In tune with the vision of the college to bring out globally competent professionals with a commitment to serve the society, the budding engineers of REC are faithfully involved in community services through voluntarily asked to undergo Personality and Character Development Programmes for a minimum period of 80 hours. There are two wings to this programme and students may choose one club from each wing. One wing consists of pan national groups like ENACTUS, NSS, YRC, ROTARACT, CII-YI and NSO while the other wing is made of college level clusters like Debating Union, Atrium, Yaazh Mandram, Ethics Club, EDC and STEM. Their contributions are appreciated by the voluntary organizations
Quality jobs: Employability Training camps, Industrial visits, guest lectures, in-plant trainings and effective practical sessions are organized to obtain quality jobs in core areas.
Entrepreneurship – Students’ entrepreneurial skills are honed through Entrepreneurship Development Cell (Kriya), which also helps the economically weaker students to ‘earn while they learn’. The EDC has brought in various innovations and the students work for it with commitment and dedication. The EDC guides them to apply for external funds and patents. EDC of the college functions in collaboration with National Entrepreneurship Network and CII. With the support of the management, an Aavin parlour namely Melting Point which is a registered refreshment outlet of the TCMPF and also Boiling Point which is a registered coffee outlet of LAVAZZA are business administered and run by students completely. The Melting point has recently been the winners of NEN – TATA FIRST DOT judges choice of TOP 5 STUDENTS START UPS in India.
Innovations: Innovative Project Cell (IPC) of the college organizes iQuest – a contest for innovative ideas and projects every year for the benefit of the students. The winners of this talent hunt are encouraged to take up their ideas for further improvement at IIM-PALS and DBT-ABLE BEST programmes that encourage student start ups.
Research Aptitude: Research aptitude of students is kindled right from the first year of graduation by encouraging students for course relevant in-house projects and final semester projects and guidance in preparing and presenting technical papers in seminars and conferences.
Journal Club: The Journal Club of the Department of Biotechnology (JC BT-REC) is an initiative to assist and inspire young undergraduates in their scientific journey. It was launched in September 2016. It promotes research among students. It is a forum for the budding scientists in the field of Biotechnology to improve their fundamentals and share their ideas and experience for an enhanced research culture. The objectives of the club include the following:
BT Society: The BT Society (BTS) is a student initiative that was started in 2015 to update the students on the current scenario in the field of Biotechnology. The Society brings celebrated industrialists, entrepreneurs to interact with students. The experts discuss about the knowledge gap that needs to be bridged in various sectors of biotechnology. Students accordingly take up various internship / training programmes in topics that are beyond the syllabus but indispensable when applying for higher studies or job applications.
The elected members of the team organize various events and discuss activities to be carried further. Brainstorming sessions, quiz, model creation are done to keep students always in active mode thinking out of the box in the subjects. The students also celebrate the awareness days and also organized camps benefitting the entire college through this forum. Conferences are also organized which gives hands on experience and organizing responsibilities to students.
Biosnippets: The Department of Biotechnology releases a technical Newsletter under the heading of 'Biosnippets'. Each issue of Biosnippets focuses on different aspects of Biotechnology as its theme. The magazine has its team of exclusively student editors who develop technical content related to recent scientific developments, biomimetics, bioillustrations, technical puzzles, popular sections like myth busters and reviews books and movies (biotech related). The magazine also solicits contributions from its readers which include science articles, poems, sketches etc. The magazine seeks to encourage both faculty and students, by highlighting their achievements like research grants secured, PhD degrees obtained, papers published, trainings attended, university ranks attained and prizes & medals won at various conferences, symposiums, sports, cultural events, etc. It is hoped that shining a light on such achievements would also shine a path to excellence for future students.