SRM signs MoU with LNIPE for development programs

SRM Institute of Science & Technology (SRMIST), Kattankulathur and Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education (LNIPE), Gwalior, M.P. signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for faculty exchange and guest lecture programs, submission and execution of collaborative research and research projects, research guidance, sharing of knowledge and technology transfer, seminar/webinar series, sharing of materials and services, extension activities, students exchange programs, jointly proposing and conducting new short-term skill development programmes, NAAC Inspection support and implementation of NEP 2020.

Representative of Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education were Vice Chancellor Prof Vivek Pandey, Registrar Prof. A. S. Sajwan, HoD Sports Psychology Prof. M.K. Singh, HoD Sports Biomechanics Prof Joseph Singh, HoD Management and Coaching Dr. Ashish Phulkar, HoD Yogic Sciences Dr. Nibu R Krishna, Director Extension Services Dr. Y. S. Rajpoot and Assistant Director Extension Services  Dr. Amar Kumar. From SRMIST were Registrar Dr. S. Ponnusamy, Director (Sports) Dr. R.Mohana Krishnan among others. 

TN CM awards SRM student for winning national competition

SRM Institute of Hotel Management at SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST), Kattankulathur has achieved a remarkable laurel in its journey towards making excellence in the field of hospitality education.

It's student S. Anushree, has been awarded by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship with a gold medal and a cash award of Rs.1,00,000 in India Skills National Competition held in New Delhi on 10th January 2022.

The honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Thiru. M. K. Stalin also awarded her with a cheque of Rs. 1,00,000 in recognition of the same.

India Skills 2021 is a national competition that has over 200 participants. There are more than 500 competitors from across the country participate in this competition to showcase their talent from 54 industrial sectors. These sectors include car paint, patisserie and confectionery, welding, additive manufacturing, cyber security, floristry among others.

SRMIST – UTAR MoU

Screen grab of SRM IST – UTAR MoU Online Meeting.  Dr S Ponnusamy, Registrar, SRM IST (top row, most left), Prof Ts Dr Faidz bin Abd Rahman (third row, most left), Dr. T. V. Gopal, Dean (CET), SRM IST (second row, most right), Dr. Shanthi Prince, HoD/ECE, SRM IST (top row, most right), Dr. S. Malarvizhi, Prof./ECE, SRM IST (third row, second from left) and other participants

The Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering initiated a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Collaborative Research  of SRMIST with University Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Malaysia. Delegates of SRM IST and UTAR officials met online via Zoom platform.

UTAR is a leading not-for-profit private university that offers over 129 programmes under nine faculties, three institutes and three centres located in the main campus in Kampar and in Sungai Long. 20,000 students in its  role pursuing in fields including Agriculture and Food Science, Business and Economics, Engineering and Built Environment, Information and Communication Technology, Arts, Social Sciences,  Education and Medicine. 

University Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) was established on the year 2001 by Malaysian Chinese Association, in in accordance with the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act 1996 of Malaysia. UTAR is placed 201-250 in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Graduate Employability Rankings 2022.

Dr S Ponnusamy represented SRM IST and delivered his speech. He spoke about the background, programmes offered, accreditations and achievements of SRM IST. It offered the UTAR officials to have the insights of the University. He said the MoU will create a win-win situation for both universities. He also wished that both of the teams can focus on research areas that are common among the engineering department of SRM IST and UTAR and start working on it. He added that societal and engineering problems can be altered through solutions provided by both parties.

UTAR Vice President for R&D and Commercialisation Prof Ts Dr Faidz bin Abd Rahman, on behalf of the President, said, “Today’s MoU exchange will facilitate staff and student exchanges, mutual visits by staff for research, training, seminars, conferences, talks, lectures and workshops". He added these initiatives would be a great learning opportunity for students and faculty members.

Dr. S. Malarvizhi, Professor, Dept. of ECE, SRM IST, who initiated the MoU, narrated the genesis and expected outcome of MoU.  She is one of the thesis reviewers for UTAR. She requested UTAR faculty members to be Guest of Honour in the Faculty Development Program (FDP).  She invited Ir. Ts. Dr. Tham Mau Luen, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engg.,  Lee Kong Chain Faculty of Engineering and Science, UTAT, Sungai Long Campus on the topic “4G Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing” for 7th Semester B. Tech (ECE) students for their ‘Wireless Communications’ Course. She felt having an MoU with UTAR will help to have more such interactions and started working towards that. She expects participation of UTAR faculty members as Resource persons in International Conferences, FDPs conducted by Dept.  of ECE, acting as Adjunct faculty members and  Book Chapters to be published with faculty members of UTAR.

SRM DOCTORS REMOVE TWO TUMOURS FROM THE SAME PATIENT

Doctors at SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre (SRM MCH&RC) removed cancerous growth of the large bowel (sigmoid) and cancer of kidney from the same patient. It is extremely rare to find two cancers growth simultaneously in a single patient.

The patient, a 44-year-old female, had complains of bleeding from anal canal for two months and on and off loose stools. She had a family history of her father dying of lung cancer. On further evaluation, it was found that she had a cancerous growth on the left side of large bowel which has significantly narrowed the passage leading to obstruction which subsequently demanded an emergency surgery to remove the cancerous growth and to relieve the obstruction of the bowel. She has a suspicious lesion on her left kidney also which was biopsies at the time of surgery. The pathological report came as two independent and different cancers arising from the left side of large bowel and left kidney. Patient subsequently underwent another surgery to remove the entire left kidney affected by cancer. Now she is recuperating from two major back to back surgeries.

