Updates on Internationalization at SIT
Collaboration with Aston University Birmingham UK
Happy to announce most awaited progression collaboration with Aston University Birmingham UK. Great benefit to all UG students of Symbiosis Institute Of Technology Pune. Thanks Professor Aleks Subic Vice Chancellor , Professor Pawan Budhwar Matt Dean Kate Sugden, Sylvia Wong and Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar Pro Chancellor SYMBIOSIS INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY for making this a reality!
4+1 PROGRAM with Loughborough University UK
SIT is proud to announce the very first 4+1 Program with International University offered at Civil Engineering in association with School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, Loughborough University, UK.
Students of Civil Engineering all existing batches and upcoming batch would be able to avail this opportunity to get Masters degree from UK University ranked 2nd in Building Domain. As a part of the offer, All students will get 20% waiver in fees. Students with First class and above will get 25% waiver. Students will be able to choose from 5 different MSc programs to enroll at LU. A very unique opportunity for the Civil Engineering Students that SIT is happy to provide.
Seminar on Scholarships and Higher Education Opportunities in the United States
The student Volunteers of International Cell of Symbiosis Institute of Technology organized a seminar on ‘Scholarships and higher education opportunities in the United States’ under the guidance of Dr. Meena Laad, Head of International initiatives of SIT . Dr. Anubhooti Arora-senior advisor, recruiting strategy and partnerships, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania was the esteemed speaker for the day. Students from the 1st, 2nd, 3rd as well as the 4th year attended the seminar.
The seminar started with the welcome address and introduction of the speaker by one of the core members of the Internationalization Cell, SIT. Dr. Anubhooti Arora started the session by introducing herself as a working professional with over 10 years of experience. Dr. Anubhooti mentioned that she was a part of the Fullbright commission where she promotes Fullbright scholarships that are given by the government of United States. Moreever, she works with the educational platform – Coursera as well as Lehigh University, United States where she advises a number of students about the education opportunities in the United States. The introduction was then followed by an ice-breaking question between herself and the students wherein she questioned the students about their lifestyles post the Corona Pandemic.
Post the ice-breaking session, a 15-20 minutes’ presentation on the Lehigh University was given by her. Lehigh University is a US based university located in the state of Pennsylvania. The university is located in Lehigh Valley and hence the name, Lehigh. She highlighted the strengths of Lehigh and mentioned that entrepreneurship, experiential learning and industry partners are the main points of focus.
She introduced the interdisciplinary programs which are at the core of Lehigh University and clearly mentioned that the cross pollination between faculty is what makes all the programs very knowledgeable. She further added that the most interesting thing about the life at Lehigh is the Centre for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) which organizes its own Indian style meetings, alumni events, coffee chats and events that guide the students with their resumes and profile building.
Student Interaction and Q/A session
With this we came to an end of the session where she answered the most asked question about application requirements for Lehigh University; she mentioned the following parameters as the key parameters;
- 4 undergraduate degree and transcripts
- Online Application form
- 2 LOR’s
- Proof of English proficiency
The program was wrapped up after the Q/A session and vote of thanks was delivered by a core member of the cell.
Guest Lecture by Dr. Sandeep Gupta, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation in Fulton School of Engineering, Arizona State University, USA was conducted on 18th Oct 2022. He had an interactive session with the faculty of SIT on their research interests and possible collaborations. He also discussed his research work in in the field of AI and Quantum computing. Total 30+ faculty attended the session. Dr Gupta also delivered a talk on Real Time Applications of Artificial Intelligence for the SIT students. His talk was well appreciated by the students.
AIESEC Seminar on 23rd September 2022
Internationalization Cell, Symbiosis Institute of Technology, Pune organized a seminar on “AIESEC Internship Opportunities” on 23rd of September, 2022 at 4 pm inn Seminar Hall, SIT. Mr. Aman Khandelwal, Mr Sanjay Makwana, and Mr Arjun Amla were the guest speakers who provided information about the AIESEC platform wherein young students can acquire leadership quality and learn more about the cultural differences, problems faced by the people across the globe by working on UN based projects. This platform can help the students to make an impact on the society, create/find solutions for the problems learn something new related to their field as well as the world in a fun and entertaining way by joining the Global Talent Program that is of 6-78 weeks internship in various countries like Egypt, Italy, Indonesia etc. Dr Meena Laad, Dr Anindita Roy, Mr Aniket Nargundkar and Mr Vishal Yadav co-ordinated the event.
