Thursday, 30 July 2015

Report on Inauguration of AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS (ASCE) - Student chapter & CHRISTITES ASSOCIATION OF CIVIL ENGINEERS (CACE)

ASCE-Student Chapter and CACE inaugration for the academeic year 2015-16 was held On Saturday, 20 June, 2015, at 10:00AM, Main Auditorium, I Block, I Floor, Kengeri campus.

The chief guest of the program was Dr. G.L.Sivakumar Babu, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science and the guest of Honor was Dr.M.U.Aswath, Professor & Head, Department of Civil Engineering, Bangalore Institute of Technology. Other dignitaries were Dr.Iven Jose, Associate Dean, CUFE, Fr.Antony Puthussery, Campus coordinator, CUFE and Prof.Raghunandan Kumar, Coordinator, Department of Civil Engineering, CUFE.

The session started with an invocation which was done by the students. Prof.Raghunandan Kumar, Coordinator, Civil Department welcomed the gathering. The presidential address was delivered by Dr.Iven Jose, Associate Dean, CUFE. Mr. Arjun.H.R, Student coordinator announced the office bearers for the academic year 2015-16.

President: Benn Thomas
Vice President: Sunny Dev
Treasurer: Aayat Aijaz
Secretary: Vishal Shah

Ms.Chiku Grace a student of VII semester and Ms. Aayat Aijaz a student of V semester got a certificate of merit from Ultratech Cement Pvt Ltd for scoring the highest marks in Materials of Construction. 

Dr. G.L.Sivakumar Babu gave a lecture on Challenges in material characterization. The chief guest is presently the Governor of Region 10, ASCE, Ex-President of ASCE.

Dr.M.U.Aswath gave a lecture on Future of civil engineering. The guest of honor is presently the Chairman of Indian Concrete Institute-Karnataka Bangalore Centre.

The vote of thanks was given by Mr.Arjun.H.R, the function was concluded by university anthem.
 
 The chief guest Dr. G.L.Sivakumar Babu lighting the lamp.
 
The Guest of honor Dr.M.U.Aswath lighting the lamp.
 
 Prof.Raghunandan Kumar, Coordinator, Civil Department welcomed the gathering
 
The presidential address was delivered by Dr.Iven Jose, Associate Dean, CUFE.
 
Ms.Chiku Grace a student of VII semester received a 
Certificate of merit of award from Ultratech Cement Pvt Ltd 
for scoring the highest marks in Materials of Construction (2013-14).
 
Ms. Aayat Aijaz a student of V semester received a 
Certificate of merit of award from Ultratech Cement Pvt Ltd 
for scoring the highest marks in Materials of Construction (2014-15).
 
Dr. G.L.Sivakumar Babu gave a lecture on 
Challenges in material characterization
 
Dr.M.U.Aswath gave a lecture on Future of civil engineering
 
Vote of thanks was given by Mr.Arjun.H.R, 
the function was concluded by university anthem.

Report on National Conference On Emerging Trends on Sustainable Construction - 24 & 25 July 2015

The Department of Civil Engineering in association with Indian Concrete Institute (ICI) and Association of Consulting Civil Engineering (ACCE) organized a two day national conference on Emerging Trends on Sustainable Construction on 24 & 25 July 2015.

The Chief Guest for the conference was Mr. Anjum Parwez, IAS, Chairman of Bangalore Water supply and sewage board (BWSSB) and the guest of honor was Dr.B.R.Srinivasa Murthy, Emeritus professor, IISC and Chairman of Technical Advisory Committee of Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike(BBMP). 

Six expert speakers from various specializations were invited to disseminate their knowledge in the conference.
The programme started with an invocation song from the choir team.
 
The dignitaries on the stage were Mr. Anjum Parwez IAS, Dr.M.U.Aswath ICI-Chairman,
Dr.Iven Jose Associate Dean CUFE and
Prof.Raghunandan Kumar Coordinator, Department of Civil Engineering, CUFE.
 
