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Old January 5th, 2012, 07:13 AM   #181
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SCMS ventures into water technology and management
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The Kochi based SCMS Group, the academic institution for higher education with active involvement in various emerging areas of R&D, has now ventured out into the high relevance field of water technology and management.

Utilising its international contacts, particularly with Germany, a country way ahead of other nations in the field of water technology, conservancy and management, the institute is planning an Indo-German Centre for Water Technology and Management.

The centre will shortly become operative at the SCMS School of Engineering and Technology (SSET), the engineering college of SCMS Group. This will be the first international research project undertaken by the SSET Centre for Research Consultancy and Innovation in Engineering and Technology, the research division of the SCMS Engineering College.

Prof B. Unnikrishnan, Chief, Public Relations, SCMS Group said that the Centre will manage an international network of parties possessing competence in the fields of water technology (including their sustainable and regenerative energy supply), water management and water economy. It will act as a coordinator for the research projects taken up inside and outside and will offer consultancy on water technology and water management including process development services and professional training.

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The centre will also be capable of offering policy advisory services to government entities like public sector organisations, city corporations, municipalities and other public bodies.

He said that a process laboratory has already been set up at SCMS Engineering College to develop new water technology processes, to adapt available processes to special demands and to scale processes to the capacity needed. These services will be made available on a contract basis to external customers.

The depleting supply of fresh water from conventional sources is a matter of serious concern. It points out to the need for developing alternative water sources including the reuse and recycling of waste water, storm water and rain water. In spite of adequate rainfall in India, the per capita availability of water is depleting sharply.

Study reports suggest that most cities in India will face a horrifying water crisis by the end of this decade. Under this situation, modern and energy efficient water and waste water treatment technologies are becoming more and more important for providing safe drinking water at affordable cost and in adequate quantity. Adaption of these technologies for the Indian requirement is a main issue of the Indo-German Centre established at the SCMS Engineering College, he added.
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Kochi Scientists discovers better alternative to Ampicillin Antibiotic

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Providing a better alternative to ampicillin, an antibiotic which is being used widely, a group of scientists from Kochi has successfully produced lactoferrin gene of Vechur cow, the milk of which is rich in medicinal properties, using genetic engineering tools.

The research paper published in 'Gene', the international journal of functional and evolutionary genomics, the other day finds that arginine content in Vechur cow milk is more than that in the milk of other cows.

The scientists from SCMS Institute of Biotechnology in Kochi, led by C Mohan Kumar, the director of the institute and Salini Bhasker and Anisha S first isolated the lactoferrin gene from the milk of Vechur cow and cloned it into bacteria and sequenced it.

'' Then we compared the gene sequence with that of the gene of other cows and noticed mutation at 15 points in the former. It is this mutation called single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) that helps the Vechur cow to produce more arginine - the medicinal property which has multi-dimensional therapeutic uses. We could locate the exact positions of arginine in the sequence using 3D structure analysis,'' Mohan Kumar said.

Arginine is an amino acid which has the powers to heal wounds and held cell proliferation and cell signalling. Arginine can also be used for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases as it increases blood circulation. Then lactoferrin was transferred to bacteria which expressed or produced recombinant lactoferrin protein.

In the next phase, the scientists compared the recombinant lactoferrin (the one produced through genetic engineering) with the native lactoferrin and those of other breeds. The comparison revealed that the recombinant lactoferrin is equal to the native one in every aspect and also that the medicinal properties in the former are richer than the same in the lactoferrin in the milk of other breeds.

The comparison also showed that the recombinant lactoferrin has more arginine content than that in ampicillin. As far as fighting bacteria is concerned, the lactoferrin has clear advantage over ampicillin. While ampicillin is bactericidal in nature and kills the bacteria, lactoferrin is bacteriostatic as well as bactericidal. The quality of lactoferrin to absorb iron from the surroundings keeps the bacteria starving, while the bactericidal properties attack the membrane of the bacteria and kill it.

