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Anna University of Technology, Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu


Anna University of Technology, Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu
Address:CPT Campus, Tharamani
Chennai (Madras)
Tamil Nadu, India
Pin Code : 600113

Anna University of Technology, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu is a University recognised by UGC.
Anna University of Technology is situated in Chennai (Madras) of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. email ID(s) is Anna University of Technology Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu

Website of Anna University of Technology, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu is http://www.annatech.ac.in.

Vice Chancellor : Prof. Dr. C. Thangaraj (DOB 05.04.1957).

Registrar : Prof. Dr. S. Gowri.

Contact Details of Anna University of Technology, Chennai (Madras) Tamil Nadu are : Phone : +91-44-2254 1777 (Off)

Profile of Anna University of Technology

Profile of first Registrar of University Dr. S. Gowri
Dr. S. Gowri @ Gowri Vallabha Raja Duraisingam is the First Registrar of Anna University of Technology Chennai. He has previously been the Chairman, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of Anna University, Chennai.

Hailing from Maravarmagalam in Sivagangai District of Tamilnadu, he is the First Generation Graduate and his education in Tamil Medium continued upto SSLC (XI Std). He received B.E. (Mechanical Engineering) from Thiyagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai. Later he earned M.Tech. (Production Engineering) and Ph.D (Precision Machining) in IIT Madras. His project work done in M.Tech. earned the best Project award in IIT Madras.

After two years of Industrial Experience in Enfield India Limited, he worked as Lecturer and Asst. Professor in Karnataka Regional Engineering College, Surathkal, Karnataka. He joined as Professor in Anna University Chennai in 2000. He was sharing responsibilities, in addition to teaching and research, as Project Head in Anna University – Federal Republic of Germany (AU-FRG) Institute for CAD / CAM. He chaired as the First Head of the Department of Manufacturing Engineering in 2002 and was efficiently performing in the post for two terms until 2008.

Later he took position as Chairman, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of Anna University, Chennai. He was instrumental in syllabus revision, academic research works and deciding equivalence of degrees of foreign universities on par with that of Anna University in the fields of Mechanical, Manufacturing, Production, Industrial, Aeronautical, Automobile, Printing, Mining, Space Vehicle Launching and Marine Engineering for the Constituent, Affiliated and University Colleges.

He has been awarded with fellowships for research work done in Surface Engineering by NSF, USA in 1992 and by NSTB, Singapore in 1997 – 1999. He was a Visiting Professor, under DAAD fellowship, in the Technical University, Weingarten, Stuttgart, Germany and taught ‘Nanotechnology’ to the M.Engg. students from 21 different countries in 2002. In addition, he got International Travel fellowships from UGC, AICTE, CSIR and DST. He presented research papers and participated in International Conferences held in Germany, UK, USA, The Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Malaysia, Brunei and Australia from 1991 to 2009. He has guided 8 Ph.D Scholars, 3 MS Scholars and more than 35 M.Tech students and many B.E. students for their Project Works. He is currently guiding 7 Ph.D scholars in the field of Precision and Micro Machining, Medical imagining and FEA in fire tubes for BHEL. Towards social welfare, he has organized about 24 short-term training programmes for ITI and diploma holders. With the support of TEQUIP grants, he organized training programme in terms of Basic Computer skill development, YOGA and Personality Development for selected groups of employees of Anna University and SC / ST students of DOME.

His major research work includes biomedical instrumentations, development for dental and orthopedic applications.

He has offered Technical consultations to MNCs such as SONY of Japan, Pratt and Whitney of USA, GE of Singapore, I-Gel of Australia, and also to Lucas-TVS, Carborundum Universal Ltd., TI Cycles, Railways Coach factory and Sarang Auto Company in and around Chennai.

He has chaired the team of experts for AICTE, UGC and TNSCST. In addition, he has been Chairman, Co-Chairman and advisor for Conferences and Seminar held in India and abroad. He has brought projects worth of Rs.6.67 cores from AICTE, DST, UGC and Flextronics, USA to DOME, Anna University, Chennai. He is holding an international patent for the work done in Micro Machining, during his tenure in Singapore.

His areas of interest are Precision Machining, Rapid prototyping, FEA, Biomedical Engineering, Medical Image analysis and Shape Memory Alloys.

