IntroductionWhen a very big educational group starts to grow by starting new educational institutions, it already enjoys a brand image that is already tested and appreciated by thousands of students and parents. SRM is among the best of educational institutions in India. It is a big brand and does not only qualify for the high standards in engineering, but also in so many courses in arts and science. The Easwari Engineering College, which is part of the SRM group and affiliated to the Anna University enjoys a reputation that is closely aligned with the superb standing of the group in research, in the quality of Faculty, in the quality of placement and in the international linkages. That thousands of students get to study abroad and rise up the ladder very fast adds spice to the brand.
In the third article in this series, Leading Branded Colleges of Anna University in Chennai -3, we had discussed the important features of the Sri Sairam Engineering College and the Velammal Engineering College.
Similarly, in the fourth article in this series, Leading Branded Colleges of Anna University in Chennai -4, we had discussed the contribution of the world-class Madras Institute of Technology and the Sri Venkateshwara College of Engineering to the commendable quality of engineering education in Chennai.
In this article, we will discuss a) What is special to a) Easwari College of Engineering and b) What is special to the St.Joseph's College of Engineering,
What is special to Easwari College of Engineering This college has exactly achieved quite a big name for itself within a short period of time. The college offers not only the conventional courses but also the B.E course in Biomedical Engineering. This field of study is bound to increase by leaps and bounds in the coming years, as the global opportunities for these professionals is already on the increase. Those who are interested in this course may refer to Biomedical Engineering.
The college enjoys a good record of placement and those interviewed spoke highly of the preparatory courses that enable students to confidently face the interview for any campus placement. Similarly, there is a lot of Faculty interaction reportedly arranged with the parent SRM University and this has added to their quality of education offered by this college. Needless to mention, the campus placement in this campus is a mere extension of the one hundred placement that takes place at SRM Deemed University, at Chennai, year after year. In fact, parents interviewed for the purpose of this article did mention that the link to the SRM Deemed University is a big plus in their deciding to educate their sons or daughters in this college. It is for these reasons that the Easwari Engineering College Chennai has now emerged as one of the top engineering colleges of Anna University, enjoying a good brand value.
Easwari Engineering College
Chennai 600 089
Phone:- 044 -22490853, 22495420,4352, 3041.
What is special to the St.Joseph's College of EngineeringThis college was initially started by the Japeeyar group. However, today it is on its own. This college, housed at the prestigious Old Mahabalipuram Road, is growing in stature, year after year. This college offers the usual conventional courses. However, it also offers the B.E in Civil Engineering and this is not offered by many colleges in this part of Chennai. Similarly, it offers the B.Tech in Bio-Technology course.
In the post-graduate courses, this college has innovated by offering two unique courses. These courses are the M.E. courses in Manufacturing Engineering and Applied Electronics. The latter is reportedly famous in this college. The college is extremely famous for the campus facilities and it has Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with the likes of Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS), a major IT organization of Chennai.
The website of this college mentions that CTS has set up an open source laboratory worth six lakh rupees and a Big Data laboratory worth five lakh rupees in the college, as a result of its MoU. This is quite an achievement for a college that is just 26 years old. Similarly, with 1703 placement offers in 2019-2020, this college has quite an impressive record. Special mention should be made about placement offer of Rs.40 lakhs made to a student who has been placed at ACOBE, which is an US multinational computer software company. This sort of MoUs with other companies and the continuous efforts at placement made by this college, does seem its unique selling proposition. It is also a fact that most seats get filled up in this college within the first few days of counseling. It is no wonder that the St.joseph's College of Engineering Chennai has emerged as a good college of repute on the OMR road of Chennai.
The parents who were interviewed (through references from industry sources) were highly appreciative of the strict discipline in the campus. In fact, the college has made a name for itself in this part of Chennai city. The same parents were also impressed with the fact that the college virtually assures placement for good students. However, it has been reported that the best students get several lakhs but those with rather inadequate skill-sets do not get such high salaries. The college has a transparent mechanism to make available any record in this respect.
The college ecosystem is reportedly very good and since this college is autonomous, it can do a few innovations in the syllabus and also in the methods of teaching. This college also has an impressive campus with all infrastructure facilities. It also needs to be mentioned that for a relatively young college, the record in terms of so many rank holders and gold medals is a remarkable achievement.
St.Joseph's College of Engineering
Off Old Mamallapuram Road
Chennai 600 019
Phone:- 044-24501060, 24501449
ConclusionIn the years to come, the two aforesaid colleges, namely the Easwari Engineering College, and the St. Joseph's College of Engineering will make further improvements to their overall drive to provide quality education and placement to every eligible student. This will augur well for the improved standards of engineering education in Chennai.
While the author has made best attempt to give the list of best colleges affiliated to Anna University and accessible from Chennai, what I felt that both these colleges are away from the city and these days the travelling time to the college to and from is very hectic and time consuming and therefore students and parents may not prefer far off colleges. For example Easwari College of Engineering is located at Ramapuruam which is in far end of Chennai city. Suppose students from Avadi or Tiruvalur side wants to join and study in this college, it is next to impossible and only local candidates can go for it. Likewise St Josephs college of Engineering which is located off old Mamallapuram road is again a far off site for the students to prefer. I do agree with the author that these are very good colleges and has the good academic records of excellence even in campus placements, but parents need to shift their homes near these colleges for their boys to join and study.