LOYOLA-ICAM COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY

About LICET

WHO WE ARE ?

Right from the founding of the Society of Jesus (known as the Jesuit Order), Jesuits pioneered in the field of innovative education keeping the needs of the society in focus.

When education was only for the elite and the rich, St Ignatius of Loyola (Founder of the Jesuit Order) founded the Roman College and announced free education.From that time the Jesuits have effectively used education as the key to empowerment of the marginalized and they applied education as the mantra to make the neglected gain leadership in the society. During the colonization of South America, the Jesuits founded the so called ‘Jesuit Republics’ and they set not only the slaves free but educated and trained them in music and fine-arts on par with the Europeans. And in the 1960s, especially after the General Congregation 32 (the highest policy making body of the Jesuit Order), the Jesuits all over the globe took the preferential option for the poor and the marginalized. And it was concretised in South India, especially in Tamilnadu, as preferential option for the rural poor and the Dalits who are socially marginalized, economically impoverished, religiously ignored and politically neglected.

The first university college in India was founded by the Jesuits as St Joseph’s College (Trichy in 1844). And today the well-known other Jesuit institutions of Jesuit higher education in Tamilnadu are Loyola College, Loyola College of Education, Loyola Institute of Business Administration (Chennai), St Xavier’s College and St Xavier’s College of Education (Palayamkottai), Arul Anandar College (Karumathur) and Loyola College (Vettavalam). Loyola College (Chennai) has been, over a decade, ranked as one of the top ten excellent institutions in India.

Now the Jesuits have come forward to found a professional institution to train the youth in skill-based capacity building in order to meet the needs and challenges of the ever evolving world of science and technology. It is in this context that Loyola-ICAM College of Engineering and Technology (LICET) has taken shape in Loyola College Campus (Chennai) which is located in the heart of Chennai cosmopolitan city in South India.

Our Philosophy

In Loyola, we look at education differently. For us, education does not lie in the quantification of knowledge. But it lies in the quality of knowledge that helps form the character of students. We Form them as Competent, Committed, Creative and Compassionate men and women for others. We believe in this philosophy. This is our passion. And this is the core of Jesuit Education. This is what has made Loyola climb to the top in the league of colleges in India.

Ideals Of Jesuit Higher Education

Jesuits and formation of character are synonyms in the history of education. ‘Jesuits have been engaged in university teaching, research and scholarly publication almost since the foundation of the Society (of Jesus). They attempt to discover, shape, renew or promote human wisdom, while at the same time respecting the integrity of disciplined scholarship’ (GC 34 404). Further, ‘the Society of Jesus has carried a flame for nearly five hundred years through innumerable social and cultural circumstance that have challenged it intensely to keep that flame alive and burning’ (GC 35 D2/1).The Jesuit institutions of higher learning serve as major channels of social advancement for the poor and the marginalized so that each one of them becomes ‘a fire that kindles other fires’ of equality and justice.

Today about 50% of our people are poor and kept illiterate. They are deprived of the basic necessities of life and education, of human dignity and the power to decide their own future. The response to this situation is the integral liberation of humankind towards liberation together with the poor/Dalits. The preferential option for the poor/Dalits means that we cast our lot with them. Our love is, indeed, for all human beings but assumes different forms. We love the oppressed by espousing their causes and we love the oppressor by emancipating him/her from his/her greed and domination which dehumanize him/her (See. The Vision of the Jesuit Higher Education in Madurai Province).

While we open up the access especially to those who cannot otherwise make it to higher and technical education, we do not compromise on academic excellence. Here we do not merely inform but holistically form the students – with the hope that individual formation would lead to social transformation. Thus we prepare the students not merely to survive in the world out there but to surf the world of competence with their creativity and competence. And at the same time they do not only feel for the needy but become them. They become convinced that they are born in a world of inequality but they would not leave the world as they find it. Thus they become agents of social change – This they would achieve as they would become engineers to engineer a just society. At LICET each one is formed not only for each one’s family but for the nation and for the world.

The maxim of the Jesuit education is ‘magis’ (ever more/greater). As they leave LICET each one would realize: if you really want to achieve something the entire universe would conspire to help you achieve it. The spirit of ‘ever to excel’ would be the driving force to create a new world order. In LICET they would not be taught yesterday’s solution for tomorrow’s problems/challenges but they would be formed as men and women of vision for a better tomorrow.

The primary aim of the College is to provide University education in a Christian atmosphere to deserving students, especially those belonging to the Catholic Christian Community. Although this college is meant primarily for Catholics, it does admit other students irrespective of their caste and creed.

