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PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY

Volume 3

Issue 4

Jan–June '09

NEWSLETTER

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PADMASHRI AWARD TO PROF. J.A.K. TAREEN

➠ National Recognition to Vice-Chancellor

Prof. J.A.K. Tareen, Vice Chancellor of Pondicherry University is an educationist with forward-looking vision. He has won many accolades for his selfless and altruistic ventures directed towards equality, education and empowerment. In addition, he is a dynamic, enterprising and successful administrator. To mention a few: He transformed the University of Kashmir into academic excellence and a land of peace and serenity. With his efforts, he gave a new lease of life to the university by making it as one of the best academic abodes in India. Apart from being a good administrator, he has also made large scale contributions to higher education by serving as a member in most of the UGC and MHRD committees. After Kashmir University, he worked as the Executive Director of South Asia Foundation, New Delhi and then moved to Pondicherry University. Within a period of 3 years, unprecedented expansion and development work has been undertaken under his leadership. The University started two P.G. Centres at Karaikal and Andamans and 10 new courses. The students strength jumped from 1400 to 3200, the faculty from 180 to porses to reach 460, with a modern library, 800 acres of WIFI campus and state of the art laboratories. He announced free transport to all students who commute from city to campus and free hostel accommodation for all girl students. To commute inside the campus, three battery operated vehicles have been arranged for faculty, staff and students. His vision is to find a place for Pondicherry University among the top ten Universities of the country.

In recognition of his academic excellence, dynamic leadership qualities and his active participation in the development of Higher Education, the Government of India has honored him with the prestigious National award of ‘PADMASHRI’. The Editorial Board, Faculty, Staff and Students extend their felicitations to him on the conferment of this award.

Departments obtained UGC-SAP

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The following Departments have been recognized by UGC for its Special Assistance Programme (SAP) under

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11th Plan and these departments are working on various thrust areas: Sl. No. Department

Total Grant (Rs)

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Physics

38,90,000/-

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Earth Sciences

32,75,000/-

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Mathematics

11,90,000/-

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Ecology & Environmental Sciences

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Bio-technology

37,00,000/-

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French

12,40,000/-

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History

10,80,000/-

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Philosophy

10,50,000/-

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Commerce

12,90,000/-

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Tourism Studies

14,85,000/-

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Tamil

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Chemistry

2,20,000/-

3,40,000/42,00,000/-

Convocation News The 19th Annual Convocation of Pondicherry University was held on 20th March, 2009 in the Jawaharlal Nehru Auditorium. Shri Somnath Chatterjee, Hon’ble Speaker of Lok Sabha was the Chief Guest of the Convocation who has delivered the Convocation address. Shri Madanjeet Singh, Founder, South Asia Foundation & Goodwill Ambassador to UNESCO and Dr.M.Mylswamy Annadurai, Project Director of Chandrayaan-1, ISRO have also graced the occasion. In this Convocation, Shri.Somnath Chatterjee and Shri.Madanjeet Singh were conferred with Doctor of Letters (honoris causa). Dr.M.Mylswamy Annadurai was conferred with Doctor of Science (Honoris causa). The Vice Chancellor Prof.J.A.K.Tareen, in his convocation address narrated the developments of the University and highlighted the welfare measures extended to the students of this University. Initiatives like free accommodation to all girl students in Hostels, and free transport to every student of the University. Eco-friendly electric cars inside the campus for students to commute between hostels, library and laboratories internet browing centre, multi Gym for boys and Girls are to mention a few. A new stadium for Cricket, new playfields for hockey, football, volleyball, tennis and athletics tracks are being constructed. The entire 780 acre of campus was Wi-Fi enabled with 100% power back up in all departments, offices and hostels. In this Convocation, a total number of 15,046 Degrees were awarded, which include 8,847 Bachelor’s, 4,939 Master’s, 24 M.Phils, 56 Ph.Ds, and 1,180 Diplomas. On the whole about 220 Gold Medals and 85 Prize Winners were obtaining their awards and prizes during this Convocation. Shri.Madanjeet Singh has appreciated the developments of the University and announced an allocation of half-a-million US dollars for the establishment of a separate Institute for South Asian Regional Cooperation. A memorable Cultural Programme was held at the auditorium of culturalcum-Convention Centre in the evening. Members from

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Executive Councial, Academic Council, Special Invitees from government departments, Deans, Heads of departments/Centres and administrative officers of the University attended these programmes.

Department of History The Department of History, Pondicherry University, organized a Two-day National Seminar on Dominance and Resistance in Colonial and Post Colonial India on 23rd and 24th March 2009. The Seminar was sponsored by Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi. Prof. Aditya Mukherjee, of Contemporary Indian History at the Centre for Historical Studies, and Director, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi delivered the Inaugural Address and Prof. Mridula Mukherjee, Chairperson, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, New Delhi delivered the Keynote Address. Prof. B.B. Mohanty, Head, Department of Sociology, Pondicherry University delivered the Felicitation Address. The Valedictory function was presided over by Shri. S. Loganthan, Registrar, Pondicherry University. Prof. D. Subramanyam Reddy, Former Head, Department of History, S.V. University, Tirupati offered felicitations. Prof. Adapa Satyanarayana, Osmania University, Hyderabad and Member, Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi, delivered the Keynote Address. Historians and Scholars from different parts of India participated in the Seminar and presented their papers, which are being published in the form of a book. Dr. K. Venugopal Reddy was the Coordinator of the Seminar.

The Department of History, Pondicherry University, conducted a three-day National Seminar on Cultural Transformation from Iron Age to Early Historic: An Archaeological Perspective between 25th & 27th March 2009. The Seminar was sponsored by the Central Institute of Classical Tamil, Chennai. Prof. P.J. Cherian, Director, Kerala Council of Historical Research, Thiruvananthapuram delivered the inaugural address and Dr. R. Champakalakshmi, Former Professor, Jawahar

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Centre for Bioinformatics A National seminar on “Current Trends in Bioinformatics Teaching and Research” was organized by the Centre of Excellence in Bioinformatics, Pondicherry University between 16th and 18th February 2009. More than 100 participants from academic institutions and industry participated in the seminar. The main idea behind organizing this seminar was to popularize the currently used techniques in this field among students and researchers from related fields and to discuss the issues that lay in the intersection area of the various fields of biological and chemical sciences. The seminar was inaugurated by Prof. A. Gnanam, former Vice-Chancellor, Pondicherry University & former Chairman, NAAC, Bangalore. He highlighted the crucial and ever-growing role of bioinformatics in the field of pharmacy & biotechnology. The seminar was organized by Prof. P. P. Mathur, coordinator of the centre and was funded by the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India. Some of the experts who participated in the deliberations of the conference are Prof. N. Gautam and Prof. Velmurugan from Madras University, Prof. K. Sekar from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Prof. Adithan Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry, Dr. S.L. Hoti from VCRC, Puducherry, Prof. Mukesh Doble from the Indian Institute of Technology, G. Ramesh from Anna University, Chennai, Dr. M.R. Rajeswari from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Dr. Sanjeev Kumar from Madurai Kamaraj University and eminent scientists like Dr. V. Subramanian from Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai, Dr. Shrish Tiwari from Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, Dr. G. Narahari Sastry from Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad and Dr. V. K. Jayaraman from National Chemical Laboratory, Pune.

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Lal Nehru University delivered the Key Note Address. Dr. D. Sambandhan, the Dean, School of Social Sciences and International Relations offered felicitations. Historians and archaeologists from different parts of India attended the Seminar and presented their papers which are being published in the form of a book. Prof. K. Rajan was the Coordinator of the Seminar.

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to search e-resources namely – e-reference, e-books, e-databases and e-journals, UGC INFONET Digital Library Consortium with e-journal access facility were furnished. Online demo and training enhanced the Librarians’ knowledge and search skills. They were given hands on experience at the e-resource browsing centre of the library.

Department of Ocean Studies and Marine Biology

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A workshop entitled “The Tribes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands – The Role of Youth in Conservation” was conducted at Port Blair on 30th and 31st March 2009, in collaboration within Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Pondicherry University.

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International Conference CALIBER 2009 – on “E-Content Management – Challenges and Strategies” was organised from 25th to 27th February 2009. About 400 delegates from over ten countries participated to deliberate on content management software, tools, technology and strategies, standards and protocol, Web 2.0 and e-publishing.

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The workshop on E-Resources was organised for the Principals of affiliated colleges on 27th June 2009 with the objective that they get a broader perspective of the information products available to facilitate e-learning and research. They could also gain a better understanding of the mandatory infrastructure and skilled library professionals required at their respective colleges to be one among the National Information Infrastructure network initiated by the UGC/MHRD.

User Orientation Workshop on EBSCO databases namely Academic Source complete (6100 + full text periodicals) and Business Source Complete (3383 full text + Journals) was organised on 28th May 2009. Faculty and Research Scholars were trained in search skills for accessing the databases subscribed to by the university.

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A Workshop on E-Resources was organised for the Librarians of affiliated colleges on 8th June 2009. Course material on overview of e-resources, how

“A Workshop on “Orientation to GIS and Remote Sensing Applications” was conducted from 11th to 14th February 2009 by the Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences. Prof. Anisa B. Khan, Head of the Department welcomed the gathering. Dr. Priya Davidar, Dean, School of Life Sciences, presented the theme of the event and Dr. M. Ramalingam, Director, Institute

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A Work shop on Disaster Management and Environmental Protection was conducted in collaboration with the department of N.S.S. and Students Welfare on 20th & 21st February 2009.

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Department of Tourism Studies National Seminar The Department of Tourism Studies, School of Management, Pondicherry University, Puducherry in association with the South India Hotel and Restaurant Association (SIHRA) took a step forward in organizing a one day national seminar on “The Crisis Management – The Challenge of Tourism & Hospitality” on 30th April 2009 to deliberate upon many underlying issues and challenges of the global tourism industry vis-à-vis the Indian Tourism sector. The Seminar was inaugurated by Shri G. Venkatraman, Secretary General, SIHRA, who presented a detail profile, objectives and functions of SIHRA. He urged the tourism fraternity to join hands together with SIHRA for combating the current challenges and issues very tactfully. Prof. Manjula Choudhary, Chairman, Department of Tourism, Kurukshetra University, Haryana, delivered the keynote address on crisis management for sustaining tourism business. The seminar discussed two important themes, such as “Managing Tourism Boom in the wake of Economic Meltdown” and “Safety and Security Threats: Sustaining Tourism Business Opportunities” in two parallel technical sessions. The first technical session was initiated with the chairman’s remark that “Tourism is more vulnerable in the present economic downturn and it is going to be more acute in the next 2 years”. There were 14 presenters who outlined their research works on economic crises and impact on tourism growth. The second technical session was on “Safety and Security Threats: Sustaining Tourism Business Opportunities”. The session had 18 different presentations which mostly outlined on the impact of safety and security threats on the business opportunities of tourism industry. The valedictory address was delivered by Mr Samuel Mathew, Director, Department of Tourism, Government of Puducherry and he spoke about the economic crises that have affected the Western countries in the first instant, which gradually affected the Gulf countries later eventually impacting India too. Eight different ranges of hotel properties are in the pipeline in Puducherry to cater to the growing need of hotel rooms. He lauded the role of Hotel Mass for its contribution to the development of hospitality education.

➠ Conferences & Seminars in the University

of Remote Sensing, Anna Universiity, Chennai delivered inaugural address. Padmashri J.A.K. Tareen, Vice Chancellor offered the presidential address and released the courseware and e-Learning packages of GIS and reiterated the scope, need and opportunities of the programme. Prof. A. Balasubramanian, Director, Culture and Cultural Relations delivered a special lecture on ‘Utility of GIS and Remote Sensing Applications in the fields of Ecology and Environmental Sciences’ and distributed certificates to the participants. Dr. N. Parthasarathy, Professor Department of Ecology & Environmental sciences presented vote of thanks and the Inaugural programme was followed by lectures and practical sessions by Dr. R. Sakthivel of Bharathidasan University, Trichy, Dr. J. Francis Lawrence, Presidency college, Chennai, Dr. B. Goutham, Presidency college, Chennai, Dr. S. Rajendiran, Department of Earth Sciences Annamalai University, Prof. (Mrs.) P. Venkatachalam, IIT, Mumbai, Dr. R. Ravi, PWD, Chennai, Dr. A.N. Manoharan, Directorate of Mining and Geology, Thiruvananthapuram.

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Department of Sociology & Anthropology on 16-17 March 2009.

Mr. Prabhakhar, Executive Director, Hotel Mass and Executive Committee Member, SIHRA, spoke about the fundamental need for hospitality education to bridge the gap between demand and supply for qualified and skilled human resources. Economic slowdown has not affected the Indian tourism sector, said Mr. Prabhakar.

➠ Conferences & Seminars in the University

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A two Day Symposium on “Changing Scenario in the Educational System” was organized in coordination with the Department of Social Work on 23rd and 24th January 2009.

A one Day Workshop was organized on “Personality Development and Life Style Education” in coordination with the Community College, Lawspet on 31st March 2009.

Department of Physical Education and Sports The department of Physical Education and Sports organized a one day national workshop on 24th February 2009 on fitness to overcome life style diseases in the J.N. Auditorium. Prof. A. Balasubramanian, Director, Culture and Cultural Relations, Pondicherry University inaugurated the workshop and gave useful suggestions to overcome life style diseases. Many eminent resource persons from other states participated and graced the workshop. The national seminar on Role of fitness in Enhancing Quality life was organized by Students Welfare Council on 3rd and 4th April 2009 at Pondicherry University. The students of M.P.Ed and M.Phil and Ph.D scholars participated and gained knowledge in the field of Physical Education.

A two Day Workshop on “Disaster Management and Environmental Protection” was organized in coordination with the Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences on 20 & 21 February 2009.

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A two Day National Seminar on “Youth Empowerment and Employability-Trends, Issues and Future Prospects” was organized in coordination with the

The department conducted a National Seminar in collaboration with the Department of Anthropology and the Centre for Adult and Continuing Education, Pondicherry University on “Youth Education, Empowerment and Employability: Trends, Issues and Prospects” during 16th-17th March 2009.

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Centre for Women Studies

Department of Commerce The Second International Conference on Micro Finance (ICOMFI – 2009) was held during 21st to 23rd January 2009. Prof. J.A.K. Tareen, Vice Chancellor presided over the inauguration and Dr. K.G. Karmakar, Managing Director of NABARD inaugurated the conference, Shri. S.A. Bhat, Chairman and Managing Director of Indian Overseas Bank and Mr. Aloysius Fernandex, Executive director, MYRADA delivered special address and Mr. Malcolm Harper, Chairman, EDU (UK) Ltd delivered the key note address. Six panel discussions were conducted with experts drawn from various organizations like Standard Chartered Bank, State Bank of India, Indian Institute of Banking and Finance, Repco Bank, HDFC Bank, Indian Bank and SIDBI. As part of the conference, half a day field visit to Self Help Groups and product expo was organized. Thirty three foreign delegates along with 83 authors, 30 delegates and 30 resource persons attended the conference. Prof. A. Balasubramanian, Director of Culture and Cultural Relations, presided over the valedictory function on 23rd January 2009. Prof. Furqan Qamar, Adviser (Education), Planning Commission delivered the valedictory address and Ms. Vijayalakshmi Das, CEO, FWWB delivered the special address during the valedictory function.

