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Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering

Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering
Motto Vidhya Para Devta."
Motto in English Science is the Supreme Divinity.
Established 1985
Type Private
Chairman A. C. Muthiah
Principal Dr.R.Parthiban
Academic staff 250
Admin. staff 210
Students 3500
Undergraduates 3260
Postgraduates 340
Location Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Campus Suburban, 95 acres (0.4 km2)
Affiliations Anna University, Chennai

Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering (SVCE) an engineering institute in Tamil Nadu, located at Pennalur, Sriperumbudur near Chennai.

SVCE was founded by the Sri Venkateswara Educational and Health Trust (SVEHT) in 1985. The Trust was founded on August 1, 1984 at the behest of Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal. The college, established in the city of Chennai by the Southern Petrochemical Industries Corporation(SPIC) group, a prominent petro-chemical corporation in India, is said to be among the top engineering colleges[1] in Tamil Nadu, and a Tier-I institution among self-financing colleges.[2]

SVCE's founding objective was to implement a programme of education in engineering and allied sciences, to promote research, disseminate knowledge and to foster the cooperation and exchange of ideas between the academic community and industrial organizations and to develop entrepreneurship skills among students.


  • History 1
  • Initial years 2
  • Expansion 3
  • Library 4
  • Sports Infrastructure 5
  • Medical Center 6
  • Entrepreneurship Development Cell 7
  • Student Life at SVCE 8
  • Housing 9
  • Societies and extra-curricular activities 10
  • Academic departments 11
  • Research 12
  • Forum For Economic Studies by Engineers 13
  • Notes 14


Inauguration of the old college campus, April 8, 1985

Initial years

In November 1985 the college was granted permission to conduct engineering courses in the disciplines of Mechanical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering and Computer Science Engineering, awarded by the University of Madras.

The college complex at Nazarathpet (near Poonamallee) was inaugurated on April 8, 1985 by Sri S.L Khurana, former Governor of Tamil Nadu.[3]


The entrance to the college

In 1991, the college shifted into its new campus at Pennalur, near the town of Sriperumbudur. The buildings were designed by the architect P.T. Krishnan. The inaugural function of the new Campus was performed on July 25, 1991 in the presence of Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal; was inaugurated by Shri R. Venketaraman (former President of India) on January 5, 1992; and received approval from the All India Council for Technical Education the same year. Courses in Electrical & Electronics Engineering and Chemical Engineering Courses were started in 1994. [3]

The college celebrated its decennial in March 1995 in the presence of former Minister of State for Commerce and present home minister of the Government of India Shri P. Chidambaram. In 1996 the college began a course in Information Technology and was the first college in the country to do so.[4] The college obtained an ISO 9001:2000 certification in 2002.[3] Dr.M.Sivanandham who was previously the Head of the Department of Bio-technology is Principal of the college since 1 June 2012.


SVCE has a 1,338-square-metre (14,400 sq ft) library spanning three floors with over 21,000 titles covering major fields of science and engineering, a conference room, a study space and a seating capacity of over 200. The ground floor is air-conditioned, with conferencing, multimedia, internet, reprography facilities, a CD-ROM collection and a book bank for deserving students.

The central library

The college subscribes to most major technical journals including those by the IEEE, ACM and ASME. Over 59,000 volumes and 200 CDs are available and around 400 print and online journals are subscribed.

Apart from the central library, all departments maintain their own libraries. SVCE is an institutional member of The British Council Library, IIT Madras, American Council Library, DELNET and MALIBNET.[5] The library uses multimedia computers with internet connectivity, CBT, CDs, e-books and e-journals to promote e-learning.

New Department IMS (Information Management System) was started in year 2012.[6]

Sports Infrastructure

The cricket ground

The 15 acres (653,400.0 sq ft) facility has a swimming pool, synthetic and clay tennis courts, turf cricket ground, basketball, football grounds, ball badminton, volleyball courts and a 400 meter track for athletics.[7]

350-square-metre (3,800 sq ft) is dedicated to a table tennis hall, gymnasium, and carom and chess rooms.

Students participate in intramural, extramural and the Tamil Nadu Inter Engineering Sports (TIES) competitions. The college conducts inter-college tournaments in basketball, volleyball, cricket and ball badminton.

Medical Center

The campus houses a medical center near the hostel blocks, with a nurse and doctor available round the clock to attend to emergencies. There is an emergency Ambulance van available round the clock.

Entrepreneurship Development Cell

The Entrepreneurship Development Cell was formed in 1996, and has organized awareness camps to motivate students to become entrepreneurs.

