Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy
|Location||Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Campus||Rural, 168 acres|
|Affiliations||UGC, AICTE, SIRO, NAAC, AIU|
The Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy, known as SASTRA University, is a deemed university in the town of Thirumalaisamudram, Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu, India. Undergraduate and postgraduate engineering courses are its focus. It offers undergraduate and post graduate courses in Engineering, Science, Education, Management and Arts.
SASTRA University started in 1984 in the form of Shanmugha College of Engineering, affiliated to the Bharathidasan University, Trichy. In 2001 it was renamed as Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy. It was the first institution to get the 'Deemed University status' in Tamil Nadu. Srinivasa Ramanujam Center at Kumbakonam is affiliated to it.
Schools and departments
Schools in SASTRA University are:
- School of Chemical and Biotechnology [SCBT]
- School of Civil Engineering [SOCE]
- School of Computing [SOC]
- School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering [SEEE]
- School of Humanities and Sciences
- School of Management [SOM]
- School of Mechanical Engineering [SOME]
- School of Law
- Centre for Advanced Research in Indian System of Medicine [CARISM]
- Centre for Nanotechnology and Advanced Biomaterials [CeNTAB]
- Directorate of Distance Education - SASTRA
- Tifac-Core for Advanced Computation
The campus occupies a built up area of over 2,000,000 square feet (190,000 m2) and houses a population of over 13,000 students.
The institute has nine boys hostels and five girls hostels providing accommodation to over 5000 boys and 3000 girls. There are facilities for sports and body building. There are 30 rooms with all basic amenities catering to the needs of the visitors.
The entire campus is networked with a 1 GB fibre-optic cable and is Wi-Fi enabled to provide wireless access to the 366 Mbit/s internet leased line for the students and faculty. Campus-wide wireless connectivity has been implemented at a cost of over Rs. 35 lakhs providing a wire-less seamless internet connectivity to anybody and anywhere in the campus. Important lectures are recorded using the Tegrity cart and is uploaded in the server & also maintained in the library for use by all the stakeholders. Students and faculty members are provided with Network Attached Storage facility which is platform-independent and is accessible throughout the campus.
Admissions are through merit (marks from HSC and JEE (Main) and NRI Quota). The counseling is usually done during the later half of June with the college opening for freshers in the month of July.Admissions to the I year B.Tech., Programme are based on the marks secured in the +2 qualifying examination following the normalization process. To bring all candidates from different examining Authorities / Boards in the same scale of comparison and to create a list in the order of merit, the +2 marks are normalized. A first rank student of each board is considered to have obtained 100% mark and aggregate mark of all other students of the board are normalized with reference to that of the first rank student.
Events and accolades
The university has been recognized as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (SIRO) by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, government of India. It was ranked 10th among private engineering colleges in the country by Outlook 2008. Its School Of Chemical and Biotechnology was ranked 1st among all private institutions in the country and 2nd (overall) in India.
It has been highly appreciated by the Washington Accord team. The Washington Accord is an agreement that provides mobility for Indian engineering graduates around the world. There are nine countries that are signatories and four countries are provisional members. The Accord team visited India in 2005 and visited three government institutions and SASTRA to assess the quality of engineering education. It was impressed by the undergraduate facilities and expressed satisfaction about the universities quality and standards in its educational activities.
As a University, SASTRA has been re-accredited with GRADE 'A' by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), an autonomous body established by the University Grants Commission. Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. has accredited SASTRA with A grade (Highest)putting it in the elite company of premier institutes.
In 2006, the Cult team, backed by the Dean of Planning & Development, Dr. S. Vaidhyasubramaniam, revived the intra-college cultural fests that were once held. The name suggested by the students, "Carpe Diem", to invoke one's talents and seize the day, was chosen by the dean, over his own suggestion of "Kuruksastra", a portmanteau of Kurukshetra, the site of the legendary war mentioned in the Indian epic Mahabharata, and SASTRA.
Carpe Diem '06 was a huge success, followed by Carpe Diem '07. After two years of intra-college fests, the university decided to conduct its first-ever inter-college fest and went with the name originally suggested by the dean: Kuruksastra.
At the same time, the university's first inter-college technical fest, Daksh, was also conducted. It was a long weekend (Friday–Sunday), starting with Daksh and ending with KurukSastra.
The first edition of Kuruksastra was held on 2–3 March 2007. The second edition of Kuruksastra was on 6–9 March 2008. It started the tradition of hosting musical celebrities for a "Pro Nite" show with singers such as Shankar Mahadevan, Karthik, Mahathi, Pop Shalini, stephen devasey and Suchitra. It had over 1200 participants, making it one of the largest such festivals in the country.
- ELS - The English Literary Society, which is a club that conducts literary events such as JAM (Just-a-minute), Dumb Charades, Crossword, Debate, Shipwreck, Spin-a-yarn, Block & Tackle and Quizzes on a daily basis.
- IEEE SASTRA SB- The official IEEE student branch community at SASTRA.
- RCS- Robotic Club at SASTRA
- MCS- Maths Club at SASTRA
- PLASMA COMPENDIUM - Students Non-Profit e-organization
- SEDS- a club for students interested in space
- SAE- a club for mechanical and aero students, makes a baja car every year
- The Studio - The dramatics club, an offshoot of the ELS, which conducts stage plays and encourages budding actors. The club also sets up professional theater productions in nearby metropolitan cities such as Chennai.
- The Artz club - A club that brings out the best art works of the students.
- HLC - The Hindi Literary Club, which conducts literary events related to Hindi such as Bas Ek Pal(Hindi JAM), Dumb Charades (every thing related India), Hindi Antakshari and Quiz on a daily basis.
- GLOSS - The Open Source society.
- Celeritas - The physics forum.
- ACE - Association of Computer Engineers. This group is engaged in spreading knowledge about the cutting edge advancements happening in the field of Computer Science.
- SCANIT - Association of IT students. It has been started to widen the students’ knowledge in the IT field.
- AXIS - Association to eXcel In Software of the Department of Computer Applications.
- BE@S - Bio engineering and Medical Nanotechnology Students Association at Sastra, Organizing Symposiums based on life sciences and releasing magazine 'in vivo'.
- ECS - Embedded Club. The members engage themselves in learning and innovating in the field of embedded computing.
- TECS - The Electronics Club @ SASTRA.
- MECS - Microsoft Enthusiasts' Community.
- ICT@S- Association of ICT Students.
- ACM Chapter @ SASTRA - Programming Club at SASTRA.
- Firefox_Club_@SASTRA- https://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox_Club_@SASTRA
- ISHRAE SASTRA Chapter- Heat and thermodynamics club @ SASTRA
-  - Higher Education India
- "Recruitment: TCS creates world record at SASTRA". ibnlive.in.com. September 18, 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
-  "BCI approves SASTRA law programmes," The Hindu, 12 July 2008
- "Infrastructure @ SASTRA". sastra.edu. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
-  - CyberMedia Biospectrum Private School Survey 2008
- It's contest time at SASTRA The Hindu Education Plus, 19 February 2007]
- Cultural event ends on musical note The Hindu Education Plus, 13 March 2008]