Moulding the Technocrats of Tomorrow
It has been more than 12 years since Sasidhar Sunkari, who works in Bangalore as an Engineering Manager at Intel graduated from the MVGR College of Engineering, which is located in Vizianagaram, a north coastal district of Andhra Pradesh. Whenever somebody asks about his college, Sunkari still gets excited with joy. He believes that the best decision he took in his life was to choose MVGR for doing his engineering in computer science. "My life took the right turn just after I joined MVGR College. My experience is not just related to academic learning, but an overall personality development. Kalyan Sir and Ram Sir (Krishna Ram) were not just the teachers but were mentors in my life," remembers Sunkari.
It is not just Sunkari, but there are many like Leela Rani Bora, Manager at HAL and Anil Kumar, Sensor Solutions Architect at L&T Bangalore, who still thank for the right mentorship they had received in the MVGR College of Engineering. As the list extends, the college carves a niche in the space of Engineering Education.
MVGR College of Engineering under the aegis of MANSAS possesses an illustrious journey since its establishment in 1997. With the focus on moulding change makers and technocrats for the betterment of the nation, the Institute has always involved itself in student-centered pedagogies. "Every student holds innate and the cultivated skills. We offer them a right platform to demonstrate those talents," opines Dr. K. V. L. Raju, Principal, MVGR College of Engineering (Autonomous).
The knowledge dissemination at MVGR starts with the student participation that arises with the interdisciplinary mode of teaching and learning supported by the partnerships
The knowledge dissemination at MVGR starts with the student participation that arises with the interdisciplinary mode of teaching and learning supported by the partnerships. "We have collaborated with many industry bodies to provide our students the best of the opportunities available today. One such tie-up that we have is with SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers), which has been organizing events for students" says Dr. Raju.
At MVGR, students always come with innovative ideas. The continuous participation and the glorious success they experience generating the innovations for further motivation. Among the numerous achievements, the success associated with the team Invincible 2.0 who worked for a single seated four wheeled All- Terrain Vehicle (ATV) stand out was highly appreciated. Fabrication of the racing car by team Syayukti, designing and building of Go-Karting vehicle by team Aadhya (Girls) and the Electric Solar Vehicle challenge undertaken by team Vikranta are the few among others that are worth mentioning.
For students, along with these experiential learning platforms, the Institute also works on the employability by bridging the Industry Academic gap. "A Decade ago, the department of ECE associated with Wipro as a result of which the "Wipro Mission10X Technology Learning Centre" was opened in the campus. Wipro has also designed Unified Technology Learning Platform (UTLP) for practice based learning in Engineering Education that enables students to learn technology integrated with other skills like communication, team work, analytical thinking," pinpoints Dr. Raju.
Right Ecosystem of Learning
MVGR made its start with 4 departments and 200 students in the year 1997. Today it offers 7 Under Graduate Programs and 7 Post Graduate Programs in Engineering in addition to a program in Management Studies.
The institute has also been recognized as Research Centre for the Departments of Chemical, Civil, Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) and Mechanical Engineering (MECH) by the affiliating university, JNT University Kakinada. Among the total strength of about 268 faculty, 80 of them are holding doctoral degrees and many others are pursuing PhD actively.
The state-of-the-art laboratory infrastructure that compliments academic learning is housed in about 84 laboratories across the Institution. In addition, the Institute also had R & D infrastructure that facilitates and promotes research guidance in addition to funded projects that are in progress. The Institution also boosts-off various other amenities including Canteen, Transport, Gymnasium, Campus Bank (with ATM facility), Hostels both for boys and girls and a Sprawling Play Ground. The Society strongly believes in eco-friendly and self-sustainable practices. MVGR in addition to having Diesel Generated Power backup of about 400 KW installed Roof Top Solar Power Generation of 400KW capacity. Also in collaboration with Industry Partners, offering Certification Programs to equip its students with learning compatible with industry requirements. The Institution is a recognised MSME Incubation Centre and also established Automotive, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Industrial Welding, CNC and Design Laboratories in collaboration with SIEMENS and APSSDC. Given the ecosystem, that promotes active learning the students enjoy their journey cutting across disciplines in a highly collaborative environment.
A Humble Start
MVGR is one of the 13 Institutions under MANSAS, established by Dr. P.V.G. Raju, the last coroneted Maharaja of Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh, who always worked for the betterment of society through education. He laid its foundation in 1958 by donating vast tracts of land. Today, the trust with the commitment to education has 13 educational institutions from K.G. to P.G. including Engineering, Pharmacy, Law and Management courses. MVGR college of Engineering is one of the premier institutions among the others.
Conferred with an Autonomous status in the year 2015, now the institute offers 7 Under Graduate and 8 Post Graduate programs. Moving ahead, the institute aspires to be a University and wishes to strengthen current performances especially in the field of research. Also, endeavoring to set a path of education that is highly relevant to the society," concludes Dr. Raju.
Dr. K. V. L. Raju, Principal
He is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering, Post Graduate in Industrial Engineering and PhD in Mechanical Engineering. With 33 years of teaching experience Dr.Raju is instrumental in the development and contributed to the growth of Maharaj Vijayaram Gajapathi Raj College of Engineering (Autonomous) from its inception through his active and enthusiastic participation in its academic planning, administration in addition to his contributions in the development of its state-of-the-art infrastructure and amenities.