Goan student wins script award
Stevan Fernandes, a third-year mechanical engineering student of Don Bosco College of Engineering has won an award for “Innovative Short Descriptive Script” for select short stories which were used for making a short film titled –“The Lady in Red”. The film has been produced and directed by Wasim Saiyed, head of promos, Star Movies at an event organised by Star Movies at Inox Atria, Mumbai. The script was selected from among 2,000 entries from across India. The short film “The Lady in Red” will be aired on Star Movies Select HD channel shortly.
Chowgule college, MSI signs MoU
Parvatibai Chowgule College of Arts and Science (an autonomous college) has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the “Mangrove Society of India” (MSI), to carry out research projects and community service. Speaking after signing the MoU, principal of Chowgule college, Nandkumar Sawant, said: “We take pride in saying that we are the first and only autonomous college in the state of Goa, and therefore hold greater responsibility not only in bringing innovation in teaching-learning but also in making education more relevant through research, consultancy and extension works.” The objective of the MoU with MSI is to organise joint activities in research, training, community outreach and extracurricular areas and enable students to carry out internships. The MoU will facilitate students of geography, botany, and zoology to carry out research projects with MSI as a component of their internships. The research projects will also help address the conservation needs of wetlands in Goa via public outreach programmes.
Hands-on training on ‘Hadoop and Big Data Analytics’
A week long faculty development programme was organised by the department of computer engineering at Agnel Institute of Technology and Design, Assagao, in association with E &ICT Academy NIT Warangal on Hadoop and Big Data Analytics. Damodar Reddy, head of computer science and engineering department, NIT – Goa, while delivering the inaugural address stressed upon the importance of such workshops and how they are relevant for faculty members to stay updated with the tools and techniques in the field of computer engineering. The workshop participants got hands-on training on the concepts of; big data and Hadoop file system, basic concepts of Hadoop and map-reduce programming, NoSQL(not only SQL), spark programming, data analytics lifecycle, R-programming language and case studies using R-language.
Entrepreneurship Awareness Workshop
A two-day ‘Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp’ was organised by the department of chemistry, Carmel College for Women, Nuvem- Goa, in collaboration with Agnel Entrepreneurship and Development Institute (AEDI), Verna. The main objective of the camp was to make the students aware of the different areas of skills where they can establish themselves as an entrepreneur and create jobs for others. Pravin Sabnis, mentor (AEDI) delivered the lecture on ‘Camp Objective and Business Opportunities Identification’. He explained the current scenario in the industry and the marketing strategies required for setting up a startup as a career option. He also highlighted various career options and asked the students to take maximum benefit of the prevalent situation by venturing into entrepreneurship. In the second session, Tushar Sawant- Manager (AEDI) gave an explanation on the schemes such as, Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) and Chief Ministers Rojgar Yojana (CMRY) that are available. On the last day, a field visit was arranged for the students at Center for Incubation and Business Acceleration (CIBA), Verna, where the students got the opportunity to interact with various startup companies and learn about their startup stories.
VFX professionals guide students
Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics (MAAC) – a 3D animation and visual effects institution, recently organised annual national students’ meet in Goa. Over 250 students from 25 different cities participated in the event. The idea behind the meet was to encourage animation and VFX students from all over the country to come together and learn the art from experts during seminars, workshops, case studies, panel discussions and various other creative activities. The students were also provided a platform to work on live projects, meet professionals and get access to real life experiences and insights. Students from MAAC interacted with – head of the department, Double Negative (DNEG), India, Madhu Nair; CEO, Aum Animation Studios, Vivek Bolar, among others. Spokesperson of MAAC, Pravir Arora said: “We aim to provide budding animators an opportunity to interact and learn from the industry stalwarts as innovation and creativity are of utmost importance in the field of cinematics.”
Vigilance against Drugs
The NSS unit of SV’s Sridora Caculo College of Commerce and Management Studies, Mapusa, recently held a lecture on drug awareness for its volunteers. Umesh Gaonkar, Superintendent of Police, Anti-Narcotics Cell of Goa Police, who was the chief guest briefed the audience on the origin, spread and the extent of the menace of drug in the state of Goa. He said that Goa was the end destination for drugs produced in other parts of the country. Stating that Goa’s drug problem began with the arrival of foreign tourists in the state a few decades ago, he went on to add that foreigners continue to be major carriers and consumers even now. He explained to the audience how to spot signs of drug use and urged the student volunteers to be vigilant about the menace.
Inculcating values among students
MES College of Arts and Commerce, Zuarinagar-Goa, in collaboration with Forum for Integrated Development and Research (FIDR), a ‘social change organization’, recently organised a discussion on the topic, ‘Livelihood and Economic Growth of Goa’. The discussion was chaired by the director of Time and Tide communications, Dharmanand Verenekar. The discussion raised concerns about the livelihood of people, especially those rescued from the flesh trade. Most of the participants in the discussion were of the opinion that the education which is being imparted at the college level is not meeting the needs of the industry. Besides, it was also felt that students should be groomed, their overall personality developed and inculcate values to make them ready for employment in the industry. It was also pointed out that there was a declining trend in holding campus interviews in colleges. The speakers felt that internships and training for students should be arranged by colleges through constant interaction with the industry through guest lectures. It was also felt that for the development of economy there has to be a shift from an emphasis on government sector jobs to the private sector. Verenekar said that FIDR was set up about two decades ago to bring […]