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BCS Mauritius – IT Personality Award 2010

The week Friday 24 Sept. 2010  till Thursday 30 Sept. was characterised by a good deal of activities of The  BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT (Mauritius Section).


Firstly: Saturday 25 September 2010 Afternoon- BCS Graduation Ceremony 2010

After last year’s Graduation Ceremony, this year was an even more special one!


BCS Graduation Ceremony 2010

Hon. Rajeshwar Jeetah, Minister of Tertiary Education, Dharam Fokeer, VC UTM, Me Eddy Tong Sam Vice Chair BCS Mauritius, President Elizabeth Sparrow, Mrs. Sharon Hurd, Executive Members of BCS Mauritius and Registered Course Providers were present.


This was a much awaited date for me. Principally because of the opportunity to wear a gown for the first time. One week before the event of the accomplishment of obtaining my Diploma in IT, I was feeling excited about thinking to finally make it up to this level. Passing the BCS Higher Education Exams is tough, specially at higher levels (Diploma and PGD).


Secondly:Saturday  25 Sept. Evening – BCS IT Personality Award 2010


Avinash Ramtohul - IT Personality Award 2010 Winner

Award Winner receiving a cheque of Rs. 50000


The another much awaited event in the Mauritius IT industry is: The BCS IT personality Award. The finalists were:

1. Kris Seeburn, UTM Lecturer – research interest: Information Security
2. Avinash Ramtohul , Manager East Africa – Oracle Inc.
3. A lady working at MNS if I am not mistaken

The Award Winner is Avinash. For more information, click on the official website of BCS Mauritius.


BCS Mauritius

From left to right: Mr. Iqbal Boolaky FBCS CITP, Regional Manager BCS Mauritius, Mrs. Elizabeth Sparrow FBCS CITP, Current BCS President; Mrs. Sharon Hurd AMBCS, Client Services Manager


Thirdly: Monday 27 Sept. 2010  – BCS Professional Talk

The topic was ‘Championing the Global IT profession” on by BCS President Elizabeth Sparrow CITP FBCS

The talk was held at the conference room of University of Technology Mauritius (UTM). The talk was very interesting one and I was pleasantly impressed by the excellent communication skills by Elizabeth.

Fourthly: Thursday 30, Sept. 2010 – BCS PGD October 2010 Exams

Ehh oui, time to get back to serious revision work. On Thursday 2 Oct. the paper Software Engineering was set. I must say; I gave my best shot at it.

That’s all for now BCS. Hope my Professional Project in IT will pass at the examinations board.

Till then, let’s prepare for Web Engineering and Computer Services Management modules.

La ligne droite finale..

20 responses

  1. nick

    for those of us who 4 1 reason or the other were unable to be part of these events, more especially given that it takes quite sometime for these events to feature on the section website, assuming they do, GREAT POST. wat ws ur experience with CSM n SE2? I also happen to hv bn part of those exams

    16 November, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    • hi Nick! Welcome to my blog 🙂
      glad to know you appreciate my blog posts on BCS.

      My experience with SE2 is that unlike UoM SE, we are not exposed to understanding the OOP concepts by doing labsheets in Java. BCS is more close to the Industry and the paper tests application of knowledge also in real-case scenarios.

      I did not sit for CSM as I prefered to take my time do the BCS professional project in IT.

      and what about you?

      17 November, 2010 at 7:17 am

  2. nick

    i prefer my studies to be rigorous n intensive. submitted project July2010, sat for SE2,CSM, ADMS & MIS in Oct2010. ofcourse ur right abt the bcs exams especially the pgd level is industry-oriented, more practical than theory, n if i must say this they r pretty tough too!!!. fewer n fewer students atttempt the pgd level especially here in the diaspora. most of the course providers around, if at all any, fall short of the human resources needed to train students at that level and it becomes a matter of personal effort n motivation for prospective/pgd level students who are left with the only choice of having to do things their way. the financial implication, the inexistence of a student membership within the Mauritius Section, lack of corporation amongs students, just to mention those, are amongs the many challenges facing bcs students. Course providers are more concerned/focused with what they get from students (hahaha student input= $$$ £££, €€€, Rs) rather than what they have to offer (trainer input =knowledge, motivation ect). Something has to be done

    17 November, 2010 at 11:08 am

    • waow, u did a good effort for the BCS exams this year, it seems clearly.

      Rightly said, there are few students attempting the BCS exams. However we can see at the Universities of Mauritius and UTM and other private Tertiary institutions that there are lots of students doing Computer Science or Information Systems course. Recently UTM had made a request to President Sparrow, when she was doing her talk at UTM, about UTM students obtaining exemption from the BCS exams and membership after completing their course at the university.

      Then concerning Course Providers, I think they must motivate students about getting into IT and why a BCS qualification can help them in their career.

