SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University), is considered to be the leading institute in India. SRMIST is ranked 3rd under the category of Private/ Self Financed Institutions in India by ARIIA Ranking 2019. Currently, there are nearly 38000+ domestic and 1000+ international students in the university. Almost every day, the campus is buzzing with some new events or happenings. Read on to know about the most recent news –
SRM bags seven prestigious industry awards
Date: December 9, 2019
SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur has received seven recognitions in a short span of 45 days. The awards are of national and international importance and have added yet another feather to its cap. This QS-IGauge Diamond rated institute has been the recipient of STEM impact award, Green Metric Award, AICTE-CII IndPact Award for Best Industry-linked institution for Electrical Engineering and Allied Institute, University of the Year Award 2019 from FICCI and three Swachhata ranking awards from AICTE.
Present for the press meet was President of SRMIST Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan, Vice-Chancellor of SRMIST, Dr. Sandeep Sancheti, Registrar SRMIST N. Sethuraman, Joint Director (Research) SRMIST Dr. SRS Prabaharan and Associate Director (Campus Life) Dr. V. Thirumurugan. Speaking at the press meet, Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan said, “This is a special honor for our Institution as we have received seven awards in a short span of time.”
STEM IMPACT AWARD
The institute won the STEM (Society for Technology Management) Impact Award for innovating a cost-effective, Microbial fuel cell for bioelectricity generation and heavy metal reduction from environmentally available biowaste, namely tannery effluents. SRMIST is the only privately funded university to receive this award, others being IIT Kanpur and two CSIR labs. SRMIST had three in-house technologies submission and Microbial Fuel Submission received the STEM Impact Award.
This project was spearheaded by Dr. S Harinipriya, Associate Professor of SRMIST and her students. This innovation has also been granted a US patent (US 10,230,122 B2). A technology transfer is initiated and MoU has been signed between Suprajaa Solutions Pvt. Limited, Tamilnadu.
GREEN METRIC AWARD
SRM has been ranked 243rd in GreenMetric World University Rankings and third in India. The award was given for the category ‘World’s Most Sustainable University’. This was organized by the University of Indonesia. About 780 universities participated in the event globally and 25 Indian Universities and Institutions participated in it
AICTE-CII IndPact AWARD
AICTE-CII IndPact Award for Best Industry-linked institution for Electrical Engineering and Allied Institute (Established-Degree) was awarded to SRM. It won the award for Best Industry Linked Technical Institute in India 2019 for Electrical Engineering and Allied Institute. This year around 9,832 institutes participated in the survey, out of which 39 Institutes were shortlisted for final presentation and EEE department of SRMIST, Kattankulathur was one among them. Dr. K. Vijayakumar, HOD / EEE, SRMIST gave the presentation for the EEE department and showcased the best practices of industry partnerships.
FICCI honor for SRM
SRMIST won the prestigious ‘University of the Year Award 2019’ (under the category of 11-30 years old Institutes) at the 6th edition of FICCI Higher Education Excellence Awards 2019, held in New Delhi. Universities and Institutions were awarded in seven categories and SRMIST competed under the ‘University of the Year Award 2019’ since, being a multi-stream university, it has many dimensions of excellence. The process consists of submitting an exhaustive questionnaire highlighting how SRMIST stands out in many facets of university life. These include Governance, Curriculum & Pedagogy, Infrastructure, Faculty Development, Internationalization, Student Employability, Collaborative Initiatives, Research, Patents, Impact on Society, etc.
SRMIST highlighted 19 best practices covering the abovementioned areas which inter alia include Semester Abroad Program, Flexible Choice-based Curriculum, Specialized UG programs in the disciplines of Computer Science and Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering and Biotechnology, Mandatory Industry Training Program, Faculty Industry Immersion Program, Liberal Student Scholarships, Accreditation, etc.
Three Swachhata Awards
SRMIST ranked No. 1 under the category of AICTE-Residential Universities in the third edition of Swachhata Ranking Award. The Ranking Award was presented by MHRD as a part of its Swachh Bharat Mission to promote environmental hygiene in the Higher Education system and beyond. SRMIST excelled in the parameters of hygiene like student-toilet ratio, hostel hygiene, water conservation, campus greenery, harnessing solar energy, rainwater harvesting, waste segregation, and solid waste management.
SRMIST secured the third rank in AICTE’s Clean and Smart Campus Awards. The process of ranking consists of assessing the institutes on Impact of deployment of digital technology in order for the students, faculty and management in the campus to reduce consumption of natural resources (such as paper, gas, energy, etc) and alignment of the latest digital trends like IoT, Big Data and Cloud Networking to achieve various aspects of sustainability in the campus, specifically to contribute to United Nations’ SDGs.
AICTE honors SRM with Swachhta Ranking Award
SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur, won the Annual Swachhta Ranking Award, under the Residential University category, at the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). SRMIST won this recognition at the third edition of Swachhata Ranking Award event which was held recently at AICTE Headquarter in New Delhi.
The awards were received by Registrar of SRMIST Dr N Sethuraman, Dean - IQAC (Internal Quality Assurance Cell), Prof. G. Augustine Maniraj Pandian and Deputy Registrar of Delhi-NCR Campus Dr. S. Viswanathan. The awards were presented by Secretary, Department of Higher Education, R Subrahmanyam. SRMIST won the third place among AICTE Universities in the Clean & Smart Campus Awards, a campus first step towards sustainability. SRMIST also won the first place nationwide for their contribution in One Student One Tree initiative.
Meaning of Awards:
- The objective of Swachhta Ranking Award is to get the attention of students, faculty, and Institutions towards the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan and help them realize how smartly they can reduce the consumption or exploitation of natural resources such as paper, water, energy by the deployment of digital technology.
