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Dated: December, 2015

List of Biotechnology Students - Anna University Ranks 2014 - 2015

S.No Degree Name Batch University Rank
1 M.Tech - Biotechnology Suganya B 2013-2015 3
2 M.Tech - Biotechnology Swathi D 2013-2015 6
3 B.Tech - Biotechnology Subhasree. S 2011-2015 18
4 B.Tech - Biotechnology Akshaya. R 2011-2015 18
5 B.Tech - Biotechnology Viswanathan. S 2011-2015 26
6 B.Tech - Biotechnology Suchitra Ramesh 2011-2015 30

Congratulations to the students of Biotechnology and the mentors, Dr.M.Sivanandham and Dr.Nalinkanth.V.Ghone, for winning the bronze medal in the iGEM competition.

THE HINDU dated 1/12/2015
A project by biotechnology students of Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering has won the college an award. The students participated in an international competition for developing a synthetic biological system to treat antibiotic resistant bacterial infection.A total of 18 students from the UG and PG classes of Biotechnology Department participated in the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition and won bronze medal.The concept the students took up was to create an alternative to chemical antibiotics that could be administered to counter resistance.Most of the experiments were performed in college’s biotechnology department. The organisation iGEM provided the college the technology to make mini cells.“With DNA database of many organisms now available what we need is a method to fight antibiotic resistance. The students developed synthetic mini cells and added a toxin gene obtained from the DNA database, also provided by iGEM. This cell is then introduced into the human system which has developed resistance to the disease-causing bacteria. The toxin helps in killing the bacteria,” he said. “It was a collective idea from students and I mentored them,” explained S. Shivanandam, director of research at the college.An added attraction is the system could be used to solve the problem of scaling (known as bio-film formation) in industries, said Nalinkanth V. Ghone, associate professor and instructor for the team. As part of the project, the students have taken up creating awareness about synthetic biology in schools and colleges, college officials said.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/students-develop-alternative-to-chemical-antibiotics/article7935044.ece


 

 

Dated: November, 2015

CTS Scholarship Award for the Year 2014-2015

  • J.R.Charitable trust scholarship award (CTS scholarship) for the academic year 2014-2015 was awarded to Mr. E. Balaji (2013-2015) and Mrs. N.C. Saraswathi (2014-2016) of M.Tech Biotechnology, Sri Venkateswara college of engineering for performing their M.Tech project utilizing Bioinformatics tools in Computational System Biotechnology (CSB) laboratory sponsored by Cognizant Technology Solutions.

  • Dr. Appu Rathinavelu, PhD, Fulbright Nehru Scholar and Executive Director, NSU's Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research, Nova South Eastern University , Florida, USA delivered series of lectures as a visiting faculty for the M.Tech Biotechnology students, Department of Biotechnology. He Handled the course "Advanced Genetic Engineering" (Subject Code:BY7014) for the topic "Gene Transfer and Gene Therapy" from 22nd September to 3rd Novemeber,2015.

  • Dated: October, 2015

    Team from the Department of Biotechnology, SVCE
    won Award in iGEM 2015 competition, Boston, USA

    • Team SVCE Chennai is the first team among the Anna University colleges to register and win an award in this prestigious competition. It is one among the three (other teams IIT, IISER) from the nation to win the award. The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) foundation, a spin out of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA, conducts the prestigious iGEM competition annually, in Synthetic Biology. The Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of synthetic biology by the development of an open community, and collaboration through education and competition. In March 2015, students of the Department of Biotechnology has formed a team (SVCE-Chennai) under the guidance Prof. M. Sivanandham, Director-Research and Professor/BT and Dr. Nalinkanth Ghone, Associate Professor/BT and registered for this year's competition. The team was provided with a kit of biological parts to work over the summer to build novel synthetic biological systems. The team worked in the Department of Biotechnology, SVCE with complete support from Faculty members & Staff of Biotechnology Department and SVCE management. The team built synthetic biological system known as ‘MINICINS’ to counter antibiotic resistant microbes and presented their work at Hynes Convention Center -- Boston, MA on 27th September 2015. And, they won a bronze medal at this event.

    • Ms. Ramashree & Ms.Sahana (2011-2015 Batch Biotechnology students) wrote a book entitled on "Pocket Guide to the Butterflies of SVCE" with the help of Dr. T. Murugavel.

    Dated: September, 2015

    INAE -Innovative Student Projects Award 2015 - Winners

    • Ms. Ramashree & Ms.Sajinee (2011-2015 Batch Biotechnology students) are selected for INDIAN NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING INNOVATIVE STUDENT PROJECTS AWARD - 2015 for carrying out the project titled "PCR Amplification of TEM Gene of ESBL Escherichia Coli From soil Samples". The project was carried out under the guidance of Prof. Sulochana Somasundaram.

