S. Shanthi, a second-year MCA student of Shrimathi Indira Gandhi College, was felicitated by the college management for winning the Rolling Trophy of the Bharathidasan University constituted in the name of the vice-chancellor, M. Ponnavaikko, securing the first prize in the Tamil Elocution Competition at BARD Fest 2008 held recently.
Shanthi emerged victorious in almost all oratory competitions she participated. She won the first prize of Rs. 10,000 in the district-level oratorical competition and the consolation prize of Rs. 3,000 in the State-level oratorical contest, both organized by Kalaignar Arakkattalai. She got the third prize of Rs. 500 in the oratorical contest held at Periyar E.V.R. College and the consolation prize in the oratorical contest held at Pavendar Bharathidasan College of Arts and Science. Her other achievements are a cash award of Rs. 2,000 in the district-level recitation contest of songs and poems of Bharathidasan, and first prize in the district-level oratorical contest organized by the Forest Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu.
On counts of academic calibre, versatility, proficiency in computer study, language fluency, sharp memory and logical reasoning, Shanthi is a role model for her peers, college principal K. Meena said, adding that Shanthi had also received a certificate of appreciation from the former President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
The Association of the Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences of Kurinji College of Arts and Science organised a lecture series recently. The Dean, Examinations, SASTRA University, D. Venkapayya, delivered a lecture on ‘guidelines for the preparation of project report’ for the postgraduate students.
Project writing is an arduous task requiring planning and skill, he said. In another lecture, Head of the Department of Chemistry, Urumu Dhanalakshmi College, N. Vembu, stressed the importance of developing soft skills. Principal K. Santhanam presided and the Management Committee member of the college, Shoba Ravichandran, offered felicitations.
A total of 1,500 saplings were planted by the students of M.I.E.T Arts and Science College at their campus in the city. The saplings were planted in the presence of the M.I.E.T Group of Institutions correspondent, A. Mohammed Yunus. The arrangements were made by the NSS unit of the college.
Srimad Andavan Arts and Science College, T. V. Kovil, has bagged the best self-financing college award for the third time and the overall shield for the fine arts events at the Bharathidasan University Festival recently.
Mayor Sarubala R. Tondaiman was the chief guest at the function organised by the college in this connection. She said it was not enough if students excelled in academics, they should also excel in extra-curricular activities.
She urged the students to take active participation in activities aimed at protecting the environment. The Mayor launched two courses — Software Design and Development and Software Testing — for undergraduate students. College secretary V. S. Narashiman offered felicitations.
The Department of MCA of J. J. College of Engineering and Technology, Ammapet, organised a workshop on ‘augmented reality, RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and real time video encryption’. Principal E. Ramasamy presided. M. Mohamed Sathick, Reader in Computer Science Department, gave a lecture on ‘augmented reality and RFID’. He explained various applications of virtual reality — virtual laboratory, virtual classrooms, virtual fire simulation, virtual human body, virtual flight training, etc. In the second session, K. Ganesan spoke on ‘real time video encryption’. He explained how mobile phones are used for audio (voice) communication, text communication (SMS), browsing, and video-based communication (broadcasting). The Advisor of MBA and MCA, K. Abdullah Basha, gave away certificates to the participants.
The activities of the Science Club of T.E. Thiyagaraja Pillai Teacher Training Institute in the city were inaugurated recently. The senior lecturer, DIET, Kumulur, K. Vaigunthavasan, who was the chief guest, urged the teacher trainees to spread a sprit of scientific temper among the younger generation. The scientific concepts must be carried out to future generations, he added. The correspondent of the Institute, S. Mani, presided. An instant quiz contest was conducted on the occasion and the winners were given prizes. The first-year students rendered a song highlighting the importance of keeping the surrounding environment clean.SYED MUTHAHAR SAQAF