History of the College / Institution

Humble Beginnings

In 1947, in the small town of Tirupattur in Vellore District, the Salesians of Don Bosco started a workshop with carpentry, mechanics, welding & metal works and a small printing press. In 1950 all these machines, except the printing press, were shifted to Basin Bridge in Chennai, to start a new Technical School with the name St. Joseph’s Technical Institute. Two Years later, in 1952, the printing press too was brought to Basin Bridge to start a School of Printing. At this stage it must also be mentioned that this was only one among a chain of academic and technical ventures that our pioneers like Msgr. Matthias, Archbishop of Madras, and Fr. Jose Carreno, Provincial of the Salesians in South India, had envisioned, half a century ago, as the Salesian answer to the problems of poverty and unemployment among the Youth of the country.

The New Printing School in Basin Bridge started in a humble little shed with just two students; the strength gradually increased to 20 by the end of the year. In those days, printing was no considered an attractive career. Students were not willing to join; they had to be coaxed and, at times, counseled elaborately to take printing. In 1954, the newly acquired machines were installed and a regular course in Printing Technology was designed, with systematic syllabus in theory and practical.

A decade later, in the year 1965, students passing out of SIGA were in high demand. Leading newspaper publishers on India like, The Hindu, The Indian Express, the Madras Mail and other Printers and Press owners started recruiting SIGA boys, as more and more students started seeking admission, there was greater pressure on the management to provide better facilities.
By the late sixties, lack of space and the inconveniences experienced by the students, the entire Printing Department was shifted from Basin Bridge to its present location on Taylors Road in October 1968,

In 1970, SIGA entered the offset age. A brand new offset machine was brought from Italy to teach students the art of offset printing. Next 40 years, the students learned on various sizes and models of offset machines. About 15 printing units were used for the on the job training. As on date 3000+ students have been trained and placed in various printing organizations in India and abroad, in particular UAE, Canada, USA, African counties and Australia. As a recent addition, SIGA Print House was equipped with 2 four colour Heidelberg SM Offset machines and one eight colour Heidelberg machine to train students on the state-of-the-art technology in 2015.

 

Chronological History of SIGA

1947 –     Establishment of technical education institution by name Salesian Institute of Graphic Arts at Tirupattur
1952 –     Shifted to Basin Bridge, Chennai. Commencement of Non formal Printing Trade.
1968 –     Shifted to Taylors Road, Chennai
1971 –     Registration License to work as Factories (Licence NO.8996 Reg No.223, License granted to Provincial, South    Indian Salesian Society”, Factory Unit: Salesian Institute of Graphic Arts – Printing Training School, 12, Taylors Road, Kilpauk dt.12/02/1971)
1973 –     Cancellation of Factories act
1976 –     Exemption from the provisions of the Factories of Act, 1948
1973 –     Affiliation of State Board of Technical education is sort and obtained for conducting Govt, Approved Diploma in Printing Technology course at SIGA. Continuation of SIGA non-formal Diploma in Printing Technology.
1973 –     Taken over by “SIGA Society” for better administration
1977 –     SIGA registered as a small-scale industrial unit (Prop. Concern Reg. No.18/07/40334/PMT/SSI dt. 4/2/1977 for manufacturing / processing activities-Printing, Photography)
2003 –     Handed over to The South India Salesian Society in the context of AICTE approval for Institute and Government course
2003-2004 –     First approval of AICTE for SIGA
2004-2005 –     One year extension of AICTE approval
2005 –     South Indian Bank account for college expenses opened
2005 –     The change of name of SIGA to SIGA Polytechnic College was sort and obtained from AICTE
2005-2007 –  Two years approval extension of AICTE for SIGA Polytechnic College
2008        –  Introduction of LEaP scheme and started local fund rising
2007-2012 –  Five years extension approval of AICTE for SIGA Polytechnic College
2009-2010 –  SIGA Polytechnic College has been included as Phase – XI Replication Process Polytechnic to implement Canada-India Institutional Cooperation Project (CIICP) Initiatives by Directorate of Technical Education
2010          –  College FC account under South India Salesian Society as a project opened
2011          –  Work Scholarship and Merit Scholarship for the Students
2013-2014 –  SIGA acquired ISO certification (ISO 9001:2008) as a definite milestone towards Accreditation.
2014-2015 –  SIGA got approval from AICTE to increase Intake of total 60 students.
2015-2016 –  SIGA Press revamped with 2 four color and 1 Eight color Heidelberg Sheet fed Offset Machines
2017-2018 –  Online Learning Management System (Student Online Evaluation System), Establishment of 3D Printing, 99.50 Studio
2018-2019 –  Commencement of NBA Accreditation Initiated, Start of One-Year Open Learning Programme (Non-formal).

