Chief Guest Dr. Anil Sahasrabudhe inaugurating 'PRAGATI 2017' the one day workshop while Dr. S.P.Kane - VC RTMNU, Dr. Pramod Yeole - Pro VC RTMNU and Dr. Rajesh Pande- Principal RCOEM also look on.
Speaking on the occasion of PRAGATI- Project Reforms & Analysis Group for Adapting Technology in Industry - Workshop for Principals of Engineering Colleges in Vidarbha. Dr. Anil Sahasrabudhe presented his perspective of initiatives to be taken on the academic and industry front to achieve academic excellence. He opined that the leadership has a major role to play which needs to be transparent, committed, ethical and value based with a clear vision and enunciated set of goals. He stressed on the three week internship for the students to provide an open forum for discussion, building confidence and breaking the ice to make the students feel connected with the institute. He expressed the need for cohesion of teaching by industry and academia. Dr. Anil Sahasrabudhe enumerated the various schemes and opportunities provided by AICTE by way of funding in the development of faculty, institute and students. He highlighted the importance of accreditation of the institutes to be at par in the quality of technical education.
PRAGATI workshop was organized to find ways to make the Engineering Human Resource more competent. It is necessary that the students get the exposure of Industry through the BE/ B.Tech Projects which they take up so that they are aware of practices and technologies applied in industries. This workshop was organized by Vigyan Bharti, Vidarbha Pradesh Mandal in association with Vidarbha Industries Association (VIA), an apex body of industries in Vidarbha and Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management (RCOEM), Nagpur as a host institute for the workshop on 2nd December, 2017. Dr. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman AICTE was the chief guest of the programme.
The program started with lightening of the traditional lamp by the dignitaries. Dr. R. S. Pande, Principal RCOEM, read out the message of Chairman RCOEM His Excellency Shri. Banwarilal Purohit Governor of Tamil Nadu, in which he expressed his immense gratitude to VIBHA and VIA for providing the platform of developing symbiotic relationship between the Industry Experts and Academic Experts. He gave his best wishes for excellent outcomes from the workshop that would go a long way in the growth of the nation.
Shri. Chandrakantbhai Thakar, Vice Chairman, RCOEM, welcomed the guests present on the dais and Dr. Anil Sahasrabudhe was felicitated by him. Dr. Rajesh Pande introduced the host institution to the gathering and welcomed the guest. He highlighted the importance of practical knowledge in technical education and emphasized on importance on internships, consultancies.
Dr. Sunil Bhat, Coordinator PRAGATI, 2017 briefly introduced about Vigyan Bharti Vidarbha Parishad Mandal. He focused on the very serious issue about employability of technical students. He emphasized that the main objective of this workshop is to guide all Engineering Institutes in framing at least one or two projects related to industry background on the basis of real life problems.
Mr. Atul Pande, President, VIA proposed to form the entrepreneur forum to reduce the gap between the engineering institutes and industries. Around 250 industries have already given their consent for participation. He asked them to impart adequate exposure to their faculty also to meet industry knowledge. He focused on the first hand experience of the faculty members about the industry work culture.
Dr. Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chief Guest of Pragati 2017 urged the Principals to train their faculty members in Industry Oriented Projects. In his speech he introduced about the new planning of AICTE to enhance the standard of technical education.
Dr. S.P. Kane, Vice Chancellor expressed that engineering institutes are the production industry of technical graduates. He emphasized that there are many factors responsible for this unemploybility. All the graduates must able to read between the lines through their experiences in the industry.
Mr. Devashish Joshi, Member VIBHA and Dr. Preeti Voditel, Head, MCA Department, RCOEM compered the Inaugural Program. Shri. Chandrakantbhai Thakkar proposed the formal vote of thanks. He urged all the industry people and academic experts to work jointly on this problem.
Post inauguration three successful case studies RGSTC-TIFAC – MSME Internship programme of academia industry relationship was shared by Prof. Shewalkar from Mechanical engineering department of RCOEM and Mr. Akshay Shirpurkar, a student of Civil engineering department. Such case studies are indicative of the life-long learning, practical exposure and learning beyond syllabus.
In the third session Dr. Madhav Kumthekar, Principal, Government College of Engineering, Karad, Dr. N V Thakur, Ram Meghe College, Badnera and Dr. J F Agrawal, Shri Sai College of Engineering, Bhadravati, Gondwana University and Dr. B Ram Ratanlal, KITS Ramtek presented their concerns and views and efforts to make the students more employable.
Parallel technical sessions wherein the eminent speakers from Industry and VIA presented different ways in which there can be a symbiotic relationships between industry and academia. The eminent speakers for Information Technology were Pradeep Komari, Shekhar Patankar and Vinit Kapoor. For Electronics branch the experts speakers were Mr. Ashok Kale, Mr. Manish Wath and Mr. Sunil Sardey. Dr.Dilip Mase and Mr.Milind Joshi were the chief speakers of Civil and Environment Track. In the Mechanical track the speakers stressed on the use of low cost automation in the area of agriculture.
In the valedictory all the coordinators of the various tracks presented the problem areas presented by the industry experts and almost 30 problem areas identified for industry and academic interface to address these issues. Mr. G P Kundargi, Ex-CMD, MOIL and Mr. Shashikant Chaudhary, President TIE. Dr. Abhijeet Agashe, Coordinator of the event presented the Vote of Thanks.