Mumbai, 30 April 2023: Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering (MPSTME) of NMIMS University, Mumbai, has set a new benchmark by bagging 2 Harvard Diplomacy Awards and 4 Social Venture Challenge (SVC) winners at the Harvard WorldMUN 2023 hosted in Paris, France in collaboration with CINUP, Paris (Comité Interuniversitaire des Nations Unies de Paris, the organisers of PIMUN).
Harvard WorldMUN is touted as the ‘Olympics of MUNs. This conference was a 5 day forum and was led by Dr. Nikhil Gala, the faculty advisor. Dr. Nikhil Gala played a crucial role in mentoring the MPSTME delegation to achieve these remarkable accomplishments. Harvard Diplomacy Award was received by Jash Damani, B Tech CE 4th Year and Anuradha Bansal, BTI CE 1st year.
ReFlex, founded by Anish Sudhan, a third-year B Tech CSE Cybersecurity student, Siddharth Mundada, a second-year MBA Tech Mechanical student, and Anuradha Bansal, a first-year BTI CS student. ReFlex is a not-for-profit venture that aims to promote a circular economy and a sustainable environment. They do so by reusing and repurposing flex material used in banners and billboards for underserved communities, with active involvement from the youth.
Project Techtile, led by Samyukta Mandampully, a second-year B Tech CSE DS 311 student, seeks to provide training in software to visually impaired individuals, helping them attain upward mobility and advocating for greater digital inclusivity. Stride, headed by Yash Mudaliyar, a fourth-year B Tech Data Science student, manufactures artificial limbs using 3D printing technology. They produce lightweight, durable, and eco-friendly products that benefit those in need.
ASAP India, spearheaded by Shehzeen Khan, a fourth-year B Tech Data Science student, works towards ensuring equitable distribution of healthcare resources to underserved communities. They bridge the gap between service providers and affected parties while engaging in ancillary activities to help improve the quality of life in these communities.
The selection process for membership to the MPSTME delegation was rigorous and multi-round, with students being scrutinized and critically vetted at every point, under the careful supervision of Dr. Nikhil Gala. The first round involved participation in IntraMUN, an in-house MUN organized by MUNSociety MPSTME, that attracted more than 300 registrants. Only award winners and the best performers were shortlisted for the final rounds, where they went through intensive training to prepare themselves for the WorldMUN.
Dr. Alka Mahajan, Dean MPSTME NMIMS said, “The MPSTME team was the only delegation from India winning at the Olympics of MUN with more than 1500+ participants worldwide. Also the team received a total funding of $15,000 (~ 12 lakh Rupees) awarded to the SVC winners. MPSTME has always been at the forefront of innovation, ensuring that our students have a holistic exposure and they are nurtured as socially sensitive individuals. Students are encouraged to come up with innovative but practically implementable ideas that can do a world of good to the society as a whole. Each project idea is inspired from this very fact and the best practices followed at MPSTME”
Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering (MPSTME) is a constituent school of SVKM’s NMIMS. It was established in 2006 and has other campuses located in Shirpur, Navi Mumbai, and Indore. MPSTME, a top engineering college in Mumbai was essentially established to serve the need of creating an innovative and integrated space for technology education interspersed with sound management practices that converged with changing industry as well as societal needs.