While the university affiliation system in India forces an institute to abide by the rules and impart courses as per university regulations, autonomous status brings in academic freedom, giving ample scope to explore new content and skills, experiment with new delivery methods and make quick changes in tune with the societal dynamics. Gokaraju Rangaraju Institute of Engineering and Technology is a permanently affiliated institution to JNTUH with UGC conferred autonomous status. The Institute endeavours to be a teaching institute with clear focus on research in selected domains, like material characterisation at high-elevated temperatures, design and manufacture of lab equipment in electrical and electronics domains and so on.
"We maintain the thrust in research and focus on the key ingredients such as qualified faculty, infrastructure, financial support and industry support both in spirit and action. We understand their need in sufficient quantity and the challenges to acquire and maintain them too," says Dr Jandhyala N Murthy, Principal, GRIET. Every year, around 7 to 10 faculty members of GRIET successfully defend their research work and the institute encourages in-house research with reckonable incentives. "Recognitions in terms of NAAC accreditation and NBA accreditation of all UG programs give us an opportunity to successfully bid for grants at a continuous interval from all governmental funding agencies," adds Dr. Murthy.
With over 381 faculty members in the campus, the GRIET has taken a lot of effort to bring in attitudinal augmentation in the young minds.
With over 381 faculty members in the campus, the GRIET has taken a lot of effort to bring in attitudinal augmentation in the young minds. "We understand the ground realities of large variations and imbalances in our student intake quality in terms of urban- rural differences, English - vernacular school backgrounds, exposure variations due to class differences and so on," shares Dr. Murthy. As attitudinal change is crucial, but time dependent, the training at GRIET starts right from the first year. Mentoring, remedial classes, finishing school strategy, project exposure through academic alliance with MNCs like TCS and industry exposure through interactions with industry leaders like QualComm, Cyient and Intergraph, are all part of teaching methodologies of the GRIET.
Today, GRIET students are recruited in all sectors including software, production, R&D and service. Some of the key recruiters are TCS, IBM, Tech Mahindra, Delloitte, Intergraph, Infortech, L&T, Amazon, Hyundai R&D and State Government Departments. "We are already well into our perspective plan 2015-20. Improving industry interaction and becoming a credible incubation centre are some of the major milestones that we are striving to achieve in the years to come," concludes Dr. Murthy.
Dr Jandhyala N Murthy, Principal
Prior to join GRIET in 2001 as a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dr Jandhyala N Murthy was a Wing Commander in Indian Air Force. He assumed the responsibility as the Principal of GRIET since 2004.