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CHAPTER VII

INNOVATIONS AND BEST PRACTICES


7.1 Environmental consciousness
7.1.1 Does the institute conduct a Green Audit of its campus and facilities?
An Eco-friendly team has been initiated to function in association with NSS team. It
maintains an eco-friendly environment in and around the college campus. The
team suggests the management certain ideas to be implemented within the campus:
a) Water facility
b) Biowaste Management
c) Plastic free Zone
d) Prohibition of Mobile Phone usage
e) Plantation
f) Awareness programme observed by WHO on recommended days.
A) Water facility
Considering the suggestions of the eco-friendly team, the Management has installed an
RO Water Plant for the benefit of students and staff members.
The effluent water from the RO plant has been recycled and used for gardening. At
regular intervals qualitative checking has been done by the deputed team to maintain its proper
functioning.
B) Bio-Waste management
The waste papers and dry leaves have been recycled by composting and used as manure
for plants and trees.
C) Plastic free zone
Eco-friendly team has organized several Awareness Programs to prohibit the use of
plastics inside the campus.
D) Prohibition of mobile phone usage
Awareness programs have been organized to enlighten the students on the effects of
radiation caused by using mobile phone. So the team has taken necessary steps to ban the use of
mobile phones at least inside the campus.
E) Plantation
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Eco-friendly team, in association with NSS, has planted nearly 200 saplings in and around
the campus.
F) Awareness program observed by WHO on recommended days
Eco-friendly team co-ordinates all the departments to conduct awareness program related to
their subjects of study.
7.1.2 What are the initiatives taken by the college to make the campus eco-friendly?

Energy conservation
Renewable energy
Water harvesting
Check dam construction
Effects of carbon neutrality
Plantation
Hazardous waste management
e-waste management

The institution is taking necessary steps to make the campus eco-friendly.


Energy conservation
Each classroom is well ventilated and lighted.
Speed control devices have been installed in all the college buses to save fuels and to
conserve energy. College buses have been plied in all the arterial routes, to prevent
students from using two wheelers.
Use of Renewable energy
Renewable energy source have been used in the preparation of food in the college
canteen and it reduces the usage of non-renewable resources.
Water harvesting
Two bore wells and one well are present inside the campus for constant supply of water.
Check dam construction
The institution has not constructed any check dam inside the college campus. Instead, it
has installed rain harvesting pits.
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Effect of carbon neutrality


Air conditioners are used according to the climatic conditions, and vehicles are allowed
to enter into the campus when needed.
Tripping system is used to cut down the overload, and auto change over generator is
available in the campus.
Plantation
Gardens are maintained by eco-friendly team, and NSS Volunteers maintain the campus
green and clean.
Hazardous waste management
Vegetable wastes from the hostel canteen are converted into manures by bio-composting.
Human wastes from the college campus have been collected from Septic Tanks by
scavenging Vehicles of the Panchayat Board. Sometimes, the college arranges for one
anticipating an overflow.
Biological wastes are decontaminated and disposed properly as per lab rules.
Hazardous chemicals are used in lesser quantities.
E-waste management
The electronic instruments are serviced, and at inevitable circumstances it is replaced
with new components.
7.2. Innovations
ACADEMIC
Teaching methodology has been improved making use of Information Technology

and Communication.
Grievance Redressal systems, Anti-ragging Cell, Eco-friendly Team, Career
Guidance, Placement Committee, Hostel Committee, Discipline Committee, and
IQAC have been functioning well for the welfare of the beneficiaries of the

institution.
YRC, NSS, RRC conducts Health Camps, Blood Donation Camps and Awareness

Programs for the Villagers and Students.


Students Welfare Association is functioning well.
PG programs will be started for remaining courses which do not have PG

Courses.
Motivates to increase the number of university rank holders.
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Organize campus interviews in collaboration with corporate sectors and

Consultancies.
Overhauls each department with e-books and journals.
Conducts classes for students to take Civil Services, Banking and Departmental

Examinations (NET/SET/RRB/TNPSC, etc.,)


Conducts inter-collegiate programs.
To initiate PhD programs in Research Departments. To start PG courses in

Departments that has UG courses.


