Seven ways UPES is raising the benchmark for engineering education

If you are an engineering enthusiast or already pursing a B.Tech/M.Tech degree from UPES, here is how UPES School of Engineering and School of Computer Science provides you a winning edge:

1. Industry relevance: Every course holds industry relevance and UPES works closely with leading organizations to ensure this. For instance, all computer science programs are offered in collaboration with IBM and Xebia. Similarly, civil engineering programs are offered in partnership with L&T. Industry engagement is involved right from conceptualizing programs to designing the content and curriculum. Faculty is also trained on practical aspects, engaging students in live projects wherein industry experts interact with students.

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Leadership teams from UPES and Xebia during MoU signing ceremony

2. Global Exposure: At UPES, engineering students get brilliant opportunities to participate in international competitions, events, internships and student exchange programs. For almost five years, UPES students have been participating in CanSat – a prestigious aerospace event that attracts representation from more than 50 universities across the globe. This year, Team Astral of UPES ranked no. 1 at this competition. UPES engineering students have received a grant of Rs. 20 lakhs after reaching the finals of India Innovation Growth Programme 2.0 which is also known as IIGP 2.0. They will now be working on prototypes of innovative technologies. 

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Team Astral at CanSat 2017 after winning no. 1 rank

3. Personality Enhancement Program (PEP): The 3-day program acts as an icebreaker, helping students from diverse backgrounds to overcome inhibitions. Besides this, there is continuous focus on developing soft skills, lack of which can hamper professional growth. Students also participate in academic fests like IGNITE and RISE that facilitates the learning process outside of classrooms. This hones their leadership abilities, team spirit and other soft skills.

 

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A prototype developed by a UPES engineering student being exhibited at RISE

4. Promoting innovation: Great ideas need financial support for execution and success. UPES has, therefore, launched a program, RISE – Research Initiative for Students of Engineering – wherein INR 15-20 lakhs is provided annually to convert ideas into reality.

5. Faculty Internship: A four to six weeks of learning process in a business environment provides opportunities for the faculty to correlate theory with practical application, in turn making teaching relevant to the industry and augmenting the realism of the classroom course.

6. Consultancy projects: Students are generally involved with faculty members in research and consultancy projects, which give them additional practical exposure. For example, there are on-going projects of renewable energy, which involve the designing of solar power plants.

7. Exceptional infrastructure: UPES provides right infrastructure in terms of research labs, equipment, software, library, wi-fi classrooms, latest teaching technologies etc. to facilitate holistic learning and growth. A beautiful campus at foothills of the Himalayas is always an added advantage 🙂

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One of the many labs at UPES campus for students to gain practical knowledge

Digital Professions in Power Sector on the Rise: UPES Power HR Round Table

UPES 7th Power HR Roundtable

Industry leaders deliberated on pertinent issues during 7th UPES Power HR Round Table

The entry of tech giants like Google and Apple in the energy sector has forced traditional organizations in this sector to disrupt themselves- both in terms of use of technology and talent management. CEOs and HR heads of leading Indian companies in the power sector such as Tata Power, Power Grid Corp. of India Ltd., GMR Energy, Adani Green Energy Ltd., and DB Power Ltd. deliberated on various challenges faced by the sector today and possible solutions at the 7th Power HR Round Table organized by UPES.

Delivering the keynote address, Dr. Jayant Kumar, Chief Human Resource Officer, Tata Power Co. Ltd. said, “With technological disruptions like artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, augmented reality etc. that are impacting the power sector as well, it has become imperative to re-train and re-skill resources for emerging careers where the demand is more than the supply”. “Curiosity, courage and comfort with technology are the traits of a future digital worker”, he added.

During the CEO panel discussion on ‘Power sector transformation: Impact of digitisation’, Ashis Basu, CEO (Corporate), GMR Energy Ltd. suggested, “Power distribution companies (Discoms), due to their nature of work, have access to huge consumer data and they can use this data to foray into other allied businesses just the way cab aggregators are delivering food or e-commerce companies providing video-on-demand services”. Other panellists on this panel were A.S. Khushwaha, General Manager, Power Grid Corp. of India Ltd; Gargi Chatterjea, Executive Director (Regulatory & Corporate Affairs), CESC Ltd.; Sanjeev Mehra, Managing Director, Tata Power Trading Co. Ltd. and Sidharth Jain, Founder & Managing Director, MEC Intelligence.

