Annammal College of Education for Women, Tuticorin 

  • Forty five years after it admitted its first batch of aspirant women teachers, ACE has established itself has a preferred institution for teacher education in southern India


Spread over 15 acres in the seaport town of Tuticorin , aka the ‘pearl city’ of Tamil Nadu, the government-aided Annammal College of Education for Women (ACE) has established an excellent reputation for providing high quality teacher training to graduates and postgrads from across the country.

Promoted in 1962 by the late A.R.A.S Arumugasamy Nadar, the eldest son of A.R.A Subbiah Nadar who constituted the Subbaiah Dharmanidhi Trust (estb. 1934) with the noble objective of providing professional higher education to women, ACE is currently headed by Duraisamy Ganesan, president of the college. The Subbaiah Dharmanidhi Trust also runs the Subbiah Vidyalayam Girls Higher Secondary School, Tuticorin (estb. 1939). After Ganesan took over the reins of ACE in 1986, he constructed the present college and hostel buildings in 1993 and also significantly upgraded the infrastructure of Subbiah Vidyalayam Higher Secondary.

Currently, ACE offers a one year B.Ed programme to 140 students and a one year M.Ed programme to 25 students, instructed by a faculty of 23. Since 2000, the college has also been offering a postgraduate diploma in computer applications (PGDCA) for which it admits 30 students. Moreover ACE is a study centre of the Tamil Nadu Open University which offers a diploma in pre-primary teacher training in distance mode, and encourages students to pursue this diploma course coterminously with the B.Ed degree programme. Initially affiliated to Madras University and then with Madurai Kamaraj University, ACE is currently affiliated with the Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli and is an approved institution of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE).

"Our institutional mission is to develop the talents and skills of aspiring women teachers, motivate them to become self-disciplined and equip them to face the challenges of the future. We believe that well trained teachers are the prerequisite of national development. Therefore we are committed to providing the best possible teacher education to our students. Our commitment to excellence has been acknowledged by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) which awarded us an ‘A’ grade rating in 2005," says Dr. Joycilin Shermila, an English literature postgrad of Madurai Kamaraj University, education postgrad of Annamalai University with a doctorate in education from Manonmaniam Sundaranar University and incumbent principal of ACE.

According to Shermila, the B.Ed and M.Ed curriculums and pedagogies adopted by ACE are a judicious mix of education theory and practice. "Our students undergo rigorous lesson planning training with the help of audio-visual aids, observation of demo lessons, peer teaching and peer feedback. In addition intensive practice teaching sessions in selected schools for 30 days helps them polish their teaching skills. Moreover we regularly organise seminars and workshops conducted by eminent scholars and experts to familiarise students with modern trends in teaching, and special coaching classes are also conducted to prepare students for Teacher Recruitment Board (TRB) exams and lectureship screening tests," says Shermila.

Despite being a government-aided college, the ACE management has pulled out all stops to ensure that trainee teachers are enabled by state-of-the-art infrastructure. This includes nine galleried and air-conditioned classrooms with overhead projectors and excellent acoustic systems, multimedia projectors and notebook computers. The college boasts 46 computers with broadband connection; two science laboratories; computer, language, education technology and psychology labs in addition to a multimedia theatre with a seating capacity of 250.

However the pride of the college is its spacious and well-stocked library with 9,830 volumes and 44 journal and magazine subscriptions. The Arumugasamy Nadar hostel which houses 95 percent of students, offers comfortable, well-furnished accommodation to 170 students in its 62 residential units. The hostel complex is equipped with a prayer hall, two network resource centres, tuck shop, ACE Mart, and a modern fitness centre plus a home theatre system for entertainment.

Not surprisingly, given the excellent infrastructure support and wide regimen of extra-curricular and academic activities, the college has consistently produced excellent academic results and several rank holders in the past few years. In the university examinations held in 2005-06, six B.Ed and two M.Ed students emerged as university rank holders. Moreover its placement cell’s campus interviews attracted 21 school managements in February this year resulting in 54 graduates recruited at salaries ranging from Rs.5,000-8,000 per month.

For the future, the college management has drawn up ambitious expansion and development plans. "We intend to increase the intake for the B.Ed programme by 60 and M.Ed by 15 from this academic year starting June. Other plans include applying for autonomous status, introducing a postgraduate diploma programme in human rights and deputation of four faculty members to Singapore to study the working of schools and the National University of Singapore," says Shermila. Major infrastructure upgradation is also on the cards.

Forty five years down the road, ACE has established itself as a preferred institution for teacher education in southern India. Now it is looking to extend its valuable experience further afield.

Admission and fees

ACE offers both government-aided and self-financing study programmes. Admission into the government aided B.Ed courses is through a common entrance test. Candidates seeking admission to the self-financing courses need not write an entrance test.


A pass in the undergraduate degree examination with the same main subject for which admission is sought in the B.Ed course.

Courses and tuition fees.

One year B.Ed course (government-aided) — 100 students admitted for a fee of Rs.1,214 per annum.

One year B.Ed course (self-financing) — 40 students admitted annually (Rs.25,000).

One year M.Ed course (self-financing) — 25 students admitted annually (Rs.25,000).

Other study programmes.

Postgraduate diploma in computer applications (self-financing) — 30 students annually (Rs.10,000); certificate course in human rights and values; diploma in pre-primary teacher training.

Hostel charges

(per year): Rs.34,300

For further information contact

Annammal College of Education for Women, Tiruchendur Road, Tuticorin 628003. Tel: 0461 2375601. E-mail:
  Courtesy:, july 2007