SRM University

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Coordinates: 12°49′25″N 80°2′39″E / 12.82361°N 80.04417°E / 12.82361; 80.04417

SRM University
Motto Learn, Leap, Lead
Established 1986
Type Private
Chancellor T. R. Pachamuthu
Vice-Chancellor M. Ponnavaikko
Students 50,000
Undergraduates 40,000
Postgraduates 10,000
Location Chennai, India
Campus Delhi
Former names SRM Engineering College (1985-2002)[1]

The SRM University (Sri Ramaswamy Memorial University), formerly SRM Institute of Science and Technology, is a co-educational private university in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It was founded in 1985 as SRM Engineering College in Kattankulathur, under University of Madras. It now has four campuses in Tamil NaduKattankulathur, Ramapuram, Vadapalani and Tiruchirapalli — and in Modinagar, near Delhi. The institute gained deemed status during the 2003-2004 academic year and was renamed SRM Institute of Science and Technology. It became SRM University in 2006, when it attained the status of a full-fledged university, under section 3 of the UGC Act 1956.[1]


Dr. T.P Ganesan Auditorium, SRM University, Chennai.

Kattankulathur campus (Main Campus), Chennai[edit]

Located about 40 km away from the city of Chennai, this massive campus stands on a sprawling 250-acre site overlooking Grand Southern Trunk Road, NH-45. The main campus at Kattankulathur consists of three colleges:

  1. College of Engineering and Technology
  2. College of Medicine and Health Sciences and
  3. College of Science and Humanities

and School of Management

SRM University Central Library Building, Kattankulathur, Chennai

Kattankulathur Campus also houses the SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Center and the SRM Hotel. The SRM hospital could accommodate 1200 in-patients with 25 specializations in PG education in medical science.

The campus also accommodates the SRM Institute of Hotel Management, SRM Arts and Science College, Valliammai Engineering college (SRM Group) and Valliammai Polytechnic college.

A new Law school is being planned here.[2]

The highlights of Kattankulathur Campus include:

SRM Tech park, SRM University, Kattankulathur, Chennai.
  • 42 blocks, spread over 250 acres
  • the 3-star SRM Hotel with swimming pool and banquet halls
  • a central library with vast resources
  • an air-conditioned auditorium that can accommodate over 4,000 people - one of the largest auditoriums in South Asia
  • information technology and knowledge management supporting over 5,000 computer systems and IT applications of the University
  • Internet connection - a dedicated leased-line that keeps information flowing rapidly at 32 megabytes per second
  • modern lecture halls and "smart classrooms"
  • wireless-enabled lab and campus
  • language lab - specializing in English, German, Japanese, French and Chinese
  • 14 Men's Hostel with a capacity of 7500, 7 Women's Hostel with a capacity of 4000 and International Hostels for NRIs & International students with South Indian, North Indian, Thai and Chinese cuisines
  • around 40 buses - AC & non-AC - that ply regularly between the college and the city,
  • 15 canteens - from fast-food outlets to fully-fledged cafeterias, spread throughout the campus
  • retail outlets - Higginbotham's book store, Café Coffee Day, Subway (restaurant), Java Green, Coca-Cola Happiness station, Amul, Supermarkets and EMO, a non-alcoholic Pub - all within the campus
  • prayer halls for all major religions[3]

Ramapuram Campus, Chennai[edit]

A serene and charming enclave consists of 5 academic blocks spread over 27 acre, with all the necessary facilities and infrastructure for medical and health science students. Ramapuram Campus also houses the College of Engineering and Technology, Dental College, School of Management, College of Science and Humanities and the Easwari Engineering College.[3]

Vadapalani Campus (City Campus), Chennai[edit]

Considered the smallest of the SRM campuses and is located in the center of Chennai city. This campus houses the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Faculty of Management Sciences, Faculty of MCA, and the Sivaji Ganesan Film Institute. SIMS(SRM Institutes For Medical Science), a Super Specialty Hospital is also located within the campus.[3]

