Staff Reporter

Tiruvannamalai: Four more engineering colleges are expected to be started in Tiruvannamalai district in the current academic year.

Prominent among them is Government Engineering College proposed to be set up in Arani taluk. When asked whether this college would become operational in this academic year itself, collector (in-charge) S. Viswanathan said “Since Rural Extension Training Center is running in the Zameen bungalow which has been chosen as temporary premises for the college, steps have been taken to shift the center to some other place, so that college can start from this year itself. A site near Thatchur Samathuvapuram is being considered by the government to construct own campus for the upcoming engineering college.”

SKP Institute of Technology, a new college from SKP Engineering college group, has been started this year in Tiruvannamalai as fourth Self Finance Engineering College in Tiruvannamalai alone. This college offers undergraduate streams in civil, mechanical, computer science and ECE with a total sanctioned strength of 240 seats. When asked about the new college, its chairman K. Karunanidhi said, “As seats in the SKP engineering college gets filled as soon as counselling gets started, it happens that we could not accommodate many a local students who aspire to join our institute. So, this new college from our group would accommodate meritorious local students,” he said. Two engineering colleges are proposed to be started near Polur, an educationally backward region in this district until now. Former Polur MLA Rajendran who is promoting Oxford College of Engineering near Polur said that they are expecting to get AICTE nod very soon and hope to start the college from the current academic year itself. “We have applied for undergraduate courses in Civil, Mechanical, Computer Science and ECE, each with strength of 60 students,” he told The Hindu.Along with already existing half a dozen engineering colleges in Tiruvannamalai district these new colleges would make accessibility to engineering education a much easier task for rural students.