Campus Talk April 2019

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Volume – 07 Issue – 01 April 2019


“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family” this quote by Nobel Peace Laureate Kofi Annan is very inspiring and gives a sense of fulfilment for all involved in the field of education. Hindustan Institute of Technology & Science treads with determination and commitment for three decades on the well laid out path by the late Founder Chairman Dr. K.C.G. Verghese. I am proud to note that HITS has proved its worth and mettle in academics, extra-curricular activities and philanthropy. The concerted and committed efforts of the entire Hindustan fraternity haveenabled this institution to scale greater and newer heights and achieve laurels in all spheres of its activities. Dr. Mrs. Elizabeth Verghese

Founder Chairman

Dr. K. C. G. Verghese (1940-2006)

“To Make Every Man A Success And No Man A Failure”



Bestowed with “Innovation by Deemed-tobe-University” award for HITS at the Elets 13th World Education Summit.

Acknowledged with “Institute of the Year for Higher Education-South” award at the 12th ASSOCHAM National Education Summit 2019; and “IEN Higher Education Award” under “University of the Year (South) for Exceptional Performance in Past Academic Year” category during the 7th Higher Education Summit at New Delhi. Conferred with “Outstanding University Higher Educational Institution for Skill Development” award during Global India Education Forum at EAIE 2018, Geneva, Switzerland.



Ingenious Records


New Initiatives


International Visits










Social Outreach Activities 15 Awarded with ‘DELL EMC Centre of Excellence Certificate’ at Bridge 2018. ACCREDITATIONS & RANKING







Global Walkers


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AWARDS Management

MGR Ratna Award


Dr. Anand Jacob Verghese Pro Chancellor • • •

University of New Haven USA

Recipient of “Inspirational Icon in Internationalization of Indian Education Award” at EAIE 2018, Geneva, Switzerlandorganized on 13 September 2018. Honoured MGR Ratna Award in Bharath Ratna, MGR 102nd Birth Anniversary Celebrations event organized by the Srilankan Government. Elected as Vice President of AeSI on 27 January 2019. Microsoft's Adoption of Social Media in Academia Award

Universidade of Federal Grande Do Rio Norte Brazil

Mr. Ashok Verghese Director • •

Hunan Normal University China

Honoured with Microsoft's Adoption of Social Media in Academia (ASMA) Convention Award at its Annual Convention on 1 September 2018. Recognized with “Educational Entrepreneur of the Year” award at the 12th ASSOCHAM National Education Summit 2019 on 21 February 2019.


University of Tehran Iran

Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam Award Best Scientist Award

Universiti Malaysia Pahang Malaysia

Dr. Arthur Rajkumar, Assistant Professor, Maths received “Best Scientist Award” from International Multidisciplinary Research Foundation (IMRF) during its 100th International Conference on 14 March 2019.

Dr. Sundara Rajan, won "Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam Award" for Innovative Research by Society for Engineering Education Enrichment (SEEE) on 20 July 2019. Siam University Thailand

Best Speaker Award

Flight Lieutenant Award Best Mentor Award

Flg. Officer Giri Rangarajan, NCC Coordinator and Assistant Professor, EEE got promoted as Flight Lieutenant by NCC Head Quarters on 4 October 2018.

Dr. Akkara Sherine, Head Languages & Rankings received "Best Speaker Award" during the 13th World Education Summit held at Mumbai on 8 December 2018

Mr. C. S. Karunakaran, Assistant Professor received “Best Mentor – International Aerospace Activities” from IAAA at IIT Guwahati, Assam from NASA’s Active Astronaut Michael Barratt on 1 September 2018

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India Book of Records


University of Mindanao Philippines

“JAIHIND – 1S” an experimental satellite made by Mr. KJ. Hari Krishnan, Mr. P. Amarnath, Mr. T. Giri Prasad, Mr. G. Sudhi pursuing Aeronautical Engineering, under the mentorship of Mr. G. Dinesh

Kumar, Assistant Professor, School of Aeronautical Sciences got awarded by The India Book of Records for introducing the lightest satellite built using 3D printed Nylon polymer weighing just 33.39 gms.

Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University Philippines


JHATAYU Flying Bike was formed by a team of 33 under graduate students under the mentorship of Mr. C. S. Karunakaran, Assistant Professor, School of Aeronautical Sciences. Jhatayu, a student startup company registered in

MSME through HTBI & HEIC, HITS was awarded by SAE INDIA at the International Two-Wheeler Conference at Bangalore on 5 August 2017 by Mr. Javaji Munirathinam, Chairman, SAE INDIA Aerospace Board.

American International University Bangladesh

University of Asia Pacific Bangladesh

Dicle University ERASMUS+Programme Turkey

Asia Book of Records Universite Paris-est Creteil France

Students of the Hindustan Group of Institutions gathered together to create a Guinness World Record and Asia Record on “Child Safety” on 26 February 2018. The event

witnessed over 4000 students of varied age groups from Hindustan Group of Institutions gather under one roof.

Universite De Nantes France

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NEW INITIATIVES Founder Chairman

Dr. K. C. G. Verghese (1940-2006)

Launch of School of Law

Dr. Elizabeth Verghese, Chairperson, Hindustan Group of Institutions, lighting the lamp marking the Founder’s Day and Launch of School of Law Celebrations.

The Launch of School of Law sets off the Founder's Day celebrations on 20 June 2019 and earmarks another milestone in history of Hindustan. Sri. Kasu Venkata Reddy, Former Member of Parliament and Minister, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh delivered the special address. The inaugural address delivered by Hon’ble Justice Abraham Mathew, Judge (Retd.), High Court of Kerala saw an urge made to students to be present in the parliament and legislative assemblies. Further, he pointed that globalization has led to the need of law colleges and insisted on the quality of law education and concluded his speech by declaring the Scho ol of Law at Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science “Open”. The felicitation was delivered by Hon’ble Justice Ramaswamy, Former Judge, Supreme Court; Mr. K. Duraiswamy, Senior Lawyer, High Court, Chennai; and Prof. (Dr.) S. G. Sreejith, Vice Dean, OP Jindal Global Law School.

Read Left: Dr. Anand Jacob Verghese, CEO, Hindustan Group of Institutions honours Hon'ble Justice Ramaswamy, Former Judge, Supreme Court with a shawl. Also seen is Mr. K. Duraiswamy, Senior Lawyer, High Court, Chennai.

Read Left: Dr. V. L. Mony Dean, School of Law, HITS; Rev. Isaac Johnson, St. Andrew’s Church (The Kirk) Egmore; Dr. K. P. Isaac, Vice-Chancellor, HITS; Dr. (Mrs.) Elizabeth Verghese, Chairperson, Hindustan Group of Institutions; Hon’ble Justice Abraham Mathew, Judge (Retd), High Court of Kerala; Dr. Anand Jacob Verghese, CEO, Hindustan Group of Institutions; Sri. Kasu Venkata Reddy, Former Member of Parliament and Minister, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh; Dr. Prof. S. G. Sreejith, Vice Dean, OP Jindal Global Law School posing with School of Law brochure.

