University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES): News & Events

UPES Students Bag the Third Prize in Youtube Video Contest Organised by AAPG Global

July 28, 2020: AAPG Global recently organsied a YouTube video contest on students chapter in association with Shell and Saudi Aramco amid the global pandemic due to Coronavirus. The students of UPES – University of Petroleum and Energy Studies participated in the contest by sharing a video that presented the academic events, sports and felicitation ceremonies. The UPES AAPG student chapter bagged the third prize and was also presented with AAPG Foundation’s L. Austin Week’s Undergraduate Grant 2020 worth $500. Its annual awards are presented in order to help structure thorough knowledge and scientific understanding in the constantly expanding field of geology and earth sciences to undergraduate level geoscience students and student-led geological sciences associations who have demonstrated phenomenal progress in the field with a generous stipend.

AAPG student chapter bridges the gap between the industry and academia by organising international guest lectures/webinars, inviting distinguished industry professionals from the domain to help provide an all-round development experience to budding engineers.

UPES Student Develops Telemedicine App ‘Spotdoc’

July 8, 2020: With an increasing number of Coronavirus patients, a lot of other people are fearing visiting hospitals or doctors for their regular health check-ups, blood pressure monitoring, etc. Considering the situation, third-year BDes student Ambika Negi at UPES – University of Petroleum and Energy Studies with the help of faculty and coordinator of Interaction Design Programme, Dr Anirban Chowdhury, has decided to design a telemedicine application called Spotdoc. The project aims to develop a mobile app with online doctor consultations (via video and audio calls), on-line Heart Rate and Blood Pressure checks, prescriptions, medicine orders from nearby pharmacies and an emergency SOS button for ambulance facility.

This app is different from other telemedicine applications available in the market in a way that it offers AI-based Covid symptoms analysis functionality. Spotdoc also uses AI to predict diseases immediately and suggests specialists who can help in the treatment of symptoms.

It is estimated that the application will get ready by the end of 2020. It will be launched in various Indian languages, however, languages such as Hindi, Tamil, Bengali and English will have voice assistance for the visually challenged.

UPES Placement 2020 Process Continues Amid Global Pandemic

June 29, 2020:UPES – University of Petroleum and Energy Studies is known for its track record of quality placements. Despite the nationwide lockdown and pandemic situations across the globe, UPES successfully placed all 91 eligible students of Design curriculum in reputed design firms across the country. The participating companies include TCS, LTI-L&T InfoTech, TATA Elxsi, Infosys, Wildcraft, Titan, Hettich, Siemens Technology Service, Bosch, IDE Autoworks and Royal Enfield. These companies brought in a plethora of opportunities for students that includes Lead-Experience Design, UI/UX, Trainee Designer, Game Artist, Ship Design and Designer. The highest package offered during UPES placement 2020 was Rs 7.05 LPA and the average package stood at Rs 6.33 LPA.

UPES Collaborates with London School of Business & Finance to Prepare Business-Savvy Engineers

June 15, 2020:UPES – University of Petroleum and Energy Studies announced its collaboration with the London School of Business and Finance (LSBF), Singapore, to provide its students with the best possible level of business and management education. Being multi-disciplinary and specialisation-focused University, UPES operates the School of Engineering and the School of Computer Sciences and has introduced the Business Diploma for the students of these schools.

As part of the agreement with UPES, LSBF will develop and deliver curricula for specific modules of the Business Diploma Programme in both online and offline mode. After successful completion, the students will be certified by the LSBF with their Bachelor’s Degree of Technology and a Business Diploma from UPES.Apart from this UPES School of Engineering and School of Computer Science offers over 30 specialised engineering programmes and both, the existing and the in-coming students will benefit from this collaboration.

UPES Designs a Mobile Application to Keep Existing Students and New Applicants Updated

June 5, 2020: In the current pandemic situation, when all have adopted a digital life, UPES – University of Petroleum and Energy Studies has come with a new initiative to be able to stay in touch with students and applicants. UPES has launched a new mobile application that not just facilitates digital learning but also given updates in latest or upcoming events and happenings at the University. For aspiring applicants, they can take a 360-degree virtual view of the campus right from their mobile. The app is both Android and iOS compatible.

