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Anna University to accept Printout of Result for Engineering Applications
Engineering aspirants, this year, will not have to wait for their class XII marksheets but can apply for engineering courses under Anna University, with just a printout of their result.
This change was introduced this year to aid students who often have to wait for long even after the results are announced as many schools take time to hand over marksheets to them.
“This time, all they have to do is download their result, take a printout and send it to us along with the engineering counselling forms and copies of other required certificates,” said Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions ( TNEA ) secretary Rhymend Uthariaraj.
The printouts will be verified during processing of forms. “We have collaborated with the department of school education and we will check the records with their data,” Prof Uthariaraj said.
This has brought a ray of cheer among candidates. “My daughter is taking five entrance tests this month, so we are staying in a lodge. We would have had to travel to our hometown Villupuram to get the marksheet from her school and come back to submit a copy of it as per old rules. That could have been exhausting,” said R. Krishnaveni, a parent.
The sale of engineering applications at Anna University began on Saturday and will go on till May 20. “This time, candidates can come, collect the forms and submit them even on 5th May, 2013.” Nearly 84,000 application forms were sold on 6th April, 2013.
The University has employed 200 new candidates who will be trained in handling the admission procedures in different shifts. “The whole process needs to get over before June, as per AICTE and Supreme Court instructions. Most of the employed people are fresh graduates who will be trained on handling the admission procedures,” said Mr. Uthriaraj.
Results speak at Anna University
The long – awaited list of university rank holders of Anna University among the 2012 engineering graduates was released on 17th February, 2013.
Officials of several engineering colleges affiliated to Anna University said the number of rankers in their colleges has increased significantly this year, mainly because Anna University this year has a separate list of toppers for colleges under Anna University, Chennai, instead of a consolidated list.
“Students in Tiruchy and Tirunelveli have scored much better marks. That also shows the evaluation has been rather strict here,” said a college official.
Besides the top six shown in the box, the colleges with a high number of rank holders are Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering, Easwari Engineering College and Meenakshi Sundararajan Engineering College, among others. Common traits in all the top – performing colleges are strict rules of attendance, everyday remedial classes and regular class tests.
“In my college, a student is not allowed more than four days. You get long preparation leave but the after – semester vacation is cut by at least two weeks. Good infrastructure is also a reason for good performance,” said a rank – holding student from Panimalar Engineering College, which has the second – highest number of rank holders.
Velammal Engineering College Principal R.S. Kumar attributes the performance of the college, the highest among affiliated colleges, to its students.
“Nowadays, the rank holders are not geeks immersed in studies. Almost all of them are involved in activities of sports, NSS and NCC. These are students who know to plan their day and life.”
Apart from ensuring that students take tests regularly, many of these colleges have been making efforts to keep their students motivated.
Saiprakash Leo Muthu, CEO, Sairam Group of Institutions said the college follows a system of mentoring wherein one faculty member is allotted for one student and he / she keeps a track of his academic activities, counselling him whenever needed.
“The mentor also talks to the student’s family and makes sure he knows about his problems so that they can be addressed the right way,” he said.
The number of students wanting to score more is also because companies increasingly prefer them over others.
“Product companies particularly want to recruit high scoring students. University rankers are often exempted from written tests during recruitment,” explains K.K. Sivagnana Prabhu, head, Training and Corporate Affairs, RMK Group of Institutions.
Anna University Aims High with Workshop 2012
Communication workshops are not something most teachers look forward to. But Anna University hopes things will be different this time.
As a precursor to its communication workshop to be held in January 2013, the English department of Anna University has conducted several awareness programmes for teachers.
Officials hope this will improve participation and help them realise the significance of training programmes.
The workshop is part of the University’s efforts to garner recognition from the National Board of Accreditation ( NBA ), which proposes to introduce Outcome – Based Education ( OBE ) system in Indian institutions on a par with the Washington Accord, an international accreditation agreement for professional education.
The Washington Accord, set up in 1989, recognizes programmes accredited by countries which are its signatories. Graduates of accredited programmes in any of the signatory countries are recognized by other signatory countries as having met the requirements to practise engineering.
Besides hosting an international conference in March 2013, the University will conduct a series of lectures in English speaking and communication skills for its teachers.
