An engineering college is not just about the technical competencies.With this realization,Vidyavardhaka College of Engineering (VVCE)moulds a generation with a perfect blend of skills and technical knowledge. "We all know that in India, the engineering education is mainly a lot of theories and less of experience. So, along with technicalities right from semester one, we focus on communication and other skill oriented teaching," says Dr. B. Sadashive Gowda, Principal, VVCE.
The soft skills training that is integrated with the curriculum mainly helps the students coming from rural areas to improve their communication. "In the entire first and the second year, we build their communication skills providing student-centric interactivecommunication classesevery week so by the time they enter the 3rd year they become proficient in the communication. Along with it, we also build the team spirit and leadership quality.In the third year, we focus on other fields like aptitude, pre-placement and industry specific training," pinpoints Dr. Gowda.
The courses offered in the VVCE include a chance for its students to do individual research and gain knowledge not only in their specialized field, but also in other allied subjects and disciplines.
Today, VVCE offers bachelor's degrees in six undergraduate programs namely Computer Science, Information Science, Mechanical, Electronics, Electrical and Civil engineering and post-graduate courses in Machine Design, Signal Processing and CSE besides nine research centres offering PhD programs.The college provides a supportive environment to have mini-projects, competitions, workshops, internships as part of their educational experience. A number of clubs organize innumerable activities making the campus lively all the time. All the departments in the college have their own associations and they are consistently imbibing recent trends and technologies by arranging various seminars and lectures by well-qualified and recognised personalities.
Recently the mechanical engineering students could enter the national level competitions with their Go-Kart machine. We do not emphasize on winning the competitions but rather focus is laid on the participation of students. We always maintain the liveliness in our students through continuous activities, industrial visits and projects," adds Dr. Gowda. The Apple lab, E-Yanthra Robotics lab, Intel lab, Wipro lab and ISHRAE showcase complement the curriculum. Workshops are held at regular intervals to update the students with the latest technological advancements in the respective fields of engineering. "This academic year, a lecture capture solution is being installed in every classroom thereby we will be able to record every lecture and these recorded lectures are edited and shared with students so that students can go through this lectures any number of times. This is particularly useful to understand difficult concepts and derivations and also helps during exams. It will also facilitate us to go in for flipped classroom teaching next year," opines Dr. Gowda.
Every course offered by the VVCE entitles its students to do a comprehensive research not just pertaining to the main discipline, but also on related fields involved, which influences the main discipline. "In order to promote research, we have established nine research centres. There are about 64 PhD scholars working in these research centres and 28 among them being internal faculties and hence the college has its fair share of research," claims Dr. Gowda. Thecourses offered in the institute include a chance for its students to do individual research and gain knowledge not only in their specialized field, but also in other allied subjects and disciplines.
With a vision to be the leading institution in engineering and management education, Dr. Gowda and crew are in a move to achieve the autonomous status.This will help them to implement new and novel ideas in the teaching-learning processandenable the young learners for significant contribution to the society.
Dr. B.Sadashive Gowda, Principal
He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering with distinction in 1986 from the University of Mysore. After that, he worked as lecturer for about three years. In 1991, he earned his Master of Engineering in Refrigeration and Air conditioning specialization from Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Coimbatore. In 1996, he obtained PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He worked in Refrigeration and Air conditioning Industry after his PhD for about three years and also had a stint as faculty for eight years at Taylor's University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.