SRM celebrates International Chefs Day with focus on rural development


"Food is the essence of healthy living", said Dr. Chef Damodharan, President of SICA, celebrity and Guinness World Record holder at the International Chefs day 2020 celebration organised by SRM Institute of Hotel Management (SRM IHM), Kattankulathur. The theme for this year's event is 'Healthy food for the future' with a special focus on Rural Empowerment for Women.

The event was held at State Institute of Rural Development Tamil Nadu - Maraimalai Nagar and had Damodharan preside over as Chief Guest, Dr. T. Anuradha MBBS, District Designated Officer Food Safety Department Kanchipuram & Chengalpattu District and Chef Shri Bala, Consultant Chef Food Historian, Tamil Nadu& Kerala Brand Ambassador of EatwithIndia were the Guests of Honour.

The event was held with all the safety protocols in place. Director of SRM IHM Dr. Antony Ashok Kumar welcomed the gathering. Apart from International Chefs Day, SRM IHM also celebrated World Food Day 2020 and World Tourism Day 2020 on the occasion.

The event was held as a training, demonstration and a speech on heritage and food adulteration for the empowerment of self-help group and Rotary Inner Wheel ladies.

Speaking to the audience Chef Damodharan stressed on the importance of chefs being health themselves in the first place.

"There is nothing like eating mother's cooking because it is tradition and medicine to health. There are several ingredients that we use in our kitchen that helps us improve our health and well-being," he said. He also demonstrated how to cook a healthy meal in the comfort of our homes. "Eat well, exercise properly and enjoy life," he added

Dr. T. Anuradha MBBS, said that we get all sorts of products in the market. "We should know the difference between pure and adulterated food. However, many are moving towards unhealthy food which leads to an unhealthy lifestyle. Eating proper food in the right quantity is essential for a good and healthy life. Our health is in our hands." She did a demonstration on how to find adulteration in the product/groceries that we buy.

Shri Bala stressed on the importance of using food as medicine. A firm believer of this and has been following it herself. She explained how parents can provide tasty food for children at home without adding artificial colour or flavouring agent.

"Change has to begin at home and we can provide a balanced, tasty and healthy diet without using any artificial colouring or flavour agents." Shri Bala also demonstrated making a nutritious and balanced meal using our own pluses.

SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Vice Chancellor Dr. Sandeep Sancheti in his addressing focused on the importance of eating healthy food and how it has come into practice in the last six months. "The COVID has given us an opportunity to go back to our traditional food. Food and hotel management can never be done online. Our aim must be to remove malnutrition with sustainable food," he said.


Dr. T R Paarivendhar keeps up his poll promise: 300 students to get free education in SRM


Permabalur MP and Chancellor of SRM Institute of Science & Technology, Dr T R Paarivendhar, who had promised to give free education to 300 deserving students from his constituency in the SRM Group of colleges, has provided that this year.

Last year (2019), in the run up to the elections, Dr. T R Paarivendhar had given this assurance to the people of his constituency. And after his win by over 4 lakh votes, he immediately fulfilled his poll promise. A total of 300 students were given free education in the colleges under the SRM ambit.

This year, too, 1084 students had applied for free education. Out of them 300 have been chosen based on their marks and the financial situation of their respective families.

Apart from putting their names on the SRM website, a formal intimation will be going out to the chosen students individually. The chosen students will be pursuing education in engineering, agriculture, arts and science as per their individual preferences.

Ever since his impressive victory in the general elections last year, Dr. T R Paarivendhar has been taking up various issues of his constituency with both the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister here in the State. He personally met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 18, 2020, and impressed upon him the various needs of the Perambalur constituency.

Among the issues Dr. T R Paarivendhar stressed upon include the need for a railway line via Ariyalur-Perambalur-Thuraiyur-Namakkal. He had taken up this issue with Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, too. The latter has written to Dr. T R Paarivendhar that the first survey for the railway line will be taken up shortly.

With Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy, the Perambalur MP took up the issues of railway bridge at Kulithalai-Manapparai, bringing residual Cauvery water through a canal to Panjapatti lake, setting up Kendriya Vidyalayas in Lalgudi and Kulithalai, and setting up cold storage facilities to help small onion farmers in Thuraiyur and Perambalur.

Dr. T R Paarivendhar has assured to continue to fulfil the various needs of the Perambalur constituency and its people.

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SRM's techno-management fest Aaruush kickstarts

SRM's techno-management fest Aaruush kickstarts

Aaruush, the National Level Techno-Management Fest of SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST), Kattankulathur began today on a festive note. The 14th edition of this fest will be held online from 8 October to 12 October 2020.
The inaugural was presided over by Chief Guest Dr. V.K. Aatre, the Former Director-General of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) along with the Guest of Honour Dr. Raman Gangakhedkar, the Former Head Scientist of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

 SRMIST recently won a Guinness World Record for holding the largest software lesson consists of 900 people and was achieved at an event organised by Aaruush at the Institute on 7 September 2019. The certificate for the same was released at this event.

Speaking at the inauguration, Dr. VK Aatre said, "Science and Technology drive our surroundings, it helps us understand the rhythms of nature. Science leads to more science, more science leads to more technology. We are now in a phase where we are teaching machines to be intelligent."

He added, "IoT is going to completely change our way of life in the coming days. We should look beyond problems and reacher on finding solutions through science and technology." He emphasized that there is no end to inventions and science. This leads to more and more opportunities and India has a huge amount of talents. Therefore India should now start producing outstanding academic institutions to cope up with the growing trends and challenges.

Guest of Honour, Dr. Raman Gangakhedkar said, "This COVID has taught us that we should have stronger public health sectors. If we want success we should implement strategy with the community."

He explained how each person's contribution to science will extend to the community. "No matter what happens, one must always strive to work hard to help the community at large." He encouraged students to think about how they will change and make our nation great.

Vice Chancellor of SRMIST, Dr. Sandeep Sancheti delivered the presidential address. "The power of students is huge. Today learning is not purely academic or listening in class, but learning has taken a new stand. Events like Aaruush is a new way to learn and succeed."

This technological extravaganza will have a host of workshops, flagship events and Luminary addresses. It has also been given patronage by renowned organizations, such as ACM, YouthUp, CEE, SAYEN and NSIC alongside with whom, it is accredited by esteemed organizations such as IEEE, IET, OSA, ASME, IETE and ISHRAE, to name a few.  Also present were Pro Vice Chancellor (Engineering and Technology) Dr. C. Muthamizhchelvan, Dean (College of Engineering and Technology) Prof. T. V. Gopal, Dean (Sciences) Dr. John Thiruvadigal, Dean (School of Management) Prof. V.M. Ponniah, Associate Director (Campus Life) Dr. V. Thirumurugan and Aaruush Convenor Dr. A. Rathinam.

Online classes for MBBS students valid National Medical Commission


The online theory classes for MBBS students will continue as per National Medical Commission's circular. This was clarified by the National Medical Commission stating that in view of COVID-19 pandemic, online classes are valid and are approved for teaching during the current pandemic situation.

A release from National Medical Commission to Dean/ Principal of All Medical Colleges/Institutions stated: "Attention of National Medical Commission has been drawn to some media reports that online classes for teaching of MBBS curriculum were not approved by erstwhile MCI. In this regard, it is clarified that in view of Pandemic COVID-19 the Medical Colleges/Institutions in India are conducting online theory classes for MBBS students. Online classes are valid and were approved for teaching during the current Pandemic COVID-19 only. Such online theory classes are required to be supplemented by practical and clinical training as per the current curriculum in all MBBS subjects in the Colleges/Institutions and affiliated hospitals as and when colleges reopen."

The release also stated that "It is further clarified that the media reports appeared to have relied upon the reply given on 13 08 2020 by erstwhile MCI in response to an RTI query which was in reference to the conduct of MBBS teaching curriculum by the foreign medical university through online medium only."