“Aim for a goal that contributes to the development and welfare of the country”- advises the Minister

The leading performers of SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh- Pesala Sai Tanmayi , Sri Harsha Tavidisetty Rajendra, Gude Abhin, and Talari Hrisheekesh, who received exceptional job offers in the recent campus recruitment drive, visited Adimulapu Suresh, Hon’ble Education Minister, Andhra Pradesh, along with Dr. D. Gunasekaran, Registrar. The students are placed in top-notch software and multinational companies by exhibiting their mettle and flair for technology and science. Dr. D.Gunasekaran explained to the minister the details of the jobs secured by the students in the esteemed companies and the CTC packages that they are offered.

The delighted students expressed their gratitude when the Minister greeted and honoured them with shawl coverings over their shoulders. The Minister advised the engineering students to aim and persevere for a goal that would contribute to the development of the country and the welfare of the society. Further, they were urged to acquire the technological skills to ensure an enviable career for themselves which in turn would enable the state to continue to take pride in their achievements.

Since its inception in 2017, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh has emerged as a well-recognised University in India and overseas, supported by international collaboration with reputed institutions like MIT and UC Berkeley, among others.

Semester Abroad and Accolades

In a short span of 3 years, the students have won numerous national and international accolades. Around 23 students were sponsored for a Semester Abroad Program to UC Berkeley’s Design, Innovation and Entrepreneurship program. They built start-ups, raised funding and won multiple prestigious hackathons like Hacktech @ Caltech, LAHacks, SFHacks, Developer Week Hackathon, EthDenver etc in the USA, competing with top universities like MIT and Stanford.. Further, students have gone on to win over 50 national and international hackathons, totalling over 30 lakhs in cumulative prizes in a short span of time.

SRM AP Students were also invited and hosted at the Nobel Prize Lectures 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden by Prof. Bertil Andersson, ex-Chair of the Nobel Chemistry Committee.

Several students benefitted from Semester Abroad Programs (SAP) to University of Wisconsin – Madison, and immersion programmes in Japan and Taiwan.. A batch of 30 students went to Cape Cod, MA, USA for a bootcamp on sports and visited campuses of Harvard, MIT etc.

Student Run Labs and Research

Multiple student-run labs and clubs with thousands of members and participants, including Next Tech Lab (student-led lab which won the QS Rankings and Wharton School of Business Reimagine Education award), Ennovab (Established by students returning from UC Berkeley start-up semester) to over 30 communities like PyData, ACM Student chapters etc.

On the research front, students have authored multiple research papers published in reputed journals and worked on funded research projects, with social impact. More recently, a student created an inexpensive Face-shield in response to COVID-19 , which was presented to Ministers in the AP government.

Online Research Internship and Global Placement

Students have bagged internships at NUS and NTU, Singapore; Carnegie Mellon, UC Davis, UC San Diego and other top universities in USA and multiple research labs and universities across the world, with Global Placement boarding virtual. As many as ten students in Gaming and Data Science are on the way to placed in Japan with Internship. Many are working on their internships remotely.

Campus Recruitment Drive

Campus recruitment drive has just began for the inaugural batch 2017 or Class 2021 and 12 toppers landing top – notch job offers.

Anheuser-Busch InBev offered 6 months internship, followed by a job offer to outstanding four students. Anheuser -Busch InBev SA/NV, commonly known as AB InBev is a Belgian multinational drink and brewing company. The company has offered an internship stipend of Rs 30 thousand per month and a CTC of 12-17 LPA to the candidates who will join the company after successful completion of their internship.

Another renowned company Health Rx, A health – tech start-up from Bajaj Finserv group has offered Technical Internship with a stipend of Rs 35 thousand per month, and post that a job offer with CTC of 12 LPA to two students. Further, VIRTUSA Corporation, an American IT service provider, offered a position in the company with a CTC of 4.5 LPA to 5 outstanding students. The other company which conducted the recruitment drive at SRM AP, Sahaj Soft, selected one student and offered her a CTC of 10 LPA. Sahaj Soft is a software services and consulting firm which provides simple solutions backed by their time-tested methodology and engineering practices.