UPES plays an instrumental role in developing industry-ready talent for this sector as it offers specialized engineering and management programs in power. Besides this, UPES is the first University to enter into a MoU with NITI Aayog to assess national energy issues. Utpal Ghosh, President & CEO, UPES, explained, “This MoU provides as a framework for cooperation between NITI Aayog and UPES to collaborate for designing, developing, and conducting consultative policy dialogue and business research to promote and enable high level energy efficiency policy formulation in India. It also includes providing inputs on the implications of high penetration of renewables on the grid”.

How Your MBA Degree Can Open Doors to New Opportunities & Career Growth

How can your MBA degree push you towards a flawlessly growing career? Read to know more.

It is often said and rightly so that education is an investment that is expected to pay throughout one’s life time. While market uncertainties and changing business landscape may require regular additional investments in retraining, careful thought in choosing a proper course with excellent career prospects is critical.

The internet era and generation-Z which lives in e-space have rendered traditional thinking of choosing those programs of study which have several decades long steady career path, redundant.

For example, once-hot careers such as computer hardware engineering and BPOs are today riddled with lower prospects or benched employees. It is time, therefore, for students (and parents) to rethink career options, keeping present and future realities in mind.

Value of an MBA

The MBA candidate learns high level strategic approach to business decision making, enhanced leadership capabilities and an adaptable approach to changing business environments, besides lending themselves to a variety of careers with increased earning potential. While it comes as a career progression for many it can also be useful for individuals considering self-employment.

Know your management programme

While applying for a management programme, be it at under-graduate or post-graduate level, one should opt for domain specific programs that are strongly linked to industry requirements.

Eligibility criteria

For MBA most universities take admission through entrance exam route. A student’s numerical ability, written communication skills, comprehension and command over English language, reasoning and aptitude is tested.

Demand for BBA and MBA programmes

Application trend for BBA and MBA programs has been positive especially for specialized programs as both students and recruiters see a lot of value in these programs. Overall, these are professional courses and hence are related to the health of the economy and job market. In future, as primary sector gets more organised there will be increased demand for professional management graduates. Job structures and profiles may be changing with automation, better machines etc. but nothing can replace a professionally qualified, well-skilled human resource.

Industry-academia collaboration

With changing industry requirements and dynamic business scenario, the curriculum of business schools needs constant revision. This is achievable only through gathering industry inputs, bridging the industry-academia gap and introducing industry-specific courses.

One aspect could be to invite industry experts to the institute who can address students about current industry scenario and train them in skill sets desired by the corporate world. Besides, universities should initiate programme under which faculty members could be sent for internships in organisations to bridge the academia-industry disconnect. These internships can further help the faculty frame courses and curriculum that is more application-driven and relevant.

Last but not the least, it is extremely significant for any student to pursue his/her management education from a reputed B-school to ensure great learning, future progression and better career prospects. A non-reputed B-school may compromise on all this, causing more harm to a student then doing any good.

 – Authored article by Dr Dayanand Pandey, Professor and Director, School of Business, UPES, Dehradun

(This article first appeared in India Today on October 3, 2017. To read the full version click here)

Meet Alok Pandey, Intel AI Academy Student Ambassador at UPES

Just two years into his graduation program and Alok Pandey’s credentials already look impressive. He is an Intel Student Ambassador and if you notice the swag in this title that’s because it is one of the program benefits by Intel ?. He is the Secretary of UPES Chapter of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)and a Department Editor for ACM XRDS, New York. Alok is a B.Tech CSE student at UPES and is pursuing specialization in Business Analytics and Optimization. His subjects of interest include Data Science, Big Data and Internet of Things.

The Intel® NervanaTM AI Academy Student Ambassador program is a carefully designed initiative by Intel to help drive innovation and evangelism of Deep Learning (DL), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Machine Learning (ML) worldwide. The academy works with universities worldwide to bring education and access to newly optimized frameworks and technologies, hands-on training, and workshops to students, data scientists, and developers.

Alok was appointed an ambassador after clearing a grilling interview focused primarily on testing his knowledge in areas of DL, AI and ML. He also had to submit details of his recent work and publications in this field. He believes that pursuing specialization in Business Analytics and Optimization from UPES provided him an edge. “This specialization does not limit itself only to the general subjects of computer science, it introduces a student to variety of prominent verticals including Data Mining, Warehousing, Statistical Analysis, R Programming, Machine Learning, AI, Python, and much more. UPES has assisted me tremendously to think, plan, and execute beyond the basic boundaries of learning by understanding the practical implementations of the latest technologies via domain specific lab sessions, and interactive lectures.”

As a student ambassador for the Intel AI Academy Alok has many responsibilities including providing training to a minimum of 125 students. He will also get opportunities to be a host speaker of one or more Ambassador Labs.

