Principal Interview: Dr S.R.R Senthil Kumar, Sona College of Technology
Students are always worried about choosing the best engineering college for them. For this, students always search about the facilities, faculty, placement statistics of a college. Careers360 has been conducting various campus interviews, alumni interviews, director interviews, etc. to help the students to make an informed decision. In the same series, Careers360 team conducted an exclusive interview with Dr S.R.R Senthil Kumar, Principal, Sona College of Technology to know about the facilities, admission process, placement statistics of the college. Read the full interview to know about the vision, mission, infrastructure, admission process, internships, collaborations and placement data of Sona College of Technology.
Careers360: Tell us something about the institute; when it was set up, vision and mission
Dr Senthil Kumar: Situated in Salem, Tamilnadu, Sona College of Technology is one of the top-ranked engineering colleges in India. The college offers Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Engineering and Doctoral Degree (Ph.D) in all major disciplines. Sona, an ISO Certified Institution, was set into motion by its Founder Chairman, Thiru. M.S. Chockalingam. Ranked among the top Engineering colleges across the nation by NIRF, Sona renders practical learning opportunities through its futuristic laboratories which are linked to the 36 research and development centres that closely collaborates with ISRO, NIOT, DRDO, DST, Doshisha University Japan, and so on.
Sona College of Technology has many feathers to its hat for the excellent education it has offered and continues to offer. The recent ones are that the college has been conferred with ISTE Best Student Chapter Award and Best Principal award.
Sona also has tie-ups with IIT, Mumbai, and Amrita University through its A-view facility and it promotes student self-learning via EDUSAT, NPTEL, MOOC, multimedia and so on. The exceptional facilities at Sona include
A well-stacked library with technical books, journals, e-learning and industry-specific resources
A second-to-none sports facility, including a large sports ground, a half Olympic size swimming pool, gymnasium, billiards tables, golf court, yoga centre and music club to mention only a few
Homely hostel facilities for 2000 students
Medical facilities linked to leading nearby hospitals
Computer access with 1800 desktops and laptops aided by a host of printers and servers and a 74-Mbps internet connectivity
Entrepreneurship Development Cell
12 Student Technical Associations and 13 General Clubs
Student Speakers Forum to hone public-speaking skills
Sona Linguistics Centre offers courses in a variety of foreign languages and supported by a multimedia language learning lab. Currently, the college offers Japanese, French and German languages
A good number of auditoria and seminar halls to conduct conferences, workshops and functions.
To become an institute of great repute, in the fields of Science, Engineering, Technology and Management studies, by offering a full range of programmes of global standard to foster research, and to transform the students into globally competent personalities.
Sona College of Technology is a private engineering institution that offers engineering degree programmes at undergraduate level and postgraduate level, computer applications and management studies at postgraduate level and doctoral programmes in the areas of engineering and science and humanities.
The college aims to provide a full-fledged education, to produce graduates with competency to excel in the organizations they serve and to cater to the needs of the community as a whole.
Careers360: Tell us something about the admission process?
Dr Senthil Kumar: The admission process of Sona College of Technology is-
BE/B.Tech Admissions at Sona College of Technology (Autonomous)
The approved admission intake of Sona College of Technology (Autonomous) for BE/B.Tech is 1170. The intake is filled in two categories. i.e. 35% seats are filled through Management Quota and the remaining 65% seats are filled through Government Quota. In order to fill the management quota we accept students with a merit list selected from Association of Management of Consortium of Self Financing Engineering College followed by our screening process. The government quota is filled by accepting the TNEA merit list and through the process of government counseling conducted by DOTE. The admission process is also carried out online.
Cut off Marks
The minimum cut off marks in the Plus Two subject mark is as follows: The average percentage in Maths, Physics and Chemistry are expected to be 70%. The final approval would be done by DOTE after verifying the relevant testimonials of the students.
ME/M. Tech Admissions
The approved admission intake of Sona College of Technology for ME /M.Tech is 224. The intake is filled in two categories. 50% seats are filled through Management Quota and the remaining 50% seats are filled through Government Quota. In order to fill the management quota we accept students with a merit list selected from Association of Management of Consortium of Self Financing Engineering College followed by our screening process and an entrance examination conducted by us. In order to secure admission in the ME/ M. Tech programme, the candidate should have appeared in the GATE or TANCET entrance exam. Based on the GATE or TANCET entrance score the candidates will be shortlisted for the admission and will be called for the further admission rounds. The government quota is filled by accepting the TANCET merit list and through the process of government counseling. The admission process is also carried out online.
Eligibility Criteria 2020
Candidates should hold BE or B.Tech or equivalent degree in the respective branches of Engineering and Technology or its equivalent CGPA from any recognized university.