The college aims at training young men and women of quality to be leaders in all walks of life and serve their fellowmen with justice, truth and love. It is expected that this training would play a vital role in bringing about the desired change for the betterment of the people of our country, more particularly the poorer and marginalized sections of the society and Dalits. Further it will foster an atmosphere of intellectual vigour and moral rectitude in which the young men and women of our country may find their fulfillment and achieve greatness as eminent men and women for others.

Our Vision

To form responsible engineers, who would engineer a just society

Our Mission

• To provide technical education in a Christian atmosphere to deserving students who are economically poor and socially marginalized
• To train young men and women of quality to be leaders in all walks of life and serve their fellowmen with justice, truth and love
• To implement teaching learning processes that ensure guidance and mentoring for students throughout their period of study
• To provide higher education through academic collaboration and pursue research in international perspective of Engineering

Quality Policy

We, LOYOLA-ICAM COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY Resolve
To form engineers who are creative, competent, committed , compassionate and socially responsible.

Motto

The motto of Loyola institutions is: Let your light shine. And the dynamic spirit would be: Ever to excel – to do ever more and to do ever better. The students of LICET would become men and women who would engineer a just society in the world and LICET would also transform itself into the epicentre of social and cultural change, leading to equitable growth. Further, ‘the Society of Jesus has carried flame for nearly five hundred years through innumerable social and cultural circumstances that have challenged it intensely to keep that flame alive and burning’ (GC 35 D2/1). The Jesuit institutions of higher learning serve as major channels of social advancement for the poor and the marginalized so that each one of them becomes ‘a fire that kindles other fires’ of equality, human dignity, and social justice.

Coat of Arms

The Coat of arms of the college consists of a shield divided into four quarters with a torch and an open book motif. The crest is the monogram and seal of the Society of Jesus : IHS, are the first three letters of the Greek name for JESUS. The open book and the burning torch stand for the education imparted in this college, which challenges the students to live up to the college motto : LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE (Matthew : 5.16) by their learning and good example so that they may become beacon-lights of hope and liberation to others.

Uniqueness of LICET

The focus of Jesuit education is not mere imparting information but holistic formation of the individuals culminating in leadership with social responsibility. LICET assumes that each student is a potential leader who could be shaped up.

The following are the five pillars of LICET methodology in moulding and forming the students:

i) LICET prepares the students as per the prescribed syllabi of the affiliating Anna University. But the academic system followed at LICET is a hybrid and an enhanced one, that is, learning in the classroom combined with hands-on experience both in the lab and in the industries. The academic excellence would get ever better. Two of LICET students, David Jose and Joe Mike Prakash, of the first batch, secured Anna University ranks.

ii) LICET students excel in professionalism: : Through collaboration with the industries and exposure to project management as well as companies, LICET students are helped to reduce the skill-gap between academic information and professional expertise. We gratefully acknowledge the interest and efforts of many industries to accompany our students during the in-plant training and project work in the industry. The Placement Cell is constantly working on effective placement of our students.

Through system discovery program, the students are introduced to the inside-story of gadgets, starting from household gadgets, through laptops, to two-wheelers, auto-rickshaws, automobiles etc. They are trained not only to dismantle the instrument and the gadgets but also to study the function of each component and finally to put back the components in place. In this adventure, both the faculty as well as experts from workshops assist our students.

Already two of our students have become entrepreneurs: Deepak John has started his company Pupa Clic. Venkatesh Sai has co-promoted Sree Sai Aero Tech Innovation, which has been acknowledged to be among the top 15 companies in India by CNBC, a National Business Channel; and has won award in a National Level Competition organized by Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). Four of our students have applied for patents for their discovery. A few have spread wings to continue with their higher studies all over the world: 7 in ICAM (France), two in Fairfield University (USA), two in Newcastle University (UK), one in St Joseph’s University (USA), and one in Australia

iii. Through personality development, our students are formed as leaders by gaining insight, foresight, and far-sight in Time-Management and Stress-Management, Motivation and Goal-Setting, Value-based outlook of life, Effective Communication and Team-Building etc. Foundation Courses bring out the best from each student to emerge as a leader of technology.

iv. There are ample opportunities for international exposure through student-exchange programs as well as higher studies in universities abroad to gain confidence to face the future with preparedness and readiness. Apart from ICAM in France, our students have opportunities to go to USA, Germany, and Spain for summer internship and many are already in France, USA, UK, and Australia for higher studies.

v. In a world of economic and technological race, LICET students are moulded with God-quotient. The Catholics have periodical Mass and Retreats, while others through motivational talks and discussions, are formed to be men and women of compassion serving people in need. ‘Center of Peace’, the common prayer hall, is open to students of all faiths to pray and spend time in meditation.

