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Proposal for additional buildings at college

Special Correspondent

Thanthai Periyar E.V. Ramasamy Government Polytechnic College alumni association meets


Estimates prepared are: Rs.140 lakh for library building, Rs.155 lakh for computer centre

About 600 former students participate in the alumni meeting


VELLORE: Proposals have been prepared for Rs.4.87 crore for additional buildings required by the Thanthai Periyar E.V. Ramasamy Government Polytechnic College, Vellore, according to D. Arumuga Mudali, principal and senior alumnus of the college.

He was presiding over the eighth general body meet of the Alumni Association of the college held here recently. Mr. Mudali said that the college functioning on 10.63 hectares of land in Thorappadi at present required a library building and additional buildings to house the computer centre and classrooms, analogue & digital electronics lab, metrology lab & seminar-cum-conference hall, indoor games room-cum-gymnasium and additional rooms at the boys' hostel. Estimates have been prepared for the library building (Rs.140 lakh), Rs.155 lakh for the computer centre and classrooms, Rs.129 lakh for the block housing the analogue & digital electronics lab and metrology lab & seminar-cum-conference hall, Rs.47 lakh for additional rooms hall and additional boys' hostel rooms and Rs.16 lakh for the indoor games room-cum-gymnasium.

Narrating the history of the college, which celebrated its golden jubilee in 2009-10, Mr. Mudali said that the college, which was started in the name of North Arcot Polytechnic in the Regional School of Printing in Broadway, Chennai in 1959 under the second 5-year plan scheme, was shifted to Officers' Line (now Anna Salai), Vellore in 1961, and to the existing campus in 1963. The polytechnic was renamed as Thanthai Periyar E.V.R. Polytechnic in 1979 in pursuance of a Government Order to commemorate the birth centenary of the Dravidian leader. In 2002, it was again renamed as Thanthai Periyar E.V.R. Government Polytechnic College.

Out of the 22.63 hectares on which the polytechnic college existed in Thorappadi, 12 were transferred to the Thanthai Periyar Government Institute of Technology, which was started on the same campus in 1990. The polytechnic college now functions on the remaining 10.63 hectares, encompassing the main building, additional building, workshops, students' hostels (separately for men and women), staff quarters and playgrounds.

Mr. Mudali said that the polytechnic which was started with three branches, namely Diploma in Civil Engineering, Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and Diploma in Electrical and Electronics Engineering with an intake of 40 students in each branch, started admitting Plus Two-passed candidates in the second year of the three-year course, through the lateral entry system, allotting 10 per cent of the seats each to students of the vocational and academic streams in 1984-85. Four-year evening part-time courses were started in all the three branches in 1972-73. The Diploma in Electronics and Communication Engineering branch with an intake of 60 students was started in 2008-09, and the intake for Diploma in Mechanical Engineering was doubled to 120 in the same year with the approval of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). At present, the college has 1,992 students, comprising 1,020 in the regular course, 612 in the shift system and 360 in the part-time evening college.

About 600 alumni of the TPEVR Government Polytechnic College participated in the meeting. A. Poovathai, retired assistant executive engineer of the Public Works Department and senior alumnus of the college, was the chief guest. The meeting decided to conduct a felicitation on April 30 for the Principal who will be retiring this year. The next general body meeting would be held on January 29, 2012.

Kalidoss, alumnus of the 1986 batch, welcomed the gathering. G. Sigamani, former engineer of the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board and alumnus of the 1964-67 batch, and U. Selvaraj, former Principal and alumnus (1968-71) spoke. K. Venkatesan, alumnus of the 1987 batch, proposed a vote of thanks.

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