Silver Jubilee Year
(August 2009 - August 2010)
The campus newspaper of SRM University
Private Circulation only Volume 4 Number 1
Rs 5 crore every STAYING AT THE TOP
SRM Engineering placed at No 13 in an extensive survey
year for R & D, A Staff Writer
says Dr Rao I
t is a matter of great pride and happiness that the faculty of Engineering
and Technology of SRM University has emerged as one of the top engineering
ith its consistent institutions in India, as seen from the extensive survey commissioned by
focus on high
University provides a slew quality academics
Zee News and Daily News Analysis (DNA). Given the scale, size of operations and
the large number of diverse students, this is not a mean achievement. The survey
of research opportunities and an accent on providing has rightly taken into account the various factors that have made our institution
a top ranking one.
first class facilities for students
to faculty and students and faculty, SRM University
The vision of our Chancellor, the ideas and guidance of our Vice Chancellor, the
sincerity, purposefulness and coordination of the Directors, Deans and HODs, the
dedication and commitment of faculty and the willing and whole hearted support
has maintained its unique status of the non teaching staff have brought us this recognition. I am extremely happy
Moen Sen and Nivedita among national institutions . and share this pleasure with all my colleagues. Let us not be satisfied to rest
on our laurels but work together to scale new heights to become one of the most
In an extensive survey, acclaimed institutions of India.
RM University is providing a slew of commissioned by Zee News and - Dr. P.K.A Muniswaran , Director (E&T)
research opportunities to faculty and
DNA, and carried out by Ipsos, RM Engineering is consistently rated high nationally in various evaluations
students, announced Dr D Narayana the world’s third-ranked research and it is of great pride and honour to realise that our University is batting
Rao, Director (Research). Revealing that the agency. SRM Engineering has in the same league as that of known and established institutions in the
University is heavily investing in research and been placed at Number 13 in
country. Here we constantly strive to reach higher levels of excellence by focusing
not only on the academic component but also in having first rate research
development, Dr Rao said, “SRM allocates Rs an evaluation of the status of facilities that benefit students and teachers.
5 crore every year for R&D.” engineering colleges in India. - Dr.C. Muthamizhchelvan, Associate Director, (E&T)
Speaking to Spectrum, Dr Rao said the The first seven places were
University is giving financial assistance to taken up by the Indian Institutes
students who attend national and international current as well as prospective facilities, placements and new
of Technology, with IIT-Kanpur students of the colleges concerned. innovative courses.
conferences. He further
topping the list, followed by Several factors went into the
said that the departments of SRM Engineering stayed high in
IIT-Delhi and IIT-Mumbai. IIT assessment of the engineering
Nanotechnology, Electronics the charts generally but scored big
Madras was placed sixth. colleges such as history and
and Communication when it came to New Innovative
Engineering, Bioengineering According to a report in the reputation, admission process,
Courses (Number 8); Foreign
and Schools of Pharmacology DNA the survey was backed course curriculum, learning
Exchange Programs ( Number 11);
and Public Health are carrying by groundwork undertaken on environment, faculty competence,
Infrastructure (Number 12) and
out a good amount of research. the basis of inputs from leading infrastructure, foreign exchange
Faculty Competence (Number 13).
academicians, faculty programmes, research facilities,
Emphasising the importance of research laboratories and workshops, hostel
members and alumni,
in the fields of Science and Technology, Dr.
S V Kasmir Raja, Dean (Research), said,
“Research helps the faculty
stay abreast with frontline and
emerging areas. It facilitates
contemporary thinking and
improves their teaching skills
by the use of latest technology
and knowledge. Research helps
students innovate and think creatively.”
Elaborating on the issue of public funding
for R&D, Dr Rao said that science is an
engine to develop wealth and jobs. Hence,
Students Toppers More seats to Sports
planting in all india benefit rural selection
trees exams students P-7
P-3 P-4 P-5
2 2010 | Spectrum | Volume 4 Number 1
Evaluation of engineering education
a compelling necessity: Anna Univ VC
A Staff Writter of the engineering education system
with global perspective becomes a
valuation of the engineering compelling necessity.”
education system in The higher education system
the country with global should also address the crucial issue
perspective has become a compelling of improving the quality of the staff
necessity, said Anna University Vice- as the quality of teachers determines
Chancellor, Dr. P Mannar Jawahar, the quality of higher education.
