The dreams of its founding fathers took shape in 1984 in the form of Shanmugha College of Engineering, which is now renamed, SHANMUGHA ARTS, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & RESEARCH ACADEMY (SASTRA). Our programmes, infrastructure, teaching-learning, etc., are among the country's finest. SASTRA has always been proactive in its academic planning and believes in gaining the first-mover advantage. As a testimony to this, the Government of India has conferred the University status to SASTRA on April 26, 2001 under section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956.
SASTRA offers various undergraduate and post graduate courses in Engineering, Science, Education, Management, Law and Arts besides various Doctoral programmes and has state-of-the-art laboratories, a well stocked library and one of the best computing facilities. With a sprawling campus having a built-up area of 2,22,129.02 square metre spread over 232 acres and a vibrant population of over 10,000 students and over 700 teaching faculty have made SASTRA a landmark in the educational map of India.
With an ideal teacher-taught ratio, we strive for academic excellence through personalized attention. The mechanisms established to support and monitor the student’s progress assure success and satisfaction. Since its inception SASTRA has achieved national standing in terms of academic performance, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and also in its growth and commitment to social service.
The standards of excellence of our programmes are reflected in the grades awarded to us by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council and in the success of our students in industry and academia, both in India & abroad. SASTRA has also been re-accredited with Grade ‘A’ (maximum) by the National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC) a statutory body of U.G.C.
SASTRA shapes its students' future by fostering a teamwork approach to instruction, encouraging interaction with faculty, providing access to high tech information, motivating them to develop new ideas and concepts, taking personal interest in students' career development and preparing them for success.
Srinivasa Ramanujan Centre (SRC), Kumbakonam, was inaugurated, in November 2000, by Prof. .S. Ramamurthy, Secretary,
Department of Science and Technology, Government of India with the following objectives:
The activities of the Srinivasa Ramanujan Centre have been expanded with SASTRA acquiring 10 acres of land in Lakshmivilas Agraharam and constructing a massive six storied structure encompassing an area of 1,52,523 sq.ft. Situated in the heart of the town, this building houses modern class rooms, state-of-the-art Computer laboratory, Electrical Machines laboratory, Electronics and Communications laboratory, Physics laboratory, Chemistry and Biochemistry laboratory, Mechanical Workshops and a 300 - seater airconditioned auditorium. A library with over 21,000 books and more than 145 print journals in addition to a free 2Mbps Internet access caters to the requirements of students and staff members. House of Ramanujan Mathematics, a museum on life and works of the Mathematical prodigy, Srinivasa Ramanujan, also exists on this campus. SRC has been dedicated to the Nation by His Excellency Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India.
Based on the recommendations of a high level committee appointed by the University Grants Commission (UGC), Government of India, Srinivasa Ramanujan Centre, established by SASTRA has been declared as an OFF-CAMPUS CENTRE under the ambit of SASTRA University.
SASTRA's off campus centre at Kumbakonam known as Srinivasa Ramanujan Centre (SRC) is a fitting tribute to the great Mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan, who spent most of his formative years in this temple town of Kumbakonam. Kumbakonam gets its name from the presiding deity Lord Aadhi Kumbeshwarar. The cradle of South Indian Culture, the town is known for its temples, intricately carved panchaloha idols, exquisite brasswares especially lamps, silk and betel leaves. The place, like many other sacred places spread across the country, is known for the Mahamaham festival. The festival celebrated once in twelve years coincides with the entry of Sun and Jupiter into constellation of Aquarius and Leo respectively. People from all walks of life have a dip in the Mahamaham tank along with the presiding deities of the town. This occasion is said to absolve the people of their sins.
Many intellectuals, musicians, sthapathis (people well-versed in design and construction of temples and carving of idols) and silk weavers hail from in and around Kumbakonam. Located on the banks of river Cauvery, this place can be reached from Chennai, either by rail or by road in about six hours.