On 10th January 2019, Photography Society- SRM AP’s photography club, began its aspirational journey of helping the students follow their passion in photography. The club is headed by the in-house photographer, Hemanth Kumar K and started off with 25 student members.
They have come a long way since then and celebrated their first anniversary with 80 kids in the orphanage- Chiguru Children’s Village.
The student members of the club- Hemanth P, Hemanth N, Sathvik P, Jayanth S, Chetan M, Sadwika, and Harini along with their mentor Hemanth, Vineesh Sagar (Manager-Student Affairs), and Neelima Krishnakumar (Student Counsellor) arranged for 240 books, a large cake, and headed off to share their achievement and happiness with the kids at the orphanage.
The kids ecstatically enjoyed the fun-packed day playing games, eating cakes, and simply running around with the sheer joy of having people around them.
Hemanth Kumar says, “All this while we tried being unique when taking photographs, and the will to do something different on our club’s anniversary made us choose to spend the day sharing our happiness with the kids. On seeing them smile, we forgot our own struggles and problems, and thus, we plan to continue doing similar work in the coming days. When we look back a few years from now, we would know we captured the memories of the day in not just our cameras but imprinted them in our hearts”.
“We felt at home away from home with our friends at SRM AP who have become family”- Apurba Kumar Howlader (3rd year, Mechanical Engineering).
As dusk fell on the eve of the new year, an extravagant celebration was witnessed at the SRM AP campus. The basketball court was stunningly decorated with disco lights, a perfect backdrop for the celebration.
The ambiance was set with soulful performances by “Diversity”-the student’s band led by the lead vocalist Asim along with Suchet B Thapa on guitars, Srijan B Thapa with clap box, and Srijeet Tomrokar as an acoustic guitarist.
The new year is the time to cherish the fond memories of the passing year before bidding farewell to it. The students participated in the competition “Rewind 2019” where they had to create a video on their memorable moments spent in SRM AP. Sukumar (2nd year, Computer Science Engineering) bagged the first prize in the competition whereas, Parshal Chitrakar (3rd year, Computer Science Engineering) himself narrated his year’s journey on camera to become the runner up.
The much-awaited “DJ Night” began right after where the students grooved to English, Hindi, and Telugu music handpicked by Sukumar. “Nothing could have been better than this celebration right before the turn of the year where we got to spend time with our mates”, says Sreelekha Bhuvaneswari (2nd year, BSc.Physics)
The countdown to 2020 began at midnight and soon enough skyrockets shot off to declare that we stepped into the new year. A cake-cutting ceremony by Wng Cmdr Venkataachalam Sekkappan (Director-CLM) marked the end of the day. Suchet B Thapa (3rd year, Mechanical Engineering) wraps it up aptly by saying, “The jazzy celebration is a 20 on 20 to begin the year 2020”.
Next tech lab students achieve yet another milestone in Hackathon Codebreak 1.0 organized by MIT ADT University, Pune on 21st and 22nd December, 2019. The team- Rushank Jain, Suraj Maharana, Omkar Ingale, and Ajay Kumar participated from SRM AP in this national level hackathon, where they competed with students from IIIT, BITS, Bennet University, K.J. Somaiya and many more. The panel of judges comprised of experienced personnel from IBM, Siemens, and Xpansion.
Our team built a Virtual Reality application that tackles tourism, medical and social issues. The students mitigated the challenge of not having a 360-degree camera by capturing images on their phone, and doing the laborious work of stitching more than 80 images and later, automated the process by utilizing their skills in OpenCV. The students surmounted all the quandaries and made it to the 1st runners up prize among 40 other teams.
The students expressed their gratitude to SRM University AP for providing the opportunity to attend this hackathon and for fortifying them throughout. “It was my first time participating in a competition at such a large platform. It was an amazing experience competing with so many brilliant minds and learning so much from the exchange. We are expecting 2020 to be full of achievements and fun”, says the young achiever of SRM AP- Rushak Jain.
This Christmas, SRM AP campus witnessed a two day grand celebration. The student council and volunteers assisted by the Student Affairs department started the preparation 10 days back. The reception area and the grand staircase was decked up with christmas tree, snowman, gingerbread house and a crib.
Christmas Eve celebration on 24th began at 4pm in the reception area with cake cutting ceremony by Prof D Narayana Rao (Pro VC), Prof D Gunasekaran (Registrar), Wng Cmdr Venkataachalam Sekkappan (Director CLM) and Revathi B (Assistant Director- Student Affairs). The celebration then shifted to the grand staircase where the students sang christmas carols, followed by semi-classical dance by 1st year student- Sahithi. Other performances included western dance by Pavan. Antakshari was played among the students to add to the fun quotient. Post a sumptuous dinner, Home Alone was screened at night in the grand staircase.
On 25th evening, faculty and Ph. D scholars joined the students to celebrate Christmas. The wardens of the four hostel towers was given the task to decorate a christmas tree. Each of the residents including the faculty participated to win the best tree decorator award, which was won by the the tower four girls.
At 5 pm, the event kickstarted with fun games such as tug of war between boys and girls separately, passing the parcel and impromptu by 3rd year students- Aakansha Chauhan and Amina. Delicious butter cookies were baked and served before the special christmas dinner. At night, the students enjoyed the movie screening of Polar Express along with piping hot cups of hot chocolate. The Student Affairs department extended their heartfelt gratitude to Sukumar, a student who handled the PA system, Photography Society, and all the students and faculty for successfully pulling off this massive celebration that was enjoyed by all.