Dr. Jawahar said the increased
Delivering the Sixth Graduation awareness of needs of the students
Day address of the Valliammai and providing clarity of educational
Engineering College, part of the SRM programmes to meet the choice would
Group of Institutions, Dr. Jawahar usher in a new era of growth and
observed there has been proliferation development.
of higher education institutions in the
country in general, and in engineering In his presidential address, SRM
in particular. Though they contribute Institutions of Educational Institutions
significantly to the economic growth Chairman, Dr. T R Pachamuthu, said
and social advancement of the there has been 88 per cent placement
country, maintaining their quality last year in the Valliammai College
and keeping them on par with and said those who could not get
premier institutions was a primary placements should not lose heart.
concern. “Scientists and engineers “They in turn should think of
are expected to anticipate, predict becoming entrepreneurs to become
and be prepared to solve the future job providers instead of being job
Rank holder S. Shruthi in IEIE receiving the degree from Anna University problems. This in turn calls for not seekers,” he added. Seven students
Vice-Chancellor, Dr. P. Mannar Jawahar, and SRM Group of Institutions only an efficient, but also an effective received Gold Medals and over 545
Chairman, Dr T.R. Pachamuthu at the 6th Graduation Day of the engineering education system,” he students were conferred degrees at
Valliammai Engineering College held at Kattankulathur. said, adding, “Hence the evaluation the 6th Graduation Day.
15-day summer Ecoyouth street play pitches
swimming camp for reviving tiger population
held at SRM Hotel Navneet Iyengar Vinod is a Year III Bio
tech no log y Eng in eer in g
the tiger population is seen
hey may not be student while Ram
At the end of the play, Raj
forest-dwellers, but Nitesh is pursuing his
Vandana Krishnan increasing every year,” said Mr kumar, an Ecoyouth volunteer,
Ecoyouth sure knows Year II in Electronics and gave a boost to the Save Tiger
G Saravana Kumar, Resident
how to say Halla Bol and Communication Engineering campaign by declaring, “My
he SRM Hotel Manager of the hotel. at SRM University.
campaign for the protection Name is Youth, and I am a
in collaboration of tigers and environment in
The 60 participants were The play Tigrave focuses on Tiger Conservationist.”
with the Rotary India.The 400 plus volunteer
split into two batches and the death, desperation and hope. Ecoyouth volunteers later
Club of Maraimalainagar strong one-year-old eco-
kids were happy to spend their The lone surviving tiger is discussed various ways in
recently conducted a 15-day friendly youth club of SRM
vacation in a useful way, said shot dead. There is knee-jerk which SRM students can
summer swimming camp. University raised their reaction from government and
Mr Saravana Kumar. take part in conserving the
Nearly 60 school students combined voice during a street non governmental agencies, environment. The not-for-
f r o m M a r a i m a l a i n a g a r, The age group of the play, Tigrave, to highlight the who discuss to find ways to profit club earlier took up
Singaperumal Kovil and participants range from eight tiger tragedy in India and the revive the tiger population. programmes like beach
Guduvanchery participated to 16 years. need to act fast to reverse The ghost of the last tiger in cleaning, slogan writing and
in the camp. the falling numbers of the the play brings back memories poster designing competitions,
Dr Antony Ashok Kumar,
majestic beast. There are only of happier times when it had and rock concerts with a theme
Participants of the camp Director of SRM Institute 1410 tigers left in the county. walked freely without fear and on environmental conservation.
were provided with the services of Hotel Management and Poachers recently skinned one. danger from poachers. It also has collaborations with
of two coaches, safety tubes Senior General Manager of
Giving highlights of the The appearance of author Indian Youth Climate Network
and life jackets on concession, SRM Hotel inaugurated the
play to Spectrum, Ecoyouth Ruskin Bond marks a shift in and NGOs like SAVE, and
while the Rotary Club arranged camp. Others present during
founders Vinod and Ram the script. He rues the loss of 350ME.
