Commerce Department

History of the Department

Realising the importance of Commerce and industry in the economic, social, political and cultural spheres of human endeavour and activity, the Women's Christian College accorded prime place of prominence for Commerce studies in 1977. Besides opening up vistas of opportunities for hundreds of students, our Department has always maintained high standards of academic excellence. There are Chartered Accountants, highly placed company executives, more than 70 lecturers and successful women entrepreneurs as the Alumni of this Department.


To groom intellectually well trained and responsible young women to face the challenges of the competitive world.


To equip the students to face the challenges of the business world.


  1. To maintain academic excellence.
  2. To enhance knowledge through technical workshops, seminars, guest lectures and projects.
  3. To empower women students with required skills to avail appropriate and prosperous jobs in the corporate research and teaching spheres.


  1. Organizes frequent seminars and association meetings.
  2. Publishes B - Research Annually.
  3. Issues a Department Magazine styled "Reflection" with articles and activities of the Department.
  4. Train students in Tally, SPSS, Spoken English, and Office Automation.
  5. Certificate courses, Diploma and Advanced Diploma in E Commerce, Insurance and Computerized Accounting.
  6. Distribution of Seed Money for students to practice and involve in business transactions.

Programme Outcomes

  1. Completing three years for Bachelors in Commerce (B.Com) program, students would gain a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of Commerce and Finance.
  2. This program could provide Industries, Banking Sectors, Insurance Companies, Financing companies, Transport Agencies, Warehousing etc., well trained professionals to meet the requirements.
  3. After completing graduation, students can get skills regarding various aspects like Marketing Manager, Selling Manager, over all Administration abilities of the Company.
  4. Capability of the students to make decisions at personal & professional level will increase after completion of this course.
  5. Students can independently start up their own Business.
  6. The commerce and finance focused curriculum offers a number of specializations and practical exposures which would equip the student to face the modern-day challenges in commerce and business.
  7. The knowledge of different specializations in Accounting, costing, banking and finance with the practical exposure helps the students to stand in organization.

Programme Specific Outcomes

  1. Learners will prove themselves in different professional exams like C.A. ,A C S, CMA, MPSC, UPSC. as well as other courses.
  2. The students will acquire the knowledge, skill in different areas of communication, decision making, innovations and problem solving in day to day business activities.
  3. Students will gain thorough systematic and subject skills within various disciplines of finance, auditing and taxation, accounting, management, communication, computer.
  4. Students can also get the practical skills to work as accountant, audit assistant, tax consultant, and computer operator.
  5. Students will learn relevant Advanced accounting career skills, applying both quantitative and qualitative knowledge to their future careers in business.
  6. Students will be able to do their higher education and can make research in the field of finance and commerce.


Designation Photo Name & Qualification Description
Head of the Department Commerce Department Dr.Chithra James
Dr.Chithra is teaching in Women's Christian College since 1992.Her area of interest is Income Tax, Accountancy and computer related papers . She has a specialized interest in doing research work in Consumer Behaviour. She has guided more than 15 M.Phil research scholars. She has published various papers in reputed journals at national and international level and presented papers in national and international conferences. She is the co-ordinator of value education of the college.
Assistant Professor Commerce Department Dr.J.Mahil Kamalam
M.Com.,M.Phil.,Ph.D,.B.Ed., P.G.D.C.P.,MBA
J.Mahil Kamalam has an experience of 25 years. She also possesses school experience for two and a half years. She has been the N.S.S Programme Officer for ten and a Half Years. During her tenure she has been awarded the "Best N.S.S Programme Officer " from the State of Tamil Nadu and also the "Best N.S.S Programme Officer" and "Best N.S.S Unit " award from the Manonmaniam Sundaranar University. She has served as Red Ribbon Programme Officer for 9 years and is serving as Secretary of the Positive Response Club for the past 10 years. She has served in the Consumer Club too. She has attended the Orientation Programme and Refresher Course for N.S.S from the Avanashilingom University. She has presented a number of papers in International, National and State Conferences. She is responsible for the International Conference held on 6th January 2015. She has served as Resource Person in N.S.S, Women's Day and in Commerce. She has guided more than twenty five MPhil candidates.
Assistant Professor Commerce Department Dr.I.R.Sheela
Dr.I.R.Sheela has been working in our department for the past 18 years. Previously she worked in Holy cross college in Nagercoil for 2.3 years. She is the coordinator of Career Guidance Cell and serving as a member of many committees.
Assistant Professor Commerce Department Dr.D.Deepha Jeya Merlin
Dr. D.Deepha Jeya Merlin has been working in our department for the past 7.5 years. Previously she worked in Sree Devi Kumari college for Women in Kuzhithurai for 1 year. She is the coordinator of Consumer Club and Add on Course Insurance.
Assistant Professor Commerce Department Adv.D.Shahila Kumari,
Mrs.Shahila Kumari is a Part Time Lawyer in the Department of Commerce. She is an ethical committee member of Kanyakumari Govt. Medical College, Nagercoil and a member of District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum, Kanyakuumari District. She is the administrator of Pravin Skin & Cosmetic Centre, Nagercoil . She is actively involved in conducting social awareness programmes for College and School students,Rotary Club Members,IMA Doctors,Public and Socially Stigmatized persons like HIV affected orphans and PLHA on Legal ,Consumer, Domestic violence, Women's Rights Dowry Harassment and Disease modification activities. She is the Charter President of Rotary Club of Golden Flowers, Nagercoil.


