Dr. Devanesen Centre for Human Resource Development


The founders of the college way back in 1887 defined the mission of the College in terms of an all round development of human persons through impating sound knowledge and humanistic values so that young men and women would be sent out to the wider arena of life and they would make a qualitative change there by their life and work. MCC, like any good reputed institution of higher education did pay attention to the formation of an integrated personhood through relevant practices, programs and events inbuilt into the academic calendar. The institution of Dr.Devanesen Centre for Human Resource Development is another attempt in the pursuit of the vision of the college.

The center was established in the year 2004 when the College decided to introduce Personality Development as a subject in the UG Curriculum. Since then the UG curriculum of the College of both streams has Personality Development as an important component for two semesters. Today, we have 35 Faculty who are trained in this area. Every year 1100 students are the beneficiaries of The Personality Development program. In this program classes are held not in the conventional sense of the term. Classes are student friendly, participatory and experiential.  

The centre is offering a valuable service to the students since 2004-05 in helping them acquire the necessary self confidence and other human and social skills. The outcome of the students is seen in the overall increase in the campus placements in the last six years. The review and feed back received form the students is highly encouraging and challenging to do still better. 

The trained facilitators of the college with their experience and expertise as well as inputs form the corporate HR professionals, developed a syllabus on their own the course content. This is one the First volume dealing with certain skills found necessary for one’s own self development and personal effectiveness.  These are by no means intended to be the text books for the students but only to serve as a guides or the manual for the facilitators to conduct the course in the class room environment for a group of students numbering about 35, preferably a mix of boys and girls from different disciplines. This publication is the culmination of the efforts towards developing a course content to meet the specific needs of our students.

Dr. Devanesen Centre for Human Resource Development
Madras Christian college
Tambaram, Chennai 600 059

Phone: 91-98400 23441
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  • To expose the students to the concept of ‘Human Development’ (Personal and interpersonal)’ with emphasis on the latent resources that every human being possesses
  • To fulfill the need and importance of creating an awareness of these resources and to maximize the same to enable the students meet the challenges of the modern world.
  • Besides theoretical treatment of the various topics that fall under Personality Development, the students will be provided with experiential learning.

Methodology & Assessment

The course is offered under Part IV a- Non Major electives, during the III and IV semesters of the UG Programme, for 3 credits. The classes are held during the IV and V Hours of Day Order I for the Day Stream students and during the I and II Hours of Day Order V for the SFS Stream of students.

The students of various Departments are regrouped into groups of 40 each comprising students of different disciplines for grater effectiveness.


Students are assessed only by the course teacher by way of Continuous Assessment for a maximum 40 as shown below:

  • Semester III five units will have a test/group work at the each of the unit for 4 marks each (5x4-20 and Maximum marks for Attendance 5, total marks of CA = 25 in each semester.
  • There is no minimum attendance for the course examination in the end of the IV semester in April/May comprising of written tests and Practical Testing covering the whole program.
  • The maximum marks awarded will be 100.

Syllabus for UG

The syllabus for the II year undergraduate students

Personality Development-1
Semester III
30 hours

Unit 1: Self Exploration: Introduction to Human Development and Resource development – course objective and expected outcome-self discovery – self acceptance – self esteem – self confidence – physical and cultural aspects of personality – Indian cultural sensitivity leading to self identity.

Unit 2: Character building: Ethics, morality and values: an understanding – Need for values – Kinds of Values – Value conflicts – Value clarification and Value acceptance.

Unit 3: Interpersonal relationship: Importance of Interpersonal relationships in the present context – kinds of relationships – overcoming prejudices – basic principle of building and sustaining relationships – personal vs. professional conflict – submissive, assertive and aggressive relationships.

Unit 4: Time and Stress Management: Importance of time – Managing time – the art of prioritizing and scheduling – stress and source of stress – recongnizing emotions and value of regulating emotions.

Unit 5: Vision and goal setting: Personal goal – career goal clarification understanding organizational goals – congruence of goals – Positioning oneself in the context of organization / society – expectation management – critical nature of reaching targets.

Personality Development
Semester IV
30 Hours

Unit 1: Communication Skills: Tools of communication (Oral, written, one way, two way, vertical and horizontal and lateral) Business communication-Body language, listening skills – Assertive communication – Etiquette (Personal, social, telephone, email and global) – Frequently asked questions (FAQS).

