konnect Issue-date: 30th December, 2019.

Visit Report

Institution: National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu.
Affiliation: Institution under Central Government with Deemed to be University status
Persons met:
  1. Prof. Mini Shaji Thomas, Ph. D, Director.
  2. Dr. B. Vasuki, HOD – Instrumentation and Control Engineering Dept.
  3. Dr. M. Umapathy, Professor, Instrumentation and Control Engineering Dept.
  4. Dr. G. Uma, Professor, Instrumentation and Control Engineering Dept.
  5. Mr. Ashish Katna, Student & Chairman - Sensors 2019 6. Ms. Saikeerthi, Student & General Secretary – Sensors 2019.
  6. Other faculties & students of ICE Dept.
  7. Faculties of Siemens Centre of Excellence in Manufacturing at NITT.
Visit NITT website www.nitt.edu for more details about NIT Tiruchirapalli
Visit Date: 17th Oct 2019
ISA-B Team: Sukumaran M
Purpose: As chief guest for Inauguration of “Sensors 2019” and talk on Industry 4.0.
Topic: Industry 4.0: Applications for Process Industry.
Audience: Faculties and students of Instrumentation and Control Engineering Department.

SENSORS, the national level technical symposium of the Instrumentation and Control Engineering department of NIT Trichy, started in 1997 with an aim for interactions between industry and academy to discuss latest trends in the field of Instrumentation and Control. The program provides opportunity for students from various colleges to attend to guest lectures and participate in workshops.

Inauguration ceremony started with welcome address by Mr. Ashish Katna, Chairman, Sensors 2019 followed by talk by Dr B Vasuki, HOD – ICE. Dr Vasuki explained about the purpose of this event. While inauguration is on 17th October, all other programs & workshops will be conducted on 18th and 19th October. Presidential address was delivered by Dr. Mini Shaji Thomas, Director, NIT Trichy. During her talk, she emphasised the need for close interaction between students and industry experts and advised the students to fully utilise the Siemens Centre of Excellence in Manufacturing facilities & courses. During my talk, explained about ISA Bangalore Section activities, benefits for ISA members and congratulated the students and faculties at NITT for their interest in ISA. Further, my talk was on overview of Industrial Automation System, concepts of Industry 4.0, Applications in Process Industry and Skill Development - opportunities & challenges – considering changing scenarios on employability during 4th Industrial Revolution. Ms Saikeerthi, General Secretary, Sensors 2019 gave vote of thanks and concluded the inauguration ceremony.
Visit websitehttps://sensors.nitt.edu/ to know more about this event.

Prior to the inauguration of Sensors 2019, I visited the Siemens Centre of Excellence in Manufacturing at NIT Trichy and interacted with the faculties. This centre, which was set up at a cost of about 190 crores is intended to bridge the gap between industry requirements and technical education in universities. Understand that various courses are developed by Siemens and jointly certified by Siemens and NIT Trichy. Courses meant for students of engineering, polytechnic and ITI as well as for engineers from industry. This center also provides consultancy and R&D services to industries.

The CoE has following labs: Visit NITT website http://siemenscoe.nitt.edu/ for more details about this CoE.

Actions:
  1. Faculties & Students showing major interest in ISA and likely to get request for further support in terms of mentoring for their projects, resource persons, hosting iACT, etc. (Raj to note)
  2. The CoE is an excellent facility to have hands-on training and projects. It seems, they have few assignments from industries and few colleges has shown interest to use the facilities. However, I think, this facility is not fully utilised. Recommend further discussions by ISAB (Jayesh Barve / Raj / Umashankar) with NITT, Siemens and their partner AMAR TECH, Bangalore (who provides course & faculties for hands on training at the center) to explore possibilities for conducting joint training programs & workshops by ISA Bangalore and NITT / Siemens at this CoE on revenue sharing basis. If an MoU can be signed between NITT and ISAB to conduct certified skill development programs utilising the facilities and trainers available at this CoE, it can be great value addition for members of ISA Bangalore (student members as well as professional members).