- The Clean and Smart Campus award aims to seek engagement with all stakeholders, primarily the student community to draw their attention towards immense scope and potential that the Technology offers for abstract objectives such as cleanliness, sustainability, environment etc.
- Under the One Student One Tree initiative, nearly one lakh saplings are being planted in 26 villages near Kattankulathur and Kundrathur Panchayath. This was done by students from NSS, NCC, Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, Swachhata hi Seva and student chapter for engineers association.
SRMIST won these awards beating over 6,900 institutions that participated in the ranking exercise under various parameters of hygiene like student-toilet ration, hostel hygiene, hostel kitchen hygiene, availability of water, water conservation measures, campus greenery, and administrative responsibility for hygiene.
IEI opens Kattankulathur Local Centre in SRM
Date: December 3, 2019
The Kattankulathur Local Centre of The Institute of Engineers (India) was opened by Founder Chancellor of SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Dr. T.R. Paarivendhar, MP at the Institute’s premises recently. Maj. Gen. Dr. S. Bhattacharya, VSM (Retd), Secretary and Director-General, The Institution of Engineering (India) read the Warrant of Establishment and Er. R. Ramdoss, FIE, Chairman IEI, Tamil Nadu State Centre handed it over to Dr. PT Ravichandran, the first Chairman of Kattankulathur Local Centre. IEI also presented a cheque of Rs. 1.5 lakhs towards the development of the Centre.
- In his welcome address, R. Ramdoss said that this will be the 124 centre in India and will have over 400 members as of now.
- In his acceptance speech, Dr. PT Ravichandran said, “I am proud to be the first president of this chapter. Our Chancellor is the architect of SRMIST and under this guidance and support, I assure you that we will take this Centre to greater heights.”
- “What I am is because of AIME,” said Dr. T. R. Paarivendhar. In his special address, he mentioned that AIME was a turning point in his life. “Now I am happy that Kattankulathur Local Centre has been started at SRMIST. IEI has done yeoman service and will be helpful in providing skill-based engineers to solve rising employment issues. It will be a big contribution to India.”
Vice-Chancellor of SRMIST, Dr. Sandeep Sancheti, said, “There are challenges that many engineers face on a daily basis. To overcome this, we need handholding, continuous education, and profession connect. These things can be fulfilled only through such professional bodies. Engineers should have access to technology and connection with industry people. Therefore this Centre will redefine what we need to do.” He also suggested a future collaboration with IEI.
Dr T M Gunaraja, FIE, President, The Institution of Engineers (India), said, “The whole world is depended on India and India is depended on Universities like SRM, which has grown globally. Therefore all the activities that happen in Kattankulathur Local Centre should be focused on strengthening the Center. Understanding engineering alone is not enough it is important that students understand the importance of the industry too.”
Also present were Dr. S Dhanalakshmi, FIE, Honorary Secretary, IE(I) and Er P Gomathi Nayagam, MIE, Honorary Secretary, IE(I), Tamilnadu State Centre.
Australian National University invites SRM faculty for Research
Date: November 26, 2019
In a bid to improve research activities and facilitate faculty abroad program, Dr. C. Gopalakrishnan, Associate Professor from the Department of Physics and Nanotechnology, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur will soon be part The Australian National University (ANU)’s Faculty Abroad Program. Based on his scientific achievements, he has been invited as visiting professor to ANU to work on specific and targeted research areas, having direct relevance to societal needs.
“Nanomechanical resonators are highly sensitive in detecting the mass changes even up to the zepto grams sensitivity. The development of low cost and high sensitive nanomechanical resonators may help the practitioners in the early detection of cancer,” says this Nanoscale Physicist-Scientist ‘D’ Cadre. “Having diverse experience in fabricating nanomaterials of different sizes including fabrication of ultrathin films for non-volatile devices is the challenge for this project,” he adds.
About Dr. C. Gopalakrishnan: He established the state-of-the-art Nanotechnology Research Center at SRMIST in 2006, which was the only research center in any private university in south India. The center was supported by management and other Govt funding agencies with an overall of Rs 20 crores. He has also been the guest scientist at Max Planck Institute for Microstructure Physics, Halle, Germany funded under the prestigious Max Planck Society. Some of his key achievements include introducing a new curriculum/course on MS and MS linked Ph.D. in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, built UHV-STM as part of the dissertation during the postgraduate research program at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland among other things. He was awarded a prestigious scholarship under Science Foundation Ireland for his postgraduate research program.
About Australian National University: It is a national research university founded in 1946. It is the only university that has been created by the parliament of Australia and located in Canberra. Originally a postgraduate research university, ANU commenced undergraduate teaching in 1960 when it integrated the Canberra University College, which had been established in 1929 as a campus of the University of Melbourne. ANU is regarded as one of the world's leading research universities. It is ranked 1st in Australia and the whole of Oceania, 24th in the world by the 2019 QS World University Rankings.
Former ISRO chief urges students to practice what they learn
Date: November 12, 2019
“Education cannot be just about books, it also has a connection to the environment, choices we make and passion towards it,” said Padma Vibhushan Dr. K. Kasturirangan, former Chairman of ISRO at the inauguration of the University Wellness Program (UWP) held at SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur recently.
He unveiled the logo of the UWP at the event. This logo was designed by the students themselves. He also urged students to think beyond their subjects. “Schools and colleges should teach students interdisciplinary subjects. This is called liberal education. It is better to have knowledge beyond your area of specialization as this might become the fourth revolution. I am glad that SRM is part of this liberal education system.”
In his welcome address, Vice-Chancellor of SRMIST Dr. Sandeep Sancheti, said, “This program is for the betterment of the next generation. Good health and wellness are different because it involves mental health.”
