Self-acceptance and self-love are essential aspects of quality health and happiness. The Department of Student Affairs at SRM University-AP organises an interactive session with Student Counsellor Ms Sridevi Srinath to inculcate in students the importance of valuing and respecting oneself, embracing both the positive and negative facets. The session titled “Self-Love & Self-Acceptance” will be held on January 19, 2022, at 4.00 pm through online mode.

Setting our standards and metrics directly impacts our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. We shut ourselves off from the energy that keeps us alive when we refuse to accept ourselves. Those who don’t love and accept themselves get disconnected from life, falling prey to significant health consequences. The happier you are, the more you appreciate yourself.

You’ll only be happy to the extent that you believe you’re deserving of it. Therefore, brace yourself for this enlightening session on January 12, 2022, at 4.00 pm.

We bid adieu to the maiden batch with interesting placements and higher education opportunities in hand. Their farewell was as glorious as it was tearful. On October 23, 2021, SRM University-AP welcomed them back with the intention to aid the current students. In a colourful online ceremony, President Dr P Sathyanarayanan inaugurated the Alumni Connect Programme to help our students stay connected, even after graduation.

In his inaugural speech, Dr P Sathyanarayanan congratulated the graduate students for the rigorous years of studies and the many laurels that they have brought to their alma mater. He further expressed his beliefs that this kind of networking programme will bring the students closer and skillfully aid the existing students in their search for the best jobs, higher studies and other opportunities. “The founding batch has set the bar so high that the following batches will need to strive really hard to make their mark,” asserted Dr Sathyanarayan.

The event progressed with messages from Prof V S Rao, Vice-Chancellor, SRM University-AP and Prof D Narayana Rao, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, SRM University-AP. The eminent dignitaries launched the Alumni Yearbook-2021.

The event sprang to life with the jovial conversations between the alumni and the current students. The current students shared their fears and anxiety with their seniors, while our alumni shared their journey.

Listening to the alumni helped the current students be more confident and focused. The insights shared by the seniors helped the juniors plan their the academic and career trajectories more adequately.

The alumni also reminisced about their time at the University. They guided the current students on making the best use of all the state-of-the-art facilities that the University offers. In addition to that, they taught their juniors about managing academic studies and other activities without compromising with all the fun of college life.

The vigorous event came to an end with the facilitation ceremony by Ms Revathi B, Assistant Director, Student Affairs. Dr Sujith Kalluri, Assistant Director, Alumni Affairs, offered a concluding speech to mark the closing of the event.

Our scholars of today are the researchers who will one day lead the research sectors of this country. It is their thoughts, their ideas and their presentations which shall be the voices of tomorrow.

In the third edition of My Scholar’s Voice, we present before you Vasudeva Bevara, from the Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering to deliver a talk on “Design of Digital Circuits using Quantum-dot Cellular Automata” on October 30, 2021, Saturday at 02.30 pm.

About the Speaker:

Vasudeva Bevara received his B. Tech degree in 2013 in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Andhra University. He got his M. Tech degree in VLSI and Embedded System Design from the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada. In 2019, he joined the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, SRM University-AP as a full-time research scholar.

Vasudeva Bevara is very keen to continue his research in the area of digital VLSI design, Quantum-dot Cellular Automata, and digital image and video processing. He will be delighted to enlighten all of us about the most interesting aspects of his research and the scopes for its implementation in key sectors.

So, tune in on October 30, 2021, Saturday at 02.30 pm to hear Vasudeva Bevara speak and learn about an engaging technical aspect with fertile research possibilities.

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SRMAP UDL 13SRM University-AP is bringing forth the thirteenth edition of the University Distinguished Lecture on October 30, 2021, Saturday at 10.30 am. The globally established Dr Sandeep Verma, known for his contribution to the fields of bioorganic chemistry and chemical biology, will deliver a lecture on Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy 2020: A Transformative S&T Agenda.

About the Speaker:

Dr Sandeep Verma is a member of the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), a statutory body established by the Parliament of India in 2008. He took charge as the secretary of SERB in 2019. SERB aims to accelerate research in Scientific and Engineering fields at a global scale by providing funds through calibrated funding for researcher mobility, awards, and honours to name a few.

Dr Sandeep Verma reserves the credit for the synthesis of enzyme mimics using metal-mediated systems. His group is engaged in developing bio-inspired soft matter and protocols for using biological building blocks as diagnostic tools for diseases.

