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Muthurangam Government Arts College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu


Muthurangam Government Arts College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu
Vellore (District Vellore)
Tamil Nadu, India
Pin Code : 632002

Muthurangam Government Arts College, Vellore Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college.
Muthurangam Government Arts College is situated in Vellore of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com.
Contact Details of Muthurangam Government Arts College, Vellore Tamil Nadu are : 2262068


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

Approval details: Muthurangam Government Arts College is affiliated with Thiruvalluvar University, Vellore

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NAAC report of Muthurangam Government Arts College

Section 1: Preface
Muthurangam Govt. Arts College, Vellore, named after the illustrious freedom fighter of South India, is an affiliating, Govt. funded college established in 1965, with the professed aim of making quality higher education accessible to the under privileged sections of the rural public at affordable cost. Starting with only the pre-university course initially, it is affiliated to the University of Madras and has grown over the years in strength, stature and dimension into a premier center of higher education and research offering a good number of programme options in the faculties of Arts, Science and Commerce at UG, PG and Research levels. With more than 15000 graduates having passed through its portals and several of its alumni well placed in various walks of life and making meaningful contribution to the society, the college takes pride in achieving its avowed goal in a large measure despite funding and other constraints.

Present Profile of the Institution
The college has a sprawling campus complex on 32.30 acres of land on the outskirts of the historical city of Vellore. With the backdrop of a verdant hill the campus gets a serene and tranquil atmosphere conducive to academic pursuits. The nucleus of the buildings, built in 1971, has withstood the test of time and is functionally adequate by and large. Proposals with cost estimates have been made for constructing additional class rooms. The institution offers 8 undergraduate, 4 postgraduate, 2 M.Phil (one part time & one full time) and 2 part time Ph.D programmes. It has a faculty strength of 61 of which 17 are Ph.D holders and 41 are M.Phil. holders. As many as 14 faculty positions remain unfilled and 12 ad-hoc guest lecturers have recently been appointed. The non-teaching staff is 31 strong. The student strength is of the order of 1619 of which 659 are girls. Of the total strength of 1619, undergraduate courses have 1406 students, 193 are in postgraduate courses, 9 and 11 in M.Phil & Ph.D programmes, respectively. Though the college has gone co-educational in recent years, the enrolment of women students has nearly been an impressive 41%.The temporal plan of academic work is Non-semester annual system. Curricula of the University of Madras and its annual examination system are being followed since it is an affiliated college.

The student drop out rate is around 5% and the success rate is around 60%. The total teaching/working days in the academic year are the required minimum of 180 days. The budget allotment for the college during the year 2001-2002 is Rs.5,83,000 excluding salary and allowances. The college is recognized under sections 2(f) and 12B of the UGC Act and has received Rs.3,00,000 so far from the UGC as development grant in the 9th FY plan period. Tutorials, student seminars and remedial classes are conducted in some subjects to supplement conventional class room teaching. OHPs and CDs are used as teaching aids. Quite a few teachers have participated in faculty improvement programmes, attended seminars and conferences and acted as resource persons with a view to updating their knowledge. The institution has a central library with 35,779 volumes on its shelves and some departmental libraries. Science laboratories are fairly equipped. A central Computer Center is set up and two departments have computer facilities. A Boy's hostel with 80 inmates, a canteen and a vehicle parking shed are provided. Sports facilities and welfare schemes including a Student's Consumers Co-op Society are made available. The college has NSS units of 300 students and a NCC Coy. of 100 cadets. Under a state Govt. scheme of tie-up with NIIT, computer literacy programme is made available to the students and as many as 318 students are the beneficiaries of the scheme. Madras University (Institute of Correspondence Education) Spot Admission Center is located in the college and faculty members of the college are involved in enrolment of students as well as in conducting contact classes.

After more than three decades of its fruitful academic presence and educational moorings, the institution felt the urge to find its present bearings and its academic status. With this self assurance, Muthurangam Govt. Arts College volunteered to submit itself for the process of assessment and accreditation by NAAC. As the first step in the process it started with an in-house appraisal and submitted its self study report to NAAC. In response to it, the council constituted a Peer Team to visit and assess the college for accreditation with Dr.S.P.Hiremath, former Vice Chancellor, Kuvempu University, Shimoga as Chairman, Prof. N.G.Sabhahit, former Principal Bangurnagar College and Coordinator, KUPG Center, Dandeli and Dr.G.Shivarudrappa, former Dean, Faculty of Education, Karnatak University, Dharwad as members. Mr.B.S.Ponmudiraj, Academic Professional, NAAC was the Coordinator for the Peer Team visit.

