School of Computer Engineering and Technology organized an Alumni interaction session for S.Y. B.Tech (CS) students on 13th April from 9 am to 11 am in the Saint Dnyaneshwara Hall. This interaction was planned with an objective of reconnecting with the alumni as well as showcasing their success stories to inspire the budding engineers. The topics of interaction were: higher studies, placement, entrepreneurship and current trends in IT.

The panel for the session consisted of distinguished alumni who have outperformed in their respective career paths. They were –
1. Mr. Rohidas Kuldharan (Director – Consistent Systems).
2. Mr. Hrishikesh Dhande (Academic Relationship Manager – TCS).
3. Mr. Arjun Hariharan (Director of Engineering, Velotio Pvt. Ltd.)
4. Mr. Chinmay Jog (Technical lead – Intellore Systems Pvt. Ltd.)
5. Mr. Rajesh Solanki (Founder & CEO – Aquillaminds, Pune)
6. Ms. Tanvi Jain (Software developer – Accenture Services Pvt. Ltd.)
7. Ms. Sneha Botre (Software developer – Onit India Pvt. Ltd.)
8. Mr. Nikhil Ajgaonkar (recently completed MBA (HR) from XLRI, Jamshedpur)
9. Ms. Gunjusha Bhole (Visiting faculty at Foreign language department, Savitribai Phule Pune University)
10.Mr. Kartik Natrajan (Software engineer – EQ Technologic Pvt. Ltd.)

After the warm welcome, all the alumni were felicitated by Head of School – Dr. M.V. Bedekar after which the session started with each alumni enlightening the audience.

With his influential thoughts and words, Mr. Rohidas Kuldharan ignited the spark of entrepreneurship in the audience. He spoke about the skill set required to become a successful entrepreneur and the line of actions which can be initiated right from the present day for those with passion in this field. He also mentioned the various opportunities and rewarding experiences that one can aspire for in this field.

Mr. Hrishikesh Dhande spoke about the preparatory issues surrounding placements. He began by highlighting how the daily habits or dedication towards following a proper schedule can actually help one to become a better programmer. He mentioned about the contests conducted by TCS and how these are beneficial not just for upgrading one’s skills in competitive coding but also in showcasing oneself in the ensuing recruitment opportunities. According to him a good logical mind and problem-solving tactics are early signs of becoming a good coder and gradually a successful software developer.

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