As the recruiters shortlist the best young talent who are enthusiastic, devoted to learning and brimming with fresh and creative ideas, SRM AP placement team have thoroughly trained the students both in terms of technical expertise and soft skills. The rigorous training that the students underwent since the beginning of their B. Tech course, coupled with their talent and motivation, has enabled them to succeed in recruitment drive with flying colours. SRM AP believes that this is merely the beginning of the placement season, and many more brilliant students are waiting to showcase their mettle to land up with excellent job offers in top-notch companies.

On the job front, students have completed a rigorous placement preparation program, targeting international placements and are being mentored by industry experts. This week, several students got selected with a top salary of Rs 12 LPA.

Innovations and Start ups

The IDEA center established in collaboration with UC Berkeley has supported multiple student entrepreneurs and incubated their ideas, guiding them for market release.

Click here for the list of the Hackathon wins

Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh organised an insightful workshop on “Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Healthcare” in collaboration with IEEE-SRM AP Student Branch on 25th July. Prof. D. Narayana Rao, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, inaugurated the session. The workshop was divided into two sessions.
1. Technical presentation
2. Panel discussion

Dr Muralikrishna Voonna, Managing Director, Mahatma Gandhi Cancer Hospital & Research Institute, and Dr Rajiv Janardhanan, Director, Amity Institute of Public Health, Professor ACVB participated in the technical presentation. Dr Voona delivered a lecture on “Impact of AI in Clinical Healthcare” whereas Dr Rajiv Janardhanan spoke on “Sustainable Healthcare: AI-enabled platforms for Affordable and Accessible Healthcare Solutions”.

Eminent panellists such as Padma Shree Awardee Prof. Upendra Kaul, Dr Pooja Ramakant, Dr Sunil Taneja, Dr Muralikrishna Voonna, and Dr Rajiv Janardhanan interacted on “Impact of Covid-19, AI on Healthcare” during the second half of the session. Prof. Priya Ranjan, Department of ECE, SRM-AP, acted as the moderator of the session. Dr Udaya Shankar V, Assistant Professor, Department of ECE, was the coordinator of the workshop.

In his opening remarks, Prof. D. Narayana Rao asserted that healthcare in India faces significant challenges on quality, accessibility and affordability for a large section of the Indian population. Many healthcare experts are aware that in India, 70% of healthcare infrastructures are in the cities which caters only to 30% of India’s Population. “The shortage of doctors, lack of infrastructures, different mindset about the urban and rural population of the country and low government spending on the healthcare are very much motivating India towards innovative and sustainable and affordable technology to improve the quality of life,” said Prof Rao. He further mentioned that AI in Indian healthcare is expanding at a significant rate of 40% approximately. The AI-enabled health services such as automated analysis of medical tests, predictive healthcare diagnosis with the help of monitoring equipment and wearable sensor-based medical devices are expected to revolutionise medical treatment process in the country. AI is being extensively used in six healthcare segments such as hospital administration, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, medical equipment and supplies, medical insurance and telemedicine. “Moreover, hospitals can implement patient-centric plans with the help of AI to avoid unnecessary hospital procedures and making healthcare services faster in India. The Government of India also shows its keen inclination as in the past week, the Hon’ble prime minister Sri Narendra Modi had a discussion with the CEO of IBM regarding the development of AI-enabled medical instruments for healthcare in the country. Needless to say, there are a plethora of opportunities for new engineers and doctors,” opined Prof Rao.

In his talk, Dr Murali Krishna Voonna confirmed that Artificial intelligence has a huge potential to become a transformational force in healthcare. It allows humans to gain unprecedented insights into diagnosis, care process, treatment variability and patient outcomes. Nowadays, machine learning uses statistical technics to give computing systems to learn with incoming data to identify patterns and make decisions which will help the doctors to assess risks, make a correct diagnosis, and offer more effective treatments. Robot-assisted surgery is now being widely popular for the precision and accuracy in performing a complicated surgery. AI is world’s one of the highest growth industries projected to reach $150 billion by 2026. It can compensate for physician biases and be used in personalised therapy by studying genome. Dr Voonna further informed that there is a huge scope for development in the segments such as brain-computer interface, next-generation radiology tools, creation of precise analytics for pathology images, expanding access to treat underserved regions, clinical decision support etc. to name a few. “Several reputed companies have invested in India to improve the AI in healthcare. NITI Aayog is working with Google to develop artificial intelligence ecosystems in India both in training and research. They have started a National Research Strategy for Artificial Intelligence recently. National Digital Health Authority has been formed as a regulatory body which is going to make the regulation in the Artificial Intelligence in start-ups and business and commercialisation of the products. Still, AI in healthcare is a decision support tool but not a decision-making tool,” explained Dr Voonna.

