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HireMee signed an MoU with Tamil Nadu Skill Development Corporation (TNSDC) in the inauguration of the skill development program under the ‘Naan Mudhalvan’ project to guide the students in skill development with their employability assessments. The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Mr. M. K. Stalin signed the MoU. Mr. Chocko Valliappa, Founder & CEO of HireMee is positive about the changes in skill development that they could bring.


HireMee, a part of The Sona Group, signed an MoU with the Tamil Nadu Skill Development Corporation (TNSDC) to assess the quantitative and qualitative aptitude of the students. The assessment will offer access to 1 million students on the "Naan Mudhalvan" platform.


Sona Towers has historical prominence in aiding the semiconductor revolution of Texas Instrument in the 1980s. This is featured in ThePrint article, “How India is trying to win the semiconductor race, fighting decades of challenges & setbacks.”


Sona College of Technology, a part of The Sona Group, is carrying the 44th Olympiad torch to create awareness about the event. The torch is taken from Coimbatore to Salem, which is carried to the next institution by the student at Sona College of Technology, Ms. Thirumangai.


“Sona College’s Fashion Technology Team Earns Patent for Sewing Machine for People with Special Needs,” features India Education Diary.com. Mr. Chocko Valliappa, MD of The Sona Group, shared about the innovation of the researchers at Sona College of Technology to help the specially-abled women.


In an article published in News India Review, the views of Mr. Chocko Valliappa, MD of The Sona Group, were featured. He says the Indian Institutions should offer scholarships to attract foreign students. Whereas ICCR offers restricted scholarship funds to the colleges which needed to be re-thought.


Kalaignar News Channel conducted a program “Engal Oor; Engal Perumai” (Translate: Our District; Our Pride) to award the best performers in each industry. In which Mr. C. Valliappa, Chairman of The Sona Group, presented the Best Performing Company Award to JSW Steels. MD of JSW Steels, Mr. Prakash Rao received the award.


The University Grants Commission (UGC) is planning to bring industry experts to teach in the universities. In an article featured in Education Times on University-industry collaboration for teaching, S.R.R. Senthilkumar, Principal of Sona College of Technology, The Sona Group, shared his expert views on the same.


Sona College of Technology, a part of The Sona Group, reaches new heights at the placement offers and salaries in the Placement Program 2021-22. Top corporate companies offered a package of 5 LPA for the students. Out of 772 students who opted for placements this year, 656 students got job offers. A few students got multiple offers as well.


The second edition of Lilavati Awards aiming at women empowerment was awarded to two of The Sona Group institutions Sona College of Technology and Thiagarajar Polytechnic College. The college won the awards for the second consecutive year. The news is featured in India Blooms.


The Hindu BusinessLine published a story on the students studying medicine in Ukraine, who are returning to India due to the war. Now the focus is turned towards Indian medical education for the answers. Mr. Chocko Valliappa, MD of The Sona Group, expressed his views on the medical education fee system.


The Sona Group of Institutions performed a Santhasandi Homam & Ganapathi Homam for consecutive three days. It is performed to improve education, business, increase rainfall, and for the betterment of the people related to the institutions like business stakeholders, students, teachers, etc. The news is featured in Dinamani, a Tamil Online news page.


Chemical Industry Digest published a news article, titled, “College Courses are Getting Re-aligned.” The article state most colleges across India have brought new rising engineering programs, which are sooner filled up than a conventional engineering course. Mr. Chocko Valliappa, MD of The Sona Group, shared his experience in Sona College of Technology with new courses.


Afternoon, an Online English Daily, featured Chairman of The Sona Group Mr. C. Valliappa’s comment on Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (KCCI) 14th edition of Manthan, an annual business plan presentation competition for college students. He said these competitions would be the major contributors to India’s realization of a $5 trillion economy.


In India Blooms, Mr. Chocko Valliappa, MD of The Sona Group, writes an article titled, “There is need to be empathetic, compassionate and have a uniform policy while enforcing Covid-19 protocols,” explaining the need for better protocols for Covid-19 positive people while traveling and their quarantine.


Mr. Chocko Valliappa, MD of The Sona Group, to Breaking Tech News said he welcomes the initiative of the government in setting upskilling programs in ITIs on drone services to empower AgriTech start-ups. In the news story featured in Breaking Tech News, experts shared their thoughts on the government announcement.


Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced Union Budget for 2022. The Government has allocated INR 1,04,278 crore for the education sector. Finance Minister has also proposed to set up a digital university. Mr. Chocko Valliappa, MD, of The Sona Group, shared his views on the Digital University to The Hindu BusinessLine.


