From the Principal’s Desk…
The year 2017 will be remembered as a year when India’s space programme rocketed into record books by successfully deploying 104 satellites into the orbit – a feat not accomplished by any country so far. It has been recorded as thehighest number of satellites sent in a single mission, overtaking Russia’s feat of launching 37. It is really a proud moment of every Indian, not only for space scientific community,but also,for the whole nation.
Every engineer can also be proud of “Laugh Star”- 3D printed representation of sound waves generated from human laughter- created aboard the International Space Station (ISS) which has become the first ever piece of art to be produced outside the Earth. The artwork was printed using Additive Manufacturing Faculty, a gravity independent 3D Printer which supports the daily operations of ISS by producing parts, tools and assemblies.
Academic year 2016-17has also beena year of achievement and recognition for VESIT. National Board of Accreditation granted three years of accreditation toDepartments ofElectronics & Telecommunication, Information Technology and Instrumentation and two years of accreditation toDepartments ofComputer and Electronics from academic year 2016-17.
Another recognition was the awardof Platinum Rankingin the AICTE-CII Industry-linked Technical Institute Survey 2016 under the category of Best Industry Linked Engineering Institute (Degree). It is worth mentioning that only 18% of the institutes that participated in this survey secured platinum rank. To add another feather to the cap: VESIT was awarded “The most Promising Engineering College with Excellent Faculty in Maharashtra” at the Asia Education Summit and Awards 2017.
We are proud of our third year Electronic Engineering student RohitKashyap, whose project “Semi-AutonomousPipe Line Exploration Robot” wasselected for the finals ofNI Yantra 2016 competition, out of 950 teams, which was conducted by National Instruments, Bangalore.
The Final year students of Electronics & TelecommunicationEngineering successfully presented project titled ‘Road Divider Based Power Generation and Street Light Illumination‘ which won the 2nd position in University Research Convention of AVISHKAR 2016-17. They representedthe University of Mumbai in the final Round. The proposed model demonstrates the generation of electricity with the help of wind energy from the vehicular movements on the Highways. Our Ph.D student Mrs. Shilpa Joshi also presented her paper titled ‘Novel filter designing for speckle noise removal from medical images.’ and represented our institute at district level, in the same Inter-Collegiate Research Convention.
Three teams of students, two from computer department and one from Electronics & Telecommunication department, secured first and third position respectively, in the 8th Indian Youth Science Congress held at University of Mumbai from 16th to 18th February 2017. The projects were Lung Cancer Detection using Image data Analysis and machine Learning, Drought Prediction and Management system using Big Data Analytics and Next Generation PCB Fault Detection and Rectification respectively.
The academic results of first batch of credit based system for academic year 2015-16 of MCA was 100%, followed by Electronics & Telecommunication department with 99.5%, Computer and Instrumentation Department 99%, and Electronics with 90%.
Our Degree Distribution Ceremony was conducted on February18, 2017. Dr. B.K.Dutta, Dean HBN, Shri Britto, Technical Director, RCF and Shri. PankajDoke, Senior Scientist, Tata Consultancy Services addressed our students during this occasion.
The placement scenario has been promising with 72.27% compared to the last year’s 63.83%. This year 11 new companies visited our campus, thanks to the special efforts of our efficient Training and Placement team. Accenture remained the top recruiter this year also, with placement offeredfor 260 students across all branches, followed by Capgemini, whichplaced 92 students. The highest salary offered was 16 lakhs by Morgan Stanley, which placed two of our students.
We congratulate our students TarleenDand, Anant Gupta and MayurKolwani for receiving Shresthta Award for conquering adversities while excelling in various domains and continued to maintain goodacademic grades.
Our social responsibility team (SoRT) collaborated with five NGO’s namely National Association for Equal Opportunities for Handicapped (NASEOH, Chembur), Are You Recycling? (RUR, Matunga), BalAnand (Chembur), Self Esteem (Chembur) and Karmayog by volunteering to sell their handmade products during SoRT week 2016.
SoRT in association with Marrow Donor Registry (India) held a Bone Marrow Registration drive on the 12th August 2016 in our campus. They also had a blood donation drive, Thalassemia test and eye checkup in association with Hashu Advani Memorial Trust and in collaboration with doctors from JJ Hospital.
An inter-class debate competition was held on 20th October 2016, which was sponsored by the UNION BANK of India. It was conducted to inspire the young minds to think deeply on socially relevant problems. The topics for the final round included, ‘RTI is an effective tool to tackle corruption’, ‘Corruption can never be eliminated in a democratic country and ‘Men are more susceptible to corruption than women’. The interclass One Act English play competition was also conducted for first and second year students and was judged by experts from Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
Illusion’17 an intra-collegiate competition,conducted on league format,was held during the second week of January where six teams, comprising of students from all the five branches of engineering as well as MCA, competed with each other in six portfolios dance, drama, sports, aesthetics, music and visual arts. Visual Arts portfolio which was introduced newly in this yeartested the video editing and photography skills of participating teams.
