Prof Lakshmi Kantam speaks on “Catalyst for Sustainable Chemical Industry” at SRMAP

SRM University AP

Date: April 19, 2021

In her address at SRMAP  University Distinguished Lecture Series, Prof Lakshmi Kantam quoted “We have to think about sustainable development and chemists have to play a major role in this.

Observing the ninth edition of University Distinguished Lecture Series, SRM University, Andhra Pradesh invited Prof Lakshmi Kantam Mannepalli, the Dr B P Godrej Distinguished Professor of Green Chemistry, Department of Chemical Engineering, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai to address a captivating speech on “Design and Development of Homogeneous/Heterogeneous Catalysts for Sustainable Chemical Industry”. Prof D Narayana Rao, Pro Vice-chancellor inaugurated the talk with a welcome speech. Also attended by Prof VS Rao, Vice-Chancellor SRMAP and Dr S Mannathan, Department of Chemistry. Prof D Narayana Rao expressed that “Industrial collaboration is very much necessary in the context of self-reliant India (Atma Nirbhar Bharat)”.

Advancing with Prof Lakshmi Kanam’s presentation, she added “Global and Indian chemical industry estimate 5.1 trillion and 108.4 billion USD in 2021. Catalysis is a highly demanded technology for sustainable society and drives innovation in many other fields. Achieving the high catalytic selectivity is the aim of catalysis science in 21 st century”.

She also stated in her presentation “The catalysis of organic reactions by homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts remains a diversified field of scientific inquiry. It attracts a large group of scientists with specialties spanning synthetic organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, surface science, material science, reaction engineering and computational modeling”.

As a part of Prof Lakshmi Kantam’ s research study, she briefly explained “Hydroxyapatite (HA) is a hydrated calcium phosphate material, which is an important biomaterial because of its similarity to the mineral component of mammalian bone. We have utilized these materials and their metal exchanged materials as catalysts for C-C and C-N coupling reactions. Similarly, hydrotalcites, anionic clays have been exchanged with different metal ions and successfully applied in a number of organic transformations”. An overview of the work on the design and development of catalysts for sustainable, economical process and technologies for the chemical industry was introduced.

Noted personality in the field of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Prof Lakshmi Kantam holds esteemed titles of FNA, FTWAS, FNASc, FRSC. Her fields of expertise are Catalysis, Materials and Process Chemistry. Prof Lakshmi Kantam served as the Director of CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad.  Prof. Lakshmi Kantam is Non-Executive Independent Director of Godavari Bio Refineries Ltd, Indo Amines Ltd, Vinati Organics Ltd and several others.


Faculty members of SRM University-AP awarded separate research grants by NSM Government of India

SRM University AP

Date: April 03, 2021

The project titled “Catalysts for CO2 Reduction to C2 Product: Descriptor to Database” has been sanctioned to Prof. Ranjit Thapa, Professor of Physics, SRM University – AP by National Supercomputing Mission (NSM), supported by Department of Science and Technology (DST) in collaboration with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeITy), Government of India. The first-year grant of 28 Lakhs of rupees has been received for implementation of the project. Prof. Ranjit Thapa as the project leader has started the work to search for the best catalyst to convert CO2 into useful products and hence solving the problem of climate change due to large production of CO2 through different sources. 

CO2 is a known greenhouse gas and key reason for global warming and climate change. Can we challenge mother nature by converting CO2, a greenhouse gas into energy with required efficiency? This is a mystery and a mammoth problem and a much-needed problem to be solved with a fundamental approach. Prof Ranjit Thapa believes that metal nano catalysts on support materials can solve the problem and can increase the efficiency of CO2 reduction to C2 products, viz., ethylene (C2H4) and ethanol (C2H5OH). Experimental approach to find the best catalyst for CO2 reduction needs enormous funds and trials, and a long time is required to develop the exact catalyst for industry application.

The mammoth task is to find the suitable composition, shape, and size of metal nanoparticle (MNP) on an appropriate surface for the catalytic reactions. Prof. Ranjit proposes that this can be achieved by computational modelling using Density Functional Theory (DFT) through finding and estimating the electronic descriptor and revealing active sites through structure-activity relations. Recent progress in Machine Learning (ML) for materials with DFT modelling drives towards rational design of catalysts. The electronic descriptor, storage of MNP/support information in the database followed by prediction using Machine Learning (using predictive model equation) will help to narrow down the search for the best catalyst for CO2 reduction to C2 species.  

Dr. Mahesh Kumar Ravva, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, SRM University - AP, received Rs 19.92 Lakhs as the first instalment from DST-National Supercomputing Mission (NSM). The project's main aim is to understand the critical factors that influence the performance of organic solar cells. Using the supercomputer, his research group will model the electronic process that occurs during solar cell operation. The outcome of this project will guide experimentalists to develop organic solar cells with higher efficiency. Organic solar cells are flexible, lightweight, and low-cost and have many exciting applications in wearable electronic devices, smart windows, etc.

Prof. V.S. Rao, Vice-Chancellor, SRM University – AP and Prof. D. Narayana Rao, Pro Vice Chancellor, SRM University – AP congratulated Prof. Ranjit Thapa and Dr. Mahesh Kumar Ravva.  Prof. Narayana Rao said that necessary facilities and support will be provided by the University to effectively carry out the two projects.


Prof C Durga Rao receive a grant to enhance vaccine efficacy at a reduced cost

SRM University AP

Date:April 01, 2021

Prof C Durga Rao (Principal Investigator), Professor, Department of Biology, and Associate Dean, Sciences, Department of Biology, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh has received a total outlay of Rs. 1,10,52,941/- from the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, to work on the project titled "Understanding the molecular basis for the extreme differential level of expression of genes from human and animal rotaviruses in gene-transfected cells: Implications for improving the growth of human vaccine strains". Using the grant, the professor will be spawning the appropriate facilities to perform cell culture and virus-related research at SRM University-AP. 

Understanding how a virus overpowers the host resistance mechanisms and seizes the host cellular processes for its own growth is very challenging and is essential for the development of not only efficient viral vaccines but also for antiviral therapeutic strategies. Prof Durga Rao informs, “Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe and acute dehydrating diarrhoea in infants and children below 5 years of age. Efforts by us and Dr Bhan, former Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, led to the discovery and development of the first made in India rotavirus vaccine, produced by Bharat Biotech, Hyderabad.

In the earlier project, Professor Rao observed that while some human rotaviral proteins could be expressed at high levels when the cloned genes were introduced into mammalian cells, other proteins could not be expressed at detectable levels. However, the virus expresses copious amounts of all its proteins when it infects the cells. Prof Durga Rao further shares, “Within a few hours of infection, each virus employs several ploys in the infected cell to subvert the cellular defence and regulatory mechanisms and captures the host for its own progeny production.”

Based on the earlier observations, this project will advance to unravel the tricks employed by the virus, and viral transactions in the infected cells. The outcome of the project will have implications for genetically engineering the poorly growing human vaccine strains for their efficient growth in cell culture, leading to reduced cost of not only rotavirus vaccines, but also other viral vaccines.


SRM University-AP launches MBA in Data Science with specialization in Business Analytics

SRM University AP

Date: March 15, 2021

Apprehending the need of the hour, SRM University-AP unveiled an MBA in Data Science with a specialization in Business Analytics, a 2-year full-time classroom programme that provides a unique offering for business professionals by blending Business Management with Analytical Skills. The glorious presence of the maestros from the industry and academia Ms Sarita Digumarti, Co-Founder and COO, Jigsaw Academy, Dr Randhir Mishra, Digital Learning Design Expert & Professional Performance Coach, Digital Transformation Evangelist, Mr Gaurav Baidyasen, Vice- President and Head, Data Science, SRM Group, Prof V S Rao, Vice-Chancellor, SRM University-AP, Prof D Narayana Rao, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, and Prof AVS Kamesh, Head- Department of Management graced the inauguration ceremony. Leveraging on their vast experience spanning across decades, the experts shared insights pertaining to the industry, market, and businesses to assist the audience in comprehending the significance of Data Analysis in modern business operations, strategy building, and designing impactful marketing initiatives.

The intensive course involves innovative learning techniques, including case-based learning, experiential learning, supplementary learning, industry learning, and one-on-one mentorship-based learning. This programme intends to give a holistic understanding of the domain, along with enhancing cross-functional management skills amongst learners. "The business professionals will need to be 'Digitally Enlightened' to exploit the unprecedented career opportunities opening up in the future. Aligned with the core philosophy of SRM University AP - 'Graduating Future relevant professionals', I am convinced that the MBA Data Science program would emerge as a preferred choice by the aspirants who are committed to being digitally proficient future-ready business professionals," opined Dr Randhir.

For efficient decision making, industries are employing the emerging discipline of Data Analytics. Unleashing the power of Data Science, Predictive Modeling, and Business Analytics, businesses thrive in the modern world by achieving an edge over their peers. A Data Analyst's prominent role is to uncover the patterns from data and develop various statistical models to predict future trends. "We are in the age of information where the applications of high-tech tools, business analytics and machine learning are considered to be the significant assets. Organisations are developing a data-driven culture and looking for skilled professionals," asserted Mr Gaurav.

The MBA programme is designed by industry experts, aligned to industrial needs, and is delivered by the best of industry practitioners as well as faculty from IITs and top-notch institutions across the globe. The internship embedded in the programme will enable the students to gain valuable work experience, develop a network, and assess specific techniques learned in the classroom. "The MBA in Data Science program launched by SRM University is an excellent and timely program that will help bridge the data science and analytics skill gap in India. The programme is a blend of core business knowledge along with data skills, and the combination will help graduates be ready for a wide variety of strategic business roles," concluded Ms Sarita. 


SRM University-AP, launches MBA in Data Science with specialization in Business Analytics

Date: March 15, 2021

In the presence of delegates and esteemed guest speakers, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh is unveiling MBA in Data Science with a specialization in Business Analytics on March 15, 2021. The maestros in the industry such as Sarita Digumarti, Co-Founder and COO, Jigsaw Academy, Dr. Randhir Mishra, Digital Learning Design Expert & Professional Performance Coach, Digital Transformation Evangelist, and Gaurav Baidyasen, Vice- President and Head, Data Science, SRM Group, will be gracing the inauguration with their presence. Leveraging on their vast industrial experience spanning across decades, the experts will share insights pertaining to the industry, market, and businesses to assist the audience in comprehending the significance of Data Analysis in the modern business operations, strategy building, and designing impactful marketing initiatives. 

The intensive course - MBA in Data Science with specialization in Business Analytics involves innovative learning techniques including case-based learning, experiential learning, supplementary learning, industry learning, and one-on-one mentorship-based learning. It is a 2-year full-time classroom programme that provides a unique offering for business professionals by blending Business Management with Analytical Skills. This programme intends to give a holistic understanding of the domain along with enhancing cross-functional management skills amongst learners.   

For efficient decision making, industries are employing the emerging discipline of Data Analytics. Unleashing the power of Data Science, Predictive Modeling, and Business Analytics, businesses thrive in the modern world by achieving an edge over their peers. A Data Analyst’s prominent role is to uncover the patterns from data and develop various statistical models to predict future trends.  The MBA programme offered by SRM University-AP is designed by industry experts, aligned to industrial needs, and is delivered by the best of industry practitioners as well as faculty from IITs and top-notch institutions across the globe. The internship embedded in the programme will enable the students to gain valuable work experience, develop a network, and assess specific techniques learned in the classroom.  


SRM University-AP and GWFM organised National Human Resource Conclave-2021

SRM University AP

Date: March 04, 2021

SRM University-AP organised the grandest National HR Conclave-2021, the grandest conglomerate of Human Resource experts in association with the Global Workforce Management Forum. The theme of the conclave for this year was "Leading the Disruption- The HR Agenda for 2021 ". Senior Human Resource Leaders from reputed companies such as KPMG, Airbus, IBM, Informatica, Standard Chartered Bank, Flipkart, Shriram Bio-seeds, NCC Ltd, NOKIA, Infosys BPO, Volvo Group, Reliance Jio, Western Digital, Visa, Accenture, Grant Thornton LLP, Xperi Corp, Western Digital, Kromozones Software Pvt. Ltd, Shriram Bioseeds, SS&C Technologies delivered keynote speeches and participated in Panel Discussions in the daylong event.  