to transport the students from the inaugural function included
Maraimalainagar. Nitesh said, “The electronic his beloved animal and goes in Ecoyouth is keen to
Rotarian (Rtn) Iyyasamy, component major ASUS, search of the animal. The play involve more SRM students
“It is for the third President, Rotary Club, a multi-national company, ends on a happy note when to work on projects related to
consecutive year that SRM Maraimalainagar and Rtn appreciated our work and not Ruskin Bond comes across a environmental conservation.
Hotel had organised the camp. Balasubramaniam, Director only sponsored the street play, pregnant tigress, police capture To get in touch with Ecoyouth
We are happy to note that the and Club Administrator, but also entrusted us the task of the poachers with the help of email queries to vinod@
number of participants is Rotary Club, Maraimalainagar. planting tree saplings.” Ecoyouth volunteers, and ecoyouth.in.
2010 | Spectrum | Volume 4 Number 1 3
do a batti bandh
ighty per cent of
the hostels on the
campus of SRM University
were in complete darkness
for an entire hour recently.
Generally, when lights go
off students groan, curse,
complain and scream. But
this time, it was the students
themselves who were behind
the power-cut. It was part of
the “Earth Hour” initiative
of the Enviro Club of SRM
The Club, launched in
October 2009 in collaboration The new-look Team Conrods with Prof. Leenus Martin.
with Confederation of Indian
Industry (CII) and exnora.org,
is currently in talks with the
Indian Tobacco Corporation
(ITC) for recycling paper.
Fresh blood injects new
vigour in Team Conrods
The Club members plan
to collect books from the
University students and
either give them away for
free or recycle them.
The Club members are
SRM SAE Collegiate Club looking for sponsors
planning to organise various
R Krishnan getting ready to take part in to impart hands-on training transmission system and lost
activities next semester
the Society of Automotive in automobile designing out in the final stages of the
including “Good deed a day”,
wenty five new faces, Engineers (SAE) BAJA event to budding engineers and event. Soon after their return,
creating organic gardens,
a modified clutch to be held at Pitampur near BAJA is a much awaited the team solved the problem
waste audit and power audit.
plate system and a Indore in January 2011. This annual SAE event. Teams by arresting the clutch plate
“We want to monitor power time we’ll bring the trophy from over 150 colleges in movement.
renewed vigour inject fresh
consumption levels during home.” the country participate in it.
enthusiasm in the new-look “Having solved the technical
events like Aaruush and
Team Conrods of the SRM Subramanyam is a Year Each team designs and glitches, we are now on
Milan and devise ways to
SAE Collegiate Club. III mechanical engineering fabricates an All Terrain the look out for sponsors
make up for the resources
consumed,” said some of After taking over the reigns student. Prof. Leenus Jesu Vehicle (ATV) that withstands who can pitch in with funds
the members. from his predecessor, Rahul Martin, Head of the Department various static, dynamic and for materials, spare parts,
Sinha, a final year automobile of Automobile Engineering, endurance tests during the equipments and transportation,”
The members are also
engineering student, the is the chief mentor and the event. said Subramanyam.
planning to work on banning
guiding force behind the
of plastic bags within the new student leader of the During the previous BAJA Those willing to help can
SRM SAE Collegiate Club.
campus and take up the lake team, R V Subramanyam outing, the Conrods faced contact Subramanyam at
treatment project. told Spectrum, “We are Founded in 1905, SAE works a technical glitch in the 91+9789013428.
