School of Biological Sciences


The Biochemistry department was started in 1993 to foster knowledge on the subject and for teaching at the post-graduate level. The department was initially coordinated by the department of Botany and came into existence as a separate department in the year2002. Now the department is housed in the fourth floor of the Arruppe library buildings. It is one of the first independent Department of Biochemistry in India.
Since its inception, the department has trained over 400 Biochemists - many of whom are occupying prestigious positions all over the world. At present, the department is offering Post Graduate program in Biochemistry and preparing to introduce M.Phil in future. more


The Department of Biotechnology was started in 2002 to produce Post graduates to cater the needs of human resource required in Industries, National laboratories, R & D Labs, Pharmaceutical companies and Higher Education Institutes in India and abroad. Bharathidasan University has elevated our Department as a Research Department in the year 2007 and offered affiliation to conduct M.Phil and Ph.D. programs. The department is housed in a newly constructed Arrupe Library building consisting of class rooms with audio visual facilities, research laboratories, special labs for molecular biology, plant tissue culture and microbiology. The faculty has diverse background in subjects like Molecular Biology, Plant DNA bar-coding and spectral imaging. The Department is holding five recognized Ph. D. Guides in the field of Biotechnology and recognized for Major projects funded by DBT and UGC.

The department follows the co-education pattern and vigorously engages in teaching, research and co-curricular activity to boost up and build careers of the students. The students are trained to the new developments in Biotechnology research, communication skills, personality developments etc. by organizing:

  • Meeting with eminent Academicians and Scientists
  • Workshop/Symposia/Seminar - Participation
  • Industrial exposure towards new advancements
  • Internship
  • Domain based knowledge

Pass out students have been settled in various scientific organizations in India and abroad indicates the global acceptance of our department. The Department is currently maintaining 7 MoU?s with reputed National Institutions and Industry.

Course Design

Our M.Sc. Biotechnology Course is designed by Subject experts, Industrial Scientists, representative from our alumni, Present student representative and our faculty members to make the curriculum provide

  • in depth subject knowledge
  • adequate hands on skill on the various molecular techniques
  • Communication and
  • Research aptitude more


The history of the Botany department of this college dates back to 1912, when the study of Natural Science was introduced at the Intermediate courses. Rev. Fr. Gombert, SJ, was guiding the Botany and Zoology sections.
The Students of the Natural Science stream occupied the top slots in the medical and engineering centers of the country. The Botany course appeared in 1930 as an ancillary subject to the B.Sc., and B.A., major courses. From 1952 on wards Rev. Fr. Rapinat was pioneering the department in the early periods. Under his guidance the B.Sc., degree Botany course was started in 1952. He made extensive collections of plants and preserved them in the herbarium. He equipped the laboratories and library with a view to start post-graduate course. The M.Sc., degree in Botany was introduced in 1958, and the department was the first to offer it outside the Madras city in Tamil Nadu. The department was primarily engaged in preparing the students in B.Sc., and M.Sc., degrees till 1973, when the Research section was opened by the initiative of Rev. Fr. J. L. Gnanarethinum SJ. Research activities were conducted in plant physiology, plant biochemistry, palynology and ecology.
When this college became autonomous in 1978, a thorough reorientation was given to the B.Sc., and M. Sc., courses making them socially relevant and research oriented. The Rapinat Herbarium, a center for Plant Taxonomic research has its origin from this department. A large number of herbarium specimens, books, reprints and journals have been gifted to the herbarium and this formed the nucleus around which it expanded to the present status of international repute. Reading the signs of times and demand generated for job oriented modern programs the department of Botany took the initiative to offer M.Sc., Biochemistry as an interdisciplinary course in 1992. Later in 2001, M.Sc., Biotechnology course was started. Projects funded by UGC, DST, CSIR, DBT, MoEF and NMPB have been sanctioned.
The department established a glass house in 1980 which was renovated in 1998. It is useful for controlled cultivation of plants and is at the service of the post graduates during their dissertation. A tissue culture laboratory was established in 1993 and a separate microbiology laboratory was added in 1999. Our department has obtained Grant from DST and FIST Programme in the year 2010. Till now 62 scholars have obtained Ph.D degree and 195 got their M. Phil degree through this department. more

