Prof. Jayaseelan Murugaiyan on plethora of opportunities at SRM AP

SRM AP, Andhra Pradesh brings an opportunity for the aspiring students to stay informed and ahead of their peers. Through a webinar hosted by Prof. Jayaseelan Murugaiyan, Professor and Head of the Department, Biology & Biotechnology, Ph.D. program admission coordinator, the exceptional SLABS program of the university was highlighted. Prof. Jayaseelan introduced SRM AP through a video enunciating the faculty, research, and students. He spoke of the higher education, job, and research opportunities that a student can expect after graduating from SRM AP. “SRM AP is a research-based university located amidst the greenery accentuating its green campus.”, says Prof. Jayaseelan.

In this webinar, Prof. Jayaseelan discusses about the 10 departments of SLABS that offer various degrees including B.Sc. (Hons.) and B.A. (Hons.). In addition, 6 foundation courses are made compulsory to broaden the learning sphere of the students. The multi-disciplinary curriculum equips the students to be prepared and compatible with the industry requirements, improving their employability in the global market. Prof. Jayaseelan asserts, “Since the disciplines are blurring and blending, the unique foundation courses make our students leaders in their field”.

All the faculty of SRM AP hold Ph. D from renowned Indian and international institutes along with extensive global exposure. They provide excellent mentorship to the students in terms of higher education, research, and national/foreign internships. They also guide the students to pursue the ideal career paths.

Prof. Jayaseelan further discusses the course structure which includes 3 years of the degree course and 1 year additional for availing diploma course, if the students opt for the same. The diploma course focuses on preparing the students for a master’s program abroad. Prof. Jayaseelan informs, “We believe in strong theoretical knowledge and confidence in handling instrumentation and equipment’s is important whether it be for higher studies, finding job or to venture own ideas as a successful entrepreneur.”

SRM AP has active learning centers where 5-6 students are grouped, and the groups are urged to discuss current challenges and issues of the study field. This challenging framework nurtures the spirit of teamwork and improves the problem-solving abilities of the students. They emerge with a clear understanding of concepts as the discussions widen their knowledge base.

The webinar concluded with a question and answer session. Among 77 students who attended the session, many of them proactively inquired on basic curriculum, module, credit system, core courses, electives, and diploma course. When a student requested Prof. Jayaseelan to enlighten them on internships offered to the senior students, he explained that a student did her internship from JNCASR, a massive opportunity rarely provided to undergraduate students. Furthermore, he explained the selection process where the applicants will be called for a written test/interview. The panel evaluates the intent and analysing ability of the students instead of testing their memorizing skills. Apply Here

Prof. Jayaseelan also updates that SRM AP has training cells, Fablab, and Next Tech Lab, where the students get an edge over their peers. Along with it, students talk on nationally/internationally recognized journals during frequent colloquiums organized by SRM AP. Furthermore, the professor informs that faculty trained from MIT University is about to open another cell at SRM AP to encourage the budding entrepreneurs, where their ideas will be complemented with proper planning and direction. The SLABS program has opportunities galore in store for young minds interested in every realm.

The Industry Readiness Webinar Series- 3

The Industry Readiness Webinar Series provides a forum for the industry experts to share their experience with the students. Through the video workshop, lecture or presentation hosted online; the Speaker uses the platform to share beneficial knowledge, ideas and updates with the stakeholders.

The purpose of the webinar series is to engage an industry expert to host a weekly seminar on a broad spectrum, about the expectations and the pedagogy required to bridge the gap between the academia and the industry on various aspects.

Our guest for the week is Mr N. Lakshminarasimhan, General Manager (HR ) at Brakes India Private Limited. Padi, Chennai and Life member in ISTD (Indian Society for Training and Development) and currently holding the position of Hon.Treasurer of Chennai chapter. He will be sharing his 30 years of experience in Technical Training, Manpower Planning & Recruitment, Employee Motivation and Talent Life Cycle Management etc. with the students. He is known for his motivational sessions on various topics (Technical/ behavioural) including press tool manufacturing, tool design, lean manufacturing, TPM, Modern manufacturing practices, Industry 4.0, Career guidance and readying for the industry at more than 125 colleges in the past 8 Years. He believes that every person has got the potential to scale greater heights, if rightly guided, coached and motivated.

The webinar series includes a wider reach and ability to share knowledge and inherent opportunities to reach out many industrial experts, thereby getting the knowledge imparted from the industry and accessing the general requirement of the industry, which may be very much useful at the time of their campus recruitment.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented global crisis and has infected more than 3 million people in more than 200 countries. Even before the onset of this pandemic, the global economy was confronting turbulence on account of disruptions in trade flows and attenuated growth. The situation has now been very much aggravated by the demand, supply, and liquidity shocks that COVID -19 has inflicted on many economies, including the Indian economy. However, it is expected that the course of economic recovery in India could be smoother and faster than that of many other advanced countries.

