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    Contributed by S. Annamalai
    P. Suresh Kumar.
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Novels discussed

The Readers' Forum of Saraswathi Narayanan College discussed the novels of Indira Soundararajan. A.S. Kumar, Librarian, presided over the meeting. M. Kannan, Principal, who reviewed the novels of Indira Soundararajan with special focus on his latest work ‘Mayamai Silar,' stated that this novel celebrated the unique blending of spiritualism and rationalism. N. Raja proposed a vote of thanks.

Film festival

A two-day film festival was inaugurated at Yadava College recently by R. Murali, Principal, Madura College. French, Persian, Moroccan and Korean films were screened at the festival. One hundred and twenty students participated in the review session in which N. Rathinakumar reviewed the films. Dr. Murali explained how films underwent various transformations in tune with advancements in technology. A. D. Paranthaman welcomed the gathering. K. Kannan, Principal, presided over the function. G. Gowtham proposed a vote of thanks.

Solid waste management

The Planning Forum of N.M.S.S. Vellaichamy Nadar College organised a lecture on ‘Solid waste management for enrichment of life' by S. Ganesan of Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College, Sivakasi. Professor Ganesan explained the ways to manage solid waste in daily life. K. Gowri welcomed the gathering. The correspondent, N. Sivasubramanian, delivered the presidential address. The Principal, G. Mariskumar, addressed.

Fine arts competition

Madurai Sivakasi Nadars' Pioneer Meenakshi Women's College organised a fine arts competition in which 16 events in music, painting and rangoli were conducted. The competition was inaugurated by C. Ramalakshmi, Principal (in charge). V.K. Rajamani, Director, delivered the valedictory address and distributed prizes.

Student chapter inaugurated

The student chapter of Institution of Engineering and Technology was inaugurated at Vickram College of Engineering, Enathi, by J. Santhanakrishnan, former Deputy General Manager, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited. Mr. Santhanakrishnan highlighted the need to bridge the gap between industry and institute. S. Kathirrvelu, Principal, delivered the presidential address. Shalini, Business Development Manager-South, IET, gave a presentation on the aims and objectives of IET. The student chapter office-bearers assumed office. P. Venkatakrishnan, Head, Department of ECE proposed a vote of thanks.

Road safety

National Service Scheme of Velammal College of Engineering and Technology organised an awareness programme on ‘Road safety' in which K. Kalyana Kumar, Regional Transport Officer, explained the importance of following traffic rules and the role of students in minimizing accidents. The programme was inaugurated by N. Suresh Kumar, Principal. Brake Inspectors Amirtheswaran and Poornalatha also addressed the students on road safety. D. Jockim, NSS Coordinator, welcomed the participants and R. John Patrik proposed a vote of thanks.

Robotics workshop

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, organised the preliminary rounds of ‘RoboTryst–2012,' a national-level robotics workshop and championship at Fatima Michael College of Engineering and Technology recently. More than 85 students from various engineering colleges participated. Research engineers and robotics experts from IIT, Kharagpur, provided hands on training to the students in designing a mini robot. A five-member team of the host college won the first place in the preliminary rounds. P. Nelson Raja, Principal, distributed certificates to the participants. S. Solaimurugan, Head, Department of Automobile Engineering, proposed a vote of thanks.

Workshop organised

The Curriculum Cell of E. M. Gopalakrishna Kone Yadava Women's College organised a workshop on ‘Innovative curriculum and modern teaching methods' for faculty members. P. Bagyalakshmi welcomed the gathering. R. Poovazhaki, Principal, delivered the presidential address. Anandhavalli Mahadevan, former Vice-Chancellor, Mother Teresa Women's University, the resource person, highlighted the need for teachers to adopt advanced assessment and pedagogy methods to hone creative, entrepreneurial, analytical and interrogative skills among students. The workshop focused on location-specific curricula suitable for women, flexibility in curriculum design and dual courses and skill-oriented courses. S. Punvaneshwari, Head, Department of Physics, proposed a vote of thanks.

Lamp lighting ceremony

The lamp lighting ceremony was conducted at Sacred Heart Nursing College and School of Nursing in the presence of Edwin Joe, Dean, Madurai Medical College. Babu Thandapani, vice-chairman, Ultra Trust, presided over the function. Nalini, Principal, welcomed the gathering. Grace Kington, Principal, Christian College of Nursing, the chief guest, emphasised the caring role of nurses and the significance of the lamp. The Nightingale's Pledge was administered by Chandrakala, Vice-Principal. Devakirubai, Head, Department of Fundamentals of Nursing, proposed a vote of thanks.

Skit presented

Students of St. Justin's College of Education observed National Voters' Day with an awareness programme and a rally. Latha welcomed the gathering. Rev. Fr. Wilfred gave a speech on the significance of National Voters' Day. Students of Department of History presented a skit. Rexy Corera delivered a talk on National Voters' Day. Vani Maheshwari proposed a vote of thanks. Students took out an awareness rally from St. Justin's College to Teppakulam, along New Ramnad Road.

Lecture on Periyar dam

Madurai Institute of Engineering and Technology College organised a lecture on ‘Strengthening of Periyar dam' by S. R. Rengan, Head, Department of Civil Engineering, on behalf of ISTE student chapter. Professor Rengan explained the history of Periyar dam, construction techniques adopted and repair works.

M. Muniaraj delivered a lecture on ‘HVDC transmission' in which he discussed the types of high voltage DC transmission. M. Chitra spoke on ‘Blu Ray technology' in which she made a comparison of Blu Ray disc and CDs and DVDs. G. Thamarai Selvi rendered a talk on ‘Apparatus protection in transmission line,' in which she explained the problems that occur in transmission lines.

A. Sankara Narayanan spoke on ‘Maintenance of irrigation tanks and channels' in which he explained the utility of tanks and channels in storing and carrying water for irrigation and drinking purposes. S. Kubendran explained the ‘application of STADDPRO in structural analysis.'

Skill training

Soft skills training programme in Udaya College of Arts and Science, Vellamodi in Kanyakumari district was organised by the placement cell in the college recently.

All the final year students were grouped into three batches – consisting sixty students each – to enable the trainer to provide special attention to the individual participants. The students of the first batch were from the departments of B.Com .and B.B.A. and they were trained by the Kings International Training Academy in Marthandam.

Vantage Academy, Nagercoil trained second and third batches of students from departments of English Literature, Microbiology, Biotechnology and Computer Science.

S. Sivalaila, principal of the college, presided over the inaugural function. Placement officer F. Samson introduced the training programme to the students pointing out the importance of being competent in the competitive job market. Rajasekar from III B.Com welcomed the gathering. The students expressed their happiness of being much benefited from the programme at the valedictory function.

Contributed by S. Annamalai and P. Suresh Kumar.


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