A total of 139 students graduated during the maiden KCLAS graduation ceremony  

A total of 139 graduands received their degrees during the maiden graduation ceremony of Kumaraguru College of Liberal Arts and Science (KCLAS) on Monday 28 November 2022. The institution was started in 2018 with five programmes which include four undergraduate and one post graduate programme. Undergraduate programs were started with English Literature, Business Administration, Commerce (Professional Accounting) and Visual Communication as the major subjects and social work as a post graduate programme. There were a total 7 university rank holders in the batch who received gold medal during the ceremony. Delivering the Welcome Address, Shri Shankar Vanavarayar, Joint Correspondent, Kumaraguru Institutions thanked the students for allowing the institution to adventure with them, experiment with them and build with them. “This batch is the foundation in the history of this institution because with their great accomplishments, this institution will grow further,” he said. The Joint Correspondent said This is a new institution with an old legacy which means we want to try many things and do things differently. He said that life ahead is going to be extraordinary for them and that the last one year would have taught them many things. “You are no more going to be the past students but forever you are going to be KCLASite and forever the alumni of this institution,” he added. Delivering the Presidential Address, Dr B K Krishnaraj Vanavarayar, Chairman, Kumaraguru Institutions, thanked the parents for entrusting their wards to Kumaraguru College of Liberal Arts and Science and its unique methodologies, at a time when the term “liberal arts” was barely heard of. He stated that Kumaraguru College of Liberal Arts and Science is “the first one of its kind in this region”, referring to the liberal arts pathways it offers to students. Dr. B.K. Krishnaraj Vanavarayar spoke in length about the future of India, stating that “India is all set to lead the world”. He recalled the country’s immunity to the Covid pandemic as an example of the rising strength that can improve the future. “Today’s India is an aspirational India”, he said, “and the opportunities are immense”. He contrasted the present world of a college graduate with the world’s state in his time, and brought to light the many avenues of opportunities India provides, which a student can make use of in the current, ever-changing world. Delivering the graduation day address, Mr Manoj Kumar, CEO Naandi Foundation asked students to be authentic all through their life because that is the key. “We live in a time when we are under constant pressure ‘to be others.’ I want you to access who you are and try to reduce the gap between what you are and what you want to become,” he said. He asked the students to be brave to take independent decisions, be honest to speak out and not to be afraid to make mistakes. Asking students to be ready for change, he said never in the history or in future we are going to witness such rapid change. Saying that developing emotional intelligence is essential skill for future, he said knowledge will get normalized as everyone will have access to it. But the application of the knowledge will matter. That is where emotional intelligence will pay off. He pointed that the future is not going to be eventually of technology or technocrats. It is going to be of people who know human nature, people who know how to manage people and that will be people who have studied liberal arts and humanities. “You are heralding actually a new knowledge domain even before the whole world has starting thinking in that direction,” he said. He wanted the students to spend time thinking about the food system that we are part of. Food system and how food is produced and what it does is something to worry about. “We must consider creating a place within the campus where we produce food in a right way and make students part of it and make an entrepreneurial venture out of it,” he said. He also said that gender inequality needs to be addressed. “If you are a man, every day try to behave better. Patriarchy is a tremendous disease that we are born with and we must strive to get out of it. If you are a woman, raise your son differently and your time has come for you to demand it,” he said. Dr Vijila Edwin Kennedy, Principal, KCLAS told the students that today is the day to celebrate the success that the students and the institution have achieved together. “You are the first born, founding batch of KCLAS and by trusting us you have made an impact on the society,” she said. She told students that excellence is never an accident, it is the amount of hard work, determination, passion and the motive to drive for success. 

Over a 100 Kumaraguru staff recognised for displaying excellence during K – Honors 

A total of 110 Kumaraguru staff including teaching, non-teaching and support staff were honoured for displaying excellence in their respective areas during K-Honors, the annual staff recognition event held on Wednesday in the college campus. A total of 75 staff from Kumaraguru College of Technology (KCT), 18 from Kumaraguru College of Liberal Arts and Science (KCLAS) and 17 staff from Kumaraguru Institute of Agriculture (KIA) were given awards and certificate of appreciation. Dr Nandini Rangaswamy, Chairperson & Managing Director, GRG Educational Institutions & Chandra Group was the chief guest of the event who did the honour along with Chairman of Kumaraguru Institutions Dr B K Krishnaraj Vanavarayar, Correspondent, Shri M Balasubramaniam and Joint Correspondent Shri Shankar Vanavarayar. Addressing the staff, Dr Nandini asked them to internalise the institution’s vision and mission so that they can endeavour to create a better society and world at large. She said that the responsibility is vest on their shoulders as they shape the destiny of the society. Gaining expertise in the subject matter being a perquisite for teachers, she said students of this generation think differently and teachers need to be prepared with all right answers and practical knowledge to face them. “We need to know what students need and chose from range of approaches after brain storming and story boarding. This will capture interest of the students and also develop their critical thinking,” she said. Dr B K Krishnaraj Vanavarayar, Chairman, Kumaraguru Institutions asked the staff to be happy about what they have done. At the same time, he reminded them of the growing challenges in the field of education. We have to challenge ourselves and every one of us needs to work really hard. Congratulating the award winners, Shri Shankar Vanavarayar, Joint Correspondent, Kumaraguru Institutions stressed on the need for innovative ideas at the work place which can inspire each other. “We want to be an ecosystem that is future focused. It can happen with the committed faculty members and staff,” he said. 

