Empower 17-An Innovative Idea for Industry-Student Interaction
Empower-17, a unique mega event having the participation of 16 industries of repute and participants from over 15 engineering colleges in Central India was conducted in the department of electrical engineering, Ramdeobaba College of Engineering & Management, Nagpur. “Empower” conducted for fourth time has now become one of the most sought after event by the industrial houses and the students as well, is recognized as “innovative idea” by the NAAC committee of UGC, Govt of India.
Idea behind Empower: Senior faculty members of Electrical Engineering Department, while visiting “ELECRAMA”, which is the biggest exhibition of Electrical & Electronics Manufacturers Association in India, noticed that exhibition of latest product & technologies was essentially organized for consumers of electrical goods and services and was commercial in nature. The industries provided more focus on business and the visiting students seemed to be neglected. Secondly, ELECRAMA is organized in Metro Cities only and for students from Central India it is difficult to visit the same losing opportunity to get acquainted with latest technology and meeting industry professionals. With lot of thought provoking discussions, the staff members came out with a unique format having combination of the display of the latest technology products, technical seminars and expert guest lectures. The concept was discussed with professional from the reputed companies in Nagpur, which they liked and supported wholeheartedly. Thus this ideas was converted into an innovative event in 2012. In last four events, over 1200 engineering students from four engineering streams (Electrical, Mechanical, Electronics, and Computer Science), 40 industries and 25 engineering colleges were a part of Empower.
The organization of the mega-event is done by faculty of Electrical Engineering department and the engineers from all the participating company under aegis of “Team Empower”. Second Year Electrical Engineering students conduct the event.
Format of Empower: Event starts at 8.45 am and ends at 5.00 pm. Each invited company is allotted a specious class room in the department for two days. The class room is divided in two parts, one with an arrangement of power point presentation for a small group of 25-30 students and the other half has arrangement for display of latest product & technologies. The engineer from the company discusses latest design, development, and field applications for 30 minutes and in the next 30 minutes the students observe the displayed products and get their queries sorted out by industry professionals. The batch then moves to next classroom for interacting with another different company with different products. Some rooms are converted into exclusive product display area by 4-5 companies. Thus every student gets a chance of interacting with engineers from 15-16 companies of international and national repute, remaining on the campus for two days exclusively for the students. Since each company discusses different products, repetition is avoided. Students are exposed to a vast arena of the entire engineering field, giving them first-hand knowledge of the products and technologies they are learning in there classrooms.
Expert Guest Lectures: In order to have additional inputs, every day for one hour, the student delegates assemble in our Central Auditorium and listen to expert guest lectures from very senior management dignitaries from highly reputed industries/ companies. This completes “Empower”ment of over 300 students from various engineering colleges in Central India. Team Empower takes care of all the student delegates with breakfast, lunch, high tea, participation certificate etc. Certificate is awarded to only those student delegates who attend the complete function for two days up to last hour. The event is also visited by HODs, Deans, faculty of the engineering colleges along with the consultants, contractors and professionals in Central India.
Empower-17 was successfully conducted on 7th & 8th January 2017. Twelve spacious classrooms and Central Auditorium were occupied for the event. Total 16 industries in the field of Electrical Engineering of international & national repute participated in the event. The student delegates were of third & final year Electrical engineering from 15 engineering colleges in Central India including BITS Pilani and Government Engineering College Amravati.
On First Day i.e. on 7th January 2017, the program was inaugurated by Mr. Girish Tiwari, Vice President & Head (Electrical Business Group), Larsen & Toubro, Mumbai. He was accompanied by General Secretary Shri Govindlal Agarwal, Principal Dr. R.S. Pande and Prof. V.T. Barhate.
Mr. Girish Tiwari delivered expert lecture on “Transforming from academics to field environment”. He enlightened over 300 student delegates on the qualities desired by the industries while recruitment and thereafter to become a successful professional. Students were advised to focus on BASICS of engineering knowledge and clarity of communication while appearing for interviews. While in profession, he advised to maintain time scheduling, dependability, not to change the companies frequently and not to leave the job for the sake of money. On second day, Mr. Swapnil Joshi, Regional manager, Infrastructure & Green Initiative, Infosys limited Pune along with Secretary, RCOEM, Mr. Rajendra Purohit and Principal Dr. Rajesh Pande visited all the Exhibition Halls and appreciated the efforts made by RCOEM in the area of Student-Industry interaction. Mr. Swapnil Joshi delivered expert lecture on “Green Building & Smart Cities”. He shared his vast experience in the development of some of the finest green buildings and campus in India.
