A Quarterly Newsletter of Sarabhai Institute of Science & Technology
From the Di rector’s Desk
City Office: Pattom Thiruvananthapuram 695 004 JANUARY 2013
I am very much pleased and honoured by the release of a quarterly issue of our Campus News/Magazine which will keep everyone with the updated developments in the campus. Our Institution is growing day by day which started with 117 students, 23 faculty and 17 Supporting staff with four branches in 2004 to a level of 6 branches, 126 well qualified and experienced faculty members, 56 supporting staff and six B.Tech branches. In addition, we have 4 Post-Graduate Courses (M.Tech) in Electronics & Communications and Computer Science & Engineering. We have sufficient infrastructure with well equipped laboratories (34 Nos) and adequate buildings. New main building has the capacity to conduct classes for all six branches from S3 to S8. Also it has six seminar halls, drawing halls, Accounts, Administration and Faculty rooms. The Director, the Principal and all Heads of Departments are provided with excellent rooms with all other paraphernalia. Separate building is assigned for PG Courses. A new ladies hostel has been commissioned recently. Both the ladies and men’s hostels have ideal facilities. Well equipped play grounds are available for volley ball, basket ball, shuttle badminton, and so on. Indoor games are provided in both hostels. TV and recreation rooms are also available in both hostels. Currently, we have a fleet of 15 buses of our own and five new light vehicles for the conveyance of senior teachers in the place of 15 rented buses used earlier. We have an excellent Research & Development centre from where many products useful for common man have emerged out. Two technologies have been transferred to companies and still two are in their offing. Kumari Jayalekshmi our Hon: Minister for Adivasi development, has inaugurated our prestigious project “Tele-diagnostic - Telemedicine and Tele education” which had been implemented by us in Wayanad. The Government is planning to extend that facility to other parts of forests area where ‘Adivasis’ dwell. Our results are improved and often go above 45% which has to further go up to 70% in the coming years. Faculty development programmes, recruitments (Campus Selection), Training for Students etc., are also given for betterment of the results. With everybody’s co-operation, our campus is progressing well and we hope for the further nourishment and growth in the years to come. K.R. Kaimal Director
Hon. Minister Kumari Jayalekshmi & Padmashree Dr. Hareendranathan Nair in the inaugural session of Telemedicine.
I am extremely happy with the decision of the Management to publish a Quarterly News Letter. Without any doubt this will become a powerful medium of information among the students and the staff. Starting from 2004, our Institution has made all round progress in infrastructure, academic programmes and in all other amenities such as Hostel & Library. In a short span of time our students made our college proud by securing the University Ranks in academics and many titles like ‘Kalathilakam’ and ‘Kalaprathibha’ in the University Cultural Fest. Started with four B.Tech courses, currently we have six B.Tech courses and four M.Tech courses. So now by publishing this News Letter, I hope it will keep our students and staff up to date with the events happening in the college. News letter can also be used as a platform to focus the latest development in Science and Technology and to share innovative ideas to improve the quality of technical education for the benefit of students. I wish all the success to the launch of 1st edition of our News Letter. Dr. M.K. Jana Principal
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From the P RIN CI PA L’S Desk
College Office: Vellanad Thiruvananthapuram 695 883