HireMee, a part of The Sona Group, is an AI-powered assessments & hiring platform. They also assist students in career enhancement. HireMee enters the top 10 list of $5 million XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling challenge, which is featured in Yours Bulletin. Totally, there were 118 entries from 20 countries to the XPRIZE challenge.


Mr. Chocko Valliappa, CEO of Vee Technologies, writes in Outlook Magazine on the need to increase the salary of Teachers. India is a country that puts teachers before God. But the teachers are paid very low. Their monthly salaries are just above the salaries of unskilled laborers. Teachers need to be paid better and not awards are enough for them, he writes.


Sona College of Technology, a part of The Sona Group, sets up an AI-assisted open-access platform for research archives. The global research community can access the publications and journals of Sona College of Technology easily without the paywall. The news is featured in Yours Bulletin.


Money Control publishes an article titled “Year Ender: Labour reform slowed down in 2021; will it pick up pace in 2022”. This article cites Mr. Chocko Valliappa’s (MD of The Sona Group) views on Labour Reforms. He told, there should be a balance between labor welfare and business welfare.


Thiagarajar Polytechnic College won 1st prize in a national level Industrial Innovation Award 2021 by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). The prize is awarded for designing and developing social innovation projects.


In Salem, State-level Art and Cultural competitions are being conducted by the School Education Department of Tamil Nadu till 18th November 2021. The competitions are conducted at Sona College of Technology, a part of The Sona Group.


A report by Affluent Market Reports inferred market trends, estimation 2021- 2026, and profiles of leading companies in the Medical Billing Outsourcing Industry. Vee Technologies is one of the companies analyzed in the report, featured in Puck77.


IIT Madras models on Stanford University’s system of research and innovation. Innovate, imitate, and replicate is their mantra. IITM incubation cell signs MoU with colleges in Tamil Nadu, in which Sona College of Technology, a part of The Sona Group, is one. They will provide support to these colleges to strengthen the culture of start-ups.


CII Education Summit is conducted to discuss the gaps in the education system and find a solution for them. In 11th CII Education Summit 2021, Mr. C. Valliappa, Chairman of The Sona Group, presented in the 5th plenary session, on the topic, “Vocational Education: Role of Corporates & Best Practices”.


Thiagarajar Polytechnic College, a part of The Sona Group, received the AICTE Clean and Smart Campus Award for cleanliness, sustainability, and the environment. The college is one of the 7 technical institutes in Tamil Nadu to receive it.


Sona Valliappa Public School, Salem, is a pre and preliminary school famous for curricular and extra-curricular activities. It is one among Sona Group of Institutions, a part of The Sona Group. The school is opening student admissions on Vijayadashami on 15th October 2021. The news is featured in Dinamani, a Tamil online news page.


Dr. RKS College of Art and Science, Kallakkurichi, hosted a seminar. Dr. A. Sathya, HOD of Mathematics, Sona College of Arts and Science, a part of The Sona Group, delivered a motivational speech for the students and the teachers. The news is featured in Dinamani, a Tamil online news page.


Mr. Chocko Valliappa, MD, The Sona Group, has been featured in Business Standard on Smart Villages: Bridging the Global Urban-Rural Divide. The book embarks on How innovative, sustainable tech can empower rural women in India.


The book launch event of Smart Villages: Bridging the Global Urban-Rural Divide was organized by The Sona Group. The book is launched by Mr. Sridhar Vembu, Founder & CEO, Zoho. The book seeks to filling the gap between the urban and the rural divide made by flourishing cities and almost stagnant villages. The Hindu BusinessLine features the story in their online news page.


Sona College of Technology, a part of The Sona Group, and The Hindu Education Plus conducted a Webinar on “Engineering Education Counselling: What Direction?” Mr. Chocko Valliappa, MD, The Sona Group shared his views and thoughts on the same topic.


As an initiative to promote a healthy and fit lifestyle, Fit India Freedom Run2.0 is conducted all over the nation, launched by the Ministry of Sports. Sona College of Technology participated in the campaign, where 100s of students and teachers from the college joined the run, which is featured in Dinamani, an online Tamil news page.


Sona College of Technology is one of the top engineering and technology institutes in Tamil Nadu, located in Salem. The College is a part of The Sona Group. The college conducted Graduation Day 2021, where 1,172 students were awarded engineering degrees. In the event, Mr. Valliappa, Chairman of the college, and Mr. Chocko Valliappa, Vice Chairman, were present and took the lead. The news is featured in The Hindu, a Tamil online news page.


