HAM radio licensing examination organized by Student satellite club-Parikrama

Student Satellite Club-Parikrama, at Don Bosco College of Engineering, Fatorda, organized a HAM Radio examination on February 28, 2021.

The Ham radio licensing examination is known as the Amateur Station Operator’s Certificate Examination (ASOC examination). It is conducted by the Wireless Planning and Coordination (WPC) wing of the Ministry of Communications, New Delhi at the Wireless Monitoring Stations located throughout the country.

There were a total of 40 student registrations from Goa and Maharashtra. Student satellite members also appeared for the examination for both the grades i.e. restricted and general license. The examination was conducted by Shri Nalnish Srivastava, Wireless Monitoring station officer from Bhopal and his team from WMS Goa. The entire event was coordinated by Prof.Mohini Naik, PI of satellite club, ETC Department and Prof. Sweta Morajkar, CO-PI of satellite club, COMP Department.

Webinar on “Desig Thinking and Innovation” by innovation ambassador Prof. Satyesh Kakodkar

A talk on “Design Thinking and Innovation” was delivered by Mr. Satyesh Kakodkar,Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering Department and Innovation Ambassador , MoE –IIC on 6th March 2021.

In his presentation Mr. Satyesh Kakodkar , elaborated the definition of design thinking and explained the different phases of design thinking. Mr Kakodkar , explained how design thinking helps to upgrade our living standards. While explaining the different phases of design thinking, Mr. Kakodkar spoke about the methods used in each phase and how best the methods can be adopted.

Sighting different examples, he explained the role of each phase in design thinking and its link to innovation. He also spoke about importance of mind mapping and empathy map in fuelling the process of innovation. Webinar was well received by near about 160 and appreciated by near about 160 participants. Dr. Vivek Jog , Assistant Professor in Computer Engineering coordinated the event.

Knowledge Sharing Session on Rough Sets and Fuzzy Sets

The Department of Computer Engineering, Don Bosco College of Engineering-Fatorda-Goa, organized its monthly Knowledge Sharing Session, under the R&D cell on March 6, 2021. The Knowledge Sharing Session initiative involves activities whose main motive is to update Faculty members with the latest trends in Technology and Research and to learn something beyond academics.

The session was taken up by Prof. Amrita Naik on “Rough Sets” and Prof. Janhavi Naik on “Fuzzy Sets” through the Google Meet platform.

Prof. Amrita Naik started the session by introducing the concept of Rough Sets in feature reduction. She then explained the terminologies such as indiscernibility, upper and lower approximation. She also explained each concept with the help of examples. She demonstrated the concepts like reducts and core which are helpful in reducing the dimensionality of features. She also explained the application of Rough sets in Data Mining and Research.

Prof. Janhavi Naik later explained about fuzzy sets. She gave an introduction to fuzzy sets and its applications. She also spoke about the comparison on Fuzzy sets and crisps sets. Different examples were given to make the topic easy to understand and compare different sets. The membership functions and characteristics were explained.

The event was coordinated by Dr. Vivek Jog. The session was indeed an interesting one and was enjoyed by all faculty members and received good feedback from the audience.

Walking and working for the environment

The first-year students of the departments of Computer Application and Physical Education in collaboration with the Eco Club of Don Bosco College, Panjim, and Goenkar Sangathi, a youth-based organisation, organised an Eco walk and clean-up drive in Campal on 27th February 2021.

Through the eco walk, the students highlighted areas which need attention like the St. Inez Creek and the restored areas in Campal. The walk ended with everyone getting their hands dirty to clean up the garbage that is regularly thrown on this stretch. Several bags of garbage were collected by all the participants and volunteers.

Goenkar Sangathi provided the resources like bin bags and gloves as well as guided the participants on segregation and collection of the garbage. The entire programme was successfully organised and well attended.

Report of Webinar organized by IIC titled ‘Business Model and Canvas (BMC)’: Mr Venugopal TR

Institution innovation council (IIC) of Don Bosco College of Engineering organized a one-day webinar on March 01, 2021, titled ‘Business Model and Canvas (BMC)’ in association with FiiRE (Forum for Innovation Incubation Research & Entrepreneurship). It was well-received by more than 100 participants of various colleges. Prof. Suraj Marathe started the session with a warm welcome to all the attendees, he introduced the DBCE IIC, and gave an overview of its function & activities. He then introduced the guest speaker, Mr. Venugopal TR, Incubation Manager – FiiRE.

