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Rajah Serfoji Government College, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu


Rajah Serfoji Government College, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu
Thanjavur (District Thanjavur)
Tamil Nadu, India
Pin Code : 613005

Rajah Serfoji Government College, Thanjavur Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college. Status: Autonomous.
Rajah Serfoji Government College is situated in Thanjavur of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Thanjavur comes under Thanjavur (Tanjore) Tehsil, Thanjavur District.

Fax # of Rajah Serfoji Government College, Thanjavur Tamil Nadu is 04362 – 226417.

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Contact Details of Rajah Serfoji Government College, Thanjavur Tamil Nadu are : Phone No. : 04362 – 226417

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Rajah Serfoji Government College, Thanjavur Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).
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Approval details: Rajah Serfoji Government College is affiliated with Bharathidasan University, Trichy (Tamil Nadu)

Profile of Rajah Serfoji Government College

College History
College started by former Governor Thiru. Shri Prakasa on 23.06.1955 with 120 students at Sangeetha Mahal, Palace campus, Thanjavur.

The college site of 156 Acres of Land was presented by Rotary Club of Thanjavur on 24.02.1956. Around 87 acres and 25 acres of land were donated to Medical College, Thanjavur on 1960 and New Bus stand, Thanjavur on 1995 respectively. Now the campus site consists of 44 acres.

Foundation stone was laid by then Minister of Education and Finance, Honble C. Subramaniam on 24.02.1956. College was opened by former Chief Minister Hon’ble K. Kamaraj on 04.11.1956. College was undertaken by the Government on 01.07.1965. Evening college started by August 1966. College got three star grade by NAAC accreditation committee on April 2000. Self financing courses started by July 2003. College got autonomous state by September 2004 and B++ state during the year 2006-2007. Shift system started on 04.07.2007 and M.Phil courses started during the year 2008.

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NAAC report of Rajah Serfoji Government College

Rajah Serfoji Government College was established on 23-06-1955 fulfilling a decision taken by the Thanjavur District College Committee. The college is housed in an area of 44 acres of land. The college had a humble beginning in the Sangeetha Mahal of the Palace Complex with 120 students. It was shifted to the new premises on 04-11-1956, when the then Chief Minister Sri K. Kamaraj inaugurated it. On 01-04-1965, the Government of Tamil Nadu took over the administration from the College Committee and renamed the college as Rajah Serfoji Government College, Thanjavur after Rajah Serfoji who was a known scholar and visionary. Over the years, many courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and research were started.

The College is located in a semi urban area and is affiliated to Bharathidasan University, Thiruchirapally. The college has got recognition under 2(f) and 12(B) of UGC on 23.06.1955.

The college volunteered to be reassessed and reaccredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) Bangalore and submitted its Self Study Report (SSR) in January 2007. Accordingly, the NAAC constituted a Peer Team consisting of Prof. G K Sasidharan, Former Vice Chancellor, University of Calicut, Kerala, as chairperson, Prof S. Kumudhavalli, Dean, College Development Council, S N D T Womens University, Mumbai, as member coordinator and Prof. V. S. Karki, Principal, K L E societys S. Nijalingappas College, Bangalore, as member.

The Peer Team carefully perused and analyzed the Self Study Report and the first assessment report of Institutional Accreditation of the college during the year 2000.

The Peer Team, visited the college on 13th, 14th and 15th of March 2007 for reaccreditation. The team interacted with all the constituents of the college, namely, the Management, the Principal, the Members of the teaching staff, the non-teaching staff, the Students the Parents and the Alumni. It also visited all the departments, looked into the facilities like laboratories, libraries etc., the support services, the curricular, co-curricular and extra curricular activities of the college. The team verified the documents made available.

Based on the above exercise and keeping in view the seven criteria identified by the NAAC, the team reassessed the college under the said criteria.