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Dedication Ceremony of Reception Block, Jupiter Hostel The Reception Block at Jupiter Hostel was dedicated to the glory of God by Rev. George Mathew, Vicar, Chetpet Marthoma Church, Chennai, in the presence of Dr. Mrs. Elizabeth Verghese, Chancellor, HITS; Dr. Anand Jacob Verghese, Pro Chancellor, HITS; Dr. Aby Sam, Fitness Centre


Sports Café

Director, HITS; Mr. Ashok Verghese, Director, HITS; and Dr. K. P. Issac, Vice Chancellor, HITS on 8 November 2018. The congregation ceremony was also marked by the presence of members from the Management, Deans, HoDs, staff and students, and MDs of the construction units. Clinic

Features: • • • • • • • •

Reception Desk for students and visitors. Comfortable lounge for parents, visitors & guests. Office for Hostel Manager, wardens and other staff members. Infirmary with bed facility & pharmacy. Fitness centre with gym and other necessary equipment. Indoor games like Billiards, Badminton, Table Tennis and Chess etc. Sports Café serving refreshments like snacks, cold drinks & juices for students. 24 X 7 round the clock security provision with help of CCTV cameras & security guards in full vigilance.

Stratasys F20 3D Printer

Read Left: Dr. Aby Sam, Director, HITS; Dr. K. P. Isaac, Vice Chancellor, HITS; Dr. T.S. Sridhar, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary/Commissioner of Revenue Administration and State Relief Commissioner (Retd.), Govt. of Tamil Nadu; Dr. Mrs. Elizabeth Verghese, Chancellor, HITS, Dr. Anand Jacob Verghese, Pro Chancellor, HITS; Dr. Susan Marthandan, Director, Hindustan College of Arts and Science; and Mr. Ashok Verghese, Director, HITS.

Establishment of Institute Innovation Council (IIC) approved by MHRD-AICTE HITS has been Institute Innovation of being chosen in Institutions in establishment of has a tremendous making India as the

selected by MHRD-AICTE to establish Council (IIC), with the unique distinction the first batch of 1000 Higher Education India among 1600 applicants. With this Institute Innovation Council, HITS now chance of contributing to the mission of global hub of innovation.

Stratasys F20 3D Printer worth Rs. 38 lakhs procured for Centre for Simulation in Engineering and Design creates high volumes of concept, functional and presentation prototypes with accuracy. The machine was inaugurated by

Dr. T.S. Sridhar, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary/ Commissioner of Revenue Administration and State Relief Commissioner (Retd.), Govt. of Tamil Nadu during the 13th Founder’s Memorial Day of HITS observed on 14 February 2019.

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INTERNATIONAL VISITS 2nd AUAP-IUAP International Conference & 20th Anniversary Celebrations of SIAS University The 2nd AUAP-IUAP International Conference and 20th Anniversary Celebrations of SIAS University was organized at SIAS University, Zhengzhou, China between 23 and 25 May 2019. “Future Higher Education Models and Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities and Challenges” marked the theme of the conference. HITS Delegation comprising of

Dr. Anand Jacob Verghese, Pro Chancellor and Mr. Milton Huggins Gerard, Deputy Director, Corporate Affairs & Training attended the event. The visit served a platform for the HITS delegation to meet other members of AUAP-IUAP for further collaborations. MoUs with Korea University of Media Arts, Sejong, South Korea; San Diego State University, USA; Gongqing College of Nanchang University, China; University

of Cambodia, Cambodia; and Vistula University, Warsaw, Poland were signed. An intention letter was also signed at SIAS University for being one of the founder members of the “Science & Technology Incubation and Transfer Centre.” It is affirmatively believed that the Centre will promote innovation in science and technology for the betterment of society and nations.

University of Cambodia

Vistula University, Poland

San Diego State University, USA

Korea University of Media Arts, Korea

NAFSA 2019 Conference and Expo - USA The NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo, the largest and most dynamic international education event in the world, brought in nearly 10,000 professionals from over 110 countries representing every aspect of international education including academic institutions, consulting firms, pathway providers, insurance companies, third-party providers, and much more. HITS delegation led by Mr. Ashok Verghese, Director,

HGI, comprising of the Dr. M. K. Badrinarayanan, Professor & Head, School of Management, and Mr. G, Dinesh Kumar, Assistant Professor, School of Aeronautical Engineering represented Hindustan Group of Institutions at the NAFSA 2019 Conference & Expo at the Walter E Washington Convention Centre, Washington D.C., USA between 26 and 31 May. Mr. Ashok Verghese also

University of Mendoza, Argentina

attended the Presidents and Provosts Summit at NAFSA 2019, a special invitation that brought the campus Presidents, Chancellors, Rectors, and Chief Academic officers together to connect with colleagues from around the world. HITS signed MoUs with University Catholica Del Maule, Chile; University of Aveiro , Portugal; SUPBioTech, France; University of Mendoza, Argentina.

University Catholica Del Maule, Chile

SUP BioTech, France

University de Rabat, Morocco

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9th Convocation

Group photo of Ph.D. graduates with guests.

Mr. Lalit Gupta being conferred with Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa)

The 9th Convocation was celebrated in grandeur on 15 September 2018, wherein 1229 graduands including 35 Ph.D., 3 M.Phil., 162 PG, 780 UG, and 249 UG Arts and Science received their degree. The event witnessed Prof. (Dr.) Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE as Chief Guest, and Mr. Lalit Gupta, Joint Director General, Office of the Director General of Civil Aviation; and Honorary Secretary General, Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI) as Guest of Honour. Prof. (Dr.) Anil Sahasrabudhe in his address congratulated the graduands for receiving

Prof. (Dr.) Anil Sahasrabudhe delivering the Convocation address

the degrees and remarked that it aptly fell on Engineer’s Day. He emphasized on the need of Creation, Assimilation, and Dissemination as main objectives of one's mind. Mr. Lalit Gupta was awarded with the honoris causa degree as an acknowledgment of his accomplishments and lifelong significant contribution to India’s competitive aviation sector. As a sign of growth and progression, saplings were planted by the honourable guests at Founder’s Block; and ALSIM AL 250, a state-of-art Simulator was also inaugurated. Graduands in anticipation of receiving degrees

2nd Graduation Ceremony

Advanced Diploma in Autotronics The Centre for Automotive Electronics, Department of Automobile Engineering, conducted its 2nd Graduation Ceremony for Advanced Diploma in Autotronics programme on 14 December 2018. Mr. Chidambar Garge, Head - Technical Training, Volkswagen Group Academy,

Pune and Mr. Suresh Nagaraja, Chief Manager Training, Volkswagen Group Academy, Pune presided over the ceremony as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour. A total of 16 graduands were awarded their certificates on this Graduation Ceremony. A student receiving degree from Dr. K. P. Isaac, Vice Chancellor, HITS

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Special Convocation

Left: Dr. Aby Sam, Director, HITS; Mr. Prasad K. Panicker, Executive Director, Kochi Refinery, Bharat Petroleum Corporation, Ltd; Prof. S. C. Sharma, Director, National Assessment and Sccreditation Council (NAAC); Dr. (Mrs.) Elizabeth Verghese, Chancellor, HITS; Dr. K.P. Isaac, Vice Chancellor, HITS; Dr. E. Sreedharan, Principal Advisor, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC); and Mr. AShok Verghese, Director, HITS along with 7 Ph.D. graduates.

