Innovations in Teaching
Learning Process @
Saveetha Dental College
Published on 16 Oct 2014,
in youtube/904 Views
By-Dr.Deepak Nallaswamy
Breaking the monotony of learning process: Saveetha University Director 'invents' MILA Multiple interacting learning algorithm(MILA) attempts to replace the old style of education and create an effective ,enthusiastic and active learning environment for students. The project developed by Director of Academics in Saveetha University,Dr.Deepak Nallaswamy, breaks the monotony of hours of lectures and replaces it with facilitator mediated active learning process.

Sunday, 31 May 2015

“Say Yes to Life and No to Tobacco”

“Say Yes to Life and No to Tobacco”

The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year, of which more than 600,000 people are exposed to second-hand smoke.  Unless we act, it will kill up to 8 million people by 2030, of which more than 80% will live in low-and middle-income countries.
The alarming rise of the tobacco epidemic demands as immediate clarion call to raise public awareness.  It is now highly evident that tobacco
use is one of the leading preventable causes of death. In recognition of  the World No Tobacco Day on May 31st , Department of Public Health Dentistry,
Saveetha Dental College organized an 'Anti tobaco'public awareness rally named “Say Yes to Life and No to Tobacco”,as a part of it an “Anti Tobacco Awareness And Screening Campaign” at kuthampakkam village, Thandalam ,Chennai on 30 th may 2015.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

CME & Live Interactive Workshop News Published in Hindu-Tamil on 28 th may 2015

CME & Live Interactive Workshop On 
Chronic Total Occlusion,News
Published in Hindu-Tamil on 28 th may 2015

CME guest Lecture program -'Thyroid Malignancies'

Thyroid Malignancies
Saveetha Medical College organized a CME guest Lecture program
-'Thyroid Malignancies' on 20th May,2015 at Palai Hall,Saveetha Medical College.
The guest lecture was given by Dr.Kuberan, Prof of Surgery.In this guest lecture, Dr.Kuberan mainly focused on approach to thyroid malignancies for the post graduate and final year MBBS students.
Post graduates and under graduates  felt that the lecture was excellent
and helpful to them and understood  the approach to Thyroid Malignances.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

MILA News Published in Hindustan Times Daily on 26 th May 2015,

Saveetha University, Director of Academics - Dr.Deepak Nallaswamy's -
MILA News Published in Hindustan Times Daily on 26 th May 2015,
(News Today Evening Daily on 16th May 2015, 3 rd Page,
Published in Jana Sakthi Daily on 17th May 2015,
and MALAI SUDHAR DAILY( Tamil Evening daily- most circulated)

CME & Live Interactive Workshop On Chronic Total Occlusion

CME & Live Interactive Workshop
On Chronic Total Occlusion

The Department of Cardiology conducted a live interactive workshop & CME on 22 nd
may 2015 on interventional management of chronic total occlusion of coronary
arteries in Saveetha medical college.
Three cases of CTO (CTO of CAD,CTO of RCA,CTO of Instent Stenosis) was
successful all patients were discharged on 26 th and all the patients
were happy on by- pass surgery was avoided.

Since interventional management of chronic total occlusion of coronary arteries
 requires technical expertise and extensive training Department of cardiology
decided to do a CME and live interactive workshop on this.
The invited expert was Dr Surya Prakasa Rao is HOD & consultant interventional
cardiologist in Apollo hospital Hyderabad. He live demonstrated interventional
management of Chronic total coronary occlusion.  Dr Ravi HOD of Cardiology MMC,
Dr Kannan HOD of cardiology Stanley medical college, Pradeep Nair HOD cardiology
of Chettinad medical college and Mr Nagamony of Global Hospitals Participated in
this CME and live workshop. The DM cardiology postgraduates from Madras medical
college, Stanley medical college were invited to participate in this Workshop.
Totally nine DM post gradutuates from both the colleges attended the workshop.

A Workshop on chronic Total Occlusion of the coronary arteries,
it is a major challenge to the interventional cardiologists.
This workshop & CME helps in increasing the cardiologists existing knowledge
in management of the patients.

The HOD of cardiology, Saveetha medical college Dr Asha moorthy and Dr Narayanaswamy welcomed every
one who attended the program,
Saveetha University Chancellor Presided the inauguration of the Live workshop and CME.
After lighting the Kuthuvillakku chancellor gave an excellent speech about the
workshop and cardiology team. Dr vinod kumar Assistant professor gave vote of thanks.
Dr Surya prakasa rao conducted the CME & live workshop, totally three patients
were operated on that day, Patients were provided consumables & medicines free of cost.
The Procedure was transmitted live from cath lab to seminar hall ( solai) by
Audio visual arrangements.
Totally 101 participants both internal and external participated in the
Live workshop and CME. 


