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


“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


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.