The Special Convocation for Conferment of Degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) to Dr. E. Sreedharan, Principal Advisor, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) was held on 2 February 2019. Prof. S.C. Sharma, Director, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), and Mr. Prasad K. Panicker,

Executive Director, Kochi Refinery, Bharat Petroleum Corporation, Ltd; presided over the function as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour. 7 Ph.D. graduands were privileged to be awarded their degree at the event amidst the most celebrated guests. The most awaited talk of Dr. E. Sreedharan saw his expression of gratitude on being conferred with Honouris Causa. “All great achievements are not individual centric; but efforts of a team,” said Dr. Sreedharan who shared the respect of the honorary award with his team of Engineers, Consultants, Contractors, Suppliers and many more. If excelling as a technocrat with knowledge is appreciative, owning a true character would demand appreciation from all. “Crown

Dr. E. Sreedharan, Principal Advisor, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) being conferred with Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa).

and glory of life is Character” says Dr. Sreedharan. Dr. S.C. Sharma in his Special Convocation address said, “Technology or technological products are designed to make life easy and beautiful.” With novel inventions enabling humans consume less time, he insisted mankind to dedicate time to accomplish worthy things like involving in painting, dancing, writing etc. as they are the real signs of higher activities of life. Mr. Panickar recalled his fond memories of attending one of the public lectures of the Late Dr. K.C.G. Verghese, Founder, Hindustan Group of Institutions. Mr. Panickar was very much conscious of the uncertain implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Digital Technology on the job prospects for the upcoming generation of engineering world and kindled learners to take such themes as case study.

Dr. E. Sreedharan conveying the Special Convocation address

8th Graduation Ceremony

“Professional Diploma in Cyber Investigation and Laws”

The 8th Graduation Ceremony of Professional Diploma in Cyber Investigation and Laws (PDCIL) was held on 27 April 2019. A total of 9 students received their professional diploma graduation. The Chief Guest of the ceremony Mr. Arun Prakash M.,

Founder and CTO, GUVI, Chennai, in his keynote address on “Cyber Security – Today Needs,” emphasized the need of understanding the behavior of cyber users in India. The Guest of Honor Mr. Mugunthan Soundararajan, Sr. Vice President – Technology, Matrimony,

Chennai, highlighted the key aspects of the cyber security and its importance. Certificates were given to the graduates for their successful completion of course. Ms. Sundari S. and Mr. Sundaram received First Rank in June 2018 and December 2018 respectively.

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EVENTS 3rd World Technology University Congress

Delegation of 3rd World Technology University Congress

The 3 World Technology University Congress was jointly hosted by HITS and IIT Madras between 28 and 30 November 2018 in Chennai. Around 100 participants from partner Universities and Universities desiring to become members registered for the Congress. The 2018 Congress included sessions featuring global university, business, and industry leaders discussing current and future challenges facing rd


the world and the role and responsibilities of universities taking multi-disciplinary approaches to respond to these challenges. The 3rd day of the World Technology University Congress was held at HITS on 30 November 2018. Delegates from 28 universities across the globe participated. Professor Brian Cantor, Vice Chancellor, University of Bradford, Chair of WTUN presided over the programme. The sessions commenced

with a Board Meeting and was followed by Dr. K. Saraswat, Honourable Member of NITI Aayog, Former Scientific Advisor to Rashtriya Mantri, Former Secretary, Department of Defence, DRDO addressing on “A Perspective on 21st Century Technical Education and Creation of World Class Universities in India.’ The session concluded with a networking lunch.


Sustainable Environment and Energy

Dr. Jessy Dr. Somasundaram Dr. Suarez Dr. Al-Ameri Dr. Ashokkumar Dr. Mrs. Elizabeth Verghese Dr. K. P. Isaac Dr. Mamat Dr. V. Preethi

Ameri, Director-Higher Degrees by Research, Deakin University, Australia; and Dr. Juan Luis Ramous Suarez, Co-Founder and Technical Director, Incom Biogenfer S.L., Gran Canaria, Spain. The conference provided students and scholars a chance to publish their research work on Hydrogen Energy in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (Elsevier Publisher).

Dignitaries with ICSEE 2019 proceedings.

The 2 International Conference on Sustainable Environment and Energy ICSEE 2019, organized by department of Civil Engineering and sponsored by nd

DST, conducted on on 21 and 22 February 2019 drew out an interactive exchange with Dr. Muthupandian Ashok Kumar, Asst. Deputy Vice Chancellor International, University of

Melbourne, Australia chairing sessions. The Guests of Honors were Dr. Rizalman Mamat, Dean-Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Malaysia; Dr. Riyadh Al-

Engineering Science Research Beyond Disciplinary Boundaries International Seminar on Engineering Science Research Beyond Disciplinary Boundaries invited Dr. Joseph Antony, Associate Professor, University of Leeds to debate on many stimulating questions and scope for interdisciplinary research. In this seminar organized by the department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering on 3 January 2019, Dr. Joseph Antony gave an overview of the interdisciplinary research his department is presently undertaking in areas such as Material research, Flow chamber device in Exo Mars 2020 project, Biosensing, pattern recognition and image processing, Infrared tomography to detect early damages at micro scale, Green engineering etc. Ms. Catherine Leutenegger

Photography – Exploration of Past and Future International Workshop on “Photography – Exploration of Past and Future” mentored by Ms. Catherine Leutenegger, a visual artist and photographer based in Switzerland deliberated on novel dimensions and trends in latest technology. About 140 students from School of Architecture, B. Sc. Visual communication, B. Des. Fashion, Design, and Arts attended this exclusive workshop

organized by School of Architecture in association with Chennai Photo Biennale on 28 February 2019. The workshop was divided into two sessions: first portraying works, themes, journey and experiences of Ms. Leutenegger and relevance to various photographs showing the past and the present based on the theme; and the second critically analyzing photographs presented by faculty and students with reference to context.

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Cognitive IoT with Big Data & Cloud

Release of proceeding Left: Mr. Sunil David, Regional Director – IoT; Dr.Rajeswari Mukesh, Head CSE HITS; Dr. Jiankun Hu, University of South Wales, Australia; Dr. (Mrs.) Elizabeth Verghese, Chancellor, HITS; Dr. Jeff Foster, Western Sydney University; Dr. D. John Aravindhar, Professor, CSE, HITS.

Dr. Jiankun Hu, University of South Wales, Australia.

Dr. Jeff Foster, Western Sydney University

The two-day International Conference on "Cognitive IoT with Big Data & Cloud” organized by School of Computing Sciences and MIDARC on 25 October 2018 was inaugurated by Dr. Jiankun Hu, University of South Wales, Australia. were Dr. Jeff Foster, Western Sydney University and Mr. Sunil David, Regional Director – IoT (India and ASEAN Region), AT&T Telecommunications were the Guests of Honour.