The University Wellness Program in SRMIST is an initiative of Dr. Padma Venkat, Dean of School of Public Health and her team. The aim of this initiative is to focus on achieving sustainable health and wellbeing of everyone at SRMIST campus. This will be a stepping stone for teachers and students to apply practically what is learned as theory, UWP evolves in offering sustainable solutions towards wellness.
Speaking about it, Dr. Venkat said “The aim of the program is to include wellness into existing modules. It will also help students take a practical approach to the theory they study in classrooms. Now our primary aim is to integrate this concept into academic, research, outreach, and research methodology.”
‘UWP is not just about students but about everyone working here. When students get to experiment with what they learn they become busy. This will reduce issues such as drug abuse, suicide, anxiety, and depression. UWP would be an effective tool in inculcating critical thinking into wellness,’ said President of SRMIST Dr. P Sathyanarayanan, who presided over the function.
Dr. Unnikrishnan, Principal Visiting Fellow at United Nations University, Kuala Lumpur spoke on Living with the Planet, Learning from Ayurveda. The program was attended by Dr. Nirmala Murthy, an SPH mentor. Dr. PG Diwakar, Director, Earth Observation Centre (ISRO) also delivered a special address.
SRM contributes massively in the field of education, says SHAR chief
Date: November 10, 2019
Challenges are always there, but are you ready to face them? Questioned Shri A Rajarajan, Director of Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, to an enthusiastic crowd of 5000 students. These students had come to receive their medals, ranks, and degrees at the 15th Annual Convocation at SRM Institute of Science & Technology, Kattankulathur recently.
The chief guest for the event added that hard work and dedication would yield better results. “Remember your parents, teachers, and all those who have played a role in your life. The process of traversing from college life to the outer world will be different and difficult. The value systems that you learn from your institution is what will help you overcome these situations.” He also urged students not to give up on their dreams. “If India has to become the best country in the world, it needs all-round development and the primary focus is education. SRM has been contributing massively in this endeavor.”
In a lighter vein, he asked students to spend their time wisely. “When the sun comes up, you should be ready to run in order to survive in this world.” He then presented medals and ranks to 113 candidates from the Faculty of Engineering and Technology and 90 students received their Ph.D. degrees. A total of 9010 students were awarded Under Graduate and Doctoral Degrees at the convocation.
Shri K.N. Vyas, Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary of Department of Atomic Energy(DAE), Government of India was awarded Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) (Honoris Causa) by Founder-Chancellor of SRM Institute of Science & Technology and Member of Parliament, Dr. T. R. Paarivendhar.
In his acceptance speech, Dr. KN Vyas said, “I am happy to know that SRM has been generating one-megawatt solar power. However, we scientists believe that nuclear energy is also equally important as it can be used as an alternative source for solar energy. We should soon shift our focus to alternative energy as our natural resources are depleting.”
Vice-Chancellor of SRMIST, Dr. Sandeep Sancheti presented the Annual Report. The Convocation was held in the presence of President of SRMIST Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan and Co-chairman of SRM Ramapuram S Niranjan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Dr. TP Ganesan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Dr. R Balasubramanian, Registrar Dr. N Sethuraman, Members of the Board of Management, Members of the Academic Council among others.
SRMIST to host its 15th Annual Convocation
Date: November 7, 2019
SRM Institute of Science & Technology, Kattankulathur, is set to organize its 15th Annual Convocation on November 10, 2019. About 9010 students will be awarded Under Graduate and Doctoral Degrees from the Faculty of Engineering and Technology. 49 students will be awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for their academic achievements and 90 students will be receiving their Ph.D. degrees.
Chief Guest for the event will be Shri A. Rajarajan, Director of Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, ISRO, Sriharikota. He will deliver the Convocation address. B. Tech, B. Arch and B. Des graduates and Doctoral candidates in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology will receive their degree.
Shri K.N. Vyas, Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary of Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India will be awarded Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) (Honoris Causa). Dr. T. R. Paarivendhar, Founder-Chancellor of SRMIST and Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha will preside over the convocation. The Vice Chancellor of SRMIST, Dr. Sandeep Sancheti will be presenting the Annual Report.
Corporate Entities Dip into Talent Pool of SRM Students, receives 6000+ job offers
Date: October 29, 2019
Beating last year’s impressive count of 3020 offers from the big four IT companies (TCS, Cognizant, Infosys, Wipro), a phenomenal 4749 offers have been made to the graduating class of 2020 students of SRM Institute of Science and Technology this placement season. More than 600 companies have already visited the campus since the commencement of the placement season on July 22, 2019, and over 6514+ offers have been made. Many more companies are expected to come as the placement season will continue till April/May 2020.
Placement Facts and Statistics
- This year, the highest offer made on the campus, was 41.6 lakhs per annum by Microsoft.
- Other top recruiters this year include Amazon (18 offers of 32 lakhs per annum), Barclays (25 offers of 10 lakhs per annum) and startup Udaan (4 offers of 30 lakhs per annum). Organizations like Veritas and Pay Pal have made internship linked placement offers.
- The centralized placement process organized at Kattankulathur campus brought students from SRM Campuses including Modinagar, Ramapuram and Vadapalani, said Padmanabhan.
About 1210+ students have been made Super Dream (Rs.10 L Pa+) and Dream offer (Rs.5 L Pa+) so far. Students are also recruited by companies from the Core Engineering sector.
At the conclusion of ‘Day One’ processes, TCS made 1437 offers (‘Ninja Track’), Infosys 1315, Cognizant 1175, and Wipro 822. Apart from this, TCS has made 183 offers under ‘Digital Track’ (7 lakhs per annum), said Director, Career Centre at SRMIST, Sriram S Padmanabhan. This is the highest number of offers made by these four companies in any single campus in the country, he said.
