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Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu


Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Address:Sardar Patel Road,Guindy
Chennai (District Chennai)
Tamil Nadu, India
Pin Code : 600025

Anna University, Chennai Tamil Nadu is a University recognised by UGC.
Anna University is situated in Chennai of Tamil Nadu state (Province) in India. This data has been provided by www.punjabcolleges.com. Chennai comes under Chennai (Madras) Tehsil, Chennai District.

Fax # of Anna University, Chennai Tamil Nadu is +91-44-22350397, 22351956.

Contact Person(s) of the Anna University, Chennai Tamil Nadu is (are): Dr.P.Lakshmi (Director).

Mobile No(s) of concerned persons at Anna University, Chennai Tamil Nadu are +91-99946-12298, +91-97899-36314.

email ID(s) is Anna University Chennai Tamil Nadu

Website of Anna University, Chennai Tamil Nadu is www.annauniv.edu.

Vice Chancellor : PROF DR P MANNAR JAWAHAR Tel: 044 22351445(O) 24513379(R).

Registrar : Dr.S.Shanmugavel Tel: 044 22352161(O) 22233947(R).

Contact Details of Anna University, Chennai Tamil Nadu are : Telephone: +91-44-22352161, 22233947, 22358265, 22357216, 20, 21, 23, 24, 64502506, 64502507, 64502508
EPABX : 22351126, 22352312

(O) :044-22201382
(M): 09444266117
Fax:- 044-22300105

Technical Coordinator
Technical Coordinator
(M): 09444405590


Anna University, Chennai Tamil Nadu runs course(s) in Architecture, Engineering stream(s).
M.E., M.Tech, M.Plan

UG Courses:
Faculty of Civil Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering
B.E. Civil Engineering
B.E. Geo Informatics
B.E. Agricultural and Irrigation Engineering

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
B.E. Mechanical Engineering
B.E. Material Science and Engineering
B.E. Mining Engineering

Department of Printing Technology
B.E. Printing Technology

Department of Manufacturing Engineering
B.E. Manufacturing Engineering

Department of Industrial Engineering
B.E. Industrial Engineering

Department of Aerospace Enginnering
B.E. Aeronautical Engineering

Department of Automobile Engineering
B.E. Automobile Engineering
B.Tech. Automobile Engineering

Department of Production Technology
B.E.Production Engineering(Full time & Part time)

Department of Rubber and Plastic Technology Engineering
B.Tech Rubber and Plastic Technology Engineering

Faculty of Electrical & Electronics Engineering
Department of Electrical Engineering
B.E. Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Faculty of Information & Communication Engineering
Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering
B.E. Electronics and Communication Engineering

Department of Computer Science and Engineering B.E. Computer Science and Engineering (Full time & Part time)
B.Tech. Information Technology(Dual Degree)

Department of Information Technology
B.E. Computer Science and Engineering (Full time & Part time)
B.Tech. Information Technology (Dual Degree)

Department of Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering
B.E. Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering

Department of Electronics Engineering
B.E. Electronics & Communication Engineering

Faculty of Science & Humanities
Department of Media Sciences
B.Sc. Electronic Media

Faculty of Technology
Department of Chemical Engineering
B.Tech. Chemical Engineering (Full time & Part time)
B.Tech. Petroleum Refining and Petrochemicals Engineering
B.Tech Ceramic Technology(S.S)

Department of Textile Technology
B.Tech Textile Technology (Full time & Part time)

Department of Bio-Technology
B.Tech Industrial Bio-Technology
B.Tech Food Technology
B.Tech Pharmaceutical Technology

Faculty of Architecture and Planning
Department of Architecture and Planning B.Arch

PG Courses:
Faculty of Civil Engineering

Department of Civil Engineering
M.E. Geoinformatics
M.Tech. Remote Sensing
M.E. Urban Engineering
M.E. Structural Engineering
M.E. Construction Engineering and Management
M.E. Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering
M.E. Irrigation Water Management
M.E. Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering

Centre for Environmental Studies
M.E. Environmental Engineering
M.E. Environmental Management

Centre for Water Resources
M.E. Integrated Water Resources Management

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
M.E. Internal Combustion Engineering
M.E. Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
M.E. Engineering Design
M.E. Computer Aided Design (CAD)
M.E. Product Design and Development (PDD)
M.E. Energy Engineering
M.E. Manufacturing Systems Management
M.E. Mechatronics

Department of Printing Technology
M.E. Printing Technology
Department of Manufacturing Engineering
M.E. Computer Integrated Manufacturing
M.E Manufacturing Engineering

Department of Industrial Engineering
M.E. Industrial Engineering
M.E. Quality Engineering & Management

Faculty of Electrical & Electronics Engineering
Department of Electrical Engineering
M.E. Power Systems Engineering
M.E. High Voltage Engineering
M.E. Control and Instrumentation Engineering
M.E. Power Electronics and Drives
M.E. Electrical Drives and Embedded control
M.E. Embedded System Technologies

Faculty of Information & Communication Engineering
Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering
M.E. Applied Electronics
M.E. Communication Systems
M.E. VLSI Design
M.E. Medical Electronics

Department of Computer Science and Engineering
M.E. Computer Science and Engineering
M.E. Software Engineering
M.E. Multimedia Technology
M.Tech. Information Technology
Master of Computer Applications (MCA)
M.E Systems Engineering and Operations Research

Department of Electronics Engineering
M.E. Communication & Networking
M.E. Avionics

Faculty of Management Sciences
Department of Management Studies
Master of Business Administration

Faculty of Science & Humanities
Department of Media Sciences
M.Sc. Electronic Media 2 years
M.Sc. Electronic Media 5 years Integrated

Department of Mathematics
M.Sc. Mathematics
M.Sc. Computer Science 2 years
M.Sc. Computer Science 5 years Integrated
M.Sc Information Technology 5 Years Integrated

Department of Physics
M.Tech. Laser and Electro Optical Engineering
M.Sc. Materials Science
M.Sc. Medical Physics

Department of Chemistry
M.Sc. Applied Chemistry
M.Tech.Polymer Science and Engineering

Faculty of Technology
Department of Chemical Engineering
M.Tech Chemical Engineering
M.Tech Petroleum Refining and Petrochemicals Enginnering
M.Tech Environmental Science &Technology

Department of Textile Technology
M.Tech Textile Technology (Full time & Part time)

Department of Bio-Technology
M.Tech Biotechnology
M.Tech Bio-Pharmaceutical Technology

Faculty of Architecture and Planning
Department of Architecture and Planning
M.Arch Digital
M.Arch Landscape
M. Plan

Research Courses:
Ph. D (Doctral of Philosophy)
Engineering/ Technology
All Branches of Engg., & Technology

Science & Humanities
Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, English & Allied Subjects

M.S (Master of Science)
Engineering / Technology
All Branches of Engg., & Technology,

Science & Humanities
Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, English & Allied Subjects

M.Phil.(Master of Philosophy)
Science & Humanities
Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, English & Geology

Other departments of this University are:
Faculty of Civil Engineering,
Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering,
Faculty of Information and Communication Engineering,
Faculty of Management Sciences,
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering,
Faculty of Science and Humanities,
Faculty of Technology,
Department of Management Studies,
School of Architecture and Planning

Profile of Anna University

Anna University Chennai Project Fellow Jobs Feberuary 2011
Project Fellow Jobs 2011 in Anna University, Chennai
Signed by Dr V Sadasivam, Professor and Head

Project Fellow Vacancy in Department Of Chemistry, College Of Engineering, Anna University, Chennai
February 18, 2011

Application on a plain paper along with complete bio-data, Xerox copies of mark sheets, degree certificates and other academic credentials are invited for the position of a Project Fellow to work in a University Grant Commission, New Delhi Sponsored Research project for three years. The details of the project are as follows:

Name of the Project 'Development of Liquid crystalline and Luminescent Photocurable Polyesters'
Post - Project Fellow- I

Number of Post - One
Qualification- M.Sc., first class with specialization in Polymer/ Organic/ Analytical/ Inorganic/ Photonics/ Applied chemistry

Fellowship -.Rs. 8, 000/- per month
Duration of 3 Years -[The duration of the fellowship is purely temporary and the project co-terminus with the project]

Application along with the relevant documents should reach the following address on or before 11.03.2011. Super scribe the envelope as UGC-Project-F. No.39-69]/2010 (SR)

Dr. P. Kannan, (PI, UGC Project)
Department of Chemistry,
Anna University,
Chennai-600 025.