The commendable features, the shortcomings and suggestions for the future development of the college, based on the criterion-wise analysis are as follows:

NAAC accredited the college with Three Star Status in April 2000. The college was conferred with autonomous status in September 2004. The college that started with 120 students has now 2248 students (1555 boys and 693 girls) in 11 undergraduate, 8 postgraduate and 1 research programme.

Raja Serfoji college was established in 1955 with the motto ‘Knowledge of Truth is Wisdom’. The goals and objectives of the institution are

To provide higher education to educationally, socially, economically poor and under privileged sections of the society

To provide quality education adapting to changing global needs and demands

To impart skills and knowledge to students to cope up with the challenges and also to provide value based education

To identify the potential of individuals and to bring out the best in them

There are eleven programmes with single major option at UG level, eight at PG level and one Ph.D programme. The 11 regular programme options at UG being - B.A in Economics, English literature, B.Com, B.Sc in Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Chemistry, Bio-Chemistry, Zoology, Computer Science and Business Administration. The programme options at PG level include M.A in Economics, English Literature, Commerce, M.Sc in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Zoology and Computer Applications. The only Ph.D programme is in Physics. Out of these, 3 programmes at UG level and 5 programmes at PG level are self-financing programmes.

Under graduate and postgraduate students need to select two of the four elective papers from outside their department. Environmental education and General knowledge are compulsory papers at Under graduate level. Government certificate programme in computer literacy is compulsory for all the 1st year degree students.

During the last 5 years the syllabi have been revised twice, one at the time of grant of autonomy to the college in 2004 and the other one after the introduction of Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) in 2005.

Being an autonomous college, the curriculum is designed by the board of studies comprising of the faculty members, members from industries, well placed alumni, and experts from research institutions and Universities. A workshop on curriculum development and satellite national symposium lecture has been arranged to facilitate curriculum revision.

The marks allotted to the end semester exam and continuous internal assessment are 75 and 25 respectively. The internal assessment component takes in
to account the performance of students in tests, assignments, attendance, seminar and behaviour.

The students who have failed or discontinued their studies can continue their programme after a gap of some years with the same or equivalent syllabi. Credit transfer facility is available for students migrating from other institutions of the same University. The institution is running the Distance Education Center of Bharthidasan University and there by giving flexibility of combining the conventional and distance educational courses for the students.

Feedback is obtained from students, alumni, members from the industry and also those working in academic institutions who are on the board of studies.

Some of the audiovisual programmes prepared by UGC, EMRC and media centers are now used to supplement lectures. OHP, LCD and molecular models are used as teaching aids. The drop out rate has fallen from the earlier range of 30 to 40 % to 6.8 % in Undergraduate and 9.5% in Postgraduate in the last 2 years with the introduction of self-financing courses.

To promote communication skills and higher intellectual skills among the students through participatory learning, communication skills is included in syllabi and programmes on it have been conducted. Project work is made a compulsory component of postgraduate curriculum.

Admission to all the courses are on merit basis and according to the reservation policy of the State Government of TamilNadu. The admission process is computerized and transparent and the overall rank list is displayed on notice board. At undergraduate level demand ratio is highest in commerce (12.7) followed by chemistry (7.2), physics (6.8), and English 5.2. At postgraduate level, it is again high in commerce (12.7) followed by Physics (8.0), Chemistry (6.8) and Economics (4.5)

Bridge courses are conducted to improve the standard of English as students are mostly from rural areas. The advanced learners are given additional exercises,
assignments, study materials etc., and are also encouraged to participate in national seminar, workshops and summer training programmes. Few students attended summer training fellowship / programme in Jawahar Lal Nehru center for advanced scientific research Bangalore, Indiragandhi Center for Advanced Research, Kalpakkam, International workshop at IISC at Bangalore.

For average learners, teaching is in their mother tongue Tamil and personal coaching is given during leisure hours. The students are given the option to answer in Tamil or English in the final examination.

