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The inter-department cultural event of Ethiraj College, Aarambh & Maithri was held on 25th, 26th and 27th of August this year. The theme for the fest was ‘Swart en Wit: A Black and White world’. About 26 departments from various disciplines participated on a tremendous scale to win major titles along with the overall title like Miss Aarambh, Miss Maithri, Miss Ganapriya and Miss Natyanjali. The cultural fest was inaugurated by Thiru. S.P. Muthuraman, Thiru. Gangai Amaren, Thiru. Kasturi Raja and Thiru. Thambi Ramaiah. The overall trophy for Aarambh was won by the Department of Commerce (Self- Supporting) and the Aarambh runner up was won by the Department of Corporate Secretaryship and the overall Maithri was also won by the Department of Commerce (Self – Supporting) and the Maithri runner up was won by the Department of English (Self – Supporting). The valedictory function was held in the evening of 27th August with Thiru. Venkat Prabhu as the Chief Guest.



Department of History, Tourism and Travel Management organized destination learning to GRT GRAND hotel on 18.09.2015. III B.A TTM students accompanied by two faculty members, Ms.Chawngthanmawii, Miss Ishwarya.J visited the hotel.

GRT Grand Chennai, a Luxury hotel is owned by G.R. Thanga Maligai Ltd, a jewellery organization based in the city. This Commercial hotel has 133 rooms to accommodate the guest. Two specialty restaurants naming Azula and Copper point, additional services including Coffee Shop, Cake Shop, Banquet halls, Spa, Three level Bar, Recreational centre are the major services available in the hotel.

The Students and the faculty were welcomed as a guest of the hotel with a Welcome drink. Professional Trainer Mr.Jhonson gave the orientation about the hotel and the organization. Students gained practical and technical knowledge about the Hotel Business. Power point presentation, video’s featuring the organization were displayed. After Orientation, Students were divided into two groups and were taken to hotel’s Back office, Kitchen, areas of services and was explained about these business areas in detail. The students and faculty members were offered with refreshments. The training winded up with the special address by the Chair Person.



Historica is the annual fest of the Department of History, Tourism and Travel Management which includes a wide array of Inter-Collegiate and Inter-Class competitions such as Inter Collegiate Debate, Inter Class Quiz, Shot Gun Quiz and Global Costume competition which seek to exhibit the talents of the students.

One of the highlights of HISTORICA is the production of a student’s journal bearing the same name. Through this it is intended to showcase the writing editing and publication skills of the students. Dr. Sathyabhama Badreenath, Regional Director, ASI – Southern Region, Bengaluru, presided over the programme.


Seminar on Cyber Safety



Crimes against women have taken new forms with the emergence of modern means of communication. Cyber safety is the need of the hour as far as protection of women’s rights is concerned. The Department of History, Tourism and Travel management had organized this seminar to address this vital need. Digital literacy, safety and security are no doubt necessary in modern times but equal importance needs to be given to the knowledge of safeguards and laws governing internet usage. The purpose of this seminar is to bring about awareness about the existing legal protection and the precautions that need to be adopted by women while using the internet.

Presidential Address - Thiru. V.M.Muralidharan (Chairman, Ethiraj College Trust)
Inaugural Address - Prof. Dr.P. Vanangamudi (Vice-Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University)
Special Address - Dr. C. Sylendra Babu I.P.S. (ADGP, Coastal Security Group)
Resource Person - Mr. Perumal Udayar (Advocate - Madras High Court)
Resource Person - Dr. Abhilasha(Psychologist and Hypnotherapist)


