STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The true way to render ourselves happy is to love our work and find in it our pleasure. When I completed my first computer program, I was fascinated by how the computer was able to do whatever I told it to do. This interest has fueled the choices I took in my academic career and has shaped my ambitions. The urges to learn more and contribute to humankind have driven the course of my academic career for all these years, including my current decision to pursue graduate study.
During high school, I was involved in writing programs that helped in workplace management for a small enterprise. At that time, the interest to know how a calculator was built along with the drive to apply Visual Basic made me develop a scientific calculator and that was the first time I realized that I have found something in me. I was the 3rd highest scorer in school with a centum in Mathematics and topped the school in Computer Science. Certain decisions could be a game changer and one such decision, which changed my life, was my judgment to continue the exploration in search of computer knowledge by opting for a bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering.
My college curriculum, in one of India's renowned educational institutions, Anna University, gave me both theoretical and practical knowledge in my field of interest. The first year basics made me realize that I have a lot more talent than just needed for a calculator simulation. I got the books in Java and honed my skills to program my first inter-network chat tool which gave many applications like file sharing and font formatting. As a curious follower of games and how it works, this madness lead to a creation of a game called "BINGO", a game involving two people connected on two computers with 25 squares each.
In the second year of my study, I was introduced to data structures and this was the time I got to know how data could be stored in an efficient manner. When I asked one of my lecturers, they told me something that interested me a lot. It was Database management Systems. The day I heard this, I started my research on it and worked on a project to help my dad store his files. I learnt Visual Basic with MS Access as the backend using the e-books available. "If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign that you're not doing anything very innovative, if you understand what you're doing, you're not learning anything new". After a month of hardship in coding, I created an office tool for my father.
This tool changed my life completely as it was given to many of dad's business friends and their encouragement made me to pursue a course in ASP.NET. After the completion of this course, I learnt C#. NET, VB.NET and ADO.NET using e-books. True satisfaction comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others. I began the next venture in college. This started when there was so much frustration in making internal assessments in the college and keeping a record of student and college performance. This made me work on it and create a tool called "Query-IT" which created a lot of interest among the staffs and was recognized in college for its design and the creative features it provided. The thirst to try different things never stopped. I decided to begin my next project, "Bus Management System", which was appreciated by the Principal of the College. As I was thinking of doing something different, I ended up in Ad Hoc. I started up this project with the help of my lecturer and am currently in pursuit of it.
I won the first place for Paper Presentation in a National Level Technical Symposium, for the paper "Wi-Fi and its uses in various fields of innovations". This launch pad gave me a platform to many presentations in a number of tech fests. This prolonged interest made me continue and write a research paper, "Checking and bounding of packets in transport application", which I presented in a National Conference and was appreciated by researchers for its R& D content. When I entered a supermarket and found how RFID works with computers, I decided to do a paper on it and this was presented in a National Conference. When I realized how much RFID can help in retailing, I put all my thoughts in a paper, "Impact of RFID in Retail Industry", which I later presented in an International Conference in Mumbai and was appreciated by delegates from various countries for its innovative content. As a member of the IEEE, I have had the opportunity to attend meetings and seminars of research professionals which regularly updated me with the latest emerging technologies.
Considering my programming skills, I was selected for Velammal Software solutions, a software company within our campus and had an opportunity to work in a competitive environment with cutting edge technologies. I was involved in a State Wide Tourism Project. I was adjudged "the best in programming" in a number of colleges. I was appointed as Mock Interview co-coordinator considering my interviewing skills and my performance in the academic cultural. I have won a lot of Tech Quiz competitions. I was Quiz Master in the cultural for two consecutive years. The skit penned and directed by me won our department the cultural shield and was a vital player in cultural. I was the President of the cultural event "Fancy Fęte", which was successfully conducted in my school. It gave me ample confidence. It taught me that the basis for good work is self-reliance and very importantly, time management. I represented my district team in Football and was the captain of my team. Have participated in National Level Cyber Olympiad and State Level Talent Search Exam and was ranked among the Top 25 in both.
My passion for computer research has become more and more evident to me as I progressed through school and college. I personally follow the saying "Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already learnt, you will never grow". The excellent coursework and research opportunities offered by the university have attracted me to a great extent. Also the world-class education, with tuition fee waivers and scholarships, for the meritorious students is an added benefit. I consider that a graduate program at your university will be the next step in my academic career, and look forward to the opportunity to work with the highly accomplished faculties and diverse students at your university
Ananthkumar K S