School of Computing Sciences


The Department of Computer Science was started in the year 1983. The Department offers B.Sc. (Computer Science) from 1983, MCA from 1984, M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes from 2002. St. Joseph`s College was the first Arts and Science College to offer MCA in India and first to produce the PhD in Computer Science in the Bharathidasan University. There are 11 aided and 17 unaided staff members. Among five PhD holders, three staff members are guiding research scholars for Ph.D, 5 staff members are qualified NET/SET and 23 staff members are having M.Phil degree in Computer Science. The staff members of the Department serve as members of inspection committee of the Bharathidasan University for approval of Computer Courses, members of staff selection committee of other colleges, members of organizing committee of various conferences of international and national level and members of editorial board of research journals. In 2005 and 2007 a national level conference was organized. In 2014 an International Conference is to be held. The Department has produced 15 Ph.Ds and around 150 M.Phils. Seven minor research projects were completed, funded by UGC. Currently, one minor project funded by UGC and one major project funded by DST are under progress. To adhere to the motto of the Department "Professional Excellence", the Training and Placement Cell of the Department has helped to place 53 students in 2007, 2 in 2008, 9 in 2009, 23 in 2010 and 23 in 2011 in various MNCs. The companies like Asian Paints, Patni Computer Systems, Fulcrum Technologies, HCL, Infosys, Wipro Technologies, Satyam, TCS, Sutherland Global Services, iGate, Savvion, NetMagnus, Kumaran Systems and ISG Novasoft prefer to provide project cum placement to our students for their values and professional commitment. more


The Department of Information Technology was formally started in the year 2007.It offers an Undergraduate programme (BCA, started in ), two Post Graduate programmes(M.Sc. Computer Science, started in and M.Sc. IT, started in 2007) and a diploma course(PGDCSA, started in ). The Department now under the School of Computing Sciences has the autonomy in framing courses for its various programmes. It is one among the biggest departments in Shift-II comprising of around 500 students and 14 faculty members. All the faculty members have completed M.Phil and nine of them have registered for the Ph.D programme and are pursuing their research by publishing papers in reputed journals. One of the staff members has presented a paper in Singapore. Two faculty members have qualified for NET and SET. The department offers various training programmes for the students to make them industry ready. The Department has helped to place 29 students in various MNCs. The students of the Department have developed software applications to assist the IQAC in choosing electives and student feedback. more


The power of antiquity, the richness of its heritage, the pride of serving the cause of education, the nobility of its goal of uplifting the down-trodden and its unparalleled art of moulding clay into gold in academics with its MIDAS touch make the Department of Mathematics a venerable monument in this great arena of academic adventures. It is the oldest department in St.Joseph`s College and has a lion`s share in the prominence and the progress of this great educational institution. Incessant showers of success from the Department of Mathematics at the under-graduate level ever since 1844 proved its academic fertility to stake its claim for Postgraduate Courses. In 1911 the University of Madras granted permission to run the Honours course in Mathematics. more


The Statistics Department was started in 1978, in which year the autonomy was granted to our College. Our department became a PG Department in 1999. Our department got recognition as a Research Department by the Bharathidasan University in the same year.

Most of our staff members possess Ph.D and publish many papers regularly. Many of our faculty publish books and serve as resource persons in national level Seminars and Workshops. We also offer consultancy services for the research scholars and industrialists.

Some of our staff members shared the college-level administrative responsibilities, like the Vice principal and Dean and IQAC co-ordinator.

Objectives of the Department

  • To produce high-caliber graduates in Statistics to effectively handle various statistical problems.
  • To provide strong foundation and motivation for doing research.
  • To train our graduates in Statistical Software for doing statistical surveys and scientific analysis for Central Government, State Government and Private Sector Organizations.

Uniqueness, Thrust and Specialty of our Courses:

B.stat Programme:

  • Inclusion of the subjects like Actuarial Statistics and Stochastic Processes.
  • Thrust is given for applying Statistics for solving real life problems using Statistical Software.