To initiate Web-Development/Web-Designing Cell.
Motivates staff and students to publish Research Papers/articles in reputed and

Indexed National and International Journals.


To establish Language Labs.
To train students on Bio-Composting and Mushroom Cultivation and to initiate

small-scale production units for their welfare and development.


Seminar, Guest Lectures, and Workshops are conducted regularly by every

department.
7.2.1 Give details of innovations introduced during the last four years which have created a
positive impact on the functioning of the college.
Faculty Development Programme conducted periodically every academic year.
Industrial Internship training for students. Internet facilities for Research scholars

and students in General Library are provided.


Industrial visits have been made by all the departments to various industries and

research institutes at least twice a year.


M.Phil Research activities are ongoing on in some departments.
M.Sc (Maths), M.A (English) and B.Sc (Physics) courses have been started.
RO water Plant has been installed to facilitate pure drinking water to everybody.
Faculty has been qualified with Ph.D./NET/SET.
Slip test, Unit test, Pre-summative exam and model examinations are conducted

for the students to improve their result percentage.


OHP, PPT Presentation, videos for lecture and field visits have been organized

regularly.
Soft skills programme for all the first year students of UG and comprehensive

value educational program for the final year UG students have been offered.
Maintenance of gardens to cultivate medicinal plants and herbs to facilitate

research in Microbiology and Biochemistry.


7.3. Best Practices
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7.3.1 Elaborate on any two best practices in the given format at page no.98, which have
contributed to the achievement of the institutional objectives and/or contributed to the quality
improvement of the core activities of the college.
1. Victory won on decision-making
2. Rural students for higher education
Best Practice 1
1. Title of the practice:
Victory won on decision-making.
2. Goal:
Enter to learn and leave to serve from this institution.
To achieve the quality policies of the institution.
To demeanoral attributes of students
To imply staff members and students representative in decisiveness (or)
conclusiveness.
To ascertain transparency between administrative and academic bodies.
3. The Context:
The college management has created opportunities for doctoral candidates and
local people for their wellbeing.
4. The Practice:
This process has been in existence since 2002 as follows:

Principal
and HODs

AcademiHODs
c
Student
committees

Faculty
members
Administrative
Head: Principal

5. Evidence of success:
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Office
Superintenden

Administrative
Committee

This practice enhances the decision making in all aspects and succeeded as such.
Ameliorate co-operation among staff members, students and stakeholders.
6. Problems Encountered and Resources Required:
Classes are cancelled for one hour to conduct regular meeting for faculty
members and students representatives, the management has provided full support
for this.
Best Practices .2
1. Title of the practice:
Higher Education for Rural Students
2. Goal
The goal of the institution is to impart higher education for the students from rural
areas at nominal cost. Its goal is to nourish and to develop the latent skills in them and to
makes them employable.
The institution often education in a new perspective which makes them higher and
think innovatively. It offers financial support to the meritorious and the needy. Taking into
consideration that villages are the backbone of India, the institution educate a great member
of rural folk and set them to compete with the students of urban area.
The education provided by the institution is not only informative but also holistic as
well. The teachers are dedicated and they strive hard to bring out the students potential and
to make them self reliance.
The aim of the institution is to direct the students to nourish themself by providing
them the necessary awareness, assistance, support and guidance to transcend from the
rural and under- privileged segment for a better education and career.
Students from various school and department have participated in various competition
conducted by the institution and various programs of their interest to encourage them. Further
we encourage them by distributing prizes. So, the students are motivated to join higher
education.
3. The context
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The college has planned to provide necessary facility to the students in various
fields. Number of underdeveloped villages is there in and around the college. Most of the
villages do not have higher secondary school in their own village. It has planned to offer
research course for all the communities. The institution takes necessary measures to plan and
implement to include the excluded students.
4. The practice
The following activities are taken by the college to widen the access of higher education
to the rural students.
1. Faculties from the various departments consult the undergraduate students parents to
specify the need of studying post graduate courses.
2. Career counseling classes are arranged to the students to continue research courses in our
college.
3. The college deals with state government rules concerning education and for the
reservation of seats.
4. The management arranged the scholarship facility from government, Sairam foundation
and other private agencies for socio economical students to carry out their higher
education without financial difficulty. The Sairam foundation provides the scholarship of
Rs. 50,000/- for the students to help their higher education. The management also
provide financial supports every year as such.
5. The college has followed uniform system to all students UG, PG and M.Phil course.
This facilitates equal treatment to all students irrespective of their community,
financial status, etc.
However, some limitations are there, we offer higher education to the rural
people. We should follow government reservation system for research courses.
Our college is self financing And hence it does not have huge economic resources.
(?)An eminent Scholar and Scientist, Prof. D.Lawrence Rajendran, the Codirector and Asst. Professor of University of Zurich, Switzerland were invited as
resource person. He gave a lecture on Systems & Cell Biology of NeuroDegeneration, division of psychiatry research Alzheimer disease. He has
enlightened our students with the scope of research in the field of life science.
6. Evidence of Success
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Prof. S.Uvarajan, is the Coordinator of the IQAC. The Internal Quality Assurance Cell
of our college organized a two days National Level Seminar on Higher Education: Strategies
to Remedy the Problems Typical to Rural Institutions on 18th and 19th of February 2010,
more than 250 scholars attended the program. Delegates from all over India came and addressed
the participants who had come from various colleges.

