The Holy Cross College is a girls’- only located in the town of Nagercoil, which lies in the Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu. Kanyakumari is of course famous as the southernmost tip of the Indian mainland. The Holy Cross College was established in the year 1965, but its history goes back to well before that. The Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod, is behind this college’s administration and setup. This society is headquartered in the town of Puthur, part of the Tiruchirappalli district itself. The original branch of this college, was set up in the Tiruchirappalli city. Even before that, Mother Sophie, started off with a primary school in the same city, in 1901, just at the start of the century.
The Nagercoil- based Holy Cross College is affiliated to the Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, from the town of Tirunelveli, also in Tamil Nadu. This affiliation, ensures its approval from the UGC (University Grants Commission). It has also been accredited by the NAAC (National Assessments and Accreditation Council) with an A grade rating. A separate IQAC (Internal Quality Assurance Cell) has been created to this end, to ensure that all the terms of the NAAC are complied with. An AQAR (Annual Quality Assurance Report) gets generated to quantify the results.
Courses are offered here at the right from the UG till doctoral levels. At the undergrad level, there are courses from the arts, sciences, commerce and in management. For commerce students, the option is for a B. Com. There are a number of options for the science students, with BSc. courses available for the areas of- Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Botany, Computer Science and in Zoology. For the arts students, BA courses are available for English, History, Tamil and for Economics. Most of these courses may also be taken up at the master’s level. In addition, there is now the MSW (Masters in Social Work) programme. Some courses may be self- financed, while others are aided.
Students may also go for an M. Phil or a PhD. here. The entire academics here is run by the departments in the college. These departments are for the existing courses of study. Research too plays a crucial role in the growth of the Holy Cross College in Tamil Nadu. There is the Crossian Centre for Research and Development to handle it all. Research centres are also there for the individual subject areas, from across these departments. The Instrumentation Centre here was set up with the help of the DST (Department of Science and Technology). Regular seminars and workshops are also held on campus. The faculty members here have been published on some of the best recognized peer- reviewed academic journals.
All this has led to the MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development) honouring the college with a mention in the NIRF (National Institutional Rankings Framework) compiled. It has been placed within the 101- 150 rank band in it, for the colleges.
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Accreditation of this College:
- National Assessment and Accreditation Council
Validity : 08 Aug 2024 ; CGPA : 3.35