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Michael Topping (1747–1796) was the Chief Marine Surveyor of Fort St. George in Chennai (then Madras) responsible for founding the oldest modern technical school outside Europe. The Survey School was completed on 17 May 1794, with an initial intake of eight students. In 1858 it became the Civil Engineering School and the College of Engineering in 1861.Topping was also the first full-time modern professional surveyor of India having surveyed the seas off the Coromandel Coast, India’s south-east coast. Topping persuaded astronomer William Petrie to gift his equipment to the government and set up the first modern astronomical observatory in Nungambakkam. The school was established in 1792 and Topping was appointed as the British East India Company’s astronomer. Topping died in 1796.
CEG began its journey as a school of survey established by the East India Company in 1794 at the Fort St.George Madras. There were only 8 students to start with. It was started by the initiation of Michael Topping an Astronomical Surveyor. He was succeeded by John Golding Ham, who was an Architect and Marine Surveyor. The name of the survey school was changed as Civil Engineering School and moved to Kalasa Mahal buildings in Chepauk in the year 1858. The scope was to train upper and lower subordinates. The College was affiliated to the Madras University in 1862.
Civil Engineering was the specialty in those early days. The first set of the students received the DCE degree in 1864. In 1920 the College moved into the sprawling 185 acres campus at Guindy. In 1925, Rao Bahadur G. Nagarathinam Ayyar became the first Indian Principal of the College. This institution became the oldest technical institution in Asia and has several first to its credit.
Shifting of the college to Guindy was the impact of conducting the Degree courses in Mechanical Engineering and paved the way for rapid expansion to add some more Degree courses. The Degree courses thus added into curriculum are:
Mechanical Engineering – 1894
Electrical Engineering – 1930
Telecommunication and High ways – 1945
Printing Technology 1982
Research Programs were introduced in 1935. Dr. K. L. Rao, former Union Minister for irrigation obtained his first M.Sc. Degree by Research. Miss. Leela George and Miss. A. Lalitha were the first two lady Engineers of Guindy.(1940). In 1942-43, accelerated course was brought into effect with no vacations and 3 batches passed out in two years because of World War II. In 1946 First Ph.D. was obtained by Prof.K.Sukumaran. In 1947 two more colleges were started, one at Ananthapur and another at Vishakhapatnam. But they functioned at Guindy itself for some time for want of infra structural facilities at the new places.
In 1957 the intake of students was increased from 175 to 275 for the College. Pre professional course was introduced and the entry level was the newly started Pre-University course. This was later changed to 5 year integrated course. I entered the college in 1957 for the pre professional course and later took Electrical Engineering and passed out in 1962. There were only three branches for us, Electrical, Civil and Mechanical. The branches were selected only in the third year and for the first two years we had to undergo common subjects. There were 2 Girl students in our batch and both took civil Engineering. For the first time one of our batch mate entered into Indian Administrative Service (I.A.S) and another into Indian Foreign Service (I.F.S.)
In 1962, due to the Chinese Aggression, many of our batch mates joined the Army Services. Due to rapid industrialization, there were job ample opportunities both in private and Government sectors. We were fortunate to choose the job to our liking. Many of our batch mates went to other countries to seek jobs with higher salaries and perks. All settled well in high positions in life. CEG became the number one college in the State and the Engineering course attracted the best brains of youngsters. CEG was flourishing in Academics, Sports and self employment. Our Engineers had the Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability. They were also able to function on multidisciplinary teams. In short they become the back bone of our country’s development.
In 1978 Perarignar Anna University of Technology (PAUT), subsequently the Anna University, was established with four constituent colleges, 1.CEG 2. MIT 3.AC College and 4. S.A.P. The Anna University functioned from the Guindy Campus. Mr. P. Sivlingam was the first Vice Chancellor. Dr.Kulandaisamy took over as the second Vice Chancellor and Dr. M.Anandakrishnan was the third Vice Chancellor of the University. New branches of Engineering were introduced in the College. The College offers number of UG and PG courses in different disciplines. The intake was increased every year and it is around 2700 Full time and 550 Part- time UG students as of now and for the PG courses 1740 full time and 453 part time students. In January 2001, all Engineering Colleges in Tamilnadu were affiliated to Anna University.