Dr P Kannan Date of Birth 15.8.1957

Details of some other major science projects in India (not related with this job)
Characterization and evaluation of calcium borohumate- A new boron fertilizer for efficient management of boron to Tomato
Improvement of aromatice rice through induced mutagenesis
Carbon sequestration potential of Rice ecosystem
Impact of foliar and soil application on mulberry leaf quality and silkworm bioassay
Promotion and application of Biotechnology -fertilizers and Bio- pesticides in vegetables cultivation in Allahabad
Physiological and molecualar dissection of high temperature tolerance in Rice
Empowering farmers with information on safe plant protection measures
Sustainable agriculture with- goat maizew+marigold farming for biological pest suppression through enchanced soil microbial consortia
Incroporation of pyrroloquinoline quinone (pqq) gene cluster in herbaspirillum seropedicae Z67 for the enhanced growth promotion in rice
Morphologi al characterization and identification of superior high yielding barn yard millet echinochloa furmentacea (roxb.) lirk genotypes suted to souther districts of tamil nadu
Revalidating pre monsoon sowing week with higher resolution for changing climate of Tamil Nadu
Soil health management through miconutrient fortified Biotechnology resources for sustainable vegetable production in salat affected soils
Genetic purity assessment of commercial seed lots of varieties and hybrids of rice and maize through identification of suitable SSR markers
Decomposition of coffee pulp wastes using effective microorganisms
Soil seed bank and post-fire regeneration ecology of pine forest in Garhwal Himalaya
Intesive agricultural practies adopted by the farmers of Marthwada region with special reference to Beed district: A critical curvey
Traditional knowledge systems of maritime communities of North East coastal Andhra Pradesh : Their criticality in food security of the region
Prevalence of overweight and obesity and its assocaiation with hypertension, diabetes and lipid levels among the urban and rural population of Andhra Pradesh
Nutritional and helath stauts of the rural elderly in Chittoor District, Andhra Pradesh: An epidemological study
Molecular genetics of hypertropohic cardimyopathy A Delhi family study
Serarch for mio-plocene primates and other mammalia in the siwaliks of northwest India
Ethnographic documentation ofvulnerable (primitive) tribes of Orissa (A visual anthropological study)
Elementary education in mother tongue : a Study of prospects and constraints in tribal Jharkhand
Displacemnet, marginalization and exclusion of tribes due to construction of dams and reserviirs in Andhra Pradesh
Effect of development measures on women�s quality of lif: a comparative study among the fice scheduled tribes of Uttarkhand
Synthesis of chitosan nanoparticles from marine organisms of the gulf of mannar region, south india
Reef fish assessment in the gulf of mannar marine national park, southeastern india
Isolation and characterization ofantifouling compounds from seaweed associated antagonistic bacteria fo Fulf of Mannar Southeast coast of India
Nitrite and ammonia toxicity to fish cyprinus carpio var. communis and the ameliorating effect of salinity and external calcium
Sustainable utilization ofseagrsss biowaste for biofuel ethanol production by using potential haltolerant microbes
Biodiversity and nutritional evaluavation of selected zooplankton for sustainable fish culture
Bioactive potential of marine toxin for Biotechnology prospecting of star fish from east coast of India
Quantification ofcrustacean hyperglycemichormoneand its hemolymph metabolites: following various stresses in the blue swimmer crab protunus pelagicus
Blooming of phytoplankton, biological, indicators, biological pump in Hooghly Esturay.
Prevalence, intensity and effect of nematode (Philometra spp) parasite on the ovaries of food fishes fo Tamol Nadu and Puducherry coasts
Prevalence, epidemiology and histopthology of Tumour (Odontoma) in the food fishes of East Coast of India
Role of Profilin and phosphoprofilin in Cell invasion
Biochemical and molecular mechanism of myricetin on streptozotocin cadmium induced diabetic nephrotoxic rats
Funcatinal analysis of novel variants of human Tim44, a mitochondrial inner membrane recptor, which co-segregate with thyroid carconmas by using yast, saccharomyces cerevisiae, system
Phytochemical characterization and bioactivity evaluation ofsome ehtnomedicinal plants of Southern Assam
Isolation and characterization of anti- inflammatory and hepatoprotective activity compounds from medicinal plants
Studies on the signaling cross talk of ovarian steroids : Relevance to menstrual migraine
Influence of nitric oxide andsalicylic acid siganling on cadmium-stress-induced oxidative purst and protein profile in rice
Studies on the protective effects of ferulic acid and vitamin E. on carbendazim induced testicular toxicity in rats
Neuroproective effects of bacopa monniera in the model of 6 Hydroxy dopamine [6-OH DA] Lesion in Rats Biochemical behavioral and neurochemical studies
Study of the prevalence of hepatocellular damage due to DOTSS therapy among tuberculosis patients of Nagpur City DOTS centers.
Molecular chemopreventive approaches for ferulic acid in 7,12-dimethylbenz (a) anthracene induced oral carcinogenesis
Molecular basis of chemoprevention by gallic acid: NFkB as a potential in 1,2 dimethylhydrazine induced colon carcinogenesis:
Assessment and analsi of the plant oil feedstock available in North-East India for biodiesel production
Identification, purification, strucuture and function characterization of lipid transfer proteins in fenugreek seeds (Trigonella foenum-graceum)
Evaluation of therapecutic efficacy of pjyllanthus amarus in diabetes mellitus using streptozotocin induceddiabetic and fructose fed insulin resistant rats as models
Effect of hypoxia on regulation of PEP1 and role of calpain activation
Biochemical and morpho-physiological basis of cold stress tolerance in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) Cultivars
Association of single nucleotide polymorphism in candidate genrs with benigh prostatic hyerplaisa and prostatic cancer
Stimulated effects and therapeutic role of solanum indicum incorporated collagen matrix for diabetic wound healing
Studies on exploiting the cyanobacteria as spectral probes to monitor the heavy metal toxicity
Cytoprotective potential of picrorhiza kurroa on fenoterol induced oxidative stress in mice
Combined effect of carvacrol and rosiglitazone on high fat diet fed C57BL/6J type diabetic mouse model
Characterization of natural resistance in arachis hypogaea L agaisnt aspergillus niger
Studies on the role of centella asiatica on the epidiymal fluid, spermatozoa and blood of rats
Studies on lactic acid production by submerged (SmF) and soild state fermentation (SSF) using mango peel and other fruit wastes assubstrate
Mitochondria mediated apoptosis in the chemoprevention by fish oil in experimental colon carcinogenesis.
Elucidaton of the role of leptin in th eregulation of the hypothalamus pituitary adernal aisx in metabolic syndrome
Indentification of susceptibility gens and other risk factors associated with high prevalence of type 2 diabetes in North Indian Population
Monte carlo simulations of biomolecular motors
Synthesis, characterization, and study of nono-biocomposites and hybrid biomaterials
Searching for potential therapeutic targets in human pathogens (food and water borne) using comparative genomics approach: Molecular modleing, docking and simulation studies
Shape and chemical feature based 3D- pharmacophore model generation, virtual screening and MESP sudies to identify potential leads for antifungal azoles
Metabolomicandgenomicanalysis of polyketide gene clusters from marine derivedstreptomces spp-Hunting for novel bioactive natural products
Identification of quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for drought tolerance in groundnut
Studies on freshwater algal diversity of Similipal biosphere reserve and screening for their antimicrobial potentials
Microbial profiling in gangetic river system and developmentof a gold nanoparticle based multiplex lateral flow immunoassay for bacterial detection.
Characterization of pigments produced by actinomycetes from industrially pollutedareas for therapeutic applications
Studies on biopproductivity of biofuel species in semiarid stress condition of North Karnataka
In Vitro response and characterization of bioactive compounds of couroupita guianensis a rare medicinal plant .
Extraction of secondary metabolites from callus cultures (Root and leaf) of an endangered medicinal plant janakia arayalpathra Josepoh and Chandrasekaran and quantitative analysis of 2 Hydroxy 4Methoxy Benzaldehyde
Studies on development of biosensor technology for rapid BOD estimation
Role of bacopa monniera Extract on oxidative stress andapoptosis induced by alumimium
Proteomic analysis of mechanism of a new metastasis suppressor gene
Exploration and germplasm collection of citrus from the North-Eastern India and Characterization of Genetic variability using celluar and molecular approaches
Plant assisted bioremediation of hydrocarbon pollution in oil spill areas of Assam
Studies on endophytes of medicinally important solanaceae members for bioactive compounds
Matrix metalloproteinase-2 dysregulation in diabetic nephropathy
Study of biological diversity and identification of efficient strains among microbial isolates of dairy effluent
Molecular characterization of a virus causing mosaic disease of jasmine (Jasminum sambac L.) and development of molecular diagnostics for the detection of virus
Enzyme engineering by computer aided molecular modeling and site directed nutagenesis for the improvement of activity of celluase enzyme for the saccharification of cellulosic materials for agricultural waste for bioethanol production
Metabolic engineering of a lactic acid bacterial isolate for biotransformation of ferulic acid to vanillin
Assessment of gastric carcinoma development following infection by helicobacter pylori
Isolation and characterization of peptide hormones/genes regulating reproductoin in selected edible crustaceans
Isolation and screening of bacteria for xanthine oxidase activity
Comparision of microbiological immunological and molecular tools for diagnosing pleural tiberculosis
Novel strategy for the biological control of heliocoverpa armigera (Hubner) through recombinant baculovirus and its field applicability
Spectroscopic studies on acid induced unfolding of egyptain cobra venom and that of Indian orgin species
Studies on the molecualr taxonomy and phylogeny of marine zooplankton (Calanoida; Arthropoda) from the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Coast
Selection of elite clones of bacopa mannieri (L.) wettst. And production of bacosiders using biotechnological approaches
Studies on the dynamics of endotoxin neutralizing protein interaction network (PIN) with antiinflammatory molecules
Isolation of nicotine degrading bacteria and characterization of their intermediate metabolites
Formulation of gold/silver nano conjugates/encapsulates with novel biactive synthetic 1H-Pyrazol-2 methoxyphenol derivatives as anti-cancer therapeutics
Developing mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase 1 gene sequence based molecular database for taxonomical identification of lepidopteran insect pests of vegetable crops
Development of distributed agitation system for biofuel fproduction from microalgae
Development of HIV gp41-igGFc-C3d fusion protein for immunogenicity studies in mouse model
Antioxidant and anticnace effects evoked in vivo by selected medicinal plants
Development ofesy and inexpensive loop- mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) kit for thedtction of bacterial pathogens
Allele mining for stress tolerance in traditinal and wild relatives of rice (Oryza Sative L.)
Molecular cloning and cunctional characterization of riboflavin transporters from Caenorhabditis elegans
Autommune & inflammatory human diseases biomarker database
Lectin based biosensor for identificatoin of pathogens
Comparative metabolic profiling of plumbago indica L. and tis in vitro culture for commerical utilizatoin
Studies on genetic polymorphism of xenobitic metabilizing genes-a risk factor for cancer among Haryana Populaiton
Isolation and characterization of bioacitive compounds from the marine bacteria associated with the molluscs of Kanaykumari Coast
Isolation and moelcular charaterizaton of potent probiotic microorganisms from indian Major carps in River Cauvery
Identification and charcterization of bioactive compounds by HPLC and exploring anti-rheumatic potential of mudakathan keerai (cardiospermum halicababum)
Genetic engineering for anthracnose disease resitance in chilli pepper using defensin gen (TcD1)
Biotechnological exploration of phosphate solublising micorbes
Establishment of in vitro colonal propagation based conservation method and Dna fingerprinting analysis of endagered medicinal plants form Kodaikanal Region of South India
Assessment of arbuscular myucorrhizal fungi (AMF) and other microbial associations from rhizosphere soils of Bt- Cotton and non Bt-Cotton fields in Godavari belt
Studies on the evaluation of outer membrane protein (OMP) genes of leptospira interrogans for development of PCR based diagnostics as well as production of recombinant OMPs and their imunological characterizaton
Mass production, evaluation and commercialization of bioinoculants for agroforestry nureries
Evaluation of antiarthritic property of bioactive constituents of embelia ribes.
Characterzation and expression analysis of induced defense genes in Tomato againstA. Solani conferred by piriformospora indica.
Studies on Cytomorphology and cytotaxonomy of some aquatic angiosperms from Tamil Nadu
Profile study of peptides and antioxidants mulberry leaves: in relaation to their potential in artifical diet rearing system of silkworm
Ontogency of sporangiaand evolution of sorus in Central Himalayan Homorporous ferns
Aerobiodiversity in relation to aerophycology and its role in environmental management at Pune city
Dynamics of Toxin (Microcystin) Productoin/releaseand toxic and non toxic strains of cyanobacterial blooms in seected ponds:a molecular approach
Phytochemical analysis and in Silico screning ofse
Exploration of pollen loads from bee hives and conservation of be flora from Gadchiroli District of Maharashtra
Evaluation ofphytochemicals and ex-situ conservation of some endemic medicinal plants in the shola forests of Nilgiris, the western ghats.
Studies on air microflora in Bangalore city and their effect on health
Diversity, food value and bioactive peptides from Termintomyces specied- A basidiomyceted fungus from western ghats (Karnataka)
Microbial andmolecular investigation of decolorization and degradation of textile dye effluent through field applicatoin studies for solving the problems of textile- industry belt of Tamil Nadu
Isolation and characterization of novel pseudomonas fluorescence and bacillus subtilis strains from Maharashtra soils with potential to control leaf spots caused by colletrotrichum gloeoporiodes on various horticultural crops
Exploration of medicinal plant resources in Wardha District and development of their digitized database for appropriate utilization
Investigations on the mangroves of South Coastal Andhra Pradesh
Evaluation, propagation and in vitro producation ofanthraquinones from rubia cordifolia L.
Phytochemical and pharmacological studies of three rare specied of phyllanthus L. in South Western ghats, India
Finding sustainable alternatives for malnourished children ofNandurbar District in Maharashtra: Ethnobotanical Study
Genetic and molecular characterization and micropropagation studies of endemic medicinal plants of andrographis lineata nees and andrographis elongata T. and in the Eastern Ghats of Tamil nadu, South India
Evaluation of anti-arthritic properties of withania somnifera
Novel Plant Geotypes for predicted climate change
Modulation of serine acetyl transferase by sulfur for the control of cadmium-induced oxidative stress in mustard types differing in ethylene sensitivity
Studies on diversity of fern species from Sahyadri and rest of Maharashtra
Identification and Physiological characterization of energy grass (es) suitable for poor quality soils
Chemotaxonomic and molecular studies in Rubia speices from Eastern Ghats of Tamil Nadu for the Exploitation of Anthraquinone
Studies on the refinement of regeneration protocol in Tecomella undulata (Smith) Seem-an endangered desert tree and molecualar markers based assessment of genetic fidelity ofmicropopagated plants.
Making teaching of plant science more friendly, clear, fascinating, innovative andfunctional through developing various teaching aids
Study on biology of cordyceps militaris (L.) Link A Medicinal mushroom
Studies on the biology of five tree species of brijmandal in relation to their conservation.
Imapct assessment studies of toxic air pollutants in industrial area of pital nagari (Moradabad) UP
Improving the producation of aristolochic acid from aristolochia indica and A. bacteolata through in vitor culture A potential antivenom and anticancer drug.
Interaction of reavtive oxygen species and ethylene in regulating axis growth dirung seed germination
Structural and phytodiversity studies on Myristica swamps (an endangered ecosystem) in Dakshina Kannada District
Use of its nr DNA sequencing technique as a diagnostic tool for authentic identification of medicinal plants.
Impact of tourism on environment of Parasnath (Jharkhand)
Water quality monitoring and improvement strategy uging algal diversity as tool.
In vitro propagation and conservation of some rare and endagered speices of Vanda and ass4essment of their genetic fidelity through molecular techniques
Interated management of Rhizoctonia bataticola causing dry root rot of chickpea and molecular characteriozation of potential biocontrol agents.
In vitro propagation of butea monosperma (Lam) Taub. Var lutea (Witt.) a rare and endangered medicinal plant
Impact analysis of allergenic mites and mycolora from intramural environment and its mangaement at Pune
In Vitro production and isolation of bioactive metabilites from hybanthus enneaspermus (L.) F. Muell.
Molecular approach for selection,
Drought stree-induced chages in expression of boiling stable proteins in wheat
Somaclonal Variation studies in Gloriosa superba
Alternative drug serarch from ethno- medicinal plant of Orissa against multi- drug resistant bacteria
Taxonomic studies on fresh water red algae of South India
Microprogation and conservatinal strategies of potentially economic important tropical deciduous trees drypetes roxburghii (Wall) Hurusawa and saptum insigne (Royle) Trimen
Study of extra cellular enzyme producing gut bacteria of gryllotalpa africana p. de beau.
Phytochemistry & Antimicrobial, antioxidant properties of certain edible plant products and their mechanism of action on bacteria
Limological studies on the water bodies of Haliyal, (Uttar Kannada District)
Micropropagation of hyphaene dichtoma a rare and endemic palm
In Vitro morphogenetic studies in some brassica spp.
Induced mutagenesis in cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L. walp) using Gamma rays
Genetic diversity and in vitro propagation and bioactive compounds characterization of ventilago madraspatana
Enhancement of blackgram yield in rice fallows by exploting indigenous rhizobial strains
Developing salt tolerant biodiesel plant jatropha curcas L. through in vitro propagation and improving its growth performance by application of consortium of bioinoculants
Induced mutation studies on sesame (Sesamum Indicum L.)
The application of multiple shoot induction protocol for transgenic plant production andsecondary metabolite analysis in sorghum biocolor (L.) Moench
Physiological aspects ofsenescence and post harvest shelf of cut flowers
Effect of changing the nanosclae environment on activity and stability of nitrate reductase
Exploration of soil microorganisms for quality compost production
Studies on vernonia anthelmintica (L.) wild. With refernece to strain improvement , standardizaion of nursery technology including microporpagion and in vitro production of bioactive compounds.
A comparative study on effect of synthetic and botanical pesticides on physiology and biochemistry of cyanobacteria
The imapct of biopesticides on differnet genotypes & Rice & Cajanus coja
Isolation of phytochemical and biochemical Evaluation of anti-diabetic effect of selected medicinal plants from Eastern ghats of Chittor district of Andhra Pradehs, India
Expoloration of bioactive endophytic mycoflora of selected endimic plants of tropicla evergreen forest, Western Ghats, Tamil nadu
Systamatic studies of agaricus from Punjab state
In vitro studies on growth and evelopment of two important plant species on Indian arid environment
Selection of elite biotypes ofterminalia species using PCR basd markers and their conservation through in vitor mi cropropagation
Pharmacognositc investigations of ethno- medicinal plants
Ethnobotany of primitive tribal groups of North Coastal Andhra Pradesh
Ecological study of the flora of nagaon district of Assam with special reference to medicinal plants
Evaluation of fungicidal properties of the active components extracted from some of the plants growing wild in the dorests ofAssam
Screenung for economic potential of the plants used in festivals of the indigenous population in the lateritic zones of India
In situ conservation of rare, endangered and threatened plants
Screebing fluorecent pseudomnad strains from the forest soil of grizzled squirrel wildlife sanctuary of sathuragiri hills (western ghats) for its genetic diversity and productoin of agrobioactgive metabolites
Documentation and evalution of indigenous traditional konowledge of against pest pathogens in Manipur
Assessment of rare, endemic andendagered plants of velliangiri hills, the Southern Western Ghats, India
Phylogenetic analysis of dioscrea section combilim, lasiophyton, opsophyton and enantiophyllum based on choroplast Mathematics K sequences and AFLP from corridor of Satpura hilly ranges and Westrn Ghats of Maharshtra state
Studies on aloe vera L. liliaceae with particular reference to pahtological aspect of root rot disease
Studies of fungal endophytes of mango and their potentail use as biological control agents
Phytochemical investigations fro bioactive molecules of eulophia nuda L, its in vitro proppagation and enhancement of anticancer molecules in callus and suspension clutires by elicitors
Biological of some parasitic angiosperms in Karnataka
Diversity of thermotolerant actinomycetes in terrestrial hot springs of Indian and their potentail for production of industrially important amylases
Phytochemical and pharmacological investigations of endemic medicinal plants
Induction of systemic acquired resistance to control blight and wilt in cuminum cyminum L. by using alternaria burnsh and fusarium oxysporum f.sp cumini derived elicitors
Studies ofplant diversity at nathsagar
Investorization, documentation and sruvery of the cyanobactgerial forms of three Himalayan states -Uttarkhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir
Comparative algal, diversity and related physico-chemical parameters in lakes of belgaum district
Studies on the bioacaive constituents of rotula aquatica lour. And their effect on uroithiasis
Sustainable utilizaton ofseaweeds for developing phtoremediation strategies to reclaim heavy metal contaminated soil and to enhawce biomass productivity
Effect of brassinosteroids on growth and metabolism of cajanus cajan (L.) millsp. Under alumimuim, toxicity
Sensitivity of polyamines in amelloration of salt stress in lycopersicon esculentum in the presence and/or absence of brassinosteroids
Climate change impact on the ecology of algae dwelling in certain Hyderabad lakes
Isoloation, fractionation and identificatoin of an anti-diabetic molecule from Marine Resource a mangrove plant rhizophora mucronata
DNA bank & in vitro conservatoin of wild aromatic & non-aromatic rice varieties of West Bengal as an aproach for Ex-Situ conservation
Exploitation of wetland resources for the upliftment of soiocconomic condition of North Bihar
Interaction of trichoderma spp. Ibhabniting the rhizosphere of green gram with VAM and plant growth promoting rhizobacteria on green gram (vigna radiata)
Status survey of loristic diversity of Delhi in the context of rapid urbanization and Habitat Loss
Bacterial resistance modifying agents from Indian mdeicinal
Efect of arsenic (As) on utrastrucutre and secondary metabolites ofa medicinally important plant-artemisia annua linn. And a staple legume cicer arietinum linn.
Studies on mineral and biochemical constituents of Marine alage from gulf of mannar region, Southease Coast of Tamil Nadu
Exploration of algal Flora of two reserviors of Gandhi District. (Wardha District)
Studies of physico-chemical parameters, microflora and antibacterial activity of some branded honey and local honey in Nagpur regions
Study of orchid diversity in Himachal Pradesh with a particular reference to kasauli hills Distt Solan, H.P. and propagation of two threatended and medicinally important indian Orchids through tissue culture
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About Us
Anna University was established on 4th September 1978 as a unitary type of University. It offers higher education in Engineering, Technology and allied Sciences relevant to the current and projected needs of the society.Besides promoting research and disseminating knowledge gained therefrom, it fosters cooperation between the academic and industrial communities.The University was formed by bringing together and integrating two well-known technical institutions in the city of Madras.

