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Racing to the Top... The Newspaper of SRMIST - For private circulation only - SRM University
The Newspaper of SRMIST

For private circulation only                             Volume 12 Number 6

Racing to the Top...
Racing to the Top... The Newspaper of SRMIST - For private circulation only - SRM University
2    2019 | Spectrum | Volume 12 Number 6

Looking At India Differently
STAFF WRITER

   Development journalism is
an area that requires sustained
interest and regular follow up
for the simple reason that issues
and concerns raised in this area
of media studies are not resolved
in a time bound fashion. This
two day conference organized
by the Department of Journalism
and Mass Communication
on Development Journalism,
focused on India but looking
at it differently on !4th & 15th
March 2019.
    Day 1
                                                                                                                                              Mr. Venkataramani,
  The first day of the conference    Mr. M.J. Prabhu, Green Cause Foundation       Ms. Shirley Deepak, Global Media Consultant        Former Agri-Correspondent, The Hindu
focused on the growing need
for development journalism in
India as we do not cover crucial
developmental problems in our
nation, especially the aspect
of uneven development. The
conference commenced with
an inaugural session in the
presence of guests of honor
Mr. M.J. Prabhu, Green Cause
Foundation and Senior Journalist
and Mr. Elango Ramaswamy,
Global Grassroot Icon.
  Another session on
Communicating Development
which included speakers such
as Dr. T. Jaisakthivel, Assistant
Professor, University of Madras
and Ms. Shirley Deepak, Global
Media Consultant who shared
their knowledge and experience
on understanding community
radio. They spoke on the                        Mr. Sam Daniel, Senior Journalist, NDTV &                         Mr. Ponnusamy, President, TN Milk Dealers Association &
various opportunities in the                    Mr. David Vijaykumar, Pallavan Grama Bank                                         Mr. Durai Mahendran
sector of radio and international
broadcasting and also shared         as well as pointers on how to        Deputy Dean, SRMIST and Mr.         issues faced by the rural areas    has to play in this area.
success stories of various women     source revenue for the same as       Jai Ganesh… The panellists          in India. The audience which
                                                                                                                                                   The conference was ended in the
from rural and tribal areas who      funding community radios has         included Mr. Sam Daniel,            included students and faculty
                                                                                                                                                 presence of Mr. Venkataramani,
are established radio broadcasters   always been a major challenge.       Senior Journalist, NDTV; Mr.        of various departments were
today. “Community Radio                                                   Ponnusamy, President, TN Milk       able to understand the different   Former Agri-Correspondent,
                                       DAY 2                                                                                                     The Hindu, who enlightened the
gives a voice to the voiceless”,                                          Dealers Association; Mr. David      problems that the rural parts of
says Ms. Shirley Deepak who            Day 2 of the National              Vijaykumar, Pallavan Grama          the country have to face from      audience on the importance of
had started the Holy Cross           Conference on Development            Bank and Mr. Durai Mahendran,       the perspective of people who      agricultural and environmental
Community Radio in 2006.             Journalism started with a panel      a fisherman. The objective of       actually live and work in these    journalism. He also stressed on
The speakers also highlighted        discussion on ‘Bridging the          the discussion was to bridge        regions on a daily basis. They     the significance of sustainable
the importance and benefits          Gap’ which was moderated             the gap between the known and       were also able to reflect on the   development which is the need
of starting a community radio        by Dr. Sridhar Krishnaswami,         the unknown, with regard to         significant role that journalism   of the hour for our country.

SRMIST organized one day seminar on Tamizh Poetry
STAFF WRITER                         Jaiganesh’s welcome address          in instilling the finer qualities
                                     and the Dean Dr Jothikumar’s         of appreciating poetry in their
  Department of Tamil, Faulty        felicitation.                        young minds. Their effective
of Science and Humanities,             In this seminar, renowned          use of the medium of poetry to
SRMIST organized one day             Poet and writer Kavijar              convert otherwise a mundane
seminar on Tamil Poetry ’Thamizh     Thanjavur Kavirayar, poet Ravi       thought into a sublime one was
Kavidhaiyiyal’ on 19th March         Subramaniyan and poet Raja           immensely appreciated by all.
2019 in Kattankulathur campus.       Chandrashekhar took part as          And thus the one day seminar
The seminar began with the           special guests. They addressed       came to an end with its purpose
Head of the department Dr B          the first year students and helped   achieved.
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Racing to
the Top...
and Staying
There
STAFF WRITER                      third position in MHRD’s ARIIA      disciplinary universities in India
                                  (Atal Ranking of Institutions on    ranked high by NIRF and ARIIA
  It may be recalled that         Innovation and Achievements)          SRMIST has been conferred
SRM Institute of Science          among private universities in       graded autonomy by UGC-
and Technology, (formerly         India. ARIIA rankings bring         MHRD and is now a Category I
SRM University) has been          forth the excellence in campuses    institute as per the classification
accredited with the highest       which is conducive to inculcation   of UGC-MHRD- one of the
grade A++ (A double plus) by      of entrepreneurial capabilities     very few private institutes to
NAAC (National Assessment         in the students so that they        have been accorded this honor.
and Accreditation Council)        become employers and not job
in August 2018 which is           seekers as they leave the portals     In October 2017, SRMIST
considered as one of the          of SRMIST.                          QS (Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd)
biggest achievements yet                                              an UK based world renowned
                                     SRMIST with 50000 plus           ranking agency has rated SRMIST
by SRMIST. This has been
                                  students and 3200+ faculty          as a “4 Star” institute with
further reinforced by the
                                  members offering programs in        “5 Star” ratings in Teaching,
ranks secured by SRMIST
                                  the disciplines of Engineering,     Employability and Inclusiveness.
in 2019 – NIRF-MHRD
                                  Medicine, Science, Humanities,      The same agency has accorded
(National Institutional Ranking
                                  Management, Law, Health             ‘Diamond Rating’ to SRMIST
                                                                                                               University – 31                   Pharmacy- 14
Framework) released by the                                            recently.                                 (Up by 9 positions               (Up by 13 positions
                                  Sciences, Dentistry, Hotel
Honorable President of India                                                                                        from 2018)                       from 2018)
                                  Management, Agricultural              SRMIST also regularly and
on 08.04.2019.
                                  Sciences and Teacher Education      consistently figures in World/
   SRMIST has also secured        is one of the few biggest multi-    Asian/BRICS rankings by QS
                                                                      and Times Higher Education
                                                                      (THE-UK). For the first time,
                                                                      SRMIST has been ranked in
                                                                      ‘Subject Category’ also by THE.
                                                                         SRMIST has international
                                                                      program based accreditations
                                                                      also to its credit. Five of its
                                                                      engineering programs offered
                                                                      at Kattankulathur campus have
                                                                      been accredited by commissions
                                                                                                              Engineering -36                     Medicine -22
                                                                      of ABET, USA (www.abet.org)              (Up by 10 positions             (Retains the position)
                                                                      and four by UK based IET (The                from 2018)
                                                                      Institution of Engineering and
                                                                      Technology). Such international
                                                                      accreditations have resulted in       at undergraduate level itself,     Commercialization by Ministry
                                                                      close to 900 students from 64         implementation of FIIP ( Faculty   of Commerce and Industry,
                                                                      countries studying at SRMIST.         Industry Immersion programme)      GoI and establishment of
                                                                                                            , scheduled interaction sessions   NewGen IEDC (Innovation &
                                                                        All the above mentioned
                                                                                                            with students by top management    Entrepreneurship Development
                                                                      awards/distinctions awarded
                                                                                                            and performance linked incentive   Cell) at SRM with a funding
                                                                      to SRMIST are due to the
                                                                                                            schemes for faculty are but a      of 2.87 Crores by NSTEDB
                                                                      culmination of many innovative
                                                                                                            few of the measures which have     (National Science &
                                                                      measures benefitting the students
                                                                                                            instilled a sense of purpose       Technology Entrepreneurship
                                                                      and faculty alike resulting in an
                                                                                                            among the teachers and the         Development Board), DST,
                                                                      invigorating learning atmosphere.
                                                                                                            taught.                            GoI have given further
                                                                      Adoption of IDEAL (Inter-
                                                                      Disciplinary Experiential Active        National IP Award 2018 in        impetus in addition to NAAC
                                                                      Learning) curriculum with             the category of Top academic       accreditation, NIRF and
                                                                      option to go for specialization       institution for Patents and        ARIIA rankings.
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Bringing together young
Minds and Dreams
STAFF WRITER                         was concluded by Dr. N. Suresh
                                     Kumar who motivated the students
  AARAMBH is a start-up club         to create their own future and
of SRM Institute of Science          be their own inspiration.
and Technology, Vadapalani
                                       I, The afternoon session the
Campus that brings together
                                     panel discussion was lead by
the young minds with dreams
                                     Mr.Eshwar Sabapathy, Partner-
of becoming an entrepreneur
                                     Eshwars, House of Corporate
in the field of engineering and
                                     and IPR laws who was the
technology.
                                     moderator for the discussion.
   Aarambh’19, Youth Startup         The other members of the panel
Summit was held in Vadapalani        were Mr.V.Muthu Kumar,
campus recently. The summit          proprietor Rakki dental lab,
commenced at 9:30 am. The            Mr. Avira Tharakan, CEO-
inauguration of the ceremony         Docswallet, Mr. S. Lakshmi
was followed by the felicitation     Shankar, CEO-Top Reach
of keynote speakers Mr.Dorai         Solutions and Mr. Karthikeyan
Thodla, Founder & CTO
Technology strategies and Dr.
                                     Emayavaramban, Managing
                                     Director-Thirukural Unavagam.
                                                                            Showcasing Talents of Design
N.Suresh Kumar, managing             The panelists discussed about the
director & founder at 360 degrees    “Challenges and opportunities          STAFF WRITER                          Padmasingh Isaac, MD, Aachi           with enthusiasm and deep
academy. The morning session         in various Sectors of Startup”.                                              group of companies. The session       insight. One of the questions
                                                                               Design And Innovation Club is      involved the inauguration of          was about who were his major
                                                                            a hybrid club of SRM Institute        the club logo followed by the         competitors.
                                                                            of Science and Technology,            inaugural address by the Chief
                                                                            Vadapalani Campus that brings                                                 He gave an answer which
                                                                                                                  Guest who motivated the students
                                                                            together the young minds with                                               induced laughter but at the same
                                                                                                                  to create their own future and
                                                                            dreams of becoming an innovator                                             time was shrewd. His answer
                                                                                                                  be their own inspiration. He
                                                                            to showcase their talents of design                                         was that the housewives were
                                                                                                                  inspired the students by asking
                                                                            and innovation in the field of                                              the major competitors as his
                                                                                                                  them to have a vision, put in
                                                                            engineering and technology.                                                 products were aimed at replacing
                                                                                                                  persistent effort, hard work and
                                                                                                                                                        or providing a viable alternative
                                                                              The inaugural ceremony of           have the quality of perseverance.
                                                                                                                                                        to their homemade masalas.
                                                                            The Design and Innovation             After which, he spoke about
                                                                            Club was held recently. The           how the brand of a person is            Finally, the ceremony was
                                                                            inauguration of the ceremony          his/her character and attitude.       successfully concluded by
                                                                            was followed by the felicitation      Queries were raised by some           awarding young innovators for
                                                                            of the Chief Guest, Mr. A. D.         students which he answered            their ideas and projects around.

