The Faculty of Arts has been in existence since the inception of the University in 1929, and from then onwards, the Faculty has made rapid strides in both teaching and research, catering to the academic needs of rural students and others hailing from within Cuddalore District, without, and elsewhere. Innovations in academic and research spheres of activities have been introduced in the 10 departments of the Faculty in the last five years. Forty (40) Academic Programmes including Post-Graduate and diploma studies have been introduced in the ten (10) departments since 2007.
The Department of English in the Faculty of Arts is one of the major departments fulfilling the requisites of universities and colleges elsewhere that students should learn a minimum of one European language in addition to the vernacular, and indeed, the department includes teaching French to the students in addition to English. The faculty in the department is well equipped to offer different programs in English ranging from certificate to Ph.D., and there are five professors, two associate professors, one reader and thirteen assistant professors on the staff. In the last two decades, innovative programs have been offered to the students, and they are a five year integrated Master’s program in English, a two year Master’s program in English Literature and American Studies, and a Certificate Program in Spoken English in addition to the regular M.A., CBCS program. Six hundred volumes have been added to the library in the department, and there are 6000 books on the shelves not including research journals, magazines, and periodicals for the perusal of students, researchers and the faculty. To keep abreast of the times, the faculty engage themselves in research pursuits, and during the period 2007to 2012, 129 researchers have earned M.Phil., degrees, and 30 their Ph.D. degrees. Research publication is on the raise and 115 research papers have been published in national and international journals and an equal number of papers have been presented at national and international seminars, conferences and symposia both on campus and off campus. The department has organized 7 national seminars and workshops in the last five years faculty has published a score of books. Four research projects worth 5.25 lakhs were taken up and successfully completed. Dr.K.Muthuraman,Professor and Head, Department of English earned the academic distinction of participating in the US Dept. of State’s Six week Fulbright Scholar Program on contemporary American Literature, from 15 June 2012 to 28 July 2012, in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. The faculty give training in spoken English to the students on campus especially students hailing from rural areas so as to make them competent in soft skills to vie with others when they enter the labour market after earning their degrees. The Department of English has a mission and every year the faculty achieves its target.
The Department of History has made long strides since its inception, and in the last two decades, it has been conspicuous for its teaching and research achievements. Two notable programs, M.A. in History and Heritage Managements (five year integrated), and M.A., in Ancient History and Archeology, have been introduced in the department, and are well-received. During 2007-2012, twenty two researchers have earned their Ph.D degrees, 76 researchers have got their M.Phil degrees and the same research pursuit continues in the department. The faculty have published 169 research papers in both national and international journals. One international seminar and five national seminars have been organized by the department.
The Department of Political Science and Public administration has salient features groomed in the last twenty years. Five innovative programs, M.A., Political Science, M.A., Public Administration , M.Phil., Ph.D and a Certificate Program in human Rights Education are current pursuits of students in the department. Four research projects worth twenty one lakhs of rupees have been undertaken. In the last five years 12 researchers have earned their M.Phils and 11 researchers have earned their Ph.D.s. The academic strength of the faculty is reputable and the members have received ten awards. The faculties have published 166 research papers in national and international journals. The department has organized five national conferences and workshops. Three of the faculties have won awards and academic distinctions.
The Department of Economics supported by the UGC under SAP-DRS-1 has made long strides in imparting niceties of knowledge to students, and in the last five years two innovative programs, M.A., Applied Economics, and M.B.A., Environmental Management, are the proud additions in teaching. During 2007-2012 11 research projects have been undertaken at an estimate cost of Rs.76.50 lakhs. Effective research is done in the department, and 74 M.Phils and 50 Ph.Ds have been produced by the department so far. Colloquium, national seminars, U.G.C workshop and such other metes numbering 8 are a feather in the cap of the department. One hundred and forty three research papers have been published in national and international journals. Eight of the members have won honours and awards, and the academic spirit will continue in the future also. The department of sociology was started in 1954 under the stewardship of Dr.(Miss) M.Cornelus, a well known social scientist.
The Department of Sociology was started in 1954. During the formative years, three Fulbright American Professors helped in designing the academic courses and also initiated research activities. At present there are five Professors and seven Assistant Professors with a wide range of research curiosity in thrust areas such as Social Issues, Environment, and Social Development. The department collaborates with leading National and International NGOs for academic and research initiatives of the programmes. The Department actively engages the students in extension activities such as Village Adoption, Blood Donation Camps, Camps for Awareness Creation in the surrounding villages. Every year on an average of 15 to 20 Research Articles are published by our faculty members in national and international journals. Since 2000, The department has successfully completed Nine (3 Major; 6 Minor) Research Projects funded by UGC, World Bank, and State Government. The department is currently assisted by the UGC under SAP-DRS (Phase-II) with a grant of Rs. 93.5 lakhs for five years (2015-2019).
