Department of Student Affairs, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh has arranged Science Quiz on the eve of National Science Day to appreciate the extensive scientific contribution of the researchers and scholars. Science is an integral part of an individual’s life, especially in the modern era when we are surrounded by immensely complex scientific concepts. Also, Science plays a pivotal role in enabling young minds to think, learn, solve problems, and make informed decisions. As students thrive in an increasingly technologically and scientifically advanced world, they are intrigued by the fascinating world of Science and Technology. On February 27, 2021, at 5 PM, the students get the opportunity to flaunt their flair for science and technology by excelling in the Science Quiz.

On February 28, 1928, Sir C V Raman discovered the Raman effect, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1930. National Science Day is observed every year on this day to commemorate the contributions made by scientists towards the development of our nation and the world as a whole. Further, the day is celebrated to create awareness concerning the role of science in society.

Following the theme of National Science Day 2021- ‘Future of STI: Impact on Education Skills and Work’, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh has organized a panel discussion on February 27, 2021, at 4 PM. During the session, Prof Ranjit Thapa, Department of Physics, Dr Imran Pancha, Department of Biology, Dr Karthik Rejendran, Department of Environmental Science, Dr Manjula R, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and Prof Jayaseelan Murugaiyan, Department of Biotechnology (Moderator) will be deliberating on “The Future of science is faster and exciting than you think.”

During the session, the eminent professors will be discussing the application of new techniques for the development of science. Ideas will also be spawned to provide opportunities to scholars pursuing science, thus accelerating the pace of scientific development. Subsequently, the panel will manifest the exponentially improving technologies that require a transformation in the pedagogy, education, curriculum, and skill enhancement approaches while imparting knowledge to the young minds.

National HR Conclave-2021

The grandest conglomerate of Human Resource experts is joining National HR Conclave-2021, organised by SRM University-AP in association with GWFM. The conclave has been scheduled on February 27, 2021. Following the theme of the conclave, “Leading the Disruption- The HR Agenda for 2021“, the meeting of great minds will provide solutions to recent challenges in Human Resource and Operations. Human Resource professionals across India will attend the conclave. Senior Human Resource Leaders from reputed companies such as KPMG, Airbus, IBM, Informatica, Standard Chartered Bank, Flipkart, Shriram Bio-seeds, NCC Ltd, NOKIA, Infosys BPO, Volvo Group, Reliance Jio, Western Digital, Visa, Accenture, Xperi Corp, Western Digital, Kromozones Software Pvt. Ltd, DST Worldwide will deliver keynote speeches and participate in Panel Discussions throughout the day. The Conclave is being organised in association with Global Workforce Management Forum.

Companies are bound to cope with the dynamic shifts in consumer appetite, societal values and regulatory controls. Climate change and economic slowdown, anti-capitalism crusaders and hashtag politics also causes disruption on business as usual. To thrive in the constantly shifting world, Human Resource demands thoughtful approaches in strategy, leadership and enhanced capabilities to influence all stakeholders.

This provides a challenge to Human Resource professionals to bring forth a sustainable approach that can subdue disruptions’ harmful effects. Experts from reputed national and multinational companies will discuss the possibilities to add value to the corporate culture in the various daylong panel discussions and keynote talks.

Global Workforce Management Forum, founded in June 2014 by Dr Shiva Kumar and Partho Ganguly, is the world’s first WFM Forum. It is a non-profit professional organisation comprising of a group of Senior WFM & HR professionals committed to promoting the WFM movement on the global platform. The forum also focuses on enhancing the capabilities of the workforce so that they can compete globally, adding value to society. GWFM is committed to the development of the workforce through education, training, research and shared experience. The fastest-growing professional forum is a trendsetter where they discuss current and future happenings in the global business. GWFM has 20,000+ members representing top multinationals, public & private organisations, including top Universities across the world.

Schedule of the Programme:

  • 8:45 am -Welcome Address by GWFM
  • 9:00 am- Welcome Note by SRM University-AP
  • 9:15 am- Keynote Speech: Leadership strategies to rebuild trust and resilience
    Speaker: Unmesh Pawar, Partner – People Performance & Culture- KPMG India
  • 10:00 am- Panel Discussion-1: Digital, data and disruptions: Leveraging on talent analytics to predict the next HR-led approach for business
    Moderator: Aditya Pal Singh, Director Talent Acquisition Informatica
  • 12:00 noon- Strategic Keynote Speech: The future of HR – reimagined
    Speaker: Suraj Chetri, Director HR Airbus India
  • 12:45–1:45 pm : Lunch Break
  • 1:45 pm- PANEL Discussion 2: HR strategies to build flexibility, adaptability, and agility
    Moderator: Debjani Roy, Chief HR Officer -Mind Your Fleet (Kromozones Software Pvt. Ltd.)
  • 3:35 pm- Panel Discussion 3 : Effective engagement: Integrating talent development frameworks within the succession management strategy
    Moderator: Grace Samson, Vice President- HR , Informatica
  • 4:45 pm- Closing Keynote Speech: Future-proofing workforce 2020: Upskilling employees for future-oriented career trajectories
    Speaker: Augstus Azariah, Human Resource Leader IBM
  • 5:15 pm- Vote of Thanks

