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Meenakshi College for Women (Autonomous), Chennai, Tamil Nadu
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#363, Arcot Road, Kodambakkam
Chennai (District Chennai)
Tamil Nadu, India
Pin Code : 600024


Meenakshi College for Women (Autonomous), Chennai Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college. Meenakshi College for Women (Autonomous), Chennai Tamil Nadu is also known as Meenakshi College for Womens Chennai.
Meenakshi College for Women (Autonomous) 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 Meenakshi College for Women (Autonomous), Chennai Tamil Nadu is +91-44-2483 2507, 2473 2504.

email ID(s) is Meenakshi College for Women (Autonomous) Chennai Tamil Nadu

Website of Meenakshi College for Women (Autonomous), Chennai Tamil Nadu is http://www.meenakshicollege.com/.

Chairman : Dr. Nalli Kuppusamy Chetty.
General Secretary : Dr. (Ms.) K. S. Lakshmi.

Contact Details of Meenakshi College for Women (Autonomous), Chennai Tamil Nadu are : Telephone: +91-44-2483 2507, 2472 5466

Principal:
Dr. (Ms.) M. Karpagam Day College
Dr. (Ms.) K. S. Lakshmi Evening College

Mrs. R. Akilandeswari Office Superintendent


Other colleges of Meenakshi Group, Chennai (Madras)
Meenakshi Sundararajan Engineering College, Chennai (Madras)
Meenakshi Sundarajan School of Management, Chennai (Madras)


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Meenakshi College for Women (Autonomous), Chennai Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Arts, Biotechnology, Commerce, Computer Applications, Information Technology, Research, Science stream(s).
B.A., B.Sc., B.Com., , Foundation Courses:, , Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Sanskrit, French, B.A.(History), B.A.(Economics), B.A.(English Literature), B.Sc(Mathematics), B.Sc(Physics), B.Sc(Chemistry), B.Sc(Plant Biology and Plant Bio-technology), B.Sc(Advanced Zoology and Bio-technology), B.Com(General), B.Com(Banking Management), M.A.(History), M.A.(Economics), M.A.(Public Administration), M.A.(Tamil), M.Sc(Mathematics), M.Sc(Physics), M.Sc(Bio-Chemistry), M.Sc(Information Technology), M.Com., M.C.A.(Master of Computer Applications), M.Phil(History), M.Phil(Mathematics), M.Phil(Tamil), Ph.D(Economics), Ph.D(Tamil)

Approval details: Meenakshi College for Women (Autonomous) is affiliated with University of Madras, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)


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SECTION - I
Meenakshi college for women was started in the year 1975 (25.07.1975) and affiliated to University of Madras and is under grant in-aid. Initially the college was started with P.U.C programme, with Tamil under Part I, English under Part II and under Part III, Mathematics, Economics, Commerce and Advanced Tamil/English were offered, with a permitted maximum strength of 180 students. The university stipulates in its order that all the staff members should be women. The college was granted permanent affiliation for B.A. and M.Com Degree courses in 1981 and simultaneously was brought under 2(f) and 12 (B) of U.G.C Act in 1981. The U.G.C. granted autonomous status to the college in 1998 for a period of five years, subject to a review after three years. Finally U.G.C granted autonomy for five years effective from 1998-99 to 2002-2003 later extend for another 6 years and permitted the college to offer U.G. and P.G. courses in Day college only as well as to offer U.G. and P.G Diploma/Certificate courses.

The college has set before itself vision and mission statements which are very comprehensive and all inclusive to bring about a complete transformation in the outlook and personality of the young girls studying in the college. It is visualized that every young girl joining the college will ultimately be groomed to excel in diverse and multiple skills such as education for acquisition of knowledge, Research, Employment, to be a responsible citizen, value orientation, to be modern in thinking as well as to fit into the demands of global needs. It is stated thus intellectually vibrant, technologically enabled, sensitive to moral values and socially responsible .