Dr Verma received his master’s degree from Benaras Hindu University and then went for a PhD in the University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago, USA. He went for two post-doctoral research, first at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the second at Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, before returning to India to join the Indian Institute of Technology as an Assistant Professor. Dr Verma serves as an affiliated faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences and Bioengineering, Center for Nanoscience, and Center for Environmental Science and Engineering at IIT, Kanpur.

Additionally, Dr Verma is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India, the Indian Academy of Sciences, the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), and a Senior Fellow of the Zukunftskolleg, University of Konstanz, Germany. The Chemical Research Society of India awarded him with a Silver Medal in 2017. He also received the National Prizes for Research on Interfaces between Chemistry and Biology (2017).

Along with it, Dr Verma is an Associate Editor for Chemical Communications (Royal Society of Chemistry, UK). He is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of ChemBioChem, Cell Chemical Biology, and Journal of Peptide Science.

In 2010, Dr Sandeep Verma was awarded one of the highest Indian awards in the field of Science, the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize by The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. Dr Verma won the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund Award, P. N. Bhargava Medal and BHU Vice Chancellor’s Gold Medal for academic excellence in master’s degree examination, and the J. Watumull Endowed Award of the University of Illinois at Chicago. He won the B. M. Birla Science Prize (2003), Swarnajayanti Fellowship (2005) in Chemical Sciences, and Bronze Medal (2005) of the Chemical Research Society of India.

It is an honour and an incomparable opportunity for all to have such a distinguished guest in our midst and to learn from him. The University Distinguished Lecture (UDL) hosted by SRM University-AP is attended by about 2000 members from IITs, NITs, IISERs, Universities/Institutions, CSIR, DST, DBT, DRDO, DAE, ISRO, NARL, MoES and several others from different parts of the country.

SRM University-AP cordially invites everyone to the thirteenth University distinguished Lecture that will promote transformative Scientific and Technological innovations on October 30, 2021, Saturday at 10.30 am.

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The Department of Chemistry brings to all the distinguished Dr Srinivasan Natarajan for Department Lecture Series 2 on October 23, 2021, Saturday at 11.00 am. He is a professor in the Solid-State and Structural Chemistry Unit, IISc, Bangalore.

Dr Srinivasan Natarajan has devoted his research towards Inorganic Solid-State Materials Chemistry specifically into Synthesis, structure and Heterogeneous Catalysis of solids, Magnetism, Electrocatalysis (OER/ORR/HER), and Li-ion Battery Materials, Inorganic Pigments, and Multiferroics.

Dr Natarajan has to his name over 300 publications. He is also a member of numerous Editorial Boards such as European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry (Wiley-VCH) (2005-2015), Chemistry – An Asian Journal (Wiley-VCH) (2015-present), Chemistry Select (Wiley-VCH) (2016–present), Zeitschrift für Anorganische und Allgemeine Chemie (ZAAC) (Wiley-VCH) (2012–present), Crystal Growth and Design (ACS) (2012-2018), Associate Editor in Bulletin of Materials Science (Springer) (2013-2017), Chief Editor in Journal of Chemical Sciences, (Springer) (2019-present), Board Member in Current Science (2018-present), and Associate Editor in Resonance, Journal of Sci. Education (Springer) (2009-2014)

He is an Elected Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences (Bangalore), National Academy of Sciences (India), The Indian National Science Academy as well as a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry. Along with it, he has also been accorded as a Ramanna Fellow (DST, Government of India) (2007–2013), a JC-Bose National Fellow (SERB, Government of India) (2013–2023), a member of Research Council, CECRI, Karaikudi (2013-2016) a member of PAC, Inorganic/Physical Chemistry (2012–2018) at SERB, Government of India, and also the Chairman of PAC, SRG and NPDF (2019-present) at SERB, Government of India.

Dr Natarajan has attended as a visiting professor in RMIT, Melbourne, Australia from 2018-2020. He has many allocates to his name such as Professor P.K. Bose Memorial Medal Lecture from Indian Chemical Society, Professor Balakrishnan Endowment lecture medal from Madras University, and Professor S. Swaminathan 60th Birthday commemoration medal from INSA

Take part in this colourful session on October 23, 2021, Saturday from 11.00 am onwards.

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Coordinator: Dr. Maram Pardha Saradhi, Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, SRM-AP.

