MIET Polytechnic College won the team title in the IPAA Tiruchi division chess tournament. It has qualified for the State-level tournament to be held at Coimbatore. MIET finished runner-up in the IPAA Tiruchi division carom and volleyball tournaments. A. Mohamed Yunus, Chairman; M. Rajagopalan, Principal; and physical education directors felicitated the students.

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The Seethalakshmi Ramaswami College conducted a meeting on ‘Youth and rural development.' Senthil Kumar Gopalan, founder, Payir Trust, was the chief guest. He spoke on the efforts of the trust towards the development of Thennur village in Tiruchi district. Kanaka Bhashyam, Principal, who presided over the meeting, said that youngsters should work towards the development of villages. S. Gheetha, Associate Professor, and Seethalakshmi, Assistant Professor of History, spoke.

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The Mathematics Department of Srimad Andavan Arts and Science College celebrated Mathematician Ramanujam Day. N. Kannan, Mathematics Professor, SASTRA University, delivered special address. N. Kasthurirangan, K. Prema and T. Sivasubramanian, Secretary, Director and Principal respectively of the college spoke.

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The NCC (Air Wing) of National College in association with I.S. Nursing Home organised a free diabetes and hypertension diagnosis camp for the staff of the college. K. Anbarasu, Principal, presided. N.S. Prasad, Managing Director, I.S. Nursing Home, inaugurated the campFlt.Lt. R. Sundhararaman, Flight Cadet Guru Prakash spoke. Many professors, NCC (Air Wing) cadets, students and IAF personnel participated. K. Raghunathan, Secretary and Correspondent, appreciated the NCC cadets for organising the camp.

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The Management Studies Department of the Saranathan College of Engineering organised a lecture on consumer rights and privileges. S. Pushpavanam, Secretary, Consumer Protection Council, Tamil Nadu, delivered a lecture on ‘Consumer awareness: the rights and privileges of consumers.' He emphasised that the consumers should be vigilant and well informed to protect their rights from being exploited by various vending agencies of goods and services.

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The Departments of Commerce and Physical Education of Periyar EVR College conducted a workshop on yoga and stress management for students and teachers. Thanga Pitchaiyappa, Principal, Meenakshi Ramaswami Arts and Science College, Thathanur in Ariyalur district, delivered a lecture on stress management. N.S. Sivakumar, Physical Director, Urumu Dhanalakshmi College, Tiruchi, spoke on ‘yoga for stress-free life' and demonstrated many ‘asanas.' K. Rajewari, Principal, presided. She explained the salient features and objectives of the workshop. Hema Nalini, Associate Professor in Commerce, S. Poyyamozhi, Physical Director In-charge, P. Gowthaman, Professor and Head, Commerce Department, spoke.

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The Computer Science Department of National College organised a seminar. V. Lakshminarasimhan, Professor of Computer Science, East Carolina University, was the resource person. He explained about the software metrics and their measurements in software engineering. K.Anbarasu, Principal, K. Ragunathan, Secretary, P.S.S. Akilashri, Head, Computer Science Department, spoke.

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The Department of Computer Science and Engineering of M.A.M. College of Engineering organised a faculty empowerment programme on ‘Database management system.' A.N. Gnana Jeevan, Associate Professor, Department of CSE, was the resource person. He explained about the generation of database management system that included database systems, database architecture, data independence, types of database models and database in web technologies. S.Ravindran, Head, Department of CSE, spoke.

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The NSS unit of Cauvery College for Women organised a week-long camp at Tiruvellarai village. M. Jayaraman, college president, presided. M. Selvam, Headmaster of the school, spoke. As part of the camp, tree saplings were planted and awareness programmes on heath, sanitation, hygiene, AIDS and child labour were held. S. Thiagarajan, Professor, Bishop Heber College, P. Mohan, State president of the Youth Exnora, Arun Robert, Dentist, Durgashri and Malathy, both teachers of Spastics Society, spoke on different topics during the camp. Family counselling was given to the local residents. K. Rengarajan, college Secretary and R. Jayaraman, president, presided at the valediction. J. A. Arul Chellakumar, NSS Coordinator, Bharathidasan University, spoke on the importance of women's education. G. Kanaga, Vice-Principal and A. R. Gomathy, NSS officer, spoke.

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Venkateswara Polytechnic College, Pudukottai, won the volleyball title in the IPAA Tiruchi division tournament. The college has been qualified for the State-level tournament. RM.V. Kathiresan, Chairman; A. Venkatesh, Principal; S. Kaliyaperumal, Vice-Principal; and M. Prabakar, Physical Education Director, felicitated the winners.

