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    S E Runganadhan

    S E Runganadhan

    A double V C and a H C

    Searching for some information the other day I was delving into The Madras Tercentenary Commemoration Volume when I noticed that there had been an officially constituted Madras Tercentenary Celebration Committee in1939 and that it had been chaired by a Dewan Bahadur S E Runganadhan. The name struck a chord and I recalled having written briefly about him in his role as Vice Chancellor of the University of Madras. It was as Vice Chancellor (1937-40) that he had ensured the publication in 1939 of the 20,000-word addendum to the Tamil Lexicon (1924-1936). And it was while Vice Chancellor that he had steered the celebrations of Madras’s 300th birthday, which included the publication of the Tercentenary Volume and a History of Madras by Rao Saheb C S Srinivasachari who had been the first Professor of History at Annamalai University.

    Srinivasachari’s Vice Chancellor at Annamalai University had been its first, Samuel Ebenezer Runganadhan (1929-35). Starting from scratch, Runganadhan had developed at Chidambaram the country’s first private university to a level of the country’s pioneering ones — Calcutta, Bombay, Madras and Allahabad. Runganadhan had come to Annamalai after heading a college and teaching English at Presidency from 1908 to 1915 and heading that famed Department from 1919 to 1929.

    The quintessential ‘brown sahib’ in immaculate Western attire, speaking impeccable English perfectly pronounced, and displaying the elegant manners of English gentry, he was considered a better teacher of English than any Englishman. It was only his occasional outbursts of temper over carelessness and shoddy work that cracked the veneer, it was said. But it was also said that it was the standards that he set that helped Annamalai University sink deep roots and grow into an institution of repute, a reputation unsullied until recent years.

    Invited to serve on the Council of the Secretary of State for India in 1940, Runganadhan moved to London and from there it was but a step to being appointed High Commissioner of the Government of India in 1943, the year he was knighted. He was succeeded by V K Krishna Menon in 1947, who became Independent India’s first representative in the U.K.

    The years immediately after the end of the war in Europe saw Indian students wanting to come to the U.K. for higher studies; the U.S. had not yet been ‘discovered’. But with its own war veterans returning to civvy life and Britain’s limited number of universities and polytechnics having to cater to them, Sir Samuel had his hands full trying to find seats for Indian students (I was one he couldn’t help) — especially with all the pressures being exerted on him. Getting Indian victims of the war — the wounded in hospitals, stranded sailors from torpedoed ships, and released prisoners-of-war — back home with the limited passages available was another problem that he had to tackle. And not least of all, he had to ensure the supplies India’s nascent industries needed. But he coped and survived and returned to India to enjoy a long retired life involved with various Christian activities like the Christian Medical Colleges and the YMCA.

    The Best cricketers

    The mention of A W Stansfeld of Best & Co in this column on June 13 reminded me of an era when the British business houses expected their ‘officers’ (they’re ‘executives’ nowadays) to be members of clubs and participate in the activities of such institutions, particularly in sport. Stansfeld’s firm (later Best & Crompton) was one of the most sports-minded of the lot and contributed significantly to Presidency teams and sports administration. Stansfeld, like Robert Carrick, Robert Denniston (later to be knighted) and E K Shattock, played cricket for the State and was to later say that the fact that he enjoyed playing cricket had a great deal to do with his being recruited by Denniston.

    When Stansfeld sailed for India in 1937, Best’s London representative cabled Madras, “Sending A W Stansfeld. Left hand bat, played Kent Second Eleven.” Hastening Stansfeld’s departure from London was the fact that he was needed to replace Raymond King who was going on Home Leave. King himself was to remember his arrival in Madras at about 9.30 a.m. on a Sunday morning in January 1929. No sooner had he sat for breakfast with a colleague in the chummery, there was a call for him. It was from Denniston. “The A team (Madras Cricket Club) is one short,” said the legendary Denniston (Miscellany, July 28, 2003) after the usual warm welcome. “Would you be a good chap and join us?” And, since you don’t say ‘no’ to the boss even if you have spent two nights on the train for Bombay, there was R M King, later to be Chairman and Managing Director of the Company, on the field at 11.30 a.m.! He goes on to recollect, “At lunch, I signed the membership form and by 6 pm the following day I performed a similar action for the Gymkhana Club as I was required to play rugger against HMS Emerald on the Thursday of my first week.”