IT students plant trees to save earth
A Spectrum Reporter “We collected contributions in the tree
from our fellow-students and planting
raving scorching purchased 100 saplings from exercise.
heat recently, Stanley Medical College
three Year III and planted them on our
students of the Department campus,” Mitesh explained.
of Information Technology He further added, “Trees The
planted 100 tree saplings can reduce pollution, bring tree
at various locations on rain, provide shade, increases planting
the Ramapuram campus exercise
the oxygen content in the
of SRM University. in
atmosphere and also protect
The three, Anish, Mitesh the environment from global progress.
and Sairam, felt that the warming.” The Director,
only way to save the planet Vice-Principal and HoD of the
was by planting trees. IT Department participated
4 2010 | Spectrum | Volume 4 Number 1
Meet on physiotherapy held Dr M.G.R University Dr
Niranjana Devi and the
knowledge being spread to
the rural areas as well, and
Role of Physiotherapist in
high risk pregnancy; and
chief guest Dr Thamizhachi recollected her own experience Dr.A.Vanitha, Gynaec
Pradeep Kumar and ‘Continuing Physiotherapy Thangapandian, a renowned of how physiotherapy helped Endoscopy Specialist gave
U.Radhakrishnan Education’ program on current Poet, Politician, Theatre her to regroup and get back a presentation about various
trends of physiotherapy in
Artist and Classical dancer to her normal life after a road surgical procedures with
RM College of women’s health, on 18 April accident that had left her video presentations.
and known for her active role
Physiotherapy 2010 at SRM’s Vadapalani with multiple fractures in the
in Women empowerment.
organised a Campus. backbone. Mrs.Ponmathi,Assistant
The other speakers were
Professor, SRM College
The in voca tion the Dean and the associate The schedule of the Pro
of Physiotherapy gave a
ceremony was director of SRM College of gramme was framed for
well atten ded by demonstration on diastasis
physiotherapy Dr V.P.R. Siva the benefit of the students.
the dignitaries recti and physiotherapy
Kumar and Dr N. Chandra Topics related to Basic
that included management with Ms.Arthi
Prabha respectively. Anatomy & Physiology
the Registrar Dr were presented by Dr.Vijaya Priyadarshini.Chief
N. Sethuraman, Dr Thamizhachi Thanga Ragavan and Mr.BabuKumar; Physiotherapist, presenting
the Controller of pandian, emphasised the Dr.Saraswathy, a leading a paper on labour and its
Examinations of importance of physiotherapy OBG Specialist spoke about physiotherapy management.
urged to think big
SRM IHM students
A Staff Writer
top all India exams
two-day first ever International Conference on
Communication and Computing was held recently “It is a privilege that our
the SRM University in Ramapuram. students have won both the
first and the second places
ELCOT Managing Director, Dr. Santosh Babu, IAS, competing with 46 prestigious
inaugurated the conference, being held as part of SRM Group’s institutions affiliated to
Silver Jubilee Celebrations. In his address, which was laced with NCHMCT,” said Mr Saravana
wit and humour, he said the students would be contributing to
a paradigm shift to India’s growth.
Thanking his class teacher,
Stating that rural areas provided vast opportunities in
chef Nageswaran and the
bandwidth and communication, he exhorted the students to
Head of the Department, Mr
think big as several of the students might become bureaucrats,
scientists or politicians. He highlighted various roles played by Ramesh, for their support,
the ELCOT in shaping school dropouts through rural BPOs, Arjun Mukund said, “I
which was a resounding success in the backward Dharmapuri opted for this course because
district. hospitality is a booming
Arjun mukund (right) and Naresh Kumar, the gold industry. On completion
The Department of Electronics and Communication and silver medal winners. of the course, I plan to do
Engineering (ECE), SRM University, Ramapuram campus in MBA in Airlines and Airport
association with the New Delhi based IEEE MTT-S organised Vandana Krishnan examinations, Naresh Kumar
the conference. Presiding over the function, the Chancellor, Dr was awarded the silver medal
T R Pachamuthu, said the main aim of the conference was to w o Ye a r I I for his 78% of marks,” Stating that this development
provide a platform for the students to present their innovative B.Sc. students announced Mr G Saravana will boost the placement
research ideas in a competitive atmosphere pointing to the papers of the SRM Kumar, Vice Principal of SRM chances of the institute’s
that were being presented in the in the fields of communication, Institute of Hotel Institute of Hotel Management. students, Mr Saravana Kumar
networking and VLSI. Over 150 papers on various topics were Management topped in said, “This year nearly 150
received from different universities across the country and The two, who are pursuing
the 2008-09 national-level students have been placed
abroad. their B.Sc. programme
examinations organised under in 25 star hotels like Taj,
in Hospitality and Hotel
Students from various Engineering colleges were exposed to the auspices of the National Oberoi, and GRT excluding
Administration at SRM
latest developments and advancements in the field of Electronics Council of Hotel Management international fast food chains
University, received their
and Communication, besides throwing light the field offers in and Catering Technology like KFC.
