FUTURISTIC: At the function to inaugurate new courses at Lady Doak College in Madurai.
Since this is an `age of genes,' demand for biotechnologists and microbiologists is on the rise, said Anandavalli Mahadevan, former Vice-Chancellor, Mother Teresa Women's University, and currently Head, Department of Future Studies, Madurai Kamaraj University, while inaugurating M. Sc. Biotechnology and M. Phil. Microbiology courses in the Department of Life Sciences of Lady Doak College on Wednesday.
She said the need of the hour was integration of various disciplines such as biology with information technology.
Sam C. Bose, plastic surgeon, declared open Bioinformatics Laboratory and Plant Tissue Culture Facility on the occasion. W. Isabel, Head, Department of Zoology, welcomed. R. Gunaseeli, Head, Department of Botany, proposed a vote of thanks
Nano-technology could create a new class of materials and devices with useful properties at low cost and lead to a new industrial revolution, said S. Velumani, Research Coordinator, Campus Monterrey, Mexico.
He was delivering the first `N. Shakunthala Endowment Lecture' on `Nano-structured Materials: Synthesis, Characterisation and Applications' at Fatima College last week.
Using nano-materials, it was possible to put a virtual end to illness, aging and death and clean up the environment to provide a pollution-free world. What the world witnessed now was the beginning of a revolution caused by man's ability to work on the same scale as nature, he said.
The endowment was instituted to honour N. Shakunthala, the first Principal of Fatima College.
Nirmala Jeyaraj, Principal, honoured Ms. Shakunthala on the occasion. G. Natchiar, Director, Aravind Eye Hospital, presided.
A training programme on `Production of Compost Through Vermi-technology' is offered by the Department of Soils and Environment of Agricultural College and Research Institute in the last week of every month. The first programme was held on July 1 in which 27 students of Lady Doak College participated. G. James Pitchai, Head of the department, delivered the introductory lecture. In addition to the regular training programme, which commences on July 19 for the current month, three other programmes have also been arranged.
An orientation programme for first-year students of Nadar Mahajana Sangam S.Vellaichamy Nadar College was held on Monday. K. Natarajan, Principal, highlighted the facilities available in the college and asked the students to make the best use of them, while P. Sadasivan, Vice-Principal, welcomed the newcomers.
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