In the opinion of Dr Rajiv Janardhanan, the healthcare disparity continued because the investments of the government in the years after independence is less than 2 %. COVID-19 has turned out to be a blessing for health care as it made people especially policy-makers to realise that the healthcare infrastructure needs to be improved drastically. The AI-enabled intelligent support system is required because of budget constraints, rising costs of advanced medical treatments, increased complexity and cost of delivering healthcare, as well as increased expectations and demand for quality patient-centred healthcare. India comprises of a healthcare ecosystem where 80% of the healthcare is expensive, and 70% of the population is living in rural areas with marginalised and inaccessible healthcare. This makes the rationale to develop tools which are community empowering. “Knowledge dissemination of health literacy is required necessarily to increase the productive hours of the nation. When we empower the stakeholders with health literacy it directly aligns with the health promotion efforts, provides a rationale with community-empowering policy decision making, where the weakest stakeholder in the healthcare system can be an active participant,” asserted Dr Janardhanan. AI-enabled tagging of data can convert precision medicine to a community-centric new system which is called precision public health. This conversion has to be technology-enabled with support from the engineering fraternity to make it affordable and accessible.

During the second half of the session, the panel discussed the impact of COVID-19 on health immunity system. Padma Shree Awardee Prof Kaul explained in detail how COVID-19 disease affects the human body and the process of vaccination. He gave a detailed overview of how vaccines are prepared and the process of a clinical trial. He further shared the updated information on the COVID-19 vaccine with particular focus on India’s progress in making the vaccine. Dr Taneja and Dr Ramakanth expressed their views on COVID situation based on their daily experience at the hospitals. The panel agreed that the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in the healthcare system enables healthcare services, delivered at a lower cost with increased efficiency and emphasis on the diagnostics. AI should be encouraged to be used in machines to predict, comprehend, learn and act. It has the ability to play the role of game-changer in the areas of wellness, early detection, diagnosis, decision making, treatment, end of life, research and training. However, some concerns related to the safety, data quality, accountability, transparency, legal aspects etc. still persists.

The enthralling session ended with the vote of thanks. The insightful event certainly helped the participants to understand the approach in which AI is reinventing and improving modern healthcare through technologies that can estimate, comprehend, explore, and perform effectively.

Prof Shobhana Narasimhan on “How to publish without perishing”

SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh organized a webinar titled “EFFECTIVE WAYS OF WRITING RESEARCH ARTICLE” to enhance the opportunities endowed to young scholars that would enable them to demonstrate their expertise and improve their critical analyzing skills. Prof D. Narayana Rao, Pro-Vice Chancellor, welcomed the guest speaker Prof Shobhana Narasimhan, Theoretical Sciences Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bengaluru, and participants of the webinar through his opening remarks. Prof D. Narayana Rao explained the importance of higher education and research as they are critical contributors to sustainable livelihood and the economic development of the nation. He said, “Research serves as a hub to harbour innovative ideas that enlighten and propel the country forward socially, culturally, scientifically, technologically, and economically. In view of the requirements of the 21st century, the aim of quality university education is to develop good well rounded and creative individuals. Higher education and research must enable knowledge creation and innovation, thereby contributing to the economy.”