Editorial ‘To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan, but also believe’. The New Year has taken its possession. When we look back, yesterday was a dream and tomorrow is only a vision. But we can make every yesterday a dream of contentment and every tomorrow a vision of hope if we show devotion and enthusiasm in all our activities today. Not only students and teachers but also each and every one associated with our institution has to abreast with this attachment to attain the goal including our prosperity Whatever we do or achieve should be exposed to all especially among ourselves to pinpoint where we are. Through effective media only we can provide valuable information. Anticipate this Newsletter will bridge this gap. Eventually, I hope we are prepared for the fabulous and dedicated endeavor throughout the New Year to achieve great things. On behalf of the editorial board, I wish you all a very happy and prosperous new beginning for more innovations and achievements in the current year. Prof. K Gopalan Nair Chief Editor Editorial Board
Chief Editor: Prof: K Gopalan Nair Asso: Editor: Vinitha V Nair (Asst: Prof., Humanities & Technical Communications) Members: Nishanth M (AP, CE), Sheena VR (AP, CS),
Anupama AS (AP, EC), Prasanth S (AP, EE) Sari GR (AP, EI), Sreelekha S Pillai (AP, ME), Sajeev Kumar AK (System Admn)
Department News Civil Engineering The Civil Engineering Department proudly announces the results of our first batch (2008-2012) students. Parvathi S secured the 2nd rank in the Cochin University B Tech Degree exams. She is now pursuing her higher studies at NIT Surathkal. The third year students of our department presented a creative piece of art by making of a 3-D model of the SIST main building. The model is a perfect blend of creativity and hard work. The model was presented to the college in a special ceremony which was attended by all dignitaries of the college. The members of the faculty joined in the year 2012 are Thasneem M S, Arya P S, Binoy Cyriac, Saira G Chandy, Priya Prasad, Nishanth M, Chathura P K and Ann Mary Baby. S8 students Aparna N Prasad and Bilaval P A won a cash prize worth Rs.1500/for the quiz “STIMULUS” conducted by the “UltraTech Cement Company”. Achievements of S8 batch students: Hareesh Madhu.S - I prize, Model Making, “Utbhav–2010”, Mar Baselious College, Trivandrum. - II Prize, Paper presentation “Driskh-2012”, College of Engineering, Trivandrum. - II Prize, Paper Presentation, “Utbhav-2012”, Mar Baselious College. - II Prize, Autocad Drawing, “Utbhav2012”, Mar Baselious College.
Computer Science & Engineering
Student Development Programs A Seminar on ‘Visualization for security applications and Digital Security’ was conducted for S7 and PG students on 11th October 2012. The highlight of the event was an inspiring speech by Dr. Sreela Sasi, Professor of CSE, Gannan University, USA. Students’ Association Activities CSE department students’ association (CORE) hosted a one day event titled “PHOENIX 2012” in March 2012. Sreejith S, Technical Officer, TBI,
Technopark was the chief guest for the event. The event was noted for paper presentations by students. Arjun M. (S6), Rohith R. Nair (S4) presented a paper on ‘Augmented Reality’. Students’ Achievements • Arjun M. (S8) got an international certification as a Technical Specialist from Microsoft in November 2012. • Rohith R. Nair (S6) Scored 1168th rank among more than 2 lakh participants in the IEEE Xtreme 6.0
Ms. Parvathi S, the University rank holder receiving memento from the Principal
Vishnupriya Mohan - II Prize, Paper Presentation, “Utbhav-2012”, MBCT. - II Prize, Paper presentation “Driskh2012, College of Engineering, Trivandrum Dinesh Ajayakumar - I prize, Model Making, “Utbhav–2010”, MBCT. Rohit. R & Ganesh R - Both placed in IBS, Technopark, Campus Selection held at Mohandas College of Engineering, Anad. Amal P - II prize in Autocad Drawing, “Utbhav–2012”, MBCT. Anoop S, Aamraj S, Vysakh RT, Bimal ST, Sreeeram MP & Sreejith PHConstructed Model of MSB, of SIST. Parvathy S - University 2nd Rank.
Dr. Sreela Sasi in the Seminar
worldwide coding competition held in November 2012. IEEEXtreme is a global competition in which teams of IEEE Student members, supported by IEEE Student Branch competed in a 24-hour time span against each other to solve a set of programming problems. • Anu Raj J (S4) scored 78% marks in the First year B.Tech. The examination was on April 2011. • Ramdas Nair H.S (S8) was selected as one of the top 10 finalists in ‘Intel levelUp 2010’ game development competition.
