Saveetha College of Architecture and Design(A Unit of Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences) Organised Ecological Hand Made Tile Workshop on 15th June 2019. Morethan 20 members including faculty and students from Technical University of Braunschweig,Germany participated and got certified The indigenous handmade tiles are created by traditional building craftsmen over the last few centuries. They are characterized by their intricate and vivid colors. The hand-made tile craft originated from Athangudi Village in the Sivaganga district of Chettinad.
There has been a rich history of patterns and designs for these floor tiles. Today several designers and architects create their own designs in collaboration with indigenous craftsmen. Since these tiles are hand pressed, they consume very little energy to produce. This is an entirely hand-made technology and hence carries memories of the 16th and 17th century. The hand-made process makes these environmentally more sustainable and provide a greater sense of identity than industrialized machine pressed tiles.
However due to longer production times, and a consumerist society that desires the latest technology – the hand-made tile has had challenging times to survive. With more awareness on its sustainable features, it is hoped a larger number of architects would incorporate these indigenous processes in their contemporary designs.
The process of making the tiles involves placing a frame of the chosen design onto a glass plate. The glass plate is of the same size as the cast iron stencil frame. The oxide colours are poured into the stencil frame carefully along with cement slurry. A layer of dry sieved sand is sprinkled onto the layer evenly. And a layer of cement mortar with cement, sand and small aggregates is used. This mix is allowed to set. When the mix sets – the frame is removed and a layer of dry sand and cement is sprinkled on top. The tiles are kept cured in water for 7-14 days. When the tiles have formed, they are dried and the glass plate slides off. Rice husk/gunny cloth can be placed on the tiles to absorb excess moisture. The hand made indigenous tiles require minimal maintenance. If maintained well, they acquire a natural sheen over time. Tiles can be made in different sizes and colors. They are often combined along with natural stones. This indigenous building craft tradition is kept alive through interactive workshops and projects that utilize these rare tiles from a dying art.
This Indigenous building craftsmen teach these techniques which were handed down from one generation to another.
Saveetha Institute Of Medical and Technical Sciences (Formerly Known as Saveetha University) 13th Annual Convocation was held on Monday, June 3rd 2019.The Venue was its very own M.M Convention Centre at the University Campus. The campus was brimming with energy reflecting the sense of anticipation among the students wearing the ceremonial graduation regalia, waiting to receive their graduation certificates. 669 eligible and meritorious students were conferred with the degrees, which includes 24 Ph.D scholars, 273 Medical Doctors,162 dentists,108 Nurses &102 Physiotherapists The Chief Guest for the convocation was the Hon’ble Governor of Tamil Nadu Thiru. Banwarilal Purohit awarded the Degrees and delivered the convocation address. Dr.N.M.Veeriyan, Chancellor &Founder presided over the function, congratulated the young graduates and delivered the presidential address. Prof. Dr. Rakesh Kumar Sharma, Vice Chancellor, welcomed the graduands and parents and shared the Growth Initiatives and Achievements of the Institution in his annual report. During the Convocation ,Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa ) Degrees were also given to three Persons of Eminence in their respective Fields. 1) Prof. Dr. Mayilvahanan Natarajan, Former Vice Chancellor,The Tamil Nadu Dr.M.G.R.Medical University for his excellence in medical fraternity 2) Dr.Palani G Periasamy, Chairman PGP Groups, Chennai for his committed vision& untiring contributions to the Educational, Industry &Commerce both in India And Abroad 3) R.Gandhi, Senior Advocate, High Court of Madras for his excellence in the field of legal education and for his enumorous contribution to society through legal profession The Convocation began with a majestic and grand academic procession followed by National song sung by the Students of the Institute
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