Handbook Released.

The book release of the ILS Course Handbook was held on 18th May 2015 in Palai Hall in
Saveetha Medical College.

The Immediate Life Support Course is being conducted for CRRIs and PGs. This handbook
is intended for the students  undertaking the Immediate Life Support Course.
It has been compiled indigenously by the department and will aid the students to
understand the protocols to be followed for a cardiac arrest or peri arrest situation.
The occasion was honoured by the presence of Saveetha University Chancellor Dr.N M Veeraiyan,
The book was released by the Chancellor along with the Saveetha Medical College Director
Dr. Saveetha Rajesh in the presence of the Dean. Copies of the book were handed over to the representatives of the CRRIs by the Chancellor. University Chancellor Dr. N M Veeraiyan and Director Dr. Saveetha Rajesh, gave their views on the book
and the need to increase such publications from every department. The HODs , Chiefs of Units and faculty members of various departments were present during
the occasion.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

PLACEMENT DAY 2015 -“Light the Lamp for Life”


Reported by Maha


 -“Light the Lamp for Life”

“PLACEMENT DAY 2015”  of Saveetha Engineering College and saveetha school of engineering was  held at  Nalli Arangam in Saveetha Engineering College Campus. 438 offer letters have been distributed  to students of 2015 batch.
Mr.S.Sankaranarayanan , Director, IBM India Ltd. was the chief guest.
Mr.K.R.S.R.Krishna ,Vice President,Petrofac Ltd  and  Mr.Sanjivi Syam Sundar, Associate Director, Virtusa Ltd have been the guests of honor.
Dr.N.M.Veeriyan, Founder President and Chancellor of Saveetha University presided over the function.
Nearly 91 percentage of eligible students have been placed in blue chip companies like  IGATE,IBM,Polaris,Petrofac,Wipro,CSC, Hexaware,Hp, Maestro Steel and 26 more companies have been the recruiters of Saveetha Engineering College in the year 2015.
Prof A.Gandhi,Head-Training and placement welcomed the gathering and unvieled the theme activity of “Light the Lamp for Life”( Vaazhvil ozhi yettruvom). At the end of the exercise the entire hall was glittering with candle light in every bodys hand symbolically indicating the need for spreading the light of wisdom.
 All the speakers emphasised the need of continous learning for sustained growth in their career in the competitive environment.

Prof. R.Dheenadayalu, Dean, ICT  delivered the vote of thanks .

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

MILA :A New education system; By Dr. Deepak Nallaswamy

Saveetha University Director of Academics - Dr.Deepak Nallaswamy's - 
MILA News Published in Hindhu Tamil Daily on 17 th May 2015, 3 rd Page,

MILA:ANew education system;
ByDr.Deepak Nallaswamy

INVENTOR:DR.DEEPAK NALLASWAMY,Year:Feb 2015,Registrar of copy rights-Diary appli.No.2169/2015COL

The multiple interacting learning algorithm (MILA)is an education system that harnesses the advancing front of technology to integrate an effective, enthusiastic and active learning environment for the students. The monotony of hours of lectures has been replaced by  facilitator mediated active learning process with 20 minute lectures interspersed by an activity based learning. In addition to academic learning there also comes the added advantage of an individual’s development as a personality to thrive in the competitive world.
This is a unique lecture protocol where short lectures are interspersed with a mix of activities that follow a particular algorithm based on the findings of our research.
The order of teaching followed by activity that is designed to improve inquiry. The algorithm follows a pattern of interactive and non-interactive activities.
This is the first time a composite of lectures interspersed with activity which breaks the monotony, greatly enhances student attentiveness, improves grasping, simplifies concepts and provides an active learning environment has been done systematically.
The lecture has never been broken into 20 minutes followed by an activity that greatly enhances the attention of students.

