Thapar University student cracks Google Summer of Code, bags $5,000 scholarship
The BE second-year student developed three modules for the project to win
one of the most prestigious global competitions in computer programming for
virtual interns

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.

Purohit 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 PySoy.

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.


Source: By E-mail (September 15, 2015)

Published on on September 15, 2015


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