The Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering organised one-day Orientation Programme for the students of BTech, Semester IV and VII students (2020 Batch) on January 2, 2020. Dr Dhaval Pujara, Head of the Department, briefed the students about the programme, objectives and expected outcomes.
The first session was delivered by Shri Dharmendra Sharma, Director-Technical, Gujarat Fiber Grid Network Limited. Shri Sharma gave a talk on ‘Positive Attitude and Digital Revolution in Rural Gujarat’. He shared his experience of connecting 250,000 Gram Panchayats in the country, covering nearly 625,000 villages to improve telecommunication in India and to reach the campaign goal of ‘Digital India’. He discussed the challenges and hurdles faced in implementation and motivated the students to come out with appropriate solutions for these problems.
The second session was by Sadhu Shri Vivekjivandas Ji, Editor, English Magazine, BAPS, Shahibaug. He gave a talk on ‘Managing Life’ and discussed the important pillars for managing life, i.e. managing self, managing others, managing time and managing work. He stressed upon conspicuous consumption, i.e. not to use anything if it is not needed and asked the students to imbibe honesty, integrity, humility, and morality in life.
After the two sessions, the students were divided into four groups consisting of fourth and Sixth-semester students. Four faculty members were assigned to each class, where the students were engaged in group activities, active learning and discussions to build the rapport between both the semesters. The idea was to increase knowledge sharing and bring out more collaborative projects between them in the future.
Two sessions were held post- lunch break. The first session was by an alumnus of EC, Mr Jonti Talukdar who is currently pursuing his Masters at Duke University, USA. He addressed the students on ‘Pathway to Post-Graduate Opportunities Abroad’. He shared his experience of studying abroad, preparations required, the concept of academic journey and how to utilize the opportunities available at Nirma to shape their academic journey and reach the desired goal.
The last session was by Dr Parth Vaishnav, Consultant Psychiatrist & Deaddiction Expert, Samvedna Happiness Hospital, Ahmedabad. The topic of his talk was ‘Do We Need to Talk about Addictions’? He discussed some important and serious issues related to addiction, covering addiction to social media, cell phones, increasing issues of drugs. He explained the effects of such dreadful consumptions, made the students understand the consequences and encouraged them to spread awareness in this regard.
All the sessions were very well received by the students. They appreciated knowledge and information gained from all the speakers as well as the interactions in the class activity.