An international meet on “Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources” was held at Karunya University. C.D. Thatte, former Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, was the chief guest. He spoke on the impact of climate change on India’s food security. He highlighted the adaptation measures for climate change in India, as thought of under the Eight National Missions. Food production required highest proportion of water supply amongst all uses. Water policies thus far evolved indicated that food security in households, national, and global economic growth, urbanisation, industrialisation, were no more a distant dream. Each country had to carry out its bit to ensure food security, to realise global objectives in the next few decades, he said. K.P. Isaac, Member Secretary, All India Council for Technical Education, presided over. Resource persons handled the technical sessions. E.J. James, Director, Water Institute of Karunya University, spoke.

A rally on plastic eradication was organised by Kalaignar Karunanidhi Institute of Technology from Sindamanipudur to Kannampalayam. Managing Trustee Vidhya Gokul flagged off the rally. Nearly 1,000 college and school students participated. They demonstrated the ill-effects of using plastics to the public. They urged them to use cloth and paper bags instead of plastics.

The activities of NSS Units of Dr. G.R. Damodaran College of Science were launched recently. N. Masilamani, president of Indian Institute of Mind Power, Coimbatore, inaugurated the activities. He spoke on the importance of developing self confidence and the spirit of social service. T. Santha, Principal-in-charge of the college, delivered a special address.

Dr. N.G.P. Business School of Dr. N.G.P. Institute of Technology organised a special lecture series for the MBA students. Ramesh Kumar, Head, Corporate Operations, ITPC, was the chief guest. He highlighted the importance of distressing to perform well. Pradeep Philipose, Vice-President, Unicorn, Kochi, and Lt. Col. A.E. Charles, were the resource persons for the technical sessions.

A lecture on entrepreneurship was organised by the Mechanical Engineering Association of RVS Faculty of Engineering, RVS Educational Group of Institutions. P. Sivasubramanian, Assistant Director, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, explained about the steps that an entrepreneur had to take, about the investment limits, fiscal support, technology supports, credit supports, infrastructure supports, etc. He also briefed the students on the opportunities in the mechanical industries and the assistance the MSME provided to entrepreneurs.

The Department of Commerce of Sri Krishna Arts and Science College organised a programme on stress management. Anand Palanisamy, Chairman, Anand Palanisamy Group, was the chief guest. Syed Ummar, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, PSG Institute of Management, presided over the event. A presentation on stress and its effects on the human mind was shown.

The installation function of Lions Club of Coimbatore of Ranganathan Engineering College was held recently. The President, Secretary and Treasurer, were sworn in. More than 500 saplings were planted in and around the college campus to mark the occasion. The responsibilities of the new office-bearers and the members of the club were explained.

The freshers’ day programme was held at Dr. Mahalingam College of Engineering and Technology, Pollachi. T. Rajaram, former Head of the Department of Tamil, SVN College, Madurai, was the chief guest for the event.

N. Mahalingam, Chairman emeritus, addressed the students and spoke about the facilities the college offered.

C. Ramaswamy, Secretary of the NIA Educational Institutions, M. Manickam, Chairman, and Shankar Vanavarayar, Correspondent, spoke.

“Lit-Aura”, the Literary Association of the Post-Graduate Department of English, SNR Sons College, was inaugurated recently. Jayanthasri Balakrishnan, Associate Professor, Department of English, PSG College of Arts and Science, was the chief guest. She spoke on the shelf life of degrees and the importance of developing skills in life. She urged them to be updated in terms of social relevance.

A workshop on aircraft repair and maintenance was organised by the Department of Aeronautical Engineering of Kathir College of Engineering.

The sessions were handled by Group Captain Prem Kumar, Wing Commander A.V. Rao, and Wing Commander S.S. Rajan, of the Indian Air Force. Students were given hands-on exposure to repair and maintenance of light duty aircraft and combat vehicles. A lecture on opportunities in the IAF was also held.

Park Global School of Business Excellence, in collaboration with the Forum for Co-Creation Excellence (FORCE), a not-for-profit organisation of corporate social strategies in India, commemorated the second World Co-Creation Day here to mark the birth anniversary of C.K. Prahlad, who introduced the concept in 2000. Co-creation is a strategy that focuses on realising mutual company-customer value. On the occasion, the FORCE Shared Value Award 2012 was given away to Godrej & Boyce for its innovation of ChotuKool, claimed to be the world’s cheapest and most environment-friendly cooling system for rural India. M. Manickam, Vice-Chairman of Shakthi Sugars Limited, and a former student of Prof. Prahlad, gave away the award.

A faculty programme on New Age Pedagogic Skills for young management teachers was held at KCT Business School. Contemporary pedagogic methodologies, which included case study discussions, role play, debates, etc., were discussed and simulated.

The importance of using Web-sourced information in classroom teaching was emphasised.

A three-day entrepreneurship awareness camp was organised by the ED Cell of GRD Academy of Management. N. Subramaniam, Managing Director, Habasit IAKOKA (P) Ltd., was the chief guest. There were sessions on contemporary business scenario with regard to small and medium industries, technical tools for entrepreneurial research, etc. C.K. Kotravel Bharathi, Principal of the academy, presided over the event.

An Indo-US workshop on cloud computing and Web services was held at the Coimbatore Institute of Technology, in association with Oklahoma State University. Resource persons from industry and academia presented their ideas and work experiences in the emerging areas of cloud computing and web services. The decisions made at the workshop would be used to initiate collaborative activities to set up R&D centres at the Coimbatore Institute of Technology for faculty and students.

The Department of Business Administration of Nehru Arts and Science College organised a seminar on technopreneurship. S. Nakkiran, Professor, Ambo University, Ethiopia, inaugurated the seminar and highlighted the application of technology in entrepreneurship. Technical sessions were handled by resource persons from the industry, and were on DNA of technopreneurship and opportunities and financial assistance for young entrepreneurs.

A Faculty Development Programme was organised by the Finance and Accounting Center of Excellence, TCS, Chennai, at PSGR Krishnammal College for Women. Distributing the certificates to the participants at the valediction, N. Yesodha Devi, Principal of the college, said that the college proposed to start a three-year degree course in Business Progress, which would increase employment opportunities for the commerce and business management students. M. Jayakumar, Course Co-ordinator, said that 43 teachers were trained for six days in supply chain management, customer management, financial recording and reporting, and control and compliance. Case studies, quiz programmes, simulation games and expert lectures were used to cover the contents.

The mechanical engineering association of Jay Shriram Group of Institutions, Tirupur, was inaugurated by S. Balamurugan, manager, Rana Brake Lining Limited, Chennai, recently. In his address, Mr. Balamurugan asked the students to constantly involve in creative projects so as to equip them in advance for a professional career in today’s competitive world. Jitendra Kumar Pradhan, maintenance manager, Saint Gobain, Vadodhara, gave a technical address on glass manufacturing.

Sri G.V.G.Visalakshi College for Women, Udumalpet, conducted a lecture in Biotechnology on August 24.

Kavitha Krishnan, head of Department of Biotechnology in N.G.M. College, Pollachi, gave a keynote address on ‘monoclonal antibodies and gene therapy’. Students pursuing courses in zoology attended.

Amutha Kannan in Coimbatore and R. Vimal Kumar in Tirupur

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