List of university rank holders among 2012 engineering graduates released

If the number of university rank holders a certain engineering college produces is anything to go by, many of the city colleges are coasting along.

The long-awaited list of university rank holders of Anna University among the 2012 engineering graduates was released on Saturday.

Officials of several engineering colleges affiliated to Anna University said the number of rankers in their colleges has increased significantly this year, mainly because Anna University this year has a separate list of toppers for colleges under Anna University, Chennai, instead of a consolidated list.

“Students in Tiruchy and Tirunelveli have scored much better marks. That also shows the evaluation has been rather strict here,” said a college official.

Besides the top six shown in the box, the colleges with a high number of rank holders are Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering, Easwari Engineering College and Meenakshi Sundararajan Engineering College, among others.

Common traits in all the top-performing colleges are strict rules of attendance, everyday remedial classes and regular class tests.

“In my college, a student is not allowed more than four days. You get long preparation leave but the after-semester vacation is cut by at least two weeks. Good infrastructure is also a reason for good performance,” said a rank-holding student from Panimalar Engineering College, which has the second-highest number of rank holders.

Velammal Engineering College principal R.S. Kumar attributes the performance of the college, the highest among affiliated colleges, to its students.

“Nowadays, the rank holders are not geeks immersed in studies. Almost all of them are involved in activities of sports, NSS and NCC. These are students who know to plan their day and life.”

Apart from ensuring that students take tests regularly, many of these colleges have been making efforts to keep their students motivated.

Saiprakash Leo Muthu, CEO, Sairam Group of Institutions said the college follows a system of mentoring wherein one faculty member is allotted for one student and he/she keeps a track of his academic activities, counselling him whenever needed.

“The mentor also talks to the student’s family and makes sure he knows about his problems so that they can be addressed the right way,” he said.

The number of students wanting to score more is also because companies increasingly prefer them over others.

“Product companies particularly want to recruit high scoring students. University rankers are often exempted from written tests during recruitment,” explains K.K. Sivagnana Prabhu, head, Training and Corporate Affairs, RMK Group of Institutions.

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