THE SIXTH Convocation of Prince Shri Venkateshwara Padmavathy Engineering College in Ponmar near Tambaram was held on March 19. College chairman K. Vasudevan welcomed the students, parents and guest. J. Kumar, Professor, Crystal Growth Centre, Anna University, presided and delivered the presidential address. Justice A. Kulasekaran, Chairman, Railway Rate Tribunal of India, was the chief guest and delivered the convocation address. He conferred degrees to 361 graduates and also handed over cash awards to those who secured university ranks. T. Sounderarajan, principal, delivered the vote of thanks. 

 The College Day celebrations of Prince Shri Venkateshwara Padmavathy Engineering College and Prince Dr. K. Vasudevan College of Engineering and Technology were held in the evening on the same day. Naresh Gupta, former Chief Electoral Officer, Tamil Nadu, Avvai Natarajan, Former Vice Chancellor, Tamil University and ‘Vietnam Veedu' Sundaram, former film director, were among others who were present on the occasion and addressed the students. Mr. Naresh Gupta gave away cash awards to the tune of Rs. 4 lakhs to toppers and also general proficiency awards to students of both colleges. Mr. Sundaram distributed prizes to students who won in sports events conducted earlier. Vijayan Gurmurthy Iyer, Principal of Prince Dr. K. Vasudevan College of Engineering and Technology, proposed a vote of thanks.

The 13th Convocation and College Day celebrations of Prince Shri Venkateshwara Arts and Science College in Gowrivakkam were held on March 26. S. Rajeswaran, Judge Madras High Court, was the chief guest and delivered the convocation address. S. Paramasivan, Member, State Human Rights Commission, presided. N. Kalaichelvi, Principal, Bharathi Women's College, distributed the university rank awards and cash prizes.

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THE SIXTH Graduation Day of Dhanalakshmi College of Engineering in Naduveerapattu near Tambaram was held on March 19. Jayachandra Singh, secretary, welcomed the gathering. A.K. Pattabiraman, Head, Accreditation Process for South India, TCS, delivered the convocation address. As many as 351 graduates received their degrees on the occasion. Cash awards were given away to university rank holders. V.P. Ramamurthy, founder and Chairman of the college, presided over the function and administered the pledge to the graduates.

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THE 43RD College Day of S.D.N.B. was celebrated in a grand manner on March 18. Dr. P. Mannar Jawahar, Vice Chancellor, Anna University (Guindy), was the chief guest. Mamta D.Bhatt, Chairman of the college, welcomed the gathering. College Secretary C.M. Tolia, Emeritus Chairman S.N. Bhatt, Principal T. Sumitra and other management committee members were also present. The principal presented the annual report.

In his presidential address, the chief guest emphasised the need to participate and utilise opportunities. He said the five terms students need to remember were hard work, integrity, involvement, honesty and sincerity. He said that the word ‘KASH' — Knowledge, Attitude, Skill and Habit — would take students to greater heights. The placement cell played an active role by opening a job track to 171 students and 369 students are in the final stage of placement.

Best outgoing student award for 2008-2011 was bagged by Swarna Varsha of III B.Sc. Physics (Day), and S. Preethi Jain III B.B.A..(Eve). This was followed by a variety entertainment session by fine arts team.

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BHAJEHAM BHAVANIPATHIM, a cultural programme for pre-primary students, was conducted recently at Sreevatsa Viswanathan Vivekananda Vidyalaya, Chitlapakkam.  Pre-primary classes too took part in the events that included group song, dance and skits. Geetha Premkumar, Director, Vector Inojanix, was the chief guest.  The 12th Annual Day of the school was held on February 26. The theme was ‘Vikruthi Utsav.' T. Srikala Prasad, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Government Royapettah Hospital, was the chief guest. R. Seetharaman, Vasantha Palani and V.N. Narayanan, Honorary Correspondent, Principal and Vice Principal, were among others present.

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STUDENTS AND teachers were praised for the goodwill efforts at the get together which saw the presence of actor Suhasini Maniratnam, who represented Naam Foundation, V. Susheela, secretary, Avvai Home and S. Franklin, Manager, Southern Region, Indian Development Foundation.

These personalities thanked the students of NSN Group of Schools from Chitlapakkam and Chromepet at a function held on March 25 at the school premises. Students have been contributing to a social cause for the past 11 years. This year they raised a sum of Rs.6,12,458. A sum of Rs.2.05 lakhs was contributed to three different organisations and Chitra Prasad, correspondent and principal, NSN Group of Schools, presented the cheques to the representatives from these organisations. Ms. Susheelasaid that she was overwhelmed by the response of students.

(Compiled by K. Manikandan and T. Madhavan)

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