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Dr Sujith Kalluri from the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering was honoured with the “ICTSGS Service Award for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” in the recently held First International Conference on Technologies for Smart Green Connected Society 2021. The conference was jointly organised by the Electrochemical Society, USA, Yamagata University, Japan, and United Nations FAO, Italy. The award was presented for Dr Kalluri’s contributions in organising the international conference with the relevant audience. Dr Kalluri would further take up the role of Guest Editor in some of the prestigious peer-reviewed international journals.

The honour presented to Dr Kalluri further leads to research and professional collaboration with SPAST Foundation, Yamagata University Japan, and The Electrochemical Society USA.

Mr D Lenin Babu from the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering published his research “A Novel 8-Channel DWDM demultiplexer on Silicon Photonic Crystal slab: Design and Analysis” in Elsevier journal ‘Optik’, having an impact factor of 2.44. This research was carried out under the supervision of Dr Sreenivasulu Thupakula, Assistant Professor, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering.

Abstract:

The published research presents a novel method to achieve optical information transmission at improved speed and reliability. Multiplexing and demultiplexing are the techniques used to enhance the information transmission rates and effective utilisation of channel bandwidths in communication systems. Dr Thupakula and Mr Lenin Babu proposed a new design with a minimised size of approximately 1mm and reduced information loss.

The team collaborated with the Applied Photonics Laboratory, Department of Electrical Communication Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, to conduct the research.

“The ongoing research is useful not only for communication applications but also for refractive index based sensing applications such as biosensing, Force sensing etc. Our future work includes Integrated optics-based antenna design for THz communication systems, Waveguide devices for sensing applications at THz wavelengths etc.,” said Dr Thupakula.

SRM University-AP has inked a Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) with Speed Engineering Solutions Pune. The MoU will significantly benefit the students of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in their studies and overall industry exposure. As part of the understanding, the following activities will be carried out-

  • Speed Engineering will deliver interactive and insightful webinars on Product Design-Development and similar topics to all students of the university.
  • Speed engineering will conduct online workshops on product design at subsidised charges for BTech and MTech students.
  • Speed engineering will offer full-time summer internships on Industry oriented product design and development to our BTech and MTech students.
  • Speed engineering will offer a series of skill-building projects based on industry work to the BTech and MTech students. They will work under the joint guidance of SRMAP faculty and experienced Speed Engineering professionals. These projects will be based on real-life industry problems.
  • Speed engineering will offer in-campus internships to some of the students of SRM AP based on their project performance.
  • Speed engineering will offer jobs to some of the brightest students based on their project performance.

Prof Prakash Jadav welcomed the initiative and said, “This MOU is an excellent initiative for the mechanical engineering department. Our students will get huge benefits such as the latest training on Product design and Simulations, CAD, CAE and many other things. The benefits do not end here. Our students will further be able to convert opportunities to work on live industry projects and internships into attractive job offers. I am certain that our students will reap all the benefits from this collaboration.”

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Understanding stock market trends is crucial for investors to make key decisions. It was indeed a wonderful moment when Katla Sai Naveen from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, presented a paper for the first time with an intelligent solution to that problem. The paper “A Novel Stock Price Prediction Scheme from Twitter Data by using Weighted Sentiment Analysis” was presented at the 12th International Conference on Cloud Computing, Data Science & Engineering (CONFLUENCE-2022), organised by Amity University, Noida, UP, India. It was co-authored by Nikhila Korivi, Godavarthi Chandra Keerthi under the mentorship of Dr V M Manikandan, Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering. The paper will later be published in IEEE Xplore Digital Library.

Abstract:

Stock market forecasting is one of the most interesting research areas for many professionals and researchers. Economic conditions, investor sentiment, current events, future guidance, and a variety of other factors have an impact on the stock market. Since the stock market changes swiftly from time to time, it might be tough for a user or investor to keep up with the shifting trend. Combining sentiment analysis with a machine learning model, a solution to this problem has been introduced. Sentiment analysis is a text mining procedure that has one of the most important uses in analysing user reviews and evaluating the overall sentiment of a piece of text. The purpose of this research work is to create a machine learning model that takes recent tweets from the Twitter API and categorises each message as positive, bad, or neutral. Later, the impact of the person who wrote the tweet is also considered while predicting the trend. The parameters such as the total number of followers, the emotion of each comment on each post of selected stock, the number of likes and retweets are considered. An overview of the selected stock’s potential will be given to the user as the output.

This research will be useful for businessmen and people with enthusiasm for the stock market. The research will provide insights and intelligence to help make profitable decisions. False positives during sentiment analysis is a major concern in this domain. The team is focused on improving the existing approaches with better methods to identify false positives.

