Jayaraj Chelladurai College
Of Arts & Science, Co-Education
( will be known as ‘Mary Matha College’)
A College Run by CMI Fathers
(Affiliated to Madurai Kamaraj University)
Theni District- 625 604, TN
Phone 04546-235 272, 372,
College Annual Day Report
presented on 20th March, 2010
Fr. Issac. P.J.CMI
Jayaraj Chelladurai College Of Arts & Science
(will be known as ‘Mary Matha College’)
A College Run by CMI Fathers
College Annual Report
presented on Saturday the 20th March, 2010
Fr. Issac. P.J. CMI, Principal
Dear and Reverend Fr Sebastian Elanjickal CMI , Provincial St Joseph Province Kottayam, who presides over the function, Honourable Dr. S David Amirtha Rajan, Dean College Development Council and Director- in-charge of Centre for Educational Research, MKU , the Chief guest of the day, Reverend Fr James Aerthayil CMI , the Correspondent, Honourable members on the Dias- Mr. Ponraj MD Gurukripa Mills Theni, Mr. L.M.Pandian, Periyakulam Panchayath Union Chairman, Mrs. Latha Bhaskar the Panchayath President, Mr.K.Vijayakumar, the Parent representative, Mr Arivalagan the Alumni Association President, Rev Fathers, Distinguished guests, dear Parents, Respected Faculty members, well wishers of this institution, Alumni members, and my dear students, a very hearty Good afternoon.
It is my pleasant duty and proud privilege to welcome every one of you for this Annual Day Celebrations and to place before you the Annual Report of the activities of JC College for the academic year 2009-10.
God is great and I bow before the Almighty for all His mercies and benevolence. The Divine Providence was evident all through this academic year. I thank the Almighty God for His constant Guidance and blessings and I dedicate this report at His feet.
We are extremely happy to have Dr. S. David Amirtha Rajan, in our midst as Chief Guest of the day. He is an eminent educationalist, an ardent supporter of innovation and quality in education and a very good friend of us. We are really blessed by your presence, Sir.
Before illustrating the various activities of the college in this academic year, I deem it appropriate to trace the history of this college.
JC College was started in the year 1994 by the Philanthropist Jayaraj Chelladurai as the realization of a long standing need of the people of nearby villages for a college. By choosing Nallakaruppanpatty, a backward area at that time, the founder had the firm conviction that the emancipation of the people is possible only through education of the masses.
Located in the scenic beauty of Kodikanal valley, against the green background of Western Ghats , on the Dindigul- Theni High way, 6 km from Periyakulam, it was the only college in the locality and was highly sought after in the early stages. It was the first self financing college in the District of Theni and was one of the leading educational institutions at that time, sources say. It has a spacious campus in an eco-friendly atmosphere.
Started in 1994 with 4 courses viz. B.Sc. Comp Science, B.Com, BBA, and B.Sc. Physics, this College steadily progressed in the initial years. Mr. Jayaraj Chelladurai was the Founder Correspondent and continued till 2007.
In 2001-02, permanent affiliation was granted to B.Sc. Computer Science, B.Sc. Physics, BBA and B.Com. . B.Sc. IT was granted permanent affiliation in 2002-03. BCA was approved in 2001-2002 but later BCA was converted to B.Sc. IT in 2002-03.
Another land mark in the history of the college was the introduction of Co-education from the academic year 2003-04. However, some unfortunate incidents with grave and far reaching consequences occurred during the examination time of 2003-04.
In the academic year 2007-08 Dr. Kurian Abraham took over as the correspondent. 3 B.Sc. courses in Maths, Biotechnology and Microbiology were added in 2008-09. In the current academic year (2009-2010 ) , BCA, BA English and B.Sc. in Hotel Management & Catering Services were also introduced.
From this academic year, (2009-10 ), the JC College is being run by the C.M.I. Fathers. Fr. Issac P.J. CMI joined the office of the Principal on 28th of April 2009 as the 16th Principal of this college.
CMI stands for the religious Congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate. We are the first catholic indigenous religious congregation for men, started in 1831 by 3 men of God – Frs. Thomas Porookara, Thomas Palackal, and Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara. We have around 3000 members in the congregation, rendering services in various parts of India and abroad, especially in the field of education.