Dr. Iven Jose, Associate dean, CUFE welcomed the gathering to the conference.
 
Dr.M.U Aswath ICI-Chairman spoke about the conference title and
introduced the participants about the objectives of ICI and ACCE.
 
The chief guest Mr. Anjum Parwez IAS gave the inaugural address and 
in his speech he emphasized on the importance of sustainability in construction. 
He also mentioned the importance of engineers in bringing the 
sustainability concepts in overall engineering.
 
Prof. Raghunandan Kumar, Coordinator, Department of Civil Engineering, CUFE 
delivered the vote of thanks.
 
The guest of honor Dr.B.R.Srinivasa Murthy, spoke on Construction of 
Subways and Underpasses in Metros.
 

 Speaker 1: M.G. Somashekar,  Managing Director, 
P G Setty Construction technology Pvt Ltd spoke on 
“Technology Solutions for Mass Housing (A Sustainable Solution)”
 
Speaker2: Dr. Manmohan Kalgal, Joint President and Head-Technical Services, 
UltraTech Cements Ltd spoke on “Materials for Sustainable Construction”
 
Speaker3: Dr. V. Ramachandra, Vice President - Technical,
UltraTech Cements Ltd. spoke on 
“Concrete- A sustainable option for pavements in India” 
 

Session 1 of paper presentation: It was chaired by 
Dr.Radhakrishna, Associate Professor, RV College of Engineering, Bangalore.
 

Participants presenting their research work.
 
Speaker 4: Dr. Dharamveer Singh, Assistant Professor, 
Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
spoke on “Technologies for Construction of Sustainable Flexible Pavements”
 
Speaker 5: Dr. Avjit Maji, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, 
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay spoke on 
“Unconventional Intersection and Interchange Configurations”
 

Session 2: Paper Presentation.
 It was chaired by Dr. Dharamveer Singh and Dr. Avjit Maji
 
 Participants presenting their research work.
 
Speaker 6: Dr.G.L Sivakumar Babu, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering,
 Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore Spoke on 
“Sustainability issues in Landfill Engineering perspectives and Practices”
 
Session 2: Paper Presentation. It was chaired by Dr.Nabil Jalall
 
 
One of the participants giving her feedback about the conference.
 
  Prof.Glady Jacob giving away the participation certificates to the delegates.
 
A group photo with speakers and all the participants

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

MA English Film Club – Activity Report – July 10th 2015

Film screened: The Century of the Self Part 1- Happiness Machine
Time: 3:00 PM                               
Venue: Room No. 105, 1st Floor, Central Block        
Attended by: Students of 1MENG
 
 
Synopsis:
An intriguing documentary by Adam Curtis, on Freud’s path breaking theory of ‘psychoanalysis’, wherein ‘psychoanalysis’ becomes a powerful device of persuasion for both governments and corporations. The documentary captures the vulnerability of the individuals’ psyche to ‘things’ that furnish happiness. History is evidence, to how mankind succumbed to the dictates of world famous individuals, who trifled with the minds of the masses, through exploitation of ‘psychoanalysis’. From the rising demand of cigarettes among women and increasing consumerism in America, that resulted in the country becoming the financial super power, to the atrocities exerted by world leaders such as Hitler and Mussolini. All for a fleeting sense of delight. The powerful psychoanalytic documentary virtually proves the premise, of human susceptibility to the perpetual pursuit of ‘happiness’.

Key points of discussion:

•    Audience’s approval of the idea, ‘happiness machines’ attributed to humankind by the documentary.
•    All major revolutions in the world were directed towards ‘happiness’.
•    The validation of the idea, that acquisition of things tantamount to happiness.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Report on Inauguration of activities of Electronics Club on 7 July 2015

The Activities of the Electronics Club, an association of Electronics (BSc.) students of Christ University, for the Academic year 2015-16 were formally inaugurated on Tuesday, 7 July 2015 with an inaugural address by Prof. E S Dwarakadasa, Retd. Professor of Metallurgy, Indian institute of Science, currently CEO and MD of Karnataka Hybrid Microelectronic Devices (KHMD), Bengaluru. 

