Principal’s Annual Report for the Year 2015 – 2016

Guru Nanak College (Autonomous)

Annual Report 2015 – 16

I take great pleasure in presenting the Annual Report of Guru Nanak College documenting its developments and achievements.  The year 2015-16 was marked with many events and success stories.  This can be attributed to the dedication and team spirit of the members of the management, staff and students.

Guru Nanak College was started in the year 1971 by a group of enterprising visionaries from the Sikh Community which forms a small portion of the population of Chennai.  25 acres of land was carved out of the Raj Bhavan grounds and gifted by the then Government of Tamil Nadu.  This commemorated the 500th Birth Anniversary of the great Sikh Saint, Guru Nanak Devji.  The founder President, Lt. Col. G.S. Gill and the founder Secretary, Padmashree    P.N. Dhawan with far reaching vision laid a firm foundation for the institution.  The college which began as an institution for men with just 450 students has recorded exponential growth and is now a full-fledged co-educational and research institution functioning in two shifts with 20 UG courses, 7 PG courses, 2 M.Phil and 10 Ph.D. Programmes and the student strength at present is  4935.

Guru Nanak College believes in imparting quality education to the under privileged sections of the society.  The College Management spares no effort to encourage needy students to pursue their higher education.   A free meal scheme called “Langar”, started for the poor sections of the needy students, provides lunch for 350 students on all College working days.

This year 2016-17, 12 Teaching and 14 Non-Teaching Staff vacancy positions were approved and will be appointed after the Election process and the constitution of new government in the state.


The College which was re-accredited at ‘A’ Grade by NAAC got its Autonomy Status.  The first batch of students under autonomy was admitted in this Academic Year 2015-16. The parents were happy in getting their wards admitted into Guru Nanak College which is now an autonomous College.  The parents expressed their happiness during the Fresher’s Day held on 26.06.2015 for Shifts I and II.  The College has now successfully completed its first year of autonomy. New structure and positions such as Controller of Examinations (COE), Dean Academics, Deputy Dean etc., were created and are effectively functioning. The first and second semester examinations for the first year students of both UG and PG were successfully conducted by the office of the Controller of Examinations. We congratulate Dr. N.C Rajashree COE and her team.

To maintain correct record of the attendance of the students the college introduced and implemented digital attendance through mobile phones in campus since June 2015.


            M.Sc.,(Maths), M.Sc.,(Zoology), B.Com(Bank Management), B.Com (Information and System Management), B.Com (Marketing Management) are job oriented courses that were introduced las year. B.A. (English Literature) and Master of Social Work (MSW) are being introduced this year.


The admission of students is monitored by a duly constituted ‘Admission Committee’.  The admission is purely on MERIT and in accordance with the guidelines of the Government of Tamil Nadu and the University of Madras.  Even the 10% of seats under the management quota is filled based on the merit list.  NO CAPITATION FEE IS COLLECTED.


Our students both UG and PG produce good results in the University Examinations.  The “Graduation Day” ceremony for Shift I was conducted on 26.09.2016 in the august presence of Sri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Union Minister of Urban Development and Poverty Alleviation & Parliamentary Affairs, Govt. of India.  450 students received their degrees and of them 18 were university rank holders.  The “Graduation Day” for Shift II was on 10.10.2015.  Hon’ble  Justice Mr. Satish K. Agnihotri, Madras High Court was the Chief Guest.  494 students received their degrees on this occasion.


We are extremely happy that an In-house News Letter titled “The Banyan Enclave” was released by Dr. K. Sekar, Director, Collegiate Education, on 28th December,  2015.  This News Letter will bring out the important events on campus.  It will be released bi-annually.


