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(Managed by The India Cements Educational Trust)
Sankarnagar - 627357 - Tirunelveli Dt., - TamilNadu - India

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The 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 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 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 is also offering Electrical & Electronics Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Diplomas under the Self Finance Stream from 2006 – 2007.


The intake of Students was initially 120 nos., (i.e.) 40 nos., per Branch. The present intake of Students are 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 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 as 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 The guest was Sri. R. Venkataraman, the then Defence Minister of the Govt. of India.


In 1994, the Polytechnic College became Autonomous. An Academic Board has been constituted for framing the Syllabi and Guidelines for Academic Activities. Further an Awards the committee has been formed for declaring the Results. In the above, representatives of the Directorate of Technical Education, Chennai-25, are members. The Multi-Point Entry and Credit (MPEC) system has also been introduced. Pass % is above 90, of which 75% of the students secure Distinction. 


From 1997, the admission to Polytechnic College is through Counseling, 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 Rest Room have 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 arranged every year in all the departments to enrich the knowledge of the students.


The College arranges Campus Interview with reputed companies every year. TVS Motors, Sundaram Clayton, Ashok Leylands, Larsen and Toubro, IVCRL and HCL Infosystem are some of the companies that come for the campus interview regularly and 100% placement for our students are obtained. The products of the College are well placed economically, 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 first Sunday of every August (i.e, on Friendship day) and once in Tirunelveli on last Sunday of May from the year of 2001. During the event, they honour the meritorious students with cash awards. Also, they are conducting a special motivational program called ‘Namakulle’ at our campus for the students of all branches during the second Saturday of December.  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) is functioning in the Polytechnic College since 2002. Under this, several job oriented courses are conducted for the benefit of our Students and Public. The College has installed CNC Lathe and CNC Vertical Milling Machine and job oriented courses like JCB operation, Cell phone repair and service, CNC lathe and milling machine course, Gold appraiser course, Computer hardware service, Catering technology and Radio and TV Servicing are conducted. Further, a CAD Lab is being established with provision for 12 PC Systems. The above Lab is apart from two other CAD Labs already functioning in the College.


In 2006, Self Finance Stream was started and a Block for Self Finance Courses was constructed in 2007. A separate Electrical Machines Lab is being set up for EEE (SF) Course. A 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 Courses. The College Main Computer Centre is being expanded to cater to the growing demand for Computer Technology.


The College is having a NCC Battalion comprising of 100 Cadets. Further, there are 2 units of NSS consisting of 100 Nos. each. In 2009, State Level Best NSS Unit Award, Best NSS Officer Award and Best NSS Volunteer Award were presented by the Directorate of Technical Education. 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 history a cordial relationship with the students and the staff and the College has been maintained continuously without any interruption.


In the year 2009, the Polytechnic College has been certified by the Quality Auditors for ISO 9001-2008.


The Polytechnic College Campus radius is 3 KMs. and the same is being protected by constructing a Compound Wall.


Initially, the Polytechnic College Hostel was having a capacity to accommodate 200 Students and now an additional block for Boys was constructed for hostel and 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 supplement the work of the Principal.  In 2008, the post of Advisor was replaced by the post of Manager who looks after 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 equipment, 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 management of the affairs of the college 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 has been formed in 2006 in which the officials of The India Cements Ltd., Sankarnagar Works and the Principal, Faculty and 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 The India Cements Ltd., Sankarnagar Works.


It is also placed on record the great services rendered by the past Principals of the college for the development and success of the college in yesteryear namely
Late. N. Viswanatha Iyer ( 1958-1962)
Late. G. Krishnamurthy ( 1962-1989)
Sri. R. Anantharamakrishnan (1989-1998)
Dr. R. Kalidasa Krishnaswami (Upto 2017) and
Now Dr. G. Sankara Subramaniam

and also the Principals in charge
Sri. L. Srinivasa Raghavan and Sri R Seshan
and all other past and present faculty and all the staff members of the College.


We also place on record our gratitude to the Government of Tamilnadu and the Commissioner of Technical Education for the support and guidance extended to our polytechnic.


Let us all pray the Almighty for the continued growth and development of SANKAR POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE in the years to come.