The event was started with the opening remarks of Prof V S Rao, Vice-Chancellor, SRM University-AP. "Covid-19 has provided us with many opportunities. Post-COVID era is the era of changed perspective and innovation, enabling the commoners to reap the benefits of technology. As for the SRM University-AP, we always encourage our students to think beyond what has already been anticipated," said Prof Rao.Advancing the proceedings of the event, the founders of GWFM gave a brief understanding of their organisational structure and operations. Global Workforce Management Forum, founded in June 2014 by Dr Shiva Kumar and Partho Ganguly, is the world’s first WFM Forum. It is a non-profit professional organisation comprising a group of Senior WFM & HR professionals committed to promoting the WFM movement on the global platform. 

In the first Keynote speech of the conclave Mr Unmesh Pawar, Partner – People Performance & Culture- KPMG India, explained how workforce reshaping is going to be a key element as we move forward. “New Age India is really about pushing the entrepreneurial journey. But it needs to be done in a manner where we can understand our relationship with the world," opined Mr Pawar.

Advancing into the event, Mr Suraj Chetri, Director HR Airbus India illuminated the audience with his strategic keynote on The Future of HR. “Start-ups are the future. Larger conglomerates will break into smaller companies with the abolishment of hierarchy. A lot of focus will be in healthcare and safety with special emphasis on mental health,” said Mr Chetri. According to him, a smart workplace is going a play a major role in the future. Technology will support employees to carry out several activities in a seamless way. 

While speaking on the Future-proofing workforce 2020: Upskilling employees for future-oriented career trajectories, Mr Augustus Azariah, Human Resource Leader IBM mentioned “If we walk through a journey of how HR has evolved over the years, we will find that it used to be process-driven, but now it is experiential and result- oriented. Conversion of data into actionable insights, design thinking, awareness of market trends, proactive learning and upskilling are the tools that employees of the future will need.

Almost 25 Human Resource experts joined the conclave to share their view and usher in the way forward for the students. The conclave provided food for thought for the fellow recruiters as well as the students were highly motivated to listen to the experts speaking on real time problems with a solution. Mr Vivekanandan, Assistant Director-CR&CS, SRM University-AP, cordially thanked all the speakers and panellists for their efforts to make the conclave a grand success.


“Jumbo Catalyst” to resolve real-time catalytic challenges: SRMAP conceded the patent

SRM University AP

Date: February 16, 2021

Dr Anil K Suresh is a renowned scientist  in the area of Bio-Nanotechnology . The prestigious Ramalingaswami Fellow is now an Associate Professor at the Department of Biology, SRM University-AP. He recently developed an innovative catalyst that he named "Jumbo Catalyst'' to address the demanding challenges in heterogeneous catalysis. This 3D-megacatalyst generated using “intact eggshell” food-waste is hand-removable with an overall surface area of ~ 78 cm2, featuring wide catalytic support and is highly stable in polar and non-polar solvents for ultra-efficient heterogeneous catalysis. This megacatalyst can overcome the existing limitations such as cost, time, labour, sustainability, mechanical stability, diverse-reactions, large-volumes, aggregation, recyclability and precursor recovery. Dr Anil K Suresh owns the copyrights for this pathbreaking invention through a published patent.

Catalysis is widely used in various industrial processes to produce  desired end products. Research in this area substantially evolved from using organic reagents and metals to the adaptation of metal-based nanoparticles.  Supported catalysis is a fast-emerging class of catalysis using inert and supportive frameworks with a potential for efficient reuse and recovery of the catalyst. Synthesis of metal-organic frameworks, fibres, polymers and hydrogel-based catalytic nanoparticle loadings are being reported. However, these are associated with intrinsic complexities and are produced using toxic ingredients, ecologically benign and are expensive.  

The megacatalyst, generated by Dr Anil and his team using eggshell food-waste in the process, is autogenic, facile, cost-efficient and entirely biodegradable. Dr Anil strongly believes that theirs is the biggest catalyst developed so far. The intact eggshell provides an extensive support area for ultra-efficient catalysis. Applicability of this megacatalyst is so simple that even a layman can use it with ease. Moreover, this supported megacatalyst can be effortlessly removed from the reaction mixture post application as it can be recovered by hand. Catalytic reactions using the megacatalyst can be controlled as the tuff, and uniform coating protects the shedding of nanoparticles. Dr Anil Says, "We presume that the mega-size of the catalyst could be instrumental in several challenging applications. As a proof of concept, we selected three eclectic applications including- 1. Large volume sewage dye degradations, 2. Gram-scale hydrogenation of nitroarenes and 3. Transesterification of used oil to biodiesel- which are all difficult to achieve, highly challenging but are now practically feasible using our megacatalyst."

"Keeping in mind the ultra-catalytic proficiency of our catalyst that can be simply resourced from continuously available eggshell waste, with minimal maintenance for the large scale practical implementation, we welcome interested beneficiaries from diverse heterogeneous catalysis sectors for bringing this innovation to execution," Dr Anil asserted.  

The team is currently investigating to design and fabricate other species of megacatalyst using other significant metal precursors and earth-abundant metals to expand the applicability in allowance of diverse reactions such as oxidation of CO, Methane, Mono/Polyhydric alcohols, hydrogenation of alkynes, Nitroaromatics and CO2. 

Dr Anil K. Suresh concluded that this breakthrough conception would not have been possible without the rigorous efforts of his team and the continuous support from the university management. Dr Anil Suresh thanked his PhD students Chandra Bhatt, Divya Parimi, Tharun Bollu and Madhura. Dr Anil especially thanked Professor D Narayana Rao, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, SRM University-AP for his extensive support in all his scientific endeavours since his association with the university.


Research Day Celebration 2021 at SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh

SRM University AP

Date: February 01, 2021

Research Day 2021 ceremony at SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh encompasses various endeavors aimed at appreciating and encouraging scholars to carry out extensive research works to enrich the society. Applauding the initiative, Dr P Sathyanarayanan, President, SRM AP stated “Research Day is when SRM University-AP commemorate the faculty and students for their outstanding research contributions. This university, though just a three-year-old one, has grown leaps and bounds in research and is now clearly the front runner among all the universities in the region.” 

Prof V S Rao, Vice-Chancellor, SRM AP welcomed the Chief Guest Sri S Somanath, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Center (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram, and other revered audience. Prof V S Rao highlighted, “Research day brings an excellent opportunity for the scientific community to showcase their accomplishments and impactful research works.” 

Advancing the celebration, Prof D Narayana Rao, Pro Vice-Chancellor, SRM AP took the virtual podium to comment “Science and Technology is the driving force for the economic development of India. We need to encourage young scholars by providing a vibrant and conducive research environment. Expanding the frontiers of knowledge by triggering interest among students must be the priority of the institutions. Also, focus should be on translational research with societal applications through collaborative research to make our nation a global leader.

During his motivating speech on “The Indian Space Enterprise Achievements & New Directions”, Dr S Somanath interpreted the complexities of Space Engineering by describing details pertaining to space infrastructure, and technology elements in rocket production involving the development of space vehicles capable of operating for years unattended in the space. He further informs, “The high cost and low volume production remains the challenge associated with Space Engineering.” He also stated that there are increasing demand and scope for satellite startups and the export potential is on the higher side for satellites in India.

Dr S Somanath proceeded to illuminate the audience on the changing horizons of the space industry, contributed by the emerging technologies such as integrating satellites, drones, and terrestrial imagery. In addition, he addressed the disruptive technologies that led to reusable rockets, space technology-driven drones, etc., enhancing the market substantially for the satellite production and reducing the market for the launching vehicles. 

Consequently, Dr S Somanath accentuated that the government bodies such as ISRO, IN-SPAC, and NSIL should remodel its direction of operation. He suggests, “Government of India should be opening the space sector and assist the new participants by sharing technological expertise. Startups and government bodies must be complementing one another to steer this industry towards excellence.

Progressing with the celebration, eminent scientific works and contributions of various faculty, research scholars, and undergraduate students were rewarded. As part of the research day programme, the students and faculty were urged to submit abstracts of their research. Among 176 submissions from students and 40 from the faculty community of SRM AP, 20 were awarded with gold medals while 6 were presented with silver medals. Further, a special issue of abstracts was unveiled during the Research Day celebration that comprised of all the submitted abstracts for public consumption. 


SRM University-AP observed 72nd Republic Day

SRM University AP

Date: January 27, 2021

Republic Day is observed in SRM University-AP to commemorate the day on which the Constitution of India came into effect, in the year 1950, and the country became a republic. Like every year, this year too the faculty, staff and students of SRM University-AP gathered around to honour the day. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the university celebrated Republic Day by following the safety rules and regulations. The Celebration started with a Rangoli Competition, in which our neighbours from the surrounding villages joined us. This was followed by a flag hoisting ceremony and march past of the staff. Prof D Narayana Rao, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, did the honour of hoisting the National Flag. Mr Ernest Samuel Ratnakumar, registrar; Ms Revathi B, Assistant Director-Student Affairs, Mr Abdul Mohimin, Assistant Director-Sports were among the dignitaries.

In his address, Prof Narayana Rao briefly explained India's progress since independence in the fields of Education, Industry, Healthcare, Agriculture, Information Technology and others. “At the time of independence, India was a poor country with 12% literacy rate and 35-40 years of average life expectancy. In the past 70 years, India has emerged as one of the world's leading knowledge superpowers. Many other countries also earned independence at the same time as India's. But only India has been able to utilise its human resources and wisdom to achieve greatness.  In the following years after independence, India did not even have enough food grains to feed a country of 30 crores people. Food grains had to be imported from other countries like Myanmar. However, today, India not only is solvent enough to feed its 130-crore people but also exports food grains to other needy and poor countries. Be it agriculture, education or healthcare, India's progress so far has been remarkable. The reputed institutes such as IITs, IISERs, NITs, IISc, ISIs, AIMs are performing beyond expectations educating the people of this country. Leading research organisations and regulatory bodies such as CSIR, ISRO, DRDO, DST, DBT are rigorously working to make this country do big and achieve big.”

He continued by saying, “These organisations came into being with great vision, and we feel very proud to say that they are on par with any other organisations of the leading developed countries. COVID-19 pandemic brought an unprecedented crisis all over the world. But Indian biotech companies were able to make the COVID vaccines within a very short span of time. It is a moment of pride for every Indian that India has become the world's vaccine factory. No other country has the capability to produce vaccines in such a large number", asserted Prof Rao.

Adhering to the spirits of patriotism, Mr Raviteja Reddy, Mr A Chaitanya, Mr P M Aditya, Mr K Praveen, K Yeshashwini, A Sravya, K Vasu, G Priyanka, students of mechanical engineering, demonstrated their eco-friendly bike which was made recently by converting IC Engine bike to electric bike, under the mentorship of Dr Venkata Nori and Dr P Jayaprakash Sharma. Their successful venture was highly praised by the dignitaries present in the event.

The event concluded with the Prize Distribution Ceremony. The Winners and Participants of Rangoli Competition and Fancy-Dress Competition for Kids were congratulated by Prof D Narayana Rao, Mr Ernest Samuel Ratnakumar and Smt Priya. Prof Rao felicitated Dr Sutharsan Govindrajan, Department of Biology; Dr Manhattan, Dr Mahesh Kumar Ravva, Dr Nimai Mishra, Department of Chemistry; Dr Jatis Dash, Dr Siddhartha Ghosh, Department of Physics for their research contribution in Nature Index Ranking-2020. 


National Voters' Day: Awareness Programme at SRM University-AP to ensure participation 

SRM University AP

Date: January 27, 2021

SRM University-AP organised a Voter Awareness Programme today on National Voters' Day to inspire voters to enhance their participation in the electoral process. Guest of Honour, Shri G V Ram Prasad, M.R.O. and Assistant Electoral Registration Officer-Mangalagiri explained why it is crucial for people in a democracy like India to take part in the Electoral Process. Prof D Narayana Rao, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Mr Ernest Samuel Ratnakumar, Registrar attended the event along with the faculty and staffs of SRM University- AP.