Dr. M.Selvaraj, Principal, has become the Syndicate Member, University of Madras. I am proud to state that Dr. Gunita Arun Chandhok, Director, was conferred the “All India – Outstanding Woman Educator and Scholar Award”, on Women’s Day Awards & Celebrations, organized by National Foundation for Entrepreneurship Development (NFED), Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India, on 8th March, 2016, she was also conferred the “All India Best Academic Administrator Award” by Dr. A. Kalanidhi, Former Vice-Chancellor, Anna University on 5th July, 2015.  I feel immensely happy and proud to state that our faculty Dr. M.G. Raghunathan, Asso. Prof. of Advanced Zoology and Biotechnology, is the only College Faculty among the seven elected members of the Indian Science Congress Association.  Mr. M. Thenkovan, Asst. Prof. of Commerce, who received “Best Teacher Award” from Kalaimamani S.P. Muthuraman, organized by Ilakiya Solai, Perambur. Dr. M.K. Shakila, Director (MBA) received the “Young Faculty Award” by Venus International Foundation Centre for Advanced Research and design.


54 Members of the teaching faculty are Doctorates.  30 are recognized research guides for the University of Madras and for other Universities.  12 faculty were awarded Ph.D. degree this academic year.  Teachers attend seminars and workshops, present and publish papers. 57 Research papers were presented and 37 papers were published in this academic year by our faculty.


G.S.  Gill Research Institute is active with research facilities. This research facility will boost the morale among research scholars in the campus.  It recently received a face lift at Maharani Devi  Vidhyavathi  Block on 24th August 2015 with Dr. S. Natrajan, Head &  Asso. Prof. of Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology taking charge as the Director.  Dr. J. Jayanthi , Asso. Prof. of Advanced Zoology and Biotechnology, took charge as the Deputy Director and Dr. Amandeep Hora as the Deputy Dean of GRI.  I wish them good luck in all their endeavors.


Yet another mile stone in the history of Guru Nanak College, the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies organized a Three Day International Conference on “Internal Security: World Experiences, ICIS – 2016” from 5th to 7th February, 2016.  Eminent personalities from different parts of the world participated in the conference.  I appreciate and congratulate The Head of Defence Department and his team for having made the Conference a great success.


The Department of Chemistry and Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of Guru Nanak College (Autonomous) in collaboration with Nuray Chemicals Pvt. Ltd., sponsored by DST, UGC, DRDO, New Delhi, TNSCST, Chennai, organized a Three Day “National Conference on Innovations in Chemical Sciences – NCIC 2016” from 28th to 30th January 2016.  I appreciate and congratulate The Head of the Chemistry Department and his team who made the Conference a great success.


The Department of Library, in association with Noolagam Pesugiradhu (Tamil Magazine), Society for Advancement in Library Science and Kalam Sindhanai Peravai organized a One Day Seminar.  The seminar was organized in commemoration of the 84th Birth Anniversary of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who was loved by the student community, as “Youth Renaissance Day”.  The Department of Library along with Society for the Advancement of Library and Information Sciences (SALIS) and Society for Open Access Promotion (SOAP) also organized a one day National Seminar on the initiative for Open Access Campaign India (OACI)  on 24th March 2016. I appreciate the hard work behind the seminars by our college librarians.

The Department of Tamil conducted a Two Day National Seminar titled “Chennai: Lores and Culture” on 14th and 15th March 2016.  The Seminar made our staff and students listen to great speakers of Tamil Language.  Congratulations to the Head and Staff of Tamil Department and the student volunteers of the Seminar.

G.S. Gill Research Institute, along with the Indian Science Congress Association, Chennai Chapter conducted a State Level Seminar on “Science for Indigenous India” on March 28th 2016.  I appreciate the Members of the G.S. Gill Research Institute.


