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Periyar EVR College (Autonomous), Trichy, Tamil Nadu


Periyar EVR College (Autonomous), Trichy, Tamil Nadu
Address:Kaja Malai
Thiruchirapalli (Trichinopoly)
Trichy (District Trichy)
Tamil Nadu, India

Periyar EVR College (Autonomous), Trichy Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college. Periyar EVR College (Autonomous), Trichy Tamil Nadu was established on / in 1965.

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

Website of Periyar EVR College (Autonomous), Trichy Tamil Nadu is http://www.periyarevrcollege.com/.

Contact Details of Periyar EVR College (Autonomous), Trichy Tamil Nadu are : Telephone: +91-431-2420079


Periyar EVR College (Autonomous), Trichy Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Degree stream(s).

Approval details: Periyar EVR College (Autonomous) is affiliated with Bharathidasan University, Trichy (Tamil Nadu)

Profile of Periyar EVR College (Autonomous)

In the year 1965, the Government of Tamilnadu Started Periyar EVR College in Tiruchirappalli, the central part of Tamilnadu, naming it after the grate thinker and social reformer, Periyar E.V.Ramasamy who generously parted with Rs.5 Lakhs and 9.65 acres of land for the exclusive purpose of imparting higher education to the people in and around Tiruchirappalli. The unique feature of this college, which is in consonance with the intent of Periyar, is that it caters to the academic needs and aspiration of the students belonging generally to educationally, socially and economically backward sections and particularly to SC/ST, most of whom are first generation learners.

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NAAC report of Periyar EVR College (Autonomous)

Section 1: Introduction
The Great social reformer and thinker Periyar E. V. Ramaswamy, with a noble purpose of creating opportunities for higher education to the educationally, socially and economically backward people in general and to SC/ST sections in particular, in and around Tiruchchirappalli, generously donated both in cash (Rs.5.00 lakhs) and kind (9.65 acres of land) to enable the Government of Tamil Nadu to establish an Institution of higher education. The institution named after Periyar E. V. R. College, was founded in the year 1965. It is affiliated to Bharathidasan University and got the UGC recognition under 2f and 12B in August 1965, at the time of establishment itself. Later, with increase in number of courses and consequent proliferation in student population, additional land was acquired and new classrooms, laboratories, administrative buildings, hostel etc. were built. At present the college has about 53 acres of land with built up area of around 9800 sq.metres. Over the years, the college grew steadily making great strides. It has now some of the academic departments recognized as centers for research for Ph.D. and M.Phil. programmes.

Presently the college functions in an expansive campus and earned the status of an autonomous college since 1998-99. It enjoys the reputation of being the only coeducational college in and around Tiruchchirappalli offering education at affordable cost to the weaker sections of the society. The stated mission of the college is to: (a) provide quality education, (b) make the students conscious of their social responsibility, (c) to help students develop their all round personality, and (d) ultimately to make them responsible citizens. The Assessment and Accreditation by NAAC was done during Sep. 1999. The mid-term review committee constituted by Bharathidasan University had assessed the functioning of the autonomy during February 2003 and recommended its continuance.

The college presently has 148 faculty members including the Principal. Among them 117 are men; 43 are Ph.D.s, 65 are M.Phil.s and only 9 with basic P.G. Qualification. Out of 31 lady faculty 5 are Ph.D.s, 26 are M.Phil.s and only one is a Post Graduate. Besides regular faculty there are 23 as the guest faculty.

The student strength of the institution is as follows: In UG classes there are 2194 men and women; in PG classes 644 men and women; thus making up a total of 2838 students. (In M.Phil. programme, there are 29 men and 8 women; for PhD, there are 9 men and 3 women; thus making up a total of 49 in the research programmes. In the PG Diploma course, the student strength is 20 men, 5 women). There are 04 students drawn from states other then Tamil Nadu in the UG/PG classes and 02 for Ph.D. programme.

