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Ethiraj College for Women Egmore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Ethiraj College for Women Egmore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Address:70, Ethiraj Salai, Egmore
Chennai (District Chennai)
Tamil Nadu, IndiaPin Code : 600008
Ethiraj College for Women Egmore, Chennai Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college. Status: Autonomous. Ethiraj College for Women Egmore, Chennai Tamil Nadu was established on / in 1948.
Ethiraj College for Women Egmore is situated in Chennai of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Chennai comes under Chennai (Madras) Tehsil, Chennai District.
Fax # of Ethiraj College for Women Egmore, Chennai Tamil Nadu is 044-28282014 .
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Website of Ethiraj College for Women Egmore, Chennai Tamil Nadu is http://www.ethirajcollege.edu.in/.
Contact Details of Ethiraj College for Women Egmore, Chennai Tamil Nadu are : Telephone: +91-44-28279189, 28225920
CoursesEthiraj College for Women Egmore, Chennai Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Arts, Biotechnology, Commerce, Computer Applications, Business Management, Research, Science stream(s).
Under Graduate Courses :
B.A.(Economics, English Literature, History, Business Economics, Tourism and Travel Management)
B.Sc (Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Service Management)
B.Sc (Visual Communication)
B.Sc (Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics)
B.com (Business Administration)
Post Graduate Courses :
M.A(Economics), M.A (English Literature), M.A (History), M.A (Business Economics), M.A (Tamil), M.A (Human Rights and Duties Education)
M.Sc (Zoology), M.Sc (Chemistry), M.Sc (Plant Biology and Plant Bio-Technology), M.Sc (Mathematics), M.Sc (Foods and Nutrition), M.Sc (Physics)
M.Com (Commerce), M.Com (Corporate Secretaryship)
Master of Computer Application (M.C.A)
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A)
Research Programme : M.Phil (English Literature) M.Phil (Economics) M.Phil (History) M.Phil (Commerce) M.Phil (Tamil) M.Phil (Zoology) M.Phil (Chemistry) M.Phil (Mathematics)
Ph.D (English) Ph.D (Economics) Ph.D (History) Ph.D (Commerce) Ph.D (Tamil) Ph.D (Zoology)
Approval details: Ethiraj College for Women Egmore is affiliated with University of Madras, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
Profile of Ethiraj College for Women EgmoreSituated in the heart of the city of Chennai in 9 acres of campus area, the college stands self contained with prestigious structures measuring to a total plinth area of 3,48,751Sq.ft. It is this infrastructural facility and the vision which is kept up by the successive managements, principals, faculty and students which has gained for us the five star status and the college with potential for excellence award. Thousands of students have gone out of the portals of the Institution, carrying with them the aura and dignity of the Institution itself.
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NAAC report of Ethiraj College for WomenSECTION-1: PREAMBLE
The Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai was founded in the year 1948 by legal luminary and philanthropist Thiru V.L. Ethiraj. The founder of the college had a great vision and was keen on establishing an institution exclusively for women with the aim of bringing about their empowerment by providing them quality education thereby broadening their social horizon and creating economic opportunities for them. During its six decades of existence, the college has grown from a modest beginning with 169 students to current student population of 5706. The alumni of the college are occupying significant positions in varied occupations at the national and international level.
The college is located in the heart of the city of Chennai occupying a total area of 9 acres with beautiful edifices covering a total plinth area of about three and a half lakh square feet and housing academic, administrative and other facilities. It has created an ambience conducive for learning, academic advancement, social, moral and cultural upliftment of the students. The college is a Grant-in-aid and also Self-funded institution. It receives grants from the state government and also generates resources by offering self-funded programmes/courses. The college is affiliated to the University of Madras and was also recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in 1978 under section 2(f) and 12B of the UGC Act. The UGC and the University of Madras conferred autonomous status on the college for regular programmes in the year 1999 and in the year 2005, extension of autonomy was granted for a further period of 6 years. In the same year the self funded programmes were also made autonomous. The college has a total of 291 faculty members with 136 supporting and administrative staff. It offers 15 programme options at the UG and PG level covering 43 subjects. Based on its academic strengths and physical infrastructure, the college received UGC recognition of College with Potential for Excellence.
