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Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu
Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu
Address:Rajalakshmi Nagar, Thandalam
Chennai (Madras) (District Chennai (Madras))
Tamil Nadu, IndiaPin Code : 602105
Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu is a recognised institute / college.
Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu is situated in Chennai (Madras) of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Chennai (Madras) comes under Chennai (Madras) Tehsil, Chennai (Madras) District.
Fax # of Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu is +91-44-2715 6640 / 41.
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Website of Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu is http://www.recmadras.com/.
Contact Details of Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu are : Telephone: +91-44-27156750, 51, 52, 53, 37181595, 96, 97, 98, 99, 37181014, 1061, 1062
Approval details: Rajalakshmi Engineering College is affiliated with Anna University, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
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NAAC report of Rajalakshmi Engineering CollegeSection 1 : Preface
Rajalakshmi Engineering College was established in the year 1997 under the aegis of Rajalakshmi Educational Trust with initially three UG programmes with a total intake of 180 students per year. Over a period with gaining experience, the institution has progressed to offer 9 UG and 8 PG programmes with an annual intake of 1128 students in its decennial year 2006-07. This self financing institution is affiliated to Anna University, Chennai, which has also recognised the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering as Research centres to offer M.S.Degree by research and Ph.D. Programmes. It is yet to be recognised by UGC under 2(f) and 12 (b).
The college is located in Thandalam, about 35 kms from Chennai, on the Chennai - Bangalore National Highway in a serene and academic environment spreading over an area of 35 acres. A major industrial estate exists adjoining the college premise.
As of date (15.03.2007), the College has 210 teaching staff, 21 non teaching staff and 55 technical staff apart from visiting faculty who help the institution to train 2367 students in their undergraduate programmes, 311 students in their post graduate programmes annually leading to various UG and PG degrees of Anna University. So far 6 batches of BE Degree have completed their study in this college and 21 have obtained their ME Degrees.
The college has been assessed by National Board of Accreditation in Five undergraduate engineering programmes (three programmes in March 2004 and two programmes in July 2006) viz.,
B.E. in Computer Science and Engineering,
B.E. in Electronics and Communication Engineering,
B.E. Mechanical Engineering
B.Tech Information Technology
B.E. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering
They have been accredited for a period of three years. NAAC constituted peer team to visit the college and to validate the self-study Report. The team members comprised of
Prof. S.M. Chatterjee (Former Vice Chancellor Bengal Engineering Science and Technology University, Kolkata ) - Chairman.
Prof. A.Sridharan (Former Deputy Director, IISc, Bangalore) Member - Coordinator
Prof.P.Jayarami Reddy (Principal, Pulla Reddy Engineering College, Kurnool), Member.
The team visited the Rajalakshmi Engineering College for three days from March 15th to 17th 2007. The team carefully studied the self-study report of the institution in detail and interacted with the Principal, Staff, Students, non-teaching staff, alumni, parents and the members of the management.
During the Institution visit, the team went through all relevant documents, visited facilities such as the class rooms, laboratories, library, hostel, sports complex, and training and placement section to validate the facts mentioned by the college in the self study report and interacted with various constituents. With the seven criteria specified by the NAAC as a basis for assessment, the team assessed the college and the following are criterion - wise analysis.
Section 2: Criterion - Wise Analysis
Criterion I : Curricular Aspects
The College has well defined Vision, Mission and Goals. The Institution functions under self financing mode and has following programmes:
(1) B.E. Computer Science and Engineering
(2) B.E. Electronics & Communication Engineering
(3) B.E. Mechanical Engineering
(4) B.E. Electrical & Electronics Engineering
(5) B.E. Aeronautical Engineering
(6) B.E. Automobile Engineering
(7) B.E. Biomedical Engineering
(8) B.Tech. Information Technology
(9) B.Tech. Biotechnology
and eight PG programme viz.,
(1) M.B.A. Master of Business Administration
(2) M.C.A. Master of Computer Applications
(3) M.E. CAD/CAM
(4) M.E. Computer Science and Engineering
(5) M.E. Software Engineering
(6) M.E. Communication Systems
(7) M.E. Power Electronics and Drives
(8) M.Tech. Biotechnology
which are career oriented and which are in tune with the objective of the college. The college has the following Engineering departments, apart from Computer Application Department and Business Administration Department:
(1) Computer Science and Engineering
(2) Electronics & Communication Engineering
(3) Mechanical Engineering
(4) Electrical & Electronics Engineering
(5) Aeronautical Engineering
(6) Automobile Engineering
(7) Biomedical Engineering
(8) Information Technology
and four supporting department viz., Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and English. There is non existence of separate Humanities Department and the Subjects like Economics, Accountancy etc., are taken care by MBA Department. Aeronautical Engineering, Automobile Engineering and Bio Medical Engineering have been started in 2005, 2006 and 2007 respectively. The first batch of students have yet to passout with degrees. These departments are yet to recruit full level of faculties and infrastructure facilities.
