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Dr.V.Karthikeyan, M.E., Ph.D., is the Principal of Thiagarajar Polytechnic College, Salem a Government aided autonomous institution.

He has obtained his Bachelor’s Degree (Civil) from Government College of Engineering, Salem in 1987 and Master’s degree at Government College of Technology, Coimbatore in 1996 and obtained Ph.D., for research on Municipal Solid Waste Management during April 2009.

He completed the prestigious UKIERI (United Kingdom-India Education and Research Initiative) Training on “Further Education Leadership Development” sponsored by the AICTE, New Delhi and obtained the CMI Level 5 certificate.

He has published 20 research papers in International, National Journals and Magazines and also presented a number of papers in International, National Seminars in the field of Air, Water, Soil, Municipal Solid Waste and concrete.

Dr.V.Karthikeyan is a reviewer for the Journal on Waste Management, published by ELSEVIER an international journal.   

Experience and Achievements

His teaching experience spans over 33 years under various capacities.  His untiring efforts and keen involvements in all the activities are reflected in achieving many laurels to Thiagarajar Polytechnic College:

  • Only Polytechnic in India conferred with AICTE-CII Best Industry-Linked Technical Institute Award consecutively for three years for 2014, 2015 & 2016.
  • Received ISTE-National level Best Polytechnic Principal Award for 2013 in recognition of the best overall performance in the field of Technical Education in the country, during the 43rd ISTE National Annual Convention.
  • Received the Best Engineer Award 2016 from IE(I) Tamilnadu State Centre.
  • Received the Award for the Outstanding Public Services from the Worshipful Mayor of Salem Corporation on the Republic Day Celebrations held on 26.1.2014
  • Received Best Polytechnic College Award for Thiagarajar Polytechnic College, Salem.
  • Recipient of the “Best ISTE Chapter Chairman Award for Polytechnic Colleges” for the year 2009, 2010 and 2011  (Consecutively for 3 years)
  • Obtained the National Board of Accreditation as Second Term of five years for Civil, Mechanical, Electrical & Electronics, Production and Textile programmes during March 2012.

Study Visits abroad

  • Two week study visit to Dudley College, UK during Feb 2016 sponsored by the AICTE-UKIERI to develop community colleges.
  • Study visit to University of British Columbia at Vancouver, Canada during July 2013 sponsored by the Management.
  • Study visit to Canadian Universities in October 2009 under Canada-India Institutional                            Co-operation project sponsored by Government of Tamilnadu
  • Undergone training on Problem Based Learning at Republic Polytechnic College at Singapore in March 2008 through Government of Tamilnadu.

Present positions:

  • President, Salem Productivity Council
  • Vice President, Indian Chamber of Commerce, Salem
  • State Committee Member (Civil), IE(I) Tamilnadu State Centre
  • Joint Secretary, ISTE TN & P Section
  • Member, District Coordination Committee on Vocational Guidance and Employment Counsel headed by District Collector, Salem
  • Member, Task Force Committee, Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), District Collectorate, Salem
  • Head of Regional Flying Squad, Directorate of Technical Education, Chennai
  • Nodal Officer, Directorate of Technical Education, Chennai
  • Chairman, Indian Society for Technical Education, Thiagarajar Polytechnic College Chapter
  • Chairman, Institution of Engineers (India), Thiagarajar Polytechnic College Chapter
  • Ex-officio Member for Awards Committee and Academic Board

Positions held:

  • Immediate Past Chairman, Institution of Engineers (India), Salem Local Centre during 2014-16
  • Honorary Secretary of Institution of Engineers (India), Salem Local Centre during 2004-2006.

Member of Professional bodies:

  • Fellow Member of Institutions of Engineers (India) (F.113479-1).
  • Life Member of Indian Society for Technical Education (LM 7622)
  • Life Member of Indian Road Congress (IRD-LM 35392)
  • Life Member of Indian Water Works Association

Best Innovative Educational Practices Introduced in Thiagarajar Polytechnic College

  • Student Centric Learning (PBL)
  • Learning Management System through BlackBoard and MOODLE software
  • Student Facilitators for peer learning
  • NPTEL Study centre
  • Video Conferencing Nodal Centre

Books authored:

  • Reinforced Concrete (Limit State Design)
  • Environmental Science & Engineering
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Engineering Drawings
  • Computer Application Practical

Also, through his concepts and realization more than 60 Lab Manuals (Record of Workbooks) based on Student Centric Learning were published through the Learning Resource Centre of Thiagarajar Polytechnic College, Salem.