The college desired to be reassessed and re-accredited and submitted the reaccredidation report (RAR) in Jan, 2006 to NAAC. The Council constituted a peer team with Prof. P. V. Arunachalam, former Vice-Chancellor, Dravidian University, Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh as Chairman; Prof. Jagdish. C. Bhatia, former Professor Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, Karnataka; and Dr. M. R. Kurup, former Principal, KET V.G. Vaze College, Mumbai, Maharashtra; as members; Mr. M. Buradia, Managing Director, BAPL Industries Pvt. Ltd. Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu as Observer. Mr. B. S. Ponmudiraj, Assistant Advisor, NAAC ably coordinated the visit. There were also three international observers accompanying the Peer Team. They were: Dr. Tesfaye Teshome, Director, Higher Education Relevance and Quality Agency, Ethiopia; Dr. Yohannes Woldetensae, Senior Expert, Higher Education Relevance and Quality Agency, Ethiopia; and Mr. Girma Yadessa, Expert, Higher Education Relevance and Quality Agency, Ethiopia.

The team visited the college for three days during 14th - 16th March 2006 to validate the RAR. The team reviewed the facilities available on the campus, interacted with management, the principal, the faculty, students, parents, alumni and the supporting staff. It pursued all the relevant documents presented by the college. The outcome of the assessment thus made on the basis of RAR, with in the frame work of the seven criteria identified by NAAC and the core values there is presented in the following pages.

Section 2: Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion I: Curricular Aspects
The college, being autonomous, has developed its own curriculum keeping in mind its Mission, Goals and Objectives. The mission of the college is ‘to provide quality education, to make the students conscious of their social responsibility, to help students develop their all round personality and ultimately make them responsible citizens’. The college has stipulated the following as the goals to augment the employability of the students.
to augment the employable potential of the stakeholders
to be relevant to social milieu
to activate and augment the contemporary dormant human resources of the stake holders
to move towards global standards simultaneously fulfilling the local needs
to bring about locality/societal development
to accentuate holistic development of the stakeholders.

Being an autonomous college, it has freedom to frame the curriculum. The departmental core committee and the Board of Studies of each department of the college, after obtaining feedback have developed the curriculum. The curriculum is revised after every three years. Every department has a Board of Studies. The respective Head of the Department is its chairperson. Another five senior members of the faculty are its co-opted members. The Department nominates two experts in the subject. An illustrious alumnus is also included in the Board. A course in General Knowledge is introduced for all students. Further, in order to bring about interdisciplinary approach, the students of liberal arts are encouraged to take science courses and vice versa. A vocational angle is also introduced into the various courses to enhance the employability of the students after graduation. The Choice Based Credit System has been introduced from the academic year 2005-06. The components of curriculum are made up of Core, Elective and Allied Courses besides the languages. The 14 departments offer 42 programmes under UG, PG, M.Phil and Ph.D.

The 42 programme options are made up of 14 UG, 15 PG, 3 M.Phil, 7 Ph.D and 3 Diploma Courses. Out of the 42 options, 1 UG, 10 PG and 3 Diploma are under self-financing stream. While the Diploma courses have ensured horizontal mobility, the PG, M.Phil and Ph.D. programmes have offered vertical mobility. A certain degree of flexibility has been introduced with the Choice Based Credit System.

The college obtains feedback informally from students and alumni, which has been used while restructuring the syllabi at the UG and PG levels. Curriculum (options) can be further updated to enable the students to acquire capacity building career vocational skills.

Criterion II: Teaching-Learning and Evaluation
Being a Government College, admission to different courses is given strictly on the basis of government/university guidelines issued from time to time. Largely, it is based on merit as indicated by the marks scored at the previous eligibility exams. There is an admission committee to oversee the admission process. The merit list and wait-list of students are displayed on the college notice board for information of students, parents and public at large to ensure transparency. However, only 3 students sought admission for PGDFC, no student has been admitted for the Diploma in Human Rights and M.Sc. Photonics during the current academic year.

The college has been making efforts to meet the learners needs through effective teaching, learning and evaluation. The teacher quality is enhanced by facilitating acquisition of higher knowledge through research, acquisition of additional qualifications and participation at conferences among others.

Seats are reserved for different categories of students such as SC/ST, MBC, BC etc. as per Tamil Nadu Government guidelines. Bridge courses are offered to needy students. There are also tutorial sessions, which are held outside the class hours.

