With the objective to tap the literary and artistic skills of the students, Fatima College organsied a fine arts event. The theme of the programme was ‘Protect Nature to Preserve Mankind.' Sr. Esther Mary, Secretary, and Sr. A. Jospin Nirmala Mary, Principal, offered the felicitations and motivated the students to excel in fine arts as well.Various competitions like collage, dumb charade, pencil drawing, mono-acting, pot decoration, clay modeling, podi kolam and rangoli were held.

The other competitions were short-story writing, verse writing, essay writing, singing, dance, mimicry, ad-act, just a minute and debate. The overall shield was bagged by the Mathematics Department (Regular).

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As an extension activity, the Computer Science Department of Thiagarajar College organised ‘Students computer awareness programme' for students of Sri Gopalakrishnan High School, Tirumalpuram, Siruthoor, Madurai. As many as forty students participated in the programme and they were taught Ms Office and Internet tools. The programme was conducted for eight days.

The 51st Readers Club meeting was held at Thiagarajar College.

P. Ushadevi, Librarian, presided. The book titled ‘Leave it to Me' by Bharathi Mukherjee was reviewed by C. Navukkarasi @ Gomathy of M.Phil English. M. Sankareswari of I B.A. English reviewed the book ‘You Can Win' authored by Shiv Khera. ‘Lajja' by Taslima Nasrin was reviewed by A. Jaifunisha Begum, Teaching Assistant in English. M. Muthu Mahil Maran of I M.A. English proposed a vote of thanks.

In the 52nd Readers Club meeting, the book titled “Goal Setting and Achievement” by Walter J. Wadsworth was reviewed by S. Shamim Banu, Ph.D. Scholar in Economics. C. Sarojini Devi of II M.A. Economics, reviewed ‘Sinthanai Peridhu, Sadhanai Peridhu' authored by Lion. M. Srinivasan. The book ‘5S Nambithan Aagavendum' by Cibi. K. Salamon was reviewed by B. Veni, III B.A. Economics. A large number of students attended the meeting and interacted with the reviewers. A. Muthian, Head, Economics Department, proposed a vote of thanks.

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The Department of Management Studies of N.M.S.S. Vellaichamy Nadar College organised a guest lecture on ‘What is our purpose as Managers.' D. Vel, Managing Director, Indian Foods, was the resource person. He said that a manager must think big, motivate his team and be innovative. A manager should be a team player and should have entrepreneurial qualities. Principal G. Mariskumar presided. N. Divya of I Year MBA welcomed the gathering and L. Michael of I MBA proposed a vote of thanks.

The Environmental Awareness Club of the college screened a documentary film on ‘Climatic changes.' G. Mariskumar, Principal, gave the presidential address and M. Kannan, Assistant Professor of Botany, welcomed the gathering. B. Ashok Kumar, Assistant Professor in Genetic Engineering, Department of Biotechnology, Madurai Kamaraj University, was the chief guest. He was honoured by M. Jeyakani, Vice- Principal. Mr. Ashok Kumar spoke on the causes of climate change such as deforestation and emission of carbon dioxide from vehicles, industries and power plants.

He said that when greenhouse gases are emitted it gets trapped within the earth's atmosphere and acts as a thick blanket which in turn results in the warming of the planet. He spoke on the harmful effects of global warming such as disturbance in the ecosystem, health disorders, etc.

He added that global temperature may further rise up between 1.4 degree and 1.58 degree Celsius with serious consequences such as rise in sea level, extreme weather conditions such as glacial retreat, floods, droughts, heat waves, hurricanes, cyclones and tsunami. This may lead to extinction of many species. S. Asokan, Director (SF) offered the felicitations. G. Manivannan, Head In-charge, Microbiology Department, proposed a vote of thanks.

The Department of Chemistry organised a UGC sponsored one-day seminar on ‘Application of chemistry in criminology.' The chief guests were Rolland V. Steward and Robert E. Parkar of Cambridge University, United Kingdom. Professor P. Thiyagarajapandiyan, Head, Department of Chemistry, welcomed the gathering. Principal G. Mariskumar highlighted the various applications of chemistry. N. Ezhil, spoke on the importance of chemistry. Mr. Rolland explained the history of chemistry and its application in our day to day life. Mr. Parkar spoke on the importance of chemistry in the field of criminology. Professor R.A. Ramachandran proposed a vote of thanks.