From the very inception, CMI congregation has given high priority to education. Taking up education as a service to the nation, the CMIs consider education as the integral formation of the human person for the fulfillment of his/her individual and social responsibilities. We try to impart holistic education to students and our educational endeavours aim at ‘forming leaders who are intellectually competent, spiritually mature, morally upright, psychologically integrated, physically healthy and socially acceptable and who will champion the cause of justice, love, truth and peace and who are ever open to further growth’.
The statistics show that CMI Fathers manage 24 first grade colleges, 1 medical College , 2 Engineering Colleges , 1 Polytechnic college, 1 University, and around 400 schools, in various parts of India and abroad. Besides, imbibing inspiration from our founder, Bl. Kuriakose Elias Chavara, the CMIs render praiseworthy services in other fields like Social work, Hospital care, non formal education, Pastoral care, and Missionary work.
Under the able leadership and management of the CMI Fathers, JC College has been marching towards excellence during this academic year, caring for the holistic and integral development of students with a harmonious blend of curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities with the motto ‘Passion for Excellence’.
The energy and strength of an educational institution is its dedicated and qualified faculty. To empower our faculty members before commencement of the academic year, a Faculty Orientation Programme was conducted on 2nd & 3rd of June 2009 by Mr. Paul Symphorian and Mrs. Julie Evelyn Vanspaul, followed by Faculty Development Programme by Prof. Tomy Cheriyan and Mr. Shibu on 5th & 6th of June.
The college reopened on June 17th for 2nd and 3rd years, with students’ orientation programme led by our faculty members. When the first year students arrived in July, our faculty members conducted an orientation program for them too. These programs really enhanced the confidence and quality of our teachers. On July 7th, Prof. Soby Sebastian conducted a Training Programme for Students and Faculty members in two separate sessions.
We have 19 fulltime faculty members, 2 part time faculty members and 1 Librarian, of whom 13 are M.Phil degree holders and 2 are on the verge of completing their PhD. The other members of faculty may complete their M Phil degree by the end of next academic year. The administrative work is being successfully carried out by 4 non- teaching staff and 8 supporting staff of the college.
11 Staff meetings were conducted in this academic year in which the Principal and faculty members discussed and planned various activities. A suggestion emerged in one of the faculty meetings, and a one day outing was arranged to Kodaikanal for teaching and non-teaching staff on August 29, 2009 for fellowship and better team building. It was well planned and well executed by Mr. Manoharan, Mr Aatheeswaran and Miss Senthamari.
Faculty Participation in Conferences / Seminars/ Workshops
Mr. Arif Rehman & Mr. Aatheeswaran of C.S.Dept presented a Paper on “Cyber Crime and Technologies” in Jayaraj. Annapackiam College, Periyakulam on 25th February, 2010.
Mr. Jayakumar, H.O.D. Commerce, attended a conference on “Social responsibility for Corporate sector: Global Warming” at J.A.College, Periyakulam.
Mr.M.Muthukumaran, H.O.D. Management Studies, presented a paper on “Avoiding Industrial Attrition: Retention Strategies” in an International Conference at Kristu Jayanti College , Bangalore on 3rd February, 2010.
Mr. Manoharan, lecturer in Commerce, has attended the inter-collegiate program COMM RIVALY-2010 held on 22nd January 2010 at Sri Kaliswari College, Sivakasi
Fr..Issac P.J. CMI, Principal, attended a Seminar on Research Trends in Semantic Web conducted at MKU. He chaired a session in the National Conference on Challenges in Higher Education conducted in Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore, on October 2009. He also participated in the International Conference held in Bangalore, on 2nd & 3rd Feb 2010. Besides he attended 2 Day workshop at MKU on “Dynamics in college Administration” conducted by Center for Educational Research, MKU. on 4th & 5th March, 2010.
Mr. D. J. Naganathadurai, Vice Principal, attended a Two day workshop on “Benchmarking Standards in Higher Education” conducted by Center for Educational Research, MKU. on 11th and 12th March 2010
The college has enough infra structure facilities required to impart quality education, such as well equipped library, computer Labs, well furnished Bio-Sciences Labs, Labs and Training centers for Hotel Management and Catering Services, Purified drinking water facilities, prayer hall, furnished faculty rooms , spacious play ground , renovated courts for basket ball , football, cricket and volleyball for men, and throw ball for ladies.