* College of Engineering, Guindy (CEG)(1794)
* Madras Institute of Technology , Chrompet (MIT)(1949) and three Technological Departments of the University of Madras.
* Alagappa College of Technology (ACT)(1944)
* School of Architecture and Planning (SAP)(1957)

Situated in the southern part of the city of Madras (Chennai), the University's main campus extends over 100 hectares abutting the Adyar River on the north and Raj Bhavan on the south. The Madras Institute of Technology at Chrompet constitutes the second campus of the University which extends over 20 hectares. Both the campuses have a variety of buildings serving the various needs of the University community. A third campus extending over 80 hectares is located at Taramani near the Instronic campus, Adyar. The Bioprocess Laboratory donated by SPIC is located at present in this campus and a few more centers of advanced studies, like National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Sugar Research Institute, Mechatronics Institute, Entreprenuership Development Park, and Convention Centre will also be housed there in future.

Since December 2001,it has become a large, highly renowned affiliated University, having brought into its fold about 225 Self-financing Engineering Colleges six Government Colleges and three Government-aided Engineering colleges located in various parts of Tamilnadu State.

The Anna University ,which is of the affiliated type is a member of the Association of Indian Universities, the Association of Commonwealth Universities and Partner of UNESCO International Center for Engineering Education (UICEE). UGC have accredited Anna University with Five Star Status in 2002 which is the highest rating. With proven capabilities both in academic and research areas, Anna University was able to receive this honour for a period of five years for excellence in Technical Education.

Profile of Anna University
Anna University came into existence on 4th September 1978 as a unitary type of University. It offers higher education in Engineering, Technology and allied Sciences relevant to the current and projected needs of the society. Besides promoting research and disseminating knowledge gained there from, it fosters cooperation between the academic and industrial communities.

The University was formed by bringing together and integrating two well-known technical institutions in the city of Madras - College of Engineering, Guindy (CEG), Madras Institute of Technology, Chrompet (MIT) and three Technological Departments of the University of Madras. The university is also proud for the fact that the former President of India - Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was a student of this university and is now a visiting professor.

Located in the southern part of the city of Madras (Chennai), the University's main campus extends over 100 hectares abutting the Adyar River on the north and Raj Bhavan on the south. The Madras Institute of Technology at Chrompet constitutes the second campus of the University which extends over 20 hectares. Both the campuses have a variety of buildings serving the various needs of the University community.

A third campus extending over 80 hectares is located at Taramani near the Instronic campus, Adyar. The Bioprocess Laboratory donated by SPIC is located at present in this campus and a few more centers of advanced studies, like National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Sugar Research Institute, Mechatronics Institute, Entreprenuership Development Park, and Convention Centre will also be housed there in future.

Since December 2001, Anna University has become a large, highly renowned affiliated University, having brought into its umbrella about 225 Self-financing Engineering Colleges, six Government Colleges and three Government-aided Engineering colleges located in various parts of Tamil Nadu State.

The varsity offers undergraduate, post graduate programs in the field of engineering and technology. It also offers very competitive atmosphere for research activities.

Anna University is a member of the Association of Indian Universities, the Association of Commonwealth Universities and Partner of UNESCO International Center for Engineering Education (UICEE). It is an affiliating university which enjoys Five Star Status offered by the University Grants Commission. The status has been given for its excellence in the field of Technical Education and research.

Anna University Chennai is a technological university in India. It was founded in January 2007 upon trifurcation of Anna University into three universities, namely, Anna University Chennai, Anna University Trichy and Anna University Coimbatore. The university is an accredited university with powers to grant affiliations to colleges and universities conducting graduate and post graduate, including diploma course, and is so recognized by the UGC.

Anna University is a university in Tamil Nadu state, India, offering higher education in Engineering, Technology and Allied Sciences.

Anna University was formed on September 4, 1978 as a unitary type of university. It integrated four technical institutions in the city of Chennai (previously known as Madras), including the College of Engineering, Guindy, established in 1794, and Madras Institute of Technology, established in 1949, which offered the first engineering degrees in India.

Perarignar Anna University of Technology (PAUT) was the original name used in 1978. In 1982 the current name of Anna University was adopted, removing the words "Perarignar" and "Technology". In December 2001, it was converted into an affiliating university, with almost all engineering colleges in the state of Tamil Nadu under its fold and also absorbing all the six government engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu as its constituent colleges. In all, it brought together about 250 engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu.

Since 13 February 2007 only the colleges situated in the districts of Chennai, Thiruvallur, Vellore, Kanchipuram, Thiruvannamalai and Vilupuram in Tamil Nadu have been affiliated to Anna University.

Anna University has four campuses (CEG, ACT and SAP in the main campus and MIT in Chromepet) having departments of Engineering, Technology and Applied sciences, and, under affiliation, about 108 self financing colleges and 1 Government College located in those districts.

Anna University Chennai, Set up on 4th September 1978, the Anna University was actually formed by forging two famous technical colleges in the Madras city. It grants information related to the current educational needs, hence bringing together educational and industrial groups. The central campus of the university extends over a space of 100 hectares. The Madras institute of technology is another campus of the university that covers almost 20 hectares located at Chrompet. The university has a third campus also which extends for 80 hectares being located at the Instronic campus in Taramani, Adyar.

This University is affiliated to the association of Indian Universities and UNESC. The UGC have also given recognition to this university by giving it a Five Star ranking in 2002 which is the biggest ranking. It was also getting this honor for five years for its superiority in imparting technical education.

On 4th September 1978, Anna University was established as a unitary University. The integration of the four different technical institutions in the city of Madras resulted in the formation of Anna University. In December 2001, the University brought more than 200 Self-financing Engineering Colleges some Government Colleges and few Government-aided Engineering colleges located in various parts of Tamil Nadu State into its fold to become one of the highly renowned affiliated universities of the country.

In the year 2002 University Grants Commission (UGC) rewarded Anna University with the status of 5 star rating. The University is a member of the Association of Indian Universities, the Association of Commonwealth Universities and Partner of UNESCO International Center for Engineering Education (UICEE).

Anna University, located in the southern part of the city of Chennai (former Madras), fosters cooperation between the academic and industrial communities besides promoting research activities. The University's main campus extends over a few hectares adjoining the Adyar River on the north and Raj Bhavan on the south.

Educational Streams
The University conducts a slew of courses in several academic disciplines. It has established collaborations with more than 55 foreign Universities/Institutions through MoUs for the purpose of academic and research development. The Centre for International Affairs (CIA) has Overseas Professor Scheme with Professors from the USA, Germany and Australia. The university is known for promoting quality education in the fields of Engineering, Technology and allied Sciences.

Anna University Chennai Centre for Distance Education takes care of distance education programmes and courses.

