SRM inks MoU with Kansas State University

SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Kansas State University (KSU), USA. Professors Dr. Ramasamy Perumal and Dr. Krishna Jagadish from KSU visited SRMIST for the purpose. Both the faculties are also adjunct professors in SRMIST.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Ramasamy Perumal said that the process of the MoU is length, he is happy to have this association with SRMIST. “It is important to give students a lift and push them towards a higher calling. This MoU will be a team effort and it is important not to underestimate one’s self and aim at a better output. With the facilities that SRMIST offers, we are also contemplating bringing our own Ph.D. students here for research.”

Prof. Krishna Jagadish said, “I was completely new to SRMIST and after I got to know about the infrastructure and the well-equipped faculty, I am pretty much happy to have signed this MoU with this Institution. I hope this agreement turns out to be meaningful and productive.”

Vice-Chancellor of SRMIST, Dr. Sandeep Sancheti, said, “The message for the youngsters is to dream big and follow leaders to gain and improve their knowledge. This is a good partnership that we have earned. This will not just benefit the Genetics department but also the clusters around it like agriculture, biotechnology and so on. This association will be special as KSU’s doors are not open to everyone. We will do our best to fulfill the terms of the agreement and move forward.” He also invited KSU’s leadership to visit SRMIST in future.

Also, present on the occasion were Director (International Relations) Kartar Singh, IQSC Director Dr. Latha Pillai, HoD of Genetic Engineering Dr. M Parani among others.

Report On Dr.T.R Paarivendhar Lecture Series – IV

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The fourth in the series of Dr.Paarivendhar lecture series had the distinction of hosting the first woman resource person. The first event of 2020 started off with an excellent and highly resourceful lecture on 8th January 2020 by Ms. Shobha Mishra Ghosh.

The Dean of School of Management, Dr.V.M.Ponniah, welcomed the gathering and briefly narrated the on gong measures to take management education to the next level. The program was inaugurated by Dr.T.R.Paarivendhar M.P who brought out the various pioneering efforts of SRM-IST in bringing about innovation in higher education and providing support for startups and idea incubations.

Ms. Shobha Mishra Ghosh, Assistant Secretary General, FICCI, New Delhi began her lecture by pointing out the gap between talent required and the available talent pool. Her eloquent speech on the subject “The future jobs in India and the role of universities” was very thought-provoking and ignited young minds who were present. Ms. Ghosh highlighted the need for reforms in higher education and outlined a few suggestions that FICCI would make to the government in this regard. She also lauded the efforts of SRM IST under the excellent and able leadership of Dr.T.R.Paarivendhar in not only bringing about research and innovation in teaching and learning process but also by ensuring that it plays the role of a socially responsible higher educational institution.

The interactive session that followed was highly informative and educative. It was equally received by both the faculty and the students. The program concluded with the vote of thanks by the co-ordinator of the program, Dr.G.Bhaskar, and the participants taking a lot of issues to mull over.

SRMIST IGS Student Chapter Guest Lecture

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The SRM Institute of Science and Technology Indian Geotechnical Society (IGS) Student Chapter, Department of Civil Engineering, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur organized a Guest Lecture on “Traffic Management using Big Data” on 8th of January, 2020. The Vice-President, SRMIST IGS Student Chapter, Mr. Faizan Ahmad Wani welcomed the gathering followed by an introductory talk wherein, the Head of the Department of Civil Engineering, Professor  Dr. K. S. Satyanarayanan introduced the Chief Guest Dr. K. S. Nesamani, Manager, Transportation Analysis Section, California Air Resources Board (CARB), California and also he emphasized that the Chief Guest is one of our distinguished alumni. The speaker gave a general comparison on the traffic organization in USA and India; briefed about the challenges in traffic control and causes of traffic congestion. Further, he focused on the role of “Big Data” in the field of Transportation Engineering and its real time application in traffic configuration along with its limitations. Finally, the event was concluded by a vote of thanks by the Treasurer, SRMIST IGS Student Chapter, Mr. K. Bharadwaj Balaji.

Assistant Secretary General of FICCI at the fourth edition of Dr.T.R.Paarivendhar Lecture Series

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The future of jobs is the biggest challenge we are facing. To overcome it, student-centric learning should be adopted, which includes teaching entrepreneurship. Lectures/professors should be mentors and they should also keep learning,” said Shobha Mishra Ghosh, Assistant Secretary General, FICCI, New Delhi.