Mr. Sunil David, Regional Director – IoT

The conference led to signing up of two MoUs with University of South Wales, Australia and Western Sydney University, Australia. HITS will be the first in India to offer a collaborative post graduate programme on Cyber Psychology in collaboration with Western Sydney University.

Smart Materials” and “Chemical Vapour Deposition International Symposium cum Workshop on “Smart Materials” and “Chemical Vapour Deposition” organized by CENCON on 30 and 31 October 2018, covered a wide range

of interdisciplinary and current research topics related to Smart Materials at their Nano scale. Prof. Rajeev Ahuja, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Uppsala University, Sweden

addressed on “Materials for Energy Storage: Li & Naion Batteries and Hydrogen Storage” and “A Prospective on Swedish Education System and Funding between Sweden and India.”

Physics and Chemistry of Solids International Conference on “Physics and Chemistry of Solids” jointly organized by the Departments of Physics and Chemistry on 7 and 8 March 2019 invited Dr. S.N. Piramanayagam, Associate Professor, Physics, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore to deliver the inaugural address. Also, Dr. P. Selvam, Professor and Head, National Centre for Catalytic Research IITM, Chennai; Dr. P. Selvam, Dr. R. Mahendiran, Associate Professors, National University, Singapore; Dr. Sandip Kumar Dhara, Head, Surface and Nanoscience Division, Indira Gandhi Read Left: Dr. K. Nandakumar, Director Research, HITS; Dr. K. P. Isaac, Vice Chancellor, HITS; Dr. S. N. Piramanayagam, Associate Professor, Physics, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Dr. P. Selvam, Professor and Head, National Centre for Catalytic Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam; Research IITM, Chennai; Dr. A. Ramesh Babu, Head, S&H; Dr. V. Parthasarathy, Head, Physics. and Dr. P. Saravanan, Scientist F, Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderabad delivered lectures on various topics focusing the recent development, and impending challenges in the field of solids.

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Water, Energy and Environment

Participants of WEECON ’19

Head, Environmental Nanotechnology Laboratory, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (ISM), Dhanbad highlight on capitalizing the waste-energy material nexus through bioeconomy approach. Dr. Akshaya Panigrahi, Principal Scientist, ICAR-Central Institute of Brackish Water, Chennai and Mr. Jeyannathann

National Conference on “Water, Energy and Environment WEECON’19” organized by Department of Chemical Engineering gathered around 125 participants across the country on 21 and 22 March 2019 to observe Dr. S. Venkata Mohan, Principal Scientist, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology and Dr. Saravanan Pichiah,

Karunanithi, India Regional Operation Manager, International Water Association (IWA), Chennai briefed on futuristic technologies for ecobased sustainable aquaculture and the need to analyze the socio- technical barriers.

Architectural Photography

Mr. Ashok Verghese, Director, HITS, delivering the Presidential address during Panel Discussion on "Architectural Photography."

School of Architecture in association with Chennai Photo Biennale (CPB) organized a Panel Discussion on “Architectural Photography” on 22 March 2019. As a public art initiative, CPB Foundation engages in promoting photographic art, meaningful sociocultural discussion and educational activities. This panel discussion was a part of the various programmes conducted across the city and was moderated by

Ar. Kavitha Selvaraj, Director, C. R. N. Consultants, Chennai. The panellists included Mr. Harshan Thomson, Partner, Calm Studios, Chennai, and Mr. B. R. S. Sreenag, Architectural Photographer, Chennai. Range of topics such as the scope of architectural photography in India and technical aspects, opportunities and challenges, deliberations on the use of software to enhance photographs were discussed.

Digital Interventions in Cinematic Sustainable Solutions to Flood Architecture Management The annual Symposium, Chiaroscuro ’18, on theme “Digital Interventions in Cinematic Architecture” conducted by the School of Architecture was held on 4 October 2018. Mr. S. Ravi Varman, Member, Indian Cinematographers Society and Ar. Sam Thomas, CEO and Director for Neo-interaction Designs, Bangalore were the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour. Azione, Chiaroscuro’s souvenir was released during the event.

Artificial Intelligence with Deep Learning IET sponsored Workshop on “Artificial Intelligence with Deep Learning” conducted on 27 & 28 March 2019 by School of Computing Sciences gave insights to Introduction of AI, Machine Learning and Deep Learning with appropriate demonstrations by Mr. Arun Prakash, Founder & CTO, GUVI Geek Network Pvt. Ltd., Chennai and Mr. Kumar

Sachidanandam, Co-Founder, Ydealogy Ventures, Chennai. Whilst Mr. C. Elaiya Bharathi, Software Engineer, PayPal, Chennai, provided introduction to Deep Learning using Python Libraries, Ms. Bhavani, Software Engineer, Paypal, Chennai, gave hands-on session on ANACONDA 3, NLTK, Tensor Flow and Keras.

Shri. P. H. Kurian, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management, Govt. of Kerala during inauguration

Workshop on “Sustainable Solutions to Flood Management” towards “Climate Resilient Kerala” culminated over 200 participants to draw effective solutions on 25 October 2018. Shri. P. H. Kurian, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management, Govt. of Kerala during inauguration detailed the challenges Kerala witnessed and invited suggestions from the experts regarding the existing government policies.

Dr. S. Mohan, Professor and Former HoD, Civil Engineering, IIT Madras delivered the key note address on technologies used in foreign countries to control flood. Er. K.H. Shamsudeen, Chief Engineer, IDRB, Kerala; Dr. T.I Eldho, Professor, IIT Bombay; Dr. Santhosh G. Thampi, Professor, NIT Calicut; and Dr. V.P. Dinesan, CWRDM, Kerala were other eminent speakers of the event.

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Emerging Technologies in Power Plant

Organizers of the workshop

Wireless Optogenetic Nano Networks for Brain Stimulation

National workshop on “Emerging Technologies in Power Plant” jointly organized by Department of Mechanical and Automobile Engineering on 3 and 4 January 2019 examined the nature of super critical steam power plant, its operative methods, and the general issues pertaining to it under the

auspicious of Dr. S. Sakthivel, Director of Boilers, Govt. of Tamil Nadu. Also seen was Mr. A. Thangamuthu, General Manager. NLC India Ltd., as a keynote speaker addressing the nature of super critical steam power plant, its operability and the general issues pertaining to it.

Theatre Workshop and Scrabble Tournament

IEEE MS NTC Chapter and HITS organized IEEE Nanotechnology Council Distinguished Lecture (Webinar) on “Wireless Optogenetic Nano Networks for Brain Stimulation” on 23 November 2018. Dr. Sasitharan Balasubramaniam, Acting Director of Research Telecommunications Software and Systems Group, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland was the speaker.

Dr. Sasitharan Balasubramaniam

Mr. Munish Sharma, Australian Trade Commissioner in his inaugural address

Mr. Ranganatha Chakravarthy, Founder, Madras Scrabble Foundation briefing rules of scrabble tournament to school kids.

Research in Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning

Participants of the summer school

A 5-day summer school on “Research in Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning” in association with CSI and NVIDIA was conducted by Department of Computer Science and Engineering and Machine Intelligence and Data Analytics Research Centre (MIDARC) from 11 to 15 June 2019. Around 40 participants were benefitted from the school.