The invention assumes much significance as arginine supplements are being given to pregnant women in developed countries as it helps a lot in the proper growth of foetus. So, the lactoferrin of Vechur cow has much therapeutic and nutritional values.
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Old January 10th, 2012, 07:09 AM   #183
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This school also grows bananas



FARMING EXPERIENCE:Members of the nature club of St. Albert's
High School, Ernakulam, harvestinga banana bunch from their
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Caught in a classroom with only a nondescript blackboard and the bland walls to stare at during periods of sagging attention towards lessons can be tough at times.

During such moments, Class X students of St. Albert's High School, Ernakulam, just turn their head and take in the sight of greenery visible through the window panes. Hanging on to slender arms of banana plants are bunches of bananas, fruit of their hard work.

The backyard banana cultivation under way in the school under the aegis of the nature club since last September has been enriching for both the students and teachers involved.

“Thoughts about how effectively the space towards the back of the school can be utilised led us to banana cultivation. It was launched using a part of the fund allocated for campus beautification under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan,” said the school headmistress P.J. Mary.

Inspired by the success of the initiative, the school is now set to undertake cultivation of elephant foot yam while a few papayas have already been planted, she said.

To begin with 60 tissue culture banana seedlings of four varieties – Robusta, Nendran, Njalipoovan, and Palayamkodan - were planted in about five to ten cents.

The student members of the nature club were actively engaged in their planting and later in their daily grooming. “They are so much excited to be part of it. They spend their time during intervals besides work experience periods tending to these banana plants,” said Vimala Parackal, convener of the nature club. Balakrishnan, a management staff who helps with the cultivation, also has words of praise for the enthusiastic young ‘farmers.'

Antony Jolly and Godwin are among the most passionate lot and they are happy about the support extended by their parents and teachers. “We mostly apply ash of waste burnt in the campus itself by way of fertilizer. Besides, we take turns to water them,” Antony said about their method. He is so taken in that he is even thinking of having a banana farm at his house.

The hard work of these boys has been rewarding. For, till day more than 15 banana bunches have been harvested with the latest one being taken down on Tuesday. Bananas are distributed among the students.

“So far we have been able to distribute bananas to all six divisions of Standard X and five divisions of Standard IX,” says Ms. Mary. With the good yields expected in the days to come, students of the remaining 17 divisions will not have to wait that long. And the lovely sight, it seems, is going to be there for the forthcoming batches as well.
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Old January 10th, 2012, 07:39 AM   #184
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Old January 10th, 2012, 08:27 AM   #185
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wish to read such news in local dailies...
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Old January 10th, 2012, 10:07 AM   #186
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Aquaculture award for CMFRI scientists
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A team of marine scientists from the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi, has been awarded the Pillay Aquaculture Award–2011 for their work in popularisation of mussel and oyster farming.

The Acquaculture award was instituted by the Pillay Aquaculture Foundation Indian Chapter.

