Thursday, September 13, 2012

Ponnonam 2012

Hindustan University celebrated ONAM - ‘PONNONAM 2012’ in all its pomp and glory on Saturday, 25th August 2012. The function was inaugurated by the famous music director and playback singer, Sri Sarath, in the presence of the Management, the Vice Chancellor, Directors, Deans, faculty members and the students of the University. The special guests of the function were the children of the New Life Vision Orphanage, Chennai.

ONAM, being an important festival for every Malayalee, this whole-day get-together was a joyous occasion for the sons and daughters coming from their homeland, Kerala. The festival banishes all the barriers of caste and religion and unites the people to live in unison and in prosperity. This year the students of Hindustan University brought to life their culture with their new ‘setu mundu’ and saries, and ‘mundu’ and shirt. It was a pleasure watching them flaunt their new apparel as they went about organizing the items.

The celebrations for the Onam festival commenced with the exquisite variety of ‘Athapookalam,’ the traditional floral carpet, designed in various corners of the college by the students from all batches. Various cultural programs like dance, songs, fashion show, skit, and the festive dance, ‘Thiruvathira’, were displayed on stage by the students and faculty members.

What brought immense happiness was the presence of our special guests of the function -- the children of the New Life Vision Orphanage, Chennai. Contributions for the children were made by the Management and the Chief Guest. The Management provided them with a special kit which included of number of items purchased as per their requirement and desire. As the kids went up the stage to collect the gifts, there was a thunderous applause by the audience which welled up tears in the eyes of many a beholder.

The program also included the most enjoyable and irresistible beats of the ‘Chendamelam’ bringing everyone into the festive mood. This 30-member group invited from Thrissur, the cultural capital of Kerala, enthralled the audience by leaps and bounds. It was an exciting experience to watch the girls in groups dancing graciously in tune to the ‘Chendamelam’ while the boys joined the rhythmic steps in their own boyish style.

A unique and unbelievable sight was the orphanage girls and boys dancing individually in their own places when the university students invited the little ones to join them in the group. Forgetting all differences in age, class and education, the mixed group danced enthusiastically, to which the ‘Chendamelam’ responded passionately. Seeing this, one of the foreign students said, “I will never forget this scene – Hindustan has made me understand that these kids of the orphanage are our own siblings.”

The function was followed by ‘Onam sadya,’ the traditional meal of Kerala served on the day of Onam with about twenty curries, ‘pappadam,’ ‘pazham’ and ‘payasam’ served for all. The kids of the orphanage participated in it with such relish that it was obvious from their expression that their joy was enhanced by the importance given to them by the institution.

The program was a tremendous success indeed. Thanks to the commitment, coordination and cooperation of the students for which they had been doing the spade work weeks ahead. Gratitude to the Management in general, for their invaluable support for the smooth conduction of the programme. As the function came to a close, there was the smile of satisfaction on every lip for bringing in a touch of Kerala in their hearts and a long lasting memory of happiness in their minds. “Thanks to Hindustan University for bringing our home to us at a time when we are far away from home,” said a Keralite.  

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

India’s 1st and World’s 14th Andro humanoid

SAM The Robot V0.0

India’s 1st and World’s 14th Andro humanoid

Shyam .R. Nair M. E. EIE Dept.

Creation of SAM the Andro Humanoid was a dream of Mr. Shyam. R. Nair of EIE department that come true for him. Fourteen months of dedicated and sincere work at the lab established in his residence, helped him to accomplish this project. The concept of inventing an Andro humanoid was embedded in his mind as a result of a particular incident that happened in North India 2 years ago. The incident shocked the nation and it exposed the lack of use of technology and the stark reality of the dangers engulfed around the soldiers of our soil. He recalls the incident wherein the soldiers were on a mission to encounter the terrorists who were in a hide-out. The Indian army battalion based on the information went on amission to ambush the terrorists, but unfortunately they lost their lives due to a bomb blast planted by the terrorists. Unfortunately this was a trap for the Indian army that shook the whole nation.

Mr. Shyam was depressed that our heroes shouldn’t have attained such a fate, when there is so much of advancement in technology such casualties and accidents shouldn’t occur in future. Thus this incident inspired him to do something for the nation to help our soldiers who guard the nation against the terrorists. It pepped up his innate talents and encouraged him to think out of the box to use his technical knowledge and contribute for the nation to save our soldiers.

He started developing the protocol which integrates computational intelligence with human intelligence and named it as “Cascaded Computational Intelligence”. At the initial stages he created a humanoid and then developed a robot model for executing the protocol and finally decided to create the Andro humanoid.

Once he finished the work of andro humanoid, he then decided to publish it in paper. He ended up with 10 international publications of which 6 are journals and 4 are conference papers.

Thereafter he came to know from various reliable sources that his Andro humanoid was the first of its kind in India and 14th in the world.

Features of SAM:
SAM V0.0 is an Andro Humanoid with 32 DOF (Degrees Of Freedom).
He can move in a plain surface using wheels.
He can be controlled by voice commands.
He has unbounded wireless control that make him controlled by me round the world. For example, if SAM is in America and I am at Chennai, I can control him by my voice commands through internet.
He can be used as an Astronaut, in Defense, emergency rescue operation etc in future.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Guest Lecture on Solid State Drives

Department of EEE has organized for a guest lecture on “Solid State Drives’’ on 21st August 2012. The chief guest of the day was Mr. M. Sundarajan, Retired Engineer, Chennai Port Trust. The welcome address was given by Mr. S. Srinivasan, Assistant Professor, Department of EEE, HITS. The chief guest gave a comprehensive lecture on ‘Solid State Drives’’.
The guest lecture was mainly for the benefit of Final year EEE students. There were around 60 participants.

