The Hindu , 03 June 2006

National meet on tsunami impact on June 5

CHENNAI : Anna University will organise a national-level meeting on June 5 on the damage caused by the tsunami.

The meet is an outcome of a research project undertaken by the Ministry of Science and Technology involving a network of institutions to study the impact of the tsunami on the coasts of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. A team of 50 earth scientists were involved, Prithviraj, Director, Earth System Science, Department of Science and Technology, told reporters here on Friday that studies were done on the impact on ground water near coastal areas, the pattern of inundation and sedimentation and other ecological changes. Impact on the soil profile and the reasons behind massive inundation were also studied. The team also talked to fishermen and analysed the issue of rehabilitation

They concluded that the topographical profile of the Andaman and Nicobar islands had been altered. .

A poster exhibition will also be held during the meet to highlight the findings of the study and post-tsunami measures taken by various organisations . The meet is expected to help administrators and non-governmental organisations in providing scientific information for management and better development of the affected regions.

The results of the Tamil Nadu Professional Courses Entrance Examination will be out on June 4, Anna University Vice-Chancellor D.Viswanathan told reporters here on Friday.

The single window counselling for engineering admissions is expected to start on July 10. The managements of all self-financing engineering colleges will meet on June 6 to discuss whether management quota seats should go to everyone. . K Ponmudi, Minister for Higher Education, will chair the meeting, he added.