medals and the certificates
respect of communications in rural areas. (NCHMCT), Ministry of
of merit from Mr Sultan This year ’s NCHMCT
Oracle Consulting Solutions Director, Dr. Bhanu Nalagonda, Ahmed, the Minister of State exams are going on now and
Dr. Kent Chamberlin, Professor from New Hampshire University, “While Arjun Mukund got for Tourism, recently during Mr Saravana Kumar expects
USA and Dr. Deepak Bhatnagar, Chairman, IEEE MTT-S, New the gold medal for securing a function at the Institute of the students will fare well this
Delhi were among those who spoke on the occasion. 85% marks in the all India Hotel Management in Pusa. time also.
O Seminar on trends in molecular modelling held
ver 260 students from SRM College of Pharmacy graced
22 colleges from Tamil the occasion. Dr. S Ponnusamy,
Nadu, Kerala and Pharmacology, SRM College of Modelling. Experts who attended V Subramanian, Scientist, CLRI, Controller of Examinations,
Andhra Pradesh participated in a Pharmacy organised the seminar. the seminar included Dr. Mukesh Chennai. Dr. N Sethuraman, SRM University presided over
National Seminar on ‘Emerging Experts deliberated over several Doble, Professor, Department of Registrar, SRM University the valedictory function.
Trends on Molecular Modelling topics including Target Based Biotechnology, IIT-Madras, Mr. inaugurated the seminar. Dr. Members of the organising
and Drug Design’ recently Drug Design, Structure based Raghu, Director, Schrondinger, N Chandraprabha, Associate committee included Ms P
held at the Kattankulathur Pharmacophore Design in Hyderabad, Mr. M Ramanathan, Director (Para Medicals), SRM Valentina, Mr. S. Arunkumar,
campus of SRM University. The Computer Aided Drug Discovery, Professor and Head, Department University, Prof. K S Lakshmi, Department of Pharmaceutical
Department of Pharmaceutical Approaches in Drug Design of Pharmacology, PSG College of Dean, SRM College of Pharmacy, Chemistry and Ms V Chitra,
Chemistry and Department of and Applications of Molecular Pharmacy, Coimbatore, and Dr. and Dr. K Ilango, Vice Principal, Department of Pharmacology.
2010 | Spectrum | Volume 4 Number 1 5
Wins first prize A Staff Writer
10% more seats to benefit rural
he University of
sanction an additional students: Dr.Thiruvasagam
ina Varghese, a Year II 10 per cent seats from the
MPharm student, won coming academic year to all
its affiliated colleges in rural
Three Gold Medalists and 118 rank holders at the
the first prize for her
paper and poster presentation areas for the benefit of rural 14th Graduation Day at SRM Arts and Science
students, its Vice Chancellor,
at the one-
Col Dr G Thiruvasagam, said
S e m i n a r
on Spectral Delivering the 14th
Analysis in Graduation Day address at the
Pharmaceutical SRM Arts and Science College
Research held in Kattankulathur, he said
at Amrita School of Pharmacy,
additional 10 % seats means
creation of another 200 to 250
Amrita University, Kochi. Her
seats in the colleges situated in
paper was titled Analytical Method rural areas.
Develop ment and Validation of
Derivative spectrophotometric He said this would help
method for estimation of rural students to pursue higher
Doxophylline and Montelukast education.