Being Tamil as his mother tongue, he is proficient in Telgu, Kannada and Malayalam languages. His hobbies are writing poems, review articles and delivering motivational talks to students. He is the life member of ISTE, AMM and SME of USA. His ambition is to make Anna University of Technology Chennai to excel to greater heights.

He has been blessed with a son.

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Politics of change

Narrow personal rivalries have driven political decisions in Tamil Nadu since the 1970s. Theres more in store for the state as the current CM goes all out to overturn many key projects of the previous government.

Politics in Tamil Nadu is in a league of its own. When there is no essential ideological difference between parties, politics based on individual rivalry is unaviodable. This is what Tamil Nadu has been witnessing since the mid 1970s.

AIADMK, an offshoot of DMK, emerged out of the personal rivalry between MG Ramachandran and M Karunanidhi in 1972, when the latter ousted the former from the DMK. Of course, there are some minor differences between these two main political rivals of Tamil Nadu but there is none when it comes to political praxis.

Irrespective of his political convictions, Karunanidhi would do anything to topple Jayalalithaa and vice versa. The bitterness between the heads of ADMK and DMK has always been on the rise and when Jayalaithaa became the general secretary of ADMK it reached its peak.

They cannot see eye to eye on any matter. So, what is happening in Tamil Nadu now, reversing the previous governments policies and actions, is not surprising. This game between Karunanidhi and Jayalaithaa has been keeping political observers in good humour but at the expense of the peoples welfare.

This time, as soon as she was sworn in, she declared that the new Secretariat building, a pet project of her predecessor, would be converted into a super-speciality hospital. There was almost no opposition to this move from the people because many perceived the new Secretariat building as a waste of public money.

She also scrapped the Kalaignar Medical Insurance Scheme and replaced it with a new one that gives more benefits to patients. She did away with the free TV schemes and introduced free laptops to students and many other freebies.

Recently, she sacked six Cabinet colleagues but that didnt evoke much criticism except some mild murmurs from certain quarters. Many saw it as internal matter of the ADMK. However, her announcement to shift the Anna Centenary Library from Kotturpuram to the DPI campus at Nungambakkam has provoked severe opposition from both the public and intellectuals.

She declared that the library would be converted into a childrens hospital. Now, the Madras High Court has stayed the Tamil Nadu governments decision to shift the library.

This Rs 200-crore library is a nine-storey building and has a collection of 12 lakh books. It is the biggest of its kind in South Asia. A. Marx, political critic, says, The decision to shift it is absolutely political. The move should be withdrawn immediately.

Some intellectuals compared it to the burning of the Jaffna Library during the civil war in Sri Lanka. Even Cho Ramaswamy, editor of Thugluk, who is very sympathetic to this government, wants the decision reversed in this matter.

The previous government created four Anna Universities of Technologies, apart from the original Anna University in Chennai, in the four major cities of Tamil Nadu to facilitate the functions of the 500 engineering colleges and technical institutions across the state. Jayalalithaa brought an amendment in the Assembly and merged these Anna Universities of Technologies with Anna University, Chennai.

Focussing on such a trivial issue is not a testimony to good governance. Instead the government should concentrate on issues that affect people adversely, says A. Soundararajan, Tamil Nadu general secretary of CITU.

The government has provoked new waves of protest by sacking 13,500 Makkal Nala Paniyalargal (Staff for Peoples Welfare) from service. The government has dissolved the service arguing that there is enough staff at the level of panchayat unions and village panchayats.

On November 11, 2011, the Madras High Court stayed the Tamil Nadu governments order sacking them and gave temporary relief to the 13,500 staff. Since 1990, the Makkal Nala Paniyalargal have become pawns in the political battle between succeesive DMK and ADMK governments.

In 1990, the then DMK government appointed 25,000 welfare workers to oversee the development work of the government at the village level. As soon as the ADMK came to power in 1991, it dismissed all of them summarily.

When DMK returned to power in 1996, it instantly reinstated them. Tragedy struck members of this staff once again when the ADMK stormed back to power in 2001.

In 2006, the DMK government reinstated them with some salary hike. Now, it is the turn of ADMK again. The Staff for Peoples Welfare have become a toy in the hands of these two arch-enemies.

