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Student Achievements

A step above the rest

Students who come to NIIT University (NU) are already motivated; they enter the campus filled with the zeal to prove themselves. Watching them bloom and achieve their goals is the most satisfying feeling for any educator or institute of higher learning. Recognising student achievements is one way of fostering a strong community and inculcating a positive campus culture.

At NU, we believe in holistic development. So, along with challenging their mind, we inspire them to venture outside the comfort zone offered by their immediate peers. Through competitions and inter-college engagements, we provide the perfect means for students to explore their passion and put their skills to test.

Our students have applied their skills towards resolving pressing societal issues or problems faced by humanity at large. Whether it be rural issues or solutions for enhanced business operations, they never fail to come up with creative and practical solutions. NU’s student body also excels in multiple inter-college festivals, where their talent outside the academic arena never fails to impress.

Here at NU, we are proud of the achievements our students have recorded across national and international platforms.

Want to learn more about NUtons’ achievements over the years?

NUtons – Tulika Arun, Kushagra Mishra, Deepak Chauhan, Prabsaran Singh, Adarsh Kumar – from fourth year BTech CSE and Gabrial Weion Falcon from fourth year Integrated MSc – secured the Runner’s Up position at the prestigious annual national event, Smart India Hackathon 2022, organized by the Ministry of Education.

Their team, Incognito 2.0 bagged the position in the National Grand Finale of Smart India Hackathon 2022 event held at Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai. The problem statement they worked on was ‘To maintain and enjoy healthy relationships with others’. This interesting problem statement  was provided by NCERT and received around 80 submissions of which 10 were shortlisted for the final round. NU team received the Runner’s Up position.

Look up https://sih.gov.in/sih-2022-senior-final-result for the results and https://sih.gov.in/ for more information about Smart India Hackathon that promotes innovation in the student community by getting them to solve pressing societal challenges.

Mayuri Mane and Trisha Sharma, 4th-year BTech CSE students secure first position in AABtonics, an international GIS competition organised by AABSyS IT in 2021.

The project started out as a research and development project (R&D project) in the sixth semester of BTech Computer Science and Engineering at NIIT University (NU) with the mentorship of Dr Thota Sivasankar. The aim of the project at that stage was to simply build a predictive model for crop classification using Sentinel-2A data. After the completion of the R&D project, the curiosity of the topic and hunger for innovation motivated the team to search for the most suitable machine learning model and optimise it to the best level of accuracy.

The team has two members with a mentor. The first member of the project is Mayuri Mane, a BTech CSE student in the 4th year of her engineering. She is specialised in data science and has been working as the implementer of the project since January 2021. She performed the calculations and numerical simulations. The second member of the project is Trisha Sharma, a BTech CSE student, also in her 4th year of engineering and specialising in data science, who is the shaper of the project. She has been working on the technicals as well as sorting useful and arbitrary details to come up with a big-picture perspective.
Under the aegis of Startup India and MSME, Hillytech Starter runs a unique online hackathon. Students are expected to come up with innovative solutions to the industrial and societal problems faced by people living in hilly areas. The competition covers different themes such as science, technology, networking & business, electronics and even the pandemic. One hundred and twenty teams from across the country participated in Hillytech Hackathon 2020. The criteria for evaluation included the novelty of the idea, feasibility of the implementation, and whether it will sustain in the current market. Prizes ranged from internships to job opportunities, apart from cool gadgets and gift hampers. NU’s Team Bugsmashers comprising Ish Chaudhary, Ankit Gupta, Akshat Joshi, Sahej Anand Singh, Piyush Saklani the first position with their unique ‘Outdoor plant monitoring and tracking system’ that monitored weather, automated irrigation, measured soil quality, organised plant care and sent reminders about fertilisers and pest control.
NASA Space Apps Challenge 2020 was organised by NASA in collaboration with Hacker’s Tribe Foundation. The event saw the participation of over 26,000 people from nearly 150 countries. ‘The Bug Slayers’, Priyanshi Joshi, Anurag Porel, Chirag Chawla, Divyanshi Yadav, G Shalom, Karnanesh Bamanjogi who represented NU, received the Global Award Nominee in the Phase 1 Universal Event. The team proposed a specialised algorithm that suggests sleeping slots and the number of sleeping cycles for a user to work at maximum efficiency. This will help the users rest properly and balance their busy schedules. Further, depending on the user’s entered activity status and programme, the algorithm would also provide a customised daily calorie requirement and proposed carbohydrate, protein and fat intake.
The Hult Prize Foundation is a global learning platform that enables new generations to deliver social change through education and entrepreneurship. The Hult Prize is presented by Hult International Business School in partnership with United Nations Foundation.

An international idea-pitching competition, the Hult Prize competition is a year-long event with multiple phases – the campus round, regionals, an accelerator programme and the final round. The global programme provides an opportunity for students to suggest startup ideas which they believe can bring about social or global change. The theme for the 2020 competition was ‘Food for Good’.

The OnCampus event was organised in NU on 5 December 2020 by a team of NUtons, led by campus director Aman Gupta. Forty students in ten teams participated in the event. NU’s Team BioPure Abhinav Gupta, Somya Gupta, Parnika Jindal, Govind Yadav was the winner, going on to represent NU in the Regional Round, held in various destinations across the globe.