The college library has 4620 Volumes with nearly 25 current Subscriptions including journals. More than 500 volumes were added additionally in this academic year.
Hostel : About 200 students can be accommodated now in the furnished boys’ hostel. In the first semester, Fr Binesh CMI was the hostel warden and when he went to Peru in South America for Missionary work, Fr Roy CMI took charge and he is serving as the hostel warden and Mr. Vinesh Vijayan Lecturer, helps him. 34 students stay in the hostel, currently.
Courses & strength
J C College offers 11 U. G. courses of study for which the total present strength is 256 students. First year 91, Second year 87 Third year 78. I am hopeful that our intake will substantially increase during the forth coming years. 3 new courses were added in this academic year viz. BCA, BA English and B.Sc. in Hotel Management & Catering Services.
Teaching and learning methodologies & innovative practices:
The College has made substantial progress in introducing ICT enabled teaching and learning. Learning becomes effective with the help of LCD projectors, and by using audio visual presentations. Teachers also adopt innovative teaching practices like quiz programmes, modeling, seminar presentations etc. in the class room to make it more effective and interesting.
Remedial Classes :
The weak students are identified from their class performance and Internal Assessment tests and such students are given special coaching by conducting remedial classes. Registers are being maintained to monitor the performance of each student.
Effective steps have been taken by the class teachers to monitor the attendance. The HODs of various departments and class teachers regularly interact with the parents of the weak students to monitor their performance and attendance.
Since most of our students are from rural areas and from Tamil medium schools, special coaching is given for the first years for English grammar and English communication.
Co- Curricular Activities
Literary & Cultural Association (LCA)
Literary & Cultural Association (LCA) was formed on 3rd August 2009 with one representative from each Class.
63rd Independence Day Celebration was well-organized by LCA. Mr.C.Suresh M.Sc., Sub-Inspector of Police, Devadhanapatti, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. After the flag hoisting ceremony, there were cultural programmes presented by students which were patriotic in nature.
Teachers Day 2009 was celebrated by the LCA. All the teachers in the college were honoured by the students on the day, accompanied by a cultural fiesta. Onam was also celebrated in the College.
On 17th September, 2009 LCA organized an interface between students of the college and Dr. S.P. Ramamoorthy M.D., Former Joint Director of Health Services, Tamilnadu, on “Personal Hygiene and Epidemics”. It was a very useful and effective session
In the month of October 2009, LCA initiated the first round of “Talent Hunt”, where students enrolled their names for competing in various Literary and Cultural Competitions.
Final round of Talent Hunt (titled RAZZ-MA-TAZZ 2009) was conducted during December 6th to 16th. Mohamed Naasrutheen of III BSc(CS), Sony Jose of I BSc (Physics) and Jibin Vincent of I BA(Eng) were adjudged individual Champions in the overall contests. The inter house competition has un-earthed many hidden talents among our students in music and other cultural activities.
Christmas was celebrated in a very elegant way on December 23rd , 2009, in the College auditorium. Rev.Fr. James Aerthayil CMI, the Correspondent, presided over the function
Founders day, in commemoration of the death anniversary of CMI founder Bl. Kuriakose Elias Chavara, was held on January 09, 2010, in the college auditorium. Rev. Fr. Michael CMI, Principal of Mary Matha Matriculation School, Theni, was the Chief Guest. There was a video show in addition to cultural programmes on the occasion.
Republic Day was celebrated on January 26, 2010, with hoisting of the National Flag by the Principal Rev.Fr.Issac P.J, CMI, and the Republic day message was delivered by Mr. Mohamed Nissam, Lecturer, Bio-technology.
Winners of Laurels: 2009-2010
During the two semesters the following students won awards and prizes in various inter -collegiate competitions through the efforts of Literary & Cultural Association (LCA). The winners were:-
Ms. M. Muthumari, II – Year B.Sc. Computer Science, bagged District Level First prize and Cash Prize Rs. 1000 /- in “Me and My Nation” Essay Competition conducted by Theni District Tamil Development Department held at Madurai Kamaraj University College on August 21st 2009. She also won 2nd Prize in English Composition and 3rd prize in Tamil Composition held by Police Department, Theni, on the subject “Relationship between Police & Students”.