M. Phil Programme:

  • Teaching of the subjects like Multivariate Analysis, Advanced Statistical Inference and Quality Control Techniques.
  • Adequate training is provided in preparing quality teaching materials and handling classes more

School of Languages and Culture


The Department of English enjoys the special status of being the only department that has contact with every student at the undergraduate level. The starting of BA (English) in 1962, MA (English) in 1965 and M.Phil in 1984 considerably enhanced the prestige and the importance of the Department. Under the autonomous set up, with its own Board of Studies, the Department has been periodically revising and updating the syllabi for BA and MA including socially relevant and job-oriented subjects and papers which have gained currency in academic circles.


  • The PG & Research Department of English aspires to offer holistic education by teaching and training the students in using English effectively, making the students employable, and leading them to the total formation of themselves within the human community in accordance with the Jesuit vision of higher education.


  • To empower students with language skills and soft skills.
  • To introduce the teaching and dynamics of teaching ? learning.
  • To empower the scholars with hands on experience on teaching in classroom.
  • To get students acquainted with the recent trends and theories of English Language and Literature.
  • To introduce student s to the philosophy and mechanics of research.
  • To familiarize them with the theories of literature, and help them acquire both theoretical thrust and hands - on experience in writing research papers and theses.

Healthy Practices

  • Communication Club
  • Bibliophile Club
  • Bards? Club
  • Lit Quest
  • Drama Fest

Journals Published

  • Hermes: A bi-annual Literary Research Journal 2008, ISSN09753516
  • Pedagogue: An Annual ESL/EFL Research Journal 2011, ISSN22777512
  • Logo: An Annual Literary Journal for Students


  • St. Aloysius College, Mangalore
  • Ananda College, Devakottai
  • Selvam Arts & Science College, Namakkal
  • Loyola College, Vijayawada, Andhra

Students Enhancement Programme

  • Mentoring
  • PTA
  • Internship
  • Remedial Programme
  • WOESS (Weekly Orientation for English Staff and Scholars)
  • Bridge cum Remedial Course (All I UG Students)
  • A Certificate Course in English and French (SIEFL)
  • NET/SET Coaching Classes more


The Department of French had its inception in the college from the day it was started at Nagapattinam in 1844. French was taught to European officials at first and later some Indians were admitted into the course.
Fathers J. Bourdot, V. Allard, H. Ginhouse, A. Comboulives, A. Fournier, H. Audrian, F.X. Froehly, Lamahieu, G. Bergeron and J. A. Pays are the French Jesuits who headed the Department.
Fr. Annase SJ, Messers A. Clemet, Antony Maria Michael Joseph and S. Sandranad all Indians ably assisted Fr. Bergerson till his retirement in 1976.
He was followed by Dr. M.A. Savariar. The French Association started by him in 1978 is still functioning well. He was succeeded by Mr. A. Antony Raj who headed the department for 10 years. He was succeeded by Ms. Cynthia George who headed the department for about 1 year.She was succeeded by Mr Anandham Richard for 7 months as the head of the department. Now Mr Hermon Carduz is heading the department. more


The Hindi Department has been functioning in this college for more than 5 decades. Messrs. A.Gopalan, R.H.Sundaresan, M.Aloysious Money were professors of Hindi. Mr. K.S.Pranatharthiharan is heading the department since 1988. The Autonomous status was conferred on our college in the year 1978. Then onwards this has become a one-man department, owing to the introduction of +2. Since Tamil Nadu happens to be a non-Hindi speaking state only students from Central Schools and AngloIndian Schools opt for Hindi under Part I. Now-a-days, more students study Hindi in part I. B.Com., students also have to take part I language in I and II years. As new courses are introduced, in the evening college, every year the strength in Hindi increases.


The department offers an additional course or job oriented course for the beginners. A great number of students join the course and they take part in the Inter-collegiate competition on Hind day. In the Sesqui Centenary year, Quiz, elocution and mime competitions were conducted at the inter-collegiate level for the first time in our college and the management, the department of Hindi and the students organized the same. Every year during Hindi week plans to organize the department such inter-collegiate competitions.


