The Department of Corporate Relations and Career Services at SRM University-AP organises the 22nd episode of the Industry Readiness Webinar Series on July 31, 2021, at 5.00 pm. Senior Associate Director of KPMG-one of the Big Four accounting organisations, Mr Ankit Jhamb will talk on the topic “Mental Health and Peak Performance”, during the session.

About the Speaker:
Mr Ankit Jhamb has over 15 years of experience in capability development in ITES and consulting organizations. He has coached senior leaders on Emotional Intelligence and Executive Presence and is part of the POSH Investigating Committee. He is the national capability leader for KPMG – Audit and Tax. Recipient of the Youngest HR Leader Award 2019 by World HRD Congress, he is also the youngest faculty on the Board of International Faculties for KPMG.

Join this engaging webinar on July 31, 2021, at 5.00 pm to gain professional insights on the topic.

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The maiden graduates of SRM University-AP have secured 100 per cent placements in the campus recruitment drive where 500+ reputed companies from India and abroad visited our university. More than 70 per cent of the students successfully bagged the dream and super dream offers. Ganji Harikrishna, a CSE graduate, received a dream offer with a salary package of 17 lakhs per annum from ZUORA, a leading software MNC. He joined as a full-time Senior Development Engineer (SDE) and would work in their Chennai office.

Student Testimonial

SRM AP is a great place to learn new things and what makes me excited about it is the excellent group of faculty and state-of-art infrastructure. Faculty at SRMAP are from reputed academies spread in and outside the country, and they are highly interactive with students. The training and placement cell organises personality development programmes, group discussions, mock interviews with industry experts, and personality development training sessions for the candidates. The all-round development training made me confident to face the challenges associated with interviews. Besides the aptitude and soft skills training, SRM AP provides CCC training for those who are very good at Computer Science Fundamentals and Coding. The curriculum followed by CCC was great and they were interactive with the students in clarifying their doubts in coding and as well as further rounds of interviews.

There was great motivation from the Corporate Relations and Career Services Department and faculty members. They trained me with the tips to clear the interview. I appreciate the efforts made by the CRCS department in bringing such top MNC’s like AMAZON, PAYPAL, AB InBev etc. Faculty members worked very hard for the success of each student, especially our HOD, Dr Raghunathan has been of firm support to all things associated with the CSE Department.

The Department of Electrical and Communication Engineering (ECE) at SRM University-AP is organising a webinar session on the topic “Insights into VLSI Design @ ECE Department SRM AP” on August 14, 2021, Saturday, at 6.00 pm. Dr Indranil Hatai, Assistant Professor from the department will elucidate on the topic via the Zoom platform.

Very-large-scale integration (VLSI) is the process of creating an integrated circuit (IC) by combining thousands of transistors into a single chip. Before the introduction of VLSI technology, most ICs had a limited set of functions they could perform. An electronic circuit might consist of a CPU, ROM, RAM and other glue logic. VLSI lets IC designers add all of these into one chip. With the advent of very large scale integration (VLSI) designs, the number of applications of integrated circuits (ICs) in high-performance computing, controls, telecommunications, image and video processing, and consumer electronics has been rising at a very fast pace. The current cutting-edge technologies such as high resolution and low bit-rate video and cellular communications provide the end-users with a marvellous amount of applications, processing power and portability. This trend is expected to grow rapidly, with very important implications on VLSI design and systems design.

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Join this informative webinar on August 14, 2021, to know more about the ECE department at SRM University-AP that grooms students to the electronics industry that has achieved phenomenal growth due to the rapid advances in large scale integration technologies.

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Young researchers from Mechanical Engineering- S.K Hassan, M.Vijaya Bhargava, Jithin Peram, and Meghana Bonthu- have added one more laurel to SRM University-AP by inventing something new! Under the supervision of faculty from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the quartet have published a patent A Comprehensive Disinfection System during Pandemic for Personal Items and Protective Equipment(PPE) to Safeguard People.

