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CSE: Talk on Financial Management

CIPHER, the Students’ Association of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at SJEC, for the academic year 2016-17, organized a talk on Financial Management by Dr Prakash Pinto, Dean – MBA at SJEC - Mangaluru.

Dr Rio D'Souza welcomed the gathering and gave a brief background of why Financial Planning is important in the early stage of a career. Ms Namratha Bhat hosted the stage programme and introduced the resource person to the gathering.

More than 120 students of the IV Year were present and benefited from this session. Dr Prakash Pinto shared information like financial requirement at different stages of life span and how one can be ready for different types of financial problems. Students raised queries about different modes of saving options and were offered expert advices by the Resource Person.

CSE: Technova – 2017 Project Exhibition

The Academic Project Exhibition and Competition for the final year students of Computer Science and Engineering Department under the banner of TECHNOVA 2017, was conducted on 26 May 2017. There were 36 teams who participated in this event.

The projects were evaluated by a panel of external and internal judges. The three external judges were Dr Balasubramani R, Professor of ISE Department at NMAMIT - Nitte, Mr Radhakrishna, Associate Professor of CSE Department at NMAMIT – Nitte, and Mr Manjunath Kotari, Professor & Head of CSE Department at Alvas College of Engineering & Technology - Moodabidri. The team of internal judges consisted of Ms Sunitha Guruprasad, Assistant Professor of CSE Department, Ms Supriya Salian, Assistant Professor of CSE Department and Ms Sujatha M, Assistant Professor of CSE Department.

The first prize was bagged by the project titled: Interactive Touch Screen Projector by Mr Akshay Kumar Crasta, Mr Arvind Hebal, Mr Arvind Prabhu, & Ms Namratha Bhat under the guidance of Ms Sona M, Assistant Professor - CSE. The second prize was bagged by the project titled: Android Operated Home Automation using IOT by Mr Clintan Joyan Roche, Mr Gareth Conrad Soares, & Mr Able John under the guidance of Mr Sunil Kamath, Assistant Professor - CSE. The award for the most innovative project went to the project titled Voice Controlled Smart Mirror System using Raspberry Pi by Mr Kenneth Gomes, Ms Nanditha Hegde & Mr Rayas Rahiman under the guidance of Mr Shreenath Acharya, Assistant Professor - CSE.

The event concluded with a Valedictory Function at 1:00 pm.

A few Parents of 2nd year and 3rd year students visited the Department to view the Projects.

CSE: Signout-2017 Farewell Ceremony

The Department Of Computer Science and Engineering along with the students of 3rd year organized the Farewell Ceremony Signout-2017 for the outgoing students of 2013-2017 batch under the guidance of Mrs Ushadevi, Assistant Professor. The program was scheduled on 15-05-2017 at Bishop Aloysius Hall, 2ndFloor, Academic Block-II from 2:00 PM-5:00 PM. The program began with the prayer from the College Choir. The Gathering was welcomed by Mr Shawn D’Souza from 3rd Year.

The Head of The Department Dr Rio D’Souza addressed the gathering. Associate Professor Mrs Sridevi Saralaya raised the toast on behalf of the Department. On behalf of the students of 3rd year, Mr Hansen D’Silva raised the toast, which was later replied by Ms Daphlyn from the 4thyear.

The mementoes were distributed to the outgoing students from the Department of Computer Science. Ms Lasya Hegde took charge as the Master of Ceremony. The Vote of thanks was delivered by Ms Dhanashree from 3rd year. The formal function ended with the College Anthem.

The refreshments were served later. The informal function was mastered by Mr Nachi Abdul and Ms Runa Veigas from 3rdyear. Various amusing games were conducted for the outgoing students.

Meanwhile glimpses of memory were revised through number of video clippings. 

CSE: Technical Talk on Applications of Microcontrollers and Microprocessors in Space Systems

CIPHER, the Students’ Association of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at SJEC in association with ISTE Students’ Chapter organized a technical talk on Applications of Microcontroller and Microprocessor in Space Systems by Mr Kiran Desai, Project Manager at ISRO - Bengaluru .The talk was held on 29th April 2017 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Spoorthi Conference Hall Academic Block -III.

