UBA-SRMIST Hosts Virtual Webinar on NEP 2020

SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur under its Unnat Bharath Abhiyan (UBA) flagship organized a webinar on New Education Policy 2020 on 21 September 2020. Vice Chancellor of SRMIST Dr.Sandeep Sancheti delivered the keynote address on the new education policy. Over 1000 students, faculty members, UBA-SRMIST adopted villages, and other academia and industry have participated in this sensitized program. Dr. V. Thirumurugan, Nodal Officer, UBA-SRMIST, and the Associate Director (campus life) welcomed all, and Dr.R.Senthil, Associate Professor, Mechanical narrated the profile details of the speaker Dr.Sandeep Sancheti.

In his speech Dr.Sandeep Sancheti explained all the features of the new education policy, it’s outcome, and how it benefits the country as a whole. He briefed the overarching vision and comprehensive framework of NEP 2020 for both school and higher education. Further, he detailed the impact of NEP2020 as a new regulator proposed for higher education with separate verticals for regulation, standard-setting, accreditation, and funding. He said that the NEP2020 would absorb arts and science, technical and teacher knowledge into its fold, replace several existing regulatory bodies, and ensure a level playing field for public and private players.

He added this new educational policy is mainly student-centric and highly flexible. For students, the most meaningful change may be introducing four-year undergraduate degrees, with options for entry and exit at various stages, a credit transfer system, and abolishing the M Phil program.

He insisted that the target for policy to transform the education system is about 15-20 years. The National Testing Agency will introduce a pilot version of the common entrance test, used for admission to all Institute of Eminences (IoEs) and central universities in 2021. Some Indian Institutes of Technology are developing the Academic Credit Bank's technical structure, which will also be established and become applicable to all new students joining central universities next year. The keynote address mainly focused on the roadmap to achieve the GER 50% in the next 15 years. The resource person discussed the challenges of implementation aspects and the merits of the NEP 2020.

A fruitful query clearing session monitored by Dr.P.Vijayakumar, Associate Professor. ECE started at 3 pm and the speaker politely and confidently answered all the questions of the participants with correct essential information. Dr.T.Deepa, Associate Professor, ECE has coordinated the whole event with the support of all UBA team members. Dr.Samuel Jacob, Assistant Professor Bio-Tech arranged for the distribution of e-certificates to all the participants of this event.

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SRM Hospital gets a new ambulance to its fleet

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SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre (SRM MCHRC), Kattankulathur today got a new ambulance to its fleet. The ambulance was donated by Amphenol Omniconnect Private Limited, Maraimalai Nagar in association with Puthiya Thalaimurai Foundation.

The ambulance was flagged off by Ms. K. Kavitha, Senior Manager- HR from Amphenol Omniconnect Private Limited and her team along with SRM MCHRC's Pro Vice Chancellor (Medical and Health Sciences) Dr. Lt Col. A. Ravikumar, Dean (Medical) Dr. A. Sundaram and Medical Superintendent Dr. K. Thangaraj. Regional Director of American Chamber of Commerce, Chennai Mr. Aubrey Daniels was the special guest to this event. Speaking at the formal meet held before the flag off, Senior Manager- HR from Amphenol Omniconnect Private Limited, K. Kavitha said, "This is part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). SRM MCHRC was most obliging when we approached them with our request. We are happy that this project has been materialised and comes at a time when the need is more."

Pro VC Dr. Lt Col. A. Ravikumar said, "Amphenol has done a great favour to us. We had limited resources with ambulance and adding another to our fleet is going to help people in a long run." Also present for the event was Secretary of Puthiya Thalaimurai Foundation, Mr. D. V. Venkatagiri.

Srm Students Should be Job Creators, Not Seekers

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Over 5000 freshers were welcomed at the Induction Ceremony held at SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST), Kattankulathur. The event held virtually was participated by the incoming students of B.Tech, B.Arch, B.Des, M.Tech & M.Des and their parents.

Present for the event were SRMIST's Pro Chancellor (Administration) Shri Ravi Pachamoothoo, Pro Chancellor (Academics) Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan, Registrar Dr. N. Sethuraman, Vice Chancellor Dr. Sandeep Sancheti, Pro Vice Chancellor (Engineering and Technology) Dr. C. Muthamizhchelvan, Pro Vice Chancellor (Science & Humanities) Dr. R. Balasubramanian, Pro Vice Chancellor (Medical and Health Sciences) Dr. Lt Col. A. Ravikumar, Controller of Examination Dr. S. Ponnusamy, Dean (E&T) Dr. T. V. Gopal and Dean (E&T) VDP Campus.