Budget Panel Discussion 2022-23

The Department of Economics of SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh, conducted a Panel Discussion on February 09, 2022, for the much needed and relevant in-depth analysis of the Union Budget proposed by the Finance Minister in the parliament on February 01, 2022.

Professor Bandi Kamaiah was the moderator of the event, and Dr Anandarao Suvvari, the faculty coordinator of the Department of Economics in the University, organised this discussion, inviting four eminent public finance economists of India, Prof N R Bhanu Murthy, Vice-Chancellor, BASE University, Bengaluru; Prof K R Shanmugam, Director, Madras School of Economics, Chennai; Prof K Gayathri, Professor, Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bengaluru; Dr Shri Hari Naidu, Economist, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), New Delhi. The co-convenors of the event were Dr Ghanshyam Pandey, Dr Manzoor Hassan Malik, Dr Kamal Sai Erra, Dr Hari Venkatesh from the Department of Economics SRM-AP.

The discussion started with a brief overview and essence of the Union budget by Dr Anandarao Suvvari, followed by Prof Bandi Kamaiah. Then first panellist Prof N R Bhanu Murthy, who our Indian Finance Minister also quoted, spoke about how the current budget is a continuation of the previous budget and emphasised more on the capital expenditure, which is the route to growth. He highlighted that the government should bring efficiency in public expenditure and expressed that the public policymakers side-lined the public debt number to GDP ratio at both central and state levels. An issue identified by Prof Murthy was bringing in many commodities under the customs tariff line and how doing this will have a negative impact on the exports. Further, he mentioned the ignorance towards the health and education sectors by a reduction in the allocation of expenditure for the same.

The second panellist Prof K R Shanmugam, gave a very detailed look at the budget, sector by sector, pointing out the benefits and the concerns related to each of them. He gave us a brief look at how the Indian economy has been doing for the past few years and gave an analysis taking this into consideration and stated that the budget had provided necessary fiscal stimuli through an increase in capital expenditure for the revival of the economy.

The third panellist Prof K Gayathri highlighted the philosophy of policy implications of budget and the need for a continuous process for analysing it. She also focused on the need for scientificity for estimates and the need for a sustainable approach for the budget. She pointed out that the current budget was future-looking in line with the vision for India 100 and that it put thorough emphasis on capacity building inclusive development by involving all stakeholders and modern infrastructure while expressing concern over effective implementation of policies.

The final panellist, Dr Shri Hari Naidu, discussed the revenue side of the budget thoroughly while focusing on the new taxation regime, other and legitimising crypto assets and digital Indian currency. In addition to this, Dr Naidu commented on the budget that the tax GDP ratio has been stagnant for the past two decades also, it has not been addressed in the budget, and despite the fact that there were a lot of tax reforms, the tax bases needed to be expanded.

After individual reviews by the panellists, questions posed by the students and the co-convenors were answered, followed by an interactive and engaging discussion among panellists, moderator, convenor and co-convenors on various issues spanning from the way of analysing the budget, trade-offs between debt and capital expenditure, debt sustainability, control mechanisms, the process of allocation, outcome evaluation or impact of the budget and the need for reality and effectiveness of planned budget on the ground level.

The session, after a thorough discussion on the union budget, was concluded by a vote of thanks proposed by Asst. Prof. Dr Hari Venkatesh to the esteemed panellists, moderator, convenor, co-convenors and all the people who made this session successful for contributing their precious time and valued efforts.

Workshop on Applied Rheology

Department of Civil Engineering has organised a workshop on Applied Rheology on March 11, 2022, at 10:30 AM (IST). Dr Kartik Pondicherry, Dr Sumit Singh and Dr Kapil Joshi, Application Specialists at Anton Paar, India, will be delivering the keynote addresses.

About this workshop:

Rheology deals with the deformation and flow behaviour of materials. Rheology, in terms of viscosity and viscoelastic behaviour, plays a significant role in many aspects of production, processing, transportation, and consumption of materials and products. The current workshop deals with the basics of rheology with a particular focus on the real-life application of rheology in asphalt, polymers and the food industry.

Speakers:

Dr Kartik Pondicherry pursued his Doctorate in Tribology from the University of Leoben in Leoben, Austria. He started his professional journey at Anton Paar in Graz, Austria. With over a decade of experience in the field of tribology, Dr Pondicherry moved back to India to manage the tribology portfolio in the country. He joined Anton Paar India as a Technical Manager for Rheology. Over the past few years, Dr Pondicherry has conducted numerous seminars and training for people from both academia and industry in different parts of the globe.