Unit II: Problem solving and resolution: Mind skills – out of box thinking creative thinking – analytical and synthesizing reasoning – intuition and extra sensory perception – conflicts within and among groups – conflicts in social organizations – resolution of conflicts – dealing with and managing conflicts – De Bono 6 thinking hats-.

Unit III: team building – formation of team – Phases of group growth process (Forming, norming, storming, performing and adjourning and reviewing) – skill development to be a team player / team leader.- Influencing process – Leadership – win-win situation – proactive skills – synergy.

Unit IV: integrated personal excellence – motivation – positive and negative; Internal and external – motivated performance – Personal grooming – attitudes – confidence building – reinforcement – potential and competence management – creative performance – geared to integrated personal excellence.

Unit V: Placement preparation: resume writing – group discussion – role play – interview – Mock interview – emotional intelligence: introduction-Broad organizational cultural sensitivity.

Soft Skill For PG Students

Soft skill programme for the postgraduate students

Consequent on the intimation from the University of Madras which envisages the introduction of soft skills at the PG level in non autonomous Colleges, Madras Christian College has taken the initiative of offering soft skill at the postgraduate level from the academic year 2007-08. Soft skill programme is mandatory for postgraduate students and they undergo training during the II and III semesters for two hours in each cycle.

Soft skills

As the very term explains soft Skills are those skills that can be developed without much effort on the part of the learner. The term accommodates several areas under its repertoire under the soft skills we have included three broad areas. They are:

  • GROUP  A: Personality Enrichment  [4 credits, 30 hours] 
  • GROUP  B: Communication Skill  [2 credits, 15 hours. Student chooses on language: English/German/French]
  • GROUP  C: Career Coping Skill  [2 credits 15 hours student chooses on skill: computer Training/Public Relations/Quantitative Aptitude]



The objective is to enable students to assess their potentials and meet with challenges in career and life that will boost their employability and effectiveness.


  • Unit 1 : developing Mind skills – quizzes – General Knowledge – Puzzles – you ought to know – guess right. – who is who?. An on going task for the student during the semester.
  • Unit 2: Emotional Intelligence: coping with emotions – interpersonal conflicts – emotional – rational balance.
  • Unit 3: Leadership: assessing leadership qualities – experiential learning of leadership skills exercise in team work.
  • Unit 4: developing lateral thinking – problem solving skills – purpose driven decisions.
  • Unit 5 : change: coping skills – critcal and adaptive mindsets – changes in career / life / people
  • Unit 6 : etiquette – Social etiquette – business etiquette – civic sense – social norms

Trained Facilitators of Dr.Devanesen Center for human resource Development

Communication skills
English: Department of English
French: Department of Languages  (The faculty for French)
German: Department of languages (The faculty for German)

Career Coping skill
Computer skill : Department of MCA
Public Relations: Department of communication and public administration
Quantitive Aptitude: Department of Mathematics and Statistics.


There is only Continuous Assessment. It may consist of Tests / Assignments / projects/ case study, class participation or any other Practical, Aggregate marks =100.


The centre also offers by way of consultancy to outside institutions, schools and colleges on request Personality Development Programs. We have trained several men and women since 2004. in the past such institutions as Ethiraj College, SDNB Vaishnava College, MCC Higher Secondary School, Christ King Higher Secondary School and employees of Universal Moulds, Madipakkam, SNR Motors, Guindy and NGOs have been beneficiaries our program.


PG – Soft Skills Room Allotment


PG Soft Skill Programme

Day order 2

Group No.

Name of Facilitator


Class code




                   Group -1

Mrs. Thendral

4th& 5th



                  Group -2

         Dr. Merlin Isaac




                  Group -3

Dr. Joshua Jayaseelan




                  Group -4

Dr. Alban Nishanth

4th. & 5th






Ms. Christina Dhanasekar





Mrs. Sujitha B.





Mr. C. Livingstone





     Public Relations

Dr. Kalyani




     Computer Skills

Mrs. Felicia Rajathi





Dr. R. Senthil kumar







Contact Us

Madras Christian College

Tambaram, Chennai -600 059,

Tamil Nadu, India

Phone: 044-22390675 / 22396772

Fax: 044-22394352

Email: principal@mcc.edu.in