Sodium in bulk and Pharmaceutical
Lauding the efforts of
formulation was declared as the SRM University, which had
best poster presentation. Dr. K been catering to the rural
S Lakshmi, Dean and HOD, students by setting up its
Department of Pharmaceutical campus on the city outskirts,
Analysis, SRM College of Dr Thiruvasagam said rural
Pharmacy guided Tina. students, most of who hail
from agricultural background,
could not afford to come to
Wins 2nd prize the city for higher education.
“Only if more colleges are
V Amudavalli opened in rural areas, rural
students will get access to
Harish, a Year I M higher education,” he said.
Pharm student, SRM Gold medallist and first rank holder T. Srividhya in M. Sc (CST) receiving the degree from University
College of Pharmacy, Dr. Thiruvasagam also of Madras Vice-Chancellor Col. Dr. G. Thiruvasagam at the 14th Graduation Day of the SRM Arts
announced that from the and Science College held today at Kattankulathur. Others in the picture are Chairman SRM Group of
recently won the second prize
coming academic year, the Institutions and SRM Arts and Science College Principal Dr. K. Subburam.
at the National Conference on
‘Recent Trends and Applications University of Madras would
have monthly placement 70 per cent marks in Tenth and Science and Technology and become a job provider,” he
of Nanotechnology in Pharmacy Plus Two exams as it would HRD Ministry have started
camps to ensure that 100 per added.
and Biology’ go against the interest of rural providing a lot of support to
for his paper cent placement for its students
studying in affiliated colleges. students. the private sector,” he said. SRM University Chancellor,
Dr T R Pachamuthu, appealed
of Sodium Stating that private sector Dr Thiruvasagam exhorted
He said his University would to the students to not land
Alginate playing a major role in the students not to walk on the
also make it mandatory that themselves in routine jobs
Nanospheres setting up colleges and traditional route of landing up
every college should have a and instead serve the society
containing placement cell and a placement universities has come to in a secured white collar job.
Amphotericin stay, Dr Thiruvasagam said and the nation by becoming
officer to ensure that all its
B for the treatment of systemic students in affiliated colleges at present 68 per cent of the “It is high time you develop bureaucrats and IPS officers.
candidiasis. Anna University, were placed appropriately. 26,000 colleges were managed entrepreneurial skills and enter
Thiruchirapalli organised the by the private sector, which into business ventures. It might In all 608 students were
conference. Ms S Sangeetha, He appealed to the could ensure both quality seem risky to begin with, but conferred degrees of which
Assistant Professor, Department companies participating in and quantity. “Keeping this if you work hard you are sure 118 were University rank
of Pharmaceutics, SRM College campus placements to dispense in mind, apex bodies like to emerge successful. Instead holders and three were gold
of Pharmacy, guided Harish. with the category of minimum the UGC, Department of of being a job seeker you can medallists.
Ethical Fest: The Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Science and Humanities recently organised a one-day Ethical Fest in the new University
Administrative Building. Dr. R Balasubramanian, Director - FSH, inaugurated the festival, which provided a platform for students to show their
creativity, talent and present their views concerning the ethical issues in Life Sciences through poster and model presentations. Some of the issues
showcased included Bio-safety, Human Cloning, Stem cell, Chimeric DNA, and GM foods. Mr. Gopalakrishnan, Scientist-in-charge Department of
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and Dr. Sridhar Narayanan, Head, Department of Visual Communication were the judges and they distributed cash
prizes to the winners
6 2010 | Spectrum | Volume 4 Number 1
IHM student wins photo contest
S S Keshav Krishna, a Year I student of B.Sc in
Hotel Management and Catering Technology,
recently bagged the first prize in a state-level
inter-collegiate photo contest. Madras Photo Journalism
Academy, in collaboration with Madras Photographic
Society and Jaigopal Garodia Vivekananda Vidhyalaya
Matric School organised the contest.
Krishna, who is a student of the SRM Institute of
Hotel Management, won the prize for his photo titled
Co-operation through Co-ordination in the colour prints
category covering landscape, seascape and nature.