The Department of Commerce is one of the biggest departments on campus, and the programs offered are the most sought after. Nine new M.Com., programs have been offered in the last two score years in addition to three diploma programs. Since 2007, fifty two researchers have earned their Ph.D degrees, 109 researchers have got their M.Phil degrees. Two MoUs have been signed with Insys Info School and ICICI respectively to facilitate academic advancement and placement for the students. The department has published 42 books and 4762 research papers in national and international journals.
The Department of Population Studies functions in consonance with the national poliy of the Government of India, and the progress the department has made is commendable. To meet the growing demand for new innovative programs from the students, both Indian and international, seven academic courses have been introduced in the department viz. tow M.A. programs, one B.A., program, one P.G.Diploma and three diploma programs. Five Projects worth 12.2 lakhs and seventeen thousand rupees have been undertaken, and the Project Directors are making consistent progress. In the last five years, 6 M.Phils and 7 Ph.D have been produced by the department. Sharing findings with academics elsewhere is the significance of research, and in this spirit, twelve national seminars have been conducted in the department, making meaningful contributions to nation building. The faculty have published 64 research papers in national and international journals. The department has organized five national conferences and workshops and 7 training programmes.
The Department of Business Administration is the largest component of the Faculty of arts which thrives everyday in its academic and research endeavours to inculcate in the prospective entrepreneurs the ideas of business management. Four M.B.A., programs of multeity have been introduced in the department to meet the growing demands of young learners for appropriate placement. The faculty have received encomia from different quarters of the academic world for earning 9 projects worth 23 lakhs of rupees. The department has executed 6 consultancy projects worth 11 lakhs of rupees. Both academic pursuits and research progress are in tune with the strides made elsewhere, and the result of these endeavours motivated researchers in qualifying themselves for a Ph.D. The department has produced 16 Ph.Ds and 31 M.Phils, 433 research papers have been published in national and international journals. Further the department has struck 4 MOUs with four Indian and foreign institutes and organizations. The department is on a par with its namesake in any other institution in the country and it is explicit in the 34 national and international seminars conducted during 2007-2012. Annamalai teachers are second to none, and in endorsement of this claim, teachers have received 23 honours and awards in recognition of their contributions to realm of knowledge, and surmounting all this, the department celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 2003.
The Department of Library and information science, established during the Golden jubilee year (1979) of the university, offers the following programmes of study: M.Lib.I.Sc., (Five Year Integrated), B.Lib.I.Sc., (One Year), M.Lib.I.Sc., (One Year) ,M.Lib.I.Sc., (Two Year) , M.Phil.,(Regular), Ph.D. (Regular, Part Time & External). Various interdisciplinary courses and elective papers are introduced in the CBCS system in all the four semesters. About 137 Ph.D., and 153 M.Phil., has been produced by the department. Students and research scholars are offered with various scholarships for their research studies. Two of the faculty has won awards. The faculty members have published 270 research papers in both National and International journals. The department has organized six National Seminars and two workshop programmes. Two projects was sanctioned by UGC worth Rs.29 lakhs for the assistance at the level of DRS-I for five years [2011-2016] under the Special Assistance Programme [SAP] and Rs. 5,03,600 lakhs for 2013-2015. The curriculum will be designed accordingly to emerging areas of Library and Information science by the board of faculty members regularly. The students are well equipped with the recent trends in the Libraries by the presentation of Faculty Lectures and Guest Lectures at regular intervals.
Great academics and a Vice-Chancellors embellished the Department of Philosophy, and its academic tradition grows into the future with the teachers earnest efforts. Four new M.A., programs have been introduced in the department in the recent years, and research progresses parallel to teaching, and the fact that five researchers have earned Ph.Ds and 7 their M.Phils stands testimony to the academic verve of the teaching staff. The department has undertaken one research project worth Rs.50,000/-. The department has organized 4 national and 2 international seminars and conferences. The faculty have published eight research papers in national and international journals. The activities in the department substantiate the need for the pursuit of liberal subjects for human refinement.
The Centre for Rural Development plays a vital role in nation building, and it offers two post-graduate programs in addition to M.Phil., and Ph.D research programs. The centre has conducted two U.G.C national seminars, one workshop, and one refresher course. The Farmers Club is a unique concept to extend professional assistance to agriculturalists, and the department has fifty nine clubs. It is a nascent centre of learning, hence the production 2 Ph.Ds only. The department has undertaken 4 research projects worth 11 lakhs of rupees. The faculty have published 7 research papers. The department has also organized two national seminars and workshops, and five rural training programmes. In or order to serve the cause of the society, the department has organized 43 Meet with Expert programmes. Also 70 training programmes and a village camps have been organized by the department. With the co-operation of banks the department has adopted 55 villages. Two of the faculty have won awards. The centre plans for greater perfection in the future.