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Dr. Regeena J. Murli – A woman of mettle

When you’re just starting out on your entrepreneurial journey, you’re all fired up with dreams and ideas buzzing around your head of where you could get to and everything you could achieve. Fast forward a few months down the line, and so many aspiring entrepreneurs seem to lose sight of what that big vision was and the drive begins to die out. So often this is because many of us fail to address a fundamental practice of being a successful entrepreneur: setting effective goals in alignment with the big business vision.

Setting effective goals is like deciding on a final destination and mapping your journey there. Without this, you end up wasting time and going around in circles, frustrated as to why you’re moving and yet you feel so stuck.

The story of Dr. Regeena J. Murli is one such tale. It frames us the life of a strong individual who with her own dedication and hardship, have established herself a reputed title among the top entrepreneurs. Breaking the gender stereotypes, this B.Tech, M.B.A. and Ph. D holder have proved us that with determination, hardwork and clear goals in life, one can achieve success in life.

A leading educationist, industrialist and philanthropist, Dr. Regeena J. Murli have literally brought about a lot of changes in the field of education in Tamil Nadu. She truly understands the value of serving something beyond herself and that’s what inspires her to dedicate to the cause of promoting Quality Education in the state. By focusing her efforts on redefining definitions, challenging norms, breaking conventions and encouraging diversity of thought, she was able to lead the way in the industry.

Inheriting a legend

Part of what makes people great and successful are traits one develops as a result of pursuing a legend. Skills like patience, a strong work ethic, the ability to see the world from someone else’s perspective and so much more… all these come together when there is someone in the past to look forward to. In Dr. Regeena’s case her late father – Col. Dr. Jeppiaar, was such a kindred person and a legend.

Jesuadimai Pangu Raj aka Jeppiaar or J.P.R., was an Indian Politician, Educationist, and Industrialist born in Tamil Nadu. He is considered as one of the pioneers in privatization of engineering education in Tamil Nadu. Mr. Jeppiaar is the founder and Chairman of Jeppiaar Educational Trust. He rose to great heights through his hard work and commitment. His philosophy of life included the much known 3 C’s which are Confidence, Courage and Character.

Thinking back about her great father, Dr. Regeena says, “My father was a true pioneer in the field of education. He was the Chairman of the engineering colleges which he started all of his own. His mission was to provide engineering education to all students across barriers. And for those who could not afford it, he ensured that scholarships came in handy and education could be provided. At present, every year there are many students who come from the villages and from extremely poor backgrounds, and are provided the opportunity to enhance their lives through education.”

Dr. Regeena proudly says that, the Jeppiaar institutions produces high quality engineers but also leaders for the better tomorrow. A lot of them also go abroad for further studies or get involved in entrepreneurial start-ups, thus achieving a successful career.

A step further

The very name Jeppiaar has grown to be synonymous with excellence in education. The Jeppiaar Educational Trust was formed with the sole purpose of providing cutting edge technical education that is both accessible and affordable by establishing premier colleges of engineering and management studies.

Being, the Managing Director of Jeppiaar Engineering College, Jeppiaar SRR Engineering College and Jeppiaar Schools, and the daughter of the founder, Dr. Regeena J. Murli has led the colleges & schools from its fledgling state to an institution to reckon with. It is said that the vision of this young lady and her dedication and pursuit of excellence to the cause of technical education combined with her dynamic approach to leadership, has made a telling difference to the growth of the college.

Dr. Regeena’s vision is to turn the Jeppiaar Group of Institutions into a leader of academic excellence in technical and management education and to make them into a world class university. Apart from that, she is also associated with many NGO’s offering support to the needy and disadvantaged sections of the society.  She conducts many empowerment programmes in rural areas. She tries to help as many students as possible by going to remote areas, picking out children who needs help and aid them in all ways possible.