BioPure is a new-gen packaging start up that aims to revolutionise food packaging for Indian farmers. A vast quantity of food is wasted every year due to moisture, rodents and the fragility of packaging.

BioPure’s winning idea was to produce biopolymer food storage packaging based on nanotechnology. The durable, affordable and reusable packaging ensures effective food packaging and storage, reducing overall wastage. At BioPure, all packaging is sourced responsibly, and is designed to be effective and safe throughout its life cycle, thus making it a valuable resource for subsequent generations.
i4C Blogathon, a platform for upcoming writers to showcase their technical writing skills, is jointly created by The Inter Institutional Inclusive Innovations Center (i4C) and Smart India Hackathon. The competition involves writing a technical blog article on one of three suggested themes. It is open to undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students.

i4C2020 received over 350 entries from all over the country. Anushree’s article, in the Student Innovation category, was based on health care innovation. It secured her the first runner up position in her category.

Please read her article here
Sumili Dey (BTech Biotechnology) received the Certificate of Honour for the Best Paper Presenter for her paper titled ‘Identification of novel dysregulated genes in ovarian cancer using NGS Data Analysis’ at the 7th International Conference on Research in Life-Sciences & Healthcare (ICRLSH) held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in June 2019. The event brought together participants from all over the world to review and discuss the latest challenges of healthcare and life science and its application.

The ’best paper’ award is given to the best research paper submitted to and presented at the conference. Dey, along with Riddhi Modi, carried out the research as part of the R&D Project Course at NU under Dr Utkarsh Raj, Biotechnology & Bioinformatics area.

Check out the conference details as well as Ms Sumili Dey’s paper abstract
Riddhi Modi, a final year BTech Biotechnology student at NU, published a paper at the 7th ICRLSH 2019, Kuala Lumpur. Her research, ‘Targeting Aminopeptidases of PFA-M1 for Finding Novel Malaria Inhibitors’ – is in the highly critical area of malaria control. Ms Modi worked on the paper under the guidance of Dr Utkarsh Raj, Biotechnology & Bioinformatics.
Smart India Hackathon, a nationwide initiative, provides a platform for students to solve some of the most pressing issues mankind faces in daily life. NU’s SpaghettiCoders worked on ‘Enhancing the online shopping experience by supporting it with augmented reality’, a problem posed by Pepperfry at the event. They won the first runner-up position at an event that saw the best minds competing in a grand finale.
NUtons – Uddalak Bhaduri, Sarthak Tripathi and Shreyas Sanghvi won second prize at ‘Junction 2018’, Europe’s largest hackathon held at Aalto University, Finland. The event saw the attendance of 740 students from 105 countries. The team received €1000 Euros and a six-month funding for their idea at Finland if they decided to continue. They also worked at Espoo City Challenge under the Office of Mayor, Espoo City, Finland.

Hitesh Mittal (BTech CSE), along with ECE Faculty Dr Nitin Bhatia, submitted their paper titled ‘Broadcasting a laser using Bragg grating for free-space optical communication’ to PHOTONICS 2018, the International Conference on Fiber Optics and Photonics.

Their submission was accepted for Poster Presentation at the conference. PHOTONICS 2018 was held at the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. In their paper, the authors demonstrated a technique for broadcasting a laser source in free space using a Bragg grating. The multiple diffraction orders are used as multiple receiving points. They also show that cascaded gratings would increase the number of receiver points. This method is easy to implement, low-cost and scalable to a large number of receiver points.

BITS, Pilani’s Oasis, is India’s second largest cultural festival and witnesses the participation of over five hundred colleges from across the country. NUtons performed exceptionally well across different events.

  • Shubhra Pandey bagged first prize in Western Solo Singing (Female)
  • Keerthana Reddy bagged the second prize in Indian Classical Singing
  • Sanya Kapoor reached the finals in Western Solo Singing (Female)
  • Muskan Goel reached the finals in Eastern Solo Singing (Female)
  • Yuvraj Singh and Deeptonabho Dutta reached the finals in Solo Guitar Competition
  • Kawal Nain Singh reached the Top 8 in Solo Drums Competition
Oher NUtons who performed equally well in their respective competitions are:

  • Debanshu Majumdar and Shashwat Mishra in Eastern Solo (Male)
  • Sakshi Dhawan in Eastern Solo (Female)
  • Mohini Mehrotra and Harsh Parmar in Indian Classical Singing
  • Ninad Kanchan in Indian Classical Instrumental
  • Gaurav Malhotra in Band Vocalist
HackHarvard is a 36-hour hackathon hosted by students from Harvard University. Shreyas and Sarthak’s project ‘No-BrainR’ secured first place in the ‘Best IoT Hack Using a Qualcomm device’ category. The prizes were awarded by MLH (Major League Hacking). You can read more about it here and here
Rishi Pisipati, now pursuing a master’s degree at Carnegie Mellon University, participated in the HACK THIS. HELP KIDS Hackathon, sponsored by the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. His team, ‘Thirsty Scholars’, won the top prize of $5,000 for their innovative solution for storing and delivering breast milk. Using a holistic approach to software, hardware and processes, Thirsty Scholars designed a hardware and software solution that ensured infants would receive the correct milk at the right time and at the right temperature. Pisipati had participated in hackathons when he was an undergraduate student at NU.