Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Alumni: Journey, Milestones & More

The NorthCap University continues to be one of the prominent private university in Haryana and Delhi NCR with NIRF ranking of 110 in Engineering Category and Rank Band of 151-200 in University Category for the year 2020. NCU is one of the cleanest campus amongst the non- residential universities across India. The University aims at developing mutually beneficial relationships and lifelong connections with its alumni by establishing channels to build closer ties between the existing students, faculties and the alumni. Alumni plays an important role in the development of the university by providing voluntary contributions. With the introduction of 5 different specialisations namely Cyber Security, Data Science, Full Stack, IOT and Cloud computing in the B.Tech program by the University in 2019, the University started with a new initiative of associating alumni working in the different specialisations as industrial mentors to the existing students studying different specialisations. The main objective of this initiative is to motivate the students by conducting expert talks by the industrial mentors (alumni) to make students aware of the job opportunities and the current trends in different specialisation fields. The alumni also provide the current students with expertise in their respective occupations by assisting them in proving project ideas and mentoring them through the development as well as the evaluation of the project. CSE Awareness day was celebrated in Nov 2019 at the university where alumni were invited and one of the alumni also addressed the first-year CSE students to discuss the career prospects and opportunities in the field of Data Science.

The alumni of The NorthCap University have shown their support and by gracing various events such as project display exhibitions by the currents students, conducting workshops, engaging students to work on live industrial projects under their supervision, performing on cultural events conducted in the university etc. Visualize club of NCU organized a Doodle Workshop where alumni Vineet Gupta was invited as a trainer for the workshop and taught the participants different type of doodle techniques. The contestants then drew some exciting designs using the techniques taught and the best design was awarded a prize. Alumnus Mayank Raheja was invited for a retro dance performance on the cultural programme for International Conference on Computational Intelligence and Data Science, ICCIDS 2019 held in September 2019 at the University. The alumni also contribute to the development of University by conducting guest lectures, assistance in course development and study programs. The CSE Department organized an interactive session by an alumnus Shubhashree Dash, an employee at Deloitte for the final year students who have cleared the written test for Deloitte. A special doubt clearing session on the subjects like OOPS, Data Structures and DBMS acted as a refresher to students.

Moreover, the students have to undergo industrial training at the end of 4th and 6th semester as a part of their curriculum, the alumni has always played an important bridge in this aspect by providing ample internship opportunities to the students. Another important contribution of alumni is the pre-placement interviews conducted for third-year students. The proper-placement interviews act as an excellent opportunity for the students to interact with the alumni to discuss the hopes, interest areas and gather knowledge about the interview process for placements. The alumni working as professionals in different domains in reputed firms are invited every year by the CSE department for conducting these interviews and sharing their experiences for guiding the students during the crucial time of placements. In 2019, seventeen alumni having expertise in different areas related to IT Industry interacted with the students and guided them regarding the placements. During the difficult time when the entire nation is fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, the alumni have been efficiently interacting with the students and delivering webinars on technical topics as well as personality development sessions in order to upgrade and motivate them for a bright future. These interactions and associations have always kept the alumni-student ties intact.

The alumni of the NorthCap University have achieved significant levels of accomplishment in the early to middle stages of their careers in different sectors of the industry and are making the University shine. They are associated with reputed firms like Google, Amazon, Coursera and Citibank etc. Some of them are pursuing Masters in top universities like Stanford University, University of Illinois, Arizona State University, Georgia Tech etc. Alumni Vineet Gupta started the RCubers Club in the University is now running his own creativity and innovation startup and has been actively involved in social work. Alumnus Nidhi Manchanda has been associated with Teach for India Campaign and is now working as enterprise manager at Coursera. Another alumni Pranav Jain is now selected for masters at Stanford University in Computer Science programme. He has also made the University proud by participating and achieving recognitions in various International and National competitions during his B.Tech like Innovation Hackathon at President’s Estate, Google Code for India US, Happening Haryana Summit and representing India in Ultrahack 2016, Finland. University takes pride in acknowledging the achievements of its alumni and always look forward for
many more rising moments.

The NorthCap University realises that creating an interactive and engaging network of alumni is vital for building a healthy and progressive environment and is thus continuously trying to engage its alumni through different means based upon their skills, interests and geographic location.

Ms. Garima Sharma
Assistant Professor (Sr. Scale)
Department of Computer Science & Engineering
The NorthCap University, Gurugram

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