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Anna University of Technology Results on the Web
The results of the November / December 2011 B.E., B.Tech., B. Arch., B.Sc., BCA, MBA, MCA, M.E., and M.Tech. examinations of candidates belonging to affiliated colleges of Anna University of Technology, Coimbatore, will be published on 13th January, 2012 at 10 a.m.
Students can access the results on the websites,
Website : www.autcbe.ac.in, www.examresults.net, www.indiaresults.com, www.schools9.com.
Last date to apply online for revaluation or revaluation with photocopy of the answer script is 20th January, 2012. Students can apply online on www.auexams.com, up to a maximum of five courses.
Natural Language Processing – ICON 2011
An international conference, ‘Natural Language Processing – ICON 2011′, will be held at the Anna University MIT, Chromepet campus, from 16th December, 2011 to 19th December, 2011.
Held annually since 2002, Anna University ICON is the leading event in the country in the area of language and speech processing. After going to the IITs, CDAC and IIIT-Hyderabad, ICON’s ninth edition has come to Anna University.
The Anna University conference will deal with topics such as theoretical / computational linguistics, machine translation, multi / cross – lingual search, extraction and mining of multimedia information, speech processing and so on in English as well as in various other Indian languages, including Tamil, said P. Mannar Jawahar, Vice – Chancellor, Anna University.
“There is a tremendous interest among engineering students for developing mobile applications, especially in Tamil language. The Anna University conference will be the place where the leaders of computational linguistics are participating. It will be a great opportunity for students,” says T.V. Geetha, a Professor of Computer Science.
On 16th December, 2011 and 17th December, 2011, there will be one workshop and three tutorials, including a one – day tutorial on Tamil computing on the 16th December, 2011.
There will be paper / poster presentations, NLP tools contest and student paper competition as part of the conference, besides technologies / products exhibitions and demonstrations by various companies and research labs in the area of text / speech processing.
For further details visit, website : http://ltrc.iiit.ac.in/icon2011.
Common University for Anna University Affiliated Colleges
The Tamil Nadu Government’s decision to disband the region – based Anna Universities of Technology ( AUT ) could not have come at a better time, as, otherwise, the quality of engineering education would have deteriorated further, managements of affiliated engineering colleges believe.
No doubt, the AUT universities were created for decentralising administration and fostering a healthy and competitive academic climate through the advantage of geographical proximity to affiliated colleges.
But, the purpose for which they were started has been defeated, as is evident in the rather poor quality of administration, principals point out. Barring the Anna University of Technology – Tiruchi ( AUT – T ), the other technical universities have been functioning from borrowed buildings.
The Anna University of Technology – Tiruchi ( AUT – T ) has simply failed to win the trust of its affiliated colleges due to apparent arbitrariness in handling crucial matters such as faculty and other appointments, awarding Ph.D. degrees, and issues that warrant financial discipline.
The AUT – T has, in fact, earned the wrath of students due to a glaring shortcoming in valuation of answer scripts, and inept handling of even routine administrative issues. “Bungling” in valuation even drove a few students belonging to a couple of affiliated engineering colleges into committing suicide last year.
In a bid to complete the examination process in time, the AUT – T overburdened teachers at the time of valuation, and that is perceived to be the cause for improper awarding of marks, according to M.A.M. Maluk Mohamed, principal, MAM College of Engineering in Tiruchi district.
“Failure of students who were admitted with impressive Plus Two scores is just not acceptable. The obvious let – up in valuation has dealt a tremendous blow to their confidence level. Since most of the top – notch companies prefer to recruit candidates without any record of arrears, the university has wreaked havoc with the careers of studious students,” said P. Selvaraj, Chairman, Shivani Group of Institutions. He, like many others, is delighted about engineering colleges getting into the fold of Anna University, Chennai, again.
The Vice – Chancellor of AUT – T, P. Devadass Manoharan, however, reasons out that failure of hitherto bright students need not be a surprise, since rote learning that they have been exposed to in school education does not suffice when they step into the higher education system.
Principals are not prepared to buy this reasoning as the trend of excessive failures was not uniform; it was concentrated in a select few colleges which, incidentally, were not in the good books of the Anna University, said Mr. Selvaraj.
