Journey Report -- By Anmol Panjwani :
The CSI and ACM councils of Fr. CRCE in association with Ashish Holidays Pvt Ltd organized the Bangalore-Mysore-Coorg Industrial Visit for the IT and Computer Science students from 21 December 2018 to 28 December 2018. The tour package of ₹13,100 was devised carefully after considering the best and the most promising tour operators’ options for the IV. There were 45 students from TE IT, SE IT and SE Computers. They were accompanied by 3 professors from the IT department, namely Prof. Garima Tripathi, Prof. Nilesh Patil and Prof. Akanksha Magare. Mr. Sushant Diwekar and Mr. Sanjay Khandelwal were the tour guides present for the entire duration of the IV.
On the 1st day, the students and teachers assembled at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at about 10 am for the arrival of the 16345 Netravti Express (LTT-Ernakulum) train. The train departed around 11.40 am. Lunch and dinner was served at proper scheduled time, by the tour guides as decided. The travel was luxurious due to AC coaches and students enjoyed the journey.
On day 2, the train reached Mangalore Station at about 5.00 am after which the journey to Coorg continued by bus with a halt for breakfast. Having checked-in at Sri Venkateswara Residency hotel at about 11.00am, the crew departed for local site-seeing post lunch from the hotel for Thala Cauvery Temple, followed by the Raja’s Seat where the view of sunset is very fascinating, and an insight into the local specialties through a shopping. The day ended with a return to the hotel and dinner.
On the 3rd day, after breakfast at hotel, the crew visited the Omkareshwara Temple in town and continued further to witness the gigantic Abbey Falls in Hebbetageri, Coorg. In the evening, post lunch at hotel, they departed for visit to the Madikeri Fort and Museum. The museum consisted of very ancient artifacts and fascinating idols of Gods. Late evening, dinner at hotel concluded the day’s schedule.
On day 4, on the way to Mysore, they halted at the Kushalnagar Deer Park to rejoice with the nature and look at some amazing creativity depicted in the statues at the park in Coorg Amusement Park and moved on to traverse the Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery, which is the largest teaching center of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. The crew reached the Oasis Hotel in Mysore about 2.00 pm. Having checked-in, post lunch they visited the Brindavan Gardens and also witnessed the Musical Fountain live! Later at the hotel, a DJ night was organized which concluded by 10.00pm along with dinner.
On the 5th day, i.e. the 25th of December, in morning about 7.00 am interested students were allowed to visit the church for offering prayers. On their return, they left for the most awaited place of visit post breakfast. The tour guides helped the crew explore the Mysore Palace a historical palace and an official royal residence of the Wadiyar dynasty and the seat of the Kingdom of Mysore. The exploration lasted whole afternoon after which they returned to the hotel for lunch. Later in evening, they stepped out for local site-seeing and shopping and few students also visited the church, after which as usual on their return, the dinner was setup in hotel.
The 6th day had a busy schedule of Industrial Visits as it was a very important day for all. As early about 6.00 am, they checked-out and departed for Bangalore. Breakfast was served in the bus to manage time efficiently as the journey was of about 4-5 hours. The first Industrial visit happened around 11.00 am, to the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), where the students were introduced to the process followed by an ISP (Internet Service Provider). Students also witnessed use of satellite and an architecture of network propagation. Before leaving, the crew could avail few refreshments that were arranged by the industry. The lunch was later served in the bus as they proceeded to the next industry. The 2nd and the most important and awaited place to be in was the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). The students and the teachers were introduced to the functioning of ISRO by Dr. Srinivasan, a senior and an experienced scientist, through a short video. Following to it, they were allowed to catch a glimpse of the working area and the upcoming Chandrayaan II. There was a question & answer session where Dr. Srinivasan clarified the students’ doubts and guided them on way to ISRO and its benefits! After this fascinating speech students were allowed to take a tour of the space research center and admire the prototype parts which are used in spaceship nowadays. Following to this, the crew visited an exhibition organized by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The huge exhibition consisted of aircrafts and helicopters used to training or war purposes. And thereafter they returned to their hotel for dinner and stay.
The 7th day began with usual breakfast and later a 3rd and final Industrial Visit to m-Power Global Inc. There, the technical head/project leader of his team, Mr. Nagendra spoke about how their company operates and the importance of Liferay, a java framework used for rapid and agile development. He also offered a brief idea about the engineering trends nowadays and an assurance that he would be happy to support our students for future purposes. Later, they got to visit the Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum where one could learn about various domains of science like technology, space, biology, physics etc. through live working models experienced in a gaming approach. They returned to hotel for lunch and checked-out the same about 2.30pm after which they departed to the Bangalore railway station. The train was 11014 Coimbatore-LTT express, which was going to take 22 hours of journey. It was scheduled to arrive at 3.45pm. Although, it arrived at a delay of 75 mins. The dinner was served at night.
The final day had arrived. Breakfast and lunch was served as planned. Although destined to reach LTT by 2.30pm, it was running late by 2 hours then, so the arrival at LTT delayed to 4.30pm.
As mentioned in the itinerary:
• separate berths were provided for each member in a 3 tier AC coach
• fresh meals from restaurants were served during the train journey
• sufficient mineral water was always made available
• provisions were made for Jain food as well
• hotel rooms were provided on quad sharing basis
And that was the end of an amazing experience which enlightened the students to look
beyond the academic prospects and demonstrated how differently the industry works!