History of the Department
PG & Research Department of Commerce, established as early as 1951, was one among the earliest attractions for aspiring students and was affiliated then to University of Madras and has even since been highly productive of Commerce graduates and Post-graduates who don crucial positions in several financial institutions, industries and also as a Major-general of Indian Army and as members of Indian Administrative Service as eminent Professors, Secretary of Educational institutions and also in various other fields. The following eminent professors have headed the department: Mr. I. Kandasamy (1951 to 1952), Mr. V.P. Ramachandran (1952 to 1955), Mr. B.S. Sankar Iyer (1955 to 1962, Mr. M.V. Subramaniam (1962 to 1986), Dr. A. Rengasamy (1986 to 1993), Mr. A. Subbiah (1993 to 1999), Mr. K. Jeyaprakash Narayanan (1999 to 2004), Dr. S. Ramesh Kumar (2004 to 2015), Dr K. Kamalakannan (2015-2018), Dr. C. Rathinam (2018 to 2019), and Dr. N. Maria Navis Soris (2019 to till date)
The Commerce department offered two years B.Com degree up to March 1959. From June 1959 onwards the commerce department started offering a three year B.Com degree course. M.Com Degree course was started in the year 1982. Full time and part time M.Phil., Degree course introduced in the year 2007. The Programme of Ph.D has been started in the year 2009. All faculty members are Ph.D holders and guiding researchers. The Department produced more than 230 M.Phil and 51 Ph.Ds so far.
PG & Research Department of Commerce is one of the distinguished departments of VOC College. Ours was the only college in 1951 to have a B.Com degree course affiliated to Madras University in our area. It offers various optional subjects like Marketing, Business economics, Income tax, Human Resources Management, Entrepreneurship Development, corporate accounting, Office Automation, E-Commerce.
Mr. N. Maria Navis Soris in 1998, Tmty. M. Jeyakumari in 1999, Dr. G. Paulraj in 2001 and Mr V. Sornaganesh in 2007, Ms. M.A. Faridha, Dr.J. Shyla, Dr. F. Cisma, Dr. A. Sivakumar, Ms.P. Jublin Prasanna, Ms.M. Kantha Priya in the year 2022 and Advocate Mr S. Shanmuga Sundaram is the present part time lecturer for teaching law classes.
In the year 1958, our student was awarded a gold medal by the Madras University for academic proficiency in B.Com degree. In April 2000 Mr. Sethuramalingam was awarded a gold medal by Manonmaniam Sundaranar University for being a topper in B.Com degree examinations. In April 2000 Mr. Sivamurugan got the fifth rank in the M.Com degree examinations. In the year 2011-12 our students Rubel and R.Shamini Foenseka got gold medals from M.S University for M.Phil and M.Com. In 2013-14 Ms. Raja Lakshmi got a gold medal in M.Com Degree. In 2019-20 Ms.M.Geetha got a gold medal in M.Com. In 2020-21 Mr. M. Selva Vinayagar also got a gold medal in M.Com and many students received various ranks.
The Department has undertaken Minor and Major Projects funded by UGC. It has availed UGC and ICSSR funds for conducting workshops, seminars and attending foreign conferences. Our current thrust is to revamp the curriculum at the UG and PG level to keep pace with the e-commerce revolution in the techno-Savvy world of modern times. The department has a library of its own and subscribes to various journals. The department during the celebrations of the college has actively involved itself in various events.