The Periyar Arts College, which is celebrating its golden jubilee, is forging ahead in terms of academic achievements and introduction of new courses. But at the same time for want of adequate classrooms, it is facing claustrophobic atmosphere.
In terms of academic achievements, the government-run college, located close to the Silver Beach here, has done extremely well. Its student strength has gone up from 3,600 (last year) to 4,600 this year.
The pass percentage of students is impressive too: last year it was 72 per cent at the undergraduate level and 90 per cent at the post-graduate level.
Principal V.N. Viswanathan told The-Hindu that last year seven new courses were introduced and for this current academic year too seven programmes such as B.A Political Science, B.Sc Microbiology, BBA, M.Sc Chemistry, M.Phil Botany, Doctorate in Botany and Commerce, were being offered.
“Since the Ph.D programmes are full- time courses, the college is facing space crunch in accommodating all the students for the undergraduate and post-graduate courses. Cuddalore MP K.S. Alagiri has agreed to sanction Rs. 30 lakh from the MP Local Area Development Fund for construction of a new wing,” Mr Viswanathan said.
The building would come up in semi-circular format, resembling the Parliament building in New Delhi. The principal plans to approach the Neyveli Lignite Corporation seeking Rs 1.5 crore for construction of more buildings in the college.
Mr. Viswanathan further said that as for the intake of women students, there was a statutory limit of 30 per cent. But if adequate number of male students is not available, the college can fill up the seats with women candidates.
“Thus, in the undergraduate courses in zoology and biology streams, the intake of women students has touched 80 per cent,” he said.
The principal said that the college is having a makeover, with improved basic amenities.
For imparting soft skills among the students, Spoken English classes were started. For those opting for civil services, coaching classes too were being organised. The fine arts club, a new entity, had attracted quite a lot of entries because it provided an ideal platform to bring out latent talent.
When asked if the college had adequate number of teaching staff, Mr. Viswanathan admitted that shortage on this score was offset by employing 68 guest lecturers on a consolidated salary of Rs. 10,000 month. “
Till the Teachers’ Recruitment Board selects the candidates, the college has to carry on with the present arrangement,” Mr Viswanathan added.
Cuddalore MP K.S. Alagiri has agreed to sanction Rs. 30 lakh for construction of new wing A plan to approach the NLC for funds to the tune of Rs. 1.5 crore
Cuddalore MP K.S. Alagiri has agreed to sanction Rs. 30 lakh for construction of new wing
A plan to approach the NLC for funds to the tune of Rs. 1.5 crore