Ms Fiona Saldana, from 4th semester, welcomed the gathering. Dr Rio D'Souza, HOD-CSE introduced the speaker Mr Kiran Desai to the audience.

Mr Kiran Desai is currently working as a Software QA Project Manager for ADITHYA-L1, ScatSat-1 and ResourceSat-2A Space crafts. He is involved in the designing and developing of Generic Microprocessor simulators for various targets like SparcV8/LEON3FT, Power PC etc.

Ms Chaithra, ISTE Coordinator florally welcomed Mr Kiran Desai.

More than 150 students of the II year were present and benefited from this session. The students were given information on ISRO's past and on-going projects and motivated students to join ISRO.

After the talk, students had an interaction with Mr Kiran Desai where they discussed about satellites and manned moon mission of ISRO.

Dr Rio D’Souza, HOD-CSE Department presented Mr Kiran Desai with a memento for sharing his knowledge with our students.

The event ended with vote of thanks by Ms Fiona Saldana.

CSE: CGV PROJECT DISPLAY SESSION

On the 28th February and 1st march 2017, the students of the third year CSE were treated with a surprise. The fourth year CSE students decided to demonstrate various projects that were done in their third year in order to inspire their juniors with something new. As third years have to do a mini project in the sixth semester, it was only natural that they took the help of their seniors.

After the brief on Computer Graphics by Mr Aatash, the seniors showcased a variety of interesting projects. From Monopoly to a social media page, these students put in a lot of time and effort to make their projects a great success.

A team comprising of 2 members Aatash and Divina did a project on the popular board game, Monopoly. This was a very new and interesting concept which involved the pegs moving and buying property. Mr Shravan made a project related to passing a ball through a maze. The maze was randomly generated through an algorithm. The maze also featured a movable camera and as well as a night mode.

Along with them, a team comprising of Daisy and Anvitha made an animated project using a female superhero. With colorful animations, it shows how the heroine saved the day by punching the bad guys to space. Mr Arvind Prabhu made an online social media site. This was complete with a profile, status, news and even an interactive game of X-O.

Overall, this gave the third year students a great sense of wonder for what their seniors have done. This gives them the motivation to get to the same level as their seniors or even better. 

CSE: Session on - Writing an IEEE Research Paper

CIPHER, the student association of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering organized a session on - Writing an IEEE Research Paper, conducted by Ms Sridevi Saralaya on 17th February, 2017.

Ms Sridevi Saralaya, Associate Professor in the Department of CSE has worked for 12 years at SJEC with a total experience of 18 years. She has submitted over 10 Research papers and is currently pursuing her PhD.

More than 20 students of the 3rd Year were present and benefited from this session.

The students were taught the guidelines to remember while selecting the topic and going about with it. The different parts of any research paper were discussed. Tips on formatting a research paper was discussed too.

Mr Prathviraj, Staff coordinator of CIPHER, presented Ms Sridevi Saralaya with a memento for her effort in enlightening the students with her knowledge on IEEE Research Papers.

CSE: Aurora Intradepartmental Fest

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering association CIPHER conducted an Intradepartmental Fest AURORA on Thursday, the 27th October 2016.

The event was hosted by the master of ceremony – Ms Manasa Rao. The inaugural commenced by first invoking the almighty which was then followed by a presentation on the concluded Cipher activities.

The dignitaries on the dais were Dr Rio Dsouza, Vice Principal & HOD-CSE, the Chief Guest Dr Thyagaraju G.S., HOD-CSE, SDMIT Ujire, Ms Pramila R.M. & Mr Prathviraj N, the staff coordinators & Ms Daphlyn Valento, President- CIPHER.

The welcome speech was given by Ms Kavya Acharya. The dignitaries were called forward to begin the auspicious function by lighting the lamp. The HOD and the Chief Guest both addressed the gathering with their delightful words after which the students, Mr Loel Sequeira & Mr Nathan Clive Rego were felicitated by Mr Thyagaraju G S for their efforts on conducting an Android Workshop.

