Activities, Organization of personality development programmes .
Establishment of Endowment Programmes.
Career Guidance Cell and Entrepreneurship Development Programmes .
Effort to improve Communication Skill through Spoken English.
The peer team wishes to make the following observations on the basis of the self study report, visits to the various departments, administrative unit, discussion with the Principal, teaching and non-teaching staff, the students, alumni and parents and the members of the management committee.
During the course of 32 years a great deal of progress has been made in developing this
institution as a leading college in the region. Progress in any educational institution is
assessed by considering the diversity of the courses offered, the quality of infrastructure-facilities
of the institution, the quality of education provided, relevance of the curricula and the pedagogy and the overall educational climate in the campus. When viewed with these aspects in mind, the college's progress is indeed commendable.
The college has been offering reasonably wide range of programs at U.G. and P.G. level. Besides the college offers various job and skill oriented diploma and certificate courses. The college is exploring ways to introduce new courses. It is suggested that that in this era of modernization, service-needed post-industrial society, emphasis may be given to introduce in the curriculum, the career oriented courses in Business Management, Business Administration, Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, Human Resource Development, Home Science, Microbiology, Biotechnology, C.A. Foundation Course and Social Work etc., which provide better employment opportunities for the students as per the needs of local population.
The peer team members are impressed by the dedicated teaching faculty and non-teaching staff of the college. The educational and professional profile of the faculty members is highly impressive. It is heartening to note that many of them are academically very active and are serving various boards and committees of the university, literary and socio-cultural organizations. Those who have obtained M. Phil degree may be encouraged to pursue further research for obtaining Ph.D. degree.
The student population in the college is well disciplined. Apart from attending to regular class work, they are taking active part in NSS, NCC, sports, extension activities, outreach programmes, spiritual programmes and other cultural programmes conducted by the college. These activities are helping students in imbibing in themselves discipline, character, social concerns and other altruistic values and ultimately the college can realize its vision.
The infrastructure of the college is fairly good. Laboratories are well equipped and maintained. Efforts are being made to incorporate latest educational technology for pedagogic purpose. The library is well resourced with 28,032 books. There is internet facility and other support services. It is to be appreciated that the management is taking steps for the automation of library. However it is desirable that the college have well planned separate library building, conference hall and an auditorium.
The college is taking good care for promoting sports and games and many students are taking part in the district, state, national level and inter-college and inter-university tournaments and are winning prizes. The Sports Department can have more facilities. Project works on job training, training in yoga and meditation are few other laudable features. This is evident from the fact that Madurai Kamaraj University has also honoured this college as the best college for student services.
Though Counselling is done by the teachers, it will be more effective if the concerned teachers are given some training. Teachers may maintain work diaries. More PG Programmes need to be initiated based on students requirement. The classroom strength need to be restricted to the University Norms in General English. More faculty members are required to be recruited. The tutorial system need to be implemented more systematically.
The college management is maintaining transparency in its approach to college administration.
It is taking care to see that all the issues relating to the functioning of the college -viz. admission, conducting tests and examinations, planning various programmes are discussed in the various committees. The financial position of the college is strong.
It is with pleasure we say that the college has made commendable progress since its inception.
It may now be time for stock-taking and planning for the future. It may be appropriate at this stage that the college formulate a vision document with a holistic, development perspective, so that the college can strive for achieving its long term goals based on its vision.
The Peer team is highly impressed by the well-coordinated, dedicated efforts of the faculty members, administrative staff and the students of the college under the able guidance of the President, Secretary of the Management and the Principal. The peer team is confident that the college will reach many more milestones such as Autonomy and subsequently Deemed University status. We are confident that the college will achieve progressive transformation in foreseeable future and the goals envisioned by its Founders will be a reality.
The Peer Team wishes to record its appreciation for the coordination and warm hospitality extended to them by the College authorities during their stay in Palani. The team acknowledges the positive attitude of the State Government, Management, Principal, teachers, administrative staff and students in helping the assessment process by providing all the necessary information and support. We also thank the NAAC for giving us this opportunity to visit and assess this developing institution.
Dr. M.D. Muthamma
Prof. K. Venkataramani
Arulmigu Palaniandavar Arts College for Women,
Palani- Dindigul District,Tamil Nadu
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