The current Covid-19 pandemic has led to an enormous demand for gadgets/objects for personal protection. To prevent the spread of the virus which proliferates also through surface transmission, it is important to disinfect objects of common use. One of the ways suggested is to use a UV-C disinfecting box that is efficient and effective in deactivating the COVID-19 virus. The novelty of the product prototype is the use of a UVC transparent material (fused silica quartz glass tubes). This not only physically supports the objects to be disinfected but also improves the effectiveness of disinfection. The present UV Boxes that are available in the market use plastic padding or metal type grills to support the objects that obstruct UVC light thus reducing the efficacy of the disinfection process. The aluminium foil which we have used, a UV reflecting material, was used as the inner lining of the box for effective utilization of the UVC light emitted by the UVC lamps. Care has been taken to prevent leakage of UVC radiation out of the system. COVID-19 virus can be inactivated in 5 minutes by UVC irradiation in this disinfection box.

This novel product can help in efficiently sanitizing normal household items such as mobile phones, keys, purses, grocery and also PPE kits (masks, gloves, visors etc.). This product is not only affordable but also makes disinfection faster and better than the products available in the market. Moreover, the operational process is simple – open the door, place the objects, turn it on and then retrieve them sanitised within minutes.

“We are looking forward to taking up this UV Box to the next stage of implementation with a more compact and more efficient mechanism”, says the proud team behind the invention. “We are ready to undertake new projects and with the help and support from Dr Venkat Nori and other faculty members”, they added.

Link to patent document: https://ipindia.gov.in/writereaddata/Portal/IPOJournal/1_4971_1/Part-1.pdf

Student Testimonials

S.K Hassan– I am really happy with the patent help by the University IPR Team Prof Vinod and Ravi Sir and my deepest gratitude to Dr Venkata Nori Sir and Dr Jaya Prakash for guiding us on the research project. I have a totally new vision of the research. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity, Thank you SRM and Pro VC Prof D. Narayana Rao Sir for encouraging us to file patents and promoting Research.

M.Vijaya Bhargava– The hurdles come hand in hand with opportunities. I am extremely happy about obtaining the patent and also I would like to mention our faculty mentors Dr Venkata Nori and Dr Jayaprakash who helped us ease our hurdles and helped us in our Project. I am extremely thankful to Hari Babu Sir from the Mechanical workshop for helping us physically build a prototype in these pandemic times.

Jithin Peram– I always wanted to be an entrepreneur and I wanted to explore unexplored territories. I would like to thank Dr Venkata Nori and Dr Jayaprakash for guiding us and giving me a wonderful new experience. I would like to thank Prof Jayaseelan from the Dept. of Biology for giving us the problem statement and the initial support on this project.

Meghana Bonthu– My knowledge of research has taken a wonderful turn due to this opportunity. I have imbibed a lot of confidence to pursue research and thanks to our esteemed faculty Dr Venkat and other professors from Mechanical Engineering. I would also like to thank Dr Sutharsan for his help with the test of our equipment.

SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh has been ranked second among Top Emerging Engineering Institute – Telangana & AP in the Times Engineering Institute Ranking Survey 2021. The research aimed to arrive at a list of top engineering colleges offering full-time courses, including four-year courses in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Designed by the renowned American builders Perkins + Will, SRM University-AP is a healthy, sustainable place to live, learn, work, play, and pursue research. The university offers various engineering, sciences, social sciences, entrepreneurial and management courses through its 17 departments spread across three schools. The campus is adorned with state-of-the-art labs equipped with cutting edge technology, 6 wifi enable hostels for 1500 students, a dining area with 1000 seating, an auditorium with 1000 seating capacity, a library with 100000+ books and offline/online subscriptions and many more.

SRM University-AP offers best in class education with the ‘Interdisciplinary Experiential Active Learning’ (IDEAL) curriculum, ‘Undergraduate Research Opportunities Project’ (UROP), Capstone Projects and Industry Internships. In view of the latest trends and industry demands, SRM University-AP’s pedagogical system was initially designed in partnership with MIT and has evolved to meet the changing needs of education.

