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    Praveen Paul Joseph
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Activity-based: Inauguration of Placement and Training Cell at Sri Vidya College of Engineering and Technology, Virudhunagar.
Activity-based: Inauguration of Placement and Training Cell at Sri Vidya College of Engineering and Technology, Virudhunagar.

‘Yuvaprastha '10,' a national-level technical symposium, organised by the Department of Information Technology of Kalasalingam Institute of Technology, Krishnankoil, was inaugurated by S. Radhakrishnan, Divisional Engineer, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited.

S. R. Srikumar, Principal , presided. P. Packiyalakshmi, Head, Department of IT, addressed the gathering. P. Santosh, president of INFOBLITZ Association, welcomed the participants. Mr. Radhakrishnan released JUVENILE-Creating Fulcrum of Ideas, a souvenir. Around 60 delegates from all over the State presented papers on various topics. V. Vasudevan, Head, Department of IT, Kalasalingam University, delivered the valedictory address. S. Muthuraj, treasurer, INFOBLITZ Association, proposed a vote of thanks.

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The Department of English of V.V. Vanniaperumal College for Women, Virudhunagar, organised a four-day workshop in ‘Communicative and Functional English.' Students were trained in communicative and functional English, translation and journalism at the workshop. K.R. Sujatha of Fatima College was one of the resource persons. The Department of Botany and Eco Club celebrated the International Year of Biodiversity with lectures by M. Radha, P. Shanthi, Paramasivan and Arun Kumar of Tamil Nadu Science Federation.

T. Mathan, secretary, inaugurated the celebration. P. Balagengadharathilagam, Head, Department of Botany, welcomed the gathering. Several competitions were conducted for school students in connection with the celebration.

The club also organised an exhibition on ‘Environment.' M. Manoharan, District Environment Engineer, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, spoke on ‘Awareness of environmental protection and pollution control.' P. Karunaiselvi proposed a vote of thanks.

The Department of History conducted an exhibition of ancient coins, palm leaves and stamps. It was inaugurated by M. Inimai, joint secretary. V.A.A. Xavier Raja of Virudhunagar exhibited ancient coins, stamps, currency notes of 147 countries and palm leaves. S. Rajalakshmi, Head, Department of History, welcomed the gathering. J. Karthika proposed a vote of thanks.

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The Placement and Training Cell of Sri Vidya College of Engineering and Technology, Virudhunagar, was inaugurated by Krishnasamy Srinivasan of Tata Consultancy Services. The chairman, R. Thiruvengada Ramanuja Doss, presided. K. Ramar, Principal, addressed the gathering. J. John Sudhakar, Head, Placement Officer, welcomed the gathering. J. Peter proposed a vote of thanks.

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A two-day workshop on ‘Free open source software,' organised by the Department of Computer Science Engineering of Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi, was inaugurated by C. Aravindan of SSN College of Engineering. He spoke about the evolution of free open source software. S. Balakrishnan, Principal, highlighted the importance of FOSS. K. Muneeswaran, Head, CSE Department, welcomed the gathering. Students from various engineering, arts and science institutions participated in the event.

The Computer Society of India's student branch of the college conducted an online workshop on FOSS tools. The main objective of the workshop was to create awareness among the students of the availability of different FOSS tools. Sakthi Kannan, the Brand Ambassador of Fedora, engaged the session online. Participants from Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, Kongu Engineering College, Kalasalingam Institute of Technology, CAPE Institute of Technology and PSNA Engineering College took part in the event.

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The Department of Mechanical Engineering of P.S.R. Engineering College, Sevalpatti, conducted a national-level technical symposium, ‘DynaMECH'10.' It was inaugurated by V. Srinivasa Raghavan, Principal. R. Solaisamy, correspondent, presided. S.M. Raja Vikkiraman, Deputy General Manager, TVS-Sundaram Fasteners, explained the recent trends in automobiles, market research, product research, process planning activities, modern manufacturing techniques and customer satisfaction. Students from various institutions across the State participated in the symposium and presented technical papers in thermal engineering, manufacturing engineering and general engineering. A. Muthiah, Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, welcomed the gathering and N. Lordson Jacob proposed a vote of thanks.

The Department of MCA organised a technical seminar on ‘cloud computing' with Karthick Babu of Global Techno Solutions as the resource person.

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A State-level seminar on ‘Personality development and environmental protection,' organised by the National Service Scheme units of Standard Fireworks Rajaratnam College for Women, Sivakasi, was inaugurated by D. Sasireka, Principal. T. Angayarkanni, NSS Programme Officer, welcomed the gathering. Volunteers and Programme Officers from ten colleges participated in the seminar. R. Manohar of ANJA College, Sivakasi; S.N.N. Sivapiran of S.N.N. Constructions and K. Kalidasan, president, OSAI, were the resource persons. G. Sri Devi, Programme Officer, proposed vote of thanks.