The CMFRI team consisted of K. Sunil Mohamed, T.S. Velayudhan, V. Kripa, P.K. Asokan, P. Laxmilatha, Mathew Joseph, Jenni Sharma, V.G. Surendranathan, M.P. Sivadasan and P.S. Aloysius. The award, which included a cash prize and citation, was presented at the Indian Fisheries Forum which concluded in Chennai recently, said a communication issued by Mr. Mohamed, head of the Molluscan Fisheries Division of the institute.
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Old January 10th, 2012, 10:44 AM   #187
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Maharajas College up for a Maha get-together
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The Maharaja’s College Alumni Association, one of the biggest alumni associations in the world as it comprises nearly 1.5 lakh members, is all set to organise a get-together ‘Maharajakeeyam 2012’ on February 11. A souvenir titled ‘Maharajakeeyam’ will be released on the occasion.
The college will be open to former students from 9 am to 6 pm. The members will be welcomed with ‘payasam’ prepared under the aegis of the association on the campus to awaken their sweet memories of the college. Each classroom will await students from 1932 batch onwards.
Five venues will be arranged to accommodate different batches. The batches from 1932 to 1950 will assemble at the Malayalam Hall, 1951 to 1970 batches at the History Block, 1971 to 1984 batches at the Physics Gallery and batches from 1999 to 2010 at the auditorium. After exchanging pleasantries and news they can stage entertainment programmes. After the separate get-together, all the old students will assemble at the special venue in the courtyard.
Defence Minister A K Antony, NORKA Minister Vayalar Ravi, former Minister K R Gowriamma, V Vishwanatha Menon, Thomas Isaac, Binoy Viswam, P T Thomas MP, T A Ahmed Kabeer MLA, CPI state secretary C K Chandrappan, LDF convener Vaikkom Vishwan, Infosys chairman, Salim Kumar, journalists T V R Shenoy, K M Roy, Venu Rajamony, Dr V P Gangadharan and Metropolitan Rev Joseph Mar Gregorius are expected to participate. A get-together of the talents in the field of drama, cinema, mimimcry and music is being planned. Actors including Mammootty, Dilip, Salim Kumar, Rajeev Ravi, Amal Neerad, K S Prasad, Adam Ayub, Aneesh Abu, Jyotirmayi, Ramesh Kurumsseri, Sajan Palluruthy, Baburaj, Ansar Kalabhavan, Biju Narayanan, Sathyan Kulangad, Shibu Chakravarthy, Siddique, Tini Tom, Sarayu Mohan are also expected.
Stalwarts in literature such as O N V Kurup, Prof M K Sanu, Prof M Leelavathy, Prof K G Sankara Pillai, Prof M Achuthan, Prof M Thomas Mathew, S Ramesan, R K Damodaran, Sunil P Ilayidam, Harikumar Changampuzha among others are also expected.

An orchestra will be led by Biju Narayanan and other old students. At 6 pm the bell will go to mark the end of the programme. All old students should try to attend it and make ‘Maharajakeeyam’ a big hit, said the organisers. For more details, call T S Joy at 9847211584 or Jayachandran at 9847165324.
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This itself can become a Global Investors Meet meeting Amma Star Nite..... Good, such initiatives increases the interactions of Kochi's most celebrated alumni and bring some radical changes....

If Maharaja's was elsewhere in India, it would have become a University of its own might..... Despite of such a powerful Alumni, lack of seeing the name board Maharajas University, still remains a weep in me....
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Old January 11th, 2012, 01:26 PM   #189
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CMFRI Cochin bags National laurels

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Old January 12th, 2012, 08:17 AM   #191
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‘Learning 2012’ in Kochi

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Kochi is gearing up to host the Second International Learning Convention. The event named ‘Learning 2012’ will help you know more about the changing systems that needs to be implemented in education, how to deal with the modern day text books etc. You will have an expert panel of people to talk on the issue. The event will be held at The Pastoral Orientation Centre (POC) at Palarivattom from the 20th of January to 22nd Jan 2012.

This time, they will have experts from across the globe who will take part in the event. Personality development trainers, experts in learning and teaching, all the way from Germany and Switzerland will be part of ‘Learning 2012’. M. Beena, Chairman and Managing Director of the Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation will be presiding over the inaugural function.

From trainers, teachers, Med students and workshop facilitators, there will be quite a lot of people who will take part in the event. Awards and felicitations would also be provided for the people.
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NUALS Library Foundation stone laying on Friday

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The foundation stone for the library building of the National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) will be laid on Friday at Kalamassery.
Education Minister P K Abdu Rabb will lay the stone at 3 pm.
The library building is being constructed as part of the second phase of campus development with the financial assistance from the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the State Government.
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Kochi's National University of Advanced Legal Studies, to consider setting up its first Off-Campus Center in Dubai Knowledge City

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Old January 15th, 2012, 09:39 AM   #194
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Eleven officers, including four from the Indian Coast Guard, passed out from the Naval Institute of Aeronautical Technology (NIAT), under the Southern Naval Command, here on Saturday. The passing out parade, making the culmination of a two-phased training programme, was reviewed by Surgeon Rear Admiral Nirmala Kannan, command medical officer of Southern Naval Command. Deputy Commandant Rahul Malareddi was adjudged first in order of merit among air engineers, while Deputy Commandant Karamjeet Singh secured top honours in the air electrical category. Lieutenant Om Krishna Patel was the best all-round trainee officer.