The college was first accredited by NAAC in July 1999 and was given a five star status. It volunteered to be reassessed and reaccredited by NAAC and accordingly submitted its Re-Accreditation Report (RAR) in May 2006. Consequently, NAAC appointed a Peer Team under the chairmanship of Dr.B.P.Sabale, former Vice-Chancellor, Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University with Prof.Jagdish Bhatia, formerly Professor and Chairman, Research and Publications IIM, Bangalore and Dr. M.V.Bharatha Lakshmi, Principal, P.R.Govt. College(Autonomous), Kakinanda (AP) as members and Mr. Ganesan, Senior Manager, TQM, TAFE, Chennai as Observer from Industry. Mr. B. S. Ponmudiraj, Assistant Advisor, NAAC, coordinated the visit.
The peer team carefully studied the report submitted by the institution and visited the campus from July 20th to 22nd, 2006. The team visited various academic, administrative departments, Sports and Co-curricular/Student Support facilities and interacted with the management, principal, faculty members, supporting staff, members of IQAC, alumni, parents, students and other stake holders. The relevant documents were also perused. The entire process was systematically conducted with team perception commonly shared by all the peer team members to consider re-accreditation of the college on the basis of SEVEN CRITERIA identified by NAAC. The outcome of this process is presented in the following report.
SECTION-2: CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
CRITERION-I: CURRICULAR ASPECTS
The vision, mission statements, goals and objectives of the college are well defined. The goals and objectives of the college are made known to the stake holders through college prospectus, college calendar, parent - teacher association, news papers etc. The academic programmes and course curriculum developed by the college are compatible with its long term goals and objectives. Most of these programmes at Certificate, Degree and Postgraduate level have a social relevance and to some extent are also related to the national development priorities. Some of the programmes have direct relevance to the avowed objective of bringing about women empowerment. The programmes like Tourism and Travel Management, Biotechnology, Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Services, Corporate Secretaryship, Computer Science, Bank Management, Biochemistry, M.B.A., M.C.A. etc. provide ample opportunities to the students for gainful employment and career advancement. The value education forms an integral part of all academic programmes, and this helps young women to develop right kind of attitude towards society and imbibe ethical values. All efforts are geared towards overall and holistic personality development of students.
The college being autonomous has full freedom to design curriculum relevant to the needs of the students keeping in-view the national requirements. Since the needs of society keep changing, the curriculum is periodically and suitably updated. The syllabus for various courses prepared by the faculty is discussed by the Board of Studies (BOS), which comprises Heads of the Department, three senior faculty members, two external subject experts, one each nominated by the Vice Chancellor of Madras University and an alumnae nominated by the Department concerned. The syllabus has to be finally approved by the Academic Council comprising of the Principal, three members nominated by the Vice Chancellor, University of Madras, an Industrialist, a Management representative, heads of the departments, three senior faculty members representing languages, humanities and sciences. UGC guidelines are followed in developing the curricula at various levels. The faculty actively participates and interacts with each other in curriculum renewal.
College follows the semester system for all programmes with continuous internal assessment. It offers nine courses under Choice Based Credit System. During the last five years college has modified five conventional courses and introduced two innovative programmes in emerging areas.
The programmes which have high demand globally and which possess market value at the regional level are concentrated upon while framing the curriculum. International Business, International Relations, International Law and Human Rights, Tourism, Biotechnology, Bio-diversity, Corporate Social Responsibility, World Literature and English Language Teaching emphasize on experiential learning and multi skill development to enable students to face challenges of a competitive job market. While designing the courses, environmental and social responsibility issues are given due importance.
The college offers wide range of programme options at Certificate, Undergraduate, Postgraduates and research levels. There are 15 programmes at UG and PG level and number of subjects taught is 43. In addition, three add-on courses and more than 35 certificate courses in collaboration with other institutions are also offered. During the last six years several conventional courses have been modified, syllabi of almost all the subjects have been revised and new innovative programmes have been introduced. A large number of self financing courses have also been initiated. These programmes are primarily job-oriented and constitute approximately one-half of the total enrolment.
Transfer of credit and credit recognition facility is available to the students for nine programmes subject to approval by the university. The programmes funded by UGC provide vertical and lateral mobility to the students. The interdisciplinary nature of the subjects and choice-based credit system at PG level enables the students to learn subjects of their choice. A large number of elective and core options are available and in addition, the students have a choice of taking some add-on and supportive courses to enrich their learning experiences. The advanced research programmes leading to M.Phil are offered by eight departments and Ph.D. by five departments.