In his presidential address, Prof D N Rao explained why we have this need to celebrate National Voters' Day. The main objective of the Voters' Day is to ensure the facilitation of new voters and encourage their participation into casting votes. To understand this power of Democracy, one must be aware of this nation's history. The journey from Monarchy to Democracy was arduous. In previous days, to change one's king or leader, the people have to go through a violent process such as revolt or execution of the king. Now the process is much easier. One only needs to cast his vote to the person he prefers. In this way, only those who are chosen by the people of the country will be elected to run the nation. Therefore, it is essential to cast one's vote. Votes are the voices of people in a democracy. In the absence of votes, the nation might not get the leaders it needs.

Shri Ram Prasad further added that the Voters' Day was initiated by Mrs Pratibha Patil, former President of India, on the 61st foundation day of Election Commission. He said, "It is unfortunate to note that, in this largest Democracy of the world, only 50-60% of the votes are being cast in an average. It clearly shows that many people of this great country still unaware of the great power that Democracy provides them. The concept of celebrating Voters' day came into being with this goal to make these people understand their power in deciding the nation's future. He also informed that this year, the Government of India has agreed to launch e-EPIC card for voters' benefit. e-EPIC is a portable document format(PDF) version of the EPIC which can be downloaded on mobile or in a self-printable form on the computer. A voter can thus store the card on his/her mobile, upload it on Digi locker or print it and self-laminate it. This is in addition to PCV EPIC being issued for fresh registration. Mr Earnest Samuel concluded reminding the audience that in or after 1947, several countries got their independence. But none carries a legacy as ours. It is each and every one of our duty to carry forward this legacy so that India can be Democratic in its true notion.


SRM University, AP – Andhra Pradesh Registration for Admission 2021 Opens for B. Tech and Other Programs

SRM AP University

Date: December 24, 2020

SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh announces Admission 2021 for B. Tech in Engineering and   Undergraduate degree courses in Basic Sciences, Management and Liberal Arts. To Apply Online, visit www.srmap.edu.in. 

Admissions to the popular B. Tech program is only through the common entrance exam, SRMJEEE 2021, which is scheduled to be held in the second week of April 2021 in 127 Indian cities and 5 countries abroad - Dubai, Doha, Muscat, Bahrain, and Kuwait.  Candidates applying should have secured a minimum aggregate of 60 percent in Maths, Physics, Chemistry. The admissions would be based on SRMJEEE rank list subjected to eligibility criteria. Last year an overwhelming 1.52 lakhs candidates participated in the exam with aspiration to gain entry into India’s premium SRM group of Universities. 

NRI can also appear for SRMJEEE to avail domestic fee with an option to switch over to International Category with applicable fees just in case of not getting the desired course. They also have the option to apply under the International Admission Category without taking SRMJEEE. SRMAP offers programmes in various disciplines from Engineering, Management, Sciences and Liberal Arts: 

  • B. Tech - Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

  • B.Sc / B. Sc. (Hons.)  - Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Economics, Integrative Biology, Physics and Psychology

  • B. A./B. A(Hons.) – English, History and Liberal Arts

  • BBA (Hons.)

  • B. Com/B. Com (Hons.)

Ample opportunities are provided to students to pursue their passion, choosing their Majors, Specialization and Minors across various Schools and Disciplines. Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Academy (IDEA), Semester Abroad Programmes and Research Intern in MIT, Carnegie Mellon, UC Berkeley, Georgia Tech, University of Wisconsin-Madison, NUS and NTU are avenues for students to participate in. 


SRMAP Faculty receieves DBT/Wellcome Trust Grant of 1.24 crores

SRM University AP

Date: December 22, 2020

Dr Sutharsan Govindarajan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, SRM University-AP has been granted the Early Career Fellowship by DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance. An award of Rs. 1.24 crores has been provided to Dr Sutharsan for 60 months for the comprehensive study on "Jumbophages as ancient models for cell organization."

DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance (India Alliance) is an independent, dynamic public charity that funds research in health and biomedical sciences in India. India Alliance is funded by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India and the Wellcome Trust, United Kingdom.

DBT/Wellcome Trust award is a very prestigious award which is given to faculty members of the premier and highly established institutions such as IISc,Bangalore, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR). Though SRM University-AP is a nascent university, Dr Sutharsan Govindarajan's transformative ideas and outstanding publications in the world's most prestigious journals such as Nature, Nature Microbiology, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) have brought him this recognition. Prof D Narayana Rao, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, SRM University-AP congratulated Dr Sutharsan in a brief ceremony on Dec 22, 2020. Professors of SRMAP, Prof Ranjit Thapa, Dr Vinod Kumar, Dr Mahesh Ravva and others attended the ceremony.


J Ernest Samuel Ratnakumar takes charge as new Registrar at SRM  University, AP

SRM University AP

Date: December 09, 2020

Mr Ernest Samuel Ratnakumar has taken charge as the Registrar of SRM AP. Mr. Samuel is professionally qualified and holds first class Master’s in Commerce, Management and Law with Rankings in respective specifications. Mr Samuel comes with rich and diverse experience in Senior Academic, Legal and General Administration for more than three decades apart from Industry experience. Mr. Samuel is a recipient of various awards for his meritorious service and outstanding contributions. 

Spanning across three decades of rich experience, Mr Samuel has handled diverse areas of senior  academic administration of - Academics, Legal and General Administration, apart from vast  industry experience. Mr. Samuel has held different senior leadership positions as Deputy Director  and Northern Regional Head ICAI New Delhi, Registrar of Institution of National Importance  (NITT), Institution of Eminence (BITS, Pilani) and Shiv Nadar University (Noida), Central  University (IGNOU), Thapar Deemed University, Thapar, Punjab, State University (AUD, Delhi)  and State Private University (Mody, Rajasthan) before joining as Registrar, SRM AP. SRM  University-AP. Mr. Samuel was awarded the Vedant Excellence Award 2020 by Vedanta Foundation,  Rajkot on 15th October 2020 for his exceptional contribution in Administration. 

In this assignment, Mr. Samuel will be accountable to the Vice Chancellor and responsible for  leading the Team of Registry and other offices, ensuring compliances of various Statutory Bodies,  Liaison with Government Departments. Mr. Samuel will be assisted by various Directors in  functional areas of HR, Campus Life Administration, Liaison and Public Relations to support the  growth of the university and build a high-performance driven organisation. Mr. Samuel will work closely with the Vice Chancellor in establishing the strategic leadership team for the university, and help him in defining a talent strategy, faculty recruitment, training and development, in addition to managing the statutory compliances and liaising with government departments. 

On this occasion, Prof V S Rao, Vice Chancellor said, “I am happy to have Mr Samuel on board with us, and I am sure with his rich experience in academic administration, he shall contribute his best to the growth of the SRM University- AP.” 


Prof Ashutosh delivers lecture on “Art of Science in the Time of Virus and Beyond: The Brave New World” at SRM University  AP

SRM University AP

Date: December 05, 2020

SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh invited Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India to deliver the University Distinguished Lecture. Prof K Hema Chandra Reddy, Chairman, Andhra Pradesh State Council Of Higher Education, Prof V S Rao, Vice-Chancellor, Prof D Narayana Rao, Pro Vice-Chancellor, faculty members, and more than 700 participants attended the lecture on “Art of Science in the Time of Virus and Beyond: The Brave New World”. For the first time, SRM AP presented a welcome bouquet and virtual memento to Prof. Ashutosh Sharma. The virtual avatars were created by SRM AP students who used applications developed by them such as character creator and bundle software. Further, Prof D Narayana Rao extended the warmest welcome to the guests and commenced the programme. He informed, “DST has taken up the daunting task of making India as one of the world leaders in science and technology with several projects aimed at motivating and harnessing talent to be better equipped to face future challenges”. 

Hema Chandra Reddy delivered a brief speech on research initiatives in science and technology introduced by the Government of Andhra Pradesh. He informed, “The Government of AP is planning to establish an AP state research board to promote multidisciplinary quality research and coordination among the universities.” Further, Prof Ashutosh Sharma took the virtual podium to speak about science, technology, and innovation. Picturesquely, he explained, “Innovation pertains to visual imaginations and thinking. Knowledge becomes sustainable when invention and innovation is balanced. Invention uses resources to produce knowledge, whereas innovation deploys knowledge to generate economic resources

Prof Sharma accentuated that Covid-19 taught us the lesson that sustainable development, which as a result of sustainable knowledge, can address major challenges. Urging everyone to do their individual job well, Prof Sharma informed that the capacity of learning is the most prized possession. He said, “Capacity to adapt to change, learn new things, and lifelong learning is paramount to thrive. The convergence of multiple disciplines has an instrumental role in solving crucial problems. Our education system must have parallel structures for multidisciplinary knowledge creation and research. We should be crossing borders of knowledge and expanding the boundaries of disciplines.”  

Prof Sharma suggested the scientific community to become self-reliant. He said, “Quality, relevance, and appropriate direction of knowledge will lead the world. Coupled with it, cultural aspects such as self-confidence, and self-respect makes up the art of science.” Emphasizing on the importance of collaboration, Prof Sharma concluded, “Covid 19 spontaneously spurred the spirit of collaboration with a clear and shared purpose. Researchers should have a scientific temper which entails rational analysis of situation, positivity, optimism, and cooperation. The scientific community should critically challenge views, be inquisitive, and be able to engage people in purposeful conversation.” 

Prof Ashuthosh Sharma said “the scientists of the country need to be leaders and not the followers.

Some of the faculty members of SRM University-AP interacted with the DST Secretary and made a brief presentation about a few flagship projects of the University viz., “SRM – Amara Raja Centre for Energy Storage Devices”, “Hydrogen-Powered Fuel Cell Based Train in association with the Ministry of Railways”, 3-D printing of Gold Jewellery in association with Tanishq Jewellers”. Prof Ashthosh Sharma commended the outstanding research initiatives of the University and said that DST will be happy to extend the support.  


SRM University, AP Undergraduate Student creates Guinness World Record

SRM University AP

Date: December 01, 2020

Who could have thought of implementing Blockchain in order to enhance cybersecurity before Ms Vyshnavi Garipelly? The answer is simple- No one. That is why Ms Vyshnavi has been able to secure a Guinness Record with her pioneering research “Using blockchain technologies implemented on cybersecurity”, which was published on International Conference on Recent Challenges in Engineering and Technology (ICRCET). Ms Vyshnavi is currently in the final year of her Computer Science and Engineering undergraduate degree.

Blockchain enables security systems, deployed in organizations, to use distributed key public infrastructure to authenticate devices and users. Blockchain’s robust DNS entry approach can improve security by removing a single target that can be compromised. At the same time, it provides the ability to resolve single attack points and multiple targets, such as a database, network, or data centre, at a single access point, and provides the ability to resolve a single point of attacks while simultaneously resolving multiple target attacks, such as a server-sided attack. She has explored the possibility of Blockchain Technology into two significant areas of Cyber Security­­

  1. Implementing Security in Private message

With the internet shrinking the world into a global village, more and more people are joining social media. The number of social media platforms is also on the rise. More social apps are being launched with each dawn as conversational commerce gains popularity. Vyshnavi’s research has a massive impact on society, as in the recent past, numerous attacks have been executed against social platforms like Twitter and Facebook. These attacks resulted in data breaches with millions of accounts being hacked and user information landing into the wrong hands. Blockchain technologies, if well implemented in these messaging systems, may prevent such future cyberattacks.

  1. Transaction security developed by COIN APP

COINAPP is an easy-to-use cryptocurrency application for resource-constrained businesses, that are not currently equipped to handle the ledger information securely. COINAPP replaces third-party transaction vendors, and it keeps all  ransactional data between two peers encrypted. The boosted level of security helps companies to keep transparent records in a public sphere.


Students of SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh become successful young entrepreneurs

SRM University AP

Date: November 24, 2020

With the vision of bringing surveillance cameras to life, Sourav Sanyal, Miran Junaidi, and Saurabh Ghanekar, 4th year, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh, founded OurEye.ai, an automated, end-to-end video intelligence solution for enterprises to monitor surveillance camera recordings, leveraging pre-existing CCTV-IP infrastructure. The young entrepreneurs extend their gratitude to SRM AP for shaping their career from the inception of their erudite journey with the university. Miran says, “The pioneering active learning pedagogy at SRM AP in place of a memory-based rote learning method enabled us to evolve as learners. Also, the approachable management at SRM AP supported and encouraged our ideas, steering us to the path of success. Today we feel honoured for achieving the ability to give back to the university that made us. We have the best talent at SRM AP and have employed 6 students in a part-time role.

