BMS College of Engineering student wins IET’s unique presentation competition

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), announced Mr. Ajay Gopal, Industrial Engineering and Management student of BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore as the winner of the Bangalore regional round of  ‘Present round the World (PATW) 2014’ competition with a cash prize of Rs. 12,000. Ajay’s presentation on “Manufacturing the Lean Way- Exploring the Lean Philosophy” outlined cost effective manufacturing processes using the lean methodology. Ajay Gopal, will be one among the six finalists to represent India at the South Asia finals, to be held in New Delhi, where there will be representation from India and Sri Lanka.

PATW is a presentation competition organised by the IET for engineering professionals between the age group of 18 to 26 years. The thrust is more on the presentation skills of the participants than technical content. Participants are required to make a ten-minute technical presentation on any subject related to engineering and technology, followed by a Q&A session with an expert panel of judges. The international championship, held in London every year, brings together winners from across 36 countries to compete in the finals held in London, UK for a cash prize of £1,000, in November 2014.

The regional finals in Bangalore, held at the BMS College, witnessed over 20 young engineers  vying for the top honours. The panel of judges comprised of Prof. B S Nagabhushana, Professor, Department of Electronics and Communication, BMS College of Engineering, Mr. Vishwanath KV from Infosys, Mysore and Ms. Rajeshwari Hegde Professor, Department of Telecommunication, BMS College of Engineering.

Speaking at the occasion Vishnu Vardhan, Bangalore YP Chair, IET India said, “Engineers across India have traditionally prioritized their focus on technical skills, ignoring important aspects such as soft skills that play a critical role in shaping their career. It is vital that engineers focus on skills beyond the technical domain and competitions such as PATW help provide them a platform to excel in technical as well as presentation skills. It also helps to create a platform for knowledge sharing and offers networking opportunities.”

The PATW is one of the most awaited and exciting international events organised by the IET, which hosts a series of other events such as lectures, seminars, conferences and contests to introduce engineers to the future of science and technology. The professional body, one of the largest in the world, works to promote the positive role of science, engineering and technology amongst the engineering community.

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