Dr. M.G. Sumithra, Group Head, Artificial Intelligence Real Time Application Group (AIRAG) and Mr. V. Chandran, Trainer, AIRAG were the Chief Guest and Guest of Honour. In her address, Dr. Sumithra introduced deep learning and convolution neural networks; and gave hands on sessions on handwriting recognition and image segmentation using MATLAB.

The National Theatre Workshop and Scrabble Tournament (NATWST'19) organized by the department of Languages in association with ELTAI Kancheepuram Chapter invited students from various city schools and colleges to test theatrical and language skills on 20 and 21 February 2019. The event was inaugurated by Mr. Munish Sharma, Trade Commissioner of the Australian Trade and Investment Commission. Panel comprising

stalwarts from the field of theatre, scrabble and academicians namely, Mr. Sunil Vishnu, Co-Founder of Evam Theatre; Mr. Vinay Grandhi, CEO Vinay Productions; Dr. Rohini Rau, Trustee, The Little Theatre; Mr. Ranganatha Chakravarthy, Founder of Madras Scrabble Foundation and International Player; and Dr. Shoba, Asst. Professor, Languages, Anna University deliberated on the merits of Scrabble and Theatre and its influence on participants in the Round Table discussions .

GIS for Urban Design and Planning

Mr. Albert addressing the participants in his session.

The School of Architecture conducted a two-day winter Programme on ‘GIS for Urban Design and Planning’ to expand the participants’ knowledge on the vast array of software that would enable them to excel and perform better in the field of Architecture on 29 and 30 November 2018. The programme took its course through 4 interactive sessions and 2 hands-on

practical sessions handled by Mr. C. Selvaraj; Managing Director, Athira GeoSpatial Services Pvt. Ltd.; Mr. Karthigaiselvan R.; Manager, ESRI India, Chennai; and Mr. Akbar Ali K.; Technical manager, CADD Centre, Triuvanmiyur and Adyar, Chennai. Over 75 participants including under and post graduate students of Architecture were benefitted from the programme.

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LECTURE SERIES & MOTIVATIONAL TALK 7th Dr. KCG Verghese Endowment Lecture

Dr. M Rajaram, IAS (Retd)

The 7th Dr. KCG Verghese Endowment Lecture on “Governance for Managerial Excellence” in association with Madras Management Association (MMA) was held at MMA, Chennai on 24 June 2019. Dr. M Rajaram, IAS (Retd) - President, Indian Officers Association presided over the event.

Make Success the Way of Life

Shiv Khera enlightening on “Making Success the Way of Life”

A flood of students rushed their way to Andromeda Hall only to hear Shiv Khera on 9 January 2019. Shiv Khera is the author of bestselling books “You Can Win”, “Freedom is Not Free”, “Living with Honour” etc. Besides being known for a great motivational speaker all over the world, Khera has also

helped countless people across the globe in steering off their life for a better change. His session on the topic “Make Success the Way of Life” had uninterruptedly glued the jam-packed audience from Hindustan Group of Institutions in their seats for about 2 hours.

Involvement of Women in Motorsports India’s First Women Racer, Ms. Alisha Abdullah, Founder, Alisha Racing Academy motivated young minds on "Involvement of Women in Motorsports” in the “Recruitment Campaign for National Championship”, (F1300- Women’s Category) was conducted on 15 March 2019. Ms. Alisha Abdullah Alisha emphasized how keen available in Motorsports. Around she is on preparing students as 20 students enrolled themselves for promising Racers. Mr. Sarath and the selection process of National Mr. Rahul, ECU Tuning Engineers, Championship (F1300- Women’s Alisha Racing Academy shared Category) & ECU Tuning course. experiences on the opportunities

National Mathematics Day

COMPETITION Throw Glider Competition In view of National Mathematics Day, a guest lecture was organized on “Mathematics for Life and Application of Mathematics” on 9 January 2019 inviting Dr. K. C.

Sivakumar, Professor, Department of Mathematics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai address the students.

Robust students with their glider models

Hindustan Aero Club of School of Aeronautical Sciences organized “Throw Glider Competition” and guest lecture in association with Aeronautical Society of India, Chennai Branch to commemorate World Students’ Day and 87th birthday of Late. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul

Kalam, Former President of India on 15 October 2018. Mr. M. Manikandan, Head-India, Supplier Quality & Zero Defects, Supply Chain, Rolls-Royce asserted students to develop professional traits and establish industry relationships to foster training

A participant aiming his glider fly high

while presiding over the function. Of 120 participations, all prizes were won by 1st year Aerospace and Aeronautical Engineering teams. Mr. Rohith Raghavan, Mr. Chahath Chaudry, and Mr. Omkar

kumar bagged I Prize. While Mr. Amanveer Gadiya, Mr. Deepak Sogasu, and Mr. Kshitij R Patil got II Prize, Mr. Rohith Raghavan, Mr. Chahath Chaudry, and Mr. Omkar kumar bagged III Prize.

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ENTERTAINMENT Two Adorable Losers

Theatrical Time!

Cast and crew of “Two Adorable Losers” with HITS team.

Two Adorable Losers, an English comedy starring Darsheel Safarey, the fame of Taare Zameen Par was hosted at HITS by ACT 1, SCENE 1 theatre group. The comedy captured the complexity of relationship shared between a statistic Professor whose English competency is just average and his

A still from the enactment

psychology student who is weak in Statistics. In an attempt to regain their lost confidence, they approach each other, which results in an unusual alliance. As the Statistics coaching progresses, their relationship evolves from teacher-student to father-son and eventually, two friends.

World Theatre Day

On 27 March 2019, Athena’s Masquerade Theatre Club – one of the English Literary Clubs of the Department of Languages celebrated the World Theatre Day “Above & Beyond” - a sojourn through drama presenting a full-fledged triple production show in three different acts namely, “The Prisoners,” “Return of the Queen,” and “Anima Verto.”

Wild Tales Around 70 students had quality time watching Wild Tales drama directed by Mr. Sriram Jeevan at the TTK Music Academy on 4 November 2018. HITS was the proud knowledge sponsor of this event. Wild Tales is a compilation of 4 short stories: a thief, a prostitute, a couple and a policeman; each depicting on wild incidents that do not happen in an ordinary life. Though the stories and motives differ, they all have a common element that they are wild in their own way.

Sangamam 2019 SANGAMAM 2019, District 82 Division G Annual Toastmasters Conference was hosted at HITS on 07 April 2019. Sangamam is a confluence of proficient public speakers who battle it out for prepared and the impromptu speech contest to achieve the most coveted Best Speaker award. TM Praveen Shekar, an alumni of IIM, Entrepreneur, Outlier Marketer and a Raconteur, and Mr. Badava

Best speakers being awarded for participating in the District Conference OVATION 2019

Gopi, Mimicry Artist and Standup Comedian were the key note speakers. Contests were conducted amongst eight winners shortlisted through area contests. The conference concluded with awards given to the best three speakers shortlisted for participating in the District Conference OVATION 2019 to be held at Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai, India.