Thus, under the auspices of SRM University – AP, a webinar “Post COVID-19 Resurgence of Indian industry and R & D” is being organised on Friday, 15th May 2020 at 11.30 a.m. The main objectives of the webinar are- (i) to discuss the resurgence of the Indian industry, post-COVID-19, and (ii) to discuss the possible slowdown of R & D and the strategies/measures for the resurgence of R & D in the country.

SRM University- AP is honoured to have Dr V K Saraswat, Hon’ble Member, NITI AAYOG who has kindly agreed to chair the above webinar. Dr G Sateesh Reddy, Chairman, DRDO, Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Institute Professor, IIT- Madras, Dr K Varaprasada Reddy, Chairman Emeritus, Shantha Biotech, and other distinguished experts will grace the event by sharing their views and opinions.

Prof D Narayana Rao, Pro Vice Chancellor, SRM University – AP acts as the moderator for the webinar.

The webinar is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to listen to the views of such eminent dignitaries and to acquaint oneself with the turn, the Post COVID-19, could offer great opportunities for Indian industries, exports and other sectors. .

SRM University- AP will be profoundly grateful to have your kind participation in the webinar. Please click on the following link to register yourself for the webinar.

Register Yourself here: https://srmap.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcvcO-pqT4qH9SfOvGg9i24bYlyLhb5fCMW

Webinar Brochure: Resurgence of Indian industries and R&D in a Post COVID-19 Scenario

The Industry Readiness Webinar Series- 4

SRM University- AP is hosting a Webinar on “Challenges & opportunities in critical sectors and long term strategic direction to deal with uncertainty within and across nations” as a process of preparing the students for the forthcoming Placement Season. Our guest for the evening Dr Bade Simhachalam, has obtained his MTech & PhD degrees from IITM in Design Engineering/Vehicle Safety. He has a PG Diploma in Business Administration from ICFAI University. His areas of expertise in Automotive, Aerospace, Heavy engineering, IT domains include:

· Engineering service operations management

· Product development, R&D, Technology Management,

· Project Management & Program Management,

· Quality Improvement using Six Sigma/TQM,

· People Development, Competency development and Skill Development

· Working in Multidisciplinary area – Connecting People, Technology, and Manufacturing Management and Society

· Software development related to Automotive/Aerospace/Heavy engineering/IT.

Dr Simhachalam has over 24 years of professional experience and currently working as the Sr. General Manager, Corporate Technology Center, Tube Investments of India, Murugappa Group, Chennai (Since 2008). He is also a part of BITS faculty selection committee, and a reviewer of International Journals/Technical Papers from SAGE, SAE, Elsevier etc. Dr Simhachalam is presently engaged in developing, leading and coordinating product development & research teams related to Automotive components, e-bike, EV and Railway components. He is also mentoring interns from premier institutes to explore organizational research objectives. He enjoys representing the team with Auto OEMs and external research organizations like IITs, BITS, VIT, PSG, ARAI, SAE India and contributing to People’s development, team building and TQM.

Dr Simhachalam has previous professional experience with Mahindra & Mahindra Design & Development Center, GE Transportation development Center and L&T Technology Center, Infotech Enterprises, Bharat Heavy Plate and Vessels Limited (BHEL). He has Contributed to Product Development best practices and process improvement using Six Sigma. He is also an invited speakers in Industry, Technology and Education forums across India to improve the working culture in Product development, R&D and innovation.

The webinar series includes a wider reach and ability to share knowledge and inherent opportunities to reach out many industrial experts, thereby getting the knowledge imparted from the industry and accessing the general requirement of the industry, which may be very much useful at the time of their campus recruitment.

The unprecedented local, national, and global disruptions of 2020 have turned normal life and assumptions, upside down. However, as the new academic year approaches, students also need to look to their future and what decisions they should make to ensure that it is as bright, secure, and successful as possible.

After the completion of schooling, the first steps towards a university education are among the most significant decisions in any young person’s adult life: What degree subjects to study? Where to Study? These decisions will shape their future so they must make it very carefully. As regular, well-paid professional jobs become more competitive and less secure, higher studies in Business Management and Entrepreneurship are becoming more necessary than ever.

To provide our young generation with the knowledge that will help them to achieve success in life, SRM University-AP is focused on designing practical courses with a cutting-edge curriculum. Professor Michael J. Barnes, Dean of the School of Management at SRM University-AP, has taken the initiative to introduce the newly upgraded BBA (Hons.) Programme for the latest intake of students of Business Administration. He connected online recently with prospective business students, and their parents through a ‘Webinar’ hosted on April 29th, 2020. The Dean introduced prospective undergraduate students to the new BBA (Hons) programme at SRM University and presented its fundamental and innovative features.

