Ten B.Tech. students of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri campus, who are part of the Amrita's student clubs amFOSS and bi0s, have been selected for Google Summer of Code 2020. The selected students are Ashwin R. (Mifos Initiative), Mayukh Deb (INCF), Sashmita Raghav (KDE), Shashank Priyadarshi (Mifos Initiative), Aditya Vardhan P. (NetBSD), Shivangi Singh (Mifos Initiative), Suraj K. Suresh (ReactOS), Yash Khare (Mifos Initiative), Ayushi Sharma (NetBSD) and Venu Vardhan Reddy Tekula (CHAOSS).
Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is an annual student outreach program conducted by Google. It provides a platform for open-source organizations to participate and mentor students to work for their projects over a period of 3 months. All of the ten selected students are a part of the Amritapuri student clubs - amFOSS and Amrita bi0s.
Among the selected students, four are first-year UG students and four are second-year students. There is one student each from the third year and fourth years.
Over the last 14 years, students from Amritapuri have been contributing to various reputed open-source organizations such as VideoLAN, Intel, WikiMedia, NetBSD, GNOME, KDE, Mozilla, etc. This year proves to be even more special as there are four first-year students participating. The journey so far couldn't have been possible without the constant guidance and support of alumni, club mentors, and the club's chief mentor, Vipin Pavithran. With his vision and hard work continuing ever since 2006, amFOSS has become one of the leading computer science clubs in India, along with team bi0s being ranked as the No. 1 Capture-The-Flag (CTF) team in the country and 22nd internationally in 2019.