What if a car is operated by hand gestures or an automated rover that cleans the floor? Well, around 90 engineering students from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are working on such innovative concepts to make them a reality.
The students, all final year engineering students from reputed educational institutions in the two Telugu States, are here in the city for a two-month internship programme as part of which they work on several artificial intelligence-based projects and developing apps to understand the nitty-gritty of the Internet of Things (IoT).
Students from National Institute of Technology (NIT) Warangal, GITAM College of Engineering in Visakhapatnam and GMR Institute of Technology in Srikakulam among others have formed a talent pool that is working simultaneously on various software projects.
They have made two floors of a three-storied building at Atchampeta on the city outskirts their workplace while they are putting up in paying guest accommodations and rented houses near their office premises.
“I am working on a project in which car can be operated by hand gestures. Once the prototype is ready, it can be used for other vehicles as well. I have got a freehand and guidance, along with the needed infrastructure and facilities and the project works are apace,” says E. Bhavana, a student of NIT, Warangal.
M.B. Chowdary of GMRIT, Srikakulam is working a cellphone alert system for the clearance of dumper bin set up by the civic bodies in cities and towns.
“Mine is an IoT-based project which will come in handy for civic bodies. I am developing a small device that can be fitted to dumper bins so that messages will pop up in the designated cellphones in case bins are filled or gasses emanate from the litter,” explains M.B. Chowdary.
Automated rovers to clean floors and software programmes to help track fluctuations in stock market are among the other projects on which the students are working on.
“We have got huge response for this two-month programme. From around 300 applicants we got this year, 90 students have been shortlisted. There are a few software companies that are offering such programmes and we are one among those few,” says Krishna Reddy Kovvuri, CEO of Krify Software Technologies, a city-based software firm that deals with in mobile app design and their development and marketing.
Referring to the ‘popularity’ of the programme, Mr. Krishna Reddy Kovvuri says this summer internship began with only 10 students in 2012.
“Since then, the programme is growing leaps and bounds every year with a good response from the students. This experience coupled with the participation certificate will help them get better placements for sure,” he explains.
In a bid to encourage students from the government-run institutions, Mr. Krishna Reddy Kovvuri extended an invitation to the students of Government Polytechnic for Girls this year and says that the students are equally talented when compared to the students from the corporate institutions.
“Besides having the satisfaction of providing talented youngsters with the needed exposure, we are using this platform to source talented manpower to our firm too,” he adds.