Padmanabhan said top companies are drawn to the SRM Campus due to the cosmopolitan composition of the students. “We arrange mock interviews and impart advanced computing skills to students as they prepare for the placement season,” he said.
SRM hosts 4th edition of National Level Hackathon
Future mobility, Defence, Sustainability, Technology in Brand Experience, IT Security and Tourism were the themes of the fourth edition of the SRM Hackathon. This national-level event was organised by the IT Association, School of Computing and SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Katankulathur and was held at SRMIST campus recently.
The winner was team Dragon Booster from Sri Venkateshwara College of Engineering, Sriperumbudur. The Social Stars award was won by Team Gen-Y of SRMIST, Kattankulathur. The team comprises of Shwet Mishra, Siddhant Tibrewal, Saurabh Agrawal, Subhashree Hazra and Atif Hossain. Their application was to solve travel plan complexity and can help people create any trip according to their preferences.
People's Favorite award was won by SRMIST’s Beeclust_mrsl group consisting of Inderan Kannan, Atul John Abraham, and Sukriti. Their work was a prototype that uses algae and draws in CO2 and other harmful gases like Sulphur Di Oxide and fullerenes (excess air) into the system. The major highlights include the production of zero to no waste, completely environment-friendly and low energy consumption when compared to the conventional air purifiers.
About SRM Hackathon 4.0
SRM Hackathon 4.0 was a 36-hour long event and had about 1000 entries. Only 40 ideas were selected to participate in the finals. The competition was held under the guidance of a panel of mentors and judges. The idea was to create a platform for young developers and professionals to showcase their projects.
Speaking at the event, Vice-Chancellor of SRMIST, Dr. Sandeep Sancheti said, “Novelty, newness, and innovation is the core idea of such Hackathons. It is important to learn from such competitions that provide a space for developers to come across 50-odd solutions for a single problem. It also allowed students to look at a problem in several other dimensions.”
“The result of this contest will motivate others to come forward to participate. Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji also promotes such hackathons. It is important to have an uncluttered and open mind to learn and develop oneself," he concluded.
Mouth-watering Food Alert! SRM celebrates International Chefs Day
Date: October 19, 2019
The sizzling aroma of mixed Paella and traditional meen kulambu filled the auditorium where students and faculty gathered in large numbers to celebrate International Chefs Day at SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur campus.
A Spanish culinary workshop and fruit mixing ceremony was the highlight of the two-day event, held on 17 and 18 of October, organized by SRM Institute of Hotel Management in comradeship with South India Chefs Association. The institute has been celebrating International Chefs Day for the past 20 years.
The chief guest for the event, Spanish Chef Antonio Garcia De Q Sanchez, who is the Executive Sous Chef of The Diplomatic Club, Doha Qatar taught students how to make Spain’s traditional dish Paella. Guest of honour, Chef (Dr.) Damu, President of SICA and Food Consultant ignited the taste buds of the youngsters with his mouth-watering fish curry made in earthenware.
Over 35 chefs from 15 hotels taught students in the form of workshops, conferences, and live demonstrations. The theme of the event was “How healthy food works” and a panel discussion on “Consider Food as Medicine rather Medicine as Food” was also held.
Speaking on the occasion, Chef Damu told students to make use of this conference and learn from experts. “This is a great opportunity and a good platform to learn and grow.”
A pledge on transforming India by 2022 into a healthy nation was taken by all. Students from 10 different schools participated in the conference along with the hotel management colleges like IHM Chennai,SPARK Catering College, Tirupathur, ASAN Memorial Institute of Hotel Management, and many more. The event concluded with a fruit mixing ceremony for the Christmas cake. This has been organized by the institute for the 20th year. 26 students from different city colleges were presented with the Best Preparation award for their culinary skills. The vote of thanks was proposed by Vice-principal SRM IHM, Lalitha Shri.
SC Advocate enlightens SRM students on Abrogation of Article 370
Date: October 16, 2019
“It is important for students to be aware of what Article 370 is about rather than making it a debate in colleges and schools,” said Senior Advocate- Supreme Court, N Venkataraman. He addressed students from School of Law, School of Management, Social Sciences, Journalism and Mass Communication on Abrogation of Article 370 and its impact at the third edition of Dr. Paarivendhar Management Lecture series organized by the School of Management (SOM) at SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur.
In his talk, Venkataraman explained why J&K came under Article 370, its benefits and drawbacks. He gave a detailed explanation of how the Princely State of J&K was annexed to India in 1947. He also elaborated on how the present government took steps to abrogate it on 5 August 2019.
He encouraged students to think logically before coming to a conclusion on why Article 370 was abrogated. “Ask yourself why Kashmir was given special status and why it was removed now. You must also know why the status was revoked by the President of India and not by anyone else.” He then lined out all the explanations with supportive Schedules, Acts, and Articles to students.
He urged students to look at the abrogation through five points – namely self-determination, autonomy, plebiscite, Pakistan occupied Kashmir and international acceptance. After explaining these points in detail, he drew a conclusion on why our Government had no other choice but to take the fifth option as their route.
Answering questions from students, he said, “Many complain that this abrogation should not have been done. But if the people did not want it, they could have voted out the present political party as they had already mentioned this in their manifesto. Now the Government has abrogated Article 370 and made J&K a Union Territory. Once the situation stables out, the Government of India will make it a state.”
He advised students to contribute towards the society to make it more powerful. “Our country can be safe only if the children are safe. There should be no space for discrimination in terms of caste, religion, or creed. Don’t get dejected if you face failure or rejection, these are just part and parcels of life. You, youngsters, should be supportive of One Nation, One India.”