    OMICS -2015

    • Dr. Appu Rathinavelu, PhD, Fulbright Scholar and Executive Director, NSU’s Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research, Nova South Eastern University , Florida, USA delivered guest lecture on “Translating Bench Research to Medicine” on 4-9-2015.
    • Ms. Ramashree & Ms.Sajinee (2011-2015 Batch) students have been awarded ‘Best Project Award’ for the year 2014-2015.

    Dated: August, 2015

    • Dr.Ganesh Vishwanathan,Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay delivered guest lecture on “Systems Biology of TNF-α Signaling” on 31-8-2015.
    • U.Ezhilarasi participated in Voice for BT inter collegiate public speaking contest on Biotechnology sponsored by Novozymes
    • Dr.Ing. Suresh Sudarsan, iAMB – Institute of Applied Microbiology, RWTH AACHEN UNIVERSITY, D-52074 Aachen, GERMANY delivered guest lecture on “Engineering Microbial Metabolic Complexity for Biochemical Synthesis” on 10-8-2015.

    • Mr. J.Karthick, Mr.Selvakumar, Mr.S.Rupesh (2010-2014 Batch) addressed the prefinal year regarding higher studies.

    Dated: July, 2015

    Inauguration of STUDENTS BIOTECH FORUM - 2015 -16

    • Students Biotech Forum was inaugurated by Dr. S.A. Asokan, Director, Distance Education, Tamilnadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS), Chennai on 24th July, 2015.  The forum was inaugurated by lighting the lamp by the Chief guest. The Office bearers of this Students Biotech Forum (2015)  are

      President : Mr. Shyam Shankar B, IV yr B.Tech Biotech
      General Secretary : Mr. Shameen Javed, III yr B.Tech Biotech
      Treasurer : Ms.Nivedita Jaishankar, III yr B.Tech Biotech
      Joint Secretary : Ms.Azhagammal S C  II yr B.Tech Biotech
      Student Adviser : Mr. Anusha Venkat,II Year M.Tech BioTech.

    • Dr. S.A. Asokan, Director, Distance Education, Tamilnadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS), Chennai delivered guest lecture on “Introduction to Animal Biotechnology” on 24-7-2015.
    • Prof. Ramesh K. Goyal, Ph.D.(Ex-Vice Chancellor, The M.S.University of Baroda)Executive Director (Research & Strategies) V ClinBio Labs, SRMC & RI Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai – 600 116delivered guest lecture on “Prospects of Biopharmaceuticals in India” on 3-7-2015.

    • Mr. Vikas Verma, M. Pharm, Doctoral Fellow, SPPSPTM SVKM’s NMIMS, Mumbai delivered guest lecture on “Advances in siRNA with respect to drug delivery systems” on 3-7-2015.

    • Mr. Balaji (2005-2009 Batch) addressed the prefinal year regarding higher studies.

    • Ms. Sukanya (2005-2009 Batch) addressed the prefinal year regarding higher studies.

    Dated: May, 2015

    Summer workshop on Imaging Techniques In Confocal and Fluorescence Microscope

    • Department of Biotechnology of Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering (SVCE) and VClinBio, SRU organized " Summer workshop on Imaging Techniques In Confocal and Fluorescence Microscope” during 5th May to 9th May 2015.

    Dated: April, 2015

    • 2014-2018 Batch Biotechnology students visited “United Breweries Pvt. Ltd” located at Aranvoyal, Tiruvallur Dt on 17th April 15, 2015.
    • 2012-2016 Batch Biotechnology students visited “Lifecell Lab” located at Keelakottaiyur, Chennai on 10th April, 2015

    Dated: March, 2015

    SVCE STUDENT RESEARCH DAY 2015

    • M Swarnalakshmi, S.Vigneshkumaran, P.Jaibiba and Dr. E. Nakkeeran presented their work entitiled on Formulation of Flvoured Health Drink Enriched with anti oxidants from cactus pear and won first prize in SVCE STUDENT RESEARCH DAY 2015 on 27 March 2015.
    • S.B. Prasanna Kumar, D. Swathi, S. Naga Vignesh and Prof. Sulochana Somasundaram presented their work entitiled on Mutational Analysis of Rifampicin and Ethambutol Targeting Protein using Molecular Dynamic approach in Tuberculosis and won second prize in SVCE STUDENT RESEARCH DAY 2015 on 27 March 2015.