Our Hindi students have occupied the highest positions in various organizations. Prof. T.P.Vanamamalai has retired as Hindi HOD in Jamal Mohamed College, who has studied in Hindi in 1947 in our College. Mr. S.Murali, who is employed in IOB, Tanjore has studied in our college from 1971-1976. Mr. Srinivasaraghavan and Mr. Jackson Joseph have joined in Bank of Baroda and LIC respectively. more


The Department of History is as old as the College itself. In the year of its inception in 1844, the College offered the following courses: History, English, French, Latin, Greek and Philosophy. After its transfer to Tiruchirappalli, the College took special interest in strengthening the Department of History. BA course in History was introduced when the College was affiliated to the University of Madras. When in 1911 the College became an Arts and Science College, an Honours course in History was introduced under branch V-I. It was in this period, the library stack room in the History section was flooded with primary sources such as Dispatches from the East India Company, Annual Reports of the Archaeological Survey of India, Inscription Manuals, Gazetteers, etc. But slowly the number of students opting to do this subject began to dwindle, and so the Department was closed down, though the BA Honours course in History continued upto 1960. BA History was revived in 1977 and MA History is now taught Shift - II.

Presently the department B.A. M.A, M. Phil., and Ph. D. programmes in History. Its strong research orientation is very clear as it has produced 42 Ph. D. and 320 M. Phil. Scholars since 1977. And the faculty members have so far authored 16 books both in English and Tamil and published 70 research papers on history and related areas. The Department faculty regularly involve themselves in research resulting in the completion of one Major Research Project, three Minor Research Projects and one Faculty Improvement Programme - all supported by both UGC and ICHR. The department had an MOU with the Southern Railways which sponsored a research project on "The History of Evolution of Rolling Stock in Indian Railways." And it was successfully completed.

A biannual research journal titled "Indian Historical Studies" (ISSN 0973-2713) is being published from the Department from October 2004. It is a recognized journal by the Registration of Newspapers of India, New Delhi, (TN/ENG/04144/13/08/2003) and is financially supported by Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR), New Delhi. In order to encourage research interest among the students and scholars it organizes endowment lectures regularly for which four endowments were instituted in honour of the distinguished retired professors.

The Department provides a better learning atmosphere with spacious class rooms, Audio Visual Hall, Computer Laboratory with internet connectivity, a well stocked library and several advanced learning equipments etc, ICT Lab for Historical Research and the AV Hall were established with the financial aid of UGC. A memorandum of understanding has been signed with Railways for tour operations which help arranging tours with great care. With the view to enhance students" learning process the department has established a well equipped Dr. T. Sundararaj ICT Lab and Library for Historical Research which has uninterrupted net connectivity. Individual Project Work for the third year UG students and final year PG students is mandatory. The department has its own library with good number of standard books (about 850 books). With the financial support of the UGC, the Department conducts an Add On Course on "Tourism and Hotel Management" and a Certificate Course on "Human Rights." The Department regularly either hosts or organizes national or state level seminars and workshops sponsored by UGC, ICHR and CICT. XXIII Annual Session of South Indian History Congress for three days, Ecological Movements and Sustainable Development for three days, Workshop on Research Methodology in History for three days, Trends in Higher Education and the Formation of Ideology, Identity and Collective Consciousness in India (1832-1986) for three days and Right to Sustainable Development - Subaltern Perspective for two days, and a three day seminar on " Contribution of the Sangam and post Sangam Classics to Ancient Indian History" and a two day ICHR sponsored seminar on "Historians and Historiography of Tamil Nadu" are a few to mention.

The Department takes keen interest in providing students hands on experience by arranging field visits and study tours regularly. The study tours cover historical places in Tamilnadu and also all over India. These visits provide academic exposure to students by visiting libraries, Museums, Book fairs etc.


The prestigious half yearly research journal `INDIAN HISTORICAL STUDIES` is being published by the Department from the year 2004. The Department also evinces keen interest in promoting sports and there are a number of distinguished sportsmen who have helped enhance the prestige of the college. Rev. Dr. M. Arockiasamy Xavier S J,Chief Editor. website: IHS Journal

Teacher`s Forum

The staff members of the Department of History regularly meet the Teacher`s Forum which is held in the department itself monthly once in the third week of every month. The two staff members per month would make their presentation. An article would be presented by a staff and book review by another.