Prof D. Narayana Rao believes that institutes must build expertise that will impact the society for the next 3 decades and beyond. Prof D. Narayana Rao explained, “Simply tailoring people into jobs that exist today but are likely to change or disappear in the coming years, is suboptimal and even counterproductive. The universities and educational institutions need to instill the thought process and inquisitiveness among students by going beyond the classroom and expanding the frontiers of knowledge.” He urged that there is a dire need to emphasize the pride and prestige associated with research to make the students feel honoured and excited for undertaking scientific pursuits. Prof D. Narayana Rao informed, “At SRM AP, we encourage undergraduate and graduate students to get involved in research. This country has the legacy of producing young scientists who have published papers in highly reputed journals. Realizing that, we do encourage undergraduate students to get involved with research and publish papers in good journals. This also familiarizes our students to a research-intensive environment, benefiting them in their future endeavours”. Prof D. Narayana Rao concluded by requesting Prof Shobhana Narasimhan to motivate the students to carry out research and publish good research journals, believing that she will hypnotize the participants and inspire them to succeed.

Prof Shobhana Narasimhan began the presentation, “How to publish without perishing” with the purpose of improving the articles so that they find places in good journals. She initiated her talk by saying that writing papers is an integral part of the scientific research pursuits. Quoting Francois Arago: “To get to know, to discover and to publish in the destiny of the scientist”, and Robert Boyle: “Writing about science should be clear but it can also be made beautiful”, she explained the rules of effective research writing.

Prof Shobhana Narasimhan said that foremost, one needs to identify the reason for their willingness to write a paper. Further, she elaborated on the first rule of effective writing by mentioning that one should choose the journal carefully before writing the paper as the article should be aligned to the requirements and regulations of the particular journal in mind. Also, she suggested that one has to consider the extent of the readership of the journal, difficulty in getting the paper published in the journal, prestige associated with publishing in the journal, payment involved with the publishing, and the time required for the article to be published in the journal. She also said, “Often, invitations come from predatory journals and one should research carefully regarding the same. A publish in a predatory journal becomes a black mark in your career. It is better to go through the struggle of publishing in a respected journal than to go for the easy options”.

Prof Shobhana Narasimhan also speaks of constructing a story while writing the paper. She insisted, “The most important rule is to narrate a story while writing a paper. It is not just about calculations and results.” She explained the 3 steps associated with constructing the story. First, the research scholars require to ‘assemble the materials’. Depending on the requirement, one can use either of the three techniques: ‘mind maps’ which works better when there is one main concept and one can start from the centre, the second is ‘concept maps’ which works better when one has several related concepts and can use a flowchart to structure it from the top, and the third one is ‘timelines’ which works mostly with review articles, where a chronological sequence is used to assemble the materials. Prof Shobhana Narasimhan moved on to discuss the second step – ‘keeping and discarding information’. She used a schematic diagram to explain the usual proceedings of a scientific research. She said, “The path to scientific discovery is a complex tree-like structure. One does not need to describe all the blind alleys encountered during the research, a specific and balanced representation would be the ideal path to traverse.” Further, in the third step, one must ‘arrange the materials in a sequence’ which can be chronological or logical. Prof Shobhana Narasimhan informed, “In a scientific paper, a logical sequence is usually preferred. Play with the facts and results to construct a narrative and structure the argument in a flowchart to improve the efficiency.”

Prof Shobhana Narasimhan explained another rule: ‘clear what your message is’. She said, “The article should not be too clear, but it should be as clear as possible. Possible messages that one can provide in a paper include the most significant result, the second most significant result, new techniques and approach presented in the work or the existing method used in a new area, and whether the work contradicts/confirms the existing expectations.” She concluded by mentioning that the scholars need to tailor the paper to the journal’s audience by considering whether they are likely to be experts or laymen. This would allow the writer to construct the appropriate language for the paper and decide on the extent of information to be shared. She also urged researchers to use simple words when possible, check for grammatical errors, avoid plagiarism, abide by the journal’s style guidelines, and include a cover letter to increase the probability of getting their research articles published in reputed journals.

Dr Om Jee Pandey Two research papers of Dr Om Jee Pandey, Assistant Professor, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, have been accepted in reputed IEEE Journals. The papers titled “Multiuser Full-Duplex IoT Networks with Wireless-Powered Relaying: Performance Analysis and Energy Efficiency Optimization,” and “Time Synchronized Node Localization Using Optimal H-Node Allocation in a Small World WSN” are going to be published in IEEE Transactions on Green Communications and Networking and IEEE Communications Letters, respectively. The paper “Multiuser Full-Duplex IoT Networks with Wireless-Powered Relaying: Performance Analysis and Energy Efficiency Optimization,” was pursued in collaborations with Prof. Ha H. Nguyen, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, and Dr Mahendra K. Shukla, who is associated with Macau University of Science and Technology as a Post Doctoral Fellow.


