International Conference on “Recent issues in Civil Engineering and Sustainable Solutions” (RICESS2019)

Sustainable development is an urgent demand of the society. The civil engineering domain has significant impacts on the environment. Indeed, it is reported in numerous studies that the civil engineering is responsible for several important problems such as the energy consumption, the CO2 emission and the natural resource depletion. Achieving sustainable development of infrastructure and its management is need of  hour.

Civil Engineering department of Shri Ramdeobaba College Of Engineering and Management organized an international conference on “Recent Issue in Civil Engineering and Sustainable Solution“ (RICESS2019) on 27th and 28th December 2019 which aimed to raise the awareness of sustainability in every aspect of Infrastructure Development which mainly focuses on the dissemination of information and technology, sharing of expertise and exchange of views.

The main objectives of the conference were to bring awareness of the latest demand and technology for sustainable infrastructure development. It was planned to bring planners, researchers,  academicians, practicing engineers, policy-makers, regulators, administrators, investors,  legal & IT solution providers, and NGOs on a common platform to share and discuss their experiences, technical advancement, constraints and other significant issues on the sustainable infrastructure development and management.

The inaugural function was graced with presence of Engg. Ulhas Debadwar Chief Engineer PWD/NMC , was the chief guest and Dr. Gajanan Sabnis (Emeritus professor), Haward University Washington DC as guest of honor and key note speaker. The program started with lightning of lamps and felicitation of guest by vice-chairman of RCOEM Shri Chandrakantbhai Thakkar and secretary of RCOEM Shri Rajendra Purohit. Dr. A.K. Sharma Convener of conference briefed about the sustainable solutions  of construction and discussed the importance of sustainable development in present scenario. Dr P.D. Pachpor HOD civil briefed the progress of Civil Engineering department and highlighted the activities organized by civil department. Dr R.S. Pande Principal RCOEM welcomed the guests and dignitaries in the pious campus of RCOEM and expressed his concern over the issues of civil engineering and in his speech suggested the use of recycle material in construction practices for the betterment of environment.

Chief guest Engineer Ulhas Debadwar Chief Engineer PwD & NMC expressed his views about the recent issues and suggested various means and practices adopted by the government agencies to reduce the population and carbon foot prints for the sustainable development. He also urged for young civil engineer to give thoughts for green house effect and energy conversation.

Dr Gajanan Sabnis professor Emeritus Haward Univesity Washington D.C., in his speech ignited the young minds and provoked the thoughts of solid waste management , water conservation, green house effect and efficient energy management for sustainable growth and development of country by narrating the various examples of USA.

Vice chairman RCOEM, in his presidential speech Shri Chandrakant Bhai Thakkar blessed the organizers of the conference with his kind word of wisdom. He narrated that population is the root cause of deterioration of environment so it is the need of the hour to control its first for sustainable happiness and peace of the society (sighting the examples of delhi pollutions he expressed his concern over the traffic and land used in city).

The various keynotes of the speakers were




Transportation engineering

Dr. Gajanan Sabnis

Emeriuts professor, Haward university

Structural Engineering

Dr. M. Kewalramani

COE Abu Dhabi university UAE

Sustainable construction practices

Dr. Vimal Gahlot

Director , Center for research and sustainable development Bikaner Rajasthan

Environmental Engineering

Dr. Ritesh Vijay

Scientist ,NEERI


Total 45 papers were presented during the conference the program and attended by various industry professional, academics and research scholars.

Formal vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Vaidehi Dakwale.

Prof. Harshad Bhave , Prof. Hariom Khungar ,Prof. Vaishali Rajurkar , Dr. Tripti Gupta, Prof. Sumit Geete ,Prof. Varsha Harne, Dr. Sharda Siddh, Dr. Ashish Mehta , Dr. Prasad Dahale  and Dr. Prashant Hiwase worked hard for successful conduction of event.

WAD Winter 2019

The 31st Edition of Workshop on Aptitude Development (WAD), a seven-days workshop was inaugurated with exuberance at Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering & Management, Nagpur on 23rd December, 2019. Mr. Kirit Joshi, Co- Founder of Spacewood, India’s leading premium brand and manufacturer of Modular Furniture and an alumni of VNIT Nagpur, was the chief guest of the inauguration function.

Dr. S.D. Mohgaonkar, Dean- Second Shift, RCOEM and Dr. Rashmi Shahu, Convenor of WAD were present on the dais.

