The Statistics Department of Sri Venkateswara University, established in the year 1962, turned fifty this year and the three-day celebration was as lively as enlightening, coupled as it was with a national workshop on ‘Biostatistics’.
Bimal K. Roy, Director, Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata, took part as the chief guest and delivered the keynote address. While releasing the souvenir along with the Vice-Chancellor W.Rajendra, he lauded the department for churning out the best of ideas and producing a number of statisticians. Department alumni K.R. Muralimohan, Scientist ‘F’ with DST, K.T. Reddy, Executive Director of TM Tyres Limited, academics K.Jayanta Rao, V.L.Narasimham (Andhra University, Vizag) and event convener K.V.S. Sarma took part, while retired teachers were honoured on the occasion.
In the workshop on ‘Advanced stochastic models in biostatistics’, G. Rajarami Reddy, Vice-Chancellor of Vikrama Simhapuri University (Nellore) gave a lucid presentation on the scope of statistics in biosciences.
He also stressed the need to attract youngsters by highlighting the job avenues for biostatisticians, especially in the pharmaceutical industry. R.J. Yadav, a scientist from National Institute of Medical Statistics (ICMR Delhi), Rakesh Srivastava from MS University (Baroda), L.Jeyaseelan from CMC Vellore and P.Venkatesan from National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (Chennai) took part.
There were talks on stochastic modelling by experts from ICMR, Madurai Kamaraj University, CMC Vellore, University of Pondicherry and SVIMS.
Alladi Mohan, head of Medicine at SVIMS University was the chief guest at the valedictory session, where Prof. Mohan appreciated the interest evinced by the participants in bridging the gap between theoretical and clinical application of statistics.
C.R. Umamaheswara Sarma, Additional Superintendent of Police (Tirumala), while M.P. Sastry, a founder professor of statistics gave away golden jubilee medals to research scholars. Academics P.Rajasekhara Reddy and M.Subbarayudu coordinated the sessions.
SVUCE alumni meet
The alumni association of Sri Venkateswara University College of Engineering (SVUCE) held its first-of-its-kind session for the benefit of its students last week. Over 400 teachers, researchers, entrepreneurs and professionals produced by the college in the last five decades, who are well ensconced in comfortable positions across the globe, converged here with the noble intention of creating excellence and adding value to their alma mater.
The ‘Alumni Day’ initiative was meant to proactively guide the students on managing transition effectively from the college to successful careers. The event held on Aug 14 was touted to be a small beginning to achieve a larger goal.
Vice-Chancellor Wudayagiri Rajendra took part as the chief guest at the event, presided over by SVUCE Principal A.Prabhakar.
Revathi Turaga, a mechanical engineering graduate from the college and an international trainer cum motivational speaker, delivered an eloquent talk on the ways to convert dreams into goals to script a successful career.
Colonel S.K. Rao, a retired Army officer and chairman of the Hyderabad chapter of SVUCE Alumni Association, R. Sivaprasad Reddy, a first generation entrepreneur and Suresh Perugu, a researcher and IT industry leader facilitated the discussion with the students on a range of topics like career planning, study options abroad and opportunities in services sector.
Academics K.M. Bhanu and Kota Nagendra Prasad coordinated the sessions.