Educational Programs: Anna University Chennai is offering under graduate and post graduate programs in many fields now like civil engineering, electrical and electronics engineering, science and humanities, technology and architecture and planning. It also has an MBA course in its curriculum. This university has four colleges under its anvil which are Madras Institute of technology, School of Architecture and Planning, Alagappa College of Technology and College of Engineering. After December 2001, it is going to have 225 independent engineering colleges, 6 government colleges and three government funded colleges under it in Tamil Nadu.

Apart from other basic facilities the University has as established library. The Library gained autonomy in December 2000. The Library provides many knowledge-based services its users like Reference, Bibliography, MALIBNET service, DELNET, Reprography, CD-ROM Databases, Internet browsing and e-services. The University also promotes students activities like Youth Red Cross, NSS, Computer Society.

It is offering many facilities for the benefits of students. The foremost among them is the Computer Society of Anna University, which is a very prestigious technical body. It was set up to make the students take interest in the area of computers. Under its flagship, a large number of events are held during the year. The Anna University library is also another important body of the university. The library has almost 10,157 users. Most importantly, the library also has a vast collection of services like Reprography, MALIBNET service, CD-ROM Databases, DELNET and internet browsing for the benefits of users.

* Faculty of Technology
* Faculty of Information and Communication Engineering
* Faculty of Civil Engineering
* Faculty of Management Sciences
* Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
* Faculty of Science and Humanities
* Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
* Faculty of Architecture and Planning

A Research Center for Nanosciences and Technology has been established by the University. The Government of Tamil Nadu has provided Rs.50.00 lakhs as seed money to establish clean room facility for developing semi-conductor devices.[citation needed]

Anna University Chennai, in collaboration with the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) has planned to design core engineering modules which are attractive in the job market.

Anna University Chennai has created a 'Centre for Distance Education' to conduct MCA, MBAand M.Sc. Computer related courses under Distance Education Mode. The IT Companies namely TCS., Infosys, L&T and HCL have agreed to have a common aptitude test that would rank students on the skill sets required for the industry.

The university has proposed to establish a state-of-the-art building in the proposed CT Park in the Guindy Campus and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC),and has agreed to provide infrastructure for its R&D training research centre. HP announced that the university has been awarded a "Technology for teaching' Grant of US $70,000. This grant will be used to establish a Centre for M-learning with the support of HP to engage the faculty to promote the use of mobile and wireless technologies.

A Digital Knowledge Centre has been inaugurated in the University Library. The Library was upgraded by establishing the infrastructure facilities for Digital Library with the assistance of the student of CEG -79 batches.

Anna University Chennai conducted a series of 'Training the Trainer' Programmes in collaboration with ELCOT and software companies such as Infosys, Wipro, CTS , TCS and Scope International under the scheme of 'Enhancing the Employability of Students' from the Affiliated Colleges of Anna University Chennai. The objective of this programme was to train teachers to impart communication and soft skills to students more effectively. Nearly 250 teachers were benefited from this programme.

Anna University Chennai introduced Medical Insurance Scheme to provide health care to all the students and employees of the University. Nearly 6000 students and 1500 staff members are being benefited through this scheme.

Anna University Chennai is establishing tie-ups with Universities and organizations abroad in order to promote research in technical Education. More than 108 National and 69 International Memorandum of Understanding have been signed so far.

The UGC has conveyed its approval for the upgradation of DRS programme in Dept of CSE to the level of DSA (Phase I) for a duration of 5 years, with the financial assistance of Rs.75.00 lakhs.

The USC has sanctioned Rs.20 lakhs each to three DSA Departments of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering and four DRS Departments of Chemistry, Computer Science Engineering, Biotechnology and Geology for strengthening of infrastructure facilities.

The USC has conveyed its approval for the upgradation of DSA (Phase Ill) programme in the DEEE to the level of centre for Advanced studies (CAS) for duration of5 years with the financial assistance of Rs.75.00 lakhs for implementing the programme.

The USC has conveyed its approval for the continuation of the programme at tho level of DRS (Phase II) for a period of 5 years with financial assistance of Rs.46.50 lakhs for the Department of Geology.

The University's main campus is situated in the southern part of Chennai and extends over 100 acres (400,000 m�) adjoining the Adyar River and the Raj Bhavan. It contains the College of Engineering,the Alagappa College of Technology, and the School of Architecture and Planning. The campus also houses three technical departments of the University of Madras. The Madras Institute Of Technology at Chromepet constitutes the second campus and extends over 200,000 m�. The third campus of the University is located at Taramani near the Instronic campus, Adyar.

Vice Chancellors Profile
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Prof. Dr. P. Mannar Jawahar is currently the Vice Chancellor of Anna University Chennai, one among the top technological universities in the world and the top technological university in India . He assumed charge in June 2008. His vision is to develop Anna University Chennai into a World Class Institution, renowned for its teaching capability, research tenacity and business acumen. His mission is to disseminate high quality technical education among the youth and inculcate values and ethics.

He has devoted himself towards teaching and research, building and grooming young engineers to face the challenges of the modern world. He joined Anna University , as a faculty in 1978 and rose to the position of a Professor in 1998. He has put in 3 decades of service in the teaching profession in various capacities. Even at the very young age of 39, his leadership qualities were recognized and the University bestowed on him, the Headship of leading the Department of Automobile Engineering. He was Head of the Department of Automobile Engineering at M.I.T campus of Anna University for 3 tenures and was Head of the Department of Production Technology at M.I.T for a span. During his tenure as HOD, he was instrumental in creating SEVEN new laboratories worth Rs. 5 crore.

Automotive Electronics Lab (1999)
Embedded System Lab (1999)
Automotive Electrical Testing Lab (2002)
Automotive Engine Calibration Lab (2002)
Modern Automotive Components Lab (2008)
Modern Engine & Vehicle Testing Lab (2008)
Modelling and Simulation Lab (2008)

As an academician, he exulted as an active researcher interested in inventing things valuable to the common man. He is actively involved in research and has produced six Ph.D.'s in Engineering. He is an examiner of Doctoral Thesis in various Universities and External Examiner for a number of Ph.D. examinations. He has about 16 papers to his credit in International Journals, 20 papers in National Journals and more than 70 papers in National and International Conferences. He has written two books in Engineering Discipline.

Prof. Dr. P. Mannar Jawahar is a pragmatist and a reformer. During his term as Director, Centre for University-Industry Collaboration he was responsible for the Placement & Training Activities at Anna University . He was also instrumental in starting the novel and innovative programme called Tamil Nadu State Level Placement Programme (TNSLPP) which is beneficial for the students studying in all the Self-Financing Engineering Colleges throughout Tamil Nadu. Due to this TNSLPP around 22000 students from the 222 engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu and 9000 students from University Departments have been placed in various National and Multinational Software & Core Engineering Companies with a minimum salary of Rs. 20,000/- per month within a duration of 3 years (2005-2008). He promoted the concept of 'Dream Job' which has provided opportunities for nearly 600 students who have received highly paid job offers, with salaries ranging from Rs. 4 lakh to Rs. 17 lakh per annum. He has been providing encouragement and support for all students, particularly the students from rural backgrounds, some of whom seem to have a marginal disadvantage over their urban counterparts, in terms of their communication ability. During his tenure he also organized 'Employability Skill Development' programme to the students of affiliated colleges. He has organized training for CTS recruits at Anna University two times in 2006 & 2007 benefiting the faculty and students to the tune of Rs. 1.1 crore.

As a trendsetter, he has conducted a number of Short-Term Training Programmes for the new recruits of various Automotive Industries such as Ashok Leyland (15 days - 4 times during 1994), Engine Valves India Ltd. (15 days - 2 times during 2000 & 2001), India Piston Ltd. (15 days during 2001), Renault - Nissan (15 days - 4 times during 2008). He has organized National Seminars on "Modern Trends in Automobile Engineering" and several Faculty Development programmes. He was instrumental in conducting AICTE sponsored summer and winter schools.

A humanitarian by nature, he was involved in several socially and community related issues. He has organized socially relevant trainings, to help and assist underprivileged youth in the locality. On several occasions he has given invited talks in "All India Radio and T.V." on a variety of subjects, towards popularizing Engineering principles, especially on topics related to Automobile, Railways and Placement.

He has always been proactive in providing the best learning environment to the student community. The growing popularity of this University in providing quality education has created a great demand overseas. He has initiated a number of MoUs between Anna University and foreign Universities like Osaka City University , Maastricht University , University of Joseph Fourier , France .

Known for his initiative and drive for Industry-Institute interactions, he has spearheaded several MoUs between Anna University and Industries like Cognizant Technologies Solutions, AIEMA, NISSAN, Cypress Semi Conductor Corporation. He was instrumental in installing the Open Source Lab by Cognizant Technology Solutions Ltd. benefiting the University. He has visited several countries and has participated in a number of International Academic and Industrial Forums.

He is an institution builder and a leading light. He has held various administrative and academic posts at Anna University . He is the Chairman of various committees at Anna University . He is also a member of various professional bodies including SAE, ISTE, ISNDT, ISME. He is a fellow of Institution of Engineers (India) and also a Chartered Engineer.

He has served as an Expert Member in Departmental Promotion Council for Vikram Sarahai Space Centre (VSSC), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), in selection / promotion committee for DRDO, in inspection committee of AICTE, Examiner in State Public Service Commission of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. At present he is a selection committee member for national organizations like ISRO, DRDO etc. He is also Advisory Council Member of SISI, expert member of Tamil Nadu State Council of FICCI and expert member of Madras Chamber of Commerce.

Humaneness is his characteristic feature. A man of discipline, Prof. Dr. P. Mannar Jawahar, with his sereneness and tranquil personality, accomplishes herculean tasks in an affable manner. He is benevolent and at the same time an excellent task master. He is a skilled administrator, adept in understanding people and their personalities.

Simplicity and integrity are the hall marks of his success. He is easily approachable and highly creative. He inspires confidence and trust among his peers and treats every individual with due respect.

Prof. Dr. P. Mannar Jawahar was born in a small village called PALAMEDU near Madurai . After his schooling and B.Sc course at Madurai , he joined the prestigious Madras Institute of Technology for his Undergraduate Engineering Course in Automobile Engineering. He did his M.E. (Mechanical Engineering) at P.S.G College of Technology, Coimbatore . He completed his Ph.D. at I.I.T. Delhi from the Department of Mechanical Engineering in "Vehicle Dynamics" area. Subsequently he did his Post Doctoral Research work at Warsaw University of Technology, Poland.

He is blessed with his wife JEWELCY and they are blessed with three sons NISHANT, NITIN PRASHANT and NIRMAL JOSHUA.

The Centre for Research is functioning in this University right from its inception 04.09.1978. It is offering research programme in multivarious branches of engineering, technology and in science and humanities. It is offering admission twice a year. Every year atleast 120 scholars are awarded Ph.D degree and atleast 150 scholars with M.S (By Research). This centre functions with full commitment towards Research and Development of societal importance with the enthusiasm to serve the community.

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Community Radio: a tool for development

— Dr Ankuran Dutta, Anamika Ray
Radio is the most vibrant mass communication tool of the recent times. This medium became outdated in the late twentieth century because of the rapid expansion of the television or other electronic media. The new born FM culture has helped to regain its popularity in the rural as well as urban areas. But these entertaining FM channels are unable to discuss the local problems of a community in a common platform. Is there, any media available that can concentrate on a particular community? Yes, community radio-the need of our times. The emerging broadcast sector with vast untapped potential facilitates democratisation of the airwaves for a progressive societal change. Community radio stands for radio broadcasting with the objective of serving the cause of the community in the service area by involving members of the community in the broadcast of their programmes. It is a type of radio service that caters to the interests of a certain area, broadcasting material that is popular to a local audience but is overlooked by more powerful broadcast groups.

The community radio campaign was started in the western countries in the 1970s. In the United Kingdom, CRS was in operation on cable systems from the early 1970s onwards and mostly situated in new town areas and staffed and operated by volunteers. In the late 80s and early 90s the then newly formed Radio Authority awarded licences to a number of new cable based community ventures. Notable stations included the championing Spectrum Radio and Radio Thamesmead are among the first cable radio stations which started on the Radio fusion cable system in South East London area in the mid 1970s. The National Federation of Community Broadcasters was formed in 1970 as an umbrella organisation for community-oriented, non-commercial radio stations in the United States of America. The NFCB publishes handbooks for stations and lobbies on behalf of community radio at the federal level.

In India, the campaign to legitimise community radio began in the mid 1990s only. In December 2002, the government of India approved a policy for the grant of licences for setting up of community radio stations (CRS) to well established educational institutions like IITs and IIMs. After a few years that matter has been reconsidered. The government has decided to broad base the policy by bringing nonprofit organisations like civil society and voluntary organisations etc under its ambit in order to allow greater participation by the particular community on issues relating to development and social change.