The Peer Team, after pre-visit preparation, visited the college from 13th to 15th of February 2002. During the visit, the team made an in-depth appraisal of the performance of the institution, its curricular and co-curricular programs and activities, its infrastructure, support services and facilities available. It also held exclusive interactive sessions with the various sections of the college community including the Principal, the management representatives, department wise faculty members, non-teaching staff and students. Discussions were also held with other stake-holding groups like alumni and parents in an effort to gain deeper insight into the functioning and perspectives of the institution. Based on the self study report, its validation as well as the interactions during the visit the Peer Team submits the following report in the well-laid out criterion-wise format:

Section 2: Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The institution being an affiliated college, syllabi prescribed by Madras University and the temporal plan of academic work imposed by it are followed leaving very little leeway for the faculty members in the matter of curricular designing and innovation. No faculty member of the institution being on the respective Board of Studies of the University, the contribution of the institution in this respect is not perceivable. It is observed that while in some subjects the syllabi are updated at regular intervals such exercises are not done by the University for the last ten years in a few subjects like Physics. While sufficient programme options are offered at the UG level, they do not appear to have any reference or relevance to any clearly defined goals and objectives. The Peer Team suggests introduction of some more courses and additional intake in the existing course like Chemistry at PG level. The college may seriously consider introducing some interdisciplinary courses of vocational nature such as Biotechnology, Microbiology, Sericulture, Tourism and some short term courses in Commerce. It is also desirable that faculty members involve themselves in the process of curricular designing by evolving feedback mechanism and organizing workshops in syllabi framing.

Criterion II: Teaching- learning and Evaluation
With a large student strength of 1619, the learning capacities of the students are bound to be of various levels requiring close monitoring by the teachers. Moreover the students come from diverse socio-economic and educational backgrounds. Many of them are reportedly first generation learners. It is appreciated that the conventional lecturing method of teaching is supplemented by tutorials, classroom seminars and group discussions. The use of OHP, models, and charts is a welcome feature. Academic and general counseling is also done by some teachers and HODs and the Principal himself which is highly appreciated. It is really heartening to note that the Department of History has taken the students for field study to places of historical importance and maintained records of their field activities and learning, independent of the curricular requirement. The Department of Chemistry takes the students for industrial tours enabling them to have exposure to chemical industries. It is gratifying to note that the Department of English without P.G course has already produced a Ph.D. and is attempting some innovative methods to enhance the language learning skill of general students.

The regular faculty is composed of well qualified and experienced persons. The Peer Team recommends to fill-up 14 teaching positions which is vacant for a long period of time.

Academic counseling for freshers may help students choose right courses. Faculty members may be encouraged to prepare academic schedules and announce them to the students. To supplement classroom teaching, it is felt necessary to give the students, field based, value-based education, and try to inculcate in them, the much- needed scientific temper. Continual assessment of students' proficiencies through micro and macro evaluation techniques could go a long way in rendering academic strength.

Modern methods of teaching and learning such as computer assisted instruction; computer simulation could well be attempted. It is recommended that increased number of faculty members involve themselves in regional/state/national level seminars and conferences. Some departments are capable of organizing such meets and seminars and may take them up in right earnest with UGC funding or private sponsorship. The Govt. requirement of self appraisal of teachers performance and evaluation by the Principal is fulfilled but some suitable mechanism to obtain feed back from the students my be thought of.

The Peer Team is inclined to recommend that all the teachers be provided orientation in computer and similar technology based innovative teaching methods.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
Research is being encouraged in the institution and the departments of Chemistry and English have part-time PhD programmes. It is desirable that they go in for full-time programmes. Since a good number of teachers holds doctoral degrees, post-doctoral researches and publication of research papers in reputed journals on a larger scale may be expected. The institution also would do well to approach the UGC and other funding agencies for research grants with proposals of major and minor research projects involving faculty and students. For this purpose it is recommended that a Research Advisory Committee be set up in the institution to identify thrust areas and to prepare and process the project proposals.

The institution has not attempted rendering of consultancy services to industries and firms. In fact, the Department of Chemistry has enough potential in this field which may be probed, leading the college towards institution-industry interaction.

The college has done some commendable work in the area of extension activities. The NSS units are rendering yeoman service to the community around especially through blood donation and medical camps, AIDS awareness campaigns, Health and Hygiene Awareness and Environment Awareness Programmes. The institution has also collaborated with voluntary organizations like the Rotary, Health Department and local administration. Adoption of villages / slum areas by NSS units may also be thought of. Larger number of students may be involved in Adult Literacy Programmes.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The institution has adequate land for the present and future needs of campus development. The college buildings constructed decades ago are in need of renovation/ reconstruction partially. The playground is large enough to meet the requirements of playfields at present. Science laboratories and the central library are sufficiently spacious. The buildings are put to optimal use by accommodating NIIT computer center and Spot Admission Center of Madras University Distance Education Department. Central computer facility is available as well as sports facilities (with multi-gym) and health services.

