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