Alok believes that one can learn a lot beyond classrooms. He has been able to enhance his interpersonal skills by being an active member of multiple student chapters and extra-curricular activities at UPES. For instance, being associated with the ACM Student Chapter of UPES gave him the opportunity to work as a Department Editor at ACM XRDS, New York.

To Mars and back!

Meet N.Adhithiyan and Rohan Chandra, UPES Aerospace Engineering students who recently returned from Poland where they participated in Poland Mars Analogue Mission (PMAS 2017).

Meet N.Adhithiyan and Rohan Chandra, UPES Aerospace Engineering students who recently returned from Poland where they participated in Poland Mars Analogue Mission (PMAS 2017). Adhithiyan is excited he got this opportunity which will motivate him to work towards his career in Aerospace and not limit his talent within India.

Adithiyan was appointed as a Science Data Officer at the mission. His responsibilities were to manage research and experimental data generated during the simulation period. Since he had to coordinate with the Mission Support Team and provide everyone with required data it made his role even more critical. Back from the mission equipped with practical knowledge and first-hand experience he now plans to publish research work basis his learnings.

Rohan, who was appointed as a Records Officer at the mission, is equally thrilled. “Working with inter-disciplinary crew members, being directly in touch with Flight Director and Capsule Communicators was worth an experience”. He was responsible for preparing log-files of the events, analyze workflows and procedures, plan and schedule analogue astronaut activities, and evaluate overall mission efficiency.

Explaining whether analogue simulations like this can really help us get to Mars, Sebastian Hettrich, PMAS 2017 Mission Director said in an article, “Analogue Missions in general are good and low-cost opportunities to test and study certain aspects of a long-term space exploration mission, such as a Mars mission. They help us understand and address potential risks and issues that the future Mars astronauts will have to face, and therefore, can make such missions much safer and scientifically more efficient.”

Adhithiyan and Rohan also got a chance to try their hands on Martian rovers, get inside the cockpit of Boeing 787- Dreamliner and visit tourist attractions of Poland.

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Rohan and Adhithiyan trying their hands on Martian rovers

 

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In the cockpit of Boeing 787- Dreamliner

Shivam Ohri is this year's student lead at UPES for Google Developer Student Club

In today’s digital age, I think knowing how to use Google is more important than your janam patri’ tells 60 years old Namrata aunty to Shivam Ohri. Shivam is a 3rd year student of B.Tech Computer Science Engineering with specialization in Graphics and Gaming at UPES. Namrata aunty is overwhelmed to learn from him how Google can help someone like her and her husband in accessing new information though they don’t know English and can even help their tiny food shop to flourish.

Shivam has been chosen as the Student Lead for the Google Developer Student Club (DSC) on UPES campus for the 2017-18 academic year. He has been selected after he stood out impressively during the application and the interview process. As student lead Shivam will now set up and drive the Developer Student Club initiatives within our campus. “I will create a core team of fellow students to help in planning and execution of activities that include mobile/web development workshops; events to highlight mobile solutions developed by students etc.”, says Shivam.

Shivam Ohri

He feels that there is a need for students to change their perspective and try to contribute to the betterment of society. In fact, he envisions DSC as a program to enable Diversified Social Collaboration and wants to use technology to solve real world problems. For instance, he wants to develop a mobile application to prevent road accidents.

“For me, the two Os in Google symbolizes infinity- infinite network, infinite creativity and infinite possibilities”, he shares.

DSC is a Google Developers program for university students to learn mobile and web development skills. The clubs will be open to any student, ranging from novice developers who are just starting, to advanced developers who want to further their skills. The clubs are intended as a space for students to try out new ideas and collaborate to solve mobile and web development problems.

Check out Shivam’s video to know more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQApoPnFIeE&t=

Join UPES' 16th Oil and Gas Round Table Meet in Mumbai !

UPES is organizing its 16th Oil and Gas Round Table on September 15 at Taj Lands End, Mumbai. Over the years, the university is a veteran in organizing impactful round tables on various topics and has carved a niche in the sector. The 16th edition is reflection of the expertise. This year’ theme is ‘Transforming Organizations to a New Normal.’