Modinagar Campus, Ghaziabad, Delhi NCR Region[edit]

SRM Modinagar

The campus is spread across 25 acres of land over a green lawn environment at Modinagar on Delhi-Meerut highway houses the faculties of Engineering & Technology, Management and Teacher Education.[3]

Irungalur Campus, Trichy, Tamil Nadu[edit]

SRM established a Medical college known as Chennai Medical College Hospital and Research Centre (CMCH&RC) on the outskirts of Trichy in 2008. The Hospital is equipped with 750 beds. It is in Irungalaur, Manachanallur Taluk on the Trichy-Chennai highway 28 km from Tiruchirappalli. Anna University affiliated T.R.P Engineering College is in the same campus started in 2010.

Sonepat Campus, Haryana[edit]

The campus is spread over 55 acres of lush green lawn environment located at Sonepat , Haryana with many topological features all around. This campus is located in the Rajiv Gandhi Education City and the maximum construction works are finished. The admissions for the first batch have started from the year 2013. This campus houses the Faculty of Engineering & Technology, and Faculty of Management.It is also expected to have Faculty of Law, Faculty of Library & Information science, Faculty of Finance & Commerce and Faculty of Humanities. [4]

Gangtok Campus, Sikkim[edit]

SRM University is all set to open a 50 acre campus in Gangtok, the state capital of Sikkim during this academic year. Initially, distance education in courses such as BBA, MBA and B.Com among others would be offered, before they start full-fledged engineering programmes. [5]

Central and departmental libraries[edit]

  • Extensive collection of academic volumes and titles
  • Popular periodicals
  • National and international journals
  • Supplementary digital resources (CD-ROMs and audio cassette equivalent)


Top-ranking students are given the opportunity to spend a semester in foreign institutions like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), Carnegie Mellon University (USA), University of California - Davis (USA), University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (USA), SUNY - Buffalo (USA), Northeastern University (USA), Massachusetts Institute of Medicine - Josh Laboratory (USA), University of Western Australia (Australia), Birmingham City University (UK), Kyushu Institute of Technology (Japan), Lille Catholic University (France), Technical University Chemnitz (Germany), Umea University (Sweden).[6][7] Around 104 students were selected for this Semester Abroad Program (SAP) in 2008.[8][9] A few were offered scholarships while most of the students were supported by their family, during their time abroad.

SRM University has a special arrangement to transfer students at the end of the third year for a comprehensive two-year BS + MS program at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. SRM also has a dual degree program with the University of Warwick (UK) in Plant Biotechnology. A similar program is being worked out in co-operation with Dundee University (UK).[10]

SRM - CMU MSIT Program[edit]

In the SRM-CMU collaboration, students will start the program at the SRM campus in Chennai. After one year of study at SRM the students move to CMU campus in Pittsburgh, USA and complete the program requirements. Applicants will be mutually reviewed and accepted by CMU and SRM faculty.


SRM University offers several scholarships, fee waiver schemes, teaching and research assistance to meritorious and deserving students. Large number of students tremendously benefit from such schemes. In 2010-11 nearly 1500 students benefited with a total of Rs. 122.7 million distributed as scholarship.


On 12 October 2011 the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced successful launch of SRMSAT,[11] a nanosatellite designed and created by a group of 50 students from the SRM University under the guidance of ISRO scientists.[12] The satellite weighs just 10.4 kilograms (23 lb) and was created at a cost of INR15 million (US$250,000) to monitor trace gases from space.[12]

Campus life[edit]

Camber Racing[edit]

Camber Racing logo
Camber Racing 2011 car
Camber Racing 2012 car

The Camber Racing team was formulated in September 2009 to compete in on-track student events organised by SAE India and Formula SAE. SAE or the 'Society of Automotive Engineers' is the world governing body on automotive and related fields. With passion and commitment, the students work as a team to design, build, test and compete an open-wheeled formula style race car. Since the teams formation, three such cars have been developed  : CR800, LJM01, The Beast. Keeping in mind future competitions, the team has started work on the next car: "B13".

