IQAC

As per the guidelines of UGC & NAAC, Bangalore, the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) was constituted from June, 2004. The primary task of the IQAC has been to develop a system for conscious, continuous, consistent and catalytic improvement in the performance of staff and students and in the governance of the organization. The IQAC of our college plays an active role in developing, sustaining, improving and enhancing the parameters of quality and institutional excellence.

The IQAC acts as the promoter and guardian of quality in every aspect of the campus life. Redefining and sustaining quality benchmarks and best practices has become the foremost duty of IQAC. Constant and conscious attempts to promote a culture of quality in the academic ambience of the institution call for a continuous quest for excellence on the part of all the stakeholders in the educational enterprise. Excellence, as Aristotle would say, is not an act but a habit. Attitudes dictate the approaches to be adopted for best results. Right approaches determine the attainment levels. Arul Anandar College is no exception to this. The IQAC serves as a catalyst in the following areas.

Teaching, Learning and Evaluation

  1. Orientation & Retraining of the Teachers
  2. Evaluation of the courses, Curriculum and research

Staff Enrichment Programmes

  1. Induction and Orientation to the newly recruited staff
  2. Need based Workshops, Seminars for the faculty and office staff
  3. Promoting the research

Documentation

All documentary information pertaining to the staff, students and the college

Publication of Newsletter

  1. IQAC newsletter twice a year

Performance Appraisal

  1. Teacher assessment by the students
  2. Assessment of the officials by the staff
  3. Assessment of the courses by the students, the alumni and employers
  4. Feedback on all the programmes and seminars for staff and students.
  5. Annual Feedback by the student representatives

Communication with NAAC

  1. Submission of Annual Quality Assurance Report
  2. Correspondence with the NAAC regarding accreditation

The following staff development programmes have been conducted by the IQAC so far

ProgrammesDate / Month & Year
Staff Training Programme on Proposal Writing18th February 2018
Staff Development programme on Top up Skill Training25th & 26th July 2017
One day Orientation Programme for the staff members on “Reforms in Teaching, Learning, Evaluation and Institutional Ranking”15th June 2017
NAAC Sponsored Two Day National Conference on “Academic Audit and Quality Enhancement in HEIs”22nd & 23rd March 2016
A One Day Workshop on “Financial Management” for the Non-Teaching Staff23rd January 2016
Workshop on “New Education Policy on Higher Education” for the staff members14th December 2015
Orientation Programme on “Examinations System of Arul Anandar College” for Junior Staff Members10th August 2015
One day Workshop on “Item Writing” for Junior Staff Members 25th July 2015
A one-day Workshop on Teaching Methodology for the Staff Members16th June 2015
One day Orientation on “Zen Meditation”9th September 2014
Leadership Training for Student Council members18th & 19th August 2014
Annual Induction and Orientation to the newly Recruited StaffEvery Year

IQAC Team

Rev. Dr. Basil Xavier S S.J.
Principal & Chairman
Dr.A.Shanmugaraju
Coordinator
Dr.S.Michael John Peter
Deputy Principal - Member
Rev.Fr.Paul Pragash
Vice Principal - Member
Dr.I.Jeyaraj
Member
Dr.S.Arul Prasad
Member
Dr.D.Antony Singh Dhas
Member
Rev.Dr.Mary Lowrencia C
Member
Dr.S.Valanarasu
Member
Dr M.Gilbert Rani
Member
Dr.M.Arulappan
Member
Mr.A.Raja
Member
Mr.J.Keba Immanuel
Member
Ms.R.Josephine Therese
Member
Mr.G.Joseph Xavier Raja
OS - Member
T.Priyadharshini
Student Representative
K.Bhuvaneswaran
Student Representative
Mr.M.Joseph Rethinasamy
Executive Director, Hotel Germanus,Madurai
Mr.C.Muthupandi
Alumni Represenatative

Principal's Desk



Fr.Dr.S.Basil Xavier, S.J.
Principal

Fr. Greetings

Warm Greetings.

I am delighted to announce that Arul Anandar College celebrates its Golden Jubilee Year (1970-2020), the year of the Lords favour. The Bible says, “...that fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you?it shall be holy to you” (Leviticus 25: 11-12). Jubilee is an occasion to recollect the amazing ways in which the college has fulfilled its vision and mission of building men and women for others who will create an ambiance of peace and fraternity, a dire need today. It also offers the prospect to contemplate the past achievements of the college as well as look into challenges that lie ahead. At this juncture, I reckon it a great pleasure to welcome Rev. Fr. Dr. John B. Pragasam, S.J. the new Rector and wish him all the graces and blessings to lead us and inspire us in all our academic endeavors. I take this opportunity to extend my deeper sense of gratitude and appreciation to Rev. Fr. Dr. Amal Kulandaisamy, S.J. for his committed efforts and support to the progress of the institution.

