IEEE Kerala Section Final Year Project Award
Shankar J, Chair for IEEE Kerala Section SAC
IEEE LINK and Strategic Initiatives Academic Engagement (SIAE), IEEE Kerala Section, in collaboration with Genskill, launched the Final Year Projects Awards 2021. Genskill is an integrated platform designed for Indian engineering colleges ecosystem, bringing together students, colleges and businesses. They seek to tackle skill-gap challenges by leveraging technology, content, data, and insight to make tomorrow’s workforce industry-ready while simplifying recruiting procedures.
The awards recognize student teams’ efforts to innovate and contribute to the ecosystem through college-level projects. The initiative’s goal was to inspire college students to excel in their research and development efforts. The competition was open to final year (4th year) B.E./B.Tech projects, M.E./M.Tech thesis, and final year BCA & MCA projects in two streams: software (programming, analytics, apps, web applications, coding, artificial intelligence), and hardware (IoT, robotics, mechanical, electrical, electronics, civil, embedded systems).
An innovative category of award was also introduced this year, the ‘Most Popular Project Award’. The project team was required to submit a YouTube link to a one-minute video describing the project specifics on the Genskill website (problem statement and desired outcome/solution), which was later published on the Genskill Facebook page. The award went to the team whose project video garnered the most likes.
The initiative effectively reached out to engineering colleges and final year students in Kerala State. It promoted engagement and collaboration of the student community at the state level to foster innovation by recognizing excellence in trailblazing initiatives. The awards were also a great motivator for all the aspiring enthusiasts whose efforts assist in constructing a brighter tomorrow. The competition’s screening procedure also required each competitor to demonstrate professionalism, confidence, and zeal. The event evaluated each group’s teamwork, progressive communication, and critical thinking abilities.
After a three-step selection process, on 27th July 2021, out of the 149 entries received, the following projects emerged as the top three in their specific categories:.
The winners of each category received cash prizes of Rs.15000, Rs.10 000, and Rs.5000, respectively.
Activities of IEEE PES Kerala Chapter
Alina Thomas Thanangadan, Global Publicity Outreach Coordinator for IEEE Kerala Section PES Chapter
IEEE Kerala Section PES Chapter organized ‘PES One-on-One’ on 3rd July 2021, a training and a hub wise meet-up on 4th July 2021 for the newly appointed PES SBC leaders. The events had 68 and 58 participants respectively. IEEE Kerala Section PES Chapter along with IEEE PES WiP community, organized the third session of WOW 2.0 on 13th June 2021. The guest speaker was Mrs. Gita Ramachandran, Adjunct Faculty at Vidya Academy of Science and Technology, Ex DGM IIS at Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd, and had around 50 participants.
IEEE Kerala Section PES YP organized a Malayalam webinar on energy conservation, Urja Nidhi 2.0, on 18th July 2021. IEEE Kerala Section PES YP collaborated with four PES Student Chapters across Kerala to organize STEP from 31st July to 1st August 2021. The event had around 100 participants. A HPSBCP ’21 Guidance Program was conducted on 14th July 2021 and had around 30 participants.