Dr Sumit Singh completed his PhD on “Thermal and Rheological study on Polymer modified Bitumen” from IIT Roorkee. After his doctoral studies, he joined the Characterization Division at Anton Paar, India as an Application Specialist. His interest in Rheology lies in its wide range of applications and modularity. Dr Singh is experienced in organising training sessions and webinars. He also conducts lab sessions on various applications of rheology such as polymers, asphalt, DMTA, gels etc. His scientific papers have been presented in numerous National & International forums. He has further received a few academic accolades in his research career.

Dr Kapil Joshi is presently working as an Application Specialist for Rheology & Particle Characterisation in Anton Paar, India. He pursued his doctoral studies in Materials Science in the area of semiconductors & ion beams from the University of Mumbai. After that, he carried out post-doctoral work at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR, Mumbai). His area of research was organic LEDs & solar cells. During his previous engagements, he worked on techniques such as electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy & nanoindentation. In Anton Paar India, he is responsible for analysing samples, delivering talks & conducting training sessions on various aspects of rheology & particle characterisation in the area of polymers, pharma formulations, powders etc.

Convener:

Dr GVP Bhagat Singh, Assistant Professor & Head, Department of Civil Engineering, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh

Co-Conveners:

Dr KVNS Ravi Teja, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, SRM University-AP
Dr Thainswemong Choudhury, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, SRM University–AP

Register here to join the workshop.

Dr Nimai Mishra, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh, along with his research group comprising of students pursuing PhD under his supervision, Ms VG Vasavi Dutt, Mr Syed Akhil, Mr Rahul Singh, and Mr Manoj Paalabathuni have published a research article titled “High-Quality CsPbX3 (X = Cl, Br, or I) Perovskite Nanocrystals Using Ascorbic Acid Post-Treatment: Implications for Light-Emitting Applications” in the Journal “ACS Applied Nano Materials” (published by The American Chemical Society) having an impact factor of ~5.1.

Abstract:

Cesium lead halide perovskite nanocrystals (CsPbX3 PNCs) have been the flourishing area of research in the field of photovoltaic and optoelectronic applications because of their excellent optical and electronic properties. However, they suffer from low stability and deterioration of photoluminescence (PL) properties post-synthesis. One of the ways to minimize the surface defects in the surface treatment with suitable ligands is to achieve the PNCs with superior PL properties for light-emitting applications.

In this article, Dr Mishra’s research group addressed the issue of stability in PNCs. We demonstrate to achieve high photoluminescence and stability of CsPbX3 PNCs by incorporating ascorbic acid via post-treatment as a new capping ligand that is abundantly available. Upon addition of ascorbic acid as surface passivation ligand into the oleic acid/oleylamine system to get near-unity photoluminescence quantum yield (PLQY) of CsPbBr3, CsPb(Br/I)3, and for CsPbI3 perovskite NCs. Maintaining stability has become the hotspot of research in this field. Hence, as-a-proof of concept, the stability studies of PNCs in ambient conditions, under continuous UV irradiation, and PL with temperature variations are put forth here. The stability enhancement with post-treatment of ascorbic acid is highly reproducible as we tested for four batches of samples.

Despite the significant advancements of PNCs, there is a challenge afflicting the stability of CsPbI3 PNCs. They are thermodynamically unstable and undergo a non-perovskite phase (δ-phase) transition at room temperature. Many efforts have been reported in the stabilization of iodide perovskite NCs by critically passivating PNCs and applying them for optoelectronics and photovoltaics. On the other hand, mixed halide perovskites like CsPbBrI2 which are relatively stable than CsPbI3 PNCs are a better choice for device applications. But, photo-induced halide segregation is unavoidable which in turn again limit their usage in practical applications. In this manuscript, we demonstrated that the ultra-stable iodide-based PNCs can be achieved by simple and facile surface treatment with ascorbic acid.

The PL intensity of untreated and ascorbic acid-treated PNCs is recorded for 42 days since the date of synthesis. The measurements are carried out for 4 different batches of samples to ensure reproducibility. It is found that the PL intensity is deteriorating rapidly for untreated PNCs while the PL intensity is largely maintained for ascorbic acid treated PNCs. Nearly ̴72% of the initial PL intensity is maintained even after 42 days for the ascorbic acid-treated CsPbBr3 PNCs while the PL intensity is dropped to 24% for untreated PNCs. Ascorbic acid treated CsPbBrI2 PNCs exhibited exceptional ambient stability where ̴69% of the initial PL intensity is maintained after 42 days while the PL of untreated CsPbBrI2 PNCs is degraded rapidly within 2 weeks from the date of synthesis. Moreover, the PL stability of CsPbI3 PNCs is high for ascorbic acid-treated samples even after 55 days while the PL has deteriorated within 4 days for untreated CsPbI3 PNCs. The PL of untreated CsPbI3 PNCs is completely lost in the first 4 hours of UV illumination while ̴ 76.7% remnant PL is observed for ascorbic acid-treated CsPbI3 PNCs. We believe the stabilization of CsPbX3 PNCs of different halide compositions via simple surface treatment with ascorbic acid could form a basis for futuristic light-emitting applications.