As one of the oldest engineering institutions in the country, CEG has a rich tradition of research, and is dedicated to furthering the frontiers of technology and engineering. Around 13,000 research scholars, pursuing their Ph.D. and M.S./M.Tech at CEG, are afforded a range of opportunities to explore their fields, under the guidance of over 2500 top researchers, and with access to state of the art infrastructure. Often called upon by the Tamil Nadu and Indian government for research purposes, students will work towards sustainable solutions to real world problems. One of the many achievements brought about by the diligence of CEG’s research body, is the launch of the indigenously built microsatellite, ANUSAT, the first such satellite to be built by an Indian university. Under the aegis of ISRO, students and faculty worked tirelessly to build, launch and operate the satellite. CEG is hence the nexus of technology and some of the brightest minds of the country, truly encouraging to an atmosphere of progressive research. CEG engages the research scholars in extensive research activities that extend beyond classrooms. Various specialized Research Centres, with highly experienced faculty, are located around the campus that provides facilities to undertake research in any chosen sphere. Apart from prioritized academic focus, research centres are integral to the comprehensive knowledge, CEG aims to provide.
The number of Ph.D. awardees of Anna University from the inception (1978-2013) is 4028, while in the last six convocations (2008-2013) the figure touched, 2793 and in the convocation held in 2013 alone, it is 690. In the 35th convocation, 1010 Ph.D. scholars are awarded degrees. This is an “All time High” number of Ph.D. awardees (for a calendar year) in convocation for Anna University and the highest number of Ph.D. awardees ever achieved by any other Technical University in India.
College of Engineering Guindy emerged as the top most college in the State and only the top ranking students are able to get admissions in the College. True to its credit, it has secured the 8th ranking for Engineering and 13th for overall as ranked by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF).
The number of private colleges affiliated to Anna University was increased to 590 and the intake of the engineers in 2017 year is about 2 LAKHS .
CEG was established in May of 1794, as a School of Survey with one student in a building near Fort St. George. Founded by Michael Topping, the school became the Civil Engineering School in 1858. Subsequently, CEG was established as a college in 1859 under the Madras University. It was then rechristened as College of Engineering in 1861 with the inclusion of the Mechanical Engineering course.
Anna University shall strive towards a World Class Institution by producing professionals with high technical knowledge, professional skills and ethical values. The University shall be a preferred partner to the industry and community for contribution towards their economic and social development by providing high quality manpower through excellence in teaching, research and consultancy. Anna University shall be recognized as a point of reference, a catalyst, a facilitator, a trend setter and a leader in technical education.
Anna University shall contribute to the educational, economic and social development by:
- Producing students who are intellectually and technically equipped with well-defined knowledge, skills and ethics who are creative thinkers, inspiring leaders and contributing citizens.
- Introducing high quality academic and research programs and providing extension services in cutting edge technologies
- Ensuring a supportive campus climate with dynamic leadership and development opportunities to meet the needs of the students, faculty and staff.
- Enhancing academic productivity through induction of quality, accelerated graduated, credit banking, augmented continuing education opportunities and adoption of current technology.
- Sharing the intellectual resources and infrastructural facilities among the academia from other institutions among the industrial society, funding agencies and government.
- Enhancing the collaborative partnership between Industry and Institute for commercializing and transferring the latest technological know-how towards societal development.
- Setting up a Global University Network Campus that embodies the ideals of an open, democratic and global society catering to the needs of the global community and satisfying cultural, ethnic and racial diversity.
- Expanding global participation spread across continents with the aid of interactive satellite based education and the usage of digital library.
- Enriching the national and international character of the university.
- Ensuring efficient administrative co-ordination and effective decision-making through necessary reforms and by strategically allocating resources.
- Benchmarking against technologically sound global leaders with a view towards continuous improvement.
