|Student Project Programme (SPP)|
|35th SERIES : 2011 - 2012|
STUDENT PROJECT PROGRAMME (SPP)
In order to improve the quality of engineering education, the Council embarked upon a major venture - the Student Project Programme (SPP) - to select good student projects in various disciplines from various engineering colleges, fund them and provide technical support. The Student Project Programme is one of the important programmes of the KSCST; it involves students and faculty of engineering colleges in taking up projects oriented towards developmental problems of the state and coming out with practical solutions, more specifically, those relevant to rural areas. The Student Project Programme (SPP) was initiated during 1977-78 and has undergone substantial qualitative and quantitative improvements over the last three decades.
The Student Project Programme has, by now, stimulated a large number of students and faculty to think about the problems of their immediate surroundings and to use their knowledge and training to improve their environment. This process has been ably assisted by more than one hundred faculty members of the Indian Institute of Science and experts from various other research institutions and government departments. Engineering colleges of the State have shown keen interest in this novel programme. The Student Project Programme of KSCST has attracted the attention of educationists and technologists in the entire country.
The objectives are:
• Apply creativity of students to solve development problems of our people and State through Science and Technology.
• Enrich college education by taking up small projects to evolve solutions to real life problems.
• Improve understanding and develop methodology for solving complex issues.
The work discipline acquired by students in evolving and executing their projects, improves their analytical and technical capabilities and methodology, enabling better performance at job interviews, besides getting a formal certificate of recognition. The sponsorship, by Karnataka State Council for Science & Technology, has become a benchmark of quality for engineering student projects and these projects have been highly valued by both academic and industrial communities.
In this programme, several completed projects are identified as promising and having commercial potential. Concerned faculty/students of such projects are encouraged to go ahead for further modification wherever required and to takeup field trials or scale up. Projects have been diverse, reflecting the varied interests of the students/guides and some of them have been very innovative. The recent enhancement of financial support by the state government has enabled us to support several such innovative projects and some of these projects have received wide publicity in local as well as national media.
35th Series of Student Project Programme (SPP) :
SPP, when started in the year 1977-78, supported 81 projects, from 13 institutions. Now, during the 35th Series (2011-2012) of this program, the Council received 1073 project proposals from 103 engineering colleges and 307 projects have been supported with a total funding of about Rs. 17.00 lakhs. So far, over 7000 projects have been supported by the KSCST under this programme during last 35 years.
The activities of 35th Series of SPP started in October 2011. The Council contacted experts from Indian Institute of Science and various R&D institutions in identifying thrust areas for selection of student projects.
As per the recommendations of the subject experts and approval by Secretary, KSCST, SPP poster was printed in A3 size which displayed information about the thrust areas for this series.
Following are thrust areas recommended by the experts for student projects.
SPP poster contains, in addition to thrust areas, format of the proposal and other relevant details. Posters were sent to all the engineering colleges of the State and Universities, indicating last date for submission of the project proposals.
The Council received 1073 project proposals (Annexure 1) from various disciplines from 103 institutions in the State. These proposals were scrutinized by experts from Indian Institute of Science and other R&D institutions. After rigorous processing of the project proposals and evaluation by experts, 307 proposals from 80 engineering colleges were supported and sponsored with a total financial assistance of about Rs. 16,84,500/-. Project sanction letters and budget sanction details were sent to the concerned project guides and Principals of the engineering colleges.
Karnataka State Biofuel Development Board (KSBDB), Government of Karnataka has supported 31 projects separately under biofuel related area. KSCST has released separate budget of Rs. 2,91,450/- to these projects. This was in addition to assistance provided by the Council. Approved list of projects, sanctioned directly under SPP and Biofuel Projects under KSBDB, were announced in KSCST website www.kscst.org.in
The Council had identified certain engineering colleges as nodal centres for evaluation of completed projects. In this series, 12 nodal centres were identified - Bangalore North, Bangalore South, Mysore, Tumkur, Bagalkot, Dharwad, Belgaum, Davangere, Bellary, Nitte, Mangalore, Chikkamagalur. Letters were sent to all the nodal centres for their acceptance to host the evaluation of sponsored projects.
During the months of May - June 2012, the evaluation of completed projects was carried out at various nodal centres and the details are as follows:
The students demonstrated their project in the nodal centres. The experts, during evaluation, reviewed the methodology and final output of these projects and selected 86 projects for Seminar and 90 projects for Exhibition. The details of projects selected for Seminar and Exhibition branchwise is as follows:
Council prepared the technical Compendium of these 176 projects for the Seminar and Exhibition. Experts for Technical lectures during Seminar-and Exhibition were also arranged. The Council also prepared a separate compendium of projects related to Biofuel area.
The Council organised 35th Series Seminar and Exhibition on 13th and 14th July 2012, at Shree Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Institute of Technology, Ujire. The programme was inaugurated on 13th July 2012 by Prof. B. N. Raghunandan, Divisional Chairman, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Padmabhushana Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade, President, President, SDM Educational Society, Ujire presided over the Inaugural function of Seminar and Exhibition of Student Project Programme and Prof. S. Prabhakar, Vice President, SDM Educational Society, Ujire released the SPP Compendium and Shri D. Harshendra Kumar, Secretary, SDM Educational Society, Ujire released the Biofuel Projects Compendium. Prof. M. S. Mohan Kumar, Secretary and Dr. M. Prithviraj, Executive Secretary, KSCST are participating in this state level programme and encouraging the young engineers to take up more R&D related activities The introductory remarks of the SPP programme was given by Dr. S. G. Sreekanteswara Swamy, Fellow, KSCST.
During these two days, Seminars and Exhibition of selected projects were held. In this Series of SPP, 86 projects have been selected for Seminar and 90 projects for Exhibition. These projects were evaluated by a panel of experts consisting of scientists and engineers from Indian Institute of Science, National Aerospace Laboratories and other research organizations. The best projects were awarded and the best performing college was also awarded. The awards were presented during valedictory function. In addition, two special lectures were arranged during the course of this programme. The focus of the seminar / exhibition is not only to provide the forum for the students to present their work, but also to educate them on current developments in the field of engineering and technology. On the first day special lecture was delivered by Prof. R. Vittal Rao, Department of Electronic Systems Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore on the topic "Ramanujan's Mathematics - Simple Illustrations". On the second day the special lectture was delivered by Sri Arun Bhardwaj, Director, Business Development, Global Alliances of Dell Corporation, Bangalore on the topic "Bridging gap between Industry and Academia” Both the lectures were well received by the students and faculty of participating engineering colleges. The projects exhibition was open for students and general public on these days.
The Valedictory programme of this Seminar and Exhibition was held on 14th July 2012 at 3.30 PM at Shree Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Institute of Technology, Ujire. Sri. M. Naveen Kumar, IAAS, Managing Director, Power Company of Karnataka Ltd., Government of Karnataka was the Chief Guest. Prof. K.A. Krishnamurthy, Principal, Shri Siddhartha Institute of Technology, Tumkur was the guest of honour. Dr. B. Yashovarma, Secretary, SDME Society (R), Ujire presided over the function.
Total of 10 projects was adjudicated as best seminar projects of the year and 11 projects was adjudicated as best exhibit project of the year and 4 projects was awarded for special prize by a panel of experts. Under biofuel projects three projects was adjudicated as best projects and awarded. These projects were awarded with Certificate, memento and cash prize.
The Best Performing College
Award was awarded to Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumkur. This award
has been decided based on several parameters demonstrated by students such
as Relevance to industry, Innovation and creativeness, Practicability,
Economic viability, Simplicity of the projects and in addition, overall
performance by the students of the college in all project seminars and