Department of French A Joint Training Programme in Technical Translation was organized in collaboration with Renault Mahindra Automobile Industry and two universities in Tamil Nadu (Madras University and Madurai Kamaraj University) from 19th to 24th January 2009. The Programme consisted of three workshops, one each in the three universities and training and evaluation through Internet. At the end of three workshops and training through internet, certificates were awarded and placement opportunities would be given to deserving candidates in Renault Mahindra Automobile industry in Chengulpet. The first workshop and training programme was held in Pondicherry University. À An open house training for the benefit of the students of Pondicherry University as well as for the students of the affiliated colleges in Pondicherry, in order to showcase various higher educational opportunities in France was organized on 21st February 2009 in collaboration with the Campus France, Cultural Wing of the French Embassy in India, New Delhi. It was largely attended by students from various departments of the University and from many affiliated colleges in Pondicherry. À

➠ Conferences & Seminars in the University

The Centre for Women Studies, Pondicherry University, has been conducting weekly Discussion Programme cum Film Screening. A panel discussion was conducted at the Centre on the topic Women and Sports at 2.30 pm on 23rd January 2009. The panelists invited were Dr. D. Sulthana and Dr. G. Vasanthi, sports persons and faculty from the Department of Physical Education, Pondicherry University. The topic, “Women and Sports in the Indian context” was introduced by Jijo Joseph, MPhil scholar. After the presentation, Dr. Sulthana spoke about the benefits of practising sports for good health, particularly for young girls. She highlighted the problems of women in the field of sports and shared her personal experiences. Dr. Vasanthi explained the reasons why women are reluctant to come to the forefront in the sports field. She said “A woman has to overcome more hurdles than men for better achievements”. Apart from these two invited speakers, Dr. S. Murali (Department of English), Mrs. Radhika (Department of Mass Media), Mr. Karthikeyan (Film Director) were some of the personalities who actively participated in the discussion programme.

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In this Conference, four Sri Lankan delegates and 300 Indian delegates participated. They presented research papers on Bakthi Ilakkiyam.

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A National Seminar on “The Quest for Identity in Quebec Literature”, was organized in collaboration with the Indian Association for Quebec Studies. Professors from the University of Madras, Madurai Kamaraj University, Kanchi Mamunivar Centre for Post Graduate Studies, Tagore Arts College and Bharathidasan Government College for Women, Pondicherry participated and presented papers.

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The School of Tamil in collaboration with the New Century Book House, Chennai conducted a Two Day National Seminar on Prof. N. VANAMAMALAI’s Contribution to Tamil Literature in the Earth Science Seminar Hall of Pondicherry University on 24th & 25th February 2009.

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The School of Tamil conducted a one day Seminar on Sri Anantharangar under the auspices Anantharangar Endowment in the Earth Science Seminar Hall of Pondicherry University on 30-03-2009. It was celebrated in commemoration of the 300th Birth Anniversary of Sri Anantharangar.

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The Department of International Business organized a Two-Day Faculty Development Programme on “Capital and Derivatives Markets” during 17-18, April 2009 in collaboration with the National Stock Exchange of India Limited, Mumbai for the Faculty Members teaching Management, Commerce, Economics and other allied subjects. As many as 60 faculty members working in various colleges and universities from Tamilnadu and Pondicherry attended the programme. Dr. Mohan K. Pillai, Professor & Head, Department of International Business coordinated the two-day Programme. The Dean, School of Management inaugurated the programme.

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

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A Two Day International Seminar on Bakthi Literature was held on 20th and 21st February 2009 at the Conventional-cum-Cultural Centre of Pondicherry University by the School of Tamil in collaboration with Kalaignaan Pathippakam, Chennai.

The Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology conducted a One Day National Seminar on Recent Advances in Biological Sciences on Friday 13th March 2009, from 9am to 5pm at the Earth Sciences Seminar Hall. The guests (nearly 200) were welcomed by Prof. P.P. Mathur, Head of the Department and the seminar was formally inaugurated by Sri. S. Loganathan, Registrar, Pondicherry University, by lighting the Kuthuvilakku. He emphasised the importance of Biological Sciences and appreciated the good work that the department was carrying out. The Guest of Honour for the seminar

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Conferences / Seminars / Work shops attended by our Faculty Department of Commerce Dr. Malabika Deo À

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Department of Anthropology A onference on Ethno musicological on the Changing status of the Parai was held on 30th March 2009 sponsored by the United States Educational Foundation in India and the Centre for Studies on Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policies, Pondicherry University. Prof. Zoe Sherinian a Fulbright scholar from Okhlahama University, USA, was one of the main resource persons. À A National Seminar on Youth Empowerment and Employability Trends, Issues and Future Prospects was jointly organized with the Departments of Society and Adult and Continuing Education, Pondicherry University on 16th & 17th March 2009.

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Professor P. M. Mohan and Ms. P. Dhivya Research Scholars participated in FORV Sagar Sampada scientific cruise in and around Nicobar Islands Seas – LEG II, Cruise No: 261 from 21st January 2009 to 04th February 2009. Dr. P.M. Mohan as a Chief Scientist led the cruise.

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“Impact of Financial Crisis in Mutual Fund” in the National Level Conference on Global Financial Crisis and its Impact on India organized by Navarasam Arts & Science College, Arachulur on 7th Feb 2009. “Forecasting Stock market Volatility in India – Using linear and Non Linear Models” in the National Level Conference on Global Financial Crisis organized by Department of Commerce, Periyar University, Salem on 25th and 26th February 2009. “Cost of Finance in Micro Finance – A Case of select MFI’s in Pondicherry” at the National Level Conference on Financial Sector Reforms in India (FSRI) organized by the Department of Economics, Periyar University, Salem on 12th and 13th March 2009. “Banking Sector Reforms and its Implication on Basel II Norms” in the National Level Conference on Financial Sector Reforms in India (FSRI) organized by Department of Economics, Periyar University, Salem on 12th and 13th March 2009. “Consumer Groups in Public Distribution System – Need of the Hour” in the National Conference on Consumer Rights and Protection organized by Annamalai University, Chidambarm on 27th & 28th March 2009. “The Dynamic Relationship between Stock Returns, Trading Volume and Volatility for select Asia – Pacific Stock Exchanges” in the International Seminar on Recent Trends in Capital Market and Financial Innovation organized by Bharadidasan University, Trichy on 11th & 12th Jan 2009. “Does Foreign Direct Investment Promote Economic Growth in India” in the International Conference on Global Economic Ascendance Realm organized by Alagappa University, Karaikudi from 31st March to 2nd April 2009. “Impact of Futures and Options trading on Spot market Volatility” in the International Conference on Global Economic Ascendance Realm organized by Alagappa University, Karaikudi from 31st March to 2nd April 2009. “National Level Workshop on Awareness on Intellectual Property Rights” organized by Anna University & Pondicherry University, Pondicherry on 13th March 2009. “Faculty Development Programme – Derivatives and Risk Management” organized by National Stock Exchange & Department of International Business at Pondicherry University, Pondicherry on 17th & 18th April 2009.

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Prof. K. Muralidhar, FNA, FNASc, FASc, former Head, Department of Zoology, University of Delhi delivered an insightful talk based on his research work and discussed at length the biological effects of pituitary lactogenic hormones using water buffalo as a model. This was followed by a presentation by Prof. Niranjali Devaraj, Head, Department of Biochemistry, University of Madras, on the use, importance and management of Signal Intervention Therapy in Cancer Biology. Students interacted with the speakers and gained knowledge on the research activities of the resource persons. Dr. Manoj Kumar Bhat, Scientist E and Group Head, Cancer Biology, National Center for Cell Science, Pune, spoke on the nature, significance and limitations of Cancer chemotherapy. Later, Dr. Rama Shanker Varma, Associate Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai spoke on the nature and importance of Immunotoxins and their biological role based on his research work. Dr. K. Srikumar, the Programme Co-ordinator for the seminar, delivered the vote of thanks.

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“Micro Finance and Technology – Issues and Impact” at the International Conference organized by the

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➠ Conferences & Seminars attended by Faculty

Department of Commerce, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, during 21st to 23rd January 2009. “An Analysis of Micro Finance and Poverty: Alleviation in Kerala (A Case Study with Reference to the performance of SUBICSHA, a SGSY’s project in Perambra)” at the International Conference organized by Department of Commerce, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, during 21st to 23rd January 2009. “The Role of Micro Credit in Empowering Women in the Costal Areas of Pondicherry” at the International Conference organized by Department of Commerce, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, during 21st to 23rd January 2009. “Total Quality Management” in the National Level Seminar on Consumer Awarness, Protection and Promotion of Consumer Rights organized by Khadir Mohideen College, Adirampattinam, on 21st and 22nd February 2009. Attended the National Level Workshop on Awareness on Intellectual Property Rights organized by Anna University & Pondicherry University, Pondicherry on 13th March 2009. “Faculty Development Programme – Derivatives and Risk Management” organized by National Stock Exchange & Department of International Business at Pondicherry University, Pondicherry on 17th & 18th April 2009.

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➲ Chaired a Technical Session in an International Conference on Micro Finance organized by Department of Commerce, Pondicherry University Puducherry during 21st to 23rd Jan 2009. Chaired a Technical Session at the National Seminar on “Global Financial Meltdown – Causes, Impact and Remedies” organized by the Dept of Commerce, Periyar University, Salem on 25th & 26th Feb. 2009. Chaired a Technical Session at the national seminar on “Housing Needs and the Role of Institutional Housing Finance” organized by the Dept of Commerce, Govt. Arts College ( Men) Autonomous, Nanadanam, Chennai on 27th Feb. 2009. Presented “Computer Aided Instruction – An Innovative Technological Tool for Inclusive Education” at an International Conference on Education, Research and Innovations for Inclusive Societies - ICERIIS – 09 organized by School of Education & HRD Dravidian University, Kuppam – 517 425, Andhra Pradesh, India from 19th to 21st March 2009. Presented “Inclusive Education – A Strategic Option to Empower all Soul” at the International Conference “Global Economic Ascendance Realm- GEAR UP 2 UP” organized by School of Management, Alagappa University from 31st March to 2nd April 2009. Presented the Paper “Green Consumer – A Holistic Approach for Environment Enrichment” at the International Conference “Global Economic Ascendance Realm- GEAR UP 2 UP” organized by the School of Management, Alagappa University from 31st March to 2nd April 2009.

Presented the paper “Urban Co-operative Banking and Financial Sector Reforms in India” at the National Seminar on Financial Sector Reform in India organized by the Department of Economics, Periyar University, Salem on 12th and 13th March 2009. À Participated and Acted as a Chairperson at the IV Technical session of the National Seminar on “Consumer Right and Protection” organized by Department of Commerce, Annamalai University on 27th March 2009 and presented the paper on “Instituting Consumer Clubs School and Colleges”. À Presented the paper “Awareness of Consumer Regarding their Rights, Responsibilities and Consumer Protection Act 1986” at the National Seminar on “Consumer Right and Protection” organized by Department of Commerce, Annamalai University on 27th and 28th March 2009. À

Shri. S. Aravanan Attended the National Level Workshop on Awareness on Intellectual Property Rights organized by Anna University & Pondicherry University, Pondicherry on 13th March 2009. À Attended the Faculty Development Programme – Derivatives and Risk Management organized by National Stock Exchange & Department of International Business at Pondicherry University, Pondicherry on 17th & 18th April 2009. À

K.B. Nidheesh “National Level Workshop on Awareness on Intellectual Property Rights” organized by Anna University & Pondicherry University, Pondicherry on 13th March 2009. À “Faculty Development Programme – Derivatives and Risk Management” organized by National Stock Exchange & Department of International Business at Pondicherry University, Pondicherry from 17th to 18th April 2009. À

Dr. P.S. Velmurugan, Lecturer Presented the paper “Global Financial Crisis and its Impact on India” at the National Level Conference on Global Financial Crisis and its Impact on India organized by Navarasam Arts & Science College, Arachulur on 7th Feb 2009. À Presented the paper “General View of the Consumer Rights, Awareness and Consumer Protection in India” at the TANSHE Sponsored National Level Seminar on Consumer Rights and Protection organized by Annamalai University, Chidambaram on 28th March 2009. À Presented the paper “Financial Sector Reforms in India” at the National Level Conference on Financial Sector reforms in India (FSRI) organized by the Department of Economics, Periyar University, Salem on 12th & 13th March 2009. À Presented the paper “Rethinking of the International Financial System for avoiding the Next Global Financial Crisis” at the National Seminar on Global À

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Department of Physics Dr. N. Satyanarayana Presented the joint paper “Synthesis of Dy2O3 nanocrystalline powder by using Acrylamide assisted combustion route”. M. Vijayakumar, N. Nallamuthu, M. Venkateswarlu, N. Satyanarayana, NSTI Nanotechnology Conference Texas, U.S.A., 2009. ➲ Joint paper on “NANOCRYSTALLINE NiFe2O4 PARTICLES SYNTHESIZED BY CITRATE – UREA ASSISTED COMBUSTION PROCESS”. I. Prakash, N. Nallamuthu, P. Muralidharan, M. Venkateswarlu, N. Satyanarayana: presented at NSTI Nanotechnology Conference Texas, U.S.A., 2009. À Joint paper on “Preparation, Characterisation and Electrical Conductivity studies of Nanocrystalline BaMoO4 material”. N. Nallamuthu1, I. Prakash1, M. Venkateswarlu2, N. Satyanarayana: at NSTI Nanotechnology Conference Texas, U.S.A., 2009. ➲ Joint paper on “Preparation of Carbon coated lithium manganese phosphate nano rods by modified polyol process”. Ramesh Kumar. P, M. Venkateswarlu, N. Satyanarayana at NSTI Nanotechnology Conference Texas, U.S.A., 2009. ➲ Joint paper on “Synthesis of Nanocrystalline ZrO2 Powder by Polyol Route”. S. Vivekanandhan, M. Venkateswarlu, H. R. Rawls, N. Satyanarayana at NSTI Nanotechnology Conference Texas, U.S.A., 2009. ➲ Joint paper on “Synthesis of Carbon Coated lithium manganese phosphate nano particles” Ramesh Kumar. P. M. Venkateswarlu, N. Satyanarayana at Materials research symposium (MR09), IIT, Bombay. À

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Dr. G. Chandrasekaran ➲

Joint paper on “Room Temperature Ferromagnetism in Copper doped Zinc oxide nanoparticles using standard solid state reaction method”, International Conference on Active/Smart Materials, Department of Physics, Thiagrajar College of Engineering Madurai India from 7th to 9th Jan 2009.