The Vote of Thanks was delivered by Ms Sharanya Aithal and the program ended with the rendition of the College Anthem.

The inaugural ceremony was followed by a talk on Internet of Things, delivered by the Chief Guest Dr Thyagaraju G S.

The talk was followed by Four Events conducted in various laboratory and class rooms.

Following are the overall reports of the events. 

MINDSPARK

MINDSPARK was a semi-technical event organised for all the students of the CSE Dept. It tested patience, time-managing skills, team-work and knowledge in C programming. Three made a team. The participants of the event were welcomed and invited by Hansen D’Silva, the Student coordinator for the event.

It consisted of four rounds:

1st Round    : “Down the memory lane” where participants were given 10 minutes to play 3 classic games and set their high scores.

 

2nd Round   : “Ancestral Line” where the participants were required to draw the file-system hierarchy of a given file system. Special files were added to delay and disturb the work.

 

3rd Round   : “Fragmentation” was divided into two parts in which first section was the individual tasks to each participant and the second section was the scavenger hunt as a team

 

4th Round   : “Final Showdown” was a digital treasure hunt in which hidden code was to be found. First to execute won the event.

A total of 45 teams registered. 1st Place was secured by Alister Lewis, Iona D’Souza and Megha Bhaktha from IV year ‘B’ and 2nd Place was awarded to Deeksha Alva, Harold Amin and Mahesh Gadiyar from III year ‘A’. Participation certificates were given to the other 6 teams who qualified to the 4th Round. All participants enjoyed the event and have given a positive feedback.

JUSTCODE IT

 

The event was scheduled to begin at 11.00 am in the Database management system lab organized by Rohit K Rao and volunteered by S Dhanashree, Ranjith Kumar, Priyanka, Sharanya P from 3RD year and special management of the event by Aatash Sengupta from 4TH year.

A total of 11 teams participated in the competition, each consisting of 6 members per team.

The event had 3 simultaneous round, the three rounds were as follows:

1. Programming with Data structures in C.

2. Queuing with Database in SQL.

3. Web Design using HTML.

 The competition was held for duration of one hour.

The competition thus came to end at 12PM.

The judges for the day were Mrs. Ushadevi and Mrs. Gayana, who guided the competition with their fair and unbiased judgment.

The event came to an end with the announcement of the winners for the competition  where the 1st prize was bagged by AK Rizwan, Hashhash, Shreejith, Pawan, Siddhartha and Raghavendra and second prize was bagged by Nathan, Loel, Tanya, Shreyas, Rigel Glen and Roidel.

 

COUNTER STRIKE 1.6

The event Counter Strike 1.6 consisted of 8 teams with 5 members per team battling it out on the console turf to win the grand prize.

The game kick started with a bang and showed a massive display of talent in the first person shooter genre.

Hosted by Gowtham from 4th year CS and organized by Shawn and Shad from 3rd year CS, the game proved to be a challenge to the contestants as they gave it their all on the de dust _map

Ultimately the grand prize of 1st place was bagged by the 4th years, wining a grand total of Rs. 1000. This was handed over to the wining team by Mr. Prithviraj, consisting of Chinmaya, Abin, Gowtham, Hashhash and Abdul.

Overall, this was a fun filled challenge to both the players and the audience who had come to witness the event. Truly, it was an event to be remembered.

 

MINI PROJECT

Students from the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years stepped away from their normal schedule to take part in an event that allowed them to showcase their projects that they’ve been working on. “Mini Project” was a glimmer in the Aurora fest after the unprecedented success last year.

Mr Thyagaraju was the featured chief guest, inspiring students to find a stream they were passionate about.

The presentations struck a chord with the viewers. There were 15 participating teams in total who presented their projects regarding various fields of computer science and electronics.

They were judged by Mr. Thyagaraju on the basis of the following criteria:

      Design -15

      Implementation/working-15

      Presentation -10

      Application -5

      Queries -5

 

With a total of 50 marks covering all aspects of the projects.