Core Values

LICET aims at training young men and women of quality, capable of leading the society in all walks of life and to serve their fellow human beings in justice, truth, love and compassion.

The goal of Jesuit education aims to form men and women for/and with others. The intellectual information and technical training should form character to become leaders with social responsibility. In the context of today’s education, especially professional education, being increasingly commercialized, LICET is working at empowering the marginalized by giving access to professional education. LICET aims to offer excellent education at affordable cost.

The primary aim of the Jesuits is to provide higher education, especially professional education, in a Christian atmosphere to deserving students, especially those belonging to Catholic Christian Community. Although this college, as a minority institution, is primarily meant for Catholics, it does admit other students irrespective of caste, creed, language and nationality.

LICET aims at training young men and women of quality, capable of leading the society in all walks of life and to serve their fellow human beings in justice, truth, love and compassion. This training will bring in desired change in the lives of people, more particularly the poorer and marginalized sections of the society and Dalits. Further it will foster an atmosphere of intellectual vigour and moral rectitude. Through institution-industry collaboration, LICET will strive to help young men and women to find their fulfillment and achieve greatness as eminent men and women for others who would be the voice of the voiceless and the name of the nameless in society.

LICET is born out of global vision of Loyola College Society (LCS ) and ICAM-Group. The core philosophy of ICAM and LCS is to facilitate conducive atmosphere in which men and women form themselves into COMPETENT, CREATIVE, COMMITTED and COMPASSIONATE professionals. These four C’s form the commonness of our partnership. This is the unity we forge by coming together to offer a collective enterprise contributing to the formation of engineers who would promote growth in individuals and in society.

As foreseen in the MoU, between LCS and ICAM, thirty percent of admission will be given to the rural poor and the Dalits. It is not to be seen as reservation but a preferential option of both LCS and ICAM as the response of affirmative action in empowering the economically and socially broken people. It is to realize the dream of making the socially untouchables as competent professionals. It is the dream of the Jesuit Chennai Mission, created in June 2007, to develop the northern parts of Tamilnadu (above the river Cauvery) with the key-philosophy of Educate – Employ – Empower, ie. Relevant education that leads to effective employment, culminating in empowering the marginalized in the society is the focus of the mission and LICET would create a milieu to realize this dream of the Jesuits in the Chennai Mission. Thus LICET is expected to be an epicentre of social change with academic excellence.

LCS and ICAM would run LICET jointly at the levels of curriculum formulation especially in collaboration with industry, faculty and student exchange programmes, financial administration etc. In every way LICET is expected to be unique, academically as well as in personal character formation. In LICET we don’t merely inform but form the youth with vision for future. LICET forms not just skilled engineers but engineers, who could lead organisations effectively and efficiently.

Another unique feature of LICET is its working partnership with Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) within loyola campus. LIBA would give another advantage, namely combination of engineering degree with business diploma. LICET will form not just skilled engineers but engineers, who could lead organisations effectively and efficiently.

Partnership

Loyola College (founded in 1925 in Chennai, India) and ICAM (Institut Catholique d’Arts et Métiers, founded in 1898 in Lille, France), both guided by the Jesuit methodology of education, have inked a joint venture of founding an engineering college which would be a unique model not only in forming engineers with social responsibility but also serving as a melting pot of Indian and French cultures preparing Indian students to serve in European industries and European students to work in Indian industries. Based on principles of integral pedagogy evolved out by Jesuits and the style of education, the whole study program leads not only to the acquisition of professional qualifications but also allows students to have comprehensive personal development: ability to work in a team, develop communication skills, appreciate cultures to be sensitive to ethics and social involvement.

This collaboration became operative when a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Loyola College Society (LCS) and the ICAM-Group in Lille, France in April 2009. The partnership between ICAM and Loyola is intended to form the youth in Tamil Nadu and in France to become global leaders who would play key roles in creating a new social order. Historically and strategically, we are in a position to help the poor and the marginalised to gain the fruits of advancement in scientific and technological inventions and innovations. In reality, often these weaker sections of society do not have access to the laboratories of inventions and boards of decision making. LICET would function as a space where the marginalized will have a placewithout compromising on the quality of education. Quality and access would be two axes around which the management of the college would gauge its performance.

LICET Officials

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