The surgery team consists of Prof Dr. Balamurugan, Dr. Athira, Dr. Sivamarieswaran, Dr. Mallikarjun, Dr. Aparna, Dr. Padma, Dr. Elakkiya and Dr. Jayadharshini. The anesthesiologist was Prof Dr. Gayathri and Urologist was Prof Dr. Meyappan.

Although cancer of one organ can spread to distant organs (metastasis) it is very rare to find two distinct malignancies affecting two organs simultaneously.

Literature search reveals such incidents as extremely rare especially those cancers involving kidney and large bowel. The rate of such cancers of kidney associated with other organ cancer is approximately 16:1 % while that of a kidney cancer and a large bowel cancer is only 5- 4.5 %.

A patient with a kidney cancer can have a second cancer in prostrate, breast, bladder and colon or rectum or can have lymphoma. The reason for such double malignancy may be largely genetic, hormonal or external influences like tobacco, alcohol, pollution, external radiation etc.,

In our patient, the most possible/likely explanation may be genetic factor which predisposed the patient to get such aggressive cancers at a relatively younger age. The purpose of publishing this case is to spread awareness about occurrences of double malignancies and the need for careful search of other organs to rule out a second malignancies especially in the setting of strong family history.

International Women’s Day 2022

It was grand and jubilant Women’s Day celebrations for the faculty at SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur. The event was presided over by Founder Chancellor Dr. T. R. Paarivendhar and Pro Chancellor (Academics) Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan. The chief guest for the event was Nina Reddy, Joint Director of Savera Hotel and legendary film director S. P. Muthuramam.

In his welcoming speech, Vice Chancellor Dr. C. Muthamizhchelvan spoke about the importance of gender equality and the increasing number of women employees in India and in SRMIST. He added, that gender equality awareness is spreading a lot in the past few years.

In his speech Dr. T. R. Paarivendhar appreciating all mothers and emphasise how important their role is on our lives. “Women play an important role in our life.” He gave examples of how women students are taking part in Olympics and how they had their name recognized.

Pro-Chancellor (Academics) spoke about the importance of this day and congratulated women from all over the world for the sacrifices that they’re making in order to achieve their dreams.

A braille book on ‘Personal hygiene for women’ was released by the Chancellor and the first copy was received by Nina Reddy. The book was compiled by the SRM Kattankulathur Dental College.

The event provided an opportunity to honour women accomplishments while also advocating for calling equality. SRMIST women students who brought laurels in the field of sports were honoured for their achievements. Registrar Dr. S. Ponnusamy concluded the event with a vote of thanks. 

Research Day 2022

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About 146 researchers were presented with medals at the Research Day held at SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST), Kattankulathur. Chief Guest of the event Dr. Nandini Kannan, Executive Director, Indo-US Science and Technology Forum honoured the researchers and released the CD of abstract on the occasion.

Present on the occasion were SRMIST’s Vice Chancellor Dr. C. Muthamizhchelvan, Pro VC (Medical) Dr. Lt. Col A. Ravikumar, Registrar Dr. S. Ponnusamy, COE Dr. K. Gunasekaran, other Directors and Deans.

Among those honoured was Dr. Satyajit Mohapatra from SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre (SRM MCH&RC) who brought in funding of 1.6 crores. Dr. Satyajit was also the Principle Investigator of the COVAXIN trial held at SRM MCH&RC. The hospital has recently opened a 5000 square feet hi-tech research faculty called the ‘SRM Centre for Clinical trials & Research’.

In her speech, Dr. Nandini Kannan said, “Science and technology should be used to bridge the gap in the society, including climate change.” She encouraged students to take up international collaborations. "Global challenges call for global collaborations and partnerships, bringing together the best and brightest scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs to work together.”

She elaborated that such collaboration will provide access to unique perspectives and approaches, leverage the limited resources and infrastructure, share insights and knowledge, and finally allow one to create new networks and a globally-engaged workforce.

She said that the new National Education Policy encourages international students to study in India, it also provides greater mobility to Indian students to visit, study at, transfer credits to, or conduct research at institutions abroad. “It also facilitates research/teaching collaborations and faculty/student exchanges with top international institutions, it also encourages high performing Indian universities to set up campuses in other countries.”

Highlighting the challenges and opportunities in higher education, she said, “Universities should move towards a technology-driven, outcome-based model, incorporating new Pedagogy through flipped classroom, MOOCs, Online Assessment, hands-on instruction, Just in Time Teaching, team-taught courses to foster inter-disciplinarily, research in undergraduate programs and so on.”

She added that the main challenge that universities face is preparing the global workforce of tomorrow. “Automation/emerging technologies are radically changing the workplace. Therefore academic institutions need to be nimble, flexible, and adapt to keep pace with these new technologies.” She concluded by saying that students and faculty should never stop doing research.

Vice Chancellor Dr. C. Muthamizhchelvan in his presidential address said, “At SRMIST, Research Day was done to promote interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary learning among research scholars.” Presenting the research statistics he said that at SRMIST a lot of collaborative research is encouraged among faculty. He also urged students to submit quality papers.

“SRMIST has a huge infrastructure and labs and these need to be used efficiently. We have several centres of excellence. This year we opened two such centres one for energy and the other for the environment.”