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					                                                                     Silver Jubilee Year
                                                                         (August 2009 - August 2010)

                                                   The campus newspaper of SRM University

              Private Circulation only                                                                                                Volume 4 Number 1

SRM allocates
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,
                                         A P6

                         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 
                                                                                                                 2010 | Spectrum | Volume 4 Number 1 3

campus hostels
do a batti bandh

Shruti Iyer

          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,
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.

Engineering students
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
V Amudavalli
                                                Madras would
                                                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
day National
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,
                 on Formulation
                                                                                                                                               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
                                                                                                        Vandana Krishnan

                                                                                                                 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
gruelling 3-Day
sports meet
                                                                     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
                                                                     developments, collaboration
(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
passion: Ashwin
                                                                                        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 ...
                                           A P6

                                             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.

Edited and Published by : The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication,
Faculty of Science and Humanities, SRM University, Kattankulathur, Kancheepuram
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