According to the advice given by Professor Barnes, during the current worldwide health crisis what high school graduates must do now is to invest in themselves, and in their further education. No matter how gloomy the world looks, there is no better time than now to invest in oneself and reap the benefits later. “Education has always been the best means and the best investment for people to get ahead in life. Choosing a bachelor’s degree programme is most important, as this is the first major decision for young adults to make. This will have a lifelong impact in shaping your career and future. Joining a course of one’s choice in a highly reputed institution like SRM University-AP is the first step towards success,” opined Dean Michael Barnes.

People may think, as the economy is going into global recession this year in almost all major countries: what is the point of studying if job opportunities are going to be less? The Dean of Management strongly disagrees with that view. Professor Barnes argues that if economic recession or even depression is going to happen in the immediate future, it could be for one year or even two. By the time of full economic recovery our BBA (Hons) students will be graduating when the situation should be much stronger, more stable, and with a very positive outlook for India. There will then be a huge requirement and pent-up demand for talented and qualified professional managers. For those ambitious individuals who want to be managers and leaders of the future, the BBA (Honours) degree- awarded by SRM University-AP – is an obvious choice: SRM-AP offers a tremendous opportunity for advancement, with its state-of-the-art infrastructure and innovative BBA (Hons.) curriculum.

To be a successful manager or entrepreneur, it is crucial to have a fully-rounded knowledge in business studies and management practices Current hiring trends indicate that it is chiefly engineers who benefit most from a postgraduate degree (MBA) in business administration. But for non-engineers and non-scientists, it is always highly advantageous to gain a degree in the BBA (Hons.) programme before full-time employment or pursuing further studies at home and abroad.

SRM University-AP is now open for admissions to its new BBA (Hons.) programme in September 2020. Dean Barnes lays great emphasis on the word “HONOURS” as it reflects an enhancement of the previous BBA general degree programme. The three-year BBA (Hons.) course comprises 140 credits of study: One credit is equivalent to one hour per week for a fifteen-week semester. Most of the courses are worth four credits, which translates to four hours per week per subject (6) per semester of direct teaching and learning (excluding homework assignments!).

It is of the utmost necessity for future management consultants, supervisors, professional managers, and individual entrepreneurs to have both a wide and deep knowledge across the entire business domain. They also need to have a global perspective. It is necessary to have global awareness because even if one is focused on domestic business, he/she is still going to be connected with the world through some means; be it international employers, suppliers, customers, competitors, partners, or even regulators. It is crucial to be familiar with world financial markets, foreign trade trends, practices and procedures, and foreign exchange market volatility, in order to fully appreciate business opportunities, and sometimes the risks and threats of over-dependence on the tightly-knit global supply chain of products and services.

The major pillars, and basic knowledge foundations of our BBA (Hons.) programme are:
1. Financial Management, Markets & Institutions
2. Marketing Management (Product & Services)
3. Human Resources Management & Organizational Behaviour
4. Accounting (Financial & Cost Accounting)
5. Economics (Microeconomics & Macroeconomics)
6. Information Technology and
7. Operations Management

SRM University undergraduates are exposed to all these required foundational subjects in their first two semesters of study. In the second semester, students get to choose their specialisations which they will commence in their second year. In this way, every student is given a choice of the functional domain to which they are most attracted – after getting familiar with all the major courses in the first year of their studies. Students will know the subjects with which they are most comfortable, and able to decide among alternative ‘portfolios’ the direction that their careers are most likely to take.

As an example, if someone chooses Marketing as their specialisation, he or she will learn more about Retail Marketing, Sales and Distribution, Consumer Behaviour, Brand Management, Advertising, Digital Marketing etc. Finance & Accounting specialists will be learning more about Budgeting, Financial Modelling, Investment Portfolio Management, Financial Derivatives and Risk Management, and Strategic Finance. In Human Resource Management, emphasis will be given to HR Analytics, Leadership and Team Management, HR Development, Managing Diversity, and Industrial Relations.

Another important feature of the teaching-learning process at SRMAP is the “Action Learning. Programs” (ALPs): ‘Action Learning’ is the practical and ‘hands-on’ experience of working in a company environment, though it is quite different from an internship. Action Learning is an integrated strategic group learning process, where students work in a real business environment, on real live projects, and most importantly, in teams.

Action Learning has several benefits which are essential for the students to be successful in their career and professional life, namely:

1. It improves business communication skills.
2. Enhances the individual ability to work in teams.
3. Builds leadership confidence and capabilities.
4. Creates global awareness.

In addition to the core courses and specialisations, The SRM University School of Management BBA (Hons.) programme also includes courses in Business Law and Taxation, Supply Chain Management, Environmental Studies, Waste and Water Management, Big Data and Machine Learning, and Entrepreneurship & Family Business. These courses are included, keeping in mind the practical requirements of India in today’s technology-driven business world, and making our students knowledgeable in every aspect of business. Every student must successfully complete 35 courses (140 credits) to graduate with the BBA (Hons.) degree. During the final semester, students will prepare a business dissertation or plan. Throughout the three-year degree programme, BBA (Hons.) students are provided with training in ‘soft-skills’ development to enhance their employability after graduation. As Professor Barnes observed from his own life experience, every true professional should develop the following important qualities in his or her character:

1. Staying POSITIVE,
2. Being PREPARED;
3. Always being PERSISTENT yet remaining
4. PATIENT;
5. Being PRECISE in words and calculations.
6. Being POLITE to everybody, and (at least trying) to be always
7. PUNCTUAL on every occasion.

