More than 500 students of Gnanamani Educational Institution, Pachal in Namakkal, donated blood in a mass blood donation camp that was jointly organised by the institution and Karur Blood Bank on its premises on Friday. Administrative officer of the Blood Bank Williams encouraged students to donate blood once in three months for a healthy and disease-free life. He also urged students to take up the responsibility of spreading awareness on blood donation in rural areas. Chairperson of the Institution P. Malaleena and chairman T. Arangannal were present during the camp.

Poet, orator and writer Kabilan Vairamuthu was the chief guest of the 11{+t}{+h}Annual Day of Paavai Engineering College, Pachal. In his keynote address, he said that engineering education was a yardstick to redefine oneself as a good personality. Chairman of Paavai Institutions N.V. Natarajan spoke on goodness and positive approach which would help a person achieve his/her goals in life. College principal C. Jegadhesan also spoke.

A three-member peer team from National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore, visited Thiruvalluvar Government Arts College in Rasipuram, Namakkal, for re-accreditation. During the three-day visit, they inspected all the departments, laboratories, office, library and support services such as NSS, NCC, YRC, RRC and Rotaract Club. The team conducted meetings with the students, staff, non teaching staff, parents and alumni and got their feedback about the college.

Nearly 150 students participated in the face painting, mehandi, hair-do, design-O-doll, fashion sketching, designer contest, fashion show and Mr and Miss. Fedora and accessories making surface embellishment competitions at “FEDORA 12”, an intercollegiate event. It was organised by the Textile and Fashion Design Department of Muthayammal College of Arts and Science, Rasipuram. Chairman K.P. Ramaswamy, secretary Muthuvel Ramaswamy, executive director Manju Muthuvel and principal R. Selvakumaran were present during the event.

The mechanical engineering department of J.K.K. Nattraja College of Engineering, Komarapalayam, organised a national level technical symposium “MECHNOZ 12”. It was inaugurated by director of Vinzas Solutions India Pvt. Ltd., Chennai, R. Siva, while director of J.K.K. Nattraja Educational Institutions S. Omm Sharravana delivered the presidential address. Of the 130 papers submitted by the students of various educational institutions, 65 where shortlisted and presented in the symposium. Many models were presented during the event.

AVS Engineering College in Salem conducted a campus interview recently for final year students. As many as 70 students participated in the drive conducted for Altisource, Bangalore, and 75 students for eVenturers Solutions Private Limited, Pondicherry.

Written test, technical round and interview were conducted during the process of recruitment. K. Senthil Kumar, correspondent, spoke about the need for campus placements. G. Geoffrey Davidson, director, Training, highlighted the importance of knowledge gathered through various subjects and training in their curriculum.

Sri Shanmugha College of Engineering and Technology in Sankari, near Salem, organised a workshop on ‘Play with Success' recently. Chief guest Krishna Varatharajan, managing director, Idea Plus and Suthandhira Holiday School, said that self confidence and positive thoughts were the secret behind any successful man. Baaba Manickanta of Yogi Ramalingam Gnana Thirukkovil Trust conducted training for students in yogasana. The programme was presided over by K. Shanmugham, chairman, S. Prabahar, vice-chairman and V. Shanmugam, principal.

A guest lecture on “Life as a Software Engineer” was conducted at Vivekanandha Engineering College for Women, Sankari, near Salem. Jeyakesavan Veerasamy, director of Senior Design Program and senior lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas, United States of America, was the chief guest. He said that software development methodologies progressed over the past several decades, but most software projects failed. Later, the idea was to complete one stage at a time, i.e. requirements, design, development, testing, and deployment with heavy documentation and approval process for each stage. The programme was presided over by principal V. Krishnakumar. 

The NSS, RRC and YRC Units of Rajaji Institute of Technology, near Salem, conducted a voluntary blood donation camp. M.V. Rengarajan, chairman, presided over the programme. Badrinathan, vice-principal, felicitated. A medical team headed by Ravindran, Medical Officer, Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Hospital Blood Bank, conducted the camp. 

The NSS unit of the college also conducted a seven-day special camp at Seeragapadi village. Rainwater harvesting, electrification, plumbing, play ground formation, tree plantation, general health check up, women health care and entrepreneurship training were carried out during the camp.

A two-day refresher course on “Creating Smart Technicians” was conducted by Annapoorana Engineering College, near Salem. Various aspects of goal setting, professional ethics, safety measures and body language were highlighted by G. Selvakumar, principal. N.V. Chandrasekar, vice-president, Vinayaka Missions University, said that the refresher course had been organised to create an opportunity for gaining hands-on experience in the handling of modern equipment and getting acquainted with some more nuances in the conduct of experiments.

A national seminar on ‘Counselling the Students and Teacher-Trainees: Practitioners' Perspectives,' NSCPP-2012 was conducted at Sengunthar College of Education, Tharamangalam, near Salem, recently. K.V. Kishore Kumar, Consultant Psychiatrist, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore, delivered the key note address. Y.N. Sirdhar, Professor, Department of Studies in Education University of Mysore, also spoke.

The Mechanical Department of The Kavery Engineering College organised a two-day conference on ‘Green Manufacturing towards Sustainable Development'.

The chief guest was V. Balasubramanian, professor and Director, Centre for Materials Joining and Research, Annamalai University. S.K. Elangovan, secretary, delivered the presidential address.

Sakthikailassh Women's College, near Salem, conducted a game show “Regatta – 2012”. The event was inaugurated by K. Kailasam, chairman of AVS and Sakthikailash Group of Institutions. K. Senthil Kumar, correspondent, presided over the function.

Outdoor adventurous games such as columbus, break dance, and indoor games such as archery, twin towers, jack pot, balloon trapping, bucket lemon and 3D show were conducted. Computer horoscope, arusuvai, touch me not, nut and stick were also conducted. Winners were presented with gifts.

In view of National Science Day, a “Science Exhibition 2012” was conducted at Vinayaka Mission's Kirupananda Variyar Engineering College in Salem.

Students exhibited their scientific innovations and concepts in various branches of academic disciplines. M. Sivakumar, chief executive officer, ICT Academy of Tamil Nadu, Chennai, and Sujith Kumar, Head – HR, Infosys Limited, Chennai, were the chief guests. Students from the government and private schools in and around Salem participated in the exhibition.

(M.K. Ananth in Namakkal and S.P. Saravanan in Salem)