To commemorate the Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji, our college conducted competitions from 6th January to 9th January 2016.  This mega annual event of the college called “Guru Shiksha” conducted Inter-Collegiate and Inter-School oratorical competitions in three languages i.e., English, Hindi and Tamil.  A total number of 51 Educational Institutions – 37 Colleges/Universities and 14 Schools participated.  The winners were given certificates, trophies and cash prizes. The first, second and third prize winners of all the three languages were awarded cash prizes of Rs. 10,000, Rs.5,000, and Rs.3000 respectively. The total cash prize awarded to the winners was Rs. 1,20,000/-  The Valedictory and Prize Distribution Function was conducted on 9th January 2016.  Mr. Sanjay Arora, Additional Director General of Police, Chennai, was the Chief Guest.  Mr. Gurmeet Singh Khanuja, Treasurer, GNEC and other governing council members graced the occasion.


“Food Festival 2015 – 1st Edition” was organized on 3rd September 2015 by the BCA department. This mega fest helped the students to learn marketing the food items.  The profit was donated to “Mid-day Meal Scheme (Langar)” of our college.



 A One Day Workshop for Faculty Members on “Pedagogies for Excellence of Academia” was organized by IQAC, Guru Nanak College.   Mr. Dan Berman, Senior Professor, University of Hawaii and Consultant Alumni Chapters in South Asia, Prof. P. Ramamurthy, Coordinator, IQAC & Director, National Centre for Ultrafast Processes, University of Madras.  Prof. Dr. Selvam, Managing Director, National Institute for Professional Excellence & National Professor of Eminence at IIT, New Delhi, Prof. A. Manoharan, Director – Academics, Spell Bee International, Chennai, were the eminent resource persons.

The MBA Department organized a One-Day Faculty Development Programme on “Case Analysis” on 19th September 2015.  Over 67 faculty members from various city colleges actively participated in the Programme.


With an objective to conduct Entrepreneurial Workshops and Drives, Guest Lectures and to enter into MoU with PSU’s to promote budding entrepreneurs, our college inaugurated the “Entrepreneurship Development Cell” on 14th September 2015.  Our General Secretary and Correspondent, Mr.  Manjit Singh Nayar, advised our students to become job providers than mere job seekers.


Each and every department has an Association to provide ample opportunities for our students to excel not only in academics but also in co-curricular and extracurricular activities.  Like every year, this year also the association activities helped our students to exhibit their talents both inside and outside the campus.

The Department of Tamil, Shift I, organized “Muthamizh Vizha” on 19th October 2015.  Mr. Samas, Writer, The Hindu (Tamil), was the Chief Guest.  The Tamil Mandram of both Shift I & II conducted various competitions to bring out the creative skills of our students.  The Department of Tamil, Shift II, celebrated its “Tamil Mandra Vizha”.  Mr. R.R. Srinivasan, famous Documentary Director and Environmentalist, was the Chief Guest.   The documentary film “Poompuhar” was screened for the students.

Hindi Department both Shift I & II jointly organized an Inter -Collegiate Hindi competition ‘Guru Utsav 16’ on 20th February, 2016.  Students from eminent city colleges participated.  The Department of Economics organized a special Orientation Programme for the women students of Economics Department.  The focus was on “The Importance of Discipline” and “Dress Code”.

The Department of Commerce & Centre for Research in Commerce conducted various association activities under the banner “COM FEST 2015-16”.  Commerce association organized a guest lecture on “SWOT Analysis” for M.Com., students on 4th January, 2016.  A Guest Lecture on “Fuzzy Set Theory and Applications” was organized by the association of Mathematics (Shift I) on 19th February,2016.  “Guru Math 2016” was organized on 9th March, 2016 by the Mathematics department (Shift II).

The Physics association conducted a paper presentation session for the students of Physics on the topic “Physics in Modern Day”.  It also conducted cultural events.  ‘ENGRAZIO 2016’ was conducted by the department where the students thanked the Principal, HoD and the teachers who taught them and developed their personality.