In this remarkable year of Golden Jubilee celebration, I welcome all the faculty, administrative staff, students and stakeholders of AAC to head towards the horizon of excellence. I gratefully remember all the teaching and non-teaching stalwarts of the past decades who by their selfless, unstinted and spirited service had enormously promoted the growth of the institution.

The college has planned to introduce a plethora of academic and extension activities to commemorate the Golden Jubilee year. The primary objective of Jesuit Higher Education is to liberate the youth from the constrains of ignorance, distorted values and prejudices and transform them into leaders with an undying devotion to serve the society. The AAC academe must always change, renew and rejuvenate ourselves and move towards Magis “better the best”.

Let me sincerely appreciate the great support and co-operation rendered by all the parents and alumni in the development of the institution which I earnestly look forward in the Golden Jubilee year too. Let us all together joyously celebrate the Golden Jubilee of our esteemed institution with undivided spirit of solidarity.

Rev. Fr. Dr. BASIL XAVIER, S.J.
Principal
Arul Anandar College
Karumathur

Short Profile

(Kindly see the full version in the staff profile of department of philosophy)

AAC Documentary Film


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Admission Policy

Student Admissions

AAC follows a transparent admission process in admissions to all the courses. Every year the College publishes a prospectus indicating the courses offered, fee structure and the eligibility criteria. The Institution publishes the admission procedure in its website http://www.aactni.edu.in. Advertisements in leading Tamil and English dailies regarding the courses and admission details are also given.

General Courses
  • Student admission to the UG courses is based on their academic performance in the Higher Secondary Examination and the reservation policy stipulated by the Government of Tamil Nadu.
  • Apart from this, the Management's policy of "Preferential Option for the Poor" is given due consideration while admitting the students.
  • For PG courses, the marks obtained in the UG courses along with the marks obtained in the entrance test conducted by the College is taken in to account for admission.
Professional Courses
  • For admission to MCA course the performance in the Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET) is also considered.
Jesuit Admission Policy
  • Preferential option for the Poor is the guiding policy in student admission
  • On an average 70 per cent of the students admitted belong to the socially and economically disadvantaged sections of the society.
  • Priority is given to the girl students from the local area.
  • The rank and selection list are displayed on the College Notice Board.
  • Staff facilitate the students in selecting their academic programme.
  • Principal meets students along with their parents/guardians during admission.

MOU

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

Arul Anandar College (autonomous) though located in a rural area, has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with

  1. Universities in USA
  2. Gandhigram Rural University,Gandhigram
  3. MAPUA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Manila, Philippines on Nano Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering R&D
  4. Namur University, Belgium and with industries in Madurai.

The MoU

  1. Enables Arul Anandar College to offer degree programmes of the foreign Universities in its campus with the transfer of credits.
  2. Facilitates both institutions to conduct research and extension jointly.
  3. Creates network for further collaboration.
  4. Results in job placement of the poor and the marginalized.

NAAC Accreditation

  1. The college all its academic programmes, places great emphasis on moral and spiritual values which actually should form the crux of the quality of life in any society The opportunities for growth created by the Jesuit group with a spirit of service and love have made an impact on the minds of people who are very appreciative of the great service for integrated human development.
  2. The most important and relevant factor, which strikes the team (NAAC), is the vision of the Department of RDS, which is an interdisciplinary field to empower the rural poor for an integrated rural development.
  3. Teaching, Research and Extension bring the students and the people together through the RDS programme.
  4. One remarkable aspect of the whole programme is the importance of computer literacy to all the under graduate students to meet the challenges of the present day.
  5. The college has achieved excellence in its outreach and extension programme(s).
  6. The Controller's Office maintains strict secrecy and confidentiality in all matters of the conduct of examination.
  7. The extension programme of the college has made a name for itself in Karumathur, with its sincere efforts and remedial action to transform the village into a better place with informed, humane and processing desirable values.
  8. With its large collection of books, journals and periodicals and its reprographic facilities, the library is put to very good use.
  9. The extensive play grounds of the college give students ample opportunity to excel in sports and games.
  10. Students are given academic counselling in their respective Departments through seminars and talks delivered by professionals in various fields.<
  11. The Arul Anandar College Alumni Association (AACAA) promotes friendship among the alumni and encourages activities that spread secularism, alleviate poverty, protect the environment and safeguard human rights.
  12. The autonomy of the college is carefully monitored to ensure true academic powers.
  13. The most striking aspect of Arul Anandar College (Autonomous) is the clear mission and the goals which the college strives to attain
  14. The incorporation of social thrust in curriculum, merging the felt need of the community as well as fulfilling the aspiration of the modern youth are very complementary.
  15. The emphasis on extra curricular activities, physical education, etc. is exemplary which makes a difference in the overall personality development of students.
  16. The organization and management of the college has been excellent. The leadership provided by the Principal has been dynamic and humane which has created an atmosphere of inspiration and harmony among the teaching and the non- teaching staff.
  17. On the whole the college has been a source of inspiration and assistance to the local community and others, by envisioning the future developmental goals, and facilitates a step-by-step growth of the first generation learners and the community as a whole.
  18. In recognition of its people-centered innovative courses, the college was accredited with the coveted FIVE STARS by the National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC) in 2001.
  19. The consistent track record was further proved when it was reaccredited with 'A' Grade with a CGPA of 3.66 in 2014.

