Salem’s Sona College faculty tops technology learning program by IITs, IISc

Asha Bajaj
3 min readFeb 15

Salem/IBNS: City-based Sona College of Technology has strengthened its position yet again with its faculty topping the performance across faculty from 5,130 chapters based on the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) examination for the July 2022 session.

This is the third time that Sona faculty has secured the first rank, making it the only college to do so.

The combined performance of its students and faculty stands at №17, nationally. This is the eighth time that the college finds its name on the ‘AA’ rating — the rating awarded to colleges in the top 11–50 ranking in the nation.

The NIRF-ranked college secured the second position, based on combined performance of its students and faculty, among all engineering college local chapters in Tamil Nadu.

The content and examinations of NPTEL program are by professors of seven Indian Institute of Technologies (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati, and Roorkee) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, offering online courses on a variety of technology areas. NPTEL has established the SWAYAM-NPTEL or local chapters in colleges across India.

The Sona NPTEL local chapter has been active since 2016, facilitating the NPTEL technology courses, assignments and examinations biannually. The BE, BTech, MCA and MBA students in the college take at least one NPTEL exam each in their second or third year.

Chocko Valliappa, Vice Chairman, Sona Group of Education Institutions, said, “The Sona College finds NPTEL programs valuable for its faculty in imbibing knowledge and skills in advanced technology areas and benchmarking against the very best. Since NPTEL exams allow only the very best to clear, we have mandated all faculty members clear NPTEL courses to prepare industry-ready graduates.”

Dr SRR Senthil Kumar, Principal, Sona College of Technology, said, “NPTEL programs enable our students and faculty to gain valuable skills through programs designed and delivered by experienced IIT and IISc faculty. And the top rankings achieved by Sona faculty help establish their superiority in a competitive benchmark nationally.”

Asha Bajaj

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