 

 
WHO WE ARE – DON BOSCO GROUP WORLD WIDE

Governing Body

The elite decision making body of the college is the Governing Body. Governing Body of the college meets monthly once in order to discuss various issues and aspects related to the development of the college and its academic standards. It includes considering and approving the institution strategic plan which sets the academic aim and objectives of the institution and identifies the financial, physical and staffing strategies and so on. It chalks out a roadmap in order to achieve the goals of the institute. List of Governing Council Members

Governing Council Composition

 

 

S.No

 

 

Name

 

 

Position

 

 

Qualification

Present Professional Position/ Occupation  

 

Address

1 Fr. K.M.Jose  Chairman   President Citadel,

Chennai -10

2. Fr. Nallayan    Secretary M.Th. Secretary / Director SIGA ,Kilpauk

Chennai – 10

3.  Fr.P.T Joseph Principal B.E – PT.

M.A, DPT

Principal SIGA ,Kilpauk Chennai – 600010
 

 4

Fr. Charles Vice – Principal D.P.T.

M.A. [B.Tech]

Vice Principal/ Hostel Warden SIGA ,Kilpauk

Chennai – 600010

 

 

 5

 

 

Br. Arun Raj

 

 

Administrator

B.Sc., M.A Financial Administrator SIGA ,Kilpauk

Chennai – 600010

 6. Mr. John Fredrick H.O.D M.Sc. B.Tech B.Ed.,. M.Phil,

 

HOD – Printing Technology SIGA ,Kilpauk

Chennai –  600 010

 
Administrative Chart

Functions of Governing council

Position Functions
Secretary ·    The secretary of the College notes the main actions and decisions of the board during meetings and records them in the meeting minutes.

·     Maintains all of the college or university documents and records and makes them available for review by the board and bodies that regulate the institution. Institutions of higher learning must maintain their articles of incorporation, bylaws, employee contact lists, financial records and other records. Some of the records are confidential, so the board must develop policies for who may access specific records, and under what circumstances they would allow it.

·    Working in conjunction with the board chair, the secretary must also file any required documents with the government as needed for compliance by the designated deadlines. The board chair and the secretary usually have signing authority for legal documents, such as contracts, checks and credit applications on behalf of the college.

Principal ·   Report to the President/Vice President/Secretary of the College

·   Looks after all the Administrative and Academic activities falling in line with the AICTE, and the Government of Tamil Nadu norms, in all aspects.

·   Be responsible for human resource planning for teaching and non-teaching staff for long and short term requirements

·   Inspect the departments and their functioning on day to day

·         Arrange and organize the various faculty and staff development programmes

·            Participate in Board meetings as a member secretary, advise in various policy

·         Advise the HODs and faculty in various academic and administrative matters

·            Represent the institute in various State and regional level bodies, societies, councils as required.

·         Conducts all diploma programmes according to AICTE & DOTE

·         Appoints Faculty Member according to the norms of the AICTE and DOTE.

·         Monitors admission, conducts regular class works, to organize placement activities in coordination with Placement Director., create an environment for industry institute interaction, coordinate R&D activities, coordinate staff and external organization for R&D and consultancy, maintain discipline among students and staff.

·         Monitors smooth conduct of Quality Management System in accordance with NBA and NAAC.

·         Conduct weekly meetings to the staff to know the difficulties if any and progress

  ·         Complete the Academic audit ( Twice in a month ) and prepare necessary reports

·         Based on the reports, take corrective actions if any for the timely completion of syllabus

·            Make sure that the time tables are ready before opening the academic sessions

·         Faculty & Students Discipline & Counseling

Vice- Principal Academic ·         Monitor smooth running of the classes & ensure timely completion of syllabus

·         Monitor smooth running of the Class tests

·         Ensure timely evaluation of the test answer scripts

·         Take necessary action on failed students and absentees

·         Interact with students to know their academic problems and take necessary actions and ensure that all matters pertaining to discipline which are referred to him should be dealt with appropriately through the discipline committee and suitable recommendations are given to the Principal for further necessary action.

