Confluence

An Interaction Programme with our Alumni

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-H. Jackson Brown Jr.

With smiles on their faces and nostalgia in their hearts, the faculty and students of CSE Department, ISM Dhanbad warmly welcomed our Alumni to ‘Confluence-2015’ in New Delhi.

The Department of Computer Science & Engineering carried on its commendable initiative to organise Confluence-2015, an interaction programme with our alumni. On behalf of the department, Dr.Chiranjeev Kumar (Associate Professor and Head of the Department),
CK sir with alumni CK sir with alumni
Dr. Arup Kumar Pal (Assistant Professor) and four students currently pursuing their B.Tech participated in this event. As our alumni congregated in the Officer’s Mess, Chief Engineer (Air Force), Palam, New Delhi on June 13, 2015, the hall was filled with ecstasy.

Dr. Chiranjeev Kumar felt that alumni contribution is essential for the growth of the department. Ranging from parameters like placement and internships to the counselling of young technocrats in preparing and pursuing of an apt career, alumni have been a great help since time immemorial. It is because of the growing alumni base that the on-campus placements have witnessed a meteoric rise from a skimpy 10% to an incredible 98% in past years. Under the guidance of our alumni, the students of CSE have exceeded expectations. Hence, the main purpose of the programme was to reinforce the alumni base of the Department and to bring all the alumni under the giant umbrella of CSES.

The hall swarmed with people consisting of graduates from 2008 to present. There were a plethora of gleeful faces who felt delighted after meeting their batch mates. But this was not just a wanton gathering; it was a meeting which reinforced an overall development of department. Greeting the guests with warm heart, Dr. Kumar moved onto the objective of the meet.

The meeting was commenced and the alumni were apprised about the first alumni congregation, ‘Confluence-2014’ held on June 2013. Dr. Kumar highlighted the decisions taken during the event. He also delivered a presentation on the academics, current infrastructure and other facilities of the Department which include various laboratories, library, seminar hall, class rooms, JRF Halls etc.

The HOD further stressed upon the necessity of consolidating the Alumni base of CSE and also to fortify the bond that Alumni share with the society. He ascertained that maintaining such a relationship would foster the growth of everyone - the current and prospective students, the Department as well as alumni.
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Quizzing alumni on what they expected from CSE Department, he invited suggestions and recommendations from them. One of the alumnus proposed that the department should lay more focus on developing a practical approach towards academics.

Dr.Chiranjeev Kumar also requested the alumni to assist the department in Internship & Placement. He presented two broad options to them: either to convince their company to visit the campus for intern hiring; or to offer offline internship to at least one student per year. He proposed that the student would remain at college or his/her home during the internship and made it clear that a stipend would never be an issue. Accentuating that 20 current CSE students are doing their internship at the department itself and working on Office Automation work of ISM, he spoke to the alumni, who are working on various start-ups, to visit ISM and provide the opportunity to their juniors to work with them.

Stressing on the role of alumni, our HOD came up with the idea to have a CSE Ambassador in various companies where our alumni are working. This proposal was in line with the companies like Google, Microsoft putting their ambassadors at colleges. The CSE Ambassador would be a single point of contact for all kind of communication with the company related to Internship, Placement, Talks, Contests, Sponsorships, etc. Inviting the alumni to come forward and help the department in organizing events under the banner of the CSE Society, he appreciated the effort made by CSE 2006 Batch and M/SIncresol for organizing CodeMarathon, a month long coding competition which received a contribution of Rs. 1.15L.

