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Contest for women

Nandini Voice for the Deprived, a non-governmental organisation, is conducting an essay competition for women on the topic ‘Impact of TASMAC shops on women’s life in Tamil Nadu.’

Participants are expected to present their views about the State’s approach and policy in promoting TASMAC shops and its consequences. The essay can be in English or Tamil and should not exceed 1,500 words. The essay should be sent by post on or before January 27 to the following address : N. S. Venkataraman, Trustee, Nandini Voice for the Deprived, M 60/1, Fourth Cross Street, Besant Nagar, Chennai-600 090. It can also be mailed to nsvenkatchennai@gmail.com

For details, contact 044 – 2491 6037.



ANITS gets research centre status

Andhra University has recognised the Anil Neerukonda Institute of Technology and Sciences at Sangivalasa as a research centre. With the recognition accorded to the ANITS, its faculty members were eligible to guide research students and students could be permitted to join the ANITS to pursue their Ph.D. degrees, its Principal V.S.R.K. Prasad informed on Saturday. Secretary of ANITS V. Thapovardhan and Prof. Prasad thanked the AU for recognising the institute as a research centre .



Students @ fest

Students participate in ‘Technozion’, a festival at the National Institute of Technology in Warangal on Thursday.– Photo: M. MURALI Students participate in ‘Technozion’, a festival at the National Institute of Technology in Warangal on Thursday.– Photo: M. MURALI

IPE lecture

O.P. Rawat, Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises, Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, will deliver the golden jubilee lecture on ‘21 st Century Challenges to Public Enterprises in India’ on December 26 at IPE auditorium on OU campus. A press release said president of the institute’s board of governors, P. Rama Rao would preside.



Selected for award

The Eisai Pharmatechnology and Manufacturing Ltd. of Visakhapatnam was selected for UBM India’s CSR activities award.

The UBM India awards have been instituted to honour the companies which have excelled in pharmaceuticals and contributed to the growth and development of the Indian industry and also the economy, according to a press release.



Workshop on entrepreneurship

A two-day workshop on entrepreneurship development for Engineering and MBA students began at the Mancherial’s Aizza College of Engineering and Technology here on Monday. The college roped in local industrialist Venkateshwar Rao, APITCO Regional Officer Giri as resource persons.



Fuel the zeal

Marathon:The vehicle designed by students of SRM University.

Marathon:The vehicle designed by students of SRM University.

Seventeen Indian universities will participate in the Shell Eco-marathon Asia. Students from SRM University and Madras Institute of Technology (MIT) talk to MADHUVANTI S KRISHNAN about what the next few months have in store for them…


“I am extremely excited that I am taking part in the Shell Eco-marathon this time. It is an enriching experience ,” smiles Rishabh Jain, a third year student of B.Tech in Automobile Engineering from SRM University.

Yes, it’s that time of the year when students across the world are gearing up for the Shell Eco-marathon that is scheduled to be held at Manila, Philippines, between February 6 and 9, 2014.

Touted as one of the most challenging and innovative student competitions conducted annually in Asia, America, and Europe, the marathon conducted by Shell brings together students and innovators who are passionate about energy issues. According to Viswakumar Menon, Country Head of Communications, Shell Group of Companies, India, the event’s history goes back a little over seven decades when a group of scientists from Shell had a bet to see who could drive their car the furthest on one gallon of fuel. The winner managed to cover approximately 21 kilometres. “What began as a friendly bet has now culminated in one of the most challenging competitions in the world,” says Rishabh.

Category and Design

Rishabh explains how at every stage, there is a lot to be learnt. “There is a rationale behind every little thing that is done, including selecting a name for the team,” he says.

“To begin with, I am part of a nine-member team called ‘Infieon’ Super Mileage. The word Infieon is derived from ‘infinity.’ The name of the team essentially signifies our aim of achieving increasing efficiency of vehicles in a fuel-efficient manner.”

Participating under the Prototype category in the competition, Rishabh further explains how the team’s focus was to design a highly-tuned engine for which members used electronic fuel injection . “It helps in easy tuning of the engine,” says Rishabh.

Rahul Ragothuman, team captain of the 25-member team from Madras Institute of Technology(MIT) participating in the challenge, talks about what his team has come up with, in lieu of the competition.

“We have named ourselves MIT Cruisers. Cruising is the second process involved in driving a vehicle and is done in order to gain mileage. It is based on this that we have named ourselves MIT Cruisers. We have entered the Prototype category and are in the process of constructing a gasoline-powered, three-wheeled prototype.”

The focus of the MIT Cruisers is on tyres. Rahul points out how bike and car tyres have a lot of friction, and the team is working to reduce friction by utilising frictionless tyres as opposed to the regular ones that people use.