The students were given 5 minutes to present their respective projects and 3 mins to answer the follow up queries. All the teams displayed epic enthusiasm during the event. There were projects related to C, C++, web development, Arduino, home automation, graphics and other various areas of computer science engineering.

The event took place in M.Tech Lab. It was organised by Athiya Marium and Shreyas Shet.  The event was a great success which ended with the prize distribution ceremony where Arun and Siddesh secured the first place and  Shad, Shreyas, Shawn and Shannon secured the 2nd place.

CSE: WORKSHOP ON ANDROID APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT

CIPHER the Students’ Association of Department of Computer Science and Engineering organised a Workshop on Android Application Development on 14th October 2016.

The session commenced with a welcome address by Ms Anusha, Secretary of Cipher Association. The workshop was conducted for V semester B.E students.

Loel Sequeira and Nathan of VII semester CSE conducted the session by providing the participants a brief introduction about Android through a presentation.

The session then continued with creation of a new project. Further, design phase of an application was explained. The Resource Persons demonstrated and explained a code for a calculator which was a part of the developed app by Nathan and Loel.

The students took active part and showed immense interest in developing the app. Androidrive, Stackoverflow, google developers, new Boston and few more sites were mentioned to the students to help them in further developing an app.

CSE: Inaugural of CIPHER 2016-17

Activities of CIPHER, the Students’ Association of Computer Science and Engineering Department at SJEC, for the academic year 2016-2017 was inaugurated on 7th September, 2016 in the Kalam Auditorium at 10:30 am.

Subedar Cyril D’souza, Retired Army Officer graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Rev. Fr Joseph Lobo, Director-SJEC presided over the inaugural ceremony. Dr Joseph Gonsalvis, Principal-SJEC, Rev. Fr Rohith D’costa, Assistant Director-SJEC, and Dr Rio D’Souza, Vice Principal & HOD-CSE were the Guests of Honour. Mr Prathviraj N, the Staff Coordinator and Ms Daphlyn Valento, President- CIPHER were the other dignitaries on the dais.

Ms Daphlyn Valento welcomed the dignitaries and introduced the Chief Guest to the gathering. The programme was inaugurated by lighting the lamp. The glimpses of the activities planned for the current academic year were highlighted in the report presented by Ms Anusha, Secretary-CIPHER. Dr Rio D’Souza spoke about the role of each student and faculty towards the betterment of the Department and the activities hosted by CIPHER.

In his message, Subedar Cyril D’souza shared his experience during the war and inspired the students to stay determined. The Chief Guest honoured the students for their outstanding academic performance in the previous year. The Principal honoured the faculties in whose subjects there were highest number of FCD’s in the previous semester.

In his message, Dr Joseph Gonsalvis wished well for CIPHER and all the upcoming activities to be hosted by the association. He also suggested the students to be creative and bring out new ideas and implement it. The honourable Chief Guest of the day was felicitated with a memento presented by Rev. Fr Joseph Lobo. The formal event concluded with the vote of thanks delivered by Mr Rohit Rao, Vice President - CIPHER, followed by the College Anthem. 

Ms Mabel Philip of 7th semester was the emcee.

CSE: Industrial Visit to Infosys Limited – Mangaluru

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering in association with the Placement Department organized an industrial visit to the Infosys campus, Mudipu on 11th May 2016. The programme was structured as a part of Campus Connect, an initiative taken by Infosys to bridge the gap between industry and academia. A total of 93 students participated in the industrial tour. Faculty from the department of CSE-Ms Evita Coelho (Campus Connect SPOC), Ms Vijetha U, Ms Ushadevi, Ms Aparna K and the placement officer Ms Sangeetha Ferrao accompanied the students.

After an hour long commute to the campus, Ms Veena Amrith, Lead Executive – Training and Administration, Infosys welcomed the students and the faculty.  Students were requested to gather in an auditorium and were given a brief introduction about the company’s vision, mission, goals and objectives. This was followed by an interactive session addressed by Mr. Ganesh Aithal, Senior Team Lead- Infosys Ltd., in which the students were given an opportunity to put forward their queries and get information about how the industry works; they also got the basic exposure to real time project management experiences, from senior team leads. Ms Veena also informed the students as to what etiquettes and attitude is expected from employees by the Company. The session ended with a Q&A round.