The teaching–learning process is carried out as per the Academic Calendar for each year. The academic year is divided into two semesters and each semester has 90 working days. The timetable is for a six-day order/week. Regular programmes are held from 10 am to 2.10 pm while self-funded programmes are scheduled between 1.20 pm to 5.10 pm. The students are assessed through CIA and end semester examination in each paper, the ratio of weightage being 25:75. The pass percentage for UG and PG courses is 40% and 50% respectively. A special feature of internal assessment is the weightage given to attendance. Besides lecture method, tutorials, practicals, assignments, group discussion, seminars, debates, tutorials, field work, project work etc are used to make teaching a learner centered and participative process. Audio visual aids are used to enhance the quality of teaching and learning. The students progress in learning is monitored through continuous internal assessment made up of periodical tests, assignments, seminars, etc.

The teachers are appointed on merit and as per the UGC and State Government norms and procedures. There are 148 regular and 23 Guest faculty members. Out of 148 faculty members, including the principal, 48 have Ph.D. and 91 are M.Phil. Teachers are encouraged to participate in Orientation and Refresher Courses, Seminars, Conferences etc.

There is an annual performance evaluation of teachers by the respective heads of the department, which is reviewed by the principal. There is also a need to introduce student evaluation of teachers.

A Controller of Examinations regulates the exams. The college has evolved a system of continuous and annual evaluation to assess the learning outcome of students. The internal evaluation is made up of tests, assignments, seminar and attendance.

Efforts may be made to establish national linkages for teaching/research.

CBCS has been introduced from the current academic year.

The college has introduced a system of supplying Xerox copies of answer papers to students who apply for the same to ensure transparency. There is also a provision for improvement. An instant examination is conducted for the 3rd year students who fail in one paper.

Criterion III: Research, Consultancy and Extension
The college has been encouraging research. Departments of Tamil, English, Zoology, Mathematics, Statistics and History are active in research and some of these are recognized as research departments, where M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes are pursued. In all the PG departments, students take up project work. In certain departments several teacher are recognized as research guides.

The faculty has so far guided good number of Ph.D. and M.Phil. students in various departments. Minor Research Projects and one Major Research Project have been taken up by the faculty during the last five years.

The faculty has published many research papers in national and international journals.

They have also published good number of books and abstracts.

The college has also organized 4 national seminars and faculty members from various departments attended 53 national and 16 international seminars. Department of Zoology, Statistics and Computer Science are engaged in free consultancy service in a modest way.

Although a large proportion of faculty is highly experienced and academically qualified, only a few departments have taken up research projects. The college has not been able to take up any consultancy projects or established linkages with industry in a formal way due to procedural difficulties. There is an ample scope to improve the performance of the institution in these areas making it congenial for increased involvement of the faculty.

The Extension work is carried out by one company (boys and girls) of NCC and four units (3 boys unit and 1 girls unit) of NSS. They vigorously participate in the extension activities. Villages have been adopted under NSS programmes. The programmes include laying of roads, blood donation camps, AIDS awareness and cleanliness campaign.

Students and teachers participate in extension activities through Youth Red Cross, Red Ribbon Club and Blood Donors Club as well. Extension activities such as rural link roads, slum clearance and Balwadis are carried out in collaboration with NGOs and GOs.

Criterion IV: Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The college was started in 1965 with modest facilities with only a pre-university block consisting of just two rows of asbestos-roofed buildings on a donated plot measuring about 9 acres. During the last three decades, the college has expanded significantly and now covers an area of about 53 acres with a total built up area of 9800 square meters. Currently it has five blocks of buildings of which two are donated by the founder Periyar, housing various academic departments, administrative, library, and computer etc. facilities. It also has a mens hostel consisting of 52 rooms. All departments are linked with intercom facilities. With financial assistance from UGC, all departments were provided with computers. Currently there are 80 computers in the college with Internet facilities.