  1. Vethamonicam Somervel Scholarship is awarded to the student who gets the highest mark in Part III subjects in the first five semesters.
  2. Moderator Gnanadason Memorial Prize is awarded to the best student in I year B.Com.
  3. M.Davis Raj Memorial Prize is awarded to the best student in II year B.Com
  4. Dr.Mrs. Jacqueline Giji Vijaya Kumar Endowment Scholarship is awarded to the B.Com student who secures the highest mark in the subject Advanced Accountancy.


The Department of Commerce conducts Alumnae Meet every year. The young graduates gather with excitement. The air will be filled with reminiscence when everyone recollect their days in college. The alumnae share their current endeavours they are pursuing and express their gratitude to the professors for their support and guidance.

Activities of the academic year 2022-2023

  1. To support National Intellectual property Mission, an online meeting on Intellectual property rights was organized on 22nd July 2023.Mr.Seetha Raman, Examiner of Patents and Designs of Government of India explained clearly about Intellectual property.
  2. In order to welcome the new batch commerce fresher's day was celebrated on 19th September 2022.
  3. An awareness programme on ACS was conducted on 13th September 2022. Mr.J.Raja and C.S.K. Sankar Makesh, Chairman, Madurai Chapter of the Institute of Company secretaries were the resourse persons.
  4. Commerce Association was inaugurated on 14th October 2022.Mr.Francy Jos E, Chief Learning Officer of Academic staff college gave a motivational talk about the prospects of Commerce students.
  5. Nearly 140 B.Com students went on an Industrial Visit to Cochin ship yard on 17.10.2022.
  6. A seminar on Life Insurance - a tool for Risk Management was conducted on 9th march 2022 in association with Nagercoil Insurance institute. All final Year B.Com students attended the meeting.
  7. In order to encourage the students to young women entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurship day was celebrated on 10th March 2022. Students participated with great enthusiasm.
  8. In association with GIIMS- Trivandrum, a Preliminary Best Manager contest was conducted on April 2023.
  9. Went on an educational tour to Munnar and Cochin from 26-04-2023 to 29-04-2023.

Activities of the academic year 2021-2022

Activities of the academic year 2020-2021

  1. Online e-quiz on the "Basic Concepts of Income tax" was convened by Dr. Chithra James and coordinated by Dr.V.Chitra from 7-6-2020 to 10-06-2020 and E-certificates were issued to the participants who score 50% and above and 334 staff and students participated.
  2. "National level awareness E-quiz 2020 on Cost Accounting" was conducted during 30-06-2020 to 05-07-2020. Dr.T.P.Sherin organized this quiz and 253 staff and students participated and e-certificates were issued.
  3. A webinar on seven rules for effective people was organized on 25-01-2021. Dr. Mercy Justin an alumni of our department now serving as a Dean, Lourdes Matha Institute of Management Studies, Kuttichal, Trivandrum spoke effectively. The google meet link used for this meeting was eqj-tach-dvw. Second year B.Com students participated In this meeting.
  4. One day seminar on Income tax Practitioner training -live demo was organized on 11th February 2021 in association with Values Viruksha Private Limited, Chennai. Mr. D. Sundaramoorthy, the academic Coordinator gave a live demo on the assessment of individuals. Final year UG and PG students participated in this and Certificates were distributed. On that day Commerce Association was inaugurated.
  5. "Global Money Week" 2021 was celebrated in collaboration with Securities and Board of India. We conducted a webinar on 24th March2021. Dr. Swarna Victorops Nagson, The Head of the Department of Management Studies C.S.I. Engineering College, Thovalai, and an empanelled certified trainer was the chief guest. The theme of GMW-2021 was "Take care of yourself and take care of Money".

