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Jayshree Venkatraman Digital Learning and Research Center Inaugurated at Stella Maris College

August 30, 2021 | Chennai: The “Jayshree Venkatraman Digital Learning and Research Centre” at Stella Maris College, has been established in the memory of Jayshree Venkatraman - erstwhile Chairman of AMCO Batteries and Director of TAFE, by TAFE - Tractors and Farm Equipment Limited and the family of Jayashree Venkatraman.

This centre will offer physical and digital infrastructure for conducting online and hybrid courses, producing web-based learning modules and optimizing online collaborations with academic institutions and the industry across the globe. The Jayshree Venkatraman Digital Learning and Research Centre is a truly advanced space for an immersive and experience based learning, bringing together participants “in-class” and “remote locations”, using highly versatile communication software.

The centre was inaugurated by Mallika Srinivasan and Murali Venkatraman. Dr. Sr. Rosy Joseph, Principal, Stella Maris College,

Sr. Susan Mathiekal, Secretary, Stella Maris College, faculty members, students and invitees from the corporate sector and industry, and knowledge partners graced the inauguration ceremony at the college premises. Shobhana Ravi, Chief IT, Innovation and Learning Officer, TAFE, shared the overview of the center and details on the tech enablement.

Dr. Sr. Rosy Joseph, Principal, Stella Maris College fondly recalling her association with Jayshree Venkatraman, said, “Jayshree Venkatraman was an alumna of Stella Maris College. She was an exemplary student gifted with an extraordinary zeal for, creativity, innovation and perfection. This hi-tech centre bears testimony to the deep bond with her alma mater, the Stella Maris College, and will serve as an inspiration to the students of the future. This digital centre, with its cutting edge digital equipment alongside advanced audio-visual technology, reflects the innovative and creative spirit of Jayshree and reiterates the commitment of Stella Maris College to educate, nurture and empower generations of young women to set forth into their future career paths.

Murali Venkatraman, while inaugurating the centre said, “Jayshree would have been delighted to witness the Digital Learning and Research Centre becoming a reality as its objectives truly encompass the ideals she passionately believed in - empowerment of young women for achievement in all spheres and adoption of technology for institutional and individual advancement, housed in the alma mater she always credited for laying the foundation and rigour for her future personal and professional success.”

Mallika Srinivasan, speaking on behalf of TAFE, during her inaugural address said, “Jayshree as a business leader, passionately believed in excellence. Perfection defined her. She was known for her large-heartedness and generously supported meaningful causes to improve the lives of people around her. Jayshree was spiritedly committed to the cause of women’s education and progress in their professional aspirations and over the years, built a strong and reverential bond with her alma mater - Stella Maris College. This cutting-edge digital center is dedicated to her and the spirit of life she epitomized.”

The first set of learning modules of the Jayshree Venkatraman Digital Learning and Research Centre were launched during the inauguration: (i) Business Analytics, (ii) Get Creative with Photography, (iii) Video Creation & Editing, and Hosting & Live Streaming.

This versatile high-tech centre, provides learner centric models of digital skills that prepare the students for a smooth transition from the campus to the corporate world.

The newly launched digitally driven research centre of Stella Maris College would further augment the college’s efforts to meet the academic goal, and provide immense competitive benefits to its students and faculty.

About Stella Maris College: 

Stella Maris College (Autonomous), Chennai is a Catholic Minority College run and governed by the society of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary. The College is affiliated to the University of Madras, Chennai and was founded in 1947. The College aims at empowering young women from all backgrounds through holistic education thereby promoting social change and responsible citizenship. The institution also aims at fostering an inclusive community by bringing together different cultures and making the learning vibrant and nourishing.

About TAFE:  tafe.com

The world’s third largest tractor manufacturer and second largest in India by volumes with an annual sale of about 180,000 tractors; TAFE is one of the leading exporters of tractors from India with a turnover of INR 10,000 Crores. TAFE manufactures a range of tractors, in both the air-cooled and water-cooled platforms, and markets them under its four iconic brands - Massey Ferguson, TAFE, Eicher, and the recently acquired Serbian tractor and agricultural equipment brand - Industrija Mašina i Traktora (IMT). Acclaimed for its quality and dependability, TAFE’s products and services are present in over 100 countries across the world, including developed countries in Europe and the Americas.

Besides tractors and farm machinery, TAFE manufactures diesel engines, silent gensets, agro engines, batteries, hydraulic pumps and cylinders, gears and transmission components, and has business interest in vehicle franchises and plantations. TAFE is committed to the Total Quality Movement (TQM). In the recent past various manufacturing plants of TAFE have garnered numerous ‘TPM Excellence Awards’ from the Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance (JIPM), as well as a number of other regional awards for TPM excellence. TAFE became the first Indian tractor manufacturer to win the Frost & Sullivan Global Manufacturing Leadership Award in 2018, being recognized with the ‘Enterprise Integration and Technology Leadership Award’ and two ‘Supply Chain Leadership Awards’. In recognition of its outstanding contribution to engineering exports, TAFE has been named the ‘Star Performer – Large Enterprise (Agricultural Tractors)’ at the 40th Engineering Exports Promotion Council of India – Southern Region Awards (2015-16), for the 21st time in a row. TAFE has also been conferred the ‘Regional Contributor Award’ for quality supplies from Toyota Motor Company, Japan, and the ‘Manufacturing Supply Chain Operational Excellence - Automobiles Award’ at the second Asia Manufacturing Supply Chain Summit for its supply chain transformation in 2013. TAFE's tractor plants are certified under ISO 9001 for efficient quality management systems and under ISO 14001 for environment friendly operations.


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