Exciting dream salary in dream company BARCLAYS8 students with exciting job offers to their name from world-renowned Barclays Multinational Bank shine up on SRM University-AP banner. Thriving in a competitive environment and levelling themselves up with their goals, these students were able to not only show their polished skills but also their refined mannerisms at expressing it. Their smart work at making best use of the versatile courses offered to them by SRM University-AP has helped them land the job of their dreams.

Barclays is a coveted dream company for Engineers in India. The Placement Cell at SRM University-AP, CR&CS (Corporate Relations and Career Services) realizes that for specific job roles specific skills would have to be cultivated and the students would need outstanding training along with their academia to fill these roles. The CR&CS counsels the students accordingly so that by the time they sit for the interview they carry the confidence of being the perfect fit for the role.

Maneesha Reddy
“Stop doubting yourself, work hard and make it happen. This is what SRM University-AP taught me. The ISCP course by the CCC department included in the academics helped me become better every day and improved my skills in coding and logical thinking. The training classes provided for the placement and the talks with the experts organised by the CR&CS department helped me know the overview of the placement process. Faculty members really helped us to improve, especially our HOD, Dr Raghunathan, has been the best support to all things associated with the CSE Department. My advice to my juniors is to stay focused on your work, be confident, and follow the curriculum set by the placement department.”

Gunturu Hemanth Sai Kumar
“SRM University-AP curriculum provided a wonderful environment for building up my basics and it also helped me in achieving higher CGPA. The bootcamps and ISCP classes conducted by CCC department provided me the exposure to different company specific problems and improved my problem-solving skills. Placement department also provided me with opportunities by bringing in various companies and that experience helped me clear the interviews. I even got shortlisted for interviews of Marquee and super dream companies like Wells Fargo, NielsenIQ, Navis, Sabre which provided me great exposure to interview handling skills.”

Asritha Pidikiti
“SRM University-AP is a place where you can find an amalgamation of learning, fun, culture, many such life preaching activities. Various workshops and sessions that were held in the University, improved my technical as well as interpersonal skills. My knowledge and confidence go a boost after coming here. SRM University-AP has given me a chance to participate in various committees which helped me to broaden my network. The placement cell has excellent policies and has exceptionally helped me build an industry-ready profile, by arranging seminars and holding aptitude- development lectures.”

Chinta Yaswanth
“I am very glad to start my career with Barclays This could come to pass because CR&CS dept supported us a lot by conducting multiple mock tests. Especially, thanks to the company specific sessions before the drive. These sessions before the drive made all the difference and assured us to face an interview. I whole-heartedly appreciate the virtual help desk despite of the covid situation. I would suggest my juniors to be good at their basics and follow the inputs given by placement team.”

Kalluri Lahari
“You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.
“I still remember when I joined this university, being a person who used to be shy and introvert, and today, I am here holding an offer would not have been possible without the support from SRM University-AP. The coursework provided by CR&CS department, CDC and domain training helped me to achieve this offer. The CDC department guidance assisted us in improving communication skills and teamwork. Approximately 65 companies lined up for recruitment in a month. SRM University provided us with countless opportunities to fulfil our goals. My advice for the juniors would be to not postpone everything to the last-minute because this might stop you from achieving your dreams.”

Srirangam Varsha
“The curriculum containing industry specific training, mock interviews and group discussions along with company specific training made it easier for us throughout the placement drive. We were familiar with the concepts asked in our coding and interview rounds thanks to the training sessions provided by the CR&CS department. The encouragement I received from my faculty and mentor really helped me when I was at my lowest. I would like to take this chance to thank all my faculty, seniors and CR&CS department because of whose help I did not feel any burden throughout my placement drive and achieved great results. I would suggest to my juniors to take advantage of inputs provided by management to fulfil your dreams and achieve higher heights.”

Paturi Mohinish Teja
“I am very happy to get placed at Barclays. I used to dream about getting placed at a FinTech institution and am very glad to achieve it. Curriculum at SRM University-AP helped me in learning all the required computer fundamentals. CCC training organised by the placement department has helped me a lot during my preparation for placements and interviews. I have been part of Next Tech Lab, which helped me learn a lot of things and build many projects. These projects helped me in Interview. My advice to Juniors would be to build a strong portfolio and never give up in the middle.”

SRM University-AP is proud of their achievements and would like to wish them all the success in their lives as their alma-mater.

Our alumni are not just our brand ambassadors but also the perfect network opportunity for current students to learn the nitty-gritty of professional acumens. SRM University-AP is elated to bring forward its alumni from many walks of life to share their experiences in an exclusive session on October 23, 2021, Saturday from 5 pm IST onwards in its Alumni Connect Programme.

