THE STUDENTS union of S.D.N.B. Vaishnav College for Women was inaugurated on July 15 by M.V. Ravichandar, Senior General Manager (HR), Sundaram Motors, Chennai. In the Inaugural address the chief guest focussed on the employability and education to empowerment. “So Powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth,” he said. He handed over the badges to the newly elected student office-bearers.

The students union and its allied associations started its activities under the able guidance of T. Sumitra, principal of the college. The college chairman S. N. Bhatt, Secretary M. Chandrakant Tolia, union vice-president L. Vijayalakshmi (Day College) and T. Anita (Evening College) were present on the occasion. Student union president (Day) S.A.M. Five rose delivered the union report highlighting various activities of the students in NSS, NCC, Rotaract, Placement Cell, Sports Club, and in Women Entrepreneurship Development Cell.

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THE LATE leader K. Kamaraj's birth anniversary was celebrated as Educational Development Day at Maduraipakkam Panchayat Union Primary school, St. Thomas Mount Union.

The village president Amudha Velmurugan presided over the function. Forest Range Officer, Krishnakumar, retired headmistress Muthulakshmi and Lalitha, forest Public Committee president Velmurugan, PTA president N. Dilley participated.

VEC members presented scientific equipments, social science and mathematical aides during the function. In order to create awareness about the pollution-free eco system, students were given saplings and cleanliness equipments. Competitions were held and winners were given trophies.

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AT A function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on July 14, President Prathiba Patil presented the prestigious Rashtrapathi Award to S. Mohanapriya of NSN Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Chitlapakkam. She was selected by the Deputy Director, Scouts & Guides Headquarters, at New Delhi, to receive the award, based on the answers she provided during the test.

The Rashtrapati Award is the highest award in the Scouting & Guiding Movement. The tests are being conducted once a year. A student who has been in the Scouts & Guides Movement for 4 years and who has completed 14 years of age is eligible to appear for the test. Six guides from various schools in Tamil Nadu were selected at the State level to attend the Award function in New Delhi. According to Scouts and Guides guidelines, only one student is eligible to receive the award from the President of India.

It may be recalled that NSN School celebrated the Silver Jubilee of the Scouts and Guides Movement on April 8 this year.

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B.COM CORPORATE Secretaryship, one of the most sought-after courses, has been introduced in S.I.V.E.T. College in Gowrivakkam. The course in the self-finance stream with T.K. Vijayalakshmi as head in–charge has a strength of 70 students. The course includes an internship in the final year which would help the students to get practical knowledge and experience.

The college plans to build a women's hostel with the financial assistance extended by the UGC.

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AN ALL India essay competition on ‘International Youth Day' was conducted on behalf of United Nations Organisation recently. Students of Shri Natesan Vidyasala cornered glory at the High School and Higher Secondary School category. Ranjitha and Pournika, students of class IX secured the first prize and second prize respectively in the competitions held for high school level. Lakshmi of class XI and Ragavendar of class XII secured first and second prize respectively in the higher secondary level competitions. The school founder N. Ramasubramanyan, appreciated the students and handed over the prizes and certificates.

The students of the school celebrated Vyasa Pournami Guru Puja. They offered flower petals bouquet to the teachers and sought their blessings. Mr. N. Ramasubramanyan, founder of the school, explained the significance of Guru Puja with quotations from classical Tamil literature such as Thevaram, Thiruvasagam, Avvaiyar's verses, Nalayira Divya Prabandham and also from Vedas. M.D. Loganathan, president of Mannivakkam Panchayat, guest of honour, Krishnan, vice-president and other ward members distributed cash awards and mementos to the teaching and non-teaching staff. Principal Gayathri Ramachandran proposed a vote of thanks.

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SANGEETHA SAHITHYA Mahotsavam, a cultural programme, organised by the Narendra Cultural Academy, under the wing of Smt. Ramkuwar Devi Fomra Vivekananda Vidyalaya, Chromepet, was held at the school premises between July 18 and 22. The participants stole the show with their performances in singing, dancing, quiz on music and thala vadthiyam by Thillaisthanam R.Suriyanarayanan.

It is a joint venture of the school management and R.Ravindran, honorary correspondent and Narendra Cultural Academy. The unique feature of this programme was quiz on music to enhance students awareness of various concepts in music. The musicians and artists were honoured on the occasion. The programmes were titled thalamaalai, paamalai, brindavanam upasana and gyana pradarshanam.

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CRESCENT NURSERY and Primary School, Anakaputhur, made a demonstration to students on basic fire fighting and first aid for victims of minor fires. Ranjith Kumar from of Dhanush Fire Enterprises, Chromepet, explained the first aid fire training to students, teachers, parents and the general public on July 23. Bharathi Kumar, Anakaputhur Municipal Chairman inaugurated the event and lauded the school management for touching upon an important issue.

The school management is involved in creating an awareness among people on organ donation. There are also plans to conduct a massive sapling planting event to highlight the problems caused by global warming, said Leela Alphonse, school principal. V. Arumugam, correspondent, was also present.

(Inputs from K. Manikandan and T. Madhavan)

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