The session was quite interactive. He started the session by stating the nine-block business model – Customer Segments, Value proposition, Channels, Customer relationship, Revenue Streams, Key Resources, Partners and Cost Structure. BMC is a strategic tool that helps to achieve business goals in a systematic approach. Mr. Venugopal explained the functions and tools used in each block with practical examples. He also enlightened the atendees on the opportunities and challenges that the BMC model has created. He further encouraged all to follow their dreams of building their own start-ups with a systematic approach.

The session ended with a Q&A session, allowing the participants to clarify their doubts about the BMC model. Student coordinator Ms. Benecia Colaço proposed the vote of thanks.

Webinar on – ‘Choosing Your Next University

The Training and Placement Cell of Don Bosco College of Engineering arranged a webinar on Choosing Your Next University for Second, Third & Final year students of all branches. The talk was organized on Saturday, February 27, 2021 on Google Meet.

The talk was delivered by Ms. Mohita Chowdhury an Electronics & Communication engineer graduate from NITK – Surathkal and Masters in Computer Science graduate from Oxford University. She is currently working as AI researcher at a healthcare startup in UK.

The speaker explained how to prepare for the exams and provided details of applying for GRE, TOEFL etc. She then explained about how to choose universities and apply for them. She compared various aspects like research and jobs abroad , also details of various universities across different continents. The students asked many interesting questions which were answered in detail by the speaker. She encouraged students to do an extensive research about universities and list down few before appearing for GRE, TOEFL & IELTS exams. The webinar concluded by Dr. Shreyas Simu thanking the speaker for her valuable time and inputs.

Love yourself first

I don’t know if it’s called self love
when you smile, peering through your red swollen eyes
in the mirror after a long breakdown
telling yourself you’ve been strong
and it’s okay to let your fragility take over for a while;
For me, this is acceptance.

Accepting that it’s illogical to put up with happiness every time,
that you hit your lows with full speed and you scatter
when you can’t bear pain
and it’s fine to be in pieces
because being whole is just too much for you lately
so you break down.
Accepting that tears are a form of care,
and you should scatter once in a while to trash your thoughts off
because being strong every time with a happy face is so hoax.
And obsessing over mental peace is something you should pledge on,
for yourself.

How can one love their body when it’s so stained
that every scar refreshes the hurt it has, everytime you look at it.
Or that webbing mind which spins a million thoughts at a time
and it’s hard to love oneself when you’ve spent night after night
cutting your flesh because it’s a pound extra to fit into that perfect dress.

Love doesn’t happen in a day, for others or even for yourself.
You plant love within you, for yourself to bloom.
You affirm, manifesting your worth.
You breathe, when temper shortens.
You take hold, when you slip through.
You smile genuine, to never mask on.
You cry often, to trash thoughts.
You unlearn, what doesn’t serve you to grow.
You allow, when someone tries to help you bloom.
You believe, in what you can possess.
You deserve, beyond what your anxiety tells you.
You live, outside the four walls.
You make mistakes because that’s very human of you.
But most importantly,
You glow even in the dark
because you have shine within you.
You need not stop to search for light,
You have it within in abundance.
So stop reaching for the light at the end of the tunnel
because you are the source of what makes you bright.

Don Bosco College and GCCI forge ties to promote industry-institution collaboration

To promote skill development and industry-institute collaboration, Don Bosco College, Panjim and Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 6 February 2021. It highlights eight potential areas identified for the industry-institute engagement. Curriculum design, industrial visits, student internship, skill development programmes, guest lectures, faculty development programmes and strengthening incubation centres through industry to promote innovation, and entrepreneurship among students were the thrust areas in the MoU.

The institution is likely to have access to rich resources of essential business information and various chamber events. The offices of GCCI are conveniently situated in the heart of Goa’s capital, and also in the largest industrial estate at Verna.

The MoU was signed by Mr. Ralph de Sousa, 1st Vice President, GCCI, and Fr. Joaquim Lobo, Director of Don Bosco College Panjim, in the presence of Mr. R.S. Kamat, Director General, GCCI, Ms. Pallavi Arondekar, Deputy Director, GCCI, Ms. Alisha Souza, Assistant Professor, Don Bosco College and Mr. Gilbert Mendes, Assistant Professor, Don Bosco College, Dr Cedric Silviera, Principal at Don Bosco College at the Chamber Office of Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Panjim.

The Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry is Goa’s premier non-profit business, support service and networking organization. They represent and liaise with SMEs, corporate organizations and government bodies and an association like this is aimed at bridging the existing gap between education and the industry.