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MR Government Arts College, Mannargudi, Tamil Nadu
Mannargudi (District Thanjavur (Tanjore))
Tamil Nadu, India



MR Government Arts College, Mannargudi Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college.
MR Government Arts College, Mannargudi Tamil Nadu is situated in Mannargudi of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.

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MR Government Arts College, Mannargudi Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Arts and Science stream(s).

MR Government Arts College is affiliated with Bharathidasan University, Trichy (Tamil Nadu)



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NAAC report of MR Government Arts College

Section 1: Preface
Mannai Rajagopalaswami Government Arts College, Mannargudi, now a constituent college of the Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli, a co-educational institution, was started in 1971 as a government college affiliated to the University of Madras and got recognized by the UGC under sections 2f and 12B in the same year. The college is situated in semi-urban area of Mannargudi, Tiruvarur District in an area of 40 acres. The college, as all other government colleges, aims at providing higher education to the underprivileged students of the neighbouring villages including Mannargudi town. It has nine aided UG, three self financing UG and six self-financing PG courses and 1787 students of which 1037 are girls and 750 are boys. More than ninety percent of the students represent most backward, backward and SC categories.

The college offers 12 undergraduate programmes, namely Tamil, English, History, Commerce, Editing & Book Making, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Computer Science, Microbiology and Business Administration. The college offers postgraduate teaching programmes in Tamil, History, Commerce, Mathematics, Chemistry and Computer Science. It has 17 permanent and 84 guest lecturers. There are 16 administrative and five technical staff appointed by the state government on permanent basis. The college has 1573 students in undergraduate and 214 in postgraduate courses.

The total number of teaching and working days in the last academic year were 180 and 185, respectively. The college has Semester System of examination. The College has a Central Library, Departmental Libraries, Computer Training Centre, Sports facilities, a Canteen and a Common room for women students. The unit cost of education in aided courses is Rs. 7229 with salary component and Rs. 226 without salary component, while the cost of education in self financing courses is Rs. 3951 with salary component and Rs. 1071 without salary component.

The college volunteered to be assessed by the NAAC, Bangalore and submitted its Self Study Report in October 2005. A Peer Team was constituted by the NAAC to visit the institution and validate the Self Study Report. The Peer Team consisted of Prof. P. Geervani, Former Vice-Chancellor, Sri Padmavathi Mahila Vishwa Vidyalayam, Tirupati as Chairperson, Prof. K. Banadarangaiah, Former Principal, Government R.C. College, Bangalore and Former Joint Director of Collegiate Education, as Member and Prof. P.P. Mathur, Professor & Head, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Coordinator, Bioinformatics Centre, School of Life Sciences, Pondicherry University as Member-Coordinator. The Team visited the college on February 11 and 12, 2006.

The Peer Team examined in detail the infrastructural facilities available in the college, curricular and co-curricular programmes and the various aspects of the functioning of the institution. The Team also interacted with the Principal, College Council, Students, Teaching Staff, Non-Teaching Staff, Parents and Alumni of the College and elicited their views on the facilities and the functioning of the College. In addition, the Team also examined all the relevant records and paid visits to the different constituents of the College. Based on this exercise, and keeping in view the seven criteria identified by NAAC, the assessment of the institution is presented in the following sections.

Section 2: Criterion wise analysis
CRITERION I: CURRICULAR ASPECTS.
Mannai Rajagopalaswami Government Arts College, Mannargudi is a constituent college under the Bharathidasan University, Tiruchrapalli, which has been following courses of studies prepared by the respective Boards of Studies and approved by the Academic Council of the University. The courses are reviewed and updated periodically as and when the University decides to do so. The college offers twelve subjects at undergraduate and six at postgraduate level. During the last three years the college started B.B.A., B.A. (Editing and Book Making) and B.Sc. (Microbiology) and M.A. in Tamil and History, M.Com., and M.Sc. in Mathematics, Chemistry and Computer Science. The college requires less than one year to introduce a new programme of study on self financing basis. There is no provision of horizontal mobility or flexibility. However, a student joining a UG programme has to do four elective courses out of which a minimum of two from other departments. In the PG programme a student has to do three elective courses, one in each semester during the first three semesters. Science students choose electives from science departments and Arts students from Arts departments. Besides, PG students are required to take two courses from other departments. Journalism, Tourism, and Translation Studies, Biostatistics and Microbiology are offered as electives. One of the faculty members of the college has been a member of Board of Studies. The Principal of the college is an ex officio senate member and also ex officio member of the Governing Council for self financing courses at the University level. The affiliating University conducted an inspection in 2005. It is observed by the Peer Team that the inspection commission has pointed out strengths and weaknesses of the college.

