Mangaluru: Commemorating the Nineteenth Anniversary of laying the foundation stone of St Joseph Engineering College (SJEC), the Ninth Annual Foundation Day Lecture was held on 11th February 2020 at 3:30 PM in Prerana Auditorium of the college. Mr Deepak Gadhia, a Social Entrepreneur and Chairman of Sunrise CSP India Pvt Ltd, delivered the Foundation Day Lecture on the topic “Evolution of Solar Concentrator: Journey of Social Entrepreneur in Innovations in Solar Energy”.

In his lecture Deepak Gadhia shared the challenges involved in the life journey of an entrepreneur. While saying an individual can achieve anything with limited opportunities, he remarked that an engineer's job is to solve problems rather than look for readymade solutions.

He recalled his days when he started to work on problems of deforestation in India and from his experiences, over the years he realized that any solution must always be need-based.

The guest speaker opined that the people who really in need of a commodity are usually the ones who cannot afford it. He also shared the difficulties he went through with his inventions and the measures he had to take to overcome them.

Deepak Gadhia called upon all teachers to just show the problem to the students and let students solve them applying their own skills. He compared our minds to a parachute that works only when it is open and requested the teachers to find a way to open the minds of their students. He wished that the gathering could work on solving the problems of the rural people and to empower them. He also mentioned that when an entrepreneur develops a product, the poor and the needy must be able to afford that product.

Rev. Fr Wilfred Prakash D’Souza, Director of SJEC, Rev. Fr Rohith D’Costa, Assistant Director, Dr Rio D’Souza, Principal, Rakesh Lobo, HR Manager, were present during the occasion. Dr Rajesh Kumar PC, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics moderated the lecture. Supreetha R, Assistant Professor in the Department of CSE, was the Convener of the event. Eden Sequeira, compeered the program.

The day also witnessed SJEC felicitating Mahima S Rao for securing the First Rank in Civil Engineering and a record tally of 13 gold medals for the academic year 2018-19 in the University Examinations conducted by VTU, Belagavi.

Mahima was facilitated by the management of the college in the presence of her parents Sathya Sai and Shreedevi S Rao.

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Classes for first-year students will start from November, and no new admissions will be allowed beyond November 30, according to the revised academic calendar approved by the University Grants Commission (UGC) this month.

The UGC had first released an alternative academic calendar for higher education institutions on April 29, in which it had prescribed that universities conduct their final-year or terminal semester examination from July 1 to July 15 and declare the results at the end of the month.

The latest revision has been made to the dates meant for starting classes for first-year students. Given the delay in conducting entrance examinations due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the UGC has now pushed the first day of the new academic session for them from September 1 to November 1.

“If there is a delay in declaration of results of the qualifying examinations, the universities may plan and start the academic session by 18.11.2020. The teaching-learning process may continue in offline/ online/ blended mode,” the UGC’s revised guidelines state.

All higher education institutions have been advised to teach six days a week to make up for the lost learning hours. Breaks and vacations will also be curtailed.

“In order to avoid financial hardship being faced by the parents due to lockdown and related factors, full refund of fees be made on account of all cancellation of admissions/ migration of students, up to 30.11.2020, for this very session as a special case,” the guidelines state.

The UGC guidelines state: “To be crystal clear, the entire fees, including all charges, be refunded in totality (zero cncellation charges) on account of cancellation/ migration up to 30.11.2020. Thereafter, on cancellation/ withdrawal of admissions up to 31.12.2020, the entire fee collected from a student be refunded in full after deduction of not more than Rs 1000 as processing fee.”