Over 210 delegates from various colleges across Vidarbha have participated in the Workshop. Dr. Rashmi Shahu, Convenor of WAD, in her opening remark said that the aim of such an endeavour was to explore the latent potential in each of the participant and help them to reach the highest altitude. She stated that WAD is a platform which gives one space to let yourself out. Dr. S.D. Mohgaonkar, Dean- Second Shift, RCOEM, said that times are changing, and so is the pace of changing world. He also said that WAD is a Workshop delegated for nurturing culture of discipline and character building.

The Chief Guest Mr. Kirit Joshi in his address to the delegates said that he wanted to be a part of the youth, calling it a wonderful age. He talked of the journey of his company, Spacewood Furnitures from rags to riches when his company started with an initial investment of 1 lakh Rs. and is now the second largest furniture company in India. He also said that it is not only important to be successful but the speed of success has also become critical . Next 25 years will be full of opportunities when India has largest upwardly moving society, he mentioned. He gave a few learnings from his journey, that included qualities of being humble, focused, courageous and having faith in oneself. He advised the delegates not to compromise on one’s value system. He concluded by saying that, “Success is to be renewed every year. It is never permanent.” He ensured WAD’s success and gave best wishes to all the delegates and organisers.

Trackman Alerting System an innovation by RCOEM students

Beneath the dreams of every aspiring engineer lies that one pure passion-to change the world through innovations. When it comes to innovations, students from RCOEM never cease to surprise us with their most ingenious inventions. Recently two group of students from Department of Electronics engineering, Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management – Group 1:- Siddhesh S. Jagtap, Amey P. Dahikar, Vinay A. Kewte, Aditya S. Chikte innovated a Trackman Alerting System and Group 2:- Adesh Khandekar, Adesh Singalwar, Rishabh Mishra and Nirav Jain innovated software which would help in counting the TVU Census of particular LC gate under the guidance of Prof. Bhalchandra Hardas and Prof. Vishal Rathee. DRM Nagpur Central Railway Shri Somesh Kumar has given opportunity to justify and offer an solution for resolving problem statement. The then ADRM , Nirmal Kumar Bhandari and Sr. Divisional Safety officer Arvind Dabhade gave all technical support for the same. 

Trackman Alerting System:-  According to Indian Railways 768 track maintainers were run over by trains between 2012 and 2017. Besides that, trackmen have to carry heavy equipment while doing the patrolling. Trackmen are the foot soldiers of the Indian Railways. Keeping the vision of saving their lives these students came up with a matchbox sized IOT device which can be easily strapped around the arm of a trackman and the transmitter can be set up on the train having a range of 1km(approx). This wireless alarming system can save 400 lives /year. This device is 4 bit encoded to prevent the trackman from false signal. Receiver unit can also identify the track from which the train is approaching and beeps accordingly. This portable and handy device has a in-built battery which can last for 10-15 days continuously with a charging facility as well. Frugality and resourcefulness have ensured that this product costs only INR 3333/- This product was successfully tested on near Diamond Crossing on Delhi Line at Nagpur. 
TVU Census System:- The TVU Census System is a software which would help in counting the TVU Census of particular LC gate. This solution was practically planted to the LC gate No. 120 of Manish Nagar Nagpur and found success in TVU calculation. The software is able to detect, classify and count the number of vehicles and gives the TVU Census.
For these innovative solutions given to central Railway recently the students and faculty members were felicitated by Shri Sanjeev Mittal, General manager, Central Railway, Mumbai. DRM Somesh Kumar, ADRM Shri Jay Singh, Sr. DSO Shri Arvind Dabhade and other officers of Central railway were prominently present. Management of RCOEM, Principal Dr Rajesh Pande , Head of the Department Dr A. A. Khurshid and faculty members congratulated the team for this success.

International Conference on Power Electronics, Drives, Energy and Power System on 23rd and 24th December 2019

An International Conference on Power Electronics, Drives, Energy & Power System (PEDEPS 2019) was organized by the department of Electrical Engineering on 23rd and 24th December 2019. It was largely attended by dignitaries from RCOEM, other colleges, industry, press, faculty members, authors, delegates and students. The inaugural function, scheduled on 23rd December was presided over by Shri Chandrakantbhai Thakar, Vice-Chairman RCOEM. Other dignitaries on the dais were Shri Govindlal Agarwal, General Secretary RCOEM, Shri Rajendra Purohit, Secretary RCOEM, Dr. B. G. Fernandes Professor & Head (EE) IIT Bombay, Shri Udayan Pathak, Dy. General Manager Tata Motors Ltd. Pune, Dr. R. S. Pande Principal RCOEM, Dr. V. T. Barhate General Chair PEDEPS-2019 & HoD(EE) RCOEM and Dr. S. B. Bodkhe Conference Chair PEDEPS 2019. The Institution of Engineers (I) Nagpur Local Centre was the knowledge partner and Helix-The Scientific Explorer was the publishing partner.

