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YMCA College of Physical Education Nandanam, Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu
YMCA College of Physical Education Nandanam, Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu
Address:No. 497, Anna Salai
address2 : 333, ANNA SALA
Chennai (Madras) (District Chennai)
Tamil Nadu, IndiaPin Code : 600035
YMCA College of Physical Education Nandanam, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college. Status: Autonomous and Minority Institution. YMCA College of Physical Education Nandanam, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu was established on / in 2000.
Principal of YMCA College of Physical Education Nandanam, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu is Dr Sheila Stephen.
YMCA College of Physical Education Nandanam is situated in Chennai (Madras) of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Contact Person(s) of the YMCA College of Physical Education Nandanam, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu is (are): Dr R Sweety Prem Kumar, Correspondent and Secretary.
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Website of YMCA College of Physical Education Nandanam, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu is www.ymcacollegeofphysicaleducation.edu.in.
Contact Details of YMCA College of Physical Education Nandanam, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu are : Telephone: +91-44-4344816
CoursesNumber of seats in YMCA College of Physical Education Nandanam, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu is 70.
YMCA College of Physical Education Nandanam, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Physical Edu stream(s).
Approval details: YMCA College of Physical Education Nandanam is affiliated with Tamilnadu Physical Education and Sports University, Chennai (Madras)
MPEd, BPEd and M Phil etc (Admission Notice)
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NAAC report of YMCA COLLEGE OF PHYSICAL EDUCATIONSECTION 1: PREFACE
The YMCA college of physical education, Chennai, Nandanam is a Christian Minority institution, an Autonomous college affiliated to University of Madras was started in 1920. It is a pioneer institute, which was formed to develop sports and physical education on scientific lines in India. It was founded by Hary Crowe Buck of U.S.A. Buck's aim was to promote sports and train physical education teacher on scientific basis, having right ideals of sportsmanship, from immoral activities with good awareness to hygiene and nutrition and with an awareness of negative effects of drugs.
This institute has produced leading stalwarts in physical education like Padma Shri Dr. P.M. Joseph, Dr. J.P. Thomas, and a number of renowned professionalist both from India and other South East Asian Countries.
The YMCA College of physical education is the first to volunteer to be assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and submitted the self study report in the month of June, 2002. A Peer team was constituted consisting of the following members:-
Dr. K.K.Verma, Vice -Chancellor , LNIPE Gwalior - 474002
Dr. M.Shyam Babu, Asst. Director of Physical Education, Department of Physical Education, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam - 530003
Dr. Geeta Iyangar, Academic Consultant, NAAC, Bangalore - 560 010.
The YMCA College of physical is an autonomous College and is affiliated to the University of Madras. It is situated in the heart of chennai with a total area of 64.3 acres of land. This college offers the following courses in physical education.
Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Sports (BPES - Three Years)
Certificate Course in Physical Education (Higher Grade - One Year)
Bachelor's courses in Mobility Science (BMS - One Year)
Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education (B.P.Ed - One Year)
Master's Degree in Physical Education (M.P.Ed - Two Years)
M.Phil in Physical Education (M.Phil - One Year)
Ph.D in Physical Education (Ph.D - Part time and Full Time)
This institution has got UGC recognition under 2F in 1978. The Autonomous status has been conferred on the institution from June 1986 onwards.
The YMCA College has highly qualified teaching faculty of 14 permanent Government aided staff and Seven Teaching under Self-Finance with a total 21 of members. There are nine technical staff and 32 administrative staff. There are 135 women and 310 men students studying in various courses offered by the college.
The institution has well developed & laboratories, namely. A) sports psychology lab, B) Physical and Physiological lab and C) Biomechanic lab with computer facilities for conduction research activities for Master's M.Phil and Ph.D. Scholar's. The Institution has an automated computerized facility for procurement and issue of books and journals in the library with total number of books exceeding 7500.
The institution has a separate computer laboratory consisting of 19 computers and offers computer certification courses for the college students during their course of study. The institution has a well-equipped physiotherapy laboratory. The institute is also providing assistance to the Chennai community in different specialized areas of sports and games.
The peer team carefully perused and analyzed the self study report submitted by the institution by visiting the various facilities and interacted with the various members of the teaching staff, principal, board of management members and students. The academic, co-curricular, extra- curricular, sports and extension facilities of the institution were inspected.
Keeping in view the criteria identified by NAAC the peer team has taken the valued judgement based on the assessment of the institution under the various criteria, the commendable features of the institution as well as the issues of concern have been documented in detail.