International Initiatives SIT(2021-22)
Symbiosis Institute of Technology strives hard to integrate and infuse international, intercultural, and global dimensions into its curriculum and teaching learning pedagogy. Distinguished academicians and researchers are invited to deliver the talks, conduct workshops, faculty development programmes and interact and engage in research with the faculty and students of SIT.
Guest Lecture by eminent scientist Prof. Subir Sarkar from Oxford University, UK
A lecture on Cosmology: The Dark matter by eminent scientist Dr Subir Sarkar from Oxford University, UK was organised on May 16, 2022 under Great Talks series organized by the British Council. Prof. Subir Sarkar is an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur and TIFR, Mumbai. In 2017 he was awarded the prestigious Homi Bhabha Award for his distinguished work in Astrophysics.
Invited Talk by Dr Amit Chattopadhyay, Aston University, UK
A lecture on Data Analytics was organised at SIT on May 16, 2022 by Dr Amit Chattopadhyay from Aston University, UK. Dr Amit visited SIT as part of Exploratory grant received from British Council by the director Dr Ketan Kotecha. Dr Amit also delivered a talk on AI applications in Science and interacted with the faculty of Applied Science Department on May 18, 2022. Dr Amit is the first Indian Marie Curie fellowship winner in Physics and is a former Alexander von Humboldt fellow.
Guest lecture by Mr. Jitendra Deshpande, Associate Vice President, AD-ADAS, KPIT Technologies
International Alumni Guest lecture by Radhika Joshi, Project manager at Test Reach, Ireland.
Invited Talk by Dr Kirti Ruikar from Loughborough University, UK
Dr. Kirti Ruikar, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering, Loughborough University, was involved in Course co-teaching for Innovations in Construction Project Management floated as a flexi course for Third year Civil Engineering Students. The sessions were delivered in online as well as offline mode at the campus in April 2022.
Research grants and Fellowships
Dr Ketan Kotecha & Dr Rahee Walambe received Indo-Serbia grant
Dr Ketan Kotecha and Dr Rahee Walambe received research grant in collaboration with Dr Aleksandar Jovanovic and Dr Katarina Kunic from University of Kragujevac Serbia under
Bilateral Scientific and Technological Cooperation Scheme of DST and the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development. The research grant is received for the project Development of real-time
traffic control algorithms for unconventional intersection designs using artificial intelligence methods.
Dr. Meena Laad, Professor & Head of Dept. of Applied Science, SIT received DUO India Fellowship at University of Leeds, UK
Dr. Meena Laad visited University of Leeds, UK on Government of India’s DUO Professor Fellowship from April 10 – May 11, 2022. During her visit she carried out her research at University of Leeds on Synthesis and characterization of Composite materials.
Dr Rahee Walambe and Dr Ketan Kotecha receive Indo Italy Bilateral Research Mobility Grant
Dr Rahee Walambe as PI and Dr Ketan Kotecha as Co-PI received prestigious Indo Italy Bilateral Research Mobility Grant supported by DST and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The grant is awarded in collaboration with the University of Milan for the project titled “Multimodal Explainability for Drone Imagery for a funding amount of 41.36 Lacs.
Dr Greorge Ghinea visiting SIT Under DUO Professor Fellowship
Dr George Ghinea, Professor, Dept. of E & TC, Brunel University, UK was on campus for three weeks in the month of May 2022 engaged in Teaching and Research at SIT. Dr George was on DUO Professor Fellowship from Govt. of India which he received jointly with Dr Ketan Kotecha for a research project submitted. Dr Kotecha visited Brunel University on the same fellowship in March 2020.
