The Faculty of Disability Management and Special Education of Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University and the National Institute for the Visually Handicapped, Dehradun, organised a national workshop on "Inclusive Education of the Visually Impaired Children - Challenges and Opportunities". R.K. Mittal, Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi, inaugurated the workshop and said inclusive education was a movement that had to be carried forward by all concerned. The Department of ComputerScience and Applications ofRathinam College of Arts and Scienceorganised a State-level technofest "Conclave '09". Events like softwarecontest, word hunt, paper presentationand quiz were held.Computer science students fromvarious colleges participated. Vice-Chancellor of Bharathiar UniversityG. Thiruvasagam gave away the prizesto the winners of the events.Tamil Nadu College of Engineeringheld a special seven-day NSScamp at Kittampalayam, Sulur. Studentvolunteers carries out varioussocial service activities like cleaningand clearing public places, plantingsaplings, fire safety and rescue operationsand computer awareness programmes.They also createdawareness about social issues amongthe villagers.Sree Abirami College of Nursingorganised a lamp lighting ceremonyfor B. Sc. Nursing students. A.Muruganathan, Governing CouncilMember, Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R.University, Chennai, was the chiefguest. He motivated the students toperform their duties with dedicationand commitment and serve thecountry rather than going abroad.PSGR Krishnammal College forWomen celebrated its collegeday recently. G. Srinivas, RegionalHead, South Eastern Region, UniversityGrants Commission, Hyderabad,said access to higher educationhelped women get over gender disparity.He asserted that education ofwomen was central to the developmentof society. .Department of Computer Scienceand Engineering, AnnaUniversity, organised a two-day nationalworkshop on "High PerformanceComputing". It wasstructured to educate students, researchers,scholars and faculty in thearea of high performance computing.Sessions on fundamentals ofmobile computing, research areas inwireless technologies, cryptographyand network security, etc., wereheld.The Business School and the departmentsof ECE and EEE ofKumaraguru College of Technologyorganised a professional developmentprogramme for faculty members.It was organised incollaboration with the RegionalTelecom Training Centre and BSNLN. Ashok Kumar, Deputy DirectorGeneral, Vigilance, Department ofTelecom and A. Shahjahan, PrincipalGeneral Manager, BSNL, addressedthe participants.The Faculty-ISTE chapter of RVSCollege of Engineering andTechnology was launched recentlyby R.K. Suresh, Chairman, ISTE TamilNadu and Puducherry Section.The annual day and sports day ofMaharaja Arts and Science Collegewas held recently. C. Rajendran,Commissioner of Customs CentralExcise and Service Tax, Coimbatore,was the chief guest. Students of variousclasses staged a number of culturalevents.The Institute of Electronics andTelecommunication Engineering(IETE) Students' Forum was inauguratedat the KalaignarKarunanidhi Institute of Technology.T.R. Padmanathan, Chairman-IETE, Coimbatore Centre, inauguratedthe forum and spoke on theimportance of IETE.Department of Metallurgical Engineeringof PSG College ofTechnology organised a nationalstudents' technical symposium on"Advanced Materials and ManufacturingProcesses". Experts from industriesand Ramp;D institutions likeBHEL, SAIL, IGCAR, etc., deliveredkeynote addresses.The Department of Linguistics ofBharathiar University organiseda seminar on the "Influence ofSangam Classics in Dr. Kalaignar'sWorks" in collaboration with theCentral Institute of Classical Tamil,Chennai. Silamboli Chellappan,Member, Tamil Development Board,inaugurated the seminar and saidthat Kalaignar consolidated thegrowth of Tamil language and madeSangam literature popular. Vice-Chancellor G. Thiruvasagam presidedover the seminar.The Departments of Mechanical,EEE, ECE, CSE, IT, MBA andApplied Sciences of Karpagam Collegeof Engineering organised thethird inter-collegiate technical symposiumDESCARO 2009. Studentsfrom around 30 colleges participatedin the event. Paper presentation,project contest, quiz, software contest,sudoku, adzap, etc., were someof the events.The Department of InformationTechnology of RanganathanEngineering College organised asymposium "Eldorado '09". Morethan 100 papers were received from58 colleges. The best 16 were selectedby a jury. Other events like quiz,adzap, c-debugging, etc., were alsoheld.Cygmax Institute of ManagementStudies organised a seminaron "Global Financial Crisis andits Impact on Indian Manufacturingand Service Industries". It focuseson the steps and recommendationstaken by the Government and ReserveBank of India to combat andensure that the growth momwas maintained.The Department of InformationTechnology of Hindusthan Collegeof Engineering and Technologyorganised a national technical symposium"ITrendz 09". S. Ramamurthy,former senior scientist fromIndian Space Research Organisation,inaugurated the symposiumand spoke to the students on beingpositive and beating the recessionand slowdown.Avinashilingam University forWomen paid tributes to Dr. RajammalP. Devadas on her seventhmemorial day. C.V.R. Indira, formerDean, Faculty of Science, AvinashilingamUniversity for Women, spokeabout the contributions of the legend.The spirit of finding solutions tothe most intractable problems of societythrough the application of sciencewas inculcated in hercolleagues and students, the chiefguest said.An inter-collegiate meet was heldat CMS College of Science andCommerce. More than 45 collegesfrom the Southern States participatedin the meet. Various culturalcompetitions like solo song, dance,fashion show, debates, ragoli, facialpainting, etc., were held.The Department of ManagementSciences of SNR Sons Collegeorganised an executive meet. K.Seetharam, Director, Silver Tongue,spoke to the students on the topic of"Student Empowerment".AMUTHA KANNAN

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