Ripples 2015

The Annual association Carnival “Ripples” was held on 1st September 2015. “Ripples’15” observed an overwhelming number of participants from more than ten city Colleges. The Chief Guest of the Fest, Dr. M. Michael Gromiha, Associate Professor, Dept. Of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras delivered the inaugural address. His talk on Computational biology and Protein Bioinformatics gave a deep insight of the subject. The welcome address delivered by the Head of the Department, Dr. M Shahida Banu was followed by the release of the Department Newsletter “Waves” which highlights the celebration of the Year of Light that exemplifies the inherent potentials of young minds. The Department was also privileged to honour its entire retired faculty who were pioneers in the inception and upgradation of the Department. The day witnessed a string of parallel on – stage and off – stage events. The Inter-Collegiate Quiz was hosted by Dr.Kumar, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physics, New College which brought the best out of the students. The carnival ended with the distribution of prizes for various events. The Madras Christian College bagged the Overall Rolling Trophy and Loyola College the Inter-Collegiate Quiz – Scintillation rolling trophy.

State Level Symposium on “Recent Trends in Nanomaterials and Solar Cell Applications”

Commemorating the Quasquicentennial Birth Anniversary of its Founder Shri. V. L. Ethiraj, the Department of Physics, Ethiraj College for Women conducted a State Level Symposium on “Recent Trends in Nanomaterials and Solar Cell Applications” on 2nd September 2015. Dr. Mrs. M. Shahida Banu, Head, Department of Physics, Ethiraj College for Women welcomed the audience. Principal, Dr. A. Nirmala and Vice-Principal, Dr. M. Jeeva also attended the inaugural session. Eminent Scientists Dr. Arindam Das, Scientist and HBNI Asst. Professor, Surface and Nanoscience Division, Materials Science Group, IGCAR, Kalpakkam, Dr.Sekhar Bhattacharya, Senior Research Scientist, SSN Research Centre, Chennai and Dr. S. Uthanna, Department of Physics, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati delivered lectures which enhanced the knowledge of the students in the field of Nanoscience and Solar Cell Applications.

Around 250 faculty and students from various Colleges across the State attended the Symposium.



Department of History, TTMcelebrated the Madras Day and launchedEthiraj College Archives in commemorationof the 125th Birth Anniversary of our Revered Founder Sri V. L. Ethiraj, on 13th August 2015.Principal Dr. A Nirmala welcomed the gathering, Dr. Sheela Kirubakaram, Associate Professor & Head, presented an overview of the Madras Week Celebrations. Mr. M Muralidharan, Chairman, delivered the presidential address. Mr. S. Muthiah, Journalist, launched the Ethiraj College Archives and delivered the Madras Day address. Special address was delivered by Biographer Mr. Randor Guy. As a part of Madras Day celebration, the Department of History and TTM organized inter – departmental quiz and slogan competition for the students, Quiz competition for the non-teaching staff, cookery competition for the faculty members, photography exhibition and an exhibition of models on Monuments of Chennai. The students of the Department also took part in the heritage walk in Fort St. George in association with INTACH.


On the occasion of Chennai Day which falls on the 22nd of August, the Department of History, Tourism and Travel Management participated in a Heritage Walk as part of the Department's extension activity. The walk was organised in association with INTACH (the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage-Chennai Chapter). Eighteen students of the department took part in the Heritage Walk along with a faculty member.

The students assembled at the Fort at 6.45 a.m. The walk was led by Mr. Vincent D’Souza, the noted Journalist and Heritage activist. He provided an overview of the historical aspects of the Fort, including its construction and the various buildings situated within. The students actively participated and showed keen interest and enthusiasm in the tour. At the close of the walk at 10 am, the group also visited the Fort St. George Museum and took a look at the exhibits.



The Department of History and Tourism & Travel Management organised a “Destination Learning” one-day trip to Mamallapuram, a UNESCO recognized World Heritage Site, on 22nd August 2015. Dr. Jishamol and Ms. Arokiya Anbazhagi. J (Faculty, Department of History & TTM) accompanied the students of II B.A. History, I & II M.A. History. The students were given complete insight on the group of monuments at Mamallapuram, delving into its history, architectural styles, iconography and significance. Dr. Jishamol gave a vivid explanation about the political history of the Pallavas; their origin, genealogy and contributions of the prominent Pallavas kings – Mahendravarman, Narasimhavarman I and Rajasimha. Ms. Arokiya Anbazhagi. J explained the different styles of temple architecture viz. Nagara, Vesara and Dravida at the Five Rathas. The architectural trail was covered by foot from the Descent of Ganges bas-relief panel to the Mahishasuramardini Cave temple, through the Varaha Mandapa. The sculptural panels at these cave temples were explained by Ms. Arokiya Anbazhagi. J with specifications about the story depicted on them.

