National Conference on “Jab Man Met Machine”

MIT School of Technology Management (MTSOT) Pune in association with GIC (GLOBAL IT COMMUNE) organized a NATIONAL CONFERENCE on a theme “Jab Man Met Machine”. This event was held on 11th of November 2017 at Swami Vivekananda Hall.

The conference was organized and held into different phases – inaugural session, award ceremony, presentation, panel discussion and quiz round. In this conference presentations were given by different speakers on different topics related to information technology (IT). These presentations were followed by a quiz competition. A Stand- Up comedy session was also organized as a part of post lunch session.The conference started with World Peace Prayer which was followed by a Welcome Note. Dr. Shanker Ramamoorthy, Governer of GIC shared his views as a welcome address. He briefed the audience about the establishment of GIC and gave predictions related to impact of IT on human life. Some of the predictions indicated that 90% of the population will have unlimited data by 2018 as well as the world is going to experience introduction of unique technology based products like 3D printed cars by 2022, implantable mobile phones by 2025, online digital presence by 2023, tax collection via block chain by 2023 and super computers in pockets by 2024.

After the welcome address Prof. Shobana Anand informed the audience about the successful journey of MITSOT and its role in education and the special initiatives taken up by MITSOT.

Prof. Sangeeta Dokey briefed the audience about one of the special initiative taken up by MITSOT that MITSOT has launched Entrepreneurship Development Program on 3rd November 2017 for 4 weeks to promote the spirit of Entrepreneurship among students community. This program is in collaboration with MIT Technology Business Incubator and supported by NSTEDB National Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board.Dr. E.B. Khedkar, Vice Chancellor of Ajinkya D.Y. Patil Pune University elaborated about the symbiotic relationship between Man and Machine and mentioned about advantages and disadvantages of having machines. Dr. Sandeep Sane, the Director of Sai Balaji Society addressed the audience by mentioning about the gap between the industry and the institutions and how this gap can be removed through summer internships and how analytics in every field is important.

Continuing the thread Dr. Sunil Avhad spoke about ‘Man and Machine’ and ‘Man VS Machine’ perspectives. These presentations were followed by award ceremony in which Dr. Sunil Patil, Managing Director of Indus technology and Prof. Sunil Khilari, Sinhgad Institute of Management received ‘Dronacharya Award’ for their outstanding contribution in the field of “Industry-Academia Interface”. Prof. Tanaji Dabade from Sai Balaji Society (IIMS) received ‘Dr. Radhakrishnan Award’ which was given for his contributions in field of “Industry-Academia Interface”.

Then the next phase of presentations session started with the presentation on Cyber Security in the world of Connected Everything by Mr. Shrirang Bapat, who is the CEO, Founder of Forty TwoLabs LLP. He spoke about different approaches of cyber security. Mr. Sanal Nair, Global Partner Marketing Manager, Tricentis India gave the next presentation emphasizing on impact of technological change on mankind. The next presentation was presented by Mr. Ashok Singh and Mayank Naidu, MD & VP of MCAL Global. They gave brief introduction and functioning of MCAL Global which believe in creating value for their clients. Mr. Dharmendra Bhangale and Mr. Rishikesh Memane (co-founder of BMIPL) gave a presentation about their organization BMIPL which offers professional training consultancy services. They mentioned that the rejections in recruitment process because of the gap between what recruiters wants and what the candidates perceive they want. This presentation was followed by the presentations given by Master Arnav Ramamoorthy & Master Aditya Shankar (Ryan International School). In these presentation the mentioned that robotics is an outcome of sensing, computing and transmitting. They informed that embedded systems play a key role in robotics. They mentioned about emergence of robotics in various sectors including education, health care, agriculture and food, energy and government services.

Dr. Sharad Airani (President of Yuva Pravatan) presented on topic “INFO Security and Strategic IT Luminary”. He elaborated that creativity helped mankind in handling machines. He emphasized that multi-tasking and multi- skilling is important in modern day scenariosThe event also had a panel discussion on topic “Man and Machine”. The panel moderator was Mr. Sanjay Upadhayay and the panelist members were Mr. Amit Chourasia, Mr. Pankaj Gugale, Mr Satish Joshi, Mr. Swapnil Agarwal, Mr. Ashok Singh, Mr. Sharad Airani & Mr Joseph Jude.

The discussion started with a statement that in this era lots of IT companies are established, are they going to replace the man with machines. The panelists mentioned that there is also a gap between what industry needs and what is taught in institutions. Panelists mentioned that updating skills is key in present scenario. Panelist suggested that focusing on being an entrepreneur is more important as it offers flexibility.

A quiz competition on IT and Management. The quiz competition was played between three teams consisting of students of MITSOT. It was hosted by Ms. Revathi Viswanathan and at last the quiz winners were felicitated. Prof. Shobhna Anand, Mr. Amit Sinha taken special efforts for the success of the event. They were supported by Prof. Suhrud, Prof. Shashank, Prof. Rajashree and enthusiastic students of MITSOT Ms, Sunita, Mr. Nikhil, Ms. Amanpreet, Ms. Anjali, Mr. Gaurav, Mr. Utkarsh and Ms. Roopshikha to name a few.

Mr. Ramamoorthy proposed vote of thanks and the program ended with  National Anthem.

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