However, for the classes and courses offered and the student strength the classrooms are inadequate. More class rooms and HOD rooms for Departments need to be provided keeping in view the further expansion of the college. Hostel and Canteen facilities are adequate but in due course of time the institution may need a Women's Hostel.

The upkeep of the buildings is entrusted to the PW Department. Campus cleaning is done by NSS and NCC students which is a healthy trend.

In view of the rising cost of books and journals, the budget allotment for library needs to be increased. More technical journals and periodicals need to be subscribed.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
Student progression to higher studies and employment appear to be fairly good. The Department of Chemistry arranges Campus interviews on its own and other departments may do well to follow this practice. A placement cell with a placement officer may be set up. The Alumni Association, which at present appears to be dormant may be revived and reactivated. The college has a distinguished array of alumni well placed in various fields of the society. Some departments are in constant touch with their alumni and get regular feedback about their progression.

The dropout rate is within limits. Nearly 75% of students are covered under various Govt. freeships and scholarships. But during discussions with them it was found that they receive their scholarships quite late, sometimes even after the year is over. It is suggested to streamline the procedure in consultation with the Govt. Departments concerned. Academic and general counseling is made available to students whenever needed but there is no regular or periodical counseling and no separate timing is earmarked for this in the academic schedule. Some faculty members may be sent for professional training in counseling and systematic counseling facilities extended to the students.

Criterion VI: Organization and Management
This being a government college the management has its own time honoured structure and functions within the framework of government policies and parameters prescribed from time to time. The vacancies in teaching positions and supporting staff are filled up in accordance with the government norms and practices with regard recruitment.

Performance of teachers and other supporting staff are periodically reviewed through the self-appraisal reports and confidential reports which are sent to the government.

The government allots funds to the college in its annual budget and the same is allocated department-wise by the Principal. The peer team understands that in view of the financial constraints the government is inclined to permit the introduction of self-financing courses in government colleges.

Grievances of the staff are processes through the management council of the institution and sent to the government for redressal.

The peer committee suggests that the government set up a local level management body of the college in the interest of better monitoring of management functions.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The NSS wing of the college with three units is very active. The NSS volunteers conduct regular camps in rural areas in which awareness is given about AIDS and other programmes. The NCC is also very active. The NSS volunteers and NCC cadets help the college in maintaining cleanliness in the campus, Besides, some students have voluntarily come forward to whitewash their classrooms and laboratories at their own cost. Students of some departments have prepared charts and models required for the course. The work done by the students of History Department is exemplary. Though not in the curriculum they have carried out several projects on tourism and places of historical importance in the region.

What impressed the Peer Team most was the perfect discipline amongst the students. The Peer Team expects that in the years to come many more healthy practices will be adopted by the institution.

Section 3: Overall Analysis
In conclusion, the Peer Team is of the considered opinion that Muthurangam Govt. Arts College has made significant progress over the span of 37 years of its existence in the field of higher education. There are good many commendable features that deserve appreciation. The Peer Team also feels that there are certain areas of concern that need to be addressed with a view to improving the performance and stature of the institution.

The Peer Team is appreciative of

The involvement and the commitment of the faculty in the development of the college.

The discipline and hard work of the students coming from rural areas and getting ranks in various examinations at Madras University level.

The leadership provided by the present Principal of the college to work with all the teaching and non-teaching staff as a team.

Starting of Post-graduate courses and managing them with minimum staff, especially the highly qualified and dedicated faculty members of the Chemistry Dept.

The good Extension service rendered by the volunteers of NSS units.

The Peer Team also suggests the following:

Since a large number of staff members has Ph.D. degrees, research facilities may be provided to them.

Job-oriented courses like Microbiology, Biotechnology, Sericulture, Tourism and short term courses in Commerce may be started.

Teaching learning process be made more effective by adopting innovative practices.

To augment the financial position of the college self-financing courses may be started with the approval of the Govt.

Efforts be made for the wholesome personality development of the students and their communication skills to enable them to play their roles effectively in their later life.

The Alumni Association be strengthened .

Suitable steps may be taken to improve the student performance in the examinations.

Qualified staff be appointed for Library and Physical Education Dept.

Better furniture be provided for the hostel and the canteen.

Additional class-rooms and faculty rooms be provided.

Prof. S. P. Hiremath (Chairman)

Prof. N.G. Sabhahit (Member)

Prof. G. Shivarudrappa (Member)

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