The response from the alumni was astonishing. Dr. Kumar would put forward one proposal after another and the former students would suggest modifications they believed would make the proposal more apt. He requested the alumni to contribute for the forthcoming 3rd International Conference Recent Advances in Information Technology (RAIT-2016) which is scheduled to be held during 03-05 March 2016. The contribution could be in the following ways:
  • Deliver an Invited Talk
  • Deliver a Tutorial Talk
  • Attend as a Delegate (industry sponsor or self)
  • Event Sponsors (like mementos, registration kit, high tea, dinner etc.)
  • General Sponsor (Platinum/Diamond/Gold/Silver)

He discussed about the presence of CSE department at International Level and informed alumni about the MoUs/Data Agreement signed with the following universities:
  1. University of Tunis &The Director of the National High Engineering School of Tunis (ENSIT)
  2. Botho University, Botswana
  3. Arkansas State University, USA
  4. University of Glasgow, UK (Data Agreement to access GOV2 Collection for text retrieval research)

Dr. Kumar entreated alumni to help the department in establishing more contacts with foreign universities and industries. He also mentioned about the annual day celebration of the department and invited alumni to visit us during the event, mingle with the students and motivate them; and asked them to show the presence of alumni base during this cherished day of the department.

Mentoring Alumni:

In between all the remarkable ideas, Dr. Kumar came up with an imperative proposal, that one alumnus should adopt a student or a batch and groom them throughout their academic life at ISM in whichever way they deem necessary. And he/she will act as Industry Mentor for the student/batch to give complete exposure about the industry to them. Of all, this suggestion acknowledged the most discussion and applause.

Proposals and suggestions:

Actively participating in the discussion, alumni came forward with numerous queries and recommendations. They proposed that apart from taking measures to improve the coding skills of students, students should get an opportunity to work on live projects.
Alumni with students Alumni with students
Alumni working at start-ups could provide this opportunity to the students and work like their Industry Mentors. The idea of a 6 month internship for M.Tech and dual degree students was also put forward. In order to apprise the students about the latest technology currently being used in the industry, it was endorsed that course curriculum should be changed accordingly.

Actively participating in the discussion, alumni came forward with numerous queries and recommendations. They proposed that apart from taking measures to improve the coding skills of students, students should get an opportunity to work on live projects. Alumni working at start-ups could provide this opportunity to the students and work like their Industry Mentors. The idea of a 6 month internship for M.Tech and dual degree students was also put forward. In order to apprise the students about the latest technology currently being used in the industry, it was endorsed that course curriculum should be changed accordingly.

Alumni Cell

To set up a hierarchy for better contact between alumni and students, Dr. Kumar proposed to set up an Alumni Cell which comprises of following members:
  • HOD acting as President.
  • One Alumni Representative acting to as Vice-President
  • Two Faculty In-charge
  • student representatives from PG
  • Three student representatives from UG

He made an appeal to alumni to suggest names of senior alumni for the post of Vice President. Moreover he asked all the alumni to become members of the CSE Society and to help the department to flourish and ameliorate. Our alumni accepted the proposal with open arms.

The alumni applauded the gesture by Dr. Kumar and stepped forward to help the students. It was advocated that there should be an Alumni Portal which would bring the current students and alumni under the same umbrella. Mr. Hind Kishore Geel (2015 Batch) presented a road map of the portal and consented to provide the portal in the best possible manner. Realising the profoundness and intention of the meet, and having a passion to help their department, the alumni took up the responsibility to organise Confluence 2016. This move was widely lauded. The date of Confluence 2016 was finalized as 11 June 2016 but the venue was unable to be finalised.

Lastly, alumni admired the meet as a commendable and heart touching initiative and opined that such events should be organized after regular intervals of time. At the end, Dr. Chiranjeev Kumar and Dr. Arup Kumar Pal acknowledged everyone who extended their assistance and support to make Confluence 2015 a successful event. The Department believed that the event would grow in times to come and would contribute significantly towards the growth of CSE at ISM.

Indeed, nothing is too difficult to achieve, if one endeavours earnestly. The struggle may not be resolved in a single stroke, but can always be made uncomplicated, slowly and gradually. Just an initiative is what is needed to clear away the clouds. Things become much easier, when someone is there to hold and guide us through every step towards our destination. All we need is a helping hand.