Over 150 students from across Mumbai came together to attend a two-day Statistics workshop, Sankhyiki 2018, held on the 12th and 13th of January this year. The theme of Sankhyiki was ‘Data Science and Python Training’. In its eighth year, the annual event of NMIMS Sunandan Divatia School of Science, Department of Statistics surpassed all benchmarks that were set in the preceding years.
Sankhyiki 2018 featured some exceptional speakers this year including Mr. Venkatesh C.G., CoP Lead – Data Science at Larsen and Toubro Infotech, Ms. Madhumita Ghosh, Big Data Analyst at IBM India Private Limited, Mr. Leslie Rebello, Director of L.R. Associates Private Limited and Mr. Harshil Gandhi, Associate Technical Consultant working with SAS Institute India.
The Chief Guest on the inauguration was Mr. Vyom Upadhyay, head of Analytics and Business Intelligence, ICICI Bank. He was delighted to be a part of academia and felt it imperative to draw focus to the emerging field of Big Data. Emphasis was laid on how Statistics is used to promote business growth with the optimal utilisation of resources. He placed his bets on open source when asked to pick between proprietary and open source software, reasoning that many minds working together to improvise on any idea is always better than a few.
The occasion was also graced by the presence of guest of honour Dr. Jayant Gandhi, Hon. Joint Secretary-SVKM and Dr. Sharad Mhaiskar, Pro Vice Chancellor of NMIMS. Prof. Sunil Shirvaiker, Program Director (Statistics) and the Dean of SDSOS, Dr. Aparna Khanna ensured that the event kicked off with immense enthusiasm.
On this occasion ‘The Best Summer Internship’ award for the M.Sc. Statistics Part II students of SDSOS were also announced. Ms. Rajitha Nair and Ms. Hiteshree Lad won the 1st prize, followed by Ms. Priyanka Joglekar and Ms. Cheryl D’Souza in the 2nd position.
A two member team of Ms. Shreya Kekre and Ms. Shrea Piplani of M.Sc.Statistics part-2 was felicitated during the event for this prodigious achievement from the same batch who won the Business Analytics and Data Mining Championship held in October 2017, competing with teams from across India..
To add to the list Ms. Meghna Dineshan, Ms. Rutika Vagal and Ms. Karishma Iyer of M.Sc. (Statistics) Part 1 were applauded for winning the 2nd prize in the ISPS M.Sc. Student Project Competition 2017, a group contest organised by the Indian Society for Probability and Statistics.
The most captivating talks of the day was given by Mr. Venkatesh C.G., CoP Lead – Data Science at Larsen and Toubro Infotech. He inspired students to find something they were truly passionate about and make their chosen careers more than just a job. All the budding statisticians were awestruck by the Solar Forecasting Solution that he had developed. His list of achievements is endless and everyone knew just why after he concluded the session with great words of wisdom. The audience was motivated not only to do something out of the box but also to stick to their principles no matter what.
In another session Ms. Madhumita Gosh, Big Data Analyst at IBM India Private Limited, enlightened the listeners with her talk on Data Science. She highlighted that theoretical knowledge coupled with machine learning is the best way forward. With new developments and breakthroughs in statistical software at every juncture, Ms. Ghosh thought it was essential to stress on the technical aspect of data science, data mining and statistics in entirety.
An extraordinary motivational speaker with an incredible sense of humour and a unique story-telling skill Mr. Leslie Rebello, Director-L.R. Associates Private Limited, ensured that the larger point was conveyed in the most compelling manner possible. It was one great talk that will undoubtedly remain in the hearts and minds of the attendees for a very long time to come. As Mr. Rebello rightly mentioned, it is never too late to follow your heart and to be the best at what you love to do.
Alumni Nisha Maharaul and Shreyas Shanbaug, who were awarded the best M.Sc. Statistics Part II Project for the year Ay 2016-17, put on display their project with the Maharashtra Sales Tax department. The audience was left stunned by the mechanism, devised so cleverly by the duo, to detect fraudulent cases of sales tax.
Taking into consideration the significance of machine learning in the global arena, the second day was solely dedicated to Python Training. Mr. Harshil Gandhi, Associate Technical Consultant working with SAS Institute India, proved to be a proficient instructor in all respects. This 5-hour session was attended by 60 students and were given certificates for successful completion of the Python Training Program.
Sankhyiki 2018 ended with a grand success with an aim to make it a class apart, with one true goal in mind: unveiling the real power of Statistics.