College of Engineering
Seal of College of Engineering, Guindy
Motto in English
Anna University(1978 – present )
University of Madras (1862 – 1978)
Faculty of Civil Engineering
- B.E Civil Engineering
- B.E Geo Informatics
- B.E Agricultural and Irrigation
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
- B.E Mechanical Engineering
- B.E Industrial Engineering
- B.E Manufacturing Engineering
- B.E Mining Engineering
- B.E Prining Technology
- B.E Material Science Engineering
Faculty of Electrical Engineering
- B.E Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Faculty of Information and Communication
- B.E Electronics and Communication Engineering
- B.E Computer Science and Engineering
- B.Tech Information Technology
- B.E Biomedical Engineering
Faculty of Civil Engineering
- M.E. Structural Engineering
- M.E. Construction Engineering and Management
- M.E. Irrigation Water Management
- M.E. Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering
- M.E. Environmental Engineering
- M.E. Transportation Engineering
- M.E. Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering
- M.E. Environmental Management
- M.E. Remote Sensing and Geomatics
- M.E. Integrated Water Resources Management
- M.Tech. Coastal Management
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
- M.E. Internal Combustion Engineering
- M.E. Energy Engineering
- M.E. Computer Integrated Manufacturing
- M.E. Thermal Engineering (with specialization in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning)
- M.E. Engineering Design
- M.E. Industrial Engineering
- M.E. Manufacturing Engineering
- M.E. Mechatronics
- M.E. Manufacturing Systems and Management
- M.E. Product Design and Development
- M.E. Quality Engineering Management
- M.E. Computer Aided Design
- M.E. Printing and Packaging Technology
- M.E. Solar Energy
- M.E. Green Manufacturing (with specialization in Green Manufacturing Engineering)
Faculty of Electrical Engineering
- M.E. Power Systems Engineering
- M.E. Power Electronics and Drives
- M.E. Embedded System Technologies
- M.E. High Voltage Engineering
- M.E. Control and Instrumentation Engineering
- M.E. Instrumentation Engineering
- M.E. Power Engineering and Management
Faculty of Information and Communication
- M.E. Computer Science and Engineering
- M.E. Software Engineering
- M.E. Communication Systems
- M.E.VLSI Design
- M.E. Medical Electronics
- M.E. Multimedia Technology
- M.E. Bio Medical Engineering
- M.E. Communication and Networking
- M.E. Avionics
- M.E. Applied Electronics
- M. Tech. Information Technology
- M. Tech. Laser and Electro Optical Engineering
- M.E. Systems Engineering and Operations Research
- Master of Computer Applications (M.C.A.)
- M.E. Computer Science and Engineering (Specialization in Big Data Analytics)
- M.E. Wireless Technologies
- M.E. VLSI Design and Embedded Systems
- M.Sc (2 years)/M.Sc (5 years)/M.Phil/M.B.A
Faculty of Science and Humanities
- M.Sc. Applied Mathematics(2 years)
- M.Sc. Medical Physics(2 years)
- M.Sc. Applied Chemistry (2 years)
- M.Sc. Applied Geology (2 years)
- M.Sc. Materials Science (2 years)
- M.Sc. Environmental Science (2 years)
- M.Sc. Electronic Media (2 years)
- M. Phil. (Mathematics)
- M. Phil. (Physics)
- M. Phil. (Crystal Science)
- M. Phil. (Chemistry)
- M. Phil. (English)
- M. Phil. (Medical Physics)
- M.Sc. Computer Science(5 years)
- M.Sc. Information Technology(5 years)
- M.Sc. Electronic Media(5 years)
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- M.B.A. Tourism Management
Doing Research in CEG
As one of the oldest engineering institutions in the country, CEG has a rich tradition of research, and is dedicated to furthering the frontiers of technology and engineering. Around 13,000 research scholars, pursuing their Ph.D. and M.S./M.Tech at CEG, are afforded a range of opportunities to explore their fields, under the guidance of over 2500 top researchers, and with access to state of the art infrastructure. Often called upon by the Tamil Nadu and Indian government for research purposes, students will work towards sustainable solutions to real world problems. One of the many achievements brought about by the diligence of CEG’s research body, is the launch of the indigenously built microsatellite, ANUSAT, the first such satellite to be built by an Indian university. Under the aegis of ISRO, students and faculty worked tirelessly to build, launch and operate the satellite. CEG is hence the nexus of technology and some of the brightest minds of the country, truly encouraging to an atmosphere of progressive research.
