Engineering his FUTURE.
Manasi Saraf-Joshi. Indian Express,September 18,2007.
[A Half Page Cover story with a 20cm*15cm photo along. 🙂 ]
Today, when hefty pay packets are luring engineering students to wander towards the greener turfs, 19-year-old Rohit Pandharkar, a student of College of engineering, Pune (COEP) not only burnt the midnight lamp studying and researching, but made his school, college, city and country proud by becoming one of the four finalists at the Present Around The World (PATW) 2007 competition to be held in Amsterdam from November 7 to 10.
A third year student of Electronics and Telecommunications, Rohit says, “I was thrilled when I first received the news, although I had won the nationals, I did n’t know I’ll make it to final four”. The Institution of engineering and Technology (IET) UK, has centres in countries around the world and conducts examinations on a national level based on research in various fields done by engineering students. The national winner then goes for the international competition. With participants competing from 40 countries, Rohit is the first Puneite to make it to the nationals and first Indian to the the finals.
A research paper titled “A semantically Secure Public Key Cryptosystem Algorithm- design and Implementation ” is in the offing this November. Rohit always aspired to make it big in the field of research. When asked how he developed interest in research, he says, “I was in Dynana Prabodhini. From std VIII onward, we had to do different projects for which we had to carry out the research. Gradually I developed a keen interest in this field.”
Interestingly, Rohit has developed an algorithm related to cryptography.”But I’m not interested in patenting it,” he says.Giving anecdotes about the algorithm, he recalls,”I was into intensive reading and suddenly one day I solved this particular problem. Since I was n’t sure about it, I approached my mathematics teacher Dr. V. V. Joshi who helped me understand the problem better. Later, professor Madhuri Joshi, HOD of E&TC at COEP and Nitin Narappanawar, faculty of Department of embedded Systems, IsqIT guided me further”. In fact, Madhuri Joshi and Narappanawar were also co-authors of Rohit’s paper, “A provably Secure Public Key Cryptosystem based on Diophantine Equations”, that was published in the International journal of IADIS International Conference held in Lisbon, this July.”Also my college director, A D Sahasrabudhe encouraged me to fulfill my endeavour,” says Rohit.
Rohit’s parents hold posts in administration.”But no one in my family has been into research or a related field”, he says.A scholar by nature, Rohit has incidentally also scored a creditable 1,520 out of 1,600 in GRE.
Inset: Breaking Through:: Organised by the Institute of Enhgineering and Technology , UK, (IET) students of engineering and technology can participate in the PATW competition which majorly involves presenting research papers on a variety of topics. Students can also become members of IET whereby they get access to their library, amongst other privileges.
* An almost similar news translated into Marathi also appeared on Page 1, Loksatta, Sept 18, 2007, with the same photograph 🙂
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GOOGLING OUT Rohit Pandharkar