Introduction When an engineering college is part of a big group that has one of the best Arts and Science Colleges in the entire country and has existed for more than a century, the entire world sits up and takes notice. The college is already a reputed international brand. The engineering college also makes giant strides and within a span of just a decade, its resource position becomes too good. It may offer only the conventional courses, but its reach in terms of maximizing the value of its inputs is very good indeed. It can attract good faculty members. It can enable the students to rub shoulders with the brightest of minds who would study on the same campus, in the arts and science college, and the ecosystem will throw up any number of interesting possibilities. This is the story of the Loyola-ICAM College of Engineering and Technology, which is part of the prestigious Loyola College of Chennai. The college has achieved a good placement record and those who get jobs through the campus placement, have secured jobs with a good average salary package of four lakh rupees.
On the opposite side of the spectrum is another college that has been in existence for the past ten odd years and is also part of a big group. It has silently been making some impact in a distant suburb. This college also has made some impact in terms of placement training and on-campus placement. There has been some good progress in terms of forging far better industry-institute collaboration. The emphasis is clearly on placement. It is here that Prince Dr.K. Vasudevan College of Engineering and Technology, based at Ponmar, a slightly distant suburb situated some thirty-odd kilometers from the heart of Chennai, in the Southern part of Chennai. Ponmar is now connected by buses and share-autos from Medavakkam, a fully developed suburb of Chennai, which is situated very near Velacheri, the prestigious South Chennai suburb.
In the last article in this series, Leading Branded Colleges of Anna University in Chennai -18, we had discussed the salient features of the DMI College of Engineering and the Sri Sastha Institute of Engineering and Technology.
In this article, we will discuss a) What is special about the Loyola-ICAM College of Engineering and Technology and b) What is special about Prince Dr.K. Vasudevan College of Engineering and Technology.
What is special about the Loyola-ICAM College of Engineering and Technology Though this college offers conventional courses, the major difference is that it is part of the prestigious Loyola College of Chennai. Also, this engineering college is situated in the same campus in Nungambakkam, an extremely developed and prestigious locality of Chennai, that is well connected by the local EMU trains. It also helps that the college is situated next to the railway station itself.
The college has an active collaboration with the ICAM institution of France. However, the college is famous for its B.E. Computer Science and Engineering. It also offers the B.E. (Mechanical) course. These are reportedly two famous courses in this college. A mere ten years is a relatively small period and to achieve a placement record of 90%, with an average annual salary of Rs. 4 lakhs is good. The college also has collaboration with the IITs and several foreign institutions. It is for these reasons that the Loyola ICAM College of Engineering and Technology has emerged as a good branded college of the Anna University in Chennai.
Loyola-ICAM College of Engineering and Technology
What is special about Prince Dr.K. Vasudevan College of Engineering and Technology The description given in the introduction aptly describes the development of this college is the rather distant suburb of Ponmar in South Chennai. Quite obviously, colleges such as these have sprung up in such suburbs when the land was relatively cheap. Today, such suburbs are developing so fast and the land prices have skyrocketed.
Alongside this development, the standing of such college also develops. Such colleges cater to any student who would score more than 70% in the aggregate of the core subjects in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry in the plus 2 examinations. Such students are always students who would be from the nearby areas and the college will always cater to the service sector in the area. This college has been able to remarkably achieve this, according to some parents who were interviewed for the purpose of this article.
The clear emphasis is on placement. The college offers the usual courses, but some point to the popularity of the B.E. Biomedical Course. Since India and several other developing countries are seeing a big boom in Corporate Medical care, the need for professionals who can manage and operate the most sophisticated machines that save precious lives is always on the increase. There is always bound to be a good scope for such professionals. Those who are interested in this course may refer to B.E Biomedical Engineering. Since Chennai is home to a massive number of IT companies and also start-ups, the range of job opportunities is increasing day after day. Those with a post-graduate degree also get good salaries. This perhaps explains why the M.E Computer Science and Engineering course, offered by this college is popular.. After a lull in the storm, post-COVID, the demand for IT professionals from India is bound to be back to normal and then increase manifold. It is obvious that qualified professionals will drive this boom.
The unmet demand in terms of quality engineering education is always felt in the big cities. Since the number of colleges is so high, the students have the luxury of making many inquiries before signing up with any college to study in Chennai. The Prince Dr.K. Vasudevan College of Engineering and Technology has emerged as a fairly good branded institution in the Southern Chennai suburb of Ponmar, with a good placement record.
Prince Dr.K. Vasudevan College Of Engineering and Technology
Medavakkam to Mambakkam Road
ConclusionGiven the current reality that Anna University, Chennai serves as a big vehicle for providing quality engineering education in Chennai and all over Tamil Nadu, the inclusive growth strategies adopted by the successive Tamil Nadu Governments have ensured that everyone who is eligible is able to get access to engineering education in the well-established colleges. The colleges that had not given any importance to strengthening the quality of their faculty team, research and placement opportunities, have always lagged behind. However, colleges such as the two discussed in this article have been able to stay on and stay relevant and systematically do something to differentiate themselves. This process of developing the quality of anything on offer is quite promising for the future of quality education in Chennai's engineering colleges.