Chennai at a Glance

History of Chennai :

chennai-centralChennai formerly known as Madras, is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu and is India's fourth largest city. It is located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. With an estimated population of 7.60 million (2006), the 400-year-old city is the 36th largest metropolitan area in the world.Chennai boasts of a long history from the English East India Company, through the British Raj to its evolution in the late 20th century as a services and manufacturing hub for India. Additionally, the Pre-city area of Chennai has a long history within the records of South Indian Empires.

MTC-Bus -ChennaiFollowing the independence of India, Chennai became the capital of Tamil Nadu and a hotbed of regional politics that tended to bank on Dravidian identity of the populace.Chennai's economy has a broad industrial base in the automobile, computer, technology, hardware manufacturing and healthcare industries. The city is India's second largest exporter of information technology (IT) and business process outsourcing (BPO) services. A major chunk of India's automobile manufacturing industry is based in and around the city.Chennai is an important centre for Carnatic music and hosts a large cultural event, the annual Madras Music Season, which includes performances by hundreds of artists. The city has a vibrant theatre scene and is an important centre for the Bharata Natyam, a classical dance form. The Tamil film industry is based in Chennai.

Marina Beach :

Merina Beach The 13 km long and 400 to 500 meter wide Marina Beach which is also the second largest beach of the world is the pride of Chennai along with the city Light House, memorials, statues, walkways, gardens and drives alongside the beachfront. The Elliot's Beach located at further south along the coast from Marina in Besant Nagar is immensely popular among the younger generations with its promenade, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the popular tourist destinations in Chennai include Kapaleeshwarar temple, Parthasarathy temple, Fort St George, Guindy National Park and Snake Park of Chennai and such others. The city grew into modern city merging all neighbouring areas. In the 19th century, the city became the seat of Madras Presidency, the southern division of British Imperial India. After independence in 1947, it became the capital of Madras State that was renamed Tamil Nadu. Very recently Madras was renamed Chennai.

Education in Chennai

Semmozhi Poonga-chennai Chennai is home to many educational and research institutions. IIT Madras is ranked among the top centres of engineering education in India. College of Engineering, Guindy is the only state owned college to be ranked in the top 10 engineering colleges in India, along with the IITs and NITs.Madras Institute of Technology is another institutions for engineering studies, which is also part of Anna University along with College of Engineering, Guindy. Medical colleges such as the Madras Medical College and Stanley Medical College are located in the city. The arts and science colleges in the city include Loyola College, Chennai, Women's Christian College, Madras Christian College and Presidency College. Some of the schools in Chennai are recognized among the top schools in the Nation.

Anna Centenary Library

TholkappiaPoonga-chennaiThe Anna Centenary Library (ACL) is a newly established state library of Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is located at Kotturpuram in Chennai, Tamil Nadu India. Built at a cost of 1,720 million, it is the largest library in Asia. It is named after a former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, C. N. Annadurai and was constructed by the government of M. Karunanidhi. The average number of persons who visited the library between January and October 2011 is around 26,500, compared to the monthly average of 20,000 in 2010.Built on 8 acres of land, the 9-floor library building houses a total area of 333,140 sq. ft and has a capacity to accommodate 1.2 million books.The library is designed to accommodate a total of 1,250 persons an auditorium of 50,000 sq. ft. with a seating capacity of 1,280, and an amphitheatre on the terrace that can accommodate more than 800 persons and two conference halls with capacities of 151 and 30 persons are some of the facilities available. A dedicated children's section, spread over 15,000 sq. ft. has a fun-filled theme-based reading area with multimedia kits and storybooks. The library also boasts a high-tech section for the visually-impaired, with talking books and Braille displays. Parking space exists for about 420 cars and 1,030 two-wheelers. A separate power substation with a capacity of 32 kV has been built on the premises. CCTV cameras have been installed in 493 locations in the building. A food court in the building is capable of serving 180 persons at any given point in time. The library was designed by C. N. Raghavendran.
The entrance to the building showcases a 5 ft bronze statue of C.N. Annadurai. The library employs 200 staff, including 96 permanent and 40 contract employees, and has a collection of 550,000 books. It is visited by about 2700 Persons every day.The library has a special section for Braille, children's books and manuscripts etc. The building is designed in such a way that the reading area receives good daylight. The western end is flanked by the service areas to prevent solar radiation. The seven-storey atrium allows in abundant natural light.In July 2010, the library building received the LEED NC Gold rating from IGBC becoming the first library building in Asia to reach this. This project has achieved 43 LEED points, highest amongst any government buildings in Tamil Nadu thus far..Contact Number is : 044-65515021 , 65515031

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