Chennai: Anna University will start M.Tech programs in Nanotechnology and Food Technology and B.E. Biomedical Engineering in the coming year, varsity Vice-Chancellor D. Viswanathan said on Friday.
He was addressing participants at the varsity’s 28th convocation here on Friday.
As part of its plans to expand its academic programmes, the varsity had introduced a B.Tech programme in Apparel Technology and M.Tech in Coastal Management this year, Dr. Viswanathan said.
New placement model
Delivering the annual report, he said 253 students were placed in “dream jobs” this year, thanks to a new model which encouraged placements in all core engineering industries.
This “Dream Company Offer Status” project offered a pay package between Rs.4 lakh and Rs.12 lakh per annum. Last year, the number of students placed through this model was only 180, he pointed out.
A new Centre had been created for “Climate Change and Adaptation Research” in Anna University, Chennai, exclusively to study issues relating to climate change.
Dr. Viswanathan also read out the citation for the honorary doctorate presented to B. Ramalinga Raju, founder-chairman of Satyam Computer Services.
He was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Science (honoris causa) in recognition of his achievements in the field of Information Technology and “for his far-sightedness, business insight, leadership, vision and his commitment to include the common man in his individual prosperity.”
Delivering the convocation address, R. Seshasayee, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland, urged students to compete, as excellence would result only from competition. Youth had the power to compete because they possessed the most competitive tool — the power of knowledge.
With the world moving to a knowledge economy, knowledge had become increasingly cheap and eminently accessible, Mr. Seshasayee said.
Indian students must leverage this knowledge to innovate and create new products and services.
Creative knowledge had become the fourth factor of production, besides land, labour and capital. Also, it had been proved that returns on creative capital were higher than those on physical or financial capital.
He urged graduands to acquire intensive knowledge on subjects they felt passionate about. In the next decade, India had to dramatically increase its share of patents and intellectual property and thereby truly emerge as the knowledge capital of the world.
The Chancellor of the varsity and Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala formally declared the convocation open and distributed certificates to the graduates.
On the occasion, 48,665 students received their graduate degrees, 11,551 received post graduate degrees, 50 persons were given M.S. degrees, 23 M.Phil degrees and 162 received their Ph.D. degrees.