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Sona College, Civil Engineering students emerge winners in national level Mapathon contest

Civil Engineering Department students have brought laurels to Sona College of Technology by winning the national level Mapathon contest conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), IIT Bombay and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). 

The participant teams had to work on a crowd-sourcing method and they came up with thematic maps using remote sensing data. The teams were given 10 topics to choose from the dial box. The Sona Civil Engineering students’ team chose to work on Waste- to-Wealth topic and worked on mapping the potential waste generating industrial sites in Salem District. 

Led by students R.Madhan, S.Udayakumar and G.Sriharikrishnan the team was mentored by Dr.R.Malathy, Professor and Dean (R&D), Department of Civil Engineering, Sona College of Technology and research scholar N.Kuaruppasamy. 

The types of wastes generated in particular industries; their links to concrete making units through railway and road were mapped. The team had the backing of the Civil Engineering Department’s previous and ongoing research in concrete technology. The maps would help the government to identity potential sites for initiating environmental pollution mitigation measures and to envisage support schemes for economic design and production of eco-friendly and cost-effective concrete using industrial wastes. 

The Mapathon is a map-making competition for a specific problem statement. The primary objective is to understand the potential of ISRO’s Indian remote sensing data and make maps for Indian regions using free open source mapping software (e.g. QGIS). Totally 5225 teams registered for the event and 9343 participants took part in the contest. 

AICTE, IIT Bombay and ISRO declared result on February 10 2021 under three categories with 25 champions, 175 winners and 500 notable participants. The Civil Engineering Department team of Sona College of Technology has emerged as winner and also as a notable participant. 

Sona College student’s team emerged as winner plus notable participant’s category. 

It was yet another proud achievement for the department and the college as a whole. 

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Sona Home app that can put a smile at every stage of home project journey launched

Now smile at every stage of your dream home-building journey. A one-stop solution that takes away the hassles from home construction projects was launched on February 17, 2021, by  the Sona  Group of Institutions and  Vee Technologies – the organizations that pioneered technical education and technology solutions respectively.  

Here are six ways  Sona Home makes home construction a lot easier.  

  • From start to finish of the home project, Sona Home can provide valuable information to make decisions easier. It can generate a home design/plan on uploading the proposed house location and dimensions.  
  • Anyone involved in house construction – be it the future homeowner, the building materials supplier, the contractor, and other players in the business, can register as user/supplier/service provider.  
  •  The buyer can locate the nearest dealer for buying materials according to their choice.  
  • Queries that may arise at every stage of construction can be up-loaded on Sona Home for answers.  
  • One can compare price and quality among several suppliers.  
  • Easy to use by anyone.  

Sona Group Chairman  Mr. C. Valliappa  and  the  Vice Chairman cum Managing Director, Vee Technologies, Mr. Chocko Valliappa, launched the app.  

The inaugural function was attended by Dr. V  Karthikeyan, Principal, Thiagarajar Polytechnic, Principal, Sona College of Technology, Dr.S R R Senthilkumar, R. Malathy, Head of the Department, Civil Engineering, faculty from the Department of Civil Engineering, and officials of  Vee Technologies.  

for more information, visit https://www.sonahome.in

NPTEL Believer, Discipline Star, Domain Scholar, Motivated Learner and Enthusiast – Varundeepak B A , IV / IT

Department of IT feels proud and congratulates Varundeepak B A, final year student of IT for receiving 5 awards from NPTEL for his enthusiastic participation’s during Dec 2019 and Jan-Dec 2020 Swayam NPTEL exams.

Varundeepak B A of IT , recognized as “NPTEL Believer” during Jan-Dec 2020 NPTEL exams.
Varundeepak B A of IT , recognized as “NPTEL Discipline Star” during Dec 2019 NPTEL exams.
Varundeepak B A of IT , has obtained Domain Certificate under Programming Domain in NPTEL exams.
Varundeepak B A of IT , recognized as “NPTEL Enthusiast” during Dec 2019 NPTEL exams.
Varundeepak B A of IT , recognized as “NPTEL Motivated” Learner in Dec 2020 NPTEL exams.

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Sona’s faculty the best in the country, says NPTEL

The National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) has rated the faculty at Sona College of Technology to be the best among 4500 of its local chapters in the country.

Yes, Sona College of Technology’s faculty has made the institution proud by standing first in the best faculty performance rating of NPTEL Local Chapters.

The NPTEL had introduced the category Best Faculty Performance “to recognize faculty in the NPTEL exams.

The NPTEL said, “During the period of January/December 2020, Sona NPTEL Local Chapter has secured the first place in the faculty performance rating among more than 4500 NPTEL local chapters in India. There were 100 top performers in the category. As many as 127 Sona College faculties took up online courses on NPTEL platform and appeared for exams.

Sona College scored 471 rating points (A rating) and was selected as the first best performer.

An engineering college in Sivakasi and one in Rajasthan were selected as second and third best with 374.7(AA) and 367.5 (AA) ratings respectively.