Department Clubs

The Department of History has created two clubs among the students for the academic activities and for the cultural development. The Clubs are Quiz Club,Volunteer Club. more


  • The Department of Sanskrit was started in St. Joseph`s College in 1907 with Sri. T.V.Srinivasachariar as the first teacher. The speciality of the teacher`s inspiration was such that one of his students called Mr. Menon dedicated to him his publication of the first ever translation of Sri Narayana Bhattatri`s Sri Narayaniyam, a magnum opus of devotion to Lord Krishna at Guruvayur.
  • Next came the doyan by name Sri. V.Gopala Iyengar, who became popular for his erudition in English also. Since the strength in the Sanskrit classes rose up, Mr. Moni joined him in shouldering the responsibility of the Department.
  • After Mr. Moni left, Sri. A.Subrahmanya Iyer was associated with him. Both retired after four decades of successful service each.
  • Later Sri. Bhoovarahan was appointed and he went to St. Joseph`s College Bangalore to fill up a vacancy.
  • Rev. Fr. Dr. A.Amaladoss, S.J., M.A., Ph.D., having had his qualification from Karnataka University, Dharwar, came out with flying colors to head the department. He went for his doctoral research in Dyvanyaloka after popularizing Sanskrit Debate by gala functions.
  • Sri. K.Srinivasan followed him in the Department and made his exist into the Border Security Force. Sri. A.Subrahmanya Iyer was invited to help the students again to complete their course of study. Sri. R.Thirunarayanan, M.A., M.Phil., B.Ed., joined the Department in 1975. Application oriented courses in Sanskrit for beginners were started along with the autonomous system. The curriculum under autonomy was revised to include prosody as a new subject and modified to suit the present needs of the society, keeping abreast of the latest developments.
  • When he went for doing M.Phil., in Sanskrit at Annamalai University, a Kerala University Post Graduate was selected through an interview for the F.I.P. vacancy. His name was Sri. G.Prabha who was fortunate to join in a permanent vacancy at Loyola College, Madras.
  • Dr. Thirunarayanan has served his prestigious institution in the Department of Sanskrit for more than 3 decades.
  • The strength in the classes, thanks to all Rev. Fr. Principals, have been encouraging throughout the history of the Department of Sanskrit, St. Joseph`s College and by the Lord`s grace, we hope to achieve greater heights in future years.
  • Dr. M.S.Madhavachari is heading the Department of Sanskrit from 20.06.2013.


  • Sanskrit related to Modern Science
  • Dharmic ideas are embedded
  • Self discipline can be obtained
  • Works of Kalidasa, Bharavi Bhasa, etc. are relevant today
  • Chanakya's Artha Sastra - a Master Piece which is socially relevant even today. more


It is one of the oldest departments. BA Tamil was started in the year 1982 and MA Tamil in 1995. It was recognized as a research department in 1986. Great stalwarts like Iyyanperumal. Rampola Mascarenhas as and Natesa have served in this department. more

School of Management Studies


The Department of Business Administration (BBA) emerged in the year 1999 with its newly designed curriculum integrated with ICT for the better coverage of the subject, accumulation of knowledge, attainment of skills, understanding and applicability. Our course and curriculum effectively contribute for the national productivity and international competitiveness and had its origin from the Department of Economics. The Department began to function independently from the academic year 2002 onwards. This budding department offers an undergraduate program in Business administration (BBA). The Department involves students in interactive classes where they can learn, acquire skills and form attitudes and values appropriate form of managerial and professional courses in business, industry and government. Specifically the programs are designed to assure that participants develop an integrated body of knowledge in the business and management of modern organization. The BBA programmes provide the students the opportunity to go forward in the broad range of professional directions and build sound and rewarding careers to compete effectively in today?s fast paced world.
Our students acquire computer skills, entrepreneurial skills, leadership qualities and learn investment tactics. Besides, our students undergo internship training, periodical industrial visit, and project work and actively involved in SHEPHERD, the extension activity of the college. Our department has been using new strategies for advanced learning such as instructional strategy, additional assignment of responsibility, providing access to professional learning careers. The modern techniques of teaching and learning are also used in our department. Currently our department has also undertaken MOU?s with other organizations. Our students are becoming courageous, encouraging, energetic and creative. Our students are taking part in the academic competitions organized by various colleges of various universities across the state. The curriculum is updated according to the changing environment in industry, business world, commerce and management through board of studies with eminent members. more