    Outstanding Biotechnology Student Award - 2015

    • Saai Anugraha (2011-2015 Batch) awarded as Outstanding Biotechnology Student Award on College Day 23 March 215

    • Gouthami (2010-2014 Batch), Akila (2009-2013 Batch) and vaishnavi addressed the prefinal year regarding higher studies

    • Divyabharathi R presented poster on “Extraction of colloidal chitin from seawater crabshell” and won firat prize in National conference on Enzyme research in Agriculture, Food and Industrial Biotechnology held at Maharani’s Science College for women, Bangalore between 12th - 13th March, 2015.
    • Jasmine Ruth Anto presented poster on “Biosynthesis, Characterization and Evaluation of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles synthesized using PremnaIntegrifolia plant leaf extract” in National conference on Enzyme research in Agriculture, Food and Industrial Biotechnology held at Maharani’s Science College for women, Bangalore between 12th - 13th March, 2015.
    • Dr. E. Nakkeeran, Associate Professor of Biotechnology and Placement Officer, SVCE received Distinguished Alumnus Award for Professional Excellence from Erode Sengunthar Engineering College, Erode in the Grand Alumni Meet held at ESEC on 7th March 2015.

    • Anirudh, R.Harini, HemaChandrika, Hitesh, S.Kaviya and Momta attended Indian Genetic Congress at SRM University from 04/03/2015 to 06/03/2015
    • The Department of Biotechnology has organized a guest lecture on “Bio Imagineering” by Dr. Rajagopalan Srinivasan, PhD (Biological Sciences), PhD (Biomedical Engineering), Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota, US on 5th March 2015.
    • Shruthi Mohan was the production crew which staged three plays at Music Academy, Chennai as a part of CTI – Crea - SakthiD
    • KiranKashyap R, Rammya K K, Sona K, BinuParvathy A, VarshniRajagopal, Poorvaja G and S.C.Azhagammal, (Spell Bee) participated in Highways cultural competitions .
    • CARE - Eco Club Team Wins South Asian Nationals Hand print Challenge:     16-30 September, 2014 Vol.: 47.
    • Ms. B. Sahana, Ms. T. Ramashree and Ms. T. S. SaaiAnugraha of B. Tech Biotechnology (2011-2015) members of CARE – the Eco Club of Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering, Pennalur, have been selected as one among the 5 winners of the Handprint Challenge: a Sustainability Challenge for Colleges in Asia-Pacific, organized by the South Asia Youth Environment Network (SAYEN) in association with UNertia, supported by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). They received an award from the United Nations Hand Challenge: A Sustainability Challenge for Students. The project ‘Creation of a Microhabitat for Butterflies’ – which is to create a butterfly garden in the College Campus, received US $ 1250 in total. This Environment Programme carries a prize of US $750 to go towards maintaining the butterfly garden at SVCE.
  • Dated: February, 2015
    • Biotechnology Vol :3, Microbial Biotechnology (Multi volume set) Chapter 13, Microbial Technology in Industrial Applications, edited by Rupinder Tewari and J.N.Govil. contributed by Dr.Sulochana Somasundaram and Mr.R.Manikandan. Published by Stadium press LLC,Houston, USA 2014, Series ISBN: 1-62699-015-8.
    • S.Nagavignesh, shrinath narayanan and M.Sivanandham Mutational analysis of human granulocyte macrophage –colony stimulating factor using computational approaches Trends in Bioinformatics 20151-13
    • NirmalaNithya R presented poster on “Aqueous two phase extraction of Betacyanin” in International Conference on Contemporary research trends in diagnostics and Therapeutics held at Anna University, Chennai between 16th – 18th February, 2015.
    • Shanmugapriya A presented poster on “Enhancement of dye degradation activity of Laccase” in International Conference on Contemporary research trends in diagnostics and Therapeutics held at Anna University, Chennai between 16th – 18th February, 2015.
    • E. Balaji presented a poster in “Identifying enhancers for BMP pathway using computational tools for osteogenic differentiation of Bone Marrow derived murine mesenchymal stem cells” in Indo-Australian Conference on Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Drug delivery system & Regenerative medicine held at Anna University, Chennai between 5th – 7th February, 2015.
    • S. Brunda presented a poster in “Studies on proliferation and differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells” in Indo-Australian Conference on Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Drug delivery system & Regenerative medicine held at Anna University, Chennai between 5th – 7th February, 2015.
    • D. Swathi presented a poster entitled “Identification of an enhancer for Bone marrow derived murine mesenchymal stem cell proliferation using computational tools” in Indo-Australian Conference on Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Drug delivery system & Regenerative medicine held at Anna University, Chennai between 5th – 7th February, 2015.
    • Vyas Damodharan (2013 -2015), Kailash Hari (2011-2015) has received consolation award for presenting a paper in “Advanced diagnosis using commercialized probiotics” in 4th Bharatiya Vigyan Sammelan& Expo 2015 held between 5th& 8th February, 2015 in Panaji-Goa, India.