Block diagram of the full-duplex
wireless-powered relay based on power splitting
There has been a growing interest in improving energy efficiency for next-generation Internet of Things (IoT) networks due to the increasing demand for green communications. Motivated by this demand, energy efficiency maximization has been investigated for several networks. Specifically, without considering simultaneous wireless information and power transfer networks, various works have extensively studied energy efficiency maximization for half-duplex networks and full-duplex networks. Further, by considering simultaneous wireless information and power transfer networks, several works have examined energy efficiency maximization in half-duplex networks. Moreover, energy efficiency for next-generation IoT networks with simultaneous wireless information and power transfer has also been studied by considering half-duplex transceivers. It appears that energy efficiency problems for multiuser full-duplex IoT networks have not been studied in the open literature.

Multiuser FD-IoT network with
wireless-powered TWR
Motivated by the above discussion, in this work we consider a full-duplex IoT network in which a multi-antenna access point and several single antenna IoT devices exchange information bidirectionally with the aid of a wireless-powered single-antenna relay, under generalized Nakagami-m fading channels. In particular, we consider the power splitting protocol at the full-duplex relay terminal, and each communication terminal operates in the full-duplex mode. For such a network, we first formulate the instantaneous end-to-end signal-to-interference-plus-noise ratios (SINRs) by employing maximum-ratio transmission (MRT) beamforming and maximum-ratio combining (MRC) at the access point A, as well as IoD scheduling. Then, based on the obtained SINRs, we evaluate the overall outage probability and ergodic sum-rate of the network. Furthermore, we develop an optimal power allocation to maximize the network’s EE.

Integral area for the
overall outage probability
Recently, with many technological advancements in wireless data transmission, IoT is expected to affect all aspects of our daily lives with its ever-growing and emerging applications. Traditional wireless communication networks are usually limited by the operational time of energy-constrained devices, and therefore energy consumption minimization is a crucial factor in IoT networks. Simultaneous wireless information and power transfer have emerged as a sustainable solution to the scenarios where replacing or recharging batteries is very costly, and may even be impossible. The basic idea of simultaneous wireless information and power transfer is that since radio frequency signals can carry information and energy at the same time, the received radio frequency signals can be utilized for energy harvesting to keep the energy-constrained devices operational. Existing studies adopt two different protocols, namely time switching and power switching, to implement simultaneous wireless information and power transfer receiver architecture. With these protocols, either the power or time of the received signal is split so that one part is used for information processing, and the other is used for energy harvesting.

The proposed research can play a crucial role in societal development as it can be applied in developing many state-of-the-art applications in the areas related to green healthcare systems, energy-efficient agriculture systems, green transportation, low power home automation, green manufacturing, low power smart utilities, and energy-efficient industries etc.

His other paper “Time Synchronized Node Localization Using Optimal H-Node Allocation in a Small World WSN”, DOI (identifier) 10.1109/LCOMM.2020.3008086, has been done in collaborations with Prof. Rajesh M Hegde, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Kanpur and Dr Mahendra K. Shukla, Post Doctoral Fellow at Macau University of Science and Technology. To know more about Dr Pandey’s work in the domain of Small-World Wireless Sensor Network, visit- https://srmap.edu.in/news/dr-om-jee-pandey-small-world-wireless-sensor-network-help-making-smart-applications-industries/.

Dr Pandey is now not only working for the commercial applications of his current research but also has devoted himself to his future projects, that include-
Full-Duplex Network Development for Green Healthcare Systems.
Energy-Efficient Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things.
Development of Energy-Efficient Agriculture Systems.
Green and Intelligent Transportation over Full-Duplex Context-Aware Pervasive Systems.

