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Times of India Gujarat - When Khadi made the IBM cut

When khadi made the IBM cut
The Times of India

Gujarat Vidyapith Students Bag Top Honours At A National Tech Event

If the word Gujarat Vidyapith conjures up images of khadi-clad students labouring over a charkha, spouting Gandhian philosophy and leading a spartan life, then its time to do a reboot. For, in a coup of sorts, final year students of Gujarat Vidyapith´s Master´s in Computer Application (MCA) course have beat over 60,000 students from over 2,000 colleges across India to emerge as the first runners-up at IBM´s prestigious ´The Great Mind Challenge 2007´.

The software developer quartet of Dilip Prajapati, Paruik Bhavsar, Pratik Patel and Sariq Shaikh designed a low cost´Vehicle Identification System´ that uses the latest radio frequency Identification (RFID) kit and service-oriented architecture (SOA) to identify and track a vehicle. "The country is way behind in vehicle tracking technology that can be used by police and insurance companies to get the details of any vehicle on the roads. We decided to come up with a low-cost solution," says Sariq Shaikh, group leader of the top-notch Gujarat Vidyapith team. But the going was not all that easy. Not only did they have to spend sleepless nights for an entire month due to college classes and practical exams, they even had to go that extra length to be taken seriously by other competitors.

Obviously the prospect of khadi-clad students making a tech-savvy presentation was too much for some of the other jeans and Tee clad participants to take. Which is what also makes the victory sweeter for these students, most of whom hail from humble backgrounds. "We have studied in Gujarati medium schools but had to present our project in English. With practice we overcame this constraint and even bagged the highest marks in the presentation segment," says Dilip, one of the team members. "I enjoyed the expression on everyone´s faces when we were declared the second best team. Obviously they had never expected simple khadi-clad folks like us to make it so far in a techie contest," he says gleefully.

"I come from a family of farmers, where no one has even passed SSC. It feels great to have bagged this award from a global IT company. Today I am confident. Though I wear khadi and am not very well conversant with English, I am as much of an IT wizard as any one else." said Pratik Patel

"My father´s salary is less than the cost of the air ticket that took me to Mumbai for the competition. No one in my family and the pol I grew up in know what ´software´ means. They just stared when I told them I had been awarded for developing software." says Dilip Prajapati

"Being with students from across the country who were fluent in English and sported modern clothes, was a big culture shock. Many, seeing us in khadi, tried to challenge us. But I was confident and in the end, we proved we were better than the others." recalls Paruik Bhavsar.

Sariq Shaikh stays with my family in a two room house and have to work part time to support them. "But I wanted my parents to feel proud of me. That inspired me to defy all odds and learn new technologies. Though my parents do not understand what I am doing, they feel that I am on the right path."


Financial Express National

IBM in collaboration with its business partners announced ´The Great Mind Challenge 2008´ - a pioneering contest under the company´s Academic Initiative programs that provide student programmers with a unique opportunity to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real time situations.

It also declared the winners for the 2007 challenge - K.L.N. College of Engineering and the runners up from Gujarat Vidyapeeth, Gujarat and Amrita School of Engineering (Deemed University), Tamil Nadu were felicitated at an awards ceremony in Mumbai on Tuesday.

The Challenge in 2008 will be themed around ´Search for XML Superstar´. This will enable participants to get a hands-on experience on IBM software products, namely (Tivoli, WebSphere Application Server/ WebSphere Application Server Community Edition, DB2/DB2 Express-C, WebSphere Portal and Forms and Rational) and Eclipse which is Open Source on a Linux platform. Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty worked closely with the students enabling them throughout the programme.

A total of 365 plus workshops were conducted on these software products around the country in 2007.

At the felicitation ceremony, Pradeep Nair, Director - Software Group, IBM India/SA said, "The IBM Great Mind Challenge is aimed at encouraging students who aspire to make vital contributions by developing applications on leading-edge IBM technologies. We enable them to work on real world project scenarios with the objective of providing them scope for substantially improving their software writing skills."

The winning team worked on tools such as DB2, WebSphere Application Developer, WebSphere application server, Rational etc. to develop ´District Collectorate Office Information Integration´ that will help to maintain information about citizens and provide some basic level services to citizens. Citizens can request for Birth, Community, Income certificates and Ration card online as well. It will help to expedite retrieval & processing of information.