Electronics and Communication The following activities were undertaken by the Department during the current year. 1. Presentation at International/ National Seminars/Symposiums (i) A paper titled ‘Application of Laser in Aerospace’ was presented by Commodore (Rtd) Dr. Ravi Nambiar, Dean & HOD EC, at the Annual Photonics Workshop at International School of Photonics-CUSAT in Feb 2012. Two students of S7 EC, Vybhav Waiker and Vivek Pillai also attended the seminar. (ii) Ambika Omana Menon, Asst Professor, presented a paper titled ‘An analysis on the effect of selection of wavelet filter for audio watermarking using LSB insertion’ in the National Conference on Applied Linear Algebra and Transform Techniques organized by MBCET on 10th and 11th of July 2012. (iii) Smitha S Jith, Asst Professor, presented a paper titled “Adaptive Code division multiple access based co-operative diversity for free space Optical Communication” at the International Conference on Communication Systems organized by Baselious Mathew II College of Engineering, Sasthamcotta held on 20th and 21th of Feb 2012.
Faculty Development Programs • Sheena V.R. & Hamil Stanly, Asst. Prof. attended a two week ISTE workshop on ‘Introduction to Research Methodologies’ conducted by IIT Bombay from 25th June to 4th July 2012, at Lourdes Matha College of Science & Technology,Tvpm. • All CS Faculty members attended the Faculty Training Program conducted at SIST during 7th November 2012 to 26th November 2012. Faculty Rejoined • Resmy V. R Asso. Prof. rejoined on 09/07/2012.
(iv) Abhilash KS, Asst Professor, presented a paper in ‘Advanced Embedded System Technologies and their Industrial Applications’ an ICEET-International Conference on Electronics and Electrical Technology organized by Dept of Electrical Engineering, Noorul Islam University held on 21st & 22nd March 2012.
(v) Abhilash K S, Asst Professor, presented a paper in ‘Analysis of Embedded System Platform for Various Industrial Applications’ in a National Conference on Advances in Electrical, Electronics, Communication, Computing and Networking Technologies organized by Malabar College of Engineering, Trissur on 12th March 2012. (vi) Abhilash K S, Asst Professor, presented a paper in “New Trends & Technologies in Embedded Systems” in a National conference in Emerging trends in Electronics organized by Vivekanatha College of Engineering, Puthoor, Karnataka on 11 Feb 2012. 2. Participation in Courses/Training Programs (i) Manu C S and Vinod Kumar V, Asst Professors, attended ISTE approved training program on Digital Communication Systems at Mar Baselious College • Sudha S. K., Asso. Prof rejoined on 23/07/2012. • Suryapriya, Asst. Prof. rejoined on 28/11/2012. • Hamil Stanly, Asst. Prof. rejoined on 3/12/12. Faculty Members Completed M.Tech Degree Course The following faculty members are successfully completed the M.Tech Degree Course in August 2012. • Sheena V.R, Asso. Prof. • Soya Chandra C.S, Asst. Prof. • .Divya K.S, Asst. Prof. • Neena N.R, Asst. Prof.
of Engineering and Technology from 4 to 8, June 2012. (ii). Deepa V T, Asso Professor, attended two weeks training program in BSNL, Kollam in August 2012. 3. M.Tech Degree Courses The following faculty members completed M.Tech Degree Manu C S, Asst Professor Smitha S Jith, Asst Professor Abhilash K S, Asst Professor Vinod Kumar V, Asst Professor 4. Ph.D Courses 1. Deepa V T, Asso. Prof, is perusing her Ph D at Nooral Islam University. 2. 9 members of the EC faculty are currently persuing their M.Tech Degree in various Institutions in Kerala & Tamil Nadu. 5. Faculty Additions New additions to faculty during the current academic year are: Pournami S S, AP, Viji CV, AP, Thara Prakash.T, AP and Minoshma M, AP. 6. Project Presentation
(i) Students of S6 presented and demonstrated their Mini Project in the Department seminar hall. The Director, The Principal and HoD’s of all departments attended and appreciated the presentations. (ii) Students of S8 presented and demonstrated their Main Project in the Department seminar hall. The Director, the Principal and HoD’s of all the departments witnessed and expressed their appreciation. 7. Annual Seminar of EASI The Annual seminar of the Electronics Alliance of Sarabhai Institute (EASI) is scheduled to be ‘conducted in January 2013.The program is being worked out. 8. Professional activities Deepa VT, Asso Prof. has a major role in the activities of IEEE student branch.
