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Engineering students from Maharashtra Institute of Technology win top honors at Avaya’s Smart Project Competition


Pune, India 2016: – Proving their mettle, engineering students at Maharashtra Institute of Technology College in Pune have been awarded top honors at Avaya’s Smart Project Competition. Avaya, a global leader in business communications software, systems and services, held the competition is a part of its University Outreach Programme, a series of initiatives with leading educational institutes in Pune, designed to bridge the skills gap and increase collaboration amongst students and industry. While Maharashtra Institute of Technology won the top spot, College of Engineering and Vishwakarma Institute of Technology were the 1st runners-up followed by and College of Engineering as 2nd runners-up.

With this program Avaya is taking another step forward in making the Indian skill force aligned with the changing industrial requirements and imparting knowledge on the latest technological trends in the industry. The program includes exchange of ideas on the emerging technologies and telecommunication industry between the students and industry. A total of 44 projects were submitted by four engineering colleges out of which four projects were chosen. The projects were judged across categories comprising:

  • Innovation
  • Presentation
  • Clarity of thoughts
  • Technical Competency
  • Project Completeness

India is driving digital transformation efforts to boost economic growth and provide access to digital services, knowledge and information for all citizens. Avaya is working with College of Engineering, Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Vishwakarma Institute of Technology and Cummins colleges in Pune - to help develop training in key technologies and help deliver the skilled workforce India requires.

The Avaya University Outreach Programme consists of four key elements – Avaya curriculum, Technology exchange program for Faculty, Avaya Champs and Technology enablement for students.

“It fills us with immense pride to see the work of these students receive such accolades, as a part of our Smart Project Competition. It not only demonstrates their zeal to learn but their efforts which speak volumes about their willingness to contribute to India’s digital transformation.”
Vijay Mhaskar, Senior Director R&D at Avaya India

Read the complete news release on Avaya’s Outreach University Program in India here.

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