Students Abroad

Our students are going places. Literally.
As part of semester abroad and exchange programs, summits and conferences, students get to travel overseas, gain new experiences and widen their world view. This exposure to diverse cultures also creates a platform for deeper learning and appreciation of the many pressing issues facing societies around the world.

SPRING 2018: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY

Five students from SRM AP - Tuhin Sarkar, Aayusi Biswas, Vatsal Rathod, Pushya Mitra and Abirami Ravishanker - all engineering freshers, are the first cohort of the start-up semester at University of California Berkeley and Silicon Valley to learn the ways of top entrepreneurs. From meeting industry leaders to winning prizes at pitch competitions, the students aced through the semester. While in Berkeley, they worked on several group and individual projects, from topics as abstract as looking for extra-terrestrial life to predicting real estate market prices in Brooklyn. This team of freshers competed alongside graduate students and managed to grab the Bronze medal at Inaugural Playscape @Calspark. Also, they were shortlisted as one of the top 10 entrepreneurial teams in over 100 teams in the Saturdja Centre of Entrepreneurship and Technology, going on to compete for the prestigious Collider Cup. They went as young minds ready to learn and came back with the Silicon Valley mind set and the motivation to better lives!

GREECE, MARCH 2018 - 50 DAYS IN THE GREEK CLOUD

Aaditya Jain’s (CSE) incurable fascination with cloud computing, web designing (classes hosted by Python), concepts of IaaS, SaaS, had him taking copious notes, practice and revise theories almost every day. The result? A super amazing internship for 50 days in Greece. CulturePolis in collaboration with Artia Nano Engineering vetted numerous resumes that arrived at their desk- from AIESEC. However, Aaditya Jain of SRM University- AP, Amaravati received a call within almost a few days.

CulturePolis is a private non-profit organisation based in Corfu, Greece belonging to the Civil Society Organisations – CSOs). It operates mainly in Europe and the Mediterranean Basin. The organisation’s main aim is to contribute – through research, analysis, debate and dialogue, as well as targeted action in information / awareness across verticals. The company in association with Artia Nano chose Aaditya for their new project to build a globally compatible website and connect it to the Cloud. The 19 years old packed his bags and immediately left for Greece on March 7, 2018!

For 50 days, Aaditya was reporting to work at the Peristeri office of Artia Nano Engineering. He would pull 7 hours’ shift for 5 days a week and his work would primarily involve improvising on the old website, creating a new one and integrating functions with cloud servers. He reported directly to Vasileios Laopodis, Founder of CulturePolis and there was “learning every day”.

“Things were amazing! Living in Greece has always been my dream and the internship was nothing short of a dream coming true. I made friends from Czech Republic and Greece. I celebrated Greek Easter along with the natives. I tasted Souvlaki and a lot of interesting Greek recipes. Time flew by!” says Aaditya.

He is now back with his enriching experience from his summer and believes that the exposure taught him the value of strategic planning and work ethics and helped him enhance his technological skills immensely. “A good internship can do wonders and if given the opportunity, you must grab it no matter what,” concludes Aaditya.

FROM POLLUTION CONTROL TO AI AND SILK WORM DNA!

“At the WSEN summit, The mayor of Kyoto spoke of the measures his city has been taking to reduce pollution as did Motohide Yoshikawa (former UN ambassador). Switching gears - my opening presentation was on the science-tech vertical, duality of science, Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality start-ups.

The question asked most frequently – “How to use Artificial Intelligence to achieve a transparent society and use of Virtual Reality in protecting culture” This was also the subject of our paper. AI was on everyone’s mind. We got to hear a perspective from the Chief of Dwango Artificial Intelligence laboratory on Artificial Intelligence.

How’s this for a success story? Masataka Hosoo, the CEO of a textile company told us how he teamed up with a biotechnology company to create silk that glows in blue light. How? By DNA modification of silk worms with the help of jellyfish DNA. Masataka Hosoo is also one of the MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellows. A video message from Yoshinori Ohsumi, Cell biologist, and Nobel prize winner spoke of the importance and advantages of attending such summits (as though we had any doubts!) . Final take away; Knowledge is an endless ocean; Anything can be learnt more easily through peer learning.

Rajendra Sriharsh​​​​​​​a (sophomore in Computer Science and Engineering)

DOSHISHA RETREAT CENTER

“At the Doshisha Retreat Center we were part of an international student group from Mexico, North America, Indonesia, China, Philippines, Palestine, UK, Australia, Saudi Arabia and Japan. Firstly, I have to say, the experience of sharing a room with two Japanese and one Saudi was amazing!

Our committee being science and technology, our discussions were mostly about how technology has changed our lives, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and renewable energy -  how it can be used for future generations.  Ideas generated were submitted to the Ministry of the Environment. Prof. Yoshinori Ohsumi (Nobel Prize in physiology), shared his ideas on the future of the world with nuclear weapons.

Y.Sai Sashikanth Reddy (CSE)

WSEN 2018 JAPAN – IN SUCHET THAPA’S OWN WORDS

“The World Student Environmental Network is “by the students” and “for the students”. It holds global summits every year with goals like sustainable development and environmental protection.   I was a delegate representing India, Nepal in the Disaster and Resilience committee whose main goal was pretty basic but yet most important - to figure out disasters incidence in local regions; to examine and quantify the major causes; provide sustainable solutions with resilience-oriented outcomes to eradicate the effects; study the symbiosis of culture and disaster.

As part of the programs and proceedings we met with former UN Ambassador: Prof. Motohide Yoshikawa, the Mayor of Kyoto City, Daisaku Kadokawa and heard from Dr Naoyuki Kato    (Director in Earthquake Research Institute).  The earthquake simulation drills gave us the real feel of earthquakes of various magnitudes leading up to a discussion session on disaster resilience.

Disasters aside, we also got to meet Masataka Hosoo, innovator and brand director of HOSOO, a Kyoto-based traditional kimono textile maker, who is bringing Nishijin-Ori weaving techniques and textiles to the forefront of the design and fashion world. In fact, the city tour was of Kinnkaku-ji and the Nishijin Textile centre. “

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