A Bazaar of a
different kind
DRUTHI JITHENDRA                     lighting. Full of diverse stalls and
                                     a bright atmosphere, the bazaar
TANYA AGGARWAL
                                     attracted a lot of people. Be it
   “Take all your problems and       clothing or accessories, people
rip them apart or carry them off     were found with hands full of
in a shopping cart”.                 shopping bags, empty wallets
                                     and a satisfied smile on their
   Whoever said so managed to        faces. The bazaar included a
perfectly capture the state of the   range of products, from notable
students after those sleepless       brands like Timex to wallet
nights and stressful days spent      friendly goods that students
preparing for the first round of     could afford. For all the fun-
internal exams. The students and     loving people, Penta Bazaar
the faculty of the SRM School        also had various game stalls
of Management gave the masses        including ‘shoot-the-balloon’
a huge stress buster in the form     and ‘fruit-shots’. The biggest
of Penta Bazaar also known as,       crowd puller, however, was
Bazaar 5.0.                          the helium balloon stall where
  The bazaar, which was held         participants were allowed to                                                 Student enjoying Bazaar 5.0
from the 13th to the 15th of         inhale helium gas and make             food stalls, kebab stalls and         Penta Bazaar was not only a           for the students who participated
February, lit up the dim streets     funny, squeaky noises. Tattoo          rustic ice candy stalls helped in     different and fresh experience        in the event by setting up stalls
of SRM with its decoration and       and face painting stalls, Syrian       bringing variety to the event.        for all those attending it but also   of their own.
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Patriotic state of
mind of the Gen – Z
SADHANA UPENDRAN                      depending on individuals. As
                                      we march into the future we
   Born in the era of technological   are bound to understand our
advancements and momentous            responsibilities as citizens of
changes in morals and lifestyles,     this country with a conscious
the Gen-Z, as we fashionably          desire to make a difference.
call ourselves have been a            Does our patriotism last just
generation of torpid individuals      for a day or two after incidents
always at the brink of staying        like the Uri surgical strike or
or falling off from their ‘cool’      the recent Pulwama attacks?
                                      Or do we just salute our flag                                                 The Vivo IPL 2019 trophy
status . The times have changed
since the independence when
the youth dreamt of a country
                                      on Independence and Republic
                                      day only? How is it fair that
                                                                            IPL – Aiding Economic Growth Since ‘08
that would soar high in every         only 0.004% of the population
                                      under the Indian Armed Forces         STAFF WRITER                            largely impacted the craze for      flights, buses, food and beverage
possible field of advancement.                                                                                      the game, but has brought in        are few of the various services
The youth of the country now          and their families are expected
                                      to fight for the country while           In a country like India, cricket     bamboozling levels of money         that are availed by the people
dream of PUBG, the number of                                                                                        with it. The effect of the IPL on   involved in the tournament,
                                      we scroll down endlessly into         undeniably brings together
likes on their Facebook posts                                                                                       the economy is unquestionably       thereby adding to the escalation of
                                      the unfathomable depths of            people from all walks of life,
or their next Instagram story.                                                                                      immense. The tournament             their usage. The DTH providers
                                      social media? An answer to            irrespective of culture, gender
   To put in simple words, the        all the above questions is the        or nativity. The sport is widely        influences the growth of sectors,   don’t sit back when it is their
essence of realism in thoughts        biggest change one could make         watched by people from all              which is a major contribution to    time to increase their revenue.
have regrettably disappeared          in their respective lives as          over the world and has various          the growth of the income of our     The subscription rates of the
from us. The thought of progress      even ‘one’ thought can act as         leagues that are played all year        country. With broadcast rights,     channels that broadcast the
as a country and our valuable         a catalyst to a plethora of chain     long. Cricket here is nothing           sales of team merchandise,          matches also increases. The
contribution towards it has taken     reactions that might escalate         less than a religion and every          title and team sponsorships,        advertising industry sees a jump
a back seat in the race for social    the country’s status. As simple       tournament is considered a              the IPL has proved to be a          in its income as well. Overall,
media updates and e-connection.       as acknowledging the fact             festival. The Indian Premier            separate sector of employment       along with all the action that the
Have we lost track ? Well, the        that every person matters in a        League (IPL) is one such month-         and revenue-creation in itself.     tournament has to offer, it offers
answer could be a yes and a no        country could be the first step.      long festival that is celebrated        Additionally, the tournament        a lot of financial growth to the
                                                                                                                    brings with it spectators from      Indian economy. Every year,
                                                                            with pompousness and grandeur.
                                                                                                                    various countries, who are          the tournament gains popularity
                                                                              Every year, the IPL grows             often fascinated by the cultural    and spectatorship. With this
Unfamiliar yet                        travels around the world and
                                      drags the captivated readers
                                                                            to be bigger and better, with           diversity of India, and hence aid   increase, it is only natural to
                                                                            bigger names and bigger bucks.          in the blooming of the tourism      expect the forthcoming years
remarkable                            along. It becomes the arena for       The tournament has not only             sector of the economy. Hotels,      to be bigger and better.
                                      two trainees of rival magicians to
books                                 compete until only one survives.