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Joint paper on “Synthesis, Structural and Optical properties of Vanadium doped Zinc Oxide” at the National Conference On Advances in Nano materials Department of Physics, St. Joseph’s College of Arts Sciences Cuddalore, Tamilnadu, India on 20th Mar 2009. Joint paper on “Preparation of nanoparticles of NiCu-Zn ferrite system using a Top-Down approach and its characterization”, at the National Conference On Advances in Nano materials Department of Physics, St. Joseph’ s College of Arts & Sciences Cuddalore, Tamilnadu, India on 20th Mar 2009. Joint paper on “Ferrimagnetic behaviour of ZnFe2O4 particles synthesized via Sol-gel auto-combustion route”, at the National Conference On Advances in Nano materials Department of Physics, St. Joseph’s College of Arts & Sciences Cuddalore, Tamilnadu, India on 20th Mar 2009. Joint paper on “Structural, spectroscopic and magnetic study of ni-zn ferrites synthesized using a novel combustion route” at the National Conference On Advances in Nano materials Department of Physics, St. Joseph’s College of Arts & Sciences Cuddalore, Tamilnadu, India on 20th Mar 2009. Joint paper on “Effect of annealing on the structural and optical properties of ZnO thin films prepared using LF method” at the National Conference On Advances in Nano materials Department of Physics, St. Joseph’s College of Arts & Sciences Cuddalore, Tamilnadu, India on 20th Mar 2009. Joint paper on “Synthesis of Nickel Ferrite system and its characterisation using XRD and SEM techniques”, at the National Conference On Advances in Nano materials Department of Physics, St. Joseph’ s College of Arts Sciences Cuddalore, Tamilnadu, India on 20th Mar 2009. Joint paper on “Synthesis of Ultra fine particles of MgFe2O4and its characterization using XRD and SEM techniques”, at the National Conference On Advances in Nano materials Department of Physics, St. Joseph’ s College of Arts Sciences Cuddalore, Tamilnadu, India on 20th Mar 2009.

Attended the 13th Solo Exhibition of Paintings presented by the Alliance Francaise de Pondicherry, from 18th March to 28th March 2009. UGC Visiting Professor at the Department of English, Sambalpur University, February, 2009 Panelist at the International Conference on Contemporary Education Scenario organized by the Ethiraj College for Women in Chennai on the 13th of March 2009. Attended the National Seminar on Dominance and Resistance in Colonial and Post Colonial India, Pondicherry University, 23rd &24th March 2009 & presented a paper. (Resource Person and Panelist) at the International Conference on Defining the Ethos of the New

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Financial Crisis and its Impact on India organized by EMG. Yadava Women’s College, Madurai on 4th March 2009. À Presented the paper “Lessons to avoid the Next Global Financial Crisis” at the National Level Conference on Global Financial Crisis organized by Department of Commerce, Periyar University, Salem on 25th & 26th February 2009. À Presented the paper “Consumer Rights and Responsibilities” at TANSHE Sponsored National Level Seminar on Consumer Rights and Protection organized by Annamalai University, Chidambaram on 28th March 2009. À “Faculty Development Programme – Derivatives and Risk Management” organized by the National Stock Exchange & Department of International Business at Pondicherry University, Pondicherry on 17th & 18th April 2009.

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resentations in Art and their Ramifications” in the Symposium 11 ‘Religion and Arts’.

Millennium: Literature from the USA and the Indian Subcontinent, 12th &13th March 2009.

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Presented a paper titled “Visualization of Gender and Territory in Postcolonial Times” at the International Conference on “Media, Culture and Ideology” organized by Osmania University Centre for International Programmes, Hyderabad and EMMRC-EFL University, Hyderabad, from 29 to 31 January 2009. Resource person at the National Workshop on “Translation of Gender Concepts into Kannada” organized by Department of Translation Studies, Kannada University-Hampi, at Kuppali, Shimoga, from 2 to 5 April 2009.

Dr. Clement Lourdes ➲

Participated, chaired a session and presented a paper entitled “Two Faces of God: Nature in the Select Poems of Blake and Bharathi” at the International Conference on Bhakthi Illakiyam organized by the School of Tamil, February 20 & 21, 2009.

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Prof. R. Raju was invited to attend “Seminar on Theatre” by National School of Drama on 18.01.2009. ➲ Attended Endowment Lecture in Tamil University, Thanjavur on 20.01.2009. À Attended a Seminar on Text and Performance in Bangalore on 15th March 2009.

Department of Philosophy Dr. B.R. Shantha Kumari ➲

Department of Tamil

Participated in a Workshop on “Women and Moral Policing” conducted by the Centre for Women’s Studies, Pondicherry University, Puducherry, on 9th March 2009. Participated in a National Seminar on the “Role of Fitness in Enhancing the Quality of Life” conducted by the Students Welfare Council, Pondicherry University, Puducherry on 3rd and 4th April 2009.

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Department of Physics

Dr. G. Chandrasekaran

Attended and presented a paper on ‘Dhesiya Iyakkamum Thirukkuralum’ at the National Seminar, Conducted by Tamil Department, Madras University on 5th March 2009. Attended and presented a paper on ‘Kalanthorum Kavin Perum Vairamuthuvin Kavithai Mugangal’ at the Seminar conducted at Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College, Madurai on 14th February 2009.

Attended Magnetic Nano Materials, National Workshop on Nanophotonics, International School of Photonics, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, 27th- 29th Feb 2009.

Department of International Business Dr. Mohan K. Pillai

Department of Food Science ➲

Dr. K.S. Kumari, Prof. & Head, Dr. H. Pratap Kumar Shetty, Reader, Dr. S. John Don Bosco, Reader, Dr. Narayanasamy Sangeetha, Lecturer, Dr. S. Haripriya, Lecturer, attended the international workshop on “Enhancing India’s Global Competitiveness in Food Trade organized by the University of Nebraska, Lincon, USA and the Indian Institute of Crop Processing Institute, Ministry of Food Processing Industries which was held during 24-26th May 2009 in New Delhi. Dr. S.J.D. Bosco, Reader attended the second Consortium Advisory Committee meeting of National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) on “Value chain in coconut” as a member of CAC which was held at the Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasargod, Kerala on 22nd June 2009.

Department of History Dr. N. Chandramouli ➲

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Participated in the International Conference on “World Religions after September 11th:An Asian Perspective” organized by Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi during 17th to 19th, January 2009 and presented a paper on “Siddha Cult in South India: Rep-

Chaired a Technical Session on “Management of Self-Help Groups” at the International Conference on “Micro Finance” organized by the Department of Commerce, Pondicherry University on 21.01.09. Chaired a Technical Session on “Consumer Behaviour in India” at the National Seminar on “Consumer Awareness, Protection and Promotion of Consumer Rights organized jointly by Khadir Mohideen College, Adirampattinam and the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi on 21 and 22 February 2009. Chaired a technical Session on “Educational disparities” at the Workshop organized by the Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Pondicherry University, Puducherry on 28.01.09. Participated at the Two-Day Faculty Training Workshop on “Financial Markets” conducted by the National Stock Exchange of India Limited, Mumbai and coordinated by the Department of International Business, Pondicherry University during 17-18 April 2009.

Department of Tamil Dr. M. Mathialagan ➲

Attended and presented a paper on ‘A Critical View of Sundara Ramasamy” at Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Thirunelveli on March 2009.

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Department of Sociology Dr. C. Aruna Presented a paper entitled “Pattern of Reciprocity Across Consanguine’s and Affine’s by Rural Widows of South India” at the British Sociological Association Annual conference at Cardiff, UK on 16th -18th April 2009.

Dr. P. K. Parida Delivered a lectures on “Understanding Tribal Health Problems in Orissa: An Analysis” at the National Seminar on ‘Adaptive Difficulties and Problems of Future Survival of the Primitive Tribes’ on 26th & 27th February 2009 at Pondicherry University. À “Understanding Disabled Women in India” at the ‘National Workshop on Future Strategies and Action Now: Socially Excluded Groups in India’ on 27th -28th February 2009 at Pondicherry University. À “Understanding Disabled Women in India” at the ‘National Workshop on Future Strategies and Action Now: Socially Excluded Groups in India’ at Pondicherry University on 27th – 28th February 2009. “Impact of Family Planning on the Santal Tribe of Orissa: A Case Study” at the National Seminar on ‘Health Status of Tribes in India’ at Pondicherry University from 28th February 2009 to 1st March 2009. À “Community Health Management during Natural Disaster at the Sixth International Conference of Indian Association for Social Sciences and Health at Pondicherry University on 7th & 8th March 2009. À “Understanding Disaster Education for Hazard Prevention” at the National Seminar on ‘Youth Empowerment and Employability Trends: Issues and Future Prospects’ at Pondicherry University on 16th & 17th March 2009.

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Presented a paper on “Existential Challenges of Religious Minorities in India: Future Strategies and Action Now: Socially Excluded Groups in India” at the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive policy, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, on 27th & 28th February 2009. Presented a paper on “Tribal Women as Prime Movers of Development, A case study of Kattunayakan of Tamilnadu, “Dynamics of Tribal Development with Special Reference to Tribal Women” at Anthropology, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam on 30th & 31st January 2009. Presented a paper on “Reduction of Family Size: ASstep towards Ttribal development: The role of women: Dynamics of tribal Development with special reference to tribal women” at the Department of Anthropology, Visakahapatnam on 30th & 31st January 2009. Presented a paper on “ Participatory tribal development: Ideology and Practice, Approaches and methods of tribal participatory development in India at the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam on 20th & 21st March 2009. Participated at the National Workshop on Future Strategies and action now: Socially excluded groups in India at Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry on 27th & 28th January 2009. Participated at the National Seminar on “Adaptive Difficulties and Problems of Future Survival of the Primitive Tribes at the Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry on 26th &27th February 2009.

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Attended the National Seminar on Climate Change and Environmental Challenges, Annamalai University, March 2009.

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Participated at the National Seminar on Health Status of Tribes in India at the Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry on 28th February 2009. À Participated at the Sixth Conference of Indian Association for Social Sciences and Health on Health, Equity and Human Rights at the School of Social Sciences and International Studies, Pondicherry University, Puducherry on 7th & 8th March 2009. À Participated at the National Seminar on Youth Empowerment and Employability – Trends, Issues and Future Prospects at the Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Adult and Continuing Education, Pondicherry University, Puducherry on 16th& 17th March 2009. Participated at the Conference on Ethno musiological Perspectives on the Changing Status of the Parai on Department of Anthropology, Pondicherry University, Puducherry on 30th 2009.

lege, Adirampattinam and the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi held on 21 and 22 February 2009. À Presented a research paper on “Consumer Protection Act – A Critical Analysis” at the National Seminar on “Consumer Awareness, Protection and Promotion of Consumer Rights” organized jointly by Khadir Mohideen College, Adirampattinam and the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi on 21&22 February 2009. À Presented a research paper on “Crisis Management in International Business – the Hospitality Cushion” at the National Seminar on “Crises Management – The Challenge of Tourism & Hospitality” organized jointly by the Department of Tourism Studies, Pondicherry University and the South India Hotels & Restaurants Association, Chennai on 30th April 2009.

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Presented a research paper on “E-Marketing & Consumerism” at the National Seminar on “Consumer Awareness, Protection and Promotion of Consumer Rights” organized jointly by Khadir Mohideen Col-

Dr. Binu Zachariah Presented a paper entitled, “A Pedagogic Perspective on Employability Skills” at the National Seminar on English and Communication Skills for Employability organized by the Department of English, Anna University, Chennai in March 2009. À Presented a paper entitled, “Literacy as an Interface of Religion and Colonialism: A Historical Perspective on the Development of Christianity in Kerala” at the National Seminar on Dominance and Resistance in Colonial and Post Colonial India organized by the Department of History, Pondicherry University and Indian Council for Historical Research, New Delhi in March 2009.

Department of Tamil Dr. A. Arivunambi Topics of Special lectures delivered: Attended the Two days Seminar on “Naa-Vaanamaamalai’s Contribution to Tamil Research”, School of Tamil, Feb 2009. À Attended the One day Seminar on “Aanantharangar’s Diary”, School of Tamil, 30th March 2009. Presented an ARTICLE to THAMILAAYAM (Monthly), Chennai, March 2009. À

Dr. R. Nalangilli Presented a Paper on the Topic, ‘Silapathikaram: A Psycho Analytical Study’ conducted by Indian Institute of Languages at Pollachi on March 2, 2009.

Department of Food Science Dr. K.S. Kumari Presented a paper entitled “Need Assessment and New Course Affiliation” at the National conference on New course affiliation strategies on 5th January 2009, New Delhi. À Presented a paper entitled “Scientific writing” at the National level symposium for Ph.D Research guides on 6th February 2009 at Trivandrum. À

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Invited Lectures Department of Ocean Studies and Marine Biology ➲

Department of Anthropology ➲

Prof. M. Sethuraman, Tamil University, Thanjavur spoke on “Physical Anthropology Man’s place in the Animal kingdom Comparison between Apes and man from 1st to 6th February 2009. Prof. Viswanatha Reddy, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupathi delivered a lecture on “Indian Constitution and Tribal Development, Forests and Tribal Rights, Changes in Village Communities” from 2nd to 5th February 2009. Prof. V. Subramaniyan, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, spoke on “Indian Village Communities, Rural Stratification, Culture of Poverty” from 23rd to 26th January 2009.

Department of Biotechnology ➲

Shri. Jyothi Sunil, Biobase Databases India Pvt. Ltd, Bangalore spoke on “Gene Expression Analysis Software – Upstream and Downstream analysis” on 29th January 2009. Dr. A. Gopalakannan, Formerly Intern Scientist, West Sea Mari Culture Research Centre, NFRADI, South Korea delivered a lecture on “Heterotrophic Bacterial Community Study in Limited Water Exchange Shrimp Culture System” on 9th April 2009.

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Dr. Poonam Singh, Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, spoke on “Toxiinformatics” on 13th February 2009. Dr. Shrish Tiwari, Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology, Hyderabad delivered a lecture on “Multiple Sequence Alignment & Phylogenetic Analysis” on 19th February 2009. Dr. Santosh K. Kar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, gave a lecture on “Rational Designing of Vaccines for Infectious Diseases Can we use the Innate Immune Response for the Same?” on 25th February 2009. Dr. D. Velmurugan, University of Madras, Chennai spoke on “Structure based Drug Design” 5th -6th March 2009. Dr. Bidhan C. Bandyopadhyay, Department of Pharmacology, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, delivered a lecture on “Mechanism of Stone Formation: Is Regulation of Calcium Transport a Potential Culprit?” on 28th April 2009.

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Prof. Siddhartha Sankar Dash, Chairman, Post Graduate Programme in Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Ahmadabad, Gujarat spoke on “the scope for career on the entrepreneurship”. ➲ Mrs Seema Roy, Career Counselor and Trainer, Puducherry, lectured on Personality Development and Communication Skill”. À Mr. Binu, Assistant Restatement Manager Athiti, Puducherry, delivered a lecture on “Restaurant management”. Prof George Thomas, KIITS, Bangalore, gave a lecture on Sustainable Destination Development and Management. ➲ Mr. Benny George, Hotel Richmond, Residency Group- Puducherry, spoke on “The functions of different departments in the Hotel”. Prof Sankar Sen Gupta, University of Burdwan, West Bengal, gave a lecture on “The role of Human resources in tourism and hospitality sector”. ➲ Mr. Mathew Samuel, Director, Department of Tourism, Government of Puducherry, spoke on “Destination Branding in Puducherry”. Mr. Dara Lorengo, Nalla Beach Resort, Puducherry, spoke on “Sustainability and Eco Beach Resort Management”. ➲ Ms. Bhaga, Founder of Auro Beach, Puducherry, spoke on “Community participation in tourism”. ➲ Mr. Gopal Wahi, Manager Credit, ICICI Bank, Mumbai, talked on “Destination Branding and Competitiveness”. ➲ Mr. Rajiv Ranjan Probationary Officer, PNB (Housing), Mumbai, lectured on “MICE Tourism and the scope for making career”. ➲ Mr. Srejai, V, Manager MICE, Make My Trip, Chennai, spoke on “MICE tourism in India”. ➲ Prof. B. Balaswamy, Osmania University, Reader, Department of Mass Communication, Hyderabad, lectured on “Effective Business Communication”.

