Thadomal Shahani Engineering College
||This article possibly contains original research. (June 2013)|
|Thadomal Shahani Engineering College|
|Type||Education and Research Institution|
|Principal||Dr. G. T. Thampi|
|Location||Bandra, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India|
Thadomal Shahani Engineering College (TSEC) is an engineering and research institute in Mumbai, India, Asia. Approved by the Directorate of Technical Education of Maharashtra on the 16th of September 1983, it is the first and the oldest private (government unaided) engineering institute affiliated as a constituent college to the federal University of Mumbai, one of the oldest universities of Asia and is commonly referred to as TSEC (pronounced Tee-Sec). The institute is located in the heart of India's financial capital and is within a few kilometers radius from the National Stock Exchange of India.
TSEC is ranked 28th in the list of Top 50 Private Engineering Colleges of India by Mint, India's second largest business newspaper and the official partner of The Wall Street Journal in India. With over 90% of the total 3400 engineering colleges of India being private colleges, TSEC is among the top one percent of the private engineering colleges of India. Internationally, the University of Mumbai was ranked 41 among the top 50 Engineering Schools of the world by America's news broadcasting firm Business Insider in the year 2012 and was the only university in the list from the five merging BRICS nations viz Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. In the QS University Rankings : BRICS for 2013, University of Mumbai was ranked 8th in terms of papers per faculty, 20th for employer reputation and 28th for citations per paper. It was ranked fifth in the list of top ten universities of India by India Today in the year 2013 and 3rd best Multi Disciplinary University in India in the QS ranking of Indian universities for 2013. The university of Mumbai has been given the highest ranking of five stars / ("A" grade) by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC)  of India.
TSEC is recognized by the All India Council for Technical Education with the highest grade A and is pioneered to be the first college among various engineering colleges (65+)  affiliated to the University of Mumbai to start the following courses :
- Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering (1984), Information Technology (1998), Biomedical Engineering (1983) and Biotechnology (2004).
- Master of Engineering in Computer Engineering (2001)
- Doctor of Philosophy(Ph.D.) in Information Technology 
Founded in 1983, the year in which the Government of Maharashtra granted permission to start private engineering colleges in the state, TSEC is one of the oldest private engineering colleges of India and was among the first few institutes in the country to offer undergraduate level studies in specializations of Computer Engineering, Information Technology and Biomedical Engineering. The department of Biomedical Engineering is one of the oldest in India  and was set up in 1983, much before IIT Kharagpur (1986), IIT Madras (2004)  and IIT Kanpur (2001); whereas the first batch of Computer Engineering graduates passed out in 1988, two years before VJTI (1990), and a few years after IIT Madras (1987)  and IIT Kharagpur (1982). The undergraduate course in Information Technology was started in 1998, three years before VJTI (2001). The departments of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering as well as Chemical Engineering were established in the year 1983, whereas that of Biotechnology was established in the year 2004.
At the desktop of achievements of the institute lies the starting of the Ph.D. programme by the University of Mumbai in the department of Information Technology . Moreover, acceptance ratio for TSEC remains pretty low which makes admission to the institute highly competitive.
Named after one of Mumbai's most respected philanthropists, Dada Kishanhand T Shahani, Thadomal Shahani Engineering College was founded by the Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board in the year 1983. The Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board, well known as HSNC board, is a charitable trust established by the Sindhi Community in 1922. It currently manages and administers 27 institutes under its umbrella.
The HSNC Board has roots going back over 60 years. The board was managing the National College in Hyderabad (Sind) long before the partition of India, In true spirit of their times, the members of the Board worked to ensure the nations integrity and honour during the National Movement of Indian Independence. After the Partition of the country in 1947, the members of Sindhi Hindu Community migrated to India. Principal K.M. Kundnani, with the vision and mission to promote participation in education, initiated the efforts for starting a college in Mumbai. With active support and encouragement from Late Barrister Hotchand G. Advani, the Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board came into existence in 1949 at Bandra, Mumbai. Late Barrister H.G. Advani was the Founder President and Late Principal K.M. Kundnani was the Founder Secretary and Founder Principal of the first college started by the board known as the Rishi Dayaram National College, Bandra, Mumbai. Since then the Board has been offering unique pre-degree study, undergraduate and post graduate degrees in a wide range of programmes. It has produced professionals’ par excellence in the fields of Arts, Science, Commerce, Management, Education, Law, Engineering, Technology and Para-Medical. All the Colleges under the Board are affiliated to University of Mumbai, are approved by the State Government and recognized by AICTE.
