Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering

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Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering (Autonomous)
SVCE logo.png
Motto Vidhya Para Devta (Knowledge is the Supreme Divinity)
Type Private
Established 1985
Principal Ganesh Vaidyanathan S
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 3500
Undergraduates 3260
Postgraduates 340
Location Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
12°59′12″N 79°58′19″E / 12.98667°N 79.97194°E / 12.98667; 79.97194Coordinates: 12°59′12″N 79°58′19″E / 12.98667°N 79.97194°E / 12.98667; 79.97194
Campus Suburban, 95 acres (0.4 km2)
Affiliations Anna University, Chennai

Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering (SVCE) is an engineering institute in Tamil Nadu, at Pennalur, Sriperumbudur near Chennai. SVCE was founded in the year 1985. The college was established by the Southern Petrochemical Industries Corporation (SPIC) group. SVCE is among the top engineering colleges of Anna University[1] in Tamil Nadu and a Tier-I institution among self-financing colleges.[2]


Inauguration of the old college campus, April 8, 1985
The entrance to the college

In November 1985 the college was granted permission to conduct engineering courses in Mechanical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering and Computer Science Engineering, awarded by the University of Madras.

The college complex at Nazarathpet (near Poonamallee) was inaugurated on April 8, 1985 by the former Governor of Tamil Nadu.[3]

In 1991, the college shifted into its new campus at Pennalur, near the town of Sriperumbudur. SVCE received approval from the All India Council for Technical Education the same year. Courses in Electrical & Electronics Engineering and Chemical Engineering Courses were started in 1994. [3]

SVCE celebrated its decennial in March 1995 in the presence of former Minister of State for Commerce and present home minister of the Government of India. In 1996 it began a course in Information Technology and was the first college in the country to do so.[4] The college obtained an ISO 9001:2000 certification in 2002. SVCE obtained Autonomous status from UGC in 2016.[5]


SVCE has a 1,338-square-metre (14,400 sq ft) library spanning three floors covering major fields of science and engineering, a conference room, a study space and a seating capacity of over 200. The library is air-conditioned and has conferencing, multimedia, internet, reprography facilities, a CD-ROM collection. and a book bank for deserving students.

The central library

The college subscribes to most major technical journals including those by the IEEE, ACM and ASME. Over 95,000 volumes and 200 CDs are available and around 400 print and online journals are subscribed.

Apart from the central library, all departments maintain their own libraries. SVCE is an institutional member of The British Council Library, IIT Madras, American Council Library, DELNET and MALIBNET.[6] The library uses multimedia computers with internet connectivity, computer-based training, CDs, e-books and e-journals to promote e-learning.

A new department of Information Management System (IMS) was started in 2012.[7]

Sports infrastructure[edit]

The cricket ground

The 15 acres (653,400.0 sq ft) facility has a swimming pool, synthetic and clay tennis courts, turf cricket ground, basketball, football grounds, badminton, volleyball courts, and a 400-meter track.[8]

350-square-metre (3,800 sq ft) is dedicated to a table tennis hall, gymnasium, and carom and chess rooms.

The college conducts inter-college tournaments in basketball, volleyball, cricket and ball badminton.


Eleven departments are recognized as research centres by Anna University to conduct PhD. The Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, chemical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Applied Physics, Applied Chemistry, Humanities and Social Science, Information Technology, Biotechnology, Computer Science and Engineering and Electronics and Communication Engineering departments have been recognized by Anna University as collaborative research centers for PhD degrees.[9]

R&D is aided by a technology innovation center (TIC), which houses SPIC's research centre. TIC houses an interdisciplinary centre for nanotechnology to carry out research. The management of SVCE sanctioned Rs.2,00,000 every year to carry out innovative projects for final year UG and PG students.

The SVCE students' research day (Innovates) is conducted in March to motivate and nurture innovative ideas. Faculty research day is also conducted every year in April to share their research ideas among faculty and research scholars.

iGEM participation[edit]

Students from the department of biotechnology have formed teams and participated in the international Genetically Engineered Machines competition in 2015 and 2016, being the only Anna University affiliated college to do so. They were placed in the bronze medal category in 2015 and silver medal category in 2016. In 2015, they worked on finding alternatives to antibiotics and in 2016 worked on developing a system to prolong the shelf life of milk without refrigeration.

Entrepreneurship Development Cell[edit]

The Entrepreneurship Development Cell was formed in 1996 and has organized awareness camps to motivate students to become entrepreneurs. An Entrepreneurship Promotion and Incubation Center (EPIC) has been formed with support from Entrepreneurship Development Institute and MSME to incubate start-up companies with innovative ideas.

Student life[edit]

Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering believes in self responsibility and based on that academic freedom is given to the students to groom themselves professionally to be suitable to the requirements of the society. The campus is large with sprawling greenery and individual blocks for departments and research and development centres.

The cafeteria functions throughout the day and serves snacks, drinks and packed food items alongside South and North Indian breakfast and lunch choices. WiFi umbrellas with power sockets are at points across the campus enabling high speed web access for students and faculty.

For an undergraduates at SVCE, there are many subject-based activities, lectures and workshops happening in between exams to keep the students engaged. The college has memorandum of understanding signed with industries and companies, including multinational giants, to enable research options and internship opportunities for professional development.


The SVCE housing comprises two clusters of seven blocks for men and three blocks for women. For the Marine Engineering students, it is mandatory to live in the hostels. A total of around 380 women and 850 men can stay in the hostel. Hostel area has indoor games, TV, WiFi and laundromats.

Notable alumni[edit]

Forum For Economic Studies by Engineers[edit]

A club where students are taught how to manage finances and economics. Mock placements are also conducted every year.


  1. ^ SVCE in top three Tamil Nadu colleges, see end paragraphs. 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  2. ^ SVCE considered a Tier-I institution; see "Intense competition". The Hindu. 2007. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  3. ^ History and Milestones of SVCE. SVCE website. 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  4. ^ First to introduce a B Tech Degree program in Information Technology. SVCE website. Retrieved 2008-03-11. 
  5. ^ [3]
  6. ^ Library details. SVCE website. Retrieved 2008-04-20. 
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  8. ^ College sports facilities. SVCE website. Retrieved 2008-04-22. 
  9. ^ departments as research centers. The Hindu (CBE) April 20, 2008. p.11. 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-11.