RATHNAVEL SUBRAMANIAM COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCE: EMPOWERING EDUCATION WITH DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY
The age of digitization has conceived profound measures to elevate the industrial arena. Every industrial vertical has installed sophisticated measures, helping them to stay competitive/stay ahead of the competition. In the academic domain, the digital platform has proved to be a USP for maintaining quality standards. Rathnavel Subramaniam College Of Arts and Science is one of the sci-tech colleges in India that utilizes digital technologies to proffer a cutting-edge, as well as a comprehensive academic framework to develop competent students for the modern era.
A QUICK OVERVIEW
Rathnavel Subramaniam College of Arts and Science(RVSCAS) is a self-financed state-of-the-art college, established under Bharathiar University, Coimbatore. The college was founded in 1986 and is valued as one of the biggest educational firms of that era. The institution is operated by RVS Educational Trust, a non – profitable organization. The college is associated with the “Digital India” initiative and has incorporated all the advanced measures of learning, the century has to offer. RVSCAS is presently glowing with more than 4,700 students, 210 teaching faculties, 60 administrative, and 30 basic staff members.
AN ILLUMINATING ACADEMIC MODULE
RVSCAS’s educational module integrates 20 UG courses and 14 PG courses, 10 M.Phil. and 10 Ph.D. programs for a variety of disciplines in Arts and Science namely, Computer Science, Electronics, Management, Commerce, English Literature, Mathematics and Life Sciences. In addition to disciplinary education, the college also focuses on upgrading its students’ intellectual skills like personality development, inter-personal skills, people skills, aptitude and communication. This part is governed by their placement division and they make sure every student garners substantial domain knowledge that surpasses the learners of professional courses. “Every year 70% of our outgoing students are placed in the best companies like Infosys, Wipro, TCS etc.” asserts Dr.K. Senthil Ganesh, Managing Trustee. Being actuated in the digital era, RVCAS puts its prime focus on digital courses and follows the OBE pattern. This helps in acquiring the prime aspects of education rendering to eventually meet the need of the hour.
CHALLENGES THAT PAVED THE WAY TO INNOVATE
RVSCAS was initially conceived in an antiquated period, with a meager student strength. During that time the college didn’t envision a stipulated path or had an example to follow. However, this didn’t drive the institution to void, rather empowered the college to craft its own educational framework. Eventually, the college acquired a noteworthy position as the first self-financing college in the community, growing to a headcount of 5100 students and an increasing 1:20 faculty-student ratio. With development, many educational disciplines were inducted like Life Sciences, Commerce and Computer Science, and many more.
Moreover, RVSCAS proffers a refined educational methodology. An outcome-based comprehensive curriculum is formulated followed by a learner-centric approach and engaging students in an activity/problem-based learning. This helps students to learn and enhance their knowledge, which gradually stimulates self-innovation. The college is also structured with State-of-the-art measures that provisions ICT enabled teaching-learning and academic garage labs for real-time learning.
FLEXIBLE TO TRANSITIONS
The leadership team of RVSCAS declares, “The mission of our institution is to impart need-based quality education through the comprehensive curriculum by adopting apt technologies and progressive teaching, learning and research processes.” On this notion, they delve deep into the market and churn out the most contemporary trends and advancements.
R & D plays a prominent role in updating the institutional framework with laudable features. Over the years, the college has inculcated many disciplines from areas of science & arts through extensive R&D programs. The college has a specialized committee – Curriculum Development Cell, which focuses on R&D practices and updates its curriculum with all cutting-edge technologies, the digital sphere has to offer.
RECOGNITION AND INCENTIVES BY THE GOVT. OF INDIA
RVSCAS is one of the remarkable colleges, with contemporary standards in the region. Throughout time, it has provided quality education resulting in churning out of tech-savvy individuals. Recognizing the importance of the institution and it’s services towards the student’s community, many govt. funding agencies such as UGC, DST, DBT and TNSCST have released grants. These grants play a prime role in executing research programs, building high-tech laboratories, installation of sophisticated instruments, and amelioration of infrastructure, augmenting to develop the overall academic framework.
In addition to this, the govt. provides various students scholarships, especially for SC/ST classes and differently-abled students. RVSCAS focuses on elevating education in rural areas. The first generation learners are provided with scholarships to encourage their learning. These scholarships play a vital role in the lives of economically backward students to pursue their studies with ease and enthusiasm.
INFRASTRUCTURE WITH ADEPT TECHNOLOGIES
“Our highly esteemed college is aligned with the Government of India’s flagship program, Digital India”, says Dr.K.Senthil Ganesh. With the influence of digitization and the affiliation of govt. initiatives, RVCAS has always aimed at molding the young generation which can sustain efficiently in the digital era. Being one of the foremost colleges with trending advancements, RVSCAS works meticulously on the govt.’s vision to “transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy”. The institution has infused it’s educational model, with many digital advancements like Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Cloud Computing, Business Intelligence, and Business Analytics. The college follows the ‘RAVES’ education ERP system, which has been developed by the institution, that strengthens the Teaching and Learning Process. For further tech-support, the institution has collaborated with Git Hub, a software developer community that gives access to millions of software developers around the world.
CREATING SOCIETAL RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS
As said before, RVSCAS works on developing an academically alert, morally sound, and socially committed young generation. The institution is also indulged in a wide variety of philanthropic activities. RVSCAS concentrates on creating good corporate citizens, who are well aware of corporate social responsibilities and can contribute towards upgrading the society. Through rigorous training, the college ensures that every student is equipped with ethical responsibilities, a humble attitude towards the community and adaptability to societal principles. By bestowing students with adept education and humanitarian skills, the college facilitates the students to grow into individuals, who can elevate society .
ACHIEVEMENTS TO BE COMMENDED FOR
Throughout its journey of three and a half decades, RVSCAS has achieved several feats and accomplishments that do justify its fame and name. To mention a few are:
- RVSCAS ranked as the 4th place among the best colleges in Coimbatore.Times of India and Economic Times (2008) have adjudged RVS College of Arts & Science as fourth top college among the best colleges in and around Coimbatore
- In 2009, Bharathiar University has awarded RVSCAS the first place for the maximum numbers of foreign student enrollment.
- Reaccredited with ‘A’ grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) based on the quality bound service.
AN INCREMENTAL PLAN FOR THE FUTURE
Based on the 34 years of successful journey, RVSCAS is foreseeing a great future. By 2025, the college is aiming to be the preferable choice of quality education for the Digital era. In the coming years, the college is looking forward to becoming a hub for learning Artificial Intelligence by students, employees from various sectors, managers, and decision/policymakers.
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