The fact that almost 50 per cent of the staff are women make the dismissal order more tragic. N. Chellapandian, president, Staff For Peoples Welfare Union, told, We feel like weve been left in a dense and dark forest. We dont know what to do. Most of us are in our 40s and cannot apply for any new job. Now our only hope is the court of law and the people. This is the third time we have been sacked.

Chellapandian adds: We are planning to meet the Chief Minister and request her to restore our jobs. It is alleged that we all are cadres and supporters of the DMK and this is what seems to be the reason behind the present governments decision. But, it is completely wrong to see us all as DMK supporters.

This is really unfortunate. People vote for a party with the hope that their interests and welfare will be taken care of. No political party should misuse this faith reposed in them, says R Srinivasan, general secretary of the Government Employees Association.

The government, he adds, says that the Makkal Nala Paniyalargal are unnecessary. But this is definitely not true. There are 3,000 vacancies in the department and more than 200,000 vacancies in other government offices. These sacked employees are victims of political vendetta. This is not a healthy attitude.

Is anybody listening?

BE exams in TN likely to go online soon

The day is not far away when engineering students will take their exams online as the Tamil Nadu State Council for Technical Education has asked the vice-chancellors of Anna University of Technology to examine the feasibility of the proposal.

Speaking to this newspaper, Prof. M. S. Palanichamy, vice-chairman of the Tamil Nadu State Council for Technical Education, said that the council, in its meeting held a couple of months ago, had discussed the online exam proposal as part of the proposed reforms in examination.

We should reform our curriculum and the examination system periodically so that we stand in the numero uno position in the country. Keeping this in mind we had proposed reforms in examination and curriculum, besides administration and governance, he said.

The council has asked the vice-chancellors of Anna University of Technology, Chennai, Tiruchy, Madurai, Coimbatore, Tirunelveli and Anna University, Chennai (unitary) to explore the possibility of conducting examinations — at least internal — online.

Engineering colleges in the rural areas do not have proper Internet facilities; bandwidth is our biggest challenge so we need to see alternative methods of reaching the college to conduct examinations online. But the day is not away when we will conduct examinations online, he said.

The council has also discussed the possibility of having a common date for opening of engineering colleges-universities, common examination dates and fee structure for various courses.

If we have uniformity in standards and curriculum, it will be helpful for students and administering affiliated colleges will be easy, Prof. Palanichamy added.

AUT to equip students in math

As about half of its first year students failed in a Mathematics exam conducted last year at the Anna University of Technology, Chennai, the university has decided to conduct a weeks preparatory school in Maths for Class XII passed out students before admitting them into engineering colleges affiliated to the university.

Speaking to this newspaper on Tuesday, Prof. C. Thangaraj, vice-chancellor, Anna University of Technology, Chennai, said last year the university had conducted an examination for first year Engineering students to assess their problem-solving skills in Mathematics.

About 50 per cent of the students failed which made us think about methods to improve the students ability to solve problems in Maths so that they will learn engineering in a better way, he said.

Prof Thangaraj pointed out that the university would launch a preparatory school for Mathematics from this June along the lines of bridge courses conducted by universities abroad.

We will conduct a preparatory school during the summer holidays and it will initially be open for about 1,800 students only, as getting quality faculty is the biggest challenge we face, he said.

Prof Thangaraj lamented that school teachers didnt make Maths interesting to students by connecting various equations with real life situations.

A Maths problem in differential section can be correlated with Physics which will make them remember the problem and use it in real life situations also. We will be teaching this way in the preparatory school, he said.

Inquiry likely into secretariat work

June 1: Chief minister J. Jayalalithaa on Wednesday indicated that her government would initiate action against alleged irregularities in the construction of the Rs 1,000 crore new secretariat complex. You will know the details in the Governors address, she told reporters at a press meet at the secretariat.

On the issue of merging all five Anna Universities of technology with Chennai Anna University, the CM said the issue was discussed in detail at the Cabinet meeting. I cannot divulge the decision. It will be announced in the Governors address, she said. Responding to a question whether the present regime would distribute colour television sets to those who received tokens during the previous DMK regime and whether the free housing scheme would continue, Ms Jayalalithaa said the Governors address would answer all these questions. Even the financial position of the state would be explained in the address. On the CATs order quashing posting of IPS officer Letika Saran as the DGP, the CM said the government would study the order and then take a decision.