The vote of thanks was proposed by Mr. S. Srinivasan, Assistant Professor, Department of EEE, HITS.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

HITS Dept. of Research on Seminars (July through August)

Topic: Difference in Research Culture in India and U.K

The Department of Research, Hindustan University, organized a Seminar on “Difference in Research Culture in India and U.K” on 20.07.2012 (Friday) 9.30 A.M at K.S.Moorthy Seminar Hall. The seminar was attended by research scholars, Deans, HODs and Research supervisors. Dr.D.G.Roychowdhury, Dean (Research) welcomed the participants. The Inaugural Address was given by by Dr.G.  Ilavazhagan, Director Research (Funded and Sponsored). He spoke on the need for research and the varied fields where research can be carried out. He later introduced the guest speaker of the day Dr.P.Shanmugam, Principal Scientist, Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), Adyar. Dr.Shanmugam delivered an enlightening speech on the research culture existing in India and focused on areas for improvement. He also emphasized the planning and execution of a smart PhD. After the presentation there was an interactive session wherein the participants clarified their queries. The seminar ended with the vote of thanks by Dr.A.Anitha, Research Coordinator, and HITS.

Topic: Occupational Safety and Health in Research Labs and Shop Floors

The Department of Research, Hindustan University, organized a Seminar on “Occupational Safety and Health in Research Labs and Shop Floors” on 03.08.2012 (Friday) 9.30A.M at K.S.Moorthy Seminar Hall. The Inaugural Address and Introduction of Guest Speaker, Dr.M.Surianarayanan, Cell for Industrial Safety and Risk Analysis, CLRI was given by Dr.G. Ilavazhagan, Director Research (Funded and Sponsored), HITS. Dr.M.Surianarayanans presentation focused on the importance and safety measures that one has to follow while doing experiments. He also supported his views by slideshows of real life accidents. Queries raised by the participants were clarified by the speaker. At the end Dr.D.G. Roy Chowdhury, Dean Research concluded the seminar with vote of thanks.

Topic: How to be an effective researcher

The Department of Research, Hindustan University, organized a Seminar on “How to be an effective researcher” on 10.08.201 (Friday) 9.30 A.M at K.S.Moorthy Seminar Hall. Inaugural Address was given by Dr.G. Ilavazhagan, Director Research (Funded and Sponsored), HITS. He later introduced the Guest Speaker Dr.R.R.Krishnamurthy, Professor, Department of Applied Geology, and University of Madras. Dr.Krishnamurthy emphasized the need for developing skills and confidence in communication, time management, planning, problem solving, leadership and assertiveness. The seminar ended with vote of thanks by Dr.P.Raghavan, Research Co-coordinator, and HITS. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Shrishti'12 Symposium - Dep.t of Civil Engg.


A National Level Technical Symposium SHRISHTI 12 was organized by the department of Civil Engineering on 18th August 2012. Dr.V.SUBBIAH Dean (P.G. Studies) welcomed the gathering. Er.R.Radhakrishnan. Secretary General, ICI, Chennai was the Chief Guest. Dr.S.V.Srinivasan Scientist, Department of Environmental technology, CLRI, Chennai was the Guest of honour. The traditional Lamp was lighted by the dignitaries. Dr.K.Sarukesi (Vice Chancellor) addressed the gathering with his valuable speech. The chief guest delivered a thought provoking speech about the modern trends in Civil Engineering. The guest of honour delivered a wonderful speech about the present Environmental techniques in Civil Engineering. Around 100 students from various colleges enthusiastically participated in the symposium.

Dr.V.SUBBIAH Dean (P.G. Studies) welcoming the gathering

After the Inaugural ceremony the first session of the technical symposium started with paper presentation by the students of various colleges. There were two parallel technical sessions. One session had 7 papers related to Structural Engineering and the other session had 4 papers related to Environmental, Transportation and Water Resources Engineering. Other events such as Modeling were held simultaneously. There was active participation from the students of various colleges for all the events. The first session of the symposium ended with the lunch break.

Lightning of Kuthuvilakku by the Vice-Chancellor The second session started with Technical Quiz, Cadd Quest and Fun Games like Adatune, Treasure Hunt, Think different and fear factor. Prizes were distributed by Dr.P.S.Jonna(Professor) for the winners. Mrs.S.Durgadevagi (Staff-coordinator) delivered the vote of thanks.
Address by the Chief Guest Er.R.Radhakrishnan. Secretary General, ICI, Chennai  

Address by the Guest of Honor Dr.S.V.Srinivasan Scientist, Department of Environmental technology, CLRI, Chennai
Participation of students from various colleges

66th Independence Day celebrations

66th Independence Day celebrations was held on August 14, 2012 at Open Air Theatre, Hindustan University. The program begins with the invocation, and after that 1(TN) AIR SQN NCC, HINDUSTAN UNIVERSITY cadets carried out a fantastic drill performance. The Chief Guest Lt.Col.S.K.Obheroi, Commanding Officer, 1 (TN) BATTALLION NCC, CHENNAI-08 along with the Director hoisted the National Flag. The Director, Hindustan Group of Institutions, the Vice- Chancellor, the Registrar, and the Director Academic attended the program.

Later the chief guest delivered a thought provoking speech to the gathering. He also distributed prizes to the well deserved students and staff of our university for their meticulous achievements they made during the academic year 2011-12.

Vote of thanks was delivered by the Dean (Student Affairs) and the celebration ended with the distribution of sweets.