The setting up of the Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) and the Vidya Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Research (VCAIR) were two novel initiatives that Vidya had witnessed in the recent past. The former has been visualised as the agency for coordinating all activities relating to teaching and learning beyond curriculum while the latter has been visualised as the springboard for carrying out advanced research in cutting edge technologies related to artificial intelligence. The two Centres have been functioning effectively for some time and they were waiting for an auspicious moment for formal inauguration. The auspicious moment came on 16 November 2018.
The two centres, VCAIR and CCE, were formally inaugurated on 16 November 2018 by the chief guest of the occasion Dr Sobhan C B, Dean – Alumni Affairs and International Relations, School of NanoScience & Technology, NIT Calicut.
Dr Ramani Bai V (Head – VCAIR and Head of CSE Dept) welcomed the gathering. The president of the function, Principal Dr Saji C B, inspired the students by elaborating how these two centres would help in the betterment of the learning environment in Vidya.
Dr Sobhan C B inaugurated the centres by lighting the traditional lamp. He also released the logo of VCAIR. In his address Dr Sobhan described the functioning of VCAIR and CCE. He motivated the students to explore the opportunities in international institutions and to develop the ability to communicate with research communities. Also he elaborated on the functioning of Nano-Science and Technology at NIT, Calicut.
Er G Mohanachandran Executive Director, Vidya International Charitable Trust, distributed the first set of certificates to MCA students who had completed a course under CCE. He addressed the students about the vision of forming these two centres and how they got into the present structure. He also encouraged students and academic community to join and grow with VCAIR and CCE. Vice Principal and the advisor of CCE, Dr V N Krishnachandran, explained how the personalized certificates for the courses completed under CCE were designed.
Dr Sudha Balagopalan, Dean-Academics, conveyed three messages: first was the appeal to the students to listen to the lectures as the teachers took much efforts for delivering the courses for them; second message was to utilize the programs and opportunities provided by VCAIR and CCE and third was to be the messengers of this ceremony that they should pass on the details of this programs and opportunities provided by the centres to their classmates so that the student community get benefited.
The convener of CCE, Dr Deepa Mohan thanked the gathering for their participation on the auspicious occasion of the inauguration of CCE and VCAIR and the cooperation rendered by the coordinators.