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)

Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan Awardee Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt mesmerises the audience at RCOEM


Padma Shri & Padma Bhushan Awardee and winner of the Grammy award in 1994 Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt enthralled the audience at RCOEM. He is an exponent of the Veena Mohan and has performed in 85 countries. He is the winner of many accolades like Music Natak Academy, Music Scientist, National Tansen Award, Tantric Emperor, Rajasthan Ratna and Global Music Award twice to name a few. He has been instrumental in keeping the flag of Indian Classical music flying high.  The prestigious St. Peterburg University has given him an honorary degree. Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt comes from a family, where for almost 300 years, the service of music and Sadhana is considered as a religion.

Panditji was here as a part of the SPIC MACAY program. SPIC MACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth) is a non-political, nationwide, voluntary movement founded in 1977 by Dr Kiran Seth, Professor-Emeritus at IIT-Delhi who was awarded the ‘Padma Shri’ for his contribution to the arts in 2009.

Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt was accompanied by Pandit Himanshu Mahant on the Tabla. Both fascinated the audience with their soulful rendition of ragas.   The audience was spell bound for an hour and the young students were astonished to see the energy levels and passion of both the musicians.  Pt. Bhatt played the Raga ‘Charu-nat’ and informed the audience that the performance was not pre-composed or rehearsed.    It was a live rendition of the Raga that helped the audience to transcend from this world to that of peace and tranquillity.

The day started with the lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries which was followed by the felicitation of Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt at the hands of Shri Govindlal Agarwal, General Secretary, RCOEM. Shri Ashok Kumar Pacheriwala, Treasurer, Shri Ramdeobaba Sarvajanik Samiti felicitated Pandit Himanshu Mahant. The event was graced by the presence of Shri Shyamsunder Rathi Member, Shri Ramdeobaba Sarvajanik Samiti, Dr. Rajesh Pande, Principal, RCOEM and senior faculty members. The entire program was a result of the efforts Shri. H D Bhave.


DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY RCOEM hosted 30th Annual Chapter Convention on Quality Concepts organized by Quality Circle Forum of India (QCFI) Nagpur chapter on Sunday, 20th  October, 2019. The theme for event was “Quality Concept for Cultural Breakthrough”. The convention included events like Quality Circle Case Study presentations, Presentation TQM Tools like Kaizen, 5S, Safety, Six Sigma, Poka Yoke & TPM, Knowledge test based on QCFI guides, Poster Competition, Slogan/ Poem/ Essay and model Competition.

Around 723 participants attended the Convention. 139 Teams from various corporate and
industries across India participated in various events of the Convention. To motivate and
encourage the industries and organization, first time in India a new category of award was introduced i.e. “Best Propagation Organization” The purpose of this award is to support to motivate the organization in the direction of “Make in India”. 10 companies were awarded under “Best Propagation Organization” category. 35 teams received Super Gold Trophies, 77 teams received Gold Trophies and 24 teams received Silver Trophies.

Inaugural Speech by Chief Guest

“Quality is one which meets the specifications and customer requirements and provides
customer delight. In this complex VUCA world which is highly volatile, uncertain, complex
and ambiguous achieving quality needs to be created through creating goodwill in the society, having knowledge. The application of knowledge and skill at the right place and right time is the need of the hour. Getting “sabal & prabal” from “durbal” is important to manage “MEN” with “T” – tactically, tacidly, timely and touchingly” asserted Brigadier S M
Kulkarni, the Chief Guest of the Convention.


Valedictory Speech by Chief Guest

“Z- Zameeni nishan (to look for information about what the scenario), K-Khabar (to keep
information about your enemies(competitors), I- Irada (to know and communicate the objective or mission), T- Tarika (to formulate a process to achieve the mission), B-
Bandobast (to plan for the resource allocation), A- Administration (to identify infrastructural and administrative needs to achieve your goal), G-Ghadi Milao (to bring all the members on the same platform for planning & execution)” asserted Major General Rajesh Kundra, who shared the mantra of Z KIT BAG success of Army which can be related to today’s management scenario. He was the Chief Guest for the Valedictory Function.

The Guest of Honor was Mr. D K Srivastava, Executive Director, QCFI Head Quarter. Shri.
Govindlal Agrawal, General Secretary, RCOEM, Dr. Rajesh Pande, Principal, RCOEM.
QCFI members present on dais were Mr. A K Jain, Chairman, Mr. Ashok S. Gadge, Vice Chairman and Mr. Vivek A. Shrouty, Secretary.

The day long Convention was concluded in the presence of Major General Rajesh Kundra,
Sena Medal, General Officer Commanding, Uttar Maharashtra and Gujrat Area Mr. Paresh Shah, Plant Head, JSW Steel Coated Products Ltd., Kalmeshwar, Nagpur and Mr. Ravi Bhusari, Social Activist.

All the prize distribution was done at the hands of the Dignitaries on the dais. The event
ended with positive note of enthralled participants of various events.
The achievements and happening in last year was briefed by Mr.Vivek Shrouty, Secretary
,QCFI Nagpur Chapter.

