Friday, November 25, 2016

How to choose the right Engineering College

Choosing the right engineering college can be a daunting task. Students who wish to pursue a career in engineering are constantly bothered by the notion that engineering is a tough subject. Caught between their ambitions and the constant fear of not making the eligibility cut into engineering colleges, they forget to analyze the merit of the college they join. An engineering college has a major role to play in molding a student and honing his/her skills and knowledge. Thus, it is essential that students pay close attention when choosing colleges to pursue engineering. 

Various factors students must keep in mind when choosing an engineering college:
The Infrastructure: Among the most important factors while opting for an engineering college is its infrastructure. Make sure that the equipments in the laboratories are sufficient. They must be up to date and the number of equipments must be adequate for the number of students in the class. 

Faculty: Any engineering college relies on its faculty for producing successful students. The infrastructure can be used productively only with faculty members who are experienced and are always updating themselves with the changes taking place in the engineering field.

Facilities: Imperative features of a good engineering college include a well stocked library with up-to-date books and journals, uninterrupted internet access, hostels, student clubs, etc.  
Placements: A guaranteed placement engineering college can be assessed for its merits by the number of activities/ programmes it conducts. These could include job fairs, tie-ups with industries, memorandum of understanding (MoU) with companies, skill development courses etc. See to it that the college has a dedicated placement and career development cell.
Having gone through all the criteria, choose the ones that strike you most and give you the belief that they will truly help you attain your goals. Once you narrow down your list of colleges, visit them. Go to the college, talk to the students and professors. Get a good feel of the college and see if it is the place for you. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Quality Policy at Alpha College of Engineering

Alpha College of Engineering strives to do the utmost on the placement front for its students. Right from the first year at college, students are constantly guided and nurtured towards successful placement by means of the students’ learning centre, faculty advisor programme, teacher for student programme, English and foreign language development cell, minimum learning material and the Alpha portal for student excellence. Thus positioning it among the best placement ready engineering colleges in Chennai.

Alpha aims to contribute to the world at large by empowering students who are competent and ethical and launch them into a successful career which enhances their lives as well as the lives of others around them. With an eye to inculcate these principles, the students are fostered with sound philosophy which is based on core human values – a trait that is a reflection of the mission of the college.

Extracted from the Mission of Alpha College of Engineering

  • To offer dynamic academic programmes that are applicable on a regional and national scale
  • To offer training that makes students versatile and constantly update themselves with the changing trends in the field of engineering
  • To involve innovative training techniques in the pedagogy that lead students towards ‘out of the box’ thinking
  • To help students acquire industrial experiences which in turn leads to wholesome academic development
  • To hone entrepreneurial skills that bridge the gap between work and learning – thereby empowering the students and boosting their confidence
  • To promote value-based education that makes students aware of their social responsibilities and work towards a progressive nation
  • Upgrading the academic programmes
  • Providing top notch infrastructure facilities,
  • Conducting extension programmes and services which involve community development programmes and entrepreneurship development programmes
  • Encouraging research and development programmes

Working towards the successful implementation of the mission of the college, the Alpha administration has a clear-cut quality policy which has parameters that are followed rigorously.

Quality Policy

The quality policy at Alpha College of Engineering ensures that high quality technical education is offered to the students by constantly:

Ultimately the efforts of the college towards the development and placement of students makes Alpha a guaranteed placement engineering college.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Graduate Engineering Employability Programme

The Graduate Engineering Employability Programme endeavors to equip students with the necessary proficiency, aptitude and soft skills in order to produce graduates who are industry ready. Currently in India, over 55 lakh engineers graduate annually. Of these graduates, only 35 thousand are immediately employable. Though students put in great effort and perform well in there academics, when they graduate they find themselves struggling to get placed. Recognizing where the problem lies and initiating measures to overcome these problems are vital. Alpha College of Engineering has done exactly that.

As graduates leave college and go for interviews, they lack certain qualities that recruiters look for. It is expected that over the next 10 years India will contribute to more than 25% of working age population on a global scale. Though there is so much scope, students struggle to get placed because they lack in the parameters which a potential employer looks for.    

The key parameters recruiters look for:  
  • Academic performance and record 
  • Aptitude (general and technical)
  • People skills (Soft skills)
  • Specialization

At Alpha, GEEP is on a mission to bridge this gap between the demands of the industry and the surplus supply of students, by offering value added training programmes. These programmes are taught along with the regular degree course.    

The Graduate Engineering Employability Programme caters to all engineering students regardless of the branches of engineering. These skill development courses are structured to specifically cater to the requirements of various industries. Since these requirements are constantly changing, the content of the courses are updated on a regular basis by industry experts.

What makes GEEP different?
  • Students are trained by industry experts
  •  Training in line with industry requirements and expectations 
  •  The syllabus is constantly updated with the changes in the current trends and industry   requirements
  •  Employment oriented
  •  Hard skills and soft skills are taught simultaneously     
Job Placement Assistance

 Job placement assistance is offered to all students. Based on the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation method (CCE method) students are assessed to see if they have gained adequate knowledge after the completion of each module. This is to ensure that every applicant from Alpha is job ready.         