Reputation and far – sightedness of Vice – Chancellors have a direct bearing on the quality of higher education, explains P.S. Manisundaram, who was in the four – member committee that decided on the formation of Anna University when the late M.G. Ramachandran was the Chief Minister.
After a thorough discussion for two days, the committee decided that it will be a unitary university with four institutions.
The engineering colleges were affiliated to territorial universities and it was during the late 1980s that all engineering colleges were affiliated to the Anna University. It was split into Anna Universities of Technology based in Chennai, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Tiruchi and Coimbatore and subsequently restored its original unitary status.
Now, the Anna University, Chennai, is poised to affiliate over 500 colleges yet again. Since administration is going to be a gargantuan task, two views have surfaced on how the technical education scenario could be managed from now on with quality infusion.
One school of thought is that the engineering colleges could be brought back again into the fold of the territorial general universities. According to Prof. Manisundaram, who was the first Vice – Chancellor of Bharathidasan University and the first principal of the then Regional College of Engineering – Tiruchi ( now National Institute of Technology ), the very term “university” implies a composite character wherein excellence could be bred through inter – disciplinary approach.
There was no reason why the disciplines of even Agriculture, Law and Medicine should not be brought under a common university, he explains.
“The government should take a bold decision to have all colleges affiliated to ( general ) State universities.” Those opposed to this idea due to apprehensions that technology focus will be diluted in such an eventuality advocate retention of discipline – specific universities.
Citing past instances, the Chairman of Oxford Group of Institutions, M. Subramaniam, said it is difficult for engineering college managements to make mediocre Vice – Chancellors think from a technology perspective.
Mr. Subramaniam sees scope for quality enhancement in a common administrative set – up for an entire State. He emphasised that a common syllabus augurs well for dynamic evaluation.
A sense of responsibility and seriousness will dawn on institutions only in a situation where the outcome of valuation is a direct result of strenuous efforts. “Things become quite predictable when valuation is carried out within regions.”
As regards administrative difficulty, Principals wonder why the utility of e – governance should not begin with centralised monitoring of technical institutions for matters that have academic bearing. For routine administrative matters, the government could even think of appointing Registrars zone – wise, they suggest.
Entrepreneurship Camp for MBA
The Anna University of Technology Madurai through its Entrepreneurship Development Cell organised a three – day entrepreneurship awareness camp here from November 1 to 3, 2011, with the support of Union Ministry of Science and Technology.
R. Jayaraman, State Planning Commission’s Twelfth Plan Steering Committee Member ( Education and Sports ), inaugurated the camp on November 1, 2011 which was attended by 120 MBA students.
E.B. Perumal Pillai, Registrar, AUT Madurai, in his presidential address, emphasised that the students should improve their competency level in order to become a better entrepreneur.
“Young population is the driving force for India’s economic development and the reversal of ‘brain drain’ must take place,” the Registrar said.
Dr. Jayaraman, in his inaugural address, urged the students to embark on entrepreneurship journey by upgrading / moulding their skills towards Vision 2020, a press release from the university said.
C. Swarnalatha, chief coordinator, Entrepreneurship Development Cell, welcomed the gathering.
Vijayalakshmi Stephen of Microsoft delivered a lecture on “historical background – the values of Indian entrepreneurship and its present scenario.”
P. Anbuoli, cell coordinator, proposed a vote of thanks.
AUT Helps Women Entrepreneurs
The Entrepreneurship Development Cell of Anna University of Technology Madurai in association with Indian Overseas Bank Regional Office distributed loans to beneficiaries under entrepreneurship development programme here on September 15, 2011.
K. M. Thirunavukarasu, Chief Regional Manager, IOB Madurai, R.Murugesan, Vice – Chancellor, AUT, Madurai, and E. B. Perumal Pillai, varsity Registrar, were among those who participated in the function.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Murugesan emphasised the need to encourage women entrepreneurs and that their number should grow more in the country.
Totally, 25 beneficiaries from the Vision Trust received loans.
C. Swarnalatha, Chief Coordinator, AUT Entrepreneurship Development Cell. and P. Anbuoli, coordinator, were among those who spoke at the programme.
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