The quarter under review witnessed important events in SASTRA such as the Bi-Decennial Celebrations, visit of the Washington Accord Team, endowment lectures by Prof. Nathan Glazer of Harvard University, and Dr. Dennis Bray of the University of Cambridge, International Conference on Coastal Hazards, visit of Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister for Science and Technology, visit of Smt. Anuradha Gupta, Member Secretary, AICTE etc.
SASTRA's innovations new initiatives and developmental activities demonstrate our capacity to adapt and change in response to modem requirements, and it is a proof of our commitment to provide quality higher education. I hope and trust that our efforts will benefit our students in particular and also the nation at large.
SASTRA was conferred the Deemed University status on 26th April, 2001. The first batch of B. Tech. students from SASTRA will graduate from the institution this summer. The knowledge and the
technical skills they have acquired here are hailed as, of international standards by distinguished academicians and industry experts visiting the campus. Our students have proved their mettle time and again by winning laurels in the national level technical and project contests and also by getting placed in reputed organisations. We are proud of our graduates and their achievements. I wish them all a very bright and prosperous future.
Prof. R. SETHURAMAN
OF Shri KAPIL SIBAL
Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister for Science and Technology and Ocean Development, visited SASTRA on 6th March 2005. He inaugurated the 6Mbps Internet Line, the Law Library and the Centre fot Advanced Research in Indian System of Medicine. The Minister also addressed the Staff and the Students. He lauded SASTRA for taking up advanced research in Indian System of Medicine and declared that the DST would extend all help for SASTRA's research activities. Prof. V.S. Ramamoorthy, Secretary, Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India was the guest of honour.
R. Sethuraman, Shri Kapil Sibal, Prof. V.S. Ramamoorthy
inauguration of the 6 Mbps Internet Line
Later in the same day Shri Kapil Sibal, at a function held in Nambiar Nagar in Nagappatinam, handed over five community shelters constructed by the TIFAC-CORE of SASTRA, for the benefit of tsunami survivors. TIFAC is carrying out the project through its Centre of Relevance and Excellence (CORE). To carry out the project in SASTRA Deemed University was chosen as the centre by TIFAC. SASTRA swung into action immediately and has completed the construction of five shelters out of the 50 proposed for this district. The Minister also distributed 5 composite catamarans to the afflicted fishermen. A
total of 55 catamarans are planned to be given. He warmly appreciated the efforts of TIFAC at SASTRA for effectively carrying out the project. We are grateful to the Hon'ble Minister and the Dept. of Science and Technology, Govt. of India for having given us this opportunity to render timely service to the tsunami survivors. The total cost of the project is expected to be over Rs. 1 crore.