SECTION II - CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
CRITERION - 1 CURRICULAR ASPECTS
Since 1986, The college functions under autonomy, where five Courses, namely M.P.Ed, B.P.Ed and B.P.E.S are offered as regular course and from 1995 B.Sc and M.Sc evening college courses are being offered. The B.M.S, M.Phil and Evening College B.Sc. as well as M.Sc. Programmes are affiliated to the University of Madras.
The entry qualification for BPES undergraduate (3 year duration), Diploma in Orientation and Mobility is +2 Pass. Thirteen years of education (Old Pattern) or 1st Year Degree pass are eligible for Higher-Grade Certificate Course. For the B.P.Ed, B.M.S and PG Diploma in Tennis Courses, those who have passed under graduate degree such as BPES, B.Sc. B.A. are eligible For M.P.Ed, Only BPEd, B.M.S. and BPES students are eligible for admission to M.P.Ed Course. For M.Sc. (evening college), BPT, B.P.Ed, B.M.S passed students are eligible.
All the programmes are 100% career oriented, as they are Teacher Training Courses like M.P.Ed, B.P.Ed, Higher Grade Courses, which are recognized by NCTE. B.M.S. Course is recognized by RCI and the B.P.E.S, B.Sc. and M.Sc. Courses are recognized by the University of Madras.
There are elective options and horizontal and vertical mobility for the students' benefit. The mechanism used for formulating the curricular content are by faculty meetings - Board of Studies and Academic Council meetings with experts committees and National Conferences for autonomy courses. All the examinations are conducted by the Controller of Examination under autonomy. After autonomy the college introduced the following new Courses and every year there is innovations and the omission and commission are noted for modification.
In the year 2001 the two year M.P.Ed Program was introduced as per the recommendations of the NCTE. The Institutions' mission and the goals are reflected through the curricula. The college introduced martial arts such as Kalari, Judo, Boxing for the women students to make them fit and to resist the crime against women in the present world.
Being a Physical Education College, more weightage is given to practical than theory (4 hours practical and 3 hours theory). The students are well exposed to officiating, organisation and refreeing in different National & State level competitions including the disabled meets such as Special Olympics / Dark Olympic for the Blind, etc.,
The College is a Pioneer Institute and it has number of firsts to its credit such as Olympic movement in India, Scientific Physical Education in South East Asian Countries, Introduction of Adapted Physical Education Curricula, introduction Fitness Foundation Academy, Reebok Aerobic Training Instructor Course and organising 6 to 8 week courses in Home Management Skills, and Rehabilitation Skill Training for the Blind.
The College offers excellent service programmes and extends its facilities for the public to promote the students' interest.
Criterion II - Teaching Learning and Evaluation
The College under autonomy is guided by the UGC and University of Madras and works for 200 Teaching days (100 days in a semester). The students are admitted by entrance test, skills test, interviews and academic records as guidelines given by NCTE Tamil Nadu Government and the University of Madras. Admissions are purely on merit basis. The college also offers bridge remedial courses specially in English and Science oriented subjects. The college has introduced optional courses by which students can earn in their leisure time.
The Teacher-Student ratio is maintained as recommended by NCTE and 95% of teaching by full time faculty. The evaluation pattern, question setting, panel of examiners list and corrections, etc., are as per the guidelines of the College Academic Council.
Being a residential college, The College insists on 90% of students attendance to sit for examination. No evidence of malpractice in the examination has been recorded. The college follows central evaluation and double valuation method for postgraduate Courses. The results are published soon after the board of examiners meeting, to enable the students to find admission in higher educational courses for getting employment.
The academic programme of the college is carried out as per the college calendar. The recruitment criteria of the college is of good quality with students from the same college as well as from other institutions are selected, Teachers are regularly updating their knowledge by attending refresher courses, seminars, conferences and workshops.
Most of the staff and students of the college are exposed to computer learning. In last two years three faculty members obtained Ph.D. The College has links with Springfield College, U.S.A through YMCA's of world alliances.
Every member of the faculty is involved and committed to bring an over all development in student teachers. The college management encourages the staff and students to participate in different competitions at national and state level seminars.
The college has 14 Government aided teaching posts, which are filled by the college authorities. The teaching learning process, the methods, materials and management are well done and the staffs are well exposed to teaching and coaching process.
