SRM student develops real-time Corona info tracker


Just when Coronavirus has taken the world by fear, a student of SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur has come up with an app that provides live information on the virus.

The app named, CoronApp, was developed by Anupam Tiwari, a student of SRMIST, who is now an exchange student doing his startup semester in mechatronics (electrical engineering and computer science - EECS) at UC Berkley. He along with his teammates came up with this idea.

Speaking about the app, Anupam said, “With the Coronavirus fear at a peak, I thought having a proper app containing all information about the same will be helpful.”

He created a prototype overnight and pitched it to his friends, who loved the idea and decided to work on it with him.

CoronApp for mobile browsers, now available, allows users to click on red dots on a map to get updates on virus cases.

It integrates COVID-19 data from Johns Hopkins University, the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization (WHO), and a Twitter feed provides the latest curated news.

“The process was tiresome,” he said and added, “When we were developing this application, to begin with, there were no other similar applications. There were only websites that provided chunks and chunks of information. We spent sleepless nights and massive brainpower on this. We gave ourselves one week because time was sensitive. In the end, everything was worth it.”

Talking about the app, he further explained, “We wanted to create a platform that had all the information one should know about the Coronavirus; from statistics to basic precautions, and one can also input information manually. The app is updated in real-time as it is powered by data provided by the CDC and WHO.”

Asked about how their app is different from the ones that already exist, he responded, “All apps seem to focus only on world data but our application provides people with localized user experience. Using the phone's location, the Geo-map automatically zooms into the user's location on the map, allowing them to see the reports of cases around them. This is the most important information people are looking for, and now, they can find it within seconds.”

His team consists of Anushka Purohit, Year 2 from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST); Sahil Mehta, Year 1, EECS UCB; Ean Hall, Mechanical Engineering, UCB; Akonkwa Mubagwa, Haas School of Business, MBA, UCB; Manuel Smith, Haas MBA, UCB; Daniel Smith, Software developer and Sevith Rao, Haas MBA, and Doctor.

Dr. T.R. Paarivendhar Founder Chancellor, SRMIST, Pro Chancellors Mr. Ravi Pachamoothoo and Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan, Vice Chancellor Dr. Sandeep Sancheti, Registrar N. Sethuraman congratulated the proud student.

SRMIST won the Championship of Geo Genius in IIT Madras


SRMIST is the Champion of GEO GENIUS for the 2nd consecutive year, a national level technical event organised by IIT Madras and L&T Construction during 06/03/2020 to 08/03/2020 at IITM campus as a part of CEA FEST 2020. Teams were shortlisted based on their Team Description Paper (TDP) previously submitted. The TDP includes the proposal for the composition of materials and reinforcement details. The selected teams were assigned the task of build-up of the mechanized earth wall with inclined backfill using granular by-products and domestic solid waste materials.

More than 20 teams from all over India competed, among the contestants, the team SRM GREEN STABILIZERS bagged the first place for their innovative approach towards the problem statement. The winning team constructed the mechanized earth wall using an optimum composition of recycled materials such as GGBS, Fly Ash and M-Sand based on the literature review and pilot experimental studies carried out in Soil Mechanics Laboratory. The inclined surface of the earth wall was stabilized by wrapping the batter face with newspaper reinforcement and achieved a 49 Degree stable slope, which was found to be the steepest among all other competing models. This approach facilitated the team to reduce the ‘right of way’ effectively and minimize the fill requirements. This also enabled the model to perform well in stability check by Rebound Hammer test. Further, the model was also stable in erosion test.  

Juries of the event, Professors Dr. Ramesh Kannan and Dr. Tarun Naskar, IIT Madras, had appreciated the team regarding our solution for the problem given. The cash award and certificates for the winners were presented by Dr. Manu Santhanam, Professor and Head, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Madras along with other delegates of IIT.   

Further, Dr.C.Muthamizhchelvan, Director (Engg. & Tech.), SRMIST, have congratulated the winning team. Head of Civil Engineering Department, Dr.K.S.Satyanarayanan, and other faculty members have also appreciated the winners for their efforts made to bring laurels to the Department and University.

The team members are Nehaun, Riza Bashir Shah and Surya Prakash from III year B.Tech Civil Engineering, and mentored by Chezhiyan S, Assistant Professor/Civil.

