B.S. Abdur Rahman University Chennai courses, ranking and placement

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Founded in 1984, B.S. Abdur Rahman University is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the the suburban setting of the metropolis of Chennai (population range of over 5,000,000 inhabitants), Tamil Nadu. Officially accredited/recognized by the University Grants Commission, India, B.S. Abdur Rahman University (BSAU) is a small (enrollment range: 5,000-5,999 students) coeducational higher education institution formally affiliated with the Islamic religion. B.S. Abdur Rahman University (BSAU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. This 33 years old H.E. institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students’ past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 40-50% making this Indian higher education organization a averagely selective institution. BSAU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including housing, sport facilities and/or activities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, as well as administrative services.

B.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent University (Tamil: பி. எஸ். அப்துர் ரஹ்மான் கிரெஸ்செண்ட் பல்கலைகழகம்) is a private university in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Previously functioning under Madras University (1984-2001) and Anna University (2001–09) as Crescent Engineering College, the institute gained deemed status in 2008–09. The university is located in Vandalur near Tambaram, a suburban area of Chennai, India. It is one of the largest engineering institutions in India and is ranked among the top 50 engineering colleges of the country.


B. S. Abdur Rahman University was founded in 1984 as Crescent Engineering College, a Muslim minority institution approved by the All India Council of Technical Education and affiliated to Madras University. The college was affiliated to Madras University until the year 2001.From 2002, many engineering colleges in the city of Chennai changed affiliations to Anna University. University of Madras became an umbrella university, exclusively for non-professional, Art & Sciences colleges that offer BSc & BCom degrees. Many colleges chose not to affiliate with any university and became deemed universities in their own right. Crescent Engineering College was affiliated to Anna University until 2008. It was elevated as a university (B. S. Abdur Rahman University) by Section 3 of the UGC act 1956[2] in December 2008.[3]


The university is located in the Seethakathi Estate, Vandalur, Chennai, on the GST Road (Chennai-Trichy National Highway NH 45), seven kilometers from Tambaram Railway Station, 30 kilometers from Chennai Moffusil Bus Terminus (Koyambedu) and 17 kilometers from the Chennai International Airport. It is situated right next to Anna Zoological Park (Vandalur Zoo) and is spread over acres of greenery along the GST road.

Academic departments

Crescent University is structured around ten schools of study. Research centres are also part of the schools, encouraging interdepartmental collaboration and opportunity for students to participate in exciting research projects. The academic activities of the school are monitored by the respective Deans.

School of Infrastructure Sciences
  • Department of Civil Engineering
School of Mechanical Sciences
  • Department of Aerospace Engineering
  • Department of Automobile Engineering
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Department of Polymer Engineering
School of Electrical and Communication Sciences
  • Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering
  • Department of Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering
School of Computer, Information and Mathematical Sciences
  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering
  • Department of Information Technology
  • Department of Computer Applications
  • Department of Mathematics
School of Physical and Chemical Sciences
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Chemistry
Crescent Business School
  • Master of Business Administration
Crescent School of Architecture
  • B.Arch.
  • B.Des.
School of Islamic Studies
  • B.A. Islamic Studies
School of Social Sciences & Humanities
  • Department of English
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Sociology
School of Life Sciences
  • Department of Biotechnology
  • Department of Molecular Biology & Bio Chemistry
  • Department of Micro Biology
  • Department of Genetics & Genomics
  • Department of Cancer biology
Crescent School of Law
  • B.A,L.L.B
  • B.Com,L.L.B
School of Pharmacy
  • B.Pharm

Semesters and timeline

The academic term for 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students begins during June–July. Since admissions to engineering colleges are completed only in July, classes for 1st year students start around August–September.

The engineering course has eight semesters. The odd semesters start from June–July and end in October/November. The even semesters begin in December and end in April/May. Students get from one to three weeks vacation between semesters.

Alumni Association

The Alumni Association has initiated several activities; some of them are alumni scholarship scheme, etc.

Crescent alumni abroad

Crescent Engineering College has a culture of students pursuing higher education in foreign countries. After completing their engineering degrees, students go to Arab, Egypt and other Muslim countries for higher education. Students are also employed in firms in America and the Middle East.

Close to 10% of students in Polymer Engineering, ECE, CSE, EEE groups pursue higher education in other countries. Students start preparing for GRE during their third year of engineering and join foreign institutions during August/September of the same year they graduate. Some students prefer to work for one year before pursuing higher studies.


For undergraduate/Bachelor level courses – at the end of each semester students typically write Semester Exams (also called University Exams). These are final exams of the courses covered during that semester. Typically each semester has six theory and two laboratory courses. The first year is common for students across all engineering disciplines and, as students progress over the years, they continue to specialize in their disciplines.

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