SRM University- AP provides students with an integrated and holistic learning experience to prepare them for life and to be ‘job-ready’. The safe and secure campus enthusiastic location, world-class faculty, state-of-the-art infrastructure, highly supportive staff, and a cutting-edge and innovative curriculum, with strong links to industry, make SRMAP the most ‘preferred destination’ for students to pursue their university degree studies in business. Dean Barnes wishes all the students the best of luck and good judgement in their choice of university and degree subject decision-making. He hopes to see many of the audience on campus in September 2020 when the first semester commences.

The SRM University Webinar concluded with a Q&A session where Professor Barnes answered various queries from the audience. Dr Barnes also shared his e-mail id with the students and their parents who attended the BBA (Hons.) Webinar in case they have any more questions: They are always welcome to send emails directly to him at dean.mgmt@srmap.edu.in

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A webinar on: Post COVID 19: Resurgence of Indian Industries and R&D

The pandemic in the form of Covid-19 has shaken the entire world and is believed to re-shape the economy, industrial strategies in a post-Covid situation. SRM AP conducted a webinar with eminent personalities to discuss the Post-Covid 19: Resurgence of Indian Industries and R&D. The panelists were Dr. V K Saraswat, Hon’ble member, NITI AAYOG, Chairman, Prof. D Narayana Rao, Pro VC, SRM AP, moderator and convener, Dr. G Satheesh Reddy, Chairman, DRDO, Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwalaa, Institute Professor, IIT Madras, Dr. K Varaprasad Reddy, Chairman Emeritus, Shanta Biotechnics, Ltd, Prof. Prasant Mohapatra, VC Research, UC Davis, USA, Prof. Damodar Acharya, Ex- Director, IIT Kharagpur, Prof. V.S. Rao, President, NIIT University, Prof. B.S. Murty, Director, IIT Hyderabad, DR. Akhilesh Gupta, Adviser/Scientist-G, DST, Prof. Rakesh K Khandal, President R&D and Business Development, India Glycols LTD.

While welcoming the panelists and the participants of the webinar, Prof. D Narayana Rao, Pro Vice Chancellor, SRM University, AP, moderator and convener, says, “COVID 19 has disrupted the world and the world is struggling against the Virus. At the same time, COVID 19 is giving an unenvisaged opportunity in building a new India. It is inevitable that the world will shift from China to India for imports. India emerges as an alternative source to countries like the US, Japan, Singapore, and Taiwan. More than 300 MNCs will export via India instead of China. India needs to utilize this opportunity by building taskforce, infrastructure, and dedicated industrial fast track clearances. Further He said that India should develop the future Workforce for the World.”

Dr. V K Saraswat, Hon’ble member, NITI AAYOG, Chairman has talked about the capability of our scientific community in mitigating the crisis through epidemiological studies, stimulation and gene concepts. He further says, “The commitment of scientific community, institutions, DST, ICMR, DRDO, IITs, and pharmaceutical industries have been incredible in the battle against this raging pandemic.”

However, according to Dr. V K Saraswat, India exhibited delays in setting up of test centers, and supply chain problems require revamping and correction. He suggests, “Bringing down the interest rate, funding to industry R&D consortia, setting up R&D centers/labs, development of robotics embedded with IoT, tax breaks to Indian companies outside India, and upgrading testing labs is crucial. India centric epidemic preparedness, vibrant electronic device manufacturing ecosystem, medical devices, E-commerce, genetically modified crops, cybersecurity should also be implemented and improved to thrive in a post Covid-19 situation. “

He informs that Apron and textiles, automobile sector, Tourism and aviation, building construction, food and agriculture, finance, education, retail, and MSMEs alone with 30% of GDP contribution and providing employment to 140 million employees, will be most affected. “Understanding sector-wise business imperative and developing appropriate policy support to unconventional strategies will be the pivotal point for the revival of Indian economy.”, says Dr. V K Saraswat.

Dr. G Satheesh Reddy applauded the response of the country to fight against Covid-19. He says, “PPE, Masks, and Ventilator production has increased exponentially. Various industries are coming forward to submit designs for ventilators which were minimally used till the outbreak of coronavirus. The onus is to produce 60k ventilators in the coming days.” He further suggests, “We should have collaborations with industries abroad, acquire technical know-how, and become self-reliant eventually “.

