Scholastic Talk Series
The Scholastic Talk Series – Session 13 was held on 22 February 2022 between 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM in the virtual mode. Prof GK Suraish Kumar, a PBL practitioner from IIT Madras, served to be the special invitee. A doctorate in Biological Engineering from Drexel University, Prof. Suraishkumar is an inspiring teaching professional and avid researcher with more than 70 publications and research grants to a tune of more than 3 crore INR to his credit. Among other courses, Prof Suraishkumar has been offering a popular NPTEL Course titled Effective Engineering Teaching in Practice.
The session began with Dr.M.Ezhilarasi, Associate Dean and Head, School of Foundational Sciences, presenting the Kumaraguru PBL Framework which is being practiced at KCT since the academic year 2021-22. Principal Dr. Saravanan, Heads of Departments, senior professors and faculty members were also present in the session. Following the presentation, Prof Suraishkumar appreciated the whole conception and execution of program level PBL model and encouraged to explore the possibilities to enhance the academic rigour, while ensuring that the learning is a pleasurable experience for both the students and the faculty members. Following his inputs, faculty members from SFS interacted with Prof Suraishkumar which threw light on the importance of adopting gamification in learning process and increasing the bandwidth of the PBL framework to include all the first-year students. The session concluded with Prof Kumar consenting to mentor and support the efforts taken by the Kumaraguru PBL Team and maximise the outcomes.
Difference Between Research and Review Paper
The Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, KCT, conducted an event titled Difference Between Research and Review Paper on 19 February 2022. The speaker of the event was Ms.T.Lokitha, Project Trainee, Robert Bosch, pursuing her final year ECE. There were around 20+ participants for the event. It was focused on the difference between research and review paper. The event kick-started with a welcome address by Mr.Kaiser. After the invocation, the speaker explained about what review and research papers are. She spoke about the procedure of writing papers, analysing their structure, and how it adds value to our career. Next, she gave an overview of the available journal publications and the importance of publishing our work in a reputed journal. Finally, the event concluded with a vote of thanks.
The Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, KCT, conducted an event titled Pro-abECEdarians on 16 February 2022. It was a series of exploration programs specifically for ECE freshers (Batch 2021-2025 students) to engage them in productive learning and to assist them in narrowing their area of interest. Instigate served as the first session to kick start the journey of exploration and getting to know the department and program overview with ice-breaking sessions. Conceptus was the second event in the series Pro-abECEdarians. The event was handled by Mr.Karthikeyan, AP II, KCT. He explained about the various domains of ECE Department and gave a clear road map of the academic curriculum to the freshers. He also added the importance of application-oriented approach towards academics. He also clarified the doubts of the participants. Three alumni from ECE Department shared their experience about their interest in a specific domain and how they developed their skills to specialize in that domain. Mr.Sundar (currently working in Apple, USA), Mr.Chandramouli and Mr.Madankumar (Bangalore) cleared the doubts of the participants. They also explained the importance of carrying out mini-projects and various resources available in KCT and utilizing them. They also shared the different opportunities available for electronics engineers abroad and in India.
Tamil Mandram in association with Nithilam Club of Kumaraguru conducted an event titled Senthamizh Sinthanai from 21 to 23 February 2022 to specialize our language Tamil. During the event, the other language words that we use frequently, which are advocated as Tamil, were enumerated in the MS Forms platform. The participants were asked to translate the words into Tamil. This event was conducted in commemoration of Thai Mozhi Thinam for 3 days. The aim of this event was to create awareness about other language words used in Tamil and make the participants to use appropriate Tamil words instead.
Varnam Club of Kumaraguru conducted an event titled Mirror It in February 2022 which was a part of Freshman Fiesta. It was the second event in this series. The objective of this event was to engage the freshers of 2021 batch. The event aimed to inculcate the practice of art in them. They were given a half-completed image and were asked to complete it from their own perspective. The idea behind this event was to assess how well they can complete a half-finished task. The participants really had let their imaginative horses loose. Their final artworks reflected great artistic skills and good creativity.
Tamil Mandram of KCT conducted an event titled Navalan in February 2022 as a part of Freshmen Fiesta. The participants were asked to make a video/audio presentation of the content which had been given to them on a daily basis. The participants were given various contents such as dialogues, poems, etc. This challenge aimed to make the participants use correct pronunciation of the words and to check their effectiveness of carrying out the emotion of the content. The outcome was that the participants were able to know how to make video and audio presentations on a given topic without losing its essence.
All is a Riddle, and the Key to Another Riddle is a Riddle. The Agam Forum of Kumaraguru conducted an event titled Master Minds from 14 to 20 February 2022 as the 2nd-week challenge for freshers. Everyday mind-blowing riddles were posted as Instagram stories which made them give amusing answers. Many responses were collected for the riddles and connection games were also posted. The freshers actively engaged in thinking critically and provided many unique answers. This created an opportunity for them to learn and explore in a fun-filled way.
The Varnam Club of Kumaraguru conducted an event named Cartoon Network as a part of Freshmen Fiesta in February 2022. It was the first one in this series. The objective of the event was to engage the freshers in a useful way and to inculcate the practice of art in them. They were given a theme and were asked to complete it from their own perspective. The idea behind this event was to assess how well they are able to adhere to the theme. Their final artworks reflected their great artistic skills and creativity.
The Kumaraguru Bikers’ Club conducted a fitness event titled Step Out in February 2022 through MS Forms, which attracted many students. This event was conducted for the fresher students. In this event, the participants were asked to download a tracking app like Strava and track their journey on the bicycle or while going for a walk. The participants showed a lot of interest in this event. There were many students who covered a commendable distance on bicycles. We had a submission where the participant rode for 110 km in 6 hours and 10 minutes whereas another participant covered around 11 km during a walk.
Write a Line
The Books and Beyond Club of Kumaraguru conducted an event titled Write a Line in February 2022 which was one of the challenges in Freshmen Fiesta. Participants were asked to write the first or last line as if they were writing a novel on the given prompts. Freshers who loved books and writing took part in the event enthusiastically. This challenge gave them the chance to showcase their creativity.