The training at NIAT was conducted in two phases wherein the officers were initially imparted training on basic aeronautical subjects including, aerodynamics, aircraft engineering, electrical systems, aircraft structures and advanced aircraft technologies. The officers were then given specialised training on two Naval aircrafts. Besides theoretical training on basic subjects, the officers also undertook various projects on aeronautics. The officers will now proceed to various air squadrons of Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard for on-job training. On completion of the training, the officers will be awarded M Tech degree in Aeronautics by the Cochin University of Science and Technology.
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Battle of words
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“Debating is not just saying what you know, but it is learning what you don't know”, says Deepak Thimaya, Founder, Verbattle. Verbattle is a debating competition for school students, that has an eight-year-old history to it.

They have tied up with the International Debate Education Association, World Debate Institution and Global Debates and they strive to bring about quality in debating. It started off in Bangalore and remained there till last year. However, this year Verbattle has gone to Kochi, Chennai, Hyderabad and Puducherry and is called “Verbattle South”.

The first phase of “Verbattle South” had a two day spread sheet, held at Balamandir German Hall, T Nagar, Chennai. Day one saw 50 teams from 15 schools participate, of which ten teams were selected to appear in the finals. and will be competing with 40 teams in Bangalore on the January 21. The prize money is Rs. 1,00,000. Day two had a workshop on debating.

Verbattle South had three teams on stage at every round, and each team was given two minutes to talk on a topic. There were four such rounds. This is the international style of debating, says Thimaya.
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FISAT creates history in Free Software Technology.

The Students of FISAT composed unique 1 Million Codes to be used in Free Software technology. The Program will be formally launched on Jan 25th by Free Software movement chief- Dr. Richard. Titled as One Million Codes for the community, it can be accessed via a dedicated website www.millioncode.fisat.ac.in

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St. Teresas introduces B.Sc in Apparel and Fashion Design
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St. Teresa’s, one of Kochi’s best colleges, is geared up to start something new, trendy and stylish. This haven where you find fashionistas from across the state is starting a new Fashion Design course. For all the ladies out there who wanted to pursue their studies in fashion and update them everytime, here is something for you.

The prestigious institution has introduced a new course for Undergraduation. Their new course B.Sc in Apparel and Fashion Design is now ‘talk of the town’. With an extremely talented faculty and right guidance, aspiring students can reap the best out of this course. The course was inaugurated by D. Purandeshwari, Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development. Design-thinking would be highlighted for the course, and students get a chance to acquaint themselves with the latest updates in fashion.

The course will begin next academic year, and details on the number of seats (available) etc. would be put up soon by the authorities. Kochi does not host many colleges that offer fashion designing. This new course would definitely be a blessing to many. Moulding fashion designers who would be of use to the society and nation, the course is all set to hit Kochi soon. So who all are applying??
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Nice to see CUSAT, but often I used to the, like how public uses the CUSAT road between Kalamassery-Thrikkakara as if public road, the laid back attitude of the university authorities have resulted in a major downfall as one of India's top rated science university to a typical bureaucrat office.....

The university is highly potential for a major growth as many of its departments are too unique, somewhat seen only in foreign countries like Naval architecture, Photonics and Cryptography, Laser technology etc....

But unfortunately the administrators were totally wrong...... Since its not possible to upgrade to IISER as Kerala got IIT, I feel the best is to divided the university into 3 major universities and bring in key partners (mostly from govt sources) to bring back the laurels.

I feel the best is to have a Cochin University of Engineering Technology (CUET), Pylee University of Management-SMS and Cochin University of Social Sciences (CUSS).

Out of which CUET can partner with Navy and Indian Institute of Science, while CUSS can aspire something to Tata University of Social Sciences-Mumbai etc....
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