Mysuru, March 4:- Vidyavardhaka College of Engineering (VVCE) Principal Dr B Sadashive Gowda said the multidisciplinary lab set ups is the need of the hour for undergraduate programmes and is a way of life at VVCE through innovation.
He was speaking at the inauguration of a new lab for the first batch of undergraduate engineering students of VVCE at Gokulam 3rd Stage here recently, under the ‘autonomous scheme.’ The lab caters to all engineering branch students and is one of the important lab courses in the curriculum.
The main objective of the lab is to introduce fresh engineering students to multidisciplinary experimental based projects with hands on experience and imbibe strong fundamentals in current technologies. The lab integrates with the proposed NEP 2020 focusing on developing skills on various real time experiments like voice controlled car, solar based water pumping system, web page development, construction of drone, 3D printing, wiring and soldering, civil based bridges and houses, etc.
The ‘Engineering Exploration Lab’ is an extension of V–Innovate lab which has been in operation since three academic years as beyond syllabus exercise for first-year engineering students to give them a knowledge of different disciplines, he added.
A unique feature of this lab is that all the experiments are self-designed by the engineering faculties of VVCE without outsourcing any of the models. The experiments are so chosen that they represent real time applications. Discrete components were purchased and assembled by faculty members and the team has kept all models ready for usage by the students. According to the faculty, this arrangement will help students to feel the components and assemble themselves so that they can build their own innovative projects in the future.
When the students were enquired about the lab, they gave a very positive response saying that the lab is innovative, exciting and there is fun in learning. “We are able to know many things about different branches of engineering, building drones on our own, controlling an automated car using our voice for movement in different directions, making use of solar panels for pumping water and using in applications like aquarium, water fall model, printing our own names and our favourite batsman picture using 3D printer, constructing a house using different types of bonds like English bond, Flemish bond, stretcher bonds, these are really amazing. We do not know how the time flies while we are at the lab,” quipped few students.
Sadashive Gowda said the autonomous status for the college has given freedom to start new initiatives which will cater to the student and industry needs. “The lab will act as a sprout to induce entrepreneurship ability amongst students and also act as a basement for promoting problem solving skills.”
Looking at the students’ enthusiasm for our lab, we are privileged to share that the ‘Engineering exploration lab’ is taking new shape and is growing in all directions. The students have been asking us to keep the lab open at all times so that they can enhance their skills, he added. (NGB)