An initiative by EconomicTimes.com, the ETCS programme provides engineering students in India with an opportunity to showcase their professional competence and individual skills. The sixth edition of ET Campus Stars, which aimed to identify the brightest engineering talents with the potential to drive India’s technology sector forward, witnessed the participation of over 35,000 students from more than 2,000 engineering colleges across the country.
ET Campus Stars 6.0 – View the complete winner list here
Among the 87 students who qualified for the ET Campus Stars Class of 2022-2023, 51 were third-year students, 35 were final-year students and 1 second-year student. In terms of diversity, the final list of winners had 62% of male students and 38% female engineering students.
ET Campus Stars 6.0 was brought to you in association with Skill Lync as Upskilling Partner, Sabre as Technology Partner, EIT InnoEnergy as Sustainable Energy Partner, Think Exam as Assessment Partner, Study24x7 as Learning Partner, and Bennett University as Knowledge Partner.
Since its launch in 2017, ET Campus Stars has completed six successful editions. It has motivated engineering students to unleash their true potential and has played a vital role in identifying talented engineers who are ready to shape the future of technology in India. The programme allows participants to compete with the best minds, undergo industry-endorsed assessments, and engage with leaders from India Inc. Speaking on the quality of candidates in this edition, Ashwin Damera, CEO of Eruditus & Emeritus, said, “I found the candidates shortlisted by ET Campus Stars to be of high quality. They come from diverse backgrounds and possess exceptional intelligence, strong critical thinking skills, and innovative thinking abilities. I was thrilled by the talent and potential of India’s future leaders. Thank you, ET, for giving me this opportunity to engage with them.” Lalit Singh, MD of McGraw Hill India, also expressed his delight in interacting with these young stars and acknowledged their brilliant ideas, superb skills, and positive attitudes, which hold the potential to solve real-world problems and build a bright future for themselves.The final phase of the ETCS program provided shortlisted students with the opportunity to interact with a distinguished jury that comprised top CXOs from India Inc and the entrepreneurial ecosystem. These industry leaders evaluated the students on various parameters to identify the best engineering minds with the potential to become the ET Campus Stars for the Class of 2022-2023.
ET Campus Stars: An initiative to provide wide exposure
ET Campus Stars has served as a platform for budding engineers to discover their core strengths and limitations through industry-endorsed assessments. It has facilitated interactive conversations and engagement opportunities with renowned leaders from India Inc. Engineering students have benefited from benchmarking themselves against their peers nationwide.
Masterclasses and Career Talks by Industry Experts
To enhance the experience for participants in the 6th edition, ET Campus Stars organised mentor classes and career talks with experts. Informative sessions covered various topics, including AI and the future of work, studying and living in the UK, career opportunities in product management, and interviewing. The masterclasses covered subjects like ‘Innovation & Entrepreneurship to Boost Your Engineering Career,’ ‘Tech Talent Hiring Trends in 2023,’ and ‘How to Build a Career in the EV Industry: Insights, Trends, and Job Opportunities.’
Top CXOs from India Inc as jury members
The distinguished jury members included Archana Verma, Head Technology Services at Sun Life; Ashish Jaiswal, Chief Technology Officer at Times Internet; Ashwin Damera, CEO of Eruditus & Emeritus; Avelo Roy, MD of Kolkata Ventures; Prof Dr. Frank Gielen, Executive Board Member of EIT Innoenergy; Daisy Chittilapilly, President of CISCO India; Dale Vaz, CTO of Swiggy; Hari Vasudev, SVP – Retail Tech Platforms and Country Head at Walmart Global Tech India; Jyothirlatha B, CTO of Godrej Capital; Kailash Nadh, CTO of Zerodha; Dr. Lalit Singh, MD of McGraw Hill; Santhosh Kumar, MD of Texas Instruments; Seshan Ramachandran, SVP & Global Delivery Head – HLS, Tech Mahindra; Shailendra Katyal, Managing Director of Lenovo India P Ltd; Shyam Prabhakar Mardikar, President, Group CTO Mobility at Reliance Jio; and, Vidmay Naini, Country Head – India & South East Asia at eBay.
Sharing his experience at ETCS 6.0, Prof. Frank, Director, InnoEnergy, said, “It’s always a great experience to spend time with young people who are exploring new domains in their studies. They are at the threshold of a career that can truly make a difference. What fascinates me during interactions is their focus on technology, their excitement for learning. However, when we delve deeper into conversations and show them how they can contribute to areas that truly matter, such as changing people’s lives or impacting companies and society, it becomes an intriguing conversation. Despite their youth and limited experience, they offer me new insights and ideas that I may not have considered before.”
To learn more about the ETCS initiative, visit www.etcampusstars.com.