The Department of Commerce was established in the year 1947. The Department offers B.Com (General) course.
This is a most sought after course in the entire college. Nearly 2000 applications for admissions are received for just 140 seats and the selection is purely on merit basis subject to the reservation norms applicable in the state. Most of the students aspire for further professional/management courses. This course is a gateway for many professional degree programs and management course. Every year a few students are going abroad for higher education to Europe and to other recognized universities with the recommendation of the department.
The Department is equipped with two computers with internet connection and one printer. The department is also provided with a computer lab facility with 40 systems for conducting a separate paper on computer accounting and related Banking software. There is a departmental library with more than 100 books. Students have free access to these books.
The Department has been provided with a public address system and a micro (collar) phone as modern tools for teaching effectively a large gathering of 70 students per section. Reading of business daily is being encouraged and all students are given a business daily the Hindu Business Line which is sponsored by Indian Overseas Bank partly.
Dr.P.R.Ramakrishnan, Mr.V.N.Parthiban are actively involved in student counseling. Mr. N.Vasudevan and G. Mannan take special care in understanding the special requirements of students and interact with them closely. Dr.R.Balaguru and Mr.M.Ramesh devote time to attend the student’s grievances and overall discipline. They can approach the faculty for any kind of assistance which is well knitted and creates a lot of confidence in the young minds.
All the faculty members have been periodically attending refresher and orientation courses. All faculty members have been given training for software Application in TALLY 9.1 recent version with VAT compatibility and it is very useful for imparting training to the students. Faculty members are encouraged to present papers in various forums.
To improve effective communication skills, the students are given a lot of assignment work and are offered language lab facilities. Special Lectures are organized and separate tutorials are conducted for slow learners and motivating the advanced students to take up professional courses like CA, ICWA, MBA, ACS etc.
More than fifty percent of the students have been appointed through campus recruitment in spite of a Global recession. More than ten boys have been appointed with City Union Bank; two students have been selected for multinational audit firms like Delliots, Price Waterhouse, and Coopers. Many students got placed in firms like FORD and many software companies in and around Chennai.
The Department aspires to become a Post Graduate Department in the near future and proposed to offer full-time M.Phil and Ph.D. Programmes.
Justice M.M Ismail was a part-time lecturer in Mercantile Law who later become the Chief Justices of Chennai High Court.
Dr. S. Sankaran, who was associated with the department has published a number of textbooks in Economics and is well known in academic circles.
Dr. K. Durai Pandian, Reader in Commerce, was actively engaged in research and was guiding the scholars. He brought out two textbooks, one in Corporate Accounting and the other one in Income Tax.
Dr. P.R. Ramakrishnan, the Associate professor, has become research guide approved by the University of Madras and has started enrolling students for the Ph.D. programme.
The Department has a budding artist in Thiru.V.Venkata Nagarajan, a promising youngster in the final year who had won several awards for his Carnatic music
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