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The Department of PG Physics of Sourashtra College celebrated Christmas and New Year. R.L. Ramnath, Principal, and T.S. Balakrishnan, NAAC Co-ordinator, presided. Santa Claus presented gifts for the students and lecturers. Professor M. Krishnan, Head, Department of PG Physics, made arrangements for the event.

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‘ICETMCA 20101,' a three-day international conference on ‘Emerging trends in mathematics and computer applications,' was organised by the Department of Mathematics and Department of Computer Applications of MEPCO Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi. B. Rajendran, Head, Mathematics Department, welcomed the gathering at the inaugural session. The Principal, S. Balakrishnan, delivered the presidential address. Krishnaiyan Thulasiraman, Hitachi Chair, USA, the chief guest, stressed the need for mathematicians and computer scientists to work together. S. Arumugam of Kalasalingam University, spoke about getting a global identity.

The proceedings of the conference was released by Mr. Thulasiraman and the correspondent, A. Tenzing received the first copy. Mr. Arumugam released the souvenir and Mr. Balakrishnan received the first copy. G. Chandrasekaran, Director, MCA Department, proposed a vote of thanks.

Mr. Thulasiraman spoke on ‘Multilevel distributed diagnosis in a network of processors.'

Mr. Arumugam dealt on ‘Some new research directions in domination.' M. Haniffa Nasir of University of Paradeniya, Sri Lanka, delivered a lecture on ‘A complex type number representation and harmonic analysis for higher dimensional spaces.' A. Nagoor Gani of Jamal Mohamed College, Tiruchi, spoke on ‘Intuitionistic fuzzy decision making.' R. Balasubramanian of IIT, Roorke, delivered a lecture on ‘Role of mathematics in the problem of stereo vision and image watermarking.' R. Murugesan, Emeritus Professor, Madurai Kamaraj University, delivered a lecture on ‘Medical image processing.' A total of 136 papers were selected for presentation on various topics.

Prof. Murugesan, in his valedictory address, spoke on the importance of mathematics and computers in bio-medical applications. V. Mohan of Thiagarajar College of Engineering delivered the felicitation address. G. Chandrasekaran, Director of MCA Department, proposed a vote of thanks.

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The birth anniversary of Srinivasa Ramanujan was celebrated at V.M.S.P. Nadar College of Education, Virudhunagar. A. Selvam of V.H.N.S.N. College, in his speech, pointed out that mathematics is a subject that helped in the development of logical thinking. T. Baskaran, Coordinator, presided. T. Kaleeswari and V. Rajalakshmi spoke about the contributions of Ramanujan.

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The Personality Development Cell of the BBA Department of Standard Fireworks Rajaratnam College for Women, Sivakasi, organised a programme on ‘Speed mental mathematics for competitive examinations.' The first year UG students were taught memory and mathematical techniques. P. John Louis, a memory trainer, explained the techniques to increase memory power. A seven-day camp was organised by the National Service Scheme units of the college at Kammapatti and Tirumalapuram near Srivilliputtur.

T. Angayarkanni, Programme Officer, welcomed the gathering at the inaugural function. M. Suriyachandraselvam, Professor, Cotton Research Institute, presided. As part of the camp, yoga training was conducted by S. Ravi and G. Jayanthi in which 150 students took part.

An awareness programme on cancer was organised for the public. G. Amarnath of Apollo Speciality Hospitals, Madurai, addressed the villagers. An awareness programme on blood donation was conducted by S. Ramachandran and Kumar in which the NSS volunteers and villagers donated blood.

A free leprosy camp was conducted in addition to a HIV-AIDS awareness programme. A free eye camp was held in association with Shankara Hospital, Krishnankoil. J. Ganesan of Lions Club of Sivakasi Cracker City spoke on eye donation. K. Kamaraj, Kannilakshmi Hospital, spoke on ‘Health and hygiene.' Alusodai of Sivanthipatti Nadar Higher Secondary School, Mamsapuram, spoke on ‘Pain on excellence.' S.N.N. Sivapiran of Lions Club of Sivakasi delivered a speech on ‘Self confidence.' Sridevi proposed a vote of thanks.

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Compiled by L. Kanthimathi