Engaging with Community

Anna University organizes several extension activities in the institute-neighbourhood community through National Service Scheme (NSS), National Cadet Corps (NCC), Youth Red Cross (YRC), Anna Community Radio (Anna CR) and Centre for University-Industry Collaboration (CUIC) to sensitize the students toward community needs.

Community Services rendered beyond the Campus

Anna FM Click Here

Anna Community Radio (Anna CR) is the first community radio in India, established in February 2004, by an educational institution taking the lead in the service of the downtrodden in the local community. The purpose of Anna CR is to uplift the local community residing near Anna University, Chennai, by creating awareness on healthcare, education, female literacy, self-employment, clean environment, etc. Anna CR programmes are produced by the community and for the community. The reach of our 50 Watts transmitter is within a radius of up to 15 km.

National Service Scheme (NSS) Click Here

List of Activities

  • Village Adoption Programs
  • Blood donation camps
  • Tree Plantation
  • Swachh Bharat campaign
  • Clean Drive Programmes
  • Awareness Programmes/Rallies/Campaigns

Youth Red Cross (YRC) Click Here

List of Activities

  • Blood donation camps
  • White Cane Day
  • Health Awareness camps
  • Orphanage Visits
  • Road Safety Awareness
  • Vision Companions

Centre for University - Industry Collaboration (CUIC) Click Here

The Centre for University Industry Collaboration (CUIC) now leverages CSR funds to train students from University departments and affiliated colleges. The Siemens Centre of Excellence (SCoE), at an investment of Rs. 546.84 crores, provides an industry-relevant skill development program to the students and faculty members. Around 4800 students were trained in the last 5 years. About 1000 students are trained in Employability-Skill Enhancement Programme (E-SEP), jointly with M/s. Renault Nissan Technology and Business Centre India Pvt. Ltd. (RNTBCI).

Student led societies towards sustainabilityClick Here

Outreach Projects and Societal Contributions by Centres

“The famous saying of Wangari Maathai, “The environment and economy are really both sides of the same coin; if we cannot sustain the same environment we cannot sustain ourselves”.

At present scenario it is highly essential to contribute towards the sustainable environment. Society is challenged with balancing our need for sustainable practices with the desire to protect the environment and human health. In this aspect the social contributions made in all fields of sciences to create the sustainable environment are highlighted

Outreach Projects done by Institute for Energy Studies (IES) Click Here

Services rendered by Institute for Energy Studies, Anna University to Industry and Society.

  • Detailed Energy Audits for Process and Engineering Industries.
  • Energy storage for renewable and industrial systems.
  • Detailed Energy Audits for Commercial Establishment.
  • Design & Performance enhancement in solar systems.
  • Performance Evaluation of all types of Renewable Energy Systems.
  • Performance enhancement in central AC systems.
  • Feasibility Studies for Biomass based Captive Power Generation.
  • Integrated Rural Energy Planning / Sustainable Energy Security Systems for Villages / Districts.

Outreach Projects done by Centre for Climate Change and Disaster Management (CCCDM)Click Here

Awareness Programme on Climate Change Adaptation conducted to farmers of the Chengalpattu district with hand-in hand NGO on October 15th 2022. The climate change awareness program aimed at building capacity was carried out within the farming communities of Ammamanampakkam village, located in Thirukazhikundram taluk in Chengalpattu district. Thirty farmers actively participated in the program, contributing their insights on the intersection of climate change and agriculture. The session commenced with an overview presented by Prof. Dr. Kurian Joseph, the Director of CCCDM, outlining the impacts of climate change on vital natural resources such as water, agriculture, forestry, and coastal areas. Subsequently, Dr. S. Pavithrapriya, Project Scientist, and Mr. P. Praveenkumar, Project Associate, delved into the specific repercussions of climate change on agriculture, addressing the challenges faced in agricultural production. The scientific method to elucidate the multifaceted challenges affecting rice cultivation was informed to the farmers. Farmers raised the issues pertaining to reduced crop yield, attributed to factors such as pest and disease infestation, is examined. Concurrently, the amplified intensity of northeast monsoon rainfall was also observed to have impact during the rice harvesting stage. The community was made aware of the importance of shifting towards organic farming, emphasizing its significance in sustainable agriculture. The implementation of crop rotation, involving sequences such as rice-black gram, red gram-rice, sesbania-rice, and sugarcane-groundnut, was discussed as a strategic measure to enhance soil nutrients and bolster agricultural productivity. Furthermore, the adoption of intercropping emerges as a secondary facet of organic farming, wherein black gram is cultivated in bunds during rice cultivation, and cotton and red gram are concurrently grown as intercrops. Augmentation of soil nutrients through farmyard manure, green leafy manure (Pungam), ash/biochar, river soil and biofertilizers, such as Azospirillum and blue-green algae was also discussed. This comprehensive and scientifically informed approach to agricultural adaptation seeks to optimize environmental resilience while concurrently enhancing crop productivity

