Tuesday, 17 January 2017

SRM University, an Overview

SRM University is a university is one of the top universitiesin Chennai and was established in 1985. It is a private university and UGC approved. It has many facilities like Boys hostel, girl’s hostel, gym, library, sports, cafeteria, auditorium, medical, WiFi, transport and IT infrastructure.

There is a total of 2084 faculty. There is a total of 52 courses offered in all and out of 52, 21 are under graduate courses and 31 are post graduate courses.

Undergraduate courses offered are:
  •  Aerospace Engineering, Architecture Engineering, Automobile Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biotechnology Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science Engineering 
  •  MBBS 
  •  Bachelor of Science 
  •  Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) 
  •  Bachelor of Commerce + Bachelor of Law, Bachelor of Arts + Bachelor of Law 
  •  Bachelor of Law 
  •  Bachelor of Arts (Journalism and Mass Communication) 
  •  Bachelor of Education 
  •  Bachelor of Medical Records Sciences 

Some of the post graduate courses offered are:
  •  Masters in Architecture 
  •  M. Tech. Water Resources and Management, M. Tech. Nanotechnology, M. Tech. Power Electronics and Drives, M. Tech. Power Systems, M. Tech. Remote Sensing and GIS, M. Tech. Robotics, M. Tech. Software Engineering, M. Tech. Biomedical Engineering 
  •  M.Sc. Information Technology

Mode of admission in SRM University is:

  1. SRMJEE for undergraduate course 
  2. NATA for undergraduate architecture course 
  3. SRMGEET for postgraduate course 
  4. GATE for postgraduate course 
  5. TANCET for postgraduate course 
There is one more campus in Ghaziabad. The SRM University NCR campus also has many courses to offer. And it is a deemed university. There is a reservation of 50% in general category, 27% in OBC, 15% SC and 8% in ST category.  

Based on Nationality the criteria for SRMJEEE Eligibility are:
  •  Students should be Indian Nationals/Non-Resident Indians (NRI)/PIO/OCI card holders (cards issued by Government of India). 
  •  NRI/PIO/OCI card holders who do not sit for SRMJEEE can apply under International student category. 

Eligibility for B.Tech programmes through SRMJEEE 

  • Students must have passed 10+2 (or equivalent exam) in regular stream from any State Board/CBSE/ISCE/Matriculation/NIOS. 
  • Those currently appearing in class XII or equivalent exam in regular stream from any State Board/CBSE/ISCE/Matriculation/NIOS are also eligible for the entrance exam. 
  • For admissions in Delhi - NCR campus, students must have obtained minimum aggregate marks of 55% in PCM. 
  • For admissions to B.Techprogrammes, the students who have secured International Baccalaurette (IB) with diploma or A-level with major subjects as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry qualified from any International school within India are also eligible to sit in the entrance exam.  

For Direct Admissions in SRMJEEE

  • Top rank holders of central and state board of examination are offered direct admission. 
  • The top 1,000 IIT JEE rank holders are also eligible to get direct admissions in SRM University for B.Techprogrammes. 
  • The candidates who have secured highest marks in any of the districts of Tamil Nadu are also eligible for direct admissions to undergraduate engineering exams in SRM University. 

Eligibility Criteria of SRMJEEE 2017 for Foreign and NRI candidates 

NRIs and Foreign Students are excused from appearing for SRMJEEE 2017. They will be offered admissions based on the following eligibility criteria:

For B.Techprogrammes
  •  The candidates are required topass Class 12th (Higher Secondary School) of India or equivalent examination eg. CBSE, ISCE, A Levels, IB, STPM, HSC, WASSCE, NCEA Level 3, American High School Diploma, etc. with a minimum 50% total or equivalent grade in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and a pass in English. 
  • Candidates following the American High School system will be considered if the above courses have been taken in the 11th and 12th grades or 'AP' (Advanced Placement) courses or completed the above science courses in the Bachelor's degree. 

For placements, some of the frequently visited companies are – Mahindra, Microsoft, Essar Group, HP, Amazon India, Anand and Anand, Titan Indus, Panasonic, Asian Paints, Bajaj Capital, etc.

The highest package has gone up to 32 lacs and the average package is 6 lacs.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Why We Tend To Carry Babies on Our Left

From the day we are born we entangle ourselves into many relationships but the most precious, everlasting and god gifted relationship is that with our mother. This purest form of love is a blessing for all the mammals but no one can figure out the exact reason behind it from time immemorial we have learnt that mothers nourish their child in their womb for 9 months, hence this is the ultimate reason why our relationship with our mother is the most strongest as this relation begins prior to all other relationships we develop in this world.