Dr. S.Baskaran, the Member Secretary, Tamilnadu State Council for Higher Education,

Chennai, inaugurated the seminar and gave a special address.


Dr. C.Naseema, Professor of Education, University of Calicut, Kerala, gave a special

lecture on the Challenges of Rural Women in Pursuing Higher Education.


Prof. Dr. K.Balachandran, Annamalai University, Chidambaram, gave a special lecture on

Higher Education: A Global Scenario.


Prof. K.Ponni, Head, Department of English, Dharmapuram Gnanambigai Govt. College
for Women, Mayiladuthurai, addressed us with the topic on Role of Rural Women in

Higher Education.
Dr. A.V. Ayothi, Dean, Faculty of Indian and Foreign Languages, Bharathidasan
University, Trichy, gave a special address on Strategies for Reaching the Goals of

Higher Education in Rural India.


Dr. N.V.R.Kapali, Head, Department of Adult & Continuing Education, University of
Madras, gave a special lecture on Extension as Third Dimension in the Higher

Education System.
Dr. K.K.Seethamma, Chairperson, Department of Women Studies, Bangalore University
delivered a lecture on Gender Dimensions of Higher Education in India.
1. The practice has been worked successfully with the students parents for that reason,
more number of students are enrolled in various UG, PG and M.Phil courses.
2. Career counseling helps more number of our college students to continue their
research course in our college.
3. The following is the composition of rural and urban students pursuing higher
education in our college.
S.No Area
1.

2009-10

Rural 467

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

565

561

543

610

4. The following students avail SC/ST scholarship in our college.


Year

Fresh

Renewal

Total Students

Total amount

2008-2009

35

66

101

2,94,320

2009-2010

93

67

160

4,01245

2010-2011

103

101

204

6,17,179

2011-2012

121

134

255

10,52,893

2012-2013

85

170

255

9,10,170

2013-2014

180

94

274

17,38,790

7. Problem Encountered and Reserve Regarding


1. The aim of the institution is to offer higher education to rural students, the entry of
students is low in the admission is full sanctioned strength of students with lower
marks are also admitted and developed latent skills.
2. It is difficult to get private scholarship and fellowship. The college offers the
scholarship only from the government but every year students facing financial
difficulties. Scholarship given by the government only to particular community alone.
Even other backward community not able to obtain scholarship from the government.
3. The college has followed strictly the state government rules for admission of research
courses.
4. The students will pay be term fees are relax- able.