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Innovative measures by South Point HS during Covid

Kolkata, Jul 09 (UNI) Life is not about grades and exams, to succeed you need to work hard on whatever you choose, Dr Sampriti Bhattacharyya told students of South Point High School here while addressing them in a webinar this morning, from San Francisco, USA.
Sampriti, herself a South Pointer of the 2005 HS batch, was speaking on the topic “From ocean depths to outer space: Chasing your passion”. She gave the students a glimpse of her life after her school days and took them through her highs and lows, particularly her failures en route to her success and how to deal with them.

She answered questions on hydrone, robotics, ocean science, mathematical modelling, system dynamics, artificial intelligence (AI) and how she balances between research work and managing the CEO’s job. She emphasized that compared to space, more than 80% of our ocean remain unexplored. 'It is because, after a certain depth, nothing works under water, radio does not work, GPS does not work, mapping is difficult, everything corrodes quickly and pressure builds as we go deep down. It is here robotics can come to our help,' she said and emphasized that robots are not taking our jobs, they are opening up new frontiers.

Dr Bhattacharyya is a Roboticist and Aerospace Engineer who did her Ph.D from MIT in 2017. She is the founder and CEO of ONET Global, a maritime stealth start-up in San Francisco Bay Area, working on marine autonomy. She has received many accolades from being recognized as one of Forbes 30 under 30 (2016), Robohub’s 25 Women in Robotics & Mass Challenge Gold Prize Winner, among others. Her invention, the Hydrone, has been lauded at the Senate Invention Caucus and is now on display in the Victoria & Albert Design Museum in London as one of the top 100 projects shaping the future.

Today's programme was a part of a series titled Pointer Connect, an initiative of the South Point Ex-Students Association along with the school with the objective to bring together and connect Pointers across generations, to augment the learning process of the current students on one hand, and to provide a means of contributing back to their alma mater for the alumni, on the other.

Ever since the COVID Pandemic, South Point High School has been organizing such webinar series, connecting present students with some very famous and successful alumni settled abroad, who gave such inspirational talks. Some of the earlier webinars include talks by:
1. Dr Debjit Das Sarkar, Chief Auto Pilot Hardware Architect of Tesla spoke on “The wondrous world of self-driving cars” from San Jose, USA
2. Dr. Arkadev Chatterjea, Financial Economist associated with Cornell University and author of many economics text books prescribed in 75 universities worldwide delivered a lecture to students on “Micro Economics and Economics of Pandemics” from Bloomington, USA
3. Ashish Toshniwal, CEO and Founder of Y-Media Labs, one of the most admired companies of the Silicon Valley recounted his success story from San Francisco, USA
4. Partha Sarathi Chatterjee, Data & Analytics Head of Shell Energy, made the students aware of “Disruptive Technologies of the Future” from Houston, USA.
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