Our budding engineers excel in extracurricular activities also. Our students secured 1st place in Inter-collegiate Drama competition in Manzhar conducted by ICT, Second place in Talashconducted by Jai Hind College, 3rd place in Mithibai College and Xavier’s College. We are also proud of our student Utkarsh Pathak who won Bronze medal in National Kudo tournament and Uska Asian Karate Championship 2017 and Miss. Darshana Jain, third year Electronics Engineering student who secured 3rd place in Mumbai University Boxing Tournament under 75Kg middle weight category.
This year’s alumni meet was celebrated on January 7, 2017 and three of our alumni Ms. TanushreeBagrodia (Computer-2001), Chief Finance officer and Vice President-IT of NRB Bearings Ltd(turnover USD 100m and Market Cap USD 200m), Mr. AnubhavSonthalia (Computer-2002) Co-founder & COO, Sokrati, Mr. NeerajVashi (Computer-1990-91) founder and director of Nivalink were presentedthe Distinguished Alumni Award. We are also proud to inform that our alumni Dilip Kumar Khandelwal , Managing Director, SAP Labs India and Executive VP & Global Head of Suite Engineering is selected as one of the India’s Hottest 40 Young Business Leaders 2016, under forty.
VESIT celebrated Vigilance Awareness Week from 31st October to 5th November 2016 where all the students had taken integrity pledge in the class and all staff took online integrity pledge. Constitution day was also celebrated on 26th November. We were delighted to welcome Shri. Chandrakant Patil, Minister of Revenue and Public Works, Government of Maharashtra who visited our campus this year, for the celebration of “NishkamSeva Divas”, birth anniversary of late Shri Hashu Advani, our founder trustee.
We are very much proud of our staff members of Electronics Engineering Department, whose research proposal got a grant of 3 lakhs from ISRO under Mars Orbiter Mission – An Opportunity (MOM-AO). The proposed research work by the team is related to surface geology, composition and morphology of Mars, by utilizing the data captured by the on-board sensors. Eleven of our faculty members got Minor Research Grant from Mumbai University also for this academic year.
Faculty Development Programs are regularly conducted in our institute to keep teachers updated about the latest technologies. One week ISTE approved Industry Oriented Workshop on “IT Innovations” in collaboration with Capgemini, SAP Labs and Foslipy from 5th January 2017 to 11th January 2017. The workshop was organized by departments of Computer Engineering, Information Technology and Master of Computer Applications. An industrial visit to Capgemini and practical session on Python Data Analytics were also organized. Cloud Computing, Service Oriented Architecture, Internet of Things, Agile Methodology and SDLC Concept and User interface Design were the topics covered during this workshop.
The faculty of EXTC has visited POLICE COMMISSIONERATE OFFICE, Navi Mumbai, Belapur on 5January, 2017 to understand VSAT facility used by Maharashtra Police. A visit to Solar Power Station of RCF was also organized for Instrumentation, Electronics and Electronics & Telecommunication department on 27th January 2017.
A one week Special Faculty Development Programme “Aarohan” was organized from 4th July to 9th July 2016 by VESIT Renaissance cell. Mahindra & Mahindra sponsored the two day workshop and it provided a wonderful opportunity to faculty members for augmenting and elevating their effective conversation skills and team building skills. A session on Multiple Intelligence was delivered by Mr. Y. Dattatreya, Leadership Consultant, on 7th July 2016 followed by a Yoga session by Ami Yoga Solutions Private Limited and an expert talk by Dr. Nair a very renowned Orthopedic Surgeon from Zen Hospital, whodelivered a talk on prevention of osteoarthritis & Osteoporosis.
As a part of our expansion plans, the Bhoomipoojan for extension building was conducted on 6thMarch 2017.We are very much indebted to our management, VES President Shri Mahesh Tejwani, Secretary, Shri Dinesh Tahiliani and Treasurer Shri Amar Asrani for sanctioning our proposal for extension wings of our building.
Marching ahead, VESIT is planning to apply for academic autonomy this year, which will provide us flexibility to modify existing academic structure and also, to include innovative ideas which will help us to enhance academic excellence.
We sincerely invite suggestions, feedback and guidance from stakeholders, in this regard. This will help us to make suitable changes and modification which will go a long way in making our teaching learning process more effective and relevant with times.
“Arise! Awake! And Stop Not Till The Goal is Reached!” – Swami Vivekananda