Swagatham 2022

Over 1350 students joined Kumaraguru College of Technology (KCT) this year. Students accompanied by their parents were formally inducted into the kumaraguru family during KCT Swagatham22 at the campus. So why did they choose KCT, Here are some of the popular responses from the freshers:

  • First choice of parents for being a safe campus
  • Strongly recommended by schools’ seniors who are kctian
  • Vibrant Industry – academia engagement
  • Sustainable campus environment
  • Nurturing the ecosystem for sports, arts, and culture
  • Empowered student forums to identify and hone their passion and interests
  • Excellent Placement track record
  • Mentoring for entrepreneurship and civil services
  • Fostering research temperament among learners

KCT sets up state of the art laboratory in analytical instrumentation with DST FIST funding  

Kumaraguru College of Technology (KCT) adds yet another research infrastructure to its campus by inaugurating a state-of-the-art laboratory in analytical instrumentation. Raised at the cost of Rs 60 lakhs with funding from Department of Science and Technology (DST), the lab was sanctioned under Fund for improvement of Science & Technology infrastructure in Universities and Higher Educational Institutions (FIST) scheme to KCT.  The lab was inaugurated by Dr Paul K FOKAM, Chairman and CEO, Afriland First Group in the presence of Fondjo Guy Laurent, Vice President, West Africa Bankers Association (WABA) in the campus on Tuesday (November 15, 2022). The laboratory has a Simultaneous Thermal Analyser STA8000, Perkin Elmer, Fluorescence spectrometer FL6500, Perkin Elmer and Contact Angle Meter OSA11 besides Data Physics instruments. This new research infrastructure in the area of Materials Science and Engineering will support faculty members to engage in solving industrial problems related to various domains such as Nanotechnology for Environmental and biological applications, Advanced Materials for diverse applications. The lab will be utilized by Start-ups/manufacturing industries/MSMEs for understanding the physio-chemical properties of the advanced materials to enhance their initiatives for achieving indigenous product development with in the country. Kumaraguru Institutions signed an MoU with PK FOKAM Institute, Cameroon for academic collaboration in Engineering, Technology, Management, Humanities other disciplines. The MoU was signed by Dr Paul K FOKAM, Chairman and CEO, Afriland First Group in the presence of Dr Fondjo Guy Laurent, Vice President of the West Africa Bankers Association (WABA). Shri Shankar Vanavarayar, Joint Correspondent, Kumaraguru Institutions signed and exchanged the MoU with their counterpart from Cameroon. Through this arrangement, Kumaraguru Institutions will extend its support in faculty and student exchange, handholding in curricular development, pedagogy, and research. KCT shall also offer guidance for developing laboratories and strengthening the academic support systems at PK FOKAM Institute.  

Club Events

Kumaraguru Tennis Team Wins Gold in the Anna University Zone XI tennis tournament 

The team from Kumaraguru College of Technology comprising P Karthikeyan and G Amritesh secured gold medal in the lawn tennis event in the Anna University Zone XI tennis tournament (Men) held at SNS Institutions, Coimbatore on Saturday. Kumaraguru students defeated the team from Sri Ramakrishna Engineering College (SREC) in the final round to emerge as winners. The Kumaraguru team comprising Amritesh Ganesh, P Karthikeyan, S Vishwaa and A Steven Josh were part of the tennis team that took part in the tournament. The tournament had the participation from 22 colleges for lawn tennis event in the singles and doubles game. Amritesh and Karthikeyan went on to win the gold medal in the final round. They will now represent Zone XI in the inter-zone tournament. Colleges affiliated with Anna University are divided into 19 zones. There are 22 colleges under Zone XI of which kct is a part.

Pixed Forum Lauch

Kumaraguru pixeld is a new forum launched at the Kumaraguru campus for students who have an appetite for creative design. It will help students who aspire to be in the field of design by organizing workshops and interactive sessions with industry experts. The forum was launched in the presence of S Kathir, a kct alumnus who is making his mark in the global arena for creative design, and Jugal Shah, founder, leo9studio.uiux, a design agency, and web design agency. Pixel’D is expected to cover all the design requirements and work as a student’s design community within the institution.

KIGEN Launch

Mr G Sathya Seelan, Design Head, ashokleyland is a significant name in the automobile design sector. He was at Kumaraguru campus for the launch of kigen kumaraguru – a student run industrial design forum. Aspiring designers in the campus got a perspective on innovative design and it’s impact on automobile sector. Mr Sathiya Seelan wished Kigen to drive young minds towards industrial product design.