The results for the GATE 2018 entrance examinations held for admissions to post-graduate Engineering courses in IITs, NITs and IISc have been declared on Saturday. Two students of PES University, Bengaluru, have bagged first two ranks at the all-India level in GATE XE, Engineering Sciences. Rahul Kashyap a final year B.Tech student in Mechanical Engineering has bagged first rank and Manoj N Dixith from the same class bagged 2nd rank. The test was held online on February 3, 4, 10 and 11th in various cities across the country.

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Chandni and Ghagan Lokesh registered a notable win at Quest 2018 in the front office competition leaving behind teams from over twenty reputed hotel and hospitality management institutes. The two day national level hospitality competition tested ability in the areas of role play, team work, situation handling and managing crisis at workplace.

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Shreedhar Hegde reached the Top Eight in Speak for India, Karnataka edition to win the title of Debate Jewel of Karnataka. He qualified for the finals from among 40,000 contestants proving himself to be a vibrant, confident and persuasive debater. The evaluation criteria included style, clarity and conviction of thought and lucidity of articulation.

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Abhilasha Ravichander is enrolled for MS Program at the Language Technology Institute of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) where she is currently a Graduate Research Assistant under Dr Eric Nyberg. With a GPA of 4.04/4.00 she has undertaken important assignments at the university. She designed models and methodologies for supervised semantic parsing in domains starting from zero training examples for Bosch Ubiquitous Personal Assistant.

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A workshop and session on Emotional Intelligence was conducted by Dr.V.Jaykumar for the managers and supervisors of Novotel and Ibis, Accor Group, as a part of the university’s industry interface. The session delved on importance of Emotional Intelligence at workplace, as a tool to improve productivity, and as a key driver for customer engagement.

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The students of hospitality program got an opportunity to interact with alumnus, Saumitra Chaturvedi, Director-Operations of Accor Hotel Group. He talked about career aspirations to reach the top.

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The mainstream media covered the active placement scene on campuses despite news about shrinking job opportunities. “Placement officers need to attract new companies. This is a positive shift in the trend. Students must have knowledge of artificial intelligence, internet of things, virtual reality and more,” said K S Sridhar, placement director, PES University.

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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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