Gold medalists speak out their hearts at NITK

Consistency in studies helps to achieve success, opined Vikas Raj Sharma, a BTech student of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering after receiving four gold medals, at the tenth convocation of NITK, Surathkal here on Saturday.

Veena Swaminathan and Vikas Raj Sharma with their gold medals at NITK.

He received Karthik Alloys gold medal for the student with best academic record  in BTech, Prof H V Sudhakar Nayak gold medal for the student with best academic record in BTech, SMIORE Gold medal and institution medal for highest Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).

Hailing from Agra, Sharma has been placed at Midhani group, a unit of Ministry of Defence in Hyderabad.

Just like any other BTech graduates, he also wants to go for MBA after two years of work. “I was not expecting four gold medals when I joined for BTech course. The faculties are good in NITK, which helped me to achieve success.”

He said “I was not a book worm. I used to spend my time by playing cricket and table tennis. I am excited over winning gold medals. My parents could not attend the convocation, but they are thrilled.”

His father M K Sharma works in a private firm and mother Manjula Sharma is a government school teacher.

Veena Swaminathan, a BTech student of civil engineering has won three gold medals. She has won Prof M N Shivashankar gold medal, Dr R K Raji gold medal and institution medal for highest CGPA.

She is the daughter of Prof Swaminathan, a faculty in civil engineering at NITK. At present, she is working at Alkims, Bangalore.

On her future plan, she too wants to write CAT and get admitted to a prestigious institutes to complete her MBA degree next year. She said “engineering graduate with MBA degree with a job experience, will help to get better placement.” Being a part of music club of NITK, she is a good singer.

Pavithra G S, a MTech in Industrial Pollution Control has won two gold medals. Hailing from Bangalore, she said that her dream is to serve as a faculty in NITK.

She is working at BMS College of Engineering as an assistant professor. “Industrial pollution control is similar to environment engineering. Every company will have health and safety division. As a result, the scope is wide.

I want to continue my higher studies through research. In fact, as a MTech student, I had presented my research paper at Kumamoto University in Japan,” she said.

Namrata Sachdeva, a MCA graduate has won two gold medals. She said winning gold medals has given me a great feeling. Hailing from Delhi, she said “NITK is one of the best college for MCA.”

As many as 37 students received gold medals at the convocation.

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