"This year the top 100 participants of TGMC got a special opportunity to be screened by IBM HR for placement within IBM. Academic initiative program also maintains a Student job portal facilitating the students to upload their resumes and apply for relevant IT positions .," Mr. Nair added.

The Great Mind Challenge 2007 covered 28 States and 7 Union Territories and the students registrations went up form 21800 to 62456.


The Economic Times

Gujarat Vidyapeeth runners up for IBM´s "The Great Mind Challenge 2007"

The Economic Times

IBM announced Gujarat Vidyapeeth (as one of the two runners-up at ´The Great Mind Challenge 2007´. Amrita School of Engineering (Deemed University), Tamil Nadu was the other runners up. This was announced at the felicitation ceremony of held at Mumbai tuesday. K.L.N. College of Engineering (Tamil Nadu) emerged as the winners at the competition.

The contest is a part of company´s academic Initiative, the challenge provided student programmers with a unique opportunity to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real time situations.


The Indian Express

Gujarat Vidyapeeth runner-up in IT contest The Indian Express

Gujarat Vidyapeeth was declared the joint runner-up along with Amrita School of engineering, Tamil Nadu in the third edition ´The Great Mind Challenge 2007´ Organised by IBM.


Jansatta - Gujarat

Gujarat Vidyapeeth announced as runners up for IBM´s "The Great Mind Challenge 2007" Jansatta

IBM announced Gujarat Vidyapeeth (team Gvcc challenger) and Amrita School of Engineering (Deemed University), Tamil Nadu as the runners up at the felicitation ceremony of ´The Great Mind Challenge 2007´ held at Mumbai today. Organised for the third time in India, the winners of ´The Great Mind Challenge 2007´ are K.L.N. College of Engineering (Tamil Nadu).

Jansatta - Gujarat

Loksatta

Headline- Gujarat Vidyapeeth announced as runners up for IBM´s "The Great Mind Challenge 2007"
Publication- Loksatta
Edition- Ahmedabad

Competition helps develop innovative technology solutions for Government, IT industry and Academia

IBM announced Gujarat Vidyapeeth (team Gvcc challenger) and Amrita School of Engineering (Deemed University), Tamil Nadu as the runners up at the felicitation ceremony of ´The Great Mind Challenge 2007´ held at Mumbai today. Organised for the third time in India, the winners of ´The Great Mind Challenge 2007´ are K.L.N. College of Engineering (Tamil Nadu) .


Rakhewal

Headline- Gujarat Vidyapeeth announced as runners up for IBM´s "The Great Mind Challenge 2007"
Competition helps develop innovative technology solutions for Government, IT industry and Academia
Publication- Rakhewal
Edition- Ahmedabad

IBM announced Gujarat Vidyapeeth (team Gvcc challenger) and Amrita School of Engineering (Deemed University), Tamil Nadu as the runners up at the felicitation ceremony of ´The Great Mind Challenge 2007´ held at Mumbai today. Organised for the third time in India, the winners of ´The Great Mind Challenge 2007´ are K.L.N. College of Engineering (Tamil Nadu) .

Committed to fostering "in demand skill for an on demand world", IBM in collaboration with its business partners also announced "The Great Mind Challenge 2008. A pioneering contest under the company´s academic Initiative, the challenge provided student programmers with a unique opportunity to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real time situations. The theme for 2008 contest is "Search for XML Superstar" and it will begin in June and continued till the year end.

The Challenge in 2008 will enable participants to get a hands-on experience on IBM software products, namely (Tivoli, WebSphere Application Server/ WebSphere Application Server Community Edition, DB2/DB2 Express-C, WebSphere Portal and Forms and Rational) and Eclipse which is Open Source on a Linux platform. Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty worked closely with the students enabling them throughout the programme. A total of 365 plus workshops were conducted on these software products around the country in 2007.

Anil Menon,Channels, Marketing & Ecosystems, SWG, IBM India/South Asia , said "The IBM Great Mind Challenge is aimed at encouraging students who aspire to make vital contributions by developing applications on leading-edge IBM technologies. We enable them to work on real world project scenarios with the objective of providing them scope for substantially improving their software writing skills."