Prof. Prasant Mohapatra says, “Higher education needs to focus more on innovation and creativity. Whereas South Korea invests 5%of GDP on R&D, India only invests 0.85%, exhibiting a huge opportunity for investment on R&D. Indians have high intellectual capital and focusing on high-quality education system will improve the R&D results of the country”. Dr. Akhilesh Gupta spoke of the extramural R&D. He says, “India needs to quadruple present full-time researchers to increase R&D spending to 2%”.

Dr. K Varaprasad Reddy believes that MNC’s should be compelled to share the research knowledge inferred in our land. Also, he instructs, “We need to reorient ourselves to combat against plausible bio attacks in the future”. Prof. B.S. Murty identifies that Internet and network connectivity with good speed and bandwidth should be provided to everyone at affordable price, as education is likely to get digitized in the future and the world has recognized its benefits during the outbreak of COVID 19. Meanwhile, Rakesh Khandal says, “Technology status appraisal should be prepared to identify the capabilities we have today in India. Also, funding to universities on R&D should be based on real content.” He further claims, “Traditional health systems like Ayurveda should be used to improve immunity and combat COVID”.

Dr. V K Saraswat concluded by saying, “India should be competitive in terms of quality, quantity, and cost effective by standardizing the products and settling for larger value addition.” The webinar highlighted the reversal of brain drain during this pandemic as intellectuals and workers have moved back to their hometown. Further, Young entrepreneurs who have mastered modern tools and are more connected to the world should be working with the academy and industry as they come up with solutions and develop technology rapidly. At the same time, it is vital to identify that we might need to live with Covid-19 for a long time, which requires self-sanitized logistics and public transport, robotics in hospitals, developing social distancing equipment, and drugs to improve immunity.

SRM AP conducted a webinar on ‘Future Skills in a Digital World’

The Department of Corporate Relations and Career Services of SRM University AP, Andhra Pradesh conducted a webinar on “Future Skills in a Digital World”. The Industry Readiness Webinar Series provide a forum for the industry experts to share their experience with the students. The webinars are engaging and provides a broader spectrum about the expectations and the pedagogy required to bridge the gap between academia and the industry in various aspects.

Mr. Bikram Nayak was invited as a guest for the webinar on May 16th, 2020, Saturday. He is an astute leader with over twenty-two years of experience in the Technology, Design, Engineering & Construction industry with a demonstrated history in the management of Human Capital. He is a celebrated HR consulting professional with expertise spanning across Screening and Formulation of HR Policies, Leadership hiring, Performance & Rewards, and Talent Management. Currently, he is the Head Human Resources at L&T-NxT-The Digital and IoT platform business unit of L&T.

Dr. V K Saraswat, Hon’ble member, NITI AAYOG, Chairman has talked about the capability of our scientific community in mitigating the crisis through epidemiological studies, stimulation and gene concepts. He further says, “The commitment of scientific community, institutions, DST, ICMR, DRDO, IITs, and pharmaceutical industries have been incredible in the battle against this raging pandemic.”

In his previous role as Head Talent Acquisition – L&T, Bikram has hired more than 100 CXO level executives and helped building robust businesses in Smart Cities, Edutech and Digital platforms. In his earlier stint as Head HR of L&T’s Design Centre, he has played a pivotal role in strengthening the Design business by recruiting more than 550 Design Engineers and Architects. He launched “DISHA”, the Employee Assistance Program for the Gen Z employees to mitigate psychological issues. This initiative was then crystalized across the entire L&T group in collaboration with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences enriching lives of hundreds of employees. Mr. Bikram was also instrumental in launching the SCOPE (Safety Conscious Person) scheme for workmen’s safety, which has created a safe work culture and secured environment for lakhs of working-class people in more than 100 project sites around the world.

Mr. Bikram is an avid speaker and has been a panelist in various forums, IIMs, premium colleges, and Institutions across the country on contemporary Human Resource Development and practices like Talent Management, Employee Engagement, People Analytics, Skills Development, HR in Industry4.0, Diversity & Inclusion, Community Impact, Health and wellness etc. Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology inducted him as an expert member to its “Advisory Board” of Post Graduate Diploma Program on “Construction Management and Infrastructure Development”. He is also on the advisory board of Noida Institute of Engineering & Technology. Mr. Bikram has been one of the sponsors of Australian Government’s student exchange and Technical Education programs.

Mr. Bikram has been conferred with TA Pai Young HR Leader Award in 2019, South India’s Most Talented HR professional by World HRD Congress in September 2017 and many more leadership awards in Human Resource Development. L&T won prestigious Talent Acquisition awards at the People Matters TA League Annual Conference in May 2019 & 2018 and two HR Excellence Awards at the SHRM Annual Event in Oct 2018, under his leadership.

