Dr Ravi Kant Kumar, Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at SRM University-AP and his research scholar, Ms Gayathri Dhara have recently made a significant contribution to the field of Graph Neural Networks. The teacher-student duo have offered relevant analysis of visual saliency applications using Graph Neural Networks (GNN) in their book chapter titled “Study and Analysis of Visual Saliency Applications Using Graph Neural Networks” in the book, Concepts and Techniques of Graph Neural Networks. The topic of their study will prove to be a key source of reference for industry professionals, researchers, scholars, academicians, practitioners, instructors, and students.
Description and Significance of the Chapter
The chapter covers the practical applications of GNN in the field of visual saliency. Various applications of computer vision problems implemented using graph neural networks (GNNs) have been studied and analysed in this chapter. It also includes the design approach of GNN, the various computational models used in GNN, its challenges and recommendations. The social significance of GNN in visual saliency extends to various domains like Human attention modelling, Advertising and marketing, Visual content understanding, and so on.
Significance of GNNs
Graph Neural Networks (GNNs) have gained significance in the field of visual saliency due to their ability to model complex relationships and dependencies within visual data. Visual saliency refers to the process of predicting the most visually prominent regions or areas in an image or video that attract human attention. It plays a crucial role in various computer vision applications, such as image understanding, object recognition, and scene understanding. GNNs can learn spatial dependencies and feature representations from visual data. There are many methodologies that address the detection of the salient object using GNN. GNNs can handle multi-modal data, combining visual information with other modalities such as textual or semantic features. This integration allows GNNs to leverage additional cues and contextual information to improve visual saliency prediction. So, studying these different salient object detection methods using GNN and knowing the challenges of GNN will help in meeting our research objectives.
As part of its initiative to whittle the future of education, The Directorate of International Relations and Higher Studies under the aegis of SRM University-AP has organised a Global Principal Conclave that saw the participation of 50+ Educational Leaders from across 15+ countries. Throughout the conclave, the educational leaders were seen exchanging thought-provoking discussions, and innovative teaching approaches in order to foster a global perspective on teaching and learning.
Distinguished guests, including Dr Mukesh Tripathi, Director of AIIMS Mangalgiri, who served as the Chief Guest, and Dr Ramesh Srikonda, Director of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada, along with Mr Anil Tentu, CEO of AP Innovation Society, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, as Guests of Honour, joined delegates from around the world to discuss the importance of the event and praised the university’s initiative in hosting the conclave.
The Conclave also witnessed the historic moment where institutes of excellence like AIIMS, Mangalagiri and SRM University-AP signed an MoU. This new collaboration between the two institutions will prove to be a noteworthy milestone in advancing medical research, education and healthcare in the region. “Although we have been working together, this MoU will further enhance the inter-disciplinary collaboration among the institutions,” said Mr Mukesh Tripathi in his address. In his speech to the delegates, Prof. Manoj K Arora said, “Our objective is to be globally connected, nationally relevant and regionally transformative.”
The conclave also saw multiple panels that deliberated on issues such as holistic development, assessment systems and how they impact the education system, intercultural system of learning and harmony in the realm of education. The panellists who spoke on holistic approaches to measuring educational excellence collectively agreed on the scarcity of teachers who join the profession as a choice. The session also deliberated on the system of assessments in education where, Mr C A Govindrao Naik, CEO & Managing Director, JSS Private School, Dubai opined that “not everything important is measurable and also not everything that is measured is important.”
The Global Conclave ended with a cultural performance by students of SRM University-AP with closing remarks by Dr Swetha Pasupuleti, Director of International Relations and Higher Studies SRM University-AP.
The exciting journey of UDAAN, the Fresher’s Orientation, spanning a vibrant 9 days from August 16 to 25, has come to a close.
