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48 - BASUWith state-of-the-art infrastructure, a highly qualified faculty and several other amenities, the B.S. Abdur Rahman Institute of Science and Technology has fast emerged as a preferred destination for students across the country. An ENN report

Located in the picturesque tropical forest area of Vandalur, the B S Abdur Rah- man Institute of Science and Technology has been a preferred destination for students from across the country. Set up in 2008, the institute’s outcome-based syllabus, choice-based credit system and a placement record of 90 per cent are the main attractions for students and par- ents. Spread across 60 acres of lush green campus with over 1,50,000 sq m of lofty buildings with IGBC rating, state-of-the-art infrastructure, laboratories and students amenities, the high teaching standards and a variety of choices available in various disciplines of engineering, technology, management, architecture, life sciences, physical and chemical sciences and social sciences are some added advantages.

Salient Features

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  • Targeting to achieve 100 per cent faculty with Ph.D
  • Thrust on research with incentives for publication of papers, books and research projects
  • Regular review and revision of syllabus every two years
  • Academic freedom
  • Inter-disciplinary programmes and research projects

 The institute, which was established as a Deemed University under Section 3 of the UGC Act 1956, earlier existed as a prominent engineering college of Tamil Nadu in the name of Crescent Engineering College. This institute is just one of the several institutions established in 1984 by the Founder Chancellor Alhaj Dr. B S Abdur Rahman, Chairman of the Seethakathi Trust, Chennai and President of the All India Islamic Foundation. Besides this uni- versity, the AIIF runs 13 educational institutions across Tamil Nadu.
What is notable is that this is the first Muslim minority university which has obtained an “A” Grade from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in the first cycle of accreditation. The Chairman of the management board is Abdul Qadir A. Rahman Buhari, who is also an acclaimed industrialist and a visionary. Within a short span of five years, the university has obtained an extramural funding to the tune of `678 lakh and has a total of 54 projects worth `2,194 lakh in the pipeline.
In a mark of unmatched quality, the university has published over 2,401 research papers out of which 790 are in international journals of repute. The data centre with streaming servers provides access to e-resources round the clock, much to the benefit of the faculty and students.
The university has also engaged with foreign institutions and has signed MoUs with more than 28 leading overseas universities, Indian universities, institutions and industries. Collaborations with Deakin University, Curtin University (Australia), Purdue University, Missouri State University (USA), Cambridge University, University of Central Florida, Plymouth University (UK), Universiti Teknologi Mara, UNIMAS (Malaysia), Ford, Infosys, IBM, CIPET, CII, ETA Ascon, etc. are a few among them.
The university also has a faculty train- ing academy, an IAS training academy, a women’s empowerment cell, an Apple iOS centre, students cultural centre, Rotaract Club and NSS which make the campus vibrant. A robust feedback mechanism from students, parents and alumni has helped the university maintain high standards of teaching. The Authors Forum, a faculty body, has already written and published over 40 books and nearly 150 titles are in the process of being written. The university is also in plans to establish a Patent Cell and Innovation Centre on campus.
Students amenities include a health centre, gymnasium, excellent sports grounds and a swimming pool, a book shop, cafeterias and hostels for students on the campus. The campus also has two mosques for the convenience of Muslim students. Half of the students here are from the Muslim minority community and the rest belong to the others. About 32 per cent of the students are girls and over 65 per cent of the faculty are women. The university has a vision to emerge as one of the top ten universities of the country with at least 10 per cent international students and five per cent international faculty and collaborative research.

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