CRITERION III - RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
The faculty of the college are involved in the field of research actively. The college has a research committee to monitor Ph.D and M.Phil programmes as well to continue the field research in allied fields related to health, fitness and rehabilitation . The Fitness Foundation Academy (FFAMY) already has two projects in the field of Adapted Physical Education and Sports Trauma for assets more than Rs.4,00,000/-
The faculty members have published 27 books in different professional fields and have contributed a number of research articles to Research Journals and National Conferences.
Two staff members have produced 2 Ph.D each (four in total) and other three members of the faculty will start guiding Ph.D scholars this academic year. The Ph.D staff are regularly invited to conduct Ph.D. viva at different universities. At present, 15 part time and one full time Ph.D. scholars have registered in University of Madras through the college. The College conducts field research continually in developing adapted play fields, playing equipment's, rules and regulations for the Blind, Mentally Retarded and Orthopeadically disabled with a specialized and well equipped adapted physical education center.
The college does the following consultancy services to government and non government agencies in the field of Physical education and adapted physical education in terms programmes, facilities and equipments. Guest lectures and practical demonstrations in the field of home management skills, daily living skills, rehabilitation skills, orientation and mobility skills and techniques laying of play fields, courts, organizing and officiating sports and games for disabled public. The students are encouraged to conduct inter school inter - collegiate and major state government sports meets which are held in the city of Chennai. To give exposure in officiating and Organization Buck Memorial Tournaments are conducted annually in memory of founder principal Mr. H.C. Buck.
The faculty are invited to serve as consultants in Teacher Recruitment Boards, Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission and as members of Academic Council and Board of Studies in a number of universities and institutions.
FFAMY offers consultancy to physiotherapist leading national and international level sports personalities, and also to young and old athletes in the field of fitness and sports trauma. Health, hygiene and sports trauma management is one the best extension programmes of the college through FFAMY.
The college as moral responsibility to the community, caters to the need of sister institutions and to many government agencies by extending its services in the following areas by conducting community sports meets, summer learn to swim campaign and adult fitness programmes through walking club.
The coaching classes for the community children are offered in cricket, gymnastics, martial arts, the students are involved in blood donation camp and personality development and communication programmes. The tennis coaching school and cricket SPIC foundation promote these sports at national and international level for children 17 and below. The Lions club, Rotary Club, Mylapore Academy in cooperation with the college serve the different social communities in the field of yoga and sports competitions.
CRITERION IV - INFRASTUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCE
The institution has a 64 acre campus at the heart of the chennai city and the college has a well planned master plan of the campus. The college meets the infrastructural needs from the funds of management, autonomy grants from UGC and other eligible grants from the government and well wishers.
The college has a library in the second floor of the main building, working between 9.30 am and 3.30 pm with a Ph.D holder in Library Science as librarian. The college chairman is the chair person for the library development committee. The library has a book bank with computer facilities. There is a separate section for Audio and Video Teaching Aids with Multimedia facilities.
The college has a well equipped computer centre with 18 + 1 computers for the students use. The college office, laboratories, controller of examination office, etc. has a total of six computers, which are used for official purposes.
The college has three laboratories as required by NCTE, namely Physical & Physological lab, Biomechanies lab and Sports Psychological lab apart from Physiotheropy & Sports Trauma centre.
The college has well maintained and utilized play field facilities, a multi purpose gymnasium (to be used during rainy seasons), Multi Gym with eight stations, indoor Shuttle Badminton courts (4), Hockey fields (2), Soccer fields (2), Volleyball courts (4) Basketball courts (2), Handball court (1), Kabaddi courts (2), Kho-Kho courts (2), Throwball court (1), Ball badminton courts (4), Korfball court (1), Tennis complex (14), Cricket Oval (2), Cricket nets (6), 400M Track & Field with one stadium and one 200M track, Open Air Theatre (1) Swimming Pool (1), Boxing Ring (1) with a seating capacity of 1000. The students of the college has access to the Modern Sports and Games facilities built by the Tamil Nadu Government like Nehru Stadium, Rajaratham Stadium, Radhakrishnan Stadium, Chidambaram Stadium and Tennis Complex in the Chennai City.
The students have brought laurels in the University, State, National and International level competitions with - regional level 5 silver medals state level (14), National level (7) and international level (1).
There are two block of men's hostel and seven dormitories to accommodate more then 300 students and one block of women's hostel (two floors ) to accommodate more than 130 students. The college has added new class room facilities and has a conference room to conduct seminars. They can add more modern facilities to became a college of center of excellance.
