New Delhi: Mahindra Ecole Centrale(MEC) College of Engineering recently organized its first Undergraduate Research symposium URS@MEC 2018. URS showcased the research focus of students of the 3rd and 4th year through poster and oral presentations. There were 60 posters and 12 select oral presentations made at the symposium on contemporary fields as varied as big data analytics, block chain technology, metamaterials, seismic analysis, financial modeling and micro fluidics, etc.
Prof. V. S. Raju, Former Director of IIT Delhi and Mr. Vishnu Saran, a young entrepreneur, delivered the keynote addresses in the symposium. A 5-member team of faculty consisting of Dr. Jayasri (Lead faculty), Dr. Dilip, Dr. Prafulla, Dr. Prasad and Dr. Sayantan coordinated the symposium with the help of student volunteers. Director of MEC delivered the presidential address followed by remarks by Dean Academics and Dean Research highlighting importance of carrying out internship and research projects with conscientious efforts and dedication.
MEC has been enthusiastically encouraging its UG students to take part in ongoing research by faculty and innovate from the very beginning of its launch in the summer of 2014. “URS@MEC 2018 was a culmination of certain interesting research work successfully carried out by the MEC students in the form of either internships or as research project associates with faculty as mentors. These students admirably demonstrated their skills and talents so much so that our plan is to expand the scope of this symposium to include external college students as well in the future” says Dr. Yajulu Medury, Director of MEC.
Prof. Raju in his keynote address dwelt on ‘Challenges and opportunities for Indian Engineers’. He gave insights into the requirements, opportunities and challenges for the Indian Engineers in the present day context with India aiming to be economic and technology power house in foreseeable future. Mr. Vishnu Saran shared his journey through a string of startups within a short span of time and highlighted about success and failure(s) as integral part of such attempts and how the lessons learnt thereof eventually leads to success stories.
All the 60 poster presentations and 12 oral presentations were assessed by an independent jury composed of MEC faculty at whose recommendation several prizes/awards were distributed to the participating students for best oral and posters presentations as well as overall best projects.