The Department of Computer Science and Engineering celebrated its Annual Day which goes by the name ‘Udbhav’ on 27th of August 2016. The event, organized by the Computer Science & Engineering Society, started by highlighting the notion that the CSE Department wouldn’t have reached to the heights it has today without the constant support of the faculty, students and the alumni. The dignitaries were then called upon the stage and the lamp lightening ceremony was done. A beautiful performance of the invocation song over a soothing timbre of violin followed.

Director Prof. D. C. Panigrahi lighting the lamp.

Giving the welcome address, Dr. Chiranjeev Kumar, Head of the Department and President of the CSE Society, thanked Mr. G. Nalini Kumar (CEO of M/s Incresol and from Class of 2006) and Mr. Mohammed Rahman (Vice President, Goldman Sachs) for taking out time to be a part of the event. He addressed the gathering by reminding everyone the motto of the CSE Department, ‘Let’s Connect Everyone’ and thanked students and the alumni for providing rationale to the statement. He then welcomed the freshers and wished them a bright future ahead. He went on to count the initiatives by the CSE Department and brought into upfront the motive of not only connecting with the current students but with the alumni too. He commended the continuous support alumni have provided to the CSE Department by becoming Lifetime and Annual members of the CSE Society. He also mentioned the success of Confluence, the annual alumni get-together organized in Bangalore, Delhi and Bangalore in the last three years, respectively. He thanked them for their readiness in supporting CSE Society in the best way possible. He brought CodeMarathon into limelight, the annual coding competition organized by the CSE Society, sponsored by the alumni of 2006 batch on wards. He also mentioned the initiatives taken by the alumni in providing the much needed industrial exposure to the current students by conducting mock interviews and also, motivated them to connect with other alumni. He also talked about the sessions taken by the CodeISM team which comprises of the final year and third year students, which fosters the spirit of competitive coding among the students and prepares the students in this regard. Taking note of the hiring companies’ feedback, the HoD praised the efforts of the SpeakUp team for improving the soft skills of the students. Dr. Kumar referred the hard work of the editorial team of BufferedReader for the release of its fifth issue. Highlighting the need of industrial experience, he mentioned the collaboration with Amdocs, which now allows the students to work on the industrial projects directly. In the end, he gave an account of other events organized by the Department namely ,RAIT-2016, maiden Hack-a-thon of ISM – HackfestISM and also highlighted the excellent placement record of the CSE Department. He gave all the credits to the students for the current position of the CSE Department in the institute. He concluded his speech by the line, “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step”, which indeed radiated a source of energy within all the students assembled in the auditorium.

Launch of BufferedReader

Following the welcome address, Dr. Arup Kumar Pal, the Treasurer of the CSE Society, briefed the students about the various expenditures of the CSE Department in the last year. He further thanked all the students and alumni for their financial as well as moral support. He also cited the sponsoring of the Confluence 2016 by the alumni from Bangalore. He was followed by Dr. Rajendra Pamula, Faculty Co-sponsor, ACM-ISM Student Chapter who disseminated the audience with the various activities organized by the chapter. Finishing his speech, he appealed to the students for more participation from the Department. He was followed by Dr. Amgoth Tarachand, the Faculty Adviser of the CSE Society who announced the name for ‘Alumnus of the Year Award’ and introduced the recipient - Mr. G. Nalini Kumar from Class of 2006 and current CEO of M/s Incresol Software Services Private Limited. Dr. Amgoth Tarachand also highlighted the contribution of Mr. G. Nalini Kumar towards the society. Prof. D. C. Panigrahi, Director IIT (ISM) and Patron of Computer Science and Engineering Society conferred this award. In his address, Mr. G. Nalini Kumar asked the CSE Department for joint projects and entreated the Department to attract more such industry-institute alliances. He expressed delight on the fact that the institute was now an IIT. He also alluded that the institute is getting recognition in the industry due to the bright students of the Department.

The ‘Certificate of Recognition’ for best placement was awarded to the global conglomerate Goldman Sachs, which was received by Mr. Mohammad Rahman, Vice President, Human Capital Management at Goldman Sachs, on its behalf. The award was given to the company for its contribution towards student placements. The company offered four full time offers and seven internship offers to CSE students, out of which five students successfully secured pre-placement offers. It was conferred by Prof. D. C. Panigrahi, Director, IIT (ISM) Dhanbad.

Towards the end of the formal event of Udbhav - 2016, the honorable director addressed the gathering. Prof. Panigrahi asked the undergraduates to take initiatives and encouraged them to strive hard and work on new ideas. He said, “You need not have a good idea; you just have to have an idea. If you want to be an entrepreneur, just start. Learn to fail and learn to proceed.” Addressing the future engineers, he said, “People are the only wealth and we must learn to work together. The Chief Guest, Prof. D. C. Panigrahi, was then presented with a memento by Dr. Chiranjeev Kumar.

As an epilogue, Mr. Chennuru Maheswara Reddy, Secretary of CSE Society proposed a vote of thanks, acknowledging the efforts put forth by the HoD, the faculty, joint secretary Mr. Dev Kothari, class representatives, event coordinators, and the volunteers.

The succeeding informal events broke the oft held perception that CSE students cannot be competent in extra-curricular. Along with the melodious song performances and the skillful dance performances, what entertained the audience most was the anchoring of the event. Photography sessions of various teams associated with the society were done to frame the memories of hard workers of the Department.

The following deserving performers were duly rewarded:

Event Best Performer
Solo Dance (Joint Winner) Barasha Hazowary
Taniya Saini
Group Dance Utkarsh Bhatia & Team
Drama Praful Gupta & Team
Solo Song Mani Shankar
Instrumental Imam Khursheed
Group Song Rakshit Pareek & Team

Finally, the event concluded with the prize distribution ceremony. The meritorious students who had performed exceptionally well in the events organized by the CSE Society and the ACM ISM Student Chapter were rewarded.