Department of Higher Education
Department of Collegiate Education
Government of Tamilnadu, Chennai
The Directorate of Collegiate Education was carved out of the erstwhile Directorate of Public Instruction in the year 1965 with a view to administer exclusively the Collegiate Education
Tamil Nadu enjoys the privilege of being one of the most developed states in the Country in the field of Higher Education
27 Universities are functioning in Tamilnadu and of these 12 Universities are getting their Block Grants from the Government of Tamilnadu through the Directorate of Collegiate Education
Presently 1382 colleges are functioning under the administrative control of the Directorate of Collegiate Education as detailed below:
|Sl.No.||Types of colleges||Government Colleges||Constituent Colleges||
|Arts and Science Colleges||
|Schools of Social work||
|Colleges of Education||
In the Head office, the Director is assisted by two Joint Directors of Collegiate Education viz., Joint Director of Collegiate Education (Finance) who is in charge of the works relating to the Aided colleges in the State and the Joint Director of Collegiate Education (Planning & Development) who is in charge of the works relating to the Government Constituent Colleges in the State
The Financial Adviser and the Chief Accounts Officer and the Senior Accounts Officer in the Directorate assists the Director in the Budgetary control and other financial related matters
A Legal cell headed by a Law Officer is also functioning in the Directorate which deals with the court cases relating to the department
6 Regional Offices located at Chennai, Vellore, Coimbatore, Trichy, Madurai and Tirunelveli are functioning under the administrative control of the Directorate of Collegiate Education
Each Regional office is headed by a Joint Director of Collegiate Education
The Regional offices attend to the works relating to the Aided colleges in the respective regions like release of monthly salary grant, approval of appointments, auditing of accounts etc.
The Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations (MDGs, 2002) considers knowledge as the prime mover of development in the new Millennium. Hence acquisition of quality and excellence is the Goal set for the Higher Education Institutions
Develop the curriculum to offer diversity and flexibility to learners
Redesign/Restructure curriculum relevant to the Regional and National needs
Collect feed back from students, alumni, faculty, community and employees
Organise training programmes in effectiveness in teaching learning process
Total autonomy to be given to colleges as per UGC guidelines
Constituting a Research cell to encourage, co-ordinate and promote research
Encouraging teachers to engage themselves in Research activities with field application
Encouraging faculty to do consultancy services to industry, Government and other organizations
Providing IT linkages in the institutions as well as other organizations
Providing training to all members
Developing Computer aided learning packages in various subjects for usage in class rooms
As on date 343 Colleges in Tamil Nadu have been assessed and accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council. The Directorate is taking effective steps to expedite this process. A State Level Workshop for the Principals of Non accredited Colleges was organized by the Quality Assurance Cell of this Directorate.
The Directorate is conducting Quality Improvement Programmes for enhancing teacher motivation, upgradation of their skills and exposure to the latest trends in Education.
Grant of Autonomy to colleges
Granting of Autonomy to colleges has been proved to be successful and effective in Tamil Nadu. As on date 20 Government Constituent Colleges and 60 Government Aided Colleges and 7 Self Financing Colleges have been granted Autonomous status in Tamil Nadu.
Special coaching to SC/ST and MBC students
Special coaching by way of remedial classes, outside class hours and also on weekends is given to SC/ST/ MBC students who are weak in English, Maths and Science subjects.
As envisaged by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, free computer training is being given to Visually Handicapped Students. A centre for this purpose has been established at Presidency College, Chennai and 10 visually handicapped students are given training every year at free of cost.
As envisaged by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, a “Digital Reading Library” is set up for the Visually Handicapped Students of Presidency College, Chennai.
Computer Literacy Programme is being implemented in all the 60 Government Constituent Arts and Science Colleges so as to make all the students studying in the Constituent Colleges, Computer Literates. From the academic year 2005-2006, the programme has been made optional.
So as to enable women students to appear in the I.A.S./I.P.S. examinations, two centres one at Queen Mary’s College, Chennai and the other at Arulmigu Meenakshi Government Arts College for Women, Madurai have been established by the Government to give free coaching to women students. In each centre, 60 women students are given free coaching for appearing in IAS/IPS Examinations. During the current financial year, the Government have provided a sum of Rs. 10.00 lakhs for implementing this scheme.
FREE EDUCATION TO POOR GIRL STUDENTS (PERIYAR EVR NAGAMMAI SCHEME)
Periyar EVR Nagammai Free Education scheme to women students has been implemented from 1989-90. Under this scheme, women students irrespective of their caste, creed and community and whose parental annual income does not exceed Rs.24000/- are exempted from payment of tuition fees in undergraduate courses.