The way a mother loves her child is impeccable and the way she holds her child is also a bit mysterious. The scientists are keen to find out the reason behind why mothers always carry their baby in their left shoulder. The exact reasoning behind this phenomenon is yet to develop but if we study human behavior we can find that this activity is embedded in our evolution. Some researchers have claimed that there is this is directly related to our brains as it helps us to grasp the information and reaction that a baby gives and is process accordingly.

When a mother holds her baby in her arms, she does it with so much care and affection that no other place can be as safe for her baby than the mother’s shoulders. But, this biasness to cradle her baby on the left side is still not clear and thus has given a new agenda to the scientists for research.

Scientists from all over the world is researching on this topic and found this left side cradling biasness in many animals and have derived a conclusion that strengthens the relationship between the mother and her child as she can immediately respond to her child’s actions. Some authors say that left-side cradling of the baby is the best way for a mother to get connected with her child by responding to her child’s cry, laugh, yawns and many more. As holding the child on the left side helps all the responses of the child to be delivered in flick of seconds to the mother’s brain. In This way the bonding between the mother and child becomes strong and develops emotions.

Researches have proven that almost 70 to 85 per cent of women and girls have a tendency to hold the babies on the left shoulder.

New findings have suggested that sensory lateralization leads to the bonding between the mother and the child. During the research a study was carried out incorporating almost 10 species of the animal kingdom including walruses, orcas to kangaroos and it was discovered that all preferred in keeping the infants on their left shoulder.

Thus, whether we consider this phenomenon of keeping children to the left side as an evolution, preference or tendency, it does very much exists especially in women and henceforth nurtures this god gifted relationship between a mother and her child.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Zapping the Brain Really Does Seem to Improve Depression

Zapping the Brain
Marc Asnin/Redux/eyevine
A new method for zapping away depression

Ever had an ailment and wished you could throw away the agony? A new medication-free treatment for depression cases to accomplish something simply like that. Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) includes utilizing electrodes to send a frail current over the cerebrum.

 It helps the individuals who are either sensitive to antidepressants or don't react well to the pills. Fortifying cerebrum tissue like this has been connected to impacts going from quickened figuring out how to enhancing the side effects of depression and quicker recuperation from strokes.

 A great many reviews have recommended the method might be valuable for everything from a mental imbalance and schizophrenia and Parkinson's to tinnitus. In any case, repeating such reviews has for the most part been troublesome, and two late examinations found no confirmation that tDCS is viable; driving some to state that the system is to a great extent a sham.

How this process helps to remove depression and other sorrows-

The brain is one monster electrical organ, sending signals everywhere on your body to let it know how to work legitimately. This strategy for treatment, now known as electroceuticals, can change the cerebrum's streams and flags, something every single pharmaceutical pill attempt to accomplish, yet have a much slower achievement rate.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS treatment, utilizes a focused on attractive field to fortify parts of the cerebrum thought to control mindsets. A gadget is put on the patient's head over this part of the cerebrum, and a curl centers the attractive field, beating an electrical current, making neurones discharge neurotransmitters accepted to mitigate misery.

Individuals who experience the ill effects of sadness have low levels of serotonin and dopamine in this locale. The chemical helps to consider activity, feeling and engine work. Breaking down these elevated expectation considers uncovered that tDCS appears to dependably enhance the manifestations of sorrow, habit and wanting, and fibromyalgia.

It likewise revealed that the system does not work for tinnitus and that the proof for utilizing tDCS for stroke recovery was not as solid the same number of had thought.

Benefits and Future development-

This underscores the most noteworthy finding of the examination. tDCS appears to have the most impact when a rebuilding of the cerebrum isn't required. Essentially energizing a few neurones in individuals with tinnitus is probably not going to do much to mitigate it. In this process, the cerebrum work disintegrated after the organization of tDCS, Concerning utilizing electric current for restoration after a stroke.

The researcher's discoveries also revealed some insight into what tDCS treatment may look like later on. The investigation recognized a man's physiology, essential components, for example, the correct position of the anodes utilized, and their specific cerebrum science.

In the event that embraced, there won't be a one-measure fits-all tDCS treatment. Rather, tDCS will be customized to people in view of the medications they are as of now taking, for instance, antidepressants that support serotonin in the cerebrum, the thickness of their skull and different elements.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Doctors Issue New Year Detox Health Warning

We have heard that almost everyone after having a heavy intake of calories during occasions or festival season opt for the process of detoxification in order to flush out all the waste from their body. This urge is especially felt amongst women. Doctors and dieticians have warned people against the ill effects of ‘detox’. Recent researches have projected that several women after going through the process of detoxification have undergone severe health issues which can even risk their life.

Detoxification relates to the process relating to herbal solutions for your health along with consuming too much of water. This is not a desired way of getting released from all the toxins which gets accumulated in your body after consuming alcohol or junk foods in huge quantity. It is not a healthy way to stay healthy. It seems very tempting and beneficial but it is not.