While both teams unanimously agree that the support and guidance that they have received from their respective colleges is invaluable and has gone a long way in helping them achieve steady progress, they did face certain inevitable challenges.

One common problem faced by both teams was lack of funds.

“We required funds to buy parts for the vehicle, fuel, and more. This was not easy as sponsorships were hard to obtain,” says Rishabh, “Also, owing to the fact that we are students and not full-fledged professionals, designing the vehicle were an arduous task.”

Despite the little glitches they have faced, both teams are eagerly awaiting the finale that will be held in Manila in February next year.



Appointed VC

B.M. Chandrasekhar Reddy was appointed Vice-Chancellor of YSR Horticulture University in Tadepalligudem mandal of West Godavari district. He is presently a project coordinator at the Indian Institute of Horticulture Research in Bangalore. Mr. Chandrasekhar Reddy called on the CM after his appointment. He will have a three-year term.


‘MOOCs can help improve access to quality education’

The Open Educational Resources have the potential to provide increased access to knowledge resources while its use in the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) will provide opportunities to receive credentials through formal and informal learning, said Sanjaya Mishra, Director, Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia. The implication of these developments for India is tremendous and given the right kind of impetus, we can improve access and quality of available education, he said while delivering a lecture on ‘Learning and Technology: Emerging Trends to Democratise Education’ at a meeting organised by Prof. G. Ram Reddy Memorial Trust at Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University Campus on Tuesday. Dr. Mishra was also presented with the Prof. G. Ram Reddy Social Scientist Award for his outstanding contribution to the field of open distance learning.


Training for survey on health and education

The Field Operation Division of National Sample Survey Office (NSS) will undertake a nation-wide survey on ‘Social Consumption on Health and Education’ from January to June, 2014.

The survey will be preceded by a three-day regional training conference which will commence on December 18 to impart training on concepts and definitions and on-field training for field functionaries involved in this survey.

Deputy Director General, NSSO, Southern Zonal Office, Bengaluru, Sandhya Krishnamurthy will inaugurate the regional conference while Director D. Satish, Assistant Director A.S.N.M. Rao and other senior officers will impart the training.

The field functionaries stationed at sub-regional offices, Visakhapatnam, Kakinada and NSRO, Vijayawada and officials of Andhra Pradesh State Directorate of Economics and Statistics will attend the training programme.



Bathed in colours

An illuminated fountain at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi.Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

An illuminated fountain at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi.Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar


Thrill on hill

Cablecars busy ferrying tourists to Kailasagiri hill resort as there has been a rise in the tourist inflow to Visakhapatnam.— PHOTOS: C.V. SUBRAHMANYAM

Cablecars busy ferrying tourists to Kailasagiri hill resort as there has been a rise in the tourist inflow to Visakhapatnam.— PHOTOS: C.V. SUBRAHMANYAM



Robo junior workshop

Ameya World School, Sanghivalasa in association with the National Robotics Championship 2014 is hosting a two-day ‘Robo Junior Workshop’ on December 14 and 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Winner of the zonal centre will be eligible to compete in the final round at Helios, IIT Mumbai in April next year. The finalist will receive a certificate of excellence and cash prize worth Rs. 40,000 apart from a free summer Internship for the year 2014.




Creating a flutter

Members of Team Mangalore flying kites as part of Samudrothsava, organised by Alva's under the Vishwa Nudisiri-2013, at Panambur Beach in Mangalore on Sunday.— PHOTO: H.S. MANJUNATH

Members of Team Mangalore flying kites as part of Samudrothsava, organised by Alva’s under the Vishwa Nudisiri-2013, at Panambur Beach in Mangalore on Sunday.— PHOTO: H.S. MANJUNATH



Kshitij to ignite young minds

Kshitij – the techno-management fest of IIT Kharagpur will be held from January 31 to February 3 and it will provide a national-level platform for the students to showcase their technical and managerial expertise through 40 events spanning across 9 diverse genres.

With prize money of over Rs.60 lakh on offer, last year’s event made it sure that the efforts of the ingenious minds were duly recognised and rewarded. To participate in the fest the students need to register on the website,www.ktj.in.

Sneh Pratik, Core organising team member said that several top organisations are involved in the festival.

He says, ACM – the esteemed society in the field of computing, certifies the popular night-long coding competition ‘Overnite’, while the aircraft designing competition ‘Laws of Motion’ has the backing of IMechE. ‘B Plan’, an exclusive event for budding entrepreneurs, presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to the bright minds to present an executive summary of their business idea and receive a hefty incubation from angel investors and venture capitalists to kick-start their dream venture.

A multitude of exciting online events have already commenced from the first week of November itself. The last date for submission of entries is December 15.

