Workshop conducted

Vivekananda College’s Department of Library and Information Science organised a workshop in collaboration with Madurai District Central Library on “Application of Computers in Libraries for Public Librarians and College Teachers” at the college on July 18.

Swami Niyamananda, Secretary of the college, spoke on the importance of reading books and said that it could help the youth to enrich their mind. He also said that good books needed to be made into audio books for further reach of wisdom to all in an easy manner.

Dr. B. Ramamoorthy, Principal, delivered the presidential address in which he had mentioned that the college was a pioneer in the introduction of mobile library for the benefit of rural people nearly a decade ago.

C.R. Raveendran, Madurai District Library Officer, said that colleges and libraries played an important role in shaping the youth and society.

Three college teachers and 48 public librarians of various places of Madurai benefited from the workshop.

Foundation Day celebrated

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) — Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI), Karaikudi, celebrated its 67th Foundation Day on Friday.

Addressing the ceremony, Prof. Pulickel M. Ajayan from Benjamin M and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor of Engineering at Rice University, Texas, USA, spoke on engineered nano structured materials.

Stating that this was the age of nano materials, he laid stress on design-based rationale for building engineered nano systems, the vision behind the materials genome project in the US.

Earlier, Vijayamohanan K. Pillai, Director, CECRI, said that the Foundation Day was an occasion to introspect and liven up things.

M. Jayachandran, Chief Scientist, welcomed and R. Meenakshisundaram, Senior Principal Scientist, proposed a vote of thanks.

Budget review meeting

A budget review meeting was held for the students of the Departments of Commerce, Commerce with Computer Application, and Business Administration of Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College in Madurai in which 350 students participated.

R. Raja Govindasamy, Director, Self-financing Wing, outlined the purpose of the meeting and asked them to develop a taste for reading newspapers to know dimensions of the budget 2014. R. Aruputharaj explained the concept of the budget and the significance of annual union budget of Government of India in the context.

T. Dhanalakshmi explained the impact of budget in rural development, health and family welfare and A. Sarweswaran explained the various tax provisions in the budget. Six final-year B.Com. (CA) students also gave their views on the budget 2014-15.

National seminar

The Department of Physics and Computer Science and Information Technology conducted a national-level seminar on “Environmental Protection – Ways and Means” at N.M.S Sermathai Vasan College for Women, Madurai.

S. Gousalya, Advisor of N.M.S Sermathai Vasan College for Women, gave the welcome address and M. Rajiakodi, Dean of Madurai Kamaraj University, inaugurated the function.

A. Veera Ravi, Department of Biotechnology, Alagappa University, delivered a special speech on “Alternative to Antibiotics” and N. Sakthivel, Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Pondicherry University, spoke on “Microbial Biodiversity and its Biotechnological Potential”.

K. Muthuchelian, Head of the Department of Environmental Studies, Madurai Kamaraj University, delivered a speech on “Regional and global climate change and environment protection” and awarded the prizes to the best paper presenters and winners of various competitions.

Meet on social awareness

The Centre for Women Empowerment of Saraswathi Narayanan College organised a one-day seminar on ‘Social awareness’ for the first year girls of the college. Principal M. Kannan presided over the meeting and P. Veerammal, Coordinator of the centre, delivered the welcome address.

Vice-Principal K. Krishnan inaugurated the seminar. Chief guest Selvamani Thinakaran, Senior Physiatrist of Vadamalayan Hospitals, said that women were subjected to various forms of atrocities in the contemporary society. “Women can protect themselves socially, economically and mentally only through the power of education,” she said.

Placement awareness programme

The Training and Placement Cell of Pandian Saraswathi Yadav Engineering College, Arasanoor, conducted a two-day placement awareness programme on “Bridging the gap between Institute and Industry” on July 17 and 18. S.P. Varadharajan presided over the function. Principal K. Kannan, welcomed the gathering.

Chief guest K. Swaminathan, CTO and Director of Cogzidel Technologies, in his special address, emphasised the basic concepts of attending the interviews. He also called attention to Dos and Don’ts in the corporate culture and motivated the students towards participation in placement campaign.

R. Deepak, Business Process Manager, G. Arun Kumar, Quality Analyst, and S.M.B. Rithik, HR & Admin Executive, were also present. Final-year students of CSE, ECE, EEE and IT participated in the event.

Association inaugurated

The inaugural function of EEE students’ association WAVOS’ 14 was inaugurated at K.L.N. College of Information Technology, Pottapalayam, by J.A. Gnaneshwaran, Executive Engineer, TANGEDCO, Theni, on July 23.

In his address, he advised the students to improve their knowledge in electrical core field. He had an interactive lecture session with students and he clarified queries from students about the opportunities in TNEB and general structure and operations of the board.

Live telecast of budget

The Department of Commerce with Computer Application and Department of Business Administration of Dr. Umayal Ramanathan College for Women, Karaikudi, jointly organised a live telecast of budget 2014 with a panel discussion on July 10.

S. Muralidharan, Chartered Accountant, Karaikudi, K. Alamelu, Department of Bank Management, Alagappa Univeristy, A. Abbas Mandhir, Department of Commerce, Zahir Hussain Government Arts College, Illayankudi, were members of the panel discussion. Principal A. Hemamalini presided over the function and said that the discussion would create awareness among the students of the budget. Around 500 students participated in the event.