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FOR CROP IMPROVEMENT: P. Vivekanandan, Dean in-charge, Agricultural College and Research Institute, inaugurating a symposium on 'Frontier areas in plant biotechnology' at Lady Doak College in Madurai on Friday.

FOR CROP IMPROVEMENT: P. Vivekanandan, Dean in-charge, Agricultural College and Research Institute, inaugurating a symposium on 'Frontier areas in plant biotechnology' at Lady Doak College in Madurai on Friday.  



A two-day national symposium on 'Frontier areas in plant biotechnology,' organised by the PG Department of Microbiology of Lady Doak College, concluded on Saturday. P. Vivekanandan, Dean in-charge, Agricultural College and Research Institute, in his inaugural address, highlighted the role of biotechnology in crop improvement, the current applications of plant biotechnology, new dimensions in investigating gene expression using gene chips and conversion of biodiversity. Meenakshi Munshi, Principal Scientific Officer, Department of Biotechnology, focussed on plant biotechnology as a powerful tool to efficiently re-tailor genetic barriers to enable gene transfer between distinctly different organisms. Nirmala Jeyaraj, Principal, in her presidential address, explained the future scope for biotechnology. Lectures were also delivered by M. Maheswaran and R. Gnanam of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, K. Mani of PSG College of Arts and Science and M. Vivekanandan of Bharatidasan University.In his valedictory address, K. Veluthambi, Professor and Head, Department of Plant Biotechnology, Madurai Kamaraj University, spoke on the changing trends in research.

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PKN Arts and Science College, Tirumangalam, organised a debate last week on whether theists or atheists contribute to amity in society. The topic triggered the imagination of students. The debate was presided over by the Principal, T. Dhanabalan. The college also organised a trekking expedition for boys on January 12, under the auspices of Youth Red Cross and Adventure Club. Fifty students, accompanied by five staff members, undertook the adventurous expedition to Gopalasamy Malai with a perspective of creating an awareness of disaster management among rural population.
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National Service Scheme units 92, 93 and 95 of Madurai Kamaraj University College organised a 10-day special camp at Appanthirupathi near Madurai from January 2.The volunteers involved themselves in cleaning roads and temple and cleared bushes on the bank of the Periyar Main Canal. In association with Meenakshi Mission Hospital, they also conducted a general medical camp for villagers.They listened to speeches delivered on various topics such as 'Importance of computer literacy' by C. Suresh Kumar, Head, Department of Computer Science, and 'Communication skills' by S. Shanmugaih, Controller of Examinations, Madurai Kamaraj University. The final day ended with Pongal celebration.The camp was inaugurated by P. Maruthamuthu, Vice-Chancellor of MK University. R. Muthulakshmi, Principal, welcomed the gathering and S. Irulappan proposed a vote of thanks.
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Job hunters are always in search of right candidates who have the right attitude and aptitude, besides good communication skills. The K. L. N. College of Engineering, in an attempt to equip students with winning skills, organised a three-day programme on aptitude test coaching from January 10. Prof. S. Suresh Kumar was the resource person.
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A mock drill of fire fighting techniques was demonstrated at K. L. Nagaswamy Memorial Polytechnic College for the benefit of students on Friday by personnel from the Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services, Madurai Division. The Vice-Principal, K.B. Sahadevan, presided. The drill was led by Assistant Divisional Fire Officer K. Ilango. Station officers and 20 commandos demonstrated different methods of fire extinguishing and rescuing techniques, including rescuing operations in multi-storied buildings using rope seats and rope-stretchers. As many as 1,500 students and 100 staff members witnessed the drill.
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The NSS units 13, 14 and 15 of Nadar Mahajana Sangam S. Vellaichamy Nadar College organised a 10-day special camp from January 6 at Ayyappanaickenpatti (Kuruvithurai).A massive cleaning work was undertaken in and around Sri Chitra Ratha Vallabha Perumal Temple. The premises of Badrakaliamman Temple and Bethanna Swamy Temple were also cleaned up and the Kanniapa Mudaliar Mandapam spruced up. Garbage on the streets was removed and villagers were made aware of the need for maintenance of drainage system.Meenakshi Mission Hospital, in association with the NSS units, conducted a general medical and diabetes detection camp at the village.As many as 356 persons benefited from the camp. A veterinary camp was also conducted by a team of doctors led by K. Namachivaayam, Assistant Director of Veterinary Department. The college secretary and correspondent, P. Mahendravel, inaugurated the camp. The Principal, K. Natarajan, the NSS coordinator of MK University, S. Raju, spoke.S.S. KAVITHA





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