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Strategic plan and deployment in effective leadership

The American college, since its inception, relies solely on the very idea of decentralized leadership and power.  The Governing Council of the American college, Madurai is registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1860(XXI of 1860) and the very essence of decentralization in leadership has been the basis of its constitution since its inception in 1881.  The Organizational structure holds the Bishop, Diocese of Madurai – Ramnad (DM&R) as the chairman of the council and the members include the Principal who is the secretary, Vice Principal, Bursar, two elected faculty members and other nominated members from various bodies.

The Governing Council of The American College, Madurai, decentralizes academic and administrative responsibilities of the Principal & Secretary through statutory committees and bodies that strengthen the entire administrative setup of the institution.  This helps to form and constitute non-statutory committees and bodies as presented in the organizational structure and thus the effective leadership and decentralization of power is achieved.   Some of the future plans of the administration are presented are as follows:

  • The existing departments can be clubbed together into various schools. For instance Departments like Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics can be clubbed together to form a School of Physical Sciences. Similarly, School of Biological sciences, School of Commerce, School of Humanities and Arts, School of Languages, School of management studies and School of Computational Studies can be formed in the future.
  • New centers that cater to the needs of students, apart from their academic requirements can be formed. For instance Center for extra-curricular activities like social work, arts and crafts, music, photography, religious discourse, social awareness, political awareness, film appreciation, and so on can be formed and administered by faculty
  • The co-curricular activities like National Service Scheme, National Cadet Corps and Service Learning Programs, Adult Education Program, Red Ribbon Club, Green Club and Blood Donation Centers can be combined together as a separate centre for co curricular activities.
  • These centers can be managed by Directors/Coordinators/Nodal officers who will monitor its progress and also submit reports to the administration. They will also act as Public Relation Officers of the institution.
  • Student’s involvement and participation will be encouraged in the administration of these centers.