The college is offering a total of 26 programmes leading to B.A., B.Sc, B.Com., M.A., M.Sc., M.Com., M.C.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D degrees. Main subjects taught under core courses are 16, languages taught under Foundation course are 6, and optional subjects taught under Foundation course are extensive, totalling to 28 in number. They are all mostly application-oriented and need-based like a range of basic languages, communication skills, value imparting subjects like Bhagavadgita, Basic and Applied Science subjects, income-generating self-employable skills and so on. In addition, 22 applied subjects are offered under Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) which are also employment-oriented.

The college has well utilized its autonomous status by offering U.G. - and P.G.-level, self-funded programmes, offering B.A., B.Sc., B.Com., M.A., M.Sc., M.Com and M.C.A. degrees in subjects which are not covered under regular programmes. About 26 certificate courses are also offered in specialised job-oriented areas. One Diploma course in Computer Application is also offered.

Out of the total programmes, 5 are under annual system, 21 are multi-disciplinary, 21 follow semester pattern, 21 under CBCS, 24 programmes with elective options, 24 offer modular form, 20 courses with ICT-enabled teaching-learning process.

All programmes are open for student assessment of teachers. Seven programmes which are vocational provide for obligatory internship. With all courses put together there were about 2842 students in the year 2006- 07. Dropout rate is very negligible. Nearly 40% of the students are covered under one or the other financial facility ranging from freeships and scholarships to loan facility. During the last 5 years an impressive number of students have passed in high level qualifying examinations, notable being 5 students clearing IAS exams.

There are 125 permanent and 5 temporary teachers. Out of the 27 non -teaching staff, 18 are women and 9 are men. The reservation quota is maintained as per the prescribed norms. Income from self-funded courses constitute about one third of the grant-in-aid.

Total personality development of students is aimed through various programmes. Outreach programmes are organized in collaboration with NGOs as well as inhouse N.S.S. unit. These activities inculcate values like patriotism, integrity and service to the under-privileged like adopting corporation schools and organising free medical camps.

The institution s main objective is to provide quality higher education to young girls, particularly those from socially and economically disadvantaged groups. For the last thirty years the college has been working towards this goal and autonomy has acted as an added impetus. The college is actively engaged in Research through major and minor Research Projects as well as by presenting papers in international and national conferences/seminars.

The list of paper publication in International and National Journals is very impressive. One faculty member is a Fellow of Madras Science Foundation.

Two faculty members offer consultancy services.

The college is collaborating with a large number of NGOs for extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. An impressive number of international as well as national journals are being subscribed to the Library.

Meenakshi College for Women has submitted its Self Study Report in January 2007 to the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore for Assessment and Accreditation of the college.

NAAC has constituted a Peer Team with (Mrs.) Dr. Y. Saraswathy Rao, Former Vice Chancellor Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Ananthapur as Chairperson , Dr. P. Mohamed, Principal, Unity Women s College, Manjeri, Malappuram Dist - Kerala as Member-Coordinator and Prof. D. Obul Reddy, Former Professor of Commerce, Osmania University, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh as Member.

The Peer Team visited the college on 19th and 20th March 2007. Prior to visit, the Team has gone though the Self-Study Report submitted by the college and has made a detailed analysis of the facts provided therein. During the visit, the Peer Team members interacted extensively with the Management, the Principal, the teaching faculty, the non-teaching staff, students (past and present) and parents. The team members went through the learning resources and institutional facilities such as class rooms, departments, Laboratories, Library and others. Based on the details provided by the college and as per the requirement of the criteria of NAAC, the assessment report has been prepared.

SECTION II
CRITERION - WISE ANALYSIS
The observations of the Peer Team about the performance of the college on each of the prescribed criterion are presented in the following pages:

Criterion - I : Curricular Aspects
The Vision and Mission statements are well defined. The goals and objectives of the college include provision of broad based quality higher education to meet the changing needs of the fast moving society, empowering students to secure gainful employment, to develop aptitude for appreciating liberal arts, traditional culture and social problems. The college also envisages skill-oriented and market friendly courses which are the need in the age of globalization with emphasis on excellence in every field. The courses are planned accordingly and curriculum is designed as per the guidelines of the UGC.