Arul Anandar College Alumni Association(AACAA)

Arul Anandar College Alumni Association (AACAA) has been vibrant and doing meaningful service to the students and the community. In order to facilitate the congregation of alumni in their own native locations, it has started regional chapters at Madurai, Theni, Dindigul, Kodaikanal, etc. Besides, this association is organising regular meetings of alumni at regular intervals and sustains the spirit of brotherhood and social commitment. The following activities highlight the significance of this association:

  1. Regular chapter meetings and annual meetings
  2. Regular publication of Alumni News Letter "ECHOES"
  3. Hosting the Convocation Day and felicitating the new graduates
  4. Instituting Distinguished Alumni Award
  5. Distributing scholarship worth Rs.18,000/- every year for the poor and deserving students who pursue studies in the college
  6. Felicitating the retiring staff conducting a DTP course for drop-out women in the age group of 16-25 in order to enhance their livelihood opportunities
  7. As a social commitment, AACAA has invited all the elected Panchayat Representatives of Chellampatti Panchayat Union and felicitated them at a function on the campus

Arul Anandar College Alumni Association (AACAA) has been vibrant and doing meaningful service to the students and the community. In order to facilitate the congregation of alumni in their own native locations, it has started regional chapters at Madurai, Theni, Dindigul, Kodaikanal, etc. Besides, this association is organising regular meetings of alumni at regular intervals and sustains the spirit of brotherhood and social commitment. The following activities highlight the significance of this association:

  1. Regular chapter meetings and annual meetings
  2. Regular publication of Alumni News Letter "ECHOES"
  3. Hosting the Convocation Day and felicitating the new graduates
  4. Instituting Distinguished Alumni Award
  5. Distributing scholarship worth Rs.18,000/- every year for the poor and deserving students who pursue studies in the college
  6. Felicitating the retiring staff conducting a DTP course for drop-out women in the age group of 16-25 in order to enhance their livelihood opportunities
  7. As a social commitment, AACAA has invited all the elected Panchayat Representatives of Chellampatti Panchayat Union and felicitated them at a function on the campus

Arul Anandar College Alumni Association (AACAA) has been vibrant and doing meaningful service to the students and the community. In order to facilitate the congregation of alumni in their own native locations, it has started regional chapters at Madurai, Theni, Dindigul, Kodaikanal, etc. Besides, this association is organising regular meetings of alumni at regular intervals and sustains the spirit of brotherhood and social commitment. The following activities highlight the significance of this association:

  1. Regular chapter meetings and annual meetings
  2. Regular publication of Alumni News Letter "ECHOES"
  3. Hosting the Convocation Day and felicitating the new graduates
  4. Instituting Distinguished Alumni Award
  5. Distributing scholarship worth Rs.18,000/- every year for the poor and deserving students who pursue studies in the college
  6. Felicitating the retiring staff conducting a DTP course for drop-out women in the age group of 16-25 in order to enhance their livelihood opportunities
  7. As a social commitment, AACAA has invited all the elected Panchayat Representatives of Chellampatti Panchayat Union and felicitated them at a function on the campus

Student Counsellors

The counselling centre with professionally qualified counsellors became a full-fledged functional unit during the academic year 2004-05. Prior to this the counselling requirements of the students were managed by the members of the faculty. Professional counselling centre was established with the objective of promoting mental health and enriching the personality development of the staff and students.

Three professionally trained counsellors form the counsellng services team at AAC. Our services include: personal counselling for student development? both academic and non-academic in individual and group settings. In addition to counselling students directly? we are also available for consultation for the staff? parents of our students and the management. Outside agencies also benefit from our services.

Activities

  • Students` Orientation at the beginning of the year.
  • Class-wise motivation sessions for all students.
  • Personal growth sessions for women`s students.
  • Achievement Motivation Sessions for sports team players.
  • Confidence Building sessions for NSS students.
  • Leadership Development Seminars for AAC Class Leaders.
  • Psychological animation of PTA.
  • Collaboration with the Mentor Care Programme of AAC.
  • Consultation and Programme Planning for ?Muhil?, a Siddha Treatment and Research Centre.
  • Consultation and Counselling Services to NGOs involved in helping the HIV/AIDS population.

Coordinators - Mentor Care

  1. Rev.Dr.A.Sebastian Mahimairaj OCD (Shift-I)
  2. Mr.P.Ramachandran (Shift-II)
  3. Rev.Fr.S.P.Savarimuthufont (Shift-I)

Student Counsellors

  1. Dr Ramkumar G
  2. Dr Mabel Joshaline C
  3. Rev. Fr Stanislaus S CMF
  4. Ms.S.Rajeswari
  5. Mr Viswanathan R
  6. Ms Arockia Juliet P
  7. Ms Jenitha Sironmani J