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The Department of Mechanical Engineering, Nagarjuna College of Engineering and Technology has organized a one week Faculty Development Programme (FDP) on Mechanical Engineering Virtual Labs, from 6th to 13th May 2020, in association with Virtual Lab, National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK). This FDP was inaugurated on 6th May 2020 by Dr. K.V.Gangadharan, Coordinator, Virtual lab, NITK, Surathkal. He highlighted the initiative taken by the Ministry of Human Resources, Government of India in augmenting the learning of science and engineering courses through performing experiments. He said that the virtual lab experiments are simulation or remote triggered type. The remote triggered lab allows a user to connect to real equipment using a web browser. There are currently around 150 and labs and 1500 experiments at various stages of development and deployment.

Dr.S.G.Gopala Krishna, Director, NES was the Guest of Honour and advised the participants to make use of this FDP effectively for the teaching and learning process. He also highlighted the initiative taken by the NCET in introducing the virtual labs in curriculum. Dr.Srikanta Murthy, Principal, NCET stressed the need of using modern ICT based teaching and the importance of using online tools for teaching. Dr.N.Kapilan has coordinated this FDP and 144 faculty members from various colleges have participated in this FDP. The virtual lab experiments of Workshop Practice, Kinematics of Machines, Dynamics of Machines, Fluid Mechanics, Mechanisms and Robotic Lab, Strength of Materials, Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Metal Forming Lab, Fluid Machinery and Vibration Lab were discussed during this FDP. The online classes were conducted through CISCO WEBEX. The FDP sessions consists of both theory and hands-on practice. The quiz was conducted during this FDP and all the participants of the FDP were given e-certificates.


FDP on Mechanical Engineering Virtual Labs

The Department of Mechanical Engineering, Nagarjuna College of Engineering and Technology has organized a one week Faculty Development Programme (FDP) on Mechanical Engineering Virtual Labs, from 18th to 22nd May 2020, in association with Virtual Lab, National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK). Dr.S.G.Gopala Krishna, Director, NES welcomed the gathering and the FDP was inaugurated by Dr. A.S.Deshpande, Registrar, VTU Belagavi. Dr. A.S.Deshpande said that the digital intervention is must to overcome the issues created by the COVID19 pandemic. The VTU has started interacting with NITK in utilizing its Virtual lab facilities. He appreciated the virtual lab concept and Remote Triggered lab will provide hands on experience to the students and staff. He congratulated Dr.K.V.Gangadharan and team for their initiative in Virtual Lab at NITK. He said that the conduction of Mechanical Engineering lab is challenging during the pandemic and the virtual lab experiments may help them to overcome the difficulties. He appreciated the initiative taken by the NCET in conducting the FDP.

K.V.Gangadharan, Coordinator, Virtual lab, NITK, Surathkal highlighted the initiative taken by the Ministry of Human Resources, Government of India in augmenting the learning of science and engineering courses through performing experiments. He said that the Virtual Lab NITK, is interacting with VTU lab and assisting the colleges affiliated to VTU in utilizing the facilities of Virtual Lab NITK. Dr.Srikanta Murthy K, Principal, NCET proposed vote of thanks. Dr.N.Kapilan has coordinated this FDP and 98 faculty members from various colleges have participated in this FDP. The virtual lab experiments of Workshop Practice, Kinematics of Machines, Dynamics of Machines, Fluid Mechanics, Mechanisms and Robotic Lab, Strength of Materials, Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Metal Forming Lab, Fluid Machinery and Vibration Lab were discussed during this FDP. The online classes were conducted through CISCO WEBEX. The FDP sessions consists of both theory and hands-on practice. The quiz was conducted during this FDP.

The valedictory function of one week Faculty Development Programme (FDP) was conducted on 22nd May 2020 at 3.30 PM. Mr.Amar Narayan, DGM, Blue Star and Dr. K.V.Gangadharan, Coordinator, Virtual Lab (VLab), NITK, Surathkal were the Chief Guests. Dr.N.Kapilan coordinator of the FDP welcomed the gathering and summarized the one week FDP activities. He said that the FDP consists of 20 sessions which includes 10 hands-on sessions and two quizzes. During the feedback, the participants expressed their happiness and thanked the organizer of the FDP in conducting this programme during lock down period. Few participants said that it was a nice experience in attending online FDP and gained a new methodology in conducting virtual labs. They also mentioned that the virtual lab can be boon to the students in performing the laboratory experiments till college reopen and may play a key role in flipped teaching. Mr.Amar Naryanan informed that his company was able to do business using information communication technology tools and 90% of his company workforce is comfortable in using this new technology. He has suggested that the participants should switch over to online and other ICT platforms to continue the teaching during the pandemic. He also congratulated the Nagarjuna College of Engineering and Technology (NCET) in organizing this FDP and helping the faculty members in learning virtual labs.

Dr. K.V.Gangadharan appreciated the NCET for conducting the FDP for the faculty members of the Polytechnics. He said that the participants are active during the FDP and requested them to contact VLab NITK if they need any further assistance. Dr.S.G.Gopala Krishna, Guest of Honour, has highlighted the initiative taken up by the NCET in introducing the virtual lab experiments through NITK. He thanked the VLab NITK for the support and cooperation. He also said that the Mechanical Engineering students find difficulty in understanding the thermodynamics concepts and requested Dr. K.V.Gangadharan to start few virtual lab experiments in thermodynamics. K.V.Gangadharan replied that his team has already started to work on this area. He also accepted the proposal to include NCET in preparing the thermodynamic virtual lab experiments.

Dr Srikanta Murthy K acknowledged the initiative taken by Dr.S.G.Gopala Krishna in introducing virtual lab experiments in NCET Curriculum. He appreciated the support given by VLab NITK for the FDP. All the participants of the FDP were given e certificates. Mr.Balaji Y S has proposed vote of thanks.



Inaugural Function Photo

FDP Photo

Valedictory Function Photo