The institute is currently presided by Mr Niranjan Hirandani, Managing Director of Hiranandani Constructions. He is the past President of Indian Merchants' Chamber, Chairman of Advisory Council of Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) and Chairman of Real Estate Committee of The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). He is the Past Convener of the Key Group representing Business Community in the United Nations Conference of Human Settlements (Habitat II) and also the Past Chairman of Mumbai Committee of the Ford Foundation. Dr Indu Shahani,Director of Academics at Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board is responsible for enhancing the academic standards of all the institutes managed by the trust, including Thadomal Shahani Engineering College. She is the Sheriff of Mumbai and a visiting faculty member at University of California, Berkeley and New York University Stern School of Business. She is the first Indian to be appointed Vice-Chair on the Board of Governors of the International Baccalaureate and sits on the board of many Indian and global companies. Mr Anil Harish, Board Member and Past President of the institute, is a noted legal expert of India and a partner at D. M. Harish & Co. He serves on the boards of various Indian multinationals including Valecha Engineering,Ashok Leyland Limited, Mahindra Life Space Developers, Oberoi Realty, Hinduja Ltd, Unitech Ltd, etc. He is an Associate Vice-President of the Society of Indian Law Firms and holds a Master’s degree in Law from University of Miami,U.S.A.
Mr. Kishu H Mansukhani, Trustee and Immediate Past President of the Board, is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering and Management from USA and worked as a CEO with the Tata Group where he spent 25 years. Mrs Maya Shahani, one of the members on the board of the institute's governing council, was recognized and felicitated by former American President Bill Clinton as a part of the Clinton Global Initiative in Hong Kong for her work in the field of education in India. She is also a chairperson of the Sage Foundation;Vice Chairperson of Global Dialogue Foundation;education Board member of Sadhu Vaswani Mission and Priyadarshni Academy;Patron of Cancer Patients Aid Association and Governing Board Member of the Bombay Mothers’ and Children Welfare Society. Mr Akhil Shahani, a member of the board, is an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University . He is on the Board of UnLtd India chapter and Higher Education Task Force of the Confederation of Indian Industry, India’s premier industry association. He was the past president of the American Alumni Association of India and is a member of the Young Entrepreneurs' Organization,Indo-American Chamber of Commerce and Indian Merchants' Chamber. He was selected as ‘India’s Man of The Year’ By The American Biographical Institute.
In 2013, the institute launched a pilot project called “Vision 2020" to identify and implement measures establishing TSEC as one of India’s top twenty research-led engineering institutes by 2020 and among the leading thirty technical institutes in Asia by 2025. As a part of the project, the governing council as well as the Hyderabad (Sind) National Collegiate Board decided to extend full support to the institute, financially as well as operationally, and create an alumni endowment which could be used for enhancing research based activities within the institute, tie up with renowned Indian and global universities and companies for research & exchange programs and add infrastructure for the same. It was also unanimously decided to invite renowned researchers and professors from leading universities of Mumbai and rest of the world as guest lecturers or part time faculty to the institute, deliver distance learning courses using enhanced technology and encourage them to take up temporary or permanent positions on the institute's advisory council.
- Computer Engineering
- Information Technology
- Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Mathematics and Statistics
The College is developed up to Doctorate level and offers a Doctor of Philosophy Programme (Ph.D.) in Information Technology discipline and a Full-Time two year master's course i.e. Master of Engineering (ME) in Computer Engineering for which it has 25 seats. TSEC offers a four year Bachelor of Engineering (BE) course in Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, Information Technology, Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology. Its active student community hosts branches of several professional societies including IEEE(USA), NSS, ACM, CSI, ISTE, IETE, IIChE, etc.
The department of Humanities at TSEC stresses heavily on communication skills, soft skills, presentation techniques, body language and vocational skills.TSEC has stressed on English as a global language since its inception as compared to universities in other countries of Asia such as China partly due to the reason that the older universities such as University of Mumbai were established in India by the British much before the country's independence in 1947 and were modelled on the Universities of England. Indians are one of the highest scorers of English language tests such as TOEFL(Test Of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS(International English Language Testing System), etc. As per the data from the official website of TOEFL, Indians are second only to Singapore among Asians with a total mean score of 91 and China being way behind at 77. Moreover, with TSEC being centrally located in a global metropolis like Mumbai, students are known to get acquainted with better communication and presentation skills as compared to rest of the engineering institutes of India and Asia.