The inaugural function was hosted by Dr. Gaurav Goyal and Dr. Preeti Kapoor. It was followed by Keynote speeches of Dr. Fernandes and Shri Pathak. In his address, Prof. Fernandes informed about the world class research work being carried out at the National Centre for Photovoltaic Research and Education (NCPRE) IIT Bombay. He appealed the researchers to carry out their research with an objective to apply the developed technology for the benefit of society, particularly the rural population of the country. Shri Pathak delivered an informative talk on the trends leading to the development of electric vehicle across the globe and particularly the progress taking place at Tata Motors. Later, Dr. Fernandes also interacted with participants and students. 

The paper presentation at the conference was scheduled as pre-lunch and post lunch sessions each having two tracks on different specializations of electrical engineering particularly, power electronics, electric drives, energy, power system and IoT applications. Dr. M. V. Aware, Dr. Mrs. M. A. Chaudhari, Dr. P. S. Kulkarni from VNIT, Dr. Nitin Ghawghawe from GCoE, Nagpur, Shri Vineet Kapoor and Shri Syed Husian from Persistent Systems Ltd. Nagpur were the track chairpersons. The tracks were co-chaired by Dr. U. B. Mujumdar, Dr. Mrs. M. V. Palandurkar, Dr. G. N. Goyal, Dr. Mrs. Preeti Kapoor, Dr. Mrs. S. C. Rangari, Dr. Mrs. S. H. Deshmukh, Dr. V. A Huchche and Dr. Piyush Khadke. The conference also had an on-line presentation facility on Skype which was availed by three authors from different places outside Nagpur. Best paper award was given to the winning authors from each track. Before final selection, research papers submitted by the authors were checked for similarity content using plagiarism software and peer-review by experts in that area of specialization. Selected papers were submitted to the Web of Science and ESCI indexed international journal Helix-The Scientific Explorer for publication.

The first day of the conference also witnessed a demonstration of industry products on electrical vehicle charging system and electric drives. It also had a cultural evening and banquet dinner hosted for the delegates, authors and organizers. Undergraduate students form EE department showcased their stage talent and performance. The valedictory function on the second day was prominently attended by Dr. S. G. Tarnekar Former Professor and Head (EE), VNIT, Nagpur. Dr. M. M. Renge, Prof. J. S. Joshi, Dr. T. G. Arora, Prof. N. M. Deshkar, Prof. R. G. Harkare, Dr. S. D. Naik, Prof. R. G. Deshbratar, Dr. Prachi Salodkar, Prof. M. B. Gaikwad, Prof. Pankaj Sawarkar, Prof. Sheetal Umredkar and Mr. Alok Ranjan were the organizers and they guided the PG and UG students to make it a grand success. 

Team Marcos- Robotics Club of RCOEM for 'DD-National Robocon 2020' event has received sponsorship of Rs.2.84 Crore

Team Marcos- Robotics Club of RCOEM is gearing up for the DD-National Robocon 2020 for which the preliminary task is to clear the Virtuals which will be followed by the fabrication of the Robots.
After the determinant efforts of the team, they have received sponsorship of Rs.2,84,40,000/- in the form of License of various software as follows:-
40 — Solidworks (Rs.2,83,000/- each) for a period of 2 years
25 — Hyperworks (Rs.3,90,000/- each)for a period of 1 years
21 — Mathworks (Rs.2,20,000/- each)for a period of 1 years
05 — ANSYS (Rs.5,50,000/-)for a period of 1 years
The student team will comprise of 40 students from all Engineering branches. Their innovative design will be evaluated at the IIT, Delhi in January 2020.
The Working brains behind this project are :
Dr. M. M. GUPTA - H.O.D. Mechanical
Prof. P. B. Shiwalkar- Technical Club Incharge
Dr. G. R. Nikhade- Faculty Advisor(Robotics Club)
Dr. A. K. Jha -Faculty Advisor(Robotics Club)
The Team is working with great enthusiasm under the leadership of:
Pratik Lokhande - President (Robotics Club)