ESHA DUTTA
                                      An intense battle of imagination
                                      and determination form loose          Lost in space: an
                                      strings that tie together to stage
SWATHI BALAJI                         a flawless ending. Acrobats,
                                      odd twins, intricate clocks,
                                                                            adieu to opportunity
  Humanity shapes literature          and exuberant dinners provide
                                      a peculiar twist on childish          SAMADRITA SAHA
as much as literature shapes
humanity. Here are a few              fantasies
                                                                              When “Opportunity” landed
recommended, lesser known             The Yellow wallpaper                  in Meridiani Planum, a plain
fictional masterpieces that
                                         Written by Charlotte Gilman        just off the equator of Mars, it
escaped public scrutiny:
                                      in 1892, it is a pioneer in leading   was expected to last a maximum
The House on Mango Street             the first wave of feminism. Due       of 90 days on the Red Planet.
   A recipient of the American        to mainstream media being                However, it outlasted its
Book Award and a New York             reluctant to publish works of a       estimated life span by a staggering
Times Bestseller, this is a coming    utopian feminist, it took a while     tally of 14 years and travelled
of age novel by Sandra Cisneros       to earn its rightful acclamation.     over 28 miles on the terrain
revolving around the life of a        It is a chilling tale of a woman      of Mars while returning over
teenage Latina, as she struggles      driven to the brink of insanity       217,000 images of the planet.
to survive in a Puerto Rican          by being confined to a country
neighborhood in Chicago in the        house by her husband to treat            Opportunity was launched in
1980s. The book delves into the       her hysteria.                         the summer of 2003 with the               An artist’s portrayal of Opportunity, the Mars rover
male-dominated culture enmeshed                                             objective of exploring Earth’s
in a Mexican household, as it tries                                         neighbouring planet. From the           breaking all records. The end       over one thousand commands
to keep up with the American                                                very beginning, it hit the scientific   came in the form of a severe dust   to restore contact with the rover
culture that it has recently been                                           jackpot and provided compelling         storm in May 2018 that blanketed    but to no avail. On February
introduced to. Discrimination,                                              scientific evidence that water in       the rover and eventually grew       13, 2019, after sending a final
abuse, sisterhood, and love, this                                           its liquid state had once been          to enshroud the entire planet.      series of recovery commands that
book explores it all.                                                       present on Mars, establishing           The thick sunlight-blocking         eventually proved to be futile,
                                                                            the physical habitability of            dust prevented Opportunity          scientists put Opportunity to
Night Circus                                                                the planet. Over the years, the         from recharging its batteries       sleep with Billie Holiday’s ll Be
  It is the debut fantasy novel                                             rover continued to plod on the          and it slipped into a sort of       Seeing You’ amidst condolences
by Erin Morgenstern. Set in the                                             surface of the unknown planet,          hibernation. Scientists spent       pouring in from all over the
19th century, a nocturnal circus                                            demystifying its secrets and            the next eight months issuing       world and hence.
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The Floundering Bluebird                                                      Techutsav’19: Binary and Beyond
SANKALP SARKAR                       called off the official search,
                                                                              SARVESH VISHNU
                                     citing weather quandaries.
  “Oh, you wonderful free            Incidentally, three days after           SAMADRITA SAHA
bluebird!”, the silent whispers      the resumption of the search,
murmured around the Stadiwm          Sala’s corpse was recovered                The sixth edition of TechUtsav,
Dinas Caerdydd as Sankalpa           from the wreckage in the British         a national level technical fest,
Sarkar delves deep into the          Channel. If renegading ennui             was conducted recently, by
mysterious circumstances             was inscribed into the chain             the Faculty of Science and
surrounding the death of Argentine   of chicanery that stemmed                Humanities, SRM Institute of
footballer Emiliano Sala.            from Sala’s record transfer to           Science and Technology. The
                                     Cardiff could be disseminated,           two-day long extravaganza
  As the world mourned the
                                     it would give birth to a series          comprised an amalgamation
loss of Argentine Sala and the
                                     of vivaciously pertinent queries         of technical and cultural events
pilot of his private jet, David
                                     that remained unanswered:                ranging from a paper presentation
Ibbotson, introspection would
                                     Why did Cardiff allow their              and technical quiz to theatre and
be futile in an epoch of pseudo-
                                     record-transfer to fly to Nantes via     gaming, offering to all students         The lighting of the kuthuvilakku flags off the event
intellectual brokerage. The
                                     a private jet, instead of the putative   a unique opportunity to not
mystery clouding around Sala’s
                                     protocol of a commercial flight?         only portray their talents but
crash and subsequent apathy from
                                     In spite of failure to take off          also enhance their knowledge.         presentation event witnessed a
the British government and the
                                     twice in a row, why was the                                                    number of students formulating
investigations surrounding both                                                 The event was inaugurated and
                                     faltering jet allowed to take                                                  ideas that held the promise
FC Nantes and Cardiff City FC                                                 convened by Dr. G. Kalpana,
                                     off?. The shadowy tentacles that         Department of Computer Science        of transforming the field of
stands testament to the pseudo-
                                     hang around the elliptic maxims          and Dr. Albert Antony Raj             technology if implemented
empathetic shadiness lurking in
                                     would prove to be futile as the          S, Department of Computer             correctly. Students also flocked in
the murky underwood of the
                                     world bid adieu to a talent lost         Applications. The technical           to participate in the recreational
posh offices. A GoFund page
                                     in the gloom of time.                    fest got off to a very energetic      cultural events of theatre, meme
funded by a host of international
footballers including the likes        I am a thousand winds that             start with numerous students          creation, photography, and
of Lionel Messi, N’golo Kante,       blow,I am the diamond glints on          participating in its wide array       gaming. Techutsav’19 concluded
Neil Warnock among others, flew      snow, I am the sun on ripened            of events. The idea behind            with its closing ceremony where
into the rescue of the mourning      grain, I am the gentle autumn            every technical event was to          the convenors elaborated on the
families after Guerney Police        rain.                                    test the scientific calibre of the    significance of technology in         A participant presents his
                                                                              participants and their ability        today’s world and also motivated       ideas with great passion
                                                                              to conceptualize unique and           the students to constantly think
                                                                              innovative ideas that could           out of the box to come up with        even greater zeal and enthusiasm
                                                                              be adapted feasibly in the real       unconventional ideas. Techutsav       to inspire and awaken the spirit
                                                                              world. ‘Lit Up There’, the paper      plans to return next year with        of scientific thinking.

