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Come elections, come advertisements... A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… He saved millions from starvation... Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model Music happens Demise of a media baron... A rich pool of talent not utilised…. Tough task taking states together Discoms deserve better… Intellectual of rare qualities A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Sri Lanka votes for change Kulandai was a giant Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami Towards speedy justice Align crops to agro climate endowments… Wanted: a second airport for Chennai CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... Put expensive assets created to use... Russi Mody – a tribute This scant respect for Law Medical costs hit the roof... Return to king coal for urea... GNS - 100: our first subscriber Delhi is distant Excel Generators provide the vital back-up Vibrant Gujarat IPL - no surprise this scam Tatas moving out of urea production... Convulsions in The Hindu R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital Quality education through the PPP mode Quality silica from Neyveli Robber barons everywhere Insurance companies bleeding, yet no decision on increasing FDI limit! Welcome changes that testify to Jayalalithaa’s return to health An enemy’s enemy is a friend Computation of GDP – conundrums continue …and of a popular trade leader Solar, solar everywhere … Contrarian cousins Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara Mersal magnified For whom the MIDS bell tolls? Online not in line with brick and mortar businesses... For whom the bell tolls? The rise and fall of Annamalai University Build close rapport with business leaders A welcome initiative by the judiciary Gay abandon in pricing Tatas moving out of urea production... PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals More heat than light Rahman at CIC An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... A friendly business group Haul over the coal Sweet news for TN sugar mills EVM is tamper-proof Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna Multi-faceted Venkat More Shakthi to Das’ elbow Roaring Ro-Ro facility Fortune for Indian Airlines Shale gas and its shallow future Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria GM Technology at last! Banning booze... TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more Kinetic Karnataka Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi Alexa – Talking Wikipedia The nuclear option Poor quality of university VCs Delhi is distant… Building loyalty through the stomach Auto components surge… Fortune 500 review Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform Valli, they are more marginalised A C Muthiah – his munificent bequeaths to science Wise Presidents Small units prefers to remain small... TIAM turns a full cycle An inexplicable neglect Welcome focus on core competence Maximising the micro pricing … Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel Sweeter prospects for sugar Engineering seats go abegging Paytm karo... TGS- The king storyteller Editor's Notes London, London Narayan CII projects higher growth… No mega rail project for Tamil Nadu Like Hinduism: many paths to reach God... Marketing expert Balagopal is no more Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik Muffled voices for merit… Cutting the nose to spite the face The few handicaps... He continues the focus on social amelioration Plummeting profits of PSBs S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist The power-full Hindujas Five star activism stalls development activity Welcome GST Tribute MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways The sea- saw battle continues... Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL A proud Madrasi Where is Rajaji? Streamlining mandatory third party cover The balancing act CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Delhi returns to BJP Airlines in India: cost and space Delhi Chalo... Naidu’s return augurs well for Seemandhra Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... EEC at the National Media Centre Modi and the lady The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu No Maha Koottani in TN... Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V The rise and rise of KCP When TN politicians can emulate Kerala's A yen for wastage… There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Permanent secretariat for TN GIM IAS invades NDDB... A glass full of corruption TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... Measuring roof tops in terms of KW/MW How Air-India loses customs... Preserving for the future Tribute – UCAL Selvan… Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked A think tank for Chennai Adharma of opposition politics Parliament in paralysis... Road development slows down Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu Tax agriculture Why this malaise in medical education? Shanti and Sadhana through Music Recognition to role of NBFCs.... China invests in India Lalu’s envy, India’s pride TELANGANA at last…BUT Fuel for thought Gas is the way forward Breaththrough in malaria control When online building permits work…. The Gulf aviation boom Editor's Says Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... Secularism and anti-Hinduism Boy, can you beat these? Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Tribute – M V Murugappan Revive development banks... Why land prices zoom in TN? Kudos to NDTV... Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai No engine for this car Nuclear power at the nucleus S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal The brown list of Venkitaramanan Where a state respects its litterateurs… A more liberated TN… Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy to the lack of interest on the part of these to focus on original research. This despite the much lower costs of such research in India. The industry which thrived on the protection of a closed economy and the advantage of a vast domestic market, has failed to organise its evolution on healthy lines When nations steal growth from one another… Protest masters... When Ratan Tata visited SRM Should we change the official year? Increasing non co-operation of state leaders Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities Things happen by accident and not by design... Another Indian music maestro at the UN Telangana in top gear… L&T: focus on infrastructure and more infrastructure… ONGC at KG Basin Cement prices continue to rise… Colour-Chem’s colourful KRVS More Shakti to resource mobilisation... F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing B H Kothari - a tribute Funding the un-funded Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel Revving up the manufacturing sector TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… The Swadeshi Trump Polls and promises Strengthen the base... All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya Pharma – overdose of copying Shipping woes of Chennai companies Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! Making ‘my Amaravati’... L&T- the specialty of special purpose vehicles Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? Which side are you, Montek? The Jan Dhan bonanza The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ WTO Meet: resolved to meet again When the President was rendered homeless… Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks Of course, Gujarat is vibrant Silver Years of Madras Musings Mu Sigma – is no more PC’s preference for professionals Don’t seem to feel the pulse… The why of tax incentives Make standards certification mandatory... Moily’s bold thrust Scientists urged to take up farmer-oriented research The star of Spencers is no more IPL type auction for VCs? Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. Chennai devastated Readers' Mail Noble nonagenarians... Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. More tributes to GR Solar thermal shines… SoA @ 80 West Bengal: mindless malignancy Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad Waning interest in public discussions… Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School When small is no larger beautiful.. A professional at the helm of IRDA... Modi storms Silicon Valley
 
Kulandai was a giant

Dr V C Kulandaiswamy (VCK), the distinguished educationist, laid a solid basis for an explosive growth in engineering education and distant learning. The first Vice-Chancellor of Anna University, he is remembered for the systems he initiated during his nine-year tenure. Later, he took charge as the Vice Chancellor of the Indira Gandhi National Open University.VCK will be remembered for the Kulandaiswamy model that dealt with rainfall runoff. He made an enormous contribution to Tamil literature translating English textbooks in medicine and engineering into Tamil. He won the Sahitya Akademi award. He maintained close relations with both MGR and M Karunanidhi. I remember VCK for his bold suggestion to target taking three per cent of creamy beneficiaries off the reservation list. This reduction, he reasoned, will help move towards total elimination of reservation in 33 years.  Of course, in the caste-dominated politics of  Tamil Nadu, no government will have the gall to do it. Dr M Anandakrishnan followed the high standards that VCK set at the Anna University. Unfortunately today, politics and money power play havoc in the selection of vice-chancellors.  The university also did not live up to VCK’s insistence on running it as a unitary university. The affiliated status has only contributed to mushrooming of engineering colleges in the state that number over 600 with a good number of these run by politicians and offer indifferent quality.


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