Mr. F. Stalin Joseph & Mr. S. Yesuprakasam, from III – Year B.Sc. IT, secured District Level Second prize in “Facial Painting” conducted by the Department of C.S. & I.T. , Madurai Institute of Social Sciences on August 28,2009.
Ms. L. Munitha from I Year Maths bagged second prize & cash award of Rs. 3000 /- in the district level recitation in Bharathidasan Poetry. Ms.S. Aarthy bagged third prize & cash award of Rs. 1000 /- for Memorising Competition of Bharathidasan Poems conducted by Murasoli Trust, Chennai on 11th September 2009.
Six students of Computer Science department secured Third prize in “Talent Show” Conducted by APA College, Palani on October 08, 2009.
In the Inter-collegiate competition held at S.V.N. College Madurai, Mr.Jibin Vincent (IBA Eng) bagged III Prize in “Singing Bird” Competition and our team of first years won III Prize in “As You Like It” competition.
In the Commerce Meet held in S.B.K.College, Aruppukottai, on Feb 24th 2010, our first year students again brought various prizes.
At the Yadava College, Madurai, on February 25th 2010, Mr.M. Rajesh and Mr.M. Kamatchi of our II BBA Class stood adjudged as III Prize winners in the Tamil Meet.
Mr Sanjeevi Kumar and M. Rajesh of II year BBA bagged 2nd prize in paper presentation on “Business innovations and its challenges” at Nadar Saraswathi Arts & Science College, Theni.
Mr. Mohamed Dhaha of II CS has been selected as a student reporter of Theni district by “Puthiya Thalaimurai”, a weekly magazine.
Mr.T. Ram Prasanth I BCom E-Commerce won the First Prize in paper presentation on ‘Emerging Trends in marketing’ at Arulanandar College, Karimathur on 17th March, 2010.
Congratulations to the winners. The spirit of competition is now fully developed and the College hopes to get a host of laurels in coming years. The dynamic coordinators of the LCA viz. Prof Soby Sebastian, Ms Umarani and Mr Mohamed Nizam deserve a big round of applause
Clubs and Associations
Commerce Cub, Management Club and Science Club were inaugurated in the beginning of the academic year with Staff coordinators and student office bearers.
Commerce club is a forum designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the national and international environment. The club organizes programmes like extension lectures, seminars and industrial interactive sessions to suit the latest industrial demands. The second and third year students of the Commerce department went to Industrial visit at Tata Coffee Pvt. Ltd., Vaigaidam on Sept 25th 2009.
Management club members P. Nagaraj and G. Sanjeevi kumar of Second year B.B.A attended a workshop on “IAS & Other Civil Services Examinations” conducted by the Department of Management Studies, Kalasalingam University,
Our III BBA student Mr N Sunder took part in the Quiz program at MKU which was sponsored by Youth Red Cross. II BBA students took part in the exclusive management meet “Business Kshethra” at RL Institute of Management & Technology, Madurai.
The motto of the Science Club is ‘to explore everything’. Various programs like paper presentation, speech, mime, Software marketing and other cultural programs and competitions were conducted during the meetings.
A novel idea of “Honesty Shop” was implemented by the Science club, where the faculty members and students of the science club can acquire stationery items by putting money in a box. The best part of it is that there is actually no shop keeper there, other than one’s own conscience. The Staff coordinator reports that it is working very well.
Final year students participated in a special lecture on “Cell Phone Technology & Service” conducted in the college on August 3rd, 2009 by Waves technology, Madurai.
Mr.R.Yousuf Raja and Mr.P.Karuppaiya of II year Biotechnology participated in the State level conference on Global warming held at H.K.R.H College, Uthamapalayam, on Dece 17th 2009 and presented posters.
All facilities are provided to the students to apply for the scholarships rendered by Govt and other agencies. Fresh and renewal Scholarships are being extended to 66 students to the Sum of Rs.1,55,760/-. 8 hostlers availed Rs.48,500/ as Special Scholarship for Higher Education from the Central Govt. 18 students are the beneficiaries of Scholarship under the Social Welfare Scheme ( total amount of 32,000/-). In addition, it should also be reported that a few deserving students have been given fee concessions from the college. (1 under full fee concession scheme, and a few under 50% concession scheme.)