                                                                              The Case of Integrity                                                       legacies, from Roman to Greek
                                                                                                                                                          to French Renaissance. Keating
                                                                                                                                                          subconsciously knows this
                                                                                                                                                          but doesn’t have the temerity
                                                                              V AMRUTHA                             critics alike. He graduated top
                                                                                                                                                          to acknowledge his own
                                                                                                                    of the class, and went on to          incompetence as compared
                                                                                “In a world of Peter Keatings,      become what we now know               to Roark.
                                                                              try to be a (albeit a mellower        as a ‘starchitect’.
                                                                              version of) Howard Roark.”                                                     Roark’s character taught me
                                                                                                                      On the other hand, we have          about having integrity - being
                                                                                It is considered almost a           the brilliant yet misunderstood       consistent with what you are
                                                                              blasphemy if an architect/            Howard Roark. He’s the one            and what you do. There’s this
                   [Oh captain! My captain]                                   architecture student hasn’t read      who went against the grain,           synergy between his personality
                                                                              The Fountainhead. It’s a dense        got expelled from his institute       and his work which lent him his
                                                                              read and it’s not really everyone’s   for his design acumen which           authentic, complex character
                                                                              cup of tea. Maybe it’s their cup of   was too ‘daring’ and ended up         arc. And it’s this synergy that
                                                                              coffee, or milk. Or maybe they’re     working for an architect who          resonates most with architects.
    Reporting for Spectrum                                                    lactose intolerant. We’ll never       was tagged a ‘blotch in the
                                                                              know. Because that’s how diverse      fabric of architecture’.
    • Contributing reports should be confined                                 the opinions about the book are.         What separates these two
                                                                              On one hand we have Peter             is their underlying integrity.
      to a maximum of 250 words and must be
                                                                              Keating - poster boy of the           Roark’s passion for spaces is
      written by students only.                                               architecture of the late 1920s,       on a higher plane, too difficult
    • Accompanying pictures must have captions.                               worshipped by commoners and           for people to comprehend. His
      Pictures without caption will not be published                                                                raison d’etre was to craft spaces,
    • Request for coverage in Spectrum by its                                                                       every morsel of concrete being
      editorial team must be made well in advance
                                                                                 Roark’s passion                    entwined with his very soul.
      with an accompanying note and the invitation                               for spaces is on a                    Keating however, catered to the
      to sridhar.k@ktr.srmuniv.ac.in                                                                                people’s aesthetic aspirations. In
                                                                                 higher plane, too                  a sense, his buildings seemed to
    • Coverage of a certain event or receipt of
      an article does not guarantee publication.                                difficult for people                be a bromide - something easy,
                                                                                                                    soothing and conforming to the          Cover art by Nick Gaetano.
      -Editor                                                                      to comprehend                    masses. His buildings were an
                                                                                                                    ungrateful mélange of borrowed
                                                                                                                                                             “To ask nothing. To expect
                                                                                                                                                          nothing. To depend on nothing.”
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The first sight
of black hole
NIKHIL GAUR                         in which astronomers from
                                    observatories on different
   “Hey! Champ look at this,        continents simultaneously
it’s a black hole!”, if somebody    observe the same object, and then
comes and says this phrase to       collect the combined data on a
you, you are definitely not going   supercomputer. The EHT has two
to believe him, but soon you        primary targets- SAGITTARIUS
are going to witness “the most      A* and M87, a supermassive
remarkable discovery of the         black hole situated at the centre
era in the field of astronomy”.     of the Milky Way galaxy and
The observations made by            the Virgo cluster of galaxies
the scientists of the project       respectively. M87 is about 60
‘The Event Horizon Telescope        million light years away from
(EHT)’ are expected to unveil the   earth but 1000 times larger than
most eagerly awaited scientific     the one present in our galaxy,             Cool as a cucumber: Final year students celebrating the success of Unido ‘19
announcements of 2019.              the astronomers hope would
                                    be visible.
   Black holes are phenomenally
dense objects which distort the       No one is sure what the image
                                    will look like but theoretical
                                                                         Unido’19 – A Gastronomical Gala
fabric of space-time in their
vicinity, causing objects and       predictions show it will be like
                                    the one depicted in the film         V AMRUTHA
light to appear deflected from
its path. Until now, a black hole
has never been directly observed.
                                    “Interstellar”. This discovery
                                    will also reveal whether they           The Annual Theme Luncheon
                                                                         Unido’19 was hosted by the
                                                                                                                 This year’s theme lunch was
The main barrier being that         have properties predicted by
                                                                         students of SRM Institute of Hotel
black holes are so compact that
a telescope roughly the size of
                                    the Einstein’s theory of general
                                    relativity. “If we get an image      Management, Kattankulathur
                                                                         recently. The event saw the august
                                                                                                                 really challenging because of
                                    out of it, it will become one the
earth would be required to see                                           presence of Mr. Sunil Tandon,
the nearest one!
                                    most iconic images of science
                                    ”, says Prof. Peter Galison,         General Manager, ITC Fortune
                                                                         Hotels and Mr. Karunakaran,
                                                                                                                 the multiple cuisines we had
 The EHT uses a technique           member of EHT from Harvard
                                                                         Assistant Manager, Food &
known as interferometry,            university.
                                                                         Beverage, ITC Fortune Hotels.          to explore. At the end of the
                                                                           The luncheon was held as
                                                                         a formal event for students
                                                                         to showcase their culinary             day all of us co-operated very
                                                                         creativity and calibre. This
                                                                         year the event’s theme was
                                                                         ‘Carnival’ and celebrated the           well and made it successful.
                                                                         fusion of Indian and Global
                                                                         culinary delights. Every year        cultural performances, which        so it was a great event.” Upon
                                                                         theme lunches are organized by       was just the icing on the cake.     asking about the dishes served,
                                                                         the final year students convert                                          Menon adds, “We prepared dishes
                                                                                                                 Says Sudeesh Menon, 3rd year,
                                                                         their theoretical knowledge into                                         catered to a more universal
                                                                                                              HM, “This year’s theme lunch
                                                                         practical operations.                                                    palate, adding an Indian twist
                                                                                                              was really challenging because
                                                                           The inauguration was done          of the multiple cuisines we had     to the global cuisines. Dishes
                                                                         by the chief guest, Mr. Sunil        to explore. At the end of the day   like Gulab jamun, Cheesecake
                                                                         Tandon which preceded the            all of us co-operated very well     and Gajar Halwa macaroons
                                                                         menu orientation and video           and made it successful. We lived    proved to be a great hit.” The
                                                                         presentation by the faculty.         up to the theme name - Unido        event culminated with a vote
  “A black hole isn’t so black from outside as it radiates               The students displayed their         and found everyone working as       of thanks to the chief guests
          plasma flames at the speed of light!”                          extra-curricular talents through     a team as well as being united      from the host students.