➠ Invited Lectures

Dr. C. Rajshekhar, In-Charge, Geology Group, Agharkar Research Institute, DST, Pune gave a talk on “Foraminifera – A Tool to Study the Marine Environment on 09th March, 2009.

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Mr. Janardanane CEO, Tata Motors, Puducherry gave a lecture on “Global recession and the challenges ahead” on 17’th February 2009. Dr. D. Gnanasekaran, Reader in English, Kanchi Mamunivar Centre for Post Graduate Studies, delivered a special lecture on “Skills, Talents and Values” on 17th April 2009.

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Dr. Balandiran, Reader, MG University Kerala spoke on “Play Writing and Improvisation Practice in Theatre” during 27th - 30th January 2009. Mr. Pralayan, Theatre Freelancer, Chennai Kalaikzhu, Chennai spoke on “Directorial Practice in Modern Theatre” on 20th January 2009.

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Dr. C. Raveendran, Lighting Designer, Puducherry lectured on “Introduction to Stage Lighting” on 28th February 2009. Mr. Anish Victor, Lighting Designer, Puducherry talked on “Children’s Theatre” on 13th March 2009. M. Natesh, Painter and Lighting Designer spoke on “Importance of stage Lighting and Stage Design” from 23rd to 26th February 2009. Prof. S. Ramanujam, Former Head, Department of Drama, Thanjore spoke on “Actor, Acting and Auditorium: A Practical Approach in Theatre” during 18th - 21st February 2009. Er. Murugavel, Electrical Engineer, Pondicherry University spoke on “Introduction to Electricity” on 30th May 2009.

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Department of Sociology ➲

Prof. D.N. Dhanagare, Former Vice Chancellor of Kolhapur University and Past President of Indian Sociological Society delivered lectures on (a) Farmers’ Movement: Old and New-I (b) Farmers’ Movement: Old and New –II, (c) Impact of Globalisation on Indian Agriculture (d) Marx’s Critique of Political Economy on 12th & 13th March 2009. Prof. B.S. Baviskar, Past President of Indian Sociological Society, gave a series of lectures on (a) Milk and Sugar: A Comparative Analysis of Cooperative Politics (b) women Empowerment through Local governance in South Asia (c) OBC Quotas and Social Justice (d) Making of Sociologist: Personal Reflections.

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Mr. N. Pattabiraman, Chief Technology Manager, Solution NET, Chennai lectured on “Current Global Economic Crisis and Career Management” on 27th February 2009. Dr. Mohan, Retd Director, National Institute of Rural Development and Research, Hyderabad spoke on “ Rural Marketing and its Scope for MNCs” on 3rd March 2009. Preeti Sharma, Former Vice President, Bank of America talked on “ Training for New Executive Recruits in MNC’s” on 5th March 2009. Mr. N. Varadan, Management Consultant, Chennai lectured on “Ethics and Corporate Governance” & “Union Interim Budget and Foreign Direct Investment” on 18th March 2009. Mr. Rajan, Human Rights Specialist, London, Curently Consultant, Auroville, Pondicherry spoke

Padmashree. Dr. V. Prakash, Director, Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore, spoke on Chemistry and Biology of Food and Nutrition on 5th March 2009. Dr. Jamuna Prakash Reader, Department of Food, Science and Nutrition, University of Mysore, Mysore talked on “Recent Trends in Food Science” on 06th & 7th March 2009. Dr. Khyrannuisa Begam, Reader, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Mysore. Mysore delivered lectures on Nutrition in Critical care on 9th & 10th April 2009. Dr. R. Ravi, Scientist, Department of Sensory Science, CFTRI, Mysore spoke on Food Product development and Sensory Evaluation on 20th-21st March 2009.

Faculty Outreach Department of History Dr. K. Rajan ➲

Department of Philosophy A lecture on the “Effects of Meditation: A Meta-Analytical Review” was deliveredby Peter Sedlmeier, Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Chemnitz University of Technology, Chemnitz, Germany, at the Department of Philosophy, Pondicherry University, Puducherry, on 25th March 2009.

on “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” on 25th March 2009. Chief Manager, Unisoft Technologies Chennai lectured on SAP on 27th March 2009.

Made an academic visit on invitation to Archaeologies D’Orient Et D’Occident Et Science des Textes, Paris IV-Sorbonne University, Paris between 15th February and 15th March 2009 to deliver lectures on Maritime Trade in the Indian Ocean and on Recent Archaeological Discoveries made in Tamil Nadu.

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Sangara Pillai Endowment Lecture at the School of Drama, Calicut University, Thrissur, Kerala. Karunchuzhi, a play directed DR. V. ARUMUGHAM and was staged participated in the Karisal Thirai Vizha-2009 at M.S. University, Tirunelveli. “The Minister” directed by V. Arumugham organised by the Department of Culture, Govt. of Andra Pradesh and Vizai Bhaskars Bahuhasha Natak Utsav Festival on 17th March 2009 in Hyderabad. Guest Lecture on “Performance Theory” at the Centre for Performing Arts, Kerala University, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Organised PUDPA Theatre Fest-2009 at Alliance Francaise and the play “Karunchuzhi” directed by Dr. V. Arumugham; was staged at the festival on 7th, 8th and 9th 2009.

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Resource person at the IDP Workshop (4th to 16th May 2009) held at NCPA Mumbai conducted by Theatre Professionals Pvt. Ltd.

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Aurobindo, and 2. The Method of Investigation in Indian Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, University of Madras, Chennai on 19th March 2009.

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Mr. S. Velayoudame ➲

Participated and designed Light and Make-up for the play PAARI PADUKALAM at ITFOK International Theatre Festival of Kerala conducted by Kerala Sangith Natak Academy, TRISSUR, KERALA. Participated and designed light and make-up design for the play PAARI PADUKALAM for the Department on the occasion of the awareness tour to Tiruvananmalai, Chennai and Ranipet on 29th & 30th March 2009. Participated and designed lights for the play Karunchuzhi directed DR. V. ARUMUGHAM stager at the Karisal Thirai Vizha-2009 at M.S. University, Thirunelveli.

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Composed music for the play “The Minister” directed by Dr. V. Arumugham and organised by the Department of Culture, Govt. of Andra Pradesh and Vizai Bhaskars Bahuhasha Natak Utsav Festival on 17th March 2009. Costume Adviser for the play “Paari Padukalam” directed by Pralayan organised by the Department of Performing Arts, Pondicherry University and NSD (RRC) Bangalore. Organised PUDPA Theatre Fest-2009 at Alliance Francaise. Composed a song for the Puduvai Vani on student project (Kannay Neeyum Azhaythey)-2009.

Delivered an invited lecture on “Conflict and its Resolution in Kashmir Saivism” in the National Conference on “Conflict – Resolution and Peace” conducted by the Centre for Studies in Classical Indian Buddhist Philosophy and Culture and the Department of Buddhist Studies and Dr. Ambedkar thought, University of Pune, Pune on 16th & 17th February 2009.

Delivered a lecture on “Recent Trends in Capital Markets Reforms in India” at Fatima College, Madurai on 11th March 2009. Delivered a lecture on “Global Economic Crisis & Impact on Indian Financial Sectors” at Academic Staff College, Pondicherry University, Puducherry on 26th May 2009.

Dr. P. Natarajan ➲

Delivered a lecture on “Emergence of Entrepreneurship in Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises” to various functional authorities of local bodies including few bank managers organized by District Rural Development Authority (DRDA), Pondicherry on 18th March 2009. Delivered a lecture on “Account Keeping and the Financial Management in MSM Enterprises” training programme organized by Small Industry Service Institute, New Delhi, at Villupuram on 23rd June 2009.

Dr. D. Lazar ➲

Delivered a lecture on “Micro Finance in India” in Applied Economics, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, Kerala on 23rd March 2009. Delivered a lecture on “Global Economic Crisis & the Developing Countries” in Manonmanium Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli on 27th March 2009.

Shri. S. Aravanan ➲

Delivered a lecture on “Stock Market Investment” in Saraswathi Arts & Science College, Konerikuppam, Villupuram on 7th March 2009.

Department of Philosophy

Department of Physics

Dr. K. Srinivas

Dr. K. Porsezian

Delivered a series of five lectures on “Critical Theory”, under UGC-Visiting fellow programme, at the Department of Philosophy, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupathi, 27th–30th January 2009. Delivered two Indian Philosophical Congress Endowment lectures on: 1. Social Philosophy of Sri

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Acted as Set Advisor for the play “Paari Padukalam” produced with the financial support of Regional Resource Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka. ➲ Organised PUDPA Theatre Fest-2009 at Alliance Francaise. ➲ The play “Magic if” directed by Dr. R. Ramalingham was staged at the Alliance Francaise, Puducherry on 9th May 2009. ➲ The play “Green House Effect” directed by Dr. R. Ramalingham was staged at the Alliance Francaise, Puducherry on 9th May 2009. Visited Karisal Thirai Vizha-2009 at M.S. University, Thirunelveli. ➲ The play “Green House Effect” directed by Dr. R. Ramalingham was staged at Thozuvari on 25th April 2009. ➲ “The Necessasity of theatre Education” an article on theatre was recorded by Puduvai Vani on 23rd June 2009.

Delivered an invited talk at the National Seminar on “Recent Trends in Physics”, held on 29th January 2009 at the Department of Physics, Marudhar Kesari Jain College for Women, Vaniambodi, Tamilnadu. Delivered a special lecture at the Physics Association meeting on the topic Introduction to Optical Fibre

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Communications, on 29th January 2009 at Sacred Heart College, Thirupathur, Vellore, Tamilnadu. Delivered an invited talk at the National seminar on Recent Advancements in Materials and Energy, held on 6th March 2009 at the Department of Physics, Voorhees College, Vellore, Tamilnadu. Delivered an invited lecture on the topic “Nonlinear Optics: an overview”, at the seminar on Frontier Topics in Fundamental Physics, held during 30th, 31th March 2009 at the Centre for nonlinear dynamics, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli, Tamilnadu.

Dr. S. Sivaprakasam ➲

Delivered invited lecture at Avvaiyar Government college for Women, Karaikkal, on 9th January 2009 on ‘Quantum Electronics and Research’ for UG students.

Dr. R. Sivakumar ➲

Delivered invited talk on “hydrogen storage materials” on the eve of “Physics Day Celebrations” on March 16, 2009 at Tagore Arts College, Puducherry.

Dr. S.V.S. Nageswara Rao ➲

Participated in 97th Orientation course, 20th May 2009 to 16th June 2009, UGC-Academic Staff College, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, and obtained A grade.

Talk broadcast over the AIR, Pondicherry, 25th March 2009, 915 p.m. A Re-look at Raja Ravi Varma (18481906). Given lectures at the Refresher Course Pondicherry University--Reading: Literature and interpretation13th June 2009.

Dr. Clement Lourdes Delivered a lecture on “Improving Writing Skills” for the participants of the Orientation programme on 23rd April 2009 at the Academic Staff College, Puducherry.

Department of Tamil Dr. A. Arivunambi ➲

Participated at the Academic Programme of the SIM University, Singapore, from 10th June to 11th June 2009.

Dr. K. Ilamathy Janakiraman ➲

Delivered a lecture on “Magaleerukku” Ithaya Kalai Matrum Ariviyal Kallorri on 7th March 2009.

Dr. M. Mathialagan ➲

Delivered an endowment lecture on ‘Modern Literary Criticism’ at Madurai Kamarajar University, Madurai on Feb. 2009.

Department of International Business

Dr. B. Ravikumar

Dr. Mohan K. Pillai

Delivered a Invited Lecture on “Training Methods and Skills Requirements for Trainers” to the participants organized by DRDA, Pondicherry and National Institute for Rural Development, Hyderabad held at Pondicherry on 18.03.09. Delivered a Invited Lecture on “Level 5 Leadership and Performance Effectiveness” to the Teacher Participants in the Workshop organized by Mailam Engineering College, sponsored by the AICTE on 21st March 2009. Delivered Invited Lectures at the Academic Staff College, Pondicherry University on “Teacher Motivation for Better performance” & “Leadership Qualities for Teachers”.

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Invited Speaker at the Department of English and the Department of Environmental Science at the Sambalpur University, February 2009. À Given aSpecial Lecture at the Gangadhar Meher College, PG Department, February 2009—Reading Strategies: Theory and Reading. ➲ Panel Participation on contemporary Education scenario at the International Conference organized by the Ethiraj College for Women in Chennai on the 13th March 2009.

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Delivered a Lecture on the topic ‘Tamil Fictions: Research Areas & Methodology’ at a National Workshop on Research Methodology in Tamil Studies Sponsored by UGC at Kumbakonam Arts College, Kumbakonam on 12th March 2009. Delivered a Lecture on ‘Subramania Bharathiar’s Short Stories’ at Bharathiar’s Illam, Pondicherry on 11th April 2009. Delivered a lecture on ‘Espo’s Novel Mayini’ at L.L.A. Building, Chennai organized by ‘Muran Kalari’ on 9th May 2009.

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Dr. B. Kannabiran ➲ ➲

Delivered a lecture on Synergistic effects of antagonistic fungi and extracts of Calotropis gigantea on Rhizobium solani kuhn´ infecting Glycine max. Given a talk on the “Effects of leaf aqueous extracts on Datura innoxia, culture filterate of Trichoderma spp. and bavistin on Colletotrichum gloesporioides (Penz.) Penz. and Sacc”. Delivered a lecture titled “Ph.D Programme towards furtherance of knowledge. Interaction Programme for Ph.D Scholars, at the Academic Staff College, on November 2008. Delivered a lecture on “Stomata: Ontogeny and Phylogeny, at the School of Life Sciences, Pondicherry University in October 2008.

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Dr. K. Srikumar ➲ ➲

Dr. S. Sudharani ➲

Delivered an Invited lecture on “Basics of Immune Mechanism and Teaching” at Achariya College, Villianur, Pondicherry on 10th February 2009.

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Invited and included in the 26th Edition – 2009 of Who’s Who in the world published by Marquis Who’s Who, NJ 07974, USA. Delivered a lecture on Snake Venom Hyalyronidas: A Potential Target in the Management of snakebites” by Dr. K.S. Girish, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Mysore University on 30th March 2009.

Department of Food Science Dr. K.S. Kumari Delivered the key note address on “Nutrition – The challenging Scenario” at the national level conference on “Emerging Trends in Nutrition and Food Security” on 2nd Feb, 2009 in Thoothukudi.

Dr. Narayanasamy sangeetha Delivered two sessions of radio talk on “Obesity and Probiotics” for the Puduvai Vani, 107.8 F.M Radio Pondicherry University.

Dr. S. Haripriya Delivered a lecture on “Eating Habits and Healthy Living” to the parents of Achariya Bala Siksha Mandir at Lawspet on 26th June 2009.

