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Bharathi Womens College (Autonomous), Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu
Address:No 85, Prakasam Salai, North Chennai
Chennai (Madras) (District Chennai (Madras))
Tamil Nadu, India
Pin Code : 600108


Bharathi Womens College (Autonomous), Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college. Bharathi Womens College (Autonomous), Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu was established on / in 1964.


Bharathi Womens College (Autonomous) is situated in Chennai (Madras) of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Chennai (Madras) comes under Chennai (Madras) Tehsil, Chennai (Madras) District.

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Bharathi Womens College (Autonomous), Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Arts, Commerce, Science stream(s).


Approval details: Bharathi Womens College (Autonomous) is affiliated with University of Madras, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)

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harathi Womens College, Chennai established in June 1964 has been named after the great Tamil Poet laureate Bharathi who emphatically advocated the emancipation and empowerment of women in his various verses and writings. It is a Government College (Autonomous) and is affiliated to the University of Madras. The institution is catering to the needs of economically and socially weaker sections of the society, especially the first generation of women learners, covering a radius of 30 square kilometers in northern part of Chennai. The institution believes in imparting quality education and making sincere efforts in moving towards academic excellence. The college is recognized by the University Grants Commission under 2(f) and 12(B) of UGC Act of 1956.


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Section 1: Preamble
Bharathi Women s College (Autonomous), Chennai established in 1964 is a Government Autonomous college affiliated to the University of Madras. The institution is named after the great Tamil Poet, Bharathi who advocated the emancipation and empowerment of women through his writings. The mission statement of the college is to enlighten and empower women to reach out and lift up the underprivileged by imparting value based, job oriented education and to inspire and instil integrity, chasten and chisel good citizens to launch the nation into the global league . The institution caters to the needs of economically and socially weaker sections of the society, especially the first generation of women learners. The college is recognised by the Unviersity Grants Commission under 2(f) and 12 (B) of the UGC Act of 1956. It was conferred autonomy in the year 1998.

The college was accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in 1999 and subsequently it applied for reaccreditation in October 2004. A Peer team was constituted by the NAAC to visit the college and validate the Re-accreditation Report. The Peer team consisted of Dr. Mariamma A Varghese, former Vice- Chancellor of SNDT Women s University, Mumbai as Chairperson; Dr. K. M. Mathew, Former Dean of Social Sciences and Registrar, Goa University, Goa; and Dr. M. D. P. Rao, Former Principal, Khallikhote Autonomous College, Berhampur, Orissa as Members of the team. The Peer team was coordinated by Mr. B. S. Ponmudiraj, Assistant Adviser, NAAC. Mr. B. Padmanabhan, Officer, Statistical Quality Control, MRF Ltd. was the Observer from an industry. The team visited the college from 21st to 23rd of February 2005.

The college has a fairly large campus of 8 acres on either side of the Broadway giving enough space for curricular as well as sports and other activities. It has 3380 students on its roll and 114 permanent teaching staff and 46 non teaching staff including 18 technical staff. The college offers 13 UG, 8 PG, 2 M.Phil and 1 Ph.D programme, one job-oriented vocational degree course, one UGC sponsored certificate course on Tourism and Travel Management and one self-financed postgraduate course in Mathematics. Computer Literacy is made compulsory for undergraduate students through the Government sponsored programme.

The Peer team carefully analysed the reaccreditation report along with the
e-format submitted by the institution. They have visited all the departments and common facilities. They had interactions with the Principal, the Management, the faculty, the students, the non-teaching staff, parents and the alumnae. Based on the analysis of the report and the quantitative data provided by the college and the information gathered through interaction with various stakeholders, the team has validated the reaccreditation report. It has presented its objective assessment keeping in mind the seven Criteria identified by NAAC, the core indicators under each Criteria, core values incorporated as contexts for reaccreditation and the actions taken by the college for quality sustenance and quality enhancement since the last accreditation.

Section 2: Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
Bharathi Women s College affiliated to Madras University offers 13 UG programmes, eight PG programmes, two M.Phil Programmes, One Ph.D. Programme, One Vocational Course, One UGC sponsored Certificate Course in Tourism and Travel Management and One Self Financed PG Course in Applicable Mathematics. Computer Literacy and Environmental Studies are introduced as compulsory subjects for all UG students. After the last accreditation, Ph.D programme in English, five PG programmes namely Chemistry, Applicable Mathematics, Zoology, Business Economics, History and one UG programme have been introduced.

During the academic year 2004-05 Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) is introduced at the PG level which provides flexibility to acquire credits for the subjects. E-Commerce and papers on small business management and entrepreneurship have been introduced in the core subjects at UG level.