The students enjoyed the stories depicted as poetry on rock by the Pallavan sculptors when Ms. Arokiya Anbazhagi. J illustrated every component of the Descent of Ganges. They were able to admire the skill, love, spirituality, culture and wittiness of the sculptor. The day ended with a fruitful session at the Shore Temple, the sole surviving pagoda. The students were surprised to know that the Shore temple is not a single shrine but three shrines encompassed as one and that a Vishnu shrine lies between two shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. The students enjoyed the field study as they gained direct visual knowledge of the monuments and their history. It was a fruitful experience as they returned with a treasure trove of Pallavan architecture in their minds and a spirit to preserve our cultural heritage in their hearts.


The inauguration of the Union activities of the Ethiraj Students’ Union took place on 22nd July 2015 from 9 am to 10 am, in the College auditorium. Smt. Vishaka Hari, an alumna of the College and a renowned Carnatic vocalist and Harikatha exponent was the Chief Guest. The lighting of Kuthuvilakku was followed with a welcome address by the Principal, Tmt. Dr. A. Nirmala. The road map of the year was presented by the General Secretary of the Students’ Union, Ms. Sivapriya and the vote of thanks was delivered by Ms. A. Meenakshi Raaj, the President of the Students’ Union.


The Ethiraj Students’ Union 2015 – 16, hosted the Ethnic day celebrations, on 17th July 2015 as a part of the Quasquicentennial Birth Anniversary of the Founder, Shri. V. L. Ethiraj. The celebration signified the importance of being in harmony. The students of the College actively participated in the function attired in their traditional clothes. A cultural program was organized, with Smt. Gayathri Venkatraghavan, an alumna of the college and renowned Carnatic musician as the Chief Guest along with the Chairman of the college, Thiru. V. M. Muralidharan and the Principal, Dr. Tmt. A. Nirmala.


A one day Seminar on “Methods and Means toDevelop Research in Colleges” was conducted on Tuesday, the 4th August 2015 in the Mini-Auditorium, Ethiraj College for Women with M.Phil students, Ph.D Scholars and teachers from Ethiraj College and other city colleges, viz Anna Aadarsh College for Women,Madras Christian College, Women’s Christian College, Presidency College and A.M. Jain College.

It was inaugurated by A.R.Veeramani, Dean, College Development Council, University of Madras. Dr. (Mrs) A.Nirmala, Principal, Ethiraj College for Women, welcomed the gathering and spoke on the significance of organising a need based seminar of this type.

Prof. A. R.Veeramani enriched the audience on the various sources of funds available for research projects and the fellowships available for research scholars.

Dr. (Mrs) R.Vijayanthimala, Dean of research and the Convenor, appealed to the students to perform Quality Research and dedicate it to our Founder, Thiru. V. L. Ethiraj, on his 125th Birth Anniversary.

Next, Prof. E. Murugan, Department of Physical Chemistry and Head, Material Science Department, University of Madras, gave a very interesting picture of why and how seminars, Symposia and Conferences must be conducted and the purpose for conducting and attending the same .He also said that educational institutions must tie up with industries to truly realise the outcome of such research activities.

The post lunch session was by Prof. P. Selvam, Department of Chemistry and National Centre for Catalysis Research, IIT Madras. He insisted that the College should take dedicate more infrastructure for research and identify areas where assistance from higher institutions of repute in respective fields can be sought, thus creating linkages with other research institutions.