Virtual Yoga demonstration draws several students and staff at SRM

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Over 217 students and staff of SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST), participated in the virtual celebration of International Day of Yoga. Organised by the Department of Physical Education and Sports Sciences and Department of Yoga, the event kickstarted with a virtual demonstration session where participants were guided by a Yoga master.

SRMIST's Director (Sports) Dr. K. Vaithianathan gave the welcome address. SRMIST's Registrar (i/c) Dr. S. Ponnusamy gave the presidential address.

Baskaran Manikam, Yoga Instructor from Malaysia delivered a speech on 'Modern Times Yoga'. In his presentation, he elaborated on the evolution of yoga, its downfall in modern times, how it has survived, putting it into practice and how to apply Yoga to the current situation, namely COVID.

“Application of Yoga principles will help improve the panchabhoodhas. The practice of asanas, meditation, and pranayama – all of which improves blood circulation (water), air circulation (air), heat circulation (fire), and life force circulation (akash) Earth (flesh and bones) which forms the structure of body attain full force to fight Coronavirus,” he said.

Prof. Dr. K. Chandrasekaran, Professor & Head, Department of Physical Education, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai addressed participants on the importance of 'Yoga is the need of the hour'. He elaborated how practicing pranayama can boost immunity and aid breathing, especially during post COVID recovery. “The benefits of Yoga can be put to use in many ways. It can help calm the mind and help those practicing it live a healthy, stress-free life.”

He highlighted how Yoga can be incorporated into sports development such as improving flexibility and endurance. “Continuous, rhythmically and coordination form of doing Yoga will help in sports development,” he added.

Dato Thangavel, Malaysian politician attended the event. Also present were several Directors and Deans of various other Universities. 

The vote of thanks was proposed by SRMIST's Associate Director (Sports), Dr. R. Mohana Krishnan.

 

Virtual lec-dem on ‘Yoga for Immunity’ held at SRM for International Day of Yoga

The School of Public Health (SPH) celebrated International Day of Yoga with S-VYASA with a webinar on ‘‘Yoga for Immunity and Wellness”

SPH collaborated with S-VYASA, an institution that promotes Yoga through research and yoga therapy, to celebrate International Day of Yoga on June 21, 2021. The webinar looked at how yoga can contribute to boosting immunity and wellness in individuals during Covid-19. This was the first time SPH has put together a virtual demonstration event such as this. This event was part of the University Wellness Program (UWP), that promotes and creates awareness around wellness among university stakeholders.

Over 121 students and staff of SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST), participated in the virtual Lec-Dem on Yoga for Immunity and Wellness held on the occasion of International Day of Yoga.

A live demonstration was conducted by Dr. Rakshita Nayak, Yoga Scholar from S-VYASA. Several students and faculty members participated in it and learnt the various asanas.

In his introductory remark, Dean (Medical) of SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre (SRM MCH&RC) said, "COVID has created panic among people and yoga is one way of overcoming this anxiety - both physically and psychologically.

SRM MCH&RC's Pro Vice Chancellor (Medical and Health Sciences) Lt. Col. Dr. A. Ravikumar said, "Self-discipline can help master the world, not in terms of being a rule but understanding the meaning of life and knowing how to lead a healthy life. Good health should consist of being mentally, physically, and spiritually well. If one has a calm mind, the body will also be calm. This is what Yoga teaches us, to control the body, mind, and spirit."

A presentation on the 'Science behind Yoga' was shared by SRM MCH&RC's Associate Dean (Medical and Health Sciences), Dr. Balasubramanyam. He explained how Yoga can help avert/cure various illnesses and diseases.

Dr. Vijaya Majumdar, Associate Professor, S-VYASA gave a detailed presentation on 'Yoga as a preventive as well as management strategy against COVID19' as part of her keynote address. She elaborated on how Yoga practices have an effect on immune function, using meditation and yoga practices as potential adjunctive treatment of COVID19 and so on.

The vote of thanks was presented by SRM MCH&RC's Dean (School of Public Health) Dr. Padma Venkat. 

Students observe World Blood Donor Day

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NSS and RRC Unit, SRM College of Pharmacy at SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST) organised an awareness program on World Blood Donor Day virtually. The welcome address was given by Professor Dr. V. Chitra, Dean, SRM College of Pharmacy.  Dr. Jaison John, MD., Professor, and HOD, Department of Pathology, SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre (SRM MCH&RC) shared his insights on Blood Donation which was followed by an active interaction between both the speaker and participants.

