Hyderabad: Mahindra Ecole Centrale(MEC) College of Engineering organized its second annual Undergraduate Research symposium URS@MEC 2019. URS at MEC has grown from an internal research focused symposium to a national platform for showcasing the research across Undergraduate colleges. Over 300 students participated in the secondURS@MEC2019. 12 Oral presentations and 30 Posters were presented on the research work carried out by the participants during their B. Tech.
The keynote addresses were delivered to packed auditoriums by Prof. Ajoy Ghatak, Eminent Professor, IIT Delhi, who spoke on Relativity and Dr.Sriram Birudavolu, CEO – Cyber Security Centre of Excellence DSCI (A NASSCOM Initiative), who spoke on startups and entrepreneurship for young engineers.
The highlights of the MEC Undergraduate Symposium were concurrent events that kept the participants enthralled. Prizes worth INR 65000 were distributed to the winners in various contests held during URS@2019
MEC Club Enigma, in association with Machine Learning Group of Tech Mahindra organized a 12 hour coding challenge. This was to test the coding skills of undergraduates of B.Tech and encourage students to solve complex problems at one go.
A “Startup Idea Contest” was organized by Entrepreneurial and Innovation Centre (EIC) at MEC. This was judged by an eminent panel comprising of eminent entrepreneurs and leaders that included Dr. Srinivas A (Founder Director, AIPER), Mr. Raghavendra Prasad (Director & Co-founder, Fairgate Advisory Solutions) and Mr. Sricharan Lakkaraju (CEO, Stumagz- listed as Forbes 30 under 30). One of the winning teams was offered spot investments by the jury panel. In addition, the 4 Winning teams will be mentored by Dr. Rajkumar Phatate Head Centre for Entrepreneurship at MEC, and if they lead to a startup, it will be incubated at MEC.
A design and prototype contest was also conducted which witnessed the participation of 12 teams.
“In 2018, going by the amazing response that we had received to our first ever Undergraduate symposium, we had decided to take it national. URS@MEC 2019 witnessed participation of teams from across the country that showcased their research work undertaken at the undergraduate level. As we grow to become a global economy and the third largest in the world, it is this culture of research and innovation at the campuses and mentoring of the students that will help us excel in global tech and take an undisputed position on the world stage”, says Prof. Yajulu Medury, Director, Mahindra Ecole Centrale.