Opportunities after graduation
Even though many students prefer to study further for master's or doctorate level education in continents like USA, UK and Asia; others prefer to accept jobs offered to them on campus by some highly reputed companies and work towards an MBA. According to the information collected from the professional networking database of Linkedin, students of TSEC have been regularly admitted to some of the finest universities of the world for masters and doctorate courses in technical as well as management education (MBA). Some of these include :
The placement activities of the institute are looked after by the full-time faculty placement officers and student coordinators. Many of the worlds biggest companies visit TSEC regularly for campus recruitments, showing their confidence in the academic standard of the college. Some of the prominent companies that recruit at TSEC are:
The TSEC Campus is located at the hectic Linking Road in the Bandra Suburb of Mumbai and is within a few kilometers radius from the National Stock Exchange of India as well as the business centre Bandra Kurla Complex.
The Old Building is host to the departments of Chemical Engineering,Biomedical Engineering and Biotecgnology with all the requisite laboratories and classrooms; an Engineering Drawing Hall with a capacity of 70 and 2 reading rooms with a capacity of 30 each.
The New Building has ten stories and is host to the departments of Computer Engineering,Information Technology and Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering with all the requisite laboratories and classrooms; a reading lounge with a capacity of 80 and a workshop with a capacity of 100 students.
Library : TSEC has a spacious Library having more than 31674 technical books. The library subscribes to National/International Journals/ Periodicals/magazines. Currently there are subscriptions to 122 magazines including national and international journals. The College has also joined e-resources (International Journals) through INDEST / SD – AICTE consortium essentially to facilitate academic research in the campus.
Seminar Hall : It has two seminar Halls with audio- visual systems and having a capacity of 125 seats each.
Sports and Recreation: The institute has a spacious sports room with indoor games such as Table Tennis, Carrom and Chess. The campus also has a Basketball court, a badminton hall containing numerous Badminton courts and an Amphitheater which can be availed by students of all the colleges within the campus. The institute also has a tie up with the adjacent Khar Gym Khana sports club for college festivals and additional sports facilities such as Cricket, Soccer, Swimming, Lawn Tennis,etc
Auditorium : The campus also has a famous auditorium with a capacity of 350 seats and is the venue for Mumbai's numerous events such as plays,fashion shows,etc throughout the year.
Trifles : It Is the national-level, inter-collegiate festival of TSEC. More than 80 colleges participate in Trifles. Various cultural events like group dance performances, elocution, singing competitions, fashion shows, stunt shows and many other creative events are held.
iTantra : It is the national-level, inter-collegiate festival organized by the information technology department. The festival showcases a mix of cultural and technical events.
Carma CARMA, an acronym, for "Career Management" is the premier inter-collegiate festival of The Management Society - TSEC. The festival is the first inter-collegiate festival held in TSEC every academic year and comprises a variety of events such as seminars, debates, quizzes, management games and fun events.
Lakshya Lakshya is the intra-collegiate festival of The Management Society - TSEC. It is held in the even semester and consists of events conducted by the MS-TSEC Clubs.
Speaktacular Speaktacular is the national level Debate Competition of TSEC, organised by the Management Society. It is one of the biggest and best debate events in Mumbai.
Avalanche: It is the annual intra-collegiate festival of TSEC. It is conducted mostly in the first few months of every academic year. This is primarily done to provide an opportunity for the freshers in college to participate and get to know the college and their seniors better. It also serves as a platform for the juniors to get involved in the management of clubs of the college and take up various leadership positions in the future.
Isaac: The annual inter-collegiate technical festival of TSEC conducted by IEEE-TSEC is called ISAAC (IEEE-TSEC's Students Activities and Conferences) and is usually conducted in the month of September. It boasts of a variety of robotics and non-robotics contests, workshops, conferences and exhibitions.
Newton: It is the annual intra-collegiate festival of IEEE-TSEC. The festival is held around the month of February with the main aim of getting the newest members of IEEE-TSEC acquainted with the committee.
Rubix: Rubix is the annual inter-collegiate technical festival of CSI-TSEC. 2011 marked the 10th anniversary of CSI-TSEC. In 2011, Rubix introduced its mascot – Rubixius. Rubix has workshops like Web 2.0, Linux, Photoshop and Animation. Rubix regularly witnesses participation from multiple nations.
Reflection: The annual inter-collegiate technical festival of TSEC conducted by IETE-TSEC in collaboration with ISTE-TSEC is called Reflection and is usually conducted in the month of September. Technical workshops, seminars and competitions amalgamate technology with fun.