The College held a soft skills and communication training Programme, with special focus on training in Interview techniques, for its final year students from December 1st 2009 to January 30th, 2010. Subsequently, through a Campus Interview held on January 30, 2010, 15 students have received their employment orders from M/s Eureka Forbes Ltd.
The results of the Campus interview held by M/s Shriram Coconut Products Ltd, Dindigal Rd, Battlagundu, on March 3, 2010, is awaited. More Companies are now visiting the Campus for further selections. Prof.Soby Sebastian, Dept of English, and Mr.M.Muthukumaran, Dept of Mgt .Studies, are the Placement Coordinators. I congratulate them for their achievements.
Extra Curricular Activities
Sports & Games
Our Football team bagged District Level Winners Prize in Foot Ball matches organized by District Sports Office held at District Stadium, Theni, on September 01st 2009.
The intra-Class cricket tournament in the College was conducted during 4th to 16th September, 2009. Final year B.Com students were the winners in the match.
The opening ceremony of the renovated Basket ball court in the college was held on October 15th 2009. There was an intra collegiate basket ball match on the inaugural day.
Annual Sports Meet
The College conducted its Sports Competitions from January 25, 2010 to February 25th, 2010. The Annual Sports Meet, including athletic events, was held on February 26, 2010, in the newly done up College Ground.
Mr.K.Kanagaraj, District Sports Officer, Theni, flagged off the Annual Sports meet at a function held at 8.30am, on February 26th. The opening ceremony was chaired by Rev.Fr.James Aerthayil CMI, our Correspondent.
Mr. Mohammed Nizam, Lecturer, Bio-technology, was the Staff Coordinator for sports and games and the College Captains were B.Darvesh Mohaideen (III B.Sc-IT) and Sanjeevi kumar ( II BBA). The event evoked a great and enthusiastic response from students and staff.
Mr. Daniel Joseph (II BBA), P.Ayyanar (III BBA), and M.Kumar (II BBA) were adjudged 1st, 2nd and 3rd individual Champions respectively. The Blue House led by Mr.Tamimul Ansari (III B.Sc-IT) was declared the Best House of the year.
National Service Scheme ( NSS)
National Service Scheme (NSS) is functioning very actively in our college with Two units- Unit No. 124 & 125, under the able leadership of the NSS Programme Officers :Mr. C. Atheeswaran, HOD, Dept. of CS & IT, and Mr C. Manoharan, Lecturer, Dept. of Commerce.
In connection with 63rd Independence Day, our N.S.S. units conducted a mass cycle rally with the theme “National Integration” on Saturday, 22nd August 2009. Inspector of Police, Periyakulam Circle, Mr. Seeralan inaugurated the rally. The rally started in-front of Periyakulam DSP office and went through nearby villages and reached our college in the evening at 5.00 o’clock in a very enthusing manner.
On 10th September, 2009 NSS of our college organized a mega event in our campus. on “First Aid and Life saving techniques” by joining hands with 108 Emergency Management and Research Institute, Chennai,
NSS arranged a special talk in the college on 22nd September on “Anti-Tobacco and Anti Drugs” by Mr. Velmurugan, Co-ordinator, Arogya Agam, an NGO based in Aundipatti.
On 24th September 2009, NSS organized a massive Tree Plantation Campaign in connection with the NSS day celebrations on the theme “NSS – A retrospect” or “NSS and the road ahead”. More than 50 saplings were planted inside and outside the college campus.
The annual NSS Camp was held at Manjalar Dam, near Devadanapatti, during 30th November to December 6th 2009. Eighty students took part actively in this residential camp. Several service programmes involving the villagers were taken up by the Campers. Mr D. Manibharathi of I yr BBA was adjudged as the best NSS volunteer at the NSS Camp.
The programme officers deserve my special mention, thanks and congratulations.
Youth Red Cross (YRC)
YRC had 89 Volunteers in this year . Mr L. Devaraj, Lecturer, Dept. of Commerce is the YRC Programme Officer.
