Manipal Data Science Induction Ceremony – 2017 Batch
By Aditi Bhat
Manipal Global Academy of Data Science proudly conducted the induction ceremony for its first PG Diploma in data science batch 2017 on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Salarpuria Symphony Campus, Electronic City. The students were given an insight into the exciting academic journey awaiting them!
Further, the event began at 10 am with a quick student registration session.
Divya, Brand Manager, Data Science, all set for student registration!
Finally, after all the set up was in place, all the chief panellists and keynote speakers started gracing the event with their presence simultaneously.
Arrival at Auditorium:
The auditorium was jam-packed with students, faculty and corporates.
Welcome and Introduction Speech:
Mr. Arvind Thothadri, Vice President, Manipal Global Education Services inaugurated the induction program and welcomed the first batch.
P.S. - The highlights of the speech were the prized chocolates that he gave away for data science pop-quiz. Consequently, every one participated in the quiz with a lot of interest.
Lamp Lighting Ceremony:
Arvind’s speech was followed by the lamp lighting ceremony. Further, Saraswati Vandana was the next event.
A beautiful Saraswati Vandana was sung by Shruti and Smriti, a part of the Manipal Global Academy of Data Science. Therefore, a lot of positive vibes were felt throughout the event.
Mr. Vaitheeswaran S., MD and CEO, Manipal Global Education welcomed the first batch virtually.
“The mission of Manipal Global is to offer flexible and affordable education to the entire learning community that we touch”, said Mr. Vaitheeswaran.
He congratulated the students for following their passion. Further, he gave them his best wishes for their journey ahead.
Student Address and Motivational Message:
Next up on the dais was Mr. Ramabhadran A.P., SVP, Manipal Global Education Services.
He emphasized on the growing demand for data science professionals in different industries.
He also spoke about the efforts being put in by Manipal Global Academy of Data Science to bridge this gap. Furthermore, he discussed how the academy aims to create industry-ready data science professionals over the next few years. He spoke about the importance of Data Science in the present world. Data Science is helping most businesses. Hence, it is a great step if student choose Data Science as their career-field.
The data science visual designs shown by Mr. Ramabhadran really got everyone thinking!
Data Science Program Overview:
Without taking much time, Dr. S. Ramesh Babu, Director, Academy of Data Science, addressed the gathering giving an overview of the PG Diploma program. Also, he spoke about how it will help shape the careers of young data science learners.
Panel Discussion: Moderated by Dr. Yogesh Kumar Bhatt, Director, Academy of IT
It was then time for the most awaited part of the program – an interactive session on Industry Expectations from Data Science Talent by experts including eminent names like:
|#||NAME ||DESIGNATION ||COMPANY|
|1||Ashvin Vellody||Partner ||KPMG|
|2|| Dr. Prashant Pradhan ||Watson Business Leader||IBM India|
|3||Sameer Dhanrajini||Business Leader||Cognizant Technology Solutions|
|4|| Sandeep Nayak||Partner ||Bain & Company|
|5|| Dr. Yogesh Bhatt ||Vice president||Manipal Global Education Services|
Industry overview from data science perspective. So, the pointers for discussion were:
- Role of their organization in handling data science client requirements.
- Critical roles (and responsibilities) from the data science career stream.
- Competency dimensions.
After the panel discussion, the audience asked away all their doubts in Q&A session. They asked a lot of questions about Data Science and its offerings. Hence, it was quite an interesting session.
So, Mr. Ramabhadran concluded the program after giving his closing remarks. All the panellists, speakers, faculty members and students came together for a group photograph before heading for lunch. The sheer number of the participants has filled the frame so beautifully.
Furthermore, the on-boarding process commenced soon after lunch followed by a team discovery assembly between the participants and faculty.
Academy members Ravish, Diptakirti and Raj then interacted with the students throwing light on various topics. Further, these topics were academic requirements, assessments, learning schedule and internships associated with the program. All these three leaders shared important insights and helped students under data science concepts better. Hence, students showed a lot of interest too.
Finally, the eventful day came to an end with the completion of the on-boarding process, followed by a quick round of tea and refreshments.
So, with all that Manipal Academy of Data Science is offering their first batch of students, it is inevitable that these students have very bright futures. Further, these students are going to enjoy the curriculum specially designed for them keeping industry relevance in mind. Being the first batch of their kind, these students are going to be setting the trends for the upcoming batches. These students have a lot responsibility to make the program an overall success. Further, the academy will tweak the program to suit everyone’s needs better based on the feedback collected from the students.
So, Manipal Academy of Data Science will leave no stone unturned in their endeavor to offer the best possible education to the students. Consequently, students are going to have one of the best experience of life while studying for the program.
Hence, we wish good luck to the first batch of Manipal Global Academy of Data Science!
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