Nehru Institute of Management Studies organised ‘Path Creators’, where students of the institute got to interact with some leading entrepreneurs. S. Rasakani who owns the Sethu Flower Stall, G. Sree Vidhya of Ravindra Services Private Limited, Chennai, and Sudharsan, Chief Executive Officer, Mark-1 Communication, addressed the students. P. Krishna Kumar, Chief Executive Officer and Secretary, Nehru Group of Institutions, presided over the event.

The Department of Business Management of Dr. SNS Rajalakshmi College of Arts and Science organised a mega expo ‘Marcatus 2012’. Nalin, Managing Director of the college, inaugurated the expo. Products such as textiles, cosmetics, confectionery items, ice creams, fast food, games, etc., were displayed in the stalls. Nearly 2,500 students visited and purchased products.

The Post-Graduate and Research Department of Chemistry of PSGR Krishnammal College for Women organised a seminar on “Alternative Energy Resources – A future Perspective”. V.K. Damodaran, Director General, INGCORE, Thiruvananthapuram, inaugurated the seminar and spoke on sustainable renewable energy and the role of chemists in it. There were also sessions on utilisation of solar energy, fuel cell technology, wind energy, ocean energy, biomass energy, energy auditing, energy from wastes and energy management. P. Ashok Kumar, Managing Director, KCP Solar Industry, President, Tamil Nadu Solar Energy, was the chief guest for the valediction.

A personality development camp “Awakening 2012” was held for the final year MBA students of CMS Institute of Management Studies at Karl Kubel Institute of Development and Education, Anaikatti. The camp was inaugurated by Lakshmi Menon, Deputy General Manager (Human Resources), Larsen & Toubro. Activities included yoga, quiz, business sessions, games, paper presentation, lectures, best manager rounds and cultural events. The chief guest for valediction was V.L. Paul, Deputy General Manager, Personnel, South Indian Bank, Thrissur.

The Student Social Responsibility Club of MBA Department of Coimbatore Institute of Engineering and Technology in association with Valens, Association of MBA, organised a lecture on “Significance of Organ Donation and Blood Donation”. Pratap Gokuldas, Director of Multi-Organ Harvesting and Networking, spoke on the importance and value of organ donation. Arun Gokuldas of IMA Blood Bank stressed the need for blood donation through a short film. Students were made to understand that while donating blood saved many lives, organ donation made people “live” even after their lives.

The inauguration of the first year BE programmes of KPR Institute of Engineering and Technology was held recently. Kavidasan, Director, Roots Industries India Limited, was the chief guest. He spoke to the students on the need to improve their self confidence. He also stressed the role of a good friend in the path to success. K.P. Arulshri, Principal of the college, presided over the event.

Sree Ramu College of Arts and Science went in for re-accreditation. A peer team consisting of Okhil Kumar Medhi, Vice-Chancellor of Guwahati University, Assam, P.G. Marvania, Professor, Department of Economics, Sourashtra University, Rajkot, and M.D. Jahagirdar, Director, Guru Institute of Management and Technology, Aurangabad, visited the college.

SriGuru Institute of Technology organised SriGuru I³ – 2012 Industry Institute Interaction Conclave. As many as 14 industry heads participated in the Conclave. K. Chandrasekaran, former Director, AU-FRG Institute of CAD / CAM, Anna University, Chennai, was the chief guest. He made a mention of National Knowledge Commission stating that the curriculum was not quite compatible with industry requirements. A panel discussion on recruitment trends in current scenario was also held. The conclave ended with student-industry personnel interaction.

A workshop on ‘Scope and Avenues of Petrochemical Engineers in Developing Countries’ was held for the students of the Department of Petro Chemical Engineering of JCT College of Engineering and Technology. S. Ramachandran, Principal, Kumaraguru College of Technology, inaugurated the workshop. He called for a new curriculum for development of petrochemical processes since the petrochemical industry was poised for growth in developing countries. Experts from the petrochemical industry handled the technical sessions.

The Red Ribbon Club and Youth Red Cross of Ranganathan Engineering College were inaugurated by Dr. K. Mahadevan, Coimbatore Medical College Hospital. The chief guest spoke on AIDS and swine flu and pointed out the major symptoms of AIDS that included loss of weight, fever over a month, etc.

He also gave awareness about the various modes of transmission of AIDS like use of unsterilised injections, improper blood transfusion, etc.

A tree plantation drive was organised at Dr. R.V. Arts and Science College. Saplings were planted by students on the college premises, Chenniveerampalayam, Marudur Panchayat offices, and Vadavalli Government School premises. D. Anandagopal, Principal of the college, inaugurated the drive.

Akshaya   College   of Engineering and Technology inaugurated the first year classes. D.R. Kaarthikeyan, Advisor, Law-Human responsibilities-Corporate Affairs, was  the chief  guest  of  the day.  Aranga Gopal, Director, SHIBI IAS Academy, M.S. Saravanan, Inspector of police, Kinathukadavu, felicitated. The chief guest stressed the importance of application oriented knowledge and communicative ability to excel in the challenging scenario. He urged students to learn at least three languages. Ideal engineers were not only a scientist or a technologist, but should be both.

Pearl Academy and Department of Costume Design and Fashion of Hindusthan College of Arts and Science jointly hosted a workshop on Career Counselling and Career Opportunities in Apparel Manufacturing and Fashion Retailing. The workshop was aimed at creating awareness on the employment potential in the apparel sector.

Ramalingam, Director, Pearl Academy, Chennai, said the curriculum designed by Pearl Academy catered specifically to the needs of this sector by augmenting students’ skills as per industry requirements and making them ‘industry ready’. India’s retail industry needed talent with the right skills-set and expertise, he added.

The Sri G.V.G.Visalakshi College for Women, Udumalpet, organised a national workshop on ‘Recent trends in literary and critical theories’ on its premises recently. Resource persons from various universities talked on the importance of enjoying literature that could give valuable ideas.

G. Baskaran from Gandhigram Rural University, delivered the keynote address and Dr. Bennet from National College, Tiruchi, shared views on psychoanalytic criticism and gender theory.

Sasurie Group of Institutions, Tirupur, conducted an inter-district sports event on its campus recently.

The Jay Shriram Group of Institutions, Tirupur, hosted a national-level workshop on ‘Open source-PHP’, recently. J. Aasaithambi of Rooman Technologies, Coimbatore, who was the main resource person, talked about hyper text pre-processor, web applications and scripting languages, among few other topics.

Amutha Kannan in Coimbatore and

R. Vimal Kumar in Tirupur