A magazine, GreenLead, was released at Greentech College of Engineering for Women in Salem. R. Veeramani, chairman, Gem Group of Companies, was the chief guest. S. Govindarajan, president of Salem Farmers' Association, was the special guest. Offer letters to 69 final year students were presented. Chairman of the institution Desingarajan explained the need for lateral thinking in teaching and training young students in leadership and management techniques. The event was marked by cultural performances by students.

Scholarships worth Rs. 72 lakh were presented to 450 students of Sona College of Technology, Salem, at an award function. S. Shanmugavel, Registrar, Anna University, Chennai, was the chief guest. He distributed scholarships, incentives and education loans worth Rs. 8.4 crore to 2,812 students. He motivated the students to pursue higher education and take up competitive examinations and other value added programmes for their development. Chairman C. Valliappa presided over the function.

Students from the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Knowledge Institute of Technology, Salem, had bagged prizes for paper presentations at various colleges. Third year students M. Chellapandiyan and K. Ramvignesh presented a paper on “Aerodynamics analysis on car using CFD” and bagged second prize. M. Antony Clinton and T. Soundararajan, second year students, presented a paper on “Replacement of heart By-pass Surgery by using Nano Robots” and won third prize.

Mission10x Aarambh, an orientation programme for faculty, was conducted at Mahendra College of Engineering, Salem. M.G. Bharath Kumar, chairman of Mahendra Institutions, presided. B. Maha Ajay Prasath and Ba. Mahendiran, managing directors of the institutions, were the chief guest.

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering of Salem College of Engineering and Technology, Mettupatti, in Salem, conducted a national level technical symposium XlARATZ' 12 recently. M. A. Rajan, research scientist, Innovation Labs, TATA Consultancy Services, Bangalore, and former ISRO scientist, was the resource person. Events such as paper presentation, technical quiz, debugging and web designing were conducted.

AVS Engineering College and AVS College of Arts and Science celebrated their college day Sahaana 2012 recently. K. Kailasam, chariman AVS and Sakthikailash Group of Institution, presided over the function. Offer letters were given to 150 students on the occasion.

Kavery Engineering College and Kavery College of Engineering, Mecheri, in Salem celebrated their annual day recently. Sandeep M. Karamongikar, associate vice-president, Infosys Labs, Infosys Limited, Bangalore, was the chief guest. A.K. Natesan, chairman, Kavery and Excel Institutions, presided over the function. K. Mahalingam, general manager (Commercial), Sakthi Sugars – Soyas Division, Coimbatore and A. Sivakumar, deputy general manager, Aerospace Division, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., Bangalore, were the guests of honour.

Paavai College of Engineering and Paavai College of Technology, Pachal, Namakkal, jointly organised a national level technical symposium TECHFEST 2K12.

Priyasri Anilkumar, Indian university relations leader, Honeywell International India Pvt., Ltd., Bangalore, inaugurated the symposium and stated that technical excellence, team spirit and focused mindset were qualities in a student that were much sought-after by corporate companies. Chairman of Paavai Institutions N.V. Natarajan in his presidential address urged students to read biographies of great personalities as it would inspire them.

The Women's Forum of Muthayammal College of Arts and Science, Rasipuram, organised a seminar on “Intricate Issues of Love Marriage and Motivation to Higher Studies”. B. Manimekalai, Additional Public Prosecutor-cum-Government Pleader in the Fast Track Court, Namakkal, was the resource person. She was of the opinion that lack of mutual understanding between the partners and ego due to early love marriages directly affected them from pursuing higher education, their careers and forced them to face financial difficulties. Executive director Manju Muthuvel presided over the seminar.

A national level technical symposium “AZALEA 2K12” was organised by the Mechanical Engineering Department of PGP College of Engineering and Technology, Paramathi. Senior vice- president of JSW Pvt. Limited, Salem, S.S. Asawale, principal, NTC College, Namakkal, Ramasamy, correspondent of PGP Educational Institutions Ganapathy and college principal R. Ravikumar released the symposium souvenir.

Nearly 600 students from various colleges participated in the national level technical symposium COMµNIX'12 that was conducted by the Electronics and Communication Engineering Department of K.S.Rangasamy College of Technology. It was sponsored by the Creative Association for Adducing Communication Engineers (CAFACE), IETE and IEEE student chapter. Main events that attracted participation from more students were project presentations and code debugging which was aimed at improving the technical knowledge and communication skills of the participants.

A campus interview was held at the Jayam College of Engineering and Technology, Nallanur, in Dharmapuri. Indus Teqsite Pvt. Ltd, Chennai, conducted the interview for final engineering students of the Electronic and Communications branch. About 150 students from seven Engineering Colleges in Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri district participated.

Of them, 11 students were selected for placement including four from Jayam College of Engineering and Technology. G. Tholkappiya Arasu, principal, inaugurated the camp in the presence of S. Ezhilan, placement officer.

A two-day Engineering Exhibition TECH EXPO-2012 was held at Er. Perumal Manimekalai Polytechnic and Engineering College, Koneripalli, near Hosur. R.M. Vasagam, chairman, National Design and Research Forum (NDRF), Institute of Engineers (India), Bangalore, and former Vice-Chancellor of Anna University, Chennai, inaugurated the exhibition. S. Chitra, principal, said over 600 science projects from students of various engineering streams were on display. Students from nearby private and government schools visited the exhibition.

(S.P. Saravanan in Salem, M.K. Ananth in Namakkal and R. Arivanantham in Krishnagiri)