Thursday, 12 November 2015

HOW INDUSTRY-ACADEMIA COLLABORATE AND INNOVATE IN ENGINEERING COLLEGES IN INDIA

Creativity and innovation are buzzwords today and multidisciplinary, socially relevant projects meeting industry needs are highly encouraged in premier engineering colleges in India. One such institution is THE NORTHCAP UNIVERSITY (NCU). With the Government’s ‘Make in India’ policy gaining momentum, industrial collaboration will greatly facilitate academia in knowing what is happening new in the industry as they are in direct contact with the market/customer. The industry is the biggest source for the application of the latest knowledge, tools and techniques. Today’s manufacturing has become highly-automated, IT-driven and‘smart’ along with prime focus on energy conservation, emission reduction and environmental protection.

Project competitions by the industry encourage innovation, promote application of scientific and technological knowledge in students. They offer opportunities to apply theories into practice, showcase their talent, find solutions to problems by pooling different disciplines together and arriving at a holistic approach in terms of practicality and ingenuity. It is also a time to identify and fill the gaps between the professional skills of students and industry requirements. Industry collaboration enhances student employability and also builds their confidence for entrepreneurship - a bridge between the classroom and the real world. For the industry, collaboration through competitions brings in fresh innovative ideas and a time to shortlist prospective employees, on the basis of their potential. It’s, a win-win situation for both!With this objective, Mitsubishi Electric India launched a science and technology competition ‘Mitsubishi Electric Cup’ a national level automation competition for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Mr Makoto Yokoyama, Director and Division Manager, Mitsubishi Electric India says, “As a prominent player in Factory Automation in India, it is our duty to transfer knowledge and share information with students in the technical domain. Through this initiative, we aim to introduce them to the latest technology and knowledge, based on practical application.”

NCU’smultidisciplinary team ‘Electrotech’ has been shortlisted in the top 24 teams from amongst 100 teams across India after having clearedthe First Stage ‘Basic Knowledge Test’ (a closed-book exam with group discussions),Second Stage ‘System Design and Presentation’.The team comprises of four students: Chaitanya Jhanji and KulbhushanGogia (Dept. of Mechanical Engg ) Sahil Saini and Karan Malhotra (Dept of Electrical and Electronics Engineering), faculty members: Mr. Pradeep Rohilla, Principal Advisor & Coordinator (Dept of Mechanical Engg), Ms Anjali Garg, Co-Supervisor (Dept of Electrical, Electronics &Communication Engineering).‘Electrotech’ will competein the Finals at Pune from 10-13 February 2016.

‘Electrotech’is developinga working model of an automated car parking system for efficient utilization of the car parking area to address the topical issue of shortage of vehicle parking area in the metropolitan cities like Delhi. The project is socially relevant as it will provide a cost effective automated car parking solution for the benefit of society (India is projected to be theworld’s most populous country by 2050. It is also estimated that India’surban population will constitute nearly half of the country’s total population,straining an already stressed infrastructure.In context to the urbanization the number of private vehicles in India is expectedto grow by more than 3 times by 2021by a Survey Report by IBM).

Today it is efficient energy use using Smart, Safe and Sustainable Manufacturing, what will it be ten years hence?

A schematic diagram of the proposed project is shown below:



Written by Rekha Mathur

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