For admission in ME/M. Tech programmes, the applicant can register for GATE or TANCET examination.
GATE or TANCET qualified candidates will be given first preference for admission and get their seats through counseling.
A candidate needs to fulfill the following eligibility criteria to be eligible for ME/ M.Tech admissions:
Candidates must possess a degree in B.Tech from a recognized university/ Institute with a full-time program (Note that the students pursuing a distance mode degree will not be eligible to apply)
Candidates must acquire a minimum aggregate of 50% in the bachelor’s or equivalent degree.
Candidates who are currently in their final year of bachelors can also apply for the TANCET exam.
Candidates must be a domicile of Tamil Nadu. However, candidates from other states can also apply in case of being approved by the examination conducting bodies.
Candidates having a valid GATE score are exempted from appearing in the entrance test.
Scholarships to encourage meritorious students:
For GATE candidates – Rs. 1,20,000/- Stipend opportunities in addition to AICTE stipend)
Meenakshi Aachi Scholarship for Alumni
50% Tuition Fee waiver for 9 CGPA & above in BE/B. Tech
25% Tuition Fee waiver for CGPA between 8 & 9 above in BE/B. Tech
An opportunity to pursue Integrated PG/Ph. D programmes
Rs. 5000/- per month for PG students.
Rs.10000/- per month Ph. D scholars.
At Sona College of Technology (Autonomous) the admission process is carried out through a completely online process since 2017. The applicants can visit our website www.sonatech.ac.in and apply for BE/B. Tech program by registering themselves. The admission process is carried out in two phases.
Careers360: What kind of infrastructure can students expect at the institute? Please elaborate?
Dr Senthil Kumar: Candidates will find following facilities at Sona College of Technology-
Careers360: There is a lot of stress that is being made with regard to interaction with the industry as well as companies that recruit. What are the steps being taken by the institute in this direction?
Dr Senthil Kumar: The topic Interview skills is embedded in our SSA curriculum as mentioned below.
Semester V: Interview Skills
Semester VI: Mock HR interview and Mock Stress interview
In Semester V, the students are taught about what an interview is, how to prepare for interviews, types of interviews, grooming, body languages, most common interview questions, how to answer interview questions etc.,
In Semester VI, the students are taught about stress interview, under what circumstance a stress interview is conducted, how to identify a stress interview, how to face a stress interview without nervousness etc.,
During the Semester VI, the faculty handling the class will conduct a mock interview and in Semester VII, a mock interview will be conducted with the help of our Sona alumni.
Careers360: Internships are now mandatory as per AICTE guidelines. Does the institute help students with this? If yes how?
Dr Senthil Kumar: Yes. Being an Autonomous Institution, we have the entire eighth semester (last semester of the 4 years study) now available for students to do internships in industries. The College, after doing the needed analysis, brings companies to the campus in the middle of seventh semester which recruits the students by first giving them internships during the eighth semester. The College also helps students to do internships only in the areas of their interest with stipend in companies like Amazon, Cisco, BNP Paribas, Google, Microsoft, etc. These kinds of internships help students to harness the skill, knowledge and theoretical concepts they learn in classrooms.
The Autonomous status also helps us to release the students for two to three months of Internships between the semester breaks in companies like Fidelity Investments, Robert Bosch, etc.
Careers360: Can you please share details if there is any collaboration with universities abroad?
Dr Senthil Kumar: At the institution level Sona College of Technology has done MOU with Nottingham Trent University, UK and Swinburne University, Malaysia & Melbourne, Australia for joint teaching, joint conference and publications and for internship and research projects.
The Civil Department has collaborated for research with KONKUK University, Seoul, South Korea.
The Department of CSE has made an MOU with Dr. Chilukuri Mohan, Professor, EECS, Syracuse University for Twinning program. It has made collaborations for conferences and publications with Dr. Jey Veerasamy, Professor of Computer Science, University of Texas, Dallas, USA and with Dr. Sudha Subramani, Lecturer in Information Technology, College of Engineering and Science, Victoria University, Australia.
The Department of ECE has collaborated with Dr. Simarjeet Saini, Professor, University of Waterloo and Dr. Anton Yudhana, Professor, Universities Ahmad Dahlan, Indonesia as Adjunct Faculty. It has also collaborated with Dr. Ponselvan, Professor, Curtin University Dubai campus and Dr. Abdul Razak, Professor, Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani - Dubai campus as Technical Committee Members in our International Conferences and joint publications.
The Department of IT has collaborated with Dr. Michael Packianather, School of Engineering, Cardiff University, UK and Dr. Kaushik Dutta, Professor and Muma Fellow Director, School of Information Systems & Management, Muma College of Business, University of South Florida as Resource persons for our conferences.
