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The Chemistry Association of Nadar Mahajana Sangam S. Vellaichamy Nadar College was inaugurated by A. Thamarai Selvan, Head, Department of Chemistry, Thiagarajar College. In his lecture on ‘Cheminformatics,’ Dr. Thamarai Selvan highlighted the impact of chemistry in drug design and explained the software used in designing a drug. P. Thiagaraja Pandian, Head, Department of Chemistry, welcomed the gathering. S. Thalambu Raja, PG student, proposed a vote of thanks.

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A call to fresh graduates to create a better world was given by T. Padmanaban, Vice-Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Teachers Education University, while delivering the Graduation Day address at Mangayarkarasi College of Education. Dr. Padmanabhan said that the EDUSAT facility should be used as a superconductor to transmit quality education through interactive multimedia. Now, over 30,000 classrooms in the State had been connected to the EDUSAT network providing a virtual classroom mode and Tamil Nadu was a prime partner in the EDUSAT project. P. Ashok Kumar, secretary, presided.

The significance of women’s education was highlighted by S. David Amirtharajan, Dean, Madurai Kamaraj University, who delivered the Graduation Day address at Mangayarkarasi College of Arts and Science for Women. The Principal, S. Rajeswari, welcomed the gathering.

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A two-day teacher training programme, Wipro Mission 10X, was conducted at K.L.N. College of Engineering recently for senior faculty members from K.L.N. College of Engineering, K. L. N. College of Information Technology and Sethu Institute of Technology. Besides techniques of teaching, participants were introduced to methods to develop inter-personnel and intra-personnel skills among students. The programme was inaugurated by Ravichandran, Director, Centre for University Industry Cooperation, Anna University. S. Ganapathy, Principal, welcomed the participants. Anil Damodharan, Manager, Wipro Technologies, explained the objectives of the programme. S.S. Manian, Placement Officer, proposed a vote of thanks.

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Tiruchi-based IT company, Wisdom Technology, conducted a joint recruitment drive for several posts at K. L. N. College of Engineering. Around 300 final BE students from K. L. N. College of Engineering, K. L. N. College of Information Technology, Ponjesly Engineering College, Vickram College of Engineering, Sethu Institute of Technology, Pandian Saraswathi Engineering College, P.T.R. Engineering College, Mohamed Sathak Engineering College, Syed Ammal Engineering College, Raja College of Engineering, R.V.S. Engineering College, Udayappa Engineering College, Bharat Niketan Engineering College and SACS M.A.V.M.M. Engineering College participated in the drive. Thirty three students were selected for appointment.

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A conference on ‘Information, communication and electrical technologies’ was inaugurated at Velammal College of Engineering and Technology by S. Varadarajan, Director, Electronics and Radar Development Establishment, recently. In his address, Dr. Varadarajan referred to the significant contribution of various engineering branches to the development of technical diaspora all over the world. V. M. Phandhari Pande, Director, Centre for Excellence in Microwave Engineering, Osmania University, said that teachers were responsible for all the success he had achieved. He also delivered a lecture on ‘Modern radar defence system’ in the technical session.

N. Suresh Kumar, Principal, presided. M. Shanthi, Head, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, spoke about the scope of the conference. Sivakamasundari, Head, Department of Information Technology, proposed a vote of thanks.

Velammal College of Engineering and Technology celebrated the second College Day on March 6. S. Rajeswaran, Judge, Madras High Court, delivered the College Day address. G. Pattabiraman, Head, Accreditation, TCS, presided. M.V. Muthuramalingam, chairman, Velammal Educational Trust, also addressed the students.

P. Nelson Raja, Vice-Principal, welcomed the gathering and Prof. Suresh Kumar presented the annual report.

Four faculty members received a cash award of Rs. 5000 for cent per cent attendance in the academic year 2008-2009. The shields for academic and cultural activities were won by Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering and for sports by Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering. The overall shield was won by students of Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering.

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An inter-collegiate quiz programme and a seminar on ‘Global economic crisis and its impact on employment in India’ were conducted by Cygmax Institute of Management Studies as part of its corporate social responsibility activities final year college students. Students from the Madura College, Sourashtra College for Women, CSI College for Women and Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College participated in the quiz programme. Madura College team won the winner’s trophy and Sourashtra College for Women team was runner up.

O.R.S. Rao, Director, Cygmax Institute of Management Studies, Hyderabad, in his lecture at the seminar, explained the sub-prime crisis in the United States and its effect on global economy.

He said that the effect on the Indian economy was also a reason for the lay offs in Indian IT industry. Brinda Kalyani, Principal, welcomed the gathering.

(Contributions from S. Annamalai)


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