I am honored to lead the Alagappa University as it's ninth Vice-Chancellor. The University is the dream project of Vallal Padmabhusan Dr. RM. Alagappa Chettiar which has come into a reality with the formation of the University on 9.5.1985 with a motto "Excellence in Action".
I greatly acknowledge the vision and the illustrious services of the my predecessors. The Alagappa University was started with 4 P.G. Programmes and now it has 23 University Departments, 37 Affiliated Colleges, 137 approved Learning Centres of Distance Education Programme and 44 Collaborative Programmes. The University is spread across a vast campus of 428 acres in Karaikudi and 12 acres in in the Coastal Town Thondi.
In 2005, the University was accredited with "A" grade by NAAC and during 2011 it was re-accredited with "A" grade (CGPA 3.21 out of 4). The vision for Alagappa University in the years to come is to upgrade it to a "National Centre for Excellence". Plans are on the anvil to elevate Alagappa University into a world class University during this decade. I am confident that this is achievable which is evident from the quality research work that is being carried out at the University.
The 'h' index for the University is 45. The Faculty Members of the University have published 600 quality research publications in the last three years in reputed international and national journals with high impact factors. During the last three years, the research citations have crossed 6,000. The Faculty Members are entrusted with 307 research projects from various funding agencies with a total outlay of Rs.35 crores. The researchers in the University have 17 patents to their credits. The University has awarded 1402 Ph.Ds. All these speak about the quality of research that is being carried out at Alagappa University.
Recognitions from various funding agencies has resulted in 4 UGC / SAP Assistant Departments, 3 DST / FIST Assistant Departments, 4 UGC Innovative Programmes. Three of our Departments are identified as National Facilities. The young Alagappa University has secured 3rd place in international collaboration for publication and secured 7th place in the average citation index, among top 50 Universities in the country. This has resulted in DST granting Rs.6 crores under PURSE scheme.
With these key strengths, I am quite confident that the University can make greater strides in the Higher Education space.
Service to the society, I believe, is through empowering the student community of Alagappa University, which is around 1.2 lakhs in all modes of education viz. University Departments, Affiliated Colleges, Collaborative and Distance Education Programmes. Examination reforms and initiatives are undertaken on a continuous basis for publishing results on time so that the entire students' community gets a benefit.
The research scholars and students will be provided with all amenities for carrying out their research activities more efficiently. Focus will be on Self Help Group and Entrepreneurship Program so as to make the education meaningful and purposeful for the students' community hailing from Sivagangai and Ramanathapuam Districts.
The Faculty Members of the Affiliated Colleges will be given training on Soft Skill Programmes by the Skill Development Centre and training on Spoken English through the Dept. of English and Foreign Languages of Alagappa University. The trained teachers will act as anchors and multipliers in their respective colleges.
Majority of the students are from remote villages and are first generation learners. To give opportunity for every aspirant, the University has increased its sanctioned strength by 30%. The University is embarked upon getting its Constituent College, Alagappa University College of Arts and Science, Paramakudi established in its new campus in a years time.
Access to Information Communication Technology by students will be enhanced which will result on high level of employment. All these efforts are made to enhance the quality of academic ambience and to improve the Gross Enrollment Ratio in these two districts. This will provide affordable and equitable opportunities to the unprivileged and the first generation learners.
The major thrust areas viz. Special Education, History, Economics, Botany, Extension and various Centres of Excellence like studies on Self Help Group, Child Care, Value Education, Chettinad Heritage will be focused during the coming years. Green Campus initiatives will be introduced to provide a better living ambience in the University.
The University's Directorate of Distance Education is offering traditional and non-traditional programmes in different spheres of Education. Efforts are on to strengthen and streamline the DDE so as to make it a vibrant one in the country in terms of quality education. New initiatives and innovative courses will enhance the enrollment of students for the better future of the University.
As the Vice-Chancellor, I assure a transparent administration which will support the academic, research, consultancy and extension activities of the University. The synergistic and orchestrated efforts will benefit all stakeholders viz. the students, the teachers, the administrative staff and the society. All these efforts, I am confident, will result in Alagappa University gaining the status of "University with Potential for Excellence" in a short span of time.
Prof. Dr. S. Subbiah