New Wellness Center inaugurated at SRMIST

SRM Wellness Center for students and staff was inaugurated at SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST), Kattankulathur. This is the second centre which was evolved from a wellness clinic at SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre. This centre is managed by Mr. Joseph Julian, who will be monitoring, guiding and helping student with their mental and physical health. The centre is equipped with BMI machine, handgrip machine and so on.

The centre was inaugurated by SRMIST's Vice Chancellor, Dr. C. Muthamizhchelvan. Pro Vice Chancellor (Medical & Health Sciences) Dr. Lt. Col. Arunachalam Ravikumar, presided and Registrar Dr. S. Ponnusamy felicitated.

Speaking about the center, Mr. Joseph Julian he said that the programs will be implemented to help students, collect data on students mental and physical health to determine if they would need help or not.

“This data would be collected using modern techniques and by preparing questionnaire with the help of Psychology Department. Based on the data collected, students would be categorized based on their need for help (red areas). They will then be invited to the Wellness Center to get the proper help,” he said.

He went on to mention that ‘Good health and well-being’ is part of 17 SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) and SRMIST is aiming to fulfill all of them.

Dr. C. Muthamizhchelvan, in his speech said “Years back, success was measured on two points - salary and job title. Now success has been redefined and it also includes other parameters like physical health, mental health, and job interest.” He also emphasized that for one to live a long health life, mental and physical wellness is essential.

Dr. Lt Col Arunachalam Ravikumar said, “The Wellness Center will help students battle depression and prevent any suicide.”

The inauguration was followed by a Yoga demonstration explaining the importance and benefits of how help us mentally and physically.

 

Specialized Silicone Prosthesis procedure at SRM Kattankulathur Dental College helps quick restoration of patients with facial defect

The Department of Prosthodontics and Implantology at SRM Kattankulathur Dental College & Hospital has enabled a quick restoration of a patient with facial defect using “Silicone Cheek Prosthesis”.

The patient, a 53-year old male, was not able to socialize with others because of the defect in the cheek. The team at Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery headed by Dr. Vivek aided in removing the squamous cell carcinoma developed in the cheek. The patient was then referred to Maxillofacial Rehabilitation Department to rectify the defect left behind after the removal of the tumor in the cheek. The defect was successfully rectified through “Silicone Cheek Prosthesis” by Dr. Vidyashree Nandini (Professor & Head, Prosthodontics) with her team. She said, “After the restoration of the defect on the cheek he was able to attend a social gathering the same day.” The cheek prosthesis made of silicone material, in this instant, replaces the lost part of the cheek thereby camouflaging the existing defect.

She added that “Injury, accidents, tumors can result in body parts being lost or removed surgically. Artificial replacement of lost body parts is called a prosthesis; silicone and acrylic polymers are the materials used in the prosthetic process. Silicone has the quality of mimicking nature closely. Such replacements can also be given for lost parts of the eye, ear, nose, cheek, etc, in the Maxillofacial Prosthetic section.”

This process requires high-end skills, with advanced materials and technology. It is available only in a few centers in the country and SRM Kattankulathur Dental College & Hospital is one among them.

Overall, about 10 adults per 100,000 develop oral cancer during their lifetime. Oral cancer rates are significantly higher for males than for females. The removal of such tumors commonly results in defects. In such situations, defects are constructed using artificial replacements with so that affected person/s have a better quality of life.

 

UNION BUDGET 2022: A PANEL DISCUSSION

The College of Management, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur campus and Triplicane Cultural Academy, Chennai jointly presented the Union Budget 2022 Panel Discussion on 4 February, 2022 between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm on virtual mode. The event was attended by 540 participants including students, faculties, research scholars and administrative staff from various universities.

The event was organized by Dr. P. Subashree Natarajan, Dean, College of Management and was coordinated by Dr. Kavitha Shanmugam, Associate Professor, Dr. K. T. Vijay Karthigeyan, Associate Professor, Dr. Maria Evelyn Jucunda M., Assistant Professor and Dr. Vinitha K., Assistant Professor, College of Management.

With the warm welcome of the Dean, College of Management, the event proceeded with the striking opening remarks of Mr. R. K. Raghavan, Former Director, CBI and President of Triplicane Cultural Academy, Chennai. The Moderator of the panel discussion, Mr. R. Anand, Chartered Accountant started the panel discussion with the introduction to the Union Budget 2022 and its significant features. The discussion spanned across various highlights of the budget such as, Infrastructure of Indian Railways, 7 engines of Gati Shakthi Plan, new tax regime of digital virtual asset, educational budget that is exceeding 1 lakh crore for the first time, Personal tax and Corporate tax parity, the futuristic perspective of Climate and energy transitions in the Budget, to name a few. The panellists, Mr. Pattabi Ram, Chartered Accountant, Mr. P.S. Prabharakan, Chartered Accountant and Mr. Shine Jacob, Assistant Editor of Business Standard shed light on all the topics and discussed them with great detail. The panellists also discussed about the conceptual picture and the opportunity provided by this Budget for the next five years. Mr. Srikhant Ganapathy, Chartered Accountant and Treasurer, Triplicane Cultural Academy delivered the concluding remarks for the event. Dr. K.T. Vijay Karthigeyan, Associate Professor, College of Management proposed the Vote of Thanks.

Several questions were posed by the participants of the event which were answered by the panellists in an excellent way. 

SRMIST inaugurates welfare activities for its UBA adopted villages

SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur under its Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0 inaugurated welfare activities for adopted villages under the SRMIST-UBA perennial assistance fund. The inaugural ceremony at SRMIST’s adopted village Pattaravakkam was presided over by Chengalpattu District Collector Mr. A.R. Rahul Nath.

SRMIST’s Associate Director (Campus Life) / Nodal Officer, UBA-SRMIST, Dr. V. Thirumurugan, welcomed the gathering. He presented a report on the welfare activities done in the villages adopted by SRM -UBA in the previous year.

The event was presided over by SRMIST’s Deputy Registrar, Dr. D. Antony Ashok Kumar. In his address he emphasized the importance of the contribution of higher education institutions in rural development. He assured that SRMIST would definitely support the development of the adopted villages through various health activities, technological interventions, agricultural product development, entrepreneurship development programs and school science teaching. The District Collector encouraged the villagers to actively participate and benefit from welfare and training activities. He urged higher education institutions to involve students and teachers in the guidelines for compulsory village service and village advancement. Panchayat Council President Mrs. D.S. Durga Selvaraj, Vice President Mr. BS Raman,

Panchayat Secretary Ms. Lokeswari, Headmaster of the school, students and villagers attended the function. Special invitees were Dr. Vimala Rani of Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Wilderness, and Dr. Gayathri Subbaiah, Assistant Professor, who spoke with the women present at the meeting. They address on how the women community can engage in entrepreneurial activities, especially in the production of value-added dairy products and vermicompost.

Sapling planting program was carried out by the Collector in front of the Grama Niladhari Center in Pattaravakkam. Parivendhar.

Eight students were awarded scholarships under the Free Education Scheme for SRM-UBA Adopted Village Students. Apart from this there was distribution of science learning kits to adopted villages, training programs for the betterment of the lives of the villagers, Vermicompost preparation and mushroom cultivation, E-Marketing promotion, value added dairy products and marketing, training of tailoring  and handicrafts and training for Yoga and mental health.