Department of Anthropology

Delivered a lecture on “Archaeological Anthropology” at Numismatic Society, Pondicherry on 8th March 2009.

Department of Performing Arts Prof. R. Raju “Text and Performance” Paper presented at the Regional Conference on Theatre, Bangalore on 15th March 2009. À “Theatre at Bakthi Literature” Paper presented at the International Seminar on Bakthi Illaykkiyam of Language and Literature, Puducherry on 20th February 2009. À

Department of Philosophy Dr. S. Indira Participated at the Orientation Course on the “Implementation of Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005”, organized by the NIPCED, Bangalore from 10th to 12th February 2009.

Dr. P. Kesava Kumar ➲

Delivered lectures on “Ethics of Tourism Management: Issues in Cultural Tourism” at the National Seminar on Crises Management the Challenge of Tourism and Hospitality, jointly organized by the Department of Tourism Studies, Pondicherry University, and South India Hotels and Restaurants Association, Chennai on 30th April 2009. ➲ “Dalit Identity: A Philosophical Understanding”, ICHR National Seminar Dominance and Resistance, organized by the Department of History, Pondicherry University, 23-24 March 2009. À Dappu: The Symbol of Dalit Protest, Ethnomusicology and Perspectives on the Changing status of Parai, Organized by the Department of Anthropology, 30th March 2009. ➲ Co-chaired: Workshop on the “Future strategies and Action now: socially excluded groups in India”, organized by Centre for the study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive policy, 27th–28th January 2009.

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Department of English

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Delivered an endowment lecture on ‘Folkloristics and Anthropology’ at Tamil University, Thanjavour on 6th January 2009. Delivered a lecture on ‘Ethnomedical Practices of the Tribal Communities’ at All India Radio, Pondicherry on 15th -19th February 2009. Delivered a lecture on Jeeva: A Humane Person at Pondicherry Arts and Literary Association, Pondicherry on 23rd January 2009. Delivered a lecture on “World Mother Tongue Day at Natpu Vattam”, a literary Forum, Pondicherry on 28th February 2009. Delivered a lecture on ‘Textualization Method” at Pondicherry Institute of Linguistics and Culture, Pondicherry on 14th February 2009.

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Delivered an Invited Talk at the National Conference on Frontiers in Biology and Annual Mtg of SBC, Annamalai Univ. held on 14th Feb 2009. Invited Talk at the National Symposium on Bioactive Molecules held at the University of Mysore, April 6-7, 2009.

Presented a paper at the international forum, “Defining a New Language for the Millennium: The Expressive Poetry of Haryette Mullen” at Ethiraj College for Women. Chennai at the conference on Defining the Ethos of the New Millennium: Literature from the United States of America and the Indian Sub-continent, 12-13 March 2009. À “A Review of Quebec Literature with Special Reference to Comics” at the Department of French, Pondicherry University, Puducherry at the conference, on ‘Quebec Literature’, 14-15 March 2009. À “A Re-Discovery of Hinduism? A Study of Indian Writing in English” at the Department of History, Pondicherry University, Puducherry at the conference À

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on ‘Dominance and Resistance in Colonial and PostColonial India’, 23-24 March 2009. “A Brief Survey of Quebec Literature” at Bharatidasan Government College for women, Puducherry, a UGC sponsored National seminar on ‘Quebec Literature’, 26-28 March 2009.

“Pudhuvaiyin Saathanai Penmanigal” – Irubathaam Nootraandu Saathanai Penmanigal, Vulaga Tamil Aaraaichi Niruvanam, 24th – 26th Feb. 2009. À “Sanga Kaalach Soozhaliyal Kalvi”, Neelambour, Coimbatore, 2nd & 3rd March 2009.

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➠ Research Papers & Projects of Faculty

Research Projects

Dr. T. Marx À

Presented a research paper entitled ‘Endangered Histories: A Study of Brahmanical Verbal Terrorism’ at the Research and Journal Alert Forum Department of English, Pondicherry University.

Department of Tamil Dr. A. Arivunambi Topics of Special lectures delivered: À À À À À À À À À À À À

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“Kavidasan Works”, Kongunaadu Kalai Ariviyal College, Coimbatore, 04-01-2009. “Bakthi Literature”, School of Tamil Pondicherry University, 20 & 21 February 2009. “Semmozhi”, Chiththoor (Palakkaadu), 10th February 2009. “Thirumanthram”, Pudhucherry, 10th February 2009. “Silampathikarathin Kaalam”, Periyar Maniammai University, Vallam, Thanjavur, 10th January 2009. “Malaipadu Kadaam”, Thiruvalluvar Arts College, Papanasam, 23rd January 2009. “Sangam Purapporul Noolkalil Arakkarththu”, Vaniyambadi, 08th February 2009. “Silambil Koothuk Koorugal”, MGM College, Pollachi, 04th March 2009. “Arakkotpaddu”, Alagappa University Karaikudi, 05th March 2009. “Hypothesis”, Research Methodology, Kumbakonam Govt. Arts College, 09th March 2009. “Araviayal Nookkil Kilkkanaku Noolgal”, Periyar Univesity Salem, 23rd March 2009. “Linguistic Harmony and the Tamil Language”, Special Lecture, Tagore Arts College, Pudhucherry, 25th March 2009. “Paripaadal Pathippugal”, National Seminar on Sangam Literature, International Institute of Tamil Research, Chennai, 26th March 2009. Paper Presented at All India Teacher Association, Madurai Kamaraj University, 23rd May 2009. Paper Presented at the National Seminar conducted by Valar Thamil Mantram, Madurai 02nd May 2009.

Dr. K. Ilamathy Janakiraman

Centre for Women Studies The Centre has taken up a research project titled Women in Pondicherry: Problems and Prospects. The project works towards collecting and consolidating data, to find gender disaggregated statistics from the existing official documents of the government. Two research assistants and one research fellow have been appointed at the Centre for the purpose. The Centre for Women Studies has links with Pondicherry Women’s Commission, different government departments, Pondicherry police and other stake holders. It also networks with other Centres of women’s studies and NGOs working in related fields. As part of the project the Centre has already collected data on bigamy, gender discrimination, domestic labour etc. At present it has also taken up a study on factors leading to son preference. As part of the preliminary study, information has been collected from the neighbouring villages of Kalapet and Muthialpet . It is also preparing to adopt two villages in Pondicherry.

Department of Physics UGC-SAP Programme: Thrust Area-Materials Sciences, Prof. G. Govindaraj, Coordinator; Dr. S. Sivaprakasam, Deputy Coordinator UGC (5 years department project), Grant Sanctioned Rs. 54.50 lakhs. Sanction letter No. F.530/15/DRS/2009 (SAP-I) dated 13th April 2009.

Projects Department of Commerce Dr. P. Palanichamy À

Dr. P. Natarajan À

Topics of Special lectures delivered: “Thiruvainthezhuththu Manthiram”, Pondicherry University, 20th & 21st Feb. 2009. À “Annavin Seerthiruththa Sinthanaigal”, “R” Aaraaichi Amaippu, Mayilam, June 2009. À “Annavin Oliyooril – Sila Sinthanaigal”, Annamalai University, 25th & 26th Feb. 2009. À

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Designated Coordinator by the UGC for Assistance to the Department of Commerce, Pondicherry University at the level of DRS – I for 5 years from 1st April 2009 under Special Assistance Programme (SAP).

Obtained UGC Major Research Project entitled “Project Export from India – Opportunities and Challenges” sanctioned during February 2009.

Dr. D. Lazar À

Awarded a Major Research Project by UGC for doing research on “A Study to Develop Costing Methodology for Indian Higher education Sector” for the period from February 2009.

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Dr. P.S. Velmurugan À

Designated Deputy Coordinator by the UGC for Assistance to the Department of Commerce, Pondicherry University at the level of DRS – I for 5 years from 1st April 2009 under Special Assistance Programme (SAP).

Dr. G. Chandrasekaran À

A Major Research Project titled “Palaeomagnetic Studies on Basic Dykes Occurring in the North Eastern Part of Southern Granulite Terrain of India” funded by Department of Science Technology was completed. It was an interdisciplinary project which overlapped in petrology, geochemistry and palaeomagnetism. Appointed Principal Investigator and Prof. S. Balakrishnan Dean, School of Physical Chemical and Applied sciences was Co- Principal Investigator of the project. The total amount granted was Rs. 30 lakhs. Three persons were trained in that field. Three conference presentations were made. Equipment worth Rs. 12.5 lakhs were procured, installed and utilized. The findings are: 1. the dykes under study show two different episodes of intrusion and 2. The sutured zone has older age. The possible mechanism of formation will be simulated. Two PhD scholars have carried out their research work utilizing the facilities produced in this project.

Dr. Rabindra Nath Bhowmik Indo-Brazil bi-lateral project and funded by DST (Rs. 11,71,800.00). À Prof. R. Ranganathan (PI)- SINP-Kolkata. À Dr. R.N. Bhowmik (Co-PI)-PU. À Prof. H. R. Rechenberg (PI)- Sao Paolo UniversityBrazil. À

Nominations / Memberships / Honours / Awards Department of Performing Arts Prof. R. Raju

Department of Ecology À

Dr. M. Vikram Reddy was conferred the title “E P Odum” on 27th June 2009 by the International Society for Ecological Commmunication.

Member of the Advisory Committee, RRC, National School of Drama, New Delhi, 25th January 2009. À Member, Syllabus Committee Meeting, School of Drama, Trissur 2009.

Department of Commerce

Dr. V. Arumugham

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Dr. Malabika Deo

Attended the Board of Studies meeting of Performing Arts as a Member, Board of Studies, School of Letters, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, 22-24 June 2009.

➠ Nominations / Memberships / Honours / Awards

Department of Physics

Dr. Ilamathy Janakiraman received “Sigaram Thotta Magalir” awarded by the Sigaram Service Society for her remarkable achievements and outstanding service to the society on 6th March 2009. À “Ilakkiya Maamani Viruthu” Vaiththi Kanniyamaal Arakkattalai & Arima Maathar Sangam on 16th March 2009. À Dr. M. S. Arivudainambi, was honoured with the prestigious Saivath Thamizh Seeralar Award instituted in the name of Magavidvan Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai, at Thiruvaduthurai Aatheenam in Feb. 2009. À

Nominated Member, Board of Studies Member for M.B.A. Corporate Secretaryship at Alagappa University, Karaikudi on 30th January 2009. Advisory Editorial Membership for Journal of Business and Finance, VBS Purvanchal University, Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Department of Tamil À

Dr. A. Arivunambai won the first prize for his Book “Thamilarin Koothiyal” in the 40th All India Tamil Teacher’s Conference, Madurai on 23rd May 2009.

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Dr. P. Natarajan À

Nominated member in Faculty Selection Committee at the Erode Arts College (Autonomous), Erode by

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➠ Training of Staff

the Bharathiar University, Coimbatore and attended a selection committee meeting on 8th March 2009. À Attended as External Expert Member the Academic Performance Committee meeting for Improving the quality and teaching learning and evaluation techniques organized by A.D.M. college for women, Nagapattinam, 611 001 on 30th March 2009. À Attended a meeting of the Board of Studies of A.D.M. College for women (Antonomous), Nagapattinam, T.N. as the nominee of Bharathidasan University held on 21th April 2009.

Dr. D. Lazar Participated in the Board of Studies in Commerce on 17th April 2009 at Holy Cross College, Trichy. À Participated as External Expert in Commerce Board Meeting for finalization of Commerce Syllabus on 25th April 2009, at St. Joseph College of Arts and Science (Autonomous), Cuddalore. À

Dr. P.S. Velmurugan Editorial Member for Board of International Journal “The IASMS Journal of Business Spectrum” ISSN : 0974 – 8016. À Acted as External Examiner of the Vive-Voce Board to Conduct Viva-Voce Examination for the Ph.D Thesis entitled “A study on the performance of regulated markets at Theni District” A. MOHANED ALI under the guidance of M. Namasuvayam” in Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, Tamil Nadu on 15.06.2009. À

Department of Physics Dr. K. Porsezian Appointed as a Member, Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. À Appointed as a Member, FIST, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. À Appointed as a Member, Planning Committee on Nonlinear Dynamics, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Has been nominated as ‘Member of the Subject Expert Committee on Physical Sciences’ reconstituted by DST, New Delhi, for the implementation of their programme called ‘Fund for improvement of S&T infrastructure in Universities & other Higher Educational Institutions for strengthening the S&T infrastructure of post graduate teaching & research in the academic sector. À

Dr. G. Chandrasekaran À

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National organizing Committee Member and Chairman of a Session, National Conference on Advances in Nano materials at the Department of Physics, St. Joseph’ s College of Arts & Sciences, Cuddalore, Tamilnadu, India, 20th Mar 2009.

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Par Excellence Award as Secretary, Cosmopolitan Lions Club of Pondicherry, Puducherry-2008-2009.

Department of English Dr. Celement Lourdes À

Nominated member of the Verification Committee of the ASC library on 9-3-09.

Prof. Sujatha Vijayaraghavan A citation of appreciation was awarded by the Sahitya Akademi for the translation of “Ramarisivanam”, an episode from the Muduva oral “Ramayana”, into English, which was an entry submitted for the Sahitya Akademi Golden Jubilee Celebrations Translation Competition (2007-2008), in January 2009. À “Ten Pandi Cinkam” was translated and completed in January 2009 and is now in print, as a project on Kalaignar Mu. Karunanidhi. The translation project on Cankam Classics was allotted in February 2009. À

Dr. H. Nikhila À

Nominated member of the Ad-hoc Board of Studies for M.A. English at The Central University of Karnataka, Gulbarga and participated as BoS member in the “Consultative Meeting and Meeting of Boards of Studies” on 21st and 22nd June 2009, organized by Central University of Karnataka at NAAC Campus, Bangalore.

Department of Biochemistry Dr. K. Srikumar Appointed Chairman of Examination Board, Kerala University, March 2009. À Appointed to the Scientific Advisory Board, Regain Biotechnology Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, in March 2009. À

Training of Staff Dr. S. Indira, Reader, Department of Philosophy, Dr. B. Chitra, Dy. Registrar (Exams), and Smt. V. Raman Geetha, Private Secretary to Finance Officer have attended an Orientation Course on Implementation of ‘Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005’ organized by NIPCCD, Govt. of India at Bangalore held on 10–12 February 2009. À Smt. S. Punitha, Asst. Registrar (Admn) and Ms. Prava Kullu, Section Officer (Aca-I) have attended a “Training Programme in Administrative Vigilance” organized by ISTM, Govt. of India at New Delhi held from 20th April 2009 to 01st May 2009. À 36 Group-D Employees of Pondicherry University were trained on “Computer Operations” at Computer Centre, Pondicherry University held from 16th February 2009 to 26th March 2009. À

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19 Group-D Employees of Pondicherry University were trained on “Sanitation” at Community College, Lawspet held from 08th April 2009 to 20th May 2009.

19 Group-D Employees of Pondicherry University were trained on “Technical (Civil)” at ITI (M), Govt. of Puducherry, Puducherry held from 08th April 2009 to 20th May 2009.

