The day was celebrated by highlighting the importance food sustainability. Slow Food, promoted as an alternative to fast food, is an effective way of preserving traditional and regional cuisine. It encourages farming of plants, seeds and livestock characteristic of the local ecosystem. Dr. Trilocahn Sastry, IIM Bangalore in his keynote emphasized the need for social entrepreneurship among young students that benefits the community.

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Catalyst, the event club and forum was inaugurated at an impressive ceremony. The logo was unveiled on the occasion and poster and video teaser were released. The students regaled the audience with a delightful dance performance. The inauguration program held on Jan 12, 2018 in Tech Park seminar hall was conceived and managed by students of BBA-HEM program.

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The PES University campus was brimming with ideas as students demonstrated the projects they had undertaken and completed successfully. The guiding spirit for 2018 edition of Prakalpa was “idea plus action equals change”. True the spirit, twenty two stalls were abuzz with demos as the innovators shared their best ideas, working prototypes and their understanding of the industry they will be serving. The event has grown into a vibrant platform that brings together students of various disciplines who can come up with great ideas and work towards making it into a useful solution. The all terrain vehicle, hybrid four-wheeler and go kart zooming on the tracks drew large crowds. More than 5000 students, 800 parents, 1000 students from other colleges participated in the event. Dr. M R Doreswamy, Chancellor, PES University visited the stalls, heard the enthusiastic presenters and interacted with students and staff.

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The second edition of the tournament which is becoming popular saw participation of thirty engineering colleges from across Karnataka and University of Colombo. The cricket and badminton event organized by PES University was held from Jan 19 to 23, 2018.

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Chef Club organized the traditional cake mixing event providing the students an opportunity to host Registrar, Controller of Examinations, Dean-Management Studies and Chairpersons of departments of Bio-Technology, BBA and BBA-HEM. The event management team of students succeeded in ensuring active participation of the guests and enthusiastic hosting by the students. The cake mixing ceremony is an annual feature of the BBA-HEM department to celebrate fellowship and camaraderie among the teaching and student fraternity.

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Students got an opportunity to manage hospitality right from venue arrangement and provision of snacks for an official delegation visiting the campus. The occasion proved to be a motivational exercise for students to take up higher responsibilities. The Vice Chancellor and the Dean of Management studies felicitated the staff and students of BBA-HEM program for their successful initiative.

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Jeeva Srujana, Biotechnology club hosted a lecture that provided an overview of genetic flow of information and touched upon central dogma of molecular biology, genotype to phenotype, Epigenetics, Transcriptomics and Metabolomics in a new era which is data driven. Prof. H.A.Ranganath, former Director, NAAC and former Vice Chancellor, Bangalore University was the chief guest for the event.

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Vivekananda Jayanthi was an occasion for the students to know about different aspects of Swamiji personality and how one can imbibe his virtues in the best possible way. The talk on “Manifest the Vivekananda in YOUth” featured resource persons from Disha Foundation Mrs. Rekha Ramachandran and Ms. Kavitha.

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The hackathon saw 36 short-listed teams battling it out. The winning hacks impressed the judging panel of experts from academia and industry. The first place was notched up by Pied Piper team of Sraman Choudhury, Srikar Chundury, Srinivas Shekar whose hack was based on lip-reading technology which makes use of a camera to intelligently understand the words spoken. Import Hack team of Prajwal Anand, Anurag Das and Nischita V S came up with an intelligent way to remove fog based on image processing.

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