Thirteen Departments offer different programmes, all in semester pattern. The syllabi are unitized. Only eight programmes are offered in CBCS with elective options and supportive courses.

Board of Studies consisting of University nominee, subject expert, and faculty members design and update the curriculum once in five years. Syllabi in all the 13 subjects have been revised as per the UGC guidelines.

New courses are introduced with the approval of the Academic Council. Some faculty members of the college contribute to the Boards of Studies of other autonomous colleges and the parent University.

The institution may consider adding more need-based and relevant courses on self financing basis and also offer a few more certificate courses and vocational courses which provide employability. Introduction of value-education course may also be considered.

Criterion II: Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
The admission process in Bharathi Womens College is transparent. The college strictly adheres to the guidelines given by both Government and University of Madras. There is great demand for seats in Computer Science, Bio-Chemistry, Mathematics and Commerce both at UG and PG levels. Students are selected on merit basis through academic records.

One hundred forty seven permanent teaching posts are sanctioned out of which 114 are filled up. Besides the permanent posts, there are 22 guest lecturers (full time) on temporary basis and 10 teachers are appointed by the college under PTA. Competent and qualified teachers are appointed by the government of Tamil Nadu for the permanent posts. The number of students on rolls is 3380 and the teacher-student ratio is 1:23. Of the 114 permanent teachers 25 possess Ph.D, degree, and 80 possess M.Phil degree. Teachers participate in seminars, workshops and publish the research work in refereed journals.

The college has 180 teaching days. At the beginning of every academic year, the work plan is prepared and circulated to the students and teachers through the college calendar.

The traditional lecture method of teaching is followed for regular classes. However, compact discs, LCD, OHP, and slide projector are used for seminars in few departments. Group discussions and seminars are organised for the students by all the departments. Rs. 3.25 lakhs have been received by the college for network resource. However, the usage of the internet facility may be enhanced.

Students are assessed through regular periodical tests and assignments. There is transparency in evaluation process. There is scope for revaluation. Photocopies of the answer papers are given to the students on request.

For weaker students, remedial courses are conducted in English, Mathematics and Bio-Chemistry after regular college hours. The college has received Rs. 1.70 lakhs under COSIP for organising bridge course in Mathematics and Computer Hardware training programme. Advanced learners are encouraged to present papers in seminars both at the college and inter-collegiate level.

The tutor-ward system existing in the college helps to monitor the progress of students. Teachers submit self appraisal forms annually. The IQAC introduced recently is yet to take up monitoring the various activities in the college relating to quality improvement.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
After the last accreditation six teachers have acquired Ph.D., and thirteen have registered. Twenty-six percent of the staff are engaged in active research. Research by students includes projects under the guidance of teachers.

Government of Tamil Nadu encourages teachers to do research by granting study leave, research grants and permission to attend seminars, refresher courses, orientation courses and workshops.

During the last five years, nine faculty members have availed of the faculty development programme of the UGC. Teachers have participated in 118 refresher courses, 19 orientation courses, 40 workshops, 80 national seminars, 49 international seminars and 23 state level seminars.

Besides, some teachers have availed of faculty development programme organised by the Directorate of Collegiate Education. After the last accredidation, 37 papers in national journals, 10 papers in international journals, and 28 books were published by the faculty members. The college has organised 21 seminars, 70 workshops and some invited lectures. One faculty member of Bio-Chemistry department has received two Gold Medals for best paper presentation in National and International conferences, while a faculty member of the Zoology department has got Young Scientist Award.

After the last accredidation, the Bio-Chemistry department in the college has completed two research projects with an outlay of Rs. 7.25 lakhs funded by UGC and MHRD. The department of Zoology has completed three minor research projects with an outlay of Rs. 54000/- funded by UGC. There are two ongoing major research projects in the department of Bio-Chemistry funded by UGC and DST with an outlay of Rs. 25.43 lakhs.

Though some deparments have been doing very well in research, all the faculty members in different departments may be encouraged to apply for research projects and strengthen their research activities through a research committee to be established in the college.

The department of Bio-Chemistry has collaboration with Stanley Medical College, Chennai and department of Zoology has collaboration with Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewage Board and Women Innovation Network Foundation for their research work. The expertise and talent of all the faculty may be utilised in offering consultancy.

Extension activities in the college are taken up through NCC, NSS, Rotract Club and Lions Club. Career-counselling programme, cancer awareness programme, multimedia awareness, pollution awareness, Temple Cleaning, Blood Group Identification are some of the extension activities. The extension activities may be diversified and enhanced in collaboration with GOs and NGOs.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college spread across both sides of the Broadway Road. The main building houses the administrative complex, science departments, laboratories and the language departments. A few science departments are in the adjacent block. There is an auditorium used for all college functions.

