Students show the beautiful way

Students show the beautiful way

A girl bringing water to fill earthen pots kept for birds at Indigo Street of Balayya Sastry Layout.— Photo: C. V. Subrahmanyam

A girl bringing water to fill earthen pots kept for birds at Indigo Street of Balayya Sastry Layout.— Photo: C. V. Subrahmanyam

Taking forward the initiative of the residents of Indigo Street in Balayya Sastry Layout, students of architecture have taken up beautification.

The transformers and electric poles had been beautified with art work which students took up with their hands.

The beautification had been taken up as a part of “Urban design learning process” by students of Varaha College of Architecture and Planning.

To improve greenery in the street after the devastation caused by cyclone Hudhud, residents launched a plantation drive in December last.

To give it a character, they had planted saplings that give indigo flowers. The beautification was a continuation of that.

The students also conveyed a message to residents by painting a slogan thanking Hud Hud for reminding them of the value of nature’s motherhood.

With summer setting in, in a timely gesture, they have also put earthen bowls to provide water and grains to birds. The exercise is aimed at inculcating a sense of ownership among residents of the street, says architect Y. Narasimha Rao who lives there.

The entire exercise was carried out on Saturday and Sunday and residents were quite supportive by providing snacks, tea and butter milk and encouraged them.


Five students to attend ‘Discover Thinking-2014’

Five students, who stood first and second in the regional level software project competitions, will attend ‘Discover Thinking-2014’ national-level contests to be held at Pune on March 22.

Computer Society of India (CSI) organised the regional-level competitions at Vignan’s Nirula Institute of Technology and Science for Women, on Palakaluru Road. Students from different institutes of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka states participated in the event. A three-member team – S. Akram, G. Jyothsna and P. Chandu Brahmendra – stood first while two students, Y. Sai Srinivas and M. Momin Basha were runners-up in the competitions. The five students will attend the national-level contest at Pune.

The theme of the event is to enrich knowledge among students on software technology, computer programmes and projects, said CSI regional coordinator A.V. Praveen Krishna and asked the youngsters to design new projects to compete at higher levels.


Sri Chaitanya bags top ranks in NTSE

Several students of Sri Chaitanya Schools have been selected in the prestigious National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) this year. A statement from the schools claimed that of the 312 students selected from the State, 142 were students of the school. Sri Chaitanya also secured 28 ranks in the top 10 in the open category, and 61 ranks in the top 10 in all categories.

Seema and Sricharan, academic directors of Sri Chaitanya Schools, attributed the success to specially-designed academic programmes. They said similar achievements were seen in the Maths Olympiad, Astronomy Olympiad and other such academic events.


Overwhelming response to Tata Crucible Campus quiz 2014

Over 380 teams from different colleges participate

Students writing the answers during the preliminary round of the Tata Crucible Campus Quiz 2014 at GITAM University in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday.— Photo: K.R. Deepak

Students writing the answers during the preliminary round of the Tata Crucible Campus Quiz 2014 at GITAM University in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday.— Photo: K.R. Deepak

There was a good 40 minutes delay for the start of the regional rounds of the 10th edition of the Tata Crucible Campus quiz 2014 at GITAM University on Tuesday. The reason – an extraordinary response from college students registering for the preliminary rounds which lead to a shortage of question papers. But the witty quizmaster Giri Balasubramaniam did not let the students go away disappointed.

“Pull out a blank paper and start writing the answers. This is the first time that we are allowing this considering the overwhelming response!” he said.

Students squatted on the floor, some stood with a pen and the answer sheet at a corner of the auditorium packed to the brim with over 380 teams participating from different colleges– all in the hope of cracking the 20 questions of the preliminary round and making it to the dais to compete to be the regional round winners.

After an intense battle of mind and grit, K. Premchand and V. Krishna from GITAM Institute of Technology emerged as winners of the Vizag regional round of the Tata Crucible Campus Quiz. The runners- up position was bagged by Abhinash.T and Venkatratnam.K from GMRIT.

The quizmaster’s inimitable humour, intelligent hints and tricky questions with no straight answers kept the audience in rapt attention throughout the rounds. “The quiz culture is growing very fast in the tier-2 and 3 cities like Vizag. There are committed professionals and students from these cities who are passionate about quizzing,” said Balasubramaniam of quizzing company Greycaps India.Last year, a team from Visakhapatnam Steel Plant emerged winners of the Tata Crucible Business Quiz.

Vice Chancellor GITAM University G. Subrahmanyam was guest of honour and general manager The Gateway Hotel, Visakhapatnam Souvik Bhattacharya was the chief guest at the event presented a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh to the winning team and Rs 50,000 to the runners-up team of the regional round of the quiz. A part of the prize money will be contributed directly to a charity of the winning team’s choice.

The city regional rounds will be followed by zonal finals to be held in Mumbai (West zone), New Delhi (North zone), Kolkata (East zone) and Bengaluru (South zone). The top two teams from each zone would battle it out for the Tata Crucible Campus Quiz 2014 title at the national finals to be held in Mumbai in April.

This will be followed by the international finals where the winners and runners-up from the Indian edition of the quiz will compete with the winners and runner ups of the Singapore and UK editions, held earlier this financial year, to win the International Championship title.


  • K. Premchand and V. Krishna from GITAM Institute of Technology emerged as winners of Vizag regional round
  • Abhinash.T and Venkatratnam.K from GMRIT stands runners-up


Students design low-cost floating cage for aquaculture

Floating cages for brackish water aquaculture.—Photo: T. Appala Naidu

Floating cages for brackish water aquaculture.—Photo: T. Appala Naidu

Students of the Sri Mandali Venkata Krishna Rao Fisheries Polytechnic College, Bhavadevarapalli designed two low-cost floating High-density Polyethylene (HDPE) cages, meant for cultivation of brackish water fish in rivers.

Of the total 10 students involved in the project, eight are girls. The cages were made of eucalyptus poles, thermocol sheets and empty plastic cans. The investment to develop a cage covering an area of 16 square feet is as low as Rs 50,000 compared to the iron cage of the same size costing Rs 2 lakh designed and developed by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Cochin, they said.

“Our cage capacity is five tonnes of fish, equivalent to a hectare in the pond”, final year student G. Rubeena told The Hindu . The final year students — N. Krishna Veni, P. Ramya Deepthi, S. Gayatri, M. Ramoji, Y. Vasanta, B. Susmitha, G.V. Hemalatha and boys — P. Pramod and K. Nagaraju — were part of the project that was encouraged by Nagayalanka-based farmer T. Raghu Sekhar.

In early February, the two cages were built. The cage floats on water with the support of thermocol sheets and empty plastic cans, poles tied in the shape of a square. One net is underwater and another net covers the top to prevent the fish from jumping out.



  • Students bring down cost of cage from Rs. 2 lakh to Rs. 50,000
  • Cultivation of Asian Seabass seed begins in the two cages


Creative healing

Inner Harmony , an art therapy workshop, on March 15

Forum Art Gallery presents Inner Harmony , an art therapy workshop for adults. The programme, based on Art, Movement and Theatre, will be conducted by Augustine Thilak and Victoria. Victoria Niveditha is an artist and socio-medical faculty. She conducts counselling, therapeutic sessions and workshops for teachers, professionals, individuals and students. Augustine Thilak, a Fine Arts graduate, completed his post graduation in Psychotherapy and Counselling. It will be held on March 15, 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. at Forum Art Gallery, No. 57, Fifth Street, Padmanabha Nagar, Adyar.

For details, call 4211-5596