The inaugural address was by Dr. T. Rajasekaran, NSS Program Coordinator, and Dr. N. Dhamodharan, Vice-Principal, SRM College of Pharmacy, SRMIST.

About 120 participants including students and faculties from SRM College of Pharmacy and other colleges too part of this program. They also took active initiation on spreading awareness regarding blood donation. A short segment on the importance of blood donation awareness was performed by B. Mothishwaran, Pharm. D (5th year) and Arun G. R. Pharm.D (4th year).

Various events and competitions were conducted for students to create awareness about blood donation. An E-poster presentation on the topic ‘Celebrating the gift of blood’, Tamil and English oration and, quiz competitions were held as part of the event.

Students from B.Pharm, Pharm.D, and M.Pharm courses actively participated in the competitions and the top three students were awarded certificates and mementos for their representative.     

The vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Jagadeesan M, Assistant Professor & NSS program officer. The program was organized with the support of Pro VC Lt Col  Dr. A Ravikumar of SRM MCH&RC, SRMIST’s Vice Chancellor (Interim) Dr. C. Muthamizhchelvan and Registrar (Interim) Dr. S. Ponnusamy.

 

Environmental Day at SRMIST to reduce Carbon Footprint and MoU with TERRE

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SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST) observed World Environmental Day with an aim to reduce Carbon Foot Print and mobilize students and faculties to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems. About 900 students, faculties, staff members and others participated in the event that was held virtually. SRMIST’s Associate Director (Campus Life) and UBA Nodal Officer Dr. V. Thirumurugan welcomed the participants.

Speaking at the event, the Founder Chancellor of SRM Group of Institutions and Member of Parliament Dr. T. R. Paarivendhar said, “We must preserve our mother nature as a place to live as we inherited from our ancestors and pass on to our next generation and the environmental Day is an everyday activity for the global citizens and not pertaining to one institution.”

Dr. Rajendra Shende, Chairman of TERRE (Technology, Education, Research and Rehabilitation for the Environment) Policy Centre and former director of UNEP, the chief guest for the event talked on ‘Global Ecological Challenges – to make the youth Climate and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) ready’.

 SRMIST recently signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Smart Campus Cloud Network (SCCN) of TERRE Policy Centre, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)  aiming to reduce carbon footprints and establishing SRMIST as a green and smart Institute. The Founder Chancellor of SRM Group of Institutes stressed the SRM Family members to follow the Ten Commandments agreed in the MoU between SRMIST and SCCN and committed to cooperate with TERRE in all avenues to make the campus a SMART CITY.

“SRMIST is like a small city and our aim is to transform it to a smart city,” said SRMIST’s (Interim) Vice Chancellor Dr. C. Muthamizhchelvan. “By collaborating with TERRE we would fulfil our ambition of making all our students and faculty future-ready and SDG-Ready”

“Through SCCN we aim to mainstream United Nations Global Goals (SDGs) by adopting education and research on SDG where young minds are motivated for spearheading to active participation to lay out the road map for SRMIST SMART CITY for better health and education’, said Dr. Rajendra Shende. 

SRMIST has also signed the Carbon Neutrality Pledge, “Not Zero- Net Zero Pledge” designed and monitored by SCCN of TERRE Policy Center.  SRMIST will be the South-India’s Regional Hub of Smart Campus Cloud Network (SCCN). TERRE Policy Centre through Smart Campus Cloud Network (SCCN) will provide the overall guidance and mentoring to SRMIST on United Nations SDGs and Climate Change issues. The success-stories will be showcased on network platform including discussions in the web site sccnhub.com.

SRMIST is an active member of Higher Educational Institutes Network called Smart Campus Cloud Network (SCCN), launched by TERRE Policy Centre in 2017. The network is supported by UNESCO-Paris and India’s Ministry of Education through All India Council of Higher Technical Education (AICTE) and University Grant Commission (UGC). This digital network of nearly 350+ universities and colleges (7 from abroad) promotes the practical activities in the campus that contribute towards United Nations SDGs. Thus SCCN makes campus as laboratory for SDGs and promotes ‘learning by doing’ within the campus.

The network of universities encourages the students and the faculties to share their experiences on practical projects related to SDGs in the campus. The projects deploy the digital technologies like IoT (Internet of Thing), AI (Artificial Intelligence), Cloud-networking, Machine-to-machine learning and Block Chain.

