Saveetha Engineering College: Where Industry Instruments Technical Education

Dr. N. M. Veeraiyan,  Presidentstarted with an intake of180 students and 30 faculty members in 2001, Saveetha Engineering College, located in Thadalam, in the Kancheepuram district of Chennai, houses closeto 3900 students and 257 faculty members today. The reason behind this massive growth in a span of 14years is the management’s efforts to produce skilled human resource by going beyond academic realm.“We strongly believe that holistic technical education is possible only through the robust industry interaction and cutting-edge research initiatives,” says Dr. N.M. Veeraiyan, President, Saveetha Engineering College. To fulfill the mission of bringing the industry closer to the academia, the institutehas signed MoUs with over 25companies and has associated with many professional bodies such asCII, NHRD, CSI, ISTE and IIEE.They also conduct ‘Know Thy Distinction,’ a series of lectures by industry professionals to develop astrong bond with the industry.

Industry partnership in all our activities has been an imperative feature since our inception. We have made it mandatory to invite professionals from the industry for seminars, symposiums, and other important events,” says Dr.Veeraiyan. The industry interaction at Saveetha Engineering College isnot limited to MoUs where experts from the Industry come and give lectures to students. Through some of their tie-ups, students have the possibilities to gain certification in the latest technologies. The institute’s association with IITM incubated company that prepares students for final placements by providing training in VLSI,Networking, SQL, Oracle, Java and Python is one such example.“We follow the curriculum prescribed by Anna University.
However, we offer many valued added-courses, which are beyond the syllabus.Through this, we are able to motivate our faculty members and they orient students in industrial requirements,”claims Dr. Veeraiyan.

Being a foremost engineering institution that has been accredited by NBA (National Board of Accreditation), Saveetha Engineering College offers all the traditionally preferred fields in its Bachelors of Engineering degree

On the campus, the institute trains students in aptitude, soft skill and verbal abilities apart from various technologies through dedicated training cells. All these efforts have lead to an envious placement record of 85 percentand above. While recruiters suchas IBM, iGate, Virtusa, SAP and Microsoft have been regularly visiting the campus for finding their prospective employees, Saveetha Engineering College ensures that their students are completely ready to face the challenges of real industry. To improve the trainingrig or, the institute has implemented a system where students can take up several Mini Projects on relevant topics under the surveillance of faculty members and can seek new knowledge through Wipro mission10X and other Campus to Corporate Programs offered by companies likeEMC Corporation, CSC and OFS at the campus.

“We take regular feedback from the industries and constantly update the teaching learning process and methodologies. We are proud to say, Saveetha Engineering Collegeis one of the very few institutions in the state, which has embraced the latest technology by installing mart boards with Wi-Fi connectionin all class rooms. This has brought a paradigm shift in the teaching learning process and enabled accessto latest information in digital demand,” says Dr. Veeraiyan. Setting up state-of-the-art infrastructure as helped the institute to take research and development hand in hand with academic activities.
Currently, the institute possesses 54PhD holders and 27 PhD candidateswho are actively engaged in various research activities. The institute hasalso drawn scientists from IGCARKalpakkam and ISRO to head theR&D Division and all the seniorfaculty members have submittedresearch proposals up to Rs. 2 crores.

Being a foremost engineering institution that has been accredited by NBA (NationalBoard of Accreditation), Saveetha Engineering College offers all the traditionally preferred fields in its Bachelors of Engineering degree ncluding civil, mechanical, and electrical as well as newer popular fields such as IT, computer science,instrumentation and electronics and communication. The Institute offers engineering post-graduate students with the options of embedded systems, VLSI, applied electronics,computer science engineering andmany more. Apart from engineering post-graduation options, the college also offers Masters in computer applications (MCA) and business administration (MBA) degrees to interested students. Admission to all programs at Saveetha Engineering College is on the basis of merit and students need to possess minimum marks in certain subjects prescribed by the state in order to gain admission.

“Our motto is ‘Be the Best.’That means, providing the best environment, faculty, learning resources, and developing the best technical human resource. Upholding that vision, we have crossed many milestones such as attracting and retaining the best faulty, developing close industry-institute relation and managing the statutory requirements of University, DOTE and AICTE,”says Dr. Veeraiyan. In the light of its tireless efforts, Saveetha Engineering College received the“Best Entrepreneur Award” from the Cherry Blair Foundation, U.K.and the “Best Project Award” fromTamil Nadu State Council forScience & Technology for its many achievements. With its ongoing efforts, the institution is poised for many more of such achievements inthe future.