‘Electricity Thrift Week' was observed by Tamil Nadu Power Generation and Electricity Distribution Corporation Limited recently. In this connection, a conference on ‘Energy Conservation' was organised at Sri Ramana Institute of Polytechnic College, Moolaikaraipatti. S. Muthuramalingam, Tamil Nadu Electricity Board Superintending Engineer, Tirunelveli, presided. R. Prabhu Sankar, Principal, spoke on the importance of saving power and its impact on Indian economy. G. Saranya, Lecturer, Electrical and Electronics Department, emphasised on judicious use of electricity. Assistant Executive Engineers S. Harirama Dharmaraj, Murugananda Barathi V. Mutharasu, P. Sundararajan, G. Kuthalingam delivered lectures on various measures to be adopted in domestic, business, industrial and agriculture sectors to save power. Students P.S. Sathakathullah Appa, S. Thambiran and R. Silvan Kumar gave presentation on ‘Saving power.'

In this occasion, toppers in the recent diploma examination were honoured with cash awards. They include I. Perinbaraj (CSE), T. Muthumaharajan (ECE), M. Ramamurthy (Mechanical), P. Rajkumar (EEE) and V. Mohideen (Civil).

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N.S. College of Arts and Science in Theni organised a training programme on soft skills. Hannah Hon, Soft Skill Trainer, spoke on facial expression, gestures, voice modulations, non-verbal reactions and body language as essential qualities for effective communication. Riaz Mohideen, another resource person, said that creativity, team work, attentiveness and an helping mind would help in moulding one's personality.

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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 Sattur Chapter of Akil Bharatya Poorva Sainik Parisad organised ‘Victory Day' to honour the women who had lost their husbands in the Indo-Pak War in 1971 at Sri S. Ramasamy Naidu Memorial College, Sattur. J. Jabarullahan, Principal, welcomed the gathering. Col. Mahesh Gandhi, the chief guest, elaborated on the sacrifice made by the soldiers during the war and advised the students to inculcate the qualities of service and courage. The war widows were honoured by the National Cadet Corps cadets of the college.

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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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An orientation and retraining programme for teachers was held at V.V. Vanniaperumal College for Women, Virudhunagar. College secretary M. Inimai inaugurated the event.

C. Manoranjithamani, coordinator, welcomed the gathering. P. Selvameenakshi, Principal, presided. T. T. Mathan, secretary, college managing board, addressed the students. M. Amutha proposed a vote of thanks.

R. Raja Govindasamy, Director, Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College, and Jeyakumar Jeyaraj of Speech Masters India were the resource persons.

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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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Red Ribbon Club (RRC) of Sri Kaliswari College, Sivakasi, and Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society organised an interactive training session for RRC volunteers. J. Arockia John Paul, Programme Officer, welcomed the gathering. S. Kanmani, Principal, presided A. Subramanian, Vice-Principal, offered felicitations. Murugesan, ICTC counsellor, and S. Sivanmoorthi, RRC District Manager, addressed the students. M. Jenifer proposed a vote of thanks.

In an orientation programme for peer educations, organised by the RRC, Sivan Moorthi spoke about sexually transmitted diseases, opportunistic infection, treatment and counselling centres in Virudhunagar district. Sai Jeganathan proposed a vote of thanks.

The Christmas and New Year celebration organised by the Department of Hotel Management and Catering Science was inaugurated by Dr. Kanmani. R. Narayana Prakash, Biotechnology Director, and K. Ramadoss, Head, PG Department of Commerce, addressed the gathering. P. Srinivasan, Head, Department of Hotel Management and Catering Science, delivered the Christmas message. Raguvaran welcomed the gathering and Sathiskumar proposed a vote of thanks.

The Biotechnology Department of the college organised a lecture on ‘Mitochondrial dysfunction in mammalian health and disease' by S. Ramasamy of Department of Molecular Biology of Madurai Kamaraj Univerrsity. He spoke about energy generation in human body, structure and gene expression of mitochondria, functions, oxidative stress, mitochondrial damage due to alcohol consumption, alcohol metabolism, cancer risk, mitochondrial dynamics and diseases. S. Saravanan, Head, Department of Biotechnology, welcomed the gathering. G. Angeline Nesa Thangam proposed a vote of thanks.

Association of Innovative Managers of the Management Studies Department of the college organised a lecture by T. Rajaram, former Head, Department of Tamil, S. Vellaichamy Nadar College, Madurai. He said that learning many languages was essential to be competitive. S. Anbu Anitha welcomed the gathering. K. Natarajan, Director, Department of Management Studies, presided. M.G. Ramesh proposed a vote of thanks.

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Compiled by P. Sudhakar in Tirunelveli, K. Raju in Dindigul and L. Kanthimathi in Madurai