The Department of Catering Science and Hotel Management of Sri Krishna Arts and Science College conducted a one-day conference on the recent trends in the growth of the hotel industry. B. Gopinath, vice-president, The Residency, spoke to the students on the bright prospects that the hospitality industry held for them. He stressed on the importance of good communication skills to reach greater heights.

The Kovai Kalaimagal College of Arts and Science organised a faculty development programme. Faculty were trained in various effective classroom communication. They were also told the importance of e-learning.

The Department of Bioinformatics of Dr. G.R. Damodaran College of Science and the Institute of Computational Biology, Bangalore, jointly organised a three-day workshop on Role of Systems Biology and Algorithms in Drug Discovery Process. The workshop dealt with different algorithms and their application to ‘omics’ studies.

The Department of Computer Science of Avinashilingam University for Women organised an association meeting. Resource persons spoke on Pervasive Computing. Participants were told of the use and application domain of pervasive computing.

They were also taught the location, environment, connectivity, bandwidth, input / output device, security domain and the need for pervasive computing.

The NSS volunteers of Sri Ramakrishna Engineering College organised a personality development camp at the Sri Ranganathar Temple, Palamalai Hills. More than 100 volunteers participated.

The Department of Commerce of Sree Narayana Guru College organised a seminar on e-learning. Participants were impressed upon the advantages of e-learning. They were told that while the attention span for a lecture was only seven minutes, a teacher took an hour to explain a concept in class. While in a classroom the subject is divided into units, in e-learning the subject is divided into modules and granules.

Coimbatore Institute of Management and Technology organised a lecture on Awareness on Dotnet Technologies. Krishna Mahalingam, Microsoft certified trainer, Easy Design Systems, spoke on the topic. He elaborated on the various software of the .

Net technology such as .Net framework, ASP.NET, ADO.NET and AJAX. He also spoke on Microsoft’s platform for building, deploying, operating and integrating XML Web services in .NET.

The Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering of Hindusthan College of Engineering and Technology organised a national symposium ‘Confianza’. J. Balamurugan, Director,

Unity Electro Systems, was the chief guest. Students took part in activities such as technical paper presentation, quiz, circuit debugging and other events.

V.L.B. Janakiammal College of Engineering and Technology organised its graduation day ceremony. Jayakumar Ramdass, president, SIEMA, handed over the degree certificates. He advised students on the value of time, success of perseverance, power of kindness, obligation of duty, worth of character, simplicity and patriotism. Rank holders received medals and certificates.

The Department of Microbiology of PSG College of Arts and Science organised a UGC-sponsored workshop on Basic Techniques in Cell Culture and Virology. Rev. Fr. Ignacimuthu, Director, Entomology Research Institute, Loyola College, spoke on the importance of cell culture techniques in the field of viral diagnosis. The aim of the workshop was to provide an opportunity for biological science teachers to familiarise themselves with sample methods of animal cell culture.

The national science day was observed at Ranganathan Engineering College. N. Madhavan, State vice-president, Tamil Nadu Science Forum, stressed on the need for taking inventions of science to nook and corners of the world and applying them in day-to-day life.

The Department of Mathematics with Computer Applications of CMS College of Science and Commerce organised a workshop on Introductory Course in LATEX. Participants were told the importance of LATEX in research and given hands-on practical sessions on LATEX.

The Sankara Institute of Management Science organised a seminar on Current Trends and Practices in Marketing and Sales with Special reference to BSI sectors. K. Rajagopal, General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Roots Industries, inaugurated the seminar and spoke on various factors of success which students had to develop skills as to compete in the changing environment.

The 4th national technical symposium ‘Elconator’ of SNS College of Technology was inaugurated by Ganesh Balasubramanium, Principal Consultant, Thoughtworks Technologies, Bangalore. He spoke to the students on the current trends in IT and the newly available platform for electronics and communication engineers in the time of recession. The projected presentation was judged by Jayaveeriah Chief Executive Officer, Millitronics Ematics. The Hindu was the print media partner.

The NSS units of Christ the King Polytechnic College observed the NSS day. Panchayat presidents of Kuruchi Panchayat and Othakkalmandapam Panchayat addressed the students and distributed the prizes to the best NSS volunteers.

The Bharathiar School of Management and Entrepreneur Development of Bharathiar University held a seminar on Business Ethics: Future Perspectives and Directions. Vice-Chancellor G. Thiruvasagam inaugurated the seminar and advised students to enhance ethics not only in business but also in family and work place.

A lamp lighting ceremony was organised at the J.K. College of Nursing. First year students took the oath. Students who had completed the course received certificates and those who had excelled got prizes.

Karpagam College of Education organised a one-day seminar on Professionalism in Teacher Education. M.N.G. Mani, Secretary General, International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment, spoke on accountability in a profession. He urged teachers to be technically efficient and cool headed energisers of the readers.

Amutha Kannan