The project physical education, has infrastructure to accommodate blind and disable boys and girls separately to a capacity of 50 members. They have separate kitchen, play fields, staff quarters and class rooms.
CRITERION V - STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
Since there is great demand for physical education teachers trained at the YMCA college, Chennai, still people seek admission from other states and overseas. The spread of students with respect to locals from Tamilnadu 459, others states 9 and Ceylon 1. The college management imparts education from primary school up to Ph.D. level. The college, the pass percentage is 99% and drop out rate is 1%. The students easily pass UGC / SLET competitive exams, 60% of students are men and 40% are women. More than 50% of students take up officiating / officials exam in their various specialization games & sports. Feed back through proforma and facilities required are collected from periodical meetings by the respective Deputy wardens and principal. The urban UG / PG students go to rural / schools to layout play fields and to conduct sportmeets. Each student is given a college calendar, syllabus and time table copies to each class. The college prospectus given contains application form, rules & regulations details of fee structure and courses offered.
When city and other school correspondents and principals seek good and suitable physical education teachers, the college helps students through career placement cell based on needs. Students get financial assistance and aid through merit scholarship and bank loans during the last academic year 2001 - 2002, three students got merit scholarship and 232 students got SC / ST and BC scholarship and financial aid. Last year outstanding students who did not get scholarship/aid were awarded scholarship through the college by donors. In BMS course so far 4 physically handicapped were admitted and they are employed in the government schools under the disabled quota.
Students are permitted to participate actively in swimming indoor games, cultural programmes, debates and aerobic dance etc. The student association is very active in organizing and celebrating functions and conduct competitions.
The alumni of the college are all over the world, some are deans, HOD, Principals and physical directors through out India. Many of the students are placed in police, paramilitary, military and revenue department.
Coeducation rules are well established students are often given counseling and the students discipline is excellent in this college
Students are exposed and well utilized in the community service and extension programmes to enrich their experience 'Learning by doing Projects'.
The peer team interacted with the students, alumini and parents during their visit and received positive response about the facilities and curricular programmes being offered by the college.
CRITIERION - VI - ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT
The college is one of the projects of National Council of YMCA's of india. The Management of the college vested to the Board of Management (BOM), the present chairman of BOM is an IAS (Rtd) served as education secretary in Tamil Nadu and all the members of BOM are well placed in the society with very high caliber and committed to promote Health, Fitness and Sports in our country. For an efficient internal coordination, functioning and to fulfil all the requirements of the UGC, the college has Executive committee, personnel committee, finance committee, building committee and Autonomous implementation committee. For the smooth and excellent functioning of autonomy, Academic Council, Board of Studies, Planning and Evaluation,
Research, Examination, Review of Admission, Student welfare, library, appeals and grievance, purchase, uniform extra & intra Curricular and disciplinary committee.
The honorary corespondent & secretary is a sportsman and a lover of sports who really spend time to develop the skills of the students. The institution has a well spelt out bye laws. The board of management meets once in three months to review and give guidance to academic excellence through extending all support.
The principal along with senior staff members prepares the college calender and the important events of the academic year. The fee and the grant received are well spent toward the programme and development along with staff salary.
Being a minority institution, the college management strictly implements the policies laid by the Government of Tamil Nadu. The income and expenditure is audited by internal and external agencies (ie Govt Agencies). The management encourages linkage and exchange programmes for the improvement of the faculty, with Springfield College, USA and the principal and one woman staff are scheduled to go in the month of Jan 2003.
CRITERION VII -HEALTHY PRACTICES
The college aims towards wholesome development i.e. total personality of an individual through the development of curricular activities to build body, mind and soul. Yoga and worship services are offered to develop the spirit or atman. To maintain discipline and to ensure effective learning the college insists on 90% attendance being a Residential Institution. For sports participants, extra classes and tests are conducted to help then even on the theory and internal assessments.
Annual Leadership Training camp is organized for the BPED, BMS, Hr.grade and III yr BPES students. Inter physical education institution competitions help the students and staff to interact with other colleges and departments of the profession in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry. The students are exposed to different sports infrastructure available at the Chennai city. M.Phil and Ph.D. students are exposed to different sports injuries and sport training management through sports trauma care centre FFAMY.
The students are encouraged to attend seminars on the personality development and effective communication and are issued certificates. In addition, they undergo ST.John's Ambulance.First Aid examination and get certified. The college got governor award for maximum participation in First Aid.
