The current Corona Virus situation has prompted Universities to shutdown classes in the interest of safety of students.
The University in its bid to utilize the situation constructively is beaming classroom teaching live for students to access the same from their place of stay since Monday March 16, 2020.
The University put in place a special time table covering 8 teaching 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 teaching the subject. 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 those 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.
The team of Araz Sharma, Rudra Prasad Baksi and Shamanth R Rao, made it to the Top 5 of the IEEE India COVID MOVE Hackathon Challenge Edition 2. The 48hr online was open to individuals and teams from industry, startups and academia including students from India. The team’s solution addressing the challenge of Remote Access to Education won the fourth prize competing against 62 submissions. The team presented a solution for reducing the amount of data required to access online video lectures enabling access to the educational video even with low bandwidth. Their approach involved extracting audio separately and taking snapshots of video leading to 50 – 70% less data being used with the learning content intact. The major outcome expected from this hackathon is for a design solution that is scalable, faster and easily replicable to cater to the current global need. Araz, Rudra Prasad and Shamanth are students of 4th semester of computer science. IEEE India COVID MOVE Online Hackathon Challenge - Edition 2 was held from April 17-19, 2020.
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.
Students got an opportunity to watch the acclaimed documentary Wild Karnataka on large screen. The audience took pride in the fact that one of the film-makers was Kalyan Varma, mechanical engineering graduate of 2001 batch of PES University. Over 1200 students enjoyed the beautiful visuals and never-seen-before perspective on the wildlife of Karnataka. The screening was organised by Pixels Photography club on Feb 11, 2020.