Post Graduate Department of Commerce and Research Centre, University of Kerala
P.G. Department of Commerce, Sanatana Dharma College, Alappuzha started its humble beginning in the year 1946 with National Diploma in Commerce with 125 students. Today the Post graduate department of Commerce and Research centre, Kerala University is one of the most sought-after departments under the University of Kerala for Degree, Post Graduate and Doctoral degree programmes in Commerce. Our B.Com programme has two batches consisting of 120 students offering taxation law and practice as the main thrust area. The M.Com programme of the department has created quality academicians for institutions all over Kerala. The department in its 70 years of imparting quality education to the district of Alappuzha, has also been able to create University rank holders for both UG and PG programmes. With finance as specialization for our PG programme, many alumni hold/held very high positions across Government non – government organisations in the field of administration and finance.
Within a span of 70 years, the department has achieved great laurels in the field of academics and research. The department provided the necessary impetus for the commerce and trade of Alappuzha with quality manpower. Accounting as a profession grew in stature in the district and the department was proud to be the sole provider of training in this area. The Post Graduate Department of Commerce and Research Centre which is the pioneer department of Sanatana Dharma College, Alappuzha has time and again proved its mettle by creating rank holders, professionals, entrepreneurs, artists and many well known personalities. The academic results are always outstanding and the students of the department with the incessant encouragement from the faculty members persistently excel in intercollegiate festivals, sports and social service. Over the years the demand for a seat in our department has been the most sought after by the best of the students. Our Post graduate course which was started in the year 1965 has entered its Golden Jubilee Year in 2015-16.
|Name of the course||Strength|
|B.Com (with Taxation as the optional paper)||Two Batches- 120 seats|
|M.Com – Finance||One Batch with 20 seats|
|Doctoral Programme- Research Centre, University of Kerala||21 scholars currently doing Ph.D under the approved guides of the department.|
Faculty and Research
Out of the 12 faculty members of the department, 5 have doctoral degree, 6 have M.Phil degree and three faculty members have doctoral guide ship. Of the remaining faculty five are on the verge of submitting their thesis. The teaching fraternity of the department is deeply involved in research and publication. In the past five years the department faculty had authored around 10 books and published around 25 articles in journals. Most of our faculty members are regular chairman/chairperson of various UGC sponsored National seminars at different colleges in Kerala. The department library has more than 300 titles of books and 7 print journals. In addition to this, department provides access to N-List where in more than 6000 world class e-journals and 1,35,000 e-books are available. The researchers are provided with multiple computer points with unlimited internet facility.
The department believes in knowledge creation as equally important to knowledge dissemination. Keeping this in mind the department has organised two UGC sponsored National Seminars and a series of workshops on research in the last five years. Department has also conducted training for teachers on “ICT enabled teaching and learning” attracting participants from our college as well as outside institutions.
As a research centre we have the largest number of full time and part time research scholars pursuing doctoral degree in the college. Department is committed in providing quality inputs to all researchers in our department. Regular progress presentations by research scholars are conducted by the centre where in constructive inputs are given by research guides and fellow scholars for the betterment of the work. Research scholars are also encouraged to take sessions for the PG students on their relevant area of research.
With efficacious space management, the department has comfy facilities for both faculty and students including research scholars. All of the 9 classrooms (including 1 smart class room) are well-ventilated and cool. The rooms are also dust – free furnished with white boards, sturdy benches and desks, adequate tube lights and fans for the students. The department also has LCD projectors facilitating ICT enabled teaching and learning.
