Social Involvement Programme
The Department collaborated with Pratham Education Foundation, one of the leading NGO’s in India working towards literacy and education. All the students of First Year volunteered in the transcription and translation of the videos which are specially designed as teaching modules by the organisation for which each student was given 5 hours of SIP.
Mr Sumit from Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) conducted a seminar which he began with a few team-building exercises that stressed on the need for clear and effective communication. His session gave the students a deep insight into the functioning of the corporate world. The highlight of the seminar was the fun manner in which he encouraged students to think outside the box by asking them to solve puzzles logically
On 11 February 2019, the students of the first and second year attended a workshop on the INTERNET OF THINGS and CYBERSECURITY. The workshop was organized in collaboration with Rocheston, a New York-based Internet Technology Company. The session was conducted by Mr HajaMohideen, President and CEO of Rocheston. He made use of various devices which demonstrated the increased use of IoT such as soccer ball, toothbrush, etc. which collects data. This data can be communicated to other devices and device automation with little to no human interference can be achieved. The other half of the workshop was inclined towards the issue of Cyber Security. Insights on what makes the network vulnerable, malware, hackers, viruses, Trojans, etc, the data privacy and necessary steps required to avoid various cyber-crimes.
Industrial visit to Tata Consultancy Services: On 18 February 2019, 20 students of First Year visited Tata Consultancy Services, Thane as a part of the Industrial Visit. Mr Rahul Kothari (TCS Employee) addressed the students in the first session where he gave a detailed explanation of the Agile Scrum Method. The implementation of it has shown good results in terms of profits for the company. Mr Gaurav (TCS Employee) gave a brief introduction about how the company works, its core area of expertise, etc. He also spoke about NQT, a national level aptitude test which is a mandatory test for job applicants.
Xenith is a department festival celebrated once in two years
The theme for Xenith 2020 was Glitches to Perfection and was scheduled for 17 and 18 January. During the two days, several events were organized.
Xenith 2020 marked it's beginning by inaugurating the exhibition titled A Glitch in Time by respectable Principal Dr Rajendra Shinde. An exhibition showcasing the project work of the students was open to everyone for the entire day. The projects displayed included: A Dancing Robot, unity based games, a model Rocket, gesture recognition sensors, a 3D printer and much more. It was received with much appreciation from students as well as teachers from the entire college
The first talk of the fest was conducted by Dr Paritosh K. Pandya, an Indian Computer Scientist and a Researcher at TIFR, on the topic ‘Intelligent Processing of Indian Music: where technology meets music’. This highly interesting and well-received session witnessed a discussion about applying computational learning and DSP techniques to Indian classical music.
Succeeding this, Xenith was honoured to have Dr Subhasis Chauduri, the director of IIT Bombay, for his talk on the topic: ‘Higher Education: the perspective of an Administrator’ which gave a broader and better perspective on pursuing higher studies as a college graduate and attracted an audience in large numbers.
Apart from these educational and insightful talk, Day 1 also included innovative and challenging events where students from different colleges of Mumbai participated. Bot The Builder, a gameshow event was held to challenge players’ wit, logical skills and teamwork. It included teams of two building their robot, metaphorically, with the help of challenging clues, solving demanding tasks, coming up with creative ideas, great team spirit and enthusiasm.
A Treasure Hunt named Glitch Don't Hitch was also organized for people with wanderlust. Participants had to face draining physical tasks as well as mind-boggling clues to crack and test out one's knowledge about Fort, Mumbai.
The second and final day of Xenith included the much-awaited, exciting and thrilling Laser Tag Event. This event was a huge success in campus and saw a great turn out of students.
A workshop was conducted by GreyAtom titled ‘Kung Fu Data With Pandas!’ which was a workshop on Pandas or Panel Data - a high performance, easy to use data analysis tool in Python used by Data Scientists and Analysts for a range of tasks that include cleaning, pre-processing and crunching data, digging deep and extracting insights from data.
The last spellbinding talk of Xenith was ‘Mapping Perfection: A Journey Through 3 Case Studies’ held by Mr Aashish Sharma, Co-Founder of ‘Enliten IT India’. The talk defined the journey of Glitches to Perfection through three case studies including his journey as a successful entrepreneur.
The two-day event finally came to end with the distribution of certificates and prizes for all events as well as participants and volunteers by Prof. Rachana Pandey, Staff-In-Charge of Xenith'20 and a congratulatory note by Mr Chirag Jain (student of TYIT), the Chairperson of Xenith'20.
BITMAP is a magazine conceived and created by the Department of Information Technology, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai in 2016.
Created to enliven the world of information technology for readers of all kinds, 'BITMAP' stands for 'Boring IT Things Made Accessible to the People'. This new, innovative magazine harbours a wide variety of content, stemming from the arguably fascinating world of IT (hence, the word 'Boring').
An Editorial Team, consisting of a small group of students from the technical streams of our college (BSc IT, BVoc Software), presides over each edition of BITMAP. The team is responsible for a lot of things, such as proofreading articles that are sent in by a well-informed pool of writers, and designing the layout of the magazine itself. The Editorial Team's work is supervised by the faculty of the Department of Information Technology.
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