The college students are encouraged to participate in the national days, such as Independence Day and Republic Day parade and the college got special award from the Governor, Tamil Nadu in 2001 for its display during Republic Day.
The students are encouraged to learn computer in their leisure hours.
Physically handicapped and partially sighted are admitted in the BMS course, thus fulfilling equality and equal opportunity for independent living The students are associated to have extra input to their experience by involving in conducting competition for special people such as special Olympics for mentally retarded and spastic children. Dark Olympic for the blind, Silent Olympic for the deaf and dump and paraplegic Olympic for the physically handicapped, which do not exist in any other colleges of physical education in Tamil Nadu and India.
The ideals of the college is to develop physical, mental, social, emotional, moral and spiritual well being of worthy citizens of this great nation.
SECTION III - OVER ALL ANALYSIS
The peer team after going through the self study report and after its visits to various facilities and programmes of the physical education, is really impressed by the progress the YMCA college has made in introducing awareness among the students regarding fitness and health issues and believes that there is balance between the body, mind and soul (college ideal) and it is doing an excellent job in fulfilling this goal.
This college has earned a good reputation by imparting quality education in the area of physical education and it has inculcated a deep sense of matured responsibility and commitment among the students.
The peer team considers that there are number of features which it would take to commend. It would like to bring to the attention of the college authorities certain aspects for its consideration on the following.
Management support and encouragement towards promoting academic excellence is commended.
Teachers and administrators are very committed towards the achievements of the goals of the college. The board members are highly qualified and well placed and they play an active role in administering the college.
The teachers and the principal should be commended for maintaining strict discipline in the institution.
The institution has done a remarkable job in maintaining the play field, the swimming pool, the research laboratories and then infrastructures associated with teaching and learning process.
The institution plays a very encouraging role to enable the students to participate in national and international games.
The institution has made adequate planning for maintenance and has plan for additional infrastructure in the future.
They have good library and computer facility is made available to the students is noteworthy.
Keeping in view the future of the expansion of autonomous college, the peer team would suggest the following:
They can add some more relevant and recent additions connected to research journals and research equipment.
The authorities should approach the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs and including Sports Authority of India to get more grants for installing astroturf for hockey and synthetic surface for track and field arena
They can add some more scientific equipment for sports and games.
The institute would do better if they can increase the number of staff according to the strength of the students in the near future as per the U.G.C Norms.
The institution can strengthen the yoga courses already existing.
The peer team believes that this exercise will be beneficial to the institution to impart quality enhancement and bring about certain improvement in maintaining standard is further growth and progress
Dr. K.K.Verma (Chairperson)
Dr. M.Shyam Babu (Member)
DR.(MRS) ESTHER RANJINI, Ph.D.
Winds of change in physical educationP.T. sir, drill master, physical sir are some names by which a physical education teacher is better known. With a cane in the hand, often with a larger than usual belly or a receding hairline is how one usually visualises this gentleman.
Since physical education made its entry through the Y.M.C.A College of Physical Education in erstwhile Madras in 1920, not much had changed. Recently however, a sincere effort has been made to bring some freshness into the profession.
The reason being that the P.E.T (physical education teacher) is not appointed as much for an actual need but in order to fulfil the basic requirements that state, that it is mandatory for educational institutions to have such an instructor.
Is physical education really needed? Should it continue the same way it has been going on for almost a century? Has it any real claim to being a subject that you teach and not been sidelined as a mere grade in a students progress report? Do we have a curriculum and even if we do, is it the same everywhere?
Is the job of a physical education teacher clearly defined? Or is it just the maintenance of discipline; checking if students have come in proper uniform; whether students, especially primary school students, have their lunch properly; conducting the morning assembly or lining up students to get into and off the school bus?
Do you need a graduate or in some cases even a teacher with a doctorate to do these jobs?
By no means am I belittling these duties. The truth is that there is a great disparity between what you learn while going through your professional courses and what you actually have to perform when you get into a school or college as a teacher.
Perhaps physical education is the only profession in the world with such uniqueness. Physical education is definitely facing an identity crisis. Yet there are a handful of schools where if you ask the students to name their favourite teacher they will unanimously answer: the P.T. Sir.
Why this huge difference from being a liability in most schools to the most popular and respected in others? To get to some answers to the above questions one needs to go back to the objectives of physical education which are the all round development of individuals, their physical, mental, social and emotional development.
In a nutshell — covering the complete spectrum of growth qualitatively and quantitatively.
Are these objectives met? The answer would be in the negative.
