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Immaculate College for Women- The Journey so far

The choice for the right College is not only made to pursue higher Studies, earn money and job but to acquire life skills. Rooted in the life, vision, and teachings, Immaculate College strives to become a centre of academic excellence in higher education, social responsibility, and empowerment of women.

Immaculate College, a Catholic Minority Institution of higher education is purely an unaided Arts and Science College exclusively for Women. It was established in 2014 and has been managed by the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. 

The college currently functions at Puthupalayam. The college is located at Chinnakanganankuppam. Many girls who are under the poverty line residing in the villages of Cuddalore are getting high-quality education in this college. The following is the list of villages situated around our college at Cuddalore, Subauppalavadi, Gunduuppalavadi, Irulansandy,  Kuruvinatham  Parikalpet  Periyakanganankuppam, Uchchimedu, Pillaiarkuppam,  Seliamedu,  Karaiyambuthur,  Aranganur. Many of our students come from the villages indicated above. The majority of our student's parents are illiterate. They are generally farmers, fishermen, and daily wage workers, but unlike them, they want to educate their girls so that they might be successful in life.

Immaculate College, Cuddalore's first women's higher education college, is dedicated to the holistic development of women so that they can contribute effectively to the construction of a better society. The College is managed by a Governing Body that includes sisters and other professionals as members and is led by the Congregation Provincial and Secretary.

The college provides Arts and Science programmes in both UG and PG disciplines. The UG PROGRAMMES offered are as follows: BA. TAMIL, BA. ENGLISH, B.COM (GENERAL), B.COM CA, B.COM CS, B.SC. CHEMISTRY, B.SC. COMPUTER SCIENCE, BCA, B.SC. MATHEMATICS, B.SC. PHYSICS, B.SC. BOTANY. PG PROGRAMMES: M.A. ENGLISH, M.COM, M.SC. MATHEMATICS DIPLOMA COURSES: PSYCHOLOGY, TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP, PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA IN AVIATION

Thousands of motivated and empowered women have passed through the portals of this college and have entered various fields of life, many making a mark in our country and abroad. In 2015-16, the Immaculate College for Women had just 198 girls enrolled. The trust of the quality of education, safety of girls, accessibility, affordability of higher education true enrolment has now reached 2395. These women enrolled in the Immaculate College are studying Arts, Science, and Vocational Courses. Soft skills, life skills, technology and engineering abilities, social orientation, and involvement are also taught to them. They are provided with a comprehensive education at an affordable cost.

In addition to academic lectures, the institution hosts national and international seminars and conferences, as well as employability and career counselling programmes, skill development programmes, and training programmes for enhanced technology adoption. It has grown significantly in terms of research, with approximately 900 articles uploaded to the college's website and eight volumes published with ISBNs. A few acres of land on the new college campus have been set aside for agriculture cultivation and are administered by the Botany department. Vegetable agriculture, horticulture, and herbal medicine are all designed for the area.

Even at difficult periods, like COVID 19, the institution continued to provide high-quality education. In order to help students improve and become self-sufficient, the college offers a variety of short-term and diploma courses through partnerships with national and international institutions and businesses. The aim of the college is to lighten up light in the life of backward communities by providing high-quality education to each and every student of its institution.

Owing to the Pandemic situation, the classes and programmes for students were conducted online through zoom and Google Meet. Leveraging the technology & pandemic, the college organized the Three Days Virtual International Conference which is a multidisciplinary forum focused on creative initiatives, theories, and research discoveries in the realm of arts and science. It was predominantly intended to prompt the significance of culture and myth in different nations.

The college has come a long way since the pioneers envisioned and embarked on the difficult task of establishing a women's college at a time when only a few truly enlightened and foresighted individuals were willing to support this fledgling project in a place where higher education for women was frowned upon, if not explicitly turned down.

The college's ultimate goal is to give rural, coastal, and urban underprivileged females with a high-quality, relevant college education. So that people have a better chance of combating poverty, enjoying healthier and more productive lives, and boosting the living standards of their children, families, and communities. In the coming time, the college aims to shift the existing ‘Immaculate College for Women from Pudupalaym, Cuddalore to Chinnakanganakuppam with a state of art facilities to continue providing quality college education to rural, Coastal, and Urban poor girls with innovative technological advancement.

 

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Smita Singh

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