R. Ravikanth Reddy



Nominations invited for Mrs. Chennai contest

Virgo Event Management is organising the 14th edition of Mrs. Chennai and the second edition of Miss and Mrs. Tamil Nadu. Contestants will be selected on the basis of their personality, communication skills, talent and IQ.

The sub-titles to be won include cookery queen, creative queen, fitness queen and mobility queen.


Participants should be between 16 and 25 years of age to participate in the Miss Tamil Nadu event and between 21 and 40 years for Mrs. Chennai.

The preliminaries will be conducted at Spencers Plaza Atrium- Phase Three.

Last date for registration is December 10.

Applications can be downloaded from virgoevents.co.in and details are put up on the Facebook page.

For details, call 99410 18210 or 98414 83511.


Seminar on CSAT tomorrow

Triumphant Institute of Management Education (T.I.M.E.), in partnership with The Hindu , will conduct a seminar on ‘Civil Services Aptitude Test: 2014 – Approach & Opportunities’ here on December 8.

The programme will be held at Urdu Hall, Himayatnagar at 10 a.m. Candidates can register at http://www.time4education.com or at any of the T.I.M.E. centres. Interested persons may contact 040-4008 8400, 81793 71363 for more details. Participants can also appear for the ‘TIME talent search’ exam at the venue.


Workshop on ‘writing for radio’

The city chapter of Public Relations Society of India (PRSI) and Rachana College of Journalism will together conduct a workshop on ‘writing for radio’ at Keshav Memorial College, Narayanguda, at 5 p.m. on December 13.

Speakers who will share their knowledge include editor of PR Voice C.V. Narasimha Reddi and others including Bandaru Srinivas Rao, D. Venkatramaiah and J. Chennai, said PRSI’s Hyderabad chapter chairman N.L. Narasimha Rao in a press release.

Courses in Telugu

The Telugu Akademi will commence introductory and advanced Telugu courses to help administrative personnel in government departments from Dec. 9 for two hours between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. for 48 working days from Monday to Saturday. For details, one may contact over Ph, Nos. 99662 30475, (020)23225215 or (040)23225359.


Hyderabad Book Fair from December 7

National Book Trust – India is organising the Hyderabad Book Fair from December 7 to 15 at NTR Stadium. Governor E.S.L. Narsimhan will inaugurate the fair.

Free training

GITAM University’s Hyderabad Business School will organise a workshop on ‘MS Excel’ on its Sangareddy campus on Dec. 7. For details: contact 96184 77011/22


Selection trials

The selection trials for men’s cricket team of Dr. NTR UHS will be held at Siddhartha Medical College on Friday and Saturday. Aspirants from medical, dental, Ayurvedic, homoeopathic, Unani, and physiotherapy colleges have to report to the PD of the college by 10 a.m. on Friday.



Gitam excellence meet

Gitam Institute of Management is organising its 15th Gitam Excellence Meet on December 6 and 7. Over 2,000 participants have already registered to participate in the array of competitions being organised.

Over 300 students from colleges outside the city will also be attending the meet. The entire event is being organised by the students under the guidance of their mentors so that they can learn how to conduct large events. Each of the 850 students of the institute will be given individual responsibilities to ensure the smooth running of the event.

Chief Mentor K. Manjusree Naidu said that the students are handling all aspects of the meet right from finance, marketing to hospitality and they will gain immense exposure from the practical experience.

For more information log on towww.gem-2013.blogspot.com



City boy for SGFI nationals

Sports Department of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant felicitated Y. Veerababu, student of Visakha Vimala Vidyalayam (Balacheruvu) on Tuesday on being selected to Andhra Pradesh under-14 kabaddi team for the School Games Federation of India National championships to be held in Bhopal from December 16. Veerababu worked hard and could gain a place in the State team in spite of his family’s poor background. AGM (sports) of VSP M.S. Kumar, other sports department officials felicitated Veerababu.


Workshop on mountaineering

The Adventure Club of Andhra Pradesh (ACAP) is conducting a workshop on Indian Himalayas, mountaineering explorations and facilitations to mountaineers from 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, at ACAP, Youth Hostel campus, near Boats Club on the occasion of International Mountain Day. The workshop will feature talks by senior mountaineers from the State, interactive sessions with students and budding mountaineers.

For details: 98492-70575/99595-38275, a press release said.


Shaastra symposium

The organisers of the technical festival of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), Shaastra,will conduct a symposium on, “Reinventing the agricultural sector.” Through mentorship sessions, field trips, lectures and group discussions, selected students will be given an exposure to the problems and challenges faced by the agricultural sector today.

Any college student enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate programme is eligible to participate. The symposium takes place from January 4 to 7, 2014, at IITM.

More at: http://www.shaastra.org/2014/main/#iit_madras_symposium.

For any enquiry, call: +91-8220584444




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