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Founder, Books at Sale
A first-year MBA-Business Analytics student, Apoorva Chanana, embodies the true spirit of Shakti! A National Level Painter and NSS Volunteer, she believes in education as a tool to help others progress in life. An entrepreneur at heart, she started a bookstore on Instagram named ‘Books at Sale’ and uses a part of its revenue to buy books and essential stationery items for the underprivileged sections of our society. She also manages her a YouTube channel – “Learn Excel” where she shared Excel tutorial videos in Hindi and English so that people who are willing to learn can get access to it for free. When asked about the motivation behind her efforts, she remarks: Since childhood, I have been very fascinated by the idea of being independent and making an impact on people’s life. My experience with the NGO made me realise the some children are not fortunate enough to even buy books, yet alone afford a proper education. I strongly believe in “Padega India tabhi toh batega India” and that keeps me going.
Junior Research Consultant, National Human Rights Commission
A silver medallist of her batch (2012-18), Rachiyta Jain pursued her B.Tech. (Hons.) Computer Science and Engineering with LL.B. in Cyber Law from UPES. She was conferred with the ‘Mahila Shiksha Suraksha’ award by the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh in 2015, along with several other recognitions for spreading awareness about cybercrime.
In a special note of acknowledgment for her alma mater, she remarks, “I am extremely thankful to UPES for oﬀering industry-aligned courses that stand out from the ordinary. The institution provides an atmosphere for the overall development of an individual. My faculties have constantly supported me in all the ventures I undertook, both during and after college. I cannot thank the entire UPES community enough for providing me with the resources and infrastructure that helped in shaping my dreams and introducing me to the best classmates, guides and mentors. I have seen the University grow exponentially – new blocks came up, the School of Design opened, law and management shifted to the Kandoli campus and what not. It was like the two of us grew together. UPES is the home I left behind, always longing to return to. I am certain that even a decade later, the beautiful drive to the college would bring back the same nostalgia bitten smile and I will ﬁnd myself silently thanking my parents for sending me to UPES.”
Director, Rcube Healthcare Industries Pvt. Ltd.
Ms. Rashika graduated in BBA Aviation Operation programme (2013-2016) from UPES. During this course, she says, she was introduced to concepts such as management and leadership, business communication, corporate social responsibility, financial management, organisational behaviour and many others which helped in her understanding of managing a business with a handful of employees. “These courses also enhanced my skills of communicating, decision making and team management,” she adds.
“I firmly believe that theoretical knowledge is incomplete until there is a real-life application. The subjects which we were taught in the programme helped me to apply all those learnings in my life, personally as well as professionally. There were several workshops and projects, such as dissertation and community service, that taught me valuable lessons in team management and collaboration,” Rashika remarks.
Sharing about her experience at UPES, she says, “The education system at UPES works like a well-oiled machine. It helped me in getting admission in one of the renowned universities in London for my Masters, post which I interned in Singapore for one year. This global exposure gave me a whole new perspective of the world around me. The faculty, seniors and career services team at UPES were also extremely supportive at every step of my life.”
First Officer, Interglobe Aviation Limited (Indigo)
Ms. Surabhi Sharma is an alumna of UPES, B.Tech Aerospace (Avionics) class of 2011-2015. Becoming the first commercial pilot from her hometown, Sambhar Lake in Rajasthan, Surabhi has made not only her family, but also the entire UPES community proud of her achievement. She has been working as First Officer at Interglobe Aviation Limited (Indigo) since January 2018 and has flown over 1700 hours till now, including domestic and international flights.
Surabhi enrolled for the undergraduate programme under the Department of Aerospace in the year 2011. “It was a part of my plan,” she explains, “to pursue this degree at UPES. It gave me an insight into the machine I was going to operate. My understanding of the aircraft improved and it also helped me pass the necessary examination with ease.” She wrote the entrance examination in her final year at UPES, and with appropriate guidance and mentoring from the teachers at UPES, she cracked it in the very first attempt.
When asked about the role played by her alma mater, she says “Words cannot express my gratitude towards UPES. I can honestly say that I would not be where I am today without my college and for that I owe a huge ‘thank you’ to all my teachers and friends, mentors and guides who helped me through the process. Because of the environment at UPES, I got the chance to spread my wings and become the best version of myself. I have made life-long mentors here who I know will be there for me at any point in life”
Under this project, underprivileged meritorious students from the Purkal Youth Development Society, are provided admissions to any of the programs in UPES. The project takes care of the complete fees of 2 students, provides a stipend during internships, a faculty to mentor and monitor academic and co-curricular progress, and a member from the Career Services team to assist in internships and placements