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Hindustan for Kerala (H4K)

Flagging off of relief materials by Dr. Anand Jacob Verghese, CEO, Hindustan Group of Institutions Dr. Anand Jacob Verghese, CEO, Hindustan Group of Institutions (Left) and Mr. Ashok Verghese, Director, Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science (Right) handing over a cheque worth Rs. 50 lakhs to Chief Minister of Kerala, Sri Pinarayi Vijayan (Centre) towards Kerala Relief Fund.

The catastrophic damage caused by the recent floods due to unprecedented rains in Kerala had made a call to the conscience of the nation. The Hindustan Group of Institutions (HGI), Chennai, was at the forefront involving themselves in relief measures lending helping hand to the victims and trying to restore the beauty of God's own country. We collaboratively took various humanitarian initiatives under the banner Hindustan for Kerala (H4K) both in the form of material and monetary contributions. The Operation H4K was carried out relief consignments in three phases between 25 August and 25 September 2018 in Chengannur, Allappuzha, Thrissur, Kottayam, and Ranni, the major towns severely devastated by the flash floods. The unparalleled enthusiasm and dedications shown by students and

faculty reflected in the voluntary services and substantial donations they made in the form of essential relief commodities. Around 50 lakhs rupees were spent on items such as nutritional consumptions, imperishable food comprising 5500 kg of rice, 1000 kg of dhal varieties, 200 kg of flour, biscuits; kitchenware essentials such as gas stoves, utensils, and dosa pans; over 1300 sanitizing wares and toiletries; blankets, towels, bed sheets, pillows and buckets; survival essentials including mosquito repellent, coils, candles, match boxes, first aid kits etc. H4K relief team also visited the flood ravaged colonies in the vicinity, expressed their solidarity with its victims, and extended helping hands. Dr. Anand Jacob Verghese, Pro Chancellor, Hindustan Institute of Technology

Volunteers and faculty members of relief consignment

and Science; and Mr. Ashok Verghese, Director, Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science had the privilege of meeting the Honourable Chief Minister of Kerala Sri Pinarayi Vijayan on behalf of Hindustan Group of Institutions and presented a cheque for Rs. 50 lakhs to express our solidarity with the people of Kerala. Hindustan Group of Institutions has maintained their mission to those in distress in times of humanitarian grief and crisis. We thank all our contributors for their service and donations towards this noble act of kindness.

Hindustan for Tamil Nadu Cyclonic Storm Gaja was the fifth named cyclone of the 2018 Indian Ocean cyclone season. Gaja made a huge trail of destruction in the districts of Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Pudukottai, Dindigul, Trichy, Karur, Sivaganga, Ramanathapuram, Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu and Karaikal in the Union territory of Puducherry. At least 50 people were killed, over 100 cattle and 600 goats were also killed in the cyclone. About 250,000 people were evacuated to relief

camps. More than 117,000 houses, including thatched huts and tiled roof houses were damaged. As a mark of our solidarity with the victims of Gaja cyclone, and expression of condolences, Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science and Dr. K.C.G. Verghese Foundation made a monetary contribution worth Rs.25 lakhs towards the Chief Minister Relief Fund for expediting the process of relief work and restoring normalcy to the victims.

Read Left: Dr. Susan Marthandan, Director, Hindustan College of Arts and Science; Dr. Mrs. Elizabeth Verghese, Chairperson, Hindustan Group of Institutions; Dr. Anand Jacob Verghese, CEO, Hindustan Group of Institutions handing a cheque for Rs.25 lakhs to Thiru. Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu at Secretariat, Fort St. George.

Rotaract club of HITSorganized a series of events such as Cycling, Designing Workshop, PollutionAwareness Camp in view of World Rotaract Week from 13 to Donation of 600 units of blood in view of Founder's Memorial Day on 14 Feb. 2019. 17Â March 2019.

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Rendezvous with Dr. Kamal Haasan Acknowledging the quote, the Headway Foundation in association with HITS and Chennai OMR Club of Y’s Men International organized an event entitled “Rendezvous with Dr. Kamal Haasan” at the latter’s auditorium on 25 January 2019. The event was primarily scheduled to commemorate International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Mrs. Raghavi Senthil Kumar, Founder, Headway Foundation; and President,Tamil Nadu Wheelchair Basketball Association and also a proud alumna of HITS presided over the function.

A click with cheque worth Rs. 6 lakhs presented to Tamil Nadu Wheelchair Basketball Association by Mr. Ashok Verghese, Director, HITS (Second from Right). Also seen are Dr. Pon Ramalingam, Registrar, HITS; and Dr. Kamal Haasan (Left).

Mr. Ashok Verghese handing over a ‘Unique Mirror of Kerala’ that was accepted with gratitude and appreciations by Dr. Kamal Haasan.

NCC All India Vayu Sainik Camp 2018

Fondly called ‘uzhaghanayagan’ (Universal Hero), Dr. Kamal Hassan is idealized in Tamil Nadu for his theatrical skills and moves to the sensational rhythms. This most celebrated person has stepped in to Politics recently and has committed himself to serve the public through Makkal Needhi Maiyam roughly translated as People's Justice Centre. In his address to the youth of Hindustan, Haasan identified the future of nation in their hands. He voiced, "Honesty can only be found amongst youngsters; and that is why I chose college as a platform to speak Politics, though controversial. Youngsters certainly lay the foundation for future. I thereby request you to hold on to your rights to vote and never sell them for bribe. Speaking of the differently abled, I have never pitied them for their disabilities; rather only awed,

Dr. Kamal Haasan

as how they could keep the winning stride high irrespective of their differences from others. They surely are a record of my inspiration!” Dr. KCG Verghese Charitable Foundation believes in empowering persons with disabilities; and ensures inclusiveness and equality to them. In act of appreciation and recognition, the Foundation presented a cheque for Rs. 6 lakhs to Tamil Nadu Wheelchair Basketball Association. This monetary contribution could promisingly be invested to procure efficient Wheel Chairs working on latest technology.

Awareness Programme

AIVSC 2018 group snap with the cades

All India Vayu Sainik Camp 2018 (AIVSC 2018), a highly esteemed National Level Competition for the Air Wing cadets of 16 Directorates of NCC across the Country was held at Jodhpur, Rajasthan from 24 October to 04 November 2018. AIVSC 2018 had test of talents in Microlite Flying, Aero Modelling, Drill, 0.22 Rifle firing, Skeet shooting and Health & Hygiene competitions. Flying Officer Mr. Giri Rangarajan, HITS was assigned as the Contingent Commander

for Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andaman & Nicobar Islands Directorate (Air Wing NCC). A well-trained 42 cadets under headship of Mr. Giri, represented HITS in AIVSC 2018 and bagged three notable awards namely, • • •

Overall Champions of AIVSC 2018. Gold - Best Directorate in Flying. Gold - Best Directorate in Aero Modelling.

Inmates of Kayar village vowing to adopt hygienic sanitary measures.

An awareness programme to address the importance of menstrual hygiene, the effect of societal taboos on health and environment and the availability of sustainable menstrual products; and a training session to make cloth pads was organized by department of Fashion, Design,

and Arts on 28 May 2019 at Kayar village in Kancheepuram, one of the villages adopted by Hindustan. Tmt. Rekha Rangarajan, Director Data Patterns, distributed the Cloth Pad Kits comprising two stitched cloth pads and some extra material to make another to the villagers.

