Sunday, April 27, 2014

INR. 35,000/- handed over as Medical Aid by District Committee

The Ernakulam District Committee handed over an amount of Rs. 35,000/- as Medical Aid to five beneficiaries of various Upasabhas in Ernakulam District during March 2014. The applications were recommended by the concerned Upasabhas and the District Committee held on 2nd of March 2014 at Kalady passed the same. The following are the beneficiaries and the amount handed over are given in brackets. K. Subramanian of Koovappady (10,000/-), Subramanian A. of Ernakulam (10,000/-), Mridula Janardanan of Parur (5,000/-), Radhamadhav Bhatt of Kalady (5,000/-) and Saraswathy of Parur (5,000/-).

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ernakulam City Unit & Thripunithura handed over Vishukkaineettam to District Committee

The fund collection drive in eleven Upasabhas of Ernakulam District are nearing completion. The annual project by the name 'Vishukkaineettam Brahmana Sabhakku' was well received by the members in all Upasabhas. A ritual calendar is handed over to members by visiting their house and Vishukkaneettam is collected from them. It is also a house visit programme for the office bearers and volunteers of the Sabha. 

Mohandas S. receiving the cheque from R. Ananthakrishnan. (From left) P. R. Sankaranarayanan, T. K. Narayanaswami, Mahadevan R., R. Ramakrishnan, A. R. Suryanarayanan, R. Hariharaputhran, M. Vanchiswaran, R. Ananthanarayanan, T. S. Sankaranarayanan, S. Narayanan, M. Ramachandran, Krishnamoorthy, R. Hariharakrishnan
Mohandas S. receiving funds from Dr. P. S. Raman. (From left) N. V. Krishnan, S. Naganathan, S. Gopalakrishnan
The Ernakulam City Unit handed over the funds to Mohandas S., District Secretary on Wednesday, 23rd April 2014. R. Ananthakrishnan, President of Ernakulam City Unit handed over the Cheque in presence of Committee members at Ernakulam. 

Thripunithura Upasabha also handed over the Vishukkaineettam fund to District Committee on 23rd April 2014. Mohandas S., District Secretary received the amount on behalf of District Committee. Dr. P. S. Raman, President of Thrupunithura Upasabha handed over the fund in presence of other office bearers.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Vishukkaineettam Brahmana Sabhakku - 2014








Krishnamoorthy - the young scientist from Ernakulam

Krishnamoorthy S., alias Sriram who is a plus one student at Amritha Vidyalamyam, Edappilly attended and presented a paper in a conference organised by SPIE, a not-for-profit international professional society for optics and photonics technology held at San Diego, California, USA from 9th to 13th March 2014. He presented a paper on "Powering Nanorobotic Devices: Challenges and Future Strategies" at on 11th March 2014. Krishnamoorthy is son of Sankar who is a life member of Perumbavoor Upasabha and Ramalakshmi who is residing at Palarivattom. Krishna Moorthi retains the patent rights of the paper and the ideas therein. The conference was attended by leading scientists and research scholars across the world. Krishna Moorthi was the only school student who presented a paper, and was the youngest among all the participants. Efforts are being made to publish his full length paper with picture illustrations in the "Journal of Nanophotonics", which is a prestigious professional journal. SPIE will be publishing his full length paper and poster image in their conference proceedings, and also in their digital library, which has world-wide readership among the professional circle. The young scientist is presently working on a project to make a working model of a nanorobot and to power it, based on actual lab experiments. 

His interest extends to self stablilised social service activities also. Last year, he made soap powder from raw materials (bought from market), sold it regularly to nearby houses, and with the profits earned, donated dresses to all the children inmates of an orphanage in Fort Kochi. On all holidays, he regularly goes to ARDSI (Al-zheimer's Related Disorder Society of India) and does service to the old-aged inmates affected by Al-zheimer's disease. He desires to apply for US admission this year, for continuing his studies and pursuing research.

SPIE (Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers in California) is a not-for-profit international professional society for optics and photonics technology, founded in 1955. It organizes technical conferences, trade exhibitions, and continuing education programs for researchers and developers in the light-based fields of physics, including, but not limited to: optics, photonics and imaging engineering. The society publishes peer-reviewed scientific journals, conference proceedings, monographs, tutorial texts, field guides, and reference volumes in print and online. In 2012, the society provided $3.3 million in support of optics education and outreach programs around the world.

