As part of Wildlife Week celebrations, the Department of Zoology of Saraswathi Narayanan College conducted an intercollegiate quiz competition on wildlife with K.K. Natarajan as quiz master. Students of the host college won the first prize and those from S.V.N. College, Nagamalai, won the second prize. Kaleeswaramoothy, Wildlife Ranger, who distributed prizes to the winners, said that plants and animals could live without human beings but the reverse was not possible. Hence, he stressed the need for conservation of wildlife for the existence of human beings. This was followed by a lecture-cum-demonstration about snakes. P. Ramesh of Nethaji Snake Trust, Usilampatti, explained the methods of identification of poisonous and non-poisonous snakes and demonstrated how they could be caught. N. K. Jeyadevan, Principal (in-charge), presided. R. Santhanakrishnan welcomed the gathering and S. Rajendran proposed a vote of thanks.

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R. Saravana Perumal, former vice-president, Madras Cements, delivered a lecture on ‘Recent trends in cement industry’ for MBA students of Nadar Mahajana Sangam S. Vellaichamy Nadar College.

He emphasised the fact that students had to face challenges and grab opportunities to become result oriented and to achieve in life. The Principal, J. Mahatman Rao, presided. Director of M.B.A., R. Arunachalam, proposed a vote of thanks.

The Department of English of the college organised a lecture by Stanley Mohan Doss Stephen, Head of the Department of English, American College. He spoke about verbal communication, non-verbal communication and competency building and gave several exercises on spotting the errors and pronunciation. D.S. Bindu welcomed the participants.

The Department of Zoology organised a seminar on ‘Snake identification and venom collection. K.S. Malar, Head of the department, welcomed the gathering. P. Ramesh of Nethaji Snake Trust, Usilampatti, focussed on the identification of venomous and non-venomous snakes followed by a live demo of venom collection. Students were enlightened about the symptoms of snake bite and snake catching methods.

P. Murali, Lecturer in Zoology, delivered a vote of thanks.

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