“FUSHIA – 2016”, a Guest Lecture on “Taxonomy:  Past and Present” was organized on 14th March 2016 by the Plant Biology and Plant Bio Technology association.  The department of B.Com. (Corporate Secretaryship), Shift I, under the caption ‘EUGENICS 2016’ conducted interdepartmental competitions among the students of B.Com. (CS), B.Com. (General)  and M. Com.  The BBA Department organized a guest lecture on the topic “C2C – Campus to Corporate” for the II and III year students on 13th August, 2015.  The department of B.Com (A&F) conducted a lecture on the “Importance of English in day to day life”.  The speaker   Dr. Savithri  Swaminathan of our college highlighted the importance of having English Interlocution, Writing and Reading skills.


The 10th year endowment lectures were presented by two eminent scientists. Prof. S. Subramanian, Asso. Prof. of Biochemistry, University of Madras who delivered a lecture on “Role of free radicals in Health and Disease” and Prof. V. Narayanan, Asso. Prof. of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Madras delivered a lecture on “Nanomaterial Synthetic Methods”.


“PARICHAYA” is a camp organized every year by the department of Hindi (Shift I&II) which helps non-Hindi students (even Staff also can participate) to learn to read, write and speak basic Hindi.  This year 95 students participated in the camp.


The department of Hindi (Shift I & II) conducted a workshop “Uccharan Karya Shala” on 21st August, 2015.  Mr. Uday Meghani, All India Radio, Chennai, was the Resource Person.  The Department of English, Shift II, conducted a workshop on LSRW skills for the First Year students on 24th July 2015.  Sri. Kanteesh Kumar, CEO, COMMUWAY, was the Resource Person.  The department also conducted a workshop on “Power of Pleasing Personality (Jobs Ready)” on 10th February, 2016.  120 final year students were benefited by this workshop.  A workshop on “Interview Skills” was conducted by the Department of BCA on 7th August, 2015.  A workshop on “Resume Writing” and five workshops on various topics related to the department were conducted by the Department of Computer Science.  The Department of Commerce and Management of Shift II organized “XPLORE 360 DEGREE”, a workshop sequence – 1st Edition on 20th August, 2015.  Over 600 students attended these workshops with eminent resource persons from the corporate sector.

“BIZNIS 2015- 2nd EDITION” – a Commerce Fest was organized by nine departments of Shift II.  It was a two-day mega event in which 1100 students participated and 18 experts from Corporate and Academia judged the various events and gave valuable tips to the participants.  A workshop on the topic “Career Development Programme on Corporate Secretaryship” was organized by the Department of B.Com. (CS) on 27th July, 2015.  The workshop motivated the students to pursue a career in the field of Corporate Secretaryship.

“Yoga for Youth – Way to Manage Stress” a workshop on stress management was conducted by the Department of B.Com (Honours) on 12th August, 2015. Student participants learnt some basic asana during this workshop. It also conducted an insightful seminar on “Corporate Governance – Case Analysis”.  A workshop on “Importance of Corporate Communication” was conducted by B.Com. ISM, B.Com. BM and B.Com. MM departments.  It was conducted on 22nd July, 2015 where demonstrations were given to students in an interesting and interactive manner.

The department of Visual Communication organized 3 workshops on “Still Photography” and “Television Production”. The department of B.Sc., (Computer Science) organized “Infinit-2016” an illusion intra-department talent search Hunt.

Department of MCA organized two seminars to impart knowledge on PHP with MYSQL.  The students learnt how to plan their career as WEB Developers.  Two Technical Seminars, “Career Development and Prospects in IT” and “SAP Overview”, were also organized by the MCA Department.  The seminars helped the students to get insights on the various aspects of using technology.

To tap and nurture the managerial skills of the MBA Students, the Department of MBA organized 9 workshops during this academic year.  “Threats in E-Banking”, “Retail Internship Programme”, “Stock Market Operation”, “Alumni Talk”, “Commodity Market Operation-Future  Market”, “Retail Marketing”, “Brand Marketing”, “Financial Planning” and “Road to Success”  were the topics under which the workshops were conducted.


The department of Visual Communication initiated a “Film Club” on 7th July, 2015.  The club would screen a movie once a week followed by a session of movie review.