The inaugural function at Sky View, 10th floor, Central Block, started with an invocation song by Ms. Apeksha, Akanksha and Savita of V semester PME, followed by the welcome speech by Prof. Mukund N Naragund, Teacher Coordinator for the Electronics Club activities. 

A brief introduction to the Electronics Club and its activities was given by Prof. Benny Sebastian, Head of the Department of Electronics.

In his inaugural address, the Chief Guest Prof E S Dwarakadasa, gave an overview of a very relevant issue of electronic waste (E-waste). In his very informative presentation, he explained the hazardous effects of the E-waste in detail and he urged students to create awareness about this in the campus and in society.

He also suggested students to visit E-parisara, E-waste Management Company to get to know about how to convert the E-waste into wealth.



The faculty members Prof. Hamsa K S, Prof. Johnson O V from the department of Electronics and about 300 students from B.Sc. PME and CME classes attended the inaugural function. 

The inaugural function was anchored by Ms. Vasavi of V semester CME and on behalf of Electronics Club,   student representative Sai Sumanth of V semester PME, proposed vote of thanks.

 

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Report on Konkurrenz 2015, an inter-class event organised by the students of BBA (Tourism and Travel Management)

Konkurrenz 2015, an inter-class event was organized by the students of BBA (Tourism and Travel Management) under the watchful guidance of the Department of Tourism Studies on Thursday, June 25, 2015.
 
The event offered a platform for the students to supplement their knowledge on the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Industry. As a part of Konkurrenz 2015, the students participated in various activities such as Just A Minute (JAM), Best Manager, Travel Quiz and Itinerary Preparation, among others that inculcated in them the much needed industry knowledge.

 
  Mr Chirag Jain, Co-Founder, Nirvana Nomads graced the occasion with his presence as the Chief Guest. The event was conducted under the supervision of Prof. Suresh Pai, Associate Dean –Management, Dr Tomy K Kallarakal, Head and Dr Joby Thomas, Coordinator of the Department of Tourism Studies.

REPORT: The Department of English organised the screened the Visual Text for the first year students

The Department of English organised the screened the Visual Text for the first year students doing the English course ENG 131. The sessions were split into three sessions. The first session was held between 8.00 am and 9.30 am for B.Com Professionals, BBA F&A, B.Com Morning, and the second session was held between 10.00 am and 12.00 pm for B.Com R, Hons and BBA and BBA T and the third session between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm for BA and B.Sc students.

The text screened was ‘Nero’s Guest’. The visual text is part of the English syllabus and is used in order to help students look at audio-visual selections as text and analyse them accordingly. The screening of the documentary was for one hour followed by a presentation and a panel discussion. The details of how a visual text should be analysed, what is the purpose of certain elements present within the documentary, were discussed by Prof. Arya Aiyyapan. 

This was followed by a panel discussion by Prof. Suparna Kar from the Department of Sociology, Prof. Reju from the Department of English and Prof. Padmakumar from the Department of Media Studies. 
 The panellists covered details of sociological concerns, impact of the documentary on the society, need for the screening of this text, analysis of the title and its significance, and about farming and poverty in India. The discussion raised significant questions from the audience which were answered by the panellists.

Report on Acropolis, a Street Play presented by the MA English Theater Club

‘Acropolis’, the MA English Theater Club presented a Street Play - "Say No to Drugs" on the 8 July 2015 at 4:00 pm in front of the Central Block.

The street play began with a loud and attention grabbing howl and the actors emerging from the crowd and forming a circle. Substance abuse and its impact on the youth was the central theme of this play. The duration of the play was 7 minutes.

The various consequences of drug abuse like broken families, having a bleak future, bad relationships, society looking down upon addicts and eventually a life surrounded by depression and only depression- were some of the other aspects focused on.

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