An international conference on ‘Communication and Computer Vision’ was held at RVS Technical Campus. Masahiro Jujita, Professor, University of Tokyo, Japan, was the chief guest. More than 220 research papers were received and over 1,500 students, faculty and research scholars from India and abroad participated.

A team from IIIT-Hyderabad won the first prize in the Asia Pacific leg of ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest held at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. The team from IIT-Bombay and IIT-Indore won the second and third places respectively, at the contest held simultaneously at Amritapuri, Coimbatore and Bangalore. The top teams will participate at the world finals championship to be held at Ural Federal University, Russia in June 2014. The teams received prizes from S. Krishnamoorthy, Registrar, M.P. Chandrasekharan, Dean-Engineering, of Amrita, and Roy Arnold of Infosys.

Students of Avinashilingam University for Women and Sri Avinashilingam Education Trust Institutions celebrated Christmas by putting up the nativity pageant. S.C. Jayakumar, Chairman of Jerusalem Pilgrimage, and Presbyter in-charge, CSI All Souls Church, delivered the Christmas message. T.S.K. Meenakshisundaram, Chancellor, and Sheela Ramachandran, Vice-Chancellor, of the university, were present.

Christmas celebrations at Karunya University were presided over by Chancellor of the university Paul Dhinakaran. More than a 100 students sang carols and staged a play on the life of Jesus.

The Industry-Institute Interaction Cell of Karpagam Polytechnic College organised a five-day ‘Train the Trainer’ programme on ‘Embedded Systems’ for faculty working in polytechnic colleges. Nearly 25 faculty attended the programme. R. Vasantha Kumar, Chairman and Managing Trustee of Karpagam Institutions, gave away course completion certificates to the participants.

An adventure-based experiential learning programme ‘Nals Outbound’ was held for the faculty of Kalaignar Karunanidhi Institute of Technology recently. The three-day programme was attended by 80 faculty members.

The 5 Cameron Awards for Best Student and Best Project, instituted by Cameron International Corporation, were given away at a function at Kumaraguru College of Technology. The Best Student Award was bagged by S. Vikram, final-year mechanical engineering student, while A.R. Naveen Kumar, G. Praveen and K.U. Mohammed Shakeeb of mechanical department bagged the best project award for their project ‘Experimental Study of Solar Desalination System using Earth Heat for Irrigation in Semi-arid Regions’. John Bartos, Vice-President, Development and Technology, Cameron International, and P. Niranjan, Country Manager and Executive Director, Cameron Manufacturing India, gave away the prizes, in the presence of Shankar Vanavarayar, Joint Correspondent of KCT.

Info Institute of Engineering inked a memorandum of understanding with Baenco Engineering, Coimbatore, for establishing an R&D Centre on the college premises. It includes involving students of the colleges with the team of Baenco engineers in real time industrial research of the company. It was inked by C. Gopal, Chairman of the institute, and S.S. Shanmugam, Director Technical of Baenco.

P. Selvam, faculty of Post-Graduate and Research Department of English, Government Arts College, Coimbatore, has been elected as Vice-President of Indian Association of Canadian Studies (IACS).

According to a release, this is the first time a person from Tamil Nadu has been elected to this post.

A memorandum of understanding was signed between Sri Ranganathar Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Advanced Research Centre for Health, Environment and Space (ARCHES), Italy. Renato Toffanin, President of ARCHES, and V. Narayanasamy, Chairman of Sri Ranganathar Trust, inked the MoU.

C. Karthikeyan, Professor, Agricultural Extension, has been conferred the ‘Young Extension Professional Award’ by the International Society of Extension Education, Nagpur, at a function held in Bangalore. He received a certificate of recognition, a memento and a purse of Rs. 5,000.