SRM students receive AICTE national award from MHRD Minister

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The students of SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur have made their Alma Mater proud once again. This time, Team SRM Green Stabilizers from the Department of Civil Engineering ranked first in the national AICTE - Chhatra Vishwakarma Award – 2019.

The team collected the awarded from the Hon’ble Minister of Human Resource Development Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal and Chairman of All India Council for Technical Education, Prof. Anil D Sahasrabudhe.

The award ceremony was held in New Delhi on 24 February 2020. The team received a certificate and a cash prize of Rs.51,000. The team was ranked first in the Land sub-category by presenting an innovative solution/prototype under the theme ‘How to enhance the income of village’. The student team consists of M. Aravind, Shankar Kandasamy, Dhivya S and Kavya M. They were mentored by Chezhiyan S, Assistant Professor/Civil.

The event was organized by All India Council for Technical Education. SRMIST was one of the 6,676 applicants received throughout the country. The team also ranked first in the ‘Land category’ and received a special mention on how their project was a perfect solution for the problem.

The project submitted for the award is "Adopting Bio Reinforcement Techniques to Control Soil Erosion on Bench Terraces and Irrigation Channels".

Their project adopted bio-reinforcement techniques to control soil erosion on bench terraces and irrigation channels. The shoulder bunds and risers of the bench terraces are severely endangered by soil erosion, so the bench terraces and bunds of the irrigation channels were bio-stabilized by planting Vetiver (Chrysopogon zizanioides) densely. To ensure the results scientifically, the specialized In-situ jet erosion test apparatus has been designed and fabricated for conducting erodability test in the field itself. By conducting In-situ jet erosion test periodically at several bio-reinforced sites, it was found that the control of soil erosion by Vetiver bio-reinforcement is increased by 56% in six months and the strength increase was found to be 62% comparatively with the unreinforced soil. This technique will facilitate the farmers in maintaining bench terraces without any financial hurdles.

SRM Student Exchange Program with Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

SRM Student Exchange Program with Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Masters students from the Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto, Canada visited SRM's School of Public Health as part of an internship. During their visit to SRMIST, they interacted with the Vice Chancellor, the Registrar and the Dean of SPH. 

The University of Toronto Students also had the opportunity to visit two villages, Orathur and Nattarasanpattu, where they interacted with both the village administrative officers and residents. 

SRM School of Public Health Internship with Teesside University, UK

Dr. Gayathri is a dentist who is a 2nd year MPH student in the School of Public Health, SRMIST. She is currently at Teesside University and is the first student from SPH to go to a foreign university to do her internship. She will be spending three months at Teesside University and will be working on the project, ‘Developing and Piloting Mental Health Campaigns in Trailblazer School’. 

SRM SPH Professor received the Exceptional Woman of Excellence Award

SRM SPH Professor received the Exceptional Woman of Excellence Award

Dr. Kalpana, Associate Professor in SPH, received the Exceptional Woman of Excellence Award by Women Economic Forum, at Taj Gateway Madurai on 25th Jan 2020. This award is given to people who have performed well in teaching research and social affairs. This is for the year 2020. Other candidates included, women in all walks of life, like Professors, Corporate Individuals and a Member of Parliament.

SRM School of Public Health launches University Wellness Program (UWP)

SRM School of Public Health launches University Wellness Program (UWP)

The University Wellness Program (UWP) was officially launched on 14 November 2019 by the  School of Public Health (SPH). The launch was a huge success and brought together students, faculty and dignitaries from various sectors. The  welcome address was given by Dr. Sandeep Sancheti. Our guest of honor, Padma Vibhushan Dr. K. Kasturirangan, the former Chairman of ISRO graced us with his presence and gave us the inaugural address. Special lectures were given by Dr. PG. Diwakar, Director of ISRO’s Earth Observation Center and Dr. PM. Unnikrishnan, a Principle Visiting Fellow from UN University. Dr. Padma Venkat, the Dean of SPH presented her vision for UWP, its goals and what she hopes students will gain from it. Students also presented their findings from focus group discussions (FGD) that were done to determine what the focus of the wellness initiatives, that will be carried out as part of UWP, will be. The following four key areas of need were determined from the FGD; Global Warming, Mental Health, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), and Lifestyle Behaviors. The UWP program will promote the application of theories and concepts, and students will get first-hand experience with public health practice in a university setting. It aims to integrate the existing modules and its application with UWP, in a way that is sustainable, and bring together various departments of SRM University to work in collaboration with each other. Overall, the UWP launch was a huge success and an encouraging start to a program that has the potential to positively impact SRMIST, both its students and faculty.    

Five-day IoT conference in SRM draws International crowd

Five-day IoT conference in SRM draws International crowd

Second edition of the International Conference on Internet of Things (ICIoT) was held at SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur from 17 to 21 February 2020. The event was organized by Department of Computer Science and Engineering. 

