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National College Gets NAAC ‘A’ Grade

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council ( NAAC ) has reaccredited National College ( Autonomous ), Tiruchi, with ‘A’ Grade. A Peer Team made a visit during July and observed the academic programmes, infrastructure for teaching – learning process, linkages with organisations through Memorandums of Understanding, and collective functioning of management, staff and students, Principal K. Anbarasu said.

The UGC has ranked National College among 50 colleges nationwide as College with Potential for Excellence. The status entitles each college to [rupee]1.5 crore for improving research facilities, purchase of equipment, improving teaching aids and meeting academic expenses.

The College’s proposal was recommended to the UGC by the Bharathidasan University. The College was marching ahead towards Centenary year by fulfilling its mission to provide quality higher education to students from downtrodden communities, a release said.

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National College to offer Diploma Course in Factory Management

National College has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the BHEL Small and Medium Industries Association (BHELSIA) to offer a Diploma Course in Factory Management.

The MoU was signed here on Friday by K. Anbarasu, principal, National College, and Rajappa Rajkumar, president, BHELSIA, in the presence of A.V. Krishnan, Executive Director, BHEL, Tiruchi complex. The Course content includes three major components – Office Management, Labour Laws, and English Proficiency.

The course was intended to tide over the manpower shortage faced by the member units of BHELSIA and the Industry at large. Faculty members of the college, and experts from the industry would handle the classes.

Mr. Krishnan said that apart from producing trained managers for the industry, the course would help in fostering budding entrepreneurs. While production was the core activity of any company, labour, office, inventory, and safety managements have to be handled properly to ensure the success of business.

The Industry in Tiruchi, which has emerged as hub of power plant equipment manufacturing in the country, required trained technical and managerial manpower to meet the changing business environment, and the course would help meet the demand, he observed.

Mr. Rajkumar said given the BHEL’s rising output and growth rate, the ancillary units were facing shortage of manpower, both technical and managerial.

As of now, the ancillary units required about 6,000 additional trained manpower. The BHELSIA was addressing the issue by conducting such programmes in collaboration with educational institutions, he added.

Mr. Anbarasu said this was the second MoU signed between the college and BHELSIA. The college was already offering a diploma course in fabrication engineering under the previous MoU.

Though the diploma in fabrication engineering was started under the self – financing stream, the UGC has approved it as a career oriented programme and granted [rupee] 10 lakh for conducting it.

The college was hopeful of getting the UGC approval for the factory management course too, he said.

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National College plans alumni chapters

The National College is keen on starting alumni chapters throughout the State and intends to start off by mobilising old students in Chennai.

Students are spread out throughout Tamil Nadu, the principal K. Anbarasu said, unveiling plans for large – scale projects for the college at a function on Sunday to mark the third alumni meet.

Two old students, Vice Chancellor of Bharathidasan University K. Meena and the Medical Superintendent of Chennai Medical College and Research Centre N. Balasubramanian, were honoured. About 400 old students took part.

Associate Editor of Dinamalar Ramasubbu, and Secretary S. Raghunathan offered felicitations. Students of the 1980 – 95 batch handed over their contribution of one lakh rupees towards building fund.

Course on human rights

A foundation course on human rights has been introduced at the college for the UG and PG students. Sponsored by the UGC, the course includes child labour, women’s rights, and labour rights.

The 90 – hour course is open to all UG and PG students irrespective of their discipline. Experts, legal professionals would be engaged to take classes, said V.R. Mathiazhagan, faculty in Economics and course coordinator.

The Principal Sub – Ordinate Judge, Tiruchi R.N. Manjula inaugurated the course at a function held at the college. Advocate S. Martin, principal K. Anbarasu were present.

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