Academic calendar is prepared by a committee and made available to students and staff at the commencement of the academic year. Number of teaching days was 180 in the last academic year.

Audio visual aids like OHP, LCD, CD, computer aided learning packages and tutorial software is used.

TamilNadu Teachers Recruitment Board recruits the regular teachers as per the reservation policies of the State Government. For the self-financing courses, the Principal appoints guest lecturers purely on temporary basis with the concurrence of Director of Collegiate Education.

Among the existing teachers, 14 have Ph.D and 71 have M.Phil degree as their highest qualification. There are 15 teachers with SLET / NET qualification.

Under Faculty Improvement Programme, 5 have completed their Ph.D. The college has organized 8 state level seminars during the last five years. The faculty has presented 57 papers at state level, 150 at national level and 10 at international level.

Under tutorial system, a staff member is put in charge of 20 students of his department who acts as a mentor. The central and departmental library has a total collection 40,607 books and 49 journals /magazines. The library functions from 9 AM to 5.30 PM. Internet center has provided network connectivity to 5 departments and to the Principals Room. The centralized computer lab has 4 terminals with Internet connectivity. Internet facility is available only to the staff members. Most of the staff members also make use of INFLIBNET facility. The postgraduate students can browse the net at the departmental computers.

Against 104 sanctioned lecturers posts, 61 are filled and against 65 non-teaching posts 45 are filled. Out of the 61, 14 are readers and 47 are lecturers. The number of temporary lecturers appointed is 59. The teacher student ratio is 1:18. To bring down the rate of dropouts, the college has started self-financing professional courses. PTA is providing for the salaries of three employees of the college.

Twenty teachers participated in computer awareness programmes in the last 5 years. Twenty five percent of regular teachers served as resource persons in various conferences, seminars etc. and 6 % of regular teachers have PGDCA.

Two types of evaluation - continuous internal assessment and end semester examinations with weightage in the ratio of 25:75 are adopted. There is central evaluation for end semester exam. Double evaluation system is followed for PG programme. Results are declared within 2 to 3 weeks after the examination and displayed in the college website.

In postgraduate courses, third evaluation is undertaken, where marks vary between internal and external examiners beyond the prescribed limits. Facilities are available for re totaling, getting photo copies of answer sheets and revaluation of theory papers. Project evaluation is done at the end of final semester. Supplementary exam is conducted within 2 to 3 weeks after the announcement of results for students who have failed in one subject in final year degree programme to avoid the loss of one year. Students who have not appeared for the I semester examination can continue with the II semester and complete the I semester in the end.

Institution encourages the faculty to do M.Phil / Ph.D. Some experts from research institutes and industries are invited in the seminars organized by the college, to give an exposure to students and staff to the current trends in research.

There are three lecturers doing part time Ph.D in two units in crystal growth and ultrasonic in the Physics department and one unit doing research in computational chemistry in the Chemistry department. During the last 2 years, 4 minor research projects of UGC have been sanctioned - 3 in Physics and 1 in Zoology. College promotes participation / motivation for research among students by way of incorporating project work as an essential component of all postgraduate programmes. Some students have taken up project work in reputed institutions such as Central Electro Chemical Research Institute, Hindustan Photo Film Factory and CPCL.

College is recognized by the Bharthidasan University to conduct Ph.D programme in Physics. More than 50% of regular faculty members are guiding M.Phil scholars and 5 members of faculty are guiding part time Ph.D scholars. The number of research scholars working for Ph.D includes 7 in physics, 6 in chemistry, 1 in zoology, 6 in English, and 1 in Tamil.

Research work in science department is done in collaboration with Universities of Bharthidasan, Madras, Mysore, Hydrabad, Annamalai, Tamil and Madurai Kamraj, Indian institute of Technology, Chennai, Central Electro Chemical Research Institute, National College, SR College, Tiruchirapalli, University of De catania, Italy, Anorganisch chemisches Germany, Ruhr University, Germany, Free University of Berlin, Germany University.