Going Global Exploratory Grant by British Council
Dr Ketan Kotecha and Dr Meena Laad received Going Global Exploratory grant from British Council, UK jointly with Aston University, Birmingham, UK. This funding supports partnerships focused on strengthening quality, inclusion and innovation in higher education. Under this grant there were various activities organised for the faculty and students of SIT and Aston University such as a joint Symposium, talks and Hackathon. The grant also supported the visit of Dr Swati Ahirrao from SIT to visit Aston University. Dr Amit Chattopadhyay, Professor from Aston University visited SIT and conducted lectures and discussions.
A Joint Research Symposium on the theme Generalized AI & Robotics & Real-time applications of AI was organized by SIT and Aston University, UK on April 4, 2022. The symposium was attended by faculty and students of SIT and Aston University. The eminent speakers in the symposium were:
- Dr. Ketan Kotecha, Dean of FoE, SIU & Director, SIT
- Dr. Steffan Garrat, Executive Dean, College of Engineering & Physics Sciences, Aston University
Dr. Luis Monso, Faculty of Comp. Sciences, Aston University
- Dr. Aniko Ekart, Asso. Professor & Director of Research Programmes at Aston University
Joint Aston-SIT AL/ML Hackathon was successfully completed during 16th – 18th May 2022. Four themes were designated for Hackathon AI for Robotics, AI for NPL, AI for Engineering Applications and AI for Healthcare
There were 9 groups participated in this event chosen the problem statement based on the themes AI for Robotics and AI for NPL. Two groups were selected out of Nine as winner.
Research collaborations with Centre for Advanced Materials, Qatar University
Two Ph.D scholars, Babaji Ghule and Swapnil Narkhede from SIT are invited to work at the Centre of Advance Materials, Qatar University under joint supervision of Dr Meena Laad ( SIT) and Dr Kishor Sadasiuni ( Qatar University) for two months. Their entire trip is sponsored by Qatar University.
International Symposium by Prof. Kanchan Khare, Head Civil Department
Proposal for organizing a session on” Role and the functioning of wetlands and other nature-based solutions in urban settings" for WETPOL 2021 organised by BOKU university Vienna along with Dr Robert Faggian from Deakin University and Dr Dayanand Panse, Director Ecosan Services Foundation has been accepted.
Indo Israel Symposium for the women in STEM
Dr Meena Laad interacted with his Excellence Consul General Kobbid Shoshani of Israel and also attended a Symposium on Indo Israel Symposium on Women in STEM on April 5, 2022.
INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRY CONNECT AT CIVIL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT
Three students of Civil Engineering Department and one faculty member receives opportunity to undertake 5 months of online Internship on MIKE URBAN+ offered by DHI. DHI is an international water software development and engineering consultancy firm with headquarters in Denmark. The not-for-profit organization addresses all challenges in water environments through consultancy services, MIKE Powered by DHI water modeling software, business applications, data portals and operational services. DHI has 40 offices throughout the world, with software development centres in Singapore and Denmark.
MOU with San Francisco Bay Area, USA based firm "Technostruct
MOU with San Francisco Bay Area, USA based firm "Technostruct" is now signed. TechnoStruct is an emerging name in the Design & Construction technology space, providing localized Engineering and BIM/VDC services to players across the Construction spectrum. The USA team visited campus on 21st February 2022.