This is the first time in a teaching system where a 2 minute allocation for a minute activity has been incorporated which will enhance the thinking skill and test the student retention skill
For the first time,the schedule is planned in such a way that the activities do not overlap within a particular day and maintain student attentiveness.The system has many options that there is no need for repetition of the interactive sessions for a minimum of 3 weeks which is tested through the sessions taken by us.
This teaching learning methodology encourages every student to think along lateral lines and not to learn by rote. This kindles in them  a keen interest for research as they browse the ipad and further kindle their knowledge based on our survey.
The interaction required from the student side enhances their confidence, molds their personalities, overcome social interaction fears and instills the confidence to stand on their own in any academic forum.This has never been part of any theoretical academics evident from a self appraisal questionnaire.
The student are made aware of the varied facets of a concept. They know the complexities and intricacies of the subject and that science is an ever evolving field. They also understand the importance of being open to newer concepts  even if it means relearning an established idea based on our questionnaire.
For the first time the the student’s understanding on the week topic is done in the form of assessment which gives an idea to the instructor and the student on areas of focus and improvement based on our survey.
This is the only system which satisfies all the learning styles of Experiencing , Reflecting , Theorizing: and Testing the understanding of the students.
Also for the first time , the student and instructor together have orientation to learning ,readiness to learn a subject ,learning from peers and by themselves with orientation ad experience along with the concept of self and self confidence within the attention time span as evident from our study.

Description:Background of the invention:
 The MILA was formulated as an active learning system as the conventional methods had failed to reach the student of today. The technological gadgets that are a successful source of distraction among the students are exploited as learning adjuncts with the teacher only being a facilitator.
On reviewing the feedback's from the students it was found that the students are distracted and lost in a conventional one hour monologues lecture class.  The concentration of  a student progressively spikes down during an one hour lecture. Studies have found that it is difficult for the brain to concentrate with the same level of attention after 20 minutes(Train the Trainer: Adult Learning Principles Minnesota Secretary of State Website: Therefore holding  a student’s attention  in the class for the entire duration requires resetting of the brain every 20 minutes.
MILA algorithm is set for 120 minutes which is divided further divided into 20 minute micro sessions  suited for a strength of 30 students.This is brought  about by a combination of  18 lecture, followed by a minute 2 minute activity which will be related to the 18 minute lecture to enhance and test the thinking and retention skill of the student
This is  followed by an activity chosen from a box comprising of SCALEUP, Critical Pedagogy, JIGSAW, POGIL,  Concept Mapping, Game based Learning, Role Play, Flipped Class, Peer-led Team based Learning.
The system capitalizes the growing attention of todays generation towards electronic media as a interactive learning medium. The system will now be described in detail. The activity POGIL ( Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning employs a logical sequence of leading questions that would help the student understand an otherwise complicated process.
Different facets of an interrelated concept are given as discussion topics for separate groups. Each person of the group will be well versed in the topic. The groups are then reshuffled so that the new group has one member of each group. The ensuing discussion will result in the entire class learning all the facets of the concept.
Game- based learning employs different gaming techniques to engross the student.  It is a subtle but very powerful hands on way of learning concept.Example includes clay modelling,acting ,20 questionnaire etc.
A cascade of events or processes are best understood when enacted as a role play.
Peer-led team based learning is an informal and friendly way of learning where the students help themselves in understanding and learning concepts in the presence of a facilitator.
The depth of understanding a subject is put to test by a passage that is intentionally falsified in critical areas. The student has to identify the mistakes, which indirectly reinforces and deepens their understanding.
Concept Mapping is an app based activity where in a mind map of the entire concept which has been discussed is generated.
Flipped Class – The students view a pre-recorded video of the class. The class is open for discussion in the next day. This helps in easy understanding of the concept as well as opens more avenues for discussion.
There is also an included assessment /evaluation session at the end of the weekly session which will be an integral part of the activity session which includes formal assessment ,peer assessment and self assessment respectively.
Dr.Deepak Nallaswamy is the Director of Academics in Saveetha University, Chennai.

Blood donation camp: Blood is meant to circulate..

            Youth Red Cross Society of Saveetha Dental College aims to meet the requirement of precious blood by organizing voluntary blood donation camps in its campus every year.  Many accident victims, innocent children suffering from thalassaemia, pregnant women, cancer patients and other people in life threatening situations die due to shortage of blood. Voluntary blood donation is a selfless service and an expression of love for mankind. Blood knows no caste, creed, colour, religion or race. Hence on 29th April 2015, around 53 students of  Saveetha dental college  actively participated and  volunteered themselves to donate blood. The program was inaugurated by Dr.N.M.Veeraiyan, Chancellor and Dr.R.Ragagopal,Advisor, Saveetha university. The event was successfully coordinated by Dr.N.D.Jayakumar. Principal, YRC-Chairman and  Dr.R.Pradeep kumar.YRC-Program officer, Saveetha dental college. We had a dedicated team of qualified and trained professionals who followed stringent screening procedures, careful documentation and good Laboratory Practices for collecting, processing and testing blood.