This was followed by a campus tour where the Development Centers, Guest houses and other amenities offered to employees were shown. The tour provided an insight on the development environment of an industry, the responsibilities of a software engineer and the offerings the Company makes to its employees. The industrial visit lasted for about three hours and proved to be beneficial to the participants.

CSE – CIPHER: Workshop on Mobile Application Development using Android

On 15th and 16th April 2016, Cipher-the Students Association of the Departments of CSE and ISE, organized a Two Days workshop on Mobile Application Development using Android, conducted by Tata Consultancy Services - Bengaluru.

The formal inauguration of the workshop was held in Bishop Aloysius Paul Hall. TCS Academic Relationship Manager for Karnataka Mr Sreenivasa Ramanujam and Systems Engineer Mr Kaushik Saha were the Chief Guests for the inaugural ceremony. SJEC Placement officer Ms Sangeetha Ferrao, HOD–Incharge Ms Sridevi Saralaya, Cipher Staff Coordinator Ms Supreetha R and the Cipher Student Coordinators were present on the dais. The Inaugural began with a prayer song, followed by welcome speech by Cipher president Mr Pranav Rao B. He introduced the guests to the audience. The workshop was formally inaugurated by lightning the lamp. Ms Sangeetha Ferrao highlighted the importance of learning new technologies as it is important for academics as well as for placements. Ms Sridevi Saralaya appreciated the efforts of TCS and Cipher office bearers in conducting the workshop. The inauguration was conducted by Ms Namratha Bhat-Vice president Cipher .The program concluded with a vote of thanks delivered by Cipher secretary, Ms Hamiskha Arun.

Mr Kaushik Saha from TCS conducted the sessions on both the days. This session was attended by third and fourth year CSE students along with second and third year MCA students. He covered many theoretical concepts like intents, broadcast receivers, and services and also user interface concepts like various types of layouts .He also gave a brief understanding of SQLlite database used in android. The session was conducted in a simple yet very effective manner. The workshop was concluded on 16th April 2016. Students gave their feedback on the workshop and it was well appreciated by the students. It was a new learning experience as the lectures was delivered by industry personnel.

CSE – CIPHER: Aurora – Intradepartmental Technical Fest

On 9th April, 2016, Cipher-the Students Association of CSE and ISE organized AURORA- The Intradepartmental Technical Fest. There were a total of 4 events conducted. Two technical events were conducted in the morning and two gaming events in the afternoon. The students showed their enthusiasm by registering for the events in prior and also on the same day. Dr Rio D’Souza, HOD-CSE along with the Cipher members gave a start-off to the events by addressing all the gathered students.

The first event conducted was, Mind Teasers - an event with 3 members in a team with 3 rounds consisting of technical quiz, presentation, and tasks. In the final round the participants had to solve a murder mystery and the first team to solve this case was declared the winner. A total of 26 teams had registered for this event. The Second event was Bulls Eye. It was a 2 in a team event. 17 teams had registered for this event. First round was a memory test of different company logos. Second round included coding binary search programs with display of monitor switched off, followed by playing Mario. Next round had quiz on commonly used apps, and in the final round, teams had to play snake and ladders but by answering some technical questions. Finally, 2 gaming events, Counter Strike, with 8 teams of 5 members each, and Mini Militia, with 7 teams of 3 members were conducted in the afternoon.

Mr Pranav Rao B, Cipher-President thanked the HOD, staff coordinator, faculty members and the event coordinators. The fest was concluded with a prize distribution ceremony conducted by Ms Hamsika Arun, Cipher-Secretary. Dr Rio D’souza congratulated all the prize winners and appreciated the team work of Cipher members and all the event coordinators. Prizes were distributed by Dr Rio D’Souza, Ms Ushadevi and Ms Supreetha.

