Robofeast 2013, a national robotics championship was inaugurated at G.R. Damodaran College of Science, in association with iFest, IIT-Roorkee, Revert Technologies Private Limited. A mobile robotics workshop was organised with focus on mobile robots using DTMF decoder and AVR microcontrollers. Students from arts, science, engineering colleges, and even schools, participated. The winning teams would compete at the grand finale at IIT Roorkee in March 2014.

V. Suvathi, B.A. Literature student and NSS volunteer of PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, was selected for the Indira Gandhi NSS Best Volunteer award for the year 2012-13.

She was one among the 30 volunteers to receive the award from President Pranab Mukherjee at a function in New Delhi.

Karunya University entered into memoranda of understanding with two institutions – Ben Gurion University of Beer Sheva, Technion, Israel, and Institute of Archaeology of Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Paul Dhinkaran, Chancellor of Karunya University, exchanged the MoUs with representatives of both the foreign universities.

A centre of excellence will be established with the latter institute.

Rathinam Group of Institutions and Coimbatore Diabetes Foundation jointly organised a World Diabetes Day awareness rally. It began from Women’s Polytechnic College and ended at the VOC Park. J.K. Periyasamy, Senior Consultant Cardiologist, flagged off the rally. More than 1,000 students and faculty participated.

Schools of Management of Sri Krishna Institutions organised a lecture on ‘Current Economic Crisis in India’. Fr. Casimir Raj, Founder Director, Loyola Institute of Business Administration, was the chief guest. He pointed out that though India had the largest number of intellectuals, they lacked in research aptitude. Inefficiency and ineffectiveness in managing the available resources were the main causes for the economic turndown in India.

An INSPIRE camp was organised by the Department of Biochemistry and Clinical Lab Technology of Dr. NGP Arts and Science College. Higher secondary school students were selected to attend this free camp for a week. Experts from academia served as resource persons. The camp was sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

Sasi Creative School of Architecture and Sasi Creative School of Business and Young Indians, Coimbatore Chapter, organised the Global Entrepreneurship Week recently. The entrepreneur development programme aimed at promoting creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship among students. There was an interactive session between students and young successful entrepreneurs. This was followed by presentation of innovative ideas by prospective student entrepreneurs.

KPR School of Business organised a talk ‘Women in Leadership: Time to make a Commitment’. Poonam Barua, Founder Chairperson of WILL Forum India, was the resource person. She urged the students to take up activities that developed qualities of leadership, especially the girl students. Women should learn to balance between family and career by involving the whole family. The Sakthi Centre for Women in Leadership established in the school would be guided by the Forum, she said.

A lecture on ‘Corporate Expectations and Interviewing Skills’ was held at VSB College of Engineering Technical Campus.

A.K. Pattabiraman, Head, Accreditation, Tata Consultancy Services, was the chief guest. He highlighted the significance of the interview, and said that the interview process was a defining moment, not only for the candidate, but also for the corporate. Though many cleared the interview, they were not able to survive the challenges in the work place because of the wrong attitude.

Amutha Kannan