The Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Ahalia School of Engineering and Technology organized AICTE -ISTE Sponsored six-day online Faculty Development Programme on Machine Learning and Optimization –Phase –I during 22-27, February 2021. The programme was inaugurated on 22nd February 2021 by chief guest Col. B. Venkat, Director, Faculty Development Cell, AICTE, New Delhi. The Chief guest gave a valuable insight on the FDP and focused on the purpose of implementation in the field of education. He stressed the basic idea should be to improve the methods and enhance the teaching and technical skills . Dr. P.R Sreemahadevan Pillai , Principal , Ahalia School of Engineering and Technology and Director, Ahalia group of Academic Institutions, presided over the function. . He gave motivational and inspirational talk to participants. Dr. Krishna Kumar Kishor , Vice- Principal, Ahalia School of Engineering and Technology and Assistant Director, Ahalia Group of Academic Institutions, felicitated the gathering . He highlighted the need of machine learning and innovations to make education more relevant for making a better society for the future. Dr.V Balamurugan welcomed the gathering and briefed about the FDP and its importance. He explained various outcome of the program. He gave a brief outline of program and requested all participants to enrich their knowledge from this FDP by effective participation. There were a total of 22 sessions. Each session was handled by experts from reputed academic institutions and industries. Various topics of machine learning and optimizations were presented along with hands on training .A total of 126 participants from across the country registered and 89 participants actively participated in the programme. The FDP concluded with valedictory function on 27 February 2021. The valedictory speech was given by Prof.Vijay D. Vaidya, Executive Secretary, ISTE and he congratulated the Coordinators and Organizing Committee for successfully conducting FDP, he also appreciated the FDP theme. The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. V.Balamurugan , FDP Coordinator.
Outcome of the FDP:
All the sessions were very informative. The discussed areas are of great benefit to the participants as the topics were the latest. Participants were educated on the most widely used advance strategies in Machine Learning areas like Deep learning algorithms, SVM, CNN etc. The participants gained knowledge about Machine Learning and optimization techniques. This FDP was immensely useful for the beginner level and middle level research scholars. The research scholars can get technical inputs for their research work from the Resource Persons. This in turn will help in motivating participants and accentuate the placement opportunities of students. The programme was designed to be generic in nature for satisfying the needs of academic institutions and industry personnel field of machine learning and optimization. All the eligible participants were distributed with the participant certificates on successful completion of assessment.
The following Feedbacks were received from the participants:
• 84.3% of the participants felt that the delivery and presentation of the Resource Persons were excellent.
• 82% of the participants opined that the FDP was coordinated excellently.
• Participants endorsed the fact that such FDPs should be arranged regularly.