IntroductionWay back in 1988, the suburbs of Chennai were just developing. The sprawling South Indian metropolis is now fully developed and is now expanding to over sixty kilometers in all the three directions. (the fourth direction is also developed, but it is near the sea and hence development is rather slow), and the cost of real estate in the developed parts of the city is even costlier than Bangalore. The suburbs are also growing at a fabulous pace. Kundrathur is one such suburb. It is a little far away from the city, but the city buses have made a big difference. Madha Engineering College, based at Kundrathur, has been offering the bus services to its college for decades. Today, it is well recognized branded college of the Anna University, as it has decades of experience in the field.
For those who are new to Chennai, Kundrathur can be approached from two routes. The first major route is via Tambaram and the buses that ply to Poonamalee, touch this suburb. The second is from the Porur side, as it is nearer to Kundrathur. Buses from Broadway, the city center are now available and it has famous Murugan temple too.
In the last article in this series, Leading Branded Colleges of Anna University in Chennai-12we had discussed the salient features of the SRM Valliammai Engineering College and the Jeppiyaar Engineering College.
In this article, we will discuss a) What is special about Madha Engineering College and b) What is special about Agni College of Technology.
What is special about Madha Engineering CollegeAs already mentioned in the introduction, Madha Engineering College has been adding value over a long period of time. It has had the patience to stay grounded in the area and then develop step after step. It has been a good journey so far, and has been able to emerge as a branded college, admist stiff competition for Chennai seats.
As is the common feature of most other colleges, the Madha Engineering College, also offers a wide variety of courses. Particular mention is made of the B.E (Information Technology) and the M.E. (CAD/CAM) and the M.E. (Power Electronics&Drives). There are reports of many students who have gone on to do their MS in one of the advanced Universities in UK or USA in areas such as robotics and then take up a career in some good company in such countries. This augurs well for the standing of the college.
The M.E (Power Electronics&Drives) is a highly job oriented course. It concerns the design of tools for the thermal, electrical and electronics industries, throughout the world. It is a fact that the global electronics industry is dominated by Indians, who have studied abroad, particularly in the USA. Those wo are interested in this course may refer to M.E. Power Electronics and Drives.
Similarly, the massive developments in research and development, made across any modern industry has a big CAD/CAM scope and this is a global scope. It is not restricted to any country, as it is intimately related to design of any product. It is for this reason that professionals with this background are highly paid in the global organizations, particularly in the advanced countries. Those who are interested in this course may refer to M.E (CAD/CAM) Design.
Similarly, it also offers an MBA course. The placement records have improved year on year. There is a clear sense of optimism in the college and the teachers are those who have stayed with the college for a number of years. The standards of education are improving year on year and the industry sources that I spoke to, confirmed that the students are quite employable. It is also learned that the faculty members are constantly encouraged to do applied research projects. Industry-institute collaboration is quite good. These are all positive factors that have made the >Madha Engineering College, a good branded college of the Anna University, Chennai.
Madha Engineering College
What is special about Agni College of Technology Around twenty five kilometers from Kundrathur, and bang on the prestigious Old Mahabalipuram Road, that is now home to the country's best Information Technology companies and several gated communities with world-class amenities, is this college. Agni in Tamil refers to fire. Yes. Over a period of around two decades, this college has emerged a as a firebrand college and it offers the contemporary courses like the B.E degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechatronics.
It has a good placement record of 90% and the college authorities are confident of placing the rest in a few months from now, when the situation is better in the Indian business environment. The M.E (Biomedical Engineering) is specially mentioned as a good course in this college. Itr should be noted that the scope for this specialization in increasing day after day in India, with the rapid growth of the Corporate Healthcare industry. For example, the Apollo group of hospitals, headquartered in Chennai, is now rated among the best in the world, with the most ultramodern and updated facilities. The MIOT hospital, in Chennai, which is now emerging as a multi-speciality hospital is another example. There is a vast scope for professionals in such hospitals and it is a fact that there is a global scope as well.
Parents who were interviewed for this article were of the opinion that the hostel facilites are quite good in the campus. There is also strict discipline in the campus and the academic ecosystem seems to be quite good. The old students who were interviewed (now employed in a few auto component companies of Chennai) were of the opinion that the teachers did a good job by updating them of the latest developments and the training for placement was specially mentioned. It is perhaps for these reasons that the Agni College of Technology is a branded college of some repute in Chennai.
A good feature of this college is that it offers complete tuition fees waiver for those with a particular cut off in the net aggregate of marks in the core subjects. Further details in this regard may please be directly obtained from the website and the college authorities. It should be noted that this is entirely a Management decision.
Agni College of Technology
Old Mahabalipuram Road
Thalambur Chennai 600130
ConclusionSince engineering education has suffered a beating in recent years, the big surge in the demand for such education that was seen some twenty years ago, is now singularly absent. There are a number of new courses in fashion design, interior design, visual communication, and so on, that have captured the imagination of youngsters not only in Chennai, but everywhere in the country. This trend is likely to continue. It is in this background that the efforts at continuous improvement, made by the two aforesaid colleges, the Madha Engineering College and the Agni College of Technology, are quite remarkable, given the fact that both colleges are not among the top ten best-branded colleges of Anna University in Chennai. However, they are making every effort to get there. This augurs well for the future of these colleges.