IntroductionDeemed Universities that have made a big difference in the quality of higher education are spread throughout India. However, Chennai itself is home to ten such deemed Universities. Of these Universities, two Universities are internationally well known for their quality of education and excellent placement opportunities. They are the Vellore Institute of Technology ( VIT) and SRM University.
The urge to stay relevant and add some value to their courses is also seen among other deemed Universities. Three of such deemed Universities, that are trying to be different in their own offerings, are:-
a) Sathyabhama University b) Vels University and the c) Veltech University
Sathyabhama UniversityThis is easily the third well-known deemed University and choice of any student after the VIT and SRM deemed Universities. The founder of this University was one Mr. Jeppiayar, who was a Minister in the former Chief Minister, Mr. M.G. Ramachandran's cabinet. The University is well spread out over hundreds of acres of land.
Sathyabama University is the automatic choice of many parents of girls. The reason is that there is an extremely strict discipline within the campus. It was said that the late Mr. Jeppiyar would personally investigate any act of indiscipline on the part of any student. The male students were not allowed to talk to girls and no mobile phones are allowed to this day. Apart from this, all students and faculty members are provided free breakfast and lunch on the campus.
As regards the special courses, this University seems to offer a number of certificate programs that are useful in enabling the students to secure over 75 percent campus placement, according to industry sources. The courses on Cloud computing, Data Science with R, Full Stack Web Developer, and Ethical hacking, deserve special mention. Apart from this, the University administration also has colleges affiliated to the Anna University. The Panimalar Engineering College, Chennai, for example, ranks among the best in the city. This college has excellent placement facilities year after year and the college atmosphere is as strict as that of Sathyabama University.
According to the students who are presently studying in the University and responded to my queries, the students are generally satisfied with the learning opportunities that they get on the campus. They are not bothered about the strict discipline. In fact, social media reports confirm the same as those who are well placed in good positions in the industry, are supportive of the strict discipline; many opine that this discipline is the best in Chennai among all deemed universities.
Address:- Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology
Rajiv Gandhi Salai, Chennai 600109
Phone numbers: 044- 2450 3150/51/52/54/55
Vels UniversityThe campus of this University is at Pallavaram, a well-developed suburb of Southern Chennai. This University is now able to attract students from all over India and is beginning to get traction as a good University. The University has a VISTAS Technology Incubation Centre and a Centre for Fish Immunology. The MBA degree has a Business Analytics specialization that is run in collaboration with IBM and the Logistics and Supply Chain Management specialization in collaboration with the CII Institute of Logistics.
The website of Vels university mentions details of the on-campus placement of 50 MBA graduates of the 2017-19 batch, in companies like Indiamart. It also offers a B.Tech degree in Naval Architecture and Offshore Engineering and B.Tech in Petroleum engineering. The uniqueness of these courses is said to be the Unique selling proposition of this University, and the placement is reported to be increasing year after year. However, it can still not be compared with the likes of the VIT and SRM.
Address:- Vels Institute of Science, Technology, and Advanced Studies(VISTAS)
P.V. Vaithiyalingam Road
Veltech UniversityThis University is situated in the Western Chennai suburb of Avadi. This University in the past decade has made impressive strides in the employment of its B.Tech IT graduates. The unique selling proposition of this University is also a unique course. For instance, the University offers M.Tech(Network Engineering) and also an M.Tech (Metallurgical and Material Science engineering). It also offers M.Tech(Industrial Safety Engineering).
The Veltech University's B.Tech courses in Aeronautical engineering and Biotechnology Engineering are becoming quite famous for their job orientation. The placement record of this University, in the past few years, is quite impressive. The urge to equal the standards of VIT and SRM deemed Universities is clearly seen in the fact that the University organizes a number of technical conferences on the campus, with the help of external international experts.
Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr.Sagunthala R&D Institute of Technology
No.42, Avadi-Vel Tech Road
Phone:- 044 - 6171 0244
ConclusionGiven the fact that the three deemed Universities discussed above are making some attempts to be unique and offer some good courses, with a good job-orientation, they can be seen as those who are making efforts to stay relevant and cater to industry needs. However, they need a lot of effort to reach the excellent standards of the two top deemed Universities of VIT and SRM of Chennai.