Introduction The KCG College of Technology, Chennai, is an institution of the deemed University called Hindustan Deemed University. This University has now developed into a good Deemed University. And alongside this college, in the Western side of Chennai, near the fully developed suburb of Chennai, there was another college that was developing over the years, though it was set up only in 2005. This college, is called the S.A. Engineering College, is this college.
In the fifth article in this series, Leading Branded Colleges of Anna University in Chennai -5, we had discussed the salient features of Eswari College of Engineering and the St.Joseph's College of Engineering and in the sixth articles in this series of articles, Leading Branded Colleges of Anna University in Chennai -6, we discussed the salient features of Meenakshi Sundarrajan Engineering College and the Jerusalem College of Engineering.
In this article, we will discuss a) What is special about KCG College of Technology and b) What is special about S.A Engineering College.
What is special about KCG College of TechnologyThis college was set up in the year 1998, by Dr.K.C.G. Verghese's Vision "to Make Every Man a Success and No Man A Failure". For just over two decades, this college has concentrated on the basics and its Core Competencies. For example, the Hindustan deemed University is strong in the field of Aircraft Maintenance. The students of this college, who study in the third year of the B.E course in Aeronautical Engineering and the Aerospace Engineering, which is offered by the Department of Aeronautical Engineering, undergo practical training in the Hindustan Institute of Engineering Technology, an institution that is part of the Hindustan Group of institutions, at Chennai.
The college also has facilities to do the M.E course in Manufacturing Engineering and Power Electronics and Drives. It also offers facilities to do the doctorate in Electronics and Communication Engineering and the CSE and the EEE and EIE disciplines. As far as campus placement is concerned, the college has had 400 recruiters for campus placement.
The B.Tech course on Fashion Technology is reported to have many takers, year on year. The reasons are simple. Chennai is now home to one of the fastest-growing intellectual talent concentrated on knowledge regarding International Fashion and trends. This is particularly so, since Chennai is the second largest film producing centre in India, after Mumbai. The number of firms engaged in exports of garments, catering to the advanced West is increasing day after day. And the collaborations with foreign companies for technology is growing in centres like Tiruppur, which is a big export hub of India. Alongside this development, the emergence of Event Management as a core area for weddings, international conferences in Chennai and other cities have also increased the demand for trained professionals. Those who are interested in Fashion Technology may refer to Fashion Technology
The Focus of research on time-tested Core CompetenciesFor a college that is emerging to be among the best and climb the ladder in terms of overall excellence, KCG College of Technology has wisely concentrated on building formidable Core Competencies in avionics. This is confirmed by industry sources. The website of the college mentions details of the Research facilities of the college. For example, the thrust areas of research were identified as Computational Fluid Dynamics, Low-density flows, solid propellant combustion and so on. The KCG college of Technology also has various laboratories like Aerodynamics Laboratory, Aircraft Structures Laboratory, Flight Simulator Laboratory and so on. The research facilities include, among others, Supersonic Free Jet Facility, Flight Simulator facility and so on. In particular, the DST. Fist Power System Protection Laboratory has an objective to "undertake research work for graduate students and industry professionals in the art and science of Projection Engineering/Sub-station Operation and Control". The Research interests mentioned in the website point towards the same Core Competencies in Avionics, Aerodynamics, Aircraft maintenance, and so on.
A variety of MoUs signedThe college has also signed a large number of MoUs with several organizations and these have reportedly produced far better opportunities for internship, placement, and industry visits as well. The college has also improved its research focus. It is for these reasons that the KCG College of Technology Chennai is a branded college of Anna University.
The KCG college of Technology also offers the offers highly job-oriented courses like Computer Science and Engineering in the B.E and M.E courses, and these are reportedly very good courses for campus placement in this college.
KCG College of Technology
Rajiv Gandhi Salai
Chennai 600 017
What is special about S.A. Engineering CollegeFor a college that has been established only in the year 2005, this college has already attained the Autonomous status of the Anna University, Chennai.
It offers all the conventional courses. However, the thrust on placement and the website boasts of 694 students of the current batch, as successfully placed. This is quite a record for a college that is just fifteen years old. The research facilities of the college are also reported to be good and improving year on year.
S.A Engineering College has received Rs.197.55 lakh grant in aid from various Government organizations like CSIR, DST, DRDO and so on for "dissemination of knowledge, through research programs like FDP, workshops, Seminars, and conferences to researchers, faculty and student community and also from Government organizations to carry out consultancy projects", according to the website of the college.
Industry sources confirmed that this is an emerging college, and would possibly figure among the best 22 colleges in terms of preference of students who opt for colleges in the rounds of counselling. To be sure, if the seats of the various courses are filled up and the parents are assured of some placement for the good and eligible students, the college will gain a reputation as a dependable college. The brand of the college will increase year on year and since the competition is so tough, with too many deemed Universities all around, the college has to stand out. For example, S.A. Engineering college has to contend with terrific competition from the likes of SRM deemed University and the Veltech Deemed University, both of which have campuses nearby. The vast number of competitors who surround the college itself, and all affiliated to the Anna University, does make it tough for this college to hold on to its brand. It has done so quite well. It is also reported that the college not only has a good Faculty Team but also those who are involved in the research.
Since the college is a recognized research centre for pursuing MS/PhD through research in Computer Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Electronics and Communication Engineering, it does augur well for the growing emphasis on research. We have four boxes to tick for any branded college of Anna University, in this series. The first is the quality of Faculty Members and the second is the ability of the college to emerge as a college of choice among the students, which in turn, will depend on the college's ability to demonstrate its intent on serious research and improving placement facilities year on year. S.A. Engineering College is one college where we can conveniently tick all the boxes. However, this college is still emerging and evolving as a branded college that can compete against the best. It is in the continuous process of improvement and bench-marking against the best.
This bench-marking is normally tested with just one vital variable: the intent of the Management to stay put and work for the long haul. If this is demonstrated and also seen, the college does stand out. According to information gathered from the industry sources, this college is doing some serious work to stay focused and improve on all the basics. For example, it does offer a fairly good MBA course. It should be noted that many colleges in other cities have already surrendered their intent to continue to offer the MBA course. The reason: terrific competition and the less number of takers for the MBA course.
However, here too, a serious attempt is seen to improve the offering, year after year. It is for these reasons that the S.A. Engineering College has emerged as a good branded college and is bound to improve year on year.
S.A. Engineering College
Chennai 600 077
ConclusionGiven the realities that the two colleges discussed above are two evolving and emerging colleges that are making serious attempts to concentrate on the basics and build their brands, the colleges have done a fairly good job. The research focus is seriously seen and the improving placement facilities are also good plus points for the two colleges.