There is a central library and 14 departmental libraries. The total number of books available in the library is about 54000. In addition, the library is subscribing to 18 magazines and 18 Indian journals. Besides, it has a small collection back volumes of journals and CDs/DVDs. It has to introduce open access system. The central library has a built up area of 2700 square feet with a seating capacity of about 100 students. There is a book bank facility. The library service is partially automated using FoxPro software.

The College has a computer centre with 50 computers. The work in the Principals Office, College Office and the Office of the Controller of Examinations has been computerized. There is also internet access available for students and faculty.

It has a canteen run by Aavin, an undertaking of Tamil Nadu Government. The Canara Bank has an extension counter in the college, which handles most of the financial transactions of the college like payment of salary to the staff, collection of fees, payment of scholarships to the students. The Bank also provides short/long term loans to the staff of the college.

The college has sprawling sports ground, which provide facilities for playing volley ball, net ball, hockey, cricket, tennis and track. It also has indoor table tennis, a small gymnasium and fitness center. There is a rest room for female students with attached toilet. However, there is no hostel for women.

The expansion of infrastructure has not kept pace with rapid growth in academic and administrative activities of the college, and there is an urgent need to expand and strengthen physical facilities such as classrooms, Library space and computer centre. There is a felt need for more basic amenities like providing toilets, drinking water points etc. The college needs to have a health center.

Criterion V: Student Support and Progression
There are about 2189 UG, 597 PG, 37 M.Phil, 48 Ph.D. and 120 PG Diploma students during the current year. Over 800 are women. They belong to different categories such as OC, BC, MBC, SC and ST. Since most of the students belong to reserved categories, they receive freeships and scholarships.

Since a large number of students belong to SC/ST category and first generation learners, remedial courses in English and Mathematics are conducted every year outside college hours. In addition, English Department conducts these courses on Saturdays for academically deficient students in other categories. Further, in order to enable students to gain confidence and improve communication skills, the English Department conducts speakers forum, which meets once in a fortnight.

The overall academic performance of the student has improved after the college acquired autonomous status. The students take active interest in sport and cultural activities. They regularly participate in various types of competitive sport at the university, state and national level. They have won several prizes and trophies.

The college has a Career Guidance Unit, which need to be activated. Except in the computer science department there is no placement activity.

Academic progression in terms of successful completion of examinations has been above average. A good number of students do come in First Division. The drop about rate is about 3 percent. All Central and State Government scholarship-freeship schemes are extended the students of the college. Special coaching is provided for the benefit of slow learners belonging to SC/ST categories. Grievances Redressal Cell, Career Guidance Cell, Women Welfare Committee, Registered Alumni Association and Parent Teacher Association are functioning in the college. The students of the college participate in inter-college and university level cultural competitions and have won prizes.

Criterion VI: Organisation and Management
The College is a government, constituent college; the Principal provides the leadership at the institutional level. Mission statement and goals and objectives have been clearly stated. As an autonomous college, the decision-making process is through various academic and administrative bodies as stipulated by UGCs Guidelines.

At the top management echelon is the Governing Body (GB) consisting of 7 members including chairperson. The Government of Tamil Nadu appoints the Governing Council. The Principal of the college is Member-Secretary. The controller of examinations, and a nominee each of faculty, affiliating university and UGC are also members of this apex Body. The members are appointed for a two-year term except UGC nominee who is appointed for six years. They meet at least twice a year. The main functions of this Body are to: (a) Fix the fees and other charges payable by the students. (b) Institute scholarships, fellowships, studentship medals, prizes and certificates on the recommendation of the Academic Council. (c) Approve the institutions new programmes of study leading to degrees or diplomas. (d) Perform other functions and institute committees as necessary for the development of the college.

Another important entity is the Academic Council, which functions under the chairmanship of college Principal. Besides Principal, other members of the council are: Controller of Examinations, all heads of departments, five representatives of the faculty, two student representatives, a representative each of industry, commerce, law, medicine and engineering professions. The members are selected for a period of two years and they meet at least once in a year. The main functions of the Council are to oversee all the academic activities of the college and assist the Governing Body in formulating policies and procedures for all academic, sports and other extra-curricular activities.