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Notable Events Department of History Porunthal Archaeological Excavations

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Archaeological Survey of India granted permission to excavate an archaeological site at Porunthal in Palani taluk of Dindigal district. The excavation would be carried out during summer vacation under the direction of Dr. K. Rajan, Head, Department of History. First time such programme is being initiated in the University. The Central Institute of Classical Tamil and Archaeological Survey of India extended the financial support for the entire programme. Documentation of Rock Art in Tamil Nadu ADI DRISHYA PROJECT INDIRA GANDHI NATIONAL CENTRE FOR THE ARTS, NEW DELHI: The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi has taken up a prestigious and unique Project on “The documentation of the Rock art of India” as part of the “Adi Drishya Programme” which includes the documentation of all the aspects of the contemporary simple societies along with the prehistoric art forms. As part of

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the Project the “Documentation of Rock art of Tamilnadu” was taken up. Dr. K. Rajan, led multi disciplinary teams consisting of a Botanist, a Geologist, an Archaeologist, an Anthropologist, a folklorist and an artist, in Tamil Nadu. This interdisciplinary team completed the second phase of the Documentation.

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versity and the affiliated Institutions on 6th December 2008. À During the academic year, the student’s welfare wing conducted three meetings to discuss various issues and the minutes were forwarded to the concerned authorities for immediate action. Members enthusiastically participated in the discussion. À The student welfare wing organized a National seminar on the Role of Fitness in Enhancing Quality Life on 03rd & 4th April 2009. Dr. D. Sultana, Asst. Dean, Students Welfare was the organizing secretary.

Ananda Rangapillai Central Library À

The 300th centenary celebrations of Ananda Rangapillai began on his birthday 30/03/2009 with the garlanding of his statue at the Library premises. It would be a year long celebration and a National Seminar is slated for August with the Library collaborating with the Departments of French, History, Anthropology and Tamil.

Department of Ocean Studies and Marine Biology Electromagnetic Imager with Seismograph and Automatic Weather Stations were installed during the month of February 2009 at the Department of Ocean Studies and Marine Biology to import the knowledge of the earthquake as well as the atmosphere changes on the weather pattern to the M.Sc. Students of this Department. Resistively Variometer was fixed in the month of March 2009 at Kishory Nagar, Diglipur (North Andaman) and Betaapur, Rangat (Middle Andaman) to study ground movement continuously to understand the mechanism and its process to initiate the earthquake. Prof. P.M. Mohan and Ms.P.Dhivya, Research Scholar have completed Open Water Diving Course and got certificate for PADI Open Water Diver.

Department of Commerce À

Organized a Self Help Group product EXPO with 25 SHG Displaying and Marketing their own products on the sidelines of Second International Conference on Micro Finance (ICOMFI – 2009).

Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences À

Tree plantation programme was conducted on Forestry Day - 21st March 2009 by the Department of Ecology & Environmental Sciences in the presence of the Registrar, Shri. S. Loganathan, Registrar, Pondicherry University.

Students Welfare The Students Welfare and the College Development Council have jointly conducted an essay competition (both English and Tamil) in connection with Teacher’s Day among the Students of Pondicherry University and the affiliated institutions on 11th October 2008, Prizes were distributed to the winners by The Dean (SW), The Dean (CDC), The Dean (Earth Sciences), & The Dean (Tamil), at a function organized by the office of the Dean, Students Welfare on 27th March 2009. À The Students Council Wing & the College Development Council have jointly conducted a painting competition among the students of Pondicherry UniÀ

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Puduvai Vani-Community Radio Station: À

The inaugural ceremony of the Pondicherry University community radio station Puduvai Vaani was aired live at 107.8 MHz and the full time transmission got off to a start from 1st January 2009 onwards.

Transmission time is Week days: 6 am to 10 am, 1 pm to 2 pm, 5 pm to 9 pm Week ends: 6 amto 6 pm (Both Tamil and English) À

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on 21st February 2009 and prizes were distributed at a function on 28th February 2009. More than 200 students participated in the competition.

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High School lessons from 3rd std to XII std are being converted into audio lessons. À Puduvai Vaani is recording the MBA lessons of Directorate of Distance Education. Coverage of all the events, functions and educational programmes in and around the University is being done. À

From January to June 2009 Total hours of Transmission completed = 1785 hours Total transmission expenditure = Rs. 31,200/Total programme production in hours = 378 hrs. 15 min. Through “Earn while you Learn” scheme, the students of Pondicherry University including M.A. Mass Communication and M.Sc. Electronic Media are attending the transmission duty and presenting the programmes, every week regularly. À A team of experts from the Educational Development Centre, Ministry of Education, Republic of Maldives visited Puduvai Vaani, the Community Radio Station from 17th to 23rd June 2009, and attended a short term orientation. The station will provide training to participants of SAARC countries. À

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enhanced from 9 hours to 12 hours on all days from Aug 2009. An advisory committee consisting of members from NGO, University administration, students and surrounding communities. CEMCA of commonwealth learning (COL) New Delhi monitors transmission activities. The CRS comes under the Directorate of Culture and Cultural Relations, Pondicherry University. The station plans to distribute Radios to school children who participate in all CRS activities and complete a sequence of programmes making upto 60 minutes, with effect from August 2009. All B.Ed College student teachers come forward regularly to offer programmes. PEC students participate in daily schedules. A lot of programmes have been recorded by interacting with the members of the community which are broadcast regularly. The Directorate of Culture and Cultural Relations produced exclusive music albums on various social themes to be distributed among CRS across the state of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

Community College The students of the Community College participated in DREAMZ, an Entrepreneurial Exhibition, held on 7th April 2009. It provided an opportunity for our students to exhibit their creative talents. About 13 stalls were put up by them showcasing their creative business ideas. Some of these stalls were Novelty gifts, Ayurvedic Concepts, Dogs ‘n’ Pups, Screen Printing, Brick Work etc. The products displayed at the venue were also on sale. This initiative was very much welcomed and encouraged by the visitors. Mr. R.D. Saravanan Asst. Manager HR from HYUNDAI, Chennai was the chief guest of the day and he lauded the efforts of the students and gave away prizes to the best stalls. À The Department of Computer Science organized a paper presentation event named “IT Probe” on 17th April 2009 at PUCC. 19 teams presented papers on various topics such as Data Warehousing and Mining, Forensic Computing, Network Security, Linux and Programming Languages Lineage. Students were awarded prizes. À

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The Bioscience department of Pondicherry University Community College celebrated the National Science Day on 12.3.09. To enrich and harvest the talents of the students of Biochemistry and Biotechnology courses, papers were presented covering a wide spectrum of topics ranging from space to cell. About 21 students participated. The students went on a field trip (19th March 2009) to the Marine Biology department of the Annamalai University. They visited the tissue culture laboratory at the Biotechnology department as well as the Research Laboratory of the Biochemistry department at Pondicherry University on 27th March 2009. The students participated (21st January 2009, 13th March 2009, 24th March 2009 & 31st March 2009) in various competitions like elocution; essay and poetry writing as well as paper presentation at the state level symposiums conducted by various institutions in and around Pondicherry and won prizes. The faculty of the department attended (13th March 2009 & 24th March 09) the National Seminars conducted by the Depts. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Ecology & Environmental Sciences, Pondicherry University and by few other colleges of Tamilnadu. About 10 students have taken admission in Master’s degree by merit in reputed Universities.

scholars present papers/deliver lectures in the respective fields. À The play “Paaripadukalam” written and directed by Pralayan as part of One Month Play Production Workshop sponsored by Regional Resource Centre of National School of Drama, Bangalore was well received for its creative aesthetics of reading the history of the Tamils. The performance of PaariPadukalam was widely discussed in blogs and websites. Lot of critical reviews appeared in the leading newspapers and journals. The Department of Performing Arts play “Paari Padukalam” was performed on 25th December 2008 at the International Theatre Festival organised by Kerala Sangeeth Nataka Academi, Kerala. The reception of the play was tremendous and the Department was in receipt of more invitations from lot of theatre organisations and students organisations of the University and Colleges of Tamil Nadu. As part of the Performance tour programme the play was performed in Thiruvananmalai, Chennai and Ranipet on 29th, 30th and 31st February 2009 respectively. À Dr. V. Arumugham, Reader was assigned to direct

“KARUNCHUZHI” a production of Department of Performing Arts, Pondicherry University. The production was sponsored by the Pondicherry University. The performance of “KARUNCHUZHI” was held at Cultural Complex, Pondichery University. The play was selected for performance at the Karisal Thirai Vizha organised by The M.S. University, Tirunelveli.

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Friday Film Screening In view of introducing Art Films among the students of Pondicherry University, the Dept of Performing Arts organises Friday Film Screening to enable students to appreciate films critically.

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Theatre Seminars The Department of Performing Arts is organising seminar for M.Phil and Ph.D Scholars since the month of April 2009 with a view to facilitating interaction among students, research scholars and faculty members of the Department. Faculty members of other departments of the University and invited

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Classical Indian Play. The students participate in it and do the assigned work as Actor, Assistant Director, Designer and Production Manager. Integration of all the design elements with acting is a first learning step for the new students. Each and every process of the play production has to be thought along with the production.

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Cultural Relations, Pondicherry University inaugurated PUDPA Theatre Fest-2009 with a Lecture on theatre. The Chief Guest of the festival, Prof. A. Gnanam, former Vice-Chancellor, Pondicherry University, gave a special address. Shri. S. Loganathan, Registrar, Pondicherry University gave the Keynote Address. Prof A. Aruvunambi delivered the valedictory speech. Alumni of several departments participated in this festival.

The final semester students along with faculty produce a Major Play of minimum One hour duration to demonstrate their calibre. It helps the students to get Basic knowledge for directorial process, analyzing a play in terms of Production, interpreting the script and fixing the style and choosing the theatre. The production may be Adult or Children’s Theatre production, based on Dramatic or Non-dramatic script.

The course is centred on the production of a single play; the specific focus is on an ensemble-driven approach to play development that uses improvisational techniques. 1. To enable the student to produce a written play analysis and a production approach 2. To develop a prompt book 3. To introduce the importance of a production ground plan À Since its inception, the Department of Perform-

ing Arts is celebrating World Theatre Day on 27th March every year with a number of play productions and special lectures on theatre and performance theory. As part of concluding function of World Theatre Day, Department of Performing Arts celebrated three-days PUDPA Theatre Fest-2009(Pondicherry University Department of Performing Arts Theatre Festival-2009) Dr. V. Arumugham, Head of the Department of Performing Arts welcomed the guests. Prof. A. Balasubramanian, Director, Directorate of Culture and

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Some knowledge about the great Directors like Brechet, Stanislavski and Mayer Hold is expected.

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1. Each student should maintain a record book. 2. Each student should produce two plays – one for internal (One act play) and one for External (Full length Play) evaluation. 3. Along with the final production, the complete production script should be submitted by the student Director with all details recorded in it. This will be evaluated along with the production by examiners. 4. All the participants like Designer and Actor should submit their production design script and Actors script with all details recorded in it.

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Organized a “Free Eye Screening Camp” for the employees of Pondicherry University in coordination with the Aravind Eye Hospital, Puducherry on 6th May 2009 at the University Campus.

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On the International Women’s Day, the Pondicherry university initited specific programmes those were womensensitive. At the programme conducted by the Centre for Women’s Studies, the Vice Chancellor, Padmashri Prof. J.A.K. Tareen laid the foundation stone for the Mega Mess for Women. He also inaugurated the battery operated vehicle service that would enable free movement for all within the large campus of the university. He also inaugurated the women’s Gym on the campus the same day. The Centre for Women’s Studies, Pondicherry University celebrated International Women’s Day on 9th March 2009 by conducting a colloquium on the topic “Women and Moral Policing’’. The programme started at 10 am with the welcome address by Dr. Usha, V.T., Reader and Coordinator of Centre for Women’s Studies. She highlighted the relevance of women’s issues and prevention strategies of violence against women and also drew attention to the UN Slogan for International Women’s Day 2009 “Women and Men Unite to End Violence against Women”. This was followed by a short presentation about ‘International Women’s Day- historical background and theme of Women’s Day 2009’ by Ms Divya K, Research Scholar in Women’s Studies. The Centre produced a badge with the UN slogan engraved on it, which was distributed to all the participants who wore it to spread the message. In his inaugural address, Shri. S. Loganathan, Registrar, spoke about the relevance of women’s day in the current scenario. Prof. D. Sambandan, Dean School of Social Science and International Studies, reiterated the UN slogan that womens’ issues are human issues, and these issues need academic concern and research. Dr. Mohanan, B. Pillai looked at women’s issues from a historical perspective. The technical session started at 11.30 am. The guest speaker, Dr. Panchangam, lecturer in Tagore Arts College, explained the concepts of Time and Space in the context of women and moral policing. He also spoke of the various dimensions of women’s issues happening in the pub-

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lic sphere. He explained that the media and politicians manipulated the whole issue and were least bothered about women’s rights and their condition. In the next session, Malathi Maithri poet and social activist, emphasized the need for women’s empowerment. She highlighted the fact that violence against women started even before birth and followed till her death. The afternoon session was followed with a panel discussion on the topic of “Women and Moral Policing” The topic was introduced by Mr. Pradeep, K.D, Research scholar, Women’s Studies. This was followed by short presentations by the panalists Dr. Padma Priya, (Department of Hindi), Dr. D. Charumthy, (Department of Management Studies) Dr. D. Chandrika (Department of History), and Dr. C. Aruna (Department of Sociology). Dr. Chandrika shared the historical perspective and Dr Aruna spoke from sociological perspective. Dr. Padma Priya, explained how women are portrayed in the popular Tamil cinema and looked at the role of women at home sphere before marriage and after marriage. Dr. B. Charumathy also explained the prerequisite of moral policing in the current scenario. After that students and scholars from various departments made their valuable comments and suggestions regarding women and moral policing. The papers presented have been put together and brought out as a booklet—a research document produced by the Centre for Women’s Studies, Pondicherry University. Thereafter Dr. Usha, V.T., Reader and Coordinator Centre for Women’s Studies brought up the various facets of moral policing discussed during the colloquium in her concluding remarks regarding the topic. K.T. Kalaiselvi delivered the vote of thanks on behalf of the Centre.

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TPSC Convener for the TPSC National workshop on Recent Advancements in Theoretical Physics and Quantum Computation held at the Department of Physics, NGM College Pollachi during 17-19 March 2009.

MIND SPACE a student organization of the Department of Applied Psychology was officially inaugurated on 28 January 2009 with an introduction of its objectives and proposed activities by Mr. Bharani Kanth, Lecturer in the department. The chief guest for the occasion, Prof. Jayachandran from the Department of Biotechnology, gave a talk on ‘The brain and the mind.’ The programme also included a talk on ‘film appreciation’ by a representative of the Navadarshan Film Society and the screening of the lranian film ‘Children of Heaven’. The maiden venture of MIND SPACE outside the department was the film screenings organized on 18th, and 19th February. The aim of this mini-film fest was to ‘demystify psychology with a handpicked selection of entertaining and thought provoking cinema’. The films screened were based on a particular psychological theme-The Sixth Sense (Extra Sensory Perception), 15 Park Avenue (Schizophrenia) and Thanmathra (Alzheimer’s disease). The screenings were preceded by a brief presentation on the psychological concept that the films deal with and followed by a Q & A session, when faculty members Ms. Shilpa Pandit and Mr. Bharani Kanth clarified doubts posed by the audience. The response to the film shows was in one word, overwhelming and revealed the unending fascination that all share for the human mind and its vagrancies. À

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The School of Tamil conducted a 21 day Refresher Course on Folk Lore with the support of Academic Staff College Pondicherry University at ASC Premises from 5th to 25th March 2009.

