Muffadal was a part of Ganpat University Campus for 6 long years (2001-2007), having completed both his Diploma (2001-2004) and B.E. Mechatronics (2004-2007) from here.
It was in year 2001 when Gujarat was hit by the deadly Earthquake in Bhuj and HSC board exams were held twice that year, that Muffadal passed with 70% in science stream (Maths and Biology were not different stream then). It was a time when there were very few Engineering colleges in the state, around 21 only for a combined of B.E + D.E + B.Pharm + D.Pharm. So even after scoring a distinction there were no seats available in B.E. Not deterred by this one event to determine his life goals he chose the Diploma to Degree route.
He was among the top scorers in the class and decided to continue in the same campus and joined UVPCE. In his own words joining UVPCE was a turning point for him. The staff, teaching methodologies, and curriculum widened his horizons and his thought process which played a major role in his future success. It taught him that careers are not limited just by your specific education degree and you can achieve what you aim for.
In the final year placement seasons Muffadal was placed with three companies. He had offers from Reliance Industries, Infosys Technologies and Wipro Technologies. With a widened horizon it was never a thought that being a Mechatronics Engineer I cannot be software professional or now I can only have a career in Mechanical/Mechatronics industries. He decided to join Infosys Technologies in Mysore and thus began his journey from a Mechatronics guy to a Software Professional.
Training in Infosys is one of the toughest training in industry and many people failing the exams and losing the job and few of them even taking the extreme step to end their lives. His Mechatronics and non-software background did not hold him back and he cleared all the software technical trainings with flying colors, an achievement he credits to the best thing he learned in UVPCE – the skill of Learning to learn (new things) and unlearn (the old things so not to be bogged down by them).
With his 3.5 years in Infosys he worked with some of the best clients in corporate world like Bank of America and Fidelity investments and wrote some high end best performing software for these clients and won many accolades. Bidding a farewell to Infosys he joined Dassault Systemes (Part of the Dassault Group, popularly known for their Rafale Fighter Jets) in their 3D Experience and Software Design division. Here he worked with some of the best in class software products like CATIA, Simulia and Enovia. He was instrumental in creating a software e-learning application that would help the end users to learn all this complex software better. With 2.5 years in this challenging role he moved on to join Sterlite Technologies in its software division. Sterlite Technologies is a leader in Fiber Optics cable manufacturing and BSS OSS Software for Telecom Operators. Sterlite is also working with GOI and is building smart cities (Gandhinagar, Kakinada to name a few). Being part of the Software and Technical Pre-Sales division he played key role in designing end to end technology solutions for some of the Tier-1 Telecom operators in South East Asia like Time Telecom and YTL in Malaysia, STI, Bali Tower, Lintas Arta and Biznet in Indonesia, Liberty Wireless in Singapore, Telenor in Myanmar and many more. These technology solutions around their BSS and OSS products helped Sterlite secure its place as one of the leading players in their segment. From Software division he moved to Transformation division where he is now helping transform Sterlite Manufacturing and internal divisions to be the best technologically equipped divisions in all aspects. He is currently working with Sterlite Technologies as Manager – IT Transformation.
Continuous learning has played a key to his success, something he says he learned from UVPCE that to be successful you always have to be a student in life and keep learning. While working on all the challenging tasks he has completed his P.G.D.I.T from Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning, and his Evening M.B.A from B. K. School of Business Management – Gujarat University. Evening M.B.A being a 3 year course with every day classes in the evening from 7 to 10 PM, was a challenge in itself. This takes a lot of determination to complete such a tough course which is the same as a 2 yrs. full time M.B.A, but his never say die attitude did not let him fail, and this too he completed with First Class. Not stopping at these achievements he is now pursuing his part time Ph.D. in management from Gujarat University.
Hope his journey inspires all the fellow UVPCeans to achieve greater heights and make their alma mater proud.
" Never say die is the ultimate key to success. You have not failed until you have accepted the failure."
(With inputs from Muffadal Ownali Katheria)
Prof. D K Soni