At the end of each academic year, the course contents and their delivery system is evaluated by the students through a structured feedback format. In addition, effort is also made by each academic department to get feedback from alumni. The placement cell is entrusted with the responsibility of getting feedback from the industry and the employers. In this connection, valuable inputs are also received from the peers. These responses are systematically analyzed to improve teacher performance and facilitate objective & realistic revision of curriculum for various courses.
CRITERION-II: TEACHING-LEARNING AND EVALUATION
Admission to all programmes/courses except MBA and MCA are based on marks received in the qualifying examination. In case of MBA/MCA, 80% seats are filled through merit list of Tamil Nadu Common Admission Test (TANCET) and remaining 20% through management quota. The management quota candidates are also required to appear for TANCET. All students seeking admission into MBA/MCA programmes have also to appear for group discussion and personal interview. After the admission, the students are given orientation to make them aware of goals, objectives and functioning of the college, its academic programmes, courses offered and extra curricular activities.
Reservation policy of the state government is strictly followed and this helps the students from disadvantaged communities to have equal access to higher education. Preference is also given in admission to physically challenged persons, wards of ex-servicemen and those having proficiency in sports, for whom 1%, 2% and 3% seats are reserved respectively. In order to encourage sports, free lodging and boarding facility is provided to outstanding sports women. The ratio of seats available to applicants for UG and PG programmes is 1:4 and 1:5 respectively. However, for some professional courses number of applications received is 15 times more than those actually admitted.
At the beginning of the academic year, based on the feedback received from the students, they are grouped into slow and advanced learners. Bridge and remedial courses are conducted for the slow learners/slow achievers. Efforts are made to bring the slow learners into the main stream through special coaching, counseling, provision of study materials, monitoring of progress through periodical tests etc. Advanced learners are given opportunity to participate in seminars and project work. Some of the academically bright students are involved in remedial coaching to the slow learners.
Academic Calendar is prepared by a committee of senior faculty members and the Principal. The calendar incorporates the schedule for the conduct of continuous assessment modules, model examinations, end semester examinations and other important activities and events during the year. In addition, all faculty members prepare semester wise teaching plan, the implementation of which is monitored by HOD and the principal on a continuous basis. Number of working days and teaching days is 192 and 159 respectively.
Lecture method is the predominant mode of teaching for humanities, commerce and science subjects. In humanities three-fifths of teaching is didactic, while in the remaining two-fifths other methods of learning such as visual aids, seminar, quiz, group & interactive learning, field visits etc. are used. In the science stream 75% of teaching is through lectures and 25% through laboratory work. Some times, field visits for science students are also arranged. The use of electronic and multimedia by some departments is often deployed resorted to make teaching-learning process effective and more challenging. The college also invites eminent people to deliver lectures/talks on subjects of contemporary importance.
The college endeavours to improve written and communication skills of the students by assigning them project work and encouraging them to make presentations in seminars. The college is also collaborating with the University of Cambridge to strengthen English Teaching Programme. As a result of this collaboration, a well equipped laboratory has been established, which has been instrumental in enhancing communication skills of students. Further, almost all college operations including central library functions are computerized and internet facilities are available to students.
The college has a total of 292 faculty members - 129 under the aided category and 163 for self-financing programmes. The selection of faculty is made in accordance with the norms stipulated by the Government of Tamil Nadu and Guidelines provided by UGC with regard to academic qualifications & experience for various positions. All faculty members recruited under aided category have requisite qualifications and more than two-fifths have doctorate degrees. However, several faculty members recruited for self-financing courses do not possess M.Phil. degrees but a large number of them have cleared SLET/NET examinations. A large proportion of faculty members have participated in UGC sponsored Faculty Improvement Programme (FIP), and a few have been given awards for excellence in teaching. The overall faculty-student ratio is 1:20, which appears to be quite conducive for personal attention and interaction.
The college has adopted a three pronged strategy to evaluate the performance of teachers. At the end of each academic year, the students evaluate the teachers, the teachers submit a self appraisal report, and peers report on the performance of their colleagues. The information received from all three modes is systematically analyzed and feedback is provided to teachers. The strengths and weaknesses of each teacher are discussed and remedial measures are taken to improve the quality of teaching and research. Wherever indicated, the teachers are advised to go in for FIP/Refresher courses. The effectiveness of quality improvement programmes implemented by the college can be gauged from the fact that University of Madras has rated it as number one college in Quality Radar Assessment. The effective and efficient quality assessment and improvement techniques employed by the college has helped to achieve the Potential for Excellence Status.