The event was presided over by Founder Chancellor of SRMIST and Member of Parliament Dr. T R Paarivendhar. Addressing students Dr. Paarivendhar said, “You should be responsible and be up-to-date on current events. You should also be aware of what is happening in the country and around the world. You should also have knowledge and information on special subjects such as Article 370.”
He added that Abrogation of Article 370 was discussed at length in the Parliament. “I was present for the discussion,”he added. “This series is more than a normal meeting as we bring eminent people to discuss and create awareness on important issues. Such lectures will continue henceforth.”
Also, present on the occasion were Pro VC (EA) of SRMIST Dr. R Balasubramanian, Registrar Dr. N Sethuraman, Member of the Board Prof B Raghavan, Dean (SOM) Dr. V Ponniah, Faculty of SOM Mr. Bhaskar, faculties and students.
School students get new insights at Sci-tech expo at SRM
Date: October 14, 2019
Around 1000 students from over 10 schools visited the Techno Blizz, an Open house and Science and Technology exhibition at the Department of Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering (EIE) at Tech Park in SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur Campus.
A total of around 14 labs were set up with various kinds of instruments, prototypes, and equipment to help students understand the intricacies of Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering. A few of these displays were developed by the students and faculty of the EIE Department.
This Techno Blizz was done in collaboration with Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam. A team of scientists and engineers from the Nuclear Research Centre displayed scientific models and explained to students the basic functioning of the center. Apart from students, a few industry-related professionals and researches also visited the exhibition.
Speaking about the Open House, Head of the Department, Dr. A Vimala Joseph said, “The two-day event provided information about the department and SRMIST at large. The children also got hands-on experience and insight into the different aspects of Electronic and Instrumentation engineering through orientation and working models.”
Students who attended the event said that the exhibition was informative and interesting as they had an opportunity to interact with professionals in the field. Over 10 schools visited the exhibition including St John's Matriculation School, Guduvanchery; Sree Gokulam Public School, Chengalpattu; JRK Global School, Kattankulathur; Government Higher Secondary School, Maraimalai Nagar; Neelan Matriculation School, Urapakkam. EIE faculties K.A. Sunitha, N.Deepa, A. Asundha, and K. Vibha organized the event and explained the students.
Students get hands-on training on how to assemble solar study lamp at SRM
Date: October 11, 2019
SRM Institute of Science and Technology conducted a Student Solar Ambassador Workshop 2019 at its premises in Kattankulathur on the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The event was organized by SRMIST in association with IIT Bombay as part of the ‘Unnat Bharat Abhiyan’. The chief guest for the event was Vice-Chancellor of SRMIST, Dr. Sandeep Sancheti. Guest of honor was District Education Officer, Chengalputtu, Mr.A Prabakar.
The workshop, the seed concept of Gandhi Global Solar Yatra, is aimed at sensitizing the young generations. At the event, over 1,000 students from 13 schools were given hands-on training on how to assemble a solar study lamp. Students also took a pledge of non-violence towards the environment.
Speaking at the event, Associate Director (Campus Life) of SRMIST, Dr. V.Thirumurugan said “The funds for this workshop and solar lamps were approved by Founder Chancellor of SRMIST and Member of Parliament, Dr. Parivendhar. The motive of this workshop is to help the younger generation tap solar energy. They will be given hands-on training to assemble solar study lamps.”
Dr. Sancheti in his address, said “Our Chancellor has been kind enough to support this drive so that under-privileged students who have no access to electricity will be able to benefit through this solar drive and have a chance to use solar lamps. These are cost-effective and user-friendly. This is clean energy and is promoted by several organizers. In SRMIST we also use solar energy to cook food in our hostel kitchen. Solar power can also be used in grid circulation. If generated properly, you and I can become suppliers”.
District Education Officer, A Prabakar said, “The situation today has changed drastically from the time I grew up. Children these days are more knowledgeable as they get to know more information about several topics from outside. Tamil Nadu is second in terms of education in India and our students are excelling in all aspects of life. They give importance to their passion and this makes them more successful.”
He also congratulated SRMIST for being socially conscious and taking steps to help students in having quality education. Along with this, two Technical Talks - one on Climate Change and the other on Solar Photovoltaic Systems were also held for students.
Kancheepuram Collector opens Oral Cancer Surgical Centre at SRM Kattankulathur Dental College
Date: October 1, 2019
“Cancer is any form, in any part of the body is harmful, and oral cancer is the most vulnerable. So, there is a need to increase awareness among students and teens in its prevention,” said Thiru. P. Ponniah, Collector, and District Magistrate- Kancheepuram District after opening the ‘Oral Cancer Surgical Centre’ at SRM Kattankulathur Dental College and Hospital. The center is located on the premises of SRM Institute of Science and Technology.
He said that it is important to create awareness on usage of tobacco and its impact, how these unhealthy habits should be avoided, ways to preventing it and proper diet and added, “After the Indian Government passed the 2013 Tobacco Control Act, the number of people affected by cancer has reduced. However, this is not enough, and more things need to be done.”
After releasing the Braille Handbook on self-examination for Oral Potentially Malignant Disorder for visually challenged, SRMIST Founder-Chancellor and Member of Parliament, Dr. TR Paarivendhar said, “Unless universities like us reach out to villages to educate them on healthy living, education, and hygiene, the anti-tobacco message cannot be passed to the masses. The government relies on universities like us to take this message forward.” He added, “SRMIST is now serving 40 villages, and our Dental College must conduct more camps in other villages and improve the lives of many more. Students should also be committed and help in these camps. Nowadays, students have started smoking at a very young age, and I feel that this is the right time for us to start creating awareness.”
The first copy of Braille Handbook was received by Dipti Bhatia, CEO of the National Association for the Blind. She said, “Bad habits lead to cancer, and people need to be more careful. I hope SRM students can join hands with visually challenged people and work towards educating them on oral hygiene and so on.”
