Computers are my preferred domain since very young age. I am in touch with computer since I was in 6th grade and was quite fascinated with computers as I learn to play with BASIC, LOGO, DOS and Paint brush. In 8th grade I won internet quiz at interclass level and reached till interschool level. It was then I realized that I could go ahead and make my career in computers. I started working with computers trying out AUTOCADE, Coral Draw, MS-Access, FoxPro and windows 3.1, which was too much for 8th or 9th grade student in the developing country like INDIA where one will be overwhelmed on having a glimpse of computer. The extraordinary developments in this field, both in the hardware and especially, in the software area, have further stimulated my interest and have encouraged me to choose the Computer Engineering as the main field of my university study. So Computer Engineering was an obvious choice for me after High school.
I enrolled Computer Engineering department inL.D.Collegeof Engineering affiliated toGujaratUniversitywhich is one of the topmost and oldest colleges inGujarat. I deeply concentrated on building a strong foundation in the various areas of computer engineering, which helped me to get mature as an engineer. Now I am quite fluent with computer languages such as c/c++, Java, VB and I am currently working on c# and .net technologies in internship.
My undergraduate studies require me to undertake a wide range of project and seminars. One of my great achievement was when I participated in a national level competition INVITE coordinated by GIL-Gujarat Informatics Limited and IBM. I develop a MISS-Management Information System for Promoting and Nurturing Sports for the competition and got certificate for the same. This project aimed at handling various scholarship schemes of Sports Authority of India. We provided a complete handy interface and powerful system for handling schemes and printing reports. My other project works are Revised DOS using c/c++, Online merit list generation using java-servlet and MS-Access, Online college Admission using ASP, Medical store management using VB and MS SQL server and online results onMobileusing WML.
(Please see attached Resume for Details of Project Work)
Artificial intelligence has been my area of interest since start of my career in Computers. I gave seminars on Human Computer Interaction and Artificial Intelligence. I also developed minor projects like Artificial Chat and Othello v/s Computer to support my thesis in my seminars. I also presented a white paper on Computer Vision as a part of my undergraduate curriculum. All these work strengthen my foundation in artificial intelligence. My current goal is to continue my work leading to a good research.
Apart from academics I have actively participated in extra-curricular activities. I was member of computer society of India (CSI) and actively participating in activities of CSI. I won technical quiz organized by CSI Ahmedabad Chapter. I was member of the winning team of Quiz on IBM Tools sponsored by IBM. Along with quiz completions I also participated in Open Software Competition in LAA TEQNIX a national level cultural festival. Two consecutive years I took part in LAA TEQNIX, though I was not able to win I was always among the top competitors.
In the beginning of my final year I have got a job offer from Cognizant Technology Solutions a leading MNC through campus interview. However my career goals have led me to draw conclusion that it is better to get understanding of my field of interest and indulge myself in research. I look forward for research work in Artificial Intelligence during my MS and then follow it to PHD. However for my MS degree I remain open to other topics as well.
My goal is to make a career in Research and have satisfaction of being at the forefront of ever growing field. To ensure that I have right start in this direction I need technical skills which a US graduate education would provide which is hard to get in India due to lack of funds and resources. Your university offers a program in MS which is a perfect blend of theory and research work. Researching your university on website I discovered that I will get unique opportunity for learning and self growth that your University will provide. Being brought up in Ahmedabad, a virtual capital ofGujarat, and educated throughout in English medium it is my belief that with my knowledge and experiences I too can contribute to class activity and enrich vibrant culture of Southern Illinois University. It would be great honor and a chance of a lifetime for me if I could complete my degree at Southern Illinois University.
In conclusion, I feel the graduate study at your University will be the most logical continuation of my future goals. It therefore will be my prerogative to secure an admission in your University with possible financial assistance. I am certain that I will match the high standards set by your university.
Purvag G Patel