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