Electruser (eBaja) Team of SRMIST the Champion of Champions!!!
  STAFF WRITER                      colleges/Universities across India   medals Best Endurance, Best
                                    participated in the event. The All   Land Maneuverability award
  Electruser (eBaja), a student
                                    Terrain Vehicle developed by         and Over all ATV First Runner
team from Mechanical                                                     up in Endurance.
                                    student team of SRMIST passed
Engineering department
                                    all the static & dynamic tests         The winning team is captained
has participated in the event
                                    and entered into final endurance     by Mr. Surya Pranith, Student
“Champion of champions”
                                    test. The vehicle successfully       of Mechanical Engineering
organized by Imperial Society for
                                    completed the given distance         and Faculty advisors are Dr.
Innovative Engineers (ISIE) at
                                    of 24 km in One hour and was         T. Rajasekaran, Professor/
KL University, Vijayawada, AP.
                                    placed first. Electruser’s (eBaja)   Mechanical and Mr. Arulkumar,
  Around 22 Teams from various      vehicle has won the followings       AP/Mechanical.
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Imparting and Improving
Leadership Skills
STAFF WRITER                           and a motivational speaker.         students for mentoring. This
                                       The session involved a brief        leadership program focuses on
  School of Management,                introduction to the program,        mentoring the government school
SRM Institute of Science               interaction among the students      students in key leadership areas
and Technology, Ramapuram              and gaining insights from the       like time management, anger
Campus initiated a student             students. The session also dealt    management, personal hygiene
outreach program “EETHAL”,             with the strengths behind this
                                                                           along with other structured life
in association with Indian             Student leadership program and
                                                                           and leadership skills. Students       Dean (S&H), HOD/MBA presenting momento to
Development Foundation on              their importance. The afternoon
                                       session was handled by Mr. Imran,   from school of management,              2015-2017 batch alumni Mr.Promod Kiran,
29-1-2019.This program is
designed as a student leadership       program co-ordinator, IDF and       SRMIST actively participated            Managing Director, SRJ Proteins, Chennai
program to make potential              Mr.Selvendhiran, program co-        in the training program and
use of the student’s leadership        ordinator, IDF. The afternoon       gained a deeper insight towards
qualities towards creating a
better society.
                                       session involved training the       mentoring and it’s process.        Sharing Experiences
  The objective of this student                                                                                                                  the running a business. The
                                                                                                              STAFF WRITER
leadership program is to impart
                                                                                                                                                 students were inspired by his
and improve the leadership
                                                                                                                The School Of Management,        speech and participated with
skills and life skills among the
                                                                                                              SRM Institute of Science &         joy. Later the session went on
school students, who in turn will
                                                                                                              Technology, Ramapuram Campus,      with question answer round
contribute to a better society. It
                                                                                                              conducted two alumni talks         where the students clarified
was inaugurated by The Dean,
                                                                                                              for MBA first year students.       their doubt with Mr.Promodh
science and humanities and the
                                                                                                              In the if talk the gathering was   on entrepreneurship. It was a
Head of the department, which
                                                                                                              addressed by Mr.Promod Kiran ,     nice gesture by the management
followed an introduction to the
                                                                                                              Managing Director, SRJ Proteins,   to have arranged this program
program.
                                                                                                              Chennai and an alumni from         to students to emphasis.
  The morning session was
                                                                                                              2015-2017 batch. He shared the       On the perks of starting a
taken over by the guest of the
                                                                                                              importance to start a business     business and being a successful
day Mrs. Manju K. Manohar,
                                                                                                              and tactics to be successful in    entrepreneur.
social ambassador of IDF, who is           Dean (S&H), HOD/MBA and Coordinator honoring guest
an entrepreneur, a career coach             on Mrs. Manju K. Manohar, social ambassador of IDF

    Eethal events at Hussainy School
    STAFF WRITER                       and improve the leadership          programme started with
                                       skills and life skills among        briefing about SRMIST,
      School of Management,            the school students, who in         courses offered and highlights
    SRM institute of science           turn will contribute to a better    of Ramapuram Campus. Topics
    and technology, Ramapuram          society and it is also part of      covered in the session were:
    Campus initiated student           brand building activity.
    outreach programme “Eethal”                                            1) Time management
                                         Students Assisi Matriculation
    as part of brand building
                                       School, Sivanthi Matriculation      2) Money management
    activity recently at Hussainy
                                       of the school handled Student       3) Unity is strength
    School, and Ramapuram.
                                       Leadership Programme sessions.
       The objective of this student   Dr.G.Kannan and Faculty member      4) Leadership qualities
    leadership program is to impart    accompanied the students. The       5) Anger Management etc.

                                                                                                                      Ms.Thanuja Srinivasan a passed out graduated from
                                                                                                                     the same college, now working as Assistant Manager -
                                                                                                                           Finance in ITC Hotels addressing students.

                                                                                                                   In the 2nd talk the gathering was addressed by Ms.Thanuja
                                                                                                                 Srinivasan a passed out professional from the same college,
                                                                                                                 now working as Assistant Manager - Finance in ITC Hotels.
                                                                                                                   She shared her beautiful experience in college and
                                                                                                                 encouraged the students to enjoy the college life with both
                                                                                                                 fun and studies. Moreover she shared how her studies have
                                                                                                                 helped her gain an edge over others in her office.
                                                                                                                   The students were very inspired by her speech and
                                                                                                                 applauded enthusiastically. Later the session went on
                                                                                                                 with question answer round where the students clarified
                                                                                                                 their doubt with Ms.Tanuja. It was very thoughtful of the
                                                                                                                 management to have brought a beautiful opportunity to
     Dr.G.Kannan, Asst. Professor, Students of MBA addressing school students at Hussainy School                 students.
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Paying homage to martyred Jawans
                                                                     STAFF WRITER

                                                                       SRM Institute of Science &
                                                                     Technology, Kattankulathur
                                                                     organized a silent procession
                                                                     in their campus to mourn and
                                                                     pay homage to the 44 martyred
                                                                     CRPF personnel in the wake
                                                                     of Pulwanna terrorist attack
                                                                     in Kashmir.                                      Briefing the illustration on conservation
                                                                       The Registrar, Director (E&T),
                                                                     Faculties, Staff and Students
                                                                     numbering 1500 took part in
                                                                     the procession and paid tributes
                                                                     and homage to the departed
                                                                     martyrs.
                                                                       At the end, the procession
                                                                     observed 2 minutes silence
                                                                     to mark their respect to the
                                                                     departed soldiers.

Awareness Rally on VOTING at Guduvanchery
STAFF WRITER                       N. Sethuraman, The Registrar      club of alpha city participated
                                   and Dr. C. Muthamizhchelvan,      along with the club members.
  As the Lok Sabha elections are   Director (Engg and Tech),         Refreshments were provided to
nearing, NSS of SRM Institute      SRMIST.                           the participants and volunteers.
of Science and Technology            More than 120 NSS Students      NSS volunteers were actively
organized an awareness rally       of participated in the rally at   participated in the rally by
on the importance and rights of    Guduvanchery. Welcome address     raising slogans on the rights
VOTING to public in the area       was given by Dr.T.Rajasekaran,    and importance of casting
of Guduvancherry, recently         NSS Program coordinator and       individuals vote for selecting
between Srinivasapuram and         the rally was inaugurated by      their representatives. General                        Interacting with the students
Viswanathapuram as advised         Dr. Logaraj, Head, Community      public along with the local
by Shri. VALLAVAN, DSP,            Medicine, SRMMC&RC. Lenin         counsellors also joined the rally
Vandalur with the support of Dr.   Kavirichelvan, President, Lions   enthusiastically.                   Awareness on Energy
                                                                                                         Conservation
                                                                                                         Energy saved is energy produced.
                                                                                                         Energy saved today is asset for future.
                                                                                                         Save energy today for a better tomorrow.
                                                                                                         Conservation of energy is everybody s responsibility

