Campus Talk

Published: 29th September 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th September 2014 10:24 PM   |  A+A-

CAMPUS.jpgMDP on ‘Developing Networking Skills’ at IMI Bhubaneswar

A three-day Management Development Programme on ‘Developing Networking Skills’ for Executives of Powergrid Corporation of India was organised at International Management Institute (IMI), Bhubaneswar. Inaugurating the programme, Prof Ramesh Behl, Director of the Institute spoke on the importance of interpersonal networking through developing self and others at the work-places for the wider benefits of the business organisation. All kinds of relationship, either personal or business, are developed by networking. The executives of Powergrid Corporation of India from various parts of the country had participated in the programme. The programme was coordinated by Prof Swarup

Kumar Mohanty and besides him, Prof YR

Reddy, Prof Bindu Chhabra and R Juneja had spoke on varied topics at the programme.

CAMPUS-12.jpgISB alumni team wins Hult Prize in US

A group of five alumni from the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad, won the prestigious Hult Prize and a $1 million funding support from the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).  The prize was given away by Bill Clinton, former president of the USA and Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank, at a high profile event held in New York. The winning team — Nano Health — comprised Aditi Vaish, Ashish Bondia, Manish Ranjan, Pranav Kumar Maranganty, and Ramanathan Lakshmanan who participated in this competition earlier this year, as students of the Class of 2014 at the ISB. Ajit Rangnekar, Dean, ISB was present at the global event. Details at

CAMPUS-1.jpgAMET University accredited with A1

Det Norske Veritas- Germanischer Lloyds, a world renowned accreditation society bestowed the highest Grade A1 (Outstanding) to AMET University after an intensive initial inspection for the Comprehensive Inspection Programme (CIP) conducted under the authority of Director General of Shipping, Government of India. CIP is a merger of three separate audit processes namely Academic Council audit, quality management system audit and rating assessment by credit rating agencies. The grading is based on parameters such as the quality of faculty, infrastructure, training facilities, quality of teaching, performance of graduates and placement of students.

Tech-Med Healthcare’s Talent Quest

Tech-Med Healthcare, a healthcare organisation is hosting Talent Quest, a state-level talent search for Life Science Award 2014. The contest is organised to promote the scope of life sciences, to inspire and recognise the students of the field. The contest is open to practising lab technicians having up to five years of experience in hospital laboratory management and students of DMLT, Bio-Chemistry and Microbiology. Interested students can participate in the preliminary round, a written competitive exam at New College, Chennai, on October 12. The last date for registration for the exam is September 30. Those selected in the preliminary round will move on to participate in the state level quiz at Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai, on October 18. Winners can win a scholarship worth `1lakh. Log on to for registration or contact 18002081212 for details.

CAMPUS-32.jpgStudents design copter that can locate individuals through face recognition

A group of students, in SRM University led by Sobin Santhosh, final-year student in the Aerospace Department have designed and implemented an autonomous copter equipped with an automatic face and person recognition system in a day. They have trained their intelligent software to detect a person irrespective of his/her attire, face orientation, posture and/or background. In their drill experiment of the rescue application, an onboard camera was mounted on a quad-copter UAV where a live video was recorded. The video was fed to the person identification software, developed on a MATLAB platform by Arijit Ray, a final-year student of SRM University in the Electrical and Electronics Department. The software successfully detected the target person in an image taken while the copter has hovering.

Seminar on employment organised by CII

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) today organised a seminar ‘Enable the Capable — Diversity — A business imperative and not a CSR initiative’, with an objective to create awareness on employment opportunities for the differently abled. The film public service video was launched by Arun Nanda, Director, Mahindra & Mahindra; Ninad Karpe, Chairman, CII Sub Committee on Higher Education, MD and CEO, Aptech; Arunima Sinha, the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest.

Untitled-6.jpgInternational conference at KL University in Andhra Pradesh

A three-day international conference on ‘Wireless and Optical Communications Networks-2014’ (WOCN-2014) was held at KL University, Guntur, AP. Scientist and advisor for Department of Science and Technology (DST) KR Murali Mohan, was the Chief Guest for the occasion. Miroslav Skoric, professor in University of Novisad, Serbia, was also at the conference and addressed the students. Computer Society of India (CSI) Chairman (Division 4) Durgesh Kumar Mishra, Horacio Gonzalez Velez, head of cloud Competency Centre, National College of Ireland, R Sreehari Rao, KLU Chancellor, LSS Reddy, Vice-Chancellor, and Koneru Raja Hareen, Vice-President, also addressed the gathering.

Angela-Ffrench.jpgSummit on Building Partnerships for the Future held

Cambridge English hosted a summit on the theme ‘Building Partnerships for the Future’. Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge inaugurated the summit, and invited guests from the Government of India, education and industry to add their perspectives. AshokThakur, Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Government of India, and TV Mohandas Pai, Chairman of Manipal Global Education, presented the education-industry perspective and the school perspective was given by Fr CM Jose Aikara, Chairman, Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination. The focus group discussion on ‘Improving access to education by leveraging the power of technology’ was co-chaired by Michael Carrier, Cambridge English and Praveen Kanipakam, President and Chairman of the Board, Sharp Software Development India. The second group discussion on ‘Measuring the success of educational projects’ was co-chaired by Hanan Khalifa, Cambridge English and Prof R Natarajan, Former Director, Indian Institute of Technology Madras and Former Chairman, AICTE. A discussion on ‘The role of assessment in raising standards’ was co-chaired by Nick Saville, Cambridge English.

CAMPUS-3.jpgTake a selfie with Mangalyaan

Smartur 3D (, a next generation digital classroom solution by Hyderabad-based start-up ( has developed Smartur App — possibly India’s First Augmented Reality App on Android Mobile Phones and iOS mobile devices — that will enable users to click a selfie with Mangalyaan. As part of the programme, users of android mobile and iOS devices can participate in a contest ‘Mangalyaan and Me’ — whereby users are invited to upload innovative selfies with a model of the Mangalyaan and be eligible to win exciting prizes. A participant would be required to download the App (for free), on their mobile device and take a print out of the ‘Marker’ — a ‘marker’ is a unique design that helps the model (the Mangalyaan) to be placed in reality. Open to all citizens across age groups, one may submit as many photographs as they wish. The contest will be open until October 15 and the top three innovative photographs will be announced on October 20 with a chance to win exciting prizes.

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