Like every other year, this year also several student centered activities were organized.  Independence Day, Republic Day, Teachers’ Day and International Women’s Day were celebrated with great involvement and enthusiasm by our students and staff of both Shift I & II.  Pongal Celebrations and College Culturals were also organized by our students’ council.

The Shift I Cultural Festival “GURU MAJIK D’VARSHA 2016” and Shift II Cultural Festival “BLITZ 2016” were celebrated on 10th March 2016. The Director, Actor, Writer and Distributor Mr. Gaurav Narayanan was the Chief Guest for Shift I and the Film Director, G.N.R.  Kumaravel was the Chief Guest for Shift II. Students performed cultural events like classical karagam, solo singing, Ghana, mime, mimicry and many more.

The College Annual Day for Shift I & II was held on 11th March, 2016.  Dr. K. Jothi Sivagnanam, Member, Syndicate, Professor and Head, Department of Economics, University of Madras, was the Chief Guest for Shift I. Dr. Jaganathan Ramasamy Gowder, Professor & Head, Department of Geography, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Member Syndicate, University of Madras was the Chief Guest for Shift II.

Women Students’ Forum of Shift I and II conducted competitions and organized various activities for the women students of our college.  Orientation Meeting, Health Awareness Programme, Craft Workshop, Craft Sale were some of the activities organized by the Women Students’ Forum of Shift I.  Women’s Health Awareness, Empowerment of Women through Yoga, competitions like Hairdo, Jewelry Making, Drawing and Painting were some of the activities organized by the Women Students’ Forum of Shift II.


The NSS Units organized a “Blood Donation Camp” where 500 Units of Blood were donated. NSS volunteers celebrated The Woman’s Day by planting a number of Saplings to promote a Green Environment in the campus. Our college NSS received “Shied Award” from The Association of Voluntary Blood Donors, Adayar.

I feel proud to announce that after 34 years our college NCC Army Wing cadets have won Hatrick Overall Banners, overall Trophies, overall Championships at Presidency College, Alpha College of Arts and Science, Law College and Pachiayyappa’s college.  On 26th January 2016, our NCC Air Wing Cadet Sergeant Suresh Krishna of III B.A. Defence attended the Republic Day Parade.  Cadet Sergeant R. Balaji of II B.A. Defence won gold medal in Aero-Modeling Competition held at Jodhpur in Rajasthan in October, 2015.

The Rotaract Club organized various Motivational and Personality Enrichment Programmes for our students.  Dr. C.N. Eswari and Dr. L.R.S. Kalanithi of our college were the Resource Persons.  130 Student Volunteers donated Blood in the Blood Donation Camp organized on 8th March 2016. I appreciate the NSS Programme Officers, NCC Army and Air Wing Officers and Rotaract Club Staff Advisor in guiding the student volunteers in their Selfless Social Service Activities both inside and outside the college.


Annual Sports Day of our college was celebrated on 20th February, 2016.  Mr. A. Chandrasekaran, Asst. Director, Directorate of Enforcement, Sastri Bhawan, Chennai, was our Chief Guest. The overall Trophy in sports was bagged by the B.Com., (A&F) Department.  Ramasaravanaraja, an International Rover, won two silver medals at National Level.  Aparajith and Inderjith were elevated to National and Sharukh Khan were elevated to National A side and Vice-Captain in Tamil Nadu Ranji Trophy Cricket team along with Sharukh Khan S. Iyyapan won Bronze medal in the Senior National Wushu Championship. Guru Nanak College won the IIT Sanmar Cricket Tournament against Vivekananda College.   Our college students have excelled and have become University Representatives in various tournaments at the State and National levels.


