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