India Cements Vice-Chairman and MD N Srinivasan, who received the Distinguished Alumni Award of AC Tech, on Saturday said the Alagappa College of Technology should be made a Centre of Excellence. Speaking after receiving the award from Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit at the platinum jubilee celebrations of the AC Tech here, he said ‘’although Information Technology has developed, we still need engineers and high-quality engineers”. He said ‘’my suggestion would be to make AC Tech a Centre of Excellence where academic knowledge meets practical application’’. ‘’The amount of knowledge learnt by students during the semesters should be useful when they pursue higher studies,” he added. Going down the memory lane, Srinivasan recalled his student days in the premier institute. He pursued chemical engineering between 1960 and 1965 and passed out in the first class. He was a tennis champion and represented the college and Madras University and won titles. “I am really proud that I am an alumni of AC Tech. I am one of the early students of this college. Those days, AC Tech was quite young, but it was one of the premier technology institutes of the city of Madras, Later, IIT-Madras was started,” he said. Addressing a large number of alumni, who have gathered for the celebrations, he said “as Alumni of Alagappa College of Technology, it is a proud moment for all of us in joining and participating in the platinum jubilee celebrations of our college. We all have one common bond. That is, we all studied in AC Tech”. “Over the years, AC Tech has stood the test of time and has grown to become a glorious and great institution. Though it became part of Anna University, it has maintained its identity,” he added. Welcoming the vision of Alumni Association for developing AC Tech as a Centre of Excellence in the next few years, Srinivasan termed it as an excellent idea. ‘’We should bring back glory of this thought process as far as technology is concerned. I invite all the alumni to share their ideas for realising this vision,’’ he added.