“I was excited and motivated to reach out and was looking forward to interacting with the excellent students and having an intuitive discussion with the brilliant faculty of the university”, begins Mr. Bikram, thanking SRM AP for the opportunity. He used two analogies to commence his lecture. The first being our basic need for food, clothing, and shelter, which are made available using smart technology in recent times. His second analogy was the fortune 500 companies which earlier took decades to become a billion-dollar company. Today, with the advent of improved technology, it merely takes 4.4 years for the companies to reach the milestone. Some of the best start-ups in India have used technology-based digital platforms. Companies like Paytm, BYJUS, OYO, Swiggy, OLA, Magicbricks, have scaled up their business to become a billion-dollar company in their natal years. Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and the Internet of Things (IoT) are where the entire credit is due to make these companies flourish and create employment.

Mr. Bikram spoke of the 82-year company, L&T, which was a renowned name in the manufacturing and engineering sector until a few years earlier. With a change in business patterns and technology, today, L&T is aspiring to become one of the best technology companies in the world. The four business units within L&T’s IT domain are L&T Infotech, L&T Technology Services, Mindtree which was acquired a year back and the newest venture L&T Nxt. “We are thinking beyond the traditional model. We started experimenting with solutions provided by our IT ventures in L&T constructions which offered lucrative rewards in terms of improved efficacy and productivity. We are now going global in the US along with catering to the needs of domestic companies’ pertaining to efficacy, safety, and other measures.”, exclaims Mr. Bikram.

As all the sectors are thriving forward using technology, L&T Nxt is also planning to enter the platform business through Edutech and Fintech. It is predicted by Mr. Bikram, “Tomorrow a pharmaceutical, agricultural, automobile, or oil and gas company will also become a tech company.” Sectors that are going to shape up the world in the coming days are Gaming Business which requires coding skills, animation skills, and expertise in AI-ML and Cybersecurity. Mr. Bikram explains how, he says, “From youngsters to senior citizens, the Gaming Business has kept everyone glued to the screens, especially during this current situation. The companies are rising to the occasion by improving their creativity, and advertisements skillfully embedded in the virtual environment specifically regarding COVID 19, which makes it more relevant, and relatable to the users.” Another sector that is expected to flourish is the Edutech Business that requires data science/analytics skills, IoT-ML experts, and content curators. “L&T’s upcoming Edutech platform will offer project management, project planning and skill development courses to help improve employability by offering a career mileage through these rigorous courses for students, working professionals, and the broader society.”, informs Mr. Bikram. The third potent sector is Online Home Delivery Business which requires expertise in IoT, data science, and ML.

To sum it up, the five crucial technical skills that is unparallelly beneficial to the students are IoT for tracing materials in supply chain and to take precautions when machines need repair, Data Science to decipher business decisions through power BI tools and Chatbots, Cyber Security to minimize the ample chance of data leakage, AI-ML, and Additive Manufacturing/3D printing. “AI are computers that can predict/do things like humans and ML is a subset of AI. AI-ML can be used in the HR/training domain for the screening of CV’s based on predetermined parameters, whereas, Additive Manufacturing/3D printing is the future. It significantly makes one self-reliant and assists in creating jobs for others. Through Additive Manufacturing, objects can be created through digital blueprints. Nepal has used 3D printing in piping, and it can also be used in small parts of India to create their own products. L&T has made a prototype two-bedroom house using 3D printing. Human organs can be built through 3D printing in the future. People are researching how to create artificial hearts, lungs, livers. This is the next big thing in tech space.”, Mr. Bikram states.

According to Mr. Bikram, a good leader must possess social skills along with technical skills. “To conquer smart we should have SPACE, as I call it.”, is what Mr. Bikram suggests. He moves on to explain the acronym.

S – Self Awareness

“Know your strength and weaknesses. If you do what you can do best and where your heart is, you will prosper.”

P – Passion

“The driving force/energy will come from your passion. The hunger quotient will define your success.”

A – Agility

“One should be alert and be aware of what is happening in the world. To keep pace with the globe, do the tasks now.”

C – Collaboration

“Interdependence of subject experts is the key to a successful business. Reach out seek ideas.”

E – Empathy

“You live in an ecosystem that consists of many things other than just you. Urging you to nurture this skill, and rest can be learned or imbibed.”

Mr. Bikram concludes his lecture by stating, “There is no specific roadmap to success. One needs to be flexible and adaptable.” On this note, he declares the Q&A session open and invites students and faculty for discussion.

Vishnu Kalyan, a student of SRM AP, was intrigued to understand the opportunities in L&T. To which Mr. Bikram replies, “The technology is changing every day and one needs to update himself to harness the opportunities, we expect you to be versatile in L&T”. He informs that although L&T works with the defence sector to manufacture missiles and tanks, and identify land mines using drones and other equipment, students are urged to look beyond the traditional systems. He beautifully explains, “Today war is won through digital platforms and not in battlegrounds. As progressive students, you need to move forward. For example, we already have automated trains, how about the students think of ways to fly airplanes without pilot and run vehicles without drivers.”

