Today I visited the Reva Institute of Technology and Management, a new school on the outskirts of north Bangalore. Opened just five years ago, they offer undergraduate (and some graduate) programs in computer science and engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, as well as an MBA. Their brand-new campus is beautiful and architecturally interesting.
I was invited to open their day-long series of student research presentations with a keynote lecture. The event was very formal and I was treated like a VIP. The event was a day full of student research presentations, and I was the keynote speaker.
The event began with a school song, sung by one of the students. Then the event’s student MC introduced first a professor, then the department chair, then the principal, and then the chairman, who each made a few remarks. Then they presented each of us with a bouquet of flowers, and presented me with a memento – a basket of fruit and an elegant Reva desk clock.
Finally, we inaugurated the day with the lighting of the lamp, an ornate brass oil lamp with five wicks and wrapped in fresh flowers.
As the hour was late, the day was hot and the acoustics in the room poor, I moved quickly through my talk so the students could get on with their program. I enjoyed the rest of my visit, meeting with faculty and graduate students who were involved in interesting research related to portable healthcare sensors.
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