The department is committed in providing education to the needy and down – trodden sections of the society as per the rules and provisions of the Government. The department has been successful in changing the lives of hundreds of students through proper education and guidance. In pursuit of our commitment, we have created a dozen rank holders over the years for the UG and PG programmes. Following are the list of rank holders of our department.
|Name of the student||Rank||Year of achievement|
|Sri. P M Thomas||II Rank||1979|
|Sri. K N Varghese||II Rank||1981|
|Sri. Dileep Cherian Thomas||I Rank||1986|
|Sri. Babu||I Rank||1991|
|Miss. Soumya Raj||II Rank||2004|
|Miss. Vijayalakshmi||II Rank||2006|
|Miss. Shima Habeeb||I Rank||2012|
|Name of the student||Rank||Year of achievement|
|Sri. Sreekrishna Rao||I Rank||1991|
|Sri. Janardana Pai||I Rank||1992|
|Sri. George Thomas||I Rank||1994|
|Sri. Jayakrishna Pai G||II Rank||2009|
The department conducts a variety of add-on courses providing an opportunity for students to get more employability skills. Department was the centre for conducting training for ICWA Alappuzha Chapter. Department conducts competitive exams training for all students of the college, specifically focussing on bank coaching. In addition to this, the department in association with the Career Guidance and Placements Cell provides add-on courses on Microsoft Office. MS Excel being a tool very much relevant for finance/accounting students is provided on regular basis.
Extra- Curricular Activities
The department in association with Entrepreneurship Development club conducts Food Fiesta, a yearly programme which allows the students to chase their entrepreneurial talents and set up their venture for a day and sell various products including food and beverages. The department conducts yearly quiz for the SD Community in remembrance of Late. Dr. A. Subramaniyan, former faculty of our department.
Commerce Student Association (CSA) a vibrant association of the department conducts a variety of cultural and academic events every year. Association day celebrations are seen as a prestigious event and students participate with passion and enthusiasm. Every year a retired teacher of the department is asked to deliver a talk on a topic related to Commerce. Students manage the whole activities of the association with the guidance and support of the staff.
Various well wishers, alumni and retired teaching members of the department have instituted 12 Endowments for acknowledging the academic brilliance of our students. Financially weaker students are also given adequate financial support for continuing their studies by alumni as well present and retired teachers. Sufficient support is given from the department for the students who excel in Sports and Cultural activities.
List of Endowments
|Award for M.com topper||CK George Memorial Fund|
|Award for M.com topper||CK Bharatha Varma Endowment Fund|
|Awards for B.com topper||CK Bharatha Varma Endowment Fund|
|Awards for B.com topper||K Hari Memorial Fund|
|Awards for B.com topper||MN Potti Memorial Fund|
|Awards for B.com topper||KR Mohanan Memorial|
|Award for Optional paper (Taxation)||MN Potty Memorial Award|
|Award for Bcom (Accounting) topper Award)||V. Narayanan Nampoothiri Endowment|
|Award for B.com Sem 1||Subramanian Memorial Fund|
|Award for M Com Sem1 & 2 topper||P M Thomas Endowment Fund|
|Topper in B.Com||Prof. S. Rajaram memorial endowment|
|Topper in Commercial Law Paper of B.Com||Vekitachalam Iyer Memorial Endowment.|
The Alumni is a magnificent thread that links the past and the present to create a strong and caring institution. The Department of Commerce is proud to have a wide range of alumni spread across different parts of the world. “Mighty Commerce” the official name of the alumni association is a vibrant association with regular interactions on and off the campus. A mega meet of mighty commerce was arranged in the year 2015 which saw nearly 3000 alumni turning up for the event in the campus. The mega meet got huge coverage in all forms of media. The alumni are also heavily involved in assisting the students and department in various activities.
Vision and Mission
To be the most sought-after department in the field of Commerce in South India, focusing on quality research, better delivery of courses through state-of-the-art facilities, enabling faculty and students to identify their unique skills and accomplish their full potential for the betterment of the society.
- To provide progressive, liberal and prolific education to students from all sections of the community
- To enrich research academics with more books and journals.
- To focus on achieving University ranks for UG & PG programmes in the next 5 years.
- To provide ICT enabled teaching environment in all class rooms in the next 5 years.
- Organise UGC sponsored national seminars, workshops and conferences every year to enhance academic interest.
- To promote assorted skills, build character and societal consciousness
- To undertake socially relevant projects for the betterment of Alappuzha district.
- To introduce new add-on courses catering employability of students.
- Introduce course management software for better delivery of courses.
- To heed to constructive feedbacks from stakeholders and induct in changes accordingly.