Computer Society of India
Sarabhai Institute of Science and Technology is an institutional member of CSI.
Electrical and Electronics Engg EEE Dept is one of the prime departments in this college by its academic excellence from the day of its inception with the sincere efforts of professionally qualified and experienced staff members. Academic developments Prof. V.R Prabhakara Varier took charge as the Head of the Dept in February 2012. In addition to the Master Degree holders in the department, Sujatha S, Sreeja R S, Anuroop R V, Archana G S, Aparna S, Sarika E P and Anju M V are undergoing their Post Graduation. Prasanth S, Asso Prof. attended the Q.I.P program conducted by John Cox Engineering College, Tvpm in March 2012. Reshmi S R completed her PG in MAY 2012. Asst Professors Anil J and Prasanth S are active volunteers in organizing IEEE activities. Professional & other activities The students are in the forefront in academic and extracurricular activities. Many of them are IEEE student members and actively participating in its activities. Our students took initiative in conducting Electrical Fest “SPARKS” in every year incorporating speeches of Eminent Scientists of ISRO, CDAC Tvpm and other reputed organizations. Projects undertaken ‘Fault line Detection System for Overhead Power Transmission Line’
NSS activities The NSS Unit of Sarabhai Institute of Science and Technology was inaugurated on 26th Jan 2010 by Padmashree Vishwanathan, Founder Director of Mithraniketan.
has been developed successfully by the students of S6 as a part of their Mini project. Ashwin Ramakrishnan, Praveen R Sankar, Vyshak B Nair, Akhila Nair and Anila R Pillai are the team members under the guidance of Mr. Prasanth S, Asst Prof and Mr. Briju V G of Computer Science Department. Hon: Minister for Electricity, Sri. Aryadan Muhammed appreciated the project during a Conference and Exhibition conducted at the Institution of Engineers, Thiruvananthapuram in connection with the World Safety Week 2012. In that occasion other eminent engineers of Vaidyuthi Bhavan (KSEB) and Electrical Inspectorate, Thiruvananthapuram also appreciated the idea.
Since then the unit conducts blood donation camps in association with Sree Chithra Thirunal Institute of Medical Science and HLL Lifecare Trivandrum. The Unit is also engaged in other social activities like cleaning the public area as well as the college and the hostel premises on National days and other important occasions. The unit also conducts Quiz programme to enhance day to day knowledge on social and public activities for the welfare of human society.
Another important participation of the unit is helping the mentally retarded schools by extending financial help as well as moral support by frequent visits by NSS volunteers. A donation box is also kept separately in the college hostel to collect financial assistants from hostellers. (Reported by: Bejoy Babu, Co-ordinator, NSS Unit & Asst Prof., E & I Dept)
College Day Celebrations
The College Day celebration of 20122013 is scheduled to be conducted in the first week of February 2013 with competitions in sports, games and cultural events. The conclusion of this festival is on 08-022013 which will be hounoured by the presence of Sri. Madhu, veteran Cine Actor and other distinguished guests in the colourful presentation of foremost cultural events by the students and the staff members.
Electronics and Instrumentation The Department of Electronics and Instrumentation was established in 2004, with an aim to train and develop the students in multivisionary area of Instrumentation covering various areas Electronics, Electrical, Mechanical and Optoelectronics. The students get exposure to Industrial Instrumentation so as to take up responsibilities in various industries as Instrumentation engineers. The department also initiated the design and development of ‘Satellite Payload’ with the major participation of students. The department is striving to build up competent Electronics & Instrumentation Engineers with high academic qualities. Dr. M Sathyanarayana, Head of the Department is the back bone of all the developments, achievements and recognitions of the department. He is also a visiting professor of the University of Kerala and is supervising the research work of Ph D students.
