News about my small achievements, as came in media -  Wednesday, 27th February 2008

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008 5:50:08 PM (IST)  
Mangalore: Blood Donation Camp held at St Aloysius College

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (GA)

Mangalore, Feb 26: A blood donation camp was organized at St Aloysius College on Tuesday February 26. This camp was jointly organized by the student council and the NSS units of the college.  A total of 150 units of blood was collected at the end of the camp.

Dr U Thalithaya, blood bank officer, Red Cross Society, Mangalore inaugurated the camp. Dr Sumit, blood bank officer, Kasturba Medical College (Ambedkar Circle) was the chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Sumit threw light on the importance of donating blood. He called upon the students of the college to shun all apprehensions about donating blood and actively take part in the camp.

Exclusive software called the Blood Software was also launched on this occasion. This software was developed by Mahesh Chowta. This software which will be made available in all the colleges of Mangalore University enables one to maintain complete database of all the blood donors in a college. Using this software, it is possible to identify donors available for a particular group at a particular time.

Fr Francis Almeida, campus minister of the college, Dr Richard Gonzalves, director of the students’ council, Dr Vishwanath Badikana, nodal officer, Mangalore university and Ravindraswami, chief NSS officer were present on the occasion.


(please read chouta as CHOWTA)

 THE HINDU (Bangalore Edition) - Saturday, 15th December 2007

Karnataka - Mangalore 


A unique gift to his alma mater

Raviprasad Kamila

Mahesh Kumar Chouta has developed examination software

 Mahesh Kumar Chouta

MANGALORE: Mahesh Kumar Chouta, a commerce graduate, has developed examination software for an autonomous degree college in Mangalore.

Mr. Chouta, an alumnus of the college, reportedly took one-and-a-half months to come up with the programme.

This has come when Mangalore University is struggling to develop fully an examination software along with a reputed software company for the past one-and-a-half years.

Mr. Chouta has developed the software on windows-based Microsoft technology. He has used MYSQL database server to store the background data.

This is not his only achievement. He has developed the website of a pre-university college. Parents just need to feed the register number and date of birth of their son or daughter to know the student’s performance.

Mr. Chouta is a non-teaching employee at St. Aloysius Degree College here. Apart from developing the examination software for his college, he has developed the website of St. Aloysius Pre-University College.

Coming from a poor family, he studied the basics of computers for one year at the Government Industrial Training Institute, Kadri, in 1998 soon after completing his Pre-University Course.

Mr. Chouta scored VII rank in this programme assistant course examination in the State. He learnt web page developing, java, animation and video editing on his own.

Developing the examination software was not easy. Practical and internal assessment marks vary for different courses and combinations. The college has 25 undergraduate departments.

Under the credit-based semester system grades, credits have to be given individually in addition to marks for practical classes and internal assessment, said A.M. Narahari, Registrar (Evaluation) of St. Aloysius Degree College.

Using this software, the college can issue computerised hall tickets and marks cards and certificates. There was no need to tabulate the marks manually after the evaluation of answer scripts.

The system calculates marks, gives grades and credits to students, indicates if the student has passed or failed the examination and also the percentage of marks.

The software indicates the number of classes a student has attended or abstained from, Prof. Narahari said.

Mr. Chouta said that he has developed the administrative software of the college.

The examination software takes the data pertaining to attendance and address of students stored in the administrative software.

Prof. Narahari acknowledges that any software company would have charged the college lakhs of rupees for a similar software.