Why are these objectives not met? An academic discipline with well defined goals needs time to be executed. It needs time to be recognised as a teaching subject with adequate texts and teaching materials.
A look into any schools timetable would make the picture clear. The senior classes will hardly have a period per week.
The reason being they are going to appear for the board exams and they need to spend time in serious study.
Even those sparsely distributed periods are often spent allocating some sporting goods to the boys who play any sort of game making their own rules and regulations while the girls happily chit chat.
So for decades physical education has been part of the curriculum as part of an eligibility criteria.
The teachers of other subjects understandably argue — why waste time on a period that does not have any benefit for students?
In this academically oriented educational set up they find it a criminal waste of time. But, recent landmark developments in the physical education curriculum of Kerala have signalled a positive change. (To be continued...)
*The writer is associate professor, school of physical education and sports sciences, Kannur University as well as selector and coach of the Kannur university team. He is also the consultant sports psychologist with the Kerala Cricket Association.
Survivors of time – YMCA College of Physical EducationBeyond the basketball courts and the swimming pools, the tree-lined campus of YMCA College of Physical Education is a Salvador Dali painting come alive; butterflies flutter past in slow motion, an abandoned dock awaits its boats, barren trees pose dramatically against an overcast sky, deer strut away with their heads held high and founder Harry Crowe Bucks presence lingers on in the oldest physical education college in Asia.
Buck was an American from Springfield College, Massachusetts, who arrived in Madras in 1919. He began the YMCA Training School of Physical Education in the Esplanade buildings in 1920 with five students. He was the one who introduced basketball to Madras, says R. Sweety Prem Kumar, correspondent and secretary.
He had come here to develop our youth and was a visionary. The institution offered a one-year course in physical education. The training sessions were conducted on the ground next to the Fort station. Their only reference books were the ones that Buck and his wife Mary owned.
In 1922, Buck was appointed as advisor to the Madras Government on Physical Education and in 1924, the first Indian Contingent for the Olympics was selected from the school. Buck was the official starter at the Paris Summer Olympics and he managed and coached the Indian team. As the school began to grow, there was a need to expand the space. According to Madras Rediscovered by S. Muthiah, the college moved to the Wesley School grounds in Royapettah in 1928 after which, in 1932, they shifted to a larger campus by the Adyar River in Saidapet.
They say Crowe travelled up the Adyar river in a boat, looked at this particular place and decided he wanted to build the college here, says Prem Kumar. In this 65-acre campus, he built his house in such a way that he had a full view of the grounds no matter where he stood. Weve kept the house as it is, with its Burma teak panelling.
Buck also started the first sports journal Vyayam in 1928 and had thatched huts built to house classrooms, office, hostels and kitchens temporarily. In 1933, the foundation stone of Massey Hall, the main college building, was laid by Sir George Stanley, the then Governor of Madras. In 1940, ten hostel units for men were constructed along with barracks that were used by the soldiers. Women were admitted for the first time and the college became a co-education institution.
Madrass first swimming pool and boxing ring are here, says S. Johnson Premkumar, Assistant Professor, and we have retained the same purification methods that were used then. Even the drainage system is the same. A lot of yesteryear film stars would use this pool since it was the only one in the city. Also, when Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium was built, they used the sand from here to lay the grounds there since this was the first-of-its-kind.
In 1971, a one-year Masters degree was started, four years after which the Ph.D. programmes began functioning. In 1977, two schools (a primary and higher secondary) were opened. It was only in 1985 that the BPES (Bachelor of Physical Education) came into functioning. In 2006, a third school, one for the differently-abled was also started as a project by the YMCA College.
Now, the college has facilities for basketball, volleyball, shuttle, tennis, cricket, beach volleyball, table tennis, hockey, and even conducts martial arts classes. It offers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate courses in physical education apart from overlooking the functions of three schools within the premises. There is even a womens fitness centre, wading pool, gym and their ever popular adventure camps. Were in the process of setting up a camp site with tents. For now, we conduct summer camps and some regular courses for the public. We have planned a lot of renovation and new additions to our college and hope to get them done by this year, says Prem Kumar.
The college now has 490-odd students and classes start as early as 6 a.m. The courses are all residential and the campus houses 30 to 40 spotted deer, apart from its students. But the half-hour tour of the canopied campus ends in a small mausoleum by the entrance. This is where Henry Crowe Buck was laid to rest on July 24, 1943, followed by a couple of his successors. Engraved on a simple tombstone at the head of his grave, his epitaph reads They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
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