I was first introduced to computer in early school. One day, I attended web design & development workshop in my school. I learned how to make a website using HTML/CSS and put it online. And that is it, everything was online and everyone can use it. Immediately after that I developed a website for my school and uploaded it on free web hosting server. And when my principal looked at it, he said, “It’s amazing”. Many friends started asking me, how I did it. I became an overnight star in my school.

And I started learning more and more about developing websites etc. I always fancied myself with computers right from my childhood and thought of becoming a software engineer got implanted in my mind at an early age. After my schooling, I was determined to secure for myself a position in the IT field. To accomplish this, I qualified in AMCAT Entrance Exam for Amity University, India. I secured a good rank in the examination and secured a seat in Computer Science Engineering in Amity University which is No.1 private university in India. My journey towards real understanding of Computer Science started here.

The broad curriculum of Amity University allowed me to get a feel of many aspects of computer science. As a part of my curriculum, I studied various languages like C/C++, Java and SQL etc. I have taken courses in Data Structures and Algorithms, Programming for web, mobile and remote computing, Networks etc. And have secured above 76 percentile in them.    During the tenure of my undergraduate studies, I gained expertise in programming with C/C++ and Java and also actively participated in coding competition on Hackerrank and CodeChef platform. I was first prize winner in three inter-college competition: Debugging, C Programming, Java coding competition. I have completed course on Design and Analysis of Algorithms at Coursera with 88 percentile in it.

    Besides coursework, to put theories into practice, I developed a cross platform examination system application using C++/Qt. This project aimed to take computerized test in an efficient manner and to efficiently evaluate the candidate thoroughly through a fully automated system that not only saves a lot of time but also gives fast results. It was used in my university for conducting computerized test.

I got letter of appreciation from my university faculty for this project. My final year project was Babble Messenger which was instant messaging app created for android platform using Java, PHP/MySQL and Google Cloud Messaging API. It was used to make communication between team members working on a single project convenient.

    To explore the vast expanses of the software field, I secured an internship with Easyway PDDN IT Services PVT. LTD. at the end of my 2nd year, where I worked for developing cross platform GUI of Point of Sale system using C++/Qt. I was also responsible for adding support for biometric devices like barcode scanner etc. This experience gave me my first insight into working as a developer in a professional setting.    During my college 3rd year, I also formed a group named “Bugcoder”, in which we friends would meet on weekends and improve our programming expertise and problem solving techniques. We used to discuss about Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning etc.

  Our group together developed an efficient neural network for digit recognition too. After forming this group, my interest for Artificial Intelligence kept growing each passing day exponentially. As we know Natural Language Processing of the type used in smartphones or Google translate has become commonplace. In California, self-driving cars with sensors and GPS are tested that can autonomously drive to your destination. IBM’s Watson system which defeated the best human players in American TV quiz Jeopardy, shows that large scale knowledge based system can have practical use. With my growing interest in Artificial Interest, I ventured into writing a review paper on Introduction to Artificial Intelligence & Associated Technologies. The Paper reviews various advantages & disadvantages of Artificial Intelligence including its applications.

It also discusses the application of AI in the field of heavy industries, education, aviation, weather forecasting and expert systems. The paper’s main aim was to analyse the future potential of Artificial Intelligence. The paper has been accepted for publication by International Journal on Recent and innovation trends in computing and communication (IJRITCC).    To develop a well-rounded personality, I actively engaged in various extra-curricular activities.

I was competent communicator and chartered member of Pink City Toastmaster Club (District-41). I had interest in singing in used to take part in singing competitions in my school. Once I took part in district level singing competition, though I did not win, I learned how it feels to be in front of so many people. I got that stage fear out of me.

I used to dance too. I performed in many school and college level festivals. I am fitness enthusiast too particularly interested in athletics.

I have participated in 100m and 400m race and won first prize in those competitions. As these experiences shows, I am highly motivated and proactive at learning new skills and experiencing new things.


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