Bharathi Women s College (Autonomous), Chennai established in 1964 is a Government Autonomous college affiliated to the University of Madras. The institution is named after the great Tamil Poet, Bharathi who advocated the emancipation and empowerment of women through his writings. The mission statement of the college is to enlighten and empower women to reach out and lift up the underprivileged by imparting value based, job oriented education and to inspire and instil integrity, chasten and chisel good citizens to launch the nation into the global league . The institution caters to the needs of economically and socially weaker sections of the society, especially the first generation of women learners. The college is recognised by the Unviersity Grants Commission under 2(f) and 12 (B) of the UGC Act of 1956. It was conferred autonomy in the year 1998.
The college was accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in 1999 and subsequently it applied for reaccreditation in October 2004. A Peer team was constituted by the NAAC to visit the college and validate the Re-accreditation Report. The Peer team consisted of Dr. Mariamma A Varghese, former Vice- Chancellor of SNDT Women s University, Mumbai as Chairperson; Dr. K. M. Mathew, Former Dean of Social Sciences and Registrar, Goa University, Goa; and Dr. M. D. P. Rao, Former Principal, Khallikhote Autonomous College, Berhampur, Orissa as Members of the team. The Peer team was coordinated by Mr. B. S. Ponmudiraj, Assistant Adviser, NAAC. Mr. B. Padmanabhan, Officer, Statistical Quality Control, MRF Ltd. was the Observer from an industry. The team visited the college from 21st to 23rd of February 2005.
The college has a fairly large campus of 8 acres on either side of the Broadway giving enough space for curricular as well as sports and other activities. It has 3380 students on its roll and 114 permanent teaching staff and 46 non teaching staff including 18 technical staff. The college offers 13 UG, 8 PG, 2 M.Phil and 1 Ph.D programme, one job-oriented vocational degree course, one UGC sponsored certificate course on Tourism and Travel Management and one self-financed postgraduate course in Mathematics. Computer Literacy is made compulsory for undergraduate students through the Government sponsored programme.
The Peer team carefully analysed the reaccreditation report along with the e-format submitted by the institution. They have visited all the departments and common facilities. They had interactions with the Principal, the Management, the faculty, the students, the non-teaching staff, parents and the alumnae. Based on the analysis of the report and the quantitative data provided by the college and the information gathered through interaction with various stakeholders, the team has validated the reaccreditation report. It has presented its objective assessment keeping in mind the seven Criteria identified by NAAC, the core indicators under each Criteria, core values incorporated as contexts for reaccreditation and the actions taken by the college for quality sustenance and quality enhancement since the last accreditation.