The Hub of Educational Excellence
Rajagiri School of Engineering & Technology has excellent research centres through which the students are creating projects that have made national headlines.
When Lavesh Navedkar was born, he was a normal boy just like every other newborn. But Lavesh didn't grow up like the other kids. Within a year, his parents realized that there was something wrong with his weight gain. When he was taken to the hospital, the doctors had shocking news to reveal – little Lavesh was suffering from complex congenital DORV, a heart defect that affects one in ten thousand newborn babies. The surgery was of great risk and required precision, and the doctors were reluctant due to insufficient data from scans. It is during this crisis that the doctors realized that 3D printing can be the answer. On 4th August 2015, the surgery was successfully conducted with the help of the 3D printed heart model of Lavesh which was accurate enough to help the doctors prepare for the surgery. This was one of the greatest achievements of Indian medical industry where an infant's life was saved using a technology that was not very prevalent in the industry. Gartner Research predicted that the price of 3D printers would drop to about 9 lakhs by 2016; however, 3D printers are not widespread in the market due to its high price range. The price is not quite reasonable for an Indian consumer today and that is why, in order to make 3D printers available to most consumers, the students from Rajagiri School of Engineering & Technology have come up with an innovative solution.
A group of students from Rajagiri School of Engineering &Technology have developed a low cost 3D printer at a basic cost of Rs. 40,000, while an actual 3D printer is priced at an exorbitant amount. Currently, the commercial version of the printer is being developed, which is expected to be much lower in cost than any 3D printer available in the market today. The printer can be used to develop prototypes for several other research projects students are working on, which will in turn minimize the time frame, maximize the efficiency and help avoid errors at all levels.
Ideas and Innovations
Development is a direct result of innovations and good research work, and the field of engineering is known for its various technical innovations. Contributing to the field with their own innovations, Rajagiri is known for their research projects that are extraordinary and inventive. Numerous research projects from Rajagiri are being turned into entrepreneurial ventures and many of the projects by the students have been received well by the industry and the academia.
One innovative project which also won the Yuva Mastermind Award is the safety helmet for linemen, designed by the students of Rajagiri. The safety helmet is being designed commercially and will soon be available in the market; the project is being funded by the industry and guided by KICT. All the activities related to entrepreneurship are managed through the Entrepreneurship Development Cell and the Incubation Centre of the institution.
Motivation and encouragement are very important factors, both of which are immensely influential when it comes to activities related to research and innovation. With regular international and national seminars, conferences and workshops, RSET has ensured that the students and the faculty remain driven and focussed. The seminars and conferences help the faculty and students collect more information on several important issues related to the field and keep them updated about the changes in the field or the industry. Research activities in the institution are also being encouraged by the faculty by indulging in the projects that the students are involved in and by motivating them to believe in their ideas and concepts. One of the reasons for the students coming up with successful research projects one after the other is the state-of-the-art labs provided by the institution in order to facilitate high quality research work.
Industry – Academia Interaction
In order to understand the industry demands and different pedagogies from around the world, industry connections and international collaborations are mandatory for an educational institution today. With the number of educated unemployed on the rise, preparing the students for the industry has become a prerequisite and nothing can prepare a student better than internships and trainings done with the industry. Students from Rajagiri regularly participate in industry interaction in the form of industry visits, seminars and workshops. The institute's industrial MoUs are maintained particularly for training, internships and industry-academia activities such as industry visits, guest lectures and industry interactions. The MoUs are also very helpful for placements and more than 50 companies yearly visit the campus of RSET for recruitment. Students from the institution are working in reputed organizations such as Amazon, Samsung and SAP with good packages and in good positions.
The institute maintains several collaborations with universities from all over the globe, most of them from U.S.A, Australia, Malaysia and Japan. A change in scenario, different people and a new environment bring a lot of change to a person's perspective and that is exactly what RSET provides to the faculty and the students. Through the international collaborations, the students and the faculty get a chance to spend some time in foreign universities, where they learn about different pedagogies and are able to bring back what they have learnt and implement it here. Students from RSET have been to Sojo University, Japan, for a visit and were able to gather experiences that are unique and stimulating. Students and faculty from Western Michigan University, U.S.A, James Cook University, Australia and Taylor's University, Malaysia have visited the campus of RSET. Students from Rajagiri have also completed internships with the University of Stuttgart, Germany; the institution maintains collaboration with the University for industrial training.
Rajagiri has excelled in all the parameters that make a quality educational institution and with faculty development programme being initiated more than twice a year, the institute also maintains a formidable academic foundation. The institution now moves forward with plans of establishing a world class research centre in Kerala, which will be a collaborative venture of RSET and international universities; the institute is already conducting discussions with a number of universities in Japan. Such a centre will be a boon for aspiring research scholars from across the country.
We nurture the students and let them grow by providing them with the right opportunities.
With several opportunities in the campus and outside the campus, the time spent in Rajagiri is what helped me reach where I am today.
Reshma George, User Experience Consultant, TCS Batch - 2002