Outreach Projects done by Institute for Ocean Management (IOM) Click Here

Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University is the Resource Partner of MoEF&CC funded scheme EIACP Programme Centre on “Coastal Zone Management and Coastal Shelter Belt” is the one among the 60 Centres in India. IOM has been conducting several awareness activities to commemorate the environmental days in schools, colleges and public places.

IOM Outreach Activities Click Here

The Indo- Dutch Academic Collaboration for Conducting the training Programme on Coastal Zone Management which was offered in Previous Years.

  • Arranged Internship for M.Tech Students with Central Government Institutions and Industries like NCSCM, NIOT, NCCR, NIO, INCOIS, CWPRS, ONGC, DHI, etc. Academic Research related to Environment and Sustainability • Coastal Sea Level Rise- Implications on Coastal Infrastructure and livelihood
  • Modeling and Management of Tide induced Sea Water Intrusion
  • Wave Climate Analysis of North Central Bay of Bengal
  • Shoreline Dynamics of Vishakhapatnam Coast
  • GIS Assessment of Coastal Vulnerability and Environmental Risk Assessment of Chennai Coast Ongoing Research project – Related to Environment – SDG13 Climate Action and SDG14 Life below Water
  • Impact of Climate change on Ocean Productivity in Bay of Bengal: To determine the behavior and change of the marine productivity in areas that has undergone maximum environmental changes owing to climate change and predict the impact of climate change on Fishery in the near future. Ongoing Consultancy Projects related to Environment and Sustainability Aspects- SDG 15 Life on Land
  • Identification of sand Accreting sites in Non – Eco Sensitive Zone and Sand Survey in Andaman and Nicobar Islands: To identify the sand accreting sites in Non-Eco Sensitive Zones and to estimate the quantum of sand available for sustainable extraction and use at each site ensuring the adequate environmental safeguards in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • Concept Note for the Construction of Tail End Regulator to Prevent the Sea Water Intrusion Under Green Climate Fund: To Investigate probable locations for proposing tail end regulator in the entire Tamil Nadu coast and to analyze field data and suggest feasibility for the construction of tail end regulators
  • Comprehensive Flood Protection Plan for Gadilam, Parvanar and Vellar River Basins in Cuddalore District: To determine the existing flow capacity of the three rivers and demarcate the vulnerable breach locations along the river course. Based on the identification of the vulnerable villages in terms of flood hazard the possibilities of diversion of flood water for conservation and planning for the suitable flood mitigation structures and flood protection plan.
  • Shoreline change study at Kattupalli, Ponneri Taluk: The study is to monitor and characterize the variability of the shoreline’s position and to identify seasonal, annual, and long-term trends and to analyze the spatial changes as well as quantify the result of shoreline change due to the construction of Kattupalli Port.
  • Study of Impact of Marudhayar River due to the Reduction of Safety Distance for Mining at Periyathirukkonam Village, Ariyalur District,Tamil Nadu: To investigate the impact on Marudhayar river due to reduction of safety distance from 100m to 50m for Sustainable mining and recovery of valuable limestone reserve at Periyathirukkonam.

