Prof. Guilhereme Almeida, Senior Director, Global Engagement office, University of California, Riverside, USA along with Mr. Ramani Ramarathinam, CEO, Fluid Tech Solutions Inc, visited PES University, Ring Road campus on 4th Dec, 2019. The visitors met Vice Chancellor Prof. K N B Murthy and discussed about the opportunities of collaboration between UC, Riverside and PES University. Later, an interaction session with Chairpersons and HoDs of all the departments were held in the presence of Dr. V Krishnamurthy, Registrar. Dr. Sudarshan T S B, Dean of Research extended a warm welcome to the visitors. Prof. Guilherme Almeida gave a brief introduction about UC, Riverside and discussed about various programs and domains in which both the universities can explore collaborative avenues. The Chairpersons and HoDs had a fruitful interaction and the session concluded with a positive note of understanding and to seek further direction to take this collaboration forward. Prof. Guilhereme Almeida, thanked PES University management and faculty members for the excellent hospitality.
The department of MCA, PES University, organised the 7th CAC, Celebrities and Celebrations, in association with BITES, at the MCA Seminar Hall, PES University, RR Campus, on 7th December 2019. The celebrity of the month was Prof. Naom Chomsky, the living legend and the Father of modern linguistics. Dr. Kavi Mahesh, Director, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Dharwad, was the speaker of the day. Dr. Lekha, Professor from the department of Computer Applications welcomed the guests and introduced the speaker. Dr. Kavi Mahesh, started with the Chomsky’s journey of understanding human language and its varieties. He mentioned about Chomsky’s idea of Cognitive learning. He further expressed his views of learning languages among human beings and animals. The snippet of a parrot responding to a human verbally, became a food for thought to discourse on capacities and capabilities of human and animal learning languages. He also highlighted about the cognitive learning study based on Nature Vs Nurture. He went on to explain how Chomsky analysed the concept to conclude that both have an impact on language learning. He also put forward the popular theory of Prof. Naom Chomsky, which believes, there is one Universal language which follows basic principles and parameters. The study on Universal language theory, took transitions based on rules and certain exceptions. He also clearly explained the Chomsky hierarchy of cognitive learning with a clear distinction between context free and context sensitive languages. Mr. Santosh Katti, Professor from department of Computer Applications gave away the vote of thanks. Dr. KNB Murthy, Vice-Chancellor, PES University and Chairman, BITES, along with Prof. Chennabassppa, Director, SIT Tumkur, and former Chairman, BITES, handed over the token of appreciation to the distinguished speaker, Dr. Kavi Mahesh.
Breast cancer awareness programme was conducted in PES University HN Campus on 3rd December 2019 by Student Affairs, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. It is most common for women between the ages of 25 and 39 to focus on breast cancer awareness but girls as young as 15 can develop breast cancer. The Young Survival Coalition, a breast cancer support group for young women, says breast cancer accounts for 15% of all cancer diagnoses in younger women. Breast cancer is not only possible in such young age groups, but it is typically more aggressive and younger women diagnosed typically have a lower survival rate. To educate the girl students and women employees a breast cancer awareness program was organized by Student Affairs, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 410 students & staff members participated in the event from various programmes (Pharmacy, PUC & Commerce) across the campus. Dr. Mallika Natraj, Breast Oncologist, Sparsh Hospital Yeshwanthpur Bengaluru, created awareness on Breast Cancer, its causes, preventive measures and also briefed the audience on prevalence, incidence, and dietary influence. She rolled out statistics to prove the alarming increase in breast cancer cases in recent years. Demonstrative videos to explain how to carry out Self Breast Examination (SBE) were shown and advised the girl students & women employees on the measures to be taken to protect themselves from the dreadful disease. The programme dismantled all myths and overcame taboos concerning Breast Cancer and gave students the entire spectrum of the topic on basis of factual accuracy. This promoted unity on part of the audience to stand together in the face of breast cancer, creating awareness amongst them and encouraging them to pass on this important and valuable information to their female peers and family members. The programme received overwhelming participation & responses from the participants.
An essential principle in the practice of geriatric medicine is the need to scrupulously and frequently review the patient’s current list of medications. The necessity for this practice cannot be overstated. Very frequently, the causes of a change in a patient’s health status or level of cognition are likely the result of a change in the patient’s medication regimen. This change may result in an adverse drug reaction or may result in the development of a drug-drug interaction. To educate the Pharm.D students PES University, HN campus had arranged a lecture-discussion for students by Mr. Katta Anand Srinivas, Subject Matter Expert, Artificial Learning Systems Bengaluru on the topic “Geriatric Patients Medication Review” on Friday, 29th Nov 2019. The event was attended by 72 students of Pharm.D Program. Various topics like Social and Emotional Issues of Aging, Clinical Syndromes and Health Issues of Aging, Areas and Issues of Pharmacy Practice for Geriatric Patients etc. were covered during the discussion.