Besides this, there are other features of this app too for both current students and aspiring ones such as:

  1. The Home Tab also addresses common issues such as campus facilities for all parents and students
  2. The ‘Spotlight’ section in the App is a focus for all of the university, faculty , students and alumni’s recent developments — Shakti Scholarship, student achievement, and informative papers and articles from faculty and students
  3. True to ‘Learning Never Stops’ core theory of UPES, all learning modules – articles, videos, webinars – are brought together at a single place in the ‘Learn’ section. Students can read research papers quickly, watch online curricula and attend webinars facilitated by industry experts
  4. The ‘Live’ section of the app provides solutions to questions and concerns of parents and students. It includes campus activities, student achievements, alumni stories and parent tales
  5. The sections ‘Connect’ and ‘Chat’ help applicants to contact counsellors, faculty and alumni to seek answers to questions. The forum for discussion is open for everyone and candidates can ask questions in real time

The app shows UPES’s culture and will provide students and applicants with tremendous help. It allows them to understand UPES society, to connect with industry experts, to get to know potential batchmates and to follow up with their application by way of curated posts.

UPES Partners with GoI to Contain Spread of Coronavirus

May 18, 2020: The research team at UPES – University of Petroleum and Energy Studies has introduced an innovative solution to contain the spread of novel Coronavirus. Dr JK Pandey and PS Sairam have proposed the idea of using ozone Micro Nano Bubble for sanitisation of public places. Basis this innovative solution, UPES has partnered with Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India to help them fight against the pandemic situation. The experts seek to build a model suited to the needs of homes and to sanitise public areas such as hospitals, transit networks and so on. They strive to accomplish these goals.

With its powerful oxidation capability and absence of harmful residue, the ozone micro-Nano-bubbles (MNBs) is a potential disinfectant. This technique against bacterial contamination was found to be successful. UPES is working towards the possibility of designing a similar prototype.

UPES Announces 25% Scholarship on Course Fee to Female Students to Promote Women Empowerment

May 11, 2020: The UPES – University of Petroleum and Energy Studieshas announced a scholarship of 25 per cent on complete programme fee for all female students joining undergraduate and postgraduate courses in 2020. The aim is to promote women empowerment by providing them training, development and financial aid through this scholarship programme.

Furthermore, UPES provides support in education and in holistic development to 49 underprivileged girls, from the neighbouring villages of its campus and is also closely working with Purkal Youth Development Society in providing 100 per cent scholarship to female students interested in pursuing higher education at UPES.

Started in the year 2003, UPES aims at providing industry embedded courses to all its undergraduates and postgraduates students.

UPES Students Design Automated Sanitizer Machine

April 22, 2020: Mayank and Kshitij, BTech students of UPES – University of Petroleum and Energy Studies design a fully automated sanitizer machine amid the lockdown situation with minimum resources available. With a lot of students countrywide experimenting and developing innovative products to contain the spread of novel Coronavirus, students of UPES also saw this period as an opportunity to contribute to society. Apart from sanitising, this mini robot also can function as a communication system between medical staff and infected patients by helping them deliver masks and medicine in quarantine wards while maintaining social distancing. Also, it can be used a patrolling machine to the containment zones to identify the defaulters.

A similar prototype has already been used by countries such as the USA, China and Russia. This technology can also be used by India to tackle the crisis and defend our first line of defence.

UPES to Move Classes Online Amid COVID-19 Pandemic Situation

April 3, 2020: Considering the pandemic situation and alongside, the importance of continuing the classes, UPES – University of Petroleum and Energy Studies has decided to give students and faculty access to online platforms such as Blackboard, Recorded Lectures and Virtual Classrooms. The University has also opened up its Central Library System that has over 2.5 lakh E-Books and other resources to facilitate e-learning for students as well as faculty members. It includes:

  • Availability of all EBSCO e-resources to the  tune of 600 Harvard Business Publishing e-books freely accessible during COVID-19
  • Accessibility of IEEE xplore digital library platforms from remote locations
  • Accessibility of 2.45 lakh e-books from outside the campus using offline facility
  • Accessibility of all subscribed resources to UPES members from remote locations

University’s wide variety of resources will help students keep themselves updated with the latest information. Hence, learning will not fall behind.

India’s Missile Woman visits UPES for National Space Convention 2020

February 22, 2020: Infinity Space Club at UPES – University of Petroleum and Energy Studies organised National Space Convention, Renaissance 2.0 in association with Uttarakhand Science Education and Research Centre (USERC), Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) of United Nations and Space India. The event was organsied on February 21 and 22 and was sponsored by CADD and Rocketeer India. The event witnessed the participation of over 150 students across Dehradun and Chandigarh.

Renaissance, the National Space Convention, is an idea of students of Infinity Space Club. This idea was nurtured and driven by the continuing support offered by UPES Administration that includes Dean of Academic Development and Innovation and School of Engineering Dr Kamal Bansal and Chancellor of UPES Aerospace Engineering Department Dr S J Chopra.