The visit of Sri. P. Ramakrishnan, the Director, LPSC for the inauguration of ISOI
University Highest Mark i) Ulkarsh S R secured 2nd rank in CUSAT B Tech degree examination. ii) Narmada B & Krishnapriya T Nair secured 1st & 3rd highest marks in CUSAT B. Tech degree examination held in 2010. iii) Swaraj stood 4th in CUSAT B Tech degree examination held in 2012.
Faculty Activities • Dr M Sathyanarayana, HoD published 10 papers in the pear reviewed international and national journals. • Dr M Sathyanarayana has supervised the Ph D thesis of two research scholars. One was awarded degree in Dec 2011 and another one submitted his thesis in Oct 012. Three more are pursuing their Ph D work under his supervision. • Dr M Sathyanarayana is a member of the Project Management Council and participated in their review meetings periodically. • Bijoy Babu, Asst Prof., attended training programme on ‘Photonics and Recent Advances’ conducted by the Directorate of Technical Education in Nov 2012. • Anju Latha Nair, Asst Prof., presented paper on ‘Octoacoustic Spectrum Analyser’ in the National Science Congress in Jan 2010. • Nisha V.L Asst Prof., presented a paper ‘Data Hiding Techniques in Wavelet Domain’ in the International Conference on Anti-Counterfeiting Technology organized by C-Dit, Tvpm on 28-29 May 2009. • Bijoy Babu, Asst Prof.: presented a research paper on ‘Power Optimized Decimation Filter for Biomedical Applications’ in an International Conference on ‘Advances in Computing & Communication’ at Rajagiri School of Engg on 9th Aug 2012. Professional & other Activities Our students are members of the Students Chapter of the Instrumentation Society of India and some are members of IEEE. Bijoy Babu, Asst Prof is the programme Coordinator of the prestigious NSS activities.
Instrumentation Society of India (ISOI)
The students chapter of Instrumentation Society of India with headquarters at Bangalore, was inaugurated on 11-122008 by Sri. S Ramakrishnan, Director (Projects), ISRO. Dr. M Sathyanarayana, the HoD of E&I is the organizer of this endeavor.
Sri. Koshy Mammen in a Seminar
The summary of activities of the Chapter is given below: i) A National Seminar on ‘Laser Technology and its Applications LATA-2008’ was conducted on 12th December 2008. The seminar was inaugurated by Sri. P Veeraraghavan, Director IISU.
Sri. P. Veeraraghavan in the Seminar
ii) A National seminar on ‘Space Instrumentation’ was conducted on March 24, 2010 and it was inaugurated by Sri. CA Ignatius. iii) A seminar on ‘50 years of LASERthe past and the future’ was conducted on Feb. 26, 2011 and was inaugurated by Dr. L M Gantayat, Distinguish Scientist and Director, Beam Technology Development Group, Mumbai. iv) A seminar on ‘Recent Trends in Instrumentation Engineering’ was conducted on Feb.18, 2012. It was inaugurated by Sri. G Ravindranath, Director, DoS, IISU, Trivandrum.
Anybody can sing but it takes well groomed God given talent to mesmerize the audience. In 2009 Music Club was started under the guidance of Prof: Pearly Karun with the material and moral support of the management and higher authorities. This endeavour won the heart of many both in and out of the College. The club has been a venue for nurturing and grooming young musicians like Sanjay, Poornima, Harisankar, Sreejith Sreekantan, Anjali and Athul Krishnan. These young talents have successfully managed to juggle out magnificent performances during the College and CUSAT fests.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering is one of the major departments of Sarabhai Institute of Science and Technology. The department is equipped with state of the art laboratories and workshops which are one of the best in its class in Kerala. Recently the CAD/CAM lab has been shifted to PG block. New softwares such as FEMAP ANALYSIS, CAM EXPRESS, SOLID EDGE were added during the year 2012. CAD/ CAM lab is well managed by Prof. Anil Raj, Asso: Prof of ME. Four new lathes are added in the Machine shop. Five new experiential test rigs are also added in the Heat transfer Lab. It is a pleasure to inform that the syllabus related to M.Tech (Production) of CUSAT prepared by the Department has been approved by the University and we have applied for two batches of M.Tech, Production and Thermal Science.