This is an opportunity for all SRM University-AP students to get insights from the real-life experience of their alumni. The alumni will help the current students to have a clearer view of their future and the pathways available to them. The students can choose to emulate their inspirations or choose an entirely unexplored avenue for themselves.

Dr P Sathyanarayanan, President, SRM University-AP will inaugurate this event and deliver the inaugural address to motivate both the current students and the alumni. The inaugural address will be followed by the message from Prof V S Rao, Vice-Chancellor, SRM University-AP. The event will move forward with another message by Prof D Narayana Rao, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, SRM University-AP. After the addresses by the esteemed dignitaries, the Alumni Yearbook-2021 would be launched by the President in the presence of the Vice-Chancellor and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor.

The event will be further advanced with talks given by the Alumni. Their journey will help the students understand the framework of professional possibilities better. Students will be able to plan their co-curricular skills more accurately during their time in the University to do better in the placement drive to land their dream jobs in their dream companies with a sought-after salary.

Those who are interested in pursuing higher education in world-renowned Universities will learn about the procedures and aids that were availed by our alumni during their turns. This will help them plan their education responsibly.

Moreover, those who dream to be entrepreneurs in future would benefit from the know-hows of their predecessors about the challenges both expected and unexpected and how their alumni were able to overcome those. The importance of ‘networking with other entrepreneurs and gaining knowledge from their perspectives’ cannot be overstated for aspiring businessmen.

At the end of the event, Ms Revathi B, Assistant Director, Student Affairs would facilitate the stage for interaction between the current and the former students. To conclude the event, Dr Sujith Kalluri, Assistant Director, Alumni Affairs would offer a concluding speech to mark the closing of the event.

Join the event on October 23, 2021, Saturday from 5 pm IST to take this opportunity to see what your future might look like after SRM University-AP with our Alumni Connect Programme.

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A cutting-edge research paper on MXene-based electrocatalysts for fuel cells has been published by Dr Lakhveer Singh of the Department of Environmental Sciences. In the journal of Advanced Materials Interfaces, Impact factor 6.14, his paper, titled “Recent Advances on MXene-Based Electrocatalysts toward Oxygen Reduction Reaction: A Focused Review”, has been published in collaboration with Dr S. G. Peera and Dr. T. G. Lee from the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering Keimyung University Daegu 42602, Republic of Korea.

Oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) takes place in the fuel cells. Improving the kinetics of the reaction would be a major step in improving the efficiency of the fuel cells. Extensive studies have been done to find cathode catalysts that are both highly active and also maintain stability in a corrosive environment. Recent research has been leaning towards 2D materials owing to the larger surface area they provide for catalyst dispersion. MXene-based catalysts have become popular due to their impressive electrical conductivity as well as their thermal and chemical stability.

A summary of Dr Singh’s paper:

MXene, a novel transition metal carbide and/or nitride based two-dimensional material has been gaining a considerable interest in the field of energy storage and conversion, due to their unique layered structure, electronic properties, and surface chemistry, that are beneficial for various electrochemical reactions. Most of the MXenes research done so far is in the field of supercapacitors, batteries, overall water splitting, and other catalytic applications. The research done on fuel cell cathodic oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is scarce. There is a need for intensive review on Mxenes. Uniquely, this review article describes the ORR catalysis of MXene based catalysts both in theoretical and experimental view.

In future they plan to work on investigations on theoretical and computational screening to elucidate the ORR mechanism, stability, and strategies for improving the electrocatalytic activity of MXene catalysts; these studies can serve as a guide for experimentalists, especially for selecting optimal catalyst compositions.

Developing New Age Professionals

Developing New Age Professionals

“Education is not the learning of facts but the training of the mind to think.” Albert Einstein

Your college years are when you learn the foundational concepts and get exposure to industry functioning through practical experiences. But in most instances, it’s also the last stage in your training before you put on the professional gloves. You are gearing up for long and successful innings in your career, and you want to start it on a solid footing. That’s why focusing on extracurricular activities during your programmes remains crucial.

Developing New Age Professionals

The industry today is looking for a lot more from its employees than ever before. New age industry professionals need to be equipped with lateral thinking skills to arrive at solutions from diverse perspectives. They choose candidates with leadership qualities, teamwork, professionals who can think critically and out of the box. These are just some of the attributes seen in students who emphasize extracurricular activities as much as academic excellence.