Newly enrolled students from diverse parts of the country and the world attended the session. The initial sessions of the Freshers Orientation unfolded with students being inducted into university life. While the second phase of the orientation saw the participation of, industrial experts, entrepreneurs, professors, start-up coaches, and motivational speakers like Prof. Vinay Nangia, Former Professor & Head, Department of Management IIT Roorkee; Dr Dinesh Dua, Executive Director Nectar Life Sciences Limited; Mr Sanjiv Bhavnani, Founder CEO & Chief Mentor Mentorpreneur & Infotecniques Groups; Dr Deepak Pandit, Chair Professor – Innovation and Entrepreneurship I2E; Mr Vivek Atray, ex-IAS officer and, Mr Shiven Tandon, Chartered Accountant and Motivational Speaker; and Dr Nived Chebrolu, a Post-doctoral research scholar from Oxford Robotics Institute.
The distinguished guests helped the students acclimatise with their alma mater. The guests also cited personal experiences and anecdotes with the students making the session more engaging, and lively. The sessions were a two-way street, at the end of which students were allowed a Q and A session with the experts. As part of the orientation, students were also seen enrolling themselves in different clubs and competitions.
On August 25, 2023, Vice Chancellor Prof. Manoj K Arora concluded the 9-day orientation by presenting awards to the winners of the various club competitions. The recipients included: Makadiya Niksham and Nithya Vattikuti from the Acts Club, Praveen Kumar Kommanaboyina and Meghana Nangireddy from the Anime Club, Rungshit Basu and Venkadesh Prasad from the E- Sports Club, Vineesha and Pranadhaa from the Environment Club, Mahalakshmi and Navneeth from the Cinemates Club, Myla Gangadhar from the Quiz Club, Dainik Dubey and Zaara from the Theatre Club, Muppana Ananya Chowdary from the Photography Club, Datha Sai Nemallipuri and Ritwik Paramesh Medidi from the Cubing Club, Gunatit Jariwala and Dakshitha Susheela Popuri from the Yoga and Meditation Club, Y Vishnu and Hiti from the Dance Club and Jahnavi Jyotimari Aravelli from the Wellness Club.
UDAAN, the Freshers’ Orientation definitely offered a preview to the newcomers of what lies ahead of their glorious academic life.
Dr T R Paarivendhar, a remarkable visionary, leader, philanthropist, and educator, serves as a profound inspiration to numerous individuals. The community of students, faculty, and staff at SRM University-AP came together to commemorate this extraordinary human being on his birthday on August 24, 2023. Dr Paarivendhar’s forward-thinking concepts and his will to serve humanity have given rise to this esteemed institution.
On this occasion of Founder’s Day, the university witnessed the active participation of enthusiastic students, faculty, and staff, thereby significantly enhancing the impact of the event. As part of the festivities, SRM AP also hosted an annual tree plantation campaign called “Prerna Vanam” both on the campus and in Venkatapalem. Additionally, the celebrations encompassed the distribution of fruits to local orphanages and elderly care homes.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Manoj K Arora while addressing the students reminded them of our Founder Chancellor, Dr T R Paarivendhar’s desire to transform the varsity as a “university of leaders and change-makers.” He stressed upon our founder’s vision to develop the university as one of the best in the world. Prof. Arora also took the opportunity to highlight the necessity of developing an entrepreneurial mindset among students. He coaxed the students to work towards realising our Founder’s dream. The event was clubbed with the ongoing Fresher’s Orientation session, UDAAN and saw the presence of rural enthusiast and start-up coach, Mr Atul Mittal.
The celebration saw the participation of students, faculty and members of the university leadership.
In a world of specialisations, it’s truly rare to come across individuals who manage to excel across multiple domains. One such shining star in our midst is Simran Kaushik, a third-year student from the Department of Physics, whose passion for space, physics, painting, and writing has not only set her apart but has also served as a beacon of inspiration for us all.
As we celebrate the release of her second book, we take a closer look at the remarkable achievements of this young all-rounder. Ms Kaushik is a third-year BSc Physics Hons. student at SRM University-AP’s School of Engineering and Sciences (SEAS). She also holds the post of the President of the Space Club at the varsity.
