SANKAR POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE
ISO 9001:2008 certified institution
(Managed by The India Cements Educational Trust)
Sankarnagar - 627357 - Tirunelveli Dt., - TamilNadu - India
Phone : +91 462 2300330 || Email : firstname.lastname@example.org || Web : www.spc.edu.in
Sankar Polytechnic College (Autonomous), Sankarnagar, formerly called Sankar Institute of Polytechnic, was started on the 28th day of July 1958. It was started by The India Cements Ltd., Chennai, through a Trust, called India Cements Educational Trust. The Government of Tamil Nadu (previously called the Government of Madras) had requested each big Industrial House of Tamil Nadu to start a Polytechnic Institute for meeting their technical manpower requirements. In deference to the above, our Polytechnic College was established in 1958 with 50% Central Government Grant and 25% State Government Grant. The remaining 25% was contributed by The India Cements Ltd. through The India Cements Educational Trust. The College is presently getting a State Government Grant of 90% of the Pay and 100% of the Dearness Allowance and also 90% of the allowable expenditure as Maintenance grant and is an Aided Institution of the Government of Tamil Nadu. Our polytechnic is the only Government-aided polytechnic in Tirunelveli District.
The Polytechnic College functioned initially in a Timber Works Building at Thalaiyuthu. The Working Hours of the College were fixed to suit the train timings as the staff and students commuted from Tirunelveli and nearby places by train.
The Foundation Stone for the Main Building of the College was laid by the then Chief Minister of Madras, Sri. K. Kamaraj, in 1960 in the presence of the then Industries Minister of the Government of Madras, Sri. R. Venkataraman. The Polytechnic College Building was completed in 1962 and was declared open by the then Education Minister of the Government of Madras, Sri. C. Subramanian. The Polytechnic College and Hostel are situated in a campus sprawling over 120 Acres of land in West Thalaiyuthu, en route to the mines of India Cements Ltd.,
The Polytechnic College initially offered 3 Diploma Courses, namely Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. In 1983-84, Diploma in Electronics and Communication Engineering was started. In 1987-88, Diploma in Computer Science was started, later renamed as Computer Technology. Presently the College is offering the following Diploma Courses under Aided Stream:
- Civil Engineering
- Mech. Engineering
- Electrical and Electronics Engineering
- Electronics and Communication Engineering
- Computer Technology.
Further, the College has also been offering Electrical & Electronics Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Diplomas under the Self Finance Stream since 2006 – 2007.
The intake of Students was initially 120 nos., (i.e.) 40 nos., per Branch. The present intake of Students is 420 for the First Year, (i.e.) 60 per Branch for 5 Aided Courses and 2 SF Courses.
Lateral Entry Scheme was introduced with 10% Seats for Plus Two Academic Students and another 10% Seats for Plus Two Vocational Stream Students. Hence the Strength of Students is 504 for II and III Years. The total Strength of Students of the College is 1428.
There was a Technical High School, attached to the Polytechnic, started in August 1962, offering a JTS Certificate Course equivalent to old S.S.L.C., with an intake of 60 Students. In 1976, a new building was constructed for the Technical High School. In 1979-80, the said Technical School was upgraded to Technical Higher Secondary School, offering Plus Two Equivalent Course. In 1984-85, the THSS Course was closed and the intake of Polytechnic College was increased from 120 to 180.
The Silver Jubilee Celebrations of the Polytechnic College were held on 30th August 1982, under the Presidentship of Sri. M. G. Ramachandran, the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. The Chief Guest was Sri. R. Venkataraman, the then Defence Minister of the Govt. of India.
In 1994, the Polytechnic College became Autonomous. An Academic Board was constituted for framing the Syllabi and Guidelines for Academic Activities. Further, an Awards committee was also formed for declaring the Results. In the above Committee, representatives of the Directorate of Technical Education, Chennai-25, are the members. The Multi-Point Entry and Credit (MPEC) system has also been introduced. The pass % is above 90, of which 75% of the students secure Distinction.
From 1997, the admission to Polytechnic College has been done through Counselling, as per the guidelines of the DOTE. Further, girl students have been admitted since 1997 into the Courses of the College. A separate Hostel for Girls and Ladies' Restrooms has been constructed under World Bank Loan.
The number of girl students admitted to the College is growing year after year and presently the strength of girls is around 20%. Industrial visits for the students are being arranged every year by all departments to enrich the knowledge of the students.
The College arranges Campus Interview with reputed companies every year. TVS Motors, Sundaram Clayton, Ashok Leyland, Larsen and Toubro, IVCRL and HCL Infosystems are some of the renowned companies that come for the campus interview regularly and 100% placement for our students is achieved every year. The products of this College are economically well positioned, not only in India but also abroad.
The old friends of the College have formed an Alumni Association called, “The Old Gold Good SIP Friends”. They meet regularly at least twice in a year - once in Chennai on the first Sunday of every August (i.e, on Friendship day) and again in Tirunelveli on the last Sunday of every May from the year 2001.
