A chance to shine

A chance to shine

For some engineering students, creating projects might be just another examination-related hurdle to overcome. But for a few, these projects matter a lot. They go the extra mile to market their projects by either presenting it to industry experts or by participating in international events. Metrolife speaks to a few to find out the importance of these projects.

Achal Arvind, a student of BNMIT, along with his group members, built an unmanned aerial vehicle for their internal assessment examinations. Their project was appreciated by the faculty of the college. “Once the project was passed by our professors, we thought of participating in a US-based competition,” informs Achal. He says that by doing, their chances of getting placed would increase, since it would add content to their resumes.

Another student, Shashank Lakshmipathy, firmly believes that these projects get noticed by industry experts. “I’ve noticed that industry professionals take an interest in these projects. However, the project we did was for one particular company.

So, we did not get a chance to present it to a wider audience,” he says. Shashank also mentions that the colleges encourage students to market their projects. “Colleges try to call in companies to take a look at their students’ projects. Also, with online forums and conferences, one can easily publicise them,” observes Shashank.

Similarly, for Prathyay Bhandarkar — whose group built a piece of software for a company — says that students have a good opportunity to show their talent by marketing their projects.  “We designed an algorithm for Bluetooth headset for 4G and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

It was well-designed software. But we couldn’t do anything further with the project because it was patented,” says Prathyay. He also says mechanical engineering students have brighter chances to market their projects and that most colleges focus more on helping students finish these projects, rather than market them.

But for Syed Faisal, a HR manager, college projects are just about getting marks. He recalls that he did a project on cloud computing, which was well appreciated by the college staff.  “Professors told me about the amendments I should make in my project. I never gave a thought to marketing my project, although it was appreciated by the college staff. For me, it was just to get marks and nothing else,” says Syed.

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