Arcot Sri Mahalakshmi Womens College of Education was established in the year 2005 under the TRUST. The TRUST has constructed a spacious building as per statutory norms laid by the NCTE and affiliating University. The College is located at Vilapakkam Villege, Arcot Taluk at a distance of about 5 K.M form the Arcot Town.. The college is situated in a very ideal and lush green atmosphere away from noise and pollution of city life.
The main objective of the Society / Trust to set up the College at the present rural location was to take teacher education nearer to the prospective teachers belonging to rural areas and at the same time enable those belonging to urban areas to easily familiarize themselves with rural background and hence understand conveniently the role of community in the development of the schools.
It has been globally realized that universalization of Teacher Education could perhaps be possible only with active community cooperation. It is, therefore, quite important for teacher education to motivate teacher trainees that they have a great role to play in developing a wholesome relationship between the school and the community through their initiative and commitment.
The Society established the College with missionary spirit for the achievement of the following goals & objectives:
The College is affiliated to the Tamilnadu Teachers Education University for imparting instructions leading to B.Ed and M.Ed degree. It enjoys a very cordial relationship with the University and faces no problem vis -a- vis University administration.
For purpose of practice of teaching the college has identified schools near by areas. The heads of such schools willfully co-operate with the College to supervise the internship part of the practice teaching programme. Every teacher trainee has to function as a regular teacher in the cooperating school concerned. Apart from teaching practice he is expected to prepare time table, attend morning assembly, organize co- curricular activities, maintain school records etc,and this entire exercise is done under the supervision of the head of the school who is also responsible to award marks on this account in consultation with group incharge who is invariably a teacher educator of the College. During the practice teaching, the student teachers are generally not allowed to deviate from school time table. They are required to select topics for preparation and delivery of lessons strictly according to the syllabus concerned.
The B.Ed and M.Ed course extends over one academic year and at least 200 working days are to be devoted to the completion of the course-theory as well as practice teaching as per statutes. Out of this duration about 40 days are spent to develop teaching skills at micro as well as macro level. Micro teaching is conducted in simulated conditions and regular macro lessons in real class room situation. However it has been observed that this period of 180 days is not adequate to transform a teacher trainee into a competent and committed professional educator so that he acts as a trail blazer in the lives of the learners..
The College envisages that teacher education plays a crucial role in the process of education for development so that it is held as a core condition to ensure highly proficient and qualitative school education and also seeks to reshape the attitude, remodel the habits and in a way reconstitute the total personality of the teacher. But due to the paucity of time it is not possible to achieve this pious goal of teacher education institutions.