NPTEL was initiated by seven Indian Institutes of Technology (Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati, and Roorkee) along with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in 2003.

From March 2014, NPTEL has been offering online certification for its courses which enables one to earn a certificate from the IITs. It is one of the online platforms with the largest number of courses in engineering, basic sciences, selected humanities, and social science subjects.

To extend the reach of the initiative and make more students across colleges participate in this initiative, NPTEL chapters were opened in colleges. There are more than 4,500 chapters in the country. It is among this large group that Sona College of Technology has won the first place in the faculty performance rating category.

Sona College of Technology’s Management, principal, and heads of departments congratulated the faculty on the achievement.

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Sona CSE team wins All India Mapathon contest

Sona College of Technology, which is known for its potential to churn out winners, has managed to accomplish yet another feat of which it can be immensely proud!

Yes, a Computer Science and Engineering department team from the college has emerged as one of the winners of the intensely contested All India Mapathon contest.

The team that won the contest has mapped the health infrastructure in Salem District. Their map will help the government make key decisions on health care and facilitate the delivery of health care to those in even the most remote parts of the district.

The national-level collaborative Indian mapping event, which was organized jointly by the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IITB), the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), was aimed at understanding the potential of Indian remote sensing data. It’s primary objective was to make maps for Indian regions using open source software (QGIS).

The participant teams had to work on a crowd-sourcing method and come up with thematic maps using remote sensing data. The teams were given ten topics to choose from including   mapping of natural resources, flood maps, land use cover change maps, health infrastructure with age group, and population for vaccination planning.

The Sona College faculty team selected health infrastructure mapping, limiting the scope to Salem district.

The team created the map for identifying the Primary Health Centers (PHCs) in and around Salem district. This map gives the distance between the centres.

As a result, the government, using this map, can know the area of coverage of the PHCs and the number of beneficiaries it can serve or reach out to. It can also find out areas in the district that don’t have access to medical care and establish new PHCs there.

The map could prove to be immensely useful to the state government which has plans to establish a number of mini-clinics (AMMA clinics in Tamil Nadu).

The map could help the government locate gaps in coverage of the PHC network and select locations where the mini-clinics are most needed.

COVID vaccination drives can also be effectively implemented, thanks to the information provided by the map. Block-wise population, which will be useful to schedule the vaccination campaign, has also been added.

While the registration for the contest closed on December 22, 2020, the result was declared on February 10, 2021. As many as 5,225 teams registered for the event and 9343 participants took part in the contest. There were 175 winners and 500 notable winners. Sona College faculty team was among the select group of winners.

Sona College of Technology Management and Principal congratulated the members of the winning team comprising Dr.B.Sathiyabhama, Dr.Nirmalesh Kumar, Dr.J.Dhayanithi and Ms.T.K.Revathi.

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Sona campus abuzz with activity as students return to college after 10 month-lockdown

The sprawling garden campus of Sona College of Technology sprang back to life today as students returned to the college, following the Tamil Nadu government’s decision to re-open all educational institutions in the state from February 8, 2021.

It may be recalled that the government had ordered all schools and colleges to be closed in mid-March last year, in a bid to contain the COVID–19 pandemic.

The corridors and classrooms wore a festive look today as it was filled with the chatter of students.  The faces of teachers looked bright as they reconnected with students physically and resumed doing what they love doing the most — being with students and teaching them.

Professor Dr. M. Renuga, Head of the Department, Humanities and Languages, said teachers and students were excited to meet each other after 10 long months. She said the lockdown was a very rare event and that such an event was not likely to happen in a century.

“We espected the situation to prolong. What makes us happy is that normalcy has returned sooner than we expected,” she said. Almost all classes have recorded full attendance and the routine teaching-learning activity has resumed in full swing on day one said the teachers.

J.Sethumadhavan, a third-year student of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) said he had been in touch with friends and teachers online during the lockdown but to reconnect in person after 10 months was quite a unique experience.

P Vignesh, a third year student of Mechatronics said, “Online learning was a new experience after 14 years of classroom learning.” 

Students vividly recollected how they coped with the unprecedented online mode of learning and how they coped with the virtual campus life without physical contact with pals and teachers.

Thanks to Sona College management’s foresight, digital learning infrastructure had been put in place five years back, making the transition from physical to online learning a smooth affair. The college used several digital platforms to engage the students during the lockdown. Learning management systems (LMS)  Blackboard and Moodle were used  for learning, assessments, and for posting self-learning materials.

Diverse platforms such as  Canvas, Parlay, Flubaroo, Gadget making (for Stylers)  Gnomio, Gliffy, Live board, Hot potatoes, Microsoft team notebook, A-Z recorder, ShareX, Quizziz, Kahoot, Floop, Skype, Bandicam, Screen castify, Active presenter, Camstudio and Camtasia 2018  were used by the teachers to enhance the teaching-learning process and thereby actively engage the students. 

