Honour for student

K. Guruvaran, third-year Electrical and Electronics Engineering student of Sri Guru Institute of Technology, received a special prize from Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah.

The prize was awarded to Mr. Guruvaran for his achievement at the State-level Tamil poetry competition, which was conducted by Gandhian Integrated Forum Trust, Chennai, in connection with Gandhi Jayanthi celebrations. Mr. Guruvaran wrote on the topic ‘Lokpal'.

Winners all

Arunai Engineering College, Tiruvannamalai, bagged four awards instituted by Indian Society for Technical Education, for best B.Tech projects. S.D. Hemanth and S. Shreeram won for their ‘Vehicle SOS system', M. Saravana Ganesh and D. Mugundhan for ‘Real time tracking of product — an item by item in retail industry', K. Dayanithi and P. Ravichandran for ‘Analysis of series Z source inverter and implementation of embedded Z source inverter for PU systems' and S. Gowripriya and Jeevitha for their project on ‘Eye-controlled computer interaction'.

Biz challenge

The Post-Graduate Department of Business Administration of MOP Vaishnav College for Women organised ZEST 2011, a management meet. There were paper presentations on Indian business challenges and opportunities in 2020 and various other activities to test the communication skills, launching of a new product and a stress interview. Students from 32 colleges and management institutes across the State participated. The best manager award was won by R. Priyadharshni of Amity Global Business School which won the overall championship as well.

Food biotechnology

Aarupadai Veedu Institute of Technology (AVIT) organised a national seminar on ‘Recent advances in food biotechnology and its applications' at its premises in Payanoor near Chennai.

The seminar was co-sponsored by the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology. Around 200 delegates participated and nine technical papers were presented.

The importance of biotechnology in food and animal sciences, biological seed quality enhancement, food industry opportunities in future, importance of packaging in food crops and concerns and prospectus of food biotechnology were discussed.

Learning languages

Globalisation, the advancing speed of technology and market convergence are all shaping the future. The best way to respond to rapid change is through anticipation which requires education and training.

The Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is offering customised languages courses to provide different solutions for the differing needs of students, professionals, companies engaged in Italina JV, companies in the service industry, airlines, travel, tourism, granite, leather, textiles, foreign banks, export companies, software professionals, hotels, call centres and BPOs.

The Italian courses start on October 17 and 22. For details, contact the chamber at 28242399, 28242397.

CRESTECH 2011

B.S.Abdur Rahman University organised a national-level technical symposium, CRESTECH 2011, over five days attracting 3,000 engineering students from 185 engineering institutions.

The objective was to showcase and nurture original idea generation, concept formulation, design and skill development of students through various technical events. Some of the major topics covered in the symposium included advanced materials applications, manufacturing automation, bio-degradable plastics, polymer nanotechonology, virtual instrumentation, mobile business intelligence, VLSI and embedded systems, bio-informatics, smart and sustainable structures.