The Gopalakrishnan-Deshpande Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (GDC) at IIT-Madras completed the seventh cohort under its flagship I-NCUBATE programme recently. GDC has benefited more than 65 startups, enhancing the entrepreneurial capabilities of over 360 participants from various institutions including IIT Madras, IIT Bombay, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Puducherry, Pune University, KJ Somaiya College, Mumbai, PES University, Bengaluru, and Swinburne University of Technology, Australia.
Team Aeolus secured second place in the design proposal phase of the AIAA-DBF 2019-20 competition to be held in Wichita, Kansas, USA. The DBF (Design/Build/Fly) is an international aero-modelling competition conducted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and sponsored by the Cessna Aircraft Company, Raytheon Missile Systems and other premier organisations. This year's challenge required the designing of a banner towing bush plane which can also be repurposed as a charter aircraft. In response to this, 141 teams from reputed universities across the world submitted their design proposals. 113 teams were shortlisted for the subsequent stages. Team Aeolus improved upon its effort in last year’s competition by gaining 37 places to reach the 2nd place globally at this stage of the competition. Team Aeolus is the aeromodelling and aerial robotics team of PES University.
The university had the opportunity to take Mr Hari Vasudev and Mr Suresh Shenoy, of Walmart Labs on a tour of the vibrant campus. They visited the state of the art facilities in the departments, well equipped centers of excellence and the recently launched advanced library aptly named Silent Reflections. The ambience conducive to research and innovation for the students and faculty impressed the visitors.
The creative talent of the students from PES University, EC campus made its presence felt at Cobalt Skies inter college festival. Team Mangobites, the theatre group of the campus, won first prize in Mime and second runner-up prize in Mad-Ads events, competing against the participants from leading colleges of the city. Cobalt Skies inter-college festival was organised by Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore, on October 17-18, 2019.
National Pharmacists Week is celebrated to highlight the pivotal role pharmacists play in the healthcare system. Students of pharmacy program undertook various activities based on the theme of pharmacists’ role in patient’s safety and efficacy of medicine. The students participated in a rally urging the citizens to avoid excess use of antibiotics and adapt a healthier lifestyle. The placards in English and Kannada carried catchy messages like: The Best and Most Efficient Pharmacy Is Within Our Own System and Get High on Life and Not Drugs, to quote a few. The event acknowledged the invaluable contributions of pharmacists in hospitals, outpatient clinics and other health care settings. The National Pharmacy Week was organised by department of pharmacy practice of PES University from Oct 21-26, 2019.
PES University awarded scholarship amounting to Rs 3 crores and 15 lakhs to 4,558 meritorious students pursuing undergraduate programs in engineering, architecture, design and business administration and postgraduate programs in engineering. The university considers scholarships as an important source of motivation for continued excellence. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Jawahar, Pro-chancellor felt that the event was a celebration of merit which is nurtured and cherished by the university since inception. He gave an overview of scholarship initiative at the institution, starting from an amount of Rs 14,000 to 14 students in 1991. Today, the awards include Prof CNR Rao Merit Scholarships, Prof MRD Merit Scholarships, Distinction Awards, Rural Student Scholarships, Huawei Scholarships, Higher Education Scholarships and Travel Grants. Travel grants are given to students for participation in conferences and technical competitions. Higher education scholarships that are given to top 10% of students within 24 months of graduating demonstrate the institution’s commitment to excellence in education. He announced that the university has budgeted for Rs. 10 crores of scholarships for the next academic year. Dr M R Doreswamy, Chancellor observed that the purpose of education is about being good human beings. He pointed out that 70 students scored 10/10 and commended the faculty members for their efforts in guiding the students to excel. He reiterated the university’s commitment to the society and nation and shared the university’s undertaking of the renovation of 12 government schools in flood affected districts of Bagalkote, Chikkodi, Gadaga and Haveri. Chief Guest, Prof. Dr. T.G. Sitharam, Director, IIT Guwahati reflected on the changing face of research with inter-disciplinary approach and blurring of distinction between work of scientists and engineers becoming key to solving problems we face today. He opined that teachers are facilitators in the outcome based education that we see today. He looked forward to active role of engineers in enabling India to achieve developmental goals identified by United Nations. Sri S. R. Umashankar, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Primary and Secondary Education, GoK was felicitated by the university for his guidance and contribution to able administration of education in the state. Sri Umashankar in his address called upon the students to pursue their passion, and being involved in what they do irrespective of the field, sector or job they choose. Distinguished guest, Sri Hari Vasudev, Country Head & Vice President - Technology, Walmart Labs applauded the efforts of the faculty in inspiring the students to excel in their field of study. He underscored the role of technology which he felt is not just about improving speed and capability but about improving lives by empowering people. According to him one should learn to learn and stay equipped to deal with the fast paced changes and innovations. Empathy is a quality that students should nurture he felt, as that would help them create great customer experiences as professionals and understand the needs of the society to be good human beings. Dr K N B Murthy, Vice Chancellor in his welcome address introduced the dignitaries on the dais. Dr. V Krishnamurthy, Registrar and Dr. R Vasudevan Iyer, Controller of Examinations, presented the awardees. The occasion was a moment of pride for the meritorious students who were felicitated by the honourable guests and the management of the university.