Speakers:

  1. Unmesh Pawar, Partner – People Performance & Culture- KPMG India
  2. Aditya Pal Singh, Director, Talent Acquisition Informatica
  3. Param Veer Singh Narang, VP -Head Early Careers, Standard Chartered GBS – India, Malaysia & Poland
  4. Rakesh Jain, Head TA -Grant Thornton LLP
  5. Anupam Srivastava, Director, Talent Acquisition – EMEA/APAC- Xperi Corporation
  6. Suraj Chetri, Director, HR Airbus India
  7. Debjani Roy, Chief HR Officer -Mind Your Fleet (Kromozones Software Pvt. Ltd.)
  8. Raghavendra K, Senior Vice President and Global Head – HRD, Infosys BPM
  9. Gaurav Saini, HR Director-HMD Global( Nokia Phones)India, Asia Pacific Region & Middle East Africa
  10. Kiranmai Pendyala, Head of Human Resources, India -Western Digital
  11. Harjeet Khanduja VP HR –Reliance JIO
  12. Pawan Shetty, Vice President – Head of HR, APAC – Technology at Visa
  13. Grace Samson, Vice President- HR, Informatica
  14. IVS Ranganath, Head HR-Shriram Bioseed Genetics (A Division of DCM Shriram Ltd)
  15. Metzen Cherian, Director-HR (Culture, Organizational Development & Talent Management) Volvo Group
  16. Narayan Rao K, Head – HR -NCC Limited
  17. Ajay Gaachi, Principal Director Accenture Strategy – HR Strategy & Transformation
  18. Sudhir Mattoo, Partner, Talent & Transformation Consulting Practice at IBM
  19. Augustus Azariah, Human Resource Leader IBM
  20. Prajakta Kanaglekar, Senior Director, Flipkart
  21. Dr Shivakumar, Founder, GWFM
  22. Partho Ganguly, Co-founder, GWFM
  23. Deepak Gupta, Sr. Director & Head – HR at SS&C Technologies
  24. Prof VS Rao, Vice-Chancellor, SRM University – AP
  25. M S Vivekanandan, AGM – CR & CS, SRM University – AP

SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh presents a workshop on “Researcher Profiles and Indexing” to stimulate the faculty members and PhD Scholars to build and professionalize their profile for improved visibility. A profile accumulates all the research and publications of scholars, mitigating common problems that often arise in searching. Actively managing the research profile enhances the impact of the research, and potentially discover audiences and collaborators. Further, it helps in comprehending the research trends, facilitating researchers to embark on significant research projects.

On February 20, 2021, at 3 PM, Prof D Narayana Rao, Pro Vice-Chancellor, SRM University-AP will initiate the workshop by addressing and welcoming the audience. Further, Dr Karthik Rajendran, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science, SRM University-AP will host the workshop where he will empower his colleagues to augment the visibility of their research works in the digital space. During the session, Dr Karthik will advise the audience on employing Scimago JR, Scopus profiles, ORCID, Scopus and ORCID, and Publons and ORCID. An interactive session will follow where Dr Karthik will be resolving the queries of the audience through discussions and deliberations.

The Newsmakers is back with another inspiring story from your peers. The Department of Student Affairs is featuring Khushboo Sharma this week on The Newsmakers on February 20, 2021, at 4 PM IST. Khushboo is a brilliant student who is pursuing her undergraduate studies in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. She has recently bagged an envious internship offer at Adobe India with a stipend of Rs. 1 lakh/ month. Through their women-only hiring challenge “SheCodes”, Khushboo not only bagged an internship offer, but she may also have an opportunity of a Pre Placement Offer upon successful review after this internship with an attractive pay package. Khushboo is joining Adobe, a multinational software company, as a Product Intern in May 2021. Getting an internship at Adobe is not easy. Khushboo had to go through a rigorous hiring process before she was offered an internship at Adobe. SRM University-AP always strives to bring exposure to the students so that they can accommodate themselves with the changing needs of the industry and corporate world. Adobe India is an esteemed company where today’s engineers would love to get employment. This session with Khushboo will help the aspirants get an idea of preparing for such interviews and the challenges associated with it. Join this engaging session with Khushboo, where she will be sharing her experience throughout the hiring process and the guidance she received from the University.

