Siddaganga Institute of Technology is one of the leading technical institutions in the state and the first institution in the country to offer a condensed B.E. program, providing an opportunity for Diploma holders to pursue higher education leading to an engineering degree.
Somashekhar, who graduated from Siddaganga Institute of Technology (SIT) in the year 1988, is not just an alumnus of the institute. Indeed, the way he offers his time and experience to serve his AlmaMater define the role of alumni in a technical institution. With a rich experience of over 25 years in product development and engineering services in automotive, oil andgas verticals, Somashekhar conducts seminars for SIT students, guides young entrepreneurs in the campus and more importantly, recruitsthe best of them for his 16-year-old venture UnitForce Technologies Consulting. "SIT encourages a different culture from other engineering colleges in India. The students I have hired from SIT have alwaysbeen loyal and they know what the industry expects from them. Recruiting from SIT is always a delight, not only as an alumni member, but also for the ethical values SIT has instilled in the students."
Established in the year 1963 with only three branches of engineering and an annual intake of 120 students, SIT had a strong vision: to develop young minds in the learning environment of high academic ambience by synergizing spiritual values and technological competence. Though the institute has grown into one of largest technical campuses in the country with 12 UG programs and 16 PG Programs with a total annual intake of over 1400 students, the vision has not changed much. While, the spiritual guidance of its founder, His Holiness Dr. Sree Sree Sivakumara Swamiji imprints the ethical values among the students, the rich academic experience of SIT faculty members ensures that the students are groomed to become globally competent.
Talking about the strength of faculty members, Dr. M.N. Channabasappa, Director of SIT, says, "At present,out of 301 faculty members working here, 86 are Ph.D. holders. Another 50 faculty members are pursuing their PhDs in national level universities and institutions." With a team of highly qualified faculty members whose penchant towards research is second to none, SIT fosters an active research culture in the campus. The institute has 16 departments that are recognized as research centers by Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belgaum, where students can register for PhD program and M.Sc by Research. Along with that, the vision of Dr. Channabasappa, to transform SIT into a top-ranking engineering college anchored on sound engineering research has led the way to establish Center of Applied Research and Nano - Technology or in short, Center of ART. "The scope of this R & D + academic mission includes Nano-Technology based applications in RF/millimeter wave communications, urban sanitation, renewable energy and rural infrastructure. All the science and engineering departments of SIT are involved in this inter-disciplinary effort," claims Dr. Channabasappa.
The institute's effort to become a center for knowledge creation by actively engaging in the cutting-edge researches has grabbed the attention of many industries. Consequently, SIT has entered into MoU with 50 industries where faculty members and students have close interaction with those industries in the areas of research and student projects. "Industrial training in the relevant areas is mandatory for all the students. Students have to undergo practical training for a minimum duration of six weeks in an industry, relevant to their subjects of study at the end of sixth semester," claims Prof. H.N. Rangaraj, Head, Dept. of Training & Placement, SIT. A close interaction with the industries through research and other academic related activities has also helped the institute to maintain a consistent and good placement record. Today, with more than 52 years of illustrious academic service, SIT is moving towards becoming a deemed to be university, in order to introduce the necessary dynamic changes in the curriculum and to keep abreast with the latest trends in the realm of technical education.
We continuously strive for the total development of students by educating them in the state-of-the-art technologies and helping them imbibe professional ethics and societal commitments, so that they emerge as competent professionals to meet the global challenges
-Dr. M.N. Channabasappa
The professors that SIT have now and before are very professional, knowledgeable and motivating. They not only engage in academics but also stand for the overall development of the students
-Somashekhar (Mechanical 1984 - 88), currently the Founder Director and CEO of UnitForce Technologies Consulting