12 brilliant students of SRM AP lands up with excellent job offers to initiate the Campus Recruitment Drive

SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh has commenced its journey to secure a better future for the first batch of students. Promising students of SRM AP have grabbed excellent job offers in the Campus Recruitment Drive for Class 2021 B.Tech students. Anheuser-Busch InBev offered 6 months internship, followed by a job offer to outstanding candidates. The company shortlisted Pesala Sai Tanmayi, Sri Harsha Tavidisetty Rajendra, Tuhin Sarkar, and Koushik M Bhargav. Anheuser -Busch InBev SA/NV, commonly known as AB InBev is a Belgian multinational drink and brewing company. The company has offered an internship stipend of 30 thousand per month and a CTC of 12-17 LPA to the candidates who will join the company after successful completion of their internship.

Another renowned company Health Rx, which innovates and develops secure web-based and mobile solutions to streamline information flow in the clinical and research environments, has offered Technical Internship with a stipend of 35 thousand per month, and post that a confirmed job offer with CTC of 12 LPA to Talari Hrisheekesh, and Gude Abhin. Further, VIRTUSA Corporation, an American IT service provider, offered a position in the company with a CTC of 4.5-6.5 LPA to Yallammagari Rachakada Poojith Reddy, Nagamlla Venkata Sai Nikhith, Chattala Vasundhara, Rampati Venkat Tarun, and Sai Rishvanth Katragadda. The other company which conducted the recruitment drive at SRM AP, Sahaj Soft, selected Sri Ritika Katragadda and offered her a CTC of 10 LPA. Sahaj Soft is a software services and consulting firm which provides simple solutions backed by their time-tested methodology and engineering practices.

As the recruiters shortlist the best young talent who are enthusiastic, devoted to learning and brimming with fresh and creative ideas, SRM AP placement team have thoroughly trained the students both in terms of technical expertise and soft skills. The rigorous training that the students underwent since the beginning of their B. Tech course, coupled with their talent and motivation, has enabled them to succeed in recruitment drive with flying colours. SRM AP believes that this is merely the beginning of the placement season, and many more brilliant students are waiting to showcase their mettle to land up with excellent job offers in top-notch companies.

Campus Placements 2020-2021

18 brilliant students of SRM AP lands up with excellent job offers to initiate the Campus Recruitment Drive

SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh has commenced its journey to secure a better future for the first batch of students. Promising students of SRM AP have grabbed excellent job offers in the Campus Recruitment Drive for Class 2021 B.Tech students. Anheuser-Busch InBev offered 6 months internship, followed by a job offer to outstanding candidates. The company shortlisted Pesala Sai Tanmayi, Sri Harsha Tavidisetty Rajendra, Tuhin Sarkar, and Koushik M Bhargav. Anheuser -Busch InBev SA/NV, commonly known as AB InBev is a Belgian multinational drink and brewing company. The company has offered an internship stipend of 30 thousand per month and a CTC of 12-17 LPA to the candidates who will join the company after successful completion of their internship. Also, Aayusi Biswas got placed at Sabre Corporation in the position of an Associate Software Engineer. In this revered company operating in the travel technology sector, Aayushi will be receiving a CTC of 10 LPA.

Another renowned company Health Rx, A health care startup of Bajaj finserv group, has offered Technical Internship with a stipend of 35 thousand per month, and on successful completion a job offer with CTC of 12 LPA to Talari Hrisheekesh, and Gude Abhin will be released. Further, VIRTUSA Corporation, an American IT service provider, offered a position in the company with a CTC of 4.5-6.5 LPA to Yallammagari Rachakada Poojith Reddy, Nagamlla Venkata Sai Nikhith, Chattala Vasundhara, and Rampati Venkat Tarun.

The other renowned company which conducted the recruitment drive at SRM AP, Amazon, selected Sri Ritika Katragadda for an internship with a stipend of 45 thousand leading to job offer with a CTC of 29.5 LPA based on performance. Moving ahead with the placement season, a company named Amadeus selected Gumadavelly Ramya and Sai Krishna Rohith Kattamuri with a CTC of 10 LPA. Amadeus is a travel technology company that provides the critical solutions for airlines and airports, hotels and railways, search engines, travel agencies, tour operators and other travel players to run their operations and improve the travel experience.

