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Student of the Fortnight - PranKrishna Dolai
By Saheli Roy Chowdhuri
A curious mind, an ambitious spirit and a passion for knowledge; these are a few ingredients when blended together act like a magic potion. Armed with all the three and determined to ride on the rising big data analytics wave, PranKrishna Dolai took a leap of faith and landed feet first on the other side with a well-deserved job offer from the research giant Nielsen.
We are proud of PranKrishna’s efforts and name him as our Manipal ProLearn Student of the Fortnight.
The world conspires for a dream
There’s no set puzzle available in the world, and one must put the pieces together in the right way. With the same approach, PranKrishna took on the task to construct his career path, one brick at a time, towards his dream career. Pran recalled, “From my B-tech days, I was very passionate about data, and I was very much interested to design data base and fetching data from database using complex query”.
After completing his B-tech, he landed a job in a Bangalore based IT company. However, he always felt that something was missing, and decided that it was time for him to pay heed to his inner calling. Defining that he said, “I felt I was missing something. I was very curious about things like how Google weather forecast works and all the time I was thinking about the logic behind such things”.
Flaming in the fire within
PranKrishna found out about Big Data in 2014. He was excited about AI’s application in computer gaming and robotics. Once browsing through the syllabus of a data science course, he realized all the topics he liked were listed on it. That was the moment when he decided to quit his job and follow his heart. He said, “I was very much aware about the rapidly changing industry and the demand in the data science sector.”
An alchemist needs a laboratory
PranKrishna knew it was a serious move and wanted to find the best institute to pursue his passion. His first and foremost requirement was to find a full-time program. He also stated, “I found some institutions offering full time program but chose Manipal ProLearn, and the key reason was the course structure. It was very well crafted as compared to others.” The second reason for him to choose Manipal ProLearn was the location Bangalore, as it is the IT city of India.
Prankrishna found his expectations with Manipal were fully met and he was fortunate to study under faculty like Mr. Gangavoria, Mr. Kadirmoni and Mr. Nagabhusan.
PranKrishna got placed in Nielsen after the end of the course, one the oldest and the best in market research companies. He proudly said, “Nielsen introduced market research concept to the globe. It is the company that deals purely with data measurement, and so I’m quite proud to be placed here.”
He is working with the Global Analytics Solution team that provides analytics solution to its global clients. He is also working with R&D and innovation team for creating innovating product for the company as well as for the clients.
Prankrishna is finally satisfied with his move. He confided, “I am using machine learning and data analytics techniques a lot over here. I am very happy that I am a part of this.”
Recalling the dream
Pran recalls on how most of the people at Manipal couldn’t take his name right during the initial days of his joining and used to end up calling him prawn or PK! His hostel memories are still vivid, and he misses going out late in the night hunting for food, going for unplanned rides and playing pranks with his class mates.
When he broke the news of bagging a great job to his mother, she was speechless out of happiness. Pran says, “Without her support and motivation I could not have done it. My father’s blessings and my mother’s support have made me successful.” The news travelled fast, and he said that even people from his village called to congratulate him.
We are inspired and humbled at the same time by Pran’s determination and achievements. We congratulate him for his amazing feat and wish him loads of luck for his future endeavours.
Saheli Roy Chowdhuri
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