Glorifying Legacy in Technical Education
Maintaining the legacy of imparting quality education since 1857, MANSAS is about to complete two decades in technical education through Maharaj Vijayaram Gajapathi Raj College of Engineering.
When the country was witnessing the rebellion of Sepoy Mutiny in Central India and Gangetic plain, the Royal family of Vizianagaram established its first Educational Institution in 1857. To empower the common people, many an Institution were established subsequently catering the diverse learning requirements. Post Independence, the then Rajah Saheb of Vizianagaram Dr.P.V.G.Raju founded the society MANSAS (Maharaj Alak Narayan Society for Arts and Sciences) and brought all Institutions under it to realize his cherished dreams for eradicating socio-economical inequalities to build a culturally, socially, economically and academically strong nation. MVGR College of Engineering, one of the 12 Institutions under MANSAS, was established in 1997 and has been maintained by the royal family. The Institute focuses on providing quality education through a strong curriculum. ï¿½Being an autonomous Institute and having acquired the flexibility, the curriculum is more aligned to the Industry requirement and effectively employed appropriate pedagogy,ï¿½ shares Dr KVL Raju, Principal, MVGR College of Engineering.
To enhance the curriculum, MVGR College of Engineering has an expert Academic Council and Board of Studies for each department. ï¿½Aligned to our own system capacity and vision the curriculum is designed suitably addressing the requirements of industry and society,ï¿½ adds Dr. Raju. After acquiring autonomous status, under the higher education policy, MVGR has incorporated many add-on courses in their curriculum. The institute offers open electives to provide inter-disciplinary knowledge along with many additional courses pertaining to fields such as culture, arts and so on.
In all these activities, faculty members are instrumental. As faculty members are the facilitators of transformation, MVGR College of Engineering gives utmost importance to improve faculty expertise to handle specific courses with confidence. Faculty are encouraged to participate in internships programs, which allow them to visit industry and interact with professionals. MVGR College of Engineering also engaging the services of industry professionals as Adjunct faculty for lectures and interaction with students.
Over the past 7 to 8 years, all departments have entered ion to collaborations with industry in order to enhance learning system. About 35 MoUs has been signed out of which 15 are essentially active. Organizations like Androitech and Perametric Technology Corporation have collaborated with the institute and their latest tools are part of the MVGRï¿½s curriculum. Wipro for Embedded & VLSI Sytems, National Instruments for labview package which is an automated tool that stimulates experiences of experimentation, mathematical modeling to performance, Thinklabs, CISCO and Microsoft are other prominent MoUs to mention. The centre of excellence recognition from VIRTUSA allows the use of a business process management tool known as Pega, which will help the students to get an extra edge over others. MVGR College of Engineering not only boasts of these collaborations but the knowledge gained by these is shared with neighboring institutes and other stake holding groups through workshops and seminars.
Also catering to skill and knowledge development with additional infrastructure in the form of both for funded and academic research is sponsored by MHRD, UGC, AICTE and DST. The Institute is recently identified as ï¿½Technical Skill Development Institutionï¿½ by Govt. of Andhra Pradesh. MVGR College of Engineering has an EDC Cell which promotes the concept of entrepreneurship and also has MoU with an organization which promotes start-ups. Further, MVGR has an incubation centre recognized by MSME which has potential to harness 10 ideas simultaneously, which are technically feasible and commercially viable. An idea ï¿½Power Saving Device Designï¿½ designed by an alumnus has reached the level of commercialization.
Slowly transforming and making an enriching journey leading and contributing to knowledge, MVGR College of Engineering dreams to become a deemed university in 5 years time and be at par with other institutes in research. In order to raise the quality of higher education, the institute believes to continue their mission by adopting technologies such as ICT and new tools which would help access and internalize the best practices in the world in terms of pedagogy, content, advancement in technology.
With all the initiatives mentioned, the Institution deployed resources and processes that substantially and adequately address the challenges being experienced as a result of exponential growth in access to Technical Education. Further, it continues to augment its efforts in its journey towards excellence in Technical Education.
- Dr KVL Raju