PES University has been recording class-room teaching regularly and making available to students to access the lectures from home. This practice started five years ago has proved very beneficial to students. The faculty teaching the subject also receives an update every day on the number of students who viewed the lecture in addition to providing the popularity rank of the teacher.
With the current Corona Virus situation causing a lot of anxiety, Universities had to shut down classes in the interest of safety of students.
The University in its bid to utilize the situation constructively is beaming classroom lectures live for students to access the same from their place of stay since Monday March 16, 2020.
The University has put in place a special time table covering 9 lecture sessions in a day each of 40 minutes duration across all courses. The schedule is shared with students so that they are informed on the subject and the teacher. The recorded version of the class is also made available to the student by the end of the day. This helps students to have a relook at the content delivered for better understanding and also serves students who would have missed the live session.
This initiative of the University has been well received by the students with over 80% of students accessing to live / recorded sessions of the classes conducted.
In addition, PES University central library has also provided off-campus access to students for its online resources. Library users at home or elsewhere can log in through their library server and gain access to e-resources.
Dr.M.R.Doreswamy, Chancellor, PES University visited the command center that monitors the live online teaching sessions. He appreciated the efforts of the IT team under the mentorship of Prof.Ajoy Kumar, Chief Operating Officer for creating one such facility for students. Prof. Siddappa, Former Vice-Chancellor, Bangalore University and Member, Board of Governors, PES University was all praise for the University for having initiated the live online teaching to students which has enabled them to utilize the time effectively while at home. Prof.Jawahar, Pro-Chancellor, PES University said that the exercise of the University in reaching out to students while they are away from campus has been very fruitful.
The cultural festival brought together young would-be pharmacists from around fifteen Pharmacy colleges in and outside Karnataka for the inauguration of the cultural fest. The function witnessed the gracious presence of Mrs. Vani Harikrishna – music composer, music director and playback singer and Dr J Suryaprasad - Vice Chancellor, PES University. Dr M R Doreswamy Ex.MLC
Advisor (Education Reforms), Government of Karnataka, Chancellor, PES University presided over the function. 14 students who secured RGUHS overall rank in the academic year 2018-19 of B.Pharm, M.Pharm, Pharm.D and Pharm.D-PB were felicitated by the esteemed guests with gold medals. Fathima Beevi Award comprising of a gold medal was awarded to Ms. Simran Singhal for academically best outgoing B.Pharm student by Sami Labs Ltd. II B.Pharm Class topper Ms. Varalakshmi S and III B.Pharm Class topper Ms. Manasa R were felicitated with K. Shamanna Award. Chief Guest, Mrs Vani was very happy on seeing girl students bagging most of the awards and earnestly requested the male community to support and encourage ladies to flourish in their chosen fields. She mesmerised the audience with her soulful voice. Dr. M R Doreswamy congratulated the rank holders, class toppers and distinction holders. In his talk, he emphasised that participation in co-curricular activities is of utmost importance which adds a new dimension to the overall personality of an individual. He stressed on the three qualities of Focus, Effort and Dedication which transforms an individual into an achiever. He mentioned the pivotal role played by him as an MLC by suggesting to the then Health Minister to include Pharmacy program into CET. He concluded his talk by mentioning that placement is inseparable from PES Institutions and 100% placements have been provided to all Pharma Graduates. Aspiration 2020 was hosted by the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, HN Campus, PES University on 13th March 2020 at Dr M.R.D Silver Jubilee Auditorium on the campus.
PES University nurtures academic excellence among students by identifying and rewarding meritorious students every semester. Prof CNR Rao Merit scholarship and Dr MRD Merit Scholarship for Aug-Dec 2019 semester were announced at an impressive ceremony. The meritorious students were felicitated by distinguished guests, Mr Sameer Garde, President Cisco- India and SAARC and Mr Mohan Sekhar, Senior Managing Director and Lead, Advanced Technology Centers in India, Accenture. 195 students were awarded Prof CNR Rao Scholarships of nearly Rs. 60 lakhs. 1,457 students received Dr MRD Merit Scholarships amounting to Rs. 4 crore 70 lakhs. 2713 students won distinction awards of close to Rs 27 lakhs.
Prof CNR Rao Merit Scholarships are awarded to top 2% of students in all programs of study for scoring cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 9 and above. The scholars get a tuition fee waiver to the tune of 25% for the subsequent year. Dr MRD Scholarships are awarded to top 20% of students for securing semester grade point average (SGPA) of 8.5 and above. Distinction awards are received by students securing an SGPA of more than 7.75.
The special message sent by Prof CNR Rao wishing the meritorious students a great future in whatever they choose to do, was read out on the occasion. Prof D Jawahar, Pro Chancellor, in his address, recollected the first scholarship award function, by the PES institution a few decades back, which was Rs five hundred each for twenty eight students. That was the beginning of the tradition of awarding scholarships which has reached an amount of Rs 10 crores this year. He looked forward to realising the vision of seeing PES University as rated as one among the top ten universities of the country within the next five years. He believed that the achievements of the students have a large role to play in achieving the goal. Mr Sameer Garde reminisced about scoring 10 grade points as an undergraduate and shared his thoughts about the life and career ahead for the students. He felt that doing what the heart tells and focusing one’s energy on the journey can make a career fulfilling. He observed that and as a professional the ideas one comes up with are key to becoming a leader. The year 2020, according to him marks the dawn of a new era in technology and termed the present time and future, especially for the students as magical. Mr Mohan Sekhar admired the role of PES University in preparing the students for professional careers, specifically the initiative to familiarise the students with new technologies like machine learning and AI, irrespective of the branches of study. He was happy to see large number of girls winning awards especially when diversity is a key focus area for the industry. Speaking of the expectations of the industry, he highlighted the importance of customer focus, innovation and effective communication. He felt that innovation is at the heart of everything that’s happening in the industry. He appreciated the university’s setting up of an advanced gym on campus as staying physically active he felt, is no less important.
Dr J Suryaprasad Vice Chancellor in his opening remarks introduced the guests. Dr K Sridhar, Registrar delivered the vote of thanks. The auditorium was abuzz with activity as 4365 students received the cheques and merit certificates.
105 teams participated in the prelims and the top six teams were selected for the next round. The questions were a combination of both general and business topic which were framed with the intention of catering to the participants with different interests. The final round paved way for the winning teams: Rakshitha and Harshitha (first); Srikar and Chandan K (second) and Jayanth and Chandan (third). The quiz was held at PES HN campus on Feb 6, 2020.