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The Department of Bio-Informatics of Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College organised a State-level inter-collegiate meet, ‘Bioinformatics SLIM – BI,' in which students from six colleges participated. Events like ‘software contest,' ‘knowledge quest,' ‘poster presentation,' ‘biographic design,' ‘marketing,' ‘dumb charade,' ‘marketing' and ‘theme songs' were conducted. The overall championship was won by Paventher Bharathidasan College of Engineering and Technology.

As an extension activity, hands-on training in bioinformatic tools and techniques was conducted for Plus Two students of YRTV Matriculation Higher Secondary School. The programme was inaugurated by the Principal, S. Baskaran. C.P. Chandran, Head, Department of Bioinformatics, presided.

The Department of Chemistry organised a lecture on ‘Importance of green chemistry' by K. Pitchumani. He explained the role of a chemist in avoiding toxic chemicals which not only endangered the human species but also the environment. Green chemistry was nothing but use of safe chemicals, well planned experimental methods, avoiding unwanted side effects, solvents and no heating methods, he said.

The PG Department of Zoology conducted an awareness programme on mosquito eradication at NGO Colony, Sivakasi. K. Karuppasamy, Sp. Sevarkodiyone, R. Ramakrishnan and S. Jeyaparvathi explained the various methods adopted to prevent breeding of mosquitoes. The MCA Department conducted a technical seminar on ‘Emerging software technologies' in which Krishna Sahu of India Business Solutions delivered a lecture on current scenario in the IT industry. Department of Life sciences conducted a seminar in which C. Meenambikai of Department of Biotechnology spoke about ‘Physiological and molecular characterisation of beta-carotene producing Dunaliella strains.' D.N.P. Sundarmani, Head, Department of Biotechnology, welcomed the gathering. The Principal, Dr. Baskaran, presided. S. Uma Devi proposed a vote of thanks.

The Department of Commerce celebrated the World Humanitarian Day with a lecture by K. Muthumani on humanitarian values like honesty, faithfulness, sincerity, discipline and forgiveness. V. Madasamy, Head, Department of Commerce, presided. A lecture on ‘Thevaram and Tamil Music' was delivered by Siva V. Mohana Sundaram at a meeting organised by the PG Department of Tamil. A theatre workshop was conducted by the UG Department of Tamil in which 36 students participated. R. Elavarasu, Head, UG Department of Tamil, welcomed the gathering. Pralayan and Parthibaraja were the resource persons at the workshop.

The women cell of the college conducted a talent show, ‘Female,' in which several competitions were held for the girl students. P. Tamizh Chelvi, Head, Department of Computer Science, delivered a lecture on ‘Challenges and achievements of women.'

A. Galal of Life Insurance Corporation of India delivered a lecture on ‘Problems and prospects of insurance sector in India in the present global economic scenario' for B. Com. Students.

The departments of Microbiology and Zoology organised a workshop on ‘Gel documentation and analysis.' It was inaugurated by the Principal, Dr. Baskaran. D. Prabhu welcomed the gathering. V. Thirumalaiarasu spoke about the use of gel documentation for analysis of molecular weight of DNA, protein and structural prediction.

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Centre for Energy Studies of National Engineering College, Kovilpatti, organised a two-day national- level technical seminar on ‘Recent Advances in Solar Power Technology,' under the aegis of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, New Delhi. Soundarapandian Kamaraj, Professor, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, was the chief guest. He said that India was facing energy crisis as more number of industries are emerging.

He pointed out the need for research and development in the field of renewable energy.

Vangara Rakesh Sharma of Thermax India Limited, Pune, Ilangovan of Consun Energy Solutions Private Limited, Bangalore, and M. Srinivas, National Institute of Technology, Calicut, were the resource persons. Lectures were given on recent advances in solar power technology.

At the valediction, K. Srinivas Reddy, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, was the chief guest. He spoke on solar power for sustainable development. He distributed certificates to the participants. K. Kalidasa Murugavel, Head, Centre for Energy Studies, coordinated the programme. N.S. Marimuthu, Principal was present. Over 80 participants from various engineering colleges took part.

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Department of Physics, Govindammal Aditanar College for Women, Tiruchendur, conducted a two- day practical enrichment programme for the plus-two students of Senthil Murugan Girls Higher Secondary School and St. Joseph Higher Secondary School, Adaikalapuram.

During the programme, training was given in physics practical from examination perspective.

At the valediction, K. Thandeswaran, Secretary, presided. He said that practical applications helps in better understanding of the concepts in physics.

P. Jeyanthi , Principal (in-charge), said the programme was organised with the objective of helping the students from rural areas to perform well in the public practical examinations. One hundred and fourteen students participated. S. Karpagavalli, Department of Physics, proposed a vote of thanks.

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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 in Madurai. 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 in Madurai by C. N. Srinath, Chairman, Dhvanyaloka: Centre for Indian Studies, Mysore. The secretary, Madura College Board, M.S. Meenakshisundaram, presided over the inaugural session. 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, Madurai, 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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G. Ambika, first year M. A. (Music) student of Sri Sathguru Sangeetha Vidyalayam College of Music, Madurai, 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. ***

Compiled by S. Annamalai and Praveen Paul Joseph


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