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.

chess champions 2021

Sona’s Men, Women Teams snatch 1st prize at Anna University’s Zonal Chess Tournament!

The Men and Women teams of Sona College of Technology made a stunning win in the Anna University’s 8th Zonal level Chess Tournament.

Held on March 22, 2021, at Muthayammal College of Engineering, Rasipuram, the tournament attracted teams from 15 colleges.

It was a Swiss type tournament with three rounds in the men and women categories.  Teams from Sona College unleashed their skills and dazzled their opponents with smart and thoughtful moves.

In each of the three rounds, Sona teams got 2 points and emerged as winners. The Secretary of the host college distributed the prizes.

The winning teams are qualified to participate in the University Inter-zonal Tournament.

What COVID-19 had done to us?

Sona students’ oratory skills come to fore

Sona Student Speakers Forum resumed with a blast after the 10 month lockdown. On the first event of the forum, a contest was held on topic, “What COVID-19 had done to us?”

Students expressed absorbing thoughts on the pandemic and narrated interesting personal experiences during the long lockdown period.

The First Prize was won by R.E. Vijay Sri of FT 2nd year, Second Prize by V.Varun of IT 3rd year, Third Prize of S.Sumaiya of CSE 2nd year and four participants were given consolation prizes.

First Prize – Vijay Sri, IInd Year , Fashion Technology
IInd Prize Varun ,III Year, Information Technology
IIIrd Prize – S.Sumaiya, 2nd Year, CSE

our Principal Dr.S.R.R. Senthilkumar gave away the Prizes.

The Student Speakers Forum (SSF) was started four years back to make students communicate better and to face interviews with confidence.  SSF participants have brought laurels to the college winning prizes in competitions conducted by other institutions and organizations.

The success of the SSF is credited to Library Staff, Staff Coordinators and Heads of Departments and above all the encouragement by our Management and Principal .

Vee Tech and Sona to collaborate with Canada’s University Health Network

To join multi-institution research as part of FIBRE project to develop smart fabric-based wearables

Bengaluru and Toronto March 5, 2021

Technology services firm Vee Technologies and Sona Group of educational institutions have forged an agreement with Toronto-based University Health Network, Canada to collaborate on a multi-institution research and commercialisation effort to develop smart fabric-based wearables. The objective is to improve the lives of people living with health-related challenges.

The collaboration agreement seeks to contribute to FIBRE, a research initiative that will be fuelled by the UHN hospital network, which includes Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospitals, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and The Michener Institute of Education. In addition, three universities, four colleges and a number of industry partners are actively working on FIBRE’s goal.

The University Health Network (UHN) is a public research and teaching hospital fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. The scope of research and complexity of cases at University Health Network has made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care.

As part of this agreement Bengaluru and New York co-headquartered Vee Technologies will make significant cash contributions to the current and future research projects to be undertaken by the collaborating institutions, universities and hospitals in Canada. Vee Technologies and Sona group of institutions will be the only partners outside North America.

The Salem-based Sona Group of education institutions – NIRF ranked Sona College of Technology, 63-year-old Thiagarajar Polytechnic College and Sona College of Arts and Science – will contribute to the FIBRE project through their faculty, laboratories and facilities.

Sona and Veetech collaborate Canada University

An agreement to this effect was signed by Dr. Bradly G. Wouters, Executive Vice President, Science and Research, University Health Network and Dr. Milos R. Popovic, Director, The KITE Research Institute and Sona College of Technology Chairman Mr. C. Valliappa and Vee Technologies CEO      Mr. Chocko Valliappa in the presence of Counsel General of India at Toronto Ms. Apoorva Srivastava.

Speaking at the agreement inking ceremony Mr. C. Valliappa, Chairman, Sona Group of Education Institutions said, “We at the Sona group of institutions proudly commit the best scientific brains to the FIBRE project and hope that the application of this long-term research will bring much needed relief to millions facing health challenges. When some of these products get to the market, those of us in India will be the big beneficiaries.”

Dr. Bradly G. Wouters, Executive Vice President, Science and Research, University Health Network said UHN was excited about this new partnership as it will help the hospital network move closer to achieving its vision of creating A Healthier World:

“This initiative will help bring together multidisciplinary expertise in order to develop textiles and garments that can support the growing needs of the healthcare sector for people in Canada, India and beyond — a team science approach to solving today’s greatest health issues and a key element of UHN’s research strategy. The health benefits are far-reaching and will serve to help individuals experiencing chronic illness, aging as well as those living with disabilities.”

Counsel General of India Ms. Apoorva Srivastava hoped that the coming together of the best scientific minds from India and Canada would lead to new breakthroughs to meet the healthcare needs of people in India, Canada and across the world. She added that the arrival of ‘Made in India’ Covid vaccines in Canada earlier this week marked a new milestone in healthcare partnership between the two countries.

Dr. Popovic who leads the FIBRE research team at The KITE Research Institute said today’s announcement represents a major milestone:

“FIBRE will help us create an altogether new medical-science ecosystem that is completely interconnected, allowing clinicians to monitor patient health remotely and deliver the best quality care immediately to anyone – almost anywhere in the world.”

“Looking at the path-breaking research to be carried out by FIBRE network that ranges from nano-technology embedded fibre and fabric to smart wearables that will help healthcare professionals to deliver a better life for patients and elderly, Vee Technologies and Sona group of institutions is committing multi-million-dollar investment and the best brains to the initiative,” says Mr. Chocko Valliappa, CEO, Vee Technologies.

This investment will be used to fund several Research & Development projects in the wearable technology space. The goal is to create products that will find commercial application.

UHN’s collaborative research initiative partners include Centennial College, George Brown College, Humber College, OCAD University, Ryerson University, Sheridan College and the University of Toronto.

About Vee Technologies

The Bangalore, and New York co-headquartered Vee Technologies provides IT services to over 150 hospitals in the US, including six of the Top 20, handling their clinical coding and revenue cycle management in addition to providing e-learning and e-governance solutions. Healthcare is the firm’s biggest offering with 3,000 of its 5,000 employees engaged in healthcare analytics.

www.veetechnologies.com

About The Sona Group of Education institutions

The Sona Group of Education institutions include the NIRF ranked Sona College of Technology known for its cutting-edge research through its 35 R&D laboratories, the 63-year-old Thiagarajar Polytechnic College that enjoys the AICTE-CII status to mentor over 3,500 polytechnics in India and the Sona College of Arts and Science.

www.sonatech.ac.in
www.tpt.edu.in

About University Health Network

University Health Network consists of Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospitals, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and The Michener Institute of Education at UHN. The scope of research and complexity of cases at University Health Network has made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care. It has the largest hospital-based research program in Canada, with major research in arthritis, cardiology, transplantation, neurosciences, oncology, surgical innovation, infectious diseases, genomic medicine and rehabilitation medicine. University Health Network is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto.

For more information, visit:

www.uhn.ca
www.kite-uhn.com

For Sona and Vee Technologies media inquiries, please contact:

Sanjiv Kataria
Strategic Communications and PR Counsel
Phone: +91 98100 48095
Email: sanjiv.kataria@gmail.com

For UHN media inquiries, please contact:

Jarrett Churchill
Senior Public Affairs Advisor, University Health Network
Phone: +1 (416) 320-0147
Email: jarrett.churchill@uhn.ca

all india mapathon winners 2021

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. 

sona home app launch

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.

nptel-toppers-2021

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.