Tamil Nadu is among the most literate states of India. It has about 37 universities, nearly 455 engineering colleges, 566 arts and science institutes and 449 Polytechnic Colleges. The following article discusses about the well-known engineering colleges of Tamil Nadu and the courses offered by them.

Tamil Nadu and its Colleges

Tamil Nadu is the 7th most populated state. It has a high literacy rate and reserves 69% seats in educational institutes for the socially backward classes of society. The reservation by Tamil Nadu is the highest amongst all the other states. The state houses some of the finest engineering colleges of the country that impart quality education in almost all fields of science and technology.

Let us take a look at some of the engineering institutes of Tamil Nadu –

Indian Institute of Technology Madras – Indian Institute of Technology Madras or IIT Madras is an autonomous institute of national importance and is counted among the top engineering colleges of Tamil Nadu. It is located in Chennai and offers higher technological education, along with basic and applied research.

In 1959, the institute was officially inaugurated by former Union Minister for Scientific Research and Cultural Affairs, Prof. Humayun Kabir. Today, IIT Madras consists of around 8000 students, 550 faculty members and 1250 administrative plus supporting staff. It boasts a self-contained campus spanning across 250 hectares of land and is recognized as a premier institution for research, teaching, and industrial consultancy. There are 16 academic departments, 100 labs and selective advanced research centers in engineering specializations.

These departments include – Aerospace Engineering, Biotechnology, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Engineering Design, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Ocean Engineering, and Metallurgical and Materials Engineering.

IIT Madras teaches under-graduate, post-graduate and research degree programs in 15 fields of Engineering, Management, Humanities and Sciences. Admission to the B. Tech and B. Tech + M. Tech Dual Degree courses is done through the entrance test IIT-JEE. While, for the post-graduate degree programs like Master of Science and M. Tech admission can be sought through GATE or Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering.

Annamalai University – Annamalai University is among the largest public residential universities of Asia. Located in Annamalai Nagar in Chidambaram, the university spans across 1,500 acres of land and provides higher learning in engineering, science, humanities, arts and agriculture. It also offers distance education of more than 500 study programs.

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The infrastructure of the university is well equipped with computer labs, computer training centers, study centers, administration and teaching faculty. The institute grants admission to the largest number of students in India each year. It is the oldest institution to be offering post-graduate degree courses in Applied Psychology, Chemistry, Physics, Zoology, Bioinformatics, Law and Botany via distance learning. The university offers distance education in Fashion Design, Interior Design, Textile Design, Retail Management, Hotel Management and Catering Technology, Twinning, a Commonwealth Youth Program, Health Science, Yoga, Fire, Music, and Pharmaceutics. There is also a B.Ed. Program, recognized by National Council for Teacher Education, taught through distance education.

The Faculty of Engineering and Technology was established in 1945 and consists of nine departments, namely Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Instrumentation Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Pharmacy, and Computer Science and Engineering.

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has attributed the varsity with A++ grade. There are many scholarships and awards granted to deserving students. The eligible students are awarded 356 scholarships each year.

Annamalai University has many campuses outside Tamil Nadu. The institute established its first Study Center in Toronto in 2006. This Canadian division teaches courses in Dance, Music, Yoga and Tamil. Other international centers include the Sharjah-based Al Hilal Education Centre, the Dubai-based Al Mihad Institute and the Muscat-based Al Noor Education Centre.

National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli – Located in Tiruchirappalli, this NIT is a public engineering and technology university. Established in 1964, this institute is among the 30 National Institutes of Technology and has been attributed as an institute of national importance. The entire campus is spread across 800 acres of area on the outskirts of Tiruchirappalli. There are nearly 3,500 students presently pursuing under-graduate and post-graduate courses here.

National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli or NITT has been granted autonomy in financial and administrative issues for rapid development. With the authorization of the UGC/AICTE, the institution was awarded the status of a Deemed University in 2003 and was renamed from Regional Engineering College to National Institute of Technology.

The institute provides under-graduate as well as graduate programs across the fields of engineering, architecture, science, and management. NITT has a total of 16 departments that consist of 250 members of faculty.

The college awards B. Tech degrees in nine disciplines of engineering. Admission to these courses can be sought through the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE). About 27 per cent of seats have been reserved for the OBC section, 15 per cent for the scheduled castes and 7.5 per cent for scheduled tribes.

Many international students are granted scholarship by the Government of India, while the NRIs are given admission through the independent scheme Direct Admission for Students Abroad (DASA).

The B. Tech program at the university is a four-year course. The institute also offers post-graduate courses in 23 disciplines. There are 21 courses in science and engineering that award degrees of M. Tech or M.Sc., plus a computer applications (MCA) course and MBA. The admission to M. Tech and M.Sc. courses are done through the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE).


writerAuthor bio: Devika Arora is a prolific writer who compiles relevant facts and analyzes the current state of affairs pertaining to the domain of education in India. She is currently writing informative articles, news stories and blog posts on Indian educational institutes and the various courses offered by them. The above article discusses about Tamil Nadu’s engineering colleges.