Activities of the academic year 2019-2020

  1. The Commerce Association was inaugurated on17-08-2019. Ms.Shanthi, Vice Principal, Tamil Nadu Mercantile Bank Academic staff College was the chief guest.
  2. Awareness Programme on ACS was conducted on 30-08-2019. Mr.I.Raja and Mr.S.Selvaraj from Madurai Chapter of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India motivated the students to join in ACS course.
  3. Entrepreneurship Day was celebrated on 17th September 2019. Mrs.Jenisha, Proprietor of Jeni Fashion Boutique gave a motivational talk from her own experience.
  4. 53 students and 3 staff members went on a tour to Bangalore and Mysore from 19th September to 23rd September by train after getting permission from Joint Director, Tirunelveli.
  5. On 30th September we celebrated the Joy of Giving in Saribath Old Age Home near Asaripallam. Snacks and lunch were distributed to the inmates of that home. Students realized the need for helping the poor.
  6. An awareness programme on health was conducted on 1st October 2019.Dr.Susan from Williams' hospital gave an inspiring speech on women's Health issues. She cleared many doubts raised by the students.
  7. A Seminar on creating Emerging and Innovative Entrepreneurs was conducted on 14th February 2020 in Association with Cape Resource Forum. Dr.Selvan of SIYB Educationalist Trainer and Dr.C Subathra, Honorary Vice President of Cape Research Forum were the Resource Persons. Students from various colleges participated with great interest. Certificates were distributed to the participants.
  8. An International Conference on Trending Frontiers and Prospects of Management and Commerce was conducted on 04-03- 2020 in Association with Cape Research Forum with a strength of around 500 members from various Colleges. Dr. A.Tamil Arasu, Associate Professor, Department of Cooperatives, AMBO University of Ethiopia and Shree. C. Chandra Kumar C.E.O of Firstman Online Filings (P) Ltd Chennai and Dr.C Subathra were the Resource Persons.

Activities of the academic year 2018-2019

  1. An entrepreneurial development programme was conducted on 30-08-2018. The Chief Guest MRS. Renisha Winston B.Sc (Agri.)., Proprietor i- manager,an Entrepreneur gave a valuable speech how women can become a successful entrepreneur .
  2. In order to encourage the students to join ACS an awareness programmes on Associate Company Secretary Course was conducted on 20/09/2018. T. Raja in charge of Madurai Chapter of ICSI was the chief guest who encouraged the students to join ACS Course.
  3. Department of Commerce conducted a seminar on career opportunities in commerce on 19/02/2019. Mr.Sarath Sundar and Mrs.T.Deepika were the resource persons .valuable ideas were shared on the current job opportunities available to the commerce graduates in the field of commerce.
  4. Department of Commerce conducted the Awareness Programme on Launch of "INDIA POST PAYMENTS BANK" on 28/08/2019. SRI.V.P.Chandra Sekhar, Senior Superiendent of Post Office, Kanyakumari Division and Shri.R.Naveen, Senior Branch Manager, Nagercoil were the resource persons .
  5. A discussion on "Budget 2019" was made in the Department of Commerce.
  6. A national seminar on "Emerging Funds in Financial market" was conducted on 5-3-2019. Dr. T Rajesh, Asst. Professor, Government College, Nedumancaud and S.LT. Dr. S.Priya, Assistant Professor in Commerce, Mahatma Gandhi College, Thiruvananthapuram were the resources persons. Staff and students from various colleges participated with great interest 32 papers were presented by participants which will be published in Bhodhi online Journal.
  7. Department of Commerce conducted a seminar on "Principles of Insurance and Job opportunities in Insurance Industry" jointly with Nagercoil Insurance Institution (Affiliated Insurance Institute of India ,Mumbai)on 14.03.2019 at Moderator Ganadhason Hall. Key-note address was made by Sri. B.Muthuraman, Chairman, Nagercoil Insurance Institute. Sri. K.Velayutha Perumal, Assistant Divisional Manager, (Rtd) LIC of India made the presentation on principles of Insurance and C. Yogidhas, voting Council member of Nagercoil Insurance Institute delivered the job opportunities in Insurance sector.