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SPORTS Dr. K.C.G. Verghese Memorial Trophy

Hindustan Basketball Men's Team

Dr. K.C.G. Verghese Memorial Trophy and the 28th State Level Inter College Basketball Tournament for Men & Women was organized between 6 and 9 April 2019. Mr. Aravind Annadurai, International Basketball Player and Ms. M. Adhirai, International Basketball Player presided over the Valedictory Function as Chief

Guest and Guest of Honour. SRM Institute of Technology and Science and Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science bagged the Championship under Men and Women category respectively. Winners were lauded with Trophy, Cash Prize, and Certificates of Merit.

Intercontinental Basketball Tournament - China

Annual Sports Meet

Shri. Chandra Shekar, Arjuna Awardee and International Table Tennis, Shri. M. Mukesh Lal, International Volleyball Player

Inter Department Sports Fest and Annual Sports Meet was organized by The School of Physical Education & Sports on 28 March 2019. Various competitions under Inter Department Sports Fest for students & staff were conducted since 15 February 2019. Shri. Chandra Shekar, Arjuna Awardee and International Table Tennis Player was the Chief Guest; and

Shri. M. Mukesh Lal, International Volleyball Player was the Guest of Honour for the Valedictory Function. Winners of various Individual and Team events under Men and Women category were honoured with Medals and Certificates. The Overall Championship of 2019 Annual Sports Meet was bagged by the School of Management.

A 12-member basketball players accompanied by two coaches visited China to participate in the Intercontinental Basketball tournament held at SIAS University, Zhengzhou, China between 12 and 20 May 2019. The tournament provided Team HITS an opportunity to interact with Team SIAS; and also with players from Xu Heng School, Zhengzhou through friendly matches. In 3 matches played against SIAS University, HITS and SIAS University won 2 and 1 match each leaving HITS win the Intercontinental Basketball Tournament.

Team HITS & Team SIAS pose prior to the final match.

Cricket Men's Team Secure 3rd Place - South Zone Inter University Tournament The Cricket Men's Team secured the 3rd place in the South Zone Inter University Tournament organized by Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belagavi, Karnataka from 13 to 24 January 2019.

Hindustan Cricket Men's Team

International Yoga Day 2019

The International Yoga Day 2019 threw an alarm of being health conscious and maintain a balanced lifestyle amidst all hustles. Dr. V. Krishnamurthy, Founder, Krishnamurthy Yoga Foundation, Chennai presided over the function on 21 June 2019 and conducted practice sessions.

FIBA U- 18 Asian Championship

Ms. Dharshini Thirunavukkarasu, B.Com student took India to 2019 FIBA Under-19 and 2020 FIBA Under-18 Women's Asian Championship under Division A category. In a crucial match for qualifying, Dharshini showed surprising moves and extraordinary energy to clinch victory for India.

Way to Indian Cricket Team Squad M. Washington Sundar, 2nd year BBA represented Indian Cricket Team in all three T20 Series against West Indies in August 2019 and drew appreciation from all for his performance.

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SPORTS Team Hindsutan Racing Bags Championship

Football Men’s Team Rank 4th in South Zone Inter University Tournament

Team Hindustan member, Mr. Rithwik Vijay Shekar, 4th year, B.Tech. Automobile Engineering won the overall Winner trophy in the Alisha Inter College Star Race 2018 held at Madras Motor Race Track from 13 to 16 December 2018 at Irungattukottai, Chennai.

Hindustan Football Men's Team

The South Zone Inter University Football Tournament 2018-2019 was held at Pondicherry University from 3 to 11 November 2018. Team Hindustan obtained IV

place and got qualified for All India Championship to be held at University of Mumbai in December 2018.

Volleyball Women’s Team Clinch Winners Trophy

Mr. Rithwik Vijay Shekar

Team Hindustan Racing, a passionate undergraduate students team showcased an extraordinary racing spirit in all rounds getting “Fastest Lap for the Season” and “Overall Championship” to its credit.

Hindustan Volleyball Women's Team

HITS Volleyball Women Team grabbed the Winners Trophy and a cheque of Rs. 1, 20, 000 in the Tamil Nadu Inter University Volleyball Tournament hosted by Madras Veterinary College in October 2018. The winners were lauded

Volleyball Women Team Clinch Winners Trophy with Gold Medals and Certificates of Participation.

CULTURALS Yarona 2019

Fiesta 2018

A vibrant and humongous inter-departmental cultural fest “YARONA 2019” was hosted on 29 and 30 March 2019. The celebration saw a huge contingent of cultural troupes numbering about 423 teams and 1647 (Boys 846, Girls 801) representations under 47 events. Mr. Haricharan, Playback Singer delighted and enthralled the audience by his live performance. The Overall Championship and Rolling Trophy was conferred on the School of Science and Humanities. Department of Aeronautical Engineering bagged the Runner Up trophy. Mr. Ashok Verghese, Director, HITS declared the result for YARONA 2019 cultural competitions conferring the Overall Championship and Rolling Trophy on the School of Science and Humanities; and the Runner Up trophy on Department of Aeronautical Engineering.

Fiesta, Hindustan’s Freshers’ Day was celebrated for Engineering, Architecture, and Liberal Arts on 25 and 26 October 2018 to welcome newcomers in a friendly atmosphere and avoid social evils. Mr. Karthik Thirunarayanan, Director, ORACLE Solutions Engineering, Chennai and Mr. Mathi Ezhil Arasu, Vice President – Clear Steps, Principal Consultant, Trainer & Quality Advisor, Chennai presided as Chief Guests. The auditorium reverberated with the echoes of the music and filled the air with joy to the Freshers’ dance, mime, and musical performances.

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CELEBRATIONS Founder's Memorial Day The 13th Founder’s Memorial Day was observed on 14 February 2019. Homage to Late Dr. K.C.G. Verghese, Founder-Chairman, Hindustan Group of Institutions (HGI) was paid by Principals, Deans, Heads, Faculty and Students from all Hindustan Group of Institutions, and distinguished invitees with due benevolence and respect for the person. The event captured the release of “Dr. KCG Verghese Charitable Foundation Newsletter” by Dr. Mrs. Elizabeth Verghese, whose first copy was received by the Chief Guest, Dr. T.S. Sridhar, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary/Commissioner of Revenue Administration and State Relief Commissioner (Retd.), Govt. of Tamil Nadu.

University Day

University Day celebrated on 5 April 2019 was an apt forum to award students and staff achievers under various categories such as academics, research, innovation, alumni, voluntary services, and sports. A total of 300 student awards and 20 staff awards were given by HITS in recognition of hard work and commitment. Prof. Dr. K. K. Aggarwal, Chairman, National Board of Accreditation, New Delhi and Mr. Robert G. Burgess, US Consul General, Chennai graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour.

National Science Day

'Science for People and People for Science' formed the theme of National Science Day celebrated on 28 February 2019 with Dr. Mayilswamy Annadurai, Distinguished Scientist, ISRO and Director, Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology presiding as the Chief Guest.