The college at present offers various programme options: at UG level 11, at PG level 10, at M.Phil level 3 and at Ph.D. level 2, thus a total of 26 programmes are offered by the college.

The UG programmes are 3 B.As. (History, Economics and English Literature Mains), 5 B.Scs. (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology and Advanced Zoology and Biotechnology Mains), 3 B.Com., (General Commerce, Banking Management and Corporate Secretaryship Mains)

The PG Programmes include 4 M.As. (History, Economics, Public Administration and Tamil Mains)

Four M.Scs (Mathematics, Physics, Bio-Chemistry and Information Technology) 1 M.Com and 1 M.C.A.

Further, the college is also offering M.Phil. programmes in 3 subjects viz. History, Tamil and Mathematics and Ph.D., programmes in Economics and Tamil.

Meenakshi College is autonomous and affiliated to the University of Madras. Hence, it has the flexibility to design the courses and to revise the syllabi from time to time. The college is offering 22 aided programmes as well as 9 self-funded programmes. Further it is offering 5 programmes on annual system and 21 programmes on semester pattern. Elective options are provided in 24 programmes, 22 applied subjects are offered under Choice Based Credit System. The college is also offering 26 certificate courses and one diploma course. Project work is mandatory for PG students and optional meant for advanced learners among U.G. students.

The college provides facilities in both indoor and outdoor games. The institutional goals and objectives are attained through range of subjects offered and a variety of co-curricular activities. These processes help the students to inculcate traditional values and understand the culture as well as contemporary problems and concerns. The co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, cultural and sports activities help to promote socio-cultural awareness among students.

Nine of its teachers are on the different Boards of Studies of Madras University. Curricula of the autonomous courses are revised as and when need arises and changes are required.

Criterion - II : Teaching, Learning and Evaluation
The aspects to be assessed under this criterion are - students admission process. Programmes and Strategies adopted to satisfy the diverse needs of students, teachers recruitment procedure and teacher quality, teaching, learning and evaluation. The following are the findings of the Peer Team:
Student admission is based on the prevailing norms of the University and the State Government.

The reservation policy ensures due access to disadvantaged groups.
Various (annual, semester, Credit-based) programmes and programme options are available to cater to the diverse needs of the students.
Advanced learners are encouraged to pursue certificate courses.
For slow learners, remedial coaching is conducted after the regular class hours. Mentors (students) are asked to monitor the progress of a group of 4-5 weaker students each. Tutorial classes are also conducted.
The college publishes its prospectus to provide requisite information to students about admission procedure, availability of courses, fee structure etc.
An academic calendar is prepared annually in a co-ordinated manner, involving all the heads of the departments and the same is communicated to the other constituents.

Teaching is mostly done though lecture method. It is supplemented by seminars, home assignments, tutorial classes, field visits, film shows and multimedia presentations.

Modern teaching aids such as OHP, LCD projectors, multi media projectors, V-SAT facilities, Language Lab., electronic boards are also available.

ICT-enabled teaching and learning is very popular in the college.
24-hours high speed internet facility is available free of cost, both for students and teachers.

For PG courses, internship / on-the-job training / project work is a mandatory part of the curriculum.

Library has 44317 books, 48 journal periodicals, magazines and news papers are subscribed and it has INFLIBNET Facility with SOUL Software. The library is housed in a 10,000 Sq.ft. air conditioned hall. The library has a 225 seating capacity with necessary furniture.

The college has a teaching staff strength 133out of which only 2 are males and the remaining females : of them 18 are readers. Again out of 133, Permanent teachers are 125, Management appointed on full time basis 5 and on part time basis - 3. In addition, external faculty for optional subjects and certificate courses involved are 42.