    The most talented of the Best cricketers was, however, the burly Robert Black (Bob) Carrick. The ‘Four Musketeers’ of early Madras cricket were Daniel Richmond (also to be later knighted), Robert Denniston (Denny to all), C P Johnstone and H P Ward, the former two for their administrative contributions though their cricketing role was not insignificant, the latter two for their cricketing prowess, making the two Oxbridge Blues amongst the best ever in Madras cricketing history. But if they were the musketeers, they needed a D’Artagnan. And that was Bob Carrick.

    Carrick, described as the ‘Jessop’ of Madras cricket and a player who could hit sixes on request, it was said, played for the Presidency for 18 years, including turning out against A E Gilligan’s team in 1927. C Ramaswami described this public school (Winchester) product as “the idol of the crowds”, a “natural cricketer who lifted the ball over the ropes with ease. His off-drives and hits to the long-off and long-on were pleasing to watch. Brilliant in fielding, his medium paced bowling was often used.” But typical of the best sportsmen of the age, Carrick was an outstanding all-rounder.

    By 1929, Carrick had won the South India Golf Championship at Ooty nine times, on every occasion he participated. He played hockey for the MCC’s title winning teams, he muddied himself at rugby and soccer for the Gymkhana Club in championship events, and was a regular at the South Indian Tennis Championships. They don’t make them like that any more.

    The Tom Kibble wedding

    The Tom Kibble wedding

    A picture out of the past

    Prof. Rani Siromoney of Madras Christian College sends me this wedding picture from the past through Prof. Joshua Kalapati, the chronicler of MCC, as a reminder of the connection Prof. Tom Kibble, F.R.S., internationally renowned mathematical physicist, who passed away recently, had with MCC. He was the son of Prof. Walter Frederick Kibble, the third head of MCC’s Department of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy, a department Kibble Sr. served from 1924 to 1961. His wife Janet was head of the women’s hostel in Guindy.

    Tom Kibble was born in Madras, when MCC was in George Town, and grew up in Tambaram till he left for the U.K. for higher studies in the 1940s. In Madras, he schooled at Doveton Corrie. I wonder how many there remember him.

    Walter Kibble was the mentor for several students who went on to teach at MCC, like Rani and Gift Siromoney and George Abraham.

    Today’s picture of Tom Kibble’s wedding dates to 1957 and on the extreme right are Walter and Janet Kibble.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Features> Metroplus / by S. Muthiah / June 19th, 2016

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    Coimbatore :

    A surgical team in a city hospital has claimed to have successfully performed a ‘Domino Transplant’ using a liver with a rare genetic disorder called Familial Amyloid Polyneuropathy (FAP).

    The procedure is technically more complicated but allows the hospital to expand the number of patients who can benefit from this lifesaving surgery, Dr Nalla G Palanisamy, Chairman of Kovai Medical Centre and Hospital, claimed at a press conference today.

    The first transplant recipient, 36 year old male was suffering from chronic leg pain, had approached KMCH, where the doctors suspected a rare condition of FAP, which was later confirmed by a nerve biopsy and genetic study testing at Royal Free Hospital, London, he said.

    FAP is a genetic disorder that causes a protein called Amyloid to get deposited in nerves, kidneys and heart to cause multi organ failure and is a hereditary disorder which runs in families.

    The second patient, was a 50-yer-old man and was diagnosed with decompensated cryptogenic cirrhosis for which liver transplantation was the only solution for both patients.

    With two transplant teams performing simultaneous surgeries, the patient with FAP, received a new liver from a brain dead donor.

    Then the FAP affected man’s liver was transplanted or Dominoed into the second patient.

    Even though the second patient had received a liver with a genetic disorder, typically the condition will not impact his health for at least for another 15-20 years, Vivekanandan claimed.

    NVM RC

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News Home> City> Coimbatore / PTI / July 06th, 2016

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    The Society for Educational and Entrepreneurship Development (SEED) has selected Dhirajlal A. Gandhi, Chairman, Salem city based Dhirajlal Gandhi College of Technology, for the ‘best academic administrator-2016’ award. The award is in recognition of Mr. Gandhi’s contribution for effective institute-industry linkages.

