Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA)

(A University established under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956)

Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India.









   Volume II - No 2



     Volume II - 2002 - No 2





It really gives me great pleasure to meet all of you  through ITIHAS and the pleasure doubles with the realization of the fact that SASTRA  on April 26, 2002 completed one  year as a Deemed University. I, on  behalf of SASTRA University whole-heartedly thank all those who were responsible for this achievement.  It is in this new  elevated status of academic excellence that SASTRA further increased its quality of  higher education and thus surpassing standards already set.


We in SASTRA do not seek to maintain status quo nor settle for observing change; rather, we hope to be a powerful instrument of change using our dynamic verve to make useful contributions to the world.  It is in this line of action that SASTRA has introduced B.Tech. programmes in Bio Engineering & Bio Technology.  It is beyond any doubt that Bio Engineering/Technology is emerging as the key area that would revolutionize the  way in which things would be done in the future. So much is the popularity it has gained in the USA that millions of dollars have been invested in this field which can now be referred to as "the chip of the new block."


The Satellite Campus of  SASTRA in Kumbakonam is also offering dual major undergraduate science degrees. This not only increases the employability of the graduates but also offers a multitude of choices for their postgraduate studies.  


SASTRA in its new avatar has a lot of new achievements in its line of activities which include new courses, new buildings, new infrastructure, new MoUs, new academic ideas, etc.  An ample testimony to these is the score of  77% awarded to SASTRA by NAAC and accredited with a status equivalent cut to FIVE STAR.  


SASTRA is stepping into yet another academic year and I am sure that this would be another year of success studded with unique achievements.



Vice - Chancellor



His Holiness Sri  Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal of  Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam visited SASTRA University  on June 6, 2002.  His Holiness inaugurated/launched 3  new projects undertaken by SASTRA University thus adding divinity to this "MUPERUM VIZHA". They are:


      1. Inauguration of the NSS Unit at SASTRA University.


2. Launching of the Campus Networking and Software Project. This project estimated at a value of Rs.70 Lakhs would network the campus and provide 2Mbps internet connectivity with major functions being computerized and automated thus making  SASTRA University the first paperless university of  its kind in India.  


3. The Vaitheeswaran Koil Car Wheel Donation Project - The car wheels, for Lord Vinayakar, Lord Vaitheeswarar and Lord  Selvamuthukumarar estimated at a value of nearly Rs.7.5 Lakhs  would be manufactured by BHEL, Trichy. 


SASTRA University has donated  the entire  amount and released the purchase order to BHEL. The advance amount was handed over to Shri.  M.R.Ganesan, D.G.M., BHEL in the benign presence of His Holiness.


The visit of His Holiness , a week before the university  began its academic activities for the year, added more  sanctity and blessings to the great many ventures the  university is to make in the months to come.



His holiness strikes the keyboard marking the launch of the software