Sports & Games
Prof. C Chandrasekharan Nair and Prof. N Sooryanaryan, Retired Scientist/Engineer from VSSC have been inducted in the department of Mechanical Engineering as Faculty members. V Jayaram, one of our former brilliant student has been
reinstated in our department as AP ME. He is pursuing his MBA program in IGNOU and handling management subjects. Mr. S Aswinsankar, Mr. Jikku Pradeep, Mr. S Vineeth and Mr. R Vishnu are added in the list of faculty members during the year 2012. Prof. K Gopalakrishna Pillai participated in the 8th National Seminar and Exhibition on Aerospace and Related Mechanisms (ARMS-2012) held at Pune, organized by Indian National Society for Aerospace and Related Mechanism in December 2012 and also chaired the session on mechanism for satellites. Abhijith S and Sreelekha S Pillai, Asst. Prof (ME) were deputed for attending a shortterm course on Thermodynamics sponsored by IIT Bombay at MBCET during the month of December 2012. Renjith S D our former student turned faculty member got an opportunity for presenting a paper titled “Integrated Waste Management“ in an International Conference organized by RIT Kottayam. Aravind SL our former student turned faculty member participated in a national seminar conducted by ANNA University. Prof. Jayen Sam was entrusted with additional responsibilities related to hostel and career guidance.
Annual technical meet IGNIZ -2012 of FIRM (Form of Innovative
Royal Mechanicals) was conducted in February 2012. Dr. G C Gopala Pillai Chairman RIAB, Govt of Kerala was the chief guest of IGNIZ 2012. Dr. G Sasikumar, Advisor University of Kerala gave a talk related to career guidance. A quarterly newsletter - “FIRM VOICE” was also released in 2012. Prof. K Gopalan Nair, the Chief Editor of Firm Voice is the kingpin of the venture. He is holding the charge of the Editor of the Newsletter of IEEE Kerala Section and is the Counselor of IEEE Student Branch of SIST.
Our final year project “Amphibian bike” was chosen as the best project and won the cash prize instituted by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers of VSSC. Another project by name “Advanced wheel chair cum stretcher” has also received very good appreciation from the expert committee of the doctors at the National meet of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. A few projects like “Design of solar and wind hybrid vehicle”, “Conversion of swing gripper to rotary gripper of offset printing machine” received very good appreciation in the year 2012. Our results are improving from year to year. In S1-S2, 31 out of 60 students came out successfully and in S8 ME 45 out of 64 students came out successfully in the University exams held in 2012.
Prof. Christopher took charge as the head of Sports & Games Department in 2012. His dedicated and efficient guidance and coaching has been boosted the vigor and vitality of the students of SIST. Regular practice in various items is conducted in off campus time. A number of students got selection in University team as well as got prizes in University sports and games. Important among them are listed below: • Manu Vijayan of CE playing for the CUSAT Cricket Team for the past 3 years • Samraj S of CE - Discuss Throw, Shot-put (2nd, 3rd), 2010-2011, Annual Sports day SIST • Sreekanth Madhusoodhanan Thampi and Hariprasad S K of EI won prizes for various sports event conducted at University level. • Jinto Vincent of EI 2011-2015 was selected for participating in the Inter-University volleyball match conducted in 2013. He also participated in the Inter-University volleyball match conducted in 2012. • Prem B & Shad K Nasar of EI 2011-2015 batch participated in the Inter-College football match conducted in 2012.