·         Responsible for maintenance for Hostel.

·         Looks after the quality of food served in the hostels.

·         Keeps strict discipline in incoming and outgoing of students from the hostels.

·         Reports to the Principal in case of any indiscipline or misbehavior by the students.

·         Looks into the grievances/complaints of the students if found genuine.

·         Arranges for First-Aid in case of any emergency and arrange for hospitalization of student/staff.

Vice- Principal Pastoral ·         Monitor general discipline and behavior pattern among the students.

·         Ensures the holistic development among the students

·         Ensures the Don Bosco Pedagogy in the learning process

·         Take necessary action on failed students and absentees

·         Interact with students to know their personal and spiritual problems and take necessary actions..

·         Reports to the Principal in case of any indiscipline or misbehavior by the students.

·         Looks into the grievances/complaints of the students if found genuine.

Administrator ·         In charge of College Accounts & Purchase department

·         Takes care of student scholarships.

·         Maintains the Faculty Member leave records like casual leave, vacation, on duty & permission.

·         Acts as a Coordinator for all the activities relating to the maintenance of the College.

·         Takes care of HR policies of the institution side and outside the College.

H.O.D – Basic Engg ·         Public Relations /ISO/Industry – Institute Interactions/Institute Data Bank

·         Placement

Campus interview /Interacting with industry for placement Arranging the interviews

·         Seminars and Press visit

Arrangements and Follow-ups

·         Industrial Exposure

GDC students – Arrangements and Follow-ups

·         Schedules

Theory and Practical Classes (GDC) Work shop Schedule

·         DOTE and AICTE

Communications and interactions

·         Event Log

SIGA Polytechnic College Event Log entry

·         Admission Process

GDC and SDC admission

·         Examination

GDC Board Exams

·         Issue of Certificates

Diploma Certificates and Mark sheet for SDC

Bonafide Certificate, Experience Certificate (with the help of Office Staff)

·         Teaching First Year (GDC)

Engg. Chemistry Theory

Chemistry Practical / Printing Materials

H.O.D – Printing ·         Public Relations /ISO/Industry – Institute Interactions/Institute Data Bank

·         Placement

Campus interview /Interacting with industry for placement Arranging the interviews

·         Seminars and Press visit

Arrangements and Follow-ups

·         Industrial Exposure

GDC students – Arrangements and Follow-ups

·         Schedules

Theory and Practical Classes Work shop Schedule

·         Examination

GDC Board Exams

 

Committees

 

Sl.No Name of the Committee Co-ordinators Responsibility
 

1

 

PURCHASE

 

Br. Arun Raj

–   Liaising with departments to follow up purchase related requirements

–   Assessing bottlenecks related to delay in purchase

–   ensuring all purchases are made before the start of the semester

 

 

2

 

 

HOSTEL

Fr. Charles -At least one meeting per month

-Gathering information about the good practices in the hostel

– Assessing students feedback on the menu

-Rectifying any shortcomings and problems faced by students

-Finding out other facilities required

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

LIBRARY

Mr. Celastine Xavier -Collecting the requirements of Journals/ Magazines/ Books/CD from each department in the month of Jan/Feb.

–   Preparing the Budget based on the requirement.

–   Placing the order for Books/ Journals / Magazines

–   Conducting meetings to solve issues related to Library.

–   At least two meetings to be conducted.

 

4

 

EXAMINATION CELL

Mr. Vinoth -As per the guidelines laid down by Anna University for University Examinations.

– As per the College guidelines Cycle Test to be conducted

 

5

 

DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE

Fr. P.T. Joseph, Students Welfare, council Member –   Preparing Duty Roster for ID monitoring, Dress Code and Late Coming from 7.45 a.m to 8.15 a.m .

