My childhood fascination towards automation and robotics took wings as I became the topper of my class and received a scholarship of Rs. 62,000 from UPES. I won Miss Uurja in 2019 and received job offers from three companies including HCL Technologies. This is my story
I secured 96% in 12th standard and received a scholarship from the State Government for excellence in academics. However, like every other student, I was worried about my future and confused about which college to pick and which course to choose. My research led me to UPES. I was amazed to see the number of specializations the university offers in a wide a variety of fields. I visited the campus in August 2016 and immediately knew what I wanted. I enrolled in B.Tech. Mechatronics, School of Engineering.
I started with my academics and got involved in several student chapters at UPES. The first year, however, did not go well (grade-wise), but I did not give up. I made it a point to work harder. Gradually, I got better. My rank in the class improved, and I became the topper of my class and received a scholarship of Rs. 62,000 from UPES.
Along with academics, the university encouraged me to get involved in extra-curricular activities. I already had a Diploma in the Indian classical dance form of Bharatnatyam. I started working on grooming myself, participated in beauty pageants and model training as well. I won Miss Uurja 2019 and was also the first runner up in Miss Rendezvous 2019 at IIT Delhi.
In the final year of engineering, companies started visiting the campus. Thanks to the Career Services team at UPES, we were trained in different aspects of industry readiness by the experts. I am grateful that I received job offers from LTI, Cognizant Technology Solutions and HCL Technologies in January this year. In July, I received another job offer from Addverb Technologies, a company which focusses on industrial automation. This was like a dream come true for me. I knew, as a student of Mechatronics, I had to contribute to an area where there was an amalgamation of automation along with my field of study.
I owe a big thanks to UPES for everything – boosting my spirits, giving my career an edge and making me what I am today. My father often reminisces about the day he first reached the UPES campus for my admission and was fascinated by its beauty. He is immensely proud of what I am doing and how I have journeyed so far. Undoubtedly, UPES gave me the pedestal to take off and soar high.
(The author is an alumna of the UPES School of Engineering, B.Tech. Mechatronics, class of 2016-2020.)