Our students are offered exposure and global educational and entrepreneurship experience through the Semester abroad programme with UC Berkeley, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Northeastern University, Asia University-Taiwan, EFREI-France, Flinders University-Australia and others. We further offer a Unique Twinning Programme with IIT-Chicago for our engineering students, where they will pursue their initial two years in SRM AP and final two years on the IIT-Chicago campus.

The bright and brilliant maiden batch of SRM University-AP has secured 100% Placement. The very talented twins Rajarshi and Saptarshi Mazumder are offered international placements with PVP Inc, a strategic partner of Google Japan with an attractive package of 50 LPA. 71% of our students were placed with Dream and Super Dream offers. Computer Science and Engineering branch earned an average pay package of 8 LPA and other engineering branches secured an average package of 7 LPA in the Campus Placement Drive 2021. Our top recruiters include Amazon, Paypal, Bank of America, Standard Chartered Bank, Infosys, TCS to name a few.

The Innovation, Design and Entrepreneurship Academy (IDEA) of SRMAP is actively engaged to mould the leaders of tomorrow. The Hatchlab Research Center (TBI of SRM AP) is currently facilitating the incubation of 40+ student startups with 200+ industry mentors. Our student venture OurEye.ai has received a $120,000 angel investment. In addition, 10,000+ sqft, state of the art incubator space along with Seed funding are provided to every eligible student venture.

SRM University-AP puts an emphasis on quality research to serve society. Consequently, the nascent University has published 500+ research papers in high impact Scopus indexed journals, including Nature Communications. The University has filed/published 22 patents and working on 35 research projects with an outlay of 17.49 crores. The students have developed nature-friendly e-bike and face shields with biodegradable elements and received copyright from Indian Patent Office. SRM University-AP further promotes student-run labs such as Next-Tech Lab, Ennovab where students share their ideas to curate those into applications to benefit society.

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Socio Impacto by E-Cell at SRM University-AP has taken the initiative to organise a Talkspiration Series, where influencers and achievers will share their stories about success. As part of the series, a lecture on the title “How Satya Illa is IMPACTING thousands of LIVES,” is scheduled to be held on July 27, 2021, at 7.00 pm on the Zoom platform. (more…)

Barukula Snehitha Naga Sai and Kamma Samhitha are two brilliant third-year Computer Science Engineering students selected for the enviable Semester Abroad Programme (SAP) at the University of California, Davis. The students received a partial scholarship from SRM University-AP to complete their final semester abroad with the global study programme at UC Davis. The selection process for the semester abroad programme generally starts at the end of the 3rd and 5th semesters when our university carries out student interviews. A minimum of 8.7 CGPA is required to be eligible for the SAP scholarship and the programme focuses on building engineering design processes along with developing behavioural and communication skills of meritorious students.

The Study Abroad Programme provided Snehitha and Samhitha with the opportunity to cooperate with industrial designers. For practical hands-on experiences, Snehitha worked for the UC Davis school of nursing. Besides that, UC Davis promotes a variety of student clubs and technical programmes that bring students from all over the world together. This opportunity also helped students to live in a new culture and travel through different cities abroad. Prof Ragunathan and Dr Priyanka from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering constantly supported the students throughout their semester abroad journey at UC Davis.

For engineering graduates, technical skills and hands-on experience with industry is inevitable. SRM University-AP ensures that every student grabs opportunities to excel in their respective disciplines.

Snehitha extended her gratitude to all her professors at SRM University-AP who guided her to this achievement. “I really appreciate the curriculum structure at SRM AP that offers us practical knowledge rather than forcing us to memorise theories. The concrete understanding of the subject aided me greatly in learning about real-world problems, and accomplish this dream of studying a semester abroad”, she said.

This programme has taught me how to be adaptable, resilient and above all, how to make the best use of resources available. I have been and am fortunate to study from the best professors, both at SRM AP and UC Davis”, said Samhitha.

The Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE) at SRM University-AP is conducting a webinar on the topic “Insights into embedded systems @ ECE Department SRM AP” on August 07, 2021, at 6.00 pm. Dr M Ramakrishnan, Assistant Professor in the Department of ECE will deliver a captivating lecture and enlighten the virtual gathering on the topic. (more…)

Heat stress negatively affects crop yield and its impact has increased over time. Researchers in India study this situation with utmost priority. Consequently, Dr Ghanshyam Kumar Pandey, Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at SRM University-AP has co-authored a paper with Pratap S Birthal and et. al titled “Benefits of irrigation against heat stress in agriculture: Evidence from wheat crop in India” in the journal Agricultural Water Management, Vol 255, having an Impact factor 4.02.

Applying the fixed effects regression technique to the highly spatially disaggregated district-level data from 1966–67 to 2011–12. This paper has assessed the impact of heat stress on wheat production in India and concurrently evaluated the role of irrigation in offsetting its harmful impact. The study has brought out three key highlights:

(i) Heat stress negatively impacts crop yield, and the impact has increased over time.
(ii) Irrigation, besides its contribution towards improving crop yield, also moderates the harmful impact of heat stress, but over time its effectiveness has declined.
(iii) The measure of heat stress built on multiple aspects of excess temperature (i.e., intensity, persistence, and frequency) explains variation in crop yield better than working on a single aspect of it.

Given the increasing scarcity of irrigation water and rising temperature, these findings suggest the need for exploring technological and policy options for improving irrigation water use, efficiency, and breeding of crops for heat tolerance and low water footprints.

This research paper is written in collaboration with ICAR-National Institute of Agricultural Economics and Policy Research, PUSA, New Delhi. Dr Ghanshyam’s future projects are focused on climate change and agriculture, and the effect of climate change on the livestock sector in India.

Read the full paper here: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agwat.2021.106950

As a part of the departmental Distinguished Lecture Series, the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering at SRM University-AP is organising the first lecture on the topic “Queueing theoretic models for wireless multicast systems and power control via deep reinforcement learning”. Dr Vinod Sharma, Professor in Electrical Communication Engineering, IISc, Bangalore will be the keynote speaker of the session which will be held on July 29, 2021, at 4.00 pm.

Abstract:
We consider a wireless Base station (BS) transmitting on a downlink to multiple users. The BS has a finite number of files that the users can request. The users may have their own local caches. If a user requests a file and it is not in its cache, the request goes to the BS. This model is the practical scenario of downloading/streaming videos from Netflix. In order to reduce the transmission load on the downlink, we exploit the fact that the downlink is a broadcast channel and multiple users may be requesting the same file. This is accomplished by designing a novel multicast scheme in which all requests at the BS for the same file are merged together and are satisfied by a single transmission from the BS. This simple and natural scheme is shown to provide lower mean sojourn time compared to the currently popular coded caching schemes in literature and is much simpler to implement. We have also theoretically studied this queue and obtained approximate mean sojourn times. Next, we have shown that considering the channel fading can actually wipe out most of the benefits of our multicast scheme. However, we suggest a simple modification to the scheme which restores most of the gains. Furthermore, we show that adaptively changing the transmit power at the BS based on the instantaneous channel gains of the users can further significantly reduce the mean sojourn times. To get optimal power control, we use DQN, a Deep Reinforcement Learning algorithm. It is modified to ensure that the long term power constraint is satisfied and that it tracks the time-varying channel and request statistics.

About the Speaker:
Vinod Sharma completed his B.Tech Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi, in 1978, PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, from Carnegie Mellon University, in 1984. He is Professor in Electrical Communication Engg., IISc, since March 2000. Prior to it, he was Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering, IISc Bangalore. He was Chairman of the Department of Electrical Communication Engineering from July 2007 to November 2011. He was Assistant Professor, Electrical and Communication Engg, Northeastern University; and Visiting Faculty, Electrical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles. Dr Vinod’s research interests are in the area of Communication and Computer Networks, Wireless Communication, Sensor Networks, Queueing Theory, Information Theory and Statistical Estimation Theory.

Join this free informative webinar on July 29, 2021, from 4.00 pm onwards to gain research insights from the field expert.

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