Prof. Jayant Joshi explained the theme and importance of EMPOWER to the gathering. Prof. N.M. Deshkar proposed the Vote of thanks. Prof. Jayant Joshi, Prof. N.M. Deshkar, Prof. Uday Mujumdar along with Prof. Gaurav Goyal, Prof (Mrs). S.H. Deshmukh, Prof.(Mrs). P.V. Kapoor, Prof(Mrs). S. C. Rangari, Prof (Mrs) P. A. Salodkar, Prof (Mrs) S. V. Umredkar, Prof (Mrs) V. A. Huchche, Prof Pankaj Sawarkar, Mr. Manoj Kothekar, Mr. Prashant Tiwari and second year electrical students worked hard to make the event a grand success.
The third and final year Electrical Engineering students from the following engineering colleges participated in the event.
|Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering & Management||BITS, Pilani||Government Engineering College, Amravati||Karmaveer Dadasaheb Kannamwar College of Engineering|
|St Vincent Pallotti College of Engineering||J. D. College of Engineering||Anjuman College of Engineering & Technology||Yeshwantrao Chavan College of Engineering|
|Priyadarshini College of Engineering||KITS, Ramtek||Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar College of Engineering & Research||Priyadarshini Institute of Engineering & Technology|
|S.B. Jain College of Engineering||Nagpur Institute of Technology||Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering & Research|
LIST OF INDUSTRIES IN EMPOWER-17
|Larsen & Toubro Ltd (Electrical Business Group)||LV Switchgear & Control gear||Moulded Case Circuit Breakers, Air Circuit Breakers (C-power & U power Omega., Power, Control & capacitor duty Contactors, DOL & Star-Delta Starters, Power Quality Solutions-Capacitors, Thyrister switching module, harmonic reactor, cap duty contactors, overload relays.|
|Crompton Greaves Consumer Electricals Ltd||Illumination||LED high-bay luminaires, floodlights, street lights, down lighters, panels, mirror optic, tube lights/ bulbs; Metal halide high-bay, sodium vapour streetlight, metal halide flood lights.|
|Hager Electro Pvt Ltd||LV Protective Devices||Miniature Circuit Breakers, Distribution Boards, RCCB, Over Voltage Relay, MCCB, Changeover Switches, Testing Kits|
|RISHABH Instruments||Measuring Instruments||Digital Ammeters, volt meters, energy meters, multi-function meters, clamp meters, Current Transformers, insulation testers, power clamps, power supply.|
|KEI Industries Ltd||Wires & Cables||House Wires, LT Power & Control Cables, HV & EHV Cables, Cable Termination Kits|
|Coaltech Automation & Mitsubishi Electric||PLCs||Mitsubishi PLCs, Application Demo Kits|
|Powerica Ltd & Cummins||DG Sets||Special Demo Van of DG Set brought to Nagpur from Mumbai.|
|Instrument Sales Corporation||Earthing & Lightening||Maintenance free earth electrodes, earthing compound, early streamer type lightening arrester|
|V. V. Associates||Solar systems||Solar panels, Grid connected Inverters, solar pump.|
|High Rise Transformers||Power & Distribution Transformer||100 kVA, 11 kV/433 V Transformer, Buchholz relay, Oil & Winding Temperature indicators|
|Yokogawa||Precision measuring & data storage equipment||Digital Storage Oscilloscopes, Precision Power meters, Calibrators|
|Western Engineers||Control Panels||Motor Control Center, Power Control Center, Aluminium/ Copper Busbars, Insulators, Feeder Box.|
|D. V. Associates||Sensors, Transducers||Sensors, Transducers, Mini-PLC automation.|
|T K Ghosh Group||Overhead Line Accessories||11 & 33 kV Disc /Post Insulators/Pin insulators, AB Switch, Rotary Isolators, Dropout & Horn Gap Fuse, ACSR & AAC Conductors|
|Stride Automation and L&T (Electrical & Automation)||Electric Drives & Automation||Variable frequency drive 45 kW, 3kW; HMI, Wireless router, Power Harmonic Analyser, Demo kits in Electric Drives, Automation & remote control.|
|Vee-tech Engineers||11 kV Switchgear||11 kV load-break switch.|
EMPOWER-A Must Experience for Graduating Engineering Students
Over last three years, EMPOWER has turned out to be an only one of its kind flagship Mega event of Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering & Management. Every year the engineering students in this region eagerly look forward to participate in this wonderful event. A unique idea of bringing in latest technologies in the field of engineering for the third, final and M Tech students has been conceived by THE TEAM EMPOWER of Electrical Engineering department and implemented fruitfully for successive three years.
