Dr Balaji Singh received the lifetime achievement award from Indian Society for Training and Development (ISTD) recognizing his illustrious career in enabling people, departments and organizations to realize the true potential. ISTD is a national level professional society which conducts sought after training programs in the areas of human resources development with special emphasis on training of trainers, training goals and objectives and training tools and technologies. Dr Balaji Singh’s work in the fields of vocational training, corporate training and soft skills training is acknowledged by the leading institutions be it leading trade bodies, corporate or professional communities. He has designed and conducted programs that have resulted in enhanced performance of individuals and groups in academic, organizational and public settings. Personal Effectiveness Learning Lab is one among the many of the programs and modules envisioned by him that have delivered training outcomes exceeding expectations of leading companies. He has identified and implemented globally proven and cutting edge techniques for productivity management, lean manufacturing, performance appraisals and other functions at an organizational scale. A distinctive feature of his work is the effective use of technology in driving the desired outcomes at speed and scale in tune with the demands of the global competitive landscape. The technology dimension coupled with extensive field research has resulted in new insights into the evolving work and business culture. For instance, his project which he chooses to call anecdotal research has seen his team closely studying and documenting the progress in a start-up from an abstract idea to a profitable business concept. The social component in his work has helped student community and non-governmental organizations in creating new and efficient ways to serve the needy. Dr Balaji Singh’s experience and expertise is playing an important role in designing the management programs in PES University. His emphasis on industry academia integration, focus on structured research and proactive support for entrepreneurship has resulted in innovative initiatives that prepare the students for making the most of new opportunities the government and business present. The students, staff and management of PES University congratulate Dr Balaji Singh and look forward to his continued guidance and leadership.

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Samarpana 17, an annual bake-and-sell initiative by the students of a city-based university, was aimed at honouring the martyrs of the Indian armed forces. The event saw students set up stalls and sell homemade products.The visitors too came out whole-heartedly to munch on the eatables and support the cause. The profits generated were directed towards the welfare of the martyr’s families.

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As part of World Space Week celebrations, Space Expo was held at Kochi to create awareness among the student community about the advancements made by India in space research. PiSat team members from PES University displayed a life size model of the PiSat, a sample of the solar cell, a sample of the magnetic torque rod, samples of the 4-pi sun sensor, and a sample of the battery used.

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The 24 hour Hackathon organized by Microsoft Lab, PES University saw interesting ideas and projects from several domains, ranging from Artificial Intelligence to Internet of Things to Smart Technologies.

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Rohin Gopalakrishnan and Arvind Kumar created a Facebook Messenger bot – BroTender that automates and simplifies customer interaction at bars and restaurants.

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Sachit Batra has been selected to be a part of Jagriti Yatra 2016 which will see 425 students from India and 46 nations on a fifteen day long national train journey.

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Divya Rao won the ‘IEI Young Engineers Award’ that recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions of young engineers in engineering research, excellence in engineering technology development, technology transfer.

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Inspire 16 was an opportunity to know more about how entrepreneurship can be a powerful tool that is capable of changing the world for the better by focusing on reducing inefficiencies found in the system.

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The open office environment creates unique situations at workplace. The HoneyWell TechChallenge tested the problem solving and technical skills of participating teams in tackling a real world issue. The team of Adarsh S, Prabhanjan S K, Prajwal M R and Shashank T D was adjudged the winner. The judges chose the solution for simplicity of the application among other features.

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