Dr. Deepak Kachave and Dr. Tapas Kumar Mishra from Department of Computer Science and Engineering, SRM AP, had meaningful inputs to share with Mr. Bikram on consumer benefits and India’s capability to delve into the genre of developing operating systems.

Another student raises the query regarding marketing opportunities provided in L&T to B.Tech students. Mr. Bikram says, “We need domain experts who can talk well to pitch our products to the clients.” Pavan from CSE department enquires on the programming languages used in L&T. Mr. Bikram answers, “Python and NLP are a must. We expect you to be adept in algorithms of different kinds.” Sumith, a second-year CSE student asks about internships provided at L&T. Mr. Bikram informs. “L&T provides paid internships to Civil, and Mechanical Engineering students through a rigorous selection process.”

In the end, Dr. Sriram S. Padmanabhan, Director, Corporate Relations – Career Services, expressed his gratitude to Mr. Bikram Nayak for putting in the efforts to inform the students regarding the expectations of industries from the soon to be graduates. The immensely informative and interesting webinar enabled the students to take a step closer to preparing themselves for their dream job.

Translational research is the key to thrive in Post COVID-19 era

SRM University AP, Andhra Pradesh, in association with The Hindu, organized the webinar to rethink the strategies for nurturing a scientific landscape in the post COVID situation. The webinar was chaired by Bharat Ratna Prof. CNR Rao, Linus Pauling Research Professor at JNCASR, Bangalore. Prof. Asuthosh Sharma, Secretary to Government of India, Department of Science & Technology (DST), Dr. S. Chandra Sekhar, Director, CSIR – Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Hyderabad and Dr. Shashi Bala Singh, Director, NIPER, Hyderabad were the invited speakers. Prof. D. Narayana Rao, Pro Vice-Chancellor of SRM University – AP has initiated this webinar and was the moderator and Convener for the Webinar.

Prof. D. Narayana Rao expressed his gratitude to the prolific visionaries and scientists for being the panelists for the webinar and welcomed them heartily. In his opening speech, he emphasized the dire need for international collaborations. He further says, “India could definitely consider this as a potential opportunity and the Scientists, Technologists, Engineers, Bureaucrats and Policy Makers can reinvent the ways of doing research on Science & Technology. Breaking silos and collaboration among various sectors of Indian industries and academia to find solutions is crucial.” Prof. Rao also informed that CSIR Laboratories and outfits like BIRAC has built a strong bioscience foundation with a robust and start-up corporate base. He ardently believes that in a way COVID-19 Pandemic crises have catalyzed India and its Scientific Community.

Bharat Ratna recipient- Prof. CNR Rao believes in an empowered youth, a potential that if trained and utilized right can do marvels. He believes that human intelligence and determination can defeat COVID-19. He says, “Although this pandemic imposed a temporary slow down, it cannot diminish the intelligence and determination of the scientific community. Science is the urge of people to create and innovate which would keep shimmering even after lockdown.” Prof. CNR Rao supposes that India has to become competitive and futuristic and that the future of India depends on its zeal to be on the top.

Prof. D. N. Rao conducting the webinar

According to Prof. CNR Rao, India today is marginal in science contribution. The scientists of the country should engage in 3 types of research: frontiers of science to combat COVID directly, research that helps in improving the important sectors of India, and domains where India has the potential to beat the rest of the world to be on top. He also attests that India should spend at least 2% of its GDP to promote Scientific and technological research. He concludes by saying, “The scientists need to think with their minds and consciousness. Those who don’t give up, end up achieving success.”

Prof. Sharma pointed out that Covid-19 days have taught us to adopt a problem-centric approach rather than a tool-centric approach. He says, “The future is about the convergence of science and technology. We should understand the fundamental challenges and use the opportunity.”. Prof. Sharma recommends that research should be profound and generate new ideas instead of incremental focus, along with having a socio-economic relevance. He further suggests, “Foundation of culture and confidence should be built. Best training should be provided, creative thinking and risk-taking abilities should be nurtured, systems should be able to absorb losses, and knowledge should be translated to meet the demands of the market.”

Dr. Chandra Sekhar says that in the Co-COVID era, the pursuit of science should be making the people future-ready. Cutting edge research is to be used to combat pandemics in the future. He says that, “Pandemics are going to happen. AI model, computational tools should be used to predict virus mutations and alerts should be given to researchers to prepare a vaccine beforehand. “

Dr. Shashi Bala aligns her speech to the same thread by saying, “For any country to be prosperous, science, technology and innovation are crucial. Indian R&D sector is very vibrant and we have the capabilities to be self-reliant in the sectors of Food and agriculture, biomedical equipment, and pharmaceuticals. All the stakeholders, funding agencies, ministries, government bodies, academia, R&D institutes should come together proactively and exhibit a participatory approach. We should not slow down this tempo which has already been built in the system across all stakeholders. We need to be gearing up our systems to create an ecosystem that is economically and financially vibrant in the co-COVID and post-COVID era.” Dr. Shashi Bala emphasizes that translational research should be made mandatory by the funding agencies. According to her, the main aim of translational research is to promote health and quality of life. Translational research can make a contribution by conforming to basic sciences and testing hypothesis in pre-clinical models. She concludes, “ This crisis has made us realize the phrase, “health is wealth.” We need to be self-reliant in terms of raw materials. We need to facilitate the domestic manufacturing of medical equipment. Fast-tracking of approvals and validation of prototypes are necessary. We need to promote interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research. Industrial participation at an early stage of research can also help in funding and commercialization of products.”

