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NIT Tiruchirappalli is organizing a 5-day National Workshop

“Perspectives and Challenges in Outcome Based Research"

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NIT Tiruchirappalli is organizing a 5-day National Workshop on
“Perspectives and Challenges in Outcome Based Research” under the
Aegis of AICTE-MARGDHARSHAN Scheme, from July 13-17, 2020 (via video
Conferencing).

The Coordinators of the Programmes program are Dr. Sheeba,
Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Dr. Sishaj Simon
, Associate Professor, Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Dr.
Nisha Radhakrishnan, Associate Professor, Department of Civil
Engineering.The program was inaugurated in virtual platform through MS
Team meetings at 9.00 a.m.on 13th July 2020 by the Chief Guest Padma
Shri Dr. T. Ramasami, Former Secretary,Department of Science and
Technology (DST), in the presence of Mr.Nitin Kanwade,General Manager
Manufacturing, TATA Motors and Dr. Mini Shaji Thomas, Director NIT
Tiruchirappalli.

Dr. K. N. Sheeba, Associate Professor and coordinator welcomed the
virtual gathering and Dr. N. Sivakumaran,Professor and Chief
coordinator, AICTE Margdarshan Scheme briefed on the various
activities carried out and initiated for mentee Institutes.He said so
far eight Faculty Development Programmes were organized in the thrust
areas with  participation of faculty members from each mentee
institutions, Internships were arranged for B.Tech. Students and
faculty members  in various departments for a period of one
month.National level workshops on outcome based education was
organised to train the faculty members of mentee institutions to apply
for accreditation process.Current National level workshops on NWPCOBR
focused on to train faculty members to enhance outcome based
research.He also said seperate workshops and guest lectures are
planned for mentee towards submission and processing of pre-qualifier
and submission of self assessment report (SAR) for National Board of
Accreditation (NBA).

Dr. Nisha Radhakrishnan, Associate Professor and coordinator briefed
about the workshop, mentioning this workshop is designed to enlighten
researchers on topics of utmost importance for an effective research
program. It is also aimed at encouraging the participants at the
undergraduate/post graduate level to take up quality and outcome based
research work. The programme would enlighten the participants through
lectures on Research of National Importance, Research Methodology,
Technical Writing, Industrial Perspective Towards Research, Data
analysis, Modelling Skills, Creativity in Research; Ethics in
Research, Copy Rights/Plagiarism Issues, Intellectual Property Rights,
Research Tools, Optimisation, Machine learning and more. She added
that there were more than 175 participants registered from all parts
of the country.  The programme has lined up for lectures from esteemed
speakers from the academia, industry and research institutes such as
Padma Shri Dr. T. Ramasami (Former Secretary, DST), Mr.Nitin Kanwade
(GM Manufacturing, TATA Motors) during the Inauguration, followed by a
line of speakers such as Mr. Kalaiselvan (Senior Director, CDAC
Trivandrum), Dr PR Venkateshwaran (Manager, ERI, BHEL Trichy), Dr.
Sridharan (Prof./ NIT Calicut), Dr.Deep Kiran (IIT Roorkee), Dr
Abheejeet Mohapatra (IIT Kanpur), Dr Sreeda P (PIC, Kerala),
Dr.T.Ravichandran (IIT Kanpur), Dr.M.Chidambaram (former Director,
NITT), Dr Kevin Kumar (Deputy Manager, BHEL), Dr. Nidheesh (
Scientist,NERI Nagpur), Dr. J. Ramkumar (IIT Kanpur), Dr Lalit Singh
(Scientist, NPCIL-BARC, GoI), Mr. Viswesvaran (Territory Manager,
National Instruments).