                                                                                                           It is planned to create deep sense of conservation of energy
                                                                                                         in the young minds of the students community. To start the
                                                                                                         awareness campaign in the campus, it was planned to experiment
                                                                                                         in the class rooms of seven blocks: Tech park, Bio, Architecture,
                                                                                                         MBA, Law, BEL and UB. NSS Students are asked to carry plug
                                                                                                         card/ Banner with the slogans/quotes on Conserve energy for
                                                                                                         TWO minutes only and briefly lecture in front of the students.
                                                                                                           It is understood that majority of faculty welcomed this
                                                                                                         awareness campaign, because this is the need of the hour. It
                                                                                                         was highly appreciated that all the students involved are very
                                                                                                         enthusiastically undertaken the campaign in the class rooms.
                                                                                                         Thanks to the Director (Engg. & Tech), Dr. C. Muthamizhchelvan
                                                                                                         for his suitable direction and the Registrar Dr. N. Sethuraman,
                                                                                                         SRMIST for his guidance and all the NSS faculty volunteers
                                                                                                         and program officers Mr. Ann Joe Martin, Mr. Prithviraj, Mrs.
                                                                                                         R. Devakunchari, Mr. K. Selvam for the active participation
                                                                                                         accompanied by Dr. T. Rajasekaran, NSS Program coordinator,
                                                                                                         to take up this for seven select blocks in the campus.
                                                                                                           Few sample of awareness on energy conservation activities
                                                                                                         are shown in the pictures found below as the NSS students
                                                                                                         demonstrate, explain and interact with the students in presence
                                                                                                         of faculty handling classes.
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10    2019 | Spectrum | Volume 12 Number 6

The Scope of Hierarchically
Structured Materials
STAFF WRITER                          Scientists & Research scholars        Telungana State, Dr. Jayashree
                                      from various educational              ETHIRAJ Young Scientist - Award
  The Department of Physics,          institutions along with various       winner –VIFRA, Institute Post
SRM Institute of Science &            participants from Research            Doctoral Fellow, Department
Technology, Ramapuram campus          & Development laboratories            of Chemistry, IIT Madras,
organised the 7th National            across the country attended the       delivered their invited talk which
Conference on Hierarchically          conference and presented their        enthused the young researcher
Structured Materials                  research findings.                    for technology transfer.
(NCHSM 2019) recently. The
                                        Dr. L. Sudha, Professor & Head        Research Scholars and
conference was sponsored
                                      of the Department of Physics,         Scientists from leading
by Council of Scientific and
Industrial Research, New Delhi.       Convener of NCHSM 2019                Universities, Colleges and
                                      welcomed the august gathering         R&D laboratories contributed
   Dr. V. Subbiah Bharathi,           and presented the overview of the     and presented their research
Director, Ramapuram campus,           conference. Eminent scientists        findings on topics such as
SRM Institute of Science &            from prestigious institutions         Nanomaterials, Crystal Growth
Technology presided over the          presented plenary and invited         and Characterisation, Magnetic
inaugural function and he outlined    talks on a range of topics.           and Semiconducting Materials,
the significance of gathering                                               Materials Characterization,
researchers and faculties to            Renowned professionals
                                                                            Electronic Structure of Materials,
work for the advancement of           like Dr. L. John Berchmans,
                                                                            Thin films. Based on the most
science and technology. He            Principal Scientist & Head,
                                                                            innovative and challenging
also stated the role of science       Electropyro Metallurgy Division,
                                                                            areas of conference, the best
serving industrial purposes, and      CSIR-Central Electrochemical
                                                                            oral and poster presentations
also to determine the problems        Research Institute, Karaikudi,
                                                                            were awarded. This was a big
in the physical sciences. Dr. Dr.     Dr. R. Jayavel, Professor Center
                                                                            boost for the budding scientists
K.N.Srinivas, Vice Principal          for Nanosciene and Technology
                                                                            to carry on with their interest
(Academic), SRM Institute             (CNST) Anna University, Chennai
                                                                            on research. In the valedictory
of Science & Technology,              delivered their plenary talk.
                                                                            function, Dr. B.Venkatachalapathy,
Ramapuram campus felicitated            Dr. K. Ramya, Senior Scientist,     Dean Research, SRM Institute
the gathering. Prof.V.Murugesan,      International Advance Research        of Science & Technology,
Vice Chancellor, Annamalai            Centre for Powder Metallurgy          Ramapuram campus felicitated
University, Chidambaram graced        and New Materials (ARCI),             the gathering and addressed the
the conference as Chief Guest.        Centre for Fuel Cell Technology       significance of research work
He delivered inaugural and            (CFCT), Chennai, Dr. T. Karthik,      in the field of hierarchically
keynote address and précised          Scientist-C, Multilayer Ceramics      structured materials and
the scope of Hierarchically           Group, Centre for Materials for       mentioned that the conference
Structured Materials, how it          Electronics Technology, Thrissur,     which was conducted would
engrosses in integration of science
                                      Kerala, Dr. D. Paul Joseph            enormously facilitate the academic
and technology and released the
                                      Assistant Professor, Department       community to allocate their
conference proceedings.
                                      of Physics National Institute         knowledge for the betterment
  About 150 faculty members,          of Technology – Warangal,             of society.

