From the Principal’s Desk…
Reinforcement Learning is a new approach of Artificial Intelligence where computers figure out by experimenting on how to do things that no programmer could teach them. As per MIT Technology Review Report, this technology can get a robot to grasp objects, improve performance of self-driven cars and can figure out the optimal configuration of equipments in a data center. The basic purpose of Reinforcement Learning is to replicate the simple principles of nature. This technique can also be combined with Deep Learning, a technique used to recognize patterns in data.
To make our students aware of such latest trends in technology, VESIT has been conducting“Skill Enhancement Lectures” where Industry Experts are invited to conduct sessions for our students.Our institute has a team of dedicated faculty members, who are always ready to go the extra mile in order to provide all assistance and mentorship required to ensure a productive career for our students. The focused ‘training for interview’ preparations conducted by Major Sandeep Tiwari for Staff Service Board (SSB) of Defence Recruitment forthe interested students,which wasduly coordinated by Training and Placement Cell of the Institute is one such latest initiative.
All the concerted extra efforts, put in by the Institute finally got recognition, when our Institute was ranked FIRST in Maharashtra State and was ranked 26th among the top 100 Engineering Colleges in India in EducationWorld Private Engineering Institutes Rakings, 2017-2018. This survey was conducted by Education World, India’s first education-focused magazine along with Delhi-based Centre for Forecasting and Research Pvt. Ltd (C fore), one of the country’s premier market research and public opinion polling companies.To compile the national and state rankings, C-fore field researchers had interviewed faculty and final year students of engineering institutes, countrywide,as well as industry representatives, asking them to rate engineering institutes on following parameters:Leadership, Governance Quality, Faculty Welfare and Development, Competency of Faculty, Curriculum and pedagogy, Industry Interface, Research and Innovation, Infrastructure and Facilities, Placements and Value for Money.
We are proud to inform you that VESIT has proved itself in a number of areas this year showcasing the competency and capability of its staff and students. Our students were not only participants but was also among the winners in the very first edition of the Smart India Hackathon (a national level initiative by the Ministry of HRD), which was held on the 1-2 April 2017. The Smart India Hackathon is considered as the world’s biggest digital movement. Two teams from seven that participated from VESIT were shortlisted for the final 36 hours intensive coding round, and finally, one team secured the Second Runners-up position, where they received a cash prize of Rs.50,000/- for their solution to a problem statement by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). Our perseverance in this field continues as six of our teams have been shortlisted for the Smart India Hackathon 2018.
PravasSarthi– A Convenience, kiosk based system for people to communicate in their own local language at the airport was designed by VESIT students under the mentorship of Dr. Gresha Bhatia. It was selected from 16 regional finalists out of 350 teams all across India and went on to win the ‘Close to Market Category, award in E-Yantra Ideas competition held at the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai (IIT-B) on 7th and 8th April 2017.
Four final year students AshniDamaria, LaveenaDulani, PrekshaGoyal and Rahul Goswami have gone beyond textbooks to develop a prototype of the remote patient health monitoring system that will help doctors monitor rural patients’ vital signs to facilitate better diagnosis. What started out as a final year project may now turn into something that could boost rural healthcare in the region.
RamanathanChoodamani, ShiveshHiranandani, ShubhamKoyande, Ketan Vaidya, guided by Mrs. Ashwini Sawant, successfully presented a project titled ‘Road Divider Based Power Generation and Street Light Illumination’ which won the 2nd position in University Final Round of AVISHKAR 2016-17 – A Research Convention conducted by Mumbai University. The proposed model demonstrates the generation of electricity with the help of wind energy from the vehicular movement on the highways. Project on Hybrid & Economical System Design for early Detection of Abnormality and Prediction of Malignancy by Ph.D student Shilpa Joshi was selected torepresent Mumbai University at state level for Avishkar 2018.
An Inter-college Elocution Competition was organized by MLDC ALUMNI ASSOCIATION on 27th January, 2018 at M.L. Dahanukar College of Commerce, Mumbai where seven students from VESIT participated in the event, two of them; Rakshit Ganvir (D9) and Poorvi Parmar (D14) won the First prize and the Third prize respectively.At SAMVAAD’18, the inter-college Debate Competition held at Fr. C. Rodrigues Institute of Technology on 3rd March, 2018 our student Rakshit Ganvir (D9A) and Harish Muthalagan (D9A) won the Second position. Rakshit Ganvir was also declared as the ‘Most Dynamic Speaker’ of the event.