“Many colleges refuse to send teachers to workshops saying they can’t afford to let them off for a week. But there are also some quality conscious institutions that send the same teachers repeatedly. This time, we have restricted admission to just one teacher from each college to ensure participation from all institutions,” said S.P. Dhanavel, head, department of English, Anna University.
Accreditation of BE Courses to be a must
The National Authority for Regulation in Accreditation of Higher Education Bill, which makes accreditation of courses mandatory, is pending in Parliament, but Anna University has already planned to make it compulsory for all the 525 engineering colleges affiliated to it.
“We are going to make it mandatory for all self – financing colleges to get accreditation for eligible courses. We will keep reminding them to go in for voluntary accreditation till they do it,” said Vice – Chancellor P Kaliraj.
The latest data shows that one in five engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu now offers accredited courses. The state’s rating has slipped since 2009, when 164 technical institutions offered accredited courses, the highest in the country.
With accreditation being outcome – based, the objective is to bring out employable graduates and innovators. If all courses in all colleges get accreditation, students can graduate from any college and be given the same opportunities in industry. “There will be no difference between a student passing out from Guindy College of Engineering and one graduating from a college in Kanyakumari,” prof Kaliraj said.
The Vice – Chancellor said incentives such as a waiver in affiliation fee would be offered to colleges applying to the National Accreditation Board ( NAB ). Colleges are allowed to collect higher fees for accredited courses. While a government quota seat in a non-accredited course costs 40,000, an accredited course costs 45,000.
Academics believe many institutions don’t seek accreditation even after several years because they know they will fail. There are some colleges that are 15 years old and have still not applied for accreditation. “Accreditation is the only means to judge the quality of a course,” said educational consultant P Moorthy Selvakumaran. Employers prefer students who have completed accredited courses. Even many embassies offer visas only to students who pass out of accredited courses, he said.
The NAB has changed the process this year, varying the weightage for different parameters for autonomous institutions and university departments, and affiliated institutions. It has given a higher weightage for faculty profiles, improvements made by the institution, curriculum drafted and the programme outcome for autonomous institutions and universities, while bringing down the weightage for organisation and governance, teaching – learning processes, students’ entry and first – year performance.
With affiliated institutions the focus is on the performance of students in the programme, facilities and technical support, improvements made in the programme, and curriculum. The NAB has reduced weightage for the students’ entry and first-year performance, and the programme educational objectives.
Anna University – A Single affiliating University
Anna University which was a single affiliating university has earned the opportunity again. It will once again become a Single Affiliating University for engineering colleges all over the state Tamil Nadu from 1st August, 2012.
The Chief Minister Miss.Jayalalithaa announced the date from which five regional Anna University of Technology ( AUT ) is functioning in different parts of the State will be merged under Anna University, which was the state’s first technical university since 1978.
It was split by the DMK regime to create regional universities in Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Tiruchi and Thirunelveli from 2007 for various reasons such as decentralizing administration of technical education and creating geographical proximity with affiliated Engineering Colleges. Anna University, the parent institution was converted into a non – affiliating University with some of the constituent colleges under it.
However, the present AIADMK government took a policy decision in order to merge the five regional universities and passes a bill to that effect in September 2011. Thereafter, it appointed a monitoring committee under senior civil servant Sheels Balahrishnan to study all aspects of the proposed merger, including the status of students, teachers, non – teaching staff, moveable and immovable assets and presented a detailed report.
An official said that, based on the detailed report, the CM ordered the merger of the five AUT’s with Anna University, Chennai and it will come into force from 1st August, 2012.
As a result of this move, 535 Engineering colleges will be affiliated to Anna University, and 12 constituent colleges under Tiruchi, Tirunelveli, Chennai and Madurai AUT’s will become constituent colleges under the Anna University. The merger would not affect the academic schedule, as already the semester examinations held in the month of January and May 2012 were conducted directly by Anna University.
New Engineering Syllabus for Anna University Colleges
The 500 self – financing colleges affiliated to Anna University are set to start the academic year with a new syllabus. A team of 240 Faculty Members of Anna University, Chennai, including 10 – 12 members from each department, coordinated by the Academic Courses Director, is working to roll out the syllabus.