Career Guidance College Career Guidance and Placement Unit makes a very effective function under the proficient and resourceful leadership of the Placement Officer Prof. K.Babu and his team. The major events conducted are listed below: 1. A technical talk by Dr. Sreela Sasi, Professor Elecronics Engg, Gannon University, USA on the topic ‘Visualization of Security Applications’ on 11-10-2012. 2. The CGPU team visited Technopark two times to invite various companies to the college.
ization: Problems and Prospects’ organized by Nodal Centre for Kerala National Technical Manpower Information System’ on 25th January 2012. 4. Pre-placement talk by a team of 5 executives from Allianz Cornhill, Technopark on 17-10-2012. 5. 92 students attended the recruitment drive conducted by IBS Technopark, Tvpm at Mohandas College of Engineering & Technology on 18-12-2012 and six students got selected.
Our President Dr. V.V. Karunakaran on the mike
3. Paper presentation by Prof: K.Babu on ‘Centralized Campus Recruitment Programme for
CUSAT – A proposal’ in connection, with 2 day seminar on ‘Employability of Fresh Engineering Graduates in the era of Global-
6. A combined recruitment for all colleges in Trivandrum district was held on 23-11-2012 by Indian Army lead by Col. Alex and six SIST students were shortlisted. 7. Another covetable work done by the Placement Officer is downloading the National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning - video talk for 1200 hrs programme and made available in the college library for the reference of students and teachers. It contains web video courses in Science and Technology. The programme is a joint initiative of ITT and IISc. 8. On 20/11/12, Advanced Media Technologies, AMTEC, came
Teachers’ Training Programme - Nov. 2012 A mega event organised by CGPU headed by Prof. K Babu, is a Teachers’ Training Programme in the college from 7/11/12 to 26/11/12. Various eminent Doctors and Professors conducted classes for our teachers, a few among them are: • ‘How to motivate yourself and your students – by Dr. Venugopal Reddy, Life Skill Expert, USA. • ‘Robotics’ – by Dr. Kurien Issac, Senior Professor & HOD, Dept of Aerospace Engg, IIST, Valiyamala, Tvpm. • ‘Recent Trends in Nanotechnology’ – Dr. K.Gopakumar Warrier, CSIR Emeritus Scientist, NIIST, Tvpm. • ‘Student Projects & Seminars’- by Dr. C.G Sukumaran Nair, HoD, CSE, SIST. • ‘Industrial Applications of Lasers’ – by Dr. Ravi Nambiar, Dean & HOD, ECE, SIST. • ‘Optical Communications’ – by Dr. N. Vijayakumar, Prof, ECE, Govt Engg College, Barton Hill, Tvpm. • ‘Digital Signal Processing’ – by Prof. Sasikumar V.V, Prof. ECE, Govt Engg College, Barton Hill, Tvpm. • ‘Signals & Systems’ - by Dr. Jiji C.V, Prof. of EE, CET. • ‘Technical Communications’ – by Dr. C.G Sukumaran Nair, HoD, CSE, SIST. • ‘Mobile Radiation’ by Deepa V T, Asso Prof., Dept of EC, SIST. for recruitment, and ten of our students were shortlisted.
Sarabhai Campus Theatre Sarabhai Campus Theatre joined hands with Geethanjali and Navajeevan Kalavedi in celebrating the World Theatre Day on March 27, 2012 at VJT Hall, Tvpm. Shri. Madhu inaugurated the function. Our students presented Nishadam ( \njmZw ) a musical fantasy and koti kotali klauthukam ( sIm- S n- t Im- S m- e nIu- X pIw ) a hilarious burlesque, both written and directed by Prof. G. Gopalakrishnan. Smt. Vinitha V Nair, Asst Prof. anchored the programme. She also sang a melody during the Nataka Ganamela that culminated the show.