VESIT Dance Crew, won the First position at the Inter-collegiate Dance Competition held at K. J. Somaiya Medical College, Sionon 1stMarch 2018 and at HBT Medical College, Juhuon 4th March 2018. Our drama team, too, have been victorious by winning the first position both at Spandan and Verve, the Inter-College Drama Competitions held by St. Xavier Institute of Engineering and Shah & Anchor Kutchhi Engineering College on 4th February and 9th Mach 2018, respectively.
The results of MCA for the academic year 2016-17 was 100%, followed by Computer with 99.53%, Information Technology with 98.70% , Electronics &Telecommunication with 97.54%, Electronics with 95.42 and Instrumentationwith 88.61%.
The placement scenario has shown improvement with 73.12%, as compared to the last year’s 72.27%.Thanks to the special efforts of our efficient Training and Placement team, this year we saw eight new companies visiting our campus, out of which four companies have ‘dream’ status. Accenture continued to remain the top recruiter this year too, as it crossed the 300 mark, having offered placement for 362 students across all branches.It is followed by L&T Infotech, which offered placement for 68 students. The highest salary offered was 16 lakhs by Morgan Stanley, which placed one of our students.
The Techfest “Praxis 2017” was organized on 22nd and 23rdSeptember 2017. Since its inception 15 years ago, the festival has been receiving an overwhelming response from students.This year has seen the unveiling of innovative gadgets and gizmos, conceived and designed by students, where they transferred their theoretical knowledge into practical application. AnkitPanvalkar and his team designed a self-steering car which could be guided by a GPS tracking system. The vehicle has also been equipped with an IR system for obstacle detection and works on a virtual interface.
Tinkerer’s Lab conducted the Embedded Systems &IoT Workshop during 15th – 21stSeptember 2017, which saw students from ETRX, EXTC and CMPN department participated in this five day workshop.Tinkerers Lab EXTC, VESIT organized their first event of this semester in with‘Activity on Embedded systems with Arduino’. It was a two-day activity, held on 26th & 28th September 2017, where it coveredthe basic concepts of Arduino.
Project Skill Development workshop was organized from 10thto 15thJuly 2017. The aim of the workshop was to enhance the project based skill of third year students. Thirty-three students enthusiastically participated in this workshop. The students were introduced to a new circuit simulation software “SEQUEL” and were given hands on experience by simulation
The Industry Interaction Program “Edifice 2018” organized by Vertivco was conducted on 17th January. Mr. Sunil Khanna, President, Vertivco Energy, Mr. NitinTahib, Business Consultant- IT, Sales and Business Development, Mr. NinadKarpe,Chairman- Western Region, CII, Mr. C.K.Asher, Director at Ex-Buzz Fire & Security Systems Pvt. Ltd. , Mr. Navneet Mohan, Head- Technical Solutions at Aveva Software, Mr. LalitBangera, BDM- Life Science APAC at Eurotherm by Schneider, Mr. Santosh Kulkarni, Country manager at Vertivco Mr. PrashantMohite, Senior Manager Design at Tata Steel and Mr. UpendraRai, Director at Milionminds were the speakers. The program, helped the students to know about the latest technologies.
Electronics and Telecommunication department organized Short Term Training Program on “WAVELETS AND MACHINE LEARNING” from3rd to 8th July 2017. Dr. ManeshKokare (IIT, Kharagpur), S.G.G.S Institute of Technology, Nanded, was the guest lecturer for all 6 days. Dr. Kokare developed three new algorithms in ‘Diabetic Retinopathy’ during his Post-Doctoral research from University of California.
The D-Link Specialist Level program was conducted from 20thto 24th March 2017 by Mr. NileshVartak from the D-Link Academy at Department of Electronics and Telecommunication, V.E.S. Institute of Technology. The program was for students who needed detailed study of wireless networks and networking devices. The program mainly involved “Study of Wireless networks”.
Awakening the Scientist is an opportunity given to the First year students to take the first step in transformation from a student to a professional. In this event, the First year students form groups after which each group identifies the basic engineering and technology used in any equipment, gadget or tool used in day to day life. The group will have to relate to the past, present and future of the technology used in the gadget/tool or equipment. This yeareight groups with total number of students as 33 had registered for this event.