Need for India – Centric Development Model... Sri S. Gurumurthy
STAFF WRITER                          highlighted the philosophies          business hub, since villages are
                                      of Karl Marx, Max Webber,             the major contributors to the
  SRM Institute of Science and        Walter Roster and many other          GDP. He quoted the example
Technology (SRMIST) recently          economists. He also established       of ZOHO Corporation which
organized a lecture under the         the fact that Indian economy was      is very successful in Software
banner “Paarivendhar Lecture          at a high pace till eighteenth        and Product Development.
Series” on the topic “Need for        century. He emphasized that
India – Centric Development           every educational institution           He also insisted on the concept
Model” by Sri S. Gurumurthy,          must prepare students for the         of original thought by quoting
Chartered Accountant, Corporate       development of the economy            the example of Yugoslavia. Also
Advisor and Journalist. Dr.           and country, not for the marks        he added how India came out of
Paarivendhar, Chancellor,             and results. He recognized            an economic crisis during 1998
SRMIST welcomed the Chief             that there is no one size fit – all   by issuing NRI development
Guest, dignitaries and students       model and that each country           bonds. He concluded by advising
for the program. He spoke about       must choose the model which           the students of SRM School of                     Sri S. Gurumurthy Lighting the Lamp
the achievements, popularity          suits its characteristics.            Management to tour the industrial
and distinguished qualities of                                              clusters at least for fifteen days   Pro Vice Chancellor (Planning   Department of Journalism &
                                        He spoke about the success          in a year to gain the first hand
Sri S. Gurumurthy.                                                                                               & Development) , and Dr. R.     Mass Communication, Faculty
                                      stories of entrepreneurship
                                                                            knowledge about business and         Balasubramanian , Pro Vice      of Science & Humanities
  In the key note address, Sri        ventures in small districts
                                                                            entrepreneurship.                    Chancellor (External Affairs)   introduced the Chief Guest.
S. Gurumurthy spoke about             in India like Karur, Tirupur,
his experiences he had by             Namakkal, Jalandhar, Morvi,            Dr. Sandeep Sancheti, Vice          were present in the function.   Dr. V. M. Ponniah, Dean, School
travelling across the country         Ludhiana. He also insisted that       Chancellor, Dr. N. Sethuraman,       Dr. Sridhar Krishnaswami,       of Management proposed the
and observing people. He              villages should be treated as a       Registrar, Dr. T. P. Ganesan,        Professor & Deputy Dean,        Vote of Thanks.
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Students of SRMIST win Smart
India Hackathon 2019!!!
STAFF WRITER                         further for improved accuracy
                                     in suggestions. A completely
   A 6 member student Team
                                     user friendly dashboard was
(Binary_Bombers) from SRM
                                     developed by the team, which
IST participated in Smart India
                                     worked without any hassles
Hackathon – 2019 and stood
                                     on all platforms. Emphasize
first in the Complex Problem
category put forward by India        on Mobile First strategy was
Health Link in order to come         praised by the judges as India
up with an innovative way to         has evidently higher proportion
bring up a healthier India by        of smartphone users. Dashboard
harnessing the power of social       was integrated with a chat boat
networks. The team developed         which could help users to clear
a social network that is based       basic doubts regarding the usage
on health parameters which           of the platform. Also, talk to a
is seamlessly integrated with        mentor was an attention seeking
wearables and other devices for      feature which enabled users to
data collection. Also, it suggests   meet a mentor from the health
ways to improve health for           industry via live video chat for
each person by using Neural          further information.
Networks. The likes of Xiaomi          After the 36-hour long
Mi Band 2, Apple Watch, Fitbit       hackathon, Binary_Bombers
Charge etc. were seamlessly          demonstrated their product to
integrated for data collection.      various industry leaders and
   Also, the team came up            judges. The team was praised
with a very innovative idea          for their India First approach       The second edition of AGAM 2019!!
to use an Android Phone’s            and feasibility of the suggested
camera to measure Heart              business model. The entire           STAFF WRITER                           Kattankulathur.                      aware and agile to handle the
Rate, Breath Rate, Oxygen            team was offered internships                                                                                     problems in future competitions.
                                                                                                                   Thiru. P. Ponniah, on his
Saturation, Systolic Pressure        and extended opportunities             AGAM is the platform where
                                                                                                                 speech narrated about Heuristic         M.K.ChandrasekaranVivadha
and Diastolic Pressure. These        by multiple companies after          both students and corporate
                                                                                                                 which means discover a land for      Kalam Host Vendhar TV spoke
metrics were collected and sent      having hands-on experience           experts combine together through
                                                                                                                 themselves allowing students         about ethics and to work hard.
to a server to train the ML model    with the product.                    games and gain value addition
                                                                                                                 to learn by discovering things       He also stated that currency
                                                                          through the activities they are
                                                                                                                 and learning from their own          is not enough for survival but
                                                                          engaged. The second edition of
                                                                                                                 experiences rather than by telling   happiness is needed.Get the
                                                                          Agam 2019 was celeberated in
                                                                                                                 them things. Mr. Venkatesh           basic thing for survival and make
                                                                          Dr. T.P. Ganesan Auditorium
                                                                                                                 Rajaratnam in his Speech stated      your parents and your country.
                                                                          SRMIST, Kattankulathur campus.
                                                                                                                 that two important things in         Micheal. J Barnes, Director
                                                                          The event was inaguarated by
                                                                                                                 business 1.Distructive practices     of Faculty of Management
                                                                          Thiru Ponniah, IAS Collector
                                                                                                                 in which mobile phones rule on       highlighted the points of 7P’s
                                                                          and District magistrate of
                                                                                                                 today’s world and 2.Banking today    of being professional, cross-
                                                                          Kancheepuram district, Mr
                                                                                                                 about the online transactions        functioning of disciplines,
                                                                          Venkatesh Rajaratnam, COO,
                                                                                                                 such as paytm, etc.                  developing the soft skills. He
                                                                          G a m e s a I n d i a , M r. M . K .
                                                                          Chandrasekaran, Vivadha Kalam             As a Entrepreneur we should be    pointed out that SRM not only
                                                                          host, Vendhar TV. The Chief            aligned with the latest practices    has disciplines like finance,
                                                                          Guest for the event was Actor          to know on what’s happening          HR but also includes global
                                                                          Vikranth. The event was presided       and changes around us must           vermis, digital technology as
                      Binary Bombers Team                                 by The Registrar, SRMIST               be considered and we must be         well as leadership.

   Technozarre 2k19
   STAFF WRITER                      Devi, HOD CSE followed by the
                                     felicitation of the Chief guest by
     Technozarre 2k19, a             Dr.C. Gomathy, ECE HOD and
   National Level Technical fest     Dr.S.Karthikeyan, Mechanical
   was organized by Department       HOD. The Special address
   of Computer Science and           on the topic Industry 4.0 was
   Engineering, SRM Institute        delivered by the Chief Guest.
   of Science and Technology,        His address was very thought
   Vadapalani campus recently.       provoking and it helped the
   The National level Tech           students to know and understand
   Fest was inaugurated by           this domain of technical industry,
   Mr.Muthukumar Krishnan,           in an enhanced and better way.
   Regional Group Head, TCS,         The Club report of White hat
   Chennai. The event was            hackers club was delivered by
   presided by the welcome           the Technozarre Co ordinator
   address of Dr.S.Prasanna          Mr.Ashok.                               L-R, D.Ashok, Dr.S.Prasanna Devi, Muthukumar Krishnan, Dr.C.Gomathy, Dr.S.Karthikeyan
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Medical Camp and                                                            Saur Urja Vehicle Challenge (SUVC) 2019
Swachhata Rally                                                             STAFF WRITER

