Yoga Course at Kundrathur
A yoga programme was conducted by Sambandham Nagar community in Kundrathur. The community president Loganathan conceived the idea and along with other members, invited Lakshmi T Rajan, founder, Mastermind Foundation, to inaugurate the yoga event. Speaking at the inauguration, Lakshmi said yoga was a way of life and not just stretching hands and legs. She explained the connection between the mind, body and soul and taught simple breathing and asanas. She also added that more than 95% of physical diseases are caused due to stress.
Organ Donation Saves 4 Lives
Organs of a brain dead patient donated by his family have saved the lives of four people. Balakrishnan, 32-year-old employee of Bharath Matha School, Vandavasi, met with a road accident and was admitted to Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre with severe head injuries. He was declared brain dead and his father G Selvaraj and brother Babu kindly donated his organs. The liver was transplanted in SRMC to a patient from Kerala by Dr Mohammed Rela and team. The kidneys were transplanted to a central government employee from Avadi and an NLC employee from Neyveli by Dr K Natarajan and team on January 19. His heart and lung were shared with Global Hospital and transplanted. The corneas have been retained by SRMC for future use.
AWIM Olympics in Chennai
As many as 184 school students from classes 5 to 7 qualified to participate in the finals of the 8th AWIM National Olympics held in Chennai. Over 20,000 students from 22 cities participated in the prelims held all over India to qualify for the finals. AWIM (A World in Motion) incorporates the laws of physics, motion, flight and electronics into age-appropriate hands-on activities. AWIM is a teacher-administered, volunteer-assisted programme that helps school children understand science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in a practical way, thereby broadening the horizon of their learning.
Science Meet at Guru Nanak
The department of chemistry and Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of Guru Nanak College in collaboration with Nuray Chemicals Pvt Ltd had organised a three-day national conference on ‘Innovations in Chemical Sciences’ (Jan 28-30) to commemorate the 30th year of commencement of MSc and the centenary year of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. The conference was inaugurated by Prof R Balaram, former director, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. A special address was given at the conference by Sardar Harbans Singh Anand, president, Guru Nanak Educational Society.
Micosoft Extends Maternity Leave
Microsoft India has announced a raise in its maternity leave policy. The move is aimed at further boosting a healthy and productive work environment as well as emotional upliftment of the company’s workforce. The company has extended the maternity leave for its women employees to six months from the current three months. This is in addition to Microsoft’s continued support to its women staff by offering them the option of availing unpaid leave of up to three months. The new policy is effective from Feb 1 and will also benefit women employees who are on maternity leave.