Government Arts College, Coimbatore, has been awarded the ‘A’ grade rating with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.49 out of 4 by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in the recent re-accreditation process.
The grade is considered extraordinary on a national scale for a Government arts college.
According to NAAC Coordinator of the college O.B. Pramod Kumar, this is the third time the college had gone in for accreditation. Though the earlier rating was also an ‘A’ grade in 2006, the percentage it got in the earlier system was not very high. But this time, in the CGPA system, the point was very good.
“This is very high for a Government arts college. We were appreciated by the team on various counts as we were able to meet the criteria laid down by the NAAC peer team. As many as 149 faculty from among the 240 are doctorates. Women outnumber the men in faculty and also in the post-graduate courses,” said college principal V. Jothimani said.
The Tribal Museum, Soft Skills Development and Placement Centre, and the Higher Studies Centre for offering free coaching to civil service aspirants that the college operates with the Coimbatore Corporation under a Memorandum of Understanding, all went in its favour. It had got an award for good placements, and received acclaim for activities of its alumni associations.
Mr. Pramod Kumar added that some of the suggestions of the peer team included introducing two courses – MA (Political Science), and MA (Defence and Strategic Studies), as many students were inclined towards joining the uniform services and also because of the availability of defence personnel in the Army, Navy and Air Force in the vicinity, who could be used as resource persons.
There was a suggestion to set up a sports academy because of the excellence shown by the students of the college in sports. Setting up of a research academy to introduce research activity in all the basic subjects too was suggested.