This reminds me of an incident where my neighbor who opted for this remedy but after a while she started to suffer from drastic health problems which made her seriously unfit and was thus admitted to a nearby hospital. Though, she finally recovered but the troubles she used to face regarding her health was traumatic and she still gets terrified to speak about it.

It is most commonly found that detoxification is pursued in the beginning of New Year as it is considered as a way to wash out all the excesses of Christmas from one’s body. But, the process is life threatening as we found in the above mentioned incident.

People opting for detox are made to drink a mocktail consisting of several herbs and some other remedies include:

  • Milk thistle 
  • I-theanine 
  • Molkosan 
  • Valerian Root 
  • Glutamine
  • Vervain 
  • Vitamin B Compound
They also made them drink lots of water, green tea and sage tea for many days.

Some of the symptoms include that the patients can collapse and can have a seizure. The level of sodium gets reduced in the body.

Researches have shown that once a man who had anxiety and also had seizures due to less amount of salt in the body was subjected to detoxification and the intensity of his illness increased after going as it included consuming of things like

  • Valerian Root 
  • Passion Flower 
  • Chamomile 
  • Passion Flower 
  • Hops
  • Lemon Balm
The current market of medicines in UK is very familiar to all and has introduced many beneficial medicines. Those who are still unfamiliar with the contemporary medicines opt for ‘detox’.

It is a wrong belief that excessive intake of water or fluid leads to purification of our by cleaning all the wastes. We should be careful enough in buying natural products as all of them are not free from side-effects. The entire process of detoxification is bull shit. There aren’t any tablets or health drinks that can completely make you free from toxins and drinking excessive water can prove out to be very dangerous. Moreover,our body has been bestowed with several organs like liver, kidney and gut that is capable of purifying you entirely.

Monday, 26 December 2016

Psychedelic Sanctuary will Help Drug Users Get over Bad Trips

Most of the people are unaware about to recover from really bad phases and trips in life in the right way. In order to provide right answer to this problem a psychedelic sanctuary will open in New York where US residents will get the first taste of therapeutic medication. This centre brings a culmination of variety of therapeutic techniques and practices into play which can help people in dealing with such phase as well as regain their confidence along with peace of mind in the most natural way. This therapeutic facility will foster the use of psychedelic drugs along with psychotherapy and group support for the users.

A new mode of active living

This therapeutic center will help users in dealing with the intense & difficult situations and experience of the life. This sanctuary will be held at the Centre for Optimal Living in New York under its founder named Andrew Tatarsky. Andrews states that the traditional and established method of drug treatment wherein the use of drugs for treating the chronic and progressive disease results in causing total abstinence among the users.

A new treatment

At this sanctuary users will be treated with the psychedelic drugs which include LSD but it is worth pointing out that this is regarded as the drugs of abuse. The conventional method of treatment and medications doesn’t helps in ridding people of their additions in a remarkable fashion.

Greater well being of the society

Psychedelic sanctuary will have a full staff which will include a doctors, psychedelic researchers along with 11 clinical psychologists. Apart from these it will also feature a number of support groups, training in medication, yoga and workshops will be conducted for the users. A preliminary research conducted by the researchers has shown that the person who actively receives help from any kind of group therapy or support group tend to get improved levels of well being than those who rely on conventional treatment or medication.
Support group and such sessions will play a vital role in turning people towards the path of attaining of internal well being and enhancement of the mood. This sanctuary will employ only properly trained and professionals who will guide users in dealing with their problems.

Psychedelic sanctuary opens a new world of healing

The best thing about psychedelic sanctuary is that it will help users in integrating positive feeling throughout their treatment which will help in unlocking richer life. It will also help people in feeling more compassionate and sympathetic to other which eventually bring them closure to the nature. A number of researches has pointed out that psychedelics helps in relieving people from the depths of depressions and anxiety and restores them to their cheery self. A recent study conducted on the psilocybin has offered dramatic results wherein it was found that this particular compound retrieved from the magic mushrooms helps people in facing death in a more dignified with life threatening disease like cancer.

Friday, 16 December 2016

Parkinson's Linked to Gut Bacteria


Parkinson’s disease Linked – Bacteria in the Gut

Researchers, for the first time have discovered a practical link between the bacteria in the gut and the onset of Parkinson’s disease which is one of the most common debilitating brain disorders in the world. A team of scientists from many institutions in the United State as well as Europe have portrayed how changing the bacteria in the guts of mice have caused the appearances of the symptoms of Parkinson’s including also bacteria taken from the guts of humans affected by the disease.

The discoveries indicate a new system of treating the disease and the best target of treating could be the gut instead of the brain. The scientists expect that the new information could be utilised in developing `next generation’ probiotics, more sophisticated than the type of probiotics located on the shelves of health food stores presently.

