Giving Impetus to Education Resulting in Employment
PDA Engineering College is on a mission to create an engineering workforce with an enduring commitment towards technical, ethical and ecological values through collaborative work with industries and premier institutions resulting in technology exchange, research, consultancy and community service.
The Hyderabad Karnataka Education (HKE) Society was founded by Late Shri Mahadevappa Rampure, a great visionary and educationist. The HKE Society runs 46 educational institutions. Poojya Doddappa Appa College of Engineering, Gulbarga was the first institution established by the society in 1958. All the courses are affiliated to Visveswaraya Technological University. The College was conferred Autonomous Status from the academic year 2007-08, to update the programs and curriculum, to devise and conduct examinations, and to evaluate student's performance based on a system of continuous assessment. Understanding that the northern areas of Karnataka remain underdeveloped, the institute has divided its courses into aided and un-aided courses. The institute has five disciplines in the undergraduate program and three disciplines in the postgraduate program which are aided while the remaining courses are unaided.
The major challenge for any Institution is to make the student industry ready. This involves delivering hands on practical training, technical skills in certain areas and soft skills. The Institute conducts soft skills training for all the students from second year to final year. This covers communication skills, etiquettes, logical reasoning, aptitude, personal grooming, and creativity. This is a 120 hours program designed to the needs of the industry and is imparted through classroom teaching, role plays and continuous evaluation. The Institute conducts Technical workshops in niche areas, invited talks from industry experts, seminars and conferences. The technical training for students in their area of interest is conducted after the college hours. Training in area such as CAD/CAM, Networking and various programming languages is being taken-up to make students Industry ready. The final year project work is a major contributor to the application of technical knowledge. The College invites many IT and core industries with promise to conduct pool campus drives. These companies include Cognizant, Infosys and Siemens among many other industrial giants. The local and nearby engineering colleges are invited thereby creating a big pool of students for recruitments. The final year students are also placed through assessment and placement agencies like AMCAT and COCUBES.
The Institute has 10 Research Centres equipped with the necessary facilities required for carrying out research work by students and teachers alike. The funding for these facilities has been through TEQIP a program sponsored by World Bank. PDA College of Engineering is one among the 14 colleges selected under TEQIP. This education program has been implemented with the aim of improving the quality of engineers graduating from these institutes, improve research and development and to develop the faculty. The faculty is thus benefited by the research centres by enrolling for the Ph.D. programs. The Institute has 65 members of the faculty with PhDs while 80 members of the faculty are currently pursuing their PhDs. The Institute has signed a number of MoUs with the industries including Campus Connect of Infosys, Trans Neuron Technologies and Global Edge Software's among many others. The MoUs mandate regular workshops and exposure to new technologies for both students and faculty. The Faculty is also benefited by faculty development programs (FDP) and can teach the new courses suggested by the industries. The students are encouraged to publish papers in National/ International Conference and Journals. It is mandatory for post graduate students to submit at least one paper in a Journal.
With qualified faculty and staff with an average experience of 15 years and good infrastructure facility with modern equipments funded by TEQIP students are able to focus on their studies in the best possible environment. With minimum fee structure for aided courses and monthly scholarship for meritorious PG and research students under TEQIP, the institute has made visible efforts to encourage higher education while reducing the financial inequalities faced by some of the students. Looking towards the future, the institute aims at signing more MoUs with Industries, launching professional club in each department and a Career Guidance Cell for higher education and motivations to write exams such as GRE, TOFEL and GATEPGCET.
One of the unique features of our college is that it is the first college in Karnataka State to start the Electronics and Communication Engineering branch way back in the year 1967. Also, it is the only college in the state and one among the three colleges across the country, offering a course in Ceramic and Cement Technology. This is the outcome of understanding by faculty and management about the basic need of this region, keeping in view of the available raw material and existing Cement Industries
-Dr. S.S. Awani (B.E, M.E, Ph.D)
I feel the institute is a very secure institute and it has a very long tradition. What I can see is a good blend of old tradition and modern techniques. They have online recruitment, campus interviews and separate group works on campus elections in different colleges and what I understand is that they have been attracting IT companies and companies of repute, this gives opportunity for them to look at a career guaranteed once you pass out of the college. This college has a huge variety of branches to offer to the students, not many colleges have that.
-Ajay Sambrani (1984-1988, Industrial Engineering),Managing Director Asia & Middle East, Tubacex India