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The Karpaga Vinayaga Institute of Management in Pudukottai organised ‘Sadhana 2K10,' a meet to enhance the skills of MBA students of B-schools and affiliated colleges of various universities in Tamil Nadu. Several events including best manager, ad zap, paper presentation, business quiz and corporate mime were conducted.

As many as 117 students took part. S. Ganesan, Director of the institute, inaugurated the programme. S. Ramanathan, Managing Director, Cethar Foods Limited, Tiruchi, delivered the valedictory address. He explained the requirements of corporate concerns. J. Parasuraman, Principal, Mr. Ramanathan and Prof. S. Ganesan distributed prizes to the winners of the various contests. Students of J.J. College of Engineering and Technology, Tiruchi, won the overall championship.

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A blood donation camp was organised jointly by the Government Blood Bank, Pudukottai and Aranthangi and the Red Cross Society, Thanjavur, at H.H. The Rajah's College in Pudukottai.

A total of 120 students donated blood. P. Sethuraman, Principal (in-charge) inaugurated the camp. S. Viswanathan, district organiser of Youth Red Cross, said that the donors would be felicitated at a function to be held shortly.

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A total of 28 fresh diploma holders (nursing) of J.J. Institute of Nursing got placement. The various concerns that recruited the candidates include Apollo Hospital, Chennai; Kaveri Medical Centre Speciality Hospital, Tiruchi; Karpaga Vinayaga Medical College and Research Centre, Chingleput. S. Sumithra, Principal of the institute, explained the scope of nursing such as research work, teaching and staff nurse.

Kavitha Subramanian, Management Trustee, advised the nurses to update their skills for professional competence. R. Janaki, Vice-Principal, M.K. Mahalakshmi, Senior Nursing Tutor, spoke.

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The Physics Department of Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan College of Arts and Science for Women in Perambalur organised a workshop on ‘Home appliances' for the staff, students and parents.

S. Devaraj, retired Maintenance Engineer of BHEL, was the resource person. He explained about the home appliances like mixie, grinder, radio, fan, washing machine, light, refrigerator, etcA. Srinivasan, college Chairman, presided. Anusha Bhaskar, Principal, and R.M. Meenakshi, Advisor, spoke.

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R. Boopathi Rani, Assistant Professor, Department of Electronics and Computer Engineering, has won the Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE) National Award for best women teacher of engineering college.

M. Anandakrishnan, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Kanpur, presented the award to Prof. Boopathi Rani during the 40th ISTE annual national convention held at Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi. V. K. Sundaram, Chairman of the college, Ajay K. Sundaram and Vijay K. Sundaram, Vice-Chairmen, felicitated her.

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The Roever Institute of Agriculture College and Rural Development in Perambalur and Directorate of Arecanut and Spices Development, Calicut, organised a district-level seminar on ‘Recent trends in turmeric cultivation.' L. Godandapani, Principal, Rover Engineering College, who inaugurated the seminar. He said that spices were used not only in food but also for medicinal purpose. G. Jamespitchai, Dean, Roever Agriculture College and Research Institute, presided. He said that use of modern techniques would increase the productivity of spices. Tamilselvan, Director of Arecanut and Spices Board, said that India was exporting 25 types of spices. Jansirani, Professor and Head, Department of Spices and Plantation Crops, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, spoke.

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Under the auspices of the NSS units 1 and 2 of the Sudharsan Engineering College, Sathiyamangalam, Pudukottai, a week-long camp was held in Narthamalai village. Over 75 NSS volunteers, including 40 girls, participated. Arumugam, District Panchayat Councillor, inaugurated the camp. Awareness programmes on legal aid, Right to Information Act and consumer rights were conducted. Senthamizselvan, Advocate, Tiruchi, R. U. Raman, vice-president, Pudukottai District Consumer Council, spoke. A free medical camp to screen ENT disorders was organised. R. Suresh Kumar, Chief Civil Surgeon, Government Headquarters Hospital, Pudukottai, and S. Saravanan, ENT Specialist, screened the people. A programme on yoga and positive health was conducted by A. Selvaraj, a yoga consultant.

Manjula Bala of Manavalakalai Mandram participated. The volunteers donated Rs.9,000 for construction of a gate at the Government Primary School. At the valediction, K. Karthikeyan, NSS programme Officer, presented a report. Mr. Arumugam, District Panchayat Councillor, Rajalaxmi, Headmistress of the school, spoke.

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Compiled by

M. Balaganessin, K. Subramanian and Syed Muthahar Saqaf

in Tiruchi