The number of working days for day session is 180 and for evening session 240 days. The no. of teaching days are only 150 and 225 respectively. However, the college has ensured the University / State Government s norms of 900 teaching hours in both cases.

The teacher student ratio as claimed is 1 : 22 (133 : 2842) and the unit cost of education including salaries is Rs.21,680 and excluding salaries is Rs.8,510.
About 93% of the teachers have M.Phil qualification and 29 have Ph.D., qualification. About 7 % of them completed NET/SLET Exams; 10 teachers are pursuing Ph.D and 12 M.Phil. Degree.

Teachers are appointed by the Management as per the UGC guidelines, University regulations and State Government policy.

Every department has a question bank for the subjects offered.

Teacher s self - appraisal and student evaluation of teachers is practiced, reviewed and informed to the concerned.

All UG and PG courses are on semester system in the autonomous stream.

The whole examination system is fully computerized.

Student performance is evaluated both by Continuous Internal Assessment (CIA) and End Semester Examinations. 7 CIA tests are conducted in a semester (5 one hour tests and 2 three hour tests).

The performance of the college in the Examinations during the last 5 years is as follows : In case of under graduation courses, the percentage of passes ranged between 92 and 97 and in case of post graduation courses it ranged between 99 to 100. Very high percentage of students passed with first class with distinction. Drop out rate ranged between 0.24 and 0.53 percent only.

Criterion III : Research , Consultancy and Extension:
The parameters for assessing this dimension are : Existence of research culture, research output and publication output, faculty participation in consultancy work, the responsiveness of the institution to community needs, the ability of the institution to organize extension / awareness porgrammes and the linkages established by the institution. The assessment indicated the following :

There is a committee to co-ordinate the research activity of Meenakshi Sundararajan Research Centre which was started in December, 2004.
One major research project (Rs.15,00,000) in Physics was sanctioned by DAE.

Six minor research projects (MRPs) were sanctioned by UGC in Mathematics, Physics, Advanced Zoology and Biotechnology, Commerce, History and Economics (Total grand amount Rs.3,00,000)

One research Project in Economics worth Rs. 50,000 was sanctioned Madras Institute of Development Studies.

6 more project proposals were submitted to UGC by French, Telugu and
Chemistry departments.

3 of its teachers published papers in international journals and 9 of its teachers in national journals.

47 research papers were presented in international seminars and 147 paper in national seminars.

Two of its teachers acted as consultants to Govt. of TamilNadu and Doordarshan.

32 teachers did their Ph.D as full-time or part-time scholars, after joining the college. Similarly 54 of them did their M.Phil. Further, ten teachers are pursuing Ph.D and 12 teachers part time M.Phil. at present.

Two of its teachers are guiding Ph.D. students and 27 teachers are guiding M.Phil students.

The college is also offering research programmes - 3 M.Phil and 2 Ph.D. programmes.

There is one unit of NSS with 100 volunteers. However there is no NCC unit.

Project work is compulsory for all P.G. students.

For doing research lab and library facilities and study leave as per Govt. rules is provided to the teachers.

Dr.K.S. Lakshmi - the former Principal was awarded the fellowship of Madras Science Foundation for her contribution to research and she received many awards.

Outreach programmes have been integrated with curriculum 80 hours of compulsory extension work with 4 credits is included in the curriculum of 2 years.

Many certificates, awards and recognitions for its extension activities were received.

The extension activities include programmes related to NSS, community development, social work, health and hygiene awareness, medical camps, education and literacy etc.

The college has 10 linkages for research and 24 linkages for extension. These linkages are supporting / helping in curriculum development, internship, on-the-job training, research, consultancy, extension, publication and student placement.

Criterion IV : Infrastructure & Learning Resources
The Ganapathi Educational Trust which manages the college has 5 acres of land. The infrastructure facilities are adequate. The college maintains the infrastructure out of the fees collected from the students and with considerable share from the management. The infrastructure facilities are used optimally. They are also rented out for holding various exams by outside agencies.