    ALUMNI MEET - 2015

    • Department of Biotechnology organized Alumni get-together at Biotechnology department conference hall on 7th Febraury,2015. AshwinRaj. R, Aiswariya Chidambaram, Charanya Lakshmanan (2005-2009 Batch) R.Prabhu, S.Rajendiran, P.M.Aravind, S. Sudhakar(2008-2012 Batch) R.Linekha (2010 – 2012 Batch) Ankit (2011-2013 Batch) V.G.Karthikeyan (2012-2014 Batch) alumni students attended the meeting.

    INTRAMURAL STUDENT RESEARCH GRANT

    • Vyas Dhamodaran got project funding of Rs. 9,123/- from Intramural Student Research Grant for “Comparitive probiotic analysis of encapsulated and non-encapsulated Bacillus subtilis spores”.
    • Shruthi Mohan got project funding of      Rs. 10,000/- from Intramural Student Research Grant for the project “Cloning of Human Interleukin-2 gene into a mammalian expression vector using a pUC19 vector as an intermediate system.” 

    INDUSTRIAL VISIT

    • 2013-2017 Batch Biotechnology students visited "Thiruthani Sugar mills", on 4th Febraury,2015

    Department of Biotechnology signed Mou with VClinBio, SRU

    • A memorandum of understanding between SVCE and VClinBio was signed by Dr.R.parthiban, Principal,SVCE and Dr. Subbu Apparsundaram, CSO, VClinBio.A team comprising Dr.R.parthiban, Principal, Dr. M.Sivanandham, Director-Research and Dr. G. Baskar AP/AC visited VClinBio.The thrust areas for mutual cooperation identified are drug design & delivery and analytical chemistry. Subsequent to MoU signing Dr. Subbu Apparsundaram, CSO and Dr. Goyal, advisor,VClinBio visited SVCE. They visited the Biotechnlogy, Chemical, Applied Chemistry departments and TIC. They were impressed with the research facilities available especially in the bioprocess, immunology, control and instrumental methods of analysis labs.

    National Workshop on Current Research in Molecular Toxicology

    • Department of Biotechnology of Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering (SVCE) organized "National Workshop on Current Research in Molecular Toxicology” sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, New Delhi during 20th & 21st Feburary 2015. Dr.S.Prabhu, S.Pandiprabha and D.Suresh kumar coordinated the workshop.
    • .Dr. A.Gnanamani, Senior Prinicipal Scientist & Head, Department of Microbiology, Central Leather Research Institute, Chennai presided over the Inaugural function and delivered guest lecture on "Exploring the pro-oxidant and anti-oxidant effects of phenolics used in industries - an approach under in vitro and in vivo conditions" on 20/2/2015.
    • Dr.G.K.SuraishKumar,Professor, Department of Biotechnology, IIT Madras delivered guest lecture on “Cytotoxicity of reactive species” on 21-2-2015.
    • Dr.Rama Shanker Varma, Professor, Department of Biotechnology, IIT Madras delivered guest lecture on “ Immunotoxin new approach for targeted cancer” on 21-02-2015.
    • Dr. Niranjali Devarraj, Professor and Head, Department of Biochemistry, University of Madras, delivered a guest lecture about Molecular Toxicology on 21-02-2105.
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    • Viswanathan.S, Prathiba Srinivasan, Prabhu.S. Adenoviruses in Gene Therapy- A Review. Bioengineering and Bioscience 3(1): 1-5, 2015

    Dated: January, 2015

    • Vishnu Priya S presented a poster on “Extraction of Mimosine Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)” in International conference on Medicinal Plants and Herbal Drugs for Human Welfare held at Le Royal Meridien, Chennai between 28th – 30th January, 2015.
    • Jasmine Ruth Anto presented a poster on “Antibacterial and cytotoxic effect on PremnaIntegrifolia plant leaf extract” in in International conference on Medicinal Plants and Herbal Drugs for Human Welfare held at Le Royal Meridien, Chennai between 28th – 30th January, 2015.
    • Vyas Dhamodaran, Akila M, Arun, Arvindh, Kiran and Mageswari participated in the 2 day training program on “Transposon Mutagenesis in Bacteria” held at SRM University between 22nd – 23rd January, 2015.

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