Discussing robots and getting ham radio users to assist the police

  • Ayesha Banerjee, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 12, 2014 11:35 IST

The College of Engineering, Pune, offers its students ample scope for all-round development. From helping people during floods to assisting the cops manage Ganeshotsav crowds, these clubs are doing some fantastic work.

Spandan was set up in 2003 and has been reaching out to local communities. Students organise activities such as Origami workshops for orphans, blood donation camps, cleanliness drives during Ganesh immersion, etc. The dirt and pollution around Mutha river on the banks of which the college is located moved the students to launch a coast cleaning programme. Spandan also creates awareness of environmental problems among people.

Jalmaitri Yatra
The major focus of this club is on water pollution. Members go on yatras starting from the origin of the Mutha river and help spread the message of eco-friendliness in the villages on the bank of the river, rowing all the way. The JalmaitriYatra participants go to various towns and perform several activities including street plays in order to educate people about global warming.

Environmental Club
The club performs various activities to create awareness about the environment. Lectures are organised, workshops, and group discussions are held in order to draw attention to environmental problems. This club has also managed to get a good response from the COEP hostel when it worked on water and electricity conservation there. It also conducts various surveys for noise, air and water pollution during festive seasons which have been often referred to by the media for creating awareness among the people.

Bhau institute of innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership

The Bhau Institute of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Leadership (BIEL) at COEP in association with Eaton have been conducting a ‘Social Entrepreneur’ contest since the last three years. College students across the state are encouraged to come up with socially relevant projects which identify problems related to the environment, education, health, hunger, humanity (3H), agriculture, technology etc. and find solution/s to overcome them by learning and exhibiting leadership skills. Budding entrepreneurs are supported with seed money, mentorship and networking opportunities.

Zest is the annual sports competition. Participants come from various IITs, NITs and other institutes from Gujarat, Punjab, Karnataka, Kerala, and Andhra Pradesh. This year team Zest had organised a wheelchair-basketball friendly match between inmates from Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre (PRC) and a blind cricket match between state blind cricket teams of Maharashtra and Gujarat.

The annual technical event, MindSpark, initiated in 2007, provides a stage for various emerging fields of modern technology. Young engineers are encouraged to come up with innovative ideas using technology which can be used for the betterment of society.

SAE Collegiate Club
The SAE Collegate Club was established to participate in BAJA SAE – a national level competition of technical excellence in 2008. Students strive hard to design and develop all-terrain vehicles which are cost effective and can be further commercialised.

HAM Club
The Amateur radio club was established in 1986. The Club coaches people for license of HAM operators. It has helped the police during occasions like Ganeshotsav, when communication lines become congested.

Robot Study Circle
Robot Study Circle (RSC), established in September 2004, is an inter-institutional organisation to create awareness about robotics. Students are encouraged to build robots which can be used for the betterment of the society.

Regatta is traditionally a boat race which showcases some spellbinding events organised by the COEP Boat Club every year.

Boat Club
Established in 1928, the boat club has a fleet of 100 boats. There have been times when students have reached out to places affected by floods and saved precious lives. The boat club members have helped in rescue operations during the devastating Panshet floods in 1961 and the Sangli floods in 2005.

Boat Club Quiz Club (BCQC)
The BCQC started as a Saturday quiz session at Boat Club in 1992-93. Now it is not limited to college students. People from outside also come to give their brains a bit of exercise.

Entrepreneur Cell (E-Cell)
The Entrepreneur Cell, also known as Empressario, started functioning from 2009. It promotes learning skills like marketing, brand selling and revenue generating etc through experience. Empressario has conducted many national events.

Philosophy Club
In order to quench the thirst of fellow students for debates on philosophy, the Philomystics was established in 2009. The group conducts lectures and group discussions frequently.

Personality Development club
The motto of the Personality Development Club is to develop character with competence. The club lays emphasis on soft skills which are very essential for surviving in today’s world.

Ignited Minds Movement
To encourage the youth of the country to fulfil Vision 2020, some college students have taken the initiative and started a movement which focuses on Discover, Believe and Build India.

It arranges for lectures and social activities to bridge the gap between the society and youth.

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