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CMS College of Science & Commerce(Autonomous)
Affiliated to Bharathiar University
Re-Accredited by NAAC with ‘ A ’ Grade Status (CGPA - 3.53 out of 4)
An ISO 9001:2008 Certified Institution
College with Potential for Excellence
 
 

Autonomy


 
  Autonomy
 

The college became autonomous in 2007. Till the academic year 2007-08, the college enjoyed little freedom in deciding the course content, mode of instruction and evaluation as Bharathiar University designed and developed the academic programmes. Autonomy marked a turning point in curriculum design and development. The autonomous status enabled the institution to frame its own syllabi and effectively implement creative and innovative programmes in teaching, learning, and evaluation taking the needs of the society and demands from the industry into consideration. It also enabled the institution to make existing programmes more career-oriented through an efficient system of review and redesigning.

After becoming autonomous, the college has the flexibility to frame its own curricula and syllabi. Each discipline has a Board of Studies. The Board comprises the Head of the Department as its Chairperson and the Faculty of the Department as its core members. Each Board has a University Representative nominated by the Vice Chancellor. Eminent professors from other universities/colleges, industrial experts and alumni nominated by the Principal are co-opted as members for a period of two years to be replaced after their tenure by similar such persons. This Board meets annually to update the Curriculum / Syllabus. The recommendations of the Boards in each discipline go to the annual meeting of the Standing Committee consisting of the Principal (Chairperson) and Heads of various Departments (members). This committee ensures that the syllabi/ Curricula are in consonance with the vision and mission of the institution and also suited to the needs of the community. The syllabi/curricula thus approved go for final ratification to the Academic Council with the Principal as its Chairperson, Heads of Departments and a University Representative as its members. The departments follow the syllabi/ curricula ratified by the Academic Council.

For Curriculum Development (CD), the institution follows a three-step approach. As the first step, the departments store and assess the current status of the curriculum, feedbacks on its utility, performance and relevance (from students, parents, alumni, industries and peers). Then the faculty compare the curriculum with the curricula of the Central and State Universities and undertake detailed review as to the regional needs. Trend analysis and thrust area identification constitute the next step. Trend analysis involves possible societal and industrial projections in the subject area over the next 5 years, availability of experts, expertise, training, tools and techniques. The college conducts workshops/seminars on CD with experts from the Central and State Universities, Research Organizations, Industrialists, and Scientists and other stakeholders as participants and Resource Persons. The feasibility and utility of the draft curriculum are major areas of discussion in the workshops/ seminars. The third and final step in CD is that of approval and implementation. Approval of the curriculum by Board of Studies and Academic Council are mandatory. The new curriculum thus approved gets disseminated at different levels through circulars, notifications and awareness-creating workshops. The curriculum thus reaches its final shape. This curriculum is subject to annual review at the meetings of the Board of Studies. Once in three years the departments undertake a total review/ revision of the curricula.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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