The college has 62 lecture halls and 15 laboratories. The teaching hours are from 8.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. (For Day session 8.00 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. and for evening session 1.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.; Certificate courses are held after 2.30 p.m.) Apart from the class room facilities, there are two air conditioned seminar halls and 1 media room. The seminar halls have LCD and multimedia facilities. There is a virtual class room with VSAT facility. There are two air conditioned auditoria with the state-of-the-art facilities with a seating capacity of 3000 and 300 respectively.

The college library is very spacious, air-conditioned, computerized and with open access system. It has a collection of 44317 books, 48 journals and periodicals including one on-line journal. An air-conditioned audio-visual theatre is attached to the library. There is a special section for competitive exams. Internet and reprographic facilities are also there in the library.

The library working hours are 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. It has good circulation services, clipping services. There are 222 computers in the college. There is LAN facility in 113 systems and 24 hours high speed internet connectivity. The number of servers are 3, the no. of LCD projectors are 5 and OHPs are 7. The college has its own Generator facility to work with in case of power failure.

Those who are in need are provided with hostel facilities in the college (3 students and 3 rooms). The college has a health centre (KRS Free Medical Centre), Canteen, a students centre and placement centre. The college has ample sports facilities : cricket, tennis, volley ball and basket ball courts are present. Workshop and instrumentation centre are also functional.

Criterion V : Students support and Progression
The college has a student enrollment of 2842 as on date. Apart from effective classroom teaching, conscious effort is made by the institution for inculcating human values. Value-addition programmes are also initiated by most of the departments. The drop-out rate is negligible. The college has an active website. Academic and personal counselling is also made available to the students as and when required.

The alumni of the college include scientists, civil servants, corporate managers, singers, academicians and mountaineers.

65% of students are provided with scholarships of one or another kind. Book bank facility to help the economically weaker students is operational in several departments.

Thanks to the market orientation of the course content of the courses offered sizeable number of students get job placements. The placement cell of the college coordinates the campus interviews upon completion of their studies of Meenakshi College. More than 250 students in 2005 and 350 students in 2006 are provided with job placement.

The students are provided with air-conditioned auditoria, seminar and conference halls, library and reading hall, computer centre. They are also provided with hospital facilities free of cost, sports and games facilities, canteen, vehicle parking places, extension activity centres, scholarships etc.

A grievance re-dressal mechanism is operational in the college. A sizeable number of students come out successful in various competitive exams like NET/SLET, CAT, GRE, TOEFEL.

An active alumni association make their own contributions to their Alma mater in various capacities.

Students of Meenakshi College have also made their presence felt in various inter-collegiate and state-level tournaments.

Criterion VI : Organisation and Management
The college is managed by Ganapathi Educational Trust. The Principal is the Chairperson of the Academic Council and all other committees. A participative and democratic pattern of governance is experienced in the college. The vision and mission statement displayed prominently at various places of the college clearly reflects quality concerns. The curriculum designing is done by the teachers of the respective departments; HOD is the chairman and the other faculty are the members of the Board of Studies. The HODs and senior teachers are the members of the statutory bodies like the Governing Council, Academic Council, College Council and Board of Examiners. The Placement Committee, Library Committee and Research Co-ordination Committee are also functioning well. The college has efficient mechanisms that ensure effective internal co-ordination and monitoring of various activities. The Admission Committee, the Grievance Cell, Extension wing and other Committees are working effectively. The Governing Council, Boards of Studies, Finance Committee and other committees are functioning as per the UGC guidelines for autonomous colleges. The optimal use of autonomy is reflected in the periodic updation / restructuring of course content. Academic audit is done very promptly in all departments. The staff recruitment is by complying to the prevailing norms of the UGC/State Government/ the University. The college has effective academic planning. It has a good built-in mechanism to check the work efficiency of the non - teaching staff. A mechanism of grievance redressal of employees is in operation. The college organises several welfare programmes for students and employees. Periodic in-service training programmes are held for staff development. Performance appraisal both at the departmental & faculty -level is a regular annual event.