Anna University, Chennai owned the first CRS in India and the Anna FM was launched on February 1, 2004. This community radio is run by the Educational Multimedia Research Centre and theprogrammes are produced by the students of Media Sciences department of the university. As of November 2008, the ministry has given licences to 38 CRS, where as by June 2005 there were 442 fully-licensed community radio stations in Australia. Even Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and other countries are also doing better in establishing the community radio stations in their respective countries. The Kothmale CR came up in 1989 in Sri Lanka and went on to become something of a legend that broadcast communityprogrammes from an auto rickshaw. ETukTuk, this three wheeler is the worlds first radio station and multimedia centre.

According to the government sources, about 4,000 community radio licenses are on offer across India. By November 30, 2008, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had received 297 applications for community radio licenses, including 141 from NGOs and other civil society organisations, 105 from educational institutions and 51 for farm radio stations to be run by agricultural universities and agricultural extension centers (Krishi Vigyan Kendras). Except from the educational institutions, Alternative for India Development-AID project in Daltongunj (Jharkhand), Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan KMVS project in Bhuj (Gujarat), VOICES project in Budhikote (Karnataka), Deccan Development Society-DDS project in Pastapur (Andhra Pradesh) ctc are the remarkable examples, who have taken initiative to set up community radio for development of a society.

The north eastern region is not lagging behind. The Krishna Kanta Handique State Open University, the only and one state Open University of the region aims to provide education beyond barriers to reach the unreached of the society, (which was started working from mid of 2007 only) has received a temporary licence of community radio only for demonstration of three days. This pioneer institution is going to launcha community radio station by two three months after receiving the final licence from the ministry. With association of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia, the university is getting the opportunity to work as the nodal agency for community radio awareness in the region aiming to provide necessary consultation and assistance to the interested institutions or voluntary organisations.

Civil society and voluntary organisations, educational institutions including State Agriculture Universities (SAUs), ICAR institutions, Krishi Vigyan Kendras, registered societies, autonomous bodies and public trusts registered under societies act are eligible to run a community radio for social welfare with the broadcasting power. As per the instructions of the ministry, profit making organisations, any individual or any political party can not apply for the licence. It should explicitly constitute as a nonprofit organisation and should have a proven record of at least three years of service to the community. The ownership and management should represent the community andprogrammes should be of immediate relevance to the community focusing on health, environment etc. It should be based on educational, developmental, social and cultural needs of the community. A CRS can not broadcast any programs related to news, current affairs and any information of political nature. It has to provide the right to access to the minority and marginalised groups. CRS has to promote and protect cultural and linguistic diversity.

Jaya declares assets valued at Rs 51 crore

Former Vice Chancellor of Anna University Visvanathan with AIADMK Supremo J. Jayalalithaa after joining the party in Chennai - PTI
AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa has declared assets valued at Rs 51 crore, both movable and immovable, in her election affidavit.

In the affidavit filed while filing her nomination papers to contest from Srirangam in the April 13 Tamil Nadu Assembly Polls, Jayalalithaa said she had movable assets of Rs 13.03 crore and immovable assets of Rs 38.37 crore which includes 14.5 acres of grapeyards in Andhra Pradesh and Rs one crore in a tea estate in Kodanad in Nilgiris districts.

She said she was unable to give the actual market rate of her various property as police had seized documents and handed over to a court in Bangalore which is probing her disproportionate wealth case.

She declared that she has five cars.

Jayalalithaa is facing nine cases against her, three of them for economic offenses, one wealth case and one by CBI on her birthday donation from an unknown individual from abroad.

She does not have any debts, she said in the affidavit.

She had not declared the value of her jewellery as they are in Court.

City mini bus project running behind schedule

Chennai, Feb. 4: It is has been more than a year since state transport minister K.N. Nehru announced in the Assembly during the last budget session in April 2010 that 100 mini buses would ply in the city within three months. This is yet to be kicked off even though the Assembly has been convened for this years budget session on Thursday.

It appears that it would take some more time for mini buses to arrive in the city, much to the dismay of Chennaiites. It was expected that it would bring respite to the residents of the suburban areas as well as the many areas in the city that are far from the main roads.

Mr Nehru, while announcing the scheme in the Assembly on April 29, 2010, stated that it would

be operated in three months. However, in September 2010, Mr Nehru had said the vehicles would be on the road by the end of December. Even after this deadline has gone by, it seems that it would take a few more months for the buses to hit the roads.

Admitting that many deadlines have been crossed, a senior transport official said, It might even take a few more months. We have ordered for 200 buses from Ashok Leyland. There is a delay in getting the bus chassis, he added.

Anna University, directed to determine the bus routes by conducting a survey, is yet to submit the report.

The universitys transportation engineering department said the survey is almost over and it would be submitting the report soon. The mini buses would be operated based on that survey.

Colleges on hi-tech war to lure students

In this age of stiff competition among higher education institutions, some engineering colleges and deemed universities in the state are using innovative methods to attract students by sending them SMS and advertising with email service providers informing them about the infrastructure available in the college, apart from qualified faculty.

A self-financing engineering college on the outskirts of the city has sent an SMS to numerous students with the colleges code number allotted by the Anna University to be used for counselling for government quota seats with the message that the college has good infrastructure facilities and knowledgeable faculty.

The college has also sent its telephone number for students to contact the administration for more information.

Another private engineering college in the city has also followed the same pattern but without mentioning the telephone number or the address of the administrative office.

Some deemed universities in the state have advertised with famous email service providers hoping that youngsters might click on the link and browse the university website.

When asked to comment on the issue, an Anna University official said that the colleges were using SMS as a medium to publicise their college

VC extension puts state in fix

The governor and the ruling DMK party might have to explain to the Election Commission of India why they gave a one-year extension to the incumbent vice-chancellor of Anna University, Chennai, while the election code of conduct was in place without the consent of the poll authority.

An RTI reply has revealed that the office of the Tamil Nadu Governor (also university chancellor) had on March 4 approved Mannar Jawahars extension and the Tamil Nadu government passed an order the following day, three days after the poll code came into force, to give effect to the extension beginning June 27, 2011.

A city-based lawyer has sent a legal notice to the state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) seeking to declare the extension order as null and void and to enable the new government to decide upon the office of VC by due process of law or expiry of office.

According to section 11 (3) (a) of Anna University Chennai Act 1978, the chancellor (governor) may extend the VCs term of office only after the expiry of the period of the incumbents term.

The extension order made absolute by the state on March 5 after the model code of conduct came into force was ultra vires and unconstitutional, the notice stated.

Since there are 40 days between May 16 and June 26 there is no urgency. The EC should take stern action to teach a lesson to the erring officials, the notice stated.

It is learnt from AU sources that the university syndicate, comprising the secretaries of law, higher education and finance, which had not been convened for the past eight months, was not even informed of the VCs extension. The VCs term has been extended in haste while three VC posts are vacant state-wide.

AU sees drop in Tancet aspirants

Anna University has received about a lakh applications from students aspiring to write TANCET examination, in order to pursue M.B.A, M.C.A, M.E, M.Tech, M.Arch and M.Plan courses.

Speaking to Deccan Chronicle on Wednesday, Prof P. Mannar Jawahar, vice-chancellor, Anna University said that 87,615 students submitted applications at the university counter and about 12,000 aspirants had applied through the universitys website.

Last year we received about 1,03,000 applications, but this year the number has come down to one lakh, Prof Jawahar said.

Explaining that many students were able to land good jobs after completing UG alone, thanks to the boom in the economy, the vice-chancellor said, Last year, several companies were reluctant to recruit students from the campus. With no other option left students joined Masters courses to become faculty in higher education institutions, but this year the situation is different.

MBA and MCA aspirants will appear for their entrance examination on May 28 from 10 am to 12 pm and students desiring to join M.E, M.Tech, M.Arch and M.Plan courses will write the entrance examination on May 29 from 10 am to 12 pm

Counselling from July 8 for govt quota seats

Students of Anna University in the city wait in their college to board a bus for an educational tour. — DC

The general counselling for government quota seats in self-financing engineering colleges in the state will commence on July 8 and go on for 35 days at Anna University here.

Speaking to reporters after releasing random numbers for engineering counselling, higher education minister P.Palaniappan said Anna University had received 1,48,353 applications from students to take part in counselling and the fee waiver for first generation students scheme launched by the previous DMK government would continue this academic year also.

He pointed out that counselling for candidates of vocational stream would take place from July 1 to 6 and for the differently abled on July 7.

Replying to a question on the fate of five Anna University of Technology in the state as the state government has brought all engineering colleges under Chennai Anna Universitys control, Mr Palaniappan refused to divulge any details but said the government would table a Bill for conversion of AU into affiliating type. As details of five AUTs are confidential I cannot say much about it, he said.

Responding to another question, the minister said the search panel for recommending three names to the chancellor for the post of vice-chancellor in MS University, Tirunelveli, Madurai Kamarajar and Mother Teresa Womens University would be constituted soon.

The process will be done in a much transparent manner and only a deserving person will be appointed, he said.

The government has prepared the inter-se seniority list among college teachers for appointment as principals as per Supreme Court verdict and directions, the minister said.

ECE pushes button for toppers this year

Electronics and communication engineering (ECE) is the most sought after course among toppers in the state this year.

Six of the top 10 opted for ECE in Anna University s College of Engineering, Guindy, on Friday, the first day of academic counselling for government quota seats.

Of the 718 candidates who attended counselling on day one, 284 took ECE, 153 opted for engineering in computer science and 140 enrolled in mechanical engineering. Only four students took automobile engineering and none of the candidates selected biotechnology. There were no takers for civil and mechanical engineering in Tamil medium either.

Speaking to reporters after giving away allotment orders to state toppers, higher education minister P. Palaniappan said there are 1,38,234 seats in 502 engineering colleges in the state, of which 473 are in the self-financing category, 18 in colleges affiliated to Anna University and 11 in government and government-aided engineering colleges.

The minister said Anna University had accorded affiliation to 14 new self-financing engineering this year. With the addition of 14 new colleges we will have around 2,000 more seats for government s single window counselling this year. There are over 60,000 seats left with college managements as management quota seats which they will fill, he said.

Responding to a question about ragging in colleges, Mr Palaniappan said the government has instructed all colleges to constitute a committee to curb ragging.

We are also considering an anti-ragging helpline in Tamil that students can use to inform the authorities is they are bullied, the minister said.

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Anna University expects about 25,000 seats to go vacant in over 500 engineering colleges in the state this year.

Anna University vice-chancellor P. Mannar Jawahar said that there are about 1.42 lakh engineering seats available in the government s single window counselling this year.

Every year about 15,000 students do not attend the counselling and hundreds of students come for the counselling but do not take any seats, Prof. Jawahar said.

We expect around 20,000 government quota seats to go vacant this year. Last year almost 8,000 BE seats in colleges across the state remained vacant, he added.

There are 1,43,209 seats in over 500 engineering colleges in the state.

Prof. Jawahar pointed out that there are about 68,000 seats available in the management quota in engineering colleges.

I think about 5,000 seats may go without any takers in management quota so totally 25,000 BE seats (government and management quota) may go without any takers this year, Prof. Jawahar said.

TN gets new BE colleges

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has cleared the proposal of 29 technical institutions, including engineering, management and architecture colleges in Tamil Nadu.

Anna University has provided affiliation to all these colleges this year with the state getting over 5,000 seats.
According to data provided by Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA), of the 29 colleges, over 15 are engineering, a few colleges impart architecture and the rest teach courses in engineering and management.

With these 29 colleges, the total number of engineering colleges in the state crosses 500 this year.

There were 1,47,561 government quota seats available for the government s single window counselling in engineering colleges this year, of which 67,236 seats have got filled up until July 31 with 36,337 boys and 30,899 girls enrolling in various engineering courses.

Students welcomed the development, despite the fact that many engineering seats may go vacant with supply outstripping demand in the state, saying it would provide more opportunities to engineering aspirants. Academicians, however, said that consistently meeting parameters that will ensure excellence would be most important.

Counselling began on July 8 and will get over on August 11 with 70 as the cut-off mark. Anna University has announced that it would conduct counselling for students who became eligible consequent to the special supplementary examinations held this month.

The seats going vacant at the end of the academic counselling will be offered to these candidates.
Anna University will start issuing application forms for supplementary counselling from Aug. 1 to Aug. 5 and students need to submit the application forms by 5.30 pm on August 5.

A total of 1,128 seats remain vacant in Anna University-run colleges, five in government and government-aided colleges, besides 79,231 in self-financing engineering colleges in the state leaving 80,364 seats vacant after 24 days of intense counselling.