    The award will be presented to Mr. Gandhi by Anil Dattatraya Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education at the two-day national summit on “Sustainable Institute Industry Partnership – SIIP 2016” scheduled at New Delhi on July 21 and 22.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> National> Tamil Nadu / by Special Correspondent / Salem – July 13th, 2016

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    Sandhya Mendonca. Photo: V. Ganesan / The Hindu

    Sandhya Mendonca. Photo: V. Ganesan
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    Best of Chennai Volume 2 tells a vibrant story of the metropolis through perceptive articles and beautiful visuals. Editor Sandhya Mendonca talks to DEEPA ALEXANDER about the making of the coffee table book

    The Sangam Lobby at ITC Grand Chola, with its elegant white stucco and spectacular copper-and-bronze horses, is an ornate narrative of Chennai, a city that Sandhya Mendonca celebrates in her latest book. As she sits to be photographed at the head of a sweeping staircase, she holds in her hands Best of Chennai Volume 2, to be released that evening by the Governor of Tamil Nadu, K. Rosaiah. Published by Bangalore-based Raintree Media, the book — sixth in a series published in India — is part of a unique format that is brought out in over 40 countries by Global Village Partnerships to showcase entrepreneurial spirit and bridge cultures.

    Coming seven years after the first volume published in 2009, Best of Chennai Volume 2 is an opulent production, a slim slab that covers topics as far afield as culture and corporate icons, education and hospitality, luxury and logistics, spaces and entertainment and media and start-ups.

    “It took our team of nine, the better part of a year to lay it out,” says Sandhya Mendonca, editor-in-chief, Raintree Media, who conceived and edited the book. Mendonca, who holds a Masters in Political Science and started out as a journalist, took her love for writing and editing further, when she founded her media brand 12 years ago. “I handled public relations for events with artistes such as Mark Knopfler and Sting, and taught as visiting faculty at IIM-B. I had explored nearly all aspects of communication… it was time to become a publishing entrepreneur.”

    “The first book I published was on a golf course in Bangalore. I approach publishing like an artist does his painting — and therefore, the book was designed like a golf ball, with birds that populated the course as page holders. I got hooked to doing different kinds of books filled with both style and substance,” says Mendonca. An eye for unusual layout and a love for celebrating communities pictorially led to Raintree producing handsome customised volumes on the culture of states, gymkhana clubs, Raj Bhavans, cricket teams and schools. Fiction, articles for magazines and websites, and books in the Best of… and Marvels of… series artfully mix travel with scenes from the everyday.

    “The Best of… series is part of Sven Boermeester’s Global Village Partnerships. When Sven travelled to Australia, he decided to create a template to show the best of what is local. Most people feel they know everything there is to know of their city or country, but that isn’t always true. The Best of… series has the same format across the world, whether the regions they feature are homogenous or culturally diverse. In particular, they look at businesses and what makes the region tick,” she says.

    Decades of photojournalism have illustrated Chennai’s major themes and trends, so how different then is this book from others? “It serves a fresh dish. You try to find hidden aspects even in the many stories and people that are known in the city. Not many in Chennai are aware of the Officers Training Academy or how Real Image Media Technologies enhances their cinema experience or that Ajit Narayanan, who pioneered an app for children with communication impairments, is an IIT-Madras boy,” says Mendonca.

    The book decodes Chennai’s history from its gracious days as modern India’s first city with its garden houses and elegant boulevards, to its status as a hub for films, fine arts, start-ups and education. It celebrates change through finely-scripted articles by both producers and guest writers, such as dancer Anita Ratnam and film critic Baradwaj Rangan. It interviews heads of established business houses, hotels, restaurants and building conglomerates, who have shaped the city’s many incarnations. “The business houses here are icons, their work is mindboggling, but they are very low-key about it. So, the book has some rare interviews where these corporates speak of the role of their companies.”

    It also captures the zeitgeist of our culture — dance, music, art and theatre — from the classical to the common. “This is a city framed by the idea of culture,” says Mendonca, flipping through the pages punctuated with a rich tapestry of artwork by Achuthan Kudallur, S. Nandagopal and K. Muralidharan. “The book focusses as much on mainstream culture as it does on the alternative,” she says, alluding to Sofia Ashraf’s music video on the mercury pollution in Kodaikanal and the incredible work of the common man during the floods. “It weighs on Chennai’s culture and commerce in equal measure. A community that hinges only on commerce will have no soul.”

    It is this essence of the book that Governor K. Rosaiah endorsed at the launch, when he commended the team for capturing the city’s indomitable spirit. “The book nicely depicts the bouquet of culture, architecture and commerce of Tamil Nadu, especially Chennai,” he said.

    It should be read not only because it celebrates the city but also because it celebrates us.