Name & Affiliation
Dr. Kumar Padmanabh, Senior Researcher EBTIC(a research lab of British Telecom), UAE
Invited Talk on Myths & Reality of IOT/October 5, 20
Dr. George Ghinea, Professor, Dept. of E & TC, Brunel University, UK
Invited Talk on Sensors/October 13, 2021
Dr.Preetam Shah, Professor, MIT, Sydney, Australia
Invited Talk on Cyber Safety /October 23, 2021
Associate Professor, Head of the Project Division Research Coordination Office Sumy National Agrarian University, Kiev, Ukraine
Waste Management: A global Concern
October 26, 2021
Chief Engineer Quality and Reliability Division NASA Goddard Space Flight Center,
Workshop on NASA & its Engineering Aspects/Oct. 28, 20, 2021
Dr Sandip Kulkarni, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Michigan University, USA
Invited Talk on Recent trends in AI ML /Nov. 2021
Mr. Phillip Otter, Deputy Managing Director, Autarcon, Germany
Invited Talk on Water treatment through electrochlorination/ Nov. 2021
Prof. J. NOUDEM CRISMAT CNRS UMR 6508 6 boulevard MaréchalJuin 14050 Caen Cedex 04 France Phone: +33 231 451 366
Talk on Superconducting Materials on Nov. 8, 2021
Prof.TuaTumba, Dept. Of Electrical Engineering, Parahyangan Catholic University, Bandung, Indonesia
Invited Talk/Nov. 2021
Director M & M, Barcelona, Spain
Workshop on Creativity & Innovation on December 3, 2021
Webinar on DOORS TO HIGHER EDUCATION
A webinar on DOORS TO HIGHER EDUCATION was organized by Civil Engineering Society of Symbiosis (CESS) to guide students regarding studying abroad after B.Tech. The objective was to provide information to aspiring students who are looking forward to study abroad in the USA. This session was delivered by Prof. Sunil Garg, California State University.
International faculty on board as co-supervisors
There are 14 International faculty are on board as the Co-supervisors for the Ph.D scholars from SIT. They are from National University of Malaysia, University of Leeds ( UK), Queng Hee University (South Korea), Institute of Technology ( Czech Republic), University of South Africa etc.
Students’ Achievements in International events/internships
Shalaka receives Commonwealth fellowship
Shalaka Hire, Senior Research Fellow at Civil Engineering Department, SIT and supervisor Dr. Sayali Sandbhor have bagged prestigious Commonwealth Split-Site Scholarship to conduct PhD research at Loughborough University for 1 year with full financial support.
Shalaka reached Loughborough, United Kingdom in the first week of March 2022 to start her first 6 months of research work.
Shaunak selected for World Business Dialogue Summit in Cologne, Germany
Shaunak Inamdar from First Year B.Tech is selected to take part in the 23rd World Business Dialogue from June 6th to June 10th 2022 at Cologne, Germany. Shaunak was selected from a highly selected pool of international students.
Three SIT students receive AICTE MITACS fellowship to intern in Canada
Abhimanyu Patawa, Sharmishtha Tongia and Soham Hurdunkar from SIT receive prestigious AICTE MITACS fellowship to intern at the Universities in Canada on a full sponsorship by AICTE and MITACS.
Diksha Sharma receives NSF Summer Internship with New York University, USA
Ms Diksha Sharma third year civil engineering student from SIT bagged internship offered by National Science Foundation in association with New York University USA for 8-week summer research program! She will be undergoing internship in cyber security for the month of July 2022. Her applications stood in the top 10 out of more than 700 applications received. it is due to her active contribution in various departmental events, inter-collegiate competitions, grooming through actively participating in a ASCE students chapter and its activities, writing technical paper on multidisciplinary subjects. All these parameters and exposures at SIT have helped her to strengthen her CV. She has bagged one out of the ten positions from 700 applications.
Students from Civil Engineering participate in Concrete Canoe Competition of ASCE
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Students’ Chapter at Civil Engineering Department has been very actively participating in various activities held by ASCE.
The team from Civil Engineering bagged 2nd Prize at the national round of World Wide renowned Concrete Canoe Competition of ASCE in March 2022.
The core team has put in day and night efforts since past 7 months in making it happen. It took more than 100s of concrete mix designs, countless simulations of canoe design and selecting the best out of hundreds of materials based on characteristic properties to finalize the best combination!
ORGANIZING INTERNATIONAL EVENTS/ CONFERENCES/ WORKSHOPS
The International Youth and Sustainability Festival on 23 rd and 24th April 2022 was jointly hosted by ExploreiT, Department of Civil Engineering, Symbiosis Institute of Technology, SCOPE & The Climate Reality Project, India.