The idea of starting a company infused with innovative technology was instilled among the students by the student-run technological club of SRM AP, Next Tech Lab. Miran narrates, “ SRM AP gave us something that no other university has, which was Next Tech Lab. I met my batchmates, the co-founders of OurEye, at Next Tech Lab, where we built so much every day round the clock while having fun with technology. We could not be more grateful for the opportunity and freedom that we got at the lab. Also, SRM AP has Introduced us to mentors like Adithya and Anshuman, founders of Next Tech Lab, who have been there for us every single day and helped us in developing a problem solving and curious mindset.

Along with sponsoring over 5 international conferences, SRM AP enabled the brilliant students to study a semester at the University of California, Berkeley as part of the Semester Abroad to broaden their horizon of knowledge. The trio envisioned this start-up while they were pursuing their semester at UCB. Miran remembers that when he lost his mobile phone in a park, they had to wait for 10 days for the CCTV supervisor to analyze the cameras. The three students identified that capital expenditure by businesses on setting up cameras is huge and return on investment is low. This drove them to ideate a platform that will send real-time notifications to the supervisors through embedded Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technology. OurEye enables businesses to deploy a remote auditor/quality controller through existing cameras. Based on industry requirements, the platform is programmed to observe and monitor, producing actionable insights to improve the business operations and scale. 

Initially, the students commenced their journey by showcasing their platform in international hackathons. Recalling, Miran says, “The biggest challenge was to raise funds as it entails the daunting task of sharing your idea and vision with the rest of the world.” OurEye received $35000 from Sanjay Mehta led 100X.VC, and currently comprises 23 team members including the 3 co-founders. Being used by 11 companies across 17 outlets, the start-up generated a revenue of Rs. 1.7 million in the recent financial year. The students inform, “We're learning so many new things and growing so very fast. We also plan to add more features to the platform, hire a sales team to expand the client base to hospitals, schools, and commercial spaces. Very soon after the pandemic, we would be opening an office in Bangalore that would house 35 engineers, and other employees.


Faculty of SRM University-AP recognised by Stanford University

SRM Univeristy AP

Date: November 23, 2020

Dr Imran Pancha from the Department of Biology, SRM university - AP is recognised in Biotechnology among the top 2% scientists/researchers across the world By Stanford University Researchers. Recently an article has been published in PLOS Biology by Stanford University Researchers on the highly cited researchers in 22 different fields and their subfields. In the Biotechnology field, 1,074 scientists/faculty members were identified, and Dr Imran Pancha is one amongst them. From India, only 77 scientists/faculty members could achieve this honour, and Dr Imran Pancha is one among them. This is an admirable achievement for a young faculty from a nascent University to be in the top 2% scientists of the world. Dr P Sathyanarayanan, the President of SRM University-AP honoured Dr Pancha for bringing this scientific laurel to the university.

Overall, of the top 160,000 scientists from different fields of Science & Technology, India hosts 2,313 scientists/faculty members. This list comprises the prominent and illustrious scientists from India. Dr Imran Pancha is a young researcher working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology in SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh. He has obtained his doctoral degree from CSIR-Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute-Bhavnagar after graduating from Bhavnagar University. He has also worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Japanese Society for Promotion of Science, Japan before joining SRM University-AP.

Dr Pancha's primary research focus is to produce renewable energy from microalgae. His team is trying to develop integrated microalgal bio-refinery to produce high-value compounds like phycobiliproteins, carotenoids along with biofuel and bio-fertilisers from microalgae. Apart from this, he is also interested to understand algal-bacterial interaction, particularly isolate and characterise the microalgae associated bacteria and finding their role in growth enhancement and inhibition in microalgae.


Minister of Education applauds the Research Focus of SRMAP

SRM University AP

Date: November 18, 2020

SRM University-AP has been honoured with the gracious presence of the Hon’ble Minister of Education Dr Adimulapu Suresh, when he came to inaugurate the sub Post Office at the SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh Campus. He visited the campus and appreciated its infrastructure, and discussed the future plans and goals of SRMAP with Prof V S Rao, Vice-Chancellor. In his welcome address, Prof V S Rao, Vice-Chancellor expressed his gratitude to the Minister for finding some time to visit SRMAP. With a well-documented presentation, he narrated how SRMAP has embarked upon the vessel of excellence and innovation within a meagre span of just two years. The three-year-old university has already published almost 300 papers in reputed journals, has 27 projects with an outlay of 14 crores and 17 patents.

In his message, the august guest of the day, Dr Suresh expressed his joy to see a university achieving such great heights within two years in the realms of research and education. While presenting the offer letters to the placed students, he was enraptured to see that SRMAP provides such quality education that not only students from engineering, but also the students from other general degree courses were able to bag desired packages from reputed companies like Deloitte etc. According to Dr Suresh, Hon’ble Minister, the greatest predicament of the country is not unemployment but unemployability as most educational institutions fail to deliver a proper and complete education that can satisfy the demands of the present world and make the students job-ready. He was delighted to know that SRMAP, since its inception, always strived to make curriculums industry-oriented, put particular emphasis on the placement training to make students interview-ready, encouraged the students for research since their undergraduate studies, helped them to grow and know the world with the Semester Abroad Programme. Among the maiden batch of SRM University-AP, 40% of students have bagged job offers with packages of 10 lakhs per annum or higher, with the highest offered salary of 29.5 lakhs per annum. The Minister of Education was greatly satisfied with SRM University’s vision and progress so far and wished for further marvels to be created.

The Minister later met with the DEANS and HODs and the reputed Ramalingaswami Fellow, DST-Inspire Fellow and faculty members who are rigorously working on several projects. The Minister was pleased to see the focus on research. He said, “The Govt of Andhra Pradesh is against commercialization of education, but we are not against private educational institutes. It is very encouraging to see how SRM University, following the footsteps of the government, has embedded complete and inclusive education that supports equity, equality, and affordability. Industry-Academia interaction is a weak point in our pedagogical system, but it is good to see that SRM University is moulding students in a proper way to make them market-ready. The advancement of the Education sector is the dream of our Chief Minister, and many pedagogical and educational reforms are being done in order to the standardization of the Education Sector. The Management of SRM University-AP has opted for a student-centric education that follows the mandates of National Education Policy-2020.”


Inauguration of Sub-Post Office at SRM University-AP campus

SRM University AP

Date: November 18, 2020

India Post inaugurated its new sub post office at SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh campus recently. Sri Adimulapu Suresh, Hon’ble Minister of Education, graced the ceremony with his presence and performed the inauguration rituals. Sri M Venkateswarlu IPoS, Chief Postmaster General, Andhra Pradesh Circle; Smt T M Sreelatha, Postmaster General, Vijayawada Region, Prof V S Rao, Vice-Chancellor SRM University-AP were among the other dignitaries. 

Smt Sreelatha delivered a speech along with a well-crafted presentation to show how much a modern post office has to offer. In his speech, the Hon'ble minister expressed his joy upon seeing such an ultra-modern post office being established on the SRMAP campus with all the amenities that can fulfil today’s needs. Paperless services, Dakpay, Savings and PPF accounts, PM Schemes, Doorstep services, ATM Withdrawal are some of the new age and necessary services that the post office offers apart from delivering parcels and letters. Hon’ble Minister Mr Suresh was excited to be a part of this inauguration programme which belongs to a hundred- and fifty-years old government organisation that has transformed itself according to the changing scenario of the world.  

Later Prof V S Rao, the vice-chancellor himself expressed his joy on this auspicious occasion. He was very surprised to see how post offices have evolved with changing time. He has been presented with a Life Certificate. Another Life Certification was done on the spot for Hon’ble minister Mr Suresh himself that shows the remarkable progress of the Post-Office services. Later, the Hon'ble minister presented account details along with passbooks to the new account openers. The ceremony ended with a vote of thanks by Mr Ranganathan, Director, Vijayawada Post Office Circle.


SRM University-AP launches Postgraduate programmes in Engineering

SRM University AP

Date: November 09, 2020

SRM university-AP, Andhra Pradesh is all set to launch unique, innovative and research-oriented M. Tech programmes in Engineering disciplines such as Computer Science, Electronics and Communications, Electrical and Electronics, and Mechanical Engineering.

The curriculum is designed and developed keeping in view the industry needs, and latest trends in these disciplines for the holistic development of students. The enriching curricula with Core and Elective subjects, fine-tuned at par with top International Universities, will enable the students to emerge as innovative global professionals.The students will be able to follow the multidisciplinary approach in design and development of new systems. Students will be imparted with knowledge in latest aspects and technologies through introductory and advanced level courses followed by hands-on experience in their areas of specialization.

The Programmes are aimed at addressing the industry-academia skill-gap in new-age technologies including Internet of Things, E-Mobility, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Materials and Manufacturing, among others.  Students will be provided with adequate training, research and internship opportunities to groom themselves to meet the challenges of the real world. The M. Tech programme at SRM AP is designed to empower students to innovative products and services across various domains in these disciplines. The programme will provide an in-depth understanding of various processes, heralding the learners to fully contribute to the construction of a digital society.

Above all, as SRM University-AP believes in the definitive creation and dissemination of knowledge, and thus, no tuition, transport or accommodation fee will be charged to the student for pursuing M. Tech programme. In addition, a stipend of Rs. 60,000 per annum will be awarded to the students.

SRM AP welcomed Prof N Balakrishnan at the University Distinguished Lecture Series 02

SRM University AP

Date: November 04, 2020

Prof N Balakrishnan, Honorary Professor, SuperComputer Education and Research Centre, Indian Institute of Science (IISc.), Bengaluru, delivered an enthralling talk on “Data to Discovery in Information Security” under the auspices of University Distinguished Lecture Series organized by SRM University – AP, Andhra Pradesh.  Prof V S Rao, Vice-Chancellor, along with Prof D Narayana Rao, Pro Vice-Chancellor, and the conveners welcomed him. Extending his warmest welcome, Prof V S Rao emphasized on the significance of Data and Information Security and the great interest and concerns it imposes in recent times as well as the future. He says, “In the last two decades, data security concerns have increased exponentially along with emerging data reserves. Abundance of data without proper security with pose more threats than solutions.” On that note, he requested Prof N Balakrishnan to enlighten the audience on various issues pertaining to raw data security. 

Prof T Ragunathan, Head of the Department of Computer Science introduced Prof N Balakrishnan to the participants.  

Prof N Balakrishnan's lecture encompassed the explosion in data and the “Revenge of Silicon”, which made the emergence of Artificial Intelligence inevitable. He emphasized on the storage revolution which is reflected in the smaller systems comprising more complex networks, as compared to the earlier version of computers which were used primarily for computing and processing. He enlightens, “Characterized by explosion in velocity, volume, and variety, the data generated by humans and machines coexist in the big data scenario. Earlier, we spoke of the convergence of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and now we have moved ahead with Nano, Bio, Info, and Cogno (NBIC) convergence.”  

Prof N Balakrishnan dedicated the second half of his lecture by explaining the “Revenge of Silicon”. He used the periodic table to explain that although Carbon and Silicon belong to  the same 4th group in the periodic table, mankind preferred Silicon over Carbon. Further, the paradigm shifted with the advent of computers which were programmed to mimic humans. In addition, the communication revolution resulted in its enhanced capability along with numbers. Presently, 1.72 billion websites are operative, there are billions of mobile phone users, the Internet of Things (IoT) have been established, wireless networks, and other complex systems. Dr N says, “Technology has become an integral part of the society with emerging Cyber-physical systems, and social networks. In the near future, computers would begin behaving more and more like humans, which is referred to as the Revenge of Silicon. Further, NBIC will enable biological complex systems (human body parts) to be replaced by silicon engineered parts, heralding towards a new doctrine.”

Drawing examples from his research sprawled across four decades, Prof N Balakrishnan expressed concerns about the tremendous data being stored and used across networking platforms. He explains, “Data storage speed doubles every 9 months. All the information known to mankind since the beginning of civilization can be stored in a single computer. The social network of computers has its negatives in the form of terrorism which has recently entered the computer world. Security of such a world is an important issue.” Prof N Balakrishnan concluded his lecture by stating that mathematical predictive models can be used for a better understanding of the data attack detection. He established that Community Detection based BOTSPOT will provide a faster detection algorithm to estimate attacks thereby aiding concerns of data attacks. 


