Finishing School of the Rural India
“Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems handily available, they will create their own problems,” and M. Kumarasamy College of Engineering houses such problem solvers.
Author & Cartoonist Scott Adams’ quote describes the plight of an engineer’s mind which seeks to solve problems and if there are none, they create one and work on solving it. The attitude of problem solving leads to innovation and that defines the young innovators of M. Kumarasamy College of Engineering (MKCE).
An institute known for innovating innovators, MKCE is known as one of the top ranked technical institutes in the state of Tamil Nadu. The institute has been immensely involved in research and consultancy projects leaving no option for their students to be well versed with the theory and practical knowledge of technical education.
MKCE has a strong collaboration with various top notch organization from industry which facilitates firsthand opportunities and real time working experience to students. The institute currently has laboratory set up by leading organizations such as Intel, Oracle which offers industry relevant working situations assorted with latest software. Oracle Innovation laboratory set up by Oracle provides training in computing and Intel Intelligence Laboratory set up in the campus is said to have provide ample opportunities for students to enhance their knowledge and employ the same in various projects which received awards and accolades in various competitions.
These industry collaborations have yield a productive environment for the students as the industry set up labs have professionals from industry working on their laboratory inside the campus which further extends firsthand experience to the students enlightening new things which otherwise bookish knowledge would not provide. MKCE has a board of studies which includes members from industry such as TCS, Wipro, Intel, BHEL and their suggestions are considered while reviewing the syllabus. This helps in accommodating new and upgraded topics or subjects which can be addressed as needful in the curriculum only by a working professional. On this, Dr. V. Kavitha, Principal, M. Kumarasamy College of Engineering shares her observation and says, “The knowledge level of our students has been benefitted with the upgraded curriculum which accommodates subjects such as big data and analytics added by TCS as per industrial requirement.” Such inclusions are expected to be fruitful for bringing an edge to their students over others in their recruitment process.
Among the 17 ongoing projects, ‘Air pollution control’, ‘Accident minimization’ with Police Department in Government of Tamil Nadu are prominent. The academic collaborations are extended by organizing workshops and conferences wherein exchange of ideas takes place among reputed institutions. Professors from IIT, NIIT, CIT, VIT often visit MKCE to deliver lectures to give in various form of learning experience.
The Entrepreneurship Development Cell of MKCE organizes a number of face-to-face discussions with entrepreneurs for students who are interested in startup. These students are funded for such innovative ventures until they are launched in the market. As the engineering college is situated in a rural area, ‘Career Skill Development’ a one credit course has been introduced by the training and placement department with the purpose of improving aptitude, logical and communication skill. The institute believes that students being from rural background have a sound technical knowledge but needs to hone their communication and presentation skills which would bring them at par with students pursuing education in urban institutes.
With time the institute promises to enhance foreign collaboration with Korean, German and Australian Universities. MKCE already provides courses on Japanese and French language to increase chances of getting students recruited by organization in these countries respectively. Started with 180 students, M. Kumarasamy College of Engineering now holds student strength of 4300 in a span of 15 years providing technical education for all sections of the society. In another 5-10 years, the institute is set to acquire the status of the best deemed university in the country and wishes to see all their alumni spread across the globe actualizing their dream.
Engineering students should pursue higher education and not stop their academics upto graduation and serve the society contributing to the overall development of the country.
- Dr. V. Kavitha
A continuous push to engage in projects, presentations leading to personality growth and an attitude to think differently has been the key factor for professional success by the institute MKCE.
- S. Surendhran, Sr. Software Engineer, NVIDIACorpo (ECE 2000-04)