Titled, ‘Astroverse: Sci-fi Poems,’ is her second literary creation after ‘Petrichor’. The book is a collection that enlists 30 poems composed against a backdrop of space travel and exploration, astronomical phenomena, futurism, dystopia, droids, A I sentience and much more. Under these themes are encrypted stories, messages, events, original characters, their thoughts, lives and activities. Laid out in verses and rhymes, each poem is supported by drawings and illustrations by Ms Kaushik, making use of her unique and unconventional art style, as the drawings inspired ideas for certain poems and sometimes, vice versa.
In a world that often encourages us to choose a single path, Simran stands as a shining example of what can be achieved when one dares to explore multiple avenues. We congratulate her on the publication of her second book and wish for many more to come.
In a proud moment that highlights our institution’s commitment to excellence and innovation, we are thrilled to share the success of a recent poster presentation that graced the global stage.Dr Aswini S, Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology at SRM University-AP recently represented the varsity at the American Psychological Association (APA) Convention in Washington, DC from August 3 – 5, 2023. The occasion was a prestigious Poster Presentation, titled, “The Other Side of Support: Toxic Social Reactions Experienced by Individuals with Mental Illness”
Social support is undeniably an important aspect of everyday life, and it is particularly
important in the context of challenges. The role of social support as a protective factor is well established (Wright et al., 2013) in research, especially in the context of mental illness (Frame, 1981; Teo et al., 2020). While acknowledging the overwhelming evidence on the importance of social support, there is scant literature on the negative experiences of seeking and receiving support. The qualitative investigation revealed the toxic social reactions under the disguise of social support as reported by participants with mental illness (N=17). Participants experienced interactions which sometimes resembled social support but were either harmful or not beneficial to them. The frequently reported reactions of participants are trivialising of symptoms, toxic positivity, and fake sympathy. In comparison to physical illness, the indicators of mental illness are less objectively perceptible to others. Hence, the practice of dismissing symptoms and attributing disorders as momentary feelings, or imaginary experiences are found to be common. Moreover, the suggestion to be positive and reject anything that may trigger negative emotions along with the display of fake sympathy by people around is also found in participant narratives. This signifies the importance of studying social support through different dimensions rather than just focusing only on support that is helpful and beneficial. Future explorations can focus on understanding specific sources of support, kinds of support and the impact that such challenges have on the quality of relationships with significant others.
Keywords: Toxic positivity, mental illness, social support
The remarkable achievement underscores not only the quality of education we provide but also the dedication of our faculty in making impactful contributions to their fields.
SRM University-AP warmly welcomes its latest cohort of students. The university’s freshers’ orientation, named UDAAN, is currently underway, featuring a comprehensive series of sessions scheduled from August 16 to August 24. These sessions have been meticulously designed to introduce and integrate the students into campus life and academic
The array of multiple sessions includes an introductory segment that attunes the students to the university’s various directorates, departments, campus layout, and the academic ecosystem it offers. Moreover, the sessions encompass expert-led talks from diverse domains, featuring luminaries from the industry.
On August 19th, a pivotal declaration was made, designating the year 2023-2024 as “The Year of Entrepreneurship” on campus. This decision was met with fervour as industry experts encouraged the cultivation of an entrepreneurial mindset among the students.
In a joint session with Prof. Vinay Nangia, Dr Dinesh Dua, Executive Director Nectar Life Sciences Limited; Mr Sanjiv Bhavnani, Founder CEO & Chief Mentor, Entrepreneur Advisors; the guests spoke of the need to develop an entrepreneurial mindset.
Prof. Nangia emphasised that today the world is moving very fast, and technology, machines and now AI have been taking over the tasks that previously were manual. He recounted that when he was a student, land, labour and capital were the factors of production and this was the time when industries were coming to India and getting a job was a lucrative option. But today in the service sector, ideas, innovation, entrepreneurship and money have taken the foreground and in this context, entrepreneurship is the only solution to the growing problems of the economy. He also said that, in the coming future jobs are going to disappear and entrepreneurship will replace them.
Dr Dinesh Dua as he addressed the students recounted motivating stories of entrepreneurs who didn’t give up and ultimately succeeded. Dr Dua tried to instil the concept in the minds of all that the spirit of entrepreneurship is in never giving up no matter how many times you fail.