The faculty has published 11 books, 30 research papers in national journals and 47 in international journals. Research articles published in 9 research journals have impact factor value in the range of 0.472 to 4.201.

The department of Chemistry has done analytical evaluation of percentage purity of some chemicals, which the Medical College, Thanjavur wanted to purchase in bulk quantity. The department also offers consultancy to local pharmaceutical laboratories and chemical industries in the analysis of drugs.

NSS has four units with 400 (200 boys and 200 girls) volunteers and four programme officers. In 2003 one volunteer was selected as the Best Volunteer of the University. NSS has conducted awareness programme for small savings, environment, blood donation, breast cancer and TB eradication. The NSS volunteers have undertaken plantation of saplings in the campus, campus cleaning and blood donation camp. The students and staff helped revenue officials and NGOS in co-coordinating relief measures in Tsunami Victim Relief Camp. Victims of tsunami were given shelter in PG block of the college for 20 days.

One company of NCC with 100 cadets is functioning for the past 35 years in the college. The officer with the rank of Major who is a member of staff is in charge of the COY. One cadet attended Republic Day parade at New Delhi in 2007. In the last 5 years, 166 cadets appeared for ‘B’ certificate examination and 131 have passed. Of the 58 appeared for ‘C’ certificate examination, 37 passed. NCC students also participated in tree plantation, blood donation drives, rallies for cancer awareness, anti plastic and AIDS awareness. Thirty-five cadets attended National Integration Camp, 4 cadets took part in trekking competition and 4 in cycle expeditions in the last 5 years.

The college has a vast campus of 44 acres. It has 50 classrooms, 11 laboratories (1 Mathematics, 3 Physics, 4 Chemistry, 1 Botany and 2 Zoology) and an auditorium. Departmental staff rooms, lady students room, computer center, boys and girls wash rooms, central library, departmental libraries, examination center and office space are provided. Generators are provided in some departments to ensure continuous power supply.

In 2006-07 Rs.19,04,000 had been allocated for maintenance, which is Rs. 7 lacs more than last year. The PWD wing of the State Government takes care of the maintenance of the infrastructure.

To optimize the utilization of the infrastructure the college has switched over to shift system. Bharathidasan Universitys Distance Education Programme classes are conducted on weekends and holidays. The Campus is also used for recruitment programme.

There is a central library and 11 departmental libraries. Open access system is available only for the staff. The library has 2 computers and is automated. There are 40,608 books including reference and textbooks. In 2005-06, 1001 books and 51 journals were bought at a cost of Rs. 2,05,080/-. On an average 60 books are issued / returned per day. The library subscribes to 33 magazines /journals.

Some measures like termite control, tiling of walls and floors, purchase of 10 steel almirahs and new furniture were taken to improve the library.

Internet connectivity is provided at Centralized CLP lab. Five departments are also provided with Internet connectivity. Journal reference through INFLIBNET and on-line Access to Databases has been facilitated. Software for Library information has been installed.

There are 75 computers, which are distributed in various departments; students have developed programmes on Molecular Modeling, Quantum Chemical Calculations, Tutorial packages on Spectroscopy etc.,

There are three hostels for men in the campus - two run by the State Government and one by the college. There are in all (34+15+52) 101 rooms, which accommodate 310 students. The Government hostels offers free lodging and boarding to students. Hence the college hostel has not been occupied in the last six years. There is no womens hostel.

First year students undergo a health check up. A canteen is in the campus. The students co-operative store is functioning effectively.

The campus has various courts and fields for sports and games. It also has indoor games facility.

The College has improved upon its infrastructure after the first NAAC assessment. A little greening of the campus has been done by NSS volunteers and Eco club. The Alumni association has provided the tree guards. Career Guidance Cell, Grievance Redressal Cell and Womens Cell are functioning.

