Dr. J. M. Nair
We are extremely happy to have our students back in the campus after two years and glad to see amphitheater bustling with student activities. All said and done, the last two years of disruption was a period of transformation for everyone, be it businesses, academic institutions, government departments and individuals. Let us hope that the awareness of uncertainty knocking at our doors any time, has made us better human beings and value what we have in hand, while we focus on improving the existing condition by finding solutions to the problems.
During this period VESIT also was preparing to apply for NAAC accreditation which is a first step towards autonomy. As of now, we have completed the application process and are awaiting the Peer Assessment Team to visit the institute. We are also happy to report that our institute has been awarded by the National Education Excellence Awards Team as the most ‘Innovating Engineering & Technology’ of the year 2021 and also recognized our efforts in “Outstanding performance in Virtual Knowledge delivery during pandemic”.
The National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) has categorized our institute in the band of 251-300 from thousand elite technical institutions across the country. The ranking is based on varying parameters ranging from Research to Perception.
Another proud moment for VESIT is when three of our research projects were selected to the semi-final round in the Swadeshi Microprocessor Challenge (SMC). SMC is an initiative of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology in collaboration with IIT Madras and CDAC to provide innovative solutions for Atmanirbhar Bharat. SMC was launched to provide innovative frugal solutions in public utility services and in strategic areas of space, Defence and Nuclear energy, using the industry grade microprocessors designed by IIT Madras (Shakti Processor) and CDAC (Vega Processors), powered by FPGA boards XiLinx. The fact that VESIT is the only educational institute to bag three projects among 100 semi-finalists which were, shortlisted from 6200 entries is worth mentioning. Each semi-finalists team got free access to Swadeshi Microprocessor and FPGA boards and development funding of Rs. One Lakh to develop a Minimum Viable Plan (MVP) / POC (Proof of Concept). One of these projects “Calibration systems for Nuclear Spectroscopy Applications” received a grant of Rs. 25 Lakhs and secured fourth place in the finals. The project was developed by Mr. Ajit Patil, Post Graduate student of Instrumentation Dept. and Mrs. Asma Parveen, Faculty of Information Technology and was mentored by Dr. P. P. Vaidya, Dean of R&D,VESIT. We are delighted to inform you that VESIT is the only educational Institute from Maharashtra in the list of winning Institutes.
We congratulate Mr. Ajit Patil of M.E Instrumentation and Control on receiving “Runner up Student Research Forum Award of Rs.25000/-” for Design and construction of Precision and Dr. J. M. Nair Sliding Pulse Generator in “The International Conference on VLSI Design and Embedded Systems (VLSID2022)”, which was successfully held in virtual mode from 26-Feb to 2-Mar, 2022. Our institute participated in CiiA Inter Institution student innovations Exhibition & Competition which was held on 29 & 30 March 2022 at Mumbai. We had 15 major exhibits, which was the highest among the Engineering and Technical colleges category, and was selected by CIIA screening & Selection Committee for the same. Recognizing the efforts of our Institute Management, Faculty and staff for putting the Innovation Ecosystem in place, the CiiA awarded us the Max Trophy which was handed over by Vice Chancellor of Mumbai University Mr. Suhas Pednekar and Dr. Prabhat Ranjan, Vice Chancellor, D.Y. Patil International University. VESIT was also entitled to a free space at their exhibition for branding and showcasing our infrastructure, the ecosystem and support provided to our students to undertake innovations & research projects.
The Project titled “Prime Era – One Place for Learning Fundamentals of Regional Languages” from Computer Dept. Mentored by Mrs. Indu Dokare won first prize at VISAI 2022 International Project Competition – A Virtual 12th International Project Competition and Exhibition based on Sustainable Development Goals organized by Vel Tech University. To instill in our students the culture of finding viable technological solutions to practical problems, we encourage them to participate in Hackathons. The internal Smart India Hackathon, Hackathons conducted by Computer Dept. and IT Dept. also gave students an exposure in this direction.
To guide our budding entrepreneurs, a three days “Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp” was organized by Institute Innovation Council of VESIT in association with Maharashtra Centre for Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII), Ahmedabad, sponsored by Dept. of Science & Technology, Govt. of India during third week of March 2022. The two day lecture was followed by an Industrial visit to Panvel Co-operative Industrial Estate.
VESIT believes in the power of collaborative research and provide opportunities for our students to work in the niche areas mentored jointly by our faculty with expert faculties from other institutions. Few of the collaborative projects are: projects by the Computer Dept.co guided by University of Wisconsin-Madison Faculty; project “e-Ganit” from I.T. Dept. with faculty from College of Engineering, Pune; project “EMG based Gesture Recognition using Armband” by Instrumentation Dept. with Bio-Science Dept. of IIT, Bombay and Computer Dept projects with Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and University of Texas.
