GIS – 07 October 2022: The second edition of the IT Capstone Showcase Afternoon was held, yesterday, at Polytechnics Mauritius’s Réduit Campus with the aim to showcase the accomplishments of 34 final year IT students of Polytechnics Mauritius following their learning journey and the time spent in industry internship. Final year Diploma students in Big Data Analytics and Internet of Things presented their cutting-edge, hands-on and practical projects on that occasion.
The Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Education, Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun; the Chairperson of Polytechnics Mauritius Ltd (PML) Professor Theesan Bahorun; the Chief Executive Officer of PML, Mr Yamal Matabudul; Captains of the IT industry and Entrepreneurs; and other personalities were present at the event. A prize giving ceremony for several InnovEd competitions winners was also held at the venue.
The Capstone projects showcased were: Intelligent Aquaponic System using IoT devices; an Early Flood Warning System; Smart Supermarket with market basket analysis; e-buss pass with RF ID; Garbage Monitoring System; Smart IoT Pet Feeder; and, Windsor Hospital Management System.
At the very outset, the Vice-Prime Minister congratulated all the students for their innovative ideas and Capstone project prototypes as well as all prize winners of the different competitions. We are witnessing the massive expansion of technology in all spheres, the digital transformation is all around us, and it is only proper that ICT should figure prominently in the education sector, especially at the early stages, she highlighted.
Speaking about the projects, Mrs Dookun-Luchoomun remarked that they are not dissociated from our lived existence and have kept in view issues and concerns that the Mauritian population faces and they demonstrate ways and means to solve them creatively. She expressed confidence that many of the projects will be crowned with success and the students eligible for full-time employment.
The Vice-Prime Minister moreover spoke of Government’s firm belief that no student should be left behind and that means creating multiple pathways to success. This defines the importance of technical education and of Polytechnics Mauritius and more recently, the Institute of Technical Education and Technology, she indicated. Today, the mindset of employers is changing and is more tilted towards an assessment of competence rather than the acquisition of a bagful of academic qualifications, she pointed out. In that lies the competitive advantage of technical education, she emphasised.
Source: Republic of Mauritius