Dr. Vijay Gandhewar, GC Member proposed the Vote of Thanks. Ms. Manju Srivastava, SBI
Nagpur and Life Member, QCFI compered the event.

Mr. AK Jain ,Chairman QCFI Nagpur chapter & Director QCFI Board,Mr. Ashok S Gadge,
Vice Chairman & Chief Faculty, QCFI, Mr. Manohar Hedaoo, Vice Chairman, QCFI,
Mr.Vivek A Shrouty , Secretary .QCFI Nagpur chapter, Mr.Shirish Ghude , Treasurer ,QCFI,
Mr.Mayur Chapate , Head IT ,QCFI ,Mr.LV Udan ,Dr.Anil Kathoye, Mr.Surendra Nishan
Rao , Mr.Ajay Nigam,Mr.Shibu Thomas,Mr.AD Mahakulkar Mr.G Murli, Mr.AKChaturvedi, and Dr. Rajiv Khaire, III In-charge, RCOEM and Dr. Chandan Vichoray, HoD-
DMT were also prominently present during convention.


RCOEM-QCFI Centre for Human Excellence was Inaugurated during 30th Annual Chapter Convention on Quality Concepts on Sunday, 20th October, 2019. The centre will undertake the following activities:

  1. Management Development Programs
  2. Technical Training Programs
  3. Continuing Education Program
  4. Undertaking Need based Industrial Projects
  5. Preparation and submission of joint research proposals
  6. Innovation & Entrepreneurship Activities


National conference and expo on “Advances in Mining and Geotechnical Engineering” (GEOMINE) 2019

Innovation and value addition necessary for Mining Industry said Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra , CMD of Western Coalfields Limited while inaugurating three days National conference and expo on “Advances in Mining and Geotechnical Engineering” GEOMINE 2019 at Hotel Tuli Imperial, Nagpur. Elaborating on efforts taken by WCL in this area he gave a detailed report of success of projects like Coal Neer, sand and bricks manufacturing. According to him sand manufacturing will be a major financial gain area for WCL in near future. He urged participants to adopt such innovative ideas as coal will be a major source of energy for another 40 years. He also gave many examples of how WCL is supplying water pumped from mines to different industries and villages which was earlier discharged in near by water streams.

Shri Dipankar  Shome , Director, Production and Planning , MOIL ltd. was guest of honor of inauguration ceremony. He told how by doing value addition to manganese MOIL  Ltd is selling manganese di oxide. He stressed that efforts in R & D needs to be augmented for mining in leaner ores and deep zones which are also geotechnicaly challenging.

Shri Govindlal Agrawal,  General Secretary of Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management, Nagpur in his presidential address stressed the need for extending know how to  small scale mining sector.  He desired better interaction between academic institutions and industry for mutual benefit.

A souvenir containing extract of papers was also released by the dignitaries.

The valedictory session was chaired by Shri Manoj Kumar, Director Technical Operations  and Shri Ajit Choudhari, Director Technical Projects from WCL. Shri Manoj Kumar stressed the need of continuous  geotechnical studies as mines are becoming deep and  the formation more challenging. Shri Choudhari asked the participants to visit Eco Park  and  mineral water plant to get idea of innovativeness.

Alumni of mining department of Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management presented a cheque of Rs Two Laks to General Secretary of the college Shri Govindlal Agrawal for constituting Gold Medal in the name of mining engineer late Shri Saheb Singh.

President of IMMA, Shri Sanodiya gave welcome address and Chairman of Conference organizing Committee  Diwakar Gokhale  presented details of conference. Prof Manoj Tiwari proposed vote of thanks.

The three day conference was attended by 150 delegates from academia, coal, metal, explosives, R &D, copper, zinc, cement, DGMS and geotechnical sector. More than 45 papers  on topics  like rock mechanics, geotechnical testing and exploration, geo environment, geo informatics, ground improvement techniques, instrumentation, design and modeling were presented. In the conference retired senior mining engineers were also felicitated.  Key note papers were presented by Shri Rakesh Tumane, Director, MOIl Ltd, Dr Sunil  Baraskar, GM, AFFCONS,  Dr J C  Jhanwar, Principal Scientist, CIMFR and  Dr G G Manekar, G M, MOIL . Open session was conducted to prepare recommendation of the conference in which all the delegates participated and gave their valuable suggestions.

Stalls of mining machinery and geo textiles were also added attraction.  Peer reviewed twenty five papers were also selected for publication in Web of Science index  E Journal HELIX.  Delegates were also taken to mineral water plant and Eco tourism Park at Saoner.

The conference was jointly organized by Civil Engineering department of Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management , Nagpur Branch of Indian Mines Manager Association and VNIT Mining Alumni Association. A joint team of mining and geotechnical professionals from various public sector undertakings, Government departments and faculty members of civil engineering department, RCOEM under the mentorship of Dr P D Pachpor, Head, Civil Engineering Department, RCOEM and Prof. M. S. Tiwari Organizing Secretary worked hard for the successful organization of the conference.