Section 1: Preamble
Vellalar College for Women, Erode is an affiliated college of Bharatiyar University, established in 1970. It is the first womens college in Erode established by the Kongu Vellalar Gounder Community for the upliftment of women. Their determination and devotion to the cause of empowerment of women with knowledge have been responsible for the growth of this institution.
Today the college is housed in a spacious land admeasuring 38 acres in the State of Tamil Nadu. The college offers aided and self-financing programmes both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. There are 26 aided courses of which 10 are undergraduate programmes. There are 11 self-financing programmes out of which 3 are postgraduate programmes. More innovative and job oriented courses come under self-financing programmes.
The student strength for the college is 2647 of which 2324 are the undergraduate and 323 are postgraduate students. All the students hail from the same locality. There are altogether 142 teaching staff. Thirteen of the staff are Ph.D. holders, 83 are M.Phil. holders and the rest with postgraduate qualifications. The number of administrative staff including technical staff is 87.
The unit cost of education for the aided courses is Rs.17524/- and for the self-financing courses is Rs.4478/-. The temporal plan of academic work is the semester system.
Section 2: Criterion-wise Analysis
Criterion I: Curricular aspects
The Vellalar College was established with a clear mission for empowerment of women, through diverse educational programmes. With this noble mission many curricular / academic programmes were developed and implemented through aided programmes initially. Later on self-finance courses are also being offered by the college. Although diverse programmes and infrastructure facilities are being provided, the management needs to focus on programmes with social and economic relevance to meet the challenges and present needs of the society.
The College has Science, Arts and Commerce Faculties and all the academic programmes are guided by the University in terms of syllabi, examinations and evaluation, which leave little scope for innovative programmes to be offered by the college. It is significant to note that college has made efforts to introduce some job-oriented courses on self-financing basis such as Bio-Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Applications, Food & Nutrition, Co-operation, Corporate Secretaryship, Finance & Control and Business Management.
The curricular options are more academic oriented than career oriented. There are core courses and non-core options. There are foundation courses for creating general awareness and application oriented courses. If there are some courses on entrepreneurship management included in the curricular options, a graduate will be in a better position to generate employment for herself and others.
At present the college does not have any mechanism to obtain feed back from academic peers, students and employers on the curriculum followed by the college. There is an urgent need to evolve a mechanism to formulate innovative programmes and modify existing programme to suit the socio-economic environment of the region. The industry institutional interaction may be explored to improve the quality of the academic programmes.
As a womens college, there is a need to initiate a Centre for womens studies, which will enhance the scope for introducing more innovative and relevant courses in the curriculum.
Recognized research guides for M.Phil. and/or Ph.D. research scholars are available in History, English, Botany and Commerce departments. Masters courses in History, English, Commerce, Food & Nutrition, Finance & Control and Computer Applications are offered. Master of Finance & Control has immense scope for employment opportunities. Some of these professional courses need to be strengthened by involving practicing...