IntroductionWhen a college seeks to differentiate itself by providing a good green campus and also give maximum importance to personality development, with an eye on placement, the college will positively stand out. For, it does face tremendous competition from the nearby engineering colleges. When the word of mouth publicity is good, when the parents and students have something good to say about the facilities of the college or when someone acknowledges that the college has a long way to go, then it augurs well for the future of the college.
When I interacted with around ten students who have studied in that college and now working in two or three industrial establishments of Chennai, they did opine that the Apollo Engineering College, Chennai, is doing all this and more. For example, the emphasis is on attracting the best students who have studied in the elite schools of Chennai. As already mentioned in the previous article, for every single percentage point, there will be at least two thousand students competing for admission. It has been reported that those in Chennai, with percentage averages of 89% to 94%, prefer to study in any Chennai college, rather than to go out of Chennai. This is possibly due to the cost factor and good accommodation that is available near the campuses of colleges and all over the city. The highly developed suburb of Poonamalee is no exception. At least three parents I spoke to, talked about the safety of their girl children and the sincere attempts of the Apollo Engineering College, to make a big difference in terms of offering the best in terms of teaching.
In the last article in this series Leading Branded Colleges of Anna University in Chennai -9 we had discussed the salient features of two colleges, Chennai Institute of Technology and the Anand Institute of Higher Education.
In this article, we will discuss a) What is special about a) Apollo Engineering College and b) Dhanalakshmi College of Engineering.
What is special about Apollo Engineering CollegeThe description in the introduction pertains to feedback obtained about the Apollo Engineering College. It is situated on the prestigious Chennai to Bangalore Highway, which is connected by thousands of city buses. The college itself has a fleet of so many buses that ply to different corners of the city.
As already mentioned, colleges such as these are able to cater to the second-best batches of students. When any student scores 89% in the aggregate of the core subjects of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, the student should be normally classified as a bright student. However, such students are no match to those who score 98.5% or more and corner all the seats in the best of colleges, not only in Chennai but also in other cities like Madurai, Tiruchirapalli and Coimbatore. Since the option is to study in the second-best branded colleges in the other cities as well, students and parents naturally prefer a good branded college that will offer some placement. It is over a period of three years that the learning takes place and then the students are able to settle down in core or in IT jobs. The off-campus job fairs also cater to placement facilities of colleges in this location.
The Apollo Engineering College Chennai does offer the usual engineering courses, but it also offers the B.E (Aeronautical Engineering) course. There is always a good demand for the graduates of this course, and this perhaps explains why this course is reportedly famous among students, with a large number of takers. Those who are interested to know more about this course, and the scope for it in terms of good careers, may refer to B.E Aeronautical Engineering.
Similarly, the M.E Computer Science Engineering and VSLI Design courses are also reported to have good value. Apollo Engineering College has a good faculty team and is also giving some importance to applied research. The placement record for 2020-21, reported is in the range of 75% to 80%. This is quite a good record, given the very tough conditions prevailing in the market after the pandemic has broken out. The efforts to place the rest of the students are currently on.
Apollo Engineering College
Chennai 600 015
Dhanalakshmi College of EngineeringThis college is another college that is systematically building its brand. It is situated ten kilometers from Tambaram, a prestigious and fully developed suburb in Southern Chennai. The website of the college talks about a peaceful atmosphere for learning in a rural environment. It is quite true that the college is surrounded by lush green fields.
As if to prove a point that it cares for the environment, the college Management has developed a herbal garden. Food preparations, that contain these herbs in addition to the regular inputs, are always healthy for the hostel students. This college has reportedly attracted a number of students from a town called Tindivanam, around 90 minutes by car from Tambaram.
Particular mention is made for the B.Tech Civil Engineering course. The pandemic is severe around the world. However, reports from industry indicate that the real estate sector and the demand for commercial buildings in the metros will pick up momentum in a post COVID-19 scenario. There are indications that the Government of India will be forced to spend money on infrastructure that concerns the development of existing airports, new bridges, highway projects and the like when the pandemic is under control. This will kickstart the economy with increased demand for so many products that go into infrastructure projects and also result in fresh demand for civil engineers. Those who are keen to pursue this course as a career may refer to Civil Engineering. A few parents of the students opined that the college is a good college and the faculty team is making sincere efforts to increase the quality of teaching and discipline among the students.
This college has an impressive record of placement with an IT background and it is also reported that the continuous efforts to forge links with industries is yielding results. The college website boasts of ten centers of research in Electronic Structure calculations, Nuclear Physics, Cystal growth, Superconductivity, Physical Metallurgy, Manomaterials, Biomaterials, Tribology, Photocatalysts and Desalination. The applied research, it is understood, will be done in collaboration with the likes of NAL, DMRL,Madras and the VIT University, among others.
It is for these reasons that the Dhanalakshmi College of Engineering Chennai is emerging as a good branded college of Anna University.
Dhanakshmi College of Engineering
Off Tambaram Sriperambadur Road
Phones:- 9787205839, 9841655959
ConclusionChennai is an educational hub. The branded colleges of Chennai are making effort to not only stay relevant but also offer something new year on year. The two colleges discussed in this article, the Apollo Engineering College and the Dhanalakshmi College of Engineering are colleges that are making sincere efforts in this direction.