Chemistry is often called the “CENTRAL SCIENCE” as it plays a pivotal role in all aspects of physical and biological sciences, including engineering, agriculture, medicine, and allied health disciplines. Department of Chemistry, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh organizes a webinar titled “Chemistry is every day’s science” on 26 th June 2020 from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. The session will provide high school students with opportunities to learn and interact with young faculty members who are genuinely passionate about chemistry. The webinar will illustrate the essentiality of chemistry in everyday life, and how its importance can ignite an interest in many young students to pursue a career in science.


Solutions of Semiconductor nanocrystals emitting visible colours

Dr. Nimai Mishra, will be initiating the webinar as the first speaker. In the 30-minute duration of his talk beginning at 11 a.m., Dr. Mishra will be giving a speech on “Chemistry of Semiconductor Nanoparticles: Laboratory to Display Industries (TV and LEDs).” Semiconductor nanocrystals are tiny light-emitting particles on the nanometer scale, having optical and electronic properties that differ from larger particles due to quantum mechanics. Nanoparticles can be made in the Chemistry laboratory with the help of some simple chemical reactions. These semiconductor nanocrystals are valued for displays because they emit pure light, which can be used in electrical appliances (TV and LEDs) with visibly more accurate colours. In the talk, Dr. Mishra will discuss how simple Chemistry in the laboratory can contribute to making modern electrical appliances.

Presently (from November 2017), Dr. Mishra is working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh. Before joining SRM-AP, he worked as a postdoctoral research scientist in the Department of Nanochemistry at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Genova, Italy. Prior to that, Dr. Mishra completed three years (April 2013 –June 2016) as a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), USA. Dr. Mishra received his Ph.D. degree in March 2013 from the Department of Chemistry at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore, and completed his M.Sc. in Chemistry from IIT-Madras.


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Prehistoric times engineered ceramics

Dr. Pardha Saradhi will begin his half an hour talk from 11.30 am. His speech will encompass “Chemistry of Ceramics and its Applications to Aerospace Industry.” Ceramics is one of the most ancient industries which has its roots going back thousands of years. Ceramics is a very general phrase; it includes a wide variety of materials that covers from decorative pottery to the aviation industry. Ceramics possess unique features and are identified by their properties such as high hardness, brittleness, chemical stability, and low thermal conductivity. After World War II, ceramics and glass have contributed to the growth of many technologically advanced fields, including electronics, optoelectronics, medical, energy, automotive, aerospace, and space exploration. The scheduled talk of Dr. Pardha Saradhi will focus on various ceramic materials and the chemistry behind making lightweight and high strength ceramics for the Aviation industry.

Dr. Maram Pardha Saradhi received a Ph.D. in Solid State Chemistry from the Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. After postdoctoral work at the University of California, Dr. Pardha Saradhi moved to a catalyst industry where he headed diesel oxidation in the catalyst division. Later, he joined as the faculty in Chemistry at SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh. His research interests include Environment protection and Energy Conversion relating microscopic features of structure and bonding to macroscopic thermodynamic behaviour in complex functional materials. The main technical areas that his laboratory is working on is materials for Li-ion and beyond Li-ion batteries, mixed metal oxide catalysts for two-way and three-way emission control systems, and high-temperature ceramic materials for aerospace applications.



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Department of Computer Science and Engineering, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh will be hosting a webinar on “Inspiring Innovation at SRM University with IEEE Research” in collaboration with IEEE Student Branch, SRM University-AP and IEEE Guntur Subsection on 1st July 2020.

The webinar is aimed at helping faculty and students (UG, PG, and research scholars) to discover yet-to-explore research issues pertinent to respective research domains. The webinar will enable students to explore the important information on IEEE Xplore (IEEE.org in general) site which will assist them to get better placement opportunities — through an in-depth knowledge regarding the research work being conducted by companies and organizations. The session will also introduce the advance facilities available for authors on IEEE site such as IEEE Authors Tools, author notifications etc. Other aspects include how to make quick decisions on choosing the right paper from an ocean of research articles on the internet, how to assess the impact of the research article and much more.

Coordinated by Dr. Manjula R, Assistant Professor, Department of CSE, the webinar will commence with a welcome note and Prof. Ragunathan T, head, Department of CSE, will precede the event with opening remarks. Followed by, Dr. Dhanukumar Pattanashetti, will take over the session.

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