SPIE Smart Structures/NDE 2014 - a multidisciplinary conference devoted to energy harvesting, non-destructive evaluation (NDE), damage detection, structural health monitoring (SHM), dielectric elastomers, actuators, shape memory alloys and polymers, magnetorheological fluids, electroactive polymers (EAP), bioinspired and robotic systems, and smart materials, sensors, systems, and networks.

Details of Paper presented by Krishnamoorthy: Nanotechnology, even after 55 years since its foundation, is still in its infancy.  However, of late, there has been a large increase in the research being done in this field in many prominent Research institutions across the globe. Nanorobotics is the combination of Nanotechnology and Robotics, to create robots that are only a few nanometres (ie-9 metres) in size.  Nanobots are yet to be made.  But with the current pace of ongoing researches, scientists predict that nanobots will be made a reality by next ten years.  The main proposed function of nanobots is to use them in the medical field to interact with cells or intra-cellular substances and prevent or reverse genetical and structural diseases such as various cancers, haemophilia, anaemia, hypertension, diabetes etc. One of the major challenges faced while creating a nanobot to travel through human body is to power it.  Nanobots would require a very small yet highly potential source of energy.  There are many hypothesised energy sources for nanobots.  But, all of these energy sources pose a few challenges which need to be addressed if they are to be used to power nanobots.  These challenges can be overcome using a number of strategies that can be used to make an economically, ecologically and medically viable energy source. Nanobots require much different energy sources than usual robots as they are too small for the typical energy sources for a robot, like batteries, solar cells or air-pressure cylinders.  Their energy sources should not be the ones that need regular replacements and adjustments as nanobots will usually be situated in places like the interior of a human body where they cannot be periodically charged or physically handled.   One of the most important uses of nanobots is as medical devices that can help treat structural diseases.  They have to be placed inside a human body and have to be powered when they are there.  Powering nanobots is a critical challenge as the energy sources for a nanobot are still in a developing stage and are very costly,  and, in the case of most energy sources, polluting. There are several hypothesised energy sources to provide power for nanobot in a human body. Some of these sources rely on the nanorobot using the host’s own body as a way of generating power (e.g. the body heat of the host, host’s blood flows etc.). Some other sources include a small power source on board the robot itself (e.g. Optoelectric Nuclear battery, Quantum Dot Solar cell etc.).  Some of these energy sources use forces outside the host’s body to power the nanobot (e.g. acoustic energy etc.).

Sruthy Subramaniam bags first rank in 7th Mathematics Olympiad

Friday, April 18, 2014

Solidarity to 'Save FACT' movement

The procession to the venue from MKK Nair junction
The District Committee of Kerala Brahmana Sabha declared solidarity to 'Save FACT' movement at the venue of protest by FACT employees before the company headquarters in Eloor. V. Krishnaswami, District President addressed the volunteers. On the 5th of March 2014, the members assembled at Eloor and marched to the venue declaring solidarity.
V. Krishnaswami addressing the crowd at Eloor
V. Krishnaswami draping ponnada to George Thomas. Dr. P. S. Raman, N. Ranganathan, N. Ramachandran, R. Ramakrishnan, K. Venugopal, K. Chandran Pillai, Mohandas S. also seen
Mohandas S. (District Secretary), Dr. P. S. Raman (President, Central Zone), D. Murthy (State Committee Member), N. Ramachandran (State Joint Secretary), H. Vanchiswaran (District President, Yuvajana Vibhagam), M. Vanchiswaram (State Committee Member) were also present on the occasion. More than 100 members from different Upasabhas of Ernakulam District participated in the march.

District Yuvajana Vibhagam conducted Thyagaraja Aradhana

The Yuvajana Vibhagam of Ernakulam District organised a Thyagaraja Aradhana on 16th of February 2014 at Sree Rama Bhajana Mandom, Perumbavoor. Dr. G. Bhuvaneswari, Head of the Department of Music, Maharajas College, Ernakulam inaugurated. H. Vanchiswaran, President of Yuvajana Vibhagam, Ernakulam District presided over the meeting and Mohandas S. (District Secretary, Ernakulam), N. Ramachandran (State Joint Secretary), A. Mahadevan (District Secretary, Yuvajana Vibhagam), Lakshmi H. Iyer (District Vice President, Vanitha Vibhagam), K. Hari (Municipal Counciller), N. Ramaswamy (President, Vadakutti Samooham), H. Ramanathan addressed the gathering.