Initiation of FDP on “Recent Advancements in AI & ML” at SRM University-AP

SRM University, AP

Date: November 04, 2020

Faculty Development Programme (FDP) orchestrated by the Department of Computer Science Engineering, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh was inaugurated by Prof VS Rao, Vice-Chancellor. The ten-day special programme is designed to provide insights on the latest developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) technology. Prof VS Rao said, “AI is the emerging branch of science which has its application in the fields of healthcare, entertainment, banking and finance, and marketing. The country's progress would be accelerated due to the advent of AI that is so closely linked to human life.

Similarly, Prof D Narayana Rao, Pro-Vice Chancellor spoke of the immense opportunities provided by the emerging AI technology. He said, “AI will be impacting human life in more ways than comprehendible. Considering its growth, demand for AI skills will continue to rise exponentially. As AI will continue to act as a technological innovator in the foreseeable future, there will be immense opportunities and prospects for the young professionals in this domain.” 

The guest lecturer of the inaugural programme, Prof V Masilamani, Associate Professor, Computer Engineering, Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing (IIITDM) Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu, India, discussed the importance of Machine Learning for digital image quality assessment. The other technical session was conducted by Prof Dipti Prasad Mukherjee, Professor, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, who demonstrated how computer vision problems can be solved using machine learning techniques. 

Further, the event was graced by the presence of Prof T Raghunathan, Professor, and Head of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, along with other faculty members, and students as the audience. In addition, the technical sessions were coordinated by Dr Manikandan V M and Dr Sobin C C, Assistant Professors, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh.


SRM-AP Professors receive a total outlay from DST, Government of India

SRM University AP Amravati

Date: October 08, 2020

DST, Government of India, sanctioned the research work of three professors of SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh in the field of Science and Technology. Dr. Imran Y Pancha, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, received a total outlay of Rs.27 lakhs for his research work on "Chemical modulator based microalgal biorefinery for the production of biofuels and bioproducts".Further, Dr Writoban Basu Ball, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, will be pursuing research on "Targeting Kennedy pathway of cellular phosphatidylethanolamine biosynthesis as a common therapeutic strategy against protozoan parasites like Leishmania donovani, Trypanosoma brucei and Entamoeba histolytica." With the sanctioned outlay of Rs.26.34 lakhs. 

In addition, Dr Tapan Kumar Hota, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, will be working on "Mathematical analysis and Adjoint Based Stability for a Coupled Convection-Diffusion equation in Miscible Displacement" using the total outlay of Rs.14.63 lakhs sanctioned by DST, Government of India. Dr. P. Sathyanarayanan, President, Prof VS Rao, Vice-Chancellor, Prof D Narayana Rao, Pro Vice-Chancellor, congratulated and applauded the perseverance of the professors in pursuing excellence in the field of science and continues to contribute to the improvement of the nation, and society at large. 


Students of SRM University-AP, attend session with Sri V.V. Lakshmi Narayana, CBI Ex-JD

SRM University, Amravati

Date: September 25, 2020

Sri V.V. Lakshmi Narayana, Former CBI Joint Director, addressed the Freshmen 2020 of SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh during the Orientation Programme on September 24, 2020. He initiated the session by suggesting that knowledge attainment should become the goal of engineering students. Recognizing the fact that nothing is impossible, he directed the students to persevere and excel in academics and research. 

Lakshmi Narayana further said, “Students should not step in with the desire to get a job after graduation so that they can settle down financially in life, instead, they should be willing to change the future and serve the nation in its quest to progress.” He advised the young minds to aspire for a brighter future by making good use of the knowledge that they acquire in the university. 

Lakshmi Narayana mentioned that reading inspiring books leads to wisdom along with knowledge gain. He also said that respectful attire and polite words would be the steppingstone for elevation. Towards the end of the session, Lakshminarayana gave inspiring answers to the questions asked by many students on the occasion. Prof D Narayana Rao, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, thanked Lakshmi Narayana for gracing SRM AP with his prestigious presence.
The event was also attended by Prof V S Rao, Vice-Chancellor, Wg Cmdr Venkataachalam Sekkappan, Director-CLM, and Ms Revathi Balakrishnan, Assistant Director, Department of Student Affairs, among many others.


SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh inaugurates Orientation Programme 2020

SRM University, Amravati

Date: September 16, 2020

The inauguration of the Orientation Programme organized to welcome the fresh batch of students at SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh was preceded by an introduction of the various aspects of the university by the management. The dynamic leaders motivated the Freshmen by revealing the differentiating factor of SRM AP that endorses the excellence of the university. Upon invoking the blessings of the Almighty by a prayer, the occasion commenced with an address by Dr P Sathyanarayanan, Founder, President & Chairman. He highlighted his vision of learning beyond the classroom, fostering wisdom and knowledge of the students through a holistic interdisciplinary approach.

Further, Prof V S Rao, Vice-Chancellor, acquainted students with the various processes of SRM AP. He informed students regarding his revolutionizing plans for the students of emphasizing on research from the first semester. He states, “Research should be seamlessly integrated with academic boundaries”. He also inspired students to realize the excitement of science, joy in engineering, and academic rigour. In line with his vision, Prof D Narayana Rao, Pro Vice-Chancellor, emphasized on the contribution of science and technology that led to the progress and superiority of India across nations. Further, he assures quality education to motivate students and urges them to contribute to the development of the nation.  

To continue with the orientation programme, eminent personalities have been requested by SRM AP to initiate motivational discussions. Dr. Jaya Prakash Narayana, Former Secretary to Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, Dr R A Mashelkar, FRS, Former Director General CSIR & Chancellor-JIO University, Padma Bhushan Dr. K. Varaprasad Reddy, Chairman Emeritus-Shantha Biotech, Mrs Saritha, IPS, Additional SP-CID, Dr MC Das, Management Consultant-Vijayawada, and Head of the Dept. of Commerce (Retd.)-Loyola College, Mr Vivek Bhide, Entrepreneur, Co-Founder, and Managing Director-TSL Consulting Pvt Ltd, VV Lakshminarayana, Former Joint Director- CBI,  Karuna Gopal, President-Foundation for futuristic cities, Mr Ramesh Loganathan, Professor Co-Innovation/Outreach at IIIT Hyderabad, Ms. Anitha Sakuru, Chief Marketing officer-Platifi Solutions will be delivering lectures during various sessions sprawled across the 2 week programme organized to encourage Freshmen. 


SRMAP's liaison with Northeastern University to encourage impactful education and research

SRM Institute of Science and Technology

Date: September 14, 2020

SRM University-AP now has formed a liaison with Northeastern University, Boston, USA, with a vision of mutual endeavours towards the advancement of education and research. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed recently in this regard between the two universities. This is a significant venture to collaborate with top universities such as Northeastern University, which will lead the university to the path of advanced research and educational programmes.

The MoU committee of the SRMAP is working aggressively to bring top universities across the globe for the students to get the benefit and enhance their career. Northeastern University is part of the world's top 5% of universities, and this collaboration will provide a possibility for our students to visit, learn, and explore from a top reputed university of the USA. 

Our students are the primary beneficiaries of this MOU as it provides a platform for them to explore a study abroad programme there, including getting a UG degree from a top-ranked US university. Other beneficiaries include faculty members and scholars, for whom joint research programs could be enabled in the future. 

The first MoU that has been signed is a generic MoU that helps SRM University-AP to talk with Northeastern University on the possibilities of collaboration. The following activities are possible with the current MoU that has been signed-

  • Mobility of faculty, scholars and students between Institutions

  • Joint teaching, research, or cultural activity

  • Student services and support

  • Professional development programmes for faculty and staff.

  • Program based partnerships

  • Joint development of ongoing and new curricula and academic projects

  • Collaboration in academic publications and other materials of mutual interest

The MoU Committee of the University will further enhance the collaboration with specific departments. The university is already in the process of extending the collaboration to the department level, including Computer Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, to start with. Later, other engineering, science and management streams will be included in the alliance. SRMAP is also exploring opportunities on internships, semester abroad programs and other educational and research activities that will greatly benefit our students. 


SRMAP's liaison with Northeastern University, Boston, USA to encourage impactful education and research

SRM University AP Amravati

Date: September 10, 2020

SRM University-AP now has formed a liaison with Northeastern University, Boston, USA, with a vision of mutual endeavours towards the advancement of education and research. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed recently in this regard between the two universities. This is a significant venture to collaborate with top universities such as Northeastern University, which will lead the university to the path of advanced research and educational programmes.

The MoU committee of the SRMAP is working aggressively to bring top universities across the globe for the students to get the benefit and enhance their career. Northeastern University is part of the world's top 5% of universities, and this collaboration will provide a possibility for our students to visit, learn, and explore from a top reputed university of the USA. Our students are the primary beneficiaries of this MOU as it provides a platform for them to explore a study abroad programme there, including getting a UG degree from a top-ranked US university. Other beneficiaries include faculty members and scholars, for whom joint research programs could be enabled in the future. 

The first MoU that has been signed is a generic MoU that helps SRM University-AP to talk with Northeastern University on the possibilities of collaboration. The following activities are possible with the current MoU that has been signed-

  • Mobility of faculty, scholars and students between Institutions

  • Joint teaching, research, or cultural activity

  • Student services and support

  • Professional development programmes for faculty and staff.

  • Program based partnerships

  • Joint development of ongoing and new curricula and academic projects

  • Collaboration in academic publications and other materials of mutual interest

The MoU Committee of the University will further enhance the collaboration with specific departments. The university is already in the process of extending the collaboration to the department level, including Computer Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, to start with. Later, other engineering, science and management streams will be included in the alliance. SRMAP is also exploring opportunities on internships, semester abroad programs and other educational and research activities that will greatly benefit our students. 


A humble celebration at SRM AP on 'Founders' Day' 

SRM University Amravati

Date: August 25, 2020

SRM University AP, Andhra Pradesh celebrated ‘Founder’s Day’ on the propitious occasion of the birthday of Dr. T.R. Paarivendhar, Founder Chancellor of SRM Group and Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Perambalur Constituency, Tamil Nadu. Soon after, as part of the occasion, jute bags were distributed among the dwellers of Neerukonda and Kuragallu, encouraging them to quit using plastic products. Further contributing to the environment, Prof Vajja Sambasiva Rao, Vice-Chancellor, planted saplings around SRM AP campus. 

The celebration continued with SRM AP staff visiting the elderly at the Sri Krishna Chaitanya Old Age Home, Mangalagiri. Chief Guest of the event, Ram Prasad himself rendered a hand in the noble gesture of distributing fruits to the elderly. Prof Vajja Sambasiva Rao lauded the gesture of the university to extend services to the society. SRM University-AP Seva Programmes were also appreciated and attended by Dr. B. Sivakumar, Deputy Registrar, Wg Cmdr Venkataachalam Sekkappan, Director-CLM, and Ramesh Babu, Chief Liaison Officer, among others.


Independence Day celebrations at SRM AP

SRM University, Amravati

Date: August 17, 2020

On the occasion of Independence Day, Prof. V. S. Rao, Vice-Chancellor hoisted the national flag and addressed the employees and students. During his address, Prof V. S. Rao remembered all the freedom fighters and emphasized on how non-violence freedom struggle set an example for the entire world to imbibe. Dr. D. Gunasekaran, Registrar, Wg Cmdr Venkataachalam Sekkappan, Director-CLM, Ms. Revathi Balakrishnan, Assistant Director-Student Affairs and others participated in the ceremony. 

Ph.D. students of SRM AP, D. Lenin Babu and Yarramsetti Saisrinu who nobly served the needy during the pandemic were praised by Prof. V. S. Rao and Dr. D. Gunasekaran. During the lockdown, the two students distributed free essentials such as rice and condiments to the poor. They were honored with shawls and were presented the “Care Humanity” award along with mementos. Further, cultural events were organized where students participated in dance and song performances through an online platform.


