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Katalyst awards its best at the 7th Annual Convention

GoBarefoot: The 7th Katalyst Annual Convention just got bigger and better! With leaders, mentors, and supporters from all over the country present at the event, the Katalyst students were given awards with cash prize to show appreciation and encourage them to excel further.

The winners are as follows:

Miss Rookie

As the word ‘rookie’ suggests, this award is presented to the student who has completed one year of college and exhibited commitment and qualities of the highest level while attending the Katalyst programme. These include attendance in development training and general attitude.

This year the award went to Shweta Patil, pursuing her undergraduation in Computer Engineering from Cummins College of Engineering for Women. Shweta has had 100% attendance in the training.

With a CGPA of 8.5 she secured the 2nd position in the Quadcopter (drone) Making Competition, a national level intercollegiate event.

Badi didi Award

The Katalyst programme is likened to a “sisterhood” where elder Katalysts are appreciated for handholding the juniors in various aspects like academics, career, extracurricular activities or just lending an ear to address their issues.

This award was won by Anees Fathima who graduated in Computer Science from University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering, Bangalore.

Anees has been awarded for her ability to get all the students together for Katayst events, helping prepare timetable charts for students, and birthday charts for mentors.

Ideal Mentee Award

Mentoring is one of the critical developmental interventions of the Katalyst programme where every Katalyst is paired with a professional who serves as a guide and role model. This mentor-mentee interaction moulds the girls and enables them to develop high self-esteem, communication skills, critical-thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making. This award recognises the effort, responsibility, and commitment on the part of the Katalyst to meet her mentor regularly and learn from the interaction.

This year the award was won by Swathi M G, who graduated this year from BNM Institute of Technology.

Swathi was motivated by her mentor and learnt presentation skills, corporate etiquette, and technical skills. In addition to face-to-face meetings, they constantly interact over phone and emails.

Miss Perseverant

This award is for the student who has entered the fourth or final year of college or professional degree and exhibited excellent qualities in attending the Katalyst programme.

The award went to Sayli Lande, pursuing Metallurgy from College of Engineering Pune.

Sayli ranked third in her department, interned at Mahindra-cie Automotive limited, and featured in DLF Foundation’s newsletter. Besides this, Sayli has been an active volunteer with Katalyst where she managed and anchored the induction programme. She has been amazing when it comes to coordination of space for training session and getting her peers and juniors to attend sessions regularly.

Miss Regular Award

Regularity and consistency in performance are the key to winning this award and Apurva Patil, who graduated this year as Mechanical Engineer from College of Engineering Pune, bagged it.

She had 98% attendance in the training programme despite being in the 4th year and juggling lectures, assignments, technical project, assessments, and interviews. With a CGPA of 7.6, Apurva received the Prabhavati Hiraman Bagul award for being a topper in Mechanical Engineering. She also received silver medal in the women Cricket Team in COEP. Apurva has also been an active volunteer with Katalyst wherein she helped execute induction and coordinate trainings sessions.

Prestigious Placement Award

The prestigious placement award recognises a graduating Katalyst who has broken the barrier by securing placement in a reputed company with high compensation.

This year the award went to Shraddha Gajjewar who graduated as an Electrical Engineer from College of Engineering Pune.

Shraddha has been placed in Rakuten, Japan which is one of the world’s leading Internet service companies, providing a variety of consumer-and business-focused services. She will be getting compensation of about 3.65 million Yens (approximately Rs. 22 lakhs per annum). Shraddha is the only student from COEP and the second Katalyst to be selected by Rakuten. Hailing from a small town in Maharashtra, Shraddha hopes to support her family through this job.

Best Alumni Award

The Katalyst team makes an effort to stay in touch with its alumni, many of whom have now become brand ambassadors. They invest time and energy to give back to Katalyst, help connect with other alumni, and guide the current cohort as buddy-mentors and referring students for jobs. This award appreciates the selfless efforts of two dedicated ex-students, Sunitha and Keerthy.

