From attracting PhD students to shifting past laptop science, COEP Tech charts a brand new course

Mukul S Sutaone, director and professor of the Faculty of Engineering Pune Technological College (COEP Tech, previously known as Faculty of Engineering Pune), talks in regards to the new interdisciplinary programmes being launched within the establishment subsequent 12 months, the possible cause why college students go for laptop engineering over core engineering, and the brand new Geology Museum within the previous principal’s bungalow.

Excerpts from the interview:

Q. In June, COEP Tech was granted the ‘Unitary Technological Public College’ standing by the state authorities. What new programs and programmes can be began to advertise a conducive tradition for analysis and ability improvement and when will they begin?

Sutaone: COEP was given the standing of a college after a protracted wrestle. It was deemed to be a college and we may have achieved the standing way back. Our technology of professors and directors labored on it and the long-awaited standing was achieved in June.

There are numerous educational enlargement plans and useful resource enlargement plans and we perceive the model, standing and stature of COEP as a unitary college. It has to create a world footprint and all of it depends upon analysis, hand-in-hand with teachers.

COEP is an academic model worldwide, well-known for its class aside commencement and post-graduation programmes however we deliberately expanded our formal PhD programme, the place we’ll enrol full-time PhD students who can be with us. They are going to be supplied with fellowships and scholarships whereas engaged with the analysis. We even have plans to scale back PhD charges in order that we are able to appeal to younger expertise for analysis. It’s the most prioritised merchandise in our basket.

We’re going to broaden right here and never within the under-graduate programmes as we already are properly established with 10 programmes, whereas it’s 20 programmes in post-graduation. The precedence is to broaden the PhD programmes and that may convey an total change. The IITs and IIMs have about 1,000 PhDs whereas right here at COEP, we’ve 200-300 and we can’t assist however be jealous. We do perceive that analysis is what places you on the worldwide map. Training was CoEP’s USP however we now wish to overshine – be extra illustrated, extra demonstrated and extra outcome-oriented.

We lately launched the Govt Grasp’s and PhD programmes in collaboration with Persistent Programs, on September 5. To start with, it’s restricted to the workers at Persistent Programs, who wish to improve their {qualifications} to MTech or MBA. We’ll enrol them as college students of CoEP College. The disciplines we recognized have been drawn collaboratively – cybersecurity and knowledge science – with 100 workers enrolling within the pilot run, resulting from begin this October. It’s fairly new that CoEP is attempting a collaborative diploma programme, with an organization. Subsequent 12 months, we foresee increasing this in some IT firms and a few customer support firms. We’re inviting IBM with our undergraduate programme for knowledge sciences from subsequent 12 months. Individuals have been attempting the academia-academia collaboration, with international universities collaborating with CoEP and it’s also equally necessary. However this industry-academia collaboration is the primary of its type.

As an autonomous college, we had a number of MoUs but we have been restricted as we weren’t empowered in our standing. As a college, we will be extra aggressive in worldwide relations to offer joint diploma programmes.

We additionally should have our curriculum compliant with the Nationwide Training Coverage (NEP), the place they’ve specified that our curriculum ought to be fairly versatile. There ought to be a number of exits within the programmes, the place say a pupil can attend the primary 12 months, be part of a job and are available again, re-join at 12 months two, with an educational financial institution of credit legitimate for a stipulated time period earlier than its expiry. We even have our built-in five-year MTech programme for 10+2 from subsequent 12 months. Right here too, the coed has the good thing about a number of exits and might proceed for an built-in PhD programme.

Q: Current cases of city flooding draw our consideration to the necessity for extra good civil engineers, each in high quality and amount. On the identical time, aspiring engineers typically go for laptop engineering, in hopes of higher jobs. What are the plans to deal with this shift and the way to make sure we’ve expert manpower in what is usually known as ‘core-engineering’?

Sutaone: India is a democracy with an enormous youth inhabitants which is at all times after getting a superb job placement…job placements are the highest priorities of scholars. Secondly, we’re designed to be a service supplier internationally. So when college students come to CoEP, and even the IITs for that matter, the speak is about packages, employment and placements.

As for core engineering and what’s occurring to them, we can be taking extra precautionary measures this time…it’s now CoEP’s accountability to make society study that we must always not run solely after laptop sciences. We’d like laptop science in all places, little question, however we additionally want to know that the codecs are altering. Mechanical now doesn’t imply inner combustion or previous boilers however is now electrical autos (EV). It’s an amalgamation of electrical and mechanical engineering. Our mechanical division with {the electrical} division is now working a grasp’s programme in tandem with the Automotive Analysis Affiliation of India (ARAI) which is on electrical autos.

Pc science, laptop engineering, software program, IT – these require a bulk of individuals whereas the identical type is probably not required, in say, the car {industry}. So in terms of placements they are going to rent, say, 4 or 5 individuals. IT will rent 25. For college students on the age of 20-21, it’s alright for them to chase these, fascinated by the packages. However we’ve taken the decision properly in time. For instance, we’ve monetary engineering as a minor elective the place the coed can get credit for it and get employed by banks and monetary engineering industries. The truth is, right this moment, their packages are among the many highest. Such interdisciplinary minor electives make the scholars extra employable.

Q: Present tendencies in laptop engineering have been AI and massive knowledge. For mechanical engineering, it’s EVs and robotics. How are these up to date subjects being built-in into the curriculum?

Sutaone: It’s within the curriculum each as honours and minor programmes. I’m a professor for electronics and communication and 5G is essentially the most occurring. We’ve got 5 programs on 5G itself and my very own college students will take it up as honours. For metallurgy engineering, honours will be in sensible supplies whereas in mechanical, it’s the EVs.

Q: Sustainable and renewable are phrases which have turn into the speak of the city with the world dealing with the heavy brunt of local weather change. Any lively initiatives to inculcate the identical in engineering college students to have their concepts revolve round these whereas additionally speaking of improvement?

Sutaone: There are, within the type of discreet programs in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. However as a proper programme, we simply have environmental sciences within the Grasp’s programme. We’re planning to begin a two-year programme in sustainable improvement from subsequent 12 months.

Q: How did the concept of turning the previous principal’s bungalow in-built 1892 right into a Geology Museum come into being? Do you foresee comparable museums on the campus?

Sutaone: Geology’s historical past in CoEP is related to the civil division. Among the school there was devoted to geology. Professor Sandeep Meshram, in his endeavour, took the gathering of valuable gems and stones and ideated having a museum on the campus. We beautified the gathering and now we’ll open it to the general public, with its inauguration on September 19. Researchers in geology, mineralogy, gemology and so forth are anticipated to utilize the museum for his or her analysis. On the identical time, it would assist create consciousness of geology as a department of science amongst college students.

We’ve got many plans for comparable museums for different branches of engineering throughout the campus. We’ve got previous boilers, previous radios…in a approach every division has its personal archival assortment of previous expertise and we wish to create a museum in every division which is able to showcase the evolution of expertise. For instance, in telecommunication, it may be a push-button phone to right this moment’s handset. We’re but to formalise it however it’s undoubtedly within the docket.

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