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