Museum visitors love courting past

A model court hall of the pre-Independence days, with the ornamental chairs of the judges, the clerks tables, horseshoe table and ornamental chairs for the advocates, brass table lamps used in those days — DC

As one walks through the Madras high court museum, on the ground floor of the court, just close to the northeastern gate, he-she can understand the court s glorious past, one of the three chartered high courts of the country. Some of the objects displayed will take back the visitor to the 18th, 19th, and early 20th century.

The records relating to some of the sensational cases involving high profile persons, freedom fighters and yesteryear film personalities are also on display.

In order to project the wonderful history of the Madras high court, the majesty of the building, the great and well-known men who adorned the office of judgeship, Justice Markandey Katju mooted the idea of establishing a museum when he assumed office as the chief justice of the Madras high court on Nov. 29, 2004.

He constituted a committee, consisting of justices K.P. Sivasubramaniam, K. Raviraja Pandian and Prabha Sridevan, for preparing a blueprint and working out the modalities for the museum.

The museum was established with technical advice and guidance from the school of planning and architecture, Anna University, and the director of curators of the Madras government museum, and it was declared open on April 9, 2005, by Justice Y.K. Sabharwal, later chief justice of India.

As soon as one enters the museum, one can see the statue of Justice T. Muthuswami Iyer, the first Indian judge of the high court (1878 to 1895) in the middle of the first hall.

Various photographs are displayed in the hall, which include the old high court buildings at customs house and chief justices during the first 100 years. Charters of the Supreme Court of Madras, 1800, recorders court, 1798, mayor s court, 1753, and Madras high court, 1862, are displayed.

Among other things, the museum has the chair used by Dr P.V. Rajamannar, the first Indian permanent chief justice, and some of the succeeding chief justices.

Ornamental chairs used by the judges, dating back to the 19th century, are also featured. A model court hall of the pre-Independence days, with the chairs of the judges, the clerk and horse-shoe tables, chairs for the advocates, the witness box and the seat for the public are very interesting.

In his address during the inaugural, Justice Sivasubramaniam concluded his speech saying, There are few matters which should never be kept in the high court museum. Impeccable administration of justice, honest and independent judiciary, a learned, fearless, but principled and dignified bar, are some of those matters which should never find a place in the museum as relics of the past.

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Justice Markandey Katju mooted the idea of the museum to project the wonderful history of the Madras high court

40 BE colleges in dock over excess fees

The committee, constituted by the state government to enquire into complaints relating to collection of capitation fees and charging of high tuition fees by self-financing professional colleges, raided 12 city colleges after receiving 40 complaints from students and their parents.

Speaking to this newspaper on Thursday, Prof. D.V. Jayabalan, professor of Manufacturing Engineering at Anna University and member of the committee, said that the committee had received around 40 complaints from students about private engineering colleges charging excess fees.

Private colleges are asking first generation students to pay fees including the concession (`20,000) given to them by the government. We raided 12 private engineering colleges in Chennai against whom we had received complaints. All the complaints turned out to be genuine, he said.

Prof. Jayabalan pointed out that after the committee s intervention, the colleges gave an undertaking that they would refund the excess fees charged from the students. The committee has also received complaints against 15 self-financing engineering colleges in the Coimbatore region for collecting fees higher than that fixed by the committee. We will visit the colleges next week, he said.

The committee has submitted its report to the higher education secretary about the raid. Prof. Jayabalan said that the committee would also visit colleges in Madurai and Tirunelveli regions to enquire about complaints they had received from there.

Virginia tech plans RandD centre

Irked over the inadvertent delay in the clearance of the Foreign Education Providers Bill, some of the global varsities are keen to set up their base in India through innovation centres.

These centres, which aim to provide the necessary base for research and development activity in the country, are being set up as stand-alone units of the universities.

Many varsities, including Virginia Tech of the US and a few from Malaysia and Australia, are exploring the option to take their baby steps into India through small RandD centres city. In fact, the first innovation centre of the Virginia Tech is all set to go live in a couple of months in the private special economic zone (SEZ), near Chennai being developed by MARG.

The centre of Virginia Tech University will go live on January 26. This will initially employ about 50 researchers who will be working on nanotechnology and others, said Mr G.R.K. Reddy, CMD of MARG group. The SEZ has earmarked about six lakh square feet of space for such innovation centres.
We are also in tying with a few other Malay-sian and Australian varsities who are keen to set up such innovation centres in India, he added.

It is reported that this move by foreign varsities is a result of the extraordinary delay in approving the Bill in the Parliament. Though the first draft of the Foreign Education Providers Bill was first drafted in 1995, it underwent a series of revisions with the final version getting approved by the Union Cabinet only in March 2010.

A parliamentary standing committee has submitted its final report to the Union HRD ministry and minister in-charge Kapil Sibal hopes to introduce the bill in Parliament in winter session starting from November end.

With the Central government outlining an ambitious target of achieving up to 30 per cent of gross enrollment ratio in higher education by 2017, end of the 12th five-year plan, many foreign varsities, especially from the US, are eyeing India as the next big opportunity.

Dismissing such innovation centres as a pressure tactics of varsities for an early passage of the bill, Dr M. Anandakrishnan, former Anna University vice-chancellor and chairman-IIT Kanpur said, Many varsities have evinced plans for such research centres but they have not figured out a business model for that.

However, a few others in the academic community feel that the Bill could give an opportunity for bright students to get quality education at a nominal cost.

Novel protest to retain Anna library

Taking a leaf out of the book of the Occupy Wall Street movement, a group of Chennaiites will keep the Anna centenary library in Kotturpuram peopled to its full capacity to press for the demand not to shift the library.

The government proposes to shift the library to the DPI complex in Nungambakkam and convert the present building into a paediatric hospital.

We are not planning to hold a protest or demonstration. We are only going to keep the library fully occupied for a day to show our protest in a symbolic way, says Mr K. Sibi, a civil service aspirant who has opened a facebook page called Occupy Anna Centenary Library. The date for the protest would be announced soon.

The plan is to bring in 10,000 people in a day to the library. The library is designed to accommodate 1,250 persons at a time. So, we will keep the library occupied to its full capacity during the working hours from 9 am to 8 pm on a rotational basis, he said.

One of the reasons cited by the government for shifting the library is poor patronage. We are hoping to bring in the people who have not been to the library and make them visit the library again and again, he said.

Besides students of Anna University, IIT Madras and institutions adjoining the library, we are planning to gather support from all stakeholders like students, parents, artists, competitive exam aspirants, authors, progressive thinkers and all those interested in a true knowledge society, he said.

TN to get new IT policy

Chief minister J. Jayalalithaa giving away life time achievement award to S. Ramadorai, vice chairman, TCS, at Connect 2011 event held at Chennai Trade Centre on Wednesday. — DC

Assuring the governments continued support to the thriving IT industry in the state, chief minister J. Jayalalithaa announced that the state will get a new IT and ITeS policy soon.

The states software exports for 2010-11 has recorded a 14.8 per cent increase, touching Rs 42,100 crore, compared to Rs 36,765.5 crore last year.

My government proposes to bring out a new information technology and ITeS policy that will engender many avant-garde features. This will catapult Tamil Nadu to the numero uno position, she said, addressing Connect 2011, a conference on ICT industry, organised by CII.

Highlighting that the state has been rated as a leader in e-readiness and e-governance, the chief minister sought partners in growth and creation of wealth. In 2010-11,
software exports from STPI units in Tamil Nadu have touched Rs 42,100 crore. If we include exports from IT SEZ
units, it is estimated to be above Rs 50,000 crore, she said.

About 49 per cent of Tamil Nadus IT exports constitute system and application software, while BPO constitutes only 12 per cent. This is a clear reflection of the climb-up in value-chain and maturity achieved by the IT industry in Tamil Nadu, she said.

Highlighting the abundant availability of manpower in the state, especially with Anna University being recognised as the worlds largest technical university, Ms Jayalalithaa said, I understand that Anna University produced about 25 per cent of Indias engineers and nearly 10 per cent of the worlds engineering graduates.

Terming the state the most technically powerful knowledge state in the country, she pointed to the annual turnout of nearly 1,92,000 engineering graduates and an equal number of trained polytechnic students in the state, offering immense scope for knowledge-based industries and services.

Earlier, in his keynote address, Mr S. Ramadorai, adviser to the Prime Minister on skill development, highlighted the need to strengthen Chennais infrastructure, including roads, power, transport and citizen services. He sought the state to leverage technology-enabled collaborative channels such as the national knowledge network to link with the RandD hubs of the state, enabling rural innovation.

BE question papers by email

In a move to prevent the leaking of question papers, Anna University will be using technology. Question papers will be sent to all 522 engineering colleges by email just before the commencement of the exam. Colleges will then take printouts and distribute them to students in the exam hall.

Speaking to DC, Anna University vice-chancellor Prof P. Mannar Jawahar said that a couple of years ago the university tried it on a pilot basis, which proved viable. But the state government started five Anna University of Technology (AUT) at Chennai, Trichy, Coimbatore, Madurai and Tirunelveli three years ago and affiliated self-financing engineering colleges in their respective regions.

Anna University, Chennai was made a stand alone institution and so the varsity took a break from conducting exams for private engineering colleges.

The state government ordered us to conduct examination for 522 engineering colleges. We have given 3 months time for colleges to set up the internet connection, printers and backup power for colleges to receive and distribute the question papers to students, he said.

Dr Philip, a senior faculty in one of the engineering colleges in the city welcomed the proposal to use technology, as it would help prevent leak of question papers.

Even though this system has several advantages it has inherent problems too. It is difficult for colleges in rural areas to have good Internet bandwidth and they may struggle to receive email and power is also a big issue, he said.

Foreign varsity warns students
Foreign university administrators warn students and employers that unscrupulous people use cyber space to issue their degrees in a fraudulent manner for as many as $10,000.

Dr R. Theyvendran, secretary-general, Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) said that students and employers need to be careful as there were several websites which sell fake degree certificates from reputed top universities.

Our institutes fake degree certificate are sold online for $ 10,000 by some unscrupulous Chinese persons.

Even the hologram in the certificate has been duplicated. Taking note of this we have incorporated several security features like water marking and printing unique numbers which the employers can verify with us, he said while addressing reporters in the city on Thursday.

Dr Theyvendran also said that the institute would upload students certificates onto their website so that companies can check every students credentials with ease.

Mr Mark Narusberg, validation officer, University of Wales said that in an attempt to prevent such fake certificates their university had printed water marks in the certificate besides micro-level marks which would be difficult to replicate.

Terming Indians as intelligent and hard working, Dr Theyvendran said that his institute plans to launch its campus in the country by 2015 to offer its courses to the Indian students.

The secretary-general lamented that Indian education system had too much regulatory authorities, which made it difficult for institutes like MDIS to enter the country.

40% students of Anna varsity colleges flunk

Almost 40 per cent of students of Anna Universitys three constituent colleges did not clear their semester exams last year, revealed vice-chancellor Prof Mannar Jawahar here on Friday.

Responding to a question during a press conference organised on the sidelines of Kurukshetra, a techno management festival of the College of Engineering, Guindy, the vice chancellor said only 62 per cent of the students studying in the universitys constituent colleges had cleared the examination last year. Well have to wait and see what the results are this year, he added.

Prof Jawahar also revealed that an international agency had selected the university to develop a 10-kg nano satellite. Fifty universities across the world have been selected for developing the satellite, but I cannot disclose the name of the agency as yet , he added, disclosing that the university also had an order from the Indian Space Research Organisation to develop a similar nano-satellite.

Dean of the College of Engineering, Guindy, Prof M. Sekar, said Kurukshetra was the first ever student festival to enjoy UNESCO patronage. Kurukshetra has had over 20,000 participants from more than 800 institutions from 80 countries in its every edition, he said.

Opportunities galore for printing technicians

I would like to know about printing technology and its career prospects, besides institutions offering B.E. printing technology in Tamil Nadu

K. Sharath, Tirupathur

Ans: Printing is a process for production of texts and images, typically with ink on paper using a printing press. It is often carried out as a large-scale industrial process, and is an essential part of publishing and transaction printing.

With the advent of science and technology, computers, lasers and microprocessor, Printing has become no longer a craft.

It is a multi-disciplinary profession, dealing with integration of text and graphic to make a final print by transferring ink on paper or board or other materials.

As a Printing Technologist, you can find jobs in newspapers and magazines, railway presses, advertising agencies, machine manufacturers, and in packaging industries. You can also start your own printing press.

As printing technologist, you would be learning techniques like the preparation of image carrier, the actual printing procedures like letter press, lithography, gravure, flexography, screen, laser and inkjet and Post press techniques- finishing operations like cutting, folding, binding, laminating, and embossing, Packaging Technology- techniques of printing on packaged products, Materials Technology-knowledge of materials used like paper, ink, plates and chemicals.