The team form Department of Computer Science worked with tools such as Eclipse 3.1, WAS CE, Rational Rose Enterprise Edition, DB2 and RFID Identification etc. to develop a Vehicle Identification system. The team designed/developed entire system in such a way that user can identify the vehicle, track the vehicle as well as benefit the client. Latest technology like RFID kit, web service as a part of SOA, socket programming. Mailing service, speech and communication API was used to improve the entire society.

"This year the top 100 participants of TGMC got a special opportunity to be screened by IBM HR for placement within IBM. Academic initiative program also maintains a Student job portal facilitating the students to upload their resumes and apply for relevant IT positions." Mr. Pradeep Nair, Director - Software Group, IBM India/SA added.

The Great Mind Challenge 2007 covered 28 States and 7 Union Territories and the students registrations went up form 21800 to 62456. Apart from this IBM Academic Initiative also offers workshops and certification programs on various technologies like Service Oriented Architecture, XML, Infrastructure Management, DB2, WebSphere, IBM Community Edition Software etc. The company has successfully imparted training on open standards-based technologies to more than 125,000 students across 575 colleges in India during 2007 through the various AI programs.


Alpviram

Headline- Gujarat Vidyapeeth announced as runners up for IBM´s "The Great Mind Challenge 2007"
Competition helps develop innovative technology solutions for Government, IT industry and Academia
Publication- Alpviram
Edition- Ahmedabad

IBM announced Gujarat Vidyapeeth (team Gvcc challenger) and Amrita School of Engineering (Deemed University), Tamil Nadu as the runners up at the felicitation ceremony of ´The Great Mind Challenge 2007´ held at Mumbai today. Organised for the third time in India, the winners of ´The Great Mind Challenge 2007´ are K.L.N. College of Engineering (Tamil Nadu) .

Committed to fostering "in demand skill for an on demand world", IBM in collaboration with its business partners also announced "The Great Mind Challenge 2008. A pioneering contest under the company´s academic Initiative, the challenge provided student programmers with a unique opportunity to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real time situations. The theme for 2008 contest is "Search for XML Superstar" and it will begin in June and continued till the year end.

The Challenge in 2008 will enable participants to get a hands-on experience on IBM software products, namely (Tivoli, WebSphere Application Server/ WebSphere Application Server Community Edition, DB2/DB2 Express-C, WebSphere Portal and Forms and Rational) and Eclipse which is Open Source on a Linux platform. Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty worked closely with the students enabling them throughout the programme. A total of 365 plus workshops were conducted on these software products around the country in 2007.

Anil Menon,Channels, Marketing & Ecosystems, SWG, IBM India/South Asia said "The IBM Great Mind Challenge is aimed at encouraging students who aspire to make vital contributions by developing applications on leading-edge IBM technologies. We enable them to work on real world project scenarios with the objective of providing them scope for substantially improving their software writing skills.This year the top 100 participants of TGMC got a special opportunity to be screened by IBM HR for placement within IBM. Academic initiative program also maintains a Student job portal facilitating the students to upload their resumes and apply for relevant IT positions."

The team form Department of Computer Science worked with tools such as Eclipse 3.1, WAS CE, Rational Rose Enterprise Edition, DB2 and RFID Identification etc. to develop a Vehicle Identification system. The team designed/developed entire system in such a way that user can identify the vehicle, track the vehicle as well as benefit the client. Latest technology like RFID kit, web service as a part of SOA, socket programming. Mailing service, speech and communication API was used to improve the entire society.

The Great Mind Challenge 2007 covered 28 States and 7 Union Territories and the students registrations went up form 21800 to 62456. Apart from this IBM Academic Initiative also offers workshops and certification programs on various technologies like Service Oriented Architecture, XML, Infrastructure Management, DB2, WebSphere, IBM Community Edition Software etc. The company has successfully imparted training on open standards-based technologies to more than 125,000 students across 575 colleges in India during 2007 through the various AI programs.


