International Scholarship Awards won by ISA Student Members

Six students of Instrumentation & Control Engineering Department, Institute of Technology, Nirma University secured scholarships totaling worth USD 8500, from the International Society of Automation (ISA), USA in the month of June 2020. The scholarship given as recognition of the outstanding potential, for the contributions in the field as an ISA member will support the educational expenses of the students.

Ms Somya Gupta (2000 USD), Ms Shailly Maheshwari (2000 USD) and Mr Prashant Somaiya (2000 USD) have won the ISA Education Foundation Scholarships. In addition to these, Mr Rishi Hiran (1300 USD), Mr Rutvik Desai (700 USD) and Mr Shrey Shah (500 USD) have won the scholarships from PMCD Division of ISA.

Other Achievements

  • Mr Chetan Dhal, PhD scholar, Institute of Pharmacy won first prize (West zone) in the Dissolution Research Presentation India 2020 (DRPI 2020) organised online by the Society of Pharmaceutical Dissolution Science (SPDS) in the month of June 2020.
  • Ms Rupal Chabhadia, B Pharm semester VII student of Institute of Pharmacy participated in International Conference on Basic and Translation Cancer Research (ICBTRC-2020), organised by the Association of Cancer Education and Research (ACER), School of Life Sciences, B S Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai, in association with W M Keck Centre for Cellular Imaging, University of Virginia, USA, and Tamil Nadu State Council for Science & Technology (TNSCST) held during June 25-27, 2020. Her poster entitled “Autophagy in Cancer: Swings and Roundabouts” was selected as the best e-poster in undergraduate category.
  • Vishal K Chavda, PhD Research Scholar, Department of Pharmacology, Institute of Pharmacy received the FENS Grant Award and FENS Voucher Programmer Grant in FENS 2020 virtual forum held during July 11-15, 2020. He presented an online research poster and oral talk on his PhD Research entitled, “Neurotrophic and cerebroprotective effects of sexagliptin and voglibose: In-silico to in-vivo animal investigational approach”.
  • Parmar Sweety, PhD student working under the guidance of Dr Vijay Kothari, Assistant Professor, Institute of Science is selected in the Scheme of Developing High quality Research (SHoDH) of Government of Gujarat, June 9, 2020.
  • Devashish Trivedi (fifth year, Institute of Law) along with Apratim Shirvastava, Delhi Technological University were adjudged as grand finalists in the NSU Eranos, hosted by North South University, Bangladesh. The debating event held during June 19-20, 2020 witnessed participation of about 60 teams.
  • Subham Krishna Borah (fourth year) and Aarush Sharma (first year) of Institute of Law were adjudged as grand finalists in the 3rd Hong Kong Pro-Am Debate Championship 2020, held during June 20-21, 2020. The competition witnessed participation from major South-East Asian countries and is hosted by Hong Kong University, and Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Students’ Speak

Factors that helped these students get a pre-placement offer at Amazon…

  • Yusuf Kharodawala
    “My journey started when I was introduced to the world of data structures and algorithms, and realized its power. It really mesmerized me, and I regularly practiced them to hone my problem solving skills. I also used to make my projects with passion. My favourite platform for coding was codeforces, which deserves a huge credit for the programmer I am currently.”
  • Harsh Lunagariya
    “I have done Competitive Coding with my full efforts, that too with 100% consistency. It doesn’t matter where I am, in class at Nirma or at home, Competitive Coding is the only thing we (Ashish and me) do. I solved such a variety of questions of Data Structures and Algorithms (DSA) which helped me easily crack the PPO interviews. Every question the interviewer asked, I was ready to answer instantly. My suggestion is to solve a variety of DSA questions, rather than just the same Implementation and make some good projects. Also, Consistency is the key to success.”
  • Ashish Lal
    “My journey started when a few seniors introduced me to competitive programming in my first semester, realizing it along the way that DSA and OOP are subjects way more important than all the other subjects combined. Find friends who have the same passion and interview preparation won’t haunt you anymore.”
  • Krutarth Trivedi
    “I remember that day of the first semester when we (me and Ashish) bunked the class and went to a Programmers’ meet organized by CodeAdda (Programming Club, Nirma University). I got inspired to start Competitive Programming. Started with Hackerrank at the beginning and then moved to CodeForces. It has a great impact on my DS/Algo skills and it helped me to crack Internship interviews as well as PPO Interviews. One more thing I would say that having a good company of seniors/friends around you, will always be beneficial. Don’t be afraid to ask, Interaction is the best way to learn.”
  • Vivek Ramnani
    “The journey probably began from the first week of college itself when our seniors introduced us to platforms like Codeforces where you can practice DSA, from that time till today I’ve been learning a lot of new things and I believe that’s the key reason for my selection. Tips for others: Learn DSA, do competitive programming, focus on communication skills and be consistent.”
  • Kurvesh Patel
    “My whole process of getting selected for an internship at Amazon and then getting a PPO was dependent on important factors such as Data structures and algorithms, being confident during the interviews and always trying to learn more than I know currently. My advice to others is keep learning new things with consistency. Believe in yourself, and the rest will fall into place.”
  • Nisarg Bhatt
    “My journey to Amazon started when I attended an introductory seminar on Competitive Programming hosted by my seniors. I was enthralled by CP, the adrenaline rush by competing with coders around the globe in live contests, getting those ACs, debugging under time control, etc. Owing to this I never had to explicitly prepare as I enjoyed learning new Data structures and algorithms. For cracking SDE interviews the major approach should be to brush up DS and Algorithms because that’s where big companies handpick from the pool of applications they receive. But as long as one is dedicated and enjoys the work, hard work doesn’t feel like hard work.”