The festival gave a platform to young minds to discuss the possible ways to address Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and go carbon neutral by 2030. The festival had workshops, parallel sessions, green expo, green solution challenge, panel discussions, open house to deliberate on the various sustainability aspects including green construction, energy, waste management, water management, sustainable innovation for SDGs, green mobility, circular economy, youth awareness, biodiversity, swachhta summit, smart city planning., aatmanirbhar villages etc.
Sweden- India Mobility Hackathon
SIT CIVIL department is very proud to announce that challenges submitted by Prof. Humera Khanum and Prof. Rushikesh Kulkarni were selected for Sweden- India Mobility Hack, an International Hackathon. Prof. Humera Khanum was invited as a Jury member for the Hackathon where more than 600 participants submitted their solutions.
Prof. Rushikesh Kulkarni, invited as Lead Jury, declared the results of the challenge designed by him during the online function. The online felicitation ceremony was conducted in the presence of Hon. Minister Nitin Gadkariji, Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Government of India and Mr. Klas Molin, Sweden ambassador to India.
SIT faculty on Editorial board of reputed International Journals with International collaborations
- Dr. Sayali Sandbhor - Guest Editor for Special issue in ITcon (International journal with International Collaboration) Proposal for special issue on “Next Generation ICT- How distant is ubiquitous computing” accepted and floated on Journal of Information Technology in Construction in association with Loughborough University, UK and IIT Bombay.
- Dr Meena Laad-Guest Editor for special issue of International Journal Crystals on “Advanced Research of Multiferroic Composite Materials and Their Properties” Dr. Venkata Sreenivas Puli from Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH 45433, USA and Dr. Venkata Ramana Eskilla from Department of Physics, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal.
- Dr Shekhar Bhame is an Editorial Board Member as Review Editor for the journal Frontiers in Chemistry. The journal Impact Factor: 5.221 (as reported in the Journal Citation Reports by Web of Science)
- Dr. Mohammad Faseehuddin, Assistant Professor, Dept of E & TC is the guest editor for the special Issue on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for Robust VLSI Systems in Computers & Electrical Engineering with International collaboratrs from Mexico and Czechia (Indexing: SCIE, Scopus Impact factor:3.818).
- Dr. Ravi Sekhar, Editorial board member, Journal of Modern Polymer Chemistry and Materials https://www.innovationforever.com/aboutjournal/JMPCM/EditorialBoardMembers
- Dr. Ravi Sekhar, Editorial board member, International Journal of Robotics and Control Systems - https://pubs2.ascee.org/index.php/IJRCS/about/editorialTeam
MoU signed with International Universities
Symbiosis International University has signed MoUs for Research and Academic collaborations with KTH Royal University, Sweden and Sumy National Agrarian University, Ukraine.
SIT received Going Global Exploratory Grant by British Council, UK
Director Dr Ketan Kotecha has received Going Global Grant of British Council, UK jointly with Aston University, Birmingham. The proposal titled " Industry-inspired Transnational Education in Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning" fetched a grant of £15,000 to be shared with Aston University.This grant is aimed at India-UK partnership for the co-creation of programmes of study. It involves joint creation and teaching of modules, technical events and faculty mobility from either side thereby enhancing opportunities for students in India and UK to experience an international experience.
Dr Bharat Kale, Director General, C-Met, Pune interacts with the students and researchers of SIT
Eminent scientist and researcher Dr Bharat Kale conducted online workshop, lectures and seminar at SIT during his 4 day visit to SIT and interacted with faculty and students. He was invited as Distinguished Visiting Professor under DVP-INAI scheme of AICTE. Faculty and students explored many collaborative opportunities with C-Met and also explored the possibilities of submitting joint research proposals to funding agencies with C-Met.
Engineering Internship opportunities with Swinburne University, Malaysia
SIT has collaborated with Swinburne University, Malaysia and offered Engineering Internship opportunity to the students of SIT. The students will be supervised by the mentors from SIT and Swinburne University, Malaysia during their entire 6 months’ internship. Students will stay on University campus, Malaysia during the last three months of their internship.