One of the fundamental reason for the enormous success of the EMPOWER theme is the clarity in the industry representatives that they are at this juncture to interact exclusively with the students for jam-packed two days. Students are also ensured that the companies have gathered exclusively to interact with them & them only.
|In EMPOWER 2014, sixteen leading companies in the field Electrical Engineering represented by 54 working engineering professionals and their associates interacted with 312 students of third, final and post graduate level from over 15 engineering colleges in and around Nagpur and Vidarbha region. The participating companies included Finolex (Power cables), Hager (LV protective devices and automation), High Rise Transformers (Power and Distribution Transformers), Larsen & Toubro (Switchgear and Controlgear), TDK Epcos (Power Factor Capacitors and Harmonic Filters), Wipro Lighting (Lamps & Luminaire), Waree (Solar Technologies),|
|DV Associates (Instrumentation & Controls), Gentech (HVAC Compressors), Ojha Enterprises (Insulators, AB Switch/ Rotary isolators, LA), Powerica (DG Sets), Pioneer Controls (AC/DC Drives), Synergy (Underground cable fault detectors), VSP Aqua Mist (Specialized fire fighting equipments, Western Engineers (LT motor & power control centers, APFC Panels). The companies were represented by engineers not only from Nagpur but also from Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Delhi etc. The companies showcased and explained in details their latest product range and delivered technical lectures in small batches of 25-30 students every hour for two days. Some companies who could not send their representatives were very efficiently represented by our Final Year & Post Graduate students.|
|The event EMPOWER 2014 was inaugurated by Shri Rajiv Abhyankar, Sr. Vice President, Cethar Ltd. under Chairmanship of Shri Banwarilal Purohit in presence of Shri Govindlal Agrawal, Dr V. S. Deshpande, Dr R. S. Pande, Prof V. T. Barhate and Deans, Heads of the Departments and faculties of our institutes as well as many engineering colleges in this region. The visitors included Managements, Principals, Senior Professors & faculties, renowned consultants and working professionals in the region.|
|Safety of human beings and property is one of the essential prerequisites of any successful engineering career. Keeping this in mind, expert lecture and demonstration on First Aid and CSR was delivered by Dr Gunajan Badwaik from LM Hospital. A firefighting demo was given by Shri Vishwas Chakradeo of M/s VSP Aqua Mist for all the participants.|
|Over a period of three years, EMPOWER has been associated with over 30 leading manufacturing companies represented by over 100 industry experts who physically brought in their products on our campus and participated by 1000 students from Electrical, Mechanical, Electronics streams from Nagpur & Central India. Next year’s EMPOWER 2015 is slated to be a still bigger event encompassing more number of companies, engineering streams and institutions.|
EMPOWER-2014 was conducted on 7th and 8th March 2014. TEAM EMPOWER consisting of Jayant Joshi, Niranjan Deshkar, Uday Mujumdar and Hemant Diddee was aptly assisted by Mrs Sangeeta Deshmukh, Mrs Preeti Kapoor, Mrs Sonali Rangari , Mrs Vijaya Hucchhe & Gaurav Goyal all from department of Electrical Engineering. The entire organization of the event is handled by our very enthusiastic Second Year Electrical students.
Two day Workshop on Modern Technologies in Electrical Engineering
Shree Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management is an autonomous college under Nagpur University for Engineering and Management studies.It has been ranked as one of the best private engineering college in Maharashtra by various surveys.
Team Empower, Department of Electrical Engineering, RCOEM, organizes a unique mega -event, EMPOWER annually for the empowerment of third and final year engineering students in this region. The basic objective of this event is to have active engagement of the industries of international repute with the graduating students and make them aware of the latest developments in products and technologies. The function is held for two days and each industry explains their technology trends and products to a group of 18-20 students for one hour. The students get excellent opportunity to interact one-to-one and get their queries answered from the industry experts.
EMPOWER 2012 held in February 2012 had 10 industries; ABB (Switchgear & Drives), L&T Switchgear (Switchgear & Control gear), Wipro(Lighting),Powerica-Cummins ( Engines & Alternators), KEI (Cables), Grundfos (Pumps), Grandstream (IP Phone systems), Hager (MCB & ELCBs),Hioki (Power Quality Analyzers) and Carrier (Air conditioning). Over 340 students of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering branches from 10 engineering colleges in the region actively participated in the event
EMPOWER 2013 was held on 16th and 17th March 2013. The participating Industries were ABB (HT Switchgear, Drives, and GIS), L&T (Switchgear & Control gear), Hager (MCB & ELCB), Schneider (Meters & Reactive Power Management), RF Arrays (Wireless Technologies), Bergen (PCB Manufacturing & Sensor on Chips), Biosys (Medical Instrumentation), Texas Instruments (MCU and DSP), Rockwell Automation (SCADA, RTU), HP (Cloud Computing). The function was a grand success with participation of 472 students of third & final year Electrical, Electronics & Electronics & Communication Engineering from 22 Engineering Colleges in the region