A large number of committees have also been constituted to look after various functions. The terms of most of these committees are 2 years and the principal by and large, chairs their meetings. Some of these committees are: Finance Committee, Quality Advisory Committee, Grievance Appeal Committee, Student Welfare Committee, Academic Audit Committee, Examination Committee, Library Committee, Admission Committee, Value Education Committee, Extra Curricular Activities Committee, Hostel Students Welfare Committee, Private Hostel Students Welfare Committee, Fine Arts Committee. The functions of these committees are well defined and some of them play a very important role in their respective sphere of activity. In addition, there are other forums such as Consumer Forum, Red Ribbon Club, Friends of Police Club, Youth Red Cross etc. which plan and organize outreach programmes and encourage students to participate in community welfare and other socially oriented activities.

The college also has an Internal-Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) consisting of principal as chairperson, controller of examination, representative of Governing Body, two student representatives, an alumnus and three faculty members. The term of IQAC members is 2 years and they meet at least twice a year. The Cell is responsible for ensuring continuous improvements in the entire operations of the college, for which suitable mechanisms and procedure are discussed and evolved. However, since the college is a government institution, in matters like staff recruitment and promotions, student admission norms, fee structure and payment of salaries are subject to government and university regulations. The Governing Body and other Committees have to keep in mind that the policies and procedure decided by them are not in conflict with government/university regulations.

The finance of the college is maintained and monitored by the college office. During the year 2004-05, it received Rs.12, 28,000 as Grants in-Aid and generated additional funds of Rs.3, 46,436 and 23,33,330 through fees and self-funded courses. There is periodical internal audit and also annual audit by Directorate of College Education. The teams from the Accountant General office, Chennai also audit the accounts periodically.

The Finance Committee manages the funds as per government guidelines.

Criterion VII: Healthy Practices
In order to achieve its goals and objectives in an efficient manner, the college has adopted several appreciable practices and is taking concrete steps to implement them with active participation of management, faculty, students, alumni and other stakeholders. These practices are:

The College celebrates the founders day in September every year.

Inspite of several constraints the teachers are dedicated to their profession, besides devoting their time and resources towards promoting social justice.

Some of the teachers help their students in several ways including extending financially support when needed.

Remedial courses in English, Mathematics and some other subjects have been started to enable academically deficient students, to cope up with the curriculum.

All first year students are introduced to computer knowledge through computer literacy programme.

The college follows continuous internal assessment system with 75:25 marks division.

A unique system of marks for attendance in internal assessment has been introduced.

The college follows instant examination for the III year students who fail in one paper.

The college collects feedback from the question paper setters/external about the syllabi, question paper pattern and performance of the students. This helps the college to bring about positive changes in the student evaluation system.

A tutorial system is being implemented which provides to counseling the student and monitor the progress and continuing basis

Several welfare measures for students are organized through career guidance cell, speakers forum etc. Special coaching is provided to SC/ST students to enable them to prepare for state and national level competitive examinations.

The students are covered under the university accident insurance policy, for which Rs.12 per annum is collected from them.

The Parent-Teacher Association comes to the rescue of the College by appointing some teachers and non-teaching staff wherever necessary.

There is a Friends of Police Club at the college, which aims at improving cooperation among students, police and people.

The College has put up two complaint boxes to enable the students to express their grievances which are attended to by the Principal and the members of the faculty.

All the above measures, besides improving the academic ambience of the campus students broaden the vision and inculcate in them a spirit of social consciousness, sensitivity towards societal needs, positive value system and character building in general.

Section 3: Overall Analysis
The Institution earned good reputation for having produced number of central and state government employees, entrepreneurs, agriculturists, teachers, MLAs; A parliamentary Deputy Speaker and a Minister in the State Cabinet were a few of the distinguished alumni of this institution. The aim of the College is to become a highly acclaimed innovative and most successful higher educational institution in the state serving weaker sections of the society in particular by providing cost effective quality education. The mission of the college is to provide career opportunities, to develop self relevant individuals besides promoting academic excellence.