Cultural Activities The students from various departments actively participated in different cultural programmes organized in the college level as well as in the University Youth Festival. Civil: Reshma C V - I prize, in Rangoli “Sargam-2012”, Cusat Campus, Cochin Nadanpattu, I prize, “Sargam-2012” participants were Razi.N, Joble Joy, Sreejith S, Sathyapriyan S, Bilal P A, Cusat Campus, Cochin (headed by Sreevas P M, S8 EEE) Sathyapriyan S - III prize in percussion eastern “Sargam 2009” Cusat Campus Cochin, I prize in Nadanpattu “Sargam 2009” Cusat Campus Cochin. Anoop S - Rangoli, Ist, CUSAT Department of Civil Engineering – Athapookalam Competition -2012 SIST III prize Mechanical: Ten students participated in university youth festival. Mr. Varun, S4 student won the first prize in instrumental music. Computer Science: Reny M John (S8) won 2nd place in ‘DHWANI’, Cultural Fest organized by College of Engineering Trivandrum in January 2012 and also in ‘YAGNA DRUVA’, Techno Cultural Fest, LBSITW, Trivandrum, for Band Music in February 2012. EEE: Sreevas and Abhaydev of S8 got first prize in Naadanpattu contest in CUSAT fest in the main campus CUSAT and Radhun Deepak and Gokul MG of S8 participated in Essay completion in CUSAT fest. EI: Murshid P. P., Shad K. Nasar & Jithin T. V .of 2011-2015 batch participated in ‘Dhanak 2012’ conducted by IIST, Trivandrum. Devadevan M.J. of the 2011-2015 batch participated in ‘Sargam 2012’ conducted by CUSAT. Ajin Nadh, Manju Balakrishnan & Harisankar U. K. of 2009-2013 batch participated in ‘Sargam 2012’ conducted by CUSAT. Harisankar U.K. of 2009-2013 batch bagged prize at ‘Yagna-Dhruva’, conducted by LBS, Trivandrum for fusion music. ‘Athappoo’ Competition is a major event organized by different departments in connection with the Onam celebrations.
Tele-medicine and Tele-education
- An Innovative Project
Very recently we took up an important humanitarian project - the ‘Telemedicine and Tele-education’ in Waynad District of Kerala. This programme started in Kalpatta in the year 2008 was inaugurated by our beloved former President of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. ISRO Bangalore and Kerala State Planning Board offered a helping hand in initiating this project. Later in 2010, I signed the MoU with Planning Board. In 5 more Village Resource Centers at Sulthan Bathery, Mananthavady, Noolpuzha, Kalpatta and Meppady were started with facilities like class rooms as well as offices to educate and empower the illiterate and to provide the medical benefits, consultation with specialists of RCC, SCT, etc. through Telemedicine programme. We are also guiding the farmers of that region by conducting soil testing, weather forecasting, supplying seeds and guiding them for cultivation, bio-manures, yield taking, etc. using the expertise of well qualified officers and directors
The visit of SIST Team in Wayanad
of different Departments of the State. In the meantime, I got in touch with Dr. Jithendran, who has dedicated his life for treating and helping Adivasis in the deep forest. He needs transmission equipments, sophisticated computer for collecting and transmitting the patient’s data and to store the data and retrieve as and when required. Now we are developing a communication and computer system for him to organise his activities in the deep forest area. Our team visited all VRC stations in Waynad to evaluate their functioning four months back. - Reported by Sri. K.R. Kaimal, Director, SIST
Dr. Sarala K R, Librarian is presenting a paper on Websites of Self Supported Engineering Colleges in Thiruvananthapuram: An Evaluation of Usability in the National Conference on E-resources and E-learning: Challenges and Opportunities for Libraries proposed to organize jointly by the Department of Library and Information Science and C H Muhammed Koya Library, University of Calicut on 01 & 02 February, 2013.
IEEE Student Branch SIST has a very active and vibrant student branch (SB) of the prestigious
international professional organization – The Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). It has completed two magnificent years of success and is now entering into the 3rd year of its glorious existence. Within this short span of time the SB has organized multifarious activities spreading wide areas including tech-
nical as well as humanitarian activities. We organised social, cultural, technical and charitable activities. Our members have participated successfully in competitions conducted by other institutions.
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