SRM AP Faculty receives the prestigious grant by DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance

SRM University AP, Amravati

Date: August 04, 2020

Dr. Sutharsan Govindarajan, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, SRM University-AP has been awarded the prestigious ‘Early Career Fellowship’ grant by DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance, funded by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and the Wellcome Trust, United Kingdom. The fellowship supports outstanding young scientists to pursue high-quality research in the field of biomedical science and establish themselves as independent researchers in India. Dr. Sutharsan sought a total research grant of 1.1 crore for a period of 5 years as a DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance Early career fellow. The India Alliance grants are highly competitive and is based on the profile of the applicant and the novelty and the importance of the proposed research. Nationwide only less than 10 Early Career grants are awarded every year. Dr Sutharsan is a highly accomplished scientist, having published research articles in highly reputed journals, including the most prestigious Nature and Nature Microbiology. Through this fellowship, Dr. Sutharsan will establish an independent research laboratory at SRM University – AP with the support of Prof. Jayaseelan, Head, Department of Biology, and the fellowship supervisor of the project.

In this project, Dr. Sutharsan plans to venture and explore the biology of a novel class of bacteriophages called Jumbo-phages. “Bacteriophages, which are the most abundant biological entities on the planet, are viruses that infect bacteria but do not harm humans. Jumbo-phages, as the name suggests, are giant viruses with large genome. A sneak peek into their lifestyle during my postdoctoral research led me to realize that these phages build fascinating complex structures inside the bacteria they infect. Such complex structures are well known to be formed in eukaryotic cells like human cells but were not thought to be made by bacteriophages, which have evolved billions of years before eukaryotes. Thus, studying how such cellular structures are formed by jumbo-phages provides a unique opportunity to investigate the origin of complex life” informs Dr. Sutharsan. He also explains that the proposed research has several biotechnological applications such as phage therapy and synthetic biology.

Dr. Sutharsan further shares, “This is one the best fellowships a young scientist can obtain in India. It is an honour, prestige and a recognition for the scientist as well as to the University. In the next 5 years, I anticipate major fundamental discoveries in the field of bacteriophage biology and evolution”.


State Education Minister Praises SRM AP Students

SRM University, AP, Amravati

Date: July 30 ,2020

The leading performers of SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh- Pesala Sai Tanmayi , Sri Harsha Tavidisetty RajendraGude Abhin, and Talari Hrisheekesh, who received exceptional job offers in the recent campus recruitment drive, visited Adimulapu Suresh, Hon’ble Education Minister, Andhra Pradesh, along with Dr. D. Gunasekaran, Registrar. The students are placed in top-notch software and multinational companies by exhibiting their mettle and flair for technology and science. Dr. D.Gunasekaran explained to the minister the details of the jobs secured by the students in the esteemed companies and the CTC packages that they are offered. 

The delighted students expressed their gratitude when the Minister greeted and honoured them with shawl coverings over their shoulders. The Minister advised the engineering students to aim and persevere for a goal that would contribute to the development of the country and the welfare of the society. Further, they were urged to acquire the technological skills to ensure an enviable career for themselves which in turn would enable the state to continue to take pride in their achievements.


SRM AP Students Lands Up with excellent Job Offers to Initiate the Campus Recruitment Drive

SRM University AP Amravati

Date: July 27, 2020

SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh has commenced its journey to secure a better future for the first batch of students. Promising students of SRM AP have grabbed excellent job offers in the Campus Recruitment Drive for Class 2021 B.Tech students. Anheuser-Busch InBev offered a 6 months internship, followed by a job offer to outstanding candidates. The company shortlisted Pesala Sai Tanmayi, Sri Harsha Tavidisetty Rajendra, Tuhin Sarkar, and Koushik M Bhargav. Anheuser -Busch InBev SA/NV, commonly known as AB InBev is a Belgian multinational drink and brewing company. The company has offered an internship stipend of 30 thousand per month and a CTC of 12-17 LPA to the candidates who will join the company after successful completion of their internship.

Another renowned company Health Rx, A health - tech start-up from Bajaj Finserv group has offered Technical Internship with a stipend of 35 thousand per month, and post that a confirmed job offer with CTC of 12 LPA to Talari Hrisheekesh, and Gude Abhin. Further, VIRTUSA Corporation, an American IT service provider, offered a position in the company with a CTC of 4.5 LPA to Yallammagari Rachakada Poojith Reddy, Nagamalla Venkata Sai Nikhith, Chattala Vasundhara, Rampati Venkat Tarun, and Sai Rishvanth Katragadda. The other company which conducted the recruitment drive at SRM AP, Sahaj Soft, selected Sri Ritika Katragadda and offered her a CTC of 10 LPA. Sahaj Soft is a software services and consulting firm which provides simple solutions backed by their time-tested methodology and engineering practices. 

As the recruiters shortlist the best young talent who are enthusiastic, devoted to learning and brimming with fresh and creative ideas, SRM AP placement team have thoroughly trained the students both in terms of technical expertise and soft skills. The rigorous training that the students underwent since the beginning of their B. Tech course, coupled with their talent and motivation, has enabled them to succeed in recruitment drive with flying colours. SRM AP believes that this is merely the beginning of the placement season, and many more brilliant students are waiting to showcase their mettle to land up with excellent job offers in top-notch companies.


Artificial Intelligence: The Future of Healthcare in India

SRM AP University, Amravati

Date: July 27, 2020

Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh organised an insightful workshop on "Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Healthcare" in collaboration with IEEE-SRM AP Student Branch. Prof. D. Narayana Rao, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, inaugurated the session. Dr Muralikrishna Voonna, Managing Director, Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Hospital & Research Institute, and Dr Rajiv Janardhanan, Director, Amity Institute of Public Health, Professor ACVB participated in the technical presentation. Dr Voona delivered a lecture on "Impact of AI in Clinical Healthcare" whereas Dr Rajiv Janardhanan spoke on "Sustainable Healthcare: AI-enabled platforms for Affordable and Accessible Healthcare Solutions".

Eminent panellists such as Padma Shree Awardee Prof. Upendra Kaul, Dr Pooja Ramakant, Dr Sunil Taneja, Dr Muralikrishna Voonna, and Dr Rajiv Janardhanan interacted on "Impact of Covid-19, AI on Healthcare" during the second half of the session. Prof. Priya Ranjan, Department of ECE, SRM-AP, acted as the moderator of the session. 

In his opening remarks, Prof. D. Narayana Rao asserted that healthcare in India faces significant challenges on quality, accessibility and affordability for a large section of the Indian population. "The shortage of doctors, lack of infrastructures, different mindset about the urban and rural population of the country and low government spending on healthcare are very much motivating India towards innovative and sustainable and affordable technology to improve the quality of life," said Prof Rao. AI is being extensively used in six healthcare segments such as hospital administration, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, medical equipment and supplies, medical insurance and telemedicine. "Moreover, The Government of India also shows its keen inclination as in the past week, the Hon'ble prime minister Shri Narendra Modi had a discussion with the CEO of IBM regarding the development of AI-enabled medical instruments for healthcare in the country. Needless to say, there are a plethora of opportunities for new engineers and doctors," opined Prof Rao.

In his talk, Dr Murali Krishna Voonna confirmed that Artificial intelligence has a huge potential to become a transformational force in healthcare. It allows humans to gain unprecedented insights into diagnosis, care process, treatment variability and patient outcomes. Dr Voonna further informed that there is a huge scope for development in the segments such as brain-computer interface, next-generation radiology tools, creation of precise analytics for pathology images, expanding access to treat underserved regions, clinical decision support etc. to name a few. "NITI Aayog is working with Google to develop artificial intelligence ecosystems in India both in training and research. They have started a National Research Strategy for Artificial Intelligence recently. National Digital Health Authority has been formed as a regulatory body which is going to make the regulation in the Artificial Intelligence in start-ups and business and commercialisation of the products," explained Dr Voonna.

In the opinion of Dr Rajiv Janardhanan, the healthcare disparity continued because the investments of the government in the years after independence was less than 2 %. COVID-19 has turned out to be a blessing for health care as it made people, especially policymakers to realise that the healthcare infrastructure needs to be improved drastically. The AI-enabled intelligent support system is required because of budget constraints, rising costs of advanced medical treatments, increased complexity and cost of delivering healthcare, as well as increased expectations and demand for quality patient-centred healthcare. “India comprises a healthcare ecosystem where 80% of the healthcare is expensive, and 70% of the population is living in rural areas with marginalised and inaccessible healthcare. This makes the rationale to develop tools which are community empowering,” asserted Dr Janardhanan. AI-enabled tagging of data can convert precision medicine to a community-centric new system which is called precision public health. This conversion has to be technology-enabled with support from the engineering fraternity to make it affordable and accessible. 

During the second half of the session, the panel discussed the impact of COVID-19 on the health immunity system. Padma Shree Awardee Prof Kaul explained in detail how COVID-19 disease affects the human body and the process of vaccination. He gave a detailed overview of how vaccines are prepared and the process of a clinical trial. He further shared the updated information on the COVID-19 vaccine with particular focus on India's progress in making the vaccine. Dr Taneja and Dr Ramakanth expressed their views on COVID situation based on their daily experience at the hospitals. The panel agreed that the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in the healthcare system enables healthcare services, delivered at a lower cost with increased efficiency and emphasis on the diagnostics. AI should be encouraged to be used in machines to predict, comprehend, learn and act. It has the ability to play the role of game-changer in the areas of wellness, early detection, diagnosis, decision making, treatment, end of life, research and training. However, some concerns related to the safety, data quality, accountability, transparency, legal aspects etc. still persists.


Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy extends his support towards the development of SRM University- AP

SRM University AP Amravati

Date: July 27, 2020

SRM University-AP has been creating marvels since its inception in 2017 in order to reach its goal of becoming a multidisciplinary research institute of international repute. SRMAP thrives on bringing quality education within reach of our students to lessen the dependability on international institutions for quality education and research. SRMAP believes that our meritorious students can do wonders if they are given proper support and guidance. The University is already known for its modernised and innovative curriculum, state-of-the-art infrastructure and research opportunities.

Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, acknowledged the efforts of SRM University-AP and extended his full cooperation and support in the development and future plans of SRM University-AP. During a meeting with Dr TR Parivender, the Founding Chancellor of SRM University-AP and MP, Perambalur Constituency, Tamil Nadu;   Dr P. Sathyanarayanan, President of the University; Dr VS Rao, Vice-Chancellor; Dr D. Narayana Rao, Pro-Vice-Chancellor; and Dr D. Gunasekharan, Registrar at the camp office, on Thursday evening, CM Reddy affirmed his stand on the expansion of the Education sector. He said that his government attaches great importance to the advancement of the education sector and is ready to provide full support to higher educational institutions.

Dr Parivender, the Founder Chancellor of the University, invited the Chief Minister to visit the campus of SRMAP to inaugurate the newly built complex of research laboratories and auditorium of international standards on the university campus. He further requested the CM to help in the creation of roads and other infrastructure required for the development of the University.  CM Jagan Reddy has assured that the growth of education sector is one of the top priority works for his government. The Chief Minister mentioned the request to Mr Dhanunjaya Reddy, Chief Secretary to the CM, for improving the road connectivity to the University and facilitate other infrastructure development aspects, as requested by the University. 


SRMAP's exclusive liaison with APSSDC to provide quality training to the students

SRM AP Amravati

Date: July 06, 2020

Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC) has provided an exclusive opportunity for our students at SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh with the Online Internship Programme of one Month to forty-five days. The programme exposes, engages and educates students through real-world experience and live projects by utilising latest industry tools such as Android, web development using React JS & Django, Python, embedded printed circuit board, AWS Cloud etc.

Around 1140 students of B.Tech first, second and third year of SRM University-AP have registered for the Online Internship Programme in different areas as per their choice. Furthermore, out of the total 1140 registered students, 821 students are doing Online Internship in Phase-I, and the remaining others will get a chance at the Phase-II of the programme. It is an amazingly great opportunity that APSSDC has provided for the students. The Online Internship Programme is curved out to play a pivotal role for our SRM University-AP students with the experience needed to bridge the gap between academia and industry. Simultaneously, it will help students to enhance their ability and confidence to secure their dream job in IT and Core sectors. SRM University-AP profoundly appreciates the motivating initiative by APSSDC for our students and other technical institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic.


