Patiala, September 15, 2015: A
Thapar University student has cracked the Google Summer of Code 2015, one of the most prestigious global competitions in computer programming for virtual interns. Karan Purohit, a BE second-year student of the
university's Computer Science Engineering Department, has won a $5,000 scholarship from Google for this achievement.
After getting selected for the virtual
internship programme on the basis of his project proposal, Purohit was given an opportunity to work for an open source organisation, selected by Google itself every year, for three months from May 25 to August 28.
developed three modules for the project titled "Improving field dynamics for Pysoy Core". Working on the fields module of PySoy, a software that acts as 3D cloud game engine for the programming language Python 3, he designed and
implemented an application programming interface (API) for the developers so that they could easily implement fields like wind, acceleration, monopole (like electrostatic force) and buoyancy in a game they intend to build using
Congratulating the student, Thapar University Director Prof Prakash Gopalan said, "The international exposure we provide to our students helps in shaping them as well-rounded professionals with exceptional job skills
and understanding. The credit also goes to our faculty members, who put in a lot of effort to groom the student for this competition."
Ecstatic about the achievement, Purohit described Google Summer of Code as a great
learning experience. "What is more awesome is that you work from the comfort of your home and even get paid for it. I would advise students who are eyeing this competition next year to have a strong command over at least one
programming language," he said.
About Thapar University
Ranked among India's leading institutions of engineering education, Thapar University in Patiala, Punjab has redefined technical education in the
country through dissemination and application of actionable engineering knowledge. A steady source of highly skilled manpower to top Indian and overseas corporates, the sprawling 250-acre Thapar Technology campus, consisting of
Thapar University, Thapar Polytechnic and Thapar Centre for Industrial Research and Development (TCIRD), has an extraordinary potential for development of indigenous technology and its transfer to engineering industries.
Standing tall on the four pillars of cutting-edge research capabilities, highly accomplished faculty, enviable infrastructure and smart academia-industry linkages, the 58-year-old university continually reinvents itself by
upgrading its curriculum to match global needs through periodic self-assessment and formal reviews. Over the years, Thapar University has grown by leaps and bounds as a research-based university with focus on sunrise areas like
nanotechnology, biotechnology and IT. Signifying a pioneering corporate effort to boost research, TCIRD has been facilitating a dynamic interface with academia and national and international R&D labs.
Driven by the
conviction that original research—applied, industrial, technological and scientific—has to be the backbone of engineering education, the university has published over 2,500 research papers in peer-reviewed impact factor journals in
the past five years alone. It has 119 ongoing research projects under its belt with a sanctioned grant of Rs 25.72 crore. Engaged in high-end research, the faculty of the university have so far filed 19 patents. Many of them are
working on research projects sponsored by the industry. Backed by the Avantha group, one of India's most diversified conglomerates, Thapar University also rates high on infrastructure with its campus home to some of India's best
automation, automobile engineering, metrology, sand testing and solid mechanics facilities.
Aspiring to become a globally acclaimed university, Thapar University is in sync with the ever-evolving global trends in technical
education through MoUs with various foreign universities. Thanks to strong academia-industry linkages, many leading corporates are now a regular feature at Thapar University placements. Both reputed Indian and international
companies are associated with Thapar University for research as well as faculty exchange programmes.