Two students, N.Sugumar and L.Mahendran, participated in the awareness programme about “Global Warming” conducted by Youth Welfare Department, Madurai Kamaraj University. N. Sundar of Third year Management Studies and N.Sugumar of Second year Computer Science participated in the state level competition on “Indian Freedom Struggle” held at MK University on 10th August, 2009.
Red Ribbon Club (RRC)
The Red Ribbon Club, was introduced with a noble cause to create awareness about the dreadful effects of HIV and to lend a helping hand to the affected.
RRC was active with various training programmes, awareness camps and blood donation camp. Mr. C. Atheeswaran, HOD, Dept. of CS & IT is actively involved in RRC as its Program coordinator.
A talk by Ms Umasri, District Coordinator, RRC on “Celebrating Life” (HIV, AIDS awareness ) was conducted on 7th October, 2009.
A blood donation camp was organized in the College auditorium on January 6th 2010 with the help of Tamil Nadu Aids Control Society & State Blood Transfusion Council. 90 volunteers from the college donated blood which was highly appreciated by the Organizers.
Red Ribbon Club volunteers of our college participated in the ‘HIV/ AIDS awareness and prevention Express’ – a train Exhibition held at Madurai Junction on 18th and 19th March under the university banner.
College Alumni Association
At a special meeting of former students of our College, the College Alumni Association was formed on March 07th 2010. Chaired by the Principal, the congregation of alumni selected Mr.M.Arivalagan, Mr.K.Anbalagan and Mr.M.Duraikannan as its first President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively.
Two executive members were also elected and a 10 member steering committee has been constituted including office bearers to draft the byelaws and memorandum of association of the Alumni association. Further activities of the Alumni Association are in the process.
I am happy to state that the Alumni members seem to be very enthusiastic and they have already come forward to offer financial help for a deserving student. Four members of the Alumni Association are serving the college in the faculty. It is also encouraging that the President of the Association Mr M.Arivalagan is on the dias in today’s function.
Iit is noteworthy that within a short span of 10 months significant improvement in discipline, academic performance and general behaviour of the students could be achieved. This is because of the sincere cooperation of the faculty members, administrative staff and the parents. It is also encouraging to see so many parents here today participating in the annual day celebrations. Thank you very much for your support and encouragement, dear parents.
Members of the staff deserve special appreciation for their constructive efforts in shaping the student community to be fit to face the world confidently. Mr. D. J. Naganathadurai, Vice Principal, and all other faculty members worked during this year as a team. I take this opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate their commitment, hard work, and wholehearted support and co-operation.
I also thank the non-teaching staff for their consistent assistance in matters of administration. Especially I have to mention in this context the names of our PRO Mr. K.T.Mathew ( Baby Sir as he is called) and Mr Murugapandi our office clerk. Gratefully I acknowledge the services of the supporting staff who helped us to keep the premises green and neat. Thank you one and all.
We are really encouraged by the response shown by our students too. May I congratulate my students for rising to our expectations. Special congratulations to all our students who accomplished well in academics, curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular activities, thereby bringing laurels to this temple of learning and will be receiving prizes today. But we know that we have to go a long way before we reach our real goals.
As I conclude this report, my mind and heart rise up with gratitude to the Almighty God, who provide and guide us in every thing. May I make a special note of thanks to the Chief Guest Dr S.David Amirtha Rajan who blessed us with his inspiring presence today. Let me also express my profound gratitude to Rev Fr Sebastian Elanjickal CMI, my Provincial, who is presiding over this function, for his enduring support and guidance in running this institution successfully. I also thank Fr James Aerthayil CMI, the correspondent, Fr Roy the hostel warden and all who support me in making this dream project a total success.
With deep sense of appreciation I remember Fr Josekutty the Principal and Fr Jose Parekkatt the financial administrator of Kristu Jayanti College Bangalore, who supported the idea of taking up this institution. Hopefully, by next year, after the name change, we may be able to present the report of the Mary Matha College. I thank all the distinguished guests, friends and well-wishers present here today to encourage us in our journey towards excellence and achievements.
With wishes and prayers for the institution to grow from strength to strength, I conclude this annual report for your information and kind acknowledge. Wish you an enjoyable evening. Thank you. Thank you one and all.