During this event, the meritorious students of the Polytechnic are honoured with cash awards.
Also, a special motivational program called ‘namakkullae’ is conducted at our campus for the students of all branches on the second Saturday of every December.
A special ‘silver jubilee’ reunion is also arranged in the campus by the alumni of batches completed 25 years.
The Canada India Institutional Cooperation Project (CIICP) has been functioning in the Polytechnic College since 2002. Under this Project, several job oriented courses like JCB operation, Cell phone repair and service, Gold appraiser course, Computer hardware service, Catering technology and Radio and TV Servicing are conducted for the benefit of our Students as well as the Public. The College has installed CNC Lathe and CNC Vertical Milling Machine and courses are being conducted on Lathes and Mills.
Moreover, a new CAD Lab equipped with 12 PC Systems is also established in the College, in addition to the other two CAD Labs already functioning.
In 2006, the Self Finance Stream was started in the college and a new Block for the Self Finance Courses was constructed in 2007. The New Block called “T. S. Narayanaswami Memorial Golden Jubilee Block” was inaugurated on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the College, housing the EEE classes. A separate Electrical Machines Lab is being set up for EEE (SF) Course. The College Main Computer Centre is expanded to cater to the growing demand for Computer Technology.
The College is having an NCC Battalion comprising 100 Cadets. Further, there are 2 units of NSS consisting of 100 volunteers each. In 2009, our college received the State Level Best NSS Unit Award, Best NSS Officer Award and Best NSS Volunteer Award from the Directorate of Technical Education for the relentless service to the villages in and around our college. Students Cooperative Stores and a Canteen are being run for the benefit of the Students. A Library is functioning in the Polytechnic College with a good number of Text Books, Reference Books, periodicals and Journals.
It is placed on record that in the past 60 years of the Polytechnic College's history, a cordial relationship has been maintained continuously between the students and the staff without any interruption.
In the year 2009, the Polytechnic College has been certified by the Quality Auditors for ISO 9001-2008.
The radius of the Polytechnic College Campus is around 3 KMs. and the same is being protected by constructing a massive compound Wall.
Initially, the Polytechnic College Hostel was having a capacity to accommodate 200 Students only. Now an additional block for Boys has been constructed for hostel and so the accommodation has crossed 300 Nos. The Hostel is having Steam Cooking Facility and High Capacity RO System for purified Water. The hostel accounts are being integrated with the accounts of the college and the hostel mess is run by a contractor.
With the College having both aided and SF courses and CIICP courses, there was a need to strengthen the college administration. Hence auditing of accounts of all the four segments viz, Aided, SF, CIICP and hostel have been strengthened in 2006. The above audit is apart from the Local Fund audit for the aided courses. Further, an Advisor was appointed previously to manage the affairs of the college and to supplement the works of the Principal. In 2008, the post of Advisor was replaced by the post of Manager who looks after the development, administration and accounts.
It is placed on record that the promoter of the College, The India Cements Ltd., has contributed liberally for the development of the Polytechnic College, by constructing buildings, purchasing equipments, donating cement for construction, arranging for procurement of consumables for practical classes, providing bus service for the benefit of girl students and staff, and many more. The Managing Director of The India Cements Ltd., is the Chairman of the College Governing Council and the management of the college affairs is done by The India Cements Educational Trust, Chennai.
The India Cements Ltd., Sankarnagar (Works) is actively involved in the affairs of the Polytechnic College by providing all the help needed locally. A Local Management Committee was formed in 2006 in which the officials of The India Cements Ltd., Sankarnagar (Works), the Principal, the Faculty and the Manager from the College are the members and the Factory Head of The India Cements Ltd., Sankarnagar (Works) is the Chairman. We also place on record all the help extended to the Polytechnic college by The India Cements Ltd., Sankarnagar Works and also the advice and guidance rendered by the factory Head and other officials of The India Cements Ltd., Sankarnagar Works.
It is placed proudly on record the great services rendered by the past Principals of the college for the development and success of the college in previous years namely
- Late. N. Viswanatha Iyer (1958-1962)
- Late. G. Krishnamurthy (1962-1989)
- Late. R. Anantharamakrishnan (1989-1999)
- Dr. R. Kalidasa Krishnaswami (2001-2016)
- Dr. A. Sankara Subramanian (2023-Till date)
and also the Principals in charge
- Late. L. Srinivasa Raghavan (1997)
- Mr. R. Seshan (1999 -2001)
- Dr. G. Sankara Subramaniam (2016-2022)
- Dr. A. Nazir Ahamed (2022-2023)
and all other past and present faculty and all the staff members of the College.
We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the Government of Tamilnadu and the Commissioner of Technical Education for the support and guidance rendered to our polytechnic.
Let us all pray to the Almighty for the continued growth and development of SANKAR POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE in the years to come.