Jeppiaar Group of Institutions

In the short span of time, the Jeppiaar group has grown into an institution that provides excellent technical education while keeping the overall growth and development of the students in mind. Both academic and non-academic activities are given equal importance. Experienced and qualified staff, quality driven labs, excellent infra-structure, effective classroom teaching and superior accountability are the reasons for the students’ achievements both in academic and co-curricular activities.

The aim of Jeppiaar institutions is to develop a disciplined regimented student community who will turn out to be responsible citizens of tomorrow. The college within a short span of its establishment has made a name for itself as one of the leading Engineering colleges affiliated to Anna University, Tamil Nadu. Jeppiaar Group of Institutions is the place where one can learn more and more about the relationship between the students and faculty members by the encouragement with regards to studies, sports or any extra-curricular activities. The main plus in Jeppiaar institutes is that women are kept safe, no matter what happens, which is a huge step towards woman safety.

The institution is also dedicated to prepare future graduates with the knowledge and skills essential to work and outclass in the aggressive global environment. Having dedicated to innovative learning, the institution enables the students to achieve high in life. The faculty develops the students’ personality by personality development programmes and placement training. Pursuing the goal of constant learning, the Institution prepares the students to score commendably in the academics.

Dr. Regeena has initiated more of an industry-focussed education in her institutions. She ensures equal importance to both academic and non-academic activities along with offering excellent facilities like a well stacked library, encouragement for sports and participation in cultural activities.

Furthermore, Dr. Regeena takes utmost care in whatever she does to upscale herself. She keeps learning and quickly incorporates whatever is new. Her contribution to nation building and cultural development is very significant as she ensures that students imbibe not only technical education but also the values of life.

“To take care of every student is our motto and it is not important how they enter the college. What more important is to see how they exit the Institution with all life skills and knowledge to go and conquer the world outside.” This is what Dr. Jeppiaar dreamt and believed of – the vision to build the Jeppiaar Engineering College into an institution of academic excellence in technical and management education.

A motivator

Dr. Regeena’s works has been a strong inspiration to quite a lot of women, who have received support and guidance to become as independent as her. Being inspired with her philanthropic works, the students of Jeppiaar Institutions, with collaboration of Jeppiaar Rotaract Club, NCC of Jeppiaar Engineering College and NSS of Jeppiaar Engineering College, have successfully completed campaigns such as Blood Donation, Polio Drops Campaign, Helmet Wearing Campaign, Blood Group and Eye Test Campaign, Tsunami Relief Campaign, Kargil Day Blood Donation (yearly), Hospital Cleaning Campaign, Tree Plantation Campaign etc.

She believes in being receptive to new trends and working to ensure so that the institutions are in the forefront of all things innovative and futuristic. According to her, aiming low is a crime. She says, her mantra in life is to ‘Aim High’, because you have only one life to live. Try out everything do not hesitate to speak out. Live life to the fullest and there is no limit to what you will achieve!

Next step

Dr. Regeena aims to transform Jeppiaar Group of Institutions into a leader in the education sector focusing on the primary, secondary and higher secondary education of children. She dreams on empowering the young minds and set a standard by developing advanced teaching methods and advanced facilities to accommodate them. Her focus is also, to bring-about a change that allows underprivileged Sports talents to shine in all aspects, irrespective of their status.

In addition, Dr. Regeena aims to raise the Jeppiaar group to be a research centre and adopt several villages, digitize them and implement things that can improve the lives of the people, especially children and make quality education easily accessible to less-privileged students.

Furthermore, given the rapid progression of technology and the advancement of robotics and artificial intelligence, it is safer to say that the current era of Information is slowly but steadily evolving into the era of Artificial Intelligence, and Dr. Regeena J. Murli having considered the potential and necessity of the technological advancements, has been working-around to integrate learning, teaching and research and development of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence into the curriculum of Jeppiaar Institutes, so that the students can have easy access and can better equip themselves to the rapidly-advancing world in terms of career and better future.


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