Dedicated Research Centers
CEG engages the research scholars in extensive research activities that extend beyond classrooms. Various specialized Research Centres, with highly experienced faculty, are located around the campus that provides facilities to undertake research in any chosen sphere. Apart from prioritized academic focus, research centres are integral to the comprehensive knowledge CEG, aims to provide.
- AUFRG Institute for CAD/CAM
- Centre for Technology Development and Transfer
- Educational Multimedia Research Centre
- AUKBC Research Centre
- Crystal Growth Centre
- Institute for Energy Studies
- Centre for Biotechnology
- Centre for Nano Science and Technology
- Civil / Electrical Minor Works Cell
- Building Technology Centre
- NHHID National Hub for Healthcare Instrumentation Development
- Centre for Applied Research in Indic Technologies
- Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation Research
- Centre for Human Settlements
- AU Patriotic and People Oriented Science and Technology Centre
- Training Centre for Career Advancement
- Centre with Potential for Excellence in Environmental Science
- AURU Urban Energy Centre
- Centre for Development of Tamil in Engg &Technology
Centre for Research is functioning from the inception of Anna University on 4th September 1978, offering research programes in different branches of Engineering, Technology, Architecture and Planning, Science & Humanities and Management Sciences leading to award of Ph.D. and M.S. (By Research) degrees. Faculty members are actively pursuing interdisciplinary and socially relevant research in thrust areas with state–of–the–art equipments in addition to teaching, consultancy and extension activities.
This Centre is offering admission to Ph.D. and M.S. (By Research) programmes twice a year. Around 13,000 research scholars are pursuing Ph.D. and M.S./M.Tech (By Research) programmes. Foreign scholars are admitted through ICCR and QIP scholars have been admitted through AICTE. Full-time research scholars are covered with accident and medical relief policy. In order to further enhance the research activities in Anna University and to become a global competitor in research, meritorious and talented youth with PG degree are attracted by “Anna Centenary Research Corpus” supporting 50 research fellowships every year with a stipend of Rs.16,000/- per month and a contingent grant of Rs.25,000/- per year to each scholar for a maximum period of 3 years.
The Centre is looking after the recognition of Departments of various affiliated Engineering Colleges and Industrial Units/R&D centres to do research with this University. It is also providing a platform for the faculty members to interact with other experts in their area of specialization within India and abroad which provide an opportunity for others to understand the research quality of this University and also pave way for scientific collaboration. More than 2500 teaching staffs/experts are recognized as supervisors by the Centre for guiding research scholars.
Details required for the scholars/supervisors are posted in the website and periodically updated. Helpdesk is available for scholars to express their problems /to clarify any doubts. Centre is focusing fully on e-Governance such as Online submission of application for Ph.D./M.S. programmes, Online fees collection for the research scholars, Online submission of soft copy of Synopsis and Thesis to speed up the processing. The status of Ph.D. synopsis and thesis submitted by the research scholars can be accessed online from Anna University website. For quick processing of claim bills of the scholars NEFT transfer is adopted and foreign remuneration are settled through SWIFT transfer. The entire gamut of activities of the Centre such as online functionalities, office administration, etc. including the website management have been Conceived, designed and developed by in-house team. Evidence of success can be witnessed from drastic reduction in the duration between submission of thesis and award of degree from 8 months to 3 months on an average and increase in number of scholars receiving Ph.D. Degree.
The number of Ph.D. awardees of Anna University from the inception (1978-2013) is 4028 while in the last six convocations (2008-2013) is 2793 and in the convocation held in 2013 alone is 690. In the 35th convocation 1010 Ph.D. scholars are awarded degrees. This is an “All time High” number of Ph.D. awardees (for a calendar year) in convocation for Anna University and the highest number of Ph.D. awardees ever achieved by any other Technical University in India.