Nearly 25 premier institutions participated in the
event. A. Perumal, an eminent nature and wild life
photographer, presented a Certificate of Merit and a
cash prize of Rs 3000 to Krishna.
Agni wins after a SRM allocates Rs 5 crore
for R & D...
A P1 The projects are expected years to pursue research.
the Government of India is to conclude by May, 2010.
“This year the Department
By Ritika Agarwal & basketball for boys. Agni allocating substantial amounts Fresh proposals will shortly
of S&T had already approved
Tirthankar Jana and Trishul, respectively, to research and development. be invited for the 2010-2011
and sanctioned two projects of
bagged the trophies. “In fact, faculty and students academic year,” said Dr
Kasmir Raja. SRM researchers. A few more
he recent three-day can get funds for their projects are under review. In the past
Frisbee and all the athletic
Inter-House Sports from Government of India Stating that the University three years, 15 major research
events were reserved for the
Meet witnessed funding agencies like the encourages faculty members to projects with a total outlay of
final day of the Sports Meet.
unprecedented participation Department of Science and submit research proposals for Rs 6 crore had been allotted
The Frisbee Trophy was
from students. Participants Technology, Department of Pilot Projects, Dr Rao said that to faculty members of SRM.”
shared by Aakash and Agni.
from the four houses, Agni, Biotechnology, Department the Directorate of Research
Among the athletic events,
of Atomic Energy, Defence has so far sanctioned Rs 80 Other research initiatives
Aakash, Trishul and Prithvi, shot put, discus throw, 100
Research Development lakhs in grants for 51 project include the ‘Fund for
were seen giving a tough metres sprint and 4x100
Organisation and the Ministry proposals. “On completion Improvement in Science and
competition to one another. metres were held for boys
of Public Health.” of the projects, the faculty is Technology’ (FIST). Under
Agni emerged as the win- and girls.
“Students of different encouraged to publish their this, School of Bioengineering
ner after giving a sterling Among the girls, the winners
disciplines are encouraged findings in research journals and Department of Electronics
performance in all events. were Mini Poonia (Agni),
to submit a brief research of repute and file for patents,” and Communication
On the first day of the meet, Prabashini (Agni) and Manisha he explained. Engineering received funds,
proposal to an expert panel
basketball and kabaddi were (Prithvi) in shot put, discus and the School of Pharmacy
comprising eminent faculty Providing details of other
held in both, the girls’ and and 100 mts respectively. is developing a multi-layered
members. Last academic year, research initiatives, Dr Rao
the boys’ categories. The In the boys’ category, the floating tablet that will offer
we received 24 proposals, of said that the Department of
winners were Trishul and top position was secured by new methods of drug delivery.
which 13 were funded. Funds Science and Technology,
Agni respectively. Manoj (Aakash) in discuss
to the extent of Rs 50,000 Government of India has been In collaboration with the
throw as well as the shot put.
The second day was re- (approx) were allocated to under the Fast Track Scheme Indira Gandhi Centre for
Sateen from Prithvi won the
served for throw ball and each of the selected projects. encouraging scholars below 35
100 metre race. Atomic Research (IGCAR),
SRM University has set up
Robotics is an inter-disciplinary field of operation: CAIR official a 16m meteorological tower
housing 16 sensors to monitor
Students urged to be more creative and practical and study air pollution. “Data
is being archived for different
scientific and operational
r. K Ramesh, Ad- of the immense role of robots life is concerned, is a very Q: Enlighten us on the
applications,” Dr Raja said.
ditional Director, in today’s life and at the same wide subject. It encompasses role of Robotics in DRDO.