The Department of Commerce was started in the year 1948, for offering the three-year B.Com degree course with the motive of inculcating professional ethics and competency in business and management. The B Com course has been offered in Shift-II since 1972. The department is very proud to have introduced and taught Card Punching, BASIC, COBAL and FORTRAN - the most popular computer languages as early as 1970s.The Post Graduate course (M.Com) was started in 1988. The Department started a full time M.Phil course in 2001 to cater to the need of scholars in pursuit of research. Twenty two of our staff hold M.Phil Degree, fourteen hold Ph.D Degree and ten are recognized as guides to advise and supervise research scholars in almost all the areas of business and management. The department was elevated as the Research Department in 2003. So far three National seminars (1999, 2000, 2005) and one International seminar (2014) have been conducted on socially relevant themes. Endowment lecture in honour of retired professors and COMCARNIVAL - an inter collegiate state level event for commerce students are the annual features. The department is the pioneer in the state in introducing courses on business ethics, computer languages and applications and accounting software. The department has the distinction of introducing courses for holistic development of individuals with social thrust. The department prepares students to pursue professional courses such as CA, ICWA and ACS through feeder courses. more


The Undergraduate degree course in Commerce Computer Application (B.Com.CA) was started in the year 2008. In the year 2011, the Postgraduate degree course in Commerce Computer Application (M.Com.CA) was introduced. It provides teaching in the area of Commerce, Accounting and Computer Applications. It includes various specialization papers in Commerce and Computer Application subjects. It maintains a good industry and institutional interaction. It highlights the concepts and skills for Accounting and Computer Applications. The curriculum represents the course response to evolving accountancy and computer techniques.

The enthusiastic teachers of this Department prepare students to pursue their higher studies and get employed in the highly competitive job market. It imparts value addition courses to all students. It conducts seminars and takes students on industrial visits. The curriculum is updated according to the changing environment in industry and Commerce through board of studies with eminent members. more


The Department of Economics was started as an under graduate department in1844. The Post graduate course and the research programme were started in 1930 and 1974 respectively. The Department offers UG, PG, M.Phil Courses and Ph.D programme.
The Department is actively engaged in consultancy services and has MoU with factories (The Ramco Cements Limited). The Department members are consultants for Central Co- operative Bank, Tiruchirappalli and counsellors for the central prison in Tiruchirappalli. The faculty members also act as expert members for the Board of Studies and Evaluation Committee of various colleges.

The innovative practices of the Department are:

  • Organizing Research Methodology Seminar for M.A, M.Phil and Ph.D scholars annually.
  • The Department is the Head quarters of Association of Economists of Tamil Nadu (AET) and publishes ?Peninsular Economist? with ISSN.
  • The Department collaborates with Malcolm & Adisehiah Elizabeth Trust, Chennai to organize seminars, workshops and
  • competition in essay writing and elocution.
  • The Department organizes an intercollegiate programme known as ECONS to enable the students to exhibit the hidden talents in curricular and co curricular activities.

The Department remains as the hub of research and consultancy activities. The Department has received two major and six minor Research Projects funded by UGC, ICSSR and Malcolm & Elizabeth Adisesiah Trust.

Vision and Mission Statement:


Learning and understanding of Economics is the guiding principle for the development of the society for facilitating a sustainable and inclusive development of the nation by harnessing the potentialities emerging from the knowledge based society for the welfare of mankind.


To provide curricula that promote critical thinking, skills and enhance decision making abilities which help the students of Economics become productive and informed citizens. Our faculty will engage in disseminating new knowledge, developing quality teaching skills, maintaining high professional standards and actively serving the student community.


ECONS is a cultural and academic extravaganza organized by the students of the Department of Economics. This provides an ideal opportunity for the students of Economics to expose their hidden talents and potentials. Students of various Colleges of Bharathidasan University vie with one another for the coveted Rolling Shield given by the Department.

