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Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy
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 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 offers undergraduate and post graduate courses in Engineering, Science, Education, Management and Arts, including some Doctoral programmes. It is the first to get 'Deemed University status in Tamil Nadu. Srinivasa Ramanujam Center at Kumbakonam is affiliated to it. In 2011, software company Tata Consultancy Services set a world record of recruiting 1,755 students from SASTRA, the largest recruitment by any company in the world from a single campus.

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
It has have received approval from the Bar Council of India to teach Law. More information at:

Campus facilities

The campus occupies a built up area of over 2,000,000 square feet (190,000 m2), and houses a population of over 9,000 students.

The institute has eight boys hostels and four girls hostels providing accommodation to over 5000 boys and 3000 girls. A new hostel has been constructed for accommodating more on the campus. The Wi-Fi facility has been extended to cover 7-Cube wireless radio).

The campus has an internet center and multimedia area and mini-departmental stores inside every hostel. There are facilities for sports and body building. The academy possesses a HP RP8400 super computer for advanced computing facilities.

Admissions are through merit (marks from HSC and AIEEE). On-campus bank, Indian Overseas Bank provides on-the-spot educational loan which is acclaimed by students hailing from rural backgrounds.The counseling is usually done during the later half of June with the college opening for freshers in the month of July.

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 also 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 which are signatories to the accord 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 in India. It was impressed by the undergraduate facilities and expressed satisfaction about the universities quality and standards in its educational activities.

Administrative building of the university

The University is known for its highly acclaimed Cultural team, which have not only proven their worth in various competitions all over Tamil Nadu, but have also pulled off some of the best events at SASTRA itself. The Cult team has seen only success wherever they have been to, be it NIT Trichy's Festember (where they have a ten year winning streak), CMC Vellore's Pegasus or VIT's Rivera.


In 2006, the Cult team, backed by the Dean of Planning & Development, Dr. S. Vaidhyasubramaniam GMP(Harvard), revived the intra-college cultural fests that were once held in the past. 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.

Kuruksastra is a war of talent in the various competitions. Events at the fest include English Literary events, Telugu, Hindi and Tamil events, Arts, Music, Dance, Dramatics and Gaming.

At the same time, the University's first inter-college technical fest, Daksh was also conducted. It was a week long event( actually weekend (Fri-Sat-Sun)), starting with Daksh and ending with KurukSastra.

The first edition of Kuruksastra was held on March 2 and 3, 2009.It started the tradition of hosting musical celebrities for a "Pro Nite" show. Singers such as Karthik, Naresh Iyer, Benny Dayal and Shankar Mahadevan have graced the stage of KS and enthralled the crowd of enthusiastic fans. The second edition of Kuruksastra was held from March 6 to 9, 2008, and 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 and Quizzes on a daily basis.
• The Studio - The dramatics club of SASTRA, an offshoot of the ELS, which conducts stage plays and encourages budding actors.
• The Artz club - A club that brings out the best art works of the students.
• GLOSS - The Open Source society at SASTRA.
• MECS - The Microsoft Enthusiasts Community.
• RCS - The Robotics Club of SASTRA.
• ACE - Association of Computer Engineers @ SASTRA. This group is engaged in spreading knowledge about the cutting edge advancements happening in the field of Computer Science.
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