The Public works Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu looks after the maintenance of the infrastructure. 10% of the funds allocated under Non-plan from the Government are used for maintenance of equipments. Instruments and equipments are purchased out of the funds allotted from the autonomy, UGC and PG development funds. The existing building, laboratories, library etc. need renovation and maintenance.

Presently, the General library is closed since the retirement of the librarian. Immediate action may be taken to appoint a qualified librarian. During the last 5 years, 3667 books and 23 journals costing Rs.5,35,000/- have been added.

There are totally 61 computers in the college kept in various departments and office. In addition there are 75 computers provided by SRM for the Computer Literacy Programme. The students pay and browse the internet in the Computer Science and Mathematics Departments.

The Department of Physical Education maintains different courts for the sports and games. The students have won prizes in divisional and inter-divisional tournaments of Madras University. The Department of Physical Education conducts compulsory games for the first year undergraduate students after college hours.

The College hostel is situated on the other side of the Broadway Road. It has three floors and 36 rooms. However, there are presently only 47 students in the Hostel. The basic amenities in the hostel need improvements. T.V., telephone, reading room facilities need to be made available to the students.

There is a cooperative store in the campus catering to the basic needs of the students.

There is no health center in the college. However, the nearby Stanley Medical College Hospital is contacted for meeting emergency situations. The college canteen situated in the campus requires improvement to cater to the needs of faculty and students.

The College may consider setting up a gymnasium.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
There are 3380 students enrolled from various strata of the society. A majority of them come from low income group. An updated college prospectus and website offer information regarding the U.G, P.G, M.Phil and Ph.D programmes. The information regarding admission and vacancies are displayed on the college Notice Board. The College prospectus contains information about the courses offered, mode of selection, scholarships, hostel admissions, rules etc. Each department organises an orientation for newly admitted students informing about the college functioning, the semester plan, continuous assessment, etc.

The examination results for the last 5 years have been consistently good. The result of the undergraduate examination average was 88% and that of postgraduate examination was 90%. The dropout rate is marginal. Around 10% of the students after graduation progress towards higher studies and around 10% gain employment.

The tutor ward system monitors student progression. There are 20 students with a tutor. The tutors and class teachers provide academic and personal counselling. Through periodical tests, the progress of students is reviewed and monitored. Remedial coaching is given to students department-wise. The compulsory Computer Literacy Programme sponsored by the Government for the first year undergraduate students make them computer literate. The college encourages bright students to prepare for various entrance examinations.

The Fine Arts Association enables the students to bring out the innate talents. They are encouraged to participate in cultural activities organized by other institutions.

The Career Guidance and Counselling is offered to the final year students. The career profile indicates that the job aspirants are few. Those who opt for a career invariably choose conventional professions in schools, colleges and offices. The focus is mainly on motivation and counselling which will encourage them to pursue different careers.

There is one unit of NCC consisting of 60 cadets. The cadets attend camps and participate in activities like mountaineering, trekking and rock climbing, etc.

There are 300 students in 3 units of NSS. The volunteers of NSS participate in many programmes like blood donation, AIDS awareness programme, career guidance, campus cleaning, tree planting, etc. They also participate in a 10 days special camp held annually in a nearby village.

Criterion VI: Organisation and Management
The college aims to promote participatory management through various committees. The Executive, Autonomous and Finance Committees with suggestions from the External members who are at the helm of affairs in the Education Department of the Government implement the several decisions taken in the Committees meetings. These Committees meet at the beginning of every academic year to review the progress and chart out further plans for the academic year. Thus, an effective Modus Operandi is put forth for the proper functioning of all the academic activities. The College Council comprising of the Principal and Heads of Departments regularly meet and take important decisions regarding the proper functioning of the College and welfare of the students.

Government is the appointing authority. The recruitment of teachers is made as per the norms. The recruitment of guest lecturers and non-teaching staff are made on merit, transparency and fairness. The welfare measures include financial assistance from government. Loan facilities are made available for children s education and other financial emergencies. Employees enjoy the medical reimbursement facilities.

The performance evaluation for the faculty and non-teaching staff is done by the Head of the Department every year. Teachers submit self-appraisal reports annually. The financial resources of the college include grants from the government, UGC and fees collected from the students. Fees collected during the last year amounted to Rs.8,06,700/-. Self-financing programme generated Rs.1,05,000/-. Funds are also raised through Parent-Teacher Association and Old Students Association. They are spent for appointing guest lecturers and purchasing furnitures, etc. The unit cost of education during the year 2003-2004 was Rs.13,636/- (with salary component) and Rs.2,020/-(without the salary component).