She spoke to students of MBA, BBA, BCA, Science & Humanities, and Science & Technology at the fourth edition of Dr. Paarivendhar Lecture Series held at SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur. She addressed students on the topic, ‘Future Jobs in India and the Role of Universities’.

Welcoming the gathering Dean, School of Management, Dr. V. Ponniah said, “In future it will be difficult to judge jobs and hence this lecture will throw light on what to expect and how to cope up with the change. Supply and demand are affected by various factors. So it is the knowledge and expertise of the student that needs to be changed and updated.”

In his presidential address, Founder-Chancellor of SRMIST, Dr. T. R. Paarivendhar said, “The scope for the job in the future is going to change. Such lectures are useful than classroom teaching. To improve your knowledge it is important to listen to such talks. Students should show more interest as it gives ideas and exposure about yourself, how to speak with people and know what is happening around you. It could also help in your campus interview.”

“We are trying to develop and nurture you with lots of information so that you can face this world in several methods and ways. To do this, the response of students is also important. Students can form clubs and associations to attend such lectures. This is equal to reading several books. If you stop learning, you stop living.”

Focusing on the purpose of education, Shobha Mishra Ghosh said, “Apart from knowledge, employable skills, research, and innovation, it is important to evolve, be an aware and empathetic human being.” She added that our education system should contribute towards making students a good human being. This implies to thinkers & philosophers, entrepreneurs & professionals, scientists & researches.

Everyone is talking about innovation. We should also see if this innovation is solving issues and problems that we are facing. If we think students are going to be passive learner then how can we think about collaboration? She questioned.

Talking about key global changes in the present scenarios, she highlighted the impact of climate change, exponential technologies, growing protectionism, urbanization, demographic on the future jobs in India.

We are now in the fourth industrial revolution and the change from the third to the fourth took place in a very short time. The transition to the fifth stage will be in less than three years she emphasized.

“The effective working age of the population is reducing. The use of robots and cobots is gaining more popularity thereby replacing people. Now in developed countries, people will spend more time on leisure activity. This is something that we need to pay attention to as a developing country. Soon customers are going to play a vital role in the manufacturing sector. Hence having a set of skills and upskilling in the need of the hour.”

Speaking on how we are still lagging behind in our education system, this FICCI official said, “Our education still remains in the second revolution stage. Only a handful of counties have moved on to cater to the needs of the present time. Although India has advanced well in terms of rapid urbanisations, technology adaptation, we still need to harness our rural economy which contributes to 16% of our GDP.

Highlighting the workforce matrix 2022, she elaborated the 9% would be deployed in new jobs that do not exist today, 37% would be in jobs that have radically changed skill set and 54% will fall under the unchanged job category. These changes will primarily be in IT/BPO, automobile, banking and insurance, textile and apparel, retail. Most jobs will die away and give way to 55 unique jobs roled across eight technologies such as VR, IoT, Big Data Analytics, AI, Robotic Process Automation, 3D Printing, cloud computing, social & mobile.

Speaking on the new age pedagogy, this FICCI officer said, “The changing paradigm in our education has led to new age pedagogy. This leads to global classrooms, experiential learning, and addressing diverse learners. Universities should teach students to think and be aware of what is happening around themselves. The learning in this 21st century is different and the faculty and management should also adopt themselves. Mentors should also take up different calibers of teaching. Many institutions are not adopting the latest technologies. Faculty also should not shy from learning from students. Our system only looks at the learning ability. There are nine types of intelligence and we should see that and harness it accordingly. The creative economy has transcended into several sectors including IT, therefore our universities should also focus on liberal education.”

“Women's participation should increase. No country in this world has developed without the participation of women in the workforce,’ she concluded.

Also present on the occasion were Vice Chancellor of SRMIST Dr. Sandeep Sancheti, Pro VC (EA) of SRMIST Dr. R. Balasubramanian, Member of the Board Prof. B. Raghavan, Director Corporate Relations S. Ganapathy, Faculty of SOM Bhaskar, faculties, and students.

French students visited SRMIST

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Bonjour to the 25 French students who flew across continents to visit our institution. The purpose was to understand and learn more about the Indian culture, education system as well as the evolution of the country into an IT superpower and the manner in which the start-up culture is developing. The meet was organized by one of our alumni Mr. Santosh, Director of International Relations at College de Paris, France. After a brief presentation on Indian culture, students explored SRM Innovation and Incubation Centre(SIIC) and SRM Fablab.