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.