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.