The evaluation methods are communicated to the students well in advance through the prospectus. The college follows semester system with continuous internal assessment carrying 40% marks. These marks are apportioned as : (i) two session-examinations of 10 marks each; (ii) 10 marks for assignments/seminars/quiz; (iii) model examination of three hours duration for 100 marks reduced to 10. The remaining 60 marks are reserved for Semester End Examination. The results of the examinations are made available on-line within 15 days and are communicated to the students and their parents.
After the conferment of Autonomous status, the college has carried out several reforms to make the evaluation system transparent, foolproof and objective. There is a system of double evaluation by the internal and external examiners and a difference of more than 10 marks for UG and 15 marks for PG calls for a third evaluation. Photocopies of answer scripts are made available and if the students are not satisfied with the results, they can seek clarifications through Redressal Cell.
CRITERION-III: RESEARCH, CONSULTANCY AND EXTENSION
The college considers research as an important activity and encourages faculty members to engage themselves in meaningful and focused research work. A little more than one-fourths of faculty members have doctoral degrees and number of those who have availed themselves of Faculty Improvement Programme of the UGC during the last five years is 21 and 09 under plan IX and X respectively. There is a research committee in the college under IQAC, which helps the faculty in identifying thrust areas of research in their respective disciplines and preparation of proposals for submission to external funding agencies. The faculty members also participate in workshops, seminars and conferences at the regional, national and international levels. Because of its newly acquired status as College with Potential for Excellence, the UGC has sanctioned Rs.100/- lakhs to strengthen infrastructure and augment available facilities for research. The college has received the entire amount in two installments. This is likely to provide further impetus for carrying out scholarly research.
Currently 47 students have enrolled themselves for M.Phil. programme and a total 80 students are pursuing Ph.D. in various departments. Majority of Ph.D. students are carrying out research work on a part-time basis. The full-time eligible research scholars receive a monthly stipend of Rs. 2,000/- from the state government. During the last five years the college has taken up three major and three minor research projects funded by the UGC. Out of these, four projects have been completed and two major projects are in progress. The total funding for all major and minor projects is about 10 lakh rupees, which does not appear to be substantial. Further, during the same period 30 faculty members have completed research work leading to the award of M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees.
During the past five years, faculty members contributed 78 articles/abstracts to international publications and 164 articles/ abstracts to national level publications. Most of these publications appeared in the proceedings of seminars/workshops/conferences attended by the faculty. The number of papers published in refereed journals is only marginal. A few faculty members also contributed to college journals. In addition, 27 books and 2 monographs were also authored by the faculty.
With regard to consultancy component the college does not seem to have evolved a workable policy for faculty members to accept consulting assignments from outside agencies. The college has yet to establish linkages with outside agencies at the national and international level for collaborative research and exchange of faculty.
The college has a wide range of laudable extension activities. The institution shares facilities like Instrumentation centre, Computer centre, Language Laboratory and Online access services of the Library to the less privileged colleges. The college has also conducted short term refresher courses for government college teachers in the subjects of English, Mathematics, Physics, Zoology and Chemistry. In addition, it also engages eligible young women in promoting awareness regarding social needs. During the last five years, college has undertaken the extension activities related to service to the disadvantaged sections of the society, educating police officers on health, anemia awareness programmes for NGOs, adoption of villages, services to Balwadis, road safety programmes, relief work for Tsunami victims etc.
The college has three N.S.S. units comprising 400 volunteers and three N.S.S. co-coordinators. During the last five years, four volunteers have received "Best Social Service Award" from the state government. The N.S.S. and HRDE Department of the college, in collaboration with the NGOs, have participated in a large number of socially-oriented extension activities. Under the Community Service Scheme, students organized several programmes to bring awareness among the communities for contemporary issues of socio-economic importance.
The NCC unit at the college has 100 cadets under a full fledged NCC officer. The unit is very active and several cadets have participated in state and national level programmes, including Republic Day Parade in Delhi. A Cadet from the college won the Prime Minister s Best Cadet Award during 2005-06.