Addressing students Pro Chancellor (Academics) Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan said, "Our aim is to make students become entrepreneurs. To facilitate this we have special labs and groups where students and faculties come together to work on ideas and fabricate it." "Although your education is now happening beyond the classroom, you are no less an engineer," he said and assured students that they will soon start offline classes. He also urged students to keep priorities in life and focus on them. "Education comes first, then co-curricular, and finally your enjoyment."

Pro Chancellor Administration Shri Ravi Pachamoothoo said, "Your safety will be our first concern. That is the reason why we have begun classes virtually. The pandemic has affected each one of us in a different way and students should be strong enough to face any type of challenges, situations and get accused to this culture. Our faculty members will be your core strength in SRMIST and they are here to help you battle any hardships."

Vice Chancellor Dr. Sandeep Sancheti said, "SRMIST is a new generation university that offers online and offline learning, dual degree programs, virtual labs, semester abroad programs among others." He told students to not just confine themselves to academics, but to explore other areas as well. He urged students to make full use of state-of-the-art facilities for research at SRMIST to experiment and innovate as their ideas.

Pro Vice Chancellor (Engineering and Technology) Dr. C. Muthamizhchelvan said, "SRMIST will present you with a fascinating life ahead. There are lots of avenues to explore your potentials. As future engineers, you are in a position to change the world." He also assured students about their placement in jobs after they complete their courses. Registrar Dr. N. Sethuraman encouraged students to be strong and not affected by this pandemic. "Promise yourself to look at the sunny side of things and work towards success. Let obstacles be your lesson," he told them.

SRM College of Occupational Therapy conducts 50 consecutive webinars

The SRM College of Occupational Therapy (SRMCOT) that functions under the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences in SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre (SRM MCHRC), Kattankulathur recently completed over 50 consecutive webinars under the OT Alumni Webinar Series 2020.

These events were all held during the COVID19 pandemic lockdown and was exclusively for alumni and students of SRM College of Occupational Therapy. The webinar started from 24 July and ended on 12 September 2020 and was conducted in various disciplines of Occupational Therapy. It was organized by the Occupational Therapy Educational unit.

The valedictory was organized by SRM College of Occupational Therapy Educational Unit. Pro Vice Chancellor (Medical) Prof. Dr. Lt. Col. Arunachalam Ravikumar; Dean of SRM College of Occupational Therapy, Dr. U. Ganapathy Sankar; president of All India Occupational Therapy Association, Dr. Anil K. Srivatsava; Honorary Secretary of All India Occupational Therapy Association, Dr. Joseph Sunny were present for closing ceremony.

The valedictory ceremony function was moderated by Kiruba Pricilla, Assistant Professor SRMCOT. In his welcome address, Dr. U. Ganapathy Sankar thanked Pro Vice Chancellor for supporting this initiative throughout the webinar series and emphasized making use of this pandemic situation in an effective way. He whole heartedly thanked alumni, students, and faculties for their team work.

Alumni from each batch both from India and abroad gave feedback regarding the series. They stressed that the rich experience of the resource persons with unique field of experience at various categories of clients enabled in changing the perspective of job description, roles, and duties that possibly could acquire at present and in near future.

D. Anbarasu, Alumni Coordinator, SRMCOT presented a summary of the series. He expounded that Occupational Therapy Education Unit organized webinar on 50 consecutive days and witnessed participants from around the globe. A total of 53 speakers participated in this series of which 26 speakers were from different parts of the world such as UK, USA, UAE, Australia, Canada, Doha and Africa. They shared their experience and expertise on different domains of Occupational Therapy thereby giving our students and alumni a greater understanding on the vastness of the profession. There were 18 speakers from SRM alumni and 13 from SRM former faculty and 22 speakers from experts in the field of occupational therapy in India and abroad.

In his presidential address, Prof. Dr. Lt. Col. Arunachalam Ravikumar, made a point that education is the tool to change the world, and occupational therapist are serving the differently abled people as well as teaching which the two noble professions.

Special address was given by Dr. Joseph Sunny, who is also an alumni of SRMCOT. The chief guest address was by Dr. Anil K. Srivatsava who appreciated dean for conducting 50 consecutive webinars and in turn he was inspired to conduct OTICON 2021 virtually. Vote of thanks was given by Grace Lydia Sarojini, Vice Principal, SRMCOT. Students and alumni were satisfied that the event was a grand success.

ARIIA 2020 Rankings: SRM secures second position (Private or Self-Financed universities category)

ARIIA 2020 Rankings: SRM secures second position

SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST), Kattankulathur (formerly known as SRM University) has found a podium finish in Atal Rankings of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) 2020.