Women should take more responsibilities : Padmaja Chunduru on International Women’s Day

Women should take more responsibilities : Padmaja Chunduru on International Women’s Day

“Women should not be confined to a particular role,” said Mrs. Padmaja Chunduru, MD & CEO, Indian Bank. Addressing women students, faculties at SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur on the occasion of International Women’s Day, she said, “If a woman decides on what is a priority to her, then she should come forward with it and do it.” She pointed out that there is only 14 percentage of women entrepreneurs in India and that is low.

Speaking to a full house she emphasized that, “Women need to take up more responsibilities. There will be challenges and the path to success is not an easy option.”

“Technology is at your fingertips, so take charge of the environment around you. The education that you have should help you bloom in different ways. Also, don’t be too sensitive to comments. Also when you do multitasking, it takes a toll on your physical and mental health, so take care of yourself.

A short video on women was screened on the occasion. It focused on women empowerment and education.

Guest of honour, V. Vijayakumari, Municipal Commissioner, Maraimalai Nagar said, “Nowadays there are several opportunities for women and our society has started to look at things in a better outlook. There is a lot more freedom to pursue one’s true passion.”

She also focused on the importance of taking care of one’s health. “Be bold, strong, and independent.”

Pro-Chancellor (Academics) of SRMIST, Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan said, “Women should be celebrated. The theme for this year is ‘Each for Equal’ and all should be dedicated towards it. This can be achieved only if everyone understands this fact. We live in a world that one half has women and the other half is created and nurtured by women. Therefore we should give value for their contribution. The contribution of women in different roles is quite huge and they should not be undervalued.”

Founder Chancellor of SRMIST, Dr. T. R. Paarivendhar said, “From today you have to be equal to any man. This equality has to come from your mind and confidence. The biggest opponent you face today is women.”

Emphasizing that women should enter politics, he said, “In voting women also have a major say. You are in a position to decide as to who will rule you. Therefore you should be aware of the rulers and become rulers.”  

Also present for the event were Registrar Dr. N Sethuraman, Pro-Vice Chancellor Dr. T.P. Ganesan among others.


SRM students win India Quiz


Bhavya Sharma, B.Tech 3rd year ( Automobile Engg.) and Shubhank Sargam, B.Tech 1st year (CSE) won the India quiz at Takshshila, an annual college fest conducted by Chennai Institute of Technology. The students received a cash prize and gift vouchers. Around 50 teams from various institutions participated in the competition. Kudos to the winners!  

Rakul Preet Singh sizzles at SRM’s cultural fest Milan

Rakul Preet Singh sizzles at SRM’s cultural fest Milan

It was all glitz, glamour, music, and colourful lighting at the inauguration of the 13th edition of Milan. The showstopper of the cultural extravagant of SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur was actress Rakul Preet Singh. The Spyder actress took the stage by storm and was welcomed with a big reception by some 4000 odd students. 

“This cultural festival is great but it is equally important for you to complete your studies,” she said to the enthusiastic crowd.  

She also urged them to complete their studies before they can pursue their passion. “I am extremely happy to be here. All these things remind me of my college days. Follow your heart and do the best.”

In his special address, SRMIST’s Pro Chancellor (Administration), Mr. Ravi Pachamoothoo said, “Learn as much as possible in this institute, only then you can be achievers.” He also urged students to not neglect their studies on the path of pursuing their passion. “SRM will support students in all ways.”

Addressing students, Vice-Chancellor of SRMIST, Dr. Sandeep Sancheti said, “Milan is an event for you and by you. This is a place to meet, greet, and showcase ones talent. This is also a place for learning as it is not necessarily done in classrooms. Develop lots of skills and most importantly be aware of things happening around you.”

Students performed several dances in folk, western, hip-hop, Bhangra among others.

This edition of Milan - #LiveTheChange will host several celebrities such as actress Nivetha Thomas; standup comedians Abish Mathew, Sapan Verma; DJs Lost Stories; rapper Divine and YouTube sensation Vidya Vox. The theme for this year’s event is ‘A trail of dreams’ and students have designed 75+ programs/competitions, wherein nearly 50 colleges and universities are expected to participate. 

This national-level college fest will be held for a period of four days and will be filled with music, dance, movies & dramatics, fashion, literary, gaming club, creative arts, quiz, food among others. 