Colleges flunk on AUT rankings

Anna University of Technology s high court-mandated rankings of self-financing engineering colleges affiliated to the varsity have blown the lid off a very poorly kept secret:

Most of the institutions have inadequate infrastructure and few good teachers, if not a barebones faculty too short-staffed to meet the requirements of a large number of students.

The rankings by the university s Chennai, Tiruchy, Coimbatore, Madurai and Tirunelveli branches, based on examination results, has emboldened students to register complaints about the abject infrastructure and lecturers and make requests for transfers to other colleges.

A senior AUT official told Deccan Chronicle that students have been petitioning the varsity to complain about their colleges since the rankings were released two weeks ago.

The Madras High Court had ordered all branches of Anna University of Technology to rank by July 26 self-financing engineering colleges affiliated to the varsity based on their results in the semester examinations.
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The official said many students of institutions ranked in the lower rungs have blamed their colleges for not being up to the mark.

Students have said their colleges have not appointed qualified teachers and classes are not being conducting on a regular basis. Some students also complained about colleges charging exorbitant fees, he said.

Students on their way to meet university authorities told this newspaper that they want the varsity to transfer them to institutions that secured higher rankings because their colleges provided them with substandard facilities and inept teachers.

We scored high marks and joined this college that our friends said was one of the top colleges. We realised our mistake even before university released its rankings. But we were shocked that it was rated lower than the top 40. We want the university to transfer us to a good college, one of the students said.

Placements do not guarantee jobs

Students waiting for their turn during a campus interview session in Coimbatore. (for illustrative purpose only)

Its not unusual to see graduates (mostly computer science and IT) selected through campus recruitment eagerly waiting for the companies to call them since they seldom specify the joining period.

There are umpteen cases where students, after completion of their courses, sit idle, relying on the companies offer letter.

DC spoke to a cross-section of graduates who said they got selected by reputed IT companies while doing their final year. However, their dreams were shattered as there was no intimation even after a year or so.

Mr R.C. Ramthilak, a computer science graduate, said Initially, I was happy I got placed in a reputed IT company.

But I was kept waiting for more than 10 months for the offer letter. I made frantic efforts and wrote to the company on the status of my recruitment. To my disappointment, there was no word from the company.

As the months rolled by, I was in jitters. I wasted almost a year waiting for the elusive call, he said. So, he decided to start his own venture and floated an event management company with his friends – Kreations – to enhance the citys cultural scene.

Ms S. Renuka, who graduated from a well-known engineering college in the city with an IT degree said, I got selected in the campus recruitment but its more than six months and I am still waiting for the offer letter from the Bengaluru–based IT company.

Since my parents are aged, I had no other option but to support the family with what little I get. Presently, I am working as medical transcriptionist.

Though many graduates poured out their woes to this paper, they did not want to reveal their identity for fear of being spurned by the company.

But IT consultant N.G. Venkat said companies must inform the candidates the probable date of joining after they select them through campus recruitment. Moreover, the candidates should not sit back and wait after getting the offer letter.

They should keep scouting for jobs and keep their options open. They should keep trying till they find a suitable position.

Jobs are aplenty, but candidates have limited their choice.

Even now companies find it difficult to recruit skilled manpower in the manufacturing sector as no graduate is prepared to accept their offers, he said.

Colleges woo companies for campus recruitment

The colleges are in a fix, be it engineering or arts and science, as not many well-established companies now venture into mass headhunting. But as many students join colleges on the basis of their placement record, the colleges try their best to bring in some company for recruitment.

Though students attend campus placements and get selected, they do not join the company as they look for brand. Once all the students are given offer letters, the colleges boast of cent per cent placement.

The colleges seem unaware of what happens after a student is given an offer letter or what hardship he faces in getting the job that the company has offered. Once the student is out of the college, there ends the relationship with the college and the student loses his identity.

He can never complain to the college that the company is bad as there is no forum, said an academician at the Anna University of Technology (AUT), Coimbatore, on condition of anonymity.

A well-known engineering colleges PRO said even at their college, they struggle to bring in companies for recruitment as there are no mass recruitments any more. Generally, mass recruitments would be conducted by IT companies, but, this year, the companies are not organising any mass headhunting. In that case, how can small companies or those in other fields recruit? So, we have to depend on some company to enter the college, or the college loses its identity, said a college source.

