AN OVERVIEW OF THE POLYTECHNIC COLLEGE
The Government of India, with the purpose of providing a system of education which included study of rural problems, rural requirements and solutions for the same and creation of employment opportunities in rural areas, wanted to establish a few institutions known as “Rural Institutes” on experimental basis in certain selected places. Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Coimbatore, which was already running several educational institutions and had the experience in catering to rural requirements, was one of such institutions selected for this purpose. The present Polytechnic College which was originally named as “School of Engineering” was one of the wings of the Rural Institute. It started to function in 1956 under the National Council for Rural Higher Education, Government of India. It aimed to specially cater to the needs of rural areas and to improve the economic conditions of the villages. Initially the course of study in Civil Engineering, of three years duration, was started in the name ‘National Certificate Course in Rural Civil Engineering’.
The School of Engineering offered a three year Diploma Course in Civil and Rural Engineering (DCRE) which followed the same subjects as prescribed for a Diploma Course in Civil Engineering in a polytechnic. Elements of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Community Development were taught to suit the rural needs.
On 26th August 1956, the school was officially inaugurated by Sri M Bhakthavatsalam, Minister of Industries and Agriculture, Government of Madras. Participation in the community work within and outside the campus was
considered as one of the ideals of the Vidyalaya. Students and the members of the staff were made to participate in maintaining the classrooms, hostel rooms and the campus neat and clean all by themselves as far as possible.
Community work and extension activity were a part of the study. The students and staff in batches used to go to the surrounding villages, study the village problems, find solutions wherever possible and engage in social work like farming, preparing and supplying teaching materials to schools, repairing the school furniture, etc,.
After completion of the course, common examination was conducted by the National Council for Rural Higher Education, New Delhi, in all the Rural Institutes and Diplomas were awarded to the successful candidates.
His Excellency Dr. Babu Rajendra Prasad, President, Republic of India, presided over the first convocation ceremony held in 1960.
In 1970-71, as per the directions of the Ministry of Education, Government of India, the School of Engineering was affiliated to the Tamilnadu State Board of Technical Education and was named as Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya Polytechnic. Later in the year 2001, our polytechnic was renamed as Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya Polytechnic College.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering was started in 1978, adding another feather in the crown of our polytechnic. In 1980, our polytechnic was conferred the autonomous status.
Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering was started in the year 1999-2000 and Department of Information Technology was started in the year 2002-2003 offering Diplomas in the respective fields.
From the year 2004-2005 all the 4 courses were conferred Autonomous status.
Our Polytechnic College was awarded with an ISO 9001:2000 certificate in the year 2005 by TUV Suddueshland Ltd, a subsidiary of TUV, Germany.
Courses offered and their unique features
This Polytechnic College now offers four courses:
Diploma in Civil Engineering
Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
Diploma in Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Diploma in Information Technology
Rural Technology, Rural Survey and Project Works, besides the regular curriculum on par with and above the diploma courses offered by other polytechnics, used to form additional areas of specialization for students of this Polytechnic College.
Practical training along with regular studies constitutes an important feature of this Polytechnic College. At the end of the second year – students of all branches go to different industries and companies for a month long in-plant practical training. The third year students do project work as part of their curriculum.
Value and Cultural Education
Inclusion of value and cultural education in the curriculum and involving the students in social works have borne fruitful results in creating enlightened citizens. Value education and cultural education have become an integral part in this institution.
‘The world is a great gymnasium where we have come to make ourselves strong’, said Swami Vivekananda. In efforts to create healthy growth in the students, our Polytechnic College has included sports as part of the regular curriculum giving due importance to participation in sports by every student.
Every year, our students participate in the divisional-level and state level inter-polytechnic tournaments and sports. A special coaching camp is organized during winter vacation. Apart from participation, we also conduct divisional-level & state-level inter-polytechnic tournaments every year.
All sports and games are provided to state level standards. The college has eight lane athletic track of national standard and an indoor stadium which can house more than 2000 spectators for the sports basketball and volleyball of national standards. Large scale sports facilities are available in this college to cater to the needs of sport-loving students. A twin indoor badminton courts are in the polytechnic campus.
NSS (National Service Scheme)
During the academic year 1983-84 the National Service Scheme (NSS) was started in our Polytechnic. It renders various service activities in rural areas of Coimbatore by laying roads, cleaning and maintaining the environment pollution free with sanitation. Now our unit has 100 students as volunteers. Programme Officers of other institutions are invited at regular intervals to give guest lectures. The objectives of the NSS are to create social service attitudes among students, to improve the personality by doing social service and to conduct special camping under a theme. The training is included in the curriculum for the first year as a co-curricular subject.
The college gives special attention in enriching the sensitivity of the students in their traditional cultural forms like music, dance and drama. Many performances and competitions are held to promote awareness in Indian cultural heritage. Since 2005 these activities has been included as a co-curricular subject. Our college has the credit of conducting State Level Cultural Competitions for Polytechnics and ITIs to enhance the cultural awareness among other students also.
The language laboratory of the college has a good collection of language development materials and tests. An English Communication Laboratory with updated software is available for the development of English Communication skills.
The co-curricular activities play a vital role in adding spice to college life and involvement in them often proves to be the most indelible part of one’s career. English and Tamil Literary Associations specially provide a forum to develop the skills of the students in Public speaking and Creative writing by conducting a number of competitions. Our students took home a number of prizes from the inter-collegiate arena.
Sharing the infrastructure and the expertise of the staff with the industries, our polytechnic college ventured to start a Consultancy Cell in the academic year 2000-2001. Our Cell specially offers consultancy in the fields of Civil Engineering and Hardware Engineering as mentioned below.
Soil Testing, Concrete cube testing, Tension & Hardness testing of rods, Survey works using Total Station, Testing of cement and sand, CAD drawing preparation, Structural drawing using ACAD and preparing contour maps and structural design detailing of earthquake resistance, health monitoring of existing structures are some of the areas of this Consultancy services.
This Cell provides services in purchasing/assembling and maintaining the hardware components of the computers all over the Vidyalaya campus.
Also, as and when feasible, in the above mentioned wings of consultancy, interested students are selected as volunteers and trained in the particular specialisation.