The internal financial audit is done by M/s. Chellappa & Co, Charted Accountants. The revenue budget provision of the college for 2006 - 07 was Rs.78,938,986/- The accounts are audited upto 31st March 2006. It has a surplus budget.

Criterion VII : Healthy Practices
The college has not only designed a large number of Job oriented and self employable programmes which are very innovative, they have entered into MOUs with a large number of organizations for students internship training as well as for project work. As part of quality Management, Internal quality assurance cell is established. Each department also has its own quality circle to monitor the working of the department in terms of academic output, student feed back on teaching, learning. etc.

Through Periodic external academic audit and through external review committees, quality of administration is ensured. Through managements internal audit and governmental external audit as well as through professional agencies like psychometric assessment and research, Chennai, students feed back also helps in this. Extensive use of educational technology of various types like virtual classes through V-Sat, Audio visual aids and multi media projectors, Language lab, round the clock internet access to all department etc has contributed to high standard of quality in teaching and learning. Collaboration with industries and mandatory.

Projects for P.G.& U.G have enabled extra credits to students besides exposing them to real work situations.

Highly advanced teaching - learning resources such as BLOGS and WIKIS is commendable. Innovation in evaluation has enabled not only objectivity in evaluation, it has quickened the examination process itself which is transparent.

Innovative curriculum structure includes subjects that train the students to specialize in technical skills required for doing research. Concept of autonomy itself has provided for ones own admission policy, evaluation system and for designing ones own courses which the college has translated to the maximum extent. Many measures are taken to make education value oriented like Lectures by eminent scholars from spiritual organizations like Chinmaya Mission, Ramakrishna mission, Art of living foundation, Vidyatheertha foundation etc. Apart from integrating weekly counseling in the curriculum, professional counselor service is made available to students. Community service, cultural programmes to remind the rich heritage of India, singing National anthems to enhance patriotism, concepts like dignity of labour and team spirit through campus cleaning, health awareness through yoga etc are all other value inculcating activities.

Certain optional subjects as foundation courses like Bhagavad Gita, Environmental studies, Indian constitution are also aimed at instilling values.

Many programmes are organized involving students to serve the community in creating awareness on critical areas of life. Some are life saving and improving the quality life of the needy poor children through adoption of corporation schools and orphanages. Some are environment oriented services, while others are aimed at women empowerment. The college is collaborating with a few NGOs also in their community services. On the whole the college is training the students to be good citizens and demonstrate their social responsibility.

The students are exposed to not only high standard of subject knowledge, they are also extended facilities for acquiring multiple skills to fit into grass root level needs to global level challenges. The whole range of institutional initiatives and the whole ambiance is designed to contribute to the overall human and intellectual development of its stake holders with different levels of capabilities.

Compulsory weekly games class to all students, converting waste materials into vermi manure for use in the campus, Rain water harvesting arrangements for the whole campus are also highly commendable.

SECTION III - OVERALL ANALYSIS
Meenakshi College for Women was started in the year 1975. It is a grant-in-aid college affiliated to University of Madras. The founder Prof. K.R. Sundararajan, a missionary started and promoted the college through Ganapathi Educational Trust, founded by him with an explicit objective of providing quality higher education to young girls, particularly in the neighbourhood, from socially and economically disadvantaged groups.

Having started with PUC programme, with a permitted strength of 180 students, it has grown into a full fledged institution with 2842 students offering B.A., B.Sc., B.Com., M.A., M.Sc., M.Com., M.C.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D., degrees. It obtained permanent affiliation for B.A. and M.Com Degree courses in 1981 and simultaneously was brought under 2(f) and 12(B) of UGC Act in 1981 itself. Its Autonomous status was granted in 1998 with permission to offer UG and PG Diploma / Certificate Courses. The college has been working towards translating its comprehensive vision and mission into reality viz. to bring about a complete transformation in the outlook and personality of the young girls studying in this college. It is visualised that every young girl joining the college will ultimately be groomed to excel in diverse and multiple skills such as acquisition of knowledge. Research capability, employability, to be a responsible citizen, value oriented and to be modern in thinking as well as fitting into the global needs. In a nutshell, intellectually vibrant, technologically enabled, sensitive to moral values and socially responsible .