      Personally I think BCS Mauritius does not ‘market’ itself enough. Compared to UK where oftenly events (programming contests, workshops, professional talks are organised yearly), in Mauritius, we unfortunately don’t get to enjoy the membership. A monument should be built, in order to pay tribute to the Regional office in Mauritius, #irony.

      17 November, 2010 at 12:18 pm

  3. nick

    well said friend, i really think a monument 4 them will be IDEAL. a few of the activities the section has to offer usually target the BIG GUNS, n leaves the prospective n aspiring young professionals,( call them STUDENT MEMBERS) at the mercy of ‘a cry for help’ “financial barriers”. Take a case like BCS Sri Lanka n its obvious that Mauritius still has a long way to go (hahaha although they were the first operational center of bcs out of UK, irony it seems). Its too centralized n dependent on a few individuals. mayb guys like urself should be empowered to take up the challenge n start bringing interested young professionals on board. there is always a begining

    17 November, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    • BCS Mauritius needs new blood!

      17 November, 2010 at 3:21 pm

  4. shani

    Hi ashesh, thank god i met someone to ask something!!!Im doing the BCS PGD level at the moment in Srilanka.Im doing MIS and KBS for the april sitting.But im stuck with the Professional Project in IT we have to do.Im not into programming at all, and choosed Mangement subjects.I have no idea what kind of topics can i do, or what they are expecting.Please help me out, coz this is drving me crazy!!!!! Please reply……….

    24 November, 2010 at 6:30 pm

  5. nick

    hi shani, its unclear 4m ur post whether u already started de project or still to get a topic. wud u please re-post n be more specific abt ur request. sure we can work out something

    27 November, 2010 at 1:51 pm

  6. shani

    Oh thnks for the reply ashesh!!! I haven’t figured out what should i choose, im a girl who’s smart in management & HR……I don’t know anything about web development or software development.I hardly passed Software devl in certificate level, so i guess u understand what i mean.I was told that this project involves coding and stuff….@ nick i didnt start the project or either figured out a topic……Please help me out guys!!!!!!!!!!

    29 November, 2010 at 12:20 pm

  7. shani

    At the moment im too busy coz of work and these exams.I don’t mind even if i have to pay to get this project done by someone else.

    29 November, 2010 at 12:23 pm

  8. shani

    Oh thnks for the reply ashesh!!! I haven’t figured out what should i choose, im a girl who’s smart in management & HR……I don’t know anything about web development or software development.I hardly passed Software devl in certificate level, so i guess u understand what i mean.I was told that this project involves coding and stuff….@ nick i didnt start the project or either figured out a topic……Please help me out guys!!!!!!!!!!

    29 November, 2010 at 12:24 pm

  9. shani

    Im too overloaded with having to cope up with work and these exams.

    29 November, 2010 at 12:26 pm

  10. nick

    @Shani, i get ur point. u know bcs underlines that the pgd project “should describe the development of a computer-based solution to a practical problem”. they dont xpect candidates to be web GURUs, else Web Engineering wud hv been a mandatory module.however, remember the pgd project is evaluated to the equivalence of a UK degree in computer Science. sure,most of us who have tried the certificate wud agree that SD is a pretty tough one, so dont be discouraged. there are popular n fairly moderate topics like;

    1. Online registration System (e.g for educational establishments)
    2. Web-based database -systems (for small companies, shops, like car dealerships, spare-parts etc)
    3. Web-based booking system (e.g for a hotel of your choice)
    4. Computer-based Examination Systems (schools, colleges etc)
    5. Implementing Firewalls in a Campus networks
    6. Web-based learning system

    a few practical lessons in php & mysql shd get you running. there isnt really a great deal. in the meantime, i wud suggest u speak to ashesh to delete you post abt ” you don’t mind paying som1 to do ur project”. u dont know who cud stumble on that n that cud undermine ur ……… all the best. am just the careful type

    5 December, 2010 at 7:44 pm

  11. hey for to you cass a part time course?

    25 April, 2011 at 9:58 am

  12. *oops sorry how do you class a part time course?

    25 April, 2011 at 9:58 am

    • Hi!
      what do you mean exactly!?!?

      1 May, 2011 at 5:41 pm

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  14. Mallika

    Hi…..Im Mallika from srilanka.I have my BCS PGD project yet to do,and im really stuck with it.I cam upon ur blog and saw this discussion of the project.Im hoping to do a web based reservation system for a hotel.Can u guide me in this?and i would like to know in which language are we supposed to do the project?Im not a programming wiz,infact i hate coding & passed the SD paper with grt difficulty.So is this a good topic that i have chosen? does the project need to have a lot of coding?Plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz help me out 😦

    26 February, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    • Hello Mallika, welcome to my blog!
      Hotel Online Reservation system: There is no specific programming language that is imposed on programmers.
      VB.NET or ASP could be used. If know PHP, you could do it in PHP.
      You have to work hard on your requires time and dedication to pass the professional project-which is assessed to the level of a UK degree dissertation..
      All the best.
      I remain available for any more queries..

      27 February, 2013 at 8:47 am

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