The 25th Annual Conference of the Association of Economists of Tamil Nadu was hosted by the Department in the College campus in the course of this academic year. more


The Department of Human Resource Management (originally Society, Cluture and Civilisation) was started in the year 1983 offering its MA degree programme to graduates from any discipline of the humanities and sciences. Later the Department`s nomenclature was changed to Social Dynamics. The name of the Department now is Human Resource Management. It is purely a value based and socially oriented course. The students are given both theoretical input and practical training in understanding the social structure and the causes and agencies of social change. As part of this course, Rural and Tribal camps, Industrial Visits, In-plant and In-house training programmes are offered during the summer vacation. All India educational tours are periodically organized which provide students with an exposure to diverse cultures. Regular field visits to Voluntary Organizations, Case Analysis, Group Discussion and Individual Conferences are the pedagogical methods adopted. Seminars and Symposia on related social problems are also organized by the Department. This course was designed to give thrust to the dynamics of society exclusively, deviating from traditional social science courses, keeping in mind the true expectations of autonomy granted to the College. more


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The 110 year-old Department of Chemistry was founded in the Year 1906 by Rev. Fr. Augustinun Hass SJ. with Undergraduate course in Chemistry. As early as 1960 the M.Sc Chemistry was started. After 5 years the Ph.D. in Chemistry was introduced in the year 1965. About 21 Members of the Staff are involved in Teaching. They are assistingly collaborated by 8 Non-teaching Staff. There are about 300 Students learning Chemistry at the UG and PG levels. More than 85 Ph.D. Scholars are doing their research in Chemistry. The Department of Chemistry houses 9 Laboratories, 1 Store-room, 9 Classrooms and 1 Staff-room. It is a FIST and DBT-funded Department.
The Department is well equipped with an FIST- Instrumentation Lab. The Students of Chemistry conveniently use the FIST- Department Library shelved with very recent books in many fields of Chemistry. The Department has published more than 2500 research papers in many Chemistry Journals of National and International repute.
The Faculty of Chemistry have authored as many as 6 Books sofar. More than 12 Practical Manuals have been published by the Department.
For the past 10 years the Department has been conducting CSIR-NET/SET/GATE and IIT Coaching classes. It has helped many scholars qualify these Examinations more


The Electronics Department is 23 years old with B.Sc., and M.Sc., electronics courses currently. The department has excellent infrastructure, separate U.G and P.G laboratory to facilitate the graduates with latest trends. At present the department comprises 8 faculty members, 77 UG students and 20 PG students. The curriculum is designed to acquire expertise in embedded system and provide practical exposure on the same. The graduates are trained skillfully and are motivated to express the creativity through electronics exhibition "JOSELEX" conducted once in an academic year, in the context of sharing knowledge. Consultancy services are offered to various department inside the campus as well as outside the campus. more


The growth and development of the Department of Physics, one of the earliest departments of the College, is as follows: BA Physics Course was started in 1881.BSc (Hons) Physics Course was started in 1906 at SJC, the only College to offer it outside Madras City for nearly 40 years. MSc Physics Course was started in 1961. A new nomenclature was offered to the hitherto BA Physics as BSc Physics Course in 1930 and an additional section was added in 1963. BSc Physics Course was started in Shift-II in 1982. Recognition was offered by the University of Madras for research work leading to PhD Degree in 1971. MPhil Degree course was introduced in 1977. The Department of Physics has been the nucleus for starting two UG, two PG (Computer Science and Electronics) and two PG Diploma Programmes. more


The Department of B.Voc (Software Development and System Administration) was established in the year of June 2014. It is a UGC sponsored degree programme with unique feature of Multi-Entry and Multi-Exit. This programme launched a scheme on skills development based higher education as part of college education. The inauguration of the department and computer centre was inaugurated & blessed by Rev.Fr.Secretary and Rev.Fr.Principal in the JCICT centre. more


In this ever changing digital world, Media industry is growing at pace. Media are powerful tool of communication. Media training practice , creative thinking are primary tools for moving ahead and these are the core components of the Department of Visual Communication Technology. Visual communication technology is a innovative program design for creative and technical problem solving. B. Voc Visual Communication Technology in St. Joseph's college is a UGC Sponsored Degree Program with a Unique feature of Multi Entry and Multi Exit established in the year 2014. The Department have a real time infrastructure which includes Recording Studio , Production Room, AV Hall , Green Room and Acting Workshop. We endow students with Practical Knowledge and mind- skill and exhaustive exploration of the students creative potential to achieve breakthrough in design innovation for a variety of media forms. more

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