CRITERION II: TEACHING-LEARNING AND EVALUATION
Admissions to the various courses of study are done on the basis of academic records and also following the reservation policy of the state government. At the beginning of the year teachers are allowed to prepare teaching plans under the supervision of the heads of the departments who monitor teaching programmes. The syllabi are unitized according to semester system. The students are informed of the syllabi and evaluation methods in the beginning of the academic year. Tests, assignments, seminars, terminal examinations are conducted by all departments. Some departments supplement teaching with field visit. The peer team opines that the faculty needs to be oriented about teaching and evaluation in a semester pattern. It is suggested that the corrections of the answer papers, assignments and records are carried out more systematically and scrupulously.

All the students joining UG programmes are given training in Computer Applications under the Computer Literacy programme of the state government. The college had 180 teaching days in the last academic year. Full time and guest faculty teach UG regular courses. Self financing UG and PG courses are handled mainly by the Guest Faculty. The contact hours in a week are only 25 periods of 50 minutes each for UG as well as PG students and the team was informed that it is in accordance with the orders of the Director of Collegiate Education, Tamil Nadu. The college functions in two shifts i.e., from 9:15 AM to 1:30 PM for the students of the aided courses and from 1:45 PM to 5:45 PM for the students of self financing courses with a break of 15 minutes in each shift. The Peer Team was informed that the shift system was introduced to enable the college to offer self financing courses as per the orders of the University.

Self financing courses at UG and PG levels were started at the instance of the University without any improvement in infrastructure and are being continued on the strength of guest faculty.

The college has faculty to handle various teaching programmes. There are 17 permanent and 84 guest lecturers. Out of the total staff nine have Ph.D. and 45 have M.Phil. degree. Four teachers have participated in national and two in international seminars. During the last two years one faculty member got benefit of FIP scheme of the UGC, seven faculty members attended orientation/ refresher courses and four participated in state government sponsored workshops. There is a formal mechanism of self appraisal of the faculty. There is no mechanism of feedback from students. Many teachers are serving on various committees of the college.

CRITERION III: RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
The college has been chiefly an undergraduate college. Since the academic year 2003-04 postgraduate courses on self financing basis have been started. The culture of research is chiefly restricted to obtaining research degrees by the faculty. However, a few faculty members in Chemistry and Tamil Departments are guiding candidates for M.Phil.. Among the permanent faculty five teachers have Ph.D. and 11 have M.Phil. degree. Two faculty members received Ph.D. during the last five years. Teachers may be encouraged to publish papers and books. The College is yet to formalise the consultancy services to be offered by its faculty. However, the Principal of the college, on his individual capacity, is an expert in Lexicography. A few faculty members from Tamil and English Departments have authored some books and contributed articles.

The college carries out extension activities such as medical camp, training communities in disaster management and blood donation camps. It also conducts awareness campaigns about AIDS, rain water harvesting, health and hygiene and environmental issues through its NCC and NSS wings. There is a battalion of fifty students in NCC and three NSS units, two for boys and one for girls with strength of 100 students each. There are Programme Officers for coordinating these activities. Population Education, Human Rights and Adult Education Clubs are functioning in the college.

CRITERION IV: INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
The college is situated in 40 acres of land in Mannargudi town. The total built up area is about 5000 sq m. The college needs to augment its physical infrastructure for providing sufficient number of classrooms, lecture halls and laboratories. The maintenance of the buildings is done by the grants received from the Directorate of Collegiate Education. The college optimizes the use of classrooms by running in two shifts. Facilities for indoor and outdoor games are provided. Many students participated in sports such as hockey, foot ball, volley ball, basket ball, cricket etc. in spite of not having a regular Director of Physical Education. One of the faculty members of the college is holding additional charge of the Department of Physical Education and is assisted by a Guest Lecturer. Three students took part in power lifting at national events for which financial support was made by the teachers. The college needs to further strengthen sports activities and appoint coaches for a few select sports.

The Library with a space of 80 sq m holds accession of 28,121 volumes Last year 484 volumes were added to the collection. There are 1430 reference books. In the absence of a regular librarian most of the books have been transferred from Central Library to the respective departments and only 2678 books are available in the Central Library. A recently appointed ad hoc librarian is managing the library. It is suggested that in view of providing better learning experience, recent text books and journals in the subjects, at least in which PG courses are offered, be made available. Help books for competitive examinations and computers may be made available in the library in order to encourage the use of electronic resources and internet.

The college has 35 computer systems in the departments of Computer Science, Chemistry and Botany. In addition one computer system each is available in the office, Botany and Chemistry departments. The college may provide internet connectivity on a priority basis. Computer Literacy Programme is offered to the UG students. A programmer maintains the systems.