The second edition of the Pavit Singh Nayar Memorial T20 Cricket Tournament for Men was held from 7th March 2016 to 22nd March 2016 at Guru Nanak College ground.  The Tournament was sponsored by “Southern Motor Cycles”.  Mr. K.S. Viswanathan, Honorary Secretary of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association inaugurated the Tournament.  12 teams from leading colleges of Tamil Nadu participated.  Valedictory was held on 22nd March 2016.  Mr. Subramanian, famous Indian Cricketer, was the Chief Guest.  Guru Nanak College – A Team was the winner.  Loyola College was the runner.  Sathya Narayanan of Guru Nanak College, A Team, was The Man of the Match.  S. Lokeshwaran Suresh of Guru Nanak College, A Team, was The Man of the Series.  We are proud to state that Women Cricket Teams will also be introduced in the upcoming years.


This academic year two of our faculty, Mr. K.G. Sanjeevi Babu, Asso. Prof. & Head, Dept. of Chemistry and Dr. C. N. Eswari, Asso. Prof. & Head, department of English are retiring.  Mr. K.G. Sanjeevi Babu’s contributions to Dept. of Chemistry and his service as NSS Programme Officer for more than ten years are highly commendable.  Dr. C.N. Eswari’s contribution to dept. of English and her services in NAAC, IQAC, and Chief Editor of our college magazine and welfare activities of our college are highly commendable and appreciative.  I convey my best wishes to both of them to continue their yeomen service for the cause of Higher Education.


The Placement Cell of our college remains a boon to the Final Year Students who go out with a job in their hands after their graduation.  More than 425 students got placed in different companies.  Tata Consultancy Services conducted their “Affirmative Action Program”.  It was an 80 Hours Training Programme and 21 students got placed.  The Final Year Students underwent a Five-Day Skill Development Certificate Training on “Consignment Tracking Executives” which was organized under The Prime Minister’s Kushal Vikas Yojna.  Ernst & Young, CAPGEMINI, Cognizant, Just Dial, TCS, ICICI Prudential, HCL, HDFC Bank, MRF, SANMAR, L&T, Axis Bank & Securities, Tata Capital are some of the noteworthy companies that visit our college every year.


The following students have been selected to participate in a social volunteering Project with AIESEC during May-July 2016. AIESEC I the world’s largest youth run organization and is active in o0ver 2400 universities, with 86,000 members and across 125 Countries. It is a leading Global Student Organization, accredited by DPI, UNESCO and ILO.

Swarnakumar.P and Sudharsan.S of B.Com (Hons) are going for their Projects to Cairo University, Egypt.


This year our GNC students have won ten overall Trophies in Inter-collegiate Curricular and extra-curricular activities.


            The existing elaborate state of the art building among the facilities that are available in the campus has made our management to boldly and generously come forward to volunteers to offer our campus as floor Relief Centre for over a week time during heavy flood in December 2015. There were around fifty volunteers that include our Secretary and Correspondent family, Principal and his colleagues, the generous Philanthropic minded neighboring Public along with Home Guards, have been working 24 by 7 in distributing the relief material such as Food packets number over Two Lakhs, prepared in the Lankar Kitchen, water bottles, mats, bed sheets, provisions vegetables, medicine costing over 50 lakhs were distributed from this center.

All these achievements were possible because of the commitment of all concerned, the Management, Teaching and Non-Teaching staff and the students.  I am particularly indebted to our President, Sardar Harbans Singh Anand for his guidance and the General Secretary and Correspondent, Sardar Manjit Singh Nayar who has a penchant for decision making and who spends a considerable part of his prime time on the campus for the efficient running of the College on a day-to-day basis.

The College will be known for the teaching of Guru Nanak Devji-Viz purity, justice, goodness and the love of God, where there is no division in the name of case or creed, religion or language or region.

“Do not speak evil of anyone. This is Ahimsa of Thought”.

“Do not speak harshly to anyone. This is Ahimsa of Speech”

“Do not impede anyone’s work. This is Ahimsa of Action

Forgive him to speak ill of you. Practice physical, mental and spiritual forbearance. Help those who are suffering even at the cost of your life.

                                                                                                                  “Guru Nanak Devji”