Faculty Excellence Award ceremony was held at RVS College of Arts and Science, where faculty were honoured with excellence awards and cash prizes. Fr. S. Ignaicimuthu, former Vice-Chancellor of Bharathiar University, was the chief guest.

He urged the teachers to create an identity for themselves by publishing papers and books. Faculty who had received external awards too were felicitated. K. Senthil Ganesh, managing trustee of RVS Educational Trust, presided.

The Department of Statistics of Bharathiar University conducted a UGC-Remedial Coaching Classes in Statistics from February to September 2012 for candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes / Scheduled Tribes / minority students for preparing them to take the competitive examinations such as UGC NET / SET / UPSC / TNPSC.

They were also given free course material worth Rs. 1,500.

GRD School of Commerce and International Business and GRD Institute of Management organised a CEO Word Series recently. Kim Owens, president, Phoenix Performance Group, and senior consultant, OD at General Motors, speaking on ‘Organisational Development Value Proposition and Challenges for Future Leaders’ urged the students to learn the business, establish and develop relationships, and engage people in the organisation.

The success of an effective organisation was in merging the technical and human aspect. Using case studies from her work experience, Ms. Owens pointed out that tackling situations involved focusing on the product as well as the customer, raising the stake on risk taking, and making quick changes. Students were assigned mock situations and asked to come up with solutions.

Nehru Group of Institutions entered into a memorandum of understanding with SRAM Interface Pvt. Ltd, a company engaged in the development of process based management systems for educational institutions. The company will provide a SaaS model based web portal that could be used as a total automated system for the back end management of the entire administrative, academic and student record management needs. It was signed by P. Krishna Kumar, CEO and secretary of the Group, and R. Mahesh, managing director of SRAM Interface.

The Department of Visual Communication of Rathinam College of Arts and Science organised a photography workshop and contest on ‘City – Day and Night’, or ‘Village Transformation’. Photographer Tolstoy inaugurated the expo and made a presentation on world life photography, conservation photography and photography ethics. Dinesh Kumar from Rathinam College, Sujith Lokaraj from CSI Bishop Appasamy College, and A. Divya from Rathinam College, were the first three prize winners in the competition.

A session on ‘Indian Retail Industry’ was held at DJ Academy for Managerial Excellence as part of the Higher Education Cluster Initiative of The Confederation of Indian Industry, Coimbatore. Pradipta K. Mohapatra, chairman of CSR Sub-Committee, CII Southern Region, said it was essential for a person to succeed in the retail industry to develop a genuine interest in knowing people and their likes and preferences without any prejudice.

Answering queries on entry of foreign retailers, he said that they would adopt unique business models to attract even the rural populace and bring about changes in the supply chain operation. Online retailing would not make significant inroads into the brick and mortar business of retailing as Indian customers were interested in feeling the product before purchasing them.

‘Kalai Vizha’ was held at Avinashilingam University for Women with various exhibitions on flower arrangement, textiles, ‘kolu’, clubs, and canteen being organised. P. Ganesan, Joint Director of Directorate of Collegiate Education, Coimbatore, inaugurated the ‘Kalai Vizha’. Radhika Prithivi, managing director, Tharakaram Silks, inaugurated the textile expo based on ‘Go Green’ theme.

Students had utilised materials that were considered pollutants to produce environment-friendly items. Water hyacinths were braided to dress up a mannequin. The ‘kolu’ added colour to the Vizha, as did the flower arrangements.

A workshop on isotope hydrology was held at Karunya University. J.P. Mittal, former director of Chemistry and Isotope Group, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, inaugurated the workshop and highlighted the application of isotopes in estimating groundwater replenishment and utilising groundwater based on its actual replenishment capability.

S.S. Kohli, Director, Department of Science and Technology, delivered the keynote address. He stressed the need for establishment of isotope laboratory in Tamil Nadu in a semi-arid zone.

The graduation ceremony of PSG College of Nursing was held recently. Abanti Gopan, nursing consultant and principal assessor of NABH, was the chief guest for the occasion.

She gave away degree certificates to 40 graduate candidates and 21 postgraduate candidates.

The Nature Club of Kumaraguru College of Technology organised a seminar on ‘Women’s Personal Health Care and Natural Life Style Management’ to mark the Pink Ribbon Day.

Medical practitioners Dr. Bhargavi, Dr. Latha Balasubramani, Dr. Ponni Muralidharan, and Dr. Shakunthala spoke on various related topics.

Students were made aware of cancer and lifestyle practices that could be adopted to prevent it.

A memorandum of understanding was inked between KTVR Knowledge Park for Engineering and Technology and Salzer Group of Companies for industrial training, projects for students, new innovative product development with research and development of Salzer Electronics Limited.

It was signed by V. Loganathan, chairman of KTVR KPET and R. Doraisamy, managing director of the company.