The chief guests for the event were Dr. Vidhyacharan Bhaskar, Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, San Francisco State University, USA and Dr. Raghavendra Belur Jana, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology Skoltech, Department of Civil Engineering, Moscow, Russia. The conference proceedings, printed in the form of a book of abstracts, were released on the inauguration.

Registrar of SRMIST, Dr. N. Sethuraman, said that this conference will help to discuss various issues related to the Computer Science Department and other Department, making it interdisciplinary. He then urged students to explore other avenues for further research. “There are several challenges and this conference can help you find solutions for the same. It will be a win-win situation where, participants and speakers will get benefited,” he said and added, “By understanding the need of IoT, progress can be achieved. But you will face challenges. Any invention that is not useful for the society will lose its charm and this conference will throw light on the prevailing challenges.”

Dr. Raghavendra Belur Jana in his chief guest address said, “This is a chance to see what others are doing and learn from it. It is important to become interdisciplinary, so don’t restrict yourself to a particular subject. Expand your horizon and flourish in other fields also.”

Dr. Vidhyacharan Bhaskar gave a detailed presentation on IoT definition, its characteristics, physical design, logical design, protocol and level and development templates.

Also present for the inauguration were Dr. B. Amutha, HOD Department of CSE and General Chair ICIoT and Dr. R.S. Ponmagal, Associate Prof, Department of CSE and Organising Chair, ICIoT 2020. Technical Experts and Scientist from different countries were invited to present at the conference are Mr. Alagiri Govindasamy, Principal Consultant PMC Global Systems India & UAE, Mr. Pranav Kumar, Scientist, DRDO, Ms. Radhika, Scientist, DRDO, Dr. Debajyoti Mondal, Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, Dr. James Stanger, Chief Technology Evangelist, CompTIA, Washington, Dr. Paul Manuel, Professor, Information Science Department, Kuwait University.

The aim of the event is to provide an outstanding opportunity for both academic and industrial communities to address new trends and challenges in loT. Over 300 student groups from different educational institutions showcase their innovations at the conference.  Dr. S.S. Sridhar, Professor, CSE, SRMIST gave the vote of thanks for the Inaugural event.

 

India is the only country to resist any form of intervention - Syrian Ambassador

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“The value of women in our society is more than half. They are present in different forms such as mothers, sisters, wives, and friends. Science and education make living better for everyone, especially women. That is why our government is supporting women empowerment,” said Dr. Riad Kamel Abbas, Ambassador of Syria to India. He was the chief guest for the International Day of Women and Girls in Science at SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur.

“Syria is a small country, but we are diverse in terms of culture, religion, and so. Our aim is to make men and women equal.  Women are the basis of our society. It is for this reason that we are providing free education and medicine in Syria,” said this diplomat and added, “India is the only country to resist any form of intervention. SRMIST is one of the best universities in India and Syrian students studying here must make use of this opportunity well.”

He also urged students to complete their education and go back to their motherland so that they can contribute towards its development.

Dean (Sciences) Dr. D. John Thiruvadigal welcomed the gathering. He said that SRMIST is giving several benefits for women researches, including seed grants.

In his presidential address, Vice-Chancellor of SRMIST, Dr. Sandeep Sancheti said, “People are starting to realize the capacity of women in science. They are multitasking and capable of delivering what is required, although they face several challenges in domestic and professional front. We have to make sure that women in sciences are given due respect because they have a lot to deal with. Unlike other subjects, science involves fieldwork, test, laboratory based investigations and observations.   It cannot be done in the domain of the home. Families and institutions should give them the power to grow.”

Director (International Relations), Kartar Singh said SRMIST hosts a large number of Syrian students. He urged students to work on different projects and researches so that it has an impact on women. He also pointed out that many funding agencies ask the primary question as to how their project would benefit women.

Registrar of SRMIST, Dr. N. Sethuraman highlighted how SRMIST motivates women students and professors by giving lots of benefits and perks.

Syrian students received their course completion certificate for Diploma in English from the Syrian Ambassador on the occasion. SRMIST students performed cultural events. Research assistant professor, Dr. P Shoba gave a presentation on ‘Women raising the hidden barriers through science’.  She has expertise in simulation modeling of microwave remote sensing parameters for soil degradation studies. She motivated the audience on how science should be perceived as a powerful weapon by woman to reach the place where they deserve to be.  Fourth-year B.Tech Biotechnology student, Akshaya Narayanan who had been selected to work in Tissue Engineering & Cancer Research Laboratory for the last 2 years and doing research on Breast Cancer and Bone related disease, though she had missed her medical seat, she is very optimistic about doing research and contributing to the society.  She gave a presentation on ‘Women of value from flesh to bone’.