To keep teachers updated on latest technologies, Faculty Development Programs are regularly conducted in our Institute.ATwo-day hands-on training on CADENCE software was organized on 7th and 8th September 2017.“Getting started SEQUEL SIMULATOR” was organized by Mrs. Dipti Karani, which is useful for teaching Engineering courses like BEEE, ECD, Digital Electronics, and Analog Electronics.We are proud to note that Instrumentation Department of VESIT conducted a Graduate Engineer Training Program for Larsen and Toubro from 20th July to 9th August 2017 in our State of Art Process Instrumentation Lab.A One-day workshop on “Funding Channels for Academic Entrepreneurs, Business Aspects for Technopreneurs and Success Stories” was organized by BIRAC Regional Innovation Centre (BRIC) in collaboration with IKP Hyderabad and Vivekanand Education Society on 2nd December 2017.
The Spoken Tutorial project, an initiative of the ‘Talk to a Teacher’ activity of the National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (ICT), was launched by the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, Government of India, and conducted by IIT Bombay.“Born to Blossom” seminar was organized by the prestigious Swami Vivekananda Kendra, at Vivekanand Education Society’s Institute of Technology on the 29th of July, Saturday for the MCA 2nd and 3rd year students and faculty.
Our Social Responsibility Team (SoRT) has also been very active this year. They collaborated with six NGO s namely, National Association for Equal Opportunities for Handicapped (NASEOH, CHEMBUR), Are you Recycling? RUR(Matunga), Aseema(Bandra), Snehalaya and We Change(Thane) during UMEED’17 – the SoRT Weekfrom 11th – 18th September 2017. SoRT also organized a Blood Donation Camp along with Thalassemia test and eye checkup in our college on the 22nd of July2017. The Council collaborated with a dedicated team of doctors and nurses from J.J Hospital, Mumbai. In association with Marrow Donor Registry(India), SoRT alsoheld a Bone Marrow registration camp where 120 registrations were made by students and staff, who actively donated sample of cheek epithelial cells. During the festival of Ganeshotsav, the SoRT team assisted Chembur Welfare Brigade and Mumbai Police for Traffic Monitoring.
To reinforce the principle of Zero Tolerance for sexual Harassment of students and Women in colleges and Universities, VESITconducted a sessionon 27th February 2017to sensitize students about the topic of Sexual Harassment in universities and colleges.VESIT has also constituted an Internal Complaint Committee for Prevention, Prohibition andRedressalon the same issue.
On the occasion of PanditDeendayalUpadhyay Century Celebration and 125th year of Swami Vivekanand‘s Chicago Address, the live telecast of “Young India, New India – A Resurgent Nation: from Sankalp to Siddhi” speech by our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri NarendraModi was screened to our First Year students on 11th September 2017.
“No voters to be left behind”a special drive for registration of eligible electors by the Election Commission of India was launched,where newly eligible voters are encouraged to fill Form 6 (new voter registration form). VESIT contributed to this campaign by arranging a desk at the VESIT Main Entrance during 13thto 31st July 2017 for VESIT Students and Staff.
The VESLit Circle of VESIT, in association with The Times of India conducted an Intra-Collegiate Debate Competition on the 12thSeptember 2017.The judges for the competition were Mr. ManojDwivedi, Associate General Manager and Mr. Rakesh Pandey, Senior Manager from The Times of India.
On the occasion of the birth anniversary of our former president Dr. APJ Abdul Kalamin October, VESIT had celebrated “VaachanPrernaDiwas” on 13th October 2017. This session was arranged for all the teaching and non-teaching staff. Students were selected based on their interest in study beyond the curriculum which was reflected in their books usage pattern of the institute library and were awarded with certificates.
“My Vision – Corruption Free India” a Short Film Making Competition was conducted by Union Bank of India during The Vigilance Awareness Week to raise awareness about the problem and evils of corruption in our country. On 14 October 2017, VESIT students showcased a series of seven films which exhibited their visions of an ideal and corruption free society which was covered by press news.
The alumni meet was held on 16th December 2017, this year. The Distinguished Alumni award was received by Dr. Deven Shah (ME IT-2005), who has four patents to his credit and has also authored and co-authored a number of books. Alumni of 1992 batch (which completed 25 years)were also felicitated.
VESIT was granted the permanent affiliation for the post graduate courses in engineering this year, nowall UG/PG courses are permanently affiliated with Mumbai University. VESIT has applied UGC 2(f) &12(b) status and forAcademic Autonomy this year, which will provide us flexibility to modify existing academic structure, implement innovative ideas and policieswhich in turn, will help to enhance the academic excellence of our students. This transition may require a reexamination of traditional methods of operation and meaningful change to improve the processes and services of the institute. We hope to achieve this institutional improvement with systematic planning, commitment and continued support from the management and our dedicated staff members.