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The British Coun­cil – SRM Lec­ture se­ries saw yet an­other prom­i­nent sci­en­tist de­liver the Great Talks lec­ture at SRM IST, on the re­la­tion­ship be­tween An­thro­pol­ogy and Ar­chae­ol­ogy. Tak­ing cross-dis­ci­plinar­ity to a new high, Pro­fes­sor Turi King, Pro­fes­sor of Pub­lic En­gage­ment and Reader in Ge­net­ics and Ar­chae­ol­ogy, Univer­sity of Le­ices­ter, spoke about her work that con­nected An­thro­pol­ogy, the study of hu­mans, early ho­minids and pri­mates, such as chim­panzees and Ar­chae­ol­ogy, the study of the an­cient and re­cent hu­man past through ma­te­rial re­mains. Her riv­et­ing talk to un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents at the School of Biotech­nol­ogy at SRM IST gave a fas­ci­nat­ing over­sight of the myr­iad ap­pli­ca­tions of DNA fin­ger­print­ing. Pro­fes­sor Turi King, a Ge­neti­cist of re­pute, started her aca­demic ca­reer read­ing Ar­chae­ol­ogy and An­thro­pol­ogy at the Univer­sity of Cam­bridge. It was here, that she be­came in­ter­ested in how ge­net­ics could be used to an­swer ar­chae­o­log­i­cal and his­tor­i­cal ques­tions. She then went on to write an award-win­ning Ph.D. in Molec­u­lar Ge­net­ics ex­am­in­ing the link be­tween 'British hered­i­tary sur­names and the Y chro­mo­some'. Since then, all of her work has com­bined ge­net­ics with his­tory, ar­chae­ol­ogy, ge­og­ra­phy, foren­sics, and epi­demi­ol­ogy. “DNA fin­ger­print­ing has been used as a way to trace sur­names down through the gen­er­a­tions, to prove links be­tween fam­i­lies who didn’t know they were re­lated or to show that a par­tic­u­lar sur­name may have more than one ori­gin”, she said. She spoke about how Ge­netic Ge­neal­ogy is now a boom­ing busi­ness and traced some fa­mous cases she’s been in­volved in like on Sir David At­ten­bor­ough’s fam­ily and that of Thomas Jef­fer­son, the third Pres­i­dent of the United States. She also spoke about her path­break­ing work on ge­netic anal­y­sis which led to the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the skele­tal re­mains of King Richard III. Dr. Turi’s in­trepid jour­ney into

re­search in two un­con­nected fields was an in­spi­ra­tion for the bud­ding ge­neti­cists to view the field of ge­net­ics in a wider di­men­sion. It’s not just about re­search in Ge­nomics or Gene ma­nip­u­la­tion the one could hope in ex­cel in, the bound­aries are broader and in­ter­dis­ci­plinar­ity of­fers new hori­zons for pro­fes­sional and ca­reer ad­vance­ment for the ge­netic sci­en­tist.

Best Ho­tel Man­age­ment In­sti­tute Award - 4th Time In A Row

Dr. D. Antony Ashok Ku­mar, Di­rec­tor, SRM In­sti­tute of Ho­tel Man­age­ment re­ceiv­ing the award at 11th Na­tional Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Sum­mit & Ex­cel­lence Awards from Dr. Satya­pal Singh, Honor­able Min­is­ter of State for Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment (Higher Ed­u­ca­tion) Govt. of In­dia. SRM In­sti­tute of Ho­tel Man­age­ment has re­ceived “Best Ho­tel Man­age­ment In­sti­tute “. The award was con­ferred by Dr. Satya­pal Singh, Hon­ourable Min­is­ter of State for Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment (H igher Ed­u­ca­tion) Govt. of In­dia dur­ing 11th Na­tional Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Sum­mit & Ex­cel­lence Awards on 17TH Fe­bru­ary 2018 at New Delhi. We have been re­ceiv­ing this award 4th time in a row. This Ed­u­ca­tion Sum­mit was or­ga­nized to hon­our those who have con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly in the field of im­prov­ing the qual­ity of Ed­u­ca­tion, de­liv­ery mech­a­nism with em­pha­sis on world­class re­search and in­no­va­tions. It will be wor­thy of men­tion­ing here that SRM IHM is the only in­sti­tute to have re­ceived this award in the Hos­pi­tal­ity sec­tor.

SRMIST Stu­dent Shares Se­mes­ter Abroad Ex­pe­ri­ence At Tokai Univer­sity, Ja­pan

Fi­nal year Mecha­tron­ics engi­neer­ing stu­dent at SRM IST Rahul R Ramakrishnan is truly ex­cited about his se­mes­ter abroad ex­pe­ri­ence at Tokai Univer­sity, Ja­pan. With a sparkle in his eye and a pen­chant for Ro­bot­ics, Rahul has de­vel­oped a flex­i­ble back­bone model for a con­tin­uum robot in­spired by the ele­phant’s ubiq­ui­tous trunk. Re­search­ing at the Ya­mamoto Lab­o­ra­tory along with a fel­low Ph.D. stu­dent at Tokai Univer­sity, un­der the su­per­vi­sion of Dr. Yoshio Ya­mamoto, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter and Pro­fes­sor De­part­ment of Pre­ci­sion Engi­neer­ing, the study has pro­vided new in­sights into hu­man-ma­chine in­ter­ac­tion, with im­proved flex­i­bil­ity, safety and a greater de­gree of free­dom. Rahul’s one se­mes­ter visit was fa­cil­i­tated by the MoU be­tween the two in­sti­tu­tions. “Tokai Univer­sity is one of the pop­u­lar pri­vate Uni­ver­si­ties in Ja­pan well known for its large in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity with amaz­ing cam­pus fa­cil­i­ties; they even have a build­ing named Techno Tower with MIT stan­dard fa­cil­i­ties. It is truly a dream come true for me”, said Rahul, soon af­ter re­turn­ing to SRM to com­plete the rest of his course. “My pro­gram at Tokai was de­signed for re­search in Ro­bot­ics. I loved every minute of my stay there. The big take away is that I im­proved my self-con­fi­dence and got the once in a life­time op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence a cross-cul­tural en­vi­ron­ment first hand. I made lots of new friends. I also got to learn more about the Ja­panese cul­ture, food and to un­der­stand Ja­panese peo­ple bet­ter”, he went on to add. The Se­mes­ter Abroad Pro­gramme is part of SRM’s flag­ship in­ter­na­tional mo­bil­ity pro­gramme in which sev­eral hun­dred stu­dents go abroad each year to study in over 100 part­ner uni­ver­si­ties across the globe, to earn cred­its for cour­ses taken or for re­search in­tern­ships.

Dr. Satya­pal Singh, Honor­able Min­is­ter of State for Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment (Higher Ed­u­ca­tion) Govt. of In­dia

Pro­fes­sor Turi King, Pro­fes­sor of Pub­lic En­gage­ment and Reader in Ge­net­ics and Ar­chae­ol­ogy, Univer­sity of Le­ices­ter

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