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Where is Rajaji? A proud Madrasi GNS - 100: our first subscriber More heat than light TELANGANA at last…BUT Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna Delhi is distant This scant respect for Law Boy, can you beat these? When the President was rendered homeless… No Maha Koottani in TN... A friendly business group Modi storms Silicon Valley The rise and fall of Annamalai University Secularism and anti-Hinduism When online building permits work…. Towards speedy justice Tribute S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Tribute – UCAL Selvan… Robber barons everywhere Things happen by accident and not by design... Excel Generators provide the vital back-up A welcome initiative by the judiciary Silver Years of Madras Musings Tribute – M V Murugappan A yen for wastage… A professional at the helm of IRDA... F C Kohli - his concerns all embracing WTO Meet: resolved to meet again New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Waning interest in public discussions… Make standards certification mandatory... SoA @ 80 Kudos to NDTV... Increasing non co-operation of state leaders A glass full of corruption Lesson from Chandrababu Naidu TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... TGS- The king storyteller The brown list of Venkitaramanan Solar, solar everywhere … Banning booze... Shaming of Tamils by Tamil farmers at Delhi A think tank for Chennai Shale gas and its shallow future Convulsions in The Hindu Music happens TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership The star of Spencers is no more Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy Quality education through the PPP mode CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Wise Presidents Which side are you, Montek? Why this malaise in medical education? Align crops to agro climate endowments… Contrarian cousins Solar thermal shines… Maximising the micro pricing … Haul over the coal Cement prices continue to rise… Modi and the lady The balancing act B H Kothari - a tribute Discoms deserve better… S Ramanathan – a versatile musician, musicologist Muffled voices for merit… Editor's Notes Valli, they are more marginalised Tough task taking states together He continues the focus on social amelioration Readers' Mail Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... Streamlining mandatory third party cover Russi Mody – a tribute PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals Tatas moving out of urea production... Telangana in top gear… Medical costs hit the roof... The rise and rise of KCP Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet Sweet news for TN sugar mills A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… Engineering seats go abegging Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Plummeting profits of PSBs EEC at the National Media Centre Welcome GST An inexplicable neglect An informal presentation - analytical, forward locking... Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan Parliament in paralysis... Return to king coal for urea... More Shakti to resource mobilisation... IPL type auction for VCs? Fuel for thought West Bengal: mindless malignancy Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel Alexa – Talking Wikipedia Infrastructure funding – lessons learnt Adharma of opposition politics GM Technology at last! Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V The Jan Dhan bonanza Shanti and Sadhana through Music How Air-India loses customs... 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IPL - no surprise this scam A more liberated TN… Limit foreign borrowings to hi-tech, export potential projects... Eternal support for capitalisation of PS banks Fortune for Indian Airlines Polls and promises The sea- saw battle continues... Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities MHC should not return to its old indisciplined ways Delhi is distant… Naidu will soon build a new Hyderabad Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School Auto components surge… Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel Godspeed, Chief Minister JJ The Swadeshi Trump Demise of a media baron... An enemy’s enemy is a friend Gay abandon in pricing Mu Sigma – is no more Roaring Ro-Ro facility China invests in India Revving up the manufacturing sector Another Indian music maestro at the UN Computation of GDP – conundrums continue All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya PC’s preference for professionals Varuna (rain) in 2015; Vaayu (air) in 2016. 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Delhi returns to BJP IAS invades NDDB... Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! A rich pool of talent not utilised….
 
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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