In Tamil Nadu B.E - B.Tech. Printing technology is offered in College Of Engineering Anna University main Campus and also in some of the deemed universities like Avinashilingam instt for home science and higher education for women Coimbatore

I am studying plus two science group. I would like to know about sandwich courses in engineering field (B.E.) and the colleges offering these courses in Tamil Nadu

T. Shivani, Chennai

Ans: A sandwich course is a course, which has a clearly defined work experience element usually in the middle or in the final year to enable the student to put the theory learnt in the classroom into practice. It is classroom and work experience in combination

Sandwich courses are of five years duration. It is offered in mechanical engineering, electrical and electronics engineering, and production engineering.

The first thing to say is the reason that sandwich courses last five years is because there is a year taken gaining real employment experience.

In short Sandwich degree courses are usually courses which include an extra year of work experience sandwiched between four years of concentrated study.

Water is Life expo woos 6K students

As much as 80 per cent of illnesses in developing countries are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions, with 443 million school days lost each year to water-related diseases, with WHO saying that for every $1 invested in water and sanitation, there is an economic return of between $3 and $34.

Such bits of information attracted students and teachers at a three-day exhibition titled Jalameva Jeevanam — Water is Life, organised by the Sri Kanchi Mahaswami Vidyamandir, Rajakilpakkam, near Tambaram.

The exhibition, which was inaugurated by Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham pontiff Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal on Thursday, had more than 6,000 students from 33 schools visiting it, said Mythili Soman, director, Sri Kanchi Mahaswami Vidyamandir.

Our chairman V. Shankar suggested the topic and has organised the exhibition in such a grand manner. He is our guide and philosopher, she said.

On display were the different facets of water, the water-cycle model and demonstrations and presentations on water-related diseases and precaution that could be taken.

The school also conducts painting and quiz competition for students. Water collected from 80 rivers such as Bundi, Rajasthan, and Pamba, as well as from Vaigai and Tamirabarani, is on display.

The audio visual clippings on Indian Ocean Coastal Rivers, River and Life — Nile and Backyard Waterslide Simulator were informative, said Gayathri Sundaresan, a teacher from Vels Vidyashram, Pallavaram. Students learn more from such exhibitions, she said.

For students M. Nandini and S. Divya, the exhibition brought the realisation that water is not just for washing and drinking.

We take home the point that water is precious and we would never waste a drop, they said. On the concluding day, Saturday, Dr N.G. Anuthaman, associate professor, Centre for Water Resources, Anna University, will talk about Water Resources — Potential of Tambaram.

GRE sees a 43 % rise

Educationists and academicians feel that lack of research infrastructure and unique courses in Indian higher education institutions made 43 per cent more students take up Graduate Record Examination (GRE) last year from the country.

Prof C. Thangaraj, vice-chancellor, Anna University of Technology, Chennai said, we need to look whether these students are not satisfied with the education system in the country.

Last three years the number of students taking GRE, TOFEL and IELTS trickled because of good job prospects in India and other avenues were also equally good but when you say the numbers increased in GRE then we need to see whats wrong, he said.

Pointing out that Indian higher education institutions lack research, Prof. Thangaraj said that most of the Indian universities affiliate several hundreds of colleges and it would not be possible for them to do research when they were mandated to regulate those colleges.

We do not provide any incentive for faculty who do research and we are not able to commercialise research. In the US research is a profitable venture…theyve got enough facilities for that and the money they spend is productive also. Even for a sample test we need to send samples to US and wait for the analysis, which takes a month.

So our researchers have lot of problems doing research in the country, he said Mr G. V. Sampath, vice-president (administration), VIT University said that United States of America provides good ambience for research, besides flexibility in courses. Even one or two years after joining a course students are given the option to switch courses.

They also have a lot of courses in new and emerging fields. These enthuse students to go to US for taking up multi-disciplinary courses, he said.

Mr Sampath also pointed out that Indian government should provide grants for those who do good research.

Government should not discriminate between government and private universities when they provide grants. Deemed universities like VIT also do excellent research so why does not government want to give funds only to government universities only, he asked.

It may be noted that eight lakh students took up GRE from various parts of the world in 2011, which shows an increase of 13 per cent over last year.

Panel seeks Rs 35,000 crore plan outlay for education

The state planning commission has recommended a plan outlay of over Rs 35,000 crore in the twelfth five-year plan for education in the state.

The main thrust areas would be to increase quantity of students and quality of teachers, besides producing more M.Techs and Ph.Ds.

Former Anna University vice-chancellor and state planning commission member Prof. E. Balagurusamy said that the commission had chalked out various schemes to enhance quality of education in the state.

We will seek over `35,000 crore for implementing various education schemes in the state. We are yet to finalise the schemes and once the chief minister approves our outlay we will finalise our demand, he said. Prof. Balagurusamy pointed out that the commissions report would deal with increase in gross enrolment ratio in the state from 16 to 25 per cent and enhancing the employability skill of students and graduates.

We have identified 5Es — expansion, equity, excellence, employability and e-governance - as the thrust areas for the five-year plan. We have not only suggested the model but also included strategies to implement the model successfully.

We are also planning special schemes to conduct periodical faculty development programmes to enhance the teaching skills of faculty in schools and higher education institutions. Now we face acute faculty shortage and steps will be taken to tackle the issue effectively, he added.

Prof Balagurusamy noted about state governments keenness in producing more M.Tech and Ph.Ds so as to solve the issue of faculty shortage in colleges and universities.

Students to learn life skills

Arts and science graduates along with higher secondary school students in state government institutions will have an additional subject to learn from the next academic year, vocational training.

Government college graduates along with Class 9-12 students will have to compulsorily learn one of the 16 vocational skills, such as carpentry, building construction or even electrical work, identified by the state government as a life skill that they students must be equipped with.

This is proposed to be included in the academic curriculum from the new academic year.

Employability is a major factor and in the wake of an acute shortage of skilled labour across various sectors, the state has decided to implement the initiative, Dr E. Balagurusamy, Member (Education), State Planning Commission told DC.

Education is a major thrust area of the new government and plans are afoot to get these initiatives into action at the earliest, he added.

The government has drawn up a list of 16 skills for students after extensive consultations with industry associations and technical institutes such as ITI.

This list is based on skill shortage in each sector. There are 132 vocational skills that can be imparted. But for now, we have decided only on a select few based on the industry demand, the former Anna University vice-chancellor said.

Vocational training and skill development has come into focus of the central and state governments following an industry data that pegged the requirement of 500 million skilled workers in the country by 2022.

Though there are over 70 lakh people who have registered with the Employment Exchange including three lakh B.E students, we are not able to provide them with jobs as they lack basic vocational skills, said Dr Balagurusamy. This initiative aims at offsetting this skill gap.

Recently, National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC), set up under Union Ministry of Finance, too announced that it would impart five skills for Haryana middle school students on the Swiss vocational training model on an experimental basis.

If the experiment was found be successful it would be taken to other States, Mr M.V. Subbiah, Chairman, NSDC said at a CII meet.

NSDC is already in the process of setting up sector skill councils (SSCs) for industries like textile, foundry, food processing, electronics hardware, telecom, construction and real estate, plumbing, agriculture and handicrafts, to address labour shortage. It has already allocated funds worth Rs1150 crore to set up 42 vocational training organizations and 10 SSCs.

TN colleges top accreditation list

Tamil Nadu leads the country with more number of engineering courses in various technical institutions being accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA).

Speaking to Deccan Chronicle on the sidelines of the graduation day at Anna University on Saturday, NBA member-secretary D.K. Paliwal said NBA has accredited over 350 courses in more than 100 engineering colleges in the state as some colleges may have two or more courses accredited by us.

We have accredited more courses in engineering and management, especially computer science engineering, information technology and electronics and communication engineering.

With the National Accreditation Regulatory Authority for Higher Educational Institutions Bill expected to be passed in Parliament, all colleges in the country need to be accredited mandatorily, he said.

Pointing out that the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) approving over 11,000 engineering colleges in the country, Dr Paliwal said it would accredit all colleges once the bill was passed.

Now, only NBA and NAAC accredit course and college but after the bill is passed, there will be a number of agencies for accreditation, he said.

As part of the Washington accord, NBA will conduct the first world summit on accreditation (WOSA-2012) in New Delhi from March 25 to 28, the member-secretary said.

The theme of the summit will be achieving excellence through accreditation and representatives from accreditation agencies of various countries will participate.

Rural students ace exams

The myth that only urban students perform well in computer science and its related field has been busted with over 70-80 per cent of students from the rural districts of Dindigul, Karaikudi and Tiruchy clearing the first semester examinations conducted by Anna University recently.

Statistics provided by Anna University, Chennai, reveals that of the 7,090 students who appeared for fundamentals of computing and programming from Dindigul, 81.75 per cent cleared the examination, followed by 80.63 per cent in Karaikudi.

An average of 73.19 per cent students from Chennai passed the examination, which is less than the average of Dindigul, Karaikudi and Tiruchy districts.

Anna University vice-chancellor, Prof P. Mannar Jawahar, said there could be two reasons for this: either students are interested in the subject or there is increased awareness about the subject.

Former Anna University vice-chancellor, Prof. A. Kalanidhi, said nobody knows the rationale behind the state government scrapping the common entrance test for professional courses.

The government said rural students are not able to cope with engineering education, so it scrapped CET, but now this result shows how well rural students have performed. So, why not we start entrance test again in the state? he said.

Pointing out that the state government implemented CET as it felt rural students struggled to perform in interviews for admission, Prof Kalanidhi said when the state government says rural students find it difficult to prepare for CET for admission to undergraduate courses what is the need to conduct entrance test for postgraduate courses (Tamil Nadu common entrance test).

Scrapping of CET is for political reasons and is not a knowledge-based reason, he added.

AICTE decision gets thumbs up

Academicians and college administrators have welcomed All-India Council for Technical Educations (AICTE) decision to stop approval of new engineering colleges in the country from 2014. They say this will help AICTE to improve the quality of technical education in the country.

AICTE chairman Prof. S. S. Mantha said the decision was taken at the councils meeting last month based on the feedback from various state governments. State governments, including Tamil Nadu, had written to us several times asking us not to allow new engineering colleges in their states. Based on this we have decided not to approve any new engineering college in the country, except in the north-eastern states where there is a greater need for more engineering colleges. We already have over 3,500 engineering colleges in the country, he said.

When asked about the AICTE decision, Anna University vice-chancellor Prof P. Mannar Jawahar said Tamil Nadu has 522 engineering colleges (government, aided and self-financing) with about 1.6 lakh seats. The AICTE decision has been conveyed to us, he said.

Dr G. Viswanathan, chancellor, VIT University who started Vellore Engineering College in 1984 welcomes the AICTE announcement saying it is not wrong to stop approval of new colleges in states which have more engineering colleges but they should start new colleges in north-eastern states where there is dire need of more professional institutions.

States like Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka already have hundreds of engineering colleges. So AICTEs decision to focus on north-eastern states should be welcomed as it will remove the regional imbalance in the country, he said.

Quantity will not improve quality of education, which depends on the commitment of the management. AICTEs exercise must be welcomed but in a democracy doing this is difficult and if somebody goes to court it is not clear whether AICTEs stand will sustain in law, Dr Thangam Meganathan, chairperson city based Rajalakshmi Engineering College said

AU plans to print 2L applications

Anna University, which conducts counselling for government quota seats in private engineering colleges in the state, plans to print about two lakh applications forms this year, an increase of over 50,000 forms this year.

The decision comes in the wake of more and more students looking at engineering as a career option.

Several students seem to be aspiring to join engineering colleges this year and so we plan to print about two lakh application forms for the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA) this year, Anna University vice-chancellor Prof P. Mannar Jawahar told Deccan Chronicle on Monday.

Every year we have a coordination committee meeting in March with officials from the directorate of school education, directorate of government examination and our university to decide methods to be adopted to conduct counselling in a smooth manner. We are awaiting the order from the government to start the counselling process. Once that comes, we will start working, Prof. Jawahar said.

The university also plans to issue application forms even before the directorate of government examinations publishes the Class XII results this year. There are 522 engineering colleges in the state with about 1.6 lakh seats in them.

Every year, non-minority engineering colleges give 65 per cent of their seats to Anna University for filling up through TNEA whereas minority colleges submit 50 per cent of their seats to the university.

Lawyer calls for raids on 12 varsities

City-based advocate M. Loganathan claims to have documentary evidence against 12 universities in the state that have allegedly indulged in corruption, in connivance with Barnas International Private Limited company, in the wake of raids conducted by the directorate of vigilance and anti-corruption (DVAC), here on Saturday.

