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Academics and Research Policy

Towards Academic Excellence...

The college has always enjoyed a sterling record of top rankers right from its inception in 1975. Every year saw the top few University ranks being bagged by Meenakshi College students alone. After the advent of Autonomy in 1999, though the majority of the students have not been able to compete for University ranks, the Shift II students of Meenakshi College have continued to bag the top ranks every year.

Autonomy has brought its obvious advantages such as frequent and swiftly implemented upgrades to the curriculum. The college has consistently ensured that the curriculum is revised keeping in view the requirements of the potential employers of the students as well as to cater to the need to prepare students for higher academic pursuits. The Boards of Studies and the Academic Council of the College have ever been at this task.

The college offers 15 under-graduate programmes, 11 post-graduate programmes and 9 M.Phil. programmes and 2 Ph.D. programmes. Apart from these, there are certificate courses and other special courses on offer by the various Departments in collaboration with specialist organizations, for upskilling to  enhance employabilkity

Research as a Mission

The Mission of the College commits to creating a stimulating environment for research and development. To realize this end on a continuous basis, the Research Coordination Committee was formed in June 2004 to formulate, promote and implement research activity in the College.

Further to this, Meenakshi Sundararajan Research Centre (MSRC) was established in December 2004 and is headed by Dr. V. Meenakshisundaram, a distinguished Physicist and Former Head, Radiation Safety Section, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu. Dr. J. Punniyakotti, who joined the centre as Junior Research Fellow, worked on his PhD while working in the Center. Having completed his Ph.D., he now works at the MSRC as Scientist. 

The MSRC has produced a total of 3 Ph.D.s and several UGC Major and Minor Research Projects.

One of the unique aspects of life at College is that there is an early glimpse of and experience with research work that is had by students at all levels including the undergraduate level. There is a sustained focus on attracting students towards the path of higher studies and research, and the curriculum incorporates a definitive research flavour. Numerous are the MoUs drawn up by the various Departments of the College with research organizations and industry that serve to facilitate student projects, internships and guidance in research work. The MoUs with the ICMR, CSIR, State Department of Archaeology, etc., provide opportunities for collaborative research work involving students as well. Students have also published research papers in peer-reviewed journals along with faculty as a result of these efforts.

Apart from the MoUs, the College has built up and nurtured its linkages with reputed research organizations and industry. The symbiotic relationship that the College has with IGCAR Kalpakkam, IIT Madras, Madras Institute of Development Studies, etc. are cases in point.

Research Policy

​The following are the responsibilities of the College to promote research:

  • Faculty members of the College are to be motivated to pursue research degrees starting with M.Phil. and Ph.D. and to publish their research.

  • Any guidance required by Faculty members in their research-related pursuits needs to be given or arranged for.

  • Departments should organize national and international conferences and workshops to keep themselves and the students in the know about the latest research in various subjects in their field.

  • Departments should conduct seminars/workshops to expose students to presentations by experts and to interact with them to learn about research.

  • Faculty members should be encouraged to attend workshops and seminars conducted by research institutions, higher educational institutions and industry to update their knowledge and be acquainted with the latest research trends.

  • Faculty members should be encouraged to participate in conferences to present papers and participate in research-related conferences.

  • Faculty members should be encouraged to publish in UGC-recognized peer-reviewed journals as a benchmark for the quality of research work done.

  • The College Library, the main library in the College, should be equipped with the latest books and journals.

  • The Library should make available to all staff and students, e-resources through NLIST membership, etc., to pursue research work.

  • The Library should maintain the research papers published by Faculty members.

  • The Library should preserve the Ph.D. theses of Faculty members in hard copy or digital form.

  • The necessary computer and software tools, and access to databases, etc., should be provided to Departments for the Faculty members to pursue their research work.

  • The institution should facilitate the application for grants for major and minor research projects work and motivate teachers to take them up.

  • Even if the release of funds is delayed from the funding agency, the College Management should make sure that the project is proceeding on schedule so that stagnation of the research work due to lack of funds is prevented.

  • Faculty should be encouraged to undertake guideship for M.Phil. and Ph.D.

  • Students at all levels, including undergraduate and postgraduate, should be incentivised to involve themselves in research work, for the seeds of interest in research are best sown early.

  • Memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with eminent research institutions and industry should be implemented so that Faculty members and students have more avenues to gain deeper levels of knowledge about a field, and can also interact with scientists and innovators.

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