    (Priced at Rs. 3,000, Best of Chennai Volume 2 is available at Odyssey, Chamiers and online.)

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Features> Metroplus / Deepa Alexander / Chennai – July 08th, 2016

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    July 9th, 2016adminRecords, All, Science & Technologies
    Sathyanarayana Kolla got a graft that was imported from Israel

    Sathyanarayana Kolla got a graft that was imported from Israel

    Chennai :

    Believed to be the first such surgery in India, an aortic arch replacement without open surgery has been carried out at SRM Institute for Medical Science (SIMS) hospital.

    “It is a life-threatening operation. Across the world, the operation without open surgery has been done only 16 times before,” said Dr V V Bashi,  senior cardiothoracic surgeon and chief of aortic surgery at the press meet today. The arch is one of the main areas of the aorta, the largest blood vessel, that supplies blood to the head, brain and upper limbs.

    A 53-year-old patient, Sathyanarayana Kolla, who has been diagnosed with a dissection and aneurysm of aortic arch, a bulge in the portion of the aorta closest to the heart,  had approached SIMS hospital from Hyderabad after many doctors had declared open surgery was risky for him.

    Endovascular treatment (a keyhole approach), was not done in India before due to lack of availability of grafts and expertise that were needed for the operation. “As everyone’s arch of aorta differs, the grafts can’t be bought readymade,” said Dr A B Gopalamurugan, senior interventional cardiologist and chief of endovascular intervention. The grafts were imported from Israel.

    A few days before the surgery, the entire process was done on a trial and error basis with a rubber mould of the patient’s aorta to ensure the feasibility of the patient, they said.

    Once Dr Bashi carried out a procedure on the patient’s neck to divert the blood vessels to the brain and head, Dr Gopalamurugan performed the endovasular procedure to replace the arch of aorta with the graft. “If the arch bursts, the person will die within 3 to 4 mins,” said Dr Gopalamurugan. The operation lasted for almost five hours.

    As it affects one of the many organs, the symptoms varies with different people. For Sathyanarayana, it led poorer kidney function.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Chennai / by Express News Service / July 09th, 2016

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    Consisting of 1,330 couplets, the Thirukkural is part of the Tamil sangam literature and was authored by famed poet Thiruvalluvar. (Representative image)

    Consisting of 1,330 couplets, the Thirukkural is part of the Tamil sangam literature and was authored by famed poet Thiruvalluvar. (Representative image)

    Chennai:

    When Carnatic musician Chitravina N Ravikiran decided to set the 1,330 Thirukkural verses to tune, music just flowed through him. Notes and rhythmic structures effortlessly set themselves to suit the ancient couplets and history was made. A project that was to take 50 hours of work was miraculously finished in 16 (composing) hours, creating a world record.

    The Historic Thirukkural Project, which was completed on January 14, was launched in India on Thursday at the Narada Gana Sabha by Potramarai president L Ganesan.

    “The project is unique as the verses are secular, non-religious and non-regional. But the verses haven’t been brought on to a music or dance platform, except sporadically. The idea of the project is to enrich the classical repertoire by setting the couplets to tune. Also, it’s easier to remember something when it is presented in melodious tunes,” says Ravikiran, who was inspired by celebrated poet Sri Vedanta Desika who is believed to have composed over 1,000 verses overnight in praise of Lord Ranganatha.

    The project was conceptualised on January 9 and Ravikiran got to work almost instantly, beginning as early as January 12, as he didn’t want to lose the momentum. Consisting of 1,330 couplets, the Thirukkural is part of the Tamil sangam literature and was authored by famed poet Thiruvalluvar.
    And musically rendering one of the most revered works of Tamil language was quite challenging even for the Chitravina virtuoso.

    “The couplets are unevenly sized and it was difficult to fit them in the existing talas. I had to come up with different rhythmic structures to make them fit lyrically,” says Ravikiran, explaining that he used his musical and lyrical experience to tune the verses as faithfully as possible.

    The harmonious rendition of the ancient verses was launched on Thursday and is available on Ravikiran’s YouTube channel.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News Home> Cities> Chennai / TNN / July 05th, 2016

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    Chennai :

    The Tamil Nadu Medical Council awarded six of the most deserving doctors across the State on the occasion of Doctors Day in the city on Friday.

    Governor K. Rosaiah graced the occasion and also gave away the awards who were selected after two months of detailed selection procedure.

