There is some apprehension that the rapid expansion of higher education may affect its quality. People are now talking about the educational and social value of a degree and its monetary worth. In fact, pursuing higher education is considered a waste of time and money by some even in some developed countries.
SASTRA's mantra of providing quality higher education at a minimum cost and producing graduates with a rounded personality has proved to be beneficial to the students and has dispelled all such misgivings. The first batch of B.Tech. students (after SASTRA became a Deemed University) left the hallowed portals of SASTRA this year with enough confidence to face the world with their technical skills honed, and worldly wisdom. Their degrees command a premium in the job market.
SASTRA'S TIFAC project of constructing community centres at the Tsunami-hit Nagapattinam District comes in for praise from no less than the President of India Dr. Abdul Kalam and Francios Balumene, Ambassador of Democratic Republic of Congo, besides some Central Ministers and other visiting officials.
The rush for admission to the B.Tech courses at SASTRA this year too is as unabated as ever. This is proof positive of the high standards SASTRA maintains year after year. Yet SASTRA continues its efforts towards quality enhancement and modernization - the signing of an MoU with the University of Arkansas, USA, for mutual cooperation, our proposal to launch the first-ever M.Tech programme in Nano-Technology, the establishment of two research Chairs on Mathematics by the Dept. of Science and Technology at our Srinivasa Ramanujan Centre, at Kumbakonam are amongst the various path breaking initiatives.
The season for campus recruitment has started at SASTRA and already top notch companies have visited our campus and selected many students.
I heartily welcome the freshmen who come into SASTRA's fold
Prof. R. SETHURAMAN
PRESIDENT VISITS TIFAC / SASTRA
TSUNAMI - HIT NAGAPATTINAM DISTRICT
The President of India His Excellency, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, during his tour to the Tsunami affected Nagapattinam district, visited Akkaraipettai on 30th June 2005. The President visited the community shelters constructed by a team of engineers from SASTRA, for TIFAC CORE at this village. The President also visited the Floor Reaction Orthosis (FRO) camp organized by the School of Civil Engg. SASTRA, Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) in association with the Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences (headed by Dr. Narendranath), Hyderabad, for providing calipers to the polio-affected children in the areas. Dr. Kalam lauded SASTRA for successfully implementing the TIFAC
project for constructing 50 community sheds in the 10 tsunami affected
hamlets in the district. He also distributed the calipers to the
President addressing the audience
Our Vice Chancellor Prof. R. Sethuraman, who spoke on the occasion said, 50 community sheds would be constructed and 55 fiberglass boats given to fishermen, through the TIFAC at a total cost of Rs. Two crores. It was His Excellency Dr. Kalam, impressed by the TIFAC's success after the Gujarat earthquake, recommended the construction of the shelters in the Tsunami hit areas in Nagapattinam