CSE – CIPHER: Aurora – Intradepartmental Technical Fest

On 9th April, 2016, Cipher-the Students Association of CSE and ISE organized AURORA- The Intradepartmental Technical Fest. There were a total of 4 events conducted. Two technical events were conducted in the morning and two gaming events in the afternoon. The students showed their enthusiasm by registering for the events in prior and also on the same day. Dr Rio D’Souza, HOD-CSE along with the Cipher members gave a start-off to the events by addressing all the gathered students.

The first event conducted was, Mind Teasers - an event with 3 members in a team with 3 rounds consisting of technical quiz, presentation, and tasks. In the final round the participants had to solve a murder mystery and the first team to solve this case was declared the winner. A total of 26 teams had registered for this event. The Second event was Bulls Eye. It was a 2 in a team event. 17 teams had registered for this event. First round was a memory test of different company logos. Second round included coding binary search programs with display of monitor switched off, followed by playing Mario. Next round had quiz on commonly used apps, and in the final round, teams had to play snake and ladders but by answering some technical questions. Finally, 2 gaming events, Counter Strike, with 8 teams of 5 members each, and Mini Militia, with 7 teams of 3 members were conducted in the afternoon.

Mr Pranav Rao B, Cipher-President thanked the HOD, staff coordinator, faculty members and the event coordinators. The fest was concluded with a prize distribution ceremony conducted by Ms Hamsika Arun, Cipher-Secretary. Dr Rio D’souza congratulated all the prize winners and appreciated the team work of Cipher members and all the event coordinators. Prizes were distributed by Dr Rio D’Souza, Ms Ushadevi and Ms Supreetha.

CSE: AURORA 2016 - Intradepartmental Technical Competition

On 9th April, 2016 Cipher - the Students Association of CSE & ISE organized AURORA-the Intradepartmental Technical Fest. There were a total of 4 events conducted. Two technical events were conducted in the morning and two gaming events in the afternoon. The students showed their enthusiasm by registering for the events in prior and also on the same day.

Dr Rio D’Souza, HOD-CSE along with the Cipher members gave a start off for the events by addressing all the gathered students.

Events started sharp at 10. First event conducted was, Mind Teasers, event with 3 members in a team, with 3 rounds consisting of technical quiz, presentation and tasks. 26 teams had registered for this event. 

Second event was Bulls Eye. It was a 2 in a team event.  17 teams had registered for this event. First round was a memory test of different company logos. Second round included coding binary search programs with display of monitor switched off, followed by playing Mario. Next round had quiz on commonly used apps, and in the final round teams had to play snake and ladders but by answering some technical questions.

Finally 2 gaming events, Counter Strike, with 8 teams of 5 members each, and Mini Militia, with 7 teams of 3 members were conducted in the afternoon.

Mr Pranav Rao B, Cipher-President thanked the HOD, staff coordinator, faculty members and the event coordinators. The fest was concluded with a prize distribution ceremony conducted by Ms Hamsika Arun, Cipher-Secretary. Dr Rio D’souza congratulated all the prize winners and appreciated the team work of cipher members and all the event coordinators. Prizes were distributed by Dr Rio D’Souza , Ms Ushadevi and Ms Supreetha.

CSE – CIPHER: Session on Game Makers

A hands-on session on how to use game making IDE, CONSTRUCT2 was held on 12th February 2016 for third year students of CSE Department and on 18th and 19th February, 2016 for second year students of CSE Department and for the students of other Departments  as well. The session was organized by CIPHER, the students association of the Departments of Computer Science and Engineering and Information Science and Engineering. The session highlighted the various phases of game making and use of game making IDE, CONSTRUCT2. The main objective of the session was to demonstrate how a 2 Dimensional game could be developed with less use of programming languages.

The session started at 2:00 PM in the Labs of CSE department. Mr Shyam Kishore and Mr Amal Roy of final year CSE conducted this session on behalf of CIPHER. During the session they introduced various techniques and phases on developing a 2 dimensional game. The session provided the students with the necessary software of Construct 2 and also helped the students to take part in Game Makers Event which was organized for TIARA 2016 along with the inspiration to develop future games.