Read the full paper: https://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acsanm.1c04312

Mr Chandra S Bhatt, a PhD Scholar (CSIR-JRF) working under the guidance of Dr Anil K Suresh, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, has won the Best Oral Presentation Award at the International Conference on “Novel Materials and Technologies for Energy Applications,” organised by BITS Pilani-Hyderabad, on February 18-19, 2022. Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Former DST Secretary & Institute Chair Professor, IIT Kanpur, was the Chief Guest of the Conference.

Abstract:

Mr Bhatt’s project aims to develop the best out of waste, which is practically demonstrated by synthesising gold nanostructured eggshell-based supported catalyst. Besides this novel strategy, the megacatalyst is implemented in the real-time degradations of organic and sewage dyes that are harmful to the environment and hydrogenation of nitroarenes at gram-scale (precursors for various pharmaceutical ingredients). Our rationale, naturally created, stable, reusable, hand-removable, resilient catalyst developed from left-over food waste trounces the majority of the existing challenges while utilising nano-based catalysts for heterogeneous catalysis.

With this innovation, Mr Bhatt aims to demonstrate pilot-scale (100-1000 litre) batch catalytic reactions for real-time textile sewage dye detoxification and gram scale hydrogenation of pharma-precursor for the production of acetaminophen, as a step of validation for immediate technology transfer and commercialisation for both environmental remediation and active pharmaceutical ingredients (API’s).

About the Author:

Mr Bhatt aims to continue his scientific career as a prominent scientist in the interdisciplinary area of nano-immunology for cancer theragnostics. Therefore, after the completion of his PhD, he wishes to advance his research career to contribute further to the realm of science upon postdoctoral training from a top-ranking institution abroad.

“It is indeed a moment of pride for me to be awarded the Best Oral Presentation Award in an International Conference organised by BITS Pilani, Hyderabad, winning over 30 participants across the Nation. I express my heartfelt gratitude to my supervisor Dr Anil K Suresh, for his guidance and motivation me throughout the journey,” said Mr Bhatt.

While expressing his joy, Dr Suresh emphatically said, “This was his first oral presentation in an International Conference, and he was conferred with the “Best Oral Presentation” Award. This recognition speaks for Chandra Sekhar’s dedication to his research. He has been working enthusiastically on this project, and I wish that the paper gets published in a high-impact journal which has already been communicated for Shekar’s bright scientific career.”

The Future of Technologies

The Department of Corporate Relations and Career Services is bringing forth the first edition of the Industry Readiness webinar series for the students to guide and prepare them to get placed with the top recruiters.

Join Mr Joshua David M.D for an exciting session and pave your way to the best possible career option for you.

Date: February 26, 2022

Time: 10.00 am IST

About the Speaker:

Joshua has over 16 years of rich experience in the HR function specializing in all aspects of Talent Acquisition which includes Campus Hiring, Lateral Hiring, Recruiting Audit & Compliance majorly across Services, Business Process, ITES & Aviation industries.

His Education background includes Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Labour Management (BLM & MLM) from the reputed Tamilnadu Institute of Labour Studies (TILS) and Masters in Human Resource Management (MHRM) from Pondicherry University.

He had earlier been associated with some of the top Multi National organizations like: HCL Technologies | Kingfisher Airlines | Wipro Technologies | Satyam Computers (now Tech Mahindra) | Cognizant Technology Solutions and Hexaware Technologies.

Currently, Joshua is associated with Mphasis, Chennai since June, 2021 and is Managing Talent Acquisition – India Campus Hiring (Across BU’s and Functions)

Joshua is passionate about training and has a wide range of experience in addressing and grooming future aspiring students and educate them on the significance of understanding the basis in whatever they do. Through this initiative he has addressed more than 1 Lac students across India.

Joshua has also been associated with Professional HR Forums like NHRD, NIPM, CHROMA and HR Sangam. He is also the Executive Committee member at CHROMA

Do not miss this session and prepare yourself to to stand out among your competitors. Join the webinar on February 26, 2022 at 10.00 am IST