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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.
2019 | Spectrum | Volume 12 Number 6 3 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.
4 2019 | Spectrum | Volume 12 Number 6 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.
2019 | Spectrum | Volume 12 Number 6 5 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.
6 2019 | Spectrum | Volume 12 Number 6 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 email@example.com 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.”
2019 | Spectrum | Volume 12 Number 6 7 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.
8 2019 | Spectrum | Volume 12 Number 6 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.
2019 | Spectrum | Volume 12 Number 6 9 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.
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.
2019 | Spectrum | Volume 12 Number 6 11 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
12 2019 | Spectrum | Volume 12 Number 6 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.
2019 | Spectrum | Volume 12 Number 6 13 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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