    One of the oldest doctors to receive the award was 80-year old Lakshminarayanan Janardhanan Poti, a pediatrician from Tiruchy. During the photo session at the end of the event, Poti seemed to have had the most number of supporters in the audience as his large family from babies to the elderly came onto the stage for a picture.

    The other awardees were well known laparoscopic surgeon Ramesh Ardhanari from Madurai and M.A Mohamed Thamby, a pediatrician from Tirunelveli, who  was awarded for his teaching. V. Alamelu from Chennai was awarded for her work in taluk hospitals. A. Nagarajan, a surgeon from Nagercoil and C.S Palani from Vellore were also awarded for rural services.

    Speaking at the event, J. A Jayalal, vice-president of the TNMC and K. Senthil, president of the TNMC, stressed the need for the State government to give these  awards, and not just the TNMC. Jayalal said that this year they had received 67 applicants, who had to fulfil various criteria to be eligible for the award like teaching, rural service, among others.

    This award ceremony is usually held at the Raj Bhavan but was held at the TNMC office this year as renovation work was happening at the Raj Bhavan.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Chennai / by Express News Service / July 02nd, 2016

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    Deep connections:Students looking at an ancient ring found at Pattarai Perumbudhur.—Photo: B.Jothi Ramalingam

    Deep connections:Students looking at an ancient ring found at Pattarai Perumbudhur.—Photo: B.Jothi Ramalingam

    Romans used the city as a transit hub to trade with northern States

    For ancient Romans, Chennai was not just another trading port town along the coastline. Instead, the city was a key transit hub for them to carry out their trade.

    New findings have emerged after a team of archaeologists from the Tamil Nadu State Archaeology Department found broken pieces of roulette ware, a Roman royal household ware, at an excavation site in Pattarai Perambadur, a small village with around 600 farming families on the western outskirts of Chennai.

    “Presence of roulette ware far away from the coastline is interesting because it indicates Romans traded beyond coastal towns,” R. Sivanantham, deputy director, Tamil Nadu State Archaeology Department, told The Hindu.

    Funded by the State government , the three-month-long excavation, which ended last Tuesday, was monitored by the Commissioner of the Department, D. Karthikeyan. The team comprised J. Baskar, archaeological officer (Chennai); J. Ranjith, Arcot curator; and P. Baskar, epigraphist, Poompuhar.

    Three sites excavated

    Archaeologists said this was the first time evidence has emerged on Roman presence in western parts of the city, indicating they travelled away from the coastline. The three ancient sites – Nathamedu, Aanaimedu and Irularthoppu – in Pattarai Perambadur village were excavated with 12 trenches.

    The team found most of the 200 antiques, including stone tools, pot shreds, beads made of ivory, glass and terracotta, conical jars and a ring well from Irularthoppu hamlet in three small trenches.

    Palaeolithic age

    They found an entire sequence of habitations since the early Palaeolithic age (10,000 years ago) to early Christian era.

    Presence of rouletted ware, conical jars, hopscotch, lid knob of various sizes and a deer horn indicated that the site acted as transit route to the Romans for trading.

    For instance, a two-feet-high conical jar with holes was among the findings. As per the Encyclopaedia of Indian Archaeology, such jars with holes were found mainly in ancient towns such as Bairat and Sambar in Rajasthan and in Vaishali (Bihar). Such jars were used to hold incense sticks.

    First time in T.N.

    Interestingly, the jar with holes has been found for the first time in Tamil Nadu, the team members said.

    They believe that as it was an ancient town located along the Kosasthalaiyar, the site might have been a key link connecting the Romans with northern States via Andhra Pradesh. Pot shreds with boat graffiti found at the site also support this theory because transporting goods by boats was common during the ancient times, the team members said.

    “As the site was located en-route Kancheepuram, a trading and cultural capital during the ancient times, the Romans, before proceeding northwards, might have halted there. Northern traders might have done the same before going to Kancheepuram,” said D. Thulasiraman, regional assistant director (retired) of the Archaeology Department.

    Archaeologists have found rouletted ware, conical jars, lid knobs of various sizes and deer horn

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Chennai / D Madhavan / Chennai – July 04th, 2016

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    The Raja of Panagal / Photo: Special Arrangement

    The Raja of Panagal / Photo: Special Arrangement

    The statue of the Raja of Panagal (actually Paanagal) stands inside the park in T. Nagar that is named after him. It is usually the starting point for my T. Nagar Heritage Walk. It was during one of these that I happened to meet MVS Appa Rao, one of the great grandsons of the Raja. And it was through him that I came to know that July 9 this year will mark the 150th birth anniversary of the king who became Chief Minister.