CRITERION V: STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
The college brings out a prospectus which is revised every year and provides necessary details for the benefit of students. It contains all the essential information needed by the students like the details of courses offered, eligibility criteria, admission rules, fee structure, etc. Under the Right to Information regime the college has brought out Manual containing information on the administration of the college and the scholarship and other facilities available to the students. The drop out rate in UG courses in the past years has been around 7%. During the last year pass percentages in UG classes ranged from 37 in English to 92 in Computer Science. Some of the UG students of various departments like Tamil, Botany, Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics have secured university ranks. In the PG classes the results ranged from 81 in Chemistry to 93 in Tamil. There is no formal system to record the students' progression to further studies or employment. The college needs to form Career Guidance and Placement cells to help the students. The college may also invite various experts for counseling the students before selecting the subject of study as most students are first generation learners. It is felt by the students that the college needs to bring potential employers for campus recruitment and offer counseling. It was felt by the students that the laboratories need to be better equipped and new faculty more competent.

Since more than 90% students belong to the families of backward, most backward and socially deprived categories they receive several scholarships and financial aids. In 2004-05 about 1350 students received various types of scholarships from the state government. In this respect the college has been doing great service to the community. It may do better if the relevant add-on job oriented courses are made available to the students and their skills are strengthened.

CRITERION VI: ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
The college is governed by the Director, Collegiate Education, Tamil Nadu. Monitoring of the self-financing courses is done by College Council. The University has also conducted an inspection about the management of academic and administrative matters and brought the strengths and weaknesses to the notice of the government. Permanent teaching and non teaching staff members are given medical, loan and retirement benefits as applicable to government employees. Guest faculty, recruited by the college every year, is paid at the rate of Rs. 100 per hour limited to the maximum of Rs. 4000 per month as per the government/ University norms. They are not entitled for any other benefits. The Peer Team noticed good coordination between permanent faculty and guest faculty. The office procedures are yet to be computerized. Most transactions such as remittance of fees, payment of salary, scholarships etc. are in cash. It is suggested to switch over to bank transactions and also appropriate software for accounting and documentation of admissions, examinations etc. are made available.

CRITERION VI: HEALTHY PRACTICES
The peer team during its visit to the college identified some specific features, which have contributed to the quality of education.

Special care of the marginalized section of students and provision of scholarships

Inculcation of a sense of social commitment through community activity in students

Enrolment of students in NSS and NCC

Introduction of computer literacy programme

Introduction of choice based credit system and internal assessment

Insurance coverage for students

Section 3: Overall Analysis
After going through the self-study report and its visit to various academic, infrastructural and support facilities the Peer Team appreciates the progress of the college and starting of self-financed courses. It is noticed that the college is committed to the cause of empowerment of rural youth through access to higher education enabling them to be intellectually enriched, socially responsible and to be constantly striving for professional growth. The college has been serving the cause of women's education. In spite of a women's college in town around sixty percent of the students of the college are women.

The peer team sincerely feels that there are many features of the college, such as providing access to higher education to rural youth, initiation of professional courses and PG programmes, functioning in two shifts for enabling larger number of students to study, deserve to be commended. At the same time the team would like to bring to the attention of the appropriate authorities of the institution certain concerns for their consideration and necessary follow up action.

COMMENDATIONS
Contribution of Parent Teacher Association to the college

The discipline and the desire to learn on the part of the students.

More than 90% of the students receive some scholarship or other.

Encouragement of the faculty to qualify for higher degrees

Donation by students for Tsunami relief

RECOMMENDATIONS
In the changing scenario of higher education the college may explore the possibility of introducing more diversified job oriented course options and add on courses

The government may initiate recruitment of faculty members against vacant positions on a priority basis

Teachers need to be oriented to semester pattern of teaching and evaluation

Teachers to be motivated to propose research projects and also publish papers

The library needs to be strengthened with more number of text books, journals and periodicals with open access to the students and book bank facility.

Activities of games and sports need be encouraged by providing special coaching

Providing facilities a) to train students for various competitive examinations, b) for internet and computer based learning and c) to improve communication skills

Optimization of existing classrooms and laboratory space and construction of additional rooms

Equipping laboratories with modern equipments and provision of modern teaching aids and furniture.

Provision of hostel facilities for women students

Cultural. Literary and creative activities to be promoted among students

Establishment of a counseling and a placement cell

The college needs to take benefit of various UGC and government schemes

Introduction of students' feedback on teaching-learning experience

Starting of Alumni Association

The Peer Team thankfully records its appreciation for the cordial cooperation extended by all sections of the college during the visit and wishes the college a bright future.

Prof. P. Geervani, Chairman

Prof. P. P. Mathur, Member

Prof. K. Banadarangaiah, Member

Dr. T. Jayaraman
Principal i/c

Date. February 12, 2006



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