CSE – CIPHER: Technical Talk on Cloud Computing

CIPHER, the Student Association of Computer Science Engineering and Information Science Engineering had organized a technical talk on Cloud Computing for the students of 03rd and 04th year CSE by Prof. Shreenath Acharya, Assistant Professor, and Department of CSE - SJEC. The talk was held on 5th February 2016 in Spoorthi Conference Hall, Seventh floor of Academic Block-III from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Mr Rayan Rahul D’Souza from 6th SEM CSE ‘B’ section welcomed the gathering and introduced the speaker to the audience. Dr Rio D'souza, HOD-CSE, florally welcomed Prof. Shreenath Acharya. In his message, Dr Rio D’Souza gave an insight to Cloud Computing and also its significance. In his talk, Prof Shreenath Acharya gave detailed introduction to Cloud, the architecture of Cloud, highlighted the importance of Cloud and also the Cloud service providers. He also stressed upon the topics which could be taken as projects during the 8th semester. The session was very informative and helped the students in understanding cloud computing concept better. Ms Arya of 8th semester expressed her views on the session and explained the importance of Cloud computing in industry, academics and in placements. Ms Jevita Tina D’Souza of 6th sem CSE ‘A’ section concluded the session by proposing the vote of thanks.

Inauguration: CIPHER - Students Association of CSE for 2014-15

CIPHER – the Association of the Department of Computer Science & Engineering commenced its activities for this academic year with an inaugural ceremony on August 11, 2014 at 11:00am in the College Auditorium, Academic Block II. 

Mr Praveen Udupa, Founder & Technical Director of A1 Logistics, Mangalore, was the Chief Guest for the occasion. Rev. Fr Ajith Menezes, Director in-charge presided over the function. Also present as Guests of Honor were Rev. Fr Rohith D’Costa, Assistant Director; Dr Joseph Gonsalvis, Principal; Dr Rio D’souza, Vice Principal. The other dignitaries were Ms Sunitha Guruprasad, HOD, CSE; Rev Fr Joseph Cardoza, Campus Counsellor; Ms Supriya Salian, Staff Coordinator, CIPHER.

The program began on as auspicious note with the lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries on the dais. Association President, Ms Roshni Rodriguez, presented the welcome address followed by presentation of the annual report by the Secretary, Ms Chrystle Lobo, on the spectrum of activities in the previous academic session and the objectives for the coming year.

The achievements of the outstanding students of the previous semesters and the academic year 2013-2014, were recognized and honored with the distribution of prizes. Following this, Dr Joseph Gonsalvis, encouraged the students to keep CIPHER strong with many wonderful activities and achieve the same with unity and hard work. He also gave a brief overview of the history and development of various programming languages.

Mr Praveen Udupa, released the CIPHER magazine and also addressed the gathering. He said that through such associations one’s objective should be to acquire that experience which is not part of the curriculum by attending technical talks, visiting companies and by visual development. In this way students would receive the maximum benefit from the association activities.

Rev. Fr Ajith Menezes, in his presidential speech said that though student life is for a limited period it gives us a platform to prepare for the rest of our lives. Therefore a student’s life should have commitment, contribution and involvement in activities. Many of us are part of CIPHER but what counts is how active we are. 

The program concluded with a vote of thanks by Mr Pranav Rao, Vice President, CIPHER. The program was compered by Ms Ann.

The formal inauguration was followed immediately by a technical talk on - IT: Then and Now and its Entry Point Hurdles – by Mr. Praveen Udupa. The highlight of the talk was developments of and the hurdles in the IT industry along with the evolution of technology. He offered students both encouragement and a positive approach - Take risks! Never miss an opportunity. Always take chances and go for it. Challenges are plenty and opportunities even more but what is important is to always follow ethics. As HOD of CSE department, Mr Sunitha Guruprasad thanked Mr Praveen Ududpa for his time and the experience shared. 

An informal function was conducted in the afternoon by the III and IV year CSE students to welcome the II year CSE students to the Department. Several games were conducted for the II and III year students, with prizes being distributed to the winners at the end of each game. All in all, the day proved to be a vibrant experience for the students.