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Microsoft Conducts AI Virtual Summit For Students Of BML Munjal University

The first day’s session of the two-day virtual summit was inaugurated by Dr Manoj K Arora, Vice-Chancellor, BMU, on 6th May 2020.

Microsoft conducted an AI Virtual Summit for the students of BML Munjal University (BMU), a Hero Group initiative on May 6th and 7th 2020. This was as per the MoU signed between BMU and Microsoft Intelligent Cloud Hub (ICH), to enrich skills and expertise in Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Data Science. The collaboration furthers the hands-on learning experience at BMU through workshops, internships and industry-specific labs. The two days long summit was attended by approximately 200 students and the faculty members. Data Science is a diverse field with immense purpose in today’s time and the students of BMU got the chance to hear from leading experts in the space, share their experience and derive key insights from the online sessions.

The first day’s session of the two-day virtual summit was inaugurated by Dr Manoj K Arora, Vice-Chancellor, BMU, on 6th May 2020, where he spoke about how BMU is taking charge of teaching skills that are relevant for students today, and how the collaboration with Microsoft is helping them achieve that. He also shared how he has been a part of the AI community from his early days, starting from his doctoral research abroad, to collaborating and contributing in research projects and teaching Machine Learning topics like Support Vector Machines to the students of IIT Roorkee as a faculty member in the past. During the session, Dr Maneek Kumar, Dean - School of Engineering and Technology (SoET), spoke about the importance of collaboration with industry leaders in today’s time, to enable a more holistic growth of the students. He said that such collaborations of educational institutes and industry leaders ensures the growth of students and helps in making the leaders of tomorrow. 

The keynote speaker, Sandeep Alur, Director, Microsoft Technology Center (MTC), shared his perspective about key trends in technology and how AI is revolutionizing the world. Bhavesh Goswami, Founder and CEO, CloudThat, Microsoft Partner and member of the Microsoft Partner Advisory Council conducted the majority of the sessions at the summit. The entire workflow of a typical data science project, starting from data acquisition, pre-processing, model building and interpretation to deployment were demonstrated on the first day. The second day of the summit saw participants getting exposed to Microsoft Azure cloud services, wherein everyone had an opportunity to work on real-life Data Build and Machine Learning models and interpret results using Microsoft’s Azure ML Studio. The event concluded with an enriching discussion on cognitive services related to computer vision.

Speaking on the success of the virtual summit, Dr Maneek Kumar, Dean, School of Engineering and Technology (SoET) said, “It is a unique opportunity for the students of BMU to interact with industry leaders, that too from an industry giant like Microsoft, and understand the application of their course material. The collaboration of educational institutes and industry leaders ensures the growth of students and helps in making the leaders of tomorrow. Such collaborations are here to stay. I thank the Microsoft Intelligent Cloud Hub team for their contributions.”

Sandeep Alur, Director, Microsoft Technology Center (MTC) said, “BMU has some extremely bright students, who are very keen to learn the new-age skills. The collaboration is mutually beneficial, as not only does the younger generation get hands-on experience, we ourselves are able to prepare students for a better future and fulfill our mission of empowering every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”


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