Student Life at SVCE

Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering believes in The student dress code is NOT influenced by the management and the college rules are, The campus is very large with sprawling greenery and individual blocks for various departments and Research and Development Centres. The college cafeteria functions throughout the day and serves snacks, drinks and packed food items alongside South Indian and North Indian Breakfast and Lunch choices. WiFi Umbrellas with Power Sockets are set up at various points across the campus enabling high speed Web access for students and faculty.

For an undergraduate student at SVCE, there are quite a lot of subject based activities, lectures and workshops happening at college in between exams to keep the students engaged in multiple activities. The college has Memorandum of Understandings signed with various industries and companies, including Multinational giants to enable research options and internship opportunities for


The SVCE housing comprises two clusters of seven blocks for Gents and three blocks for ladies. The first block was built and inaugurated in 1998. Over the years more blocks have been added along with one each dining hall for Gents and ladies. For all the Marine Engineering students, it is mandatory to live in the hostels. A total of around 380 Ladies and 850 Gents can stay in the hostel. Facilities such as indoor games, TV, WiFi and laundromats are available so that students lead a comfortable life.

Societies and extra-curricular activities

With the aim of technical skill and personality development, societies, clubs and forums, headed by members of the faculty, have been formed.[8]

Societies of the college:

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Students Branch
  • Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE)
  • Indian Society for Training and Development (ISTD)
  • Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE) - Student Chapter
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

Associations of the college:

  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) (svceacm)
  • Association of Chemical Technologists (ACT)
  • Students Biotechnology Forum (SBF)
  • Society of Mechanical Engineers (SME)
  • Association of Marine Engineers (AME)
  • Association of Automobile Engineers (AAE)
  • Association of Computer Engineers (ACE)
  • Association of Information Technologists (AIT)
  • Association of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (AEEE)
  • Electronics and Communication Engineers Association (ECEA)
  • Civil Engineers Association (CEA)
  • MCA Students' Association
  • Association of Bio-Technology Engineers
  • Forum for Economic Studies by Engineers (FORESE)

Clubs and forums:

  • Youth Red Cross
  • Rotaract Club
  • NCC-Army
  • NCC-Air Wing
  • NCC-Naval
  • NSS
  • The speakers forum
  • Leo Club
  • Tamil Mandram

Academic departments

Under-graduate programmes:

  • Computer Science and Engineering[9]
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering[10]
  • Electronics and Communication Engineering[11]
  • Mechanical Engineering[12]
  • Automobile Engineering[13]
  • Chemical Engineering[14]
  • Marine Engineering[15]
  • Information Technology[16]
  • Biotechnology[17]
  • Civil Engineering [18]

Post-graduate programmes:


The Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Electronics and Communication Engineering departments have been recognized by Anna University as collaborative research centers for PhD degrees.[19] R&D is aided by a technology innovation Center, which also houses SPIC's research center.

Forum For Economic Studies by Engineers

The Forum For Economic Studies by Engineers (FORESE) was created to equip engineering students with management skills and to help develop team management and interpersonal skills; to nurture young professionals into tomorrows leaders.[20]

FORESE is a pioneer in having a national level management symposium(Kapital) in an engineering college.[21] FORESE also conducts Mock Placements[22] and several expert lectures.


  1. ^ SVCE in top three Tamil Nadu colleges,see end paragraphs. 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  2. ^ SVCE considered a Tier-I institution;see "Intense competition". The Hindu. 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  3. ^ History and Milestones of SVCE. SVCE website. 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  4. ^ First to introduce a B Tech Degree program in Information Technology. SVCE website. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  5. ^ Library details. SVCE website. Retrieved 2008-04-20. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ College sports facilities. SVCE website. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  8. ^ Societies & Extra Curricular Activities. SVCE website. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  9. ^ Computer Science and Engineering
  10. ^ Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  11. ^ Electronics and Communication Engineering
  12. ^ Mechanical Engineering
  13. ^ Automobile Engineering
  14. ^ Chemical Engineering
  15. ^ Marine Engineering
  16. ^ Information Technology
  17. ^ Biotechnology
  18. ^ Civil Engineering
  19. ^ departments as research centers. The Hindu (CBE) April 20, 2008. p.11. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-11. 
  20. ^ Forum For Economic Studies by Engineers. SVCE website. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  21. ^ Pioneers in having a Management Forum in an engineering college. SVCE website. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  22. ^ See also: An article on mock placements in SVCE. Chennai online. 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
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