Sunitha graduated in 2014 from BNM Institute of Technology as Electronics & Communications Engineer and has been working with Ericsson. She has won star rating and accolades from her organisation for her attitude and excellent and efficient delivery at work. Sunitha volunteered during the enrolment process, anchored the induction, is a buddy mentor, and one of the promoters of the Alumni Association in Bangalore.

Keerthy Murugan graduated in 2015 as Electronics & Communication Engineer from BNM Institute of Technology. She is currently working with Robert Bosch and is known for her coding skills. She was awarded the highest Katalyst award, Miss Universe in 2015. Keerthy volunteered thrice a week during the enrolment process, helped set-up the library at the Katalyst office, guides her juniors, and conducted a session on tips for placement interviews for the girls.

The Top 3 awards: Miss Universe, Miss World, and Miss India

These awards are given to the top three students in the Katalyst programme. They take into account the academic performance, placement, and other noteworthy achievements. These awards are given to those who have internalised the mission of the Katalyst programme to be truly transformational leaders.

Miss India – Best Katalyst second runner-up

The award was won by Kanchan Dhonnar who graduated this year as Mechanical Engineer from College of Engineering Pune.

With a CGPA of 8.0, Kanchan has 100% attendance in training, has been regular in meeting her mentor, got selected in the F1 car racing team, received scholarship for Jagriti Yatra, and won a gold medal in chess. Kanchan has been placed in Tata Technologies as design engineer with a compensation of Rs. 4.75 lakhs.

Miss World – Best Katalyst runner- up

The award was won by Chaithra B who graduated this year from Cambridge Institute of Technology as Electronics and Communications Engineer.

Chaithra had 62% in training despite several challenges, CGPA of 8.0, and was the recipient of Miss Perseverant Award in 2015. She is placed in Siemens as Electronics Engineer.

A talented girl with great leadership skills, she has the following achievements to her name:
• Was elected as the joint secretary for her college cultural fest-“CHIGURU-2016”
• Qualified for National Talent Search Exam
• Won the zonal level competition of swarm robotics in a national level robotics competition in IIT Bombay.
• Qualified for quarter-finals in “Project proposal for Texas Instruments Innovation Challenge India Design Contest 2015”.

Miss Universe – Best Katalyst Award

This year, the award was won by Anees Fathima who graduated in Computer Science from University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering, Bangalore.

With a CGPA of over 8 and training attendance of 62%, Anees has been placed in Infinera Technologies Pvt. Ltd. as a software engineer with a compensation of 9.25 lakhs per annum.

Her achievements are:

• Presented a paper on “Co-Operative File Transfer through Multiple Interface Network Sessions” in the 12th IEEE India International Conference INDICON 2015 held at New Delhi.
• Student Co-ordinator, representing Computer Science Department, for the biggest Annual Intercollegiate Cultural Fest Milagro 2016 of UVCE.
• Worked for the UVCE-Go Green & Clean Club (G2-C2), to arrange library books, clean the class rooms, labs, and campus of UVCE.
• Headed the ‘Avishkar club’ of IEEE UVCE for the academic year 2015-2016, which is meant to encourage research among UVCE students.
• Worked as the Chief Secretary for ‘Women in Engineering’ Special Interest Group of IEEE UVCE for the academic year 2014-2015.
• Organised an event called ‘Textoholic Hunt’ for their technical fest ‘Inspiron 2013’.
• Worked for ‘Art form Club’ of IEEE UVCE during during first two years of her course.
• Worked for ‘Sampada’ magazine and recognized as ‘VisionUVCE champ’ by VisionUVCE team of UVCE.
• Secured 22nd rank in All-India IEEE Programming league competition.
• Secured the first prize in a marketing event ‘Udaan’ during ‘Inspiron 2013’ and Intra-college debate competition.
• Has been volunteering for ‘Fund a Child, India’ for the last two years.
• Interned at NAPP (Network of Asia and Pacific producers), Bangalore, in 2015.
• She was responsible for getting 20 students from UVCE to enrol in the Katalyst programme
• Participated as a Katalyst in Pinkathon, a 5km race for two years.


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