Lokmitra

Headline- Gujarat Vidyapeeth announced as runners up for IBM´s "The Great Mind Challenge 2007"
Competition helps develop innovative technology solutions for Government, IT industry and Academia
Publication- Lokmitra
Edition- Ahmedabad

IBM announced Gujarat Vidyapeeth (team Gvcc challenger) and Amrita School of Engineering (Deemed University), Tamil Nadu as the runners up at the felicitation ceremony of ´The Great Mind Challenge 2007´ held at Mumbai today. Organised for the third time in India, the winners of ´The Great Mind Challenge 2007´ are K.L.N. College of Engineering (Tamil Nadu).

Committed to fostering "in demand skill for an on demand world", IBM in collaboration with its business partners also announced "The Great Mind Challenge 2008. A pioneering contest under the company´s academic Initiative, the challenge provided student programmers with a unique opportunity to develop innovative solutions using open standards-based IT tools under grueling real time situations. The theme for 2008 contest is "Search for XML Superstar" and it will begin in June and continued till the year end.

The Challenge in 2008 will enable participants to get a hands-on experience on IBM software products, namely (Tivoli, WebSphere Application Server/ WebSphere Application Server Community Edition, DB2/DB2 Express-C, WebSphere Portal and Forms and Rational) and Eclipse which is Open Source on a Linux platform. Mentors from IBM along with the college faculty worked closely with the students enabling them throughout the programme. A total of 365 plus workshops were conducted on these software products around the country in 2007.

Anil Menon,Channels, Marketing & Ecosystems, SWG, IBM India/South Asia said "The IBM Great Mind Challenge is aimed at encouraging students who aspire to make vital contributions by developing applications on leading-edge IBM technologies. We enable them to work on real world project scenarios with the objective of providing them scope for substantially improving their software writing skills."

The team form Department of Computer Science worked with tools such as Eclipse 3.1, WAS CE, Rational Rose Enterprise Edition, DB2 and RFID Identification etc. to develop a Vehicle Identification system. The team designed/developed entire system in such a way that user can identify the vehicle, track the vehicle as well as benefit the client. Latest technology like RFID kit, web service as a part of SOA, socket programming. Mailing service, speech and communication API was used to improve the entire society.

This year the top 100 participants of TGMC got a special opportunity to be screened by IBM HR for placement within IBM. Academic initiative program also maintains a Student job portal facilitating the students to upload their resumes and apply for relevant IT positions.

The Great Mind Challenge 2007 covered 28 States and 7 Union Territories and the students registrations went up form 21800 to 62456. Apart from this IBM Academic Initiative also offers workshops and certification programs on various technologies like Service Oriented Architecture, XML, Infrastructure Management, DB2, WebSphere, IBM Community Edition Software etc. The company has successfully imparted training on open standards-based technologies to more than 125,000 students across 575 colleges in India during 2007 through the various AI programs.


Deccan Chronicle

Headline- CITY 'COLLEGE WINS 'THE GREAT MIND CHALLENGE' Publication- Deccan Chronicle Edition- Chennai

IBM announced the K.L.N. College Of Engineering, Tamil Nadu as winners for the 'The Great Mind Challenge 2007' at an awards ceremony recently. Organised for the third time in India, the runners up teams of 'The Great Mind Challenge 2007' come from Gujarat Vidyapeeth and Amrita School of Engineering (Deemed University), Tamil Nadu.

The winning team worked on tools such as DB2, WebSphere Application Developer, WebSphere application server, Rational etc. to develop 'District Collectorate Office Information Integration' that will help to maintain information about citizens and provide some basic level services to citizens.


The New Indian Express

Headline- IBM HONOUR FOR TN COLLEGES
Publication- The New Indian Express
Edition- Chennai

KLN college of Engineering emerged the winners of the 'The Great Mind Challenge 2001' contest organised by ffiM. And the award was given away at a glittering function organised in Mumbai on March 25. The runners up teams of the contest are from Gujarat Vidyapeeth and Amrita School of Engineering, Tamil Nadu.


Gujarat Samachar

Headline- Gujarat Vidhayapith student build vehicle tracking projects
Publication- Gujarat Samachar
Edition- Ahmedabad

( Summary: Did story after meeting students, it does mention that the project got prize in The Great Mind Challenge, The story talks about projects details such how vehicle tracking solutions works, what were challenges, how they overcome and how their teacher helped them etc.)

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