Tamil Nadu State Government allows the colleges to reopen after a year. As per the guidelines, 50% of the students are allowed to the college. The colleges are completely closed due to community spread of the virus. The Hindu features a news story with the picture of the students at Sona College of Technology, a part of the Sona Group, going back to the college with joy.


The Sona Group in association with IIT Madras Incubation Cell and Sona Incubation Foundation has come up with - First-ever ‘Partner Incubator’ to promote technology-based entrepreneurs to be set up in Salem. The MoU was signed in the presence of The Sona Groups’ MD, Mr. Chocko Valliappa.


Vee Technologies, a part of The Sona Group has been mentioned in the Global Medical Billing Outsourcing Services Competition Situation 2021| R1 RCM, Cerner, Allscripts market research report under the top players' column.


IIT Madras Incubation cell and Sona Group of Institutions, a part of The Sona Group, signed an MoU. The news is featured in Dinamani, a Tamil daily. Vice Chairman of Sona Group of Institutions, Mr. Chocko Valliappa, shared the MoU with IIT Professor, Ms. Dhamaswathi Gosh in the event.


The Hindu as a part of its Education Plus Career Counselling organized a webinar, titled, “Why Engineering? Opportunities in Career, Entrepreneurship and Research” on July 31 at 11 a.m. Sona College of Technology is presenting this webinar for class X, XI, XII students. Experts are taking over the session to give valuable insights into the Engineering field.


Are you waiting for a change in your career? Are you curious to know how it feel to be an HCC coder? Are you looking for an HCC Coding job vacancy? If you say “yes” to any of these questions, the webinar is for you. Join our webinar to learn more about HCC Coding and how to get a job doing it. Our webinar titled, Market Insights- By Leaders in HCC Coding, is taking place on 1st August 2021. It is starting from 6.00 pm IST.


Vee Technologies provides renowned enterprises across the United States with technology-enabled healthcare information management and revenue cycle management outsourcing services. Our excellence is recognized in a variety of ways, including competitive and long-term company success and industry-wide praise. Vee Technologies and Mr. Chocko Valliappa are highlighted in this article.


Thiagarajar Polytechnic students were featured in the Hindu in a page title, “News from the World of Education: July 13, 2021”. The trio led by Atik Mohamed M created a virtual game with Indian taste. The game takes the cycler of the static cycle to the monumental places of India with a background of Vedic music to it. The game is called as, “Heritage Race” VR game.


Sona College of Technology is conducting SonaEEE-21 a national-level engineering entrance exam. The students securing the top hundred ranks in the exam are eligible for scholarships to study engineering at Sona College of Technology. The top 3 rank holders get attractive prizes. The students passing 12th standard with physics, chemistry, and mathematics are eligible to attend the exam.


The students of Thiagarajar Polytechnic college are featured in an Edex live story. Athik and the team have created a VR app that steals the attention of PM Modi at Toycathon 2021, a digital event. The team has added Vedic music to the virtual game that takes you through the monumental places of India. The game is called the ‘Heritage Game’, which is one of its kind adding native cultural aspects to VR.


Sona College of Technology students are offered jobs at various renowned organizations. C. Valliappa, the Chairman of the college, issued the job offer letters at an event hosted at the college campus in Salem. Sona College of Technology is a renowned tech institute in Tamil Nadu, which focuses on research, innovation, employment, development, and entrepreneurship.


In Yahoo! News, Vee Technologies, a part of The Sona Group, has been featured for the Vee+ Svasa app. The Vee+ Svasa app delivers educational videos, information about accessing local medical care and Covid vaccines, and other content sourced by medical experts right to patients' smartphones.


In ‘Toycathon 2021’ Athik Mohamed M, a student in Thiagarajar Polytechnic college steals the attention of PM Modi with Vedic music being added to his VR game. He has been featured in Fresherslive story, titled, ‘How the young impressed Modi with ‘Heritage Race’ VR Game.’


The Sona Group and the Times of India conducted a webinar on the trends of Engineering education in India, where experts reported the findings. Chocko Valliappa, part of the experts' teams reported the increasing demand for women in the engineering sectors in India.


Vee Technologies, a part of The Sona Group, held an Engineering Virtual Expo using sawing technology. On Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021, and Thursday, June 24th, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. IST, come to Vee Technologies' Virtual Engineering Trade Show.


Many children have been left without a parent as a result of the second wave of the coronavirus. Many institutions, colleges, and universities have stepped forward to lend a hand by providing financial assistance to such children. Students are also permitted to remain on campus because a few colleges provide medical and emotional care to students who become ill at school. Many more colleges have stepped forward to offer assistance. The Sona Group of Institutions has established a ‘Knowledge Bank' with a Rs 2 crore fund to grant scholarships to help students pay their tuition fees. This amount is withdrawn from the student's wage and is repayable to the "Knowledge Bank" in instalments at the end of three years when the student is working.