Mr. Annirudha Khekale, Group Director (HR), Emerson Process Management (India) Pvt. Ltd. is the Program Director. Mr. Khekale is an experienced Human resource professional with over 20 years of HR experience with successful multinationals like Emerson, Danaher, Cummins India Ltd. and successful Indian companies like Varroc Group and Birla Kennametal. His experience ranges from a mix of both corporate and line HR. He carries core experience in Change Management, Business Integration, Total Quality Management, HR Six Sigma and Process Improvements, Organization Development, Strategic Hiring and Strategic Talent Management.

upes oil and gas round tableThe panel discussions include deliberations around the topics like Transformational Leadership in the New Normal; Re-Energizing; Women Leadership in Oil & Gas

Interested candidates may register on this link http://www.upes.ac.in/events/roundtable/index.html

UPES Students Win Global Aerospace Competition- CanSat 2017

Team Astral of UPES consisting of Engineering and Design students bag top prize at CanSat 2017. CanSat is a highly prestigious space related competition organized by American Astronautical Society (AAS), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Team Astral waved the UPES and India flag high when it won the highly coveted CanSat 2017 top prize. CanSat is a prestigious annual design-build-fly competition with space related themes organized by American Astronautical Society (AAS) and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). 40 teams from across the globe competed in the finals held in Texas, U.S.A recently.

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Team Astral after winning CanSat 2017

Team Astral – a highly spirited, passionate and dedicated 23 member team consisting of students in Aerospace Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, Material Science Engineering, Instrumentation and Control Engineering and design studies, may have elicited many smiles due to their variance in heights ranging from 4’10” to 6’2″, but the team was all business when it came to focusing on their goal of winning the coveted prize.

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Team Astral is all business at the launch site

UPES has been participating in CanSat Competition since 2013 and reached the top spot under the guidance of Dr. Ugur Guven and Prof. Zozimus Labana. Scroll below to see the team’s performance over these years.

Satellite in a can!

As the name suggests CanSat or Canister Satellite involves building of a ‘satellite in a can’. During CanSat a team has to design and fabricate the Mission Statement provided by the organizing committee and finally launch it at the competition site. As per this year’s mission statement UPES team developed a solar powered science glider that travelled through the planetary atmosphere, sampled the atmospheric pressure, temperature, speed etc. and sent the readings of the gathered data wirelessly to the ground station.

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This is how a ‘satellite in a can‘ looks like

Team Astral’s members specializing in various domains utilized their respective subject knowledge in developing a perfect glider. Students from aerospace engineering were responsible for making the control surfaces of the glider like wings, elevator and rudder. Material Science students ensured that the team meets glider’s mass constraint of 500gm by choosing right materials for fabrication without compromising on strength. Design students made the final product look impressive while keeping its functionality intact.

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Team Astral with their rocket

Read these stories to know more about Team Astral members and their experience at CanSat 2017: The New Indian Express ; Times of India ; Daily Excelsior ; India Abroad

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Legal Professionals and Senior Legal Experts deliberates at UPES Law Round table

To deliberate on key drivers of change in the future landscape of legal services and new roles of legal professionals, senior legal experts from the law fraternity met at the second edition of UPES Law Roundtable organized by its Corporate Relations Team in Delhi on 28th July 2017.

Delivering keynote address Mr. Utpal Ghosh, CEO and President of UPES emphasised on the need for developing specialized skills, intensive course curriculum for training legal aspirants to succeed in a landscape constantly getting reshaped by legal tech.

The conference witnessed deliberations by key speakers like Mr. R Venkatramani, Sr. Advocate, Supreme Court of India, member Law Commission of India, Dr. Surat Singh International Lawyer & Advocate, Supreme Court of India, Dr. Rupinder Suri, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India, President S

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upreme Court Bar Association, Dr. Bushan Tilak Kaul Chairperson, Delhi Judicial Academy, Alok Mittal, Inspector General, National Investigation Agency, Minister of Home Affairs, Govt. of India, Pavan Duggal, President, Pavan Duggal Associates, Pravin Anand, Managing Partner, Anand & Anand and Mr. Amit Kapur, Senior Partner, J. Sagar Associates.

UPES invites Legal Professionals at Law Round Table Conference on July 28th 2017

Block your calendar for Friday, 28th July, 2017 for UPES 2nd Law Round Table at the National Sports Club of India, New Delhi.

upes law conference The Round Table will discuss and deliberate on what the future might hold for the law fraternity, and the vast changes that are envisaged for the sector, and what it would take to transform the legal landscape, radically and internationally.

The round table will have thought provoking sessions on issues being faced by the legal community, and there will be opportunities for networking and socializing with the law fraternity, besides relaxing over cocktails and dinner. The opening address will commence at 4 p.m followed by intensive two exclusive panel discussions.

Please note that attendance at the Round Table is by invitation only. For registration, send the details  http://www.upes.ac.in/events/2017/law-round-table/index.html or write to Ms. Deborah Smith at dsmith@upes.ac.in