Inspiring quotes like these by Swami Vivekananda, a sage, a social reformer and one of the greatest thinkers from India, have inspired millions. He embraced education as the primitive aim of life which ingrains supreme ideals in every mind. I, Abhishek Seshasayee, being a long-time admirer of Swami Vivekananda, have been inspired by his impelling adages. I have learnt from his sayings to work hard until I accomplish my goals and to follow my passions fervently.
My schooling embarked at the age of 6 when I was enrolled to Sree Saraswathi Vidya Mandira for primary education. Primary schooling played a significant role in imbibing ethics to be a responsible citizen, and an ambitious individual. International Assessment for Schools conducted by The University of New South Wales helped me to develop my interest for science and get a global exposure when I was young. My earliest encounter with technology took place at this age, when my father brought a video game for me. I was astonished by the technology. My admiration for technology increased with the introduction of a fixed line telephone and a Computer in my home.
My fondness for science and love for technology grew as I joined Secondary School. Secondary School gave me an exposure to a larger volume of academic content and instilled analytical thinking in me. It also gave me an opportunity to acquire more knowledge in Mathematics, which was my favourite subject right from my childhood. My passion for science accreted when I won first place in a Science Exhibition conducted by my school. I completed my 10th Standard Board Examination with distinction by scoring a remarkable 91.04% (Among top 5% in the entire State).
It was during high school that Mobile Technology started to boom in India. I was stunned by the concept of a Mobile phone, a small handheld device, which was capable of performing numerous functions. Mobile phones changed the way people communicated and socialised. Communication became lot easier with the introduction of mobile phones. Predilection for electronic gadgets and zeal for Science and Mathematics bolstered me to choose Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Electronics as core subjects at a Pre-University level. Laboratories played a very important role for me to comprehend the theory taught in classrooms. This drew my attention towards the plenteous research going on around the world, especially in the field of Electronics. Subsequently, I dreamt of becoming a researcher to contribute something in this field. I completed my Pre-University with a score of 87.50% in my core subjects. I was among the top 10% in a pool of more than a hundred thousand Engineering aspirants. This score helped me to get admission into one of the most highly reputed colleges in the state, Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering.
With tremendous development in Telecommunication Technology around the world, my fascination to perceive this technology allured me to choose Telecommunication Engineering as my major for undergraduate studies in Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering. Engineering gave me a whole new perspective about Science and Technology. Four years of Engineering helped me to understand the various aspects of Communication. First year of Engineering answered some of the basic queries I had in the subject. Courses offered during the second year, helped me to comprehend the fundamentals of Communications. These subjects laid a strong foundation for me to assimilate advanced courses in telecommunication. Subjects studied during third and fourth years, fortified my aspiration for research in this field. Microcontrollers, Microprocessors, Computer Communication and Networking, Wireless Communication and Adaptive Signal Processing were among my favourite subjects.
I liked working in Laboratories and always felt that the concepts learnt will be concrete only when it is applied practically. This is evident from the scores I got in laboratories throughout my Engineering Course. Our college supported us by providing very well equipped laboratories, wherein we were given an opportunity to implement our new ideas. During my Third year of Engineering, I attended Summer Training in Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), India's Largest and oldest communications service provider, to gain more practical knowledge about Communications. This training offered me an exposure to a wide range of telecommunication technologies which is being used in real time for a country with a billion people.
In my final year of Engineering, I got an opportunity to work under a great scientist, Dr S.N Omkar, in the renowned research institute, Indian Institute of Science (IISc). In the beginning it was a challenging task for us, as undergraduate students, to meet the high standards of the Institute. We took this challenge constructively and worked harder to complete the project successfully. This project setup a platform for me to accept the challenges dauntlessly. By the end of the project, I was adept in MATLAB programming and my problem solving skills had greatly improved. We completed the project entitled "Video Stabilization using Maximum Feature Extraction" and got Project Completion Certificate from Dr S.N Omkar himself. This project is considered to be one of the unique projects in the Department of Telecommunication, Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering. We got lot of appreciation on submitting the project. I completed my Engineering with an overall percentage of 69.50.
My problem solving skills, communication skills, along with good academics helped me to get selected by Infosys Limited, one of the largest multinational software companies in the world. Corporate Training by Education and Research Department in Infosys helped me to enhance my programming skills extensively. I was trained on a broad spectrum of technologies. Professional soft skills training strengthened my Communication and leadership Skills, while the cross cultural sensitivity program enlightened me about the importance of accepting and respecting the numerous cultures around the world. I completed the training with a remarkable CGPA of 4.5 on a scale of 5.
Presently, I am working on Mainframe legacy systems, which involves COBOL, Database Management Systems (DBMS) and Job Control Language (JCL). I have also worked on Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) and was successful in implementing automation tools. My diligence to complete the assigned tasks on time has been appreciated by the seniors in the team and by my Project Manager. My journey in Infosys has taught me the importance of positive thinking and significance of perseverance to accomplish the goals. My work experience in Infosys has enriched me in a multitude of ways, which I had not got from classrooms. It also made me more passionate about pursuing higher studies in the technologies I love.
Extracurricular Activities play a pivotal role in shaping the character of an individual and to rouse the quiescent creativity in him. My inclination for extracurricular activities started at a very early age when I joined Swimming. Swimming helped me to develop both physically and mentally. I have participated in many competitions and won 2nd place in a state level competition organised by the Bangalore Aquatic Centre (BAC). These participations augmented my competitive instincts and sportsmanship. I joined National Cadet Corps (NCC) in high school, which played a major role in moulding me into a disciplined individual. I strengthened my leadership skills by attending many camps through NCC and coordinating in various programs organised in schools and colleges. Being a part of the theatre team during my Engineering, I got umpteen opportunities to participate in mimes and dramas, which helped me to develop my theatrical abilities. I participated in a State Level Drama competition organized by Department of Kannada & Culture, Government of Karnataka in 2009 and won Second Place. My involvement in theatre helped me to develop my soft skills and confidence to adapt to various situations. It also taught me to manage people and to work effectively in a team. All these activities outside the curriculum have abetted me to evolve as mature individual.
The excellent research facilities provided by your university have impressed me. Attractive academic programs, guided by a distinguished faculty make your university a highly favourable environment to pursue my Master's. I find great interest in research works like implementing cloud computing for more information reliability with improved security over communication networks, particularly for defence operations, carried out by Dijiang Huang in the field of computer and communications networks. America is one of the greatest contributors to telecommunication technology. My aspiration to pursue Master of Science program in your esteemed university has been a ponderous decision. I am aware of the dedication and determination a Master's Degree demands. I assure you that I will fulfil the academic requirements with diligence and earnestness.
The unquenchable thirst to acquire more knowledge in the field of Communication and Networking has motivated me to dedicate my career for research in this field. Rapid technological advancements and my fervour to specialise in this field, has driven me to apply for the Master's Program, which will ultimately direct me to accomplish my objectives. I sincerely request you to provide an opportunity for me to study in your prestigious university.