                                                                              Team ETROS from Department
                                      Associate Director (CL) and           of Mechatronics Engineering
STAFF WRITER
                                      UBA Coordinator welcomed              has participated in the Saur
  Unnat Bharat Abhiyan is             the gathering. In the augural         Urja Vehicle Challenge (SUVC)
a flagship programme under            address by Dr.A.Sundaram,             2019 held in HCET, Coimbatore
Ministry of Human Resource            Dean (Medical), he stressed the       recently. Many technical teams
Development, Government of            importance of inculcating simple      across India participated including
India to understand and work          personal hygiene practices in our     our Team ETROS from SRMIST.
in rural areas to customize new       day-to-day lives and extending        Team ETROS fetched many
technology and implement              the same cleanliness activities       awards including Best Overall
existing government programmes.       to our society. The chief guest       Design Innovation Award in
                                      of the day Mr. M.S.M. Vallavan,       the event. The two seater solar
SRM Institute of Science &
                                      Deputy Supt. of Police (Vandalur      car with 290Kg of weight can
Technology is one of the
                                                                            achieve 35kmph speed.                           During appreciation from Director (E&T)
participating institutions            Dicision) delivered important
under UBA and has adopted             messages to the audience.
five villages – Orathur and           He spoke about the martyrs
Nattarasanpattu in Kundrathur
block, Thenmelpakkam, Anjur,
                                      of our country, encouraged
                                      students to be up-to-date with
                                                                            Tree Plantation Under Unnat
Pattaravakkam in Kattankulathur
block in Kancheepuram district.
                                      current events and patronize
                                      Tamil culture. The key message
                                                                            Bharat Abhiyan At Nattarasanpattu
                                      delivered by Mr.Vallavan was
   A rally of enthusiastic
                                      to wear helmets while driving.        STAFF WRITER
students and faculties from NSS,
                                      He specially mentioned about
highlighting the importance of
                                      “Kavalan App”, which not only            The students and teachers of
cleanliness and recent notification
                                      girls but anybody can download        Government Primary School at
from TN Government mandating
                                      it and use on their phones for        Nattarasanpattu, Kundrathur
“ban on one-time use and throw-
                                      their safety. Mr.S.Christopher,       block, Kancheepuram put forth
away plastics” effective 1st
                                      Block Education Officer,              a request to SRM Institute of
January 2019. was flagged
                                      Kattankulathur and Mr. T.             Science & Technology for
off by Dr.A.Sundaram, Dean
                                      Elumalai, Ex-President delivered      donation of plants, as there are
(Medical), SRMIST followed
                                      special address thanking SRM for      no shaded trees in their school
by the medical camp.
                                      their commitment and relentless       ground. SRMIST organized “Tree
   The function began by              effort to take up rural development   Plantation” at Nattarasanpattu
observing a two-minute silence        activities. Mrs.Chitra, Assistant     Government Primary School
a tribute for the sad demise of       Head Master proposed the vote         under the aegis of Unnat Bharat
our beloved CRPF jawans who           of thanks. Ms. Irene Sambath,         Abhiyan, a flagship programme
lost their lives in Pulwama terror    UBA Project Associate hosted          of Ministry of Human Resource
attack. Dr.V.Thirumurugan,            the event.                            Development, Government of
                                                                            India with the aim to accelerate
                                                                            development and growth in
                                                                            villages through participatory
                                                                            and appropriate technologies.
                                                                            A team of 50 enthusiastic NSS
                                                                            student volunteers and staff from
                                                                            Maintenance Department with
                                                                            required equipments, planting
                                                                            materials and manpower visited
                                                                            the schools. A whole day was
                                                                            dedicated to this event as it
                                                                            required levelling the school
                                                                            ground with mud, followed by
                                                                            planting 28 saplings of Albizia
                                                                            saman/rain tree and Peltophorum
                                                                            pterocarpum/yellow flame tree,
                                                                            fencing and watering. Through
                                                                            this participatory process, local
                                                                            residents, students and teachers
                                                                            actively engaged in cleanup
                                                                            of the school ground and tree
                                                                            planting. Under the instructions
                                                                            of Head Master, the students
                                                                            volunteered to form groups and
                                                                            each group pledged to look after
                                                                            and nurture one tree.
                                                                               On the same day, the students
                                                                            also took part in plastic awareness
                                                                            drives in the vicinity of the         education and also Swachh          with students on the importance
                                                                            schools. This was in keeping          Bharat Mission to achieve clean    of cleanliness, sanitation and
                                                                            with objectives of University         India by 150th birth anniversary   greenery. They shared their
                                                                            Grants Commission’s directive         of Mahatma Gandhi in 2019.         swachhata-related practices at
                                                                            to make swachhata part of             There were interactive sessions    school and home.
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Enthusiasm of
Mathematics
STAFF WRITER                      Navsar Engineering International,
                                  Chennai was introduced to the
   A one day Engineering          audience by the Vice-President
Mathematics Festival (EMF-        of Sri Ramanujan Mathematics
2019) was organized recently at   Club, Dr. V.Srinivasan.
Faraday Hall, ESB block, Main        The chief guest being an
campus under the aegis of Sri     alumnus of the then SRM
Ramanujan Mathematics club in     Engineering College recollected
the Department of Mathematics,    his memories dreading
Faculty of Engineering and        Mathematics as a student and
Technology, SRM Institute of      realized how it has now become
Science and Technology. The       a part of his career. He was an      SRM IST Launches M.Tech Course with Virtusa
function took off with a report   active member of Sri Ramanujan
on previous activities on Sri     Mathematics Club during his          STAFF WRITER                          of the course and evaluation.        (L&D), Mr.Krithivasan, Lead
Ramanujan Mathematics club        student days. In his address, the                                          Industry exposure and hands-         India Campus Hiring from
given by the secretary of the     need and use of Mathematics             SRM IST (SRM Institute of          on the latest technology are the     Virtusa and Dr. Sandeep
club, Miss. NityaKumari. The      both in profession and daily         Science and Technology) has           unique features.                     Sancheti ,Vice Chancellor,
President of the club Dr. A.      life was insisted. The guest of      signed an MOU with Virtusa                                                 Dr.N.Sethuraman, Registrar,
Govindarajan, Professor and       honour Dr. R. Rajagopal Director,    Consulting to launch M.Tech              The students who will be
                                                                                                                                                  Dr.C.Muthamizhchelvan, Director
Head, Department of Mathematics   Directorate of Distance Education,   course on “Cloud Computing” ,         admitted through a rigorous
                                                                                                                                                  (Engineering &Technolog),
welcomed the audience by          SRM Institute of Science and         from the academic year 2019-20.       selection process, will be moulded
                                                                                                                                                  Dr.K.Ramsamy, Director (Faculty
giving a brief introduction       Technology, felicitated the                                                to be industry- ready from Day-1.
                                                                          This course, a one of its kind                                          and Academics), Dr.Ganapathy,
about the origin and growth of    function and declared the meet
                                  open. Entertaining events such       will see Virtusa involving itself       The MOU was signed in the          Director (Corporate Relations)
Sri Ramanujan Mathematics
                                  as DUMB - C, QUIZ gave the           right from the framing of syllabus,   presence of Ms.Hema Mohandas,        from SRM Institute of Science
Club from its inception in the
                                  fest more life. The individual       admission of the students, delivery   Vice President and Asia Head         and Technology.
year 1991 till date. He also
explained how this club differs   events like CROSS-WORD,
from other associations in the    Brainstorm and Math Core
Engineering departments by        paved the way for the students
                                  to display their individual talent
its unique feature. The chief
                                  and strength in the field of
guest of the event Mr. S.Naveen
                                  Mathematics. There were about
Kumar, Co-Founder, CEO,
                                  200 participants registered from
                                  all the leading Engineering
                                  and Arts and Science Colleges
 ...Cross-Word,                   around Chennai.
                                    The event was made a grand
   Brainstorm and                 success by the enthusiastic
                                  participation shown by the
 Math Core paved                  students of various Engineering
                                  and Arts and Science Colleges.
   the way for the                Certificates and prizes were given
                                  to the winners in all the events
 students to display              by the President, Vice-President
                                  of the club and Professors of
   their individual               the Department of Mathematics
                                  during the valedictory function
 talent and strength
    in the field of
                                  held in the evening. The day
                                  long program came to an end
                                  with vote of thanks given by
                                                                       Recent Trends in Robotics
                                  the Joint Secretary, Ms. Srishti                                           was welcomed by the Robotics         IT core and the other workshop
                                                                       STAFF WRITER
    Mathematics                   Agarwal of the club followed
                                                                                                             club coordinator Dr. Anita           was Arduino based sensor bot
                                  by the National Anthem.                The Robotics club of SRM            Christaline. J and addressed by      design and Virtual reality. Both
                                                                       IST Vadapalani, organised it’s        Dean (E&T) Dr. K. Duraivelu.         the workshops provided hands on
                                                                       annual National level TechFest
                                                                                                             The special guest gave an insight    training to the participants and
                                                                       “XION 19” recently. This 8th
                                                                                                             into the recent trends in Robotics   competitions were held based
                                                                       edition of Xion was packed
                                                                                                             based automation and the chief       on the training. The winners
                                                                       with events like Robo Soccer,
                                                                                                             guest presented a technical talk     were sent for final rounds in
                                                                       Line follower robots, Pick and
                                                                       Place robots, Technical paper         on recent trends of software         IIT Mumbai and thereon to
                                                                       presentation and two different        based robotic automation in IT       international level. This two
                                                                       workshops. The chief guest            core. Participants from many         day mega event was conducted
                                                                       for the inagural function was         engineering colleges in South        with the support of Directors,
                                                                       Mr. Senthil Kumar, project            India participated in this mega      Dean (E&T), HOD of ECE
                                                                       Director IT enabled services          event and showcased their talents    department Dr. C. Gomathy
                                                                       and the guest of honour was           in robotic design and control.       and other department heads.
                                                                       Dr.P.Ramesh Babu, Professor           One of the workshops was             Winners were encouraged with
                                                                       Anna University. The gathering        Robotic Process Automation in        cash prizes.
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