Importance of 5,6 and 8

The Mathematics Association and the Department of Mathematics of National College recently organised a lecture on General Number Theory. The lecture, which dwelt on the importance of numbers like 5, 6 and 8 and the need to love mathematics to engage with it, was delivered by Dr. R. Srikanth, Associate Dean, Department of Mathematics, SASTRA University. In his address, Dr. Srikanth proved through some historical examples that there was nothing unlucky about the number 8 and said that understanding should precede the inception of a mathematical research project. Dr. K. Anbarasu, Principal, National College and members of the Department of Mathematics were also present.

Symposium

MIST-2012, a state-level technical symposium for students of Mechanical and Civil engineering was organised by M.I.E.T. Polytechnic College. The symposium witnessed several paper presentations on technical subjects that were related to the two streams of engineering. Prof. M. Rajagopalan, Principal, noted that such symposiums enhanced the presentation skills of the students and that it made them more aware of the latest global trends.

The second phase of MIST-2012 will draw participation from students from other engineering disciplines as well.

“Vaanga IAS aagalam”

The Rotract Club of Urumu Dhanalakshmi College recently organised a programme ‘Vaanga IAS aagalam' on the college premises. Mr. Arunachalam, who trains IAS aspirants addressed the students on appearing for the competitive IAS exam and gave them several tips about the UPSC examinations.

Rural marketing matters

A special lecture on ‘Rural Marketing' was put together by GERENCIA, the association of the Department of Management Studies, M.A.M. College of Engineering, Siruganur. Dr. A.G.V. Narayanan, Dean, Builder Institute of Management, Tirupur spoke about the various career opportunities in the field of rural marketing and the need for increasing research in the field. Stating that it added to the economic growth of the nation, he said that advertisements must be designed in a way to reach the rural population. His lecture also dealt with branding of rural market products. Dr. M.A. Maluk Mohamed, Principal of the college attended.

Awareness campaigns

The Rotract Club of Jamal Mohamed College recently held its Rotaract Week celebrations, during which they executed several awareness campaigns.

Lectures on the fundamental rights of an Indian citizen, development of a winning personality and the importance of youth, quiz competitions, drug awareness and anti-smoking campaigns, cycle rallies for awareness of alternative energy sources, visits to old age homes, and master health check up camps for students and labourers were organised.

Gain skills

K. Arivazhagan, Finance Manager, FBJ Enterprises, Qatar, delivered a special lecture on ‘abroad for a job' under the auspices of the Department of Business Administration, National College. Mr. Arivazhagan advised the students to search for jobs through job fairs, through friends and relatives working abroad. He insisted the students to gain better communication and writing skills in English and Hindi, computer knowledge especially accounting packages like SAP and Oracle finance used in foreign countries. To improve competency, the students should gain administration skills, leadership qualities, persuading abilities, adjustability to the changing situation, good social relationships with others, improve self confidence, ability to tackle critical situations. C. Ashok Kumar, professor in-charge, unaided programme, presided. B. Sekar, head of the Department of Business Administration, offered felicitations.

Winding workshop

The Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering of Jayaram College of Engineering and Technology organised a three-day winding workshop. M. Kannan, principal, presided over the function. A. Ondimuthu, EMW first-grade officer, Golden Rock Railway Workshop, was the chief guest and he explained the techniques of winding and rewinding the electrical machines. He also explained the methods of classifying the machines based on their quality. He dismantled an old single phase AC squirrel cage induction motor of one horse power and showed the defects, the reasons for the same and also the methods to rectify the defects and rewind it for normal usage. Mr. Ondimuthu also demonstrated how to assemble the practical transformers, domestic grinding motors and fluorescent lamp chokes.

Seminar on dam safety

A seminar on the safety of Mullaperiyar dam was held at the Cauvery College of Engineering and Technology. Nallusamy, chairman of the college, presided over the seminar. Sundararajan, former PWD engineer, explained how the dam was strengthened using RCC capping etc. He said that the dam was very safe and faced no threat from any natural calamities including earth quake. He said that there existed no villages between Mullaperiyar dam and Idukki dam. Mr. Nallusamy underlined the importance of linking of rivers. D. Nagarathinam, principal, Krishnamoorthy, Head, Department of Civil Engineering, spoke.

Education issues

The Oxford College of Education, Pirattiyur, organised a two-day seminar on ‘major issues in education'. S. Mani, Associate Professor of History, Meston College of Education, Chennai, was the resource person.

He dealt in detail with the unemployment, underemployment, child labour, illiteracy, population education and sex education issues. Dr. Mani spoke on special education, dropout rate in schools, women education, equitable education and brain drain. Mary Vijayakumar, principal, presided and Nirmala Subramaniam, secretary offered felicitations.

Campus recruitment

K. N. Palaniappan, Managing Director and Captain William Thangaraj, both of Visoka Engineering Private Limited, Sriperumpudur, conducted campus recruitment at MAM Polytechnic College. They selected a dozen students. M. A. Peer Mohammed, Correspondent and A. Rajagopal, placement officer, felicitated the successful students.

Guest lecture

The Youth Red Cross unit of the Oxford Engineering College organised a guest lecture on the topic ‘where are we heading towards.' P. M. Mansure, principal, MIET Arts and Science College and Syndicate member of the Bharathidasan University, delivered the lecture. G. Seetharaman, principal, presided. T. N. Prabakar, Dean (Academics), S. Mohan Kumar, YRC programme officer, also spoke.

Lecture

Ancy Kurain, AGM, Dalmia Cement, Dalmiapuram, addressed the members of the ICI Students Chapter of the MAM College of Engineering and Technology, Siruganur. She spoke on the basic materials like fibre that can be used to attain high strength. She said that the possibility of using solar energy must be explored in view of the power crisis.

Data analysis methods

M. Kannadhasan, assistant professor, Accounting and Finance, Indian Institute of Management – Raipur, was the resource person at the workshop on ‘methodology for management research and data analysis' at MAM College of Engineering and Technology, Siruganur. M. Abdul Majedu, Chairman, inaugurated the workshop. The objective was to provide a platform for management students, scholars and faculty to kindle their research spirit and to provide them with the requisite input in order to endow them with the brass stacks of data analysis. M. Maluk Mohammed, principal, MAMCE and K. Kumar, MAM College of Engineering and Technology, offered felicitations.

Contributed by Syed Muthahar Saqaf and Aruna V. Iyer.