For the affiliated colleges, this is the second time the syllabus has changed in two years. The first time was in 2011, when the Directorate of Technical Education asked colleges affiliated to each of the five Anna Universities of Technology to follow R – 2008 instead of the one prescribed by the respective AUT.
“It is four years since R – 2008 was drawn up. At Anna University it is customary to revise the syllabus every four years. This helps us to adapt to industry needs and keep up with technology developments,” said a Senior Faculty Member of Anna University, Chennai.
The constituent colleges of Anna University, Chennai – Guindy College of Engineering, Madras Institute of Technology and Alagappa College of Technology – follow a different curriculum and syllabus called R – 2009. “This syllabus is tougher than that prescribed for the affiliated colleges. Work on upgrading it will begin next year,” said another Faculty Member.
With just a few weeks to go for the new academic year to start, academicians believe the change will not be too drastic. “It is likely that there is only a 10% change in the syllabus. A couple of electives are likely to be added based on industry inputs,” said an Academic. For instance, the Data Structures course could be changed to Date Structures with Programming in C, C++.
The move has evoked mixed reactions. Anna University Faculty are pleased. “When the AUTs were formed they started their own curriculum and syllabus based on their whims and fancies. At least now the colleges will conform to the academic standard set by the university.”
Others said institutions should be allowed to work out the curriculum according to the region concerned. A Faculty Member in Chennai may not be aware of or bother too much about the need for solutions to a regional problem. In Tuticorin, for instance, the need may be for technology that helps workers separate salt from impurities in the salt pans there. A Professor in Chennai is unlikely to know about such demands.
“It’s not so much about knowledge, as knowledge delivery that we have to worry about. The curriculum may have changed, but how many teachers will be able to adapt to it? Our teacher are not prepared for the new syllabus,” said Educational Consultant P.Moorthy Selvakumaran.
For the second year, the 500 – odd technical institutions will follow a common academic calendar too. All AUTs and Anna University, Chennai, will have the same semester Opening and Closing Dates, Examinations and Practicals.
Anna University Counselling for Engineering 2012
The month – long general counselling for admission to engineering courses will begin at Anna University on 13th July, 2012.
After a co – ordination committee meeting held to decide on the schedule of Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions ( TNEA ) 2012, Anna University Vice – Chancellor P. Mannar Jawahar told reporters Chennai on 6th June, 2012 that the counselling under single window system of admission would begin on 13th July, 2012 and was expected to go on till 14th August, 2012.
As the All India Council for Technical Education ( AICTE ) was yet to provide information on new colleges, courses and increase in intake in the existing colleges, the counselling could be extended by three to four days, he said.
Random numbers will be allotted on 25th June, 2012 and the rank list published on 30th June, 2012.
Counselling for sports quota will be held on 5th July, 2012. The first phase of vocational stream counselling will be held between 7th July, 2012 and 11th July, 2012 and for the differently – abled it will be on 12th July, 2012.
Anna University expects the number of applicants to be around 1.80 lakh. Till 5th June, 2012 night, 1.70 lakh applications were received. With applications expected to arrive through post until 7th June, 2012, the number could go up by 10,000 to 15,000, he said.
Last year, the number of seats available under government quota was 1.60 lakh and 1.10 lakh students received allotment orders through TNEA. This year all applicants have an opportunity to get a seat, Mr. Jawahar said.
To a question on the status of the merger process of five Anna Universities of Technology with the parent Anna University, T.S. Sridhar, Secretary, Higher Education, said the committee ( Headed by Sheela Balakrishnan ) had finalised the deliberations. “It is in process,” he said when asked if the committee had submitted the report to the government.
Mr. Jawahar said that Anna University had conducted exams for students in colleges affiliated to the AUTs and it would give the degrees when they passed out.
He ruled out any change in the schedule announced as the committee had deliberated at length before finalising the dates.
Anna University Chennai Distance Education MBA, MCA, M.Sc Notification 2012
Anna University Chennai invites applications from eligible candidates for admission to MBA, MCA, M.Sc ( IT ) degree programmes of distance mode and M.Sc Computer Science ( free open source software ) FOSS on line programme for the academic year 2012 – 13.
Admissions for MBA, MCA, M.Sc ( IT ) degree programmes will be made through an University entrance exam, the last date for receiving the completed application forms is 9th July, 2012.
For Eligibility, Test Details please refer below :
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