A panel discussion as part of a two-day workshop on ‘Manufacturing excellence through automation and robotics’ was held at the National institute of Engineering (NIE) in the city, recently.
Anil Upin, managing director, Karnataka Council for Technological Upgradation (KCTU) chaired the panel discussion held on topic ‘Industry – institute interaction’ organised by the Centre for Robotics and Controls (CRC), being established at NIE jointly by NIE and KCTU with an investment of Rs 1 crore.
He highlighted the vision of the Government of Karnataka to fund leading educational institutions to establish research centres. “These research centres will not only cater to the training needs of students, but will also serve as resource centres for local Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs). The centres would facilitate frequent interactions between institutions and SMEs, so that they get mutual benefits by sharing expertise and resources.18 proposals from Institutions all over Karnataka were approved in the first phase in the year 2014, of which NIE is also a part.”
Earlier Dr Sreekanta Guptha B P, principal consultant, Infosys, Mysuru, who inaugurated the workshop, spoke about the opportunities and the scope available in the field of automation and robotics. He also gave insights into “Industry 4.0” and the new challenges it has brought into engineering education in order to make the graduates industry ready.
Around 50 participants comprising entrepreneurs, industry executives, academicians and students participated in the discussion and expressed their views about facilitating frequent interaction between institutes and the industry.
The workshop comprised lectures by eminent industry experts and hands-on training sessions for the participants in the Centre for Robotics and Controls, NIE. The training sessions were conducted by K S Lakshmikantha, Shrinath Katti and Rakesh Bilwa, faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, NIE.
S L Ramachandra, director, NIE Board of Management, Ramakrishne Gowda, joint director, DIC, Dr N V Ragahvendra, professor, NIE, and Dr K R Prakash, coordinator, CRC, T K Chittaranjan, treasurer, NIE board of management, Dr M V Achutha, Head, department of mechanical engineering and others was present.