One of the researchers on the team as well as professor of microbiology at the California Institute of Technology, Sarkis Mazmanian commented that `one could imagine a day maybe in our lifetimes; patients will be prescribed drugs and in the pills will be the bacteria that tend to protect them from disease or maybe treat their disease symptoms.

Second Most Common Neurodegenerative Disease

Their findings had been published recently in the journal Cell. Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder wherein the brain cells tend to amass excessive amount of protein known as alpha-synuclein and later die off.

 The person affected by this disease tends to lose motor function, experiences tremors and shaking and also faces other physical as well as mental disorders. Around one million people in the U.S and up to 10 million all over the world tend to be affected by this disease.

 It is said to be the second most common neurodegenerative disease in the world, after Alzheimer’s.It is not typically the cause of genetic, but most often it is influenced by environmental elements. Earlier researches have indicated links between gut bacteria and Parkinson’s together with other diseases like multiple sclerosis. However no research has indicated how precisely the two could be connected.

Alpha-Synuclein – Hallmark Protein of Disease

Three diverse experiments had been performed by the researchers which indicated the connection between the germs in the gut and the disease in the brain. At first, they assimilated two sets of mice which had been naturally altered to overproduce alpha-synuclein, the hallmark protein of the disease.

One set of the mice had complete microbiome which is the collective name for the bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract while the other set had no bacteria in their guts and were germ-free. The germ-free mice seemed to overproduce alpha-synuclein though their brain cells had not been accumulating the protein.

The germ-free mice showed less symptoms and their performance had improved on a series of motor skills test that were intended to model the kinds of test given to human patients. But the mice with the complete microbiome began accumulating the protein in their brain cells and started displaying brain damage in the areas which one would expect for a patient suffering from Parkinson’s.

 Then the team fed both the set of mice short-chain fatty acids which are usually produced by bacteria in the gut. They were checking to see if germ-free mice would portray symptoms if the researchers had imitated gut bacteria activity. The germ-free mice showed symptoms of the disease in the brain when fed with the chemicals which suggested that with the chemicals some types of gut bacteria produce deteriorate conditions in the brain.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

'Flashing light therapy' for Alzheimer

'Flashing light therapy' for Alzheimer

Flashing Light Therapy – Fight Off Alzheimer’s

As per US scientists, a flashing light therapy could be beneficial in fighting off Alzheimer’s after conducting trials on mice. The researchers observed that there is a possibility to reduce the levels of beta amyloid plaque in the visual cortex typical to Alzheimer’s disease in mouse.

Their discovery had been reproduced in the journal `Nature’ wherein Li-Huei Tsai and his team informed that the research can be carried further to check if this method could be utilised in the treatment of Alzheimer’s patients.

 The method seems to hold a lot of potential since it is accessible and non-invasive. The team at Massachusetts observed that shining a strobe light into the eyes of rodent encouraged the protective cells to eat up the harmful proteins which tend to amass in the brain in the case of dementia.

Accumulation of beta amyloid protein is said to be one of the earliest changes in the brain in the case of Alzheimer’s disease. It tends to cluster together forming sticky plaques and is said to cause nerve cell death together with memory loss. Researchers have been looking for various options of preventing plaque formation by using drugs though the result proved to be disappointing.

Rate of Flashes – 40 Per Second

However Dr Li-Huei Tsai and his team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have now discovered another option of treating the disease by using light.The precise rate of flashes is said to be 40 per second which is only a perceptible flicker, four times as fast as a disco strobe.

The mice that they had researched had been genetically engineered to have Alzheimer’s kind damage in their brain, as per Nature journal reports. When they had been placed before the flashing light for about an hour, it had led to a evident reduction in beta amyloid over the following 12 to 24 hours in the areas of the brain which handle vision. Performing this activity on a daily basis for a week gave rise to even better decline. Similarly, light stimulation directly to the area of the brain which tends to deal with memory of hippocampus resulted in decline of beta amyloid.

Clearing Beta Amyloid/Preventing Plaques

The researchers have informed that the light is beneficial by recruiting the help of resident immune cells known as microglia which are scavenger that eat and clear harmful or threatening pathogen and in this case, the beta amyloid. It is expected that clearing of the beta amyloid and preventing more plaques from developing could stop Alzheimer’s and its symptoms.

Researchers state that this method could be utilised in testing humans. Permission has already been sought from the US regulator, the Food and Drugs Administration wherein they have set up a commercial company in developing the technology. The scientists have informed that in the future, people could wear exceptional goggles and sit before a light emitting device in order to get a therapeutic dose of the strobe light which could be completely painless as well as non-invasive.

A very low intensity, very ambient soft light could be used. They further informed that the set-up is not offensive at all, emphasising that it should be safe and would not cause epilepsy for those who tend to be vulnerable.