India can offer potential solutions: Ecuadorian Diplomat

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India has the capacity to offer potential solutions for the issues bothering Ecuador, said Hector Cueva Jacome. Ambassador of Ecuador to India was addressing the gathering at the World Cancer Day celebration at SRM Institute of Science and Technology premises on Tuesday. Best technology comes from India, and it is easily adaptable, affordable and accessible for any country in the world.

Effective solutions can come from India in the area of battling cancer, said Jacome. Indian professionals, Indian technology can be of good use to them to raise awareness with the objective of preventing cancer, and also finding effective treatment solutions to it. Cancer can become a disaster if nothing is done to prevent it, said the diplomat.

Ecuador can prevent, treat Breast and Prostrate cancers with the technological, professional help that pours from India. These cancers are common in their nation, however not many go to seek help to treat the disease due to financial and social issues. These ailments are totally preventable, said the ambassador.

The solutions found in India are cost-effective. Glenza, the medicine used for prostrate cancer costs about 4,500 dollars per month in their country, while in India it is available for 700 dollars per month. The cost of using mammography is about 200 dollars in their nation, when it is not much in India, he reminded. We have the needs and you (India) have the solutions, there needs a bridge to be built to enable the solutions reach us.

Vice chancellor of SRMIST Sandeep Sancheti said celebration of World Cancer Day is in a way ensuring that we are raising awareness on the dreaded disease only to come out of its clutches. If the disease is not controlled it will spread like wild fire. We need to use the best of the technology, medication in treating cancer, he said.

Dean of SRM Dental College Dr N.Vivek said nearly about 80 percent of the population in the developing world will likely suffer from cancer by 2040, however, these numbers can be brought down by being instrumental in prevention. We all can be instrumental in fighting against factors like tobacco which are highly responsible for causing the problem of cancer, he said. A video clip on cancer prevention was also screened. 

 

Traffic Awareness Week and Swachhta Pakhwada on SRMIST

The NSS Cell along with students and Prof. Sandeep Sancheti, Vice-Chancellor, SRMIST, created a long human chain to bring attention towards Traffic Awareness Week and Swachhta Pakhwada on the campus. They also celebrated National Girl Child Day with the female students of Ninnakarai Government School. 

SRMIST conducted workshop for 5 adopted institutions under UGC Paramarsh scheme

SRMIST conducted workshop for 5 adopted institutions under UGC Paramarsh scheme

As a part of the quality mandate, University Grants Commission (UGC) has set the goal to get every Higher Education Institution accredited. In order to achieve this goal, UGC has introduced a scheme called Paramarsh (meaning Consultant). Under this scheme Institutions like SRMIST which are accredited and acclaimed by various agencies act as mentors and adopt unaccredited institutions and mentor them towards accreditation. SRMIST, being an A++ accredited institution by NAAC, has adopted 5 institutions in and around Chennai under this Paramarsh scheme.

The inaugural workshop for these five institutes was conducted at SRMIST, Kattankulathur campus recently wherein the nuances of accreditation by NAAC were expounded by experts from SRMIST. It was also highlighted how SRMIST, which was first accredited by NAAC way back in 2006, improved its performance by leaps and bounds to attain the present exalted status. The five mentee institutes are: Pachaiyappa’s College for Women, Kanchipuram, Pachaiyappa’s College for Men, Kanchipuram, C. Kandaswami Naidu College for Men, Rajalakshmi Institute of Technology and Thangavelu Engineering College.

Welcoming the representatives from other colleges, Registrar Dr. N. Sethuraman said, “This program is organized so that other higher education institutions get mentored and we get the opportunity to lend our helping hand to other institutions.”  Inaugurating the workshop, Vice Chancellor Dr. Sandeep Sancheti said “Consultations is the key to improvement in any domain. Things can be done easily when we start consulting, however, this is not followed much in the field of education. Consulting with experts, stakeholders is an important way to handle issues. Sharing the problem also helps in growth. This workshop will also aid in removing ignorance and help institutions improve their quality, which is an important benchmark.”

On SRMIST conducting this workshop, he said, “SRMIST was and is one of the first institutions to gets A++. Only a handful of universities have this status under the present NAAC system. So this expertise that we have can help other institutions apply for certification.”

He emphasized on the importance of active learning laboratory, foreign languages, students tutor students, faculty exchange programs and so on that enabled SRM Institute of Science and Technology in becoming a top-rated ranking university.

Dr. Latha Pillai, Director (Quality Assurance and Rankings) presented an overview of Parmarsh and NAAC accreditation. There were several Criterion - wise lectures by Accreditation Ambassador, Dean, IQAC & Standing Committee Members of SRMIST's Paramarsh team.