IITM Incubation Cell, Sona Incubation Foundation to set up Partner Incubator in Salem.

The first ‘Partner Incubator’ in Salem is to be set up jointly by IIT Madras Incubation Cell and Sona Incubation Foundation to promote technology-based entrepreneurs.  

The MOU for this purpose was signed in the presence Mr Chocko Valliappa, Sona Group Vice Chairman on August 27, 2021 in Chennai by Professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala on behalf of IITM Incubation Cell and Dr S.R.R Senthilkumar, Principal, Sona College of Technology and Dr. ir. Nirmalesh K. Sampath Kumar, Director, Innovation and R&D at the Sona group and IITMIC’s Strategy Officer Mr Pradeep Murlidhar and Ms Seema Shivanath. 

“We are delighted to bring the first Partner Incubator jointly with IIT Madras Incubation Cell to Salem to promote and support untapped creativity of individual innovators and assist them to become technology-based entrepreneurs,” said Mr Chocko Valliappa, Vice Chairman of Sona group of Institutions.  

“We now look forward to exceptional ideas from students and alumni, especially in areas like electric mobility and wearable technology for use in healthcare,” Mr Chocko Valliappa added.  

A technology veteran, Professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Institute Professor at IIT Madras said, “In an effort to find entrepreneurs in the deep interiors of Tamil Nadu we started our search for an ideal institution engaged in serious research with active participation of students in industry projects. In the R&D labs and top academic leadership at Sona group of institutions we found a deep commitment both to research and entrepreneurship.”   

IITMIC has incubated 233 start-ups so far, of these 88 have already in the market. These start-ups have filed for over 125 patents and have generated over 4000 jobs added Professor Ashok. 

Those accepted by Sona’s ‘Partner Incubator’ shall have access to facilities and services extended by IIT Madras Incubation Cell for an initial period of three year. IITMIC will also support the ‘Partner Incubator’ in conducting training, motivational, experiential talks and events to generate excitement, and in building and strengthening its entrepreneurial ecosystem.   

In addition, technical and business mentoring, seed funding, and connect with angels and venture capitalists will also be provided.   

Mr Chocko Valliappa said that while the incubatees at ‘Partner Incubator’ will be free to choose technology areas to deploy in their startups they would encourage ideas that leverage wearable technology as well as e-mobility. 

Sona College alumnus gets gold medal for the best cadet in the DSP training from Tamilnadu Chief Minister

Sona Congratulates Prithviraj Chauhan (2007–2011 batch of Civil Engineering) for receiving the best outgoing cadet award at the passing out parade of (DSP) Deputy Superintendent of Police Trainees at the Tamil Nadu Police Academy at Oonamancherry. The Chief Minister, M. K. Stalin, presented the sword to Prithviraj Chauhan. Prithviraj is basically from Salem and he did his Civil Engineering in Sona College of Technology and in the DSP training he was awarded the Overall Best Cadet.

Gold in outdoor, Silver in shooting, DGP sword winner and he makes Salem proud

SWAYAM-NPTEL Domain Scholar : Ms.D.Komalavalli, Assistant Professor, Information Technology Department!

Ms.D.Komalavalli, AP/IT, Sona College of Technology has secured domain certificate under programming domain from NPTEL.

Department of Information Technology, Sona College of Technology feels proud in congratulating Ms. D. Komalavalli for obtaining programming domain certification from NPTEL by successfully completing 4 core courses and 3 elective courses with a total score of 550/700.

Teqball, Chairman

Mr. Thyagu Valliappa elected as Chairman, T.N Teqball Association.

Mr.Thyagu Valliappa, Vice Chairman, Sona Group, was elected as the Chairman of Tamilnadu Teqball Association at the 1st General Body Meeting of the Tamilnadu Teqball Association last Sunday in Salem. Salem Ophthalmologist Dr. Sasi Kumar was elected as the association President. The Vice-president and other office bearers were also selected. 

The meeting was held on the side lines of the Teqball 1st National Challenger Series Phase -1 tournament which was held in Salem between March 26 to 29, 2021 in the presence of Mr. Vitthal Shirgaonkar, Vice-chairman, Teqball India.

On being elected as the Chairman, Mr. Thyagu Valliappa, discussed with the new office bearers the way forward to promote Teqball in the state offering valuable suggestions. He assured the members of his support to make Teqball a widely played game in the state.

The general body decided on the rules for affiliating district Teqball associations and passed resolutions.

1st. Teqball National Challenger Series begins in Salem; Six players from Sona College take part.

The first Teqball National Challenger Series, Phase- 1 matches began in Salem on March 26 at Notre Dame of Holy Cross School, Salem. Sona College of Technology which has always been at the forefront of promoting sports and nurturing new talents is the key patron of the tournament.

Fifty players from across the country are taking part in the tournament and Sona College is playing host to them. Mr. Vithal Shirgaonkar, the Vice President, Teqball India, has come as an observer along with internationally recognized referees. The matches will include singles, doubles, mixed singles, and doubles and the performance of the players will be evaluated for international rating said Mr.Sideshwaran, Founder Tamilnadu Teqball Association. 

The tournament will go on till March 29. The best performers will be picked for representing India in the upcoming Asian Beach Games in China. Six players from Sona College are participating in the matches. Teqball is a unique football-based sport played on a special curved table. The game is a combination of freestyle and football says Mr. Vithal Shirgaonkar. Developed in Hungary in 2012, it is one of the fastest-growing sports attracting young athletes and amateur players.

 The game came to India only two years back, but within a short period it has gained widespread interest among the youngsters says Mr.Sideshwaran. Teqball is governed by a strange set of rules which however makes it all the more interesting, fun, and challenging. For example, players cannot touch the ball with the same body part twice consecutively. 

The game is recognized by three continental Olympic associations (OCA, ANOCA, ONOC) and has gained GAISF (Global Association of International Sports Federations) full member status. In 2018, the Olympic Council of Asia recognized the game and soon it can be expected to have Olympic recognition. Teqball India has been trying to include the sport at the school level and has appealed to the Indian School Sports Associations, says Mr. Vithal Shirgaonkar. 

“This indicates vast opportunities are opening up for young talents to display their skills and get recognized. The game can be played by anyone of any means and background – rural or urban background- as it requires only a football and a table to practice. “Free stylers and existing football players can soon gain skill,” says Mr. Vithal Shirgaonkar. It is likely to catch up widely as a lifestyle and recreational game, he adds.

The National Challenger Series Phase – 1 being held in Salem is the first official national-level tournament said Mr.Sidheswaran.