New age higher learning institutions like SRM University-AP are leading the way by bridging the gap between industry demands and students’ skills set. Our programmes are designed to promote the holistic growth of students through varied extracurricular activities. Students can opt for activities that are in keeping with their interests and hone their skills. They complement your academic learning and transform you into the well-groomed professionals of tomorrow.

Developing New Age ProfessionalsThe Department of Student Affairs at SRM University-AP works closely with students, faculty members and staff to create a thriving ecosystem for holistic growth. Students are exposed to enriching experiences that boost their skills and interests through numerous clubs and societies. They also find platforms to showcase their talent and gain confidence while also learning leadership skills as they organize these events and take ownership.

  • Art and Culture oriented clubs focused on photography, music, dance etc., engage students in artistic pursuits. They also hone creative thinking skills, which are a tremendous value addition to the repertoire of future professionals.
  • The activities of movie clubs, literary clubs are designed to engage students in discussions that offer them a broader perspective. They boost lateral thinking and offer students exposure to diverse backgrounds, cultures and more.
  • Students can also participate in various sporting activities on campus. Sports Clubs not only emphasize all-around fitness but also build team spirit and leadership abilities. They boost students’ confidence to perform on bigger stages.
  • SRM University-AP endeavours to shape socially conscious and responsible future professionals. Through yoga and meditation, activities of the Welfare Club, students understand the importance of leading fulfilling lives while giving back to society.
  • Extracurricular activities can include everything from app development to imbibing entrepreneurship skills through specifically designed clubs. These activities build on the skills learned in the classroom and offer valuable exposure.

All extracurricular activities enhance student engagement on campus, build their organizational skills, boost confidence and transform them into leaders. These are essential skills for new age professionals, so the role of extracurricular activities in their nurturing is indispensable.

Strengthening Research Culture

“In much of society, research means to investigate something you do not know or understand. Research is creating new knowledge,” said Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. The quest for knowledge creation has consistently pushed researchers and scholars to seek answers to evolving questions. And if there is anything we have learned in the past year, it’s that we are often posed with new challenges that require innovative solutions in today’s world.

The new world has its eyes trained on well-trained researchers, who are problem solvers of tomorrow. Their journey begins at institutions of higher learning, which should not only imbibe research aptitude but also equip them with cutting edge skills to see their projects to logical conclusions. Looking at teaching and research as independent entities can be a considerable loss, and new-age institutions like SRM University-AP are set on avoiding it at any cost.

Research in its DNA

Strengthening Research CultureSince its inception, SRM University-AP has been known as a broad-based multidisciplinary research-intensive university. As its Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof. D. Narayana Rao says, “SRM University-AP provides exciting and challenging research opportunities that are of national and international importance and have social applications.” True to those words, it has developed a lively ecosystem conducive to research, showing the results.

The research focus at the University had drawn around 60 scholars from around the world pursuing their PhDs in their areas of interest. In a short span of time, faculty members and students of the University have published over 200 research papers. In 2019-20 alone, eight patents were published, and 5 were applied for under SRM University-AP. The staggering amount of quality output has caught the eye of aspiring researchers and leading institutions alike.

Strengthening Research Culture

Top names like DST, DBT, BRNS, Government of India and the British Council have sanctioned 24 research projects with a total outlay of Rs. 12.00 crores to faculty members at SRM University-AP. And this seems only the beginning for scholars at the University, who are encouraged by concerted initiatives and growing infrastructure on campus, which has a thriving ecosystem for research pursuits.

  • The University has drawn a dynamic pool of faculty members with international exposure. As they work on impactful research, they mentor students and scholars to think creatively and present solutions through projects.
  • It is set to create Centres of Excellence on Cloud Computing, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, 5G Technologies, Weather Forecast, Satellite Technology, Renewable Energy, Energy Storage Devices, Additive Manufacturing, Gene Editing, and Blue Economy to embrace new technologies.
  • Its international collaborations with MIT, the University of California, Berkeley and other renowned foreign universities offer students opportunities to interact with and collaborate with peers and academicians worldwide.
  • SRM University-AP has also focused on industry collaborations with powerhouses like TITAN, Amara Raja Batteries Limited (ARBL) for joint research. In fact, it is working with Indian Railways to develop hydrogen-powered fuel cell-based trains.

These and other projects in the pipeline can no doubt have an impact on society. But at the same time, shaping future knowledge creators and problem solvers will be a significant achievement stemming from the research culture on the SRM University-AP campus.