The Department of Home Science Extension Education and Centre for Women Studies of Avainashilingam Deemed University for Women organised a workshop on “Engendering Agriculture Production and Marketing through Public-Private Partnership”. Vice-Chancellor of the university Sheela Ramachandran inaugurated the workshop.

Krishna Srinath, Director, Directorate of Research on Women in Agriculture, Bhubaneshwar, said the directorate was a research institute that worked to relieve the drudgery of women.

A seminar-cum-workshop on ‘Skills for Works' was organised by the English Department at Kumaraguru College of Technology. Trainers from the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations were the resource persons.

Interactive sessions on techniques of negotiation Skills, Business Etiquette, Resume writing and Interview Skills were held.

Students of MBA, MCA and EEE branch were the beneficiaries.

SriGuru Institute of Technology launched the higher education cell. Nearly 450 engineering students attended.

M. Sathya Prasad, Section Head, Advanced Engineering, Ashok Leyland, spoke to the students about the importance of education and entrance examinations like GMAT, GRE, CAT, GATE, IELTS and TOEFL.

The Department of Bioinformatics, Karunya University, Coimbatore, organised a workshop on “Molecular Simulation and Chemoinformatics Approaches in New Drug Development”.

The workshop included lectures by eminent scientists and hands-on-training with experimental data. Madhan Mohan, Adviser, Bioinformatics Division, Department of Biotechnology inaugurated the workshop followed by Crystallographer and academician D. Velmurugan of the University of Madras delivering keynote address.

The workshop provided an arena for PG students, research scholars and faculty in life sciences to gain experience in these thrust areas of research.

The Department of Computer Science and Applications of PSG College of Arts and Science conducted their annual technical fest GATEWAY'11.

The chief guest of the function was Ramesh Rajamani, Sr. Technical Manager, HCL Technologies, Chennai. Participants from around 50 colleges took part in various events like Quiz, debugging, word hunt, paper presentation, marketing etc. K.M. Chinnadorai, Principal In-charge, stressed the importance of developing organisational skills along with technical skills.

Mr. Rajamani spoke on future trends in data warehousing and also urged the student community to participate in intercollegiate events and develop communication skills.

Centre for Women's Studies and Department of Home Science Extension Education of Avinashilingam Deemed University for Women jointly organised International Women's Day celebrations.

It honoured four women achievers in various fields - T. R. Rajeshwari, visually impaired music teacher, Government Higher Secondary School, Kalapatti, Chitra, SHG Coordinator, Sri Avinashilingam Education Trust Institutions, Y. Stella, Urban Health Nurse, Meenakshi Maternity Home and Sakunthala, women entrepreneur, Surya Tex. Thenmozhi Neethirajan, Gynaecologist, Kurinji Hospital spoke on “Women and Health”.

Yuvasakthi, a forum for women of NIA Educational Institutions celebrated the International Women's Day. Savithri Vaithi, Vishranthi Charitable Trust, Chennai, was honoured with Yuvasakthi Award for her excellence in social service.

T.S. Prema, Professor of Economics, D.G. Vaishnav College, Chennai, was the chief guest.

VLB and Sri Krishna Institutions observed International Women's Day.

Teachers selected from the group institutions were given the Best Teacher Award.

Rajshree Pathy, Managing Director, Rajshree Group of Companies, was the chief guest. S. Malarvizhi, Managing Trustee of the institutions, gave away the prizes.

The Women's Club of Bharathiar University celebrated International Women's Day.

K.M. Ramathal, former Chairperson of Tamil Nadu State Commission for Women, was the chief guest. Touching upon women's equality in the society and family, she briefed the participants about the laws passed by the Government for women's welfare.

The Department of Commerce and MIB of Nehru Arts and Science College organised a seminar on “Comethics”.

D. Elango, Managing Partner, Ahill Apparels, inaugurated the seminar and said applied ethics was a field of ethics that dealt with ethical questions in many fields such as medical, technical, legal and environmental ethics. Experts from academia were the resource persons.

The Nature Club of RVS School of Computer of the RVS College of Arts and Science organised an environmental awareness programme on Uyir Vazha Oru Maram.

M. Yoganathan, environmentalist, spoke on the negative effects of deforestation and global warming.

Importance of tree plantation and negative effects of plastic usage were stressed.

Amutha Kannan