Volunteers of the NSS unit of Kongu Arts and Science College, Erode, constructed a compound wall for the government primary school at Ulagapuram during a special camp held in December. The college had spent Rs. 1 lakh for the construction. They conducted free medical camp, awareness programmes on consumer rights, HIV/AIDS and cancer, a sapling plantation drive, and a seminar on global warming as part of the camp.

NCC cadets of Kongu Engineering College, Erode, visited the Madras Regimental Centre in Wellington in Udhagamandalam.

The cadets visited the museum, parade ground, obstacle area and artificial rock climbing training area. Personnel at the regiment trained the cadets. They also visited the war memorial and paid tributes. The visit was organised to encourage the NCC cadets to join the defence services. Commanding Officer of 15 (T N) BN NCC N.S. Shekhawat and NCC Officer P.S. Raghavendran accompanied the cadets.

NSS volunteers of Kaamadhenu Arts and Science College, Sathyamangalam, conducted a number of programmes to create awareness among people living in Kadambur and nearby remote villages on various issues. The programmes, which covered health, sanitation and consumer rights, were organised as part of the seven-day NSS special camp. Collector T. Soundiah distributed certificates to the volunteers. He called upon the volunteers to take up more community welfare activities.

The eligibility test for UGC-sponsored civil service coaching class was held at the Vellalar College for Women, Erode, recently. Over 750 students appeared for the test. Students will be selected for the coaching class based on their performance in the test.

The Velalar College of Engineering and Technology, Erode, conducted a three-day entrepreneurship awareness camp.

Managing Partner of Venbro Polymers D. Venkateshwaran, participating in the camp, shared his experience with the students and urged them to develop leadership qualities, which were important for a successful entrepreneur. Director of DMW CNC Solutions India Private Limited K.P. Ravichandar delivered the valedictory address. Students were taken for a visit to Sakthi Auto Components Private limited in Pallagoundenpalayam. The Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India provided the financial assistance for the conduct of the programme.

Collector T. Soundiah has called upon the college students in the district to study various issues faced by people in their neighbourhood and try to help them.

Interacting with the women volunteers of NSS Units III and IV of Sri Vasavi College at Kadukkampalayam village in Gobichettipalayam block, the Collector said the country could achieve sustainable development only when adequate opportunities were provided to people to participate and grow. Students should realise this fact and help people to enhance their quality of life, he stressed.

He also inspected the activities carried out by the volunteers during a camp. The volunteers built a passenger shelter at the village and conducted awareness programmes.

Professor R.S.Sabeenian, Department of Electronics and Communication of Sona College of Technology, Salem, was conferred with ‘Rajarambapu Patil National Award' for the ‘Promising Engineering Teacher.' Prof. N. R. Shetty, president ISTE, presented the award at the 40th ISTE Annual Convention held at MEPCO Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi, Virudhunagar district, recently. The award was given for his innovation in teaching, development of laboratories, research and consultancy in technical education. Professor R.S.Sabeenian was the Centre Head of Sona Signal and Image Processing Research Centre doing research in image analysis, classification, reorganisation, segmentation and compression.

Salem Periyar University Vice-Chancellor K.Muthuchelian inaugurated the State-level symposium ‘ThiagFirst 2K11' at Thiagarajar Polytechnic College, Salem.

In his inaugural address, he emphasised the need to protect our environment. He pointed out that in 1950, 33 per cent of our earth had forest cover while in 2000, it had been reduced to 23 per cent. Also, carbon-dioxide level had been increasing considerably all these years. As a result, there was a tremendous increase in the temperature. He stressed the importance of non-conventional energy like solar energy and bio-energy.

Various colleges in Salem district completed their week-long NSS special camps at villages where the volunteers took up many people-oriented schemes such as mass cleaning, medical camps, sapling plantations, general sanitation, AIDS awareness and global warming. They also asked the villagers to maintain water bodies and save the environment. Salem Jairam Arts and Science College students completed their camp at Veppilaipati in Ayothiapattinam block in which they cleaned many government buildings and temples. Certificates were given to the participants. Students of Salem Vysya College also completed their camp at Vellalakundam. The NSS units of Rajaji Institute of Technology, Salem, conducted its camps at Seergapadi in Veerapandi union.

More than 1,000 students and researchers from India, Iran and Tanzania participated in the two-day 10th National Level Biological Congress on ‘ Promising faces of Biotechnology' organised by the Department of Biological Sciences of Muthayammal College of Arts and Science, Rasipuram.

Vice-Chancellor of Periyar University K. Muthuchelian spoke about 10 departments such as agriculture, medicine, veterinary, marine biology, fisheries, physical environment, bio-informatics, space science, industries and nano-science where biotechnology had its eminence deep rooted. He expressed confidence that biotechnology would shape up as a remedy for incurable diseases and increase agricultural produce commendably by 2020. He released a souvenir containing the abstracts of professors and students.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) India, EDS Chapter, in association with the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering of Muthayammal Engineering College, Rasipuram, organised a lecture on ‘Recent trends in Nanoelectronics'.

Dr. Hiroshi Iwai from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, in his lecture insisted on the importance of quality in higher education to survive in this competitive world and also motivated the students to update and collaborate for innovation and higher education.

District Collector S. Madumathi presided over a road safety awareness programme at Paavai College in Pachal as part of the 22nd Road Safety Week observance.

Distributing free spectacles and prizes to winners of various competitions organised in this connection, she urged drivers to undergo proper training before obtaining licence.

The Commerce Department of Trinity College for Women organised a State-level seminar on ‘Inflation and its impact on Indian Economy'. Governing council member of the college S. Balakrishnan focused on the causes of inflation and the need to contain it. Eminent professors from colleges in Erode and Salem addressed the students during various sessions.

(S. Ramesh in Erode, Special Correspondent in Salem and M.K Ananth in Namakkal)