Department of food Science Dr. Prahap Kumar Shetty, H, Reader, visited National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad on 16th and 17th of June on invitation from the Department of Biochemistry to discuss the new collaborative research programme on probiotics. À Dr. Narayanasamy Sangeetha, Lecturer and the two undergraduate students, Department of Food and Dietetics, Hanze University, Goringen, Netherland organized nutrition education campaign for the Self Help Group in the rural and urban areas of Puduchery in the month of February 2009 as a part of their Under Graduate project on Awareness programme Health and Nutrition. À In Service Training programme on Computer operation was conducted by Computer Centre from 16th February 2009 to 26th March 2009. À

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Publications Pool Department of Performing Arts Dr. K.R. Rajaravivarma PRAHALADA-An epic from Mahabharata, Direction (self) Department of Performing Arts, Open-air Theatre, 50 minutes duration, 27th Feb. 2009. À PRAHALADA-Production Co-ordinator, PUDUVAI VANI, one-hour duration, 12th March 2009. One of the Juries for the Cultural Programme competition for Boys’ Hostel day celebrations. À

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Department of Applied Psychology

In service Horticulture Training Programme was conducted by PKVK, Government of Puducherry from 08th April 2009 to 27th May 2009. À In service Training Programme on sanitation was conducted by Community College, Pondicherry University from 8th April 2009 to 27th May 2009. À In service training programme on Technical – Civil was conducted by Government ITI for Men, Puducherry from 8th April 2009 to 22nd May 2009. À In service Training Programme on TechnicalElectrical was conducted by Government ITI for Men, Puducherry from 8th April 2009 to 22nd May 2009. À

Department of Management Studies Dr. R. Panneerselvam À

Et al., Project management, PHI Learning private Ltd, New Delhi, May 2009.

Mr. P. Murugavel À

Title of the Article “Panchami Nilangalai Mettuedupom” (Part – II), name of the Quarterly Magazine “Parimattram” on April 2009.

Department of Philosophy Dr. K. Srinivas “Hindu Dharma and Human Development” in Imtiyaz Yusuf (ed.), Religion and Human Development, Singapore: Konrad Adenauer Stifung, pp97-108.

Dr. B.R. Shantha Kumarmi “Religion: Nature, Aim and Function” in Spirituality: The world’s Religion After 11th September, ED. Arvind Sharma, London: Praeger Publishers, Vol. IV, 2009, pp 23-32. À “Yoga and Holistic Health” in Yoga: The Ancient Tradition in the New Millennium, Ed. Chenchulakshmi, Kolla, Ambala Cantt.: The Associated Publishers, 2008, pp 300-313. À

Dr. P. Kesavakumar A book entitled “Dalita Vudhyaman – Velugu Needalu” (Telugu) Hyderabad: Spruha publications, 200, 112 pp.

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Department of Sociology

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Et al 2009, “Project Exports from India – Opportunities and Challenges”, Allied Publishers Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi.

2009. “Regional Disparity in Agricultural Development of Maharashtra”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XLIV, No.6. À “Power to the Excluded Groups and Panchayati Raj in Coastal Orissa” in B. S. Baviskar and George Mathew (eds.) Inclusion and Exclusion in Local Governance Field Studies from Rural India, New Delhi: Sage Publications.

Dr. D. Lazar

Dr. G. Ramathirtham

Shri. S. Aravanan

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2009, “A Study on the Performance of the SHG in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, Allied Publishers Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, pp: 3 – 17. À Edited Book with Prof. Malabika Deo on Micro Finance: Performance Evaluation and Enterprise Development Allied Publishers Pvt. Ltd, January 2009. À

1. S. Aravanan (2009), “Corporate Governance Practices – A Case Study with Reference to Hindustan Unilever Limited”, The Management Scientist, Journal of Chitransh Institute of Management Sciences, Jaipur, Vol: 8, No: 1, pp: 23 – 27.

Et al “Adolescence and Sexual Risk Behaviour”, International Research Journal of Social Sciences, Puducherry 2009, Vol. 2, No.1 pp. 217 – 233.

Department of Commerce Dr. Malabika Deo

K.B. Nidheesh

Et al 2009, “Microfinance a Tool for Woman Empowerment of Rural Orissa” Allied Publishers Pvt. Ltd. pp: 411 – 418. New Delhi. À Et al 2009, “Does Exchange Rate Fluctuation Matter for Foreign Trade – The Case of India” Serials Publication pp: 179 – 195, New Delhi. À Et al 2009, “An Empirical Analysis of Weekend Anomalies in Indian Stock Market – A Case of S & P CNX Nifty Stock” IPSAR Management Insight, Vol: 8, No: 3, pp: 17 – 26. À Edited Book with Dr. D. Lazar on Micro Finance: Performance Evaluation and Enterprise Development Allied Publishers Pvt. Ltd, January 2009.

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Dr. P. Palanichamy Et al 2009, “The Role of Micro Credit in Empowering Women in the Costal Areas of Pondicherry – Micro Finance – Performance and Evaluation and Enterprises Development, Allied Publishers Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, pp: 288 – 303. À Et al 2009, “An Analysis of Micro Finance and Poverty Alleviation in Kerala” Allied Publishers Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi pp: 246 – 253. À Et al 2009, “Elements of Risk in International Trade and the Role of Exports Credit agencies in Mitigating the Risk” Allied Publishers Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, pp: 10 – 28. À Edited Book with Dr. P.S. Velmurugan on Export Credit Insurance, Serial Publications, New Delhi, First Edition 2009. À

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“Computer Aided Instruction – An Innovative Technological Tool for Inclusive Education” in the Souvenir released in the International Conference on Education, Research and Innovations for Inclusive Societies - ICERIIS – 09 organized by School of Education & HRD Dravidian University, Kuppam – 517 425, Andhra Pradesh, India.

2009, “Business Factions and Combination of Capital of Indian Firms” Advance in Management, Vol: 2 (4), pp: 23-40.

Dr. P.S. Velmurugan Et al 2009, “The Role of Micro Credit in Empowering Women in the Costal Areas of Pondicherry – Micro Finance – Performance and Evaluation and Enterprises Development, Allied Publishers Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, pp: 288 – 303. À Et al 2009, “Elements of Risk in International Trade and the Role of Exports Credit agencies in Mitigating the Risk” Allied Publishers Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi, pp: 10 – 28. À Et al 2009, “Principles and Practices of Credit and Recent Developments in Credit Insurance, Serials Publication, New Delhi, pp 01 – 09 À Edited Book with Dr. P. Palanichamy on Export Credit Insurance, Serial Publications, New Delhi, First Edition 2009. À

Department of Physics Dr. K. Porsezian À

Et al (Eds.) “Solitons in Nonlinear Optics: Advances and Applications”, European Journal of PhysicsSpecial Topics, Springer – Verlag, Berlin (2009).

Department of English Dr. S. Murali The Future of Environmental Criticism: Environmental Crisis and Literary Imagination, ISLE-Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment. 2008.15: 263-264 (issue came out only this year). À The ICFAI University Journal of Commonwealth Literature. Vol 1 No 1 January 2009, 92-95 painting and poetry—“Faultlines” and “Scribbles and Parables”. À

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Communication, and Clarification: Focus on English in the Indian Classroom, The English Classroom: Bi-Annual Journal. Vol.10, No.1. June 2008: 45-51. (The issue came out only in March 2009). À In a Season of Our Discontent: Modernism and Malayalam Poetry, The Literary Criterion, Vol. XLIV, No 1, 2009; 11-25. Revisiting Sri Aurobindo’s The Future Poetry (1953)—Text and Context, Meher Journal of English Studies, Vol.1. No.1, 2009 pp. 7- 25.

Dr. B. Ravikumar

Prof. Sujatha Vijayaraghavan

Department of Physics

‘How the Kannadian Canal was Built. ‘ Introducing a Folktale from Tirunelveli. Hampi: Kannada University, Pasranga, *Journal of Karnataka Studies*, 3-2 & 4-1, pp 211-216. Dated May 2006- April 2007, released /published January 2009. À ‘Redefining the Karna Parampara Katha via Intralingual Translation’. Translation Mysore:* **Translation Today*. Vol. 4, No1&2, pp 113-133.* *Dated 2007, released /published January 2009.

Dr. G. Govindaraj

Dr. Clement Lourdes Published a paper entitled “Two Faces of God: Nature in the Select poems of Blake and Bharathi” in the book entitled Bhakthi Thentral ed. Arivudainambi Chennai: Kalaigar Pathipakam, 2009 pp51-56. À Published an article entitled “The Crawling Giant Anaconda” in Villianur Vidivelli ed. M. Robert, Puducherry: Villianur Shrine, Dec-Jan 2009, pp21-25. À

Dr. H. Nikhila À

A Review Article titled “Kannada Texts entering the world of English: A Review of Six Recent Translations” published in Journal of Karnataka Studies Vol. 3-2 & 4-1, May 2006-Apr 2007, released in June 2009.

Research Publications

Synthesis and magnetic properties of Nanosized Cobalt substitute Nickel Ferrites. (Ni1-xCoxFe2O4) using egg white (ovalbumin) by thermal evaporation. S. Marutha Senthil, R. Jayaprakash, V.N. Singh, G. R. Mehta and G. Govindaraj. Journal of Nano Research, 04, 107-116 (2008). À Impedance Spectroscopic Studies of Planetary Ballmilled Lithium Titanium Phosphate Material. Journal title: Physica B: Physics of Condensed Matter. Lakshmi Vijayan and G.Govindaraj Online publication completed : 27-Jun-2009. À

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Department of Tamil Dr. S. Arokianathan À

‘Mozhiyiyal Nokkil Tholkappiya Sanga Ilakkiya Aaivugal’ International Institute of Tamil Studies, Chennai, May 2009.

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Dr. A. Thirunagalinagam À ‘A Study of the Fisheries Folk Songs’– International À

Institute of Tamil Studies Chennai, May 2009. Proppian Morphology : The Function of Difficult task in Tamil Folktales. Reasearch Volume – 3 pp. 1438 – 1443. All India Tamil Teachers Association, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, May 2009.

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Dr. M. Karunanidhi À

Manivaasakathil Mahalir Vilaiyattukkal, Bakthi Thendral, Prof. Dr. M.S. Arivudai Nambi, published by Kalaizhnan Pathippakkam, Chennai-17. Pages: 30-35, Month & Year 2009.

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Published an article entitled ‘Kaalamthorum Kavin Perum Vairamuthuvin Kavithai Mugangal’ in the book ‘Vairamuthu Aaivuk Kalanchiyam’ (Vol. I Pg. 207 – 215) edited by Nam. Srinivasan and Published by Kaavya Pathipagam, Chennai, Febuary 2009.

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“Gap Solitons and Modulational Instability in a Dynamic Bragg Grating with Nonlinearity Management”, Ancemma Joseph, K. Senthilnathan, K. Porsezian and P. Tchofo Dinda, J. Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics, 11, 015203(2009). “Modulational Instability and Generation of SelfInduced Transparency Solitons in Resonant Fiber”, B. Kalithasan, K. Porsezian, P.T. Dinda and B .A. Malomed , J. Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics 11, 045205 (2009). “On the Existence and Stability of Small Amplitude Solitons on a Pedestal in the Modified Nonlinear Schrodinger Equation in Negative Index materials”, Ancemma Joseph, K. Porsezian and Miki Wadati, Journal of Physical Society of Japan 78, 044402 (2009). “Propagation of Dispersion – Nonlinearity Management Solitons in an Inhomogeneous Erbium Doped fiber System”, A. Mahalingam, K. Porsezian, M.S. Mani Rajan and A. Uthyakumar, Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical Physics, 42, 165101 (2009). “Modulational Instability in Linearly Coupled Complex Cubic-Quintic Ginzburg-Landau Equations”, K. Porsezian, R. Murali, Boris A. Malomed and R. Ganapathy, Chaos, Solitons & Fractals, 40, 1907-1913 (2009). “Modulational Instability Conditions in Three Resonant Interaction of Stimulated Raman Backscattering”, Ancemma Joseph and K. Porsezia, to appear in Chaos, Solitons and Fractals. “Similariton in Nonlinear optical System”, Wu Lei and K. Porsezian, European Physics Journal, Special Topics, 173, 107-119 (2009).

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like: Agra, Jaipur, Delhi (Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Ranthambore National Park), Manali (Manali, The Mall, Lakkar Bazar, Hidimba Temple, Buddhist Monastries), Chandigarh and Amristar (Waga Border).

“Variational Method in Soliton Theory”, C. P. Jisha,V. C. Kuriakose, and K. Porsezian, European Physics Journal, Special Topics, 173, 341-347 (2009).

Dr. G. Chandrasekaran Et al “Novel Combustion route of Synthesis and Characterization of nanocrystalline mixed ferrite of Ni-Zn”, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 321 (2009) 1898 –1903. À Et al “Structural spectroscopic and Magnetic studies on nanocrystalline Ni-Zn Ferrite”, Materials Chemistry and Physics – 116(2009) 207-213. À

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The IInd Semester students of MBA (Tourism) visited GRT Sunway and Hotel Atithi in Puducherry and received practical training at the workplace with the help of General Managers and Restaurant Mangers of both the Hotels.

Dr. R. Sivakumar À

Et al “Effect of magnetic Reynolds number on the two-dimensional hydromagnetic flow around a cylinder”, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids 59 (2009) 1351-1368.

Dr. Rabindara Nath Bhowmik “Structural phase stability and Magnetism in Co2FeO4 spinel oxide”. I. Panneer Muthuselvam and R.N. Bhowmik, Solid State Sciences 11, 719 (2009). À “Magnetism of crystalline and amorphous La0.67Ca0.33MnO3 nanoparticles”. R.N. Bhowmik, Asok Poddar, R. Ranganathan, Chandan Mazumdar, J. Appl. Phys. 105, 113909 (2009). “Magnetic response of NiFe2O4 nanoparticles in polymer matrix”. A. Poddar, R.N. Bhowmik, A. De, Pintu Sen, J. Magn. Magn. Mater. 321, 2015 (2009). À

Department of English

Industry Institute Interface Event (Akanksha)

Dr. H. Kalpana

The Department organized a two day mega industry institute interface event namely ‘AKANKSHA’09’ on 6th & 7th March 2009 in the convention- cum cultural centre. The event was inaugurated by the chief guest Prof. O.P. Khandari, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Bundelkhand University, Jhansi. Prof. A. Balasubramanian, Director, Culture and Cultural Relations, Pondicherry University, presided over the inaugural function. Mr. V. Sriram, Regional Director, IRCTC, Chennai, delivered the keynote address. The theme of the first panel discussion was on “Visit India Year- Are We Ready?” and the panelists deliberated upon the theme. The students of MBA (Tourism) performed Theme Skit and gave presentations on cultural tourism, film tourism, civil aviation in India and dooms day tourism. The second panel discussion was on “MICE Tourism: The In thing!” and eminent panel members delivered their viewpoints on the theme. Prof. Kapil Kumar, Chairperson, Faculty of History and Tourism Studies, IGNOU, New Delhi delivered special lectures on impact of economic recession on Tour and Travel. Mr. S.K. Shesha Chandrika, Senior Journalist delivered special lectures on travel journalism. A brain storming event was conducted by the students. Prof Sandeep Kulshreshthra, Professor and Chairman, Academics delivered the valedictory address on the occasion. Both the batches of MBA (Tourism) students presented a host of cultural events in the evening.

