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Coming from an agricultural background, Ravindra Reddy dreamt of mastering machines that can revolutionize agriculture and reduce the burden on farmers. Gifted with a brain that works with the same analytical precision as that of an algorithm, he scribbled a logic flowchart to find the best institute for him and even employed analytics techniques to mend a friend’s broken heart. One may say his true ability lies in expanding the limits of imagination by putting theory into practice – and this is a talent that has caught the eye of one of world’s leading credit bureaus, thereby resulting in a well deserved job offer.
We are highly impressed by Ravindra’s achievements and crown him as our Student of the Fortnight.
Ravindra recalled his fascination for computers way back in 2012. He got an induction to this field by his uncle who happens to be a software engineer. Ravindra said, “I was totally fascinated, excited and attracted to computers. I decided to make my career in Computer Science.”
Sowing the seeds of imagination
Coming from an agricultural family, Ravindra was driven by a strong desire and intention to make machines work for humans. That’s how he started learning different programming languages and logic that makes computing fast.
Back then, he captained his college’s volleyball team and didn’t miss any chance to attend technical events, hackathons and tech meetups that happen along side in other renowned colleges.
By 2016, he was well equipped with enough knowledge and skills to make a computer program efficiently. He got placed in a leading MNC working as an Automation Engineer and dealing with huge amounts of data that was fed into the machine. Having seen machines work according to instructions given by the programmer was an everyday job, but Ravindra was fascinated more by how a machine can make matured decisions like humans.
Branching interests into career paths
This led to his first decision flowchart for choosing a career. It looked something like this:
1. How this huge amount of data is stored and managed (Solution: Big Data Analytics)
2. How machines can identify patterns in the huge data and make some rules (Solution: Machine Learning)
3. How machines can gain intelligence and make informed decisions (Solution: Artificial Intelligence)
Ravindra asserted, that his excitement should not stop just at the thought process; it should be transformed into action and thus decided to join a data science course.
Developing the roots again
Ravindra put his analytical mind to job again. He was confronting questions like which technology should I learn? What are the most in-demand technologies in the industry and how to learn them?
He sketched yet another decision flow chart to find his answer. It looked something like this:
1. How to do it? (Whether Full-time / Part-time)
(Ravindra knew it was highly impossible to concentrate on the work and study simultaneously. So he opted for a Full-time Program in Data Science.)
2. Which is the best Institute?
(Ravindra made a list of top 20 Institutes that offer Data Science Course like IIT Kharagpur, Praxis, Manipal etc. and gauged them on these 5 parameters)
1st Filter: Full-time (Half of the list was stroked off)
2nd Filter: Placement Assistance (Yes / No)
3rd Filter: Fee & Location Constraints
4th Filter: Brand Name & Course Syllabus
5th Filter: Faculty and Course Content and other amenities.
3. What is the Average Package for Data Scientist? (7 LPA on Average )
4. Which domains need data scientists?
Finally, after considering all the factors and running through his decision flow chart, he zeroed in on Manipal ProLearn as the right platform to pursue Data Science.
From sapling to becoming a tree
Ravindra wanted to pursue the course at a good environment where study would have been equipped with internet, laptop & learning materials. He also wanted to be nurtured by experienced professors who could guide and motivate him to think innovatively. All his expectations were met by Manipal and that was quite satisfying for him.
Success soon followed, and Ravindra got placed in Equifax. He said that he had heard about Equifax before and was very happy to be placed in one of the three credit bureaus in India as a statistical analyst.
He wanted to use this opportunity to extend the company's services to wide range of fields by making custom models that can solve the challenges in the Domain. He also aimed at learning the latest technologies like Tensor Flow and Deep Learning etc.
Putting theory to practice
Ravindra had brought many theoretical concepts to life by applying them to real life settings. One fascinating example is when he used analytics to help a friend patch up with his girlfriend. He went on to design a small R Shiny dashboard that accepted WhatsApp chat file between two users and showed some basic statistical analysis about their chats. He ran it on his friend’s chat with his girlfriend to find amazing insights. The analyzed chat reports were sent to his girlfriend which made her reverse her decision.
In bloom with happiness
Ravindra recalled how he wasn’t prepared a bit for the interview and took it with dirt laden pants. It had rained a lot that day and he had to walk to the campus after missing the bus. On top of that the interview schedule clashed with a lecture from Mr. Kathirmain, Ravindra’s favourite lecturer. But he took it in a stride and cleared all the rounds. He also funnily mentioned, “I confidently and genuinely answered all the questions with the same trousers I wear often and casual shoes.”
His family members were happy to hear the news. Ravindra said, “It would not have happened without their support and sacrifice.”
The future shines bright for Ravindra and sky is the limit. We congratulate him for his amazing feat and wish him luck for his future endeavours.