The projects like Energy efficiency, harnessing of renewable energy, waste to energy, zero-waste, green buildings, smart-grid, healthy sanitation, e-waste management, air pollution, zero-emission transport, conservation of biodiversity ban on single use plastic, water conservation and water use efficiency, Carbon Neutrality, Sustainable Farming, Digital agriculture among others are undertaken in the campus. Ideation and research on SDGs are also encouraged in the campus. Importantly the results of the practical work in the campus is shared across the universities in the world through digital cloud dashboard that TERRE has developed.

Dr. S. Ponnusamy, SRMIST’s (Interim) Registrar felicitated the program highlighting the dedication and commitment of SRMIST to preserve the environment quoting that more than 100 crores rupees have been invested during the past decade on green initiatives and renewable energy programs at SRMIST such as STP plants for recycling of waste water,  Rain Water Harvesting Systems, Biogas plants, Solar panels, Solar water heaters, Solar cooking system, Specialized Solid waste recycling units such as Bio medical waste, E- Waste  and paper waste.

Dr. Kantha Deivi Arunachalam, Dean Center for Environmental Research, Directorate of Research, SRMIST thanked the Founder Chancellor, SRMIST for his Presidential address in motivating the SRMIST stakeholders assuring that he is with them during this pandemic time. She appreciated Dr. Rajendra Shende – Chairman, SCCN for his dedicated guidance and the support during 2019 to organize the Core Group meeting on May 17th and a Round Table Discussion on SDGs in association with SCCN, UGC and AICTE inviting VCs and Directors from all Higher Education Institutes on May 18th in 2019.

The SRMIST Environment Day committee thanked the resource persons and experts like Dr. Gayathri – HoD, Anaesthesia, Dean and Pro VC Medical for 3 days Pranayama workshop from May 30, 31 and June 1st. Ms. Kanimozhi and Dean – College of Agriculture for the presentation on Urban Farm Center, Narture Pharmacy and the Medicinal Cafeteria at SRMIST on June 2nd and interacting with the participant on the creation and maintenance of herbal garden. Dr. Abimanyu, and Dr. Chitra Pandian, Dean, School of Pharmacy for the demonstration on the Preparation of formulations of herbal sanitizers and hand washing liquid and motivating the participants to prepare their own herbal sanitizers on June 3rd, 2021

 Dr. C. Sheela Sasikumar, Director & Head-Clinical Research, Hi-care Super Specialty Hospital, Chennai was acknowledged for her enlightened talk on “Food Antioxidants for Prevention and Management of COVID” and mad the participants to understood the role and the mechanism of each bioactive components and its synergistic effect in managing and preventing the virus on June 4th. Over 100 enthusiastic participants attended all the workshops. The World Environmental Day (WED 2021) activities from May 30 - June 5th 2021 were organized and mentored by Mr. Sujith, Department of Medical Microbiology, SRM MCHRC and coordinated by Dr. Suriyaprakash - CENR. The Students, Faculties and Staff members from various disciplines of Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Medical and Health Sciences, Science and Humanities played a key role in scheduling the one week activities of WED 2021.

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SRM shuttler wins gold at Lithuanian International Badminton tournament

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India's No. 2 Malvika Bansod badminton champion and an I year B.Tech student of SRM Institute of Science and Technology, has won the gold in the RSL Lithuanian International Badminton tournament in Kaunas, Lithuania. 

The four-day Future Series tournament was organized by the Lithuanian Badminton Federation and Third seed Malvika Bansod outclassed Ireland's Rachael Darragh 21-14, 21-11 in the final. A fastest-rising Indian shuttler, this 19-year-old dominated fourth seed Darragh in a 29-minute encounter.

Speaking after her victory stroke, Malvika said, "I am delighted to win this tournament. I played with good consistency and could execute my game as per the plan. This is my second gold medal after the Uganda International Series. I want to thank my mentor, my guide, and my coach Sanjay Mishra sir for training me in such a challenging COVID situation. I thank my practice partner, each and everyone at the Police Parade Academy, Raipur for all their efforts. It is God's grace that I could participate in this tournament and perform well. Many thanks to my sponsors VIL Mr. Arun Lakhani of Go Sports Foundation and TOPS. Many thanks to MBA, NDBA, District sports office for their constant support. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to my Institution SRMIST for their cooperation."

It may be recalled that earlier this year in March, Malvika won the Uganda International title. She has also made it to the quarter-finals of the Austrian Open a couple of weeks ago.

We at SRMIST are proud to have Malvika Bansod as our student. The Chancellor and Pro Chancellors wish her all the best in her journey forward.