The second annual day of the department of Computer Science and Engineering, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, organised on August 29, 2015 at the good old Penman auditorium, added another feather in the already embellished cap of the department. Prof. D.C. Panigrahi, the honourable Director of the institute was the Chief Guest of the function, while Prof. Amares Chattopadhyay, the founding father of the department itself, was the Guest of Honour. Despite the audience being treated to popular Bollywood numbers before the arrival of the guests, the event, as always in this part of the world, formally began with the traditional lighting of the lamp by Prof. Panigrahi, Prof. Chattopadhyay, and the office bearers of the CSE society. The mesmerising invocation song by students of B. Tech first year followed.
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Dr. Amgoth Tarachand, Assistant Professor of the department, and the faculty advisor of the CSE society thanked Prof. P.K. Jana, the founding head of the society. Saying that the very existence of the society was to spread awareness about CSE, he gave an account of the various events organised by the society, including Coderush, Quiz Wiz, Code Marathon and the flagship event of the society, Confluence. Profusely thanking the annual day organisers, he concluded his speech hoping for a better future.
Dr. Arup Kumar Pal, Assistant Professor of the department, and the treasurer of the CSE society, welcomed all the first years and briefed the gathering about the various expenses of the society. He was followed by Mr. Bhavishya Mathur, B. Tech 2017 and the vice chair of the ACM Student Chapter, ISM Dhanbad. After giving a brief introduction about the ACM Student Chapter of the institute, he highlighted the various events organised by the chapter, including the series of android workshops conducted last year, Ode-De-Code, Googol and Powerpuff coders.
The benevolent sponsor of Code Marathon, Mr. Dilip Kumar, B. Tech 2006 and currently working in the American Express in Phoenix, US was conferred with the alumnus of the year award, which is annually awarded to the alumnus with utmost contribution to the department. Despite his busy schedule and the time zone difference, he took out time for a Skype session. Speaking from his experiences in the industry, he entreated the faculty to include a subject on web application development in the curriculum. Saying that the alumni have a lot to share, he advised the current students to find a mentor from the alumni. He instructed the students to concentrate on the subjects taught in the institute and bring their own ideas to the fore, like building a search engine, browser, operating system etc. Opining that the experience gained from start-ups is invaluable, he implored the students to start their own start-ups, not confine their expertise to one domain, prepare for exams like CAT, GRE, and GMAT and keep themselves abreast of the latest developments in the ever changing world of IT.
Five students of B. Tech 2016, who were offered an internship at Amazon India Development Centre Private Limited, were felicitated with a certificate of recognition from the society, following which, the first rankers in the three divisions of Code Marathon were also presented their certificates.
Prof. Amares Chattopadhyay, the first Head of the Department, regaled the audience with anecdotes about the humble origins of the department. Recollecting memories much distant, he spoke about how the department was born all the way back in 1997, when Dr. Dalim K. Paul, the then director of the institute and himself discussed the need for a department of Computer Science and Electronics. Despite no infrastructure and hardly any faculty members, there was no compromise on the syllabus. Prof. Chattopadhayay himself took a 3 week intensive course from IIT Delhi on subjects like operating systems and networks; sitting through 8 hours of back breaking lectures daily just for the amelioration of the department. He recalled how professors from the old IITs guided him and how the department started recruiting teachers slowly. He stressed on the ‘Science’ part of Computer Science and Engineering and earnestly hoped that some day, he would see some of the present students as scientists.
Prof. D.C. Panigrahi, the director of the institute and the patron of the CSE society, while beguiling the gathering with stories from the past, saluted Prof. Chattopadhyay, who had taught him basic mathematics when he was a student at the institute. Highlighting the fact that parallel processing was the most sought after subject in Colorado School of Mines, historically a mining institute, he said that information technology will indeed make waves in the near future. Taking the story of the Ford Mustang, which sold like hot cakes in the market despite initially being a flop, as an example, he underlined the oft stated fact that patience is indeed a virtue. Heaping praise on the leadership skills of Napoleon, he also emphasized the importance of leadership qualities. Prof. Chattopadhyay was then presented with a memento by Prof. Panigrahi, while he himself received a memento from Dr. Chiranjeev Kumar. The formal part of the evening was concluded with Mr. Ashay Sinha, B. Tech 2016 and the incumbent secretary of the CSE society, delivering the vote of thanks.
The ensuing cultural events lent an artistic angle to an evening which had been ceremonial till then. The lively performances by the enterprising performers were amply cheered. From the stand up comedy performances that left all assembled laughing their hearts out, to the melodious songs, from the back bending dances to the emotional drama on the life of Bharat Ratna A.P.J. Adbul Kalam that resulted in many a tear, to the staggering instrumentals, the audience was entertained like never before. The deserving performers were duly rewarded. While Mr. Utkarsh Bhatiya, Mr. Santosh Kumar and Mr. Mani Shankar were respectively awarded for the best solo dance, best stand up comedy and the best solo song respectively, the first prize for the instrumental song went to Prajwal Panzade-Camellia from M. Tech first year. The prize for the best drama went to M. Tech first year while the first prize for group dance went to B. Tech first year. The prize distribution ceremony followed in which the meritorious students who had outperformed their peers in the events organised by the CSE society and the ACM ISM Student Chapter were rewarded. Finally, the evening came to a close with the photography sessions of various societies.