Mr Bhavnani in his talk urged the students to step out of their comfort zones, he stressed upon the point that unless one ventures out of their comfort zones one is not progressing at all. The confidence that one develops from stepping out of the comfort zone will enable one to do well in life, build fortunes and a name for oneself.
An especially notable session took place on August 21st, where the resource person, Mr Vivek Atray, an esteemed ex-IAS officer, expounded on the significance of the “3 I’s”: Inspiration, Integrity, and Innovation. This enlightening discourse also emphasised the importance of subtracting the self, symbolising humility and selflessness.
Mr Atray’s session was followed by Mr Shiven Tandon, a chartered account and motivational speaker who further discoursed how to “Master the Mind” where he emphasised the need to reject the unworthy, to focus on nothing but the best for oneself. Dr Nived Chebrolu, a post doctoral scholar from the Oxford Robotics Institute in the United Kingdom took a session on ” Mapping with Field Robots in Tough Environments” on August 25, 2023.
Every session offered an ideal blend of motivation and enlightenment. The experts drew from their personal journeys, imparting insights into the dynamic path that lies ahead for the students.
The 77th Independence Day was celebrated at SRM University-AP with a lot of patriotic fervour. Vice Chancellor Prof. Manoj K Arora hoisted the national flag and signalled the commencement of the festivities.
Prof. Arora highlighted the tremendous progress made over the 76 years since independence, attributing this success to virtues such as patience, resilience, honesty, hard work, and dedication. He recalled the words of the Hon’ble President of India, Draupadi Murmu, who underscored our shared Indian identity transcending barriers of caste, creed, and religion.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Manoj K Arora also recounted SRM University-AP‘s achievements in the past year, applauding not only the faculty and staff but also acknowledging the contributions of security guards, housekeeping personnel, plumbers, technicians, and construction workers, all of whom were cheered by the audience.
Prof. Arora reminded everyone of the university’s strategic goals for the next 5 years, urging collective efforts to realise these ambitions. He expressed confidence that by the end of this period, SRM University-AP would achieve recognition not just nationally, but globally.
Dr R Premkumar, Registrar SRM University-AP; Prof. Bharadwaj Sivakumar, Dean Paari School of Business, Prof. Ranjit Thapa Dean in-charge, School of Engineering and Sciences, Mr Pankaj Belwariar, Director Communications and other faculty and staff were attendance of the festivities.
The programme also witnessed an awe-inspiring parade organised by Campus Life Management and several cultural activities that were put up by the student community.
Barath Sivaraj, a research scholar from the Department of Biological Sciences at SRM University-AP has achieved an outstanding feat by receiving the DST INSPIRE Fellowship, a highly regarded programme sponsored and overseen by the Department of Science & Technology.
Sivaraj’s research focuses on exploring how bacteriophages, a type of virus that infects and reproduces inside bacteria, utilises the bacterial system. This research has earned Sivaraj the Fellowship, which runs for a duration of 5 years. The researcher also gets to carry out his research at any national or international laboratories other than their host institute for a period of 18 months.
Barath expresses his immense delight and pride in receiving this fellowship and considers it a significant milestone in his academic journey. Sivaraj explains that applicants must meet several criteria, such as being a top-ranked student in a full-time postgraduate science programme or a related field at the university level. Sivaraj credits his research supervisor, Dr Sutharsan Govindarajan, for guiding him through the application process. As a future prospect, Sivaraj plans to pursue his post-doctoral studies abroad and eventually wishes to offer his professional services at a reputable university.
We wish him all success!
The world of technology is constantly evolving, and the aviation industry is no exception. From being operated exclusively by humans, aircraft systems have now advanced into Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). To stay current in this ever-changing landscape, it’s crucial to update and upscale one’s skills.
Dr Raviteja KVNS, Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, has successfully completed his rigorous training programme at the highly acclaimed Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Uran Akademi (IGRUA) and is now certified as Remote Pilot Instructor by The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). With his newfound expertise on unmanned aerial vehicles, Dr KNVS is now poised to offer his invaluable guidance and support to aspiring drone pilots.
We extend our sincere congratulations to him on this outstanding achievement.