The Grievance Cell functions under the Principal with 5 senior staff members. Each department is provided with a grievance box. This facility gives scope to the students to ventilate their grievances without revealing their identity. However, there is need to formalize this arrangement and strengthen it.

There is regular auditing of accounts. Records are maintained in order. The allotted funds are judiciously utilized. It will greatly help the students and staff if an extension counter of a bank is set up in the campus.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
The peer team has identified the following healthy practices:-

The college makes efforts to provide quality education through various curricular and co-curricular activities. It caters to a large number of students from the middle and low socio-economic strata at affordable cost.

The Department of Physical Education has made games compulsory for all the first year students to ensure all-round development. Over and above, those who are identified with special talents are further trained to participate at State and National events.

PTA and the faculty provide support to needy students, which is indicative of the community support.

The college makes effort to bring the staff together to have good working relations among the faculty.

Different committees function for the overall improvement of the administrative and academic quality of education.

The computerization of admission, pay roll and scholarship and UGC grants is appreciated.

The government-sponsored computer literacy programme facilitates all the students to acquire computer skills.

Section 3: Overall Analysis
The peer team has reviewed the performance of the college and analysed the quality sustenance and enhancement measures. During the post accreditation period, the college has continued to serve the community for the cause of womens education by adding new programmes.

Commendations
Mission statement is displayed in different parts of campus and the faculty, students, the community are aware of the goals of the institution.

The college upholds the ideals of the Tamil Poet Bharathi and strives to emancipate and empower women students by imparting quality education through the curricular, co-curricular and extra curricular activities.

The institution has enough qualified teachers for many subjects, but all departments need to have adequate staff strength.

The College offers a wide range of main courses, allied and supportive courses under the choice based credit system. The courses offered in the choice based curriculum have to be relevant and meaningful for enriching the major specialization. Six career-oriented courses are sanctioned by UGC - Digital Electronics, Microprocessor Application, Food Preservation, Multi-Media and Oracle, Entrepreneurship Development Skills, Translation Studies in English and Journalism for the Departments of Physics, Botany, Computer Science, Economics, English Literature and Tamil Literature respectively.

Large number of scholarships and freeships are available to cater to the needs of the students. Practically the courses are free for most of the students.

NCC and NSS have undertaken many activities and brought laurels to the college.
The co-curricular activities of the students are highly appreciable.

Recommendations
Although the college makes all efforts to improve the quality of education, some of the points need urgent attention of the management.

Library is an important learning resource for the students and the faculty. This is the reservoir of knowledge. The participatory and student-centric learning can be promoted only by having a good library and user-friendly library services.

Appointment of a librarian is a top priority for the college to be able to use library as a learning resource effectively.

Maintenance of classrooms with facilities is essential to create an ambience of learning.

Safety of laboratory attenders in handling chemicals is another area of concern.

Hostel facilities need to be updated. The hostel does not have enough inmates. If the hostel is not fully utilized, the same could be used for other academic purposes.
The equipments and other laboratory facilities need to be updated.

The Computer Science Department need to expand and offer consultative help to other departments in terms of computer applications in various subjects.

The student feedback mechanism needs to be initiated and strengthened to establish a student-centered approach in developing appropriate curriculum and using effective teaching methodologies.

The research activity needs to be strengthened in many departments.

The college needs to mobilize resources to equip and maintain the existing facilities and create more facilities to meet the academic and administrative demands. The college may approach different funding agencies to meet the additional demands.

The College needs to develop a perspective plan for development

ICT enabled teaching and research need to be encouraged in all departments.

Extension services need to be expanded through organized activities.

Documentation and data management are required for each quality parameter under the IQAC.

Examination Cell need to undertake more reforms with reference to question bank, model answers, etc. Computerization of examination work may be organized internally rather than depending on external agencies.

Conclusion:
Bharathi Womens College has been rendering yeoman service in promoting womens education for the weaker section of the society of North Chennai. The student-ward system has been extremely beneficial for the students. The initiative taken by the college/government in introducing the choice based credit system is appreciable. The college may continue the initiatives for Quality Improvement through the effective functioning of IQAC. The Peer Team wishes to thank the management, the principal, teaching staff, non-teaching staff, students, parents and alumni for their cooperation during the Peer Team Visit.

Dr. Mariamma A Varghese (Chairperson)

Dr. K. M. Mathew (Member)

Dr. M. D. P. Rao (Member)

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