An educational video CDs on Anti-tobacco awareness was released by Dr. Sambandam, Medical Oncologist from the US. Copies of which were given to several school principals and headmistress. Speaking on occasion, he said, “Prevention is the best way, and it is the parents who should be first teachers. Our life on earth is short and we should live a healthy life.”
Felicitating the guests, President of SRMIST, Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan, said, “Tobacco is a menace, and this leads to a high number of oral cancer deaths in adults. There is about 70 percent of the adult male in India who consume tobacco and India accounts for 12 percent of the total world population who smoke. Although our government is taking steps to control this issue, we should also be part of this initiative. SRMIST should create a strong anti-tobacco, alcohol and drug-free centre in the university. We have planned to start an Oncology Centre in the medical college which will have radiation facilities to help people.”
Dean of SRMKDC, Dr. N Vivek welcomed the gathering, and the vote of thanks was proposed by Vice Principal of SRMKDC Dr. KT Magesh.
SRM University organises ‘Aaruush’, invites Union HRD Minister
Date: September 30, 2019
Union HRD Minister, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal on September 30, 2019, inaugurated a new research centre worth INR 120 crore at SRM Institute of Technology, Kattankulathur Campus, Chennai. The Union Minister also presented Rs. 6 lakh worth prizes and certificates to the winners in the various competitions and events held as part of its popular Techno-Management fest, “Aaruush”.
In its 13th edition this year, “Aaruush”, held from September 26 to 30, saw the participation of 200 colleges, universities and higher educational institutes with around 60,000 students displaying their talents and skills from all over the country. While addressing the students and faculties of SRM Mr. Ramesh, talked about how development in the field of information technology directly affected the growth in the field of advanced medicine. “New inventions and skills for research and innovation have made these things possible,” the Minister said.
Along with the Union HRD Minister, SRM invited Indian cricketer and Chennai Super Kings team member, Suresh Raina, as the Guest of Honour. Suresh Raina unveiled the commemorative souvenir of the event. He in his speech called SRM as "mini India", this is because students from different backgrounds and speak different languages and are yet together. Education is the backbone of the country's growth- said, Mr. Raina. During his speech, he also remembered his inspiration and former President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Azad. He asked the students to follow the ideals of Former President APJ Abdul Kalam Azad. He also spoke the words of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as how information technology has brought the world into one classroom. He exhorted the students to stay dedicated and focused.
In the closing ceremony, SRM Founder Chancellor and Lok Sabha member gave a vote of thanks. In his speech, the founder revealed the reaction of the Minister when he went to invite him. He recalled the Minister asking him "Why are you inviting me for this function? You should call me for your convocation ceremony." He said, "I told him that over 200 different educational institutes from all over India are participating in this event and the participants will create new design and innovation in technology. They will contribute to the various ideas and schemes of the Prime Minister".
Dr. Paarivendhar also thanked the Union Minister for accepting his invitation and participating in the function.
Master Blaster Suresh Raina gives a pep talk to SRM Students
Date: September 26, 2019
In a strong motivational speech, Indian cricketer Suresh Raina told students to set their goals and work to achieve them with a sense of purpose and enjoyment. “Just enjoy yourself, set your goals and achieve them with a smile,“ said Raina who was the guest of honour at the inauguration of the 13th edition of Aaruush, the national level Techno-Management Fest at the SRM Institute of Science and Technology. “If you have education, you can achieve anything,” he said motivating students to enjoy their studies.
One of India’s most successful cricketers who played in a One Day International against England last year and has been out of action due to an injury showed how fighting fit he is as he strode the stage at the Dr. T P Ganesan Auditorium on the Kattankulathur campus. “It is an honour to be invited for this tech-fest at SRM and I just love the energy of the students,” the left-handed middle-order batsman said fielding queries from the audience with aplomb as he was asked about when he would make a comeback to Team India and his future in the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) IPL squad led by former India Captain M.S. Dhoni, Raina said he has recovered well and hoped to play for India again soon. “Dhoni is fine and you will see him soon (with CSK),” he said.
Asked to speak a few words in Tamil by a student fan, Raina said, “konjum konjum, Vannakam, Nandree” (Little Little, Greetings, Thanks). Raina also obliged another student who requested him to say ‘Whistle Podu for CSK’ (Whistle for CSK Team). Over 6,000 students packed the auditorium and their cheers sounded like a huge crowd in a cricket stadium. Director, Research and Innovation Centre, Government of India, Dr. V. Natarajan kicked off the 4-day event in which around 1000 students from various colleges in the country would participate.
"SRM will launch a national wide sports festival soon", announced President of SRMIST, Dr. P Sathyanarayanan. Addressing students he said, "Aaruush 2019 is a grand fest. Aaruush literally means a ray of hope( for the future of students). This national level techno-management fest is a big opportunity for students to improve their knowledge. You must enjoy what you are doing. Without enjoyment, there cannot be involvement. Students should observe from such events and find aspiration and innovation. Only through innovation can you find a path to win."
He also said that the event's tagline 'Rising in the Spirit of Innovation' should soon become a reality. "This fest is not just for students but for everyone in the institution. The management will also support to make this an international one." Aaruush convenor Dr. A. Rathinam introduced Raina urging students to enjoy the experience of interacting with the Vice-Captain of the CSK team.
SRM Campus Erupts into Joyful Laughter with Kenny Sebastian
Date: September 23, 2019
“Guys and gals do not stress because you will be great,” the cool humorist said strumming his guitar and singing of something as commonplace as “I am waking up, standing, sitting on a chair and dreaming another dream”. “I will not move to the washroom and spare you the flushing,” he said, making fun of some pedestrian western music that was catching on in India. The message to students was to find their internal rhythm and look for answers within themselves. “The problem is most people look outside for solutions,” he said.