CRITERION-IV: INFRASTRUCTURE AND LEARNING RESOURCES
The college is located in the heart of the greater Chennai flanked by busy arterial roads on either side. It is spread over nine acres and enjoys an arcadian atmosphere. Total plinth area of the college buildings is around 34875.0 Sq.Mts. It has impressive Administrative Block, housing Principal s office and visitors lounge. There are 150 classrooms, 40 well equipped laboratories, a modern Nutrition block, Library block. The various disciplines of commerce are housed in the Annex. All the blocks are provided with adequate washroom facilities and escalators. The college has three buses to cater to the needs of students commuting from various parts of the city. The college also has two seminar halls, instrumentation centre, computer centre and language laboratory. There is an air-conditioned auditorium with 1200 seating capacity, Open air Theater, Basket ball court, Tennis court, Sports field for Indian and other games. The present infrastructure is optimally used by the college. During the last five years, substantial investments have been made to augment existing infrastructure.
During the last five years, college has spent Rs.14.78 lakhs on the maintenance of buildings, Rs.11.00 lakhs on maintenance of computers. Maintenance work is outsourced. A separate Library Block covering a total carpet area of 3300 square meters have been constructed at a cost of Rs.14.8 million. This block accommodates stack rooms, reading rooms, internet centre, reprographic facilities, librarian s office etc. The library has a total of 86,500 text and reference books and subscribes to 70 Indian and 11 foreign journals. It has more than 6,000 e-journals, 152 CDs, 02 database and 02 AV resources. The library services are fully computerized and internet access is made available to the students from 7.30 am to 5.30 pm on a nominal charge. The library remains open from 7.30 am to 6.00 pm on all days except Sundays and holidays. There is an open access system for all books and periodicals. On an average, 50 faculty members and 200 students visit the library in a day. The working of the library is closely monitored by the Library Advisory Committee headed by the Principal. The Committee is responsible for the allocation of budget to the departments, purchase of books, maintenance of the discipline etc.
There are two Computer Centers on the campus. In addition, all departments have been provided with computers. A total of 265 systems are available in the college. The contract for the maintenance of all computer facilities has been given to HCL. The faculty and support staff are by and large computer literate.
There are two hostels with 107 rooms and three dormitories. Newly constructed hostel has special facilities for physically challenged students. The hostel is provided with a reading room, modernized kitchen, safe drinking water facility, TV room, sports area, telephone etc. A qualified Doctor and Counselor are available on the campus. A total of 345 students are residing in the hostels.
The college also has a canteen with modernized kitchen, which is open from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm. The working of the canteen is monitored by the Canteen Committee. There is a democratically elected Students Union which looks after the welfare of students.
Six metro water connections ensure perennial water supply to the campus and LTCT electrical connection provides uninterrupted power supply to the campus. Water coolers placed at strategic locations provide safe drinking water to students.
CRITERION-V: STUDENT SUPPORT AND PROGRESSION
A total of 5706 students were enrolled during the academic year 2005-06, both under regular and self-financing programmes. The proportion of students from other states and overseas is negligible. Approximately three-fourths of students belong to weaker sections of society.
The success rate of the students in various examinations for the academic year 2005-06 is quite impressive and ranges between 71 and 97 percent. Approximately one-thirds of students pursue and progress to higher level studies. About one-half seek employment opportunities. Merely one percent of students drop out from the course.
Approximately two-fifths of the students receive some form of financial assistance by way of scholarships or free ships. While financial support is provided to the needy from college trust funds, marginalized sections of society are supported through government and private scholarships. The latter are also exempted from payment of tuition and other special fees. The information about all academic and administrative aspects is disseminated to students through the prospectus and handbook.
The grievances of students with regard to admission and examinations are redressed by Grievance Redressal Cell. However, because of complete transparency in the admission and examination process, not many students seek its help. A qualified doctor and a counselor are available on the campus from 9 am to 3 pm. There is a placement cell, which is quite effective in securing suitable employment to students. During the year 2005-06, the cell facilitated placement of 576 students.
The college motivates students to participate in various co-curricular and extra curricular activities like Sports, Cultural activities, N.S.S., N.C.C., Community Service Scheme (CSS). These activities help students in character building and personality development. The college has won several awards in sports at the regional, national and international level. Apart from sports, students have excelled in other activities and have received appreciation from the outside world.
Alumni Association (Old Student Association) was established in 1956. It has an executive committee consisting of twenty five members. The committee meets once in three months to discuss issues relating to the growth and development of their Alma Mater. Several alumnae hold important positions at the national and international level and have graciously come forward to provide financial help to needy students. They also form an important link between the college and society at large. The alumnae are also represented on various Boards of Studies to provide valuable inputs for realistic appraisal and revision of curriculum.