Spirits: The annual cultural festival organized by TSF is called Spirits and is one of the most popular festivals of TSEC. It includes major events like War Of Bands, Rink Football, Human Expressions, Treasured Spirits and workshops like Astrology and Enhancing Mind Power.
TSEC Students' Council :
It is a student body of the college which overhauls the working of the cultural events. It is the core committee associated with the principal. 'Trifles' is one of the largest engineering cultural festivals held in Mumbai, which the TSEC Students' Council hosts every academic year. The auditions for national-level Street Play, Dance, Drama and Fashion Show Teams are held by the Students' Council.The intra-level festival Avalanche, Traditional Day, Leadership Meet and BE Farewell are also planned and organized by this committee that pledges to make sure that enjoyment and opportunities are guaranteed to each individual.
TSEC Sports Committee :
It is the sole body responsible for encouraging various athletes, sportspersons and enthusiasts. The inter-collegiate festival “Yudh” has been hugely successful in making its mark amongst the best sporting events in Mumbai. The massive participation that this event receives explains its popularity in and outside college. Also Invictus is the intra level festival that the Sports committee organizes. In this event that unites every branch as the students across the four years vie for the best branch trophy and budding sportspersons are given recognition. The TSEC football, cricket, basketball badminton, throw ball, carom and chess teams that involve both girls and boys are managed by this committee
MS TSEC :
The Management Society is one of the oldest and largest student societies in TSEC. MS-TSEC hosts three major festivals every year. With three clubs dedicated to quizzing, literary activities and debating respectively, MS-TSEC is the only society of its kind in Mumbai University. MS-TSEC hosts three major festivals, CARMA, Speaktacular and Lakshya every year. The Industrial Visit organized by this body is the apt combination of visiting well-established industries and fun at various locations in the country.
It is the largest student body of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in Mumbai. The IEEE-TSEC chapter's technical team called "Conatus" has won various competitions in Mumbai. It organizes the annual national level technical festival of TSEC called ISAAC which boasts of a variety of robotics and non-robotics contests, workshops, conferences and exhibitions. IEEE also has four of its chapters active in TSEC namely Computer Society, Communication Society, Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and Industrial Electronics Society
It is the student branch which comes under the Computer Society of India – Mumbai chapter. Every year, CSI – TSEC conducts student activities including workshops, seminars, conferences, technical competitions, training programmes and industrial visits. In 2011, its annual festival 'RUBIX', had participants from many countries for the coding event 'Codezilla' making it the first event in TSEC to go global.
The Indian Society for Technical Education - TSEC Chapter aims at upbringing the technical knowledge of the Engineering Students; deliver various successful workshops, seminars and competitions. The annual inter-college festival of ISTE-TSEC is called ASCENT.
IEI - TSEC :
It is the TSEC chapter of the Institution of Engineers (India), the national organisation for engineers in India which has over 0.5 million members from 15 engineering disciplines in 99 centers or chapters in India and overseas
It is the TSEC chapter of the National Service Scheme and is one of the non-technical societies of the institute which has been involved in many social activities. Major of these activities are Blood Donation Drive and Bandra Station Project. NSS-TSEC also conducts a 10 Day's Residential Camp in the outskirts of Mumbai with the basic aim of overall development of the Society.
It is the TSEC chapter of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers, India's leading recognized professional society devoted to the advancement of science, technology, electronics, telecommunication and information technology.
It is the TSEC chapter of the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, India's apex chemical technical society and conducts seminars, research paper presentation, industrial visits with a vision of integrating textbook learning with industrial knowledge. The society conducts its Annual Technical festival - Chemergence which draws participants from whole of India.
The TSEC Spiritual Foundation is a society that aims to incorporate spirituality through its various seminars and workshops. TSF has been organizing seminars like Stress Management, Art of Living, Palmistry and other workshops.
TSEC is ranked 28th in the list of top 50 private engineering colleges of India by Mint, India's second largest business newspaper as well as the official partner of The Wall Street Journal in India. With over 90% of the total 3400 engineering colleges of India being private engineering colleges, TSEC is among the top one percent of the private engineering colleges of India.
Internationally, the University of Mumbai is ranked at 41 among the top 50 engineering schools of the world by America's news broadcasting firm Business Insider and is the only university in the list from the five emerging BRICS nations viz Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. In the year 2013, it was ranked fifth in the list of top ten universities of India by India Today. The University of Mumbai has been given the highest ranking of five stars / ("A" grade) by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) of India and is one of the premier and oldest universities in India.
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