29th Computer Society of India National Student Convention Held
The 29th National Student Convention (NSC) of Computer Society of India (CSI) was held at Amrita School of Engineering, Amrita University, Coimbatore from 15-16 March, 2013. The theme of this convention was “Information Technology Led Inclusive Growth”. This convention was organized by the CSI Coimbatore chapter along with the CSI Student Branch of Amrita University. More than 500 students from 50 colleges from all parts of the country participated in this convention, which consisted of 9 events such as paper presentation, software coding, poster design, mathematical & logical quiz, programming in 2D, technical quiz, C/C++ Virtuoso, best manager and web design contest. The convention saw a fruitful knowledge dissemination and cultural exchange among students from various parts of the country. The CSI NSC is one of the oldest and most prestigious computer science events for students in India. It has been the flagship event for CSI student members since 1986. Another highlight of this NSC, which has made it historic, was the launch of CSI student portal.
More than 50 research papers were presented with special tracks on National Cyber Security Challenges & Usage of IT for solving societal and humanitarian challenges with papers like universal registration card, brain fingerprinting, computer vision based sign language, aquatic robots, home energy management systems, Treatment for Hepatocellular carcinoma etc. Prize winning papers from various state and regional student conventions were showcased. This was happening for the first time in CSI national student conventions. The highlight of the programming and software coding events was that it followed the problem format and semantics of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) - World Championship of Computer Programming which has a total annual participation of 25,000 students from 2200 universities in 85 countries. These coding events focused on evaluating creativity, teamwork, and innovation in building new software programs as also testing their ability to perform under pressure.
The 29th CSI NSC was inaugurated by Mr. S. Ramanathan, Honorary Secretary of CSI on 15th March, 2013. Prof. K. Gangadharan, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore Campus, presided over the inaugural function. The CSI NSC also saw the launch of CSI student portal by Mr. S. Ramanathan. Mr. Ranga Rajagopal, CSI National Student Coordinator (NSC) outlined the salient features of this portal, which included sections like:
- Tech updates on latest trends and technologies
- Projects: Discussions on project ideas for mini-projects and final projects of students
- Apps: Showcasing of various apps developed by students
- Student generated content and articles
- Scholarship and internship opportunities
- Placement opportunities & Soft Skills
- Research projects and opportunities
- Video lectures
- Career tips
He also gave an overview of newly launched CSI activities for the student community like 1st Alan Turing computer science quiz for CSI student branches, national project contest, national web programming contest etc. Mr. C. Ravi, Chairman, CSI Coimbatore Chapter also addressed the gathering. NSC Convener, Prof. Prashant R.Nair, Vice Chairperson at Department of Information Technology, Amrita School of Engineering, Coimbatore Campus, proposed a vote of thanks. Dr. S. Krishnamoorthy, Registrar, Amrita University, presided over the valedictory function and distributed the prizes in the presence of the CSI Amrita SBCs, Sathiya R.R and U. M. Ramya.
The successful conduct of this national student convention is yet another milestone for both the CSI Coimbatore Chapter as well as CSI Amrita Student Branch, both of which have a track record of several awards. The CSI Coimbatore Chapter has been winning the Best Regional Chapter of CSI for the last 8 years continuously while the student branch was adjudged as the Best CSI student branch in 2010-2011 and 2011- 2012.