The ranking was announced virtually by Vice President, Mr. M. Venkaiah Naidu, and SRMIST has secured second place in the Private or Self-Financed universities category. A total of 674 institutions took part in the rankings and SRMIST managed to secure the podium finish this year too.ARIIA is an initiative of the Ministry of HRD, implemented by AICTE and Ministry’s Innovation Cell, Government of India to systematically rank higher education institutions and universities in India on indicators related to Innovation, Startup and Entrepreneurship Development amongst students and faculty.

The major parameters on which ARIIA is based are Programs and Activities on IPR, Innovation, Start-up and Entrepreneurship, Pre-Incubation & Incubation Infrastructure & Facilities to Support I&E, Annual Budget Spent on Promoting and Supporting I&E Activities, Courses on Innovation, IPR and Entrepreneurship Development, Intellectual Property (IP), Technology Transfer and Commercialization, Successful Innovation and Start-ups & Funding Innovation & start-ups.

SRMIST is one of the top-ranking universities in India with over 52,000 students and more than 3200 faculty across all the campuses. It offers a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programs in Engineering, Management, Medicine and Health Sciences, Hotel Management, Science and Humanities, Agricultural Sciences and a School of Law.

Apart from much recent ARIIA ranking, SRMIST is accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with "A++" the highest grade and the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has placed it under the category "I" and also under section 12 (b) which entitles government funding for research. Placing SRMIST in the top league among QS ranked institutions in India, QS has awarded a 5-star rating in Teaching, Employability, and Inclusiveness with an overall rating of 4-star. SRMIST is a QS I-GAUGE Diamond rated institution. Further, at the Kattankulathur campus, Five engineering programs have been accredited by ABET, USA (www.abet.org), and another four Engineering programs by IET, UK. It has more than 1000 international students from 64 countries studying in various programs.

SRMIST is spread over three campuses in and around Chennai (Kattankulathur, Ramapuram, Vadapalani) and one in NCR, Delhi (Modinagar). In addition to the SRM Institute of Science and Technology, the SRM group has established state private universities at Haryana, Sikkim and AP-Amaravati.

 

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SRM Chancellor inaugurates new campus for Agricultural Science, Paarivendhar Telemedicine Centre on his birthday

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Founder Chancellor of SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST), Dr. T. R. Paarivendhar, M.P., today inaugurated the new campus for the College of Agricultural Science and the Paarivendhar Telemedicine Centre on the occasion of his birthday.

The new campus of the College of Agricultural Science will function from Vendhar Nagar, Baburayanpettai, Chengalpattu district and the Paarivendhar Telemedicine Centre is to function from SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre (SRM MCHRC) in Kattankulathur.

The event was presided over by SRMIST's Pro Chancellor (Academics) Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan, Vice Chancellor Dr. Sandeep Sancheti, Pro Vice Chancellor (S&H) Dr. R Balasubramanian, Pro Vice Chancellor Dr. C. Muthamizhselvan, Registrar Dr. N Sethuraman, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Medical) of SRM MCHRC Lt. Col. Dr. A. Ravi Kumar. Speaking at the event which was held virtually, Dr. T. R. Paarivendhar said, "The agriculture school was started a few years back in SRMIST in a small way, now they have a place of their own with all facilities."

"SRM has always played a key role in helping the neighbourhood in which it functions. So I hope Vendhar Nagar will also grow as our agricultural college grows," he added. He then urged students to come forward to make use of the facilities at the college. On the opening of the Telemedicine centre, Dr. T. R. Paarivendhar said, "SMR MCHRC has always been providing treatment at a nominal rate and is also the centre for COVAXIN clinical trial in Tamil Nadu. Now with the opening of this Telemedicine centre, it will try and give solutions to all our medical problems from the comfort of our homes."

Pro Chancellor (Academics) Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan, said, "It is an auspicious day for us to start anything new on our Chancellor's birthday. Our Founder-Chancellor always wanted an agriculturist to become the Chief Minister of our State and now his wish has come true as our present CM comes from an agricultural family. SRM MCHRC is known for its COVAXIN clinical trial and now we hope that our newly opened Telemedicine centre also become one of the most sought after."

He also urged that the faculty and students here should make SRMIST be recognized as an Institute of Eminence and world-class universities globally. On the occasion, construction works at the College of Agricultural Science were given dress materials. Health camp and Siddha preventive medicines to fight COVID 19 were also provided to about 1200 villagers.

Paarivendhar Telemedicine Centre will function on all days, except Sundays and government holidays, from 8 am to 4 pm. Regular teleconsulting will be provided by senior doctors (professors) in all specialities. This telemedicine centre will function as per the guidelines issued by the Medical Council of India (MCI). The initial consultation fee would be Rs. 400 and Rs.250 will be charged for a review. For scheduling appointments call 044 47432303/ 7358026016 or email to hemalatm@srmist.edu.in.