Career Expo at Stella

A bio career fair in life sciences was organised in Stella Maris College recently. It was aimed mainly at students of bioinformatics and biotechnology. Organisations such as X Code, Scientific Publishing Services, Study Global Services, Jammi Ayurveda, Mediclone, Kavin Bioresearch, Marina Labs and Study Global Overseas had set up stalls. Available positions for recruitment included those in research, pharmaceuticals, copy editing and botany. Internships were on offer, and those seeking guidance for summer projects could also be seen at the fair.

Workshop on research opportunities

Solarillion Foundation, a non-profit research, education and outreach organisation, organised a one-day workshop on ‘Research Opportunities in Emerging Areas of Electrical Engineering,’ recently, at the IIT Madras Research Park. The one-day workshop brought together over 125 students from across 17 institutions from around Tamil Nadu including Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering, SRM University, Vellore Institute of Technology (Chennai Campus), Dr. MGR Educational and Research Institute University, RMK Engineering College, Jeppiaar Engineering College, St. Joseph’s College of Engineering, and Sri Sai Ram Engineering College, among others.

The research workshop covered topics such as renewable energy — solar, microgrids, embedded systems, power electronics, Internet of Things (IoT) and sustainable engineering solutions. An innovative research idea contest was held during the workshop where more than 15 teams participated, and this was won by students from Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering.

XLRI triumphs in sports meet

Xavier School of Management (XLRI) students were crowned champions in the recently hosted ‘XLerate 2014’, a sports festival for one-year MBA students across India, at XLRI Campus, Jamshedpur. About 500 students from premier management institutes across India, such as IIM Calcutta, Great Lakes Chennai and SP Jain, Mumbai, took part. Great Lakes, Chennai, were the runners-up.

Former CEC’s call

“Ethics and business is like oil and water in India, they don’t mix,” N. Gopalaswami IAS (Retd.), former Chief Election Commissioner, said. He was addressing MBA students of Sathyabama University on ‘Ethics in Business’ recently. Indian business houses expect more loyalty than ethical behaviour on the part of the employees, he said. “Absolute loyalty is an oppressive doctrine and it leads to dictatorship.” He said loyalty is relevant but it has to be moderated by a sense of right or wrong.

An employee should be able to stand up against unfair practices of the management and it calls for personal standards of integrity on the part of every individual employee and the willingness to go beyond one’s personal interest. He hastened to add that standing up against unethical practices need not be thought of as an anti-company stand; it also means the individual is for the long-term welfare of the company.

He persuaded the students to ensure their name is in the electoral role and coaxed them to exercise their franchise without fail.

FMS College Delhi wins

FMS College Delhi won the India leg winner of Henkel’s student competition — Henkel Innovation Challenge 7. The young team with its competition winning entry of an innovative electromagnetic surface coating idea called ‘eCoat’ will represent the country at the Henkel Innovation Challenge 7 finals in Dusseldorf, Germany, that will be held between March 31 and April 2.

Team FMS Delhi with first-year management students Geethika Goel and Mayank Nandwani won the jury over with their innovative idea. Their novel eCoat electromagnetic surface coating idea scavenges microwaves in the atmosphere and converts them into electricity.

Students from 25 countries will be participating in the global finals. The three winning teams will meet Henkel CEO Kasper Rorsted. The winning team will get an around-the-world ticket worth 10,000 euros, the second place will be awarded 4,000 euros and the third place 2,000 euros.

Details of the competition at www.henkelchallenge.com; Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/henkelchallenge