To create awareness about fire safety measures among college students, officers from Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services Department conducted a ‘Fire Safety Techniques’ programme at AVS Engineering College in Salem. Chief guest C. Venkatachalam, Station officer, Shevapet, briefed the importance of fire safety to the students and demonstrated the activities of rescue operation during fire. Officers answered in detail to the questions raised by the students and also advised them to be careful while handling fire-related materials. Correspondent K. Senthil Kumar appreciated the efforts of fire officers. Over 500 students participated.
SANTRIKX, the association of Electronics and Communication, was inaugurated at VSA School of Engineering and Management, near Salem. Chief guest C.V.M. Balasubramanian, deputy manager, Human Resources, ESSAE Teroaka Limited, Bangalore, inaugurated the association. C. Dineshkumar, final year ECE student and association secretary, explained the activities to be conducted in 2012-13.
To encourage and support innovative learning and out-of-the-box thinking, the Computer Science Engineering students of Sona College of Technology in Salem started a club ‘Dexters’. B. Sathyabama, HoD, Computer Science Engineering, spoke about how faculties can make use of techniques to address all kinds of learners in a class.
The Youth Red Cross and the Red Ribbon Club of Knowledge Institute of Technology, near Salem, conducted a blood donation camp. The camp was inaugurated by Principal PSS. Srinivasan, vice-principal K. Visagavel, and Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical Hospital Blood Bank Medical Officer M. Raveendran. More than 80 students donated blood.
A free eye screening camp was conducted at Shri Sakthikailassh Women’s College in Salem. Organised by Lotus Eye Care Hospital, Salem, K. Kailasam, chairman, AVS and Sakthikailassh Group of Institutions, inaugurated the camp. S. Revathi, principal in-charge, explained the necessity of regular eye screening. About 500 students were screened during the camp.
A two-day national level seminar on “Ethics and Morals-Need of the Hour in Quality Higher Education” was organised by the Providence College for Women in Coonoor. Shantha Prabhuraj, head and associate professor in History, CBM College, Coimbatore, said that the focus should be on education with morality. Rita John, associate professor, University of Madras, underscored the role of teachers in promoting ethics and morals among the students. Sheba Kulothungan, assistant professor, Dallas Baptist University, Texas, said that values should be imbibed at a very young age.
(S.P. Saravanan in Salem and
D. Radhakrishnan in Ooty)