TechNext India 2018 Awards for AMRITA School of Engineering, Coimbatore
On 11 February, 2018 at IIT Bombay, the TechNext India 2018 awards for AMRITA School of Engineering (ASE), Coimbatore were conferred by Computer Society of India (CSI) Mumbai chapter and IIT Bombay through its Free & Open Source Software in Education (FOSSEE) inter-disciplinary initiative under MHRD National Mission on Education using ICT. Prof. Prashant R.Nair, Vice-Chairman, CSE dept , ASE Coimbatore received the awards on behalf of AMRITA from Dr. Deepak B. Phatak, Padma Shri awardee and IIT Bombay (IITB) CSE Professor. The awards included:
- Best Institute of the year – Innovative pedagogical approaches and tools for ASE, Coimbatore for Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) departmental curricular initiatives such as early adoption of Computational Thinking & Problem Solving for engineering freshmen, competitive programming and organizing of ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC)
- Best faculty of the year – Authoring Books on Contemporary Subjects for Dr. K.V. Shriram, Assistant Professor, CSE dept for prolific book publishing. Dr. K.V. Shriram has produced 30 books in the last 5 years with reputed publishers such as Alpha Science (UK), Narosa, and S Chand.
- Best faculty of the year – Evangelizing and Contributing to Spread of knowledge across several institutions for Prof. Prashant R.Nair for significant outreach through leadership positions in professional bodies including CSI National Student Coordinator (NSC) and active role in organizing premier student events such as ACM ICPC and Anokha techfest at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore. Dr. T.V. Prabhakar, CSE Professor from IIT Kanpur was another awardee in this category.
TechNext India 2018 inaugurated by Dr. Devang Khakhar, Director, IIT Bombay. The conference had Dr. Kannan Moudgalya, Professor, IITB and lead investigator for the national mission-mode Spoken Tutorials project as organizing chair and Dr. S.S. Mantha, Former Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) as award jury member