Promising Stars among Arts and Science Colleges of Tamil Nadu-3

This is the third article in the series of six articles on the Promising Stars Among Arts and Science Colleges of Tamil Nadu. In this article, we will discuss the salient features of courses offered by three colleges situated in Erode town, a district headquarters town in Western Tamil Nadu.


In this third article in the series of six articles on the Promising Stars Among Arts and Science Colleges of Tamil Nadu, we will discuss the salient features of three Erode colleges, namely, the Kongu Arts and Science College, the Nandha Arts and Science College and the Vellalar College for Women. In particular, we will discuss a) What is special about Erode b) What is special about Kongu Arts and Science College Erode c) What is special about Nandha Arts and Science College and d) What is special about Vellalar College For Women, Erode.

What is special about Erode

Erode is a district headquarters town. It is situated exactly one hundred kilometres from Coimbatore. However, unlike Coimbatore, it does not have any major industry. It nevertheless has a number of textile units that manufacture bedsheets, bedcovers and pillows of good quality. These textile products are also exported to several countries. There are bulk buyers from literally the whole of North India, where the winters are severe and the people need warm clothing. Erode is also well connected to every part of Tamil Nadu and the trade between Erode and Coimbatore runs into crores of rupees on every single day. Erode is also the main railway junction on the Chennai to Coimbatore route.

Erode is also home to a huge number of educational institutions. These Arts and Science Colleges are all affiliated to the Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore and they have built unique niches for themselves, over a period of time.

What is special about Kongu Arts and Science College Erode

This institution is part of a very big group of institutions. It is administered by the Kongu Vellalar Institute of Technology Trust, that was formed in 1983, by a group of 41 well-known philanthropists of Erode. These founders were predominantly from the farming community, and their intent was to build educational institutions that will cater to an extremely wide range of educational needs. This trust runs schools and colleges and also the branded Kongu Engineering College, at Perundurai, which is around seventeen kilometres from Erode.

This institution has grown from strength to strength. It now offers a huge number of conventional courses and modern courses. However, even here, the focus is on value-addition. For example, it offers the B.Sc(IT) and the B.Com(CA) courses. It also offers the B.Sc(Costume Design&Fashion) course as well. It should be noted that the same course is also offered at the post-graduate level in this college, which also has an M.Phil degree in it. There are other colleges in other states that also offer this course. Those who would like to know more about this particular course may refer to Costume Design and Fashion courses in Kerala. The college is well known for the quality of its doctorate programs that are also offered on a part-time basis in Tamil, Commerce, Bio-chemistry, Management, Corporate Secretaryship and English.

The Kongu Arts and Science College Erode is quite popular in the region and is easily the best college of choice for the local citizens of Erode.

Contact Information:-
Kongu Arts and Science College
Erode 638107
Phone:- 0424-2242888, 2242999

What is special about Nandha Arts and Science College

This college is easily the second most famous college of Erode. It also offers the various conventional courses but has made significant progress in the past two decades of its existence and now offers a wide range of job-oriented courses as well. For example, it offers the B.Sc. (Costume Design) and the B.Sc. (Biotechnology) course, both of which have tremendous scope in terms of employment. The BA (English) course offered by this college is also reportedly famous. So is the BBA course.

On offer are the M.Phil and the doctorate courses in a wide range of subjects that include computer science, Biotechnology, Mathematics and Commerce and Management. A fact that is well known is that the Nandha Arts and Science College Erode offers the best of placement opportunities. It has a 14 member placement team and very good training facilities. That the likes of CTS and Capgemini among several others had visited the campus for placement of students of various disciplines is testimony to this fact.

Contact Information:-
Nandha Arts and Science College
Erode-Perundurai Main Road
Koorapalayam Pirivu
Erode 638 052
Phone:- 04294-222788

What is special about Vellalar College For Women Erode

This college for women has also established itself now. It is the college of choice for thousands of parents who want quality education in the local area. For example, it offers the B.Sc(Costume Design&Fashion) under its self-financed courses and the B.Com(Accounting and Finance) course. Under its aided courses, the B.Sc. (Nutrition and Dietetics) course is also offered.

The Vellalar College for Women is well known for its UGC sponsored programs that are conducted as Certificate/Diploma/Advanced Diploma in disciplines such as Bio-medical Instrumentation, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Communicative English and Information and Communication Technology. In fact, Communicative English is now becoming a highly job-oriented course. Those who are interested in a full-time Post-graduate course in Communicative English may refer to MA Communicative English

It should be noted that all the three colleges discussed above concentrate highly on the placement aspect. In fact, the emphasis is always on value-added courses and every effort is being made to create a right ambience for high-quality education. The rural environment does have the issues such as lack of exposure of students and their relative disadvantage in terms of the pronounced lack of industrial culture. These issues are sought to be nullified with an additional emphasis on placement-related training by all the three colleges. All the colleges are autonomous colleges of the Bharathiyar University, Coimbatore. This is a big plus in terms of the freedom to introduce new subjects and the value-added courses. All three colleges are reportedly going from strength to strength as far as this aspect is concerned. The three colleges are sort of benchmark colleges for the other colleges. The local students and parents have the highest regard for these three institutions. This is also the reason why the three colleges were chosen for this article.

Contact Information:-
Vellalar College for Women(Autonomous)
Erode 638012


Given the fact that all the three colleges are based out of Erode, that has a predominantly rural ambience, the colleges are doing a good job. The placement records are also improving year on year.


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