“History and Trauma in Bobbie Ann Mason’s ‘Shiloh’” in the Bulletin, Philology Series, Vol LX: No.2A/2008, University of Ploeisti, Romania. À “Quilting Relationships: A Cruise through Comparative Literary Studies”. New Delhi: Atlantic Publishers, 2009. ISBN 978-81-269-1087-8. À ‘Defining a New Language for the Millennium: The Expressive Poetry of Haryette Mullen’. Ethiraj College for Women. Chennai. March 2009 (Conference Proceedings). À

Department of Anthropology Dr. A. Chellaperumal Et al, the “Ethnopoetics of the Irular Ballads”, a half yearly Research Journal, Vol .1 number 2 (January – June) pp. 47-64, 2009.

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Community College Five students of the Department of Computer Science participated in “Recursion ‘09”, 15th All India Computer Science Students’ Meet, organized by Department of Computer Science, Ramanjuam School of Mathematics and Computer Science, on 14th and 15th February 2009. À Six students of Department of Computer Science participated in the various technical events of “SACICONS FEST 2009”, an Inter-Collegiate Meet organized by the Department of Computer Science, Sri Aravindar Arts and Science College on 25th February 2009. The students won 1st prizes in paper presentation and debugging and 3rd prize in Web Designing. Out of 4 events conducted, our students won prizes in 3 events. À 5 students of the Department of Computer Science, participated in “DigiTrix ‘09”, a National Level Technical Meet, organized by Department of Computer Science, Achariya Arts and Science College, Puducherry, 23rd March 2009. À The students of Diploma in Multipurpose Health Workers – Female & Diploma in Sanitary Inspector participated in the following Awareness Programmes in the Community during the academic year 2008-09: À

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Polio Survey for 0 to 5 year children Malaria Mass Survey School Immunization and TB (Dots) Programmes Health Education and Health Awareness Exhibition e) Cancer Reduction Camp f) AIDS Awareness Camp g) MSS Camp (Maghila Swasthik Sung and Mothers h) Village Health Camp i) Nutritional Beneficiaries in ICDS Camp j) Nutrition Competition and Well Baby Compeitition Besides these, Students of Diploma in Sanitation (DSI) and Diploma in Multipurpose Health worker (DMPHW) students participated in “NATIONAL FILARIA CONTROL PROGRAMME” at Mudaliyarpet and Lawspet

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Primary Health Centers on 28, 29 and 30th December 2008 and PULSE POLIO IMMUNIZATION Programme (Phase I and Phase I) held from 7.1.2009 to 9.1.2009 and 10.2.2009 to 12.2.2009 respectively conducted by Mudaliyarpet and Lawspet Primary Health Centers. Health Science Exhibition was conducted at the Conference Hall at PUCC for two days on April 17 & 18, 2009. The students of the DMPHW-I & II yr. and DSI participated and exhibited charts, models, demonstration on special nutrition, water purification and PHC activities.

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After the Inter-Collegiate Tournaments, the students of the department participated in the All India / South Zone Inter University Tournaments from July to December 2008. The Department of Physical Education and Sports, Pondicherry University organized Inter-Department Games and sports Competition / Tournaments for the University Campus students from 4th February 2009 to 5th March 2009. In this connection, all department student representatives meeting was conducted on 23rd December 2008. Eleven major games for male students, 7 major games for female students and Athletic events for both students were conducted from 4th February 2009 to 5th March 2009 in the sports stadium, Pondicherry University. After the tournament, the inter-department prize distribution function was held on 24th March 2009 in the Department of Physical Education and Sports, Pondicherry University. Prof. K. Vaithiyanathan, Head, Director, Department of Physical Education and Sports Science, Annamalai University and Prof A. Balasubramanian, Director, Culture and Cultural Relations, Pondicherry University participated and graced the function. The M.P.Ed, M.Phil., students (Men & Women) and staff members participated in the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry State Inter Physical Education Tournament organized by Annamalai University, Chidambaram from 27th February 2009 to 1st March 2009.

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Mr. Mano. Mohan, a Ph.D Scholar in Tamil, presented a paper on ‘Ramesh Prem’s Mahamuni’ at Madurai on 27th -28th June 2009.

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Mr. Mano. Mohan’s poems have been published in ‘Uyir Ezhuthu’ a Literary Magazine in April 2009. À Ms. A. Jayabharathi, M.Phil Tamil (Modern Literature) student won the Gold Medal & Rolling Trophy for state level Essay Writing Competition conducted by Thanithamizh Ilakkiya Kazhakam, Tirunelveli on 14th February 2009. À

Department of Banking Technology The department of Banking Technology invited the H R Manager of M/s. City Union Bank, M/s. Bank of Maharashtra and M/s. Lakshmi Villas Bank to place MBA and M.Com Students. Out of 29 students, 25 students were selected forplacement. À The department also facilitated other MBA, and M.Com. students to benefit from the placement activities.

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Shri. A. Gnanavel, M.Sc. (Electronic Media) student has successfully cleared the NET Examination.

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Nos.) and the faculties (2 Nos.) visited SRM Universtiy, Kattankulathur, Chennai, to get a deeper insight into the Food Processing and Preservation techniques. À The students of II M.Sc. Food Science and nutrition visited the Best India Shrimp Hatchery, Koonimedu, to gain in depth knowledge on the microbiological and food safety aspects of the Hatchery industry.

Students Placements

Endowment Lectures Department of Tamil The School of Tamil conducted Endowment Lectures under Ramalingam-Abirami Endowment on 13th March 2009 in the Seminar Hall of School of Tamil. Dr. M.V. Pasupathi, Special Officer, U.V. Swaminatha Iyer Library, Chennai delivered Endowment Lecture on “Kumaragurubar Ilyakkiyangal”. À Muthaliandan Vaishnavism Endowment Lecture was held at Thamizh Sangam Building on Vallalar Salai (100 Feet Road), Pudhucherry by the School of Tamil on 13th March 2009. À In the Endowment Lecture, Dr. Rangachari, Former Head, Department of Philosophy, Annamalai University, Chidambaram delivered lecture on “Vaishnava Literataure”. Many devotees from Pudhucherry and neighbouring areas of Tamilnadu were present. À The School of Tamil successfully conducted a one day Endowment Lecture on “Perarizhar Anna” on 15th April 2009 in the Earth Science Seminar Hall of Pondicherry University. The seminar was conducted in commemoration of the Birth Centenary of Peraringnar Anna. Dr. K. Vezhavendan, Former Minister of Tamilnadu Government delivered the Endowment Lecture on Anna. À

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The following students from School of Education, Pondicherry University have successfully cleared the NET Examination. 1. Shri. T. Arul 2. Shri Depak Kumar Singh 3. Ms.R. Kamala 4. Shri. R.D. Padmavathy 5. Shri. S. Pushpalingam

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Mr. Mcimilanio, Flute Musician, Italy Prof. Indira Parthasarathey, Playwright, Chennai Prof. A. Balasubramaniyan, Director, Pondicherry University Prof. S. Ramanujam, Eminent Theatre Personality Mr. Nasar, Film Actor &Director, Chennai Mr. Thankar Bachan, Film Director, Tamil Nadu. Mr. Pralayan, Theatre Director, Chennai Mr. Ravi Devandran, Film Music Director, Chennai Mr. Prapanjan, Tamil Director, Puducherry Mr. Ajith, M. Gobinath, Director, Jay Hind T.V., Kerala Mr. Arka Mukhopadhyaya, Director, West Bengal Dr. Balandran, Reader, M.G. University, Kerala Mr. Anish, Theatre Freelancer, Bangalore Mr. Natesh, Lighting Designer and Painter, Chennai Mr. Mangai, Theatre Director and Critic, Chennai

Distinguished sociologist and former president of Indian Sociological Society, Prof. P.K. B Nayar visited the department and interacted with the students and faculty on 6th of March 2009.

Department of Food Science Padmashree Dr. V. Prakash, Director, CFTRI, Mysore distinguished Food Scientist and Technologists visited the Department of Food Science and Nutrition along with Hon’le Vice Chancellor Prof. J.A.K. Tareen, Registrar Shri. S. Loganathan, Dr. S. Jayachandiran Dr. Jammuna Prakash, Reader, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Mysore, Mysore. During the visit, it was suggested by the Director to set up a pilot plant in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition. In addition, it was also proposed to start a new Post Graduate course on Food Science and Technology. À A team of Experts from CFTRI including Dr. M.C. Varadaraj, Head, Department of Human Resource Development, Dr. KSMS Raghava Rao, Head, Department of Food Engineering, Dr. K.K. Bhat, Head, Department of Sensory Science, CFTRI, Mysore, visited the department of Food Science and Nutirtion on 4th April 2009 in connection with the setting up of the Pilot Plant and introduction of a new PG course in Food Science and Technology. À

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Pondicherry University inked a pact with the Institute of Bioinformatics, Bangalore for collaborative efforts in teaching, training of students and research programmes, on 25th May 2009. Pondicherry University Registrar Shri. S. Loganathan and Institute of Bioinformatics Director Dr. Akhilesh Pandey have signed the memorandum of understanding. Under this agreement the training

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Langa Mr. Min Tanaka, Actor, Japan Ms. Mariya Grazia Massa, Bharthanatyam Dancer, Italy

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The Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India is a premier institute in the country. Its research interests broadly encompass every area of modern astronomical and astrophysical research conducted at different centres of the Institute, such as, Kodaikanal and Kavalur in Tamil Nadu, Bangalore and Hanle in Ladakh (Jammu & Kashmir). The Ph.D Programme was set up in IIA only about 15 years ago, and about 50 Ph.D Scholars so far have been awarded the doctoral degree. Currently, 25 students are working on their Ph.D. Under the Faculty Improvement Programme, the IIA faculty has guided about 20 Ph.D candidates from various colleges, universities and institutions. The Indian Institute of Astrophysics has now signed an MOU with Pondicherry University on April 28, 2009 to start a joint Ph.D programme and to initiate academic collaborations in teaching and research. This MOU facilitates a mutually beneficial relationship, by which the faculty and students of the Pondicherry University will get opportunities to embark on research in challenging areas of astrophysics to unravel mysteries regarding formation and evolution of stars, galaxies and universe.

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programmes would be jointly held at the University and the Institute of Bioinformatics. The advantages of this agreement include use of facilities at both the institutions and sharing of resources. Exchange programmes in the field of bioinformatics, curriculum development, conducting training programmes, seminars, workshops and research would be part of the agreement. Research scholars at the Institute of Bioinformatics would enroll for the Ph.D Programme at the Pondicherry University under the guidance of the faculty of both institutions.

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Mr. K. Anas, Lecturer, Department of Library & Information Science Mrs. V. Uma, Lecturer, Department of Computer Science Mr. V. Arulmurugan, Lecturer, Department of Commerce (Karaikal Centre) Mrs. V. Shanthi Siri, Lecturer, Centre for Electronic Media Mr. Mangkhollen Singson, Lecturer, Department of Library and Information Sciences Dr. T. Balasaravanan, Lecturer, Centre for Electronic Media Dr. Amruth G. Kumar, Lecturer, School of Education Dr. D.H. Malini, Lecturer, Department of Management (Karaikal Centre) Mrs. Sheena, Lecturer, Department of Commerce (Karaikal Centre) Mr. Rejoyson Thangal, Lecturer, Department of Psychology Ms. P. Shanthi Bala, Lecturer, Department of Computer Science (Karaikal centre) Mr. M. Leeladharan, Lecturer, Department of Library & Information Science Ms. Sree Kala, Lecturer, School of Education Dr. R. Samyuktha, Librarian, Central Library was appointed as Co-ordinator for the MLIS Course and Department of Library and Information Sciences with effect from 8th June 2009

Retirement / Relieved from Duty / Long Leave Shri. K. Srinivasan, Pharmacist, University Health Centre, PU was relieved on attaining superannuation from 30th April 2009. À Dr. S. Aravindan, Reader in Coastal Disaster Management in the Department of Ocean Studies & Marine Biology, Port Blair is relieved from the services of the University from 20th July 2009. À

Inaugural Functions Prof. J.A.K. Tareen, Vice Chancellor laid Foundation stones for seven buildings (listed below) of the 1st Phase of XI plan Building Projects on 20th April 2009: 1. School of Humanities & School of Social Sciences 2. School of Tamil Language & Literature 3. Examination Wing 4. 40 Units Apartments 5. Academic Staff College 6. Research Scholars Hostel – Gents 7. Research Scholars Hostel – Ladies

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Thermal Analysis Instruments – Differential Thermal Analyser cum Thermo Gravimetric Analyser (DTA/ TGA ) and Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC) - have been installed on 21.01.09. The system has been procured from M/s. WATERS Ges.m.b.H, Hietzinger, Hauptstrasse 145, A-1130, Vienna, Austria.

The instruments are used for characterizing the thermal properties of the materials developed / synthesized. It is being utilized by all the science departments extensively and 216 samples were analyzed upto 30th June 2009. À Mechanical Shop A precision all geared lathe supplied by M/s. HMT machine tools Ltd., has been commissioned at the Mechanical shop during Feb, ’09. This machinery is useful in the fabrication of mechanical components required for the teaching and research activities of the science departments to a very high accuracy and good finishing.

UGC – ASC Sponsored Programmes The 96th Orientation Programme was conducted from 22nd May 2009 to 16th June 2009. À The 97th Orientation Programme was conducted from 20th May 2009 to 16th June 2009. À Refresher Course in ICT-Applications (Inter disciplinary includes: Arts, Science, Humanities, Home Sciences, Social Work, Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Psychology and Law) from 27th May 2009 to 16th June 2009. À Refresher Course in English from 27th May 2009 to 16th June 2009. À

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XI PLAN BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION

SCHOOL OF TAMIL

RESEARCH SCHOLAR–HOSTEL

SCHOOL OF LAW

RESIDENTIAL QUARTERS TYPE – II

LIBRARY BUILDING

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WELCOME TO PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY

Prof. J.A.K. Tareen, Vice-Chancellor We mean Team Work for Quality and Excellence in Higher Education

EDITORIAL BOARD Chairman Prof. J.A.K. Tareen, Vice Chancellor Editor Prof. A. Balasubramanian, Director (C&CR) Members Prof. S.Kuppuswami (now on E.O.L) Prof. A. Arivunambi Prof. R. Panneerselvam

Prof. H.P. Patil Prof. S. Balakrishnan Prof. Priya Davidar Prof. V.C. Thomas Prof. D. Sambandhan Prof. K. Porsezian Prof. Venkata Raghotham Prof. R. Raju Prof. V. Indumathi Prof. N. Natarajan Published by S. Loganathan, Registrar, Pondicherry University, Puducherry – 605 014.

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