To combat the various challenges and issues thrown by the nature in the form of COVID19, AICTE has initiated Utkrisht Sansthan Vishwakarma Award (USVA) 2020 under the theme of the year as “INDIA FIGHTS CORONA” and invited proposal from polytechnics, Engineering and pharma colleges to showcase their works happened during pandemic situation. With the bestowment of wide helping hands in various activities, Sona College of Technology bagged the winner position under the infrastructure category to combat COVID 19 to government institutions. Across India 535 applications were received and out of which 103 institutions were selected based on their work contribution towards COVID 19 problems. Finally, 35 institutions were called to present their work to the AICTE expert panel members and SONA grabbed crown in the winner category for its great contribution to combat COVID 19 in the form of product development, infrastructure usage, online class delivery system and donation to needy people in the form of food, sanitizer, masks and hand gloves.
Being one of the leading engineering institutions, SONA management donated the food and other COVID need products to poor people with worth of Rs. 4 crores. Apart from the societal contribution, various departments at SONA developed products that find their solution to problems raised during pandemic situation. Bio chamber, Seam sealing machine, automatic hand sanitizer, masks, cover all are few products that helped the society during the crucial period. Apart from the product many android applications were developed integrating advanced technologies like IoT, AI and block chain. Vee trace app developed in association with Vee technologies private limited was launched by Salem municipal commissioner that helped people to know the information related to COVID 19.
On the other hand, online classes and assessments were conducted in platforms like Hiremee, Blackboard and impartus lecture capture system to ensure uninterrupted delivery of teaching contents. Chairman Shri. Valliappa, Vice chairman Shri. Chocko Valliappa, Vice Chairman Shri. Thyagu Valliappa appreciated their faculty and students for their contribution and Principal Dr.S.R.R.Senthil kumar received the award during the award ceremony held on 17.9.2020 by AICTE.