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Published in Education Tuesday, 28 May 2024 15:14


Salem May 27, 2024: The Sona College of Technology has been assessed by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) and awarded the NAAC A++ ranking with a score of 3.65.


NAAC A++ is the highest ranking awarded by NAAC, an autonomous body of the University Grants Commission, to a higher education institution for demonstrating high standards of professionalism and academic excellence.


A team of academicians and education administrators, nominated by NAAC, evaluated Curriculum Aspects, Teaching, Learning and Evaluation; Research, Innovation and Extension; Infrastructure and Learning Resources; Student Support and Progression; Governance, Leadership and Management; and Institutional Values and Best Practices of the Sona College of Technology before awarding this grade.


“The NAAC++ ranking assigned to an institution serves to guide the potential students and their parents to gain holistic understanding of the ‘Quality Status’ of the institution,” said Principal Dr SRR Senthilkumar.


“The score of 3.65 assigned to Sona College represents a significant improvement since the previous evaluation done five years ago,” he added. To put the score in perspective, an institute of the eminence of the Indian Institute of Science has a NAAC++ score of 3.69 while the Manipal Institute of Technology too has the same score as Sona of 3.65.


During their visit to the Sona College, the evaluation team were apprised of the progress made by the College by way of induction of new courses. The NAAC A++ ranking is applicable for 14 undergraduate engineering programs and 10 post graduate engineering programs, including MBA and MCA offered by the Sona College.


Speaking on the occasion, Chairman Mr C Valliappa said, “We are proud of the contribution made by the College in taking forward the 67-year-old legacy of preparing the much-sought after engineering talent in Salem and beyond. Sona students are demonstrating their strong engineering prowess within India as well as in countries as far as Japan, among others.”


Mr Chocko Valliappa, Vice Chairman, Sona College of Technology added that the Sona faculty had in the past five years made 130 patent applications, out of which 28 patents have already been received. “The NAAC A++ accreditation will propel Principal SRR Senthilkumar and heads of 36 R&D laboratories to further enhance their research effort towards commercialisation.”


It may be recalled that last year Sona College’s SonaSPEED lab supplied the permanent magnet simplex stepper motor used in mixture ratio control at the launch stage of ISRO’s Chandrayan-3 mission. The researchers also supplied the 25KW Quadruplex BLDC Motor used in the helicopter hoist for lifting the Reusable Launch Vehicle to 4.5 km altitude and releasing it for autonomous landing on the runway at Chitradurga.


Talking about the strong industry-academia connection, Mr. Thyagu Valliappa, Vice Chairman, said, “The 300-strong and committed faculty team, in addition to building strong foundations in engineering disciplines among students encourages them to engage in research projects during their internships to hone their application skills to prepare them for the world of work upon graduation.”


The evaluation team also met with the parents, alumni, faculty and employers recruiting Sona graduates during the visit. Taking cognizance of the contributions made by the institution in academics, research, innovation, infrastructure improvement the NAAC team has awarded its highest grade of A++ with a score of 3.65 out of a maximum of 4.00.


Dr P Suresh, Coordinator, Sona Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) thanked faculty, staff, students, parents, employers and alumni for their valuable contribution in the successful conduct of assessment process and positive outcome.


About Sona College of Technology

Established in 1997, Sona College of Technology offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in the areas of engineering, technology and management with specializations in Mechatronics, Cloud Computing, Cyber Security, Robotics Process Automation, Data Science, Computer System and Design, and Healthcare Analytics, in addition to foundational areas like Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, and Fashion Technology, among others.


As an autonomous institution since 2010 under Anna University, the College additionally offers an 18- month advanced diploma to be pursued concurrently in AI/ML, Data Analysis, Data Design, Drone Technology, Wearable Technology, Smart Manufacturing, Cyber Security, Electric Mobility, and Smart Systems.


The top rankings achieved by Sona faculty in NPTEL examinations help establish their competitiveness nationally in order to instil the latest knowledge and valuable skills to its students. The NPTEL score reaffirms the superiority of Sona faculty and the currency of their knowledge and provides an edge to the students.


Sona College has been recognized as the ‘Best Industry-Linked Institution’, by the Confederation of Indian Industry and All India Council for Technical Education (CII-AICTE), for the past eight years.



With the NAAC A ++ ranking score of 3.65, Sona College of Technology now joins the ranks of prestigious institutions such as Sastra (3.76), Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (3.70), Vellore Institute of Technology (3.66), Manipal Institute of Technology (3.65).


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