Alpha Arts & Science library with vast collection of books, a variety of journals and magazines (National and International) serves as a very effective learning resource in the campus. There are 5,517 titles and 16,590 volumes in the library. The library subscribes for 34 national and 3 International Journals. DELNET networks about 2200 libraries in 32 states which provide more than I crore and 25 lakh bibliographic records of books, journals, journal articles, etc., along with open source e-books and e-journals. INFLIBNET provides access to more than 3000 e-journals and more than 75,000 e-books. The library also has membership in the American Consulate Library and British Council Library which facilitates faculty to access latest publications on research as well.
Remedial Coaching is organized for slow learners in each subject who are identified on the basis of marks obtained in profile tests, CIA and classroom performance. Each member of staff plays the role of an Academic Mentor for a fixed number of academically weak students. Mentors have the autonomy to adopt suitable remedial strategies that would optimize impact on learner output at the end of the coaching. Classes are scheduled after college hours and a centralized time table is followed. Faculty assist slow learners through counseling, personalized coaching and intensive training. Minimum Learning Material (MLM), question banks and unsolved question papers of the previous years are provided and tests are conducted regularly to improve and assess performance. Result Analysis, close scrutiny, periodic review and monitoring of student performance are part of the remedial programme.
The Meet Your Mentor Program (MYM) is conceptualized and implemented as a sequel to the remedial programme. The MYM addresses issues mainly pertaining to poor academic performance arising out of irregularity and related issues of students. A team comprising the Academic Coordinator, Mentor and the Head of the respective department, counsel students and suggest follow-up action. Recognizing the crucial role of parents in determining the successful performance of their wards, parents are informed and counseled wherever required.
The college has implemented the mentor-ward system for the benefit of students. Each staff serves as mentor for a specific group of students. Mentor-Ward meetings are organized every fortnight. Wards meet their mentors to discuss matters pertaining to academics, professional growth and their personal life as well. Mentors keep track of their wards' academic performance in a mentor card updated after each meeting. The cards carry ward-specific data - personal, academic and other relevant information.
A Counselor visits the college once a week. Students avail this opportunity to share matters of personal or academic concern with the expert who assists them in problem solving and decision making.
Every department has a book bank. Students who cannot afford to buy the prescribed textbooks may borrow them from the book bank and keep them for their personal use either for the entire semester or for a shorter period of time, depending on the demand and the number of books available.
The Exam Redressal Cell addresses students' queries regarding internal assessment of papers. Grievances related to evaluation are addressed by the Cell with the Vice Principal and two faculties as members. Students can submit in a form available with the Cell to the staff in charge or mail their queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The College has an internal quality-monitoring cell, the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) that plans, suggests initiates, and monitors institutional activities and programmes to ensure quality standards are always in place matching global expectations.
The IQAC focuses on setting up mechanisms and procedures to ensure prompt and efficient performance of academic, administrative and financial tasks. It organizes workshops/ seminars on quality-related themes and documents these programmes. Training programmes are held periodically for faculty, administrative and supportive staff and students. The IQAC facilitates the use of ICT in all areas of functioning in the college. It also endeavors to optimize the integration of modern methods of teaching, learning and evaluation and ensures the adequacy, maintenance and functioning of the support structure.
The Student Forum is an active force in the college. The College has a Student Forum which is democratically elected by the students every year and comprises President, Vice President, Cultural Secretary and Sports Secretary.
The Youth Red Cross Unit of the College is affiliated to the Indian Red Cross Society and membership is open to all students. Blood donation camps and awareness programmes are organized in the College by the Red Cross Society regularly.
The Red Ribbon Club of the college plays a major role in awareness programmes on AIDS and other important issues on and off campus. Volunteers regularly donate blood in response to calls from hospitals in and around Chennai. Members of the RRC initiated the formation of a Blood Bank to meet emergency requirements of the public.
The College has a contingent of 50 cadets under the guidance of a trained Officer of the rank of Lieutenant. Parades, camps and training for RDC selection are some of the routine activities. The NCC unit marches ahead in training citizenship and leadership qualities and inculcating a spirit of service and patriotism.
In keeping with the service aspect of the college Motto – Seek, Share, Serve, the NSS unit of the college has been engaged in extending services to the community.
NSS volunteers undertake Community Welfare, Environmental and Tutoring activities in the villages and schools adopted by the college. The college in association with World Networking Services [WNS], a multi-National Company in Chennai, set up a computer lab and library in the adopted school. The college also monitors the computer training of the school children. The NSS unit of the college was awarded the Appreciation Award for NSS initiative in the Kaitharikku Kaikoduppom project by the University of Madras in 2011.
The college has a canteen that caters the taste buds of the multi-ethnic population of the campus.
The Utility Centre run by the Entrepreneurial Development Cell of the college sells stationery and snacks at a reasonable price to benefit the college community. The centre functions during the break and after college.
The College also provides ample parking space for students and staff vehicles.
The institution has tie up with Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Porur in the neighbouring compound as an outsource for health care services for students and staff.
DIFFERENTLY ABLED STUDENT'S CELL
The Cell attempts to make life on campus comfortable for its members. Faculty-in-charge interacts with members to assess their needs and provide support services.
FOREIGN STUDENTS'S CELL
The Foreign Students' Cell aims to facilitate smooth adaptation of foreign and NRI students to life in Chennai and in the college. Staff-in-charge organizes orientation programmes to enlighten the group on the regional and local culture, language, clothes, food and transportation. The cell also attempts to sensitize Indian students on the same issues related to the other group in order to create an atmosphere of bonhomie and alleviate homesickness. Periodic meetings, cultural and orientation programmes are organized in the campus to help achieve these goals.
The college has a Women's Cell, with faculty and student representatives, which caters to the needs of all women members of the institution. The cell addresses issues pertaining to women [including sexual harassment], helps women with difficulties faced on the campus, conducts awareness programmes to highlight problems faced by them and sensitizes male members on gender issues.
The serene chapel serves as a centre for worship, prayer and enquiry. Chapel services are open to everyone, and all are welcome to use the Chapel for meditation and prayer.
Any form of ragging on or off campus is prohibited and will not be tolerated. To prevent issues like ragging and any other grievances that women face, Alpha has commenced the following committees.
Enactus is an international not-for-profit firm having presence in 36 countries since 1975, and partners with 1700 colleges and universities, empowering 70,000 students annually to step out of their college (as a team) and ‘do’ projects by applying business and economic concepts to improve livelihood of people in need in a sustainable way. With its inception done in 2003, Enactus is a partner with the United Nations (UN) and all projects taken up by students align with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is supported by over 400 firms globally. The Enactus India National Competition brings together the top students, academic and business leaders from around the country, every year. Beyond the experience of the competition, the event is comprehensive with additional opportunities for these leaders to connect. Special events provide unique opportunities for networking, mentorship and idea exchange. Alpha Arts and Science College's Enactus (Formerly called as SIFE) team has always been successful in its journey, twice international runners-up and thrice national winners, Alpha SIFE has always had a remarkable place in SIFE’s history. Some of the prominent achievements that were showcased at the SIFE International and National Competition are as follows
Alpha Enactus has adopted a tribal village called Thirumudivakam. Around 50 families stay there and most people are school dropouts. Girl children have studied till 7th .out of three girls only one girl has qualified till 12th standard. Around 45 women are employed who are ready to do any kind of work which can be done from their home. Open defecation and Girls Safety is the major issue in the village. Girls are taught self defense mechanisms. . Community toilets are being built with the help with the Govt of Tamilnadu. Alpha Enactus is also creating sustainable employability for the unemployed youth by teaching life skills.
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