METís National Conference
on New Horizons in Information Technology - 2013
MET Institute of Computer Science organised the National Conference on New Horizons in IT on October 18 -19, 2013. The speed of growth in IT is so rapid that the span between two innovations has shrunk considerably. It is the need of the hour to be constantly alert and take stock of research in the IT field. (Please click here to browse through the select published papers.)
The conference was designed to provide comprehensive overview of the latest trends, developments and innovations in the area of Information Technology. The conference brought together the research scholars, faculties, industry professionals and PG students from different parts of the country, on a single platform to exchange ideas and research explorations. Mr Pankaj Bhujbal, Patron, NCNHIT13, felicitated all and introduced MET and the focus on education. Dr Sunita Mahajan, Convener, NCNHIT13 welcomed all the delegates. The conference was inaugurated by respected academician Dr Vasudha Ksamat, Vice Chancellor, S.N.D.T. Womenís University as chief guest, Industry stalwarts Mr. Suhas Gopinath, CEO and President, Globals, and Mr Rajesh Gharpure, Global head, L&T Infotech.
Dr. Kamat gave a very elucidating speech on new horizons in Education. The main topics in her discussion were 21st century learning skills, technology trends, new experiments in education and trends in higher education. She outlined 4 trends in higher education like open education resources, massive open online courses, competency based education and finally stressed on academic professional development. Mr Rajesh Gharpure elaborated on collaboration between IT and Industry. He said that technology and business are tightly intertwined. Companies are adopting IT as their core competency. Their relationship with customers is changing as they use IT paradigms to advertise their wares and increase their profitability. Mr Gharpure advised IT professionals to be more business focussed. Mr Suhas Gopinath was the youngest CEO of Globals. At the age of 16, he set up a new company, Globals, from an internet shop and turned it into fastest growing company. He spoke about his venturing in IT using web based applications which proved to be inspirational to young delegates.
The Conference generated awareness about the recent research in the modern fields and helped in understanding the new horizons in IT. There were about 100 delegates from Jammu & Kashmir to Kerala, who presented 54 papers, which were presented in 8 tracks running parallelly. All research scholars and students from different colleges gathered together and deliberated on modern research trends in IT. Mobile Computing and Data Mining proved to have maximum number of references. Cloud computing was also discussed across 3 papers.
The conference saw 2 plenary talks on two new aspects of IT the next day. Nuclear scientist Mr R. R. Sahaya explained the role of nuclear energy in our lives and pointed out how information technology has helped in setting up and controlling power reactors. The other talk by Dr Nagarjuna, famous Educationist from TIFR, highlighted the roles of Proprietary and Open Software, the two new trends in Software Development. Finally, there was a panel discussion on Social Networking Ė Changing Paradigms. The panellists were noted academician Dr Savita Gandhi, professor from Gujarat University, Dr Poornachandra Sarang, who represented corporate world and Dr Nagarjuna. Hence the discussion was deliberated between an academician, an industrialist and a scientist.
In the valedictory function, Dr Naresh Chandra, Pro Vice Chancellor of the University Of Mumbai, shared his views with the delegates about the education system and changes occurring due to innovative techniques. This concluded the two-day National Conference of technical discussions and invited talks. NCNHIT conference plays a vital role in updating students and professionals with the amoebic IT industry every year.