Progressing with the recruitment drive, Coviam Technology, an innovative technology start-up, selected G Adarsh, Sai Rishvanth Katragadda, Jashwanth Reddy Dodda, and Jonnalagadda Noyal for an initial internship offer with a stipend of 25 thousand per month, which will be converted to a job offer with a CTC of 7.5 LPA. In addition, Boppana Pavan Teja received a job offer from Walmart Labs with an annual package of 6.48 Lakhs. Walmart Labs is the technology division of Walmart that strives for providing a smarter future to the customers. Apart from this, Standard Chartered, the renowned multinational company operating in the banking and financial sector, recruited Khushboo Maheshwari and offered her a CTC of 6.10 LPA.

As the recruiters shortlist the best young talent who are enthusiastic, devoted to learning and brimming with fresh and creative ideas, SRM AP placement team have thoroughly trained the students both in terms of technical expertise and soft skills. The rigorous training that the students underwent since the beginning of their B. Tech course, coupled with their talent and motivation, has enabled them to succeed in recruitment drive with flying colours. SRM AP believes that this is merely the beginning of the placement season, and many more brilliant students are waiting to showcase their mettle to land up with excellent job offers in top-notch companies.

Recruiter Testimonial

    While conducting recruitment drives, we consider the top performers of the institutes who are technologically skilled, self-motivated, self-starters, and problem-solvers. SRM University-AP organized the process extremely professionally which assured us of the mettle of the students. The university prepared the students beyond their classroom curriculum by providing opportunities where they were exposed to the semester abroad programmes in reputed foreign universities, international and national conferences, active learning sessions, and student-run labs. These being quintessential to enhance the skills and ability of the students to critically analyze cases, we found the candidate who was fascinated with the latest trends in technological innovations. Lastly, our advice to students who would be appearing for recruitment drives in the coming days would be to improve their understanding of the fundamental concepts and to accumulate knowledge beyond the curriculum.

Vijay Kumar
Org-Builder

Investigating giant bacterial viruses to explore the origin of cellular complexity

Dr. Sutharsan Govindarajan, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, SRM University-AP has been awarded the prestigious ‘Early Career Fellowship’ grant by DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance, funded by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and the Wellcome Trust, United Kingdom. The fellowship supports outstanding young scientists to pursue high-quality research in the field of biomedical science and establish themselves as independent researchers in India. Dr. Sutharsan sought a total research grant of 1.1 crore for a period of 5 years as a DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance Early career fellow. The India Alliance grants are highly competitive and is based on the profile of the applicant and the novelty and the importance of the proposed research. Nationwide only less than 10 Early Career grants are awarded every year. Dr Sutharsan is a highly accomplished scientist, having published research articles in highly reputed journals, including the most prestigious Nature and Nature Microbiology. Through this fellowship, Dr. Sutharsan will establish an independent research laboratory at SRM University – AP with the support of Prof. Jayaseelan, Head, Department of Biology, and the fellowship supervisor of the project.

In this project, Dr. Sutharsan plans to venture and explore the biology of a novel class of bacteriophages called Jumbo-phages. “Bacteriophages, which are the most abundant biological entities on the planet, are viruses that infect bacteria but do not harm humans. Jumbo-phages, as the name suggests, are giant viruses with large genome. A sneak peek into their lifestyle during my postdoctoral research led me, to realize that these phages build fascinating complex structures inside the bacteria they infect. Such complex structures are well known to be formed in eukaryotic cells like human cells but was not thought to be made by bacteriophages, which have evolved billions of years before eukaryotes. Thus, studying how such cellular structures are formed by jumbo-phages provides a unique opportunity to investigate the origin of complex life” informs Dr. Sutharsan. He also explains that the proposed research has several biotechnological applications such as phage therapy and synthetic biology.

Dr. Sutharsan further shares, “This is one the best fellowships, a young scientist can obtain in India. It is an honour, prestige and a recognition for the scientist as well as to the University. In the next 5 years, I anticipate major fundamental discoveries in the field of bacteriophage biology and evolution”.

Greetings from Vice Chancellor

Dear Students,

Greetings of the day!

