Innovations for the Society
A team of researchers comprising of faculty members and students of Adichunchanagiri Institute of Technology (AIT) located in Chikkamagaluru, Karnataka are currently modifying Diesel engines for optimum results using bio-diesel. The institute has already established Bio-fuel Plant, where they have been successfully extracting bio-diesel from the seeds of Pongamia Pinnata. Most of the college buses will run on bio-diesel fuel.
The greatest supporters for this five year old project are the nearby villagers who provide the necessary raw materials to run the bio-fuel plant. "Bio-fuel Plant is a joint project established with the support of Karnataka State Biofuel Development Board and AIT. Since inception of the project, we have been educating the villagers about the use, demand and future for the various Bioseeds. The plant also purchases bioseeds from the growers according to the quality and quantity of raw materials supplied by them. . The fully functional Bio-fuel Plant is not only capable of producing bio-diesel, also the plant extracts Glycerin and oil cake as byproducts. Oil cake is a good manure and it can be used as a organic fertilizer. Glycerin can be used as a raw material in soap and detergent industries ," says Dr. C. K. Subbaraya, Principal, AIT.
AIT established in 1980, under Sri Adhichunchanagiri Shikshana Trust(R) with the blessings of Jagadguru Padmabhushana Sri Sri Sri Dr. Balagangadharanatha Maha Swamiji to provide technical and other professional education in the rural area of Chikmagaluru, AIT is known for its innovative practices of local relevance and national importance. With more than 190 faculty members with an average work experience of 15 years and above, the institute's all the departments have been recognized as Research centers. While, VGST Sponsored parallel computing (HIGH performance computation) and Soil Classification using Image processing techniques are some of the ongoing projects where faculty and students collaborate. The students of AIT have already received grants from government and private agencies for providing cutting-edge technology solutions through rigorous research. VGST grant from government of Karnataka for 'Automatic traffic signal controlling system' and PQRS Project-Police query system adopted by Karnataka Police Department are few such achievements to mention.
"We undertake many academic projects as well as sponsored projects to motivate faculty members and students. They regularly participate in international and national conferences and publish papers in journals of repute. Industry has also given us commendable support for taking our research to the next level," says Dr. C.K. Subbaraya. With a dedicated departmental faculty to handle industrial collaborations, the institute has setup several tie-ups and MoUs with the major players in the market. Few of them are TCS, Academic alliance, EMC, IBM center of excellence, Intel center of excellence, Cocubes, MCAT, Apostrophy, NAL and KSCST. Students are trained with live projects in these companies and many of them have been absorbed by the industries after looking at their work and skills. "Students are encouraged not only in academic excellence in the chosen branches, but also in acquiring right kind of skill-sets needed to face the present day challenges," claims Dr. Subbaraya.
From the day one, the institute provides Soft skills, communication skills, aptitude and analyzing capabilities, extracurricular and co-curricular activities to enhance student's employability opportunities. "We are preparing our students during their course time with the skills which are beyond the syllabus and we expose them to emerging fields and latest technologies. Apart from that, students are trained as per the industry requirements like team building, personality development, group discussions and corporate culture," explains Dr. Subbaraya. In order to encourage placement activities, we have established Department of Human Resource Development headed by highly experienced Prof. Gurucharan Singh who recognizes the need for imparting proper, streamlined and industry oriented training and as such actively organizes need-based short and long term programs on a regular basis. On an average 80 percent of the eligible students have been placed every year from AIT and some of the brightest ones have secured packages up to R. 6.5 lakh per annum.
"As a 35 year old institution, we have a huge alumni base. Many of our old students have become corporate heads, academic heads, leaders in various fields and competent entrepreneurs. They also support our ongoing students by offering placement opportunities and other academic helps," says Dr. Subbaraya, who started his academic career in AIT and continuing the journey at present as principal. He concludes, "In the next few years, we want to make AIT a centre-of-excellence with more emphasis on R & D practices and we would like to strengthen industry-academia relation further to enhance the employability. More than that, we want to make future generation with moral and ethical leaders who can serve the society better."
Dr. C.K. Subbaraya, Principal
Born and brought up in Chikmgaluru District, Dr. C.K. Subbaraya did Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Science from University of Mysore in 1983 and obtained PhD degree from UGC-CAS Centre in Fluid Mechanics, Bangalore University in 1993. During his tenure as Principal, Adichunchanagiri Institute of Technology has developed remarkably as a Centre of excellence in Technical Education. NBA, New Delhi Accreditation for two times, Institution of Engineers – (India) Accreditation and ISO 9001-2008 Certification are the hall marks of his administration. He served as SENATE Executive Council Member of VTU and he was the ISTE National Executive Council Member & ISTE Chairman Karnataka Section.