CRITERION-VI: ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
The college has well defined organizational structure. The apex body is the Board of Trustees with chairman and six trustees, including the principal of the college, who acts as secretary to the Board. All important policy decisions are taken at this level. There is also a college committee, which includes representative(s) of the Board, principal who is a secretary and two senior most faculty members. It meets regularly to oversee the performance of the institution.
The principal, whose functions are clearly and elaborately defined in the statutes is responsible for day-to-day functioning of the college. The vice principal shares administrative responsibilities with the principal. The administration of self-funded programmes is entrusted to a coordinator. The heads of departments administer their respective departments. There are several committees to coordinate the working of various cells like IQAC, Discipline, Cleanliness, Furniture, Library, Students Union, Sports, NSS, NCC, CSS, Stationery and Staff welfare.
The Controller of Examinations is responsible for conducting examinations under the autonomous system. The routine administrative work of the college is handled by a office superintendent and his team.
The various statutory bodies are: Parent Teacher Association, Old Student Association, Board of Studies, Academic Council, College Committee and Students Union. The mode of selection of members of these committees and their functions are elaborately explained in the documents.
The college has prepared a perspective plan for the next decade keeping in view its vision, current potential for excellence status, anticipated academic growth, societal changes and overall economic development of the country. The plan envisages starting several new programmes/courses in the emerging area at the postgraduate level, initiating distance learning programmes, identification and implementation of research projects in thrust areas, collaborations at national level with academic institutions and industrial establishments etc. The development and augmentation of physical and manpower resources are considered an essential component of the plan.
The main sources of finance for the college are grants in aid from the state government, tuition fees for regular programmes, fees collected from students of self-financing courses. The fees for regular programmes are fixed by the state uniformly for all aided colleges and there has been no change in the fee structure of self-financing stream. Available resources are optimally utilized by adhering to efficient financial management practices.
During the academic year2005-06, the college received Rs.44.17 million from the government by the way of grant-in-aid, Rs22.54 lakh as a tuition fees and Rs.39.10 million from self-funded courses. During the same year Parent Teacher Association has contributed Rs.20.12 million. During the 10th five year plan, the UGC has sanctioned Rs.38.59/- lakhs as an undergraduate and postgraduate development grants to the college and has received Rs.43.33/- lakhs. Under the CPE, the college has received 60 lakhs as non recurring and Rs.40 lakhs for recurring expenses for three years.
During the financial year, the college has spent 70% on salaries of faculty and supporting staff, 1% on books and journals, 4.5% on maintenance of buildings, 1.16% on academic activities and 4.7% on purchase equipments, research activities, etc.
CRITERION-VII: HEALTHY PRACTICES
In pursuance of vision, mission, goals and objectives, the college follows several healthy practices, which have resulted in harmonious relationship between the faculty, non teaching staff, students and external stake holders. Some of these practices are listed below.
Commitment to Total Quality Improvement through internal checks and feedback mechanisms.
IQAC was established in 2004 and is functioning effectively.
Inculcating moral and ethical values among students and strive towards their character building and overall personality development.
Integration of environmental and value based topics in regular curriculum.
Arranging lectures by eminent personalities on moral and ethical aspects such as Art of Living.
Developing a spirit of social responsibility and service among the students through NSS, CSS and other related activities.
Introduction of skill based courses to improve employment prospects of students.
Establishing linkages with the industry to facilitate development of need based courses.
Creating well defined administrative structures to avoid conflicts and duplication of efforts.
Making examination system highly transparent to reduce/eliminate student grievances.
Systematic use of student feedback for further academic improvement of course contents and curricular programmes.
Creating excellent ambience and peaceful campus environment to accelerate teaching-learning processes.
Socially useful and well articulated extension work in creating empathy and ethical values among students - e.g. Teaching disadvantaged children of corporation schools, adoption of orphanages and villages Rose day programme for Cancer patients etc., are laudable.
Section-3: Overall Analysis
The Ethiraj College for Women is one of the premier institutions in southern part of the country imparting value based, skill oriented quality education to women. The college is recognized as the "College with Potential for Excellence" by the UGC and ranked number one college in academic audit conducted by the affiliating university. During last five years, substantial financial investments have been made to augment infrastructure and other physical facilities required for meaningful teaching-learning environment. The college has implemented the recommendations of the first Peer Team.