Date: February 20, 2021

Time: 4 PM IST

The Department of Biology, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh has taken an initiative to organize the SRM-AP Biology Seminar Series – 2021. During the series, prominent scientists in the field of Biology from India and abroad will deliver a lecture every month through the virtual platform. The lectures are designed to encompass various topics on modern Biology to inspire scientists, undergraduate and postgraduate students, PhD scholars, and faculty members.

Prof Amitabh Joshi, Professor and Chairman, Evolutionary and Organismal Biology Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in Bangalore, India, will be delivering the opening lecture of the series on February 27, 2021, at 11 AM. The erudite professor will be illuminating the audience on “Why evolution is central to both biology and our lives”. In this talk, Prof Joshi will address some of the misconceptions pertaining to evolution, and illustrate that evolutionary Biology is a very well-established and verified body of scientific knowledge. He will also demonstrate that an evolutionary perspective is not just central to Biology as a discipline, but also capable of addressing several unrelenting societal problems. Further, Prof Joshi will mention some of the significant Indian contributions to the development of evolutionary thinking over the past three to four decades.

Prof Joshi attained PhD in Genetics (1993) from Washington State University, Pullman. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Laurence D Mueller at the University of California, Irvine (1994-96). He has been a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Berlin, in 2001. Prof Joshi’s current research interests are in life-history evolution population dynamics, and he uses a combination of experimental approaches and theoretical work using computer simulations to carry out evolution studies of fruit flies. Also, he has worked on the evolution of extreme ecological specialization, and the evolutionary maintenance of sexual reproduction.

Prof Joshi has also served the editorial boards of Resonance, Journal of Genetics, Journal of Biosciences, International Journal of Evolutionary Biology, and Journal of Theoretical Biology. He is presently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Genetics. In addition, Prof Joshi is a Fellow of all the three national science academies of India. He has been awarded the Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Award (Biological Sciences) in 2009, and the Lakshmipat Singhania-IIM Lucknow Young Leader in Science and Technology (National Leadership Awards) in 2010. He is also a J C Bose National Fellow. Recently, a new ant species discovered from Kerala has been named after Prof Amitabh Joshi.

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Department of Mathematics, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh presents departmental seminar on “Introduction to Homogenization Problem and Tartar’s Method”. During the session on February 17, 2021, at 5.30 PM, Dr Ravi Prakash, Assistant Professor, Departamento de Matem ́atica, Universidad de Concepci ́on, Concepci ́on, Chile, will describe this mathematical theory that has been introduced to explicate the behaviour of composite materials used by the material scientists. He will illustrate this model by drawing example of a homogenized material.

The aim of ’Homogenization’ is precisely to give the macroscopic properties of the composite by taking into account the properties of its structure. For a good understanding of this area, one must have a definite knowledge of Distribution Theory, Functional Analysis, Measure Theory, and Differential Equations.

The theory of Homogenization has reaching applications in several areas (including composite materials) such as porous media, analysis of their structures, etc. During the session, the esteemed guest lecturer will enable the audience to comprehend how Tartar’s Method uses two scales for the characterization of the material – the microscopic one, describing the heterogeneities, and the macroscopic one, describing the global behavior of the composite.

CSE organises webinar on “Nanonetworking in the Terahertz Band (and Beyond): From Nanomaterials to Macrosystems”

Department of Computer Science and Engineering organises a webinar on “Nanonetworking in the Terahertz Band (and Beyond): From Nanomaterials to Macrosystems” on February 20, 2021, at 7:00 PM IST. Dr Josep M Jornet, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University, USA, is the distinguished speaker for the webinar.

Abstract: The possibility to control matter at the atomic and molecular scale opens the door to new physics, which can be leveraged into developing new types of devices with unprecedented capabilities. For the Communication community, the plasmonic properties of nanomaterials and nanostructures enable the development of miniature transceivers and antennas, which
intrinsically operate in uncharted spectral bands. The extremely small size of the devices and the unprecedentedly large bandwidths that these can excess opens the door to transformative applications across scales. In this talk, the state-of-the-art technology in electromagnetic nano communication and networks will be presented by following a bottom-up approach. The fundamental physical properties and capabilities of novel plasmonic transceivers, antennas and antenna arrays at terahertz and optical frequencies will be described. The propagation properties of the generated electromagnetic waves and their implications for practical communication systems will be presented. Starting from the hardware capabilities and the channel peculiarities, innovative solutions at the different layers of the protocol stack will be discussed, all defining a roadmap that can transform over ten years of fundamental research into meaningful societal applications.