The student strength in UG and PG programmes during the academic year 2006-2007 is 2680.
The students are taught subjects as per the curricula prescribed by Anna University to which the College is affiliated. The university revises the curricula once in four years. The flexibility is only to the extent of selecting a few elective subjects prescribed in the curricula.
The University prescribes textbook(s) for each course. The laboratory exercises are well defined in the curricula. On an average, teaching faculty members handle 2 to 3 theory courses and 2 to 3 laboratory slots.
It appears that the Vision and Mission of the College have not percolated to the grass root levels. Further it appears to the team that the Mission and Goals of the College are affected by the affiliated structure of the University. There is no formal mechanisms to obtain feedback from academic peers, community and employers on the teaching program. Though the college has limited say in the university curriculum design, it can strengthen the to excel existing curricula by inviting good academicians and good practicing engineers in the nearby industries to address their faculties to go beyond the syllabus and beyond the College hours. Many good industries are there nearer to the college and the management do take advantage of this position in carrying out the following.
1. Industry visit
2. Guest Lectures and recent trends on Engineering and Technology
3. Projects and
Criterion II : Teaching and Learning and Evaluation
Fifty percent of students are admitted through Tamilnadu Government s Centrally conducted examination. Reservation rules are as per Government norms. Physically handicapped students are encouraged and admitted. The girls students are also admitted in good numbers. The cut off for the year 2006-2007 being
Mechanical Engineering - 90.5/100
Aeronautical Engineering - 96.5/100
Automobile Engineering - 80.3/100
Biomedical Engineering - 90.67/100
Bio Technology - 91.33/100
Computer Science Engineering - 92.17/100
Electronic and Communication Engineering - 94.67/100
Electrical and Electronics Engineering - 92/100
Information Technology - 92.5/100
The faculties are allocated the subjects to be taught by HOD well in advance during the departmental meeting. The teachers are encouraged to use OHP and LCD facilities.
The students are evaluated in every course by conducting unit tests, home assignments, orals and mid semester examinations. The performance of the students is communicated to the students within a week. The parents are intimated if the performance is poor. The continuous evaluation is a welcome practice.
English Courses are conducted regularly to improve the communication skills of the students. The students are encouraged to participate in intercollegiate competitions. Many awards are instituted to encourage the students to excel in their project work and examinations.
The teachers performance is evaluated through
i. Self appraisal of faculty
ii. Student assessment of faculty performance
Expert assessment of faculty performance
The teachers are selected through open advertisement in popular dailies . The selection committee consists of two outside expert members in their respective area of specialization.
Terminal examinations and evaluations are as per the norms of the Anna University. Students perform reasonably well in the University Examination with an average percentage of pass being 86%, average percentage of students getting distinction being 27% during academic year ending 2006. Number of University Rank holders for the past five years is 7.
The college conducts refresher courses periodically for quality improvement of teachers.
About fifty teachers have acquired higher qualifications during their tenure with the college with the support of the management.
The faculty cadre ratio, number of senior faculties are not as per AICTE norms in most of the departments probably due to the higher in take and introduction of P G courses. Most of the senior faculties do not possess Ph. D degrees. The total Ph. D degree holders are only 17 out of 210.
Criterion III : Research, Consultancy and Extension.
There is no defined policies for research consultancy and extension services.. During the past 5 years, the number of papers published in International, Journals, National Journals, International Conferences, and National Conference are 35, 81, 34 and 62 respectively.
The college has taken the services of 4 retired Professors to help the faculty to carry out good research
The institute has good Industry - Institute interactions by way of:
i. Industry visits and
ii. Invited guest lectures.
The college supports the faculty in attending seminars / conferences of importance by paying registration fee, TA and DA as per the Govt. Norms.
The College has no internal budget to support R & D activity. However, from external sources the College has received Rs. 18.12 lacs during the period 2004 - 2005, to carry out research.
The consultancy work by faculties is encouraged by the management. During past 2 years, a total amount of Rs. 26.12 lacs has been received from government & private agencies.
More Professional society activities are to be encouraged by the management. The participation of the faculties and the students in extension services such as NSS and YRC are to be worth mentioning. However, the team found that little or no linkages in National, Inter national and membership in professional bodies.
Criterion IV: Infrastructure and learning resources.
The physical infrastructure facilities are fairly good. The increase in intake in various programmes has created a need for more building space.
The college has provided limited internet connectivity of 1 Mbps through service provider PRIMAS and a 64 Kbps to all departments dial-up line, which is not at all adequate.
The college has made provision in the annual budget for augmenting / up dating the infrastructure facilities.
The central Library is housed in 1167 sq mtr. area having 10232 titles and 24086 books and 291 Journals and periodicals. The departmental libraries have 300 titles and 600 volumes. The library works from 8 AM to 8 PM. The annual expenditure is Rs. 8,05,077 (2004-05) and Rs. 9,58,887 in 2005-06. The library services are not fully computerised. The committee suggested that the College can subscribe more number of International Research Journals. Sharing of Library services, Library activity and information services also need to be strengthened in the context of introduction of P G courses.
