The Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering of Shivani Engineering College organised ‘COMETS 2010,' a national-level technical symposium. M. Ravichanddran, Professor and Head, Department of Environmental Management, Bharathidasan University, inaugurated the symposium. He explained the importance of undertaking mini projects, case studies and internship. P. Selvaraj, Chairman, Shivani Group of Institutions, presided. Ganesan Shanthi, Principal, C. Swaminathan, Professor and Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and S. Vigneswaran, Secretary, spoke.

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The Departments of Management Studies and Computer Applications of J.J. College of Engineering and Technology, organised a guest lecture on ‘Blue print for career prospects.' Jafar Ali, Director, Centre for Human Renaissance, Chennai, presided. V. Shanmuganathan, Director, J.J. Group of Institutions, presided. K. Abdullah Basha, Advisor, MBA and MCA programmes and M. Malarvizhi, Head, Department of MCA, spoke.

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The Rotaract Club of Bishop Heber College organised a sapling plantation programme at the new tahsildar office in Tiruchi. P. Manoharan, Bursar, K. Mathiazhagan, Tahsildar, along with 40 Rotaract members took part. About 30 saplings of various species were planted.

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The Naval Wing NCC of National College in association with the Tamil Nadu Fire Service brigade organised a fire fighting demonstration. M. Manikandan, Additional Divisional Fire Officer, spoke on causes of fire accidents, precautionary measures and fire fighting techniques. Lt. S. Selvaraj, Associate NCC Officer, Naval Wing NCC, National College, K. Raghunathan, Secretary, and K. Anbarasu, Principal, presided.

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The Departments of Economics of Jamal Mohammed College, Tiruchi, and AVVM Sri Pushpam College, Poondi, Thanjavur, jointly organised a one-day seminar on ‘Research Methodology in Economics' at Jamal Mohammed College.

S. Iyyampillai, Professor of Economics, Bharathidasan University, advised the students to refer books of leading publishing houses. P.N.P. Mohammed Sahaputheen, Head, Department of Economics, Jamal Mohammed College, spoke about report writing in research.

R. Rajendan, Head, Department of Economics, AVVM Sri Pushpam College, said that the research topics should be socially relevant. M. Sheik Mohammed, Principal, Jamal Mohammed College, presided. D. Kumar, Reader in Economics, JMC, spoke.

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The Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of Periyar EVR College in Tiruchi organised a UGC-sponsored one-day seminar on ‘Quality in Higher Education – Challenges Ahead.'

E. Ramganesh, Associate Professor, Department of Education Technology, Bharathidasan University, presided.

He delivered a lecture on ‘A Paradigm Shift in Higher Education.' K. Mohanasundaram, Professor, Tamil University, presided. He spoke on ‘Learning Skills for Quality Enhancement in Higher Education.' P. Gowthaman, UGC coordinator, Periyar EVR College and S. Thangarasu, IQAC Coordinator, presided.

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Seethalakshmi Ramaswami College organised a function to felicitate its alumna K. Meena for having assumed the post of Vice-Chancellor of Bharathidasan University. R. Panchapakesan, Managing Trustee, Vasantha Panchapakesan, Coordinator, and Kanaka Bhasyam, Principal, were present.

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The Department of Computer Science of Nehru Memorial College at Puthanampatti, organised a seminar on ‘Cryptstego.' The objective of the seminar was to update the students on latest development in the field of information technology. R. Umarani, Associate Professor, Sri Sarada College, Salem, presided. Pon Balasubramanian, college president, inaugurated the seminar. K. Ramasami, Principal, presided.

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The MBA Students Association of K. Ramakrishnan College of Engineering conducted a one-day seminar on ‘Magnetising the Success.' K. Balasubramanian, Management Consultant, Creative Management Consultancy, Chennai, presided.

He explained on entrepreneurship skills. Muthukumar Ramalingam, Managing Director and CEO, Dextrasys, Tiruchi, spoke. K.G. Selvan, Head, Department of Management Studies, presided.

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Srimad Andavan Arts and Science College conducted a seminar on ‘Vaishnava literature and Tamil literature.

T. Thirugnanamurthy, Syndicate Member, Bharathidasan University, presided.

He stressed the need for doing more research in literature. K.N. Srinivasan, senior lawyer and president of Sri Ranganatha Paduka Vidyalaya Trust, presided. K. Prema, Director, inaugurated the seminar. T. Sivasubramanian, Principal and P. Karikalan, Head, Department of Tamil, spoke.

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A recruitment drive was organised by the Placement and Training Cell of Kongunadu College of Engineering and Technology at Tholurpatti in Thottiam Taluk.

AIM Clear Technologies from Salem, selected five students. R. Periasamy, Chairman, presided. B. Vigneshkumar, HR Manager, AIM Clear Technologies, issued offer letters to the selected candidates.

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The Department of Mechanical Engineering of Shri Angalamman College of Engineering and Technology organised a guest lecture programme. V.R. Swaminathan, Manager, Adept Technology Inc. California, and N. Raja, Managing Partner, ARSI, Adept Robotics Solution India, presided.

He highlighted the concept of robots and its importance in Indian industries. D. Rajaraman, Director and W. Christraj, Principal, presided.

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Contributed by K. Subramanian and G. Prasad