Sri Ramaswamy Memorial University (popularly known as SRM University) is a co-educational privately held university in the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu. It was founded in 1985 under the University of Madras and now has four campuses in Tamil Nadu itself at Kattankulathur, Ramapuram, Vadapalani and Tiruchirapalli. It also has another branch in Modi Nagar, which is a town near New Delhi. The university has evolved over the years gaining ‘deemed’ status in 2004. It was named a University in 2006 when it attained a full-fledged university status under the University Act of UGC.
The main campus of SRM University is the Kattankulathur campus located in Chennai, which is a massive 250 acre site overlooking the Grand Southern Trunk Road. The campus is home to three institutes, namely College of Engineering & Technology, College of Science and Humanities and College of Medicine and Health Sciences. The SRM hospital is also located here, which is again full with latest facilities and offerings. It is 1200 bed hospital with more than 25 specializations in PG. The university has a lot of resident professors, known for their achievements. They are always present to help out the students in whatever way they can.
The SRM University also has programs that offer international exposure to students. One of the programs is designed in such a way that students can spend their final year of studies abroad and get a degree from the foreign university. This gives a dual benefit of studying in India and abroad, while being able to be light on the pocket. Universities like Carnegie Mellon and Massachusetts Institute of Technology are a part of this program that enable students to undertake world-class education. The list is growing and the university is able to attract the best universities of the world for this program. Another program they have is a twinning program where a student spends half of his/her studies in foreign universities. This is available for engineering as well as medical students. For the needy students, the university offers various scholarships under several funds. It also runs a fee-waiver scheme, which is offered purely on need and merit basis.
The campus is abuzz with several clubs and activities happening all around the year. Students with similar interests have formed several clubs and organize activities in their respective institutes. Some of the events are university wide and students from any institute can participate. The college life is great at the SRM University and the campuses are world-class. The university has also been able to attract foreign students, which add to the diversity of student profiles. Located in the city of Chennai, the engineering campus is able to attract recruiters from the city as well as from India’s Silicon Valley, Bangalore.
Overall, the SRM University has grown rapidly and gained reputation. It has become the choice of many students not only in South, but also the whole of India. In the coming years, SRM University is expected to take education to next level by offering various innovative teaching methodologies.