Berkeley Diaries : Tuhin’s Voice

SRM Amaravati encouraged and backed a cohort of five students to be a part of the Startup Semester Program in University of California, Berkeley. Following is an account of the program by Tuhin Sarkar, a part of the cohort.

My endeavors for the Silicon Valley.

 

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So, on 5th January 2018, I land into San Francisco International Airport with zero international experience and a million expectations. The sub par temperature freezing my ears off brought amazing excitement into my body. Although I stood there frozen with no clue of how my life’s gonna be, I was beaming, beaming with joy, maybe just because I was here, maybe because I was gonna be in one of my dream schools, or maybe the life and my world was in for something new.

Berkeley is an amazing place. The epitome of peace and yet chaotic, beautifully landscaped and yet full of concrete. It’s even more appealing that this is where it all merges, the academy and the industry. And so I see myself, the one who receives knowledge down here at the University of California Berkeley and goes exchanges it for money south down at the Silicon Valley. I aim that some day I stand inside the VIP area of the California Memorial Stadium with the banner of my company hanging there. The University has provided me with enriching and life changing experiences that have changed my understanding of the world in and out, and it is just a few weeks into it. Now I will test my chances in the valley that takes in silicon and showers gold over you ( if you press the right keys 😉 ).

I imagine myself learning in and about the Silicon Valley. Being familiar with the tid bits that go from how to handshake in San Jose to how to manage my money in San Francisco, will be my main objective for this class. This program will enable me to feel home with the practices here and introduce me to the people that align with my ideas and are ready to support me. I see myself not only creating but also having a nourishing experience here at The Introduction to the Silicon Valley.

And as Reid Hoffman says,

Silicon Valley is a mindset, not a location.

I plan to grow one myself.

And how can I forget to thank SRM for providing me with this golden opportunity 🙂

Joining the SRM family is a decision I’d never regret.

Thank You 🙂

Article By: Tuhin Sarkar, CSE, 1st Year
Edited By: Aayusi Biswas, CSE, 1st Year
Supported By: The Student Council, SRM Amaravati, AP, India

 

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Traversing Amaravati, AP

“Travelling – it leaves you speechless and then turns you into a storyteller” – Ibn Battuta

IMG_2508The sunny morning of Sunday saw the Ghanian students of SRM Amaravati, AP, along with Ms. Saalai Manikam, Founder Secretary of Periyar African Foundation and Mr. Rana Vikram Singh, Assistant Director – Student Affairs Department, traversing the agriculture farmlands of Neerukonda village in Amaravati. I had the opportunity to accompany them.

The day started off with Ms. Saalai Manikam having a chat with the Ghanian students sponsored by her foundation at Ghana over a cup of tea. Experiences were shared, incidents were discussed and gifts were exchanged. The students from Ghana gifted Mr. Ish Bagga, Mr. Rana Vikram Singh and Dr. Gunasekaran (Registrar, SRM Amaravati) the traditional Ghanian Smock as a token of their love and appreciation.

IMG_2619.JPGAfter the introductions, the students started off on a journey to the local farmlands of lush green fields of Gram, Jute, Cotton and Sugarcane. We made the best of the opportunity and let ourselves become one with the nature. The green fields framed by the rugged hills of Neerukonda was a picturesque sight. Ms. Saalai Manikam took these Ghanian students to the farmlands for the purpose of making them understand the importance of agriculture, export and entrepreneurship to support their country after they are engineering graduates.

IMG_2750.JPGNext, trudging through cotton fields and occasional paddy ones, we reached Thulluru, the abode of the Dhayana Budda Project of Andhra Pradesh Tourism. The lovely architecture of the Buddha shaped temple never failed to astonish the Ghanian students as well as ourselves. The trip was made even more delightful by the presence of young students of various local schools who were there along with their teachers on their Sunday expedition. The students surrounded all our Ghanian students with curiosity and clicked many photographs and selfies. They had several questions to ask for. The Buddha Temple had eveIMG_2811r-intriguing inscriptions of the Jatak Tales on the walls of the temple which kept us engrossed for hours. The peaceful aura of the structure was the most attractive aspect of the building.IMG_2807.JPG

The next stop was the Amareswara Ghat, the bank of river Krishna harboring Sri Amareswara Swamy Vari Devasthanam. The huge queue and the pressing heat never failed to deter our Ghanian crew. Mr. Rana Vikram Singh engaged himself in a small career counselling session with the girls and teachers of a local school. These girls were not only curious about our group but had dreams and plans for their career. One of them wanted to become an agriculturist, so Ms. Saalai Manikam shook hands with her and wishes her well in life. In between the tales of “Kalash” and its significance and the lapping water nearby, we let spirituality calm our minds, but that was before we boarded the bus in search of fresh coconut water. Wanna estimate my level of thirst, courtesy the heat? Consider the fact that I forgot to take any pictures.

The Coconut Water was followed by savory Biryani at a local restaurant called “The Spice” – I totally second the name selection. Though spicy, the food was extremely good and depicted the “Andhra” culture precisely. Somewhere in between burning eyes and juicy chicken, we made memories too precious to let go of.

Bumping along the dirt tracks of Amaravati, we reached the Undavalli caves next. The impressive four-storied rock cut temple is now an archeological site. It dates back to the 7th century A.D., featuring an unfinished pillared hall in the ground floor, the trinity in the first floor, Anantasayan Vishnu in the second floor and an unfinished shrine in the last floor. Here also, we were surrounded by school students who made us feel like celebrities by shaking hands and clicking selfies.

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The trip was enriching and fun. I can’t wait to go on another one- probably to the Buddha caves next.

Article By: Aayusi Biswas, CSE, 1st Year
Supported By: The Student Council, SRM Amaravati, AP, India

 

A photo walk – Neerukonda Village

The First Photowalk to the Village Neerukonda near SRM University Amaravati, AP.
The Social Welfare Group of The Student Council met with the Government School Students and spoke to few of the natives of the village.
The Students Volunteered and initiated the activity. Thanks to Ms. Jahnavi Pudi, Ms. G. Kanishka Reddy, Ms. Ch. Manasa, Mr. B. Prudhvi Krishna, Mr. Pavan KV, Mr. Pavan Sai Lankalapalli, Mr. Deekshith and Mr. Jaswanth Babu.

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Blood Donation Camp at SRM Amaravati

A Blood Donation Camp was organized by the staff of Shapoorji Pallanji Engineering and Construction Company at the SRM University, Amaravati Campus on 1st December, 2017. The students, faculty and staff memebers of SRM University participated with enthusiasm.

Frontiers and Challenges in Engineering Education

Prof. K.N. Satyanarayana, Director, Indian Institute of Technology Tirupati and Prof. Damodaram, Vice Chancellor, SV University, Tirupati addressed the students of SRM Amaravati regarding the problems faced by Engineers and the ways to overcome them.IMG_20171129_163418

They shared their personal experiences as engineers and encouraged students to stay focused and pursue their goals with determination.

Dr. Narayana Rao, Pro Vice Chancellor honored the guests with flowers and mementosIMG_20171129_170151.

By: Aayusi Biswas, CSE, 1st Year
Supported By: The Student Council, SRM Amaravati, AP, India

Cricket Tournament – November 28, 2017

On November 28, 2017 the students (boys) of House Agni and House Terra played a Cricket Match. House Agni won the match, qualifying for  finals.

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The girls of House Agni and House Terra engaged in a transfixing Table Tennis Match. Here, House Terra won the match to qualify for finals.

 

By: Aayusi Biswas, CSE, 1st Year
Supported By: The Student Council, SRM Amaravati, AP, India