Prof.Mini Shaji Thomas, Director NITT, in her presidential address
said that the institute had achieved with a major milestone of moving
up the ranking ladder by one slot to NINETH in NIRF ranking 2020 in
Engineering category, and maintains the top position among NITs for
the fifth year in a row, to be part of National Super Computing
Mission (NSM), Super Computer, Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship
(PMRF) Scheme and National MOOCs Coordinator for offering Engineering
Courses at UG and PG level by MHRD, GOI. She also mentioned that this
online mode of content delivery and online platform based interactions
are going to be the nature of work in near future. She also mentioned
that the lockdown does not hinder the institute progress.  This way
she also wished the participants for joining this programme to get
inspired and improved. She added that AICTE Margdarshan Scheme will
help to motivate the faculty members to enhance teaching learning
skills and students to come up with innovative ideas and projects and
widen the exposure to the prototype development on enhanced
educational standards and research aptitude. She also informed the
participants of 4 new centre of excellences in the institute, with two
centres functioning and 2 in the anvil and invited the participants to
consider utilizing the facility for their innovative research.

Mr.Nitin Kanwade,GM Manufacturing, TATA Motors, the guest of honor, in
his inaugural address spoke about his long association with NIT Trichy
through an MoU signed between the two institutes.He also highlighted
the importance of Industry 4.0 and digitalization. He indicated
approaches such as Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA), Plan Do
Check Act (PDCA), Standardize Do Check Act (SDCA) in practice. He
highlighted different revolutions starting from Industry 1.0, 2.0,
3.0. Mr Nitin indicated that now presently there is a transition from
Industry 3.0 to 4.0. He highlighted different terminologies associated
with Industry 4.0 such as  Cyber Physical Systems (CPS), Digitization,
Digital Twin and so on. Mr Nitin indicated that in Tata Motors
presently initiatives in Industry 4.0 in manufacturing viewpoint in
terms of productivity improvement; in design front in terms of proto
making, product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Digital Mock Up (DMU) and
so on are done . Also, he highlighted on how industries are handling
numerous product variants and wider customer preferences. At the end
Mr Nitin mentioned about the trends in electric vehicle technology and
the scope of manufacturing batteries in Indian scenario.

Padma Shri Dr. T. Ramasami inaugurated the programme and gave the
Chief Guest address.  He mentioned about the change to virtual mode of
programme are at an advantage and he appreciated the efforts put in by
the faculty members and the NITT administration in the recent past for
having competing with the top IITs and for securing first position
among non-IIT institutions. Moreover he also mentioned that NITT is
producing more researchers.He also insisted importance of linking R&D
to social outcome and research developed in Laboratories need to
nurture industry towards an outcome based research.Institution in
India should focus more on public private partnership mode that can be
used to fund, build, and operate projects based on thrust areas of
research and development.

In his lecture on,“R&D Funding in Context of Low Resource Setting”, he
said that  R&D should be passion driven, purpose driven and people
driven.He mentioned that there should always have a vibrant ecosystem
for doing R&D namely having intellectual freedom, Progressive
planning,De bureaucratization of funding and Freedom from Feudalism.
He gave an detailed idea of different funding sources where innovative
proposals can be submitted.  He emphasized on the moto for
“Convergence of Innovation” which links science, technology and
innovation to people. Dr.Ramasami also spoke about the changing
National R&D in India. He mentioned that India today has 37000
colleges, 750 universities,  9 science departments,680 national R&D
institutes and about 2,20,000 Full Time Equivalent R&D professionals
and gave a chart of growth of research from Pre 1947 to the current
time.

Dr.Ramasami spoke about the primary, secondary and tertiary role of an
academic institution in R&D, mentioning that any academic institute
should create and inspire talent for research careers.  He emphazied
on R&D transfer saying that University sector needs to explore new
tools for capitalization of its intellectual assets through the acts
of commercialization of technologies. This might call for cultural
changes in Indian social context. In this current situation of conora
where everything has come to a standstill, Funding opportunities for
R&D are expanding globally; but investors seek timely returns from
R&D. Corona has taught us the mismatch and time lags among knowledge
and money flows and common people wanting solutions from R&D. Can R&D
solve problems? It should.

Dr. Sishaj Simon,Associate Professor and coordinator proposed the vote
of thanks.

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