Moreover, the tie-ups the college has with other companies provide students with a wide choice and a better chance of being recruited. 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Children – Our Future

Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.
                                                                                                                                                        - John F. Kennedy

The 14th of November is celebrated as Children’s Day all over India. It happens to be the birthday of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru , the first Indian Prime Minister. He was very fond of children and children loved him too. As a sign of affection, children call him Chacha Nehru (Uncle Nehru). The day emphasises the significance of showing love and affection to children and protecting them.

Educational institutes mark the occasion by conducting events and programmes that showcase the talents of students and emphasise the importance of children for the bright future of India. As a gesture of affection towards children, teachers take to the stage and perform for the students.

Children’s day reminds the adult world that children are the future and a day to renew our commitment and duty towards the wellbeing of the children. In the same breath, it must be added that the occasion calls on the adults to be inspired by the qualities of children - to live peacefully, forgivingly and truthfully.

The success of the nation lies on the shoulders of the younger generation. Therefore it is essential to inculcate integrity, loyalty, hard work, discipline and a great sense of humanity in them. Children who have a strong foundation of knowledge, skills and a positive outlook towards life are the key to a brighter, stronger and united India.

On this day, Alpha Porur School reiterates and stresses on the rights of children and it is crucial that adults do their best to follow and protect it:

Children have the right to:

  • be looked after by parents and family
  • have healthy food
  • good education
  • live with dignity
  • be protected from all sorts of violence
  • freedom of expression
  • freedom of information
  • learn and play
  • all forms of development –emotional, mental and physical

“There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their safety and rights are respected, that their welfare is respected, that their lives are free from fear and that they grow in peace.
                                                                                                                                                            -   Kofi Annan

Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Career Development Cell @ Alpha College of Engineering

The placement record and skill developmentcourses that an engineering college offers are the prominent features that make it renowned and sought after by budding engineers. The major courses offered by an engineering college are important, however even more important are the pedagogies followed in imparting knowledge to the students. The placement record and the efforts of a college in aiding students getting placed vouch for the excellence and success of the college.

At the Alpha College of Engineering a lot of thought and effort have been put into empower the students and to mould them into confident and talented individuals who have the capability to get placed and be successful in the engineering field of their choice. Placement of students has two aspects to it. The first phase of placement is the placement itself. The second phase concerns the recruiters. It is not sufficient to get the students placed in reputed companies. Rather, true success comes when the companies are happy to have recruited students from our institution and our students are proving themselves as capable engineers.

In this effort, the Alpha College of Engineering has been running the Career Development Cell. It keeps the students engaged right from the beginning of the academic year with various training programmes by the in-house faculty and corporate trainers from companies such as Ethnus and Futurenet.

Keeping in mind the importance of communication skills - which includes verbal and non-verbal communication, the students are trained to be effective, efficient communicators who can express themselves with clarity and coherence. A significant change has been observed among the students after undergoing these training programmes in terms of increase in confidence and personality development.

Apart from conducting these programmes the CDC organises Mega Job Fairs that attract participants who number in the thousands. A major part of them get placed in career paths that they desire.

The students of Alpha have been placed in esteemed companies such as CTS, Infosys, HP, CSS Corp, Accord Technocare Pvt. Ltd., IBM, TCS, Symantec Sutherland Global Services, Mphasis, Arobot, Enchanter Corporation, HCL Talent Care, Promantis Inc., S10 Health Care Pvt. Ltd., Bharathi Airtel, Futurenet and AGS Health.

The Career Development Cell at Alpha – a guaranteed placement engineeringcollege, has played an important role in shaping the career paths of students by means of wholesome development in personality and giving a head start to their careers.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Science & Humanities – Part 2


The Department of Chemistry is one of the oldest at the Alpha College of Engineering. The experienced staff members provide quality education to the first year students with the aid of top notch equipment. The department is renowned for its innovative teaching methods. As aspiring engineers, students must have a good understanding of chemicals and their properties since it forms the basis of most of the engineering disciplines. Catering to this requirement, the faculty at Alpha College of Engineering strengthen the students’ chemistry knowledge in theory and practical application.

The unique quality of the chemistry department is its updated laboratory geared with modern digital instruments:
pH meter | conductivity meters | calorimeters | flame photometer etc.
These instruments give the students hands on experience and provide a working environment that closely resembles a professional industry atmosphere, while simultaneously educating and making them well versed in chemistry. This discipline of teaching sets Alpha apart as one of the most promising job-ready engineering colleges in Chennai.
Mere knowledge does not suffice in a world where communication plays a major role. Be it communicating one’s own idea to others or acquisition of knowledge from other source (people / books etc.), it is vital to be proficient in the art of communication. In the current scenario, English is the library language that connects the world. For this reason, the department of English provides students with vital training to meet the demands of global communication and helps them develop proficiency in English. The department conducts English skill development courses and training that consist of traditional teaching methods while using technology. English is taught to students on different levels according to their proficiency. The English courses range from introductory to advanced levels. Encouraging intellectual independence, the department lays importance on the critical and creative cognition of students, which will improve by combining reading and interpretation of texts.
Activities such as seminars, film shows, debates, and group and panel discussions are regularly organized by the English Association to promote a wholesome approach in learning English. The activities act as career pavers and offer students employment advantage.
The Department of Science and Humanities is truly a pillar of strength as it plays a vital role in the development of the students’ academic and professional career, helping them to hone their basics and teaching them to apply their knowledge in practice.