SUPRA SAEINDIA competition is organised by SAE INDIA and is the largest student engineering competition in India. The concept behind the competition is that a fictional manufacturing company has contacted a design team to develop a small Formula style race car. The prototype is to be evaluated for its potential. The target marketing group for the car is the nonprofessional weekend autocross racer. Each team designs and produces a prototype based on well laid down rules and regulations. The competition comprises seven events: Cost and Manufacturing Analysis, Presentation, Design, Acceleration, Skid Pad, Autocross, and Endurance.

The Formula SAE competition is organised by the Society of Automotive Engineers and is held in UK, USA, Germany, Italy, Austria, Australia, Spain, Brasil.

In 2011, in SUPRA SAEINDIA competition, the team was ranked 2nd in Marketing Presentation and finished in 24th out of 40 team participating. In 2012, in SUPRA SAEINDIA competition, the team was awarded the overall 1st prize out of 65 teams with other awards such as 2nd in Endurance event, 2nd in Autocross event and 2nd in Skid-pad event.

4ze Racing[edit]

4ze Racing is the official formula student electric team of SRM University. After completing their prototype "Rio" the team is almost ready with their new vehicle which is to participate in formula student Italy in August-September 2014 to compete in on-track student events organised by ATA and Formula SAE. SAE or the 'Society of Automotive Engineers' is the world governing body on automotive and related fields. With passion and commitment, the students work as a team to design, build, test and compete an open-wheeled formula style race car.

Webarch Club[edit]

There is a webarch club in SRM University where students develop website for various cultural and technical fest at SRM university.Mostly they handle the online activities related to the National Level Techfest Aaruush which is conducted every year.

Arts and culture[edit]

Cultural programs are organised several times during the year to encourage creative pursuits and nurture talent. Students form teams and share responsibility in organising the events.

Milan - The Cultural Fest[edit]

The annual four-day cultural extravaganza - Milan has a unique flavor and style that makes it a much expected event on SRM Campus. It's a confluence of ideas, a perfect blend of the arts, the skills and the passion to perform. The very first edition of Milan in 2008 was a huge success with various legends gracing the occasion. Prominent celebrities like Padma Bhushan Kamal Haasan, Padma Vibushan Asha Bhonsle, Vikram(actor), Mammootty, Siddharth , Jeeva, Shriya Saran, Sarath Kumar, Vedhicka, Karthi, Catherine Tresa, Daler Mehndi have graced the fest with their presence. Around 75 colleges from the southern states participate very enthusiastically along with many more colleges from other parts of the country. The latest edition of Milan, Milan'2014 was held during January 23–26.

Tarana - The SRM Talent Fest[edit]

Tarana happens once a year and it's the perfect opportunity for all talented students from colleges and institutions under the SRM banner to participate in the competitions and showcase their creative talent. Dance, light music, classical music, fashion show, literary debates, craft and lots of other events are organized and leading celebrities are invited to judge the events. There's competition and a spirit of camaraderie too as students from various streams come together to participate, compete and win prizes.

Shuru - The Icebreaker[edit]

Shuru - means 'the beginning', is a round of competitions where first year students are given an opportunity to showcase their talents. And based on their talents, students are encouraged to join various groups like music, dance, theatre etc. and represent the respective teams in competitions.


All Indian festivals are celebrated on campus with enthusiasm and vigor, by students from the respective states. Special lunch is organized in the hostels to give the students a taste of the region's culinary tradition.[13]

Examination system[edit]

The academic year is divided into two semesters. Each semester has three internal exams and one final exam (semester exam) for all theory subjects. Laboratory courses usually have one internal exam followed by the final exam. Most of the exams are theoretical, similar to other engineering colleges in India.

University status[edit]

The university is approved by the University Grants Commission and is accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).[14] It has been given an overall grade of A+ by NAAC.

The university has been voted as India's No.1 Private university several times by Z news, Deccan Chronicle and India Today in the last few years.


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  12. ^ a b "SRM University's satellite to take to the skies". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 11 October 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
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