Various online quiz and poster competitions related to their curriculum were organized to encourage the students to be active even during the lockdown. Practical sessions were held using virtual lab which helped the students to understand the experiments better. Continuous assessments were done using the online proctored platform called  HIREMEE.  Two semester-end examinations were also conducted through the same platform. For the first time, students took up the exams online without attending physical classes.

Sona’s achievement trajectory never lowered even during these difficult times. The students were encouraged to participate in many national level competitions and win laurels. The college won the  AICTE-USVA Award 2020 as a testimony of its resilience.

Following the government’s unlocking guidelines strictly, the students were allowed to enter the college only with face masks. Body temperature was checked and sanitisers were applied to the hands of students at the security posts before letting them into the classroom zone.

This was the new normal on the first day and students seemed to get back to the academic groove with ease after months of digital learning.

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Sona CSE students develop two mobile apps for Southern Railways

Six students belonging to the third year Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) branch of the Sona College of Technology have developed two apps for the Salem Division of the Southern Railways.

Sahayatha, an app for registering employees’ grievances and redressing them and Gruha Mithra, an app for registering complaints from those residing at railway staff quarters, were launched by Southern Railway General Manager John Thomas on February 3, 2021, at the Pugalur Railway Station near Trichy.

Currently, the Salem Railway Division has manual systems for registering employees’ grievances and complaints received from staff quarters.

Sahayatha enables the employee to upload details of his grievances online which is then picked up by the immediate superior. The superior then redirects the complaint to the appropriate official for redressal.
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Besides saving time, the app helps keep track of the status of the employee’s grievance.

The officials can get department/category wise reports on grievances and their status.
 
Gruha Mithra helps residents lodge maintenance issue complaints like leaking pipes or electrical wiring issues. The complaint is picked up by officials at the supervisory level and then sent up for approval and then redirected to the concerned department for action. Gruha Mithra also has a feedback facility.

According to Dr. B Sathiyabhama, Head of the Department, CSE, the two apps were developed by the students as a consultancy project. Students are encouraged to take up real-time consultancy projects voluntarily so as to expose them to real-life challenges in designing, developing, and executing projects. This provides them an opportunity for practical application of knowledge, she said.

Chairman C. Valliappa, Principal S.R.R Senthil Kumar, Directors, Heads of Departments and faculty members of Sona College of Technology congratulated the students Senthil Sivaraman S, Shreinik Jain U, Ragul P, Muralikrishnan P, Abishek M, Prasanna N.R and the faculty team of the CSE Department comprising of Dr. B. Sathiyabhama, Dr. A.C.Kaladevi, Dr. S. Sakthivel, Dr. V.Nandini, Dr.R.C.Narayanan, Dr.A.Prithiviraj, Dr. K.C. Rajeswari and Dr.S.Anitha Elavarasi for their successful launch of the two mobile apps.

NIVAR CYCLONE RELIEF MATERIALS

It’s been hard for all of this year and it’s been getting harder for the people of Tamilnadu and Pondicherry and the surrounding areas. Cyclone Nivar was predicted to be just a storm but quickly evolved into a cyclone storm that hit the coastline of Tamilnadu and Pondicherry.

            Sona NSS volunteers collected Rs 26,800/- for relief materials from Sona College of Technology Staff and distributed blankets for the needy people in association with HeartfulnessInstitute Salem Centre to the Cyclone affected area of Karaikkal and Nagapattinam District in the presence of our respectable Chairman Thiru.C.Valliappa Sona Group of Institutions, Dr.S.R.R.SenthilKumar Principal, Sona College of Technology and NSS Programme Officer Dr.P.Iyyanar on 08.12.2020.

Timely Help to the Nivar Cyclone Hit Peoples by the Sona Group of Institutions,Salem -5
Rs 26,800/- Worth Blankets Distributed to the Nivar Cyclone Hit Areas Through Heartfulness Institute Salem Centre 

Sona College of Technology Knowledge Head wins Chevening Fellowship!

The Sona College of Technology, a part of the Sona Group of Institutions, has added yet another feather to its cap!

Yes, the Director for Knowledge Transfer and Valourisation, Dr. ir. Nirmalesh Sampath Kumar, who is already a Marie S. Curie Fellow and an Erasmus Mundus Scholar, has been granted a Chevening Fellowship!

Better known as CRISP, which stands for the Chevening Research, Science, and Innovation Leadership Fellowship (CRISP), the ten-week programme is to be hosted at St Cross College, University of Oxford in the month of May this year.

What is significant about this development is that the Fellowship is granted to professionals with very high potential in the fields of Science, innovation and business.

The fact that Nirmalesh is a former student of Sona makes this achievement even more special to the Sona group of Institutions.  

Funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office, the main academic strands of the ten-week CRISP Fellowship will include science, innovation, leadership and management, as well as wider issues including global challenges, politics, and international relations.

The modules will aim to help fellows develop an understanding of the UK science field and a range of innovation management processes. It will also help explore the interactions between research, innovation, and economic development among other things.
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To have reached the interview stage from over 60,000 applicants globally is a great achievement and Sona whole-heartedly congratulates Nirmalesh for this effort and wishes him all the very best.