Enlightening Minds through Research and Incubation
The National Project Implementation unit for phase II of World Bank funded Technical Education Quality Improvement program has recently granted Rs. 40 million to 14 self-financing engineering colleges across the country to promote R&D work, new PG programs and strengthening Industry - Institute interaction. Also, Ministry of Human Resource & Development, Govt. of India, under TEQIP has granted Rs 50 million to 4 such institutions across the country to establish Centres of Excellence. Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumkur is one among the chosen institutes in both these categories for the development of higher education. The institute is establishing a centre of excellence in Applied Research and Nano-Technology.
Started in 1963, SIT Tumkur is continuously striving for the total development of students by educating them in the state-of-the-art technologies and helping them imbibe professional ethics and societal commitments, so that they emerge as competent professionals to meet the global challenges. "SIT was the first institution in the country to offer a condensed B.E. program in Civil, Mechanical and Electrical engineering for Diploma holders to pursue higher education leading to B.E. degree," recalls Dr. Shivakumaraiah, Principal of the institute. At the time of inception, the institute was offering UG programmes only in 3 branches of engineering namely, Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering with a total annual intake of 120 students. Now, the institute is offering 12 UG programmes and 16 PG programmes including MBA and MCA. With 16 departments of the institute being recognized as Research Centres by Visveshwaraya Technological University, Belgaum. SIT encourages students of under graduate courses to carry out research work, seminars, paper presentation and exchange of ideas on advanced fields of interest across various engineering colleges all over the country. Since research is given equal importance in this institute along with the academics, the faculty members participate and work on research ventures. The faculty members are actively working on research projects with a total funding of Rs. 4.25 crores and participate in various National & International conferences.
Research promotes innovation, innovation promotes growth, and entrepreneurship in India is on the verge of explosive growth. With a view to add more to the growth path of IT industry in Bangalore, The Department of Information Technology, Government of Karnataka has plans to double the job creation in IT by 2020 and so has identified nine Engineering colleges to set up incubation centres to promote Entrepreneurship and innovation. Siddaganga Institute of Technology being one among them has also adopted such entrepreneurial ventures and will incubate 10 such projects every year and incubate the business in shape through funds and other needed assistance before they reach out to the world.
With 330 faculty strength and about 90 of them being Ph.D holders, SIT holds a group of qualified and dedicated individuals working as the trainers of the future generation. Although they have incomparable expertise, these members are continuously being made to improve Learning-Teaching-Learning process through various workshops and faculty development programmes. So far 36 series of in-house workshops for faculty covering over 200 subjects have been organized during past 18 years in the institute. The management strongly believes in equipping the teachers with a proper knowledge base so that the teaching learning process remains effective, catering to the needs of present education system and industry.
SIT has MoUs with about 55 industries under industry institute interaction. Faculty and students of the institution have close interaction with industries and industrial stalwarts in the areas of research and student projects. As the institute focuses on research and entrepreneurship, campus placements are also given the same weightage. A full-fledged Training & Placement department headed by a senior professor is functioning in the institute from the past two decades. This department organises various pre-placement and personality development training programs for the students. Communicative English, Analytical & Logical Skills and Soft Skills are some important highlights of these programmes. In the current year, 620 students out of 900 students have already been placed in leading organizations such as TCS, Aricent, Informatica, Akamai, Oracle, Dell, redBus, etc., with still one semester remaining for placement.
SIT has completed 50 years of illustrious academic service and more than 30,000 students from Under Graduate, Post Graduate and Ph.D. programmes are contributing their technical and administrative skills in Industry, Government and Academic both in India and abroad. Also, the institute's Alumni Association (SITAA) who were once a part of the learning process of the institution now contribute to the growth of the same through sharing their experiences in discussions and meetings organized in the campus or by contributing to infrastructural development of the institute. In order to introduce the necessary dynamic changes in the curriculum and to keep abreast with the latest trends in the realm of technical education, SIT is moving towards a goal to be a deemed university in the next three to five years, says Dr. M.N. Channabasappa, the Director of the institute.
Dr M. N. Channabasappa, Director
Dr. Channabasappa is an academician with over five decades of teaching experience. He has spent a major part of his professional life serving the institute with utmost dedication. He is considered to be a key personality in contributing to the institute's success for all these years.