    Panaganti Ramarayaningar was born into an aristocratic family of Kalahasti. A polyglot, he completed his matriculation from the Hindu High School, Triplicane, in 1886. He then did his BA at the Presidency College, Madras, and obtained his MA from the University of Madras in 1899. In between, he also acquired a BL degree from the Law College, Madras.

    His life of public service began with his being selected as Member, North Arcot District Board. In 1912, he became a member of the Imperial Legislative Council in Delhi, where his debating skills and intellect came to the notice of the Viceroy, Lord Hardinge of Penshurst. In 1918, he was awarded the title of Dewan Bahadur. He was also made a member of the Imperial War Council the same year.

    Back in Madras meanwhile, the non-Brahmin movement had gained momentum, with the formation of the Justice Party. Ramarayaningar joined it and was soon recognised as one of its leading lights. He was sent to England to depose before a Parliamentary Committee on the condition of the non-Brahmins in South India. In 1920, Madras Presidency saw its first democratic Government, albeit on a limited franchise. The First Minister, equivalent to today’s Chief Minister, was A. Subbarayalu Reddiar, who stepped down six months later, citing ill health.

    Ramarayaningar succeeded him. His Government was returned to office in 1923, with a comfortable majority. He was given the honorific of the Raja of Panagal the same year. However, the Justice Party lost in 1926 and the Raja became the leader of the Opposition. He was knighted that year.

    The Panagal administration was known for some far-reaching reforms. Reservation in Government jobs was brought in, thereby putting Madras on the route to inclusivity. The administration of temples and mutts came under a newly-formed Hindu Religious Endowments Board. A School for Indian Medicine was set up, the Raja giving his property, Hyde Park Gardens, Kilpauk, for it. The Kilpauk Medical College is now in that campus. Work also began on the laying out of Thyagaraya Nagar as a residential area.

    Panagal passed away on December 16, 1928, at Madras. His statue in the park, by M.S. Nagappa, used to be relegated to a corner till a decade back, with a mutilated bust of King George V occupying centre stage. Happily, the bust has since been removed and the Raja placed in a prominent position. Unfortunately, whoever did that also gave the wonderful bronze a coat of gilt.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> Metroplus> Society / by Sriram V / Chennai – July 01st, 2016

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    July 2nd, 2016adminRecords, All, Science & Technologies

    Chennai  :

    You don’t need to wait for the next installment of Transformers to go crazy over robots. Just head over to Elliot’s Beach this Sunday. Attempting to set a world record, 101 robots will be assembled from scratch by school-goers from the city in, get this, one hour!

    Planned to be driven across the beach, these creations have taken over a year of after-school hours and weekends to bring to life, say the organisers at Kidobotikz, a robotics training institute for youngsters.

    And each has been designed with a unique purpose by its young maker, think everything from surveillance to race bots, that will be hitting the sand this weekend. “The kids spent the last couple of months actually modifying their robots to make sure they were all-terrain friendly once we decided that the venue for the event was going to be the beach,” says a proud Sneha Priya, one of the founders of Kidobotikz.

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    “That means they run on sand, gravel, marble, cement and a tar road,” she beams. Sneha and friend S Pranavan, who both studied robotics at Anna University set up this institute at KK Nagar three years ago, when they thought ‘’why not take this knowledge to kids at the school level itself?’ And evidently mission accomplished despite their course being open to students aged 12 to 17, the youngest robot maker to be showcasing is ‘wireless’ bot on the beach will be seven!

    While seven-year-old Raghu Ram is just getting started, 16-year-old Chitresh Tiwari has gone so far as to be part of the only group of school students to win a competition at IIT! He recalls, “I remember it all started because I would enjoy opening the gadgets to see how they worked, like the remote controlled car my parents bought for me when I was 11.”

    If you think this may be a distraction to academics, Sneha says that robotics classes actually do quite the opposite. “Robotics is a mix of mechanics, electronics, programming and algorithms. So starting early helps school students understand what they are good at and what to concentrate later,” she explains.

    A team from ASSIST World Records Research Foundation (AWRRF) will be present to witness the feat and declare the world record. The event at Elliot’s Beach is expected to kick off at 6 am and go on till 8 am. (To know more, contact Kidobotikz at 90031 45154)

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express/ Home> Cities> Chennai / by Express News Service / July 02nd, 2016

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