The Guest of honor for inaugural was Mr. Shrirang Bapat, President, Uniken, Pune. The inaugural function was held on 20th February 2015, at 10:00 am, at Bharati Vidyapeeth University College of Engineering, Dhankawadi, Pune.
In his speech Dr. D. N. Reddy focused on 12 attributes which all engineering graduates must possess so that they can contribute not only to their own prosperity but also to the enrichment and upliftment of society. The 12 attributes which he mentioned were thorough engineering knowledge, analytical and problem solving skills, ability to design and develop solutions, investigative skills, modern tool usage, social scientist, sustainability, values and ethics, individual and team work, communication, project management and financial accounting, lifelong learning. If any engineer introspects and works with these attributes success will follow him like his tail. Engineers should also possess soft skills and should be able to apply their concepts in problem solving. He further said that India spends only 1% of GDP for Research and development whereas smaller countries like Israel spend 4.8% of their GDP on same. To improve contribution of research towards society it must be made mandatory that outcome of Ph. D. should be applied to society. He also said that Indian engineers are liked all the world since they can work anywhere. But unfortunately Indians work well outside India but due to lack of discipline they do not contribute in India. Whatever is invented must be transferred to technology and then production and manufacture. Many a times it is said that GDP does not matter to common man but Prof. Reddy explained that 1 million jobs are created for a common man when the GDP raises even by 1%. Industry earns profits and contributes to prosperity of nation. Educational institutes impart knowledge and creativity. An alliance of these both will definitely flourish the nation. He also said that although India has highly qualifies population but its skill base is only 20% whereas 80% in countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Korea etc. To stress and importance of skill base he gave example of Korea which is country smaller than Maharashtra but owns more than 10 chip foundries whereas India has none. Out of 132 countries, India ranks 47th for its innovative potential. A strong engineering backbone can only bring this ranking to a single digit figure and truly lead the country towards development. He concluded his speech saying that it is possible for students to enjoy only when they are in institutes but they should use this time not only for enjoying but also to learn, excel in knowledge and develop their creativity and that Bharatiyam is a perfect platform for it.
Computer Engineering Department Bargaingineers was a management and designing based event, within which each participating team had to design the best possible cell phone within the given constraints of the game. Out of 152 teams, Hrushikesh and Harshavardhan of J.S.P.M. won the first prize and second prize was one by Raghav and Shivam of C.O.E.P. Google-e is a search technique based technical event from the same department.
Mechanical Engineering Department had organized Game of Thrones, where participants had to build own remote controlled ships which can get to main island through obstacle course in water. Akshay and Kiran of BSCOER won the 1st prize for it and Surya Prakash and Rayan won the 2nd prize. Total 63 teams had participated in the event.Several cultural events were organized by Art Circle. In the intercollegiate solo singing competition Sur Sangram, there were 57 participants out of which Divyansh of BVUCOE bagged 1st prize and Monalisa of BVUCOE won 2nd prize. In the intercollegiate duet singing competition Taal Mel, Ayush and Mayur won the 1st and 2nd prize respectively out of 43 participants. Interdepartmental fashion show contest was won by E&TC department. In the an inter-college street plays competition- Aarambh, 13 street play teams had registered and team from Sinhgad COE, Narhe won 1st prize and team from Sinhgad COE Vadgaon won 2nd prize. 39 participants had registered for the solo dance competition Solitary spin. It was won by Shweta from RGIT at 1st position and Nikita Sharma at 2nd position. The event Step up N dance was a group dance competition which had a participation of 19 teams. The 5 star team from MIT bagged the 1st position and team from JSPM NIC won at the 2nd position. The Gazal night- a night of soothing Indian classical transcendental music left the audience totally mesmerized. Not only these but special attractions this year are the photo exhibition, exhibition of R.K. Laxman’s cartoons to commemorate him, Auto expo- an exhibition of superbikes and race cars and the enthralling Bike stunt show were also part of this 2 day extravaganza. Bharatiyam concluded on the eve of 21st February with a cultural night which had performances by students of BVUCOE. During the cultural program, the prize winners of Bharatiyam events were also felicitated by the hands of Principal Dr. Anand Bhalerao
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