Producing Globally Acceptable Graduates
Under the shield of Akshaya Education Trust, Dr. Shivakumar initiated one of the most premier rural engineering colleges in Tumkur district, away from the bubbling city atmosphere, Akshaya Institute of Technology in 2009. Imparting high academic excellence to produce world class engineers, the primary motto of the institute is to stand out as the ultimate hub of technical education amongst the student community.
Since its inception, the institution has been focused on character building and the man making exercise by inculcating ethical, moral and spiritual values in the students. "Anticipating the need for quality engineering graduates in the region, we are determined to generate individuals who are capable to meet the global challenges in the field of Science and Technology," shares Dr. K.V. Sreenivas Rao, Principal, Akshaya Institute of Technology.
Situated over 25 acres of land with widespread buildings and lush green open space, the campus of the institution includes all the modern amenities ranging from audio-visual equipment, smart boards for maintaining impressive, to well-equipped laboratories and separate hostels for boys and girls. The campus also owns a dedicated library and information center in an independent spacious block loaded with 6559 volumes, 1468 Titles and reference books, periodicals, reports and standard specifications. With all the facilities embodied, the students are welcomed in the institution to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate courses in four thrust areas of engineering viz. Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Electronics and Communication Engineering.
The students of the Akshaya Institute of Technology are uniformly motivated to take part in co-curricular activities and develop an all-around personality
"Highly qualified and trained faculty members of the institute are thoroughly versed in their respective subject matter and are committed to the cause of quality technical education in a comprehensive manner," opines Dr. Rao. The faculty members prepare a good blend of practical and theoretical learning module where the students are asked to move away from the classrooms to get themselves incriminate more into practical training in the institution's laboratories. "There is a necessity of regular knowledge check of the instructors in order to make sure of 100 percent prosperity of our students. Hence, we encourage our faculty members to actively participate in training programmes to update their knowledge of the changing requirement," claims Dr. Rao.
On the flipside, the students of the Akshaya Institute of Technology are uniformly motivated to take part in co-curricular activities and develop an all-round personality. All the students of the institution are exposed to facilities like music club, dance club, sports club, gym, reading room coupled with 24x7 WiFi so that they can be benefited from the technological advancements. Dr. Rao states, "We reward our students in the form of various scholarships to those who have topped in examinations and have been able to achieve a holistic growth."
Ahead of the Curve
There is a clear void in between the engineering academics and the corporate world and to eliminate this, the institution has incorporated a separate Placement and training department, who are accountable to groom the budding engineers. The department organizes various training programmes right from the first semester to final semester on spoken and written English in addition to various skill development programmes requisite to make the students employable and acceptable by the corporate world. "In the present situations, the job markets for the fresh engineers are very competitive in each field of engineering with companies hiring the fresh graduates who have sound technical knowledge along with a positive smartness. Over the years, our placement cell has been successfully accomplishing this purpose," pinpoints Dr. Rao.
The institution also gives emphasis on stimulating the entrepreneurship spirit among the students along with providing job opportunities. Given this, a pre-incubation center has been commenced in the campus, which is relentlessly showing interest towards the aim and has been evolved as a perfect centre for enthusiast entrepreneurs in the campus. Additionally, the institution renders free space, building, electric power, water and other basic facilities for the start-up's ideas built by students. "Our institution is considerably in a growing stage where we are zealed to attain the set goals. Being associated with numerous industries and universities for collaborative technical programmes and research activities, we yearn to acquire NBA and NAAC accreditation followed by earning a status of an autonomous institute and ultimately a world-class deemed university," concludes Dr. Rao.
Dr. K. V. Sreenivas Rao, Principal
A Ph.D. in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Dr. K. V. Sreenivas Rao is presently the Principal of Akshaya Institute of Technology. As a researcher, he has participated in 12 National and 80 International conferences, delivered a good number of invited expert lectures on various themes and has published over 85 research papers in international journals of high repute till date. Commendably, he is a Life Member of Indian Society for Technical Education and Indian Institute of Metals. He has brought in various reforms in the Institute on all fronts for uplifting the quality standards in technical education.