SAS & VESIM Join Hands to Strengthen Data Analytics for Solving Mental Health Challenges

SAS & VESIM Join Hands to Strengthen Data Analytics for Solving Mental Health Challenges

SAS, one of the leaders in analytics in India and VESIM has hosted ‘Data Quezt’, one of the specially curated hackathons that leverage data analytics to solve a very pertinent problem prevalent amongst many students in India. The hackathon focused on the potential of depression and suicide among the university students in India and how analytics can prevent detect patterns of depression and suicide among students, and prevention measures for stakeholders using SAS tools.

Dr. Satish Modh, Director, VESIM, comments, “As data turns into commodity students must learn how data can be an important tool for decision making and how data should be interpreted. The way to approach this would be through developing skills like analytics, judgmental diversity management, and understanding & responding to diversity. These skills should be incorporated in the management school curriculum, and hackathons offer that additional avenue for students to implement their theoretical knowledge and solve real-world challenges”.

The hackathon saw record participation with an increase of 180 percent than the last year and for the final 24-hour hackathon held at VESIM campus, 80 students were selected. At the end of the 24 hours challenge, the winners of Data Quezt were: Group 1: Palak Davda, Mohit Badve and Vinal Bagaria; Group 2: Parth Jardosh and Shloka Shah and Group 3: Ronak Jain, Shubham Dalvi and Shubham Mawande.

“Data in right hands has the capabilities to inform and inspire those in a position to make a difference. The hackathon’s mission is to provide opportunities to young minds to use data for good of the society and harness its power to formulate potential solutions”, says Bhuvan Nijhawan, Director Education – Asia Pacific, SAS Institute India.

Data Quezt, a competition held on Data Analytics and jointly organized by VESIM B-School and SAS (India). Undergraduates and post-graduate students from various states participated in the competition to win three prizes worth 9,30,000, 6,25,000 and a consolation prize of 20,000, all sponsored by SAS(India).