Activities of the academic year 2017-2018

  1. Commerce association was inaugurated on 20th July 2017 that aimed at diversifying the learning experiences and widening the horizons of the students. The ceremony began with the formal installation of the five elected office bearers.
  2. A career awareness programme was organized in linkage with the Institute of Company Secretaries, Madurai Chapter on 27th July 2017. C .S .S. Paramasivan, Company Secretary, V .T. Mills Madurai explained how ACS programme serves as a platform for students to become Secretaries in Companies.
  3. A workshop on "G S T - A New Tax Reform" was organized by the department on 11th September 2017. The objective of the workshop was to offer detailed insights into GST frameworks and its implementation challenges in India. The guest speaker for the event was Mr. N. Edison, former Deputy Commissioner of Commercial Taxes, Tamilnadu.
  4. The students of Commerce Department visited the old age home 'Rojavanam' as part of celebration of Joy of Giving Week. Students had a wonderful time with the elderly people there.
  5. To inculcate students with the recent trends in the modern commercial era, an Inter-disciplinary. "International conference on Innovative and Emerging Strategies in Economics, Commerce and Management" was jointly organised by the Department of Commerce and Economics on 05/01/2018. Students of our college and various other colleges actively participated in the conference and 115 papers were presented in the conference. The papers were published in "Roots International Journal of Multidisciplinary Researches" a Peer Reviewed Refereed Journal with Impact factor.
  6. Product launch event was, organized by the department to stimulate creatively and intellectuality and to develop technical presentation skills, collaboration and team building among students. Main objective of this event was to promote women entrepreneurship among students. The event was inaugurated by our Principal Dr Nirmala Manuel. A cash award of 1000 for first prize, 750 for second prize and 500 for third prize were given to the winners. Certificates were issued to all the participants.
  7. A one day workshop on "Impact of G.S.T. on Indian Economy - Current Reviews" was organized for commerce students. Dr. C Ganlin Shiny, Assistant Professor, Voorhees College, Vellore, was the resource person. She explained the impact of GST after its implementation, difference between present Indirect Taxes and GST and the benefits and challenges of GST after implementation
  8. A one-day workshop on financial literacy was organized by the department of commerce on 8th February. Mr R. Venkatesh, Assistant professor and Head, Incubation Center, Care School of Business Management, Trichy was the resource person. The session was a great platform for students to get an exposure about new financial terms and emerging trends in finance.
  9. Initiatives were taken in the department to promote entrepreneurship among women by celebrating Women's Empowerment Day on12th February 2018. Sales event was also organized where students participated in business activities and earned profit.
  10. Department of Commerce is outstanding in research. Dr. V. Chithra, Assistant Professor of Commerce, has been awarded Ph.D in Commerce, during this academic year.
  11. Five candidates have been awarded Ph.D through the Research Centre.
  12. Department of commerce is organizing ACCS foundation programme for B.Com Students. 14 students joined the course

Activities of the academic year 2016-2017

  1. A one day awareness and training programme on Modern Banking was organized.
  2. Initiatives were taken in the department to promote entrepreneurship among women by celebrating Women's Entrepreneurship Day. Sales event was also organized where, 43 students participated in business activities and earned profit.
  3. A state level Business Quiz "Com-Quiz" was organized to prepare our students for competitive examinations.
  4. An industrial visit to "Daily Fresh Fruits India Private Ltd.", Namakkal, Tamilnadu, enhanced student's knowledge on production, marketing, financing and human resource management.
  5. Dr. Mahil Kamalam and R.Ra. Pon Narayanee of III B.Com (Regular) won the best paper award in the International Conference organized by the Department of Commerce, Sarah Tucker College, Tirunelveli.
  6. Two candidates have been awarded Ph.D through the Research Centre.
  7. To equip the faculty and research scholars with the latest advancements in research two days workshop on "Statistical Package for Social Sciences" was organized.
  8. Apart from academics students from Commerce department excel in extracurricular activities also. 59 prizes and 2 overall championship for the department were won by them in the National and State level Symposiums organised by various Colleges and University.