About 80,000+ people are expected to attend this four day cultural and sports fest that will see students of several colleges participate in it.  The closing ceremony on 8th March will be graced by actress Nivetha Thomas.  

This fest will provide students a great opportunity to showcase their talent and get rewarded for the same. With a plethora of domains and an even larger platter of events overall, Milan promises loads of fun for all kinds of individuals. Whether you wish to give an ode to the classic events such as dance, drama, fashion, music and literary or celebrate divergent thinking through Rubix, creative arts and gaming. Milan always was and is the place to be. Milan is organized by the Directorate of Student Affairs in association with students. The previous editions saw celebrities such as John Abraham, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Asha Bhosle, Vishal and Shekhar, Amit Trivedi, Nucleya, Vikram, Surya, Vijay Deverakonda and many more be part of this legacy.  

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Research will bring countries together: Argentine Envoy

Research will bring countries together: Argentine Envoy

"Women after their education get disconnected from research and they need hand-holding," said the president of Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bangalore, Prof. Giridhar U. Kulkarni, chief guest at the Research Day event held at SRM Institution of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur.

He emphasized on how women should be encouraged to stay in the path of research. "Education involves formal study, defined path, and skill development. Learning has to be done full time, it involves sources and types and interactions and enhanced creativity."

He also urged researchers to be updated on the recent events. "You need to be technically ready. Your inventions should not be killed but must be amplified. But the path towards this is difficult and undefined."

In his welcome address, Director (Research) Prof. K. Ramasamy said that it is time for researchers to sharpen their skills to the highest level. Joint Director Research, Dr. SRS Prabaharan presented a detailed report on the research developments in the Institution and how SRMIST has developed in terms of paper submission, h-index, Impact factor and so on.

In his keynote address, His Excellency Daniel Chuburu, Ambassador of the Argentine Republic to India said, “India and Argentina are working on different aspects and education is one among them. This collaboration will help to strengthen the relationship between the countries. These are welcomed by both governments.”

On developing the research relationship he said, “One of the aspects that we are working together is education. We are looking forward to establishing a centre that will facilitate the transfer of technology to equip labs and transfer of knowledge, including the exchange of experts and development of training courses. We can also look at how we can promote the exchange of students and faculty, areas that can facilitate research.”

Vice-Chancellor of SRMIST, Dr. Sandeep Sancheti said, “Such events will sow the seeds for future developments. This is like a test match for us and we will see the benefits in the long run. We also need to induce a model to include more women Ph.D. scholars as they face several hindrances in doing research. We should also find ways to increase their participation.”

Pro-Chancellor (Academics), Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan said that the Institution still has a long way to go in terms of research development. “In the new education policy, there are three classes – Research University, Research and Teaching University, and Teaching Affiliated University. Therefore research is not just associated with PG students and Ph.D. Scholar, it should also be done at the Under Graduate level. Students should be kindled to do entrepreneurship.”

Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan unveiled the website of Central Research Facility (CRF). A CD of abstracts was also released on the occasion.  The best paper award for Nature, Nature Communication was presented. The recipients of the SPARC research grant by MHRD were also recognized at the event.

SRM wins ‘Most Preferred Hotel Management Institute in India’ award from Union Minister

SRM wins ‘Most Preferred Hotel Management Institute in India’ award from Union Minister

SRM Institute of Hotel Management (SRM IHM) won the Most Preferred Hotel Management Institute in India for the year 2020 award at the ASSOCHAM 13th National Education Conclave, Expo & Awards 2020; Future of Higher Education and Skills 2030 held in New Delhi recently.

The award was presented by Honorable Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship of India Shri Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey and received by Dr. D. Antony Ashok Kumar, Director of SRM Institute of Hotel Management, Kattankulathur.

This is not the first time that SRM IHM has won this award before. It has received the Most Preferred Hotel Management Institute in India award twice and was the recipient of the Best Hotel Management Institute in India four times.

The event is organized by Assocham and was held in New Delhi. ASSOCHAM is the oldest apex chamber of India with unique distinction representing more than 250 regional Chambers and over 4.5 lac large, medium & small scale sector companies serving the nation since 1920 and celebrating its Centenary. The Conclave and Expo organized by them nurtures an atmosphere of excellence and quality in the institutions that groom future leaders and felicitate those who have significantly contributed to the society in terms of Education.