Autonomous status of the institution gave freedom to modernize the courses and to design relevant and need based curriculum. State run colleges like Periyar E.V.R. College, admits students from villages, hailing from poor and downtrodden families, most of whom are first generation college goers and helps them come up in life. During September 1999, the college got the assessed and accredited. After the first assessment, the important developments are:

Thirteen members from various faculties have acquired Ph.D. degrees. A good number of teachers by way of academic enrichment acquired additional professional competencies.

On the academic side 8 postgraduate, 2 diplomas and one under graduate programmes are added. Before the first assessment the college was offering 13 UG programs and 5 PG programs. Presently it has 45 programme options in total for UG/PG/PG Diploma/M.Phil/PhD. More self-financing courses are added.

Continuous assessment with the due weightage for attendance, has resulted in regularity, disciplined the learners and new orientation towards studies amongst student community is given.

Considerable number of research schemes has been operated and the faculty is enthusiastically involved in the conduct of seminars, symposia and conference.

The choice based credit systems, as per the UGC regulation has been introduced.

To help the students overcome the problem of inadequate language skills in English, the department of English has included in Part II of the curriculum, courses on remediation and writing skills.

Environmental studies have been made a component of the regular curriculum for the first year UG students as per the UGC guidelines. The college has published Text Book for this purpose.

As per the suggestions in the first assessment, the college has started:

Career guidance cell.

Grievance residual cell.

Alumni Association.

Computer literacy programme is offered to all the first year UG students, with the courtesy of Government of Tamil Nadu.

Internal Assessment component has been increased from 20% to 25%. After accreditation more number of teachers acquired research qualification.

There was no consultancy service earlier, now the departments of Zoology, Statistics, and Computer Science have started in a modest way.

The Department of Physical Education added a well furnished indoor gymnasium.

Extra curricular activities are strengthened.

Internet facility for teaching staff and students is made available.

IQAC has been established.

The college has developed its own website: www.periyarevrcollege.com

The achievements of the students in sports, games and cultural activities are commendable.

The college earned reputation of giving value based and skill oriented education to the students.

In spite of several constraints the research output of the faculty and performance of students in the examination and the quality of teaching merit commendation.

The college has responded positively to most of the recommendations of the accreditation report of the September 1999.

The student dropout rate is minimal: 2.2% in U.G. and 3.5% in P.G. on the average.

The faculty has research potential. Some of them have won national and international awards. Mention must be made of the Sahithya Academy Award won by senior faculty member in Tamil.

All the departments have been provided with computer internet and intercom facilities.

The college has been selected by Bharathidasan University to have access ( digital network) to international journals.

The college with the help of the alumni published a text book as per UGC syllabus on Environment and the proceeds of the sales of the same is being utilized for the development of the college.

The College has been selected by the Directorate of Collegiate Education, Government of Tamil Nadu as one of the centres for setting up EDUSAT to provide the facilities to students to observe educational programmes.

Computer Aided Language laboratory need be instituted.

Library service needs the computerization on priority basis.

A womens Hostel, a well furnished Auditorium are the few necessities and they may be added to the existing student support services.

The college may institute a few endowment lectures.

Consultancy services need to be formalized and strengthened.

It is desirable to draw short term and long term perspective plans to the academic expansion and augmentation of infrastructure.

Innovative ways for resource generation may be planned and executed.

Career guidance and placement cell needed be strengthened.

Improvement of transport facilities, as almost all students walk to the college from the railway station situated 3 km away, is to be considered

New courses - such as Aquaculture, Plant Biotechnology, Microbiology, BBA, and MCA may be added.

Boys Hostel is over crowded and it needs to have provision for more accommodation, effective management with reading room and recreation facilities.

Structured teacher evaluation by students be introduced.

Efforts to be made to fill up vacancies particularly in the case of single post Department like Director of Physical Education and Store Keeper.

Documentation culture need to be improved and promoted.

The Peer Team, the NAAC Coordinator and the Observes profusely thank the Principal, the IQAC, the Steering Committee members, students, faculty, non-teaching staff, parents and alumni for extending cooperation and hospitality, during the visit. The Team wishes the college all success in its pursuit towards excellence.

Prof. P. V. Arunachalam (Chairman)

Prof. M. R. Kurup (Member)

Prof Jagdish C. Bhatia (Member)

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