School of Law Organises Professional Development Workshop

February 21, 2020: A two-week workshop on developing students’ academic and professional skills was organised by the UPES – University of Petroleum and Energy Studies-School of Law, in collaboration with the University of Law, the UK, to enrich students with global approach of law. The workshop was facilitated by experts from ULAW, UK, Rachael Wright and Emma Taylor. Over 80 law students actively participated in the event. The event was designed in a way to help students develop their skills provide them with the necessary knowledge to follow and mark their careers in the fields of law. The exercises included both large group activities and  workshops, which offer an overall overview of the skills required by a legal practitioner, a company lawyer and a consultant. A number of competencies developed and polished through these exercises such as client counselling, client interactions, note making, legal writing, effective communication, effective presentation, conducting effective conferences with the clients and use of technology within law. This tie-up proved to be a great initiative for both students, and the faculty.

UPES Inks MoU with Drishti Eye Institute

February 4, 2020: University of Petroleum and Energy Studies signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Drishti Eye Institute and Synergy Institute of Medical to provide clinical and experimental training to students. This also includes guest lectures and students interaction with the experts from institute.

Started in 1994, Drishti Eye Institute operates with a  vision to fulfill the need for super-specialty eye care services in Dehradun. It is known as one of the leading centers in Northern India for patient care, eye testing and medical education.

Dehradun based The Synergy Institute of Medical Sciences is a privately held unit of Padmanabh Healthcare Limited company. It is a 140-bedded multi-super-specialty tertiary care hospital. It is based on anatomy, heart medicine, gastrician sciences, renal research, critical care, mother and childhood orthotrauma, ophthalmology, ENT and much more.

UPES Collaborates with Coursera to Upgrade Students Skills

January 30, 2020: Understanding the need of industry and ever-changing demand, UPES – University of Petroleum and Energy Studies has collaborated with Coursera to give student free access to over 3,600 global professional courses. The idea is to help students upgrade their skills with add-on courses that will not only add value to their resume but will also give them cutting-edge skills with the most in-demand technologies and disciplines. The benefits of this collaboration are-

  1. Students of one discipline can easily access the courses of other domains such as medical student can access analytical course or engineering student can access digital marketing course. Similarly there are n number of combinations students can try.
  2. Lectures are facilitated by industry leaders and prominent faculty members across globe. The students have complete flexibility to rewind and play again and again till the tie they are not through with the concepts
  3. All courses come with certifications. These present enthusiasm and willingness to learn and grow in career.
  4. Coursera will let students undertake advance courses to understand depth of concepts. For instance, a marketing student can pursue digital marketing or finance student can learn financial modelling.

University Introduces Alumni Success Programmes

January 21, 2020: Keeping in mind the importance of alumni contribution towards an institution, UPES has introduced various initiatives for its former students. These include placement support, incubation support, scholarships on higher studies, industry-oriented courses and career services.

The university assures mentoring and placement support, access to incubation centre, work space for 12 months to selective alumni, access to industry network opportunities and business set up support to alumni for up to five years from graduation. These offerings are applicable for the graduating batches from 2015 onwards.

UPES celebrates third anniversary of Connoisseur

January 20, 2020: The Literary Club of UPES – University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Connoisseur has successfully completed three years since its inception. The club has turned out to be one of the best student clubs at UPES. It was established with an aim to create a platform where young minds can work and collaborate to develop their full potential. Connoisseur successfully organized various national-level events such as Ash-e-Azadi, Kavyanjali, Expresssoo and The Literary Expedition Fest, inviting students from various universities across the country.

Student Bhagya Chandani Represents India at International Petroleum Technology Conference

December 29, 2019: Final Year Undergraduate student Bhagya Chandani of UPES – University of Petroleum and Energy Studies represented India at International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) held in Beijing. He was one of sixty four students across forty nine universities and twenty four countries to represent India. Bhagya undergo a thorough selection process based on academic transcript, additional achievements, leadership experience and statement of intent. IPTC is a multidisciplinary scientific conference dedicated to disseminate and exchange new oil recovery techniques, best practices and expertise, one of the most important international gatherings for the oil and gas industry.

UPES to Soon Launch School of Smart Agriculture

December 18, 2019: The UPES – University of Petroleum and Energy Studies will soon launch School of Smart Agriculture at its Dehradun campus. To offer a wide range of services, university has placed itself in the field of advanced technologies such as IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Unmanned aerial vehicles, and GPS in terms of exiting farming practices.

University Inks MoU with University of Law to Facilitate Collaborative Learning to Students

December 14, 2019: The University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Law (U Law) of the United Kingdom for collaborative learning programmes. UPES marks 2019 as the Year of Internationality. The MoU aims at benefitting students and faculty by the means of faculty and students exchange programme, summer school programme, research collaboration and collaborative seminars.

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