Careers360: Please share placement statistics with information on the average package, highest and lowest package, number of students placed and details of companies that have recruited.
Dr Senthil Kumar: Our latest Placement statistics are-
No.of Students opted for Placement
- Average package: Rs. 3.8 Lakhs per annum
- Highest Package: Rs. 27 Lakhs per annum
- Lowest Package: Rs. 3 Lakhs per annum
Some of the recruiters were- Wipro, IBM, Cognizant, BNP Paribas, Cisco, Hexaware Technologies, TCS, Tech Mahindra, HCL Technologies, etc.
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Questions related to Sona College of Technology, Salem
I want to know abou the fees details in sona collage of technology salem
As the fee structure of every colleges are different...
Here is the fee structure of SONA,Salem
For Bachelor of Technology [B.Tech]
As it 4 year(s) rpograam and its fee is upto 4,80,000..i.e. 120000/per year
For Master of Technology [M.Tech]
It is 2 year(s) program and the fees is upto1,92,000
For Master of Business Administration [MBA]
It is of 2 year(s) and the relevant fee is upto 72,000.
For Master of Computer Application [MCA]
It is of 3 year(s) and the fees is upto 1,08,000...
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is Sona college of technology is a good college to study ECE,EEE and biomed engineering? how is the placement cell, companies and salary package?
Sona Engineering College is a leading college in Tamil Nadu. It has been rated AAA+ by Careers360 and has been ranked at 150th position by NIRF among Engineering colleges of India. In terms of Academics, this college gives tough competition to others. Facilties such as Separate hostels for male and female students, Canteen, well equipped library, laboratories, WiFi facilties, medical centre and Transport facilities are provided properly. The placements of Sona Engineering College is quite okay. CSE, IT, Electrical and Electronics departments have pretty good placement record. But the placement percentage is not so impressive for Civil and Mechanical. Very few core companies come for recruitment. CSE and It face around 67% placement record while it is more in case Electrical and ECE branches. Many companies come for recruitment such as Amazon, ICICI Bank, JSW Tyres, HCL, Goldman Sachs, Rally Rebar, MBIT Wireless, Aspire systems, Infosys etc offering average salary around 2 to 2.5 lpa. You can read the student reviews here http://www.careers360.com/colleges/sona-college-of-technology-salem
which is best college Anna university-madurai or Sona college of technology? which has better placement?
Dear Aspirants ,
Anna University in Madurai was established in 2010 and is ranked 12 in the latest NIRF ranking. It offers 4 undergraduate and 2 postgraduate programs in full-time mode with multiple specializations. Admission to all the courses is entrance based. Students are required to present TNEA scores for UG courses and TANCET for PG courses in order to secure admission to the college Aspirants who wish to take admission in the college have to register themselves online on the college official website and apply for the respective courses there. The institute is well furnished with all the facilities such as clubs, Libraries, wi-fi etc.to provide premier experience and learning to their students.
If we go through the placement's then it is good there some of top recruiter's are came like tcs ,Infosys, wipro ,tech mahindra etc.. with the average salary package of 3.2 to 4.5 it depends upon employer .
Sona College of Technology is a college located in Salem, Tamil Nadu, India. It is affiliated to Anna University, Chennai. The vision of the college is to become an institute of great repute, in the fields of science, applied science, engineering, technology and management studies.
- Approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)
- Recognized by UGC under Section 2f & 12B of the UGC Act
- The government of India, NBA accredited and ISO certified
- It gained autonomous status in 2012
If we go through the placements then top recruiters companies are come like Vuram Technologies, Burning Glass, Infosys, Renault Nissan, Think N Solutions, Qualian Technologies, Zoho, GG Tronics, Infoview, Kaar Technologies, Vee Technologies and many more. many opportunities were open.
But if we go through the students feed back and rating of both colleges then Sona college of technology is occupied better place rather then Anna University -Madurai and placement's is also not best in this Anna university .So as per my recommended Sona college of technology is good in everything so you can choose this one for your carer .
what are the foreign companies that come for campus recruitment in Sona college of technology for EEE DEPARTMENT?
There are many foreign companies like OST, Human Resocia Co.Ltd are coming for Campus Recruitment in Sona College of Technology for the EEE Department. Mostly, the foreign companies are from Japan. Many job offers are from foreign companies that have branches in Tamil Nadu, India. So, the salary will be considerably high.
Hope this answer is helpful to you.
how is the placement in EEE department in Sona college of technology?
In sona college of technology the placement percentage is around 70-80% for EEE and the salary offered ranges from 40k to 15k per month based on your performance in the interview. The highest salary offered is around 4.5 lacs per annum
I hope this clears your query. Thankyou