The 45th Madurai Kamaraj University inter-collegiate athletic meet for men and women was declared open at the Race Course Stadium by K. P. T. Ganesan, chairman, Tamil Nadu State Agricultural Marketing Board and Syndicate member

Nearly 450 men and 250 women athletes took part in a colourful march past held on the occasion. Sathiah, Director of Physical Education, welcomed gathering.

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A State-level seminar on ‘Indian immigrant writers in America,' organised by the Department of English, was inaugurated at the Madura College by C. N. Srinath, Chairman, Dhvanyaloka: Centre for Indian Studies, Mysore.

Ten parallel sessions were arranged for paper presentation by 87 participants from all over the State. The secretary, Madura College Board, M.S. Meenakshisundaram, presided.

The Principal, T.V. Krishnamoorthy, addressed the participants. In his address, Dr. Srinath differentiated immigrant writing from exile writing and traced the contribution of Indian writers and critics to Indian Literature in English.

H. Kalpana of Pondicherry University spoke about postcolonial theories.

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The Department of Computer Applications of Fatima College conducted a national seminar on ‘Information Science and Technology' . B. Chandirika Head, Department of Computer Applications, welcomed the gathering.

Sr. A. Jospin Nirmala Mary, Principal, presided. Sr. Esther Mary, secretary, addressed the participants. In his inaugural address, R. Rajaram, Dean, Thiagarajar College of Engineering, focussed on how to be a good student.

Three technical sessions were handled by U. Srinivasulu Reddy of National Institute of Technology, Tiruchi; N. Sivasundar of IBM, Chennai, and Prabhavathi Perumal of Samsung India Software Operations, Bangalore.

The experts delivered talks on technology, expectations of a company, team values and challenges encountered in the delivery of projects. The valedictory address was delivered by P. A. Mary, Vice-Principal.

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The 40 {+t} {+h} Founding Day of Madurai Institute of Social Sciences was celebrated recently with M. B. S. Henry, former Managing Director of Madura Coats, as chief guest.

The institution was started in 1969 by Capt. D.V.P. Raja in commemoration of birth centenary of Mahatma Gandhi for the benefit of poor students.

Mr. Henry declared open the new library building on the occasion. M. Lakshmanan, former Vice-Chancellor, Madurai Kamaraj University, delivered the presidential address. L. Hetto Kitchley, president, MISS, D. V. Dharmasingh, secretary, Brig. Ayyanara Raja, member, advisory council, V. Subramaniam, former Joint Director of Collegiate Education, and P. Arunachalam, president, Alumni Association, offered facilitations.

Members of Alumni Association, including the teachers of MISS, contributed Rs.20 lakh as first instalment for construction of an alumni auditorium.

A meeting of the Alumni Association was also conducted on the occasion in which around 200 old students participated.

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G. Ambika, first year M. A. (Music) student of Sri Sathguru Sangeetha Vidyalayam College of Music won the third prize in a State-level Tamil poetry competition held in connection with Gandhi Jayanthi celebrations by the Youth Forum for Gandhian Studies, Chennai.

She received the cup and certificate from the Governor, Surjith Singh Barnala at the Khadi Gramadyog Bhavan, Chennai.

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Thiagarajar School of Management organised a two-day workshop on ‘Web Designing and Multimedia.'

The purpose of the workshop was to provide hands-on practice of Photoshop software to develop image based applications.

The emphasis was given on 3 D Anaglaph image. V. Subburaj and S. Seethalakshmi, the resource persons of the workshop trained 230 students from various disciplines in and around Madurai district.

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A business quiz programme was conducted at Michael Institute of Management covering various aspects of business -- logos, tagline, who's who and product innovations. S. Kalaiselvi secured the first place in five out of six quizzes and won the bumper prize.

Fatima Michael, secretary, gave away the prizes. Bridget Nirmala, correspondent, presided over the function. Bernard Shaw, Director, welcomed the gathering. S. Kalaiselvi proposed a vote of thanks.

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The Youth Welfare Department of Saraswathi Narayanan College organised a religio- scientific seminar on ‘Clean the Mind and Clean the Air.' M. Kannan, Principal (in charge), presided over the inaugural session.

T. Jeyakodi, Coordinator, welcomed the gathering. Senthamarai of Prajapitha Ishwarya Brahma Kumaris' Vidhyalayam, in her lecture, stressed the importance of a clean environment for a clean mind.

The performance of human mind was based on the quality of the environment and it was the duty of every one to protect nature, she said. Mohanavalli proposed a vote of thanks.

The Youth Welfare Department also conducted an awareness camp on H1N1 swine flu. P. Pandi of Department of Public Health delivered a lecture on the symptoms and treatment for H1N1 swine flu.

P. Vanaraja proposed a vote of thanks.

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The Department of Tamil of Senthamarai College of Arts and Science conducted a literary festival, ‘Kanini Yugathil Kavithai.'

It was inaugurated by R. Mohan, former Head, Department of Comparative Literature, Madurai Kamaraj University.

A. Sivakolundhu welcomed the participants. Senthoorpandi, Principal (in-charge), delivered the presidential address.

T. Ramesh proposed a vote of thanks.

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Compiled by S. Annamalai