The infrastructure, starting with a vast campus is very impressive with all high end facilities like well equipped class rooms, multiple need based exclusive science laboratories, vast air conditioned computer labs with a total of 222 computers, 3 servers, 5 LCDs fixed or located in different places of use like, seminar halls, virtual class room, media room etc. The other Audio visual equipment like OHPs are also provided liberally so as to enable technology aided teaching. In addition the English department has a language lab. The library is very well equipped with large number of books, Reference Books, Journals both National as well as International. The Book Bank facility is for students from weaker section. The Library is equipped with INFLIBNET facility for wider access. A note worthy feature is that all the students have free access to internet facility, irrespective of the course of study. In fact the mandatory general knowledge test is taken online by all the students.

The teachers who are selected very carefully are very devoted and dedicated to the profession chosen by them and are committed to moulding the students all-round personality and development.

The students and parents have immense faith and confidence in the teachers and the management s role in shaping the destiny of their wards and children. Constant monitoring is done by all concerned with prompt measures for counseling in times of need to the students.

Academic performance and advancement is watched carefully and frequently through various evaluation methods. Needy students are given financial assistance through several means.

The class room teaching is interactive generally. Other techniques adopted are the seminar papers, group discussions etc. The departments have well stacked departmental libraries with easy access to students.
Teachers have individual research output in the form of major and minor projects, National and International Conference papers, Books, consultancy to State Government departments etc.

The co-curricular, extra-curricular activities have a number of outreach components which are very impressive and community-oriented.

After taking cognizance of all aspects of working of the college, the Peer Committee would like to place on record the following commendations and make a few suggestions to take the college to even greater heights of esteem in its mission which is very noble yet of current value.
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The whole ambiance is very well planned and suited to create a learning environment.

The spacious multi storied building with lifts facility and very modern and well equipped laboratories encourage both teachers as well as students to get absorbed in their intellectual pursuits.

The air conditioned facilities liberally provided induce the teachers and students equally and facilitate better teaching and learning.

The bonding between the management and teachers on the one hand and the teachers and the taught on the other is very unique and enabling a very positive and constructive ideal environment.

The projects by U.G. students and mandatory projects by P.G. students are introducing them to the world of work in advance of their taking up employment.

The students multi faceted development in the college with an appropriate mix of modern knowledge and traditional culture and values is a very commendable practice.

High levels of academic excellence are appreciable.

The vast, excellently equipped auditorium with 3000 seating capacity is the highlight of the management s eagerness to provide the best facility in the college. In addition there are other similar facilities which are admirable.

High rate of employment through campus interviews arranged by the placement cell is highly commendable.

Suggestions that may be considered by the management as per their convenience.
Alumni desired the college to offer more P.G. courses to enable more Meenakshians to pursue higher education in their own alma mater.

With the kind of highly motivated teaching faculty available, the college has a great potential for more research publication activity, which can be fully exploited.

Its consultancy base can be expanded.

Some socially relevant courses at P.G. level can be thought of like M.S.W.

Financial Mathematics, Home Science and Nutrition and other related courses etc.

A Parent-Teacher Association may be formed and Alumini Association may be activated .

The Peer Team appreciates the efforts put in by the Principal, Co-ordinator, teaching and non - teaching staff, the Management and the students in making the visit very fruitful. The members of the team wish the college further development and success in its endeavours.

Prof. Y. Saraswathy Rao - Chairperson

Dr. P. Mohamed - Member Co-ordinator

Prof. D. Obul Reddy - Member

Dr. V. Vakula
Principal
Meenakshi College for Women
Chennai

Date : 20.03.2007

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