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