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Annual round up: Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science

Started in 2001, the Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science, Manjakkudi is affiliated to the Bharathidasan University, Tamil Nadu. Over 80% of students studying in this college come from 300 villages and over 1,000 students have enrolled for under graduate, post graduate and doctoral programmes over the years.

In this section, we present an annual round up of the events and other programmes conducted in the college during 2018-19.

The year commenced with Job fair 2018 that was held in the college premises. The fair saw participation of 800 students and 20 companies. The prominent corporates who participated included Wipro BPO, Sundaram BNP Paribas, Vision India, TCS, Nippon Seiki, Simho HR Services, TVS Training and Services, Sundaram Direct, IDBI, Bedford Square, Gold Farm, LIC, Next Gen Solutions, Skill Plan and SKN Organics. A total of 313 offer letters were issued with 164 students from the college and 149 other students from the region getting campus placement.

The 14th graduate day of the Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science, Manjakuddi was held at the G.R. Auditorium in the college premises on July 9. Smt. Sheela Balaji, Chairperson and Managing Trustee, Swami Dayananda Educational Trust welcomed the gathering. Dr.N. Kanakasabesan, Principal presented the academic achievements of staff members and the students. As many as 535 candidates received their certificates of which 11 students were university rank holders.

Swami Omkarananda Saraswati, Founder, Sri Swami Chidbhavananda Ashramam, Theni presided over the function and delivered the Anugraha Bhashanam. Dr.M.Murugesan, Principal and member syndicate, Sudarsan College of Arts & Science, Perumanadu, Pudukkottai, Tamil Nadu was offered felicitation at the function.

On July 21st 2018, the computer science department’s forte came to the fore with the launch of Computer Science Association – LECA. As part of the event, various technical events, paper presentations and quiz programmes were conducted.

As a mark of respect to our founder, Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Guru Poornima was celebrated on July 27 at GR auditorium located in the college campus. On this occasion, students chanted Sri Guru Stotram and Dayananda Panchakam. Floral tributes were also paid to our founder.

On August 8th 2018, Founder’s Day was celebrated in Manjakkudi with colourful cultural programme presentations by the students of the Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science, Manjakkudi, Swami Dayananda Matric Higher Secondary School and girl hostelers from the Swami Dayananda AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Girls, Sembangudi, Tamil Nadu.

A fortnight later, Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science added another feather to its cap when the post graduate and research, department of Commerce conducted its first Phd. Public Viva-Voce examination of Ms. S. Vijaya. A part time research scholar, Ms. Vijaya’s Phd. Paper was on ‘marketing of agricultural products in Tiruvarur district.’ Her research work was supervised by Dr. V. Sarvanan, assistant professor of Commerce in the college. The external examiner of this Viva-Voce examination was Dr. V. Balachandran, senior professor and head, planning and development, Department of Corporate Secretary ship, Alagappa University, Karaikkudi.

Literary festivals have even caught on in villages. Life and literature took the spotlight on October 9 with the literary association of the college organising the function. The correspondent of the Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science, Manjakkudi, Sri. M.G. Srinivasan presided over the function. Smt. Rajeshwari, head of department, English, Women’s College, Kumbakonam delivered the keynote address. While dwelling on Shakespeare, she said the famed playwright’s works are embedded with abundant messages that are significant for humanity. While addressing the gathering, she said that literature shapes our lives meaningfully. She further added that Shakespeare’s plays are embedded with abundant messages which are significant for humanity and urged the students to study the works of great authors. On this occasion, students from the English department performed dance, drama, mime and skit.

The C.V. Raman Physics Association which is affiliated to the department of Physics, Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science, Manjakkudi celebrated its annual function on February 21 in the college auditorium campus. Our students’ talents came to fore through power presentations, display of working models, debates, quiz competitions and other brain games.

A state level intercollegiate meet Synergy 2K19 was held on March 1. As part of the proceedings, the following events were conducted, quiz, paper presentations, JAM (Just a Minute) etc. A total of 285 students from 23 colleges participated in this event. The winners were given shields and certificates by the college principal, correspondent and the Chief Guests.

The overall winner was bagged by E.G.S. Pillay College of Arts & Science, Nagapattinam who received a trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 5,000.
The overall runner-up of the event went to St. Joseph College, Trichy who got a shield and a cash prize of Rs. 3,000.

Other events that were conducted in the college were Daya Fest 2019, Samskruthothsavam 2019, International Women’s Day and Hitham Trust and the Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science’s annual music valediction programme.

In addition, our student did us proud in events like NSS (national social service) camp held in Chinnikatte Post, Davanagere district, Karnataka, National Youth Parliament, New Delhi and Anveshan 2019 (a national research convention in which our students’ project was ranked 17th in the sponsorship list and won participation in the overall category). A total of 75 teams participated in this convention and 25 teams were selected for sponsorship.

Industrial trips are an important component of our educational pedagogy. During the fourth quarter of 2017-18, 18 of our college students went to IIFPT (Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology) and Aavin factories located in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.

This visit is part of the IECD curriculum of the Bharathidasan University. The objective behind IECD is to inculcate the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst our students. Our college is affiliated to the Bharathidasan University.

Sports day and a two day national conference on computer science were the other major college functions during March 2018. The maths department association (Math Empire) conducted an inter-department competition SIGMA 2K19 from March 23rd to 25th 2019. An election awareness programme was conducted in the college grounds on March 29 2018 by the Information and Public Relations Department of Tiruvarur Collectorate. Government officials visited our campus with their vehicles and created awareness among our students (first time voters) through a 25 minutes audio visual presentation. Students were enlightened and educated on the Indian democratic system and the importance of exercising their franchise on election day.

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