Where the Critical Thinking Unfolds
From early days, the term scientific breakthrough is considered as the success of 'Scientists,' without giving any importance to engineers who have practically implemented the novel ideas. There are not many who have been left behind without getting a place in the list of recognition. Even though, these engineers possessed a lot of potentials, their contributions in bits and pieces were restrained. As the constructivist pedagogy started gaining prominence, we have many unleashing their ideas in every nook and corner. K. NeelaMarthandan, Chairman, Rohini College of Engineering and Technology (RCET) who have adopted this strategy long back is now feeling proud of advancing the knowledge base of the students.
Considering the history of RCET since its establishment in 2009, the college has filtered itself from the count of numerous engineering institutes through its emphasis on transformational learning. Though, it looks like flattering, that is not the case as the college possesses stories in this regard. Recently, the final year Mechanical and Electrical Engineering students jointly worked on a world level project in collaboration with the National Institute Project. The project was in collaboration with the National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) and supported by the KST wind engineering India Ltd, under the authority of the ministry of Renewable energy Govt of India. NeelaMarthandan proudly claims, "Through this project, the students have generated electricity from hybrid solar wind power plant for meeting the power needs of the college. 27 foreign scientists have visited our college to witness our student's effort."
A word of appreciation is always the right reward for the students and RCET has always been the best in doing this.
A word of appreciation is always the right reward for the students and RCET has always been the best in doing this. The first and the foremost thing done in this regard is the provision of relevant platforms for the students to work on. TARCET (Technical Association of Rohini College of Engineering and Technology) helps students to attend national and international level seminars, conferences and to conduct various researches under the guidance of renowned companies and Scientists. "The role of the faculties at most places are restricted to only teaching, but in Rohini, the role is expanded to carry out research activities in the college and provide an opportunity for the students to involve in such research activities," opines NeelaMarthandan. This research-informed, practice-oriented program explores the students to current issues related to curriculum and pedagogy with a special focus on recent development in educational technologies.
The certification program, conducted on the basis of Technological Development in the industry helps students further in taking up topics to work on. "Though the curriculum is coupled with in-depth exposure to specific academic disciplines, the certificate program builds on the strong academic foundation. Students develop advanced skills in qualitative and quantitative reasoning, gain exposure to real-world corporate scenarios, understand the nuances of solving challenging business problems and receive training from some of the world's most highly regarded academics," says NeelaMarthandan. Together, this education produces highly skilled graduates who stand out from their peers in the marketplace.
With this education, graduates are prepared for entry-level careers. More generally, students learn how to work in groups and develop an appreciation for collaboration in academic and real-world settings. With support from the program's career counsellors, students have landed summer internships and full-time jobs with some of the top MNC's. "We had organized an international Conference on Advanced Innovation in Engineering and Technology in February this year, which was inaugurated by Dr. Kriengkrai Bhuvenij, Executive IBM, Govt & Regulatory Affairs Thailand & Vietnam. In the conference, he explained about innovation and insisted that innovation is something which should be useful for a well-educated person as well as a common man. He concluded his speech by revealing the secrets on how to groom oneself in this competitive world, and the secrets are to self-market, to communicate, to have skills, namely process, proposal, negotiation, and move with an attitude and also to enrich the ability to survive in any condition," pinpoints NeelaMarthandan. Even the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering in association with TANGEDCO (Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation) organized a National level workshop on Energy Conservation and Electrical Safety on March 22nd and 23rd of March this year. "As a part of workshop the industrial visit was organized by TNEB (Tamil Nadu Electricity Board) to the students," says NeelaMarthandan.
Frequent guest lecturers make the student study about the industry and help them to create an impression with the guest lecture about an individual's ability. "We arrange guest lectures, workshops, industrial visits for students as a part of their syllabus. We have regular interaction with companies like EMCC, EduCadd Learning Solutions, NDT Institute, Blitz Academy, National Institute of Wind Energy, KST Wind Engineering India Ltd. and many more, which help us in enhancing the students and faculty towards the recent trends in order to compete in the competitive world," says NeelaMarthandan. The institute is also very well known for its industry experienced faculty team. "52 in my team do come from the industry and their experience definitely adds on to upgrade the student learning," says NeelaMarthandan.
Moving on after completing eight years of journey in this engineering education field, now the institute has set a goal to educate students from all over India and from other countries to transform the society and the nation as a whole.
"Beyond providing a sound education, we wish to provide our students a holistic learning experience for life. With relentless efforts, the college aspires to orchestrate the students' potential for the enrichment and progress of society by equipping them with technical expertise and soft skills."