Lakshmi College of Education is a constituent unit of Gandhigram Trust, Gandhigram, TamilNadu. The Gandhigram Trust emerged with the blessings of Gandhiji on 7th October 1947 for organizing the Gandhian constructive programmes in Tamil Nadu, under the leadership of Dr.T.S.Soundram and Dr. G. Ramachandran, the disciples of Gandhiji. At present Gandhigram has grown into a cluster of institutions providing opportunities for general education, training of rural teachers and workers, rehabilitation of women and children, medical and health service and propagation of Khadi and village industries.
In 1967, realizing the need and importance of dedicated teachers, especially women teachers in nation building and to work in rural areas, Dr. SoundaramAmma started a teacher training centre. To start this institute she sought the help of her mother Srimathi Lakshmi Ammal who readily gave away her golden bangles to meet the initial expenses. The training Institute was hence named after her mother as Lakshmi Teacher Training Centre which was later renamed as Lakshmi College of Education. Located in an enchanting valley flanked by the Sirumalais and lower Palanis, the place enjoys a salubrious climate with a stimulation for learning, research and service to the people.
- To provide quality teacher education
- To develop professionally devoted, socially committed, ethically upright, rurally oriented and physically sound teachers
To develop professionally competent, self actualized teachers with commitment to gandhian values.
- Contributing to social and national development
- Inculcating Gandhian value system in student teachers
- Fostering global teaching competencies among student teachers
- Promoting the use of Educational technology in teaching and learning
- Quest for excellence.
Through the noble efforts of Dr.T.S.Soundram, affectionately called ‘Amma’, Gandhigram was founded with the blessing of Mahatma Gandhi for organizing the constructive programmes in Tamil Nadu . The institution was officially inaugurated on 7th October 1947 by Shri .B.G. Kher , the then Chief Minister of the composite Bombay state .
The Lakshmi college of education named after Smt.Lakshmi Ammal ,mother of Dr.T.S.Soundram , is an institute offering programmes in teacher education leading to the award of the B.Ed., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees of the Tamilnadu teachers education university. The college also offers certificate and Diploma courses in gandhian thought . The certificate and Diploma are awarded by Madurai Kamaraj University . now the college comes under Tamil Nadu Teachers education university Chennai , from July 1st 2008 on wards . the lakshmi college of education was started in 1967 to meet the special requirements of secondary schools in rural areas emphasizing the training of graduates in mathematics , English , Physical science and Biological Science and Home science to enable them to work in rural high schools and higher secondary schools.
The college is co-educational with accommodation for 120 students . The approved strength of the college now is 100 . Students are admited in the B.Ed., course through counselling (Single window system) conducted by the Government of Tamil Nadu (Reg.no.25600/Q2/2007 dt.6.07.2007) there are two schools at Gandhigram: Thambithottam Higher secondary School and primary school which serve as the main practising schools for the college . Lakshmi colleges of Education is a constituent unit of Gandhigram Trust.
An experimental school , “Soundram Vidhyalaya ” named after Dr.T.S.Soundram , was started by the college on 27th june1985 with a view to introducing innovative curriculum for free expression of children’s talents . The faculty members of the college take active part in experimenting new teaching techniques and teaching aids. Now there are classes from Pre-Primary to 5th standard with fully qualified teachers.
The college was re-accreditated by the NAAC in the year 2011 and was awarded the grade B++
- Gurukula system-giving prime importance to life training
- Harmonious development of hand, heart and head
- Simple living and high thinking
- Dignity of labour through shramdhan
- Self-culture through ethical and spiritual discipline through yoga, meditation and community prayer
- Wearing khadi by students and staff
- Mock parliament of students to look into all the activities in the campus
- Internet facility for teaching-learning process
- Free health care service for students by Kasturba Hospital
The student teachers are trained in the disciplines of English Education, Mathematics Education, Physical Science Education, Biological Science Education and Home Science Education. Apart from the above main optional disciplines, all the students have three compulsory core subjects in Education. The optional II subject is English for under graduate students and their respective major subject for post-graduate students. The electives offered are Computer Education, Guidance and Counseling, Environmental Education, Human Rights Education and Physical and Health Education.
For more details, please visit http://www.lakshmicoe-edu.org/
Lakshmi College of Education,
Gandhigram, Dindigul – 624302