Alagappa College of Technology

Alagappa College of Technology is an educational institution located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India that offers higher education in engineering, technology and allied sciences. The college was established in 1944 and was integrated with Anna University in 1978 from University of Madras as a constituent part of Anna University.

Indian educational institution

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Alagappa College of Technology
Other name
A C Tech
Type Public
Established 1944
Vice-Chancellor Dr. Surappa[1]
Dean Dr . S. Meenakshisundaram



13.007906°N 80.238795°E / 13.007906; 80.238795

Campus Urban
Affiliations Anna Technological and Research University
Website Official website

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Alagappa College of Technology was founded in 1944. Funds for its establishment in the amount of five hundred thousand Indian rupees was donated by philanthropist Vallal Dr. Alagappa Chettiar to Dr. A. Lakshmanaswami Mudaliar, Vice Chancellor of Madras University in 1943. Dr. Alagappa Chettiar expressed an interest in setting up a college that offered newer technology related courses. As a token of appreciation for his generosity Madras University resolved to name the college as Alagappa College of Technology, offering Chemical Engineering, Textile Engineering and Leather Technology, and also conferred on him an honorary degree of LL.D. at a special convocation.

There are six departments and two autonomous centres in Alagappa College of Technology.

  • Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Department of Applied science and technology
  • Department of Textile Technology
  • Center for Bio-Technology
  • Department of Ceramic Technology
  • Department of Leather Technology

Autonomous centres

  • Crystal Growth Centre
  • Centre for Nanoscience and Technology

The Department of Chemical Engineering[2] was established in 1944 under the University of Madras. In 1978, the department was transferred to the then newly formed Anna University. The department which started with an undergraduate course in chemical engineering now offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in chemical, petroleum refining and petrochemicals, and environmental science and technology.

In the early days of the college research was carried out in the conventional areas of chemical engineering like absorption, adsorption, liquid-liquid extraction, and fluid dynamics. Over the years, the areas of research have moved in line with developments in the chemical process industries. The department focuses on areas like bioprocesses, modeling, nanofiltration, bioengineering and environmental systems.

The department offers two undergraduate courses:

  • B.Tech – Chemical Engineering
  • B.Tech – Petroleum Refining and Petrochemical Technology (discontinued in 2012)

It also offers three postgraduate courses:

  • M.Tech – Chemical Engineering
  • M.Tech – Petroleum Refining and Petrochemical Technology
  • M.Tech – Environmental Science and Engineering

The annual technical festival of the department is called Chemfluence. It features paper presentation sessions, lectures, video conferences and technical quizzes.[3][4]

The Department of Textile Technology was established in 1945 under the University of Madras. It houses laboratories such as a Spinning Lab, Weaving Lab, Chemical Processing Lab, Quality Assurance and Testing Lab, Knitting Lab, Garment Lab and CAD Lab. It offers undergraduate courses in Textile Technology and Apparel. However, M.Tech is offered only for Textile Technology. PhD programmes are also available. The department houses a library with a variety of books on textile technology, knitting, sewing, fashion illustration, and other topics, which are available to be borrowed during the weekends.[5]

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