Outreach Projects done by Centre for Environmental Studies (CES) Click Here

Centre for Environmental Studies (CES) was established as a Division of Public Health Engineering, College of Engineering Guindy during 1955 with assistance from World Health Organization. It was later developed as an autonomous Centre 'CES' in 1982.

The Centre has received generous funding from Department of Science and Technology (DST-FIST), Tamil Nadu innovations initiative (TANll), Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB), Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB), Larsen & Toubro (L&T), University Grant Commission (UGC), Deutsche Gesellschaft fur lnternationale Zusammenarbeit (GlZ), and Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD).

The research activities carried out in the Centre are oriented towards Environmental

  • Sustainable Development. Further, conferences, seminars and workshops namely National Webinar conference on eco-friendly waste management for sustainable agriculture
  • National virtual seminar on sustainable waste management practices, challenges, and opportunities
  • Organized technology dissemination event - Conducted international Conference on Sustainable Resilient Remediation were conducted to stress the importance of environmental sustainability.
  • Also, for conducting research for environmental sustainability, collaboration with different agencies viz.,
  • L & T (Treating domestic wastewater using Advanced oxidation method)
  • CMWSSB (Sewage Treatment Plants of varying capacities at four Locations-Performance review, audit and report)
  • Urban, Rural and Local bodies of Tamil Nadu (Bio mining, Textile Units/Hospitals industries (STPS) were performed.

Outreach Projects done at Centre of Excellence for Automobile Technology (CEAT) Click Here

The Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has announced under the Rule 110 of TamilNadu Legislative Assembly during August 2016, for the establishment of Centre of Excellence for Automobile Technology (CEAT) to involve on developing a vehicle with low fuel consumption and low carbon-di-oxide emission at MIT Campus, Anna University at a cost of Rs.50.00 crore. A new building of 2700Sq.Mt area was constructed for CEAT which consists of 9 laboratories in thrust area of Automobile Engineering.

As Government of Tamil Nadu share, Rs 10 Crore has been released to Anna University, Chennai to establish the Centre. In order to achieve the objectives, the faculty members are divided into four teams namely GDI Engine team, CO2 Capture & Separation Team, Fuel cell team and Electric Vehicle Team.

Outreach Projects done at Centre for Water Resources (CWR) Click Here

Centre for Water Resources is an international repute by ensuring the highest degree of credibility in assuring quality and relevance of professional education in the field of water resources and irrigation Engineering. The centre’s objective is to fulfil the expectations of stakeholders, viz Government, corporate, industries, students and their parents. We work towards sustainable management of water resources through planning, development and utilization with consideration of technical, environmental, socio-economic and institutional factors. All the research activities of the Centre are linked to the sustainable management of water resources.

Tackling SDG Goals through Community Outreach Activities

The 17 SDG committees of Anna University is committed to promoting sustainability and creating a positive impact on society. As one of the premier educational institutions, Anna University aims to instil sustainable practices among its volunteers and the communities they serve.

Working with Local AuthoritiesClick Here

The University works in close association with the regulatory agencies of the Metropolitan city of Chennai and the Town and Country Planning authorities of the State in helping to address the societal challenges and further to shape the physical environment in a sustainable manner.

Knowledge Partner : Chief Minister’s Green Fellowship Programme, GoTN.

Societal Impact through Innovations


AU-MIT BOT designed by Madras Institute for Technology, Anna University is used in Omandurar Hospital, Chennai to help the health workers by Delivering food items in COVID wards from a remote area Remote sanitization.

Anna University Researchers develop Reusable Mask

To protect the community from Corona virus, common people are wearing single-use masks which are not bio-degradable and may pose a risk of infection. Now a team from Anna University has come out with reusable masks with better filtration efficiency and at affordable prices.

Anti-Biogramoscope to test Anti-Biotic Resistance

A team of Professors from Anna University, Chennai developed a device called Antibiogrampscope. It identifies resistant strains of bacteria within six hours, helping physicians choose the right drug all at a cost of Rs.100 to Rs.300.