SRMAP welcomes Prof VS Rao, as Vice-Chancellor

SRM University AP Amravati

Date: July 01, 2020

SRM University- AP, Andhra Pradesh welcomes its new Vice-Chancellor Prof Vajja Sambasiva Rao. Prof V.S. Rao is joining the University from July 1st 2020.Prof V. S. Rao is an eminent academician who has been the vanguard of leading excellence in higher technical education in India. An alumnus of BITS, Pilani and the University of Bielefeld, Germany, Prof V. S. Rao previously served as the President of NIIT University and Acting Vice-Chancellor and Director at BITS, Pilani.

Dr P. Satyanarayanan, the President of the SRM University-AP, shares in his welcome note, "I am delighted to announce the appointment of Professor V. S. Rao as the new Vice-Chancellor of SRM University-AP. Dr VS Rao is a renowned academician with over four decades of experience in Academics and Administration. I am optimistic that his strategic and operational skills combined with his deep knowledge in academic research, will help SRM AP scale greater heights in its pursuit to be a truly global research-intensive educational institution."

Prof D. Narayana Rao, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University, cordially welcomed him on campus saying, "Prof VS Rao, an institution builder, has developed BITS, Hyderabad as a highly reputed institution in a short time. With his rich and vast experience at BITS - Pilani and also as the Director, BITS Hyderabad, I am sure that he will take SRM University - AP to greater heights." Dr D. Gunasekaran, the Registrar of SRMAP, opined, "Prof V S Rao's joining the SRM University AP is wonderful news for us. We are certain that his values and collaborative leadership approach will help the University to make a visible difference to the world. The faculty members, students and staff of SRM University AP welcomes the Vice-Chancellor, Prof V S Rao."

As the University embarks on an exciting period of development in an immensely challenging and competitive environment with an ambitious strategy that builds on the well-established reputation for ground-breaking research, innovation and cross-disciplinary academic activity, it is the high time to demonstrate the capability to make a difference to the lives of individuals, communities and societies in the region and around the world.

Prof V. S. Rao, the man of the hour himself supported the notion asserting, "I am looking forward to contributing to the internationally acclaimed SRM Group, through my best efforts. We at SRMAP would like to see that every student graduating from here would be industry-ready, and get numerous opportunities during their career. I consider myself fortunate to have this opportunity to be part of such an excellent institution in the sphere of higher education, that has been delivering quality teaching and learning, and research relevant to the society."

During his career spanning over forty-two years, Prof V. S. Rao has made significant contributions in the arena of education. As the President of NIIT University (NU), Neemrana, Rajasthan, he has led many initiatives at NU starting from curriculum innovations, faculty expansion and development to the introduction of new Programmes and digital learning. He apprehended the importance of Industry linkage with academia and committed to upholding it. Prior to joining NU, Prof V. S. Rao had a vigorous association with BITS, Pilani for over 44 years including six years of his Graduation.

He played a crucial role in the establishment of BITS Pilani, Hyderabad campus in terms of strategy and conception. He worked very closely with Dr Y S Rajasekhar Reddy, the then Chief Minister, in realising his vision of establishing BITS Pilani campus in Hyderabad,  a state-of-the-art campus with innovative ideas.His research interest included synthetic organic chemistry, natural product research, green chemistry etc. He has guided four PhD students and published several research papers in reputed journals. His passion for teaching has earned accolades from several batches of BITS students.

Prof. V. S. Rao obtained his M. Sc and PhD degrees from BITS Pilani. In 1998, at the invitation of the German Foundation for International Development, he attended a four-month training programme on Educational Economics & Educational Research at the University of Bielefeld, Germany. His philosophy and utilitarian standpoint as an educator have been moulded by his pragmatic ideology and productive wisdom as an administrator.Prof V.S. Rao is on the advisory board for various colleges, institutions and universities across the country. He is also an avid explorer who has extensively travelled across the globe to visit international universities of repute.


Department of ECE, SRM AP to organize 5G workshop

SRM University AP Amravati

Date: June 25, 2020

Department of ECE, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh in partnership with IEEE SRM Student Branch and IEEE Guntur Subsection will be conducting a 5G Workshop on 27th June, 2020 at 2.15 p.m. The workshop will provide a comprehensive understanding of 5G services for future generations.  Dr. V. Udaya Sankar, Assistant Professor, Department of ECE informs, “During the workshop, the experts with a gamut of experience will deliberate on the benefits of the revolutionary changes presented by the 5G technology and its consequences in the field of wireless communication.”

Prof. D Narayana Rao, Pro-Vice Chancellor of SRM University-AP, will be inaugurating the event. Dr. M H Kori, a retired technical director of Alcatel in the field of communication will be speaking on Evolution of Wireless communication & Overview of 5G.  Dr. Aloknath De, SVP/CTO-Samsung India, will be addressing the audience with insightful information on AI for 5G, and Dr. Dilip Krishna Swamy, VP (New Tech R&D), Jio, Reliance will spearhead the session on 5G Virtualized Infrastructure and Applications.

SRM University-AP invites participants to attend the workshop on the pathbreaking technology that possesses the capability to alter the face of the world in the future.For registrations click here


Extensive oral cancer patient gets cured at SRMKDC 

SRM University, AP - Andhra Pradesh

Date: June 19, 2020

It was a moment worth remembering for SRM Oral Cancer Centre at SRM Kattankulathur Dental College and Hospital (SRMKDC) when it successfully treated a 53 year old male patient affected with an advanced case of oral cancer. SRMKDC is one of the few dental colleges  in the state operating  on cancer patients at the most affordable cost.According to doctors, a patient who came from Kanyakumari had approached many other hospitals only to be denied the treatment before he approached SRMKDC. One of the most recognised referral centres.  So far 153 cases have been diagnosed in the last three years and nearly 56 cases have been operated.

The 53 year old male had a large tumour on his lower lip. The tumour was huge in size and was growing rapidly for the  three months. His condition compelled him to avoid social life.
The patient also stopped going out of his home. And, that was when one of his well-wishers referred him to SRMKDC.

Soon after the admission the team of Surgeons   Dr Vivek N, Head, Department of Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Saravanan. C, Dr. Karthik R, Dr. Prashanthi G. and  ably assisted by the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology headed by Dr.K.T.Magesh.  The CT Scan report revealed that the disease had spread to the neck lymph nodes.The test results were evaluated and discussed among the team members and an appropriate treatment plan was decided. Operation was performed for eight hours and tumour was removed, even the disease in the neck was also removed.

The tumour removed measured 8x4 cm. However, this surgery left a big hole on his face and his lower jaw. The patient then underwent a modified technique where his own tissues were used by rotation and advancement to achieve a functional cosmetic result.The adjacent healthy tissue was perfectly rotated to close this gap. After the surgery, the patient’s face looked almost similar to the one before the onset of the disease. The patient now is comfortable and leads a normal social life.


SRM University, AP – Andhra Pradesh 2020 E- Counselling Admissions Begins 

SRM University, AP - Andhra Pradesh

Date: June 15, 2020

E- counselling and Interview based admissions has started at SRM University, AP – Andhra Pradesh, Amaravati, for School of  Management - BBA (Hons.) and School of Liberal Arts & Basic Sciences - B. Sc (Hons.) in Integrative Biology, Economics, Psychology, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science and B.A.(Hons.) in English and History due to COVID 19 pandemic. Aspiring students can Apply and fill Application online visiting www.srmap.edu.in 

The online process is made simple for candidates to upload all the required documents through the application portal. Selection would be based on eligibility, ZOOM or Tele Interview by faculty experts. On selection, the candidate can remit the Fee online and download the Provisional Admission Letter (PAL). Scholarships will be offered to meritorious and deserving students in line with the University policy. The classes for the fresher’s are scheduled to commence in September 2020, as per Government guidelines.

This year, SRM AP progressed well on placement, India and global, conjointly with SRMIST which has created an incredible record in placement with 8500+ job offers, 625 + companies recruiting, and Rs. 41.6L top salary, the highest ever by any university in India. In case of B. Tech program, Admission is only through the common entrance exam, SRMJEEE, to be held from 30th July to 4th August 2020, in 127 Indian cities and 5 countries abroad, in Dubai, Doha, Muscat, Bahrain and Kuwait. The joint Counseling is slated to be held in the 2nd or 3rd week of August, 2020. The students will be chosen based on their SRMJEEE rank. 


SRM University- AP students supply essentials to villagers

SRM University, AP - Andhra Pradesh

Date: June 11, 2020

The students of SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh have given a helping hand to many destitute families suffering from hunger due to the lockdown caused by coronavirus. The students visited the villages near their hometowns and distributed essential supplies to the impoverished.  With the cooperation of the supervisors and friends, many villages were given respite by the students.

SRM AP Ph.D. students D. Lenin Babu and Yarramsetti Saisrinu possess the mindset to serve the people from scratch. They conduct service programs for the poor caught up in various distressed situations. Due to coronavirus, the poor families who have been suffering from a lack of housekeeping and medical facilities were the worse impacted. The students took the help of their acquaintances and friends to offer service during the pandemic. University professors, Dr.T.Srinivasulu and Dr.M.Pardha Saradhi, came forward to offer funds for the noble cause. In addition to the essentials, financial assistance was also provided to the villagers for the month.

Yarramsetti saisrinu, accompanied by his friends, visited the villages of Pendurru, Bantumilli, in Krishna district and distributed supplies to 50 households. 5kg of vegetables, 10 kg of rice, and sugar was given to the families living in the fields. In addition, vegetables were distributed to 20 families in the villages of Gayapadu, Urivi, and Reddipalem in Pedana Zone. Another student, D. Lenin Babu distributed vegetables, rice, and condiments in the Kakumanu, Bramhana Koduru, Nedubrolu, and Ponuuru villages in Guntur district. He also visited ICDS centers and distributed books to children dwelling in Mandal Tahsildar Venkateswarao and SI Sundararajan.

Students were applauded for participating in the programme by Dr. P Sathyanarayanan, President of the SRM University-AP. Prof. D. Narayana Rao, Pro Vice-Chancellor, congratulated the students for empathically helping the poor with the perspective of alleviating their dismal situation.


 Nature Index 2020 ranks SRM the No.1 private university in India

SRM University AP Amravati

Date: June 03, 2020

SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur has been ranked No.1 private university in India and 21 among Indian universities by the Nature Index 2020. The ranking was done based on Nature Index data from April 1st 2019 to March 31st 2020.Among the four broad subject areas, SRMIST ranked 19th in India for Chemistry and 28th in Physical Sciences. The Nature Index also ranked SRMIST 5th in India among Nature and Science journal groups.

Nineteen research articles were published by the faculty members of SRMIST and its sister institutes between April 1st 2019 and March 31st 2020. These articles were compiled into a database by Nature Research to create the Nature Index rankings. Out of these nineteen articles, twelve were published by the Faculty Members of SRMIST, KTR Campus. One article was published by a faculty member of SRM University – Sikkim. The rest of the six articles were published by faculty members of SRM University- AP, Andhra Pradesh : Dr Sutharsan Govindrajan, Department of Biology; Dr Nimai Mishra, Dr S. Mannathan, Dr Mahesh Kumar Ravva, Department of Chemistry; Dr Siddhartha Ghosh and Dr Jatis Kumar Dash, Department of Physics have made significant scientific contributions in achieving the honour for SRM University.

Some of the top articles by an altmetric score in the current window are: 'The Genome Asia 100k Project enables genetic discoveries across Asia' published in Nature (December 2019), and 'A bacteriophage nucleus-like compartment shields DNA from CRISPR nucleases' published in Nature (December 2019). Apart from this SRMIST's overall publications has reached 22,000 as on date (put together in all Indexing Databases). Our university's h-index stands at 83 (Scopus based).

The nature index (21) of SRMIST is well above that of some of the IITs and many established Universities in the country. The Nature Index is a database of author affiliations and institutional relationships. The index tracks contributions to research articles published in 82 high-quality natural science journals, selected by an independent panel of active scientists. The Nature Index provides a close to real-time proxy of high quality research output from an institution/region/country. This Index provides absolute and fractional counts of article publication at the institutional and national level and, as such, is an indicator of global high-quality research output and collaborations.