VESIT celebrated April 8, 2022 as VESIT –TIFR day and Dr. Shashikant Dugad, Professor, TIFR delivered an expert talk on ‘Technology Frontiers on High Energy Physics’, which was followed by presentations of the project work carried out by Computer students in collaboration with TIFR and University of Texas. We are very happy to report that project developed by one of the groups in “Automated visual inspection of silicon detectors in the CMS experiment “at CERN, Geneva is going to be deployed in the actual system. Dr. Dugad also showed interest in the electronic projects developed at the institute and we are now exploring the possibilities of collaborative research in this field too.
New Education Policy (NEP) 2020 envisages academic flexibility and inter disciplinary projects. Keeping this in mind, we encourage our students to participate in competitions from diverse fields. In this endeavor, our students from Instrumentation Dept. participated in “Solar Decathlon” along with students from Architecture. Two of our teams were selected to the final round in the category of ‘Education Building Development’: Team ‘Abhijan’ where our students had partnered with VES College of Architecture and proposed an energy efficient design for VES Jr. College building and Team ‘Venturis’ which had partnered with NMIMS’ Balwant Sheth School of Architecture. As another initiative in this direction, VESIT started an Outreach Centre with Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) under ISRO. Here, regular courses are conducted on advanced fields of remote sensing and Geoinformation science. This upcoming field is a backbone in many decision making systems and location based services. Geo spatial technologies can be used for variety of applications in environmental analysis, forestry, mining, water resources as well as the infrastructure.
We are also proud of our Alumni Mr. Suraj Nair (Computer Engg. Batch 2010) a Squadron Leader for being conferred the coveted “Vayu Sena Award” on 26th January 2022 for his bravery and Mr. Anup Mhatre (Elecs. & Telecomm. Engg. Batch 1989-99) for taking charge as Director, Planning & Strategy Chapter Management & Operations of MSME & Startups Forum-Bharat. VESIT Renaissance Cell (VRC) in association with VESIT IIC and IQAC had organized the technical festival of VESIT, Praxis ‘22. Praxis was held on 31st March 2022, with the Pre-Praxis events conducted from 19th March 2022 to 30th March 2022. All Technical Societies within VESIT viz. IEEE-VESIT, ISTE-VESIT, CSI-VESIT and ISA-VESIT and E-cell had organized one Pre-Praxis event and one Praxis event. VRC had organized two Pre-Praxis events and one Praxis event. In all, thirteen technical events were organized with approximately 1500 students participating in it.
As our country celebrates the spirit of Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav, we at VESIT have scheduled a Technical Conclave “Tech4Good” on April 22 & 23, 2022 in association with the Directorate of Technical Education,Maharashtra State. The Online Technical conclave will comprise of Invited talks and Hands-on workshop in emerging areas of Technology and a competition for projects depicting conscious applications of technology in tune with our vision.
The keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Shasikumar, Senior Director, CDAC. A panel discussion on ‘Emerging technologies for Atmanirbhar Bharat’ with Mr. Narendra Shukla, Dark Horse Digital, Mr. Devesh R., Founder, Cerelabs, Mr. Amit Rambia, Chairman and MD-Panache Digilife Ltd and Dr. Deepak Garg, Dean, CSE Dept, Bennet University as distinguished panel members has also been planned. The project competitions and Hands on Workshops on Hardware and Software tracks will be conducted in parallel sessions. VESIT as a part of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan was granted Rs. 1,00,000/- by MHRD out of which, Rs. 50,000 was sanctioned for survey of 5 villages (Ambiste kh., Amgaon, Apti, Asnas and Gargaon) in Maharashtra and Rs. 50,000/- for Surya Skshamata proposal in the village of Ambiste Kh, Tahsil- Wada, Dist- Palghar, Maharashtra, India.
Our students also excel in extracurricular activities. Mr. Venkatesh Arumugam, student from MCA Dept. was selected to represent the Mumbai University at All India Inter-University Fencing (Men & Women) Competition 2021-22 and Ms. Janhavi Khanvilkar, a second year student of AI & DS Branch was selected to represent Mumbai University at All India Inter-University Rifle/ Pistol (Men & Women) Shooting Championship 2021-22 which was held at Manav Rachana International Institute of Research & Studies from 31st March to 3rd April, 2022. We started with off line classes in March and students, teachers and exam dept are now gearing up to conduct the first offline test in April, after a gap two years. We congratulate the vibrant Student Council team, who managed to conduct all the sports and cultural events of the year in a short span of time.
Have faith that you are all, my brave lads, born to do great things! Let not the barks of puppies frighten you -- no, not even the thunderbolts of heaven – but stand up and work! - Swami Vivekananda