We are happy to announce that for the wellbeing of society, The Sona Group started to supply Anadhanam to 500 patients at Salem Steel Plant COVID Care Centre starting from today. Hearty gratitude to the management team and their family members for the compassion, generosity, and kindness to serve society in these trying times. Once again, the Sona Group has gone forward for society's welfare and established itself as Punniya Boomi.


During the COVID crisis, Thiagarajar Polytechnic and Sona Institutions are working for the welfare of society. They have donated Rs 1 crore worth of healthy meals five times a day to COVID patients at Salem Steel Plant's Special Corona Treatment Centre. Chairman C.Valliappa handed over a letter of intent to Mr.V.Senthil Balaji, Minister for Electricity, Prohibition, and Excise in the presence of Mr.S.Karmegam, Salem Collector.


Chocko Valliappa, the CEO of Vee Technologies, has been highlighted in Business India, a publication that celebrates corporate excellence. Vee Technologies has been delivering technology-enabled solutions in healthcare, engineering, finance and accounting, and other fields for two decades, according to the report.


Our leader and visionary Chocko Valliappa and Sona College of Technology have been featured in FICCI Eduwrap, May 2021 Edition. The theme of the month is ‘Technology in Education’ and Chocko has penned down his thoughts on ‘Digital Learning – The way forward’. In the article, he explains how the Indian educational system has taken baby steps toward becoming a fully-fledged digital learning process in these trying times when the digital realm is the only source of support.


Sona College of Technology in Salem, TN, has created an AI-assisted Open Access platform to make pay wall research publications and journals available and accessible to researchers. The platform has seen a 16 percent to 18 percent rise in monthly encounters across search engines like Google since its launch. A rise in views correlates with an increase in downloads, paving the way for better references.


The Bangalore Chamber of Industry & Commerce (BCIC) recognized C. Valliappa, Chairman, The Sona Group, with the CSR Impact Award for the group’s outstanding Group’s initiatives towards achieving growth and sustainable community development.


India was put on the global IT road map, when our Chairman, C. Valliappa, got Texas Instruments to Sona Towers in the 1980s. Much to our surprise, the satellite dish required to set up round-the-clock communication arrived on a bullock cart to the Sona Towers on the Millers Road.


Considering the significance of education and higher studies among the Indian families, Chocko Valliappa, Managing Director, The Sona Group, predicts India to become the skill factory to the world by 2045, on the occasion of Outlook completing 25 years.


Vee Technologies, a part of The Sona Group of Companies participated in the renown CII Packaging Conference & Manufacturing Expo 2020 held between Dec 08, 2020 and Dec 20, 2020, organized virtually on CII’s in-house digital platform CII HIVE. Vee Technologies showcased its expertise in packaging design niche of engineering. Focusing on Machine Tools, Industrial flooring, Paints & Coatings, Energy and Environment, this initiative bridged the gap between the manufacturing sector and solution providers by serving as a credible platform to foster beneficial business partnerships globally.


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The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of The Sona Group, Valliappa Foundation, developed Anadhanam, a digital platform to eradicate global hunger. Chocko Valliappa, Managing Trustee of Valliappa Foundation, launched Anadhanam on 29th September, 2020, which is regarded as the International Day of Awareness on Food Loss and Waste Reduction, considering the impact of sustainable food production has on ensuring nutrition and food security.


Vee Technologies, a consulting and technology-enabled professional services venture and a part of The Sona Group, was recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of the 'Fastest Growing' American companies for fifth year in a row.


Vee Technologies, a part of The Sona Group, was selected to the 2020 IAOP Impact Sourcing Champions Index, which is an inaugural list of companies distinguished as Impact Sourcing trailblazers.


Vee Technologies, a part of The Sona Group, was named as the 2020 Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare, a 4 decade old business weekly.


Chocko Valliappa, MD, The Sona Group, shared his insights on the necessity to re-imagine online education, so that it can be easily accessed even by the poorest of the students.


Engineers at Vee Technologies along with the engineering students at the Sona College of Technology developed ‘Corona-Scan’ and ‘Corona-Support’ apps that help to prevent the spread of COVID-19.



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Vee Technologies will deliver a webinar to ACHT Fellows and others in healthcare. Webinar will cover how to properly implement a telehealth program, including rules and regulations around telemedicine and necessary resources, new codes specific to COVID-19 and risk adjustment, among others.


