A Matter of National Pride

It was my honour as well as privilege to be the Chief Guest for my locality’s Republic Day celebrations in Subrahmanya Nagar, Kodambakkam for unfurling our dear National Flag and to distribute prizes.
It was quite an elaborate affair as more than 300 local residents actively participated in this event. More than 50 prizes were given to children and elders for various competitive events conducted over a period of three weeks. Senior citizens of more than 90 years were felicitated – it was quite touching!
Col V Krishnamurthy.

Melange – R D

Melange at R&D has become a regular feature. Success story of this event continues to the fourth year with participation from all departments of R&D Division, along with a few invited dignitaries from other Divisions. The get together function was organised by HR-R&D for R&Dians at the Green Park Hotel, Vadapalani, on 10 Jan 2013.  

One of the unique features of this edition of Melange was that there were as many as seven carnival stalls by the Protoshop team. During the event, various talents were displayed by R&Dians. One of the highlights of the evening was an exclusive Rewards and Recognition session.

The compering was done by Ms Sumathi with least support from leading event managers, MANTRA. As an icing on cake we had Robo Shankar and his team of Vijay TV and Mr Naveen from Radio Mirchi for entertaining the crowd. The gathering dispersed only after a sumptuous dinner. The event was a memorable one and we are sure the people in R&D have got charged up!


Captain Tractors Awarded for Innovation in Technology

Captain Tractors, who are in strategic alliance with TAFE for small tractor series manufacturing, were awarded by the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, for “Innovation in Technology for New Product/Process Development – 2011”.

Captain Tractors were awarded for their emerging concept of ‘Mini Tractor’. With over 8000 satisfied customers till date, the company is headed for a sure shot steady growth with TAFE.

Cheers to Captian Tractors for this great achievement!



Vintage Cars Draw R Dians to Pondy

The Hindu Pondy-Chennai Heritage Rally 2013

Five of our R&Dians bumped into the Pondy-Chennai Heritage Car Rally 2013 organised by The Hindu and were stunned to see two heritage cars from TAFE participating in the Car Rally. They were fortunate to be there on the day and felt elated. They posed with the entries from TAFE. Indeed a proud moment for them.


Pongal Celebrations at TAFE

TAFE celebrated Pongal in style on January 11, 2013, at the Sembium factory premises. A host of arrangements were made to make the event a very festive, fair-like experience.

A varied combination of stalls, including the food stalls, sweet stalls, coffee/tea stalls, mehandi stall, Film Festival DVD stall etc were placed around the premises, along with different game stalls such as tractor hauling, pot breaking, arm wrestling, rangoli making, bun eating, water gulping, blind bindhi placing, and much more.

However, the highlight of the event was the Pongal making competition.

At the end of the function, the overall winners of the event were crowned with tiaras!

Watch this space for the video of the function…coming soon!



Sembiam Team Sparkles at NCQCC – IIT Kanpur

It gives us immense pleasure in sharing with you that 20 members from Sembiam Plant, forming five Quality Control Circles, participated in the National Level QC Competition at IIT Kanpur, on Decemeber 2012, and these teams won Excellent and Distinguished Awards.

Please join us in congratulating the Sembiam QC Teams for winning accolades at this National Level Quality Convention!


Night Trek to Kabbaladurga

As an implusive decision, we planned to be part of a trek organised by the Bangalore Mounteneering Club. So, we headed off on a night trek to Kaballadurga which is situated some 70 kms from Bangalore on Kanakapura road.

Overall, the trek was moderately difficult. We spent the the whole night under the barren sky cuddled in sleeping bags, and thankfully, Bangalore’s climate was kind to us, else we would have frozen as we had not taken enough warm clothing due to our impulsive decision :).

We reached the base at the stroke of midnight. From there, it took us two hrs to reach the top. where we camped for the night. The next morning, after sunrise, we started descending the hill.

It was definitely a nice short and sweet experience!


JFarm Agricultural Techniques Featured in Dinamalar and Daily Thanthi

Our agriculture research center, JFarm was featured in Dinamalar and Daily Thanthi in December 2012. 

Dinamalar did a feature on JFarm regarding sunflower cultivation techniques, and Daily Thanthi spoke about JFarm’s research activities toward Brinjal cultivation,

To read these articles, click on the links below:


Daily Thanthi:


The Enchanting Birds of Vedanthangal

This past week, my family and i visited Vedanthangal. It is one of the oldest water bird sanctuaries in the country. It is a one and half hour journey from Chennai.  

It is a good spot to witness some amazing birds!