SRM AP students exhibits illustrious achievements at LA Hacks 2020

SRM University AP Amravati

Date: June 02, 2020

Amid the unparalleled catastrophe in the form of widespread COVID-19, SRM University AP, Andhra Pradesh students, Vyshnavi G and Padmateja, 3rd year, Computer Science and Engineering, during their Semester Abroad Program presented two projects at LA Hacks 2020, Southern California, and won accolades galore. The virtual hackathon is one of the largest in the world, which was held recently. SRM AP students submitted two projects in this hackathon as a single team and emerged as a finalist in the “Best Overall Hack”. The students developed Safely, the project title sponsored by Facebook as “Best Collaboration Hack”, and also worked on Go Farm which was sponsored by Honey as “Best Consumer Hack”. The team coordinated through Slack as the hackathon was turned into a virtual competition with the unfortunate outbreak of COVID-19.

Safely is a society-based pandemic monitoring application for reporting and tracking precise geolocations of COVID-19 cases. Safely allows users to report their own condition along with their geolocation. The application enables users to identify areas around them on a map. Areas with symptomatic users display lighter shades on the map, whereas locations with diagnosed patients and regions with a high concentration of affected users, show up as darker shades. “With COVID-19 spreading rapidly, there are not enough resources to find or report the exact geographical information of new cases. Also, it enables ‘help agencies’ to recognize areas where resources are required to be sent.“, Vyshnavi G explains.

GoFarm primarily benefits the farmers and improves consumer satisfaction. It is an application where a farmer can post information regarding harvested crops including vegetables, pulses along with quoting the price of the products. The customer can search for nearby farms using google maps and purchase through this platform. Padmateja says, “In India, farmers are suffering because of high debt burdens, corruption in subsidies, and crop failure. Eliminating third parties and connecting farmers with customers would be helpful in upgrading the agricultural sector.”

In the future, the team wants to add a crop recommendation system for the farmers in the platform based on weather conditions. The students also plan to expand the availability of the application to many farmers and consumers across the nation. 


SRM AP Next Tech Lab student excels at ETH Denver Hackathon 2020

SRM University AP Amravati

Date: May 26, 2020

SRM University AP, Andhra Pradesh Next Tech Lab student churns out the opportunity to exhibit her acumen at ETHDenver Hackathon 2020. Vyshnavi G, 3rd year, Computer Science and Engineering student, nurtures her coding skills, and emerged triumphant by winning the ETH Denver Hackathon 2020. This hackathon focuses on supporting and building the future technology. The hackathon was conducted at Denver with 500 participants. Vyshnavi G also received a bounty of $500 from SKALE and $500 from Chainlink for the project. The project provides value to Dapp creators by improving understanding of their position and deploying inexpensive ways to gather competitive intel. This application ensures security and is developed using blockchain technology.

Vyshnavi G explains, “A Dapp stores data in a decentralized database and uses decentralized computing resources to work. In a trustless environment, the user needs to be able to verify the kind of application and its working to prevent scam and malware, as well as to protect personal data and assets. Therefore, companies such as Chainlink and Skale that uses blockchain technology, provided the user analytics of their Dapp and expected participants to generate ideas to improve the companies’ market strategy. Our application collects information about the users, and the application can be implemented by any Dapp creator in every industry, be it gaming, exchanges etc.”

The project of Vyshnavi G provides Dapp creators with important metrics about their users. It gives information regarding the time spent by users on competitors’ app, contacts that the users are interacting with, count of unique users, and the count of loyal users of the competitors. “There are many Dapps in the market which offer information about the user analytics of Dapp. However, they restrict to presenting data pertaining to a single industry whereas, our app mitigates this limitation by offering data sources to be used by multiple industries.”, Vyshnavi G explains the uniqueness of the project. When asked regarding her take away from the Hackathon, Vyshnavi G says, “ The ETH Denver Hackathon 2020 gives a brilliant opportunity to work alongside the developers, thought leaders, advisers, and companies who are making the infrastructure and applications that will empower the industries in the future.”


Research by SRM AP faculty receives prestigious APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial International Travel Award

SRM University AP Amravati

Date: May 22, 2020

SRM University AP, Andhra Pradesh faculty, Dr. Tousif Khan N, Assistant Professor and Head of the Department, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, is to present a paper “Laguerre Neural Network Driven Adaptive Control of DC-DC Step Down Converter” in the renowned International Federation for Automatic Control (IFAC) World Congress to be held in Germany during July 12-17, 2020. Further this research article is also selected for the prestigious APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial International Travel Award by the Automatic Control and Dynamic Optimization Society (ACDOS) chaired by Professor Ravi Gudi of Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. 

The research work of Dr. Tousif proposes a novel Laguerre neural network estimation technique for the approximation of unknown and uncertain load function, followed by its subsequent compensation in the adaptive backstepping controller. A detailed design of the proposed estimator and adaptive backstepping controller along with closed loop asymptotic stability have been presented. Further, the proposed control mechanism is evaluated through extensive numerical simulations while subjecting the converter to input voltage, reference voltage, and load resistance perturbations. Additionally, the results are verified by testing the proposed controller on a laboratory prototype with DSP based TM320F240 controller board. The analysis of results reveals that the proposed control methodology for DC-DC step down converter offers a faster transient output voltage tracking with smooth and satisfactory inductor current response over a wide operating range. Dr. Tousif informs, “Under the class of DC-DC converters, the dynamics of DC-DC step down converter are nonlinear in nature and are largely influenced by both parametric and unanticipated external perturbations. In its closed loop operation, obtaining a precise output voltage tracking besides satisfactorily inductor current response is a challenging control objective. Hence, in this regard, this article proposes a solution.”

Dr. Tousif further adds, “The primary objective in DC-DC converters is to transfer the energy among different DC circuits functioning at a specific voltage and current levels. This process of energy transfer is performed by temporarily storing the energy from the input source in an operating mode, followed by releasing it in the other operational mode of the converter. Thus, one level of DC input voltage is converted to another level of average DC output voltage at the load end. Meanwhile, the converter being ideal is expected to consume no energy. Any consumption of energy in the converter interface amounts to direct power loss in the overall supply system. Typically, converters render high input-output conversion.”, His notable research work offers to mitigate these issues, leading to the venerated APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial International Travel Award. Advancing his work in the future, Dr. Tousif will be closely working on the society's activities with ACDOS as a member for mutual benefit.


SRM AP student’s endeavour to fight COVID-19: Develops Face Shield 2.0

SRM AP

Date: May 21, 2020

During the unprecedented crisis, when the world is slowly falling into despair, the talented students of SRM University- AP are using the time for brainstorming and innovation. It is believed that a safe face shield is the need of the hour for people to valiantly engage in their work without being infected by the coronavirus. Attesting the signs of a true researcher, P. Mohan Aditya, a 2nd - year Mechanical Engineering student, represents the future generation well by developing a highly useful face shield that costs less than a plate of snacks.

Mr Aditya has named it "Face Shield 2.0". The face shield is very lightweight, easy to wear, comfortable yet durable. It protects a person's entire face from hazards with a thin layer of transparent plastic film that serves as an outer defence. It is a piece of protective equipment to guard the face against exposure to potentially infectious materials. This face shield is biodegradable as the headband is made of cardboard(paper) which is 100% degradable material and the plastic can be reused. 

The Face Shield 2.0 was manufactured using the CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled) machine through which Aditya designed a headband, and the shape of the transparent plastic film was created using CAD (Computer-Aided Design) software. "I gave this CAD model as an input to the CNC machine. Now the CNC machine software analysed the CAD model and started to cut the cardboard and transparent sheet according to the drawing provided as an input. Thus, I managed to bring down the production time for manufacturing and assembling the Face shield in less than 2minutes," explained Aditya. A 3 Ply Corrugated Cardboard Sheet had been used in making the headband so that the headband becomes durable, comfortable and lightweight. The Bursting Strength of the Cardboard sheet is 16kg/sq.cm. A thick 175-micron transparent plastic sheet has been placed over the headband to protect the person against the virus. This also forms a barrier that keeps people from easily touching their faces. The transparent film also helps in allowing the visibility of facial expressions and lip movements for speech perception.

The other innovative features of the face shield are - a cushioning type of structure has been attached to the headband so that the person wearing it for a long time does not get strained. This structure helps the person to wear the face shield comfortably. By providing the elastic band to this face shield, any person with different head circumferences can wear it easily.Wearing this 'Face Shield 2.0' will help the police, medical personnel, municipal workers, people working in sanitizing department, people working in the essential goods sector by not getting infected by the virus. It can also be used by virus-infected patients so that the chance of spreading the virus to a healthy person can be decreased. Moreover, several lakhs of students of schools, colleges and universities could use the Face Shield 2.0 when they come back to the educational institutions after the lockdown is lifted.

This Face Shield prepared by Mohan Aditya was unveiled at the Velagapudi Secretariat on Tuesday evening, where the student was seen wearing the Face Shield and preparing them. The Sophisticated Corona Face Shield was handed over to Adimulapu Suresh, the Minister of Education, Andhra Pradesh, and Nandigam Suresh, MP from Bapatla district of Andhra Pradesh. The masks were circulated among the police and paramedics, who appreciated Mohan Aditya for this initiative. The management of SRM AP applauded the research work of Mohan Aditya, praising his new and inspiring invention that is useful to the society. Dr. P Sathyanarayanan, President, SRM University-AP, and Prof. D Narayana Rao, Pro Vice Chancellor, SRM University-AP, celebrated the commendable intelligence of the student and congratulated him for developing the face shield using new technology.

Mohan Aditya always wanted to make a difference. So, when he read in many articles and newspapers that there is a huge shortage of the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) in the world, the idea of making a face shield crossed his mind. "I thought to make a face shield which is 100% biodegradable, low in cost and also gives protection to the facial area and associated mucous membranes (Eyes, Nose, Mouth) which are the possible entries for a virus to infect people," said Aditya.

Mohan Aditya wants to be a successful engineer in life. He is very passionate about making useful gadgets. His previous endeavour with his team successfully ended up in making an Electric bicycle by using a 24V 250Watt DC motor powered a 12V and 12Ah battery. At present, they are working on the retrofit of an old IC Bike into brand new Electric Bike. Our young engineer P. Mohan Aditya truly one of those people whom the future world can rely upon.


SRM-AP Bags Laurels on BlockChain Technology at the International Hackathon in ETHDenver

SRM University, AP - Andhra Pradesh

Date: Mar 11, 2020

Innovations of SRM University-AP’s Students were acknowledged and rewarded on ETHDenver, an International Conference organised by Ethereum Foundation. Ethereum Foundation is the largest platform for blockchain technology development. In this conference, they arranged for an US Blockchain Technology Hackathon, the biggest challenge on blockchain technology developments and applications. Approximately 2000 students across the world registered for the conference. Students of SRM-AP presented their innovative ideas with prototypes and secured bounty of total 3000 us dollars for their projects called URBANBOWL and SECURENOTE. They were also awarded the Community Prize for being on the Top 5. As a part of Global Scholars Programme supported by Ethereum Foundation, the students represented SRM University-AP in the conference.

URBANBOWL was developed by Koushik Bhargav, Pushyamitra, Srinivas Teja and Rohit, four students of 3rd year, Computer Science and Engineering Department. This project was about making cities self-sustainable by urban farming on rented places. Considering the American societies, where people have unused places like the backyards, the students developed prototype of Urbanbowl, a decentralised urban farming platform where people can lease out empty spaces like backyards or basements. This platform was developed using blockchain technology. Their project also satisfied 5 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): End Hunger, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Reduction in Forest Loss and Land Degradation, Climate Action and Sustainable Production Pattern. The students received a bounty of $500 from SKALE and $500 from DAPPHERO for their project.

SECURENOTE, the second project from SRM-AP, was also highly praised in the conference. Yoganand and Nikhil, 3rd year students of Electronics and Communication Engineering along with Chaitanya and Abhin, 3rd year students of Computer Science and Engineering were the brains behind the project. They have developed a platform where people’s complaints will not be unnoticed. The present scenario in Indian Police Station shows that people register their complaints manually, and afterwards, most of the times, those complaints gets lost or no action is taken. Students of SRM-AP has developed such a platform where such complaints will be registered and digitised in such a way that cannot modified later without bringing it into notice of all the concerned authorities. This will make the process more secure as none will be able to alter or modify to complaints without notifying the authorities. They also received a bounty of $2000 from DAOSTACK for their project.