Samayapuram, the famous temple town located in Tiruchirapalli District in Tamil Nadu is becoming full throated towards development and it can be expected that in the near future, this suburb will become a talent pool. One of the major contributors towards this is K. Ramakrishnan Group of Institutions that runs two engineering colleges in this region. “K. Ramakrishnan College of Technology (KRCT) is the second engineering college that started in the year 2010, following the ideas of our Chairman K.Ramakrishnan, who is a production engineer with B.E degree from Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu. It is his mission to make this rural area a hub of technocrats, which leads to the foundation of two institutions under this group,” says Dr. S. Muruganandam, Principal, K. Ramakrishnan College of Technology.
The college offers both under graduate and post graduate courses in engineering comprising five UG programs (Civil, CSE, ECE,EEE and Mechanical) and four PG programs (CSE, PED, VLSI Design, and EST). As the college comprises more of rural student population, the focus is mainly laid on the improvement of language and communication through special classes. “Today, the employability of the engineering graduates has become a questionable one and hence, KRCT is very much focussed towards making talented engineers rather than adding on to the number of engineers,” opines Dr. Muruganandam.
KRCT imparts technical, behavioural and value based education in order to enhance the student personality along with good communication and entrepreneurial skills. “Our focus is on problem based learning rather than competency based training. We do not inject the subject knowledge into the students, instead we make them realize the importance of the subject in real life,” adds Dr. Muruganandam. The college follows different strategies in the teaching process through which the students get to know the implementation of whatever they have studied in the classes. Dr. Muruganandam and team rightly points out that the importance is on how we learn rather than what we learn.
The well-equipped six departments with talented faculty members have been successful in inculcating both hard and soft skills supported by deep commitment and dynamism. KRCT students are further entitled to have unique characteristic mix of academic excellence, leadership qualities, the ability to lead change, along with a deep-rooted respect for culture and values.
The quality of learning is further reflected when the topmost recruiting multinational companies repeatedly consider KRCT students among others. “Our placement rate always remains above 90 percent. We always feel proud about it as these were the hidden talents that would have remained in the corners if they were not offered the helping hands,” opines Dr. Muruganandam.
In the journey of making perfect engineers, the college also imparts personality development programs and inter personal ability skill training regularly, as the institute believes that it is the holistic development of the individual, which will lead them to make right decisions in the life pertaining to the career. “We believe in educating, enhancing and empowering the student community to face the challenges of tomorrow and to be the frontrunners in the job market. We, at K. Ramakrishnan College of Technology, ensure that our students are equipped with the skill sets required to surmount the challenges of the competitive world,” concludes Dr. Muruganandam.
Dr. S. Muruganandam, Principal
He obtained his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Govt. College of Technology, Coimbatore and further qualified with masters in Engineering Design from the same College. He did his Doctor of philosophy in Mechanical Engineering discipline at SASTRA University. He started his career in teaching in the year 1990. Most of his teaching profession was with SASTRA University. He is an active member in professional bodies like Indian Society for Technical Education, Society of Heat & Mass transfer and so on.