The 45-minute show which had over 5,000 students giggling and laughing as they hung on his every comma and full stop, regarding tallboys and short girls, chappals and high heels, had an underlying sobering theme of not getting stressed up whether students were studying engineering, science, technology or arts. “I have a degree in painting and sculpture.” he said quickly adding, “And a Ph.D. in ‘Disappointment’ evoking peals of laughter. Life comes in positives and negatives, but it is important, to be honest, and work hard without losing your sense of humor, he said, emphasizing the importance of mental health.
Swaying on to the stage arms held out as wings simulating a touchdown by an airplane, Kenny made an instant connection with them asking where he should stand, at the centre or on one flank. A girl student shouted “I love you Kenny”, and pat came to the response, “I do not know you, you might be crazy, but I am just joking, I love you too, so sweet of you.”
Another rib-tickler was, “Hum Teen Honge Paanch” (We three will become five) taking a dig at the country’s rising population. “it does not matter what you say, just make it sound nice,” he said breaking into a mild shocker “Tumne Paadh Diya, Hum Ne Sun Liya Kyonki Tum Ho SRM University” (You Fart, I heard it because You are SRM varsity). Alluding to students who had gathered many hours in advance of his arrival at the T.P Ganesan Auditorium, Kenny had them exploding with his remark, “Hope you took a bathroom break”.
The Kenny Sebastian show was the highlight of the day-long ‘Jhalak’ cultural event at the SRM campus. It was a sort of homecoming for Kenny who had a few years back enlivened the week-long ‘Milan’ cultural fest at SRM. Kenny’s show also brought smiles to the faces of faculty, educationists and administrators at SRM who have been taking various measures to address the problem of depression among students which has become a worldwide challenge on campuses. It was Kenny competing in time and space with academicians, administrators, scientists, and medical experts to engage students in an entirely off-academia experience.
“I feel inspired to be a stand-up comedian myself. Kenny is way above his counterparts when it comes to connecting with students.” Samraj Singh Khokar, a second-year student, said.
Another student, Ayush Rao, said, “Basically what I thought of Kenny’s show was how by just being funny and observing simple things can make you that big a celebrity. All you have to do is to enjoy what you do.”
SRM IST Chennai to hold the 13th Education of Aaruush
SRM Institute of Science and Technology is set to organise the thirteenth edition of Aaruush, the National Level Techno-Management Fest from September 26 – 29, 2019. The premier edition of Aaruush was inaugurated by erstwhile President, late Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. We have had the pride of hosting many esteemed guests, such as Dr. A.S. Kiran Kumar (Former Chairman- ISRO, Padma Shri recipient), Mr. Dilip Chhabria (Founder of DC Design), Mr. Prabhu Chawla, among others.
The tagline of Aaruush’19 is “Assimilating Aspirations, Inspiring Innovation", which is how we intend to transcend the budding tyros into pioneering innovation. We are proud to be the only fest hosting a confluence of tech-fests from colleges pan India, in the form of the Technical Summit. We have an upcoming event - the Innovation Fair, which aims to inculcate a sense of spearheading exploration in fields of science to work towards making the world a better place.
Aaruush'19 is also hosting the Hack Summit, which is a 36-hour long hackathon, to test the ultimate strength and endurance of participants in the diverse fields. Additionally, we also have the Autonomous Robot Challenge, offering a chance for participants to show off their skills in robotics.
Chief allure of Aaruush '19: Diverse Challenges and Championships such as the Autonomous Robot Challenge, the Quadcopter Championship, (Death Drift) RC Car Championship, and the biggest edition of Robowars yet, are some of the many in our star-studded line-up. We also have multiple addresses by aficionados spanning across a myriad of fields. We aim at providing hands-on workshops on the current trends in technology. With over 60 events, luminary addresses straight from the virtuosos, workshops for an enriching learning experience, elaborate expos to elevate the concept of show-and-tell, the thirteenth edition of Aaruush is all set to be bigger than ever.
Registration link: https://www.townscript.com/e/aaruush19
SRM students picked up like Hot Cakes for Placements
Date: September 17, 2019
At the conclusion of the 'Day One' process, the four major IT companies have made a record 4,749 offers to students from the graduation class of 2020 at the SRM Institute of Science and Technology breaching last year’s 3020 offers for 2019 pass outs.
TCS (Ninja) has made 1437 offers, Infosys 1315, CTS 1175 and Wipro 822. Apart from this, TCS has made 183 offers under ‘Digital Track’ (7 lakhs per annum), said Director, Career Centre at SRMIST, Sriram Padmanabhan. For all these Day 1 companies, the highest number of offers at an All India level have been made in the SRMIST campus than any other campus.
This year, the highest offer made on the campus, was 41.6 lakhs per annum by Microsoft. More than 120 companies have visited the campus this year since the commencement of the placement season on July 22 and have made close to 6000 offers as on date. Top recruiters this year include Amazon (18 offers of 32 lakhs per annum), Barclays (25 offers of 10 lakhs per annum) and startup Udaan (4 offers of 30 lakhs per annum. Besides, organizations like Veritas and Pay Pal have made internship offers whereby selected students would work in the companies during the final semester with a good chance of bagging offers.
The centralized placement process organized at Kattankulathur campus brings students from SRM campuses including Modinagar, Ramapuram, and Vadapalani, said, Sriram Padmanabhan. He said top companies are drawn to SRM IST due to the cosmopolitan composition of the students have been made, the beneficiary students are removed from the placement list to make way for other students aspiring for jobs.