There are 1800 under Graduate students and 448 postgraduate Students. The enrollments in all the courses have increased and the self-financing courses have shown three-fold increase from last year. The dropout rate in Under Graduate is 5.9 to 6.8% and in Post Graduate it is 3.1 to 15.7%. Government Scholarship amounting to 37,00,920 for 1623 beneficiaries was distributed last year.

The students result at under graduate level is below 50% in many subjects whereas it is above 80% at postgraduate level. Many students fail in English as they come from vernacular medium. Progression to higher education is not high as many students come from lower socio-economic, educational background. A handbook printed in English and Tamil, College Website, Prospectus, Calendar and Peers counseling facilitate dissemination of information.

Support services like students co-operative society, Centralized Xerox, Central Post Office and Canteen are available. Fine Arts Association is functioning under Tamil Department, which arranges various literary and cultural programmes. The students have won two I prizes at district level, one III prize at state level in elocution competitions and I prize at district level in essay writing competition.

A Discipline Committee consisting of 20 faculty members ensures smooth day-to-day functioning and regular attendance. A Womens Cell looks into eves teasing and sexual harassment problems.

The college has an Entrepreneur Development Cell affiliated to Institute for Entrepreneur and Career Development (IECD) of Bharatidasan University. This Cell arranges orientation programmes, lectures and recruitment drive. The Career Guidance and Placement Cell arrange campus interviews and motivate students to participate in them. This cell imports knowledge and training for facing interview.

The alumni occupy prominent positions in police force, judiciary, academics in India and abroad, ministries, medicial and science and research institutions.

A Grievance Redressal Cell looks into students complaints and takes remedial measures. This cell solved problems related to local bus, drinking water, washroom and rest rooms.

The College has good Tutorial Ward system, which promotes the welfare of the students. Remedial and Coaching Classes are conducted for weaker students and advanced learners are given special coaching.

The College has received grants from UGC under Development Grants, COSIP, Net Work Resource Centre, Revival of Old Reputed Colleges and Autonomous grants amounting to Rs. 25,64,640.

Sports students are given uniforms, refreshments during training and cash incentives. Students were selected to represent TamilNadu State in Kho-Kho, Karate and were part of University teams in Volley Ball, Cricket, Foot Ball, Hockey and Kho-Kho. One student won Gold Medal in the National Karate Championship and was selected for International Young Karate Tournament held at Singapore. The Students have won various prizes at university level in swimming, athletics and weightlifting.

The college hosted the Bharathidasan University weightlifting championship, zonal level cricket matches and selection matches in Volley Ball at the college campus.

Being a Government college, it is managed by the Higher Education Department, Government of Tamil Nadu. The Principal is the Head of the Institution and the faculty is involved in decision-making. Statutory and Non-statutory bodies for the autonomous college have been constituted as per the UGC / University / Government guidelines. Governing body is the apex body, which meets twice in a year. The staff council helps the Principal in day-to-day administration of the college. Some of the resolutions of this council, which were implemented, are proposal for construction of new building, NIIT lab takeover by college and introduction of CBCS system.

Academic Council, Board Of Studies and Curriculum Development Cell look into academic matter and the Finance Committee looks into financial matters. Examination cell is headed by the Controller of Examinations and assisted by a Deputy Controller of Examinations. Examination Cell is responsible for smooth conduct of examinations and timely declaration of results. It also gets two sets of question papers and prints one for the examination. The examination department receives attendance records from each class and computerizes them. The tutors are informed about the shortfall in attendance of their wards.

Admission committee is responsible for preparing the merit lists and ensuring smooth admission process. Internal Quality Assurance Cell and Quality Advisory Committee are responsible for taking quality initiatives.

The college accounts have been audited till 2005-2006. The college has collected Rs. 4,47,260 from self-financing courses.

The college has been making efforts since 1955 to impart cost effective higher education mainly to economically and socially backward sections of the society. The college is found to have adopted the following healthy practices.