The goals and objectives of the college are clearly spelt out and both management and college are making efforts to achieve them.
The college is identified as a "College with Potential for Excellence" by the UGC.
Central Instrumentation facility is available to the research students.
The college has fully automated library in three floors with e-journals facility.
Optimum utilization of library services by students and staff.
The college has introduced twelve new programmes and revamped the syllabi of all subjects keeping in mind regional, national and global perspectives.
Credit-transfer and credit-recognition is available to the students.
Availability of financial assistance to a large proportion of students.
Active participation of PTA
Achievement of students in NCC, NSS, Sports and other extra curricular activities are appreciable.
Substantial investments for creating new infrastructure facilities and improving the general ambience of the college.
Success rate of the students, rate of progression for higher studies and rate of progression for employment is appreciable.
While appreciating the efforts of the college, the following suggestions may be considered for strengthening its overall functioning.
The College may adhere to the UGC stipulation of 180 teaching days.
A workshop on research leads and proposal development may be organized for the benefit of faculty interested in research. Another workshop on case development may also be planned and organized.
The faculty may be encouraged to submit research proposals to outside agencies for funding and also to publish articles/papers in refereed journals.
The college may explore possibilities of collaborating with research oriented institutions of standing.
The college budget may include substantial funding for research activities.
The interaction between the various departments may be encouraged.
The college may go for automation and computerization of its administrative processes
The college may initiate the question bank development and computerization of the work of examination branch.
The college may avoid the overlapping of certificate programmes.
Consultancy may be formalized and mechanisms may be developed for sharing consultancy income between the faculty concerned and the college.
Inbreeding may be discouraged and faculty who has achieved highest qualifications from other institutions may be given preference in recruitment.
The proportion of didactic teaching in professional courses may be reduced and self-learning through assignments and case studies may be encouraged.
The contacts with the industry may be strengthened. The senior executives/ managers may be invited as guest faculty. The students may take up their projects with industry. The faculty may visit them to develop case studies.
External Academic Audit of each department may be carried out at least once in two years.
The college may take locational advantage for starting need based and global competitive programmes.
The college may explore the possibilities for submission of a proposal for establishing centre for women studies.
The Peer Team wishes to record its appreciation for the cooperation extended by the management, principal, coordinator & members of IQAC, faculty, supporting staff, OSA, PTA, college students and other stake holders during our interactions with them.
The Peer Team wishes the college all success in its future endeavors.
Ethiraj College for Women Chennai- 600008
Where medium of examination mattersDespite sitting in class and listening to lectures in English for an entire semester, when it comes to examinations, around 70 per cent of students in arts and science colleges opt to write in Tamil.
For many students such as Sudha Ranjani, a final-year student of psychology, this is simply because it is easier to write the examination in Tamil as I can express myself better. However, principals and university officials at a meeting of college principals meeting organised by the University of Madras at Ethiraj college on Monday expressed concern over this trend as they feel encouraging the students to write the exam in English would improve their employability.
More than 15 colleges under the university already insist that students write the examination only in English. Most students are from Tamil-medium schools and so when they enter colleges, they find a sudden shift in language a great barrier. So we allow them to utilise the option of writing the examination in Tamil, said a principal from a rural college. However, the evaluator does not know whether the student is from a Tamil or English medium course, and so all students have equal benefit.
In many colleges, teachers end up taking classes in Tamil for the benefit of students from Tamil-medium schools. Students can learn languages only by constantly listening to it. It is important for teachers to take classes and encourage students to converse in the language, said an English language expert.
The onus is on faculty members to make a choice. If the priority is to make students with poor English language skill understand the subject, they will teach in Tamil. But, if their concern is improving English communication skills, they can teach in that language, said E.M. Prabhu, former English faculty member at Nandanam Arts College.
Administrative reasons, particularly in government colleges, are also responsible for this situation.
Here, half the seats are allotted to English-medium students. If students do not get a seat in the Tamil medium, they join the English medium, as they know that they can write the examination in Tamil, said Mr. Prabhu.
Aided and self-financing colleges most often start only English-medium courses and not Tamil-medium courses even if there is a demand for the latter. Colleges are free to opt for more Tamil-medium courses if they feel students require them. However, they start English-medium courses and students take examinations in Tamil, said G. Thiruvasagam, Vice-Chancellor, University of Madras.
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