In fact, sources at AUT said some colleges, to woo the firms, have to take care of the human resource department of the companies. When two colleges fight for the same company to visit their college, the decision rests with the HR department. Hence, we were told that some colleges give money to woo the HR personnel, said a source.

Chief executive officer of Rathinam group of institutions, R. Manickam, when contacted said, Colleges should bring in companies with good standing and do groundwork before allowing a company into the college. Moreover, students should also be aware of the company they are going to join.

Revive CET for engineering

The results of the last semester examination conducted by self- financing engineering colleges affiliated to Anna University of Technology (AUT), Chennai, have been anything but encouraging.

A mere 26 per cent of the students passed, causing concern among academicians who feel its time to revive the Common Entrance Test (CET) for admission to engineering colleges across the state and make sure students of quality join the engineering stream.

Former vice-chancellor of Anna University, Prof A. Kalanidhi says that since the qualifying percentage for admission to engineering colleges was lowered from 60 to 45, there has been a steady fall in the quality of students gaining entry to them.

While he acknowledges that the government lowered the bar for admission only because thousands of seats in self-financing engineering colleges across the state had no takers, he thinks the time has come to raise it again to 60 per cent and revive the Common Entrance Test.

Even today the government conducts a CET for post graduate courses (M.E. and M.Tech), so why cannot it do the same for the under graduate? he asks.

The long term solution, in his view, is to review school education where students are usually spoon fed and dont use their analytical abilities, to ensure that more students of quality enter professional colleges.

We also dont have good quality teachers who can motivate students to secure higher grades, he regrets.

A senior faculty admits that several students in tier-2 and tier-3 engineering colleges are not very bright.

Most of these students have secured marks ranging from 35 to 50 per cent, so how can you expect them to pass an engineering examination? he asks.

AUT vice-chancellor, Prof. C. Thangaraj, however, blames frequent faculty migration for the poor performance of the engineering colleges, suggesting that they need to improve their service conditions and working environment to retain their teachers.

Frequent movement of faculty disturbs the academic process and results in poor performance of students, he says.

HC directs Anna University of Technology to restrict inspection to 3 deficiencies

MADURAI: The Madras High Court bench on Wednesday directed Anna University of Technology (AUT) to inspect an ngineering college run by a trust of Union Minister M K Alagiri, restricting their scrutiny to three deficiencies pointed out by an earlier AUT panel in its July last report.

It is not open to the university to inspect all the facilities available in the college, a Division Bench of justices M.Satyanarayanan and D.Hariparanthaman said, disposing of two miscellaneous petitions filed by the Anna University of Technology.

The court also granted time till May 31,2012 to inspect the respondent college strictly in accordance with its order of July 25,2011 when it said only three deficiencies should be inspected.

It also directed the Daya Engineering college at Sivarakottai near here, run by the M.K. Alagiri Educational Trust, to extend cooperation to the inspection committee of the AUT, Madurai, to comply with the court orders.

The college had filed a plea seeking to direct the AUT to affiliate it from academic year 2011-12 and permit it to admit students. The college contended that they had got approval of All India Council for Technical Education.

However, the AUT was not giving affiliation on the ground of three deficiencies viz transport, books in library and cafetaria near classroom. The college had rectified the deficiencies. But even then affiliation was not being granted.

The court then ordered the AUT to restrict their inspection to three deficiencies. However, the AUT said they wanted a reinspection of amenities in the college and other facilities.

It said it was open to the university to consider the issue afresh with regard to affiliation as per the court order. The AUT alleged that the college was not cooperating with the inspection team.

The judges said they could restrict their inspection only to three deficiencies and report if they had been rectified as per statutes.

3,507 applications sold for engineering admissions

There was good response to the distribution of applications for admission into the engineering colleges under the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA 2012), which commenced at three centres in the city on Friday.

The applications were distributed at Anna University of Technology, Tiruchi main campus, Jamal Mohamed College, and at Government Polytechnic College, Thuvakudi.

A long queue was witnessed at Jamal Mohamed College much ahead of the distribution of applications which commenced at 9.30 a.m.

At the end of the day, a total of 3,507 applications were sold – Jamal Mohamed College 2,500, Government Polytechnic College 612, and Anna University of Technology main campus 395.

The general counselling for admissions to engineering colleges in the State through single window system will begin on July 9.

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