The internal Quality Assurance Cell constituted in 2005 helps in quality sustenance and quality improvement.

After attaining autonomous status a number of new courses have been started and quality of education has improved,

Introduced an innovative Choice Based Credit System at under graduate and post graduate levels, which offers a cafeteria approach to the students.

Extra facilities like courses in Communicative English and Computer Literacy are provided to the students.

With a view to include value education, a compulsory paper on Environmental Studies is introduced.

Teachers use Computer aided teaching technologies.

Many teachers have Ph.Ds and almost all except a few have M.Phil.

Grievance Redressal Cell has redressed the many of the students grievances.

The students cooperative store supplies books and stationeries at subsidized rates.

Some of the departments are very active in publication of books and compilation of research articles.

In the departments free Internet facility is available to students and staff.

Four units of NSS and one COY of NCC are involved in good social activities like blood donation and awareness programmes.

Career Guidance and Placement Cell helps the students in getting placements.
Many teachers have participated in national and international seminars.

The Students have participated in Tsunami Relief activities.

Thrift Society helps the staff members in getting loans.

The peer team after the study of the SSR and the report of the earlier Peer Team (2000), its visit to all departments of the institution, interaction with various constituents and on the spot verification of academic and physical facilities of the Rajah Serfoji Government College (Autonomous) Thanjavur, observed the following notable features:

The Peer Team likes to commend the institution for the following aspects.

The college is endeavoring to impart quality education on a variety of subjects.

The college is established in a vast area of 44 acres with ample scope for further developments.

A good number of teachers is with Ph.D (24%) and is involved in minor research projects.

Many collaborative researches are going on- including five overseas collaborations.
Subsequent to the first accreditation the faculty has contributed articles to 22 international and 27 national journals and published 11 books, 2 abstracts and 20 other items.

Many papers are presented, 94 at national level and 6 at international level in seminars by the teachers of the college.

The library has a collection of 40,608 books and is automated

The college has Internship Arrangements with Industrial units in the nearby areas.

The Self Financing Courses are running with good results and economic viability.

The college has adopted Choice Based Credit System.
Advanced learning technologies adopted in seminars and teaching.

The feedback from students is obtained by way of students appraisal of teachers.

Optimum use of facilities is ensured through the conduct of Distance Education Classes.

Additional opportunities provided to the students for learning Communicative English and Computer Literacy

A spacious auditorium is available for student activities.
Ongoing research activity in the department of Physics

Keeping in view of the future development of the institution the Peer Team recommends the following for the consideration of the institution.

As suggested in the previous report, further motivation is required to take up research in the campus

The lack of a full-fledged gymnasium is to be looked into.

The beautification of the vast campus by planting trees and landscaping demands more attention.

Nearly 50% of the teachers are working on temporary basis (guest lecturers).

All undergraduate courses (other than Tamil, Botany and Commerce) show results which are not to the level of expectations, require serious attention.

It is advisable to have a better percentage of funds allocation to the library in the budget.

The reading room in the library can be bigger to accommodate more students.

Reprographic and Internet facilities need to be provided in the library

Students may be given open access to the books.

The library also needs to be kept open during vacations to help postgraduate and research students.

Non-teaching staff strength needs to be augmented in view of the increasing needs with the introduction of various self-financing courses.

The student progression demands some more attention.

Being a big college, hostel facilities for women also are desirable.

The Peer Team sincerely appreciates and acknowledges the co-operation and support provided by the Government, the Principal, the coordinator, the members of teaching and non-teaching staff, the parents, the alumni and the students during its visit. The Peer Team wishes all success and dynamism to the college to attain the height of a centre of excellence in the years to come.

Prof. G K Sasidharan
Chair Person

Prof. V S Karki

Prof. S Kumudhavalli
Member Coordinator

I have read Peer team report and I agree to it

Dr. M Thirumeni

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