–   Campus rounds during Tea Break and Lunch Break

–   Taking preventive steps to avoid any indiscipline activities

6 ANTI RAGGING SQUAD Fr. P.T. Joseph, Principal –   Creating awareness among the students about ragging

–   Pasting posters in important places

7 IQAC/ISO Mr. V. John Fredrick -Responsible for all activities related to Internal qualityand ISO.
 

8

 

I YEAR COORDINATOR

Mr. Ravi Kumar -Conducting Induction Programmes for 1st year students

–   Coordinating for Time Table Preparation.

–   Preparing Time Table for University Practical Examination

–   Monitoring general discipline of 1st Year students

9 I I I CELL Mr.Ignatious – As per the College Guidelines
10 E D CELL Mr.V. John Fredrick – As per the College Guidelines
 

11

STUDENTS DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE Fr. Charles  

– As per the College Guidelines

 

12

NEWS LETTER & MAGAZINE COMMITTEE Fr.P.T. Joseph -Collecting data from all departments and publishing “EEC Times” daily.

–   Publishing newsletter every month.

–   Publishing Magazine every Year.

 

13

 

WEBSITE

Mr. Patrick –   Collecting data from all the departments

–   Maintaining up to date information

–   Posting Mandatory Disclosure

–   Flashing all current and future events in the College

14 EVENT MANAGEMENT Fr. Charles – As per guidelines
15 REPROGRAPHIC Mr. Justus -Ensuring the availability and maintenance of Xerox Machines

– Maintaining the Usage Register

 

16

 

CALENDAR

Mr. Justus –   Collecting data from various departments

–   Verifying the proof.

–   Printing the required number of copies

 

 

17

 

 

PRESS & MEDIA COVERAGE

Fr. P.T. Joseph and Mr. Patric Preparing detailed data base about leading Newspapers/ Magazines and their contact person, phone No. and address.

Ensuring that the details of College events appear in Engagement Columns of leading Newspapers

Sending detailed report with photograph to leading Newspapers/ Magazines

 

18

MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS Mr. Patric -Ensuring up to date data available in PALPAP Software

Any issues related to software to be sorted out with the vendor

Staff training should be arranged as and when required

19 IMAGE BUILDING COMMITTEE Fr. Nallayan – As per the College Guidelines
 

20

 

GRIEVANCE REDRESSAL COMMITTEE

Fr. Nallayan Conducting meetings with members. Getting the feedback from Students / Staff.

Issues must be discussed and solved with the help of Head of Institutions.

 

 

21

 

 

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

Fr. Nallayan Maintaining very close interaction with our Alumni

Maintaining up to date database about Alumni Involving them for the growth of the College At least two Alumni meet to be conducted in every year

Releasing the Alumni Newsletter „Footprint‟ Getting Alumni feedback.

 
II Academic committees
 

Sl.No Name of the Committee Co-ordinators / Asst.Co-ordinators Responsibility
 

1

 

ACADEMIC ADVISORY BOARD

General Governing Council Evaluating the teaching methodologies

-Suggesting ideas and technology use,

-Giving information on best practices to be followed

-Giving guidance on project proposals, consultancy

 

 

2

 

 

COURSE COMMITTEE

Academic Governing Council – Suggesting methodology to be adopted for difficult units

-Following up on portion completion

-Evaluating any problems being faced by faculty and give feedback

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

TIME TABLE

Academic Governing Council – Head of the Department –   Conducting meeting with Time Table Coordinator of each Department.

–   Resolving all issues in consultation with Head of Institution.

–   Preparing Time Table for each department / subject- wise/ faculty- wise and Master Time Table for

the College.

4 ACADEMIC AUDIT COMMITTEE IQAC/ISO – As per the College Guidelines
 

5

RESULT ANALYSIS AND DATA BASE MAINTENANCE COMMITTEE IQAC/ISO  

-As per the College Guidelines

 

7

TOP STUDENTS MONITORING

AND EVALUATION COMMITTEE

IQAC/ISO  

– As per the College Guidelines

 

8

SLOW LEARNERS MONITORING

AND EVALUATION COMMITTEE

Academic Governing Council – Head of the Department  

– As per the College Guidelines

 

9

 

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT

General Governing Council –   Providing need based training to members of faculty to enhance quality and delivery to students.

-At least two Faculty Development Programmes to be arranged in an Academic Year.