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.
Dr. Rekha Srinivasan delivered a talk on designing active learning classroom (ALC) for Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM), a bridge between teaching and learning. She is James S. Swinehart Professorial Teaching Fellow and Senior Instructor in the Department of Chemistry at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), Cleveland, USA. Dr Rekha Srinivasan spoke about integrating active learning strategies in the classroom, using some common and simple active learning strategies in teaching and instructional technologies to support the use of active learning and maintaining the student-attention-span. Dr. Rekha Srinivasan mentioned that pursuit of active research enhances the teachers’ ability to teach effectively bringing out the application areas of the lessons learnt. She circulated a learning style questionnaire, to find out what kind of learner each of them was. She explained that there were three types of learners – audio learners, visual learners and kinesthetic learners. She mentioned that it is important to be aware that in a classroom there will be all the three types of learners and the instruction should cater to all the types to keep the whole class lively and involved. She noted that this can be achieved with a proper mix of auditory instructions, visuals and hands on exercises. Dr Rekha Srinivasan also made all the participants to answer a classroom teaching style survey to know what kind of teacher they were: Traditional (teacher centered), Transitional (teacher guided), Transitional (student influenced), Reformed (student centered). This led to an introspection on the type of teacher each one was. She reiterated that each and every type was acceptable and reflected the type of teaching outlook. Dr. Rekha Srinivasan spoke about new learning techniques such as Concept Maps, Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) Classes and JiTT which could enhance the classroom experience. She also spoke about flipped and hybrid classrooms, and the need to involve the students in group activities to enhance the learning outcomes. She stressed on the need for infrastructural and technological support to support the new age teaching requirements.
The participants in the workshop were inspired to come up with innovative solutions to the prevailing social problems. The exercise helped them overcome the fear of public speaking, hone interviewing skills, try divergent thinking, and work as a team. Mr. Hemanth Gorur, Ms. Nisary Mahesh and Mr. Sunil from Bumblebee academy shared insights about the 5 phases of Design thinking: Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype and Test. Every team came up with creative ideas and solutions and prototypes to prove their realistic approach to solving social problems. Dr. KNB Murthy, Chairman, BITES and Vice-Chancellor, PES University, encouraged the students to carry their enthusiasm to aim higher in their career. The department of MCA in association with BITES, Board for IT Education Standards organized the 3-day workshop on Design Thinking for MCA students from Nov 11 to 13, 2019.
Students of MCA program had two days of enriching sessions that prepared them for the academic rigour ahead by refreshing their approach to learning. The participants found the visit to Ravishankar Ashram, personality development sessions, group discussions, Yoga and quiz useful in support and direction for their regular learning. The program was organised by the Department of Computer Applications on Sept 20-21, 2019.
The program to identify Leads for the India Mobile Congress 2019 was hosted by the MCA department in association with Qogno Solutions. The 4 day highly interactive program drew participants from across colleges in Bangalore. Each day featured sessions conducted by corporate executives; Mr. Avijeet Dutta, Managing Partner India, TenX2, Mr. Amitabh Nag, Head, Digital India, HP, Mr. Kuttappa, Vice-President, ARM India, Ms. Priya, Vice-President, IDECK. They interacted with the students on topics of 5G technologies, future technological projects and Smart cities. They shared insights about the working of start-ups and its requirements. Mr. Gururaj Nayak, co-founder and CEO, Qogno solutions addressed the students and explained how students would gain from the exposure and opportunities at IMC 2019. Qogno solutions and PES University co-sponsored the program and expenses including travel to New Delhi, for the Leads and a few faculty members. The students are excited to fly to Delhi and be at the forefront of IMC 2019 expo and interact with delegates from leading global companies.
A team of students undertook the initiative of raising awareness about voting. They designed and displayed posters on importance of voting and spoke about the theme. The team helped senior citizens of Little Sisters of the Poor old-age home reach their respective voting booth on the day of election, April 18 and escorted them back after voting. Dr M R Doreswamy praised the efforts of the students of MCA and said, “Our students are like role models for the youth in executing their responsibilities in their own capacity.”
Celebrating the spirit of innovation unleashed by RaspberryPi, the one day event, Pi-DEA featured interesting activities under Events like Pi-Quiz, Pi-Puzzle, Pi-Paint, Pi-Code, Pi-Game and Show-Pi. The online Pi-Quiz attracted worldwide participation. The “init” club of MCA department collaborated with the official Raspberry Pi clubs-Code-Club; CoderDojo for this event held on Mar 14, 2019.
Students got an opportunity to participate in the Akshaya Patra program and attend workshop on Mind and Body.At Gurukula Vidya Peeta, they distributed books, clothes, and stationery and basic coaching in mathematics was conducted by the faculty.Students participated in the activity on September 29, 2018 as part of the Boot Strap program of department of computer applications.