CSI National Student Convention kicks off in Trivandrum

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Tvm: The 26th National Student Convention of the Computer Society of India got off to a colourful start at the Mar Baselios College of Engineering & Technology in Trivandrum with the inauguration by Capt. Raghu Raman, Head, National Intelligence Grid, Government of India. About 150 students from 24 colleges across the country were present for the inaugural session of the convention being held from September 2-4, 2010. The theme for this year’s convention is IT for Nation Development.

Addressing the delegates, Capt. Raghu said that the future of India is with people who are connected, IP or otherwise and it’s a challenge for the students to make India connected. He called upon the students to think of inclusive solutions and build tools from scratch that will cater to the aspirations of people. He also said that the present day students are equipped and have the ability to design and dream big things for the society.

Commenting on UID and National Intelligence Grid, two projects of national importance, Capt. Raghu said that there is no comparison with any project that has happened elsewhere in the world. There are innumerable challenges for any project to be successful in India, given the population, complexity and legacy of our systems but he was confident that these projects would roll out on time.

In this presidential address, M D Agrawal, Vice President, CSI asked the students to take up projects of national importance and assured the help and support of CSI for such projects. Prakash Sayini, Global Head, Universities and Developer Programs – Forum Nokia delivered the keynote address. Prof. H R Vishwakarma, Secretary, CSI gave a brief idea about CSI and its activities.

Organised by the CSI, Trivandrum Chapter, the National Student Convention is being held for the first time in Kerala. According to the organisers, about 300 more students from colleges in Kerala are expected to attend the four parallel tracks that will take place in the next two days. Technical Paper Presentations by 17 teams from Engineering Colleges, Project Presentations, Invited Talks and Technical Quiz are some of the events scheduled.

Competitions like Dream Big – a contest for presenting innovative ideas using the latest Technology advances, Technology Shoot – 5 minute video fest on Technology / Product / Service, Open Mind – a challenge contest using FOSS tools and My Company – a Business Plan competition to showcase entrepreneurial skills for future IT / ICT entrepreneurs will also be held during the convention.

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News

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