The Department of Human Development of Avinashilingam Deemed University for Women conducted a workshop on ‘Emergency Management and First Aid'. Sheela Ramachandran, Vice-Chancellor, Avinashilingam Deemed University, said that for a content life one needed to be healthy and the knowledge of first aid was important for every student. Students were shown video slides on various first aid methods. The seminar helped students know about first aid and act thoughtfully during an emergency.

The Department of Management Studies of Coimbatore Institute of Engineering and Technology observed the 101 {+s} {+t} birth anniversary of Peter F. Drucker, the modern management guru, as ‘Drucker's Day'. R. Chandrasekar, Director, MBA Department, Adhiyaman College of Engineering, inaugurated the celebration. He elaborated the various revolutionary thoughts of Drucker. Paper presentation by students from different colleges followed the inaugural session.

The National Consumer Rights Day was observed by the Department of Commerce, Rathinam College of Arts and Science.

N. Pradeep Kumar, State-level Joint Secretary, Federation of Consumer Organisations, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, was the chief guest. He pointed out the lack of awareness about consumer rights among the rural and illiterate public and even among the educated.

He stressed the need for consumer awareness among the general public.

A seven-day camp was conducted by the NSS unit of Kongunadu Arts and Science College in the newly adopted villages of Mamballi, Nachipalayam, Pachapalayam and Thambagoundanur.

M. Renuka Devi, Block Development Officer, Madukkarai Union, Coimbatore, was the chief guest. The camp had 200 NSS volunteers taking part. They organised awareness programmes on chikunguniya and on parthenium eradication.

The annual training camp of 4 Tamil Nadu Battalion NCC, Coimbatore, saw 700 NCC cadets from 16 different colleges and schools in and around Coimbatore participating in various sports and cultural events. It was inaugurated by Lt. Col. D. Deenadayalan, Commanding Officer, 4 TN Battalion NCC, Coimbatore.

A two-day workshop for school teachers on ‘The Adolescent Learner' was organised by Dr. G.R. Damodaran College of Education. Sunitha Ranjan, Assistant Professor, School of Life Skills Education and Social Harmony, RGNIYD University, was the chief guest. The workshop focussed on the role of teachers in shaping adolescents.

Sree Narayana Guru Arts and Science College conducted a programme for students and teachers of Pitchanur Higher Secondary School on computer awareness and computer training. It was inaugurated by R. Priya, Head of the Department, Computer Science.

An awareness programme on ‘Conservation of Energy, Electrical Safety and Global Warming' was held at KV Institute of Management and Information Studies. It was inaugurated by Anantha Krishnan, Superintendent Engineer, Electrical Distribution Circle, Coimbatore.

He emphasised on the conservation of electricity and how to avoid hazards caused due to careless usage of electricity.

The programme focussed on steps to reduce the consumption of electricity and on how to make it sustainable for future generations.

Youth Red Cross of Ranganathan Engineering College conducted blood donation awareness programme. A.K. Ravikumar, Consultant Surgeon, Mouthi Nursing Home, Coimbatore, was the chief guest. Dr. Ravikumar gave a presentation on blood donation and threw light on its advantages.

The first year students of the Department of MCA of RVS School of Computer Studies, RVS College of Arts and Science, visited the Universal Peace Foundation, an orphanage, as part of their extension and outreach activities. The students spent time with the inmates and organised entertainment programmes for them.

The Department of Business Management, P.S.G.R. Krishnammal College for Women, conducted a conference on the impact of micro-finance in enhancing competitiveness and growth of rural markets in India. It was inaugurated by Indrajith, Assistant General Manager, Syndicate Bank, Regional Office, Coimbatore.

He emphasised that the development of rural area could become a reality only through financial inclusion. He said the problems of the rural people cannot be understood just by reading books.

Karunya School of Management along with ICWAI-Coimbatore Chapter, Karunya University, conducted a programme on ‘Investor awareness' for the Self-Help Group women. Various issues on investment options and redressal mechanism were discussed.

Lisieux College of Education organised a citizenship training camp near Saravanampatti. An awareness rally on social evils, a medical camp for the residents of Kandaswamy nagar, an input session highlighting women empowerment and religious harmony, a three-day visit to orphanages, old age homes and AIDS centre, cleaning up of panchayat school campus and trekking were part of the training camp. A film festival on ‘Mother Theresa' was conducted to inculcate the value of service in the students.

A faculty development programme on Environmental Science and Engineering was organised by the Department of Civil Engineering, V.L.B. College of Engineering and Technology.

K. Karunakaran, Vice- Chancellor, Anna University of Technology, Coimbatore, inaugurated the programme. He spoke on the threats caused to the environment due to various human and industrial activities and the need to protect the earth. The programme highlighted the importance of solid waste management for a better environment for the future generation.

The Computer Science Engineering Department of Sri Ramakrishna Engineering College conducted a seminar on ‘Software testing'.

Technical experts from Mazenet Solutions, Coimbatore, addressed the gathering on the importance of software testing, its current applications in the IT industry, job opportunities and various levels of certification in this field.

The scope of science was highlighted in the Science Fest organised by the KPR Institute of Engineering and Technology. The fest was inaugurated by T.V. Venkateswaran, Scientist, Vigyan Prasar. He spoke on the importance of science and answered various questions related to science and technology. The two-day fest had 3,500 visitors. Students from various schools exhibited 106 working models in the science exhibition.

The first year students of Department of Social Work, C.S.I. Bishop Appaswamy College of Arts and Science, conducted a rural camp in Thennamanallur. Rally and cultural programmes were organised to create awareness on social issues among the residents. The students succeeded in practical implementation of street plays, social analysis and Participatory Rural Appraisal.

A National conference on Electro-Mechanical and Automated Systems was organised by the Department of EEE, Sri Eshwar College of Engineering. S. Arun Daniel, Head, Department of EEE, NIT, Tiruchi, inaugurated the session. He addressed the gathering on ‘ Smart Grid Systems'.

The chief guest of the technical session was G.L. Samuel, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Madras. Nearly 50 faculty from different engineering colleges across India attended.

(Compiled by S. Sai Smrithi)