Harvard Dreams of SRM Students
Date:September 12, 2019
The twinkle in her eyes and infectious giggle belie her dead serious pursuit of cancer research. A personal tragedy impelled Meghma Mukherjee to seek a cure for cancer. The trigger was her elder sister’s futile battle with blood cancer a few years ago ironically while she was engaged in research on cancer. “My sister was fine four and a half years into cancer research in the United States but all of a sudden her health started failing and she was diagnosed with blood cancer,” recalled Meghma.
“The internship at Harvard Medical School will be very useful for me as I will get to observe behavior of cancer cells in response to different treatments and how they interact with our immune system,” she said.
Meghma and 20 others from SRM Institute of Science and Technology, mostly bio-engineering students, are set to leave for Harvard come January for a six month internship. They have been invited by the Harvard Medical School after they submitted their profiles and project interests. SRM students have benefitted from Harvard internships in the past years, but this is the first time such a large number of them are bound for this Mecca of bio-scientists.
They will be mentored by Shiladitya Sengupta, Head, Laboratory of Cancer NanoMedicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the United States. The Hospital is a teaching facility of the Harvard Medical School.
Sandhya Govindarajan is close to realizing her childhood dream. “Ever since my childhood, I have always dreamed of becoming a scientist and making a change in society. SRM gave me an opportunity to explore the field of Biotechnology. Through this program at Harvard Medical School, I hope to delve deeper into my area of interest,” she said.
Sri Vidhya, researcher in Immunology, said, “My seniors at SRM motivated me to pursue an internship at Harvard. I hope to do justice to the opportunity given and carry forward the name and fame of my college,” she said positioning herself as a student Ambassador.
Genetics researcher Dhanush R said, “I seek a high-level experience that HMS can give me as I want to be equipped to have a start-up which is completely based on Automated DNA Data Storage System. Srinethra Sridhar is keen on research in Regenerative Medicine and Harvard internship is a lifetime opportunity.
SRMIST welcomes State-of-the-art facilities of INR 3.5 Crore
SRM Institute of Science and Technology is now equipped with Advanced Characterization Facilities, which consists of Laser Flash Thermal conductivity, Seebeck Coefficient Measurement System, Cryogenic Probe Station, and Semiconductor Parameter Analyzer.
These state-of-the-art facilities were inaugurated at the Nanotechnology Research Centre, in the Kattankulathur campus recently. A workshop on ‘Advanced Characterization of Material and Devices’ was held as part of the event.
The facility was inaugurated by Dr. M Kamruddin, Associate Director, ANG division, IGCAR Kalpakkam. He was joined by Dr. C Muthamizhchelvan, Director (Engineering and Technology) SRMIST, Prof. Masaru Shimomura, Prof. Hiroya Ikeda and Prof. Yasuhiro Hayakawa from Shizuoka University (SU), Japan,
Speaking on occasion, Dr. Kamruddin said, “All these facilities are dream instruments. Private universities and organizations should chip in more for Research and Development. It is good that SRMIST is working towards bringing such world-class facilities under one roof. These facilities are open to everyone from all over the world where researchers can send in their samples do their work.”
Dr. Muthamizhchelvan said, “Research is not confined to one department; therefore, these facilities are open to all. Researchers can send their samples through online booking and gain access to the latest equipment through our website nrc.srmonline.net.”
SRMIST fully sponsors the facilities – LFA 467 Hyperflash and ZEM3 at Rs 3.5 crores. The other existing facilities at SRMIST include X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscope (HR-TEM), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM), Vibrating-Sample Magnetometer (VSM) , X-Ray Diffractometer (XRD), Scanning Probe Microscope (SPM) High Resolution Mass Spectrometry ( HRMS) and many more along with a supercomputer typically used for scientific and engineering applications.
SRM opens Centre of Child Rights in Partnership with Dr. Kailash Satyarthi Foundation
In a first in any Indian academic institution, a Centre of Child Rights is set to open at the SRM Institute of Science and Technology in partnership with the Dr. Kailash Satyarthi Foundation. Nobel Laureate and child rights activist Dr. Kailash Satyarthi on his maiden visit to SRM Institute of Science and Technology Chennai Campus, invited the students and faculty to join the Foundation’s 100 million campaign to eradicate child labor and slavery. With that, he also declared that he was prepared to set up an office on the campus. This would be the Foundation’s third office after London and Delhi.
In response, SRM University’s President Dr. P. Satyanarayanan said the institute would open a Centre of Child Rights in association with the Dr. Satyarthi Foundation. This will act as a nodal unit which would make SRM Institute of Science and Technology the first educational entity in the country to start a Child Rights Centre in association with the Foundation, he said. He presented a miniature model of the SRM nanosatellite to Dr. Satyarthi and a plant in an earthen pot. Earlier, the Nobel Laureate planted a sapling in the SRM Institute of Science and Technology grounds.
In his keynote address on “Youth and Compassion,” to more than 4,000 students at the Dr. T.P. Ganesh Auditorium. Dr. Satyarthi said he wanted the SRM Chennai to be the first Indian university to lead the global 100 million campaign for social transformation. “You my young friends can be the driver of change. Change is not outside; it is inside you. You are the Change,” he said, inviting the students to play a more significant global role of being the spokesperson and voice of child labor. “You can challenge companies using child labor in their supply chain. You can be a good volunteer, write small blogs and use social media skills for the betterment of humanity,” he said.
“SRM Institute of Science and Technology students should be known in the country as change-makers and transformers. You are the real Heroes, not cinema actors who get paid for acting good and touching their mother’s feet,” remarked Dr. Satyarthi dressed immaculately in Kurta and trousers. Child labor happens because of poverty and poverty has to be alleviated through education, he said adding, the institute would work very closely with the Dr. Kailash Satyarthi Foundation to abolish child labor.