The DVAC on Friday conducted raids at six places in Chennai, including the residence of former vice-chancellor of Anna University Chennai and the premises of Barnas International company at Vepery, Chennai, and claimed to have obtained incriminating documents.

Speaking to mediapersons here, Mr Loganathan said he has obtained documentary evidence, running into about 500 pages, for the alleged involvement of Barnas International in creating bogus companies to strike business deal with the 12 universities.

All the documents have been obtained through right to information (RTI) Act. Barnas International Private Limited had made bogus companies to conduct business with the universities, said Mr Loganathan.

According to him, he had sent a detailed report on the alleged corruption charges against the universities to the chief minister, chief secretary and director general of police in January 2012.

The raids at the residence of the former vice-chancellor of Anna University and at Barnas International company is not enough. All the 12 universities should be brought under the scanner. Otherwise, we will approach the high court for a CBI probe, said Mr Loganathan.

The advocate had obtained RTI information from about 21 universities. Corruption at education premises should never be allowed. We have obtained these documents in the past six months, he said.

Raids on firm associated with ex-TN governors son

Vigilance officials on Friday conducted raids at a business establishment here in which former Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnalas son is a partner and premises of two others, including a former Vice-Chancellor, in connection with a corruption case.

Raids were in progress at Barnas International Private Limiteds office in Vepery in which Jasjit Singh Barnala is a partner and his associate M. Najimuddins residence at Egmore, Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) sources said.

Officials also raided former Vice Chancellor of Anna University D. Viswanathans residence at Thiruvanmiyur in connection with a similar case, they said.

Anna University: New date sheet for May/June 2012 exams

As per the original time table given, Anna University theory examinations for affiliated colleges, constituent colleges and university departments of Anna Universities of Technology (AUTs) (May-June 2012) were to commence on May 3, 2012.

But due to administrative reasons, the examinations on May 3, 4 and 5, 2012 were rescheduled on May 28, 29 and 30, 2012 and the examinations on May 28, 29 and 30, 2012 were rescheduled on June 7, 8 and 9, 2012

Anna University: Arrears-free academic record no longer a bar for jobs

In a move that will bring respite to the students of Anna University seeking employment, the university has indicated to students that an arrear-free academic record is not a must to apply for placements.

Apparently, the companies recruiting at Anna University have eased their eligibility criteria regarding arrears.

Students generally would have accumulated arrears in their four years while pursuing the course which can prove to be a major obstacle for them. With this announcement they can now concentrate on employment without worrying about their back papers.

Software companies such as Cognizant, Infosys, Wipro Technologies and HCL Technologies.

Cognizant had employed students with two arrears. Wipro has also relaxed its recruitment norms.

Earlier, the students with arrears could not sit for the placement.

The recruitment patterns at campus have also played a role in the relaxation of recruitment rules.

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Anna University takes a step to deal with student stress

Very soon, students in various engineering colleges under Anna University will have a mentor and a guide to discuss their problems. And this will not be just an informal exercise, but an organised activity with the help of trained communication experts, psychologists and counsellors.

The university will organise these sessions starting in June under a mentoring programme, Mind without fear, to train faculty members in engineering colleges to counsel students and be effective mentors to them.

Teacher training

We will first have training sessions for teachers where they will share their experiences of handling students, and then professional student counsellors will train them on various approaches to talk to students, said P. Mannar Jawahar, vice chancellor, Anna University.

Mr. Jawahar has written to all engineering colleges, urging them to send in names of faculty members interested in talking to students and to help them cope with stress.

Faculty comes forward

The university has already received mails from 120 lecturers and professors from various affiliated colleges of the university who have expressed an interest in the programme.

The letter states, For the past few years, we have witnessed an enormous increase in the rate of depression among students. Today, the students have developed an apprehension mainly because of the growing competition, and pressure from all walks of life. The unmanageable conflict found among the adolescents sometimes even leads to loss of life too. We firmly believe that this depression can be drastically reduced, if not eliminated fully, through counselling with focus on nurturing of healthy love and affection among the students community.

Mr. Jawahar said the focus will be on leveraging enthusiastic teachers who are capable of truly understanding students varied concerns.

We want teachers who can help students build up mental strength and confidence, and counsel them when things go wrong in their personal lives as well.

In the wake of two suicides earlier this year, the university had organised two counselling sessions for students but since they were merely lectures open to all students of the college, only a few attended them.

One-to-one approach

Unless there is a one-to one approach, students are not really comfortable speaking about their problems. We want students to develop a pro-active attitude even if their academic performance is not up to the mark, Mr. Jawahar said.

Senior professors and members of the academia who have retired will also be roped in to be part of this programme, Mr. Jawahar added.

Fewer takers for engineering applications in Anna University on Day 1

CHENNAI: The forecast is dim for engineering admissions this year. On Friday, the first day of the sale of applications, Anna University sold 85,986 forms at various centres across the state - nearly 2,800 lesser than the 88,770 applications sold on the first day in 2011.

This is an indication that more engineering seats are likely to go vacant this year than in 2011, said educational consultant P Moorthy Selvakumaran.

Last year, Anna University began issuing applications a couple of days after the results were announced, meaning only those eligible for admission could have bought the forms. This year, the Class 12 board exam results are expected only on May 22 and more forms were expected to be sold. Still, the first-day number is low, clearly indicating a trend, said educational consultants.

Anna University vice-chancellor P Mannar Jawahar had earlier said that more than 2 lakh forms had been printed and that every engineering aspirant could be assured of a seat.

Despite 42,000 government quota seats going vacant last year, about 28,000 seats are to be added to the matrix in 2012. The All India Council for Technical Education has approved more than 100 new engineering colleges and many existing ones have sought approval for additional seats and new courses.

Academics said more students were likely to go to arts and science colleges as IT companies had indicated, during the last placement season, that they preferred science graduates to engineers for jobs like software testing, as they could be hired at lower salaries.

Chennai: The forecast is dim for engineering admissions this year. On Friday, the first day of the sale of applications, Anna University sold 85,986 forms at various centres across the state - nearly 2,800 lesser than the 88,770 applications sold on the first day in 2011. This is an indication that more engineering seats are likely to go vacant this year than in 2011, said educational consultant P Moorthy Selvakumaran.

Last year, Anna University began issuing applications a couple of days after the results were announced, meaning only those eligible for admission could have bought the forms. This year, the Class 12 board exam results are expected only on May 22 and more forms were expected to be sold. Still, the first-day number is low, clearly indicating a trend, said educational consultants.

Anna University vice-chancellor P Mannar Jawahar had earlier said that more than 2 lakh forms had been printed and that every engineering aspirant could be assured of a seat. Despite 42,000 government quota seats going vacant last year, about 28,000 seats are to be added to the matrix in 2012. The All India Council for Technical Education has approved more than 100 new engineering colleges and many existing ones have sought approval for additional seats and new courses.

Academics said more students were likely to go to arts and science colleges as IT companies had indicated, during the last placement season, that they preferred science graduates to engineers for jobs like software testing, as they could be hired at lower salaries.

Issue of engineering applications begins

Application forms for Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions 2012 are being issued from Friday through Anna University, Chennai.

Anxious parents and students turned out in large numbers on the first day itself to get the application forms which are being issued at three centres in the city- Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Sri Meenakshi Government College for Women and Tamil Nadu Polytechnic.

The applications forms will be issued till May 31 and it is also the last date for submission of filled-in forms by the students for admission to first year B.E. and B.Tech courses. Some parents had complained that the Anna University did not clearly mention that they have to produce attested community certificate for obtaining application form for SC-ST category. They had just said that we have to show the community card in original and get the application form. Now they are asking us to get it attested and we are rushing for that, a parent said.

The cost of application form for general category is Rs.500 while it is Rs.250 for candidates of SC-ST communities. An information booklet is also given to candidates.

Engineering counselling from July 13

The month-long general counselling for admission tocourses will begin at Anna University on July 13.

After a co-ordination committee meeting held to decide on the schedule of Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA) 2012, Anna University Vice-Chancellor P. Mannar Jawahar told here on Thursday that the counselling under single window system of admission would begin on July 13 and was expected to go on till August 14.

As the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) was yet to provide information on new colleges, courses and increase in intake in the existing colleges, the counselling could be extended by three to four days, he said. Random numbers will be allotted on June 25 and the rank list published on June 30. Counselling for sports quota will be held on July 5. The first phase of vocational stream counselling will be held between July 7 and 11 and for the differently-abled it will be on July 12.

Anna University expects the number of applicants to be around 1.80 lakh. Till Wednesday night, 1.70 lakh applications were received. With applications expected to arrive through post until Friday, the number could go up by 10,000 to 15,000, he said. Last year, the number of seats available under government quota was 1.60 lakh and 1.10 lakh students received allotment orders through TNEA. This year all applicants have an opportunity to get a seat, Mr. Jawahar said. To a question on the status of the merger process of five Anna Universities of Technology with the parent Anna University, T.S. Sridhar, Secretary, Higher Education, said the committee (headed by Sheela Balakrishnan) had finalised the deliberations. It is in process, he said when asked if the committee had submitted the report to the government.

Mr. Jawahar said that Anna University had conducted exams for students in colleges affiliated to the AUTs and it would give the degrees when they passed out.

He ruled out any change in the schedule announced as the committee had deliberated at length before finalising the dates.

Teachers battle student stress

How do you handle an adolescent who refuses to speak, even about his project, or a student who is very attentive in class but fails to perform in examinations? If stress levels among engineering students are a cause of concern, it is the same among their teachers who are often unaware of methods to help such students.

Two months before a new batch of students enters engineering colleges, lecturers and professors of Anna University are being counselled on how to handle students and help them handle stress better.

In a series of workshops organised by the Centre for Empowerment of Women, Anna University, the lecturers are trained in specific ways to help students understand personal and academic stress.

Students come here from varied backgrounds and the biggest challenge is to get them to open up and speak boldly. Many talk in mono syllables, said Hema Achyuthan, director, Centre for Empowerment of Women, and a professor in the geology department.

The workshop on Friday was handled by counsellor Prabha Arun who said that students tend to approach only those teachers who make them feel relaxed. Lecturers assume that college students are more responsible but the transition from school often takes time, she said.

Observing student behaviour helps a lot, said teachers. Y. Vidhya Lakshmi, a physics lecturer said, We might observe a student behaving differently but only when we talk to hostel wardens do we get a better picture of his recent activities. Also, the fact that teachers keep changing every semester does not allow students to foster longer relationships with them, she said.

Teachers say that the 45 minutes allotted every week for counselling students is hardly sufficient to understand their problems. Also, teachers are expected to shoulder more responsibilities, such as handling additional programmes and submitting research papers. This leaves them with very little time to interact with students, a lecturer said.

Engineering colleges relieved by start of exams after two postponements

Engineering college principals here have heaved a sigh of relief over the start of examinations conducted by Anna University, Chennai, after two postponements within this month, due to administrative reasons.

From May 3, commencement of the exam was first postponed to May 7 and subsequently to May 14. Principals say the delay is not a cause for concern as the government has assured to get the results of final year students published at the earliest.

Since Anna University, Chennai, was entrusted with the task of conducting the exam for students of its own departments as well as those affiliated to the Anna Universities of Technology based in Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruchi, Madurai and Tirunelveli, the cause for the delay was understandable as several complexities are involved in arriving at the database, principals said.

The task was onerous as the university had to prepare different question papers for the same courses in different universities. The delay, according to sources, could have been averted had all the Anna Universities of Technology adhered to common subject codes, according to a principal of an engineering college here. Delay in distribution of hall tickets was also a cause for re-scheduling of examination.

Anna University, Chennai, altered the examination schedule factoring in the difficulties that would crop up for students in the event of having to appear for core papers on consequent dates. Now, as per the new time table, the students will have enough study time in between examinations of core papers, said a professor of Anna University of Technology-Tiruchi.

The little apprehension in the minds of final year candidates who have cleared GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is whether they will have comfortable duration to attend the interviews at IITs, NITs and other premier national institutions. There is no need for students to fear as there will be enough time for going through the admission process in the IITs and NITs, said V. Gopalakrishnan, pincipal of Saranathan College of Engineering.

While the assurances made by the State government and Anna University, Chennai, to ensure early publication of results for eighth semester have been received with appreciation by colleges all over the State, the institutions that are technically still in the ambit of Anna University of Technology-Tiruchi feel they might face a piquant situation in the months to come.

The current final year students will be able to get their degree certificates in time owing to the systematic approach of Anna University, Chennai. But last years batch of final year candidates in Anna University of Technology-Tiruchi will continue to be denied their degree certificates. According to principals, among the Anna Universities of Technology, only AUT-T is lagging behind in issuing degree certificates.

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