International Women's Day The International Women’s Day 2019 was celebrated for a week with several competitions including Rangoli, Digital Poster, PPT, Cooking without Fire, Debate for Staff and Students which incited fervent participation from all. Ms. Jayashree Mitra, Senior Vice President, Standard Charted Bank, Chennai presided over the main celebration held on 7 March 2019 as the Chief Guest and distributed prize for the winners.

70th Republic Day



The celebration gathered students, teaching and non-teaching staff decked in traditional attire for preparing sweet pongal in new earthen pots with all religious rights and special Pooja performed on 15 January 2019 at Open Air Theatre. Traditional games like Uriadi, and also Lemon in the spoon, Musical Chair, and Folk dances rose the spirit of celebration. Bullock cart ride drew interest of large number of gathering and made the ride memorable.

14 December 2018 marked the day of celebration with Mr. Sadhu Chellappa, Founder, Agni Ashram, Chennai as the Chief Guest. The mellifluous choir rendition of carols praising the exaltation of the Lord accompanied by orchestra, dance forms from Hindustan International School got appreciations from all. With gleeful entry of Santa Claus wishing “Merry Christmas” and a “Happy New Year,” and “Silent Night” sung, the celebrations came to a denouement.

The 70th Republic Day was celebrated in all its solemnity, grandeur and respect on 26 January 2019. The chief guest at the event Wg. Cdr. M. Pargunan Commanding Officer of 1(TN) AIR SQN NCC, and a renowned pilot of AN32 Aircraft and Microlite felicitated the students and staff members for their remarkable achievements in the year 2018.

Success Day

Celebrated every year in recognition of final year UG and PG students who are placed in firms, chooses career in defense services, opts for higher studies, prefers family business or turns an entrepreneur, HITS takes pride in celebrating the success stories of such students and honours them with Certificate of Recognition. A total of 850 students were honoured during this year's Success Day, on 9 April 2019, making the percentage of placements surpass previous years’ record.

GLOBAL WALKERS Department of Mathematics I was fortunate to visit National University of Singapore (NUS), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), and Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), Malaysia in pursuit of my research. I delivered a seminar on “Embedding in Interconnection Networks” in the Institute of Mathematical Research Dr. R. SundaraRajan, Associate Professor, Maths (INSPEM), UPM. And also, I have submitted a research project on “Analysis, Characterizations and Simulations of Malaysian Networks” to the Government of Malaysia. I’m certain that the visit has opened avenues for joint collaborations for research and publications.



Mr. Amudhan Vijayakumar, Assistant Professor, Civil


I applied for myDoctoral Programme with the project proposal asper the notifications received by the AUAP (Association of Universities of Asiaand the Pacific). And I wasreally blessed and fortunate to get selected with full timePresidential Scholarship in ZhenghzhouUniversity, People Republic of China. I believe my good teaching skills and publication of research papers have greatly aided me in getting this scholarship.

The most unique thing about semester exchange programmes is the inter-cultural learning that takes place during the study. As Ms. Janaki, B. Arch. an architecture student, we often tend to look for inspirations to deepen our creative side and Germany has given a great exposure to a completely different style.

I was privileged to go to University of Bradford, UK, for facilitating Joint Research Proposal. Bradford one of the fascinating cities located on West Yorkshire, England owns world class businesses, knowledge and research institutes like University of Bradford named after the city. During my 4-day visit at University of Bradford, I delivered a seminar on “Latest Dr. V. Ceronmani Sharmila, Trends in Cyber Security and Future Prof. & Head, Information of Cyber Training” to the faculty and Technology students of School of Engineering and Informatics. Of various interactions I had with experts at the University, I was also able to collaborate on a joint publication.



Dr. J. Thangakumar, Associate Professor, CSE


Mr. Vivian John, M. Tech., Avionics Engineering.

During my 14-day programme at Yildiz Technical University between 1 and 14 November 2018, the latest topics of Computer Science and Engineering such as Block Chain Technologies, Machine Learning and its Applications were delivered to the graduate students through various Courses, Workshops and Seminars. The other promising part of the programme involved, working on a research collaboration between universities which provided me an excellent opportunityto apply for a research proposalin collaboration with Yildiz Technical University

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. My Semester Exchange Programme at École nationale de l'aviation civile (ENAC), Toulouse, France—a place that benefits the growing needs of the aviation industry was a unique opportunity. To meet important challenges and face scientific and technical challenges at the heart of the new generation of Air Transport, ENAC runs a world-class research centre that works hand in hand with DGAC, the French Civil Aviation Authority. Toulouse has been a life changing experience and I could not have asked for more than to be in my core field.



Any international experience is an indefatigable promoter of learning, and is vital in breaking down the barriers to cultural understanding; and I was privileged enough to study at Dongguk University, Korea through an exchange programme. The course on Computer Networks had a lot of practical approach that I absolutely loved. Working on advanced devices such as “Raspberry pi” in ARM microprocessor and involving in team projects also aided me in knowing the functioning aspects better. Mr. Rajesh Dammalapati, B.Tech., CSE.

Mr. Deepak Kumar, B. Tech. Aerospace.


The Space Camp was truly a great opportunity for us in terms of interaction with Russian cosmonauts and observing the training programmes they undergo at the centre.

YILDIZ TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY, TURKEY Studying abroad had always been a desire of mine; and studying in Istanbul,Turkey under Erasmus programme was quite an enriching experience. It is not only academically and culturally fulfilling, but also fosters personal growth. Studying in Yildiz Technical University got me into a different education system, which was completely new. Initially it was a bit challenging, but soon I gained interest and loved it. Istanbul is a beautiful place. I was mesmerized by the creative plantations everywhere in the city, and the people’s love for their country. My favourite subject to study there was Big Data Analytics. Even though I needed an espresso before it began, I would say it was the most interesting and difficult 3-hour class of the week.

Ms. Namitha Sandeep, B.Tech., CSE Mr. Raghav Shankar, B. Tech. CSE


Ms. MadhuraG Joshi, B.Tech., CSE

During my 6 months stay at Yildiz Technical University, I inferred more about my course, areas of database management systems and distributed systems and scope for future Computer Engineers like me. Ms. Mouni, M. Tech. CSE

The course that I absolutely loved during my stay was Organizational Behaviour which enabled me to team up and partner with a company to solve one of their persistent problems. My team, consisting a Korean, German and an Austrian partnered with LG U+, a leading telecom giant in South Korea, aiming to rework their Work Life Balance Strategy. This course was a keyhole to what awaited me in the corporate world. Some great relationships were forged during this period as the minds of both the parties were experiencing more or less the same extent of emotion.

Flying back home from Moscow with renewed overwhelming sense of excitement for my future and tons of memories, e-mails to answer, and many stories to share is what I’ve got from a semester exchange program at Moscow Aviation Institution (MAI). The university had extraordinary features—different wind tunnels, highly Mr. Jayachandra, B. Tech. Aeronautical. specialized propulsion workshops, stimulator for various fighter aircraft, space landing and computational software giving us a great leaning and training experience.