Continuing with its strive
Centre for Artifi- time stressed that ‘Human life almost every branch of en-
Ans: Robotics is used in towards excellence, SRM
cial Intelligence and Robotics is a God created robot and the gineering and thus makes it
a much wider dimension in University, in collaboration
(CAIR) of Defence Research an inter-disciplinary field of
God created robot is superior DRDO. Be it for the security with ISRO is planning
operation. With the increasing
and Development Organisation than the one created by man.’ systems within the DRDO to establish a Centre of
(DRDO - Bangalore) recently Excerpts: premises, the traffic control Excellence in Space Science
of different fields is the need
visited SRM University’s Kat- operations or the conventional and Space Technology, said Dr
Question: What is the role of the hour. That is where the
tankulathur campus. Deepak production purposes, robotics Rao adding that new medical
of robotics today? field of robotics makes the
Pinninty of Spectrum caught difference with increased finds its place in every sphere research, radiation and stem
up with him. Despite his busy Answer: Robotics, as far accuracy and reduced time of activity. cell laboratories are also being
schedule, Mr. Ramesh spoke as its application in today’s consumption. A P7 taken up.
2010 | Spectrum | Volume 4 Number 1 7
Cricket is my Sports quota selection
list to be released soon
K Shanmugapriyan Under 19, 22, Mohana Krishnan
25 for Tamil
“Cricket is my passion,” says Nadu State.
he list of selected candidates for admission (2010-2011) to various courses in
R D Ashwin Kumar, who is He proudly SRM University under the sports quota is being finalised and will be released
one of the key players of SRM says that he is soon. The selection trials were held in Kattankulathur recently.
University cricket team. A Year one among the 15 members Nearly 400 players from across the country took part in the trials and exhibited their
II student of the Department selected from Universities skills. Players were given free accommodation and food along with their parents. Their
of Aerospace Engineering, all over India to get special skills and fitness levels were tested.
Ashwin skilfully balances his training at the National Cricket
Trials were conducted in the following sports Ball Badminton (Men & Women),
studies and cricket. He started Academy. He also played for Badminton (Men & Women), Basketball (Men & Women), Cricket (Men), Chess, Table
playing cricket when he was the Buchi Babu Tournament Tennis (Men & Women), Tennis (Men), and Volleyball (Men & Women). The Director
just eight years old. During the and was one of the probables for Sports along with the Selection Committee members, including Associate Director
academic year 2009-2010, he for the Tamil Nadu Ranji (Faculty of Engineering & Technology), Advisor (Sports), Dean (FS&H) witnessed the
played for the following teams: Team. selection trials.
Rare feat Robotics is an
field of operation ...
Q: It is the human brain
involved in making a robot.
So, is the robot more efficient,
or the man?
S. Vinothraj, I Year / A. Human life or man, to be
BBA student of Faculty of precise, is a God created robot.
science and Humanities, This God created robot is much
Kattankulathur has achieved superior than the one created
a rare feat by receiving 2nd Dan by man in all circumstances.
Black Belt from the President Nothing can break the natural
of Okinawa Karate Association course of play. Scientifically
of Japan. He has practicing in
speaking, if we compare the
Okinawa Karate – Do Goju
computational capacities of
– Ryu Rhysyokai India style
an average human brain and
for the past ten years. So far
a robot, the consumption time
India has produced only three
2nd Dan Black Belts including would be more for the robot.
Vinothraj. Q: How do you think
events like Robolympix
Joseph selected would help nurture talent?
C. Berdinent Carmel Joseph, Ans: Robolympix is an ex-
I year / B.Com, Faculty of cellent initiative by the Robot-
Science and Humanities, ics Club of SRM University.
SRM University, he selected It is wonderful to see young
a Junior Indian Basketball students make such robots.
Camp at Luthiyana, Punjab Yet, there is a huge room for
from 15th May to June 2010 growth and development.
and conducting a Junior FIBA Students can try more on a
(Federation of International practical and professional scale
Basketball Association) Asian that would help the industry
Basketball Championship held and the general population.
at Yeman, South Africa from
Q: What would your mes-
9th-22nd September 2010
sage for the students be?
He has selected to represent
the Mastan Basketball Ans: Innovation can only
Professional League for Men be brought to the forefront
& Women at Mumbai from by the youth. So it is you,
5th to 15th May, 2010. Five the students, who must try
players only selected from to bring more creativity and
Tamilnadu for this League. He innovation in whichever field
is only College Student. you wish to proceed in.
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