The system administrator and system technicians take care of the system maintenance.
Although health services are provided for students, they are not adequate both in the college and in the hostels.
There are separate Hostels for boys and girls with mess facilities to the satisfaction of the students. A canteen is also available.
The college has play grounds for cricket, volley ball, hockey and Football. Both boys and girls actively participate in the college team. The Institution has also Indoor auditorium newly built with gymnasium without multi gym.
Many have won the inter collegiate championships. There is specifically sports
Instructors for boys and girls who works full time. Indoor game facilities are not adequate both in the college and in the hostels common room. Creation a separate physical education department with sufficient infrastructure, man power and budget is desirable. The service facilities like transport, electrical power, water, phone, fax and intercom are good.
There is full fledged placement center headed by an officer. However, it is required to be augmented with placement library, infrastructure sufficient man power and sufficient budget.
Criterion V Student support and progression
The admission to different UG programmes is carried out through common entrance examination of Government of Tamilnadu. The management has 50% of seats, which they allocate through merit.
The PG seats are filled by Tamilnadu Common Admission (TANCA) counseling through marks obtained in the Tamilnadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET). The management quota seats has 50% of seats which are filled up by merit.
The fees for P.G is as prescribed by Anna university
The college has provided fee free ships to students during the past 3 yrs to needy and deserving students. The students from rural areas are helped to improve their English communication skills by providing Bridge courses and regular evening and weekend classes utilising the communication skills laboratory.
The training and placement cell is quite active. The number of students who have got jobs for the past 3 years are (i) 120 (2004 - 05) (ii) 143 (2005 - 06) and (iii) 175 (2006 - 07). The Maximum and Minimum salaries are about Rs . 10,000/- & Rs.37,000/- p.m.
The quality of students admitted to the College in the UG programme is good. However large number of seats are not filled up in P G programme. Many students pursue higher studies. However this number is small. Students appear for examinations like CAT, TOEFEL, GRE, GMAT, IELTS and GATE. However this number is small. There is an innovative project cell for students. However the output is not much.
There are sexual harassment cell, anti ragging cell, grievance redression cell, placement cell etc. Students are encouraged to participate in sports by providing incentives like fee concession, free lunch, free transport, free sports kits etc. Extra curricular, co curricular and cross cultural activities are noticed by the visiting team. Alumni Association exists but not registered. The activities are yet to be started.
Criterion VI Organisation and Management
The organisation structure of the Institute inorder hierarchy is Rajalakshmi Educational Trust, the Governing Council, the College development council etc., are well constituted with representative from academic peers, industrialist, community personals and Trust management. They meet regularly. However planning execution, supervision monitoring committee, finance committee, proctarial committee, legal literacy cell etc. are not available. The management has commitment, effectiveness and accountability for sustainable development of the College. More delegation of powers and functions can be encouraged. The College has well defined master plan and good performance appraisal system.
Criterion VII Healthy Practices
The peer team appreciates the following healthy practices followed by the College.
The functioning of Innovative project cell and Employability training camp.
Free lunch and transport to all employees.
The Institute has check for academic environment, academic delivery and feedback as referred earlier.
Similarly it does apply quality checks, administrative functions involving office automation.
Students are also actively groomed to take up community work.
Section 3 : Overall Analysis
The members of the peer team studied the self study report, the departmental profile and all related documents furnished by the college for validating the data mentioned. The team visited all the departments, laboratories, library, sports facilities and other physical facilities. The team had discussion with principal, administrative staff, teaching staff and non teaching staff and students to elicit information The Peer Team commends the college for the following aspects.
Very encouraging Chairperson to the activities of the College.
Dynamic Principal with good experience.
Quite good infrastructure facilities.
Motivated young faculties.
Good UG student enrolment.
Results are reasonably alright.
Good inhouse and Industry UG Projects.
Well disciplined enthusiastic students.
The Peer team feels that the college should pay attention to the following points.
Lack of middle order and senior level faculties in most of the departments.
Professor, Assistant Professor and Lecturer cadre ratio does not meet the AICTE norms in almost all departments.
R & D policy is to be initiated. The present R & D activity is below par.
More fund allocation is required for library. Automation of library is needed.
Number of technical supporting staff need to be increased and proper scales of pay be given
There should be clear, defined staff and faculty development programme.
Medical facilities needs improvements.
Both boys and girls hostel conditions below par.
Professional society activities need to be initiated.
Student support services should be strengthened.
There is no accounting manual.
Instruction material development Center need to be established
The Peer Team thanks the Chairperson, Principal, Faculty and students for their support in the smooth conduct of the visit and wishes the college all success in their future endeavour.
Prof. S M Chatterjee
Dr. P. Jaya Rami Reddy
Prof. A Sridharan
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