Trump’s Executive Order to suspend immigration temporarily to the United States has induced mixed responses from the IT sector in India. According to Chocko Valliappa, CEO - Vee Technologies, a technology-enabled professional services company in India and a subsidiary of The Sona Group, the greatness of America is mainly due to its ability to attract top global IT talent. So, banning immigration might not be the right move. Other industry leaders reflected that, as most of the annual immigrants to the USA are Indians, this temporary ban on immigration can have a major impact on the IT sector, which might result in global reduction on IT spends.


Innovative Location Based Contact Tracing App - VeeTrace - developed by The Sona Group Subsidiaries

Doing our bit to help the people and health officials win the war against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, The Sona Group subsidiaries - Sona College of Technology and Vee Technologies have developed an innovative app - VeeTrace. This is a simple location-based contact tracing app, which was launched by the Corporation Commissioner of Salem, R. Sadheesh at an alternative market setup, in Salem.


Sona College of Technology &, a part of The Sona Group, has contributed to the creation of innovations repository to fight pandemic by developing a location-based contact tracing app called VeeTrace.


Vee Technologies is Raising the Productivity Bar through Micro Company Model

Being a hiring partner for The Sona Group’s training and skill development affiliates – Sona Yukti and Sona College of Technology – Vee Technologies has come up with a new technique to boost employee morale and productivity. The employees are divided into multiple groups, which function as independent companies and the winning team will be receive a grand prize of Rs. 10 lakh.


Inauguration of New Building in Chockalingam Vidyalaya – Driving Nation’s Economic Stability & Growth through Education

Marking another milestone in the educational sector, The Sona Group of Institutions’ subsidiary Chockalingam Vidyalaya has a new addition to its infrastructure with the inauguration of the new Chockalingam Vidyalaya building. In an effort to drive the nation’s economic stability and growth through education, Chockalingam Vidyalaya, which is one among The Sona Group of Institutions, has constructed a new building to provide education for as many students as possible.

Vee Technologies, a part of The Sona Group, inaugurated its next delivery center in India at Trichy, Tamil Nadu, on 13th June 2022 with a inauguration pooja. Mr. C. Valliappa, Chairman of Vee Technologies and The Sona Group; Mr. Chocko Valliappa, CEO of Vee Technologies and MD of The Sona Group; professionals from Vee Technologies; and officials from the institutions in and around Trichy were present at the inauguration event. After the pooja was over, the event created a platform to discuss the employment opportunities of Vee Technologies.


Periyar University conducted Talent Placement Officers' Meet cum Orientation 2022 in association with Vee Technologies & HireMee of The Sona Group on 28th March 2022. At the event, the VC of Periyar University announced designing a new industry and job-oriented curriculum.


Vee Technologies, a part of The Sona Group, opened its new delivery center in Hyderabad and the inauguration took place on 23rd Jan 2022. To serve better and faster for the clients they have expanded themselves in the southern part of India. They plan to expand more and more in the coming days. Mr. Muralidhar. P, COO, Vee Technologies, was also present at the ceremony and inaugurated the new office with a small pooja!


Mr. Chocko Valliappa, the Vice-Chairman of The Sona Group, has launched the book published by Springer, Smart Villages: Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide in Sona College of Institution, Salem. Founder of Zoho, Mr. Sridhar Vembu, received the book in the virtual book launch scheduled on 22nd September 2021 at 3 pm.


The World HRD Congress has named Vee Technologies "Dream Companies to Work With" and "Best Corporate Social Responsibility Practices." Vee Technologies is a leading consulting and professional services firm that provides technology-enabled solutions to organisations around the world.

Vee Technologies was nominated for the IT & Software, Outsourcing, and Healthcare sectors in the Dream Employer of the Year category as a company that maintains the best HR practices to retain top talent and provide organisational satisfaction.


Vee Technologies, a leading consultancy and technical services firm that specialises in technology-enabled solutions, has been named to the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals®' Global Outsourcing 100 List for 2021. Vee Technologies has made the list for the seventh year in a row, highlighting their dedication to innovation and quality improvement, which is the trademark of the outsourcing industry.


Technology services firm Vee Technologies and Sona Group of educational institutions have forged an agreement with Toronto-based University Health Network, Canada to collaborate on a multi-institution research and commercialisation effort to develop smart fabric-based wearables.


The Sona Group completes a century of able entrepreneurship, world-class educational endeavors and selfless community services. Now, the group is gearing up to commence a new era of entrepreneurial legacy redefining their standards of distinct business moves and superior educational ventures. Finding new ways to serve the community is yet another goal of The Sona Group that sets it apart. Careful planning and efficient implementation has led The Sona Group towards success.