I hope my letter finds you in the zenith of your health. Due to the unprecedented crisis, I am deprived of the opportunity to introduce myself to you in a more intimate way.

It is a matter of great pride and honour for me to be a member of an esteemed institute like SRM University-AP that prepares today’s students to meet the challenges of the future. Being an academician myself, I have had the privilege of being a part of many universities. I can say from my experience that SRM University -AP is becoming a pioneer in providing superior quality education in the neighbouring areas and is also engaged to extend these efforts to all of India and other countries.

As the University embarks on an exciting period of development in an immensely challenging and competitive environment with an ambitious strategy that builds on the well-established reputation for ground-breaking research, innovation and cross-disciplinary academic activity, it is the high time to demonstrate the capability to make a difference to the lives of individuals, communities and societies in the region and around the world. As Dr P. Satyanarayanan, the President of the SRM University-AP shares his vision of making SRM university- AP to be a truly global multi-disciplinary research-intensive educational institution, the burden lies on our shoulders to scale new heights.

It is creditable how the SRM University-AP has evolved a contemporary system to make it plausible for faculty, staff and students to appraise their skills and talent in numerous disciplines like engineering, basic and applied sciences, liberal arts, management and business studies. I also know that for students to achieve success, they need to be creative and innovative. I am glad to see that you are advancing towards your goal with the right attitude with a blend of extraordinary soft skills to make your personality impressive. I will advise you to do the extra reading which will enhance your perspectives and improve your language skills that will help you to adapt to the changing situations across the globe and to make you comfortable to face the challenges of the real world.

As the Vice-Chancellor of the University, I am looking forward to contributing to the internationally acclaimed SRM Group, through my best efforts. We at SRMAP would like to see that every student graduating from here would be industry-ready, and get numerous opportunities during their career. I consider myself fortunate to have this opportunity to be part of such a world-class institution in the sphere of higher education, that has been delivering quality teaching and learning, and research relevant to the society. I am confident that in the efforts to excel in the field of higher education, I will receive your support with greater zeal. Let us be a part of this revolution led by SRM University-AP and strive to become better citizens for our country irrespective of the cultural and financial background and contribute to the welfare of society and country’s development.

You can thoroughly count on my support and guidance as and when needed. Let us not be tamed and work together as a team to beat the pandemic and come out of it stronger than ever. Let us face the challenges and use the opportunities the COVID-19 has provided and reveal the best in us. The campus is rigorously kept safe and secure for your arrival in the near future. We have implemented various safety protocols and Standard Operating Procedures on the campus to ensure the safety of all and we are soon to be reunited on the campus.

Until then, Stay home! Stay safe!

Prof V. S. Rao

Vice-Chancellor, SRM University-AP

Dr. Lakhveer Singh, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science has been appointed in the Editorial Board of Journal Biomass conversion and Biorefinery (IF 2.60), a reputed journal published by Springer Nature from Germany. Journal Biomass conversion and Biorefinery have eminent scientists and professors from the top-notch institutes such as the Imperial College, London, University of British Columbia, University of California, Utrecht University, and many others of the same accord in their Editorial Board.

Dr. Lakhveer is the second Indian till date to join the Editorial Board of Journal Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery. To add credibility to the journal and/or commemorate important experts in the field, the journal appoints eminent contributors in its editorial board. This honourable position is offered by the journal to Dr. Lakhveer because of his excellent research and publication track record. He has been working in the area of Energy Production and Biomass Conversion which are relevant to the journal’s scope, and has published more than 65 research articles and 6 books in the domain. Dr. Lakhveer says, “Every journal depends on its editor(s) and board to leave an impact on the society’s development. This is really a great achievement for me as well as good for the University’s recognition across the globe.”

The primary functions of being an editorial board member include writing editorials, commenting on special issues, serving as high-volume reviewers of submitted articles, evaluating and managing editors and publishers, assessing their journal and the review process, partaking in long-term planning for the journal, and discussing special features and financial issues.”

Dr. Lakhveer aspires to continue contributing substantially to the research and development in the field of Energy Production and Biomass Conversion and effectively execute the responsibilities endowed to him by the journal in the coming days.