The Faculty of Management of EBET Group of Institutions conducted Academic Connect, a programme aimed at strengthening interaction among academic, recently.

Associate professor from Alagappa Institute of Management M. Senthil delivered a lecture on challenges in management education. Urging the students to make best use of the facilities available on their campus, Mr. Senthil highlighted the importance of being passionate and creative. “When you are writing the story of your life, don't let anyone else hold the pen. When you are a learner, take maximum help from the environment,” he told the students.

The SSM International Academy, a part of SSM Group of Institutions, organised a nine-day leadership camp in Malaysia in association with the Open University, Malaysia. Activities such as visits to important places and lectures formed part of the camp.

A team of students and staff members visited the Straits Academy, the Northport and Westport. Northport is the country's largest operator of multi-purpose ports, handling huge volume of the nation's trade, a release from the college said. The students also visited the Proton, a leading automotive manufacturer, before proceeding to Cyberjaya. SSM group chairman M.S.Mathivanan congratulated the participants for the successful conduct of the camp.

Students of the Electronics and Communication Engineering Department of Excel College of Engineering for Women, Kumarapalayam, have won various prizes at various symposiums, conference and competitions conducted by various colleges across the State. The students who won the prizes are P. Saranya, S. Revathi, G. Jayadevi, S. Resmi Revi, Reshma K Nair, R. Nivageetha, B. Mahalakshmi, T. Deepa, V. Dharani Sree, R. Monica, V.S. Geetha, Sini Abraham, E. Megala, S. Pathmavathi, M. Menega and M. Nandhini.

Crisis was actually a blessing and should not be shunned, said Industrialist P. Palaniappan of Nachaamai Cotton Mills Limited. He was addressing Management Studies students of the Association of Management and Entrepreneurship attached to Mahendra Institute of Technology, Mallasamudram, recently. Corporates looked for candidates who had had failures and had learnt the art of dealing with them effectively, he said and added that management students should learn to look at crisis as challenges than as mere problems. Principal P. Mohana Sundara Raju and head of the MBA Department N.R. Aravamudhan also spoke.

The Management Studies Department of JKKN College of Engineering and Technology, Komarapalayam, inaugurated “Promethean”. L. Narayanan, Chief Executive Officer of M.R. Color Labs and Studio, Erode, inaugurated it. In his speech, he stressed on the need for students to become entrepreneurs.

According to him, students should have the seven main requisites – attitude, inter-personal skills, communication skills, time management, listening skills, enthusiasm, and skill development – to be successful in entrepreneurial venture. The programme ended with an interactive session with the students.

A workshop on “Networking and Embedded Systems” was organised by the Computer Science Department of Muthayammal College of Arts and Science, Rasipuram. Faculty members of M/s. United Info Solutions, Namakkal, were the resource persons. They explained various networking communications such as wireless technologies, wired technologies and exotic technologies. More than 100 students attended the workshop. College secretary Muthuvel Ramaswamy presided.

Vivekanandha Institute of Information and Management Studies, Tiruchengode, organised a seminar on “Advertising to a Globalised World” for the benefit of first year MBA students. Chief guest of the event B.R.V. Sabu Mangalassrril, associate professor at FISAT Business School, Angamaly, explained students the impact of advertising on the consumer world, which had helped companies to not only sell their products but also build the big brand names.

He illustrated many advertisement concepts such as standardisation, adaptation, and hyperbole with the aid of many international advertisements. MBA director A. Somu highlighted the opportunities in the media industry in India and abroad.

Mahendra Engineering College, Mallasamudram, conducted a session on GRE and TOEFL examinations on its premises. Dr. Anam A Govardhan, of Western Connecticut State University, delivered a lecture about the examinations. Students from various departments attended the session, interacted with the resource person and got their queries clarified.

He dwelt in detail on how to apply for the exams, financial assistance, eligibility to appear, exam pattern, student visa and job opportunities in foreign countries.

He gave the website addresses for the students for easy access of various exams. Director of Mahendra Engineering College Rajamanickam presided over the event.

(S. Ramesh in Erode and

M.K. Ananth in Namakkal)