The new Indian Institutes of Management, (IIMs) namely IIM Ranchi, IIM Rohtak and IIM Raipur, along with IIM Trichy have planned a joint admission process this year.

Interview with IIM Ranchi’s director MJ Xavier here..


Trichy is getting the 11th IIM and starting with executive education programmes this academic year. ( 2011 – 2012) . It will initially operate out of NIT campus and will be  mentored by IIM-B. Around 200 acres of land within the Bharathidasan University campus in Mathur have already been earmarked for creating the necessary infrastructure for the upcoming IIM.

Congrats !! Trichy ..

Here is the interview from with the IIM-T director, Professor Prafulla Agnihotri.



The following Anna university Trichy semester results have been posted in Anna University website.

We were all ecstatic when Trichy was identified as a venue to host an IIM. Well.. The progress on that stays where it was. Nothing happened after that. ( atleast that is visible to someone like me). Now I am reading that two other IIMs which were approved at the same time frame as Trichy has already on its way to start and function.  Yes…. IIMs in Rohtak and Ranchi have started under the mentorship of IIM Lucknow and IIM Calcutta. The IIM-T is under the mentorship of IIM-B and it is yet to get off the ground. Is it the government red tape that has caused the slowness or the lethargy of IIM -B caused the slowness, who knows..

R.C. Bhargava, the Chairman of Maruti Suzuki India Limited, was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors for the IIM-Ranchi while for IIM-Rohtak, the Vice-Chairman of Tata Motors Limited was appointed the Board Chairman.

And for the IIM-T, Zippo…

Not sure why ?

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Bharathidasan university is planning to offer 4 year bachelor’s degree programs ( B.S.) in Computer Science, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics and Geoscience disciplines. The maximum intake will be 20 students per course.  In addition, BU will also offer Bachelor’s program in Electronics through its affiliated colleges.

The Vice Chancellor, Mr. M. Ponnavaikko announced that the university had approached the Association of Indian Universities and Anna University (Tamil Nadu) to consider these courses as equivalent to B.E. and B.Tech programs. This is good for the students coming out of these programs to have the recognition for higher studies.

This idea has been approved by UGC.

In the Tamilnadu budget, there are provisions for many new colleges and polytechnics to be opened in many places. Some of the noted ones are below.

  • Anna university for technology with Madurai as HQ for Technical universities in and around Madurai, Dindigul, Theni, Ramanathapuram and Sivaganga districts.
  • A postgraduate extension centre of Tiruvalluvar University would be set up at Villuppuram.
  • Four new Government Arts and Science Colleges would be started in Pudukottai, Theni, Tiruvannamalai and Viluppuram districts.
  • Seven new polytechnic colleges would be started.
  • A government polytechnic college would be started at Melur in Madurai district

These are great new additions and will certainly help the students. But I have an opinion on the creation of technical umbrella entity called Anna University again.

We already have Anna University as an umbrella for technical colleges in Trichy, Coimbatore and Tirunlveli and now we are getting one in Madurai. I am not sure whether we need all these divisions within technical universities which is just going to increase parallel posts / appointees doing the same task in different district HQs. Like Madurai and Trichy are three hours apart and so is Coimbatore and Trichy . Do we really need individual  umbrella institutions to care for such neighboring regions.

The general perception is by bringing in smaller entities we can cater to many local areas to augment education . It is true for certain extent but by breaking up and introducing many smaller entities, we are just creating entities that will compete for the same resources and attention thereby splintering the attention and focus. Also, these umbrella institutions do not have authority to set their own curriculums there by increasing the politics to play a greater role in everything from funding to research to student exams and evaluation.

I would like to hear from the students and people who are directly influenced by these decisions here . May their point of view is different from mine.

Chime in ..

Exnora in Trichy has brought quite a few changes to the Trichy city with their handling of cleanliness issues. Now they are opening a branch in Valanthai Village in Andimadam taluk  in ariyalur.

The opening of the branch was preceded by health and hygiene promotion activities undertaken for many months by the youth with guidance from Tiruchi Exnora. According to R. Santhanam, Joint Secretary, Tiruchi District Exnora, mass cleaning of the village was undertaken once in three months. The simultaneous planting of saplings now adds greenery to the village.

An Exnora garbage collection push cart, hearse vehicle, freezer box and an ambulance of Tiruchi District Exnora were entrusted to the new branch. Also , Note books, bags, prizes and scholarships were distributed to meritorious students of valanthai from the village community development fund.

Keep the good things coming, Exnora.

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