About the Speaker: Dr Josep M. Jornet is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Director of the Ultrabroadband Nanonetworking Laboratory and a member of the Institute for the Wireless Internet of Things and the SMART Center at Northeastern University, in Boston, USA. He obtained a Bachelor in Science (BS) in Telecommunication Engineering and a Masters (MSc) in Information and Communication Technologies from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain, in 2008. He received his Doctoral Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, in 2013. From August 2013 and August 2019, he was a Faculty at the Department of Electrical Engineering in the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. His current research interests are in Terahertz-band communication networks, Wireless Nano-bio-communication Networks and the Internet of Nano-Things. In these areas, he has co-authored more than 140 peer-reviewed scientific
publications, one book, and has also been granted 4 US patents, which accumulate over 9,000 citations (h-index of 43) as of February 2021. He is serving as the lead PI on multiple grants from US federal agencies including the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Air Force Research Laboratory. He is also the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier Nano Communication Networks Journal and serves in the Steering Committee of the ACM Conference Series on Nanoscale Computing and Communications. He is a recipient of the National Science
Foundation CAREER award and several other awards from IEEE, ACM and UB. He is a member of the ACM and a senior member of the IEEE.

Join the enlightening session with Dr Josep on February 20 and avail the opportunity to know the latest technology and innovations in the domain of Nanonetworking.

SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh presents Aloha, a virtual welcome to the freshers on this erudite journey. Though the pandemic impeded the young students to attend the classes and enjoy the conducive campus of SRM University-AP, an array of performances, contests, and fun awaits them on February 13, 2021, at 10.30 AM. Students are encouraged to unleash their talent in the gamut of competitions hosted by the seniors to celebrate the beginning of the journey of their juniors at SRM University-AP.

The elaborate gala will commence with The SRM Matrix where teams will be participating in a Scavenger Hunt, and flaunt their wit by solving riddles to win the contest. Hurling forward, the freshers will be participating in Fun Trivia, a quiz competition for smart youngsters, where questions will be asked on General Knowledge, Sports, Movies, and other relevant themes.

The freshers will rejoice by partaking in the meme contests, a platform where they will showcase their creativity. Also, Mic Drop has been arranged, where the freshers will shine by sporting their flair in singing, mimicry, or stand-up comedy. Finally, MR/MS Fresher will be chosen for the year through a series of segments such as Introductory round, Star Walk, Talent round, and Rapid Fire. Further, fun games such as Grab ‘N’ Get, Never Have I Ever, and “Aaja Nachle”, Let’s Enjoy (coordinated by Dance Club) will be the other highlights of the day.

Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering organises Invited Talk to prepare students for the upcoming competitive exams

Higher Studies or Job? Students are often torn between these two after the completion of their undergraduate studies. Whereas getting a job after B.E./B.Tech is not that difficult, but securing one’s dream job may not be that easy. Some students prefer to take admission in a reputed institution and pursue higher studies, some might want to join R&D in well-established companies. A few might be even interested in securing employment in the public sector. The choices vary from one student to another depending on their merit, financial stability and personal preferences. SRM University-AP always encourages students to go for their choices. A good pay package is only useful when it comes with a job of one’s inclination. However, first of all, one has to be aware of the choices he/she has. Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering organises an invited talk on the two of the most sought after opportunities for engineers after their undergraduate studies- Indian engineering Services and GATE.

Indian Engineering Service offers highly prestigious employment under the Government of India. The IES is a very specialised and technical service. Only engineering graduates from recognised universities are eligible to take the entrance examination. Even postgraduates with specific specialisations such as wireless communications, radio engineering, electronics, or radiophysics are eligible to apply in certain posts. A career in Indian Engineering Services allows an engineer to administer a large segment of technical challenges in the public sector economy, consisting of Indian Railways, Power, Telecommunications, Central Water engineering, and Defence service of Engineers, Central Engineering Service.

On the other hand, the purpose of the GATE exam is to test students’ knowledge and understanding of their undergraduate level subjects in Engineering and Sciences. A misconception among the students is that the GATE exam is only necessary for the ME. /M. Tech aspirants who want to pursue a career in academia. But, the GATE score of the candidate is also valued by several public sector undertakings (PSU) for recruiting graduate engineers in entry-level positions or to be enlisted in the Fellowship Programs of CSIR or applying for scholarships in ME/M.Tech, and many more.

However, qualifying these examinations is not a piece of cake. It requires rigorous planning, perseverance and above all, hard work. But, there is always some strategic points which can make a student stand out in the exams. Dr Murali Prasad, the distinguished guest of the session, will brief you on some strategic points that will help you immensely in cracking the examinations. Dr Prasad has over 30 years of teaching experience, especially for competitive exams like GATE, IES in ACE Engineering Academy, Hyderabad. He has completed his graduation in engineering from The Institution of Engineers, Calcutta. He pursued his M tech from Pondicherry Engineering College and later obtained his PhD in WiMAX from JNTU Anantapur. Dr Prasad has published six patents and currently working as a Professor at Vardhaman College of Engineering, Hyderabad. Join the session tomorrow at 10.30 am and learn the masterstrokes from the expert to crack competitive exams like GATE and IES.